Monday, May 22, 2017

Week of May 22nd

The schedule for classes is different each day this week. Please be sure to pay attention to morning announcements daily to ensure you know your class schedule for the day. This week is the end of senior finals, Algebra I Keystone Exams and the first 2 days of underclassmen finals. Please be sure you have received a review sheet from me to help you prepare for your finals and also come to collect your quiz folders if you would like to use them to study.

English 9
This week we will play a review game to help you prepare for your final. First period will take the final on Thursday, May 25th. Fourth period will take the final on Friday, May 26th. Your only homework this week is to study. Please do not wait until the night before your final to begin preparing.


Honors English 7
This week we will complete a review guide and play a review game to help you prepare for your final. You will take your final on Friday, May 26th. Your only homework this week is to study. Please do not wait until the night before your final to begin preparing.


English 11
This week we will complete study guides to help you prepare for your final. You will take your final on Thursday, May 25th. Your only homework this week is to study. Please do not wait until the night before your final to begin preparing.



Monday, May 15, 2017

Week of May 15th

Keystone testing for Biology and Literature will be occurring this week. Our classes will remain largely unaffected by these tests, but some students will miss class. Next week, Algebra Keystones will be administered. Some classes will be missed for these tests. Please be advised that during Keystone testing, the schedule might be adjusted and periods might be out of order.

English 9
On Monday you will be taking a quiz on Act IV of Romeo and Juliet. Don't forget that in addition to reading the original text from our textbook, you can also use No Fear Shakespeare as a resource. It is available to you at sparknotes.com.

The rest of the week will be spent reading Act V of Romeo and Juliet. We will finish the play this week and will hold several discussions about the play. Discussion topics will include the cultural importance of this play, possible criticisms of it, as well as your personal reactions to the characters and the plot.

You should be prepared to take a quiz on this Act by the end of the week.

Homework
Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday: Study for Act V quiz
Friday:


English 7
It's debate week for our 7th graders and to say I'm excited is an understatement! I know a lot of hard work and research has gone into preparing for this debate and I cannot wait for you to see the fruits of your labor. I am also excited to see your put your critical thinking and analyzing skills to the test!

On Monday and Tuesday of this week you will read a short news article from your textbook, "A Young Tinkerer Builds a Windmill, Electrifying a Nation." You will then complete vocabulary and structure worksheets about this article during class on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday we will hold our debates. Most debates will take place in the LGI room. Please continue to prepare with your team for Wednesday.

Homework
Monday: Finish reading news article
Tuesday: Finish worksheet packet on news article
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday: Write a reflection on this week's debates. What went well and what can be improved?


English 11
This week we are going to finish all of our readings for the year. You will read the short story "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall" from your textbook on Monday and Tuesday and should be prepared to discuss it on Wednesday. We will be comparing this short story to the one read last week, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge."

Homework
Monday:
Tuesday: Finish reading short story
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday:

Monday, May 8, 2017

Week of May 8th

Spring is in full swing and this week marks the half-way point for the 4th Marking Period. Progress Reports will be printed for students who are failing on Tuesday. Don't forget Monday is an extended school day!

English 9
On Monday we will review your Act II quiz corrections as well as take your Act III quiz. 
Tuesday through Thursday we will read Act IV and Friday you will have a review packet to prepare for your quiz. Your quiz on Act IV will be on Monday, May 15th.

Homework
Monday: 
Tuesday: 
Wednesday: 
Thursday: Complete comprehension check questions for Act IV
Friday: Finish review packet and study for quiz 


English 7
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week will be spent perfecting your cases for Thursday and Friday's debates! On Monday you will be outlining your case. On Tuesday you will be assigned a group and you will begin writing your case. On Wednesday you will finish writing your case and you will email it to me so I can print it out for you. On Thursday and Friday we will debate. 

Debates will be 3/4 vs. 3/4 and each person will have the opportunity to speak. You will deliver your case and your opponent will do the same. You will then question your opponent on their case. The winner of the debate will be determined by a vote based on the side with the better questions/ answers and facts. The students in the class who are not debating and the teacher will vote for the winner.

