Good evening, West House!

Game Plan Text:

  • Collect Signed Letters
  • SSR spiel
  • SUSD

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!

-Matthew S.

Good evening, all!

We didn’t have Ms. E, today, but I thought I’d post a little ICYMI anyhow.

Hedman: Today, we went over guessing the worth of Hedman’s Tiburon. First, we guessed how much it would be currently worth; we weren’t allowed any information about the car, besides the fact that it was a Tiburon. After we guessed, we were allowed to ask questions about Hedman’s car (e.g. “How much was it worth when you bought it?”). Hedman bought it new in 2007, for $20000; cars usually depreciate at around 20 per year, so we can calculate the current value of Hedman’s car by calculating 20000(0.8)^8 (the general formula is Principal Value * (1 + Rate) ^ (Number of time periods elapsed). Afterwards, we calculated the actual rate of depreciation by finding how much a 2007 Tiburon actually sells for ($5860), and solving 20000(1+x)^8=5860. If you need to access Hedman’s blog (for course description, HW, etc.), click here.

Pang: We covered important lab safety information and the purposes of various lab tools. We’ll be tested on the lab tools (we’ll probably be tested on the safety information as well, but, even if we aren’t, it’s still something you should know to protect others and yourself). Don’t forget to get the course description and lab safety sheet signed by your parents!

Navaroli: Today, we went over the definition of a revolution, and covered some famous revolutions in history (French, American, Technological). We received a course description and instructions for our Interactive Notebooks. Note that these take a while and are worth a fifth of your grade, so, if you’re going to procrastinate on something (which you shouldn’t), don’t make it this! Navaroli also announced that he will accept late work turned in up to a day behind schedule, although you will lose 20% of the points you would have scored had you turned it in on time. Also, note that tardiness (entering the classroom after Navaroli has finished taking roll) and absence will count against your participation grade (10% of your total grade). If your absence is excused, you will get to make up the work done in class, but you will still lose points! If you absolutely need to gain them back, Navaroli will sometimes grant points if he sees you participating especially actively.

Remember, we have Ms. E tomorrow, so make sure you have your materials! 

 West House, Best House!

 -Matthew S. 

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Game Plan Text:

  • Index Card Activity
  • Administrative Stuff
  • Admin Stuff
    • Collect Summer Work
    • Check for LA County Library card
  • Room Acclimation
  • Intro to 11th Grade English (Course Description)
  • Decision-Making Time
  • HW: Materials Check: Everything on the List EXCEPT SSR Book
  • Note that Ms. E’s email address is mtsedwards@gmail.com

Index Card Activity: You must write your name on the front side of an index card. The name you want Ms. E to call you was written in large letters; underneath, surnames were inscribed upon the paper. Ms. E will refer to us by whatever names we list in large letters, no matter how ridiculous it may be! On the back side, we were instructed to answer two questions:

  • As what kind of person would you like to be known? That is, how do you want people to talk about you when you’re not around?
  • What do you want to be remembered for? It is suggested that you choose a goal that you can accomplish in the next year or two.

Our responses will be used to help Ms. E determine the direction of the class; as such, answers must be complete, even if they aren’t long. Ms. E ensured us that the contents of the cards were confidential, and would be read only by her.

Admin Stuff: The Sonnet Response, Romeo and Juliet Quote Analyses, and longhand sonnets were stapled and turned in separately. Note that all of these are graded quantitatively, which means you’ll get full credit if you completed the work and turned it in on time. You must show your LA County Library Card to Ms. E. if you don’t have one, you won’t get credit for the assignment, but you should still get one soon; there’s a good chance the card will be of use later in the year.

Room Acclamation: In class, today, Ms. E noted that being in an unfamiliar place is uncomfortable, and can hinder your ability to learn; as such, it’s important that you acquaint yourself with her classroom. In the southwest corner is a small library: you may use its books for SSR, but there aren’t too many, so Ms. E requests that you only borrow a book if you don’t have one of your own at the moment. Ms. E keeps a collection of wall scrolls at the back wall; the brass has demanded that they be replaced with student work, so (a) enjoy the scrolls while they last, and (b) please make your work aesthetically pleasing. Note that if you leave the room during class for any reason (e.g. getting a drink of water), please enter through the east door. Ms. E mandates that you not eat or drink in class, unless you’re drinking water, which she encourages.

Intro to 11th Grade English (Course Description): Most all of what you’ll need to know is located here. If you want to create an infographic like this one, visit PiktoChart.com.

Decision-Making Time:  Despite the contents of the summer homework handouts, Ms. E has decided that sonnet recitations will be postponed until next week! Even so, the sonnet recitation is graded qualitatively (quality, in addition to completion, matters), so it’s in your best interest not to procrastinate on this assignment.

