Tammy Szymczak

Royals Assistant Director

Room: B2518

Contact Me:
Email: tammy.szymczak@misd.org  
Phone:  (936)  276-2001 x80514

Office Hours: 3rd Period 11:20-12:50



1st period--English IV 

2nd period--AP Literature

3rd period--Conference

4th period--English IV


5th period--English IV

6th period--PLC

7th period--English IV

8th period--Royals                                        

Tutoring Schedule: By appointment

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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!



1st period--English IV 

2nd period--AP Literature

3rd period--Conference

4th period--English IV


5th period--English IV

6th period--PLC

7th period--English IV

8th period--Royals                                        








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College Readiness

Career Research Questions

College Research Questions

College Poster Assignment/Rubric

Argumentative Unit

Academic vocabulary

Article: Is Morality Natural?

Pat Tillman pictures

Article: Pat Tillman Biography

Article:  The Extraordinary Life-Reid

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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

Argumentative Essay

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

Middle Ages Power Point notes

Middle Ages Fill in Blank Notes

Canterbury Tales

Background Reading and Questions

Geoffrey Chaucer Power Point

 Pilgrim Project

Pilgrim Chart

Pardoner's Tale Questions

Wife of Bath's Tale Questions

King Arthur

King Arthur/Sir Thomas Mallory Power Point

Le Morte d'Arthur Questions

Sir Gawain Questions

Sir Gawain's Pentangle

Shakespeare's Macbeth

The Mini Page questions

The Mini Page reading handout

Macbeth Fill in the Blank Notes

Macbeth Power Point

Macbeth Study Guide

Macbeth Theme Grid

Grid example

Act I Quote Analysis

Macbeth Project choices

Literary Analysis

Literary Analysis Assignment

 Literary Analysis Power Point

Literary Analysis Guide Notes

Literary Analysis Outline

Brave New World

Dystopian Notes


Brave New World Study Guide

Brave New World Reading Questions

Paradise Lost

Background Notes

Puritan Notes Power Point

Milton Blank Notes

Milton Background Power Point

For Inferno Virtual Tour, go to foxtwin.com/inferno/

College Board (SAT)


Apply Texas (Texas Common Application)

American Literature

Glencoe Course 4 Texas Treasures


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LCHS English Dept.

School supplies


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


Notebook sections

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

4th period--Kleenex

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

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Puritan family
Book front of Crucible
American Revolution
American romanticism key words
Pen writing on paper
The Great Gatsby
Of Mice and Men book

Academic Vocabulary

Where I'm From

Where I'm From Pre-write

Where I'm From Template


Puritan Notes Power Point

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

Study Guide

Crucible Text

Age of Reason and Revolution

Power Point Academic Terms and Background Notes

Appeals Power Point

Appeals practice

Parallel Structure Power Point

Parallel Structure Practice

Patrick Henry's "Speech at the Virginia Convention" Analysis handout

Patrick Henry's Speech

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 Project

Aphorism Example Power Point

Ben Franklin Aphorisms

Persuasive Essay Assignment

Persuasive Rubric

Writing Reminders

American Romanticism

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

"Bearskin" Questions

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

Poetry Project

The Great Gatsby

F.Scott Fitzgerald Biography

F. Scott Fitzgerald Biography Questions

The Great Gatsby Notes Power Point

Gatsby Research Assignment

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




American Literature book
August 28-Journal 1: The Puritans came on a journey  to the new world, dreaming of building  their “heaven on earth” while escaping religious persecution.  Our country is built on people hoping to build a dream. 

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

                                     1.It all happened that one lazy afternoon…
                                     2.If I win the lottery…
                                     3.When I was a child….
                                     4.(Or come up with a beginning of your own.          Keep it LEGAL, MORAL, and ETHICAL!!

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

December 5-Journal 4:  In a well developed paragraph—tell me about Edgar Allan Poe or Washington Irving.
Include a topic sentence, supporting sentences, and a concluding sentence.  Must be at least a Minimum of 5 sentences. Must show sentence variety.


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 9-Journal 3: How are Lennie and Candy’s dog similar?  Explain with detail.  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 definition
Yellow cover 12 Angry Men
Pen on paper
To Kill a Mockinbird picture
Pencil with words exploding
Man embracing woman on balcony.
Odyssey book cover with Poseidon.
Get to Know-Who I Am

Short Story Unit

Literary terms

"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

Microaggression Activity

Jury Orientation Video questions

Drama Terms

12 Angry Men Script

12 Angry Men Character Chart

Crime Does Pay Vocabulary

Study Guide

Mind Map

Mind Map questions

Writing Unit

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

Harper Lee

Poetry Unit

Poetry Notes Power Point


Poems Studied

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

Various Haiku

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

William Shakespeare

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

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 Odyssey

The Journey research project requirements

Research handout

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

Glencoe Course 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 27-Journal 2:  Take into consideration all that you know about the story, write a conclusion for “The Lady or the Tiger” that explains what happens when the young man opens the door on the right.  How do you want it to end.  Be creative.  ¾ 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

September 17-Journal 5:  Write a  well-developed paragraph about a topic of your choice. (Keep legal, moral, and ethical).  Highlight your topic sentence and concluding sentence.  Underline all subordinate clauses with a colored pencil.  You may NOT use first person or second person –No “I” or “You”


September 30-Journal 1:   Think about 3 people you spend the most time with,  and explain why and how they’re affecting you — your behaviors, your thoughts, your life.  ¾ page or longer.
October 10-Journal 2: With which juror do you feel  you are  most alike in personality, explain. Which juror would your friends say you are like?  Why?  ½ page
October 21-Journal 3: Who is your favorite person in all the world and why? 1 page Write neatly, use proper punctuation, and check your sentences for fragments and run-ons!!!


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 7-Journal 1- Write 1 goal you have for today, 2 goals for this week, 3 goals for this month, and 4 goals for this semester.  Is it important to set goals?  Explain—1/2 page.

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.