Thursday, August 30, 2012

Homework for the Long Weekend

As we move forward it's important that you try to get yourselves ahead of the curve as opposed to playing catchup.  The work is going to start picking up starting now.  Put your noses to the grindstone and power through.
AP English III:
For the weekend you have two reading assignments and a writing assignment to prepare.  Let's review the reading first.  I'd like for all of you to reread the first four chapters of Grapes of Wrath.  Now that we've begun reading and annotating as a class, I hope that you will revisit your preliminary notes and start to go deeper into the text.  I would also recommend that you try to connect the reading assignment from Steinbeck to the first two pieces that we've read together as a class.  Seeing connections is always important.
Secondly, I want you to reread the chapter called "Harvest of Shame" from Shipler's The Working Poor.  Again, revisit your annotations, delve deeper and make connections.  I especially want you to continue looking for the author's argument and how the author supports that argument.
Lastly, you have a writing assignment due soon, your introductions.  Take your notes from peer editing and make any revisions that you see as necessary.  I'll be available on Wednesday and Thursday for conferences.  Make an appointment and let me know if you're planning to come.  Remember that this will count as a major grade.
I'm looking forward to studying Steinbeck with all of you and building bridges to other periods of American literature and writing.  Be prepared for Wednesday/Thursday!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Homework and Reminders 8/29 and 8/30

AP English III:

We did not get a chance to get to our peer editing of the introduction assignments.  Please make sure that you bring these back with you next class.  We will begin our work together with editing.  You may want to take this additional time to go over your draft and make some edits of your own.  Secondly, for our next class I'd like for you to read and annotate Lars Eighner's "On Dumpster Diving" - you can find it in 50 Essays or at this link.  It's a longer piece, so take your time to read it.  Lastly, please bring your copy of The Working Poor to class on Friday/Tuesday so that we can begin to look at this text and make connections to some of the other pieces that we've studied.

Monday, August 27, 2012

First Day of School 2012/2013

Welcome Back Students!

I had a great day today getting to know all of you and beginning our work together.  I wanted to remind you of a few things to do tonight in order to prepare for tomorrow.

AP English III:

Tonight for homework I would like for you to complete the rough draft of your "Introduction" assignment.  Remember to put it in MLA format and to be creative.  The goal is not to copy the original piece, but to adapt it to your own life and experience.  Remember to have fun as you begin this work.

Also you will need to fill out the parent contact form, and return that to me.  Lastly, there is a piece to read tonight for homework called "On Compassion".  If you've already purchased 50 Essays you can find it there or you can find it here.  Please print, read, and annotate the handout.  Be prepared to discuss.

English II:

Tomorrow we will continue with the work we started today.  For tonight, I would like for you to finish your Parent Contact form and return that to me.  Also, you may want to get your supplies together so that we can begin working in earnest on Tuesday. 

One day done, 179 left to go!