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About Me

  • Houston native
  • Stratford class of 1997
  • UT Austin class of 2001 (BA English; Education Minor)
  • 17 years teaching experience (3 at Dripping Springs High School near Austin; 14 at Stratford)

Matt Darroh's Schedule

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Period   A Days B Days
1/2 Conference
Conference
3/4 English II Pre-AP English III AP
5/6 English II Pre-AP
English I Pre-AP
7/8 English III AP
Study Hall

 


  Current Assignments


English I Pre-AP


Please consult six-week calendar provided in class.


English II Pre-AP


Wednesday, 1/3 -- Introductions; course overview; "William Shakespeare: A Life of Drama" and viewing guide

Homework: Complete student information sheet for next class (homework grade)


Friday, 1/5 -- Collect student information sheet; return Shakespeare video viewing guide; Sonnet group work and jigsaw presentations; begin Shakespeare and Julius Caesar background reading

Homework: Quiz next time over Shakespeare and Caesar background reading

Tuesday, 1/9 -- Quiz over Shakespeare and Caesar background reading; discuss artifacts related to Caesar; distribute packets and complete Act I vocabulary; begin reading, discussing, and taking notes on Act I

Homework: Start studying Act I vocabulary

Thursday, 1/11 -- Continue reading, discussing, and taking notes on Act I

Homework: Act I questions; quiz next time over Caesar Act I and Act I vocabulary (multiple choice, true/false, matching, and short answer)

Tuesday, 1/16--Discuss Act I questions; take quiz; complete Act II vocabulary; begin reading, discussing, and taking notes on Act II

Homework: Start studying Act II vocabulary

Thursday, 1/18--Continue reading, discussing, and taking notes on Act II; begin Act II questions

Homework: Finish Act II questions; quiz next time over Caesar Act II and Act II vocabulary


English III AP


Wednesday, 1/3 // Thursday, 1/4 -- Review APMC strategies; complete full set APMC (1 hour; quiz grade)

Friday, 1/5 // Monday, 1/8 -- Review Huck Finn synthesis essays; write synthesis essay in class (new prompt - quiz grade)

Tuesday, 1/9 // Wednesday, 1/10 -- Review and write question 3; review APMCs

Thursday, 1/11 // Friday, 1/12--Review and write question 2

Tuesday, 1/16 // Wednesday, 1/17--Calibrate and review 2017 Question 1; begin Emerson assignment

Homework: Finish Emerson assignment, and be ready for a quiz

Thursday, 1/18 // Friday, 1/19--Discuss Emerson assignment; calibrate and review 2017 question 3; begin Thoreau assignment

Homework: Finish Thoreau assignment, and be ready for a quiz






 

 

Make-Ups

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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