• Maegan Cook
    Maegan Cook
    9th Grade, English I & Honors English I
    Sunnyv
    ale HS
    E-mail: maegan.cook@sunnyvaleisd.com
    Phone:  972-203-4670
     
  • Howdy! My name is Maegan Cook and I am a proud member of the fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2013! I have a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction. The 2017-2018 school year will be my second year to teach at Sunnyale HS; however, I spent three years teaching freshman English I and Pre-AP English I at Dr. Ralph H. Poteet HS in Mesquite, TX. I am very excited to work with the freshman at Sunnyvale HS this coming school year and look forward to all of the exciting things we will be learning in English I and Honors English I! Thanks and Gig'em!

     Class Resources:
    Incoming Freshman Summer Reading 2018 - 2019 School Year

    This summer the incoming freshman Honors English I students will be expected to read one of the books from the list below. I have included notes about the books to help you decide which book will best suit you. If a student has read one of the books on the list prior to this summer, he/she should choose a book that he/she has never read before. As students read, they should make annotations over the plot, characters, setting, figurative language, point-of-view and any other important details in the text. Students can take notes directly in their book or they may be handwritten in a journal. Students will be allowed to use these notes on a timed writing over the summer reading during the first week of school.

    In addition to reading one of the assigned books, Honors English I students should read the following articles on the hero's journey and annotate them. I have included links to the articles below. Click on the link and it will take you to the article. We will use the information in these articles to help us discuss and study the hero's journey during our first unit.

    The Hero's Journey: Life's Great Adventure

    Attributing Outcomes: Journey from Victim to Hero

    Illustrating the Journey

    English I students may choose to read one of the books from the honors list this summer as well. If students finish reading the entire book, they can attend a scheduled after-school discussion wherein they can receive a free 100 as a test grade.

    Honors English I Summer Assignment Book List (Choose 1)

    The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

    "The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. 

    But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. 

    True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead." - Goodreads

    Neverwhere by Niel Gaiman

    "Under the streets of London there's a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks.

    Richard Mayhew, a young businessman, is going to find out more than enough about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his workday existence and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and utterly bizarre. And a strange destiny awaits him down here, beneath his native city: Neverwhere." - Goodreads

    The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley

    "Aerin could not remember a time when she had not known the story; she had grown up knowing it.

    It was the story of her mother, the witchwoman who enspelled the king into marrying her, to get an heir that would rule Damar; and it was told that she turned her face to the wall and died of despair when she found she had borne a daughter instead of a son.
    Aerin was that daughter.

    But there was more of the story yet to be told; Aerin's destiny was greater than even she had dreamed--for she was to be the true hero who would wield the power of the Blue Sword..." - Goodreads

     

    Supplies for the 2017-2018 school year:

    - Pens and Pencils
    - Notebook paper
    - Composition notebook
    - Red pen
    - Multi-colored highlighters
    - A separate binder or a section of a larger binder for keeping up with handouts and assignments
    - Please donate kleenex and/or hand sanitizer for classroom use
    - Optional: Sticky notes and notecards for annotations and studying 
     
    Please reference Google Classroom's "About" Tab and "Stream" for all other resources.

    Remind Codes: 

    Honors English I - Text the message @4af7aac to the number 81010
    English I - Text the message @3433gg to the number 81010
     

    Link to Google Calendar - The Google calendars for my Honors English and English I classes can be found below.

     
    Google Classroom Codes for Students:
    Honors English I - q1qhkw
    English I - q79iwx
    Parents, please feel free to join Google Classroom so that you can view resources and your student's work. Please email me if you would like for me to send you an invitation to follow my Google Classroom.

     


     Tutoring Times: Tuesday and Thursday before school from 7:20 - 7:40 and after school from 3:25 - 3:55. Kids should have a pass in order to come to activity period tutorials unless they are scheduled to have me for activity period.


     Important Due Dates for Major Projects and Tests: