Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Homework for 8/31


Tonight for homework you need to read both parts of The Autobiography of Malcolm X and complete the worksheet. Answer the questions on the worksheet like notes. We will go over the piece and the worksheet in class on Thursday/Friday.


Tonight I would like for you to read and annotate 1.5. Tomorrow in class we will be discussing and reviewing 1.2-1.5; make sure that you are ready for this by reviewing your annotations and your reading from the past few days. It looks to me that a lot of you are starting to figure out some really interesting things in this text - keep working.

Also, make sure that you join the google group! If you haven't given me your gmail address yet, please e-mail it to me. Once you've done that, check this account for your invitation to the group.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Homework - 8/30


I think that we had a really great discussion today in class. It's obvious to me that you are reading and doing a lot of thinking as you read. For tonight, read 1.2, 1.3, and 1.4 - be sure that you annotate as you read.

Also, get your gmail account established and e-mail me or in some way give me the address. I have been sending out group invitations for our google group to these e-mail addresses. If you have gotten an invitation, please join by Wednesday! We are going to start using this group later this week.

If you have any questions - feel free to ask!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Weekend Homework - 8/27


Using the guide that I gave you today in class I would like for you to begin reading and annotating your copy of 1984. You are, of course, invited to adapt the annotation assignment so that it is easier for you, but you must make sure that you have the required information. For the weekend, finish reading chapter one of book one. As we did today in class, stop after every paragraph or every page to review what you've read and take notes. Underline passages you'd like to discuss in class. Mark questions that you have or things you don't understand.

You may read ahead in the book - this will actually be really helpful for a lot of you. Just make sure that you don't spoil things for other people.

A-day Freshmen:

I think that we had a great conversation today about the poem "About School" - tonight I'd like for you to finish the worksheet about the poem. Make sure that you follow the homework policies for completing the assignment and turning it in. It's due to the box by 7:30 am on Tuesday!

Of course, let me know if you have any questions!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

English I - B day Homework

B-day Students!

Bring back your parent contact forms tomorrow or Monday! Please put them in the box!

English IV Honors - Homework


Make sure that you come to class tomorrow with your copy of 1984. Try to get the Signet edition if you can. If you don't have your own copy for tomorrow then I will issue you one from the bookroom. If you are using a school copy of the book, make sure that you have some post-it notes or index cards to annotate the text. We'll talk more about annotations tomorrow.

Also, if you haven't turned in your parent contact form yet - please get that to me with your google account information ASAP!

Here are some of the links that I shared today in class. I think that the timeline is pretty interesting and goes into a lot more detail than we did today. Also, we've got our map of the British Empire and the image of the Bayeaux Tapestry and Stonehenge.

See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wow - Just remembered that I need to update this thing...

Hello Seniors and Freshmen!

I think that this is going to be a really exciting year for all of you! I know that I'm really excited and I think that we've started the year off well.

I wanted to remind you all of the homework that you need to complete tonight:


As I said in class today, we will be beginning our first novel and unit on Friday - 1984 by George Orwell. If you plan to purchase a copy of the novel I would like for you to try to get the Signet Classics edition. This way we'll all have the same page numbers. Of course, if you can't find that, any edition will do. Bring your book to class on Friday so that you will be prepared. If you don't have a copy in class on Friday, I'll issue you a copy for as long as you need it.

Furthermore, make sure that you bring back your parent contact form! On the form you can include your gmail account so that I can begin to set up our group.

If you've got any questions/concerns about any of this - see me tomorrow so that we can resolve the conflict.


Your assignment is to bring back your parent contact form! Consider this your practice run with the homework box. Next class, we will begin studying literature and we will have our first warm-up. We're going to start off with studying a bit of autobiographical poetry to begin talking about autobiography, literature, and memory. Make sure that you're prepared for class!