Thursday, March 31, 2011


happy birthday to me!
Presentation by College Counselors: Mr. Frank Gatell, Ms. Rosa Mejia, and Ms. Julie Honda
Link to PowerPoint by College Counselors
Additional Notes:
Think about college application process as another class: it has deadlines, testing, essays due, etc. Keep that in mind when scheduling senior classes.
It's a good idea to take SAT and ACT in the spring of junior year
Start thinking about where you'd like to study and what you'd like to study.
Think about potential "safety," "target," and "reach" schools
Target schools - 60/40 (there's a 60% chance you'd get in)
  • UCLA received 61,000 applications for freshmen (it only has 8000 spots available)
Consider whether you want semesters or quarters (semesters - 15 week classes, quarters - 10 week classes)
  • UC Berkeley and UC Merced are on semesters; rest of UCs are on quarter system
Recommend applying to 9-12 schools
  • Stanford Early Decision receives 30,000 applications for approximately 1700 spots
  • Can only apply early decision to ONE school (it's binding)
  • Visit colleges! Contact Freshmen Admission Office or Campus Tours to set up a tour of the campus and find out about overnight stay programs (often you can stay overnight in a dorm room and really get to see the campus more fully by talking to those who go there!)
  • Begin work on your college essays! (Shameless self-promotion: Consider taking the Personal Statement workshop I teach at UCLA: Click here for more information
  • Study for the SAT, ACT, or SAT Subject Tests!
  • Do meaningful internships, community service, camps--anything that will give you something to write about and enjoy!

Q & A:
  • How many times to take the SAT or ACT? Three. No more.
  • For the subject tests, what do we take? Whatever you are currently preparing for in APs, but make sure you prepare and get materials to know what to expect, because some of them differ (like the SAT Subject Test for English - it corresponds more closely with the AP English Literature course that seniors take. See me for details!)
  • How does the application process differ for art programs or music conservatories? There are two application processes in most cases--you'll need to do the regular application plus submit a portfolio, audition, etc. and the deadlines are often BEFORE the regular application deadlines. Each school differs, so talk with your college counselor as soon as possible!
  • Can house principals or Ms. Baxter write the letter of recommendation "from a counselor"? Yes! Most private schools that request two letters of recommendation want one from a teacher in a core subject area (English, mathematics, social studies, or science) and will want one from a counselor or principal.
  • Can the College Center help with applications for international schools? Yes!

HW: Read The Bluest Eye to page 121 and complete the Polly Character Notes except for the last six boxes. Study for Tuesday's grammar quiz over pronouns. Extra help for pronoun ambiguity (also called "faulty pronoun reference"). Extra help for pronoun case. Extra help for pronoun-antecedent agreement (this also includes pronoun consistency help). We'll do one more pronoun review on Monday and pick up with our satire/humor unit then. Please bring The Bluest Eye tomorrow.

Friday, March 18, 2011


Grammar practice: Pronoun Ambiguity #2
Sample interview: use Interview Form to ask questions of Mrs. Pust and record answers, giving yourself a sample for this weekend
Write a reflection 0f 6-10 sentences, using formal academic English and referring to the person being interviewed as Mr. ________ or Ms. _________. Include a direct quotation from the person you interviewed, and include your reactions or thoughts--what did you agree with? disagree with? what were you surprised by? Include, at the top of your reflection, a citation in MLA format:

Last, First. Personal interview. Day Mon. Year.
Pust, Jennifer. Personal interview. 18 Mar. 2011.

NOTE: If you are conducting the email via the telephone, it should read Telephone interview. If you are using a video chat it should say Video conference. The other information remains the same.

HW: Conduct this interview again with an adult in your life (someone 25 or older). Complete the interview questions, quoting the interviewee as accurately as possible, and complete a reflection of 6-10 sentences as directed above, with citation.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Prepare for tomorrow's EAP essay - bring a pencil!
Read and discuss Topic 1 and read sample essays
Review scoring guide for EAP essay

HW: Read the sample essays for Topic I and write an introduction and body paragraph of your own for Topic II OR Topic III, due tomorrow. Paragraphs may be handwritten or typed.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Grammar practice: pronoun ambiguity #1
Presentations: The Things They Carried
Introduce EAP Argument essay - letter to families

HW: Read Topic I and write a draft of your thesis statement. Brainstorm evidence--what have you read, seen, or experienced that would help you prove your point?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Model and prepare ENDNOTES:
Explain, for each of your 4 genre pieces, the following:
1) Which essential question does this piece answer, and how does it answer the question?
2) Why did you choose this genre, what choices did you make as you created the work, and why did you make those choices? What were you trying to convey, and which parts of your project help convey that?
3) Your reaction to the piece: what was difficult, fun, surprising, or intriguing? What did you realize or learn?

Use paragraph format (100-300 words, typed or written neatly in ink).

HW: Complete ENDNOTES for each of your four genre pieces. Write a bibliography in MLA format (this must be typed) and refer to yesterday's agenda for a sample and guidance. Complete your four genre pieces (remember, 2 must be "written" and 2 can be artistic; 1 must include details from a specific chapter of The Things They Carried, and 1 must include real-world research connected to the wars in Vietnam, Iraq, or Afghanistan).

Monday, March 7, 2011


Review how to create bibliographies for project
Sample bibliography for "Joanne Wilson's" genre project

Great website to help you with your bibliography in MLA format

HW: Finish projects! Genre pieces, end notes, and bibliographies due Thursday or Friday depending on your presentation day. Remember that all four pieces must be displayed in some sort of way.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Research questions we generated in class

HW: Projects due 3/10 at beginning of class!