Patricia Donahue

AP English Language & Composition (11th)

Dual Credit British Literature (12th)

Contact Me:

Email:  pdonahue@nbisd.org

Phone:  830-945-6000  x 6203

1st Period: English IV


2nd Period:  DC British Literature


3rd Period:  AP English Language & Composition


4th Period:   Lunch/AP English Language & Composition


5th Period:  Conference


6th Period:   AP English Language & Composition


7th Period:   AP English Language & Composition


 

English IV Monday Mail

Week of Nov. 18

Greetings!

My apologies for the tardiness of this notification and for missing last week.
 
This week in English IV, students are reading, analyzing, and creating a slide for a Google Slide Show about characters from Chaucer's Prologue to The Canterbury Tales. We will review the Prologue and background information and take a test over that much of the material this week.
 
This is the week before the Thanksgiving break. It is important that your students be in class every day. Please encourage them to attend classes daily.
 
As always, thank you for your continued support and may each of you have a blessed Thanksgiving break.

Week of Nov. 4

Greetings!

This week in English IV, students will submit their creative assignments and take the unit test over Anglo-Saxon literature and Beowulf. Students are also submitting their Reading Guides for Beowulf tomorrow before the test. The reading guides MUST be completed and turned in to me tomorrow. Students also have a journal assignment due on Thursday of this week.
 
We are beginning our study of Medieval literature and Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. It is important that students be in class daily so as not to get too far behind in the work.
 
This is the third week of this grading period, so progress reports should be coming out soon. Students must complete their journals weekly to help their average in class.
 
As always, thank you for your continued support.

Week of October 28

Good morning!

 
This week in English IV, students will take a vocabulary quiz over the ten words they received last week. This will be a daily grade. 
 
We are finishing our reading of Beowulf and analyzing its text for literary devices and aspects of Anglo-Saxon culture and themes. The test over the unit will be Tuesday, Nov. 5. Please make every effort to have your students in class that day for the exam. Students have received a close reading guide and study aid for Beowulf, and they receive time as we are reading the text in class to complete it. Students will submit their reading guides to me on the day of the test.
 
We will be moving into our study of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales next week.
 
This is the second quarter of the year, and student attendance is important. Please remind your students of the importance of being in class every day.
 
As always, thank you for your continued support.

Week of October 21

Greetings!

This week in English IV, we will begin our study of the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf by examining several excerpts from the text. Students will have access to the portions of the text through Canvas so that they can review what we covered in class as well as review for the upcoming test at the end of next week.
 
We are examining new vocabulary, determining how the text reflects Anglo-Saxon culture and beliefs, and how it exemplifies an epic tradition.
 
We are beginning the new grading period that will end with the break in December. Please emphasize the importance of being in class every day to your students so that they can earn the best grades possible. 
 
As always, thank you for your continued support.

Week of October 14

Greetings!

This is a busy week in English IV. Students are finalizing their webpages over Anglo-Saxon Britain, writing a five-line poem using kennings, studying for the Anglo-Saxon background test on Tuesday, and finalizing a journal entry given to them last week.
 
This is the final week of this grading period, so it is important that all students be in class, do well on their assignments, and keep progressing toward graduation. One-fourth of the year is already gone.
 
Thank you for your continued support. 

Week of October 7

Good morning!

My Monday Mail emails have been long delayed because of some technical issues that have thankfully been resolved! Thank you for your patience.
 
This week in English IV your students are working on creating a website to assist future English IV students in their study of Anglo-Saxon culture prior to reading Beowulf. They have completed a web quest, have taken notes over a background presentation, created a travel brochure to encourage individuals living in the Anglo-Saxon era to emigrate to England, and will be trying their hands at writing kennings, a poetic form particular to Anglo-Saxon oral tradition.
 
Students will have a major test over the background of the Anglo-Saxon period next Tuesday and their websites are due next Wednesday. 
 
Again, thank you for your patience and understanding as I dealt with my technological issues.
 
Have a blessed day!
 
Pat

Dual Credit British Literature Monday Mail

Week of Nov. 18

Greetings!

 
My apologies for the tardiness of this email and for missing last week.
 
This week in DC Brit Lit, students are finalizing their essays over Beowulf, working on their web pages, and beginning their study of Anglo-Norman literature. The final draft of their essays is due by 11:59 p.m. Thursday evening with the printed copy due in class on Friday.
 
