In Context

Thursday, June 9, 2011

English Agenda for June 13, 2011

  • Summer Reading List
  • Senior Writing Project Feedback Sheets
  • A Final Look at our English SIP for 2010-2011: What were we able to accomplish? Where are we for next year?

Friday, May 13, 2011

English Agenda for May 16, 2011

~Strengthening the Net Through Student Engagement~
"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." ~John Adams (1735-1826)

Departmental Features:

The Nitty Gritty/Updates/Reminders:
  • A Few Words from Dr. Perkins
  • Thank You--English 10 HSA Prep/After-School Review Teachers (5 Weds. Classes) (Candice, Corey, Judy, Kristen)
  • English AP Literature and Composition Exam Suggested Book Titles 1981-2011
  • CHS Notes from May 11th ITL Meeting--Forwarded in an email 5.11.11
  • Notes from May 4th SLA County ITL Meeting--Forwarded in an email 5.10.11
  • English 10 Prep Summer Course--No Cost--Current Grade 9 Students
  • The HCPSS Senior Writing Project--Mandatory Next Year
  • Common Core Language--Argumentative Writing with Evidence
  • Standards for English Language Arts 6-12 Packet--Writing Standards 6-12, Grades 9-12 (pg. 45)

  • Textbook Selection Committee (3 CPD Credits)
  • Local Assessments 2011-2012--Annotated Teacher's Manuals
  • Summer Monies--CCS Documents Defining Argumentative Writing
  • Grade Level Team Meetings--County Assessment data discussions

Friday, March 18, 2011

English Agenda for March 21, 2011

~Strengthening the Net Through Student Engagement~

"A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it. Writers know words are their way towards truth and freedom, and so they use them with care, with thought, with fear, with delight. By using words well they strengthen their souls. Story-tellers and poets spend their lives learning that skill and art of using words well. And their words make the souls of their readers stronger, brighter, deeper."
— Ursula K. Le Guin

I. Departmental Features

March 11th PD Follow-up & Handouts--
  • UDL (Universal Design for Learning) Guidelines
  • CCSS (Common Core State Standards) Definition of Text Complexity
II. The Nitty Gritty/Updates/Reminders
  • Flip Cameras & Flash Drives
  • CHS Notes from March 17th Meeting
  • Department Nominations for
  1. HoCoPoLitSo 2011 Awards (Due March 30)--All-County Writing Competition (Poetry, Personal Essay, Short Story, Playwriting); Promise & Achievement in Language Arts (2 Seniors)
  2. English Department Award (Due April 15)
  3. Emily Davis Award
  4. CHS 2011 Senior Awards (Due April 15)--Outstanding School Service; Outstanding Senior; Angelo Fortunato (Final year for this award)
  • Senior Writing Projects--Third Quarter
  • Grade Level Team Meetings--Please continue County Assessment data discussions

Sunday, March 6, 2011

PD Strand--The Senior Writing Project

Monday, March 7, 2011--Room 907 at 2:20 PM
Professional Development--Semester 2, Session 2
Shanea Bradley and Mag Polek, Facilitators
  • Highlighting student-written reflections and overall perspectives from 1st and 2nd quarters
  • Sharing examples of CHS content-area writing assignments
  • Encouraging teachers to include authentic writing experiences in their teaching

Friday, February 11, 2011

English Agenda for February 14, 2011

Monday, February 14, 2011~Room 209~2:20 PM
~Strengthening the Net Through Student Engagement~

I. Departmental Features
II. The Nitty Gritty/Updates/Reminders
  • Teaching Requests for 2011-12--ASPEN Scheduling
What's the buzz...tell me what's happening...
  • County Assessment Teacher Manuals, Quarter 3
  • Common Core State Standards Packet (Bring to March 11 PD)
  • March 11 SLA PD--Engaging All Learners
  • The Future of Testing 2014 (as we know it)
  • Winter Pep Rally--TBA--4A Lunch Shifts
  • Laptop Replacement Plan:
  • Back up all DELL files in two locations ASAP
  • March 8--Turn in old laptops by 3:00 PM
  • March 9--Apples issued (NO network connectivity all day)
  • March 10--Training (40 minutes)
Senior Writing Project Quarterly Reflections--ALL Grades
  • Senior 2nd Quarter Reflections: Persuasive/Analytical Writing
  • Third Quarter: Senior Writing Projects
Grade Level Team Meetings--Please schedule Q2 County Assessment data discussions

Friday, January 28, 2011

English Agenda for January 24, 2011

Please plan to meet together briefly at 8:30 AM in Room 209 to discuss
  • Budget needs for the remainder of this school year (books, flip cameras)
  • Copying issues
  • Ongoing work on our SIP Plan for February 14th: Eagle Rounding Site
  • Future individual team project meeting dates (ACCUPLACER, Electronic Portofolio CPR)
  • Scheduling criteria for English classes
  • Feedback on Midterm Assessments and Senior Writing Project Reflection #2

~English HSA Online Resources~

~English HSA Online Resources~

  • Maryland HSA Overview & History
  • Class of 2009--First Class Required to Pass Tests for Graduation
  • High School Testing Content & Data
  • High School Assessment Testing Calendar
  • Publicly Released Test Forms--2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
  • Answer Keys & Scoring Rubrics
  • Online HSA Courses
  • Testing Options/Accommodations
  • Contact Information
~from The Tragedy of King Richard II (Act 3, Scene 3) (1623) by William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Yet looks he like a king: behold, his eye,
As bright as is the eagle's, lightens forth
Controlling majesty: alack, alack, for woe,
That any harm should stain so fair a show!

~from Moby-Dick (Chapter 96: The Try-Works) (1851) by Herman Melville (1819-1891)

There is a wisdom that is woe; but there is a woe that is madness. And there is a Catskill eagle in some souls that can alike dive down into the blackest gorges, and soar out of them again and become invisible in the sunny spaces. And even if he forever flies within the gorge, that gorge is in the mountains; so that even in his lowest swoop the mountain eagle is still higher than other birds upon the plain, even though they soar.

~from Love's Phases (1899) by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Love hath the wings of the eagle bold,

Cling to him strongly
What if the look of the world be cold,
And life go wrongly?
Rest on his pinions, for broad is their fold;
Love hath the wings of the eagle bold.

~from What the Eagle Says (1999) by Xi Chuan (born Liu Jun, 1963)

Among men there are men who are not men, just like among eagles there are eagles that are not eagles: there are eagles that are forced to pace up and down the alleyways, and there are men who are forced to fly through the air.