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Through their English classes, freshmen learned the
basics of speech and proper usage for different types of
Introduction to the Benson library was the first project of
the year, which was followed by dictionary drills and
proiects which would require use of the card catalog.
Learning how to write proper letters was another topic
studied. Work from English textbooks accompanied this
and other lessons.
Freshmen spent three to four weeks in a study of poetry,
and various books were read by classes throughout the
Frosh English teachers include Mr. Dan Robinson, Mr.
William Hughes, Mr. Victor Mazzocco, Mrs. Marthiel
Miller, Mrs. Norma Faulkner, and Mr. Donald Wilson.
European Hieiery Highlights
Fresh SS Curriculum
Freshmen at Benson were enrolled in a one year social
studies class, which included a study of Europe and its
famous people, events, and historic dates. International
affairs were also discussed, along with the United States
role in European affairs.
The migration of primitive people throughout Europe
was first studied. This led to the time of the Crusades, and
nobility-led nations. Models of castles and houses
associated with this period of time were on display at Tech
Show. Gradually the studies came to the World War
period, and how each war was fought.
Africa was also a topic of discussion. Students learned
the names of African countries, and studies were made of
primitive Indian tribes which once inhabited the
Frosh SS teachers included Mrs. Patricia Kosderka, Mr.
Victor Mazzocco, Mrs. Marthiel Miller, and Mrs. Mereida
TOP LEFT: Dana Jensen C91 concentrates on reading assignment.
MIDDLE LEFT: Students in Mrs. Mereida Wann's ninth period class
read from their books. BOTTOM LEFT: Kevin Crane 191 tries to look
intelligent as Chris Gamelgaard Q9l glances at the camera.
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English 'Ain"c' Easy
The English department at Benson is one of the best in
Portland. English is required for four years. An attempt is
made to make the courses interesting as well as complete-
Teaching the students listening skills, occupational
vocabularies, and knowledge of library use were obiec-
tives ofthe English department,
In addition to standard grammar and literature courses,
students get experience in speech, journalism and film
making. Much stress is placed on teaching the basic skills
which enable the students to function on the iob or to sur-
vive in college.
English is a very important course and should be con-
sidered as an important part of the overall educational
process. All teachers try to make the classes interesting by
using a variety of methods.
BELOW: Student interprets a section in the unit English book as
another student reflects a heavy after school iob schedule. BOT-
TOM CENTER TAQ: Mr. Bob Bonniwell assists o student as he looks
over paper corrections. BOTTOM CENTER CBJ: Mr. Don Wilson
listens to a student's report in English 3-4. BOTTOM LEFT: William
Thomas QI I J, and Mott Kirk U Ii listen closely in Mrs. Thompson's
first period English class. TOP LEFT: Mrs. Carol Drum takes time
out for indivudual instruction. MIDDLE TOP: Tom Matthieu QI Ii,
Brion Peterson TI Ii, and Michael Foye QI Ii show enthusiasm in
Mr. Stocking's spelling competition game. TOP RIGHT: Mrs,
Virginia Cook checks a student's English 5-6 paper. MIDDLE LEFT:
Mr. Wilkes checks English 5-6 papers in his counseling office.
MIDDLE: Danny Concannon II Ii, and Michael Lowe U II listen to
student comments in English class. MIDDLE RIGHT: Students in
Mrs. Thompson's class prepare to hand in daily work papers.
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