• *PLEASE READ*

    Starting Wednesday April 8, 2020, all daily lessons for both Block 1 and Block 4 English 11 will be found on our class Canvas page under Modules. I recommend reading the daily directions for each lesson a few minutes before class "begins" to see what is expected of you. If you have any questions, please email me.

    For parents: please access the following link to learn how to become an"observer" of the course if you wish. As an observer, you can view our lessons, assignments, and more. 

    Below are my Distance Learning expectations if you ever need to reference them.

     

     

    Block 1: Phase 2 Distance Learning Class Expectations 

     

    Block 4: Phase 2 Distance Learning Class Expectations

     

     

     


    Thursday, April 2, 2020

    Block 4, here's the Link to Distance Learning Class Orientation Directions: Click here!

     


    Wednesday, April 1, 2020

     

    Today we will be holding our Distance Learning Class Orientation for Block 1. Tomorrow (Thursday), will be for Block 4. There is a lot to explain, so please click on the link below for the directions on how class will look for Wednesday and Thursday. If you have any questions, please email me!

     

    Link to Distance Learning Class Orientation Directions: Click here!

     


    Day 9: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

    • Overview:
      • Read your independent reading book. Respond to 2 reading prompts involving your book.
      • Reflecting on your own personal thoughts, feelings, and ideas during this time period through journaling.

    • Estimated Time:
      • 45 minutes total

    • Explanation:
      • Students should read their independent reading book and respond to 2 questions on Canvas about their book so far.
      • Students should “journal” by responding to a variety of prompts that ask them to reflect, analyze, describe, or explain their experiences during Distance Learning.

    • Tasks:
      • To being, please read for 20 minutes. It is strongly encouraged that you limit any distractions (find a quiet place to read, put away your phone, etc.).

      • After reading, please go to Canvas, then Assignments, then the page “Independent Reading Response for Tuesday, 3/31.” Here, you will be asked to respond to 2 questions regarding your novel. There will be a link to take you to the questions; try to answer 2 questions you haven’t answered yet. Post your responses in Canvas. Work on this for 10 minutes.

      • Please add another entry in your Distance Learning Journal. You will need to go to Canvas, then Assignments, then find the journal entry for today’s date (Tuesday, 3/31). Try to respond to the prompt about finding something positive in your day. Remember, things will get better! Work on this for 15 minutes.
    • Links/Activities:
      • For today’s lesson, you will be using Canvas and your independent reading book.

    • Methods of Communication:
      • Please send us an email (tkline@cbsd.org; jneetzow@cbsd.org) if you have questions. We will be checking our emails throughout the day.
      • We will be providing feedback through Canvas on your independent reading responses.

    Day 8: Monday, March 30, 2020 

    • Overview 
      • Read your independent reading book. Respond to 2 reading prompts involving your book. 
      • Reflecting on your own personal thoughts, feelings, and ideas during this time period through journaling. 
         
    • Estimated Time 
      • 45 minutes total 
         
    • Explanation: 
      • Students should read their independent reading book and respond to 2 questions on Canvas about their book so far. 
      • Students should “journal” by responding to a variety of prompts that ask them to reflect, analyze, describe, or explain their experiences during Distance Learning. 
         
    • Tasks: 
      • To being, please read for 20 minutes. It is strongly encouraged that you limit any distractions (find a quiet place to read, put away your phone, etc.). 
      • After reading, please go to Canvas, then Assignments, then the page “Independent Reading Response for Monday, 3/30.” Here, you will be asked to respond to 2 questions regarding your novel. There will be a link to take you to the questions; try to answer 2 questions you haven’t answered yet. Post your responses in Canvas. Work on this for 10 minutes. 
      • Please add another entry in your Distance Learning Journal. You will need to go to Canvas, then Assignments, then find the journal entry for today’s date (Monday, 3/30). Please respond to one of the prompts provided. Work on this for 15 minutes.  
         
    • Links/Activities: 
      • For today’s lesson, you will be using Canvas and your independent reading book. 
         
