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English Department

English Teaching Team

Valley View's English Teaching Team

Accelerated Reader

English teachers will require monthly or quarterly AR goals.  English teachers will provide specific requirements directly to their students. Please see your English teacher for your independent reading requirement. 


Career Exploration Portfolio


One of our roles is to help our students understand their current educational and personal choices which will reflect their future life roles, especially their choice for a career.  The purpose of this portfolio is to provide our students with opportunities to begin thinking about their futures; recognize their responsibility for educational planning; develop and maintain self-esteem; have parental support; understand how school relates to future life roles; and realize the broad scope of work in the future.  Providing college and career readiness is a priority at Valley View Middle School.  This can be accomplished in developing a digital Career Exploration Portfolio.


  • Provides the students opportunities to explore educational and career options

  • Offers an opportunity for students to define and record their interests, skills and experiences

  • Allows students to showcase their mastery of a standard in each subject area

  • Promotes parent involvement and encourages student responsibility

  • Provides a tool for students to reflect on their personal progress academically and personally.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT:  Parents are responsible for annual final evaluations in each grade level.

  • Opportunity to participate in Career Day

  • Allow student to interview a parent or relative about their career

  • Evaluate student’s end of the year presentation (6th and 7th)

  • Evaluate student's completed 8th grade portfolio presentation prior to Portfolio Day (8th) 

STUDENTS: ASSIGNMENTS VARY BY GRADE LEVEL: Students should complete the following elements according to the deadlines provided by their English teachers. 

  • On TRAC Goals 

  • Career Day Notes & Reflection Sheet 

  • Letter to career professional (certain grade levels only)

  • Research Plan  (subject varies by grade level, accompanies research report)

  • Research Report  (subject varies by grade level)

  • Research Presentations

  • Resume (8th grade)

  • Work Samples per semester (shows mastery of CCSS) & Reflection 

  • Portfolio Presentation to Parents 

  • 8th grade portfolio day and Reflection (VVMS exit interview, 8th grade only)

INTRODUCTION TO STEMS (Intro=into, duct=lead, tion=act or state)

Introduction literally means the act of leading someone into something.  This information is designed to lead you into the exciting world of understanding language through learning stems of words.

What are stems?

  • Stems are the building blocks of words.  They are small units of meaning that can stand alone or when joined with other stems can create new words.
  • Stems can be the prefixes, suffixes or roots of words.

Why learn stems?

  • Traditional vocabulary programs require students to memorize a list of words and their definitions.  If the student successfully memorizes the words than the finite number words may or may not become a part of the students’ personal vocabulary.
  • Learning vocabulary by learning stems, however, allows students to access the meaning of the hundreds of words that stem is a part of. Thus, students have a tool for deciphering new words wherever they encounter them. 
  • Having the skill to decipher unfamiliar words is valuable when reading challenging material in all subject areas in future academics, or when taking tests such as the ACT, SAT, other college entrance exams, trade school aptitude exams, military placement tests, and more.

How will I use the stems?

You will be asked to use the stems in the following ways:

  • study flash cards for each stem (using index cards or a flashcard app)
  • study and memorize each stem and its meaning
  • answer questions which require you to know the stems
  • complete assignments using the words which contain stems
  • do various activities that involve using the stems including breaking down words into their stems, creating new words using stems, spelling and defining difficult words using the stems, etc.

How do I learn the stems?

  • The best way to learn the stems is by repetitive practice and use.
  • You should learn the stems thoroughly as soon as you get the new list.  Then review all your stems at least once a day to keep your knowledge fresh and work the stems into your long-term memory.
  • Remember your goal is to learn the stems, not just memorize them for one test.  Since you will have to remember past lists on each test, brief daily practice will help you more than cramming for hours the day before the test.   

How will I be tested on the stems?

  • Periodic tests on current list and past lists of stems
  • Every test is cumulative which means that you will be required to know not only the current list of stems but all the stems from the past lists. The final exam will contain all the stems lists for the year.

Sometimes Stems Change

  • It is important to know that when some stems attach to others their forms can change to make the word read more smoothly.
  • For example, the stem ex, which means out, can take the several forms (e, ef, ec) even though its meaning does not change.

By the end of the year, you should know the most common 180 stems and be able to use them.  

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