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Quarter 4 

Quarter 4 is wrapping up.  Please take note:

  • AP Language SENIORS - all work is due by Friday, May 15 by 3:30 p.m.

  • AP Language students who are NOT seniors - all work is due Friday, May 22 by 3:30 p.m.

  • ENG I Honors freshmen - all work is due Friday, May 22 by 3:30 p.m.

 

Ramsell's Distance Learning Plan

Welcome back to "school."  Our class will not take the same shape it always has, but it's our opportunity to try something new, so here we go!

Each day, I will post a message for you in Google Hangouts/Chat. I have created a "virtual classroom" so you will be networked with your classmates only (not all of my students).  Chat is a great place for you to "check-in" with me, if needed, and ask any questions you might have about the week's assignment(s).  Emails from you are welcome, of course, but they might not be the most efficient form of communication.  In Chat, I can answer your questions just as I would in a traditional classroom setting. Remember, if you have a question, chances are good someone else has the same one.  

All assignments will be posted weekly in Google Classroom. You can open up the weekly agenda and everything you need will be hyperlinked to that one document. It's a one-stop-shop. You can pace yourself, as needed.  I understand everyone is operating under a different family schedule.  You will receive a week's worth of assignments all at once. You can choose to do a little each day, or spend a good chunk of time on it.  It's entirely up to you to manage your workflow as it best suits you.

Just remember, I am here when you need me. Find me in Google Chat from 7:30 am-3:30 pm, or email me after 3:30 pm. I will check my email in the evening and respond by morning (if you email after 9 pm).  

Grading Policy

Assignments are assigned on Monday and due on Friday. At the beginning of each week, missing assignments from the previous week will be marked with a zero (0) and "missing" will be noted in Skyward until the assignment is submitted for grading. All late assignments will be graded after I have reviewed all on-time assignments.

 

VCS Online Learning Hub

Parents, please use this link to visit the VCS Online Learning Hub to review your student's assignments for the week.

Students, please visit Google Classroom for the Weekly Agenda/Resources and message me on Google Chat with any questions.

 

 

Grade 9 Textbook Access (Digital)

Please use Pearson EasyBridge to access your textbook online.  The instructions are as follows:

  • Access Pearson EasyBridge from your TVCS.ORG bookmarks folder in the upper left-hand corner of your browser
  • Log in using the following:                        Username: villagesschool\your skyward ID                  Password: your Skyward password
  • Your textbook is teal and black with a surfboard on the front, "Pearson Literature Grade 9"

 

 

A Note About Skyward & Grade Turnaround

I try to keep Skyward as up-to-date as possible by posting assignments for the upcoming week.  This helps students and parents plan accordingly.  However, at times we find we need to slow down, or perhaps pick up speed, during which I will adjust due dates or combine classwork assignments, as needed.

Some assignments are quick and easy to grade within 24-48 hours, but this is not the case with longer writing assignments.  I do try my very best to grade in an efficient, timely manner.  However, when writing assignments are turned in, please note that it does take time to assess the number of skills students are applying. Assignments of this nature might take up to two weeks for grading.  

   

 

Helpful Links For All Students

  • Do you have a question about a literary term?  Check out LitCharts handy-dandy list of literary devices and terms
  • Looking for resources to practice? 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! 
  • NoRedInk is a great tool for grammar practice.
  • Quill.org is another great grammar tool useful for working on sentence structure (building compound and complex sentences, working with parallel structure, etc.)
  • Grammar Bytes is a good site to use to practice grammar skills
  • You can get sentence diagramming help with Elizabeth from Grammar Revolution.
  • A 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. 

 

Contact: Jennifer.Ramsell@tvcs.org

PDF documents
2019-2020 AP Language & Composition Syllabus -
Chromebook Device User Agreement - Updated April 2018
ENG I Honors Grade 9 Syllabus - Ramsell -
LIBRARY CARD APPLICATION - Available to all students
Staples Classroom Rewards - Ramsell -
VHS Schoolwide Discipline Policy -

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