Friday, October 31, 2014

Homework for the Weekend - B Day - 10/31/2014

Happy All Hallow's Eve!

AP English III

I hope that you all enjoyed working with Ms. Alley today on your analysis of "The Death of the Moth" - I was especially impressed by the connections that you made to The Great Gatsby as well as to "The Oversoul".  Making these connections when you study literature is so important and good to do!

For the weekend you have a few things on your plate:

  1. Finish reading The Great Gatsby - ensure that your covers are fully annotated and that you have thorough annotations throughout the text.  
  2. Read A. Petrunkevitch's "The Spider and the Wasp" - you do not have to read and prepare this piece for class discussion; it will only be used for your writing assignment.
  3. Complete the graphic organizer using mostly direct quotations from both Woolf and Petrunkevitch.
  4. Write your compare/contrast assignments on the TONE used in each of the two pieces.  Here is the question that you should consider as you are writing:  Both Petrunkevitch and Woolf chronicle the death of an insect but in vastly different ways.  How does the author's tone establish a difference in purpose?  Your graphic organizer and typed, compare/contrast assignment will be due on Thursday.
In terms of long-term planning, you will have your presentations likely on the 10th of November, your test on the 13th, and we will begin our study of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn on the 17th - go ahead and get yourself a copy now.

English II

No homework for tonight as you had a test today in class.  

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Homework for A-Day Students: 10/30/2014

Technically this is your homework for the weekend since I won't see you all until Monday.

Russian II

This weekend you have two goals to complete for our class.  First, I'd like for each of you to write a study plan for Russian.  This plan will detail what you will do for an additional thirty minutes to an hour each day of the week to improve your Russian.  This time is meant to be spent outside of any homework assignments that I give you.  I would like for you to plan out each day of the week (Sunday to Saturday).  Have an activity that you will do each day to improve your Russian.  For example:
On Sunday I will watch one episode of Орел и Решка, write down five new vocabulary words from the episode and learn them by Wednesday.
On Wednesday I will quiz myself on my five new words.  I will put them in all cases or conjugate them.  Then I will meet with Mr. Miller to check my work.
In addition you have exercises on ASPECT to keep practicing.  Use Exercises 6-11 as practice.  You must complete exercises 12 and 13 for credit.  Do them on the back of the sheet since it's blank or on a separate sheet of paper.

Russian I

You also have your study plan to write.  Please follow the outlined procedure above.  In addition, you have several exercises on possession, the accusative case, and the prepositional case.  For possession, use exercises 84, 85, and 86 as practice.  Complete exercise 87 following the example.  For prepositional case, use exercise 10, 11, and 12 as practice.  Complete exercises 9 and 13.  Lastly, for accusative case, use exercise 4 and 6 as practice, complete exercise 5.

With all of these exercises there will be a lot of words you don't know.  That's ok.  Focus on putting the words in the parenthesis in the required cases.  Write out the sentences.

English II

No homework tonight since you took a test in class.  If the test was difficult - consider why; for many of you, being more engaged in class and in activities will make a big difference.  For 90 minutes every other day you have to be present and active.  It's not too much to ask.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Homework for B-Day Students: 10/29/2014

AP English III:

You have a few things to take care of tonight as you're working toward Friday.  First, make sure that you complete your next set of vocabulary cards.  Select five words and do your study of these words.  Remember to grow from the mistakes that you made on the first round.  Exhaust all of your resources and find the information that you need in order to complete this thoroughly.

Secondly, read Virgina Woolf's "The Death of the Moth" - it's in 50 Essays and available at this link.  Read it thoroughly and annotate - pay special attention to the setting, the tone, and the use of metaphor in the text.  Ms. Alley will be working with you through this text.

Lastly, remember that for homework grades no late assignments will be accepted in the second nine weeks.  If you don't have your work, then you don't have your work.  That's it.  Be prepared.

