Sunday, December 14, 2008

Agenda Monday 12/8-Friday 12/19

MON 12/19
Vocab Quiz
Chap 10-20 Vocab List
-inventory
Argument Essay Packet
-clarify parts and prompt
Review Mencken and King
HW Journal Entry #10 on Captain Vere Speech:
pp 96-99
Analyze Vere's speech and determine whether or not it is persuasive. Break it down and identify the parts.
-when does he shift styles
-or how does he adjust for audience
-Identify and outline the thesis, supporting evidence and conclusion.
-What is his most persuasive point and why?
-Are you convinced by the end? What decision would you make and why?

TUES
Check 20-23 Annotations
Review Chapters 20-23
Argument Terms and Structure
HW Thomas Paine "The Rights of Man"
-read 4&5 of 16
-Rhetorical Box

WED
Synthesis Essay
-review style and rubric scores
HW Rewrite a portion of one of your Synthesis Essays in your journal for Entry #12

THURS
Final Discussion Billy Budd
-annotation check 24-30
Review Questions
HW Outline Essay

FRI
Review Outlines for Essay
HW Turnitin.com
Essay due by Jan 5th, 10pm. Bring hard copy the next day.
Over Holiday 12/20/2008-1/4/2009
Finish Independent Reading and write 2 journal entries; #'s 13 &14. Turn in Argument Essay.




MON
12/8
Mencken/King and Qs
HW see reading schedule

TUES
Journal #9
In-Class Essay

WED
Check 10-15 Annotations
and Summary

THURS
Review Chapter Questions
10-15

FRI
Review Chapter Questions
16-19
Vocabulary to Rings
HW Check Reading Schedule

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Agenda Monday 12/1-Friday 12/5

MON
Sign-Up for In the News Presentation NOW!
Review Chapters 2-5
Vocabulary List
Review Ch 1 Review qs
HW Read Chapters 6-9 for Thursday

TUES
Health Survey
Chapter 2-5 Review Questions
-turn in
WED
Brief Characterization Summary
Pair Share

THURS
In the News Presentations
Review 3qs and Summaries
-questions and clarifications
Read Chapters 10-15 by Mon Dec 8th

FRI
Vocab Quick Quiz
New Vocabulary List Chapter 10-19
Review Synthesis Essays
Chapter Review Qs for 6-9

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

BILLY BUDD Reading Schedule

1st-Introduction, Chronology, and Historical Context
2nd-Chapters 1-5 (pp3-25) due Mon, Dec 1
3rd-Chapters 6-9 (pp26-43) due Thurs, Dec 4
4th-Chapters 10-15 (pp44-63) due Mon, Dec 8
5th-Chapters 16-19 (pp64-84) due Thurs, Dec 11
6th-Chapters 20-23 (pp85-106) due Mon, Dec 15
7th-Chapters 24-30 (pp107-128) due Thurs, Dec 18
Please prepare 3-level questions and a short summary for each chapter. You can write these directly in your book. Annotate important passages and circle vocabulary as well.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Billy Budd Vocabulary

If you have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed, I suggest you visit the following link and click on Billy Budd: 38-page Vocabulary List.
http://www.webenglishteacher.com/melville.html

Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Bellipotent

Agenda Monday 11/17-Wednesday 11/24

MON 11/17
Fishbowl on The Crucible
Reflection
HW Who survives "the crucible" in Salem? Why?

TUES
Background on the Synthesis Question
Formulate Thesis based on Sample
Source Packet
-annotating
HW Double-Entry #8

WED
Turn in Reading Journal
General Scoring Guide for Synthesis Essays
Student Samples
-Read
-Plot on Rubric
-Feedback/Pair Share
HW IN the NEWS assignment on Capital Punishment

THURS

Notes/Tips on Synthesis Essays
-check student samples for application
Discuss Terms
-defend; challenge; qualify
More ideas
-citing sources effectively
Class divided into Defend and Challenge
Revisit Marking of Sources
-distinguish between good and excellent points
HW Relax

FRI
Defend or Challenge Synthesis
Timed Essay #1
HW Billy Budd Intro and Historical Context and 3qs
____________________________________________________________________
MON 11/24
Defend or Challenge Synthesis
Timed Essay #2
HW Melville Chronology

TUES
Ship Terminology
Review 3qs
-group discussion
Navigating the Text
Read Chapter Notes before Chapter
-tips on annotating for meaning
-rereading
HW Read Chapter 1 and 3qs

