• March 2020 Class Blog

    Posted by Justin Ray on 3/2/2020

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    WHAT WE DID IN CLASS TODAY

    Friday, March 13

    AP Language and Composition
    Students finished a rhetorical analysis of the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor.

    Homework: Students need to read chapters 1-8 in Unbroken Tuesday, March 24.

    English 10
    Students finished examining the social impact of Mockingbird in today's class.

    Homework: None

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    Thursday, March 12

    AP Language and Composition
    Students continued a rhetorical analysis of the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor.

    Homework: Students need to read chapters 1-8 in Unbroken Tuesday, March 24.

    English 10
    Students continued examining the social impact of Mockingbird in today's class.

    Homework: None

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    Wednesday, March 11

    AP Language and Composition
    After finishing their nine weeks' exam, students began a rhetorical analysis of the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor.

    Homework: Students need to read chapters 1-8 in Unbroken Tuesday, March 24.

    English 10
    Students continued examining the social impact of Mockingbird in today's class.

    Homework: None

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    Monday, March 9

    AP Language and Composition
    Students spent time in today's class debriefing from the mock exam and getting their nine weeks' exam assignment.

    Homework: Students need to revise and re-write their "windmill" essay from the mock exam.  This will be due on Wednesday, March 11, and will count as the students' nine weeks' exam.  They need to read chapters 1-8 in Unbroken Tuesday, March 24.

    English 10
    Students continued examining the social impact of Mockingbird in today's class.

    Homework: None

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    Friday, March 6

    AP Language and Composition
    Students wrote a synthesis essay in class today.

    Homework: Students need to read chapters 1-8 in Unbroken Tuesday, March 24.

    English 10
    Students took an exam in class today.

    Homework: None

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    Wednesday, March 4

    AP Language and Composition
    Students continued discussing and analyzing a synthesis prompt in class today.

    Homework: Students need to obtain their copy of Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken by Friday, March 6. 

    English 10
    In today's class, we finished analyzing To Kill a Mockingbird.

    Homework: None

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    Tuesday, March 3

    AP Language and Composition
    Students continued discussing and analyzing a synthesis prompt in class today.

    Homework: Students need to obtain their copy of Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken by Friday, March 6. 

    English 10
    In today's class, we read part of To Kill a Mockingbird before watching the cinematic adaptation of the novel.

    Homework: None

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    Monday, March 2

    AP Language and Composition
    Students spent time in class today review a synthesis essay prompt.

    Homework: Students need to obtain their copy of Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken by Friday, March 6. 

    English 10
    In today's class, we read part of To Kill a Mockingbird before watching the cinematic adaptation of the novel.

    Homework: None

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  • February 2020 Class Blog

    Posted by Justin Ray on 2/3/2020

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    WHAT WE DID IN CLASS TODAY

    Friday, February 28

    AP Language and Composition
    Students wrote an argument essay in class today.

    Homework: Students need to obtain their copy of Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken by Friday, March 6. 

    English 10
    After beginning the class with a vocabulary quiz, students continued studying To Kill a Mockingbird.

    Homework: None

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    Thursday, February 27

    AP Language and Composition
    Students continued preparing for an argument essay in class today.

    Homework: Students need to obtain their copy of Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken by Friday, March 6. 

    English 10
    Students continued studying To Kill a Mockingbird in class today.

    Homework: None

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    Wednesday, February 26

    AP Language and Composition
    Students continued preparing for an argument essay in class today.

    Homework: Students need to obtain their copy of Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken by Friday, March 6. 

    English 10
    Students began studying To Kill a Mockingbird in class today.

    Homework: None

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    Tuesday, February 25

    AP Language and Composition
    Students continued preparing for an argument essay in class today.

    Homework: Students need to obtain their copy of Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken by Friday, March 6. 

    English 10
    Students began studying To Kill a Mockingbird in class today.

    Homework: None

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    Monday, February 24

    AP Language and Composition
    Students spent time preparing for an argument essay in class today.

    Homework: Students need to obtain their copy of Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken by Friday, March 6. 

    English 10
    Students began studying To Kill a Mockingbird in class today.

    Homework: None

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    Thursday, February 20

    AP Language and Composition
    Students took their In Cold Blood test in class today.

    Homework: Students need to obtain their copy of Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken by Friday, March 6

    English 10
    Students finished reading "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" in class today.  For a copy of the story, click here.

    Homework: None

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    Wednesday, February 19

    AP Language and Composition
    Students finished analyzing Dead Poets Society in class today and had some time in class to work on their one-pagers.

    Homework: Students should read Part 4 ("The Corner") of In Cold Blood by Thursday, February 20.

    English 10
    Students finished reading "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" in class today.  For a copy of the story, click here.

    Homework: None

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    Tuesday, February 18

    AP Language and Composition
    Students continued analyzing Dead Poets Society in class today.

    Homework: Students should read Part 4 ("The Corner") of In Cold Blood by Thursday, February 20.

    English 10
    Students began reading "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" in class today.  For a copy of the story, click here.

    Homework: None

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    Friday, February 14

    AP Language and Composition
    Students continued analyzing Dead Poets Society in class today.

    Homework: Students should read Part 4 ("The Corner") of In Cold Blood by Wednesday, February 19.

    English 10
    Students began studying the life of Flannery O'Connor in class today.

    Homework: None

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    Thursday, February 13

    AP Language and Composition
    To continue with the discussion about perception and childhood that we've been having, students began watching Dead Poets Society in class today.

    Homework: Students should read Part 4 ("The Corner") of In Cold Blood by Tuesday, February 18.  

    English 10
    Students took a parts of speech quiz in class today.

    Homework: None

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    Wednesday, February 12

    AP Language and Composition
    Students spent time in class today syntactically analyzing a passage from In Cold Blood and describing how Capote's language affects their perception as readers.

    Homework: Students should read Part 4 ("The Corner") of In Cold Blood by Tuesday, February 18.  

    English 10
    Students spent today's class reflecting over their performance on Monday's grammar assessment.

    Homework: None

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    Monday, February 10

    AP Language and Composition
    Students continued reviewing syntactical structure in class today before finishing their analysis of Malcolm Gladwell's "The Big Man Can't Shoot."

    Homework: Students should read Part 4 ("The Corner") of In Cold Blood by Tuesday, February 18.  

    English 10
    Students spent today's class reviewing syntactical and grammatic structures.

    Homework: None

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    Friday, February 7

    AP Language and Composition
    Students continued reviewing syntactical structure in class today before syntactically analyzing Malcolm Gladwell's "The Big Man Can't Shoot."

    Homework: Students should read Part 4 ("The Corner") of In Cold Blood by Tuesday, February 18.  

    English 10
    Students spent today's class reviewing syntactical and grammatic structures.

    Homework: None

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    Thursday, February 6

    AP Language and Composition
    Students discussed different syntactical structures in class today by using Ali Cobby Eckermann's poem "Black Deaths in Custody."

    Homework: Students should read Part 4 ("The Corner") of In Cold Blood by Tuesday, February 18.  

    English 10
    Students spent today's class discussing perception in anticipation for reading To Kill a Mockingbird.

    Homework: None

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    Tuesday, February 4

    AP Language and Composition
    We discussed "epiphany" in today's class before students wrote a letter to their childhood selves.

    Homework: Students should read Part 4 ("The Corner") of In Cold Blood by Tuesday, February 18.

    English 10
    Students spent today's class reading and annotating "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner.

    Homework: None

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    Monday, February 3

    AP Language and Composition
    Students began class today by reminiscing about TV shows from their childhood before reading an account of Annie Dillard's childhood.

    Homework: Students should read Part 4 ("The Corner") of In Cold Blood by Tuesday, February 18.

    English 10
    Students spent today's class reading and annotating "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner.

    Homework: None

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  • January 2020 Class Blog

    Posted by Justin Ray on 1/7/2020

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    WHAT WE DID IN CLASS TODAY

    Friday, January 31

    AP Language and Composition
    Students took their third reading quiz on In Cold Blood in class today.

    Homework: Students should read Part 4 ("The Corner") of In Cold Blood by Tuesday, February 18.

    English 10
    Students began studying William Faulkner in today's class.

    Homework: None

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    Thursday, January 30

    AP Language and Composition
    Students started today's class with the winners of yesterday's debate going head-to-head to see who made the most compelling argument.

    Homework: Students should read Part 3 ("Persons Unknown") of In Cold Blood by Friday, January 31.   They should also study their vocabulary in preparation for a quiz, along with a reading quiz, on Friday, January 31.

    English 10
    Students started a "Masque" activity in class today before moving on to study William Faulkner.

    Homework: None

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    Wednesday, January 29

    AP Language and Composition
    Students held a quick debate in class today about a recent controversy surrounding a Burger King commercial and One Million Moms.

