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Laurie de Souza (Kotalik)



I was born and raised in northeast Nebraska and went to college at Wayne State College. My initial career goals were in the journalism field but I quickly learned I had a knack for creative writing, which is frowned upon in serious newscasts. I eventually acknowledged my talents in connecting with others and my passion for teaching and went back to Wayne State to add my education endorsement. I made the leap from small town northeast Nebraska to Omaha when I student taught at Elkhorn High. I then retreated back to small town life in Essex, Iowa where I taught for two years but moved back to Omaha to be closer to family and friends.

This year Juniors will use Vocabulary.com to practice grade level and ACT vocabulary. It is really a neat tool for expanding vocabulary! I included the link at the bottom of this page - check it out if you have time. If you your child claims to be working on vocabulary on their computer or phone and you question what they're doing, I encourage you to ask them to show you how Vocabulary.com works! :-)

This is my third year teaching English and Speech at Yutan and also coaching One-Act.

One-Act Practice schedule will now be connected though Team Snap. Once we have decided on a play and cast, I will gather student and parent/guardian information and upload it into Team Snap. This will give you updates/reminders on practice schedules and competitions.

To the left you will see a link for information on Articles of the Week. This applies to mainly Junior High Reading and Practical English but will be assigned to other classes as needed. 

Junior Literature for 2017-18

The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver http://www.kingsolver.com/books/the-bean-trees.html

Lit Circle Rubric Sheet4.pdf

And Then There Were None,  Agatha Christie http://www.agathachristie.com/stories/and-then-there-were-none

Till We Have Faces, C.S. Lewis https://www.cslewis.com/us/books/paperback/till-we-have-faces/9780156904360

Shades of Grey, Jasper Fforde http://www.jasperfforde.com/grey/grey1.html


Practical English Literature for 2017-18

Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck

A Long Way Gone, Ishmael Baeh http://www.alongwaygone.com

Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradburyhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17470674-fahrenheit-451

19 Minutes, Jodi Picoult http://jodipicoult.com/nineteen-minutes.html

Looking for Alaska, John Green http://www.johngreenbooks.com/looking-for-alaska/





Phone# 402-625-2241 Email lkotalik@esu2.org Room #

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