Friday, August 29, 2014

Homework for the Long Weekend - 8/29/2014

Russian II

This weekend you have several exercises to complete to review and refresh your knowledge of the Nominative, Accusative and Genitive Cases. In your Schaum's Outlines of Russian Grammar complete the following exercises:

  • page 49-51:  exercises 17 (1-5, 7, 11-15), exercise 18 (all), exercise 19 (1,2), exercise 20 (1-3, 5), exercise 21 (1-4, 6), exercise 22 (1-7, 9), exercise 24 (1, 4, 5, 10)
Most of this work focuses on the genitive case.

Russian I

This weekend you need to complete the handwriting practice worksheets which I gave you in class today.  In addition, make sure that you continue to practice your reading and phonetics work.  

English II

Read the bonus assignment if you so choose - take notes as you read about segregation/apartheid as this will be very important for our story study next class.  Also, revise your paragraphs based on your feedback today in peer editing.  We will be typing the final drafts of these paragraphs on Wednesday/Thursday.  These paragraphs will be due on 9/5 for A day and 9/8 for B day.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

8/28/2014 - B Day Homework

AP English III

For this weekend you have a few goals to accomplish - here they are in some sort of order:

1.  Review your annotations of "Serving in Florida" - apply the terms of logos, pathos, and ethos as well as looking at the rhetorical relationship which is established and manipulated throughout this text.

2.  Read and annotate "On Dumpster Diving" which is available at this link.  Be sure to look carefully at the terms that we discussed in class as well as other elements which you find to be significant to the text.

3.  Prepare your final draft of your "Introduction" piece.  Final drafts are due on Thursday - remember that I am available for conferencing on Tuesday afternoon.  Take the feedback you've received today and build from that.

English II

Just like the A-day students you are expected to have a draft of your paragraph to use for peer editing and review on Tuesday.  We'll work through this process and move toward our final drafts.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

8/27/2014 - A Day - Homework

Russian II

Spend approximately fifteen to twenty minutes reading over the new phonetics sheet from today.  Focus on your mouth position for the vowels as well as clear sounds.  Spend an additional fifteen to twenty minutes reading over the exercises on sheet one.

I would additionally recommend reading over the information in your Schaum's Outline of Russian Grammar about the nominative and accusative cases.  Next class we will do some exercises before going on to the new focus cases.

Russian I

Read over your phonetics sheet to practice your pronunciation of the letters.  Make sure that you also practice your handwriting by writing the short poem on the back of the second page.  Try to read the poem as you write it to practice more of your pronunciation and vocabulary knowledge.

English II

Be sure that you have finished a draft of your paragraph for our peer editing session next class.  You must have a complete paragraph in order to receive credit.  It may be handwritten.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

First Day of School - Version 2.0

AP English III

Students - great first day!  We're off to a really wonderful start.  Here are your reminders for tonight to prepare you for our next class together on Thursday.

  1. Prepare your rough draft of the introduction assignment.  Make sure that you have at least two paragraphs to earn credit for editing.
  2. Read and annotate "Serving in Florida" available at this link.  If you cannot print the article make sure that you at least have notes to show.
  3. Begin rereading the selected chapters of The Working Poor:  "Introduction", "Harvest of Shame" and "Work Works".
  4. Complete your Parent/Student Information Sheet either on paper or on the online form available a few posts down.
English II

Please see the A-day post for English II for your assignments.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Homework - First Day of School

Greetings Students!  It was great meeting you all today.  I'm looking forward to getting to know you more as we progress through the year together.  Here are your reminders for tonight to get you started:

Russian I/Russian II/English II

Make sure that you fill out your Student/Parent Information Sheet and turn that in to me.  You can also complete the online version and turn in no paperwork.

Russian I

Read and write exercise one.  Practice several times with the speaking of the words.  Listen to your recording.  Remember to reduce your aspiration of the letter T through proper tongue position!  Write the words several times to get the style of Russian handwriting.

Russian II

Read through all exercises and practice your speaking.  Pay close attention to the unstressed vowels and the change in their sounds.  For tonight, spend some time with the Schaums Outline book and review concepts as we begin our structured review over the next few classes.

Russian Online Resources

Russian I and Russian II

Students - The following resources will be very useful for you as we move through our study of Russian together.  Below are several links as well as information about what you will find at each of these links.  Please use them throughout the year as you find them to be needed.

Эхо Москвы
The only way to get better at a foreign language is by immersing yourself in it.  That's why I offer you this radio station.  A great practice is for you to listen to this about thirty minutes to an hour each day.  I say do it while you're working on Russian.  You won't understand much, but it'll help you with intonation, and just repetition.  You'll also find yourself understanding more as you learn more through the year.

UCLA Beginner's Russian
There are so many resources here I don't know where to start.  This is an online textbook with explanations of grammar concepts and exercises that you can use to help with your mastery of skills.  The chapters aren't the same as ours so feel free to explore through several different chapters to get what you will need.  Please ask for help using this resource if you need it.

This is a great online dictionary especially for forms of words in cases.  The explanation of the words are in Russian as is most everything else on the page.  Put the word you're working with in the search box to find your declension charts or any other information you may need on a word.

Tons of Resources
This page has almost everything else from grammar to translators to games to exercises.  If you can't find it elsewhere, look here.

This is the Russian equivalent of Google.  They have some really good tools to help out with Russian like their translator which is far better than Google's.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

And just like that it's time to start up again!

Welcome back everyone!  I'll post more as the year actually gets started but for now I just want to post the link to the Parent/Student Information Form.  Please either complete the paper document or this online form after the first day of school to ensure easy communication through the year.

Link to Parent/Student Information Form.