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9 CPI: Final Readings Posted

For the final, you will want to have read these selections prior to coming.

This little packet (posted on the Google Drive) includes:

* Two pages from Romeo & Juliet from Act 2, scene 2 a.k.a. The Balcony Scene

* Two pages from To Kill a Mockingbird where Scout and Atticus are sitting on the porch after Scout has had a rough day at school

* Three pages from Of Mice & Men where Lennie is talking to Crooks, the African-American stable buck (tends the horses and gear)

* An article from Wired magazine about people making their own apps to solve interesting problems

* An article from Wired magazine about Pinterest and social media and the sorts of things that gain popularity on social media

Make sure you bring the packet with you to the final.

At the final you will write three DEJs, one on theme, one on characterization, and one on point of view.

You will also do a set of text connections (text to text, text to world, text to self)

And then we will have a graded class discussion.

BRING your five paragraph essay about what you have learned about yourself, others, and English this year to the final.  You will probably not have time to write that in class.  (It should have a hook intro and a solid thesis, strong details in the three body paragraphs, and a “so what?” conclusion

PACE: Preparing for the Final and Wrapping Up the Year

We are nearly at the end of this particular journey and the final exam in PACE English reflect that ending.

While we’ve discussed it in class a number of times, I had not yet put it here on the blog. That was my bad.

Three parts to our final, two take home portions and one in-class.

1. Essay

Compose an essay in which you discuss what you have learned about others this year, yourself, and education.  Use the analytical rubrics as your guide for assessment.

2. Project

Create any product to demonstrate your thoughts on PACE this year.  What have you learned?  What will you take away from this experience?  What changes would you have made?  What changes would you make yourself?  How can you best illustrate that in a project?  Try your best to consider the total PACE experience, thinking all the way back into the end of last year and right through today. Challenge yourself to embrace both your emotional side and your rational side as you do this.  Ask yourself as you create, “Am I capturing it in a way that I think will feel as honest and true six weeks from now as it does today?”  And also ask yourself as you create, “Am I capturing it in a way that feels like my words and thoughts on the subject?”

3. In class Discussion

We will conclude our final with a graded in-class discussion (4 contributions to earn a ‘A’) during which you will also be sharing your final products.

Other things to remember:

I will accept revisions and work all the way up to June 14.  Can’t take it past that date, but everything leading up to that? Go for it.  The more you can keep me inform of your process, the better I can plan and help you with your work.

Key assignments for Quarter 4:

Poetry collection and analytical essay

I Am Hero Project

I am Hero/Pitch to Product Analytical Essay

Pitch to Product Project

I Am Hero Organizers

Flocabulary Lists #1 and #2 – Exercises

Please, please, please, please return your books to me.  There are Writer’s Inc books, Hunger Games, Ulysses & more in circulation.  With so many people in different directions, I lost track.  So please, I’m really begging folks to find their books and get them in to me.  We really don’t have the funds to replace them for future students.

Last thing: If you have a work you have been just dying to revise — from any point in the year for English — and you are willing/wanting to put in the energy to revise it.  Do so.  End the year on your terms, showcasing your talent and knowledge to the fullest.

I will make it worth your time.


9 CPI: DEJs for the Final

Double Entry Journals are part of our common assessments in the ninth grade, so they are part of your final.

For this work, you need to complete a grand total of six DEJs before coming to the final.

2 on Characterization

2 on Point of View

2 on Theme

A DEJ consists of finding a brief passage from a reading and then a paragraph of analysis where you explain how the creator/author/director uses the technique/device you are discussing.

I’ve posted an example of two characterization DEJs from Of Mice & Men.  We created these during period 1.

Since you have to turn in the computers on June 7th, create your DEJs on Google docs so you can access them from any computer even after the 7th.

When you come to your final, you will have to write 3 DEJs over the short story you will be assigned.  You will have to do these by hand.  Think of these first six as practice leading up to those.

Humanities: Learning to Love You More and The End of the Year

Learning to Love You More lands on May 30th as we create a massive installation in the Food Court that people can witness before attending the final concert of the music department.

The rubric for your individual contribution is here.

Besides Learning to Love You More, you may have some past due work to get in. This includes:

Remember, we have also laid out the expectations for the final

The final will include :

  • Reading and Responding (text connections and double entry journals)
  • Graded Class Discussion
  • Five Paragraph Essay (what you learned about yourself and others this year)
  • Media Product (create any product you like to demonstrate what you have learned about Humanities this year)

Remember, you will not have your laptops after June 6.  (You have to turn them in during the day on June 7.)

That gives you about two weeks from now to work digitally.