Friday, February 28, 2014

Work for the Weekend - All Classes - 2/27 and 2/28/2014

Honors English II

This weekend ladies and gentlemen you should prepare for your quiz on vocabulary and Oedipus the King which has been set for you as Friday, March 7th.  Remember not only to study your vocabulary words but also how these words can be used to discuss characters and situations within the play.

Next class I will also outline our major project this quarter which will focus on Oedipus as well as two texts we have yet to encounter.

ESL English III

You all will have your final test on Persepolis next week.  Make sure that you are studying and preparing, especially using your notes and question packets.  Next class we will spend some time working on our final projects as the due date for those is coming very soon.

AP English III

I will not be seeing you all as a real working class until Thursday due to the fact that we will have the ACT on Tuesday.  For Tuesday, make sure that you are rested and ready.  Review needed notes and use the Internet resources to prepare for the ACT day.  For class, make sure that you follow the instructions in the post below to outline your reading over the next few days.

Remember finally that your assessment on the Prologue to Chapter Nine will occur on March 10, 2014.  I will outline this assessment to you on Thursday and give you the weekend to prepare.

Russian I

Next class you will have a quiz on the new grammar topics.  Use the review packet as necessary and build off of what we were able to complete in class.  Remember to submit only the exercises for extra credit if you so choose.  Be ready for your quiz on Tuesday/Wednesday!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A-Day Homework and Reminders - 2/26/2014

Sorry for not getting this up sooner.  It was a bit of a hectic afternoon to start my Wacky Wednesday.  Here are your reminders.

AP English III

I'm very pleased with how well we seem to be starting on our study of Invisible Man.  I only hope that we can continue this same level of discussion and analysis as we continue through the text.  Continue to bring your top performance; I'm seeing a lot of new things this year and I think that's because of all of you.  Continue with your reading schedule - remember that with the ACT on Tuesday we will not be discussing the chapters until Thursday when we will be looking all the way to chapter nine.  Prepare yourself accordingly.  Here's my suggestion:

Read chapter five on its own.  This chapter will challenge you because of the different voice - that of a reverend.  Pay attention closely to his story of the Founder.  Use your motif charts heavily here.

Chapters six and seven pair well together, as do eight and nine.  I would try to read the two closely together or perhaps in one sitting.  My pacing would be to read chapter five by this Friday, six and seven over the weekend, and then eight and nine by Thursday.  This give you time as well to continue to move ahead in the schedule because chapter ten is tough.

As well, continue to research.  I would hope that on Friday some of you stay after to check your argument and division into topics.  That work should be settled in order to begin your research.  If it is not settled soon, then you are falling behind.

Russian I

The date of your next quiz has been set.  This will fall on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.  Today in class we spent our time going over the topics which will be covered on the quiz.  I will be giving you all an exercise packet on Friday/Monday which will help you to prepare.  For tonight, your priority is your speaking assignment.  On Friday/Monday, all members of the class will present.  If your partner is absent, I will be your partner.  I will use the five point rubric to grade this assignment, but it will be a bit more expanded and precise since we've got a lot more preparation time.

If you need me, please come and see me tomorrow or Friday to ask for that help.

All of you got progress reports - if you need to, see me.  You know what you need to do, just let me know that it's happening.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

B-Day Homework - 2/25/2014

Honors English II

Thank you to all of you for being flexible with the change in instructor.  I hope that you all enjoyed your time with Ms. Baker.  Tonight, I would like for you to devote yourself to studying our content so far on Oedipus the King as well as your vocabulary.  The date of your vocabulary quiz is still next week, so prepare yourself accordingly.  The quiz will likely rely more on the content of the play to answer questions, so a clear knowledge of the play will be important in being successful on this quiz.

This also provides you a chance to submit any late work for a possibly of make-up credit.  Remember that progress reports will be given to you next class.

Additionally, next class we will continue to review those discussion questions you ended with today in order to develop more depth in our approach to the questions.  Be prepared for that.

ESL English III

Today you received your drafts of your writing with thorough feedback from me and Ms. Gillen.  If you need to resubmit your work for a new grade, please do that.  If you are ready to move on to creating your comic strip, then please do that.  Next class we will begin finishing up with our work on Persepolis in the small groups.  You will be presenting your question next class, so if you need to do work at home in order to be able to do that - please do that work on your own.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Homework for A Day Students - 2/24/2014

AP English III

Tonight ladies and gentlemen you need to spend some serious time working on your arguments and your topics for your research paper.  Remember that by the end of this week you will need to have your argument finalized as well as your topics.  You will need to start researching and pulling out the pieces of information which you will use to prove your argument as valid.

