Good evening, West House!
Game Plan Text:
- Collect Signed Letters
- SSR spiel
Collect Signed Letters: If you’ll recall, Ms. E posted a contract on in the handouts section of her blog for you to get signed. If you forgot to get it signed, please do so tonight and bring it in tomorrow! I doubt you’ll get credit, but it’s still something that needs to be turned it.
SSR spiel: For the first twenty minutes of each class period, we’ll be reading silently. This is how we’ll be getting most of the literature in Ms. E’s class. Not only is it an integral part of the curriculum in California public schools, it will also serve to improve your vocabulary and speaking skills, keep your brain healthy, and improve your discipline. Note that SSR counts for 15% of your grade (20% if there isn’t a final). “How is my SSR grade calculated?” you ask. You can find the guidelines here, but I’ll give you guys a little TL;DR in case you don’t want to read the whole thing:
- You have to be reading a book or a graphic novel (no comic books, manga, etc.)
- You have to read 3 challenge books each semester (a book from one of the lists posted in the guidelines or a book she personally approves)
- Don’t spend more than a month and a half on a book (you’ll receive a deduction of one half of a letter grade for each day spent over that limit)
- No switching books, unless you’ve read some of it and fill out a book review (you can also fill these out for extra credit)
- You’ll be graded on page count (20+ gives you an AE, 15 gives you a P, etc.)
- You’ll be graded on SSR every two weeks
- You’ll receive a deduction of a half of a letter grade for:
- 5+ minute tardies
- Switching books w/o going through the proper channels
- You’ll receive a deduction of a full letter grade for:
- Absences: if the absence is unexcused, you can’t recover from this; if it was, you may promptly (i.e. within a day) turn in a signed note from home that states you read for at least 20 minutes to avoid penalization.
- Talking, sleeping, texting, or anything else that isn’t reading
SUSD: If you don’t know what SUSD means, please ask Ms. E or one of your classmates. Anyways, today’s SUSD task was making an “Identity Grid,” a paper grid of 16 boxes to be filled with information relating to our personality, tastes, et cetera. Remember to make it colorful, as it’s going on Ms. E’s wall! Also, not that the textual explanations must be in the same physical grid box as the visual representation; that is, if my visual explanation is located in the bottom right corner, when I flip the grid over about the y-axis, I should write my textual explanation in the bottom left corner. The grid is due on Monday, and, if you need the full instruction set, click here.
Some notes on the sonnet recitations: We’ll start the recitations next week, and we’ll go in order of sonnet number (i.e. the person with Sonnet no. 1 will go first, the person with Sonnet no. 154 will go last, assuming both of those are taken), unless there are volunteers to go first. Remember, you’ll be graded on 3 things:
- Volume: Ms. E needs to clearly hear you from the back of the room. This should be an easy AE.
- Accuracy: You can ask for a line (a prompter will give you the next three words or so) up to three times without a penalty to your grade. Added, missing, and incorrect words will count against accuracy, as do mispronunciations; you’re allowed 5 freebies before penalization.
- Elocution: You’ll need to speak clearly and engagingly so as not to bore your audience. Try reciting your sonnet to a friend; if s/he pulls out his/her phone in the middle of your recitation, you’re doing something wrong!
West House, Best House!