May 12 & 14: Media Presentations
May 4 & 8, 2015:
In Class: In Class: Media teams with convene again and discuss roles and approaches to the projects. Computers will be available for research and surveys. I will also consult with each team and answer questions.
HW: HW: Media projects DUE MAY 12, Things They Carry Questions, Unfinished work (Chapter 27 / Position Papers)
April 30, 2015
In Class: Media teams with convene and discuss roles and approaches to the projects. Computers will be available for research and surveys. I will also consult with each team and answer questions.
HW: Media projects, Things They Carry Questions, Unfinished work (Chapter 27 / Position Papers)
April 28, 2015
In Class: We will learn about the Media Teams and sign-up for research and reporting groups. I will demonstrate some rhetorical analysis with a commercial prompt as well. You will have time to consider topics and groups.
HW: Media project, reading, story review questions.
April 24, 2015
In Class: Today we will Lit. Circle the first and fourth stories in The Things They Carried.
HW: Argumentative Essay is due today. Continue reading the book.
April 20-22, 2015
In Class: PARCC Testing
HW: Read the first FOUR short stories that make up the first 58 pages of the book, The Things They Carried.
April 14, 2015
In Class: Today we will finish our Coming of Age unit with a summative assignment. Turn one Coming of Age theme (loss of innocence, search for identity, friendships, sexuality, dealing with tragedy, or create your own) into an argument for or against its importance in the Coming of Age framework. Use readings, personal experience, and other evidence to support your argument. This assignment will be turned in through Google Classroom, where I have given each of you a copy of the following: Argumentative Essay.
HW: Argumentative Paper due on April 24.
April 3, 2015
In Class: After taking a test over Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, we will discuss a bit of the final chapter’s symbolism.
HW: Enjoy your Spring Break!
April 1, 2015
In Class: Either reading Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian or catching up with Hero’s Journey Projects will occupy our time in class today.
HW: ALL LATE WORK IS NOW DUE (with Zero’s Entered on Friday afternoon at 1 p.m.): 1. Book Portfolio – Grapes of Wrath; 2. Catcher in the Rye Chapter 27 Creative Narrative; Finish Part-Time Indian for a Book Test of Friday.
March 30, 2015
In Class: Turning to the Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, we will do a free-write, read an autobiographical account of the author, and then focus on a week of reading.
HW: ALL LATE WORK IS NOW DUE (with Zero’s Entered on Friday afternoon at 1p.m.): 1. Book Portfolio – Grapes of Wrath; 2. Hero’s Journey Presentations – 7th Period only; 3. Catcher in the Rye Chapter 27 Creative Narrative; Finish Part-Time Indian for a Book Test of Friday.
March 26, 2015
In Class: Unfinished business… any Hero’s Journey presentations or opportunities to look at the quotes from Catcher in the Rye will fill class time.
HW: Chapter 27 (Due on MONDAY, March 30)
March 20 & 24, 2015
In Class: Catcher in the Rye Quiz; we will also be watching and exploring the similarities of another Coming of Age story: The Perks of Being a Wall Flower.
HW: Make sure you are writing Chapter 27 (Due on March 30).
March 18, 2015
In Class: PARCC
HW: Make sure you are writing Chapter 27 (Due on March 30).
March 16, 2015
In Class: PARCC cancelled. With WiFi issues, the class will have a more focused opportunity to work with Catcher in the Rye. If absent, please review the following quotes: Catcher Quotes. A meaningful discussion will then lead you to some self-knowledge regarding specific wisdom the book may or may not have to offer.
HW: Learning expression opportunity next time we are not PARCC testing (either Weds. or Friday)
March 10, 12
In Class: PARCC testing. Please bring Catcher in the Rye to class each session to read while you are not testing.
March 6, 2015
In Class: PARCC testing familiarity: students will grab Chrome books and explore the different possibilities in answering questions and see the features of the test. Presentations or reading Catcher in the Rye will follow.
HW: No HW for PARCC other than reading Catcher.