    • Methods of Communication: 
      • Please send us an email (tkline@cbsd.org; jneetzow@cbsd.org) if you have questions. We will be checking our emails throughout the day. 
      • We will be providing feedback through Canvas on your independent reading responses. 

    Day 7: Thursday, March 26, 2020

    • Overview:
      • Read your independent reading book.
      • Read an article about “forest bathing” and share your thoughts in a discussion on Canvas.

    • Estimated Time:
      • 45 minutes total

    • Explanation:
      • Students should read their independent reading book.
      • Students should read an article about “forest bathing” and participate in a discussion with their classmates on Canvas.

    • Tasks:
      • To begin, please use this time to read for 20 minutes. It is strongly encouraged that you limit any distractions (find a quiet place to read, put away your phone, etc.). *You don’t need to respond to any reading questions – just read today!

      • Now, we are going to read an article about a topic that is getting more and more attention – “forest bathing.” Forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku in Japanese, is a practice of being in nature. Sounds simple, right? It is, and scientists have determined that “forest bathing” actually has many positive health effects. So, let’s first read the article found on Canvas under Discussions under the page “Forest Bathing Article for 3/26.” Read the article for 10 minutes.

      • Next, please post your thoughts about the 2 questions found on Canvas below the link to the article. The questions are: 1. What is your reaction to this article? Do you think “forest bathing” could actually have positive health benefits? Why or why not? And 2. Share 1 thing you do to relieve stress during this difficult time when we can’t regularly see our friends or go out to different stores. For example: To relieve stress, I like to read early in the morning with a hot cup of coffee! Then, comment on 1 classmates’ post, sharing your thoughts about it. Work on this for 15 minutes.

    • Links/Activities:
      • For today’s lesson, you will be using Canvas and your independent reading book.

    • Methods of Communication:
      • Please send us an email (tkline@cbsd.org; jneetzow@cbsd.org) if you have questions. We will be checking our emails throughout the day.
      • We will be providing feedback through Canvas on your responses to the article.

     

     


    Day 6: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

    • Overview:
      • Read your independent reading book. Respond to 2 reading prompts involving your book.
      • Read an article about optimism from The New York Times and journal about your reaction to it.

    • Estimated Time:
      • 45 minutes total

    • Explanation:
      • Students should read their independent reading book and respond to 2 questions on Canvas about their book so far.
      • Students should read an article from The New York Times and journal about it.

    • Tasks:
      • By now, you should have selected an independent reading book. If you have not done so yet, please refer back to last week’s lessons on how to acquire an e-book if you don’t have any physical books at your house. Please use this time to read for 20 minutes. It is strongly encouraged that you limit any distractions (find a quiet place to read, put away your phone, etc.).

      • After reading, please go to Canvas, then Assignments, then the page “Independent Reading Response for Wednesday, 3/25.” Here, you will be asked to respond to 2 questions regarding your novel. There will be a link to take you to the questions – feel free to choose any 2 questions you’d like to answer! Try to respond to 2 new questions. Post your responses in Canvas. Work on this for 10 minutes.

      • To end the lesson, please go to Canvas under Assignments and click on the page titled “Optimism Article for Wednesday, 3/25.” On this page, you will see a link to brief article recently published in The New York Times. This article discusses ways someone can remain optimistic and positive even during difficult times. Please read the article and respond to the questions in Canvas. The questions are: 1. Taking the approach to “visualize your best possible self,” describe in a few sentences your dream life in 10 years. What does it look like? 2. Since this time away from traditional school can often be boring and uneventful, list 2 hobbies you’d like to start in order to keep yourself focused, creative, and optimistic. Hobbies could include: drawing, reading the news, taking walks each day, etc. Work on this for 15 minutes.

    • Links/Activities:
      • For today’s lesson, you will be using Canvas and your independent reading book.

