Friday, October 28, 2016

Homework for the Weekend - 28 October - B Day

English II

We almost finished Hotel Rwanda today.  There's only a few minutes left, so we'll finish that up on Wednesday.  Also, don't forget that you have your reading in The Boy Who Dared.  Please read the pages on your comprehension questions (to the end of the book) and answer your questions as notes.  These will be very helpful for you as we prepare for our final exam on this first unit.

AP English III

One of your biggest things to work on this weekend is the rhetorical analysis for your group websites.  Remember that you need to first thoroughly annotate and read your piece looking for the author's argument and the means by which they accomplish and prove that argument.  It's best to organize around rhetorical/literary devices.  Sketch out your outline and start drafting.  You and your groups should have rough drafts complete by Friday of next week!

In terms of reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn make sure that you have thoroughly read and annotated the section up to Chapter Twenty-Four.  We'll work through that section on Wednesday's class and deal with the section up to Chapter Twenty-Eight on Friday.  Basically, we're shifting the reading down a day - please make sure that you are caught up, or even ahead!

Lastly, remember what I said moving forward.  This is a new experience, being in AP English, if you're doing it the same way you always have; that's just not going to cut it.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Homework for the Weekend - A Day Students - 27 October

Advanced Russian

Today we had our quarterly exam.  I'll have the grades posted as soon as I can for you so that you can see how you've ended the quarter.  Over the weekend, focus on your new vocabulary.  Learn your nouns and be ready for an upcoming vocabulary quiz!

Russian I

After today's class you now know everything there is to know about conjugating verbs (for the time being).  Keep applying this knowledge and practicing.  There are a few exercises in your textbooks on verbs that you can do for extra practice if you need it.  Over the weekend, you should study and practice your verbs in advance of a quiz on Thursday.  Here's a good online exercise with conjugations!

English II

Keep moving forward in your reading of The Boy Who Dared.  Remember that you need to finish the questions and the reading by Thursday, the 3rd of November in advance of our unit exam.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Homework for B Day Students - 26 October 2016

AP English III

For Friday's class you should be read and annotated through to the end of Chapter Twenty-Four.  In this section you meet two important characters to put on your front covers and they will bring out a lot of satire in the next few sections of the book.  Watch them carefully!

Further, you and your partner should have finished your cartoon today and on Friday you and your partner will present it to the class.  Before your presentation, however, your cartoon will be analyzed - maybe your classmates will be able to figure it out.

Lastly, you should have finished your group contract for Friday and in it clearly state what it is that you will be analyzing in this project.  You should have that "text" with you on Friday so that we can begin to do the work of analyzing and building your individual rhetorical analyses.

English II

Keep on keepin' on with your work in The Boy Who Dared.  Next class we'll be hopefully finishing up with Anne Frank and our study of Hotel Rwanda before we start working on our first essay assignment!  Keep up with your reading so that you are ready for what is coming next (unit test).

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Homework for A-Day Students: 25 October 2016

English II

Your homework that you received today isn't actually due until next week.  Over the next few days you should finish reading The Boy Who Dared on your own.  As you read, answer the questions to take notes on your reading.  You will be having our unit exam quickly after that.

Next class we will keep moving forward with Anne Frank and we will have our presentations of our skits.

Russian I

You have your new vocabulary list to start learning and now you can work with these words.  With the exception of the verbs that end in ся and the verb писать you need to create a conjugation chart and conjugate these verbs.  Apply your knowledge!

Russian II-IV

Next class you will have your quarter exam.  Be prepared.  Feel free to ask for extra help that you may need!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Homework for B-Day Students: 24 October 2016

AP English III

If you have any questions about the website project your first step is to see if the MOCK-UP PROJECT SITE has the answer.  The link is available in Google Classroom and it's also here.  We're really trying to not have a lot of paper with this project, welcome to the twenty-first century, y'all.  By Friday your group should have the empty frames set up on your site as well as complete the group contract.  We'll start putting in content on Friday, so be ready for that.  You need to state in your contract what each person's role is, i.e. what you will be analyzing for this project (Huck Finn excerpt, modern essay from McGraw-Hill reader, static visual, and non-static visual).

For Wednesday we have the reading of David Sedaris's "Me Talk Pretty One Day".  This article is in 50 Essays and it is available at this link.  As you read, annotate heavily.  Notice how Sedaris creates humor in his writing.  He's funny; you should laugh.

