This course is designed to help students expand critical grade-level vocabulary, improve reading comprehension, and enhance logic writing in sentences and short stories.
Students will learn part of speech, use of context clues, word study (Greek and Latin roots, prefixes and suffixes, synonyms and antonyms), grade-level reading, and writing.
Lesson activities including:
- Sailboat writing
- Word study
- Rainbow writing
- Are specifically designed for vocabulary studying to ensure success in spelling, pronunciation, and logic writing.
- Students will also be expected to have vocabulary tests when each unit ends and short writing for homework.
About the teacher
Ms. Lara has taught English for fifteen years in different countries around the world. After getting her BA in Sociology and Photography at the University of California, San Diego, she worked with students with special needs for several years, trying to understand every kind of learner and diverse modalities of helping students to utilize their strengths and access learning from their own points of view. She has taught in Honduras and Hungary, as well as many kinds of schools around the US. After teaching English, Science, Art, and Music to 2nd, 6th, 10th and 11th grade students in the Caribbean, she came back to the
US, and got her teaching credential at California State Monterey Bay. Following this, she taught at a small high school in Santa Cruz, CA for twelve years, where she instructed 9-12th grade English, Art, Digital Photography, and History as well as Advanced Placement classes for 5 years. In 2012, she took a hiatus to complete a year as a Fulbright exchange teacher in Budapest, where she taught ESL and was an ambassador for the US. She was nominated for Teacher of the Year in 2015, and received a commendation for her work in 2018. She now tutors students in many subjects, while being a student herself, pursuing another degree. She enjoys working with students and learning from them, and finding new ways to communicate and understand the world around us.