Week 2: August 19-23

On Monday, August 19th, please bring back your 2019 JCHS Syllabus back to class.  This is your first “official” homework assignment – remember, late work gets 1/2 off penalties!

Also bring an ink pen and a single-subject notebook to leave in class. If you do not have one, Borger will have one for you. We’ll start using them for daily journals on Monday.

We will do a perception assignment on Monday and Tuesday. Participation points will apply. This is one of those activities where if you miss it, you can’t make it up. Missed work for excused absences = blank in gradebook. REMEMBER, BLANKS ARE NOT ZEROES. See syllabus for details. Unexcused absences = zero per the school handbook.

Wednesday and Thursday we will either dissect and analyze the JCHS Student Code of Conduct & Student Handbook or write letters to Borger.

Friday we will finish Handbook Analysis/letters and work on meta-reflections in our journals.

Honors English 2: I am sorry I failed to collect your commonplace books  for Caged Bird today. (Also sorry for telling you class wasn’t over when it clearly was! Hashtag: OOPS!) I will collect those on Monday. DO NOT ADD ANYTHING MORE TO THEM THAN WHAT YOU HAD IN THEM TODAY! THERE ARE MULTIPLE CORRECT WAYS TO COMPLETE THEM! We will work on the poem together in coming weeks as a class assignment.

We will do the perception activity Monday & Tuesday.

We will have engage in a Socratic Seminar over Caged Bird Wednesday & Thursday (& maybe Friday). Participation points apply.


Honors English 2 Commonplace Books

Bring what you have to class tomorrow, Friday 08/16. Do not do hours and hours of work if you didn’t get an assignment sheet before summer.

I want quotes above all else. But bring what you have and we’ll talk tomorrow.


JCHS Fall 2019 English II Syllabus

Class Syllabus
Ms. Borger
Email: lborger@jcindians.org
Course Website: mamaborg.wordpress.com

Responsibility: knowing what needs to be done and doing it.

Choice:  You have control over your success or failure based on the choices you make.
Recognize that for every choice there are consequences.
Accept the consequences for your actions in all things.
I don’t give grades; you earn grades based on the choices you make.

Class rules: Continue reading

Borger Goes to SIU

In August, 2017 I accepted a position teaching UCOL 101, the first-year experience course at SIU-Carbondale. I’m grateful for my time at SHS and will miss my students and colleagues, but am very excited about this next chapter in my life.

I will leave your course pages up for awhile so you can access past resources. Most of this information will still exist on this site after that time, but it might be in a different location. Check your course sites periodically or email me if you need to find something: borger@siu.edu.

If you’re in the SIU neighborhood, come pop in for a visit.  I’m in the Student Services Building on the first floor in Exploratory Student Advisement.


Final Exams

The list of students below are exempt from 2nd semester final exams – I will be updating through Friday morning, 05/19:

5th Hour

  1. Kaitlyn B.
  2. Serenity C.
  3. Eli H.
  4. Nicolette H.
  5. Lucas H.
  6. Halley L.
  7. Jordan P.
  8. Sydnie P.
  9. Jarad S.

Students who have to take exams should study all old quizzes given back this week. You can also review materials by going back through old posts starting in January (in links on the left if you’re on a computer, or all the way at the bottom of the scroll on a phone). Everything we have covered this semseter will be on the final exam:

  • Short Stories
    • “The Lottery”
    • “Monkey’s Paw”
    • “Contents of a Dead Man’s Pocket”
    • “The Pedestrian”
    • “Lamb to the Slaughter”
    • “Just Lather, That’s All”
  • The Tempest
  • Julius Caesar
  • Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies Reflection

Your Lord of the Flies character mask projects or alternative essays are due on Monday 05/15. Today you have time in class to write your reflection.  Instructions are on the original handout I gave you in class.

Here is the Lord of the Flies Mask Rubric I will use to grade your masks and reflections.

Here is the ESSAY RUBRIC I will use to grade larger essays for those who opt out of making a mask.

EVERYONE needs to share their Google docs files with me by the end of the class period. The only exception are those folks who are still working on masks using materials in class from the cabinet.   If you work on your mask primarily, you need to EMAIL ME and tell me what you did during the hour today.  If I do not get an email, you do not get participation points for the day: lborger@sparta.k12.il.us.


Lord of the Flies Projects

Mask projects are due on Monday, 05/15. Remember to include a 1-2 page explanation of your mask using 3-6 text references / quotes.  We will be in the lab on Friday 05/12 to complete the written portion of the project.

You had part of Wednesday in class to work & will have Thursday to work as well.  You have had the mask assignment for over a week & I have been telling you to work on it well before now. If you cannot get your project done in class during the remaining time we have, it is homework.

For folks who are not into the mask projects or feel like they have no creativity left, feel free to write n alternative essay instead using one of the prompts below.

Lord of the Flies In-Class Essay

Choose one of the prompts below and write a complete essay exploring the topic.  Include at least 3-6 specific text references with page numbers to support your argument.  Use the book and your character chart and any notes from seminar as you write.  These will be taking the place of the art projects we were scheduled to do.  This essay is worth 100 points.

  1. Analyze one of the main characters in the novel.  Focus on how he changes or stays the same over time.  You can also discuss what your character symbolizes.  In either case, you must move beyond summary.
  2. Choose either of the following two questions, or explore them as one: B) What is The Beast, and how does it fit into the novel’s exploration of Good and Evil? B) According to the novel, why can’t we all just get along and act “civilized?”
  3. If you were stuck on an island, would you rather have Piggy or Simon there with you?  Why?  Remember to use the text for support.
  4. Is Jack really a bad guy?  Is Ralph really a good guy? Analyze.

Use quotes to support your ideas.  At a minimum, you should use 3-6 examples from the text that support your argument. Feel free to use more, but 1-2 per paragraph should suffice.  Don’t assume the quotes explain themselves.  Include page numbers in parenthetical citations as there is one text you’re quoting from.

 Tag + Quote + Cite + Explanation

Piggy is too shy to go swimming so Ralph says, “Sucks to your ass-mar” (Golding 13)!

  • This essay can take the place of the art projects we turning in next week but are due the same day as masks & reflections.