Degrees and Certifications:
B.S. Education from UNC-Chapel Hill 1992
Mr. Scott Burleson
A 1988 MPHS graduate and a 1992 UNC-Chapel Hill graduate who is honored to impact his hometown evirons as a high school English teacher and football coach. All three of my children have attended/are attending MPHS... there's no better place to be!
Welcome To Mr. Burleson's English Classes!Parents and Students,Major Tests and events will be posted on this website; however, daily activities and homework will be posted upon www.schoology.com. Parents, if you would like your own personal access to schoology, please email me and I will send you your personal code. This will allow you to access your student's assignments calendar, as well as view student work completed on the website. Grades on schoology are automatically posted, but not every activity is on schoology. For an accurate up-to-date grade report, please access the parent portal.Second Semester is Rolling!During this second semester, Sophomore students have completed the Power of Choice Unit and completed their Unit assessment. Students will have an opportunity for test corrections this week. Students have begun the undertaking of weekly vocabulary as well as beginning the Individual & Society Unit. We are presently involved in the the Gilgamesh Epic and Homer's Iliad.Freshmen students are engaging in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Students are responsible for a a two-page character analysis written response coming up shortly. Students are also engaging in vocabulary and grammatical structure on a weekly basis.Starting this week we will be doing structured tutorials as usual for the new Power Block Schedule. The days are as follows:
Mondays - Ist block tutorial
Tuesdays - 2nd block tutorial
Wednesdays - Workday Wednesdays
Thursdays - 3rd block tutorialFridays - 4th block Tutorial
Events in Mr. Burleson's Class:English II - Students are beginning the Foundations of Freedom Unit to identify the cultures and their reactions to other cultures during the ages of Exploration and Settlement.Honors English II - Students have received information on both the Independent Research Paper and the Independent Reading Projects. Students should have information in their notebooks if you have questions concerning either of these two projects.Also Parents: Know that we use the learning management system, Schoology, in our classroom. If you would like access Schoology, please email me at email@example.com; I will then send you a personal code that will connect you only to you son/daughter's work.
Honors English II
This page is designed to offer deep understanding of what is encountered in the "Honors" level course that often is not a standard part of the regular courses. This will include what to expect throughout the course and what extensions an honors student will receive in this class that are not utilized in the general level class. If you have questions regarding the following, please contact me via email at any time: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Honors English II is a course designed to further prepare the college-bound student with the critical thinking, analytical, reading and writing skills necessary for post-secondary success. The curriculum focuses on global literature and texts, primarily from the Eastern Eurpean region, along with: Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East.
Throughout the course, students will read the majority of our course texts outside of class (a regular course includes more close and guided reading in class). They will work independently and collaboratively during class, thinking critically: to determine author’s purpose, evaluate the effectiveness of specific textual details, and to make thematic connections between all texts within each unit. Students will learn in a variety of methods including (but not limited to) independent reading comprehension, thought-provoking activities, class discussions, research, projects, and group work. A collaborative PBL (Project-Based Learning) task will highlight the end of a major unit of study in Holocaust literature and film (this rigorous PBL is not included within the 'regular' English II courses in this form).
Standards and Objectives
Honors English II develops mastery in language analysis and critical reading. These skills are essential for success at the Honors English III and AP English Language and Composition level, as well as in college. Writing in the argumentative, informational/expository, and narrative modes serve as benchmarks for written tasks throughout the course. Students will also conduct research and incorporate their findings into digital media presentations for the class.
Please see the North Carolina English II Description HERE.
Click HERE to see the ENTIRE State Standards from K-12 and how English II fits into the progression.
While the above links illustrate the North Carolina standards for English instruction, our local school district develops the curriculum for our classes. We do this to ensure a guaranteed, viable, and rigorous curriculum for all students.
Click here to access the Parent Curriculum Documents.
Instructional Materials and Methods
Honors English II has four thematic units: Human Rights; Societal Rights; Infringement of Human Rights; and The Power of Rights. In each unit, Honors students will read additional texts both in and out of class as well as increase class discussion time.
These units are aligned with the sophomore Civics and Economics curriculum, and highlight the common themes across curricular texts.
To understand a sample, approved state curriculum plan for this honors course, I have attached acomplete teacher lesson plan for a project-based learning experience exclusive to my Honors-level students below:
For comparative purposes, I have attached a lesson plan typically used in a regular English II classroom. Notice that the objectives still focus on the same "Theme" emergence and development goals as the more complex Honors PBL lesson (above) utilized. Students in the regular class have their needs met through differentiated instruction and scaffolding where applicable:
A sample Unit Plan Overview related to the "Infringement of Human Rights" unit is linked here. I personally wrote this curriculum and it has been adopted and published by the State Department of Public instruction for teacher-use. It is a unit adaptable to all levels. The lesson above is an Honors adaptation.
The following pyramid illustrates the formative instructional differentiation in writing skills with students. All formal writing assignments in English II and Honors English II are eligible for revision (consult teacher for details). Improvement is a direct product of revision. This chart illustrates the focus of skill: lower on the chart is where regular English II students normally begin and develop. As skills increase, the chart displays the focus of instruction / revision for advanced students (Honors students typically begin in the middle-to -upper portion of development).Assessment:The English Curriculum uses a 50/50 percentage grade scale. Categories of Major Assignments (Major Assessments, Major Papers and Major Projects) total 50 percent of the classroom quarterly grade and Daily Assignments (Discussion, Homework, Quizzes, Daily Activities, Short Written Responses, & Creative Activities) total the other 50 percent of the quarterly grade. Each quarter final grade will equate to 37.5% of the final grade (both quarters total 75%). The Final Exam will create the final 25% of the student's grade. The Independent Research project will be the largest component of the course, followed by the Independent Reading Project components: each these three components will count individually the range of 15-20 percent of the assignment completion within the assigned grading periods.
Reminders for Upcoming EventsTurn in Supply Fee the first ten days of classTurn in CCS Documents signed by parentsMr. Burleson's Supply List:2-inch 3 Ring Binder5 Notebook DividersCollege Rule Notebook PaperA flash drive for final draft papers (if you already have one with enough space, don't buy a new one)Pens (Black or Blue) /Pencils4 Different Colored HighlightersParents: If you would like to donate classroom items (Kleenex, Hand Sanitizer, Color Pencils or Markers, etc., it would be greatly appreciated.POWER BLOCK A(11:35-12:10)POWER BLOCK B(12:14-12:49)M
PLC - NO TUTORIAL 1st Period Power T Lunch 2nd Period Power W Lunch Released Study Room Th Lunch 4th Period Power F Lunch "Freedom Friday" / Open Tutorial
Mr. Burleson's Class Schedule
7:15 – 8:37
8:41 – 10:05
Honors English II
10:09 – 11:31
11:30 – 12:50
Varies (see above)
Honors English II