Friday, December 9, 2011

Weekly Agenda Dec. 12-16, 19 & 20


MONDAY-FRIDAY; Monday & Tuesday of next week
Review Chapters and T.A.C.
Elaborate on "Growing Picture" assignment
Mini paragraph topics:
-looking at characters
1) How does the description of Demian match his personality?  Would Demian be your friend, would you want him to be?  What is infatuation and how might it play a role in Sinclair relationship with Demian? (p32)
2) What is the purpose of the "tricks" Demian plays on people?  How do these tricks empower Sinclair? (pp34-35)
3) Analyze the passage on Dover Edition, page 39 (full paragraph), and connect it to "Two Worlds" and Jungian theory.
-apply Jungian theory to text
-analyze relationships
-explain symbols
--s/m/t chart
--dream analysis: recall an image from a recent dream and analyze its significance (for example: flying)
-identifying allusions
-vocabulary in context
-Style/Grammar quiz
-Creative writing: Character Sentence Portrait
The Holiday Packet Assignment
Book Talk
HW Read Chapter 3 for Wednesday and T.A.C.; add to growing picture.
HW Read Chapter 4 for Friday and T.A.C; add to growing picture.
HW Read Chapter 5 for Monday and T.A.C.; add to growing picture.
HW Read Chapter 6 for Tuesday and T.A.C.; add to growing picture.

Over Break!!!!
Read your ENTIRE independent reading book and complete two journal entries: #21 & #22.

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.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Weekly Agenda Dec. 5 - Dec. 9

DEMIAN  by Hermann Hesse

A letter to a Victorian audience
Quaker Share
Final thoughts about J&H
Two Worlds
HW "The Shadow" by H.C. Andersen, read and write 3-level questions and short paragraph comparing to J&H

Get books?
Review "The Shadow"
Introduce Demian
-review T.A.C.
-two worlds Venn
Write a 3 paragraph essay about independent reading book.
HW Read Chapter 1 and begin t-graph for T.A.C.

Review Chapter 1
-discuss two worlds
-symbolism: yin-yang, taoism
-begin Growing Picture
--samples, provide paper
Read Chapter 2 together
HW Finish Chapter 2 and T.A.C.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Weekly Agenda Nov 28-Dec2

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Work in groups to create chapter paragraphs
Quick draw and present posters and paragraphs

SSR #16

Study Guide for J&H Book Test

Friday, November 18, 2011

Weekly Agenda Nov. 21-Nov. 23

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Review Chapters 8-10
Group Draw
-review components of an analytical paragraph
-review idea of embedding and contextualizing
-mark up model for parts
-assign groups and chapters
-time to work in groups
HW DUE MONDAY: Take home Chapters and mark for major symbolism and motifs, concentrate on evidence.

SSR #15


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Weekly Agenda Nov. 14-18

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Mask Assignment
-see student models
-due Thursday, Nov. 17
Review Chapters 3&4
-3Q discussion
-more notes on allusions and  motifs
HW Read Chapter 6 & 7 for Thursday and write 3Qs per chapter.

Review Chapter 5
-3Q discussion
Looking at samples of Analytical paragraphs
-what does embedding look like
-how to use transitional expressions and active verbs

Journals due today, self grade.
HW Don't forget your mask assignment and reading.

Gallery Walk
Review Chapters 6&7
-notes on the text
-quotation analysis
-practice embedding
HW Read chapters 8-10 for MONDAY

Marking up the text
Continue to review chapters
Check grades, catch up?

Group Paragraphs
-group draw

Monday, November 7, 2011

Weekly Agenda Nov. 7-Nov. 10

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Teacher share excerpts from Essay final drafts
Review Chapter 2, 3-Q discussion
-notes on literary devices: allusion and pathetic fallacy
-notes on motifs: wine as a symbol for intoxication, escapism; bond, bondage, bound; light and shadow to reflect the dual nature of Jekyll/Hyde
-notes on Gothic literature: Of or relating to a style of diction that emphasizes the grotesque, mysterious, and desolate.  Words like medieval, natural, primitive, wild, free, authentic, romantic are associated with this kind of
HW Read Chapters 3&4 for WED. and write 3Qs for each each chapter.

