300 L Street
Aurora, NE 68818
dkittle@4rhuskies.org
402-694-6968

English Department – Mrs. Mixdorf

Welcome

Welcome to my page. My name is Denise Mixdorf, English teacher at Aurora High School. I am excited to teach and to learn with and from my students. Best wishes for a successful learning experience in my classroom!

Students, please use this page as a tool for learning. The Daily Agenda, assignments, handouts, web links, etc. can be found on this page. Use the tabs below to assist you.
Parents, please use this page to be aware of what we are doing in class.

Mrs. Mixdorf’s contact information:
Email: dmixdorf@4rhuskies.org
Twitter: @denisemixdorf, #aurorahuskies
Phone: 402.694.6968 ext. 2259
Room #: 104

2016-2017 Schedule

First Semester

Block 1: Prep
Block 2: English III
Block 3: English III
Block 4: Honors Comp/HonorsAm. Lit.
ALC

Second Semester

Block 1: Honors Comp/Honors Am. Lit.
Block 2: Prep
Block 3: English III
Block 4: Honors Comp/Honors Am. Lit.
ALC


English III

The literature focus of English III is American Literature.  We will be studying American authors using a chronological format.  The writing focus is varied and includes responses to literature and academic writing.  Be prepared to study history through the lens of literature

Classroom Guidelines

Please be familiar with Mrs. Mixdorf’s classroom guidelines.  The PDF is found below.


Please click on the button below or use the tab at the top of the page to access the Daily Agenda. The Daily Agenda is similar to the daily agenda written on Mrs. Mixdorf’s whiteboard.
****Refer to the Daily Agenda when you are absent. Also, review Daily Agenda for homework assignments, worksheets, PDFs, web links, dates for assignments, tests, etc.

When you see GC, this means Google Classroom. Most digital work will be submitted via Google Classroom.

English III Daily Agenda
October 25, 2016

Homework due:  missing/late work
BR47.  The answer is _________ (choose one character from “Dr. Heigegger’s Experiment”.  What’s the question? (Socrative)  include character’s name in parentheses after you type the question.
continue “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment”
Watch film
Complete Wizer worksheet – GC015
Summary Sheet GC 016
Edgar Allan Poe
Scavenger Hunt  –  Google Slides for QR Codes
Complete handout
Assignments:  missing/late work



Honors American Literature

Classroom Guidelines

Please be familiar with Mrs. Mixdorf’s classroom guidelines. The PDF is found below.

NO late grades for daily assignments (ex. Patterns Reading Guides). Incomplete assignments will be assessed accordingly.


Please click on the button below or use the tab at the top of the page to access the Daily Agenda. The Daily Agenda is similar to the daily agenda written on Mrs. Mixdorf’s whiteboard.
****Refer to the Daily Agenda when you are absent. Also, review Daily Agenda for homework assignments, worksheets, PDFs, web links, dates for assignments, tests, etc.

When you see GC, this means Google Classroom. Most digital work will be submitted via Google Classroom.

Honors American Literature Daily Agenda
October 28, 2016

Homework due: continue working on Lit Circles Reading and AMME Initial draft
Daily Quote
Work Day
Lit Circles Reading & Reading Journal (Be sure to follow Reading Journal Directions)
AMME Initial Draft
Assignments: Lit Circles Discussion Day 2 on Monday; AMME Initial Draft due Tuesday


-COMPLETE READING ASSIGNMENT AND READING JOURNAL DOC IN GC
DAY 1: TUES., OCT. 25
DAY 2: MON., OCT. 31
DAY 3: THURS., NOV. 3
DAY 4: MON., NOV. 7
DAY 5: FRI., NOV. 11


Honors Composition

Course Objectives

  • Engage students in becoming skilled readers and writers of language written in a variety of modes, for a variety of audiences, and with a variety of purposes.
  • Engage students in different activities that enable them to analyze, evaluate, and improve their writing.
  • Encourage students to read a variety of material in order to engage in learning different writing modes so that they can establish connections between what they read and what they write.
  • Engage students in the development of an academic vocabulary and sentence writing that will help them with future courses in their educational endeavors.

