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DUE FRIDAY, 11.21--Rescheduling the Benchmark! We will do it next week. For FRIDAY--we will finish our group discussion (we have two questions left for discussion); then, we will have a Prufrock quiz. You will need your packet to take the quiz. SO, no Benchmark due on Friday!!!!
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FOR WEDNESDAY, 11.19--TO DO:
1. Review the poem and your notes for tomorrow's quiz! Vocabulary will NOT be on the short quiz assessment,
2. Post the question you are answering (the one you got in your group today!) on the turnitin,com discussion board.
3. Find the question you initially asked (in class, that Ally scribed) on the turnitin,com discussion board and see how it was answered by your peer.
4. Be ready to present your group's overwhelming question to the class for discussion. BUT be ready for our quiz tomorrow! BRING YOUR PACKET!!!!!!!
 
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For MONDAY, 11.17--make sure that you finish reading the articles for the Benchmark assessment, and take some notes for an outline (that you can use for the essay). We will discuss the Prufrock poem on Monday (answering your questions from class) and have a very small quiz about Prufrock on 11.19. Bring your Prufrock packet to class and prep for your Benchmark (essay on Friday)!
 
DATES TO KNOW:

Small Prufrock assessment: 11.19

Essay writing (in class): 11.21

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ASSIGNMENT FOR WEDNESDAY, 11.12--you've received instructions in your email about working with your Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and answering your questions about the poem. There is also important information about the Benchmark writing assessment that you will have to submit next week. All of the details are in today's email--check it out. 
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FOR WEDNESDAY--IF YOU WERE UNABLE TO FINISH YOUR SUCCESS JOURNAL, IT ABSOLUTELY HAS TO BE HANDED IN TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY, 11.5) Remember--here is the rubric: VISUAL JOURNAL RUBRIC
 
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DUE AT THE END OF CLASS ON TUESDAY, 11.4--your success visual journal. You were emailed the rubric and the directions--please check your email for further directions. 
 
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DUE MONDAY, 11.3--please do the following in preparation for our new reading assignment:
  1. Research Dante's Inferno--what is it about? What are key points concerning Dante's work that you need to know? Include five "fascinating facts" that you discover that don't necessarily live on Wikipedia.
  2. There is an inscription at the beginning of the poem. This inscription is an excerpt from The Inferno. Find a translation for it and include the translation in your typed notes concerning what I've just asked you to do in #1 (up there).
  3. The poem we will read has vocabulary you need to know. Define these terms and include the parts of speech.  Instead of writing "sentences" with each vocabulary word, I want you to use the word in a QUESTION. 
  4.  Example: Vocab word = unusual   Question: Why would it be UNUSUAL to see Cuccio jogging on a track and weight lifting after school?
  5. Note: You DO NOT HAVE TO ANSWER THE QUESTION; you just have to write the question itself and use the vocabulary word in it. 
Here is the vocabulary list: PRUFROCK VOCABULARY
 
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DUE MONDAY, 10.25--Please complete the  Identifying Sentence Errors Practice Quiz #1 in the satonlinecourse.com You can find the quiz by logging in, choosing "Practice Quizzes" and click "Identifying Sentence Errors Practice Quiz #1" --make sure to check "view lesson" for Sentence Errors before you take it! Remember, I can see how long it took you to do it, so don't try to answer the questions in .5 seconds. (Is that even a measure of time? Regardless.)
 
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DUE MONDAY, 10.20--Please finish reading Perfume and complete the questions that are attached to your packet. We will be having a quiz on THURSDAY (not Wednesday) 10.23 that will feature vocabulary and concepts we've discussed about the story. I'm attaching the list of words and definitions that you need to study. You need to also finish annotating the packet! I will collect it at a random time...
 
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DUE FRIDAY, 10.16--Read part II of  Perfume and complete the following assignment: 
--make sure that you keep up with the annotations. I can collect your packet at any time!
--answer these questions and DO A GOOD JOB:
  • how does the author communicate a conflicting sense of beauty and death?
  • explain the significance of fear in this section
  • what is the people's impression of the murderer? which specific descriptions convey a sense of who (or what) the killer is (see page 196-197) 
  • define xenophobia: how does that concept apply to this section?
  • Define (in your packet): allure; marquis, avail, bludgeoned, excommunicate
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DUE MONDAY, 10.13--Please read Part I of Perfume and respond to the questions on the sheet attached to the text. Don't forget to do annotations (see: the directions on the question sheet!) 
 
