Sunday, September 28, 2008

Agenda Monday 9/29-Friday 10/3

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?

Admissions Day
Rosh Hashana

Review Student Annotation Models
--compare to recently returned practice
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.

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

Review Articles
Research Tips
-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.

Baseline Essay Workshop
-norming on AP rubirc
-norming on writing rubric
Rhetorical Analysis Strategies
Double-entry Journals
Grapes of Wrath Book TEST

Saturday, September 27, 2008


Sorry Folks, I put together a beautiful set of links to book reviews but for some reason it didn't work. Please go to 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

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

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

-finish OPTIC practice
-Steinbeck/CA history

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

Vocab QUIZ
--find sources
NON-Fiction Book List
Please see this site for book reviews.
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

-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)

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

-Turn in homework

-Socialism and Humanism
Body Biography
--Jim Casy

-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

-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 by Wednesday at 10pm.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Turn It In.Com has a New Feature

It's time to register with 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

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

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

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

-review journal entry
Close Analysis Practice
H.W. Baseline Essay Tomorrow

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