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CLASSROOM UPDATE AS OF 5/5/2020:

As you know, our Distance Learning opportunities are available on my Google Classroom. Additionally, if for whatever reason you cannot access this or you have a technological issue, I have placed these assignments and their corresponding due dates on this page under the "Files and Documents" tab in the "Distance Learning Folder" for each of my classes. You may email me these assignments by their due dates and I will provide feedback in response. 

Remember, our goal for Distance Learning in Quarter 4 is not to get numeric grades. Instead, we are focussing on our learning and showing mastery of English 10 skills. This is a major departure from what we are used to in the classroom; however, we must remember that our success does not come from a numeric grade, rather it comes from the knowledge of mastering the material that we have covered in class. Please email me with questions or concerns. Stay healthy and safe!!

--Ms. M

PS. Remember: 

"Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of the self-satisfaction in knowing you made the best effort to become the best of which you are capable of becoming" -John Wooden

 


CLASSROOM UPDATE AS OF 4/17/2020:

Mr. Boles has put out the preliminary schedule for distance learning, which I have attached below. I want to clarify how this schedule will relate to our class. 

As you can see on light blue parts of the schedule, it looks like you have an explicit time to be working on each class. It would be excellent if that is the schedule that you follow to keep yourself on track, but that schedule is just a suggestion for you! Ideally, you will be working for about 120 minutes one each class per week. That is not the set time to meet with me, or your other teachers. Your teachers and I will provide the work weekly for you to do during that time. HOWEVER, please understand that unlike in traditional school, your work for 4th quarter WILL NOT be receiving a grade. IT WILL receive written feedback from me, but you won't see an update in the grade book. Your yearly average for English 10/10IGCSE will be based on the average of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd quarter grades worth 33.3% each.

In the navy parts of the schedule are your teachers' office hours. I will be available to chat via email on Mondays from 1pm to 2pm, and Thursdays from 12pm to 1pm. For the time being, we will work via email. However, I may set up a Zoom meeting in the future.

Each Monday, I will post work for you to complete by the following Friday. I will also post Google Forms for you to inform me about how you are doing. It will look similarly to our practice one.

I miss you all terribly. Stay safe and be kind to people. See the schedule, which I have noted on below.

--Ms. M


PSHS Distance Learning Schedule which explains that students will be working for 120 minutes per week on English class. It also explains that Ms. Martin will be available to chat via email 1-2pm on Mondays and 12-1pm on Thursdays for office hours.

CLASSROOM UPDATE AS OF 3/22/2020:


Students and Parents:
Please be sure to check you emails regularly.
I will be sending classroom updates about educational opportunities for your students due to the COVID-19 Pandemic closure. 
Please make sure you have checked your emails for directions on how to sign up for our virtual Google Classroom. I will be posting many updates and informative assignments to that page as well.

Stay healthy and safe.

-Ms. Martin

Google Classroom Instructions and Information:

Per PWCS directives, no work will be graded at this time. The information shared on this page will be important for practicing our already learned skills! Please join us. 

Instructions to Join our Google Classroom (*See emails for detailed instructions*):
Students can access Google Classroom by going to classroom.google.com

Username: Potomac username @ potomachs.org (i.e.: First 6 letters of your last name, your first initial, your middle initial, and your 2-digit graduating year. Example: martinhe23@potomachs.org.)
Password: PHS-Student ID # (Example: PHS-122335)
Course Codes: Please see your emails for course codes sent out (check attachment), or email me directly to Martinhe@pwcs.edu

Class Updates:
 First, thank you so much for all of your support. I am so lucky to teach such resilient and creative kids. Second, please see the list below for the changes coming to my PSHS class page, Google Classroom, and more. By the end of the week I will have accomplished the following:

  1. My PSHS class page lists all Virginia Standards of Learning already taught (see below). This will give you an idea of the skills we have learned so far. I will also share this document to our Google Classroom.
  2. On Google Classroom, you will find a shared Google Drive containing all materials from Quarter 3. This will allow students to make up any missing assignments or remediate and redo any summative that they wish from Quarter 3. Please email me any missing/make up assignments to martinhe@pwcs.edu.
  3. Also on Google Classroom, you will find a section on Distance Learning. This section will provide educational opportunities  (ungraded for students to complete). There will be at least one educational opportunity practice for each corresponding Virginia Standard (at least one for reading, at least one for writing, at least one for grammar practice, etc.). None are more important than the other, and all serve as extra practice while learning at home.
  4. Once per week, I will post a Google Forms to the Google Classroom page. This will look like a survey that students will fill out. This will provide students the opportunity to tell me which activities they have accomplished this week. **Students will turn in both their DL assignments AND a Google Forms during the week to tell me what they have learned.**

Thank you for sticking with us through this unprecedented situation. I appreciate the kind words that students have emailed me. I miss our classroom and my classes very much, and hope that we might be together again at some point next year!

