2015 Honors 10

Welcome to Honors 10. Below you will find important information about class activities, homework, and many electronic documents. Newer classes appear first, older as you scroll down.

May 4-10, 2016:

In Class: Introduction of Narrative Assignment: Things They Carry Narrative Assignment. You will have time to work on all outstanding work during these three class periods.

HW: Media projects and personal narratives.

April 30:

In Class: Work on Media Projects

HW: Medial Projects

April 28, 2016

In Class: We will do a rhetorical analysis assignment for two short stories in The Things They Carried, and then assign media team groups.

HW: Media Project (finish in-class assignment if you need to as homework).

April 26, 2016

In Class: Today we begin our media projects. Class time will be devoted to working on the rhetorical appeals so you may learn how to analyze media’s influence.

HW: Make-up work

April 22, 2016

In Class: We will begin with a reading, then a discussion, and then an simulation, followed by a debrief.

HW: Papers due.

April 20

In Class: We will begin with a free write, focusing on the nature of the creative narrative. Make sure you attempt both a sequence of events and a moment of reflection as you write. Then we will get to the heart of meaningful vs. actual truth. You will then get a Dialectical Journal assignment to review literary components as you read Along the Rainy River from The Things They Carried.

HW: Independent Novel assignment is DUE on Friday through Google Classroom.

April 18, 2016

In Class: Independent Novel work day (as we prep for PSAT tomorrow).

HW: Through Google Classroom, papers are due on April 22.

April 14, 2016

In Class: Today I will introduce your second semester Independent Novel assignment (Final Paper: Coming of Age stories).

HW: Through Google Classroom, papers are due on April 22.

April 12, 2016

In Class: Welcome back from Spring Break. I will introduce Things They Carried and read a bit from the book.

HW: Finish all outstanding class work (Chapter 27, readings for class).


Week of March 28:

In Class: We finish our week of Catcher in the Rye with several literature circles, one-slide presentations, and writing time to complete original narratives (Chapter 27).

HW: Chapter 27 due through Google Classroom by midnight on April 1 (this is NOT an April Fool’s Day Joke). Read your Independent Novels for Spring Break. Have a nice break!

March 22 & 24, 2016:

In Class: As you understand meanings and interpretations of Perks of Being a Wallflower make sure you write them down on the work sheet.

HW: Choose a female-centric independent novel to read over Spring Break. FINISH Catcher in the Rye.

March 18, 2016:

In Class: Quiz through Chapter 12 followed by reading time for CITR.

HW: Make substantial progress (through Chapter 21) of CITR.

March 16:

In Class: This class will be an even mix of reading and discussing Catcher in the Rye.

HW: Read through Chapter 12 – there WILL be a quiz on Friday over the first 12 chapters..

March 14:

In Class: We will check out Catcher in the Rye and do some reading from the first two chapters in class.

HW: Read through Chapter 5.

March 8 & 10:

In Class: Students will present their Hero’s Journey project we learned about and worked on through  Google Classroom .

HW: Finish projects and present in class.

March 2 & 4, 2016:

In Class: Connect to Google Classroom  and start to review the Hero’s Journey documents you will need to create your own multi-media project.

HW: I will pick Portfolios and check in copies of GOW on Friday. Projects are due on Tuesday of next week.

February 29, 2016

In Class: Book Test on Grapes of Wrath.

HW: Portfolios due today. Please bring your books to check in as well.

February 24, 2016

In Class: After finishing slide presentations, we finish the book in class with Chapters 29 & 30 of Grapes of Wrath. Your final book portfolio assignment will also be assigned (see below under HW). Remember to study for the final book test on Monday, February 29.

HW: Book test on Grapes of Wrath on Monday, February 29. Book Portfolio assignment number 10: Review the book as if you were recommending it to next year’s Honors 10. Begin with a claim, use book quotes to support your opinion, provide analysis. Portfolios are due on Wednesday, March 2.