English II:

Study and prepare for your test.  Follow the guidelines in the previous post for A-day students.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Homework for A-Day Students: 10/28/2014

Russian II

Next class you have a quiz on aspect and verbs.  In the previous post for A-day you will find the list of verbs to focus on as these will be used in crafting the situations.  You will have several brief situations to read and then analyze.  You should be able to tell me:

  1. What tense is being used in the situation?
  2. What aspect is being used in the situation?  
  3. Why is that aspect being used in that situation.
Be sure that you have studied your KEY WORDS for aspect as well as your other vocabulary.  If you need additional practice with aspect and making choice I would invite you to check out this page where you can find exercises and podcasts reviewing the imperfective and perfective future tenses.  Remember as well that with swim season starting I cannot work with you on Wednesday afternoons - we can work on Wednesday before school or during lunch.

Russian I

You have no homework tonight since you had a quiz today in class but you should continue to practice and review.  Spend time tonight looking over your notes and practicing your cases.  I recommend this page for help with cases.

English II

Next class you have a test on the first half of Persepolis from "The Veil" to "The F-14s".  Be sure that you have studied your notes, your vocabulary, and your writing skills as you will be required to write a paragraph on this test.  Ask for help if you need it!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Homework for A-Day Students: 10/23/2014

Congratulations everyone, we've made it to the end of the first grading period!  Most classes will begin the quarter with a major assessment, so make sure to pay attention to the notes below.  Grades will be finalized on Monday morning around 9:30 am - check PowerSchool around then.

Russian II

From going over your assignments today I can see that we still need to do some review of the concept of aspect and perhaps review some verb conjugation types.  Your assessment will be pushed back to Thursday to allow us Tuesday to review this homework assignment in depth.

I am still going to give you a brief list of some verbs to start focusing on as we think about that assessment.  You also should learn all vocabulary for this unit - including the nouns, days of the week, months, key words for aspect, and the verbs we've focused on.

Some key verbs:  читать/прочитать, писать/написать, хотеть/захотеть, петь/спеть, рисовать/нарисовать, говорить/сказать, заниматься/заняться, танцевать/станцевать, решать/решить, слушать/послушать, смотреть/посмотреть, спрашивать/спросить

Russian I

Your quiz on cases will still occur on Tuesday when we return from the long weekend.  Remember that you need to know the nouns that we have been working with as they will be key parts of your quiz.  Ask yourself the following as you study your vocabulary:
  • Can I identify the gender of the word?  The declension pattern?
  • Do I know how endings change between cases?  Can I chant the changes to myself?
  • Do I know the spelling and meaning of these words?
  • Do I know my question words?
The quiz will bring in a bit about our work today on possessives, but it will focus on declensions.

You will need to write, read, speak, and listen to Russian on this assessment.

English II

Technically you have no homework tonight but it would be a good idea to do an inventory of your notes in preparation for your test next week on the first half of Persepolis.  As Ms. Gerdes said today, check to make sure you have your worksheets or something written down on each of the chapters we've read.  If you're missing something, ask on Tuesday or Wednesday and make sure to pay close attention during the review on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Extra Credit - Russian I and II

Thanks all for coming out this afternoon and watching Кавказская пленица with me.  I hope that you enjoyed Шурик и его друзья.  The next film we watch will also feature these characters.  For your extra credit, I'd like for you to write a one paragraph response (по-английски или по-русски) that answers the following prompt:

How does this film rely on stereotypes to create a comedic effect?

Here is the link to the film if you would like to re-watch it or if you would like to watch it in its entirety.

Homework for B-Day Students: 10/22/2014

AP English III

Tonight you need to read to the end of chapter six to be prepared for our next class.  Next class we'll really be focused on pulling together some of the big topics and ideas that have been presented in the first part of the novel - try to do some of this work yourself as you are reading.  Build off of what you have done in your groups today and see how these trends continue.

Make sure as well that your cover annotations are solid and reflect the reading and thinking that you have done up to this point.

English II

Take time tonight to define the vocabulary words you collected from the first CDA test.  Make sure that the definitions are simple and short so that you can remember them easily.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Homework for A-Day Students - 10/21/2014

Russian II

Do your homework for tonight on aspect and filling in the blanks with the assignments.  Make sure that you don't just fill in the blanks but write out the full sentences and paragraphs as you are working.  Use your verb pair sheet to help you here!  It's a life saver.

