English III  -- Mr. Hillin
    ​Class Years: 2019-20
    Room 2629


    Welcome to English III
    I am very excited to be teaching all of you!  I hope you all have had an exciting, fun summer and that you are ready to work.  ​This class will cover a number of different skill sets.  We will practice writing, learn new vocabulary, increase our competency in grammar, and read a number of short stories originating from the evolving zeitgeist in American cultural eras.  Along with reading several short stories and poems, the major works for students to look forward to reading are:
    • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
    • The Crucible by Arthur Miller
    • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
    • A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

    Course Description:  English III is a course specifically centered upon the evolution of North American writing and thought. In our curriculum, we examine the varying social, political, and individual ideologies explored within a broad range of literary expression. Through Native American tales to post-modern reflections, students develop a complex understanding of the uniquely American identity.
    Course Goals and Objectives:  
    The primary goal in English III is to prepare students for the opportunities and responsibilities inherent to civic life. Having been exposed to the great conversations of a developing culture, students exit the course prepared to transition into a rewarding existence in our complex and sometimes turbulent society. W
    ith enhanced depth and acuity, students learn to express thoughts in practical, well-composed writing. Students develop the confidence essential to enter both the English IV curriculum and post-secondary education.


    A little about your teacher:

    Before I began teaching, I worked in the private sector for over fifteen years.  My experiences before my current occupation taught me the fundamentals of good communication.  I hope to pass some of these skills along to all of my students.
    I received my high school education in Buna, Texas and B.A  in English with a focus on writing from Lamar University.  During my time at Lamar University, I worked with Pulse magazine, earning numerous awards for both poetry and essays.  Also, I regularly attend writing and poetry workshops, from annual CCCC conference to poetry workshops in Westchester, PA.


    Remind: Please sign up for Remind using the QR links below.  BE CAREFUL to choose the period number.  Thanks. :)  Alternatively, you may text the following to 81010, but this will not allow you to text comments directly to me.  Thanks.
    Period 2: he4cf8
    Period 3: g2kh3d
    Period 4: d76hc73
    Period 6: 9gee3eg
    Period 7: e8fgc3
    Period 8: 49adbe
    Period 2 Below: rmd.at/he4cf8
    Period 2
    Period 3 below: rmd.at/g2kh3d
    Period 3
    Period 4 below: rmd.at/d76hc73
    period 4
    Period 6 Below: rmd.at/9gee3eg
    period 6
    Period 7 below: rmd.at/e8fgc3
    period 7
    Period 8 Below: rmd.at/49adbe
    period 8



    Tutorial Schedule
    Tutorials are offered for English classes daily.  My doors are always open.
    I am also available until 3:30 Monday through Friday


    Contact the teacher:

    You may contact me at 409-729-7644 ext.192. Please leave a message. You may also e-mail me at jhillin@pngisd.org (email is my preferred method of contact). I will reply to messages as soon as possible.