English 7 & 8

  • Special education students in grades 7 through 12 are now integrated into their regular English classrooms.  I will be assisting students in these classes with Kelly Gigstad, JoDee Driggs, and Pam Elfering.  Data has shown that students show greater improvement and more overall success when their teaching is differentiated and incorporated with grade level standards.  Students in 7th grade reading classes will be able to:

    • I can interpret, analyze, and evaluate what I read.
    • I can apply reading strategies to improve my comprehension.
    • I can analyze how elements of a story interact.
    • I can determine the theme and central idea of a novel and analyze its development over the course of the novel.
    • I can determine word meaning using context clues.
    • I can generate questions, take notes, and summarize information from readings.
    • I can participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborate with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expressing my own clearly and persuasively.



    • 7th Grade Reading Standards Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature and other texts including stories, dramas and poems in the 6-8 text complexity band proficiently and independently with appropriate scaffolding for texts at the high end of the range


  • 9th grade Special Education students are mainstreamed in with their peers for their reading and Language

    Arts instruction.This course will include Instruction and coursework involving the 9th grade reading standards in Mrs. JoDee Drigg's classroom.

    English 9 is a 1 year course that focuses on an in-depth study of literary terms and the process of writing a 5 paragraph essay.

    Content in English 9 includes William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, and the many entertaining short stories analyzed for suspense! Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain. Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text. Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

  • ENGLISH 10

    • American Literature

      American Beginnings:

           A Collision of Cultures
           A Tragedy at Salem: The Crucible

      American Romanticism:

           Romantic Truths and Terrors
           The Civil War

      American Naturalism:

           Song of Myself
           The Frontier
           The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

      Between the Wars

           Lost in a Crowd
           The Strength of Tradition

      Postwar Culture

           Person to Person
           In the Midst of Struggle...

      American Voices Today




    • Course Description: English 11 is a World Literature course with a focus on writing and research. Novels and plays from world literature will be studied, along with short stories and poems.

      Course Overview:
      Ancient Literature
      -----The Epic of Gilgamesh
      -----The Iliad
      -----Oedipus the King
      Medieval Literature
      -----The Thousand and One Nights
      -----King Arthur
      Romanticism, Naturalism, Transcendentalism
      -----A Doll's House
      -----The Count of Monte Cristo
      Twentieth Century
      -----The Kite Runner



Special Education Classes

  • Students enrolled in the RCW Special Education program will receive instruction based on information included in an Individual Education Program (IEP). Goals will be derived from annual IEP conferences held at the school. Team members will include staff, district representative, parents, case manager, and student. Parents and student will receive quarterly progress reports on stated IEP goals. Instruction will be based on student needs and ability.