Sunday, December 12, 2010

Weekly Agenda Dec 13-17

Demian by Hermann Hesse

MON & TUES
Introduce
-two worlds
-Freud
-Jung
H.C. Andersen's "The Shadow"
-3Q discussion
WED
SSR
Journal #14
(skipped journal entry last week)

THURS & FRI
Review and apply Jungian philosophy to "The Shadow"

Over Break!!!!
Read your ENTIRE independent reading book and complete two journal entries: #15 & #16.


Choose and start reading independent book:
Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid:
Project-2-4 people-Magazine (1 editorial, 1 opinion , 2 ads, 1 poll, 1 book review)
Jamaica Kincaid beautifully delineates hatred and fear, because she knows they are often a step away from love and obsession. At the start of Annie John, her 10-year-old heroine is engulfed in family happiness and safety. Though Annie loves her father, she is all eyes for her mother. When she is almost 12, however, the idyll ends and she falls into deep disfavor. This inexplicable loss mars both lives, as each grows adept at public falsity and silent betrayal. The pattern is set, and extended: "And now I started a new series of betrayals of people and things I would have sworn only minutes before to die for." In front of Annie's father and the world, "We were politeness and kindness and love and laughter." Alone they are linked in loathing. Annie tries to imagine herself as someone in a book--an orphan or a girl with a wicked stepmother. The trouble is, she finds, those characters' lives always end happily. Luckily for us, though not perhaps for her alter ego, Kincaid is too truthful a writer to provide such a finale.

American Born Chinese by Gene Lee Yang:
Project-2-4 people-6 page Comic Book (explore another stereotype, create a hero, share a moral)
Indie graphic novelist Gene Yang's intelligent and emotionally challenging American Born Chinese is made up of three individual plotlines: the determined efforts of the Chinese folk hero Monkey King to shed his humble roots and be revered as a god; the struggles faced by Jin Wang, a lonely Asian American middle school student who would do anything to fit in with his white classmates; and the sitcom plight of Danny, an All-American teen so shamed by his Chinese cousin Chin-Kee (a purposefully painful ethnic stereotype) that he is forced to change schools. Each story works well on its own, but Yang engineers a clever convergence of these parallel tales into a powerful climax that destroys the hateful stereotype of Chin-Kee, while leaving both Jin Wang and the Monkey King satisfied and happy to be who they are. Yang skillfully weaves these affecting, often humorous stories together to create a masterful commentary about race, identity, and self-acceptance that has earned him a spot as a finalist for the National Book Award for Young People. The artwork, rendered in a chromatically cool palette, is crisp and clear, with clean white space around center panels that sharply focuses the reader's attention in on Yang's achingly familiar characters. There isn't an adolescent alive who won't be able to relate to Jin's wish to be someone other than who he is, and his gradual realization that there is no better feeling than being comfortable in your own skin.--Jennifer Hubert

The Lord of the Flies by Sir William Golding:
Project-3 ppl-webquest (locate an island, create a survival guide, bill of rights, and symbol)
William Golding's classic novel of primitive savagery and survival is one of the most vividly realized and riveting works in modern fiction. The tale begins after a plane wreck deposits a group of English school boys, aged six to twelve on an isolated tropical island. Their struggle to survive and impose order quickly evolves from a battle against nature into a battle against their own primitive instincts. Golding's portrayal of the collapse of social order into chaos draws the fine line between innocence and savagery.

January
Demian
T.A.C. analysis complete in Journal
Type and complete responses to individual questions
Review Chapters-3Q discussion
Growing Picture
Independent Projects

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Weekly Agenda Dec 6-10

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

MON & TUES
Hand back Book Report #1
-enter in portfolio log
Revise group paragraphs
-see editing guide
Group Draw and Presentation

WED
SSR
#14

THURS & FRI
Jekyll and Hyde Book Test Study guide
-group study
TEST
HW Complete Independent Reading Questions on turnitin.com
Details-by Dec 17th, please respond to the question on turnitin about your Independent Reading Book. Or, you can respond to another person's comments. Either way, your responses should be thoughtful and convey your full understanding of the book.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Weekly Agenda Nov 29-Dec 1

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

MON & TUES
Review Chapters 7&8
Group Paragraph Assignment
-embedding and contextualizing
-implementing various transitional expressions and punctuation
-model and markup
HW Read Chapter 9 and 3Qs for Tuesday
Read Chapter 10 and 3Qs for Thursday

WED
SSR
No journal entry, journals are due #9-13.

