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.
While the second marking period focused on personal journey, self-discovery, and personal growth for each of our main characters, the third marking period shifts to an even deeper search within each character as we understand why the characters experience such difficult tribulations.
The sixth grade students are currently 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.
The seventh grade students will shift their focus to The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, which is the autobiography of Douglass who rose from slavery to express his voice. Students will learn about Douglass as a slave, as a writer, and as a free-man along with the various hardships Douglass experienced along the way. This novel is preparing the students for the eighth grade reading of To Kill a Mockingbird by familiarizing students with the prevalent notion of racism and the need to “take a stand”.
As the eighth grade students completed their reading of To Kill a Mockingbird, they shifted into 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 The Green Hornet, as a Prisoner of War survivor, and as a POW survivor.