March 4, 2015
In Class: This is a PLC day so we will have some time for registration questions and then free-time to read and outline your Catcher in the Rye Chapter 27 Narratives. In 7th hour, we will most likely continue on with some hero journey presentations before any free reading time.
. March 2, 2015
In Class: We will begin with a power point about Catcher in the Rye. Then we will free-write a little on style. I will also introduce the summative for the unit: Catcher Narrative due on March 30.
HW: Read Catcher, eventually work on an Outline for your Chapter 27. Extra credit: See the movie Grandview USA currently in theaters and then answer this prompt in paragraph form: How is the depiction of agricultural workers in California the same and/or different from those in Grapes of Wrath?
February 23-25, 2015
In Class: Students will give Hero’s Journey Presentations.
HW: Read Catcher in the Rye
February 19, 2015: Class time to work on your presentations for the Hero’s Journey
HW: Presentations begin Monday, February 23
February 17, 2015:
In Class: Hero’s Journey Illustrated
HW: Create your own multi-media Hero’s Journey. Link to specifics here: Hero’s Journey
February 12, 2015
In Class: Summative Test on Grapes of Wrath
HW: Read excerpts from Joseph Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces: Excerpts from The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
February , 10, 2015
In Class: This is the second of our Writing as Performance Standard in-class work days. This is the LAST requirement for the Book Portfolio (Slide below). Today’s writing focuses on argument: Would you recommend Grapes of Wrath to a friend? In your argument of evaluation, write the first TWO Paragraphs (only) to a four paragraph essay. In other words, evaluate that prompt with 1) An introduction paragraph that includes a) hook, b) background information, and c) thesis statement identifying factors that lead you to your decision to recommend the book or not recommend the book to a friend; 2) A body paragraph that includes a) topic sentence/claim (first reason for your evaluation from your thesis statement), b) introduce text/quote from the book (MLA in-text format), c) explain/pertain your reason by connecting it to your claim (original analysis/commentary regarding your evaluation). This body paragraph SHOULD be a ‘power paragraph’ with three pieces of evidence/analysis included: Grapes of Wrath Book Review Assignment
HW: GOW Summative Test and Book Portfolios are due on February 12. Book should be finished.
February 6, 2015
In Class: This is the first of two consecutive Writing as Performance Standard days. Both of these days you will produce outcomes / writing that will go into your book portfolios. Today’s performance standard will center on the thematic elements in GOW (man vs. himself, man vs. man, man vs. nature, man vs. society, man vs. the supernatural). This link contains a MSWord document that describes the activity and the requirements for the portfolio. Your work may be hand-written or typed: Theme GOW
HW: Read through chapter 27 with an eye toward finishing it. A list of current portfolio requirements can be viewed on this slide:
The last one (#11) will be assigned on Tuesday of next week. GOW summative test and portfolios are due on February 12. Also, please finish the book by Tuesday, February 10, as well.
February 2 & 4, 2015
In Class: Continuing connections, we will talk about GMO’s, water shortages, and maquiladoras.
HW: Read through Chapter 26, Chapter review questions, AND NEW: Children’s Game & Connection Article WITH paragraph writing (Describe, Explain, Apply, Perspective, Empathy, Self-Knowledge).
January 29, 2015
In Class: Today we will take a break from the normal routine and make connections between GOW and our modern society, spicing things up with some controversy.
HW: Portfolios. Over the weekend, read through chapter 20, answering the Chapter Review Questions as you go.
January 27, 2015
In Class: Class begins with silent reading and listening. You may also work on book portfolios AND then new requirement (action tracker) as you listen. The second half of class, we will discuss the construction of this book (literary components + intercalary vignettes) with a focus on Chapter 13.
HW: Please read through Chapter 16, working on Chapter Review Questions as you go. ON Thursday, January 29, I will be giving a 10 point, 0 or 10 point, Formative Assessment on your portfolios :1) Cover complete, 2) Significant progress on Chapter Review Sheet (1/4 to 1/3 complete), 3) Word Wizard (20 Words), 4) NEW: Action Tracker*
* On Typing Paper, Create a timeline. Pick out 4-5 significant quotes that establish various plot or significant imagery from a particularly interesting section of your book. Illustrate it with stick figure drawings.
