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    Mrs. R. Billet's Website

    Email:       billetr@hasdk12.org

    Address:   Hazleton Area Academy of Sciences School
                      (HAAS) 40 Azalea Rd, Drums, PA 18222

    Phone:      (570) 459-3221 Ext. 88500
     

    Grade(s): 

    • 9-12   Gifted

    • (11th Grade) 
      Honors and Non Honors English 3           
    Subject (s): Language Arts and Teacher of the Gifted
     
    HAHS Gifted Website:  https://www.hasdk12.org//Domain/724
    Please visit the HAHS Gifted Website for all of the specific details and available activities.
     
    Classroom Overview
    for English III
     
    The junior year of high school is both rewarding and challenging. This is an important year for students, because they will be applying to colleges and they will be selecting their future course(s) of study. The English III course will help students prepare for college.
     
    Students will follow the HASD English III curriculum in order to better prepare them for their future educational plans and careers.  English III will follow the growth of America as it begins with the natives, early settlers, and Puritans.  This era will be studied through short works and poetry.  Students will then read three major works including The CrucibleOf Mice and Men, and The Great Gatsby.  Major writing assignments include a family tree narrative paper as well as two argumentative writing assignments.
     
    If time permits, additional material will be covered.  Class discussions, outside information, and dissenting views are not only welcomed but encouraged.

    Classroom
    Procedures
    Students must follow all Hazleton Area School District Policies.

    Little Arrow Arrive on time for class 
    Little Arrow Come to class prepared mentally, physically and emotionally
    Little Arrow Respect yourself and all property
     

    Students are required to join the Schoology Course:

    • Honors and Non Honos English 3 Period 6-7 
     
    Students should have a novel/reading book or work to do at all times
    Honors and Non-Honors
    English 3 Grading
    Policy

      

    Departmental Grading for all English Classes
     
    Participation = homework, class work,and class participation

     25%
    Final = cold read exams and unit performance tasks

     30%
    Tests = tests and quizzes with varying point values to determine weight

     25%
    Assignments = writing projects, projects, larger homework assignments etc....

     20%
     
    Late assignments are at the discretion of the teacher, and will be graded as late with up to 10 points off per day.
    Students will be informed as to the weight of the assignment when it is assigned.  
     
    Mandatory Homework

     

    Students are required to complete one hour of English SAT Preparation per week using Khan Academy/College Board online exercises.

    Students will link their College Board Account with their Khan Academy Account. By linking these two accounts students will automatically be enrolled in a scholarship contest sponsored by College Board.

    Mrs. Billet will receive weekly reports directly from Khan Academy throughout the semester. 

     

    Welcome Parents & Students!
    Thank you for visiting my website. Please visit often to get the latest news and information on what is happening in our class. If you have any questions about our program or a student's progress please don't hesitate to contact me! I am looking forward to working with you this year!
     
    **Parents if you would like to discuss your child's progress. You can email me at billetr@hasdk12.org.
     
    Or you can call me at the HAAS school at (570) 459-3221 Ext. 88500 or you can schedule a parent conference.

      What did we do today? (See Below) 
       
       
       
     Monday, September 16, 2019

    TODAY'S PDN: Please do all of the questions on page 934 except for the paragraph.

     

    Langston Hughes Poetry

     

    • Know at least 6 facts about the author

    "The Negro Speaks of Rivers"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mFp40WJbsA
     

    Dream Boogie
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDTEYeeBtek

     

     

     

    Present Perfect Tense is used when talking about experiences from the past, a change or a situation that has happened in the past but is still continuing today.

    Present Perfect tense is an important part of English grammar since it demonstrates that actions or events in the past have an effect on the present situation

    • Has lived: She has lived here all her life.

    • Have written: They have written three letters already.

    • Have worked: I have worked here since I graduated school.

    • Has done: He has finished his homework.

    • Have been: We have been to Canada.

    • Has forgotten: She has forgotten her folder.

     

    • Please submit a typed copy of your essay to Mrs. Billet on Tuesday, 9-17-19 

     

     CLARIFICATION of the Reflection Paper:

    It is now two separate assignments and it is due Tuesday Please bring in your rough draft to school on Monday.

    Part 1: Select one of the readings we did in class and reflect on it. Type at least 1 paragraph to 1 page of your reflection. Connect the reading to the theme "Origins and Identities." What did you think of the reading? How was the author shaped by his origins? Please keep it positive.

