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English 9/11 and Communications - SJ Drummond

BE BOLD!  

Students in all classes will be challenged to push beyond established comfort zones and take chances.  Without RISK there is no GROWTH!

COMMS

WELCOME TO COMM CLASS!

 Our motto is BE BOLD! Many of you will be trying new things; some of you will be naturals, some won’t--and that’s OK. It’s only by pushing ourselves--trying, sometimes failing, and trying again--that we truly learn! 

In Comms you'll master basic public speaking skills, examine your online presence, create a cover letter and resume, and participate in a mock job interview with a local employer of your choice. 

GOOD LUCK this year!

Texts:

  • TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking
  • DK Guide to Public Speaking
  • A MULTITUDE of TED TALKS--mostly available on this page

DON'T BE AMY!

10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation

COMMS Tips:

If you say, "but public speaking makes me feel sick...," take heart, you're not alone.  So how can you overcome STAGE FRIGHT?   check out this TED Blog video.

Remember to ALWAYS cite your sources! 

Are Schools Killing Creativity?

a big plan for a big problem

How to sound Smart in a Ted Talk

WE MUST ACT RIGHT NOW

ENGLISH 9

WELCOME TO HIGH SCHOOL, ENGLISH 9!

This semester, you'll examine your own thoughts, reactions, and experiences as they pertain to what you are reading AND what you are writing.

This is High School--and although I'll give you the necessary tools, YOU are responsible for your own learning. (Remember, the more actively you engage yourself (whether in reading, class discussions, group work, or individual assignments) the more you will learn!)

Texts:

  • The Language of Literature, McDougell Littell
  • Romeo & Juliet
  • Additional resources TBA

English 11

WELCOME BACK, JUNIORS!

This semester you'll be diving into American Literature--and doing your own fair share of writing.  You'll examine classics, as well as apply time-proven themes to modern award-winners.

You'll hone your research and presentation skills on current and literary topics--while channeling your "inner politician" to create persuasive essays. 

Texts:

  • American Literature, McDougal Littell
  • Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

TED Talks:

Reminders

This semester we'll be operating using Google Classroom, so ALL ASSIGNMENTS & REQUIRED RESOURCES will be found there.

Students, CLICK the links below to go to your G Classroom:

Parents, today's HW is:           please check Google Classroom with your student.

 

Have a GREAT SPRING BREAK!!!

 

SJ Drummond

Faculty Information

Department(s)
Upper School
Title(s)
Faculty, Librarian

Contact Information

School Email
(Primary)
School Phone
  x237

Other Information

Biography

SJ Drummond teaches English 9 and Communications at Fuqua Upper School. She is also the Upper School Librarian. She joined the staff in 2015. She graduated from The University of Mississippi with a Master of Arts Degree in English.

Before moving to Farmville and joining our staff, SJ taught gifted students in Oxford, Mississippi. SJ and her husband, Chris, have 3 children, Alexander, Claire '15, and Isaac '19.

TIPS for EVERYONE:

What's up with Copyrights & Plagiarism?  READ this edublog for help understanding "Fair Use" & Creative Commons and/or view this PLAGIARISM presentation.

helpful formatting hints from PURDUE OWL

Essay-writing Tips

CITATIONS:

RESOURCES:

ADHD: a Difference in cognition, not a Disorder