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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





Monday, May 5, 2014

Weekly Agenda 5.5-5.9

AP Exam This FRIDAY!
Make sure you know what to bring and where to go ahead of time.

MONDAY
Timed Writing
Their Eyes Were Watching God

Assign A Streetcar Named Desire/The Glass Menagerie: Please return any book you have borrowed from me this year.

Read the entire play for next Monday.

TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY
Review Practice AP Exam

THURSDAY and FRIDAY
Life and Times of  Tennessee Williams

Student Presentations

HW Read the entire play for this MONDAY; hair check next week for the entire play!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Weekly Agenda 4.28-5.2

Their Eyes Were Watching God

MONDAY and TUESDAY
Review Bertice Berry
-marginalia read around
-"Does Berry inadvertently set up a critically problematic polarity between light and dark skin African-Americans in the last section of the essay?  Citing evidence from both texts and your own experience write a paragraph or two about the importance of color in modern America.
Colorism/Intraracism
-Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye
--resonance of blonde hair and blue eyed

Their Eyes Style Analysis
-Ms. Turner

History
-biography
-Harlem Renaissance
--poetry Bennett, Hughes: figurative language -connect to Their Eyes
---How do images match our understanding of the black experience during reconstruction and the Harlem Renaissance?

HW Finish Their Eyes Worksheet Questions for Friday.  You may not work with anyone on this worksheet; include and cite evidence for all questions; include a works cited if you consult any source outside of the book.

WEDNESDAY
Power of Language
-story-telling
--language associated with story-telling
--narrative versus dialogue (eye dialect)

Blues
-rhyme and meter
-formula3 tripartite stanza: 2 similar marriages, 1 liberating one
-content

HW Parody, Story-Telling, Dialogue, Blues Song, or Poem due next week for presentation, May 8th and 9th, Working with a partner is okay.  See guidelines and rubric.  Creative category.

THURSDAY and FRIDAY
Style
-personification
--hurricane example

Criticism
-essay prompts
--Syntax analysis-see definitions
-prepare for timed writing on Monday

NEXT
Timed Writing; Practice AP Norming; Student Presentations:
Red Badge of Courage; The Things They Carried; Group Research Paper