ISSUE #1 – ATTENDANCE
Please go to Google Classroom to sign in for your attendance between now and Wednesday evening. You will also see your current assignment there. Be sure to start on this early rather than waiting until late.
ISSUE #2 – ASSIGNMENTS
While reading Romeo and Juliet, I will be assigning you Guided Reading Questions each Monday. You will have all week to read (and, I hope, listen to) the play. One Act per week.
I will be available for video conferencing every day. During those times, I will help as much as I am able. If you ask me to explain a scene or a monologue, I will. If you want to talk about character motivations, we can do that. If you’re confused by the language, I can try to help with that.
You will have a test each Friday over the Act you were to have read. As always, it will not be an “easy” quiz, so you will feel rewarded for the amount of effort you have put forth. At the same time, you will be able to use your book and GRQs as you take the test, so you should be fine.
ISSUE #3 – EASTER WEEKEND
I forgot that Friday was a school holiday, so it would seem wrong to schedule the test for Act I to occur then. Instead, for this test, I will post it to Google Classroom on Thursday evening (4/9) and make it due Monday afternoon. I will upload the Guided Reading Questions for Act II on Monday morning and will accept your Act I GRQs until then. (I know most of you are already finished with those – well done! I just want to be sure I am taking care of those with other plans for this holiday weekend.)
ISSUE #4 – VIDEO CONFERENCING
I just wanted to say thank you to those of you have come to one or more of the video conferences this past week — some to ask questions, some to read through passages of R&J, and a few just to hang out for a bit and be social. I value you and appreciate you allowing me to assist you however I can. If you don’t choose to come to a video conference, that is you prerogative, but please know that I LIKE TO SEE YOU AN TO HELP!!!
ISSUE #5: THE TEST
The test over Act I has twenty multiple choice questions and two questions that will require written responses. I encourage you to LISTEN to the performance either before, after, during your reading — or all three! As with all things (and especially with Shakespeare), the more you practice, the better you’ll get.
ISSUE #6 – FAHRENHEIT 451
The questions on Google Classroom for Part Three of Fahrenheit 451 are optional, and for extra credit. I would like to think that you were inspired to complete reading a novel, and if so I would like to be to reward you for your efforts. If not, however, I can respect that as well. Pay attention to the due date on that assignment, if you’re planning to do it.
ISSUE #7 – SYNTHESIS ESSAY
The Synthesis Essay, as far as I’m concerned, is unwritable at this point. I said this before, in the original post, but I would’ve needed that entire week before Spring Break in order to properly instruct you on how to write such a massive essay (literally, it would have been at least 2000 words). Not having that time, not having direct face-to-face instruction, and not expecting you to be able to remember several of the deeper aspects of the novel that we had been reading, I don’t think it fair to expect that essay of you. If you wish to take a crack at it, be my guest — directions are on Google Classroom.
ISSUE #8 – COMMUNICATION
If you have any questions whatsoever, make it your business to ask me. I think that I’m doing a wonderful job keeping in communication with everyone and providing clear instructions. If you do not understand something, please take it upon yourself to send me a text message using Remind or an email or a note on Google Classroom –- whatever it takes so that I know you have something that I can help with. I’m here for you, but I won’t know you need help unless you let me know.