Thursday, May 22: Grammar and Punctuation exam. ... Have a stupendous summer! Thank you for a great school year!
Tuesday, May 20: Grammar and Punctuation reviews C & D (see documents, "Practice: Crop Circles" & "Grammar Review 2014").
Friday, May 16: Calendar reminder: Tuesday: review. Thursday: Grammar and Punctuation Test. Today: Grammar and Punctuation Review B (see documents).
Thursday, May 15: Calendar reminder: Grammar and Punctuation Packet due tomorrow. Study Hall---AP World History exam.
Wednesday, May 14: Extra credit due. Reminder: Grammar and Punctuation Packet due Friday. Finalize Poster Sessions.
Tuesday, May 13: Calendar: Extra credit (optional) due tomorrow; Grammar and Punctuation Packet due Friday---note: this is a calendar change. Resume Independent Study Poster Sessions.
Friday, May 9: Resume Independent Study Poster Sessions.
Thursday, May 8: Resume Independent Study Poster Sessions.
Wednesday, May 7: Resume Independent Study Poster Sessions.
Tuesday, May 6: Begin Independent Study Poster Sessions! Calendar: Grammar and Punctuation Packet (#1-14) due approximately Wed. 14; extra credit due the same day.
1. Parts of a Sentence
2 a, b, c. Subjects and Predicates
3 a, b, c. Complements
4 a, b, c, d. Clauses
5 a, b, c, d, e. Commas
6. Commas: Bigfoot
11. Review (see Nelson)
12. Quotation Mark
Friday, May 2: Debrief Punctuation and Grammar Review A (#11). Assigned: Quotation Marks, Apostrophe, and Parentheses (#12-14; see documents). Note: the grammar and punctuation assignments, #1-14, are due after the Poster Sessions (approximately Wed., May 14). Any unfinished assignments are now homework. So, #5-10 and 12-14 are now on the website. I apologize that some of the files are inverted; after opening the file, go to "View" then "Rotate Clockwise," which you have to do twice.
· 804: notes
· 805: “A” (#7)
· 806–807: notes
· 808: “A” (#8)
· 810–811: notes
· 811–812: “Concept Check” (#9)
· 812: notes
· 813: “Concept Check” (#10)
Thursday, May 1: Notice: Tuesday we begin the ISP Poster Sessions. Late passes are not accepted for this assignment. Come prepared with your poster, your final draft, the whole writing process, and a typed statement of revision that addresses the comments on the rubric. Today: MLA revisited (see documents). Resume grammar and punctuation work: (#11: the clause work of Review A will be due tomorrow).
Wednesday, April 30: Debrief comma work (#5e). Punctuation and Grammar Review A (#11; see Mr. Nelson).
Tuesday, April 29: In-class essay due. Resume grammar and punctuation work: commas, colons, semicolons, dashes, and hyphens. Comma work due Wednesday (see documents, if necessary): Commas:
· 785–786: notes
· 786: “A,” 1–5 (#5a)
· 788–790: notes
· 790: “A,” 1–8 (#5b)
· 792: notes
· 793: “A,” 1–5 (#5c)
· 794–795: notes
· 795: “A,” 1–10 (#5d)
· 796–798: notes
· 798: “A,” 1–15 (#5e)
Friday, April 25: Resume grammar and punctuation work: commas, colons, and semicolons (see Mr. Nelson). Reminder: Typed revised in-class essay due Tuesday.
Thursday, April 24: Resume journal sharing. Three Literature Circle journals due.
Wednesday, April 23: Literature Circle journal sharing.
Tuesday, April 22: Calendar: Literature Circles Journals due tomorrow; revised timed essay due Tuesday (typed, process attached). Instructions for revising timed essay (see documents). Independent Study Project (ISP) Poster Session Instructions (see documents; see Nelson or classroom buddy for your due date). ISP draft due; peer critique.
Thursday, April 17: Period Four: In-class essay. If you miss this, plan to write the essay during conference period next week.
Wednesday, April 16: Calendar reminders: Period 6: because we will be attending the honors assembly tomorrow, you should write the in-class essay during conference period next week, preferably Tuesday. ISP written work due Tuesday. Review MLA Style Sheet (see documents).
Tuesday, April 15: Calendar reminders: Thursday: "Then & Now" (extra credit) due; come prepared to write about your literature circle novel. Tuesday: ISP written work due. Literature Circle Meeting Three (see documents).
Friday, April 11: Notice: Mandatory AP Info Session in the auditorium on Monday, April 14, during conference period. Resume grammar and punctuation work: debrief noun clauses; work on the comma (see Mr. Nelson).
