Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Homework for 4/30 and 5/1

And now we can say goodbye to April.  Here are your reminders and announcements to prepare you for tonight, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

AP English IV

Tonight you should finish reading One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.  Next class we'll finish our work on Akhmatova's "Requiem" and then from there move on to looking at multiple choice.  I need to finish checking the key for your AP Multiple Choice practice as I think that it is so very wrong...

AP English III

A few announcements for you:  Your research papers were due today.  If you did not submit it today then you are losing points daily for it being late.  Please make sure to see me if this is an issue for you.  Further, we are now starting our final push to our AP Exam.  Today you should be feeling relatively confident in terms of Multiple Choice testing and strategies.  Here's a great link of the 100 Most Commonly Used Terms on the AP Exam.

Tonight I'd like for you to reflect in your journals about the three types of writing - synthesis, argument, and analysis - With which do you feel the most confident?  Least confident?  Why?

Next class we'll finish Multiple Choice and then move to writing.  Lastly, your Calligraphy Projects are due on the week of the thirteenth.  Find a date which works for you!

English IV

Today you received your final project for the year.  You should begin working on this to prepare for your final presentation and due date.  I look forward to seeing what you all create!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Homework for the Weekend and Monday - 4/26 and 4/29

It's almost May and now we only have SEVEN more A-days to prepare for final exams.  Here are your reminders for tonight to move us into May!

AP English IV:

I'm asking you over the weekend to read through to the end of supper in the text.  Also, I would recommend that you all spend some time looking back over Anna Akhmatova's "Requiem" -- We'll be doing a bit of analysis and exploration work on this poem next class.  Furthermore, be aware that I will be reviewing your final project related to Ivan Denisovich on Tuesday. 

AP English III

Your priorities for the weekend are your research papers.  I'm not going to be available this weekend to answer questions, so I hope that all of you got them in now.  Remember that everyone will have his/her paper collected on Tuesday, April 30th.  A-day students will collect papers in class.  B-day students will need to come by and hand deliver your papers.  You will need to use your envelope to submit your paper and the following documents are required in the envelope:
  1. Your final draft with Works Cited page.
  2. Your rough draft from conferencing.
  3. Your outline.
  4. Supplementary documents:  Cover Sheet, Rubric
I'll hand out the Supplementary Documents in class on Monday/Tuesday.  We're going to start doing exam review and preparation over the next few classes. It's time for our final push!

English IV

No homework for the weekend, but you will be starting on your final project as well next class.  Be ready for it!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

4/24 and 4/25 - PLC Day


The assignments outlined for you in the previous post are due for all of you on Friday/Monday.  Please make sure that you are meeting your reading goals and continuing to revise your research papers in order to meet your submission date next week. 

Please come see me if you have any questions about anything or need help getting caught up.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Homework for 4/22 and 4/23

With our next A-day being a PLC day we are going to have a bit of a disconnect between our A-day and B-day meetings.  However, I'm sure that we'll get all caught up on the other side of everything.  Here are your reminders for tonight:

AP English IV

For tonight you really don't have much to do other than to prepare your journals for our next journal check as well as find a pencil and bring it with you to class for our final multiple choice practice.  Your reading is due on Friday.  You will need to get to the moment when Shukhov goes to the parcel room.

AP English III

Now that you have your outline of your final project of the year you should begin to plan and consider.  However, you can't do too much until you're assigned your chapter and motif for study.  For tonight, be sure to read chapter twenty-five for Friday's class.  Also, make sure that you make your conference or ask any final questions.  Papers are due on Tuesday!

English IV

If you have missing work you need to get that taken care of.  Use Jupiter Grades and ask for help.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Homework for All Classes - 4/18 and 4/19 - Weekend Edition

Here are your reminders to get you through the weekend.

AP English IV

You have your final drafts of your Twelfth Night papers due this coming Monday.  If you still want to see me or get my feedback on your writing try to make that happen tomorrow as I will not be available this weekend for extra help.  Remember that you are making an argument about this play and what Shakespeare is accomplishing through his skill as a playwright.  Show me that analytical skill!

In One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich I'd like for you to read to the point where the men are getting lined up to return to the camp.  Continue to pay attention to trends in the text.  Good discussion today on characters.

AP English III

First let's talk about your research papers.  Our new and FINAL due date is the 30th of April.  All students will submit their final drafts on this date even though it's an A-day.  We'll go over what you will turn in to me closer to the due date.  If you have not yet conferenced on your paper and haven't signed up for a date I want to let you all know that Thursday April 25th is available.  You must see me or contact me directly to sign up for a spot on this date.