Journal #12: Read Victorian Times piece and answer questions.

Review Qs from Victorian Times
Review Chapter 3&4
Mask Assignment  due MONDAY

HW Read Chapter 5 for Monday and write 3Qs

Veteran's Day

Monday, October 31, 2011

Weekly Agenda Oct. 31-Nov. 4

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Hand back papers
Review Movie
-your 1984 essays will not be due until Friday at 11:59pm
-you will not have to write a movie review for Equilibrium
Book Talk Independent Reading Choices for J&H:
-Mary Reilly by Valerie Martin
-The Thief of Always by Clive Barker
-Something Wicked this Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
-The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
-Gold Bug and other Tales by E.A. Poe
-The Dark Descent, a collection of authors
-The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
-The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
HW Only to make sure you don't forget to work on your essay later on in the week.

Check out books to students
Introduction to Stevenson and J&H
-the times
-allusions and footnotes
HW Read Chapter 1 for Thursday and write 3-level questions

Journal #11

Review 3-Qs
Write 1 paragraph characterizing our narrator, use language from Stevenson
-determine whether or not he is a reliable narrator
Complete Vocabulary fun sheet
HW Read Chapter 2 for Monday and write 3-level questions

Hand back book reports
-apply corrections, comments, edits to 1984 essays
-look at rubric and portfolio
-Chapter 1 3Qs continued

HW 1984 Essay due tonight, don't forget to upload it to
AND, vocabulary quiz next THURSDAY/

Begin reading Victorian Times piece
-highlight important sections, determine what needs more explanation
-answer questions in JOURNAL #12
Mask Assignment

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Weekly Blog Oct. 24-28

1984 & Equilibrium

Collect Essays
-Quaker Share
Prompt Distribution
Begin Movie
HW Draft 1: Working Thesis; Evidence and Analysis for a prompt, typed.

Pair Share Analysis
Movie -notes
HW 2nd Draft: full body paragraphs, typed.  DUE THURSDAY


Draft Read Around
Review movie notes
HW 3rd Draft due tomorrow: as complete an essay as possible.

Final Peer Edit
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Introduction
HW Turn Final Essay into by next Tuesday evening, hardcopy due next Wednesday.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Weekly Agenda Oct. 17-21


Review Writing Tips
-synonyms for "shows"
-transitional expressions
3-level Q Discussion
Focus on Character
HW See Reading Schedule and continue working on your Book Report due 10/21 (this Friday)

SSR Optional
or Work on Book Reports
HW See Reading Schedule

Discuss Ending
-final symbolism
-implications for modern times
Notes on George Orwell's influence on writing, thinking, politics.
Quick Peer Edit??
HW Turn in Book Report to by 11:59 tonight.

Fishbowl Socratic Seminar
1984 Essay Prompts
-creating the global thesis
Watch Equilibrium
-write movie review (see assignment)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Weekly Agenda Oct. 10-14


HANDOUT: Review Questions and Excerpts from "Goldstein's Book"
HW Character Venn due tomorrow

Seating Chart
Character Venn Gallery Walk
Review questions from "Goldstein's Book"

Independent Book Report Format
MLA Format
-due next 10/21
HW create working thesis for your independent book.

Finish Book Report Format Requirements
-Book Report due 10/21 to
-partner work on drafting
-finding appropriate evidence for your thesis
3-level Discussion Book 2, Chapter 10.
HW continue working on your book report.  See reading due for Monday.

