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English II Advanced Honors 2019-2020

May 11-15

Click here for this week's assignments. 
 
This is the last week work will be posted! Next week (May 18-22) is for finalizing grades. If you would like to go back and complete any distance learning work to raise your 4th quarter average, please send me an email once it is completed. That way, I can make sure to include it in finalizing your grade. 
 
Summer reading work will be posted on the Central Magnet page and mine after this week. Please be on the lookout for that. 
 
Best wishes and happy summer, everyone! 

 

May 4-8

Click here for this week's lessons. You may email me your response or submit on the May 4-8 channel on Teams.

 

As always, you can still submit author's chairs, work on ACT CERT, and read!

 

April 27-May 1

We are transitioning to school lessons based on county resources, so all English II classes will have the same resources, and all English II classes at Central will have the same assignments. To do the assignments for this week, click on this link. You may email me your response or submit on the April 27-May 1 channel on Teams.

 

As always, you can still submit author's chairs, work on ACT CERT, and read!

 

April 20-24

  1. Here is a link to what the county has provided. You are not required to do this but may if you want to send it to me. 
  2. Seminar: 
  3. On our Teams page for April 20-24 answer any of the following questions. Include clear claims, specific evidence, and meaningful warrant. Try to post your response before the end of the day on Wednesday. 

*Is it appropriate to portray characters in Julius Caesar as real-life, currently living people (such as Obama, Trump, etc.)? Consider the benefits and dangers of doing so.

*Relatedly, you might also consider if funding should be pulled from productions that seem to depict the gruesome deaths of real people. Is this being responsible or imposing dangerous limits to freedom of expression?

*Why do you think so many directors have connected Julius Caesar to their own political situations through time or so many political (and often violent) actions have been inspired by the play? What about the play transcends time and place? What does Julius Caesar have to tell us today? 

  1. Comment on and discuss each other's posts, preferably on Thursday and Friday. 
  2. As usual, you may want to post on our author's chair page or comment on someone else's author's chair. 
  3. You may also want to continue practice on ACT CERT.
 
April 13-17
  1. Here is a link to what the county has provided. You are not required to do this but may if you want to send it to me. 
  2. This week, I'd like us to focus on looking at non-fiction sources related to modern adaptations of Julius Caesar. We will be using these to have an online version of a Socratic Seminar next week. I'd recommend reading and taking notes on about an article a day. As you read and take notes, consider the following questions:
  1. What is the source’s credibility? Does the author seem informed, have a personal bias, etc.?
  2. What is the author’s main argument?
  3. What arguments does the author make where one could argue the other side (completely disagree)?
  4. What evidence does the author provide that doesn’t seem fully compelling or has limits?
  5. What is your personal response to this author’s argument?

Here are the articles that I would like you to read: 

  1. "Obama's Ides of March: The Acting Company Production of Julius Caesar"
  2. "Delta Pulled Funding from a Trump-esque Julius Caesar"
  3. "Why Julius Caesar Speaks to Politics Today. With or Without Trump"
  1. As usual, you may want to post on our author's chair page or comment on someone else's author's chair. 
  2. You may also want to continue practice on ACT CERT.
 
April 6-10: Transition to Distance Learning
As we get started, I want to reiterate that all work posted here is meant to keep you connected and engaged with ongoing learning. Do what you can. I will do my best to recommend and suggest learning experiences to help you prioritize. 
 
The district has provided this resource to all sophomores. If you feel like this would be useful to you, you are welcome to complete it. 
 
I have created a class for us on Microsoft Teams. All fifty of my sophomores have been added to this class. If you login to Teams and do not see our class, email me, so I can fix this. I will be continuing our class through Teams. 
 
Click here for a video from Mrs. Esberger!
 
Here is what is posted for this week. 
1. Author's Chair - We will continue to do Author's Chair online since we are missing 2-3 author's chairs. Anyone is welcome to post. Consider posting your own writing that you are completing in this time as well as anything you've read that you liked. As always, tell us why you included these pieces. Feel free to comment on each other's posts, but positive feedback only. 
2. I have posted about the ending of Julius Caesar on Teams, as well. There are several questions you can choose to respond to in order to start some discussions about the ending and our unit theme. As always, use evidence in your answers. 
 
