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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:  Social justice gallery walk.  Wrap up reading and double journal entry for literature circle #3.  HW:  Double journal entry #3 due 5/1

11th:  Sociogram gallery walk.  Wrap up reading and written prep for literature circle #6.  HW: Cuckoo's LC #6 due 5/1


9th:  OM&M analytical paragraph feedback.  Continue reading and double journal entry prep.  HW:  Lit circle discussion #1 and double journal entry due tomorrow.

11th:  NY Times:  "First do no Harm".  Word process literature circle discussion prep. HW:  Lit circle reading, written prep and discussion due tomorrow


9th:  Ted Talk:  How to read graphic novels.  Meet your literature circle group!  Determine weekly reading roles, page # pacing, review double journal entry specs.  Begin reading and written prep for literature circle discussion #1. HW:  Reading and double journal entry #1 due Tuesday 4/17

11th:  Counterculture shenanigans "The Art of Goofing Off" clip.  Continue reading and written preparation for literature circle #4, due Tuesday


9th:  Analytical paragraphs due, turn in OM&M.  Ted Talk "The Danger of a Single Story".  Image analysis of The Arrival.  Intro to graphic novel unit.  HW: None tonight!

11th:  Ted Talk "A Tale of Mental Illness".  Pre and post view questions.  Continue reading and prep for LC#4


9th:  Check OM&M thesis and quotes.  Review portfolios.  Word process analytical paragraphs.  HW: Hard copy OM&M analytical paragraph due tomorrow!  Bring OM&M book for turn in.

11th:  Your fog discussion.  "They Live" viewing and response.  Finish LC reading and prep for third discussion.  HW:  Lit Cir 3 tomorrow


9th:  Character's conscience due.  OM&M unit test. OM&M outline.  HW:  OM&M outline due 4/9

11th:  Character's conscience due.  Art analysis.  Famous people clip.  HW: Cuckoo's lit. cir. #3 prep due 4/10


9th:  OM&M character's conscience.  HW: Unit test tomorrow! Character's conscience due tomorrow

11th: OFOTCN character's conscience.  HW:  Character's conscience due tomorrow.


9th:  Ch. 5 & 6 group quiz, end of novel discussion.  "To a Mouse".  Review analytical paragraph topics.  Character's conscience and unit test specs

11th:  Literature circle #2 discussion- stamp, discuss, take notes, turn in.  Art analysis.  Intro to character's conscience.  HW:  Cuckoo's lit cir #3 due 4/10 (p. 84-124)


9th:  Chapter 5 & 6 vocab quiz.  Read ch. 5, small group quiz.  Review analytical paragraph topics.  HW:  Finish reading OM&M, end of novel quiz tomorrow

11th:  Cuckoo's group review quiz.  Word process lit cir prep 1 & 2, or finish reading and prep for l.c. #2.  HW:  Lit. cir #2 reading and prep due tomorrow.  Cuckoo's nest film permission slip


9th:  Ch. 3 & 4 vocabulary quiz.  Intro to ch. 5 & 6 vocab.  View ch. 3.  Letters from teenage hoboes and Mary Ellen Mark images of modern runaways. Read ch. 4, guided reading questions, character and setting notes.  HW:  study ch. 5 & 6 vocab, quiz 3/26

11th:  Finish CAASPP testing.  HW:  Literature circle #2 prep due 3/27.  Have fun and be safe this weekend.


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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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