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Remote Learning

Howdy, everyone!

Welcome to on-line learning!  I hope everyone is doing well and managing during this unprecedented time.  I have to admit that I miss school - I miss getting to see students and co-workers, I miss discussing literature and rhetoric, and I miss the routine of going to work.  

We will continue our learning through Google Classroom, and I will be posting information here during the weeks to come.  I understand that many of you may be a little nervous or stressed about learning in such a different setting, but we will go slowly to get everyone acclimated and comfortable.  We’ll be working through this new process together.  

For my AP students, I know, too, that many of you are concerned with how AP exams will be affected.  As I receive information from College Board, I will keep you updated. As always, you may contact me through Google Classroom, Remind, or email.  

Mrs. Kaiser

Extra Credit Play Critique (for those who did not complete Scholastic Writing opportunity)

Attend TMHS Theatre's performance of Shipwrecked on November 14, 15, 16, or 18, and complete the attached Play Critique Form.

After the show, take a photo of yourself with one of the costumed actors or one of the technicians / directors.

Show this photo to me when you turn in the completed (handwritten) critique.

Due no later than your class period on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.

(This Extra Credit option is for students who did NOT avail themselves of the Scholastic Writing Contest opportunity.)

English II PreAP Extra Credit Play Critique

One of our extra credit opportunities for the first grading period:
Go see the TMHS theatre department's A PIECE OF MY HEART by Shirley Lauro. The show runs Sept. 26th, 27th, 28th and 30th at 7:00 pm (also a matinee at 3:00 pm on the 28th). This ensemble cast and crew tell the true stories of 5 Vietnam Army Nurses and their struggles and triumphs during that era. Tickets are $10 ($5 for Senior Citizens / Active Military). Tickets are available at all lunches, the door and online at
Take a picture with a crew member, cast member, or Mr. Ballew or Mr. Page AFTER the play to prove your attendance.  
Complete the attached play critique and turn in to Ms. Kaiser by Wednesday, October 2.  You must also show your picture when you turn in your critique.

Major Grade Improvement Opportunities

English II Pre-AP students will be given the opportunity to master the curriculum and to improve one major grade per grading period according to the following guidelines:


  • Students may choose ONE of the first two major grades of each grading period to improve.
  • They may earn up to half of the original lost points.
  • After posting the grade of the second major assignment, teacher will provide students with two (2) opportunities to come in before or after school to improve their original grade on either assignment.
  • Students will have the opportunity to conference with their teacher prior to rewriting their essay.


A Tale of Two Cities

Pre-AP students need to acquire a physical copy of A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens by September 13.  We will read and discuss this novel prior to literature circles of Victorian Literature.