Sunday, August 28, 2011

Assignments for Aug. 29 - Sept. 2, 2011

Monday - Complete diagnostic introductions.

Tuesday - Write "The Most Dangerous Game" pre-journal, assign Scavenger Hunt (due Sept. 9th), review essays and grammar top-ten errors, set-up class notebooks.

Wednesday - Acquire "Most Dangerous Game" vocabulary, review literary elements.

Thursday - Prepare literary elements posters for "MDG."

Friday - Present group literary elements posters.

Weekend Reading: "American History" by Judith Cofer (pgs. 239 - 252)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Textbook Online Log-Ins

I have added ALL students to the Pearson online textbook system. To log-in to the online textbook, go to

When you are asked for your log-in username, type in the initial of your first name and then your full last name (for example, mine would be kthompson). If your initial plus last name is less than six characters, use the underscore to complete your six-character log-in (for example, dyi___ or ayu___). If your name is very common, like Johnson, you must type in both your full first and last names (Arreaga, this applies to you as well). If you have a hyphenated or double last name, use the initial of your first name and only the first of the two last names.

Your password is your student ID number. Simple, huh.

Okay, give it a shot, and then if you still have difficulty, e-mail me at so I can help you get in.

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy reading "The Most Dangerous Game."

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Shifting Assignments

Because of some shifting, our Scavenger Hunt assignment will be distributed on Monday. Students will have 15 additional minutes to complete the diagnostic on Friday, if needed, and introductory presentations will run over into Monday's class. We will be on track soon, though!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Assignments for August 22 - 26, 2011

Monday -
Students will complete the student information page, be informed of the supplies needed for the class, get cards to design for the birthday board, and discuss the expectations for Pre-AP students. Birthday Cards due Tuesday, August 23rd.

Tuesday -
Students will ask any questions regarding Pre-AP course contracts and expectations and begin writing their diagnostic essays. Signed course contracts due by Friday. Assign diagnostic presentation, due Friday.

Wednesday -
Students will complete their diagnostic essays. If time allows, begin reviewing class rules.

Thursday -
Complete class rules review. Assign Dead Word Project (due September 5th) and Scavenger Hunt (due September 9th).

Friday -
Begin diagnostic presentations. All course contracts due by today.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Welcome to a New Year!!!!!

Greetings from your Pre-AP/TAG teacher! I would like to welcome each of you to Ellison High School and our English I Pre-AP/TAG class for the 2011-2012 school year. We will hit the road running and maintain a steady pace throughout the year. So, get your running shoes on (metaphorically speaking); we are ready to start the race!

You will need some supplies . . .

Successful organization of class materials and notes can boost your academic success. Organization simplifies life for students by helping them keep materials in one, easy-to-find location and allowing them to quickly access needed papers. Thus, this skill will be emphazided through our use of class binders this year. The list of class materials needed can be found below:

  • 1 3-ring binder, at least one inch

  • White, loose-leaf notebook paper

  • #2 pencils (maybe extra erasers)

  • 6 tab dividers for your class binder (can be self-made)

  • One or more highlighters

  • One spiral notebook

  • 3 X 3 sticky notes
**Other supplies--such as markers, a ruler, colored pencils, glue, poster boards, etc.--will be necessary for specific projects throughout the year. However, these will not be needed daily in class.

Please note: students will not receive a grade for having these specific items in class. However, I will expect every student to maintain a class binder for English I Pre-AP/TAG class notes and materials. If you are trying to procure these materials but are experiencing difficulty in doing so, please let me know discreetly.