This is the week before the Thanksgiving break. It is important that your students be in class every day. Please encourage them to attend classes daily.
 
As always, thank you for your continued support and may each of you have a blessed Thanksgiving break.

Week of Nov. 4

Greetings!

This week in DC Brit Lit, students are finishing their study of Part III of Beowulf, planning trial thesis statements for analysis papers over the epic, and continuing to plan their web pages. They will have a open-book, open-note quiz over Part III of the epic on Thursday.
 
Based on the discussion of the epic thus far, I am looking forward to seeing how the students flesh out their ideas for their literary analysis of the text. They have self-selected a type of literary analysis theory (formalist, psychoanalytical, cultural, feminist, etc.) through which to analyze the text. I hearing many good questions about the text itself and how it may fit into a particular theory.
 
As always, thank you for your continued support. 

Week of October 28

Greetings,

 
This week students are continuing to read Beowulf and are now applying their selected literary to the text as they read (psychological, historical, cultural, sociological, etc.). We are discussing the Anglo-Saxon culture as it is reflected in the text as we discuss the effects of various literary devices on the text.
 
Students are also continuing their work on the web page for their selected topics. Drafts of their layouts will be due early next week.
 
This is the second quarter of the year, and attendance is important. Please remind your students of the necessity of being in class daily.
 
As always, thank you for your continued support.

Week of October 21

Greetings,

This week in DC Brit Lit students are discussing Part I of the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf, looking at how the text reflects cultural beliefs, religious conflicts, epic traditions, hospitality, and male/female roles within society.
 
The students are continuing to find resources for their web pages and are finalizing their collaborative essay. Students will also begin gathering information for an essay over Beowulf and one of its themes.
 
This week begins the second grading period that will end in December right before the break. Please remind your students of the necessity of attending class every day so as to maximize their opportunities to earn the grades they desire.
 
As always, thank you for your continued support.

Week of October 14

Greetings,

This is a busy week in DC British Literature. Students are busy working on a collaborative essay over the Anglo-Saxon poem "The Dream of the Rood," compiling an Annotated Bibliography for their webpage, and finalizing a journal entry they were given last week. They will also be working with the background of the English epic Beowulf.
 
This is the last week of the first grading period, so it is important for all students to be in class, prepare their assignments, and stay focused. As hard as it is to imagine, one-fourth of the academic year has already passed.
 
Thank you for your continued support.

Week of October 7

Good morning!

My Monday Mail emails have been long delayed because of some technical issues that have thankfully been resolved! Thank you for your patience.
This week in DC British Literature, your students are working on creating a website to assist future English IV students in their study of British culture from Anglo-Saxon times through the Middle Ages circa 1485. This class website will be a semester-long project as we work our way through British  They have an Annotated Bibliography due next Wednesday reflecting their early research for the website.
Currently, students are analyzing the Anglo-Saxon poem "The Dream of the Rood," comparing a poetic and prose forms in preparation for a collective in-class writing assignment. 
Students are also writing weekly journals to build fluidity and argumentation/analytical skills.
Again, thank you for your patience and understanding as I dealt with my technological issues.

AP English Language & Composition Monday Mail

Week of Nov. 18

Greetings,

My apologies for the tardiness of this email and for missing last week.
 
This week in AP English Language & Composition, students will draft a rhetorical analysis paragraph over a section of Kennedy's Inaugural Address. Students will then work with a partner to analyze the rhetorical analysis analytical rubric created by the College Board to demonstrate their understanding of the levels by which their rhetorical analysis essays will be scored. Their projects will be due this Thursday with a Gallery Walk on Friday.
 
This is the week before Thanksgiving break, so it is important for your students to be in class every day. Please encourage and remind them of the importance of being in class this week.
 
As always, thank you for your support, and may each of you have a blessed Thanksgiving break.

Week of Nov. 4

Greetings!

This week in AP English Language & Composition, students are working with John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address, analyzing it for rhetorical devices before they create a one-sentence summary and a rhetorical precis. The students will have an exercise using their notes on the speech on Tuesday and will begin drafting their summary sentences and precis on Thursday.
 