Thursday, April 10: Resume grammar and punctuation work (see Mr. Nelson); finish subordinate clause work by tomorrow (see documents):
--613: "A" (4c)
--616: "A" (4d)
Wednesday, April 9: Notice: Mandatory AP Info Session in the auditorium on Monday, April 14. Literature Circles Meeting Two continued (see documents and classroom buddy).
Tuesday, April 8: Literature Circles Meeting Two (see documents and classroom buddy).
Monday, April 7: Calendar reminders: Tomorrow: AIMS Math test at 7:40 a.m. in the cafeteria; Literature Circle Meeting Two. Extra credit option associate with Literature Circles: "Then & Now": in one typed page with a works cited, contrast the social or political circumstance in your novel with that country's contemporary circumstance; for example: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/04/06/magazine/06-pieter-hugo-rwanda-portraits.html?ref=magazine&_r=3.
Today: resume grammar work: clauses.
Friday, April 4: Resume grammar work: Types of Clauses, guided note-taking (see Mr. Nelson); complements and clauses.
Thursday, April 3: Resume grammar work: complements (see Mr. Nelson).
Wednesday, April 2: Debrief ISP reports (see documents). First draft of written work due Tuesday, April 22--typed, include process. Resume grammar work.
Tuesday, April 1: Literature Circles Meeting One (see documents); due at the end of class: (1) reading and discussion notes, (2) questions, (3) analysis, and (4) journal prompt.
Friday, March 28: Reminder: on Tuesday, you'll have your first literature circle meeting; bring notes, three discussion questions, and two journal prompts. Resume grammar work: Subjects and Predicates; begin Complements (#3; see Mr. Nelson).
Thursday, March 27: ISP reports due. Begin grammar and punctuation work: Parts of a Sentence (#1; see documents and classroom buddy). Subjects and Predicates (#2)--to be continued tomorrow.
Wednesday, March 26: Calendar reminder: ISP reports due tomorrow. Time to read and write for ISP or Literature Circles.
Tuesday, March 25: Calendar reminders: Thursday: ISP reports due (typed); include any drafts of written work. Begin Literature Circles: overview, group and novel selection (see documents).
Thursday, March 13: Poetry Reading (journal sharing).
Wednesday, March 12: Time to work on Independent Study Project.
Tuesday, March 11: Poetry Test. Reminder: tomorrow you will have the hour to work on your Independent Study Project.
Monday, March 10: Calendar: Poetry test tomorrow; bring your annotated packet. Tuesday and Wednesday: come prepared to work on Independent Study Project. Extra credit this week: CA Conrad at the Poetry Center: discussion Tuesday at 6:00; reading Thursday at 7:00. This weekend: The Tucson Festival of Books! (see extra credit page). Resume the Poetry Analysis Presentations.
Friday, March 7: Packet due: #1-8 and Journals 1-3: (1) Introductory Reflection, (2) The Image, (3) Childhood Poems Analysis, (4) Allusion: Pinsky, (5) Two Poets, a comparision (video), (6) Sonic Elements, (7) Metaphor, (8) Tone: Identity. ISP Book and Progress Reports due Thursday, March 27 (see documents). Poetry Test on Tuesday. Continue Poetry Analysis Presentations.
Thursday, March 6: Reminder: Packet due tomorrow: #1-8 and Journals 1-3. Begin Poetry Analysis Presentations (which is the review for Poetry Test).
Wednesday, March 5: Reminder: Packet due Friday: 1-8 and Journals 1-3. Resume preparation for the Poetry Analysis Presentations, which begin Thursday.
Tuesday, March 4: Calendar: Thursday: Extra credit at the Poetry Center, 7:00 p.m.: Corin and Steinberg prose reading. Friday: Packet due: 1-8 and Journals 1-3. Friday: AP fees due. Saturday: Spring campus clean-up and Poetry Out Loud Regional Finals (1:00 p.m. at the Poetry Center). Return Siddhartha essays and debrief. Begin Poetry Analysis Presentation preparation (see Mr. Nelson). Begin presentations Thursday.
Friday, February 28: Finalize Tone and Identity (#8); 15 minutes to work, then class discussion.
Thursday, February 27: Resume Tone and Identity (#8); note: you'll have 15 minutes to finish this project in class tomorrow.
Wednesday, February 26: Tone and Identity (#8): practice with Mr. Nelson's guidance: Francisco X. Alarcon's "The X in My Name" (see documents). Tomorrow: continue in small groups.
Tuesday, February 25: AIMS reading test.
Monday, February 24: Calendar reminders: March 27: ISP book and progress reports due; be working on Journals 1, 2, & 3. Debrief packet entry #7. Time to work on journals.
Wednesday, February 19: AIMS review.
Tuesday, February 18: Resume Monday's analysis. Journal #3: Extended or Controlling Metaphor Poem (see documents).
