Hall, Karen
                       ABOUT YOUR ENGLISH TEACHER

My name is Karen Hall.  I earned a BS in Education from New Mexico State University with a major in English and a minor in history.  I have 45 graduate hours in everything from government to history to literature because I used to teach yearbook, newspaper, New Mexico history, government, and language arts in grades 7 through 12. 

Franklin High School is the third high school in my 37 year career.  For my first three years, I taught in an open concept high school in Wisconsin. ( When I left, the school was in the process of putting walls inside to divide the building into "real" classrooms. )  I was very relieved to discover that my classroom on post at WSMR had four walls, windows, and light switches!  I loved my 19 years at Mayfield High School in Las Cruces, but I was ready for a change when Franklin High School started the Ninth Grade Center in 2007, so I came to El Paso.  I love my room and enjoy working with a great faculty and staff.

I have taught all levels of language arts but have always taught ninth grade.  People think I am  crazy, but I like 14 to 15 year old students, and I love the curriculum.  We get to share short stories and novels and Shakespeare and mythology.  What could be better?

Franklin Ninth Grade Center
825 E. Redd Road
El Paso, TX 79912

Conference times: 8:15 -8:45 A.M. and 3:45-4:15

Purple days: 3:50- 4:15
Silver days: 8:30-10:00

Please contact me via email at kehall@episd.org 24 hours in advance to sent up a conference.


My classroom rules are very simple, but my expectations are  high. Each student is expected to be polite and to turn in work on time. Students will always have homework of some sort. Every two weeks your child will receive a new vocabulary list, so he or she should study that every night. Tests will be approximately two weeks apart, depending on the schedule.

We will begin with short stories, grammar, writing, and vocabulary (Greek and Latin prefixes, roots, and suffixes). We will then move on to poetry and a novel.


1 3-ring binder (1 1/2 inches)
1 set of 6 dividers
notebook paper
pen and pencil every day
1 red pen
1 package of 3 x 5 index cards (Students do not have to bring these to class every day.)
Book cover for literature book

Please contact me at kehall@episd or on this webpage if you have questions.

WEEK 2   September 31

We are almost done with our organizational set up.  Students should have their English binders, dividers, and literature books.  Students have completed their first list of Greek and Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes.  A test will be forthcoming, but the date has yet to be determined.

We are evaluating poetry using a method called TP-CASTT.  We will be moving on to our first short story at the end of this week or the beginning of next week.

All EPISD students are off on Monday, Sept. 7, for Labor Day.

Open house for Franklin High School will be Wednesday, Sept. 9, from 6-7 P.M.