Also - please check your/your student's grades for this interim period!
In English 9 especially we are missing a ton of work which as equated to a ton of F's!!!
It is an interim period, so we still have four weeks to bring this up!!!
Thanks for your attention, and if you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com.
Good afternoon, everyone!
It's been a hot minute since I've had an opportunity to write on our blog!
In English 9, we are in the middle of The Odyssey, the epic written by Homer. We are halfway now, and students will be presenting their projects tomorrow! They also have a test on the first half of the story on Thursday, March 9. These are worth a combined SIX grades, so please make sure that you all do well! We will focus on writing for the last part of the third quarter, after we finish our story, specifically writing for an argumentative essay (think SOLs in about two years).
In English 10 we are bouncing back and forth between poetry and resumes/interview skills. All sophomores at Potomac will be doing the interviews on March 29 and 30 (the days following our benchmarks). These are required!!! Students will need to dress up nicely for that day (as best they can!) meaning no sweatshirts, sweat pants, athletic gear, ripped jeans, etc. They will also have to present the resumes we have worked on in class. All students have been given the opportunity to reset their logins to their Microsoft Office accounts - and all resumes should have been shared with me already! I have edited them, and we will be doing final drafts next week!
As always, follow me on Twitter (@reidwellPSHS) and on here for updates!
I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving Break!
There's a lot going on in room 7017, so I certainly hope that everyone is re-energized after five days off!
For English 9, we are finishing up our final projects for Animal Farm, and students will present them in class tomorrow, Nov. 29. After we finish up with this novel, we will be moving into our next unit, which will more than likely be either Romeo and Juliet or Hunger Games. :) Students are expected to either have their own copy of Hunger Games or use the link under "Useful Links" here which will take you to the free e-book. Many students are doing very, very well and excelling so much! We will be hitting root words and writing much harder in quarter two than we did in quarter one, so please expect that!
For English 10, we are halfway through our first novel on social injustice, To Kill a Mockingbird. Many students fell behind with the reading schedule, so please check the SLMS calendar to ensure your student is prepared for each quiz that comes up! We will be done within two weeks is the goal - and we encourage the use of audio in addition to text! If there is no hard copy of the novel at home, students are encouraged to use the free e-book in the "Useful Links" category if they prefer the online version, as well. We will start going into SOL writing prompts/persuasive writing here this quarter, too, and will be going into the novel Night by Elie Wiesel once we finish TKAM. It is a memoir of the Holocaust - if there are any concerns about this novel, please feel free to let me know!
For the most part, things are going well - students who are not succeeding on the level they could be are only dealing with low grades, generally due to NHI (not handed in) grades. If you have questions, my door is always open!
Thanks for all the support, and enjoy the upcoming holidays!
Good afternoon, everyone!
Just a quick update so everyone is on the same page ...
For all of my English students, I will not be taking any grades after this Friday, Oct. 28. This gives me enough time to prepare and to ensure that all the grades are in, and that grades reflected in Parent Portal next week are accurate for report cards.
Please check all grades next week and this week! If there are any questions concerning grades, please do NOT hesitate to let me know/get in contact with me!
We will have in-class make up work days on Wednesday, Oct. 26 (for even day classes) and Thursday, Oct. 27 (for odd day classes). Students will have the entirety of the block (after finishing their benchmarks) to finish or make up any work that they owe. Students can get up to a 75 percent on work they did not hand in already.
Like I tell the students, I'm not great at math, however, I know that anything is better than a zero!!! :) And for some students, that will make the difference between passing and failing for the first quarter.
As always, feel free to text me via Remind, send me a message on Twitter, e-mail me, or call me in my room if you have any questions/concerns!
Thanks so much, have an awesome week! :)
I will more than likely use this space to update everyone on what's going on! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to e-mail me! (The link is on my home page.)
Students are building on the skills they've acquired over the past eight years (and then some!). We started the year reading many short stories, doing a writing sample (the "I believe in ..." essay), as well as reviewing commonly confused words to help strengthen our writing.
We are getting ready to get into Animal Farm, a George Orwell novel. Students have been asked to purchase it, but there is also a free e-book version students can download. Just click on "Useful Links" and you should be able to find it! :) All students are welcome to use this version! Students were given a packet this week for the novel. They should be expected to complete parts of the packet at home, as well as reading from in-class. They are welcome to use these packets on the daily quizzes (comprehension quizzes) given in class on a daily basis. There will be six of them. They are on the calendar right now if you want to see when each one happens! Students will get calendars next class, as well. These can be HUGE grade boosters ... or they can really hurt their grades too! I want all As! Haha. :)
English 10 is a really important year. Why? PSAT, SAT, and then next year we've got the SOLs for English ... both the reading and the writing!
We've done short stories, a writing sample about the danger of the single story, reviewed commonly confused words and added some root words ... a lot of stuff going on!
Now we're venturing into two larger projects: the first one is the anecdotal autobiography. Students have through the month of October to work on their personal narratives to create a "scrapbook" of sorts. We are doing peer review in class, as well as spacing out the assignments. The final project is due on the 28th for even day classes, and on the 31st odd day's project is due. The second assignment is reading To Kill a Mockingbird, which will tie in directly to our idea of social injustice - something we will make relevant to everyone! Just like with English 9, there is a free e-book of the novel under "Useful Links." :)
As always, please e-mail me if you have any questions or concerns!
Lindsay M. Reid, M. Ed.