English I Honors

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First, second, and sixth periods had a final day of presentations research. We’ll begin the presentations next week.

Fourth period finished a quick, one-day overview of Animal Farm.

Homework
  • First, second, and sixth periods: none.
  • Fourth period:
    • make corrections for Mockingbird project;
    • write a haiku that summarizes Animal Farm.

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We completed the first day of PASS testing.

As a side note, I created a grade calculator for English 1 students (fourth period) to determine what their final grade might be. I’m not guaranteeing it’s completely accurate, but it gives a ballpark figure.

Homework
  • Fourth period: make corrections in Mockingbird newspaper (due Monday 16 May)

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All periods worked on bibliographic entries: all periods are working on research (or, in the case of fourth period, about to start).

Homework
Bibliographic Entries and Final Discussions

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Fourth period finished up Great Expectations today. We’re left with a research paper to write, two books, and nineteen school days to do it all — are we nuts?

First, second, and sixth periods continued working on the World War Two research project. We began gathering a little bibliographical data to begin our Works Cited page tomorrow.

Homework
Research

Miss Havisham, in art by Harry Furniss

First, second, and sixth periods began the process of narrowing their research topic. All students begin with the same general framework: World War Two. By tomorrow (in class), they will need to have a sufficiently narrowed topic.

Fourth period had a catch-up reading day.

Homework
  • Fourth period: complete Great Expectations by Wednesday
  • First, second and sixth periods: none.
Jerzy Buzek

First period worked on evaluating web sources. Second and sixth periods worked on non-textual elements in informational texts. Fourth period continued with Great Expectations.  No details — it’s Friday.

No homework.

First period worked on graphical and typographic text elements and the effects they have on an informational text.

Second and sixth periods worked on bias with sports article headlines.

Fourth period took a quiz and reviewed the novel to this point.

Homework
  • First period: read the article on the Dresden bombings.
  • Second and sixth periods: none.
  • Fourth period: read through chapter fifty-three.

First, second, and sixth periods all worked inferring the main idea of a text as well as the meaning of unknown words. We’ll continue working on it tomorrow.

Fourth period continued with Great Expectations, looking at point of view and its effect on the narrative.

Homework
  • First period: read the article and write a one-sentence description of the main idea.
  • Second period: complete five more proverb main idea exercises.
  • Fourth period:
    • by Thursday, read through chapter 50;
    • prepare for possible quiz Thursday on chapters 40-50.
  • Sixth period:
    • find two more main ideas from “If-“;
    • complete five more proverb main idea exercises.

First, second, and sixth periods began working on a research/informational-text unit in review for the PASS test coming in two weeks. We began gathering topics for a short presentation that will be given after testing.

Fourth period continued with Great Expectations, starting a two-day lesson on point of view.

Homework
  • First, second, and sixth: none.
  • Fourth period: read through chapter 43.

I’d promised students going on the Beta Club trip during the week of our return that I would post some information about the work we’ll be doing during their absence. For some classes, working ahead will be tricky: much of it will be research skills we work on in the library. For others, it will generally be a question of reading.

English Studies (first period) and English Strategies (second and sixth periods)

We will be working on a quick review of informational texts and a review of the research process by beginning a mini-unit researching an element of World War Two. I will revise this post later in the week in order to supply some of the reading materials. Some of the materials are under copyright, so I won’t be able to post everything.

English I Honors (fourth period)

Fourth period will be finishing up Great Expectations. Students going on the trip would do well simply to complete the book and continue taking theme notes to put into the database upon return.

First period had a test on The Giver that turned out disastrously: we took it online at our Moodle site, and due to internet connectivity issues, several students lost half their test as they moved from one portion to another. Because there were so many problems with the test, I decided simply to give everyone a good grade on it and move on: it would have taken hours to figure out a fair scoring system since some students’ computers experienced no problems at all and others’ computers seemed to be part of a vast conspiracy to make their lives impossible.

Fourth period finished up looking at characters and characterization in Great Expectations. We’ll be finishing up the entire book shortly after returning from spring break.

For students going on the ϐ club trip, I will be posting details about work students will be missing. Check back here early next week.

Homework
  • First, second, and sixth periods: none.
  • Fourth period: read Great Expectations through chapter 40.

Fourth period continued with Great Expectations. We’ve turned our attention to the characters and Dickens’ methods of characterization. We’ll continue working on that tomorrow.

Second and sixth periods completed a quick test review for tomorrow’s short story unit test.

Homework
  • Second and sixth periods: study for test (review stories and notes).
  • Fourth period: read through chapter 31 in Great Expectations.

Second and sixth periods looked at theme in “Thank You, M’am.” We’ll be having a review tomorrow and the test on the short stories unit Thursday.

Homework
  • Second and sixth periods: study for test.
  • Fourth period: read through chapter 28.