Language Arts Instructor (#1330544)
St. George Academy, a public college preparatory charter high school, is seeking experienced full-time teachers to join to join the Department of Language Arts and Communications to develop and teach Language Arts courses, including Writing Foundations and Academic Writing. The primary focus of this position will be to instruct foundational courses for Lower Division students in the 8th and 9th Grades in an effort to establish the critical skills necessary for advanced practices in writing, comprehension, and analysis.
Writing Foundations is a required course for our 8th graders and emphasizes basic grammar and writing skills. This course should ensure that students can write clear, understandable, grammatically correct sentences. It introduces and applies the academic body paragraph, focusing on complete simple and complex sentences, topic sentences, as well as clear and logical reasoning. An emphasis in this course is for students to be able to elaborate on their points with clear supports. Writing assignments are primarily argumentative and have a focus on brainstorming and outlining skills. Students are introduced to detailed annotation with the literature selections for the course. Current work includes: Frankenstein, American Born Chinese, The Lottery, Story of an Hour, and The Most Dangerous Game.
Academic Writing is a required course for our 9th graders and enforces the structure and components of an academic essay, primarily focusing on introduction and conclusions. Writing assignments should be connected to relevant literature and academically focused. Writing assignments should range from literary analysis to novice level research papers. Students will learn the difference between writing in 1st and 3rd person. Application of literary devices and thesis statements are also expectations of this course. Current work includes: A Wrinkle in Time, Man’s Search for Meaning, and short fiction.
Upper Division, Advanced Placement and elective courses in the discipline can also be developed in future academic years. This position is responsible for creating a classroom environment that develops in each student skills of listening, speaking, reading, grammar, vocabulary, and writing. Faculty will play critical roles in the further development of the Language Arts and Communication program and the institution, as a whole.