THURS & FRI
Review Chapters 9 & 10
Group Work on Paragraphs
HW One group member will take home and type the paragraph (mind MLA).

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Weekly Agenda Nov 22-24

Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Mon-Wed
Gallery Walk
3Q Discussions
Transitional Expressions
-punctuation
-tailor-made
SSR
-Journal Entry #13
HW for Tuesday: read Ch 6 and 3Qs
for next Mon: read Ch 7 & 8 and 3Qs per chapter

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Weekly Agenda Nov 8-15; Nov 15-19

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Hyde
Please note that Thursday and Friday are furlough days, no school.

MON & TUES
Pass out texts (if you would like to purchase the book for $1.50 please pay Ms. Stevens on the 16th)
Introduction to Stevenson
-biography (students take notes)
Vocabulary and Footnotes
-students write an inventory
-word sorts
Allusions and Literary terms

3Q Discussion
Characterization of our narrator
-is a reliable narrator
-write 3 sentences, mimic Stevenson

HW Read Chapter 1 and write 3Qs for Tuesday
HW Read Chapter 2 and write 3Qs for Thursday
HW Read Victorian Times Piece and answer Questions as Journal # 10 (no format)

WED
SSR
Journal #11

MON & TUES (Nov 15-16)
Vocabulary Quiz
Review Victorian Times Qs
-highlight important sections
-clarify big ideas
3Qs Discussion
Chapter Map Assignment (due at the end of our reading)
HW Read Chapter 3 and write 3Qs for Tuesday
HW Read Chapter 4 and write 3Qs for Thursday

WED
SSR
Journal #12

THURS & FRI
3Q Discussion
Stevenson's sentence structure
Revisit the Chapter Map
-progress
-ideas and innovations
Mask Assignment
-due Monday (creative project grade)
HW Mask assignment
HW Read Chapter 5 and write 3Qs

NEXT WEEK
Gallery Walk
3Q Discussions
Finish Text
Chapter Paragraph
-group assignments
-transitional expressions
-sample paragraphs
--punctuation; introductory clauses
-quick draw
J&H Study Guide
J&H Book Test


Monday, November 1, 2010

Weekly Agenda Nov 1-5

1984 (the complete text online!)

MON & TUES
Finish watching
Equilibrium
-review notes and requirements for assignment
-due Friday
Introduce 1984 process essay prompts
HW Brainstorm on prompt topics

WED
Skip SSR
-no journal entry
-Book talk
Work on Essay Prompts
-Quick Quote Share Analysis
HW Draft 1 (thesis, evidence and analysis) due WED


THURS & FRI
Working on drafts
-Read Around Edit with Draft 1
Peer Editing Draft 2
-rubric and models
HW Final Draft due next Monday at 10pm to turnitin.com
AND, please get Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for Monday, as well as, choose your independent reading books for next WED.

NOTE: Ms. Stevens will be away next Monday, Nov 8-Nov 15. Feel free to email me at anytime and I will do my best to respond.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Weekly Agenda Oct 25-29

1984

MON & TUES
3Q Class Discussion
Meet with Book Report Partners
-pair work
-more writing tips
--transitional expressions
--synonyms for "shows"

HW Finish book by Thursday
AND 3-paragraph Book Report due THURSDAY to turnitin.com and hardcopy by FRIDAY

WED
SSR
#9
Quick Peer Edit?? It might be helpful to have your peers take a look at your book reports.

THURS & FRI
3q Class Discussion
Begin Movie (see assignment)
HW Movie review due next Thursday

Next Week
Finish Movie
-review due Thursday
1984
Essay Prompts
-drafting x3
-peer editing

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Weekly Agenda Oct 18-22

1984

MON
In groups, answer questions about theories divulged through "Goldstein's Book."
Each response must be in paragraph form.
Key Questions:
What is a "Floating Fortress?"
What is the "primary aim of modern warfare?"
What is the connection between wealth and power?
What techniques or strategies allow the Party to control its citizens?
How is the world today (in 1984) "more primitive?"
What is "the machine?" What does it have to do with: "human drudgery;" "goods;" "poverty and ignorance?"
What are the aims of the party?
HW Chapter's 9 & 10 and 3qs

TUES
Collect and share body biographies
Review questions from group work
-turn in group questions (1 piece of paper)

