Mrs. Melissa Billeaud – English IV

12Apr, 21

April 12-16

Today we read Frankenstein Ch. 17-18 and took a comprehension quiz. The rest of the week we will be out for senior trip.

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25Mar, 21

March 29-April 1

This week, we will continue our Frankenstein unit.

We will be doing a LOT of reading this week in order to finish as much as we can before Spring Break and Senior Trip! With that said, students will be bringing their books home in case they are absent (so they can finish the reading at home).

We will be in Chapters 10-17 this week. They should expect DAILY reading quizzes. If students find that they aren’t doing well on the comprehension quizzes, they can use SparkNotes online as a review resource.

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19Mar, 21

March 22-26

This week we will continue reading Frankenstein! We are reading a LOT, so please make sure you are keeping up with the reading and using summaries online if that will help!

  • On Monday, students will have a reading quiz on Ch. 3-5.
  • The rest of the week, students will be reading A LOT in class in order to finish the novel in such a short quarter! Quizzes serve as summative assessment and accountability for students’ reading.
  • M: Read Ch. 6-8; quiz on ch. 6-8.
  • T: Read Ch. 9-11; quiz on ch. 9-11.
  • W: Read Ch. 12-14; quiz on ch. 12-14.
  • TH: Read Ch. 15-17; quiz on ch. 15-17.
  • F: Read Ch. 18-19; quiz on ch. 18-19.

**REMINDER: Students need to have FAFSA filled out and submitted ASAP! Also, if they want to take the ACT, they need to sign up ASAP.

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15Mar, 21

March 15-19

This week we begin our FINAL English unit of all time…Frankenstein!

At the beginning of the week we will be doing background information on the author and on the Romantic/Gothic literary era. Students will be tested on this material this Friday, 3/19.

The rest of this week, we will be reading and quizzing on Frankenstein. Students need to be prepared to ZOOM through this book! Reading will be done mostly in class. Students can find helpful summaries online. Students should be prepared to take reading quizzes daily.

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05Mar, 21

March 8-11: Exam Week

Your exam is Tuesday! Please review your study guide, characters, plot points, and introduction notes in order to fully prepare.

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26Feb, 21

March 1-5

  • We will wrap up our Beowulf unit by writing an essay that analyzes how all fairy-stories–including Beowulf–point to the underlying reality of the Gospel. This essay will be worked on in class and will be due Thursday, March 4th.
  • Exams are next week! Students should review the Beowulf intro notes as well as characters and plot and Beowulf. Additionally, students need to know the Hero’s Journey as presented by Joseph Campbell. I will send home a study guide, and there are other great reviews online as well.
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12Feb, 21

February 22-26

Virtual Days (2 Days): Students will be required to write a 2 full page story that illustrates the first four steps of the hero’s journey: The Call to Adventure, Supernatural Aid, Crossing of the First Threshold, and the Belly of the Whale. Students must highlight each section of the hero’s journey in a specified color and submit to me on Google Docs.

 Week 7

  • Students will read p. 127-185 of Beowulf as students read along (informal discussion throughout), then complete the accompanying reading from Joseph Campbell’s Hero with 1000 Faces [“Rescue from Without” and “The Crossing of the Return Threshold”].
  • Students will complete the Hero vs. Beowulf Chart based on the reading above and submit as a summative assessment.
  • Students will take a quiz on p. 127-185 of Beowulf as a summative assessment/reading comprehension check.
  • Students will read p. 185-213 of Beowulf as students read along (informal discussion throughout), then complete the accompanying reading from Joseph Campbell’s Hero with 1000 Faces [“Master of Two Worlds” and “The Freedom to Live”]
  • Students will take a quiz on p. 149-185 of Beowulf as a summative assessment/reading comprehension check.
  • Students will complete the last row on the Hero vs. Beowulf Chart based on the reading above and submit as a summative assessment.
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05Feb, 21

February 8th-12th

  • We will spend two days this week preparing for senior project presentations (final reflections, portfolios), including finishing up practice (graded) presentations.
  • SENIOR PROJECT PRESENTATIONS ARE ON THURSDAY! Everything, including portfolio and product, is due!
  • We will read p. 115-148 of Beowulf. Informal discussion throughout.
  • Students will take a reading quiz on p. 115-148 of Beowulf as a summative assessment/reading comprehension check.

