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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/.


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9th:  Journals due!  Who's to Blame activity.  Analytical paragraph thesis and quote work.  HW:  Unit test 2/26.  Analytical outline 2/27

11th:  Journals due! Analytical thesis and quote work. Big Think interview with O'Brien.  HW:  Unit test 2/26.  Analytical outline 2/27


9th:  Finish reading Act V.  R and J study guide and time to draft last journal entry.  HW:  Journal project due 2/23.  Unit test 2/26.  Analytical paragraph outline due 2/27

11th:  End of novel quiz.  Unit test study guide, analytical paper thesis and outline work.  Beg Think interview with O'Brien.  HW: Journal project due tomorrow. Unit test 2/26.  Outline due 2/27


9th:  Journal entry #4 check.  Begin reading Act V. i-ii

HW: R and J journal project due 2/23

11th:  Finish reading "Lives of the Dead" and write final journal entry.  HW: End of novel quiz tomorrow.  TTTC journal project due 2/23


9th:  Finish shared reading Act IV, guided responses.  Independent reading or draft journal #4. HW: Bring all journal drafts to class on Tuesday

11th:  Ghost Soldiers quiz.  Ken Burns on "Vietnam".  HW: Read "Night Life".  Bring all journal drafts to class on Tuesday


9th:  Shared reading IV. iii-iv and guided responses.  View IV iii-iv.  HW:  Bring independent reading book tomorrow.

11th:  Review essential questions.  "Please Don't Thank Me For My Service".  Podcast- "Green Machine".  Read and annotate second half of "Ghost Soldiers"  HW:  Journal #4 due tomorrow.  "Ghost Soldiers" quiz tomorrow


9th:  Journal #3 feedback.  Shared reading IV.i-ii.  HW:  Bring independent reading book on Friday

11th:  Group "Speaking of Courage" through "Field Trip" .  Read and annotate first have of "Ghost Soldiers".  HW: Journal #4 due 2/16


9th:  Journal #3 due.  Catacombs and the Black Plague.  Sign up for Act IV reading roles.  HW:  None tonight

11th:  Vietnam's Unseen War.  Read Field Trip.  HW:  Quiz tomorrow, Speaking of Courage through Field Trip


9th:  Finish Act III and group response guided reading questions.  View clip.  Write journal #3.  HW:  Journal #3 due tomorrow.

11th:  Discuss "In the Field".  Intro to one-pager, read "Good Form".  Vietnam's Unseen War.  HW:  "Good Form" reading and one-pager 2/14.  Quiz- "Speaking of Courage" through "Field Trip" 2/14


9th:  Review journal specs.  Intro to analytical paragraph and writing guidelines.  Finish Shakespeare bio. Continue Act III and guided reading questions.  HW:  Journal #3 due 2/13

11th:  Finish "My Vietnam, Your Iraq".  Begin "In the Field".  HW:  Finish reading and annotating "In the Field" 2/12


9th:  Review journal writing specs.  Read III.iii and group response to guided reading questions.  Begin writing journal #3. Shakespeare Bio.  HW:  Journal #3 due 2/13

11th:  Journal #3 due.  Discuss "Speaking of Courage".  Begin "My Vietnam Your Iraq".  HW:  Read and annotate "Tough Homecoming" and "Notes" 2/9


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email: bcarlson@srvusd.net

Changes to the SAT

9th: William Shakespeare- Romeo and Juliet

9th: William Shakespeare- Romeo and Juliet

11th: Tim O'Brien- The Things They Carried

11th: Tim O'Brien- The Things They Carried

9th: Harper Lee- To Kill a Mockingbird

9th: To Kill a Mockingbird

11th: Richard Wright- Black Boy

11th: Richard Wright- Black Boy

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 fourth 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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