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Deanna Dowell

Deanna Dowell

For the 2020-2021 school year, please access updated information regarding my classes at the following link for my teacher page in the CANVAS learning management system: 

About Me: I love middle schoolers! I have been teaching middle school reading and English for seventeen  years. I have also taught high school ELA and 6th grade ELA. My husband and I have lived in the Mustang area for almost twenty years. We are both teachers. My husband works at Mustang High School, and our daughter is a student in the Mustang district.
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My planning period for 2020-2021 is 1:00-1:45.

     The focus of our Language Arts class is on developing critical thinking skills which will involve forming ideas and communicating those ideas, as opposed to just locating answers within a text. This will require participation in both whole and small group discussion and a significant amount of writing. We will be reading classroom novels as well as selections from literature textbooks. We will also cover several elements of English, including a broadened knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, and writing.  Becoming comfortable with writing for a variety of audiences and purposes will be a focus for this class.  We will experience a variety of genres, including historical fiction; fantasy; mystery/adventure; nonfiction; realistic fiction; and biographies. Our goals this year are to increase your vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, writing, and critical thinking skills, but most of all we hope you develop a lifelong love of reading, writing, and learning!!!

Our grading system is structured by a whole points system, and each quarter will have a breakdown similar to the one listed below. The points are approximate and will vary due to the MPS District schedule:

Vocabulary                                                                160 points                  

Independent Reading/Response                            160 points                  

Common Formative Assessment                           240 points                  

Essay                                                                        200 points                  


     Student progress may be monitored with Parent Portal. Parents, when checking your student’s grades, they will be converted from points to a percentage.  Please use the following grade scale:

A=90-100; B=80-89; C=70-79; D=60-69; F=0-59; . . .A=Absent; 0=Missing (not turned in) 

     Accelerated courses will have the same assessment schedule but will have higher expectations on all writing assignments and projects. Also, the vocabulary list for Accelerated courses will be more advanced.