Mrs. Sarah Susa
I have a B.A. in English from Allegheny College and a M.Ed. in Secondary English Education from the University of Pennsylvania. I have been at the high school since the fall of 2008 and have taught 9th, 10th, and 11th grade English courses. I am currently teaching sections of Honors English 10 and Honors English 11. I also sponsor the Invisible Children Club (www.invisiblechildren.com) and when not in school, can be found on the slopes with the ski club.
Phone: 412.833.1600 x. 2538 Email: email@example.com
Course Taught:Honors English 10 offers motivated students a chronological survey of classic literature of western civilization. Students will study various genres of literature from ancient Greece and the classic writers of England. Throughout the study of core works and supplemental novels, students will explore the nature of a literary classic, its universality, and its relevance to modern man. To complement the study of literature, students will write for various purposes and audiences, including a controlled literary research paper. Besides offering an accelerated reading and writing program, the course also provides opportunities to practice effective speech techniques. An ambitious independent vocabulary program is another important component of this course.
Honors English 11 involves a comprehensive study of American Literature from Puritanism to the present. The reading selections are organized chronologically and are representative examples of six intellectual movements. The emphasis is not only on historic development but also on emerging themes. The course promotes writing, vocabulary development, language, discussion, and study skills. Intensive work in composition emphasizes exposition, narration, description, and persuasion. An extensive vocabulary program includes specific units as well as contextual vocabulary taken from the literature. The vocabulary program, grammar exercises, and timed writings are designed for SAT and PSSA preparation. The continuing development of effective research skills culminates in a major critical research paper. The students will also deliver a persuasive speech.