Mrs. Stoker's English 2 News

April 2016

What's New

Spring is here, and we are in the home stretch. We are busy prepping for the Missouri EOC assessment that is scheduled during the week of April 11. I have been very impressed with all my students' progress over the course of the year, and I'm excited for them to step in the ring and show the state all they have learned. In fact, you can show your son or daughter this paragraph and ask them to spot the two idioms used. Ha! Please make sure your child keeps up on assignments this week and gets plenty of sleep next weekend. EOC test scores will count towards Q4 grades.

During the last two weeks of April, while sophomores are taking EOC assessments in other courses, we will spend our class time studying a documentary titled, The Lost Boys of Sudan. We will be practicing our literary skills while learning background information on the making of the film and analyzing the film's content. I have embedded two videos: a background on the Sudanese conflict and a trailer for the documentary. Students always respond positively to this unit because the documentary subjects are teenagers who provide an honest, inside look at their triumphs and failures as they work hard to overcome obstacles and find their place in society -- something all teenagers can understand.

At the end of the month, we will start our last unit, which continues until the start of exams. This unit focuses on social networking and explores the advantages and disadvantages of being so connected in today's society. We will use our English skills to analyze and compare various resources on the subject. I will give you more information in my final newsletter since the English II PLC is still updating materials to reflect current trends and technology.

Key due dates for assignments are provided in detail in the respective curriculum sections below. However, if you would like to receive the same weekly text reminders from me that I send to my students, please text the message "@e04535d" to the cell number "81010" (without the quotation marks, of course).

Mrs. Stoker's Contact Info

I hope you have found this newsletter to be informative. If you ever need to contact me to discuss anything, the best way to reach me immediately is by email at I will respond back via email, or I can call you if you'd like.

Also, I am always available to help a student after school from 2:30-3:30p any weekday except for Wednesday. I just ask students to book the time a day or two in advance to make sure I don't have some committee meeting that day.

Two decades of war: Sudan's history of crisis
Lost Boys of Sudan - Official Trailer [HD]