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Hello Panther! Welcome to your first year in high school!!

 

My name is Kelly Geer and I teach English. I want to welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year at the Academy. I am so excited to be a part of the Bartlett family and I am looking forward to an awesome year. English I is an academic course that requires a passing grade to meet graduation requirements; it is a scholarly class that centers on empowered, student-centered learning. For these reasons, students are to maintain a scholarly and intellectual discourse when they are attending my class. This course is designed to be interactive, engaged, progressive, thoughtful, and a strong foundation to achieve optimal ACT/SAT preparation as well as ease for students transitioning into a rigorous high school environment.

 

My pedagogical approach is to create a space where scholars feel respected, valued, and seen in the context of their intellectual development. It is very important to me that my scholars are respectful, engaged, and prepared in their academic process. I encourage scholars to approach high school in a self-directed and thoughtful manner. Communication is paramount to the success of any healthy relationship and I encourage scholars to communicate with me all throughout the process to make sure they receive the support and encouragement they need to thrive.

 

I am a former professional ballerina and I have traveled extensively throughout the world. Ballet and travel are profound loves of mine and it has shaped me as an individual. The same level of commitment and integrity required to thrive as a ballerina is the same level of commitment and integrity I show to my scholars. I know together as a learning community we can accomplish our goals.

 

You will be issued your fabulous 1:1 device later in August. Once that has been issued you MUST bring it - charged - everyday. If you do not come into class prepared, you will swiftly fall behind. 

Please reach out to me with any questions or concerns. We are a team and we are in this together! I'm excited for a fantastic school year.
 
kgeer@bartlettschools.org

 

 

 

 

Classes

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English I, week of November 27th:

Week of November 27th:

Standards: RL. 9.1-3 (Key Ideas and details); RL. 9.4-6 (Craft and Structure); RL. 7 and 9 (Integration of Knowledge and Ideas); RL. 10 (Text Complexity); W. 9.3 (Narrative Writing); RI.9.1-3 (Key Ideas and Details); RI.9.4-6 (Craft and Structure); L.9.1-4 (Conventions of Standard English, Knowledge of Language, and Vocabulary Acquisition and Use); SL.9.1-3 and 5 (Collaboration and Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas).

Dear Students of English I,

Monday:

Lesson: Scholars will watch the final performance of Romeo & Juliet presented by the Tennessee Shakespeare Company who have been engaging the scholars personally in class interactive instructional strategies to synthesize comprehension of the play.

Target: knowledge, synthesis, and comprehension of this Renaissance play by William Shakespeare.

Tuesday:

Lesson: Teacher-directed lesson on literary strategies used by Shakespeare in crafting his dramas; scholars will be introduced to concepts of monologue, soliloquy, aside which are all forms of dramatic speeches.

Targets: Scholars will become skilled in making analytical interpretations (inferences) of Renaissance literature based on an informed understanding of the role of dramatic speeches.

Wednesday and Thursday:

Lesson: Project-based learning—scholars will work collaboratively to synthesize their comprehension of Romeo & Juliet; the project will engage visual, auditory, and kinesthetic modalities of learning in the form of role-play, collage, and analysis.

Target: Scholars will evaluate and synthesize their comprehension of Romeo and Juliet as a cohesive play. Introduction of Renaissance literature to provide foundation in Middle English and narrative drama to support fluency, comprehension, and genre study; scholars will engage active instructional methodologies to gain confidence in speaking and understanding Middle English.

Friday:

Lesson:  Formal common core assessment (quiz) on Renaissance literature on edulastic; scholars will be assessed on the following standards: standards: RL. 9.1-3 (Key Ideas and details); RL. 9.4-6 (Craft and Structure); RL. 7 and 9 (Integration of Knowledge and Ideas); RL. 10 (Text Complexity); W. 9.1 (Analytical Writing); L.9.1-4 (Conventions of Standard English, Knowledge of Language, and Vocabulary Acquisition and Use).

Target:

Skill development in analysis of plot structure, symbolism, dramatic speeches, and dramatic irony.

Due Dates:

Unit Five Vocabulary PowerPoints are due Friday, December 1st.

Unit Five Vocabulary Quiz is scheduled for Friday, December 8th—practice quiz is Wednesday, December 6th.

Romeo & Juliet Project is due Thursday, November 30th for a grade.

Remember: Be Respectful, Be Engaged, and Be Prepared!!!!!!!

All the course resources, due dates, and blog questions are posted to Edmodo and the BCS website.

