Global Literature

Mrs. Rollins' Periods 2, 3, 6 and 7

Welcome to our online classroom!

"That's the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet."

--Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake

 

Welcome to our class website! Here we can continue the conversations we start in class and begin new ones. Ask questions about what we're reading, share your own interesting discoveries, respond to classmates' comments and posts, and add relevant resources and links from which your peers might benefit. Contribute to our discussions by sharing your thoughts and knowledge!!

Always remember that this is a place for the scholarly exchange of ideas, so whatever you post should be related ONLY to academic concerns of our class. Additionally, your writing should be as thoughtful, coherent, organized, and creative as it is when you write formally, and should be mostly free from errors.

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Upcoming Deadlines:

Personal Essay Deadlines:

1) A complete draft is due in class on:

 Thursday, 9/18 for Period 6

 Friday, 9/19 for Periods 2, 3 & 7

2) A final, polished draft is due in class on:

 Tuesday, 9/23 for Period 7  Wednesday, 9/24 for Periods 2, 3 and 6

WRITING HELP

I am available for extra help after school Monday-Thursday until 3 PM, or by appointment. It's always a good idea to tell me if you plan to come because I might have a meeting to attend.

Masco is in the process of hiring a new writing tutor (as our beloved Mrs. Hughes retired in June). I'll be sure to let you know as soon as we have one!  FYI, his/her office will be located across from room 220 (on the second floor) and next door to the Morning Update studio.

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Homework Assignments

Homework for Tuesday, 9/23 for Period  7 and Wednesday, 9/24 for Periods 2, 3 and 6:

Use the feedback you received in class on Thursday/Friday to move forward with your revisions.   Final copies are due on Tuesday , 9/23 for Period 7  and Wednesday, 9/24 for Periods 2, 3 and 6. Be sure to have a hard copy ready to hand in at the beginning of class on the due date--late essays will lose points! 

Homework for Monday, 9/15-Thursday, 9/18 for Period 6 and Monday, 9/15-Friday, 9/19 for Periods 2, 3 and 7:

By this point you should have at least a few potential topics for your essay in   mind--it's now time to commit to one and start writing! (No clue how to start? Check out "Some Ways to Begin the Personal Essay" under course documents).

A complete draft of your personal essay (a hardcopy!) is due in class on Thursday, 9/18 for Period 6 and Friday for Periods 2, 3 and 7.  In the meantime, you should be working at home and in class on getting this essay written!

For the purpose of drafting/conferencing/revising, we'll be meeting in the library next Monday through Thursday (Monday through Wednesday for period 6)! The only exception to that is that Period 7 will meet in the Fishbowl on Tuesday.

Feel free to approach me in class or after school if you're having trouble or would like some feedback! 

Homework for Friday, 9/12 (Monday, 9/15 for Period 7)

Periods 2, 3 and 7: Prepare a list of at least three potential topics for your personal essay. Be prepared to explain how each topic would serve as a window into your character (i.e. what specific and positive qualities would you hope to covey about yourself if you were to write about each topic?).

Period 6: Start writing! 

Homework for Thursday, 9/11

Periods 3 and 7: Go to The Common Application webpage and explore.

1) Investigate and determine whether all of your prospective colleges and universities are members of the Common App. You can find this out by clicking on the "Member Colleges" tab and scanning the list for each school's name or by typing the name of each school individually in "the Search for Colleges" searchbar).

 For any that aren't members, you will need to go to the websites of those schools and find out what their specific  application essay requirements and  prompts are. Write these down or print them out!  

 

Period 6: Prepare a list of at least three potential topics for your personal essay. Be prepared to explain how each topic would serve as a window into your character (i.e. what specific and positive qualities would you hope to covey about yourself if you were to write about each topic?).

Homework for Wednesday, 9/10

Period 7: No homework tonight!

Periods 6 and 2: Go to The Common Application webpage and explore.

1) Investigate and determine whether all of your prospective colleges and universities are members of the Common App. You can find this out by clicking on the "Member Colleges" tab and scanning the list for each school's name or by typing the name of each school individually in "the Search for Colleges" searchbar).

 For any that aren't members, you will need to go to the websites of those schools and find out what their specific  application essay requirements and  prompts are. Write these down or print them out!  

Homework due Tuesday, 9/9

Period 7: Continue reviewing  for the Summer Reading Assessment that you'll take in class on Monday. Remember that you won't be able to refer to your books during the test, so make sure you're familiar with author and character names (and spellings!).  

Periods 2, 3 and 6:  No homework tonight!

Homework due Monday, 9/8

Period 7:  Congrats on surviving your first day! There are three parts to your first homework assignment.

  1. Join our class Ning by following the directions on the handout I gave you in class today.
  2. Finish writing me the letter that you started working on in class.
  3. Prepare 5 specific and thought-provoking questions about each summer reading book that you read (honors students, since you read two books, you’ll be expected to prepare 10 questions).  These questions should serve to stimulate some deep conversation and therefore should not be ones that can be adequately answered in one word or a couple of sentences. Steer clear of posing simple plot questions and compose some questions that elicit complex answers. The next time we meet you’ll have the opportunity to explore these questions in small groups, and this should serve as helpful preparation for your assessment next week!

 **Reminder: Don’t forget to bring your book(s) with you  next time  for the discussions!

Periods 2, 3 and 6: Continue reviewing  for the Summer Reading Assessment that you'll take in class on Monday. Remember that you won't be able to refer to your books during the test, so make sure you're familiar with author and character names (and spellings!).  

Homework due Friday, 9/5

Periods 2, 3 and 6:

Congrats on surviving your first day! There are three parts to your first homework assignment.

  1. Join our class Ning by following the directions on the handout I gave you in class today.
  2. Finish writing me the letter that you started working on in class.
  3. Prepare 5 specific and thought-provoking questions about each summer reading book that you read (honors students, since you read two books, you’ll be expected to prepare 10 questions).  These questions should serve to stimulate some deep conversation and therefore should not be ones that can be adequately answered in one word or a couple of sentences. Steer clear of posing simple plot questions and compose some questions that elicit complex answers. The next time we meet you’ll have the opportunity to explore these questions in small groups, and this should serve as helpful preparation for your assessment next week!

 **Reminder: Don’t forget to bring your book(s) with you  next time  for the discussions!

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