Welcome to English I

Mrs. Albauer in Room H115

Pre-AP English I and English I

Welcome to ninth grade Language Arts. This year our focus will be on writing using challenging language and sentence structures, analyzing literature and responding to text, and creating projects that require complex thinking.

Feel free to e-mail me questions! Nalbauer@putnamcityschools.org

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I accept late work? -No, not on daily assignments, if you we're present in class on the day work was assigned.

How will my student be graded?- 20% Final Test, 30% Tests, 20% Quizzes, 20% Projects and Essays, 10% Homework and Daily Assignments.

How can I reach you for help on homework?- Edmodo (www.edmodo.com ) I also use remind101 (www.remind101.com ) to remind student of major tests and projects due the next day.

Personal Narrative Due!

Tuesday, Sep. 17th, 8am

This is an online event.

Students should be finished writing and revising their personal essay.

The Odyssey and Mythology Unit Begins

Tuesday, Sep. 17th, 9pm

This is an online event.

We will begin reading The Odyssey. This unit contains a research project (powerpoint or similar ap) that will be presented to the class. Students will research a god or goddess from mythology and present their findings.

Short Story Unit Begins!

Monday, Nov. 4th, 9pm

This is an online event.

Students will read selections from our textbook (www.classzone.com ) Activation code is 3299535-40.

A Midsummer Night's Dream (Pre-AP only)

Wednesday, Oct. 23rd, 9pm

This is an online event.

Pre-AP will be introduce to one of William Shakespeare's most famous comedies. Students will learn about sonnets, plays, metaphores, allusions, asides, monologues, etc. They will study higher level vocabulary of Shakespeare.

Romeo and Juliet

Monday, Jan. 6th 2014 at 9pm

This is an online event.

Students will read the tragedy. Will will write a persuasive essay over the tragic flaws of the characters.


Monday, Feb. 10th 2014 at 9pm

This is an online event.

A short, but powerful novel about a young boy's struggle for survival during the Holocaust. This novel contains complex syntax, vocabulary, and themes. Students will write a compare and contrast essay over the themes presented in Night and Life is Beautiful.

To Kill a Mockingbird

Monday, March 3rd 2014 at 9pm

This is an online event.

Students will complete a character analysis of this novel.

Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde (Pre-AP)

Tuesday, April 1st 2014 at 9pm

This is an online event.

Students will read and analyze the novel. Focus on theme and diction.

Fahrenheit 451

Thursday, May 1st 2014 at 9pm

This is an online event.

Students will use inference to interpret the novel.

Major Papers and Projects

Mini -research- God and Goddesses (The Odyssey)

Personal Narrative

Compare and Contrast

Character Analysis (Romeo and Juliet)

Research- social issues

Persuassive/ Argumentative

Summer Reading Body Biography (Pre-AP)


Literature Term Presentation

Possible Research Topics

Do you love to argue? (You know you do.)

The freshmen research paper will give you the opportunity to research a topic, to make a claim and back it up with supporting evidence, to refute counterclaims, and to write a strong conclusion, all while maintaining a formal style and objective tone. Although we haven't come to a final decision on this year's research topics, here are the ones under consideration:

1) Should adoption records be open to adoptees?

2) Is alternative medicine (for example, acupuncture) effective and safe?

3) Should college athletes be paid to play?

4) How can prison overcrowding be relieved?

5) Should animals be used in circuses or amusement parks?

6) Are celebrities good role models?

7) Are chain stores ruining America?

8) Should the government be monitoring phone records?

9) Does social media increase bullying?

10) Can diets be harmful?

11) Should online companies be able to sell your personal information?

12) Are carbon offsets effective in reducing global warming?

13) Should censorship occur in the educational system?

14) Should countries be allowed to use children in their work force?

15) Is rap music harmful to women?

16) Should the government build a wall on the United States - Mexico border?

17) Is ethnic profiling valid for the safety of society?

18) Is the death penalty administered fairly?

19) Do infectious diseases pose a serious threat?

20) Does capital punishment deter crime?

21) Does outsourcing harm America?

22) Is the government hiding information on the presence of UFOs?

23) Should shoe companies be able to give away free shoes and equipment to high school athletes?

24) Do beauty contests serve any purpose in society?

25) Are standardized tests harmful to students?

26) Should students have to wear uniforms?

27) Should all American citizens have to complete a year of community service?

28) Should students’ textbooks be replaced by mobile versions on computers?

29) Should teens be able to buy violent video games?

30) Should boys and girls be in separate classes?

31) Should teenage girls be allowed to get birth control without the permission of their parents?

32) Should illegal immigrants be allowed the opportunity to become citizens?

33) Should the government place a tax on junk food and fatty snacks?

34) Should the 2nd amendment give citizens the right to own assault weaponry?

35) Should people be allowed to keep exotic animals like chimpanzees or tigers?

36) Should people be allowed to keep pit-bull dogs?

37) Should Oklahoma City offer a bike sharing program?

38) Should school athletes have to take drug tests?

39) Should teachers be allowed to carry guns in school?

40) Does popular culture such as music, film or television promote violence?

41) Should the government fund embryonic stem cell research?

42) Does reality TV encourage immoral behavior?

43) Should the federal government bailout private industry?

44) Should teens be able to get cosmetic surgery?

Daily Grammar Informational Video


Dr. Jeckyll