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TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN ENGLISH:

  1. Be an active participant in your learning (come prepared having done the homework, listen, and respond thoughtfully during class discussions).
  2. Respect everyone in the room.
  3. Understand the concept behind Digital Citizenship
  4. Recognize and abide by all online learning rules
  5. NEVER plagiarize (take someone's work as your 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.
  6. 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.

 

Term Two Weekly Notices

**ALL CLASSES: Your SSR project (100 mastery points) is due on December 8th at the start of your class period. Your options for assignments have been posted in Google classroom since September. Please reference them and begin working on your project as soon as possible!

 

Week of November 13, 2017:

ALL CLASSES-  This week students will be given an opportunity to get caught up on their SSR projects (due December 8th). I will be going over the project options with them, but they have been posted on Google classroom since August 22nd, so all students should know which project they would like to complete and have finished reading their book. If not, this will be the perfect week for students to get caught up.

Sophomores- Please be advised, if your child currently has a zero in the grade book, they are required to stay for tutoring at least one day this week. If they do not make an appointment to come see me and get the work made up (because all zeroes reflect missing work) then they will receive a detention once we return from break.

Monday: Complete rhetorical appeals in Obama’s speech

Tuesday: SSR

Wednesday: SSR

Thursday: Grammar (sentence structure and development)

Friday: Main idea activity and SSR

Seniors- Please be advised, if your child currently has a zero on the Research Project it is because they have not turned it in and are required to stay after school with me each day this week until it is made up. This assignment is far too important and big a grade for a student to choose not to complete. Therefore, if they do not come to make up this assignment, they will be assigned a detention. Also, if your child received a low grade on that assignment it is because they did not follow the directions (all of which were given in class and posted multiple places online for their 24 reference and access). However, these poor grades can be made up with the SSR project due on December 8th. The SSR project is worth 100 mastery points and therefore will weigh very heavily on your child’s grade. They will have a multitude of time in class this week to work on the assignment, but please encourage them to work on it at home as well in order to ensure they receive the best grade possible!

Monday: SSR

Tuesday: First draft conference for college essay #1/begin second draft and SSR

Wednesday: First draft conference for college essay #1/begin second draft and SSR

Thursday: First draft conference for college essay #1/begin second draft and SSR

Friday: Second draft of college essay #1 due on turnitin.com and SSR

 

Week of November 6, 2017:

Sophomores-  This week we will continue working on rhetorical appeals and their application in both print and digital formats. Our class grammar practice will continue to revolve around parts of speech and the role each plays in sentence structure and development while our reading remediation for the week will be focused on identifying key ideas and details within a passage.

Monday: Review of rhetorical appeals and whole class application of knowledge

Tuesday: Begin reading President Obama’s address for American School Children to examine his use of rhetoric

Wednesday: Analyze Obama’s speech using the SMELL strategy

Thursday: Introduction to sentence structure and diagraming sentences

Friday: Main idea and supporting details activity

Also, please do not forget to encourage your child to begin working on their SSR project (posted to the Google classroom) as it is due on December 8th. As usual, should you have any questions, please let me know.

 

Seniors- This week we begin delving into college entrance essays. Today, students go the opportunity to brainstorm a variety of popular essay topics and tomorrow they will begin which one of those topics they would like to draft. We will also be implementing some new peer review techniques as we continue our revision process.

Monday: Brainstorm five college entrance essay topics (posted on google classroom)

Tuesday: Draft one of the five topics

Wednesday: Initial peer review process

Thursday: First round of revisions

Friday: Second draft submissions on turnitin.com and individual writing remediation

Also, please do not forget to encourage your child to begin working on their SSR project (posted to the Google classroom) as it is due on December 8th. As usual, should you have any questions, please let me know. 

 

Week of October 31st:

Sophomores- Now that we are officially underway with our term two curriculum I wanted to take this chance to update you on what we will be focusing on in class. Term two revolves around the analysis of nonfiction articles in order to examine perspective, bias, facts versus opinion, and media manipulation. We will be studying these skills, along with elements of persuasive writing, through the Dixie Chicks controversy surrounding the September 11, 2001, crisis. Our goal this term is to help students understand how to move from being passive to active consumers of information and not being afraid to discuss differences of opinion when one has facts to back up their argument. Here is how we will be starting: 

Monday: Introduction to important terminology (propaganda, rhetoric, logical fallacy)
Tuesday: Introduction to the historical background of 9/11 via an OPTIC analysis
Wednesday: Understanding media bias and the role it plays in society
 
Term two will also see a shift in both grammar and individual remediation. Thursdays will be dedicated to whole group grammar lessons based on their diagnostic results. These lessons will sometimes come in the form of lectures, worksheets, games, or paired work.
 
Fridays will continue to be dedicated to individual remediation, but students are slowly going to start seeing the gradual release of their data tracking transfer to them. Each Friday, I will meet with students about where they started at the beginning of the year (their results from the FSA and Benchmark) and track their progress with them so they become individually responsible for their own results. Each student will likely meet with me twice a month for individual data chats, but I may require them to meet with me after school as well depending on their comprehension and application of a skill.  
 

Seniors- Now that we are officially underway with our term two curriculum I wanted to take this chance to update you on what we will be focusing on in class. Term two revolves around the construction of college entrance essays, SAT essays, resumes, and cover letters. I know it seems like a lot to cover, but I want to make sure that each student is working on writing that applies to their career or college trajectory. We have just begun our reading about the importance of college entrance essays, and I’m hoping that students will have two drafted by the end of next week. Here is what this week looks like:

 
Monday: Introduction to term set up and distribution of articles
Tuesdays: Read and annotate articles based on Socratic Seminar questions
Wednesday: Socratic seminar
Thursday: College essay research/drafting
Friday: Remediation for writing

Contact: Brianna.Smith@tvcs.org

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