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 third trimester! As we venture through the last trimester of the year, students will spend time finishing the third and fourth novels of the school year while also spending time reflecting on their own educational journey this year.
The sixth grade students will be finishing their third novel of the year, either Dragonwings or The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and will then begin their fourth novel: Jean Craighead George’s Frightful’s Mountain. Written with the main character's point-of-view in mind, George takes the reader through the emotional and physical growth of a domesticated peregrine falcon. Throughout the novel, students are faced with the constant threat of a beneficial or harmful pesticides and the threat of poachers constantly looming in the background, preying on the possible extinction of our main character's species. This novel has become another “favorite” of the sixth graders of the school year.
The seventh grade students will begin the last trimester by continuing their third novel of the year, Night by Elie Wiesel, which we started in the second trimester. The students will then shift their focus to the importance and preservation of water within the nation’s borders through the partial reading of Charles Fishman’s, The Big Thirst. Students will be faced with the realization that the water we need to survive is constantly in danger due to our own actions. Through various activities, projects, and film clips will the students apply their knowledge and spread awareness.
The eighth grade students will continue reading Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken as we begin the last trimester, and then transition to Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma. The last novel takes students on a metaphorical journey through each of the four food chains. Students will be consistently faced with the problem of solving the omnivore’s dilemma, which will, in turn, ask the students to solve their own omnivore’s dilemma.