Homework & Assignments

01 February 2013

posted Feb 1, 2013, 11:16 AM by Unknown user

The precis Power Point I shared with you all today can be downloaded to view at the bottom of the homepage. Read through chapter 13 in ATOTC and prepare your five questions for the Socratic Seminar Monday. There will be quiz on chapters 8 through 13 on Tuesday. 

28 January 2013

posted Jan 28, 2013, 9:16 AM by Unknown user

Read chapters 8 and 9 of book two in A Tale of Two Cities by Wednesday. Prepare Socratic Seminar questions based on the chapters.

World Connection Question
How does this fit into an issue in the world
Closed Question
Has a clear, definable answer
Open-Ended Question
Answer is debatable and needs proof for support
Universal Theme Question
involves identifying a core idea or theme
Literary Analysis Question
Literary or rhetorical device the author employs and why

18 January 2013

posted Jan 18, 2013, 6:55 AM by Unknown user

Please read the note below regarding NGHS's language arts department's new late policy. Thank you.

Dear Parents and Students,

I am writing to let you know about a change to the Language Arts Department Late-Work Policy that will take place effective immediately. 

In the past, students had the potential to earn full credit on an assignment the day it was due. 10% was deducted from that grade each day for the next five days and then the grade was frozen. The student still had the potential to earn 50% credit on that assignment regardless of when it was submitted. 

This policy has led to a disturbing trend.  Some students have been taking tests and quizzes in class, but waiting to complete homework assignments, study guides, and essays until the end of the semester.  One of the unfortunate side effects of this trend (besides the student having a low grade most of the semester and then stressing out in the last couple of weeks as he/she tries to complete a semester’s worth of work) is that teachers are unable to help students improve their skills when assignments are handled in this fashion.  In theory, teacher feedback on one assignment should lead to student improvement on the next assignment, but this cannot occur when all of the assignments are turned in together at the end of the semester.

The following new policy will be put into effect immediately.  Students are expected to turn their work in on time.  Late assignments are still 10% off per day that they are late for the first five days.  At the end of a unit, students will have a five day grace period to complete assignments for that unit (with the late points taken off).  This is to account for student illness, family emergencies, etc…  After this five day grace period, the unit will be closed out, and the student will no longer be permitted to turn in assignments for that unit.  Exceptions can be made for extenuating circumstances such as severe illness or extreme family emergency, but these will be the exception, not the rule.

Thank you very much for your attention to this matter.  We look forward to helping students improve their Language Arts Skills.


                                                                                                Your NGHS Language Arts Department

03 January 2012

posted Jan 3, 2013, 7:20 AM by Unknown user

Welcome back!

As we begin a new semester, I'm looking forward to exploring new texts and doing a bit of creative writing along the way. We're starting off by briefly discussing Petrarchan and Shakespearean sonnet forms and then barreling ahead into Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities

29 October 2012

posted Oct 29, 2012, 10:49 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Nov 1, 2012, 10:41 AM ]

You need to continue to be aware of the days your working on independent reading assignments in class. See the due dates on the homepage. Today, you received information on your Iliad group tech project. See the attachment below for the information handed out in class. Use the calendars given to you to remember the days we're working on each project. 

Your midterm is Friday. See the other attachment below to see more information on what to expect on the midterm.

09 October 2012

posted Oct 9, 2012, 8:48 AM by Unknown user

Three important dates:
Tomorrow and Thursday you have your Oedipus Gateway assessment. You only have the two class periods to draft and revise your essay!

Friday, Oct. 12 - Grammar Test 2 CLICK HERE FOR REVIEW PRACTICE

Friday, Oct. 19th - Unit 3 Vocabulary Quiz

27 September 2012

posted Sep 27, 2012, 3:51 AM by Unknown user

We are knee-deep into Oedipus Rex at the moment. There are no current due dates, but be aware that a quiz on the play could arise at any time. The quiz would entail play details as well as information on Greek theater. Always look to be prepared.

06 September 2012

posted Sep 6, 2012, 9:29 AM by Unknown user

Be sure to read chapters 5 -7 for next Monday's Socratic seminar!

04 September 2012

posted Sep 4, 2012, 11:08 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Sep 4, 2012, 11:09 AM ]

Grammar quiz is tomorrow. See attachment at the bottom for some practice. Remember, read chapter 3 and 4 in LOTF and have your five questions for the SS ready at the beginning of class on Thursday!

31 August 2012

posted Aug 31, 2012, 5:02 AM by Unknown user

We finished our week by turning in your fables and conducting our first Socratic seminar for LOTF. For next week, be prepared for our grammar quiz on Wednesday. You'll need to read chapter 2 for LOTF by Tuesday and prepare to do a Socratic seminar again! We'll pick up the pace of reading next week. Enjoy your extended weekend.

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