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Ms. Owens

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Contact Information

  • deborah.owens@springbranchisd.com
  • 713-251-3602
  • A Day Schedule:  1st Period: English I GL  3rd Period: Conference  5th Period: Freshmen Team PLC     7th English I GL
  • B Day Schedule: 2nd Period: World History AP 4th Period: Conference 6th Period: World History AP  with B lunch 8th Period: World History AP

Please email me for our classroom website link and the code for Remind101. 

About Me

Graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Arts degree from Sam Houston State University in 1997.

Major: English 

Double-minor: History and Secondary Education

Prior to joining Spring Branch ISD,  taught for 18 years on the same campus as both an English and Social Studies teacher. Have taught most courses in English and every level from on-level through AP. In social studies, I taught AP World History. 

Areas of specialty: analysis and writing  

During these past years in education,  I've been blessed to work with a diverse group of students. Some came from other countries, some struggled as English learners, some became valedictorians and National Merit Scholars, but the majority came from the levels in between, each with unique goals. This year, I am a second year teacher on-campus and am enthusiastically adding my experiences to the highly qualified Stratford America team as they support students in achieving their dreams. I feel grateful to be an educator and to be a part of the Spartan team. If you need me or have a question, please contact me. It's going to be a great year!  I'm delighted to be here and honored to work with such fantastic kids and caring faculty members! Go Spartans!  


Resources

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All students have been issued a text.  The English I students also have been given the user name and password for the online text. As of this moment, WHAP students do not have access to an online text.  Class sets of both the English and WHAP texts are available in the room for student use. They do need to bring their interactive spiral notebook and when reading novels, the English students should bring their copy of the novel to class as well. 

World History AP

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For the AP Summer Assignment please click here

Course Description: The course is based on the global interactions of the world and human interactions from 8,000 BCE to present day, using the six World History Themes outlines in the AP World History Course Description consistently throughout the course.  Students will refine their analytical abilities and critical thinking skills in order to understand historical and geographical context, make comparisons across cultures, use documents and other primary sources, and recognize and discuss different interpretations and historical frameworks.  This course imposes a heavy reading and writing load throughout the year, and the demands on students are equivalent to a full-year introductory college course.


Tutorials and Make-up:

Morning: Meetings are scheduled in counseling and elsewhere, so consequently, my availability changes. Availability will be posted on the board, and the student can speak with me or send me an email to schedule a morning time that will work for both of our schedules.

Afternoons: Tuesday immediately after school. Department make-up is Wednesday afternoon immediately after school. The room number will change each week and will be posted on the white board in the classroom and also outside my door.

Six AP World History Themes:

1.  The relationship in change and continuity from 8,000 BCE to the present.

  1. Patterns and effects of interaction among societies and regions: trade, war, diplomacy, and international organizations.
  2. Impact of technology, economics, and demography on the people and the environment.
  3. Systems of social structure and gender structure.
  4. Cultural, religious and intellectual developments.
  5. Changes in functions and structures of states and in attitudes toward states and political identities, including the emergence of the nation-state.

Habits of Mind or Skills: (Developing these skills is how we mostly spend class time)

Pacing:

The World History AP course is organized according to the following time periods and our studies visit each world region repeatedly throughout the year. This year’s World History AP Exam is scheduled for Thursday, May 11, 2017.

Foundations Period – Pre-history through 600 BCE

Age of Empires – 600 BCE through 600 CE

Regional and Transregional Interactions – 600 CE through 1450 CE

Early Moderns in Global Interactions – 1450 through 1750 CE

Modern Period and Industrialization – 1750 through 1900 CE

Twentieth Century to Present in Global Realignments – 1900 to Present

WHAP students can expect to read several pages nightly in preparation for class. The students read ahead of the class, so in order to participate meaningfully in class activities and understand the discussions, students need to have read and understood the assignments.

Grade Calculations:

Major: 50% of the total 6 weeks average will include, but is not limited to tests, essays, projects, and Socratic Seminars. Student may expect 2-3 major grade assessments per grading period.

