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Week of September 12, 2016
This week we will be finishing up our Beowulf unit! I cannot believe how quickly time has already gone by. The last Beowulf quiz will be in Skyward by 4:15pm today, so please make sure you are up to date with your child’s grades and email me if you have any questions.
Monday-Wednesday: Watch Beowulf movie and compare it to the text. What’s similar? What’s different? Where did the director take creative license away from the story? How does that choice impact the Anglo-Saxon values?
Thursday-Friday: Timed writing assignment comparing the definition of an epic hero to modern hero. (If students need extra time they will be allowed to take their materials home over the weekend because Monday will be our last day on the in-class writing assignment).
*Please note that the writing assignment will be worth 100 mastery points.
This week we are going to finish up the career research section of our career and college research paper. Students will have the opportunity to use class time in order to research answers to questions about the profession they currently would like to attain. By the end of the week, students will have submitted two more paragraphs for their research paper based on what we do in class.
Monday and Tuesday- Use Step 4 on page 7 of the Mickey Mouse packet on Teacher Connection to guide your research process when thinking about your future career.
Wednesday-Thursday- Follow the model given in class to turn your bullet pointed answers to the research questions into paragraphs that will be submitted on www.turnitin.com.
*Please note that all grades will be up to date this afternoon by 4:15pm, so please check your child’s grades and let me know if you have any questions.
Week of September 5, 2016
Students who were absent on Friday will need to schedule a time with me either before or after school to make up their quiz on the second section of Beowulf. Today we will begin reading the final section; the goal is to have the story completed tomorrow so students can gather their notes together on Thursday for the final quiz on Friday. Next week, I want to let everyone know in advance, students will be doing the writing assignment that culminates the Beowulf unit as a 100 point test grade. This will be an in-class, timed writing assignment. Students will have Monday-Wednesday in which to work on it. I wanted to prepare you for it now so there are no surprises.
This week students will be completing an activity in the Google classroom about the differences between reliable and unreliable resources. Afterwards, they will complete a pre-research career packet and get to listen to a presenter from Rally Cap speak to them about college applications and scholarships. Most of this week will be individual work as we are slowly transitioning into the research process. The majority of the work done in this class is individual because the desires and future careers of each student are different. Students will be allowed to “plug-in” on research days in order to maintain and optimize their focus.
Week of August 29, 2016
This week we will read the second part of Beowulf and continue our note-taking process. There will be an opportunity for students who were not happy with their results from the first quiz to take another (albeit different) quiz tomorrow after school. This will be the one and only opportunity to take this quiz. If a student takes it, I will take the higher of the two quiz scores. As usual, please let me know if you have any questions!
Monday- Review meaning and examples of all literary terms found in Beowulf, then read and annotate lines 285-365
Tuesday- Read and annotate lines 367-448
Wednesday- Read an annotate lines 449-622
Thursday- Review section two and transfer annotations from Google doc to Beowulf packet
Friday- Quiz on part two of Beowulf
This week our focus will be starting the career and college research project, culminating in everyone’s final grade for term one. Students will be given specific instructions each day, and will need to come prepared with their chrome books charged in order to complete the assignment. All paragraphs, drafts, and final copies will be turn in to turnitin.com (an online plagiarism checker). As a general rule of thumb, following college guidelines, students should have no more than 15% similarity to another paper or papers. As we go through this process, please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have!
Monday- Finish synthesis of BOLTs, grit, goal setting, and bucket filling
Tuesday- Complete “MyRoad” survey and answer questions to help guide you in the formation of your first findings paragraph.
Wednesday- Write and revise the findings paragraph for your interest survey and career outlook from MyRoad
Thursday- Begin researching the answers to the “career research” questions on the worksheet passed out in class (see the Mickey Mouse packet on Teacher Connection if you have lost yours).
Friday- Continue career research process.
Week of August 22, 2016
Week of August 15, 2016
Week of August 8, 2016
WELCOME to the 2016-2017 school year!
I am so excited to see those of you who are returning and to get to know the rest of you. Please note that we will be heavily utilizing email as our main source of online communication in this class. I send out a weekly syllabus every Monday that includes the homework, classwork, and important due dates for the week. Our literacy program is called SSR. SSR (Self-Selected Reading) books are chosen by each student and approved by me. Parents always have the right to veto your selection if you have chosen a book that they believe is inappropriate. I also reserve the right veto your selection if I believe you need to choose a higher (or lower) level book. Assignments and projects will be required weekly and quarterly. Below I have included some class supplies that students should bring with them on the first day, and some behavioral guidelines.
- A CAN DOattitude!
- One binder
- Five dividers
- One USB
- Filler Paper
- Writing Utensils (blue or black pens or pencils…please do not write in other colors)
- An active email address (this is one of our main sources of communication and you will need to access it once a week)
- Access to the internet. If you do not have a computer at home, the Media Center is open before and after school; please take advantage of this. All handouts, notes, and writing samples should be kept in your binder at all times.
TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN ENGLISH:
- Be an active participant in your learning (come prepared having done the homework, listen, and respond thoughtfully during class discussions).
- Respect everyone in the room.
- Understand the concept behind Digital Citizenship
- Recognize and abide by all online learning rules
- NEVER plagiarize (take someone's work as you own). If you have a friend do your homework for you or you copy and paste something offline without citing it as a source, you will receive a zero for the assignment and a referral. At the University level, plagiarism is cause for expulsion, so learn the lesson early and do your own work.
- Be accountableand responsible for your thoughts, words, and actions.
- You are entitled to an education and an opportunity; now take it and make the most of it.Grades are not handed out, they are earned.
If you ever have any questions or concerns, please never hesitate to email me. You may call me during my planning period if there is something you do not wish to discuss in email, I just ask that you please do so during my planning period or after school.
I look forward to working with each of you and am so excited to get things going this year!
All the best,
Mrs. Brianna Smith, M.Ed
English III & English IV
English III Syllabus -
English IV Syllabus -
How to Format Your Research Paper - Step by Step Guide
Mickey Mouse Packet - All the Writing Assignments for the Year
Model Career Paragraphs - Bullet Points to Paragraphs
VHS Summer Reading -