Monday, August 31, 2009

E-Mail Outage

For the time being I would prefer you e-mail me at my gmail address and not my dps address. Access to dps e-mail is spotty and unreliable.

Another late posting for both classes

I'm combining both of your entries in one - I hope that's okay. Sorry that I'm late in posting, the internet at Jordan is super unreliable and I've had to wait to get home to post.

Anyway, here goes.

English I

Your homework is to take your favorite book or television show and plot out the events on a plot diagram. Make sure that you're accurate in labeling each part.

English III

Tomorrow we're going to finish up our discussion on chapters four through seven. Furthermore, for tonight you are to read chapters eight through twelve. There is a lot of important information going on in these chapters and we will spend a lot of class tomorrow pointing out what's happening in this section.

If you have questions - leave them. I'm going to get back to my heap of grading.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Homework, English III, 8/28

Over the weekend you need to read chapters four through seven. As you're reading be sure that you keep up with the different characters that you meet. When you meet a new character, please write down their name and begin a list of any character traits you notice from them.

Also, be sure that you're maintaining your dialectical notebooks. If you're behind on your reading - get caught up this weekend.

If you have any questions as you read, write them down and bring them to class on Monday.

PS - I'll never attempt to draw a cannon on the board again.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

English I HW - 8/27 and 8/28

This weekend for homework you have two things to do. The first thing that you need to do is to finish your final draft of your paragraph. Be sure that you use the notes that you got today during peer editing to help you improve.

The other thing that you need to do is to finish your worksheet on the poem "About School" - be sure that you answer all of the questions for your section.

If you have any questions - leave a comment and I'll get back to you soon!

English III HW - 8/27

Today we began our study of The Catcher in the Rye. Your assignment for tonight is to read to the end of Chapter Three. As you read, make sure that you keep up with your study questions to guide your comprehension. Also, I remind you to complete your dialectical notebooks - one entry per chapter.

As you're reading tonight, remember the questions that I brought up today at the end of class:

1. Is Holden someone that you would like to hang out with? Why or why not?
2. If Holden went to Jordan, what would his routine be like? Where would he hang out?
3. What is Holden's deal?

Today a lot of you were pretty quiet when you should have been talking. I will call on more people tomorrow - be ready.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

English III Homework - 8/26

You all did wonderfully today during peer editing. I hope that you found some of the comments that you got today helpful in crafting your final draft. Tonight you need to finish up the essays and be ready to turn them in tomorrow morning. Fill out your cover sheets and follow the rules specified there - be sure that you answer all of the questions on the cover sheet.

Sorry that I'm late in posting today. I came home and promptly fell asleep.

See you in the morning!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Homework for English I - 8/25 & 8/26

Hello Freshmen!

It was great meeting all of you today! Both of the classes went really well and I'm looking forward to working with you for the rest of the year. Today you have a few things to do for homework:

1. Get your school supplies. The supplies are listed on your policies and procedures page. Be sure that you have these by the beginning of next week.

2. Finish your Tell Me About You questionairre if you didn't finish it today in class. Please turn it in to the box.

3. Write the rough draft of your first paragraph. Turn this in to the box as well. We will peer edit these assignments next class.

Remember that your homework is due to the homework box in Ms. Kaneko's room by 7:30 am!

See you next class!!!!

Homework for English III - 8/25

Welcome to the new year! I'm really excited to be teaching the new class and working with all of you this year. Today we started unpacking the question that we will attempt to answer for the whole year:

What is America?

You started brainstorming the answer to this question today in class - tomorrow we'll work with some of these answers.

Tonight, your homework is to write a 500 word answer to this question. In your essay, I'm looking for a clear thesis statement and developed examples. We will edit these responses tomorrow in class and discuss some of the ideas that this question is hiding. If you have questions - leave them here on the blog. Remember to double space your response. We'll talk about more of the nuts and bolts of how to format your response tomorrow.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

All good things...

As the quote goes, the goodness of summer must be replaced with the return of the school year. I'm looking forward to teaching a new class (Honors English III) and meeting a new group of freshmen for English I.

Blog posts and updates for the new year will begin with the first day of school on Tuesday!