HW: The list is included in the infographic, but I’ll include it, along with some clarification, here for your convenience:

  • Composition notebook. Spiral notebooks are allowed, but make sure the paper is perforated. Choose the rule at your own discretion.
  • Pencil or pen (black or blue ink must be used for assignments).
  • Lined paper (college-ruled is preferred).
  • A thumb drive (SanDisk is generally reliable).
  • Crayons, colored pencils, and/or markers.
  • RECOMMENDED: a planner. iPoly sells its own physical planner, but if you’re going to manage tasks digitally, I’d recommend Trello and/or Any.do.

Note that Ms. E won’t require an SSR book at this next check, but you’ll need one soon. I haven’t read it, but everyone seems to be raving about All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, which won this year’s Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.

For Extra Credit bring any of the following at any time:

  • Highlighters
  • Tissue boxes (Puffs w/ Lotion, please)
  • EXPO markers of various colors (except yellow)
  • Clorox/Lysol wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Tape (clear packing tape, masking tape, Scotch tape)

West House, Best House!

-Matthew S.

Hello West House!

Game Plan:

  • SSR
  • Work on Build a Better School

NOTES

  • A good mission statement answers the EQ.
  • Use a variety of sources.
  • Annotate sources thoroughly.
  • Go international (with your sources, not your location).
  • Synchronous=same time/Asynchronous= varied time>>>>(think reverse classroom, online learning, packets, etc)
  • Revisit the idea of cultural literacy.

After SSR Edwards expressed that she would like us to attempt to work on the project more efficiently and encouraged the use of more diverse sources. To emphasize the latter, she played a video portraying the “Altschool”, an innovative elementary and preschool based in Silicon Valley. Today was our last day to work on this project in English class with the benefit of having Mrs. Edwards as a resource due to the hectic schedule we will be following in the coming weeks.

Have a lovely evening!

Good evening West house! I am so, so sorry this post is an hour late, but hopefully it is successful in detailing everything Mrs. Edwards felt you needed to know today.

Game Plan:

  • SSR
  • Work on Build a Better School

NOTES

  • A good mission statement answers the EQ.
  • Use a variety of sources.
  • Annotate sources thoroughly.
  • Go international (with your sources, not your location).
  • Synchronous=same time/Asynchronous= varied time>>>>(think reverse classroom, online learning, packets, etc)
  • Revisit the idea of cultural literacy.

After SSR and in addition to the notes listed above, Edwards had a few other announcements to make regarding senior presentations and the testing we will be enduring next week. Senior presentations will have roll sheets for each block, so if a student decides to ditch or is sick, the office will be notified. To find the schedule of presentations you have signed up for, revisit the link you used to sign up and click “view”, “juniors only” and your name. Be wary of the fact that our first blog assignment as seniors is to create commendations and recommendations for this year’s presentations, so you must be an active listener and participate to the best of your ability in order to be successful in completing this future assignment. In regards to testing, emphasis was placed on the task to bring your own headphones next week– if you forget, you will be provided with used headphones (ew). The CAASSP is the last test of the year, but we as a class will be determining the API score of the school based on our performance next week, so effort would be appreciated. Mr. Hedman has detailed the schedule for next week, which is up in Edward’s classroom (I was not able to post a photo of it but will do so tomorrow night).

Have a lovely evening!

Game Plan:

  • SSR
  • Build a Better School

In english class today, we did our our routinely 20 minutes of SSR, and gave Mrs. Edwards our page numbers. Then, Mrs. Edwards  reminded the class to keep in mind that our Build a Better School presentation should be attended for an audience of an educator and parent. Whether your school has common core or not, you must have supportive information and sources to persuade why you chose to have common core; on the other hand if your school does not have common core provide support for the type of teaching your school does offer. Also, Mrs. Edwards told us the less questions she asks during the presentation, the higher your grade we be. Once she was finished speaking to the class, we were dismissed to work on the Build a Better School project for the rest of the remaining time, at the end of class she had each group report on what we did in our groups.

Game Plan:

  • SSR
  • Work on BBS

 

Today in Mrs. Edward’s class, we began with our usual 20 minutes of silent reading and gave Mrs. Edwards our page numbers we stopped on. Then Mrs. Edwards discussed more about the Build a Better School Project we started last week. Today was the last day to tell Mrs. Edwards if anyone wanted to leave their group to work on their own, as an alternative option, or continue in a their current group. For the project, each group will have to hand in a binder to Mrs. Edwards. The binder must contain a cover page with your school’s name, a brief description of your school, a tab for structure, another tab for curriculum, and a source list. The source list must be printed out (not linked) and support the decision for the type of school you have decided upon, it could be an article, an interview with questions and answers, a film; however the film title must be given, or an audio with the time given for when Mrs. Edwards should begin listening to. The Extra Bits of the project will be counted towards extra credit.  For a P, the essential question must be answered, and for an AE you must answer both essential questions, the P essential question and the AE essential question.

Essential Questions:

P – How can IPoly more effectively prepare students for success?

AE – What secondary educational model is most effective in equipping students for life success?

 

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