This Teacher Connection Page is dedicated to my 9th grade ENG I Honors students. All 11th & 12th grade Advanced Placement Language & Composition students should refer to the class website and use the password provided to you in class on August 6.
*Your textbooks are now available online. I will work with you during class to show you how to access it using the Pearson EasyBridge link featured below under "Helpful Links."
*Essay grading notice: Please note that essays take longer to grade than other assignments due to the length and the various skills being assessed in one assignment. I will do my best to grade the assignments within two weeks of receiving them. Please understand that taking my time to grade them means more feedback for you. All grading will be done online via Turnitin.com. I will be sure to let you know when my comments and your grade are available for viewing online.
Argumentative Essay will be due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 9 (all essays MUST BE uploaded to Turnitin.com - no exceptions!) - this is the first big grade for Quarter 2
Parts of Speech Quiz - Wednesday, October 21
Susequent Grammar Quizzes (sentence diagramming) - Wednesday, October 28; Wednesday, November 4; Wednesday, October 11; Wednesday, November 18
Students who need more time than the classtime allotted are expected to work on their argumentative essay at home
Quarters 1 & 3 - Vocabulary words are introduced as bell ringers; additional work with words will happen as we work with the text. Students are expected, however, to study on their own for bi-weekly vocabulary quizzes, as well. Please use the calendar to look for quiz dates. Click on the link provided that day on the calendar for a complete list of the words that will be on the quiz that day.
Quarters 2 & 4 - Grammar skills (parts of speech and sentence diagramming) will be practiced with daily bell ringers. We will alternate between vocabulary and grammar to ensure we are brushing up on both skills daily. As we do with Vocabulary, we will quiz on grammar bi-weekly. Students will be expected to study the parts of speech and practice diagramming at home to prepare for the quiz. All quizzes are posted on the calendar below.
To be clear, we will alternate our focus. Students will not be working on vocabulary AND grammar simultaneously. It will be one or the other and this will be clear based on bell ringer activity.
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.