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2017-2018 English III AP

Week 36: May 14-18 - Last Day of Regular Class is Tuesday!!!
Day Date In-Class
 
Homework
Monday
5/14
1. We began turning in books. If you did not turn in yours today, please bring it tomorrow.
2. We completed another argument prompt practice. 
3. We continued synthesis presentations. These must be finished tomorrow. 
4. We began adding to the Google Strategies Doc for the AP test. 
All synthesis presentations must be finished tomorrow! 
Tuesday
5/15    
Wednesday 5/16
Test today at 8 AM!!! Good luck!!!
 
Breakfast will be available starting at 7:30 in the upstairs lounge - hope to see you there!!! 
 
 
Thursday 5/17 Visit from the Senior Teachers today  
Friday 5/18 Library field trip and thesis workshops   
 
Week 35: May 7-11
Day Date In-Class
 
Homework
Monday
5/7
1. We went over a practice argumentative prompt made by a group from class, coming up with a thesis and evidence. 
2. We passed back and used anchor essays to score all 3 of our in-class essays. If you were absent, you will want to meet with me to choose one to get graded by me and the other two to receive participation grades. 
3. We worked on the Book of Choice argumentative and synthesis tasks. 
Optional: 
Gatsby Essay due tonight
Huck Finn Revisions due May 9th
Both require trips to the writing lab. 
Wednesday
5/9
1. We took the survey for next week's field trip on the library page. 
2. We went over a practice argumentative prompt made by a group from class, coming up with a thesis and evidence. 
3. We continued work on the Book of Choice argumentative and synthesis tasks. All argumentative prompts should have been turned in today, and we should be ready to start presenting synthesis arguments tomorrow. 
Optional: 
Huck Finn Revisions due tonight. 
This requires a trip to the writing lab. 
 
Be ready to begin presenting synthesis arguments Thursday. 
Thursday 5/10
1. We went over a practice argumentative prompt made by a group from class, coming up with a thesis and evidence. 
2. We continued work on the synthesis arguments. Please be prepared to share yours whenever you are in class next. 
Synthesis arguments must be ready. 
Friday 5/11    
 
Week 34: April 30-May 4
Day Date In-Class
 
Homework
Tuesday
5/1 No School!  
Wednesday
5/2
1. We finished presentations of the voice lessons. 
2. We met in book of choice groups and then began work on the argumentative and synthesis tasks for these. 
Optional: 
Gatsby Essay due May 7th
Huck Finn Revisions due May 9th
Both require trips to the writing lab. 
Friday
5/4
No class today - 4th period will meet in the auditorium during class time with Coach Jones. Please work on your synthesis/argument tasks for the book of choice. 
6th period will not meet due to yearbook signing. 
Optional: 
Gatsby Essay due May 7th
Huck Finn Revisions due May 9th
Both require trips to the writing lab. 
 
Week 33: April 23-27
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday 4/23
1. We used the article about lowering the voter age to discuss argumentative evidence, analyze rhetorical moves, and use of commonplaces in arguments. 
2. We looked at former synthesis essays, focusing on commonplaces that we could use to guide our essays. Then, we predicted possible types of synthesis essays for this year's test. 
3. We worked in our book of choice groups. Groups turned in notes from their discussion. 
4. Book of choice groups began work on creating voice lessons for the rest of the class. I have included a Sample Voice Lesson for you to use as an example. We will finish these Wednesday. 
Next book of choice meeting is next Monday. Bring a synthesis source based on your group's topic. If you were absent, you will need to ask your group what kind of source you should find. 
Wednesday
4/25
1. We finished working on the voice lessons in groups.
2. We played a game with argumentative prompts where groups generated evidence. 
3. We began presenting the voice lessons and will continue on Friday and possibly Wednesday of next week. 
Next book of choice meeting is now next Wednesday due to the changed schedule for testing. Bring a source for your group's topic. 
 
Remember, we are writing two essays on Friday - rhetorical analysis and argumentative. 
Friday
4/27
1. We wrote both a rhetorical analysis and argumentative essay today - whew! Good work! 
2. With the little time remaining, we worked through another voice lesson. We can save the rest for Wednesday. 
Next book of choice meeting is Wednesday. Bring a source for your group's topic. 
 
Week 32: April 16-20
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Tuesday 4/17
1. We wrote a practice synthesis essay. 
2. We finished adding sources to the Gatsby seminar. 
3. Book groups also determined what they want read by Monday's meeting. 
1. Prepare for Gatsby seminar on Thursday. 
2. Keep reading book of choice. Take notes on style and argument for Monday. 
 
Thursday
4/19
1. We had our Gatsby seminar. If you were absent, we will come up with a make-up time next week - probably Wednesday.
2. In 6th period, we started partner work analyzing an argumentative articles and its use of strategies. Both classes will finish this activity Monday. 
 
We also went over the optional Gatsby essay. It will be due May 7th, and you must go to the writing lab for help if you choose to do it. This is an optional assignment that will count as extra credit if you score a 6 or above. 
Book of choice meeting will take place Monday. Don't forget to take notes on style/rhetoric. 
 
