English 11

What we're doing...Where we're going!

A look at what we've done...

Before the end of the second quarter, the juniors started using information from the articles they've been using in their journals to write an argument about how we are responding to terrorism. They continued working on these, making revisions and doing some "virtual" conferencing in class. This is one of the many benefits of using Docs--anyone can easily shared a document multiple people can be in the same document (i.e. student and teacher in this case). Overall, they have been showing a lot of improvement with these!

Monday was the last full class period devoted to the papers this week, though there will still be some time on Thursday after break. We are continuing to look at arguments in class: Today and tomorrow at two poems and then at two memoirs (See below for more on these!).

Upcoming Routines/Dates:

Journal: We will be reviewing the journal task in class with the poems we will be reading in class this week. We will pick back up with journals after February break.

Vocabulary Quiz: There will be a quiz on the Greek root "pod" this Friday, February 12.

Argument: Response to Terrorism Argument is due on Friday, February 19.

Reading: The poem by Christopher Marlowe, "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" and Sir Walter Raleigh's response to it, "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd", was started today and will take us through tomorrow (Wednesday). I will be modeling an analysis of "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" and they will work with a partner/group to analyze "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" due Thursday by the end of class.

SCO Rolling out Naviance: The Week of February 22. This will be the primary source juniors will use to compare two potential careers with. This is a great opportunity to talk about future plans/careers with your son or daughter!

Independent Reading Novel: We are going to read the section from Nickel and Dimed together in class starting the week of February 29. The juniors are going to independently read (with some guided questions) Adam Shepard's response to it. Whereas Nickel and Dimed is very formal and research-driven, Adam Shepard's memoir is easier to follow and connect with.

...A look at where we are going

Something that I am very excited about doing again this year is the career research unit that we will be starting after break in conjunction with the memoirs. To start, the SCO will be joining us the week of February 22 to help the juniors use an online program called Naviance. This program will help the juniors look into potential careers and match colleges/training that will help them get ready for their next steps after high school. The memoir's we will be looking at include a section of Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel & Dimed: on Not Getting By in America and Adam Shepard's response to her, Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream. This will be most of this quarter.

Ms. Quinn

High School English Teacher

English Department Chairperson

Freshman Mentoring Advisor

SUNY Cortland: English Education

AIU: Master's of Curriculum and Technology Integration