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Ms. Gardner - Middle School English and high school humanities

 Welcome to the 2017-2018 Academic Year
        There is no better job than teaching, particularly if you want to learn.  I have taught students in middle school, high school, and college, and they have taught me.
        Teaching and learning is largely a matter of relationship.  It requires trust in oneself and in others.  It is, above all, a partnership.  With this in mind, we begin the 2017-2018 school year full of hope and excitement. There are new challenges and opportunities ahead.  As we move forward, let us remember that the care and education of our students and our community is the primary concern.   
        Many thanks to the excellent people of our sending towns for your continued support.  We continue to provide opportunities for individualized instruction tailored to student need through innovative practice and flexible programming.  This year, I'm particularly excited about the Humanities class in which students study areas of interest through a negotiated  curriculum. This is truly proficiency-based and project-based learning, and allows for real-world experience in the context of the school and community.  
        We invite you to visit our school and see our students at work. They are truly remarkable people.  

Anne Gardner
English and Humanities Teacher 


Headed to the bench at Josh Cole Memorial Tournament 2017

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An intense coaching moment - Josh
Cole Memorial Tournament 2017

Check out Black River Middle School Student Work featured in VERMONT HUMANITIES COUNCIL 2015 RPEORT
VHC's 2015 Annual Report features a lead story on the work of BRMS 8th grade students in the winter and spring of 2014/2015.  The Vermont Read Book was Haroun and the Sea of Stories Salman Rushdie.  Students read, discussed and analyzed the text using the Facilitative Leadership model.  They then wrote and published a book of stories (written by students in 7-9) and hosted a Community Night in which they facilitated discussions with community members on the novel and issues related to it.  Many thanks to the Vermont Humanities Council and Ryan Newswanger (VHC Director of Communications) for their continued support. 
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            CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.2 Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the                 key supporting details and ideas.
  • Study of "Zoo" by Edward Hoch and "He-y, Come On Ou-t!" by Shinichi Hoshi
  • Comparison essay
  • Study of "Three Skeleton Key" by Edward Toudouze
  • Looking at Informational Text Structure
  • Ongoing independent reading and analysis
  • Ongoing vocabulary development



Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

  • Study of Seamus Heaney poetry, including "Digging", "Blackberry-Picking", "Midterm Break" and "Trout"
  • Poetry Analysis summative
  • Study of "Inn of Lost Time" (focus on frame narrative, tone, mood, and author's craft - structure
  • Argument Essay
  • Ongoing independent reading and analysis
  • Ongoing vocabulary development


             Areas of study include:
    • Urban planning and development
    • Photography
    • Game warden career path
    • Architecture
    • Short story portfolio
    • Comics/graphic novel
    • Building a better terrain park
    • Snow guns
    • Landscape design
    • Sports business management
    • Novel
    • Art portfolio
    •  Farm/homesteading
    • Marine biology career path

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Anne Gardner BR FAC,
Oct 20, 2014, 9:41 AM