Ms. Jennifer Ramsell « Teacher Connection / Documents / Calendar
Semester 2 / Quarter 3
- 9th Grade Unit will be our first novel study as we travel back to the 1930s in southern Alabama with Harper Lee's classic, "To Kill a Mockingbird."
- 10th Grade Unit will be nonfiction. We'll dig deep into ethos, pathos and logos in writing as we read Eric Schlosser's "Fast Food Nation," excerpts from Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle," and a variety of additional nonfiction texts.
In the event that you forget your book, both texts are available online.
Reading schedules have been posted in the PDF section down below. It should be noted that we will do our best to stick to the schedule, but class discussion will dictate if we move slower or faster through the content.
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 II - Locally prepared menu project due Tuesday, February 3
ENG II Honors - Opinion Essay due Monday, February 2
ENG II & ENG II Honors Fast Food Nation Reading Quiz (Chapters 1-5) - Friday, January 30
9th Grade Literacy Book chosen by Friday, January 23
ENG I Honors (9th grade) To Kill a Mockingbird Reading Quizzes - January 28, February 4, February 10
ENG II & ENG II Honors - Food Passport Extra Credit due by February 2 (optional assignment)
ENG I Honors (9th grade) Theme project due Friday, February 13
ENG II (10th grade) & ENG II Honors Research project due Wednesday, February 18
Quarter 3 Literacy Project - March 6
ENG II - Locally prepared menu project due Tuesday, February 3
ENG II Honors - Opinion Essay (Roy Choi's Loco'l concept) due Monday, February 2
ENG II & ENG II Honors - All writing prompts (for Chapters 1-10, Epilogue & Afterward) are in a PDF below
ENG I Honors - "To Kill a Mockingbird" reading schedule is posted below in the PDF section above the calendar
ENG II & ENG II Honors - "Fast Food Nation" reading schedule is posted below in the PDF section above the calendar; writing prompts will be posted here under homework as assigned.
ENG II & ENG II Honors - Food Passport Extra Credit Project (please visit Ms. Sherburne's Teacher Connection page to see the assignment). For each location you visit you must write a 1/2 page reflection on what you learned, the questions you asked, and your overall thoughts. A PDF of the passport including locations is below above the calendar. This project is due by February 2, and for each place you visit (maximum of 4) you will receive 25 extra credit points. Please hand everything in at one time.
Second semester 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. Under helpful links you will also find a couple of websites to help you with prefix, suffix and root word work.
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.
Here is a link to Chapter 14 in Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle."
Here is the link to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website (for the ENG II menu project).
Essay Prep PDF - PowerPoint of essay fundamentals
Fast Food Nation - Roy Choi Interview - ENG II Honors interview for opinion essay
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 Reading Schedule - Use this schedule for classwork/homework assign.
Fast Food Nation Writing Prompts - all in-class and homework prompts by chapter
Food Passport Project - extra credit -
Grade 10 Literacy Project for Q3 - Mandatory nonfiction literacy assignment
Grade 9 Literacy Project for Q3 - Mandatory memoire - choose book by 1/23
TKAM Questionnaire - Questions for before and after reading the novel
TKAM Reading Schedule - Weekly reading requirements for discussion/quizzes
TKAM Theme Project -
TKAM Theme Project Rubric -
TKAM WebQuest - Due Friday, January 16