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 February 24

Greetings!

This week in English IV, students will review the entire work of Macbeth in preparation for a unit test on Thursday. Additionally, they will have time to work on their projects for the play. These self-selected projects that are a major grade for this grading period are due on Monday, March 2.
 
Additionally, students will have to present their projects to the class next week.
 
Attendance is crucial these next ten days before Spring Break. Please emphasize to your students the importance of being in class daily.
 
As always, thank you for your continued support.
 
 

Week of February 17

Greetings!

This week in English IV, students have an opportunity for amnesty on any missing chapters (1-5) for the Senior Memory Book. These have been weekly assignments that students have been aware of. The chapters count both as a single daily grade per week and collectively as a major grade. Please help your students make the most of this window of opportunity. Missing chapters must be submitted by this Friday, Feb. 21 for limited credit as opposed to the zero that currently resides in the grade book.
 
Additionally, this week students will have an opportunity to do some of the research required for their self-selected project(s) over Macbeth. The projects are due Monday, March 2 and will also count as a major grade for this grading period.
 
Students will also be continuing our study of Macbeth, reading and analyzing the final act and then preparing for a unit test over the play on Thursday, Feb. 27. This unit test is also a major grade.
 
As you can see, quite a bit is going on in class, so it is vital that your students be in class daily. Please help them be in class.
 
As always, thank you for your continued support.
 

Week of February 10

Greetings!

This week in English IV, students will complete the written portion of their test over Macbeth Acts I-III. They will also review the Project Cube to select the project(s) they wish to complete for a major project grade. Additionally, students will begin reading and analyzing Act IV of the play, taking notes and completing summaries.
 
The projects for the play are due on Monday, March 2, with presentations to the class beginning that day.
 
Once again, please help your students to be in class every day from now until the end of the semester. Being in class is so much better than having to make up time in Saturday School.
 
As always, thank you for your continued support!
 
 

Week of February 3

Greetings!

This week in English IV, students will review Acts I-III of Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth in preparation for a test on Friday over the same three acts. Students are working with vocabulary, motif charts, significant quotations charts, and a plot outline.
 
Students also have Chapter 4 of their Senior Memory Books due on Friday, Feb. 6.
 
Once again I ask for your help as "senioritis" continues to plague our students. Many are falling by the wayside in their attendance and their tardies. Attending class is so important this last semester of their high school careers. I am hopeful that together we can help "vaccinate" them against further infection.
 
As always, thank you for your continued support. January is past and May rapidly approaches. 
 
 

Week of January 27

Greetings!

This week in English IV, students will finish Acts II and III of Macbeth. They will have a quiz over Acts 1 & II on Wednesday of this week to determine their mastery of the play thus far. Students also have their Senior Memory Book, Ch. 3 due on Friday. If students are absent on Friday when the chapter is due, they know that they are to email me a PDF of their chapter to receive full credit for its submission.
 
This week seniors will also have an assembly about graduation caps and gowns, announcements, and invitations. Please check with them for this information. 
 
Also, this is the last week for students to obtain a FREE Audible.com account that will give each of them access to the school's catalog of titles as well as twelve free credits to be used within all of Audible's titles. This account is for life. Please check with your student if they have not asked you to complete a permission slip for them to obtain this account. The sign-up opportunity will close on Thursday.
 
Again, we are seeing more cases of the dreaded "senioritis" occurring within our classes. Attendance this semester is crucial for seniors because this is their last semester and having to attend Saturday School to make up absences is difficult for them. Please help your students attend classes daily to avoid Saturday School.
 
As always, thank you for your support. The light at the end of the tunnel is drawing closer.
 

Week of January 20

Greetings!

This week in English IV students will continue their study of Shakespeare's classic tragedy of Macbeth. Students are completing summaries of each act, scene by scene, as we are working through them, so it is important for students to be in class.
 
Students have another installment of their Senior Memory Book due on Friday, Jan. 24. I have demonstrated to them exactly how their formatting should appear; consequently, if students do not follow the formatting instructions exactly, they will lose points from the grade on this assignment.
 
As I have indicated previously, "senioritis" is beginning to take hold of the students. Please help them combat this serious illness by ensuring that they attend all classes every day.
 
As always, thank you for your continued support.

Week of January 13, 2020

Greetings (a little late)!

This week in English IV, students will finish taking notes over the Renaissance, Shakespeare, and Macbeth. They will have an open-note quiz over the material on Thursday, Jan. 16, and the first chapter of their Senior Memory Books is due in class on Friday, Jan. 17 (typed, double spaced, and at least two full pages in length).
 
