• Welcome  to my classes and to my webpage!  This school year will be like none other you have ever had!  Your other teachers and I are excited to be able to have face-to-face classes as well as remote learning classes.  English 3 and Honors English 2 are writing intensive courses.  

    Class Goals

    English 3:  By the end of the 2021--2022  school year, 100% of Mr. Whitson's classes are expected to meet or exceed proficiency standards established by the ELAR TEKS, as measured by unit tests, common assessments and/or analytical writing standards.  Students are expected to meet standards on the SAT.  The junior year of high school is extremely important in determining future pathways available to the student.  These pathways include post-secondary academic opportunities, opportunities available in the U. S. military forces, and opportunities in the world of work.  The higher the level of intrinsic motivation, the more likely the student will succeed in whatever pathway he or she may choose to pursue.  

    Honors English 2:  Honors English 2 is a rigorous course that focuses on the writing, reading, and analytical skills needed  to provide a strong foundation for students going on to the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition Course  (junior year) and the Advanced Placement Literature and Composition Course (senior year).  It is the philosphy of CollegeBoard (who writes the AP Exams) and mine that all students who wish to take an honors or advanced placement course should be encouraged to do so, but it is important to recognize that it will be a challenging class, and intrinsic motivation is essential.  Students are expected to be responsible for their behavior, assignments, and any conflict resolution.   

    IMPORTANT!

     LATE/MAKE-UP WORK:

    For Summative Assignments:

    Assignments under the classification "Summative" are accepted up to 5 class days late (with a penalty of 30 points). Thereafter there is the TRASH DATE:

    The TRASH DATE is the date the assignment may as well be put into the trash.  I will not accept it for grading, and a zero will be recorded in the grade book.

    The exception to this is if a student is absent (excused).  In this case, the grading policy governs.

    For Formative Assignments:

    According to the grading policy, assignments classified as "Formative" are due on the due date.  The teacher is not required to accept this work late except in cases of absence (see the Grading Policy).  Therefore, an assignment submitted either in person or electronically past the due date can be awarded the grade of zero (0).  Of course, absences are addressed in the Grading Pol;icy.

     

    Please Note:  If a student checks in to be recorded "asynchronous present," there are no extension due to absence from the class period.  It is the student's responsibility to turn in his or her work electronically via Schoology.

     

    The classes I am teaching this year are

    English 3: Periods

    Honors English 2:  ,  

    My Contact Information:  

    Email:    twhitson@scuc.txed.net

    Phone:   (210) 619-4000

    Remind: (see join information below)

    Cell:        (210) 392-6927 (Parents only, please)  Note:  If you call me on this number, and you want a response, please leave a message.  Calls from unknown numbers with no message left will be blocked.

    Tutoring:

    Tutoring schedule after September 4 (subject to change):  AM Tutoring:  Mondays and Thursdays 7:45--8:15  AM.  PM Tutoring:  By appointment.  Please make appointment at least one school day prior to desired date and times, and I will get back with you.

     

    My Schedule  (Beginning September 8, 2020)

     

    Rm G208   1st Period    08:40--09:25   

    Rm G208   2nd Period   0930--10:25   

    Rm G208   3rd Period   10:30--11:15    

    Rm G208   4th Period   11:20--11:55    Lunch

                      5th Period   12:10--12:55   

    Rm G208    6th Period   13:00--13:45   

    Rm  G208   7th Period  ?  CONFERENCE PERIOD  

    Rm  G208   8th Period   15:25--16:10  

     

    Remind:

    Each student in my classes MUST join Remind.  Parents MAY join Remind.  The joining information will be given to students during the first week of school.

     

    Students.  Be sure you have joined the APPROPRIATE class period.  YOU MUST USE YOUR GOOGLE SCHOOL ACCOUNT TO LOG IN.

    Username:  Last name (up to 13 letters) + First 2 Letters of First Name + Last 3 digits of your ID number.

    Password:  First 2 Letters of your First Name + 6 digit Student ID number (including the leading zero).

     

     

    Turnitin.com 

    All of my students must join his or her class' turnitin.com account whether or not a student is in face-to-face classes are at home classes.  If you already have a turnitin.com account, use the email connected with your account to join my turnitin.com classes. For at least part of last year, a student email address ending in "@scuc.txed.net" could not be used for TURNITIN.COM submissions.  If this is the case this year, you will need to use a different email account.  Because there were a number of hacks to my turnitin accounts last year, I cannot post joining information on this site.  That information will be given to students in class.

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    Instructions for Turnitin.com (Submitting Papers)

    1.   Log in and select the appropriate class session.

    2.   Click on the icon that looks like a piece of paper with a green arrow on it next to the assignment you would like to submit.

    3.   The first thing to select “Choose a Paper Submission Method,” which is a drop down menu.  Select whether to “cut & paste” your paper or upload the file.  Either way is acceptable..

    4.   The next two blanks should be filled in with your first and last name (from your account info.)

    5.   If you selected "cut & paste", simply copy the text you are submitting and paste it in the large box below the fields with your first and last name.  

     6.  Submit your paper by clicking on the "Submit" button

     

    Supplies Needed for My Classes

    Binder, 3" D-ring (please get a plain binder rather than one that zips, is made of cloth, etc.)

    Five dividers with tabs (real ones, please)

    Highlighters (five different color pack)

    Pens:  DARK blue or black ink (standard or gel) AND a red ink or gel pen. 

    Pencil:  #2 regular pencil (not a mechanical pencil)

    Paper:  Standard, lined (standard or college-ruled) paper (3 standard holes on left)  Please note, I will not accept assignments on non-standard (8 1/2" x 11") paper.

    Spiral notebook:  Standard, lined (may be regular lined or college-ruled)

    3X5 Standard, lined on one side note cards.

    PLEASE NOTE:  If you cannot procure these supplies, please let me know privately, and I will refer you to services through which you may obtain them.  

     

     

    Useful Links:

    Note:  Hold the "Ctrl" key while placing the cursor on the web address and left click once or twice.

    2021-2022 SCUC Calendar:  https://www.scuc.txed.net/Page/10#calendar28949/20210624/monthhttps://www.scuc.txed.net/Page/10#calendar28949/20210624/month

    2020-2021 Student-Parent Handbook:  https://www.scuc.txed.net/site/Default.aspx?PageID=31995

    2020-2021 Grading Guidelines: https://www.scuc.txed.net/cms/lib/TX02204767/Centricity/Domain/2587/2020-2021%20Secondary%20Grading%20Guidelines%20.pdf 

    Khan Academy:  https://khanacademy.org