Welcome from Mrs. Gardner

10th Grade Lit/Comp ~ Fall 2014 Newsletter

Video Welcome ~ Please Watch First

10th Grade Welcome Video
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Welcome to Gavs! I will be your child's English teacher for 10th Grade Lit/Comp. The information included in this newsletter will guide your student to helpful resources as well as steps to take as they begin in this course. If you are new to the online environment, I am here to help you through this transition. In the online world (much like a face-to-face school setting) success is achieved through common effort of student, teacher and parent. As you encounter questions starting and working through the course, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am here and available for each of you.

Please scroll down and work through the steps that follow to start your course on time.
Gardner Bio Fall 2014
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Step 1: COMPLETE THE SOC

The following items are required for the completion of the Student Orientation Course (SOC):

· students complete all sign off

· students complete all agreement quizzes

· students make a 100% on the final Student Orientation Quiz.


OR

  • Students may choose to opt out of the Student Orientation Course; however, students who elect to opt out of the Student Orientation Course are still responsible for all content presented in the course.



Students must finish or opt out of the SOC before gaining access to the course. Students will not gain access to the course until the first start date or one workday after the semester has begun on August 4th, 2014.

Regardless of the start date, the course ends July 11th, 2014.

Step 2: Students Need to Link Google Apps

1. Locate the Access Google Apps widget located on the right side below the classroom bulletin board. Click on the image to the right to see a bigger view.


2. Click "Link to your Google Apps account" and enter the password you use to log into GaVS.


3. Done. Your email address is GaVSusername@gavirtualschool.org.


Need more help: Linking Google Apps Tutorial

D2L Help Sessions for Students and Parents:

When: (attend any of the following)
  • These will be posted on the GaVS "My Home" page when the fall semester starts.

Where: This is an online event in the Adobe D2L Help Classroom.

You will join by entering the meeting as a Guest. Your username is your first and last name.


The space for each session is limited. We ask everyone to join the session using only ONE computer at your home. If the session is full, the recording will be posted within the learning management system and you will have an opportunity to review the recording OR attend another upcoming meeting. The schoolwide D2L meetings are separate from individual Welcome sessions held by each teacher. Please plan to attend the meeting with your teacher as well. Your teacher will notify you about the date of that meeting.


In the meantime, feel free to browse the Help Center for several D2L tutorials:

Helpdesk User FAQs

Print Your Course Schedule & Work in Order

As soon as you have entered the course, read the Bulletin Board and print your (18, 16, 14, or 12 week) schedule on the Course Homepage (see the Course Info Widget). Read through the schedule to see what is due daily. Work the schedule in order.
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How much time should I plan to spend on my course?

You are expected to login and participate in your online course on a DAILY basis.


Fall/Spring semester: Plan to spend at least 60 to 90 minutes per weekday (5 to 8 hours per week) for a half unit course or 90 to 120 minutes per weekday (7 to 10 hours per week) for a 1 unit (AB or block) course.


The estimates above are per course, so if you are taking more than one course, please plan accordingly.

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Technical difficulties are not an excuse for assignments to be late. Students must have computer access to complete GaVS work. It is the student’s responsibility to secure backup computer options when technical difficulties arise. Many public libraries offer computers with internet access. Additionally, GaVS courses can be accessed on a variety of mobile devices so it may be that a mobile device could be used to complete some coursework when there are computer problems.


If a student is suspended from the local school, GaVS course access remains open. Unless a student is directed otherwise by the local school, he or she may continue working in the GaVS course while suspended at the local school. Note that under no circumstance is a school suspension grounds for an extension under the GaVS late policy.



Fall and Spring Semester:

Please be aware of the pacing guide and due dates for all assignments. Extensions past the last day of school will NOT be granted. Student work is due bi-weekly on Fridays at midnight. Check course schedules for specific due dates. Work turned in after the deadline on the course schedule will be accepted within 1 week with a late penalty assessed. Late penalty begins on Saturday and is deducted at a rate of 10% of the assignment value per school day. Work submitted on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday is considered 1 day late.


At the end of the semester, all classwork must be submitted prior to the time period the final exam is available. Thus, if final exams begin Wednesday of the last week of school, all other assignments except the final exam must be submitted by Tuesday of the last week of school.


Fall & Spring late work policy example: David turns in an assignment at 3:15 pm on Sunday. He scores a 7 out of 15 on the assignment. David will lose 1.5 points on this assignment (15 * .10) and the score recorded in the grade book is 5.5/15. A note should be made in the grade book detailing the late work deduction.
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Parents Can View Grades ~ Follow These Directions

The Parent Account gives you information about your child’s grades and progress in their course. If your child’s grade drops below a 75, you will receive an automated phone call. If your child’s grade drops below a 70, you will receive a phone call from me.


If you already have a parent account please do NOT create a new one.

1) Please check to see that your parent account is linked to your student’s account.

2) For more information click Help on the Log in page or click the following link: Parent Account Information Link


If you are uncertain about whether you have a parent account or not,

1) Log in to GAVS at www.gavirtualschool.org and at the Log In page type in your username and password.

2) For more information click Help at the top of the Log In page or click the following link: Parent Info from Helpdesk


*Information for parents who have NEVER created a parent account.

1) Login to our website www.gavirtualschool.org

2) Click the “Log In To GAVS” icon

3) Click “Create An Account” from the navigation bar.

4) You will need to know your child’s GTID and date of birth.

5) Please follow the directions on the screen.

6) Be sure you have linked your parent account to your student’s account.

