English 12


It's really not much at all - just a quick end-of-the-year evaluation.  I would LOVE it if you'd take a minute and finish.  You can log onto TEAMS and do it lickety split there.  If you can't log in to Teams (and I think we're about out of time to figure that out!!!), then please click on the attached document and get those answers to me the best you can!  TAKE CARE!  ZOOM TOMORROW! 

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Remote Learning Week EIGHT: 
June 1 - June 8 

What do you believe?  This week we will be looking at a few interesting statements of belief.  The format for this? The old radio show called “This I Believe” which has been in existence, off and on, since the 1950s.  Because it is a radio show (most recently on NPR), on the show’s website, hundreds of audio versions of individual statements exist.  The show encourages all sorts of people to write and then share their statements of belief, which is your task for this week as well!

TASK ONE: Listen and read:  Visit the show’s website and spend a little time looking around, reading, and listening:  CLICK HERE!

TASK TWO:  Listen to a few of Mrs. Campbell’s favorites:

  • Favorite #1:  A professor at our very own Olympic College has one of the most popular “This I Believe” segments of all time.  Read or listen as she discusses pizza delivery:  CLICK HERE
  • Favorite #2: Tony Hawk knows what to do with a skateboard – and he’s glad he chose to pursue his hobby as a career!  Read or listen:  CLICK HERE
  • Favorite #3:  Albert Einstein? Yes!  He did one too!  And no, he didn’t speak about science!  He’s all about doing for others.  Who knew!?!  Listen here:  CLICK HERE


TASK THREE:  You knew it was coming…you need to write one of your own!  Choose a belief – something you REALLY believe in and tell a story that demonstrates the belief – a true story.  In short…

Steps to completion:

·       Name your belief at beginning and end

·       Tell a story that demonstrates your belief

·       Be brief 

·       Be positive

·       Be personal

·       Be serious

No more than one page.  Due Monday June 8 @ 11:59 pm.  Turn in on Teams.

Remote Learning Week SEVEN: 
May 25-June 1
Reminiscing About Childhood.  This week we will be reading and writing a bit about childhood.  As we wind up your senior year, this will be the last literature we read!

TASK ONE:  Read this story by Saki, “The Lumber Room,” in which a naughty boy is so naughty.  To read the story, CLICK HERE!!  

Do you prefer to listen while you read?  For audio:  CLICK HERE

TASK TWO:  Read this Hans Christian Andersen story about a naughty girl!  Naughty children are very common in literature! CLICK HERE

Do you want to hear this one too?  For audio: CLICK HERE!


TASK THREE:  Write one page in which you describe a time when, as a small child, you were naughty.  Be sure to include all of the interesting details that make reading your writing fun!

TASK FOUR:  Enrichment:  Are you a Saki fan now? There are so many Saki stories!  Read more here:  CLICK HERE FOR MORE!

TASK FIVE:  Enrichment:  Saki is famous for his unexpected endings.  Do you like that shock at the finish?  Read another story famous for that very literary trick!  It’s called “The Adopted Son” and it’s by Guy de Maupassant.  Click here to read!  CLICK HERE FOR A SURPRISE ENDING!

Do you like to listen while you read?  Audio version: CLICK HERE! 

Remote Learning Week Six (can you believe it?)
May 18-25
This week we are reading a super great short story by a super great writer, Saki.  Saki?  Yes, Saki.  What’s up with that name?  Well, we shall see.  This week’s activities are below.  Miss you all.  Truly.

TASK 1:  AUTHOR.  What is the deal with the author’s name?  Take a minute and read a little bit about a very famous and accomplished writer, Saki. CLICK HERE to read about this writer!

TASK 2: AUTHOR’S WORK.  Take a moment and look at this website.  Why?  The column on the left of this page, the long, long, long column, is a list of short stories written by this author.  The number is astounding to me!  Have you read any before?  They are often taught in schools. I think many of you may have read at least one – take a look!

CLICK HERE to read about his work!

TASK 3: READ THE STORY.  This story, “The Interlopers,” is a perfect representation of Saki’s style.  Enjoy!


*Do you prefer to listen as you read?  The audio version is great! 

CLICK HERE! to listen!


TASK 4:  WRITING TASK:  The story shows the development of a friendship.  In one page or less, tell a true story of friendship.  Do you have a solid friendship?  Do you know of a solid friendship?  Tell about a friendship, giving plenty of the details that give writing pizazz!  Because this is personal writing, you may refer to yourself.