WED
SSR
Journal Entry #9
TURN IN JOURNALS TODAY, self-graded and totaled

THURS & FRI
Review Theme Paragraph and Baseline Essays
Book Report Format (and Writing Rubric on Monday)
-pair work
-"transitions" handout
MLA Format
Book Report on Independent Reading DUE Thursday
3Q Class Discussion
HW Read Book 3, Chapters 1-2 and 3Qs for MONDAY

NEXT
Movie Permission Slips

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Weekly Agenda Oct 11

1984

MON & TUES
Character Venn
-Body Biography
3Q Class Discussion
Read key excerpts p114, 119, 128-129 and 132.
-add to symbols list
HW Read Ch 7&8 for Thursday and 3qs
AND Body Biography due next Tuesday

WED
SSR
Journal Entry #8

THURS & FRI
3Q discussion
Record differences between Inner and Outer Party
Explore the idea of sacrifice for a larger gain. Why would it be essential in determining if Winston would be a loyal 'Brotherhood' member?
Begin Reading Chapter XI together
HW Read Chapter XI-p 166 (End before you read Ignorance Is Strength)

NEXT WEEK
MON
In groups, answer questions about theories divulged through "Goldstein's Book."
Each response must be in paragraph form.
Key Questions:
What is a "Floating Fortress?"
What is the "primary aim of modern warfare?"
What is the connection between wealth and power?
What techniques or strategies allow the Party to control its citizens?
How is the world today (in 1984) "more primitive?"
What is "the machine?" What does it have to do with: "human drudgery;" "goods;" "poverty and ignorance?"
What are the aims of the party?


Saturday, October 2, 2010

Weekly Agenda Oct 4-8

1984

MON & TUES
Review s/m/t:T.A.C handout
-edit and share
-check embedded quotation
Your typed paragraph is due tomorrow, Tuesday
Taj Fel's Social Identity Theory and application to 1984
-add to notes
3Qs Class Discussion
Work with Transitions, plug them into typed paragraphs
HW Book 2, Chapters 1-3 for Thursday

WED
SSR
Journal Entry #7

THURS & FRI
3Q class discussion
Looking at Orwell's decision to break his book into 3 parts
-practice SOAPSTone
Identify and discuss
-"the machine"
-"ING SOC"
-"3 Social Classes
-"the party"
HW Read Book 2, Chapters 4-6 for MONDAY

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Weekly Agenda Sept 27-Oct 1

1984

MON & TUES
Vocabulary Quiz
3Q Class Discussion
-apply understandings of Political Terms to text
S/M/T : T.A.C. analysis worksheet
-generating thesis
Taj Fel's Theory
-class groups
-h.s. groups
HW see reading schedule

WED
SSR (Make sure you have your independent reading books)
Journal Entry #6
HW see reading schedule

THURS & FRI
3Q Class Discussion
Connections between independent books and 1984
Review S/M/T: T.A.C. analysis worksheet
Practice Paragraph
-peer edit and response
HW see reading schedule
AND type paragraph

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

1984 Reading Schedule

1984 is split up into 3 books with chapters in between, you will be required to read approximately 20 pages per every 3 days.

READ
Book 1, Chapter 1 for Thursday 9/23
Book 1, Chapters 2-4 for Monday 9/27
Book 1, Chapters 5-6 for Thursday 9/30
Book 1, Chapters 7-8for Monday 10/4

Book 2, Chapters 1-3 for Thursday 10/7
Book 2, Chapters 4-6 for Monday 10/11
Book 2, Chapters 7-8 for Thursday 10/14
Book 2, (p166 or stop where Ignorance is Strength begins) for Monday 10/18
Book 2, Chapters 9-10 for Thursday 10/21

Book 3, Chapters 1-2 for Monday 10/25
Book 3, Finish book for Thursday 10/28

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Weekly Agenda Sept 21-25

1984 by George Orwell

MON
Swap Journal Entry #4
-peer response
"How well did their response negotiate the prompt?"
"What did they do well; what needs improvement?"
Focus on Structure
-format/grammar and mechanics
-evidence and argument
-vocabulary and sentence structure
Brainstorm top ten things to improve our writing this year.
Introduce 1984: background and relevance
Orwell Biography
-cornell notes
-3qs and summary
GET BOOKS?
HW Look up key word search and prepare to share with class
READ pages 1-10 and 3qs (wait until we get books)

TUES
GET BOOKS
Descartes Quotation
-"Thumbprint" poem
-pair work
-reading and explication
HW READ Chapter 1 and 3q's for Thursday