    Homework: Students should read Part 3 ("Persons Unknown") of In Cold Blood by Friday, January 31.   They should also study their vocabulary in preparation for a quiz, along with a reading quiz, on Friday, January 31.

    English 10
    Students finished their analysis of "Masque of the Red Death" in class today.

    Homework: None

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    Tuesday, January 28

    AP Language and Composition
    Students held a quick debate in class today about a recent controversy surrounding a Burger King commercial and One Million Moms.

    Homework: Students should read Part 3 ("Persons Unknown") of In Cold Blood by Friday, January 31.   They should also study their vocabulary in preparation for a quiz, along with a reading quiz, on Friday, January 31.

    English 10
    Students continued their analysis of "Masque of the Red Death" in class today.

    Homework: None

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    Monday, January 27

    AP Language and Composition
    Students had the chance in class today to get caught up on classwork, reading, or vocabulary.

    Homework: Students should read Part 3 ("Persons Unknown") of In Cold Blood by Friday, January 31.   They should also study their vocabulary in preparation for a quiz, along with a reading quiz, on Friday, January 31.

    English 10
    Students began today's class with a bit of free-writing before continuing their analysis of "Masque of the Red Death."

    Homework: None

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    Friday, January 24

    AP Language and Composition
    Students continued looking at the synthesis essay in class today.

    Homework: Students should read Part 3 ("Persons Unknown") of In Cold Blood by Friday, January 31.   They should also study their vocabulary in preparation for a quiz, along with a reading quiz, on Friday, January 31.

    English 10
    Students began today's class with a vocabulary quiz before continuing to read and analyze "The Masque of the Red Death."

    Homework: None

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    Wednesday, January 22

    Thursday, January 23

    AP Language and Composition
    Students began looking at the synthesis essay in class today.

    Homework: Students should read Part 3 ("Persons Unknown") of In Cold Blood by Friday, January 31.   They should also study their vocabulary in preparation for a quiz, along with a reading quiz, on Friday, January 31.

    English 10
    Students began today's class with a couple of riddles before continuing to read and analyze "The Masque of the Red Death."

    Homework: None

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    Wednesday, January 22

    AP Language and Composition
    Students continued discussing the argument essay in class today.

    Homework: Students should read Part 3 ("Persons Unknown") of In Cold Blood by Friday, January 31. 

    English 10
    Students spent today reviewing grammar in class before beginning to read and analyze "The Masque of the Red Death."

    Homework: None

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    Tuesday, January 21

    AP Language and Composition
    Students spent today's class discussing the argument essay.

    Homework: Students should read Part 3 ("Persons Unknown") of In Cold Blood by Friday, January 31. 

    English 10
    Students spent today reading and working on vocabulary in class.

    Homework: None

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    Friday, January 17

    AP Language and Composition
    Students began class with a reading and vocabulary quiz before moving on to argument essays.

    Homework: Students should read Part 3 ("Persons Unknown") of In Cold Blood by Friday, January 31. 

    English 10
    After starting the class with a vocabulary quiz, students continued analyzing work from Edgar Allan Poe.

    Homework: None

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    Thursday, January 16

    AP Language and Composition
    Students finished their review and practice of AP multiple choice in class today.

    Homework: Students should read Part 2 ("Persons Unknown") of In Cold Blood by Friday, January 17.  They also need to study and know their vocabulary by this date.

    English 10
    After starting the class with a grammar review, students continued analyzing work from Edgar Allan Poe.

    Homework: Students should study their vocabulary in preparation for a quiz on Friday.

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    Wednesday, January 15

    AP Language and Composition
    Students finished their review and practice of AP multiple choice in class today.

    Homework: Students should read Part 2 ("Persons Unknown") of In Cold Blood by Friday, January 17.  They also need to study and know their vocabulary by this date.

    English 10
    Students spent today's class reviewing parts of speech by playing a review game.

    Homework: Students should study their vocabulary in preparation for a quiz on Friday.

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    Tuesday, January 14

    AP Language and Composition
    Students continued analyzing multiple-choice passages in class today.

    Homework: Students should read Part 2 ("Persons Unknown") of In Cold Blood by Friday, January 17.  They also need to study and know their vocabulary by this date.

    English 10
    Students read and worked on vocabulary in today's class.

    Homework: Students should study their vocabulary in preparation for a quiz on Friday.

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    Monday, January 13

    AP Language and Composition
    Students continued analyzing multiple-choice passages in class today.

    Homework: Students should read Part 2 ("Persons Unknown") of In Cold Blood by Friday, January 17.  They also need to study and know their vocabulary by this date.

    English 10
    Students continued learning about the biography of Edgar Allan Poe in class today before reading his poem "Annabelle Lee."

    Homework: None

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    Friday, January 10

    AP Language and Composition
    Students finished the murder mystery in class today and began analyzing an AP multiple-choice passage.

    Homework: Students should read Part 2 ("Persons Unknown") of In Cold Blood by Friday, January 17.  They also need to study and know their vocabulary by this date.

    English 10
    Students continued working on their murder mystery in class today before starting to learn the biography for Edgar Allan Poe.

    Homework: None

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    Thursday, January 9

    AP Language and Composition
    Students continued working on their murder mystery in class today after receiving their new set of vocabulary words.

    Homework: Students should read Part 2 ("Persons Unknown") of In Cold Blood by Friday, January 17.

    English 10
    Students continued working on their murder mystery in class today.

    Homework: None

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    Wednesday, January 8

    AP Language and Composition
    We began today's class with a review of classroom procedures and policies before trying our hand at solving a made-up murder mystery.

    Homework: Students should read Part 2 ("Persons Unknown") of In Cold Blood by Friday, January 17.

    English 10
    We began today's class with a review of classroom procedures and policies before trying our hand at solving a made-up murder mystery.

    Homework: None

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  • December Class Blog

    Posted by Justin Ray on 12/2/2019 8:00:00 AM

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    WHAT WE DID IN CLASS TODAY

    THIS WILL BE THE FINAL BLOG POST OF THE SEMESTER.  EXAMS BEGIN TOMORROW.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS, AND HAVE A GREAT BREAK!!

    Tuesday, December 17

    AP Language and Composition
    Students wrote an essay in class today, which was the first part of their midterm.

    Homework: Students can look over their class notes in preparation for the midterm, which will be given this week.

    English 10
    Today, students continued winding down the semester by analyzing the adaptation of A Prayer for Owen Meany.

    To download a copy of the Southern Gothic notes or PowerPoint, click here.
    To download a copy of the Midterm, click here.

    Homework: Students should begin gathering their notes and studying for the Midterm.

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    Monday, December 16

    AP Language and Composition
    After taking their vocabulary quiz, we discussed the Benjamin Banneker essays, which students received back today.

    Homework: Students can look over their class notes in preparation for the midterm, which will be given this week.

    English 10
    Today, students continued winding down the semester by analyzing the adaptation of A Prayer for Owen Meany.

    To download a copy of the Southern Gothic notes or PowerPoint, click here.
    To download a copy of the Midterm, click here.

    Homework: Students should begin gathering their notes and studying for the Midterm.

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    Friday, December 13

    AP Language and Composition
    Students finished discussing the cultural relevance of In Cold Blood in today's class.

    Homework: Students need to read the rest of Part 1 of In Cold Blood by Monday, December 16, and study their vocabulary for the quiz.

    English 10
    Today, students began winding down the semester by analyzing the adaptation of A Prayer for Owen Meany.

    To download a copy of the Southern Gothic notes or PowerPoint, click here.
    To download a copy of the Midterm, click here.

    Homework: Students should begin gathering their notes and studying for the Midterm.

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    Thursday, December 12

    AP Language and Composition
    Students continued discussing the cultural relevance of In Cold Blood in today's class.

    Homework: Students need to read the rest of Part 1 of In Cold Blood by Monday, December 16, and study their vocabulary for the quiz.

    English 10
    Today, students reviewed capitalization before continuing their discussion of Southern Gothic Literature.  Students also received a study guide for their Midterm, which will be administered next week.

    To download a copy of the Southern Gothic notes or PowerPoint, click here.
    To download a copy of the Midterm, click here.

    Homework: Students should begin gathering their notes and studying for the Midterm.

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    Wednesday, December 11

    AP Language and Composition
    Students began a discussion of the cultural relevance of In Cold Blood in today's class.

    Homework: Students need to read the rest of Part 1 of In Cold Blood by Friday, December 13 and study their vocabulary for the quiz.

    English 10
    Today, students learned about capitalization before continuing their discussion of Southern Gothic literature.

    To download a copy of the Southern Gothic notes or PowerPoint, click here.

