Where has September gone? As Summer officially comes to a close, the school year is in full swing. Here’s what’s up:
- Students have an inventory poem due tomorrow, Thursday September 23. The assignment is on the 521A page.
- We are continuing our exploration of poetry. We read “Poetry” by Pablo Neruda as well as “Did I Miss Anything?” by Tom Wayman, Each poems can be found in your Echoes 11 text.
- Any corresponding sheets can be found in the binder in Mr. Tierney’s classroom.
- The poetry unit will begin to move quickly now that review is out of the way. Be sure to keep up, and ask me any questions you may have.
- Also, students are responsible for reading a novel from the list of required reading. They are well into the exercise and should be reading for 20 to 30 mins per night.
- Students have completed a Short Story Unit. The following are the titles each student is responsible for: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty; A Girl’s Story; The Singing Silence; Glory In The Flower; and Saturday Climbing.
- Each story has been read and discussed in class. If there is any confusion, it is the student’s responsibility to meet with Mr. Tierney outside of class time. Mornings or after school are the most productive.
- Your Literary Essay evaluation is due September 30th. The assignment can be found on the 621A page.
- Also, your first assignment for your chosen novel study is due Monday, September 28th.
- Students will have ample class time Thursday and Friday to begin the writing process concerning the essay. However, this IS NOT an in class essay. Be sure not to leave this significant piece of evaluation to the last minute.
- Students should be reading 20 to 30 mins per night.
It’s taken me a while to get up to speed. We’ve all had to adjust. With October right around the corner, the school year – and your teacher – will begin to quicken. And it’s about time.
Enjoy the remainder of your evening,
While grammar can be tedious, it pays to know the rules. It can even save your hide from doing time in the slammer. Wow. That sentence had a lot of slang in it….
Cool, I know.
Like all good things, summer, too, must come to an end. Welcome back!
Many of you may be familiar with the idea behind a blog – some use it for cathartic reasons, some for entertainment, some for sharing information, and still some for educational purposes. The latter is the concept behind our classroom blog – to share information, consistently communicate and to aid in education. Below are your expectations:
- If you miss a day of class, check the blog (class pages) to see what you have missed. Anything look new? Cool. Print it off and ask me about it the following day – not during class, but in the morning when you arrive, at lunch, or after school.
- Lose your copy? Hey, it happens to all of us – there will be a copy on here. Don’t ask me for an extra one; I usually only make enough copies for everyone in the class.
- Communication is key. Sometimes, we get some horrid weather here in PEI – we call it winter. IF there are snow days that fall on assignment due dates, check the blog here first for updates and (possibly) new due dates. Then you can go back to bed…
- There may be times where I’ll ask you to review/respond (watch/read) something posted on the blog. Make sure you have access to the blog’s address. HINT: it’s on top of the classroom policy.
- I have a number of links on the blog. Use them. Please.
For those of you that can not (or choose not to) make it to school, the work covered in class is listed below. You are responsible for the material. Should you have any questions, see me when you arrive at school:
- Read Act II, sc. i, ii, iii. (Thurs)
- Read: Act II – the remaining scenes. (Fri.)
- Do: Macbeth: Act I & Act II – Something to think about (both sides)
- Feel free to use the No Fear Shakespeare listed on the blog here.
Enjoy your evening,
I hope everyone is enjoying their extended March break and is well rested. You’ll need to be. Here’s what’s up:
- Grammar presentations will be a “GO” for tomorrow. Be ready. If you catch me early tomorrow morning, I can photocopy whatever you need. (Travis and Nathan & Lewis and Evan)
- Catcher In The Rye novels should be completed by tomorrow. Students have had a month to complete it.
- Socratic Seminars go on March 31st. If you are absent that day, you will write a 1000-1200 word paper as a make-up assignment. (The seminar will be on The class novel).
- We’ll begin Romeo and Juliet Thursday.
- I will begin to mark your Poetry Explications today – you’ll have them by Easter. Maybe.
- TED Talks will be a “GO” for tomorrow. Please be prepared and ready to present. (Nick and Jason (5) & Nicholas Wilkie/ Taylor Lawther and Calvin Parsons (6) ) .
- We’ll continue on with Macbeth. Before the break, we had completed Act I in its entirety. We’ll begin Act II.
- We’ll have to motor to get back on track – that’s going to mean more at home work for you. Please continue to take responsibility for your education.
- Your Essays are marked and in SAS. I’ll return them to you tomorrow. IF you have any questions about them, please come to see me in the morning (when you first arrive), at lunch, or after school. I’m always available (and open) to reviewing your work and the evaluation with you. However, make certain that you have read the rubric attached first, so we can have a directed discussion.
Enjoy the remainder of your day!
English 621A & English 521A:
With essays around the corner – literary for 12’s and (poetry) explications for 11’s – here is a great link. Read the article and make a mental note of the five most common areas for plagiarism.
5 Most Effective Methods of Avoiding Plagiarism
Obviously the weather has compressed our school week and there’s a threat of more to come on Thursday. We’ll have to move curriculum along in a hurry upon our return. Hopefully things resume tomorrow. In the meantime, I hope everyone is safe and shovelled out. Here’s what’s up: English 521A:
- Inventory Poems will be due our first day back to class. If that’s tomorrow, then they’re due tomorrow… and so on.
- Forgot the assignment at school? No sweat. Punch the English 521A page; there’s a copy in the dropbox.
- We’ll resume our Poetry Unit upon our return – there was no homework on Friday.
- We have read Glory In The Flower (Echoes 12) and Saturday Climbing.
- TED Talk schedule will be posted upon our return – Have a partner in mind, if you wish, and take the extra time off to search for potential Talks that you think might make for an engaging class discussion, and a cool presentation.
- There was no further homework on Friday.
- The TED Talk assignment is available on your 621A page, here on the blog.
Is winter done yet? Mr. T