Classroom Guidelines

Please be familiar with Mrs. Mixdorf’s classroom guidelines. The PDF is found below.

NO late grades for daily assignments (ex. Patterns Reading Guides). Incomplete assignments will be assessed accordingly.


Please click on the button below or use the tab at the top of the page to access the Daily Agenda. The Daily Agenda is similar to the daily agenda written on Mrs. Mixdorf’s whiteboard.
****Refer to the Daily Agenda when you are absent. Also, review Daily Agenda for homework assignments, worksheets, PDFs, web links, dates for assignments, tests, etc.

When you see GC, this means Google Classroom. Most digital work will be submitted via Google Classroom.

Honors Comp I Daily Agenda
October 13, 2016

Homework due: Tech Screencast Personal Reflection
Writers’ Board
Turn in Tech Screencast Personal Reflection, etc.
End of Term Exam
Assignments: none. Enjoy your long weekend.


Honors Comp I Daily Agenda
October 12, 2016

Homework due: Tech Screencast
Writers’ Board
Tech Screencasts GC016
Peer Evaluations & Peer Feedback Day 2
Assignments: Tech Screencasts & Personal Reflection due Thurs., End of Term Exam Thurs


Mini lessons for each of the Six Traits of Writing will be available below as well as on the daily agenda date it was taught.

Record activity responses in your notebook – Writing Activities. Complete these even if you are absent.

Written Reviews Resources

Resources Used/Suggested in Lessons

The focus of this term’s vocabulary study is SAT words. These are words you’ll find on standardized tests, including the ACT and SAT.

These words should be recorded in your notebook, Vocabulary Study. Please include all required information for each word. *If the app/website does not have all required information, you must go to another source to locate it.

To assist you with this, several websites and apps are listed below. It is your choice which of these to use. If you find another quality website or app, please share.

Be sure sentences reflect an understanding of the vocab word and its part of speech.
Not acceptable: He was ______.


Technology

Images

When using images in an assignment, please use royalty free/free to reuse images.  See the links below.
We will be discussing how to cite these images.

  • The Noun Project https://thenounproject.com/  Register; to use for free, click download, then “free and give credit”
  • Pixabay https://pixabay.com/  DO NOT USE the first row; these photos are watermarked and are NOT free to use
  • Photos for Class www.photosforclass.com/  The citation is included at the bottom of the image
  • Google Search Tip:  Type in image topic, select image, select search tools, usage rights, labeled for reuse

Web 2.0

At times, websites will be used for assignments.  Some websites are accessible via iPad and/or Chromebook.

We will be using iPads in English class.  Please bring your iPad and ear buds to class daily.

iPad Classroom Guidelines:
“iPads DOWN” – iPads are on sleep & silent mode and flipped over or placed under desk/in basket
“iPads UP” – iPads will be in use; students using apps as instructed by teacher/ appropriate subject specific apps

*iPads are to be DOWN when the bell rings and until Mrs. Mixdorf gives further directions.

Approved apps will be used in class.  See info below.

Full Disclosure:  When using iPads in class, you are expected to be on task and using appropriate subject specific apps.  If you are asked by a teacher/administrator to show what app(s) you’ve been using, please do so.  Make wise decisions when using your iPad in class.

IPAD APPS TO DOWNLOAD FOR CLASS

 

5330813_origPlease download these apps for class.  The information below provides the app name and the link to iTunes to download each app.
*List subject to change;  Mrs. Mixdorf will inform students of changes/additions.

  • Pages – this app was purchased by APS for you to use.  Find it in your self-service tab. Pages is a word processing app and is an Apple product.  *See note on Pages below.
  • iMovie – this app was purchased by APS for you to use.  Find it in your self-service tab. 
  • Google Classroom – (We’ll be using this mostly via Chromebooks, yet the app is still handy if you create on your iPad.) https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-classroom/id924620788?mt=8 
  • Google Drive, Docs, Slides, Sheets

TECHNOLOGY GUIDELINES

While in Mrs. Mixdorf’s classroom, students are allowed to use technology that is subject specific and/or on task for the lesson/activity. Approval is at the discretion of the teacher.  If you are using technology inappropriately, you will be asked to stop. Compliance is expected.  Full disclosure is expected.
Continuation of using said technology may result in the loss of such technology for the duration of the class and/or the technology being turned in to the office for a violation of regulations.

