Students receive a homework chart at the beginning of the week, and all assignments are listed there.
Tuesday night is usually grammar night. Sheets are labeled with G and a #.
Thursday night is usually a voc. sheet that helps students to prepare for a Friday voc. quiz. In short weeks, the task might be strictly for vocabulary enrichment without a quiz.
All writing assignments are scored with a rubric. Students should always have direction sheets and rubrics beside them when editing and preparing final drafts.
*COME PREPARED WITH YOUR NOTEBOOK, YOUR WORKS IN PROGRESS FOLDER, YOUR VOC. INDEX CARD BOOKLET, YOUR TWO RED PENS, YOUR WRITING TOOLS, YOUR HIGHLIGHTER AND YOUR DESIRE TO WORK HARD!
Parents, today, Sept. 30th, I caught many students copying one another’s homework sheets. This IS CHEATING. All students received 0 for these tasks. Worse than that, we heard that students are now taking pictures of homework sheets and sharing them among large groups so that only one child has to do an assignment and each student takes a turn sharing work. We are not giving kids busy work; the sheets or tasks we ask the kids to do are reinforcing or teaching skills that they are required to know, and these assignments are ones that help them prepare for assessments. Now, some people would like to see the elimination of homework, but I can share the results of assessments taken when kids are not prepared because they did not complete the prep. work.
The questions all of us should ask are these: Do we want our kids prepared to succeed? Do we want them to improve their 13-14 year old skills of reading, writing and thinking? Do we want them to know that hard work and constant effort produce strong results? I tell the kids that my philosophy is basically the same as that of Bill Belichick, and I, too, often request of my team, “DO YOUR JOB!”
Please encourage your children to do their own work. Thanks.
Welcome to English Class! It’s August 31st, Week #1
You need to have the following supplies by Thursday’s class: 2 inch binder, spiral bound note cards for vocabulary words, red pen, a black or blue pen, pencil and a highligher. On Thursday, please read the welcome letter to your parents and gather the information you need to return to Mrs. Flynn next Tuesday.