Ongoing suggestions:
1. Read. It doesn't matter what. Just read. 
2. If you want something to prep for next year, you might consider logging in to ACT CERT and trying to improve. 
 
 
Week 29: March 9-13
Monday 3/9
1. We went over the two speech assignment.
2. We then went over the rubrics for the writing portion of the EOC, highlighting and taking notes. 
HW:
If you got a 92 or below and don't want to rewrite your whole essay, you must still go to the writing lab and revise at least 1 paragraph, showing what you have learned. This is due by Monday 3/16. 
 
Tuesday 3/10
No Class due to ACT CERT - Go to Ms. Penny's room. 
 
Wednesday 3/11
1. We made groups for our book of choice project and went over this assignment. 
2. We then took notes for "4 flags" for the EOC writings using the anchor texts. 
We will work on the speech assignment on Friday. 
 
Thursday 3/12
Half-Day
 
Friday 3/13
Groups worked on two speech assignment.
 
Week 28: March 2-6
Monday 3/2
1. We picked up reading Act III today. If you were absent, please read Act III, Scene I, and Act III, Scene II. 
HW: 
1. Everyone is required to do the essay corrections handout. This is due by Wednesday, 3/4. 
2. If you would like a higher grade on your essay, you must go to the writing lab and resubmit your essay on turnitin.com by Wednesday 3/4. 
3. If you got a 92 or below and don't want to rewrite your whole essay, you must still go to the writing lab and revise at least 1 paragraph, showing what you have learned. This is due by Monday 3/16. 
 
Tuesday 3/3 
No School - Election Day
 
Wednesday 3/4
1. We finished reading Act III, Scene II (the funeral speeches).
2. Students then worked in groups on annotating the speeches. 
3. We also turned in essay corrections today. 
HW: 
1. If your group did not finish your annotations, please bring them Friday. 
2. If you would like a higher grade on your essay, you must go to the writing lab and resubmit your essay on turnitin.com by 11:59 PM tonight.
3. If you got a 92 or below and don't want to rewrite your whole essay, you must still go to the writing lab and revise at least 1 paragraph, showing what you have learned. This is due by Monday 3/16. 
 
Friday 3/6
1. We went over the Brutus and Antony speeches, comparing them using the rhetorical triangle. 
HW: 
If you got a 92 or below and don't want to rewrite your whole essay, you must still go to the writing lab and revise at least 1 paragraph, showing what you have learned. This is due by Monday 3/16. 
 
 
 
Week 27: February 24-28
Monday 2/24
1. We went over the ending of Act I of Julius Caesar and then focused on Act II, Scene I. We discussed how Brutus convinces himself to kill Caesar, how he takes control of the conspirators' meeting, and how Portia convinces him to open up to her. 
HW: 
Read the rest of Act II for Tuesday. 
 
Tuesday 2/25
1. We compared the rhetoric of the wives and Decius, focusing on how they appealed to their audiences and what was effective. 
 
Wednesday 2/26
1. We had a mentor sentence on dashes and briefly went over the rest of the punctuation in the Harbrace. Please reference the Harbrace and get notes from a friend if you were absent. 
2. We went over the graded literary analysis essays, focusing on high-scoring essays and what they did well. 
3. We then went over remediation. See details in homework. 
HW:
1. Author's Chair is Friday! 
2. Everyone is required to do the essay corrections handout. This is due by Wednesday, 3/4. 
3. If you would like a higher grade on your essay, you must go to the writing lab and resubmit your essay on turnitin.com by Wednesday 3/4. 
4. If you got a 92 or below and don't want to rewrite your whole essay, you must still go to the writing lab and revise at least 1 paragraph, showing what you have learned. This is due by Monday 3/16. 
 
Friday 2/28
Author's Chair
HW: 
1. Everyone is required to do the essay corrections handout. This is due by Wednesday, 3/4. 
2. If you would like a higher grade on your essay, you must go to the writing lab and resubmit your essay on turnitin.com by Wednesday 3/4. 
3. If you got a 92 or below and don't want to rewrite your whole essay, you must still go to the writing lab and revise at least 1 paragraph, showing what you have learned. This is due by Monday 3/16. 
 
 
Week 26: February 17-21
Monday 2/17
No School - Presidents Day
 
Tuesday 2/18
1. We continued work on the Julius Caesar dialogue projects. We will finish and present these on Wednesday. 
 
