Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Reminder, due after our break...

Finish reading Billy Budd and annotating chapters. Write an outline for your essay: working thesis, and evidence (see graphic organizer). Final essay will be due JAN 11 to by 10pm.
Stanford Site on Philosophy of Punishment
Billy Budd and Capital Punishment: A Tale of Three Centuries by H. Bruce Franklin
AND, Rewrite one paragraph from your Crucible Timed Writing as Journal Entry #18
AND, Journal Entry #19 Answer 4 questions under Friday, Dec 18th on Vere's Speech
AND, Journal Entry #20 in your independent reading book. Finish reading your book!!
AND, if you have time, respond to one or more of the student questions posted at for credit.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

BILLY BUDD Reading Schedule

Chapters 2-5 (pp -25) due Tues, Dec 8
Chapters 6-9 (26-43) due Thurs, Dec 10
Chapters 10-15 (44-63) due Mon, Dec 14
Chapters 16-19 (64-84) due Wed, Dec 16
Chapters 20-23 (85-106) due Friday, Dec 18
Chapters 24-30 (107-128) due Mon, Jan 3

Weekly Agenda 12/7-12/11 & 12/14-12/18


Check Annotations for BB Ch 1
-review 3qs
Vocab List
-transfer 3-5 to rings
IN the News sign up
HW see reading schedule

Brief Characterization Summary
-write short summaries using appropriate vocab words
Check and Review Chapters 2-5
-assign questions, identify logic
HW Finish Mencken "The Penalty of Death" McGraw-Hill Reader pp85
Comp 1-3
Rhetoric 5,6
Write 1 (instead of entire essay write a freewrite paragraph)

Review Mencken
King piece
Opinion on a Continuum
2-corner debate
Finish Questions for King essay and reading
Vocab quiz Friday
Journal #16 (Mencken and King)

Check and Review Chapters 6-9
-clarify elements of plot, etc.
HW see reading
AND print out new vocab list 10-19

Vocab Quiz
-next quiz next Friday
Argument Terms and Structure
2-Corner Debate
HW Reading due

Check and Review Chapters
Group Complete Essential Questions
-write on separate paper to be inserted into Journal as #17

Continue discussion of BB Ch 10-15
Assign Thomas Paine
-rhetorical box
HW finish box and see reading schedule

Check and Review Chapters
Group Questions (cont Journal 17)

HW see reading schedule

Argument Packet
HW supplemental reading: Foucault :read the first sections, "Background." Feel free to read earlier if it interests you, eventually it will come in handy when you write your essay.

Vocab Quiz
Check and review chapters
Review Essay Assignment
Journal Entry #19
Record the persuasive elements of Vere's speech:
1. When does he shift styles (change in tone), or how does he adjust his speech for his audience?
2. Identify and outline Vere's thesis, supporting evidence and conclusion?
3. What is his most persuasive point and why?
4. Are you convinced by the end of his speech? What decision would you make and why?
HW Finish Reading Billy Budd and annotating chapters. Write an outline for your essay: working thesis, and evidence (see graphic organizer). Final essay will be due JAN 11 to by 10pm.
AND, complete one Journal Entry #20 in your independent reading book. Finish reading your book!!
AND, respond to one or more of the student questions posted at for credit.

BILLY BUDD Vocabulary
If you have Adobe Acrobat installed, I suggest you visit the following link and click on Billy Budd: 38-page vocabulary list.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Weekly Agenda 11/30-12/4

Self-Grade and turn in Reading Journal
-15 entries
Create Writing Foldables
Tab-Synthesis Writing
--the rubric and prompt
--generate response
--pass out source packet
---read silently, mark up, agree or disagree
HW Read Prof. Elkins explanation of the synthesis essay and highlight useful information

Record in foldable tips for writing the essay
Look at student papers
-plot on rubric
HW Define defend, challenge, qualify. Consider handout: How to Establish the Position of a Source

Synthesis Writing #1
-choose 1 side of the argument

Synthesis Writing #2
-write from the perspective of the opposing side

Billy Budd, Sailor by Herman Melville
Intro and historical context
Issue texts and homework expectations

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Weekly Agenda 11/23-11/25 Thanksgiving Weekend!

