This year, all standard and honors students will participate in research interviews. This will be a face to face interview with your teacher and one or two other teachers about your research. These “interviews” will likely take place in the English Hallway directly outside your classroom.
These “interviews” will take place during the class periods between 4/14 and 5/2. Your interview will last about 15 minutes. We expect that you are well prepared and that you are knowledgeable about your topic. You may prepare note cards and use visual aids/products as you deem appropriate. If you wish you show a video or a slide show as part (may only last 3-4 minutes) of your presentation, you must supply all technology (bring a laptop etc.). You will receive your graded research paper back at the end of your interview.
Here are some sample questions. Other questions, specific to your research will be used also.
1. Could you tell us about your thesis and counterargument?
2. Tell us briefly about the process you used in developing your argument and research?
3. If you were to begin it again, are there any changes you would you make to your overall argument?
4. How would you explain the broader significance of your research? (Why does it matter?)
5. What audiences are you addressing? (Who will care?)
6. How does your research address culture, language, race, or ethnicity?
7. What is the most significant piece of research that you have read relating to your topic?
8. Describe your overall research conclusions.
9. Where do your research strengths lie? Why? What are your research weaknesses? And how will you improve?
10. What are some possibilities for future study in this field?
The following rubric will be used: interview rubric_EnglishIV
Students not being interviewed will engage in a study of modern poetry and prose. Student leaders will be selected (for extra credit) in each class to help facilitate this independent study.
Your final, printed and typed paper is due on the following dates:
April 2: 6th and 7th periods
April 3: 4th and 5th periods
April 4: 1, 2, 3rd periods
Your paper will be graded using the following rubric:
The first draft of your research paper is due as follows. This means 8-10 typed pages of research with citations and a works cited page.
Periods 1,2,3: due Thursday March 20.
Periods 4, 5, 6, 7: due Friday March 21.
You will receive two grades: a completion grade, and a percentage grade. This grade will be included with your 3rd Quarter report card.
This is required for all honors students.
Due WEDNESDAY, March 19.
As a reminder, all students will need to read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein over the break. Be prepared for a quiz when we return!
In addition, rough drafts of your paper are due between 3/17 and 3/19 (depending on your period). There are no exceptions to these deadlines. Papers received after the deadline will not be graded.
Congratulations to Khadijah Green who represented Wooddale High at the City Wide Grizzlies Poetry Slam and won 3rd Place!
Way to go Khadijah; we are proud of you!
Yesterday, 30 of our top achieving seniors went on a field trip to see (read: experience) Tennessee Shakespeare Company’s production of Romeo and Juliet. The play, which was both well acted and well directed offered a striking interpretation of the famous tragedy that follows the titular “star crossed lovers” in their endeavor to be together despite the long running feud between their families.
This field trip came on the heels of a quarter long study of The Tragedy of Macbeth for our standard and honors students, and as part of a current unit study on Tragedy (Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, Oedipus, Death of a Salesman, and A Streetcar Named Desire) for our Advanced Placement students.
Because no “field experience” would be complete without pizza, we concluded our adventure with a trip to “Garibaldis,” Germantown (who were wonderfully accommodating) for their pizza buffet (I attest that everyone got their $8.95 worth!), Karaoke, and Pac-Man.
All in all, a wonderful time was had by all and the field trip was marked a complete success.