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Phone: (936) 276-2001 x80514
Office Hours: 3rd Period 11:20-12:50
1st period--English IV
2nd period--AP Literature
4th period--English IV
5th period--English IV
7th period--English IV
Tutoring Schedule: By appointment
After 20 years a Bear, I am proud to be a Lion!!!
Hello, I am so excited to have you in my class this year. Let me begin by telling you about myself. I graduated from Sam Houston State University in 1994 where I majored in English and minored in dance. I began my teaching career that August of 1994 with Coldspring-Oakhurst ISD. I was a 9th and 10th grade teacher there for four years but left when my first group of freshmen graduated in 1998. It was then that I was fortunate enough to be hired by Montgomery ISD. I am beginning my 23rd year with the district, and I can't imagine working anywhere else.
On a personal level, I am married to my best friend of 29 years, and we have 3 wonderful children: Cody is a senior involved with the LCHS basketball program, Logan is a senior at SHSU working towards a degree in business, and Amber is a an SHSU graduate working as an RN.
I am very proud of the district for being a positive influence, not only in my children's lives, but in the lives of all MISD students.
I look forward to getting to know all of you and am anticipating an awesome school year. Go Lions!
Google Classroom cheat sheet
Virtual Classroom Expectations/Rules
How To Class Link
Policy and Procedure Power Point
Career Research Questions
College Research Questions
College Poster Assignment/Rubric
Article: Is Morality Natural?
Pat Tillman pictures
Article: Pat Tillman Biography
Article: The Extraordinary Life-Reid
*What to Annotate
Article: Hero or Wasted Life-Sudborough
Article: Where Men Win (excerpt)-Krauker
Article: Mary Tillman's Private War
Article: The Tillman Story Required Reading
Article: Army to Punish Officers
People Involved In Tillman Case
Outline for Writing Essay
Power Point Reminders
Providing Context for a quote
Works Cited Example
Anglo-Saxon Notes Power Point
Anglo-Saxon Fill in Blank Notes
Beowulf Study Guide
Literary Term Scavenger Hunt
Extra Credit Essay-Beowulf
Middle Ages Power Point notes
Middle Ages Fill in Blank Notes
Background Reading and Questions
Geoffrey Chaucer Power Point
Pardoner's Tale Questions
Wife of Bath's Tale Questions
King Arthur/Sir Thomas Mallory Power Point
Le Morte d'Arthur Questions
Sir Gawain Questions
Sir Gawain's Pentangle
The Mini Page questions
The Mini Page reading handout
Macbeth Fill in the Blank Notes
Macbeth Power Point
Macbeth Study Guide
Macbeth Theme Grid
Act I Quote Analysis
Macbeth Project choices
Literary Analysis Assignment
Literary Analysis Power Point
Literary Analysis Guide Notes
Literary Analysis Outline
Brave New World
Brave New World Study Guide
Brave New World Reading Questions
Puritan Notes Power Point
Milton Blank Notes
Milton Background Power Point
For Inferno Virtual Tour, go to foxtwin.com/inferno/
*The AP syllabus is a work in progress. It will be uploaded as soon as it is finished.
Short Story Unit 1
Novel: Old Man and the Sea
Short Story Objective/Term Power Point
Bret Harte Background Power Point
"The Outcast at Poker Flat" story
"The Outcast at Poker Flat" questions
Nathaniel Hawthorne Power Point
"Miss Brill" story
Dramatic Structure handout
Poetry Unit 1
Poetry Notes Power Point
Poetry Analysis Handout
Frost's "The Road Not Taken"
Holmes "Old Ironsides and One Country"
Lowell's "The First Snow-Fall"
"The First Snow-Fall" questions
Novel Unit 1-Scarlet Letter
Character Autopsy Assignment
Girl Power-Feminist Unit
Power Point Notes
The Awakening full text
Oedipus Rex Power Point Notes
Oedipus Rex full text
Oedipus Rex Questions
Macbeth full text
Literary Analysis Power Point
Dystopian Terms Power Point
Brave New World Background Handout
Brave New World Article
Brave New World Terms/Places
Also purchase How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster.
