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Ms. Erica Griggs, English

Parent-teacher conferences will be on March 18th. Please watch for information on how to set up an appointment time.  
Wish list: We are running low on Kleenex in the classroom.  Please send some in if you can.
AP Students:
CMS will begin collection for AP exams on Sept 12.  The deadline for students to pay is Oct 31.  After a student pays, I will mark them as yes in MyAP for ordering the test.  The exams are $98 (Research & Seminar $146).  They will pay with cash or check in attendance and complete the attached form.  There is a credit card option using this link https://rcschools.schoolcashonline.com/Fee/Details/11999/289/False/True 
 

Students that are taking AP classes that want to take the exam for college credit will need to register for the exam in the fall.  Registration for the 2024 AP exams will begin on September 12 and will end October 31, 2023 (Spring semester courses will register in January when those classes begin).  Late payments will not be accepted due to the College Board ordering deadlines.  The cost of each exam is $98, except Research & Seminar which is $146.  Students will take their registration form and check or cash to the Attendance office during school hours.  The registration form for cash or check payments is in Attendance & on the Guidance Testing Web page.  If your student is currently receiving Free or Reduced lunch, the TN State Department of Education and Rutherford County Board will pay for the cost of the exams for you.  Free or Reduced students will still complete the forms and register in attendance.

There is also an easy online payment option for credit cards.  The online payment price is $102 and $152 for Research & Seminar.  You will need to create an account and must select the correct exams your child will be taking.  Here is the link and this will open September 12.  School Cash Online  

Students will join their AP classes on their MyAP account.  When they turn in their payment for the test, their account will be marked YES for taking the test within 48 hours.  If you have questions about whether they turn in the payment, have your student check their MyAP account for their exam decision.

AP English III 2023-2024 Students
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Advanced Honors Eng II 2023-2024 Students
 
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All students

If you are absent or working from home during the 2023-2024 school year, do the following to keep up with your work:

  • Access your assignments in Teams.
  • Some apps will be accessed through Clever throughout the year.  If this is your first time accessing Clever from home, you will need to put your entire email address ([email protected]) and the password that you use to log in to a computer at school. 
Kleenex and disinfectant wipes
Monday Tuesday (Straight 7) Wednesday/ Thursday block Friday (straight 7)
AP Lang

2 hour day

1st period only

AP Lang

Hand out books 

Syllabus Review/ Goal setting 

-Read "The Case Against Grades."   

-Brainstorm using the class brainstorm chart below.  

-Group work/ Class discussion/  

AP Lang

-Growth vs. Fixed Mindset- Read text and answer questions  

 

-HW- Read pages 11-18 

AP Lang

-Intro- Ethos/ Pathos –Notes and discuss text from last night  

-If time permits introduction logos 

-HW- Read pages 11-18 

AH Eng II
 
 2 hour day
1st period only
 
AH Eng II

Syllabus Review/ Goal setting 

-Intro Fear Unit 

-Pg. 102 Beware: do not read this poem  

-Discussion  

AH Eng II

Read and Discuss “Why Do Some Brains Enjoy Fear.”  

Complete the First read Extension Questions. 

AH Eng II

Read and Discuss “Why Do Some Brains Enjoy Fear.”  

Complete the First read

 

Monday/ Tuesday (block)  Wednesday/ Thursday (block)  Friday (straight 7) 

AP Lang 

-Intro- Ethos/ Pathos –Notes and discuss text from last night (pages 11-18) 

-If time permits introduction logos 

AP Lang 

Finish Ethos/ Pathos

Class discussion 

Choose 1 essay between page 16 and page 18 (Wu and Eisenhower) to write. Submit on Teams. 

AP Lang 

Benchmark  

Soapstones- turn in for a grade 

page 30-31 “Girl Moved to Tears...”

AH Eng II 

Benchmark 

 

Finish Why Some Brains enjoy fear 

 

Read and discuss “The Raven” 

AH Eng II 

Library 

Read and discuss “The Raven” 

 

Finish sharing “The Raven” rewrite  

 

Windigo”  

 

Discuss Symbolism  

Page 110-112 

AH Eng II 

 

“Where is Here?” 

First Extension questions 

Monday/ Tuesday (block)  Wednesday/ Thursday (block)  Friday (straight 7) 

AP Lang 

Discuss “Girl Moved to Tears” 

Intro Logos/ Syllogism/ etc. 

