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Mark Jensen - Room 119
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So once you do know what the question actually is, you'll know what the answer means.

(Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)

I have been teaching in Minneapolis since 1990 when I moved here from San Diego. I have have degrees in Biology and Literature/Creative Writing from the University of California at San Diego, and teaching licenses in Life Sciences and Language Arts. I also have a Masters in Comparative Literature from the University of Minnesota. I graduated from high school from Taipei American School and have been traveling my whole life. I still travel and a year ago I spent the summer in Argentina poking away at my Spanish. I am a news junkie and I love thinking about mass media and culture. Often, I see myself more as a writing teacher than an English teacher. I like sailing, camping in the BWCA, fixing things, gaming, and food.

I am teaching many sections of English 11 - if you are interested in that class, go here: Jensen's English 11 Web Page.

I am also the adviser/coach for the Washburn Quiz Bowl team. The season officially starts in October and ends in February. I think the club is meeting on Thursdays this year. Swing by 119 and ask for more information. If you signed up on a list at Open House, we will be contacting you! 

If you wish to contact me for any reason, please do: mark.jensen@mpls.k12.mn.us. Email is the best way to reach me. You can also leave me a voicemail at 612-668-8766.

The mice will see you now.

Useful External Links

If you are on a Chromebook and need a decent, free grammar checker, try this: https://www.paperrater.com/

If you find a better site than this, send it my way please!!

Audiobook streaming web site, only "classics" however: https://archive.org/details/librivoxaudio

Another streaming audiobook sites, a little newer books: http://esl-bits.net/ESL.English.Learning.Audiobooks/ESL.Classic.Audiobooks.htm

An "OWL" is an Online Writing Lab. One of the best of these is hosted by Purdue University: Purdue OWL

MLA Style sheet explanation: From the Purdue OWL, this page explains how to do the MLA style sheet:

University of South Florida's "Writing Studio" - http://www.lib.usf.edu/writing/category/wcnews/

A very good site with full ACT practice tests: http://www.mhpracticeplus.com/tests/ACT2015/ACT.html

Some people like diagramming sentences: A Quick lesson on how to diagram sentences from WikiHow