Mrs. Chong Yang Thao

Phone: 651-293-8800 x4453

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Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts in English and History, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Masters in Education, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Mrs. Chong Yang Thao

I teach 10th grade Academy of Finance English, Intermediate 10th grade English, and College in the Schools Literature. I started teaching in 1997, all at Como Park Senior High School, and I am a long-time St. Paulite. I would like to travel more, but I am happiest at home with my family and in my garden.  

Courses:

1. Introduction to Literature: Poetry, Drama, Narrative

English 1001 is a University of Minnesota course and is offered for high school seniors who have demonstrated superior abilities in literary analysis and critical writing. Each semester, students read 7-10 books of multicultural, contemporary literature which may deal with issues relating to, among others, race and gender relations, religion, sexuality and coming of age, many of which may contain mature themes and images.

Course Objectives:

  1. To practice and obtain analytical discussion skills.
  2. To apply critical theories in both discussion and written works.
  3. To evaluate the literary merit of works read and move beyond making unsupported value judgments about the readings—beyond “I liked or disliked this book.”
  4. To formulate a stance on readings and defend it through the text, personal experience, and/or current and historical events. 

2. Academy of Finance English 10  

Course Description: This course is a recommended prerequisite for upper-level English courses.  This fast-paced course includes multicultural literature, fiction and non-fiction, and incorporates public speaking and financial literacy as essential components.  Students must be committed to completing outside of class, on-going, self-directed tasks which will incorporate a wide variety of writing and critical reading skills required for graduation standards and upper-level courses. This course will incorporate topics aligning with the tenth grade focus on global finance. We will stay abreast of current finance topics and focus on our hard skills of professionalism in written and verbal communications, as well as soft skills of professional codes of conduct and self-branding.

3. Intermediate English 10

Course Description: This course is a recommended prerequisite for upper-level English courses.  This course includes multicultural literature, fiction and non-fiction, and incorporates public speaking as an essential component.  Students must be committed to completing outside of class, on-going, self-directed tasks which will incorporate a wide variety of writing and critical reading skills required for graduation standards and upper-level courses.

 

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