Mrs. Tracy Beard Introduction

Mrs. Tracy Beard







Contact Information:


E-Mail: tbeard@iasd.cc

Courses:



OL Reading 6-


In this course, students expand their knowledge as they grow as readers and writers in this course. With a vast range of engaging literary and informational reading selections, students learn to read critically, analyze texts, and cite evidence to address the Common Core State Standards. Students explore a full unit on Lewis Carroll’s classic novel Through the Looking Glass, and read essential parts of other fictional texts, including Holes, Esperanza Rising, and The Number Devil. In the course, students evaluate poetry and drama, such as a poem by Langston Hughes and an excerpt from Brighton Beach Memoirs. In order to help students comprehend text structure, author’s purpose, and argumentative claims, the course delves into nonfiction—from the informational text A Short Walk Around the Pyramids & Through the World of Art, to a biography of Frida Kahlo, to an historic speech.


OL Reading 7-


This course invites students to broaden their literacy skills as they embark on reading adventures. Engaging literary and informational reading selections prompt students to read critically, analyze texts, and cite evidence to address the Common Core State Standards. Students explore Jack London’s classic novel White Fang, and read essential parts of other fictional texts, including The Outsiders, Dragonwings, and a short story by Walter Dean Meyers. In the course, students evaluate drama in the form of The Miracle Worker, paired with the autobiography of Helen Keller. They also read the poetry of Langston Hughes and William Butler Yeats. In order to help students comprehend text structure, author’s purpose, and argumentative claims, the course delves into nonfiction—from the informational text Exploring the Titanic, to contemporary current events articles, to a speech by Cesar Chavez.


OL English 6-


Students are challenged to sharpen their vocabulary, grammar, and listening skills through lessons designed to give students explicit modeling and ample opportunities to practice. Writing is the final integral component of the course. Students engage in routine, responsive writing based on texts they have read. In more extensive, process-based writing lessons, students write topical essays in narrative, informative, analytical, and argumentative formats. In this full-year sixth-grade course, students develop a mastery of reading, writing, and language arts skills.


OL English 7-


Students are challenged to sharpen their vocabulary, grammar, and listening skills through lessons designed to give students explicit modeling and ample opportunities to practice. Writing is the final integral component of the course. Students take part in routine, responsive writing based on texts they have read. In more extensive, process-based writing lessons, students write topical essays in narrative, informative, analytical, and argumentative formats. In this full-year seventh-grade course, students develop a mastery of reading, writing, and language arts skills.