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Term Two Changes, Curriculum, and Notices

As second term begins, I want to take a moment to talk about term one grades and what they mean moving forward. Term one is always a learning period, even for the students who had me for English last year. They need to figure out the classroom expectations, flow, and work level. That being said, I was most taken aback by the amount of work students neglected to turn in first term which turned into zeros in the gradebook. I always give students the opportunity to turn in work late for partial credit, but very few took me up on that opportunity; instead they chose to keep the zero grade, and it really affected them.

Therefore, from this point forward, if a student is missing work (if they have a zero on Skyward for an assignment) I will not allow it to stand. Students will be required to come after school every Monday from 2:45-3:30 until the missing work is made up. If a student neglects to show up for mandatory tutoring, a detention will be issued and parents/guardians will be contacted. I also want to make a point in saying that no cellphones will be allowed in mandatory tutoring. If a student is caught using any sort of electronic device during this time they will also be issued a detention.

I know that each one of my students is more capable than the grades for term one reflect. I am hoping that through this mandatory tutoring process they and you will be able to see that as well.


The curriculum for term two is made up of Middle Ages literature ranging from The Canterbury Tales to Dante’s Inferno, and Paradise Lost. While we may not get to the latter, we will go at the pace of each class and adjust as necessary. Today students will be organizing their flip books and tomorrow we will begin building knowledge and insight into the time period and its people.



The curriculum for term two revolves around a lot of grammar skills and real world applications. Students will be getting their grammar workbooks from the Media Center tomorrow and receiving a list of assignments and due dates for the work in the books. Students will be required to return these books in the same condition in which they were checked out at the end of the year, otherwise they will have to pay $52.50 per book that was lost or damaged. Other than grammar, students will be filling out the Common App from College Board, writing college entrance essays, writing scholarship essays, and researching more things they will be affected by after graduation (budgets, presidential elections, etc).


Syllabi for Week of October 19th


Monday- We will beign with a Kahoot review of introduction to Canterbury Tale facts from flip book (distrubited last week in class. You will need to have this on your person at all times).  The class will then be introduced to the web quest about the Middle Ages.

Tuesday- The class will be expected to finish the Middle Ages web quest by the end of the class period. This will be a 37 point mastery grade. Students will find all the information on

Wednesday- Introduction to The Canterbury Tales quiz.

Thursday and Friday- We will be reading some of the Canterbury tales that we will not be analyzing next week.




Monday- We will begin with a Kahoot review of the Master Reader and Writer Unit 11. Afterwards students will take a 20 point mastery quiz that closely resembles the PERT Writing test.

Tuesday- We will discuss the skills from the quiz yesterday, begin discussing sentence fragments, and begin watching/analyzing the TED Talk series “Graduation…now what?”

Wednesday- We will finish discussing sentence fragments, analyzing the TED Talk series, and preview the college entrance essay assignment (please see “Mrs. Smith’s Writing Essentials” packet distributed last week in class for more details).

Thursday and Friday- Students will draft at least two of the four required college entrance essays on white lined paper. Next week, after editing, we will type up the final drafts and submit them on



Seniors!! Grammar Book Work- Master Reader and Writer: English IV

Unit 11: Revising and Editing: Recognizing and Avoiding Sentence Structure Errors (Due 10/22)

  • Complete notes and practices for all activities except:
    • Applications, 8, and 17.
  • Write out the answers to all practice activities required.

Unit 7: Sentence Variety, Clarity, and Conventions (Due 11/2)

  • Complete notes and practices for all activities except:
    • Applications, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 18, 19, 29, 32, 35, 46 and 49
    • In activities 36-43 skip question #5.
  • Write out the answers to the following practice activities:
    • 3-7, 9, 17, 20, 26, 27, 28, 44, 45, and 47
  • You will receive a worksheet for the following practice activities:
    • 12, 13, 16, 21-25, 30, 31, 33, 34, 36-43 (skip #5), 48 and 49

Unit 6: Understanding the Paragraph: Narrative and Descriptive Writing (11/30)

  • Complete notes and practices for all activities except:
    • Applications, 2, 8, 18, 21, 24, 25, 26, 28, 35, and 38-40
  • Write out the answers to the following practice activities:
    • 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 19, 22, 23, 25, 32, 36, 37
  • You will receive a worksheet for the following practice activities:
    • 1, 3, 6, 7, 12, 16, 17, 20, 24, 27, 29-31, 33, 34
  • **You must also complete the academic learning log**

Unit 2: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use (12/17)

  • Complete notes and practices for all activities except:
    • Applications, 13, and 14
  • Write out the answers to the following practice activities:
    • 1-11, 16, and 17
  • You will receive a worksheet for the following practice activities:
    • 14 and 15
  • **You must also complete the academic learning log**



Syllabi for Week of October 26th



Please be advised that this week we will begin reading “The Prologue” of The Canterbury Tales. Students will be reading this on their own in class over the next two to three days. While doing so, students should be answering questions 1-7 from the “Prologue” section of the flip book and filling out the graphic organizer in the “Pilgrims” section at the back of the flip book.

