The best laid plans...I'd aimed to write and reflect every month, but time gets away. Here we are with FOUR MORE DAYS to go until the end of Semester 1! I'm so proud of all of you and of each class. I'm proud, epecially, of every small gain, the small meaningful moments, and the lightbulb that has clicked (or is yet to click) in each of you.
Last week alone was, for me, one that was truly inspiring, humbling, and affirming (& exhausting...I won't lie...exhausting, too.) I watched Honors 11 make meaning and grapple with Clint Smith poetry; AP Lit approach the work of two living poets, both of whom we had the honor of hosting at our school, with a level of maturity and thoughtfulness that has, so far, been unparalleled this semester; and English 11 come together as a classroom community to break bread and be human with one another. Not every week of teaching and learning is as special and unique as this one, but it is one I won't forget anytime soon.
I could go on, but no. Let's get to what we're really here for...some reminders about all the things coming and going this week.
English 11 Honors
Reminder: Counting Descent graphic essays DUE MONDAY, December, 17.
1st period exam: Tuesday, December 18
5th period exam: Wednesday, December 19
Remember that your graphic essay needs to have the following parts:
1st period: Breakfast day! Look for details in Remind.
5th period: Snacks & celebrations Thursday.
Reminders: Hanif imitation essay DUE MONDAY, December 17; Review sweater due day of exam; sweater Flipgrid due day of exam
6th period exam: Tuesday, December 18
3rd period exam: Wednesday, December 19
Ok, now all of the things.
First up, let's talk about "August 9, 2014" imitation essay. Remember that you're writing creative, lyrical prose, striking through most of the language, and creating your own found or blackout poem. Here are your turn in options:
- Google Classroom
- Hard copy printed (turned in in class)
- Hand written (turned in in class)
Next up, let's talk about LITmas sweaters! They are looking SO GOOD! I'm really excited to see what you've made and how you unpack your thinking.
Remember, wear your sweater the day of your exam and record your Flipgrid response by exam day, too. Flipgrid link is posted in Google Classroom.
Now, let's talk about exams. Your exam will be 3 parts: AP public release Question 1 poetry timed writing; AP practice test multiple choice selection; reflection. There will also be a class picture in the mix. ; )
Reminder: Narrative essays due the day of your exam. Please submit in Google Classroom OR turn in a hard copy in class.
7th period exam - Monday, December 17
4th period exam - Wednesday, December 19
Guys! Great Food Lit Family Dinner day! Much deliciousness and a lovely time all around. Much gratitude for your participation for keeping this tradition alive in my classroom.
As discussed in class, the semester exam will ask you to demonstrate skills we've worked on this semester -- mainly reading and developing meaning from multiple texts and identifying how they connect. Next semester, we'll be moving on to career writing, novel study, and research.
But for now a few pics from Friday!