DUE TUESDAY, 10.7--Please finish dismantling your paragraph and break it into a list of sentences, a response to the three questions on the board, and a newly-edited paragraph.  Three questions on the board = What do you think is fundamentally wrong with this paragraph? What is working that you don’t want to change? What happens to the paragraph when you “put it back” together---how was is improved? Please submit your work by CUTTING/PASTING into the body of an email to me. Thank you!
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DUE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2ND--Finish reading the chapter you selected from The Outliers and prepare for class:
  • a thoughtful brainstorm of ideas for your paper;
  • an outline indicating how you want to organize your thoughts;
  • a introductory paragraph (draft) 
 
DUE WEDNESDAY,  OCTOBER 1--READ THE CHAPTER YOU CHOSE IN CLASS TODAY; you have an essay draft due on Thursday (which has to be a complete draft!). 
 
UPCOMING DATES! 
  • DUE TUESDAY, 9.30--select a chapter from Outliers for your assessment. Copy of assessment is HERE: OUTLIERS FINAL ASSESSMENT
  • DUE MONDAY, OCTOBER 6--finished first draft of assessment (essay)
  • DUE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10 TH--Outliers assessment (typed & final copy).  
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DUE WEDNESDAY, 9.24 is the completed reading for "A Jamaican Story" for which you need to finish annotations and the questions on the Outliers Questions handout (see link below). 
 
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DUE TUESDAY, 9.23--Please finish any work from today's class pertaining to "A Jamaican Story" in Gladwell's The Outliers. YOU RECEIVED TODAY'S ASSIGNMENT VIA EMAIL.  For tomorrow, you should have completed the reading, vocabulary, and annotations through page 278. Due WEDNESDAY, 9.24 is the completed reading for "A Jamaican Story" for which you need to finish annotations and the questions on the Outliers Questions handout (see link below).
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DUE MONDAY,  9.22, read the "Ethnic Theory of Plane Crashes"--annotate it and do the questions on the handout. 
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DUE THURSDAY, 9.18--please review the questions from your peers that you received today. Choose ONE question from each (photocopied) card and jot down your thoughts/notes about ONE question per card. This will be a total of FIVE responses. Keep the responses in simple, jotted notes and not essays or long sentences.
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DUE TUESDAY, 9.16--
  1. read pages 70-71 in the Outliers from the lines "Over the past decade...He did that religiously, every day." 
  2. Then read the chapter entitled "The Trouble with Geniuses, Part II" (chapter 4). Annotate this reading with some quality notes. Include questions, observations, defined vocabulary, connections, and summarized points. (<--this is how you annotate). Use Post-its and place them in your book for the annotations. 
  3. THEN, answer the questions on the Outliers assignment that you used for "The Roseto Mystery." The questions are still posted below! Respond in a THOUGHTFUL way and not in a rushed "I-did-this-in-two-seconds" type of fashion. 
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DUE WEDNESDAY, 9.8--complete the two questions and the narrative about the "Odor of Nostalgia" that is based upon Hemingway's writing. TYPE the "Odor of Nostalgia" narrative that you write, and you can do the other questions by hand. Be prepared to read your narrative in class. In addition, read "The Roseto Mystery" and the reading guide (at the back of the book) to page 8. Please complete #1 (typed) on the provided assignment HERE:  OUTLIERS QUESTIONS
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ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5,
  1. We will have the summer reading assessment in class. Review your study guide for vocabulary and the questions pertaining to the book you selected.
  2. Please review the areas of my School Wires concerning my "About Me" and my "Grading Policies." I will ask you to identify three things that you recall from reading these sections of my School Wires.  
  3. Please bring in the following class supplies by FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5:
  • Five subject notebook
  • Pens & pencils
  • Highlighter
  • Post-its (a 3-pack)
  • Box of tissues
  • Small tub antibacterial wipes