ELA Learning Activities to do at home (Other than Distance Learning)

Activity 1: READ, READ, READ! Some of you still have books from my classroom library (I want those back). If you don't have reading material at home, use your Prince William County Library Card to check out ebooks or schedule curb-side delivery at the library. Don't have a card? You can get a digital card online. Hoopla is the app they use for ebooks that can be read on your phone. 

Here are the links you need...

*General Information About Library Cards: https://www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/library/Pages/How-To-Get-A-Library-Card.aspx

*Need a Digital Card: https://librarycatalog.pwcgov.org/polaris/logon.aspx?src=https://librarycatalog.pwcgov.org/polaris/patronaccount/default.aspx?ctx%3d1.1033.0.0.3&ctx=1.1033.0.0.3 
(Click where it says Click Here to Learn More...None of you are 18, so you'll need to get a parent to help.)

Activity 2: So, You Want to Go to College? 
If you are heading down the college path, now is a good time to start looking at the process. Don't wait until senior year to start thinking about it! You can use Naviance to search through colleges. this resource also allows you to take quizzes about your likes/dislikes and will offer suggestions about the colleges that might work for you. Might I suggest Christopher Newport University??? ;)
Potomac Naviance Link: https://student.naviance.com/potomacsenior

Activity 3: Find a really great movie! Using any streaming services/TV/DVDs/BluRays/you have, find something good to watch. Brush up on what you learned during our fiction unit by considering what we have learned about characters, archetypes, the plot diagram, figurative language, etc.! If you find something particularly awesome, let me know, so I can add it to my Watch List. 🙂 MANY services are offering extended trials right now. Google for promo codes, but ask your parents for permission. 
Why is this a suggestion, you ask?? Because movies use some of the same literary techniques as books. As you are watching, see how many you can find. Think of our Elements of Fiction (Characterization, Plot, POV, Conflict,Theme, Setting, Tone, & Mood), think of Figurative Language (Imagery, Hyperbole, Understatement), think of Syntax and Diction, think of Irony (Situational, verbal, dramatic). Ultimately- movies are a great resource! Be sure to ask parent permission, though. :)

Activity 4: PWCS Suggested Activities: The county has created this webpage full of suggested activities for students of all ages. Check out the Literacy Websites under the Optional 9-12 Digital Learning Resources for Parents. 
See this Link: https://www.pwcs.edu/cms/One.aspx?portalId=340225&pageId=41506907


Contacting me/ Office Hours

Office Hours:
Please contact me by email if you have any questions or concerns.
I will be available during normal school hours- Monday-Friday between 7:15 am and 2:15 pm
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Email: martinhe@pwcs.edu
Twitter: I will also post class updates/fun & positive messages to my teacher twitter, @msmartinpwcs. 

2019-2020 English 10 IGCSE Virginia Standards Assessed as of March 23, 2020


VA SOLs

Unit Assessed

Corresponding Assessments

10.1:Communication

  1. Unit 3: Dystopian Literature

  • Formative Journals (Unit 3)

  • Meeting of the Minds (Unit 3 Summative)

  • Think/Pair/Share (All Units Informative)

10.2: Multimodal Collaboration

  1. Unit 1: Short Fiction

  2. Unit 3: Dystopian Literature

  • Story presentations (Unit 1)

  • Meeting of the Minds Group Projects (Unit 3 Summative)

10.3: Analysis and Vocabulary

  1. Unit 1: Short Fiction

  2. Unit 2: Nonfiction and Memoir

  3. Unit 3: Dystopian Literature

  • Analysis of Short Fiction

  • Syntax and Diction Activities (Unit 2)

  • Connotation and Denotation analysis (Unit 2)

  • Dystopian Analysis (Unit 3)

  • Meeting of the Minds Projects (Unit 3 Summative)

  • Cold Read/Multiple Choice (Unit 2 Summative)

10.4: Reading Fiction

  1. Unit 1 Short Fiction

  2. Unit 3: Dystopian Literature

  • Short fiction studies (Unit 1)

  • Elements of Fiction Formatives (Unit 1)

  • Basics of annotating (Unit 1 & 2)

  • 10.4 Cold Read/Multiple Choice (Unit 1 summative)

10.5: Reading Nonfiction

  1. Unit 2: Nonfiction and Memoir

  • Night by Elie Wiesel (Unit 2)

  • Holocaust Nonfiction Articles (Unit 2)

  • Elie Wiesel & Oprah Interview (Unit 2)

  • Personal Memoir (Unit 2 Summative)

  • Resume Writing (Unit 3)

10.6: Writing

  1. Unit 1: Short Fiction

  2. Unit 2: Nonfiction and Memoir

  3. Unit 3: Dystopian Literature

  • Character & Story Projects (Unit 1 Summative)

  • Personal Memoirs (Unit 2 Summative)

  • Meeting of the Minds Roles (Unit 3 Summative)

  • Resumes (Unit 3)

  • Journals (All Units)

  • Warm Ups (Informative)

