Friday, April 20, 2018

Week of April 23, 2018
11th Academic English
This week we will finish our work with Of Mice and Men.  Early in the week we will discuss the final three chapters of this work and will review your answers to the second study guide.  On Tuesday you will take a quiz on the second study guide.  On Wednesday you will take a test on the entire novel.  On Thursday you will work on reading response #15.  On Friday we will begin watching a film adaptation of this novel.

12th Academic English
This week we will begin work with British Victorian literature.  You will receive a packet of poetry and literary selections from Britain's Victorian age.  We will read together and discuss this information, looking for characteristics that identify these pieces as Victorian and discussing what societal changes happened as a result of the literature of the period.

SAT Prep
On Monday and Tuesday you will continue work on units 6 through 10 from the Editing and Revising workbook.  This is a graded assignment, so make sure you work carefully.  Wednesday through Friday we will work on Chapter 15 from the SAT Premier workbook.  Again, this is a graded assignment, so make sure you work carefully on the exercises associated with this chapter.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Week of April 9, 2018
11th Academic English
This week we will continue our look at Steinbeck's novel, Of Mice and Men.  We will discuss the first three chapters of this book and will review your study guide answer.  Midweek you will take a quiz on the first study guide.  You will begin work on the second study guide as you read chapters 4 through 6.  Later in the week you will have class time to work on reading response #14.

12th Academic English
This week we will continue our study of British Romantic Age literature.  We will discuss "Ode to a Nightingale," "Ode to the West Wind" and "from Frankenstein."  We will also begin work with "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," a handout you will receive in class.

SAT Prep
This week we will continue work with the Editing and Revising workbook.  You will complete work with units 1 through 5.  Together, we will discuss your answers for each unit. Later in the week we will begin work with chapter 13 in the SAT Premier Workbook.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Week of April 2, 2018
11th Academic English
This week you took vocabulary quiz #13 and began work on vocabulary list #14 on Monday.  You turned in reading response #13 on Monday also.  These were the last two grades for the 3rd quarter.  Thankfully, we are moving into the fourth quarter on Thursday.  We will begin a new unit based on the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.  You will begin reading this novel and working on the first of two study guides on Wednesday.  This work will continue through the end of the week.

12th Academic English
This week you took vocabulary quiz #13 and began work on vocabulary list #14 on Monday.  Tuesday you read and annotated "Ode to a Nightingale" and "Ode to the West Wind."  Wednesday we will begin work with selections from Frankenstein and will continue that work into Thursday.  On Friday we will discuss these three pieces of literature and will begin work with "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner."  Fourth and, for you, last quarter begins on Thursday.  Make sure you wrap up your high school career strongly!

SAT Prep
Monday you finished work with a practice SAT reading test.  Tuesday and Wednesday we discussed both the positives and negatives of this quarter course, how it helped you prepare for taking the SAT and what you took away from our studies.  Thursday a new group of students will begin this course.  We will discuss editing and revising techniques, then will complete units one through five in the Editing and Revising workbook.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Week of March 26, 2018
11th Academic English
This week we will continue viewing a film adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet.  Make sure you take good notes during the film so you can actively participate in class discussion.  We will check vocabulary list #13 this week in preparation for a quiz on Tuesday, April 3rd.

12th Academic English
This week we will be looking at literary selections from the British Romantic Period.  Make sure you have good notes on each of the pieces we study in class along with good notes from the power point presentation on the Romantic Age.  We will check vocabulary list #13 this week in preparation for a quiz on Tuesday, April 3rd.

SAT Prep
This week you will continue work on units 16 through 20 in the Editing and Revising workbook.  Later in the week we will look at an on-line summary of your performance on the PSAT you took last fall.  This will help you focus your preparations for the SAT exam

Friday, March 9, 2018

Week of March 12, 2018
**Snow Days continued to interrupt our plans!
11th Academic English
This week we will finish our analysis of Shakespeare's Hamlet.  After we finish our work with Act V, you will take a quiz on that act then will take a test on the entire play.  On Friday you will take vocabulary quiz #12 and will turn in reading response 12.

12th Academic English
We are coming to the finish line with the research writing project.  You will use class time and home time to complete your position paper.  Details matter greatly, so make sure you are precisely following MLA format.  Frequently check the MLA Handbook.  Your completed work, including an updated works cited page, is due at the start of the class period on Thursday.  On Friday you will take vocabulary quiz #12 and will begin work with vocabulary list #13.

SAT Prep
This week we will take a look at Chapters 23 through 25 in the Premier Workbook.  These chapters focus on grammar, revising and editing, so this information will not be new to you.  Later in the week you will work on units 16 through 20 in the Editing and Revising workbook.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Week of February 26, 2018
11th Academic English
This week we will look at Act IV of Hamlet.  We will read and discuss scenes from Act IV, then you will take the Act IV quiz.  On Thursday, you will take vocabulary quiz #11, will turn in reading response #11 and will work on vocabulary list #12.  Keep up with all of your classwork!

12th Academic English
This week you begin to write your position paper.  Using the research documents you compiled, you will create a map/web then will come up with an outline of your paper.  You will decide what research sources you will cite in your writing, then will create a Works Cited page using MLA formatting.  On Thursday you will take vocabulary quiz #11 and will begin work on vocabulary list #12.

SAT Prep
Monday through Wednesday you will work with the Editing and Revising workbook, lessons 11-15.  On Thursday and Friday you will take sample test #1 in the SAT Premier workbook.  Both of these assignments are graded, so make sure you are using your skills to do your best work.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Week of February 19, 2018
11th Academic English
This week we will continue our look at Shakespeare's Hamlet.  On Monday we will finish our discussion of Act II and will begin discussion of Act III.  On Wednesday you will take the Act III quiz.  On Friday you will take a test on Acts I, II and III.  Make sure you keep up with your work.

12th Academic English
This week you will continue to gather and process information for the research project.  The second set of documents is due on Tuesday at the start of class.  You will receive a copy of a sample research paper and I will review this with you.  This sample will help you understand what your final paper should look like.  Remember, document packet #3 is due on Monday, February 26th.

SAT Prep
This week we will work on chapters 17 and 18 in your SAT Premier workbook.  Make sure you continue to practice the strategies learned in class for successful completion of the SAT Reading Test.