February 22, 2016

In Class: We will review Characters, Intercalary chapters, and Plot from the first third of The Grapes of Wrath. Then I will assign One-Slide presentations for the remaining chapters (excluding Chapters 29 & 30). We will try to get through half the presentations today, half on  Wednesday. Period 5 Collaborative Power Point;  Period 6 Collaborative Power Point

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February 18, 2016

In Class: You will be given a prompt page and tasked with writing a large THEME paragraph. Please add this to your book portfolio.

HW: If you are absent from class, please make up the Theme Persuasive Paragraph Assignment. Reading: Over the weekend, read Grapes Of Wrath and work on Study Questions through Chapter 28.

February 16, 2016

In Class: A literature circle will dominate the day as we catch up with the characters, intercalary chapters, and plot of Grapes of Wrath.

HW: Catch up on all reading – through Chapter 24 now, and Chapter Review Questions.

February 10, 2016

In Class: We will focus on Man vs. Man as a concept among those issues we think of as “universal human struggle.”

HW: Read and Chapter Review Questions through chapter 20.  NEW Portfolio requirement.: Add a 6) Game Page: create a crossword puzzle from your Word Wizard words. Use the definition as the question. BONUS: Create another childhood game – maze, jumble, word search, dot to dot for extra points.

February 8, 2016

In Class: First we will do a free-write and have a discussion about the “Weight of water.”  Please take the STUCO poll: Stuco Poll.   Grapes of Wrath Portfolio Check Due Today: 1) Cover & Portfolio Itself, 2) Chapter Review Questions through Chapter 12, 3) Word Wizard: Write out a sentence, underlying a key word, and put in the page number you found it in your reading. Then, write out the definition of the word. Finally, use the word in your own sentence., 4) Action Tracker: Use a piece of typing paper and align it horizontally. Create a timeline where you track the action/ plot of the story. Choose a section of the book and label the left side of the timeline with the starting page number, and the right side with the end of the section you are tracking. Choose 4-6 quotes describing key points of action in the story, and draw timeline points, writing out the entire quote and page number you found that quote. Illustrate the Action Tracker with stick figure story animations for each quote.

HW: Read AND Chapter Review Questions through Chapter 18 of GOW. Additionally, add to your Portfolio a new assignment: a 5) Connector: Find a current event article you feel illustrates the conflict between humans and nature (climate change, air quality, water quality, ocean pollution, over population, species extinction, etc.).  Instructions: Read the article, write out the url of the website at the top of the page, and then write out a paragraph answering: What is the article about? Where is it taking place? When is it happening? How is it allowed to take place? Why do I (or do I not) care that much about it?

February 4, 2016 (February 2 = Snow Day)

In Class: Half of the class will read Article 1 and present the merits and detractions of GMO’s (genetically modified organisms). The other half of the class will read Article 2 and take a position as well. Add a new assignment to your Book Portfolio (Action Tracker).

HW:  Action Tracker in Book Portfolio, significant progress on Chapter Questions and reading. I will check book portfolios on Monday, February 8.  Action Tracker: Use a piece of typing paper and align it horizontally. Create a timeline where you track the action/ plot of the story. Choose a section of the book and label the left side of the timeline with the starting page number, and the right side with the end of the section you are tracking. Choose 4-6 quotes describing key points of action in the story, and draw timeline points, writing out the entire quote and page number you found that quote. Illustrate the Action Tracker with stick figure story animations for each quote.

January 29, 2016

In Class: New assignments today: Please read through Chapter 10 in the GOW for Tuesday – along with answering all the Chapter Questions associated with that reading. Also, add a Word Wizard assignment to your Book Portfolio: Write out a sentence, underlying a key word, and put in the page number you found it in your reading. Then, write out the definition of the word. Finally, use the word in your own sentence. We will work mainly on our Book Portfolio Covers.

