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Welcome to Senior English, 2020-2021!
Senior year is an exciting time, and we will work hard to develop the skills that each student needs to be successful in whatever their post-high school life will include. We will focus on reading non-fiction and analyzing the various ways in which the written word is used to communicate. We will also read several literary classics including Animal Farm by George Orwell, Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, and selections from Shakespeare.
Students will write six formal essays throughout the school year including a College Application Essay, a character analysis, a research paper, and an argumentative essay. Writing assignments will develop skills in sentence fluency, voice, word choice, idea development, and grammatical foundations. The class will also develop speaking skills through several projects and presentations.
I know that there are many unknowns for this school year. But, I want you to know that, no matter what, I am here and will be here. I am here to help. I am here to listen. I am here to push you and support you. We will make this year great together!
About Mrs. Harjo
Degrees and Certifications:
Grades 6-12 ELA Grades PK-12 ESOL Advanced Placement Certification ACT Prep Certified Teacher
Mrs. Sara Harjo
I was born in Oklahoma City, but my family moved to the mountains of Frisco, Colorado, when I was seven. Growing up in the mountains has greatly influenced who I am today. I love to be outdoors, and any time spent by a campfire is time that I value. The University of Kansas (go Jayhawks!) was my first college experience and is where I studied English and developed my love for the written word. I received my teaching degree from Washburn University. I hold master degrees in curriculum and instruction and in teaching English to speakers of other languages (ESOL). I am currently on the final stretch of finishing my doctorate in educational leadership. Teaching is in my blood. Both of my parents were teachers, and they fully supported my decision to spend my life in the classroom, both as a student and as a teacher.
I began teaching in 2007 at Wichita South High School and came to Sedgwick in 2016. I love being a Cardinal! Teaching in Sedgwick is more than what I do in my classroom. It is also about being part of a community. This feeling of community has made me feel welcome and supported since day one.
I am married with three kids who all attend Sedgwick Public Schools. My family loves to travel to Colorado and explore the outdoors. Our first love, however, is baseball. All of my children play baseball and softball, and we love spending time at the field. The Kansas City Royals will always hold a special place in my heart.
Favorite Books: *The Awakening by Kate Chopin *The Odd Thomas Serios by Dean Koontz *To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Favorite Music: *Tom Petty *Jason Aldean * Beyonce *Horrible pop music of the early 2000s
Other Favorites: Coffee, Tacos, Sushi, (did I mention coffee???)