    Part 2: Reflect on the Autobiographical Newspaper. Did you learn anything about yourself, family, culture, heritage, traditions, goals, etc.? Did you remember a happy memory from a holiday, birthday in writing your newspaper? In researching your newspaper, did you find any old pictures that brought back a good memory. And of course connect your reflection of doing the Autobiographical Newspaper to the theme of "Origins and Identities."Please keep it positive.

    If you have any other questions, just ask.

    Desiree's Baby
    https://americanliterature.com/author/kate-chopin/short-story/desirees-baby

    Text Dependent Questions
    Desiree's Baby Text Dependent Questions


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    Started the section on Langston Hughes

    Talked about Harlem Renaissance

    Played a song/video by Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgeral

    Take the A Train


    "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" by Langston Huges

    Talked about Khan Academy- Please do the SAT Practice to get credit

     

    Talked about the Reflection Essay
    https://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Reflection-Paper

     

      

    ****Yesterday's Reflectives Essay Assignment has been changed.

    It is now two assignments (2 separate assignments a minimum of 1 paragraph to to 1 page

     It is now two assignments-  

    Reflection Paper Assignment – Due Tuesday, 9-17-19

    Please write a Reflection Paper

    • Please provide a title for your Reflection Essay, place it in the center of the page. (Times New Roman Size 12)

    • Length should be a minimum of one detailed paragraph to one page with examples.

    • Your paper needs to be typed, double spaced, and use Times New Roman size 12 font.

    • Paper should have a 1 inch march and please no exra spaces between paragraphs
    • PAPER 1
    • SELECT ONLY 1 Reading Section (Do at least one paragraph to 1 page Reflection)

    • In the Identities and Origins Unit, you read about:

    • Indian Myths (The Earth on Turtle’s Back,
    • “When Grizzlies Walked Upright,” and
    • “The Navajo Origin Legend,”), 
    • Huswifery” by Edward Taylor,
    • “To My Dear and Loving Husband” by Anne Bradstreet’s,
    • “A Journey Through Texas” by Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, “Boulders Taller Than the Great Tower of Seville,”  by Cardenas
    • The Ineresting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano,"  by Olaudah Equiano and
    • “Sinners in the Hands of Angry God” by Jonathan Edward
    • Poetry by Langston Hughes.

    • Please reflect on how one of the above reading selection demonstrates Identities and Origins and provide examples. Are people shaped by their experiences, culture and origins?

    • Second Assignment
      PAPER #2
    • Do only 1 Paragraph - 1 page
    • Part 2: The purpose of the Autobiographical Newspaper was for students to consider how their own identity are shaped by their origins.

    • In this reflection paper- please include, what you learned about yourself, family’s heritage, ancestry, culture, and did you enjoy doing this assignment? How has your origins affected and created your identity? Did you have a lot memories come back while dong your autobiographical newspaper- reflect on the creation process of the newspaper. Be positive about your reflection.

    • Assignment was assigned on Thursday, 9-12-19

    • Assignment is due: Tuesday, 9-17-19

    • In the upper left corner, you should list
    • Your Name
    • English III (Identify it as Honors or Non Honors)
    • Reflection Paper 1
    • Due date

    • Please submit a typed copy of your essay to Mrs. Billet on Tuesday, 9-17-19 

     

     CLARIFICATION of the Above Assignment:

    It is now two separate assignments and it is due Tuesday Please bring in your rough draft to school on Monday.

    Part 1: Select one of the readings we did in class and reflect on it. Type at least 1 paragraph to 1 page of your reflection. Connect the reading to the theme "Origins and Identities." What did you think of the reading? How was the author shaped by his origins? Please keep it positive.

    Part 2: Reflect on the Autobiographical Newspaper. Did you learn anything about yourself, family, culture, heritage, traditions, goals, etc.? Did you remember a happy memory from a holiday, birthday in writing your newspaper? In researching your newspaper, did you find any old pictures that brought back a good memory. And of course connect your reflection of doing the Autobiographical Newspaper to the theme of "Origins and Identities."Please keep it positive.

    If you have any other questions, just ask.

