Phone: 610-522-4330 ex. 6216
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B.A. in English & M.Ed.
May 20th: Morning English IV students and families! I have not updated this page in a bit and just wanted to express that this is because I have been emailing students/families individually about student progress.
Please check each of your emails and/or your spam if you have not received anything from me. I have emailed all students more than once.
Keep working hard! If you need to catch up some, please do so. This can be done on any day or time that works best for you.
Remember that each of your courses should be completed by June 10th!
Have a great day!
May 11th: Good morning English IV!
Thank you to each of you that has logged in on Edgenuity and has been working hard! The majority of you are doing great!
Please remember to login regularly so that you do not fall behind on your daily targets.
You have 23 school days left as a senior!
Please let me know if you have any questions,
May 7th Update: Good morning English IV! Throughout yesterday I was checking in with each of you and your progress in your course work. I have sent you each a message in Edgenuity. If you click on "Communication" then "Email" you should see one from me. There are those of you that have worked ahead and are doing great-Way to go! There are some that are meeting the daily targets and doing well each day-Keep it up! Some have started but not yet met the daily targets. Though not a concern just yet, please be mindful of each of your courses and allot a reasonable time to complete the expected assignments. You got this Class of 2020!!!
May (the) 4th (be with you!) UPDATE: Good morning English IV! Today we being utilizing the district's online platform, Edgenuity (Edgenuity Student Log-In). Many have signed in and are able to move forward in completing the assignments for the 4th marking period. If you have not signed-in yet, please do so now.
Your username = your sedstudent account
Password = Student1
Please using the link/phone number below if you have any technical issues.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Technical Support For Students
To request support online, click here
To request support by phone, dial (484) 498-8791.
Please note that in person technical assistance will be available from 12pm-1pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at the following locations: Academy Park High School, Darby Township School, Delcroft School, and Harris School.
MAY 1st UPDATE--Happy May and Happy Friday! I have reached out to all students through multiple email attempts to get information regarding Edgenuity to them. Please check your sedstudent email. WORK ON MONDAY, MAY 4TH IS FOR THE 4TH MARKING PERIOD AND WILL BE GRADED!
I have created a new Google Classroom for each class because of an issue with gmail and sedstudent. ALL students have an invite in their sedstudent account. I will check the other Google Classrooms too just in case to make sure all are transferred over.
Block 1 Google Classroom Code- 2xfaaiu = 2XFAAIU
Block 3 Google Classroom Code- 3ltcksa = 3LTCKSA
Sign into Edgenuity using your sedstudent.org email with the password Student1. I have seen those that have signed in--great job! I will continue to reach out to the rest of you today.
APRIL 30th UPDATE #2: IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ!
*Please read below the letter from Mr. Robinson in regards to Edgenuity*
I am sharing the directions for you to access to the website, Edgenuity. Academy Park will begin using this website for continued distance learning on Monday, May 4th and work from this point on will be counted for the 4th Marking Period. Grades will be PASS/FAIL. If you haven’t already done so, CONTACT YOUR TEACHERS. Open lines of communication with each teacher are essential for progress through the fourth marking period. You should also know that some elective courses are not offered by Edgenuity, and your teachers will be posting projects. If you don’t see one of your courses in Edgenuity, CONTACT YOUR TEACHER to learn how to proceed.
1) Go to https://auth.edgenuity.com/Login/Login/student
2) Your school Google email is your user name. (example: email@example.com)
3) Password is Student1 (Please note – it is a regular ‘S’)
4) Locate your class. Begin and complete the activities.
If you are having issues connecting, please send your teachers a message at their sedeldo.org email OR in the appropriate Google Classroom (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Your homework over this weekend is to LOG IN to Edgenuity and contact your teachers if you have any issues. We need to be ready to go come Monday morning.