Review Rhetorical Box
-differentiating between analyzing rhetoric of a print ad and a literary short story
-pit falls and advice
Tie up loose ends for The Crucible
-timed writing tomorrow on AP Rubric
--see rubric
-tips for writing literary analysis
Begin Writing Foldables
HW Summarize Cornell Notes

Timed Writing:
The Crucible
-Journal #14
40 minutes
10-15 minutes peer response
HW Bring Independent Reading Book and journal tomorrow

Journal #15
-regular entry

Synthesis Timed Writing
-In class essay
Billy Budd

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Weekly Agenda 11/16-11/20

Practice 3-Chair or Tap Out
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."
HW Be prepared to share excerpts from Witch hunt tomorrow. AND bring in Independent Reading Books WED.
5th -if we do get to see the Cirque show then we will have the seminar on Wed.

4th-Fishbowl Seminar
Quaker Share Witch Hunts for classwork credit

5th-Fishbowl Seminar
Independent Reading Circles
-one thing you have learned from this book so far
4th-looking at essays and details from Salem Reader

5th-Make up WED and SSR
HW Read Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown" (alternative online text) and identify symbols, imagery, historical & biblical allusions, connections to The Crucible. Interpret the ending, what message does Hawthorne leave us to ponder?

Review "Young Goodman Brown"
Groups: Complete a rhetorical box for story
-Share out
3-Chair Practice: Who survives "the crucible" in Salem? Why?
NO HW (keep reading Independent Reading book)

Timed Essay on The Crucible
-journal entry #14
SSR-Book Check for next WED
-journal entry #15
Revisit Cornell Notes
Synthesis Timed Writing
-In class essay
Billy Budd

Monday, November 9, 2009

Weekly Agenda 11/9-11/13

Vocab quiz on Thursday
Review Chapter 3
-identify and connect key language to themes
Finish Act 3 Movie
HW Read Act 4 by Thursday

Finish Act 3 movie
Study Questions
-identifying logical fallacies in case against "witches"
Review Vocabulary
HW Journal #12: Arthur Miller's "Why I wrote the Crucible"
1) Define two unknown words and use them in an original sentence.
2) What is the "paralysis" Miller responded to by writing the play?
3) What are some of the parallel characteristics between the Salem Witch Trial and the McCarthy "hunt for Reds in America"?
4) How has the play become a political tool?
1) What is one simile/metaphor Miller uses? Is it effective? Why or why not?
2) What kind if previous knowledge might be useful before reading this essay?
3) How might am "archaic speech" become new to a writer?
4) Who might the intended audience be for this essay? Use evidence to support you response.

Veteran's Day

Vocab Quiz
-remind words
Review Miller's Essay
HW Journal #13: See Witch Hunt


Finish Movie

Review ACT 4 and prepare for seminar on Monday
-see seminar questions, choose 5 to answer.
Group Work


Read Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown" and identify similarities. How does it warn readers? Who is the intended audience?
Is The Crucible a tragedy?
-is John Proctor a tragic hero? -how?
How do characters use the devil to their advantage and to the disadvantage of others?

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Speaking of...

Follow this link and read the description:
From the description of her hair tell me 3 things:
1. Who is she?
2. What is her background?
3. How is she important to the story?
Does it matter if you have read the book or 'got it right,' the important thing is that this character's description made you think, imagine and predict.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Weekly Agenda 11/2-11/6

Sign Up for presentations
Review ACT 2
Vocabulary List
-choose which ones to add to rings
McCarthey Background
HW Study Vocab (see division)

Vocab Review
-cranium style
Group Act
-choose 15-30 lines to act out
HW ACT 2 Study Questions-journal #10

Why cut out scene 2 of Act 2?
Group Acts
HW Begin Reading Act 3 until p102 (Mary Warren: I cannot lie no more.) for FRIDAY

