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English II Advanced

Welcome to English II Advanced!

 

My name is Ms. Alex Vasquez, M.Ed. and I will be your teacher this year. A little about me...

My family has always been very supportive of me when I wanted to pursue my degree after high school.  I was raised by my mother with two sisters and they always pushed me to be the best that I could be. After high school, I went to the University of Texas Pan-American to get my Bachelor of Arts in English in The Rio Grande Valley where I grew up right above the border. In my experience growing up in South Texas, I worked hard to put myself through college with a full-time job and going to school, sometimes even at night. My community and family showed me the values of having an education and that’s when I knew I want to become a teacher.

 

Once I moved to Austin and taught for a while, I knew I wanted to go back to get my Masters in Reading Education and Reading Specialist Certification at Texas State University. I needed to better myself for my students because I knew that I must be prepared and educated to give them the best education like my family and community wanted for me.

 

College Board’s Course Overview:

English II Advanced focuses on the close reading, analytical writing, and language skills that have immediate relevance for students across their current courses and that are most essential for their future work in high school, college, and careers. Texts take center stage in the English 2 Advanced classroom, where students engage in close, critical reading of a wide range of materials. The course trains the reader to observe the small details within a text to arrive at a deeper understanding of the whole. It also trains the writer to focus on crafting complex sentences as the foundation for writing to facilitate complex thinking and communicate ideas clearly.

 

Course Objective:

English II Advanced is a year-long, advanced academic course that’s primary function is to prepare students for the AP Language and Composition, and AP Literature and Composition courses. The English II Advanced course is designed to challenge students through high-level text selection, high-level text analysis techniques, and complex essay prompts. To prepare students for AP courses, instructors have chosen college-level texts that reflect the College Board’s course overview. The reading and deep analysis of texts in tandem with a rigorous writing program provide students with the highest chance of success in future college-level courses.  

 

Course Overview:

Over the course of the year, we will explore a variety of topics. Listed below are the ideas we will be exploring in class.

 

Unit 1: Untold Stories (Native American Myths) 

Unit 2: Breaking Barriers (Challenging Existing Ideas) 

Unit 2: Intellectual Property (Creating an Argument) 

Unit 3: The Threat of Indifference (Research:  Responding to Hate) 

 

Late Work Policy, Academic Dishonesty, and Plagiarism:

Students will receive a No Evidence (NE) if they have plagiarized an assignment. If they have plagiarized, the following steps will be taken:

  • 1st offense - Student will receive a referral, documented in eCST, call to parent, and set up teacher/parent conference. Students will have the opportunity to redo the SRP assignments during class (Eagle Time) with a teacher-selected text and will be monitored. This text will be chosen by the PAP team. Students will need to turn in their work before they leave each day and may not work on it outside of the class. They will also need to do it all on paper, no internet allowed. If a student submits quality work, they will be able to get full credit based on the SBG grading scale. 
  • 2nd offense- Student will receive a referral, documented in eCST, call to parent and parents will have a conference with an AP. They will have another opportunity to redo. (See above details)
  • 3rd offense- Student will receive a referral, documented in eCST, call to parent, and may be removed from the Pre-AP class.
 

If students did not turn in an assignment at all, they may makeup grade by: 

  • utilizing the opportunity to redo the assignments during class (Eagle Time) at teacher discretion and will be monitored. If a student submits quality work, they will be able to get full credit based on the SBG grading scale
 

 

Contact:

Email: alex.vasquez@austinisd.org

Class phone: 512-841-9030

 

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