AP Lang 

Ain’t I A Woman”- Syllogisms Teams 

Enthymeme Practice- Teams

Appeals- Commercials 

HW: Read pages 38-46

AP Lang 

 

Present commercials 

AH Eng II 

Discuss “Where is Here?” 

 

Windigo 

AH Eng II 

Introduce Frankenstein 

Pre-reading quiz 

 

Begin reading in class 

HW Finish reading the letters and ½ of ch 1 

AH Eng II 

 

Discuss the letters at the beginning of Frankenstein 

 

Continue reading Ch 1.  

HW Read ch 2  

Monday/ Tuesday (block)  Wednesday/ Thursday (block)  Friday (straight 7) 

AP Lang 

-Library Outside Reading Project (Due Monday, Sept 25th) 2nd half of class 

-Introduce outside reading project 

-MC Checkpoint 1 

-Declaration of Independence- Syllogism practice page 112-115 

-HW: Wed/ Thursday Test Appeals- Rhetorical Triangle 

AP Lang 

 

Test Appeals 

 

Remaining time- read outside reading book 

AP Lang 

Florence Kelley “Speech on Child labor” Close read/ annotate- discuss 

 

Read 51-56 

Graphic organizer Churchill “Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat” 

 

CHECKPOINT 1 Due 

AH Eng II 

Discuss the letters, Chapters 1-3 Frankenstein 

Pages 3-6 lit and more 

Quiz chapters 1-2

HW Read chapters 4-5 

AH Eng II 

Discuss chapters 4-5 

Packet chapters 4-5  

 

HW Read chapters 6-10 

AH Eng II 

 

Quiz Chapters 4-5 

Discussion

HW Read chapters 6-10 

AP Lang 

Introduce RA rubric 

Timed RA Essay 

AP Lang 

Group feedback RA 

Score a paper on their own 

 

Checkpoint 2 due 

Goals –grade narrative 

Thesis 

Adv. H Eng II 

Discuss summer work- model papers- expectations for writing in the future 

 

Discuss chapters 6-10 

 

Quiz Chapters 6-10 

 

HW Read Chapters 11-17 

Adv. H Eng II 

 

Questions/ Discussion chapters 11-17 

 

Read chapters 18-24 

Tuesday/ Wednesday Block  Thursday/ Friday Block 

AP Lang  

Claims mini-lesson-  

BW read 77-78 and complete Qs 1-10 on 78 

Read pages 78-83 Claims of fact, value, and policy 

Introduce quotes- Rhetorically accurate verb list 

 

Work on grade narratives/revisions 

AP lang 

Thesis mini lesson (PPT) 

MCQ progress 2 

 

Checkpoint 3 due 

 

Friday Fall Pictures 

Revision due 

Adv. H Eng II 

Quiz Chapters 11-17 

Discuss and take up Questions in chapters 11-17 

Begin Questions chapters 18-24 

Adv. H Eng II 

Discuss chapters 18-24 

Quiz Chapters 18-24 

Friday fall pictures 

Monday/ Tuesday Block  Wednesday/ Thursday Block  Friday Straight 7 

AP Lang 

Evidence pages 89-92, Read 97 and “Why can’t environmentalism be colorblind”- Discuss 

Work on checkpoint 4- due tonight 

Read 98-top of 100 discuss “In College These American...” 

AP Lang 

Exigence PPT

"Letter from Birmingham Jail"

Rhetorical analysis in 2-3 parts

 

AP Lang 

RA essay 

Adv. H Eng II 

Discuss Novel and test prep 

Adv. H Eng II 

Frankenstein test 

Intro Poe “Fall of the House of Usher” 

Adv. H Eng II 

Read and discuss “Fall of the House of Usher” 

Monday  Tuesday/ Wednesday Block  Thursday straight 7  Friday Straight 7 

AP Lang 

PSAT Review Day & ACT CERT for Seniors 

AP Lang 

MCQ #3- on AP College Board 

Read Secondhand Evidence pages 101-108 

Induction/ deduction pages 109-115 

AP Lang 

Presentations  

 

Rhetorical strategies debate. 

