Agenda Change (Week of 1/25/16)

Due to my being out sick, I'm revising this week's Agenda for all classes. 

I'll check History Folders early next week, and we'll have some sort of cumulative quiz (over everything we've covered so far). I have a kind of unwritten rule that when I'm particularly behind with grading and returning and discussing and helping, I'll hit the brakes until we can all get back on the same page. I don't like to 'pile on' when I'm not caught up myself.

Don't get too comfortable - we'll be back to unnecessary pain and suffering soon, I promise. For the children.

New Semester Notes

(1) We begin True Grit (Charles Portis) on Thursday, January 7th. If you need a copy, have a parent call or email me sooner rather than later - otherwise it's up to you to secure a copy before then.

(2) Grades start over from scratch. The content will be mostly new, although we'll make a few connections along the way. Skills grades start over, but the skills themselves continue from where we left off.

December 14th

Just a reminder that the LAST day I'll accept any late work, redos, etc., is Monday (12/14/15) - even SKILLS stuff.

You have 24/7 access to the online gradebook with a detailed breakdown of every assignment. If you don't have internet at home, you are surrounded by student computers here at school.

You have 24/7 access to the class website which I regularly BEG you to use. If you don't have internet at home, you are surrounded by student computers here at school.

Animal Farm (George Orwell)

We'll begin Animal Farm very shortly after we return from Thanksgiving Break. You should secure a copy and have it with you in class no later than Wednesday, December 2nd. We'll be finished with it on December 14th, so we're moving quickly.

The Story So Far...

May I be blunt?

Most of you are bright enough to handle whatever material is thrown at you in this class. Far too many of you lack even the most basic sense of personal responsibility, initiative, or anything close to a 'go around the leaf' mentality.

I'm not talking to those of you who already lose way too much sleep and put far too much time and energy into maintaining that 107%. You could actually probably chill out a bit. I mean, I love you all, but... it's just school.

Graphic Organizers

So far you've done (or mostly done) THREE graphic organizers intended for use the rest of this semester - The Constitution, The Amendments, and Major Supreme Court Cases.

Silent Reading, 'Book of Choice'

For the next three Silent Reading Fridays (one of which is technically a Thursday), all Intro to Pre-AP and Pre-AP students will be allowed/required/expected to arrive prepared with a Book of Choice (BOC) to read. The goal of such crazy freedom is to promote my conviction that READING is GOOD. All reading. All good. Yay it is to read.

Miss Representation

One of the most difficult elements of American culture to step back and analyze is the impact and influence of media on every part of our lives – our buying habits, voting patterns, social interactions, and even the images we form of ourselves. Because we are so immersed in the daily deluge, perspective is difficult—and it is difficult to discuss, debate, or change that of which we are largely unaware.  

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