College Board (SAT)
Apply Texas (Texas Common Application)
Glencoe Course 4 Texas Treasures
MLA APA side by side
MLA APA Chicago side by side
LCHS English Dept.
1"-2"Binder or larger
** You may want to have one A day binder and one B day binder for all your classes.
Wide Ruled Paper
Blue, Black, Red Pens and Pencils
Warm-ups, Notes/handouts, Quizzes, Grammar, Academic Vocabulary
*Sections may change
Please help with one of the following classroom supplies:
1st period --Kleenex
2nd period--Notebook paper
5th period--Clorox wipes
7th period--Clorox wipes
Turn IT In Directions Note: the class ID's in the notes are not correct; please use the following:
First Period--Class ID: 24326581 Enrollment password: Shimmy
Third Period--Class ID: 24326646 Enrollment password: Shimmy
Fourth Period--Class ID: 24326663 Enrollment password: Shimmy
Fifth Period--Class ID: 24326674 Enrollment password: Shimmy
Where I'm From
Where I'm From Pre-write
Where I'm From Template
Sinners in the Hands of Angry God questions
Sinners Persuasive Elements
The Crucible and McCarthyism
Salem Witch Trials-Puritans-McCarthyism2018-1.ppt
Fill in the blank notes
Arthur Miller Biography
Arthur Miller Biography Questions
Age of Reason and Revolution
Power Point Academic Terms and Background Notes
Appeals Power Point
Parallel Structure Power Point
Parallel Structure Practice
Patrick Henry's "Speech at the Virginia Convention" Analysis handout
Patrick Henry's Speech vocabulary and questions
Annotated Speech at the Virginia Convention
Power Point Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration
Declaration Full Document
Ben Franklin Biography Reading
Ben Franklin Reading Questions
Aphorism Example Power Point
Ben Franklin Aphorisms
Persuasive Essay Assignment
American Romanticism and Transcendentalism Power Point notes
American Romanticism Outline form notes
Dark Romanticism and the Gothic Influence Power Point
Dark Romanticism and the Gothic Influence outline form notes
Grimm's "Bearskin" story
Devil and Tom Walker story
Poe Biography link
Edgar Allen Poe Biography questions
Transcendentalism/New England Renaissance
Transcendentalism Power Point
Transcendentalism Fill in the Blank Notes
Poetry Notes Power Point
Poetry Analysis handout
The Great Gatsby
F.Scott Fitzgerald Biography
F. Scott Fitzgerald Biography Questions
The Great Gatsby Notes Power Point
Gatsby Research Topics
Research Help Power Point
Research Help Handout
100 Things Assignment
The Great Gatsby Audio
The Great Gatsby Full Text
Of Mice and Men
John Steinbeck Background Reading
Background Reading Questions
Of Mice and Men Power Point Notes
OF Mice and Men Fill in Blank Notes
To A Mouse poem and questions
Of Mice and Men Full Text
Of Mice and Men Audio
Of Mice and Men Study Guide Questions
Write a 3/4 page journal entry explaining the American Dream. What it is? Why do so many people come looking for it? What is yours? Turn in when completed.
September 4-Journal 2: If you could go back in time to any era in history, which time period would you choose? Who would you want to see? What would you want to experience? Write a ½ -3/4 page response. Focus on capitalization and punctuation as you write. Turn in when complete.
September 11-Journal 3: Have you ever been lied to? Have you ever lied? Choose one of the following quotes and write a ¾ page or longer response about it. Be sure you explain why you chose that particular quote.
"A real man will be honest no matter how painful the truth is. A coward hides behind lies and deceit."
"Profit is sweet, even if it comes from deception.'
"The saddest thing about betrayal is that it never comes from your enemies. It comes from friends and loved ones."
"A lie doesn't become truth, wrong doesn't become right, and evil doesn't become good, just because it is accepted by a majority."
