2015 English 9

Welcome to English 9. Below you will find important information about class activities, homework, and many electronic documents. Newer classes appear first, older as you scroll down.

May 9:

In Class: We will discuss themes in Romeo and Juliet.

HW: Create a Google Slides:  R & J Project.

April 27 – May 5:

In Class: We will finish reading most of Romeo and Juliet.

HW: Create a Facebook page for one of the play’s characters.

April 25, 2016:

In Class: Special guest speaker

HW: Write a reflection on today’s activity.

April 11 – April 21:

In Class: Reduced class time (due to testing) will result in reading the play and discussions punctuated by film studies for Romeo & Juliet.

HW: Make sure your daily planner and character charts are ongoing and up to date.

March 29 & 31:

In Class: Introduction to Romeo and Juliet, with all that that entails. We will get to the Prologue and Act I introductions (before we meet the principle protagonists).

HW: Have a great Spring Break!

March 25 & 27:

In Class: Using Louder Than a Bomb, students will describe, interpret, and ultimately demonstrate perspective and empathy on our poetry unit Summative.

HW: Finish the Louder Than a Bomb worksheet in anticipation of the test on Friday.

March 21, 2016

In Class: Looking at the poem, Oranges by Gary Soto, students pull imagery, rhetorical strategies, and finish by writing or illustrating their own poetry.

HW: Finish for homework or in class.

March 17, 2016

In Class: We read/interpret/analyze another poem during our poetry unit.

HW: What you do not finish in class, finish up at home to turn in for points.

March 15, 2016:

In Class: We read a “setting” poem, learn about STOP, and analyze another poem by Niki Giovani. Students will then write and share their own poems featuring a special place.

HW: What you do not finish in class, finish up at home to turn in for points.

Week of March 7 (9 & 11):

In Class: We will continue our poetry reading with three poems and responses and a visual example of the Inside / Outside Concept. We also look at poetic terminology useful to analyze poems.

HW:  All work not completed in class, please consider as HW and turn in at your earliest ability.

March 1 & 3, 2016:

In Class: We finish ATDPTI and take the book exam. We will also have a poetry unit Pre-test.

HW: Test on March 3!

February 25 and 29:

In Class: We will focus on ATDPTI in class and prepare for the book exam on March 3.

HW: Book Test on March 3

February 23, 2016

In Class: I will talk about editing your papers. You can use the time to peer edits or final corrections. RESEARCH PAPERS ARE DUE IN CLASS TODAY!

HW: Finish reading the book.

February 19, 2016

In Class: We will have a substitute. We will see Smoke Signals, a movie written by Sherman Alexie.

HW: Work on research papers.

February 17, 2016

In Class: Working with Introductions and Conclusions, we will finish the rough drafts of our Research Papers.

HW: Continue to polish your research papers OR reading.

February 11, 2016:

In Class: Through Google Classroom, you will be able to copy and paste the outline for the third body paragraph into your Research Paper. This is the last body paragraph you will need to complete.


February 9,  2016

In Class: Using Chromebooks in class, we will move on to our final phase of research (proposing) – taking action or nonaction – for our research topics.

HW:  If you did not finish, you may do so at home using this document: Research Prompt 3

February 5, 2016

In Class: We will dedicate today to taking our research evaluation and including it into our writing – Research Paper – through Google Classroom. After 45 minutes to an hour of writing, we will continue read into the novel.


February 3, 2016

In Class: Make a cartoon styled after the cartoon in How to Fight Monsters, p. 64.  Listen as we read through the next four chapters.

HW: Finish cartoon.

February 1, 2016

In Class: Using Chromebooks in class, we will evaluate research topics.

HW: If you did not finish, you may do so at home using this document: Research Prompt 2

January 28, 2016

In Class:  Sample Paragraph for Defining your Topic: Sample Paragraph

HW: Make sure you finish your first body paragraph (in Google Classroom) AND add your citations to EasyBib by Monday.

January 26, 2016

In Class: Using Chrome books in class, we will define research topics.

HW: If you did not finish, you may do so at home using this document: Research Prompt 1

January 22, 2016

In Class: Research project is announced! We will examine social issues affecting Native Americans.

