• Watson, D.Dave Watson


    English Teacher
    Forensics Coach
    Yearbook Advisor 



    Background:

    I am a 1997 graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, with a bachelor's degree in English. Before teaching, I held various positions in the financial industry, and later worked as a support staffer for adults with special needs in the Pittsburgh area. I returned to school in 2004 to earn my Master's of Science in Education from Duquesne University. I have taught English at Upper St. Clair High School since 2006.

    Phone: 412-833-1600 x2533 Email:dwatson@uscsd.k12.pa.us

    Courses Taught:

    ACADEMIC ENGLISH - 10 The course emphasizes reading and writing through the study of universal themes reflected in the literature of numerous cultures and eras. Areas of concentration include literature, vocabulary, grammar and usage, speech techniques, and composition. Students explore nonfiction, the short story, poetry, drama/tragedy, and the novel. Writing assignments include various multi-paragraph essays, both formal and informal. Students also develop research skills by writing a critical paper in which they integrate primary and secondary source quotations. The grammar/usage unit reinforces skills needed to write clear and complete sentences with units on clauses, punctuation, and usage. The vocabulary program consists of literary terms, contextual vocabulary, and words common to the SAT. Students will also prepare and deliver an informative speech.
     
    MYP ENGLISH - 10 The course objectives and the content are the same as Academic English 10. However, MYP instruction will emphasize IB principles such as the Areas of Interaction, global connections, and development of skills for life-long learning.



    Activities Sponsored:

    Forensics Coach: I have co-managed the Speech and Debate team at the high school since 2007. Currently, I coach the speech events of Dramatic and Humorous Interpretation, Original Oratory, and Poetry/ Prose.