Week 31: April 9-13
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday 4/9
1. I collected any stray MC remediation. This grade is now in the grade book. 
2. We went over the Change My View Reflection.
3. We went over the Book of Choice Assignment and began meeting in groups.
3. We continued work on the Mock Essay Remediation. Here are the instructions if you have not finished:
  1. Read over your essays. You may do this alone or with partners for extra help/feedback.
  2. Determine why/how you got the score that you did. If its a high score, why is it so high? If it is a low score, what specifically made it low? What did you include/leave out that worked or did not work?
  3. Write your responses for each type of essay, focusing on strengths and weaknesses. There were few 8s, so pretty much everyone has room for improvement. What are simple things you feel confident that you can do to improve your score for each type of essay? Include all of this in your responses.
  4. Choose one type of essay that you want to work to get a higher score in. For that type of essay, rewrite at least a paragraph to illustrate how this essay could have been better. Explain what you changed and why after your revision.
1. For Tuesday, complete chapters 5-7 of Gatsby. 
2. By Thursday, finish Gatsby and turn in your mock essay revisions. 
3. Friday, Huck Finn essays are due. 
4. Friday, your book of choice proposal is due. 
5. CMV reflection is due on turnitin.com next Monday. 
Tuesday
4/10 We discussed emerging themes and arguments in chapters 5-7 of Gatsby.
1. By Thursday, finish Gatsby and turn in your mock essay revisions. 
2. Friday, Huck Finn essays are due. 
3. Friday, your book of choice proposal is due. 
4. CMV reflection is due on turnitin.com Monday. 
Thursday
 
4/12
1. First, we took a full MC practice test and scored them. If you were absent, please make this up asap. You may take it home since we used a released test. 
2. Then, we made a list of arguments we felt Fitzgerald was making in The Great Gatsby. We weren't able to get much further due to drills but will continue Friday.
1. Huck Finn essays are due by midnight.
2. book of choice proposal due Friday.
3. CMV reflection is due Monday. 
Friday
 
4/13
1. We discussed how particular parts of chapters 8 and 9 related to arguments we had identified in the novel. 
2. We then came up with seminar questions. We will continue adding sources on Tuesday. 
There will be a synthesis essay on Tuesday of next week. Our Gatsby seminar will be on Thursday. 
 
Week 30: April 2-6
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday 4/2
1. We passed back the results from the mock and began working in groups to review the MC section. We will continue this Tuesday.
2. I also began individual conferences over the scores and plan to finish tomorrow. 
1. Columnist style analysis revision (optional) due tonight.
2. Finish CMV by Wed.
3. Ch. 3-4 of Gatsby due Thursday.
4. Revised HF draft - bring Friday. 
Tuesday
4/3
1. We continued working on the MC review and turned these in.
2. If you did not finish, you are welcome to come by Wednesday/Thursday during your study hall time to finish then. Please turn in by class on Friday. 
1. Finish CMV by Wed.
2. Ch. 3-4 of Gatsby due Thursday.
3. Revised HF draft - bring Friday. 
Thursday
 
4/5
1. We analyzed how Fitzgerald shapes our impression of Gatsby and how these details tie into larger motifs in the text. 
2. We passed back the mock essays and went over major issues/solutions.
3. 4th period began reflections/revisions, and all classes will continue on Friday. 
1. Revised HF draft - bring Friday. Final draft due next Friday. 
2. Read Ch. 4-7 of Gatsby by Tuesday. Finish by Thursday. 
 
CMV reflection will be extended. We will review details of assignment on Monday of next week. 
Friday
 
4/6
1. We looked at the sample Huck Finn essays with groups working on the same type of essay, determining good qualities of these essays. 
2. We then worked in groups on the Huck Finn essays, focusing on typical strengths and weaknesses of each type of essay. I did take a grade for these drafts. 
3. Finally, we went over the mock essay reflections/revisions in 6th and continued working on them in 4th. You will have more time to work on them Monday. 
1. Read Ch. 4-7 of Gatsby by Tuesday. Finish by Thursday. 
2. Huck Finn essay will be due next Friday. 
 
CMV reflection will be extended. We will review details of assignment on Monday of next week. 
 
Week 29: March 19-23
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday 3/19 4th period worked in groups to create a synthesis response with counterargument and rebuttal. 6th period did not meet due to early dismissal. 
Read Ch. 1-2 of GG by Wed. 
HF draft due Thursday. 
Tuesday - ACT
Wednesday
3/21
1. We went to the book fair at the beginning of class.
2. We began group work on analyzing tone/diction in chapters 1-2 of Gatsby. 
3. We began discussion Fitzgerald's tone/diction and emerging issues/motifs. We will continue Thursday. 
HF draft due tomorrow. 
Thursday
 
3/22    
Friday
 
3/23 Spring Day!   
 
Week 28: March 12-16
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday March 12
1. The next book were are going to read is The Great Gatsby. Unfortunately, we have limited copies at school right now, so I have included this link to help with anyone who cannot get a book of your own: Gatsby online. Hopefully, we will get some more copies as other classes finish with it. 
2. We also reviewed how to post for the CMV assignment. Please post before the end of the day on Wednesday. 
3. We spent the rest of class working on Huck Finn prompts and will continue on Tuesday. I need to approve everyone's prompt by the end of class tomorrow. 
1. Talk to your parent(s) (or other adult) about what "the American Dream" means to them. Take notes and be prepared to share on Tuesday. 
2. Complete your OP before the end of the day Wednesday.
Tuesday - block day
March 13
1. We continued working on Huck Finn essay prompts. If you did not get yours approved by me, please stop by sometime tomorrow to get it approved. 
2. We did some free-writing based on the interviews on the American dream and discussed these ideas. 
3. We passed out a few copies of Gatsby, but most will need to use the link under week 28 or get their own copy. 
4. We began filling out the handout related to the American dream readings. We will continue this on the Thurs/Fri ACT days. There will be a synthesis activity with them on Monday. 
1. Complete your OP before the end of the day Wednesday.
2. Read chapters 1-2 of Great Gatsby by Wed next week. 
3. Complete a draft of your Huck Finn essay by Thursday of next week. (I really want you to have some written before going on Spring Break.) 
Thursday
(ACT boot camp)
March 15 Due to ACT bootcamp, we worked on the handouts for the American Dream readings. We also worked on Huck Finn essays. I also shared multiple choice scores from the mock. 
1. Begin responding to posts on CMV. You may continue until after the break. 
2. Read chapters 1-2 of Great Gatsby by Wed next week. 
3. Complete a draft of your Huck Finn essay by Thursday of next week. (I really want you to have some written before going on Spring Break.) 
Friday
(ACT boot camp)
March 16 Due to ACT bootcamp, we worked on the handouts for the American Dream readings. We also worked on Huck Finn essays. I also shared multiple choice scores from the mock. 
1. Begin responding to posts on CMV. You may continue until after the break. 
2. Read chapters 1-2 of Great Gatsby by Wed next week. 
3. Complete a draft of your Huck Finn essay by Thursday of next week. (I really want you to have some written before going on Spring Break.) 
 
