ENGLISH & reading

Ryan Summers-Resource Teacher- English Advanced English 8, READ 180

Kellie Alagic-Advanced- Advanced English 7
Thomas R. Dodelin (LTS)-Read180, Advanced English 6, Advanced English 8
April Moon-Advanced English 6
Monika Barman-Advanced English 6, Digital Literacy 3
Kirsten Schultz-Read180, Dev. Reading 2
Alison Wade-Advanced English 7, Digital Literacy 1 
Peter Sisler (Long Term Sub)-Advanced English 8
Susan Sivak-Advanced English 7, Advanced English 8
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The teachers of Ridgeviews English/ Language Arts Department are committed to our students’ success in becoming literate, thoughtful communicators who are capable of controlling language effectively as they negotiate an increasingly complex and information-rich world.  As students make the transition through middle school, our goal is to improve and refine their specific skills and strategies in reading, writing, speaking, viewing, and listening through the study of language and literature.  The courses at each grade level are arranged in four thematic units that expect that students will read, analyze and study a variety of different genres related to each of the themes and complete required common tasks.  The common tasks focus primarily on the writing process, highlighting the informative, persuasive, narrative and procedural intents.  Students have many opportunities to present their work orally and through the medium of technology.  Instruction in reading and writing strategies, grammar and vocabulary is imbedded in each unit of study.  Students in our reading classes learn to personalize effective reading strategies for understanding while they read increasingly more complex and challenging novels, newspaper and magazine articles, biographical essays and textbooks.   When our students transition to high school, they will be well on the way to being college and career ready!
MCPS MAP-R Grade-level Reading Benchmarks