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“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors and the most patient of teachers.”
 
Mrs. Gragert has been teaching in Willis ISD for 3 years. 
 
She will be teaching English II level and PAP during the 17-18 school year.
 
 
Education:
BA in English from Sam Houston State University
 
Certification:
7-12 English Language Arts
 
Schedule:
 
1st period: Conference
2nd period: English II
3rd period: English II
4th period: English II
5th period: English II PAP
6th period: English II PAP
7th period: English II PAP
 
 
If you would like to request a conference with Mrs. Gragert, please send her an email. She will contact you promptly to set a date.
 
 
 

Recent Posts

English II:
 
This week, we are reading and analyzing Night by Elie Wiesel. Students need to be in attendance every day, so they do not fall behind in our reading and analysis. There will be an assessment after we read, and students will be accountable for knowledge of the text. 
 
English II PAP: 
 
This week, we are studying To Kill a Mockingbird in depth. We will be looking at certain excerpts and analyzing theme, archetypes, formality, diction, and connotation. Students need to bring their books to class each day.
 
DJ update: Whew! This is a lot of work. I really thought I would get them all done this weekend, but I was wrong. Believe me, it is not for lack of spending time on them. I feel like I've been consumed by them at this point. However, it is important to do each DJ justice and not rush through them for the sake of finishing early. My grading of DJs will continue into next weekend. I can assure everyone it will be done after next weekend, though. The end is in sight, for sure!

PAP only: Vocabulary Project

Today, we went over students' vocabulary project in class. Overall, the assignment is to make flashcards over the terms listed in the presentation; all terms are critical for A.P. bound students to learn. Although many of these have been studied prior, there are several that are new terms to students in English II. The most challenging part of this assignment is not making the flashcards - it is the amount of flashcards. Because of the amount of flashcards (46, overall), this will be taken as a major grade on December 6th. 
 
Students have been advised to do 1-2 flashcards a day to avoid overloading themselves by waiting until the last minute.  If students do 5 flashcards a day, they can be done with this major grade in 9 days. 
 
The bottom line is that students should be managing their time wisely to avoid having a lot of work at one time in December. Pacing ourselves and learning time management is an important part of learning responsibility.
 
Students were also reminded that they should be reading Lord of the Flies and working on the 5 DJ entries to go along with it outside of class. Although the DJs are not due until November 30th, the suggested date to have the first text/entries complete by is October 13th, which is a month away.
 
Note: Students need to get a binder ring, so they can keep all of the flashcards together in their binder. As they complete flashcards, they need to punch holes in each one and bind them all with the binder ring. 
This week in English II:
 
This week, we will finish the writing process. Monday we are writing a rough draft of an allegory based on the planning we began last week. Tuesday, students will revise/edit each others' stories. Wednesday, they will produce a final draft. Plot diagrams, rough drafts, peer reviews, and final drafts will be due stapled together at the beginning of the class on Friday for a major grade. Each part of the process is worth 25 points a piece. Students can illustrate a cover page for their story to earn 10 extra points on their major grade. Thursday and Friday, we will be learning about background knowledge pertinent to the book we will begin reading the following week, Night by Elie Wiesel. 
 
This week in English II PAP:
 
iSearch projects are due before class on Monday for a major grade. Any projects submitted late will be 25 points off immediately. Tuesday is the last day they can submit the project for a total of 50 points off. It will not be accepted past Tuesday. This week, we will go through the writing process. Monday, students will plan a creative story using a plot diagram. Their creative story will be inspired from their summer reading. Instructions will be posted on Google classroom. Tuesday, students will write a rough draft. Wednesday, they will peer review each others' stories. Plot diagrams, rough drafts, peer reviews, and final drafts will be due stapled together at the beginning of the class on Friday for a major grade. Each part of the process is worth 25 points a piece. Students can illustrate a cover page or create a visual representation (it cannot be digital) for their story to earn 10 extra points. On Thursday and Friday, we will be discussing Malala Yousafzai and Elie Wiesel and analyzing the moral dilemmas they both faced in their memoirs. Students will also be introduced to their vocabulary project and persuasive writing. 
 
I am still working on grading dialectical journals. iSearch projects will be in gradebook by the end of the week. My goal is that summer reading grades will be in by next week. Thank you for your patience. 
 Where do I even begin?
 