Russian I

Homework for tonight is the two sided worksheet on cases.  Read the exercises and put the words in the parenthesis in to the appropriate cases.  Make sure that you write everything out as the repetition will help you to learn this process!

English II

Take the words from the CDA test which you found on your vocabulary bookmarks and define them!  Remember to make the definition simple so that you can remember it easily!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Homework for Monday - 10/20/2014 - B Day Students

AP English III

Congratulations!  You can cross timed writing off of your list of things to do!  I will have these graded and back to you next week so that we can begin building and improving this vital skill.  For tonight, here's what you need to do to prepare yourselves.

  1. Complete the revision of your summer assignment essay.  Have your original with rubric (if applicable) as well as the new version of your essay.
  2. Read and annotate chapter five of The Great Gatsby.  Continue to add to your cover annotations (both front and back).
  3. Complete your vocabulary bookmarks for another check and the beginning of your next set of cards.  Cards will be collected next Friday - 10/31.  
English II

Continue your reading of Persepolis with the next two chapters.  Remember to continue reading and taking notes as you read to increase your comprehension.  Try to also consider the details in the images as you read to figure out some of the deeper messages that Satrapi is communicating.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Homework for the Weekend - 10/17/2014 - A Day Students

Russian I

Over the weekend complete exercises on Accusative and Prepositional cases on the handout.  Fill in the blank with the appropriate word in the blank.  Have this ready to be checked on Tuesday.

Remember - kill and drill - memorize - that's how you learn the cases.

Russian II

Make sure that for Tuesday's class you have completed exercise six in Chapter Five as well as a redo of exercise three a and b.  Now that you have your pairs of verbs exercise three should be much easier for you.

On Tuesday we will spend time working on your speaking assignment.  Thank you for being patient with me today.

English II

Read the next two chapters of Persepolis.  Remember to continue taking notes as you read to make yourself a more effective reader!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Homework for A-Day Students: 10/15/2014

Russian II

Tonight for homework you need to continue working with your aspect pairs. Complete exercise six from our green textbook. Write out the sentences and fill in the blanks using the proper aspect and tense. Make sure to pay attention to your aspectual clues as you make your choices. 

Continue then by writing five additional sentences using your pairs you've chosen for your charades activity. If you need help come in tomorrow and ask. 

Russian I

Work on your words. You need to focus on learning the meaning of the words, the spelling, and the other important information related to the words. 

English II

Tonight you have the next three chapters of Persepolis. Read carefully and make notes in your handouts. Remember that being an active reader to improve your comprehension.  

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Homework for B-Day Students - 10/14/2014

AP English III

Over tonight and the next you will need to accomplish two reading goals.  First read The Ways We Lie by Stephanie Ericsson which is in 50 Essays or at the link.  Annotate the essay heavily.  Connect it to The Great Gatsby - How do you see these lies within the text?  How does this text change the way in which you approach or consider the idea of lying?

In addition, read and annotate to the end of chapter three.  Continue your cover annotations as you go through the text, you should be collecting and adding consistently as you read.

English II

No homework for tonight - good luck on the PLAN test tomorrow!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Homework for 10/13/2014 - A Day Students

English II

No homework for tonight.  We'll be presenting our posters next class.  Make sure that you have also taken note of where you will be on Wednesday for the PLAN test.

Russian I

Tonight complete the worksheet on Russian nouns.  Remember to tell me all about the noun in the second column - the gender, the declension, the pronoun, and if it is a who or a what.  I'll be collecting this sheet next class with your Начало sheets.

Russian II

Tonight you need to read the letter and analyze the verbs in the letter.  You should find all of the verbs and analyze what ASPECT and what TENSE is being used with the verb.  Try to understand why these particular tenses and aspects are used to better understand the concept.  We'll review this next class before we begin our speaking!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Homework for A-Day Students: 10/9/2014

Russian II

Your homework this weekend is to complete exercise three, parts A and B.  For part A you need to read the sentence and create an answer that uses the CB of the verb to emphasize that the action has been completed.  To find your aspectual pair, either use a dictionary or the online WIKTIONARY - remember to write out your sentences as this will help.  Check your conjugations as you are writing.  For part B, you need to read the sentence and move from the CB to the HCB - for this you will take off the prefix on the verb to move from CB to HCB.

