Monday, September 29, 2008

Two More Things

1. Plan to bring your extra book to class every day--who knows, you may have time to read it!
2. Bring in the Covey books. We can start getting them checked in.

Two Reminders

1. Students will be expected to compile a portfolio at the end of the trimester which showcases everything we have done and learned this trimester!
2. Students need to meet deadlines.

Friday, September 26, 2008


We are postponing it.

Books that won't be approved for additional novels

This books are taught in junior high class rooms and will not be approved.
The Diary of Anne Frank
Flowers for Algernon
Romeo and Juliet
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Crucible
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Alice in Wonderland

Books taught in senior high class rooms and will not be approved
Inherit the Wind
Huck Finn

Lord of the Flies
Catcher in the Rye
Brave New World
The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail
The Red Badge of Courage
The Great Gatsby
The House on Mango Street
Oedipus Rex
Heart of Darkness
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Things Fall Apart

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Covey Evaluation

Some students were wondering what the evaluation should look like for Friday. Here's where to start.

Use what you know from the Covey material to evaluate your presentation:
What to do for next time to fill the holes.

After your evaluation--one sentence that indicates what you think would be the most significant change that would occur if the US government went "Win/Win" and why it would be significant. Remember this sentence should be based on the discussion in class.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Additional novel

Hey Folks,
remember that you need to read an additional literary book this trimester. If you heard about one in the presentations you want to read--find yourself a copy. Remember no books assigned at other grade levels. Be sure you get it from the 100 literary novels list!

Start now!
Begin with the end in mind!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Covey's Habits 3-7 Rubric

English Names: ______________________
Covey presentation ______________________

Group evaluation

1. Content and Originality 10 9 8 7 6 5
Students accurately present major concepts from the section. Examples, illustrations or anecdotes are used to clarify concepts and are in the students’ words not Covey’s.

2. Clarity and Explanation 10 9 8 7 6 5
Students address the key ideas of the habit with application to the life of an 18 year old. Key points are easily identifiable to audience. Presentation meets 7 -10 minute time limit.

3. Organization 10 9 8 7 6 5
Group transitions smoothly from idea to idea. Presentation demonstrates the relationships between concepts. Transition is smooth from speaker to speaker.

4. Visual 5 4 3 2 1 0
Students use visual effectively to teach concepts. Visual is neither too dense nor too sparse. Audience is able to see visual from all parts of the classroom. Visual may be creative.

5. Speaking 5 4 3 2 1 0
Students demonstrate good volume, pace, eye contact and poise. Actions while others are presenting do not distract from the presentation. Student does not simply read information from notes or visual.

Based on preparation and final presentation, instructor may differentiate final grade beyond the individual evaluation categories of the rubric.


Tuesday, September 9, 2008

College Essay Reading

Anyone who brings me a typed copy of his/her college essay with one things you one me to comment on by Friday noon, I will read it and comment on it for Monday.

Monday, September 8, 2008

College Essay Prompt Site

You can use ideas here or adapt to make it fit for you!