Through its use of one or more basic fictional elements, which story evokes the most empathy? How does this story compare to two others that evoke less empathy?
SPECIAL NOTE: YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO REVISE A SECOND ASSIGNMENT ONLY AFTER HAVING COMPLETED THE FIRST REVISION. A REVISION IS COMPLETE, ONCE YOU HAVE RETURNED THE ANNOTATED RUBRIC.
Given this morning’s announcement from Membean (see below*), I am changing the first assignment.
The same instructions apply–EXCEPT that the period for completing them is now two weeks, instead of one. This means the period to complete the learning sessions runs from Monday Oct 2 to Sunday Oct 15 (instead of Oct. 8). In other words, you now have two weeks to accomplish a week’s worth of learning sessions.
We’re very sorry that some parts of Membean (primarily the word trainer) are not functioning right now. We wanted to be proactive in communicating this with you.
Last night (at 8:45 pm PT) we reached an unexpected limit in a region of our database. We have a fix in progress but because of the massive volume of data that we need to copy it’s taking quite a while. The unfortunate effect of this limit is that student word training won’t function until the fix is complete.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR ME?
Your students will not be able to train until we fix this. No training data is lost.
a) You can issue assessments and your students can take them from their dashboard. We know that this is an important Friday activity.
WHEN WILL THIS BE FIXED?
We are still assessing the time needed to resolve this issue. We’ll keep you posted of any resolution or updated estimate. . . . We expect to be back to normal by the end of Saturday [Oct. 7].
– Your friends at Membean
weekly membean expectations* begin for week of Mon Oct 2 – Sun Oct 8
Typically, a membean week runs Monday thru Sunday.
As recommended the membean staff, do a series of brief learning sessions over the course of the week. Let the learning sink in over time, rather than trying to cram at the last minute. The point of using membean is to build a more robust vocabulary, in order to become a more forceful and flexible writer. Once you find a weekly rhythm, stay with it. Exercise discipline.
The corresponding weekly grading scheme looks like this:
- 90% for at least 45 minutes with at least 3 learning sessions on different days, and each session lasting at least 10 minutes (15 minutes works better)
- 100% for 60 minutes or more, with the same expectations as above
- 0% for totals below 45 minutes, regardless of number of sessions or days
- students with significant “dubious minutes” receive 0% for the week (I define when the number of dubious minutes becomes significant)
- conference required of those receiving 0% for dubious minutes
- zeroes continue for each week, until conference has occurred
- grade entered as “class preparation”
come with questions, answers, interpretations, etc.
your conscience meter exercise available for pick-up
reminder of what to bring to Tuesday’s exam:
The Samurai’s Garden (with your booklet),
book to read afterwards (if you want)
What do I bring to the exam (Tue May 23)?
Bring your LAPTOP and your own copy of THE SAMURAI’S GARDEN (with your bookmark/booklet). During the exam, you will not be allowed to share any of these materials with another person. As for THE KITE RUNNER and MACBETH, a collection of approved passages for both books will appear in the exam packet.
If you want, also bring a book to read, in case you finish early because you will be asked to close your laptop after submitting your exam to TURNITIN.
Earlier I had set the revision deadline for Mon May 15. I am moving that to Fri May 19.
This means that anyone revising an assignment–according to established protocol–needs to submit that revision to TURNITIN by Fri May 19.
Realistically, this new deadline means I should have received your rubric application or had the required conference (in the case of an original Macbeth essay of 90 or higher) no later than Wed May 17. This cut-off date gives you and me time to approach our work thoughtfully.
After you have submitted the revision to TURNITIN, be sure to return the approved rubric to me; otherwise I will not know to read and score your revision.
Some people who scored a 90 or above for the recent Macbeth essays have asked about revisions. Initially, I told several of these people that the assignment was ineligible, as has been true for all such assignments this year.
In this particular case, however, for several reasons, I have developed an option—one that requires a different degree of application and preparation. Specifically, anyone interested in revising a final Macbeth essay that scored 90 or above needs to make an appointment for before or after school. During this appointed time (10-15 minutes in most cases), we will review the essay on the smartboard together, to make sure you understand the rubric markings and the specific steps for strengthening the essay.
If interested, email me with proposed time(s) for such a review session. To the scheduled conference, bring a paper copy of the rubric–marked on front and back as you would for the regular revision protocol. All revisions, including this exceptional type, are due by Mon May 15.
contest details (deadline 03 March 2017)