Waiving The Semester Test

You may choose to waive the Semester Test in this class if you meet the following requirements by the time you walk into class on 12/16/16:

* A 100% in the SKILLS Category

* No more than THREE (3) zeros this semester (it doesn't matter which Categories)

* A 90% or better overall as of class time on 12/16/16.

Pre-AP Classes: The Home Stretch

We have two weeks left until Semester Tests and the first "permanent" grade to go on your High School Transcript. Here's a basic idea of what to expect...

We'll discuss the Case of the Praying Coach and see how well you're able to argue either side using case law and facts and stuff. 

You'll do some peer evaluations on those essays we wrote and which are now posted for viewing. Instructions for that are on the Agenda. You'll want to get on that sooner rather than later. 

Constitutional Law and Public Schools

You have two options for submitting your writing to me for this assignment.

One, you may post your final product under the appropriate hour on the Class Discussion Forum on this website. You have to be logged in to get to the forums - http://mrkoehn.info/forum 

Two, you may email me the final product as a Word .doc or .docx file. Or, you may simply copy the text into the body of your email. 

The Week of November 7th

The Band is gone most of this week, which will work in the favor of the rest of you. 

In 2nd Hour, we'll have a couple of days in which we'll focus on make-up work or working on grade improvement assignments. We'll then prepare for a test of some sort next week and make sure we all know what will be on it. 

New Required Viewing Posted

There are several new Required Viewing videos posted. You should watch them - maybe several times. They're not short, so don't wait too long to get started. 

Sometime before Thanksgiving Break we'll have either a Surprise Quiz over everything we've covered so far (including all videos) or a day of Quick-Writes for which anything we've covered so far (including all videos) is fair game. We may do BOTH. You may be allowed limited use of any notes you've taken or homework you've done, so try not to suck at that stuff. 

Miss Representation

On October 17th & 18th, the week of Fall Break, we will be taking two days in class to watch the documentary Miss Representation. I want to take a moment ahead of time to explain why, and to give you a chance to discuss this with a parental unit if you believe they may have questions or concerns about this viewing BEFORE we get there.  

Required Viewing (Videos)

See that link to 'Videos' somewhere on this page?

Yeah, just a reminder that MOST of these are REQUIRED VIEWING. In other words, you should watch them - maybe several times. You will be expected to know and understand the material covered therein. 

What Can I Do To Raise My Grade?

Well, the first and most obvious answer is simple: you can do your work. Read the books. Complete the assignments. Pay attention in class so you know what's going on. That kind of thing. 

If you're doing that, and want to improve a few past specifics, you may do so until Monday, Sept. 26th. 

The Client (John Grisham)

When we finish Lord of the Flies, we'll being reading The Client (John Grisham). 

You should begin making arrangements to procure a copy of this book for yourself. Barnes & Noble by Woodland Hills Mall has them set back in my name, but you can get it anywhere and any way that you like, new or used, hard copy or electronic. 


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