For further info on Edgenuity or anything else related to the Covid-19 shut down, go to our district's website. Additional questions can be sent to the following:
N. Robinson- email@example.com
D. Keiser- firstname.lastname@example.org
S. Hughes- email@example.com
C. Parenti- firstname.lastname@example.org
APRIL 30th UPDATE:
Good morning English IV:
As of Monday, May 4th, we will be using Edgenuity. The program was selected by the district to use in order to complete the 4th marking period.
Please do NOT begin work until Monday, May 4th. I will post further directions and information today/tomorrow.
This information will be found in your sedestudent email. If you need help accessing this email, please reach out to me and I will try to help you as best as I can.
Thank you for your attention and I am hopeful that we will get through this together!
April 27th UPDATE:
Morning English IV:
Under Classwork, you will find the work for this week. Please let me know if you have any questions!
Throughout this week, English IV teachers will be working together to organize the assignments going forward on the online program, Edgenuity. You can read about this further on the following link, on page 7: Southeast Delco Continuity of Education March 16th-May1st-
Go to the district page and scroll down some to also find this link labeled Southeast Delco Continuity Education Plan March 16th-May 1st.
I'm thinking of you all and hope that you are doing well. Keep smiling!
April 24th UPDATE:
Morning all: I have updated the Classwork section in our Google Classroom to include next week's assignments. These will be available on the district website as well at https://www.sedelco.org/Page/5258
If you have any particular questions, a good place to start would be to read the following document found on the district web-page https://www.sedelco.org/cms/lib/PA01001902/Centricity/Domain/4/Southeast%20Delco%20SD%20Continuity%20of%20Education%20Plan%20March%2016th-May%201st.pdf
Please read the document to answer any pending questions. After that, please let me know how I can best help you.
I hope that you and your family are staying safe and healthy.
Have a great weekend!
April 17 UPDATE: Happy FriYay all!
I hope that you are doing well, staying healthy and continue to read to grow in literacy. The teachers have received information regarding multiple areas of concern for students and parents. This information will be shared with you by administration. Until that time, if you have any questions, please reach out to your principals (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, and firstname.lastname@example.org).
I will continue to offer comprehensive and review materials in order for you to stay consistent in reading and writing. Please know that I wish I was able to do more. As always, please contact me if you have any questions.
Good morning! I hope that you are all safe and healthy during this time. I will be mailing a letter home to parents and students this week to help organize our course and how information will be shared going forward. Please know that I wish that I had more answers for you at this time, but teachers are waiting to hear what the expectations are for the remainder of the school year. Also, we are waiting to hear what platforms teachers are allowed to use in order to communicate with students. At this time, students have a SeDelco email account--therefore, I will be utilizing a Google Classroom to post, interact and review assignments and information with students.
The Google Classroom code for English IV (Block ONE) is odlptxa (ODLPTXA)
The Google Classroom code for English IV (Block THREE) is qybv74p (QYBV74P)
This information will be present in the letter being mailed home.
Please, reach out anytime that you have email@example.com
April 13th UPDATE: Good morning English IV! I wanted to provide some insight to the next two weeks. On the district homepage, under the Covid19 tab, you will find assignments for the next 10 days. These assignments were and are what we would have been doing in class to start the Shakespeare Unit and the analysis of the your novel to prepare for writing your paper.
Each assignment can be found through the district homepage in pdf form if you would like to print it--it will include the next ten days.
Today's assignment: Access textbook at pearsonrealize.com. Username: DPugar Password: Knights*2020
READ pages 236-239. Then, answer the following questions during-read.
Page 236 Questions--1. What two movements influenced the thought/literature of the time?
2. Why is the Renaissance known as a time of "rebirth'?
3. Who was Martin Luther and how did he contribute to the reformation?
4. What were the two major works of this time? Identify which work is attributed to the Renaissance and the Reformation?
5. Making Connections: Do you think keeping traditions is important? Should traditions be changed? Why?
Learning Support Students: Answer questions 1 and 2.
