Monday, January 6, 2020

Welcome back! Today in class, we will be starting off the semester by looking at some vocabulary for an excerpt from a book that we will  be reading in class — “The Black Count,” which is a biography of Alexandre Dumas’s father, the inspiration for The Count of Monte Cristo.

One week from today we will be starting Dracula — again, we don’t have enough copies of the book to check out to everyone. You can:

  1. purchase a copy yourself (I recommend the Dover thrift edition — that matches the page numbers on the reading guide)
  2. purchase a copy from the school for $5
  3. go to Half Price books or another used bookstore
  4. see if an older sibling or friend can lend you their copy
  5. read the text online

No homework for tonight!

Friday, December 13

It’s Friday the 13th, but it’s also the last class day of the semester, so I think we can call it even.

Some important announcements:

  1. You have an opportunity to earn up to 5 points of extra credit on your final exam by reading a free-choice book (approved by me in advance) over the break and submitting a reflection through Google classroom. You can check a book out from the classroom library after your final exam.
  2. And another extra credit opportunity! After your finals on Wednesday, at 1:30 PM, you can come to my room and watch a movie connected to our curriculum in some way. Which movie? I haven’t decided yet — I need to preview some stuff over the weekend to make sure that it’s school-appropriate. I’ll post the selection on Monday. (It might be something connected to the Hero’s Journey or something related to Shakespeare.) But this movie will be special because I will give you the choice of either 1) adding 10 points onto a quiz or 2) bringing a zero or a low score on a daily assignment (not something weighted double) up to an 80. It can be a reading check that you bombed or a reading guide that you forgot to do or somesuch.
  3. Please, please, please study for your final. As we discussed in class, what will have the biggest payoff will be studying grammar and vocabulary. You have a grammar review, you have practice quizzes for vocab, and you can create your own lists using