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 Medical Lake Middle School - Language Arts - Ms. Baughman
Welcome to My Classroom!!  I am excited for 2021-2022 school year.
My name is Brenda Baughman and I will be your child's 7th or 8th grade Language Arts teacher.  I grew up in Auburn, Washington and graduated from Cheney High School.  I received my Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree at Eastern Washington University.  I taught at Glencoe High School in Oregon for three years before moving back to Washington.  I have been teaching in Medical Lake School District for 20 years.  I am blessed to be teaching Language Arts!  I look forward to igniting your child's love of reading and writing.
I have two amazing boys, one is almost 7 and the other is 4.  I love reading with them every night and watching them become little readers. 
Dr. Suess quote: The more you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you go!
Course Description: 
Students in my Language Arts class will become proficient through deliberate practice.  Practice means that they will be given a lot of opportunities to read (on and off grade level text), combined with well thought out instruction to assist in understanding grade-level complex texts, while learning to express their meaning through speaking and writing.  A text centered approach builds students background knowledge about a lot of different topics as well as helping them become confident, joyful readers.
Middle school students analyze, define, compare and evaluate ideas with more precision when reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students work diligently to understand what the author or speaker is saying, learn to question the author's or speaker's assumptions and assess the accuracy of their claims.  Students continue to expand their vocabulary and use their new words in their stories, reports, and essays.  They use relevant evidence when supporting their own points in writing and speaking, making their reasoning clear to readers or listeners.  This ability helps students in their other classes.
Brenda Baughman, M. Ed 
Medical Lake Middle School
7th and 8th Language Arts