TASK 5:  ENRICHMENT ACTIVITY - THE FILM.  Would you like to watch the film version of this story?  How will the filmmakers handle that ending?

To watch “The Interlopers” on video, CLICK HERE

TASK 6: ENRICHMENT ACTIVITY – “THE OPEN WINDOW” FILM.  If any of you have read any Saki before, my guess is you’ve read “The Open Window,” one of his most famous stories.  Whether or not you’ve read it, here is the film version of the story – it’s so good!!! Enjoy! 

CLICK HERE to enjoy this film! 

Official Remote Learning Week Five

May 11-May 18
Science Fiction – Isaac Asimov - Scroll down for this week's tasks.  
TASK ONE:  Listen to this nifty TEDTalk!  The speaker, Brady Kruse, speaks about science fiction!  Click here to watch: Click here

TASK TWO:  The author of this week’s story, Isaac Asimov, has an unbelievable list of professional accomplishments.  Look on the internet at his career, his day job, his writing, and his science fiction.  Read up on this impressive writer!

TASK THREE:  Read the Asimov story, “The Fun They Had.”  Click here

Do you prefer to listen while you read?  Audio file: click here

*********THIS ONE COUNTS ON SKYWARD*********

TASK FOUR - Personal writing

PROMPT:  Isaac Asimov’s story, although written in 1951, sounds very similar to North Kitsap High School in May of the year 2020 – right now!  Please write one full paragraph, no more than one page, in which you comment on the style of education that is present both in the story and in our lives today.  What do you think?  Is this learning style showing good potential?  Is the other, old style better? 

This is personal writing and I am very interested in your personal opinions, so say “I” as much as you want!

Please turn in to MS Teams.  If this is still a problem for you - and it has been, but most have figured it out now - please take a minute to call the student helpline.  They're there for you and exactly this type of problem.  You can reach them at 360-396-3953, Monday - Friday from 8-3:30. If you could see the number of emails, you wouldn't want to send it that way.  Thanks.

Official Remote Learning Week Four

May 4-May 11

Hello dearest coronachucks!

This week we will be continuing to work with short fiction by Ray Bradybury.  I hope you had a chance to look over Bradbury’s very cool website.  If not, that’s ok.  Take a look at Bradbury’s view on interplanetary travel, as presented on his website: CLICK HERE

Read the story, “All Summer in a Day,” by Ray Bradbury. Click here for story.

Wait!  What?  You prefer to read while listening?  This link takes you to a solid audio version!Click right here:  Audio version

3.  Go to page 6, to the paragraph that begins at line 82.  Re-read from that point to the middle of page 7.  This scene is a depiction of a mean student doing a mean thing.  Consider this scene before completing the writing task.

#4 - (for Skyward)**
While “All Summer In a Day” depicts bullying and meanness, please consider the opposite of this behavior for this week’s writing prompt.  Write no more than one page in which you describe a personal experience with kindness.  Did you do something nice for someone else?  Did someone do something nice for you?  Please try to center your stories on school – it’s nice to have something in common! – and use “I” to tell this personal story.  I can’t wait to read them!

5.  Enrichment/Expansion: If possible, watch the outstanding, old, funky film version of this story here:  Click here

Official Remote Learning Week Three

April 27-May 4

Happy Monday dearest chucks!

This is something we have never done before and I know some of you will love it!  SCIENCE FICTION!  You may remember reading Fahrenheit 451 last year, and this is another great story by the same author, Ray Bradbury.

TASK #1.  Learn about Bradbury.  He has a beautiful website. 
Read about him and his work
:  Click here

TASK #2.  Read the outstanding story, ”A Sound of Thunder,” which begins with a list of vocab words!  You don’t have to do anything with them, but they’re there – with their definitions – if you need them!  To read story, Click here.

TASK  #3 IS FOR SCORING/SKYWARD: Write one thorough paragraph in which you discuss the plot triangle as it applies to this story. The writing should be formal and academic, which means no referring to yourself!

What should you do? 
In a paragraph about the plot triangle, you should consider organizing your writing like this:

·       Discuss the main conflicts in the story (this is the left side of the triangle)

·       Identify the turning point in the story (top of the triangle)

·       Discuss the outcome of the story (right side of triangle)

If you would prefer NOT to earn this week's points by writing, you may earn those points by attending and participating in a Zoom conversation about the reading instead!  It counts the same!