7) For more information simply click HELP at the top of the Log In page or click the following link: Parent Information Link

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10th Lit/Comp A

Required Texts: A novel of choice will be used. Students in this course will choose ONE novel to read for the course. These will need to be purchased or checked out from a library. Choose from the following list (also found in the Novel Research Unit). You can begin reading now, so that you have less to read when the course starts.


Group Choices:
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
The Hot Zone by Richard Preston
Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
A Lesson Before Dying by Earnest J. Gaines
Watership Down by Richard Adams
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan


* Students should also familiarize themselves with MLA format, as this will be utilized throughout the course.

* Refer to this website for MLA help: http://mlahelp.weebly.com/

10th Lit Comp AB

Required Texts: A novel of choice will be used. Students in this course will choose ONE novel to read for the course. These will need to be purchased or checked out from a library. Choose from the following list (also found in the Novel Research Unit). You can begin reading now, so that you have less to read when the course starts.


Group Choices:
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
The Hot Zone by Richard Preston
Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
A Lesson Before Dying by Earnest J. Gaines
Watership Down by Richard Adams
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Emma by Jane Austen
The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
Dracula by Bram Stoker
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain


* Students should also familiarize themselves with MLA format, as this will be utilized throughout the course.

* Refer to this website for MLA help: http://mlahelp.weebly.com/

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Naming & Saving Your Files

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Submitting Work Correctly

Check out this document that explains all the ways you can be sure your work was submitted correctly.

https://docs.google.com/a/gavirtualschool.org/file/d/0B4brRxBffOXAZ3lRTjN3R2o2dmM/edit

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A Note About Using MLA Format in English Courses

* Students are expected to use MLA format on all writing assignments.

* ALL submitted documents should have an MLA header (Name, Instructor, Course, Date)

* All work quoted, paraphrased, or summarized from other sources should use an in-text citation.

* A sample first page of an MLA style paper/assignment can be seen below.


MLA Tutorial Website: http://mlahelp.weebly.com/

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Student Code of Conduct ~ Plagiarism Policies

Unless your teacher expressly states otherwise, all work must be original and entirely the student's own work without any outside help which includes other students, parents, textbooks, internet or any other outside source. Assignments that require documentation and/or references must adhere to guidelines presented by the teacher. When in doubt, clarify with your teacher before beginning an assignment or submitting it.


Student Code of Conduct Policy

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Special Accommodations

If you are a special education student and would like GaVS to consider making accommodations for you, please fax a copy of your IEP or 504 Plan to 770-357-3704. If you do not have a copy, please contact your facilitator.

* Please note that GaVS teachers cannot make accommodations without a copy of the plan on file.

* A copy of the plan must be submitted EACH semester.

Where Can I Go To Find answers to other questions?

1. Start with the GaVS Knowledgebase, a searchable database of tutorials on the most common questions:


Click here to use the GAVS Helpdesk/Knowledgebase!

2. Look within the news announcements (in the Course) or other communication from me.

3. Familiarize yourself with the Student Handbook: Click here to access the Student Handbook.

4. Feel free to contact me directly via phone or email.

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School Break Policy

Students should stay on the GaVS schedule that they choose upon entering their course. Even if the local school breaks do not coincide with the GaVS break, students must meet the assignment due dates. Students should communicate their school breaks with their teacher as soon as possible and if necessary discuss with their instructor how to get ahead.

Emergency Situations

Keep my phone number & email address in a place that is easy to reach. If you have a special circumstance, please let me know. Here are some situations that might merit an immediate contact:


* Medical situation (hospitalization, extreme sickness, injury): Contact me BEFORE a due date if you have been too sick to complete work. Please note that a note from the doctor may be required to authorize any extensions for sickness.


* Technology emergency: Please notify me BEFORE a due date if you experience a technology issue. If you lose power, get kicked out of a test, have a computer crash, or other extreme situation, please let me know immediately. We understand that these things happen, but also expect students to have a back-up plan for technology issues. Plan to use a computer at school, the library, a friend or family member's computer, etc.


* General Assignment/Course Questions: These are best answered by email, but feel free to call me as well.

Contact Me: Kelly Gardner

If you need me, please feel free to email or call. I am usually able to answer emails quicker than I am able to return phone calls, but please feel free to do either.

Tweet Tweet

It is my goal to utilize Twitter in our classroom this semester. If you do not yet have an account, please create one and follow me:

@Kgardnerenglish


We will tweet our classroom information with the hashtag #Gardner10

To post a Tweet via the web:

  1. Sign in to your Twitter account.
  2. Type your Tweet into the box on the left side of your screen, or click the compose new Tweet button in the top navigation bar.
  3. Make sure your update is fewer than 140 characters. We'll count the characters for you! Remaining characters show up as a number below the box.
  4. Click the Tweet button to post the Tweet to your profile.
  5. You will immediately see your Tweet in the timeline on your homepage.


The following links can help you understand Twitter:

Using Hashtags

Creating an Account

Twitter FAQs

Would You Like a Head Start on the Reading?

In addition to reading the novel throughout the semester, students will also read the following short stories and plays. I have given links to those below, in case students would like to read early.

10th A

"The Monkey's Paw"

"Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket"

"The Bet"


Antigone


Shmoop Literature Guides: This site has helpful study guides for most of the reading selections listed above. Students can use Shmoop to better understand the reading selections. Students will be responsible for the actual text, but Shmoop can help with some explanations.

10th AB

"The Monkey's Paw"

"Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket"

"The Bet"


Antigone


"Two Kinds"

"Lamb to the Slaughter"

"A Hunger Artist"


Much Ado About Nothing by No Fear Shakespeare


Shmoop Literature Guides: This site has helpful study guides for most of the reading selections listed above. Students can use Shmoop to better understand the reading selections. Students will be responsible for the actual text, but Shmoop can help with some explanations.