One thing that may help your seniors with their in-class reading and SSR assignments is Audible.com's Audible for Schools program of which we have just joined. Your students have a Permission Form on their iPads that you need to check and complete before your student can have access to this FREE STUDENT ACCOUNT. Audible for Schools has a collection of texts from which your student can select as well as 12 credits for the academic year that may be selected from Audible's site. These twelve selections will be theirs to keep. Please take the time to complete the form.
 
As we move into the Spring semester, attendance becomes more important than ever, and more difficult for seniors to fulfill because of that plague called "senioritis." We are working to innoculate them through interactive activities, a variety of strategies for class, and numerous small daily grades to encourage them to build their immunity to what may be a virulent strain of the disease.
 
Please help us combat this disease of "senioritis" by making sure your students attend all of their classes daily, get their assignments completed and turned in, and checking their grades and attendance as often as possible.
 
Together, I am sure we can keep your seniors healthy and successful as they head toward graduation in May.
 
As always, thank you for your support.

Week of January 6, 2020

Greetings and Happy New Year!

This week in English IV, students will set S.M.A.R.T. goals for this semester, select a book for Sustained Silent Reading, and acquire background information on the English Renaissance, William Shakespeare, and the tragedy of Macbeth.
 
As this is the last semester of the year, it is especially important for your students to be in class everyday. The tendency for seniors is to succumb to the virulent strain of "senioritis" and to experience weaknesses in their academic lives, their attendance, and their punctuality. We can combat this dreaded disease if we work together to help them stay the course toward graduation.
 
As always, thank you for your continued support.
 
 

Dual Credit British Literature Monday Mail

Week of February 24

Greetings!

This week in DC Brit Lit,  students will finish reading and watching Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing. They will have an in-class essay concerning their analysis of Shakespeare's commentary on relationships. Additionally, students will submit their Annotated Bibliography over their sources for their Senior Research Project on Thursday. Currently, this is simply a listing of possible sources that pertain to the subject of their self-selected Dickens' novel and the issues it addresses.
 
Furthermore, attendance is crucial these next ten days before Spring Break. Please emphasize to your students the importance of being in class daily. Students also have one additional chapter of the Senior Memory Book due this Friday.
 
As always, thank you for your continued support.
 
 

Week of February 17

Greetings!

This week in DC Brit Lit, students have an opportunity for amnesty on any missing chapters (1-5) for the Senior Memory Book. These have been weekly assignments that students have been aware of. The chapters count both as a single daily grade per week and collectively as a major grade. Please help your students make the most of this window of opportunity. Missing chapters must be submitted by this Friday, Feb. 21 for limited credit as opposed to the zero that currently resides in the grade book.
 
Additionally, this week students will have an opportunity to do some of the research required for their self-selected Senior Research Project over the Dickens' novel of their choice and an issue connected to the novel. Students are compiling an Annotated Bibliography of at least ten sources they find to submit by Thursday, Feb. 27. This will be a major grade. Outside of class, students need to continue reading their self-selected Dickens' novel.
 
Students will also be continuing our study of Much Ado About Nothing, reading and analyzing the play and preparing for an in-class essay on Tuesday, Mar. 3. The essay will count as a major grade.
 
As you can see, quite a bit is going on in class, so it is vital that your students be in class daily. Please help them be in class.
 
As always, thank you for your continued support.
 

Week of February 10

Greetings!

This week in DC Brit Lit, students will submit their analytical essays over Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and the Seven Deadly Sins. They will do independent research on background of the Elizabethan Theater, Shakespeare, and Much Ado About Nothing, one of Shakespeare's comedies. We will begin reading the play and analyzing it. Outside of class, students need to be reading their self-selected novel by Charles Dickens as a foundation for a Senior Research paper over Victorian literature and the Victorian Era.
 
Once again, please help your students to be in class every day from now until the end of the semester. Being in class is so much better than having to make up time in Saturday School.
 
As always, thank you for your continued support!
 

Week of February 3

Greetings!

This week in DC Brit Lit, students will finalize their essays over The Canterbury Tales, will select a focus for their senior research project due in April, and will begin their study of Shakespeare.
 
Students also have Chapter 4 of their Senior Memory Books due on Friday, Feb. 6.
 
Once again I ask for your help as "senioritis" continues to plague our students. Many are falling by the wayside in their attendance and their tardies. Attending class is so important this last semester of their high school careers. I am hopeful that together we can help "vaccinate" them against further infection.
 
As always, thank you for your continued support. January is past and May rapidly approaches. 
 