Wednesday 2/19
1. All groups finished working on and presented their Act I dialogue projects. 
2. We then continued reading Act I but did not finish in either class. We will finish on Friday and have a quiz over identifying rhetorical strategies. 
 
Friday 2/21
1. We took a quiz over identifying/explaining rhetorical strategies.
2. We continued reading Act I. 
HW:
Read any remaining parts of Act I for homework. Also, read Act II, Scene 1 for Monday. Be prepared to discuss both. If you don't want to bring your book home or have trouble with the reading, here is a link to the No Fear Shakespeare version. Make sure to read the Shakespeare version and only use the translation when needed. 
 
Week 25: February 10-14
Monday 2/10
No Class: Even block
Bring book on block day. 
 
Tuesday 2/11 
We completed a mentor sentence on colons. If you were absent, make sure to get notes on this punctuation mark and its rules (17d in the Harbrace). 
HW:
Bring book on block day. 
 
Wednesday/Friday 2/12-14
We read to Act I, Scene 2, line 177. We started dialogue group work. 
 
 
 
Week 24: February 3-7
Monday 2/3
1. We signed up for reading parts in Julius Caesar. If you were absent, check with me to see your part. 
2. We reviewed comma/semi-colon rules and then took a quiz. If you were absent, see me to make this up asap. 
HW:
1. If you got an extension for your literary analysis essay, these are due tonight. 
 
Tuesday 2/4
1. We introduced rhetorical strategies for Julius Caesar.
2. Groups took notes on vocabulary terms for this unit and began sharing for note-taking. We will continue on Wednesday. 
 
Wednesday 2/5
1. Ms. Hancock provided some background information on Shakespeare and Julius Caesar
2. we then finished taking notes on the Julius Caesar vocabulary.
3. We also passed back the comma/semi-colon quizzes and worked on corrections. 
HW:
Start bringing textbook on Friday. 
 
Friday 2/7
Snow Day! 
 
Week 23: January 27-31
Monday 1/27
Today we workshopped revised drafts, focusing on higher and lower order concerns. If you were absent, I will need to look at your revised draft, and you will need to show me proof of workshopping with another peer or the writing lab. 
HW: 
1. First author's chair is this Friday!
2. Final drafts are due on turnitin.com by 11:59 PM on Saturday. You may have an extension to Monday with a MWS and writing lab visit. 
 
Wednesday 1/29 (No class Tuesday - even block)
1. We read about and completed a mentor sentence on semi-comma rule 14b. If you were absent, please look over this and get notes from a peer. 
2. We also introduced the next unit question and began brainstorming sub-unit questions. Please hold on to this brainstorming. We will use it later when we get to the book of choice. 
HW: 
1. First author's chair is this Friday!
2. Final drafts are due on turnitin.com by 11:59 PM on Saturday. You may have an extension to Monday with a MWS and writing lab visit. 
 
Thursday 1/30
Half-Day
 
Friday 1/31
1. Today was author's chair!
2. First period had time for some essay work at the end of class. 
HW: 
Final drafts are due on turnitin.com by 11:59 PM on Saturday. You may have an extension to Monday with a MWS and writing lab visit. 
 
Week 22: January 20-24
Monday 1/20
MLK Day - No School 
 
Tuesday 1/21
1. We worked on semi-colon rule 14a and completed a mentor sentence. If you were absent, be sure to get notes from a friend. 
HW:
Revised draft due Monday 1/27
 
Wednesday 1/22
1. Today was a writer's block, focused on the higher order concerns of our essays. 
2. Ms. Hancock also passed out the video permission slips. 
HW: 
1. Revised draft due Monday 1/27
2. Turn in video permission slips to Ms. Hancock ASAP. 
 
Thursday 1/23
1. We reviewed MLA citations and formatting in preparation for finishing our next essays. Here is a copy of the power point.
HW: 
1. Revised draft due Monday 1/27
2. Turn in video permission slips to Ms. Hancock ASAP. 
 
