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1 English Language Arts (ELA) Mrs. Chamlin Open HouseEnglish Language Arts (ELA)Mrs. Chamlin
2 A bit about Mrs. Chamlin 16th year at Gemini Undergrad from UIC (teaching of English 6-12), Masters from National Louis (Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in English as a Second Language, 54 hours of post-Masters courseworkHas been both an LA/Lit teacher and an Instructional CoachI live locally with my husband and two boys, ages 8 and 5
3 My PhilosophyI believe that students do best by doing. Therefore, I demonstrate strategies for the students, give them opportunity to practice, and then assess if independent understanding is present. I re-teach as needed, and we consistently review information“If students read, I read. If students write, I write.” Samples of larger writing assignments will be posted on my website as an example for students
5 Common Core StandardsStandards are designed for college readiness in the areas of Reading Literature, Reading Informational Text (i.e. non-fiction), Writing (for a variety of purposes), Language (vocabulary, word parts, and grammar), and Speaking and Listening
6 District Assessments MAP testing—Fall and Spring PARCC testing in March and May (replaces ISAT testing)Classroom assessments also cover specific benchmarks designated by the District—developed in collaboration with 7th grade ELA department and the Common Core Standards
7 Components of ELAReading Comprehension—reading and understand a piece of textReading Fluency—how quickly and accurately one readsWord Study—vocabulary, grammar, prefixes, roots, etc.Writing for a Variety of Purposes—creating text for different audiences and purposesSpeaking and Listening—effective speaking skills for the audience at hand as well as actively listening and participating in a variety of social situations
8 Reading Comprehension The Reader’s Journey—practice skills and strategies to use for all kinds of textNovels—both fiction and nonfiction with student choice given when possibleCurrent events articles/Nonfiction textsSelf-selected reading—every day for 20 minutes in class. Students will read 40 novels this year independently (reading log sheet has been distributed)
9 Reading FluencyIndependent reading (library visits every 2 weeks for book check out and/or renewal)Class novels and articles
10 Word Study Novel vocabulary Reader’s Journey vocabulary Word Generation school-wide vocabulary programConsistent review activities with Greek and Latin roots and prefixes and suffixes—
11 Writing Paragraph focus—why? Response to literary questions (short story and novel-based)—why?Formal writing assessments (narrative, expository, argumentative, and research essays)—why?
12 Upcoming Events for Gemini Constant contact will alert you to important informationMonthly Gemini newsletterPlease regularly check PowerSchoolMy website contains daily agendas, homework assignments, upcoming tests/quizzes/paper due dates
13 Contact InformationMrs. Jane Chamlin(847)Please never hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns
14 Thank You!Thank you so very much for taking time out of your busy schedule to participate in tonight’s Open House! Your student and I very much appreciate it.