Movie Permission Slips due next WED.
Focus on character:
-what are Winston's motivation?
-what pitfalls does he encounter?
HW continue working on your book report.  See reading due for Monday.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Weekly Agenda Oct. 3-7


Handout: Respond to review questions from Book Two
-make sure you use evidence
3-Q Class Discussion
HW See Reading Schedule

Character Venn Assignment: due next Tuesday
-body biographies: For two characters, find evidence that matches parts of their body.  For example, for their brain, you might find evidence for what they are thinking.  For their heart, you might find evidence of something they feel or love.
Roughdraft Venn, share student models.
HW See Reading Schedule

Journal Entry #9
Self-Grade and turn in journals.  This week marks the end of Grading Period 1.  Grades will be pulled at the beginning of next week and sent home as a progress report.  Please take this time to look at your grades, see if you can make anything up or talk to your teachers about what you are missing.
HW See Reading Schedule

Read and discuss key excerpts: pp114, 119, 128-129, 132.
-add to symbols list
Record differences between Inner and Outer party.
-Apply political theories to understanding of "The Party."
-What is the "Brotherhood?"
-Goldstein's Book
HW See Reading Schedule
AND, Character Venn due Tuesday

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Weekly Agenda Sept. 26-30


2nd period-Assembly
3rd-discuss text and writing about literature
HW See Reading Schedule

Introduce basic transitional expressions
-practice blending them into our paragraphs from s/m/t
Collect s/m/t charts
Notes: Taj Fel's Social Identity Theory and its application to the High School setting.
HW Conduct an interview of your peers for Journal #7, due FRIDAY.

Journal Entry #8
HW See Reading Schedule


Review Interviews, reflect on similarities to Taj Fel
3Q Class Discussion for Class Credit
Return Graded Work
HW See Reading Schedule

NOTE:  You should be finishing up your Independent Reading book this next week.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Weekly Agenda Sept 19-23


Group Work on book Review Questions
Study Vocabulary
HW Study for vocabulary quiz tomorrow and Read per reading schedule

Vocab Quiz
3Q Class Discussion
HW Please see reading schedule.  SSR tomorrow, bring your books.
AND, brainstorm a list of symbols you've encountered in the book so far, for Thursday.

HW Please see reading schedule. 

Review Questions and 3Q Class Discussion
Symbol/Motif/Theme HANDOUT (missing?  Print from this blog)
-complete symbols and motifs
HW Please see reading schedule. 

Class work on Symbol/Motif/Theme HANDOUT
-writing a theme statement
Continue 3Q class discussion
HW Please see reading schedule. 

Saturday, September 10, 2011

1984 by George Orwell

Journal #4: Excerpts from Octavia Butler interview.

-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
Introduce 1984: background and relevance
Orwell Biography
-cornell notes
-3qs and summary
HW Look up key word search and prepare to share with class
See Reading Schedule

Descartes Quotation
-"Thumbprint" poem
-pair work
-reading and explication

Journal Entry #5
Vocabulary List
-QUIZ next Tuesday

Review "Thumbprint"
3q class discussion
Governing systems, history and
Political Terms related to 1984
-Karl Marx
Begin Symbol/Motif/Theme chart (SAVE for next week)
HW Read Ch 2-4 and 3q's for MONDAY
STUDY vocabulary for next Tuesday

cont' notes from yesterday

3q class discussion
Continue with s/m/t chart  (SAVE for next week)
-create working thesis
HW see reading from Thursday agenda

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.

Book 1, Chapter 1 for Thursday 9/15
Book 1, Chapters 2-4 for Monday 9/19
Book 1, Chapters 5-6 for Thursday 9/22
Book 1, Chapters 7-8 for Monday 9/26

Book 2, Chapters 1-3 for Thursday 9/30
Book 2, Chapters 4-6 for Monday 10/3
Book 2, Chapters 7-8 for Thursday 10/6
Book 2, (p166 or stop where Ignorance is Strength begins) for Monday 10/10
Book 2, Chapters 9-10 for Thursday 10/13

Book 3, Chapters 1-2 for Monday 10/17
Book 3, Finish book for Thursday 10/20

Monday, September 5, 2011

Weekly Agenda Sept. 6-9


Discuss Kindred
  • title and implication
  • question of genre
  • 3-level questions discussion and review of text
  • characterization
HW Complete handout, which compares Kindred to Zeitoun, for Thursday.