For Friday you have reading in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.  Read and annotate to the end of Chapter Twenty Four.

English II

You have your final assignment with The Boy Who Dared.  Read to the end of the book and complete the comprehension questions while you read.  You have to finish the book by next Wednesday.  So you can average about five or six pages a day, you'll finish in no time!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Homework for the Weekend - A Day - 21 October 2016

Next week is the last week of the quarter!  Only Monday and Tuesday will be your day to submit any missing/redone assignments!  Don't be late with this!

Advanced Russian:

On Tuesday we will have our quarter one exam.  For all of you, we will have questions related to case governance with verbs and with the one-stem verb system.  Make sure that you are reviewing all of your stem knowledge as well as your verb knowledge.

Russian III will also have questions related to telling time and talking about dates in Russian.

Russian IV will also have questions related to participles, deverbal adverbs, and который phrases.

Today's readings should have helped you to review the needed ideas for Tuesday.  Remember, if you haven't turned in your profile online, you will have until Sunday to finish and submit it.

Russian I

Today we learned how to conjugate first and second conjugation verbs in Russian.  Congratulations!  Now all you need to do is memorize how to do this!  The homework this weekend will help you to do that.  Complete exercise nine as a reading and translating exercise.  Complete exercise ten as a writing exercise - using the pictures, answer with a positive sentence using Да or a negative sentence saying Нет ____ не __________.  This will help you practice your sentence structure.  Exercise one should be completed as writing - read the sentence, find the verb, fill in the blank with the appropriate pronoun.  Exercise three should be completed as a writing exercise.  Read the sentence, find the subject, and conjugate the logical verb to fill in the blank.

Also, if you haven't finished your profile yet, make sure that you submit it by Sunday to be graded.

English II

Over the weekend you should finish your vocabulary playlist activity.  Remember to state the word, the name of the song/movie that goes along with the meaning of the word, and then explain how the song matches the word.  On Tuesday we will be presenting our skits to help us start wrapping up The Boy Who Dared and our introductory unit.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Homework for the Weekend - B Day - 20 October 2016

AP English III

If you have any assignments that you would like to resubmit for another assessment, you must have that work in to us on Monday.  No later.  Any work submitted after Monday will not be graded.  Many of you will likely want to resubmit your essays on justice, your quests on rhetoric and argumentation, or other assignments.  If you have rubles, you can also buy extra points.  You also have your bathroom pass to submit as a way to earn extra points on assignments.

You need to read Chapters Seventeen through Twenty over the weekend.  This is known as the Grangerford section.  Pay close attention to the new characters and situations in which Huck finds himself.  Annotate heavily, paying special attention to the motifs/topics and symbols.

English II

Over the weekend you should finish your vocabulary playlist assignment as well as any missing assignments.  All missing work must be turned in on Monday to be graded for this quarter.  Next class we will be presenting our scenes from The Boy Who Dared - make sure that you have practiced and prepared yourselves so that your scenes are award winning and teach the class about our book and characters.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Homework for Russian Students - A Day - 19 October

What an exciting day!  We didn't have fourth period because of the fire.  (I bet I'll never say that again.) So, English II will meet again on Friday.  We'll keep working on our projects then.

Russian II-IV

If you haven't finished your profile for В КОНТАКТЕ make sure that it is finished and submitted by the end of the day on Friday so that I can grade it over the weekend.  Tonight, you are doing some writing for me in Russian.  With whom do you want to live in the dormitory?  С кем вы хотите жить в общежитии?  

You should use evidence from our class discussion/interview.  Russian II - Write at least three sentences in Russian.  Russian III-IV - Write at least five sentences in Russian.

Don't forget that you'll have an exam next week.  I'll go over the topics on Friday.

Russian I

Your vocabulary test is next class.  Make sure that you know the meanings of the words, their gender, and their animacy.  You will only have to spell about five of the words.

Also, if you haven't finished your profile for В КОНТАКТЕ make sure that it is finished and submitted by the end of the day on Friday so that I can grade it over the weekend. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Homework for B Day Students - 18 October 2016

Tomorrow we have the PLAN (for all tenth graders) test as well as the PSAT (for some juniors).  Good luck on your tests tomorrow!  Make sure you know where you're going.  If you're testing, you will only have fourth period.

