Amanda Stewart

Mrs. Amanda Stewart
English 9, Drama, and Freshmen Advisor
astewart@nkschools.org

Books

Hello Students and Guardians,
Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year at Kingston High School.  I'm excited to be working with you this semester as we engage with meaningful texts and become better, more purposeful writers and thinkers. 

I have a B.A. in Secondary Education, English/Language Arts from Northwest University, a graduate degree in Theology and Literature from Regent College in Vancouver, B.C. and a Master of Arts in English from Southern New Hampshire University.  I have been secondary English educator for twelve years in a variety of settings: public, private, and online schools.  Most of my work has been in the Seattle area.  I'm married and have two children, ages 8 and 6.  In my free time, you'll most likely find me reading, gardening, attending live theater, riding a ferry to the city, or trail running with my Australian Shepherd.  

This year will be challenging, but my goal is to prepare you for success in your upper level courses and beyond.  More than that, it is my deep belief that reading and writing has the ability to positively change our lives, and I hope you exit this course with a new appreciation for the art of language and a new understanding of what you're capable of.


SIGN UP FOR HOMEWORK REMINDERS:
I'm registered through an online texting system called Remind.  Remind allows me to send out quick and short homework reminders to students and guardians.  If you would like to sign up for this one-way messaging service, text the message @hca8a8 to the number 81010.

SYLLABUS:
Please refer to the uploaded syllabus as well as other important documents under the Documents tab.

HELPFUL WEBSITES:
Using MLA (Modern Language Association) formatting guidelines is an absolute requirement in this class.  Following these standards prepares you for your future work in the humanities, and ensures that all the information you're integrating into your own writing is properly cited as to avoid hints of plagiarization.  The most helpful materials on appropriate MLA can be found at the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University.

As we continue to work on research skills this semester, I'm going to urge you to move beyond simple "google" searches and advance into mastering the data base.  Data bases provide credible, published materials that are far more useful than other unedited sources.  The good news is that our school library has access to several helpful data bases.  Be sure to use the KHS Library website freely and liberally!  

In addition, you can also access online data bases from the Kitsap Regional Library.  You'll need a library card.  Feeling comfortable with the resources at KRL will definitely open your world!  You can also download ebooks and audiobooks from this site as well.