Honors English II Parent Information

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    The first nine weeks are quickly coming to an end and parents, please be sure to check PowerSchool for your child's grades and progress in my class. Remember the work you do today is crucial in helping you succeed not only in your high school career but also in your work and college/post-graduate careers. You are trailblazers for those who will one day follow in your footsteps. Much will be expected of you inside and outside the classroom.  My expectations have not changed and they are simple: give your absolute best in everything that you do. Respect yourself and respect others.  Be prepared for a year of hard work and new challenges with the promise of good memories, great laughter, and the ability to do more than you ever believed capable. We still have a long way to go, but we are growing together. Let's keep pushing forward to have a great year.


    We are steadily growing in the classroom by mastering our standards and strengthening your child's critical thinking and reasoning skills. Again, if, at any point, you need assistance or have any questions, please feel free to contact me. It is quickest to communicate with me by email at kristine.wetzel@gulfportschools.org; however, I will return phone calls during my planning period or at a time that is convenient for you. I offer after-school tutoring sessions on Wednesdays until 4:30; however, if your student needs additional assistance, please encourage him/her to speak to me as soon as possible and additional arrangements may be made. I am also attaching a link to this site for my in-depth syllabus for more information. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1s8-BK-9CmkdO4viUeCNvxb21uYKqaq1h/edit

    Additionally, I am also attaching my honor code contract for my class.  https://docs.google.com/document/d/19Uoh5j_s2yKUOVUdwOBlLBsPMdJjqCq0MBnZqN4-wFU/edit


    Eng II https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VSlf5xOJOYFwVKIlTitlw3t18lp4lOde5xdyFIFWIL0/edit


    Honors Eng II Learning Contract


    Required Materials: 

    • 3-ring Binder 1-2” filled with paper (this will strictly be devoted to English class) 

    • 5 Tab Dividers (Bellwork, Literature, Grammar/Writing, Handouts, Vocabulary)

    • #2 Pencils

    *Please let me know via email f you have any issues purchasing supplies. 


    ~Mrs. Wetzel 


    Contact Information: 

    Kristine Wetzel

    Email:  kristine.wetzel@gulfportschools.org 

    Phone: 228-896-7525

    Room: 655


    Week’s Focus: Literary Structure

    Unit Focus: Inside the Nightmare

    Subject and Level: Honors Eng II 

    Time Frame: Sept. 18-22, 2023

    Lesson Essential Questions

    Whole-Class Learning 

    • How and when does imagination overcome reason?

    Small-Group Learning 

    • In literature, how does a sense of uncertainty help to create an atmosphere of fear?

    Performance-Based Assessment

    •  In what ways does transformation play a role in stories meant to scare us?

    Standards and Objectives:

    MS College and Career Readiness Standards

    RL.9–10.3 Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop...

    RL.9–10.5 Analyze an author’s choices . . .

    RL.9–10.10 By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literature . . .

    L.9–10.4.a Use context (e.g., the overall meaning . . .) as a clue . . .

    L.9–10.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases . . .

    L.9–10.2.c Spell correctly.

    L.9–10.4.b Identify and correctly use patterns of word changes . . .

    Student-Centered Objectives:

    The Student will….

    1. Write an explanatory essay in which you use a narrative as evidence for your main idea. Apply your knowledge of texts in the unit

    2. collaborate with your team to build on the ideas of others, develop consensus, and communicate

    3. Use figurative language, connotations, and denotation to convey meaning and add variety and interest to your writing and presentations.


    All vocabulary from Unit 1

    Academic Vocab

    Tone, Mood, Analyze, 

    Evaluate, Connotation, 


    Figurative Language,

     Apathetic, Lethargic, Concede

    Review of Academic Terms: Prewriting, Drafting, Revising, Analyzing, Infer, Thesis


    Monday: 9.18.23:

    • Bell-ringer: 10-minute study session; Lesson #2 Vocab Quiz

    • Procedures:

      • Whole Class: Annoate/Discuss “Windigo”, “Beware Do Not Read this Poem” and “The Raven”

      • Final discussions regarding tomorrow’s Unit Test

      • Closure:  What is the difference between rational and irrational fears?

    • Assessment: Written Samples; Student discussion; Teacher Observation,  DCA


    Tuesday: 9.19.23 

    • Bell-ringer: Cell phones on silent and inside bookbags  

    • Anticipatory Set: Testing procedures

    • Procedures:


    Wednesday: 9.20.23

    • Bell-ringer: Vocabulary Lesson #2 Practice 

    • Procedures:

      • Continue Working on Small Group Learning in Savvas 

      • Last Small Group Work Day to complete all Small Group Assignments

        • Wrap Short Story, Informational Text, Photography, and Poetry 

    • Closure: How is this compared to magical realism or gothic literature?

    • Assessment: Formative - Teacher questions and answers

    Thursday/Friday: 9.21-22.23

    • Students will submit small group assignments

    • Students will complete the group work reflection chart posted on Google Classroom

    • FINAL APPLICATION: Students will compare/contrast the genres/ elements of Magical Realism and Gothic Lit assigned in two different mediums.

      • Analysis Chart 

      • Final Reflective Essay (to be returned after Intersession)

      • Teacher Evaluation




          ◊My tutoring days are Wednesday afternoons from 3:40 to 4:30 (There will be no tutoring this week).  I am available every morning before school for tutoring as well; however, prior notification is needed.   I do have cafeteria duty for the second nine weeks and will not be available in the mornings. Other arrangements after school may be made by contacting me via email. kristine.wetzel@gulfportschools.org

    "You are only as good as you allow yourself to be!" - Anonymous 



    • If your child has a minor infraction in my class, there is a discipline ladder that is listed on my syllabus.
    • Detention will be the first step for any minor infraction the student receives in my class. Detention will be held the same day as my tutoring day, Wednesday, from 3:40 to 4:40. I am available every morning before school for detention as well; however, prior notification is needed.  I do have cafeteria duty for the second nine weeks and will not be available in the mornings. Other arrangements after school may be made by contacting me via email. kristine.wetzel@gulfportschools.org