Page 237 Questions:
6. Which territories were controlled by Roman Catholics and which by Protestants denominations--Anglican, Calvinist, or Lutheran?
7. Which Renaissance inventions list on the timeline do you consider most important? Why?
Closing: Read pp. 238-239 and record the years of The English Renaissance. Then, briefly summarize the complex relationships and conflict of Henry VIII's reign.
April 3rd UPDATE: Have you kept up with your reading schedule? Have you attempted Reading Logs 4 and 5-emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org for suggested edits? Have you checked the 12th grade English tab under Covid19 Supplementals on the district Homepage? If you have answered NO to any or all of the above I have GREAT news to share. NEXT WEEK is spring break! You should use this time to catch up on READING, WRITING and REVIEWING. Again, our plan from January is to finish your independent reading by APRIL 17. This is the time to keep your literacy moving forward! Please reach out at any time if you have any questions for me (email@example.com).
April 2nd UPDATE: Please utilize the following questions for Reading Log #5. If you have any questions, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reading Log #5:
- Question 1: Discuss the major crises in the rising action. Quote an event or information learned that is going to impact the character(s) thoughts and actions (motivation) in the next part of the plot. Explain how it might affect the character(s) (inference).
- Question 2: What has the author been able to teach you about life through the text so far? Example—Consider how we learned that Beowulf, though an extremely strong epic hero, was still capable of acknowledge bad decisions (like when he challenged Brecca to a swimming match that almost killed them both). The author of Beowulf taught readers that even the most epic of heroes was human and that flaws are a natural part of human nature. Attempt to identify a theme that the author of your selected novel has been able to teach you so far in the reading. Provide a quote that portrays part of this lesson.
- Question 3: Discuss the author’s use of dialogue in the novel (or discuss the author’s lack of dialogue in the novel). Select a moment of intense dialogue that was important to the novel and explain why (Or, select a moment in the novel that lacked dialogue that you wished to be present. Briefly rewrite the scene to include the dialogue that you wish was there and explain why).
April 1st UPDATE: Happy April Fool's Day! Please remember to follow the suggested schedule for this week (found at the English IV materials link below) and your reading schedule throughout April--it will keep you on track for finish your senior novel. Again, I am happy to read through Reading Log #4 or answer your questions about your novels, just email me at email@example.com.
March 30th UPDATE #2: Continue reading, reading, reading! Your senior novel is the perfect source material to continue your literature. Reading Log #4 can be answered in your journal, typed or handwritten. Please share your responses with me if you would like feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reading Log #4:
- Question 1à Reader Response (Emotions = MOOD and Environment): What feelings did the literature bring out of you during your current reading? What emotions did you feel? Select a quote that develops the mood and environment that affected you and explain why.
- Question 2à How does the society/environment of the literature differ from your world? Select a quote that identifies this difference in interactions, belief systems, goals, speech, or other aspects of life that clearly affect the characters. Explain how this differs from your daily life.
- Question 3à Is there a clear antagonist? Who or what is opposing or working against the protagonist? Provide a quote that clearly identifies this antagonist or proves that even though there is an antagonist, the identity has not yet been revealed. Explain how the antagonist is contributing to the conflict of the novel.
March 30th UPDATE: Along with the reading of senior novels, the senior teachers want to provide students with opportunities to review key material from each unit. Beginning with the Anglo-Saxon period, seniors can use the provided material found on the district website, here English IV Materials to review their knowledge and comprehension of this unit. If at any time, you have a question about novel reading or the review topics posted, please reach out to email@example.com. I will be happy to go over material with you.
