Archives for December 2017


Dear Parents and Students,

Only now have I found the time to send you this brief update. Last Monday night my mom was rushed to the emergency room in Opelousas. Since then, I have been by her side in the ER and ICU.

I will be back at Lusher on Jan. 3rd at which point all quarter exams will be graded and overall grades will be updated. If there are any unresolved grade issues, we can address them on Thursday, Jan. 4th. Ultimately, quarter grades for the class will be entered by the end of that week.

As for homework over the break, just enjoy your time with family and friends and I will see you soon. Till then, take care of yourself.

Sean Leon


Creative Projects are now due at the end of the day on Tuesday, 12/19! Hope this is good news!

Due 12/13: Butterflies Question

1. Butterflies–Based upon Chapter 9, craft one question for class discussion on Wednesday. While the question is born out of Chapter 9, it would be idea if its answer requires us to consider the novel at large. Be thoughtful here. Also, I will collect your copy of Butterflies in class on Wednesday to grade annotations for Chapters 1-9. Be sure to have it in class! You will get it back at the beginning of class on exam day.

2. Personal Narratives are due this Friday!

  • They should be 4-6 typed, double-spaced pages.
  • Single-spaced heading in the upper left corner (your name, English 1B, 12/15/17)
  • Be sure to include a title (Be creative…Do not use “My Personal Narrative”)
  • Page numbers in the lower right corner of each page.

3. Be sure you have posted your Butterflies paragraph to the class forum.

4. Reading over the break: Chapters 10 and 11 of Butterflies.

Due 12/12: 1984 ASC

1. 1984–Complete the novel for Monday’s class. We will spend time in pairs crafting discussion questions and then wrap up a discussion of the novel.

2. ASC–Creative Project due dates:

12/14 for 1A and 2A

12/19 for 4B

In grading the visual bit I am expecting to see the product of deep thought (thematic understanding), extraordinary effort, and creative effort.

The following will be considered when assessing the creative project:

  1. Project’s visual impact (The visual should be aesthetically pleasing…more simply, it should look amazing)
  2. The project should be informed by your research. It should reflect knowledge and understanding.
  3. Project is thoughtful (The visual should be so thoughtfully and carefully created so as to carry your commentary/message.)
  4. Project is well-designed/executed
  5. Project reflects exceptional effort.

VERY IMPORTANT: The visual alone should communicate the commentary/message. You should not have to rely on words! This is not to say that you cannot have language woven into the visual.

Remember, the final two precis are due Tuesday (12/12) by the end of the day.

Due 12/12: Butterflies and Personal Narrative

1. Butterflies–Complete Chapter 9.

2. Personal Narratives are due 12/15 (4-6 double-spaced, typed pages). Again, I am available for office hours every day except Wednesday (available during lunch and after school). Please see this handout for added guidance/tips on writing a personal narrative. Also, be sure to familiarize yourself with the rubric.

We will talk more about sharing expectations on Tuesday.

3. Class Forum–Post your paragraph as a response to this thread (scroll to the bottom of the thread). Post it as it was written in class. I am interested in hearing from a pairing that had some disparity in scoring. We will use your paragraph in class to “talk it out.” So, any volunteers? Shout out to Ebube and Anthony for volunteering their paragraphs!

4. The end is nigh! Any remaining grade issues must be addressed by Wednesday of next week. Also, any assignments marked missing will be converted to zeros at the end of the day on Wednesday unless they are cleared up before then. If you need help posting to the class forum, see me.