Posted by: Fleetwood | September 16, 2014

Welcome 2014-2015 Students

I want to wish a warm welcome to all of my new students.  I am pleased to be spending this year with you.

 

This blog is set up to be an information source for you and your families.  While I will not post nightly homework here, you can find some of our regular schedules, handouts, and even powerpoint presentations at this blog.  Please read the ‘Help’ Tab – then feel free to explore your class specific tab.

No new info has been posted yet this year, but a little exploration will give you an idea of how you could use this blog to help keep track of what is happening in English.

In the past I have incorporated student blogging.  This can be both wonderful and challenging.  I have not yet decided what role student blogging may take this year or which classes it will involve.  You’ll be the first to know!

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Posted by: Fleetwood | November 19, 2013

Engl I Students Starting a Play

Mrs. Fleetwood’s English I students will be starting Romeo and Juliet after Thanksgiving Break.

Books were ordered by the school and should be purchased in English class.  The cost of the book is $1.  Students paying by check should make the check payable to ‘CSW.’

Students will be reading the complete, original text.  I know a few middle schools read the play.  Knowing the plot will not be sufficient.  Students should focus on learning to decode the archaic language and syntax for themselves.  We will support by reading the majority in class.  Students may read notes or summaries to help them comprehend, but they must be able to read independently in order to do well on the assessment.

In addition to the same literary devices we studied with the short stories,  students will analyze Romeo and Juliet for double entendre, pun, comic relief, theme, courtly love, conventions of playwriting, and style of verse.

Posted by: Fleetwood | March 25, 2012

English I Students Writing a Research Paper

English I students are beginning a research paper.

It is my intention to focus more on the writing of the paper and less on the running around finding sources and making notecards.  As such, I am providing the students with four possible topics, each of which comes with three to four research articles.  Students will print, highlight, and make notes on these articles before acquiring one additional article of their own to complete their research. This will allow us to move directly into processing the information and composing the paper.

Students will be introduced to the project on Monday 3/26 with the following handout http://db.tt/NJPhTWGK.  The paper will be written in MLA format with required MLA internal citations as well as a formal works cited page. Between 3/26 and Spring Break, students will select their topic, acquire and process their resources, and compose a thesis statement.  The week following Spring Break, students will have completed prewriting in the format used for the Complications essays.  At least one class period will be devoted to peer editing.  Final drafts will be due 4/30.  The project is divided into 8 steps with detailed information about each step in the original assignment handout.

Posted by: Fleetwood | March 21, 2012

English I – Blog Post IV – Subtopic: Animal Testing

ETHICAL DILEMMAS

DUE: Sunday, March 25th by 11:59 pm

DIRECTIONS:

  1. There are 4 subtopics for Blog Post IV in four separate blog posts.  Consider each of the four topics, then select ONE to write as a blog post.  Responses should be formal, 3rd person, and well-supported.  Attach your blog post as a ‘comment’ on the original Subtopic post.  
  2. After you post, read your classmates’ posts (on the same OR different subtopic).  Select one or more classmates to respond to.  Attach your response to their post by clicking ‘reply.’  You may respond to the same post as another classmate (meaning a post may have more than one reply and some may have none);  if you do, you should respond to not only the original post but also the reply that preceded yours.  [Ex:  Evelyn wrote a deep post about marriage and adultery.  Kaila attached a ‘reply’ to agree with all parts of Evelyn’s post except the concept of whether children should influence a parent’s decision to divorce.  Shannon then attaches a ‘reply’ to support Evelyn’s comments about the considerations for divorce and express disagreement with Kaila’s argument.]

TOPIC:

Should animals be used in the testing of consumer products and pharmaceuticals?  Why/why not?  Should there be restrictions on these actions?  (Consider both moral/societal implications as well as the benefits/dangers.)

Posted by: Fleetwood | March 21, 2012

English I – Blog Post IV – Subtopic: Designer Babies

ETHICAL DILEMMAS

DUE: Sunday, March 25th by 11:59 pm

DIRECTIONS:

  1. There are 4 subtopics for Blog Post IV in four separate blog posts.  Consider each of the four topics, then select ONE to write as a blog post.  Responses should be formal, 3rd person, and well-supported.  Attach your blog post as a ‘comment’ on the original Subtopic post.  
  2. After you post, read your classmates’ posts (on the same OR different subtopic).  Select one or more classmates to respond to.  Attach your response to their post by clicking ‘reply.’  You may respond to the same post as another classmate (meaning a post may have more than one reply and some may have none);  if you do, you should respond to not only the original post but also the reply that preceded yours.  [Ex:  Evelyn wrote a deep post about marriage and adultery.  Kaila attached a ‘reply’ to agree with all parts of Evelyn’s post except the concept of whether children should influence a parent’s decision to divorce.  Shannon then attaches a ‘reply’ to support Evelyn’s comments about the considerations for divorce and express disagreement with Kaila’s argument.]

