Week of May 21st

For your reference, here's what we're doing for the remainder of the year (ROY).

Monday, 5/21: The class will start with a choral approach to presenting their speeches. They will then practice presenting their speeches with partners. **Be sure that you've signed up for the graded dress rehearsals (here's the schedule).

Tuesday, 5/22: This is the final day of our Senior Boards practice time.

Wednesday, 5/23: This is Mother's Tea day. Dress rehearsals of Senior Boards Presentations begin today.

Thursday, 5/24: Dress rehearsals of Senior Boards Presentations

Friday, 5/25: Dress rehearsals of Senior Boards Presentations

Week of May 14th

Hello, students! As you know, I'm on vacation. Here are our plans for the week:

Monday, May 14: Students will watch the first half of The Importance of Being Earnest and take notes on comedic elements that they see as well as changes that were made from the original script.

Tuesday, May 15th: Students will finish watching the play, still taking notes. 

Wednesday, May 16th: Students will complete the assessment that can be found on Google Classroom. If they don't finish in class, they have until Monday, 5/21, to complete it.

***For Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday:  If the film doesn't work in the DVD player, students will work quietly and independently on their senior boards speeches. We will reverse the order of things upon my return.***

Thursday, May 17th: Students will work on building their boards presentations and will practice presenting to classmates, and independently.

Friday, May 18th: Students will work on building their boards presentations and will practice presenting to classmates, and independently.

Week of May 7th

Monday, May 7 (plan): Today, students will be begin drafting their senior boards presentations. We will work specifically on our introductions. Here is the introductory paragraph to read for your Warm Up today: 

The waiter bows and places in front of you the most perfect, rare, tender cut of seared ahi crusted with hazelnuts and resting in a bed of wild rice and citrus herb risotto. A delicate mint pesto and sprigs of lemon mint accent the presentation, adding color and a touch of surprising flavor. It is for experiences like this, those special occasions, when we turn to true artists who use the perfect blend of flavors, textures, and smells to give us a meal we’ll always remember. Hello, my name is Joe Papermaker and for my Senior Project, I job shadowed  James Bread, the executive chef at “Elemental” restaurant in Portland. Ever since I was in elementary school, I’ve always loved playing with my food. My mom always enjoyed baking, and my step-dad was always firing up the grill, but after catching a few shows on the Food Network, I became fascinated with the incredible variety and possibility involved with cooking. During my Job Shadow, I was able to spend nearly 40 hours seeing what it is really like to not only cook, but also make all of the culinary decisions for a top-tier, popular restaurant. I got to see how several menu items were invented and the way that the executive chef decides how to build a successful menu.

Tuesday, May 8 (plan): This is day two of three for boards presentations. Today we will be focusing on the body of the presentation.

Wednesday, May 9 (plan): This is day three of three for boards presentations. We will wrap up by working on conclusions. Here's what you'll need for the warm up:

As I look back on my Senior Project, there are so many things this experience has given me.  First of all, I have a much better understanding of how demanding a job it is to be an executive chef, and even a line chef in a busy restaurant. I learned that if I really want to pursue this, I need to try as many new kinds of foods as I can and pay attention to the kinds of combinations that make sense. I also learned a few interesting ideas about how to talk about the flavors and textures of food, and James’s staff told me that I have a good palate for noticing little differences in flavors. I know I was intimidated at first by the fast pace of the kitchen, but I can see how that energy could really be exciting—but also exhausting. I’ve made the decision to enroll in culinary school for next year, and I’m optimistic that this will lead to a career I will love. This experience gave me a good taste of what that kind of life will be like. And speaking of taste… I wish I could bring to you samples of that hazelnut crusted ahi I told you about. It was tender and rich, with a crunchy, nutty crust, the filet perfectly seared on both sides, sweetly tender in the middle…And it was delicious. Thank you.

Thursday, May 10th: Students will get five work days for and practicing these presentations. This is day one.

Friday, May 11th: This is day two of five writing and practicing days for the senior boards presentations.

 

Week of April 30th

Monday, April 30 (plan): We will finish up with reading Act II of The Importance of Being Earnest, and will then do some work to see how Wilde's comments about aspects of Victorian life change or progress from Act I to Act II.

Tuesday, May 1st (plan): We will read chapters 23 & 24 of How to Read Literature Like a Professor.

Wednesday, May 2nd (plan): We will begin reading Act III as a class.

Thursday, May 3rd (plan): We will finish up with reading Act III.

Friday, May 4th (plan): We will learn about concepts in film  and adaptation in order to apply them later to our watching of a film based on this play.

  • Homework: Complete and transcribe your mentor interviews by May 7th. Complete your portfolio entirely by May 10th

Week of April 23rd

Hello, all! It's our last Late Start week this year :) Please see our plans below.