Check in: Progress in Independent books?
Review Study Questions-Acts 1 & @2
Movie: -ACT 2
HW Independent Reading Journal Entry #11

Hand Back Intercalary Essays
Excerpts from Salem Reader
-Dorcas Good
Review Act 3 reading
HW Finish ACT 3 and Study Questions-journal #10

Miller's "Why I wrote the Crucible" -journal #12
Creative Writing: Witch Hunt -journal #13
Vocab Quiz
Act 4
Finish Movie
Fishbowl Seminar
AP Prep: Synthesis Paper

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Weekly Agenda 10/26-10/30

Define 'crucible'
-add to vocab rings
Finish Cornell Notes
-timeline for Salem Village
-letters from the time
-3Qs on notes and share
HW Read ACT I pp1-26 and create 3Qs

Review 3Qs
-"Children, 'tis your dawning time..."
Schedule In The News and Independent Share
HW read the remainder of ACT I

Read Edwards "Sinners..."
Journal Entry # 8
-instead of vocabulary, analyze literary devices (consult rings and foldables), persuasive elements and fallacies
-in Freewrite connect language to The Crucible
HW Journal Entry #9: Analyze what Miller means by 'the paradox" on pages 6-7

Review 'the paradox"
Share excerpts from Journal #8
Crucible Movie-ACT I
HW Read Act II pp70 (Giles Corey appears in the doorway/halfway through the Act)and 3QS

Cranium-Style vocab prep
McCarthy Background
Practice Roles for presentation Monday
HW Finish ACT II, 3Qs
AND study vocabulary

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Logical Fallacies

Explore the above site while you complete your two glossary entries. Make sure to take advantage of the site's 'real world examples.'

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Still (re)Searching

Dorthea Lange Prints

Weekly Agenda 10/19-10/23

Introduce Toulmin Method
-in foldables
-Inductive vs Deductive Reasoning
--syllogism ("Rhinoceros")
HW: McGraw-Hill Reader: W.J. Bennett p443:
Composition #'s 2 & 3
Rhetoric #6
Write #1

-images to represent specific logical fallacy
--students record impressions and compare
Conventions of Argument
-Fallacies Definitions
--emotional, ethical, flashpoint logical

Share responses to Bennett piece-discussion
HW record fallacies into literary terms rings
x2 glossary entries

cont' Fallacies

Reexamining Classic Argument
-identify fallacies
-explain how they work on the public or audience
HW Letter to Bennett

Previous Knowlede of Salem Witch Trials
-Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown"
--America's history with passionate-blind-righteous faith
--Bridge themes from GoW: land lust, red scare, mob mentality
HW "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" Journal Entry ____

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Weekly Agenda 10/5-10/9 & 10/12-10/16


Clarifying questions for Intercalary Essay
Review Questions on Woody Guthrie
Finding Sources for Research
-the web
Works Cited
Sample Annotated Bibliography
-return practice In The News
HW work on essay
AND, brainstorm potential topic for Annotated Bibliography

Review kinds of Sources
-primary, secondary
What does the sample contain
Annotated Bibliography due date Oct 19th to
HW Intercalary Essay due to tomorrow by 10PM

WED (Ms. Stevens will be back next Wed, I LOVE the 3rd person!)
Library research day
-find books related to your topic
HW Find at least one picture related to your topic to bring to class tomorrow

Complete an OPTIC analysis of your picture
Consider AP Rubric, Writing Rubric and SAT rubric
Compare to Baseline Essay
-grade yourself
-Choose a paragraph to rewrite and attach to essay to turn back in
HW Find another source for your topic

Review Rhetorical Box
-familiarize yourself with unknown language
Rhetorical Strategies
Count off into groups of 3-4
-select magazine advertisement
-With posters (actual size!) copy box and fill in appropriate responses based on ad
HW Complete Source search for Monday
AND get your Independent Nonfiction Book
AND get your hands on The Crucible by Arthur Miller for TUES 10/20


Source Check
In groups, finish rhetorical box poster with ad
-present to class
In same groups, review vocabulary inventory and rings
Fill out concept circles to study for vocabulary
HW Complete your own rhetorical box with an ad of your choice for WED
If needed, complete concept circles