Friday 1/24
Homecoming 
 
Week 21: January 13-17
Monday 1/13
Today was an essay work day. I checked outlines in 7th period and helped them work on drafting. 1st period, I will check your outlines on Tuesday. 
HW: 
First draft due Friday
 
Tuesday 1/14
1. We had a mentor sentence on comma rule 12c. If you were absent, please get notes from a friend. 
HW:
1st Draft Due Friday 
 
Wednesday 1/15
1. We took the county CFA today. If you were absent, you must see me ASAP to make this up. 
HW: 
1st Draft Due Friday
 
Friday 1/17
1. We completed a workshop on the first drafts, focusing on higher order concerns. If you were absent, I need to check your essay, and you need to provide proof of conferencing either with a peer or in the writing lab. 
HW:
Begin working on revised draft.
 
Week 20: January 6-10
Monday 1/6
No School for Students
 
Tuesday 1/7
1. We got new groups/seats and voted on group names (will let you know tomorrow). 
2. We also passed back work from 1st semester. 
3. We passed back the MC portion of the midterm and worked in groups to go over missed questions, correcting them. Students wrote reflections about the kinds of questions they missed, why they missed them, and how to improve for the EOC. These were turned in at the end of class. If you were absent, see me to make this up.
HW:
Bring your work from 1st semester on your literary analysis essay on Friday. 
 
Wednesday 1/8
1. We went over 2nd semester author's chair, signed up for dates, and passed out reflection forms. You can get all this from me when you return if you were absent. 
2. We went over comma rule 12d with mentor sentences. If you were absent, get notes from a peer. 
3. We also went over and took notes on oreo cookie quoting. We will finish the activity on Friday. 
HW:
Bring your work from 1st semester on your literary analysis essay on Friday. 
 
Friday 1/10
1. We finished the oreo cookie quoting and turned it in. 
2. We began working on essay outlines.
3. 7th period: Use today's power point to guide you through class.
HW:
Continue working on essay outlines. Bring Monday. 
 
Week 19: Midterms
 
Week 18: December 9-13
Monday 12/9
1. We read "First Drafts" by Annie Lamott.
2. Then, we wrote about quotes from this piece and shared how they relate to our own writing processes. We related these to the upcoming literary analysis.
3. We also turned in thesis statements that weren't turned in Friday.
HW:
Make-up seminar will be on Thursday during either of the first two lunches. 
 
Tuesday 12/10
1st period went over comma rule 12b and the content of the midterm. 7th did not meet due to the early dismissal.
HW: 
Make-up seminar will be on Thursday during either of the first two lunches. 
 
Wednesday 12/11
1. In first period, we just passed back the thesis statements and worked on developing them. Check the 7th period instructions for more specific details.
 
Friday 12/13
Final author's chair! 
Midterms:
1st: Tuesday
7th: Thursday 
 
Week 17: December 2-6
Monday 12/2
1. We went over the culture unit literary analysis assignment.
2. We began researching/brainstorming/pre-writing. 
HW: 
Prepare for the culture unit seminar Wednesday. 
Continue brainstorming for essay. 
 
Tuesday 12/3
We used mentor texts to determine the conventions of literary analysis essays and took notes. 
HW: 
Prepare for the culture unit seminar Wednesday. 
Continue brainstorming for essay. 
 
Wednesday 12/4
We had our culture unit seminar today! If you were absent, there will be a make-up time sometime next week. 
HW:
Complete written response to the culture unit seminar for Friday.
Continue brainstorming for essay.  
 
Friday 12/6
1. We turned in the written responses from Wednesday's seminar. 
2. We reviewed literary thesis statements and work on writing one for our books of choice.
HW:
If you did not turn in your thesis by the end of class, please do so by class on Monday. 
 
Week 16: November 25-26
Monday 11/25
ACT Boot Camp/ACT CERT - no class 
 
Tuesday 11/26
ACT Boot Camp/ACT CERT - no class 
HW: 
Prepare for the culture unit seminar Wednesday after Fall Break. 
 
Wednesday-Friday 11/27-29
Thanksgiving Break! 
 
Week 15: November 18-22
Monday 11/18
1. We wrote in response to the Thanksgiving article, identify its argument, responding to it.
2. We then worked in groups to analyze how particular paragraphs supported the whole argument.
3. We also connected the argument to the unit question.
HW:
1. Book of choice assignments are due Wednesday. Please come printed.  
 
Tuesday 11/19
We went over comma rule 12a in the Harbrace and with a mentor sentence. If you were absent, be sure to get these notes from a peer. 
HW: 
1. Book of choice assignments are due Wednesday. Please come printed.  
 
