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Sophia Morris

Things to Remember


1.) Check out a copy of Angela's Ashes from Ms. Morris by 5/8.


2.) Read entire memoir.


3.) Write four one-page reflections in your WNB after each quarter of the book.


4.) Pass test on day of FINAL EXAM (70% or higher for credit).




*NOTE: Total Optional Points may not affect grade >5%; full credit on this assignment could raise your grade 3%.


Please see April 9/10 (due date) on the calendar or your HSD email for further details.


I've made a few changes, as discussed in class.  Namely, I've included word minimums, not maximums and added the option to write and article about an important event, not just the life/death of a character.


Another OPTIONAL POINT OPPORTUNITY for ALL GRADE LEVELS.. Ms. Bui and Ms. Vazquez are seeking participates for the Lions Club Student Speaker Contest. The topic this year is "Integrity and Civility Play What Role in Today's Society?"


Participants from my classes will earn 10 optional points in Writing, and if you are chosen to move forward as a winner, you will earn 20 optional points. (Last year, one of our seniors was a finalist and others earned gift cards just for participating.) Review the links below and see your counselor ASAP if you are interested.


Last years awards were as follows:

(15) District winners will receive a $4,500.00 scholarship

(4) Area winners will receive an additional $6,500.00 scholarship

(1) winner of the Multiple District Four Contest will receive an additional $10,000.00 scholarship


The contest will be held on February 15 at 6:00PM at the Hawthorne Moose Lodge.


To the website itself (with speaking tips, the handbook, etc.)



To the handbook for this year:



After getting a log entry if a deadline was missed, you may resubmit ONE major assignment by following these steps:


STEP 1: WRITE A BUSINESS LETTER to Ms. Morris requesting that she accept your assignment for regrading.  (This is good practice for formal communication with professors in the future.) 

(Labels not required in actual letter; paraphrasing of sample phrasing highly encouraged)


Paragraph 1: Identity and Purpose of Letter


"I am a student in your [Period #] English II class, and I am writing to request that you accept my re-submission of [name of assignment]."


Paragraph 2: Explanation of Error and Evidence of Improvement


"Currently, my grade for this assignment is [enter grade], and I would like to improve it.  My grade is low because [reason for poor grade].  In order to improve my grade, I have [explain things you have fixed in your assignment]."


Paragraph 3: Reflection on Lesson(s) Learned


 "In this process, I have learned [include at least one concrete academic or personal lesson you have learned from the revision/re-submission process]."


Paragraph 4: Thanks


"Thank you for the opportunity to learn from my mistakes.  In the future, I will be sure to [one specific future action]."




--See OWL Purdue's website for help with format:  https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/653/02/


--Use Example #1: Block Format




--If you are submitting an assignment for the first time, attach rubric (if directed to do so on original assignment).


--If you have not revised but are simply submitting to Turnitin.com to validate a previous grade earned, attach the graded assignment with rubric (if used).


--If you have revised an assignment, attach a clean copy, as well as the previously graded assignment with rubric (if used).




--If you have already submitted once, look for the last "Revision" Assignment of the Original Assignment.  For example: "This I Believe" Essay Revision 2.


--If you NEVER submitted, I will enable acceptance of late submissions on the original assignment.


DUE 12/1/17

You may choose ONE Optional Writing Assignment.  See Calendar for details.


DUE: October 31


You may complete either or both options.  However, you cannot earn more than 100% in a category; therefore, if you max out in the LRA category, extra points will be applied to CW/HW.


Option 1 (10-20 LRA or CW/HW points):


a. Take notes during General Dillaire's lecture.


b. Write a reflection:

1.) What did he say?  Summarize the main points of his talk.

2.) How did you feel?  Explain your feelings about/reactions to the issues he raised.

3.) So what?  Discuss the importance of educating oneself of the topics discussed.


Option 2 (10-25 LRA or CW/HW points):


Maybe be completed whether or not you were able to attend the fieldtrip.


a. Read and annotate one or both of the excerpts from Dillaire's books.  Annotations will be graded and points assigned accordingly.


b. Write a review of what you read (minimum 150 words): 


1.) summarizing key points and details, 2.) identifying the target audience, 3.) clarifying background information, 4.) providing your feelings/reactions to the writing and content, and 5.) giving a recommendation for further reading (i.e. Would you recommend reading more of Dillaire's writing?)


In case you want to reference back to the slides I use in class with our unit on Things Fall Apart, I'm attaching the link here.




Option I (Category: LRA or Writing)

a. Read and annotate the full-length version of Sophocles' play, included in your Course Reader at the end of Unit 2.  Annotations should show clear evidence of engagement (i.e. thinking) and will be graded.


--NEW: Attach Annotation Rubric (see below)


b. Write a review of the play (minimum 150 words) that could be posted on Goodreads.  Identify the main conflicts and themes you identify in the play.  


--Posting on Goodreads is optional; spoilers are permitted but should be posted in the appropriate forum.

--Format according to MLA guidelines and print out for Ms. Morris. 

--Submit to Turnitin.com by 8:00 a.m. on the day of the in-class deadline.


Option II (Requires completion of Option Ia, as well) (Category: LRA or Writing)

Write a 2-chunk JSP paragraph in response to one of the following prompts:


1. Discuss a theme in Sophocles' play Oedipus the King.


2. Discuss the use and purpose of dramatic irony in Sophocles' play Oedipus the King.



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