Hi everyone, its Donna. Before delving into the subject of ELA I just wanted to let everyone know that I did get the promotion I applied for and begin on Tuesday. I am looking forward to the new challenge. Anyway, in regards to teaching ELA, I view it as a tool for students to use to advance their own ambitions. Especially in high school which is a time of discovery in what they are passionate about and should be encouraged through reading whether novels, journals, newspapers, etc. They need to be taught how the power of words can be used to their benefit as in employment, college applications, marriage and friendships, getting a promotion, etc. As for challenges and what I would like to learn are all of the creative techniques others teachers have used to engage students especially with classic texts such as Shakespeare. While I know many of my own, you can never have too many tricks up your sleeve. Have a great holiday weekend and see you all on Tuesday.