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Americans across the U.S. are celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy with a day of service.

How to serve on MLK Day while isolating at home-- from CNN

 

Here are some of my favorite quotes that show the power and beauty of language . . . and hope for a more peaceful and just world.

 

 

We reflect on his life and message by revisiting his celebrated "I Have a Dream" speech in its entirety (NPR)

 














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checklist.png You may see your Power School grade fluctuating today as I convert to the point system -- be patient.

Communicate with me if I have your points wrong (not everything you did may earn full credit).

This is extremely time-consuming, but I am happy to do it . . . so give me time!

Guidelines for the highest possible score:

>> I have made a copy of your current grade BEFORE any categories or points have been added or changed.  

IF that is your highest score (doubtful if you did ANY of the BONUS points opportunities or ACTIVELY LEARN to show proficiency), that will be your grade.

IF you do not turn in a POINTS CHARTor GRADE CONTRACT FORMS -- I will NOT be able to use the "NO-ZERO" POINTS SYSTEM" (honors 4th period)

NO-ZERO POINTS SYSTEM for 1st period English 10

with the points you've added and completed, you will receive this grade.


"NO-ZERO" POINTS SYSTEM TO SHOW PROFICIENCY

>>> IF you submit BONUS POINTS OPPORTUNITY ASSIGNMENTS and/or ACTIVELY LEARN PROFICIENCY ASSIGNMENTS 

English 10-1st period

English 10-Honors 4th period

(MUST be done well enough to SHOW proficiency), I will add any new work to your existing points and use the chart for your grade.  Remember, if you are doing proficiency, you will not score over a 90 unless you are already in the A-range.

>>>> IF you do NOT submit a Grade Contract Sheet, I cannot possibly use the "NO-ZERO POINT SYSTEM" -- I need you to do that work to earn that opportunity . . . 

ADDING POINTS TO THE PERCENTAGE grade is not an option, kiddos -- total points! (I made the points ranges very generous!)

 

 

ALL THINGS English II EOC -- go here for practice and test strategies -- winners prepare, kiddos!
Don't forget to read about preparing your brain, body -- and practice, practice!

ZOOM meeting for sophomores Sunday evening from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM -- if you have any questions or concerns about your EOC!!!
Of course, I am only a text or email away -- and if you would like to zoom about something, let me know!

Click on the images below and read more information about test anxiety (everyone has it, seriously) and how to prepare your mind and body for the EOC.  
Trust me on this stuff -- 
Chttp://player.slideplayer.com/14/4469404/#

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UW9uaaOc0mwgoxVbqQDuTuXjx7ZZ3XGT/view?usp=sharing



ATTENTION PARENTS AND STUDENTS!  Below is the information for your EOC or CTE if you are taking them next week -- the schedule, a map for location of rooms, procedures, etc.  Also, if you have not completed the ATTESTATION FORM linked below, you cannot come on campus without it!  Be sure to do it!


Also, PARENTS --  

I hope that your child has shared with you that the "Power School grade" does not have to be their final grade for Quarter 2 (Quarter 1 is 40% and Quarter 2 is 40% and EOC is 20% of FINAL ENGLISH II EXAM).  They are also told almost daily that how we finish is much more important than how we started - grades are relative that way.

 I have developed a "NO-ZERO policy" that uses POINTS to reward students for proficiency -- and I've provided MORE THAN ENOUGH PROFICIENCY ASSIGNMENTS for any students who want to show minimum proficiency and earn credit or improve their grade. 

All procedures and directions must be followed and the assignments must show proficiency (I have emphasized that and given them what constitutes "proficiency."

  Here is the Grade Contract Information, points form calculator (to transfer from Power School Q2), point range for grades, and Google Form Proposal (everyone fills this out regardless of current Power School grade -- that is NOT the final!!). By January 11, students doing proficiency work will submit a FINAL Grade Contract Google from.

Everyone does NOT have to do PROFICIENCY ASSIGNMENTS; however, anyone may use PROFICIENCY assignments and criteria to improve an already "okay" grade.

Please contact me if you have questions about the GRADE CONTRACT for Quarter 2!


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EXAM INFORMATION!!!!! 

Our English II EOC is Monday, January 11!

