Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Homework for Thanksgiving Break - English Students of the World, Unite!

English IV 2A:

Today, we finished reading/watching Twelfth Night, Act I. At this point, you should have just about your entire character chart full of notes. You were also split into groups to begin your "Acting a Fool" project, which we will hopefully complete next Tuesday. If you haven't yet made up your Canterbury Tales test, you need to email me ASAP. We have given you many chances to make this up, and you're coming up on a zero in the grade book if it isn't addressed now. For all of you, have a wonderful and safe break, eat a lot of good food, and come back next week ready to learn!

English IV 2B:

Yesterday, we made more progress on Twelfth Night and learned about elements of physical comedy. When we return, we will finish Act I and begin working on a group project. The advice above to students who have not yet taken the Canterbury Tales test applies here as well. I need you to submit your work, or you're looking at a zero. Have a wonderful and safe break, be smart and responsible, eat good food, and come back ready to push towards the winter!

AP English III:

Yesterday, you all completed the third timed writing of the year, but this time it was a rhetorical analysis prompt. I'll be grading these over the break; when we return I will have a set of rules for good writing to go over in response. You also went over color analysis and new information about Gatsby with Mr. Miller, which I hope opened some more doors for you in terms of understanding the language, Fitzgerald's rhetorical devices, and the text's overall themes. When we return from break, we will go over Chapter 5, so make sure you're reading and annotating thoroughly. Also, please read and consider Langston Hughes's "The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain." While you are reading, condense Hughes's argument into one or two sentences and take notes on how you feel in response to his argument. We will have a lengthy discussion of his piece in light of Gatsby on Monday. Have a wonderful break, make good decisions, and I'll see you on Monday!

Homework for Russian Students - Thanksgiving Break Edition

С ДНЁМ БЛАГОДАРЕНИЯ! (Happy Thanksgiving!)

Over the break you should spend time daily with your Russian so that you don't forget anything over the break. Here are some things that you should accomplish.

Russian III: Spend time reviewing your information on how to tell time in Russian including the different prepositions, the different ways to tell time, and the different expressions and cases used with time. Completing exercises 8.11 and 8.14 will help to solidify these skills. Additionally, you should be actively working on finalizing the parts of your paper. I've done your works cited page as well as found some good sources for you. Use them and finish your writing.

Russian II: Complete the guided notes sheet about time expressions as you read and study pages 205 to 209. Once you've done this, complete exercises 5.12 and 5.15 to help you review how to use time expressions. We will review all of this new information next week after we return. This is the last goal of this chapter - expect a unit exam soon.

Russian I: By this point you should feel very comfortable conjugating first and second conjugation verbs in Russian. You should be able to write about yourself, a male friend, a female friend, you all as a group, and them as a group. Go through your project and finish your basic sentences where you have just a subject and a verb.

Additionally, this video may be very helpful in learning your conjugations. Use this as an additional aid in helping you to learn. If you are still confused, please come and see me for extra help.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Homework for the Weekend - English Students - 17 November 2017

English IV

Today, we continued our reading of Twelfth Night after a good discussion about physical comedy. Make sure you are keeping in mind the various strategies Shakespeare is using to make us laugh throughout the play! At this point, just about everyone has made up the Canterbury Tales test. If you still haven't taken it, make sure you are prepared and have communicated with me or Mr. Miller about the best way to get it done; we need to have all of these tests complete and graded before Thanksgiving. Also, please consider finishing up the college applications many of you began in the media center this week. Have a great weekend, I'll see you on Tuesday!

Homework for the Weekend - Russian - 17 November

Russian III: Over the weekend put in time and energy toward the report on Russia's annexation of Crimea. Make sure that you are supporting your ideas with source material - either in English or in Russian. Write what you can write in Russian, do the rest in English. I'll come behind you in order to help with the formatting and word choice. By our next class we should have our sources determined and we should be able to fully prove our thesis.

Russian II: Many of you got a lot of great work done today to get your projects done. Make sure that by Sunday, you have completed most of your work on Google Classroom. I'll come in and leave any comments for you to correct before Tuesday. Keep in mind that the project is due on Tuesday. You should also complete exercise nine in Chapter Five. In this exercise you should pick the proper verb aspect based on the clues in the sentences.

Russian I: Over the weekend you should finish your verb cards for our project about ourselves and our friends. You should have six verbs that you and your friends do. The verbs should all be conjugated for all forms. You may want to write the name of your friend in Russian as a practice with that. Next class we will have a small quiz on verb conjugation and we will also put in work to our writing projects.

Enjoy the weekend! Next week will be very short!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Homework for B Day Students - 17 November 2017

English IV

Today, you all did a great job working through the first two scenes of Twelfth Night, even with the fire alarm interruption! After working through these and talking about jokes that can go too far, we spent the last part of class in the library working through college applications on CFNC. Tomorrow is the last day to apply to North Carolina colleges for free, so make sure you are thinking about getting applications submitted. Mr. Kelly in the library is a great resource for all of you, as are me and Mr. Miller for things like college essays. Remember, college can be an option for all of you, so make sure to do your due diligence to prepare. Have a great weekend, see you on Monday!

AP English III

Today, we began class by completing the JHS student climate survey. If you missed today, you can complete the survey here. After that, we discussed Andrew Carnegie's "The Gospel of Wealth," connecting it to Gatsby and the American Dream. For next class, please read and annotate Chapter 4 of Gatsby, paying close attention to imagery and descriptions of color. Also prepare to submit a set of three vocabulary cards and get ready for an AP Timed Writing (rhetorical analysis prompt). Have a great weekend, see you on Monday!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Homework for Russian Students - 15 November

Good work today in class speaking and working with Russian. I like that I'm seeing a lot of engagement. Here are your reminders as you go into Friday.

Advanced Russian:

Since we didn't have a chance to do our workshop today, I want to make sure that all of you are continuing to work on your projects. Russian II - Since you got your rough drafts back today, focus on adding more complexity to your sentences. Add prepositional phrases, more verbs, and other vocabulary to help increase the complexity of the sentences. Russian III - Now we have a clear idea of our topic, the annexation of Crimea's effect on Russia's image in the world. Take this and move forward. Finish gathering your sources and start writing.

There are also exercises for you to consider. Russian III should look at exercise 21 on page 345. Russian II should look at exercise 9 in Chapter Five. Do what you can with these.

Russian I:

Tonight for homework you should complete your verb cards for your project. Remember that you want to have six verbs that you and your friends enjoy doing. Additionally, I would like for you to read the Chapter One dialogue, at the beginning of the chapter, and find all of the verbs. You can highlight them or mark them in another way as well.


Homework for English Students - 15 November 2017

English IV

Today, the class did an excellent job pushing through and understanding the first two scenes from Twelfth Night. I was very impressed with how you were all able to engage with Shakespeare's dirty humor. We also spent a good percentage of the class in the computer lab working on college applications through CFNC and the Common App. This is extremely important work, as it has the potential to change your life. I encourage you to keep thinking about applying for postsecondary education, even if it's for something as simple as an additional certification for your career. Have a great night and day tomorrow, I look forward to seeing you on Friday!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Homework for B Day Students - 14 November 2017

English IV

Today, we went through the same lesson as your counterparts on A Day. Next class, we are going to continue our study of Twelfth Night, focusing on characters and preparing for a class "production" of the play. We will also spend time in the library working on college applications. Have a great rest of your night, and see you on Thursday!

AP English III

Today, we learned about a new style of AP Timed Writing: Rhetorical Analysis. We also continued our conversation about themes, strategies and motifs in The Great Gatsby and went over some new (and old) rules for good writing. Before next class, please read and annotate "The Gospel of Wealth" by Andrew Carnegie, which is accessible at this link. When we arrive, we will analyze specific passages from Chapters 2 & 3 of Gatsby in light of Carnegie's writing. Have a great week, start reading, and see you on Thursday!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Homework for English Students - A Day - 13 November 2017

English IV

Today, we began class with a survey from Mr. Nowak relating to college choices and your perspectives on what services the guidance office could provide students at Jordan. After that, we discussed the makings of an effective love song, and connected these traits back to Shakespeare and sonnets. We read Shakespeare's "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day," began thinking about Twelfth Night, and watched the trailer to She's the Man. Overall, we had a productive day, but I would love to see the energy level get higher as we continue to move through the quarter. For next class, jazz yourself up to work on props, costumes and ideas for our class version of Twelfth Night. Have a great week!

Homework for Russian Students - 13 November 2017

You may reassesss on your quizzes all this week. You must schedule a time to do this outside of class. If you missed the quiz last week, then you must schedule a time to take it before the end of the day on Friday. Here are other reminders and announcements for today.

