Central Magnet School

Skip to main content
Main Menu Toggle

2017-2018 English II Advanced Honors

Week 36: May 14-18 - Last Week of Classes!!! 
Day Date In-Class
 
Homework
Monday 5/14
1. We passed out summer reading lists today. See me when you return to get one if you were out today.
2. We continued group work on the media projects.  
We must begin presenting media projects on Wednesday. Do whatever you can to finish asap. 
Tuesday
5/15
1. We passed out ACT scores from the practice we took earlier in the semester and discussed these. Time allowing, we may look at the skills we struggled with in English/Reading later this week. 
2. We continued group work on the media projects. 
We must begin presenting media projects on Wednesday. Do whatever you can to finish asap. 
Wednesday
5/16 We began presenting media projects today. Other groups could continue working.  
Thursday
5/17 We continued presenting media projects today.  
Friday
5/18 We finished the media projects.  See you next year!!! Summer reading is on my main page. 
 
Week 35: May 7-11
Day Date In-Class
 
Homework
Tuesday 5/8
1. We took a survey regarding AP next year. Please take it if you have not yet. It's on the main page. 
2. We took a quiz on Acts IV-V. See me to make this up if you were out.
3. We discussed Acts IV-V, including the use of oxymoron/paradox, the humor of the play-within-the-play, and the effect of the ending monologue by Puck. 
4. We continued work on scripts. 
 
 
Wednesday
5/9
We continued working on scripts. I'd like to check most of these tomorrow, Friday at the latest. 
3rd period: Final author's chair is Friday.
1st period: You may read for Friday's author's chair for an extra assignment if you like. 
Thursday 
5/10
Most groups showed me their scripts today and had them approved. If your group did not, these must be approved tomorrow. All groups should start recording asap. 
 
We MUST begin presenting on Wednesday 5/16. 
3rd period: Final author's chair is Friday.
1st period: You may read for Friday's author's chair for an extra assignment if you like. 
Friday
5/11    
 
Week 34: April 30-May 4
Day Date In-Class
 
Homework
Monday 4/30
1. We took a quiz over Act III. If you need to make this up, please see me. 
2. We then discussed Act III and Shakespearean insults. 
3. We passed back the argument outlines and discussed problems with them. Groups with issues had a chance to revise and turn in again. If I did not get yours back, please get it to me on Thursday.
4. Students finished with the outlines could begin their scripts. 
Read Acts IV and IV by Tuesday of next week. 
Tuesday
5/1 No School!  
Thursday 
5/3 We worked on the scripts today. Keep it up!  Read Acts IV and IV by Tuesday of next week. 
Friday
5/4 No class today. 1st period will be in student council speeches. 3rd period will be testing in the library.  Read Acts IV and IV by Tuesday of next week. 
 
 
Week 33: April 23-27
Day Date In-Class
 
Homework
Tuesday 4/24
1. We took a quiz on Act II of MSND. If you were out testing, please arrange to make this up. 
2. We went over the folklore and figurative language that affect this act. 
3. We went over the rubric for the media project.
4. We worked on the argument outlines. These could be turned in today or anytime on Thursday (on your own since we are testing). 
1. Read Act III by Monday.
2. Turn in argument outline by end of day Thursday. 
Thursday
4/26 We will not meet in the classroom today. Instead, we will meet in Lab 134 for testing.  Read Act III by Monday.
 
Week 32: April 16-20
Day Date In-Class
 
Homework
Monday 4/16
1. We introduced A Midsummer Night's Dream. You can check out the power point under Week 32.
2. We also went over the Multimedia Project Resources. Wally Greathouse came and gave his advice on working through the creative process.
3. We spent the rest of class working on our argument outline. This will be due for all next Thursday. 
1. Read Act I of MSND by Wed (3rd period) and Fri (1st period). You can access the play here.
2. Argument outline due next Thursday.
Wednesday
4/18
1. We discussed Act I of MSND, particularly the introduction of conflict and influence of setting. We had to read it in 1st period, but that was fun. 
2. We spent the rest of class working on our argument outline. 
Tentatively, Act II and your outlines are due next Thursday. This may change, depending on the testing schedule. We'll talk more Friday. 
Friday
4/20
1. We spent the first part of class answering "fuzzy" grammar questions in preparation for the EOC. 
2. We then worked as a group to come up with ideas for the rubric for the media project. I'll try to compile these into a rubric before we meet next week. 
3. We ended finishing our argument outlines. 
Read Act II by Tuesday or whenever we meet next. 
 
Week 31: April 9-13
Day Date In-Class
 
Homework
Monday 4/9
1. We began discussing Waiting for Godot today.
2. Students each read an essay about trying to understand this play and then worked in groups to apply the text's ideas. We will share them on Tuesday. 
Prepare for final book talk on Wednesday. 
Tuesday
4/10 We reviewed the three texts from yesterday and applied them to Waiting for Godot. 
Prepare for final book talk on Wednesday. 
Author's Chair on Friday 
Wednesday
4/11
1. We met in book groups first. If you were absent, you should have sent me or another group member your notes ahead of time. We worked on coming up with a tentative hypothesis and forming a plan for further research. 
2. We then passed back the EOC practice essays with my scores. People with 4/4 in each category turned them back in for full points. Anyone with a 3 or below in any category had to explain why they got that score and revise enough to bring that score to a 4. We will finish these on Friday. 
Author's Chair on Friday
You may also want to work on your 
EOC essay revisions to turn in Friday.
Friday
4/13
1. We had author's chair today. If you were absent, you can make it up next week. 
2. We also finished the EOC practice essay revisions. These were turned in today. If you did not turn yours in today, please have it in on Monday. 
Bring any further research to book group on Monday. 
 