WED
IN the NEWS presentations
Melville Style
Review 3qs
HW Read Chapters 2-5 and 3qs and short summary per each chapter (write directly in book)
ANSWER Chap 1 questions
IDENTIFY motifs and characterization of "Handsome Sailor"


THURS-FRI


Happy Thankgiving

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Agenda Monday 11/10-Friday 11/14

MON
Collect Take Home Quiz
Movie
HW Double-Entry #7
Choose 1 of the following questions to respond to (use evidence* to support your claims where necessary):
1) Why has The Crucible held up so well? What makes it still worth reading and performing?
2) Is John Proctor a "tragic" hero? Explain you answer.
3) What is the central conflict in the play? Think big, conflicts directly relate to universal ideas.
*You may cite evidence from Miller's "Why I wrote The Crucible."-due Thursday
Bring Independent Reading Books on WEDNESDAY

TUES-HOLIDAY

WED
Book Talk
SSR
Double-Entry #8

THURS
3 Chair
-students share in front of the class as a group
-model discussion
-facilitate larger group discussion
Seminar Questions
-group prepare
HW Prepare responses to minimum of 3 seminar questions

FRI
Fishbowl
Reflection
Vocab Quiz
HW Question: Who survives "the crucible" in Salem? Why?

NEXT
Synthesis Paper
Billy Budd by Herman Melville

Monday, November 3, 2008

Agenda Monday 11/3-Friday 11/7

MON
Review The Crucible
Act II, 3-level Questions
-discussion credit
Additional Scene
-why remove it?
Watch Movie Act 2
HW Nothing due tomorrow
Recommended: Read Independent Reads Text
and/or Begin IN The News assignment

TUES
Finish Act 2 in movie
Miller's "Why I Wrote the Crucible"
-annotation
--modern connections to McCarthy Era
HW 1-2 pages on Possible WitchHunts today, #6 in Reading Journal

WED
Share Journal Entries
Excerpts from Salem Witch Reader
-Hale
-Dansforth
HW Read Act 3 until p102 (Mary Warren: I cannot lie no more. )
and 3-level questions

THURS
Review Questions
Begin to explore questions
-where is the line drawn between individual guilt and group guilt
-according to Miller's theories, was Salem doomed to fail, what might have saved it from destroying itself from the outside in?
HW Finish Act 3 and 3-level questions

FRI
Vocabulary Quiz (traditional)
Review Questions
Movie ACT 3
HW Read ACT 4 and 3-level questions
AND take home quiz on act 2 and 3

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Agenda Monday 10/27-Friday 10/31

MON
Review fallacies and connections from 
"Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"
Crucible movie through Act I
HW Act I Quiz

TUES
Turn in quiz
ACT I dramatic reading
-assign roles
-practice
HW Double-Entry #5

WED
Dramatic Reading Performances
HW Study for Vocab QUIZ

THURS
Vocab Quiz
Excerpt from John Hale 
Introduce McCarthy Hearing Information
-movie excerpt
HW Read Act II pp 70 (Giles Corey appears in the doorway/halfway through the Act) and 3qs  

FRI
Review Q's 
TBA
HW Finish ACT II and 3qs


NEXT WEEK
-identify insight into the play
-fallacies
-new view of the world
-3qs

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Agenda Monday 10/20-Friday 10/24

MON
Review Homework Questions
Apply fallacy expertise to Bennett piece
-quotation
-fallacy
-explanation
Write Bennett a letter responding/identifying the flaws in his argument
HW complete classwork

TUES
Read Letters
-share excerpts
-read to class
Crucible
-definition
-vocab
--inventory
-anticipate 1st act
Bridge ideas from GRAPES
-red scare
-land lust
-mob mentality
Read beginning of homework
HW Read ACT I, pp1-bottom of 20 (enter Proctor) and 3-level questions

WED
Review 3-qs
Vocabulary Context
Provide Chronology
Relating to the text
-excerpts "Children, 'tis your dawning time..."
-characterization
--impressions
--predictions
HW Read the remainder of ACT 1

THURS
Reminder of In the NEWS due, and assignments attached to Independent Reading
Review 3-qs-Cont' Discussion
Reread "The Paradox" pp6-7
Reading Strategies Handout
HW-Finish Handout for Act 1


