10/11 November (Tues/Wed)

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English 9H

Today we will start with some mentor sentence work. Slide 6. Post your examples in the chat.
Then, the rest of the time is working on finding sources and taking notes. Please make sure that you are working on FW#8, which is due tomorrow. 

English 11WL

I think  we need a bit of a refocus.
Four more by the fourth!

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Posted by on November 11, 2020 in Uncategorized


2 Sept. (A day)

English 9H-

-Teacher Introduction and brief discussion on expectations

Get to know you questions in breakout groups (teacher visits each group throughout)

-How to Write a Professional Email (Video attached)Homework “due” Friday

World Lit-

-Teacher Introduction and brief discussion on expectations

Get to know you questions in breakout groups (teacher visits each group throughout)

-How to Write a Professional Email (Video attached)Homework “due” Friday

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Posted by on September 2, 2020 in Uncategorized


Getting ready for school!

I’m getting excited to start this new (and very strange) school year. Check back to this space for daily lessons, interesting things to read, and maybe some fun stuff.

My plans vs 2020 - 9GAG



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Posted by on August 25, 2020 in Uncategorized


Monday 6 April

Coronavirus Memes Are Everywhere Now That We're All Quarantined

Welcome back!

Weekly lessons, classwork, and graded assignments are in Google Classroom.


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Posted by on April 5, 2020 in Uncategorized


Tuesday 17 March

Today was perhaps the strangest day of my 30 year career as a teacher. There have been years where we lost a member of our school community: both students and staff. I’ve taught while preparing for hurricanes, floods, polar vortexes, and blizzards. In 2001, I was teaching when the Twin Towers were hit. And I was teaching in the months after that when we saw military vehicles on bridges and overpasses on our way to school. I taught through the anthrax scare when we were terrified of the mail and the deadly disease that it could have transmitted.

Today was stranger than all of that. In the past we knew the threat and knew that, while painful and scary, the threat would eventually end. This is different. We don’t know what will happen next. And that is the scary part.

We do know that the rest of the year may be altered. We do know that we are going to have to adjust to learning in ways we never thought we would have to. We do know that our seniors are mourning their last quarter of high school that will not look anything like they expected.

I am sad too if this is the end of our time gathered together in room 2-101. Digital learning is fine, but it will never take the place of sharing a space with people and learning from one another. I will miss you all and hope that we will find our way back together. Until then, take care of yourselves. And know that I am thinking of you all.


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Posted by on March 17, 2020 in Uncategorized


Monday and Tuesday 16-17 March

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OK. So here we are. You will be out for sure until 6 April. Here’s what I think.

This is new to all of us. Be patient and help each other.

  • You need to keep doing school work. Eventually, school will be back to normal and you don’t want to have lost all the progress you’ve made.

  • I will still be working and will be available to you via online office hours. You can reach me at between 10am and 3pm. Outside of those times, I will also respond to email, but maybe not immediately.

  • I will start by grading the work submitted in Classroom and posting scored on Skyward. When I return work, I will let you know if something needs revision.

  • You can still access the library’s materials using MackinVIA. There are 1000’s of articles in the databases as well as digital books and audio books.

English 9H– Today, take the time to make revisions to your research paper. You should be down to grammar editing. There is a checklist in Classroom. Also in Classroom is this week’s Friday writing, the Research Reflection. Do that and have it in by the end of the week. Keep reading your dystopian book. It will either be a good distraction or a helpful instruction manual. Take home another book (or two). You may need them.

English 9 SWS– Take home a copy of Mango and keep reading and doing your 3-2-1 notes. By now, you know how this should work. Don’t forget the creative project too. That will be actually fun to work on during the shutdown. Also, take home a book (or several) and start working on the Q4 project. If you have online access, get a book using MackinVia and do some reading.

AP Lang– If you are taking the AP test, use the CB Classroom for practice. Between now and 6 April, write at least one argument prompt, one rhetorical analysis prompt, and probably 2 synthesis prompts. Email them to me for feedback. Otherwise, work on the Q4 project.

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Posted by on March 15, 2020 in Uncategorized


Friday 13 March

English 9H– Dystopian book groups meeting–> Decide on a reading schedule that gets the book finished by 10 April. Make sure you turn in FW#22. Work on that research paper and be ready for grammar editing on Monday.

English 9 SWS– Make sure FW#22 is done and turned in. Let’s read more Mango!

AP LangBig Magic

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Posted by on March 13, 2020 in Uncategorized


Thursday 12 March

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English 9H– Revisions and reading. Spend at least 15 minutes reading over your research paper and making revisions. Then read at least 20 pages in your novel.

English 9 SWSMango and another messy draft. Revise and type ONE of these into the document for FW#22.

AP LangWeaponized Lies, “Science” and “Fallacies”. Any way possible y’all are going to get this paper done early?

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Posted by on March 11, 2020 in Uncategorized


Wednesday 11 March

Image may contain: snow and outdoor

Happy Birthday Violet!

English 9H– Research editing. Read some in your book. This week’s writing will be a short response to the first 20 pages.

English 9 SWSMango. This week’s writing will be to complete ONE of the pieces for the big project.

AP LangWL “Science”

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Posted by on March 10, 2020 in Uncategorized


Tuesday 10 March

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English 9H– “Tears of Autumn” group work. This is in your notebook as Whole Class Reads (purple).

English 9 SWSMango. And what about this project thing?

AP Lang– Work time/ peer editing of research paper.  See Classroom for directions.

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Posted by on March 9, 2020 in Uncategorized