Wednesday/Thursday 11/20-21
1. We had our second book talk today, and I took up these written responses. If you were absent, I need yours asap. 
2. We went over forwarding and countering moves with evidence. If you were absent, be sure to get these notes from a peer.
3. We went over the culture unit seminar and finalized each class's discussion questions.
HW:
Prepare for seminar after Thanksgiving break. 
 
Friday 11/22
1. We went over next week's ACT schedule. If you need help, check the list outside Dr. Roland's room or see me. 
2. We discussed the usefulness of learning to write a literary analysis and then took notes on and practiced writing literary thesis statements. 
HW: 
Prepare for seminar after Thanksgiving break.
Begin thinking about possible literary analysis topics for your book of choice. 
 
Week 14: November 11-15
Monday 11/11
1. We turned in the essay correction sheets from the narratives today. Please do so when you return if you were absent. 
2. We had our first book of choice meetings today. Groups turned in their written responses and new questions. 
HW: 
1.Quiz over clauses tomorrow!
2.Narrative revisions due on Tuesday, November 12th on turnitin.com by end of day.
3. B and under narratives must visit writing lab by Friday, November 15th. 
 
Tuesday 11/12
We took a quiz over clauses. See me to make this up. 
HW: 
1.Narrative revisions due tonight on turnitin.com by end of day.
2. B and under narratives must visit writing lab by Friday, November 15th. 
 
Wednesday 11/13
1. We worked on remediation of the clauses quiz. 
2. We then analyzed the perspectives of colonial texts and Things Fall Apart
HW: 
1. B and under narratives must visit writing lab by Friday, November 15th. 
2. Author's chair Friday 
 
Friday 11/15
Today was author's chair! 
HW: 
 
Week 13: November 4-8
Monday 11/4
 
Tuesday 11/5
1. We went over the issues with the graded narratives and how to do remediation for them. 
2. We began work on essay corrections in class. If you were absent, you will need to see me to get a sheet and instructions on how to do so. 
HW: 
2. First book of choice meeting is Monday, November 11th. Instructions on book of choice assignments.
3. Essay corrections also due Monday, November 11th.
4. Narrative revisions due on Tuesday, November 12th on turnitin.com by end of day. 
5. B and under narratives must visit writing lab by Friday, November 15th. 
 
Wednesday 11/6 - odd block 
1. We reviewed all the clauses with some group work. 
2. We identified the theme of "Once Upon a Time" and discussed how it is developed in the story.
3. We also looked at literary lenses and related them to the story. 
HW: 
1. First book of choice meeting is Monday, November 11th. Instructions on book of choice assignments.
2. Essay corrections also due Monday, November 11th.
3. Narrative revisions due on Tuesday, November 12th on turnitin.com by end of day. 
4. B and under narratives must visit writing lab by Friday, November 15th. 
 
Thursday 11/7
Half-day
 
Friday 11/8
No class - even block 
 
Week 12: October 28-November 1
Monday 10/28
1. We finished our Night discussions and turned in books. 
 
Tuesday 10/29
1. We brainstormed and wrote to prep for our next unit topic. We introduced the new unit question, "What happens when different cultures come into contact?" 
2. We used our web map to create sub-questions for when we go to the library tomorrow (not at the beginning of class). 
 
Wednesday 10/30
1. We went over the book of choice assignments.
2. We went to the library to find books.
HW:
Fill out the Google form on my main page about your book of choice by end of day Friday. 
 
Friday 11/1
In-class reading day 
HW:
Google form should be filled out by today 
 
Week 11: October 21-25
Monday 10/21
1. We worked on the what/how/why discussions for Night. We will start sharing these on Tuesday.
HW:
1. Final draft of narrative due on turnitin.com by 11:59 tonight. Extension to Wednesday with MWS and visit to the writing lab.
2. Author's chair Friday! 
 
Tuesday 10/22
1. We began our Night discussions today and will continue on the block after going to the book fair. 
HW:
Author's chair Friday! 
 
Wednesday 10/23
1. We started class in the book fair.
2. We continued our discussions/presentations on Night.
HW:
Author's chair Friday! 
 
Friday 10/25
1. We had author's chair!
2. We continued with our Night discussions/presentations. 
 