FRI
Continue Discussion on Act 1
Watch Play
Read "Sinners..." by Johnathan Edwards Review homework
HW Identify persuasive elements and fallacies AND connect to The Crucible

NEXT WEEK
THE CRUCIBLE
Vocabulary Test ACT 1 & 2
ACT II
McCarthy Hearings
Synthesis Writing
Identifying Fallacy arguments within Salem Witch Trials
-supplemental readings
MODERN WITCH HUNT assignment
Seminar?
Play as allegory and tragedy

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Agenda Monday 10/13-Friday 10/17

MON
Finish TEST
Collect Research Papers
Return Intercalary Essays
-reflection
HW Journals Due x4 Entries
GET The CRUCIBLE (like yesterday)

TUES
Mini-Lesson on Essays
-reflections
-rewrites
HW McGraw Hill Reader pp443-447
And answer questions in Comp #2, 3; Rhetoric #6; Write #1

WED
Review McGraw Hill Questions
Literary Terms


THURS
THE CRUCIBLE
Toulmin Argument
Introduce FALLACY -Everything's an Argument --definitions and examples -logical fallacy in GRAPES Vocabulary Boosters -revisit ring -organize and add Vocabulary for The CRUCIBLE -inventory
HW Answer questions from EanA


NEXT WEEK
Define Crucible Chronology Bridge some ideas from The Grapes of Wrath -land lust -Red Scare --mob mentality
HW READ ACT 1, pp1-bottom of 26 and create 3-level Questions
Reading review discussion
HW Finish ACT I and create 3-level Questions

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

NEW Discussion Topic!!


I have just posted a new discussion topic on turnitin.com .  The topic comes directly from the Grapes of Wrath Unit Test.  Take this opportunity to expose your classmates to your juggernaut of an intellect.  The test is on Friday, take the time now to post your comments.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Agenda Monday 10/6-Friday 10/10

MON
Analyzing Rhetorical Situations
-Box Analysis
-Groups of 4
-consider various advertisements
-worksheet to identify and explain
--audience
--persona
--argument
--purpose

Due at end of class,
HW GOW Research Sources due Tues
AND GOW Research postponed to next Monday 10/13

TUES
Check Sources
Review Box Analysis
-Reflect on Process
New rhetorical terms
Hand Back VOCAB quiz
-errors
-tips for vocab rings
GOW Unit Test Friday
HW Get Crucible for Monday
AND Non-Fiction Journal Entry #4

WED
Baseline Essay Review
-AP rubric norming
Return Intercalary Essays
HW Write Essay Reflection
AND Study for UNIT TEST

THURS
No School

FRI
GOW Unit TEST
Rubric for GOW Research
-DUE MONDAY 10/13
Reminder-"In the News" Current Events due

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Agenda Monday 9/29-Friday 10/3

MON
Review and collect OPTIC HW
Group Work on Questions for The Grapes of Wrath
--focus on evidence
--due at the end of class
Woody Guthrie Song
Need to hear it again? Go to YouTube and type in Guthrie Tom Joad. While you're there listen and watch Blowin' down the Road.

HW choose your independent book and begin reading ASAP;
AND Write Research Project Focus;
AND Consider the lyrics to the Guthrie song:
1. Does Guthrie's music and lyrics match your understanding of Tom Joad's experience?
2. At the end of the song, what impression to you think Guthrie wants to leave you with?
3. Who might a target audience have been for this song?
4. Focus on specific lyrics, is there any significance in Guthrie's lyrics as they interpret Steinbeck's narrative?
5. What other subjects from the book would have made interesting music?

TUES
Admissions Day
Rosh Hashana
NO SCHOOL

WED
Review Student Annotation Models
--compare to recently returned practice
Library
HW Write a short paragraph which revisits your original impression of The Grapes of Wrath. Adjust your opinion by explaining a new appreciation, or justification for seasoned distaste of the novel. Be prepared to provide evidence for either.

THURS
DISTRICT ASSESSMENT
HW Go to Library SIRS search (see handout) and find article related to topic. Write a rough annotation of article.

FRI
Review Articles
Research Tips
-models
-places to look
--McGraw-Hill Reader
Grapes of Wrath initial impression revisited
HW Read approximately 30-50 pages in NONFiction book.
AND Sources are now due TUESDAY.


