English Language Arts (ELA)
St. Joseph School teachers welcome and encourage communication with families regarding all aspects of a student's development.
Faculty Fast Facts
B.S. in English Education at Buffalo State College
M.S.Ed. in Exceptional Education at Buffalo State College
Why a Catholic Education Matters
There is more to education than academics, which is to follow the path that God provided for us by being well-rounded pupils in all aspects of life and education. Catholic education is especially important because it allows us to intertwine faith with academics while giving students a safe platform to talk about God. I grew up following the Roman Catholic path to God, and continue to follow the path that God has provided for me; a path which I hope to provide for the students.
Welcome to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade English Language Arts! We have a busy second marking period this year as each class delves into new novels and supplemental materials.
Sixth grade students have been enjoying Christopher Paul Curtis' Bud, Not Buddy, which we began at the start of the second marking period. Centered on an orphaned child who runs away to find his biological father, Bud, Not Buddy focuses on the various techniques a young teenager can use to survive the world. Students will further analyze the characteristics and personality traits of the main characters, as well as utilizing various literary elements through class activities and assessments.
Seventh grade will continue to read Katherine Paterson’s novel, Lyddie, for the second marking period. Focusing on a brother and sister’s fight for survival in the 1800s, both emotionally and monetarily, the siblings work to find a way to reunite with their unique family after being hired out as servants to help pay off their family’s debt.
Eighth grade continues to read Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, while also focusing on the important social, political, and economical problems that surface within this novel. Supplemental materials assist the students in connecting information that is presented within the novel to realistic experiences that have occurred throughout history, and that are happening today.