Assignment Calendar

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Assignments during our online instruction time

All materials for my students are available on Google Classroom.  Please see the posted plans so you know what you are responsible for.

Guardians - please email me with your name and your student's name, so I can share information with you from Google Classroom. 

Contact me via email or REMIND with questions.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Senior Project Office Hours

Now that we've started the Senior Project, I know you are going to have lots of questions.  

You are welcome to talk to me about about your questions and concerns during class or before/after school.  You can also contact me via email, through the Help Thread on Google Classroom, or by text via Remind*.  Please be aware that, while I am happy to help you with the project, there are limits to my availability outside of school hours.  College professors refer to their available time as "office hours," so here are mine:

During my Prep Hour: by appointment only
Monday: 2:30 to 5:30
Tuesday-Thursday: 2:30 to 6:00
Friday: 2:30 to 2:45
Saturday: 10:00 to 4:00
Sunday: unavailable

I will make every effort to answer questions in a timely manner, but patience is a must - I have a lot of students sharing my time so messages will be dealt with on a first come, first served basis.  Your best bet for a quick response is to take advantage of in-class work time or our weekly student/teacher conferences during the Senior Project process.

*Everyone is required to sign up for the Senior Project Remind, by texting @shiersp20 to 81010.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Important things to keep in mind for the Senior Project

1) Every step builds on the step before.  Failure to complete the annotated bibliography means you won't be able to do the outline, failure to complete the outline means you won't be able to do the essay, etc.

2) Deadlines are put in place for a reason - the project is laid out so you have a reasonable amount of time to complete each stage.  Keep track of due dates and use the time you have been given wisely.

3) There is absolutely zero tolerance for plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty.  There is an established precedent in place that starts with a zero on the assignment and disciplinary action and escalates from there, up to and potentially including failing the class and not receiving your diploma in extreme cases.


Materials for the Senior Project are posted here and on the ELA 12 Google Classroom page.  If you have questions about the project or any of the components, use the "Senior Project Help Thread" on Classroom.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

"The Great Gatsby" online assignments

The online assignments for our study of "The Great Gatsby" is available via the ELA 12 - Second Semester class on Google Classroom.  

In order to access announcements, assignments, and other postings on the class page, you need to be logged into your school email account.

The ebook and audiobook links are available on the right side of this page.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Poetry Unit Materials

Looking for the poetry unit?  

Go to the ELA 12 - Poetry Unit class on Google Classroom.  In order to access announcements, assignments, and other postings on the class page, you need to be logged into your school email account.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Sample Annotation

This is a sample annotation:

This article was written by three medical professionals and published in a well-known academic journal. It focuses on the level and frequency of caffeine consumption in high school students. It also discusses the correlation between caffeine consumption and behavioral problems, as well as the correlation between caffeine consumption and other mental health issues. Additionally, the authors discuss their findings in the area of gender and levels of caffeine consumption, finding that young males are far more likely to over-consume caffeine than young females. The article includes detailed statistics on caffeine consumption that would be useful as evidence to support my essay thesis.

This annotation includes:
2-4 sentences summarizing the source (no quotes)
1-2 sentences evaluating the source's reliability/objectivity
1-2 sentences reflecting on the source's usefulness for an essay on the topic

Monday, November 11, 2019

Leadership Annotated Bibliography

One of the pieces of the Senior Project that we will be doing later this year is an Annotated Bibliography, which is a way of organizing research on a topic prior to writing about that topic.  To help you prepare for that, we will be doing an Annotated Bibliography now that will serve as a practice assignment for the Senior Project one.  

During the Senior Project, you will be researching and writing about a topic of your own choice, but this time you will be researching (but not writing) about a topic I chose: Leadership.  You should have ample time to work on the assignment in class.

Important Dates: 
November 13 - Google Doc share is due by 5PM
November 18 - digital draft collection at 5PM
December 2 - final printed bibliography/articles are due by 2:40