Saturday, October 31, 2009

Weekend Homework for English I


I thought that I'd already posted your homework - then I looked and saw that I hadn't. So, here's your reminder for the weekend:

1. If you're not caught up to the end of chapter four in A Separate Peace, you need to spend some time getting caught up.

2. You need to be sure that you have your rough draft of your reminiscence ready for peer editing on Monday/Tuesday. Make it as complete as possible. This rough draft and participation in peer editing will count toward your final draft grade.

3. If you need anything else to do for English this weekend, you should get ahead in your reading of A Separate Peace.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

English III Homework - 10/29

Tomorrow you're going to have your first group meeting. I'm giving you the whole class tomorrow to work and accomplish goals. Be sure that you come to class tomorrow and are ready to work with your group.

Also, over the weekend you need to read the excerpt from "Walden" on pages 193-200. If you want to read to the end at page 204 - that's fine, but I'm not requiring it. You have until Monday to complete this assignment.

You all have been doing really well during our discussion of Transcendentalists. I hope that you are enjoying what we've been studying lately.

Remember, "to be great is to be misunderstood..."

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

English III Homework - 10/28

I hope that you all enjoyed our introduction to Transcendentalism today. Tonight, for homework, I want you to think about the following question. It may help for you to write a response, but I will not be collecting this for a grade. We will use this as a springboard for discussion tomorrow.

What is something that you allow to control your life. How would your life change if this thing were no longer around?

Remember that the idea here is to think about something that you have some control over - your parents or school don't really count. Things like cell phones, facebook, and other obsessions would.

Think creatively!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Homework for 9th Graders

Freshmen -

Your homework for tonight is to read chapter four of A Separate Peace and complete your dialectical notebook entries for chapter four. Also, today I gave your reminiscience assignment out. Try to focus on your topic for this writing assignment. Your rough draft of the Reminiscience is due on 11/2 and 11/3.

Juniors - Read This!

Today I threw a lot of information at you. I would go over this assignment with your parents tonight and discuss what you will be doing over the next nine weeks. I would recommend that you buy your own copy of the book - but I will issue those that I can.

Those of you who elected to read Sister Carrie or The Crying of Lot 49 - you will need to buy your books. Please go to Nice Price Book on Broad Street to find good used copies at a discounted rate. Tomorrow you will begin your group contract - this will set the ground for the work that you will do all quarter.

It's going to be a great quarter. You're about to do some great work!!!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Freshman Reminders

Remember that by the end of this weekend you need to have read the first three chapters of A Separate Peace. Also, I will be checking dialectical notebooks on Tuesday/Wednesday.

Don't start the second quarter with a bad first step. Be thorough and complete in your dialectical notebook entries!!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Homework - 10/22 and 10/23


Your homework tonight is to review the information on pages 138-145. This is an expanded version of the information that I gave you in class today. In addition, you need to read the two Longfellow poems on pages 172 and 174. You will also need to read the information on Longfellow provided on page 170.


Your homework is to read chapter three of A Separate Peace. Standard students will complete one dialectical notebook entry and honors students will complete two. By the end of the reading you should have made the following entries:

Honors - Four entries for chapter one. Two entries for chapter two and three.
Standard - Two entries for chapter one. One entry for chapter two and three.

I will be checking your DN's in class on Tuesday/Wednesday.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Junior Reminders


Remember that your compare/contrast papers are due tomorrow. We're getting to crunch time for the end of the quarter - make sure that you're turning in good, quality papers tomorrow.

Also, tomorrow we will move on to a new unit on Romanticism and the 1800s. It'll be some fun stuff.

Lastly, tomorrow afterschool you will have your opportunity for extra credit. Please report promptly to room 119 at 2:45 to have this chance. This will be your only chance for extra credit this quarter.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Homework for English III and English I


You will have your first Wordskills Exam on Thursday/Friday. For this exam you should focus on learning your twenty five prefixes. Honors students also need to learn the main bases of the words that we studied in this unit. You shouldn't focus on wordparts such as ia, y, ic, and other suffixes.

Also, you need to read chapter two of A Separate Peace. Honors students: You need to write two dialectical notebook entries for chapter two. Standard students: You do not need to complete a dialectical notebook entry - we will do this in a group next class.