Linked here is the Where Am I Testing? (January 2021) spreadsheet. This sheet is ordered alphabetically by the last name for students with an EOC or CTE Post Assessment requirement. 
If you are scheduled for both an EOC and a CTE Post Assessment on the same day,  take the EOC and plan on coming back to campus on the makeup day for the CTE Post Assessment. 
Bus Riders will enter through the steps on the front lawn and proceed through a health check station.
Car riders and student drivers will enter through the auditorium lobby and proceed through a health check station as well. 
Breakfast and Lunch will be available in a grab-and-go fashion for those who want it. These meals will be eaten outside.
 
Make sure you and your parents have completed the Attestation Form, which is a requirement before a student returns to campus for ANY reason.



Happy almost 2021, Scholars!!!  I know 2020 gave us much that we want to forget, but I also got to know you and enjoy having you as students -- so I am thankful for that part of 2020! Every year I teach, students become a part of who I am - this semester is no different.  I will always remember you!

A few things about finishing the semester and GRADES!!!.....

First, at this point the exam plan is still on -- 10th graders will take an End-of-Course exam that is 20% of the course grade. 😳😳😳😳😳😳😳

Durham County has decided no one will make less than an A on the exam (90-100) and Wake has decided that the exam cannot have a negative effect on the current course grade .... we will see how ABSS mitigates the 20% EOC mandate.  

I am confident that they will do what is good for you - but YOU must do your very best on the exam.  If you need accommodations, contact our school administration and they will explore your options.

Mark Johnson, our North Carolina Superintendent of Education has put out this statement regarding the EOC's and CTEs.

This is one of those times that we must do what we must do and if we must do it, we will always do our BEST, regardless. 

So in regard to your Q2 average, you may see your grades possibly fluctuating for the next couple days -- don't worry, though!  I have SAVED every assignment in Power School and your current Quarter 2 grade and it will NOT be lower than it is now -- but once I am finished, you can have a clear path toward SUCCESS!  Some of you will need to do a little more than others!

We have all been "learners during this Virtual Learning" environment -- and we know that learning comes from failure - not always success.  I am trying to make sure you are able to earn success.

Remember this graphic >>>>  What SUCCESS really looks like?

I'm right over there on the "What it really looks like" side >>>>

So, I think that our situation regarding your Q2 grade needs to be re-evaluated.  

You may see your grades in Power School (Quarter 2 only) fluctuate because I am using POINTS and POINT RANGES for grade averages, essentially a "no-zero" grading policy.  This does not mean that not doing your work is okay -- if you haven't done work, you will still need to earn points to earn a Q2 average (and remember our GROWTH philosophy? - it matters how you FINISH -- not how you START!  GROWING in accountability, reading, language, and writing standards -- this is how I will organize your grades for Q2.)

Then, if you need more POINTS, there will be MODULES in your Canvas Course that you can successfully (and authentically) complete to earn you POINTS -- based on the different STANDARDS for reading and writing.

I am using research from "Do No-Zero Policies Help or Hurt Students?" , this in particular: “'If you are using a 100 point system, 0’s are unfair,' said Edutopia audience member Stephan Currence. 'Which student has demonstrated greater mastery: student A: 100, 100, 100, 100, 0, or student B: 75, 80, 90, 80, 90? Mathematically, it is student B with an 83 average, but student A has clearly demonstrated greater mastery.' Even demonstrating consistent mastery for months can be undone by a single zero, in other words, and for many teachers that feels unjust."

I am not using the "50-point" no-zero policy option that is mentioned in the research - I am using point ranges for all of our assignments, which will give me more flexibility.

So the task I am trying to complete is to align points to each assignment / standard -- moving away from the100-point system.  Then, your final average will be based on how many POINTS you have EARNED, not an average with zeroes.  

This will give everyone a second chance for SUCCESS!!  As Bob Dylan says, "the times, they are a-changing." We must change -- and experiment.  Your path to success and proficiency will be much clearer! 

For each MISSING or FAILING grade, you will see STANDARDS or CATEGORIES and then the following comments:

    • NON-MASTERY
    • DID NOT ATTEMPT
    • ABSENT

There will be a grade -- or even "zero" there -- but it will not be AVERAGED as a PERCENTAGE in the traditional way.

The point range for an A will show mastery and excellence -- the "wow" factor.
The point range for a B will reflect mastery and above average effort, participation.
The point range for a C will reflect proficiency of standards and goals.
The point range for a D will reflect non-proficiency, but a portfolio of work good enough to earn credit for the course.

