English Language Arts (ELA)
St. Joseph Regional 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! I look forward to learning more about each individual student while we “dive” into ELA and all that it has to offer.
ELA offers the students to participate in a wide array of activities that help support our local and national heroes. We will be participating in Operation Gratitude for the holidays, which allows each student to write cards, letters, and/or prayers to a current/active military service member, Wounded Warrior, (local and national) veteran, and (local and national) first responder.
The 8th grade students will begin the school year by studying Thanhha Lai’s novel Inside Out and Back Again, which is a historical fiction novel based on the author’s own experiences as she and her family fled from Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
The eighth graders will then 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.
The 7th grade students will begin the year by studying Linda Sue Park’s A Long Walk to Water. The informational novel describes the various aspects that plagued the Sudanese during the late 1900s, and how life and death were risked in order to reach America. The main character of the novel took up residence in Rochester, NY after he escaped Sudan.
The seventh graders will then read Katherine Paterson’s novel, Lyddie,which focuses on a brother and sister’s emotional and physical fight for survival in the 1800s. 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.
The students in 6th grade will begin the school year by studying Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief or Gary Paulsen’s, The River. The Lightning Thief has become a sixth grade favorite in past years, with students eager to continue reading the series after we finish the initial novel. Students can borrow additional Rick Riordan novels from the classroom library, which includes those that continue this series and The Trials of Apollo series.
The sixth graders will then transition to Christopher Paul Curtis' Bud, Not Buddy. Centered on an orphaned child who runs away to find his biological father, Bud, Not Buddy focuses on the various techniques a young teen 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.