English Studies 12

English 12 course outline

Friday, Sept. 13 

Today we discussed different “types” of reading (literary theories) that focus on the text, author, reader, and context. To prepare for our Of Mice and Men novel study, we spent some time looking at the historical context: America in the 1930s. We worked in small groups to research relevant topics (the Great Depression, etc.) and prepared slide shows to be presented next class.

Homework:

  1. Be prepared to present your slide show (4-5 slides) next class. You will have 10 minutes at the beginning of class to get organized. Don’t forget a bibliography!
  2. “Hunters in the Snow” questions due next Wednesday, Sept. 18th

 

Wednesday, Sept. 11

Today we began our Short Story unit by reviewing short story terms.   Students read and reviewed characterization which was a focus in our first short story, “Hunters in the Snow”. If you were absent, please get your copies of the assignment, notes, story from the extra copies binder.

Reminders:

  1. Please return your signed parent letter/cell phone policy.
  2. Don’t forget to bring a silent reading book every class!
  3. “Hunters in the Snow” questions due next Wednesday, Sept. 18th

Tuesday, Sept. 10 

Today we did our initial writing assessment. If you were absent, please see Ms. Keller to make it up.

Reminders:

  1. Please return your signed parent letter/cell phone policy.
  2. Don’t forget to bring a silent reading book every class!

Monday, Sept. 9 

Today we started our independent reading time (approx. the first 15 minutes of every class.) We continued to discuss the articles from last class and reviewed the cell phone policy. Then we started to prepare for our writing preassessment.

Homework:

  1. Write 1/2 a page of notes (max) to prepare for your writing preassessment. You can find the topic and criteria here: Pre-assessment
  2. Reminders: bring silent reading book and signed parent letter/cell phone policy

Friday, Sept. 6

Today we finished reviewing course expectations. Then we read and analysed articles on the use of technology (Purpose, Audience, Argument, Persuasive Techniques). We shared our ideas in small groups and then with the class. (To be continued..)

Homework:

Please have your silent reading book and all course materials by Monday.

Thursday, Sept. 5

Today we went over the course outline, then rotated through stations with different introductory activities (reviewing course expectations, goal setting, etc.)

Homework:

  1. Please have all course materials (including a silent reading book!) by Monday.
  2. If you haven’t already done so, vote in the poll below.
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