I am not even going to talk about an "F" -- because there better not be any, as hard as I am working to find a fair and equitable grading system with multiple opportunities to show that you are ready to move on from English 10.

  I mean it. Seriously.  No ..... don't disappoint me, please.

Since we are nearing the end of the quarter, the range will not change dramatically -- you will know what to do to earn mastery.

 -- and if you see a glaring "failure" or concern after I am finished, I am just a text or email away!

At this point - I am not sure about makeup work as opposed to completing new modules to earn points, so ....



Can't wait to see you on Monday!  Stay safe and relax and rejuvenate -- but if you have a self-inflicted wound from NOT working over the last quarter -- you may need to do some work before January 4!  Any and all makeup opportunities will be delineated in an upcoming Announcement!


English 10 

We are using our VOICES - valuable and vivid!

All classes have been working on poetry - the power of words to communicate experience, feelings, ideas.  

We are close reading using the mnemonic BIDFAST!  We are also writing pastiches of poems!

We are using Story Corps and "This I Believe" to write personal reflections and personal statements, discussing cultural norms, diversity, tolerance.

IB English students are reading Native Son, the essays of Zora Neale Hurston, and the poetry of Nikki Giovanni in our social justice section -- and preparing for the Higher Level Essay!

English 10-Honors is working on poetry (pastiche) and persuasion and rhetoric, using Aristotle's rhetorical triangle and rhetorical tropes and schemes to analyze speeches. We will do an Assertion Journals or OPEN LETTER before you leave me -- I worry that there is SO MUCH I haven't taught you! I can only hope that you grew as a scholar! (and learned to use your academic voice and appreciate the power and beauty of your language -- and the power it can give you to change your world).




reminder gif.gif


Make sure that you are checking Canvas and Power School for my comments about revising or making up work!




 

 

Recent Announcements

  • Please read your Assignment page for the day carefully, as it will give you important information about your assignments, submission requirements, and coming attractions!
    The good news for us is that you are used to doing everything online that you will need to do!   My contact information is on the left menu, here.  Also, be sure to follow and check LCGEnglish on Twitter for updates!

    Your assignments for each of your English days will be in the ANNOUNCEMENTS on your Canvas homepage (or use the "Announcements" link in the left menu of any Canvas page!). I will give you links in the Announcements to assignments, or you can go to the module name and assignment title (or look at what is due / missing on the right side of your Canvas homepage).
    Remember -- the BEST way to get to Canvas without wading through NCEd Cloud is to go to https://abss.instructure.com or use the link below -- or in the menu to the left!  
    --> if you can't remember your Canvas password, go to your school email account and search for an email from me -- I sent you that information at the beginning of the year or when you enrolled.  If you are still having problems, email me and I will resend!!!
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. - a Day of Remembrance and of Service

    Americans across the U.S. are celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy with a day of service.

    How to serve on MLK Day while isolating at home-- from CNN

     

    Here are some of my favorite quotes that show the power and beauty of language . . . and hope for a more peaceful and just world.

     

     

    We reflect on his life and message by revisiting his celebrated "I Have a Dream" speech in its entirety (NPR)

     

    Posted Jan 17, 2021, 1:39 PM by Laurie CalderGreen
  • Grades - January 12 information

    checklist.png You may see your Power School grade fluctuating today as I convert to the point system -- be patient.

    Communicate with me if I have your points wrong (not everything you did may earn full credit).

    This is extremely time-consuming, but I am happy to do it . . . so give me time!

    Guidelines for the highest possible score:

    >> I have made a copy of your current grade BEFORE any categories or points have been added or changed.  

    IF that is your highest score (doubtful if you did ANY of the BONUS points opportunities or ACTIVELY LEARN to show proficiency), that will be your grade.

    IF you do not turn in a POINTS CHARTor GRADE CONTRACT FORMS -- I will NOT be able to use the "NO-ZERO" POINTS SYSTEM" (honors 4th period)

    NO-ZERO POINTS SYSTEM for 1st period English 10

    with the points you've added and completed, you will receive this grade.


    "NO-ZERO" POINTS SYSTEM TO SHOW PROFICIENCY

    >>> IF you submit BONUS POINTS OPPORTUNITY ASSIGNMENTS and/or ACTIVELY LEARN PROFICIENCY ASSIGNMENTS 

    English 10-1st period

    English 10-Honors 4th period

    (MUST be done well enough to SHOW proficiency), I will add any new work to your existing points and use the chart for your grade.  Remember, if you are doing proficiency, you will not score over a 90 unless you are already in the A-range.