Vocab quiz
GoW Unit Test Friday
-Study Guide
Steinbeck Essay/or Contemporary Article
Journal Entry #6
HW Finish Journal and Prepare drafts of Annotated Bibliography

Annotated Bibliography Check
-questions, trouble-shooting
Comments on Rhetorical Box Analysis
Share comments from the Discussion Board
Prepare for the test
HW You are writing your annotated bibliography and studying for the comprehensive GoW test
AND, respond to the discussion board prompt directly from the test!!

Begin GoW test


Finish GoW Test
HW Annotated Bibliography due to by 10PM Monday, OCTOBER 26th

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Weekly Agenda 9/28-10/2

Yom Kippur

Back to School Night
Early Dismissal
Peer Review IN the News practice
-sign your name
Choose 3 intercalary chapters from The Grapes of Wrath and brainstorm how the language emphasizes the overall theme or message of the chapter. In other words, how might Steinbeck employ style (literary devices) to relay theme; and finally, how might the chapter theme connect to an overall theme of the book.
HW: finish brainstorm

GoW vocabulary
-3x5 rings
-making meaning
--defining in context
Working through rhetorical analysis of intercalary chapters.
Intercalary Chapter assignment and rubric
HW Steinbeck Nobel Prize Speech Journal Entry #5, be prepared to share tomorrow.

Review Steinbeck speech
-connect to themes in GoW
Intercalary Model Essay
-annotating your chapters
-sample mark up
Work together on chapter, outlining essay
HW Bring in annotated chapter, literary and vocabulary rings

Last opportunity to clarify or ask questions for Intercalary Essay
Non-Fiction Independent Reading List (see To Print or Not To Print)
-book talk
Folk Music and Woody Guthrie
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 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?


Please register your student information at if you don't already have an account.
11ap Class registration information is
Class Id # 2899207
password TURTLES

In order to receive credit for registering you must respond to the discussion board by Oct 15th.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Weekly Agenda 9/21-9/25

Grapes of Wrath quiz
-analyzing images
Share Mimic
-read alouds
HW Do your own O.P.T.I.C. on a Dorthea Lange picture from website
(Migrant Mother by Dorthea Lange
In the OPTIC homework, I ask you to draw a conclusion based on this photograph. Many of you continue to conclude how the parts are related (the interrelationships), rather than imagine the message Lange is trying to convey. I see a women who is swept up in a process that is larger than her and hence, she stares ahead, mesmerized by a dream that is unacheivable. Her children require her shelter or are ashamed, as their mother's work-hardened and manly arms demurely touch her chin. In some ways, she lives in a paradox of that which she strives for and that which will never be, but hope still does not evade her and her cheeky infant, sleeping beneath her breast indicates such.)

Get McGraw/Hill Reader
-identifying useful information (post-its)
-the benefits of marginalia
-start HW
HW "How to Mark a Book" by Mortimer J. Adler and 3 level questions
and print one related article from website search

Tips for finding a good article:
~not more than 2-3 pages
~has a clear author
~is easy to summarize

IN the News format and instructions
MLA style Handout
Socialism and Humanism
AND identify language associated or said by character Jim Casey and write Journal Entry #4: Define socialism and humanism in your vocabulary section, collect language from the Jim Casey character from The Grapes of Wrath and connect how Casey's language reflects your understanding of either socialism of humanism.
AND type up practice IN the News for Tuesday (was Friday).