HW: Work on research project. Turn in any assignments you may be missing.

January 20, 2016

In Class: First we will start with a free-write on Identity. Then we will listen to three chapters of ATDPTI, and finish with a reading circle role activity. Work on the reading circle role activity until class is over.

HW: Some of you owe me cartoons. Finish Reading Circle Role. All due on Friday.

January 14, 2016:

In Class: We will listen to Sherman Alexie read two chapters of ATDPTI and discuss the themes. We will also start a “Hero’s Journey section” for you to track throughout the novel.

HW: Read ahead if you want!

January 12, 2016

In Class: We will start Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian (ATDPTI), discussing characterization of Junior and Rowdy.

HW: Draw a cartoon in the style of the book.

January 8, 2016

In Class: We will talk about Tribes. We will also due a reflection and then move into working on and then presenting Google Slides.

January 6, 2016

In Class: We will finish TKAM and talk about the film versus the book. After the movie, we will do an introductory jigsaw on tribalism in America.

HW: One paragraph: What tribes do you belong to?

January 4, 2016

In Class: First I will hand back all the graded materials from First Semester, including the final. Then you will have a chance to present your ideas about race, justice, empathy, and tolerance from the poster projects you completed before break. Finally, if time, we will finish watching TKAM.

HW: One paragraph: Where you will be 10 years from now?

December 17, 2015

In Class:  Final. Your written final will be a power paragraph regarding the theme of To Kill a Mockingbird. This is open note, open book, and if you choose, you may bring quotes taken from the book ahead of time to your final. I will provide some support as well in the way of quotes.

HW: No HW over break other than reading for fun and interest. Try to read 30 minutes a day!

December 15, 2015

In Class:  Snow Day!

HW: Due to the snow day, your project presentations will wait until the beginning of second semester, although you will be scored for the poster for this semester.

December 9 & 11

In Class: We will finish our group projects and watch as much of the trial of TKAM as time allows on December 11.

HW: Finish your projects. TKAM Group Project (These documents support the project and may be accessed if you need to work on this out of class).

December 7, 2015

In Class: We will begin our major group projects that will occupy our time and attention until the final.

HW: TKAM Group Project (These documents support the project and may be accessed if you need to work on this out of class).

December 3, 2015

In Class: Today I will have you read a short story and then take a review/ assessment for writing power paragraphs in  anticipation of your semester final. If you have time remaining, you can look at Atticus’ speech to the jury and make some assumptions.


December 1, 2015

In Class: We will begin with a review of the several high profile cases taking place in America right now regarding tolerance and justice between majority white authority (police) and African-American citizens. Then we will review the NPR Source Article for the research project found here: NPR Code Switch.  Then we will do an activity (Circles of obligation) for your Book Portfolios.

HW: Finish Research Project Google Classroom.

November 20, 2015

In Class: We will work on a connections to TKAM through another current event taking place in Minneapolis, MN. You will also have some in-class reading time.

HW: Finish TKAM over break

November 18, 2015

In Class: We will start with the video on Furguson, MO. Then we will go over grades and give you time to complete the Research Project.  NPR Source Article for research project found here: NPR Code Switch

HW: Research Project due on Friday- Research Project through Google Classroom.

November 16, 2015:

In Class: First we will discuss the previous assignment to see what you learned about the criminal trial process and make some connections to TKAM. Then we will start an official research project about the Why Black Lives Matter movement currently going on on college campuses.

HW: Continuing working on Research Project through Google Classroom.

November 12, 2015

In Class: I will connect all of you to our Google Classroom site and ask you to join the class. Then you will be able to access the TKAM / Criminal Court Proceedings assignment. We will then look at the Alabama’s Rules of Criminal Proceedings, answer questions, and make connections to TKAM‘s upcoming trial.

HW: Finish the electronic document’s questions AND read Chapters 19-20 in TKAM.

