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Drama Unit

From this point until Thanksgiving break we will be working with Shakespearean Drama.  An important thing to note about this unit is that we will be using various forms of each Shakespearean play in class.  If you miss class, you are responsible for reading the text (daily act reading is listed below in the calendar) in your textbook at home in preparation for your return to class on the following day.  If you have Internet access, you can also find the text online at SparkNotes' No Fear Shakespeare.  This gives you a side-by-side comparison of the original language and a modern day translation. 

Tutoring Information

To accommodate students' various schedules, I can be found in my classroom each day at 7 am and every day afterschool until at least 3:15, typically later.  At times, however, additional teaching responsibilities require me to attend parent meetings, etc.  For this reason, I ask that students please let me know in advance if they plan to see me before or after school.

Should I feel strongly that a student needs tutoring, I will touch base with the student to schedule a mutually-beneficial date/time.  Students are also encouraged to take charge of their learning and see me to schedule time to review material that they could use additional help with. Students should NOT wait until the day before an important assignment is due or a quiz is scheduled. Part of being a successful student is the need to be an organized and prepared learner.   

 

Important Notice About Absences

If you are absent on the day of a test or quiz, it is your responsibility to schedule time to make that test or quiz up when you return. On your first day back you must schedule time to take the test or quiz during a time that works for both of us, either before or after school. Time during class will not be given to ensure that you do not miss more valuable class time.  If you miss class on the day that a project is due, that project is still due that day. Please make arrangements to email it or have it dropped off at the school.  Otherwise, it is considered late and will drop a full letter grade for each day late.

*Extreme circumstances do occur, and in the event that you miss school for more than a couple of days, we will make an alternative and acceptable plan for you. 

 

HELPFUL LINKS

A sample MLA formatted paper is available to you through the following link on the VCS Media Center's page.  This sample paper was provided by Lake Sumter State College.  Please review this prior to submitting any essays. MLA format is a requirement.  

Another wonderful writing resource is the Purdue Online Writing Lab, also known as the Purdue OWL.  I will refer to this site often in class.  Click here to access the site.  

Access your textbook online!   If you visit PearsonRealize you can access your textbook online.  Use your first name, period, last name, @, tvcs (First.Last@tvcs) for a user name and then the password you used to log in to take the pre-assessment test in August. 

New State Exam information for students and parents/guardians can be found at this link.  This includes a training test and guide.  

National Geographic video on Julius Caesar and Roman Rule - this video was removed from YouTube.  Please use the links provided to you by Mrs. Whitaker on the Media Center page (click Media Center in the left-hand menu, click Destiny Card Catalog at the top of the MC's page, then click High School on the far right, then look for the Julius Caesar links under my name on the right-hand side)


IMPORTANT DEADLINES AND DATES (tests, quizzes, projects, essays)

Upcoming Vocabulary Quizzes (for all classes) - Friday, November 7; Friday, November 21

ENG I Honors - Twitter Feed Project due November 12 & Midsummer Test will be on November 12

ENG II & ENG II Honors - Act Reflection Packet due November 12

ENG II & ENG II Honors - Caesar Essay due November 19

Literacy Project - Quarter 2 Literacy Project is due Friday, December 12th

For the Quarter 2 Literacy Project students have the opportunity to select from the same project list used for the quarter 1 literacy project.  However, students must choose a different project from the list; they may not do the same project as they did in Quarter 1.  A PDF of those options is listed at the bottom of this page above the monthly calendar.  Students must have a book by Wednesday, October 22.  This book MUST come to class each day. Unprepared students will lose points from their final project grade. 

 

NEW VOCABULARY

Studying for vocabulary word quizzes - Please remember that your vocabulary words can be found in your textbook. They can be found in two places: within the right-hand margins of stories we are currently reading AND in the glossary at the back of the book. If you are not here on the day new vocabulary words are introduced with the daily bell ringer, you are responsible for getting those words from a classmate the day you return OR from the list below. 