September 20-Journal 4: The rumors are a big part of the hysteria that spread through Salem in 1692. Comment on one of the quotes and support, defend, refute using your own experience or ideas. ½-3/4 page
"Rumors are carried by haters, spread by fools, and accepted by idiots."
"Don't let your ears witness what your eyes didn't see, don't let your mouth speak what your heart doesn't feel."
"Don't worry about those who talk behind your back, they are behind you for a reason."
September 25-Journal 5: Write about your favorite …. It can be movie, vacation, band, activity, person, etc. Write so that your tone shows how passionate you are about it. Must be full page.
October 5-Journal 1: If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would it be and why? Elaborate!!! ¾ page.
October 11-Journal 2: Watch the Ashton Kutcher Teen Choice Awards acceptance speech on you tube and write a 1 page response about the video. Do you agree with what he has to say? Is he successful in getting his point across?
October 23-Journal 3:Write a creative story using one of these story starters: ¾-page
October 29-Journal 4: Choose one of the quotes from John F. Kennedy and comment on it based on our society today. ¾ page. This is the last journal—4 total=25 points each
*“If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal.
*“One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.”
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.“
November 6-Journal 1: If you could change anything about school, besides not going, what would it be. ½ page.
November 15-Journal 2: Choose one: 1/ 2page **Write about why it is important to show gratitude.
** Write a letter to someone who is important to you and thank them for being in your life.
** Write about something you would miss if you did not have it in your life. How do you show appreciation for it.
November 26-Journal 3: Write about your Thanksgiving. What did you do? What did you eat? Who did you see? 1/2 page
January 11-Journal 1: Choose a quote from the handout and write and 3/4 page response. Quote Handout
January 16-Journal 2: Choose one of the following quotes by Emerson and comment on it. What do you like about it? How does it relate to your life. Elaborate!!! ½ page. Write a clear cohesive paragraph. With a clear topic sentence!!!
The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
January 24-Journal 3: Choose one of the quotes by Henry David Thoreau and respond to it. Must be ¾ page of your thoughts. Highlight or underline one example each of the 4 different sentence types in your writing.
The Price of anything is the amount f life you exchange for it.
Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.
Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.
Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.
Goodness is the only investment that never fails.
February 5-Journal 4: Must be ½ page or longer. Talk about music. How and why is music so important to your life? Explain, give examples, etc.
February 14-Journal 5: Comment on the quote below. Do you agree or disagree—Write a 3/4 page response.
There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.
February 20-Journal 1: Write a summary of your poem which clearly explains the meaning; include a critique stating whether or not you liked the poem and explain why. Also, tell me about your author. Must be ¾ page.
February 22-Journal 2: Write a ½ page response about the following quote. Explain your view on chances and regret.
In the end, we only regret the chances we didn't take.
March 18-Journal 3: Free write about your spring break or your favorite city/vacation spot. Must be ¾ page. Keep it legal, moral and ethical
April 4-Journal 4: Think about the characters in the novel The Great Gatsby. Are any of the characters truly happy? Explain. Must be ¾ -full page.
April 12-Journal 1: Choose a character from the novel that you like the most or can identify with the most and explain why AND choose a character from the novel that you like the least and explain why. Use specific examples from the story for support. ½ page
April 25-Journal 2: Describe your dream job. What are you doing? Where is it? What position/title do you have? OR Tell me about your college plans. What school? Why? What activities are you going to be involved? What is your second choice should your first choice not work out? Minimum ½ page.
May 15-Journal 4: Was George justified in what he did at the end of the novel. Explain with detail. ½ page.
*The syllabus is a work in progress and may be updated/changed as the year progresses.
