We have only a few classes left before the end of the grading period. Please make sure that you're keeping up with your deadlines. Be especially clear about the fact that I will not accept late work on the teacher workday. Here are your reminders to prepare for our next class.
AP English IV
Tonight you will need to read two poems out of our Perrine books to prepare for next class. First, read John Donne's "Valediction: A Forbidding Morning" and complete the questions following the poem. You will want to make sure that you do keep your vocabulary on a separate sheet of paper in your notebooks as I will often check vocabulary. Also be aware that with a poem, vocabulary is of the utmost importance -- if you don't know a word, look it up. You'll then read Andrew Marvell's "To His Coy Mistress" and consider questions one and three through seven.
Next class we're going to focus on how to read a poem in an AP class and build on the skills we already have. We also have another poem to look at connected to "Hills Like White Elephants". I was really pleased with our discussion today. Keep it going!
AP English III
You've read the book so now it's time to take the test. Next class you will have your final exam on The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Make sure that you're prepared. In order to prepare for the exam be sure that your books are in good shape as I will be collecting books and checking annotations while you work on the test. I'll also be looking at your journals, so have those too. I hope that our conversation on themes and motifs was helpful to you - it's important to think about those bigger issues especially as we finish a text.
Your website projects are going to be due on the 15th (A-day) and 16th (B-day). At this point you should be revising and finishing those. Remember to ask for help if you need it.
Your biggest priority is to work on your essays. These assignments will be due on the 15th for A-day students and the 16th for B-day students. Remember that this is your final major grade of the nine weeks and will serve to either lift you up or bring you down. If you need help, let me know.
I'm hoping that after our time in the lab that your resumes are beginning to look more finished. These resumes will be collected from you on Monday the 14th and they will count as a major project grade. Also you have your lesson plan presentation. Be sure that you and your partner have clearly defined what you're trying to teach, how you will teach it, how you will know that your classmates have learned what you want them to learn, and how you will assess that learning.
Enjoy your afternoon everyone!