Ms. Jennifer Ramsell « Teacher Connection / Documents / Calendar
Semester 2 / Quarter 3
For the second half of Quarter 3, we will be further exploring the art of persuasive writing with Unit 2 in our textbook: Is knowledge the same as understanding? (grade 9) and What kind of knowledge changes our lives? (grade 10).
In grade 9, students will begin to explore the use of ethos, pathos, and logos in writing. In grade 10, students will delve deeper into the art of rhetoric and what it takes to become an effective speech writer. We will read, listen to, and watch several personal essays and speeches dating back as far as our first presidents to today. Throughout this process we will evaluate how they are written and the effect that the writing has on the intended audience.
All tutoring will be pre-arranged and take place in my room (240) from 2:40-3:15. 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 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.
Quiz/Test Retakes and Make-ups - after school only during Quarter 3
If a student misses a quiz or test due to an excused absence, he/she must make up that quiz within four days of their absence. It is the student's responsibility to schedule a mutually-convenient day after school to do so. Before school time slots are not available quarter 3.
Students who wish to retake a quiz or test must do so within four days of the original quiz/test date. It is the student's responsibility to schedule a mutually-convenient day after school to do so. Before school time slots are not available quarter 3.
Literacy Project 2015 - due Friday, March 6
9th Grade - The second semester literacy assignment has been posted below in the PDF section above the calendar. This quarter you must read a memoir (nonfiction, personal story). Your book must be approved by a parent or guardian. Please see the PDF below for sign-off instructions. Books should be chosen by Jan. 23.
10th Grade - The second semester literacy assignment has been posted below in the PDF section above the calendar. This quarter you will be responsible for reading 6 magazine articles/blogs, annotating them, and responding to a written prompt. More specific details are in the PDF below.
Literacy projects are long-range projects with due dates that are projected weeks in advance. This means they are due on the date posted with NO EXCEPTIONS. Students who are sick on the day that a literacy assignment is due must still hand in the assignment that day (via email, parent/sibling/classmate drop-off).
IMPORTANT DEADLINES AND DATES (tests, quizzes, projects, essays)
ENG I Honors Extra Credit Essay Due March 11
All Grade 9 & 10 Quarter 3 Literacy Projects are due March 6 - no exceptions!
All Grade 9 & 10 classes Vocabulary quiz (prefix, suffix, root words from bell ringers) - Thursday, March 5
Posted as assigned...
NEW VOCABULARY / Bell Ringers
Monday, February 23 bell ringer ENG I Honors - Latin root word -dur- / complete Word Study A & B on page 212 in our textbook
Monday, February 23 bell ringer ENG II & ENG II Honors - Latin root word -fig- / complete Word Study A & B on page 216 in our textbook
Wednesday, February 25 bell ringer ENG I Honors - Latin root word -temp- / complete Word Study A & B on page 226 in textbook
Wednesday, February 25 bell ringer ENG II & ENG II Honors - Latin prefix "suc-" / complete Word Study A & B on page 228 in textbook
Thursday, February 26 bell ringer ENG I Honors - Latin root word -sum- / Word Study A & B on page 236 in textbook
Thursday, February 26 bell ringer ENG II & ENG II Honors - Latin root word -scend- / Word Study A & B on page 236 in textbook
Friday, February 27 bell ringer ENG I Honors - Latin root word -cred- / Word Study A & B on page 248 in textbook
Friday, February 27 bell ringer ENG II & ENG II Honors - the Greek prefix -em- / Word Study A & B on page 246 in texbook
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.
Here is yet another great resource for writing and speaking (presenting) skills, Writing Commons. While the site does say it is for college level writers, there is plenty of information on the site that we review in class. I think you will find that it is easy to understand and navigate.
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.
P.E.R.T. (Postsecondary Education Readiness Test) - Florida's customized common placement test - information can be found here.
Here is the link to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website (for the ENG II menu project).
If you need a link to Fast Food Nation, please click here.
9th Grade Extra Credit Essay - Warriors Don't Cry/Speech Essay
Essay Prep PDF - PowerPoint of essay fundamentals
Fast Food Nation - Roy Choi Interview - ENG II Honors interview for opinion essay
Fast Food Nation Chapter 9 Analysis - Closely examine how Chapter 9 is written
Fast Food Nation Local "Fresh" Menu Project - ENG II - research and design a special meal
Fast Food Nation Opinion Essay - ENG II Honors Roy Choi Loco'l essay
Fast Food Nation Project - website, brochure, presentation/video project
Fast Food Nation Project Rubric - Website, brochure and presentation rubric
Fast Food Nation Reading Schedule - Updated February 10, 2015 - almost done!
Fast Food Nation Writing Prompts - all in-class and homework prompts by chapter
Grade 10 Literacy Project for Q3 - Mandatory nonfiction literacy assignment
Grade 9 Literacy Project for Q3 - Mandatory memoire - choose book by 1/23
TKAM Protagonist/Antagonist Essay outline - In-class assignment
TKAM Questionnaire - Questions for before and after reading the novel
TKAM Reading Schedule - Weekly reading requirements for discussion/quizzes
TKAM Symbolism Research project - In-class research on names/symbols
TKAM Theme Project -
TKAM Theme Project Rubric -
TKAM WebQuest - Due Friday, January 16