Sunday, August 26, 2012

Lessons for August 27 - 31, 2012

Monday -
  • Students will receive copies of the course expectations/syllabus and Pre-AP English I contract.  They will be assigned to read these carefully and to write three questions or observations they have about any specific details in the readings.  These will be discussed in class on Wednesday.
  • Students will be informed of the supplies needed for this class.  Supplies should be on hand by Tuesday, September 4th.
  • Students will carefully read and annotate "Gaston."
Tuesday -
  • Students will write a literary analysis for "Gaston." 
Wednesday -
  • The class will discuss observations students noted from the course expectations/syllabus and Pre-AP English I contract.  Any questions students posed will be answered fully. 
  • We will discuss mandalas, and students will be assigned to create a personal mandala they will share in class during an oral presentation on Friday.
Thursday -
  • The class will complete its discussion of observations and questions regarding the course expectations/syllabus and Pre-AP English I contract. 
  • Students will be reminded that signed course contracts and mandalas are due at the beginning of class on Friday.
Friday -
  • Students will share their mandalas in an oral presentation to introduce themselves.
  • Students will receive the scavenger hunt assignment to be completed by Friday, September 7th.

**Ellison High School will host its annual open house on Tuesday, September 4th from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.  I hope to see many students and parents there! 

August 27 - 31, 2012

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 2012-2013 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:
  • 3-ring binder, at least one inch
  • White, loose-leaf notebook paper
  • #2 pencils (maybe extra erasers)
  • One or more highlighters
  • One spiral or composition notebook

*A flashdrive will be very helpful throughout the year, but it is not required
**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.
Once again, welcome!  I look forward to working with each and every one of you!   :)