Language & Literature

Deb Alexander

7th Grade Language and Literature

P: 5152427250 | E: deborah.alexander@dmschools.org

Class Description

Course Purpose

“Students need to develop an appreciation of the nature of language and literature, of the many influences on language and literature, and of its power and beauty.  They will be encouraged to recognize that proficiency in language is a powerful tool for communication in all societies.  Furthermore, language and literature incorporates creative processes and encourages the development of imagination and creativity through self-expression.”

                                                       from the MYP Language and Literature Guide, copyright 2014 (page 4)

Unit 1:  Carpe Diem-Sieze the Day                                                                              Semester 1

 

An inquiry into our connections and relationships and the ways they help us identify purpose and structure in the world around us.

Unit 2: Shark Tank                                                                                                              Semester 1

An inquiry into the ways self expression can generate change and development in the form of new innovations in our communities and/or world.

Interdisciplinary Unit : H2OhNO!                                                                              Semester 2

 

An inquiry into how people’s perspectives are influenced by the availability of resources and can evolve through relationships.  The class will read A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park and explore the crisis caused by lack of water in the Sudan.  Students will also study this unit in Individuals and Societies class.

Unit 4: Book Club                                                                                                          Semester 2

An inquiry into the different ways authors communicate theme through different connections for a purpose.

 

Justean Allen

7th Grade Special Education - Language Arts

E: justean.allen@dmschools.org

Class Description

Course Purpose

“Students need to develop an appreciation of the nature of language and literature, of the many influences on language and literature, and of its power and beauty.  They will be encouraged to recognize that proficiency in language is a powerful tool for communication in all societies.  Furthermore, language and literature incorporates creative processes and encourages the development of imagination and creativity through self-expression.”

                                                       from the MYP Language and Literature Guide, copyright 2014 (page 4)

Unit 1:  Carpe Diem-Sieze the Day                                                                              Semester 1

 

An inquiry into our connections and relationships and the ways they help us identify purpose and structure in the world around us.

Unit 2: Shark Tank                                                                                                              Semester 1

An inquiry into the ways self expression can generate change and development in the form of new innovations in our communities and/or world.

Interdisciplinary Unit : H2OhNO!                                                                              Semester 2

 

An inquiry into how people’s perspectives are influenced by the availability of resources and can evolve through relationships.  The class will read A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park and explore the crisis caused by lack of water in the Sudan.  Students will also study this unit in Individuals and Societies class.

Unit 4: Book Club                                                                                                          Semester 2

An inquiry into the different ways authors communicate theme through different connections for a purpose.

 

Tam Bartlett

6th Grade Special Education - Language Arts and Literature

E: tam.bartlett@dmschools.org

Class Description

Course Purpose

“Students need to develop an appreciation of the nature of language and literature, of the many influences on language and literature, and of its power and beauty.  They will be encouraged to recognize that proficiency in language is a powerful tool for communication in all societies.  Furthermore, language and literature incorporates creative processes and encourages the development of imagination and creativity through self-expression.”

from the MYP Language and Literature Guide, copyright 2014 (page 4)

 

Unit One:  That’s My Story, and I’m Sticking To It!                             Semester One

An inquiry into how to use text evidence to support our thinking, looking at different points of view, and writing a narrative. We will be using nonfiction and fiction texts to teach each standard.  We will also be reading the novel “Schooled” by Gordon Korman.

 

Unit Two:  Extra, Extra!  Read All About It!                                          Semester One

 

An inquiry into how to determine central idea and how to compare nonfiction texts.  This unit will primarily use nonfiction texts and a comparing graphic organizer to help students organize their thinking.

 

Unit Three:  With a Little Help from My Friends                                 Semester Two

An inquiry into story elements such as plot, characters, setting, etc. and themes across different genres/types of text.  The students will also be working on being able to collaborate in discussion groups.  The unit will be conducted through a novel unit using different texts.  Students will be able to have some choice in the reading they do in this unit.

 

Unit Four:  Don’t Stop Believin’                                                               Semester Two

An inquiry into evaluating argument.  Students will be identifying the different claims in an argument as well as identifying the reasons with evidence the author gives.  Nonfiction texts will be used during this unit.  Students will also be evaluating the strong claims versus those that are not well supported.

 

Unit Five:  What Makes a Good Story                                                   Semester Two

An inquiry into writing a personal narrative.  Students will have the use of graphic organizers to help them organize their thinking, brainstorm topic ideas and then create a narrative about them.  They will include elements taught earlier in the year such as plot, characters, and setting.  They will also include sensory details.