Our first testing date is Wednesday, April 18th. 
 
Week 30: April 2-6
Day Date In-Class
 
Homework
Monday 4/2 1. We introduced Waiting for Godot today with reviewing the elements of typical literature and with a power point. 
1. 1st book of choice talk Wed. Bring notes to share. 
2. Bring revised draft of open letter Wed.
3. Read "Myth of Sisyphus" for Friday.
4. Read Waiting for Godot for next Monday. 
Tuesday
4/3
1. We reviewed the rubrics and blueprints for the English II EOC. 
2. Then, we passed back the informative practice essays that we wrote before the break and worked to score them in groups using the rubric. 
1. 1st book of choice talk Wed. Bring notes to share. 
2. Bring revised draft of open letter Wed.
3. Read "Myth of Sisyphus" for Friday.
4. Read Waiting for Godot for next Monday. 
Wednesday
4/4
1. We worked in groups on the book of choice project. If you were absent, you should have sent me or your group your notes. I did check these for a grade. All groups also turned in at least one possible research question with connections to each of their group's books.
2. We then did a writing workshop on the open letters. I also checked these drafts. 
 
1. Read "Myth of Sisyphus" for Friday.
2. Also, be prepared to read a short excerpt from your open letter on Friday.
3. Final draft of open letter is due on turnitin.com by Saturday. You may fill out a MWS and visit the lab to get an extension to Monday. 
4. Read Waiting for Godot for next Monday. 
Friday
4/6
1. We shared excerpts from the open letters. These are due Sat by the end of the day on turnitin. 
2. We worked in groups and then full class to understand Camus's metaphor in "The Myth of Sisyphus." 
1. Final draft of open letter is due on turnitin.com by Saturday. You may fill out a MWS and visit the lab to get an extension to Monday. 
2. Read Waiting for Godot for next Monday. 
3. Your last book talk will be on Wednesday. Remember to come with more notes more specific to your group's research question. 
 
Week 29: March 19-23
Day Date In-Class
 
Homework
Monday 3/19
1. We listed elements of argumentative essay writing.
2. We then started putting them on a chart to compare to arguments in YouTube videos and podcasts. 
1. Listen/watch more mentor texts for Wed.
2. Titles/topics due Wed.
3. Draft of letter by Thurs. 
(Tuesday: ACT)
Wednesday
3/21
1. We went to the book fair at the beginning of class.
2. Each group turned in their topics/books.
3. We finished working on our genre analysis and will go over these Thursday. 
Draft of letter due tomorrow. 
Thursday
3/22 We discussed the genre analyses and briefly did some peer workshopping on the open letters.   
Friday
3/23 Spring Day!   
 
Week 28: March 12-16
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday March 12
1. We finished writing the EOC prompts from Friday.
2. We then went over what the traits of an open letter were and how we felt these should be graded. I will get an assignment sheet ready for us based on your feedback for Wednesday. 
 
Wednesday - block day
March 14
1. We went over the assignment sheet for the Open Letter Assignment and began brainstorming possible topics. 
2. We then made lists of universal ideas present in the texts we've read this year. 
3. Then, we went over the Book of Choice Media Project
4. We formed groups and listed possible topics. 
Begin researching possible book titles.
1st will meet in the classroom for announcements on Thursday, but 3rd will meet in the library. 
Thursday
March 15 We went to the library today with groups to find fiction and non-fiction books. 
Book titles and topics for each group are due Wednesday 3/21. 
A first draft of your open letter is due Thursday 3/22. 
Friday
March 16
1. We had author's chair today.
2. We worked on writing open letters. 
 
Book titles and topics for each group are due Wednesday 3/21. 
A first draft of your open letter is due Thursday 3/22. 
 
Week 27:March 5-9
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday March 5 Today was our Antigone seminar. I will post the TodaysMeet discussions under Week 27 right side bar. If you were absent today, you will need to make-up the seminar during the Remediation 1 time on Thursday.  Begin written response to seminar - due Friday.
Wednesday March 7
1. We started in the computer lab using the testing system to try out some practice multiple choice questions. 
2. Then, we came back and looked at scored/annotated anchor essays from the EOC, focusing on what big ideas we needed to do in order to get all 4s. 
3. We began reading the open letters on the main page. 
1. Bring written response to seminar Friday. 
2. On Friday, we will start a practice EOC essay. Come prepared to write. 
3. On Monday, we will finish the essay but will also continue working on our open letter assignment. Make sure that you have read several open letters before class on Monday. 
Thursday March 8 Half Day - Seminar make-up will be during Remediation 1 after announcements.  
Friday March 9 I was out for SEYA, but today students worked on a practice EOC essay. If you were out, you can get this on Monday. We will finish it then for everyone else.  Make sure that you have read several open letters before class on Monday. 
 
