Hello Again. I’m finally finding the time to get back to this blog and make notifications.
We have rounded the corner of the halfway point of freshmen year for your students. I love that the image above shows a sign asking people to please “stay on the trail.” I want your students to do the same.
In both English 9 and English 9H we have spent the last few weeks reading John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men.” Students worked on close reading exercises and analyzed key scenes from the novel. Our final assessment for the book is a performance task where students conduct a trial and act as prosecutors, defense or jurors in the case of the State of California v. George Milton. The book ends with George killing Lennie, so students must use evidence in the text that they feel will either help convict George of a crime or defend his actions. The students all prepared for the trial during class time last week and are conducting the trial this week. Due to Thursday’s snow day, we will be finishing the trials with closing statements next week.
English 9H – Students have continued to engage in their weekly research seminar discussions and introduced so many fascinating topics of research and discovery. The Save the World project has many great facets to it. One of the areas where students have struggled is with the written portion. I have provided classes for Works Cited pages and format, In-Text Citations, Outlining/Organizing ideas and other instructions relative to the written essay. Some students are demonstrating that they do not listen or use the resources that I post to Google Classroom. As a result, they are not achieving the grade they think they deserve on the research essay.
Students are encouraged to come to Writing Lab any day of the week from 7:15 – 7:40 or to make an appointment to meet with me during a study hall or half the lunch period. I have been meeting with students and helping them individually when asked, so there is no reason why anyone should get a failing grade on the essay, yet some students have turned in sub-par work with plagiarized passages (no in-text citations) or incorrectly formatted Works Cited pages.
How you can help: Please ask your student to seek help if they need it BEFORE their paper is due.
REMINDER: All students are welcome to seek extra help by coming to Writing Lab any day of the week. I open Room 36 by 7:15 and am available to assist with revisions, writing tasks for English or any other class or just to answer questions. Students earn extra credit for the quarter when they indicate they’re “Self-Directed” learners by showing up to get help when they need it. I use a sign-in log to keep track of who comes in, what they work on and how often.