About Mrs. Richard

This is Elizabeth Richard's eleventh year teaching in the classroom and her third year at SEAS.  Mrs. Richard is a graduate of St. Gertrude High School in Richmond, Virginia. She earned her bachelor's degree in English from Virginia Tech and then completed two years of volunteer service in the Peace Corps at Johannes Dohren Catholic School in Gunichas, Namibia. Upon returning to the United States, she earned her master's degree in the Teaching of English from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City.  Mrs. Richard moved to Oklahoma in June 2014 and attends St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Oklahoma City.  She enjoys skiing, bicycling, singing, cooking and reading.  

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Middle School English

Each and every day in English class, students receive grammar, vocabulary, and editing instruction.  Below please find a description of the resources for each type of instruction. In addition to pumping some brain iron by learning about HOW to write, we will be doing quite a bit of actual writing! Below please find the six units we will be navigating over the course of the year.

Grammar

We use the Daily Grammar Practice program. This is a research-based program designed to help students understand and apply grammar terms on a daily basis in small manageable chunks. Students have the opportunity to work with one sentence per week and practice applying grammar terminology and rules.  Students who have a solid grasp of the rules of the English language will develop more sophisticated editing techniques and will become more eloquent writers.  If you'd like to learn more about DGP, please visit www.dgppublishing.com.

Vocabulary

We use the Sadlier Vocabulary Workshop textbooks. Students will learn over 300 vocabulary words over the course of each school year.  We will cruise through 15 units, and each unit will take us about two weeks to complete.  

Daily Paragraph Editing

Daily Paragraph Editing is designed to help students learn skills in language mechanics and expression through focused practice. Students edit paragraphs for correctness in capitalization, language usage, punctuation, capitalization, etc. 

Writing Units

Here are our Archdiocesan writing units!

6th grade: 1- Group Discussions, 2- Effective Paragraphs, 3- Narrative Writing, 4- Researching and Using Proper Citation, 5- Informative Writing, and 6- Persuasive Writing

7th Grade: 1- Informative Writing, 2- Narrative Writing, 3- Choosing Reliable Sources, 4- Writing a Research Paper, 5- Researching and Writing an Argumentative Essay, and 6- Group Presentations

8th Grade: 1- Informative Writing, 2- Personal Narratives, 3- Analyzing Sources for Bias, 4- Researching and Writing a Research Paper, 5- Writing Argumentative Essays with Counter Claims, 6- Persuasive Speeches