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Contact Information

Email: Jacquelyn.Phillips

@springbranchisd.com


Conference periods: 3 & 7. 

Tutorial time: Tuesdays after school or by appointment

Remind Codes: 

English II Pre-AP: Text @jrphillips to 81010

English IV IB: Text @phillipsib to 81010 

 
 

About Me

  • I graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in English and Secondary Education. Hook 'em Horns!
  • This is my fifth year teaching in the district and my first year at WAIS. I am so PROUD to be here! Go Wildcats! 
  • Teaching English is my passion; I couldn't imagine a more fulfilling career that I get to discuss and analyze important life concepts with students every day. 


 

 

 

 
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Jackie Phillips

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My Core Educational Belief:

Language is the heart of all communication: listening, speaking, writing, and reading. Communication skills may not lead to wealth, but it will lead you to fulfillment in everyday life activities emotionally and socially. It helps to bridge the gap between all humans’ experiences as well as helping to appreciate others that are different than us. You might even realize that others aren’t so different after all…


Expectations:

My classroom will be a comfortable and safe place for all who enter.  No one will be allowed to interrupt your learning.  All of us deserve a place to work that can at times be quiet and peaceful and other times that can be fun and interactive.  It is crucial that our ideas be shared and discussed with an objective outlook on every idea. Be prepared to learn, participate, and produce your best work at all times.

  • The student must understand that every IB course will require a serious commitment in both time and effort
  • All school and district rules will be enforced: There is a time and place for everything, and in my class, there are appropriate times for cell phone use that enhances the learning, and there is a time when cell phones are not permitted. Cell phones should not be seen unless clearly stated by me.
  • Please keep in mind that when you’re out of the room, you are missing critical time, every time. If you have to go, go, but if I think you’re abusing the privilege, privileges will be revoked.
  • Be kind to one another—kinder than necessary. There may not be any inappropriate talk at any time.

Classes

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English II Pre-AP


Supplies that must be purchased:

  • The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls (due by September 6)
  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller (due by October 3)
  • A book club choice (to be announced)
  • Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (due by January 6th)
  • 3 subject notebook (due by August 29)
  • 1 manila folder (due by August 29)
  • Personal pens, pencils, highlighters (due by August 29)
  • Personal sticky notes (due by August 29)


 Course Goals:

  • Analyzing: look at texts and their relationship to other texts, examine the writer’s choices, justify opinions and evaluate!
  • Organizing: organize for a purpose, including use references and formatting in writing and presentations 
  • Producing Texts: be imaginative and insightful, reflect on perspective, look at the process, and make choices with your audience in mind
  • Using language: use appropriate vocabulary, grammar, register, and structure, both orally and in writing

Semester I Core Readings (Part II)

Semester II Core Readings (Part III)

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

Selected Short Stories

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Selected poetry by Edgar Allan Poe

Every reading will be accompanied with intensive writing skills, mostly focused on persuasion. 


Cheating/Plagiarism:

Cheating is giving or receiving information on an assignment. Plagiarism is the use of another’s ideas or products as your own. Students will submit multiple drafts that will be used to assess the final product and to avoid cheating. All students involved in cheating or plagiarizing will receive a zero for the assignment and will be subject to further disciplinary action.


Grading:

Assessments will be made on daily activities, participation, written assignments, projects, ect.

Major Grades              50% *There will be at least two major grades per nine weeks.

Quiz Grades               30%

Daily Grades              20%

Daily Grades include reading quizzes: short quizzes given at the beginning of class to ensure that students have completed assigned reading homework. Reading quizzes cannot be made up if a student is absent. The lowest reading quiz will be dropped if a student has taken every quiz.

If there are missing assignments, or low grades that are affecting your average significantly, you will be asked to go to mandatory tutorials.


Late Work Policy:

The below points will be deducted for late grades. Printer problems are not an excuse.

- 30 % (one school day late)

- 50 % (two school days late)


Absence Policy:

1.  If students miss a class, they are responsible for getting the make-up work from me in the absence area before or after class.

2. If students are absent, they are expected to turn in/complete assignments that were assigned prior to the absence, when they return.


English IV IB HL

 

Supplies that must be purchased:

  • All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy (due September 6)
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Copote (due by October 3)
  • Macbeth by Shakespeare (due January 6)
  • 3 subject notebook
  • 1 manila folder
  • Personal pens, pencils, highlighters
  • Personal sticky notes 


 Course Goals:

  • Introduce students to a range of texts from different periods, styles, and genres
  • Develop in students the ability to engage in close, detailed analysis of individual texts
  • Develop the students’ powers of expression, both in oral and written communication
  • Encourage students to recognize the importance of the contexts in which texts are written and received
  • Promote a lifelong interest in language and literature

Semester I Core Readings (Part II)

Semester II Core Readings (Part III)

All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

In Cold Blood by Truman Copote 

Selected Poems by Emily Dickinson

“A Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams

“Macbeth” by William Shakespeare

“Topdog/Underdog” by Suzan-Lori Parks


 Cheating/Plagiarism:

Cheating is giving or receiving information on an assignment. Plagiarism is the use of another’s ideas or products as your own. Students will submit multiple drafts that will be used to assess the final product and to avoid cheating. All students involved in cheating or plagiarizing will receive a zero for the assignment and will be subject to further disciplinary action.


Grading:

Assessments will be made on daily activities, participation, written assignments, projects, ect.

  • Major grades are worth 60%
  • Minor grades are worth 40%

There will be short quizzes given at the beginning of class to ensure that students have completed assigned reading homework. Reading quizzes cannot be made up if a student is absent. The lowest reading quiz will be dropped if a student has taken every quiz. If there are missing assignments, or low grades that are affecting your average significantly, you will be asked to go to tutorials.


Late Work Policy:

The below points will be deducted for late grades. Printer problems are not an excuse.

- 30 % (one school day late)

- 50 % (two school days late)


Absence Policy:

1.  If students miss a class, they are responsible for getting the make-up work from me in the absence area before or after class.

2. If students are absent, they are expected to turn in/complete assignments that were assigned prior to the absence, when they return.

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