• Watson, D.Dave Watson

    English Teacher

    Forensics Coach





    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 9: The course emphasizes mastery in literature, composition, oral communication, and language skills. Literature study includes the five major genres: short story, novel, nonfiction, drama, and poetry. Focus is on the 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, explanatory, argumentative, narrative, and creative modes. To 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.
    MYP 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.
    ACADEMIC ENGLISH 12: The course connects the modern student with the distinct language, culture, and history
    reflected in British literature during the first semester. The second semester will focus on contemporary texts. Our efforts will not only trace the ancestry of modern thought but also find relevance in these ideas as they relate to us as individuals and as a society.


    Activities Sponsored:

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