Meet Your English Teacher

Mrs. Alicia Duarte

A little about me...

This will be my second year teaching at Cypress Creek High, but I taught at Meadow Woods Middle for 3 years. I have loved my journey as a teacher since I started teaching in bilingual schools in Mexico many years ago, to preschool, elementary, middle school, and ninth grade students.

I have an Associate's Degree in Elementary Education, a Bachelor's in Business Management and a Master's Degree in English from the University of Central Florida.

I started teaching in a beautiful industrial city about two and a half hours from Mexico City at three different bilingual schools. I taught first, fourth, fifth and ninth grade, but my favorite grade was teaching sixth grade students which I taught for six years.

I came back to Orlando sixteen years after I graduated from Dr. Phillips and taught preschool for five years. I am truly excited to start a new journey with you as my students at Cypress Creek.

I have a loving husband, four wonderful kids, an adorable grandson and two cute dogs. When I am not planning my classes and reading, I like hanging out with family at home, going camping to places near lakes and mountains, and traveling to Mexico where we are all from.

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My Favorites

Animal… Owl

Character… Owls

Hobby… crafts

Website… Pinterest

Quote… “Shoot for the moon! Even if you miss, you will land on the stars.”

Drink… mocha coffee

Food… Tres Leches Cake and ICE CREAM

Restaurant… Chipotle, Panera, Sweet Tomatoes

Vacation… camping at places near mountains and lots of nature trails

Movie… Divergent

Book…The Giver, Divergent

Color… violet, black/white

Song... Am I Wrong?

Drawing/painting… Anything that has owls

Pharrell Williams - Happy (Despicable Me 2 - Lyric Video)

English Syllabus

English 2/2H Syllabus

Mrs. Alicia Duarte


407-852-3400 ext.

Cypress Creek High School


1101 Bear Crossing

Orlando, FL. 32824

Class Web page

Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.” -John Green

Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to provide grade 10 students, using texts of high complexity, integrated language arts study in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language for college and career preparation and readiness.


Students will be able to achieve the following:

· active reading of varied texts for what they say explicitly, as well as the logical inferences that can be drawn

· analysis of literature and informational texts from varied literary periods to examine:

· text craft and structure

· elements of literature

· arguments and claims supported by textual evidence

· power and impact of language

· influence of history, culture, and setting on language

· personal critical and aesthetic response

· writing for varied purposes

· developing and supporting argumentative claims

· crafting coherent, supported informative/expository texts

· responding to literature for personal and analytical purposes

· writing narratives to develop real or imagined events

· writing to sources using text- based evidence and reasoning

· writing to sources using text- based evidence and reasoning

· effective listening, speaking, and viewing strategies with emphasis on the use of evidence to support or refute a claim in multimedia presentations, class discussions, and extended text discussions

· collaboration amongst peers


The majority of our texts can be found in the required classroom textbook, Houghton Mifflin’s Florida Collections, Grade 10, as well as its accompanying Close Reader and Performance Assessment workbooks, which can both be left in the classroom unless I assign homework out of them. There are also additional texts available on the textbook website,, using the student log-in information which I will provide.

Independent Reading/Reading Workshop:

Students are expected to read books of their own choosing. Students should have their books with them at all times. When class work or other assignments are finished students should use the time to read. In order to meet the demands of college reading, students will need to build reading stamina by reading widely and often. On average students are expected to read at least two books per quarter.


· 3-ring Pocket Folder

· Loose leaf college-ruled paper

· Pencils, pens, highlighters

· Composition notebook

· Post its

· Book for independent reading

Steps for Success

1 Learn- Learning is our mission. Engage in the process. Cultivate curiosity. Use your interests to make school more relevant to your life. Do your own work honestly and to do it to the best of your abilities. Presenting another’s work as your own is cheating even if you do not get caught. Cite your sources using MLA format when you use them and give credit where credit is due. Cheating will lead to consequences which could impact your grade.

2 Communicate- I cannot read your mind. When you have a problem with anything in this class, or in your life that affects your schoolwork, talk to me, and I will do my best to listen, and to help in any way I can. I am always here early in the morning and after school Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. I keep a red mailbox on my desk for notes and grading questions or concerns. You could also send a message through Edmodo.

3 Prepare- Participation is an integral part of this class and something that cannot always be made up. Be here. Be prepared. Always have your journal, paper, pens, the appropriate books and a positive attitude. Lack of materials should never hinder your participation in this class. Extra paper, pens, handouts and such will be provided if needed.

4 Work- The expectation is that you will turn in your work on time at the beginning of the period or when called for, but late work is accepted for partial credit. You could still earn an A for outstanding piece, even if it is late. If you are absent, you may email assignments to me at your own risk, or turn them in upon your return.

5 Organize- Use a planner. Bookmark the lesson plan page from the class website. Use the reminder feature to have the Google Calendar send you email and SMS reminders for assignments. Use the reminder feature on your cell phone. You need to develop a system to manage your time, and juggle all you want to accomplish both academically and socially.

6 Respect- Behaving respectfully also means following the Code of Conduct and school rules. A student may receive a detention for tardies, and for inappropriate or disrespectful behavior in class. Detention forms must be signed by parents/ guardians and returned in order for students to serve their detention.


Students will be graded based on percentages:

• Classwork/Participation 35 percent of overall grade

• Writing 35 percent of overall grade

• Tests/quizzes 20 percent of overall grade

• Homework/Projects 10 percent of overall grade

All individual assignments will follow the OCPS grading percentage scale:

100 - 90% = A; 89 – 80% = B; 79 – 70% = C; 69 – 60% = D; 59 - 0% = F.

Internet Policy

All communication and information accessible via the OCPS network can be seen by all. OCPS will also monitor social media streams. You are expected to abide by general accepted rules of network etiquette. Highlights from the county’s Internet Policy are noted below:

• Be polite. Do not write or send abusive messages to others. Use appropriate language. Do not swear, use vulgarities or other inappropriate language.

• Keep personal information private. (address, full name, phone numbers, etc)

• Maintain the integrity of the network (e.g. do not send mass emails, post irascible comments, download large files or spread viruses)