    • Methods of Communication:
      • Please send us an email (tkline@cbsd.org; jneetzow@cbsd.org) if you have questions. We will be checking our emails throughout the day.
      • We will be providing feedback through Canvas on your responses to the article.

     


    Day 5: Tuesday, March 24, 2020

    *Please note: from now on, all journal entries will be completed in Canvas under "Assignments." Please see the directions below.

    • Overview:
      • Read your independent reading book. Respond to 2 reading prompts involving your book.
      • Reflecting on your own personal thoughts, feelings, and ideas during this time period through journaling.
    • Estimated Time:
      • 45 minutes total
    • Explanation:
      • Students should read their independent reading book and respond to 2 questions on Canvas about their book so far.
      • Students should “journal” by responding to a variety of prompts that ask them to reflect, analyze, describe, or explain their experiences during Distance Learning.
    • Tasks:
    1. By now, you should have selected an independent reading book. If you have not done so yet, please refer back to last week’s lessons on how to acquire an e-book if you don’t have any physical books at your house. Please use this time to read for 20 minutes. It is strongly encouraged that you limit any distractions (find a quiet place to read, put away your phone, etc.).
    2. After reading, please go to Canvas, then Assignments, then the page “Independent Reading Response for Tuesday, 3/24.” Here, you will be asked to respond to 2 questions regarding your novel. There will be a link to take you to the questions – feel free to choose any 2 questions you’d like to answer! Post your responses in Canvas. Work on this for 10 minutes.
    3. Please add another entry in your Distance Learning Journal. You will need to go to Canvas, then Assignments, then find the journal entry for today’s date. Please respond to one of the prompts provided. Work on this for 15 minutes.
    • Links/Activities:
      • For today’s lesson, you will be using Canvas and your independent reading book.
    • Methods of Communication:
      • Please send us an email (tkline@cbsd.org; jneetzow@cbsd.org) if you have questions. We will be checking our emails throughout the day.
      • We will be providing feedback through Canvas on your independent reading responses.

    Day 4: Monday, March 23, 2020

    *Please note: from now on, all journal entries will be completed in Canvas under "Assignments." Please see the directions below.

    • Overview:
      • Reading an independent reading book from home or accessing an independent reading book through an online source.
      • Reflecting on your own personal thoughts, feelings, and ideas during this time period through journaling.

    • Estimated Time:
      • 45 minutes total

    • Explanation:
      • Students should acquire an independent reading from either their house or an online resource (I will explain how to use various online resources below).
      • Students should write a paragraph about their experiences during Distance Learning.

    • Tasks:
      • Since we are at home, now is an excellent time to finally read that book you’ve been wanting to read! First, let’s acquire a book. There are a few ways you can do this. #1. If you have a book lying around your house that you want to read – perfect! Choose one of those (it can be fiction or nonfiction, but make sure your parents are comfortable with the choice you make). Now, say you don’t have a book at home. That’s okay! Here are two great resources to access an e-book:
        • #2. First resource to access an e-book: Sora (https://soraapp.com/welcome). This website is great because it allows you to check out books from East’s school library. Once you go to the website, you will have to find C.B. East and then you can search through hundreds of books in our library’s catalogue.
        • #3. Second resource to access an e-book: Bucks County Free Library (https://buckslib.org/practicing-social-distancing-you-can-still-use-the-library/). Now, this does require you or one of your family members to have a library card. If you do have a library card – great! Click on that link above and scroll to the bottom of the page and look for a section titled “Everyone.” Here, there are links to various websites that work with the Bucks County Free Library where you can digitally checkout e-books and audiobooks. I would recommend Hoopla (it’s pretty user friendly).

      • (continued) If you’re searching for an e-book, take your time navigating through the different options and let me know if you have any trouble. As always, please check with your parents/guardians about the book you are selecting. Once you’ve chosen a book, please read for 20 minutes! From choosing a book to actually reading, this entire activity should take 30 minutes.

      • (continued) Once you’ve finished reading, please go to Canvas, click on the section “Discussions” and then on the discussion titled “Distance Learning: Independent Reading.” Here, please post the title of your book and author! We're curious to see what you’ve chosen to read!

