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I have been teaching English at Willis High School since 2001 and I love life as a Wildkat! I am a graduate of Texas Wesleyan University with a double major degree in English and History. My master's work is in Curriculum & Instruction at Sam Houston State University. During my time here, I have served as the student council faculty adviser, the 9th grade team leader, faculty adviser for Pit-Kru and the faculty sponsor for the class of 2011, co-sponsor for the Class of 2014, and co-sponsor for the Class of 2017. For the past 6 years, I have been the pronouncer for the Houston PBS Spelling Bee and the Region III Final Bee in Victoria, Texas.
My educational goals for my students are that each one will become a more proficient reader, a better writer and be able to interpret quality literature so they can apply what they have learned. I am looking to develop students into being passionate and critical thinkers who want to explore new areas and develop creative ideas. Ours is a "flipped" classroom, so technology use is at the forefront of all our lessons and helps spark our creativity.

 On Friday nights in the fall, I am privileged to serve as "The Voice of the Wildkats" at all WHS home football games. Go Kats!

Follow me on Twitter @misterBenglish for updates on the events and assignments for our English classes. https://twitter.com/misterBenglish

I have 3rd period conference (9:14-10:07). My schedule is as follows:

1st Period English III 7:20-8:13
2nd Period English III 8:17-9:10
3rd Period Conference 9:14-10:07
4th Period English III 10:11-11:04
5th Period English III 11:08-12:42 (including all lunches)
6th Period English III 12:46-1:39
7th Period English III 1:43-2:35


Recent Posts

How to TP-CASTT a poem (or song).

Don't sell yourself short by thinking that a poem is beyond you. The poet had a message, so use the acronym for "Title, Paraphrase, Connotation, Attitude, Shifts, Title, and Theme" to guide you as you figure it out. Step 1: React to the title Determine what you understand of the poem's title without referring to the actual poem. Don't intellectualize it, either -- make a wild guess at first. Step 2: Paraphrase the poem Paraphrase the poem, finding a way to simplify and relate to what's going on. Rely on your gut instinct and your own words. Step 3: Contemplate symbolic content Consider the connotation of the poem, studying the poet's deeper intentions through symbolism, allusions, imagery, metaphors, and more. Tip Poets use words like conductors use music -- to lead the reader to feel and think a certain way. Investigate like a detective, logically figuring out the author's intent. Step 4: Observe the tone Observe the poem's speaker's attitude and intent through the poem. Like anyone convincing you of their viewpoint, poets will intentionally influence with a tone -- at times friendly, conspiratorial, or adversarial. Step 5: Note shifts Pay attention to shifts in the speaker's tone or new directions and cadences signaled by punctuation, transitions, stanza length, or even structural changes often meant to draw your attention. Ask yourself what these might mean. Step 6: Turn to the title again Turn to the title again, this time re-evaluating your first impression in light of the new information you have gleaned. Tip Keep in mind that most great poems are not jotted down in one impressionistic draft, but revised many times over months of work. Step 7: Identify the theme Identify the theme and how it relates to the poem or what it says about the human condition rather than just what it subjectively means to you.

Dead Poets Society--The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation."

Mr. Keating, giving an example of how to find your own voice and look at things from a new perspective.

Why Read Moby-Dick by Nathaniel Philbrick

In his latest book, Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Heart of the Sea and Mayflower, convincingly explains why one should read Herman Melville's intimidating Great American Novel.


In July 2011, the Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) will unveil an original short film showcasing Nantucket's natural beauty and its significant role in global history. Written and produced by Emmy award-winning filmmaker Ric Burns, Nantucket will serve as a transformative gateway experience for today's island visitor. It chronicles the vibrancy of Nantucket's history, from its original Wampanoag Native American population and early Quaker culture to its international significance as the whaling capital of the world and eventual rebirth as an art and resort colony. The film is narrated by actress Barbara Feldon, known for her role as Agent 99 in the "Get Smart" series from the 1960's. It includes commentary by historians, islanders, and writers including New York Times best-selling author Nathaniel Philbrick, all of whom share personal stories and unique island insight. After a free community film premiere on July 2, this 26-minute film will be shown twice daily at the Nantucket Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street, throughout the summer and beyond.

In the Heart of the Sea Official Movie Trailer

In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story.

Sperm Whale Hunt--BBC

This is a short video detailing a modern day hunt taking place. For these Indonesian fishermen, a sperm whale can dramatically change their fortunes and feed their families for months. This small-scale whaling, using traditional hand-made boats and harpoons, has been happening for over 600 years and does not threaten whale numbers in these oceans as the fisherman only take around 6 a year.