HW: GOW reading through Chapter 10 – with Chapter Questions, Word Wizard, Finish Covers… make up pop quiz at home (Why did the turtle cross the road – Chapter 3)

January 27, 2016

In Class: We will start with a Pop Quiz, then discuss Mr. Turtle in detail. Finally you will have more reading/chapter review question time.

HW: Reading and chapter review questions.

January 25, 2016

In Class: I will discuss the grading scale for your Gatsby papers and the re-write process. In class, you will have reading-writing time for GOW and then some planning time for your portfolio covers.

HW: Reading and chapter review questions.

January 21, 2016

In Class: We will begin today with a free-write. Then we will discuss our free-write. Next, we introduce the book Grapes of Wrath  (GOW) by discussing the historical context (Great Depression). In-class reading time will follow.

HW: Read the first three Chapters. Expression of learning opportunity on Monday!

January 19, 2016

In Class: We will do something special to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.. The final minutes of class will be spent resolving paper issues (Gatsby: Book and Film). You must turn-in your final draft with all peer edit comments resolved (everyone) so that I see your paper as resubmitted in Google Classroom. If you have 0/30 points on the outline/ rough draft still, I will check your outline after you turn in your final draft and you may attain 20 points. Papers NOT turned in by the end of today are not eligible for re-writes.

HW: Finish Storyboards to turn in on Thursday.

January 13

In Class: Turn in rough drafts and outlines. I will check off those who submitted and those who did not before returning the papers for peer review. Then students will use a new document in Google Classroom to help edit each other’s papers. Please resolve all issues so you may submit your final drafts by Tuesday, January 13.

HW: Final drafts are due Tuesday, January 19, Papers not submitted by then will be deemed ineligible for re-writes. Gatsby Paper

January 11, 2016

In class: We finish the film of The Great Gatsby. Then I will assign the Persuasive Paper outline and rough draft through Google Classroom.

HW: Outline and Rough Draft are due on Wednesday

January 5 & 7, 2016

In Class:  Welcome back to Honors 10. We will start by passing back and reviewing first semester materials, including your final on symbolism. We can compare symbols in the book and movie version of The Great Gatsby, as well as taking on initial observations, spotting film techniques, and detecting possible themes in the movie as we watch the move version in class.

HW: Begin formulating thoughts about the film’s merits (detracts, neutral, enhances) in regard to the book.

December 16:

In Class:  Final

HW: No homework ACCEPT READING!  Read 30 minutes a day.

December 10 & 14, 2015:

In Class: These two days are dedicated to group presentations and literature circles to help us mount the challenge of Fitzgerald’s symbolism

HW: Finish Power Paragraphs and Notecards

December 8, 2015:

IN Class: Spend the day working on individual and group projects.

HW: individual and group projects.

December 4, 2015:

In Class: Please review and be ready for a reading quiz over Chapters 1-4 of Gatsby. Your individual and group work on projects should be taking shape now.

HW:Work on individual and group projects.

December 2, 2015:

In Class: Today students will work on their group projects. We will focus on our research projects. I will do a tutorial on how to use EasyBib and hopefully give you time to work.

HW:: Work on individual and group projects.

November 30, 2015:

In Class: Welcome back. We begin by choosing our favorite topics for our Gatsby Research Projects and dividing into groups. We will also watch a video and consider The American Dream. After getting you into the right places, we will begin the Essential Question and EasyBib Portions.

HW: Work on individual and group projects.

November 19, 2015

In Class: You will turn in your Gatsby Worksheet for Chapters 1-2. I will also encourage you to annotate chapters 1-2 as well, focusing on symbolism. Then we will have a long reading and discussion of the novel – focusing on the symbols.

HW: Read the entire book, The Great Gatsby, over Thanksgiving Break.

November 17, 2015

In Class: We will have a literary circle and discuss LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.

HW: Read The Great Gatsby for Thanksgiving Break.