    Homework: None

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    Friday, December 6

    AP Language and Composition
    Students read an article entitled "This Isn't the Last Dance" in class today, rhetorically analyzing it for purpose and strategy.

    Homework: Students need to read the rest of Part 1 of In Cold Blood by Friday, December 13.  

    English 10
    Students reviewed direct and indirect objects in class today before continuing their discussion of Southern Gothic literature.

    To download a copy of the Southern Gothic notes or PowerPoint, click here.

    Homework: None

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    Wednesday, December 4

    AP Language and Composition
    Students discussed tomorrow's essay before rhetorically analyzing possible propaganda.

    Homework: Students need to read the rest of Part 1 of In Cold Blood by Friday, December 13.  If they would like to complete the extra-credit ornament project, they must do so by Friday, December 6.

    English 10
    Students learned about direct and indirect objects before continuing their discussion of Southern Gothic literature in class today.

    To download a copy of the Southern Gothic notes or PowerPoint, click here.

    Homework: None

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    Tuesday, December 3

    AP Language and Composition
    Students had time in class today to work on their rubric projects.

    To see a sample rubric, click here.

    Homework: Students need to read the rest of Part 1 of In Cold Blood by Friday, December 13.  If they would like to complete the extra-credit ornament project, they must do so by Friday, December 6.

    English 10
    Students began a discussion of Southern Gothic literature in class today.

    To download a copy of the Southern Gothic notes or PowerPoint, click here.

    Homework: If students did not finish the Big Fish storyboard, they need to finish them tonight and turn them in to me before school tomorrow.

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    Monday, December 2

    AP Language and Composition
    Students began class with a claim journal before starting a rubric project.

    Homework: Students need to read the rest of Part 1 of In Cold Blood by Friday, December 13.  If they would like to complete the extra-credit ornament project, they must do so by Friday, December 6.

    English 10
    Students finished analyzing Big Fish in today's class.

    Homework: None

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  • November Class Blog

    Posted by Justin Ray on 11/1/2019

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    WHAT WE DID IN CLASS TODAY

    Friday, November 22

    AP Language and Composition
    Students had a chance to work on their current events blog in class today.

    Homework: None

    English 10
    Students continued analyzing Big Fish in today's class.

    Homework: None

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    Thursday, November 21

    AP Language and Composition
    Students continued reviewing the Kennedy Steel Speech in class today before having a chance to work on their current events blog.

    Homework: If students would  like to re-write their steel speech essays, they need to finish them by Friday, November 22.  They also need to finish their current events blog.

    English 10
    Students finished presenting their research projects in today's class before beginning to analyze Big Fish.

    Homework: None

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    Wednesday, November 20

    AP Language and Composition
    Students took their first In Cold Blood reading test in class today before looking at student samples of the Kennedy Steel Speech essay prompt.

    Homework: If students would  like to re-write their steel speech essays, they need to finish them by Friday, November 22.

    English 10
    Students finished presenting their research projects in today's class before beginning to analyze Big Fish.

    Homework: None

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    Tuesday, November 19

    AP Language and Composition
    Students finished writing their group essay on the "Kennedy Steel Speech" in today's class.

    Homework: Students need to read pages 1-46 of In Cold Blood by Wednesday, November 20 and study their vocabulary for the reading quiz, which will be administered tomorrow.

    English 10
    Students began presenting their research projects in today's class.

    Homework: None

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    Monday, November 18

    AP Language and Composition
    Students began writing their group essay on the "Kennedy Steel Speech" in today's class.

    Homework: Students need to read pages 1-46 of In Cold Blood by Wednesday, November 20 and study their vocabulary for the reading quiz.

    English 10
    Students continued their research projects in the library today.

    Homework: Students should finish their projects by tomorrow (Tuesday, November 19).  We will begin presenting them then.

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    Friday, November 15

    AP Language and Composition
    In today's class, students took what they learned about Kennedy and essay structure and used it to start writing their first rhetorical analysis.

    Homework: Students need to read pages 1-46 of In Cold Blood by Wednesday, November 20.

    English 10
    Students continued their research projects in the library today.

    Homework: Students need to begin making plans about how they would like to present their research for their research project.

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    Thursday, November 14

    AP Language and Composition
    Students finished analyzing JFK's inaugural address in class today and began analyzing another of Kennedy's speeches.

    Homework: Students need to read pages 1-46 of In Cold Blood by Wednesday, November 20.

    English 10
    Students were assigned a research project in class today and began their research in the library.

    Homework: Students need to begin making plans about how they would like to present their research for their research project.

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    Wednesday, November 13

    AP Language and Composition
    Students continued analyzing JFK's inaugural address in class today and practiced essay structure.

    Homework: Students should start their next vocabulary study sheet.  The vocabulary quiz will be administered on Friday, November 15. They also need to get their copy of In Cold Blood by Truman Capote by the 15th.

    English 10
    Students finished an episode of Discovering Alabama in class today before being assigned a research project on Southern folklore.

    Homework: Students need to begin making plans about how they would like to present their research for their research project.

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    Tuesday, November 12

    AP Language and Composition
    Students continued analyzing JFK's inaugural address in class today and practiced essay structure.

    Homework: Students should start their next vocabulary study sheet.  The vocabulary quiz will be administered on Friday, November 15. They also need to get their copy of In Cold Blood by Truman Capote by the 15th.

    English 10
    Students began studying Southern folklore in class today before finish their Crucible Playlist project.

    Homework: Students need to finish their playlist projects in they did not finish them in class.

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    Friday, November 8

    AP Language and Composition
    Students continued analyzing JFK's inaugural address in class today and practiced essay structure.

    Homework: Students should start their next vocabulary study sheet.  The vocabulary quiz will be administered on Friday, November 15. They also need to get their copy of In Cold Blood by Truman Capote by the 15th.

    English 10
    Students began studying Southern folklore in class today before finish their Crucible Playlist project.

    Homework: Students need to finish their playlist projects in they did not finish them in class.

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    Thursday, November 7

    AP Language and Composition
    Students continued analyzing JFK's inaugural address in class today.

    Homework: Students should start their next vocabulary study sheet.  The vocabulary quiz will be administered on Friday, November 15. They also need to get their copy of In Cold Blood by Truman Capote by the 15th.

    English 10
    Students took a test on The Crucible in class today before working on their Crucible playlists.

    Homework: None

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    Wednesday, November 6

    AP Language and Composition
    Students reviewed grammar in today's class as they looked over their classmates' comments on last week's current events blog.

    Homework: Students should start their next vocabulary study sheet.  The vocabulary quiz will be administered on Friday, November 15.  They also need to get their copy of In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.

    English 10
    In today's class students reviewed compound and simple sentences before working on their Crucible playlists.

    Homework: None

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    Tuesday, November 5

    AP Language and Composition
    Students continued analyzing JFK's inaugural address in class today.

    Homework: Students should start their next vocabulary study sheet.  The vocabulary quiz will be administered on Friday, November 15.

    English 10
    Students finished analyzing The Crucible in class today before taking a Crucible pop test.

    Homework: None

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    Monday, November 4

    AP Language and Composition
    Students continued analyzing JFK's inaugural address in class today.

    Homework: Students should start their next vocabulary study sheet.  The vocabulary quiz will be administered on Friday, November 15.

    English 10
    Students finished analyzing The Crucible in class today.

    Homework: None

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    Friday, November 1

    AP Language and Composition
    Students took their vocabulary quiz in class today before starting to analyze JFK's inaugural address.

    Homework:  None

    English 10
    Students continued analyzing The Crucible in class today.

    Homework: None

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  • October Class Blog

    Posted by Justin Ray on 10/1/2019

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    WHAT WE DID IN CLASS TODAY

    Thursday, October 31

    AP Language and Composition
    Students spent time in today's class finishing King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail."

    Homework:  Students need to complete their current events blog by Friday, November 1, at 4:00 pm.  Students also need to start studying for their vocabulary quiz, which will be given on Friday, November 1.

    English 10
    Students continued analyzing The Crucible in class today.

    Homework: None

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    Tuesday, October 29

    AP Language and Composition
    Students spent time in today's class finishing King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail."

    Homework:  Students need to complete their current events blog by Friday, November 1, at 4:00 pm.  Students also need to start studying for their vocabulary quiz, which will be given on Friday, November 1.

    English 10
    Students continued analyzing The Crucible in class today.

    Homework: None

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    Monday, October 28

    AP Language and Composition
    We spent today's class getting caught up from work that was started last week.

    Homework:  Students also need to complete their current events blog by Friday, November 1, at 4:00 pm.  Finally, students also need to start studying for their vocabulary quiz, which will be given on Friday, November 1.

    Also, students going on the New Orleans field trip need to pay their money for the trip by tomorrow (Tuesday, October 29).

    English 10
    Students continued analyzing The Crucible in class today.

