English Enrichment


Classroom Information

General Information and Overview of the Class

Students need not bring any supplies to this class, except a pencil; all other supplies are provided. The class is divided into three parts: warm-up, thematic units and computer study. During warm-up, students practice using vocabulary and applying concepts in mathematics and science. Then during the thematic unit, students further increase their academic English skills by studying social studies or literature through some aspect of history or culture. For instance, students have studied the history of Pueblo, Japanese culture, and the history of the Mayas and Aztecs, along with Spanish Colonial history. They also study writing and English grammar and practice correct usage in activities from Step Up to Writing.  On Thursdays they read the nonfiction articles in the computerized program Trueflix to increase comprehension in core content areas that span the Middle School curriculum.

Ms. White's office hours are Tuesdays 3:30 pm-4:15 pm.

WIDA Standard for English Language Acquisition in the state of Colorado:

English Language Learners communicate for social and instructional purposes in Language Arts, mathematics, science and social studies.


Fall Semester 2016 Journal (Warm-up): Earth Science--Astronomy

Students will apply vocabulary and concepts in astronomy to daily notebook activities from Earth Science Daybook.

Fall Semester 2016 Thematic Units

Vineland Middle School Lifeskills

Students will demonstrate comprehension of the VMS Lifeskills by identifying them correctly.  They will then apply the lifeskills to their own lives and evaluate their behavior and choices. Finally, they will use their self-evaluations to write a paragraph describing their plan to improve their practice of at least two VMS Lifeskills.  In May students will review their paragraphs and evaluate their progress in improving their practice of the two lifeskills selected.

Introduction to Chess and Old English Culture

This fall 2016, as an interactive project, students will learn to play chess with one another as a means of learning about Old English culture and language.  As they play chess, they will be practicing critical thinking skills such as analysis, strategy, prediction, and problem-solving. Later in 2017, they will be able to relate chess to  a graphic novel about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table which is full of the imagery and dynamics of chess.

Students will become oriented to the basic terms, images, moves, objectives and concepts of chess in the introductory lesson "Getting Started" from the online resource ChessKid.com.  They will interact with the promethean board to answer questions and demonstrate basic chess moves

Students will proceed to step-by-step instruction for playing the game of chess in the Usborne First Skills text Starting Chess by Harriet Castor.  They will practice their skills on chessboards with each other and take quizzes on the use of all the pieces in the game. Finally, they will construct their own how-to manual on the game of chess.

Spring Semester 2017 Journal: 
Earth Science--Astronomy Continued in Earth Science Daybook until February

Mathematics: Students will identify and apply mathematics vocabulary in
notebook activities from Content Vocabulary Workout Grade 8.

Spring Semester 2017 Thematic Unit:

Old English Culture and History

After experiencing a chess tournament at the beginning level, students will make the connection between the elements of chess and the imagery of a historical graphic novel of a famous medieval English king--Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.
Students will read Excalibur: The Legend of King Arthur by Tony Lee, choose a character, and analyze it using outlines from Step Up To Writing
They will apply their knowledge of chess strategies and objectives to the government and politics of Old England.
They will choose a scene from the novel and enact it for the class with exact dialogue from the text.
Finally, they will compare the historical graphic novel Excalibur: The Legend of King Arthur to the documentary film "The Truth Behind King Arthur" by National Geographic.

Students will read and analyze a related poem "The Glove and The Lions" from Common Core Support Coach Grade 6 and make connections between the characters and imagery of this medieval poem and that of Excalibur: The Legend of King Arthur.

Students will study the history of English in an article from the Champion Reader Blue entitled, "What is English?" which describes the development of English from Old English to Modern English. The article reviews English structures such as vocabulary borrowed from other languages, synonyms and antonyms, homographs, homophones, root words and affixes. Students will review these types of usages in accompanying activities and exercises.


The district offers CTE opportunities for students without regard to race, color, national origin, gender or handicap. The district provides an assurance that lack of English skills will not be a barrier to admission or participation.

Pueblo County School District 70 does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, or handicap (disability) in admission or access to, or treatment, or employment in its education programs or activities. Inquiries about ADA, Section 504, and Title IX may be addressed to the Superintendent of Schools, 24951 East Highway 50, Pueblo, Colorado 81006. 719-542-0220