Welcome to English Class! Mrs. Kokan’s Schedule: 1-CP English III 2-Honors English III 7-Honors English II
WORLD LITERATURE • Why study it? • What can be gained from studying other cultures? • Why is it important to expose ourselves to other authors, cultures, countries, and groups of people? • How has traveling changed you? • Where will the world take you?
BRITISH LITERATURE • Why study it? • What can be gained from studying other cultures? • Why is it important to expose ourselves to other authors, cultures, countries, and groups of people? • How has traveling changed you? • Where will the world take you?
YOU ARE INTERNS! • Think of this class as an INTERNSHIP. • You will be collaborating with peers to complete authentic tasks (projects). • THIS IS A WORKING RELATIONSHIP. You won’t always like your classmates or coworkers, but you have to work together.
Why Interns? • In real life, people apply what they learned in school to authentic tasks on the job; however, they must receive on-site training first to truly understand their jobs’ responsibilities. • College students must complete internships, before they’re ready to enter the work force.
English Class = Internship • This will be a student-initiated class where you, the interns, become active learners. • Therefore, you will be applying skills learned in this class to individual and collaborative projects.
Project-Based Learning • What is project-based learning?
#truth • “I don’t always like or enjoy doing something in the moment, but I’m glad that I did it afterward.” –Me • “Sometimes I pretend that I’m having fun when I’m doing something that I don’t want to do, and I actually end up having fun.” – Jack Black • “It’s lonely on top.” –Me
#truth • “‘I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘I’m bored.’” [Louis C.K.]
#truth • “BORED people are BORING people.” – Bonnie’s Mom
Use this PowerPoint for the Following Information: • Class procedures and expectations • Technology application setups • Proper classroom conduct and decorum in writing
Keystones • Good news? • No more PSSAs! • Bad news? • Keystones • Composition • Literature • SOPHOMORES, at the end of this course, you will take the Literature Keystones to count for your AYP scores.
Classroom Diagnostic Tests • CDTs: • Taken ? times a semester • Diagnose strengths and weaknesses • Remediation programs will be developed based on individual students’ needs
Remediation: Keystone Prep Students’ CDT scores, grades, and class participation will determine their individual remediation program. Remediation will occur during period 3. No extra homework will be given.
Procedures & Expectations • Refer to your handout as we review the procedures and expectations. • Read the course description. • Return the contract: • Friday, January 24th • Take the QUIZ • Thursday, January 23rd
GRADING POLICY • Points system • Handbook contains the grading scale • Check PowerSchool often • https://powerschool.elcosd.org
PARTICIPATION • Be on time • Bring required materials • Participate in discussions, projects, and activities • Answer questions • Complete assignments on time • Take care of the laptops • Show respect
UNACCEPTED BEHAVIORS • Tardiness • Not bringing materials to class • Abuse of laptops or books • Talking during direct instruction • Disrespectful, disruptive or dangerous behavior • Negative attitudes • Sleeping
HOMEWORK • Late homework receives half credit up to one week after the due date. • Late projects or essays are deducted a letter grade each day. • Detentions are given after THREE missed assignments. • You will receive two one-day late passes. • See HW assignments in GOOGLE DOCS. • Spreadsheet • Color-coded calendar
MAKE UP WORK • BE RESPONSIBLE! • Check the Absentee bin for papers • Check the HW Calendar in Google Docs • Ask a friend • Email Mrs. Kokan • Schedule test/quiz make up dates • ONE WEEK to make up tests/quizzes
REQUIRED MATERIALS • Folder or three-ring binder • Notebook or paper • Writing utensil • Textbook • Novel(s) • Monday = RAC
Textbook • JUNIORS: • New course; therefore, no official book • Handouts • Novels • SOPHOMORES: • British Lit. textbook • Novels
MISCELLANEOUS RULES • Secure drink lids and place on the floor during laptop use • Turn off and hide cell phones • Keep your hands to yourselves • Don’t touch classroom items • Do not cheat, plagiarize, or copy • NO TOLERANCE
MISCELLANEOUS RULES • Be mature and show common sense: • Attire • Assignments • Writings • Conversations • Respect yourselves, others, and classroom materials (i.e. laptops)
TARDINESS • Procure a late pass • Detention = FOUR tardies • Locker or restroom use do not count as excuses • Failure to bring your textbook to class will result in a tardy
POTTY POLICY • Fill out handbook • Date & time • Do not ask during direction instruction • Appropriate times: • Individual or group work
Music • During independent or group work, students are permitted to listen to music on their own devices and headphones. • DO NOT insert headphones into the computers and search on Youtube, etc. • It drains the batteries
No Cell Phones • Strict new policy that will be enforced • Cell phones must be silent and hidden • Cell phones will be collected otherwise
Emails to Note: • firstname.lastname@example.org • Email with questions or submit attached assignments • email@example.com • Share Google Drive assignments • WRITE DOWN THESE ADDRESSES!
Laptop Distribution • Remember your laptop number! • How to Retrieve and Replace laptops on the cart • Log in as… • hslocal
DO NOT… (laptops) • 1. Do not remove a laptop from the cart unless instructed to do so. • 2. Do not use a laptop other than the one that was assigned to you (unless otherwise instructed). • 3. Never pull out the magnetic charging cord. Instead, sweep it to the right with your hand for removal. • 4. Do not sign in as your name on the login screen. • 5. Do not carry the laptops with one hand or with the lid open.
DO NOT… (laptops) • 6. Do not customize your desktop. • 7. Do not put anything on the keyboard and close the lid. • 8. Do not eat, drink, paint, use markers, etc. near the laptops. • 9. Do not move or unplug the laptop cart for any reason. • 10. Do not touch the screens or smudge dirt on them.
DO NOT… (laptops) • 11. Do not wiggle the screen back and forth. Position it to your liking and leave it there. • 12. Do not add any widgets to the laptops. • 13. Do not log into someone else’s server. • 14. Do not mess with the kproxy or mega proxy. • 15. Do not remove the batteries from the laptops.
DO NOT… (laptops) • 16. Do not search or view any inappropriate words, websites, pictures, etc. • 17. Do not restart your computers without speaking to Mrs. Kokan. • 18. Do not pop off keys, break things in the slots, stick things in the CD drive, or abuse the laptops in any way. • 19. Do not remove the laptops from the classroom. (They cannot be signed out.)
Consequences for Misusing Laptops • Failure to comply with the rules will result in detention. Punishments for repeated or grand offenses are subject to the discretion of Mrs. Kokan. • No surfing the web while you’re supposed to be completing class work. After a WARNING, a DETENTION will be issued.
LAPTOP SIGN OUTS • Students may sign out laptops in the library. • Please note, you will not be able to access your server or use the Internet at home. • See Mrs. Templeton in the library to save your document/project to the signed-out laptop.
DO… (laptops) • ONLY use the laptop assigned to you. • When removing your laptop from the cart, brush the magnetic cord to the right. • Immediately check to make sure the laptop seems clean and working properly. If you notice anything fishy, immediately inform Mrs. Kokan for two reasons: 1) so that she can document the error; 2) so that you will not be held responsible. • Keep your laptop flat on your desk at all times. • Sign in as hslocal.
Pd. E Library & Lab Usage • Mrs. Templeton = Librarian • Library • Only two students may have a pass from Mrs. Kokan for the library during period 3. • Lab • Mrs. Templeton will have 24 lab passes a day in the library. First come, first served.
BLACKBOARD, a.k.a. BB • BB will house the following: • Course documents • Project & paper requirements • Homework assignments • Technology application setups and uses • Course information • Discussion boards • Wiki links
BB Navigation • Buttons • Folders • Downloading documents • A download box will appear with the downloaded document • Click on the document in the box for it to open
BUTTONS • Open up this course’s corresponding expectations in the appropriate folder within the CLASS INFORMATION button. • Check homework assignments within the HW ASSIGNMENTS button. • Color-coded calendar • Check out your class’ color
DICTION = Word Choice • When responding to discussions, select your word choice carefully. • Use action verbs, descriptive adjectives, enhanced vocabulary. • Refrain from using slang. • Points will be deducted from the Style category for weak diction.
Conventions • Precision and effort are expected in all assignments and discussions. No matter how simple the assignment seems, grammatical rules should always be followed: • Write in complete sentences. • Use proper punctuation (periods, commas, apostrophes, semi colons, etc.) and capitalization. Remember this is not Instant Messenger; this is English class. • Spell words correctly! Look them up online if you’re unsure of spellings.
Create Lead Collaborate Delegate Evaluate Apply Investigate Analyze Interrogate Research Think Critically Read Critically Pump up your Potential
? Discuss amongst yourselves. Did You Know? by Karl Fisch What is 21st Century Learning?
Preach It Fellas… • “No problem can be solved by the same consciousness that created it. We need to see the world anew.” - Albert Einstein • “If we always do what we’ve always done, we will get what we’ve always gotten.” - Adam Urbanski
Tech Survey & Video Discussion • Complete the following: • Tech Survey • Blackboard (via Google Docs Form) • Discussion about the “Did You Know?” Video:
Assignment: • Find an interesting quote by an author or artist from any country other than the USA (Juniors); from Great Britain (Sophomores). • Type it or make it neat and pretty • Due: tomorrow • Be prepared to answer WHY?