 

 

 

Biography

 

Name:  Tam Bartlett

Subject Area:  Language Arts and Literacy, Global Studies

Grade:  6

College(s) attended:  Marshalltown Community College, Buena Vista University, and Drake University

Years teaching:  15

Years at Meredith: 15

What I enjoy about teaching here:  Meredith is my neighborhood school, and I enjoy seeing students outside of school in the neighborhood.

Greatest hope for my students:  That they become lifelong readers and learners.

Learner profile trait that motivates me:  Risk Take

Additional information:  In my free time I enjoy reading, movies, cross-stitching,  andwalking my dog.

Jill Dykstra

6th Grade Power Reading

E: jill.dykstra@dmschools.org

Class Description

Course Purpose

“Students need to develop an appreciation of the nature of language and literature, of the many influences on language and literature, and of its power and beauty.  They will be encouraged to recognize that proficiency in language is a powerful tool for communication in all societies.  Furthermore, language and literature incorporates creative processes and encourages the development of imagination and creativity through self-expression.”

from the MYP Language and Literature Guide, copyright 2014 (page 4)

 

Unit One:  That’s My Story, and I’m Sticking To It!                             Semester One

An inquiry into how to use text evidence to support our thinking, looking at different points of view, and writing a narrative. We will be using nonfiction and fiction texts to teach each standard.  We will also be reading the novel “Schooled” by Gordon Korman.

 

Unit Two:  Extra, Extra!  Read All About It!                                          Semester One

 

An inquiry into how to determine central idea and how to compare nonfiction texts.  This unit will primarily use nonfiction texts and a comparing graphic organizer to help students organize their thinking.

 

Unit Three:  With a Little Help from My Friends                                 Semester Two

An inquiry into story elements such as plot, characters, setting, etc. and themes across different genres/types of text.  The students will also be working on being able to collaborate in discussion groups.  The unit will be conducted through a novel unit using different texts.  Students will be able to have some choice in the reading they do in this unit.

 

Unit Four:  Don’t Stop Believin’                                                               Semester Two

An inquiry into evaluating argument.  Students will be identifying the different claims in an argument as well as identifying the reasons with evidence the author gives.  Nonfiction texts will be used during this unit.  Students will also be evaluating the strong claims versus those that are not well supported.

 

Unit Five:  What Makes a Good Story                                                   Semester Two

An inquiry into writing a personal narrative.  Students will have the use of graphic organizers to help them organize their thinking, brainstorm topic ideas and then create a narrative about them.  They will include elements taught earlier in the year such as plot, characters, and setting.  They will also include sensory details.

 

 

 

Biography

I have worked for the Des Moines Public Schools for 12 years. I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Music and endorsements in reading, Language Arts and coaching. I have also earned a Masters Degree as a Reading Specialist from UNI and a Masters Degree in Administration from Iowa State. I like to make meaningful relationships with students and try make learning fun. I live in Des Moines and like the outdoors, scrapbooking, and spending time with my friends and family.

Mitch Elbert

8th Grade Language and Literature

E: mitchell.elbert@dmschools.org

Class Description

Course Purpose

“Students need to develop an appreciation of the nature of language and literature, of the many influences on language and literature, and of its power and beauty.  They will be encouraged to recognize that proficiency in language is a powerful tool for communication in all societies.  Furthermore, language and literature incorporates creative processes and encourages the development of imagination and creativity through self-expression.”

from the MYP Language and Literature Guide, copyright 2014 (page 4)

Unit One: The Power of Words                                                                   Semester 1

An inquiry into communication. In society, communication impacts the decisions that we make. Words have the power to inspire, wound, heal, or motivate.

Unit Two: Redefining Me                                                                                Semester 1

An inquiry into relationships and perspectives. Relationships allows characters to interact with each other, redefine their identities, and discover the theme.

Unit Three: So You Think You Can Argue                                              Semester 2

An inquiry into logic. When trying to convince others or make important decisions, people should use analytical skills and rely on logical thinking.

Interdisciplinary Unit: I Have A Right To...

An inquiry into the Second Amendment. Students will craft a letter to a senator and learn that thoughtful analysis is essential when communicating your chosen argument.

Unit Four: Oh My Gods and Goddesses                                                  Semester 2

An inquiry into culture and connections. World mythology, with its universal themes and modern cultural references, reveals how people use stories to explain the unknown.

Unit Five: What a Wonderful World                                                         Semester 2

An inquiry into aesthetics. The aesthetic appeal of nature is worth preserving for its own sake.