Week 10: October 14-18
Monday 10/14
1. We passed back all the work from first quarter. Speak to me asap if something is amiss with your grade. 
2. We did a writing quiz on Night
HW: 
Bring revised draft of narrative Friday (odd block). 
 
Tuesday 10/15
We took the Night benchmark and went over the answers. 
HW:
Bring revised draft of narrative Friday (odd block). 
 
Wednesday 10/16
PSAT day 
 
Friday 10/18
1. We reviewed sensory details, specific action, and dialogue, also focusing on how to punctuate dialogue in narrative. 
2. We then conducted our second peer workshop on the narratives. If you were absent, I need to both see your narrative and see notes you took from getting it peer-reviewed by a classmate or in the writing lab. 
HW:
1. Final draft due on turnitin.com by 11:59 PM on Monday. Don't forget about the analysis! Extension to Wednesday with a MWS and a visit to the writing lab. 
 
Week 9: September 30-October 4
Monday 9/30
1. We had workshops on the narrative first drafts and went over how to have a successful workshop. If you were absent, I need to both see your narrative and evidence of your workshop outside of class (either with a peer or in the writing lab). 
HW:
Finish Night by the end of Fall Break. 
 
Tuesday 10/1
1. We had a lesson and mentor sentence on adjectival clauses. If you missed it, please get notes from a peer. 
HW:
Finish Night by the end of Fall Break. 
Keep working on revisions to narrative. 
 
Wednesday 10/2
1. We read two texts from the Holocaust from different perspective and used the what/how/why method to analyze details that revealed their points of view. 
HW:
Finish Night by the end of Fall Break. 
Keep working on revisions to narrative. 
 
Thursday 10/3
ACT CERT
 
Friday 10/4
Fall Spirit Day
 
Week 8: September 23-27
Monday 9/23
1. We took notes on what/how/why. Get these from a peer if you were absent. 
2. We practice the what/how/why method with Soto's "Father." 
HW:
Author's Chair Friday
1st draft of narrative next Monday 
 
Tuesday 9/24
1. We worked on remediation for the phrases quiz. To get points back, you must both put the correct answer and explain why it is the correct answer. 
2. We then had writer's block. Students could work on author's chair or the narrative. 
 
Wednesday 9/26
1. We reviewed independent, dependent, and noun clauses and then had a mentor sentence. Get notes from a friend if you were absent. 
2. We then took notes on and practiced the narrative strategies of specific action, sensory details, and dialogue. 
HW:
Author's chair is on Friday! 
1st draft of narrative Monday 
 
Friday 9/27
Today was our 2nd author's chair! Thank you to the readers!
HW:
1st due of narrative due Monday. 
 
Week 7: September 16-20
Monday 9/16
We had our humanity seminar today. If you were absent, make plans to come to my room during C or D lunch on Wednesday to make up this seminar. 
 
Tuesday 9/17
1. We brainstormed a list of narrative strategies for good story-telling.
2. We then thought about what ideas were missing from our humanity unit and brainstormed.
3. We then went over the humanity narrative assignment.
 
Wednesday 9/18
1. We read about appositive and absolute phrases in the Harbrace and then did a mentor sentence with absolutes. If you were absent, please get notes from a peer.
2. We passed out copies of Night and reviewed our own knowledge and experiences with learning about the Holocaust. We also watched a short video with life from Jewish families before the war to remind ourselves of the lives impacted and lost due to the Holocaust. 
HW: 
Prepare for a quiz on phrases Friday. Also bring Night to read or your brainstorming for the narrative.
1st draft of the narrative is due 9/30. 
 
Friday 9/20
 
Week 6: September 9-13
Monday 9/9
1. We went over the themes and evidence created by groups for "The Lottery" and discussed what made some choices better than others. 
2. We then used mapping to create sub-questions for our unit question. If you were absent, you may want to get these notes from a peer. We will be using these questions on the block day to find a practice book of choice.
Meet in the library on Wednesday. 
 
Wednesday 9/11
1. We went to the library and searched for books of choice and began reading to fill out the google form. 
2. We took notes on claim, evidence, and warrant. 
If you were absent, visit the librarians to find a book and get notes from a friend.
HW: 
Finish your book of choice google form (on my main page) before class on Friday.
 
Thursday 9/12
Half-day
 
Friday 9/13
1. We went over Humanity Seminar assignment
2. We used the rest of class to work on this assignment and to continue conferences. 
HW:
Finish preparations for Monday's seminar. Make sure to come with a hard copy of your written responses. 
 
