5/9-15/2016

Assignments

Final

Final: Review for the final (details below) by making up missing assignments (i.e. move modules to skill level 4 on Khan Academy, skill builder ch 11-18 for The Catcher in the Rye, etc.)

Extra Credit

The Catcher in the Rye: Read ch 19-24 and complete this skill builder (ignore discussion questions).

Assessment

The final will include an ACT English section, an ACT Reading Comp section, Khan Academy skills, and some questions from chapters 11-18 in The Catcher in the Rye.

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5/2-8/2016

Assignments

The Catcher in the Rye

Reading: TCITR 11-18

Download the ePUB and open with Google Play Books. Ask me for help if necessary.

Skill BuilderPlease write down answers to the TCITR 11-18 Skill Builder and submit before the quiz.

Assessment

This Thursday or Friday, we will have a quiz on TCITR 11-18.

4/11/2016-4/17/2016

Fireside Chat

Don’t worry about Do Nows this week.

Assignments

ACT English
  1. For every module we have practiced on Khan Academy, move yourself to Skill Level 4. Make sure to review your answer after each question so that you improve your accuracy. The modules include everything in Reading and Writing except “Grammar: Frequently Confused Words”.

Assessment

On Thursday or Friday, we will have a long quiz (double the # of questions) on the ACT Reading Comp & Writing skills covered in the last two weeks.

4/4/2016-4/10/2016

Fireside Chat

Don’t worry about Do Nows today.

Assignments

ACT English
  1. If you haven’t already, complete Diagnostic Quizzes 1 & 2. Spend as much or as little time as you like on these—I don’t care about them.
  2. For each of the following 7 modules on Khan Academy, watch the videos (basic and harder), then complete ONE ROUND of questions. Make sure to review your answer after each question so that you improve your accuracy. The modules are as follows:

Watching the videos for these is super important and much more helpful than for grammar.

  • Reading: Science
  • Reading: Literature
  • Reading: History
  • Reading: Social science
  • Writing: Argument
  • Writing: Informative
  • Writing: Narrative

Assessment

Next Thursday or Friday (April 14th or 15th), we will have a quiz on the ACT Reading Comprehension skills above.

3/28/2016-4/3/2016

Fireside Chat

Do Nows must be completed in the first 2 minutes of class to receive credit. You are only allowed to makeup Do Nows given an excused absence (absent from school, ISS, or late with a note).

  1. Monday & Tuesday: Do Now 4 (Commas)
  2. Wednesay & Tuesday: Do Now 5 (Apostrophes)

Assignments

ACT English
  1. Change your password to “studentstudent”.
  2. For each of the following 10 modules on Khan Academy, watch the videos (basic and harder), then complete 25 questions. Make sure to review your answer after each question so that you improve your accuracy. The modules are as follows:
  • Effective language use: Precision and concision
  • Effective language use: Style and tone
  • Effective language use: Syntax
  • Grammar: Subject-verb agreement
  • Grammar: Noun agreement
  • Grammar: Conventional expression
  • Grammar: Logical comparison
  • Grammar: Possessive pronouns
  • Grammar: Items in a series
  • Grammar: Nonrestrictive and parenthetical elements
The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Reading: AMX Ch. 2

Download the ePUB and open with Google Play Books. Ask me for help if necessary.

Assessment

This Thursday, we will have a quiz on i) ACT English skills from this and last week (everything under “Grammar and effective language use” except “Frequently confused words”)

3/21-27/2016

Fireside Chat

To receive credit, Do Nows must be turned in within the first 2 minutes of class. You will only be allowed to makeup a Do Now if you have an excused absence (absent from school, ISS, or late with a note).

  1. First class: Do Now 1 (Parallelism)
  2. Second class: Do Now 2 (Commas)

Assignments

ACT Prep

Grammar:  Check your email and join my class for Khan Academy. If you are making a new account, use your vocabulary.com email & the password “studentstudent”. If you already have an account, go to your name in the top right > Profile > Coaches > accept me as a coach.

Then go to Subject > Test Prep > New SAT (starting March 2016) > Practice Reading & Writing > Take the 2 Writing Diagnostics (Quiz 3-Writing and language, Quiz 4-Writing and language).

For each of the first 10 Grammar modules, watch the videos (basic and harder), then complete 30 questions. Make sure to review your answer after each question so that you improve your accuracy. The 10 modules are as follows:

  1. Grammar: End-of-sentence punctuation
  2. Grammar: Within-sentence punctuation
  3. Grammar: Sentence boundaries
  4. Grammar: Subordination and coordination
  5. Grammar: Parallel structure
  6. Grammar: Modifier placement
  7. Grammar: Shifts in verb, tense, and mood
  8. Grammar: Pronoun clarity
  9. Grammar: Pronoun agreement
  10. Grammar: Possessive determiners

Assessment

Next Monday or Tuesday, we will have a quiz on the week’s ACT English skills.

