Posted in 10th Grade, 11th Grade

Semester End Announcements

Hello Guys!

We are nearing the end of the semester and with that I have a few end of semester announcements. The last few months have been a roller coaster of events and I want to congratulate you guys on keeping up with everything that goes into learning at a distance. Now that the end of the semester looms nearer and nearer, there are announcements that I want to make. This post as always is going to be divided in two parts: tenth and elevenths grade.

10th Grade:

  • On Tuesday may 12 you guys will have the quiz on complex and compound-complex sentences. The quiz is going to be via Google forms and you will have until midnight to complete it.
  • Also on Tuesday may 12 I am going to post the instructions for the final project for the class. The instructions are going to be uploaded on Google Classroom. This assignment is due on Monday may 18th.
  • If you have any assignments that you have not handed in you have until May 15th to complete them and hand them in.

11th Grade:

  • On Wednesday may 13 you guys will have a quiz on primary and secondary sources, as well as persuasive techniques. The quiz will be via Google forms and will be available all day until midnight.
  • On Wednesday may 13 I will also post the instructions for the final project for the class. The instruction will be posted on Google Classroom and it will be due on May 19th.
  • If you have any assignments that you have not handed in you have until May 15th to complete them and hand them in.

These are the final announcements for the class. If you have any questions or comments let me know. I am available on Google Hangout, as well as via email in case you need to contact me.

Posted in 10th Grade, 11th Grade

Week Overview

Hello everyone!

Welcome to another week of online classes. I’ve seen an increase of everyone logging on and completing the assignments. Thank you and let’s keep it going!

In this post for the week, we are entering the final stages of the writing process for your essays. Like previous posts this one is divided in two parts: the first part for tenth grade and the second for eleventh grade. At the end will be a few reminders and observations for you guys.

Tenth Grade:

This week we are looking into the last steps of writing your essay: outline writing and drafting your essay. On Monday you have assigned to write the outline for your essay. Last week the exercises centered on choosing your topic and writing your thesis statements, now this week you are going to use that information to complete your outline. The outline for your essay is due on Wednesday, April 22nd.

On Wednesday we will have a video call where the instructions for the final essay will be discussed. I hope to see you guys there!

On Friday, I will be available in our Google Meet classroom if you have questions or you need feedback for your essay before handing it in.

Eleventh Grade:

Last week we discussed the instructions for the essay that is due on Thursday, April 23rd. On Tuesday April 21st I’m going to be available in our Google Meet Classroom, in case you have any questions or need any feedback for your essay before the due date.

Observations:

  • Remember to keep a log of your due dates for class.
  • I am available through Google Hangouts or Meet at the time of the class. In case you have any doubts about the class material, I’ll be available in real-time to help you.
  • Before you begin any assignment, take your time to read through the instructions carefully before beginning to work on the exercises.
Posted in 10th Grade, 11th Grade

Overview week #3 of Online Classes

Hello Everyone!

Today we start out third week of online classes. I’m glad to see that you guys have been adapting to online classes well. Technology can sometimes be a difficult tool to use, but with time and patience it can be a useful tool.

In this post I’m going to post some announcements, as well as some observations about the last few classes. The post is going to be divided like last week’s in two parts: one section for tenth grade, another section for eleventh grade. At the end of the post you will see observations I made from the classes.

Tenth Grade:

Classes this week will continue to focus on the different aspects of the writing process. This week we will focus on transitional words and phrases. Like last week, classes are going to feed into one another. The exercise assigned on Monday march 30th is due on Wednesday April 1st.

On Wednesday the classes are going to be via Google hang out video chat. We will discuss the exercise and any doubts that you may have about the writing process.

Eleventh Grade:

This week we are to continue working with the writing process. We will be working with constructing thesis statement for an essay. Last class we saw different methods to brainstorm a topic. This week we are going to see how you can take a topic that you’ve brainstormed and turn it into a thesis statement. The assignment is going to take two class periods; meaning, that it will be assigned on Tuesday march 31st and will be due on Thursday April 2nd.

On Thursday April 2nd we will meet via video chat so we can discuss the exercises and any doubts that you may have about thesis statements.

Observations:

  • Remember that the assignments are available on Google Classroom. If you have any problems accessing the platform let me know.
  • I am available through Google Hangouts at the time of the class. This is in case you have any doubts about the class material, I’ll be available in real-time to help you.
  • Before you begin any assignment, take your time to read through the instructions carefully before beginning to work on the exercises.
Posted in 10th Grade, 11th Grade

Week Overview Online Classes Week #2

Hello Everyone!

First of all I want to congratulate you guys for a successful first week of online classes. This is a process that we were all thrust into and I can see you guys adapting very well. Good job!

The purpose of this post is to give a brief overview of the activities this week in class and give you some due dates for the class. I am going to divide this post into two: one section for tenth grade, another section for eleventh grade. At the end of the post I will give some observations and reminders.

Tenth Grade:

Our classes this week are going to focus on the beginning of the writing process especially on the writing of thesis statements. The classes this week will feed into one another. You will begin the exercise on March 24, the hand in for the exercises will be on March 26. 

Eleventh Grade:

This week we will be working with two topics. The first one will be the discussion of the reading from “The Freedom Writers Diary”. There will be a post on Google Classroom to direct you. This assignment you will have two class periods to hand in. Meaning that the assignment is going to be due on Wednesday March 25. 

Also on Friday March 27 there will be a quiz on “The Freedom Writers Diary”. The Material will be the power point read last week and the reading from class.

Other reminders:

  • Classes will still be posted on Google Classroom. If you have any problems accessing the app or the class, let me know to see how I can help you.
  • I am available through Google Hangouts at the time of the class. This is in case you have any doubts about the class material, I’ll be available in real-time to help you.

 

Posted in 10th Grade

Shakespearean Language

As we embark on our journey into the reading of the play “Much Ado About Nothing” by William Shakespeare you may encounter the fact that Shakespeare has invented more than 1,500 words. Some of those words are still being used today. On this post there is a link to an article that details 20 words that Shakespeare invented that we still use on a daily basis. The second link is a short guide to the Shakespearean language that you are going to find in the play.

Happy reading!

20 Words We Owe Shakespeare 

How to Better Understand Shakespeare’s Words

Posted in 10th Grade, 11th Grade

Google Classroom link

Hello!

One of the tools that we have been using this year is Google Classroom. Google classroom permits to have an online addition to our class. On this new tool you can access material and it facilitates the hand in of project using the Google Suite apps like Docs and Slides.

In this post I am including a link to Google Classroom so it can be accessed from the  blog, not just the app. This link can be opened on a computer with your school credentials. Google Classroom can be opened on any computer and you will not loose any of the work done and you can continue the work you may have begun in the mobile app. Let’s continue being innovative and learning through new strategies and resources!

Google Classroom link:

https://classroom.google.com