January 23, 2015
In Class: In-class writing Pop Quiz: Why did the turtle cross the road? After that mind-bending exercise, we will read Chapter 6 aloud to further our understanding of the common themes of human struggle found in literature while we juxtapose man and nature (car dealers and turtles?). Left over time will be allotted for reading, chapter review questions, vocabulary, or water color.
HW: Please read through Chapter 13, working on Chapter Review Questions as you go.
January 21, 2015
In Class: We begin The Grapes of Wrath. First we will tinker with some symbolism you may or may not see in the ending of the book through a free-write, “What act of human kindness would go the furthest to heal another’s broken soul?” We will use any left over time to water-color with all our heart.
HW: Do your best to read as much of The Grapes of Wrath as possible, go for the gold, and also complete as much of the Chapter Review Questions too. At a minimum: Read chapters 1-8 by Friday. Book Portfolio (Cover, Chapter Review Questions, Vocabulary – NEW!)
January 16, 2015
In Class: Using a formula, students peer edit their papers. For the rest of class, they can work on revising, reading GOW, or working on one of two assignments (Reading/Study Guide) for the Book Portfolio.
HW: Paper, Gatsby Paper Scoring Rubric.
January 14, 2015
In Class: We begin The Grapes of Wrath. First we will write and respond to the prompt, “How did the floods affect you, your family, or your community? Have you considered effects of climate change in your lifetime? What are those effects, if any?” Then you will have time to work on your papers.
HW: Do your best to read as much of The Grapes of Wrath as possible, go for the gold, and also complete as much of the Chapter Review Questions too. At a minimum: Read chapters 1-3 by Friday. Also, get a presentation portfolio for your Book Portfolio.
January 12, 2015
In Class: We finish watching the movie and then workshop, using Google Classroom, the paper. Make sure you cite appropriate references to the book and movie when you go to write your paper.
HW: Papers due by midnight on Wednesday. If you missed class on Monday, join your class on Google Classroom by using the following codes: Period 6: 039r4ko ; Period 7: jhguqq
January 8, 2015
In Class: After watching more of the movie version of Gatsby, feel free to ask about any questions you might have about the paper due on Wednesday.
HW: Finish the paper. Gatsby H10 Essay outline.
January 6, 2015
In Class: We will begin by distributing your final and final project from first semester. We will have a free-write to help you establish the argumentative nature of making an evaluation. Then, over the next two class periods, we will watch the film and consider: Does the Baz Luhrmann movie version of The Great Gatsby enhance or detract from the ideas and meanings found in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic book?
HW. Write a 4-paragraph Argument of Evaluation Essay (Intro, Argument of Evaluation, Counter-Argument or Concession, Conclusion) answering the prompt: 2-3 pages, double spaced, typed, 12 pt. font, normal margins. This will be due on Monday, January 12. Gatsby H10 Essay outline.
December 15, 2014
In Class: Today we finish up our presentations and also preview, just a tad, Grapes of Wrath. Get ready for a great final on The Great Gatsby!
HW: Read the last three pages of Grapes of Wrath ala J.J. Abrams. Also read Chapter 3 at some point over break and ask yourself, “Why did the turtle cross the road?”
December 10, 2014
In Class: Hopefully we can get through half of the student presentations for The Great Gatsby.
HW: Study for the final, finish up unfinished work.
December 9, 2014
In Class: Today is the LAST day of preparation for group projects, which commence on Thursday, December 11. We will also have a bit of time dedicated to the topic of LOVE.
HW: Finish group projects, and individual requirements. All individual requirements and project are due THIS THURSDAY, December 11
December 5, 2014
In Class: Working with the concept of Class, we will read two sections from The Great Gatsby, focusing on Tom’s discovery of Daisy’s affair with Gatsby, and then talk about her choice in the aftermath. Students then will have work time on group projects.
HW: Group Projects/ Study Gatsby – Tip: Practice recognizing Symbolism for Final.
