Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Grammar website

If you want to take more grammar quizzes online, here is the website:

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

vocabulary words anyone?

redundant, ameliorate, lugubrious, inveterate, elucidate, scintillating, implacable, palty, penchant, derogatory, callous, nonage, perfidious, pontificate, allege, fallacious, quintessential, ...

Monday, December 13, 2010

Dec. 15th Crossword Puzzle

Create a crossword puzzle with all the vocabulary words.
One page is the puzzle and questions. The second page has the answers.
Review grammar for final.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

December 13th- 8am Deadline

Next 8 am deadline- all work must be turned in by 8 am on Monday morning.

You will need the
  • checklist
  • rubric
  • your latest draft highlighted in two colors. One color for content and one color for grammar/spelling errors
  • October draft with mentor's comments
  • 1st 2nd point of view draft with teacher's comments

Make sure that you have at least 11 complete pages, an annotated works cited page with at least 7 sources, and that your latest draft is highlighted. Spend time on proofreading.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Mentor Meetings Proof-December 9th

Make sure you bring proof of your five mentor meetings to class.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Dec. 9th

Come prepared to work in the lab. Have a written goal for the class period.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Dec. 7th Homework

Come to class with a complete introduction. It must be typed.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Lab Work- Dec. 3rd

Come prepared to work in the lab on Friday. You should have notes, articles, interview transcriptions and earlier drafts. I expect each person to prove that he/she accomplishes a great deal in the lab. Come with a written goal for the day.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Riddle Extra credit

Type up your riddle and bring it to class by Wednesday for extra credit.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Extra credit- Due Dec. 3rd

Students with C- or below on their second of point of view may earn points. Students must meet with their mentor and come up with a detailed to do list. The list must be signed by the mentor. Points will be given for a detailed point of view.

Engaging Opening- Dec. 1st

Bring your engaging opening to class for peer editing. Some of the openings looked too short last week. Review your work. It should be a paragraph or two. Four sentences are not enough.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Introduction Hook-November 23

Write the opening to your senior exhibition. It should be creative and enticing. Do not use you, imagine or any other cliche beginning. This should be typed or neatly written in pen.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

November 22nd- Portfolio Deadline

Proof of six completed cover sheets and a personal statement are due!
This is mucho points in both English and Government!!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Nov, 19th- Second Point of View Completed

Same requirements for second point of view as for the first point of view essay.
Type the essential question at the top of the page. Underline the point of view statement which should be the last sentence of the first paragraph. Textnotes are facts and ideas from sources. Remember you are writing an argument. Prove your point of view with strong evidence and analysis. You must include an annotated works cited page. Carefully proofread!!!!!

This should be a new draft- it should not be the same as your draft on Wed.

Do not forget to attach article summaries, Nov. 15th and 17th drafts, plus the peer edit.

Remember to highlight additions and corrections on your final paper. One color for content and a different color for grammar/spelling corrections.
500 Points

Finished draft of Second Point of View- Nov. 17th

Finish your second point of view essay. It should be typed with textnotes and an annotated works cited page. Three pages for the essay. We will peer edit the papers, and there may be time to work on revisions in the lab.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Monday, November 15th Homework

Bring an addressed and stamped thank you note to your second interviewee.

Come to class with notes and articles to write your 2nd pov in class. Do not forget to bring the summaries of two articles.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Articles and Senior Work- due November 10th

Bring two articles that will support your second point of view to class. Extra credit will be given for articles that were taken from databases or websites on the handout.

Bring your work from class this year, so you can complete a portfolio assignment cover sheet.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Research Help

Here are several databases and website for your senior exhibition!!!

