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Teacher Profile

Susan Otto

email: susan.otto@prepclasses.org

Susan Otto has a B.A. Degree from LeTourneau University. She worked in the corporate industry for thirty-seven years before changing her career to teaching. Susan taught for nine years in Aldine ISD and fifteen years for Lone Star College. She also was the regional leader for a student organization called Business Professionals of America (BPA) and was part of the outreach ministry at their church.

Her primary role as a teacher is to introduce students to a higher level of reading and writing which often leads to a new way of thinking. She loves to teach her students and show them how the topic they are learning will apply and built upon in the next class or grade. Susan continuously works hard to build a culture in our class where students feel comfortable exploring diverse ways of learning and include a well-structured learning environment.

Teacher's Classes

NOTE: A student must be at least twelve years old by September 1, 2022, to register for this class for the 2022-23 school year.

Seventh grade is a great time for students to sharpen the skills they have been taught and add some new ones to challenge their active minds. My goal is for students is to excited about seeing literature come to life, sharing their words through writing and broadening their view. This class is designed to do just that through the four areas of language study:  reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Students will learn a good deal of new vocabulary as well as comprehension strategies and will also begin to analyze literature while delving into discussions of the themes of some excellent novels. These include The Secret Garden (Burnett), Where the Red Fern Grows (Rawls), Prince Caspian (Lewis), My Side of the Mountain (George), A Wrinkle in Time (L’Engle), and Number the Stars (Lowry). Even if some students have already read one or more of these books, they likely have not truly studied them or been required to think deeply about the themes.

Also, when a book is re-read and discussed with peers, a fresh perspective often arises, causing a “mundane” book to come alive or an already Using the WriteShop 1 curriculum, students will have the opportunity to master that blank page by learning to construct, edit, and revise paragraphs written for different purposes, including description, exposition, and narration. Additionally, I will provide weekly English grammar exercises in which students will thoroughly review parts of speech, phrases, and clauses through parsing and diagramming.

As we read and write together, we will hone listening and speaking skills through in-depth discussion not only of the novels but also of the students’ writing samples. The students will also be required to give the class periodic presentations based on the books and recite at least one poem from memory.

Parents provide the novels (any paper edition that is not simplified or abridged), WriteShop 1 (student book only), Rodale’s The Synonym Finder or other thesaurus, and a good hard-copy dictionary, preferably Webster’s or another title that has stood the test of time..

Supply fee: $65

Tuition: $550/year or 10 monthly payments of $55.

Textbooks: WriteShop 1 Student Workbook (5th Edition) (Kim Kautzer and Debra Oldar)

Parents provide all novels and supplemental texts for the class.  (any edition that is Not a simplified or abridged version)

Materials Needed: 1-inch 3-ring binder, notebook paper, 8 dividers, dark blue or black pens, pencils, colored pencils (8 colors or more and sharpened), Rodale’s The Synonym Finder or other thesaurus, and a good hard-copy dictionary, preferably Webster’s or another title that has stood the test of time.

Class time: 2 hours, once weekly

PLEASE NOTE:

*Withdrawal fee after 9/30 of that school year is 3 months of tuition.


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NOTE:  A student must be at least thirteen years old by September 1, 2022, to register for this class for the 2022-2023 school year.

Building on the skills learned in 7th grade, this class will further develop writing/composition skills and analysis of various works of literature. 

Reading and Writing 2 will build on the work the students have done in Reading and Writing 1. In this on-level eighth grade class, the novels we study will be more complex but still fun, and they will provide ample opportunity for deep thought and reflection on the themes. One of the works we will read is non-fiction, giving us an added dimension for analysis. My goal is for students is to excited about seeing literature come to life, sharing their words through writing and broadening their view. Students will learn new vocabulary and analyze literature. 

Each week, we will review English grammar through various exercises in which students will thoroughly review parts of speech, phrases, and clauses through parsing and diagramming. We will study five novels and one play. The novels (and one play) for this class are: The Bronze Bow (Speare), The Wind in the Willows (Grahame), The Miracle Worker (a play by Gibson), Tom Sawyer (Twain), The Hobbit (Tolkien), and The Hiding Place (Ten Boom). We will also have some time at the end of the year to study a bit of poetry containing some of the same themes as the novels.

Each novel unit will include comprehension assignments, vocabulary activities, instruction in literary terms and devices, and a novel-based final project that students will present to their classmates. For writing, we will continue in the WriteShop series with WriteShop 2, which will still focus on strong paragraph development but will also require the students to write longer pieces. The spring semester will offer instruction and practice with persuasive communication and essay writing. For grammar, I will provide weekly exercises that review parts of speech and cover more complex sentence structures.

Supply fee: $65

Tuition: $550/year or 10 monthly payments of $55.

Textbooks: WriteShop 2 Student Workbook (5th Edition) (Kim Kautzer and Debra Oldar)

Parents provide all novels and supplemental texts for the class.  (any edition that is Not a simplified or abridged version)

Materials Needed: 1-inch 3-ring binder, notebook paper, 8 dividers, dark blue or black pens, pencils, colored pencils (8 colors or more and sharpened), Rodale’s The Synonym Finder or other thesaurus, and a good hard-copy dictionary, preferably Webster’s or another title that has stood the test of time. The teacher will provide any short stories or poems.

Class time: 2 hours, once weekly

PLEASE NOTE:

*Withdrawal fee after 9/30 of that school year is 3 months of tuition.


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