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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: 25
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
INFORMATION ADDED MARCH 24, 2020
There are some passwords you will need:
AP English 3 (3rd): 6VDNPK
AP English 3 (4th): B7ERD9
Honors English 2 (1st): 439R7R
Honors English 2 (6th): RK6D39
Honors English 2 (7th): GE3VLL
Honors English 2 (8th): NDLK9E
I would like to be able to meet with each class once or twice per week via Zoom. I need to work out a few kinks first, so don't worry about it yet.
The enrollment codes are as follow:
Period 1: Honors English 2: s4gokcj
Period 2: Conference
Period 3: AP English 3: lenalff
Period 4: AP Engilsh 3: cwawnun
Period 5: Lunch/Advisory
Period 6: Honors English 2: 2ygawqz
Period 7: Honors English 2: ebcruqs
Period 8: Honors English 2: qxxhetr
All of my students MUST ensure each has a working Turnitin.com account:
(Remember DO NOT use your scuc.txed.net account "email" as your email account. It will not normally work for turnitin.com.)
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
There is no Summer Assignment as such. Students are expected to read a non-fiction or fiction novel
There is no novel project this year (2020--2021) as most of my students in the past few years wait to the very last minute and don't care about the quality of work they turn in.
Required books for AP English 3, 2020--2021
(Because you will write and highlight in them, you are required to purchase them. ELECTRONIC COPIES are NOT ALLOWED.) I have removed the ISBNs because you can get whatever brand you wish.
Brave New World:
Narrative in the Life of Frederick Douglas:
The Republic (Plato):
Note: We will begin the Fall Semester with Brave New World and The Republic.
ELECTRONIC COPIES ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE.
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.
5. a THREE inch 3 ring binder
Today is May 13. You MUST have these by the second day of school. You must have the required books by the week after you come back from Summer Vacation.
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:
Mondays: AFTER school 4:00--5:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: 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.
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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