Week 26: February 26-March 2
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday February 26
1. We went over common issues and tips from the Socratic Seminar writings.
2. We then discussed expectations for the required remediation. Anyone who scored less than a 42/42 is required to go the writing lab this week. Afterwards, write a paragraph citing evidence from the original text and possible revisions that show what you learned about writing arguments and/or responding to texts. If you scored a 42/42, this is optional. See me asap for your writing if you were absent. 
3. We finished discussing scenes 3-5 of Antigone, focusing on Sophocles's arguments and use of the tragic hero. 
1. For Tuesday, read parts II and III from this morality chapter. The reading starts on page 7-7 and ends on page 7-18. You do not have to read the entire document. 
2. Remediation reflection is due by the end of the day Friday
Tuesday February 27
1. We took a quiz over the morality reading. See me to make this up if you were absent. 
2. We worked in groups to discuss the limits of Kohlberg and Gilligan and then apply them to the characters of Antigone. 
Remediation reflection is due by the end of the day Friday
Wednesday February 28
Today we worked in two different groups to analyze King, Thoreau, and Gandhi. If you were absent, you may want to talk to someone or read over all the texts to fill in the blanks. Everyone turned in a written response to the following questions, which you should also do if you were absent.: 
  1. What is the King’s/Thoreau’s motivation for writing this piece? I.e., what happened historically and specifically to the author that prompted the author to respond with this piece of writing? You may have to look this up.
  2. What are King’s/Thoreau’s most important arguments in your section? Put them into your own words. Choose one quote to illustrate each. (You may use ellipses when writing it down.)
  3. Describe one idea that you found especially insightful, problematic, or confusing. Explain your reaction to this section.
  4. How are the beliefs of Gandhi, King, and Thoreau similar, and how are they different?
  5. How do they relate to Antigone?
1. Remediation reflection is due by the end of the day Friday
2. Read "Unburied" for Friday. 
Friday March 2
1. We took up the remediation reflections from those who had them. These are due by the end of the school day today. 
2. We listened to Antigone in Ferguson.
3. We went over the Antigone Socratic Seminar.
4. We spent the rest of the class either in writer's block or preparing for Monday's seminar. 
 
Prepare for Monday's seminar on Antigone. 
 
Week 25: February 20-23
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday February 19 No School - Presidents Day  
Tuesday February 20
1. We took a quiz over the prologue-Scene 2 of Antigone. See me asap if you need to make this up. 
2. We compared Creon, Antigone, and Ismene's character traits, providing evidence from the text. We will get into character arguments on Wednesday. 
1. Author's Chair is Friday.
2. Finish reading Antigone by Friday. 
Wednesday February 21
1. We finished our discussion on the prologue-Scene 2 of Antigone, focusing on the arguments the characters made, how they made them, and whose were most compelling. 
2. We introduced the concept of a moral dilemma and wrote our responses to one. We will look more at these on Tuesday. 
1. Author's Chair is Friday.
2. Finish reading Antigone by Friday.
3. By Tuesday, read parts II and III from this morality chapter. The reading starts on page 7-7 and ends on page 7-18. You do not have to read the entire document. 
Friday February 23
1. We started with author's chair - thanks to our readers!
2. We took a quiz on scenes 3-5. Please arrange to make-up if you were absent. 
3. We began discussion of Creon's attitudes in Scene 3 and will continue discussing the play on Monday. 
By Tuesday, read parts II and III from this morality chapter. The reading starts on page 7-7 and ends on page 7-18. You do not have to read the entire document. 
 
Week 24: February 12-16
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday February 12 We began presenting the speeches today. Remember that the speeches themselves should be submitted by a group member on turnitin.com. Some groups had students absent, so we will finish those presentations on Tuesday (time allowing) or Wednesday. 
1. Prepare for Tuesday's seminar. All documents are under Week 23. 
Tuesday February 13 We had our Julius Caesar Socratic Seminar today.  Review the story of Oedipus and the Sphinx for Wednesday. We are going to start Antigone soon. 
Wednesday February 14
1. We finished the Julius Caesar speeches today. 
2. We then had a short writer's block. Next author's chair is the 23rd. :-) 
3. We went over the basics of Ancient Greek theater. You can look at this power point to go over Greek theater. 
4. We then compared male and female Greek characters and their typical traits. 
5. We went over the rules for Friday's Silent Discussion
Prepare for silent discussion on "Myth" poem.
Friday February 16
We had our silent discussion on "Myth" today and discussed our conclusions as a group.
If you were absent, answer these questions to make up the grade and turn these in: 
  1. Rukeyser published this poem in 1973. Why do you think she referenced such an ancient story in her poem? 
  2. What do you think is Rukeyser’s message in this poem, and how do you know?
  3. The structure of this poem is bizarre. Why do you think it was written in the form it was? 
  4. How could the title be significant? 
  5. Choose a specific word or phrase that you think has a connotative purpose beyond its denotative one. What do you think Rukeyser is symbolically saying with that word/phrase? 
Read the prologue-Scene 2 of Antigone for Tuesday. 
 
 
Week 23: February 5-9
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday February 5
1. We finished reading Act III of Julius Caesar. Please read this on your own if you were absent. 
2. We also went over the assignment for annotating Brutus and Antony's funeral speeches. Unfortunately, only 1st period had time to work in class. 
Finish annotations for the Antony and Brutus funeral speeches.
Do the best you can. We will be going over these in class. You are welcome to work with a partner on your own. 
Tuesday February 6
1. We took notes on the rhetorical triangle and kairos. Please get these from a friend if you were absent. 
2. We went over the annotations for the Brutus/Antony speeches. 
3. We went over the Two Speech Assignment and got started working. You will have all of class Wednesday to work on this. 
1. Continue work on speeches - due Monday. 
2. Optional - finish the play by Friday. 
Wednesday February 7 I was out today, but students worked on their speeches. 
1. Continue work on speeches - due Monday. 
2. Optional - finish the play by Friday. 
Friday February 9
1. We went over the ending of Julius Caesar. 
2. Then, we went over the Julius Caesar Socratic Seminar. Here are the three readings that you will need: 
3. We spent the rest of class working on speeches and the seminar. 
1. Finish speeches for Monday.
2. Prepare for Tuesday's seminar. 
 
