Week of May 26-29 - No new assignments for English. Look for optional assignments coming from the school.
Week of May 18-22 Complete reading The Alchemist. You'll find a pdf of this week's reading and final questions in essay format in Google Classroom. The questions are due by midnight on Friday. Make sure you do your own work.
Textbook Fees - You may notice a fee appeared on your account for the textbook for this course (if you have a physical textbook). On the day when the school collects your laptops, they will also collect any books you might have. The fee will be removed from your account at that time.
Week of May 11-15 Monday, May 11 - Research Papers Due in Google classroom Tuesday, May 12 - AP Calculus AB and BC - 2 PM Thursday, May 14 - AP Physics Exam - 4 PM Friday, May 15 - The Alchemist Assignment due in Google Classroom
Week of May 4-8 1. Complete The Alchemist assignment in the Google Classroom by Friday at midnight. 2. Keep working on your research papers - peer edit and double check the style manual. You'll submit the paper to a new assignment in Google Classroom on May 11. Please email with questions.
Week of April 27-May 1 1. Complete The Alchemist assignment in the Google Classroom by Friday at midnight. 2. I have returned your drafts. It's your job to edit and revise. Be sure to check the APA style manual (I've linked it below) to make sure your formatting is correct from the title page to the references. You will also want to have at least one classmate proofread for you. The final copy will be due on Monday, May 11.
Week of April 20-24 Wednesday - Submit a full draft of your research paper to Google Classroom. Make sure you have citations and scholarly work. Please include your reference page, abstract, and double check the formatting and style. Refer to the APA Style Manuel I shared with you previously. It's linked here in case you can't find it. Thursday - Reading day for The Alchemist pages 33-47. You'll find a pdf of the reading and a study guide in Google Classroom. Friday - The study guide over The Alchemist pages 33-47 is due by midnight on Friday.
Week of April 13-17 - Research and The Alchemist When you receive your research paper draft back from me, please read any comments and continue working. By Wednesday, April 22, your content should be complete. Be aware that we will also be reading The Alchemist over the next few weeks. See below for assignments pertaining to the novel.
The Alchemist tasks for the week: 1. View The Alchemist Intro Powerpoint (below on left). 2. Read The Introduction, the Prologue, and pages 3-33 of The Alchemist. I've attached a PDF of the reading (below on right). I promise it won't take long to read. 3. Go to Google Classroom and find a study guide for this section of the novel. Complete that by Friday at midnight.
Monday, March 30 - Friday, April 3 - I've approved/commented on your paper plans. The next task is to write. By Friday at midnight, you need to submit four full pages of text to me via Google Classroom. I'll review it over spring break, and we'll resume writing after that.
Thursday, March 26-Friday, March 27 - See Google Classroom for a paper planning page.
Monday, March 23 - Use your time to research and read sources. For Wednesday, prepare a references page in APA format that includes the sources you plan to use. I suggest you use easybib or citation machine to make your reference page. After that double check it with Purdue Owl's APA information and the APA Style Manuel I created. Both are available in the Google Classroom.
During our extended spring break, you are expected to complete the assignments posted and observe the deadlines. I will be available from 9-11 am daily to answer questions and give assistance. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Monday, March 16 - Summaries due. Submit them to the Google Classroom. Tuesday, March 17 - A quiz over 1984 will be available in the Google Classroom. You will take the quiz in a Google Form. Wednesday, March 18 - A second quiz over 1984 will be in the Google Classroom. See also my email for next steps in the senior research project. Thursday, March 19 - Please put your "working" thesis in the Google Classroom. Friday, March 20 - Once I've commented on your thesis, start researching. Remember to look for academic and/or professional sources. And congratulations on being my only class in which everyone completed every assignment on time!
Week of March 9-13 Monday - Reading/Working time for Senior Project Tuesday - 1984, Complete Book 3 Wednesday - Reading/Working time for Senior Project Thursday - Review of summaries by group members Friday - No school - work on senior scholarship applications and complete summaries - this includes sharing with your group for summary verification.
Monday, March 16 - Summaries due at the beginning of the period / Vocabulary Quiz 10
Week of March 2-6 Monday - Present Senior Research Project Guidelines and Rubrics Tuesday - Reading time for 1984 and topic selection for research project Wednesday - 1984Book 3, chapters 1-2, pages 225-260 due Thursday - Reading for Research Project Friday - Vocabulary quiz 9 / Reading for Research Project
Week of February 24-27 Monday - Conclude reading Literacy Narratives / Analyze APA style research papers Tuesday - ACT - no school for seniors Wednesday - 1984Book 2, chapters 8-10, pages 167-224 due Thursday - Introduce Senior Research Project / Reading time for 1984
Week of February 18-21 Tuesday - 1984 Book 2, chapters 1-7, pages 105-167 Wednesday - Literacy Narratives final edit Thursday - Present Literacy Narratives to class Friday - Conclude presentations / Reading time for 1984
Week of February 10-14 Monday - Vocabulary Quiz (from last week) / Work on Literacy Narrative or reading time or resume completion Tuesday - 1984 Book 1, chapters 5-8, pages 48-104 due / Quiz Wednesday - Work on Literacy Narrative Thursday - Work on Literacy Narrative Friday - Have completed draft (5 pages) of Literacy Narrative at the beginning of class.
