The Final Weeks of 2019: November 25th to December 13th, 2019

We are down to the final days before we leave for the winter holiday break! This includes our Thanksgiving break!

This week, our schedule will be a little different. But, you will meet each class twice. I am not 100% sure on the times, but, here is our schedule:

A Assembly E
Break A Break
C B Panther Time
Lunch D Lunch
*Lunch will be in there!
Thanksgiving Break

English 9:

Your week is starting off with your independent reading assessment due on Monday! Directions are on Google Classroom. Be sure to double-check the directions!

We will finish watching Romeo and Juliet and then we will be brainstorming your midterm essay so that you can start writing it when we return!

AP Seminar:

You will continue to work on your IWA! Your outline is due by Wednesday evening. Your directions are on Google Classroom.


Now, what about when we return from Thanksgiving?

December 2nd, 3rd, and 4th will be “regular” class days! Both AP Seminar and English 9 will be working on your essays. December 5th is a review day. We will be doing peer reviews in both AP Seminar and English 9. Then, December 6th will be a full Pather Time day.

English 9, your midterm essay is due Friday, December 6th by 11:59pm to Google Classroom. There will NOT be a sit-down exam.

AP Seminar, your presentation date is still to be determined (either 11AM on the 10th or 8AM on the 12th), but your final essay is due December 13th by 11:59pm to Google Classroom. Remember, the essay is a quarter three grade.

All grades will be updated by 10am on December 13th!

And then…we will be on Winter Break!!!!

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This is the time to be asking questions and checking your time management. Make sure you are aware of what time your exams are at/due. Ask for help if you need it or want extra support. THAT is why we are here!



The Week Ahead: November 11 – 17th, 2019

Can you believe that we have TWO full weeks left until winter break? We also have 1/2 a week for thanksgiving, a week of review, and then finals. So in total, we have four full weeks…but still, only two are full curriculum weeks. This is not just for my class, it’s for ALL of your classes. Be sure to be checking in on your grades and asking for help when you need it! Don’t let midterms sneak up on you or your first report card!

This week will be a workweek for both AP Seminar and English 9. You are both beginning new units/projects.

English 9

Day 1: We have a spelling test and a new observation. We are continuing our study on roots and this week our observations is: “understand that many English words have Greek and Latin roots such as “spec” meaning see or look.” Your next spelling test will be Monday, November 25th.

Once we are done with your spelling tests, I will return your quarter one independent reading assessment and discuss what EVERYONE needs to work on for their next major piece of writing.

This leads us to our first big essay of the year! I will use the second half of class to introduce your theme essay for A Midsummer Night’s Dream which will work as a prep for your midterm essay in a few weeks. Watch out on Google Classroom for all of the specifics for both essays to be posted soon.

Day 2, 3, & 4: The rest of the week will be workdays and scaffolding work on your essay. You will need to submit an outline of our essay to Google Classroom on November 13th. Further directions will be shared on Google Classroom.  Monday, November 18th will will a peer review day and conference with Miss K day.  Your final essay will be due on November 20th!

I will be out Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday but, I will be available via email. If at any point you need to take a break from planning and writing, then be sure to work on reading your independent reading book!

AP Seminar

Monday: Monday is all about presentations! You will be pitching your awareness campaign to the amazing panel of CDS WHO volunteers! This will take most of the period. Any time left will be to debrief.

Tuesday: It’s time to start our FINAL unit! Can you believe it? We are going to study the education system with the end goal of writing an argumentative essay outlining a problem and proposed solution. But first, we need to learn a bit about what we know about schools and what we think the perfect school would look like. So, it’s time to discuss it!

Thursday & Friday: I am leaving you on your own for a few days and you will watch the documentary Most Likely to Succeed. It will take the whole two periods and you will have a follow-up reflection due on Monday. It will be posted to Google Classroom.

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, please email me!


The Week Ahead: November 4-10, 2019


Day 1: We will begin the week with a spelling test that has a focus on the root “equa”. Then we will begin a new list and observation: “Understand that many English words have Greek and Latin roots such as ‘form’ meaning shape.

Day 2: We will take the day to review short answer structures and practices based on feedback that I have given you from your quarter one independent and various quick writes throughout the semester at this point. This will also work as a review day for your AMSND test that will take place in the second half of the week.

Here are some ideas of how to study from home:

  • Review vocabulary
  • Go back and look at past quizzes
  • Check out this page on Sparknotes
  • Re-read sections you struggled with on quizzes
  • Watch Acts on YouTube

Day 3: The first day of testing will be multiple choice questions that look at characters, plot, and details. These will be answered on a bubble answer form. You will need a pencil with you in class.

Day 4: The second day of testing will involve short answer questions that look at theme and plot.

AP Seminar

Monday: We will start the week with a final day of research and work for you mini annotated bibliography for your research on global health problems. Your annotated bibliography is due to Google Classroom by Monday, November 4th by 11:59pm to Google Classroom.

Tuesday: I will introduce the social media campaign element of the project in class and we will work on brainstorming what it will look like for your project. I will NOT be having you make social media sites, but rather you will need to explain and write up a pitch for the campaign.

Thursday and Friday: To wrap up the week, you will work on your social media campaign pitch! Your pitch will take place on Monday, November 11th in class. You will have 5 minutes to share your pitch.


The Week Ahead: October 28 – November 3, 2019


Day 1: We will begin the week with a spelling test that has a focus on portmanteau words. Then we will begin a new list and observation: “Understand that many English words have Greek and Latin roots such as ‘equa’ meaning equal.

Once the spelling work has been completed we will watch Act 3, Scene 2. For homework, you will read all of Act 4.

Day 2: When you come to class on day 2, I will split you up and in small groups, you will practice acting out pieces of Act 4, Scene 1.

Day 3: Day 3 you will act with your small groups. For homework, you will read all of Act 5.

Day 4: Together we will watch Act 5! That’s the end of the play!!! Your homework for the weekend will be to prepare for your spelling test

Don’t forget, you should be reading at home. If you are looking for an audiobook for Romeo & Juliet, please follow this link.


AP Seminar

Monday: We will be wrapping up our final student-led discussion of the “They Say/I Say” text. Be sure to have read chapters 7&8 to be prepared. The second half of the class will lead us into a discussion on global health problems which will lead us to our next project.

Tuesday: Time to create a new research question and to start an individual project. You will get to explore global health problems and create an awareness campaign plan for a social media platform. You will create your question and start to look at some research.

Thursday: We will share out our new research questions and we will give each other feedback and suggestions before learning about part one of the project – a mini annotated bibliography! Directions will be uploaded to Google Classroom.

Friday: Work and research day! Time to get moving on that annotated bibliography which will be due on Monday, November 4th by 11:59pm.


The Week Ahead: October 21st to 25th, 2019

9th Grade

Day 1: Your homework over the weekend will be to read the first scene of Act 3 of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In class on Monday, we will watch the scene to ensure our comprehension. 

Day 2 & 3: To continue, we will listen to Act 3, scene ii with a summative quick write at the end of day 3.

Day 4: To finish off the week, you will be reading independently. You must have a book by the time you come to class on day 4 for the next quarter. You will find your directions for the end of quarter assessment on Google Classroom.

AP Seminar

Monday: We will begin the week in our teams for the debate. You will be preparing for the debate that will take place on Tuesday. Your homework for the week is to read chapters 9&10 for THURSDAY! This is a change in the schedule. Please be aware. There will be a student-led discussion on Thursday.

Tuesday: Debate Day!

Thursday: We will continue with our student-led discussions by focusing on chapters 9&10. Your homework will be to read chapters 7&8 for Monday.

Friday: This will be an independent workday. You can work in your student-led discussion team, or you can read 7&8.


The Week Ahead: October 14 to 20, 2019

Here we go! The first three day weekend of the year! I hope that you enjoy the weekend and get some rest! Be sure to read below because there are MAJOR schedule changes for the week.

There is NO SCHOOl on MONDAY, October 14th!

Wednesday, October 16th is a 1/2 day due to the PSAT.

Therefore, the schedule for Tuesday, Thursday and Friday have the following schedule:

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All classes will meet three times this week!

9th Grade

Tuesday: Be sure to bring a draft of your independent reading project. We will be doing peer review stations in class. Your final draft will be due on October 18th by 11:59pm to Google Classroom.

Thursday: We will take the period to watch Act 2 of the film.

Friday: In small groups, you will work together to analyze the plot and theme of Acts 1 and 2. For homework, I will ask that you give reading Act 3, Scene 1 a try!

AP Seminar

Tuesday: We will discuss chapters three and five of the textbook for the first 1/2 of class led by Holley and Federico. We will also begin discussing what it means to be in good health. Your homework will be to read chapter 15. we will discuss it in class on Friday.

Thursday: To send off the week, we will begin preparation for a debate on vaccinations (see what I did there with your summative assessment this week?). I will introduce your stimulus packet and split you into sides for the debate. I will share the debate format in class. For homework, you will need to take in the information provided for you in the stimulus materials and you will also be ready to work with your team on Monday to prepare for the debate

Friday: We will discuss chapter 15 in a discussion led by Bryan. Any time left over in class will be allotted to teamwork time for the debate.


The Week Ahead: October 7-13, 2019

Here we are, the end of Quarter 1! Let your friends know!

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Well, technically…pay close attention below for deadline updates!



Day 1:

As always, we will begin the week with a spelling test and a new spelling observation and list. Since we have a three day weekend next weekend, your spelling test will fall on October 21st.

After our spelling routine, we will WATCH Act 1 of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. For homework, you will write a compare and contrast paragraph looking at the film and the play.

Day 2:

We will begin Act 2 by being introduced to new vocabulary and then listening to Act 2, Scene 1.

Day 3:

We will finish Act 2, scene 2 and discuss how the act has added to the plot of the play!

Day 4:

If you are in period A you will have an independent workday on day 4. Use this day to work on your quarter one independent reading assignment.

If you are in period B, D, or E then you will be on the field trip with me and Ms. Daza on Friday!

Indpendent Reading Due Dates:

  • Rough drafts for the purpose of peer review are due in class on October 15th!
  • Final drafts to be graded for a summative assessment grade are due October 18th by 11:59pm to Google Classroom.


AP Seminar

Monday: This will be your final workday for your water team presentations. Your homework that will be due on Thursday is to read Chapter 14 of our textbook. I will hand out copies to you on Monday.


Thursday: We will continue to review and practice LOR, and we will discuss chapter fourteen together.

Friday: I will be on a field trip with the 9th graders and you will be taking a summative assessment for LOR. It will be a practice exam part A again. You will receive feedback on your first written piece about LOR by Monday evening so that you have a place to ask questions before the summative assessment!


The Week Ahead: September 30th to October 4, 2019


Day 1:

We are back to our regularly scheduled spelling tests. You have had your spelling list for TWO weeks at this point. There is NO reason that you should not be receiving an A on this test! Make sure to practice this weekend. If you forgot to grab practice sheets, you can find them on Google Classroom under the spelling section.

We will also go over our new observation and create our new lists. Your next spelling test will take place on Monday, October 7th.

Once we finish our spelling section, you will be rejoining up with your acting troupe’s and you will practice your scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Make sure you check out the page on this website that I have created for our reading of the play. How to get there: Student Center -> CDS  Grade 9 ELA -> Resources: A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare 

Your homework will be to write out the vocabulary definitions for Act 1. Further directions will be given in class.

Day 2:

Time to perform! In class, you will perform your scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. After, we will talk about the order of the scenes, and how understanding these scenes will help us understand the rest of the play. Your homework will be to read Act 1 at home, annotating and creating questions for class the next time we meet.

Day 3:

We will start class by discussing/sharing the questions you came up with, reviewing vocabulary, and then eventually listening to Act 1 of the play. If needed, our discussion will continue through to Day 4.

Day 4:

You will have a formative, check-in, assessment on your last day of class this week. It will ask you about the themes, the plot, and your comprehension of the overall story. This will help me to see where you are at with this and how we can move forward.

Any extra time will be used for independent reading.  Don’t forget to check in on your assignment for independent reading. You have a draft due on October 11th and your final is due on October 13th. All details can be found on Google Classroom under “Independent Reading.”

AP Seminar

Monday: It’s time to learn about Line of Reasoning (LOR) and the LOR tree! We will learn the concept and practice it in class. Search LOR or Tree on this site to see what I am talking about if you are curious!

Tuesday: Then, you will apply the LOR lesson to the solutions and resolutions that your team has come up with. It will be a classwork and brainstorm day!

Thursday: Presentations Prep!

Friday: Presentations! It is time to dress to impress and to teach me something about water!


The Week (+) Ahead: September 16 – 23, 2019

The next two weeks are going to be a bit odd because I will be out of the country from Wednesday, September 18th to Tuesdays September 24th. If you need anything during that time, please reach out and I will get back to you via email as soon as I can, but I cannot promise an immediate response. If it is a big issue, please reach out to another English teacher or Mr. Menendez. They will be able to contact me by alternative means.


Day 1:

We will start the week off with our spelling tests and creating a spelling list for the next test which will be on: September 30th. This is two weeks away instead of one.

After spelling, we will move into signing up for and joining the class for the year. While I am away, you will be asked to use this site to practice grammar. If you miss signing up the codes can be found on Google Classroom. This will wrap up our Monday.

Day 2:

To continue our informative learning for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, you will read two CommonLit’s about Greek Gods and Goddesses. What you do not complete in class will be homework. Since I am away, and these cover skills that were on the last summative, these will be summative assessments and placed in the grade book which will affect your average. Put your best work into these practices!

Day 3:

It’s time to work on grammar, usage, and mechanics! You will head over to NoRedInk to complete a grammar diagnostic. This should take you the whole period, but if you finish early you should have your independent reading book with you. Again, if you were not here on Monday to log in, the class code is available on Google Classroom.

Day 4:

Just like the last few weeks, you will finish off the week by reading your independent reading book! Don’t forget to check in on your reading plan and see if you need to adjust your reading for the next few weeks. You should be about 1/3 to ½ done with the book by the end of the week.

Day 1 (AKA 9/23/19):

I won’t be back until Tuesday, so I am giving you a heads up on that in class you will be completing a Tour of London through the eyes of Shakespeare. Be sure to bring a writing utensil, a computer, and a pair of scissors, if possible, to class!


AP Seminar

Monday: We are adjusting a little, but by the end of the class you should have a solid team research question and we will have gone over how to use our research resources!

Tuesday: This will be your first-in-class research day! It will be all about hard work, reading, and logging your work in your research log which can be found on Google Classroom!

Thursday & Friday (and Monday): The end of the week will be focused on researching more and writing. By the time you walk out of class on Friday you should have 3-4 of your annotations written! You will have class time on Monday to work too, and Tuesday to do some check in with me, but we will also have a lesson, so do not expect to have time to work in class! You can do it if you focus while you are in class. Your annotated bibliography will be due by the end of the day on Tuesday (9/24/19) to Google Classroom and which we will sign up for in class on Tuesday.


The Week Ahead: September 9th to 13th, 2019

It’s a new week and it’s a spirit week!Image result for costa rican flag

Tuesday: Costa Rican Jersey Day

Wednesday: Wear Red, White, and/or Blue

Thursday: Costarriquenismos T-shirt (a shirt with a CR saying…think “Pura Vida”)

Friday: Traditional Costa Rican attire

9th Grade:

Day 1

We will begin the week with your spelling test. Don’t forget to complete your spelling practice and submit it before the test. You can find digital copies of the worksheets on Google Classroom. If you don’t submit your 3 practices before the test, you cannot complete a retake of the test.

After the test, we will complete a review for the test that you will take on Tuesday. The test will cover plot structure, conflict, character types, and theme. Your homework is to study and read!

Day 2

Summative assessment day! Make sure you have your independent reading book so that if you finish our test, you have something to do after the test.

Day 3

For our final day of content, we will be introduced to Shakespeare! I have a few games and tricks up my sleeve.

Day 4

We will have another independent reading day! Be sure to have your books with you – by this point, I should have your honors texts available to you! Over the weekend, your homework will be to continue to read and to study for your spelling test.


AP Seminar


We will be moving away from the Convention on the Rights of the Child and into Global Goal number 6, clean water and sanitation. While our discussion on children’s rights are not done, we will table them for a little so that we can continue to work on honing our skills. For homework, you will prepare for another Socratic seminar which will be focused on the question: What’s the problem with water?


Another day, another Socratic seminar. This one will be counted as a summative grade. You did so well last week. Make sure your questions are open-ended and you have gathered notes and research on the topic that you can reference during the seminar.


Time to start our first exam simulation. We will be forming small teams and creating questions surrounding the issue of water around the world. Each team will create a research question and then split into lenses. Together we will modify and refine your team’s research questions.


This will be a shortened period due to our Independence Day celebrations. To wrap up the week, I will give a lesson on how to research using EBSCO and Google. I will also be introducing you to our first major writing assignment, an annotated bibliography. Your homework will be to begin researching and reading.