Monthly Archives: January 2016

Friday, January 29

Students wrote their essays on forgiveness, worth a major grade. If you missed this, please come make it up with me ASAP.

I also gave out the CMC Reading Guide 9 (due Monday): CMC Reading Guide 9.

And please make sure that you study for your vocabulary quiz over The Black Count!

I told everyone on Friday, but just a reminder – you will have a substitute on Monday. I will be overseeing the Mock STAAR for the Academic students (which you will be taking the following Monday – February 8).

Students in period 4, because I won’t have a chance to remind you on Monday, please remember that you are to meet at the MPR for class on Tuesday – we’ll be hearing a special speaker.

Monday, January 25

I hope everyone had a relaxing weekend!

We started today by going over the scandalous revelations of the most recent section of The Count of Monte Cristo. I passed out the next reading guide (due Wednesday): CMC Reading Guide 7. Then students took their vocabulary quiz. If you were absent, please come make it up on Friday during lunch tutorials.

Friday, January 22

Today students wrote their essays over happiness. There were no new materials, but please remember to study for your CMC Vocabulary 3 quiz (there will NOT be subjects and predicates or prepositional phrases on this quiz – although you will see those later) and be ready to turn your CMC Reading Guide 6 in.

Wednesday, January 20

We talked about Reading Guide 4 and CMC Vocabulary List 3 today. I gave students a handout on prepositional phrases (I don’t have an electronic copy, so come see me if you need one). Homework is the prepositional phrases packet and the CMC Reading Guide 5.

Also – you can come watch Marie Antoinette on Friday at 3:30 after school! I’ll still give you extra credit points! 🙂

Thursday, January 14

Today we began by discussing students’ ambition essays. I mentioned that the biggest issue that I’m seeing is theses that are convoluted and imprecise. Here are some notes to help guide you as you write your next essay: Ambition Essay Notes – 2016.

I also gave students a new prompt and rubric: Revenge Essay Prompt. We discussed the new strategy I would like for you to incorporate into this next essay, counterargument: Revenge Essay – Counterargument Handout. Students should pre-write for this essay tonight and come in tomorrow ready to write.

We also discussed participles: Participles Notes and Practice. Please be ready to answer questions about infinitives, gerunds, and participles on your vocabulary quiz on Tuesday.

Finally, students read an article called “The Complicated Psychology of Revenge” and answered multiple choice questions about it. If you were absent, please come see me next Friday to make this up.