Advanced English C, 2020-21

Teacher: Kara Palumbo

Time: Sunday 10:10AM - 10:55AM
Grades: 9-12


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  • Assigned on 09/20: Homework : Entrance Exam Advance English C  |  
    See Google Classroom for homework instructions.
  • Assigned on 09/27: Homework: Vocabulary for "The Raven"  |  
    I did the hard work for you and now all you have to do is study! Here is your vocabulary list for Sunday. Please study the following words for Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven."
  • Assigned on 10/4:
    For homework, please analyze Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven." There are 18 stanzas containing 6 lines each. You must give an analysis of EACH stanza, in detail. Please type up your homework in a word document and submit it here in Google Classroom. Please do not submit a PDF, I want it on a document that I can comment on. Once you are finished with your analysis, I want you to write a paragraph (5-7 sentences) telling me who you think Lenore is and what happened to her. If you steal your ideas from the internet, you better cite your information! Try to come up with your own ideas before turning to your computer for help.
  • Assigned on 10/18:
    Homework is posted in Google Classroom
  • Assigned on 10/25:
    Please write an outline of your writing competition submission. If you are writing poetry, jot down ideas, words, stanza topics, etc. If you are submitting to short story, flash fiction, or any other prose genre, have a detailed outline of your story. You will be writing in class.
  • Assigned on 11/1:
    Begin writing. I am not going to give you much guidance for this weeks homework. I want to see what you can do on your own. Be creative. Write as much as you can without being concerned about perfection. I am not worried about grammar at this point in the writing process. I am concerned about your work being organized and clear to the reader. You have your outlines, so follow them and start to write. You should have at least 50% of your piece done for homework. The due date will be Saturday night. I will not be adding comments or corrections until the following week, I just want to see that it is done. You will be graded for your efforts.
  • Assigned on 11/8:
    Finish your stories, essays, or poems. Remember this is a rough draft. Have it completed and handed in by Saturday at 5pm. It will not be corrected until the following week, but I want to look at it prior to class. Those of you that do your homework at 9:00am Sunday morning, PLEASE do your work a couple hours earlier this week.
  • Assigned on 11/15:
    Please work on your writing while we work on your corrections. Keep checking Google Classroom and see if we handed back your work. Read your work out loud! It is helpful to read your work to someone to hear your mistakes, but if you don't want to do that, just read it out loud in your room by yourself. You will still be able to hear your mistakes.
  • Assigned on 11/22:
    See Google Classroom
  • Assigned on 12/6:
    Because you have been working nonstop on your writing assignments, I'd like to give you a break. We are going to read together in class. Please do not read at home. I want to analyze this text as a class. The text will be posted on Google Classroom...don't worry yourself about it now ; )
  • Assigned on 12/13:
    Go to Google Classroom; you will find the short story, "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" along with the article "20 Rules For Writing Detective Stories." The first thing you must do is read all 20 rules for writing a detective story. Print out the article. Have that article near you when you are reading "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle. You must also print out the short story. You will be writing on the text. NO YOU CAN NOT JUST TYPE ON THE TEXT. We are going to see if Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created a solid detective story when he wrote "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle." When you see certain RULES show up in the short story, place the number rule next to the spot in the story.
  • Assigned on 12/20:
    If you completed last week's "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" assignment, then you have no homework. If you didn't complete it, please turn it in on Google Classroom. Happy Holidays. Enjoy Your Break.
  • Assigned on 01/10:
    Please See Google Classroom for attachments and instructions
  • Assigned on 01/17:
    For those of you that did not complete the work last week, complete it now! Come to class next week with a print out of the "20 Rules for Writing a Detective Story" along with a working camera and microphone. If your camera or mic are not working, I must receive an email from a parent or guardian no later than Saturday 1/23/21 stating that they are broken. Everyone would like to sit behind a blank screen and say nothing, but you are in up for class.
  • Assigned on 01/24:
    The art of deduction is usually a semester long course you can take in college. We don't have that kind of time; this is just an exercise to show you how Dupin’s brain can magnificently deduct within seconds; something that our simplistic brains may not be capable of doing. For homework, we are giving Dupin a scenario where he can figure out how we end up in a final situation or something of the like. I will give you my example from class. This is not a masterful example. It is simple and took ten minutes. That is how long I want you to take working on this 10-20 minutes. Dupin enters my home seeing me throw an LOL doll across the room as he enters. I welcome him and then rush to pause my television. “I love the Tidying Show on Netflix as well,” Dupin states. Me- “Welcome to my house.” Why did he mention that show? I've never seen that? He saw the bandage on my foot and the brace on my ankle which could only be from falling over toys. He looked behind him at the front door seeing all the empty amazon boxes and the 25 other boxes that said, “Container Store.” After helping himself to some coffee, he must have looked in my cabinets and saw how orderly my cabinets were. Putting everything together, he must have realized that I am in the midst of trying to organize everything (yet still failing at getting my kids to CLEAN UP THEIR MESS!!!) We sat with our coffee and I turn the TV back on. I realize that I had was searching the word "organization on Netflix. Dupin looked at me, repeating what he said when he entered, “I love the Tidying Show on Netflix as well.” WHAT?? I didn't know anything about this show. Students, this is not perfect. I am not Edgar Allan Poe. This is what 10 minutes of trying created. I want you to create a simple “date” with Dupin where he is the detective, and you are just an average person. That is all I was asking for. It was easier to give you an example than try to explain.
  • Assigned on 01/31: Homework: Vocabulary and Proof of reading  |  
    If you have decided that you are not happy with your vocab test grade, please study the attached words and retake the test. You can stay after class to take the test this upcoming Sunday or arrange another time with me via email. For homework, to show you are starting to prepare for your writing assignment, please take pictures of at least 10 places in the story where Edgar Allan Poe used the rules necessary for writing a detective story. Upload those photos as proof of completion. I want to see the sentence(s) highlighted with the rule number next to it. Make the number clear as well as the photo. You should have 10 separate uploads (downloads???) handed in to receive a complete grade for this assignment.
  • Assigned on 02/7:
    If you haven't already, please finish reading "The Murders in the Rue Morgue." Once you have done that, you have no other homework! Enjoy your February break.
  • Assigned on 02/21: Homework: Prepare for in-class writing  |  
  • Assigned on 02/28:
    I have made private comments on each of your documents in Google Classroom. Please read your comments and see your individual assignments.
  • Assigned on 03/7:
    Now that we have discussed your thesis statements, I want each of you to perfect them and look over any other comments I left. After you have perfected your thesis statements, write your introduction. This assignment is due on Saturday at 9:00am.
  • Assigned on 03/14: Homework: Introduction to paper on "TMitRM"  |  
  • Assigned on 03/21:
    Please have your introduction and first TWO body paragraphs posted in Google Classroom by this Saturday, March 27th at 1:00PM. You were given 45 minutes to work in class last Sunday and some of you used that time to add to your writing or edit mistakes, while others did absolutely nothing. Come to class this Sunday with and Introduction and two body paragraphs or a letter from a parent why you are unable to get the work done for this class. I am willing to allow you to get more work done in class, but you have to be willing to show me that you are getting work done on your own as well. If there continues to be a problem week after week, please have your parent write to me by Friday at I am here to guide you through the process of writing a paper. I give you plenty of time, point you towards resources, allow you to work during the class period, and then I receive letters from students week after week (not your parents) that they are unable to do anything for class. It's March! get some work done please. I believe in your ability to create amazing papers. I have seen you all write before. Don't give up on me yet!
  • Assigned on 03/28:
    After a month of preparing, your paper is finally due. If you have been keeping up with the weekly assignments, you should have completed your introduction and first body paragraph, therefore almost having completed your first page! You also have next week off. You have two weeks to finish your work. I am available if you need to email me questions. If I don't respond immediately, please be patient. Remember that I am on break as well. You papers must contain the following: A thesis statement (you must be arguing a point, don't just state a fact that everyone knows) Clear transitions from one paragraph to the next Properly citing sources. "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" must be one of your sources. Page set up, 12 point font, Times New Roman, Double Spaced, DON'T MESS WITH YOUR MARGINS
  • Assigned on 04/11:
    no homework
  • Assigned on 04/18: Homework: Part One of Final Project  |  

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