 

Week of January 27

Greetings!

This week in DC Brit Lit, students are planning their essays over Chaucer and the Seven Deadly Sins that they will compose in class on Wednesday and Thursday. This is a documented essay with evidence from a scholarly article as well as Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
 
Next we will begin our study of Shakespeare, his sonnets as well as his plays. Students also have their Senior Memory Book, Ch. 3 due on Friday. If students are absent on Friday when the chapter is due, they know that they are to email me a PDF of their chapter to receive full credit for its submission.
 
This week seniors will also have an assembly about graduation caps and gowns, announcements, and invitations. Please check with them for this information. 
 
Also, this is the last week for students to obtain a FREE Audible.com account that will give each of them access to the school's catalog of titles as well as twelve free credits to be used within all of Audible's titles. This account is for life. Please check with your student if they have not asked you to complete a permission slip for them to obtain this account. The sign-up opportunity will close on Thursday.
 
Again, we are seeing more cases of the dreaded "senioritis" occurring within our classes. Attendance this semester is crucial for seniors because this is their last semester and having to attend Saturday School to make up absences is difficult for them. Please help your students attend classes daily to avoid Saturday School.
 
As always, thank you for your support. The light at the end of the tunnel is drawing closer.
 

Week of January 20

Greetings!

This week in DC Brit Lit,  students will continue their study of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales through the study of the Pardoner"s and Wife of Bath's Tales. Students are discussing each of the tales in connection with the Seven Deadly Sins, a modern short story, as well as other romances we have studied. They will have a major essay over the Prologue and the Tales we have studied next Monday. 
 
Students have another installment of their Senior Memory Book due on Friday, Jan. 24. I have demonstrated to them exactly how their formatting should appear; consequently, if students do not follow the formatting instructions exactly, they will lose points from the grade on this assignment.
 
As I have indicated previously, "senioritis" is beginning to take hold of the students. Please help them combat this serious illness by ensuring that they attend all classes every day.
 

As always, thank you for your continued support.

 

Week of January 13

Greetings (a little late)!

This week in DC Brit Lit, students will finish presenting character slides over the Prologue to The Canterbury Tales, read the Pardoner's and Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tales, and  turn in the first chapter of their Senior Memory Books that is due in class on Friday, Jan. 17 (typed, double spaced, and at least two full pages in length).
 
One thing that may help your seniors with their in-class reading and SSR assignments is Audible.com's Audible for Schools program of which we have just joined. Your students have a Permission Form on their iPads that you need to check and complete before your student can have access to this FREE STUDENT ACCOUNT. Audible for Schools has a collection of texts from which your student can select as well as 12 credits for the academic year that may be selected from Audible's site. These twelve selections will be theirs to keep. Please take the time to complete the form.
 
As we move into the Spring semester, attendance becomes more important than ever, and more difficult for seniors to fulfill because of that plague called "senioritis." We are working to inoculate them through interactive activities, a variety of strategies for class, and numerous small daily grades to encourage them to build their immunity to what may be a virulent strain of the disease.
 
Please help us combat this disease of "senioritis" by making sure your students attend all of their classes daily, get their assignments completed and turned in, and checking their grades and attendance as often as possible.
 
Together, I am sure we can keep your seniors healthy and successful as they head toward graduation in May.
 

As always, thank you for your support.

Week of January 6

Greetings and Happy New Year!

This week in DC Brit Lit, students will set S.M.A.R.T. goals for this semester, select a book for Sustained Silent Reading, and begin analyzing the Prologue to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
 
As this is the last semester of the year, it is especially important for your students to be in class everyday. The tendency for seniors is to succumb to the virulent strain of "senioritis" and to experience weaknesses in their academic lives, their attendance, and their punctuality. We can combat this dreaded disease if we work together to help them stay the course toward graduation.
 
As always, thank you for your continued support.
 

AP English Language & Composition Monday Mail

Week of Feb. 24

Greetings!

This week in AP English Lang & Comp, students will finalize their Working Annotated Bibliography with the citations, the brief summaries, and a brief evaluation of the article itself. The Annotated Bibliography is due at the end of the period on Friday.
 
Additionally, this week students will also participate in discussions of current events, submit their journal #7, and take an AP multiple choice test on Thursday.
 
It is important for students to be in class every day during the next two weeks leading up to Spring Break. Please encourage them to be in class.
 
As always, thank you for your continued support.
 

Week of Feb. 17

Greetings!

This week in AP English Lang & Comp, we are drafting responses to college application essay prompts as well as completing an argumentative timed writing on Thursday. 
 