AP English III

Today in class you received your timed writings as well as your justice essays.  What Ms. McCormick and I found is that many of you have difficulties in your writing which translate into both assignments.  You cannot resubmit the AP Timed Writing; however, you can resubmit the justice essay.  If you are going to continue to work on it, remember that any resubmissions are due on Monday.

For tonight, make sure that you have read and annotated to the end of Chapter Sixteen in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.  Also, check in with your vocabulary bookmarks.  Remember that this space is for you to record words that aren't a part of your regular vocabulary.  Anything that you would like to hold on to here is good.

English II

Next class we will be presenting our skits to review this section of the book.  Make sure that you have your scripts and that you have read through it a few times.  Know the role that you have in your group and be ready to present it.

Also, if you have any missing assignments or assignments that you would like to resubmit for the quarter, please do that ASAP.  Your last day to turn in anything to be regraded is Monday.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Homework for A Day Students - 17 October 2016

Russian II-IV

Next class we will be doing our speaking and introductions of our characters.  Be ready to talk about yourselves in Russian.  Remember that your Russian Facebook page is meant to be how you prepare for this activity.  Know your favorites.  Be able to discuss them.  Use the language that you know.

Also, remember that you have your quarterly exam next week.  This week is your final week to work on any resubmissions of any work.

Russian I

You will be having your vocabulary test on Friday, not on Wednesday.  Next class you should aim to finish your Russian Facebook pages.  You also will be speaking next class.  Be ready to introduce yourselves in Russian and listen to the introductions of others.

Like I said for Russian II-IV, this is your last week for any resubmissions of any work.

English II

Next class we will be presenting our skits.  You will want to make sure that you have read through your lines and that you are ready to act out your scenes.  The most important thing to do is to read through your lines several times to get ready.  We'll go through the scenes in order, and you'll be learning about each of the scenes.  This will get us ready to quickly move through and finish the rest of The Boy Who Dared.

Be aware that if you have any missing work or want to resubmit anything - this is your last week to do that.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Homework for the Weekend - B Day - 14 October 2016

Happy Pep Rally Day, B-Day Students.  Here are your reminders for the weekend:

AP English III

Over the weekend you should make sure that you are up to date on your reading in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as well as reading and annotating Malcolm X's "Learning to Read".  This article is available in 50 Essays or at this link.  As you read the piece, you may find it productive to concentrate on the ideas of learning, power, and language.  Consider the role of Jim as you read this as well as Huck - their power as well as their abilities in the society.  This is also a very good piece for you to use for your vocabulary bookmarks.

On Tuesday you'll be getting back your essays on In Cold Blood as well as your timed writings.  Timed writing assignments are not available to be resubmitted; however, your essays can be resubmitted if you are not happy with your performance.  Some of you may find it helpful to conference with us before moving forward on your resubmission.  It is important that everything be settled by Monday the 24th as we need to finish the gradebook for the first quarter within that week.

English II

Next class we will be returning to the computer lab to finish working on our skit scripts, costumes, props, and backgrounds.  You may continue to work on this over the weekend if you feel like you need to.  The main priority that you have over the weekend is to use your progress report to finish any missing assignments.  If you have been absent and there are assignments that you need to complete, those have been marked with zeroes.  Please make sure to get the assignments from us and get them turned in no later than Monday the 24th so that we can finish your grades for the quarter.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Homework for the Weekend - A Day - 13 October 2016

English II

You have your progress reports which are updated up to today's class.  If you are missing any assignments, you have the weekend to get them done and turn them in.  Also, if you would like to use rubles to buy extra points then you can do that too.  Remember that it is 50 rubles for an extra point on a quiz grade and 10 rubles for an extra point on a homework/classwork grade.

On Monday we'll work more on our skits and our scripts before we present them on Wednesday.

Russian I

Over the weekend you should be spending time with your vocabulary.  To do this, you want to write your vocabulary words into categories.  Remember to organize them by gender and animacy and then by other logical categories.  Spend time each day with your vocabulary list so that you are prepared for next week's vocabulary quiz.

Also, spend time this weekend developing your profiles for our class assignment.

Russian II-IV

Over the weekend you should finish working on your profiles so that we can introduce ourselves to each other on Tuesday.  Also, remember that your quarter exam is coming up soon.  Be studying your new grammar concepts and reviewing your exercises so that you are prepared for the exam coming up.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Homework for B-Day Students: 10 October 2016

English II

Your homework is the same as the previous post.  Be studying your vocabulary and review The Boy Who Dared so that you are familiar on everything up to page sixty-seven (this includes everything we reviewed today).

