English 2 Course Syllabus 2017-18
Independent Reading List
The book list is now hosted at GoodReads.com. The new book list is sortable by a variety of criteria and allows easy access to a wide variety of information about the book. If you are uncomfortable accessing the external site for any reason, email me and I will get you a copy of the updated book list. This list is subject to updates without notice.
Click here for a copy of the reading journal scoring guide; here for an example; here for ideas of things to journal about; and here for help finding a book.
Click here to study the CHS Vocabulary List at Vocabulary.com.
Last year’s great comma debate, in which millions of dollars hinged on a missing piece of punctuation, has been resolved. A missing Oxford comma cost the company involved a $5 million settlement. Click here to read the full story.
We recently finished up some definition essays in my college level courses. A question that kept coming up was “How do I punctuate words that refer to themselves?”
Do I use quotation marks or italics? Which of the following is correct?
“Humblebrag” is now in the dictionary.
Humblebrag is now in the dictionary.
There’s some debate about which is best, but ultimately it comes down to which style manual you are following. Since we are using MLA style, we follow their rules and use italics.
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue offered this summation:
Do not use quotation marks for words used as words themselves. In this case, you should use italics.
EX: The English word nuance comes from a Middle French word meaning “shades of color.”
For this bonus assignment, students from English I, II, III, and High School Reading can create a video book review, which will be uploaded to Youtube to share with current and future students. The bonus is worth 10 points and is due the last day of the first quarter.
To receive full credit for the video book review, you MUST:
- Choose a book from the list that you read for the book journal
- Prepare a video that is 3-5 minutes long
- In the video, you should:
- Tell the title, the author’s name, and the date of publication
- Discuss the setting, characters, and basic premise of the book WITHOUT spoiling the ending or other major plot points.
- Read a sample passage directly from the book
- Feature an image or video of the book’s cover
- Clearly explain why you would or would not recommend the book to your classmates
- List publication information for the book and any other non-original work, such as music included in the video.
- Bring the video on a flash drive or upload it online in a format that can be uploaded to my Youtube channel.
Note: The above example does a pretty good job, but doesn’t include the year of publication nor a sample passage from the book. It’s also a bit under the required three minutes, but including a short excerpt from the book should help you take up that extra time.
Delivery drivers for Oakhurst Dairy won their suit against the Portland milk and cream company, after a U.S. court of appeals found that the wording of Maine’s overtime rules were written ambiguously. Per state law, the following activities are not eligible for overtime pay:
The canning, processing, preserving,
freezing, drying, marketing, storing,
packing for shipment or distribution of:
(1) Agricultural produce;
(2) Meat and fish products; and
(3) Perishable foods.
Oakhurst argued that “distribution of” was separate from “packing for shipment,” which would allow the company to claim exemption from paying its delivery drivers over time. In trying to prove lawmakers’ intent, Oakhurst even pointed to Maine’s legislative style guide, which advises against using the Oxford comma.
“For want of a comma, we have this case,” U.S. appeals judge David J. Barron wrote.
The appeals court ruled in favor of the five delivery drivers Monday, citing the “remedial purpose” of the state’s overtime laws as reason to interpret them liberally. So rejoice, grammar nerds, and know that the law is on your side.
FOLLOW UP: The Boston Globe reports that the settlement will cost the company $10 million.
Earn up to 30 bonus points in any of my high school courses (excluding Dual Enrollment and Mass Media) if your submissions are published in our upcoming issue of the school literary magazine. (Short stories = 20 points Essay = 20 points Poetry = 10 points Other Work [drawings, comics, artistic photography, etc.] = 5 points.) Please note that submission does not guarantee inclusion. See details below:
Chadwick School Literary Magazine: Call for Submissions
The editorial staff of the Chadwick School literary magazine is looking for original creative works by Chadwick students to publish in our next issue.
Short stories, poetry, essays, songs, comics, drawings, photography, and other creative works will all be considered. You may submit work from class assignments or that you completed at home, but it must be entirely original. More
Orwell’s classic dystopian novel about a man who basically creates “alternative facts” for a living, tops the Amazon.com top sellers list. 1984 was published 35 years before the year 1984. Now, nearly 35 years after the year 1984, the book seems more relevant than ever. If you’ve never read it, or if it’s been a while, it is worth a second look.
Read more here:
US News & World Report
The New Yorker
Usually, tardy slips simply say “late” for the reason, but not today!
I added over fifty books to the classroom library this summer; now it’s your turn! Students in English I, English II, English III, and High School Reading can turn in books from the independent reading list for bonus points. Each book is worth five bonus points and students can turn in up to two books per quarter.
Keep in mind that the point is to donate books that either (1) you already own or (2) you find really cheap somewhere. I do not recommend that you go out and buy a new copy of the book simply to donate as that might be quite expensive. Instead, keep your eyes open for cheap copies or if there is a book you really want to read, buy it, then donate it when you are through.
I almost always find a handful of books from the list when I visit any thrift store. When I visit the Goodwill in Ozark, I sometimes buy books for the library myself, but if I bought them all, I would spend hundreds of dollars of my own money. So often I move them to the top shelf all the way to the left to make them easier for my students to find. I put half a dozen books from the list there yesterday, for instance.
The point of this bonus is two-fold: (1) it helps familiarize students with titles and authors on the list and (2) it helps build up our classroom library, which makes it easier for all students to find books on the list.
If you have questions, let me know.
“I had the chance, once, to put my money where my mouth was. It was an experience not unlike being woken in the middle of the night by a foreign noise in your home and having only seconds to decide whether you will grab the baseball bat from the corner and walk toward the sound or hide in the closet instead….”
Read the full article by Josh Cornman here.