With Invisible Man make sure that you have read to the end of chapter four and that you have completed your annotations and motif charts.  Remember that each chapter will be its own row on the motif chart, even if they are combined in our reading.  Prepare questions and ask to your hearts' content!

Russian I

Tonight you will be working on the concept that has been quite confusing for me - the difference between ТОЖЕ/ТАКЖЕ.  Complete exercise nine by combining the sentences using either word.  Remember that in some cases these words can be used interchangeably, but not often.  Use your notes as well as the example sentences to help you with this.

Also be reminded that you have a dialogue activity as well to test your speaking proficiency.  We will have time next class to continue working in groups.

Additionally, next class we will begin reviewing this unit and all of the new grammar.  You will have a quiz on 3/4 and 3/5 on the most recent topics (adverbs, conjunctions, negation, also) and then you will have a unit test on the whole unit after that, prepare yourself accordingly!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Homework for the Weekend - All Classes - 2/20 and 2/21

Apologies all for not getting this posted last night.  Here are your reminders to prepare for the last week of February.

AP English III

At this point you should be working on the development of your argument and topic for your research papers.  Once you have discovered what you are trying to prove, make sure to see me to check it for thoroughness.  Remember, as I've said in class, a few minutes spent with me now can save you a lot of time down the road.  You should also be completing your research as we will not be spending any class time in the library.

In Invisible Man you need to be working toward the next reading goal.  This portion of the text is relatively short, so do try to get through more than is required of you.

Lastly, don't forget that on Tuesday the 25th, all Juniors will report to their ACT testing rooms for Pre-Administration during 2nd period.

Russian I

Over the weekend you have several dialogues to read in Russian to review and study the use of conjunctions in Russian.  Something that I would suggest is that you mark any words which are difficult for you to say so that you can ask about them.  When you have read all of the dialogues, complete the three exercises at the end.

First, complete your analysis of the use of conjunctions in the dialogues.  Focus especially on the conjunction A and understand why it is being used.

Second, complete the fill in the blanks activity and then, attempt the translation.  We will review all of these on Monday/Tuesday to begin our wrap up of grammar in this unit.

Lastly, remember that progress reports are going out on Wednesday/Thursday:  Any missing quizzes or assignments must be done by that point.  Please ask if you need to.

Honors English II

With the AP Pre Test today I did not get to check your notes on section eight of Oedipus the King, make sure that you have completed these notes and that they are thorough before we meet again on Tuesday.  Also for Tuesday you will need to complete your vocabulary cards from our new set of words.  Remember the following for your cards:

Front of Card:  word, part of speech, word origin with explanation, sentence with word from play, citation of quote.

Back of Card:  two synonyms, explanation of difference between synonym and word.  one antonym

ESL English III

You should begin to plan for the next part of our assignment which is turning your story into a graphic novel.  Consider your drawings and how you will use light and dark colors to show emotion in your comic strip.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Homework for B-Day Students: 2/19/2014

Honors English II

Back into the swing of things today.  I hope that today's reading of Oedipus was fun for all of you in seeing how close they are to realizing everything.  For tonight, you've got a few things to work on to prepare for our next classes.

  1. Read the next section of Oedipus - use the online text to read the next conversation between the strophe and the antistrophe after everyone goes inside.  Stop at the end of that conversation and then complete your notes.  Attempt to the the WHY/HOW notes and we will review them next class.
  2. Your vocabulary cards for three words in the next section will be due on 2/25.  Prepare for those.
  3. You will have your AP-Pre Test next class.  There's nothing you can really do to prepare for this as it's a raw test of your skills, but you should know that it is coming and your essay will count as a grade.
ESL English III

Next class we will be in the computer lab typing up the final drafts of our memoirs.  Please have your edited version with you so that you can complete this work.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Homework for AP English III and Russian I - A Day - 2/18/2014

It was so good to see all of you today - it felt like forever.  Here are your notes for tonight:

AP English III

Tonight you have two clear goals related to two very different assignments.  First, complete reading chapter two.  Use the notes I provided you in class today as your anchor as you either finish, or review the chapter to prepare for our seminar next class.  I expect to see full participation and thorough annotations as we work through this important chapter next class.

Additionally, you have received your proposals with my feedback.  Here are your steps moving forward:

  1. Review your feedback and create your argument.  Remember to make sure it meets the DADS test.  Come to see me when you think you have it so that we can push it further.
  2. Once your argument is complete begin to research using SIRS, CQ Researcher, Online, Print, and other sources as you see fit.  Cite everything.
  3. Construct your outline.  Lessons on this to follow as we draw nearer to the due date.
Remember that due to the snow days we have shifted everything back by two classes.  Make sure that you have the new due dates.