Week 22: January 29-February 2
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday January 29
1. We took a quiz on Act II. See me if you were absent and need to make this up sometime this week. 
2. We began discussing the use of rhetoric and growing conflict in this act. We will finish on the block day. 
Read Seneca's "On Providence" for block day. 
Wednesday January 31
1. We had a mentor sentence on dashes (and also briefly reviewed the rest of the punctuation marks in the Harbrace). See a friend for notes if you were absent. 
2. We also finished discussing Act II, focusing on Brutus and Caesar's conversations with their wives, the rhetoric used, and what these scenes reveal about these men. 
3. We practiced EOC multiple choice questions with Seneca and then discussed the viewpoints of Stoicism. We will discuss more how this applies to Brutus on Friday. 
Author's Chair Friday! 
Thursday February 1 Half-Day  
Friday February 2
1. We had author's chair! If you were absent, we will likely have you read on Monday. 
2. We finished applying evidence to Brutus's stoicism. 
4. We began reading Act III. If you were absent, 1st period students should read until just after Caesar's death. 3rd period only read until Cassius threatens to kill himself. We will continue reading on Monday. 
 
 
Week 21: January 22-26
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday January 22
1. We continued (1st)/started (3rd) Act I. We read all of Scene 1 and through line 177 of Scene 2.
2. We began the group work on Brutus/Cassius's dialogue in Scene 2 and will continue this on Tuesday. 
Continue bringing book all week. 
Tuesday January 23 We finished the group work from yesterday and will present on Wednesday.  Continue bringing book all week. Complete anything that needs to be done to present Wednesday. 
Wednesday January 24
1. We presented the dialogue work from Act I.
2. We finished reading Act I. 
Read all of Act II by Monday. 
Thursday January 25  Homecoming   
 
Week 20: January 15-19 Snow Week! 
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday January 15 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
 
 
Tuesday January 16 Snow Day!  
Wednesday January 17 Snow Day!
 
Homecoming will take place next week. Friday will be a class day if we are not out again. Come prepared to read Caesar. 
Friday January 19  Snow Day!   
 
Week 19: January 8-12
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday January 8
1. We got in our new groups and new seats. If you were absent, we will let you know where to go when you return. 
2.We went over the most-missed questions on the midterm and strategies for getting these types of questions correct. 
3. We began going over the Julius Caesar Vocabulary. 1st period was able to begin group work on this, but 3rd wasn't. We will continue the group work tomorrow. 
You will need your textbook for Julius Caesar starting on Wednesday. 
Tuesday January 9
1. We continued signed up for parts for Julius Caesar. If you were absent, a part was assigned to you. 
2. We continued working on the  Julius Caesar Vocabulary and then began presenting. We will finish on the block day after some other activities. 
Make sure to bring your textbook starting on Wednesday. 
Wednesday January 10
1. We started with mentor sentences on using colons. If you were absent, please get these notes from a friend as this skill is on the ACT and EOC. 
2. Then, we had a short writer's block to get ready for author's chair this semester. 
3. We then finished presenting and taking notes on the Julius Caesar Vocabulary
4. We introduced Julius Caesar by making connections with modern art, particularly Hamilton. 
5. Most classes barely began Act I. We will continue/start reading in the next class. 
Come prepared to read next class. 
Friday January 12  Snow Day!  
 
Week 18: December 11-15
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday December 11 We reviewed rule 14b (semi-colons in a series with commas) with both some practice exercises and mentor sentences. We will finish sharing our mentor sentences tomorrow.
1. Narratives are due tonight! Don't forget your analysis paragraph.
2. There is a comma/semi-colon quiz tomorrow. We will review some in class beforehand.
Tuesday December 12
1. We finished sharing sentences from rule 14b.
2. Then, we reviewed the comma rules with some practice sentences.
3. We took our comma/semi-colon quiz. Please see me asap to make-up if you were absent. 
We will start the reading of narratives on Wednesday and finish on Friday. Author's chair people have to read something. Others are optional. 
 
Annotated bib revisions (optional) are due Wednesday. 
Wednesday December 13
1. We passed back the comma/semi-colon quizzes and worked on corrections to earn points back. See me if you'd like to make this up and were absent today. 
2. We went over the Midterm Study Guide
3. We began author's chair and will finish on Friday. 
Annotated bib revisions (optional) are due tonight. 
 
Friday is the last day to read your narrative for extra credit or to do the final author's chair. 
 
Midterm is on Monday! 
Friday December 15  Finished author's chair and prepared for midterm   
 
Week 17: December 4-8
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday December 4 Today was a workshop day for our allegorical narratives. We focused on our two goals: creating an engaging story and conveying our viewpoint to the audience.  Bring revised narrative on Wednesday for further work. 
Tuesday December 5
1. We went over rule 12d in the Harbrace and some practice questions.
2. We began a mentor sentence for this rule and will finish it tomorrow. 
Bring revised narrative on Wednesday for further work. 
Wednesday December 6
1. We finished our mentor sentences from yesterday. 
2. We went over narrative revision strategies: sensory details, specific action, dialogue, and avoiding cliches.
3. We used writing workshops to focus on these skills and then had time to work on narratives. 
Continue working on narrative - due on turnitin.com on Monday 
Friday December 8
1. We went over 14a (semi-colons) in the Harbrace.
2. We then completed a mentor sentence with it. Please get notes from a friend if you were absent. There will be a quiz on all comma/semi-colon rules next week. 
Continue working on narrative - due on turnitin.com on Monday 
 
Week 16: November 27-December 1
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday November 27 Today was our last day in the computer lab to work on the annotated bibliographies for the allegory assignment. 
Annotated bibliographies are due on turnitin.com by the end of the day Tuesday. 
 