WED
SSR
Journal Entry #5
Vocabulary List
-inventory
-funsheet
-QUIZ MONDAY

THURS
Review "Thumbprint"
3q class discussion
Governing systems, history and
Political Terms related to 1984
-socialism
-communism
-Karl Marx
-Marxism
-Autocracy
-Stalin
Begin Symbol/Motif/Theme chart
HW Read Ch 2-4 and 3q's for MONDAY
STUDY vocabulary

FRI
Vocab Quiz
3q class discussion
Continue with s/m/t chart
-create working thesis
HW see reading from Thursday agenda

Friday, September 10, 2010

Weekly Agenda Sept 13-17

MON
review homework
Discuss KINDRED
-the title and implications
-question of genre
3-level question practice
-class discussion and review of the text
-clarifying questions
-characterization
HW Complete the handout comparing KINDRED to A LONG WAY GONE

TUES
Review HW
Introduce new terms
-dynamic/static charcter
-foil
-symbol
-theme
-motif
-personification
--pathetic fallacy
-conflict
-imagery
Practice Glossary Entry
HW Finish Glossary entries (see handout)

WED
SSR
Journal Entry #2
Practice self-grading (see rubric)
SAVE HW for Later (Practice glossary entry due)

THURS
Pair Share Literary Terms Quiz
Kindred discussion
-identity
-narrative
-themes
parallel conflicts
HW Explore (in a thoughtful paragraph) time-travel as a metaphor; as it relates to slavery; how it makes the narrative unique and the message more persuasive. Journal Entry #3
And, Bring Journals tomorrow.

FRI
In-class essay
Read excerpt from Octavia Butler interview and write a short essay (4 paragraphs) as journal entry #4
HW Bring Kindred and journals Monday

Monday, September 6, 2010

Weekly Agenda Sept 7-8, 10

Welcome Back to School!
Please bookmark this page ASAP and refer to it weekly for up-to-date agendas and homework.

TUESDAY
Read excerpt from A Long Way Gone
-practice 3-level questions (see handout)
-practice journal entry format (see handout)
-practice self-grading (see rubric)
HW Find 3 helpful items from this website.

WEDNESDAY
Article and Statistics
-practice 3Qs and marginalia (don't worry if these terms are unfamiliar)
Journal Entry #2
-self-grade
Talk about SSR and independent reading program
-short book talk
HW Apply themes from A Long Way Gone to themes in up & coming unit

FRIDAY

Baseline Essay
HW
Chart a timeline for Dana's experience.
Next week Kindred and literary terms.

Peek-a-Boo Fall Course Outline

Sunday, May 30, 2010

A Doll's House May 27th-June 18th

Previous Week: 5/27-28
Introduction to A Doll's House: Ibsen Life & Times
HW Read Act 1 for Monday


June 1st-14th
Parallel characterization
-s/m/t chart
-movie (with Anthony Hopkins)
-dramatic readings
--voice and character
--narrative direction
Vocabulary
-concept circles
-quiz


Independent Reading Book Projects are due Monday, June 14th
Reflective Writing Essay (as journal entry): Students reflect on their writing portfolio, areas of growth and areas for growth.

June 14th-18th is Finals Week
3rd pd-Tueday
6th pd-Thursday


Sunday, May 23, 2010

Weekly Agenda May 24-28

MON
Review Draft Letters
-peer edit and teacher comments
-improving sentences
Works Cited
HW Final Draft Due Friday, May 28th to turnitin.com

TUES
Optional Draft
Fine-Tuning Feedback
SSR Tomorrow
Return books

WED
SSR
Journal Entry #10

THURS & FRI
Introduction to A Doll's House
-Ibsen Biography
-life and times
ACT 1

Monday, May 17, 2010

Weekly Agenda May 17-21

CST Testing all Week
Class meet Twice

DAY 1-
Persuasive Writing
Business Letter Assignment due May 28th to turnitin.com
Notes
-authentic audience
-fallacies
-counterargument
-sources (credibility, bias, integrating)
HW Brainstorm an authentic audience and get their snail mail (physical address) or email address. Additionally, bring in one source (article, database info, interview, etc) on your topic.

