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Cindi Rausch M.Ed., Department Chair
English III, English IV
Phone: (936) 276-2001 x84455
Office Hours: Gold Days-7:25-8:25
Live Days Schedule: English live days are Mondays and Tuesdays. See the Navy/Gold Academic Calendar for the days you will be live. Please see your Google Classroom for Zoom codes.
Gold Live Times
2nd - 10:30
3rd - 12:30
4th - 2:30
Navy Live Times
5th - 8:30
7th - 12:30
8th - 2:30
2nd- English IV
3rd- English III
4th- English III
7th- English IV
8th- English IV
~Professor of Shakespeare, Dr. O'Connor and I in the Fellows Garden at Exeter College, Oxford University~
Class of 2020.
Each one of you has a heart on my door. I see your names every day, and they bring me such joy. I miss you all.
Fishing in Haidi Gwaii
This monster put up quite a fight. It is a 34 lb. king salmon.
These are my dogs, Kytt and Keeghan, wearing their Seahawks gear on game day.
The Class of 2020
These kids are my heart. I love you!
Greetings Lake Creek Family!
My name is Cynthia (Cindi) Rausch, and I am grateful to be a part of our amazing Lion family. This is my 28th year as an educator. I earned my undergrad from Cal. State Sacramento, and my Master's from Sam Houston State University. I've taught 8th-12th English, journalism, and ACT prep, as well as TAAS and TAKS prep. I am currently teaching 11th grade American Literature and 12th grade British Literature. I am blessed to serve the English Department as department chair, and I coach two incredible UIL Academic teams. I have a fierce case of wanderlust and have traveled to twenty countries. While I could never pick a favorite country or trip, my two summers in England studying literature at Oxford University, Exeter college were incredible and are certainly among my most memorable and educational. I am a huge Seattle Seahawks (Go Hawks!) fan, and I love attending sporting events with friends. I am an unabashed bibliophile, and I am never without a book. If forced to choose, I would say historical fiction is my favorite genre. I have two adorable rescue dogs, Kytt (pronounced kit) and Keeghan who keep me on my toes and bring me great joy. While Covid-19 has certainly thrown us a few curve balls, I am confident that by working together, we will have a productive and exciting year!
Classroom Rules and procedures (Face to Face)
Google Classroom Help For Students
Dartmouth Writing/Rhetoric Lab
Purdue Owl Writing and Grammar Resource
Apply Texas 2019-2020 Essay Topics
SAT Practice Tests College Board
ACT Official Website
SAT Official Website
Important Dates for 2020-2021
Congratulations Lake Creek Lit. Crit. and Ready Writing!
We had a fantastic showing at our very first District UIL Meet. Literary Criticism won 2nd place as a team, and Avery Petty placed 4th as an individual. Ready Writer Katelynn Webb placed 4th at her very first high school UIL event! I am so proud of everyone who participated in this year's competition. We wish all of those moving on to Regionals the very best of luck!
Alternate Transportation Form
2019-2020 Lit. Crit. Readings have been posted.
Link to List
Novel: Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut
Poetry: Percy Bysshe Shelley Selected Poems and Prose
2018-2019 Lit. Crit. Team 2018-2019 Ready Writing Team
Avery Petty Trista Fuller
Kerri McClanahan Madelyn Wendt
Hunter Malone Madison Fair
Ready Writing UIL
Ready Writing Handbook
Ready Writing UIL Tips Video
Writing Prompts and 2016 Winning Papers
Writing Prompts and 2012 Winning Papers
New York Crosswords over history, literature, etc.
