Mr. Fahy - English & History Teacher

I've been a teacher for about 20 years. I went back to school to be a teacher because I wanted to connect with people in an important way. For teaching, I chose reading and history because I think I can make the biggest difference there for students.

English Language Arts and Literacy for Success Course Syllabus

Welcome to English Linguistics Class!

Sometimes, older students need intensive study of how English works (linguistics) in order to make progress in literacy.  My goal for every student is two years of growth in literacy skills in one year. We can do this together!  I want my students to try their best every day, make a lot of mistakes, and bounce back.  I will help them try again, maybe in a different way, and to grow their own brain power. 

Student School Materials, to be organized for work every day, each students needs to bring:

  • 2 pencils and an eraser,
  • college-ruled lined paper,
  • a binder or folder to hold work, and
  • a free reading book at their independent level.

Learning to be organized for work is important.

Homework

Daily reading of library books at home is the homework assignment - every day, including the weekends. I expect each student to read at home - daily - for 30 minutes (it could be in two 15 minute periods). I assign Reading Logs for each student to record reading at home. Practicing reading is necessary for reading improvement. 

In addition, every week, there are several written homework assignments for practice with spelling, grammar, linguistic terms, etc.  

Home Support

Parents, please remind your student to read at home daily.  Please sometimes read yourself with her or him to share the book. Please ask questions about the book he or she is reading. This family support is very encouraging for your student’s efforts. 

Thanks to the Family

Thank you for sending your student to our school.  I am honored and very pleased to be your student’s teacher. I will do my best every day to help your student learn.  Please contact me whenever you wish to talk about your student’s needs and learning.

Class Procedures

*  Start entering the class early and arrive in Zoom on time.

*  Please keep your camera on as much as you can. I need to see you in class.

*  Join the lessons. No phones, no other screens

Ending class

  1. Safe and orderly, put away materials and computers, clean up the room.
  2. Review the day’s lesson
  3. Preview tomorrow’s lesson
  4. Exit safely and orderly.

 Class Rules – Simple, safe, and focused

  1. Be in your seat and ready to work when the bell rings. You are tardy if not.
  2. Raise your hand and wait for permission to speak. Respect the class.
  3. Eyes on the teacher or speaker when they are talking. Respect the class and teacher.
  4. Follow directions quickly the first time. Respect yourself and the class.
  5. Use respectful language and behavior towards others.
  6. Respect the room – keep food, drink, and gum outside.
  7. Follow all school rules. Be respectful.

I will praise or call home when behavior is good. When behavior correction is needed, I will give positive behavior support: reminder, or meeting with student, or phone call to family, or meeting with family, or other support action.

Curriculum

Our curriculum is an adaptation of the State Foundational Skills Standards in Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking designed for students in grades 6, 7, and 8. The curriculum is also based on the State Standards for English Learners. The curriculum elements include: 

  1. Brain science about how our brains learn and grow. We grow when we try something we don’t know already, and make mistakes, and try again. When it’s hard for us, our brains become smarter.
  2. Community creation lessons so we can become a community of learners helping each other.
  3. The Language! Literacy Curriculum to accelerate growth in students’ reading and writing skills. The lessons include intense study of
    1. Phonemic Awareness and Phonics (language sounds and letter correspondence)
    2. Word Recognition (pronouncing words) and Spelling
    3. Vocabulary
    4. Grammar (word functions) and Syntax (sentences)
    5. Listening and Reading Comprehension
    6. Speaking and Writing

These lessons are almost every day.

  1. Grade level literature and informational texts, studied chiefly by listening and speaking, to learn advanced concepts while reading and writing skills are catching up.

Goal Setting and Growth Measurement

Each student will have personal progress goals. The goals will be in

  1. Daily Effort
  2. Phonics and Spelling
  3. Reading Fluency
  4. Vocabulary
  5. Grammar
  6. Reading Comprehension
  7. Speaking and Writing

Each student’s improvement in these areas will be measured and reviewed with him or her. We will set new goals or try new lessons, and continue.

 Course Grades

This is an accelerated foundational skills course. The course grades will be based on growth and improvement. The goal is two years’ of improvement in one year. Homework is also part of the grade. With the family’s help, our students can do it! 

Respectfully,

Michael Fahy

Teacher

michael.fahy@lausd.net