Review HW
-quaker share
Look closely at Jim Casey character and language used to describe
Looking at California History as told by Kenneth Starr
-relating history back to GoW
HW see Wednesday

Group Work
-in groups, review and discuss the assigned chapters
-respond to questions on a poster a be prepared to present finding to class on Tuesday
HW see Wednesday

-identifying themes in intercalary chapters, make casual listI
Peer Review (check grading) IN the News practice type up
-feed back
-reminders and sign up for presentation
Choose Intercalary Chapters
-assignment: model and rubric
-looking at themes
How to conduct a close-reading
-annotation info
-annotate assigned chapter and create working thesis and make sure you have working student account on

Friday, September 11, 2009

Weekly Agenda 9/14-9/18

Curious Incident Quiz
Student Survey and Index Cards
Collect Reader Writer Inventory
-review titles and writing assignments from the past
Review Literary Terms
-exploring and explaining
HW Create 3-Level Questions on Curious Incident
AND bring books tomorrow

Review 3-Qs
-discussion credit
Creating Lists
-making sense
-categorizing and creating pattern
New Literary Terms associated with Curious Incident
-deductive vs. inductive reasoning
-elements of humor
-red herring
HW Glossary Entry for 2 literary terms (see format)

Review HW
Journal Entry #2
-excerpt(s) from Curious Incident
-Practice format and self-grading
Buddy Pairing
Essay Prep
-Jigsaw Foldables
--review basic essay elements
-Share and clarify with Buddy
HW Make sure you bring your book tomorrow

Baseline Essay
-in-class, timed writing
HW Collect Parent Signatures and materials check
AND Create 3-level questions about Grapes of Wrath

Grapes of Wrath quiz
Review 3-level questions
-class discussion credit
Looking at language in Grapes
HW Journal Entry #3: isolate language and analyze it or mimic it in your freewrite section.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Welcome Back! Agenda Wed 9/9-Friday 9/11

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

Anticipation Reaction Guide
Excerpt and 10 minute writing
-journal style
Body Biography Template

HW Body Biography due Friday

Article -nonfiction (supplementary reading)
-3-level questions
-marginalia practice
-Reader-Writer Inventory
HW Collect treader Writer Inventory on Monday

Review Body Biography
-peer review: explain characteristics
Double-Entry Journal Practice
-self-grading rubric
Scavenger Hunt: Go to and record 3 helpful items
MORE-->If you want to preview the semester, click on the link in the right-hand column for the Fall Course Outline.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Sunday, May 31, 2009

2 Week Agenda 6/1-6/12

MON-FRI 6/8-6/12
The Great Gatsby
Class Discussion
-seminar style
-focus on language, imagery, symbol and theme
Characterization connections
HW Keep up with reading

Finishing the Research Paper
-group work
-editing sessions
-self grading
DUE FRIDAY June 12th!

Independent Reading Presentations
In the News

Final is a timed writing close reading analysis of your chosen text.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Grade Check

PLEASE check your grade. I need to know if we have missed something or if there are any errors. NOW is the time to tell me.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

3 Week Agenda Monday 5/11- Friday 5/29

Review Style
Finish Reviewing Practice AP
-Argument Essay
Review Multiple Choice Practice #12

Remaining questions regarding AP
Converstations #2 prepare for Wed
"Brains" by Demetri Martin

(7:15 early morning AP)
Group Work: Complete Conversations
-"Dulce Et Decorum Est" by Wilfred Owen
-process, style, pattern and meaning
HW Read "Ambush" and "Style" for TUES/WED

-connect to novel
-perspectives in war
-why format of documentary matches novel?

"AMBUSH" lesson
-freewrite on experience with guilt
-create symbol for guilt
-potential resolution
HW "Speaking of Courage" and 3Qs for Friday

Bunting III, "Class Warfare" and questions
3-Chair Discussion
HW see Thursday

"Speaking of Courage" worksheet
Conversations #3
Class brainstorm for potential topics relating to Vietnam War
HW Read "Notes" and 3Qs and quiz on Tuesday


Class Discussion on "Notes"
GeoPolitical Quiz
The Research Paper Assignment
HW Read through "In the Field" for Thursday

-collecting and arranging notes
-assigning tasks
HW internet research

Group Work
-arranging evidence
-organizing essay
-detail what is missing
Library? Computer Lab?
HW Prepare for Friday Reading Review

Citing Sources
Diane Hacker Style
Group Reading and Editing
HW Finish Book for MON

Monday, May 4, 2009

Agenda Monday 5/4-Friday 5/8

Review Last Week
Sort through Glossary of Literary Terms
The Things They Carried
Memoir vs Fiction
-negotiating the rejection
Review "Rainy River"
Review "How to Tell a True War Story"
HW Look at chapters "Enemies" and "Friends" and write a short paragraph in which you discuss why O'Brien places these chapters together. Comment on the structure of the novel, the chronology, the juxtaposition of specific themes/stories.

