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About Me

  • Houston native
  • Stratford class of 1997
  • UT Austin class of 2001 (BA English; Education Minor)
  • 16 years teaching experience (3 at Dripping Springs High School near Austin; 13 at Stratford)

Matt Darroh's Schedule

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Period   A Days B Days
1/2 English III, AP/GT Conference
3/4 English III, Accelerated English III, AP/GT
5/6 Conference English III, Accelerated
7/8 Study Hall English III, AP/GT

 

English III AP Assignments Spring 2017

January 4th // 5th

1. Distribute "full set" English Language APMC and answer sheets
2. Students have one hour to answer questions
*Students will receive a quiz grade (30 point curve included) for APMC work

3. Begin discussing Transcendentalism using introductory information in HoltMcDougal Literature Grade 11

January 6th // 9th

1. Distrubute English Language and Composition Essay prompts and paper
2. Students have 80 minutes to work on essays
*All essay material (prompts and essays themselves) will be collected 5 minutes before the bell; students will have 55 minutes next class to finish essays, therefore allowing them 2 hours and 15 minutes total to mirror actual testing conditions


January 10th // 11th

 1. Return all essay materials; students will have 55 minutes to complete

2. Introduce transcendentalism; begin Thoreau reading assignment

Homework: Complete Thoreau reading assignment and be ready for a quiz about the ideas presented; come to class ready to ask questions prior to the quiz


January 12th // 13th

1. Address questions about Thoreau reading assignment

2. Take quiz (daily grade)

3. Distribute and begin Emerson assignment

Homework: Complete Emerson reading assignment and be ready for a quiz about the ideas presented; come to class ready to ask questions prior to the quiz


January 17th // 18th

1. Collect Ralph Waldo Emerson homework assignment

2. Take quiz

3. Issue Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass books, distribute packets, and begin reading

Homework: Read Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and work on packets; test over book and packets due the week of January 30th; bring books and packets to class every day


January 19th // 20th

1. Work on reading and packet questions

2. Return and go over full set APMC

3. Continue reading and questions

Homework: Read Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and work on packets; test over book and packets due the week of January 30th; bring books and packets to class every day


January 23 // 24

1.Register for SAT https://www.collegeboard.org/ 

2. APMC strategy

3. Add terms to 4th six weeks "word wall" list

4. Continue reading and questions

Homework: Read Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and work on packets; test over book and packets due 2/6 // 2/7


January 25 // 26

1. Frederick Douglass APMC #1

2. "Calibrate" English Language AP Question #1

3. Work on reading and questions

Homework: Read Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and work on packets; test over book and packets due 2/6 // 2/7; bring books and packets to class every day

 

January 27 // 30

1. Frederick Douglass APMC passages 2, 3, 4, and 5 (45 minutes; one daily grade with curve)
2. Peer evaluate Essay #1

Homework: Read Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and work on packets; test over book and packets due 2/6 // 2/7; bring books and packets to class every day


January 31 // February 1

1. Read Frederick Douglass and work on questions; return practice AP essay #1 (daily grade)

2. Review practice AP essay #2, rubric, and sample papers; return essay #2

3. Reflection paragraph: Why you scored a ______ on essay #2 and what you can do to improve (8-10 sentences).

Homework: Read Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and work on packets; test over book and packets due 2/6 // 2/7; bring books and packets to class every day

February 2 // 3

1. Extra credit reminder and suggestion (due by end of next week)

2. Address questions about and discuss next class' test over Frederick Douglass

3. Work on reading and packets

Homework: Frederick Douglass test next time and packets due; bring books to turn in

February 6 // 7

1. Collect Frederick Douglass packets and books

2. Take test

February 8 // 9

1. Word wall #29-33

2. APMC practice

3. Begin "patterns of development" and argument packet using 5 Steps (collected end of class)

Homework: Start studying for "word wall" test (2/16 // 2/17)