General Databases
Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center draws on the acclaimed social issues series published by Greenhaven Press, as well as core reference content from other Gale and Macmillan Reference USA sources to provide a complete one-stop source for information on social issues. Access viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, links to websites, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles.
Academic OneFile is the premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. With extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects, Academic OneFile is both authoritative and comprehensive. With millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text with no restrictions, researchers are able to find accurate information quickly. Includes full-text coverage of the New York Times back to 1995. Updated daily.
These two databases are available from your public library's web site and require a library card number to access them.
Peninnsula Library System
San Mateo County Library
San Francisco Public Library

Government Sources of Facts and Statistics
ERIC (the Education Resources Information Center) is an online digital library of education research and information. ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides credible and reliable information and data & tatistics, diseases and conditions, emergencies and disasters, environmental health. healthy living, injury and violence & safety, workplace safety and health, and more…
Bureau of Labor Statistics (the BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information. As an independent statistical agency, BLS provides products and services that are objective, timely, accurate, and relevant.
The U.S. Census Bureau and is the government agency that is responsible for the United States Census. It also gathers other national demographic and economic data. As part of the United States Department of Commerce, the Census Bureau serves as a leading source of data about America's people and economy

Non-Profit Sources of Facts and Statistics
EFF (the Electronic Frontier Foundation) Blending the expertise of lawyers, policy analysts, activists, and technologists, the EFF confronts cutting-edge issues defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights. From the beginning, EFF has championed the public interest in every critical battle affecting digital rights.
ACLU (The American Civil Liberties Union) works in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve individual rights and liberties. These include 1st Amendment rights, equal protection under the law, and due process and privacy rights. The ACLU also works to extend rights to segments of our population that have traditionally been denied their rights, including people of color; women; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people; prisoners; and people with disabilities.
National office:
No. Cal. office:
The Guttmacher Institute advances sexual and reproductive health worldwide through an interrelated program of social science research, public education and policy analysis. They specialize in data, statistics, and analysis of adolescent sexual & reproductive health; relationships, intimacy & sexual behavior; and healthy pregnancies, contraception & abortion.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Second Interview- November 8th

Three pages of transcription, proof of interview and annotation are due.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Revise Personal Statement- November 4th

Carefully revise your personal statement. Make sure you answer the prompt, use descriptive language and proofread. Many students will need to make major changes to their papers.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Object photo-Nov. 2nd

Bring to a class a photo of an object that is very important to you.

Play extra credit

Attend Thursday or Friday's night performance of the school play. Attach ticket stub to one page review. The review must be typed or neatly written in pen. The review must be well written to receive full credit.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

8 AM Deadline-Oct. 29th

By 8 AM on Friday, you must turn in the checklist, revised paper and earlier drafts. Carefully follow the checklist.

Mentor Meetings-Oct. 25th and 26th

Come prepared to talk to your mentor about your revisions. Bring your earlier drafts, to do checklist and questions to the mentor meeting.

To Do Checklist-Mon. Oct 25th

Make a pretty and comprehensive checklist for your revision!
Don't just write research- write what type of research it is that you need to do.
Extra credit will be given to students who complete to do list on time and get guardian signature to confirm that work was done.
This means that on your checklist you must include due dates.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Extra Credit Financial Presentation

Come to the financial aid presentation on the 21st and earn 50 extra credit points! Make sure that Ms. Collins signs paper.

October 21st Homework

Complete the rough draft of your personal statement. Carefully read your rubric. State the prompt at the top of the paper.

ALSO please bring your graded background to class

Friday, October 15, 2010

October 19th

Finish art piece, if not completed in class.
Write the first paragraph of your personal statement. Work hard on a title, first sentence and creative opening. Pay attention to diction and syntax.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Point of View Hard Deadline- October 15th

The assignment due October 15th must include

Grading Sheet
Finished Draft
Oct. 13th draft
Peer editing form
In class draft
Writing log

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Typed Point of View- October 13th

Type your three pages of your first point of view. Make sure you include textnotes and annotations. We will be peer editing each other's papers and going to the lab.

POV Preparation-October 8th

Come prepared to write your first point of view in class. Bring articles, your summaries, and anything else that will help you write.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Summaries- Due October 8th

Summaries Assignment
Due October 8th
100 homework points

You must complete the following summary work for EACH of your three sources:

1) Read the source or if it is a movie watch it.
2) After two or three paragraphs, write a one or two sentence summary. Or after five or ten minutes of the film, write the short summary.
3) Remember to make this summary work for you. Write summaries that have enough information to help you in your paper.
4) Write specific facts from the article that you can use in your paper.

