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 for the second trimester! We have been busy in the first trimester completing our first novel and essay, and then starting our second novel for the school year.
The sixth grade students have been enjoying Christopher Paul Curtis’ novel, Bud, Not Buddy, which we started at the end of the first trimester, and will finish during the current trimester. From there, the students will then begin reading Dragonwings, by Laurence Yep, which focuses on the positives and negatives of immigrating to a new country through the experiences of a young boy. The novel also focuses on the boy’s adventure in learning more about his family and his heritage through the racism he experiences. The students will produce an array of work throughout the reading of the novel, while also comparing the non-fictional readings that bring Dragonwings to life. Students in the separate sixth grade class will be reading C.S. Lewis’, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
The seventh grade students have been busy working on and reading Katherine Paterson’s Lyddie, which we began at the end of the first trimester. Next, the seventh grade students will shift their focus to Night by Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, which focuses on Wiesel’s personal experiences of the Holocaust. Students will learn about Wiesel as a prisoner, a survivor, and a man of God who prevailed among various hardships and difficulties in the concentration camps. This novel is preparing the students for the eighth grade reading of To Kill a Mockingbird by familiarizing students with the prevalent notion of prejudice, discrimination, and the need to survive.
As the eighth grade students complete the reading of To Kill a Mockingbird, which they began at the end of the first trimester, they will transition to the critically acclaimed novel by Laura Hillenbrand: Unbroken. While the novel has been translated to the silver screen, the movie failed to include all of the imperative information that makes Louie Zamperini’s story so life-changing. The students will learn of Louie as a young man trying to survive school, as an adult who is succeeding in the Olympics, as a soldier flying in the Green Hornet, as a Prisoner of War (POW), and as a POW survivor.