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Head Outta the Book

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Hello, students!!

H2: Today we finished up our Reader Response mini-project and made our Gallery Walk.  We were able to see everyone’s topic sentences, and the evidence they listed.  I hope this was good practice for you all to come up with a claim and find textual evidence to support it.  You handed me your Reader Response #1 and I will get those back to you next week, and I will go over any major flaws or problems that I saw.  There is no homework for tonight, since we are half way through the book now and I want to play catch-up and review. :)

12: Today we talked briefly about Mildred and her addiction to the strange televisions.  I brought in an article that drew correlations between television addiction and drug use, titled “Crack and the Box”.  We learned about the SOAPSTone strategy, and applied the “I Have a Dream” speech to it first in an effort to learn it better.  We then read the article, had a brief discussion, and applied the SOAPSTone strategy to that.  We will revisit this as it will help us when we pull in other non-fiction pieces, or write some of our own!  Your homework is to read up to page 35 and take 3 column notes.  Please be ready to discuss.

Thanks! Have a good night.

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Thursday, 9/18: College essays and conferences

Hey, Seniors!

I have completed scoring all of your college essay drafts and scheduled conference appointments for you for next week. On Friday, 9/19, Miss Vymislicky will give you your pass for your conference with me. Please let me know via email ASAP if you cannot make your appointment. I took a lot of time combing through all of your schedules to find a day, period, and time that you are free that is not your lunch.

This appointment is worth a ten point grade. To earn full credit, you must do the following:

  1. Show up on time, as scheduled
  2. Read ALL my feedback on your first draft BEFORE our meeting.
  3. Have a plan to discuss, a second draft, or a thoughtful question based on my feedback.

If you are someone who has not yet submitted your first draft (worth 40 points), you will find a note on your pass to see me ASAP. I want to help you if you need it. If you have not submitted a first draft at least two days before your conference appointment, you will receive a zero on that assignment, and your final draft will be done without the benefit of feedback.

If you fail to show up for your appointment, you will receive a zero for the conference, and your final draft is still due two weeks from the date scheduled for your conference.


Final drafts must show attention to everything I commented on in your first draft. You cannot submit the same draft, with no changes or just a couple of commas thrown in and expect to pass, especially if my notes to you said to revise content.

Please see me at any point along the way if you have problems.

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For September 17th, 2014

Hey guys, sorry I forgot to post what we did today on the blog.  I just remembered this morning.  Forgive me, I’m still learning the ins and outs of everything :)  I will try my best not to let it happen again.

H2: Today we continued and made serious progress on our Reader Response mini-project.  Everything should be ready to go so we can have our Gallery Walk for the last half of the period Thursday.  Your homework is to read Chapter 6, take notes, and write your first Reader Response.

12: Today we refreshed our memory on what we have read so far.  We thought about and answered a series of “What If” questions that Bradbury attempts to answer in the novel.  I continued my read aloud/think aloud to model what we should be doing as we are reading, in an effort to take the best 3 column notes we can.  Your homework was to read up to the break on page 24.

Thanks! :)


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September 16th, 2014

Hey Students.

H2: Today we continued our Reader Response mini-project.  We should have these done and on the poster boards by the end of class tomorrow.  I saw a few of you overthinking when attempting to write your topic sentence.  Remember, I gave you a theme to work with: the creation of inner enemies.  Think about it like this, what causes us to create inner enemies?  What leads to it?  How and why did envy control and dominate Gene to the point that he did what he did?  Homework is to read chapter 5 and take 3 column notes.

12: Today I learned some of your names and we had some good laughs.  We signed out our books, Fahrenheit 451.  We wrote about and shared our thoughts on what we believed the epigraph to the book meant.  I gave a lesson on what 3 column notes are, and I modeled them by reading a few pages aloud and taking 3 column notes as we read.  There is no homework tonight as we will continue reading aloud and modeling how to take 3 column notes tomorrow.

Have a great night! :)

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September 16: College Essays

Hi seniors,

I have now finished grading periods 4 and 5, so please go on turnitin.com for my feedback. By the end of the week, you will receive an appointment for your conference. It is my expectation that you will have read all of my feedback before we meet.

Wrong Prompts!

I discovered today that some of you did not write about one of the CURRENT common application essay prompts, instead writing about one from two years ago. This happened if you lost the assignment sheet I gave you in class and went to the blog where I had linked the wrong document, the one with the old prompts.

Please read your feedback very carefully and follow my suggestions. YOU MUST USE THE CURRENT PROMPTS. In most cases, you can stay with the same general topic, but you will have to write about it in a different way. The one prompt that stands out is writing about a person who has been influential or a role model in your life. These essays will have to be reworked into a background story, coming of age, or other current topic.

