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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.
 
If you are taking PAP courses during the 18-19 school year, summer reading is mandatory. All summer reading information can be found in the links on the side bar.
 
 
 

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The LAST week of school:
 
We made it, you guys! I want to personally thank each and every one of you for doing your part to make this one a year for the books. It has been truly wonderful being your teacher this year, and I will miss you greatly. Remember that English II can use their journals and PAP can use class notes on your final exams. Be sure to take home your journals and binders on your final exam day. 
 
Final exam schedule:
Wednesday - 6th 
Thursday - 2nd, 4th, 7th
Friday - 3rd, 5th
 
Always remember - "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies; The man who never reads lives only one." 
 
Have a magical summer break. <3 
This week in English II:

Each day, we will review a different piece of literature we analyzed this year. Students will complete their review in their journal. It's important that students answer each question thoroughly because questions from the final exam will be pulled directly from this list of questions. Students will be allowed to use their journal during the exam.
 
This week in PAP:
 
We will be holding the debates for which students have been preparing. Students can refer to the debate calendar on Google Classroom to recall their debate day and need to remember to dress to impress! This is the final major grade of the year, so let's finish out strong! All notes taken during this unit will be allowed during their final exam, which is a timed essay. 
Summer is in sight!
 
This week in English II:
You will finish researching your chosen career today. Tuesday/Wednesday, you will choose a means of creating a visual to display your research findings. Thursday, we will review how to format a MLA works-cited page, and Friday projects will be due at the end of class for a major grade. We will be in our classroom every day this week. Come to school ready to finish out strong!
 
This week in PAP:
You will finish researching your resolution today. Tuesday/Wednesday, you will work with your team to form your arguments. Thursday, we will review how to format a MLA works-cited page. Our first debate teams are scheduled for Friday. Remember that everything we are doing is a major grade. Also, you will be able to use all notes on your final exam to compose your timed essay, so it's important that you are here and focused every day.
This week in English II:
 
Students will complete a career aptitude assessment, select a career, then research the specific career and how it can benefit them directly and help society as a whole. This is the beginning of a major grade research project, so students need to be in attendance and on task each day. Information about the project will be posted in Google Classroom.
 
Vocabulary projects are due tomorrow, May 3rd, for a major grade.
 
This week in PAP:
 
Students will work in teams to formulate a research question stemming from the documentaries we analyzed as a class. They will begin researching the affirmative and negative sides of this argument (once it has been approved by the teacher) and collecting research they will use to debate. This is the beginning of a major grade research project, so students need to be in attendance and on task each day. Information about the project will be posted in Google Classroom.
 
Outside Reading projects are due tomorrow, May 3rd, for a major grade. Students need to upload their DJs to the assignment in Google Classroom, then submit. 

Binder/Journal Test

You have until this Friday, 4/27, to make up your binder or journal test before or after school or during advisory. If students do not make up this test by Friday, the 0 will remain in gradebook.

This week in English II:
 
We will be analyzing Twelve Angry Men for moral dilemmas, logical fallacies, and rhetorical devices while considering what makes an effective leader. We will also be making connections to Runaway Jury. Students should be finalizing their vocabulary projects outside of class. They are due next week, May 3rd, for a major grade.
 
This week in PAP:
 
We will analyze how an effective argument was established in Living on One Dollar. Later this week, we will discuss debate etiquette and forming affirmative and negative arguments. Students should be finalizing their Outside Reading Project outside of class. They are due next week, May 3rd, for a major grade. 
This week in English II:
 
We will be analyzing moral dilemmas, logical fallacies, and rhetorical devices in Runaway Jury and preparing to make connections with Twelve Angry Men. There is a journal test over materials from Semester 2 on Friday. Students should be ensuring their journals are prepared. Vocabulary projects are due May 3rd, and students have already chosen their projects. They should be gathering materials and working on their projects at home.
 
This week in PAP:
 
We will be analyzing the argument presented in The Given in preparation for our research and debate unit. There is a binder test on Friday. Students should be ensuring their binders are prepared. Outside Reading projects are due May 3rd; students should be reading and completing their DJs in a Google doc. 
Vocabulary Projects (English II) and Outside Reading Projects (PAP)
 
Today, expectations for the upcoming projects were clarified, exceptional previous projects were analyzed, and students are well aware of what it will take to earn an A on their major grade project.
 
Projects (for both English II and PAP) are due on May 3rd. 

Open Journal/Binder Test!

English II and PAP students will have a test next Friday, April 20th. PAP students will be allowed to use their binders, and English II students will be allowed to use their journals. Students should be gathering any materials from this semester to ensure they are successful on this exam.

This week in English II:
 
This is the week for which we have been preparing! On Thursday, English II students will be taking the S.T.A.A.R. test. Everyone is equipped with the knowledge needed to be successful, and I know you will all SOAR!
 
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, we will be doing targeted activities with low SEs, so make sure you come to school, so you can review with us! Friday, students will have time in class to work on their vocabulary projects (English II) or outside reading project (PAP). Students can bring any material/book they are using for that project to class. This project is due May 3rd for a major grade. 
This week in English II and PAP:
 
We are continuing our STAAR Blitz. The English II EOC is a week from Thursday, so we are getting close to game time! Like last week, we will spend each day reviewing concepts necessary for success next week. Make sure you come to school each day. Monday, we will discuss building an effective argument. Tuesday, we will focus in on what makes a good claim/thesis. Wednesday/Thursday we will discuss revising/editing. Friday, we will review what makes a score point 4 essay.
 
All students should be ensuring their journals (English II) and binders (PAP) are up-to-date. A major grade will be taken from them in the near future. Also, students have exactly one month until their outside projects are due:
 
English II - Vocabulary project due May 3rd.
PAP - DJs due May 3rd. 
 
This week in English II and PAP we are beginning our STAAR Blitz!
 
The Blitz is an intensive two weeks of review for the EOC, focusing on troublesome SEs that we need to practice, so it is imperative that students come to school each and every day. 
 
Monday, we will discuss evaluating the connection between forms of narration and tone. Tuesday, we will practice building a summary web. Wednesday, we will look at how and when to effectively use a dictionary. Thursday, we will discuss what it means to infer.
 
Friday there is no school for Good Friday!
This week in English II:
 
We will be breaking down the parts of an essay. Throughout the week, students will write and revise a persuasive essay. Monday, they will review their benchmark essay. Tuesday, we will discuss introductions. Wednesday, we will discuss body paragraphs, and Thursday conclusions. Friday, students will complete an essay "cold write" where they apply their knowledge by writing a new essay. These essays will be taken for a major grade. The draft written throughout the week will be worth a total of 50 points. The cold write essay on Friday will be scored according to the STAAR rubric, and the remaining 50 points will be divided between a 1-4. 
 
This week in PAP:
 
We will be reading Twelve Angry Men and analyzing characters' moral dilemmas, logical fallacies, and rhetorical devices. We will pay attention to shifts in perspectives in arguments about the same topic and evaluating the accuracy of evidence used to support different viewpoints within those arguments. We will also be making connections to previous literature as we read. 

Writing conferences

The deadline for scheduling a writing conference is this Friday. No writing conferences will be scheduled past this week.