The last assignment for English IV is to write ten one-page
papers to illustrate the different writing modes students have been exposed to
during their high school years. It also offers them the opportunity to reflect
on their past, present, and future. This assignment is worth 325 points (varied
between compliance and mastery). The points will be broken up as follows:
This means that the student submitted each paper to www.turnitin.com (we registered together in
class), they were focused and on task, they were not playing on their phones,
and they were not distracting others.
50 points: grammar
25 points: presentation (how it looks when it
100 points: the papers themselves
I have attached a copy of the assignment below for all who
are interested in looking at a copy. Please let me know if you have any
questions! We will be working on this assignment every day over the next three
It is due on May 8th, no exceptions!
Nineteen Minutes End of the Year Unit (for Juniors only)
Please be advised that we will be reading Nineteen Minutes as our final book for the year. Students were told to have this book when they return from Spring Break on April 6, 2015 as either a hard or electronic copy. This is worth 100 compliance points; each day a students does not have the book they will lose 20 of those 100 points. The book needs to be with them every day in class so we can adhere to the strict reading timeline (please see the document below for further details). Students will be required to read pages from the book each week, complete weekly reader response journals (directions for which can be found in the attachment below), and participate in weekly discussions. If students are having a hard time reading the book on their own they may download the audiobook for free from audible.com if they sign up for a subscription. Please let me know if you should have any questions concerning this novel and/or the assignments.
Important end of the term updates!
SSR Projects are due NO LATER
THAN MARCH 9 (next Monday)! This is a 100 point mastery grade. I
have sent out three emails containing the detailed outlines, descriptions, and
rubrics for each of the four assignments students can choose from, but I have
attached them again just in case. Please let me know if you have any questions
regarding this assignment; there will be ABSOLUTELY no late work accepted for
this assignment as the term closes next week.
a student is missing assignments, remember it is the student’s responsibility
to come to me after school during my office hours (Weds-Fri. 3:00-3:30) in
order to make up missing assignments. If a student is truly struggling and
would like some extra help, please do not hesitate to come see me; we can make
arraignments for alternate days if my office hours do not work with your
schedule, but I must know ahead of time. In order to keep everyone up to date
on grades I will be sending out biweekly progress reports via Skyward on
Fridays. If you should have any questions, please let me know and I would be
happy to discuss it with you.
Important notices for JUNIORS We
are going to begin reading Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales next
week. This week begins our preparations. Students will be reading about and
taking notes on the historical background, important people, and vocabulary
necessary to fully understand the text. We will review this information
Wednesday and Thursday and an open notes fill in the blank quiz will be
administered on Friday. Next week we will read “The Prologue” followed by “The
Pardoner’s Tale” and “The Wife of Bath.” The goal is to be finished with this
unit before students leave for Spring Break at the end of March.
students return I would like them to have purchased a copy of the novel Nineteen
Minutes by Jodi Picoult. They may do so either on their electronic devices
or a paper copy from Barnes and Noble. Solely bringing in this novel and being
ready to begin reading upon our return from break will be 100 compliance
points. If you should have any questions or concerns about the information
written above please let me know and I would be happy to discuss it with you.
For those of you who have not yet been to the weebly site please do so. We use this instead of Moodle. Here you will be able to find updates with all the class information, syllabi, and explanations of class procedures, should they change. This is also where students go to complete online assignments and where rubrics are posted.
October 6, 2014- End of Term One and Other Notices
Please be advised that Book Reports and SSR Projects were due today! These are the last two grades that will be entered for Term 1 and each is worth 100 points. Emails have been sent out every week containing all of this information, rubrics were given out in class, it was up on the board, you have been given time in class, and we have discussed it; therefore, there are no excuses for late or incomplete work.
This week, due to FCAT retakes, things will be a little different in the Junior classes. Those students who are taking FCAT tomorrow and Wednesday will need to complete the assignment on their own and email it to me by 11:59pm this Saturday. Please follow the directions below:
Go to the weebly site.
Hover over English 3 until you see the drop down list. (If this does not pop up, refresh the page).
Hover over Lecture notes.
Click on Unit 2: The Puritans
Complete the Webquest listed at the top of the page. Follow the directions provided for you on the document.
Email answers to Ms. Teague by 11:59pm this Saturday.
WELCOME to the 2014-2015 school year!
I am so excited to get to know all of you. Please note that we will be heavily utilizing Moodle (more information to come later), and it would be very helpful for all students and parents to have an email address. I send out a weekly syllabus every Monday that includes the homework, classwork, and important due dates for the week. This information will also be uploaded on the class Weebly site.Our Literacy program is called SSR. SSR (Self-Selected Reading) books are chosen by each student and approved by me. If your parents have questions about your selection, they should ask you first, then, if you need to switch books, let me know. Parents always have the right to veto your selection if you have chosen a book that they believe is inappropriate. Teachers also have the right veto your selection if she believes you need to choose a higher (or lower) level book. Assignments and projects will be required weekly and quarterly. More details can be found on the Weebly page. Below I have included some class supplies that students should bring with them on the first day, and some behavioral guidelines.
A CAN DO attitude!
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. Some assignments will be given online and due to the lack of printer the majority of your handouts will be uploaded to this website. If for some reason you cannot print something, please let me know and I will print it off for you. 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 accountable and 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!