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Grammar Philosophy

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This year I will be fully implementing a new grammar philosophy that I have used partially through my years of teaching. I can't find a workbook that I like that follows this philosophy, so I'm coming up with my own curriculum.I'm not the first language arts teacher to be discontent with "normal" grammar education by any means. There are many teachers out there who use grammar workbooks of all kinds to great success, but I tend to agree with Lynn Weber, a teacher at St. Mark's School of Texas, who said, "Students see virtually NO relevance in their daily lives or in their future work lives to the labels attached to grammatical concepts, yet most grammar instruction focuses on the analysis of language rather than the use of it." We all know that it is very difficult to remember and apply what we learn in grammar classes over the years. Why is that? Weber says, "They learn grammar only on the “remember” or “knowledge” level but do not progress to…

MS Lit Syllabus Fall 2020

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We will begin with parts of speech and The Dangerous Voyage by Dave Gustaveson and move on to A Boy of Two Worlds by Lorna Eglin before taking our first test. At the end of the semester, we will cover Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin as well as use advanced clauses and phrases to build amazing middle school paragraphs.

Middle School 2019-2020 Supplies and Guidelines

Classroom Supplies 1. 3 Ring Binder OR Section of 3 Ring Binder 2. College/Wide Ruled Lined Paper and Pencils 3. Current novel andGrammar Workbook Classroom Rules Always be attentive and ready to work. Treat others in the same kind and respectful manner that you would like to be treated. Be ready to offer an encouraging word as much as possible. Our words are powerful and it matters what you say and how you say it. Cell phones should stay in bags at all times in class.  Food or drink other than water is only allowed when the teacher requests it or brings it herself. Classroom Discipline Acting in a manner that disturbs the focus of the teacher, other individuals, or the class as a whole will be handled, at the teacher’s discretion, by either  asking the student directly for returned focus,  asking the student to wait in the nearest teacher’s lounge for a teacher-student conference at the earliest convenience, or asking the student to report to Mrs. Anderson in the office for either a teacher-studen…

Book Reports

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These are worth 10 points per book report on books outside of class. Please make sure you are reading books on your reading level that you have never read before.
Printable version here. 

Mrs. Oster's Favorite Books

In no particular order.
*I have put stars by the books I recommend for anyone at anytime. These would be a great spring break read!
~Books we have read as a family in the twelve years. (My kids are 16, 14, 12, 12, and 9 in 2020)

1. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
2. Anything by Charles Dickens
3. Anything by Jane Austen
4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
5. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
6. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
7. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain
8. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain*~
9. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain*
10. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
11. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (anything by Louisa May Alcott)*
12. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (anything by L.M. Montgomery)*
13. Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
14. Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
15. The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis*~
16. The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien --Believ…

Meet Your Teacher 2020

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I attended Covenant College 1996-2000. After teaching in China for a year,  I married my prince, and we have five children, two of whom were born in Uganda. My family and I live on the Georgia side of Lookout Mountain.

As a family, we love hiking, biking, sports, horses, beaches, mountains, movies, and books.  I have taught for over 20 years in every level from pre-school to adult, but my greatest loves in teaching are writing curriculum and teaching literature to middle and high schoolers.  Currently I also teach ESL online with VIPKID and ballet on Lookout Mountain. Besides reading and teaching, I love baking, gardening, taking long walks with my husband, and snuggling on the couch with my kids and dog, Risa.

We love discovering wildlife in our yard.
Father's Day 2020
Front porch pic during quarantine, spring 2020.  : )