English I, week of November 27th:

Week of November 27th:

Standards: RL. 9.1-3 (Key Ideas and details); RL. 9.4-6 (Craft and Structure); RL. 7 and 9 (Integration of Knowledge and Ideas); RL. 10 (Text Complexity); W. 9.3 (Narrative Writing); RI.9.1-3 (Key Ideas and Details); RI.9.4-6 (Craft and Structure); L.9.1-4 (Conventions of Standard English, Knowledge of Language, and Vocabulary Acquisition and Use); SL.9.1-3 and 5 (Collaboration and Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas).

Dear Students of English I,

Monday:

Lesson: Scholars will watch the final performance of Romeo & Juliet presented by the Tennessee Shakespeare Company who have been engaging the scholars personally in class interactive instructional strategies to synthesize comprehension of the play.

Target: knowledge, synthesis, and comprehension of this Renaissance play by William Shakespeare.

Tuesday:

Lesson: Teacher-directed lesson on literary strategies used by Shakespeare in crafting his dramas; scholars will be introduced to concepts of monologue, soliloquy, aside which are all forms of dramatic speeches.

Targets: Scholars will become skilled in making analytical interpretations (inferences) of Renaissance literature based on an informed understanding of the role of dramatic speeches.

Wednesday and Thursday:

Lesson: Project-based learning—scholars will work collaboratively to synthesize their comprehension of Romeo & Juliet; the project will engage visual, auditory, and kinesthetic modalities of learning in the form of role-play, collage, and analysis.

Target: Scholars will evaluate and synthesize their comprehension of Romeo and Juliet as a cohesive play. Introduction of Renaissance literature to provide foundation in Middle English and narrative drama to support fluency, comprehension, and genre study; scholars will engage active instructional methodologies to gain confidence in speaking and understanding Middle English.

Friday:

Lesson:  Formal common core assessment (quiz) on Renaissance literature on edulastic; scholars will be assessed on the following standards: standards: RL. 9.1-3 (Key Ideas and details); RL. 9.4-6 (Craft and Structure); RL. 7 and 9 (Integration of Knowledge and Ideas); RL. 10 (Text Complexity); W. 9.1 (Analytical Writing); L.9.1-4 (Conventions of Standard English, Knowledge of Language, and Vocabulary Acquisition and Use).

Target:

Skill development in analysis of plot structure, symbolism, dramatic speeches, and dramatic irony.

Due Dates:

Unit Five Vocabulary PowerPoints are due Friday, December 1st.

Unit Five Vocabulary Quiz is scheduled for Friday, December 8th—practice quiz is Wednesday, December 6th.

Romeo & Juliet Project is due Thursday, November 30th for a grade.

Remember: Be Respectful, Be Engaged, and Be Prepared!!!!!!!

All the course resources, due dates, and blog questions are posted to Edmodo and the BCS website.

English I, week of November 20th:

Week of November 20th:

Standards: RL. 9.1-3 (Key Ideas and details); RL. 9.4-6 (Craft and Structure); RL. 7 and 9 (Integration of Knowledge and Ideas); RL. 10 (Text Complexity); W. 9.1 (Analytical Writing); L.9.1-4 (Conventions of Standard English, Knowledge of Language, and Vocabulary Acquisition and Use); SL.9.1-3 and 5 (Collaboration and Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas).

Dear Students of English I,

Monday and Tuesday:

Lesson: Scholars will present their collaborative and individual responses for a formal grade for the Blog Questions for the week of November 5th, which will synthesize our analysis of Act II of Romeo and Juliet (blog questions posted to my BCS webpage); new blog questions will be posted this week on the BCS course website (Blog Questions for the week of 11-05-17).

Target:

Student-centered discussion forum to connect their critical reading, critical discussion, with their critical writing; scholars direct their own analysis of level-two questions on their core-content reading while supporting their analysis with textual evidence (concrete details)—analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of text.

Due Dates:

Blog Presentations for level-two questions posted for Monday, November 5th are now due Monday, November 20th for a grade—five-day extension.

Remember: Be Respectful, Be Engaged, and Be Prepared!!!!!!!

All the course resources, due dates, and blog questions are posted to Edmodo and the BCS website.

English I, week of November 13th:

Week of November 13th:

Standards: RL. 9.1-3 (Key Ideas and details); RL. 9.4-6 (Craft and Structure); RL. 7 and 9 (Integration of Knowledge and Ideas); RL. 10 (Text Complexity); W. 9.3 (Narrative Writing); RI.9.1-3 (Key Ideas and Details); RI.9.4-6 (Craft and Structure); L.9.1-4 (Conventions of Standard English, Knowledge of Language, and Vocabulary Acquisition and Use); SL.9.1-3 and 5 (Collaboration and Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas).

