Course Update-18-Week-Feb. 2, 2016
For Your American Lit/Comp-B Course - Spring 2016 Edition
18-Week Students - on to Assignment Due Date #3!
It's February - Our Next Assignment Due Date Is Thursday, 2.11.2016
In our first Course Update, I include resources, tips, and tricks to help students and parents in this first month of the spring semester.
In our second Course Update, I included screen shots of our current Modules of story, which I will include for the remainder of this semester.
Also be sure to view our informational Smores on our Course Home page, which include our current Smores of study, as well as our previous ones, so that you may continue to study for our EOC in April.
Currently, we are studying:
- Module 4 - Modernism
- Module 5 - The Great Gatsby - Coming this week!
- Bonus Smore - MLA Format - Additional Help!
- Bonus Smore - Grammar
- Coming Soon - American Lit/Comp EOC Smore
Please feel free to contact me this week if you should have any additional questions regarding assignments and their due dates.
My best wishes to you and your family for a great semester!
18-Week Students - Grades Have Been Posted!
Parents and Students - grades have been posted. Remember that we encourage parents to log in to the student portal to see the most up-to-date grades. The following video, below, will show you how to check grades:
Smore Newsletter: Getting Started in American Lit/Comp-B
GAVS Due Date Policy - Make Sure You Submit All Work on Time!
Late Work Policy and Assignment Due Dates:
VERY IMPORTANT! Submit all work ON TIME the Thursday your assignments are due; this way, you will be able to begin the next two weeks' work the next day, on Friday. If you put-off your work until the week it is due, you are causing yourself too much stress, and are leaving too much room for error, as well as incomplete assignments.
I want you to succeed in our class, but you must stay on track, and follow your Course Schedule, as well as log in to GAVS, on a DAILY BASIS!
Course Content / Curriculum: 18-Week Students Are Here:
Module #5 - The Great Gatsby
Assignment Due Date #3: Thursday, 2.11.2016
Work Due From 18-Week Course Syllabus & Schedule, Below, from Fri, 1.29 - Thurs, 2.11.16
Important! Discussion Board Guidelines - See Our News Items, Today!
Young Georgia Authors Writing Contest - Submit Your Entries, Now!
Turnitin.com allows you to check for plagiarism before submitting your papers, as well as other assignments. This link will take you to easy, step-by-step instructions. Please install this ASAP!
Attend the live session to receive further assistance as to how to may efficiently navigate your GAVS course!
Important Spring 2016 Semester Dates:
18-Week students begin: January 4, 2016
16-Week students begin: January 19, 2016
14-Week students begin: February 1, 2016
12-Week students begin: February 16, 2016
October 1, 2015- Registration open for all students
December 1, 2015- Student Orientation Opens
January 4- 18 week session begins
January 6- Last day to start 18 week session (AP and non-AP)
January 18- MLK Holiday
January 19- 16 week session begins
January 20- Last day to start 16 week session (AP and non-AP)
January 25- Last day to apply for 14 week session (AP courses)
February 1- 14 week session begins and last day to start AP courses
February 3- Last day to start 14 week session (non--AP)
February 8- Last day to apply for 12 week session (non-AP)
February 11- Last day to pay for Spring courses (non-AP)
February 15- President's Day Holiday
February 16- 12 week session begins
March 1- Summer Registration Opens
April 4-8- Spring Break
May 1- Summer Student Orientation Opens
May 1- Fall Registration Opens
May 4 and 5- Final Exams
May 6- All classes end
May 12- Final grades released
THIS COURSE ENDS FOR ALL STUDENTS ON FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2016, REGARDLESS OF THEIR START DATES.
MLA FORMAT - Use for All Essays and Projects!
Grammar - Subject/Verb Agreement - Modernism Module
Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) contains many invaluable resources resources regarding the use of active v. passive voice, including printable exercises and answers. Always use active voice, and literary present tense when writing our formal essays.
See Our News Item - Active v. Passive Voice - on Our Course Home Page!
Be sure to visit this page for full resources for printing, plus answer keys, and step-by-step instructions regarding the use of active v. passive voice in sentences.
Calling All Prospective AP Students!
Shmoop is an excellent literary resource for students, which assists them in having better understanding of plot, setting, and even literary analysis/literary devices. It's like a humorous version Cliffs Notes. Please make sure your students sign up!
Submitting Assignments to Dropbox: Always Use Specific File Extension Asked for in Project!
GAVS Study Habits - Are You in the Green?
A FEW MORE REMINDERS:
2. Please make sure you listen to ALL Adobe recordings if you are unable to attend.
3. Please make sure you understand how important writing is, and how important it is that you are attending, or are listening, to our chats - I hold everyone to a very high standard regarding writing!
4. Please make sure you ALWAYS ask questions!
Here is a link to help you with this process:
Spring 2016 Student Handbook
The Georgia Virtual School Spring 2016 Student Handbook may be accessed using the following link. Students are responsible for reading and abiding by the policies set forth in this handbook:
Weekly Office Hours / Adobe Session Date & Times
Our Adobe Connect sessions (see class link on our Home Course Page) are Mondays at 7:00 p.m. There are times when these sessions will teach a specific lesson, and other times when they will be an opportunity for students to ask questions. Please be sure to visit the recorded help sessions under "User Links," "Synchronous Session Recordings," if you are unable to attend a session. Occasionally, in lieu of, or in addition to, an Adobe Help Session, I will post a Screencast-O-Matic News Item for additional help with a challenging concept within our current Module. If there is a holiday on our assigned Monday Adobe sessions, I will reschedule the session for the next available night that week.