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Grade 9 Students - Teacher Connection is a place for you and your family to check for quick information like quiz and test dates, links to extra study resources, and other "big picture" items. The majority of your assignments and in-class documents will be posted in the Google Classroom. Please bring your Chromebook to class with you every day and be sure it is fully charged. You will not always have the luxury to plug in to charge during class.
AP Language Students - To make things simple, and share a wealth of resources and information with you, I have created an AP Language & Composition class website using Google Sites. This, alongside Google Classroom, will be our main form of communication for AP. I keep my Teacher Connection page primarily for my Grade 9 English class.
National Honor Society Students (juniors and seniors) - Please visit the NHS club page for important information.
Parent Involvement Time/Donation Opportunity
My classroom could use a few pairs of headphones for students who do not have a pair of their own. The headphones will remain in my classroom for student use throughout the year. If you have the ability to donate a pair (or a couple of pairs) to my classroom, I will be happy to report the donation for you to receive PI hours for your donation. Thank you!
Semester 2 is here!
I am excited to begin Quarter 3 with you! It's hard to believe we are already in our second semseter of the academic year. Before you know it it will be testing season and then time really flies by! For the first couple of weeks of Quarter 3, we will be focusing on the following Essential Question: How might an author's personal background or experience help shape writing - both fiction and nonfiction - and a reader's understanding of a particular subject or theme. Students in ENG I will be reading The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros and students in ENG I Honors will be reading Night by Elie Wiesel. Each book is relatively short, but pacts tremendous interest and discussion about personal identity and culture. I look forward to sharing these books with you.
Periods 3 & 7 - ENG I - The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Students in periods 3 and 7 will read and discuss this text together in class to explore a variety of uses of figurative language and this unique style of vignette writing. In addition, each student will prepare a variety of vignettes of their own to explore their personal identity, family values, and culture.
Period 6 - ENG I Honors - Night by Elie Wiesel
Students in period 7 will complete a close reading assignment with each chapter and culminate together as a group with a philosophical chairs debate. In addition, a "scope project" will be completed by each student to help show the potential impact of one person on the world around them.
USA Test Prep Access - to access USA Test Prep, visit the site and use the following:
Account ID: buffalo77 (no capital letters)
Username: your personal student ID (first letter of your name and then the numbers; do not capitalize your first initial)
Password: Buffalo17 (Buffalo must be capitalized)
CommonLit Access for Grade 9 - to access CommonLit.org, please visit the site and enter the following. Once you have entered the following class code you will be part of my classroom for your class period and have access to the assignments. Please be sure to set up a password that you will remember.
Period 3 - VG9Y5
Period 6 - E5ZNB
Period 7 - 9RLJW
Quarterly Literacy Project - independent study required for all students
Literacy projects in my classroom are designed to reinforce the overall goals of the quarter. In addition, given the independent nature of the project, students are responsible for their own time management and completing the assignment on time, outside of class. Given the limited amount of homework assigned in my classroom, the literacy project is one of the only things students must plan on working on outside of our regularly scheduled classtime. This project is assigned at the beginning of the quarter and due one week prior to the end of the quarter.
Quarter 3 Literacy Project - Details posted soon; project will be due Wendesday, March 1
- Great practice for Parallelism Structure Identification - ChompChomp
- We will be using NoRedInk for grammar assistance in the classroom.
- We will also be using USA Test Prep to prepare for the FSA exam and help direct individualized learning.
- Looking for resources to study this summer? You will find Free ACT Practice Tests here. There are a number of practice tests here for you to use to practice Grammar and Reading skills this summer. The bonus? You get ACT/SAT/FSA practice at the same time!
- Access your textbook online! Please visit Pearson Easy Bridge and log in using your school email account and password.
- Google Classroom link
- NoRedInk is a great grammar study tool - we will use it in class, but students are encouraged to use it on their own, as well
- Grammar Bytes is a good site to use to practice grammar skills
- Sentence diagramming help with Elizabeth from Grammar Revolution
- 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. Here is a great link for what your MLA formatted paper must include/look like.
- Writing Commons is another helpful writing and speaking (presentation skills) site. 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.
- The State Exam (FSA) website shares valuable information for students and parents/guardians and 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.
- The Center for Online Education has an Academic Writing Guide that has helpful advice on various types of academic writing, common grammar pitfalls, citations, and more.
- Helpful links for prefix, suffix and root word work.
- Access this link for a Pronunciation Guide. This is especially helpful while working with unfamiliar vocabulary.
AP Language Syllabus & Classroom Policies 2016-17 - AP Language & Composition Syllabus and Policies
Chromebook Device User Agreement - Must be read/signed by student and guardian
ENG I Syllabus & Classroom Policies for 2016-2017 - Grade 9 Syllabus and Classroom Policies Document
LIBRARY CARD APPLICATION - Available to all students
Ramsell's Recommended Reading - A few titles to get started; not required texts
Syllabus Acknowledgement Form - Students and parents/guardians must sign by 8/8/16