Short Story Unit
"The Lady or the Tiger" story
"The Lady or the Tiger" vocabulary
"Most Dangerous Game" story
"Most Dangerous Game" Scavenger Hunt
"The Necklace" story
12 Angry Men
Teaching Tolerance Power Point
Jury Orientation Video questions
12 Angry Men Script
12 Angry Men Character Chart
Crime Does Pay Vocabulary
Mind Map questions
Writing Effective Paragraphs Power Point
Six Traits of Writing Power Point
Six Traits of Writing Fill-in-blank notes
Smiley Face Tricks
Magic Three Handout
Brush Stroke Technique
Personal Narrative Example
Billy's Eyes Example
Billy's Eyes Questions for Analysis
Personal Narrative In-Class Write
Novel Unit-To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird full text
To Kill a Mockingbird Background notes
TKM Fill in Blank Power Point Notes
Historical Background QR Codes and questions
Historical Background Questions
The Great Depression
Jim Crow Laws
The Scottsboro Boys
Stock Market Crash
Form and Structure
"A Red,Red Rose" Robert Burns
"I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" William Wordsworth
"who are you little i" and "i(a" E. E. Cummings
Language of Poetry
"'Hope' is the Thing with Feathers" and "I'm Nobody Who are you?" Emily Dickinson
"The Road Not Taken" Robert Frost
"Sympathy" Paul Laurence Dunbar
Sound of Poetry
"Grape Sherbet" Rita Dove
"My Mother Combs my Hair" Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Creative Poem assignment
Shakespeare in the Classroom You tube link
Shakespeare in the Classroom Questions
Shakespeare Mini Page handout
Shakespeare Mini Page Questions
Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet Full Text
Rome and Juliet Quote Study Guide
R and J Acts I and II Vocabulary List
R and J Vocabulary Activity I and II
R and J Acts III and IV Vocabulary List
R and J Vocabulary Activity III and IV
The Journey research project requirements
Research Journey example slides
Clash of the Gods: Odysseus Part I video
Clash of the Gods: Odysseus Part II video
The Odyssey Textbook Background
The Odyssey Book 1
The Odyssey Book 2
The Odyssey Book 3
The Odyssey Book 4
August 6-Journal 1: If you could be any of the following-color, planet, state, zoo animal, (choose one) which would it be and why? 1/2 page
August 29-Journal 3: Must be full page---Do you like to go hunting or fishing? What are your views on big game hunting such as that in Africa? Do you feel hunting is a sport or is it just cruelty to animals?
Explain your stance on the game of hunting. Support your ideas.
September 11-Journal 4: Choose one of the following quotes and write a ½ page or longer response.
“People see what they want to see and what people want to see isn’t always the truth .”. Roberto Bolano.
“Your perception of me is a reflection of you.”. Anonymous.
“All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions.” Leonardo da Vinci
“The reality of life is that your perceptions – right or wrong – influence everything else you do. When you get a proper perspective of your perceptions, you may be surprised how many other things fall into place.” Roger Birkman
November 4, Journal 1: Write a paragraph about a sport or recreation you enjoy. Include at least three vivid verbs, one magic three, one instance of figurative language, one of each phrase, prepositional , participial, appositive and absolute.
Highlight your topic sentence and concluding sentence. Underline and label each requirement!!!
November 8-Journal 2- How does Harper Lee make her characters in To Kill a Mockingbird relatable? Provide at least two pieces of text evidence to support your claim. ¾ page. Cite quote correctly by using parenthesis and page number.
January 21-Journal 2--- Comment on the following quote— “All who wander are not lost.” What do you think this quote means? Give an example. EXPLAIN. Full page.
February 4-Journal 3: Comment on EACH of the following statements using 3-4 sentences or more.
*We learn the most important values in life from our parents and family.
*Parents know what is best for their children, and children (even teens) should listen to their parents’ advice & follow it.
*Children aren’t able to teach adults anything because the adults have been around longer, are wiser, and know what to do.
*Rich families have fewer problems than poor families.
February 25-Journal 1-Letter to your freshman self.
March 2-Journal 2-Does Shakespeare portray Romeo as a typical "love-struck" teenager? Support your argument with evidence from the text. 1 page.
March 10-Journal 3-Does Shakespeare present love as a paradox in Romeo and Juliet? Support your answer with evidence from the selection. 3/4 page.
AP Literature Summer Reading
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