5/9-15/2016

Assignments

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Reading: AMX Ch. 15-19

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

Final: Review for the final (details below). Makeup missing assignments!

Assessment

 

The final will include an ACT English section, an ACT Reading Comp section, Khan Academy skills, and questions from AMX chapters 15-19.

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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”.
The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Reading: AMX Ch. 4-5

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Assessment

Next Monday, we will have a discussion on AMX 4-5 and a long quiz (double the # of questions) on ACT Reading Comp & Writing skills.

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
The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Reading: AMX Ch. 3

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

Assessment

On Friday, we will have a discussion on AMX 3 and a quiz on i) ACT Reading Comprehension skills above and ii) AMX 3.

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: Do Now 4 (Commas)
  2. Tuesday: Do Now 5 (Apostrophes)
  3. Wednesday: Do Now 6 (Run-ons & Fragments)
  4. Thursday: Do Now 7 (Run-ons & Fragments)

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

Next Monday, we will have a discussion on AMX F-2 and a quiz on i) ACT English skills above and ii) AMX 2.

3/21-27/2016

Fireside Chat

To receive credit, Do Nows must be completed during the first 2 minutes of class. I will track through the time stamp on your submission. 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. Monday: Do Now 1 (Parallelism)
  2. Tuesday: Do Now 2 (Commas)
  3. Wednesday: Do Now 3 (Apostrophes)
  4. Thursday: Do Now 4 (Commas)

Assignments

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 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
The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Reading: AMX, Foreword – end of Chapter 1

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Assessment

This Monday, we will have a quiz on i) ACT English skills studied and ii) AMX F-1.

3/7-11/2016

Assessment

This Friday, we will have a ~25 minute graded discussion (rubric here) on The Catcher in the Rye. The discussion will count for half as much as the quiz.

Please prepare thoughts, evidence, and opinions for the discussions.

Assignments

The Catcher in the Rye

Reading: TCITR chapters 25 – end of 26.

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

Discussion Questions & Skill Builder: Chapters 25-26 questions

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

Complete Old Assignments: I will stop accepting work for quarter 3 on Thursday at 3 pm. Anything assignment in SIS under 100% can be improved or redone to raise your grade. Remember, assignments are 40% of our quarter grade!

2/29/2016-3/6/2016

Assessment

This Friday, we will have a ~25 minute graded discussion (rubric here) on The Catcher in the Rye ch. 19-24 and a quiz on TCITR ch. 19-24.

Please prepare thoughts, evidence, and opinions for the discussions.

Assignments

The Catcher in the Rye

Instructional Material: Study the following literary device: foreshadowing. It will appear on the skill builder assignment and quiz.

Reading: TCITR chapters 19 – end of 24.

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

Discussion Questions & Skill Builder: Chapters 19-24 questions

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

Strategies

Backwards plan: How many chapters do you need to read each day to be prepared for the assessments?

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

This Wednesday , we will have a ~25 minute graded discussion (rubric here) on The Catcher in the Rye ch. 11-14. On Friday, we’ll have a ~25 minute graded discussion on TCITR ch. 15-18 and a quiz on TCITR ch. 11-18.

Please prepare thoughts, evidence, and opinions for the discussions.

Assignments

The Catcher in the Rye

Instructional Material: Read about “Authorial Intrusion” or what most people call “breaking the fourth wall”.

Reading: TCITR chapters 11 – end of 18.

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

Discussion Questions & Skill Builder: Chapters 11-18 questions

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

Strategies

Backwards plan: How many chapters do you need to read each day to be prepared for the assessments?

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.)