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Welcome to my virtual classroom where you will find important information for Communication Skills and English II courses. Students will begin with Communication Skills in the fall and finish up with English II in the spring semester, during which time they will take the state mandated E.O.C that counts 20% of their overall grade. Please refer to the course syllabus for detailed information concerning instruction during both semesters. I look forward to a successful school year in which my students will improve skills such as public speaking, writing, and reading comprehension.

Important Information:

A letter has been sent home to all Pre-AP II students concerning the course and reading requirements. Please carefully read the letter and complete prerequisite reading prior to the start of fall/spring semesters.  (Please navigate to the Pre-Ap link, located on my website, for more information and all WWW lists.)

Appalachian State Gear Up Grant:
FREE TUTORING- click here     (Required for ALL rough drafts)
 FOR 9TH AND 10TH GRADERS (Upload a paper and within twenty-four hours have the paper critiqued by highly qualified writing center tutors from Appalachian State. Students can also work with an online writing tutor in a virtual chat room for FREE!) Tutoring assistance is available for the ACT as well. 
                                    Username = lunch # and password is gearup (unless students have reset them)


Parents, Please send me an email so that I can add you to my google contact list. This will make it easier for us to communicate over the course of the school year. Thank you!

PowerSchool logins:  username = lunch # and password is Patriots18 (unless students have reset them)


Research Paper Information and Resources for all Classes
PerdueOwl MLA Workshop  *The corresponding WebQuest is located under the Honors notes/assignments link (attachments). 


Holocaust Research Assignment     *A corresponding sample student outline, Holocaust Research Paper, and The Freedom High School Handy Dandy Guide to Research is located under Honors and CP notes/assignments links (attachments). 










Contact information: 
Email: gwhitman@burke.k12.nc.us
Phone: 1-828-433-1310                                “Human suffering anywhere concerns men and women everywhere.” 
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