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M.S.Ed. in Learning and Teaching Online from CSU East Bay

Single Subject Teaching Credential: English from CSU Sacramento

B.A. in English from UC Davis...Go Ags!



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School Supplies

Welcome to Ms. Brown's class. I'm excited to announce that this year we will have daily access to Chromebooks in English 9! In addition to the supplies provided by me, you will need to bring the following daily:

  1. blue or black pens
  2. red pens (for correcting only)
  3. pencils (for scantrons)
  4. binder paper
  5. SET of highlighters with SIX colors: yellow, orange, pink, purple, blue, and green

Target's current sale includes all of these items. Please make sure the set of highlighters contains ALL six colors. Students will use specific colors to identify specific aspects of writing. I will have a few sets to share, but in previous years, students comment that they regretted not picking up their own supplies (that included orange and purple) while they were on sale at the beginning of the year. My 2013-2014 student survey suggested that I encourage students to invest in these materials during the first week of school.They recommend students buy the double pack and share (or save the second set for the second semester).


Summer Reading

Santa Clara High School requires all students to read throughout the year. Yes, this includes summer. Students can find their assignment listed on the library's web page. In addition to completing this book, Ms. Brown requires her students to complete a Book Chat on their summer reading book. Students can print the form or pick it up during the first few day of school.




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Start the year off right by completing this quick survey.

Posted by: Michelle Brown
Published: 7/25/14

How do I check the reading level of my book?


Should I only read books at or above my reading level?


How can I find the "reading level" of my book?

There are many ways to find the reading level of a book. My suggestion . . . go to Lexile. You will need to register. Pick "as a family." Follow the directions to register and input text. Compare the given lexile level to the chart below.

Grade Band Lexile Band
2-3 420L-820L
4-5 740L-1010L
6-8 925L-1185L
9-10 1050L-1335L
11-CCR 1185L-1383L