TOPIC:

Should the practices of creating designer babies be supported and permitted?Why/why not?  Should there be restrictions on these actions?  (Consider both moral/societal implications as well as evolutionary consequences.)

ETHICAL DILEMMAS

DUE: Sunday, March 25th by 11:59 pm

DIRECTIONS:

  1. There are 4 subtopics for Blog Post IV in four separate blog posts.  Consider each of the four topics, then select ONE to write as a blog post.  Responses should be formal, 3rd person, and well-supported.  Attach your blog post as a ‘comment’ on the original Subtopic post.
  2. After you post, read your classmates’ posts (on the same OR different subtopic).  Select one or more classmates to respond to.  Attach your response to their post by clicking ‘reply.’  You may respond to the same post as another classmate (meaning a post may have more than one reply and some may have none);  if you do, you should respond to not only the original post but also the reply that preceded yours.  [Ex:  Evelyn wrote a deep post about marriage and adultery.  Kaila attached a ‘reply’ to agree with all parts of Evelyn’s post except the concept of whether children should influence a parent’s decision to divorce.  Shannon then attaches a ‘reply’ to support Evelyn’s comments about the considerations for divorce and express disagreement with Kaila’s argument.]

TOPIC:

Should the cloning of plants and animals in our food sources be permitted?  Should the genetic modification of human foods be permitted?  Why/why not?  Should there be restrictions on these actions?  (Consider both moral implications as well as the benefits and/or dangers to our health and our food sources.)

Posted by: Fleetwood | March 21, 2012

English I – Blog Post IV – Subtopic: Human Cloning

ETHICAL DILEMMAS

DUE: Sunday, March 25th by 11:59 pm

DIRECTIONS:

  1. There are 4 subtopics for Blog Post IV in four separate blog posts.  Consider each of the four topics, then select ONE to write as a blog post.  Responses should be formal, 3rd person, and well-supported.  Attach your blog post as a ‘comment’ on the original Subtopic post.  
  2. After you post, read your classmates’ posts (on the same OR different subtopic).  Select one or more classmates to respond to.  Attach your response to their post by clicking ‘reply.’  You may respond to the same post as another classmate (meaning a post may have more than one reply and some may have none);  if you do, you should respond to not only the original post but also the reply that preceded yours.  [Ex:  Evelyn wrote a deep post about marriage and adultery.  Kaila attached a ‘reply’ to agree with all parts of Evelyn’s post except the concept of whether children should influence a parent’s decision to divorce.  Shannon then attaches a ‘reply’ to support Evelyn’s comments about the considerations for divorce and express disagreement with Kaila’s argument.]

TOPIC:

Should human cloning and/or human cloning related experiments be permitted?  Why/why not?  Should there be restrictions on these actions?  (Consider both moral and societal implications.)

Posted by: Fleetwood | March 15, 2012

American Lit – Realism Project

American Literature students are beginning the literary movement of American Realism.  Students will be working in pairs to read and analyze 5 selections of lieterature from this time period as well as create and defend a musical soundtrack for their selections.

Project was distributed in class on March 15.

Step 1 – due March 20.

Step 2 – due March 26.

Step 3 – due April 3

Step 4 – due April 5 (turn in ALL materials)

Handout – Explanation Sheet – download and type answers into this document; print; turn in on April 5.  http://db.tt/IHTuPhGP

Posted by: Fleetwood | January 26, 2012

Midterms

All students have recieved their midterms.

English I classes have already gone over the questions/answers.  American Literature students are in the process of doing so.

All students will be permitted to keep their midterms and have been encouraged to mark them, take notes, and analyze which types of questions they missed.

Any students who wishes to meet privately for help decoding their midterm performance should schedule to see Mrs. Fleetwood during an activity period in room 321.

Posted by: Fleetwood | January 26, 2012

American Literature Project

American Literature students are working on Parts II and III of their Scarlet Letter project. 

Students should work on this project this weekend.  Remember, you need supplies in order to construct your letter.  Paint and/or glue must dry.  These things take time and perhaps rides to the store. 🙂 

Students will have class time on Monday to work on the essay portion of this project. 

—  In order to use a laptop during class, students must come prepared with their 3 character traits and supporting quotations.  Any student who starts writing this weekend, should save the document in a location where it will be retrievable on Monday from a school laptop (e-mail, dropbox, Google Docs, etc.).  I will be happy to meet with students individually on Monday to assist and answer questions. 

Parts II and III are due Friday, February 3rd.  I have created the turnitin assignment.  Students are welcome to post and repost any time between now and the due date.  This will allow you to view the plagiarism reports and make any corrections necessary before the assignment closes.

Mrs. Fleetwood is available all activity periods except Monday (room 321).

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