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A Days
 B Days
 1st: English III
 2nd: Study Hall
 3rd: AP Language and Composition
 4th: English III Accelerated
 5th: English III Accelerated
 6th: AP Language and Composition

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Contact Information


About Me

This is my sixth year at Stratford and my eleventh year in education. I graduated from SHS in 2000, earned my B.A. in English from The University of Texas at Austin in 2004, and my M.Ed. from Texas State University in 2007. Previously, I taught 8th grade Language Arts in Austin, where I was named my campus' "Teacher of the Year" for the 2011-2012 school year, as well as a finalist for the district award. In addition to teaching, I am also a writer and blogger and have contributed to Huffington Post, SF Gate, The Mighty, and other publications.

I truly love to teach and look forward to cultivating an appreciation for reading and writing as both a creative outlet and useful tool for achieving success in the real world. Should you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact me!

Resources

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This is a great resource for the writing process, especially regarding proper MLA format.

 

Megan Mennes

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AP Language and Composition:

College Board Advanced Placement Courses provide college level studies for high school students who are ready to complete college level work. AP Courses are taught using college-level materials and strategies that will prepare students to take College Board Advanced Placement Examinations. The AP Language and Composition course assumes that students already understand and use Standard English grammar. The intense concentration on language use in this course should enhance students’ ability to use grammatical conventions both appropriately and with sophistication, as well as to develop stylistic maturity in their prose. Stylistic development is nurtured by emphasizing the following: a wide-ranging vocabulary used appropriately and effectively; a variety of sentence structures, including appropriate use of subordination and coordination; a logical organization, enhanced by specific techniques to increase coherence, such as repetition, transitions, and emphasis; a balance of generalization and specific illustrative detail; and an effective use of rhetoric, including controlling tone, establishing and maintaining voice, and achieving appropriate emphasis through diction and sentence structure. To study how stylistic effects are achieved by writers’ linguistic choices, students will read selections of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction by American authors.

All students in AP Lang. will need the following supplies:

  • Your AP text book: The Language of Composition, by Shea, Scanlon and Aufses. Bring this every day.
  • Folder/binder
  • notebook paper,
  • blue or black pens,
  • pencils,
  • Highlighters: 1 blue, 1 green and 1 yellow; optional: 1 pink
  • Composition notebook


English III Accelerated:

This is an accelerated course that is designed to help students develop analytic and stylistic maturity in both reading and writing. We will read advanced texts, write a variety of papers and essays, and engage in in-depth discussions about how the literature we read is reflective of real-world, relevant issues. Students will be expected to keep up with all classwork in an organized and timely manner. While this course is challenging, I am available for tutoring or extra help if needed. There will be many assignments that we complete together in class, but most reading and independent coursework will need to be done at home. With that said, I do not assign busywork; all our assignments are intended to cultivate a better understanding of how to read, write, and think, as well as motivate students to be active participants in their education.

English III Grade Level:

This grade level course is designed to prepare students for English IV, college, and beyond. We will read a variety of texts, write papers and essays, and engage in in-depth discussions about how the literature we read is reflective of real-world, relevant issues. Students will be expected to keep up with all classwork in an organized and timely manner. I am available for tutoring or extra help if needed. There will be many assignments that we complete together in class, but some of the reading and independent coursework will need to be done at home. With that said, I do not assign busywork; all our assignments are intended to cultivate a better understanding of how to read, write, and think and motivate students to be active participants in their education.

Supplies for Eng III GL/Accelerated:

  • College-ruled paper
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • 1 composition notebook (NOT spiral)
  • Folder or binder (can be shared with other classes)


Make-Ups

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 It is YOUR responsibility to get all missing work resulting from an excused absence. Students will have TWO days to complete any missing assignments (which can be found in the make-up work folder in my classroom) and turn it in. If a student misses a quiz or a test, immediately make arrangements to take the missing assessment upon your return to school. I will gladly meet with you before or after school to make this happen.

 

Tutorials

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Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00-3:45pm and by appointment