Monica Basoa La Palma’s Career Account: Mrs. La Palma is a Basque-Spaniard who spent her teenage and youth years in Venezuela, South America where she obtained a B. A. in Education and the Teaching of English as Foreign Language (University of The East). Three years later, she graduated with a Master’s Degree in the Teaching of Literature (Pedagogical Institute of Caracas). Mrs. La Palma has been a college, university, high school, and middle school professor and teacher for a period of twenty years. She is a Fulbright Recipient, and has attended Summer Institutes in Kentucky and Tennessee. This is her sixth year working for Santa Rosa Consolidated Schools.
The main goals for English II and English III are to implement simple, but effective strategies that will foster the development of a proficient reader and writer. Strategies such as extended-response answers, critical thinking Wh- questions, description, classification, analysis, and inferences, the learning of vocabulary through analogies, synonyms, and antonyms, the composing of MLA essays (prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing), and strategies to promote reading proficiency such as graphic organizers, collaboration, context clues, elimination, inferences, key words, and textual organization are aligned to Bloom’s three upper domains: analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Instruction is ranged to National Common Core Standards which permeate lesson plans, teaching and learning, students’ objectives, assignments and assessments.
English III is devoted to American Literature and its array of fiction, poetic, drama and non-fiction texts (memoirs and USA historical documents). Smarter Balanced sample tests, excerpts, and exercises for PARCC which have been released in the Internet are used for review and practice.
English II focuses on the reading, writing, and discussion of fiction and non-fiction texts emphasizing on basics such as the finding and inferring of main/ideas and details, the acquisition of literary and academic vocabulary, the identification and correction of conventions and the fostering of MLA essay writing. Both reading and writing concentrate on American and world-wide literary, historical, and social issues.
Evaluation: Assessments vary according to students’ needs, but basically they cover the following components. Tests & Quizzes, Reading Journal, Essays & Written Products, Homework, and Behavior, Responsibility & Attendance.