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English: Ms. Fredrick September 10-14

from:Fredrick, Charryse

to:All Students

It's Week 3 and classes are teeming with activity already.  Initial quizzes and tests have been given.  Teachers are expecting students to be organized and focused on completing each task, meeting objectives, and setting goals for future success.  So how are you doing with all that is required in your daily life?

We often forget to check in with ourselves when we become busy and life is filled with distractions.  We can even lose sight of the things that are most important to us and begin to feel unbalanced.  How focused are you on achieving your goals, while keeping a healthy balance?  Are you being distracted by things that don't really matter much because those things are not what you value?  Complete a weekly or even daily self-check.  Writing personal reflections can help you with your balancing act.  Listening to your inner self will help you stay on track.

In English II and IV, we begin each week by writing in our journals for five to fifteen minutes.  Students are asked to write a reflective response to the quote of the week.  The quote for the first day of school came from the current course text,The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens:  "First we make our habits, then our habits make us." The quote was written by an English poet, not sure which one.  Last week's quote is infamous and was submitted by Cody Ellis.  The quote appeared in a newspaper article and Cody brought the page from the paper with the highlighted quotation:  "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."  Those are the famous words of an American astronaut, Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.

This week's quote by an anonymous creator is a bit of a riddle:  If who I am is what I have and what I have is lost, then who am I? At first glance, some struggled to make sense of the author's question, but after a few minutes of reflection the results were amazing.  Students wrote their responses and some shared with the class their views on values, worldly possessions, the importance of having ideals, and emerging identities.  I believe the quote did what it was designed to do:  Make us think and search ourselves!

Nearly every assignment given this week is meant to help students continue that search.  Here's an overview:

Assigned Reading:  PART I of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

Class Discussions (Participation) - Discussion Questions:  1) What is leadership and what are some of the characteristics of a leader? 2) WHAT IS A GOAL? 3) What is the connection between personal goals and a person's character? 4) Where does personal success fit in with goals and character? 5) What can we do to improve our school?

Journal entries (to be completed at the start of class) ~ Week of September 10th:

9/11 Prompt 6:  What would you do if you knew you could not fail?  What are your hopes and dreams?  What do you want to accomplish?  What do you desire in life?   Write the results you want to see.

9/12 Prompt 7:  Consider you ways.  Are the decisions that you are making daily moving you closer to your goals?  Describe the choices you have made so far this week that moved you a few steps closer to success.  What additional steps can you take today?

9/13 Prompt 8:  What small steps can we take to improve PACE Academy?  *Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. ~Robert Collier

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VOCABULARY TEST 1 on Wednesday, September 12, 2012

WORD LIST 1 for The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

affirm-ed (p. 15)
inherently (p. 12)

paradigm [pair-a-dimes] (p. 13)

principle (p. 24)
proactive (p. 5)
sequential (p. 9)
synergize (p. 5)
tragedy (p. 32)

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BINDER CHECK #2 is scheduled for Friday, September 14, 2012

All students will need to have the following in their 3-ring binder for a notebook check:

Filler/notebook paper
Journal responses 1-8 and quote of the week responses (3 total)
ASSIGNMENTS section with classwork and homework assignments
VOCABULARY section with vocabulary words defined
NOTES section with at least one page for notes on The 7 Habits
​*Students, please be prepared for class each day with a writing instrument.