Students also have Journal #2 due on Thursday. This is both a daily grade and a portion of a major grade, so please remind them to have it written, the word count done, and in their backpacks to turn in on Thursday.
 
Attendance is still of utmost importance, and we have only three weeks until the Thanksgiving break. Please help your student attend class daily.
 
As always, thank you for your continued support.

Week of October 28

Greetings!

This week in AP English Language & Composition, students are working hard to tie the use of a rhetorical device to it effect on the author's purpose or exigence. They are giving their brains a workout!
 
We are moving from working with a one-sentence summary to a rhetorical precis to show them the benefits of each. We are also reviewing the rhetorical triangle/rhetorical situation to remind them of the interdependence of all the choices an author can make.
 
Students will take an online AP multiple-choice exercise using materials provided by the College Board. This will be a formative assessment.
 
Students have journals due on Thursday over the prompt that has been posted in Canvas since last Friday. Please remind them to write it and have the minimum required word count.
 
This is the second quarter of the year, and attendance is important. Please remind your students to be in class every day.
 
As always, thank you for your continued support.

Week of October 21

Greetings,

This week in AP English Language & Composition, students will continue their study of the one-sentence summary and see how it pairs with the rhetorical precis. They will create both one-sentence summaries and rhetorical precis over selected passages to help prepare them for a rhetorical analysis essay later this grading period.
 
This is the beginning of the second grading period that will end in December right before the break. Please try to limit appointments and absences from the class as much as possible. Please also stress to your students the importance of being in class daily so as to maximize their opportunities to improve their skills and grades.
 
As always, thank you for your continued support.

Week of October 14

Greetings!

This is a busy week for AP English Language & Composition. Students are finalizing a journal entry from last week to turn in on Tuesday, reviewing strategies we have been working on for AP multiple-choice exercises, writing one-sentence summaries, and preparing for an AP multiple-choice test on Thursday. We will be moving into drafting a rhetorical precis next week. Students continue reading their self-selected non-fiction texts to broaden their base of knowledge for the synthesis question we will be working with in the future.
 
This is the last week of the grading period, so it is important that students be in class, have their assignments completed, and continue working to improve their skills.
 
As always, thank you for your continued support.

Week of October 7

Good morning!

My Monday Mail emails have been long delayed because of some technical issues that have thankfully been resolved! Thank you for your patience.
 
This week in AP English Language and Composition, your students are translating nonfiction documents from the late 16th and early 17th centuries into 21st-century language. While they are doing this, they are adding to their vocabulary as they create one-sentence summaries for these short texts. The goal is to help them increase their comprehension skills.
 
Students will practice their AP multiple-choice skills this Friday and early next week before taking another AP multiple choice released exam.
 
Students are also writing weekly journals to build fluidity and argumentation/analytical skills. These journals count not only for daily grades each week but also are averaged together for a major grade.
 

Again, thank you for your patience and understanding as I dealt with my technological issues.

 
Have a blessed week!
  • Week 1

    Morning 8 am

    Afternoon 12 noon

    Mon., May 4, 2020

    United States Government and Politics

    Physics C: Mechanics (noon start)

    Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism (2:00 p.m. start)

    Tues., May 5

    Calculus AB

    Calculus BC

    German Language and Culture

    Human Geography

    Wed., May 6

    English Literature & Composition

    European History

    Physics 2: Algebra-Based

    Thurs., May 7

    Chemistry

    Spanish Literature and Culture

    Japanese Language & Culture

    Physics 1: Algebra-Based

    Fri., May 8

    United States History

    Art History

    Computer Science A


    Studio Art--last day for Coordinators to submit digital portfolios (by 8 pm ET) and to gather 2-D Design and Drawing Students for physical portfolio assembly.Teachers should have forwarded students' completed digital portfolios to Coordinators by this date.



    Week 2

    Morning 8 am

    Afternoon 12 noon

    Mon., May 11

    Biology

    Chinese Language and Culture

    Environmental Science

    Tues., May 12

    Seminar

    Spanish Language and Culture

    Latin

    Psychology

    Wed., May 13

    English Language & Composition

    Music Theory

    Microeconomics

    Thurs., May 14

    Comparative Government & Politics

    World History: Modern

    Italian Language and Culture

    Macroeconomics

    Fri.,May 15

    Computer Science Principles

    French Language and Culture

    Statistics

     



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