Russian I

Tonight for homework you need to complete your reflection on your warm-up sheets as well as the writing of exercise six.

Next class I will collect completed warm-up sheets and this homework assignment for a grade.  Also, as I said today in class, you can continue to see me to submit missing work or to retake quizzes for new grades.  Progress reports go out next Wednesday and Thursday, so everything needs to be made-up and settled by that point.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Homework for B-Day Students - 2/17/2014

Honors English II:

Unfortunately I was not able to find the same excerpt of Tacitus as we have in our textbooks so you will have to take the books home to read the excerpt for tonight.  You will read "The Burning of Rome" from the Annals by Tacitus.  Make sure to read the biographical information as well as the story itself.  As you read, pay attention to the following ideas; I would take notes related to these topics to prepare for our discussion:

  1. Where is Tacitus' bias in the piece?  How do you see it shown?  Are there any trends in his bias?
  2. How is this piece about leadership?  What qualities make a good leader according to Tacitus?
  3. How is this piece about a reversal of fortune?  Consider Rome and how its fortune changes in the piece as well as other characters or groups.
In addition, you should begin to prepare your vocabulary work.  Our next section of words are numbers twenty-one to thirty-six; prepare accordingly.

ESL English III:

After today's writing workshop you will need to take the feedback given to you by either me or Ms. Gillen and begin to revise.  You will want to have your revisions done by Friday because we will be going to the computer lab during that day to type our drafts for submission.

Friday, February 14, 2014

All These Snow Days!

Just a few quick words before I go back to digging my car out from the snowplows.  Our next day in school will be a B-day.  B-day students will have due what was mentioned in your previous post.  Given the weekend I expect that you will all have what is required of you and that it will reflect your best work.

AP English III students - I would seriously use this time to get ahead on Invisible Man.  I will be giving you new dates for the reading schedule, but we may have to speed up in a few areas.

Enjoy the weekend!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Homework for A-Day Students: 2/12/2014 - Winter Storm Watch!

Here we go sensationalizing our blog posts just like the weather reports do...

AP English III

Who knows when the next time I will see you all, no matter the date, be sure that the following is ready for me.  First, you will have a timed analysis at our next class.  Remember to review all of your notes on presenting a proper analysis and your goal in doing this type of writing.  The key thing is to explain clearly what techniques the author uses and how these techniques help him/her to accomplish his/her argument.  Secondly, you will have your research proposals due next class.  Be sure that you have thoroughly answered all parts of the assignment, especially focusing on the questions about your position and why it is important.

Lastly, be aware that not next class, but the following you will be expected to have read all of chapter two.  This is a difficult part of the text which will spark a lot of conversation.  Read carefully and be prepared to ask questions!

Russian I

Due to the shortened class there is no official homework tonight, but you should always be practicing.  Today we reviewed verb conjugations for all verb types as well as the formation of adverbs.  I would suggest doing some writing in Russian to practice with these and other concepts.  Write about your house, your family, your dog, or something like that.  Use vocabulary you know and make sentences.

This provides you a chance to earn some extra credit.  Students who complete this practice writing and submit it for correction will be eligible to earn two bonus points on our most recent homework check.  This bonus is available to all students, even if you missed the chance to turn in the assignment.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Homework for B-Day Students

Honors English II

Answer the following question in a one page response.  If you type - make sure that your writing is double spaced, if you hand-write, be sure that it is one-page front and back.  This is a mini-essay.  Make sure that you have a clear thesis/argument statement, that you are using the text and explaining its meaning, and finally that you give a brief conclusion which reviews your findings.

Here is your question:  In what ways is Oedipus a good king?  In what ways is he a good person?  How are these two qualities different?  How do these virtues relate to result in a negative consequence for Oedipus?  How do these qualities relate to the city of Thebes?

ESL English III

For homework tonight I would like for you to complete the first draft of your memoir assignment.  Move forward from our work in today's writing workshop and tell me the story of a moment in your life.  Be sure that you are using details, imagery, and figurative language to make your emotions and experience clear to me.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Homework for A-Day Students: 2/10/2014

AP English III

Today in class we began what will be our major project for this quarter - the argumentative research project.  Your first check-in for this assignment is due on Friday the 14th.  Make sure to meet all the goals of the assignment and be thorough in your approach to all questions.

Be sure to use the Durham County Library online resources for this assignment.  Remember that they are connected to only borrowers - so if you don't have a Durham library card be sure to get my number so that you can use mine.

