Friday, February 25, 2011

Super Saturday TAKS Tutoring Offered 2/26 AM

Based on student feedback, I have opened a Super Saturday TAKS preparation/review session for this Saturday only. I will be in the classroom between 9:00 and 12:00 Saturday (2/26) morning. Students may come to the room for TAKS practice, preparation, and review at that time if they wish to do so.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Assignments for Feb. 21 - 25, 2011

Due to a parent conference, Tuesday's before school tutoring has been cancelled.
Also, Thursday's after school tutoring session will be shortened, ending at 4:35, to allow for my attendance at an important teachers' informational meeting.
Students may come in on Wednesday or Friday for additional assistance.
I'm sorry for any inconvenience.
***UIL Grade Check is Friday, Feb. 25th.
Make sure all work has been submitted!!!
English Language Arts TAKS is March 1st. Are you ready?????

Pre-AP English I -
  • Research paper revisions due Feb. 25th.
  • This week, we will review short responses/crossover responses, literary terminology, and TAKS strategies.
  • Students will be reading short selections at home and/or preparing short responses to the texts read each evening.

Dual Credit 1302 -

  • Short story analysis essay due March 4th--MLA format.
  • Short story test is Feb. 28th.
  • Reading schedule: Tuesday, chapter 8 overview and "The Hammon and the Beans"; Wednesday, "Sonny's Blues" and "The Lesson"; Thursday, Poe overview as well as "The Fall of the House of Usher" and "The Cask of Amontillado"; Friday, "The Masque of the Red Death" and "The Black Cat."
  • Though they are not assigned readings, the critical essays following the Poe chapter are recommended reading.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Assignments for Feb. 14 - 18, 2011

Pre-AP English I -
  • Research papers are to be revised by Feb. 25th. Remember, the old draft and rubric must be submitted with the new revisions. Summative grade.
  • Rhetorical Valentines are due by Monday. We will probably have to swap Tuesday. Remember to write your messages on a separate sheet of paper and identify the rhetorical device used in the Valentine. I will use this for grading the written portion of the card.
  • We will finish the short response graphic organizer on Monday or Tuesday. You will have reading homework each night next week. Be prepared to read and annotate carefully. You will have a daily mini-quiz over the previous night's reading.
  • You will complete both a STARS report and a graphic organizer for selected texts next week.
  • Grammar Focus: Commas and Capitalization

Dual Credit 1302 -

  • Discussion entry for "Blue Winds Dancing" due by Wednesday. It's posted on the Dual Credit Combined discussion forum.
  • Short responses will be assigned for "Young Goodman Brown" and "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall." An additional crossover response will be required.
  • Readings: Monday - "Hills Like White Elephants," Ch. 7 opening, and "Unfinished Masterpieces"; Tuesday - "Young Goodman Brown"; Wednesday - "The Chrysanthemums" and "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall"; Thursday - Ch. 8 overview, "The Lesson," and "The Hammon and the Beans"; Friday - "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" and "The Yellow Wallpaper."
  • Start working on your first essay. It will be due March 4th.
  • The short story exam will be February 28th.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Pre-AP English I Adjustment

Because of the day out and the time we're taking for the TAKS short response introductions, DIDLS, "On Summer," and the research paper revision have been postponed. These will be addressed more fully in classes next week. The revised research paper draft will now be due Feb. 25th.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Assignments for Feb. 7 - 11, 2011

Pre-AP English I -
  • Memorize and be able to identify prepositions
  • Review errors with run-ons, comma splices, and sentence fragments
  • Introduce and practice DIDLS tone analysis activity
  • Learn and practice proper literary analysis short response format
  • Read and respond to "On Summer"
  • Begin revising research paper, new draft due by February 18th

Dual Credit 1302 -

  • Submit literary analysis approach handout on Tuesday
  • Respond to online discussion board
  • Read and respond to chapter 5 overview and "Battle Royal" (Monday), "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been" (Tuesday), "Blue Winds Dancing" (Wednesday), chapter 6 overview and "The Story of an Hour" (Thursday), and "Barn Burning" and "Hills Like White Elephants" (Friday)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

**Dual Credit Change**

Because we are about one day behind, let's postpone chapter 4 and "Battle Royal" until Monday. Tomorrow, we will discuss "Luck," "The House on Mango Street," and "And Sarah Laughed." We will discuss "The Shawl" and "The River" on Friday.