Monthly Archives: December 2014

December 11, 2014

Today we talked briefly about kinds of sentence structure – if you were absent, please come get a paper copy of the handout from me.

I also gave you some notes on reviewing for the final – here is that document. Fall Final Review

Homework for tonight was to read chapter 6 of The Pearl. The Pearl – Chapter 6

December 9, 2014

Today in class, students worked in small groups to create thematic vocabulary review posters. If your group did not finish, please have someone come in tomorrow at lunch to complete it.

Speaking of vocabulary, here is the review that I put together to help you study for the final. If you break it up into small sections and work on it every night, you should be ready when the test comes around. Fall 2014 Pre-AP Vocabulary Final Review

Homework for tonight was to read chapter 3 of the Pearl and answer the annotation questions: The Pearl – Chapter 3 – A

December 4 and 5

On Thursday, we talked about our final exam essay (worth 50% of the final grade), which we will write on Monday during class. We talked about generating theses. Here were some that we came up with together:

Heroes can affect (impact/influence) a person by ______________________________.

  • showing them the right thing to do.
  • saving them from trouble/adversity.
  • making people feel inadequate.
  • inspiring them to become better themselves.
  • influencing what they value.
  • changing their view on life.

Here is the prompt sheet: 2014 English 1A Fall Final Exam Essay

Students may make notes on the prompt sheet to help them write their essay in class. They MAY NOT write a rough draft of their essay. If you have a rough draft on your paper, I will take it up.

Also on Thursday, I conferenced with individual students about their cooperation essays. Students worked in small groups to discuss their questions for their Glass Castle Thematic Response essays.

On Friday, students wrote two Short Answer Responses for a major grade. If you did not finish, here is that reading to complete over the weekend: Glass Castle SAR Major Grade

Things to remember for Monday:

  • No vocabulary quiz, but you are responsible for those Pearl words on the final exam
  • We’ll be writing our final exam essay
  • Your homework is to finish your Glass Castle Thematic Response

Have a good weekend!

December 2 and 3, 2014

On Tuesday, students practiced another short answer response over The Glass Castle. Here is that assignment: TGC Close Reading 3 Homework was to write an essay over adversity (please see me for copies) which will be due on Thursday.

On Wednesday, we discussed some general issues related to your cooperation essays: Notes on Cooperation Essay During class, students began working on a thematic response to The Glass Castle (due Monday) The Glass Castle Thematic Response. Homework (due Friday) was TGC Reading Guide 6: Glass Castle Reading Guide 6