Week 5: September 3-6
Monday 9/2
No School - Labor Day
 
Tuesday 9/3
1. We reviewed participial phrases with the Harbrace and then did a mentor sentence using them. 
2. With time remaining, we also introduced the neighborhood map to prepare for writing block tomorrow.
HW:
Read "The Lottery" for Wednesday. There are essays at the end of this pdf. You can ignore those. Just read the story. 
The first author's chair is Friday! 
 
Wednesday 9/4
1. We started class with writer's block, especially since author's chair is coming. 
2. We started discussing details and irony in "The Lottery," and then groups worked to determine themes and provide evidence for those themes. We will share these Friday/Monday. 
HW: 
Author's chair is Friday. Here is the author's chair reflection sheet if you lost yours. Have this filled out to present. 
 
Friday 9/6
1. We passed back last year's EOC scores. 
2. Today was our first author's chair! Thank you to the readers! 
3. We spent the last few minutes finishing the online notes from "The Lottery." 
Enjoy your weekend - no homework. 
 
Week 4: August 26-30
Monday 8/26
1. I was out in 1st period, so students filled out this handout on Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau. We will go over it tomorrow in class.
2. I was in 7th period, so we finished the last presentation and then started the handout. We will continue it tomorrow. 
 
Tuesday 8/27
1. We finished going over the Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau handouts and applied them to Lord of the Flies.
2. We introduced the idea of mentor sentences for grammar instruction but will have our first lesson Wednesday. 
 
Wednesday 8/28
1. We had our first mentor sentence focusing on gerunds and infinitives. If you were absent, you may want to get the notes from a friend.
2. We also took notes on LIE questions. You can view the power point here.
3. We then practiced these with the short story, "The Chaser."
HW:
Read this short story for Friday. Do not worry about the essay instructions. This is from an old AP prompt. 
 
Friday 8/30
1. We finished discussing "The Chaser," focusing on how it answers our unit question and providing answers.
2. We then worked in groups with the Soto story, highlighting literary strategies that made the point of view or purpose clearer and their effects. We then discussed how this story answered the unit question and provided evidence. 
 
Week 3: August 19-23
Monday 8/19
1. We introduced the unit question, "What does it mean to be human?" by answering this question and the texts that have informed our answer in writer's notebooks.
2. We went over the summer reading group work and began working on it.
3. We also began introductory conferences and will continue over the next few days. 
 
Tuesday 8/20
1. We continued working on the summer reading group work.
2. We also continued conferencing. 
 
Wednesday 8/21
Due to Mrs. Esberger's absence, students had the whole day to work on the summer reading group work
HW: 
Be ready to present at the beginning of class on Friday. 
 
Friday 8/23
1. We presented the summer reading group work today. 
HW: 
Read this handout for class on Monday. I will be out in 1st, but you will still be making connections with it to Lord of the Flies without me. 
 
Week 2: August 12-16
Monday 8/12
1. We signed up for author's chair and passed out the author's chair reflection sheet. You will need two copies of this. If you lose one that I gave you in class, you can print another from the link. 
2. We finished working with the "where writing hides" lists, generating possible writing ideas for future writer's blocks. 
3. We began the path activity and will finish it on Tuesday. 
HW:
1. Sign up for our turnitin.com class. Both sophomore classes will use the password milquetoast
1st login: 21717943
7th login: 21717944
2. Complete the following by Wednesday: 
A. Return to the following chapters from How to Read Literature like a Professor: the introduction, Where Have I seen Her Before?, Interlude: Does He Mean That?, Is that a Symbol?, and Interlude: One Story. These are some of his “big idea” chapters that lay the groundwork for the other concepts in the book.
B. For each chapter, summarize – without criticism – Foster’s main idea for that chapter in one sentence.
C. Then, choose one quote that you feel develops that main idea well. Explain, uncritically, what Foster is saying in that quote and how it supports his main idea.
D. Finally, for that quote, choose “agree/aha/argue.” Do you agree with the quote, was it an “aha” moment for you, or do you have something you’d like to argue about? In one or two sentences, explain your reaction to that idea.
 
