• Name: Mrs. Rhianna Schnorr
    Subjects / Classes Taught: English 1-2 and English 1-2 Honors
    Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts in History, Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, Master of Arts in Secondary Education

    Welcome to English 1-2 and 1-2H 2013-2014! I am very excited to work with all of you as we descend into a successful high school career together.


    This is one of the most exciting times in your life and the transition into adulthood is about to begin. With the help of myself and your new South Mountain family members, we look forward to seeing you blossom and attending your graduation. Go Class of 2017!!!

     This course is designed to prepare students for success in college, career, and life by developing students’ writing, listening, speaking and reading skills.  Students will engage in the study of world literature, informational text, language, and composition by engaging in a variety of activities designed to challenge their critical thinking, reading, and academic writing. 
    Students will be able to: (a) read and identify the characteristics of various types of literature; (b) write about various topics; (c) formulate topic sentences and (d) use supporting sentences and evidence; (e) write paragraphs with clear topic sentences and supporting sentences; (f) organize paragraphs with a main idea; (g) use varied sentences; (h) write for different audiences; (i) use reference materials; (j) proofread and edit their writings.  In addition, this course follows all district and state standards.

    Instruction will include, but not be limited to, the following strategies:   lecture, discussion, active participation, demonstration, group work, independent and group readings, essay writings, daily writing practice, and oral presentations.
    Student Expectations

    ·         Students will be in class daily when the tardy bell rings, ready to work (with a black pen and lined paper). 

    ·         Students will participate fully in all class activities, and complete all assignments on time and in a quality manner.  Learning and practicing doing quality work in high school is key to success after high school.    

    ·         Students will respect the property and persons of others and the space around them.    

    ·         Students are responsible for all work done in class and for keeping up with assignments announced in their absence.  IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STUDENT TO FIND OUT WHAT HE/SHE HAS MISSED AS A RESULT OF AN ABSENCE.  However, not all missed work can be made up.  By its nature, some work requires the student’s presence in the class at the time the work is done. 


    ·         Every class period begins with bell work.  Bell work should be started as soon as the bell rings. 

    ·         A student is considered tardy if they are not in their seat when the bell rings.    
    Materials Needed

    ·         2 reams of college ruled loose leaf lined paper (no spiral notebooks, please!)

    ·         5 black ink pens (medium point)

    ·         5 red ink pens (medium point)

    ·         5 highlighters (orange, green, pink, blue, yellow)

    ·         1 “storage pocket” for pens and highlighters

    ·         A reading book