This may be written in pen or typed. Clearly write the citation of each source before the summary.

First Paragraph POV- Due October 6th

Write the first paragraph to your point of view essay. The last sentence of the paragraph should be your point of view. This is very similar to many of the essays that you already wrote in high school. A few sentences that evoke feelings sympathetic to your point of view are a great opening.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Background due October 4th

The first three pages of the background are due. This piece must follow your background outline. The assignment requires you to complete three pages of coherant paragraphs that answer your background questions. You must have textnote citations for all facts. An annotated works cited page is also required. You must attach your final revised background outline.Make sure you have 1 inch margins and no extra spaces between paragraphs. Work hard on diction and syntax. Do not forget to use quotations marks around any phrases or sentences that are not in your own words.

Do not use second person- you
Try not to overuse the word being
Work on word choice- look at your verbs- no "get" please
Make sure each paragraph has a clear focus.
Take the time to proofread your paper!!!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

September 30th- Second Assignment

Bring typed first page of background to class. Be prepared to work in the lab on Thursday.

Thank you cards-September 30th

Bring your addressed and stamped thank you cards to class.

Signed Background Outline-October 1

Signed background outline by mentor is due on Friday. You can bring it to me during breaks, since we do not have class on Friday.

September 28th -Article

Please remember to bring at least one article to class. The article should help you answer the first questions in your outline.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

First Interview- September 28th

The first big deadline is Tuesday, September 28th. You must include the following:

1) Proof of interview- signed with all the information legibly written
2) Three pages of transcription- double-spaced, one inch margins- Choose three pages of the best parts of your interview. The purpose is to use these quotes in your paper
3) An annotation of your interview.- this must also be typed

Take time and do this properly. :)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Lab Day- September 24

Come prepared to work on your background. Bring your library card so you can access various databases. This is a great way to steer clear of .com sites.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Homework Help

Check out this website from the San Mateo County Library.
You need a library card to access the information.

Revised Background Outline- September 24

Revise your background outline. Make sure you add categories and put the outline in order.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

.Com Sites

Please do not use articles from most .com sites, such as Newspaper or magazine sites are acceptable. Look harder for articles from universities, organizations and government sources.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Research Work- September 20th

Read one article that will help you answer some of your background questions.
Bring the article to class.
On a separate piece of paper, write three quotes from the article that will help you write your background.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Background Outline- September 16th

Background Outline
Due September 16th
300 Points

The purpose of this assignment is to create an outline for your first written piece of the senior exhibition. Consider everything that you need to know about your topic before you can start to argue a particular point of view. Remember the questions should generate more factual answers than biased ones.

1) Brainstorm a list of questions that must be answered.
2) Organize the questions in a logical manner. Think about what you need to know first. Is it a definition? History? Explaining a concept?
3) You should have somewhere between 15 and 25 questions. More is not necessarily better.
4) You will graded on your ability to create intelligent and essential questions for your background. Remember your background piece will be based on this outline.

What you must include in the assignment:

1) A typed list of questions in logical order
2) An annotated works cited page that includes at least three sources that you will use for your background. The annotations might include your interview if you have already completed it. Take time to write three effective and succinct sentences in your annotation. The purpose of an annotation is to describe your source, explain why it is a valid source, and how it will be helpful to your project.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Back to School Night- September 14th

All seniors and their guardians are asked to attend this year's Back to School night. There will be a very important meeting about many aspects of senior year. Elaine Collins the senior Academic Counselor will be hosting the meeting.

Meet in the Little Theatre at 6:15. After the one hour meeting, guardians can meet their students' teachers in their classrooms.


September 28th is the due date for the first interview. Students must have a three page transcript of the interview, the proof of interview signed by interviewee and an annotation of the interview. All pieces must be typed.

It may take you a while to set up the interview. Start searching for your first interview NOW!

Possible places to start looking for the interviewees:
  • University departments
  • Hospital departments
  • Individual businesses
  • Pyramid Alternatives, if looking for a psychologist
  • Teachers at Oceana- they are great resources
  • Mr. Weiss- he is the reference specialist at the school