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Make ups and remediation


The deadline for Q4 Summatives is 5/19 @ 3:00 p.m. These assignments will not be accepted after this.

Make-up/Remediation will take place next week. The assignment files are in the Quarter 4 folder of this webpage. The Make-up/Remediation is due by Wednesday, 5/24.

Follow the Creed

Knowledge, Strength, Courage, Respect

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Class Syllabus

English 2

Mr. Shawn McMann 
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English 2
Room 1A-212

Classroom philosophy:

 I expect you all to learn. I believe that in order to achieve anything worthwhile in life (yes, learning is worth while,) one must set high goals. Through these high goals, we will be able to realize your true scholastic potential. This potential cannot be discovered through mundane, everyday assignments, so we may ask you to do things in class that you may have never done before, such as Flash Fiction, Debates, and Socratic Seminars. All I ask is that you suspend your disbelief and approach each new item with an open mind.

Class Rules:

I have broken down the classroom rules into four categories. If you follow them, I promise we will have an enjoyable and successful year!

Respect the Classroom 
the Professional in the room 
Respect your Peers
Respect Yourself

Breakage of the rules will result in a fitting consequence determined by the teacher

Basic Class Rundown:

Throughout the school year, we will have 3 different major types of coursework: Whole Class with teacher direction, Group Activities with less teacher direction and more peer interaction, and Individual Assignments, which are to be completed self-sufficiently without peer support.

This is an English class, so we will be reading literature, ranging from short stories to poems; from novels to plays. These will be sprinkled with not-so-random writing and vocabulary activities. As a teacher, I continually push for classroom reading because later on in your professional careers, there is nothing more valuable and noteworthy to a possible employer or employees than a well-read lady or gentleman. This education will stay with you for the rest of your life. The value of education never diminishes of time, making it the best investment one can make.


Diagnostic: 0%
Formative: 40%
Summative: 60%

Diagnostic: These assignments are used to gauge a student’s understanding of a given topic. Due to this, that is why they are not computed into the student’s grade.
Formative: Ongoing assignments that support and build upon a student’s understanding of a given skill that leads up to a final summative gauging of said understanding (i.e. Bell Ringers, classroom assignments, quizzes).
Summative: A final measure of the student understands of a topic or the ability to apply certain reading skills (i.e. projects, tests, presentations).

Students may turn in work up to 1 week passed its due date.

Major Assignments throughout the Year

For detailed Standards, please refer to the Volusia County 10th Grade English Curriculum Map provided below.

Quarter 1:

Essential Questions:
How are we intertwined with nature and how do we affect it as much as it affects us?
How do successful writers analyze and organize information from various informational texts to write informative essays?

  • VLT: Informative Writing
  • Performance Task: Research Project
    • Proper research methods
    • Effective citations
    • Paragraph formats
  • Context vocabulary lessons and quizzes
  • Assorted short non-fiction text close reading

Quarter 2:

Essential Questions:
In what ways do we interact with other people—family, enemies, neighbors, strangers?
How are texts used as evidence in argumentative writing?

  • VLT: Argumentative Writing
  • Performance Task: Analytical essay or Socratic Seminar
  • Context vocabulary lessons and quizzes
  • Analyzing assorted non-fiction text


Multimedia: Throughout the school year, many clips from YouTube, Safari Montage, Teachers Pay Teachers and movies snake their way into instruction (How Terrible). That said all clips would be from a rating of G, PG, or PG-13.


Class Procedures


A Note from the Instructor
As an instructor, I pride myself on an efficient and smooth running classroom. To achieve this I have established a few simple procedures. As a student, it is your responsibility to learn and perform these procedures. Through these procedures, I promise to you an organized and effective learning experience.

Entering the Classroom
You are to enter the classroom without screaming, running or otherwise causing a ruckus. Students who do not do this will be asked to leave the room and reenter as expected. As soon as you enter, you go about preparing for class.

Book bags and Purses
Upon entering the class, place your book bags and/or purses on the countertop found underneath the classroom rules. Make sure to collect any items necessary for class, for you will not be returning to the bags until class is over.

Coming to Attention
When I need to quiet the class, I will raise my hand. When you see this you are expected to stop your conversation. If this does not work, I will use a verbal queue.

On the day you return from an absence you should arrive early to class and ask me what was done in your absence. If this is not an option, speak to me about meeting at lunch, before or after school. Always look to your peers to inform you; if they cannot, then ask the teacher.

Leaving the Room
For the restroom: gesture in the direction of the bathroom when I glance your way, and I will nod. At times I may ask you to wait a few minutes so that I can finish instructions.
For other reasons: If there is a circumstance that may require you to exit the room, please notify me before hand. Life happens.
Word to the unwise: The campus advisors take pleasure in picking up students who dally in the hallway. Be sure to finish whatever business you have and come back to class with expediency.

Turning in Work                                                                                                         

 When turning in work, place the work into the pre-designated clear shelving found at the front of the room. Do NOT attempt to place it in my hands. This eliminates the quandary of “Well, I turned it in yesterday!” If one turned “it” in, then “it” would be in there.

Borrowing a Writing Utensil                                                                                    

Though I would prefer you always bring your own, I have some readily available if need be. However, I employ a collateral system. I lend you a writing utensil, and you hand me something of yours (cell phone, Car keys, etc.) until the time you no longer need the utensil. This prevents said utensil from accidentally falling into your backpack on your way to the next class.

Cell Phones 

“Out of sight, out of mind.” That said the slouched sitting and eyes downcast, contrary to common belief, are not “discreet.” Just do not use them during class. Your friends can wait 50 minutes.
MY CONCESSION: If you are expecting an important call or text, you may put your phone on “silent” mode (not vibrate), and leave it in the top corner of your desk. If said call or text arrives and is necessary to respond, you may silently notify me, and take the call/text outside. This also works better when you let me know about it in the future. Otherwise, leave it where it is. First offense, I give a verbal “walk-by” warning. Second time around, I ask for your phone. You WILL get it back at the end of class! When I take your phone, this is not a personal assault on your honor, nor am I disrespecting you in anyway. I would appreciate if you did not act as such.

iPods, iTouch, iNolongercarewhatyoucallthem                                                          

They do NOT help you listen to a teacher. No matter how ingenious the placement may be, ear buds should not be anywhere near your head, or even on. That being said, there will be times I will allow you to use them, such as independent work and quizzes. Just remember, it is your privilege to lose if abused.

Answering Questions in Class

When it comes to answering a question or providing input, volunteers are always appreciated. That being said, I tend to forgo that luxury and simply call upon those I wish to hear from. This allows me to hear from everyone



Due to the nature of this class, I hereby reserve the right to modify the syllabus at any point during the year.

Essential Class Files