November 10, 2015

In Class:  Today’s lesson is about bias and justice as it relates to crime and accusation. First we take a Bias Test – Click on this link: Bias Test.  Next we will have some group discussions, then watch a clip of Scandal. We will then look at some TKAM quotes, focusing on justice and bias. Finally you will predict the outcome of the trial.

HW: Read Chapters 16-18.

November 6, 2015

In Class: We will start with the last two written reflections for the video prompts we ended class with on Wednesday. Then we will hand out a FILM GUIDE for your portfolio and watch the first half of the movie, To Kill a Mockingbird.

HW: IF you have not read through Chapter 15, you must do so. Otherwise, no HW this weekend.

November 4, 2015

In Class: First we talk about Code Switching and show a video. Then we review Chapters 12-14, factoring in rising action and conflict with regard to plot. Then we will watch a few more video’s on the Jim Crow South.

HW: Read TKAM Chapter 15

November 2, 2015

In Class: We will work on Chapter review questions for TKAM. After a period of writing, there will be plenty of time for discussion

HW: Please read TKAM chapters 12 through 14.

October 29, 2015

In Class: Today we review Chapters 8-10, factoring in rising action and conflict with regard to plot. Then we will discuss how rules and laws can lead to social inclusion or separation, especially in the south. Students can answer the questions in writing OR draw more symbolism from chapter 10 (Mad Dog or Mockingbird).

HW: Finish the questions or symbolism and add it to your TKAM Book Portfolio. Read through chapter 11.

October 27, 2015

In Class: First we will review chapter 7 and then spend some time on symbolism. In class reading time will most likely follow.

HW: Read through Chapter 10.

October 23, 2015

In Class: We will read, answer questions, and discuss TKAM Chapters 1-7.

HW: Read Chapters 8-10

October 21, 2015:

In Class: First we will engage in a discussion of primary and secondary sources. Then we will consider some primary sources regarding the Great Depression and answer the question, “Why do you think Harper Lee set this story with themes of tolerance and justice in the American South during The Great Depression?”  Then we will review Chapter 6.

HW: Read TKAM, Chapter 7. Quiz on Friday.

October 19, 2015

In Class: After reviewing major plot points in TKAM, we will move onto figurative language in chapters 1-4. After identifying some imagery and drawing it, you will have reading time for Chapter 5 and Chapter 6.

HW: Reading TKAM, Chapter 6. Finish up any classwork regarding figurative language you may left undone and include it in your Book Portfolio for TKAM.

October 14, 2015
In Class: After a day of computer testing, we return to TKAM. Today will discuss historical context and first person narrative. What do you know about the Great Depression? Also, how does your narration change were you to try to tell the story of the first time you chewed a piece of gum as a four or five year old rather than a 14 or 15 year old?

HW: Reading:  Chapter 4

October 8, 2015

In Class: We will begin with a song (Billie Holiday – Strange Fruit) about the setting of TKAM. We will read TKAM and then read some on your own. During the last 30 minutes of class, you will get a handout.  On the back of that handout, write a paragraph about how the book reflects the historical realities of the 1930’s.

HW: Finish the paragraph to turn in for points.

October 6, 2015

In Class: We will hand back the exams and talk about the class moving forward. You will then do a one-slide presentation (jigsaw) about the author of TKAM, Harper Lee. We should get a little reading time and talk about the setting of the novel.

HW: Finish the one-slide presentations.

October 2, 2015

In Class: We will take the end of the unit exam today.

HW:  NO homework, enjoy the weekend!

September 30, 2015

In Class: First we will have student presentations regarding the first story within the story of The Souvenir. Once that is finished, we will continue to read an annotate the story, looking for more literary elements. If time allows, we will work together to find the theme.

HW: Fill out the chart of the Souvenir, knowing this will be available for you to use on the end of the unit Final coming soon!

September 28, 2015

In Class: Today we will do a pre-reading activity for The Souvenir by Kurt Vonnegut, and then read it together. Look for quotes about plot (notice there are really two stories here), character, setting, imagery, or mood that you might use to prove ideas about a possible theme.

HW: Use one of the quotes you picked out and create one-slide presentation Include the quote, a picture from the internet that represents the quote, a bullet point making sure you tell us what literary element the quote represents, and then a one sentence statement of what the quote reminds you of from your life. Alternatively, IF you are good at drawing, painting, or watercolor, do an illustration of the quote.

