My goal in English-language arts is to provide academic rigor with support so that all junior high students enter high school confident readers and writers.
Together we read novels, short stories, essays, and poems with an emphasis on Common Core ELA standards. Additionally, the Reading Apprentice model guides student reading- students are expected to read, annotate, and practice metacognition strategies to better analyze and interpret readings across all genres. These skills are explicitly taught within the ELA class as part of the reading curriculum to help all students construct meaning as well as think critically about language and literature.
Additionally, in ELA we will focus specifically on each part of the writing process from prewriting to publishing to construct essays, short stories and poems.
I attended Saint Peter Martyr school in Pittsburg, Carondelet, and Saint Mary’s College, Moraga. My own two children, now 28 and 25 years-old, attended Saint Agnes. I have taught adult English learners, high school, and junior high in Pittsburg. I return to Saint Agnes where I taught ELA from 2002 to 2012.
When I am not sharing my love of reading and writing with my students, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, hiking, traveling, yoga, and cooking.
Ms. Mercado is our 7th Grade homeroom assistant. She also teaches 6th and 7th grade math.