Miss Lipscomb's Letter

English/Language Arts


My name is Rachel Lipscomb and I am so excited to be your child's teacher this year! I have a BA in Communications and Journalism and graduated in 2013 I also have a BA in English with a minor in Secondary Education and obtained that in 2016. I'm a second generation educator and proud supporter of the University of Houston. GO COOGS!

Classroom Environment

I believe that for maximum learning to occur, students have to feel safe and validated. Our classroom is a risk free environment that encourages students to share their experiences and to make connections to their learning. We will use the social skills that increase positive behaviors and prepare the students to be good citizens in the classroom and outside of the classroom.

Grades and Expectations

Tests - 40%

Daily assignments - 30%

Participation - 10%

Homework - 10%

late assignments/make up work/redos will be considered based on individual circumstances

I expect my students do to do their best and have high quality work, if they don't understand something they need to ask questions. I expect them the to be positive and supportive of each other. Students need to be prepared and on time for each class.

Your students success also depends on open communication and everyone on the same page

If at any time you have questions or concerns, you can reach me by email or leave a message with the main office. I am also available 7- 7:20 am and 2:30 - 3 pm and during my department planning time which is 10:05 - 11. Grades are posted on the Home Access Center, classroom assignments and upcoming tests will be posted on my district web page. Periodic reminders will be sent through Remind 101 directions are attached.

What we'll be learning

We will be focusing on Post Colonial literature with an emphasis on character study and inferencing. Students will first study each book in depth before comparing and contrasting between books. Students will reflect and relate the themes of the books to current social issues. Video clips and current events will also be used. Grades will be taken from completion of graphic organizers, reflective writings, group work, quizzes and tests. Detailed syllabus will outline assignments and due dates.

The first unit of study will be on African Colonization and reading the Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now.