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Ms. Smith

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Welcome to my class website! I am a 2nd year English teacher at Independence Nontraditional. This year I am teaching English 10 & 11. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at smithra@pwcs.edu.

Important Information for Students:
Students, if you have not done so yet, please check your school email (Microsoft Office 365 account). I have sent important make-up work information to each of you. All make-up work must be submitted to me no later than noon on April 24th, 2020.

I am available to help with schoolwork from 7:30 A.M.-2:30 P.M. Monday through Friday.

Make-up Work/Review Available!
Students who would like to improve their grades may access all graded assignments here: https://independence.pwcs.edu/high_school/language_arts/ms__smith/classroom_files

For English 10, all of the assignments are numbered in the order which they were given in class.  For English 11, graded work is organized into units. Each unit contains the graded assignments in the order which they were given in class. All assignment names match the assignments present in the grade book.

In order to submit make-up work students may complete a hard copy of the assignment, take a picture, and use their school Office 365 account to email the assignment to me; type responses in a Microsoft Word Online document and share the document with me; or type the responses in an email to me. Please make sure that all make-up work emails have a subject that includes the words "Make-up Work" and the assignment title/name.

I will update this page with more information as key details are passed along.

If you or your student(s) have any questions or concerns, please email me at smithra@pwcs.edu.

Instructional Calendars:
The following calendars outline the standards covered in English 10 or 11 as of March 12th, 2020. These calendars may also be found under the "Classroom Files" tab.

English 10 Instructional Calendar: 
https://independence.pwcs.edu/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=41723807
English 11 Instructional Calendar: 
https://independence.pwcs.edu/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=41723809

Learning Objectives

English 11:
11.3 B) Use context, structure, and connotations to determine meanings of words and phrases.
11.4 F) Critique how authors use key literary elements to contribute to meaning including character development, theme, conflict, and archetypes within and across texts.
11.4 H) Evaluate how specific word choices, syntax, tone, and voice support the author’s purpose.
11.4 J) 
Generate and respond logically to literal, inferential, evaluative, synthesizing, and critical thinking questions about the text(s).
11.5 I) 
Generate and respond logically to literal, inferential, evaluative, synthesizing, and critical thinking questions about the text(s). 

English 11 students have completed their Writing SOL and are now transitioning to reading instruction in preparation for the Reading SOL on May 8th, 2020. Students will begin by studying the life and times of Edgar Allan Poe. Then they will read Poe's short story, "The Black Cat." Using this classic story, students will analyze the power of narrative perspective and make text-to-text connections concerning Poe's life and writing.

English 10:
10.3 E) Explain the meaning of literary and classical allusions and figurative language in text.
10.4 A) Make inferences and draw conclusion using references from the text for support.
10.4 D) Analyze the universal themes prevalent in the literature of different cultures.
10.4 M) Use reading strategies to monitor comprehension throughout the reading process.

English 10 students will begin reading Night by Elie Wiesel. While reading Night students will track comprehension by responding to literal, inferential, and evaluative reading questions; journaling responses to universal themes found in Night; and making connections to the historical context during which the key events in the memoir occurred.

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