Journal Entry #2
HW finish Kindred/Zeitoun worksheet from yesterday, for tomorrow.

Journal #3: 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.
Review Text
-identity, narrative, themes, parallel conflicts, alienation
Introduce literary terms:
  • dynamic vs. static character
  • character foil
  • symbol
  • motif
  • theme
  • personification
  • -->pathetic fallacy
  • conflict
  • imagery
Practice Glossary Entry

-cont. Define literary Devices
Literary Terms Quiz
Read excerpts from Octavia Butler interview and write a short essay (4 paragraphs) as journal entry #4.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Weekly Agenda August 31-Sept. 2

Finish 3-level Question practice
Journal Entry Format
-#1: Excerpts from Zeitoun, pp239-245
HW Finish #1 and 2 of Journal Entry #1

Review usefulness of Blog
Check course outline signatures
Review Journal entry Format
-students share #1 and 2
-complete #3 (Freewrite) portion of Journal Entry Format
-guide to self-grading journal entries
Student Survey and Reading Inventory
If time, review timed essay basics
HW Mark up text (Zeitoun) in preparation for Baseline Essay tomorrow.

Check Course Outline Signatures
Baseline Essay
-you may use your book
-prompts will be provided
-plan on spending the entire class writing
HW Read and bring Kindred for Tuesday

Monday, August 29, 2011


Daily agenda and Homework Blog.

Tuesday Agenda and Homework

-Class Course Outline and Expectations
>practice 3-level Questions
>practice Journal Entry Format
HW Scavenger Hunt: find 3 useful items on Ms. Stevens' blog. Be prepared to share.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Final June Agenda(s): Three Weeks

May 31-June 3


Introduction to Hiroshima

-K.W.L. notes



Reflection and freewrite

HW Read Chapter 1 and write 3Qs for Thursday



Journal #____


Begin Jennings’ documentary


Review Chapter 1

HW Read Chapter 2 and 3Qs for Monday


Continue documentary

-reflect on who were the key players; how decisions were made; what factors were taken into consideration before the bomb was dropped

Excerpts from other bomb test-site footage

Review Chapter 1


June 6-June 10


Chapter 2 Discussion

-discuss journalistic style and tone

SOAPSTone analysis







(how do Hersey’s choice of adjectives influence the reader’s perception of the survivor’s experience)

HW Read Chapter 3 and 3Qs for Thursday


Review Chapters 2&3



-point of view



Journal #___


Review Chapter 3

-population behavior

-“Obligations” handout

-military behavior (WWII)

-National Character Studies (WWII)

HW Finish Book and 3Qs for Mon/Tues AND conduct a parent interview due Mon/Tues


“An Anniversary to Forget”


June 13-June15



Review Chapter 4

-reaction to the end

-Nuclear Worksheet

Persuasive Essay Style (synthesis-lite)

-authentic audience



-citing sources

(credibility, bias, integrating)

-paraphrasing vs. direct quotation

-signal phrases



HW Prepare for Final and Socratic Seminar

Excerpt from Kurosawa’s Dreams


Prepare for the final

-outline essay

Fishbowl Socratic Seminar

Monday, May 23, 2011

Weekly Agenda May 23-26

The Metamorphosis and Rhinoceros

Quickwrite Quaker Share
-read an excerpt from your essay prompt quickwrites
Hand back book reports
-edit reminders
-break down analytical paragraph
-"Show, Don't Tell" handout and practice
Agenda Reminders: Group Skit writing this week with a performance on Thursday
AND, finish reading Rhinoceros for Tuesday
HW Roughdraft #1 due Wednesday