     

    • Add another entry in your Distance Learning Journal (NOTE: Instead of going to OneNote, please GO TO CANVAS for Journal Entries from now on. You will need to go to Canvas, then Assignments, then find the journal entry for today’s date. It will read: “Journal for Monday, 3/23”). Please respond to one of the prompts provided on Canvas. Work on this for 10 minutes.
    • Links/Activities:
      • For today’s lesson, you will be using different pages in Canvas.

    • Methods of Communication:
      • Please send me an email (tkline@cbsd.org; jneetzow@cbsd.org) if you have questions. We will be checking our emails throughout the day.
      • We will be checking on what book you’ve picked to read!

     


    Day 3: Thursday, March 19, 2020

    *Please note: from now on, all journal entries will be completed in Canvas under "Assignments." Please see the directions below.

    • Overview:
      • Play Quizlet to practice memorizing and understanding the definition of each word.
      • Respond in a Canvas discussion post to an article about the Coronavirus and examine the author’s purpose in writing the article.
      • Reflecting on your own personal thoughts, feelings, and ideas during this time period through journaling.

    • Estimated Time:
      • 45 minutes total

    • Explanation:
      • Students should play a Quizlet review game to learn the definitions of each vocab word.
      • Students should read an article from CNN and participate in a discussion on Canvas about the article’s purpose and use of ethos, pathos, and logos.
      • Students should write a paragraph about their experiences during Distance Learning.

    • Tasks:
      • Continue to test your understanding of each word, please play the vocab Quizlet found on OneNote. To access this, go to “Content Library” then click on “Animal Farm” then click on “Study Tools” and the link to the chapters 1-4 Quizlet will be there. Work on this for 10 minutes.

      • We are now going to hold a virtual discussion in Canvas. To begin, please access Canvas, go to the “Discussions” tab and then click on the link titled “Day 3: CNN Article Discussion.” Here, you will see a link to a recent news article about the Coronavirus. Please read the article, then respond to the 2 questions below it. Then, make 2 comments on your classmates’ posts. Work on this for 25 minutes.

      • Add another entry in your Distance Learning Journal (NOTE: Instead of going to OneNote, please GO TO CANVAS for Journal Entries from now on. You will need to go to Canvas, then Assignments, then find the journal entry for today’s date. It will read: “Journal for Thursday, 3/19”). Please respond to one of the prompts provided on Canvas. Work on this for 10 minutes.

    • Links/Activities:
      • For today’s lesson, you will be using Canvas.

    • Methods of Communication:
      • Please send us an email (tkline@cbsd.org; jneetzow@cbsd.org) if you have questions. We will be checking our emails throughout the day.
      • We will also be checking on the Canvas discussion thread throughout the day and adding our thoughts.

    Day 2: Wednesday, March 18, 2020

    • Overview:
      • Finish adding vocabulary words from Animal Farm chapters 1-4 to your Vocab PowerPoint.
      • Play Quizlet to practice memorizing and understanding the definition of each word.
      • Reflecting on your own personal thoughts, feelings, and ideas during this time period through journaling.

    • Estimated Time:
      • 45 minutes total

    • Explanation:
      • Students should finish adding vocabulary words from chapters 1-4 to their PowerPoint.
      • Students should play a Quizlet review game to learn the definitions of each vocab word.
      • Students should write a paragraph about their experiences during Distance Learning.

    • Tasks:
      • To begin, finish creating your PowerPoint slides for chapters 1-4 vocab in Animal Farm. Directions are found in the Day 1 post or on OneNote under the “Animal Farm” section. Work on this for 15 minutes or until you finish.
      • Now, to test your understanding of each word, please play the vocab Quizlet found on OneNote. To access this, go to “Content Library” then click on “Animal Farm” then click on “Study Tools” and the link to the chapters 1-4 Quizlet will be there. Work on this for 15 minutes.
      • Add another entry in your Distance Learning Journal (found on OneNote under our new section “Distance Learning”). The goal for today’s journal is to respond a different prompt than yesterday. Remember, journal prompts are listed at the top of the page. Write in your journal for 15 minutes.