DAY 2-
Writing
-structure
-paraphrasing versus quoting
-transitions
-format
HW Roughdraft due MONDAY, 24th
-list of works cited

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Weekly Agenda May 8-12

MON
Finish watching Kurasawa's DREAMS
-reflect on connections
Socratic Fishbowl
-complete reflections

TUES
Review Chapter 4 "The Aftermath"
Class Discussion
HW Read Independent book

WED
SSR
Journal #9

THURS
Study Guide

FRI
Hiroshima Book Test

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Weekly Agenda May 3-7

MON
Share excerpts from Parent Interview
Review Chapter 3
-class discussion
Read and Discuss
"An Anniversary to Forget"
-marginalia
-SOAPStone
HW Finish and prepare to share

TUES
Vocabulary
National Character Information (WWII)
-marginalia read-around
Japanese (military behavior) during WWII
HW Write a short paragraph connecting military behavior to your understanding of obligations
AND, read Chapter 4 and 3Qs for Thursday


WED

SSR
Journal #8
(Due Today)

THURS

ATOMIC BOMB The Movie, excerpts
Nuclear Worksheet (totally nuclear, dude!)
Review Chapter 4
HW Finish Book and 3Qs form Monday

FRI
Kurosawa's DREAMS
-reflection
HW Choose best 3rd-level questions for Socratic Fishbowl seminar MONDAY
Modern Japan

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Weekly Agenda April 26-30

MON
Quick KWL and letter to double bomb survivor
Overhead notes
-statistics on the bomb's "little boy" and "fat man"
-geography and blast chart
Review Chapter 1 3Qs
-class discussion
Notes on the characterizations of the survivors
HW Read Chapter 2 for Thursday and 3Qs

TUES
Peter Jenning's Documentary
Set up Notes in graphic organizer
-look for key players
-how the decision was made; for example, what factors were taken into consideration before they finalized the day and place.

WED
NO SSR today, get books for next week
Finish watching documentary and taking notes

THURS
Chapter 2 review
-3Q class discussion
Discuss Tone (journalistic style)
-word choice (how do Hersey's choice of adjectives influence the readers perception of the survivors' experiences?)
-literary devices, if any
-characterization
-structure
-point of view
HW Read Chapter 3 for Monday and 3Qs

FRI
Discuss population behavior in terms of disaster and compare it to how you think a modern, western society would react
Parent Interview Assignment
-Interview an adult (18 and older) who may have some opinions to share
-ask specific questions and record answers as best as possible
-include your responses if there are any
Generate generic interview Qs
HW Interview Adult and Read Chapter 3

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Weekly Agenda April 19-23

MON
Finish discussing Rhinoceros Act 3
-Group Skit writing assignment
--3-4ppl
--2-3 minutes long
--blend together characters, plot and themes from Metamorphosis and Rhinoceros to convey the philosophy of existentialism through a Theater of the Absurd medium.
--follow the dialogue and narrative format of Rhinoceros
--performed in front of the class or make a video
--props, costumes and music encouraged
Brainstorm session
HW Metamorphosis essay due tonight to turnitin.com by 10pm

TUES
Group Work Day
Product: Roughdraft to be typed tonight for performances on Thursday


WED
Book Talk Day
Finish Group Work
Turn in Metamorphosis and get Hiroshima
HW Presentations Tomorrow!!


THURS
Presentations

FRI
Introduction to Hiroshima
K.W.L Notes
-Statistics
-images
Reflection and Freewrite
HW Read Chapter 1 and write 3qs

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Weekly Agenda April 12-16

MON
3-D Project Gallery Walk
Metamorphosis Read Around
-small group
-peer edit
HW Rhinoceros Act 1 3Qs

TUES
Review 3Qs
-apply existentialism
Dramatic Reading
HW Rhinoceros Act 2 3Qs

WED
SSR
Journal Entry #7

THURS
Review Terms
-syllogism
-Theater of the Absurd
-existentialism
Characterization
Review Act 2
HW Read Act 3 and 3qs
Metamorphosis Essay due Friday

FRI
Review Act 3 and play assignment
Group work short skit blending plot, characters and themes from Metamorphosis and Rhinoceros
HW Be prepared to perform skit Monday

Friday, March 19, 2010

Weekly Agenda Mar 22-26

MON
Review long definition of Existentialism
-reciprocal teaching handouts due
Chapter 2 Picture Summary due
-review 3Qs and quotations and vocabulary
-record new symbols and recurring symbols
HW Read Metamorphosis CH 3 and Picture Summary for Thursday

TUES
Review, Organize and Add to portfolio
-table of contents
Kafka Doodles Interpretation
HW Letter to His Father Handout due Wednesday

WED
Review Letter Assignment
SSR (Supplementary Materials)
Journal Entry #6

THURS
Review Chapter 3
-Symbols
-3Qs
-Vocabulary
Essay Prompts
-Freewrite ideas
-gather evidence
Sartre Cookbook just for fun!
3-D representation of existentialism project -DUE MONDAY APRIL 12th
HW Choose 5 symbols to connect to larger themes in the book. Be prepared to share.

