REHUGO Project Reminders

Hello, students.

As I sit here working on grading REHUGO Project components, I wanted to give you some reminders.

  • Benchmark 2 components are due on Monday, February 26. Those components are:
    • Novel Summary and Response
    • Novel Book Notes
    • Historical Document Book Notes and Response
    • Historical Speech Book Notes and Responsew
    • Argument Analysis essay (done on either the book that you read or on the documentary that you watched)
  • Benchmark 3 components are due on Monday, March 26. They are:
    • Universal Truth and Quote 1 and Response
    • Universal Truth and Quote 2 and Response
    • Pro Article Summary and Response
    • Con Article Summary and Response
    • Synthesis/Analysis essay
    • Political Cartoon 1 and Response
    • Political Cartoon 2 and Response
  • Those of you who did not submit your Benchmark 1 components on time can still earn up to an 80 on those components, but they must be submitted by Monday, February 26. After that point, the highest possible score drops to a 50.
  • Late components will be scored on the rubric as usual and then the late penalty will be added. A component that would have earned a 90 if it was turned in on time may earn a 70 or even a 10 (if it is very late). Please do your best to complete the components properly and on time.

This project has been designed to give you some autonomy over your learning and to let you research something that you are interested in. Please take advantage of these opportunities and take this project seriously. It will be difficult to do well in this course if you do not.

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2017-18 Week 26 β€” February 20-23

Enjoy your day off tomorrow, everyone. Don’t forget that you’re coming up on another big REHUGO deadline (Monday, Feb 26). Some of you still owe me components from the first benchmark, so make sure that you’re working hard this week so that you can earn as many points possible. AP folks, don’t forget that your last Rhetorical Device Weekly assignment is due on Tuesday, Feb 20. This counts as a test grade, so be sure that it is complete and turned in. We will have one more Rhetorical Device assignment next month, but you’ll like that one–details to come. πŸ™‚

The Juniors and Seniors are going to ASF on Tuesday. Please remember that you should wear your mass day uniform (and dress shoes). There are 3-4 of you who have not turned in your permission form and a couple who have not turned in money. If you have not turned in money to me before the bell for 1st period to begin rings (at 7:50), then you are too late. Please take care of this promptly. If you have not turned in your permission slip by the 1st period bell, then you will be required to stay at school while your classmates attend the play.

Let’s take a look at this week:

  • English 11 — Week of 2/20/18
    • Monday, 2/19
      • no school! Enjoy the break!
    • Tuesday, 2/20
      • Juniors and Seniors to ASF–mass day uniforms
    • Wednesday, 2/21
      • Begin working on researched argument essay. Due 2/27
    • Thursday, 2/22
      • Work on researched argument essay
    • Friday, 2/23
      • AotW 17 due
      • REHUGO work day
  • AP Lang– Week of 2/20/18
    • Monday, 2/19
      • no school! Enjoy the break!
    • Tuesday, 2/20
      • Juniors and Seniors to ASF–mass day uniforms
      • Rhetorical Device Weekly 5 due in Google Classroom
    • Wednesday, 2/21
      • table group and whole class discussions on Argument packet
    • Thursday, 2/22
      • in-class essay from argument packet
    • Friday, 2/23
      • REHUGO work day

Have a great week!

2017-18 Week 25 β€” February 12-16

Happy Sunday, y’all! Our basketball teams had some tough Area Championship losses this weekend, but they both move forward in Subregional play this week. I haven’t heard an update yet on Wrestling Sectionals, but hopefully they went well, and I know that Soccer starts up this week, too. I’ve also heard that the Band and Color Guard were terrific on Friday in Mobile. Thank you to any of you who may have volunteered to help at the Montecarlo Night on Saturday night, too. It was a fun and successful night!

