We will continue to incorporate the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing in our writing studies. Our class will run much like a writer’s workshop where we analyze each other’s writing during class and offer feedback. We will learn how to provide constructive criticism to our peers’ writing. Students really enjoy sharing their writing with others during class. Writing topics are still being determined, but we will start the year writing Personal Narratives. Other topics may be writing poetry, reviews, speeches, and creative writing. We plan to use the LMS platform Canvas for 6th-12th Grade writing this year.
If your student checked out a Chromebook, please have them bring it to class as we will use them every day. If you did not check out a Chromebook, each student will still have a Canvas account through the district that can be accessed on any computer. We will have extra Chromebooks for those students who did not check one out to use during class. Canvas will be a great tool for turning writing assignments in electronically and offering digital feedback from the teacher and peers. All writers should also bring a writer’s notebook where they can keep papers, assignments, etc. to bring to school every day.
MEET SARA NICHOLS
WRITING TEACHER (GRADES 6-12)
I was born and raised in Des Moines, attending Hoover High School. I then went on to Drake University, earning my B.F.A in Theatre Education. Later, I earned my Masters in Education from Viterbo University. I am certified to teach English, Speech and Drama.
I started my teaching career at East High School teaching Drama. I then went on to teach English, Speech, and AP Literature and Composition at North High School for 12 years. While teaching at North, I was an Asst. Drama Director directing plays, coaching events for Speech contest, constructing sets, designing costumes and lights, and more. I then chose to stay home with my son. During that time, I started and have continued to work for Cecelia Talley and DramaTykes teaching drama at daycares, preschools, and elementary schools. I have been with HSAP since 2017.
My family and I like to ride bikes, hike, read, walk our dog, and coach/watch our son participate in sports and the arts.
WHY I LOVE TEACHING
The ability to communicate effectively is a vital skill and I am proud that is what I get to teach. Theatre and the communication arts is my passion. I have been involved in the theatre since I was a child. Sharing my love for theatre and communication with your children is a thrill. Thanks so much!