You will have your timed writing tomorrow. I will also hand back your group analysis papers so that we can discuss them.

Monday, October 19, 2009

English III Homework and Reminders


Your group analysis assignment is due tomorrow at the beginning of class. If you have questions while you're working on this, be sure that you ask questions here.

Also, tomorrow you will have your first timed writing related to The Crucible. Remember that one topic will focus on the idea of tragedy and one will focus on the applicibility of the play's message. Spend some time tonight getting ready for this assignment.

On Thursday I will be collecting your compare/contrast assignments. Please come and see me if you need assistance with this. Monday and Wednesday are the best days for help.

That's all!

Friday, October 16, 2009

9th Grade Homework


This weekend you need to finish your vocabulary review sheets. B day students will turn them in on Monday and A day students will turn them in on Tuesday. Your Unit One vocabulary exam will occur on Thursday and Friday of this coming week.

Also, A day Honors students need to complete a second dialectical entry for pages 1-4 of A Separate Peace.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

English III Reminder

You have a quiz coming up on Act II and Act III. If you were absent from class these days you should get notes from someone and read the play yourself. You've got to keep up with the reading on days you are absent.

The quiz will be very similar in format to the last one. Multiple choice and quotes.

Leave any questions if you have them

Homework - Freshmen

With the strange schedule over the next few days I need to clarify that this homework assignment is due Friday for A day and Monday for B day.

You have a few things that you need to do for homework:

1. If your class finished WordSkills lesson one, you will have received a worksheet reviewing lesson one. Complete this and put it in the box.

2. Buy a pack of post-it notes. Bring these with you to class.

3. Find your copy of A Separate Peace and bring it to class!

Friday, October 9, 2009

9th Grade - Test


You have a test next week on Tuesday for A day and Thursday for B day. Your test will cover the autobiographical excerpts that we have read in class. Below is a list of excerpts and some ideas on what to study with each piece. This list is not all you need to know but only meant to get you started.

1. Malcolm X's "Growing Up" and "Conking"

tone, theme, irony, views of whites, racism, pride

2. Holocaust Narratives

vocabulary about the camps, roll call, selection, dehumanization

3. David Sedaris's "Go Carolina"

stereotypes, characters, tone, theme

** Honors Students, you will also see questions on "Me Talk Pretty One Day"

4. Introductory notes on autobiography, biography, and memoir

5. Rules for Good Writing

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Honors English III Homework - 10/8

In the midst of teaching my Russian class I realized that I forgot to post the homework.

Please write a one paragraph personal response to your section of "Half Hanged Mary" by Margaret Atwood. In this you may break good writing rules because you are writing a personal response. Please make sure to stay focused in your paragraph and provide a lot of examples from the text to support what you're saying.

See you in the morning!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Homework - 10/5


Your task is to read the excerpts by David Sedaris that I gave you today in class. Honors students need to read both "Go Carolina" and "Me Talk Pretty One Day." Also, be sure that you answer the questions on the worksheet. Honors students need to be sure that you answer all of the questions.

The worksheet will be due on Friday for A day and Monday for B day.


You need to keep up with your reading in your independent dramas. Tomorrow we will begin presentations of the speeches/dialogues. Tomorrow we will get the dates set for the presentations and I will be handing back a lot of work.

Friday, October 2, 2009

English III Homework - 10/2

Over the weekend you're going to need to continue reading your independent play and preparing for your upcoming presentations. Furthermore, you will need to prepare for your quiz on Act I of The Crucible. Focus on important quotations, plot events, and information about the characters that we have learned about so far. If you have any questions, please leave them as a comment.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Homework for English I and III - 10/1 and 10/2

English I:

Your homework tonight is to finish reading the piece by Malcolm X and complete the handout as well. Be sure that you complete both sides of the handout and answer all questions. Bring your work with you to class on Monday/Tuesday as I will begin class by checking your work.

English III:

You should be reading your play and working on the memorization of your speech. Please see me if you need any help - I have a lot of tips and tricks for memorization. Also, we will be having a quiz on Act I of The Crucible pretty soon (Monday). You should spend time reviewing what we cover in class and studying.