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Melissa Calkins at VHS

Hello:)  
 
I am Melissa Calkins and I teach English at Valdosta High School.  My daily schedule is:
 
1st period - World Literature and Composition
2nd period - World Literature and Composition
3rd period - World Literature and Composition
4th period - World Literature and Composition
5th period - Planning
6th period - 9th Grade Literature and Composition
7th period - 9th Grade Literature and Composition
 
 
Course Descriptions:
 
World Literature and Composition

This course focuses on a study of literature from different countries and cultures around the world; the students develop understanding that theme is what relates literature to life and that themes are recurring in the literary world.  The students explore the effect of themes in regard to interpretation.  The students will read across the curriculum to develop academic and personal interests in different subjects.  While the focus is expository writing in World literature, the students will also demonstrate competency in a variety of writing genres:  persuasive, narrative, and technical.  The students will engage in research, timed writings, and the writing process.  Instruction in language conventions will occur within the context of reading, writing, and speaking, rather than in isolation.  The students demonstrate an understanding of listening, speaking, and viewing skills for a variety of purposes. 

 

Ninth Grade Literature and Composition  
Freshmen study literary genres (short stories, novels, tales, poetry, mythology, drama, and nonfiction). The students explore how literary form affects interpretation, as they develop an understanding of both the structure and the meaning of a literary work.  Students read across the curriculum to develop academic and personal interests in different subjects.   Students also demonstrate competency in a variety of writing genres:  narrative, expository, persuasive, and technical writing.  The students engage in short writing, extended writing, timed writings, and research.  Instruction in language conventions occurs within the context of reading, writing, and speaking, rather than in isolation.  The students demonstrate an understanding of listening, speaking, and viewing skills for a variety of purposes. The course reflects both the Georgia Performance Standards and the Common Core Standards.   End of Course Test is required.   
 
If you have any questions about your child's progress or upcoming assignments, feel free to email me by clicking on the email icon on the right-hand side of this page, or directly at: mcalkins@gocats.org