November 13, 2015

In Class: Pop quiz! If you check my website the night before, than you know its coming. After the quiz, we will discuss death as a literary topic before reintroducing symbolism.

HW: What is your Green Light? Write a personal narrative (sequence of events followed by a moment of reflection). Should be at least one page. Re-read Chapters 1 & 2, more than once. Maybe 2-3 times. READ FOR SYMBOLISM.

November 11, 2015

In Class: Today we will begin free write on how you view your generation as an extended metaphor, then we consider Fitzgerald and the setting for The Great Gatsby.

HW: In-class reading time will help students prepare for the novel along with a worksheet regarding Chapters 1 & 2 (Worksheet is available in class only).

November 9, 2015

In Class:  Using a discussion of wealth by comedian Chris Rock as a prompt, students will create one-slide presentations before the end of class.

HW: Write a Claim Paragraph: What is the American Dream, and is it achievable for most Americans?

November 5, 2015

In Class: Holocaust Museum Project Day.  Please turn in all related work and check-in Night books.


November 3, 2015

In Class: Today I will review a Power Point regarding the Holocaust and ask student to reflect in preparation for the museum day on Thursday. Then we will read a bit from Night.

HW: Holocaust Museum Project

October 30, 2015

In Class: Final reading quiz on Night. Work time on the Holocaust Museum project.

HW: Holocaust Museum Project

October 28, 2015

In Class: Socratic Seminar Day. We will look at the rise of Nazism, and the conditions that created the Holocaust.

HW: Holocaust Museum Project; Final Reading Quiz on Friday.

October 26, 2015

In Class: We will look at the Consensus versus Blind Obedience. After some time to free write, we will do a demonstration, followed by a video, and then some discussion.

HW: Holocaust Museum Project; Socratic Seminar Part 2 on Wednesday, Final Reading Quiz on Friday.

October 22, 2015

In Class: Quiz in class. Then I will run through the Holocaust Museum Project. You will have two opportunities to work on it in during partial class periods (Today and November 3)

HW: Night Discussion questions due on Monday; Holocaust Museum Project due November 5

October 20, 2015

In Class: Due to the evacuation drill, only two classes will have time today – we will watch a video about Auschwitz and Hitler’s Final Solution.

HW: Turn-in the second Reading Circle Role assignment… Finish the book Night (read it all) for a learning expression opportunity on Thursday. If you had class today, finish the film guide.

October 15, 2015

In Class:  We will turn-in our first set of Reading Circle Roles and assign NEW ones due next class. Please read through page 75 in Night. Then we will take and ACT Aspire Pre-Test. Finally, I will go over some of the causes of WWII and give you some work time

HW: Reading Circle Roles #2. Please read through page 75 in Night.

October 13, 2015

In Class: Introducing the text to Night, we will begin with an opening free-write that will springboard into a discussion of the book.

HW: Reading Circle Roles

October 9, 2015

In Class: First we will begin by crafting opening statements for our Socratic Discussion on philosophers. Then we will  have our discussion, followed by a post discussion written reflection. You will turn in all related documents.

HW: Night – first 50 pages.

October 7, 2015

In Class: Philosophers mini-unit begins. First we will share some of our stories regarding the second prompt (is it okay to show moral flexibility during crises?) We will then allot time time to the philosopher sheet, links to further research, and then a guide to prepare for your Socratic Seminar on Friday.

HW: Prepare for Socratic Seminar: Philosopher Chart; Socratic Seminar RubricPhilosopher Chart in Google Docs

October 5, 2015

In Class: Reading quiz on Ivan; class community building activity


October 1, 2015

In Class: We will finish The Way Back and then work on our papers.

HW: Final Drafts of your Literary Analysis papers are due Monday, October 5. Also on Monday, be prepared for the unit final reading test on Ivan.

September 29, 2015

In Class: Today we will exchange papers and do some Student Paper Review . I will also go over the Scoring Rubric

HW:  Final Drafts are not due until Monday, October 5. Also on Monday, be prepared for the unit final reading test on Ivan.

