Coronavirus assignments

Important final grade updates!

Students and parents must choose how they want their spring semester grades to count. Please complete this Google form to learn more and make your decision.

Students can share their work with me through Google Docs, attach files to an email (bryan_christopher@dpsnc.net) or send photos of their work to (919) 564-6870. Please contact me if you have questions or concerns.

May 18, 2020

English I:

  1. There is no AoW this week.
  2. Please complete the new set of Reading Plus exercises. The site code is “RiversideHS”. Email me if you forgot your password.
  3. Keep reading books. Riverside’s media center has digital resources. You can also keep up with what I’m reading on Goodreads.
  4. Please complete this Google form to learn more about final grades.

Newspaper:

1. We will continue our weekly meeting tomorrow (Wed.) at 2:30. Ms. Swaim and Ms. Truitt will again join us for podcasting support. Check your email for a Zoom link.

2. We submit the May issue on Thursday. Ben, Kaitlyn, Eli and Ella – please email or upload your pages TODAY so I can edit them before tomorrow’s meeting. 


3. Edutopia, an organization that covers national trends in education, is looking for student feedback about their experiences during the quarantine for an article their staff is working on. If you’d like to potentially appear in their story, reply to this email with your answers to these two questions:


A. What has been the hardest part about not physically attending school?

B. Are there any little challenges you’ve faced during remote learning that have become bigger problems because it’s hard to easily resolve them from home?

May 11, 2020

English I:

  1. Complete AoW 17 – Barack Obama to celebrate graduating seniors.
  2. Read a book! Ms. Mester (Riverside’s librarian) has new digital resources available here. And create Goodreads account (instructions here) while you’re at it!
  3. Keep doing your assigned Reading Plus exercises. The site code is “RiversideHS”. Email me if you forgot your password.
  4. Write a letter to your future self about life during the pandemic using THIS WEBSITE. The letter will be emailed back to you in May 2024, when you’re getting ready to graduate.

Newspaper:

  1. Our next virtual meeting is WEDNESDAY (5/13) at 2:30. WUNC representatives will be joining again to help us record new podcast episodes. All are welcome. Check your email for a Zoom link.
  2. Consider enrolling in the Student Press Law Center’s Summer Media Law & Policy Institute, a three-week online training institute which will explore the legal framework and emerging issues of law, ethics and policy surrounding media law and press freedom. The Institute will run online from June 22 – July 10, 2020 on weekdays from 1 to 4 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. PT.
  3. It’s not too late to sign up for UNC’s Scholastic Media Summer Institute (June 15-18, online). Details here.
  4. Section and head editors are hard at work on page design for the May issue. If you’d like to help take photos, draw graphics or proofread contact me.
  5. If you’d like to write a story for the website (news or opinion) email me your pitch.

May 4, 2020

English I:

  1. Complete AoW 16 – What it might look like to safely reopen schools. .
  2. Keep doing your assigned Reading Plus exercises. The site code is “RiversideHS”. Email me if you forgot your password.
  3. Write a letter to your future self about life during the pandemic using THIS WEBSITE. The letter will be emailed back to you in May 2024, when you’re getting ready to graduate.
  4. Read a book! Out of good options at home? Search Riverside’s digital book collection (instructions here). And when you find something you like, create a Goodreads account (instructions here) and tell me about it.

Newspaper:

  1. SHARE THE SENIOR FORM – bit.ly/riverside2020. The survey results will create most of the content for our May issue. Seniors must complete it by FRIDAY (5/8).
  2. Our next planning meeting is WEDNESDAY (5/6) at 2:30. All are welcome. Check your email for a Zoom link.
  3. WUNC is looking for students interested in broadcast journalism (think podcasts) to join their youth radio institute. Two representatives will be joining our Wednesday call to share more details. Don’t miss it.
  4. #coronabreak diaries – last call…

April 27, 2020

English I:

  1. Write a letter to your future self about life during the pandemic using THIS WEBSITE. The letter will be emailed back to you in May 2024.
  2. Complete AoW 15 – As people stay home, Earth gets wilder and cleaner.
  3. Keep doing your assigned Reading Plus exercises. The site code is “RiversideHS”. Email me if you forgot your password.
  4. Don’t stop reading! Books, online articles, graphic novels, anything works. Create a Goodreads account (instructions here) and log your independent reading. Ms. Mester and I will both friend you. What’s cooler than that?

Newspaper:

  1. THE SENIOR FORM IS LIVE AT bit.ly/riverside2020. Please share on social media so we can get as many responses is possible. The survey results will create most of the content for our May issue
  2. Our next planning meeting is WEDNESDAY (4/29) at 2pm. All are welcome. Check your email for a Zoom link.
  3. Erin Whittle, a professional photographer in Wilmington, NC, is hosting a FREE intro to photography class on Wednesday (4/29) from 5-5:30pm. I took one of her classes last week and it was great. Phone cameras are fine. Sign up here.
  4. #coronabreak diaries – the drafts I’ve received are excellent, but we need more. See previous posts for more details.
  5. Make sure all your finished stories are posted on our website.