Week 27: March 5-9
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday March 5 We finished our group discussions on chapters 19-33.  Finish Huck Finn for Tuesday. 
Tuesday
March 6
1. We went over the Change My View Assignment. Please review on your own. 
2. We began brainstorming for this assignment. 
3. We wrote about the ending of Huck Finn and then discussed Twain's possible strategies/arguments and how they're concluded in this section. 
Complete the CMV Proposal Form by Friday at midnight. 
 
If you'd like to talk more about your CMV proposal, come by my room during the 3rd remediation session on Thursday. 
Thursday March 8 Half-Day  
Friday March 9 I was out for SEYA today, but students in class worked on revision paragraphs. If you were out, please get me yours on Monday.  Complete the CMV Proposal Form by midnight. 
 
Week 26: February 26-March 2
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday February 26
1. We worked in groups to read a real MC passage and speculate on possible topics for questions.
2. We then completed the MC questions and went over them. See me to make this up. 
1. Have ch. 31 of HF read for Tuesday (regardless of where you are in the book). 
2. Finish chapters 19-33 for Thursday.
3. Style analysis is due Friday, but you may have an extension to Monday if you go to the lab and fill out a MWS (recommended for those going on YIG). 
Tuesday
February 27
1. We wrote about chapter 31 in our writer's notebooks, focusing on depth over breadth.
2. Then, we discussed the climactic moment and its connection to Twain's arguments in the book. 
1. Finish chapters 19-33 for Thursday.
2. Style analysis is due Friday, but you may have an extension to Monday if you go to the lab and fill out a MWS (recommended for those going on YIG). 
Thursday March 1
1. We passed back the paragraph revisions and went over strategies for doing better in the future, particularly connecting specific and general elements and also avoiding wordage like "this shows" and instead being more specific about what "this" means. See me or a peer for more if you were absent. We traded papers and identified areas of strengths and weaknesses. 
2. We then began group work on chapters 19-33. We will start presenting Friday. 
Style analysis is due Friday, but you may have an extension to Monday if you go to the lab and fill out a MWS (recommended for those going on YIG). 
Friday March 2 We began group-led discussions on chapters 19-33 and will finish on Monday.  Style analysis is due today, but you may have an extension to Monday if you go to the lab and fill out a MWS (recommended for those going on YIG). 
 
Week 25: February 20-23
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday February 19 No School - Presidents Day  
Tuesday
February 20
1. We discussed the surprising elements of Kemble's essay. 
2. Then, we reviewed the history of minstrelsy and compared a minstrel show to Twain's writing in Huck Finn. 
1. For Thursday, listen to The Satire Paradox. You may also use the link on the right to read it if you prefer. 
2. Bring work on style analysis by Friday. Here is the style analysis rubric - I forgot to go over it in class, so we will look at it on Thursday, but you can use it to help you write now. 
3. Read chapters 19-33 by March 1st. 
 
Thursday February 22
1. We went over the style analysis rubric. 
2. We had a voice lesson on imagery - see a peer to get what you missed. 
3. We analyzed the illustrations of Jim, focusing on which we felt best represented the text. 
4. We discussed Gladwell's "Satire Parody." 
5. We teamed up to debate an argumentative essay prompt on humor, focusing on counterargument. 
 
1. Bring work on style analysis by Friday. Here is the style analysis rubric - I forgot to go over it in class, so we will look at it on Thursday, but you can use it to help you write now. 
2. Read chapters 19-33 by March 1st. 
Friday February 23
1. We looked at an example style analysis to go over possible strategies for writing. 
2. We worked in groups to workshop the style analysis paper. 
 
1. Read chapters 19-33 by March 1st. (Note: we will work with chapter 31 on Tuesday, the 27th.) 
2. The final draft of your style analysis is due next Friday. Please visit the writing lab for help if you'd like the Monday extension. 
 
Week 24: February 12-16
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday February 12
1. We completed a MCM. If you were absent, see me to make this up. 
2. We began writing about chapters 17-18, answering "What is one thing you think Twain is satirizing in these chapters? Explain his argument and how you think he develops it. 
1. Read "The War Prayer" for Tuesday.
2. Bring columnist articles by Friday. 
Tuesday
February 13
1. We discussed Twain's purposes and strategies in chapters 17-18.
2. We then compared these with his purposes/strategies in "The War Prayer." 
1. Bring columnist articles Friday.
2. Begin reading chapters 19-33 of Huck Finn - due 3/1. 
Thursday February 15
1. We completed a voice lesson over detail. 
2. We revised one of the in-class paragraphs we have written so far this semester. These were turned in for a grade, so you will need to do this on your own if you were absent.
3. We discussed our revision processes and major problem areas with solutions. 
4. We introduced Huck Finn's illustrations. You can view these from the main webpage. 
1. Bring columnist articles Friday.
2. Begin reading chapters 19-33 of Huck Finn - due 3/1. 
Friday February 16
1. We began brainstorming and taking notes for the style analysis. If you were out, you can do this at home:
*Locate at least 3-4 elements of style that your author uses in 3 or more texts.
*Define them. Do we already have a name for them? Could you use some of your existing rhetorical vocabulary to describe them instead?
*What does the author use these strategies to do? Hypothesize what that might look like in your writing. If I want to_____, I can ________.
*Locate something the author may only do in 1 or 2 texts that you think is especially effective. Why is this particular strategy especially effective? Follow the same steps as before.
2. Then, we worked on the rubric for this paper. I will bring in a draft on Tuesday to look over. 
1. Read "Illustrating Huck Finn" for Tuesday. 
2. Bring work on style analysis by Friday of next week (due the Friday afterwards).
3. Read chapters 19-33 by March 1st. 
 
