Rising Juniors—summer reading

New Juniors—welcome!! I hope that you have had a great summer! It’s been a fun and relaxing family time for me, filled with laughs and lots of books.

I wanted to remind you that time is short and you should be finishing up your summer reading.

To remind you:

Eng 11, you should have chosen one of the books on my list (Autobiography of Malcolm X, The Bluest Eye, Everything That Makes You, Solo, Columbine, On Writing, In the Company of Heroes, Dear Martin, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Or Winger) and think about the journey that one of the main characters is on. Think about the lessons that the character learns and what ideas he or she comes away from the experience with. There are specific questions posted on the assignment. You won’t turn these in—you’ll use them as you write about your book when we get back to school.

AP Lang, you should have read the first 14 chapters of Thank You for Arguing. Some of your parents have already commented to me that you’re putting your reading to use, so keep that up! 🤣 With that Reading, you were supposed to mark things you found interesting.

Then you were supposed to pick one of the other books (Outliers, Just Mercy, Nickel and Dimed, Evicted, Hillbilly Elegy, or the Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace) and mark 5 places where you see the author using one of the different appeals that you read about in Thank You for Arguing. Not 5 for each appeal, just 5 places where you see one of the appeals. I want you to start recognizing those as they are used in reading (and all over the place—tv, ads, speeches, etc).

Here is the full assignment page for all of high school summer reading. Juniors are on pages 4 and 5. This has been posted on the school website since May. 😊

https://www.montgomerycatholic.org/cms/lib/AL02224276/Centricity/Domain/119/High%20School%20Summer%20Reading%201819.pdf

Happy reading y’all! Teachers go back to school on Monday to prepare for a great year. We’ll be praying for you!

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Seniors—email Mrs. Moore

For my group from last year: It’s almost the beginning of your Senior year, guys!!

I wanted to remind you to make sure you’re doing your summer reading for Mrs. Moore. Part of her directions for summer reading are to send her an email so that you can get the code to her Google Classroom. You’ll need that to complete your summer reading work. If you haven’t emailed her yet, make sure that you do that!

Enjoy this last week or so of summer! Your teachers will be back at school on Monday preparing for a great year!

2017-18 Week 36 — May 7-11

We’re on the home stretch! Two weeks and then exams! We can do it!

Before we talk about the schedule for the week, I want to remind you that you all need to submit your Cultural or Fine Arts reflections before exams. Don’t forget that you should have 3 hours of Cultural or Fine Arts experience for this semester. There are several ways to document this. You can write a brief reflection for each experience or you can do something artistic. You will turn them in to Google Classroom or to the box for your class in my classroom. If you’re looking for an opportunity to earn some Cultural or Fine Arts hours, there is a Band Concert on Thursday night at 6:30 in the DBC. You can earn 1.5 hours then. If you have any questions, see me before or after school.

Let’s take a look at this week:

  • English 11 — Week of May 7-11
    • Monday, May 7
      • Finish REHUGO speeches
    • Tuesday, May 8
      • Episode 5 of Serial podcast
      • Cell Phone Log/Cell Tower map activity
    • Wednesday, May 9
      • Finish Episode 5 discussion
    • Thursday, May 10
      • Episode 6 of Serial
    • Friday, May 11
      • Finish Episode 6 of Serial and complete Exercise 2
      • AotW 21 due
  • AP Lang — Week of May 7-11
    • Monday, May 7
      • Finish REHUGO speeches
    • Tuesday, May 8
      • AP Menu Project
      • AP Art History exam
      • AP Physics 1 exam
    • Wednesday, May 9
      • AP Menu Project
    • Thursday, May 10
      • AP Menu Project
    • Friday, May 11
      • AP Menu Project
      • APUSH exam (8am)
      • AP Computer Science Principles exam (noon)

Let’s make sure that we finish strong! Have a great week!

2017-18 Week 30 — March 19-23

Week 30?! Really? Not far now, Papa Smurf! (Did I just totally date myself? Do you guys remember the Smurfs at all–not the Smurfs the movie, but the Smurfs from Saturday morning cartoons. Oh well–your parents will remember!) We don’t have long before the end of the school year–about 8 weeks of classes–and we’ve got quite a bit to do between now and then. Even though we’re all dreaming about a week off and maybe some sand between our toes, it’s the time to buckle down and stay focused so that we’re not sweating our grades in a few week’s time.

Speaking of being focused–Benchmark 3 for REHUGO is due on Monday, March 26. That’s NEXT Monday! You have had a couple of work days for these components, so I hope that you’re working hard to get these finished. My goal is that there will be NO 0s for REHUGO Benchmark 3 when I start looking at them on March 27. I’ll be checking before Easter Break (and putting 0s in for anything that is missing)–we’re too close to the end of the year to mess around at this point. Please make sure that you’re getting your work done and staying focused.

We also have a book that you’re supposed to be reading outside of class. The English 11 students should be reading Ernest Hemingway’s Farewell to Arms. By the end of this week (3/23), you should be about 160 pages into that book (right where Book 3/Chapter 25 (XXV) starts). I want you to have the book finished by the Tuesday after Easter Break. If you haven’t started reading yet (and I know that some of you haven’t), that’s 15 pages a day, including reading over Easter Break. If I were you, I’d make sure to spend my independent reading time in English class working on getting those pages read. 🙂  AP Lang students should be reading GK Chesterton’s Orthodoxy. You’ll need to have that finished by next Wednesday (3/28) so that we can discuss it in class. If you haven’t started yet, that’s about 18 pages a day.

Let’s take a look at this week:

  • English 11
    • Monday, March 19
      • reading – Rick Reilly
      • turn in your Chrism Mass permission slip and Lenten Day of Service permission slip!!
    • Tuesday, March 20
      • writing assignment
    • Wednesday, March 21
      • reading Carl Sandburg’s “I Am the People, the Mob”
    • Thursday, March 22
      • REHUGO work day–focusing on synthesis essay
    • Friday, March 23
      • Lenten Day of Service
      • Article of the Week #19 is due on Google Classroom
  • AP Lang
    • Monday, March 19
      • reviewing student samples from Arg essay packet and discussing
      • turn in your Chrism Mass and Lenten Day of Service permission slips
    • Tuesday, March 20
      • introduction to synthesis
    • Wednesday, March 21
      • synthesis activity
    • Thursday, March 22
      • Locavore/synthesis activity
    • Friday, March 23
      • Lenten Day of Service

Please don’t forget to turn in your permission slips for Chrism Mass and Lenten Day of Service. Also, if you haven’t bought your Prom tickets yet, the early bird special discount has been extended to Tuesday. Through Tuesday, tickets are $20 each (except for MCPS Seniors, whose tickets are $5 each). After Tuesday, regular tickets are $25 each and MCPS Seniors are $10 each. Have a great week!

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.

2017-18 Week 25 — 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. 

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. 🙂
      • 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!

 

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’s 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.

Monday—

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 19 — 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. 🙂

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!