Check back on Monday for Tuesday's Zoom meeting details.
Zoom Date:  Tuesday, May 5
period 2-3: 1 p.m.
period 4-5:  2 p.m.

Expansion/Enrichment:  Did you know that Ray Bradbury had a television show?  Each week was the film version of another of his short stories!  “A Sound of Thunder” – the story you are reading this week?  It was a part of his show!  Click here to watch!  click here

TASK #5.  Expansion/Enrichment:    Go to YouTube and search for Ray Bradbury Theater – there are 66 full episodes online!  Have some scifi fun! There are episodes with titles like, “The Concrete Mixer” and “The Utterly Perfect Murder” – they gotta be good, right?!

You may ask yourself...how do I turn in my completed work?

Turning in your work on MICROSOFT TEAMS:
1.  go to the interwebs
2.  go to office.com
3.  log in with your school credentials
       (your student #@NKSchools.org -that's your email address)
4.  find your way to the Office app called TEAMS. There is a wonderful place for you to turn in your work there. 


Please call the technology student help line at (360) 396-3953 Monday through Friday from 8am – 3:30pm. 

Official Remote Learning Week Two
Week of April 21-27

Week Two:  The Lost Boys of Sudan
This week we are going to learn about refugees from Sudan. 
Their story is amazing, heartbreaking, and full of hope.

Here are this week’s activities:
1.  Read about Sudan and its violent history here. The portion of that sad past that we are most interested in is the Second Sudanese Civil War.  Can you imagine having more than one???  CLICK HERE

2.  Read this!  Do you know what UNICEF is?  Have you heard of it?  It is the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund.  They have a really great explanation of this topic, The Lost Boys of Sudan. Click Here!

3.  Read this interview with one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, hosted by National Public Radio. Or, there’s a link on this page where you can listen to it…much more fun!  Click right here!

4.  Watch this outstanding movie.  It’s the full-length version. Would we watch this movie if we were in the classroom?  Yes.  We would.  Pop the corn and settle down for a great and educational film, our first documentary.

              Film title:                          God Grew Tired of Us

              Year:                                  2006

              Running time:                  1 hr 29 minutes

              Narrator:                          Nicole Kidman

Click here for film!

5.  Write a review of the film.  Expectations can be found by clicking right here!

Want to take a quick look at a sample review?  Look at this review of one of our favorite films, Finding ForresterClick here

How about this one – See the world! You will never regret it!  The review of The Namesake here: click here!

6.  Are you still interested in this topic?  Take a look at this! 

The Lost Boys of Sudan have a sad connection to Seattle.  It’s a sad but interesting story. Check out this old article from 2007 in The Seattle P-I.  click here!

Another PNW story – and this one is more cheerful – from The Seattle Times: click here!

You may ask yourself...how do I turn in my completed work?

1.  go to the interwebs
2.  go to office.com
3.  log in with your school credentials
       (your student #@NKSchools.org -that's your email address)
4.  find your way to the Office app called TEAMS. You're on my TEAM! you notice?  There is a wonderful place for you to turn in your work there. 

Official Remote Learning Week One
THE SHORT WEEK: April 15-20

This week we will be doing some learning about refugees.  Those who read A Thousand Splendid Suns will remember that some characters in the text become refugees and live in refugee camps.  We will spend time this week learning about this topic.

Please complete the following activities this week:

1.  Do you actually know the definition for the word refugee?  Look that up and make a brief list of the characteristics of a refugee. Can you Wikipedia that right up?  Yes, but try for something more academic, like this:


2.   Take a look at this mind-blowing data, as prepared by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and take a few notes on the most surprising of the facts.


3.  Read the story of the most famous refugee in history, as documented by National Geographic magazine, "The Afghan Girl," Sharbat Gula.  Seriously.  It's a great story.  The article: CLICK HERE

4.  There’s more!  Read the update on Sharbat Gula, as of December 2017!

*******************ONLY THIS TASK WILL BE GRADED********************
Write a 1-2 page short essay in which you discuss what a refugee is, discuss important statistics related to refugees, and include Sharbat Gula and the ways in which her life demonstrates those facts and figures.

(note: this time? no parenthetical citations.  Write formally without citing.)

CAN THERE BE MORE?   Still interested?  Steve McCurry, the photographer whose photo became so famous, was interviewed at a Tedx Conference in Amsterdam.  He talks about that photo and others!  So good!  Watch!


Miss you dear chucks.  It’s so much more fun when I can see your sassy selves.