Week 8 — Sept 29

Another week is in the books and we’re off and running to the end of the first quarter of the year. This is the time to make sure that you’re caught up and on schedule, my friends, so make sure that you have your proverbial “house” in order. Check PowerSchool and check your schedules to make sure that you’re on track. Don’t wait until the last week or two of the semester (or even the last half of the semester!) to get serious and make sure that you’re passing because it will likely be too late by then. Don’t forget that I’m in my room every day after school for tutorials. I’d be happy to work with you on assignments or DGP or writing or whatever you need to work on. You just have to show up ready to work. 🙂

Parents–I sent an email out to all Sophomore parents about our upcoming field trip. We need 4 parent chaperone/drivers for this field trip, so if you would be able to do that, please check your school email for the details and contact me to let me know. Parent drivers must have turned in the appropriate forms and must have completed the Child Protection Class. Parent/Chaperone tickets will be $17.50. (The student tickets were paid for as part of your Sophomore class fees.)  All of the details are included in that email, so please be sure to check your school email for more information. 🙂

On to this week!

English 10:

We will continue to discuss Revolutionary-era writing this week. We’ll talk a bit about The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, which you guys read and discussed in History class last week, and then we’ll go on to discuss Thomas Paine’s The Crisis. As we discuss that, I’d like you to keep in mind the 2nd reading from today’s mass (Phil 2: 1-11). I’d like to hear about the connections that you see between the two readings. After Paine, we’ll move on to discuss Phyllis Wheatley’s poetry and then on to some famous speeches from this time period. (I’m not sure that we’ll get to the speeches this week, but I wanted to give you a preview.)

You will need to come to class on Monday ready to tell me the name of the book that you’re reading for Independent Reading. Your deadline for the Independent Reading Book Talk is October 14, which is 16 days away. If you haven’t started your reading, that means that you’ll need to read at least 13 pages a day to meet your goal. Don’t wait to start reading!

English 10 Honors:

In addition to the info for the English 10 folks above, my Honors folks should be working on your Scarlet Letter project. Follow that reading schedule I gave you to make sure that you don’t get backed up on the reading. Though it’s fairly short, the novel is pretty dense, and you don’t want to have to cram it all into a few days’ reading. The deadline for this project is Friday, October 10.

Your Independent Reading deadline is looming, too–250 pages by Oct 14. If you haven’t started on that one, that means that you’ve got to read at least 17 pages a day for that.  Combined with your Scarlet Letter reading, you’ve got some reading to do. (See why I’ve been pushing you to get your independent reading done? 🙂 I have confidence that you can do it, though!)


We’ll continue to discuss Sensation and Perception this week, moving on to discussing Hearing and Touch. 🙂