Author's Chair will be on Wednesday this week. 
Tuesday November 28 We looked at two sample allegories and discussed what makes a good allegorical narrative. 
1. Annotated bibliographies are due tonight on turnitin.com unless you filled out a missing work sheet. 
2. Author's chair takes place tomorrow. 
3. Bring a 1st draft of your narrative to class on Monday for workshop. You may use the prewriting handout to help if you like. 
Wednesday November 29
1. We had author's chair today - thanks for many great pieces of writing! 
2. We then had a mentor sentence on comma rule 12c. Please see a friend for notes if you were absent. We are working through the rest of the comma and semi-colon rules before the end of the semester. 
3. We discussed allegory ideas in creature groups. 
Bring a 1st draft of your narrative to class on Monday for workshop. You may use the prewriting handout to help if you like. 
Friday December 1 Today will be a work day for the allegories. Bring what you need to work to class. You may work quietly or discuss with peers.  Bring a 1st draft of your narrative to class on Monday for workshop.
 
Week 15: November 20-21
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday November 20 We had our Socratic Seminar on Lord of the Flies today. If you were absent, you will need to schedule a time to make this up after the break. Grades for the spoken portion are already posted.  Meet in Lab 128 tomorrow. Continue working on choosing your issue, identifying stakeholders, and describing your current position on this issue. Please write these in your writer's notebook and have in class on Tuesday. 
Tuesday November 21
1. We went over How to Format an MLA Paper and How to Do Your Annotated Bibliography. We also looked at the Opposing Viewpoints database for help finding sources.
2. Then, we worked on researching for the annotated bibliographies. 
We will meet back in lab 128 on the Monday after the break. Remember that your annotated bibliography will be due on turnitin.com by the end of the day on Tuesday, November 28th. 
 
 
Week 14: November 13-17
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday November 13
1. We took a quiz over chapters 7-9. See me asap if you need to make this up. 
2. We broke into small groups to look at questions related to these chapters and began to discuss them. We will finish this on Wednesday. 
1. Read chapters 10-12 by Wed.
2. All essay corrections need to be turned in by Wed.
3. Optional TFA rewrite is due by end of day on Wed on turnitin.com.
4. Read Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau by Thurs. 
Wednesday November 15
1. We finished group discussion by focusing on Simon's role in the novel. 
2. Then we took a quiz over chapters 10-12. See me to make this up. 
3. We then wrote in response to quotes from the chapters and used these to guide discussion on Golding's message in the book and how he carries it out. 
5. Both classes turned in last essay corrections. 
1. Optional TFA rewrite is due tonight on turnitin.com.
2. Read Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau by Thurs. 
Thursday November 16
1. We charted Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau and their positions on the state of nature, government, and the social contract.
2. We went over the Socratic Seminar. 
1. Come up with a list of issues that you think are socially important for Friday's class. 
2. Prepare for Socratic Seminar on Monday. 
Friday November 17
1. We defined allegories and discussed examples. Please see a classmate for notes if you were absent. 
2. We then went over the allegorical narrative assignment. 
3. We practiced identifying stakeholders in an issue. Again, you may want to see a classmate for an explanation if you were out. 
4. We then worked on choosing our own issues and determining their stakeholders. 
1. Prepare for Socratic Seminar on Monday. 
2. Continue working on choosing your issue, identifying stakeholders, and describing your current position on this issue. Please write these in your writer's notebook and have in class on Tuesday. 
 
Week 13: November 6-10
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday November 6 We went over comma rule 12b with a mentor sentence. If you were absent, please get notes from a friend.  Finish chapters 4-6 by Wed. 
Tuesday November 7  No School - Rain Day  
Wednesday November 8
1. We went to the computer lab and completed "a little bit better revisions" for the TFA essays. We turned these revisions in during class. If you were absent, please complete these and turn them in to me asap. You do not need to revise the whole essay for this assignment - just a small portion. Do not revise Harbrace numbers. We will do so on Friday. 
2. We came back to the classroom and discussed chapters 4-6, particularly Golding's developing themes and how his symbols relate. 
1. Read chapters 7-9 by Monday. 
2. Optional rewrites are due Wed, the 15th on turnitin.com. A visit to the writing lab is required. Some papers are required to be rewritten. 
Friday November 10 We worked on essay corrections in class today. Most students were able to finish during class, but otherwise, they are due by Tuesday. If you were absent, I have extra sheets in the class that you can pick up.   
1. Read chapters 7-9 by Monday. 
2. Essay corrections due by Tuesday for everyone 
3. Optional rewrites are due Wed, the 15th on turnitin.com. A visit to the writing lab is required. Some papers are required to be rewritten. 
 
 
Week 12: October 30-November 3

Day

Date

In-Class

Homework

Monday

October 30
1. We did a multiple choice practice quiz. See me to make-up if you were absent. 
2. We began reviewing clauses done by different groups last week. Many had problems, so I'm extending the assignment to turn in until tomorrow. 
3. We also passed out copies of Lord of the Flies. See me if you need one. 
1. Bring Night tomorrow for an in-class writing. 
2. Finish any work on clauses (instructions on Friday of last week). 
3. Read Ch. 1-3 of LotF by Friday.
4. Author's chair is Friday! 
Tuesday October 31
1. We turned in the clause practice. We also turned in Night. 
2. We did an in-class writing on Night. If you were absent, here are the instructions: 

All authors want to communicate with their audiences – whether that be to help them understanding a particular feeling or a truth about human life.

Determine either a message or particular feeling that Wiesel is trying to convey to his audience in Night.

Then, show how two moments work together to have this effect on his audience. Use the what/how/why method, citing specific evidence and using internal documentation for all quotes.

You should have at least two paragraphs with claim, evidence, and warrant.

