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FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

General questions

First of all, thank you for being a concerned and involved parent! I appreciate you. Here are some ways to support your student with his/her studies. 

  1. Have your student read the story to you. (If they are not a good reader, be patient. Don’t make them nervous. Compliment them on what they do well.)
  2. Read the story to your student. Model good reading for them. 
  3. After reading, quiz your student about the story. Did they understand what was going on? Do they understand vocabulary? Do they understand the literary techniques introduced in the story? (The literary techniques can be found before the beginning of most stories) 
  4. Communicate with me. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. I am available before and after school. I answer e-mails during my prep time (5th hour) and after school. 
  5. Set time aside for them to work on studying. Encourage them to study the vocabulary and study/review guides. 
  6. Check my teacher website for handouts, videos, etc. for assistance. 
  7. Check to make sure their work is completed well. 
  8. Ensure they get plenty of sleep. (A lot of students stay up late playing video games, playing on social media, reading, etc.)
  9. Ask specific questions about class. “What story are you reading?” “What is it about?” “What literary terms are you learning about?” 
  10. Discuss! A lot of the stories we read in class have life lessons that can be compared to what we experience today. Talk with your student and find out what his/her feelings/thoughts are about the subjects in the story. Share your personal experiences with him/her. This is a great time to talk about your family’s personal morals and ethics vs. society’s. 

I hope this helps! Please contact me if you find these suggestions just aren’t working for you and your student. We will brainstorm and see what else we can do. 

I am so glad you asked! There are several things you can do. 

  1. Ask me for help. I can meet with you before or after school. It is a lot easier for me to work with you one on one. 
  2. Listen carefully in class. 
  3. Ask questions if you don’t understand something. Keep asking until you understand. 
  4. Take notes. 
  5. Re-read the story. 
  6. Read the story at home with your parents/guardians, or an older sibling. 
  7. Study. Study the vocabulary. Study the review guides. 
  8. Check my teacher website for videos and handouts to assist you with your learning. 
  9. Ask a friend to help explain something to you. Do not copy their work...that isn’t helping you, it is actually hurting you in the long run. (Make sure they are a classmate that is doing well in the class!)

If all of this fails, please come see me. We can discuss what you have done and see if outside help is needed. 


According to the District handbook, you have two days to ask for absent work and five days to complete it. If a test was scheduled and you have been given the information for the test, you will take the test upon your immediate arrival. 

Yes. You did. You can find your make up work in the Absent files hanging on the wall by the entrance to the room. They are the red file folders that have your hour and say ABSENT. 

If there are extra credit opportunities offered, I make sure to post the opportunity in the classroom and my website. 

If you are caught cheating you, and anyone else involved, will receive a zero for the assignment. You will not be allowed to make up the assignment. Your parents will be contacted. 

Do not allow anyone to cheat off of your papers.

Mrs. Carissa Ware

Supplies Needed for Class

All students will need a composition notebook for notes and a writing utensil. At the end of the year, students will need a tri-fold poster. 

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11:59-12:46 (5th hour)