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Welcome Wildkats!
My name is Ms. Colligan and will be teaching English I and English IV this year. This is my third year here at Willis High School and my fourth 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 IV Join Remind by texting @ENGLIVPE       to 81010
English I Join Remind by texting @Mrscolliga         to 81010

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Tutorials are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 2:30 - 3:15 or by appointment.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!
Here is a great link to help you as a writer!
Here are 80 Books every person should read!
Here is a link for FREE SAT tutorials:  https://www.khanacademy.org/
Please note the 2nd Semester Syllabus reminders to include Late Work Policies.  These will be adhered to!

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Week of February 21, 2017

There will be NO Wildkat Lunch--all tutorials will be offered after school!
We will spend this week working on Editing and Revising.

This week Commonlit homework, we’re reading "No Man Is An Island" by John Donne .

John Donne (1572-1631) was an English poet whose time spent as a cleric in the Church of England often influenced the subjects of his poetry. In this poem, the speaker explains the interconnectedness of all humankind.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Death, Friendship & Family, and Identity as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions : "What is a friend?", "How do people face death?", and "What makes you who you are?"

Ways to support your child:

Week of January 30-February 3

This week, we are reviewing tone and mood. We are going to be reading "A Lady or a Tiger" and watching a short "The Lunch Date" and discussing their connections as well. A commonlit article has been assigned, and it is due Friday of this week. There will be a major grade test on the following short stories read in class:  "Lamb to the Slaughter", "The Sniper", "A Sound of Thunder", and "A lady or a Tiger".  It is your responsibility to have read or read again in Google Classroom.
Comminlit.org homework assignment is "Invictus".  Please make sure you are coming in during Wildkat Tutorials for additional assistance in your readings.  

Week of January 23-27, 2017

This week, we are reviewing symbolism. We are going to be reading different genres and discussing their similar theme as well. A commonlit article has been assigned, and it is due Friday of this week. There will be a major grade project on characterization students will be working on in class this Thursday and Friday using a web-based app called Animoto. The project will be due by the end of class on Friday.
Extra Credit: You may earn up to 20 points on your lowest major grade. You can get a packet to complete this extra credit from me in class. It is due this Thursday 1/26. No extra credit is accepted late. 



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.