Week 23: February 5-9
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday February 5
Today satire drafts were due. These were checked in class, and we workshopped these essays. 
If you were absent, you can visit the writing lab and show me your draft if you'd like to make up this grade. Otherwise, it is excused. 
1. Chapters 12-16 are due tomorrow. 
2. Satire is due on turnitin.com (with cover) on Wed. You may have until Friday if you visit the lab.
3. Everyone should bring a completed draft by Friday to read with your group. 
Tuesday
February 6
1. We worked in groups to analyze quotes from chapters 12-16. We then jigsawed this work.
2. We ended with a short paragraph on how Twain uses Huck and Jim's relationship to make an argument in these chapters. Finish before Thursday if you didn't finish in class. 
1. Finish paragraph from class by Thursday. 
2. Satire is due on turnitin.com (with cover) on Wed. You may have until Friday if you visit the lab.
3. Everyone should bring a completed draft by Friday to read with your group.
4. Read chapters 17-18 by Monday. 
Thursday February 8
1. We did a voice lesson on diction. You can get this from a friend if you were absent. We will do more this semester. 
2. We finished our discussion from Tuesday's group work on chapters 12-16.
3. We went over the Columnist Project and began looking for possible columnists. 
1. Everyone should bring a completed draft by Friday to read with your group.
2. Read chapters 17-18 by Monday. 
3. Bring columnist articles by next Friday (the 16th). 
Friday February 9
1. We went over our criteria for judging satires.
2. We then shared satires in groups and chose the best to read out loud to the class. 
3. We voted on the best satires to be shared on the website. 
1. Read chapters 17-18 by Monday. 
2. Bring columnist articles by next Friday (the 16th).
 
Week 22: January 29-February 2
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday January 29
1. We completed a MCM. See me if you were absent to make this up. 
2. We discussed progress on satires and Huck Finn. 
1. Read chapters 1-11 of Huck Finn by Tuesday. 
2. Finish all Pale Blue Dot MC questions by Tuesday. 
3. Also, bring something written for your satire Tuesday.
Tuesday
*Block Day*
January 30
1. We went over the Pale Blue Dot multiple choice questions. 
2. We workshopped the satires, focusing on topic, genre, and persona. If you were absent, you may want to stop in on the half-day to chat with me about your idea or visit the writing lab. 
3. We wrote in response to chapters 1-11 of Huck Finn. If you were absent, you may choose one of the following topics: -How would you describe this book’s style? How might the style contribute to purpose?

-Is this book more entertainment or rhetoric so far? How do you know? 

-How does Twain use characters to contrast each other and lend to his argument(s)? You might consider the Widow Douglass and Miss Watson, Huck and Tom, Pap and Jim.

-One genre used in this book is bildungsroman. What areas of growth does Huck demonstrate so far?

-What points does Twain seem to be making about these contrasting ideas: religion/superstition or civility/wildness?

4. We then discussed the preface before the introduction and its contribution to Twain's style. 

1. Full draft of satire due Monday for workshop.
2. Chapters 12-16 of HF due Tuesday. 
Thursday February 1 Half-Day  
Friday February 2 We finished our discussion on chapters 1-11 of Huck Finn. 
1. Full draft of satire due Monday for workshop.
2. Chapters 12-16 of HF due Tuesday.
 
Week 21: January 22-26
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday January 22
1. We finished our discussion of "A Modest Proposal" led by groups, documenting strategies used by satirists. 
2. We then went over a power point on Twain. We will finish the video from this power point on Tuesday. 
 
We also passed out copies of Huck Finn today. See me if you need a copy. We have plenty. 
1. Read "The D****ed Human Race" by Twain for Tuesday. Only read the first two pages. You can ignore the rest of the document. 
2. Read chapters 1-11 of Huck Finn by Tuesday of next week. 
Tuesday January 23
1. We finished watching the video from yesterday and discussed its application to our class. 
2. We completed a rhetorical analysis paragraph on "The D***ed Human Race" and discussed Twain's use of rhetorical strategies and their effect. 
3. We went over the Satire Assignment.
1. Bring ideas/notes/writing to work on satire project Friday. 
2. Read chapters 1-11 of Huck Finn by Tuesday of next week. 
 
Thursday January 24 Homecoming   
Friday January 25
Instructions for while I'm out:
1. Start class working on your satires. I would recommend making a list of things you feel confident criticizing/critiquing. Then, you might discuss your list with your classmates. Which ideas would work best as satires? What genre/persona/tone would work best for each topic? Use this discussion to narrow down your ideas, and if time allows, you can begin writing today. 
2. About half-way through class, the substitute will pass out "Pale Blue Dot." Read this and look at the picture the reading is about with your class/group. 
3. Then, with your bird group, create two multiple choice questions about this reading. One should be from the purpose or inference category. The other will be from strategies, organization, vocabulary, grammar, or tone. No group should have the same type of second question, so split these up among yourselves. If you need help or an example, you can use the passage on Swift that we did in class the other week. 
4. Post your questions in the appropriate place for your group on this document.
1. Read chapters 1-11 of Huck Finn by Tuesday of next week. 
2. Finish all Pale Blue Dot MC questions by Tuesday. 
3. Also, bring something written for your satire by Tuesday.
 
