Hello parents. My name is Miss Freay. I am a Bilingual English Language Arts (ELA) Resource teacher at McGinnis Middle School for grades 6, 7, and 8.
I have been teaching since 2002, and spent 13 of those years in the elementary school level at The Robert N. Wilentz School.
My goal and the goal for all my students is that they grow academically by becoming better readers and writers.
It is my hope that they increase their reading level by the end of the school year. We can achieve this goal by creating a daily habit of reading and writing. Students need to become more independent and take ownership of their learning.
Students can read from assigned weekly readings, newspaper articles, magazines, favorite books they may have at home or books in the classroom or school library. The important thing is that they read and respond daily to what they are leaning.
Each student will have a notebook or Reading Log in which to respond to the daily/weekly reading assignments. We will model how to use some graphic organizers to assist us in our writing when needed and help us respond as expected to reading assignments. We will practice in the classroom/online so that they know how to respond in their journals.
Here are several free websites where they can select books to read online:
The district has also provided a 2 websites that they can log into by using their school email and password to sign in. The websites are:
https://www.bookshare.org/ and https://learningally.org/app Here they can access the novels we will be reading in class throughout the school year. These 2 apps have the text to speech capability as well as highlighting for them to take notes and mark the text. Below is a link on how to use them both.
In addition, there are many books they can look up by name on YouTube. If for any reason they are unable to log into Bookshare or LearningAlly, they can access the novels through YouTube or in our Google Classroom Folder.
Students are expected to respond to comprehension questions about the text they read, or write a summary so that I may check for understanding. Writing daily will make them better readers and less hesitant to want to write. Students will become more independent as the year progresses if they consistently write. We will also be learning how to write in different genres (personal narratives or memoirs, argumentative essays, literary analysis, as well as conduct a research project).
GOOGLE CLASSROOM CODES
All the materials the students will need will be posted in the respective Google Classrooms.
Grade 6 Language Arts Room 310 : gsbxjeu
Grade 7 Languate Arts Room 216 : nkpyjml
Grade 8 Languate Arts Room 128 : p6cwyvc
I can be reached at email firstname.lastname@example.org