Week of February 3-7 Monday – Begin Literacy Narrative – Select important stories and sequence Tuesday – 1984, Pages 1-48 due / Work on Literacy Narrative Wednesday – Work on Literacy Narrative Thursday – Work on Literacy Narrative Friday – Vocabulary quiz 8, Literacy Narrative
Week of January 6-10 Monday – Return drafts – focus on content and organization Tuesday – Drafts – focus on style – sentence structure/transitions, etc. Wednesday – Peer edit/Revisions - last day in class to work Thursday – Review Vocabulary List 6 / Begin Money Unit Friday – Vocabulary Quiz 6 / Final Copies Due
Note to everyone on your drafts: The purpose of a synthesis paper is to synthesize your sources to create an argument. You aren't doing this. Many of the papers had zero sources; others had a few. EVERYONE needs sources for the material. If you don't have a source for something, you need to get one or re-think your claim. The sources should be managed using in-text citations. See below for a handout on that topic. Spend class time on Wednesday finding and inserting those sources into your papers.
Week of December 16-20 Monday, December 16 – Writing day Tuesday, December 17 – Writing day - Draft turned in at the end of the period Wednesday, December 18 – Writing/Revising Thursday, December 19 – Revising/Peer Editing Friday, December 20 – Final Papers Due
Week of December 9-13 Monday, December 9 – Narrow topic and do additional research Tuesday, December 10 – Develop a working thesis (claim) and begin paper plan/outline Wednesday, December 11 – Review Vocabulary / Submit Works Cited page for review by the end of the period Thursday, December 12 – Work on paper plan/outline Friday, December 13 – Vocabulary Quiz 5 / Conference with me. Make sure you have a strong claim, and the outline will allow you to develop your claim. Begin writing.
Week of December 2-6 Monday - Presentation Work Day Tuesday - Presentation Work Day Wednesday - Presentation Work and Rehearsal Day Thursday – Review Vocabulary List 4 / Presentations Friday – Vocabulary Quiz 4 / Presentations
Week of November 11-15 Monday – Oedipus paper – work day Tuesday – Oedipus paper – work day (full draft complete by end of period) Wednesday – Oedipus paper - revisions Thursday - Review vocabulary – Oedipus paper – revisions/peer editing Friday – Vocabulary Quiz 2 – Oedipus paper due by the end of the period
Week of November 4-8 Monday – Vocabulary Week 1 assigned / Oedipus Rex Tuesday – Oedipus Rex/ Oedipus Rex Assignment Wednesday – Review vocabulary / Oedipus Rex Assignment / Paper Topic Thursday – Oedipus Rex Assignment/Paper Friday – Vocabulary quiz 1 / Oedipus Rex Test
Week of October 29-November 1 Tuesday – Discuss Greek History Packet / Read Greek Tragedy Wednesday – Discuss Greek Tragedy / Who was Oedipus? Thursday – College Applications/ Essay – Work Day Friday – Begin reading Oedipus Rex (The King)
Week of October 21-25 Monday/Tuesday - ACT Review Wednesday - Continue to revise draft / peer edit Thursday - TBD Friday - Rhetorical analysis due
Week of October 14-18 Monday - Submit rhetorical analysis for review at the end of the period Tuesday - Return rhetorical analysis and continue working Wednesday - Complete first full draft/begin revisions Thursday - Targeted revisions of draft Friday - Targeted revisions of draft
Week of October 7-10 Monday - Discuss with partners and complete steps 1 and 2 Tuesday - Step 3 - formulate a thesis statement and an organizational plan by selecting quotes and examples - show me Wednesday - Show me your intro paragraph at the beginning of the period and begin writing the essay. Thursday - Writing day
Three famous speeches - select one of them to use for your rhetorical analysis. Your task is to read the speech carefully (several times). Then write an essay in which you analyze the rhetorical strategies the speaker/author uses to present his argument to the audience. Support your analysis with specific references to the text.
Week of September 30-October 4 Monday - Rhetorical Analysis Practice Tuesday - Rhetorical Analysis Practice Wednesday - New article for analysis/discussion Thursday - New article discussion / Begin writing Friday - Rhetorical Analysis Writing
Week of September 24-27 Tuesday - During class, complete culminating activity in groups for chapter one Wednesday - Read pages 38-43 in textbook for class Thursday - Read pages 43-56 in textbook for class Friday - Read pages 57-69 in textbook for class
Week of September 16-20 Monday - Work on Wu Summary in class Read the entire article first here. Tuesday - Finalize Wu Summary due by the end of class Wednesday - Read and take notes on pages 1-10 of on-line textbook due at the beginning of class Thursday - Read and take notes on remainder of chapter one due at the beginning of class Friday - Complete culminating activity in class
Week of September 9-13 Monday – Write two summaries of Zinczenko’s article as described in question 2 on page 42. Each summary should be approximately 200 words in length Tuesday – Review/Improve the summaries before submitting during the class period. Read “Mother Nature is Brought to You by…” on page 16 of the digital textbook for homework. Wednesday – Discuss article, considering the possible angles that a summary might take. Thursday – Counselors in Friday – Write a summary of “Mother Nature”
What to expect this year: 1. Prewriting, writing, rewriting, revision, thinking about writing, reading about writing, etc. The point of this course is to improve your writing. The process isn't easy. It takes dedication on your part and mine. Since you signed up for the class, I assume you are up for the challenge. I love teaching writing so I'm ready to go. 2. Along with the writing, you will be reading. Many of our readings will come from the non-fiction textbook, but we will also read major works of world and British literature. 3. We will be engaging in the college acceptance process. We will work on college entrance essays, applications, scholarship material as part of this class. 4. Discussion and participation are vital to this class. You must be willing to discuss the readings, talk about your writing, and engage in academic discourse. 5. This is a college class. Academically, that means be responsible for yourself. Socially, that means no high school drama. Leave it at the door. 6. Vocabulary: Vocabulary will occur during second and third quarters only (12 units total). The words are college level ones that you should know.