Hello West House. Today we started with SSR and then finished up our recitations.

Recitations continued.

  1.     Perla N- Ba Humbug

After Perla presented, Mrs. Edwards gave the remaining performers a chance to nervous pee. While the class waited, Mrs. Edwards presented her monologue which was a letter to Mrs. Flores , the principle, about LACOE blocking many of the websites her class needed. Many laughs followed the monologue/letter.

  1.     Alecia R- Time by ( I’m sorry I could not find the poet)
  2.     Kim R- Why Can’t You Close My Door
  3.     Phillip R- Shrek is Hate, Shrek is Death
  4.     Simrit S – The Darker Sooner by  Catherine Wing
  5.     Jake T – I Mean I Guess I’ll Try It
  6.     Leslie T- What the Heck Autocorrect
  7.     Michelle V- It Doesn’t Have to End this Way
  8.     Peyton B- Novel by Arthur Rimbaud
  9. Maya M – To the Girl in Heels

Following all the performances Mrs. Edwards gave some important announcements. She first said that she will not be here on Friday, but that won’t affect us because West does not see her tomorrow. Then she reiterated how extra credit works. I know the way she explained is complex, so here is an example of how the EC works.

If Jamie turns in 2 extra credit points, Roger turns in 3, Hannah turns in 6, and Irving turns in 9 extra credit points. Mrs. Edwards will take all the extra credit turned in, in this case 20, and divide 20 by the number of students that turned in extra credit. This number will give her the average amount of extra credit that is turned in, 5. This means that any student that turned in less than 5 extra credit points will not get any extra credit at all.

**NOTE**

  •      If you have the average amount of extra credit you will receive 1% increase on your overall grade.
  •      If you have more than the average amount of extra credit you will receive a 2% increase on your overall grade
  •      YOU CAN NOT GET MORE THAN A 2% INCREASE ON YOUR GRADE NO MATTER HOW MUCH EC YOU TURN IN

Mrs. Edwards then handed back our graded Component 5 papers. No one in our house scored lower than an AP. The official grade will be added to Aeries tonight. She gave us some things to contemplate about our Component 5 grade.  Mrs. Edwards told us the biggest problem for us is that we didn’t edit our work, and that hurt our grades a lot.

Finally, Mrs. Edwards left us with a bitter-sweet gift.

Christmas Present from Mrs. Edwards

“If I have called your name, you are exempt from writing your final writing workshop paper. This will not affect your grade. “

List of Students who DO NOT have to turn in a final paper on Monday Jan. 5th 2015 at 8:00 PM.

Peyton

Mac

Brooke

Maylan

Jesse

Julianne

Kyndra

Scully

Christian L

Miriam

Kyle

Isiah M

Mario

Karla

Kiley

Perla

Ashley

Phillip

Simrit

Students on this list may turn in a final essay for an extra credit point; however Mrs. Edwards will not grade it.

If you are not on this list but like your writing workshop grade, you do not have to turn in a final and Mrs. Edwards will transfer your writing workshop grade as your final essay.  To The rest of you, your final essays will be due the Monday night we return from break.

Don’t forget to do blog assignment!

….Just kidding

Happy Winter Break

-Kyle L

Game plan
• ssr
• recitations

Hey everyone! Today we had our regular twenty minutes of SSR and then jumped right into recitations of monologues or poetry out loud poems.

Recitation
1. Isaac D – My Dear Wolfie
2. Jaz G – Catch a Little Rhyme by Eve Merriam
3. Isaiah M – The Fall of Block Buster. The Apocalypse of Phenomenal Cinema
4.  Hector B – Horrors in the Gym
5. Mac C – Yes, I Hate Healthy Food
6. Brooke C- Don’t Misunderstand
7. Maylan D – Have a heinous Day
8. Jesse E- No title Said ( about group members who don’t do anything)
9. Julianne G- Insert Title Here
10. Anthony G – Gulf Memo by Stephen Sandy
11. Kyndra I – Broken Promises by David Kirby
12. Scully K – Supercilious Narcissist
13. Christian L- Burger King , What Happened?
14. Isaiah L – Shut Up Sit Down and Pay Attention
15. Miriam L- Close your mouth
16. Kyle L- Don’t Touch Me
17. Mychel L-No title ( about lag on video games)
18. Daren L- My Personal Heck ( Walmart)
19. Mario M – Don’t …..Touch Me
20. Karla M – Wide Crowds Suck
21. Ashley R – No Title ( Skinny Shaming)
22. Leo M- Conflightement
23. Kiley M- Why Does This Happen?

I apologize to any title names or spellings of names that I messed up. If I did, find me tomorrow and I’ll remember to change it when I get home.

