Schedule for the EOCT

When do I take the tests? Click here for the EOCT Bell Schedule.

Which room do I go to? Click here for the Room Schedule. You will test with all the students in your classroom.... but in a different room and different teacher.

Also, if you want to see the study guides made by the people who make the tests, feel free to read below. Halfway through each study guide is a practice test based on the real EOCT. Consider it a template and use it! It's extremely helpful!

Click here for the EOCT Study Guide for 9th Grade Literature and Composition.
Click here for the EOCT Study Guide for Biology.
Click here for the EOCT Study Guide for CCGPS AccCoord Alg.


Recovery for Seminar

Recovery Homework for Seminar
***This essay should already have been completed. If you need to redo some work to 

The documentary Blackfish chronicles an incident at Sea World where a killer whale named Tilikum drowned his trainer. The documentary interviews various trainers and explores Sea World's treatment of its killer whales. For your essay, make an argument that describes who is responsible for Dawn Branchaeu’s death—the whale, Sea World, or Dawn herself? 

Also, engage the following questions----Should whales be kept in captivity? How does the poem “Caged Bird” by Maya Angelou complicate or support your argument? Will Tilikum kill again? What should Sea World do in the future to prevent another “accident?” Was it truly an accident?

In class, complete an essay outline.
1) Write a one sentence argument that describes your position.

2) List three concrete details that support your argument.

3) Now, construct three commentary sentences connected with each concrete detail. Each commentary sentences should expand the concrete detail it describes and make an observation or express an opinion.

At home, write a TYPED two page paper that delves into these questions. It can be double spaced if typed. If you do not have access to a computer at home, then you can hand write the essay, but it must be four pages and single spaced.

Make sure you use well developed paragraphs, write in third person, and include at least three strong concrete details per paragraph. The best way to use concrete details might be to list them in groups of three.

Common Application Essays

Do you want to get into college? Well, there are essays you submit for admission, and the ones you'll likely be asked to do are the Common Application Essays. Curious which colleges ask for the Common Application Essays? Well, click here! 

I need rough drafts of ALL of the following options by the last day in February! They should be in one Microsoft Word document, and each option needs to be 500 - 650 words. The total word count of the document will be between 2500 - 3250 words.  

Option #1: Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. (If it fits, you can use your law of life essay for this!)

Option #2: Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?

Option #3: Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

Option #4: Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?

Option #5: Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

*****Want the full prompts and tips on how to write the essays? Here is the information! 
*****Remember! Do them all! This is due the last day of February that your class meets! 

Looking for the résumé assignment? Click here!
Looking for Laws of Life? Scroll down to see the previous post!

Logging into OAS? First, find your log in name...
1st Period
2nd Period
3rd Period
4th Period
6th Period
7th Period
8th Period (Seminar).

Then, to download your OAS checklist, click here.
Then, to go to the OAS website, click here.


Laws of Life Competition!

Today, we are starting an important writing assignment called Laws of Life.

1) You will write a 500-700 word life story about what matters most in life to you.

2) It can be in first person, which means using the pronouns I, me, my, we, and our.

3) Pick one maxim or aphorism as your Law of Life. You may even create your own to give it extra power and personality. Put this as the title of your essay. 

Please click here for explanation of how to write your Laws of Life! 

The grade winner will recieve $50. School winner will receive $100. National winner recieves $1000. Westlake has had a national winner.

These are due, typed, either Friday 1/17 (3rd and 7th) or Tuesday 1/21 (everyone else!)

If you want to see a sample essay, look at these past winners.

After you finish your essay, please begin on your résumé! These are due the next time I see you! example resume.... Edit this one by clicking "enable editing," replace the template information with yours, and then email it to me. For the template, click here!