La Colina Junior High School

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ENGLISH 7/8: This course is aligned with the California State Common Core Standards in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students will interact with a rigorous and relevant curriculum that is differentiated for their particular needs. Students study a variety of literary works from various genres, including non-fiction and informational texts, poetry, essays, plays, short stories and novels. Students also complete a variety of writing assignments, including multi-paragraph essays, multi-draft essays, and timed performance tasks, as well as personal responses, journal entries, note-taking and poetry. The integration of technology into the curriculum continues in the form of word-processing, multimedia presentation, and Internet research.

READ 180: These courses are aligned with the California State Common Core Standards in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students will interact with a rigorous and relevant curriculum that is differentiated for their particular needs. Students study a variety of literary works from various genres, including non-fiction and informational texts, poetry, essays, plays, short stories and novels. Students also complete a variety of writing assignments, including multi-paragraph essays, multi-draft essays, and timed performance tasks, as well as personal responses, journal entries, note-taking and poetry. The integration of technology into the curriculum continues in the form of word-processing, multimedia presentation, and Internet research.

ENGLISH LEARNER SUPPORT: This course is an intensive reading intervention class for students scoring below 325 on the CST Exam. The course employs high interest informational and fictional texts and individualized computer software to engage reluctant and struggling readers. The course aims to help students master essential reading skills, develop academic vocabulary, and increase student confidence through carefully scaffolded direct instruction and small group rotations. The classes are limited to a 24:1 student-teacher ratio to provide an optimum learning environment for students.

Students work individually on the Let’s Go Learn computer program to increase English/Language Arts skills. The program adjusts to the student’s English language needs based on assessment and the CELDT (California English Language Development Test). Students will work on English skills with the teacher in small groups or work on homework assignments.

Faculty Members:

Nathan Dunlap

Maureen Granger

Stefanie Harper

Liz Heron

Haley Hrehor

Rebecca Lowi

Marcia Merrifield

Rebekah Sillars

Cathi Speake

Cami Stevens