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Sumter County Wants to Give YOU a Library Card!

Regardless of the county you live in, Sumter County is opening its library to you with the gift of a library card.  This card gives you access to books, technology, and test prep materials.  AND, if you fill out an application (see PDF below), our Media Center will put your name in a drawing for the opportunity to win movie tickets and gift cards to places like Target.  Increase your odds of winning and turn in your application by March 20th to receive 2 entries.  Students who enter by noon on the 27th will received one entry.   

Semester 2 After Spring Break

Grade 9 - Until the end of the school year, we will be looking at the Big Question: Do heroes have responsibilities? as we explore our final unit on oral traditions and mythology.  We will begin this unit reading excerpts from "The Odyssey" by Homer.  These excerpts are included in our textbook. Supplemental texts will be used to further explore the exciting world of mythology.  Each student will have a chance to explore their imaginative side as we work on some cool end of the year projects.

Grade 10 - Until the end of the school year, we will be looking at the Big Question: Can anyone be a hero? as we explore our final unit on oral traditions.  We will begin this unit reading "The Theban Plays" by Sophocles (Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone) and then further explore legends, fairy tales, and similar pieces of literature over time.  There are some very cool projects coming up, and I am very excited to begin this unit! 

Tutoring Information

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

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. 

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 for Quarter 4  - Due Friday, May 8

Literacy Projects for Quarter 4 have been posted below under the PDF section.  Grade 9 and Grade 10 have different projects.  Please be careful to select the appropriate grade.  You will have a choice between 5 different projects somehow connected to our unit on Greek tragedy, the epic, and mythology.  

All projects are due on May 8 with no exceptions. 

Using Turnitin

Quarter 4 we will begin using Turnitin.  Turnitin is a cloud-based file storage program used to upload assignments. Assignments uploaded to Turnitin will be graded electronically for originality, content, grammar and mechanics.  All students must use this program from here on out.  No hand-written assignments, emailed assignments, or hard copies will be accepted unless otherwise noted by me. All assignments must be uploaded by 3 pm the date they are due. Assignments cannot be uploaded after this date/time.

Every student must have a valid email address, preferably a Gmail account.  You may upload documents in a variety of formats; if you are familiar with Google Drive, you will find that this is compatible with Turnitin. 

We will establish your account in class, as you will need the class account number and a password from me to begin. We will also take time to view and walk through tutorials to train you in the use of this exciting new software.

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

ENG I Honors - Speech Analysis Project due Tuesday, April 7 (analysis uploaded using Turnitin by 3 p.m.; posters handed in during class)

ENG II & ENG II Honors - Speechwriter Research Project due Wednesday, April 8 (uploaded using Turnitin by 3 p.m.)

Quarter 4 Literacy Projects due Friday, May 8 - ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS!

HOMEWORK

Students in Grade 9 should be working on their Speech Analysis project the week prior to spring break.  Projects are due April 7 by 3 p.m.

Students in Grade 10 should be working on their Speechwriter Research Paper the week prior to spring break. Essays are due April 8 by 3 p.m.

BELL RINGERS (FSA Reading Exam Prep)

Until the FSA Reading Exam (April 14 & 15 for 10th grade and April 16 & 17 for 9th grade), we will practice identifying paragraph errors (spelling, punctuation, grammar) and correcting them.  Please see the PDF below for the bell ringers we will be doing in class each day (one per day). 

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. 

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 (FSA) 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.

Helpful links for prefix, suffix and root word work. 

For the State of the Union packet (due Friday, March 20), here is a link to The American Presidency Project's First Annual Message to Congress on the State of the Union.  You can also find the 15 minute C-Span Classroom Video with senate historian Mr. Ritchie here

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Contact: Jennifer.Ramsell@tvcs.org

PDF documents
10th grade Speechwriter Research/Essay Project - Assignment sheet and rubric - due April 8
9th grade Speech Analysis Project - Assignment sheet and project rubric - due April 7
Essay Prep PDF - PowerPoint of essay fundamentals
Every Day Edits/BellRingers until FSA Reading Exam - Practice paragraph editing (find & correct errors)
LIBRARY CARD APPLICATION - Available to all students
Q4 Grade 10 Literacy Projects - Choose 1 of the 5 options provided here
Q4 Grade 9 Literacy Projects - Choose 1 of the 5 options provided here

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