NEXT WEEK:
Baseline Essay Workshop
-norming on AP rubirc
-norming on writing rubric
-reflections
-self-grading
Rhetorical Analysis Strategies
Double-entry Journals
Grapes of Wrath Book TEST


Saturday, September 27, 2008

BOOK REVIEWS

Sorry Folks, I put together a beautiful set of links to book reviews but for some reason it didn't work. Please go to www.amazon.com and type in the name of the book. When you are directed to the book page you can scroll down for a description and/or reviews. Some books also have the option to look inside inside. Good Luck.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Agenda Monday 9/22-Friday 9/26

MON
-review Intercalary chapter notes and compare
--review Model Essay
---dissect paragraph structure
--teacher consultation
HW Intercalary Essay due WED. turnitin.com

TUES
Back to School Night!!!

-Intercalary Essay Rubric (see next post)
-O.P.T.I.C. practice with Dorothea Lange photography
HW Essay due tomorrow by 10pm

WED
-finish OPTIC practice
-Steinbeck/CA history

THURS
-Review Vocabulary
--personal list inventory
-Introduce GOW Research Assignment
--Q&A
--sample Works Cited
-topic brainstorm
--sample complete Annotated Bibliography
HW
Reading Journal Entry #3
-excerpt from Steinbeck's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech


FRI
Vocab QUIZ
-LIBRARY???
--find sources
NON-Fiction Book List
-Q&A
Please see this site for book reviews.
HW
Come to class with a few titles from the Non-Fiction List
-be prepared to explain the connection to Grapes of Wrath due WED Oct 1.

AND on the back of the OPTIC worksheet create another OPTIC response to one of the pictures from the slide show on this website

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Agenda Monday 9/15-Friday 9/19

Mon
-Get Books
-Group Review Homework Questions
-Saying Goodbye Enrique's Journey
H.W. Print one article from website search
(see custom search to right: click on preferred subject for results)

Tues
-Practice for Annotation Article write up
--samples
--Rubric for "In the News" assignment
--roughdraft
H.W. Properly Annotate News Article

Wed
-Turn in homework

-Socialism and Humanism
H.W.
Body Biography
--Jim Casy

Thurs
-Turn in Body Biography (display)

-Upton SInclair and Social Security
-Reading Journal
--Quotation from Casy Dialogue
--10 minute Freewwrite/Journal Entry
--Quaker Share
-Vocabulary Handout
H.W. Notes for Chapter Assignment

Fri
-Introduce Structure of Novel
-Intercalary Chapter Assignment
-Group Discussion of Intercalary Chapters
-model annotation/mark up
H.W. -mark up assigned chapter and create working thesis
Assignment due to turnitin.com by Wednesday at 10pm.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Turn It In.Com has a New Feature

It's time to register with http://www.turnitin.com/ if you don't already have an account. The updated site contains a place for class discussion. Please take time to register, and be prepared to record your registration information with Ms. Stevens. Take some time to post a reply to the discussion question, it will expire on September 18th.

Class Id's and Passwords:
5th period Class Id# 2412365 password: happy time

6th period Class Id#2412366 password: very nice

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Agenda Monday 9/8-Friday 9/12

Mon
-Review "Fake Immigration" article
--review 3-level questions
--review marginalia techniques
H.W. Blog Scavenger Hunt

Tues
-Author REYNA GRANDE visit
-debrief
H.W. "How to Mark a Book" Essay and 3-qs
and bring composition books tomorrow.

Wed
-Review marginalia techniques
-Sample double-entry journal
--examples
--self-check rubric
--first entry
H.W. Writing an opinion review of Enrique's Journey
or write a response to language from Adler piece.


Thurs
-review journal entry
-self-evaluation/calibration
Close Analysis Practice
H.W. Baseline Essay Tomorrow

Fri
-Baseline Essay
H.W. bring The Grapes of Wrath Monday.
3 questions comparing both summer books




Friday, August 29, 2008

Agenda Tuesday 9/2-Friday 9/5




WELCOME!

Please complete your information packet, student survey and signatures for course outline. All required materials are due by Wednesday, Sept 10th.

Bring Enrique's Journey and The Grapes of Wrath tomorrow. Check back for the course outline.

Wed -Enrique's Journey quiz and The Grapes of Wrath quiz
-Latin America background and quick history
-Read Write Inventory

Thurs -Article "Our Fake Immigration Crisis"
-3-Level Questions
-Marking the Text
-Fall Course Outline

Fri -Course Outline Handout
-Enrique's Journey background and discussion of the text