FIRST QUARTER: ESL B1 AND B2 LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE CLASSES
We are off to a wonderful beginning! I can't remember when I've taught such pleasant classes. These students love to read, work cooperatively with one another, and show a lot of curiosity and ability to work. Here is a summary of our current activities:
WEEKLY HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS: Blocks A, B, C, and D
Reading Homework: Students will read 2 nonfiction assignments each week. Grades are collected and computed at interim and report card times.
Past Tense Verbs: Students have past tense quizzes each week. They will learn 5 irregular verbs each week and demonstrate how to use them in statements, negative statements, and questions. For example:
Statement: I chose a hot dog for lunch yesterday.
Negative statement: I did not choose a hot dog.
Question: Did you choose a hot dog?
Extra Credit Reading Reports: The classes visit the school library at least once every two weeks. Students may earn extra credit by reading novels and writing short reports. They may submit more than one report each quarter. Extra credit is computed at the end of each quarter.
Warm-ups: Analogies and Sentence Correction Practice
Reading: Short Fiction
Blocks A and B (B1 Level): We are reading a short novel: A Lion to Guard Us. We are reading as a class and in small groups. As follow-up to reading, we do comprehension questions, vocabulary practice, journal entries, and literature circles.
Blocks C and D (B2 Level): We are reading several short stories from our Scott Foresman Literature text. Follow-up work includes study guides, vocabulary study, reading responses, and quizzes. Reading comprehension quizzes are open book. Vocabulary quizzes require notebook study at home.
Writing: Both B1 and B2 classes will be working on academic paragraphs during first quarter.
Journal/Think Pieces: Unedited writing includes personal journal writing and assigned topics related to our reading.
GRADE VALUES: Assignments have various weights:
Reading Homework = 20%
Quizzes = 25%
Classwork = 15-25%
(Depending on time and effort required)
Projects = 30%
Grades are computed according to the FCPS scale.