Week of 2/5/17 - Reboot

OK. For anyone who cares enough to pay attention to these announcements, here's what we're going to do.

I ended up gone most of last week, some of which was planned, but most of which wasn't. I should be back Monday, but as of Saturday afternoon still feel like an extended Mucinex commercial is having a bar fight in my face. It's not pleasant. I haven't been checking email or responding to messages, and I apologize. On the other hand, shut up - I'm dying over here. 

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (L. Frank Baum)

The next book we'll read in Pre-AP OK History is The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (L. Frank Baum). And yes, there's actually a reason related to Oklahoma History - go figure. 

You should procure a copy of the book no later than Friday, Feb. 17th. Barnes & Noble by Woodland Hills Mall will have extra copies, and it's a ridiculouslyl easy book to find pretty much everywhere - any bookstore, online, used, new, the library, etc. 

True Grit (Charles Portis)

You should know the routine by now.

We begin this book in class on Friday (1/13/17). Reading, Quiz, and Discussion Forum Schedule is posted on the Agenda for any day that involves the book in some way. I posted a trailer for one of the movie versions to the Required Viewing page if you're interested. 

If you are unable to procure a copy on your own, I need an email or note from a parental unit asking to check out a copy. I'm happy to do so on a first come, first serve basis. 

Preparing for Next Semester (Pre-AP)

Second Semester we'll turn to Oklahoma History. The content will shift, but the basic expectations and grading are the same. You will be expected to handle more reading on your own, and we'll work on formal argumentative writing. Good times!

If you're from a Santa-ish family, you should add the following items to the TOP of your Xmas list. If you're not, I guess you just have to ask a parental unit to hook you up the old-fashioned way...

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. 

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