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We're almost there!
In just one week we'll be through exams and you will have the first half of the school year completed. It's hard to believe we're at that point already; but you have worked hard and deserve some respite (there's a new vocabulary word for you - it means rest, relaxation). Hang in there and make your midterms your best work yet!
Midterms - Go Buffalo!
To study and prepare for your midterm in English I Honors, English II or English II Honors, please review the material we covered in Unit 1 (close reading and annotating short stories), Unit 4 (Shakespeare & drama unit), and Unit 3 (poetry). There will also be information about the grammar we have covered. You will also be expected to effectively recall essay writing skills (thesis statement, topic sentences, supporting details, etc.) Ms. Sherburne and I have prepared a mid-term study guide for you to use in preparation for the exam. You can find that in PDF form at the bottom of this page. Lastly, don't forget to study IN ADVANCE of the exam (not just the night before!), get a good night's sleep, and eat a healthy breakfast. Most importantly, don't let stress get the best of you. You can do it!
Mandatory Tutoring for Quarter 2 begins Monday, December 1. Students have been assigned Monday or Wednesday time slots based on their existing tutoring commitments. Tutoring will take place in my room (240) from 2:40-3:15 both days and laptops will be made available.
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, within one week's time. 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.
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.
IMPORTANT DEADLINES AND DATES (tests, quizzes, projects, essays)
Midterms - Periods 1 & 2 midterms will be Wednesday, December 17; Periods 3 & 4 will be Thursday, December 18, and Periods 5, 6, & 7 will be Friday, December 19.
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.
In Semester 2 we will focus on prefix, suffix and root word work. Check back here for weekly updates to see what you need to study for your quiz every two weeks.
Everyone should be STUDYING for midterms on December 17, 18 and 19 - don't wait until December 16!
10th Grade Poetry Collection - Assignments for each poem in the collection
10th Midterm Study Guide - Use this study guide to study for your midterm
9th Grade Poetry Collection Project - Assignment for each poetry collection
9th Midterm Study Guide - Use this guide to help you study for your midterm
A Midsummer Night's Dream Movie Review - Play and movie comparison project
Caesar Recitation project - ENG II Honors Monologue Memorization/Analysis
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
ENGII Grammar Packet - To be completed by Friday, November 21
ENGIIHonors Grammar Packet - To be completed by Friday, November 21
Essay Outline Help - Grade 9 - To organize your Conflict/Conformity Essay
Essay Prep PDF - PowerPoint of essay fundamentals
Julius Caesar Essay Prompt - Choose one of the prompts for your in class essay
Literacy Project - Literacy Project Choices
Midsummer movie review format - Be sure to include this information in your review
Midsummer Twitter Feed Project - Record your thoughts as a Twitter feed
Queen Mab Project - Choose from one of the attached projects
Who Was Caesar? - Mini-research project due Friday, October 31