March 26th UPDATE: Morning English IV! Have you read from a novel today? If so, you're welcome to share with me 1 interesting part of your plot, 2 aspects of life that the author addressed (relationships, conflict in society, belief systems and so on), and 3 questions that you have regarding the reading. If you'd like to cite the lines from the reading to recall how to use in-text citations in your writing, I'd be happy to check the accuracy and provide editing suggestions on the review of this skill that we have been working on with your senior novels. Please reach out if you have any questions, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hello English IV students! I hope that you and your families and friends are doing well during this time. During this uncertain time, I wanted to remind you to continue to grow in your literacy. Even though we cannot be together in the classroom, there are plenty of suggestions for how to keep growing in your reading and writing abilities. One activity for suggestion would be to read your provided senior novel. If you are unable to locate your novel, the provided links below might help in keeping you actively reading. Also, there are provided questions that you can consider while reading. I use these questions as a way to organize my thoughts and reactions to a text, while also comprehending what the author has developed in plot, characterization and purpose. These suggested active-reading activities might also help guide you in reading for literacy.
If at any time you would like to discuss a text and/or ask for suggestions for the development of your literacy, please contact me through school email (email@example.com).
Links to senior novels for consideration:
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens: Oliver Twist
Macbeth by William Shakespeare: Macbeth
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: Frankenstein
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson: Stevenson Treasure Island
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson: Stevenson Kidnapped
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells: The Time Machine
Suggested active-reading questions:
1. Initial Reaction: What is your first reaction or response to your current reading (provide pages)? Describe or explain it briefly. Why is this particular scene/event/dialogue important to the plot? What are you looking forward to seeing happen in the novel at this stage?
- Reader Response (Emotions = MOOD and Environment): What feelings did the literature bring out of you? What emotions did you feel?
3. Perception: What did you see (visualize = use of imagery) happening in the literature?
4. Paraphrase: Retell the current storyline briefly. BE specific. Label what point in the plot structure that you are in. Is the plot chronological or sequential? Explain if it is effective or not.
5. Associations: What memory does the literature bring to mind-people, places, events, sights, smells, or even something ambiguous like feelings and/or attitudes? BE specific.
6. Thoughts/Ideas: What idea or thought was suggested by the literature? Explain briefly.
7. Selection: What word, phrase, image or idea grabbed your attention and your focus?
8. Importance: What is the most important word or image in the literature? Why?
9. Problems: What is the most difficult word in the literature? What in the literature do you have the most trouble understanding?
10. Author: What sort of person do you imagine the author to be? Or, with what you know about the author, how is his life and style reflected in the work?
11. Response: How did you respond to the work intellectually or emotionally? Did you feel involved with the literature or distant?
12. Evaluation: Do you think this is a good piece of literature? Why or why not?
13. Literary Associations: Does this work call to mind any other literary texts (prose, play, film, short story, or novel)? If so, what is the work and what is the connection that you see between the two?
14. Writing/Thesis Development: In writing about this literature, what would you focus on? Would you write about some association, memory, and some aspect of the text itself, about the author or some other matter?
- What is the setting (time, place-environment)? How do you know? What clues were given, if any? Would the literature be as effective in another setting? Does the setting play a major role?
16. Flashback: Is there any unity of time and place or does the story change from time to time and from place to place? What is the time span of the story?
17. What other works does the setting remind you of?
18. What are your feelings about the setting? Would you like to live in this place, why or why not?
19. How does the society/environment of the literature differ from your world? Which world do you prefer and why?
20. Is the characterization effective?
21. Are the characters stereotypes, static, dynamic? Explain.
22. Is the character motivation valid?
23. Is there a clear protagonist? Explain.
24. Is there a clear antagonist? Explain.
25. What are the internal conflicts? How are they resolved?
26. What are the external conflicts? How are they resolved?
27. Do major characters change in any way in the story?
28. Are the characters’ personalities consistent or do they behave irrationally at any point? Explain.
29. How would you have acted differently than a major character during a crucial event in the story?
30. Which characters remind you of someone you know and how so?
31. Which character reminds you of yourself and why?
32. Compare a character to another character in literature.
33. Discuss a character that you admire, like or dislike. Explain why.
- Give reasons for a character’s behavior. Speculate what causes a character to act the way that they do.