In terms of Invisible Man, you need to finish reading Chapter Twenty-Four this weekend.  We will be working through this as well as touching on a few topics from the Staples article on Monday/Tuesday and I'll be reviewing your final assessment on Invisible Man.

AP English Students -- If you are taking the AP Exam and did not complete the pre-registration due to being absent from class, please make an appointment in guidance to take care of this.

English IV

Over the weekend I want you to do some writing for me.  Answer the following question using well developed paragraphs:
What are the two most important parts of your day?  Why?
Make sure as you respond to this question you fill your writing with detail so that I can really understand the importance of these moments to you.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Homework for All Classes - 4/16 and 4/17

Apologies for not posting the homework last night.  I had a very tedious fourth period and it slipped my mind.  Here are your reminders to prepare you for Thursday/Friday.

AP English IV

Your first priority is your papers.  Remember that you have final drafts due on the 22nd.  When you submit your final draft, please make sure to submit any notes or earlier drafts so that I can see how you've developed this paper.  Furthermore, you need to continue to read in Ivan Denisovich until you reach the end of the second meal.  Stop when Shukhov starts looking for a cigarette. 

AP English III

The main priority that all of you have is to make your writing conferences and to continue moving foward on the drafting of your research papers.  One of the major issues that I'm seeing so far is a lack of commentary on the research you're presenting.  Remember that you want to explain the significance of the facts and research which you incorporate into your essay.  What do you have to say about this research?  What is its significance in relation to your argument?  Draw connections.  Make me see what you see.

Furthermore, your reading for tonight is Brent Staples' "Just Walk on By:  Black Men and the Public Space."  The article is in 50 Essays or available here.  Read this carefully paying special attention to the creation of voice in the text.  We'll be working through it next class to unlock the deeper meanings apparent in it.  Be sure that you annotate heavily and draw connections to Invisible Man

Lastly, refer to your updated reading bookmarks for your final reading checkpoints!

English IV

You have no homework to complete for next class, but you will have something to do over the weekend.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Homework for the Weekend and Monday - 4/12 and 4/15

Each day of school done is another day closer to summer break!  Remember what I said about this quarter moving quickly - don't allow yourselves to fall behind as we keep moving through the quarter.

AP English IV

This weekend you need to read in Ivan Denisovich until Tyurin returns to the group at the worksite.  As you read, continue to note the use of detail in the text as well as Tyurin's importance to the group.  Also, we didn't start talking about the various types of corruption and injustice which Shukhov sees in the camp, keep track of that too! 

Lastly, your final drafts of your Twelfth Night papers are due on the 22nd.  You'll submit your rough draft with the final draft, so be sure to keep these together.  If you need to meet with me to review your writing, let me know and I'll try to find a time for you.

AP English III

If you haven't signed up for a writing conference yet then you need to take care of that ASAP.  Remember that conferences are really happening in earnest next week.  Don't miss your appointment time!  Be working on your essays - drafting and revising - remembering that you need to bring a 65% complete draft as well as your full works cited page!

In terms of reading, you need to complete chapter twenty-three.  We'll spend time in class discussing twenty-two and twenty three on Tuesday/Wednesday.  Recall that the Invisible Man has seen the light, now he just needs to figure out what he's seen.

English IV

No homework over the weekend.  You may have some reading to do next week, but I'll let you know about that when we get to it.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

B-Day Discussion Board

Please post your responses to the following question below.  Use refrences to Invisible Man and "Allegory of the Cave" where applicable.  Make sure that you answer all parts of the prompt.  Posts will be graded after class on Monday.  No late posts will be accepted.

Throughout the text of Invisible Man we see that the narrator continues to oscilate between his own reality and the reality of society.  Plato would perhaps say that he's traveling between real truth and false truth.  This text complicates the idea of society because there are two socities within the text, African American society and White society.  There are, of course, multiple socities within these larger socities as well - complicating this overall question.  However, according to Plato's allegory, which society that we have seen within the pages of our novel is the one more responsible for keeping the Invisible Man within the cave and constricting his vision?  Has the Invisible Man broken free from this bondage and loosed the chain attached to the cave wall?  Has he not started to exit at all?  Does he think that he has?  How does our role as readers in this text further this question.

As you answer, make sure that your response is your own.  Do not submit something similar to a previous post or it will not be considered for credit.  Come up with an argument and prove it.