As we look into this week, don’t forget that Mrs. Barranco will be finishing Advising appointments for our Juniors. She’ll spend about 15 minutes with every Junior talking you through your schedule for next year. You should have gotten an email with a reminder of your appointment time, and I’ll have a schedule in my room, too. Make sure that you tell your teacher if you’re going to be missing class and that you plan to be at your advising appointment about 2 minutes early so that everything moves quickly. If you miss your appointment for any reason, send Mrs. Barranco an email or stop by her office between classes or after school and she’ll get you rescheduled.

If you have not turned in your permission form and/or money for ASF yet, you must do that early this week.Β 

Let’s take a look at this week!

  • English 11 — Week of February 12, 2018
    • Monday, February 12
      • Turn in any missing ASF Field Trip forms!
      • in-class essay
    • Tuesday, February 13
      • Mardi Gras Prayer Breakfast **special schedule
      • Reading rate calculation and reading plan for REHUGO book checked
      • Argument analysis in song
    • Wednesday, February 14
      • Ash Wednesday (and Valentine’s Day)–mass. **Not sure if we’ll wear mass uniforms or not yet, but I’ll update you tomorrow when we know.
      • Argument analysis in song
    • Thursday, February 15
      • Argument analysis in song
    • Friday, February 16
      • REHUGO work day
      • AotW-16 due
  • AP Lang — Week of February 12, 2018
    • Monday, February 12
      • Rhetorical Device Weekly 5 is due NEXT Tuesday, 2/20. Don’t forget. πŸ™‚
      • Turn in any missing ASF Field Trip forms
      • in-class essay
    • Tuesday, February 13
      • Mardi Gras Prayer Breakfast **special schedule
      • Reading rate calculation and reading plan for REHUGO book checked
      • Argument analysis packet–individual work
    • Wednesday, February 14
      • Ash Wednesday (and Valentine’s Day)–mass. **Not sure if we’ll wear mass uniforms or not yet, but I’ll update you tomorrow when we know.
      • Argument analysis packet–table groups
    • Thursday, February 15
      • Argument analysis packet–whole group discussion
    • Friday, February 16
      • REHUGO work day

Let’s have a great week!

 

2017-18 Weeks 23 and 24 β€” Jan 29-Feb 2 and Feb 5-9 (posted late)

Hello, all! I’m posting this update late, but I wanted to make sure that you had access to info about what we did in class for these two weeks. I’ll post this week’s update later this afternoon.

  • Week 23 — Jan 29-Feb 2
    • English 11 and AP Lang
      • Monday–REHUGO Benchmark 1–individual conferences
      • Tuesday–introduce Logical Fallacies
      • Wednesday and Thursday–watch and discuss 2018 State of the Union address
      • Friday–watch and discuss Democratic rebuttal from Rep Joe Kennedy
  • Week 24–Feb 5-9
    • English 11 and AP Lang
      • Monday–Mrs. Turner at a conference. Read Kennedy Inauguration speech
      • Tuesday–Read (again) and annotate Kennedy Inauguration speech
      • Wednesday–Read profile roles and reread JFK speech with role in mind
      • Thursday–table group and jigsaw group discussions on JFK speech
      • Friday–REHUGO work day

We’re working on argumentative writing right now in both English 11 and AP Lang, so these political speeches have given us a context in which to discuss this form of writing. We’ll continue to work on this type of writing, though our class work will diverge starting this week. πŸ™‚

ASF Field Trip form

All Juniors–

Please make sure that you fill out the ASF Field Trip form and return it to me ASAP. The field trip is on Tuesday, February 20 (not Wednesday, Feb 20), to see Shakespeare’sΒ Much Ado About Nothing.

English 11 students need to bring in $5 for lunch (which will likely be pizza) and AP Lang students need to bring in $25 for lunch and the theatre ticket. AP students have already attended a play this year, so this ticket would be an additional fee.

See me if you need a new form. I need these forms back ASAP, please, to make sure that I have everything ordered and set up properly.

Thanks!

Week 22 Jan 22

Hello, all! Thanks for all of your prayers for the March. We had an amazing pilgrimage! I’m still recovering from the 14.5 hr bus ride last night, so I’m just going to give you some info about Monday. I’ll follow up with more information for the rest of the week tomorrow.

