Subjects:English II, I and Newspaper & Yearbook
Tutorial day is Tuesday 2014-2015
Students in English I will be re-introduced to text annotation in the middle of the first quarter. From then on they will annotate every novel or other extended work they read this year.
As most of you know, my oldest daughter passed 5 November 2015. I penned a remembrance as a sort of therapy. It is accessible here:
Parents and students, rubrics for the English I and II are available in Classroom Documents.
2017 European Art Tour -- Spring Break 2017 - This trip is closed.
2018 China Tour -- Spring Break 2018 Mr. Marvelli,who leading the trip to China, is still accepting travelers. The price will go up $200 November 3.
In accordance with WS/FC School Board policy 6153, Section III, the Board of Education or the individual schools will not approve field trips outside the United States. Mr. Marvelli and Mrs. Nosal will work closely with Education First Tours (EF Tours) to coordinate these educational trips outside the United States.
The English I and II syllabi for the 2016-17 academic year are available in Classroom Documents.
2016 - 2017 English I and II class supply list:
1. Three-ring 1 and 1/2 inch binder with 5 dividers
2. 400 sheets of three-hole punched college rule loose leaf notebook paper. Please do NOT purchase spiral binders of paper.
3. One string bound Composition Book for journaling that are available at Office Depot for $.75 each.
4. One or more black or dark blue ink pens.
5. One flash drive, at least 8 gig in size.
English I - Current unit is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The novel is the students' current unit. Monday, 31 October, they will begin the culminating unit project, writing an original screenplay for a scene from the novel not included in Horton Foote's original screenplay for the movie starring Gregory Peck. A link to that script is immediately below. The remaining project rubrics and instructions are available in Classroom Documents.
English II - The current unit is a study and comparative analysis of the cultural values in the Great Flood narratives of The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Book of Genesis.
Students are currently reading, annotating, and analyzing chapters 6 -- 9 of The Book of Genesis. The unit is taught as a study in cultural anthropology as well as deep reading and text analysis.
English I and II Composition aids:
It is wise to purchase all books for the year in advance and begin reading this summer. You will annotate all of them whether or not you own a personal copy of the book -- I will show you how to annotate with sticky notes if you have borrowed a book and cannot write in it. See my book list below for the entire term
Below are the titles included in my 2014-15 reading list. These must be purchased. There are some copies available in the Media Center.
English II Books for the 2016 - 17 Academic Year:
Night by Eli Wiesel -- Summer reading assignment for Year V. (This book may be borrowed from the Media Center) Annotation is not required.)
English II Reading list for the 2016-17 academic year.
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.
October Sky by Homer Hickham
Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton
Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare may be borrowed from the Media Center
English I Books for the 2016 - 2017 Academic Year:
Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand. This is the summer reading assignment and may be borrowed from the Media Center. Annotation is not required
The Martian by Andy Weir (This is a change. If you have already purchased Moneyball and are unable to return the book. Please see me.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Romeo and Juliet is contained in the class textbook. However, I recommend that students purchase their own copies (with a rendering in modern English) to facilitate annotation and comprehension.
Annotation is an important skill not only for the regular cycle of reading done in all class rooms, but also for test taking strategies. The following link will take you to the current annotation rubric.
District ELA Teachers:
My workshop handouts here:
The Common Core State Standards can be downloaded here: NC CCESS
Compositions must be submitted to Turnitin.com. Your students will either establish new accounts (English I) or renew their old accounts (English II) in order to submit their compositions for originality reports. Students will receive their paper grade on the site. They will download the graded paper and keep a copy of the paper with its originality report for their composition/writing portfolios.
Writing Across the Curriculum Paisley Faculty:
Below are the links to Purdue University Online Writing Lab as well as the writing bible, the Modern Language Association website.
Purdue University Online Writing Lab MLA style book:
Main MLA Website for member access only:
Below is a mini lesson on the eight parts of speech:
Below is a link to a mini-lesson on the definitions and function of each of the eight parts of speech:
Below is a mini lesson on the five parts of the sentence:
Below is a min-lesson on the Phrase, the Clause, and the Sentence:
Her-e is a website for student use with vocabulary exercises:
Misplaced and dangling modifiers online exercises:
Below is the only online diagramming parser I can find. It is not entirely dependable, but will work with simple sentences. A user needs to recognize the errors, which may be problematic for the beginner.
Reed-Kellogg Online Sentence Diagramming Site:
Below is a simple explanation of the Reed-Kellogg diagramming system:
Below is a link to the PowerPoint on Thesis statements and Focus sentences that should normally the critical part of a the introduction to a composition:
Journalism & Yearbook
Students are now producing regular stories on the school's online newspaper. Pawprints may be found at www.pawprintsatpaisley.wordpress.com. This hyperlink is currently not working. You may "copy and paste" the address into your web browser's address bar. Our readers can expect to see stories appearing regularly in Paw Prints, the school's online newspaper. Paisley does not offer a printed version of our school newspaper, only an online version through Wordpress.com. Senior staff not working currently with the newspaper are working with the PTSA publication, Panther Pride. Check out our newspaper at.The PTSA publication Panther Pride can be found on the school's main website.