Alissa Guse
Welcome! I am very excited to be starting a new year at Jordan High School. This is my ninth year of teaching in the special education field and it just keeps getting better. Jordan is a great place to be! I grew up in Prior Lake, MN and attended college at Winona State University in which I majored in Special Education: Learning and Developmental Disabilities. After graduation, I taught my first two years in Lakeville and have since been teaching in Jordan. I enjoy teaching in the special education field and helping students make progress towards individual goals. 

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Applied Skills
This course is designed to extend the skills of students who have been diagnosed and have an individual educational plan with a disability in reading, writing, listening skills, math, oral expression, social, or study skills. This class can be taken every semester throughout high school. It is designed to teach students strategies to enable them to become successful in their classes, as well as in life. The students receive direct instruction in a skill area for part of the time each day and for the rest of the time the class is a guided study hall for support in their mainstream classes. Reading comprehension, reading fluency, writing skills, organization, social skills instruction, and work completion are samples of the areas addressed through this course. Students are also instructed in learning strategies for studying, test taking, and task completion to increase the probability of success. (One full credit)
Comprehensive English I
This class is designed for students who have an individualized educational plan and are in their ninth grade year of school. The students will increase their grade level vocabulary. The students will read and understand the meaning of informational, expository and persuasive texts using a variety of strategies. They will demonstrate literal, interpretive, inferential and evaluative comprehension. The students will read, understand, respond to, analyze, interpret, and evaluate a wide variety of fiction, poetic, and nonfiction texts. The texts and novels will be different every year depending upon individual student needs. The students will learn to plan, organize, and compose narrative, expository, descriptive, persuasive, critical and research writing to address a specific audience and purpose.
Comprehensive English II
This class is designed for students who have an individualized educational plan and in their tenth, eleventh or twelfth grade years of school. The students will increase their grade level vocabulary. The students will read and understand the meaning of informational, expository and persuasive texts using a variety of strategies. They will demonstrate literal, interpretive, inferential and evaluative comprehension. The students will read, understand, respond to, analyze, interpret, and evaluate a wide variety of fiction, poetic, and nonfiction texts. The texts and novels will be different every year depending upon individual student needs. The student will engage in a writing process with attention to audience, organization, focus, quality of ideas, and a purpose.