Homework
Monday: 
Tuesday: Finish case outline
Wednesday: Finish writing case
Thursday:
Friday:


English 11
This week we will finish our work with your fictional narratives. You will have Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to type and print your narratives. They will be due by the end of class on Wednesday. 

These narratives will be typed on the online application, Google Docs. You can access these documents from any computer with internet access. For this reason, barring extenuating circumstances, there will be no extensions to the Wednesday due date.

On Thursday and Friday we will read the short story "Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and discuss its structure, its conflicts and the way the conflict is resoved. We will look at the way the character is developed and determine how the ending contributes to the story's motif. You will be using this story to compare and contrast a second short story that we will read next week.

Homework
Monday:
Tuesday: If assigned, find news article
Wednesday: Annotate news article
Thursday:
Friday:

Monday, May 1, 2017

Week of May 1st

It's May! We are in the home stretch and progress reports will be coming out early next week. Please be sure you have all assignments handed in before Friday.

English 9
We will read Act III this week of Romeo and Juliet. As you know, this is the climax of the play and there will be many things happening. Please be sure you are not only reading these scenes, but also understanding them. In addition to reading the text from your book, you can also read a modern translation of the play. One example of this can be found on the No Fear Shakespeare section of Sparknotes's website. Please utilize this resource, especially when you are preparing for a quiz on the Act.

Homework
Monday:
Tuesday: Review scenes i and ii
Wednesday: Review scenes iii and iv
Thursday: Review scene v
Friday: Study for Act III quiz


English 7
This week we will finish our work with "Hey Come On Out" and move into our next writing assignment. Instead of writing another argumentative essay, you will be having a debate. This debate will require you to do research, identify important information and write an argument to prepare for the debate. You will have two classes in the library to do your research. You must have three sources- one newspaper article and one journal article are required. You will then have one day in class to re-read all of your sources and annotate them.

Next week, I will give you two days in class to work with your group and write your argument. Near the end of next week, we will have our debate!

Homework
Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday: Find newspaper article for debate and print it out
Thursday: Find journal article for debate and print it out
Friday: Find third source for debate and print it out


English 11
This week we will be focusing on a different kind of writing assignment, creative writing! You will have the opportunity to write a fictional narrative about a single conflict. You will incorporate elements of the short stories we have been reading in Unit 6 in your writing. For example, you will include dialogue in your story and you will have to determine your narrator's point of view. In addition, I want you to give consideration to the kind of structure your story will have. For example, will it be a frame story like "Everything Stuck to Him" or will it be a flashback like "The Leap"? The choice is yours!

Homework
Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday: Finish rough draft of short story
Friday:

Monday, April 24, 2017

Week of April 24th

Grades 7 and 8 will take the Science PSSAs this week, which means schedule changes are eminent! Freshman and Juniors will not be taking the Science PSSAs. Periods 1, 3 and 4, should report to Mr. Wagner's room, 805, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. 

PSSA English 7 and 8
This week you will be working on your novel projects. This will be a major assignment with all of the components totaling approximately 60 points. You will be given two class periods to work on the project and you will then have the weekend to complete any remaining work at home. Please have your project completed by the specified due date, either May 1st (Day A) or May 2nd (Day B).

Homework
Complete novel project by next week.


English 9
This week you will read Act 2 of Romeo and Juliet. You will keep the parts assigned to you for Act 1. We will review Act 2 in class on Friday and you should prepare for a quiz on this act on Monday.

Homework
Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday: Finish Comprehension Check Questions for Act 2
Thursday: Finish vocabulary worksheet for Act 2
Friday: Study for Act 2 quiz 


English 7
This week you will be taking your Science PSSAs and the schedule will be adjusted accordingly. We will be working with the short story "He-y, Come on Ou-t!" this week. Focusing on comprehension, irony, special punctuation and theme.

Homework
Monday: 
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday:


English 11
This week we will finish our work with the short story "The Leap". We will look closely at the structure of the story as well as its themes. You should expect to take a quiz on "The Leap" on Thursday. 