PAGES GUIDELINES

Please use these guidelines when using Pages:

  • When in Pages, add the header to the document:  first and last name, class & block, date.  To add as a “header” in the document, Tap the wrench in the upper right hand corner.  Choose Document Setup.  Tap to edit header.  Tap on the box at the right.  Type your heading information.  Tap Done when you are finished to return to your document.  To type on the document, begin typing heading information.  To right align, Tap the paintbrush, Tap Style, Tap, under Paragraph Style, the third box which is right align.  Once you finish typing your heading information, return to this and Tap the first box, which is left align.
  • Rename your document:  Rename your document with Your Name and Assignment Title.  This is done, when on the Pages home screen, by tapping the word Blank under your document.  This will allow you to rename a document.  Click DONE when you are finished.  
  • To double space, Tap the paintbrush, Tap Layout, and Tap the Line Spacing up until it is at 2.
  • To tab, move the cursor to the space directly before the word to be tabbed.  Find the tab button at the top of the keyboard.  Tap Tab button to tab.
  • Submitting a Pages document:  Tap the Share (box with arrow) symbol in the upper right hand corner.  Choose Send a copy. Choose Mail.   Choose PDF. Tap on To:.  Type the letter of the contact you will be sending this to.  Select email address. Your subject should be your renamed title.  Click Send.
  • Creating Folders:  It is recommended to create folders for your documents.  This is done the same way you create folders on your iPad.

Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts
-Two finger tap = mouse right click

Screencasts

Chromebook Downloads - Save Files to Google Drive


Future Problem Solving

Remind

Please sign up for Remind.  Mrs. Mixdorf will be sending you information, reminders, etc. through Remind.  You may sign up to receive text messages and/or emails.  It is suggested to do both:  text messages via your phone and email via your 4rhuskies account/your iPad.  *Parents are also encouraged to sign up for Remind.

Wednesday, Oct. 19    Practice Problem #1 DUE    Educational Disparities
Wednesday, Oct. 26    Individual Problem #1 Due    Educational Disparities
Thursday, Nov. 10 Hastings CCC Seminar
Wednesday, Dec. 21   Practice Problem #2 DUE    It’s All in the Genes
Wednesday, Jan. 4    REGISTRATION DEADLINE   Your coach will sign you up as teams or individual competitors by this date.
Teams, CmPS, Scenario     Register on NE FPS website
Wednesday, Jan. 4      Individual Problem #2 Due     It’s All in the Genes
Wednesday, Jan. 18 Hastings CCC Seminar
Wednesday, Jan. 25    Scenarios DUE                     Topic of Your Choice
Wednesday,  Feb. 22   Qualifying Problem DUE     3D Printing
Wednesday, March 1 State Bowl Seminar @ UNL
Wednesday, Mar. 8      CmPS Projects DUE                                                            
Wednesday, Mar. 22    Individual Qualifying Problem DUE     Identity Theft      [Alternate to State Bowl FS]
Saturday,  Apr. 22     State Bowl Competition      University of NE – Kearney    Identity Theft  (PROM)
Thursday-Sunday June 7-11  International Conference   Univ. of WI LaCrosse     Topic TBA

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016
Fundraising:  Greenery – forms, along with payment due to Mrs. Mixdorf on Monday, Oct. 31st
Topics
Teams
Practice Problem #2


NeSA

NeSA Testing: 11th Grade Writing & Reading

At the high school level, NeSA tests are administered to juniors. In the English department, the tests include Writing and Reading.

The NeSA Writing exam is administered in January-February. The focus is Persuasive Writing.

The NeSA Reading exam is administered in March-April.

The buttons, below and left, provide links to resources from the Nebraska Department of Education.