Hello Panther Parents!

A Little About Me

My name is Bridget Doloughty, and I’ll be teaching your child’s English class this year. I have a degree in English Literature and Language from Winthrop University in South Carolina and a Master’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Houston. I lived in Columbia, South Carolina until 2015, when I moved to the great state of Texas. I have loved to read novels, poems, short stories, news articles, and basically anything else I can get my hands on for as long as I remember.

What to Expect This Year

My main goal this year is to get your students to enjoy reading — if not loving it as much as I do. I know sometimes reading classic works is unappealing to high schoolers, but these are texts that your children are expected to read. I know how torturous this can feel for high schoolers, so I plan on doing everything I can to make reading these works fun. Your students will be asked to pick at least one modern, adolescent literature novel to read each nine weeks and then discuss the similarities to the required works in a compare and contrast essay.
This brings me to the next big goal I have for your children — essay writing. Many schools teach students to write essays in order to pass the SAT, but that’s not how I will be dealing with your students. I believe that it’s important for students to be able to leave high school with proper essay writing experience. Rather than teaching your children to write five-paragraph essays I will teach your kids to think critically and use that ability to write well-thought essays.
Your children will be expected to complete one essay each nine-weeks, four essays total. They will also have weekly vocabulary quizzes, daily reading quizzes (to ensure they’re doing their homework), a midterm exam, a final project, and a maximum of four extra credit opportunities should they come to me and ask.

How We'll Start

We’re going to start off the year with group discussions about their summer reading. They will be asked to discuss the major themes of the works they read over the summer and how they are portrayed throughout the novels. They will then each be given a list of vocabulary words that they will be tested on on the first class period of next week. Next week we will begin discussing the different options for the adolescent literature novels they can read at home. They will be put into small groups to discuss these novels throughout each nine week period.

Some Texts Your Students May Want to Explore This Year:

How Can You Be Involved?

I know that you all want your students to do well, so I’m willing to give you as much involvement in this class as possible. I'll ask that you send an email to doloughtyb2@winthrop.edu with your name and your student’s name. You can email me at any time with any questions or concerns that you have and I’ll be sure to respond as soon as I can. I’m willing to set up conferences with any of you at any time you feel necessary, and I encourage conferences at least twice a semester just to check in on how your child is doing in this course. I will also set up an email mailing list for those of you who want to stay up-to-date on upcoming assignments.

I’m excited to get this year started with both you and your students!