    Homework: None

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    Wednesday, October 23

    AP Language and Composition
    We spent today's class analyzing "The Gettysburg Address."

    Homework: If students didn't finish their one-pager in class today, they should finish it for homework.  Students also need to complete their current events blog by Friday, October 25, at 4:00 pm.  Finally, students also need to start studying for their vocabulary quiz, which will be given on Friday, November 1.

    English 10
    Students began analyzing The Crucible in class today.

    Homework: None

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    Tuesday, October 22

    AP Language and Composition
    We discussed yesterday's MC quiz in class today before moving on to analyze Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address."

    Homework: Students need to complete their current events blog by Friday, October 25, at 4:00 pm.  They also need to start studying for their vocabulary quiz, which will be given on Friday, November 1.

    English 10
    Students had time to finish their work from yesterday's class before moving on to a one-pager to finish out our analysis of Spiderman: Far From Home.

    Homework: None

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    Friday, October 18

    AP Language and Composition
    Students continued analyzing a multiple-choice passage in class today, taking the questions and discussing the answers.

    Homework: None

    English 10
    Students continued discussing the themes and characters of Spiderman: Far From Home in class today.

    Homework: None

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    Thursday, October 17 

    AP Language and Composition
    We started a new "claim journal" in class today before beginning to analyze and annotate passages from a released multiple-choice exam.

    Homework: None

    English 10
    Students collaboratively identified themes from Spiderman: Far From Home and prepared for a Socratic Seminar in today's class.

    Homework: None

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    Wednesday, October 16

    AP Language and Composition
    Students took time to go over their nine weeks exam in class today.

    Homework: None

    English 10
    Students reviewed part of their nine weeks exam today before continuing to discuss theme.

    Homework: None

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    HAVE A GREAT FALL BREAK!!

    Friday, October 11

    AP Language and Composition
    Students finished their nine weeks exam in class today.

    Homework: Students need to make arrangements to be at the Saturday Study Session, which will be held at Fayette High School on Satuday, October 12, at 8:00 am.

    English 10
    Students finished their nine weeks exam in class today.

    Homework: None

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    Thursday, October 10

    AP Language and Composition
    Students took their nine weeks exam in class today.

    Homework: Students need to make arrangements to be at the Saturday Study Session, which will be held at Fayette High School on Satuday, October 12, at 8:00 am.

    English 10
    Students took their nine weeks exam in class today.

    Homework: None

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    Wednesday, October 9

    AP Language and Composition
    We continued analyzing students' commercials in class today.

    Homework: The nine weeks' exam will be administered on Thursday, October 10. Also, students need to make arrangements to be at the Saturday Study Session, which will be held at Fayette High School on Satuday, October 12, at 8:00 am.

    English 10
    We continued looking at the background for Puritanism in class today in preparation for reading The Crucible.

    Homework: Students should start studying for the nine weeks exam, which will be administered on Thursday, October 10.

    To download a copy of the Puritanism PowerPoint, click here.

    To download a copy of the nine weeks' exam study guide, click here.

    If students would like to use quizlet to study for the vocabulary quiz, they can access it by clicking on this link:

    https://quizlet.com/_6xdi2c

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    Tuesday, October 8

    AP Language and Composition
    Students turned in their commercial projects and we began analyzing them in class today.

    Homework: The nine weeks' exam will be administered on Thursday, October 10. Also, students need to make arrangements to be at the Saturday Study Session, which will be held at Fayette High School on Satuday, October 12, at 8:00 am.

    English 10
    We continued looking at the background for Puritanism in class today in preparation for reading The Crucible.

    Homework: Students should start studying for the nine weeks exam, which will be administered on Thursday, October 10.

    To download a copy of the Puritanism PowerPoint, click here.

    To download a copy of the nine weeks' exam study guide, click here.

    If students would like to use quizlet to study for the vocabulary quiz, they can access it by clicking on this link:

    https://quizlet.com/_6xdi2c

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    Monday, October 7

    AP Language and Composition
    Students continued their research for the "Current Social Issues" project.

    Homework: This week's vocabulary will now be assessed on the nine weeks' exam, which will be administered on Thursday, October 10.  Students need to make arrangements to be at the Saturday Study Session, which will be held at Fayette High School on Satuday, October 12, at 8:00 am.  Finally, they should make plans with their fellow group members to film and finish their commercials.

    English 10
    We continued looking at the background for Puritanism in class today in preparation for reading The Crucible.

    Homework: Students should start studying for the nine weeks exam, which will be administered on Thursday, October 10.

    To download a copy of the Puritanism PowerPoint, click here.

    To download a copy of the nine weeks' exam study guide, click here.

    If students would like to use quizlet to study for the vocabulary quiz, they can access it by clicking on this link:

    https://quizlet.com/_6xdi2c

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    Friday, October 4

    AP Language and Composition
    Students continued their research for the "Current Social Issues" project.

    Homework: This week's vocabulary will now be assessed on the nine weeks' exam, which will be administered on Thursday, October 10.  Students need to make arrangements to be at the Saturday Study Session, which will be held at Fayette High School on Satuday, October 12, at 8:00 am.  Finally, they should make plans with their fellow group members to film and finish their commercials.

    English 10
    We began looking at the background for Puritanism in class today in preparation for reading The Crucible.

    Homework: Students should start studying for the nine weeks exam, which will be administered on Thursday, October 10.

    To download a copy of the Puritanism PowerPoint, click here.

    To download a copy of the nine weeks' exam study guide, click here.

    If students would like to use quizlet to study for the vocabulary quiz, they can access it by clicking on this link:

    https://quizlet.com/_6xdi2c

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    Thursday, October 3

    AP Language and Composition
    Students began research for their "Current Social Issues" project.

    Homework: This week's vocabulary will now be assessed on the nine weeks' exam, which will be administered on Thursday, October 10.  Students need to make arrangements to be at the Saturday Study Session, which will be held at Fayette High School on Satuday, October 12, at 8:00 am.  Finally, they should make plans with their fellow group members to film and finish their commercials.

    English 10
    Students continued analyzing theme today by looking at a modern exemplification of theme.

    Homework: Students should start studying for the nine weeks exam.

    To download a copy of the nine weeks' exam study guide, click here.

    If students would like to use quizlet to study for the vocabulary quiz, they can access it by clicking on this link:

    https://quizlet.com/_6xdi2c

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    Wednesday, October 2

    AP Language and Composition
    Students continued practicing the Toulmin model in class today, moving from sentence-level arguments to movie speeches.  They were then assigned their first research project.

    Homework: Students should study their vocabulary words in preparation for the vocabulary quiz, which will be given on Friday, October 4.  They also need to make arrangements to be at the Saturday Study Session, which will be held at Fayette High School on Satuday, October 12, at 8:00 am.  Finally, they should make plans with their fellow group members to film and finish their commercials.

    English 10
    Students reviewed parts of speech and subject-verb agreement in today's class before moving on to identifying subjects and predicates.

    Homework: None

    If students would like to use quizlet to study for the vocabulary quiz, they can access it by clicking on this link:

    https://quizlet.com/_6xdi2c

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    Tuesday, October 1

    AP Language and Composition
    Students continued practicing the Toulmin model in class today, moving from sentence-level arguments to movie speeches.

    Homework: Students should study their vocabulary words in preparation for the vocabulary quiz, which will be given on Friday, October 4.  They also need to make arrangements to be at the Saturday Study Session, which will be held at Fayette High School on Satuday, October 12, at 8:00 am.

    English 10
    Students continued practicing the skill of identifying theme in today's class.

    Homework: None

    To check and see if anyone is reading the class blog, the first ten people to email me at JLRAY@TCSS.NET and write "extra credit" in the subject line will receive ten bonus points on the next quiz or test.  This applies to both 10th grade and AP Lang.

    If students would like to use quizlet to study for the vocabulary quiz, they can access it by clicking on this link:

    https://quizlet.com/_6xdi2c

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  • September Class Blog

    Posted by Justin Ray on 9/4/2019

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    WHAT WE DID IN CLASS TODAY

    Monday, September 30

    AP Language and Composition
    After writing for a bit, students continued to study the Toulmin model in class today.

    Homework: Students should study their vocabulary words in preparation for the vocabulary quiz, which will be given on Friday, October 4.  They also need to make arrangements to be at the Saturday Study Session, which will be held at Fayette High School on Satuday, October 12, at 8:00 am.

    English 10
    Students wrote a mini-narrative in today's class before practicing identifying theme.

    Homework: None

    To check and see if anyone is reading the class blog, the first ten people to email me at JLRAY@TCSS.NET and write "extra credit" in the subject line will receive ten bonus points on the next quiz or test.  This applies to both 10th grade and AP Lang.

