Welcome to Central High School, home of the Bobcats. My name is Mary Ellen Donahue and I am an English teacher here at Central where I also went to high school back in the 80's. It was back in high school where I learned from some talented teachers how important reading and writing are in the job market. Moreover, my instructors taught me a love of reading that reaches far beyond the textbooks.
When I first started teaching in 1998, I saw in my students, the same desire I felt as a student--the desire to experience life. One of the best ways to experience life is to read about the lives of other individuals and the events that effect them. Reading allows students to sympathize as well as empathize with a world outside of their own. Reading also allows students to understand why the world is the way it is,and how to decide, based on their knowledge and what they read, what we need to survive. Writing allows students to communicate their beliefs, their point of views, and their thoughts with evidence. Therefore, students will be expected analyze both fiction and nonfiction text, supporting their beliefs with evidence. I want my students to use what they learn in my English class to not only have the skills to read their textbooks and other academic information critically but also to be able to thrive outside the classroom in the career market, fulfilling whatever dreams they may have for themselves.
To help my students accomplish their goals, I make myself available to students as much as possible. I am available by appointment before 7:30 AM or after 3:30PM; I am also available for individual tutoring during advisory, 3rd hour, in my classroom. I am in room 924, in the south-central part of the campus. Please check in, in the front office and feel free to come see where your students are learning as well as what they are learning.
In my class, I utilize the Cambridge IGCSE First Language English curriculum as well as AVID strategies to enhance the learning of skills. I provide individual attention when possible and group learning so that your student gets individualized instruction. I expect students to take what they learn inside my classroom and use it in their content area classes as well in their lives outside of school
For homework, I encourage my students to watch the news in whatever language they feel comfortable to build their background knowledge; I also strongly encourage students to read and rewrite their notes from their daily classes, allowing them to practice the reading and writing skills taught in classes while reading the content from their other classes.