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        This year I will be teaching ELAR (English/Language Arts and Reading) at both the 7th grade and the 8th grade level.  My first goal is to combine traditional literacy studies using novels and short stories as a source of inspiration for student writing.  My second goal is to use technology (various websites) as a direct learning tool for basic literacy for areas like spelling, punctuation, word recognition, and computer skill development.  A third tool will be to employ inspirational elements to writing by the use of an egg incubator in the classroom.  This learning tool will help the students better understand the progressive elements of writing, the need for technical writing and reading skills, and the difficulty of describing processes linguistically.   Along with other traditional editing and cursive writing formats, I hope that these efforts will lead to the successful student development of their writing and reading skills.