Phone: 704-799-8555 ext. 1441
Degrees and Certifications:
My courses use CANVAS for online communication, including assignments given & submitted.
Necessary phone applications: CANVAS, PowerSchool, & Remind App
*Parents can be added to the CANVAS Classroom Newletter by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and expressing your interest.
Tutoring: Mon B-lunch & Wed A-lunch
My Classroom Mission
English class is more than the misconception of just reading novels, talking about our feelings, and practicing how to Google information for a research assignment.
This class is focused on teaching young people how to read > evaluate > think critically > articulate those thoughts with evidentiary support.
All well-rounded people need a balance of empathy and critical thinking; that is what we will develop through our practices in reading and writing.
After attending Iredell-Statesville schools throughout my middle and high school years, I have returned to teach in those very areas. I taught my first years at Lakeshore Middle but moved to Lake Norman High after a few years. Over the past decade, I have taught every level of English at LNHS. I have reading and writing and analysis experience that I am more than happy to share with my students, whatever the age or situation - just send me an email!
On a more personal note, I am a huge geek: Lord of the Rings and Star Wars are required viewing to fully understand the typical examples I make use of in class. I am the advisor for the Gaming Club and encourage you to wait out the Friday traffic with us in the media center, playing Super Smash, Mario Kart, & Just Dance.
Futhermore, I read Young Adult literature ravenously and love to discuss it. I have a small library of YA novels in my room if you are ever in need of a quick read or a new book suggestion. We live an exciting time because a slew of fantastic YA novels are being made into movies: Simon & the Homosapiens Agenda (as Love, Simon), The Darkest Minds, The Hate You Give, and, on Netlix, To All the Boys I've Loved Before. Feel free visit during SMART lunch for a fan discussion on any of these exciting new films.
Lastly, I enjoy discussing logical fallacies and language analysis as applied to social issues. I welcome any and all students to visit during SMART lunch for intellectual conversation or tutoring... or to chat about the newest season of Voltron on Netflix.
AP LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION
Course Prerequisites according to College Board:
> While there are no prerequisites for an APELg course, students who have had experience in rhetorical analysis, argument, and synthesis may more easily address the objectives of the course."
> Students entering an APELg course should possess fundamental skills in inquiry (research), analysis, and informed argument."
Student expectations within the course, according to College Board:
> read purposefully and rhetorically
> write on a regular basis about what others have written
> read short texts that provoke responses from multiple perspectives to generate discussion
> read substantive texts, requiring several days or weeks to read
> students are spending 8 hours per week engaged in reading & writing with a clear connection between the two
Primary Course Goals, according to College Board:
> Developing critical literacy [in reading and writing]
> Facilitating informed citizenship
J. Christie - English Teacher - Lake Norman High School - Department Chair - Prom Advisor - Game Club Advisor
Dedicated Educator - Avid Reader, Gamer, & Learner - Global & Literary Traveler