Class of 2017

I just wanted to let my seniors know how much I appreciated you guys! You were an amazing and special class! Good luck after graduation and send an email so I know how everyone is doing! — Megowan

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English 4 – What’s Up?

Are you wondering what you have to work on? Well, this would be a good start:

Step 1 – Retake the “English Mistakes” quizzes if you need to.

Step 2 – Other late work? See me for help. Don’t “wait until later” to do it.

Step 3 – Dystopia Stories. Seriously, this is a major project. You have to do it.

Step 4 – Read Fahrenheit 451 (Fun fact! This is going to be your midterm, so yeah, better read it.)

Step 5 – Read the excerpt from Collapse (it was a 7 page handout) because it is going to be your next writing work sample (see step 6).

Step 6 – Work on your persuasive essay about the following question — Do you think that it is worthwhile to spend money, time, resources, and energy studying past societies. Explain how and why we should or should not do this.

Step 7 – Check StudentVue to see if you are missing anything.


German 3A Final (Trimester 1)

Here are the most important things that are going to be on the 3A Final:

  1. You must recite the poem with a perfect accent. Do you know it by heart?
  2. Can you understand the written past tense forms of German verbs? Examples include: ging, lief, kaufte, fand, aß, besuchte, wohnte, verstand, bezahlte, liebte, sprach, nahm, brachte, brauchte, kam, bekam, fiel, sang, tanzte, trank, etc.
  3. Do you know the past tense of modals? Do you remember the following words: konnte, musste, wollte, wollte, durfte, and hätte verben sollen? Sollen is the only hard one. Just use these forms with any verb to make a modal past tense sentence.
  4. The German philosophers are important. After the Greeks, no other culture has contributed so much as the Germans in this are. Do you know about Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Mach, Freud, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Wittgenstein and worst of all, Gödel?
  5. Do you know when to use war and when to use wurde in German? It isn’t as hard as you think. Just remember that wurde sentences can usually replace the “was” with “got” and still make sense. War sentences can’t do that. Here is an example: Ich wurde angehalten. = I was pulled over. = I got pulled over.
  6. Do you remember the der-die-das? It won’t be a very big section but you should try your best to work through it. It helps if you actually think about what is on the posters while you are doing it.
  7. Do you know the past tense of theoretical sentences such as I would have run and I would have bought a Mercedes? It isn’t as hard as you might think. Just replace the “bin” or “habe” helping verb with “wäre” and “hätte,” respectively.

English 1A Checklist

Are you working on your missing assignments and reading The Odyssey? If so, great! Here is a to-do list that you should keep in mind as you get started:

1) Check your grades online to see what you are missing.

2) Do all your missing work (or study for any retakes).

3) Read the Odyssey by Homer from page 756 to 824.

4) Fill out the Odyssey packet (four pages).

5) Fill in the map showing the route that Odysseus took on his journey.

Midterm Topics

Hey, are you studying for the midterm? If so, here are the topics you might want to look over.

German 1a – The origin of the English language; basic introductions and farewells; the verb “sein” & adjectives; and foods and modal verbs (used to request foods).

German 2a – The past tense; fairy tale vocabulary; past tense of modals; and the impact of subordinating conjunctions on word order.

German 3a – Written past tense; past tense of modals; Beowulf; separable prefixes (not much on this topic); and commands.

English 1a – You will read a story in class and then answer reading comprehension questions about it. You will also have a spelling test over the latest set of words (see below).

  • Rank (adj)
  • Mahogany (adj)
  • Careen (v)
  • Moon around (v)
  • Resurrection (n)
  • Waltz (v)
  • Iridescent (adj)
  • Infallibility (n)
  • Feverish (adj)
  • Precariously (adj)
  • Gilded (adj)
  • Heresy (n)

English 1 – Cask of Amontillado

If you are in English 1a, you should have read the “Cask of Amontillado” by now. Here are the vocab words that you should have defined and used in example sentences:

  1. Utterance –
  2. Preclude –
  3. Impunity –
  4. Redressed –
  5. Connoisseur –
  6. Abscond –
  7. Draft / Draught –
  8. Leer –
  9. Azure –
  10. Recess (not the kind at school) –
  11. Gesticulation –
  12. Grotesque –

Cask Of Amontillado

Willkommen Züruck (Welcome Back)

I am excited to welcome all my returning German students, new German students, and my new freshman English students to CHS. Folks know me as the Canby High School German teacher but I am also a language arts teacher as well. In the past I taught English for seven years in the Canby School District.

If you need to get in touch with me this year, email is the best way to do that. I only check my voice mail when I am at school but if you email me, I am likely to check it in the evenings and before school as well.

Note: There is no German exchange this year but you can scroll down for photos of last year’s program. We will do our next exchange in 2017-2018.

Bis bald (see you soon), Noah Megowan


Fun Fact: Did you know that Old English is closer to German than it is to modern English?


CHS Students in Germany

A large group of our students was over in Germany for a second half of our reciprocal exchange. After hosting students here in Canby for three weeks, they went to Germany during the summer and were hosted by those same families in and around the Black Forest. Here are just a few pictures from their time in Europe:

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