There are not words to describe what has been suffered in the past 11 days. All I know is that I've witnessed perseverance in the face of adversity like I have never encountered or imagined. I'm proud and in awe of our community. The outpouring of compassion and support is overwhelming. 
 
It has shown me that we all know that what is truly important is persevering, moving on, and refusing to dwell on what we cannot control. That's what we are going to do this week: persevere. We are going to remember that, in spite of it all, we still have access to the most important resource: an education. We will come back to school, get back into a routine, and move forward together. 
 
We will support and encourage one another throughout this process.
 
If any of you need extra support during this rough moment in time, please come talk to me. My door is open, and our classroom is a safe space for you all.
 
That being said:
 
This week in English II:
 
We will begin this week by reviewing "The Masque of the Red Death" and reinforcing the concepts we talked about before the break. Then, we will discuss the plot structure and themes for the short story as well as how the tone of the story contributes to the success of the plot as a whole. After reviewing and discussing the short story in depth, students will take a test on Thursday. Because of Hurricane Harvey, students will be permitted to use their interactive journal on the exam. Therefore, it is imperative that any students who missed class during the first week of school ensure their journal is up to date Tuesday/Wednesday. We will end the week by discussing "The Masque of the Red Death" as an allegory, and students will brainstorm ideas for their own creative story. 
 
This week in English II PAP:
 
We will begin this week by reviewing "The Masque of the Red Death" and reinforcing the concepts we talked about before the break. Then, we will discuss the plot structure and themes for the short story as well as how the tone of the story contributes to the success of the plot as a whole. After reviewing and discussing the short story in depth, students will take a quiz on Wednesday. Students should have their binder in class each day from this point on. We have already added notes and handouts to our notes section in class prior to the break. On Thursday and Friday, students will independently create an in-class iSearch project that will be taken for a major grade on Monday at the beginning of class. 
 
A note on grades for dialectical journals/summer reading tests: As a result of Hurricane Harvey, I am further behind in grading dialectical journals than I had originally intended. Please have patience with me at this time as I work fastidiously to get them all graded. Remember: I am really taking my time with each journal to provide feedback for each student that will help with the outside reading assignment. 
 
 
 This week in English II (8/21 - 8/25/2017):
 
This week, we are reading and analyzing The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe. We will be discussing point of view, tone, ethos, plot, and theme throughout the week. Various activities will be worked on in class and may need to be completed at home to be turned in the following day. Composition books are due in class today.
 
 This week in English II PAP (8/21 - 8/25/2017):
 
This week, we are reading and analyzing The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe. Students will hit the ground running today by collaborating in groups to research Poe's background. Presentations are due tonight by midnight.The best group presentation, both in terms of aesthetic appeal and accuracy, will be posted on my website. We will be discussing point of view, tone, ethos, plot, and theme throughout the week. Various activities will be worked on in class and will need to be completed at home to be turned in the following day. Binders are due in class by this Friday. Students should be reading Lord of the Flies outside of class. If there is a problem acquiring a book or internet access outside of class for the outside reading assignment, students have until this Friday to make me aware, so I can help.
 
Note: I have been thoroughly grading dialectical journals. Many of them are fantastic! I have found several, however, that are plagiarized from gradesaver.com. Any plagiarism will result in 0/50 points on the journal portion of the grade. On future assignments, plagiarism will result in 0/100 points.
 
 English II on - level only:
 
Composition books are due in class on Monday for a daily grade. We will be using them for the day's lesson. Any student without a composition book will be given an alternate assignment (and it is not fun). Students were told if there was a conflict they had to communicate with me after class. I only had a few students come to me for help acquiring a composition book, so I expect everyone to have one ready to go on Monday. Please purchase the 100 page composition books. Color does not matter, but it must be a composition notebook.
 
Thank you! We had a great first 2 days of school!

PAP only: Outside Reading Assignment

 Today students were given their outside reading assignment. Attached is the information packet we reviewed in class. Students and parents are encouraged to research the individual readings. Since the first suggested deadline is for Lord of the Flies, it would be a good idea if students purchase a copy over the weekend, so they can pace their outside reading over time. Please email me with any questions about this semester project.