 

Janette Gerdes

8th Grade Language and Literature

E: janette.gerdes@dmschools.org

Class Description

Course Purpose

“Students need to develop an appreciation of the nature of language and literature, of the many influences on language and literature, and of its power and beauty.  They will be encouraged to recognize that proficiency in language is a powerful tool for communication in all societies.  Furthermore, language and literature incorporates creative processes and encourages the development of imagination and creativity through self-expression.”

from the MYP Language and Literature Guide, copyright 2014 (page 4)

Unit One: The Power of Words                                                                   Semester 1

An inquiry into communication. In society, communication impacts the decisions that we make. Words have the power to inspire, wound, heal, or motivate.

Unit Two: Redefining Me                                                                                Semester 1

An inquiry into relationships and perspectives. Relationships allows characters to interact with each other, redefine their identities, and discover the theme.

Unit Three: So You Think You Can Argue                                              Semester 2

An inquiry into logic. When trying to convince others or make important decisions, people should use analytical skills and rely on logical thinking.

Interdisciplinary Unit: I Have A Right To...

An inquiry into the Second Amendment. Students will craft a letter to a senator and learn that thoughtful analysis is essential when communicating your chosen argument.

Unit Four: Oh My Gods and Goddesses                                                  Semester 2

An inquiry into culture and connections. World mythology, with its universal themes and modern cultural references, reveals how people use stories to explain the unknown.

Unit Five: What a Wonderful World                                                         Semester 2

An inquiry into aesthetics. The aesthetic appeal of nature is worth preserving for its own sake.

 

Biography

I have a Bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a reading endorsement from Drake University. I especially enjoy teaching writing. I love reading (especially science fiction), the Beatles, old movies, and chocolate.

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Matt Lane

6th Language and Literature

E: matthew.lane@dmschools.org

Class Description

Course Purpose

“Students need to develop an appreciation of the nature of language and literature, of the many influences on language and literature, and of its power and beauty.  They will be encouraged to recognize that proficiency in language is a powerful tool for communication in all societies.  Furthermore, language and literature incorporates creative processes and encourages the development of imagination and creativity through self-expression.”

from the MYP Language and Literature Guide, copyright 2014 (page 4)

 

Unit One:  That’s My Story, and I’m Sticking To It!                             Semester One

An inquiry into how to use text evidence to support our thinking, looking at different points of view, and writing a narrative. We will be using nonfiction and fiction texts to teach each standard.  We will also be reading the novel “Schooled” by Gordon Korman.

 

Unit Two:  Extra, Extra!  Read All About It!                                          Semester One

 

An inquiry into how to determine central idea and how to compare nonfiction texts.  This unit will primarily use nonfiction texts and a comparing graphic organizer to help students organize their thinking.

 

Unit Three:  With a Little Help from My Friends                                 Semester Two

An inquiry into story elements such as plot, characters, setting, etc. and themes across different genres/types of text.  The students will also be working on being able to collaborate in discussion groups.  The unit will be conducted through a novel unit using different texts.  Students will be able to have some choice in the reading they do in this unit.

 

Unit Four:  Don’t Stop Believin’                                                               Semester Two

An inquiry into evaluating argument.  Students will be identifying the different claims in an argument as well as identifying the reasons with evidence the author gives.  Nonfiction texts will be used during this unit.  Students will also be evaluating the strong claims versus those that are not well supported.

 

Unit Five:  What Makes a Good Story                                                   Semester Two

An inquiry into writing a personal narrative.  Students will have the use of graphic organizers to help them organize their thinking, brainstorm topic ideas and then create a narrative about them.  They will include elements taught earlier in the year such as plot, characters, and setting.  They will also include sensory details.

 

 

 

Louise Ouimet

7th Grade Power Reading

E: louise.ouimet@dmschools.org

Class Description

Course Purpose

“Students need to develop an appreciation of the nature of language and literature, of the many influences on language and literature, and of its power and beauty.  They will be encouraged to recognize that proficiency in language is a powerful tool for communication in all societies.  Furthermore, language and literature incorporates creative processes and encourages the development of imagination and creativity through self-expression.”

from the MYP Language and Literature Guide, copyright 2014 (page 4)

Unit 1:  Carpe Diem-Sieze the Day                                                                              Semester 1

 

An inquiry into our connections and relationships and the ways they help us identify purpose and structure in the world around us.

Unit 2: Shark Tank                                                                                                              Semester 1

An inquiry into the ways self expression can generate change and development in the form of new innovations in our communities and/or world.

