Well everybody, we've made it (successfully? yes, no, maybe?) through Week 1 of Quarantine and distance learning. As I've said several times, we are just getting our feet under us. These first couple of weeks are an experiment, and I want to make sure to respond to your needs—what goes well, what goes not-so-well, and how we can all best move forward together as a class.
In today's post, I'll answer a few FAQs from this first week:
For English 11 Honors
1. When is our 1-pager due?
Remember that before school closed, your one-pager for your independent choice reading book #2 was due Monday, 3.16. You can submit your one-pager NOW and through the weekend by snapping a pic and sending through Remind or Schoology.
2. And what about editorial notes? Didn't you say something about submitting those, too?
Yes, same as above. This is listed in your pacing guide. By the end of the day Monday, snap a pic of your notebook notes and submit through Remind or Schoology. I'm looking for: your topic; what mentor texts you studied; and what sources you consulted for your chosen topic.
3. When is the editorial due?
All editorial work is DUE by Monday, March 30.
For AP Lit...
1. Where is the Extend Your Analysis Flipgrid?
HERE! It is here, my friends
2. Do I just pick any Q3?
Yes. Pick literally any Question 3. Set the timer, and write the essay for Hamlet. Type & submit in Google Classroom.
3. What about the exam?
Hot off the presses from the College Board. Click here to read more & stay tuned for details.
Finally, before I sign off, a few loose ends.
Remember, I am available through:
And I'll be back tomorrow with another list of free fun things to do or watch in quarantine.
All the best to all, miss you, stay IN, and stay safe!
I'll admit, I've had some trouble closing my social media, putting own my phone, and looking away from all of the scary. Part of it for me, I think, is not that I'm looking for the terrible, but for the collective silver lining that always seems to emerge among us when we are at our most vulnerable.
Here's a quick post on some of that goodness I've come across today:
1. COSTURA CREATIVE VIRTUAL POETRY READINGS
If you dig living poets and you enjoyed José Olivarez & Keegan Lester's reading at school (shout out José & Keegan!), then consider tuning in for to one of these virtual readings. I now get to attend a poetry reading for my b-day. Quarantine problems solved!
Register HERE at Costura Creative's Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/costura-creative-living-room-reading-series-tickets-99999605512
2. SENTROCK DIGITAL DOWNLOAD COLORING BOOK
Speaking of José Olivarez, remember the beautiful cover of Citizen Illegal? Sentrock, a Chicago-based street artist, did the cover art, and now he's released this amazing Digital download coloring book! GOODNESS.
Get your copy here:
3. ZUMBA AT HOME WITH DIANA REYES
Here for some local goodness?! Hop on over to Facebook at 5:30 for some FREE Zumba cardio dance party with local teacher & Zumba goddess extraordinaire, Diana Reyes. I promise you'll have a great time.
Interested? Go here: https://www.facebook.com/events/801594570329678/
If you decide to check out these fun things or others, tag me with #LOOKKHILLI!
Yours, always, in raising up the good,
Hello from social distancing Day 2 in the Hilliard home!
So, here we are. Last Thursday when I prepped you for "here's what might happen," I honestly thought I'd see you tomorrow (Monday) to assign work, tell you not to stress too much about it, encourage you take care of yourselves and your families, and remind you there's SO much more you can learn and ways to learn beyond what's in our curriculum. As I said on Remind, I would've hugged some necks (OK, maybe just air hugs, given our present circumstances), and told ya' I loved ya'.
But...here we are.
We—all of us—are going to operate the best we can.
This update is to review a few important things as we head into this first week of shutdown:
Teachers have been directed to have tasks prepared and ready to share with students by Thursday, March 19, BUT I have already posted your tasks in Google Classroom. ALL DIRECTIONS are outlined on the posted handouts, but briefly:
2. COMMUNICATIONS & Office Hours
Just when I thought I was ready to pull the plug on this class web site and blog we go and have a pandemic. I'll be posting periodical updates here and checking in with you on Schoology and Remind. To join Remind, text the number 810-10 and in the body of the text, use the following code @khilli + class period + 19 (e.g. @khilli119)
I plan to hold virtual office hours and class meetings (likely on Zoom or Google Hangouts), BUT I'm waiting to see if we'll have a coordinated schedule as a school before I make my own. You will not be required to attend these meetings, but they will be available to you.
3. OPTIONAL LEARNING/Something to do when you're bored
Life is weird now. There's nowhere to go really, there's no school, no practices, no concerts, no games. If you find yourself feeling listless and bored and just need something to do, consider the things you always aim to do but never get around to. Maybe you're a musician and you've wanted to learn a new tune, maybe there's a really hard TikTok dance you haven't yet mastered, maybe you'd love to learn how to bake a cake from scratch.
Whatever it is, do some things and learn some things and share! (I've posted lots of suggestions in Classroom.)
Let's spread some joy and fun in this time of uncertainty. Like Jennifer Garner's #heyjenlookatme, use hashtag #LOOKKHILLI and show us what you're up to.
Many of you will have some pretty heavy adult responsibilities during this time, and I want to be mindful of that. This is only for fun, for community, and for raising up the good while we're stuck at home.
Last, and importantly, REACH OUT. If you are lonely, tired, need something, feel afraid or confused, I want to assure you that your school community and your teachers are here. I am here.
In the meantime, wishing you and your families health and peace of mind.
I'll be in touch again soon with a schedule for virtual office hours and directions for adding your parents or guardians to Google Classroom.
Remember: reach out of if you need and take care of yourselves!
All the best,