Hello. My name is Cassandra Sherburne. This is my fifth year at the Villages Charter School. I have taught 8th, 9th, and 11th grade in the past. I have my BA in English from Colorado Christian University, my MAT in Secondary Education from Concordia University, and am endorsed in English 6-12, ESOL, and Reading. I love books! I love reading new books, helping people find books, and sharing books. I look forward to hearing about your experiences, good and bad, with books. I also enjoy traveling to new places, experiencing new cultures, and trying new food. I hope to do all these things with you throughout the year.
I have an exciting year planned for us full of rich stories, interactive projects and refined writing. I have handpicked titles that I believe will help foster a love of reading. I encourage discussions therefore I require participation. Your opinion counts and I want to know what it is. I will ask that you be respectful of your classmates' opinions as well and respect their turn speaking. I have also embedded various assessments throughout our curriculum that will require you to work in groups, design projects and give presentations. I believe that the integration of these readings, discussions, and assessments will help you see great gains in your learning. My goal is to help you take charge of your learning, to help you set goals and help you achieve them. I see our year as a partnership and to make it work I need your participation.
A sample MLA formatted paper is available to you through the following link on the VCS Media Center's page. This sample paper was provided by Lake Sumter State College. Please review this prior to submitting any essays. MLA format is a requirement.
Another wonderful writing resource is the Purdue Online Writing Lab, also known as the Purdue OWL. I will refer to this site in class often. Click here to access the site.