    >>>> IF you do NOT submit a Grade Contract Sheet, I cannot possibly use the "NO-ZERO POINT SYSTEM" -- I need you to do that work to earn that opportunity . . . 

    ADDING POINTS TO THE PERCENTAGE grade is not an option, kiddos -- total points! (I made the points ranges very generous!)

     

     

    Posted Jan 12, 2021, 7:09 AM by Laurie CalderGreen
  • EXAM INFORMATION!

     

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    EXAM INFORMATION!!!!! 

    Our English II EOC is Monday, January 11!

    Linked here is the Where Am I Testing? (January 2021) spreadsheet. This sheet is ordered alphabetically by the last name for students with an EOC or CTE Post Assessment requirement. 
    If you are scheduled for both an EOC and a CTE Post Assessment on the same day,  take the EOC and plan on coming back to campus on the makeup day for the CTE Post Assessment. 
    Bus Riders will enter through the steps on the front lawn and proceed through a health check station.
    Car riders and student drivers will enter through the auditorium lobby and proceed through a health check station as well. 
    Breakfast and Lunch will be available in a grab-and-go fashion for those who want it. These meals will be eaten outside.
     
    Make sure you and your parents have completed the Attestation Form, which is a requirement before a student returns to campus for ANY reason.






    Can't wait to see you on Monday!  Stay safe and relax and rejuvenate -- but if you have a self-inflicted wound from NOT working over the last quarter -- you may need to do some work before January 4!  Any and all makeup opportunities will be delineated in an upcoming Announcement!






    reminder gif.gif


    Make sure that you are checking Canvas and Power School for my comments about revising or making up work!




     

     


    Posted Jan 6, 2021, 8:41 AM by Laurie CalderGreen
  • GRADING for QUARTER 2 -- "No-zero" policy and opportunities to show proficiency & improve grade!

    PARENTS --  about your student's GRADES and the OPPORTUNITIES that each student has ... 

    I hope that your child has shared with you that the "Power School grade" does not have to be their final grade for Quarter 2 (their FINAL grade is determined by Quarter 1 = 40% and Quarter 2 = 40% and EOC = 20% of FINAL ENGLISH II EXAM).  They are also told almost daily that how we finish is much more important than how we started - grades are relative that way.

     I have developed a "NO-ZERO policy" that uses POINTS to reward students for proficiency -- and I've provided MORE THAN ENOUGH PROFICIENCY ASSIGNMENTS for any students who want to show minimum proficiency and earn credit or improve their grade. 

    All procedures and directions must be followed and the assignments must show proficiency (I have emphasized that and given them what constitutes "proficiency."

      Here is the Grade Contract Information, points form calculator (to transfer from Power School Q2), point range for grades, and Google Form Proposal (everyone fills this out regardless of current Power School grade -- that is NOT the final!!). By January 11, students doing proficiency work will submit a FINAL Grade Contract Google from.

    Everyone does NOT have to do PROFICIENCY ASSIGNMENTS; however, anyone may use PROFICIENCY assignments and criteria to improve an already "okay" grade.

    Please contact me if you have questions about the GRADE CONTRACT for Quarter 2!


     



    Happy almost 2021, Scholars!!!  I know 2020 gave us much that we want to forget, but I also got to know you and enjoy having you as students -- so I am thankful for that part of 2020! Every year I teach, students become a part of who I am - this semester is no different.  I will always remember you!

    A few things about finishing the semester and GRADES!!!.....

    First, at this point the exam plan is still on -- 10th graders will take an End-of-Course exam that is 20% of the course grade. 😳😳😳😳😳😳😳

    Durham County has decided no one will make less than an A on the exam (90-100) and Wake has decided that the exam cannot have a negative effect on the current course grade .... we will see how ABSS mitigates the 20% EOC mandate.  

    I am confident that they will do what is good for you - but YOU must do your very best on the exam.  If you need accommodations, contact our school administration and they will explore your options.

    Mark Johnson, our North Carolina Superintendent of Education has put out this statement regarding the EOC's and CTEs.

    This is one of those times that we must do what we must do and if we must do it, we will always do our BEST, regardless. 