September 25, 2016

In Class:  Make sure you turn in your answers to the viewer sheet for The Way Back. Papers due on Tuesday, September 29.

HW: Regarding your paper, see the attached rubric for grading criteria: Scoring Rubric

September 23, 2016

In Class: The power of the power point: Theme! Body Paragraphs! Introductions & Conclusions! And…. Compare & Contrast!   I will hand out a chart and reminders to support your efforts on your 5 paragraph essays… now due on Tuesday of next week.

HW: Papers

September 21, 2015

In Class: First thing, I will collect jigsaws. We will next conduct a literature circle (like a book club) for Ivan. Bring fresh and exciting ideas (and prior knowledge) to create some new understandings for the class. A writing (performance standard) will follow.

HW: Outline a 5 Paragraph Essay Paper using one of two possible Prompts: How does your author use common literary elements to explore a possible theme? Alternatively, Compare and contrast the ways two different authors use common literary elements to explore possible themes?

September 17, 2015

In Class: Today is a workday. I will be available to give you feedback on your claim paragraphs or illustrations.

HW: Jigsaw due on Monday, September 21.  Jigsaw Ivan

September 15, 2015

In Class: I will collect your Love Poems. We will explore literary components with a visual demonstration. Then you will be assigned a class Jigsaw for Ivan.

HW: Jigsaw due on Monday, September 21.  Jigsaw Ivan

September 11, 2015

In Class: First we will review and then color coat our paragraphs. Next we will have a connotation discussion, analyze some poetry, and look briefly at the rhetorical triangle.

HW: Write a Love Poem.

September 9, 2015

In Class: We will work with the Pixar film Wall-E to model and practice writing claims. Then I will review the power paragraph format. You will be given a text (Chief Seattle) and a chart to practice pulling evidence to support a claim.

HW: Finish the Claim Chart, then write a power paragraph. It will be a very long paragraph if you do this correctly.

September 4, 2015

In Class: We will do some refining of our thinking skills through a look at the art: Thinking skills power point is here: Paintings. Then we will apply the new application of visual mediums and analyze The Lost Thing. If time allows we can start a review regarding writing Claims.

HW: Keep reading both Ivan and Independent Novel….. 3/4 of the way through each (p. 135 in Ivan – keep annotating Ivan… up to you on the other).

September 2, 2015

In Class: I will interrupt our lessons on the Russians and Ivan (late start – shorter class) to take a writing pre-assessment over The Lost Thing.

HW: Reading Ivan and Independent Novel. Focus on both, but make sure you are halfway through EACH. Checking Ivan annotations on MONDAY.

August 31, 2015

In Class: Today we will start with a Quiz over Ivan (first 50 pages). We will finish our one-slide presentations. Then we will do a short FW (#3 on inferences) before looking at the Essential Questions for our unit on Ivan. The Essential Questions are  Here.

HW: Continue reading AND annotating Ivan – to page 100 by Weds.

August 27, 2015

In Class:  We will begin a free write: A Day In the Life of ….  I will then check your HW (annotations and Independent Novel you were suppose to bring to class today) We will finish our one-slide presentations. We will check out Ivan and begin reading in class.

HW: Ivan, through page 50. Keep reading your independent novel as well. Quiz on Monday.

August 25, 2015

In Class:  I will discuss close reading strategies by handing out a copy of the annotation bookmark. Next we will jump right in with group projects based on your understandings of Animal Farm, the Russian Revolution, and Allegory. Then we will do one-slide presentations.

HW: Read the first 50 pages of your independent novels, with annotations.

August 22, 2015:  Free-write #1 (Greatest Challenge of My Generation). A pre-assessment Socratic Discussion will follow.  The art of teaching: I will discuss my career change and reveal the class theme. Then we will play 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 20, 2015

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.