#ENG10 Introduction to Socio-Cultural Context #IRP

Hey English 10,

Today, we kick off a two week item. Below are the lesson notes, and my sample entry and draft notes.


Important Notes:

  • We will work on this during class on October 9 and October 16, and we will have access to iPads/computers to help you develop your presentation and do research.
  • Your entry should be submitted as a PDF file. Presentation files (PowerPoint, Keynote) don’t always look/work the way you want in moodle. If you don’t know how to do this, see me at extra help on Tuesday or Thursday to sort this out.
  • DUE DATE: Your completed Socio-Cultural Context entry is due by the time class starts on October 21 in moodle.


#ENG10 Homework for September 28

Hey English 10,

Tonight, you should:

  1. Annotate one of the poems in the booklet provided in preparation for writing an effective argument
    remember: No Ex-Basketball…, Autobiography…, Mother to…. or Reach Out…)
  2. Select one poem from the anthology passed out in class last week for independent study. You need a physical photocopy of this for Wednesday’s class.
    Remember, you can make copies with your CPA network login ID in our library.
  3. Check your progress on Making a Mature connection. Your completed reading portfolio entry for this item is due in Moodle for Friday’s class.
    Not sure what to do? Need a hand? Extra help is on Tuesday and Thursday at lunch in room 125
  4. OVERDUE WORDSOLVING GUIDES: Last chance to get those into moodle is end of lunch on Thursday.
    – If I don’t see you at extra help to problem solve by then, any zeros still outstanding are final for the term.
    – There will be no extra credit or make up. Two weeks is more than enough time to get it done- make sure you do. Any points are better than no points!

#ENG10 Due Thursday, September 24: Wordsolving

Hey English 10,

Your completed wordsolving guide is due in moodle on Thursday, September 24.

Missed the wordsolving lesson? Extra help happens weekly on Tuesday and Thursday at lunch in room 125. Check with a friend, or come on by and get what you need to be ready.

You should complete your wordsolving guide in your reading portfolio notebook, then take a clear, well lit photo of your assignment. You will post this image in moodle as your finished product. We’ll go over how to do this in class today.

Good luck- looking forward to seeing you all use a range of smart, mature strategies to acquire new vocabulary and knowledge as you read!

#ENG10 Formal Essay 1- annotated sample draft


Here you go. Be ready with a four paragraph draft for class tomorrow where we’ll look at how we can catch errors and problems that spell and grammar check won’t before we print and pass in our final draft.

Formal Essay 1: Annotated Sample Draft (PDF)

Happy drafting!

Friendly reminder: extra help on Tuesday/Thursday at lunch in room 125.

Practice formatting

Download the following to practice making your essay spiffy according to MLA formatting standards:

Lopez y Fuentes, Gregorio. “A Letter From God.” Trans. Donald A. Yates. World Literature. Ed. L. Bascara. 2003 ed. Quezon City, Philippines: Rex Book Store, 2003. 96-106. Print.

Proofreading/Editing Resources

#ENG10 Formal Essay: Drafting Your Introduction (due Wednesday, May 13)

Hey English 10,

In preparing your first formal essay, you should have:

  1. A thoroughly annotated copy of the short story you selected to study on your own (annotated for Elements of Fiction, rules of notice, problematic vocabulary, figurative language- see your copy of The Treasure of Lemon Brown from our work together in class)
  2. A theme statement (see your notes about identifying theme!)
  3. A thesis (remember: 2 choices by the author that convey theme)

Now, you’re working to develop the introductory paragraph for your essay. Aim to have a working copy ready for tomorrow’s class so we can conference and troubleshoot. Need the notes/teacher sample? Gotcha:

Extra help? See you Thursday at lunch, room 125. Bring your food. :)

#ENG10 First publication: The Treasure of Lemon Brown (Boys’ Life Magazine)

Hey English 10,

Here’s a link to a site where you can read the original publication of The Treasure of Lemon Brown in Boys’ Life Magazine from 1983, complete with illustrations, ads, etc. :)


A reminder that you should be ready to share ideas about setting for this story gathered by annotating tomorrow in class. Good luck, and happy reading/annotating!

#CMT11 Last day of extra help to finish I Spy tomorrow!

Hey CMT11,

A friendly reminder that your I Spy projects were due last Wednesday. Our last chance deadline is this week on Thursday by the end of lunch. That makes the last extra help opportunity available to take photos tomorrow’s lunch hour. You will need to sign out an iPad to complete this. You can store your photos in ourcloud and complete the animoto video at home if need be. See me for the animoto promo code before you go tomorrow if you haven’t already set up your account, OK?

Thanks, and good luck!

#ENG Socio-Cultural Context Presentation- due Friday, April 17

Hey English 10,

The drop box for your presentation on the socio-cultural context of your March/April novel is now live in Moodle. You can find it here.

IMPORTANT: please do not submit entries in Keynote files. Moodle hates Keynote, and I will not be able to open your presentations. Please submit in powerpoint OR in PDF. Thanks!

Remember, I’ve posted a sample entry for you. If you need notes from our lesson, please see your friends, or me at extra help on Tuesday/Thursday in room 125 during lunch hour.

Good luck! Looking forward to your presentations.