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I have really enjoyed teaching you this year and wish you the best in your academics and remaining school year. I will be seeing some of you in classes; remember I am taking Coach McLeod’s place as Support Facilitator, so I will be around.
I will leave this web site up for the remainder of the year, but I will not be making any updates. Please feel free to use the resources here within.
Thank you. See you around campus.
Mr. D. 🙂
Important Dates: 3 Week Check was 1/28–see me for make up; 6 Week Check 2/19 South Lab; QT 3 Essay Test 3/7 and 3/8 in the classroom; QT3 District Check, TBA.
Continue your good behavior and work ethic! Those of you who need to work to your full potential, you know who you are; you can do it! 🙂 I am proud of everyone.
Remember, your success is my success! 🙂
Remember–Quality not Quantity—Work Ethic
GOAL (long term): Try to turn in the highest quality work the first time. An assignment won’t necessarily be 100% correct the first time (or second time for that matter) it is submitted, but it must be to the best of your ability, not rushed, sloppy or completed with lack of care.
GOAL (short term): The four new rules of any graded assignment/test: let’s research, reteach, revise and return.
Research a grade that is your lowest, bring it to my attention if you need clarification on how to improve the grade on the assignment and/or reteaching of the concept(s). We can have a group or one-on-one session, depending on your particular situation and any time restraints.
Revise your work to the best of your ability. Don’t do a rewrite. Guideline: make your changes directly on your first edition and highlight/underline your changes; if you don’t follow this guideline, I will hand back the work and not accept it until you highlight/underline any changes.
Return the work to me for a revision grade (assignment grade will be higher if there is improvement in work quality and/or correctness). I will average the two grades.
I know we can work on turning in quality work. Your success is my success.
We will review your Your World, page 213, graphic organizer tomorrow. Please make sure you pay attention. Take it home this weekend and study it in preparation for your 6 week test on Tuesday. Also, please study your notes on what we have learned so far about poetry.
If you did not complete your Space Station Project, please do so. It was due 2/8. See me for the activity packet.
If you did not finish your research for your Space Station Project, please do so. It was due 2/6. See me for the activity sheet.
If you did not take the 3 Week district check, please see me. It was due 1/29.
If you did not finish your Point of View card activity sheet, please do so. They were due 1/24. Please see me for the activity sheet.
If you did not finish your Deep Ocean questions, please do. It was due 1/17. See me for the activity sheet.
If you did not finish your R.A.C.E. activity, please do. It was due 1/14. See me for the activity sheet.
If you did not finish revising your Quarter Two essay, please do so. It was due 1/10. See me for more information.
If you did not complete your paraphrase activity, please do so. It was due 1/9. See me for the activity sheet.
If you did not complete your Quarter Two informative essay, please do. Please follow the following instructions: read pages 44-47 (in the Performance Assessment, green book) and answer the assignment prompt at the top of page 50. You can use pages 50-54 for planning if you wish. Remember, you need two to three good body paragraphs (5 to 6 sentences each), an introduction (with these statement) and conclusion (with call to action).
Remember the format for writing an Objective Summary:
1st Sentence: Find theme, then write the topic sentence to include article title and author followed by shows, illustrates, explains, discusses, compares, etc. followed by your claim/main idea of article/story.
2nd – 4th Sentences: Mention the main points in the beginning, middle and end of the article/story in your own words. No opinions/personal thoughts.
5th Sentence: Need one sentence of text evidence that wraps up main idea of story/article. Need line/page numbers.
6th Sentence: Wrap up sentence, which should tell how the evidence you have just given relates back to your claim in sentence 1.
Don’t use ‘I’ or ‘you.’
No opinions/personal thoughts.
Remember the format for general questions:
1st Sentence: Restate the prompt adding your claim.
2nd Sentence: find evidence to support your claim with line numbers.
3rd/4th Sentences: clarification/wrap up sentences, which should tell how the evidence you have just given relates back to your claim in sentence 1.
You are not retelling the story. Don’t use ‘you’ or ‘I.’
Here are some useful documents.
YEAR AT A GLANCE
Quarter One: Bold Actions: In this collection, students will read literary and informational texts that explore what it means to face challenges fearlessly, even if it means failing in the attempt. In response to reading, students will have the opportunity to write an argumentative essay about the bold actions of daring individuals, the risks, and the rewards of those individuals using information found in selections from the collection. “Be bold, take courage…and be strong of soul.” – Ovid
Quarter Two: Perception and Reality: In this collection, students will read literary and informational texts that explore how things in life are not always how we perceive them to be. In response to reading, students will write an argumentative essay expressing their opinion of the saying, “Seeing is believing”, using information found in selections from the collection. “Now I do not know whether it was then I dreamt I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man.” – Chuang Tzu
Quarter Three: Risk and Exploration: In this collection, students will read literary and informational texts that consider the risks of exploration in extreme conditions and present an argument whether it is worth the costs. In response to reading, students will have the opportunity to write an argumentative speech persuading others whether major exploration is worth the risk, using information found in selections from the collection and their own research. TEDx talks will be this quarter. “All adventures, especially into new territory, are scary.” – Sally Ride
Quarter Four: Guided by a Cause. In this collection, students will read literary and informational texts that consider the question: What inspires people to act to improve their world? In response to reading, students will have the opportunity to write an informational essay about a dramatic and deadly fire that destroyed a New York City factory in 1911, using information found in selections from the collection and their own research. “The fullness of our heart comes in our actions.” –Mother Teresa
To make your responses stronger, use quotes directly from the text to support your claims; embed your quotes directly into the paragraph where you have the relevant comment. Please refer to the following site for information. Thank you. 🙂
Elaborate Your Points More
Please remember to elaborate your points more–more of your opinion, more detail. 🙂
Read Questions Carefully and Answer All
Please read the questions carefully and respond accordingly. A particular question may have more than one response to answer. Answer them all. 🙂