For the week remember to meet the goals of your reading schedule.  You have to make it through chapter two by next Tuesday.  Also, for tonight I would recommend rereading the key scenes of the grandfather's curse, the battle royal, and the circus dream; we'll discuss these at length next class.  Also remember that we will have a timed writing on Friday - it will be an analysis - prepare accordingly.

Russian I

Since you had a quiz today there is no homework for you all tonight.  However, I would recommend that you practice your verbs and conjugation patterns as these will be our focus for the next part of the unit.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Homework for All Classes - Weekend - 2/6 and 2/7

I'm going to go ahead and post announcements and reminders for all of you since I'm going to be out of the building tomorrow.  Be sure that you're prepared for Monday/Tuesday and that you have everything taken care of in advance of next week.

AP English III

I'm so impressed by how much you've latched in to Invisible Man.  Over the weekend, make sure that you read chapter one thoroughly.  Annotate heavily and add to your covers.  Make sure as well that you will check in on your motif charts.  We can review that next week.

Also, you will have a timed writing on rhetorical analysis on 2/14.  Be sure that you are preparing yourself for this assessment.  It will be your first major test of the quarter.

Russian I

Your quiz will fall on Monday/Tuesday and will cover new verbs and singular/plural transformations.  Be sure that you complete the homework and check it as I will be grading it for accuracy on Monday/Tuesday.  Additionally, make sure that you are continuing to work on your vocabulary!  Learn those words!

Honors English II

You have your vocabulary quiz on Tuesday.  Be ready!  Study hard and know your words!

ESL English III

You should spend some time this weekend working on your memoir assignments.  We will start drafting these assignments next week, so be sure that you are prepared for this and that you can put your ideas on paper clearly!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Homework for B-Day Students: 2/5/2014

Honors English II

Remember students that I will not be here on Friday so you will not need to worry about much in this post until next week.  The first priority that you have is to complete the studying for your vocabulary quiz on Tuesday.  The quiz will have definition matching, fill in the blanks, and character explanation using the vocabulary words.  Be sure to know the full meaning of the words to prepare.

I made reference to an analysis assignment as well in class, but I don't want you to worry about this until I can go over the assignment thoroughly.  You may want to just make note of important lines by either Oedipus or Tiresias, but I would prefer to wait on this assignment so that you will have the chance to possibly analyze other characters.

ESL English III

After today's translation activity you should now begin to move on to the planning of your memoir.  Begin to develop your imagery in the assignment so that your words will be more than just words on a page.  Think about creating excellent sight, smell, and sound imagery so that I can be in the moment which you are describing for me.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Homework for A-Day Students: 2/4/2014

AP English III

Next class we will begin our reading of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man.  Like we do with every book we study as a class we will be reading the Prologue together as a group in class to set a foundation for you all to move forward into the text.  Make sure that you have your copy next class.  If you are using a copy which I will provide for you, be sure to bring post-it notes with you.

For tonight, I would like you to read Audre Lorde's "Fourth of July".  Pay particular attention to questions one and four as the use of diction and irony are especially important in this piece.  Further, you will want to consider how Lorde, Hurston, and Baldwin have given you an idea of different types of African American identity.  Are there common trends that you see between these voices?  What about the differences?

Enjoy the reading!

Russian I

Tonight you need to complete your work on exercise four which is on the reverse of our review sheet in class.  I made an error last time because you didn't know the verb conjugations which are used in the sentences.  Now that you know them, you can accurately do this work.  Remember that you are selecting ten sentences and making all necessary changes from singular to plural.  Pay attention to your verbs!

This will provide you a last good practice for our quiz which will occur on Monday (A-day) and Tuesday (B-day).  This quiz will focus on singular versus plural in the nominative case, irregular plurals, adjectives, verbs, and possessive pronouns.  Be ready!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Homework for B-Day Students - 2/3/2014

Back to the grind.  Since we missed last week due to snow we'll have quite a long stretch ahead of us to Spring Break.  Off we go!

Honors English II

Tonight you need to complete reading Part V which consists of the conversation between the Strophe and Antistrophe after Tiresias's departure.  As you read this section of the play complete your basic Who, What, Where, When notes.  Further, after you complete these notes I want you to begin your Why/How notes by characterizing these voices.  We've done this a bit in considering their tones, but also consider facial expressions, body language, tone, and general characterization.

Next class we will review Parts IV and V before moving on to some more vocabulary review.  Don't forget that I'll be absent on Friday and that your quiz will fall next Tuesday.