Monday, March 19, 2018

Olympiada 2018

Russian Students - Levels 1-3

On Sunday, April 29th Duke University will be hosting the 4th Annual Carolinas Olympiada of Spoken Russian. I want to upload the instructions and preparation materials here so that you are able to start preparing. I would like to register our teams and begin practicing by this Friday. So please look over everything before this Friday. Use your DPS account to access these materials linked below.

Overall Competition/Study Guide - This document reviews the different levels of competition and what is expected for you to do. This document will guide you in how you use the following documents.

Speaking About Yourself - Устная часть - In this document you will see questions and topics for talking about yourself. These will be used in the competition.

Culture - There are many elements to the cultural knowledge competition. Here are some general guidelines.

Moscow and St. Petersburg - Know your sites and places around the cities!

See other notes on the music, literature, politics, art, film, and geography. See the informational pack on music, literature, and film preparation materials.

Homework for Monday - 19 March - A Day

English IV

Today we had a great conversation around themes in Frankenstein and we explored some other media to help us build connections between our novel and our contemporary society. I'm happy with the work that you all put in today to talk, listen, and build on the ideas that others had.

Next class we will spend time watching Frankenstein to start finishing up the story and we will have time to work on our essays. I'll be putting in feedback on your introduction paragraphs today and tomorrow. Don't forget that you have your test on Frankenstein on Friday!

Advanced Russian

Russian II and III students have received their vocabulary and grammar project and should actively be working on this for tonight. This is all that Russian II students need to do - find your city, develop your information, remember that you're looking at the weather in Durham and in a Russian city for yesterday, today, and tomorrow. This will help you to speak in all three tenses. Russian III students should select a recipe and write out the steps and the recipe's shopping list. Use your vocabulary!

Russian III's have an additional exercise, at the end of Chapter Nine, please complete exercise number 9.6 and 9.7 focusing on modals and aspect.

Russian I

Lots of fun today playing LOTO! I'm glad you all enjoyed yourselves and had some time reviewing your new vocabulary. For tonight, you're going to do homework to turn in. Go to the sentences on page 126 and combine them using the appropriate conjunction. Write out the combined sentence and translate it. Be sure that you are doing what we did in class and thinking about your repetition and grammar.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Homework for the Weekend - B Day - 16 March 2018

English IV

Today in class we did two major things - we completed the drafting of our introduction paragraphs and then we discussed one of the major themes of Frankenstein through a look at an episode of The Twilight Zone called "Eye of the Beholder". The ideas of the episode, particularly around what society considers to be beautiful or ugly have clear connections to what Shelley is working through with The Creature.

We'll continue to have these conversations and do more of this important thinking on Tuesday and Thursday as we prepare for our Frankenstein exam which will occur on Monday the 26th.

AP English III

Today in class we spent our time working on literary criticism in our motif groups. The main thing that we were doing today was understanding the way in which literary criticism can be useful in understanding complex literature. Hopefully, as you worked through one critical article, you were able to see clear connections to the ideas of your motif. This should be the basis of your latest motif blog post. Some of you were able to complete this today in class - if not, be sure that you have dealt with this post before moving on to the others.

For the weekend we have the reading of Chapters 13-15 in Invisible Man. Pay attention to how TIM falls into the same traps as he has before. What's different now? What's the same? Why do we get it, but he doesn't? This will start to push us into the final section of this novel where TIM has some of his final struggles and his big breakthrough at the end. Don't forget to keep blogging and completing your vocabulary as you go.

Lastly, be making progress with your papers. We have conferences through next week. Everyone is required to attend one conference and then in the days before the paper is due you can come back for final drop-in conferences.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Homework for the Weekend - A Day Edition - 15 March 2018

Russian I

Today in class we finished the lesson that we started on Tuesday which was cut short by our late arrival to school. We have covered some review of the second conjugation pattern in Russian as well as the conjunctions "and", "but", and "and/but". Following that, we looked at some examples of these conjunctions in English and discussed their usage in Russian.

For the weekend focus on your vocabulary and your conjunctions by completing Exercise 3.8. As you work through the exercise you'll complete the sections A, Б, В. With each group, combine two sentences with the conjunction given to you for the set. Remember to reduce redundancy as you combine the sentences and to think about your verbs. Translate the sentences after you have combined them.

Advanced Russian

There are different assignments over the weekend for Russian II and III. All of us are focusing on using the dative case and new vocabulary around weather (Russian II) or foods (Russian III).

Russian III will focus on the use of the modal constructions (надо, нужен, можно, нельзя) and the way that Russian say should (должен). You'll be looking at exercise 9.5. Select one of the food items and then use your vocabulary and other grammar in the chapter to write yourself a list of things to do to make the selected food item. What are the things you need? What should you do? What shouldn't be done? What can't be done? You might find it helpful to look at Russian verbs around cooking which you can find here. There are some new stems when it comes to cooking verbs, so thankfully we use infinitives for all of these expressions we've learned (phew!).

Russian II will continue to focus on parts of speech and dative versus nominative case in making sentences describing the weather and feelings. You'll be writing sentences talking about how people feel during types of weather. How do you feel when it's cloudy? When the weather is rainy, how do you feel? What about when it's +37 outside? Use the grammar and vocabulary structures we learned today in class to write about yourself and others in various types of weather. Remember to use all numbers as words!

English IV

Next week we will have our test on Frankenstein and then move to finish the unit in the first week of Quarter 4. Today in class we did a lot of work around our essays - sharing the introduction paragraph to me - before going to class to discuss The Creature and his eventual change for the worse. We also brought in our discussion of nature and nurture to look at how these concepts interact with each other in this moment.

Over the weekend, be focused on preparing for your test. Study your plot events, look at the characters and know them well. Our test will be on Friday next week and will be the first grade of Quarter 4!

Also - next week on Monday we will cash in rubles for extra credit. After Monday I will no longer accept any missing work with the exception of quizzes and tests to make up from absence. Make sure that you have done what you need to do in order to be in a good place at the end of the quarter.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Homework for Wednesday - 14 March 2018

AP English III

Really great work together today to start deconstructing whiteness and white privilege in class. I'm very proud of the way that you all confronted the ideas and stayed respectful through our conversations. We'll continue to discuss elements of race and privilege as we keep working through the unit. Here are your reminders going to Friday's class.

1. Focus on your drafts. Today you submitted rough drafts and some of you have already completed your writing conference. This is a good thing. Keep writing. Keep connecting. And keep asking for help from your classmates as you need it. Final drafts are due on the 28th of March!

2. For Tuesday we have the reading of Chapters 13-15 in Invisible Man. I gave you Booker T. Washington's "Atlanta Compromise Speech" today in class. This reading is meant to fill in some background knowledge you will need to understand Chapters 13-15. Be on the lookout for references to Booker T. Washington as we go through this section of the text and remember - we already have seen one.

English IV

Next class we will begin drafting our Frankenstein adaptation essays. Today in class we worked through our introduction paragraphs as well as a full conception of either The Creature or Dr. Frankenstein. Then, we read through to see the turning point for The Creature. Now would be a good time for you to start reading over your notes and reviewing for our exam that we will have next week on Thursday.