AP Lang 

Fall Spirit Day 

AH Eng II

PSAT Review Day & ACT CERT for Seniors 

Adv. H Eng II 

Finish Fall of the House of Usher 

Qs- pages  

-Fall of the House of Usher assessment 

-Begin Fear Narrative 

PPT Dialogue 

Brainstorm- 

Grammar  

Adv. H Eng II 

Fall Spirit Day 

Monday/ Tuesday (block)  Wednesday Straight 7  Thursday/Friday (block)

AP Lang 

Choose your Q2 goals 

Toulmin model 116-118 #1-6 

118-122 

Page 120 1-8 

AP Lang 

PSAT  

Workday (Pixar) 

AP Lang 

Discuss page 118. 

read 118-122 

Page 120 1-8 

Discuss Rogerian Argument 

And 116/1192 

And Pixar project introduction 

Adv. H Eng II 

Fear Narrative writing 

Dialogue 

Adv. H Eng II 

Fear Narrative Workday

 

Adv. H Eng II 

Fear Narrative writing 

Peer review

 

Monday/ Wednesday(block) 

Tuesday ACT cert 

Friday (Straight 7) 

AP Lang 

Marc and Carly- in Teams  

Intro Synthesis 

 

 

AP Lang 

Workday Pixar 

 

AP Lang 

RA- Albright 

 

NRI Introduction 

 

Discuss page 118. 

read 118-122 

Page 120 1-8 

Introduce No Red Ink (due Friday) 

Adv. H Eng II 

Peer review Fear Narrative 

MLA Format review: Purdue Owl 

 

Intro book project/ library 

 

Adv. H Eng II 

Workday Fear Narrative 

 

Adv. H Eng II 

Fear Narrative due 

Check point 1 Due Monday 

 

 

Monday/ Tuesday Block  Wednesday/ Thursday Block Friday Straight 7 

AP Lang 

Research intro- choose topics 

Page 177-178 –Essential Q 

 

Emerson “from Education” pages 208-210 

Qs 1-8 page 211 

Meet in the library - research 

Pixar Due 

NRI Due 

Discuss Emerson 

Research paper- graphic organizer and thesis 

Adv. H Eng II 

Intro Power and Freedom (266): “Caged Bird” 327 

“Some Advice to Those Who Will Serve in Prison” 328 

Discussion 

Qs pages 333 and 334 

Adv. H Eng II 

Turn in Caged Bird and Prison Qs pages 333 and 334 

Read and discuss “The Censors” 

Extension Qs 

Analyze craft and structure 

Adv. H Eng II 

“I Am Very Real” Kurt Vonnegut 

Read, discuss, and complete packet.

Checkpoint 2 due

Monday/ Tuesday Block Wednesday/ Thursday Block Friday Straight 7 

AP Lang 

Synthesis prompt for Halloween 

Begin AP Lang Source Chart 

AP Lang 

Research- Source Chart 

Graphic organizer 

AP Lang 

Read and Discuss Fareed Zakaria’s “From In Defense of a Liberal Education” on page 179 

 

NRI, graphic organizer, and source chart due  

Adv. H Eng II 

Grammar ACT practice Sunj. Verb agreement 

“I Am Very Real” by Kurt Vonnegut 

Discuss 

Read and discuss “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut 

Discuss Satire 

Adv. H Eng II 

Grammar ACT practice pronoun-antecedent agreement 

 

Extension questions “Harrison Bergeron” 

Group work –outside reading 

Work on Outside reading 

Adv. H Eng II 

ACT practice Subj. And Object pronouns 

“Speech at the United Nations” Malala Yousafzai 

 

Due: Checkpoint 3 


Monday/ Tuesday Block Wednesday/ Thursday Block Friday Straight 7 

AP Lang 

 

Research Outline  

AP Lang 

Read and discuss Frederick Douglass’s “The Blessings of Liberty and Education” pages 193-205  

Douglass -Close read  

 

Continue Work on the outline 

AP Lang 

MC practice 

Continue: Douglass 

 

DUE: NRI and Outline 

Adv. H Eng II 

ACT practice Subj. And Object pronouns 

 

Read and discuss “Inaugural Address” on pages 283-286 

Group work- freedom 

Page 291 -1 (a. & b.) and 2.  