35. Does the major or the minor character’s actions parallel anything in your own life?
36. Give your first impressions about a major character. Do they change as you finish reading?
37. If you could talk to any character, who would it be and what would you say?
38. Which of the following tells you the most about a character; what he/she does, what he/she thinks, what others say, how others react to him/her, what the author says about him/her and support with examples.
39. Explain how a character is responsible for what happens to him/her?
40. Write an interior monologue for a character in a specific scene.
41. Choose two characters to compare and/or contrast.
42. Write a detailed physical description of a character.
43. Discuss actors who would appropriately portray characters in a film version.
44. What is the main problem that the protagonist faces? What is his/her big decision? Is it a good one?
45. What is the source of the conflict? Is there more than one conflict that the protagonist must handle?
46. Discuss the major crises in the rising action.
47. What is the climax of the story?
48. What occurs during the falling action? Why is it important?
49. Make a diagram of the plot.
50. Is there adequate suspense or tension in the story or does it lose your interest? Where and why?
51. Do any of the incidents seem too contrived or false?
52. What parts are realistic or effective? Why?
53. Predict what would possibly happen next and why?
54. Comment on the structure of the plot.
55. What general truth does the author seem to stating about human nature? What is the view about humanity, the universe and/or society?
56. Discuss a minimum of two themes found within the work.
57. Do you agree with the author’s feelings about humanity or the world?
58. Is this work realistic, naturalistic, romantic, or so forth? Explain how. What is the author’s philosophy about life as it is stated within the work?
59. Are there ideas within the work that remind you of other texts that you have read?
60. Choose a passage that you think is significant to portraying the author’s message and comment on it.
61. Discuss and idea/theme within the literature that you like or dislike and explain why. Give your interpretation of one of the themes.
62. Argue about a controversial issue or scene within the text.
63. Defend the different ideas presented within the text.
Style: Consider appropriateness and originality.
- Choose a short passage to analyze for style.
65. What are key elements of the author’s style?
66. Write a short passage copying the author’s distinct style techniques.
67. Compare and/or contrast the author’s style with another authorÆs style.
68. Discuss, using examples, the author’s diction.
69. Discuss, using examples, the author’s use of dialogue.
70. Discuss, using examples, the author’s use of syntax.
71. Find and discuss effective figures of speech (similes, metaphors, personification, hyperbole, paradox, puns)
72. Find and discuss examples of versification (alliteration, consonance, assonance, onomatopoeia, rhyme, repetition)
73. Find and discuss effective example of imagery.
74. Defend the author’s choice of point of view. What is it? Why is it effective? What are its limitations, if any?
75. What is the author’s tone? Is it effective and appropriate?
76. Find examples of symbolism within the literature.
77. Discuss the atmosphere and mood of the literature.
78. Discuss the use of irony in the literature. Look for dramatic, verbal and situational irony.
79. Find examples of foreshadowing within the work.
80. Find and explain allusions in the work.
81. What do you like or dislike about the author’s style?
82. What is your favorite passage within the work? Copy and discuss.
- 83.From what you know about the work, speculate and make predictions about its outcome.
84. Interpret an important passage chosen by the teacher.
85. List questions about puzzling passages.
86. Comment of the relevance of an important passage to the present.
87. Discuss the importance or relevance of the title.
88. Discuss the genre of the work and how it compares to other works within that genre.
89. Comment on the contents of a passage as it relates to its historical context.
90. Evaluate the work as a whole. Do all aspects work together or what doesn’t work?
91. Reflect upon what you have learned from this text. How has your ideas, thoughts, attitude or feelings been changed?
- 92. What changes would you suggest to the author about his/her work?
93. What questions would you like to ask the author?
94. Write a brief scene that could be added before, during or after the work.
95. Create an artistic representation of the work.
96. Create a letter to and from either characters or the author.
100. Write an advice letter to a character helping him/her deal with a conflict.
101. Would you recommend this work to others? Why or why not?
Sunday, January 24, 2021