Tuesday and Wednesday
Book Talk remaining independent book choices
-please have book by next Wednesday
Begin Skit writing
-get into groups of 3-4
-define roles and mimic Ionesco format
Peer Edit roughtdraft
-articulating thesis
-make sure all analytical paragraph components are apparent
HW Roughdraft #2 is due this Thursday

Read Around Feedback session
-pairs reading paper aloud to one another
-editing and expanding
SKIT perfomances!
HW Final essaay is due to by 11:59pm Tuesday, May 31st

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Weekly Agenda May 16-20

The Metamorphosis and Rhinoceros

CST Testing all Week: Classes Meet Twice

DAY 1:
3-D Existentialism Project Gallery
Metamorphosis Group Poster Presentation
-discuss end and symbolism
-understanding allegory
HW Finish Rhinoceros for DAY 2

DAY 2:
Rhinoceros review
Metamorphosis Prompts
Skit Writing requirements
-follow dialogue and format of play
-blend together characters, plot and themes to convey the philosophy of existentialism through the Theater of the Absurd medium
-3-4 ppl
-2-3 minute performance
-live or taped performance
-props, costumes and music encouraged
*for the next few classes we will be writing, reviewing and editing essays
AND, writing and performing original plays in groups
HW Choose a prompt and write an outline with a thesis evidence and analysis.
Essay due May 31st to

Monday, May 9, 2011

Weekly Agenda May 9-13

The Metamorphosis

Monday & Tuesday
Review Chapter 3 Questions
Update Foldables-chapter 2
"Balance" Animation
-3D project assignment
-represents your understanding of existentialism
HW For Thursday: Finish Foldables; Have Rhinoceros in class

Discuss "Letter to Father" and Sartre piece
Look at symbols and connect to language
-examine symbols through our understanding of magical realism

Doodle Analysis Activity
Please bring Rhinoceros, if you have it.


Thursday & Friday
Group Poster
-combine foldables
-Theater of the absurd
Introduce Prompts for The Metamorphosis
-Quick write on 3
-draft #1 due by WED
HW Read ACT 1 of Rhinoceros for MONDAY

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Weekly Agenda May 2-6

Monday & Tuesday
Review Chapter 1 Pictures and Symbols
-add collect/connect in foldables
Back to the "long" definition
-reciprocal reading worksheet
-pair share
Literary terms associated with genre
-revisit Magical Realism
HW Read Chapter 2 and complete Chapter Picture for Thursday

Sartre's writing on existentialism

Thursday & Friday
Review Chapter 2 Pictures and 3 Questions
-vocabulary and essential language
Doodles Activity
-Freudian "silliness"
HW Read Chapter 3 and complete Chapter Picture for Monday
AND, acquire Rhinoceros for Monday

Group Poster
Reading Quiz

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Weekly Agenda April 25-29

Monday& Tuesday
Tomorrow: Collect Hard Copies of Book Reports
The Metamorphosis
Franz Kafka Biography
NO HW due Tuesday

Descartes " I think, therefore I am" Freewrite
-short definition existentialism
-apply to a high school setting
HW (for each chapter)

No Journal

Thursday & Friday
Review 3Qs class discussion
-glancing at the explanatory notes, p 63
-Foldables: Chapter 1 symbols list
Vocabulary Review
Review long definition -Existentialism
-reciprocal reading
-pair share

HW Chapter Picture:Write 3Qs, 1 quotation (s) that matches your picture(s).

HW Read Chapter 2 and 3Qs, 1 vocabulary word with definition and picture summary.
HW Literary Terms: write a creative way to understand the term
SSR: Life and Times Criticism
Double-Entry #6
3-D Project to represent existentialism
Chapter 3
Reading Quiz
S/M/T chart
group poster
v/w complex

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Weekly Agenda April 4-8

Romeo & Juliet

Monday & Tuesday
Finish Recitations
Review Act 3-5
-watch Movie
Introduce Character Squares
-DUE this Friday!
-along with Character Chart
HW Work on Character Chart


