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Language Arts 2018-2019

    Welcome to our study of the language arts.  As a high school student, I was fortunate to have influential English teachers that understood the importance of language to shape our interpretation of the worlds we live in, and within.  During my freshmen year of high school, my ninth grade English teacher took the time to turn on the classroom television and tune into the shuttle Explorer launch.  This fateful flight was a community experience, one in which we shared a common loss, and gained so much more in the events of that tragic morning.
 
    Similarly, my goal as your teacher is to provide you with an environment that engages you to reflect on your purpose for the worlds you wish to create for yourself and your loved ones.  The study of the language arts is, I believe, fundamentally important to maintaining a robust democracy, one in which you enjoy the success you create for yourself and are able to secure the goals you establish and seek to secure.  To this end, I believe being of an educated mind you enable so many more opportunities for attainment.  Although I will have a limited time with you, 180 school periods, I look to serve you and be your partner in your educational goals this year. 
 
I hope you will find the course of study engaging and a benefit to your learning and preparation for college and career.  In the course of study we will further develop your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, 21st century skill set, and work to be inquisitive about the human condition and our world. 
 
    As for my journey as teacher and educational leader, this marks my 22nd year teaching language arts at La Mirada High School (LMHS).  I am privileged to teach in such a wonderfully supportive community.  I am blessed to have married my wife and raised my children in La Mirada.  I mention my family, because, their support provides me the impetus to work for you.
 
For the 2018-2019 school year, I will lead students in through the Language Arts 11 ERWC and Pre-Advance Placement 10.  This year, is the first of a three year pilot of the California State University's ERWC course for grade 11.  I am privileged to be a participant in the i3 study by West-Ed and their work with our district in support of student academic success in reading and writing.
 
In addition, Mr. Alvarez is a member of the i3 ERWC study, UC Irvine Pathways Curriculum Development team, and was elected by his peers to serve as a member of the La Mirada School Site Council.
 
Mr. Alvarez graduated California State University Fullerton with a degree in English. He continued his graduate studies at Whittier College and earned his California Teaching Credential. Mr. Alvarez also obtained a Master of Art degree in Education with a specialization in educational leadership with an administrative credential from Concordia University Irvine.
 
I am a member of the National Council of Teachers of English, California Teachers Association, and TANLA, and a lifetime member of the California State University Fullerton Alumni Association.
 
 
 
Independent
Reading
Resources
The file below is an excellent example of an Oral Commentary from student T. Bouzos.
Writing Resources
 
You Tube Playlist
(from Lori Campbell)
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8ogj0IHGS9imIvhMWBiC6T_Ho6fpVPMS
Course Documents
 
Overview, introductory, and course-specific documents will be available on this page.  Please utilize the NLMUSD's LMS Schoology and your NLMUSD Google Drive to access unit and lesson specific documents.
Student Evaluation, Assessment, and Grading
College and Career Links
(I do not personally endorse any of these sites and accept no responsibility for any stated or implied contexts).
 
https://www.lamiradahs.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=495982&type=d&pREC_ID=1024707