Dear Students of English I,

Monday and Tuesday:

Lesson: Quarter One Benchmark—scholars will take their quarter one benchmark in Power School Assessment; if a scholar needs extended time, they will have more time on Tuesday.

Target:

Scholars are assessed on quarter one standards outlined in the BCS pacing calendar for ELA.

Wednesday:

Lesson: Student-centered role playing of Act II, Scenes 5-6; scholars will engage an interactive, collaborative process of role-playing designated scenes; scholars will also take their unit four practice quiz (formal quiz is scheduled for Friday, November 17th).

Wednesday—Act II, Scenes V and VI

Target:

Introduction of Renaissance literature to provide foundation in Middle English and narrative drama to support fluency, comprehension, and genre study; scholars will engage active instructional methodologies to gain confidence in speaking and understanding Middle English. Scholars will watch a video clip of these scenes to synthesis comprehension.  

Thursday:

Lesson: Tennessee Shakespeare Company will be presenting historical context of Renaissance literature as well as Act V of Romeo and Juliet.

Target:

Introduction of Renaissance literature to provide foundation in Middle English and narrative drama to support fluency, comprehension, and genre study.

Friday:

Lesson: Scholars will take their formal unit four vocabulary quiz then each collaborative blog groups will present their blog responses for a formal grade for the Blog Questions for the week of November 5th, which will synthesize our analysis of Act II of Romeo and Juliet (blog questions posted to my BCS webpage); new blog questions will be posted this week on the BCS course website (Blog Questions for the week of 11-05-17).

Target:

Student-centered discussion forum to connect their critical reading, critical discussion, with their critical writing; scholars direct their own analysis of level-two questions on their core-content reading while supporting their analysis with textual evidence (concrete details)—analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of text.

Due Dates:

Gothic Film Scripts are due Wednesday, October 18th  (remember at least 250 words of the original text); Actual iMovies are due Tuesday, October 24th. Scholars will have a final opportunity to showcase their Gothic Film Project for a grade on Thursday, November 2nd.

Unit Four Vocabulary PowerPoints are due Monday, November 5th.

Blog Presentations for level-two questions posted for Monday, November 5th are now due Friday, November 17th for a grade—five day extension.

Unit Four Vocabulary Quiz is scheduled for Friday, November 17th—practice quiz is Wednesday, November 15th.

Remember: Be Respectful, Be Engaged, and Be Prepared!!!!!!!

All the course resources, due dates, and blog questions are posted to Edmodo and the BCS website.

Quarter One Benchmark Scheduled for Monday, November 13th:

Please make sure to get proper sleep and eat a hearty breakfast as to prepare for your benchmark.

English I, week of November 5th:

Week of November 5th:

Standards: RL. 9.1-3 (Key Ideas and details); RL. 9.4-6 (Craft and Structure); RL. 7 and 9 (Integration of Knowledge and Ideas); RL. 10 (Text Complexity; W. 9.3 (Narrative Writing); L.9.1-4 (Conventions of Standard English, Knowledge of Language, and Vocabulary Acquisition and Use); SL.9.1-3 and 5 (Collaboration and Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas).

Dear Students of English I,

Monday:

Lesson: Catch up day—Scholars need to finish their formal common core assessment (quiz) on 19th century Victorian, Gothic literature; scholars will be assessed on the following standards: standards: RL. 9.1-3 (Key Ideas and details); RL. 9.4-6 (Craft and Structure); RL. 7 and 9 (Integration of Knowledge and Ideas); RL. 10 (Text Complexity; W. 9.1 (Analytical Writing); L.9.1-4 (Conventions of Standard English, Knowledge of Language, and Vocabulary Acquisition and Use); last assessment on 19th century literature as well as their Unit Four PowerPoint Presentations for a grade.

Target:

Skill development in analysis of plot structure, allusion(s) and how allusions inform meaning as well as how contextual symbols inform meaning as well as textual evidence (concrete details), and vocabulary development for ACT/SAT prep.

Tuesday through Thursday:

Lesson: Student-centered role playing of Act II, Scenes 4-6; scholars will engage an interactive, collaborative process of role-playing designated scenes.  

Tuesday—Act II, Scene IV

Wednesday—Act ii, Scenes V and VI

Thursday—Media for synthesis

Target:

Introduction of Renaissance literature to provide foundation in Middle English and narrative drama to support fluency, comprehension, and genre study; scholars will engage active instructional methodologies to gain confidence in speaking and understanding Middle English. Scholars will watch a video clip of these scenes to synthesis comprehension.  

Thursday:

Lesson:

Lesson: Each collaborative blog group will  respond and develop  blog responses for a formal grade for the Blog Questions for the week of November 5th, which will synthesize our analysis of Act II of Romeo and Juliet (blog questions posted to my BCS webpage); new blog questions will be posted this week on the BCS course website (Blog Questions for the week of 11-05-17).