February 10 // 13

1. Return "patterns of development" and argument packet

2. Complete and turn in by end of period

Homework: "Word wall" test Thursday // Friday

February 14 // 15

1. Return "patterns of development" and argument packet

2. "Calibrate" argument essays and peer evaluate

Homework: "Word wall" test next time

February 16 // 17

1. Word wall test

2. TBA

February 21 // 22

1. Catcher in the Rye "prezi" intro.

2. Catcher vocabulary assignment

Homework: Vocabulary assignment due next time


February 23 // 24

1. Collect vocab. and "prezi" notes

2. Issue Catcher books and begin reading

3. Return vocab. assignment

Homework: Quiz next time over Catcher chapters 1-9 and vocabulary #1-20

February 27 // 28--Address questions about Catcher chapters 1-9 and take quiz; new word wall list for 5th six weeks; Catcher APMC #1

Homework: Quiz Tuesday // Wednesday over  Catcher chapters 10-19 and vocabulary #21-35

3/1--Period 1 does not meet due to SAT

Homework: Quiz Tuesday over  Catcher chapters 10-19 and vocabulary #21-35

 

3/2--Work on reading, and finish peer scoring argument essays

Homework: Quiz Wednesday over  Catcher chapters 10-19 and vocabulary #21-35

3/3 // 3/6--Return and discuss argument essays;discuss Catcher APMC; read novels

Homework: Quiz next time over  Catcher chapters 10-19 and vocabulary #21-35

3/7 // 3/8--Review names, places, etc. in Catcher chapters 10-19; take quiz; annotate and discuss ch. 14 analysis prompt for next class' timed writing

Homework: Quiz 3/22 // 3/23 over rest of Catcher and vocabulary; timed writing (ch. 14 analysis prompt) next time

3/9 // 3/10--Questions / discussion about ch. 14 analysis prompt / passage; timed writing (40 minutes - quiz grade); read novels

Homework: Quiz 3/22 // 3/23 over rest of Catcher and vocabulary

3/20 // 3/21--Add words to "word wall" list; Catcher APMC; work on reading for next class

Homework: Quiz next time over rest of Catcher and vocabulary

3/22 // 3/23--Questions / discussion about end of Catcher; take quiz; view "Holden Caulfield: Redemption in Manhattan" video and take notes (24 minutes); discuss video; review argumentative essay format

Homework: Catcher test next time (includes an argumentative essay); bring books to return

3/24 // 3/27--Catcher test; books collected

3/28 // 3/29--New "word wall" words; APMC (4 passages; 50 minutes); begin "Letter from Birmingham Jail" assignment

 Homework: Finish "Birmingham Jail" assignment for next class

3/30 // 3/31--Collect "Birmingham Jail" assignment; APMC Activity; John F. Kennedy Inauguration speech - read speech with JFK video

Homework: 5th Six Weeks Terms Test Friday // Monday

4/3 // 4/4--Finish terms list for upcoming test; complete JFK speech assignment and turn in

Homework: Fifth Six Weeks Terms Test Friday // Monday

4/5 // 4/6-Distribute and discuss synthesis essay project and topic selection sheet

Homework: Terms test next time; topic selection sheet due

4/7 // 4/10--Collect topic selection sheets; terms test

4/11 // 4/12--Return topics; address questions about project; review "Opposing Viewpoints"; work in 351 computer lab

Homework: 6 annotated sources, typed Work Cited, typed prompt, handwritten topic outline, and synthesis essay written in class 4/20 // 4/21

4/13 // 4/17--Address questions about synthesis project; work in 351 computer lab

Homework: See 4/11 // 4/12

4/18 // 4/19--Address questions about synthesis project; work in 351 computer lab

Homework: See 4/11 // 4/12

4/20 // 4/21--Synthesis essay written in class; annotated sources, typed prompt, typed Works Cited, and handwritten topic outline turned in along with essay

4/24 // 4/25--"Full set" APMC (quiz grade); begin sentence combining and revising packet (stays in the classroom)

4/26 // 4/27--Timed writing (free response questions 1 and 2--80 minutes)

4/28 // 5/1--Timed writing (free response question 3--40 minutes); continue sentence combining and revising packet (still stays in classroom)

 











 

 

 

 

English III Accelerated Assignments Spring 2017

January 4th // 5th

1. Grammar packet pg. 1-3

2. Huck Finn "Great Books" video - watch and complete worksheet / discuss

Homework: Quiz next time over grammar packet pg. 1-3 (commonly confused words)