    So in regard to your Q2 average, you may see your grades possibly fluctuating for the next couple days -- don't worry, though!  I have SAVED every assignment in Power School and your current Quarter 2 grade and it will NOT be lower than it is now -- but once I am finished, you can have a clear path toward SUCCESS!  Some of you will need to do a little more than others!

    We have all been "learners during this Virtual Learning" environment -- and we know that learning comes from failure - not always success.  I am trying to make sure you are able to earn success.

    Remember this graphic >>>>  What SUCCESS really looks like?

    I'm right over there on the "What it really looks like" side >>>>

    So, I think that our situation regarding your Q2 grade needs to be re-evaluated.  

    You may see your grades in Power School (Quarter 2 only) fluctuate because I am using POINTS and POINT RANGES for grade averages, essentially a "no-zero" grading policy.  This does not mean that not doing your work is okay -- if you haven't done work, you will still need to earn points to earn a Q2 average (and remember our GROWTH philosophy? - it matters how you FINISH -- not how you START!  GROWING in accountability, reading, language, and writing standards -- this is how I will organize your grades for Q2.)

    Then, if you need more POINTS, there will be MODULES in your Canvas Course that you can successfully (and authentically) complete to earn you POINTS -- based on the different STANDARDS for reading and writing.

    I am using research from "Do No-Zero Policies Help or Hurt Students?" , this in particular: “'If you are using a 100 point system, 0’s are unfair,' said Edutopia audience member Stephan Currence. 'Which student has demonstrated greater mastery: student A: 100, 100, 100, 100, 0, or student B: 75, 80, 90, 80, 90? Mathematically, it is student B with an 83 average, but student A has clearly demonstrated greater mastery.' Even demonstrating consistent mastery for months can be undone by a single zero, in other words, and for many teachers that feels unjust."

    I am not using the "50-point" no-zero policy option that is mentioned in the research - I am using point ranges for all of our assignments, which will give me more flexibility.

    So the task I am trying to complete is to align points to each assignment / standard -- moving away from the100-point system.  Then, your final average will be based on how many POINTS you have EARNED, not an average with zeroes.  

    This will give everyone a second chance for SUCCESS!!  As Bob Dylan says, "the times, they are a-changing." We must change -- and experiment.  Your path to success and proficiency will be much clearer! 

    For each MISSING or FAILING grade, you will see STANDARDS or CATEGORIES and then the following comments:

      • NON-MASTERY
      • DID NOT ATTEMPT
      • ABSENT

    There will be a grade -- or even "zero" there -- but it will not be AVERAGED as a PERCENTAGE in the traditional way.

    The point range for an A will show mastery and excellence -- the "wow" factor.
    The point range for a B will reflect mastery and above average effort, participation.
    The point range for a C will reflect proficiency of standards and goals.
    The point range for a D will reflect non-proficiency, but a portfolio of work good enough to earn credit for the course.

    I am not even going to talk about an "F" -- because there better not be any, as hard as I am working to find a fair and equitable grading system with multiple opportunities to show that you are ready to move on from English 10.

      I mean it. Seriously.  No ..... don't disappoint me, please.

    Since we are nearing the end of the quarter, the range will not change dramatically -- you will know what to do to earn mastery.

     -- and if you see a glaring "failure" or concern after I am finished, I am just a text or email away!

    At this point - I am not sure about makeup work as opposed to completing new modules to earn points, so ....



    Can't wait to see you on Monday!  Stay safe and relax and rejuvenate -- but if you have a self-inflicted wound from NOT working over the last quarter -- you may need to do some work before January 4!  Any and all makeup opportunities will be delineated in an upcoming Announcement!


    English 10 

    We are using our VOICES - valuable and vivid!

    All classes have been working on poetry - the power of words to communicate experience, feelings, ideas.  

    We are close reading using the mnemonic BIDFAST!  We are also writing pastiches of poems!

    We are using Story Corps and "This I Believe" to write personal reflections and personal statements, discussing cultural norms, diversity, tolerance.

    IB English students are reading Native Son, the essays of Zora Neale Hurston, and the poetry of Nikki Giovanni in our social justice section -- and preparing for the Higher Level Essay!

