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English

Contact Information
Email jensenl@dwight.k12.il.us
Phone 815-584-6299

About Me

I grew up in Mt. Vernon, IL. I am a graduate of Southern Illinois University where I majored in Speech Communication. After obtaining a Bachelor's degree, I attended Oakland City University to earn a Master's degree in Secondary Education, with an emphasis in English. I am currently working on my Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction at Illinois State University.

I am currently in my fourth year of teaching at Dwight Township High School. The Dwight community has been incredibly welcoming to me and I can't imagine having a job that I enjoy more.

 

AP English

AP English Language and Composition is intended to prepare students for the AP English Language and Composition test given in May. The test focuses primarily on non-fiction prose and the pervasive power of rhetoric.

We will focus on improving reading and writing skills through an intense study of non-fiction works and the writing process. Through the course of the year, we will work on improving our reading, writing and interpreting. Although the majority of the class will focus on non-fiction writing (as per College Board standards), we will supplement our learning with poetry, novels, and plays.

Students in AP English should have a notebook specifically for this class, as they will be writing EVERY DAY! In addition, they should have a folder in order to keep track of all notes and writing assignments.

Units will include:

Rhetorical Strategies, The Grapes of Wrath, The Scarlet Letter, The Crucible, The Things They Carried, Timed Writing, College Board Test Prep.

 

Composition 1

There are two main reasons for a student to choose to take Composition 1: to prepare for taking AP English next year or to prepare for college level writing. As these are the two main focuses of the class, we will be spending the majority of our time working on our writing skills. There will be a great amount of time spent on grammar, form, and style.

Students in Composition 1 should have a notebook specifically for this class, as they will be writing EVERY DAY! In addition, they should have a folder in order to keep track of all notes and writing assignments. We will be spending a considerable amount of time in the computer lab typing papers. Therefore, it is a good idea to be familiar with Microsoft Word before taking this class.

One of the goals of this class is to be exposed to as many different forms of writing as possible. This helps us to be prepared for the diverse writings asked for by colleges and employers. It also allows us to practice writing for different audiences and purposes. The class is intended to run in a workshop format, which will allow us to draft and revise in class.

Units will include:

Grammar Review, Personal Narrative Essay, Expository Essay, Persuasive Essay, Problem-Solution Essay,  Research Project, Timed Writing

 

Poetry, Drama, Creative Writing

The main focus of this class is to allow students an opportunity to examine poetry, drama and creative writing. We begin the semester with a poetry unit, and then move into interpreting drama. The semester will end with various forms of creative writing.

Students should have a folder in order to keep track of all notes and writing assignments.

Units include:

Elements of Poetry, 101 Best Loved Poems, Elements of Drama, Trifles, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Glass Menagerie, Death of a Salesman, Creative Writing

 

Composition 2

Students in Composition 2 should have a notebook specifically for this class, as will be writing EVERY DAY! In addition, they should have a folder in order to keep track of all notes and writing assignments. We will be spending a considerable amount of time in the computer lab typing papers. Therefore, it is a good idea to be familiar with Microsoft Word before taking this class.

One of the goals of this class is to be exposed to as many different forms of writing as possible. This helps us to be prepared for the diverse writings required by various settings, audiences and purposes. The class is intended to run in a workshop format, which will allow us to draft and revise in class.

Units will include:

Grammar Review, Personal Narrative Essay, Expository Essay, Persuasive Essay, Problem-Solution Essay, Timed Writing, Professional Writing

 

Shakespeare

BE PREPARED TO HAVE FUN! We will focus on Shakespeare's use of language. Specific works will include Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello, The Taming of the Shrew, and various sonnets.

 

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Phone: 815-584-6200 Fax: 815-584-2950

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