    If students would like to use quizlet to study for the vocabulary quiz, they can access it by clicking on this link:

    https://quizlet.com/_6xdi2c

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    Friday, September 27

    AP Language and Composition
    Students took their Great Gatsby final test in class today.

    Homework: Students should study their vocabulary words in preparation for the vocabulary quiz, which will be given on Friday, October 4.

    English 10
    Students wrote a mini-narrative in today's class before practicing identifying theme.

    Homework: None

    To check and see if anyone is reading the class blog, the first ten people to email me at JLRAY@TCSS.NET and write "extra credit" in the subject line will receive ten bonus points on the next quiz or test.  This applies to both 10th grade and AP Lang.

    If students would like to use quizlet to study for the vocabulary quiz, they can access it by clicking on this link:

    https://quizlet.com/_6xdi2c

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    Thursday, September 26

    AP Language and Composition
    We continued practicing the Toulmin model of argumentation in today's class.

    Homework: Students need to finish these three activities by Friday, September 27: current events edits, current events blog, and Gatsby.

    English 10
    Students tested their knowledge of Puritanism in today's class before working on their theme sheets.

    Homework: Students who didn't finish their theme sheets in class need to finish them for homework.

    To check and see if anyone is reading the class blog, the first ten people to email me at JLRAY@TCSS.NET and write "extra credit" in the subject line will receive ten bonus points on the next quiz or test.  This applies to both 10th grade and AP Lang.

    If students would like to use quizlet to study for the vocabulary quiz, they can access it by clicking on this link:

    https://quizlet.com/_6xdi2c

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    Wednesday, September 25

    AP Language and Composition
    We continued discussing the Toulmin model of argumentation in today's class.

    Homework: Students need to finish these three activities by Friday, September 27: current events edits, current events blog, and Gatsby.

    English 10
    Students began today's class by learning about subject-verb agreement.  We finished up by continuing our discussion of theme.

    Homework: Students should study for their vocabulary quiz, which will be given on Friday, September 27.

    To check and see if anyone is reading the class blog, the first ten people to email me at JLRAY@TCSS.NET and write "extra credit" in the subject line will receive ten bonus points on the next quiz or test.  This applies to both 10th grade and AP Lang.

    If students would like to use quizlet to study for the vocabulary quiz, they can access it by clicking on this link:

    https://quizlet.com/_6xdi2c

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    Tuesday, September 24

    AP Language and Composition
    Students had a work day in today's class to work on current events edits, this week's current events blog, and reading The Great Gatsby before beginning to discuss the Toulmin model of argumentation.

    Homework: Students need to finish these three activities.  They are due on Friday, September 27.

     English 10
    After practicing for their vocabulary quiz, we began a discussion of theme in today's class.

    Homework: Students should study for their vocabulary quiz, which will be given on Friday, September 27.

    To check and see if anyone is reading the class blog, the first ten people to email me at JLRAY@TCSS.NET and write "extra credit" in the subject line will receive ten bonus points on the next quiz or test.  This applies to both 10th grade and AP Lang.

    If students would like to use quizlet to study for the vocabulary quiz, they can access it by clicking on this link:

    https://quizlet.com/_6xdi2c

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    Monday, September 23

    AP Language and Composition
    Students had a work day in today's class to work on current events edits, this week's current events blog, and reading The Great Gatsby.

    Homework: Students need to finish these three activities.  They are due on Friday, September 27.

     English 10
    Students spent time in today's class writing a story to prove that human nature tends to assume the worst in people.

    Homework:None

    To check and see if anyone is reading the class blog, the first ten people to email me at JLRAY@TCSS.NET and write "extra credit" in the subject line will receive ten bonus points on the next quiz or test.  This applies to both 10th grade and AP Lang.

    If students would like to use quizlet to study for the vocabulary quiz, they can access it by clicking on this link:

    https://quizlet.com/_6xdi2c

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    Friday, September 20

    AP Language and Composition
    Students caught up on work in today's class, including making corrections to the MC quiz they took earlier in the week.

    Homework: Students need to read chapters 7-9 in The Great Gatsby by Wednesday, September 25. 

     

    To check and see if anyone is reading the class blog, the first ten people to email me at JLRAY@TCSS.NET and write "extra credit" in the subject line will receive ten bonus points on the next quiz or test.  This applies to both 10th grade and AP Lang.

    If students would like to use quizlet to study for the vocabulary quiz, they can access it by clicking on this link:

    https://quizlet.com/_6xdi2c

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    Thursday, September 19

    AP Language and Composition
    Students took their vocabulary quiz in class today before working on multiple-choice corrections from their practice MC Quiz.

    Homework: Students need to read chapters 7-9 in The Great Gatsby by Wednesday, September 25. 

    English 10
    Students spent time in today's class analyzing Anne Bradstreet's poem, "To My Dear and Loving Husband."

    Homework:None

     To check and see if anyone is reading the class blog, the first ten people to email me at JLRAY@TCSS.NET and write "extra credit" in the subject line will receive ten bonus points on the next quiz or test.  This applies to both 10th grade and AP Lang.

    If students would like to use quizlet to study for the vocabulary quiz, they can access it by clicking on this link:

    https://quizlet.com/_6xdi2c

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    Tuesday, September 17

    AP Language and Composition
    Students started class with a quick debate before going through a practice multiple-choice test.

    Homework: Students need to read chapters 4-6 in The Great Gatsby by Wednesday, September 18. They also need to study for their vocab quiz, which will be administered on September 19.

    English 10
    Students continued analyzing "The Minister's Black Veil" in today's class.

    Homework:None

     To check and see if anyone is reading the class blog, the first ten people to email me at JLRAY@TCSS.NET and write "extra credit" in the subject line will receive ten bonus points on the next quiz or test.  This applies to both 10th grade and AP Lang.

    If students would like to use quizlet to study for the vocabulary quiz, they can access it by clicking on this link:

    https://quizlet.com/_6xdi2c

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    Monday, September 16

    AP Language and Composition
    Students spent time editing their classmates' comments from last week's current events blog before having a quick debate about means to an end.

    Homework: Students need to read chapters 4-6 in The Great Gatsby by Wednesday, September 18. They also need to study for their vocab quiz, which will be administered on September 20.

    English 10
    Students continued analyzing "The Minister's Black Veil" in today's class.

    Homework:None

     To check and see if anyone is reading the class blog, the first ten people to email me at JLRAY@TCSS.NET and write "extra credit" in the subject line will receive ten bonus points on the next quiz or test.  This applies to both 10th grade and AP Lang.

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    Friday, September 13

    AP Language and Composition
    Students practiced the rhetorical precis and SOAPStone in class today with a love letter written to different audiences.

    Homework: Students need to read chapters 4-6 in The Great Gatsby by Wednesday, September 18. They also need to study for their vocab quiz, which will be administered on September 20.

    English 10
    Students began today's class by writing about superstitions that their family may have or not have.  They then began reading Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story, "The Minister's Black Veil."

    Homework:None

     To check and see if anyone is reading the class blog, the first ten people to email me at JLRAY@TCSS.NET will receive ten bonus points on the next quiz or test.  This applies to both 10th grade and AP Lang.

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    Thursday, September 12

    AP Language and Composition
    Students practiced the rhetorical precis and SOAPStone in class today with a letter from Kurt Vonnegut to a high school English class.

    Homework: Students need to read chapters 4-6 in The Great Gatsby by Wednesday, September 18. They also need to study for their vocab quiz, which will be administered on September 20, and finish their current events blog, which is due on Friday, September 13, at 4:00 pm.

    English 10
    Students finished their "Sinners" project in class today.  It is due at the beginning of class tomorrow.

    Homework:Finish your "Sinners" project.  You can email it to JLRAY@TCSS.NET or bring it in on a flash drive.

     To check and see if anyone is reading the class blog, the first ten people to email me at JLRAY@TCSS.NET will receive ten bonus points on the next quiz or test.  This applies to both 10th grade and AP Lang.

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    Wednesday, September 11

    AP Language and Composition
    Students practiced the rhetorical precis and SOAPStone in class today with a letter from Benjamin Banneker to Thomas Jefferson.

    Homework: Students need to read chapters 4-6 in The Great Gatsby by Wednesday, September 18. They also need to study for their vocab quiz, which will be administered on September 20, and finish their current events blog, which is due on Friday, September 13, at 4:00 pm.

    English 10
    Students continued working on their "Sinners" project in class today.  It is due at the beginning of class tomorrow.

    Homework:Finish your "Sinners" project.  You can email it to JLRAY@TCSS.NET or bring it in on a flash drive.

     

    To check and see if anyone is reading the class blog, the first ten people to email me at JLRAY@TCSS.NET will receive ten bonus points on the next quiz or test.  This applies to both 10th grade and AP Lang.

    ...................................

