Ms. Caty DeWalt
Background:Ms. DeWalt earned her undergraduate degree at the College of Wooster, double majoring in English and Theater, and her M.Ed. from the University of Pittsburgh. She worked for 10 years in arts and nonprofit public relations, marketing, and fundraising before becoming a teacher. She taught for a year at Mt. Lebanon High School prior to being hired at Upper St. Clair High School in the fall of 2001.
Courses Taught:MYP Honors English 9: The emphasis of the honors ninth grade program is on literature, literary genres, and composition. The literature is presented by genre: prose and poetry, fiction and nonfiction, comedy and tragedy. Students are required to identify and analyze critically the major characteristics and technical aspects of each genre. Composition is an integral part of the literature program. A supplementary reading program consisting of fiction and nonfiction complements the regular program. Discussion seminars require oral participation and class leadership. Language skills, including vocabulary, style, and conventions, are practiced in writing and speaking.
MYP English 9: Primary areas of study in Academic English 9 are literature, composition, oral communication, and language skills. Literature study includes the five major genres: short story, novel, nonfiction, drama, and poetry. The focus is on acquisition of reading comprehension skills and the ability to identify and analyze the characteristics of each genre. Using the process approach to writing, students write compositions in the informational, descriptive, narrative, persuasive, and creative modes. T o develop their oral communication skills, students make both formal and informal presentations, including one formal speech. Language skills include regular vocabulary study and a review of basic grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure.