Anglo-Saxon Period and Senior Project January 4, 2008
Today students took an open-notes quiz on the Anglo-Saxon Period. Students who have been absent–A.B. and D.H.–should take Cornell notes on pp. 4-18 in their books in order to prepare for this quiz. We also discussed possible Senior Project topics and took a look at the class blog.
Next week we will begin our study of Beowulf, an Old English epic. We will also refine our research questions for the Senior Project and begin locating resources for the research paper. We will discuss MLA format for Works Cited entries.
Two blog questions are posted for this week–each student should respond to the discussion questions about the Senior Project and heroes. These responses are due by midnight on Sunday, January 6.
New blog questions will be posted on Sunday. The first post will be due on Wednesday, January 9. Comments to other students’ posts will be due by midnight on Sunday, January 13.
On Monday, I will be doing a notebook check. I expect to see the following items filed neatly in a three-ring notebook:
Class calendar, filled-out with dates and assignments
Senior Project packet
Anglo-Saxon Period Cornell notes
Have a wonderful weekend! I look forward to reading your blog comments this weekend. See you Monday!
Student-Led Conferences November 19, 2007
Student-led conferences were held at WEMCHS on November 8. Parents and students who were able to attend can attest to the fact that the conferences were an extraordinary success. Students discussed their notebook organization, planning calendars, assignment logs, reading logs, learning logs, Cornell notes, and journal entries with their parents. They also showed their parents their essays, projects, and tests. With parents, each student reflected on his or her successes and targeted areas for improvement.
The student-led conferences were a valuable experience for WEMCHS students to showcase their academic achievements thus far. If you were unable to attend the student-led conferences but would still like to participate in this experience with your child, please contact me at WEMCHS to arrange an appointment. I am generally free from 3:40 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. If this time frame does not accomodate your schedule, please take comfort in the fact that more student-led conferences will be held throughout the academic year. I look forward to hearing from you.