Welcome! On my subpage you will find two sections: the first is about the current unt of study in each of my classes. The second section tells a bit about my philosophy of education and about me.
Part I Class Info:
English 11. Our first unit of study will be two part. We will begin our semester long learning of rhetoric by learning basic rhetorical strategies and about the "Big Three" writing test of 11th grade. At the same time, we will be learning about how the history of American intellectual thought has influenced modern America. We will start with a study of the Puritans. Students should have completed The Crubicle by Arthur Miller before the semester begins.The culminating assignment for this essay will be the rhetorical analysis essay.
World Studies. Our first unit of study will be an introduction to the schools of philosophy. We will be using ancient Greek and Chinese philosophy to learn about these complex topics. Major assignments will be the Ancient Philosophers project and the personal philosophy paper.
Part II Personal Info:
“Tu ne cede malis sed contra audentior ito.” Virgil
Parents, students, and stakeholders,
Welcome to an exciting year filled with challenge and change. As we begin this new school year, please know that I am excited to work with each of you.
We’ll spend this year prepping for the ACT, TCAP, and SAT; we’ll spend an equal amount of time exploring rhetoric, logic, syntax, and the development of American literature and intellectual thought. I’m exhausted just writing about it!
In all seriousness, it should prove to be a great year. It will be tough at times, but the rewards for this junior year are greater than any before. It’s this year students start to figure out goals and ambitions, and it’s this year that those goals and ambitions start to come to fruition. I couldn’t ask for a better grade to work with, and I look forward to getting to know each of you.
Parents and students should know that I am available to help in any capacity I can. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org I look forward to hearing from you.
English 11 teacher
About Kevin Aslinger
Education: Bachelor's in English with a History Minor, UTC, 2004; Master's in Secondary Education, UTC, 2007; Lee University, Master's in Curriculum and Development with an emphasis in U.S. History (in progress!)
Why are you at CSAS? I joined the staff at CSAS in order to become part of a community of people who believe in striving to be the best that they can be.
Family: I'm married to an amazing woman, Rebecca Aslinger, who is also an English teacher. We have one son, Taylor Aslinger, who is a student here at CSAS and is lucky enough to have two English teachers as parents! We also have a daughter, who is five months old now, as the new school year begins. Finally, we have a cat, Atticus, whose only real life skill is that she can sit on command.
Hobbies: Playing guitar, especially old time blues, and running; I am currently training for a half-marathon.
Favorite sports team: Other than the CSAS Patriots, I really don't watch sports.
Favorite book: There is no way I can pick just one, but I'd be happy to send you a top 50 if you ask. Right now, I'm all about the writings of the Italian fabulist Italo Calvino.
Favorite quote: I have two.
The reputed last words of Socrates,"I drank WHAT?"
The actual last words of Socrates, "I owe a chicken to Aesclepius."
Favorite subject when you were a student: Tie between history and English (still my favorites).