April 20, 2020

English I:

  1. Don’t stop reading! Books, online articles, graphic novels, anything works. Also, create a Goodreads account (instructions here) and log your independent reading. Find the book you’re reading right now and mark it as “currently reading.” You can also find the books you’ve already finished and mark them as “read.” I will add you as a friend and look forward to seeing what you’re reading.
  2. Complete AoW 14 – Pirates’ Hook edition.
  3. Keep doing your assigned Reading Plus exercises. The site code is “RiversideHS”. Email me if you forgot your password.

Newspaper:

  1. Our next planning meeting is Tuesday (tomorrow) at 2pm. All are welcome. Check your email for a Zoom link.
  2. #coronabreak diaries – the drafts I’ve received are excellent, but we need more. Share them with me ASAP.
  • Your columns should do one of three things: raise awareness about an issue, identify a problem and offer a solution, or give praise to someone or something.
  • These are opinion pieces and should use first person pronouns. You can be serious or funny. Include a visual (drawing, photo, infographic, etc.).

3. Make sure all your finished stories are posted on our website. If you don’t have a visual, post it anyway. Instructions here if you need them.

April 14, 2020

English I:

  1. Create a Goodreads account (instructions here) and log your independent reading. Find the book you’re reading right now and mark it as “currently reading.” You can also find the books you’ve already finished and mark them as “read.” I will add you as a friend and look forward to seeing what you’re reading.
  2. Complete AoW 13 – School at home: Kids across the nation share their experiences.
  3. Complete your assigned Reading Plus exercises. The site code is “RiversideHS”. Email me if you forgot your password.

Newspaper:

  1. We will have a Zoom call on Friday at 2pm to plan our May issue. Check your email for an invitation.
  2. Make sure all your finished stories are posted on our website. If you don’t have a visual, post it anyway. Instructions here if you need them.
  3. #coronabreak diaries: All students will write a column about their experiences during our time away from school. If you haven’t shared your draft, it’s now late.
    • Your columns should do one of three things: raise awareness about an issue, identify a problem and offer a solution, or give praise to someone or something.
    • These are opinion pieces and should use first person pronouns. You can be serious or funny. Include a visual (drawing, photo, infographic, etc.).
  4. Positive feedback about the April issue keeps rolling in. This morning WUNC (91.5 fm) featured our work on “Morning Edition.” A version of the radio segment also appears in the Tested podcast. The NC Museum of History also wants to include the issue in its collection of coronavirus artifacts.

April 6, 2020

English I:

  1. Complete AoW 12 – Fake animal news abounds on social media as coronavirus upends life
  2. Complete your assigned Reading Plus exercises. The site code is “RiversideHS”. Email me if you forgot your password.
  3. Create a Goodreads account (instructions here) and log your independent reading. Find the book you’re reading right now and mark it as “currently reading.” You can also find the books you’ve already finished and mark them as “read.”

Newspaper:

  1. Read, share, and be proud of the April issue. A global pandemic didn’t stop us from meeting our deadline!
  2. We need to add new content to our website. Make sure all your finished stories are posted. If you don’t have a visual, post it anyway. Instructions here if you need them.
  3. #coronabreak diaries: All students will write a column about their experiences during our time away from school. Share your drafts with me by next Tuesday, 4/14.
    • Your columns should do one of three things: raise awareness about an issue, identify a problem and offer a solution, or give praise to someone or something.
    • These are opinion pieces and should use first person pronouns. You can be serious or funny. Include a visual (drawing, photo, infographic, etc.).
  4. It’s time to plan our senior issue. Even if we go back to school in May, it won’t be like all the others, but check out previous years as examples:

March 13-April 3

English I:

What an interesting time to be a student! Keep up with your work and earn your English I credit this spring by finishing these assignments:

  1. Independent reading: read YOUR books as much as possible. Keep a list of all the books you’ve read this semester on your Spongebob bookmark.
  2. Reading Plus: Keep doing what we’ve done all semester…
  3. Complete the next three AoWs

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns related to English I, Riverside or life in general.

Newspaper:

  1. We will continue to follow our deadline schedule and publish the April issue. Contact me if you have questions or concerns about your story assignments.
    • Notes: 3/4 (Wed)
    • Drafts: 3/11 (Wed)
    • Stories: 3/19 (Thurs)
    • Design: 4/1 (Wed)
    • Submit: 4/6 (Mon)