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Nuts and Bolts

Dear MVHS Students and Parents,

Please use the SchoolLoop website and grade book as additional ways to stay apprised of class information, student progress, and as a tool for communication.  You will find the daily agenda posts on the website (under Notes) as a valuable asset to keep current with daily agendas and homework assignments.  The homework assignment due dates, and of course student grades, are also posted through the SchoolLoop grade book. 

I pride myself on keeping student grades and daily agendas current.  If you notice discrepancies or have any questions, please be sure to email me or to leave me a message through voicemail and I will make every effort to respond within less than 24 hours.  The daily agendas on this website may not be as detailed as what is provided in class.  It is the student's responsibility to copy the daily agenda/homework that is posted on the board in class.  If students need assistance with this, please let me know.  Also, if students do not have an agenda, they can print one out: http://print-a-calendar.com/. *Note:  All freshmen are required to have a Monte Vista Planner.


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9th: Intro to vocabulary set 2, review Mockingbird chapters 1-3 (guided reading packet due).  Read and annotate ch. 4 with focus on textual evidence supporting the themes of empathy and parenting.

HW:  Finish reading and annotating ch. 4 10/24.  Vocab definitions and parts of speech due 10/25

11th:  Finish Black Boy Inquiry Centers reading and note-taking.


9th:  Review TKaM ch. 1 & 2.  Read and annotate ch. 3 and answer guided reading questions.  HW:  Finish ch. 1-3 guided reading packet 10/23

11th: Black Boy Inquiry Center


9th:  Vocabulary quiz.  Independent reading or "The Stampede".  No homework this weekend.

11th:  Finish Miss Representation and note-taking.  HW:  Read and annotate "Why Chinese Mothers are Superior", answer guided reading questions due 10/22


9th: read and annotate TKaM ch. 2, answer guided reading questions

11th: begin Miss Representation and note taking. Read and annotate article of the day, due 10/19


9th:  Review vocabulary set 1.  Finish reading and post-it annotating TKaM chapter 1, answer guided reading questions.  HW:  Finish reading/questions ch.1.  Study vocabulary, quiz Friday

11th:  Discuss "No Unmarked Woman".  "Selfie" and "Confession" clips.  Read and annotate "How Peer and Social Media Affect Image".  HW: Finish today's article annotations


9th:  Lifeline gallery walk.  1930s clip, N-word or no N-word article.  CNN clip on censorship.  Begin shared reading and post it annotations of TKaM ch. 1.HW: Study vocab, quiz Friday

11th Turn and talk "Beauty and the Beast of Advertising".  Clip: How People React to Being Called Beautiful".  Read and annotate "No Unmarked Woman".  HW: Finish reading/annotating/argument frame for "No Unmarked Woman" due 10/17


9th:  Check out TKaM.    Lifeline Map and vocab definitions.  HW:  Lifeline Map due 10/16 and vocab definitions due 10/17

11th:  Read and annotate "Beauty and the Beast of Advertising".  HW:  finish "Beauty and the Beast of Advertising" 10/16


9th:  Database research presentations and note-taking.  No HW

11th:  Finish "Tough Guise" note-taking.  Read and annotate "Honor Code".  No HW


9th:  Continue working on group database Mockingbird research project.  HW:  research project presentations due 10/12

11th:  Discuss "Bro Culture" article.  Begin "Tough Guise" note-taking.  No HW


9th:  Effective presentations review.  Database basics.  Begin Mockingbird research.  HW: Group research slide show presentations due 10/12.

11th:  Turn and talk- Katz article discussion.  Quickwrite:  What is "bro culture"?  Is it a nature or nurture phenomenon?  Read and annotate "What We Mean When We Say Bro Culture".  20/20 news clip.  HW:  Finish reading and annotating "Bro-Culture", write out an academic frame to defend, challenge or qualify author argument due 10/10


Voicemail # (925) 314-1900

email: bcarlson@srvusd.net

Changes to the SAT

9th: Mark Haddon- the curious incident of the dog in the night-time

9th: Mark Haddon- the curious incident of the dog in the night-time

11th: F. Scott Fitzgerald- The Great Gatsby

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Workday Center Extended Hours!

MVHS's beautiful Workday Center is open to students from 7:30-5:30 Monday-Thursday and 7:30 to 4:00 on Friday.  It's a great place to relax and read, access computer technology/databases, print assignments, etc.  Check it out!

About Your English Teacher

This is my thirteenth year of teaching high school English and my fifth year with Monte Vista High School.  I am very fortunate to have joined the Mustang team of extraordinary colleagues, students and families.  I look forward to working with students, helping to increase their love for the written word, assisting with their development as a scholar of language arts- and having fun along the way!  I truly love being a teacher and continuously building strong ties with the MVHS community.  Go Mustangs!

Education:  Undergraduate, University of California Santa Cruz.  Graduate in Secondary Education:  University of Hawaii Manoa, Chapman University.  Post-Graduate Master's Degree in Teaching Leadership, Saint Mary's College.

Interests:  I love reading, learning new things, traveling, gardening, running, playing tennis & golf, hiking, cooking and spending time with friends and family.

St. Mary's MATL graduation

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