When you are finished, you may return Night in the box at the front of the room. Please make sure to cross off your name.

3. We then went over the instructions for the "little bit better" revision, also listed here: 

Spend around fifteen minutes thinking about how the paper you wrote today could be “a little bit better.”

Does your paper need stronger, more specific evidence? Further warrant? A clearer claim?

In the margins of your paper, write in a different color than your original draft revisions to make your paper “a little bit better.” Be prepared to discuss these in class on Wednesday.

 

1. "Little bit better revision is due tomorrow. 
2. Read Ch. 1-3 of LotF by Friday's class.
3. Author's chair is Friday! 
Wednesday November 1
1. I returned the clauses review work and am allowing students to earn back points. To earn them back, you must:
-Find new sentences that use the clauses you missed.
-Imitate each clause yourself. 
2. We shared our "little bit better" revisions and added a page to our writer's notebook for what we want to remember when writing different types of essays. If you missed this, you may want to look at a friend's.
3. We did a mentor sentence for Harbrace rule 12a. Please get notes from a friend if absent.
4. We had writer's block. 
1. Optional: revisions to clause review due Friday
2. Ch. 1-3 of LotF due Friday
3. Author's chair Friday! 
 
Friday
 
November 3
1. I took up the clause revisions and the Night writings (from 1st). 
2. We had author's chair. Thanks, readers!
3. We took a quiz on chapters 1-3. 3rd period began discussing the use of the frame story. 
1. Read chapters 4-6 by Tuesday. 
 
Week 11: October 23-27

Day

Date

In-Class

Homework

Monday

October 23
1. First, we discussed the impact on Night on our understanding of the Holocaust.
2. Then, we worked in groups to create what/how/why questions about two moments from Night to discuss in whole class discussion. 
Final draft is due on turnitin.com by 11:59 on Tuesday. 
Tuesday October 24 We began discussion of the group questions today and will continue tomorrow. Final draft is due on turnitin.com by 11:59 on tonight
Wednesday October 25 We continued discussion of the group questions today and will finish Friday.   
Friday
 
October 27
1. We finished our Night discussion questions today. 
2. We began grammar review in groups over clauses. We will pick up with presenting parts of these on Monday. There will likely also be a multiple choice practice on Monday. 
If you did not finish your grammar review in class today, please do so for homework. 
Instructions below: 
1. Find the following clauses in already written sentences. You may use any book (including Night).

-Independent (any complete sentence will have one)

-Noun

-Adverbial

-Adjectival

2. Write out your sentences and label the types of clauses. Discuss how and why the clauses are used the way they are. How do they help convey the author’s message? How could they be constructed differently, and how would that change the meaning?3. Each person in your group should imitate a different sentence. (Sentences likely have more than one type of clause.)

4. Be prepared to share and turn in your work.

 
Week 10: October 16-20

Day

Date

In-Class

Homework

Monday

October 16

1. We went over adverbial clauses with the Harbrace and a mentor sentence. Please get notes from a friend if you were absent.
2. We started reading "*** First Drafts." A link is on the right to this chapter if you did not a chance to finish reading in class. We will start with this piece on Tuesday. 
1. Bring first draft of TFA essay tomorrow!
2. Begin Night - finish by 10/23. 
3. Read "Father" by Wed. 
Tuesday October 17
1. We finished discussing "*** First Drafts" and applying Lamott's ideas to our own writing process. 
2. We completed a short self-review of our essays, focusing on claim, evidence, and warrant. 
3. We completed peer review on first drafts, focusing on revision plans for the rest of the week. 
1. Read "Father by Wed.
2. Bring revised draft on Friday. Bring your work on Wednesday to work on in class. 
3. Begin Night - finish by 10/23. 
Wednesday October 18
1. We discussed how memoir and fiction are similar and different.
2. Then, we identified elements of literary techniques in Soto's "Father." 
3. Then, we wrote paragraphs that included elements of memoir, by focusing on describing an emotion in a place without saying it. We shared these with partners. 
4. We then worked on our TFA essay revisions. 
1. Bring revised draft on Friday. Bring your work on Wednesday to work on in class. 
2. Continue Night - finish by 10/23 (Monday). 
Friday
 
October 20
1. We reviewed the qualities of good essays, MLA documentation, and the rubric for the TFA paper. We used the rubric as a guideline for what we needed to work on in our papers.
2. We conducted peer review on our papers. 
1. Complete Weekly Feedback before Sunday. This will count as a grade. 
2. Finish Night for Monday.
3. Essay is due on Tuesday. 
 
Week 9: October 9-13

Day

Date

In-Class

Homework

Monday

October 9

1. We reviewed adjectival clauses in the Harbrace and then completed mentor sentences. You may want to get notes from a peer if you were absent.
2. We went back over the TFA assignment, particularly possible research sources. We will meet in the computer lab tomorrow.
 
Meet in lab 128 tomorrow - be prepared to start research/planning of essay. 
Author's chair is Friday!!! 
Tuesday October 10 We worked researching for our TFA essays in the computer lab today. 
Author's Chair Friday
1st draft due next Tuesday
Wednesday October 11
No Class - PSAT
Non-testing students should meet in the auditorium during class time.
 
Friday
(block day)
October 13
1. We had author's chair. Thanks to our readers!
2. We then gave out Night and discussed our background knowledge regarding the Holocaust.
3. We went over writing literary thesis statements (get notes from a friend if you were absent) and spent the rest of class working on writing thesis statements and planning our TFA essays. 
1. 1st draft of TFA due Tuesday
2. Begin Night - finish by 10/23
 
 
Week 8: September 25-29
*Note: the writing lab will be closed on Wednesday and Friday this week! 