December 3, 2014
In Class: Rather than a Socratic Seminar, students had such little time due to the late start day, I went over EasyBib in detail and gave students time to work on their 4-6 notecards that is part of the project.
HW: Group Projects
December 1, 2014,
In Class: First we will have a free-write. Then we will take some time to prepare for a Socratic Seminar on Gatsby set for Weds. Then for the remainder of class, you can work in groups on your projects.
HW: Group Projects
November 20, 2014
In Class: Quiz today over Chapters 1-4 in Gatsby. Research teams will be announced and Night projects returned. Please fill out this quick survey as well: Link
HW: Read the rest of Gatsby over the break.
November 18, 2014
In Class: After reading the first three paragraphs of Chapter 2 AND the first two paragraphs on page 29 describing the apartment (The Great Gatsby), see if you can identity any symbols. Using the text, make a claim, support it with textual support, and then comment on why you think the symbol means what it means. Next, we will Lit. Circle most of Chapter 2. If time allows, you can work on the HW.
HW: Draw one of the symbols discussed in class AND EITHER Write a love letter from Myrtle to Tom, apologizing for the incident in the apartment OR Write a letter home from Nick to his father while hung over from the party in Tom’s apartment. Make sure you read Gatsby, Chapters 3 & 4 and review 1 & 2 for a Chapters 1-4 Quiz on Thursday.
November 14, 2014
In Class: First we read an article on the price of cremation going up as it becomes more popular. This will lead to a free-write and discussion on death rituals. After that, we work on Venn Diagrams comparing Tom and Daisy Buchanan. Then we read and talk about Chapter 1 of The Great Gatsby so more.
HW: Reading at home.
November 12, 2014
In Class: We will begin with a surprise learning activity. Next, a prompt and discussion on The American Dream. Finally, we will read the end of Chapter 1 of the The Great Gatsby together and briefly discuss the green light as symbolism.
HW: Reading at home.
November 10, 2014
In Class: First we will do a fun intro activity on different topics for The Great Gatsby. Then we will do a free-write on your generation. Finally, there is a powerpoint and further background.
HW: One page: What is your green light?
November 6, 2014
In Class: Holocaust Museum Day
HW: Enjoy the weekend!
November 4, 2014
In Class: We will get to see a portion of an interview that will set up a free-write and discussion. After that, we will work on either Reading Circle roles (due today) or the Holocaust Project (due Thursday) October 31, 2014
In Class: Today is the Night test. After, you will be given ample time to work on your Holocaust projects which are due next Thursday.
HW: Holocaust Project Thursday. Also, both reading circle role assignments are due on Tuesday.
October 29, 2014
In Class: Today we will spend the bulk of the time reviewing Night and working on the Holocaust Project and or your second Reading Circle Roles. The second reading circle roles will be assigned and you can turn in both parts on Friday or finish it up today in class.
HW: Reading Circle Roles #2 ; Study for the test.
October 27, 2014
IN Class: We will begin with the Holocaust power point and then announce the Holocaust Summative Project that goes along with Night. The Night final test will be on Wednesday. The Holocaust project will then be due the following week (specific date TBD). If class time remains, we will view a bit of the documentary on Auschwitz.
HW: Night test / Holocaust Project
October 23, 2014
In Class: We will begin with a free-write meant to flesh out the Socratic Seminars in a personal way and give me a better understanding of your participation. Then we will do a fun simulation. After the simulation we will compare “consensus” to “blind obedience” and finish with a short clip on the Milgrim Experiment.
HW: Study for Night test.
In Class: SOCRATIC SEMINAR #2. First we will review the procedures of a successful seminar. Then students will be divided into two groups. After the seminar’s whip-around, students will provide feedback. We will finish with a round of voting.
HW: Finish Night; Chapter Review Questions are DUE on October 23.
October 16, 2014
In Class: SOCRATIC SEMINAR. First we will review the procedures of a successful seminar. Then students will be divided into two groups. After the seminar’s whip-around, students will provide feedback. We will finish with a round of voting.
HW: Finish Night; Chapter Review Questions are DUE on October 23.
