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WOHS AP English Summer Reading

9th Grade

Dandelion Wine – Ray Bradbury

Glass Menagerie – Tennessee Williams

10th Grade

A Separate Peace – John Knowles

Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

11th Grade

Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller

Ethan Frome -Edith Wharton

12th Grade

Animal Farm -George Orwell

The Color of Water – James McBride

Plans for 9/21-9/25

Monday- SAT Vocabulary Practice

Tuesday- Reading Practice: Irony – 3 types

Wednesday- Begin “The Monkey’s Paw”- vocabulary and illustrations in interactive notebooks

Thursday- Read “The Monkey’s Paw”

Friday- Finish reading “The Monkey’s Paw”; Begin Plot Analysis


Plans for the Week of 9/14-9/18

Monday- Quiz, Finish Skills Review (types of irony & context clues) Project assigned. Presentation is due Friday.

Tuesday- Work in class on “Mary Maloney’s Trial” project (writing portion) with partners.

Wednesday- Methods of persuasion, closing arguments

Thursday- Testing

Friday- Project presentation- closing arguments for Mary Maloney’s murder trial. Defenders and prosecutors will read their persuasive essays to the jury.

English II Plans for the Week of 9/7-9/11

September 7th- LABOR DAY HOLIDAY!

September 8th- Alfred Hitchcock video of “Lamb to the Slaughter” (compare/contrast)

Homework (due Friday, 9/11): Police Report and Crime Scene drawing for “LttS”

September 9th- Universal Screener and Kahoot review of “LttS”

September 10th- Literary Devices in “Lamb to the Slaughter”

September 11th- Test over “Lamb to the Slaughter” and The Roundtable Game

English II Plans for the Week of 8/31-9/4

Monday- Set-up our English Interactive Notebooks. Introduce vocabulary for “Lamb to the Slaughter” (discuss context clues, parts of speech, synonyms and antonyms)   Homework: Vocabulary Practice is due Friday.

Tuesday- Plot Analysis (activity in Interactive Notebook). Begin reading “Lamb to the Slaughter” together as a class.

Wednesday- Finish reading “Lamb to the Slaughter” followed by discussion. Work on finding text evidence to support answers to discussion questions.

Thursday-Complete “Plot Analysis” in Interactive Notebooks

Friday- Answer questions on “Lamb to the Slaughter” with partners.

Fun first week!

I had such a great time getting to know my students this week. We did a lot of hands-on, creative activities to express our unique interests and passions. We sculpted, collaborated, drew, colored, worked on iPads, and discussed expectations for this year. I believe we made a great start to the best year ever! If you haven’t followed our class Twitter yet, find us at @simscity153. We will post small glimpses of what we are doing in the classroom each week so that I can brag on my geniuses and you can see how hard they are working!

What are you teaching the world?

English II Lesson Plans for August 24-28, 2015

Getting to know you…

Monday- Symbolic Sculpture and presentations, school supply list and contact information will be sent home. School supplies are due by Monday, August 31st.

Tuesday- Survivor (collaborative activity) and presentations

Wednesday- Student Assessment:  What is your child’s genius?  Every child has a genius – that combination of passion and unique strengths in which they absolutely thrive. It’s Thrively’s mission to uncover that genius in everyone!

Thursday- Brainstorm, design, and create a symbol of who you are using various artistic medium.  “Our class is the best… hands down!”

Friday- (Pep Rally Schedule) What to expect in English II this year? We will learn my class expectations, procedures, and policies. Classroom twitter topic: What went right this week?

Happy to be here!

Hi there! Welcome to my blog. Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I grew up in White Oak most of my life. I went to school here from Kindergarten until graduation in 1998. I love this community with all my heart. I believe we have the best people, the best school system, and the best students of any town anywhere. I feel incredibly blessed to be now working in THE best community in THE best state. I have previously taught at Gladewater ISD and Longview ISD and cherish my time in both of those schools, but it was finally time to come teach in my own hometown. I have two kiddos, both Roughnecks, of course! Alli is going into the 3rd grade, and she keeps us busy with dance class, lots of animal raising, and daily bike rides. Grant will be a freshman this year. With him, we live a good portion of our lives at fields…both baseball and football. My husband, Cory, works for General Dynamics and graduated from Harmony in 1997. However, he converted to being a Roughneck fan pretty early on in our marriage. Our favorite thing to do is watch sports together…high school, college, and professional. I am a huge fan of the Texas Longhorns and sweet tea. When I can steal a few minutes away from the craziness of life, I enjoy reading in a quiet room. It is a rare treat! Ha!

This year, I have the privilege teaching English I and English II. I am so excited to meet my students.  An adventure awaits us all, and I cannot wait to get started!

S. Sims



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