Welcome to the Classroom of Mr. Ball
In light of the current emergency situation, all work for all classes will be done entirely online for the duration of the closure. That said, I will have assignments available on Canvas.
I would like to brainstorm electronically with each of you individually to help you hone your craft. We will come up with projects that will highlight your strengths and shore up your weaknesses. For this first project, I would like everyone to do a creative nonfiction piece. The parameters such as length and style (memoir, anecdote, personal narrative, childhood memory, etc.) will be on an individual basis. Please submit everything through Canvas and do not share via Google Docs, Slides, or whatever. I will give feedback on your assignments in the order I receive them.
I have some assignments available on Canvas Should you choose to do them, I will score and give commentary with suggestions and/or answers to questions you pose.
Literature Survey: Mystery
For now, I am unsure whether or not we will even meet as a class again. The only assignment I can think of is to spend at least fifteen (15) minutes a day reading a mystery of your choosing. I will have a log sheet on Canvas you can use digitally. We will see what the future will hold in so far as this class is concerned.
Please submit everything through Canvas and do not share via Google Docs, Slides, or Sheets. I will give feedback on your assignments in the order I receive them.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). I will be available during the school day and as necessity dictates.
This Week in English IV:
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This Week in Creative Writing:
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This Week in English Survey-Mystery:
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Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Ed Ball
I am Mr. Ball, and I teach English IV and Creative Writing here at D.C.H.S. As indicated on my photo, I am a graduate from D.C.H.S. (Class of 1995). I am married to Amber, a fellow graduate from D.C.H.S. (Class of 1996). Together we have three amazing children, one at E.T.S.U., one here at D.C.H.S., and one at Jonesborough Middle School. I enjoy reading, writing, actively participating in church activities, fixing things, and exercise (especially running).
I am here in my thirteenth year teaching overall, twelfth at D.C.H.S. I enjoy teaching high school students and watching them grow and deepen their learning as they travel the journey of their time with me.
If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to email me at email@example.com (preferred). You may also call the school at (423) 753 -1150.