FRI
Review symbols
-s/m/t quiz (and connect to essay prompts)
Reading through critical lenses:
-explanatory notes
-critic's essays/commentary
Return Independent Book Report
-review transitions, format, paragraphing, word choice, syntax, etc.
Pair Share analysis
HW DUE MONDAY APRIL 12th
-3D Project
-complete typed draft of Metamorphosis Essay:
--Introduction and Thesis; 3-5 body paragraphs with embedded evidence (conclusion is not necessary)
AND please, please acquire RHINOCEROS

__________________________________
For office use only:
  • group poster
  • gallery walk
  • Rhinoceros t-graph, Acts 1-3
  • Theater of the Absurd
  • syllogism
  • absurdity and existentialism
  • Group original play combining The Metamorphosis and Rhinoceros
  • presentations
  • teacher conferences for process essay
  • peer read around and edit
  • DUE Friday April 16 to turnitin.com

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Weekly Agenda Mar 15-19

MON
Collect Hard Copies of Book Reports
The Metamorphosis
Franz Kafka Biography
-foldables
NO HW

TUES/WED CAHSEE TESTING -BLOCK SCHEDULE
Descartes " I think, therefore I am" Freewrite
-short definition existentialism
-apply to a high school setting
Vocabulary (no link)
HW (for each chapter)
Chapter Picture
Write 3Qs, 1 quotation (s) that matches your picture(s).

THURS
Review 3Qs class discussion
-glancing at the explanatory notes, p 63
-Foldables: Chapter 1 symbols list
HW Read Chapter 2 and 3Qs, 1 vocabulary word with definition and picture summary for MONDAY


FRI
Vocabulary Review
Review long definition -Existentialism
-reciprocal reading
-pair share
HW Literary Terms: write a creative way to understand the term

NEXT
SSR: Life and Times Criticism
Double-Entry #6
Characterization
Chapter 3
Reading Quiz
S/M/T chart
doodles
group poster
v/w complex
RHINOCEROS

Friday, March 5, 2010

Weekly Agenda Mar 8-12

MON
Vocab Quiz
Review Themes:
-Juliet as autonomous lover
-light and dark
-death
-fate
-celestial bodies
The Study Guide
HW Complete Study Guide

TUES
Work on Character Squares
Study Guide Sharing
Drafting for Book Report
HW TEST on Thursday; SQUARES due Thursday
BOOK REPORT due Friday by 10pm

WED

SSR
Journal Entry #5
Journals DUE

THURS
TEST
collect chart for gallery walk
HW Bring drafts for feedback

FRI
Wrapping up R&J

Friday, February 26, 2010

Weekly Agenda Mar 1-5

MON
Review p93 2.3 Friar's soliloquy
Character Chart Progress?
A closer look at ACT 3
-evidence of irony
Characterization
HW Read ACT 5 for Thursday

TUES
Notes on Magical Realism
Share ideas about Independent Reading Books
ACT 5 vocabulary
-concept circles

WED
SSR
Journal Entry #4

THURS
Review ACT 5
Pair Work Character Chart
-roughdraft Character Squares
HW Finish Character Chart

FRI
Finish Movie
Juliet "love" question
MOTIFS:
-light
-death
-fate
-celestial bodies
HW R&J Study Guide for Monday Vocab Crossword Quiz & TUESDAY book test
Book Reports (see 3 paragraph format) on Outside Reading due March 12thby 10pm to turnitin.com

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Weekly Agenda Feb 22-26

MON
Shakespeare Recitations
HW Read ACT 3, Scene 2

TUES
Shakespeare Recitations
Review ACT 3, Scene 1
HW Read ACT 3, Scenes 3&4

WED
SSR
Journal Entry #3
HW Finish ACT 3

THURS
Review all of ACT 3
-identify literary elements
ACT 4 Vocab
HW Finish Necessary Characters in Character Chart and Read ACT 4 for Monday