Tuesday is our block day next week. 
 
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!  
Thursday January 18 Snow Day!
 
Homecoming will take place next week. Friday will be a class day if we are not out again. Come prepared to discuss "A Modest Proposal" if we have school. 
Friday January 19 Snow Day!  
 
 
Week 19: January 8-12
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday January 8
1. We began by going over the midterm results/data. See me for yours if you were absent. 
2. We read "Miss Polly Baker" and worked in groups to analyze the two rhetorical triangles present in satire. 
Read "A Modest Proposal" by Thursday - page 404 in white book 
Tuesday January 9
1. We reviewed the concept of genre with a group activity. 
2. Then, we read "The Company Man," and began working in groups to create the two rhetorical triangles for the piece and analyze its use of genre. We will continue with this on the block day. 
Read "A Modest Proposal" by Thursday - page 404 in white book 
Thursday January 11
1. We finished our discussion on "The Company Man," focusing on Goodman's use of genre. 
2. Then, we read an excerpt from Jon Stewart's textbook, noticing his use of genre and other strategies to convey his argument. 
3. We took a multiple choice test on "A Modest Proposal" and went over the answers. See me to make this up if you were absent - it is for a grade.
4. We started group work on "A Modest Proposal" and will continue when we meet again. 
 
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. Style pieces are due tonight! Don't forget your rhetorical analysis paragraph! 
2. Prepare for synthesis discussion tomorrow:  "Still Puritan" Synthesis Discussion
3.Bring your style piece to read an excerpt on Thursday!
4. Optional: ICB revisions due on turnitin.com Thursday.
 
Sign-ups for the midterm essay are by my door. Sign-up by the end of the day Tuesday to request your essay type! 
 
Tuesday December 12
We had our synthesis discussion on "Still Puritan" and Lewinski. Wow! Great discussions today - thanks! 
 
We also signed up for essays on the midterm. These need to be finalized no later than Wednesday. Several in 6th have still not chosen an essay. I will choose for you if I don't have your choice tomorrow. 
1.Bring your style piece to read an excerpt on Thursday!
2. Optional: ICB revisions due on turnitin.com Thursday.
Thursday December 14  We read excerpts from style pieces.   
Friday December 15  In-class essay for midterm   
 
Week 17: December 4-8
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday December 4
1. We worked in groups on tracing how Hawthorne uses a particular symbol in chapters 13-20 and how it helps him achieve one of his arguments. 
2. We began presenting these but will finish tomorrow. 
1. Bring draft of style piece Tuesday for workshop. 
2. Finish SL by Friday. 
Tuesday December 5
1. We finished our SL discussion for chapters 13-20. 
2. We then conducted a writing workshop over our style pieces. 
Finish SL by Friday. 
Continue working on style piece - due Monday. 
Thursday December 7
1. We went over the anchor essays for our last argumentative essay. Then I returned our essays, and we compared these to the rubric. If you didn't get yours back because you were absent, see me. 
2. We wrote reflections on writing argumentative essays in our writer's notebooks. 
3. We went over the ICB essays. Optional revisions are due by the 14th on turnitin.com. 
4. We looked at sample successful essays from this assignment (both rhetorical analysis and synthesis). 
5. We completed reflections on writing synthesis/rhetorical analysis essays in our writer's notebooks. 
6. We began essay corrections for the ICB essay. You will need to pick up an essay correction sheet if you were absent. Most people turned these in today, but they can be turned in Friday if you didn't finish in class. 
1. Essay corrections due Friday (if you didn't finish in class).
2. Finish SL by Friday. 
3. Style piece due Monday (Tuesday w/ MWS). 
4. Optional ICB essay revisions due Thursday of next week (14th). 
Friday December 8 We discussed Hawthorne's arguments in the ending of The Scarlet Letter. We will finish by re-ranking the sins on Monday.  1. Style piece due Monday (Tuesday w/ MWS). 
2. Optional ICB essay revisions due Thursday of next week (14th). 
3. We will go over this Monday, but if you want a head start, you can begin work on Tuesday's assignment: "Still Puritan" Synthesis Discussion
 
Week 16: November 27-December 1
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday November 27
1. We read "Don't Follow Your Passion."
2. Then we reviewed the What/How/Why method of rhetorical analysis paragraphs. 
3. We used this method to write an analysis paragraph with groups. 
Read "Putting in a Good Word for Guilt" and Soto AP Prompt for tomorrow. You do not have to do the essay in the prompt. 
Tuesday November 28
1. We used a handout to chart the differences in style, purpose, and occasion among Edwards, Goodman, and Soto. 
2. We went over the assignment sheet for the Style Piece. You will have class time to work on this the rest of the week, but I will be out. 
Bring materials to work on style piece and Scarlet Letter the rest of the week. 
Thursday November 30
Today is a work day for the style pieces. Please look over the assignment sheet for help and save questions for our workshop day next week. Remember that there are two parts to the assignment - the actual piece and a rhetorical analysis of your own choices in the piece for your imagined rhetorical situation. 
You may also read The Scarlet Letter if you have time. 
1. Chapters 13-20 of SL due Monday. 
2. Bring a draft of style piece for workshop on Tuesday. 
Friday December 1
Today is a work day for the style pieces. Please look over the assignment sheet for help and save questions for our workshop day next week. Remember that there are two parts to the assignment - the actual piece and a rhetorical analysis of your own choices in the piece for your imagined rhetorical situation. 
You may also read The Scarlet Letter if you have time. 
 