On a completely different note. Remember that your final writing workshop is due on Jan 5th 2015 at 8:00 pm. This essay is one of the four you have previously submitted to turnitin. The essay must have gone through the revision process. If you do not wish to have homework over break or fear you will forget to turn it in, it is suggested to complete your final revisions this week and turn it in before you go on break .
Thank you – Kyle L

Game Plan

  • SSR
  • Work on Component 5

Today, we began class with twenty minutes of silent reading. Mrs. Edwards then gave us a few reminders. Reminders

  1. You must turn in your section of the policy paper to turnitin.com 8:00 PM or it will be marked as late.
  2. A hard copy of your whole groups policy paper is due by 8:30 AM Tuesday morning. Please put policy paper in some type of folder. It must be bound in the folder.
  3. Recitations of Monologue/ Poem (Poetry Out Loud) begin Wednesday.
    1. You do not have to memorize the poem from Poetry Out loud; however, Mrs. Edwards will not send you to the school wide competition if you chose not to memorize.
    2. You can not recite the following poems
      1. Alone by Edgar Allen Poe
      2. Fire and Ice
      3. Tree Poem

Finally, Mrs. Edwards set us free to work on our policy papers for the rest of the class block.

Hey everyone! Here’s the game plan for today:

-SSR

-Work on Component #5

 

HW: Work on Component #5

Today we started off class with the usual 20 minutes of Sustained Silent Reading. Once Mrs. Edwards came around and collected our page numbers, she went on to talk about Component #5 a little bit. She explained how this is a public policy paper and that it should be something that is practical to carry out. If the general public can’t carry out the idea, then you might want to re-evaluate your answer to the essential question. Mrs. Edwards also gave the tip to have an idea that starts small, and then later affects a larger change in the pathway to a sustainable energy future. After her final explanations, she let us work on the component for the rest of the block.

*Reminder: Remember that the submitted turnitin.com copy is due this upcoming Monday evening at 8 PM. Also, the physical copy will be due this upcoming Tuesday in the morning.*

*Reminder: Don’t forget that monologue recitations are next week during 2nd and 3rd rotations! Be prepared!*

 

I believe that is all West House! Until next time!

P.S. Stay strong! We have one more week until Winter Break!

-Isaiah M.

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great day today!

Here’s the game plan from today:

-Testing

HW: Work on Component #5

Today we went to class today and were greeted by Edwards during first block this morning. We skipped SSR today so that we could maximize our testing time. Upon settling in Mrs. Edwards had some good news about component 5. She told us that the hard copy of the paper will be due on TUESDAY next week RATHER THAT MONDAY. With this, she also explained that it should be organized very nicely due to the fact that we have an extra day to complete it. Although the hardcopy is due on Tuesday, our personal portion of the paper is STILL DUE ON MONDAY EVENING NEXT WEEK ON TURNITIN.COM

*Note* EDWARDS DOES NOT LIKE PLASTIC  INSERTS OR POORLY BINDED-PAPERS. HOWEVER, SHE DOES LIKE THE THREE HOLE PUNCH REPORT COVERS.

After all the morning announcements, we went down to the computer lab so that we could complete the language portion of the English testing. For those who finished the testing early went back  up to the classroom so that they could work on assignments and other things without distracting those who were still testing.

I believe that is all West House! Until next time!

-Isaiah M.

Hey everyone! I hope you all a great day.

Here’s the game plan from today:

  • SSR
  • Admin things
  • Work on Component #5

 

HW: None

So, we started off class today with the typical 20 minutes of Sustained Silent Reading. After that, Mrs. Edwards had some Administration things she wanted to discuss with us. The first thing she wanted to talk with us about was the “dearth” of blog assignment submissions last week.

(Dearth- Fancy word for “lack of”)

Edwards believes this may be due to the fact that she didn’t remind us as much about the assignment as she has done in the past weeks of the school year. However, she wanted to make sure that whenever something is on the board under the homework category, it is always going to be an assignment that needs to be completed, regardless if she mentions it or not. Although the blog assignment due date has passed, Mrs. Edwards wants all of those who didn’t complete the assignment to eventually revisit it. This is due to the fact that she had introduced a new concept to us called the Graff/Birkenstein’s They Say / I Say template, and wants us to understand it well. In more blog assignment news, we DO NOT have a blog assignment this week, due to the fact that Mrs. Edwards wants us to strongly focus on Component #5. We won’t be having much time to work on it in-class this week, therefore making the bulk of the project needing to be completed at home.

Also, the final writing piece for this semester (the one we pick to turn in) is due on Turnitin.com on the evening of January 5 (Monday after Christmas Break.) Mrs. Edwards made it due two weeks before the end of the semester so that she will have enough time to grade every individual paper.

