Welcome!

PLEASE, IF POSSIBLE, BRING IN A REAM OF COPY PAPER! I WOULD BE QUITE GRATEFUL… 🙂

Welcome back to The Beacon School for the start of the 2016-17 school year and welcome to Blackboarddreams.com, our class website!  I am very excited to give e-life to a vision born a few years ago.  Then, I envisioned using the web as a meaningful extension of my classroom where there would be resources aplenty and a communication hub. Here, you and your family can access the following: homework assignments, class forums, updates on the happenings and direction of the class, complementary materials, writing and research resources, exemplars, a link back to the Beacon homepage, and so much more!  

  1. This weekend you should register for the class website, Blackboarddreams.com. Please do so by midnight on Sunday at which time the site will be closed to registration. To do this, you must scroll to the bottom of the homepage and click “Register.” Your username should be your Full Name (First and Last).  Do not use nicknames and leave A SPACE between your first and last name. Your password will be emailed to you at which point you can change it if you would like.  I also suggest you take a moment to familiarize yourself with the website! Don’t forget to bookmark your course page! So, if you are in my sophomore class, bookmark the sophomore page. 
  2. Sophomores and Existential students, you must print your class syllabus and bring it into class Tuesday! Check the “documents” section in the sidebar on your course page. The syllabus will detail supplies for the class, among many other things.

AGAIN, PLEASE, IF POSSIBLE, BRING IN A REAM OF COPY PAPER! I WOULD BE QUITE GRATEFUL… 🙂

Registration

1. Tonight you should register for the class website, Blackboarddreams.com. To do this, you must scroll to the bottom of the homepage and click “Register.” Your username should be your Full Name (First and Last).  Leave a space between your first and last name! No funky, cute nicknames. Only first name (capitalize first letter) and last name (capitalize first letter). Be sure to register by midnight tonight. I will shut down registration at that point.

HW12G: PBA Presentation

Everything you need to know about your PBA! During the actual 20 minute presentation, each student will share High School poem. After each reading, students will be expected to briefly discuss shared poems. While I am interested in hearing your holistic thoughts on the piece, I also expect to hear nuanced observations about the poem (i.e. language, style, rhythm, figures, etc).  You must comment on at least two of the shared poems.

The following should be stapled together and in this order:

  • Villanelle
  • Confessional
  • Artifact
  • Beat
  • Dream Sonnet
  • Transcendental/Romantic
  • Mimic
  • Double Consciousness
  • Essence
  • High School

Immediately following the original ten poems above you should include the following from your contribution to your group project:

  • Poet Biography
  • Poem (This should be the poem that you explicated)
  • Explication
  • Original Poem

Formatting:

  • Put the heading ONLY on the first page (i.e. Villanelle). Remember, the heading should be your name, Poetry Seminar, date of presentation, and type of poem (i.e. Beat Poem). The heading should be single spaced.
  • Starting with the second page, place page numbers in the bottom right corner of the page.
  • Times New Roman or Arial, font size 12.
  • Double Space everything except for the heading on the first page.

HW10B: PBA Rubric

ENGLISH 10B ANNOUNCEMENT–Considering we have 20 minutes to be split among three students, your opening presentations should be 1-2 minutes (closer to 1). Sorry for the confusion!

1. PBA Rubric [Read more…]

HW10E and 10H: PBA Cover Letter

THANK YOU FOR BEING SUCH WONDERFUL HUMAN BEINGS! 

1. PBA Cover Letter: Due the day of your presentation! This only applies to 10E and 10H. So, you will have the following when you come in for your presentation:

  • Cover Letter
  • Index cards or notes showing that you have prepared for your opening 2-3 minute presentation.
  • Copy of your essay for YOU to refer to during the presentation.

Failure to have any of the above means you are not prepared for your presentation.
2. PBA Rubric

3. REMEMBER–If you have any books, be sure to bring them in when you come in for your presentation!