The Week Ahead: April 30th to May 4th

YOU ARE DONE WILL ALL IN CLASS TASKS FOR AP AND AICE! WOOHOO!

This week will be all about reviewing for the two AICE GP’s and starting you literature circles.

General Paper

Monday is all about AICE General Paper! Students will come in and write a practice general paper essay. Here are the prompts and directions, in the case that you missed class (shout out to block 3 here!) Then on Tuesday students will peer edit and analyze sample versions of essays responding to the same prompts. These essays will be posted here later in the week. On Thursday students will take another practice General Paper exam. I will give feedback on this essay. These are the final days of practice!

Thank you to all of those who were able to attend the General Paper simulation on Saturday! We had a total of 75 students show up! If you were unable to attend here are the here that was given. For reference, here is the examiner report and the mark scheme with comments from the examiners. Please set up a time to meet with me before school or after school to go over the exam if you would like!

Global Perspectives

Practice exam number 2 is due tonight (Sunday) online OR tomorrow (Monday) handwritten. I will get you feedback on these, and you will have another one to work on this upcoming weekend!

Here is the practice that is due on Monday May 7th, handwritten at the beginning of class:

Questions

Resource Booklet

If you have any questions about the exam, please ask!

AP Seminar

We are not working on anything specific this week for AP Seminar. We will start focusing on the sit down exam next week after you are done with General Paper and Global Perspectives.

I am working on a plan for a practice AP Seminar exam on a Saturday. I will be taking a poll in class to see if anyone is interested in attending it.

Literature Circles

We will start literature circles on Wednesday — this means that you will need your book in class on Wednesday. We will work on creating a reading schedule and I will introduce the various roles that will be a part of the literature circles. Friday will be the first day of group discussions.

*Please note that there is minimal homework this week…I know that MANY of you have your AICE Marine exam on Monday & Wednesday. I wish you luck on this exam!*


 

It’s time to talk about celebrating!

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Due to the late date of your AP Seminar exam (5/25), I have decided for us to have our Block Parties next Friday (5/11). We will begin the planning process for this in class this week. In the past we have tie dyed, played kickball, had a potluck, watched a film, and more. Each class will plan out what they would like to do to celebrate the completion of all of the AICE & AP tasks, as well as (most of) your exams.


The Week Ahead: April 23rd to April 27th, 2018

It’s a fresh week! That means it is a fresh start!

First things first, GREAT job on FSA last week! You have also been doing a GREAT job on your AP Seminar presentations!

This is BIG…PAY ATTENTION & SIGN UP SOON!

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There is an opportunity to take a practice General Paper exam. This is a great practice for the real test day. We will have it set up like the real test, with your candidate number, test booklets, and a script similar to that used by AICE! It will be held from 9:15 am to 11:15 am on Saturday, April 28th. If you are interested in joining, please sign up here.


Here is what is up in the classroom this week…

AP Seminar

We have (hopefully) four more days of presentations. I will be able to give NO MORE extensions for the presentations. Only reach out if there is an emergency.

Make sure you discuss with me if you have not yet entered your AP number into the digital portfolio, or submitted your IRR or IWA to the digital portfolio.

Everything must be submitted to AP by Sunday night including my placement of AP grades. This week is tight for getting everything done. Do your best to be in class and asking me for help to get stuff done!

 

AICE Global Perspectives

You will finally be given a practice Global exam. I know that last week was rough with my printing capabilities. I will have these printed for you on Monday morning. You can find a digital copies in the two links below:

Articles 

Questions

Please answer these questions in blue or black ink on loose leaf paper with an MLA header at the top of the page. They are due at the beginning of class on Thursday. We are going to go over it in class on Thursday after presentations are over.

 

AICE General Paper

This week your GP practice prompt is:

How far are cultures other than European significant in your country?

Your writing focus is going to be conclusions.

On Wednesday you should come to class with a draft in your AICE packet. This draft will include an outline of your essay so that your peer & eventually myself, can see the thinking that lead you to your conclusion.

You final draft will be due on Friday on a loose leaf paper in blue or black in with an MLA header.

Don’t forget that The Skimm is a great daily resource to say up to date on the news around the world. Sign up here.

You can ALSO go back and watch OLD CNN 10 video’s (also known as CNN Student News). The exam was written about two years ago, so it could be pulling from the current events of that year. Here are some ideas of where to look:

2014 Year in Review from NBC News

2015 Year in Review from ABC News

2016 Year in Review from CBS News


 

By the end of the week, I pinky promise to let you know what the final weeks of the school will look like…I am working on some pretty awesome plans…or so I think so!

The Week Ahead: April 16th to April 20th, 2018

This is a long post, but it has a lot of really important information. Please read it carefully so to not miss any points made!

FSA Reading

On Monday and Tuesday you will meet me (Miss K) in the theater first period. ALL of you, unless you have accommodations. You will be taking the FSA Reading Test both days. The testing sessions are 90 minutes long – so you should be in 4th – 7th. Talk to your 1st – 3rd teachers to see if you are missing any work!

{If you have accommodations, you will go to room 5-105. If you are in that group, please also bring work with you or a book to read. Feel free to stop by Monday morning and borrow a book from my shelf!}

On a good note, we are done for the time being with NoRedInk and CommonLit!

AP Seminar

Your IMP and IWA finals are due on Tuesday night by 11:59 pm to Google Classroom in their respective assignments. The IWA is also due to TurnItIn.com by 11:59 pm Tuesday night.

Presentations will run Wednesday the 18th to Tuesday the 24th. The presentation schedule can be found on Google Classroom. There will be NO before school or after school presentations. These will be recorded on camera so that we have a back up in the case the AP ask for them. I promise not to lose the SD card this time 😉

Here is the self editing worksheet that we used in class to peer edit this week. You may want to do it again, now that you have made your edits! You should aim to also run your essay through a grammar checker (human or robotic) and read through it out loud. You can also backwards outline to see if there is a logical line of reasoning!

Questions to ask prior to thinking you’ve finished your IWA:

  • Has someone else read it after my peer edited and commented upon it?
  • Have I read it backwards to check for spellinggrammar?
  • Did I DOUBLE CHECK my citationsworks cited? Is my works cited page alphabetized & look like the sample in the Bedford Researcher?
  • Did I remove all references to myself, Miss.K, and Boca High? Including in the title of the document?
  • Is it in MLA format?
  • Did I use correct punctuation? (Don’t forget those question marks people!)
  • Is my LOR strong?
  • Does my LOR include a stimulus material as evidence?
  • Did I explain my theme & stimulus connection?
  • Did I submit to TurnItIn.com & Google Classroom?

 

Questions to ask prior to thinking you’ve finished your IMP:

  • Did I practice my presentation multiple times?
  • Will I finish my presentation within the 6-8 minute window? If  no, what you I need to add/subtract?
  • Are the slides engaging and clear to my audience?
  • Do I have too much text on my slides?
  • When the presentation is on the big screen, is everything clear?
  • Have I practiced the oral defense questions?
  • Did I submit it to Google Classroom?

General Paper

The prompt for GP this week is:

How much importance should government place on raising consumer awareness?

You are focusing on body paragraphs again. You need to write a minimum of three body paragraphs using “CEEE” and all of the other elements we reviewed last week. Remember to create a main claim and also brainstorm. It is helpful if you place your main claim on the paper you submit. That way I have a reference for what your main claim is – which should be referenced to in your body paragraphs.  There is NO draft due this week. Be sure to stop by and get your body paragraphs from last week, so that you do not make the same mistakes again!

These will be due IN CLASS, handwritten on loose leaf paper, with an MLA header by Friday. You MAY turn them in early!

Don’t forget that The Skimm is a great daily resource to say up to date on the news around the world. Sign up here.

You can ALSO go back and watch OLD CNN 10 video’s (also known as CNN Student News). The exam was written about two years ago, so it could be pulling from the current events of that year.

There is an opportunity to take a practice General Paper exam. This is a great practice for the real test day. We will have it set up like the real test, with your candidate number, test booklets, and a script similar to that used by AICE! It will be held from 9:15 am to 11:15 am on Saturday, April 28th. If you are interested in joining, please sign up here.

AICE Global Perspectives

On Friday of this week, I will be giving you a weekend homework assignment to complete an old Global Perspectives exam. We have looked at a few of these, but it’s time to get back into the game. This will be due the following Monday, 4/23! I will post it here by the end of the week.


Before School/Lunch/After School Schedule

AM Lunch PM
Monday 7:30 – 8:30 Open  ——–
Tuesday 7:30 – 8:30 Open Until 4:30pm
Wednesday 7:30 – 8:30 Open ——–
Thursday 7:30 – 8:30 Project Life Meeting Until 4:30pm
Friday 7:30 – 8:30 Open ———

Spirit Week Information!

I am changing up the extra credit opportunity this time around because I have already given you extra credit for a spirit week. I am challenging the three blocks to compete for most spirited. Each day, I will continue to track who dressed up and which ever class dresses up the most at the end of the week will win a treat! This means that I will be taking the dressing up seriously. No more signs taped to our shirts. You must truly be dressed up. If always have the option to wear bobcat gear too! {If you are presenting and you dress up for that, that will also earn a point for your class. But again, it needs to be more than simply wearing jeans and a t-shirt. Show some effort to earn the points.}

To earn extra points, attend the events after school/at lunch and take a photo with someone to prove that you were there. For each photo/person who attends, the class will earn a point.

Monday: Baby Ruth   
              Dress: Sports                                     
              Event: Dodgeball @3:30 in the gym                         
Tuesday: M&M’s     
               Dress: Twin Day                                                        
               Event: Flag Football at 3:30 on the practice field     
Wednesday: Nerds/ Smarties  
                   Dress: Nerd                                                                                            
                   Event: Are you smarter than a High Schooler @ lunch in the courtyard 
Thursday: 5 Gum         
                Dress: Meme/ Vine                                       
                 Event: Talent Show @ 6pm in the Theater                                                                      
Friday: Skittles       
            Dress: Class Colors                   
            Event: Pep Rally/ Grad Bash      

The Week Ahead: April 9th to April 15th

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General Paper Review:

This week we will be looking at body paragraphs the upcoming AICE General Paper. Just as last week, you will have a drafted piece of writing due on Wednesday and a final piece of that same writing due on Friday. This week you will create 3 body paragraphs. Your prompt this week will be:

“Modern society is too reliant on pill-popping.” Assess this opinion. 