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September 15th, 2014


H2: Today we discussed chapter three of A Separate Peace, and we began our mini Reader Response project.  You were assigned groups that you will be working with for the next couple of days.  Homework tonight is to read chapter 4 (its a good one!) and take 3 column notes.  You will be able to tie in evidence from chapter 4 for your Reader Response project tomorrow, so be sure to have it read.  If you have not turned in your Vocabulary Notebook Entries you need to have those for me tomorrow.  Again, it is 2 points toward your vocab quiz and another point for participating in the review.  You will not be able to participate in the review if I do not get these from you tomorrow. 

12: Today was your first day with me.  We watched a Twilight Zone episode titled “The Obsolete Man,” and discussed it afterward.  Before watching, we had a conversation on what jobs we believe will be obsolete in the future as technology advances.  The themes and ideas we saw and discussed today will be featured in our book we will be reading, Fahrenheit 451.  There is no homework tonight.

Have a great night and see you tomorrow!

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Monday, September 15: Some notes from Miss Harris

Hi guys,

I trust you are all doing your best to show Miss Vymislicky what fine, cooperative, and thoughtful students that you are. She will be teaching all of my classes for the next few weeks, and I will be stopping by now and then to see how she and you are all doing. Know that everything that she does with you she has gone over with me, and I have approved of her plans. Please be as respectful of her as you would be of me.

If you have any concerns or questions, I encourage you to speak to her first. If there is anything that she can’t resolve on her own, she will share it with me. I am available to you most of the day in the English Office, room 273. Feel free to stop by if you need to.

I am currently grading the English 12 college essays. My goal is to finish them this week and give you appointments for individual conferences by Monday of next week. Feel free to check turnitin.com to see if I have graded yours starting tomorrow. I started with period 4, will move to 5 and 7 as I finish.

If you did not have your paper in on time, I spoke to you in class today, but I will not come chase you down. You are responsible for getting the essay into me ASAP since you are losing 10% with each day that it is late.

Copy and paste on turnitin:
I did learn today that you can copy and paste your essay. You just need to look for the drop down menu at the top of the screen when you hit submit. It defaults to “Upload a single submission,” but you can select “copy and paste.” Thank you to all of you who emailed me your papers when you had trouble with internet submission. Also, I appreciate that some of you gave me a hard copy. Never let internet/computer troubles stand in the way of you meeting your deadlines.

English H2: I will have you quote projects for Miss V to hand back on Tuesday. It was scored out of 50 points total. You will see one number, out of 25 for the paragraph, then a second number, usually designated with a “p” for the poster grade. These are followed by a circled grade that is the sum of those two numbers.

To All: Please visit goodreads and do the following as soon as you can:

  • Upload a profile picture
  • Enter you SSR book as “Currently reading”

Goodreads facts:

Interestingly, 7 of the last 30 people on goodreads are former students. This really is a great place to get in the habit of visiting and keeping track of your books.

Also, one student contacted me though a goodreads message on Sunday with a question about her essay assignment, and I answered almost instantly. It really is a great way to contact me if you need a timely response. I only check email when I am in school.

Keep up the good work!

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September 12th, 2014

Today we discussed chapter two of A Separate Peace.  We focused on the emerging theme of envy, and continued more character development work.  I introduced Reader Responses and gave a model to refer to.  Since we ran out of time in period two, I will be going over it again on Monday for you guys.  These will not be due until Thursday, before we discuss chapter six.  Again, more information/clarification on Monday.  Also in period 2 we didn’t get time  to collect the vocabulary notebook entries that I assigned.  Please have them for Monday.  Please read chapter 3 over the weekend and take 3 column notes.

Have a great weekend! :)))

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FRiday, September 12: English 12

Wow. We made it through our first full week already. This year will fly by faster than you know, so stay on top of the work and enjoy your play time.

Today, we were in English Resource to enroll you in my course on turnitin.com. Be sure you write your login and password down for safe keeping; this is not an account the school has access to, and you will be responsible for retrieving your own password and meeting all deadlines.

Speaking of deadlines, your college essay is due by Monday at 6 a.m. on turnitin.com. This is not the shitty/child’s/down draft. You should have written that today. What I want is your dental draft, the draft that says what you want to say about yourself and is in perfect grammatical form.

If you have any trouble uploading your essay on turnitin, you must either print it out, write it out, or email it to me as an attachment, so you do not lose credit for being late. My email is [email protected]

Ideally, you should create a google account if you don’t already have one and use google docs to write between school and home.

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September 11th, 2014 English H2

Today we continued our discussion on Chapter One of A Separate Peace.  We discussed the character development of Gene and Finny so far, and talked about who we think would fare better in the war.  I assigned you each two words to complete a Vocabulary Notebook Entry on, and those are due tomorrow.  You will get a point for each of these to count toward your vocab quiz grade.  I will hang on to these and we will use them for review the day before the quiz :)  Please read chapter two for tomorrow and take 3 column notes.  Have a great night!

-Miss. Vymislicky

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