10.7: Use of English

  1. Unit 1: Short Fiction

  2. Unit 2: Nonfiction and Memoir

  3. Unit 3: Dystopian Literature

  • Character & Story Projects (Unit 1 Summative )

  • Peer Editing (Unit 2 Summative)

  • Meeting of the Minds Projects (Unit 3 Summative)

10.8: Research

  1. Unit 3: Dystopian Literature

  • Meeting of the Minds Connector Role (Unit 3 Summative)

  • “Social Commentary” Research (Unit 3)



2019-2020 English 10 Regular Virginia Standards Assessed as of March 23, 2020

Potomac Senior High School—English 10 Targets Taught

 

Unit 1: Fiction and Poetry (August – November)

Learning Targets:

• 10.3 The student will apply knowledge of word origins, derivations, and figurative language to extend vocabulary development in authentic texts

• 10.4 The student will read, comprehend, and analyze literary texts of different cultures and eras.

• 10.6 The student will develop a variety of writing to persuade, interpret, analyze, and evaluate with an emphasis on exposition and analysis. 

• 10.7 The student will self- and peer-edit writing for correct grammar, capitalization, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, and paragraphing.

 

Unit Goals:

• Students will…

- read literature from various genres and styles.

- find examples of sound and figurative devices in poetry.

- analyze author’s purpose.

- analyze characterization, both direct and indirect, via analytical essays.

- edit their own and other students’ work while looking for mechanical, grammatical, and content errors with appropriate suggestions to correct them

 

Unit 2: Nonfiction (November – January)

Learning Targets:

• 10.3 The student will apply knowledge of word origins, derivations, and figurative language to extend vocabulary development in authentic texts

• 10.5 The student will read, interpret, analyze, and evaluate nonfiction texts.

• 10.6 The student will develop a variety of writing to persuade, interpret, analyze, and evaluate with an emphasis on exposition and analysis. 

• 10.7 The student will self- and peer-edit writing for correct grammar, capitalization, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, and paragraphing. 

 

Unit Goals:

• Students will…

- read nonfiction from a variety of sources.

- recognize rhetorical devices and methods of persuasion.

- construct/organize persuasive arguments in essay form and verbally.

- analyze a source’s credibility.

- recognize various types of written organization.
- edit their own and other students’ work while looking for mechanical, grammatical, and content errors with appropriate suggestions to correct them

 

Unit 3: Business Unit (January – March)

Learning Targets:

• 10.1 The student will participate in, collaborate in, and report on small-group learning activities.

• 10.2 The student will analyze, produce, and examine similarities and differences between visual and verbal media messages.

• 10.5 The student will read, interpret, analyze, and evaluate nonfiction texts.

• 10.6 The student will develop a variety of writing to persuade, interpret, analyze, and evaluate with an emphasis on exposition and analysis. 

• 10.7 The student will self- and peer-edit writing for correct grammar, capitalization, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, and paragraphing. 

 

Unit Goals:

• Students will…

- comprehend how to interview well for a job.

- write and edit multiple versions of a resume.

- utilize prior knowledge to verify credible sources for research.

- practice strong interpersonal skills between peers as well as potential employers. 

- read nonfiction for content, quality, and validity.

- use their experience and content to have a successful mock interview.

- write reflections based on their experiences.



2019-2020 Year Message (Published August 2019):

Greetings!!

Please use this page to find useful links and access our class calendar. You can also find uploaded documents from and for our class.

Please make sure that you have downloaded StudentVUE and TeacherVUE to have the most up to date access to our class information.
I will be sending out class news and happenings twice per month. It is important that we have accurate contact information to provide you with the best and most accurate information.


Otherwise, feel free to contact me by email: martinhe@pwcs.edu or follow me on my Teacher Twitter for updates: @msmartinpwcs

About Me:

I am originally from Syracuse, New York, where I attended West Genesee High School. I received a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Christopher Newport University. I am thrilled to be teaching IGCSE 10 and 10th grade for the 2019-2020 school year.

Course Descriptions

English 10 IGCSE:
 


The Cambridge Programme and qualifications are designed to support learners in becoming:

Confident in working with information and ideas – their own and those of others

Responsible for themselves, responsive to and respectful of others
Reflective as learners, developing their ability to learn
Innovative and equipped for new and future challenges
Engaged intellectually and socially, ready to make a difference

 

 


Cambridge IGCSE Literature (English) aims to develop learners who:

Enjoy the experience of reading literature

Understand and respond to literary texts in different forms and from different periods and cultures
Communicate an informed personal response appropriately and effectively
Appreciate different ways in which writers achieve their effects
Experience literature’s contribution to aesthetic, imaginative and intellectual growth
Explore the contribution of literature to an understanding of areas of human concern.


English 10: 

English 10 is the standard course for 10th grade English Language Arts. Students will be studying World Literature, and diving deep into building themselves as readers, writers, and critical thinkers. We will be spending time learning about reading and writing at the profession level, and applying ourselves as citizens of the world.