Welcome to Mrs. Curtis' English Site!

  • General 2020 Summer Reading Letter HERE

    AP English Language Summer Reading Letter HERE

     

    During the school closure, information for my classes will be here.  I'll also be communicating via school email and Remind.  :)

     

    Week of 1 June:

    FRESHMEN: Continue your work on your six-word memoirs (ppt here) and submit them by Wednesday via Remind.

    SOPHOMORES: Submit your Blues 2 paragraph on Monday and start learning about Hemingway's six-word story from this ppt.

    Week of 25 May:

    FRESHMEN: Now that we're done performing and reflecting upon our Moth stories, we will be embarking on a new unit about the Six-Word Story.  This letter was sent out this week and this ppt contains details and hyperlinks.

    SOPHOMORES: We are continuing our learning on the Blues (See this Week 2 ppt) with a culminating paragraph due next Monday, June 1st. 

    Week of 18 May:

    FRESHMEN: THIS LETTER includes directions for listening to a peer's Moth Story and completing a Writing Reflection due on turnitin by Tuesday, 26 May. The week's ppt is in our Office 365 folder and attached to this week's email.  Hopefully you can join us for an optional Zoom session on Friday!

    SOPHOMORES: Continue working on your paragraph (detailed in this ppt) due Wed., 20 May, on turnitin. 

    Week of 11 May:

    FRESHMEN: THIS LETTER outlines the week's activities, including your commitment to a mode of performance for your Moth story by Thursday. The week's ppt is in our Office 365 folder and attached to this week's email.  Hopefully you can join us for an optional Zoom session on Friday!

    SOPHOMORES: THIS LETTER includes an introduction to our new unit on the blues, culminating in a paragraph being due on Wednesday, 20 May.  This week's ppt is in our Office 365 folder and attached to this week's email.  For those of you taking APs this week, good luck!  For those who need to catch up on work, please reach out and feel free to drop in to Zoom Office Hours on Mondays from 1-2.  

    Week of 4 May:

    FRESHMEN: THIS LETTER details our pace this week, slowing down after you hand in your Moth draft on Monday, 4 May. The ppt is also in our Office 365 folder and was sent out in this week's email.  Hopefully you can join us for an optional Zoom session on Friday!

    SOPHOMORES: THIS LETTER details this week's learning about Odysseus' return home and elimination of the suitors.  The ppt is in our Office 365 folder and was sent out in this week's email.  Drop by Zoom Office Hours on Monday to connect and ask questions!

    Week of 27 April:

    FRESHMEN: THIS LETTER outlines our week of drafting.  A reviewed draft is due on turnitin on Monday, 4 May. The ppt and "Revision Guide" is also in our Office 365 folder and was sent out.  Hopefully you can join us for an optional Zoom session on Friday!

    SOPHOMORES: THIS LETTER details this week's learning about Odysseus' episodes involving Polyphemus, the sirens, and Scylla and Charibdis. To evidence your learning, make sure to upload the paragraphs that you write on Thursday & Friday to turnitin as one document, due on Friday.  The ppt is in our Office 365 folder and was sent out via email and Remind.  Hopefully you can join us for an optional Zoom session on Monday!

    Week of 20 April:

    FRESHMEN: THIS LETTER directs this week's brainstorming and planning in anticipation of writing our own Moth-style story.  The ppt "4_Moth_Week3_20April" with hyperlinks and prompts is in our shared Microsoft Office 365 folder entitled "School_Closure_9."  Along with the ppt, you will want to access "4_Six Rules for Great Storytellers" in the same folder.  An outline will be due next Monday, 27 April, on turnitin.  Hopefully you can join us for an optional Zoom session on Friday!

    SOPHOMORES: THIS LETTER gives a brief overview of this week, beginning with the video "5_Narrated_Othello&Odyssey_Transition" that is in the shared Office 365 folder "School_Closure_10" along with the ppt that is introduced in the video.  After working through the video and ppt, please answer 5 questions and submit those answers on turnitin on FridayFeel free to drop in and ask questions during Monday's Office hours at 1pm on Zoom.

    Week of 13 April:

    FRESHMEN: THIS LETTER details our plans for listening and thinking about 3 further Moth stories.  The ppt "Moth Week 2" with hyperlinks and prompts is in our shared Microsoft Office 365 folder entitled "School_Closure_9."  Hopefully you can join us for an optional Zoom session on Friday!

    SOPHOMORES: THIS LETTER details our plans for reviewing Act 4 and studying Act 5 of Othello this week.  The ppt "Othello 5" with hyperlinks and prompts is in our shared Microsoft Office 365 folder entitled "School_Closure_10."  I hope to see you for our optional Zoom session on Monday!

    Week of 6 April:

    FRESHMEN: No ELA work this week.

    SOPHOMORES: No ELA work this week, but see THIS LETTER in preparation for next week & an optional Zoom session on Monday, 13th April.

    Week of 30 March:

    FRESHMEN: HERE is this week's letter with an overview and HERE is the relevant ppt with links.  THIS is the pdf copy of the 3 Moth stories.

    SOPHOMORES: HERE is this week's letter with an overview and HERE is the relevant ppt with links. (The full text of Othello is linked on the subpage, to your left.)

     

    Weeks of 16 March, 23 March:

    Students are asked to choose an independent reading book, read 20-30 minutes per day, and complete 2-3 of THESE PROMPTS each week.

     

     

     
    Originally from Rochester, I attended Fairport High School and then set off for Swarthmore College (PA).  Having always been an Anglophile, I moved to England to teach English, coach various sports (including some bizarre ones like netball and rounders!), and travel the world.  During the summers and while teaching in boarding schools, I earned my UK teaching certification and MA from Teachers College, Columbia University.  You can probably imagine how frequently immigration officials hassled me about the irony of an American teaching English literature and language to English students!  After ten years there, I returned to Rochester in order to study at the University of Rochester where I also taught pre-college and undergraduate writing courses in the Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity.  This year marks my fourth year teaching in Pittsford and my third year at Mendon High School.
     
    On a personal note, my husband and I have two energetic little boys named Will and Max.  I spent much time this past summer pushing around a double stroller, convincing tiny humans that eating Play-Doh is a bad idea, and reciting The Little Blue Truck by heart.  (We also explored Upstate NY and showed some English friends the delights of Rochester in the summer!)

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    Email: kathryn_curtis@pittsford.monroe.edu

    Office phone: (585) 267-3031

    You can also contact me via the Remind app; information for that and other digital resources are in the document below. :)