Monday, February 17: Metaphor: "Bluebird" by Charles Bukowski and "Tourist Death" by Archibald MacLeish (#7; see documents).
Friday, February 14: Calendar reminder: next two weeks are sequential. Resume Sonic Elements (#6; see documents). Journal #2: The Sonic Poem: Write a poem that emphasizes the musical qualities of language: rhyme (in any of its manifestations), assonance, alliteration, refrain, etc. And in so doing, employ lineation deliberately; that is to say, use at least one constraining principle to determine the lengths of the line: rhyme scheme, syllabics, and/or number of stresses.
Thursday, February 13: Introduction to Sonic Elements of Poetry. Resume lesson tomorrow.
Wednesday, February 12: Video: Contrast the styles of two poets: Carolyn Forche and Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge (#5; see Mr. Nelson).
Tuesday, February 11: Calendar reminders: AP Registration due Monday, Feb. 17; Parent-teacher conferences tomorrow, 4:30-7:00. Debrief Childhood Poem Analysis (#3). Resume Allusion: Two Poems by Robert Pinsky (#4).
Friday, February 7: Calendar reminders: Monday at 7:00 p.m.: extra credit at the Poetry Center: Aisha Sloan and Ariana Zwartjes. Begin discussion of two allusive poems by Robery Pinsky (#4); in-class time will be give on Tuesday. For Monday, come prepared to debrief on #3.
Thursday, February 6: Resume Childhood Poems Analysis (#3; see multiple documents).
Wednesday, February 5: Childhood Poems Analysis (#3; see multiple documents), to be continued in class on Thursday.
Tuesday, February 4: Calendar: Monday at 7:00 at the Poetry Center: Zwartjes and Sloan. Debrief ISP Contracts; next deadline: Thurs., March 27 (information forthcoming). Due: Siddhartha essay. Return books. Poetry Glossary (see documents or classroom buddy). The Image (packet entry #2; see documents [two files]).
Friday, January 31: Journal sharing. Introductory Poetry Reflection (#1; see documents).
Thursday, January 30: Contract (Phase II) due. (Period 4) Siddhartha packets due. PSAT follow up.
Wednesday, January 29: Calendar reminders: Contract (Phase II) due tomorrow; typed and revised essay due Tuesday. Journal sharing. Siddhartha packets due.
Tuesday, January 28: Packets due next time we meet. Journal sharing. Timed essay revisited: thesis statements and direct quotation (see documents). Peer input on essay. Revised essay due Tuesday (see documents for instructions).
Friday, January 24: In-class timed essay (see Mr. Nelson). Siddhartha packet due Tuesday.
Thursday, January 23: Journals 1 & 2 due (#5 & 6 in packet). Packet due on Tues. Small-group preparation for tomorrow's timed essay: augment your reading notes (#7):
1. dominant symbols (for example, the river, the caged bird)
2. motifs (for example, the relation between Siddhartha's suffering and wisdom)
3. major turning points in the plot
4. Siddhartha's dynamism (how he changes throughout the novel)
Wednesday, January 22: Calendar: Journals 1 & 2 due Thursday; in-class essay on Friday. Return and debrief Independent Study Contracts. Phase Two of contract--sources, genre, and pages--due Thurs., Jan. 30. Resume discussion of Siddhartha.
Tuesday, January 21: Calendar: Journals 1 & 2 due Thursday; in-class essay on Friday. Vocabulary Part Two due (#4). Quiz. Discuss Siddhartha.
Friday, January 17: Calendar: finish reading Siddhartha for Tuesday; vocabulary due then as well. Time to read, write journals, or work on vocabulary.
Thursday, January 16: Calendar: finish reading Siddhartha for Tuesday. Reading quiz and discussion of Siddhartha.
Wednesday, January 15: Reading calendar: read through page 85/69 for tomorrow. Watch "The Boy with Divine Power" and answer the two reflection questions (#3; see documents; follow link:
Tuesday, January 14: AP registration materials (see Mr. Nelson). Calendar reminder: read through page 85/69 for Thursday. Independent Study Project contract due (subject and research question). Siddhartha quiz. Discuss part one of Siddhartha.
Friday, January 10: Calendar reminder:ISP specific subject and research question due Tues.; Siddhartha, to page 42/34 due Tues. Practice writing specific subjects and research questions (see documents).
Thursday, January 9: Calendar reminder: ISP specific subject and research question due Tues. Siddhartha overview and calendar (see documents). Book check-out and time to read.
Wednesday, January 8: Introduction to Buddhism (#2; see Mr. Nelson and documents), in preface to reading Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha.
Tuesday, January 7: Welcome back and happy new year! Introduction to Independent Study Project (see documents; research subject and guiding question due Tuesday, January 14). Poems in preface to Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha (#1; see documents).