3/7-11/2016

Assignments

Make up Incomplete Work

IXLs:

 

  1. 10-Z.5: Words with un-, dis-, in-, im-, and non-
  2. 10-Z.2: Words with re-
  3. 10-Z.1: Words with pre-
  4. 10-Z.3: Words with sub-
  5. 10-Z.4: Words with mis-

 

Vocabulary:

  1. con- (together)
  2. mis- (hatred, incorrectly)
  3. pre- (before)
  4. sub- (below, under)
  5. super- (above, over)
  6. omni- (all)
  7. ambi- (both)
  8. uni- (having only one)
  9. bi- (two)
  10. re- (again)
  11. un-, dis-, in-, im-, il-, non- (not)
  12. anti- (against)
  13. NFD Preface-Chapter 4

Skill Builders:

 

2/29/2016-3/6/2016

Assessment

On 3/3 or 3/4, we will have a ~30 minute graded discussion (rubric here) over The Catcher in the Rye ch. 1-7 and a ~20 minute quiz on The Catcher in the Rye ch. 1-7.

Assignments

The Catcher in the Rye

Instructional Materials:

  1. Hyperbole
  2. Sarcasm
  3. Unreliable narrator
    • Caufield is considered by some to be one of the most unreliable narrators in literature. “J. D. Salinger’s cynical teenage narrator openly admits he’s “the most terrific liar you ever saw” at the start of the story. His opinions about the world seem skewed by adolescent angst (he’s a precocious protagonist with an immature streak), but Salinger makes us question Caulfield’s stability at the end of the story.”

Reading: TCITR chapters 4 – end of 7.

Download the ePUB and open with Google Play Books. Ask me for help if necessary.

Discussion Questions & Skill Builder (due March 4): Chapters 1-7 questions

  1. Answer skill builder questions in 2-3 sentences on paper and turn in on Friday.
  2. Prepare quotations and ideas for the Friday’s discussion. (Your discussion contribution will be graded, but I will not collect your preparation.)
College Essay Brainstorm

You’ll meet with me for 15 minutes to discuss your college essay brainstorm. See your scheduled meeting time below—meet at my desk.

Strategies

Backwards plan: How many chapters do you need to read each day to be prepared for Friday’s assessment?

Study groups: Feel free to discuss chapters or read through the book in groups. Mr. S will always join your group if you request.

Take notes: Jot down ideas and quotations as you read the book. This will serve as your preparation for Friday’s graded discussion.

Skill builder: People do this one of two ways. Some students answer questions as they go. Others save it for the end, using the skill builder to review the material.

Why?

The Catcher in the Rye is considered one of the greatest, perhaps the greatest, “coming of age novel” of all time. It’s a hallmark of the American high school curriculum, and for good reason: it’s about the high school experience from the eyes of a dissatisfied teenager. Through TCITR, we’ll explore some powerful literary techniques (explained in the instructional materials above.)

2/22-28/2016

Fireside Chat

I will be starting a reading circle in the corner of the classroom. If you have a D+ or below OR if you scored under a 69 on our last quiz, then you are required to join me. Of course anyone is welcome!

Assessment

On 2/25 or 2/26, we will have a ~30 minute graded discussion (rubric here) over The Catcher in the Rye ch. 1-3.

On 3/3 or 3/4, we will have a ~30 minute graded discussion on The Catcher in the Rye ch. 4-7 and a ~20 minute quiz on The Catcher in the Rye ch. 1-7.

Assignments

The Catcher in the Rye

Instructional Materials:

  1. Hyperbole
  2. Sarcasm
  3. Unreliable narrator
    • Caufield is considered by some to be one of the most unreliable narrators in literature. “J. D. Salinger’s cynical teenage narrator openly admits he’s “the most terrific liar you ever saw” at the start of the story. His opinions about the world seem skewed by adolescent angst (he’s a precocious protagonist with an immature streak), but Salinger makes us question Caulfield’s stability at the end of the story.”

Reading: TCITR chapters 1 – end of 3.

Download the ePUB and open with Google Play Books. Ask me for help if necessary.

Discussion Questions & Skill Builder (due March 4): Chapters 1-7 questions

  1. Answer skill builder questions in 2-3 sentences on paper and turn in on Friday.
  2. Prepare quotations and ideas for the Friday’s discussion. (Your discussion contribution will be graded, but I will not collect your preparation.)
College Essay Brainstorm

You’ll meet with me for 15 minutes to discuss your college essay brainstorm. See your scheduled meeting time below—meet at my desk.

Strategies

Backwards plan: How many chapters do you need to read each day to be prepared for Friday’s assessment?

Study groups: Feel free to discuss chapters or read through the book in groups. Mr. S will always join your group if you request.

Take notes: Jot down ideas and quotations as you read the book. This will serve as your preparation for Friday’s graded discussion.

Skill builder: People do this one of two ways. Some students answer questions as they go. Others save it for the end, using the skill builder to review the material.

Why?

The Catcher in the Rye is considered one of the greatest, perhaps the greatest, “coming of age novel” of all time. It’s a hallmark of the American high school curriculum, and for good reason: it’s about the high school experience from the eyes of a dissatisfied teenager. Through TCITR, we’ll explore some powerful literary techniques (explained in the instructional materials above.)