Welcome to my classes and to my webpage! This school year will be like none other you have ever had! Your other teachers and I are excited to be able to have face-to-face classes as well as remote learning classes. English 3 and Honors English 2 are writing intensive courses.
English 3: By the end of the 2021--2022 school year, 100% of Mr. Whitson's classes are expected to meet or exceed proficiency standards established by the ELAR TEKS, as measured by unit tests, common assessments and/or analytical writing standards. Students are expected to meet standards on the SAT. The junior year of high school is extremely important in determining future pathways available to the student. These pathways include post-secondary academic opportunities, opportunities available in the U. S. military forces, and opportunities in the world of work. The higher the level of intrinsic motivation, the more likely the student will succeed in whatever pathway he or she may choose to pursue.
Honors English 2: Honors English 2 is a rigorous course that focuses on the writing, reading, and analytical skills needed to provide a strong foundation for students going on to the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition Course (junior year) and the Advanced Placement Literature and Composition Course (senior year). It is the philosphy of CollegeBoard (who writes the AP Exams) and mine that all students who wish to take an honors or advanced placement course should be encouraged to do so, but it is important to recognize that it will be a challenging class, and intrinsic motivation is essential. Students are expected to be responsible for their behavior, assignments, and any conflict resolution.
For Summative Assignments:
Assignments under the classification "Summative" are accepted up to 5 class days late (with a penalty of 30 points). Thereafter there is the TRASH DATE:
The TRASH DATE is the date the assignment may as well be put into the trash. I will not accept it for grading, and a zero will be recorded in the grade book.
The exception to this is if a student is absent (excused). In this case, the grading policy governs.
For Formative Assignments:
According to the grading policy, assignments classified as "Formative" are due on the due date. The teacher is not required to accept this work late except in cases of absence (see the Grading Policy). Therefore, an assignment submitted either in person or electronically past the due date can be awarded the grade of zero (0). Of course, absences are addressed in the Grading Pol;icy.
Please Note: If a student checks in to be recorded "asynchronous present," there are no extension due to absence from the class period. It is the student's responsibility to turn in his or her work electronically via Schoology.
The classes I am teaching this year are
English 3: Periods
Honors English 2: ,
My Contact Information:
Phone: (210) 619-4000
Remind: (see join information below)
Cell: (210) 392-6927 (Parents only, please) Note: If you call me on this number, and you want a response, please leave a message. Calls from unknown numbers with no message left will be blocked.
Tutoring schedule after September 4 (subject to change): AM Tutoring: Mondays and Thursdays 7:45--8:15 AM. PM Tutoring: By appointment. Please make appointment at least one school day prior to desired date and times, and I will get back with you.
My Schedule (Beginning September 8, 2020)
Rm G208 1st Period 08:40--09:25
Rm G208 2nd Period 0930--10:25
Rm G208 3rd Period 10:30--11:15
Rm G208 4th Period 11:20--11:55 Lunch
5th Period 12:10--12:55
Rm G208 6th Period 13:00--13:45
Rm G208 7th Period ? CONFERENCE PERIOD
Rm G208 8th Period 15:25--16:10
Each student in my classes MUST join Remind. Parents MAY join Remind. The joining information will be given to students during the first week of school.
Students. Be sure you have joined the APPROPRIATE class period. YOU MUST USE YOUR GOOGLE SCHOOL ACCOUNT TO LOG IN.
Username: Last name (up to 13 letters) + First 2 Letters of First Name + Last 3 digits of your ID number.
Password: First 2 Letters of your First Name + 6 digit Student ID number (including the leading zero).
All of my students must join his or her class' turnitin.com account whether or not a student is in face-to-face classes are at home classes. If you already have a turnitin.com account, use the email connected with your account to join my turnitin.com classes. For at least part of last year, a student email address ending in "@scuc.txed.net" could not be used for TURNITIN.COM submissions. If this is the case this year, you will need to use a different email account. Because there were a number of hacks to my turnitin accounts last year, I cannot post joining information on this site. That information will be given to students in class.
Instructions for Turnitin.com (Submitting Papers)
1. Log in and select the appropriate class session.
2. Click on the icon that looks like a piece of paper with a green arrow on it next to the assignment you would like to submit.
3. The first thing to select “Choose a Paper Submission Method,” which is a drop down menu. Select whether to “cut & paste” your paper or upload the file. Either way is acceptable..
4. The next two blanks should be filled in with your first and last name (from your account info.)
5. If you selected "cut & paste", simply copy the text you are submitting and paste it in the large box below the fields with your first and last name.
6. Submit your paper by clicking on the "Submit" button
Supplies Needed for My Classes
Binder, 3" D-ring (please get a plain binder rather than one that zips, is made of cloth, etc.)
Five dividers with tabs (real ones, please)
Highlighters (five different color pack)
Pens: DARK blue or black ink (standard or gel) AND a red ink or gel pen.
Pencil: #2 regular pencil (not a mechanical pencil)
Paper: Standard, lined (standard or college-ruled) paper (3 standard holes on left) Please note, I will not accept assignments on non-standard (8 1/2" x 11") paper.
Spiral notebook: Standard, lined (may be regular lined or college-ruled)
3X5 Standard, lined on one side note cards.
PLEASE NOTE: If you cannot procure these supplies, please let me know privately, and I will refer you to services through which you may obtain them.
Note: Hold the "Ctrl" key while placing the cursor on the web address and left click once or twice.
2020-2021 Student-Parent Handbook: https://www.scuc.txed.net/site/Default.aspx?PageID=31995
2020-2021 Grading Guidelines: https://www.scuc.txed.net/cms/lib/TX02204767/Centricity/Domain/2587/2020-2021%20Secondary%20Grading%20Guidelines%20.pdf
Khan Academy: https://khanacademy.org