My Course Sites
-AP English Lit & Comp
-English 11
-Media & Lit

Wikis & Blogs
-Ms. Hogue's Classroom
-Polliwog Journal
-CE9 Wiki
-English 11 Wiki
-Hurling Words

Unit Plans
-To Kill a Mockingbird
-Romeo & Juliet
-Animal Farm
-Of Mice and Men
-Huck Finn
-The Crucible
-The Inferno
-Canterbury Tales
-Oedipus Rex
-Native Son

Special Units
-Living Histories Multigenre
-Harlem Renaissance Webquest
-American Women
-Multigenre Research Project -Creative Nonfiction Unit

Sites for students
-Online Opportunities for Young Writers

-E-Texts for Young Readers

Local Links
-Sheboygan Falls District
-Sheboygan Falls High School
-English Department
-Falcon Skills & Style Handbook
-Menagerie Submission Guidelines

English Links
-Web English Teacher
-Leslie Rush's English Links
-Reading Strategies
-UW Madison Writing Center
-Purdue OWL
-Great Lakes Writers Festival
-Teacher Web Sites at Web English Teacher

Vitae, etc.
-My Resume
-Intro to my Master's Thesis

Resources for English Teachers & Students

Creative Commons License Ms Hogue's Online English Resources by Dawn Hogue is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

Teachers' Toolbox: unit plans, study guides, & activities

Quick links . . .

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Welcome to a new school year!

Nings: social networking tools for true learning communities

—(January 2009) When I first began hosting AP English, an open community for AP English teachers, I was excited about the possibilities. And while I wish the group were as vibrant as others, such as Jim Burke's English Companion, our membership is growing and the conversations have been excellent.

Nings are fantastic tools for groups of like-minded professionals from all over the globe to convene and discuss.

A basic ning offers its members the ability to

  • discuss topics in a threaded forum
  • post to a blog
  • upload videos and pictures
  • comment on videos and pictures
  • upload files
  • create a personal page
    • post pictures and files
    • post links
    • add applications
    • see recent activities
    • add friends
  • and more

See a more complete list of nings in the far right column of this page.

Students' success lies within

December 2008Who knows what the future will bring, but right now, jobs students used to count on might be outsourced. What then, must students do to help them be successful in the future?

Students should do their absolute best in high school in order to have the best chance for success in college and beyond. Good habits formed now will pay off in the future.

Some school beyond high school is absolutely necessary. To ensure you get accepted to the college of your choice, you need good grades, a good record (attendance etc.), and you need a variety of experiences (academic and extra curricular). High school is the time for students to start finding out what they're made of.

The best present you can give yourself for your future is a commitment to success.

Each day you should look to do the following:

Improve your academics and high school success:

  • Have a postive attitude; believe in yourself!
  • Focus on each task, giving it your best effort. Cut out distractions.
  • Stop PROCRASTINATING! Sure, you'd rather do a lot of things than homework, but do your work first and play second.
  • Don't think the world ends if you get one bad grade. Learn from it and resolve to improve. We can learn from our failures.
  • Get involved in some extra curricular activity. Teens who are in clubs, sports, music, art, etc. will be more engaged in school in general and have a better feeling about themselves as students.

Improve your health and well being:

  • Eat right. Good nutrition is good for your body and your brain. If you don't know what good nutrition is, educate yourself.
  • Get enough sleep (about eight hours EACH night). Sleep deficits cause stress, weight gain, and memory loss.
  • Get active. Exercise vigorously at least four times a week. If you spend too much time at that computer, your body will show the results.

Improve your attitude and emotional well being:

  • Seek help when stress overwhelms you. Talk to a teacher, your counselor, or your parents.
  • Surround yourself with positive, upbeat friends who like you for who you are and believe in you. A person who wants you to be something you're not is not a friend. Neither is a person who wants you to do something you know is wrong.
  • Smile, even if you don't feel like it. Dwelling on the negative is counter productive. Positive thinking breeds positive thinking.

Be well and do well! And pass the message on. Support each other. Never harrass someone for being smart. Learn their secrets.

Locations of visitors to this page

Technology in English
-2005 ACE Workshop Site
-E-School News Online
-Cyber Workshop Clinical Project

CyberEnglish Teachers' Sites
-Ted Nellen
-Pat Schulze
-Paul Turtola
-Ryan Bretag
-Jessica Brogley
-William Bass
-Tom Murphy

Technology in Education
Shift Happens
-Dangerously Irrelevant
-2¢ Worth
-Using a Wiki to promote educational blogging/PBS
-Free blogs for teachers at
-Free blogs for students at
-Bud's advice for teacher bloggers
-Bud Hunt, Bill Bass & Greg Van Nest's NCTE 2006 presentation
-Interview with Ted Nellen about CyberEnglish, Judyth Piazza

Teacher Blogs
-Polliwog Journal (my Blog)
-The English Teacher Blog (Carla Beard)
-Ms Degenhardt's Blog
-Bud The Teacher
-Mr. Bass
-Mrs. Lux's Blog
-A New Ecology
-Cool Cat Teacher Blog
-In The Heart of a Teacher
-Content Literacy Fun

Educational Nings
-AP English
-English Companion
-Literacy Lighthouse
-Ning in Education
-Blogs, Nings, and Social Networking



© Dawn Hogue, 2006-2009
Most material represented in this site was created while I taught English for the School District of Sheboygan Falls.

since July 11, 2006