Russian I: This quarter you will be working on a long-term writing project in which you write about yourself and two friends (one male, one female) in Russian. For tonight, you should find six verbs that apply to you and your friends. Find the verbs in Russian and then conjugate them for all forms. You can do this on the back of the assignment sheet, or you can make vocabulary cards. These will be the verbs that you will continue to use through the majority of the project.

Russian II/III: Next class we will stay together and continue to work with the verbs that we have learned today. Focus on studying them thoroughly tonight. Use them. Focus on the strange conjugations. To help you do this, translate the sentences we were looking at during the end of class. You know which verb to use, now put it in the right form. We'll start by reviewing these translations next class.

Russian III: Take a look on Google Classroom - I have created templates for you to use in order to structure your writing assignment. By the end of this week you should complete the abstract and works cited page.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Homework for the Long Weekend - B Day Students - November 9

English IV

Nice job working through the unit test today. When we return next week, we will begin our Shakespeare/humor unit in earnest, so be prepared to digest some challenging language, learn new styles of jokes and comedy, and have fun as we read Twelfth Night!

AP English III

Both classes did a great job today working with close reading and the first chapter of The Great Gatsby. As you're rereading and annotating this weekend, consider how literary devices are functioning in the text. Figure out what is making the message clear, unclear, interesting and confusing. For next class, make sure you have thoroughly read and annotated (including your covers) Chapters 2 & 3, and are prepared to talk about Jay Gatsby and Nick Carraway. Also, don't forget to bring in a passage you'd like to discuss, with some specific talking points in mind.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Homework for the Long Weekend - English A Day Students - 8 November 2017

English IV

Nice job today working through the unit test. Grades should begin appearing for the test on PowerSchool before the weekend is over, so keep an eye out for those. For next week, begin mentally preparing to tackle Shakespeare and learn more about comedy/humor, it should be a very fun and rewarding rest of the semester!

Homework for the Long Weekend - Russian Classes - 8 November 2017

We all had quizzes today! If you felt unprepared on a section make sure that you study so that you can complete your reassessment on that section after I return them to you. Here's what you should complete over the weekend:

Russian II: Complete the final drafts of your aspect sentences. Make sure that you are increasing your sentence complexity by adding in adverbs that relate to the aspect (this will help you study the new vocabulary) as well as prepositional phrases (with the list of prepositions I gave you earlier). By applying and using the words I give you, then you will better learn them.

Russian III: Your goal this weekend is to share a document between yourselves and me in which you start drafting your paper's abstract. The abstract should review the argument of the paper as well as the source material that will be used to prove the point of the paper. This can be done in English and in Russian. Use Russian where you can and use English where you need to.

In another shared document you should put together your outline. In the outline you should include your argument and the topics that you will explore to prove your argument is valid. In the topics you should include information from your source materials as well as your commentary. Again, this can be done in a mixture of English and Russian.

Please be sure to share these documents with me as I will help with corrections, translations, and formatting for the APA style requirements. Your paper must be finished after Thanksgiving Break - so it is very important we finish these elements this weekend.

Russian I:

Over the weekend complete the review activities that I gave you. In the first you will be using possessive pronouns in order to talk about ownership of items. In the other exercises you will be working with verb conjugations and subject pronouns. This is a great review of all of the things that you have learned so far in this grammar unit. Make sure to complete all of the activities.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Homework for B Day Students - 7 November 2017

English IV

Today, we had a productive review session in preparation for our unit test on Thursday. We also learned a little bit about puns and how they work with regard to Shakespeare's language. After the test, we are going to move forward learning about different kinds of humor and reading Twelfth Night. As you prepare for your test, remember the different qualities Chaucer likes and doesn't like, as well as plot details and characters from The Canterbury Tales. Good luck studying, I look forward to seeing you on Thursday!

AP English III

Both sections had a very productive first day of the unit on The Great Gatsby. It was a lot of fun for me and Mr. Miller to see how each of you processed the visual discussion as well as the reading of the Declaration of Independence. For next class, you will need to read the first chapter of Gatsby, making careful annotations that relate to Fitzgerald's strategies and purpose. Why is he making the choices as a writer he is making? Like I said, today was excellent. Let's continue to stay focused and do well as me move through the unit together.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Homework for Russian Students - A Day - 6 November

You all have quizzes next class and this is your priority for tonight. Details are below.

Russian I - Your quiz will focus on pronouns (subject and possessive), nouns from Chapter One, verbs from Chapter One, and cognates. You should be able to spell them, tell the meaning, and the gender. If the word is a verb, you should be able to tell if it is first or second conjugation. For this quiz you do not need to worry about conjugating verbs.

Russian II - Your quiz will focus on verb pairs and adverbs related to aspect (the red flags for aspect). You should be able to define the words, spell the words, and in terms of the verb pairs you should be able to move between the pairs (for example, you are given a perfective verb and you can derive the imperfective).

Russian III - Your quiz will focus on time expressions and language related to time. You should know your days of the week, months of the year, and your numbers in their ordinal and cardinal forms. You should know different ways to measure time as well (hours, seconds, minutes). You will also be asked about different prepositions used to talk about time.

If you have any missing work from the first part of these units that work is due on Wednesday when you take your quizzes. After the quiz we will go back to our films.

English Homework for A-Day Students - 6 November

English IV

Today, we began our discussion of Twelfth Night with a small exercise on puns and wordplay jokes. We then spent the rest of class finalizing our review before the unit test next class meeting. More specifically, we covered avoidable mistakes on resumes and cover letters, as well as some important things to remember when doing professional writing.

We also spent time reading and analyzing passages about characters in the "General Prologue." Make sure you are remembering the processes we covered in class for textual analysis; they will come in handy on Wednesday.

Be sure to study and come to class prepared for a test, I believe all of you have the capability to excel with the right amount of preparation!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Homework for the Weekend - B Day - November 3

English IV

Today, we had a very productive review session before our unit exam next Thursday. We also spent some time going over Shakespeare's life and style of insults. Over the weekend, it would be a productive use of your time to study your notes and visit the Jeopardy game I made at this link. Have a great weekend, I look forward to seeing you next week!

AP English III

Today, we completed the second timed writing of the year, which Mr. Miller and I will begin grading this weekend. We also finished monologue and scene presentations for the Crucible drama project. This weekend, you need to get yourself a copy of The Great Gatsby if you haven't already done so, as well as write a 500-word response to one of the following two questions:

1. What does it mean for literature to be "American?"
2. What does it mean to be an "American?"

Remember, don't be basic. Obviously, literature is American if an American writes it, but you can go deeper than that. What are characteristics that define America/American literature?

Have a wonderful weekend, I look forward to seeing you next week!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

English Homework for the Weekend - A Day - November 2

English IV (2A)

Today, we spent some time doing grammar practice and familiarizing ourselves with some of the funnier elements of Shakespeare's language. We then dedicated the rest of class to reviewing details from Quarter 1 (The Canterbury Tales, elegy, vocabulary) before next week's test.

Over the weekend, continue studying your notes and making sure you know the plot details from both "The Wife of Bath's Tale" and "The Miller's Tale." The more you study now, the easier the test will be. Have a great weekend, looking forward to seeing you on Monday!

Homework for the Weekend - A Day - 2 November

Russian I

Over the weekend you should focus on studying your verb conjugations that we did in class today. On Monday we'll have more time to practice with those. The goal of studying this weekend would be for the verbs and nouns in Chapter One as well as the cognates from earlier. Your quiz on Wednesday will focus on vocabulary. Make sure you know words, their meaning, and how to work with those.

Advanced Russian

II - Over this weekend you should revise your sentences about aspect to include more complexity as well as some of the triggers for aspect (aka the adverbs). By using more of the vocabulary you'll be learning more of the vocabulary, and that is always a plus. You may also want to start creating your comics to go along with your work. You can draw them by hand, or you can use an online program (Bitstrips) to make your comics. Make sure that the language and the comic clearly connect.

III - Over the weekend continue to review and practice with your language related to time. To help you do this you will need to complete exercises 8.7 and 8.8 which review prepositions and other expressions related to time. As always, this gets complicated. One of the only ways to really understand it is to use it.

II/III - Don't forget that next week you'll have one of our new, regular vocabulary quizzes. Russian II should focus on pairs for commonly known verbs as well as adverbs related to aspect. Russian III should focus on language related to talking about time (numbers, questions, expressions).

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Homework for B-Day Students: 1 November 2017

English IV

Your work is the same as your colleagues in the A-day group. Begin collecting and reviewing your notes on The Canterbury Tales for review and to prepare for your exam next week. The exam will cover The Canterbury Tales as well as information around writing and vocabulary. Prepare yourselves! We'll continue to review on Friday.

