Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 7:30 am to 8:00 am
I will be available in my classroom during these times to assist students with any questions they may have.
Remember to use your Writer's Notebooks! These should be used to store your observations about the world around you, and to write down ideas that you can utilize for inspiration.
Assignments for the week of May 13th:
Advanced Composition: Last week, students reached the section on "Oligarchical Collectivism". Monday's homework is to start reading Goldstein's Manifesto. In the white-cover books, it is to page 194; in the blue and black books, it is page 160 (to the paragraph ending in "...heat at the earth's center." There is no reading assignment for Tuesday. Please remember that papers are due on Wednesday, before you leave for your fieldtrip. As I have said, these papers can be dropped off to me on Tuesday if needed, but they are due on my desk before departure. Also, if a paper is emailed, it needs to be received by 8:00 am.
Classic Literature: Last week, students finished part one of Don Quixote. Monday, the class will have a reading day to assist in completing part two of the work. For Tuesday, the classes should have read Part Two, Chapters 3, 12, 13, and 14. For Tuesday's work, students will have class time to read Chapters 15,16, and 17. The Junior Camping Trip is Wednesday through Friday of this week! Have a great time!
American Literature: Seniors: Have a wonderful trip!
Mr. Keith Pond
Hello to everyone. My name is Keith Pond, and I am the Composition and Literature teacher here at James Madison Preparatory School. I feel extremely fortunate to be a member of the team here, and look forward to bringing my love of reading and writing to the students.
I was born to a small family of traveling performing elves and was handed off to a band of assorted woodland creatures when I inexplicably outgrew my family's caravan of ferret-powered wagons. I was home schooled deep in the enchanted forest and spent my time much like other children climbing trees and racing unicorns.
After an unfortunate incident involving a neighboring tribe of goat herds and a 1967 Chevy Nova, I was forced to find employment writing ads for shady furniture stores and ghost-writing personal ads in free newspapers. Here, I found my calling. Even though I am quite old, I only age in years that are prime numbers, therefore I am technically considered orange.
Pardon me? Uh...okay...yes, sorry about that. I am being told that the purpose of this bio is to give real information. Who knew? So.. .
I have lived in Arizona for most of my life, graduating from Dobson High School in Mesa and receiving my BA in Literature from Arizona State University.
Like many, my path out of college consisted of some twists and turns. I was involved in bicycle racing and the outdoor industry through college and into the first phase of my professional life. In that environment, I have worked every conceivable position from floor sweeper to mechanic to shop owner.
After deciding to move on, I became involved in the retail cellular phone business. For the last ten years I have worked in a variety of positions, finally culminating in regional management responsibilities.
In my spare time I enjoy mountain biking, reading, writing and basketball, among other things. And, of course, I love being with my family as much as possible.
I have seen how important it is for young people entering college and professional life to be able to present their thoughts and ideas in a cogent and readable fashion. I hope to bring excitement to this process, and look forward to the school year ahead.