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Resume, Transcripts & Certificates
Undergraduate Transcript (unofficial) – Texas Tech University, BA University Studies [Official transcript available upon request.]
Graduate Transcript (Unofficial) – University of Texas at Tyler, MA English [Official transcript available upon request.]
Teaching Philosophy, Course Syllabus, Lesson Plans
Course Syllabus – Pre-AP English II (Edgewood High School)
My goal for Pre-AP English II is for each student to increase and refine individual communication skills and to prepare for the AP English Language and Literature exams. My students are expected to plan, draft, and complete written compositions on a regular basis; to edit these compositions for clarity, engaging language, and the correct use of the conventions and mechanics of written English, resulting in the production of final, error-free papers. My Pre-AP students practice all forms of writing, including logical arguments, expressions of opinion, and personal forms of writing like responses to literature, reflective essays, and autobiographical narratives. They learn and use SAT vocabulary words, read extensively in multiple genres from world literature such as selected short stories, dramas, novels, and poetry originally written in English or translated into English. They not only learn literary forms and terms associated with selections being read, but they interpret the possible influences of the historical context of literary works. My Pre-AP student also engage in foundation lessons in rhetoric where they learn about various rhetorical techniques, how they have been used throughout history, and how to interpret their impact on different audiences. They engage in a research project which helps them develop the skills necessary to seek out reputable primary and secondary sources, synthesize the information they gathered, and produce a properly formatted and cited research paper.
Course Syllabus – English II (Edgewood High School)
My goal for English II is for each student to increase and refine individual communication skills in preparation for their English III course, their English II End of Course Exam. My students are expected to plan and draft compositions on a regular basis; to edit their compositions for clarity, engaging language, and the correct use of the conventions and mechanics of written English. My students focus primarily on writing persuasive and argumentative papers, as well as responses to literature. They learn to use new vocabulary in its proper context, and they read from multiple genres of literature, including short stories, dramas, novels, and poetry, primarily written by American authors from varying ethnic and cultural backgrounds. My English II students also engage in a research project which helps them develop the skills necessary to seek out reputable sources of information to be included in a small research paper at the end of the year.
Course Syllabus – Business English (Edgewood High School)
My goal for Business English is for each student to increase and refine individual communication skills in preparation for their post high school educational and professional endeavors. My students are expected to plan and draft properly formatted business documents including cover letters, resumes, emails, memos, reports, and other standard business documents. They are expected to edit those documents for clarity and correct use of the conventions and mechanics of written English. My business English students are also expected to master standard grammar, punctuation, spelling, and capitalization to ensure their proper use in business communications. They continue improving their reading skills by engaging in studies of books written by individuals who have succeeded in various professional fields, and they conduct research into many of those fields. I provide my students with the opportunity to learn directly from professionals through face-to-face question and answer sessions with guests in the classroom. They conclude the year with an education and career research project which requires them to gather information on a chosen career field and an educational institution which offers degrees and/or certifications in that field.
Daily Lesson Examples
Pre-AP English II
Week 1: Summer Reading Assignment Review — Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Day 1 – Foundations & Historical Context
Day 2 – Romanticism, Gothicism, Epistolary Novels / Mood & Tone
Day 3 – Tropes, Motifs & Archetypes
Day 4 – Themes
January 10, 2018 – Intro to Poetry (Analyzing Poetic Language)
January 24, 2018 – Finding Themes in Poetry
February 7, 2018 – Sound Devices in Poetry
Introduction/Pre-Reading: The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby, Chapters 4-6
EOC Skills Practice: Revising Thesis Statements