English & Literature, Middle School
8th Grade Homeroom 2018-2019
“Pray as if everything depended on God and work as if everything depended on you.”
– St. Ignatius of Loyola, The Jesuits: Their Spiritual Doctrine and Practice, p. 148
Bishop John J. Snyder High School, 2007
B.A. in English Literature, University of North Florida, 2011
Honors B.A. in Philosophy with Thesis, University of North Florida, 2011
Minor Degree in Psychology, University of North Florida, 2011
M.A. in Philosophy, Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit, 2013
PhD (c) in Philosophy, Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit, 2018-9
Dissertation: A Phenomenology of Religious Conversion
6-8LIT MIDTERM EXAM THURSDAY 6 DECEMBER 2018
6-8 ENG MIDTERM EXAM TUESDAY 11 DECEMBER 2018
Please check Schoology for detailed information on ENG assignments and exams.
Vocabulary work makes up a large part of the ENG score every quarter. The practice homework for vocabulary is highly differentiated. If your student continues to do poorly on the exams, you should ask him or her whether or not they’re completing any of the optional assignments for vocab each week. These assignments are not only extra practice but are worth a substantial number of additional points. I also recommend that you ask your student about their usage of Quizlet; it’s a great online resource for exam preparation, but if your student is copying workbook answers off Quizlet, this would (at least in part) account for the poor exam performance.
If you have concerns about the amount of homework that your child has for Language Arts, I encourage you to ask your student whether they are using class-time to work when allowed and whether they are waiting until the night before assignments are due to start.
Please check Schoology for detailed information on LIT assignments and exams.
6LIT: The Incredible Journey (provided at BTCS)
7LIT: The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton, provided at BTCS)
LIT scores are determined through a combination of classwork grades, homework points, papers, small projects, and exams. The papers are (hypo)thesis papers and are the most important component of LIT. These papers prepare your student for high school writing in the humanities as well as the sciences. The LIT exams are typically selection exams (meaning multiple-choice) and are supplemented by short in-class essays.
Classroom Rules: Students should adhere to the “Five P’s”:
- Be PROMPT. Come in quietly read to work. Turn in whatever is due and wait at your seat. Check for Bell Work on the board.
- Be PREPARED. Bring all materials, necessary work, and proper uniform every day. Materials include charged iPad, notebook, and school supplies. Please note that late assignments received the next day will receive half credit for the first quarter. No late assignments accepted after the first quarter. No trips to your locker to retrieve forgotten items.
- Be PRODUCTIVE. Stay focused, follow directions, and remain seated.
- Be POLITE. Interact with one another and the faculty following the model of Christ. No heavy sighing or eye-rolling, and certainly no foul language.
- Be PATIENT. Wait your turn and listen to others when they are speaking.
That my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me, O Holy Spirit,
That my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit,
That I love but what is holy.
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit,
To defend all that is holy.
Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit,
That I always may be holy.