October 14, 2014
In Class: We will begin with a POP QUIZ (not mentioned previously in class but explicitly mentioned here on the website) on Night. After that I will introduce the Socratic Seminar topics: The True Nature of Humanity and Moral Behaviors in Times of War. You will be given research time and ideas to prepare for the seminar on Thursday. If we have time, we will break into our literature circle again.
HW: Prepare for Socratic Seminar.
October 10, 2014
In Class: Working with Night, we will start with discussion of your reading circle roles, then have a short WWII causes power point. We conclude class with a lengthy literature circle involving the whole class.
HW: Read through page 64. QUIZ on Tuesday over WWII causes and Night through page 64.
October 8, 2014
In Class: Before introducing our new unit, we will go over academic integrity and hand back all remaining summative papers. For the new unit, students will be asked several questions to better assess understanding before reading the book, Night. If there is time, we will move to our reading circles and work on the first section of the book.
NOTE: Any Summative Paper Re-writes are do by Halloween.
October 6, 2014
In Class: We will finish the visual for Ivan and talk a bit about current events in Russia to ask the question, has anything really changed? I will hand back a few papers from period 5 and talk about the revision process.
HW: Night Discussion Questions; READ the first 46 pages of Night.
October 2, 2014
In Class: FW #10 on funding options for SVVSD. After the FW, we have a bit of socratic dialog before moving to the visual enhancement for Ivan
HW; Jigsaw on The Way Back (film) : Setting, Character, Plot, or Theme; Independent Novels reading assignment is also due. Finish Independent Novels. One paragraph summary, and one paragraph review (rhetorical triangle) due on Monday, October 6.
September 30, 2014
In Class: We will spend time handing back, discussing work for the class, and collecting/stapling final draft copies of your Five Paragraph Essays. Then we will begin a visual component to Ivan.
HW: Complete a Jigsaw section for Class Film: Plot mountain, Setting Drawing, Character Map, or Theme Paragraph. Finish Independent Novels. One paragraph summary, and one paragraph review (rhetorical triangle) due on Monday, October 6.
September 25, 2014
In Class: After a free-write, today we will spend time discussing Introductions and Conclusions. I will hand out a style guide. Last, we will peer edit. IF you take advantage of in-class peer editing and the style guide, and turn your paper in on time, you will be granted the opportunity to improve your final grade for this assignment.
Outline Power Point: Intros and Conclusions.
HW: Final papers due on Tuesday, September 29
September 23, 2014
In Class: We will finish our Socratic Discussion on the implied meanings of our The Story of An Hour. Then we will a lot a generous amount of time for working on papers.
HW: Papers due on 9/25
September 22, 2014
In Class: For a change of pace, we will have a Socratic Discussion on a surprise topic of my choosing. However, before the discussion, you will be given the opportunity to brainstorm evidence. The use of evidence and the ability to connect your commentary to other student statements will be central to your success and the overall success of the conversation.
HW: 5 Paragraph Essays due Friday, September 26
September 18, 2014
In Class: Ivan Test, turn-in Ivan Jigsaw, get final annotations checked off. Love Poem Volunteers? Then we will either work on Essay Charts for the power paragraph section of your five paragraph essay which will be due the following week OR watch a video with background information relevant to the Soviet-era gulags.
HW: Outline on 5 Paragraph Essay Prompt: How does the author employ literary elements to convey any theme? (You can use Ivan or your own Independent Novel).
September 16, 2014
In Class: I have decided to delay the Ivan test, to encourage close reading, working on the Ivan jigsaw in conjunction with the test as opposed to after it. So, for a bit of a respite, we will turn to Jay Z and Bruce Springsteen to look at very different revisionist takes on the same topic… The American Dream.
HW: Finish Ivan Jigsaws – test on THURSDAY. Annotations due then as well.
September 12, 2014
In Class: First we will collect our Love Poems. Next we will return to Ivan and read the novel from the beginning together, pointing out content and style features. Then we will break into our table groups for the Ivan Jigsaw. Powerpoint and Description are Here: Ivan PP and Jigsaw Ivan
HW: Finish reading/annotating the novel. Be prepared for the Ivan TEST on Tuesday, September 16. Work on the Jigsaw, due on Thursday, September 18.
