Archive for June, 2011

20
Jun

Hey-o! Welcome to the last week of your sophomore career. What fun, what fun. Here’s the plan:

Monday: We’ll be diving right in with you grammar final on Monday. Good times.

Tuesday/Wednesday: Depending on the class (1st period Tuesday, 3rd and 5th Wednesday) we’ll be working on writing our poems for our poetry reading on Wednesday (1st) or Thursday (3rd and 5th). In case you didn’t get the directions, here they are.

Wednesday/Thursday: We’ll be presenting our poems for each other and eating cookies. Lovely, right? See the above in case you don’t know what day you’re presenting.

Friday: As per my end-of-the-year tradition, I’ll be offering a series of word problems for extra credit on Friday. They are only offered in class, during class, so don’t even bother asking if you can do them at home. And with that, we’ll walk happily into the sunset, a year older, and a year smarter.

Category : 10th Grade | Blog
20
Jun

Hey 11’s! Here’s your plan for week number last:

Monday: I’ll be introducing your final essay prompt and giving you some time to begin preparing it. Remember, it is a pass/fail essay of sorts. You will receive either zero or five points for each section, depending on whether or not you demonstrate that you understand you to do each. You can find the prompt here in case you were absent.

Tuesday: For fun and because I at least sort of like most of you, I’ll be showing the film 10 Things I Hate About You on Tuesday. it is a lovely modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, and will provide you with an opportunity to complete whatever preparatory work you eed prior to the final essay.

Wednesday: For both 2nd and 6th periods we’ll be spending the 85 minutes working on our in-class essay final.

Friday: On Friday, as per my last-day-of-the-year tradition, I’ll have a short extra credit assignment that is really little more than a series of fun word puzzles. And, on that note, we’ll walk blissfully into the sunset, another year older, and, hopefully, another year smarter.

Category : 11th Grade | Blog
6
Jun

Hey all. In case you missed it, or were not able to participate in the peer editing exercise we did yesterday, you can find a PDF of the directions here. Enjoy!

Category : 10th Grade | 11th Grade | Blog
5
Jun

Hey juniors! You’re almost seniors… but not yet… Let’s finish this well. Here’s your week.

Monday: Monday is, as promised, a day for you to peer edit your essays. Remember that I won’t receive essays that aren’t peer edited, so this is a chance to have some of your buddies do you a huge favor. Here are the guidelines for your peer editing.

Homework: Revise your freakin’ essays!

Tuesday/Wednesday: I’ve reserved the laptops for us and will be giving you a chance to revise your work. Your essays are due on Wednesday.

Thursday: We’ll be starting our last unit of the year on Thursday. It’s going to be crazy fast, but we’ll be reading Shakespeare’s play Taming of the Shrew in a grand total of 8 class days. There won’t be a ton of assignments surrounding the play, but your final for the year (if you can really call it that) will be your final in-class essay on the novel. In class we’ll read through the Induction.

Friday: We’ll be reading through part of Act I and watching part of it. It will be fun. You’ll like it.

Category : 11th Grade | Blog
5
Jun

Hola! I hope that you had a wonderful sun-filled weekend. I also hope that you wore sunscreen. It’s going to be an interesting week, as we move to finish the Things Fall Apart essay and deal with the realities of the End-of-Course exams for math and the bizarre schedule that will result. So, that said, bear with me. Here’s your week:

Monday: As we stated previously, Monday is a day dedicated to peer editing your Things Fall Apart essays. Remember, I won’t accept a final draft that hasn’t been peer edited, so this is your chance to have somebody do you a solid.

Homework: Revise your essay! You’ll only have a little bit of time in class on Tuesday/Wednesday to do so.

Tuesday/Wednesday: I’m giving you time in class to revise your essays based on peer feedback. The essay is due on Wednesday.

Thursday: After our first grammar review (of everything we’ve done for the whole year…) we’ll be starting our last unit of the year, one centered on the art form of slam poetry. I’ll be introducing the form, and we’ll be watching and handful of videos and listening to a few pieces. I promise it will be super fun.

Friday: We’ll be working our way through our first assignment with slam poetry. We’re going to be using an analysis method that I stole from a friend of mine at Bellevue High School called TPCASTT that will help us make sense of what we’re reading/watching/hearing. I’ll post the assignment shortly.

Category : 10th Grade | Blog