Ms. Cheryl McKinney

Phone: 704/788-4111, ext. 163

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

BA English and teacher certification from UNC Charlotte

Ms. Cheryl McKinney

If you had asked me in high school what I wanted as a career, the word "teacher" would never have come from my mouth.  I was seriously nervous whenever asked to get up in front of the class.  Even while majoring in English at UNC Charlotte, teaching it was not on my radar.  But as the years went by and two children were being raised, I realized I have always been a teacher.  Today, this one-time "nervous Nelly" teaches other students how to successfully present in front of the class in Speech & Debate.  I love what I do, love my content area and my school, and love the "give and take" of high school level discussion.  My hope is that all my students will enjoy learning as much as I do.
 
My Class Schedule for Spring 2017:
 
1st - English III
2nd - AP Literature
3rd - English III
4th - Planning

English III

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    English III centers on American literature, the idea of freedom, and argumentative writing.  Assignments will focus on textual analysis, decision-making, & problem-solving connected with the novels, short stories, poetry, and non-fiction essays read by students.  U. S. documents will also be explored as part of each major unit of study.  Reading will be expected inside as well as outside of class.

    Weekly vocabulary is another aspect of Eng. III to prepare students for the more advanced literature in the course and to get them ready for the challenging vocabulary on the SAT and ACT tests.
     
    A final important focus of Eng. III is the argumentative research paper.  Students will research issues related to the careers they are preparing to enter upon graduation from high school and/or college.  Lessons and activities will guide them through the process of research and argumentation.

    Grading scale:

    Tests/major projects/papers - 45%

    Quizzes/minor project - 30%

    Daily work/participation - 25%                                                                     

    English III has a state final exam at the end of the semester that counts 25% of the total semester grade.                                           

    Necessary student supplies: English-only loose-leaf binder with three dividers, loose leaf paper, pencils, blue or black ink pens, and a composition book.

    Always appreciated for our classroom: boxes of tissues & reams of colored copy paper 



Speech & Debate

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    In Speech & Debate, students learn techniques that will help them to become better, more prepared speakers and presenters.  Students are required to follow the Writing Process - planning, outlining, drafting, editing and revising, and final drafting - for all major speeches.  Planning ahead is key to any successful speech or presentation.  Another equally important key to success in Speech & Debate is PRACTICE.  While students will be given class time to plan, write and practice their speeches, outside time will also be required to fine-tune writing and delivery. 
     
    A second focus of the class is formal and informal debate.  In the debate portion, students will learn rhetorical techniques needed for reasoned argumentation and persuasion.  Students will research debatable topics to defend either the affirmative or negative side of an issue.  As in speech, successful debate requires good planning and practicing with the added necessity of thorough researching of the debate topic.  Students will learn effective researching and debating techniques to aid them in becoming confident and successful debaters.
     
    Necessary Supplies: Speech & Debate-only loose-leaf notebook, loose-leaf paper, pencils, blue or black pens, and 3" x 5" note cards.
     
    Grading Scale:
    Homework/daily work/participation - 20%
    Mini projects/quizzes -  30%
    Major speeches & debates - 50%
     
    Speech & Debate has a teacher-made exam that counts 25% of the semester grade.
     
     

AP Comp. & Lit.

  • AP Comp. & Lit. focuses on the two components in the course title - composition (writing) and literature (reading) at the college level.  Students will investigate a variety of literary genres, important literary movements, and different perspectives of literary criticism to aid in their interpretation of the readings.  Students will be expected to read the majority of the assignments outside of class, with in-class time devoted to written and oral analysis of what they have read.  In addition, students will learn techniques of interpretation, analysis, test-taking, and writing to aid in their success when taking the AP exam in May.  Regular AP practice exams and the mandatory AP Comp. & Lit. workbook (paid for with the class fee of $23) will also help prepare students for the AP exam. 
     
    Besides reading and engaging in literary discussion, students will write several essays of literary analysis.  In this type of writing, students focus less on what the story or poem is about and more on what the author does to create the story or poem and how successful he or she is in crafting the work.  Their AP textbooks, their workbooks, sample essays, and in-class lessons will help students become skillful literary critics.
     
    Necessary Materials:
    AP Comp. & Lit. fee - $23
    binder for class with loose-leaf paper
    composition book
    blue or black ink pens and pencils
     
    Grading:
    Major essays - 50%
    Quizzes & AP practice exams - 30%
    Homework/daily work/participation - 20%

    Since AP exam scores are not released until July, students have the option of taking a teacher-made exam at the end of the semester to improve their semester average for the class.  This exam will count as 25% of their semester grade. 
Last Modified on January 23, 2017