Vocabulary words for the weeks of October 23 & November 3

ENG I Honors - discriminate, differentiate, assimilated, values, monologue, soliloquy, aside, archetype, lament, inevitable, enamored, enthralled, adversary, augmenting, grievance

ENG II & ENG II Honors - tragic hero, tragic flaw, hubris, hamartia, ethos, logos, pathos, servile, infirmity portentous, prodigious, augmented, entreated, insurrection, wrathfully

Vocabulary words for the weeks of October 6 and October 13, 2014

ENG I Honors - discerning, prevail, bilingual, enumerated, accentuated, prejudice, solidarity, credentials, allegedly, monotonous, squelching (following three words added 10/13) calculating, symmetrical, prime

ENG II and ENG II Honors - indignation, hypocrisy, dexterous, curdled, empirical, poignant, provocative, opined (following four words added 10/13) tenacious, commencement, exploit, succumb

 

HOMEWORK

Homework for the week of November 3, 2014

ENG I Honors - Twitter Feed Project ongoing (responses are to be written after each Act read aloud in class)

ENG II & ENG II Honors - Caesar Reflection Response Packet ongoing (responses are to be written after each Act read aloud in class)

Homework for the week of October 27, 2014

ENG I Honors - Monday, October 23 Read Pyramus and Thisbe (pages 640-643) in the textbook and complete questions 1a, b & 5a, b on page 643

ENG II & ENG II Honors - Who was Caesar? mini-research project due Friday, October 31 (assignment PDF posted below)

Homework for the week of October 20, 2014

ENG II Period 4 - Questions 1-4 on page 529 due Friday, October 23

 

 

Contact: Jennifer.Ramsell@tvcs.org

PDF documents
10th Summer Reading Essay Assign. - ENG II/ENG II Honor Summer Rdng Essay Assignment.
9thSummerReadingAssign - ENG I Honors summer reading essay assignment
Caesar Reflection Response Packet - Record your thoughts after each Act
ENG II Honors Maya Angelou Project - Compare/contrast excerpt and poem
ENG II Honors Plot Project - plot project with rubric
ENG II Letter of Rec/Acceptance Speech Project - Lynne Cox "Swimming to Antarctica" assignment
English I & English I Honors Summer Reading Assign - Read, annotate and prepare for your first essay
English II Summer Reading Assignment - Read, annotate and prepare for your first essay
Essay Outline Help - Grade 9 - To organize your Conflict/Conformity Essay
Essay Prep PDF - PowerPoint of essay fundamentals
Invictus and Alive poems - 9th grade poems from Aug. 13
Invictus and The Second Coming (poems) - 10th grade poems from Aug. 13
Literacy Project - Literacy Project Choices
Midsummer Twitter Feed Project - Record your thoughts as a Twitter feed
Who Was Caesar? - Mini-research project due Friday, October 31

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English I Honors - Act I Midsummer
English II - Julius Caesar Act II
English II Honors - Julius Caesar Act II

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English II - Julius Caesar Act II
English I Honors - Act II Midsummer
English II Honors - Julius Caesar Act II

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English II - Julius Caesar Act III
English I Honors - Act II/Act III Midsummer
English II Honors - Julius Caesar Act III

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English II Honors - Julius Caesar Act III
English II - Julius Caesar Act III
English I Honors - Act III Midsummer

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English II Honors - Julius Caesar Act IV
English I Honors - Act IV Midsummer
English II - Julius Caesar Act IV

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English II - Julius Caesar Act IV
English I Honors - Act V Midsummer
English II Honors - Julius Caesar Act IV

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English II - Julius Caesar Act V
English I Honors - Act V Midsummer / Review
English II Honors - Julius Caesar Act V

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Progress Reports
English II Honors - Julius Caesar Act V
English I Honors - Midsummer Test
English II - Julius Caesar Act V

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English II - Writing Skills
English I Honors - Midsummer line recitation
English II Honors - Recitation project due

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English I Honors - Intro. Romeo & Juliet
English II - Writing Skills

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English I Honors - Romeo & Juliet Prologue
English II Honors - Writing Skills
English II - Writing Skills

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English II - Writing Skills
English II Honors - Writing Skills

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Fall Break This Week!

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Happy Thanksgiving

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