1. Chapters 13-20 of SL due Monday. 
2. Bring a draft of style piece for workshop on Tuesday.
 
Week 15: November 20-21
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday November 20 We worked backwards for Multiple Choice Monday in groups, analyzing why the correct answers are correct, etc. We turned in finished work at the end of class.  We will be working with the argumentative essays tomorrow in class. Please make sure yours is done by then. 
Tuesday November 21
1. We passed back the argumentative essays and completed "a little bit better" revisions. There will be a grade for these, so if you were absent, make sure to see me during your study hall time to complete this. 
2. We went over a few papers' revisions as a class and added notes to our writer's notebook about what we want to remember about writing argumentative essays. 
Keep reading The Scarlet Letter. We will discuss chapters 13-20 on December 4th. 
 
Week 14: November 13-17
  Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday November 13 1. We began discussing the group work from last week on chapters 1-6. We finished discussing Chillingworth, Hester, and the Scarlet Letter and will finish the rest tomorrow. 
Tues - deadline for extension on ICB essay
1. Finish chapters 7-12 by Thursday. 
 
Newsday Tuesday make-up will take place on 11/14. 
Tuesday November 14
1. We discussed how Hawthorne describes Pearl and the townspeople and uses them to reinforce Romantic ideals. 
2. We looked at two different argumentative prompts and drew conclusions about the genre and strategies for answering.
3. Then, we practiced as a class with another prompt. 
1. Finish chapters 7-12 by Thursday. 
2. We will write an argumentative essay on Friday. See me if you will miss this for the prompt. 
Thursday November 16 We discussed chapters 7-12 of The Scarlet Letter, focusing on the arguments Hawthorne is beginning to develop through his rhetorical choices.  Come prepared to write an argumentative essay tomorrow! 
Friday November 17 We wrote our in-class argumentative essay today. You need to make this up asap if you were absent.   
 
Week 13: November 6-10
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday November 6
1. We had a MCM. See me if you were absent to make this up. 
2. We began group work with the rhetorical modes. We will continue this on the block day. 
1. Read chapters 2-6 by Thursday. 
2. Revised draft due Thursday. 
3. Final draft due Sat. 
 
 
Tuesday November 7 Rain Day - No School Newsday Tuesday make-up moved to next Tuesday. 
Thursday November 9
1. We had a workshop on the ICB essays. 
2. We finished the rhetorical modes group work and shared these. These were also turned in. 
3. We began group work on chapters 1-6 of Scarlet Letter and will finish on Friday. 
1. Final draft due Saturday! 
2. Chapters 7-12 due Tuesday. 
 
Newsday Tuesday make-up moved to next Tuesday. 
Friday November 10 Groups continued work on chapters 1-6. We will discuss these chapters and present each group's findings on Monday. 
1. Final draft due Saturday! 
2. Chapters 7-12 due Thursday. (date change)
 
Newsday Tuesday make-up will take place on 11/14. 
 
 
Week 12: October 30-November 3
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday October 30
1. We shared answers for and discussed Edwards's tone and rhetorical strategies. 
2. We then discussed the effectiveness of his tone shift. 
1. Newsday Tuesday discussion in class tomorrow - please also bring written portion 
2. 1st draft of ICB essay is due Thursday
Tuesday October 31
We had our Newsday Tuesday discussion today. A grade was attached, so there will be a make-up next week sometime. Please plan to attend if you were absent, did not speak, or want to earn more points. 
1st draft due Thursday! 
Thursday November 2
1. 1st draft due today - we conducted peer review with people with same genres. 
2. We then did activities on Romanticism, defining its characteristics and delineating between Transcendentalism and Dark Romanticism. If absent, please get notes from a friend. 
3. We began The Scarlet Letter, focusing on the 1st  chapter and how it sets up the themes for the book. 
1. Revised draft due Tuesday
2. Chapters 2-6 due next Thursday
3. Final draft of ICB essay due Saturday the 11th on turnitin.com. Deadline is Tuesday, the 14th with a trip to the writing lab and missing work sheet turned in by the 10th. 
 
*A make-up for this week's Newsday Tuesday discussion will be offered on Tuesday, the 7th during D lunch. You may need to ask a teacher if you can eat C lunch if you normally eat during D. 
Friday November 3
1. We ranked "sins" from The Scarlet Letter so that we can later compare how Hawthorne ranks them but also to illustrate how difficult demonstrative rhetoric is. We will then see how Hawthorne handles this task.
2. We went over the rhetorical modes of development by working in groups to label excerpts from various texts. Handouts are on the right side of the page. 
1. There will be a MCM. Please feel free to take notes on vocabulary in preparation: Click Here.
2. Revised draft due Tuesday
3. Chapters 2-6 due next Thursday
4. Final draft of ICB essay due Saturday the 11th on turnitin.com. Deadline is Tuesday, the 14th with a trip to the writing lab and missing work sheet turned in by the 10th. 
 
*A make-up for this week's Newsday Tuesday discussion will be offered on Tuesday, the 7th during D lunch. You may need to ask a teacher if you can eat C lunch if you normally eat during D. 
 
 
 
Week 11: October 23-27
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday October 23
1. We first had a MCM. See me if you need to make this up. 
2. We met briefly with groups to finalize essay prompts. 
1. All prompts need to be finished before school Tuesday.
2. Read "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" by Friday. Link under Week 11. 
Tuesday October 24
1. We had an argument lab on defining the lines of an argument. Get notes from a friend if you were absent. 
2. We then edited the prompts in class. They should all be finalized by tomorrow.
Read "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" by Friday. Link under Week 11. 
Wednesday October 25
1. We reviewed strategies for writing synthesis and rhetorical analysis essays.
2. We began brainstorming work on the ICB essays. 
Read "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" by Friday. Link under Week 11. 
Friday October 27
1. We began analysis of "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" by focusing on structure and tone. 
2. There is a tone handout passed out in class that you should pick up if you were absent. 
3. We began group work on "Sinners" and will continue it on Monday. 
1. Newsday Tuesday response due on Tuesday. Click here for writing instructions for this week's article and a link to the article.
2. 1st draft of ICB essay moved back to Thursday of next week. Try not to make it "as rough" with the extra time. :-) 
 