Tuesday 8/13
1. We completed and went over our first name weeks benchmark. 
2. We finished writing for the path activity and began to analyze the different symbols. We will continue this tomorrow. 
HW:
1. Sign up for our turnitin.com class. Both sophomore classes will use the password milquetoast
1st login: 21717943
7th login: 21717944
2. Complete the following by Wednesday: 
A. Return to the following chapters from How to Read Literature like a Professor: the introduction, Where Have I seen Her Before?, Interlude: Does He Mean That?, Is that a Symbol?, and Interlude: One Story. These are some of his “big idea” chapters that lay the groundwork for the other concepts in the book.
B. For each chapter, summarize – without criticism – Foster’s main idea for that chapter in one sentence.
C. Then, choose one quote that you feel develops that main idea well. Explain, uncritically, what Foster is saying in that quote and how it supports his main idea.
D. Finally, for that quote, choose “agree/aha/argue.” Do you agree with the quote, was it an “aha” moment for you, or do you have something you’d like to argue about? In one or two sentences, explain your reaction to that idea.
 
Wednesday 8/14
1. We finished the path activity. 
2. We began sharing our notes from HTRL but will begin discussion on Friday. Make sure to bring your homework back then. 
3. We went to the library for orientation. 
HW: 
1. Sign up for our turnitin.com class. Both sophomore classes will use the password milquetoast
1st login: 21717943
7th login: 21717944
2. Review the remaining HTRL chapters and Lord of the Flies for Monday. 
 
Friday 8/16
1. We went over our notes from the five HTRL chapters and discussed the chapters, their quotes, and how they will relate to our approach to literature in the class. 
HW:
1. Sign up for our turnitin.com class. Both sophomore classes will use the password milquetoast
1st login: 21717943
7th login: 21717944
2. Review the remaining HTRL chapters and Lord of the Flies for Monday. 
 
Week 1: August 5-8
Monday 8/5
Teacher In-Service Day 
 
Tuesday 8/6
Half-day and Open House at 6 PM 
 
Wednesday 8/7
Teacher Work Day 
 
Thursday 8/8
1. We made seating charts. If you were absent or add the class, we will need to find you a place Friday. 
2. We went over the homework (see below).
3. We passed out books. See me if you need one. 
4. During books, students worked on creating metaphoric name tags. We will share these on Friday. 
HW:
1. Sign up for our turnitin.com class. Both sophomore classes will use the password milquetoast
1st login: 21717943
7th login: 21717944
2. Complete the following by Wednesday of next week: 
A. Return to the following chapters from How to Read Literature like a Professor: the introduction, Where Have I seen Her Before?, Interlude: Does He Mean That?, Is that a Symbol?, and Interlude: One Story. These are some of his “big idea” chapters that lay the groundwork for the other concepts in the book.
B. For each chapter, summarize – without criticism – Foster’s main idea for that chapter in one sentence.
C. Then, choose one quote that you feel develops that main idea well. Explain, uncritically, what Foster is saying in that quote and how it supports his main idea.
D. Finally, for that quote, choose “agree/aha/argue.” Do you agree with the quote, was it an “aha” moment for you, or do you have something you’d like to argue about? In one or two sentences, explain your reaction to that idea.
 
Friday 8/9
1. We went over all the metaphor name tags.
2. We went over the course description, particularly class policies. Here is the document for your reference. 
3. We read the poem "Valentine for Ernest Mann" and began the first quickwrite in our writer's notebook: a list of where writing could be hiding in our lives. We will go over this on Monday. 
1. Sign up for our turnitin.com class. Both sophomore classes will use the password milquetoast
HW: 
1st login: 21717943
7th login: 21717944
2. Complete the following by Wednesday of next week: 
A. Return to the following chapters from How to Read Literature like a Professor: the introduction, Where Have I seen Her Before?, Interlude: Does He Mean That?, Is that a Symbol?, and Interlude: One Story. These are some of his “big idea” chapters that lay the groundwork for the other concepts in the book.
B. For each chapter, summarize – without criticism – Foster’s main idea for that chapter in one sentence.
C. Then, choose one quote that you feel develops that main idea well. Explain, uncritically, what Foster is saying in that quote and how it supports his main idea.
D. Finally, for that quote, choose “agree/aha/argue.” Do you agree with the quote, was it an “aha” moment for you, or do you have something you’d like to argue about? In one or two sentences, explain your reaction to that idea.