Campus Phone: #432-689-5000
Conference Period: 2:20 -- 3:06 (7th Period)
Tutorials: 4:00 - 4:30 Monday - Friday
or by appointment before school, during lunch, during conference
See schedule on Tutorial page
English III, IV, ELA TAKS Preparation
Education and Certification
Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education -- University of Texas
Master of Arts in Special Education -- UTPB
Life Certificate: Secondary English Language Arts Composite,
Secondary English, PK-12 Emotionally Disturbed
About My Classes
The A+ English computerized program combines instruction in the areas of Reading, Vocabulary, and Language Usage. The English Skills Curriculum provides a complete High School English Curriculum when coupled with the companion Literature and Writing titles. Students are also required to write narrative essays and research papers in English III and in English IV.
This course builds on English I and II with the addition of the following topics: Reading section includes American literature, context clues, farce and satire, and foreign terms; Usage section includes lessons on infinitives, clauses, verb tenses, and usage problems; Vocabulary section reviews consonants, syllables and pronunciation, and digraphs. In addition, a narrative essay and a research paper are required.
This course builds on English I, II, and III with the addition of the following topics: Reading section includes British literature, drama, etymology, genres and literature, literary devices, and propaganda and bias; Usage section reviews clauses and diagramming; Vocabulary section reviews root words and sounds of various letters. In addition, a narrative essay and a research paper are required.
A personalized Stoltz TAKS Overview booklet is provided for each student. This overview includes:
Understanding Your ELA Score (The Formula, Scoring Breakdown, Strategic Plan Chart, Setting Your Goal)
Understanding the TAKs Test (Structure of Test, Strategies, Study Materials)
Review of ELA TEKS (Basic Understanding, Literary Elements, Analysis and Evaluation, Revising and Editing)
Writing an Effective Composition
As Woody Allen said, "80% of success is showing up."
Students who have not passed the ELA Exit Level TAKS test must complete teacher-directed TAKS preparation before and during A+ coursework on computers
Writing assignments, such as narrative essays and research papers, will be required in addition to A+ computerized coursework
Spiral notebooks are required for English-only note taking
Teacher-prepared Note Taking Guides are also required for each course
Spirals and Note Taking Guides must be turned in each period and at the end of each course
No spiral/Note Taking Guide = no credit for course
Flexible according to your schedule: With advance notice, I can meet with you before school, during lunch, during my conference period, or after school.