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GETTING A VIRTUAL TAN

Dear Mr. Long’s 10th graders,

Thanks for keeping me company all year.

You’ve been an amazing group of thinkers and writers, going far beyond (most weeks) what your teacher thought would happen. In other words, he’s been pretty impressed (no matter what impression he may have given along the way).  And frankly, any one that might check out the blog (and what you wrote) would be, too!

So, here’s the deal:

I’ve decided to head off on summer vacation early.  Craving a little down time and a decent virtual tan.

Plus, rumor has it that you guys have done an amazing job this year (and more than impressed Mr. Long along the way).  Perhaps you could use a little extra time so that you can:

  1. finish A Tale of Two Cities (periods 1, 2 & 3)
  2. prepare for the semester exam in less than 2 weeks (good luck)
  3. just hang out a little (yup, even that is vital, too)

So, I’m out of here.  And that means your days of being a 10th grade English blogger are successfully behind you.  Congrats!

Cheers,

The Blog

P.S.

If you have any interest, feel free to swing on by next year when the soon-to-be 10th graders are trying to expand their minds, too.

Your wisdom, feedback, and hints would be really appreciated.

SEM2 Q4 W2 #2: GIVING FEEDBACK TO OTHERS

After you complete the mandatory Vocab Story entry, you may begin to respond to what students wrote last week.

Rules:

  • All responses go on the original entry — do NOT place responses here
  • Each response must be a minimum of 3 paragraphs (of 5+ sentences each) to receive credit
  • Each entry can only be one one time for credit
  • You may choose one of the following:  respond to 1 student, 2 students, or 3 students
  • Suggestion:  It is better to respond to 1 student in detail than to superficially respond to 2 or 3 students

SEM2 Q4 #4: FOLLOWING THE RESEARCH RABBIT — ALL CLASSES

NEW RULES for 4th QUARTER for ALL ENTRIES:

  • 1 entry for a “C”; 2 entries for a “B”; 3 entries for an “A”.
  • Length:  Each entry must be a minimum of 3 full paragraphs
  • Paragraphs:  Each paragraph must be 5+ sentences.
  • Any entry that is less than 3 paragraphs — and entries with paragraphs less than 5 sentences – are not guaranteed credit.

CHALLENGE: Share with everyone a little about what you’ve discovered so far in your research re: Macbeth (per 4 & 7) or Othello (per 1, 2, 3).  Do the following:

  1. Identify the author and title of the article.
  2. 1 paragraph:  summarize the article (thesis and core ideas).
  3. 2 paragraphs:  identify & react to 2 ideas you found interesting.