Week 15–Nov 17

Week 17 is here and we’re past the midpoint of 2nd quarter. Though time is short between now and Christmas (and Semester 1 Exams), we’ve got quite a bit to do ahead of us!

Before I go on to the content for the next week or two, I wanted to make a quick note about something new that you’re probably seeing in PowerSchool. Last week, I added a “Tutorial Attendance” column in the gradebook for each of my Eng 10 classes. That column is merely a record of whether your student came to tutorials or not as well as the reason he or she gave. This data does not count in the student’s grade. It merely reflects a record to help aid you as the parent and me as the teacher so that I can easily keep track of who’s coming and why. Each week, you’ll see a number in that column ranging from 0 to 5. I’m in my classroom every day until 3:30 (and usually later than that!) and if your student ever has a question or needs to work on an assignment, I’m more than happy to work with students during those times. I hope that more students will make use of that time and use it to help them make sure that they’re on task and keeping up with their assignments.

English 10/English 10 Honors
This week, we’ll start to read the Fireside Poets and take a look at Romanticism. Then we’ll move on to the Transcendentalists (Emerson and Thoreau) beginning this week and into next week. Here are the things that you’ll need to read for class this week and next week:

  • Introduction to the Fireside Poets (Longfellow, Bryant, Holmes, and Whittier) p. 272-273
  • “The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls” p. 275-276
  • “Old Ironsides” p. 280-281
  • Introduction to Emerson p. 288
  • from “Self-Reliance” p. 393-394
  • Introduction to Walden p. 404
  • from “Civil Disobedience” p. 416-417

That’s quite a list of readings between now and Thanksgiving, so you’ll need to make sure that you’re doing your part to keep up at home so that we can discuss the readings in class. You should expect to have a quiz question or two (or five) each day to make sure that you’re keeping up, so keep that in mind as you’re planning out your week. 🙂

Make sure that you’re working on the Poetry Anthology Project, too. You should definitely not wait until the last minute to complete this assignment! It’s due Dec 1, so plan in time to work on it.

You should also remember that you have another Book Talk due by Dec 12. You will need to tell me what you’re reading for this Book Talk on Monday, November 17. Don’t wait until the last minute to get your reading done!

As always, I’m here for tutorials most days, so if you have any questions or would like to work on any particular item or assignment, please feel free to come by. I’m happy to help!

This week we’ll finish up our discussion and practice of Memory and will move on to discuss Thinking. 🙂