Other reminders about homework and tasks to complete can be found two posts below in the A-day discussion board.  There's also a link to the Plato text there too.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Homework for English IV and AP English IV

Seniors - Here are your notes to prepare you for our classes on Friday and Monday.

AP English IV

The first thing that I want to remind all of you about is the fact that we will be having a draft workshop on Friday.  Please make sure that you walk in with a draft of your paper which you can edit and revise in class with the help of your peers.  I'll be available next week for you all to see me for extra help in these essays.

In addition, I'd like for you to read in Ivan Denisovich until the group goes out for their morning line-up.  It's hard to divide up this book easily since there aren't chapter breaks.  We'll discuss a lot of this next class.  Be ready!

English IV

For tonight your priority is to prepare for your final presentation on Twelfth Night.  If you are doing the essay option then you should finish your draft and have it ready to turn in.  We will start class on Friday/Monday with presentations and then we'll start reading our novel.  It'll be an exciting day!

A-Day AP English III Discussion Board and Homework

AP English III

Tonight you need to finish reading Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" as well as move toward your next reading goal of being to the end of Chapter Twenty-Two of Invisible Man.  Also, don't forget to sign up and attend your writing conferences.  The sheets are on my door.

A day students.  Please post a comment to respond to the following prompt.  Draw on your knowledge of Invisible Man as well as your understanding of Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" to answer the following questions.  Use textual references where necessary.  Plato is available at this link.

Plato raises the idea in paragraph forty of transitioning between the world of light and the cave and that these transitions each affect the vision of the human.  Plato says as well that these "bewilderments...from coming out of the light or from going into...[are] true of the mind's eye, quite as much as of the bodily eye."  I would argue that the Invisible Man has suffered from these bewilderments multiple times throughout the text.

Which moment of the text do you think is the has provided the most significant bewilderment to the Invisible Man?  Is this a moment of going out of the light or going into it?  Which of his eyes is this effecting?  What is the overall importance?

Be thorough but concise in your answer.  Show me that you've read the book and tell me something coherent - edit before you hit submit.  Make sure you're focusing on the prompt. Be sure that your name is in your response so that I can assign credit.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Homework for the First Day Back - 4/8 and 4/9

And with that, the first day is done.  I know that I'm definitely going to be getting in a nap this afternoon - I forgot what it was like to wake up so early.  Here are your reminders for tonight as you prepare for class on Wednesday/Thursday.

AP English IV

Today in class we went through much of Solzhenitsyn's biography which will be quite important in helping you to understand what he's doing within the pages of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.  You may want to be on the lookout for these biographical elements as you read his speech for homework tonight.  On Wednesday we'll be opening up with a seminar on Solzhenitsyn's Nobel Prize Speech from 1970.  Read the speech thoroughly and annotate it.  Remember to think of these three questions:

1.  What is the purpose of literature?
2.  What is the danger of unity?
3.  What is an author's duty?

Also, we will start reading our novel in class on Wednesday, so make sure that you have your copy or check one out from me.  Lastly, don't forget that your rough drafts are due on Friday.  If you need to see me to discss your papers, be sure to do that soon.

AP English III

For tonight you have three main goals to prepare you for the rest of the week.  First, you need to start moving toward your next reading goal which is to get to the end of chapter twenty-two by Friday/Monday.  Something major is about to happen related to Brother Tod.  Keep your eyes open!  Also, you will have the opportunity to sign up for your writing conferences this week.  I'll post the schedule on Wednesday and you can start signing up then.  There are a few rules to the conferences which I'll review with all of you on Wednesday/Thursday.  The major thing though is that your draft needs to be nearly complete and you have to come with questions.  Don't just think that you show up and I do all the work. 

Lastly, if you have your own copy of 50 Essays please bring that in for Wednesday/Thursday as we'll be taking a look at a piece out of there to help us understand more of what's happening in Invisible Man.

English IV

Today in class you began working on your final assessment for Twelfth Night.  Remember that your final presentations of these dialogues or speeches will be on Friday/Monday.  Continue to read and review your portion so that you are ready for this goal.  Remember that this is your final test on the book - show me that you've learned some skills in reading these difficult texts.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Just checking in...

I hope all of you are enjoying spring break as well as the reading and writing you have to accomplish to be ready for when we get back. I'm enjoying some very amazing time at the beach with friends and getting in some good relaxing.

Please email me with any questions or concerns if you have them. I'll do my best to address them for you.

Enjoy the rest of your break!