In this class, homework is defined as work specifically assigned to be done at home. It may not be worked on in class. The exception to this is if a student needs assistance with a homework assignment.
I do not assign a great deal of homework. However, there will not always be time in class to complete all assignments on the work plan, so students will need to manage that work load and bring assignments home to work on, as necessary. Every evening, students are required to read and write in their writing journals.
Seminars are always given as homework. These are short pieces the students must read and annotate. In addition, each student must write three questions regarding the piece to be used during the in-class Socratic circle discussion of the seminar. The annotations and questions should reflect a deeper thinking about the piece. For example, the students should consider what the author is trying to tell us, make personal connections to the piece, and consider what they can learn from the piece. The questions must be ones which generate discussion, rather than ones that have simple yes or no answers or ones that have answers that can be found explicitly in the text. Questions such as, "Who was the main character?" or "Did you enjoy this piece?" are not considered good discussion questions.
As with any other assignment, if you have questions or concerns regarding homework, please feel free to call, text, or e-mail me.
Summer Reading and Writing Challenges:
Reading Assignment - Summer Reading Challenge.pdf
Summer Reading Challenge Books Read Log Sheet.pdf
Summer Reading Challenge Tracking Sheet.pdf
Writing Assignment - Summer Journal Entry Challenge.pdf