Adv. H Eng II 

ACT- Adj. And adverbs 

 

Pages 288-289 in the textbook “Inaugural Address” 

 

Work on the outside reading project- checkpoint 4 and final project 

Adv. H Eng II 

ACT grammar style- quiz

 

Work on checkpoint 4 or your project. 

 

Due: Checkpoint 4 


Monday/ Tuesday (block) Wednesday/ Thursday (block) Friday (straight 7)

AP Lang 

Continue: Douglass 

Review parallel structure- complete handout 

 

Work on your research paper 

AP Lang 

DUE: Research paper 

 

Discuss Halloween synthesis essays

 

MC practice 

AP Lang 

Chast page 266 

Questions (1-5 on page 270) 

Adv. H Eng II 

Begin: “Four Freedoms Speech” 

Adv. H Eng II 

Finish “Four Freedoms”  

Test review  

Adv. H Eng II 

“Four Freedoms” test 

 

Due: Outside reading project 

Monday/ Tuesday (block) Wednesday/ Thursday (block)  Friday

AP Lang 

Synthesis practice  

Score essays-self score 

AP Lang 

MC practice 

RA review 

Group work RA 

ACT Cert

Adv. H Eng II 

Begin one-pager (Due Mon/Tues)

Adv. H Eng II 

Essay/ power and freedom 

ACT Cert
Monday/ Tuesday (block) Wednesday/ Thursday (block) Friday (Straight 7)

AP Lang 

RA essay - finish discussing/ presenting 

 

RA scoring 

AP Lang 

Socratic Seminar-prep 

 

Finish presenting 

AP Lang 

Grade narrative- due Dec 12th 

 

NRI due today 

Adv. H Eng II 

One pager due 

ACT Run-On Sentences 

 

Continue writing: Power and Freedom essay  

Adv. H Eng II 

ACT Misplaced Modifiers 

Power and Freedom peer review essay  

 

Group poetry PPT projects- Power and freedom 

 

Power and freedom essays due 

Adv. H Eng II 

Power and Freedom essay due 

 

ACT Sentence Structure assessment 

 

Work on group projects once everyone is finished. 

Monday/ Tuesday (block) Wednesday (1,2,6,7)  Thursday (3,1,4,2)  Friday

AP Lang 

Socratic Seminar 

Grade narratives due Tuesday

AP Lang 

Review 

 

AP Lang 

1,2 exams 

4, 3 Review 

AP Lang 

3rd,4th exams 

5th,6th review 

 

NRI due today 

Adv. H Eng II 

Group Poetry Presentations 

 

Albert io EOC practice  

Adv. H Eng II 

Review 

Albert io practice and discussion 

Adv. H Eng II 

Albert io practice and discussion 

Adv. H Eng II 

 

3rd-period exam 

Monday (7,5,2,6) Tuesday (7,1,2,3,4)  Wednesday (2hr day) 

AP Lang 

5,6 exams 

7,2 reviews 

AP Lang 

7th exam1,2,3,4 

 

Discussion 

AP Lang 

2-hour day 

Adv. H Eng II 

7th review 

Adv. H Eng II 

7th exam 

Adv. H Eng II 

2-hour day 

Monday/ Tuesday Block 

Wednesday/ Thursday Block 

Friday Straight 7 

AP Lang 

Introduce argument 

AP Lang 

Continue Argument

REHUGO (due Jan 20th)

AP Lang 

Homecoming 

NRI due today 

Adv. H Eng II 

Intro Essential Q: What leads us on a path to virtue or vengeance? What motivates us to forgive? 

 

“Let South Africa Show the World How to Forgive” Desomond Tutu page 635 

Extension Questions and Relative clauses page 642 sentences 

 

ACT practice- Adding & Deleting Information 

Introduce “They are Hostile Nations” Margaret Atwood page 627 

Read and discuss. 

Extension questions and Analyze Craft and Structure 

Discussion- How does Atwood convince her audience of her purpose?  

Which choice is most successful? 

Homecoming 
Monday- snow day Tuesday /Wednesday/Block  Thursday/Friday Block 
SNOW

AP Lang 

Read and discuss Mother Tongue 555-560-Questions for discussion 1-6 page 561 

 

MCQ practice 

 

HW Read Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language” page 1026-37 

AP Lang 

Discuss Orwell 

 

Argument PPT 

 

NRI due today 

SNOW

Adv. H Eng II 

ACT Practice- Organization  

Read and discuss “Neither Justice nor Forgetting: Defining Forgiveness.” page 496 

Analyze methodology-From claim to evidence 

Write a critical summary. 

