English 1 - Freshmen English

  • English 1 develops habits of close reading and clear, efficient, and correct expression. Reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking are fostered. The central focus is on grammar, vocabulary, and composition skills. Students will also practice close reading through the study of short stories, drama, nonfiction, and novels. Students must register for both A & B classes.

    4/13 ANNOUNCEMENTS:

    1) Renaissance projects:  I received most of the projects so far, but as I have looked through many of them, there are several revisions that students still need to make.  Use my example to guide you in your format.  I also took a picture of the board today where I outlined the content, and I will post that later today.  I have noticed that in-text citations (the citations on the slides) are not in the correct format for many projects.  In addition, be sure to send me your Works Cited page separately.  It should not be on your slides.  I am giving you the week to make revisions, and I will begin grading these on Friday at 3:00.  

    2) If you have not turned in your Act 2 questions, Act 3 questions, or Language Tricks Activity, please send those to me this week.  While these assignments are not graded because they were given during the two-week start of remote learning, you will use them for some quizzes next week.

    3) Finish your PA/PN packet if you haven't already.

    4) Please join Google Classroom; I sent you an invitation last week to join my new classes.

    5) Next week, you will have three quizzes via Google Classroom.  They will be on Act 2, Act 3, and PA/PN.  

    6) I will be holding two Zoom sessions this week.  One on Thursday from 8:30 AM to 9:00 (for 1st hour) and one on Friday from 11:30 to noon (for 7th hour).  This will be a time that we as a class can have a discussion over Act 2 questions, Act 3 questions, and PA and PN.  For attendance purposes, if you are unable to join, please send me an e-mail.  This will be time for you all to discuss any questions that you have in regards to the play and grammar.  I will be assisting in the discussion.

     

    4/6 ANNOUNCEMENTS:

    1)  Renaissance projects:  I received about half of the rough drafts of the Renaissance projects last week; remember that they were due on Friday.  If I received a copy and wrote notes back to you, then you received 20 points.  If you have no grade for this, then it means that I did not receive your rough draft.  Send it ASAP.   Your final versions are due by Friday, 4/10 of this week.  You need to share both your project via Google and your Works Cited page with me.
     
    2)  Act Questions:  I have organized the Act 2 questions and Language Tricks activities into folders and will grade those this week.  If you haven't sent me your assignments, send them to me ASAP.  This week, you need to complete the Act 3 questions for 4/10.  

     

    4/2 ANNOUNCEMENT:  There are still several of you who have not contacted me this week.  I need to be sure that you all understand the requirements for the week.

    (1)  I have finished grading all of the Lord of the Flies symbolism papers that were submitted through turnitin.com.  I am still missing several papers that were not turned in.  You have until 4/10 to submit late papers for partial credit.  On 4/13, I will be posting some sample papers for you to look through.  We still need to work on embedding quotes, so I will be pointing out again the correct method for that.

    (2) Continue to send me your rough drafts of your projects, and I will give feedback as I receive them.  A lot of the projects so far that I have seen are missing the citations on each slide and a separate word document.  You will receive credit for submitting your rough draft by this Friday.  Your final draft will then be due at the end of the following week. 

    (3) If you haven't completed the Act 1 quiz, please send me your answers by 3:00 tomorrow.  In addition, be sure to complete the Act 2 questions and Language Tricks Activity.  

     

    3/30 ANNOUNCEMENT:  For your remote learning this week, you will have three things to work on.  You may send me these items any time during the week, but they are due by 3:00 on Friday, April 3.  I have included a link for the No Fear version of Romeo and Juliet for you to read.  It includes the text along with a modern version to help with understanding.

    (1) Send me your rough drafts of your projects, and I will give feedback as I receive them.  You will receive credit for submitting your rough draft.  Your final draft will then be due at the end of the following week. 

    (2) Finish reading Act 2 of Romeo and Juliet.  Send me your completed Act 2 questions.  You can take pictures and send those, scan the papers, or I can send you a digital copy of the questions for you to type on and share with me upon completion.

    (3) Complete the Language Tricks Activity that covers figurative language in Act 2.  Again, you can take pictures and send those, scan the papers, or I can send you a digital copy of the activity for you to type on and share with me upon completion.

     

    3/27 ANNOUNCEMENT:  Students, please continue to work on your Renaissance project.  I would like each of you to send me your rough drafts the week of 3/30 - 4/3 so that I can look over them and give feedback.  You will receive credit for submitting your rough draft.  Your final draft will then be due at the end of the following week.  I am in the process of creating a new calendar for the remainder of the year, which I should have posted next week on Monday.  The idea is for you to finish reading and completing the questions for Act 2 next week, Act 3 the following week, and Act 4 during the third week of remote learning.  You will be assigned activities at the beginning of the week, and then the assignments will be due the Friday of each week.  During these three weeks of remote learning, our two main objectives are completing the project and getting through Act 4 of the play.  If we return to class on 4/20, we will present the projects, finish Act 5, continue with the grammar, and completing the year with poetry.  If we do not return to class and continue remote learning, I will again reconfigure the calendar.  Stay well!