FRI
Watch Movie
ACTs 3&4

NEXT
Finish Play:
-character chart and squares
-vocab crossword test
-Examining metaphor, motifs (light, death, celestial bodies, fate)
-elements of humor
Book Test
You should be finished with your outside reading book by Friday March 5th

Friday, February 12, 2010

Weekly Agenda Feb 16-19

TUES
Finish Zeffirelli's ACT 1
Review language in Queen Mab soliloquy, hidden sonnet in kiss scene and balcony scene
ACT 2 vocabulary list
-plot in inventory
-new term: soliloquy
Work on Character Chart
HW Read ACT 2, scenes 3 & 4 and recast balcony scene with modern actors or characters, explain your choices

WED
SSR
Journal #2

THURS
Review recasting choices
Dramatic reading 2.2 -2.4
Review new language and imagery
Irony, insults and malapropisms
Recitation Assignment due next Monday
HW Finish ACT 2 and add to character chart

FRI
Watch movie -act 2
Act 3 Vocab, plot in inventory
Review Text
HW Practice recitation!!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Weekly Agenda Feb 8-12

MON
Share Original Sonnets
Notes on Shakespeare's Life and Times cont'
Plays
-Tragedy, Comedy and History
-structure
Intro Freewrite
Get book?

HW ACT 1, Scene 1

TUES
What are/is
-puns?
-a soliloquy?
-a character foil?
ACT 1 vocabulary
Review Act 1, Scene 1
HW Act 1, Scene 2

WED
SSR
Journal Entry #1

THURS
Introduce Character Chart and Squares Assignment
Review Act 1, Scene 2
Dramatic Reading Scene 3
Pair Work on Character Chart
HW Finish Reading Act 1 for Friday

FRI

ACT 1 Handout
-analyze quotations
Reveiw ACT 1, Scenes 3-5
Watch Movie
HW Read ACT 2, Scenes 1 & 2 and analyze imagery in balcony metaphors

Monday, February 1, 2010

Spring Semester 2/2/2010

TUES
Hand Back Papers
Argument Essay Reflection
Mid-Year Portfolio Reflection
Review Formats
Share Vignettes
-quaker share
NO HOMEWORK

WED
Review Assessments
Book Talk

THURS
Elizabethan English worksheet
Notes on Sonnet form
-Shakespeare's sonnets #12 and #18
Life and Times
HW Write an original Sonnet for Monday, adhere to all of the form rules

FRI
Review Sonnets
Continue life and times notes
Work on original sonnet draft
HW see Thursday

Monday, January 25, 2010


Good Luck on your Finals!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The House on Mango Street Reading Schedule

monday 1/11 -read first 3 vignettes and answer questions
tuesday 1/12-read next 3 vignettes and answer questions
wednesday 1/13-read next 3 vignettes and write 1 mimic
thursday 1/14-read next 3 vignettes and write 2 mimics
friday 1/15-read independent book

monday 1/18-read -p38 and write 2 vignettes
tuesday 1/19-read -p57
wednesday 1/20-read -p83 and write 2 vignettes
thursday 1/21-read -p89 and answer "Sally" questions and write 2 vignettes
friday 1/22-finish book and analyze the importance of "Red Clowns," "Sire," and the ending

Vignette Memoir due day of final: Jan 27 for 3rd pd and Jan 29th for 6th pd.

Bi-Weekly Agenda 1/11-1/25

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

WEEK ONE 1/11-1/15

Independent Reading
-students will choose groups and presentation date
-group work: planning, assigning jobs and setting reading limits

Creative Writing
-elements and literary term
-vignette
-digression
-imagery
-freewrites and mimics

Writing Vignette Techniques
-breaking conventional writing rules
-memoir and subject matter
-tone
-characterization
-plot, conflict and foil
-suspense and imagery

Sharing (the beginning of each class)
-quaker share
-writer spotlight
-writer's panel

HW Every night you will be expected to read and write at least one vignette for the next day.

WEEK TWO 1/18-1/22
Independent Reading
-group work
-discussion and planning
-presentation 1/22 and 1/25

Creative Writing
-monologue and dialogue
-relationships
-show, don't tell
-descriptive language
--body, emotion, nature
-Action
--sequencing
--perspective
--thoughtshots and baby steps
-Bring in photo for memory freewrite
--personal motif and life theme

Sharing (the beginning of each class)
-quaker share
-writer spotlight
-writer's panel

HW Every night you will be expected to read and write at least one vignette for the next day.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Weekly Agenda 1/4-1/8/2010

MON
Review Packet
-Quaker share sentence portrait
-self-grade
Demian Disucssion
-Gallery Comments Ch 1-8

TUES
Subplans1_5.doc

15 min-Students should create an extensive Venn diagram, #1 from their Demian packet. They can work in pairs if they’d like.

