Mrs. Valerie Parillo

Phone: (440) 349-7757 x5513


Degrees and Certifications:

B.S., Secondary English Education: Slippery Rock University (summa cum laude) Minor, Communications: Slippery Rock University M. Ed., Reading Specialist: Kent State University

Mrs. Valerie Parillo

Daily, students should bring their independent reading book, a pencil/pencil pouch, and CHARGED Chromebook to class.

 Welcome to Mr. Tom Zobel from Kent State University, who is completing his student teaching experience in Room 119! He will be with us from now through the end of April!

 This quarter, students need to know the difference between the following concepts:

  1. Author's purpose (inform, express an opinion, persuade)
  2. call to action (when the author tells the reader what to do at the end of a piece)
  3. Facts vs. opinions (and knowing whether an opinion is positive or negative)
  4. Author's perspective (author's opinion about a topic)
  5. Distinguishing an author's opinion from another person's (what does the writer do?)
  6. Drawing conclusions (what did I learn from the text?)
  7. Biased language (taking an extreme position, either extremely positive or negative)
  8. Central ideas (the ideas that give main points from a text)
  9. Objective summary (a statement that gives a "major idea" from the text and doesn't include opinions)

Our students are struggling with managing these concepts and "holding them straight."  Practicing re-telling the ideas and what makes them special will definitely help! There are links for extra practice in the list of links to the left of this post.

 Here is a list of strategies and ways to practice these different learning targets.  Make a Quizlet, flashcards, or keep it handy when practicing at home or in class!