Jake Heermans

Mr. Heermans

Mr. Heermans

Website:  www.mrheermans.org

Email: Jake.Heermans@gilbertschools.net

1st - Honors English 9
2nd - Honors English 9
3rd - Honors English 9
4th - Lunch
5th - AP English Language
6th - Prep
7th - AP English Language
Room:  516


AP English Language

The AP Language and Composition course is a college level rhetoric course designed to prepare students for analytical, argumentative, and expository writing and to teach students the importance of these modes as a “basis of academic and professional communication, as well as the personal and reflective writing that fosters the development of writing facility in any context” (College Board). The course is organized in units that address the various styles of writing. In each unit, the students will read and analyze models of the specific style, participate in practice activities and discussions, and produce writing samples that adhere to the qualities identified through class activities. The culminating assignments of the course include the AP Exam in May and individual and collaborative literacy assessments in which the students create, review, revise, and present works that represent the styles learned throughout the year. Students will compile a portfolio of personal and published essays that would meet the requirements of most entry-level college composition courses.

Honors English 9 This comprehensive course examines the writing process for narrative, argument, synthesis, and analysis writing. Students will read a variety of nonfiction and fiction texts focusing on the development and progress of the individual voice in society. Additionally, students will acquire a repertoire of new vocabulary and grammar skills in preparation for standardized college admissions tests and academic writing. The ultimate goal of this course is to help students' reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills develop in order to prepare for upper division AP courses and to achieve college and career readiness.

About Me

I am a teacher with over 20 years of experience and am extremely excited to now be part of the Gilbert/Campo Verde Family.  My wife is a teacher in Gilbert (Greenfield Junior High) and my sons will attend school here as well.  I've also coached volleyball for many years and, as I'm sure those who have been in my room can attest, I have a fondness for superheroes.