 Virtual Days (2 Days): Students will be required to write a 2 full page story that illustrates the first four steps of the hero’s journey: The Call to Adventure, Supernatural Aid, Crossing of the First Threshold, and the Belly of the Whale. Students must highlight each section of the hero’s journey in a specified color and submit to me on Google Docs. This has been emailed to students and is due Monday, 2/22.

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29Jan, 21

February 1st-5th

This week, we will continue our Beowulf unit as well as continue preparing for Senior Project Presentations.

Students will be writing an in-class literary analysis essay comparing Beowulf to the modern novel Grendel. Also, students will have graded practice presentations toward the end of the week and at the beginning of next week.

Senior Project Presentations are Thursday, 2/11. Students will go to lunch after and need money. Students will need their presentation, product, and portfolio completed for this date. 

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22Jan, 21

January 25-29

This week, we will continue our Beowulf unit and continue working on senior project presentations. This week…

  • On Monday, products and presentations for Senior Project are due!
  • We will begin practice presentations on Thursday of this week, so students should be practicing at home!
  • We will work on a comparison chart comparing Campbell’s book to Beowulf, then begin an in-class literary analysis on Beowulf.
  • Presentations have been moved to Thursday, Feb. 11th. On this day, portfolios are also due.
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15Jan, 21

January 19th-22nd

This week, we will continue our Beowulf unit and continue working on senior project presentations. This week…

  • On Tuesday, students will have a quiz on p. 29-41 of Beowulf.
  • Students will have two days this week for Senior Project work. All other work must be completed at home.
  • We will work on a comparison chart comparing Campbell’s book to Beowulf.
  • We will Read Joseph Campbell’s “Supernatural Aid” excerpt and complete reading activities.
  • We will read p. 41-69 of Beowulf.
  • MONDAY, 1/25: Product and Presentation for senior project due! Then we will begin practice presentations!
  • Presentations have been moved to Thursday, Feb. 11th.
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08Jan, 21

January 11-15 Assignments & Assessments

This week, we will continue our Beowulf unit.

–Wednesday, 1/13: Test on Intro to Beowulf unit (multiple choice)

–We will begin reading Beowulf in class and completing close reading assignments on it. Students should expect reading quizzes on what we read throughout the week.

UPCOMING SENIOR PROJECT DATES:
–Product and Presentation due Monday, 1/25. Practice presentations begin!
–Portfolio and Presentation Day: Friday, 2/12. Followed by senior lunch.

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03Jan, 21

January 4-8 Assignments/Assessments

This week, we will begin our Beowulf unit.

Students will receive intro notes to the unit early this week and should begin studying them in order to prepare for their quiz on the material on Wednesday, January 13th.

We will complete some in-class assignments and reading for Beowulf. As with everything we read, students should expect reading quizzes on what we read.

Finally, senior project presentations take place in February! Revisions for final essay are due THIS Friday, January 8th. 

Monday, January 25th: Product, presentation due; graded practice presentations begin.

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14Dec, 20

Exam Week: December 14-17

Exams are this week!

For your exam, please review the novel/book we’ve been reading in class. You may bring it home with you to review!

Be familiar with characters, quotes, symbols, and plot. Review SparkNotes.com for more help; they have excellent reviews on the novel we read!

Also, if you had intro notes for the unit (Great Gatsby had Modernism notes, To Kill a Mockingbird had intro notes, Hamlet had Shakespeare notes, and F451 had literary terms throughout the unit), you need to study these notes! Email me if you no longer have them and I will get them to you.