Mondayβ€”

Students will be working on non-fiction essays for REHUGO. I will do brief conferences with each student to make sure that everyone has a topic and a book chosen to make sure everyone is on track.

Have a great week!

2017-18 Week 20 β€” January 8-12

Hello again, everyone! I hope that you all had a great weekend!

This week, all of the Juniors will be introduced to the semester-long REHUGO/20Time project, which is a student-directed research project. My AP students did it last year, and this year I decided to extend the project to the whole Junior class. There will be a few adjustments to the version that the Eng 11 folks do, but for the most part, you’ll all be exploring something that you’re interested in and something that you’re passionate about. I’d like for you to think about problems in your world–these can be problems specific for your demographic or for a group that you identify with or for a group that you’re interested in. You’ll do some research about the background or genesis of this problem, and you’ll also look into some possible solutions. My plan behind this is to open you up to the world around you and prepare you to be a more active and involved citizen when you graduate. I also want to give you the opportunity to be in charge of your learning and to practice some self-management as well.

This is a big project with 27 individual grades attached (12 Classwork Grades, 2 Project Grades, 10 Writing Grades, 3 Test Grades). There will be 3 benchmark deadline due dates (about a month apart), and the culminating assessment will come from a TEDtalk-like speech that you prepare and present to your classmates. The 20Time component will come from the fact that I’ll be giving you some work time each week to work on this project. You will likely also need to be working outside of class, but that outside work shouldn’t be too extensive as long as you take full advantage of the time that I give you. What my AP students from last year will tell you (go find them and ask if you don’t believe me) is that this project can be fun and interesting, but you definitely don’t want to procrastinate and get behind. I’ll be giving you specific information tomorrow, and I’ll post copies in Google Classroom as well. We’ll also get started on the first Project grade associated with this project–the REHUGO Google Site home for your research.

In the meantime, be thinking about what you’re interested in researching. I encourage you to talk to your families, too–I bet that they’ll have some good ideas as well!

Let’s take a look at the schedule for this week:

  • English 11–Week of 1/8/18
    • Monday, 1/8
      • REHUGO intro and begin website
    • Tuesday, 1/9
      • Finish REHUGO website
      • March for Life Parent Meeting at 6:30 at Holy Spirit
    • Wednesday, 1/10
      • Introduction to Visual Rhetoric
    • Thursday, 1/11
      • Continue intro work on Visual Rhetoric
    • Friday, 1/12
      • Article of the Week #14 due (in Google Classroom)
      • REHUGO work day
        • You MUST bring something to work on for this class period. If you do not, I will give you something to work on (and it won’t be as enjoyable!).
  • AP Lang–Week of 1/8/18
    • Monday, 1/8
      • REHUGO intro and begin website
    • Tuesday, 1/9
      • Finish REHUGO website
      • March for Life Parent Meeting at 6:30 at Holy Spirit
    • Wednesday, 1/10
      • Introduction to Visual Rhetoric
    • Thursday, 1/11
      • Continue intro work on Visual Rhetoric
    • Friday, 1/12
      • Rhetorical Device Weekly #4 due (in Google Classroom)
      • REHUGO work day
        • You MUST bring something to work on for this class period. If you do not, I will give you something to work on (and it won’t be as enjoyable!).

Also, please make sure to add the Junior Parent (and Junior Students!) Meeting to your schedules! We will meet at 6:30 on Jan 25 in the DBC.

Have a great week!

2017-18 Week 19 β€” January 3-5

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year! The time away was good for my family–it was quiet and sweet and we got to enjoy just hanging out with each other. πŸ™‚

And now it’s time to jump back into things and start up a new year! Exciting! Do you realize that you’re only 1 semester away from your Senior year?! That’s exciting (and maybe a little nervous-making)! We’ll be spending some time talking about things that you’ll need to do this semester to set yourself up well for next year, and Mrs. Barranco will be talking to you, too. On that note, there is a Junior Class and Junior Parent meeting on Thursday, January 25, in the DBC. Please make plans to be there with your parents. Mrs. Barranco will have lots of important information that will help you make the most of 2nd semester and will help to get you set up for a successful–and hopefully less stressful!!–Senior year.