Lit Crit UIL
Lit Crit Elements of the Contest
Lit Crit Handbook
Pulitzer Prize Fiction List
Pulitzer Prize Poetry List
Pulitzer Prize Drama List
UIL Novel Organizer
Lit Terms Quizlet
Good list of terms for flashcards
Everything you need to know about poetry
Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness
William Wordsworth: Selected Poem
"Lines Written in Early Spring" "Expostulation and Reply" "The Tables Turned" "Lucy Gray" "Matthew" "Strange Fits of Passion I Have Known" "She Dwelt among Untrodden Ways"
"Great Men Have Been among Us" "The World Is Too Much with Us" "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" "The Solitary Reaper" "Mutability" "She Was a Phantom of Delight" "To a Skylark"
Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman
Kurt Vonnegut Bio
Kurt Vonnegut Documentary
Online Text of the book
Shakespeare Video Bio
Online Text of the play
Spark Notes Video
Lake Creek High School Code 441971
2018-2019 ACT Test Dates
Grading and Supplies
ACT Official Web Site Registration
Photo ID Form
Official Calculator Policy
Khan Academy Great for concepts or skills you are still struggling with.
www.noredink.com We will be doing grammar practices from this site. Please make an account.
Math Formula Sheets
School Admission Score Ranges (Find your school.)
(For you, Savannah!)
Complete Math Tests
Math Trigger Words
Math Formulas II
College Research and Poster Project
Project Research Page *
College Poster Rubric *
Senior Brag Sheet
Resume Data Collection Sheet
Texas Workforce Commission
Argumentation and Pat Tillman Unit
Rhetorical Triangle Notes
Providing Context for a Quote
Sample Intro and Body Paragraph
Final Essay Highlight Directions
Tillman Data Collection Chart
Sample Works Cited
Sample MLA Heading
Is Morality Natural Article
The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man (Reid)
Pat Tillman: Hero or Wasted Life? (Sudborough)
Pat Tillman Biography
Where Men Win Glory (Krakauer)
SI Article: "Remember His Name" Link
SI Article/Video: "Spirit of Pat Tillman Lives on" Link
NFL Network's Video "Pat Tillman: A Football Life"
"Enduring Guilt" ESPN article from the shooter's viewpoint.
A Case of Fratricide: Who Killed Pat Tillman?
Beowulf Literary Device Grid
Character Trait Evidence Collection Sample
Character Trait Evidence Collection
Integrating quotes: Beowulf
Viking Ship and Celtic Crosses from the Isle of Man
Beowulf Rafel Translation
Beowulf Graphic Novel Project
Treasures of the Anglo-Saxons
Old English Wordhord Incredible site with thousands of Old English words, their spellings and definitions!
The Coming of Beowulf
The Battle with Grendel
The Battle with Grendel's Mother
Study Suggestions for the Beowulf Test
Canterbury Tale Notes
Canterbury "Prologue", "Wife of Bath", "Pardoner's Tale" Question Guide
Pilgrim Chart Filled In
Canterbury Tales Prologue Coghill Translation
The Wife of Bath's Tale Coghill Translation
The Pardoner's Tale and Prologue Coghill Translation
The Nun's Priest's Tale and Prologue Coghill Translation
The Nun's Priest's Tale Questions
Audio for "Prologue"
Audio for "Pardoner's Tale"
Audio for "Wife of Bath's Tale"
Kahoot Test Review
King Arthur PowerPoint
King Arthur A&E Questions
King Arthur A&E Video
Questions for A Knight's Tale
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Translated by W.W. Neilson
Final Exam Review
Hamlet PowerPoint Notes
Shakespeare Background Video
Theme Grid Hamlet
Theme Grid Example
Theme Grid Issues
"To Be or Not to Be" Not a Soliloquy?
Act I Summary
Audio for Hamlet
Brave New World
Brave New World Notes
Brave New World Online Book
Quizlet Allusions in BNW
BNW Audio (Same as used in class)
Caste Game Instructions
100 Things Instructions
100 Things Check List
Pride and Prejudice
We are watching the 2005 version staring Keira Knightley and Matthew Mcfadyen. If you are absent, you can rent this version from Amazon or YouTube for about $4.
Pride and Prejudice Summary
Link to YouTube of P&P
Tasks There are many tasks in this PDF. We are doing Screen Shots, Romantic Genre, and Themes.