Day

Date

In-Class

Homework

Monday

September 25

1. We finished the oreo-cookie quoting activity and turned this in. You can find it on the last page of the powerpoint if you were absent. 

2. We then began quiz questions in response to part 3. If you did not finish in class, these were homework. 

3. We began discussion on student-generated questions about part 3. 

If you did not finish in class, answer these by Tuesday: 
Choose 2 questions to answer on your own paper. Make sure to include claim, evidence, and warrant. Bonus if you can correctly use oreo-cookie quoting!
Chapter 20:How has the role of white people changed in the community, and what might Achebe be saying about this change? What problems arise from the new government? Chapter 21:What might Mr. Brown represent? What might be the significance of Nwoye changing his name to Isaac?
Chapter 22:Compare Mr. Brown and Mr. Smith. What conclusions can be made from this comparison?What does the way in which the egwugwu talk to Mr. Smith reveal? Chapter 23:What is ironic about the court in this chapter, and how might it be significant? Chapter 24-25:Why do you think Okonkwo killed himself? What is revealed about the colonizer’s mindset in the last chapter? Overall: Achebe said that history would look different if told from the lion’s perspective and not the hunter’s. Apply that idea to his book. Has Achebe romanticized his people? Why or why not?
Tuesday September 26 We went over the graded essays and worked on essay corrections in class. If you were absent, you will likely want to talk to a friend or come see me about how to do these. I have extra handouts in my room, but they are also linked on the right. 
1. Essay corrections (required for everyone) are due before fall break, but the grade will go on the 2nd quarter. 
2. Revised essays (optional) are due on turnitin.com by Monday. Please try and visit the writing lab or come speak to me if you plan to do a revision. 
Wednesday September 27
1. We went over the discussion questions for Part 3 of TFA.
2. We read "The Second Coming" by Yeats and made connections to TFA.
3. We went over the essay assignment for TFA and began in-class writing. 
1. Essay corrections (required for everyone) are due before fall break, but the grade will go on the 2nd quarter. 
2. Revised essays (optional) are due on turnitin.com by Monday. Please try and visit the writing lab or come speak to me if you plan to do a revision. 
Friday September 29
Fall Spirit Day! 
 
 
Week 7: September 18-22
Day Date In-Class Homework
Monday September 18
1. We continued our discussion on chapters 7-13 by focusing on providing evidence. First, we looked at the static/moving portrayals of the Ibo culture.
2. Then, we worked in groups to apply a literary approach to an unfamiliar part of the text. We began presenting and will continue tomorrow in class. 
Read chapters 14-19 by Wednesday.
Tuesday September 19
1. We finished our group presentations on chapters 7-13. 
2. We began looking at sample literary analysis essays and writing possible conventions. We will continue with this Wednesday. See me for the paperwork if you were absent. 
Read chapters 14-19 by tomorrow. 
Wednesday September 20
1. We finished taking notes on and discussing the characteristics of the genre of literary analysis. If you've been absent, please get these notes from a friend. The handouts are online, and I have extra copies in class.
2. We took a quiz on chapters 14-19. See me to make this up if you were absent. 
3. We began discussion of the clashing values of the two cultures and will continue with a discussion of the missionaries and foreshadowing next time. 
4. We ended with a small writer's block. 
Finish the book by Monday. 
Friday September 22
1. We finished our discussion of chapters 14-19, focusing on quote analysis and representation of the missionaries. 
2. We introduced oreo cookie quoting. The power point is listed on the right, and we will continue practicing this on Monday.
Finish book by Monday.
 
Week 6: September 11-15
Day Date In-Class Homework
Monday September 11
1. We did a short MCM to practice identifying details in fiction with multiple choice questions.
2. We looked at primary sources about European colonialism in Africa to answer what one of Achebe's motivations may have been in writing TFA
1. We will not meet on Tuesday due the half-day schedule this week. Finish reading chapters 1-6 of TFA by class on Wednesday.
Wednesday September 13
1. We took an open-notes quiz on phrases. See me if you need to make this up.
2. We then discussed independent and dependent clauses, focusing today on noun clauses. We completed a mentor sentence on noun clauses. Get these notes from a friend if you were absent. 
3. We took a quiz over chapters 1-6. See me to make this up. 
4. We discussed the purpose of the long exposition in TFA and how the culture in the book is both familiar and unfamiliar. 
Read chapters 7-13 by Friday. 
Thursday September 14 Half-Day  
Friday September 15
1. We took a quiz on chapters 7-13. See me asap to make this up if you were absent.
2. We provided evidence in characterizing the good and bad qualities about Okonkwo. We will continue with these chapters on Monday. 
1. Read chapters 14-19 by Wed. 
2. Complete weekly feedback by Saturday at noon. 
 
 
Week 5: September 4-8
Day Date In-Class Homework
Monday September 4 Labor Day - No School!   
Tuesday September 5
1. We briefly went over internal documentation. A handout is included on the right side of the page for your reference.
2. We continued working in groups on the literary lenses and began presenting analyses. 
Bring revised draft Wednesday.
Also, author's chair is Friday. 
Wednesday September 6
1. We finished our group presentations on the literary lenses. 
2. We completed a mentor sentence about absolute phrases. You may want to get missed notes from a friend if you were out. 
3. We completed a writing workshop on the revised drafts. 
4. We went over an introductory power point on Things Fall Apart and passed out copies of the book. See me if you need one. 
1. Author's chair is Friday! 
2. Papers are due Saturday on turnitin.com at 11:59 PM. You must fill out a missing work sheet before the weekend and visit the writing lab prior to the deadline to turn it in after this time with no penalty. Deadline is next Tuesday. 
3. Begin reading Things Fall Apart. Chapters 1-6 are due next Wednesday. 
Friday September 8 We had our first author's chair today. Thank you to everyone who read! 
1. Please fill out the weekly feedback before Saturday at noon. 
2. Papers are due Saturday on turnitin.com at 11:59 PM. You must fill out a missing work sheet before the weekend and visit the writing lab prior to the deadline to turn it in after this time with no penalty. Deadline is next Tuesday. 
3. Begin reading Things Fall Apart. Chapters 1-6 are due next Wednesday. 
 