January 6th // 9th

1. Review commonly confused words; take quiz

2. Finish "Great Books" video and worksheet if necessary; turn in worksheet if not turned in last class

3. Distribute and discuss Huck Finn packets

4. If time allows, issue books and begin reading and taking notes on chapters 1-11

Homework: Quiz Thursday // Friday over chapters 1-11 and vocabulary words with a " * "


January 10th // 11th

1. Issue Huck Finn books if necessary

2. Grammar packet pg. 4

3. Begin / continue reading and taking notes on the chapters as a class

Homework: Quiz Tuesday // Wednesday over chapters 1-11 and vocabulary words with a " * "


January 12th // 13th

1. Grammar packet pg. 5-6

2. Continue Huck Finn

Homework: Quiz Tuesday // Wednesday over chapters 1-11 and vocabulary words with a " * "


January 17th // 18th

1. Address questions about Huck Finn chapters 1-11

2. Take quiz

3. Grammar packet pg. 7-9

5. Work on flash cards for chapters 12-32 vocabulary

Homework: Quiz Monday // Tuesday over chapters 12-32 vocabulary


January 19th // 20th

1. Grammar practice - identifying and correcting fragments, run-ons, and complete sentences

2. Continue Huck Finn beginning with chapter 12

Homework: Quiz next time over chapters 12-32 vocabulary (flash cards worth 5 extra points)


January 23 // 24

1. Quiz - Huck Finn vocab. chapters 12-32

2. Continue reading

Homework: Test Friday // Monday over grammar packet pg. 1-9


January 25 // 26

1. Test practice - correcting fragments and run-ons

2. Continue reading Huck Finn beginning with chapter 14

Homework: Test Friday // Monday over grammar packet pg. 1-9

 

 January 27 // 30

1. Grammar test

2. Continue reading Huck Finn

Homework: Finish reading through chapter 19; complete notes and be ready for a quiz


January 31 // February 1

1. Questions about chapter 17-19?

2. Quiz

3. Continue reading Huck Finn beginning at chapter 20; take notes

Homework: Finish reading through chapter 24; complete notes and be ready for a quiz

February 2 // 3

1. Questions about chapter 20-24?

2. Quiz

3. Continue reading Huck Finn beginning at chapter 25; take notes

Homework: Finish reading through chapter 29; complete notes and be ready for a quiz

February 6 // 7

1. Questions about chapters 25-29?

2. Quiz

3. Continue reading Huck Finn beginning at chapter 30

Homework: Quiz Friday // Monday over ch. 30-43 and last 9 vocab. words; novel test Tuesday // Wednesday (scantron - includes all vocab.) and packets due

February 8 // 9

Continue reading Huck Finn at chapter 32

Homework: Quiz Friday // Monday over ch. 30-43 and last 9 vocab. words; novel test Tuesday // Wednesday (scantron - includes all vocab.) and packets due 

February 10 // 13

1. Questions about ch. 30-32?

2. Quiz

3. Distribute and take notes on info. about Huck Finn in-class essay assignment

Homework: Huck Finn test next time and packets due

February 14 // 15

1. Collect Huck Finn packets

2. Take test

3. Work on planning for in-class essay

Homework: In-class essay next time (test grade for 5th six weeks); bring books, prompt, and one page of handwritten notes

February 16 // 17

1. In-class essay

2. When finished, turn in books, essay, prompt, and one page of notes

February 21 // 22

Tower (documentary) - intro. to college essay

February 23 // 24

1. Journal assignment - Tower documentary

2. College essay packets - read, highlight, discuss

Homework: Select one of the prompts on front page of college essay packet, and be ready to write a draft in class next time

February 27 // 28

1. Address questions about college essay assignment; show MLA report template

2. Move to 307, and work on college essay draft

Homework: Complete, typed college essay draft due Friday // Monday

March 1 - No class due to PSAT

Homework: Complete, typed college essay draft due Friday

March 2 - Address questions about the college essay; continue drafting

Homework: Complete, typed college essay draft due Monday

March 3 // 6 - Peer edit and check college essay drafts; distribute turnitin.com information; begin A&E Biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald - watching and completing viewing questions

Homework: Final college essay draft due next time (test grade for 5th six weeks); bring hard copy to class AND submit to turnitin.com