    English 10-Honors is working on poetry (pastiche) and persuasion and rhetoric, using Aristotle's rhetorical triangle and rhetorical tropes and schemes to analyze speeches. We will do an Assertion Journals or OPEN LETTER before you leave me -- I worry that there is SO MUCH I haven't taught you! I can only hope that you grew as a scholar! (and learned to use your academic voice and appreciate the power and beauty of your language -- and the power it can give you to change your world).




    reminder gif.gif


    Make sure that you are checking Canvas and Power School for my comments about revising or making up work!




     

     

    Posted Jan 6, 2021, 8:39 AM by Laurie CalderGreen
  • Grading for Q2 -

    Happy almost 2021, Scholars!!!  I know 2020 gave us much that we want to forget, but I also got to know you and enjoy having you as students -- so I am thankful for that part of 2020! Every year I teach, students become a part of who I am - this semester is no different.  I will always remember you!

    A few things about finishing the semester and GRADES!!!.....

    First, at this point the exam plan is still on -- 10th graders will take an End-of-Course exam that is 20% of the course grade. 😳😳😳😳😳😳😳

    Durham County has decided no one will make less than an A on the exam (90-100) and Wake has decided that the exam cannot have a negative effect on the current course grade .... we will see how ABSS mitigates the 20% EOC mandate.  

    I am confident that they will do what is good for you - but YOU must do your very best on the exam.  If you need accommodations, contact our school administration and they will explore your options.

    Mark Johnson, our North Carolina Superintendent of Education has put out this statement regarding the EOC's and CTEs.

    This is one of those times that we must do what we must do and if we must do it, we will always do our BEST, regardless. 

    So in regard to your Q2 average, you may see your grades possibly fluctuating for the next couple days -- don't worry, though!  I have SAVED every assignment in Power School and your current Quarter 2 grade and it will NOT be lower than it is now -- but once I am finished, you can have a clear path toward SUCCESS!  Some of you will need to do a little more than others!

    We have all been "learners during this Virtual Learning" environment -- and we know that learning comes from failure - not always success.  I am trying to make sure you are able to earn success.

    Remember this graphic >>>>  What SUCCESS really looks like?

    I'm right over there on the "What it really looks like" side >>>>

    So, I think that our situation regarding your Q2 grade needs to be re-evaluated.  

    You may see your grades in Power School (Quarter 2 only) fluctuate because I am using POINTS and POINT RANGES for grade averages, essentially a "no-zero" grading policy.  This does not mean that not doing your work is okay -- if you haven't done work, you will still need to earn points to earn a Q2 average (and remember our GROWTH philosophy? - it matters how you FINISH -- not how you START!  GROWING in accountability, reading, language, and writing standards -- this is how I will organize your grades for Q2.)

    Then, if you need more POINTS, there will be MODULES in your Canvas Course that you can successfully (and authentically) complete to earn you POINTS -- based on the different STANDARDS for reading and writing.

    I am using research from "Do No-Zero Policies Help or Hurt Students?" , this in particular: “'If you are using a 100 point system, 0’s are unfair,' said Edutopia audience member Stephan Currence. 'Which student has demonstrated greater mastery: student A: 100, 100, 100, 100, 0, or student B: 75, 80, 90, 80, 90? Mathematically, it is student B with an 83 average, but student A has clearly demonstrated greater mastery.' Even demonstrating consistent mastery for months can be undone by a single zero, in other words, and for many teachers that feels unjust."

    I am not using the "50-point" no-zero policy option that is mentioned in the research - I am using point ranges for all of our assignments, which will give me more flexibility.

    So the task I am trying to complete is to align points to each assignment / standard -- moving away from the100-point system.  Then, your final average will be based on how many POINTS you have EARNED, not an average with zeroes.  

    This will give everyone a second chance for SUCCESS!!  As Bob Dylan says, "the times, they are a-changing." We must change -- and experiment.  Your path to success and proficiency will be much clearer! 

    For each MISSING or FAILING grade, you will see STANDARDS or CATEGORIES and then the following comments:

      • NON-MASTERY
      • DID NOT ATTEMPT
      • ABSENT

    There will be a grade -- or even "zero" there -- but it will not be AVERAGED as a PERCENTAGE in the traditional way.

    The point range for an A will show mastery and excellence -- the "wow" factor.
    The point range for a B will reflect mastery and above average effort, participation.
    The point range for a C will reflect proficiency of standards and goals.
    The point range for a D will reflect non-proficiency, but a portfolio of work good enough to earn credit for the course.