    Tuesday, September 10

    AP Language and Composition
    Students practiced the rhetorical precis and SOAPStone in class today with a letter from Benjamin Banneker to Thomas Jefferson.

    Homework: Students need to read chapters 4-6 in The Great Gatsby by Wednesday, September 18. They also need to study for their vocab quiz, which will be administered on September 20, and finish their current events blog, which is due on Friday, September 13, at 4:00 pm.

    English 10
    Students continued working on their "Sinners" project in class today.  It is due at the beginning of class tomorrow.

    Homework:Finish your "Sinners" project.  You can email it to JLRAY@TCSS.NET or bring it in on a flash drive.

    If students would like to use quizlet to study for the vocabulary quiz, they can access it by clicking on this link:

    https://quizlet.com/_6xdi2c

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    Monday, September 9

    AP Language and Composition
    Students began class today with a discussion of diction before learning about the rhetorical precis.

    Homework: Students need to read chapters 4-6 in The Great Gatsby by Wednesday, September 18. They also need to study for their vocab quiz, which will be administered on September 20, and finish their current events blog, which is due on Friday, September 13, at 4:00 pm.

    English 10
    Students continued working on their "Sinners" project in class today.  It is due at the beginning of class tomorrow.

    Homework:Finish your "Sinners" project.  You can email it to JLRAY@TCSS.NET or bring it in on a flash drive.

    If students would like to use quizlet to study for the vocabulary quiz, they can access it by clicking on this link:

    https://quizlet.com/_6xdi2c

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    Friday, September 6

    AP Language and Composition
    Students took their vocabulary and assertion quiz in class today before revisiting the SOAPStone method of rhetorical analysis.

    Homework: Students need to read chapters 4-6 in The Great Gatsby by Wednesday, September 18. 

    English 10
    Students continued analyzing "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" in class today before beginning a project in which they created their own "sermon" about a topic that is close to their hearts.

    Homework:None

    If students would like to use quizlet to study for the vocabulary quiz, they can access it by clicking on this link:

    https://quizlet.com/_6xdi2c

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    Thursday, September 5

    AP Language and Composition
    Students finished their Gatsby background research in class today before tying the research in to argumentation.

    Homework: Students need to read chapters 4-6 in The Great Gatsby by Wednesday, September 18.  They also need to study their vocabulary for the week.  There will be a vocab quiz on Friday.

    English 10
    Students continued analyzing "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" in class today.

    Homework:None

    If students would like to use quizlet to study for the vocabulary quiz, they can access it by clicking on this link:

    https://quizlet.com/_6xdi2c

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    Wednesday, September 4

    AP Language and Composition
    We began today's class with a Gatsby quiz before continuing our study of the 1920s.

    Homework: Students need to read chapters 4-6 in The Great Gatsby by Wednesday, September 18.  They also need to study their vocabulary for the week.  There will be a vocab quiz on Friday.

    English 10
    Students began reading "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" in class today.

    Homework:None

    If students would like to use quizlet to study for the vocabulary quiz, they can access it by clicking on this link:

    https://quizlet.com/_6xdi2c

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  • August 2019

    Posted by Justin Ray on 8/5/2019

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    WHAT WE DID IN CLASS TODAY

    Friday, August 30

    AP Language and Composition
    We started looking at background information for The Great Gatsby in today's class.

    Homework: Students need to read chapters 1-3 in The Great Gatsby by Wednesday, September 4.  They also need to complete their current events blog and study their vocabulary for the week.

    English 10
    Students began discussing the Puritans in class today in preparation for reading "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God." 

    Homework:None

    If students would like to use quizlet to study for the vocabulary quiz, they can access it by clicking on this link:

    https://quizlet.com/_6xdi2c

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    Wednesday, August 28

    AP Language and Composition
    We spent time in class today looking at the comments from last week's current events blog and revising the comments for grammatical errors.

    Homework: Students need to read chapters 1-3 in The Great Gatsby by Wednesday, September 4.  They also need to complete their current events blog and study their vocabulary for the week.

    English 10
    Students began discussing the Puritans in class today in preparation for reading "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God." 

    Homework: Students should study their vocabulary in preparation for the vocab quiz on Friday.

    If students would like to use quizlet to study for the vocabulary quiz, they can access it by clicking on this link:

    https://quizlet.com/_6xdi2c

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    Tuesday, August 27

    AP Language and Composition
    We started class today by going over the SOAPStone quiz from Friday.  We then continued this analytical practice with a short letter from Gandhi to Hitler.

    Homework: If students would like to re-write their SOAPStone paragraphs to receive back their credit, they may do so, but the paragraphs must be turned in at the beginning of class tomorrow.  Students need to read chapters 1-3 in The Great Gatsby by Wednesday, September 4.  They also need to complete their current events blog and study their vocabulary for the week.

    English 10
    We began today's class with a silent time of reading before working on vocabulary.  

    Homework: Students should study their vocabulary in preparation for the vocab quiz on Friday.

    If students would like to use quizlet to study for the vocabulary quiz, they can access it by clicking on this link:

    https://quizlet.com/_6xdi2c

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    Monday, August 26

    AP Language and Composition
    We started class today by going over Friday's vocabulary quiz.  Afterwards, students wrote a SOAPStone paragraph about two different advertisements.

    Homework: Students need to read chapters 1-3 in The Great Gatsby by Wednesday, September 4.  They also need to complete their current events blog and study their vocabulary for the week.

    English 10
    We began today's class with a vocabulary and a parts of speech quiz.  Afterward, students wrote about their perceptions of religion in America today in preparation for reading several pieces of Puritan literature.

    Homework: None

    If students would like to use quizlet to study for the vocabulary quiz, they can access it by clicking on this link:

    https://quizlet.com/_6xdi2c

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    Thursday, August 22

    AP Language and Composition
    Mrs. Hamner came and worked with the students today on their transcripts and MyAP accounts.

    Homework: Students need to obtain their copy of The Great Gatsby by August 26.  They will receive their first reading assignment from the novel on this day.  They also need to complete their current events blog and study their vocabulary for the week.

    English 10
    We continuted reviewing parts of speech in today's class as we read a piece from Rick Bragg's All Over but the Shoutin'.

    Homework: Students should study their vocabulary in preparation for the quiz on Monday, August 26.

    If students would like to use quizlet to study for the vocabulary quiz, they can access it by clicking on this link:

    https://quizlet.com/_6xdi2c

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    Wednesday, August 21

    AP Language and Composition
    Students continued working on the rhetorical situation in today's class.

    Homework: Students need to obtain their copy of The Great Gatsby by August 26.  They will receive their first reading assignment from the novel on this day.  They also need to complete their current events blog and study their vocabulary for the week.

    English 10
    We continuted studying parts of speech in today's class, focusing on how words change when they change parts of speech.

    Homework: Students should study their vocabulary in preparation for the quiz on Friday, August 23.

    If students would like to use quizlet to study for the vocabulary quiz, they can access it by clicking on this link:

    https://quizlet.com/_6xdi2c

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    Thank you to everyone who came to Open House last night!

    Tuesday, August 20

    AP Language and Composition
    Students wrote and revised their SOAPStone paragraphs in today's class, gaining a keener insight on what analysis is.

    Homework: Students need to obtain their copy of The Great Gatsby by August 26.  They will receive their first reading assignment from the novel on this day.  They also need to complete their current events blog and study their vocabulary for the week.

    English 10
    We began today's class by silently reading a piece of our choice before moving to vocabulary defining and games.

    Homework: Students should study their vocabulary in preparation for the quiz on Friday, August 23.

    If students would like to use quizlet to study for the vocabulary quiz, they can access it by clicking on this link.

    https://quizlet.com/_6xdi2c

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    Monday, August 19

    AP Language and Composition
    We continued discussing exigence in today's class and began to employ the SOAPStone method of analysis in looking at a piece's rhetoric.

    Homework: Students need to obtain their copy of The Great Gatsby by August 26.  They will receive their first reading assignment from the novel on this day.

    English 10
    We began today's class with a discussion about freedom, then continued reviewing the parts of speech.

    Homework: None

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    Friday, August 16

    AP Language and Composition
    We continued discussing exigence in today's class and began to employ the SOAPStone method of analysis in looking at a piece's rhetoric.

    Homework: Students need to obtain their copy of The Great Gatsby by August 26.  They will receive their first reading assignment from the novel on this day.

    English 10
    We began today's class with a vocabulary quiz, then continued reviewing the parts of speech before moving back to Leutze's Washington Crossing the Delaware.

    Homework: None

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    Thursday, August 15

    AP Language and Composition
    We reviewed exigence in today's class before discussing how every piece of argumentation has a rhetorical situation.