Minor: 50% of the student’s 6 week average will be comprised of 7-10 minor assignments which include, but are not limited to quizzes, daily assignments, and homework.

Re-testing: If a student receives less than a 70 on a major grade test, the student should notify the teacher of the wish to re-test and schedule a tutorial at the teacher’s convenience prior to the re-test. The tutorial and the re-test must occur within a week of the grades being posted to Skyward.

Late Work: All assignments are due as scheduled.

Late work on daily assignments and homework will remain a zero in the            gradebook. Get your work in on time.

Late major grade assignments will be given a 10 point deduction per calendar day. If a student is absent when a major grade assignment is due, it needs to be submitted when the student returns to school, not to WHAP class.

Make-up Work: If absent, it is the student’s responsibility to check Its Learning for lesson plans and missed work, and to complete the assignments for class upon the student’s return.

After a student has been absent, if the student needs further instructions, the student may always email me.

It is the student’s responsibility to schedule make-up tests or quizzes as soon as possible.  

A long-term major grade assignment should be submitted the day the student returns to school, not to class. If a student’s absence is excused for a school activity for which the student has advance notice, the student should be prepared for class with the completed assignment upon return. 

We use Remind.com and a Google website. Please email me, if you would like to have the link for Dowens Online and the code to join Remind. 

Communication contributes to understanding. Please contact me with any questions or concerns. Let’s work together for successful year! 

English I GL

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For the Summer Reading List, click here.

Course Description: Students enrolled in English I will develop and refine their communication skills. They will plan, draft, edit, and complete written compositions on a regular basis. Students will write to persuade, report, and describe. They will read extensively in multiple genres from world literature. Students learn literary forms and terms and analyze literary works. They will listen to, present, and interpret oral presentations and visual representations. English I students will further develop reading skills Spring Branch ISD Course Descriptions.


Overview of the Year

1st 6 weeks: Short Story Unit, Summer Reading

2nd 6 weeks: Writing Unit (TBD)

3rd 6 weeks:  Mythology and The Odyssey

4th 6 weeks: Of Mice and Men; Character Sketch

5th 6 weeks: Novel Study (TBD)

6th 6 weeks: Shakespeare and Romeo and Juliet


Make-up and Tutorials 

See me to schedule morning make-ups.

Tuesdays 3:00 P.M.

Thursdays 3:00 P.M.

If there are extenuating circumstances, come talk with me. 

Grading: Grades are weighted rather than given percentages because this benefits the student. As a general guideline, they are weighted in the gradebook as follows:

Daily work counts 1 time

Quizzes count 2 times

Essays/Major Tests/Projects count 3 times

Re-testing: If a student receives less than a 70 on a major grade test, the student should notify the teacher of the wish to re-test and schedule a tutorial at the teacher’s convenience prior to the re-test, and the re-test must occur within a week of the grades being posted. 

Assignment Due Dates and Homework: Students should be recording their due dates in the agenda. They are posted on a large wall calendar in the room and also on the board. We discuss them daily. 

Late Work: All assignments are due as scheduled.

Late work on daily assignments and homework will remain a zero in the gradebook.

Late major grade assignments will be given a 10 point deduction per calendar day.

If a student is absent when a major grade assignment is due, it needs to be submitted when the student returns to school, not to class.

Make-up Work: If absent, it is the student’s responsibility to obtain missed work and schedule make-up times for quizzes and tests. This should occur before or after instruction, i.e. before or after school or before or after class. It is the student’s responsibility to schedule make-up tests or quizzes as soon as possible. A long-term major grade assignment should be submitted the day the student returns to school, not to class. If a student’s absence is excused for a school activity for which the student has advance notice, the student should be prepared for class with the completed assignment upon return. 

Please contact me if you are confused, need extra help, and have special concerns or needs. Through communication, we can come up with solutions. Most situations are easily resolved. Come see me. 

If you would like the codes to join Remind.com or the link for the website Dowens Online, please email me.