Advisory: the bake sale went really well--we made over $100! Thank you everyone who baked or bought! There are several cupcake carriers and pans and other storage containers on our front tables, and these need to go back to their own homes, so please remember to pick up any that belong to you. This Friday is the first Friday of the month, so each of the US advisories has breakfast. Walker's mom, Kathy, and I had the first one, so we need volunteers for this month--of course we could just have everyone sign up to bring something, if you would prefer!
Advanced Composition: Some of you did not turn in you critiques and/or your reading journals for When the Emperor was Divine.... I know the critique is only worth 5 points towards your final grade, but it IS five points. Remember, late work is assessed a penalty of five points a day, so you could still earn SOME points by turning this in during this week!
Your Classification papers are due on Wednesday, October 5th. I will NOT accept these unless they are typed, double-spaced in a 12-point "acceptable" font [check your syllabus for specifics!]. During this week we will work on the Classification papers in the writing workshop portion of class; we will read a few cause and effect essays in preparation for your next paper [Cause and Effect, October 26th]. Don't forget to bring a book to read during SSR each day!
American Short Story: you should be keeping notes as we are reading--your test is an open notes test, but you may use ONLY your OWN notes. This week we will begin by viewing The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and discussing the differences between the film and the short story we read last week. We will finish up this unit by reading "The Lottery" and "Miriam"--two spooky stories to get us in the Halloween mood! The Unit One test is scheduled for Monday, October 10th. After you turn in your test, I will hand out the Reading Response Assignment for Unit 2. This will be due on or before October 26th.
Fundamentals of Composition: Your critique of The Alchemist and your reading journal/log are due on Thursday, October 6th. We will work on chapter 5: "Narration" this week, so please skim this before class on Tuesday. In addition, be sure that you bring a book to read during SSR each day!
Publications and Media: Hooray! Everyone did their photo essay last week, and we learned a LOT about each of you and your interests! This week we will solidify our October assignment--an advertisement--and assign pages/sections for the yearbook.
Public Speaking: we were derailed by absences last week, but we can catch up; this week Johnnie B and Patrick will present Chapters 3 and 4 for us. Don't forget that you need to select [and give a justification for that selection] FIVE websites that might be of interest to the personas you created last week. Audience Evaluation Activity: you need to be prepared to reveal your website selections to the class on Friday, October 7th.
The Word: we will continue watching Abraham this week. We are a little behind due to our great discussions last week, but we can easily get back on track next week. Don't forget to make sure that you can log in to Glogster to work on your Ten Commandments assignment, which is due for presentation to the class on Friday, October 28th.
For those of you who like to plan ahead, we are NOT off on Columbus Day, October 10th. This is a regular school day for us. We have Upper School testing on Wednesday, October 12th, and the US Lock-In is scheduled for Friday night, October 14th, through Saturday morning, October 15th. Permission slips should be out for that later this week.
Have a great week!
Teacher Barb :)