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Welcome to Sophomore English: 2020-2021
This school year will be different from any other that I have been involved with as either a student or a teacher. But that doesn't mean that this year can't be great! It is my goal to make this year of Sophomore English engaging, challenging, and fun. Regardless of what the year will bring, I want all of my students and their parents to know that I will be here. I will be here to help. I will be here to support. I will be here to listen. I will be here to teach.
Sophomore English students will explore classic literature from around the world. Students will read drama, poetry, and novels with a focus on a study of literary elements and thematic connections. Sophomores will also write four formal essays and many smaller writing assignments throughout the year. Major works covered: 12 Angry Men by Reginal Rose, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Oedipus by Sophocles, Anthem by Ayn Rand, Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Lord of the Flies by William Golding.
About Mrs. Harjo
Degrees and Certifications:
Grades 6-12 ELA Grades PK-12 ESOL Advanced Placement Certified ACT Prep Certified Instructor
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???)