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Welcome to Language Arts
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Mrs. Kaplan, 26 years of teaching experience, 8 at
Mabry
 Candidate for National Board Certification
 2005 Teacher of the Year sponsored by the
Georgia Commission on the Holocaust,
recognized by Gov. Sonny Perdue
 2004 Spirit of Anne Frank Educator of the Year,
sponsored by Anne Frank Center USA
 Recipient of 4 international Fellowships
 SE Regional Educator for the US Holocaust
Memorial Museum
 Curriculum and program designer
 Professional conference facilitator
Curriculum Focus
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Writing
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Reading
Critical Thinking
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Expository
Persuasive
Narrative
Response to Literature
Problem Solving
Grammar Usage and Mechanics
Speaking
Listening
Instructional Primary Focus -
Writing
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Jan. – State Writing Assessment
Follow the Writing Process
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Prewrite
Draft
Revise
Proofread
Publish
Writing Competencies
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Content & Organization-3X
Style-2X
Sentence Formation-1X
Usage-1X
Mechanics-1X
Required Resources
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Prentice Hall Writing and Grammar
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Workbook
Prentice Hall Literature
Vocabulary from Classical Roots, C
Dictionary
Thesaurus
Junior Great Books Series 8
(advanced)
Student self selected books (25)
Extra Required Readings
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Covey, Sean. The Seven Habits
of Highly Effective Teens, book
and workbook - nonfiction
Golding, William. Lord of the
Flies - fiction
Weisel, Elie. Night – nonfiction,
memoir
The 7 Habits of Highly
Effective Teens
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Habit 1: Be Proactive®
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Habit 2: Begin with the End in
Mind®
Take responsibility for your life.
Define your mission and goals in life.
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Habit 3: Put First Things First®
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Habit 4: Think Win-Win®
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Habit 5: Seek First to Understand,
Then to Be Understood®
Prioritize and do the most important
things first.
Have an "everyone-can-win" attitude.
Listen to people sincerely.
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Habit 6: Synergize®
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Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw®
Work together to achieve more.
Renew yourself regularly.
Practice Good Habits
Using the 4 Cs
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This year your child will practice:
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Paradigms – the way one thinks about and
sees things
Principles – a natural law or basic truth
The 4 Cs:
character
compassion
commitment
creativity
Academic Reminders
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No HW Hotline, use the blog
No Work Left Behind Policy
All major assignments have 2 day due dates,
then 10 points off for late work and up to 20
points off. It must be completed!
Grades count for HS registration in late Feb
Advanced classes-80 or above for Honors
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Below 80 - probation
On-level classes-90 or above for Honors
Synergy-above 95
Conclusion
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Communication!
Blog
 http://mabryonline.org
Email
 [email protected]
Interdisciplinary & Vertical teaming
 Other content area teachers
 Lassiter HS – Dr. W. Brown
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