Monday, April 23 (plan): The students will work on concepts that are highlighted in Act of The Importance of Being Earnest.

Tuesday, April 24 (plan): The students will read chapters 23 and 24 of How to Read Literature Like a Professor and  apply the content to their reading of Act I.

Wednesday, April 25: LATE START – NO CLASS

Thursday, April 26 (plan): The class will begin reading Act II of the play.

Friday, April 27 (plan): We will wrap up the act today.

  • Homework:

    • SENIOR PROJECT HOURS ARE COMPLETE BY THURSDAY, April 26th!!! Get the Final Mentor Verification Form completed.
    • SPR Mentor interviews are to be conducted, transcribed, and shared with me  by Monday, May 7th. 

Week of April 16th

Monday, 4/16 (plan): students will finish Friday's work: a Reflection and Self-Assessment document, and a Thank You note (for Senior Project Portfolios).

  • Homework: – SRP final hours due Thursday, 4/26; Transcribed responses to interview questions due Monday, May 7th.

Tuesday, 4/17 (plan): To begin our The Importance of Being Earnest unit, we will take notes on comedy.

  • Homework: – SRP final hours due Thursday, 4/26; Transcribed responses to interview questions due Monday, May 7th.

Wednesday, 4/18 (plan) – Groups will work on reading and taking notes on some historical/biographical information.

  • Homework: – SRP final hours due Thursday, 4/26; Transcribed responses to interview questions due Monday, May 7th.

Thursday, 4/19 (plan): If necessary, students will catch up today on work from Tuesday and Wednesday. If not, we wil start reading Act I as a class.

  • Homework: – SRP final hours due Thursday, 4/26; Transcribed responses to interview questions due Monday, May 7th.

Friday, 4/20 (plan): Students will either begins reading the play as a class, or else we will continue doing so.

  • Homework: – SRP final hours due Thursday, 4/26; Transcribed responses to interview questions due Monday, May 7th.

Week of April 9th

I faced some formatting issues this week, folks. Sorry for the bolding! Anyway, please take a look at what I refer to as our good friend ROY if you'd like to know what is coming up over the next few weeks through the end of the school year.

Monday, 4/9 (plan): Students will begin sorting through their documents in order to print out and acquire several clean versions of previously-created documents.

  • Homework: Senior Project FINAL hours due by April 26.

Tuesday, 4/10: Day two of portfolio document preparation and collection.

  • Homework: Senior Project FINAL hours due by April 26.

Wednesday, 4/11 (plan): Today, we will begin writing our job summaries and also our interview questions. Due at the end of class tomorrow!

  • Homework:Senior Project FINAL hours due by April 26. Interview Question responses, typed and formatted, due by Monday, May 7th.

Thursday, 4/12: Finishing yesterday's lesson, the job summaries and the interview questions are both due by the end of class today.

  • Homework: Senior Project FINAL hours due by April 26. Interview Question responses, typed and formatted, due by Monday, May 7th.

Friday, 4/13 (plan): Students will prepare the final paperwork for the Senior Project Portfolio, focusing mostly on the Reflection and Assessment piece and the Thank You Letter. Day two of this lesson will take place on Monday.

  • Homework: Senior Project FINAL hours due by April 26. Interview Question responses, typed and formatted, due by Monday, May 7th.

Week of March 26th

It's our last week before Spring Break, students, and it's all about the Senior Research Essay (and the 15 hour check of your Senior Project, which is coming on Thursday). Here's the agenda:

  • Monday, 3/26: Students will spend the first of two days on Peer Revision efforts for their peers (materials can be found on Google Classroom).
  • Tuesday, 3/27: Students will finish their Peer Revision activity.
  • Wednesday, 3/28: Students will revise their essays.
  • Thursday, 3/29: After a Warm Up including work with model essays, students will continue to revise their essays.
  • Friday, 3/30: Students will have one final day to work on class on these essays. They better be perfect :)

Homework:

  • 15 hours toward your Senior Project must be completed by Thursday, 3/29.
  • SRE is due by midnight on Friday, 3/30.

 

 

Week Of March 19

This is the final week in our Siddhartha unit, and the second to last week of our Senior Research Essay unit. Please look over our agenda this week, and note that the homework for the week is indicated at the bottom of the post.

  • Monday, 3/19: Socratic Seminar 2 and preparation (here's the link to the Buddhist haikus).
  • Tuesday, 3/20: Last day to complete Siddhartha work. 
  • Wednesday, 3/21: Preparation for the Siddhartha Unit Test (here's the link to Emerson's Brahma).
  • Thursday, 3/22: Siddhartha Unit Test
  • Friday, 3/23: Work time – Senior Research Essays

Homework

  • Your best draft of your senior research essay due Monday, 3/26.
  • 15 hours toward your senior project due Thursday, 3/29.
  • SRE Final draft: by midnight on Friday, 3/30.