If you didn't do the research on KRISTALLNACHT on youtube, make sure to finish that tonight and turn in your research cards next class.

AP English III

Next class you will have your first AP Timed Writing.  It will be an argumentative prompt.  There is a way to study for this type of assessment - and I'll list that for you below.  Ms. McCormick and I are really looking at how well you can construct and prove an argument.  How well have you learned all that we have taught you this quarter about writing.  To prepare you should:

  1. Review your bootcamp notes - especially related to your Rules for Good Writing and your Arguments.
  2. Take a look at the AP rubric that outlines a level 9, 8, 7 and so forth.  Make a checklist of what you need to do to get a level nine.  If you fall a bit short, you may end up at an eight.
  3. Remember how to prove and explain your argument from your evidence.  It's important to have the evidence paired with convincing explanation.
  4. Review the sample prompt we annotated as well as the student samples.
On Friday we have our next chunk of reading due.  Be prepared for that.  If you didn't do well on today's annotation check, learn from your mistakes and stop procrastinating on your reading.  Maybe next time we'll have an annotation check and a reading quiz.  Why not?

Friday, October 7, 2016

Homework for the Weekend - October 7

English II

Remember to be studying your vocabulary: parts of speech, suffixes, and definitions.  You have your vocabulary list from the coloring activity and the  mad lib activity to help you study.  We'll be testing on these soon.

Also make sure you're caught up in The Boy Who Dared.  You should have read and be familiar with at least up to page 67.

AP English III

You need to read and annotate Huck Finn chapters 7-12 for Monday.  We'll be having a graded discussion, so you'll need good annotations and thoughts about the chapters to participate and get a good grade.

Don't forget to talk to Mr. Miller or Ms. McCormick about setting up a time to do a resubmit on your Quest, if you feel so inclined. The grading period ends October 28.

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Russian I Resources for the Weekend - 7 October 2016

Russian I Students

Below there are several resources which you may find helpful this weekend as you are finishing the viewing guides for our first film and studying your vocabulary.

First - here's the first part of Office Romance.

And here's the second part.

This file is an audio file which goes over all of your vocabulary words for Chapter One.  You'll find it helpful to listen and repeat as you study.  You should listen and repeat several times.

Link to Audio File

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Homework for A Day Students - 5 October 2016

Russian II - IV

Today I gave all of you exercises which will review the new grammar we have been learning.  You should start to work through these exercises, aiming to complete the ones you can and develop questions for me so that we can work together next week on the ones that are confusing to you.  Next class you will have time to work on these some more, but they should show a good faith effort at completion by Tuesday the 11th when we review them.

Russian I

Today we learned more about Russian words including gender and animacy.  You may want to apply this knowledge to the words that you have already been learning.  Those of you who didn't present dialogues today will do that on Tuesday.  Remember that on Friday you will be finishing our film and working on your Russian Facebook pages.

If you are missing any work - it is time to turn that in ASAP.  Especially if it is your name poster assignment.

English II

Tonight you are going to do a bit of research on KRISTALLNACHT.  Use your notecard.  On the lined side, write the Internet address of the youtube video you watch on the top line.  Then, write five facts you learn about KRISTALLNACHT from the video on the card.  We'll collect this next class.

Also, study your mad-libs sheets.  We'll be testing with our vocabulary soon!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Homework for All Classes - A and B Day - 10/4/2016

I was out yesterday celebrating the New Year (5777) so I didn't post this - here you are!

Russian I, II, III, IV

Next class we have reassessments (alphabet/phonics/vocabulary OR one stem verb system) as well as dialogue presentations.  Be ready for those.  If you're in Russian III or IV, you don't have a dialogue to present, but you have to listen and understand and transcript.

English II

Make sure that if you are missing anything (mostly it's the vocabulary assignment) that you get that done and turned in ASAP because we are going to be doing a lot with vocabulary over the next few classes.  Also, bring your books to class every day!

AP English III

Your papers are due next class.  Make sure that your packet is complete and that you have all of the supporting documentation in the packet.  For Monday, you have your next section of reading in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Chapters Seven through Twelve.  Take the work that we did today in class and make sure that your annotations for Chapters One through Six are complete and thorough.

Special Note for AP - Remember that your argument/thesis is now DEBATABLE.  This means you have to deal with and refute the counter argument at some point in the body of your essay.  Don't forget this very important step!