Phone: 951-696-1406 ext.4167


Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. in Liberal Studies with emphasis in ELD/SDAIE Supplementaries in Math and Language Arts Graduated with Honors in Education from SDSU in 2002 Trained in AVID strategies

Mrs. McAllaster


7th grade Language Arts 

 This course will focus on nonfiction and literature texts, critical reading, essays, the writing process, and an introduction to academic research fundamentals.  Students will construct a variety of academic essays with careful consideration of audience, purpose, tone and appropriate rhetorical mode.  Literature and nonfiction texts will be studied within the context of a writing-based curriculum that will help students think and write critically. With the focus on the four modes of written discourse, students will read a variety of works modeling the styles of writing.  Grammar and paragraphing will be addressed as well as strategies to develop academic vocabulary. Students will take part in collaborative conversations in class and through the use of technology to effectively access rigorous curriculum. Assessments will include performance tasks, conventional assessments, multimedia presentations, portfolios and published products.

In the advanced course, while working in cooperative and collaborative groups, students will focus on independent, in-depth reading of challenging texts with greater emphasis on higher-level thinking skills. The students will interact with rigorous texts with a greater focus on analysis while making deeper connections to the real world. In addition, they will be exposed to a wider breadth of literary elements and research skills. Finally, students will participate in more project-based assignments and assessments. 

The course is designed around mastering the standards and utilizes standards-based grading practices.



Design Elements

Design Elements is an introductory course designed around the Fashion and Interior Design Career and Technical Education Pathway developed by the state of California. The curriculum and learning standards have been adapted to meet the academic and social levels of middle school students. The knowledge and performance anchor standards fall into these 11 categories: Academics, Communication, Career Planning & Management, Technology, Problem-Solving & Critical Thinking, Health & Safety, Responsibility & Flexibility, Ethics & Legal Responsibilities, Leadership & Teamwork, Technical Knowledge & Skills, as well as Demonstration & Application.

            Level 1 Course

                        1st Semester – Safety, Learning the Machine, Fabric Basics, simple projects with straight seams (ID pouch, snap pouch, 9 patch pillow, Panther Wall-hanging.)

                        2nd Semester – Fabric Study, Reading Patterns & Symbols, Garment Sewing with curved seams (shorts, skirt, shirt, blouse). Research the fabric production process and the effects on the environment.


Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.  I look forward to working with you as a team to support your child's progress in their education.

Mrs. McAllaster

Shivela Middle School

7th Language Arts

Design Elements

School Phone: 951-696-1406 Ext. 4175



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Last Modified on September 13, 2023