AP English III

You may continue to present your monologues on Thursday (before or after school) or on Friday (before school, after school, during B lunch, or during class in our time). All visuals and paragraphs will need to be collected by Friday so that Mr. Bernhard and I can have them graded in time. This project is a good example of how to work in this class. You can't do this project all in one night. It can only successfully be done if you work on it a bit at a time. Hopefully those of you who procrastinated on this assignment will learn from that mistake and rectify this in the future.

You will also have a timed writing on Friday. We will start with the timed writing. It will draw on The Crucible and Mean Girls - you will be expected to draw on those two "texts" for the majority of your evidence. You will be able to use your notes for the assignment, but your notes will not be graded themselves.

We are starting this quarter with six "test" grades - make sure that you're not getting yourselves into a deep hole. See me if you need help.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Homework for A-Day - 31 October 2017

English IV

Now that you know what will be on your exam next week, it is important that you start to study your notes and get yourselves together for the exam on The Canterbury Tales. Begin by focusing in on characters. Know who the characters are. Know where they appeared (which story/part of The Canterbury Tales). And, finally, know how they act and what their attitude is like.

Advanced Russian

II - You should be able to complete a rough draft of your Russian aspect sentences given the work we did in class. Begin to develop complexity in your sentences by adding in some of the prepositions we have looked at today. You should also spend time studying the new vocabulary related to adverbs in Chapter Five that clue in to aspect. Incorporate these where needed to help add complexity and expand your vocabulary.

III - Focus on studying and learning your numbers in their ordinal form as well as your adjective declensions. You will want to read over the section in Chapter Eight that deals with telling time in Russian (it goes over several pages) as you will be applying your knowledge around numbers to this content. Also, continue your research and drafting - now that we know the requirements, you can begin to finish some of the refining around your outline and thesis.

Russian I

Continue studying your Chapter One vocabulary - continue to focus on nouns, but also go forward into the verbs as well. Read through the information on pages 44-48 in Chapter One around verb conjugation - next class we'll start to learn our conjugation models.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Homework for the Weekend - B Day - 27 October

English IV

Over the weekend you should spend your time organizing and reviewing the work that you have done this quarter related to The Canterbury Tales. You should find notes related to "The General Prologue", "The Miller's Tale", and "The Wife of Bath's Tale". You will also want to find your notes on vocabulary (word parts) and general information around Chaucer and his time period.

You'll have your exam the week of November 6th. Next week will be our review and transition week. Be ready for your exam!

AP English III

This weekend you should be actively memorizing and finishing your drama projects. Remember that all visual comparisons and explanations are due on Wednesday. This is a must for all people. Keep in mind that you'll have your visual comparison on the front and the explanation on the back. Your visual should be the size of a standard piece of paper - if you made it already, it can be bigger. Keep in mind the rubric as you are working.

If you received a red card today then you will present on Wednesday. Black cards will present on Friday. We will also finish watching Mean Girls next week and have our in-class essay to finish The Crucible. That is where you'll use your notes from our viewing.

Lastly, make sure that you find a copy of The Great Gatsby - our main text for the next unit. If you can provide a donation copy for another student, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Homework for A Day Students - Long Weekend - 26 October

It's the end of the first quarter! Way to go everyone!

Russian I

If you would like to reassess on your vocabulary section for your quiz, come and see me tomorrow to do that. You could also throw some rubles on it if you have any left. Over the weekend you should spend your time studying and clarifying the different types of pronouns (subject/possessive) and how they are used.

Also, please spend time studying your vocabulary. You should, at a minimum, be spending approximately thirty minutes per day on vocabulary studying.

Advanced Russian

III - Over the weekend continue to do your preliminary research as well as building your outline collaboratively in Google Classroom. This weekend you should be focused on refining the question that you are asking and start to find information related to these questions. Remember that the information you find must be in Russian. I am here to help you make sense of it.

This weekend you should also focus on studying your ordinal numbers (1-10 are strange, they're pretty regular after 11). Review the spelling and formation of these as well as when they are used.

II - One of the only ways to learn aspect is to do aspect, so that's why you have your project. For this weekend you should select which types of verbal action you'll be using, which verbs you'll be using, and make your sentences in English. I'll be able to look at this and give you feedback on how to proceed.

English IV

Make sure that you have gone through your folder and organized your notes around The Canterbury Tales. Start studying now to prepare for your unit exam.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Homework for B Day Students - 25 October 2017

English IV

Make sure that if there's anything from the Character Project missing that you have what you need to complete that work. Your grades have been updated in PowerSchool. If you have a zero, you should ask what to do in order to complete that. The last day of the quarter is Friday.

AP English III

Any and all resubmissions of your In Cold Blood essays are due tomorrow. You can drop them off at any point from 8:00 AM to 4:15 PM. No essays will be accepted after 4:15 PM. Be sure that you resubmit at the very least your original essay with cover sheet and rubric as well as the new one.

You should also take this time to put forth a lot of work on your Drama Projects. We will present those on Wednesday and Friday of next week.

Lastly, buy a copy of The Great Gatsby in order to get ready for our next unit. It's an amazingly rich text and you will definitely want your own copy of it.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Homework for A Day Students - 24 October 2017

Russian I

Tonight you should spend time reviewing the information in your textbooks on pages 38 and 39 about subject pronouns. How are subject pronouns different from possessive pronouns? How are they used in sentences?

Also, please find the list of people you would meet in Russia. We'll be doing an activity next class around these people and how to talk about them. Make sure you list at least ten people and identify if you would speak with them formally or informally.

Advanced Russian

II - At the end of the chapter find exercise number three. This is in two parts - A and Б. Look over the sentences and select five from group A and five from group Б. As you look at the sentences, identify the verbs and aspect used in each sentence. Then, write your answers to the questions. Be sure to consider the aspect of the verb in your answer - will it be the same or different? Why?

III - You must complete your research topic so that we can review it on Friday. Additionally, look over the rest of Chapter Eight, especially related to time expressions, and find places where ordinal numbers are used. Think of other areas of language where we would use an ordinal number instead of a plain or cardinal number.

English IV

If you have any missing work that work will be converted into a zero. Be sure that everything is completed. If you have questions, you can ask me or Mr. Bernhard for assistance.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Homework for Monday - B Day - 23 October

English IV

If you are still holding on to any pieces of the Character Project make sure that those are finished and turned in ASAP. Zeroes have been entered in PowerSchool for these assignments. Remember that the grades will be put together to be a test grade - so don't let yourself do poorly!

Also, you can continue working on your Resume on Google Classroom. The assignment should be proofread to show clarity and good handle of rules for good writing.

Be sure that you are looking over your notes on The Canterbury Tales - we'll be moving on to our next unit soon which means an end of unit assessment.

AP English III

On Wednesday you will take your quiz on Acts III and IV of The Crucible. The quiz will be much the same as the last quiz. Make sure that you have your books with you so that I can finish checking your annotations.

You now have your rubric for your Drama Projects to direct your work this week and this weekend. Half of you will present on Wednesday, half of you will present on Friday (next week). Remember that if you are working with a partner on a scene you can submit the same context/importance paragraphs, but the visual comparison and explanation will be individual for all. Instructions for all elements of the project can be found on the assignment sheet or the rubric.

Lastly, make sure that you are actively revising your essays. Revisions are due Thursday!

We'll start The Great Gatsby soon - you will find it helpful to go ahead and purchase a copy of this wonderful book.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Homework for the Weekend - A Day - 20 October

Russian I

This weekend you should spend your time studying and reviewing your grammar notes around gender and possessive pronouns as well as your vocabulary - the Chapter One nouns. For the nouns focus on those that are very useful to everyday life (radio, mom, dad, brother, class, dictionary, etc.) don't worry so much about words you wouldn't use that often.

The quiz will be matching, fill in the blanks, translation, and free response.

Advanced Russian

II - Over the weekend read over pages 191-196 and take notes related to the different types of actions that are connected to imperfective and perfective aspect. This is a good follow-up on our work today in class. Once you have done this, move on to exercise two at the end of the chapter and analyze the underlined verbs for their aspect. Try to explain why that aspect is used with that particular situation.

III - Your work this weekend is related to your research project. This weekend you will find on Google Classroom a document which you should work through to refine and determine your research question. Please work on this collaboratively. You should each find fifteen new words that would be helpful when working on your topic. Create a separate document with these words. On Tuesday we will meet as a group and go through the work that you have done. Your topic is due to the competition next week - so it is important that you finish this work this weekend.

English IV

Over the weekend you should revise your resume on Google Classroom, review your notes and packets that we have done with The Canterbury Tales and determine what you will apply for in the outside word (college, military, job) so that as we develop our final writing assignments we can direct them toward a specific purpose.

Oh, and before I forget...a treat for the Russians. Практика для вас!




Thursday, October 19, 2017

Homework for B Day Students - 19 October 2017

AP English III

You have your essays back and they're full of commentary to celebrate your accomplishments and to spurn your improvements. Here are the slides from today's class around Topic Sentences, Transitions, and the other Rules for Good Writing. As you are revising you can feel free to come in and chat with us (props to the people who already have) and you can bring us samples of the work you are doing to make sure that you are on the right track. Keep in mind that all revisions are due no later than Thursday next week. Anything received after Thursday will not be graded or reassessed.

Other than that this weekend you should spend time on your Drama Projects. I am deleting the written comparison between your play and The Crucible but I am keeping the visual part. For the visual you have a lot of options - just make sure that you are clearly comparing/contrasting one aspect of your play and the same aspect in The Crucible. You should also be memorizing your dialogues and writing your paragraphs to go along with the dialogue/monologue.

Lastly, there is a final quiz on The Crucible on Wednesday. It will cover Acts III and IV. The format will be the same as the last quiz with multiple choice questions and quotations. Study and review your feedback from the last quiz so that you will be more successful on this one.

English IV

Today in class you hopefully got a lot done as we are finishing our unit on The Canterbury Tales. If you can continue working in Google Classroom, please do so. Begin working on the resume, particularly, so that you are prepared and ready to end the quarter in a solid position.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Homework for A-Day Students: 18 October 2017

Russian I

Today you all did some great work in class on learning about genders in the Russian language and around using your possessive words (my/his/her/our/your/their). Tonight, keep going by writing your five sentences.

Look around your house and identify five items. State who owns these items. Create five complete sentences in the model we used today - This is my car. This is her cat. Try to show a variety of genders in your items.

Further, keep studying your Chapter One nouns since you will have a quiz on these words next week.

Advanced Russian

II - Tonight you're going to be writing about yourselves but using the work that we did today in class and applying it forward. You should write five sentences about yourself. Three should be imperfective and activate all tenses. Two should be perfective. Make sure that you are focusing on the difference in meaning.

III - You have some additional exercises around your new grammar unit. Complete the exercises and continue to learn your different forms.

English IV

Tonight for homework you should identify a specific resume objective. Keep working on your resumes and collect your information. Hopefully you were able to submit all of the parts of the character project today and the only thing left is the resume.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Homework for B-Day Students: 17 October 2017

English IV

Next class we're going to be in a hard-core workshop mode in order to finish our The Canterbury Tales character project and then to also complete our resumes. Be prepared for this by having your resume planning sheet complete as well as thinking about all of the ideas we have worked through this year around character analysis and interpretation. Be ready for a productive class tomorrow!

AP English III

Let's talk about the Drama Projects first. In our Drama Project you should find a significant speech or scene to split with a classmate - and make sure to do the analysis of the scene to write your paragraphs. What is the context for this speech/scene? Why is this speech/scene important in the play? Try to get these ideas set out now and get feedback with your writing. In terms of the second part of the assignment - begin to compare and contrast an aspect of your play to The Crucible. Do you want to look at the protagonist? Conflict? Theme? Collect data and start to build your ideas - Are they plays generally similar or different in this focus? Why is that important?

For your reading tonight we have Act IV. How is this part of the play effectively ending the play? How is Miller concluding his arguments? Why is it important what happens to John Proctor? Consider this and other ideas as you annotate the ending.

Once you finish the play - go to Miller's article. Go through his article "Why I Wrote The Crucible" and consider if you agree or disagree with Miller. You've read the play - you're an expert now - what do you think?

You can now redo your Act I and II quizzes - remember you must do it in person. You'll receive your paper back next class and can begin the process of revising to show your strengths.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Homework for A-Day Students: 16 October

Russian I

Now that you have your chart of the possessive pronouns for all genders and all owners, it's time to use what you have. On the back of the chart write ten sentences about items in your home. Who owns the item? Write a three word sentence stating who owns what. Make sure to use a variety of your possessive pronouns.

Also, keep studying your vocabulary, we will have a quiz next week on Chapter One nouns.

Advanced Russian

II - Write ten sentences in English about your Monday. Use a variety of verbs and tenses as you describe your day. Write ten separate sentences. And then, analyze the verbs you are using. Would you use a perfective verb or an imperfective verb? Why? Consider our reasons and descriptors that we worked through today.

III - Complete exercises six and nineteen using the new information and new words that you have learned today. Focus on putting the word in the correct form and then inputting the word into the sentence appropriately. Consider how you can use this information in your own interactions and use of Russian.

English IV

We'll be quickly finishing out the quarter with our resumes and character projects. Make sure that to prepare for our final classes this quarter that you find and have an application that you can work on next class. This may be a college application (Common App), a job application, or an application for the military.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Homework for the Weekend - B Day - 13 October

Happy Homecoming and Friday the 13th! Take a look at the tasks below to move through the weekend.

AP English III

If you did not complete your work on the Salem Primary Sources WebQuest, make sure that your work is complete by Monday evening. The assignment will lock at that time and anything in the document will be graded. As you move forward in your study of The Crucible consider how what you've learned from the primary source documents helps you better understand the actions of the play.

This weekend you should read and annotate Act III. Pay close attention to irony and honesty as you are reading this act. Those ideas would provide you a lot of information to annotate for.

Lastly, make sure that this weekend you spend time on your Drama Project. You should decide on your monologue or scene with a classmate and begin to memorize and study your section. This weekend provides you a lot of time to work through many parts of the independent project.

English IV

Make sure that this weekend you are working on your resume checklist so that next week we are able to quickly move through the construction of the resume. If you have any revisions to work through on your personal essays, that would also be very helpful. There are only two weeks left in the quarter.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Homework for the Weekend - 12 October 2017 - A Day

Russian I

That was a very productive class! I think that we did a great job reviewing on our rules around masculine, feminine, and neuter gender and then seeing how these ideas connect to the idea of possession and possessive words like my, your, and our. Tonight, practice with these concepts to reinforce the learning in class.

Complete exercise 11 and 12 at the end of Chapter One. For exercise 11, use your notes or the information in your textbook - you can find the chart we made in there too - and fill in the blanks. Make sure to look for and consider gender. In exercise 12 you'll be doing the same thing, but adding in a translating and writing step. If the words are in English, translate to Russian and then write a question and answer like the example. If it's already in Russian, just write a question and answer.

This will help you to do the other thing which is study your vocabulary! Remember our reflection today in class about applying better study habits outside of class. Spend time with this idea and practice. There's also a video you can check out here:


It goes into plurals and a lot of other information if you're interested. You just have to focus on singular.

Advanced Russian

Today we started moving into our new units! Yay! Russian II has a very interesting journey ahead as you start to move into aspect. You all should be focused on the new vocabulary that we used at the end of class today. Look at your verbs in the beginning of the chapter. Use them and learn them. Apply what you have learned about stems to the work you are now doing!

Russian II - You will find it helpful to locate the list of all aspectual verb pairs in Chapter Five. This is within the chapter. With it, you should analyze the poem in exercise one. Do you see an imperfective (one you already know) or perfective (new information) verb? What's the tense? What do you understand about the poem. This is exercise one at the end of Chapter 5.

Russian III - You will begin by looking at the first exercise too. This is a list of questions. Using your vocabulary list answer ten of these questions about yourself. Activate what you know. Analyze the question to think about the case you'll need in your answer.

Both groups should also review the reading at the beginning of the chapter. Mark unknown words and grammar structures. Try to summarize each paragraph, in English.

English IV

Next week is going to be a heavy week in terms of finishing our unit on The Canterbury Tales and personal writing. Make sure that if you want to revise your essay that you have done that. Way to go to those of you who already have. If you've made changes in Google Docs, please let us know via email. Also, we'll have the resume and the personal character project to finish. Make sure that you have done some work related to these two items (our planning sheet for the resume and graphic organizer for the characters).

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Homework for B Day Students - 11 October 2017

AP English III:

If you did not submit a final draft pack in today's class it is very important that you complete and submit the paper by Friday so that Mr. Bernhard and I have a chance to grade and review your work this weekend. Remember that you will get one chance to resubmit after we return the final drafts back to you with feedback. I found many of your essays shared to me in my Drive folder, I will print and pair essays or leave comments online for you as I complete your rubric.

For next class you should read and annotate Oluadah Equiano's "Narrative of the Captivity" - remember to set a purpose for your reading and then to accomplish that purpose. You also have three vocabulary cards due on Friday. I will be checking your vocabulary bookmarks as well.

As a more long term thing, make sure that you are working on your Act III reading as well as your Drama Projects. There is not a lot of other work going on this weekend - so you have a great chance to get a lot done with your Drama Project.

English IV:

Make sure that if you want to revise your essays or do anything to raise or turn in any missing work then you should get that done as soon as possible. Also, make sure that you are continuing to work on your resume checklist - we'll be going through finishing a lot of that work up very soon.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Homework for A Day Students - 10 October

Russian I:

For homework tonight you should use your textbooks and review Chapter One in order to complete the Chapter Preview work. Make sure that you review the topics and consider what's going to be easy for you and what will be hard.

Here is the link for the vocabulary for Chapter One. You'll need to go to around 9:30 in order to start the Chapter One vocabulary. Before that is a good review of the alphabet.

If you have any missing work it needs to be in ASAP.

Advanced Russian

You all also have your Chapter Preview for homework tonight. Russian II should focus on Chapter Five and Russian III should focus on Chapter Eight. Here are the links to the audio files so that you can review your vocabulary and pronunciation. (Chapter Eight) (Chapter Five)

Remember that we will finish our unit exam on Thursday in the first half before lunch. After lunch, we will begin to get into our new chapters.

English IV

Make sure that you have completed your resume checklist for Mr. Bernhard so that we can move through creating our resumes in the next few classes.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Monday Night Homework - B Day - 9 October 2017

English IV:

Make sure that you have filled out the resume checklist for our next class. Our final writing piece in this unit will be your personal resumes which you will complete with the information on this planning sheet. You should also make sure that you have done work on the character projects so that you can quickly complete those in the next few classes. We'll be finishing this unit up quick, be ready!

AP English III:

On Wednesday we don't have any reading due. You have Oluadah Equiano's Narrative to read and annotate for Friday's class. Feel free to begin on it now. You also have Act III to read and annotate for Tuesday's class. Again, get ahead on the reading so that you have time for other things.

The main task for Wednesday is your final draft of your essay. For the final draft packet make sure that you turn in any and all outlines - this is your final chance to resubmit on outlines. You also need any and all rough drafts, but especially the one from our editing conferences in class. Lastly, you need the final draft with cover sheet filled out and honor code signed, the essay, and then the rubric. These should be stapled together.

Lastly, if you have anything missing (vocabulary cards or annotation checks) make sure that you have submitted these things in order to get credit!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Homework for the Weekend - A Day - 6 October

Russian Students:

Keep in mind that you have unit examinations on Tuesday. Since we are ending a unit, any missing work or work that you want to turn in on Tuesday so that we have it for the unit to finish.

Russian I:

Your test will cover the alphabet - its shapes and sounds. Make sure that you also know the rules around formality, your cognate vocabulary, and your greetings, introductions, and farewells.

You'll also have to be able to analyze gender in words. Review your notes and handouts as well as anything in the folders which relates to this first unit.

Advanced Russian:

You've got a lot of verbs to find on your exam on Tuesday. Make sure that you can analyze verbs to find their infinitive as well as their stem. You'll be doing some transcription work related to these verbs in the texts that you will find. As well, there will be free response work related to the main themes we've been discussing lately (becoming something/being somewhere).

English IV:

Over the weekend you need to finish your resume checklist and review and revise your "Me You Don't See" essay to account for the feedback you've been given and raise your grades.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Homework for B Day Students - 5 October 2017

English IV

I was very happy with how class went today. Everyone came ready to focus and discussion was very lively. Let's keep this momentum going as we move through the rest of the semester! We will be finishing our unit on the Canterbury Tales very soon, so if there is any work you have missing, be sure to turn it in as soon as you can. We'll be working a little more with the Canterbury Tales, before finishing up the unit with a test and a final writing assignment. Remember that all missing and redone work needs to be complete by the time we give the final unit exam. Have a great weekend!

AP English III

Remember that on Monday you will be taking a quiz on Acts I and II of Arthur Miller's The Crucible. For the quiz, you will be expected to answer multiple choice questions, perform quotation identification, and write free responses. Use your time wisely this weekend to study Acts I and II. As far as your In Cold Blood essays go, final drafts are now due on Wednesday, October 11. Mr. Miller and I have opened up some more slots for writing conferences, and highly encourage you to come see us for help. Many of you have already done this, and can vouch for their usefulness. Have a great weekend, look forward to seeing all of you on Monday!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Homework for A Day Students - 4 October 2017

Russian I

For Friday, make sure that you and your partners have turned in your Russian city project so that I have all of the presentations. You and your group will present your information to the class on Friday. We will also do a final review on Friday to prepare for our examination which will happen on Tuesday the 10th of October.

Also, remember the list: You have flown in to Moscow for a three-day trip. Who will you speak with during your time in Russia, in order? Make a list of at least six people.

Remember that if you have any missing work for Russian I, that it needs to be in to me by Friday. After the unit exam you cannot make up any work from the previous unit.

Advanced Russian

Next class we'll be spending some time talking about our family members and their pasts and the jobs that they have had. Take the time tonight to respond and get together your ideas related to Exercise 11. Where did the person live? What jobs did they have? Where did they move? We'll do much of what we did today, talking through ideas and asking questions.

Don't forget that our Chapter Four examination will be happening on Tuesday as well. Make sure that your'e studying and prepared for this upcoming examination.

English IV

We will be finishing the unit very soon, so if there is any work that you want to redo or work that you missed and haven't turned in, make sure that it is turned in very quickly. We'll be doing a bit more with The Canterbury Tales before we move on to finishing the unit with an exam and final writing assignment. Remember that all missing and redone work needs to be complete by the time we give the final unit exam.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Homework for B Day Students - 3 October 2017

AP English III

Good work today on getting through Act One and a bit with "A Narrative of the Captivity" - remember that we will keep working through The Crucible and Mary Rowlandson on Thursday. To take us on to Thursday, make sure that you have done the following:

  1. Read and annotate Act II - as you do that take a look at the ideas we drew out today in class. Apply these to Act II as you are going through and annotating to see how this act builds upon the ideas we discovered in Act I.
  2. Select and begin reading a play for your drama projects. Remember you have a performance aspect as well as two writing assignments with this.
  3. Continue to work on essays and remember you have final drafts next week on Monday.
If you didn't submit vocabulary cards, be sure to get those in as soon as you can.

English IV

Make sure that you are continuing to work on your character projects or revise your essays based on the feedback you received today in on your drafts. Keep in mind that if you do a new version of your essay, you'll need to turn in the original along with the new version too.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Homework for A Day Students - 2 October 2017

Russian I

Don't forget that your alphabet exam will be coming next week on Tuesday. For this test we will have all of the skills from the alphabet quiz (letters sounds and shapes as well as cognate vocabulary) paired with the new information about formality, greetings and farewells, and gender. So, make sure that you're studying those most recent exercises that we've reviewed today.

Your main homework is to keep getting ready for this test - study and prepare. And if you haven't yet taken the quiz, you should do that ASAP.

Advanced Russian

Tonight for homework I want you to do the review activity at the end of Chapter Four to review the key grammar and vocabulary we've studied in this unit. Complete exercise number nine in which you will answer questions about yourself or about society, in general. As you answer the questions, use the vocabulary from Chapter Four and review the key parts of grammar including cases and conjugations.

If you did not have a writing conference with me today then we will meet on Wednesday to review your work.

English IV

Make sure that you have put a lot of work into the character projects from The Canterbury Tales. You can also begin to make revisions to your "Me You Don't See" essay assignments based on the feedback from Mr. Bernhard. If you turn in a new version of the essay, please make sure that you have turned in the old one too.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Homework for the Weekend - 29 September 2017

AP English III

We have a few things to take care of or to start taking care of this weekend. I'll go over the short term things first and then move on to the longer term items.

  1. Complete your next set of Vocabulary Cards (6-10). You should pick words from "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry G-d", The Crucible, and your tone word sheet. Account for all parts of the card. Use appropriate resources and turn them in electronically via Google Slides or on paper.
  2. Read and annotate Mary Rowlandson's "Narrative of the Captivity" - for this piece, pay attention to the depiction and view of non-Puritans, the role of women in Puritan society, as well as any biases or elements of sensationalism in the text.
  3. For Thursday we'll be working through Act II of The Crucible. You may want to start the process of reading and annotating this now.
  4. Next week is our conference week. Mr. Bernhard and I are available during lunch, before and after school. Please make an appointment with us to review any drafts or outlines so that you can move to the final draft and know that you have a solid piece of writing.
All of the resubmissions turned in today should be entered in the gradebook no later than Sunday.

English IV

Many of you chose to take with you some of the graphic organizers so that you can continue to work on your characters project related to The Canterbury Tales. Here's a link to an online version of The Canterbury Tales. Make sure that if you have to spend time working on this that you complete this work over the weekend. On Tuesday we'll return to the lab in order to finish our research and we'll complete the reading of "The Wife of Bath's Tale".

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Homework for the Weekend - A Day - 28 September

Russian I

If you have a zero on your progress report this indicates that you are missing an assignment. Please get the assignment in to me ASAP so that I can update your grades. Remember that in about a week we'll be having our alphabet test which will cover the alphabet, our cognates, greetings and farewells, formality, and gender.

To practice with gender, complete the worksheet I gave you today in class. Look carefully at the final letter of the word and determine its gender.

Also, continue to work through your exercises in which you are practicing your greetings and farewells.

Advanced Russian

Over the weekend I want you to take the work we were doing to discuss Battleship Potemkin and spend some time writing. Write a brief paragraph about some aspect of the film. Try to use vocabulary that you can control. Don't worry about speaking in a complex way - focus on communicating your thoughts and ideas.

Also, continue to work with the article in Chapter Four. Complete the chart work we started in class by finding verbs, analyzing them as much as you can, and determining the subject, stem, and infinitive of the verb.

English IV

Very good work today in class everyone. Make sure that if you have a lot of work remaining on our Canterbury Tales character projects that you spend some time on that this weekend so that you can finish everything next week. We'll soon be moving on to a new unit.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Homework for B Day Students - 27 September 2017

AP English III

Lots of good work today on our editing skills as well as our discussion of Edwards and "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry G-d" - I think that you have a pretty solid understanding of who the Puritans were as a people and how they conceptualized the divine. Pay this forward into your reading of The Crucible.

For Friday our main task is to read and annotate Act I of The Crucible so that we can have a productive seminar on Friday and work through acting and viewing some of these scenes. As you read, pay attention for vocabulary. This weekend you'll have another set of cards to make.

Your final drafts of your essays on In Cold Blood and the nature/nurture debate will be collected on October 9. Please come and conference with us later this week or next week to review your draft before the final drafts are collected. Also, make sure that you are using the rubric to guide your revisions as well.

Lastly, if you have any work left to submit, that is due on Friday. We are closing this first unit and moving on, it's important that everything be settled.

English IV

Also a lot of good work today around understanding different types of characterization and in finishing up some of your character project work. Next class we'll start reading one of Chaucer's tales in order to see how he puts these characterization skills to work.

Continue to work on any missing work that you may have, including the essay. That is the most important thing right now.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Homework for A Day Students - 26 September

Russian I

Today we spent time reviewing the ideas of formality and informality in speaking and reviewed some of our greetings, introductions, and farewells related to this concept. For homework tonight you should complete exercises in the packet related to these greetings, introductions, and farewells. Complete exercises 3, 6, 7, 8, and 9. Practice your vocabulary and writing as you do this.

If you have any missing work - it needs to be turned in ASAP.

Advanced Russian

I've included a link to Battleship Potemkin here. Please use it to complete your viewing packets on the film if you have not already done so.

The main homework that you have for tonight is the reading at the end of Chapter Four. You have an article to read from a Russian newspaper. Don't focus on trying to understand everything, focus on getting main ideas and discovering verbs in context.

As you read, identify the verbs and the subjects for these verbs. After you read, answer the questions at the end in English - identify where in the article the answer can be found.

English IV

Many of you have finished a lot of your character work for our Canterbury Tales projects. If you still have parts to finish or if you need to finish your "Me You Don't See" essay - make sure that this work is complete soon.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Homework for B Day Students - 25 September 2017

English IV

If you did not submit your essay to Mr. Bernhard today then that is your first priority tonight. These assignments will be going on your progress reports, so it is important that you get them turned in so that we can grade them and get you feedback. Also, keep in mind that you will be able to continue working on these by resubmitting them after they are graded.

AP English III

Today we spent time rotating between talking about the 1950's and the 1670's in America. Funny how similar these two time periods were. As you are working tonight, here are your priorities.

  1. Complete your rough draft for your In Cold Blood essays. You should complete your introduction (appeal to ethos, define terms, state argument) and one complete topic. As you work through your topic, make sure that you are using convincing evidence and explaining it in a way to prove your argument. Bring a copy of your draft to class on Wednesday for our writing workshop.
  2. Get a copy of The Crucible and read Act One for Friday's class. As you read, pay attention to characters and motifs. There's an online version of the play available at this link.
  3. Read "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry G-d" by J. Edwards. Remember that this is a Puritan preacher giving this sermon to an actual congregation. As you read, annotate with these ideas in mind: What does this text help you to understand about Puritans? How does Edwards convince his audience of his argument? You can also collect a lot of vocabulary from this piece. There's a ton of great words.
Lastly - remember that after this week you will only be able to continue resubmitting your essay outlines. If there is any other assignment that you need to submit, or resubmit, that needs to be settled this week.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Homework for A Day Students - 22 September

English IV

Great class today! I was very happy with all of your progress on your essays, as well as your engagement during our discussion of Muhammad Ali, Beowulf, and professional writing. Over the weekend, continue thinking about your Canterbury Tales character project and make some progress on the RESEARCH part of the assignment. Have a wonderful weekend, and see you on Tuesday!

Advanced Russian

Today, we watched the entirety of Battleship Potemkin. Over the weekend, complete as much work as you can on the accompanying packet. If you cannot finish it, there will be time built into Tuesday's class to complete everything. Have a wonderful weekend!

Russian I

Today, we spent the entirety of class watching the video about Russian geography and modern culture. Over the weekend, prepare to continue practicing your vocabulary and handwriting with Mr. Miller. Thanks for being on-task and engaged for your substitute, and come ready to learn next week! Have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Homework for B Day Students - 21 September

English IV

Remember that on Monday, we will go to the computer lab to finish our "Me You Don't See" essays and turn them in to be graded. If you haven't already checked on your draft in Google Classroom, make sure you do before Monday to see and respond to Mr. Bernhard's comments. Try to respond to these as soon as you can, so on Monday we are able to finish the drafts quickly.

Although we got some good work done, today's class meeting could have been more productive; we can always improve at staying on task and following directions. Before next class, mentally prepare to finish the Creative Writing part of the Canterbury Tales character project and get a good start on the Professional Writing portion. Have a great weekend, and arrive on Monday ready to work!

AP English III

Great job today grinding away at the timed writing prompt. Writing good essays in such a small amount of time is challenging, but you will be very well prepared come AP Exam season in May. Before next class, keep working on summer assignment and essay outline resubmissions, as well as resubmissions of vocabulary cards. We are getting close to time to begin writing our In Cold Blood essays. Have a great weekend, and don't forget that everything we do is getting you ready for success later on this year!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Homework for A Day Students - 20 September

English IV

Remember that on Friday you will be finishing and submitting your drafts to be scored. Take some time before Friday, if you haven't already done so, and log in to your draft on Google Classroom in order to see the comments you've been given by Mr. Bernhard. Try to address these comments before Friday so that you can do some final checking on Friday and then print your draft.

Advanced Russian

You have been given the new vocabulary for Chapter Four - focus on the nouns and adjectives. As you study and review these vocabulary words, try to work with them in different cases. If you need a refresher on your case declensions for nouns and adjectives, check out this really great online resource. You can follow each link for work on each case.

Russian I

Today you were given some new vocabulary words as well related to greetings, introductions, and farewells. Start to study and learn this vocabulary. Also, if you haven't turned in the handwriting packet or the name project, you have these things to complete too.

Russian Students - Keep in mind that if you would like to redo the quiz you took today that you can. You should study and prepare so that you do better next time!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Homework for B-Day Students: 19 September 2017

English IV

Keep in mind that on Google Classroom you now have drafts of your essays as well as feedback from Mr. Bernhard as to how to develop your ideas in to full drafts. Before Monday of next week make sure that you address these comments so that you can quickly revise and print your draft to turn it in to us.

AP English III

On Thursday we will have our first timed writing opportunity and it will be an argumentative prompt. To prepare for this complete the assignment on Google Classroom. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Go to http://classroom.google.com. Login using your DPSNC credentials which are first-last@dpsnc.net and the password is your computer network password.
  2. Enroll in our class. 3B is 0xpab07. 4B is 69gnon6.
  3. Once you enroll you'll see the Quick Argumentative Outline Assignment. Create a Google Doc, give your argument on the prompt, at least one topic with evidence and explanation, and a clear refutation with evidence and explanation.
  4. Turn in the assignment when you're done.
Additionally, bring your copies of In Cold Blood on Thursday if you would like a new grade for annotations on the text. If you have any resubmissions to turn in, those should come in too.

Remember that you will have a rough draft workshop on Wednesday, not Monday. This is a change.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Homework for A-Day Students - 18 September 2017

English IV

Good work today on your characters everyone. Next class we should have a chance to finish up the first portion of the Character Project and continue reading more of The Canterbury Tales. For tonight, it would be most important for you to revise and check-in on your essays. Mr. Bernhard went through your work on Google Classroom and left comments for you all. Go in and revise your essays to address those comments. We will print and submit drafts on Friday - so it's important that you finish these revisions before that.

Advanced Russian

Next class you will have a quiz on the One Stem Verb System. You will be expected to know:

  • how certain stems operate.
  • how to tell stems from each other.
  • how truncation and addition function in past and non-past forms.
  • how mutations are triggered.
  • how to transcribe infinitives, non-past, and past tense forms.
Hopefully our workshop in class today was helpful in addressing these areas. You should work with the verb handout I gave you as well as the textbook in order to discover more about stems.

Additionally, continue to review our work on cases as they are paired with verbs. Complete exercise 7A, numbers 1-10. Read and analyze the sentence, then change the verb and case in order to make a synonymous sentence. We'll review this work on Wednesday, after the quiz.

Russian I

You also have a quiz next week that will focus on your knowledge of the Russian alphabet and handwriting. You should know:
  • the sounds that each letter makes.
  • the shape of the letter in print and in handwriting.
  • the cognate vocabulary from English.
On the quiz you will be asked to listen to Russian and write what you hear, to write words given to you in print, and to explain what cognates mean. Study and be ready!

Also, keep in mind that handwriting packets and name projects must be turned in on Wednesday or they will become zeroes.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Homework for the Weekend - B Day - 15 September 2017

AP English III

Today was such a productive day! We've got some of the big conceptual understandings now about how to approach argumentative writing. Remember that over the weekend you have a major task - the revision of your outlines. All revised outlines should be turned in no later than Thursday the 21st. This is so that we can give you feedback to develop rough drafts. As you revise follow the steps:

  1. Edit your argument so that it passes the DADS test. It's gotta be Debatable, Analytical, Defensible, and Specific!
  2. Reorganize your textual support around clear and specific topics. Generate topic sentences that explain the connection to your argument.
  3. Develop a refutation from the evidence in the text.
  4. Explain all of your evidence in the context of your argument. Show how this relates and why it is important.
You have everything you need to improve your standing (aka revising outlines and questions) in this class and in your approach to writing. It's time to get it done.

Also, read Eudora Welty's "Listening" for class on Tuesday. There's a link to the article here. As you read, annotate the piece to discover what Welty's argument is.

English IV

If you have not completed your draft of "The Me You Don't See" spend time this weekend developing that so that you will be ready to submit your draft on Thursday next week. On Thursday we'll go back to the lab to do final checks before submitting.


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Homework for the Weekend - A Day - 14 September 2017

Russian I

Over the weekend you should be focused on finishing your handwriting packets for the alphabet if you haven't already turned that in and received a grade. If you have a grade then you can work on revising your work for a new grade if you would like.

Advanced Russian 

Over the weekend you should be focused on the reading passage at the beginning of Chapter Four; it's found on page 143. As you read determine the main idea of each paragraph. Find all of the verbs that you can. If the verb is not already in its infinitive form, then derive the infinitive based on your knowledge of stems and conjugations.

Russian Students - Don't forget that you will have your first quiz of the year on the 20th.

English IV

If you have not completed your first draft of your "The Me You Don't See" essays then spend time this weekend to have those completed. You'll be getting feedback this weekend as we begin to turn these into final drafts across the next week. Remember to access these drafts you need to go into Google Classroom using your DPSNC accounts.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Homework for B-Day Students: 13 September 2017

English IV

If you did not complete the draft of your introduction and body paragraph in class today then you should put in time this evening or tomorrow to complete this work. You can access Google Classroom from any computer, just remember to use your DPSNC account in order to login. Keep in mind that your introduction and body answer specific questions.

Introduction: What part of you do you keep hidden? Why?

Body: How did you discover this hidden part of yourself? Why is it important to you?

Next class we'll discuss conclusions, have a bit of time to finish our drafts, and then deal with some business related to being a senior.

AP English III

Very good discussion and conversation today everyone! There were a lot of great ideas shared, and the level of discourse in our class is definitely going up. For tonight remember a few things:

  1. Next class we'll be focused on our outlines - learning how to develop a debatable thesis, how to structure an argument, and how to develop topics and examples and explanation. To this end, make sure to upload a copy of your outline to Google Drive. We'll have laptops in class on Friday to use as we go through our Writing Bootcamp. Feel free to bring your own device if you prefer.
  2. Complete your resubmissions of your questions to In Cold Blood. You have everything that you need in terms of your Rules for Good Writing to make many of these changes. If you are unsure of what to do, come see me or Mr. Bernhard for help and guidance.
I would recommend submitting your questions sooner rather than later so that you can focus on resubmitting the outline next.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Homework for A Day Students - 12 September

Russian I

Now that we know all of the alphabet and a bit about stress it's time to practice with words. Take the cognates that I have given you and practice with your reading and pronunciation of these words. Play with the handwriting too. If you haven't turned in your handwriting packet, make sure it comes in on Thursday so that I can get it back to you before our first quiz.

We will have our first quiz on the alphabet and sounds on Wednesday, September 20. Be prepared. For this quiz you should be able to:

  • tell the different sounds of each letter in the Russian alphabet
  • recognize the print version of the letter
  • write the proper handwriting version of the letter
Continue to practice and review your letters and alphabet.

Advanced Russian

For our next class I would like for you all to continue working with stems by applying knowledge to past tense. Look at exercise 2B on page 166-167. Complete the exercise by changing the sentence to past tense. Translate your sentences. Look for cases at work in the sentences, especially those triggered by the verbs.

We will review this work on Thursday as we continue to build on our work with stems. Keep in mind that you will also have a quiz on stems soon. Likely on Wednesday of next week.

English IV

If you have not yet completed your introduction and body paragraph for "The Me You Don't See" please make sure that you find time to go back to Google Classroom and complete that work. Next class we will hopefully finish our first drafts with a conclusion. Also, we will begin working in earnest on our Canterbury Tales project.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Homework for B-Day Students - 11 September

English IV

We have now begun the drafting of our essays in Google Classroom. Remember that you can always access these assignments via Google Classroom, you just have to remember to login with your DPSNC.NET account. If you need to continue working on your draft, please continue. Remember that you should be able to complete the introduction and the body paragraph for your essay. We'll return to the computer lab on Wednesday to continue working on this.

AP English III

You should continue to work on the revisions to your In Cold Blood question responses. Hopefully as we are going over writing and technique in class, you are seeing the ways that you can improve your work and the errors that you have made.

Additionally, next class we will have time to talk about Sections III and IV of In Cold Blood. As you continue to review the book, add to your annotations and rediscover things. We'll continue to discuss as we move forward.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Homework for the Weekend - A Day - 8 September 2017

Russian I

Over the weekend you should be able to complete all of your handwriting practice packet. You do not need to do any of the word searches or any of the exercises where it asks you to translate from English to Russian. Do write all of the words that you are given in Russian in your best handwriting.

I will collect these packets on Tuesday. Tuesday will be a day that we will continue to work on phonetics and our sounds in the Russian language.

Advanced Russian

We're starting the process of getting more familiar with stems, endings, and how to combine different stems with endings. Over the weekend I want you to continue to apply what we have been learning related to non-past conjugations, past tense conjugations, and the different actions related to stems.

From the Chapter One through Four vocabulary focus on one verb from each chapter. Try to pick different stems. Work with the verb to show how it combines with other endings at the stem. Show the different processes. Work with this information. It becomes easier the more you spend time with it.

Further - if during our writing conference I asked you to revise your assignment, take care of that this weekend and have it ready on Tuesday. If your writing was not ready, be ready to hand it in on Tuesday.

English IV

You all got some great work done today in class related to your essays. Remember that you can go back to your DPSNC Google Drive account and continue working on this over the weekend. The goal is to have a complete introduction and body paragraph. We'll spend more time next week continuing to revise and work on these assignments.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Homework for the Weekend - B Day - 7 September

English IV

Over this weekend you should take some time to reflect on your brainstorming and outline so that you are ready to write your personal essay in class on Monday.

AP English III

We've started the path to good writing. It's time for you to travel it by revising. Take a look at the feedback and comments that Mr. Bernhard and I have put on your assignments and address those as well as the rubric as you work on resubmitting the In Cold Blood questions. We will continue to work on other elements of improved composition throughout the year.

Other homework for the weekend is vocabulary. I would like for you to take five words from either your AP practice sets, the articles we've been reading, or In Cold Blood and complete vocabulary cards for these. If you need guidance on how to complete a vocabulary card - see this document for instructions. The link should open a Google Document with instructions and an example. Account for all parts of the card. Use appropriate online resources. You can submit your cards via Google Slides shared to me (daniel_miller (at) dpsnc (dot) net), on index cards, or on paper. Have them submitted at the beginning of class on Monday.

Finally, review Section III of In Cold Blood with an eye toward your back cover annotations. In class on Monday we'll be working through Sections II and III.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Homework for A-Day Students: 6 September 2017

Russian I

Now we know all of the letters except for the two silent ones! Hooray! I'll start to speak a lot more Russian with you now since we have a good base underneath us. For tonight as well as for the weekend you should be focused on continuing to learn the letters of the Russian alphabet. Eventually you will want to be able to read and write the letter without looking at your notes.

Be sure to practice with all of the letters and words in the packet. Give your best attempt at all of the writing in the packet!

Advanced Russian

We did not have a chance to get to our writing conferences today, and that's okay. Be sure to bring your writing with you on Friday so that I can review it then. For tonight you will want to work with the Russian II verbs on the sheet I gave you in class. You will find it helpful to use an online resource to help you with conjugations with these verbs. I stumbled across this site - http://cooljugator.com/ru - which does a lot of work for you. Remember with each verb to work through the tasks at the bottom. Russian II should do row one. Russian III should do all of the Russian II verbs.

English IV

Today in class we got a lot of good writing and planning done to set us up for Friday. On Friday, we'll be going into the computer lab in order to start writing our personal essays. Make sure that you have thoroughly thought about your brainstorming and that you have considered some moments from your life that you'll include in this essay as evidence.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Birthday Presents aka Homework for 5 September 2017 - B Day

AP English III

Your main task for homework tonight is to read and annotate Stephanie Ericsson's "The Ways We Lie" - this article is available in 50 Essays (first edition) and at this link. As you read, annotate. Keep track of vocabulary and major ideas and motifs in the text.

As you read "The Ways We Lie" take note of the different lies that Ericsson writes about. Do you see how Didion, Capote, Dick and Perry employ these different lies? To what larger effect?

Also, keep in mind that you will receive your responses to the In Cold Blood questions on Thursday and will be able to resubmit them for a new grade.

English IV

If you haven't yet considered the brainstorming questions for our personal essay, do that tonight so that you are ready to write and plan your essays next class. We'll be focused on drafting our personal essays before going to the computer lab to type them up.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Homework for the Weekend - A Day - 1 September

Happy Day of Knowledge! Happy First of September!

Russian I:

Homework for the weekend is to continue to focus on learning your letters in Russian. Remember that you should be learning the sounds and the shapes of the letters in Russian. Know the print version of the letter as well as the handwriting and start to get comfortable with reading and writing these sounds.

Also - we have some extra credit for this weekend! Do some research on Russian music and bring me a Russian musical artist that you would like to add to our class playlist. Bringing me a artist's name will earn you a bit of extra credit.

Advanced Russian:

This weekend I want you to focus on your use of verbs as you write a few sentences about your weekend. Use mostly past tense as you write and the verbs from Chapters One through Four. As you write, look at your vocabulary to remind you which cases are paired with which verbs. Use any charts or notes to help you with case declensions. Use language that you have ownership of - don't run to Yandex for all of your words.

Write 3-5 sentences (Russian II) / 5-7 sentences (Russian III). Next class I'll collect this as a bit of a diagnostic to see how our writing is going.

English IV:

There's no real homework for you all to complete this weekend. If you have missed a few classes because you've been added or had schedule issues, be sure to think about parts of yourself that are important to you, but kept hidden. Next class we'll be spending a lot of time toward writing our personal essays.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Homework for the Weekend - B Day - 31 August

English IV

For the weekend make sure that you've considered your brainstorming and the questions related to your introduction for your personal essay. We'll be spending a lot of time in class on Friday to draft these personal essays.

If you haven't turned in your student/parent contact form, please do that on Tuesday.

AP English III

Over the weekend you should be focused on Sections One and Two of In Cold Blood. Review both sections with an eye toward vocabulary and record on your bookmarks anywhere from five to ten good words that you would like to further study.

Take the questions I gave you today in class and prepare your question for Section One. We'll use these questions to take us through Section One - make sure that you've identified at least two significant passages that you could use to answer the question.

Look over and review Section Two. Hopefully we'll have time to work through that as well.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Homework for A-Day Students: 30 August

Russian I

Tonight, continue to work on the handwriting exercises that you've been given. You should be able to complete most everything up to Exercise 6. There are a few letters we haven't met yet, and you can skip those. Continue to focus on the letters we have learned in class which are:

A / К / М / О / Т / В / Е / Ё / Н / Р / С/ У / Х

By this point you should be able to say the letter and write it in upper and lower case.

Advanced Russian

Tonight you have a bit of practice with the ideas of truncation, addition, stems, and endings. In the exercise I gave you today in class I want you to do a few things:
  1. Identify the process which will happen - addition or truncation.
  2. Combine the stem and ending in standard transcription.
  3. Transform into Russian, if you can.
We'll continue to work through this next class. You also have your vocabulary from Chapters 1-4; focus on relearning the verbs!

English IV

In class today we began our study of The Canterbury Tales by looking at some historical information as well as a bit of the Prologue in Modern and Middle English. We'll read more of the text next class and work on our writing assignments a lot. Make sure that you have considered your brainstorming questions and that you have decided which aspect of yourself you are focusing on in your personal essay. Next class we will be very focused on the writing of this assignment.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Homework for B-Day - 29 August

English IV

For tonight, just like the A-day class, please finish your brainstorming for "The Me You Don't See" as well as your paperwork (student/parent contact sheet). We'll be using the answers for the brainstorming to guide us into the drafting of the personal essay.

Today was a wonderful first class - I was very happy to see the excitement and energy in the room. Let's keep that going and make sure we have a wonderful year together.

AP English III

Mr. Bernhard and I are working on your summer assignments and will get them back to you as soon as we can. For now, you have reading and paperwork to complete.

Complete the reading of Didion's "On Keeping a Notebook" - it's available in the first edition of 50 Essays and at this link. Read the text and take notes. As you read, find four new words and write them on your vocabulary bookmarks.

Also, don't forget the parent/student contact form. You can fill out the paper copy or the online version in the post below.

Next class we'll be working with Didion and Capote - so have your books and your notes!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Homework for the First Day

Yay! We made it through the first day. After today it just gets easier. I was very happy to see and meet all of you today. I was also very pleased with the tone you all set with me today. If we keep doing the year like we did today, then we're golden. Here are your reminders for Wednesday's classes.

You can also go to the post below to access the student/parent contact sheet online.

English IV

Please complete the brainstorming sheet - remember five questions total with three from one section. You'll also want to fill out your student/parent contact sheet, the honor code form, and your student handbook form.

Advanced Russian

Think of ten verbs that you would need to use to discuss your everyday habits and activities. Look them up in Russian if you don't already know them and write them out in Russian as well as in Structural Transcription. We'll review the work on Wednesday as we jump into the system of classifying verbs by their stems.

Don't forget to also complete your student/parent contact sheet.

Russian I

We know five letters in the Russian alphabet - just 28 more to go! Tonight, work on your handwriting practice. Remember that if the word has a letter we haven't seen yet then you can skip it. Only work with the letters A, K, M, O, T. Review your notes and practice!

Don't forget to also complete your student/parent contact sheet.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Beginning the Year! Online Resources and Tools!

Welcome to the 2017-2018 Year! Below there are several online resources that you can use to get started with our classes for the year.

Parent/Student Contact Form
If you choose, please complete the contact form either on paper (delivered home by your student and handed out in class on day one) or online. Use the link below to complete the form. Remember to review the policies and procedures sheet before completing the form.

Mr. Miller's Contact Form

Google Classroom
In my classroom we will use Google Classroom to complete a lot of assignments. You'll need to use your DPS Google Account in order to access the online classroom space. You'll want to go to classroom.google.com and then use the code below to join your class.

2A - English IV - iawzp3
3A - Advanced Russian - dhvb35
4A - Russian I - 7xt5c2

2B - English IV - y0ekren
3B - AP English III - 0xpab07
4B - AP English III - 69gnon6

Remind
I also use Remind as an application to facilitate communication between parents, students, and me. Use the codes below in order to access our Remind groups. The groups are set by the classes, not the specific periods. You will want to send the code below to 81010 via text message to sign up.

English IV - @h78c2
AP English III - @7ee3eg
Russian I - @386b3a
Advanced Russian - @russii