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March 22-26, 2010: Fourth Term Begins!

Monday, March 22: Q.T. Day -- No School for Students

  • Meetings, Meetings, Everywhere!
  • How can you have "Quality Teaching" when teachers are in meetings all day?

Tuesday, March 23: A Day (70-minute classes)
Wednesday, March 24: B Day

  • Welcome to the Beginning of the End!
  • Hall Passes: Last Time
  • Journal #2: Well, this is it! The beginning of the end of junior high. How does it feel? What are your plans for the final term? (100+ words)
  • "What They Learn in School": Read aloud together.
  • Reading Practice/Book Talks: The New Contract due next time!
  • Begin Fahrenheit 451: Assign Books (Don't lose 'em!)
    • A Day: The Fireman & The Girl (pp. 3-11)
    • B Day: ???
  • Comparative Listening: Who's a better reader: T or CD? Why?
    • After sampling both, write your thoughts on a slip of paper and submit.
  • Remember: You have a fairly long homework assignment and the new Reading Contract due next time! Also, don't forget to bring your copy of the F451 book back to class with you every day until we finish it! (Don't lose the book! It is checked out to you, and you will have to pay to replace it if it's lost.) Oh, and one more thing: We'll make a new seating chart next time, so choose a new seat when you arrive.

Thursday, March 25: A Day
Friday, March 26: B Day

  • Turn in "What They Learn in School" Questions
    (Keep your copy of the monologue.)
  • Fahrenheit 451: Hello Mildred! (pp.11-21), The Dandelion (21-22),
    The Mechanical Hound (pp. 22-28), Clarisse's Life: The Society of Fahrenheit 451 (pp.28-31)
  • Make sure you have finished to page 31 by Monday! (Hint, hint!)
  • F451 Lab Assignment

March 29- April 2, 2010

Monday, March 29: A Day
Tuesday, March 30: B Day

  • Reading Quiz (pp. 25-31) -- See! I warned you!
  • Journal #3: Read the Matt Groening cartoon about school. What point is the cartoon making? Is this how you perceive school? Why or why not? Give an example. (100+)
  • Close Reading Log: Set aside two pages in your Writing Notebook that can be used only for this assignment. This is an ongoing assignment for the time we are reading Fahrenheit 451, so it will take you a while to fill up those two pages. At the end of the novel you should have at least 10 passages from the novel in your Close Reading Log. Look back through the pages we have read so far and find one or two with which to start your log.

    Close Reading Log

    In your Writing Notebook, copy passages from the novel that resonate with you for some reason. Make sure to include the page numbers where you find the passages, which might include the following:

    • Vivid sentences full of powerful imagery.
    • Confusing sentences that are long, complex, or contain difficult vocabulary.
    • Thematic sentences that reflect the themes of the story.
    • Poetic sentences that contain comparisons (metaphors, similes, personification, etc.) or figurative language.
    • Intriguing sentences that are interesting or provocative for any other reason.
    • Profound sentences that express something just the right way.
  • Fahrenheit 451:
    Captain Beatty & The History of the Fire Department (pp.31-35)
    The First Alarm (pp. 35-41)
    Montag's Doubts: Mildred & Her "Family" (pp.41-48)
    A Visit from Captain Beatty (pp.48-53)
  • On Your Own: The Happiness Boys (pp. 53-63)

Wednesday, March 31: A Day
Thursday, April 1: B Day

  • Reading Quiz on pp. 53-63
  • Review this Summary of Beatty's Lecture.
  • Fahrenheit 451: Finish/Discuss "The Hearth and the Salamander" (pp.63-68) -- What is the symbolism?
  • Close Reading Log Update: Add a couple more good passages.
  • Journal #4: Read this article. Have you ever had a similar experience in school? (Do tell.) Do you agree with the writer's conclusion? Discuss the role of conformity in education: How much is necessary? How much is too much? Consider Clarisse's description of her school, the cartoon we read yesterday, and today's article. Discuss. (100+)
  • Fahrenheit 451: Part 2 ("The Sieve and the Sand")
    Montag Thinks...and Remembers (pp.71-75)
    Montag's Dilemma (pp.75-77)
  • Journal #5: Montag's Dilemma -- Which book would you save? Why? (100+)
  • Fahrenheit 451: The Subway (pp. 77-80)
  • B-Day Assignment for the Break: Read to page 110. Don't complain! That's only three pages per day! It won't take you more than an hour if you aren't competing with the distraction of Denham's Dentifrice.