Week 4: August 28-September 1
Day Date In-Class Homework
Monday August 28
1. We took notes on forwarding and countering moves. I will post the power point, but you may also want to get notes from a peer to help if you were out.
2. We worked individually, in groups, or in teacher-student conferences on our "interpreting literature" essays. 
Continue working on essays. First draft is due Friday.
Tuesday August 29 We took notes on LIE questions and then practiced using them with "The Chaser." The power point is on the right side of the page.  Continue working on essays. First draft is due Friday.
Wednesday August 30
1. We worked on mentor sentences for participial phrases. You may want to get these notes from a friend if you were out. 
2. We had our writer's block. Most students chose to work on their theory of literature essays. 
3. We went over "literary lenses." There is a handout that you will need to get from me if you were absent. We also read a short story called "Once Upon a Time" by Nadine Gordimer that we will work with more in future days. You should read this before you were return if you were absent. A link is available on the right. 
Bring your first draft Friday - electronic or print copies are both fine. 
Friday September 1
1. We discussed the difference between higher and lower/later order concerns and how that relates to writing workshop.
2. Then, we discussed how we should act and our goals during a writing workshop. 
3. We then conducted a writing workshop on the first drafts of the "theory of literature" essay. 
1. Complete weekly feedback by noon Sat.
2. Work on essay revisions - bring revised draft Wed. 
 
Week 3: August 22-25
Day Date In-Class Homework
Tuesday August 22 We began presentations today on the summer reading group work and will continue with them on Wednesday. 3rd period also wrote a reflective response in their writer's notebooks.   If necessary, finish presentations. 
Wednesday August 23
1. We finished the summer reading presentations. 
2. 1st period wrote a reflective response in their writer's notebooks.
3. Then, all classes watched this video about how and why to read literature. We then added responses to it into our writer's notebooks and discussed our forming approaches to interpreting literature. 
4. We took notes on claim, evidence, and warrant and practiced these three steps of argumentative writing with a WWI poster. 
Complete this self-assessment about argumentative writing before Friday. Thanks! 
Friday August 25
 1. We had our first mentor sentence activity on gerunds and infinitives. You may want to get the notes from a friend if you were absent. 
2. We went over the "Personal Theory of Interpreting Literature" essay assignment. The handout is on the right hand of the page. 
3. We then discussed different strategies for organizing these ideas. This handout is also on the right hand side of the page. 
Bring the work on your essay every day next week. The first draft for conferencing is due next Friday. 
 
Week 2: August 14-18
Day Date In-Class Homework
Monday August 14
1. We wrote in our writer's notebooks about the two interlude chapters from HTRL and how they affected (or didn't affect) our personal approaches to studying literature. 
2. We then discussed our responses to these chapters.
3. We started "the path" activity in our writer's notebooks. 
*We also passed around the sign-up sheet for author's chair. These are now posted at the front of the room. Make sure you made a note about your date. 
1. Register for our turnitin.com class.
2. Review the rest of HTRL and bring your book of choice by the block day.
Tuesday August 15
1. We finished the writing part of our path activity.
2. We discussed the meanings and practiced interpreting these "symbols."
1. Review the rest of HTRL and bring your book of choice Wednesday.
Wednesday August 16
 1. We started today with our first writer's block, working on our first piece of writing for author's chair. 
2. We then took our benchmark and went over the answers.
3. We began work on the summer reading group work. You will have more time to work on Friday. 
 Any needed outside work for group project
Friday August 18
We continued work on the summer reading group projects. The assignment sheet and rubrics are posted to the right side of this page.
Any needed outside work for group project - due Tuesday. 
Enjoy the eclipse 3-day weekend!!! 
 
Week 1: August 9-11
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
 Wednesday August 9 1. We made nametags and later began using them to introduce ourselves to the class. 2. We also passed out textbooks. See me if you were absent and need one. 3. We went over the homework.  
1. Register for our turnitin.com class.
2. If possible, bring writer's notebook tomorrow.
 
Thursday August 10  1. We finished our introductions from yesterday. 2. We went over the course syllabus, including policies and expectations. 3. We completed our first quick write in our writers' notebooks about places writing hides. 
1. Register for our turnitin.com class. 
Friday August 11
 1. We completed another generative writing in our writer's notebooks using maps and then shared with our writing groups. 
2. We discussed our aha, agree, and argue moments from the introduction of HTRL. 
3. We finished with a quick-write about how we currently feel about reading and interpreting literature in response to today's discussion and reading. 
1. Register for our turnitin class.
2. Review the two interlude chapters from HTRL. Look again for aha, agree, and argue moments.
 
 
 
Week 18: December 11-15
 
Midterm Study Guide
Week 16: November 27-December 1
 
Prewriting Handout
Sample Allegory 1
Sample Allegory 2
Week 10: October 16-20
Week 8: September 25-29
Week 7: September 18-22
Week 5: September 4-8
Week 4: August 28-September 1
 
"Once Upon a Time"
 
Weekly Feedback - Week 4
Week 2: August 14-18
Week 1: August 9-11
1st Day Intro
Summer