Be sure that you are also studying your vocabulary!

Russian I

Over the weekend create your vocabulary study aid and have this ready for inspection on Monday.  As a baseline, include the word in Russian, the word in English, mark the stress, and note the gender of the word.  We'll keep working with gender on Monday!

English II

No homework for the weekend, be sure that if you have any missing assignments that you turn them in tomorrow as no missing work will be accepted past Friday!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Homework for B-Day Students: 10/8/2014

AP English III

Tonight for homework your main goal is to prepare for next class's assessment on Transcendental philosophy.  You all did a wonderful job of teasing out the topics for the questions you will be asked.  Focus on those topics now as you review your notes and annotations from the class discussions on these pieces.  Remember to always focus on clarifying the ideas presented to you using more concrete examples, especially when working with philosophy.

In addition, remember to read to the end of chapter two in The Great Gatsby for Tuesday's class.  As you read, continue to annotate and add to your covers.  Collect vocabulary.  Consider the ideas on the ROARING TWENTIES discussed today in class.  How do you see Fitzgerald building upon these ideas within his text?

English II

Your homework is to complete any missing assignments and submit them by Friday.  The gradebook will be closed for this first portion of the quarter then, so any changes need to be settled.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Homework for A-Day Students: 10/7/2014

Russian II

Tonight I would like for all of you to spend time with your new vocabulary and create your study aid for your new words.  Have this to show me next class.  Remember to mark stress and any important notes about the words (like conjugations, cases, etc.).

Russian I

No homework tonight after your retest - continue to practice and study!

English II

You only have homework tonight if you need to make up a missing assignment.  Get these things settled by the end of the week this week so that your grade can be finalized for this week.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Homework for B Day Students - 10/6/2014

AP English III

Remember to bring your work with you on preparing for the exam to class on Wednesday. We brought out a lot of great points on argumentative writing which will be helpful for you on Friday for our examination day. 

For next class, bring a copy of The Great Gatsby as we'll start studying it then. Continue to study and review for the exam. 

English II

Complete your frame depiciting you as a revolutionary. Show what you've learned about reading graphic novels and think about facial expressions, speech bubbles and colors. Ms. Gerdes and I are looking forward to seeing what you come up with. 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Homework for the Weekend - A Day Students - 10/3/2014

Russian II 

From the dialogues today I see a few places for us to keep working but overall I saw some good use of cases and verbs. Over the weekend I want you to continue working with Russian as you write a one paragraph response about the film "Бриллиантовая рука." Express your opinion on the film and then give an example to support your opinion as well as explanation of the detail. I look forward to reading these. Remember to make it your own work. Outside assistance is only okay for looking up individual words. 

Russian I 

Your retest is happening on Tuesday. Prepare yourself accordingly. Learn your vocabulary and alphabet. 

English II 

Complete your comic homework this weekend. Show yourself standing up for something important to you. Feel free to use narration or speech bubbles to make this drawing in the style of a comic book frame from Persepolis

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Homework for A-Day Students - 10/1/2014

Happy October everyone!  Here are your reminders to prepare for Friday!

Russian II

Your goal for tonight is to finish your dialogue scrips and be ready for our work on Friday where you all will present your dialogues.  Remember to focus on clear pronunciation and try to mirror your intonations to the IK-1 and IK-2.  Come in tomorrow or later today if you need more help.

Russian I

Tonight continue the work we've done in class preparing for our retesting of the alphabet unit.  I expect to see serious improvement for the next attempt at this important assessment.  Tonight, take one of the four texts on the back of your sheet and prepare it for reading to me on Friday.  Write it out in your best handwriting and practice, practice, practice!  Also make sure that you have thought about what you need to do to prepare for your retest on Tuesday!

English II

For tonight you need to use your excerpts from Persepolis as well as your knowledge from our study of the Koran to answer the following question:

According to the Koran, would you say that Marji has a good relationship with G-d or not?  Explain your answer.

Remember as you do this to construct a solid paragraph with a topic sentence, a clear detail sentence and explanation of that detail!  Show us what you're learning about paragraph writing.