    I am not even going to talk about an "F" -- because there better not be any, as hard as I am working to find a fair and equitable grading system with multiple opportunities to show that you are ready to move on from English 10.

      I mean it. Seriously.  No ..... don't disappoint me, please.

    Since we are nearing the end of the quarter, the range will not change dramatically -- you will know what to do to earn mastery.

     -- and if you see a glaring "failure" or concern after I am finished, I am just a text or email away!

    At this point - I am not sure about makeup work as opposed to completing new modules to earn points, so ....



    Can't wait to see you on Monday!  Stay safe and relax and rejuvenate -- but if you have a self-inflicted wound from NOT working over the last quarter -- you may need to do some work before January 4!  Any and all makeup opportunities will be delineated in an upcoming Announcement!


    English 10 

    We are using our VOICES - valuable and vivid!

    All classes have been working on poetry - the power of words to communicate experience, feelings, ideas.  

    We are close reading using the mnemonic BIDFAST!  We are also writing pastiches of poems!

    We are using Story Corps and "This I Believe" to write personal reflections and personal statements, discussing cultural norms, diversity, tolerance.

    IB English students are reading Native Son, the essays of Zora Neale Hurston, and the poetry of Nikki Giovanni in our social justice section -- and preparing for the Higher Level Essay!

    English 10-Honors is working on poetry (pastiche) and persuasion and rhetoric, using Aristotle's rhetorical triangle and rhetorical tropes and schemes to analyze speeches. We will do an Assertion Journals or OPEN LETTER before you leave me -- I worry that there is SO MUCH I haven't taught you! I can only hope that you grew as a scholar! (and learned to use your academic voice and appreciate the power and beauty of your language -- and the power it can give you to change your world).




    reminder gif.gif


    Make sure that you are checking Canvas and Power School for my comments about revising or making up work!




     

     

    Posted Dec 30, 2020, 8:01 AM by Laurie CalderGreen
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Both students and parents will need to acknowledge an understanding of each of these policies by Friday, September 1.

Parents may use the info/signature handout that I send home this week.

Students will complete online in the Canvas course.

Parents will sign a document confirming that they are aware of all of the class expectations, late work policy, academic honesty policy, digital citizenship policy.  There is also contact information on this page.



SUMMER ASSIGNMENT:   (click link to download)
  • Turn in by Wednesday, August 28 or upload digital file to your Canvas Course by Wednesday, August 28 (once I have reviewed how to upload into your Canvas course).
  • Statement of Academic Integrity: Must accompany your Summer Assignment (or complete online) or your Summer Assignment will not be awarded any credit.
  •  Follow ALL guidelines to receive full credit, especially those that refer to textual references. Assignments based on works below grade level or studied in previous classes or submitted in pencil, sloppily done, vague and superficial will NOT receive credit.  
  • NO assignment can be submitted from any work done during your freshman year, including outside reading or in-class reading.
  • The summer assignment is extra credit -- I am not inclined to accept average or below-average efforts for extra credit at the end of the quarter or semester.


Never forget how powerful language can be ... 
writing clarifies our thinking . . . it can process our emotions and organize our ideas.
Use your Journals and write . . . every day!

Time Traveler words for EARTH DAY - first used in 1970 -- and so was "Agent Orange"??? What's that called as a rhetorical device?  hmmmmm.... click the link to find some fun facts about other words first "used" in 1970, acc. to Merriam-Webster.

In honor of National Poetry Month, 

Don't forget Merriam Webster's Word of the Day  each day (you can sign up for an email or follow on Twitter!)  Sometimes I will hide an opportunity for extra credit by asking you to look at the Word of the Day or previous words!  (see more WordPlay from Merriam Webster below!)


National Poetry Month!  I hope that you have begun to see the value of "spending time" with a poem -- you will have lots of opportunities to read some I give you and choose and share some of your own!



'Opossum,' O Lovely 'Possum' in honor of my 'Possum Lightnin' :-)   -- and T.S. Eliot, 
called "Old Possum" by his friends!  
Did you know that T.S. Eliot wrote most of the lyrics used in the musical CATS?  Somewhat of a stray from his more serious and modern poetry, but brilliant all the same!  Check out both!

Old Possum's Book Of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot (links to text) 

and video below, narrated by John Gielgud and Irene Worth - 1983

T,S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats


The Naming of Cats, read by T.S. Eliot

and then, 

"The Naming of Cats" - from CATS, the Musical