Let’s take a look at this week. We’ll be doing some thinking and planning for 2018 this week in both English 11 and AP Lang, so for once our calendars are the same:

  • English 11 and AP Lang — Week of 1/3/18
    • Wednesday, 1/3
      • One Little Word — Brainstorming and Freewriting
    • Thursday, 1/4
      • One Little Word — Writing and Illustration
    • Friday, 1/5
      • One Little Word — Illustration
      • Introduce REHUGO/20Time project

So that’s it for this week! English 11, there’s no Article of the Week this week. We’ll get back to it next week. AP Lang, don’t forget that you’ve got Rhetorical Device Weekly 4 due on January 12. It would be a good idea for you to go ahead and get that finished up this week so that you create some breathing room for yourself!

Let’s have a great week!

2017-18 Week 17 β€” December 11-15

We’re almost there! I know that you’re all ready for a break–hopefully you had fun playing in the snow over the weekend. Now we’ve got to put our heads down and power through this last week and Finals week.

Because Finals start on Friday, we’ll have our last school mass of the year on Thursday. Please make sure to wear your mass uniforms on Thursday.

English 11 folks–I put an announcement up in Google Classroom with a link to all of the Harlem Renaissance poems (and the one short story) that we have read or will be reading this week. Each of those poems is linked to that announcement, so you can access them all. On one part of your Final, you will need to refer to some of these poems, so I would make sure to review those poems as you prepare for the exam.

Let’s take a look at the week ahead:

  • English 11
    • Monday, Dec 11
      • Finish presenting our Harlem Renaissance canvas projects
    • Tuesday, Dec 12
      • table discussions of some of Langston Hughes’ poetry
    • Wednesday, Dec 13
      • whole group work with the four poems we read on Tuesday
    • Thursday, Dec 14
      • review for exams
      • mass day–Mass Uniforms, please
    • Friday, Dec 15
      • Final exams for 2nd and 3rd periods
  • AP Lang
    • Monday, Dec 11
      • Finish the discussion of “Mea Culpa. Kinda Sorta.”
    • Tuesday, Dec 12
      • Read and discuss Ronald Reagan’s letter to his son
    • Wednesday, Dec 13
      • narrative writing exercise
    • Thursday, Dec 14
      • review for exams
      • mass day–Mass Uniforms, please
    • Friday, Dec 15
      • Final exams for 2nd and 3rd periods

Let me remind you once again about our exam schedule:

  • Friday, December 15
    • 7:50 prayer, pledge, attendance
    • 8-10 — 2nd period exam
    • 10-10:25 — Break
    • 10:30-12 –3rd period exam
    • Early dismissal
  • Monday, December 18
    • 7:50 prayer, pledge, attendance
    • 8-10 — 1st period exam
    • 10-10:25 — Break
    • 10:30-12 –5th period exam
    • Early dismissal
  • Tuesday, December 19
    • 7:50 prayer, pledge, attendance
    • 8-10 — 6th period exam
    • 10-10:25 — Break
    • 10:30-12 –7th period exam
    • Early dismissal
  • Wednesday, December 20
    • 7:50 prayer, pledge, attendance
    • 8-10 — 4th period exam
    • Christmas Break!!

Let’s have a great week!

Some ACT Centers Closed for Weather

I know that some of you are taking the ACT tomorrow. Make sure to check on ACT.org (or here:Β http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/test-day/rescheduled-test-centers.html ) before you head over there in the morning.

Several centers have already been closed:

AUM

Tallassee

Stanhope

Elmore County

I haven’t heard anything about ASU, Evangel, or Faulkner, but I’ll try to update here if I hear anything.