    Homework: Students should be working on their vocabulary sheets and current events blogs.  There will be a vocabulary quiz on Friday, and the current events blog is due on Friday at 4:00 pm.  They also need to turn in their signed AP contracts as quickly as possible.

    English 10
    We began today's class by reviewing the parts of speech before moving back to Leutze's Washington Crossing the Delaware.

    Homework: Students should ensure that they have finished their vocabulary and are studying it for the vocabulary quiz on Friday, August 16.

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    Wednesday, August 14

    AP Language and Composition
    We continued discussing argument today, trying to reframe the idea as discourse rather than yelling and contradiction.  We really began honing in on our idea of exigence and the rhetorical situation.

    Homework: Students should be working on their vocabulary sheets and current events blogs.  There will be a vocabulary quiz on Friday, and the current events blog is due on Friday at 4:00 pm.  They also need to turn in their signed AP contracts as quickly as possible.

    English 10
    We spent time in today's class reviewing the parts of speech and applying them to original sentences.

    Homework: Students should ensure that they have finished their vocabulary and are studying it for the vocabulary quiz on Friday, August 16.

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    Tuesday, August 13

    AP Language and Composition
    We started looking into the heart of AP Lang in today's class, focusing on argument and trying to come up with a class definition for the concept.

    Homework: Students should be working on their vocabulary sheets and current events blogs.  There will be a vocabulary quiz on Friday, and the current events blog is due on Friday at 4:00 pm.  They also need to turn in their signed AP contracts by Wednesday, August 14.  Finally, there will be a syllabus quiz on Wednesday, August 14 as well.

    Pre-AP English 10
    After reading to start the class, students spent time in the computer lab working on vocabulary and the class current events blog today.

    Homework: Students need to get their syllabus page signed and return it to me by Wednesday, August 14.

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    Monday, August 12

    AP Language and Composition
    We spent our class today going over the class syllabus and specific assignments that students need to finish weekly.

    Homework: Students should be working on their vocabulary sheets and current events blogs.  There will be a vocabulary quiz on Friday, and the current events blog is due on Friday at 4:00 pm.

    Pre-AP English 10
    We started class today with a discussion on humanity's innate goodness before beginning to analyze Washington Crossing the Delaware.

    Homework: Students need to get their syllabus page signed and return it to me by Wednesday, August 14.

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    Friday, August 9

    AP Language and Composition
    We finished our analysis of "The Crack Up" today, noting Fitzgerald's use of contrast.  

    Homework: Students need to finish their "My Life as Evidence" assignment and turn it in by Monday, August 12.

    English 10
    Students finished their metonymic tokens in class today before talking about the class syllabus.  We finished class with a free write, espousing the students' view of America.

    Homework: Students need to finish their "Who am I?" assignment and turn it in by Monday, August 12.  They also need to turn in their syllabus pages on Monday.

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    Thursday, August 8

    AP Language and Composition
    Students spent time in class today reading and annotating Fitzgerald's "The Crack Up."  We will continue this tomorrow.

    Homework: Students need to finish defining words they don't know in "The Crack Up" and write a sentence telling what they think the piece is about.  They also need to work on their "My Life as Evidence" assignment, which is due on Monday, April 12.

    English 10
    Students continued working on their "Who am I?" sheets before moving on to a discussion of metonymic tokens.

    Homework: Students need to finish their "Who am I?" sheets by Monday, April 12.

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    Wednesday, August 7

    Welcome back to school!  I am looking forward to a great year with all of you.

    AP Language and Composition
    We began the class with a discussion about education and what it means for each individual and how each indidivual has a responsibility in their own education.

    Homework: Students need to finish the "My Life as Evidence" sheet before class begins tomorrow.

    English 10

    We began the class with a discussion about education and what it means for each individual and how each indidivual has a responsibility in their own education.

    Homework: Students need to finish the "Who am I" personal information sheet before class begins tomorrow.

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  • May Class Blog

    Posted by Justin Ray on 5/3/2019

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    WHAT WE DID IN CLASS TODAY

    Friday, May 17

    This will be the last blog post of the year!  It has been a fantastic year that I have enjoyed immensely.  I hope That everyone has a wonderful summer break!

    Pre-AP English 10
    Students took the second part of their comprehensive exam in class today.

    English 10
    Students watched and analyzed Huck Finn in class today.

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    Wednesday, May 15

    Pre-AP English 10
    Students finished Huck Finn in class today before going over the comprehensive exam.

    Homework: Students should be reviewing their essays and essay examples that they received in preparation for the comprehensive exam that will be given starting tomorrow.

    English 10
    Students continued working on a "Create Your Own School" project today that will be the last major grade of the nine weeks.  These projects are due on Thursday, May 16.

    Homework: Students should work on their "Create Your Own School" projects if they feel that they will not have time in class to complete them.

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    Tuesday, May 14

    Pre-AP English 10
    After beginning the class with silent reading, students continued watching Huck Finn.

    Homework: Students should be reviewing their essays and essay examples that they received in preparation for the comprehensive exam that will be given this week.

    English 10
    Students continued working on a "Create Your Own School" project today that will be the last major grade of the nine weeks.  These projects are due on Wednesday, May 15.

    Homework: Students should work on their "Create Your Own School" projects if they feel that they will not have time in class to complete them.

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    Monday, May 13

    Pre-AP English 10
    Students wrote about prejudice before continuing to watch Huck Finn in class today.

    Homework: Students should be reviewing their essays and essay examples that they received in preparation for the comprehensive exam that will be given this week.

    English 10
    Students continued working on a "Create Your Own School" project today that will be the last major grade of the nine weeks.  These projects are due on Tuesday, May 14.

    Homework: Students should work on their "Create Your Own School" projects if they feel that they will not have time in class to complete them.

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    Friday, May 10

    Pre-AP English 10
    Students began watching Mark Twain's Huck Finn in class today.

    Homework: Students should be reviewing their essays and essay examples that they received in preparation for the comprehensive exam that will be given next week.

    English 10
    Students began working on a "Create Your Own School" project today that will be the last major grade of the nine weeks.  These projects are due on Tuesday, May 14.

    Homework: Students should work on their "Create Your Own School" projects if they feel that they will not have time in class to complete them.

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    Thursday, May 9

    Pre-AP English 10
    Students spent time in class today de-briefing their last argumentative essay in preparation for their comprehensive exam, which will include an argumentative essay.

    Homework: Students need to be working on their virtue and bullet journals.  These are due on Friday, May 10, and are worth 150 points.

    English 10
    Students finished analyzing A Separate Peace in class today.  Afterwards, they took the A Separate Peace test.

    Homework: None

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    Tuesday, May 7

    Pre-AP English 10
    Students spent time in class today reading through an excerpt of Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn and annotated it for his uses of irony and hyperbole.

    Homework: Students need to be working on their virtue and bullet journals.  These are due on Friday, May 10, and are worth 150 points.

    Students also need to study their prefixes and roots (#1-30).  They can have a quiz on these in class at any time.

    English 10
    Students started class by reading silently before finishing up our analysis of A Separate Peace.

    Homework: Students should finish their vocab cards or their vocab stories by Monday, May 13, which is when the vocab quiz will be given.

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    Monday, May 6

    Pre-AP English 10
    Students began class with a review on satire before starting a satirical piece by Benjamin Franklin.

    Homework: Students need to be working on their virtue and bullet journals.  These are due on Friday, May 10, and are worth 150 points.

    Students also need to study their prefixes and roots (#1-30).  They can have a quiz on these in class at any time.

    English 10
    Students wrote in their journals before spending time in the library working on their weekly vocabulary.

    Homework: Students should finish their vocab cards or their vocab stories by Monday, May 13, which is when the vocab quiz will be given.

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    Friday, May 3

    Pre-AP English 10
    Students began class today by talking about sarcasm and verbal irony before entering a full-fledged discussion about satire.

    Homework: Students need to be working on their virtue and bullet journals.  These are due on Friday, May 10, and are worth 150 points.

    Students also need to study their prefixes and roots (#1-30).  They can have a quiz on these in class at any time.

    English 10
    Students wrote in their journal to begin class today before continuing their analysis of A Separate Peace.

    Homework: None

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  • April Class Blog

    Posted by Justin Ray on 3/4/2019 11:00:00 AM

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    WHAT WE DID IN CLASS TODAY

    Tuesday, April 30

    Pre-AP English 10
    Homework: Students need to study their prefixes and roots (#1-30).  They can have a quiz on these in class at any time.

    Also, if students signed up to bring anything for Ms. White's party tomorrow, please make sure to remember to bring it!

    English 10
    Homework: None

    But, if students signed up to bring anything for Ms. White's party tomorrow, please make sure to remember to bring it!

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    Monday, April 29

    Pre-AP English 10
    Students participated in a Harkness discussion in class today as their final assessment for A Separate Peace.