September 10, 2014
In Class: First we will exchange power paragraphs and peer edit using highlighters or pens to master the different parts. Then we will do a power point on connotative words (tone). I will have you practice the triangle on a poem with great connotation (Langston Hughe’s Democracy). If we have time you can work on your Love Poems.
HW: Continue reading Independent Novel and Ivan, Love Poem.
September 8, 2014
In Class: First we will watch a clip from Wall-E (Claims Power Point) and talk about the arguments implied by the clip we watched. Then we will review the construction of argumentative writing by going over the parts of the power paragraph: Claim, (Introduce, Evidence, Explain, Pertain x3), Conclusion. Finally, students will have a chance to practice spotting good evidence with a writing by Chief Seattle and a chart to fill out. Chief Seattle Chart: Chart; Seattle
HW: Finish filling out the chart. Then transfer the chart to a paragraph. It will be a LONG paragraph if you do this correctly.
September 4, 2014
In Class: We will do a literary element visual exploration. This will take us through the end of class. Power Point is Here: Literary Components
HW: Ivan, through page 100 with annotations. Continue Reading Independent Novel
September 2, 2014
In Class: Today we will start with Get to Know You Class Bingo. Then we will dive into Literary Elements with a Writing Pre-Test. This will take the majority of class. You should also turn in your HW – a one page typed/HW prediction of an Ivan theme based on our essential questions.
HW: Annotating Ivan through page 75, Continue Reading Independent Novel. CHECKING ANNOTATIONS NEXT CLASS!
August 28, 2014
In Class: Today we will start with a Quiz over Ivan (first 50 pages). Then we will do a short FW (#4 on inferences) before looking at the Essential Questions for our unit on Ivan. The Essential Questions are Here. Next we will look at the short story we took the pre-assessment on and make inferences. Geraldo, No Last Name. Power Point is here: Geraldo. Finally, if time, we will do some refining of our thinking skills through a look at the art: Thinking skills power point is here: Paintings
HW: Go back and review what you have read in Ivan, p 1-50: Make inferences about the theme using our Essential Questions… one page reflection (Typed, D/S or Written, Single). Continue reading your Independent Novel.
August 26, 2014
In Class: Today we will start with Free-write #3 to see how many specific details you can get into a much shorter time frame (From waking up to sitting in class today– I call this one ‘Bed to Skyline’). Then we will set the context for Ivan with a power point (Power Point is Here: Russian Revolution) and a brief discussion of Animal Farm as allegory. Finally, we will take a Reading pre-assessment with a short story by Sandra Cisneros (Geraldo No Last Name).
HW: Ivan, through page 50. Keep reading your independent novel as well. Quiz on Thursday.
August 22, 2014
In Class: Today we will start with our journals and Free-write #2 (Describe One Day In Your Life – use vivid imagery and write well with intent). After that, we will talk about annotations. We will then check out Ivan, our first in-class book. Next, students will ANNOTATE the first 25 pages of their Independent novel AND the first 25 pages of Ivan. Last students brainstorm descriptive words about themselves and create a “Six Word Memoir” to share with the class
HW: 1. Read the first 25 pages of Ivan and annotate Ivan and the first 25 pages of your Independent Novel. 2. Plus, complete the Six Word Memoir Assignment.
August 20, 2014
In Class: It’s Picture Day! We will start with our first Free-write #1 (Greatest Challenge of My Generation) and then talk a little more about the summer assignments. Then we will play M&M Bingo. Due: Biography Brochures and Syllabus signature/back.
HW: Pick NEW Independent Novel; Read Chapter One (or first 25 pages), Bring it to class for a lesson on close reading strategies
August 19, 2014
In Class: Pick up and have your Course Guidelines signed by a parent or guardian. We will spend the day going over the guidelines and talking about a tentative curriculum map for the semester. I will also assign the biography brochure and introduce the class contest. Turn in your summer assignments.
Summer Assignment Link Here: Summer Assignments
HW: Biography brochure, as explained in class.