The focus of this course is communication in all forms: writing, reading, speaking, and listening. The curriculum is designed for students who plan to enter the workforce, either after attending a college, university or technical/vocational school or immediately after graduation. Throughout the year, we will read a variety of major works including Beowulf, The Canterbury Tales and Macbeth.
English IV Overview
Tutoring/Make-up: Tues. and Thurs. after school - Students should sign up on the board in my room. Students who have late arrival or early release may come in during 1st or 8th if they let me know in advance.
Major Grades will count 60% of a student's six weeks grade. Daily Grades will be 40%. Quizzes will be weighted twice in the daily category.
Late Work Policy: Late work will not be accepted for full credit. Late is any time after the assignment is collected by the teacher. One day late = -20; two days late = -40. Work will not be accepted late after the two day mark.
Students have accounts in this format:
UN: misd123456 (id #)
PW: s123456 (id #)
www.noredink.com - Set up an account.
Academic Terms PowerPoint
Crucible/Puritans/Salem Witch Trial
Puritan PowerPoint Notes
Fact versus Fiction in the Crucible
Character Map Crucible
"Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" Ethos Pathos Logos
"Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" Audio
Character Post-Mortem Project
Project Grading Rubric
Post-Mortem Writing Sample
Sample 2 Student Writing
Post Mortem Quote Gathering Packet
Test Focus Suggestions
Crucible Act I and II Questions
Crucible Act III and IV Questions
Kahoot Review for Test
Age of Reason
Rhetoric and Patrick Henry Notes
Parallel Structure Notes
Ethos Pathos Logos Notes
Ethos Pathos Logos Practice
"Speech to the Second Virginia Convention" Annotated
Aphorism Project PowerPoint Example
Declaration and Jefferson Notes
Declaration of Independence Questions
Franklin Video Documentary
Franklin Autobiography Questions
Suggested Study Items for Unit Test
Rhetoric Test Kahoot
Romanticism, Dark Romanticism and Transcendentalism Notes
Romanticism Background Reading
"Devil and Tom Walker" Text
"Devil and Tom Walker" Questions
"Devil and Tom Walker" Audio
"Devil and Tom Walker" Paragraph Example
"Bearskin" Romanticism Device Statements and Paragraph Example
Poe Documentary Questions
"Black Cat" Reading
"Black Cat" Audio
Annotated "The Birthmark"
"The Birthmark" Audio
Kahoot for Romanticism/Dark Romanticism Test
Pit and the Pendulum Audio
Pit and the Pendulum Text
The Minister's Black Veil Audio
The Minister's Black Veil Text
*Fall Final Exam Review*
Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Transcendentalism Notes
Notes Test Kahoot
Jonathan Livingston Seagull Reading Journal
Jonathan Livingston Seagull Questions
Jonathan Livingston Seagull audio
Johnathan Livingston Seagull Text
"Nature" and "Self-Reliance" Answer Example
"Nature" and Self-Reliance" Questions
Transcendental Test Review Topics
Jonathan Livingston Seagull Project Rubric
Jonathan/Transcendental Test Kahoot
A Kahoot review is NOT intended to replace studying your notes etc. for the test.
Simple, Compound, Complex Notes
Fragments and Run-ons
The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby Online Text
F.Scott Fitzgerald Biography Video
Fitzgerald Video for 2020
Gatsby Background Reading
Gatsby Background Reading Questions
Gatsby Research PowerPoint Examples
Gatsby Research Instructions
Gatsby 100 Things
Gatsby 100 Things Check List
Summary and Analysis help at Lit Charts
Compare/Contrast Gatsby Activity
Mrs. LaBruyere's Presentation
In complete sentences, write 10 things that you learned from Mrs. Labruyere's Presentation.
Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men Spanish
On line text for Of Mice and Men
Audiobook Of Mice and Men
Steinbeck and Of Mice and Men Notes
Spring Final Exam Review
English III Overview
Scope and Sequence
Please see my Distance Learning Tab.
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