NAME: Eileen Moore

SCHOOL: Thousand Oaks High School

CLASS: English 9CP / Pre-EThOS) and 11CP / EThOS

SCHOOL PHONE: (805) 495-7491 x 1907

About The Teacher

I am delighted to be returning for my ninth year at Thousand Oaks High School 
as a member of the English Department. Some students may also know me from 
past years as a Spanish teacher or as the current advisor of both Style 
Alliance Fashion Club and TOHS's Project Concern, a service club that takes 
care of our own campus population in need.  (If you would like to read more 
about Project Concern, go to the Handouts page of this web site, and click on 
the last document, Project Concern at a Glance.)

I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and have been 
credentialed for secondary education in California since 1978.  I have
taught everything from bilingual first and second grade to middle and 
high school English and Spanish, college Spanish and adult remedial 
education with the U.S. military overseas. I hold a BA with a double major 
in English and Spanish from Santa Clara University and a Master's from 
Stanford University.  The highlight of my college career was the year I 
spent abroad studying at the University of Madrid.

When I'm not on campus at TOHS, designing lessons or correcting papers at 
home, I like driving my bright yellow 2008 New Beetle around beautiful 
Ventura County.  Some of you may have seen my old car--a 2000 Beetle--when it 
caught fire in the TOHS faculty parking lot in May 2012.  When I put my car 
in the garage, I enjoy taking my three dogs, Quigley (8 yrs.), Molly (7 yrs.) 
and Hogan (5 yrs.) for walks.  They are Queensland Heelers and full of 
energy. . . like my students! :) 

As a hobby, I collect pigs (no, not live ones!), and my assortment has been 
growing since I was eight years old.  For the last five years, I have 
submitted a portion of my collection to be judged at the Ventura County Fair 
and won an array of ribbons--red, blue, Judge's Choice, Fair Spotlight and 
Fair Theme. 
I enjoy sewing, baking and cooking, and my husband and I often try to catch 
our favorite game shows on TV together; as you might imagine, I thrive on 
Jeopardy and especially Wheel of Fortune with all that vocabulary and 
spelling!  We also like to watch football or baseball games together.  He's 
an avid Dodger and Raider fan, and I say, "Go 49ers and SF Giants!"  Ours can 
be a pretty noisy house, particularly when Charlie the parrot decides to add 
his comments!

Mission For The Class

Language was created to communicate.  Great writers write to educate or to 
entertain, and the best do both.  

Students of English 9CP explore major literary genres throughout history—
short story, fiction, nonfiction, drama, poetry and epic.  The works studied 
incorporate timeless universal themes and showcase suspense, humor, dramatic 
discovery, and personal challenge and conquest.   

Students of English 11CP explore major literary genres throughout American 
history.  The works studied incorporate themes that reflect trends, 
accomplishments and problems during critical periods in U.S. history and are 
chosen to parallel key concepts presented in the junior history curriculum. 

Within the context of these great works, classes will take a closer look at 
the tools writers use.  They will examine narrative style and point of view, 
facts, details, opinions, persuasive techniques, cause and effect, 
generalizations, denotation and connotation, analogies, metaphors and 
similes, responses and critical interpretation.  

Studying great writing also helps students find and develop their own 
style for the varied assignments that will become part of their high 
school portfolio.  Students will have ample opportunity to study and 
practice the essential elements of grammar, usage and mechanics in the 
context of journal entries, autobiographical narratives, reflective pieces, 
analytical essays, research reports, persuasive pieces, business 
correspondence and poetry.

At the conclusion of the year, students in both classes will have been 
equipped with the study skills needed to succeed in a wide range of high 
school and college level coursework as well as to communicate with clarity in 
their chosen career field.