Friday, April 2: A Day

  • Faber's Lecture (pp. 80-91)
  • Videots: Handout/Discussion
    (Complete Videots handout, including examples that support your views.)
  • Writing Assignment: What's wrong with TV? Using the Videots handout, Faber's "lecture," your response to the assignments on January 26/27, and other examples to support your case, write an essay in response to this prompt. (Shhh! Here's one answer! Here's another!)
  • Update Close Reading Log
  • A-Day Assignment for the Break: Read to page 110. Don't complain! Did you see how much B-Day has to read on their own???



April 5-9, 2010: Spring Break

Monday, April 5

  • No School

Tuesday, April 6

  • No School

Wednesday, April 7

  • No School

Thursday, April 8

  • No School

Friday, April 9

  • No School


April 12-16, 2010

Monday, April 12: B Day -- Midterm Book Talks Begin Today! Sign up for a time!

  • B-Day-Only Journal: How was the break? What did you do? Are you ready for the last 8 weeks of junior high school? Discuss. (100+)
  • Review Faber's Lecture (pp. 80-91)
  • Videots: Handout/Discussion
    (Complete Videots handout, including examples that support your views.)
  • Writing Assignment: What's wrong with TV? Using the Videots handout, Faber's "lecture," your response to the assignments on January 26/27, and other examples to support your case, write an essay in response to this prompt. (Shhh! Here's one answer! Here's another!)
  • Update Close Reading Log
  • Due Next Time (No Excuses): "What's Wrong With TV?" Essay
    &
    Make sure you have read to page 110 in the novel.


Tuesday, April 13: A Day
Wednesday, April 14: B Day

  • Reading Quiz: Did you get to page 110?
  • Review/Discuss Mildred's Friends and "Family" (pp. 91-102)
    (Need extra credit? Try this!)
  • Journal #6: Are you a Mildred? Are you a videot? Why or why not? (100+)
  • Fahrenheit 451: "Burning Bright"
    Montag Confronts Beatty (pp.113-121)
    Montag on the Run (pp.121-139)
  • Update Close Reading Log


Thursday, April 15: A Day
Friday, April 16: B Day

  • Journal #7: Write 100+ words about Topic #7 (from the list you made on March 2/3).
  • Fahrenheit 451: The River and the Tracks (pp. 139-145)
  • Grammar Punk: The F451 Series
    E H 4 , adjective Mildred/Clarisse
    I F 3 , conjunction Faber/Beatty
  • Granger and the Books (pp. 145-155)
  • Montag Finally Remembers (pp. 155-160)
  • Starting Over (pp. 160-165)
  • Update Close Reading Log (You should have at least 10.)


April 19-23, 2010

Monday, April 19: A Day
Tuesday, April 20: B Day

  • Check the F451 Series in the GP Hall of Fame!
  • Close Reading Log: Final Activity Part 1 -- From the list of at least 10 passages in your Close Reading Log, choose one (1) that you feel the most strongly about and copy it onto a large sheet of paper. Put the page number from which you copied the passage but not your name.
  • F451 Three-part "Test" -- To be completed by the end of the week in no particular order
    • Intro: What do the adjectives objective, subjective, and creative mean?
    • "Learning Algebra II" by Lisa Drnec Kerr is a poem that nicely illustrates these differences. (I think!)
    • Objective: AR Test
    • Subjective: Review your responses to "What They Learn in School" and "What's Wrong with TV?" Consider the Censorship question we addressed earlier and Beatty's "lecture." Watch this video about Creativity in School. Write an organized and very well supported response to this question: Is our world becoming one like the world of Fahrenheit 451?
    • Creative: Epitaphs for Clarisse/Mildred -- Fill out the worksheet by next time.
    • The above assignments will be completed over the course of this week, some in class, some as homework.
  • Close Reading Log: Final Activity Part 2: Pass the paper around the room, and as each new quote appears before you, write a note on that page about how you "connect" with that quote, what you like about it, why it is interesting, or what it means to you. Respond to the quote itself, not the person who copied it and not to the other responses on the paper. Get your own back at the end to see how others responded to your choice. Even if you hate the book as a whole, you can still find small moments of insight, brilliance, meaning, and inspiration within it.
    Suggestions:
    • See each passage in a new way.
    • Your brain is faster than your pen.
    • We're not used to this kind of thinking.
    • Trust instincts and first impressions.
    • Dare to be "wrong."
    • Don't get bogged down in details that don't matter yet.
    Starters:
    • "The imagery (description) makes me feel...."
    • "This reminds me of...because...."
    • "This confuses me because...."
    • "This makes me feel...because...."
    • "I (don't) like this because...."
    • "It's powerful because...."
    • "The tone is...."
    • "This could be said of...."
  • Turn in books & Subjective Responses: Consider what was cool about this activity, what frustrated you about it, and what you discovered about the book or the writing style that you would not have otherwise noticed. How is close reading different than the sort of scanning we often do?
  • Is it true? Will book paper really catch fire at 451 degrees Fahrenheit? (A story)


  • Wednesday, April 21: A Day
    Thursday, April 22: B Day (Midterm cutoff date)

    • Journal #8: In what ways are you creative? How do you express your creativity? Discuss. (100+)
    • DRSL #1: Communication (Notes in WN)
    • But do we ever ask why?
    • Why should we read and write?
      (Previous responses: 2007 & 2008)
      A seven-year old's response
      ! (Ten years later, this kid was a state finalist for the English Sterling Scholar Award.)
      (Just in case you were wondering: Why Read F451?)
    • Why read or write poetry? (Oh oh! Here it comes!)
      "Introduction to Poetry" by Billy Collins
    • Handout for Reference: Poetry/Literary Terms (You should know these!) & Poetry Analysis: This shows the questions we answer in our heads when we appreciate a poem. These are the elements that engage us and give the poem its effect. The only reason this form exists is because there are so many people who won't try otherwise. Don't make me use it!
    • Speaking of poetry, how are those Epitaphs coming? Work on them in class! Turn in. (This is the creative part of the F451 Test.)
    • Example of Paired Epitaphs: Cooney Potter & Fiddler Jones
    • Finish Book Talks

    Friday, April 23: A Day -- Midterm Book Talk Deadline

    • In case you were wondering how this year's came out: Why Read and Write?
    • Journal #9: First watch the clip of this fellow who has practiced a lot.
      • Creativity + Practice = Excellence
      • Hard work = Talent
      • "Talent is the desire to practice....Kids in school should be separated not by aptitude or intelligence but by how hard they are willing to work." -- Malcolm Gladwell
      • "Practice makes perfect."
      • Which of these quotes do you agree with and why? What do you want to be good at and how often do you practice? Why? Does anyone have to remind you to practice? Do you hope to make a living doing what you practice or is it something you do just for personal satisfaction? (100 +)
    • Poem o' the Day: "Did I Miss Anything?"
    • Epitaphs of Mildred and Clarisse -- Good Start!
    • Choose one and do a final draft. Consider using some of the poetic elements on the reference page. Space and punctuate in the way that best meets the needs of the poem. Consider not only the meaning of the words but also the sound and the "flow" of the lines.
    • Surprise me with a Chain Poem.



    April 26-30, 2010

    Monday, April 26: B Day

    • In case you were wondering how this year's came out: Why Read and Write?
    • Journal #9: First watch the clip of this fellow who has practiced a lot.
      • Creativity + Practice = Excellence
      • Hard work = Talent
      • "Talent is the desire to practice....Kids in school should be separated not by aptitude or intelligence but by how hard they are willing to work." -- Malcolm Gladwell
      • "Practice makes perfect."
      • Which of these quotes do you agree with and why? What do you want to be good at and how often do you practice? Why? Does anyone have to remind you to practice? Do you hope to make a living doing what you practice or is it something you do just for personal satisfaction? (100 +)
    • Poem o' the Day: "Did I Miss Anything?"
    • Epitaphs of Mildred and Clarisse -- Good Start!
    • Choose one and do a final draft. Consider using some of the poetic elements on the reference page. Space and punctuate in the way that best meets the needs of the poem. Consider not only the meaning of the words but also the sound and the "flow" of the lines.
    • Surprise me with a Chain Poem.
      (Wow! Look at these examples!)

    Tuesday, April 27: A Day
    Wednesday, April 28: B Day

    Using your notes from last week, take the Communication Quiz:
    1. Define communication.
    2. Define "text" as it was used in the lecture.
    3. Name the three kinds of text and give an example of each.
    4. What three things do you do as a "receiver" in the process of communication?
    5. What three things do you do as a "sender" in the process of communication?
    6. Name five "modes of expression" (or "writing modes") and describe each.

    • Journal #10: Write 100+ words about Topic #10 (from the list you made on March 2/3).
    • Poem o' the Day: "Gratitude to Old Teachers" by Robert Bly
    • Right Brain Workout: "Where I'm From"
    • Use powerful sensory imagery to say something about your past
    • Make a rough draft using Template #1 & Template #2
    • Revise and turn in a poem about yourself that is rich in descriptive imagery.
      Due next time!
    • 20 Minutes of CRT Prep: Comma Practice Worksheet
    • Review Grammar Punk Comma Rules


    Thursday, April 29: A Day
    Friday, April 30: B Day


    May 3-7, 2010

    Monday, May 3: A Day
    Tuesday, May 4: B Day

    • Poem o' the Day: "The Hand" by Mary Ruefle...
    • ...and how 'bout some of the good ones you wrote last week?
    • BTW: Did you want to see what happened to that Wordpool?
    • UTIPS Assignment & Extra Credit Opportunity (The top link is the assignment; you have to do that one. The ones marked "Extra Credit" are extra credit...but only until Thursday, May 13th.)
    • Score/Correct Comma Practice Worksheet #2
    • A Poetic Soul: Stargirl
      • Chapters 1 & 2
      • Vocabulary Set #1: hoax, nonconformity, saguaro, balk, paleontologist, orate
      • Journal #11: If this school had a show like Hot Seat, which three students would you want to see on it? Why? (100+ words)
      • Chapter 3 (aloud), 4 & 5 (silently)

    Wednesday, May 5: A Day
    Thursday, May 6: B Day

    • Poem o' the Day: "Cartoon Physics, part 1" by Nick Flynn
    • Chapter 5 Reading Quiz? (only if needed)
    • Stargirl Triptych: In Chapter 3, Leo follows Stargirl into the desert. Since Leo is the first-person narrator, we only know what he is thinking during this scene. Let's examine some of the other possible points of view. Select some cool, poetic words from the wordpool we created last week and write a triptych (three short poems) that represents other points of view in the scene: Stargirl, a third-person omniscient narrator, and one of your choice. (For example, you could write one from the point of view of Cinnamon the rat or from the point of view of the person inside the house where Stargirl delivered the "Congratulations!" card. You could even make up a character or include elements from the scene that aren't in the book. Be creative.) Weave this image into each of the poems to give them something in common even though they are all from different points of view: "She was walking directly into the setting sun, now a great orange perched atop the mountain crests" (p.17). Don't use the same words, but make sure each poem refers to that image of the sun over the desert mountains...like Courtney's picture.
    • Stargirl: Chapter 6
    • Journal #12: Describe an adult other than a parent who has been an advisor to you during a difficult or frustrating time. What qualities are necessary in such an advisor? Discuss. (100+ words)
    • Chapter 7
    • Study Question (in WN): "Keep looking at her long enough. One day you might see someone you know." Who? Copy and explain this quotation from page 35.
    • Chapter 8
    • Study Question (in WN): "But we also gave something to ourselves." What? Copy and explain this quotation from page 39.
    • Chapter 9
    • Study Comma Practice Worksheet #1 & Comma Practice Worksheet #2 for the Comma Test next time!
    • B Day Weekend Assignment: Observe someone closely (and quietly) for at least 15 minutes. Pay attention to the small details that you wouldn't usually notice in the course of your busy life. Remember what you observe and reflect on how focused observation is different than what we usually do.

    Friday, May 7: A Day

    • Comma Test
    • Stargirl Vocabulary Set #2: amorphous, inquisition, spiel, impromptu, raucous, ferocity (Copy into notebook.)
    • Journal #13: If, like Stargirl, you decided to change your name to something more descriptive of who and what you are, what would your new name be? Why? Explain. (100+ words)
    • Stargirl: Chapters 10 - 13
    • Organizational Patterns: Pages 359-363 in Language Text
    • Assignment (Orally): Exercise 5 & Review A on pages 362-363
    • A Day Weekend Assignment: Observe someone closely (and quietly) for at least 15 minutes. Pay attention to the small details that you wouldn't usually notice in the course of your busy life. Remember what you observe and reflect on how focused observation is different than what we usually do.


    May 10-14, 2010

    Monday, May 10: B Day -- Final Book Talks Begin Today!

    • Comma Test
    • Stargirl Vocabulary Set #2: amorphous, inquisition, spiel, impromptu, raucous, ferocity (Copy into notebook.)
    • Journal #13: If, like Stargirl, you decided to change your name to something more descriptive of who and what you are, what would your new name be? Why? Explain. (100+ words)
    • Stargirl: Chapters 10 - 13
    • Organizational Patterns: Pages 359-363 in Language Text
    • Assignment (Orally): Exercise 5 & Review A on pages 362-363


    Tuesday, May 11: A Day
    Wednesday, May 12: B Day

    • Correct/Score Comma Test
    • Vocabulary Set #3: mica, ocotillo, serene (serenity), derelict, rapture, facetious (Copy into notebook, and write a free verse poem that uses at least four of these words.)
    • Stargirl: Chapters 14- 16
    • Study Question (in journal): "She was the opposite of cool; she held nothing back." Explain this statement from page 78.
    • Stargirl: Chapter 17
    • "The Way to Start a Day" by Byrd Baylor
    • Assignment: "The Way to_____________" -- While out in the desert with Leo (Chapter 17), Stargirl seems to find special insight and inner peace by "erasing herself" through meditation. Consider a simple activity in which you find peace and insight into Life and the world. Using some fresh words from your wordpool, Write a non-literal poem describing the way to do that simple activity. Instead of just listing the steps involved, describe the process from the inside. Create metaphors to explain the thoughts and emotions that the activity conjures in you. This fill-in-the-blank outline is only for those who aren't creative enough to come up with all the lines on their own. Don't use it if you don't absolutely need to. Then create a decorated final draft that is suitable for classroom display. Be creative and artistic!
    • Just Fartin' Around: Fun & Practice with Informational Text
      Here's the article. >>> Here's the CRT practice.
    • Don't be absent for the next two sessions!


    Thursday, May 13: A Day (CRT: Lab 202)
    Friday, May 14: B Day (CRT: Lab 138)

    • Testing, Testing...



    May 17-21, 2010

    Monday, May 17: A Day
    Tuesday, May 18: B Day (BfMV)

    • 6
    • Extra Credit: Shades Night @ LHS (5/18, 7:00 P.M.)
    • Read quietly on your own today!
    • Stargirl: Chapter 18
    • Study Question (in journal): If the events of the novel Stargirl (up to page 99) happened at this school, which of the characters in the story would you be? Explain.

    • Stargirl: Chapters 19 - 22
    • Journal #14: What interesting things did you notice in your weekend observation (from two weekends ago)? What conclusions can you draw about the person you observed? Were you sympathetic or critical in your observations? Why? (100 +)
    • Vocab. Set #4: disparage, festooned, moa, jostling, gander, preamble
    • Stargirl: Read Chapters 23 & 24
    • Study Question (p. 126): "I never realized how much I needed the attention of others to confirm my own presence." Is this true? Do we need such attention? Why? What quality has Leo discovered in himself?
    • Read Chapter 25


    Wednesday, May 19: A Day (Choir Concert -- 7:00 P.M.)
    Thursday, May 20: B Day

    • 5
    • "The Way to __________" Poem due!
    • Journal #15: How many pebbles are in your happy wagon today? Why? Do you have ninth-grade-itis? Are you suffering from schpilkis in your gonechticazoink? Malaise? Ennui? Are you ready for summer? Discuss. (100+ words)
    • Stargirl: Read Chapter 26
      Study Question: Compare/Contrast Stargirl and Susan. Which character do you like more? Why?
    • Stargirl: Read Chapters 27-29 (on your own)
    • Stargirl: Read Chapters 30 & 31 (together)
    • Stargirl Study Question (p.170): "...it came to them in small sensations that they were more alone than she was." How? Explain this.
    • Finish Stargirl (on your own)


