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Pamela Hicks

Literacy Teacher

Department: Literacy

Classes: English 3

College Attended: Baylor University

Years at DHS: 15 years

I commit to working with students to help them achieve success this year.

Welcome to English III

Welcome to English III and English III Hon. If you would like to know what was done in class or what is being planned for class, please consult the "This Week" agenda and "Last Week" Agenda posted in the classroom, or feel free to email me. . Be aware that plans may change due to unexpected situations. Please email me with any questions; I try to answer within 24 hours.


If you would like to receive reminders/notifications on your phone through texting and be able to contact Mrs. Hicks through texting, you will want to join the Remind 101 for your group--English III (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th periods.) or Eng. III Hon (6th peiod).  Be sure you are adding your name to the correct class group. Parents, you are welcome to join the group to which your student belongs as well.

English III should join by using the following link on their smartphones: (or by using the app and the class code hd4fb3)

English III Hon. should join by using the following link on their smartphones: (or by using the app and the class code h8fah)

Procedure for Lunch Tutoring or Makeups

All makeup work will be given during lunch on Wednesdays of each week. Any student that needs to see Mrs. Hicks during lunch for makeup, tutoring, or retesting will need a pass to enter the building. Students should get the pass from Mrs. Hicks the day before. The building will be locked shortly after the lunch bell rings and will remain locked the rest of the lunch period. If students need to enter after that time, they must show the pass to an administrator who will unlock the door so the student can enter the building. Office hours are the last 10 minutes of lunch only Monday through Thursday.

Makeups on Reading or Viewing The Crucible

If you missed any day of reading or viewing The Crucible in class, you can read the play online using the link below. Act I was covered Sept. 9-13, and Act II was covered Sept. 17-20. Please see powerpoints and lesson plans for any days missed as well. Any questions can be emailed to me through this website page.

Makeups on Summative Writing Essays

Those in the regular classes who did not get finished writing essays in class can come Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday during lunch to my classroom to work more on essays. After Wednesday lunch, I will grade what has been accomplished by then. This allows for those who have the accommodation for extra time to receive it. Also, those honors students who need more than Monday and Tuesday class periods to write their analysis essays may come in the classroom those same days during lunch to write theirs. 

Also, anyone who still has "M" grades on formatives should come one of those days to make up the work in my classrooom.

Last Week of Quarter, Oct. 7-11, 2019

The week of Oct. 7-11 is the final week of the quarter. Both regular and honors classes will be completing their third and final summative this week. This is also the last week that "M" (missing) formative grades can be made up; lunch time on Monday (10/7) and Wednesday (10/9) are the final opportunities to change the M to another grade. All makeup work must be done in my classroom to receive credit, and these are the final opportunities of the quarter. These lunch periods are also the last available times for the honors students to finish their essay, if it was not completed during the three days of class given to them. 

Grades will be entered by mid-day on Monday, Oct. 14th, for first quarter report card printing. 

This Friday during class will be spent on remediation plans for those who see a need to replace a summative grade from the first quarter. A plan will be made and signed, which will allow the student to come at lunch during the second quarter to receive tutoring and retaking opportunities on any of the three summatives of the first quarter. If the retake results in a higher grade average for the quarter, a grade change form will be submitted and the quarterly grade will change and be evident on the subsequent report card print-out. 

Third Summative--Literature Project for Regular classes, Socratic Discussion for Honors Classes

The third and final summative for the regular classes is a group literature project on The Crucible. Groups have been working on the project on Sept. 30, Oct. 3 and 4. They will continue on Oct. 7 and 8. Projects will be assessed by classmates and teachers on Thursday, Oct. 10th. All group members must particiapte in the project in some way in order to receive credit. The project assignment is posted below. Work can be done at home as well, but projects must be assembled in the classroom. 

The third and final summative for the honors students (6th period) will be a Socratic Discussion which will apply and parallel The Crucible to other historical witch-hunts and a graphic novel, Visitation. Students will be given several texts to read and research, and the discussion will be held in class on Thursday, Oct. 10th. The grade will be comprised of discussion Preparation, Participation, and Processing. Anyone unable to attend the discussion will be given a written essay assignment to complete in class on (10/11) as a makeup. If both class periods are missed, a zero will be entered for the summative, and a makeup and grade change will have to be handled during lunch one day in the next week. 

The reading/research materials, as well as the assignment, are posted below, to help anyone who may miss class Mon.-Wed. of that week; the preparation will need to be accomplished at home if class time is not enough.

Remediation for 1st Quarter summatives

As the syllabus states, summative assignments can be remediated and retaken for a better grade. Remediation plans have been made for most students who need to show better proficiency on first quarter standards. These plans involve coming to Room 10-3 classroom during lunch on Wednesdays to receive the help and opportunity for showing improvement on these standards. If the retest scores are higher than the original, the new grade will replace the old one in the first quarter average. If the final grade average for the quarter changes as a result, a grade change form will be submitted at that time and the first quarter records will reflect only the improved grade. Students have until Dec. 11th to make these changes, and all retesting/writing must be done in the classroom during Wednesday lunchtimes. 

If you have any questions about this, please email me (see email link on this page).

Honors Reading of Huckleberry Finn

Friday, Nov. 8th, was the first quiz on Huck Finn reading (Ch. 1-5). Quiz on Ch. 6-10 will be Friday, Nov. 15th. Notes on those chapters are due the day of the quiz and are 50% of the grade. Any students who are absent on the day of a quiz will take it during class on the next day they are present.There will be no quiz on Ch. 11-18, but the final summative on the novel will be Friday, 11/22 (on Ch. 1-18). Review for the test will take place in class on Thursday, 11/21.

Notes packets can be found below, as well as in the classroom.

2nd Q, week #6, Nov. 18-22, 2019

In the regulary English III classes, we finished our reading, discussion, and preparations for the Summative test on "The Pit and the Pendulum". Students who were absent on Wed. and Thursday of this week (11/20-11/21) should complete the Sensory Detail chart posted under "Handouts" below by finding a quote from the beginning of the story, a quote from the middle of the story, and a quote from the end of the story that reflects sensory details (details of what the narrator saw, heard, smelt, tasted, or touched) which the author used to create a mood of horror in the story. You will need to use this chart while completing the writing portion of the test.

Those who were absent from English III (regular) classes on Friday, 11/22, will need to make up the test during lunch on Wednesday, 12/4. 

In the Honors English III class (6th period), we read and took notes on Ch. 11-15 of Huck Finn, and on Friday we took the quiz and turned in the notes on those chapters for a formative grade. Students are required to read Ch. 16-18 of Huck Finn over the Thanksgiving break and be ready for a review of Ch. 1-18 on Monday, 12/2 when they return from break. On Tuesday, 12/3, students will take the summative test on Huck Finn, Ch. 1-18.

Those students who missed class on Friday 11/22 will be expected to take the makeup quiz on Ch. 1-15 during lunch or during class on Monday, 12/2.


Class notes, PowerPoints, models, examples, helps