15-20 min-students will respond to the Demian freewrite question (see below and attached) You can write the prompt on the board or make a handout.

DEMIAN by Hermann Hesse BOOK FREEWRITE

Please respond to the prompt below. Write for 10 minutes without taking the pen from the paper. Write down all of your ideas and connections even if they don’t make sense at the time. YOU WILL NEED A BOOK.

Pretend you are a dream analyst (yes, people pay you lots of money!) and Sinclair comes to you to have his dream from the “Cain” chapter analyzed. Explain to him what his dream means as it relates to his life and struggles. Make sure to deal with each symbol. And if you feel like challenging yourself, explain his dream in Jungian terms.

15-20 min-students will share out their freewrite, either as a class or in small groups

HW Look at Independent reading options and projects, decide and pick group by MONDAY.

WED
Two Worlds Review
-Beatrice, androgyny and symbolism
End discussion on Demian
-apply Jungian theory
HW Bring outside reading book tomorrow with possible important quotations and thesis

THURS

Journal Entry
-timed writing 3 paragraph book report
-embedding and transitions


FRI
Book Test
-short response questions from packet
-combine packet and turn in for grade /45

Intro to The House on Mango Street

-2 week agenda culminates in mini-memoir
-outside reading options with assignments, choose reading groups

Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid:
Project-2-4 people-Magazine (1 editorial, 1 opinion , 2 ads, 1 poll, 1 book review)
Jamaica Kincaid beautifully delineates hatred and fear, because she knows they are often a step away from love and obsession. At the start of Annie John, her 10-year-old heroine is engulfed in family happiness and safety. Though Annie loves her father, she is all eyes for her mother. When she is almost 12, however, the idyll ends and she falls into deep disfavor. This inexplicable loss mars both lives, as each grows adept at public falsity and silent betrayal. The pattern is set, and extended: "And now I started a new series of betrayals of people and things I would have sworn only minutes before to die for." In front of Annie's father and the world, "We were politeness and kindness and love and laughter." Alone they are linked in loathing. Annie tries to imagine herself as someone in a book--an orphan or a girl with a wicked stepmother. The trouble is, she finds, those characters' lives always end happily. Luckily for us, though not perhaps for her alter ego, Kincaid is too truthful a writer to provide such a finale.

American Born Chinese by Gene Lee Yang:
Project-2-4 people-6 page Comic Book (explore another stereotype, create a hero, share a moral)
Indie graphic novelist Gene Yang's intelligent and emotionally challenging American Born Chinese is made up of three individual plotlines: the determined efforts of the Chinese folk hero Monkey King to shed his humble roots and be revered as a god; the struggles faced by Jin Wang, a lonely Asian American middle school student who would do anything to fit in with his white classmates; and the sitcom plight of Danny, an All-American teen so shamed by his Chinese cousin Chin-Kee (a purposefully painful ethnic stereotype) that he is forced to change schools. Each story works well on its own, but Yang engineers a clever convergence of these parallel tales into a powerful climax that destroys the hateful stereotype of Chin-Kee, while leaving both Jin Wang and the Monkey King satisfied and happy to be who they are. Yang skillfully weaves these affecting, often humorous stories together to create a masterful commentary about race, identity, and self-acceptance that has earned him a spot as a finalist for the National Book Award for Young People. The artwork, rendered in a chromatically cool palette, is crisp and clear, with clean white space around center panels that sharply focuses the reader's attention in on Yang's achingly familiar characters. There isn't an adolescent alive who won't be able to relate to Jin's wish to be someone other than who he is, and his gradual realization that there is no better feeling than being comfortable in your own skin.--Jennifer Hubert

The Lord of the Flies by Sir William Golding:
Project-3 ppl-webquest (locate an island, create a survival guide, bill of rights, and symbol)
William Golding's classic novel of primitive savagery and survival is one of the most vividly realized and riveting works in modern fiction. The tale begins after a plane wreck deposits a group of English school boys, aged six to twelve on an isolated tropical island. Their struggle to survive and impose order quickly evolves from a battle against nature into a battle against their own primitive instincts. Golding's portrayal of the collapse of social order into chaos draws the fine line between innocence and savagery.