NOTE: I will be administering PSSAs and will not be teaching this class on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. To help you best prepare for you quiz, please make time to see me in school or e-mail me any questions you might have. Don't wait until Thursday morning to ask me questions about the short story. Please prepare early!

Due to my absence from class, the quiz will not be administered on Friday. Please be prepared to take a quiz on "The Leap" on Friday.

Homework
Monday:
Tuesday: 
Wednesday: Study for "Leap" quiz
Thursday:
Friday:

Monday, April 17, 2017

Week of April 17th

I hope everyone enjoyed their beautiful Easter weekend! We're back now and ready to keep pushing toward the end of the year.

English 9
We will officially begin reading Act 1 of Romeo and Juliet this week. Characters will be read according to the parts assigned last week. Adjustments will be made as necessary. Throughout the week, we will be summarizing the plot of the play and prepare for a quiz on Act 1. You should expect to take this quiz on Friday, April 21st.

Homework
Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday: Study Act 1 to prepare for quiz.
Thursday: Study Act 1 to prepare for quiz tomorrow.
Friday: Read something you enjoy for 20 minutes!


Honors English 7
Monday and Tuesday you will be typing your memoir. The memoirs are due to me by the end of the school day on Tuesday. If you do not finish typing your essay by the end of class on Tuesday, you will need to make alternate arrangements to type the essay. If I do not have the essay by 2:30 on Tuesday, it will be late.

Homework
Monday: Type your memoir.
Tuesday: Memoirs were due today! If you didn't finish typing it, do so for homework!
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday: Read something you enjoy for 20 minutes!


English 11
Monday and Tuesday of this week we will finish up our work on "Everything Stuck to Him." You can expect to have a quiz on this short story on Wednesday.
For the remainder of the week, we will begin working with the last short story from this unit, The Leap. You will complete a first read of that story for homework on Wednesday and the Comprehension Questions will be due Thursday. We will be studying the structure of this story and how it compares to the frame structure of "Everything Stuck to Him."


Homework
Monday: Finish writing dialogue
Tuesday:
Wednesday: Read "The Leap" and complete Comprehension Questions
Thursday: Finish structure worksheet for "The Leap"
Friday: Read something you enjoy for 20 minutes!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Week of April 3rd

This week is a big week at North Schuylkill. Not only are we starting our 4th Marking Period on Tuesday, but we are also taking our English PSSAs! As we come to the last 25% of the school year and the weather starts to get warmer, I know it can be hard to focus on schoolwork. You have come so far in the past 7 months and you don't want to waste all that effort now. Stay focused until the end of the year and then get as much as you possibly can out of a relaxing and rewarding summer!

English 9
We are going to begin our final unit of study this week and it will focus on one of the most famous pieces of literature ever written. Romeo and Juliet is a play that students have been reading and learning about in school for a long time and it is something that everyone has read. You're about to join those millions of readers and become familiar with one of Shakespeare's most famous plays.

Homework
Monday: Finish "I Have a Dream" and "Letter from Birmingham Jail" comparison chart
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday:


Honors English 7
It's PSSA week! This is the moment you've spent so many months working toward. It's finally here! Your teachers are so proud of the work you have done and we cannot wait to see you show others how much you have learned this year!

Our schedules this week will be different than normal because of testing so please be sure you know what your daily schedule is.

We will continue working with the excerpt from Annie Dillard's "An American Childhood." We will complete our final read of the text this week and will be able to have in-depth discussions about it as well as connect it to other pieces of art you have encountered.

Homework
Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday:


English 11
We are going to finish our work up on "Everyday Use" this week. We will complete one more read through and will then have a final discussion and a quiz on the story. I expect to be done with this short story on Wednesday, so you should begin to prepare for the quiz early this week. After the quiz, we will move on to reading another selection from this unit. We are looking specifically at how writers shed light on what it means to be human through their writing.

Homework
Monday:
Tuesday: Study for "Everyday Use" quiz
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday: