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Cyndi (my wife), me, and Maggie (the Mastiff)
Our son proudly serves.
US Army: Character of Service: Honorable Discharge
Degree: Bachelor of Arts Major: English Minor: History
College: Southwest Texas State University
Graduated: Magna Cum Laude 3.77 GPA August, 1997
Years teaching in district: 20
Total years service credit: 24
Years teaching AP: 13
Clubs currently sponsoring: Byron P. Steele II High School Catholic SPIRIT
Young Americans for Freedom Foundation Chapter (this is a conservative student group NOT affiliated with any political party).
My Email address is: email@example.com
My class schedule this year is:
Period 1: Honors English 2
Period 2: Conference
Period 3: AP English 3
Period 4: AP Engilsh 3
Period 5: Lunch/Advisory
Period 6: Honors English 2
Period 7: Honors English 2
Period 8: Honors English 2
I also conduct SATURDAY SCHOOL Credit Recovery in my room twice a month. When I have those dates, they will be posted. Saturday School is an EXCELLENT time for your child to come in and get tutoring or make up tests (within the Advanced Academics Course Addendum to the Grading Guidelines).
Period 1: Class ID: 22076169
Period 3: Class ID: 22076308
Period 4: Class ID: 22081255
Period 6: Class ID: 22077858
Period 7: Class ID: 22077944
Period 8: Class ID: 22077984
Honors English 2: In the "to" line, type 81010
In the "message" line, type @6e87a6
AP English 3: In the "to" line, type 81010
In the "message" line, type @6e8ddc
Period 03: AP Eng3 Period 3 Access Code: KQVKRA
Period 04 AP Eng 3 Period 4 Access Code: 36W62Q
Due Dates for the Novel Project (All Classes):
October 22, 2019
December 3, 2019
March 17, 2020** Will Change AFTER I have a conversation with the librarian.
May 15, 2020
Required books for AP English 3, 2019--2020
(Because you will write and highlight in them, you are required to purchase them. ELECTRONIC COPIES are NOT ALLOWED. PLEASE get the version the ISBN number specifies.):
Brave New World:
Narrative in the Life of Frederick Douglas:
The Republic (Plato):
Nicomachean Ethics (Aristotle)
The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains (Nicholas Carr)
Note: We will begin the Fall Semester with Nicomachean Ethics and The Republic.
I spoke with Amazon.com (the place I get my books) this morning. They are currently out of Nicomachean Ethics, but will probably have them in stock in 3--4 weeks. I will monitor availability. Of course, there are many places from which you may order this book, and I am in NO WAY advocating Amazon .com as your supplier. I checked Barnes & Noble at La Quintera. I do not know how many are in stock, as they did not have that information posted. Again, I do not care where you get your books, but they MUST have the same ISBN numbers as posted above.
The following supplies are REQUIRED for students to have in ALL of my classes:
1. Pen (gel or regular ball point) dark blue or black ink. NOTE: I do NOT accept work in pencil unless I specify so PRIOR to taking the assignment up for grading.
2. Pen (gel or regular ball point) red ink.
3. 5 highlighters: 1-yellow, 1-blue, 1-green, 1-purple (orange may be substituted for purple if necessary), 1-pink
4. Loose-leaf regular or college-ruled lined notebook paper with holes.
NOTE: I will no longer require binders and give grades for binder checks. You will have to keep up with your resources and your work without my requiring these.
It is the student's responsibility to get the notes and whatever work was assigned on the date of an absence. Your best resources for this purpose are your fellow students.
At this time, my tutoring schedule is as follows:
Tuesday: AFTER school 4:00--5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: BEFORE school 7:30--8:20 a.m.
It is the student's responsibility to come to tutoring for help with concepts he or she does not understand. This schedule is subject to change based upon the needs of my students and/or the needs of the teacher. Please remember, my contract day is 8:15 a.m.--4:14 a.m.Why "Honors English 2"?Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, pre-AP courses can no longer be labeled as such. It has to do with the purchase of CollegeBoard resources, especially in the lower grades. Because of this, those courses traditionally labeled "Pre-AP" are now designated "Honors" courses. Honors courses--especially Honors English 2, are NOT STAAR preparation classes: they are college preparatory classes. From Honors classes, students go on to take either dual credit or AP courses. For this reason, the class is very, very rigorous and demands its students have a maturity well beyond what most students display in on-level classes. Students in honors classes are held to a much higher standard academically and behaviorally than students in on-level classes are. The fact that a student may have made an "A" in all of their previous classes in the discipline of English has no bearing whatsoever on whether or not that student makes an "A" in my honors classes. Please understand, too, that the subject matter students may be required to read may be more mature than the subject matter in an on-level class. If you or your child have misgivings about your child's level of maturity and responsibility, you might consider an on-level class for him or her.A word about Advanced Placement:Students from inner city schools to the most exclusive college preparatory schools take the AP exams. These exams are very challenging which means, the courses must be challenging--very challenging. The standards for the course work and for the AP exams are set by CollegeBoard and the many professors who consult with it. At the end of the year, if you have done as you should have done, studied as you have been told, and done the required coursework, you should be able to score a 3, 4, or 5 on the exam which, depending upon the college will give you 3--6 hours of college credit for their lower level English courses. Be aware that you can get up to SIX college hours credit, depending on your score. Often a "3" will garner 3 hours credit (in some institutions, six). A "4" or "5" will often get six hours credit. However, I cannot guarantee that you will score well enough on the exam to gain college credit. On the other hand, college admissions personnel usually look quite favorably upon the application of students who have taken AP courses--especially if their composite score on the exam is a 3, 4, or 5. College admissions counselors do not "look down" upon dual enrollment courses. However, MANY college professors have told me anecdotally that all things being equal--espectially if the student has passed the AP Exam for that course, they do look favorablyt oni the student's application. There is no "gatekeeper" for getting into an AP class. Therefore, any student make take any AP course proper to his or her grade level. Also, please understand that the fact that a student may have made an "A" in all of their previous classes in the discipline of English has NO bearing on whether or not that student will make an "A" in this AP class. An "A" by definition demonstates EXCELLENT work product. A "B" demonstrates GOOD work product. A "C" is AVERAGE to minimally passing. An "F" means that the student FAILED by turning in substandard work product OR turned the assignment in LATE and points were deducted according to the Advanced Academics Grading Addendum to the Grading Guidelines policy, or the student plagiarized.Please understand, too, that the subject matter students may be required to read may be more mature than the subject matter in an on-level class. If you or your child have misgivings about your child's level of maturity and responsibility, you might consider an on-level class for him or her. There will be times when current events or controversial topics may be discussed. I am not not here to teach your child what to think: that is your job. I am here to teach your child how to reason (think). I rarely, if ever, interpose my viewpoints in the classroom setting. Students, on the other hand, are encouraged to express divergent points of view respectfully and without resorting to ad hominems (name calling). If this dialogue is beyond your child's ability to cope or is beyond your child's maturity, you might consider whether or not he or she is properly placed.Dual Credit courses offer guaranteed community college credit for lower-level college English courses.In this course, you are not competing with students from across the globe at all income and education levels. Instead of standards being set by a national organization, they are set by the local community college. There is a gatekeeper test for Dual Credit courses. The test is called the TSI (Texas Success Initiative test). However, to get into a dual credit course in the year upcoming, you must have already gone through the application process. Please understand that every public college in Texas is required to accept dual credit courses. However, it is up to each private university or out of state university to determine if they will give credit, what kind of credit that will be, and how much credit it will give for dual credit courses. Please know, also, that if you decide to take a dual credit class, you will need to go to your teacher, not to me, to get help with college essays and other essays. Every year, there are students from dual credit English classes who come to me for help with their writing, though they chose to take dual credit. If you want my help, take my class.
To access a REALLY good literary terms/syntax/argument resource, visit the AP Rhetorical Terms page to the left of this screen.
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