Bonus Questions on Vocabulary

Independent Book Review
  • self-selected small group
  • answer questions and create outline for 3 paragraph essay

due after SPRING BREAK
Independent Book Report due to
Tuesday, April 26th

If you are interested in having your own books, please acquire The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka and Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco by April 25th.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Weekly Agenda March 28-April 1

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Monday & Tuesday

Review Act3
-looking for irony: dramatic, situational, verbal
-find and record examples from the play
Dramatic Reading
-Act 3, Scenes 3-4
Character Chart-Romeo and Juliet
Translate into standard English, Act 3, Scene 5-share
Practice recitation

SSR #7

Thursday & Friday
Character Squares
Review Book Report Format

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 and turn in your by Friday April 8th, to

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Weekly Agenda March 21-25

Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

Monday & Tuesday

Act 2 Quiz
Review Balcony Scene
-more metaphor
Work on Character Chart
Review recasting choices
Dramatic reading 2.2 -2.4
Review new language and imagery
Irony, insults and malapropisms
Recitation Assignment due next Monday
HW Read ACT 3, scenes 1&2 and recast balcony scene with modern actors or characters, explain your choices

Journal #7

Thursday & Friday
Dramatic reading 2.2 -2.4
Review new language and imagery
Irony, insults and malapropisms
Recitation Assignment due Monday
Watch movie -act
Act 3 Vocab, plot in inventory
Review Text
HW Practice recitation!!
HW Read ACT 3, Scene 2

Shakespeare Recitations
Review ACT 3, Scene 1
Review all of ACT 3
-identify literary elements
ACT 4 Vocab
Watch Movie
ACTs 3&4
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

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Weekly Agenda March 15-18

The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

HW Catch up on reading

HW Read Act 2, Scenes 1-2

Thursday & Friday

Review Act I
-dramatic readings
--"Types of Love" 1/2 sheet
Character Chart
Balcony Scene
-a different reading of Juliet
HW Read Act 2, Scenes 2-6

Monday, March 7, 2011

Weekly Agenda March 7-11

Romeo & Juliet

Monday - Wednesday

Shakespeare Notes
-life and times
  • Queen Elizabeth
  • Elizabethan Age
  • Chain of Being
  • Beliefs and Superstitions
  • Theater and performance
  • Shakespeare Biography
  • Play Structure
  • Family Feud as Structure
HW Read Romeo and Juliet Act I, Scenes 1-3 by Friday
SSR Reading and Journal Entry #6 on R&J

Thursday & Friday
What are/is
-a soliloquy?
-a character foil
HW Finish ACT I

Introduce Character Chart and Squares Assignment
Review Act 1, Scene 2
Dramatic Reading Scene 3
Pair Work on Character Chart
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

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Weekly Agenda Feb 28-Mar 1

Monday and Tuesday
-present and share
-complete discussion about MANGO St
Timed Writing in Journal, #5
Get books: Romeo and Juliet; some of you will check out Like Water for Chocolate

Journal Entry #6

Thursday and Friday
Shakespeare Notes
-life and times
  • Elizabethan Age
  • Chain of Being
  • Beliefs and Superstitions
  • versification
  • conceits
  • back story
  • original sonnet assignment
HW Write an original sonnet. Adhere to all requirements. Due Monday, typed, MLA.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Weekly Agenda Feb 22-25

The House on Mango Street
ATTENTION: Updated DUE DATE is Monday, FEB 28th

Review Cisneros
-complete female role models chart
-baby steps
In-Class Writing Practice
HW Apply one new writing technique to a previously written vignette

Journal Entry #4

Thursday & Friday
Peer Edit
-the senses wheel
-putting it all together
-design and organization
Final Discussion on Cisneros
HW Final Memoir Collection due MONDAY!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Weekly Agenda Feb 14-18

The House on Mango Street

Monday & Tuesday
Review Vignettes
Culminating Memoir Assignment
-DUE FEB 25th
Rights of Passage Worksheet
Writing Techniques
-baby steps
-thought shots
HW see reading schedule

