Saturday, September 15, 2012

Regents Homework

Hello Regents students,

Hope you're enjoying your Saturday.  Sorry to be posting this later than I promised.

Here is a link to a set of New York Times articles.  All of them have been chosen because they describe recent news involving people who are your age.

This is your assignment:
1. Go to the link, then choose and read at least two of the articles you find there.  Choose the ones you find most interesting.
2. Write a five-paragraph response in which you summarize the two articles and describe your reactions to them.  Here's an outline for your response:
I. Introduction: Briefly describe each article and explain any similarities that they have.
II. First Body Paragraph: Summarize the first article.
III. Second Body Paragraph: Summarize the second article.
IV. Reactions: Describe your reactions and thoughts about the two articles.  Especially note any connections that you see between the two articles.
V. Conclusion: Wrap up with a summary of your response and a closing thought--something that might make me see the world just a little differently after reading your paper.

You can type or handwrite your homework.  If you would like, you can e-mail me your homework at  If you choose to print out your homework at school, you must do so by 3:15 on Wednesday.

Please e-mail me if you have any questions.

See you Wednesday.  Have a great time with the long weekend.

Go Giants!  Go Yankees!  Go Yale!
Mr. Toomajian

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Extra Credit Assignments

If you are looking to boost your grade, you can always write a review of a social studies-related film or book.
To get started:
·         Watch a PBS American Experience documentary or an episode of the PBS show Frontline.  Watch the entire film and then write a film review.
·         Read a book about U.S. history and then write a book review.  Ask Mr. Toomajian for a book recommendation or suggest a book and ask Mr. Toomajian if he will approve it.
In your review, you must:
·         Summarize the events in the movie, show, or book.
·         Explain what you learned from the movie, show, or book and describe how it relates to the concepts that we've learned in class.
·         Give your opinion about the movie, show, or book: what surprised you, what feelings you had while watching it, etc.
The review must be in your own words and must be typed and double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font.  Use perfect grammar and spelling.  Indent paragraphs and organize your review logically with an introduction, a body, and a conclusion.  Your grade on this review will help to boost your project and test grades.