Week 10: October 16-20
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday October 16
1. We worked in groups to discuss the rhetorical situation in Orwell's "A Hanging" and then discussed his strategies as a class.
2. We finished with an in-class paragraph analysis of his strategies. Hold on to these for future revisions/submissions. 
1. Read both Newsday Tuesday articles and complete written response to 1 by Tuesday.
2. For Thursday, View "Last Supper". Be sure to click next to navigate through the pictures. Also, read "Last Meals." Link on right. 
Tuesday October 17
1. We completed Harkness discussions on the two Newsday Tuesday articles and then discussed the issue as a whole group.
2. We started Reading like a Writer posters on these two articles and will finish on Thursday. 
For Thursday, View "Last Supper". Be sure to click next to navigate through the pictures. Also, read "Last Meals." Link on right. 
Thursday October 19
1. We finished, presented, and turned in the RLAW assignment from Tuesday.
2. We discussed the use of "Last Meals" as part of the death penalty argument. 
3. We used the OPTIC approach to analyzing the "Last Supper" series.
4. We worked in groups to write short synthesis paragraphs about the death penalty using an image/graphic. We will share these Friday. 
 
Friday October 20
1. We peer graded our visual paragraphs. 
2. We then worked in groups on the ICB essay topics. 
1. Complete Weekly Feedback before Sunday. This will count as a grade. 
2. Prepare for MCM by reviewing vocabulary. Link to document on the right.
 
Week 9: October 9-13
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday October 9
1. We passed back the Banneker rhetorical analysis essays and analyzed the traits of a 7 essay. 
2. We also began essay corrections for the Declaration assignment. 
3. Finally, we worked in groups to read the articles about In Cold Blood on my main page. We discussed how these made us think about the narration. 
1. Essay corrections are due Thursday. Please see me if you need a handout to do these on. You are also welcome to borrow a Harbrace to take home - just sign out on the board. 
2. Socratic seminar in Thursday. I'm posting the questions today, but we will work on them in class tomorrow. 
Tuesday October 10 We went over the expectations for Thursday's Socratic Seminar and then worked in groups to begin brainstorming possible answers.
1. Prepare for Socratic Seminar (don't forget the written portion is also due Thursday).
2. All essay corrections are due Thursday.
Wednesday October 11 4th will not meet today due to PSAT. Any non-testing students should go to the auditorium during our class time.  
Thursday October 12
1. We completed our ICB seminar and turned in the written responses.
2. We also turned in the essay corrections. 
3. We introduced the death penalty topic that will continue next week. 
1. Read Orwell's "A Hanging" for Monday. 
2. Read both Newsday Tuesday articles and complete written response to 1 by Tuesday.
 
 
Week 8: September 25-29
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday September 25 We had a multiple choice Monday. See me to make it up. We particularly discussed how much time we should be spending on the questions and compared that to our own times today. Keeping reading In Cold Blood - due after the break
Tuesday September 26 We began our introduction to true crime with starting Serial today. We did the first page of a handout (linked on the right - with typos fixed!) and will finish the rest on the block day. I will also post a link to the Serial podcast if you would like to listen on your own.  Keeping reading In Cold Blood - due after the break
Thursday September 28 We finished our discussion of the introduction to Serial and the accompanying handout. We did turn in the thesis statement described on the handout, so please make sure you get that to me if you were absent. We then listened to more of the first chapter. Stay tuned for possible extra credit related to Serial in the future.  Keeping reading In Cold Blood - due after the break
Friday September 29 Fall Spirit Day!   
 
Week 7: September 18-22
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday September 18
1. We shared our declarations by reading portions out loud to the class. They sound really promising!
2. We began looking at the Banneker prompt, which we will write on Friday. See me when you return to class if you were absent, so I can give you a copy of this. 
Banneker prompt will take place on Friday.
Tuesday September 19
1. We finished annotating the Banneker essay and discussed his rhetorical strategies as a class. 
2. We began working on a Newsday Tuesday "Reading like a Writer" using The Wall Street Journal.
Banneker prompt will take place on Friday.
Thursday September 21
1. We finished our "Reading like a Writer" posters from the Wall Street Journal articles and shared those with the class.
2. We also finished our metaphors for the AP rubric and shared these with partners.
3. Then, we looked at sample rhetorical analysis essays and applied the AP rubric to them. 
4. We then went over how to organize and write thesis statements for these essays. Please see me or a peer to get this information. 
Prepare for Banneker prompt. 
Friday September 22 We wrote our Banneker essays in class today and turned them in. If you were absent, set aside a class period time to write yours and bring it on Monday. Fill out weekly feedback.
 
Week 6: September 11-15
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday September 11
1. We completed our MCM on the Douglass reading. See me to make this up if you were absent. 
2. We filled out the synthesis essay reflection and then passed back the essays. 
Continue work on declaration. Bring at least an exordium on Tuesday (our block day this week). 
Tuesday September 12
1. We returned the last Newsday Tuesday responses. See me for yours if you were out. 
2. We conducted peer review on the exordiums. 
3. We worked on the declarations in class. 
4. We reviewed evidence and warrant with a sample paper. You can get this from me if you were out.
5. We wrote paragraphs with claim, evidence, and warrant using quotes and turned these in for a grade. See me to get this assignment if you were out. 
Bring a complete draft by Friday. 
Wednesday September 13 No class today due to half-day on Thursday  
Friday September 15  
1. Continue work on declaration. Bring (mostly) final draft to class on Monday.
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 completed Harkness discussions on the two Newsday Tuesday articles and then discussed them and their issues whole group.
2. We began working on reading like a writer posters for these authors and will finish and present these on the block day. 
3. We turned in the Newsday Tuesday responses. Make sure to get these in to me when you return if you were absent. 
1. Read "The Declaration of Independence" before Thursday.
Thursday September 7
1. We finished and presented the "Reading like a Writer" posters.
2. We had an argument lab on adjusting values to the audience. 
3. We discussed Thomas Jefferson's use of logos. syllogism, and the classical argument in "The Declaration of Independence." I passed out a handout on this if you were absent, so see me to get it. 
4. We spent some time creating metaphors for the AP rubric. 
Read "The Declaration of Sentiments" in the white book (p. 123).
Friday September 8
1. We discussed the similarities and differences between "The Declaration of Sentiments" and "The Declaration of Independence," focusing on argument and purpose. 
2. We then went over the declaration assignment - linked on the right side of the page.
3. We began brainstorming for this assignment. 
1. Please fill out the weekly feedback before Saturday at noon. 
2. Prepare for MCM - Douglas reading on right.
3. Begin work on declaration: bring at least exordium by Tuesday (block day). 
 