Journal Entry #3

Thursday & Friday
Review Cisneros' Vignettes
More Writing Techniques
-descriptive language
-editing previous vignettes
-design and organization
HW Finish Reading Book

Monday, February 7, 2011

Weekly Agenda Feb 7-11

The House on Mango Street

Sharing (the beginning of each class)
-quaker share
-writer spotlight
-writer's panel
HW Every night you will be expected to read several vignettes and write at least one for the next day. Please see Reader's schedule

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

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

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Weekly Agenda Feb 2-4

The House on Mango Street

Mon-Pupil Free Day

Get Books
Define Vignette
-show, don't tell language
Course Outline
-signature by Friday please
-Independent Reading
Pass back finals
-midyear portfolio review
HW Read 3 vignettes for Thursday


Creative Writing
-elements and literary term
-freewrites and mimics

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.

Writing Vignette Techniques

-breaking conventional writing rules
-memoir and subject matter
-plot, conflict and foil
-suspense and imagery

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

The House on Mango Street Reading Schedule

monday pupil free day
tuesday 2/1-read first 3 vignettes & answer questions, due thursday
thursday 2/3-read next 3 vignettes & answer questions, due friday
friday 2/4-read next 3 vignettes & write 1 mimic, due monday

monday 2/6-read next 3 vignettes & write 2 mimics, due thursday
thursday 2/10-read up to p38 & write 1 vignette, due friday
friday 2/11-read up to p57, due monday

monday 2/14-read up to p83 and write 2 vignettes, due thursday
thursday 2/17-finish book and answer "Sally" questions, write 2 more vignettes, due monday

Vignette Memoir due Feb 25th (please see assignment)

Friday, January 21, 2011


Good Luck on your finals. Please stop by h216 at lunch if you need help or have any makeup to turn in on MONDAY (last day).

Friday, January 14, 2011

Weekly Agenda Jan 18-24

Group Presentations
Review Reading
-share collect/connect
See reading schedule

Dream Analysis
s/m/t chart
Sentence Portrait
Show, Don't Tell
-improving descriptive language
Preparing for Final

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Weekly Agenda Jan 10-14

Review Chapter 3 of Demian
-see 3 Questions
1) How does the description of Demian match his personality? (Dover p32)
Connect it to a Jungian archetype.
2) What is the purpose of the "tricks" Demian plays on people? (Dover pp34-35)
How do these tricks empower Sinclair?
3) Analyze the passage on page 39 (full paragraph) and connect it to 'Two Worlds' and Jungian theory.
Group Work
-sign up for presentations next Monday and Tuesday
-final day for group work in class in Friday
Dream analysis
-recall an image from a recent dream and we will analyze it's significance
-flying dreams and significance
HW See reading schedule

Journal Entry #16

Review "Beatrice" Chapter
-Dante's Beatrice
Growing Picture
Begin s/m/t chart
Group Work
HW Read Chapter 5

Monday, January 3, 2011


Please read Demian by each due date:
Chapter 1 "Two Realms" by Wed, 1/5
Chapter 2 "Cain" by Fri, 1/7
Chapter 3 "Among Thieves" by Mon, 1/10
Chapter 4 "Beatrice" by Thurs, 1/13
Chapter 5 "The Bird...Egg" by Tues, 1/18
Chapter 6 "Jacob Wrestling" & "Eva" by Thurs, 1/20
Chapter 7 "The End Begins" by Mon, 1/24

Timed Writing Essay will be your final for Demian.
3rd pd-Jan 26th
6th pd-Jan 28th

Weekly Agenda Jan 3-7, 2011

Please see Demian Reading Schedule.

Hand back 1984 essays
-writing improvements
-group share out
-planning and due dates for final projects
Demian (review of 1st semester terms)
-review Jungian terms
assign "Growing Picture"
--dynamic vs static
-motif and theme
Journal Entries for Chapter Evidence Collection
and Packet