Friday will be a literacy day during which time students will be working on the grammar packet (Unit 1: Parts of Speech) they received last week in class. These packets are due on November 20th for 125 Mastery points. The second part of the literacy project this term is the creative portion (please see the PDF on the Teacher Connection for detailed information) which is due on December 10th. I tried to give students as much time as possible between due dates without interfering with Midterm studying.



Please be advised that this week we will begin writing college entrance essays. Even if students do not plan on going into college this unit will be helpful in learning how to write concise detailed information. This unit has already been distributed to the students in the form of "Mrs. Smith's Writing Essentials," a packet distributed a couple weeks ago in class, so they can begin working on it as soon as they would like and have access to the information at home. If students plan on applying to a school that has an essay different from one of the one's listed on the assignment page, it is okay! I want them writing the essays that they will be using when applying for schools, if applicable. This same rule will apply when we move onto scholarship essays in a couple weeks.


The literacy project for this term can also be found on the last few pages of the "Mrs. Smith's Writing Essentials" packet. Students have written down due dates, but information is also posted on Teacher Connection (see above) about which units from Pearson's Master Reader and Writer book are due and when.


Attention, all students! Are you tired of forgetting your assignments? Don't want to wonder if you're going to have to stay after school on a Monday? Never miss another assignment again with Remind!

I have set up a Remind account for all of my classes. In case you have not used it in the past, Remind is a way for me to text you (the parents) or my students from my computer. They and you can receive important notices about upcoming due dates or quick reminders about the following day. If you or your child would like to be a part of the Remind class, please follow the steps below:

  1. Type your class code into this website:
    1. Period 1 (English IV)- a9eah
    2. Period 2 (English III)- gbcc9
    3. Period 4 (English IV)- c6hfk
    4. Period 5 (English IV)- ad66ge
    5. Period 6 (English III)- h3k3
    6. Period 7 (English IV)- gcka8
  2. Enter your first and last name and phone number into the appropriate boxes. For the purposes of Remind, please use your phone number instead of your email address (unless you would like to sign up with both and create two different accounts) as these messages will be much shorter than the weekly syllabi.

If you have any questions, please let me know.



Syllabi for the week of November 2, 2015

I would like all students to sign up for as this will be the primary website we use to practice our grammar skills (please see class codes below). I have read enough of each student’s writing that I can now tell what each person struggles with, and with this website I can individualize activities tiered to their specific needs.

        Period 1- km73a4dk

        Period 2- w9exkeh9

        Period 4- efccmf4f

        Period 5-edce7md9

        Period 6- 4v93ew43

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This week we will begin reading “The Pardoner’s Tale” from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Students will be expected to answer the questions found under the Pardoner’s Tale section of their flip book as we read together in class.


This week students will be revising their college entrance essays. Periods 1 and 4 will begin this process on Monday (11/2), and their first essay will be due on on Wednesday (11/4). Periods 5 and 7 will begin this process on Tuesday (11/3), and their first essay will be due on on Thursday (11/5).

Please let me know if you should have any questions!



Syllabi for the week of November 9, 2015

**Note: Mandatory tutoring this week has been pushed back until tomorrow due to a scheduling conflict. Students who need to attend tutoring will be spoken with today.



This week we will beginning “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” from The Canterbury Tales. This will be our last story in this mini unit, so I am looking for all students to give all their effort before we leave for Thanksgiving break! They should be taking good notes in their packets during class and trying to answer questions in the flip book each night when they go home. The flip book answers to this tale will be due on Thursday at the end of class. Friday will be a literacy day and students should come prepared with their grammar packets. The first part the literacy project, worth 125 mastery points, is due on November 20th. Since we leave for break that day, students who do not submit the packet will not be able to get more than 50% of the original score. This project has been assigned three weeks, so it should be nearly complete.


Lastly, next week, as the culmination of our unit, students will be participating in a Scavenger Hunt to help them review terms, plot points, and literary devices discussed in the story. They will also be taking a 50 point test on Tuesday and composing a 50 point essay in class over two days on Wednesday and Thursday.


Instead of moving forward with scholarship essays this week I am going to postpone that activity until we come back from Winter Break. Last week all seniors were to submit a college entrance essay to After reviewing the submissions this weekend I decided that our time would be better spent doing revisions and understanding the skills at hand than just breezing through them; therefore, over the next two weeks students will be editing and their first college entrance essays. They will be due for 100 Mastery points on November 19th via When we come back from Thanksgiving break we will move forward with the second college entrance essay and have that completed before midterms.


The senior midterm will consist of PERT like reading and writing multiple choice questions, which we have been working with in class as our bell ringers. Students will take a practice test the week before midterms in order to determine which skills they need the most help with and then develop their own study guides. I highly suggest that everyone utilize both USATestPrep and NoRedInk when prepping for the midterm exam as these websites both have PERT applicability.



PDF documents
English III - How to Format MLA, OWL Purdue Example
English III Literacy Project - Quarter Two- Due Dec.10th
English III Syllabus -
English IV Syllabus - English IV Syllabus
How to Format Your Research Paper - Step by Step Guide
Research Paper Assignment - Including Career and College Research Questions
Research Paper Model - Draft
Summer Reading Rubric -

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