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Mrs. Lynn Alvarez
Hello! I teach English 2 and English Language Development (ELD) 1. English 2 is a sophomore English class. ELD 1 is an English class for beginning English speakers. I'm also the Yearbook Adviser.
Beginning English language learners follow a whole language approach. All skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking are practiced, with an emphasis on listening and speaking in the first semester, and on reading and writing in the second semester. Activities are “hands on”, and materials include media such as: newspapers, magazines, music videos, television shows and commercials, movies, etc. Students work extensively in cooperative learning groups. Additional activities include the use of technology, games, cross-cultural awareness exercises and events, and outside reading. Computers are used for word processing and multimedia presentations. This class meets for two periods each day (Periods 1-2). ELD 1A counts as English credit. ELD 1B counts as elective credit.
This course specifically addresses and reinforces the objectives, issues, and values taught in English 2. The curriculum is based on Common Core standards that encompass reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. The conventions of language are taught in context as well as through supplementary texts and resources. Through a variety of genres, both classical and modern as well as literary and expository, students will enhance their interpretive skills and will learn to relate the meanings inherent in literature to themselves as well as to others. This course also serves to expand the students’ views of a culturally diverse world. Moreover, students will integrate the use of technology when presenting and researching for assignments. Google Classroom is the central piece of technology that the teacher will use to communicate assignments, due dates, and grades. Students will master all mentioned academic skills through clear, organized learning strategies.
In this course, students will gain skills in one or more of the following areas: page design, advanced publishing techniques, conducting interviews, copy writing, editing, photography and marketing/advertising strategies while producing a creative, innovative yearbook that records TCHS school memories and events. The class is structured in a reciprocal teaching style in which peers learn from each other under the direction of the student editor staff while the teacher supports and facilitates the students and models certain skills when necessary. Students are expected to participate in outside of class-time activities. To produce a complete yearbook, students will be required to attend school activities that are periodically after school and on the weekends to take photographs and gather information to be used in the yearbook.
Please refer to the specific class syllabus for details regarding assignments and due dates, reading texts, and grading. Parents and students can email the teacher to be invited to Google Classroom for daily and weekly class updates. Email: Lalvarez@tcusd.net