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March 17, 2020
Secondary English Distance Learning Plan
We are ready to roll with distance learning in secondary!
The primary platform we will use for distance learning is Google Classroom, which fortunately we are already using. The newer software for us will be Google Meet, which I will be using for our virtual classes (you will log in from your ISS Google account for this). Our first Google Meet will take place during our first official class, and we will begin all classes this way. Using Google as our launching point, we will likely use a plethora of other platforms such as Newsela, AP Classroom, Khan Academy, and Quizziz.
We begin classes Thursday, March 19th. (The schedule will be shared by the administration.)
Communication With Me
Our Google Meet sessions will be our central time for questions, discussion, and learning together. Apart from that, email is the easiest way to reach me. At the same time, please keep in mind that I will likely be receiving lots of messages from kids and parents. Therefore, I ask that you try to take some initiative in seeking answers on Google Classroom as well. Teachers will also have “office hours” with students in the afternoons.
In addition to online material, each class will be using some combination of novels, textbooks, and nonfiction books from our ISS collection.
Let’s try to make the best of this opportunity. Most likely, we will all discover new tools and learning approaches that will serve us long after this experience. Let’s have patience with one another and be extra mindful of making positive contributions to our classes. In challenging times like these, we all have the opportunity to make a difference for those around us (even in a cyber universe!).
Looking forward to seeing all of your lovely faces online!!!
Dear parents, students, faculty and staff,
I am thrilled to join this community! The ISS leadership has opened our school year with an exceptional welcome. Now, I am eager to get to know my new students and their families. In all English classes this year we will read an eclectic collection of texts, ranging from short fiction, novels and poetry to satire, journalism, and creative nonfiction. We will strive to find and express our own unique voices and stories, while working to hone our skills in creative and academic writing, close reading, critical thinking, and discussion.
Parents, I look forward to meeting you and learning about your child at Meet the Teacher Night. Until then, do not hesitate to reach out to me using the email address below.
Meghan St. John
Supply List for all classes
Large folder(s) for handouts
Notebook with lined paper
A laptop or tablet
About Me: For the past ten years, I have been teaching high school English and journalism in the Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts, where I was born and raised. I love working with adolescents, and I feel honored to share with them my passion for the language arts. I obtained my bachelor's in English and French from Middlebury College in Vermont, and my master's degree in comparative literature from the University College London. Prior to teaching, I also worked in various capacities in the world of journalism. Outside of school (when not binging on books and podcasts) I spend most of my time playing outdoors with my four-year-old son Henry and my husband Matt.
In ninth grade English, students read world literature and nonfiction with a particular emphasis on the "bildungsroman," or coming-of-age story. Students will produce narrative and analytical writing, while developing skills in grammar and research. Students also begin to build a foundation for media literacy.
In tenth grade English, students read world literature and nonfiction with a particular emphasis on sociopolitical realities across the globe. Students will produce narrative and analytical writing, while developing skills in grammar and research. Students will expand media literacy skills, producing some original journalistic work.
ENGLISH 11/12: AMERICAN LITERATURE & COMPOSITION
In American literature and composition, students will read an eclectic selection of American fiction and nonfiction, while examining cultural, political, and historical realities within the United States. Students will produce narrative and analytical writing, while developing skills in grammar and research. Students will expand media literacy skills, producing some original journalistic work.
AP LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION
This course is specifically designed to support the skills tested in the AP Language exam. We will - almost exclusively - read nonfiction texts, ranging from short essays and articles to full books of creative nonfiction (such as biography, autobiography, history, and memoir). We will place our own language and the language of others under a microscope, engaging closely and skillfully in the art of rhetoric.