Video Book Review [Bonus]

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.

Literary Magazine Call for Submissions [Bonus]

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

A Little Christmas Bonus

This bonus is designed to reward students for checking the website. Unlike most bonus assignments, you may not want to tell your friends about this one. Twenty bonus points will be given out in total across all my classes. Those twenty points will be split among all the students in all my classes who participate.  So, if just one students sees this and participates, he or she will get all 20 points. However, if twenty students participate, that’s just one point each.  To participate, write the words “I’m an English Elf!” on the back of your final exam. That’s it!

Classroom Library [Bonus]

img_20160925_134726267I 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.

CHS Students Meet World-Famous Author

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A group of Chadwick students traveled to the Springfield Art Museum to listen to author Lois Lowry talk about her novel “The Giver” on April 2, 2015.

“The Giver,” which was a Newberry Award winner, has been translated into over 30 languages and has sold over 10 million copies and was recently made into a major motion picture. The book is considered a classic in the science fiction and young adult genres, and Chadwick students typically read the book as part of the middle school English curriculum.

The event was free and open to the public, and students in my high school English classes received bonus points for attending and writing a short report.

Most of the students who attended only did so only to earn the bonus points, but it ended up being a very positive experience. Senior Kailyn Rozell said, “I honestly did not think I would enjoy the presentation. I thought it would be dry and boring, but it really wasn’t.”

Her classmate Makenzie Walker admitted, “Honestly, until we got there, I thought we were going to listen to Ayn Rand, but I actually really enjoyed what she had to say.”

Sophomore Haley Farris said she found Lowry’s talk inspirational. “Possibly the biggest thing I took away from the event is that ideas to write can come from anywhere or anything, if only you are willing to use your creativity to transform the idea into something incredible,” she said.

Meet the Author of The Giver, Lois Lowry [Bonus]

On Thursday, April 2 from 7 to 9:30PM, Lois Lowry will be at the Springfield Art Museum (1111 E. Brookside Drive). Lowry, author of books like The Giver and Number the Stars, will talk about common themes in her work, answer questions, and be available to sign books.

The event is free, and no tickets are required. For more information, visit the event page at thelibrary.org.

Students who attend the event can receive 20 bonus points in the English class of their choice. To receive the points, you must (1) snap a picture of yourself at the event and (2) write a one-page typed reflection.

Note that your appreciation of this event will be infinitely increased by reading one or more of her books in advance.

Literary Magazine Call for Submissions [Bonus]

Earn bonus in any of my high school courses (excluding dual enrollment) if your submission is published in the Winter 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 Chadwick School Literary Society is looking for original creative works by Chadwick students to publish in our school literary magazine.

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. More

Fall Musical Bonus

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Some of the high schools in this area put on some very impressive productions, providing great opportunities for students to see great musicals acted out by their cohorts at what is usually a fraction of the price. This November students in English 1, English 2, and English 3 can attend any of the following performances for bonus points. To get the bonus points, do each of the following:

  • take your picture inside the theater–before or after the show starts, of course–and bring it to me;
  • bring a program and/or ticket stub;
  • and write a one page reaction to the play–not a summary, but your response.

The first show you go to is worth 15 points. The second is worth 10 points. You can earn a total of 25 bonus points.

My personal recommendations would be to catch Nixa’s version of Grease and Glendale’s Fiddler on the Roof, but all of the following productions have been approved:

  • Cats @ Willard High School November 14-16, 2013
  • Grease @Nixa High School November 18-23, 2013 (RECOMMEND)
  • Grease @ Republic High School November 21-24, 2013
  • Monty Python’s Spamalot @ Kickapoo November 21-24, 2013
  • Fiddler on the Roof @ Glendale November 21 -23, 2013 (RECOMMEND)
  • Sound of Music @ Springfield Catholic November 22-23, 2013

Be sure to call in advance for details on pricing, showtimes, ticket availability, and to double-check dates.