Phone: 704-260-6600 EXT. 41803
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Arts, Major in English.
Mrs. Jessica Duncan Schields
I am very excited to continue my journey in the 2020-2021 year at Cox Mill High School! This is my fifth year as a Cox Mill Charger; beforehand I taught at Northwest Cabarrus High School. I was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina and attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where I earned my Bachelors degree in English and secondary education.
Currently I live in Salisbury, North Carolina, about 30 miles north of Concord, with my husband, Bryan, and my pets, Oli, Scout, Atlas, and Nemo. My passions involve animals, hiking, painting/drawing, reading and cooking new meals! I am a die hard Carolina Panthers fan and am an avid reader of young adult fiction, horror (my favorite genre), and mysteries. My taste in literature might tie to my love for Autumn, which is my favorite time of year, with Halloween, my birthday, and my wedding anniversary all being some of my favorite days that are in the Fall months.
All about ENGLISH 2
English II focuses on the study of world literature and its connections to key U.S. documents. Students read and study literature and various genres of printed materials in order to respond to literature through writing. Writing instruction emphasizes the research process and paper while also preparing students for the state End of Course Exam which tests reading, writing, and analytical skills as outlined below.Length of course: 1 semester
Honors English II (weighted) focuses on in-depth analysis of significant works of world literature and its connections to key U.S. documents. Special emphasis is given to vocabulary study in preparation for reading, writing, and SAT testing. Higher level thinking skills are introduced in the study of composition and literature. Writing instruction emphasizes the research process and paper while also preparing students for the state End of Course Exam which tests reading, writing, and analytical skills as outlined below. Additionally, an honors paper is required in Honors English II.Suggested prerequisite: B in Honors English I or A in English I Length of course: 1 semester
Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts: Grade 10
Reading Standards for Literature and Informational Texts
•Analyze a text for themes, central ideas, and character development by referring directly to the text.
•Analyze and evaluate author's choices concerning vocabulary, structure, and purpose.
•Analyze cultural ideas and points of view in a work of literature from outside of the United States.
• Integrate and analyze ideas from literature and other medium (i.e. compare and contrast print and non-print pieces)
• Evaluate argumentative claims in a text.•Analyze U.S. documents related to themes and concepts.
Writing Goals & Types of Writing
Writing activities in English I and II will focus on the following goals:
•Through understanding of task, purpose, and audience, students will produce clear and organized pieces of writing.
•Students will practice the writing process of planning, revising, and editing.
•Students will use technology to share their writing.
•Students will conduct research in English I and II by following the MLA guidelines.
Types of writing:
•Argumentative: Make and support claims about topics or texts.
•Informative/explanatory: Carefully examine complex ideas and concepts in a clear and organized manner.
•Narrative: Tell a personal or fictional story.
Speaking & Listening
•Participate in collaborative discussions.
•Organize and prepare formal presentations.•Use digital media to enhance presentations.
•Demonstrate understanding of standard English grammar when writing and speaking.
o By the end of English II, students will be able to use parallel structure, phrase and clause variety, semicolons, and colons.
•Advance vocabulary through use of context clues, word parts, and reference materials.
Use vocabulary related to the study of English.
Microsoft Teams protocol:
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Homeroom TEAMS CODE: ozy2yqg
Yearlong Honors English II - A DAY TEAMS CODE: 1yi8prk
Yearlong Honors English II - B DAY TEAMS CODE: vi5l1jy
Semester long Honors English II TEAMS CODE: hm5h1s1
Leadership Spring 2021 TEAMS CODE: qhcg6qj
Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
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Leadership: Text @cmhslead to 81010
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