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Welcome Wildkats!
My name is Mrs. Colligan and will be teaching English I and English IV this year. This is my fourth year here at Willis High School and my fifth year teaching. Previously, I spent 20 years in Sports Marketing and Accounting before making the career change into teaching and I hope to inspire others to always explore all learning options.
English I Overview:

In their study of various literary genres, English students will gain base knowledge of the skills necessary for success in high school English. Identification and use of proper grammatical mechanics for written communication are also emphasized. Students will read and analyze for literary merit and for historical significance. All students will study grammar and demonstrate composition effectiveness through writing.

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                                                      Commonlit.org code                 Google Classroom
1st Period - Engl I                               3ZGBR                                       sb45ian
2nd Period - Engl IV EOC               YPDJK                                       y7ht1a
3rd Period - Engl IV EOC                DBEJ6                                       11liw1s
5th Period - Engl IV EOC                W53Y5                                     78fpzth
6th Period - Engl I                               7E93R                                        yyhapjp
7th Period - Engl I                               JKY98                                        bnbj6s2

Tutorials are Monday - Thursday and Friday 2:30 - 3:30 or by appointment.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!
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Week of September 18
We have been working with literary nonfiction to culminate in a 6 word Memoir which will be presented in class through a Google slide each student will create for a Major Grade.  Presentations will be made on Monday, September 25.

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Myth/Legend Story

This week we will be reviewing some literary devices as well as reading some myths and legends.  We will conclude the week by writing our own myth or legend.



Commonlit is a research-based, classroom extension tool for teachers and students. It was created to help students supplement what was being taught in the classroom, as well as help all levels of reading comprehension.
Beginning this semester, English I and IV EOC has created weekly lessons that can be supported by Commonlit. These weekly lessons are in most cases review of previous concepts taught in class and also ask students to read with critical focus and comprehension. Each week revolves around a theme where various genres are reviewed, and analyzed. Commonlit homework assignments then extend these concepts while out of the classroom.  These extensions are assigned each Monday to be read on their own at home or during tutorials for a daily grade at the end of the week.
Our goal is to help motivate and inspire students to not only desire excellence in their studies, but to take control of how their devotion and focus contributes to their own learning well beyond the high school setting.
Please encourage struggling students to use Wildkat Lunch and/or teacher tutorials if needed. 

Classroom Discussion Etiquette

Often we will have classroom discussions about the short stories, novels, poems, etc. we read in class. Please find attached a classroom etiquette handout which will help you understand the way discussions are held in a high school classroom.

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