Target:

Student-centered discussion forum to connect their critical reading, critical discussion, with their critical writing; scholars direct their own analysis of level-two questions on their core-content reading while supporting their analysis with textual evidence (concrete details)—analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of complex text and structure.

Friday:

Lesson: Ms. Geer will be out, so scholars will work collaboratively and they will be self-directed and focused on completing the following tasks:

  1. Collaborate and provide a well-developed analysis of each of the level-two questions pertaining to Act II of Romeo and Juliet; scholars MUST provide a concrete detail from the original text to support their inferences—blog presentations will be Monday, November 13th (No Exceptions)
  2. Study your Unit Four Vocabulary on quizlet.com (link is posted to the website, but everyone should have an account by now)

Target:

Scholars engage their comprehension of plot structure, figurative language, and symbolism as focused skills for development in the context of Renaissance literature

Due Dates:

Gothic Film Scripts are due Wednesday, October 18th  (remember at least 250 words of the original text); Actual iMovies are due Tuesday, October 24th. Scholars will have a final opportunity to showcase their Gothic Film Project for a grade on Thursday, November 2nd.

Unit Four Vocabulary PowerPoints are due Monday, November 5th.

Blog Presentations for level-two questions posted for Monday, November 5th are due Monday, November 13th for a grade.

Remember: Be Respectful, Be Engaged, and Be Prepared!!!!!!!

All the course resources, due dates, and blog questions are posted to Edmodo and the BCS website

Reminder--Unit Four Vocabulary PowerPoint:

Unit Four Vocabulary PowerPoint(s) due Monday, November 3rd!

English I, week of October 30th:

Week of October 30th:

Standards: RL. 9.1-3 (Key Ideas and details); RL. 9.4-6 (Craft and Structure); RL. 7 and 9 (Integration of Knowledge and Ideas); RL. 10 (Text Complexity; W. 9.3 (Narrative Writing); L.9.1-4 (Conventions of Standard English, Knowledge of Language, and Vocabulary Acquisition and Use); SL.9.1-3 and 5 (Collaboration and Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas).

Dear Students of English I,

Monday:

Lesson: Formal common core assessment (quiz) on 19th century Victorian, Gothic literature; scholars will be assessed on the following standards: standards: RL. 9.1-3 (Key Ideas and details); RL. 9.4-6 (Craft and Structure); RL. 7 and 9 (Integration of Knowledge and Ideas); RL. 10 (Text Complexity; W. 9.1 (Analytical Writing); L.9.1-4 (Conventions of Standard English, Knowledge of Language, and Vocabulary Acquisition and Use); last assessment on 19th century literature.

Target:

Skill development in analysis of plot structure, allusion(s) and how allusions inform meaning as well as how contextual symbols inform meaning.

Tuesday and Wednesday:

Lesson: Student-centered role playing of Act II, Scenes 3-6; scholars will engage an interactive, collaborative process of role-playing designated scenes.  

Target:

Introduction of Renaissance literature to provide foundation in Middle English and narrative drama to support fluency, comprehension, and genre study; scholars will engage active instructional methodologies to gain confidence in speaking and understanding Middle English.

Thursday:

Lesson: Tennessee Shakespeare Company will be presenting historical context of Renaissance literature as well as Act III of Romeo and Juliet.

Target:

Introduction of Renaissance literature to provide foundation in Middle English and narrative drama to support fluency, comprehension, and genre study.

Friday:

Lesson: Student-centered, project-based learning in the context of 19th century Victorian Gothic Film Project; any scholar who has not submitted a film project must show their project for a grade.

Friday: Scholars will present their iMovies for a grade (rubric enclosed)

Target:

Scholars engage their comprehension of literary archetypes (characterization) and types of conflict (plot structure) as focused skills for development in the context of the short story—The Raven, The Masque of the Red Death, and The Tell-Tale Heart to make informed interpretation of content reading and provide thoughtful textual evidence. Scholars will develop skills of cross-genre narrative writing by tuning short story to script and script to iMovie.

Due Dates:

Gothic Film Scripts are due Wednesday, October 18th  (remember at least 250 words of the original text); Actual iMovies are due Tuesday, October 24th. Scholars will have a final opportunity to showcase their Gothic Film Project for a grade on Friday, November 3rd.

Unit Four Vocabulary PowerPoints are due Friday, November 3rd.

Remember: Be Respectful, Be Engaged, and Be Prepared!!!!!!!

All the course resources, due dates, and blog questions are posted to Edmodo and the BCS website.