    Homework: Students need to study their prefixes and roots (#1-30).  They can have a quiz on these in class at any time.

    English 10
    Students wrote in their journals to start class today before finishing their notes on John Knowles and A Separate Peace.

    Homework: None

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    Friday, April 26

    Pre-AP English 10
    Students spent today's class writing an argumentative essay about school expulsion.

    Homework: Students need to finish A Separate Peace (the rest of the novel) by Monday, April 29, when we will hold a Harkness discussion as a final assessment for the novel.  They also need to study their Greek and Latin prefixes and roots (#1-30).

    English 10
    Students took a vocabulary quiz in class today before starting notes on John Knowles and his novel A Separate Peace.

    Homework: None

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    Thursday, April 25

    Pre-AP English 10
    After going over the Harkness Discussion study guide, students edited and re-wrote examples from a previous argumentative essay in preparation for writing an argumentative essay tomorrow.

    To download a copy of the study guide, click here.

    Homework: Students need to finish A Separate Peace (the rest of the novel) by Monday, April 29, when we will hold a Harkness discussion as a final assessment for the novel.  They also need to study their Greek and Latin prefixes and roots (#1-30).

    English 10
    Students played a review game for their vocabulary quiz which will be administered tomorrow.

    Homework: Students need to finish their vocab cards or their story no later than Friday, April 26, which is when their vocab quiz will be administered.

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    Monday, April 22

    Pre-AP English 10
    Student took an A Separate Peace reading quiz to start class today before starting to read chapter 11 together.

    Homework: Students need to finish A Separate Peace (the rest of the novel) by Monday, April 29, when we will hold a Harkness discussion as a final assessment for the novel.  They also need to study their Greek and Latin prefixes and roots (#1-30).

    English 10
    Students wrote an entry to their weekly journal before getting time to work on their weekly vocabulary in the computer lab.

    Homework: Students need to finish their vocab cards or their story no later than Friday, April 26, which is when their vocab quiz will be administered.

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    Wednesday, April 17

    Pre-AP English 10

    Students began the class with a vocab quiz before having a Harkness discussion on "Dulce et Decorum Est" and "The War Works Hard" and A Separate Peace.

    Homework: Students need to study their Greek and Latin prefixes and roots, numbers 21-30.  They also should be reading chapters 8-10 in A Separate Peace.  These chapters need to be finished by Monday, April 22.

    To download a copy of the A Separate Peace reading schedule, click here.

    For an online edition of the novel, please click here.

    English 10
    Students began class with a grammar passage before beginning to read selections from All Over but the Shoutin'.

    Homework: None

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    Tuesday, April 16

    Pre-AP English 10
    Students began the class with silent reading today before exploring and annotating two poems about war.

    Homework: Students need to study their Greek and Latin prefixes and roots, numbers 21-30.  They also should be reading chapters 8-10 in A Separate Peace.  These chapters need to be finished by Monday, April 22.

    To download a copy of the A Separate Peace reading schedule, click here.

    For an online edition of the novel, please click here.

    English 10
    Students began the class by reading silently before they went to the lab to finish a webquest about Exeter Academy.

    Homework: None

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    Friday, April 12

    Pre-AP English 10
    Students debriefed from the past two days' Harkness discussions before playing a vocabulary review game.

    Homework: Students need to study their Greek and Latin prefixes and roots, numbers 21-30.  They also should be reading chapters 8-10 in A Separate Peace.  These chapters need to be finished by Monday, April 22.

    To download a copy of the A Separate Peace reading schedule, click here.

    For an online edition of the novel, please click here.

    English 10
    Students participated in a quick-write before finishing Waiting for Superman.

    Homework: Students need to finish their vocabulary cards, which are due on Monday, April 15.  The vocabulary quiz will also be given on this day.  (Students were given an extension on the quiz so that they could study more.)

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    Thursday, April 11

    Pre-AP English 10
    Students began class with a grammar exercise and a riddle before starting a Harkness discussion about "Charge of the Light Brigade."

    Homework: Students need to study their Greek and Latin prefixes and roots, numbers 21-30.  They also should be reading chapters 8-10 in A Separate Peace.  These chapters need to be finished by Monday, April 22.

    To download a copy of the A Separate Peace reading schedule, click here.

    For an online edition of the novel, please click here.

    English 10
    Students began class with a riddle before moving to a game of vocabulary wiffle ball to review for their quiz tomorrow.

    Homework: Students need to finish their vocabulary cards, which are due on Friday, April 12.  The vocabulary quiz will also be given on this day.

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    Wednesday, April 10

    Pre-AP English 10
    Students participated in a self-driven Harkness discussion in today's class relating Shakespeare's "St. Crispin's Day Speech" (from Henry V) to A Separate Peace.

    Homework: Students who are participating in the discussion tomorrow need to research and prepare for class ahead of time.

    Also, students need to study their Greek and Latin prefixes and roots, numbers 21-30.  They also should be reading chapters 8-10 in A Separate Peace.  These chapters need to be finished by Monday, April 22.

    To download a copy of the A Separate Peace reading schedule, click here.

    For an online edition of the novel, please click here.

    English 10
    Students began class today by working through a passage with incorrect grammar and correcting it.  Afterward, they continued watching a documentary about education.

    Homework: Students need to finish their vocabulary cards, which are due on Friday, April 12.  The vocabulary quiz will also be given on this day.

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    Monday, April 8

    Pre-AP English 10
    Students began class today by discussing the nature of education and being introduced to a method of teaching called the "Harkenss Method."  This is the way classes are taught at Phillips Exeter Academy, the school upon which Devon School is based.

    Homework: Students need to study their Greek and Latin prefixes and roots, numbers 21-30.  They also should be reading chapters 8-10 in A Separate Peace.  These chapters need to be finished by Monday, April 22.

    To download a copy of the A Separate Peace reading schedule, click here.

    For an online edition of the novel, please click here.

    English 10
    Students began class by discussing the nature of education.  Afterwards, they spent time in the computer lab working on their vocabulary.

    Homework: Students need to finish their vocabulary cards, which are due on Friday, April 12.  The vocabulary quiz will also be given on this day.

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    Friday, April 5

    Pre-AP English 10
    After a friendly Friday free-write, we went over how to write an argumentative essay and students tried their hand at writing part of one.

    Homework: Students need to study their Greek and Latin prefixes and roots, numbers 21-30.  They also should be reading chapters 6-7 in A Separate Peace.  These chapters need to be finished by Monday, April 8.

    To download a copy of the A Separate Peace reading schedule, click here.

    For an online edition of the novel, please click here.

    English 10
    Students started class by taking their vocabulary quiz.  They finished by completing a webquest about Exeter Academy, the real-life setting for the fictional Devon School in A Separate Peace.

    Homework: None

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    Thursday, April 4

    Pre-AP English 10
    After thinking their way through a riddle, students were introduced to logical argumentation, the type that they will see in AP Language.

    Homework: Students need to study their Greek and Latin prefixes and roots, numbers 21-30.  They also should be reading chapters 6-7 in A Separate Peace.  These chapters need to be finished by Monday, April 8.

    To download a copy of the A Separate Peace reading schedule, click here.

    For an online edition of the novel, please click here.

    English 10
    Students worked through a riddle and crossword puzzle today before playing a review game for their vocabulary quiz.

    Homework: Students need to finish their vocabulary cards, which are due on Friday, April 5.  The vocabulary quiz will also be given on this day.

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    Wednesday, April 3

    Pre-AP English 10
    Students began class by silently reading before discussing A Separate Peace as a re-telling of the Bibilical story of Cain and Abel.

    Homework: Students need to study their Greek and Latin prefixes and roots, numbers 21-30.  They also should be reading chapters 6-7 in A Separate Peace.  These chapters need to be finished by Monday, April 8.

    To download a copy of the A Separate Peace reading schedule, click here.

    For an online edition of the novel, please click here.

    English 10
    Students began class with a grammar passage before completing one of two assignments related to identity.

    Homework: Students need to finish their vocabulary cards, which are due on Friday, April 5.  The vocabulary quiz will also be given on this day.

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    Monday, April 1

    Pre-AP English 10
    Students began class by taking their first ASP reading quiz.  Afterward, they wrote a thesis statement rhetorically analyzing a piece of Revolutionary Rhetoric.

    Homework: Students need to study their Greek and Latin prefixes and roots, numbers 21-30.  They also should be reading chapters 6-7 in A Separate Peace.  These chapters need to be finished by Monday, April 8.

    To download a copy of the A Separate Peace reading schedule, click here.

    For an online edition of the novel, please click here.

    English 10
    After taking a survey about the climate of Northside High School, students continued watching an example of how the Declaration of Independence has been used in modern pop-culture.

    Homework: None

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