Fall 2016 Schedule
Here are some general deadlines for the fall of 2016. For more specific assignments, email Mr. Voth.
Sept. 9 -- College Essay rough draft due
Sept. 23 -- College Essay typed draft due
Sept. 23 -- Quiz on Chapters 3 & 4 of "In the Time of the Butterflies"
Sept. 30 -- Senior Book/Journal check
Sept. 30 -- Quiz on Chapters 5-7 of "Butterflies"
Oct. 7 -- Final corrections of College Essay due
Oct. 7 -- Permission slips for "Frankenstein" due
Oct. 7 -- Quiz on Chapters 8-10 of "Butterflies"
Research Essay Due on February 26
Make sure to turn in your research essay on an "invisible" group. It is due on Friday, Feb. 26. Preference is for you to print it and staple your rubric/reflection to the front of it. This is a major part of your grade for the semester, so make sure you give it the attention it deserves.
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
If you are looking for the book online, here is a link to the PDF:
All the Way Field Trip
Field trip is this Wednesday, February 10.
We'll be leaving Pomona around 8:30 a.m. and returning around 2 p.m.
The play is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with an intermission.
Qualitative Research Assignment
In this unit, we will be reading the classic novel, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. In the story, the narrator feels like he is unseen by society, even though he lives within the community. With that idea in mind, we will be working on a research essay about a group, a population, or individuals who are “invisible” in our midst.
Many of the suggested topics below are social justice-related, but the assignment is open to virtually any group that is perceived (by you) as under-represented or misunderstood. One of the questions in the research assignment is to make a case for how this population is “invisible” and what suggested steps can be taken to rectify that.
You DO NOT need to choose from this list, it is merely a selection of topic suggestions:
Step 1: Research a Topic (week of January 18-22)
Step 2: Write and Turn in Annotated Bibliography of Three Sources (January 29)
Step 3: Write and Turn in Qualitative Research Essay (February 26)
Essay prompt: What group of people do you feel is invisible to the general population? Who are they, how are they under-represented or misunderstood, and what steps could be done to raise their visibility?
-Turn in Identity/Visibility Worksheet
-Read Langston Hughes "I, Too, Am America" and "Theme For English B"
-Read Ralph Ellison's "Battle Royal"
Enjoy Your Holiday Break
I just finished putting in all of the grades for the first semester. As many of you know (to an infuriating level), I rarely know what grades students have. It's not a huge concern of mine and so I don't spend much time looking at them. I prefer to have an authentic connection with each student based completely on our interactions, not influenced by missing assignments or poor quiz performances. I understand the interest students have in their own grades, I just don't focus on them. I have goals and objectives for us during the semester and I put my energy in to doing those things. At some point, the numbers say something -- hopefully something you're happy with and proud of.
Anyway, my first point is the grades are finished.
My bigger point is that I had a fantastic first semester at Pomona High School. Thank you to all of the staff and administrators who made me feel at home. Of course, the biggest thanks goes to all of you (the students). It has been a pleasure to be a part of your education journey these past few months. There is only a little while left in your high school lives. It's going to go by very quickly, so enjoy every moment -- starting with the next couple of weeks off.
Have fun, be safe, tell your friends/family you love them, and perhaps read something. (I'll pause for laughter.)
Edgar Allan Pollo