Any in-class writings missed will have to be made up before school during my tutorials. 
 
As always, thank you for your continued support.
 

Week of Feb. 10

Greetings!

This week in AP English Language & Composition, students will begin creating a bibliography of the sources they may use for their researched essay. They are practicing using MLA style formatting correctly. Later in the week, students will create annotations to accompany their citations. 
 
We have Current Event Wednesdays as always and Journal #5 is due on Thursday.
 
Once again, please help your students to be in class every day from now until the end of the semester. Being in class is so much better than having to make up time in Saturday School.
 
As always, thank you for your continued support!
 

Monday Mail, Week of Feb. 3

Greetings!

This week in AP English Lang & Comp, students will continue with SSR, will review their notes over political cartoons from last Thursday, create a political cartoon for one of their debatable topics, and receive the debatable topic they will find articles to use in a documented essay. They will find two articles that support a position, two that refute a position, and two that provide a balanced perspective on the issue. Additionally they will locate a visual (cartoon, image, chart) that also connects with their topic.
 
Students also have Journal #4 due this Thursday. The topic is already posted in Canvas.
 
As always, thank you for your continued support. It is so important for students to be in class daily so I am hopeful that together we can encourage them to be here.
 
 

Monday Mail, Week of Jan. 27

Greetings!

This week in AP English Language & Comp, students will narrow their debatable topics down to one and begin finding articles that provide both pros and cons about the topic to be used in a documented essay. They will work with an AP synthesis essay on Thursday to determine the way College Board selects articles and images for the synthesis essay.
 
Students also have their Current Event, one-sentence summary, and paragraph of explanation due on Wednesday. Their argumentative Journal #3 is due on Thursday. Please help them to remember to submit these should they be absent on the days they are due. That way the students can receive full credit for their submission.
 
Also, this is the last week for students to obtain a FREE Audible.com account that will give each of them access to the school's catalog of titles as well as twelve free credits to be used within all of Audible's titles. This account is for life. Please check with your student if they have not asked you to complete a permission slip for them to obtain this account. The sign-up opportunity will close on Thursday.
 
We are in the final semester of the school year, and the light at the end of the tunnel of the junior year is in sight. Please help your students attend class daily to make the end of the year as smooth as possible.
 
As always, thank you for your support!
 

Monday Mail, Week of Jan. 20

Greetings!

This week in AP English Lang & Comp., students will continue researching at least three (3) debatable topics for their researched/documented essay as we continue our preparation for the synthesis question on the AP exam. Students are creating their own debatable questions and are finding points for at least two sides of their question. 
 
Students have another Current Event Wednesday this week for which they must find and bring to class a current event from within the last two (2) weeks, write a one-sentence summary of the article, and write a paragraph explaining the political, social, and economic ramifications of that event upon society.  Additionally students have Journal #2 due on Thursday. The word count for journals this semester is now 500 words, so please remind your students accordingly. In fact, ask to read their responses to the prompt. 
 
As I have indicated previously, missing class is always a difficulty for students.  Please help them by ensuring that they attend all classes every day.
 

As always, thank you for your continued support.

 

Monday Mail, Week of Jan. 13,

Greetings (a little late)!

This week in AP English Lang & Comp, students will be finding newspaper articles to help them begin working into the synthesis essay for the AP exam. A synthesis essay is a documented essay in which the student presents his/her opinion on a given topic and supports the position with evidence taken from various sources. 
 
Students will have a weekly Current Events assignment that will be due every Wednesday for an in-class discussion. This will be a graded discussion, and they are to have copies of their articles, one-sentence summaries, and paragraphs about why the issue is important and the ramifications of the article in class with them on each Wednesday.
 
We will also continue with the weekly argumentative journal entries, with the first one being due this Thursday, Jan. 16.
 
Attendance is extremely important this semester, and your help is greatly appreciated in ensuring that your students are in class daily.
 
As always, thank you for your support.

Monday Mail, Week of January 6

Greetings and Happy New Year!

This week in AP English Lang & Comp, students will set S.M.A.R.T. goals for this semester, select a book for Sustained Silent Reading, take a practice AP multiple choice and complete a rhetorical analysis timed writing.
 
As this is the last semester of the year, it is especially important for your students to be in class everyday. The tendency for juniors is to succumb to the highly contagious virulent strain of "senioritis" from their senior friends and to experience weaknesses in their academic lives, their attendance, and their punctuality. We can combat this dreaded disease if we work together to help them stay the course toward a successful completion of their junior year.
 
As always, thank you for your continued support.
 
 
  • 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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