    • Links/Activities:
      • For today’s lesson, you will be using your previously created Vocab PowerPoint and OneNote.

    • Methods of Communication:
      • Please send us an email (tkline@cbsd.org; jneetzow@cbsd.org) if you have questions. We will be checking our emails throughout the day.
      • We will also be checking on your Journal in OneNote and providing you with feedback.

     


    English 11 Academic (Blocks 1 and 4)

    Distance Learning Plan

    Tuesday, March 17, 2020

    Day 1

     

    Dear Students,

                  As you know, we are beginning Distance Learning starting today, Tuesday March 17th. As we discussed in class, please check this site for our daily lessons. These lessons will center around reviewing concepts and skills we’ve previously covered in class. These lessons will also have you access our Class OneNote and Canvas pages. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions. The best way to get in contact with us is through our emails: tkline@cbsd.org and jneetzow@cbsd.org.

                  We know these are unusual and frightening times. However, one wonderful thing about English is that it allows us to process, understand, reflect, and even rejoice in times of difficulty and uncertainty. We hope these activities allow you to continue reading, writing, and thinking. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you back in class soon!

    Mr. Kline and Ms. Neetzow

    Day 1: Tuesday, March 17, 2020

    • Overview:
      • Adding vocabulary words from Animal Farm chapters 1-4 to your Vocab PowerPoint.
      • Reflecting on your own personal thoughts, feelings, and ideas during this time period through journaling.
    • Estimated Time:
      • 45 minutes total
    • Explanation:
      • Students should add vocabulary words from chapters 1-4 to their PowerPoint.
      • Students should be able to create clear sentences that incorporate a vocabulary word.
      • Students should write a paragraph about their experiences during Distance Learning.
    • Tasks:
      • To begin, please create PowerPoint slides for vocabulary words chapters 1-4. If you need to see the words, please follow these steps: go to OneNote then “Animal Farm” section then “Vocab Words” page. Work on this for 30 minutes. Remember, each slide needs to include the following information:
        • The word
        • Definition of the word
        • The word’s part of speech
        • The word used in a sentence you create
        • An image that helps define the word
      • Next, since this is an unprecedented time in history, we will be journaling about our experiences while we are out of school. Please follow these steps: go to OneNote and click on the new section titled “Distance Learning” and then click on the page “Journal.” On this page, start off by writing today’s date and then respond to one of the following prompt. Feel free to answer more than one prompt. The goal is to reflect on your experiences right now and to be able to process what is currently happening. Try to write at least 4-5 sentences. Work on this for 15 minutes. Here are some prompts to follow:
        • Describe what life during this time period. Try incorporating figurative language to describe what you’re feeling, thinking, or doing.
        • Explain how this virus has impacted your daily life. Consider the activities, places, and things you can’t do right now. Express how this makes you feel.
        • Respond to something you read or viewed in the news. This doesn’t have to be about the virus; it could be something related to sports, travel, etc.
        • Reflect on a few positive things from your day. They could be small moments, like laughing while watching a funny TV show, or something bigger. Describe how these moments made you feel.
        • Write some haiku (a three-line poem, 1st line has 5 syllables, 2nd line has 7 syllables, 3rd line has 5 syllables) describing your day or something you’ve been doing while off from school.
        • Ask yourself what questions you have about everything that has been happening and try your best to answer them. These could be questions about the virus, being out of school, or other questions you have about life currently.
      • Links/Activities:
        • For today’s lesson, you will be using your previously created Vocab PowerPoint and OneNote.
      • Methods of Communication:
        • Please send us an email (tkline@cbsd.org; jneetzow@cbsd.org) if you have questions. We will be checking our emails throughout the day.
        • We will also be checking on your Journal in OneNote.