Ms. Hay


Welcome to Ms. Hay's English Class!
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About Me:
This is my third year teaching English at Clara B. Ford Academy. Originally from Traverse City, I graduated from Western Michigan University in 2005, with my B.A. in Secondary Education/English. I have also earned my ESL endorsement through Southern Utah University. Prior to teaching at CBF I spent four years teaching English in China, two years in South Korea and one year in Utah.

Daily Schedule:
1-ELA 1 (room 107)
2.-Integrated ELA (GSC buildling)
3- ELA2/U.S. History (room 115)
4- Senior ELA Elective (room 107)
5- ELA2/U.S. History (room 115)


Tutoring Section of Website:

Common struggles for students include:

  • Grammar practice
  • Writing full paragraphs with a clear topic sentence (5-7 sentences)
  • Poetic devices
  • Reading Non-fiction articles (summarizing sections of article, putting it into their own words, determining meaning of new words by using context clues, etc.)
  • Public Speaking skills

Grammar Websites:

http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2008/12/07/the-best-sites-for-grammar-practice/

http://www.owsley.kyschools.us/Page/108

http://edtechreview.in/e-learning/1187-top-10-websites-for-teaching-your-students-grammar

Non-Fiction Articles:

http://tweentribune.com/category/teen/

https://newsela.com/articles/?category=kids

http://www.slcschools.org/departments/curriculum/language-arts/documents/online-informational-text-resources_2012-03-02_000.pdf



ELA1
Daily Journals:  
Most days we begin class with a journal prompt or free write. Students are expected to write a minimum of one paragraph (5-7 sentences) per entry. Emphasis is placed on turning the posed question into a clear topic sentence.


Vocabulary:   Each week students receive on average of six new vocabulary words. We devote daily warm-ups to learning, using, reviewing our words. Each Friday there is a spelling and fill-in-the blank quiz.

Reading:
Each Monday, as a class, we read a non-fiction article. We place emphasis on using context clues to help us determine the meaning of unfamiliar words, summarizing sections in our own words, finding the main point, determining purpose and making connections.

VOCABULARY WE HAVE LEARNED THUS FAR: 
ABOUND, BEACON, BRAGGART, BERSERK, CACHE, CELESTIAL, CONFISCATE, CLARIFY, ENCOUNTER, LETHARGIC, LEISURELY, EPIC, PAUPER, ASKEW, AGHAST, PROSPECTS, VEXATION, DISHEVELED, GROTESQUE, CONDONE, NAIVE, TANGIBLE, PLACID, FUTILE, ACCENTUATE, ANNIHILATE, ALLURE, ATROCIOUS, APPALLING and ANONYMOUS

Rough Outline of Quarterly Units
Quarter 1 Units: 

"All About Me" multigenre writing project
"Seedfolks" story

Quarter 2 Units:
Short Story 
Personal Narrative

Quarter 3 Units:
Poetry 
Persuasive Essay

Quarter 4 Units:

Short Story
Debate/Public Speaking
Theater


Senior ELA Elective/Creative Writing
This is a Seniors-only course with each quarter focusing on a different life skill with heavy ELA components. Our school counselor, Ms. Gonzalez, will be joining our class bi-weekly to cover certain housekeeping items for their senior year and life beyond graduation. 

Quarter 1:
Creative Writing
Journals/vocabulary/Non-Fiction Article

Quarter 2:
Research Project/Presentation (Social Justice Issues)
Life Skills

Quarter 3:
Life Skills : (apartment hunting, conflict-resolution, job skills, interviewing, financial

Quarter 4:
Final Senior Project





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