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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Weekly Agenda 9.2-9.5

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

TUESDAY
Quick Maxim Prompt analysis, turn in.
Self/Peer Edit Critical Annotations (In The News)
-turn in
Review definitions of humanism, socialism --connect to Jim Casey and over story
Review What, How, Why on the official Rhetorical Devices Flow Chart
Intercalary Chapter Analysis Assignment
-marking up the text
HW For Wednesday, bring marked up chapter -for credit.  In your assigned chapter you should mark for whats i.e. what devices does Steinbeck employ to convey the importance of the chapter?

WEDNESDAY
see Dialectical Journal Format in Lang. and Comp. textbook (pp 43-44, class set)
For JOURNAL #5: create a true Dialectical Journal on your assigned intercalary chapter.  Your thoroughness will determine your success on the essay.
Group Share
HW Brainstorm thesis for your chapter.

THURSDAY
See intercalary essay models, review requirements, features with class; break essay down into what, how, why.  Note structure of theses.
Group Share theses --improve.
HW For FRIDAY, Write introduction and one body paragraph, minimum.

FRIDAY
Peer Editing
-identify What, How, Why
NOTES: CALIFORNIA short history as it relates to GoW
HW WORK ON ESSAY, due September 17th to turnitin.com; 50pts to Writing Category.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Weekly Agenda 8.25-8.29

The Grapes of Wrath  by John Steinbeck

MONDAY
Introduction: structure, characterization, motifs, etc.
Reading Journal Entry #2 on The Grapes of Wrath (GoW), due TUES.

TUESDAY

Rhetorical Analysis Practice Essay Prompt in your Journal, #3.
-timed writing, 45 minutes, 4 paragraphs
-peer reviewed
-self graded
Class reflection
HW Locate and Print a Dorothea Lange photo
Include the url on your print out.

WEDNESDAY

Review OPTIC technique:
-analyze images

  • Overview
  • Parts
  • Title/Words
  • InterRelationships
  • Conclusion
Practice with one image and then with image from homework.
HW Complete OPTIC to be turned in for grade.
AND, bring GoW tomorrow.

THURSDAY
Get McGraw-Hill Reader
-review format
--glossary, etc.
-review the benefits of marginalia
--annotation
Share Highlights of OPTIC, turn in
HW In McGraw-Hill read "How to Mark a Book" by Mortimer J. Adler and write 3-level questions to share in class.  
AND, print a short article (emphasis on SHORT) from the website search.
Tips for finding a good article:
-not more than 3 pages
-has a clear format
-is easy to summarize
-easy to print (do not copy and paste without the url, date of access, etc.)

FRIDAY
IN the NEWS Assignment format
MLA style
-practice annotating article and drafting IN the NEWS annotation
HW Type of PRACTICE IN the NEWS.
AND, JOURNAL #4: define socialism  and humanism; find evidence in GoW that supports these two philosophies.  Explore how they may have influenced Steinbeck's writing; and, link the language of Jim Casey to either philosophy.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Welcome! Weekly Agenda 8.19-8.22

Welcome to our classroom weekly agenda and homework blog.  Here you will find reading schedules, agenda items, due dates, homework and hand outs.  It would be wise to book mark the url.

TUESDAY
Introduction
Quick expectations talk> Course outline to follow this week.
Define perspective, empathy, and the value of audience
Role Play Activity
HW  Create turnitin.com account and sign up:
Class # 8403520  Password: Stevens (case sensitive);
EMAIL mstevens@smmusd.org

WEDNESDAY
Reading Journal Options Packet and Composition Book
-Typical Wednesday Schedule and Expectations
-Practice Journal Entries: A1 and A2, B on Every Day by David Levithan, Day 5998
--class room discussion
--briefly discuss self-grade rubric
HW Journal Entry #1: Choose an excerpt from Every Day  and complete a journal entry A, B, C

THURSDAY
Self-Grade Journal Entry #1
-share and reflect
Supplemental Reading
-practice entries  D, E, H
-Quaker Share
HW Finish Practice Entries 

FRIDAY
Journal Entry #2
-timed writing
HW Bring The Grapes of Wrath on Monday, 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Tennessee Williams Seminar

The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire

The Glass Menagerie
Read Scenes 1-4; 5-7
-focus on Expressionism and setting
-what is a “memory play”
-example of tableaux, define menagerie
-associations of glass


Characterization:
-The Mother
-Her Son
-Her Daughter
-The Gentleman Caller

Symbols/Imagery
-the glass menagerie: the unicorn
-the phonograph records
-the fire escape


A Streetcar Named Desire
Read Scenes 1-7; 6-11
-focus on New Orleans background
-old south versus new south
-setting”blues piano;”: colors, ethnicities

Allusions-->names, poker: seven card stud, Rosenkavalier, Varsouviana,  Barnum and Bailey, amusement parks

Characterization
-Stanley Kowalski
-Stella Kowalski
-Blanche DuBois

Symbols/Imagery
-names, colors, setting,music
-language associated with the jungle
-clothes
-the poker game
-lights, the lantern
-the locomotive
-Blanche’s baths