Well, kids . . . this is your last ELD stop on the way to passing AZELLA and being enrolled fulltime in "regular" classes. Everything we do - every assignment, every game, every conversation, EVERYTHING - will be designed to help you test PROFICIENT on AZELLA.
The biggest favor you can do yourself is to BE HERE every single day. Don't let appointments, or babysitting, or laziness, or fear, or any other thing get in your way. BE HERE! We'll have fun. We'll laugh. We'll learn about each other. We'll care about each other. Yeah, we might even get a little irritated with each other, since we'll spend so much time together . . . but it's going to be GREAT. And if you'll do YOUR part, I promise to do MY part, and I can almost guarantee that you'll test out of here by the end of the year.
Let me tell you, this year is going to FLY by . . . because we have so much to do! It's English, so you shouldn't be surprised that we'll be doing a lot of READING and WRITING. The reading will always be a jumping off point for our writing, so you'll need to pay close attention. Although I hope it will be pleasurable and that you will enjoy reading, that's not all it's for in my class.
Reading should make you THINK, so I'm going to ask you to think, analyze, and share your thoughts with me in your writing. Although it will feel a little like torture to some of you (ha!), there is method to my madness. I want you to be ready for AZMerit and, much more inmportantly, ready for the big ol' world out there. Sadly, there are very few jobs that will ask you to read a book and simply enjoy it. (If there IS a job like that, sign me up!) Most jobs, even if they don't require a lot of reading or writing, will require you to think, to analyze, organize, and to make decisions or conclusions, so we're practicing now.
Here's what we'll be DOING:SOPHOMORES1ST QUARTERVarious short stories and articlesThe OdysseyWriting introductionsWriting body paragraphsWriting conclusionsLearning our new RUBRIC2ND QUARTERNightResearch3RD QUARTERTo Kill a Mockingbird4TH QUARTEROthelloResearch