March 7 // 8 - Finish Fitzgerald biography and turn in worksheet; The Great Gatsby vocabulary assignment; collect college essay final drafts

Homework: Finish Gatsby vocabulary for next class

March 9 // 10 - Collect vocabulary assignment; Gatsby introduction power point and notes; distribute study guides and begin reading the novel together

March 20 // 21 - Return Gatsby vocabulary; work on reading and study questions

Homework: Quiz next time over chapters 1-3

March 22 // 23 - Address questions about Gatsby ch. 1-3; take quiz; begin reading next section, answering study questions, and studying vocabulary for next class' quiz

Homework: Vocabulary quiz next time over #1-32 (multiple choice); quiz Tuesday // Wednesday over ch. 4-6

March 24 // 27 - Vocabulary quiz; work on reading and study questions for next class' quiz

Homework: Quiz next time over Gatsby ch. 4-6

March 28 // 29 - Ch. 4-6 quiz; continue viewing film and answering questions

Homework: Quiz next time over ch. 6-9 vocabulary

March 30 // 31 - Vocabulary quiz; begin next section of novel and study questions

Homework: Quiz next time over ch. 7-9

April 3 // 4 - Quiz over. ch. 7-9; finish Gatsby movie and questions

Homework: Test next time over all Gatsby vocabulary; novel test, study questions, and books due Friday // Monday

April 5 // 6 - Vocab. test; notes: "novel as a whole" notes

Homework: Novel test next time; study guides and books due

April 7 // 10 - Collect Gatsby study guides and books; take test

April 11 // 12 - Distribute and discuss research paper assignment (people and events related to 1920s America); view 1920's documentary and search for possible topics; turn in top three topic choices before leaving class

April 13 // 17 - Return topics; discuss process for finding and highlighting sources; work in 351; 1 printed and highlighted (3 colors) source due by end of period

April 18 // 19 - Review research paper requirements; outline and thesis info - discuss and take notes in packet; work in computer lab

April 20 // 21 - Address questions about research paper requirements, finding/highlighting sources, outlines, and thesis statements; work in computer lab; typed outline with thesis statement AND 3 highlighted sources (3 colors) due end of class TODAY (quiz grade)

April 24 // 25 - Meet in classroom and go over directions for completing the research paper; work in 307

Homework: Complete research paper final draft due Thursday, 5/4 // Friday, 5/5 (hard copy brought to class AND submitted to turnitin.com) --> NOTE: Last day to work in the lab will be next class; all other work on the research paper will need to be done on your own time

April 26 // 27 - Meet in classroom and review directions for completing the research paper; work in 307

Homework: Complete research paper final draft due Thursday, 5/4 // Friday, 5/5 (hard copy brought to class AND submitted to turnitin.com) --> NOTE: after today, all other work on the research paper will need to be done on your own time

April 28 // May 1 - Address questions about research paper; Catcher background powerpoint 

Homework: Complete research paper final draft due Thursday, 5/4 // Friday, 5/5 (hard copy brought to class AND submitted to turnitin.com) --> NOTE: Last day to work in the lab will be next class; all other work on the research paper will need to be done on your own time






















 













 




 

 




 

 


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If a student is absent, it is his/her responsibility to get missed work. A long term project/assignment for a major grade should be turned in the day a student returns to class. If the school dertermines a student's absence is unexcused due to truancy, no credit will be given for an assignment. If the student's absence is excused for a school activity for which he has advance notice, he should be prepared for class with completed assignments when he returns. Extracurricular activites are not excuses for putting off making up work or assignments.

Tutorials

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I will normally be available for tutorials from 3:00-3:30  Tuesday afternoons, Thursday afternoons, and mornings/other times by appointment. Students are encouraged to see me with any questions or concerns about what we're covering, make-up work, etc.

Grading Policy

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The impact of individual assignment grades on a cumalative 6 weeks average will vary each six weeks because there will not be exactly the same number of assignments during each of the six weeks periods. As a general rule,  however,  here is the relative weight of different kinds of grades:

Short assignements/quizzes/daily work count once
Paragraphs/longer assignments or quizzes count twice
Essays/major tests/projects count three times