September 24, 2015

In Class: We will read our short story by Sherman Alexie out loud together. We will then fill out the chart, helping us to become familiar with the concept of Introduce, Explain, and Pertain for writing.

HW: Finish Chart and write the paragraph

September 22, 2015

In Class: We will begin with reading Thank you, M’am in class and then talk about setting and character along with plot and theme. Then we will read a short story by Sherman Alexie and fill out a chart to help us understand writing claim paragraphs.

HW: Finish Worksheet on Sherman Alexie

HW: September 18, 2015:

In Class: First we will collect any Lady or the Tiger? worksheets. Then we will look at a new short story by Langston Hughes (Thank you, M’am) and predict setting and character. Then I have a Power Point on Theme for you to be taking notes and using a fun Dr. Seuss story book.

HW: What is the Theme in your life right now?

September 16, 2015

In Class: Let’s finish up our one-slide presentations – some of you forgot to share it with me (or need to learn how). We should be able to see some of them before moving to our next short story. We will read Lady Or a Tiger and then participate in a Socratic Seminar.

HW: Answer the questions / Turn-in.

September 14, 2015

In Class: Turn in your drawing and annotations of you as a superhero. In class, we consider the literary component known as mood. We will also return to the concept of plot, and then include our analysis of setting and character as well. This time we will trace the story through “The Cask of Amontillado”. During class, student’s must create a one-slide presentation regarding how the Setting, Character, and Plot of the story add to the overall mood.

HW: Finish slides to share with Mr. Frick (if you have not already done so).

September 10, 2015

In Class: Turn-in your setting Drawings / Writing. Today in class we will focus on Characterization. After some examples and working definition, we will read  “The Necklace” and consider different approaches to learning about Character.

HW:  Finish Character Drawings of YOU as a superhero.

September 8, 2015

In Class: We will read a short story and use SETTING to further our understandings of literary craft. There are still a few Bio Bags to finish.

HW: Finish your holiday drawings – turn in or complete as homework.

September 2, 2015

In Class: We will begin with the story of “the best day of your life” by doing a free-write narrative. Then we will cover the elements of plot and see if you included any or all of them. We further investigate plot with a fun short film starring Mr. Bean. We will finish with the remaining Bio Bags.

HW:  Think of a great STORY you read or saw as a film. Be ready to discuss it next time we meet.

September 1, 2015

In Class: I will collect your Six Word Memoirs today. First we will do a free-write, “Did you ever find yourself in a place where you felt like you didn’t belong?”. Then we will watch a short film called the “The Lost Thing” (Based on the Book by Shaun Tan) After viewing the film students will discuss the literary elements they considered in their writing pre-test. We should finish up Bio Bags as well.

HW: Talk to your parents about a movie or book and see if you can come up with examples of good plot, setting, characterizations, or even theme.

August 28, 2015

In Class: We will finish all our Bio Bags and begin a review of literary components. I will then assign a fun HW assignment for the weekend: Pick six words and illustrate them to tell us WHO YOU ARE.

HW: Six word memoir

August 26. 2015

In Class: First we will begin with a reading pre-test. This will take about an hour. We will then discuss some of the answers and talk about inference. IF we have time, we will begin presenting our Bio Bags.

HW: Finish up Bio Bags. – Don’t forget to bring your objects and notes to class.

August 24, 2015

In Class: First I will collect your syllabus and letter to me. Then I will explain the Biography Bag, and then we will have fun introductory material to further get to know course content and our fellow students. .

HW: Gather symbols and work on Bio Bags. Bring notes AND objects to the NEXT class – Wednesday, August 26. Here’s a link to the Bio Bag Power Point.

August 20, 2015

In Class:  As a free-write, you will write a letter to me telling me what I need to know about you. We will also assign seats and go over the Course Guidelines. Have them signed by a parent or guardian.

HW: Bring required supplies to class; Finish your letter to Mr. Frick, Bring in your signed Course Guidelines