     

     Thursday, September 12, 2019


    Review for TEST- Olaudah Equiano, Go over vocabulary, 

    Do online Self-Test as a group

    Test on Olaudah Equiano,

    Multiple Choice, Fill-in-the-blank, 1 essay 

     

    2 Reflection Papers Assignment – Due TUESDAY, 9-17-19

    Please write a Reflection Paper
    (SEE Friday, September 13, for essay instructions

     Wednesday, September 11, 2019

     

    Finish Equiano Unit

    Review for tomorrow's test on Equiano, please review vocabulary listed from yesterday.

    Test will have M/C, Fill-in-the Blank Sentences, Matching 

    Started
    Jonathan Edwards From Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

    Provided background on Jonathan Edwards

    Reviewed Vocabulary Words of this section

    Go over Active and Pssive Voice

     


    Active 
    Voice= when a verb is in the active voice when the subject of the sentence performs the action. 

     

    Passive Voice= when the subject receives the action

     You will be tested on this narrative.

    https://www.thenation.com/article/true-story-equiano/

    Active Passive Voice Exercises EEE
     

    Active Passive Voice Exercises 1

    TEST -- Thursday, September 12, 2019

     Tuesday, September 10, 2019

     Olaudah Equiano

    The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

    Pages 156 - 164

    Olaudah Equiano Essential Questions

    Olaudah Equiano PowerPoint

     READ pg 231 Controversy --behind Olaudah Equiana

     

    Vocabulary:

    Loathsome= hateful, detestable,

    Pestilential= likely to cause disease

    Copious= plentiful, abundant, excessive

    Improvident= shortsighted

    Avarice= greed

    Pacify= to calm, to soothe

    Slave Narrative= is an autobiographical account of a person's life

    Emotional Appeals= Dquiano's narrative is very persuasive against the slave trade by including emotional appeals

    Aphorisms= familiar sayings and/or observation that contains a general truth, such as, “if it ain't broke, don't fix it.”.

    Example of Aphorisms:

    • Actions speak louder than words.
    • All for one and one for all.
    • Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes.
    • Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
    • Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

      Pseudonyms- fake names authors use rather than their real names

     Autobiographies- is an account of a person's life written by that person.

    Inaugurations=  A ceremony to mark a beginning (example presidential inaugurations); the beginning or introduction of a system, policy, or period

    Active Voice= when a verb is in the active voice when the subject of the sentence performs the action. 

     

    Passive Voice= when the subject receives the action

     You will be tested on this narrative.

    https://www.thenation.com/article/true-story-equiano/

    TEST -- Thursday, September 12, 2019

     Monay, September 9, 2019

     Indian Myths Make-Up Tests

    Assigned Christopher Columubus: Students were required to read the unit, make notes. Assigned Questions Page 62 Due tomorrow, 9-10-19

    Autobiographical Newspapers were turned in with Rubric

    Discussed Christopher Columbus,

    Students were exected to write vocabulary words and notes in their notebooks: journal; point of view, recognizing the author's purpose, exquisite, affliction, indications, abundance 

     Friday, September 6, 2019

     Indian Myths Test today Friday, 9-6-19
    (Matching, Multiple Choice, Essay, Open Ended Questions)

    ***One Hour of SAT Prep is due by next Friday, 9-13-19 by midnight

     

    Reminder: Newspaper Assignment is due Monday, 9-9-19

     Thursday, September 5, 2019

     
     Indian Myths Test postponed until tomorrow,
    Friday, 9-6-19

    (Matching, Multiple Choice, Essay, Open Ended Questions)
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    Autobiographical Assignement - Due Date changed until Monday, 9-9-19

    Explorers Unit- Review pg 40, 41-
    Reviewed Vocabulary Words


     

    entreated, feigned, mortality, subsisted, traversed, dispatched

    Explorer's narrative:
    Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca
    Signal words

    Students worked on their newspapers

    Gave students passwords to Khan Academy

    Homework Assignment: Students are expected to do 1 hour per week on Khan Academy. (Assignment due Friday, 9-13-19)

    Student's Khan Academy must be linked to their College Board Account

     

     Wednesday, Sept 4, 2019

    Mr. Graham - covered the class
    Period 6-7 Assignment for Wednesday, September 4, 2019

    • Today, students will read pages 40-57 silently.

    • Students should take notes on the Explorers unit.

    • Students need to write down notes on the two authors:
      • Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca and
      • Garcia Lopez de Cardenas on page 41.