 

Intro The Tempest (page 510) 

HW: Read Historical Context pages 502-508 

Adv. H Eng II 

ACT Practice- Wordiness & Redundancy 

The Tempest- Read and discuss 

Monday/ Tuesday Block  Wednesday/ Thursday Block Friday Straight 7 

AP Lang 

Compose an argument -essay  

 

Read and discuss Thoreau’s “Where I Lived and What I Lived For” on Pages 531-538 

Qs on Rhetoric and style 1,3,5,8, and 11 on page 539 

Finish Orwell/Thoreau PPT 

 

HW: Suggestions for writing #2 4-5 paragraphs- due Feb 2 

AP Lang 

Finish Thoreau- presentations 

 

Read and discuss Thoreau’s “Where I Lived and What I Lived For” on Pages 531-538 

Qs on Rhetoric and style 1,3,5,8, and 11 on page 539 

Finish Orwell/Thoreau PPT 

 

HW: Suggestions for writing #2 4-5 paragraphs- due Feb 2 

AP Lang 

 

Read “Small Change Why the Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted” Gladwell 

 

NRI due today 

Adv. H Eng II 

ACT - Word Choice & Tone 

Act 1: Scene 2 

Act 1 Summary WS- Turn in 

Analyze Craft and Structure Act 1-book 

 

Read and discuss 

Adv. H Eng II 

ACT Style & Rhetoric Assessment 

Continue to Read and discuss The Tempest 

Adv. H Eng II 

ACT - Final Eng assessment 

Read and discuss The Tempest 

ACT 2 Analyze craft and structure-book 

Caliban Act 2: Scenes 1 and 2 -WS 

Monday/ Tuesday Block  Wednesday/ Thursday Block Friday Straight 7 

AP Lang 

Discussion/ Questions Gladwell 

Q2 page 579

Model argument essays 

 

Give article assignment -Teams

AP Lang 

Progress check MCQ 

 

“Letter From Birmingham Jail” on page 513 and “On Civil Disobedience” on page 999

 

Answers Qs 

AP Lang 

Argument essay #2 

 

NRI due today 

Weekly article due Sunday night on Teams 

Adv. H Eng II 

ACT Practice- Reading-Main Idea 

Read and Discuss the Tempest Act 2

 

Adv. H Eng II 

Dr. Roland’s student will speak for 5-10 min about AP research 

ACT Practice- Supporting Details 

Nearpod Code: AQX2EAQX2E 

Finish reading/ discussing Act 2. 

Comprehension check page 550 

Close read and analyze the text on page 551 

ACT 2 Analyze craft and structure-book page 552 

Adv. H Eng II 

ACT Practice- Word meaning 

 

Quiz Act 2 

 

Begin Act 3- Answer all questions on Near Pod. Turn in your work- what you don’t finish today- finish Monday or Tuesday in class.  

Nearpod Code: AQX2EA

Monday/ Tuesday Block  Wednesday/ Thursday Block Friday Straight 7 

AP Lang 

Speed argument (dating) 

AP Lang 

Obama Speech 

Review for RA 

AP Lang 

RA practice 

NRI due today 

Adv. H Eng II 

ACT Practice- Reading Basics Assessment 

 

Finish Act 3 

Nearpod Code: AQX2E

Adv. H Eng II 

ACT Practice- Drawing Conclusions 

ACT 3 Analyze Craft and Structure

page 570 (chart and #s 1-4) 

Page 569 Qs 1-4 

Adv. H Eng II 

ACT Practice- Author’s Approach 

Act 4 Read and Discuss 

Monday Tuesday / Wednesday Thursday / Friday
No School

AP Lang 

MCQ Review/ discussion 

Speed dating article- on Teams 

AP Lang 

ACT Junior Boot camp  

NRI due today 

No School

Adv. H Eng II 

ACT Practice- Making Inferences Assessment 

Discuss Act IV- Questions on page 583 Analyze the text Qs 1-4, pages 584-585 all questions. 

Adv. H Eng II 

ACT Practice- Cause and effect 

Quiz Act IV

Read and discuss Act V 

 
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Erica Griggs
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