You will need to draft out three hand written body paragraphs, as if you were sitting at the General Paper exam. Remember, the first step is to plan – no matter what you are writing! Don’t forget about the hand approach. Your goal is to complete these practices without any research, but rather use the information you already know to answer the questions. This is where reviewing your past current event assignments can help out!

Here is a great page about transition words as a reminder!

Don’t forget that The Skimm is a great daily resource to say up to date on the news around the world. Sign up here.

You can ALSO go back and watch OLD CNN 10 video’s (also known as CNN Student News). The exam was written about two years ago, so it could be pulling from the current events of that year.

AP Seminar:

You have officially finished your IWA draft, if you are on the timeline that I laid out for you. In class on Monday you will be peer editing you draft. From that point forward, writing and finalizing your essay will be done on YOUR time. Your final essay is due on April 17th at 11:59pm to both Google Classroom and TurnItIn.com.

*See below for my after school/before school/lunch/weekend extra help schedule*

The rest of the week will be devoted to working on your Individual Multi Media Presentation. This is also known as your IMP. You can find your rubric here. Remember, you will need to answer 2 oral defense questions at the end of your presentation. Use the previous link to find information to help you prepare for this!

I would like you to be ready to practice your presentation by Thursday. Due to various school events, we will be unable to practice outside on Friday as I had planned.

Presentations will begin on April 18th in class and will go into the following week! Sign up’s will occur on Tuesday April 10th in class.

FSA Review:

This week’s CommonLit assignment is Anton Chekov’s “The Bet.” It is along the lines of “The Lottery” so I thought you may enjoy it! It is due Thursday by 11:59 pm to CommonLit. If you are unsure on what a word means, use context clues and a dictionary. This is a period of learning! Use the time you are given! This will be the LAST FSA practice of the year! Be sure to stop by before school, after school, or at lunch, to ask me for help!

Saturday Session: 

There will be a Saturday Session this week in the media center from 9am to 1pm. Please RSVP using this link. Class on Monday and Tuesday next week will be minimal because of FSA testing.


Before School/Lunch/After School Schedule

AM Lunch PM
Monday 7:30 – 8:30 Open  ——–
Tuesday 7:30 – 8:30 Open Until 4:30pm
Wednesday 7:30 – 8:30 Open ——–
Thursday 7:30 – 8:30 Project Life Meeting Until 4:30pm
Friday 7:30 – 8:30 Open ———

Extra Credit Opportunity!

Slam poetry will have their last slam on Tuesday after school in room 5-212. It should go no later than 5pm. I will be in my room after school until 4:30, as stated above, or until the last student is out of my room. You do not have to attend for the entire event, but I would like you to stay for at least the first round.This event will be a bit different that the one’s earlier this year because the team will be scored on their poem’s! I hope you can attend!

The Week Ahead: April 2 to April 8, 2018

Eight More Weeks Until Summer! The true countdown now begins! Keep an eye on the countdowns along the side of the blog because those will help you remember when your exams are coming up!

General Paper Review:

This week I will be introducing a new review activity for AICE General Paper. From now until the exam, you will have a drafted piece of writing due on Wednesday’s and a final piece of that same writing due on Friday’s. This week we will be reviewing introduction paragraphs. Your prompt this week will be:

Ought there be limits to scientific research?

You will need to draft out a hand written introduction, as if you were sitting at the General Paper exam. Remember, the first step is to plan – no matter what you are writing! Don’t forget about the hand approach. Your goal is to complete these practices without any research, but rather use the information you already know to answer the questions. This is where reviewing your past current event assignments can help out! More information will be explained in class on Monday.

Don’t forget that The Skimm is a great daily resource to say up to date on the news around the world. Sign up here.

AP Seminar:

It is time to write your IWA! You have will TWO words checks this week in class:

  • 800 Word Check — Tuesday at the beginning of class
  • 1500 Word Check —- Friday at the beginning of class

Your first draft is due next Monday (4/9/18) which means I will be looking to see if you have between 1800-2000 words! Your final draft is NOT due UNTIL April 17th at 11:59pm to Google Classroom & TurnItIn.com.

Presentations will begin on April 18th in class and will go into the following week!

FSA Review:

This week’s CommonLit assignment is from Homer’s “The Odyssey.” Take your time reading the older style of language, and then in turn, with the questions. If you are unsure on what a word means, use context clues and a dictionary. This is a period of learning! Use the time you are given!

Saturday Session: 

There is potential for a Saturday Session this week from 2:30 to 4:30 in the media center. If you are 100% interested, please follow this link and complete the survey.


I will be in early (by 7:30 am) each morning this week, except on Tuesday. I will be after school on Wednesday and Thursday.