Interdisciplinary Unit : H2OhNO!                                                                              Semester 2

 

An inquiry into how people’s perspectives are influenced by the availability of resources and can evolve through relationships.  The class will read A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park and explore the crisis caused by lack of water in the Sudan.  Students will also study this unit in Individuals and Societies class.

Unit 4: Book Club                                                                                                          Semester 2

An inquiry into the different ways authors communicate theme through different connections for a purpose.

Biography

 

Name: Louise Ouimet

Subject Area: Language and Literature

Grade: 8th

College(s) attended: Upper Iowa University

Years teaching: 9

Years at Meredith: 8

What I enjoy about teaching here: I love my fellow teaching staff and the diversity of the students.

Greatest hope for my students: I hope that all my students will strive to be the best that they can be and realize that everyone has their own strengths.

Learner profile trait that motivates me:  Communicator, Reflective

Kristine Stoebner

7th Grade Language and Literature

E: kristine.stoebner@dmschools.org

Class Description

Course Purpose

“Students need to develop an appreciation of the nature of language and literature, of the many influences on language and literature, and of its power and beauty.  They will be encouraged to recognize that proficiency in language is a powerful tool for communication in all societies.  Furthermore, language and literature incorporates creative processes and encourages the development of imagination and creativity through self-expression.”

from the MYP Language and Literature Guide, copyright 2014 (page 4)

Unit 1:  Carpe Diem-Sieze the Day                                                                              Semester 1

 

An inquiry into our connections and relationships and the ways they help us identify purpose and structure in the world around us.

Unit 2: Shark Tank                                                                                                              Semester 1

An inquiry into the ways self expression can generate change and development in the form of new innovations in our communities and/or world.

Interdisciplinary Unit : H2OhNO!                                                                              Semester 2

 

An inquiry into how people’s perspectives are influenced by the availability of resources and can evolve through relationships.  The class will read A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park and explore the crisis caused by lack of water in the Sudan.  Students will also study this unit in Individuals and Societies class.

Unit 4: Book Club                                                                                                          Semester 2

An inquiry into the different ways authors communicate theme through different connections for a purpose.

 

Biography

 

Name: Kristine Stoebner

Subject Area: Literacy

Grade: 7

College(s) attended: Upper Iowa University, Grandview, UNI

Years teaching: 7 years

Years at Meredith: 7 years

What I enjoy about teaching here: It’s my neighborhood school and I enjoy the diversity in our population.

Greatest hope for my students: For them to be open-minded, compassionate, hard-working citizens.

Learner profile trait that motivates me:  Balanced

Jennifer Wulkow

6th Grade Language Arts and Literature

E: jennifer.wulkow@dmschools.org

Class Description

Course Purpose

“Students need to develop an appreciation of the nature of language and literature, of the many influences on language and literature, and of its power and beauty.  They will be encouraged to recognize that proficiency in language is a powerful tool for communication in all societies.  Furthermore, language and literature incorporates creative processes and encourages the development of imagination and creativity through self-expression.”

from the MYP Language and Literature Guide, copyright 2014 (page 4)

 

Unit One:  That’s My Story, and I’m Sticking To It!                             Semester One

An inquiry into how to use text evidence to support our thinking, looking at different points of view, and writing a narrative. We will be using nonfiction and fiction texts to teach each standard.  We will also be reading the novel “Schooled” by Gordon Korman.

 

Unit Two:  Extra, Extra!  Read All About It!                                          Semester One

 

An inquiry into how to determine central idea and how to compare nonfiction texts.  This unit will primarily use nonfiction texts and a comparing graphic organizer to help students organize their thinking.

 

Unit Three:  With a Little Help from My Friends                                 Semester Two

An inquiry into story elements such as plot, characters, setting, etc. and themes across different genres/types of text.  The students will also be working on being able to collaborate in discussion groups.  The unit will be conducted through a novel unit using different texts.  Students will be able to have some choice in the reading they do in this unit.

 

Unit Four:  Don’t Stop Believin’                                                               Semester Two

An inquiry into evaluating argument.  Students will be identifying the different claims in an argument as well as identifying the reasons with evidence the author gives.  Nonfiction texts will be used during this unit.  Students will also be evaluating the strong claims versus those that are not well supported.

 

Unit Five:  What Makes a Good Story                                                   Semester Two

An inquiry into writing a personal narrative.  Students will have the use of graphic organizers to help them organize their thinking, brainstorm topic ideas and then create a narrative about them.  They will include elements taught earlier in the year such as plot, characters, and setting.  They will also include sensory details.