    • Students need to record the new vocabulary words in their notebooks on pages 41.

    • Students are required to complete the questions on page 48 and please collect one assignment from each student.

    • If time allows, students should work on their newspaper assignment which is due this Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. (Remind students that the newspaper assignment should be submitted on Schoology).

    • Reminder please study for the test on the Indian Myths which will be given on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019.
     Tuesday, Sept 3, 2019 

    Review for Test on Indian Myths
    Test will be on Thursday, Sept 5, 2019

    Verify New Vocabulary Words

    • Abulutions
    • Protruded
    • Confederate
    • Disposition
    • Deliberation
    • Libel
    • Slander
    • Eloquence
    • Winter Count

    Do Kahoot Review

    Students will work on their Newspaper Assignment

    Page 30 How to make a word a noun add (tion)
    How to make a compound sentence: Join two complete thoughts with a semi colon or use a comma and coordinating conjunction (and, or, but).

    Students were asked to join Schoology Course
    B6PM-28C9-NPT6C
     

     Monday, Sept 2, 2019 No School 

    Labor Day

     

    Labor Day

     Friday, August 30, 2019

     Unit 1: Identities and Origins pages 92-97

    Museum Indians by Susan Power pages 34-39 

    "Huswifery" by Edward Taylor
    "Huswifery" compares the household task of making cloth with oift of God's salvation.

    Extended metaphor0 expresses Edward Taylor's deep belief in God and celebrates the devine presence in daily life.

    The poem is a prayer imploring God to guide he speaker o do his bidding. By submitting to GOd's will, the speaker hopes to achieve glory

    "To My Dear and Loving Husband" by Anne Bradstreet

    Puritan Plain Style
    - short words

    -direct statements

    -references to ordinary everyday objects

    **Puritans belieed poetry should serve God clearly expressing only useful or religious ideas and appeal to the senses.

    Test- Next Wednesday, September 4, 2019.
    Matching, Multiple Choice, Open Ended


    Indian Myths PowerPoint

     

     Bradstreet and Edwards PowerPoint

    Anne Bradstreet Poem To My Dear and Loving Husband

     

     Thursday, 
    August 29, 2019
     Unit 1: Identities and Origins 
    Read the following out loud did the Online Self Test
    Completed the graphic organizer on Indian Myths, reviewed the four different tribes at the beginning of the unit.
    • Modoc   When Grizzlies Walked Upright

    • Navajo  The Navajo Origin Legend

    • Iroquois The Iroquois Constitution

    • Museum Indians pg 35
    Wednesday, August 28, 2019

     Unit 1: Identities and Origins

    • Read Page 16-20 Reviewed Answers from the Graphic Organizer, Column 1 

    • Onondaga

    • Modoc

    • Navajo

    • Iroquois

      A Close Reading of Creation Myths Blank


    • Completed 1st column of Close Readin of Creation Myths Graphic Organizer on the Onodago

    • Read in Class: Onodagao(Northeast Woodlands) The Earth on Turtle's Back


    • Provided background on Indian Myths

    • Modoc   When Grizzlies Walked Upright

    • Navajo  The Navajo Origin Legend

    • Iroquois The Iroquois Constitution

    Discussed Project for Unit 1

    Displayed 2 sample newspaper. Discussed Performance Task in class

     
    Performance Task Unit 1 Autobiographical Newspaper Rubric and Instructions

     

    Please do Autobiographical Newspaper Performance Task in Third Person

    • Assigned: Wednesday, August 28, 2019

    • Due: Friday, September 6. 2019

    • Use Word Newspaper Template
      Do Not Print Document


    Upload final project using Windows 365

    Tuesday, August 27, 2019

    Unit 1: Identities and Origins

    • Pages 1-14 Textbook

      Oral Traditions

      Winter Count

      Christopher Columbus
      Massachusetts Bay Colony
      Anne Bradstreet
      Native Americans
      The Great Awakening
      Edward Taylor
      Puritans and Pilgrims
      Explorers Accounts
      John Smith

     Susan Power, Author Page 32 -34

    • Read and Discussed
      Differences between the Oral Tradition and The Written Tradition
    Monday,
    August 26, 2019

    Introductions

    Review of Course Requirements

    Interview Questions

    Find Scholarships