*WARNING* MAKE SURE YOU TURN YOUR FINAL WRITING PIECE IN ON TIME. IF YOU TURN IT IN LATE, EDWARDS WILL GRADE YOUR’S LATER, AND WHEN EDWARDS GRADES YOUR PAPER LATER, SHE’S TYPICALLY IN A MORE NEGATIVE MOOD THAN SHE WOULD BE IF SHE GRADED YOUR’S FIRST.

Mrs. Edwards didn’t intend for us to have a writing piece over break, however as iPoly students it is our job to learn to juggle things around.

 

Next week we are going to start monologue recitations during 2nd and 3rd rotation. However, Mrs. Edwards has two choices for us to earn points on our speaking grade. We can either decide to recite the monologue we submitted to turnitin.com, OR recite a poem from the Poetry Out Loud website provided below.

Poetry Out Loud Website

The reason being for this choice is that it is the time of year for the Annual Poetry Out Loud competition.

A brief history on Poetry Out Loud:

International Polytechnic High School was introduced to Poetry Out Loud by none other than the wonderful Ms. Pellegrini a couple years back when the school was looking for a competition that our students could compete in. The teachers had the idea of entering into spelling bees but alas, none were found for our level. Poetry Out Loud is typically mandatory every year for the senior and junior classes, however due to the lack of time; it will NOT be mandatory and rather an option.

Poetry Out Loud has some serious money involved ($20,000 for the Nationals winner.) Each grade is only allowed four slots to compete in the school competition.

*NOTE* For all of those who wish to compete in the school competition, you MUST memorize the poem for your recitation. Edwards will only consider you if you have memorized your poems. For the recitation grade however, you DO NOT have to memorize it. Also, you NEED to choose a poem from the POL website. If it’s not there, you cannot recite it.

*WARNING* FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS GOOD AND BEAUTIFUL, DO NOT USE “FIRE AND ICE” OR “THE TREE”. ALSO, IF YOU USE ROBERT FROST AT ALL, YOU BETTER BE REALLY GOOD SINCE EDWARDS SAID HE IS VERY CLICHÉ.

I believe that is all West House. Until next time!

-Isaiah M.

HW: Blog Assignment #11 & Bibliography w/ 3 sources for every person

Good evening everyone,

Today was more of a sit and listen kind of day. to start off we first began with our usual twenty minutes of SSR, after Mrs. Edwards gave some explanations on the lexile tests we had taken yesterday as well as component five. If you did not finish the test taken online yesterday we will be finishing them next Wednesday, which will take one day away from working on component five. If you were one of the few who did finish then you will just be in Edward’s class working on your section for the component. Our December writing piece is going to be the same as our section in component five, it will be submitted to turnitin.com and then a hard copy of component five will be given to our house teacher at the beginning of the day. there will be no grade distribution, but since our December writing piece is our specific section it will be graded separately for that specific assignment. All of our components have been leading up to our last and final component, our public policy paper. It is about a problem that will continue to exist including solutions to that problem, providing an opportunity for it to be published. In the handouts section of the website you will find a paper posted that gives an explanation of all the components to a public policy paper. There are eight different sections, tittle, table of contents, executive summary, introduction, problem description, policy options, conclusion and recommendations, and appendices with a bibliography in MLA format. Every section need to sound as if was written by one person, below is how much each section is worth and some small notes.

  • Tittle- 5 points
    • should want the reader to be interested in topic
    • cannot be December writing piece
  • Table of Contents- 5 points
    • page numbers need to be included
    • cannot be December writing piece
  • Executive Summary- 20 points
    • one page
    • approx. 500-800 words
    • this section should be given to someone who can condense information well
  • Introduction- 15 points
    • one page
    • approx. 500-800 words
    • sets the tone and audience for the rest of the paper
    • this section makes the paper worth reading
    • all of the components previously done have made this section easier to do
    • should be written by the most persuasive person
  • Problem Description- 15 points
    • one page
    • approx. 500-800 words
    • this area defines the problems for the paper
  • Policy Options- 15 points
    • one page
    • approx. 500-800 words
    • should be written by the most logical person in your group
    • compares alternative solutions to your problem
      • should be 2-3 options
  • Conclusion & Recommendations- 20 points
    • one page
    • approx. 500-800 words
    • this area should also be persuasive and written by some one who is the second strongest
  • Appendices (optional) & Bibliography- 5 points 
    • Appendices (optional)
      • .this area is a section fro definitions
      • can be beneficial to your paper
    • Bibliography
      • Due in house on Friday December 5, 2014
      • need at least 3 sources for every person

A good paper addresses a variety of options for the solution to our essential question. Good luck with your paper!

Have a lovely night :)

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