Tuesday: 11th Grade English Exam and 9th Grade English Exam

Wednesday: 12th Grade English Exam

Thursday: 10th Grade English Exam

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04Dec, 20

December 7-11

  • MONDAY, 12/7: Final reading quiz on Hamlet.
  • WEDNESDAY, 12/9: Senior Research Paper due. (students have time to work on it Monday and Tuesday of this week).
  • Culminating Task for Hamlet: Argumentative Essay discussing whether Hamlet is truly mad or just mad in craft. Students have approximately 3 class days to work on this assignment, as well as prepare for exam. This essay will be due Monday, Dec. 14th.
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20Nov, 20

11/30-12/4 Assignments and Assessments

This week, we will continue our Hamlet unit.

Students should expect reading quizzes on what is read in class throughout the week. Students may use SparkNotes to help them review for these quizzes.

Tuesday, 12/1: MENTOR HOURS ARE DUE for senior project. Students should bring a signed mentor verification log with 3 hours logged. This is worth 50 points.

Friday, 12/4: Quiz on objective case pronouns.

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13Nov, 20

November 16-20 Assignments and Assessments

This week, we will continue our Hamlet unit.

Tuesday, 11/17: 4 full pages of research essay due + Works Cited.

This week, students will have quizzes on Act 3 of Hamlet, which we read solely in class. For help with this, students can review SparkNotes summaries online at SparkNotes.com.

Friday, 11/20: Grammar Quiz on objective case pronouns.

3 mentor hours due after Thanksgiving break!

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31Oct, 20

November 2-6 Assignments & Assessments

This week we will continue our Hamlet unit. All reading is done in class; students should be working on senior project for homework. **If students need help reviewing for reading quizzes on Hamlet, they should consult SparkNotes online.

Grammar Focus quiz Friday, November 6th.

Senior Project: Monday, November 16th = due date for first 4 pages of research essay. Students must turn in “Yes Test” and Works Cited with essay.

Students should continue to get mentor hours! The requirement has been reduced to 3 hours due to so many restrictions with COVID-19. Mentor hours due Dec. 1.

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23Oct, 20

October 26-30 Assignments & Assessments

This week we will continue our Hamlet unit. Students should expect at least 2-3 reading quizzes this week. Although reading is done in class, if students need to review, SparkNotes has a great review.

Our grammar focus for this week is nominative case pronouns.

Any work not finished in class is most likely for homework!

MONDAY, 10/26: Shakespeare Notes Test.

Friday, 10/30: Quiz on nominative case pronouns.

Senior Project: Be working on first half of research essay. Your portfolio and page protectors should be turned in. Get your mentor hours (3 needed) completed; be sure the mentor hours form is initialed and signed!

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19Oct, 20

October 19-23 Assignments and Assessments

This week we will continue our Hamlet unit. Students should expect reading quizzes each week. Reading will be done in class, but if students need extra help reviewing the content of the play, Sparknotes is a great resource.

Monday, 10/26: Shakespeare Notes Test.

SENIOR PROJECT:
-This week, students need to bring in portfolio and page protectors.
Wednesday, 10/21: Annotated Bibliography and Outline due.

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11Oct, 20

October 12-16 Assessments & Assignments

This week we will begin our Hamlet unit. This is a difficult play, and some reading may be assigned outside of class. Students should expect 1-2 reading quizzes per week, and Sparknotes can serve as a huge help for reviewing for these quizzes!

Students will receive Shakespeare notes this week, and there will be a test on these terms next Monday, 10/19.

This Friday, 10/16: Grammar quiz on apostrophes.

Senior Project: Annotated Bibliography and Outline due on Wednesday, October 21 (was originally the 19th). Most of this will need to be completed OUTSIDE of class. Students should also be working on scheduling and completing their 4 mentor hours.

 

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07Aug, 20

Welcome to My English Course!

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. -Colossians 3:23-24

Hi! By Friday afternoon (8/7), I will have next week’s upcoming events for you to view. I can’t wait to start another great year! If you would like to read my Parent Letter, which tells about me, my policies, and my grading scale, please visit my Uploads, or click this link here: General Parent Letter 2020

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