Week 4: August 28-September 1
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday August 28 We had a MCM over the Jefferson reading and went over it today in class. Prepare for tomorrow's in-class essay. 
Tuesday August 29 We wrote our summer reading synthesis essays today. If you were absent, see me asap to determine when you will make this up.  
Thursday August 31
1. We had our first argument lab where we practiced the move of arguing the other side. 
2. Then, we looked at a sample synthesis prompt, its "anchor essays," and scores. 
3. We discussed what good synthesis essays do and avoid.
4. We also went over the essay rubrics for AP and graded our own synthesis prompts. 
5. We did a "cloze test" on a speech and discussed strategies for determining the rhetorical situation with unfamiliar texts. 
1. Optional: Revise synthesis essay for tomorrow.
2. Read "Speech to the Virginia Convention." It is available on the online textbook, but you can also search for it online. 
Friday September 1
1. We went over the assignment for Newsday Tuesday and assigned which readings to respond to. Just choose one if you were absent. 
2. We worked in groups to analyze rhetorical appeals and strategies in Patrick Henry's speech. 
1. Prepare for Newsday Tuesday.
2. Fill out weekly feedback before noon on Saturday.
 
Week 3: August 22-25
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
 Tuesday August 22 We began summer reading group presentations today and will continue with them on Thursday. Bring your article(s) of differing perspectives on Thursday - at least 1 per person but a total of 3 per book.
Thursday August 24
1. We finished summer reading group presentations.(6th period has two to finish on Friday.)
2. We then worked in groups on the sources the groups brought in. There is a handout involved to help you prepare for the in-class essay on Tuesday. We are saving the last column for tomorrow, based on tonight's reading.
1. Read Harris chapters (pdf on right): last paragraph on p. 37-p.49; p.55-64. Please take notes.
2. Read group sources more thoroughly to continue working with them tomorrow.
Friday August 25
1. 6th period finished the book of choice presentations. 
2. We defined the major terms from the Harris article and discussed how to use them in our own writing.
3. Remaining class time was devoted to working individually or with groups on the planning handout for the Tuesday's synthesis essay. 
1. Read Jefferson's "State of the Union Address" for multiple choice Monday. (Link on right side of the page)
2. Continue your preparations for Tuesday's in-class essay. 
 
Week 2: August 14-18
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
Monday August 14
1. We took our first multiple choice Monday. If you were absent, come see me to make this up. 
2. We went over question types, and I handed out how we will chart progress. See me to get this if you were out. 
3. We went over the answers. 
1. Register for our turnitin.com class.
2. Bring book of choice and TYFA the rest of the week. 
 Tuesday August 15 We were able to continue our group discussion/presentations on TYFA. We will get into group work with the books of choice and TYFA on Thursday. 1. Bring your book of choice and TYFA the rest of the week. 
Thursday August 17
 1. We finished our group presentations on sections of TYFA.
2. We then began group work on the summer reading books of choice with TYFA. The assignment sheet and rubric are on the right side of the page. 
1. Bring your book of choice and TYFA the rest of the week. 
2. Any needed outside work for group project 
Friday August 18  We continued working on the summer reading group projects.
1. Any needed outside work for summer reading group work - due Tues.
2. Begin looking for texts offering differing perspectives - due Thurs. 
 
Week 1: August 9-11
Day Date
In-Class
Homework
 Wednesday August 9  1. We filled out a class info page and wrote letters to me arguing for where students should sit. 2. We introduced ourselves with times we were persuaded/persuasive.
1. Register for our turnitin.com class.
2. Revise letter for tomorrow to include rhetoric if you did not turn it in today.
3. Review TYFA by Friday. Take notes on 5 ideas that are "aha, agree, or argue." 
Thursday August 10  1. We finished sharing the times we were persuasive. 2. We went over the course syllabus. 3. We discussed the different definitions of rhetoric.   
1. Register for our turnitin.com class.
2. Review TYFA by Friday. Take notes on 5 ideas that are "aha, agree, or argue." 
Friday August 11
 1. We finished discussing the various definitions of rhetoric and then worked in groups to create our own. 
2. We took notes on and discussed the rhetorical triangle. Please see a peer if you missed this. 
3. We began group work on chapter review of TYFA. 4th period began discussing, but we will continue with this on Monday. 
1. Register for our turnitin.com class.
2. Read excerpt from "Common Sense" by Thomas Paine in preparation for first MCM. This is linked on the right side of the page. 
 
 
Week 10: October 16-20
Week 9: October 9-13
Week 8: September 25-29
 
Serial - Season 1
Week 6: September 11-15
 
Synthesis Essay Reflection
Week 5: September 4-8
weekly feedback
Week 3: August 22-25
Week 2: August 14-18
August 9-11
AP Intro. Form
Summer