    Friday, May 21: A Day

    • 4
    • Finish Stargirl (on your own) if you are not already finished. Take AR test.
    • Stargirl Comparative Literature Assignment (Writing Notebook): Look back to the journal you wrote on January 20/21. You copied a poem (from page 315 of the Massive Purple Text) entitled "The Road Not Taken." Read the poem and then answer these questions in a coherent paragraph or two: What similar themes are shared by Stargirl and the poem? Explain and discuss. Which road will you take in life?
    • Poetry Assignment Part 1: From the various poems you have submitted in recent weeks, choose one to revise a final time (or write a completely new one). You will turn in a very legible final draft for credit on May 25/26. Analyze your own work using this form. (You received a reference copy back in April.)
    • Poetry Assignment Part 2: Find a free verse poem written by someone other than you that you like and understand. Bring a very legible copy of the poem to class on May 25/26.
    • You will be reading one or both of these poems aloud in class.
      Here are some pointers! (Listen to the example as well!)
    • This means you have TWO THINGS DUE NEXT TIME:
      • 1) A final draft of a poem of your own with an analysis of that poem attached
      • 2) A free verse poem written by someone else that you have read over enough to be able to present it aloud during our Poetry Flood.
    • Stargirl Final Exam (due May 27/28): Examples from the Past....


    May 24-28, 2010

    Monday, May 24: B Day

    • 4
    • Finish Stargirl (on your own) if you are not already finished. Take AR test.
    • Stargirl Comparative Literature Assignment (Writing Notebook): Look back to the journal you wrote on January 20/21. You copied a poem (from page 315 of the Massive Purple Text) entitled "The Road Not Taken." Read the poem and then answer these questions in a coherent paragraph or two: What similar themes are shared by Stargirl and the poem? Explain and discuss. Which road will you take in life?
    • Poetry Assignment Part 1: From the various poems you have submitted in recent weeks, choose one to revise a final time (or write a completely new one). You will turn in a very legible final draft for credit on May 25/26. Analyze your own work using this form. (You received a reference copy back in April.)
    • Poetry Assignment Part 2: Find a free verse poem written by someone other than you that you like and understand. Bring a very legible copy of the poem to class on May 25/26.
    • You will be reading one or both of these poems aloud in class.
      Here are some pointers! (Listen to the example as well!)
    • This means you have TWO THINGS DUE NEXT TIME:
      • 1) A final draft of a poem of your own with an analysis of that poem attached
      • 2) A free verse poem written by someone else that you have read over enough to be able to present it aloud during our Poetry Flood.
    • Stargirl Final Exam (due May 27/28): Examples from the Past....

    Tuesday, May 25: A Day
    Wednesday, May 26: B Day

    • 3
    • Poetry Flood
      • Turn in your analysis of your own poem.
      • Share poems aloud.
    • Burning Questions, Anyone?
    • A couple more Stargirl Presentations from the Past

    Thursday, May 27: A Day
    Friday, May 28: B Day -- Final Book Talk Deadline!

    • 2: Last Real Day of Class for 9th Graders
    • Stargirl Projects
    • Happy Anniversary to the Kardiac Kid!
      Last Chance Extra Credit
    • Writing Notebook: Copy "George Grey" -- Don't be one!
    • The Final Journal: Write a letter to yourself in ten years. Keep the journal until then and read it. Then write me a letter or an e-mail (or whatever the latest communication technology is by then) to tell me if things turned out as you planned.
    • Final Score on Writing Notebooks
    • Gathering Our Things: Journals, Poems, etc.
    • Final Conference with Thompson: Book Talks, Grades, Tearful Goodbyes...
    • Sign my yearbook...again....

    Poetry Cafe: Friday, May 28th, 6:00 P.M.
    Lincoln Elementary School
    Extra Credit available for those who attend.


    May 31 - June 4, 2010

    Monday, May 31: Memorial Day

    • No School
    • To see previous weeks, scroll all the way down.
    • Looking for Summer Reading?
      Join the "Fairfield Falcon Book Group" on Shelfari!

    Tuesday, June 1 (44!): A Day
    Wednesday, June 2 (9th Grade Dance -7:00 P.M.): B Day


    Thursday, June 3 (Lagoon Day): A Day


    Friday, June 4 (The End): B Day

    • Sign My Yearbook...this time the real one!
    • School's Out for Summer!

    "Did I miss anything?" This is the most annoying question students who have been absent can ask. My usual sarcastic reply is something like this: "Oh, heck no! We knew you were gone, so we just sat around all day and looked at each other. You don't really think I'm going to assign work on a day you're not here, do you?" So, in order to keep everyone (students and their parents) apprised of what exactly is going on each day in class, I am going to put it here. Check back often!


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