Look Back at "How to Tell a True War Story"
and "The Song of Tra Bong"
-Supplemental Reading on the role of women in the novel
Review 3-level Questions from key Chapters
HW Prepare 2nd Conversation for Friday: Choose language and analyze so peers can respond. Follow same format as #1

Read through article reflecting on different persuasive techniques:
Michael Kazin's "A Patriotic Left"

Review "The Man I Killed"
Review Practice AP
-norming groups
-grading essays

Review Practice AP
-norming groups
-grading essays
Finish Journals for conversations
HW Take Home Practice Multiple Choice

Josiah Bunting, III "Class Warfare" and poem Dulce Et Decorum Est In groups, outline the arguments, the techniques, the persona and audiences

Monday, April 20, 2009

Agenda Monday 4/20-4/24

Confirm Practice AP dates
Check Glossary Entries
The Things They Carried
-goodbye letter
HW Read Chapter 1 in The Things They Carried and write 3-level qs for WED
AND Identify a stylistic device and explain what it is and how it is used (abbreviated glossary entry)

PLATOON excerpts
TIME piece
"Things They Carry" about Iraq
-pack backpack

Quaker Share most important quotation from CH 1
Review Chapter 1
-3q discussion
-identify characters and contents of their backpack
Historical Background
-Geography -KW (L)
HW Read "Love" and "Spin" and 3qs and ID style

Small Group Questions and discussions
-Conversations Assignment #1
--in Journal, #10 Vocabulary List
Exit Ticket
-What is "truth" in war?
HW Read "Rainy River" and 3qs and ID style

Defining terms in the context of the novel
Review "Rainy River"
-discussion on style
-narrative voice and tone
Movie Excerpts
HW Read "Enemies" & "Friends" for Monday
And "How to Tell a True War A Story" for Tuesday
Remark on the structure of the chapters; identify style elements and connect them to what you think are emerging themes in the novel.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Practice Free Response and Samples

Follow this link to a Practice Prompt, sample papers and scoring rubric. If you choose to use this prompt, time yourself for more authentic writing.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

SIgn Up for Samo Practice AP NOW!!

Alright, we're almost in the clear. The AP Language and Composition team of teachers has three dates to offer you:
Friday, April 17th at 9am-12pm (End of Spring Break)
Saturday, April 25th at 9am -12pm
Tuesday, April 28th at 3:30-6:30

You must sign up for one of the dates above. All students are required to take the practice test.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Agenda Monday 3/30-Friday 4/3

Parody and Dialect Presentations
HW Roughdraft #3 for Their Eyes Essay
And IN THE NEWS presentations
Reminder to have The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

-Remainder Presentations
HW Independent Reading Presentations

Wrap up Presentations

Introduce The Things They Carried
-historical background
-Excerpts from PLATOON & Hamburger Hill
-Chapter One
-Journal Entry
--Draft and Goodbye Letter
--packing backpack
Persuasive Research Topics

Monday, March 23, 2009

Agenda Monday 3/23-Friday 3/27

HW Roughdraft for Their Eyes Essay

Roughdraft #1 credit
Hand back papers
-reflect on Timed Writing
Peer Review
Small Group Match
-Finding language for the prompt
-sharing ideas
HW Roughdraft #2 due Thursday

Grammar and Mechanics
-practice diversifying sentences
-essay models
-AP Rubric
QuickWrite new language or idea
HW see Tuesday

Parody Questions
Formal Edit Worksheet
Teacher Conferences
HW Get The Things they Carried for Wednesday

Final Peer Edit
Final Peer Feedback on Parody
Teacher Conferences
HW Parody and Presentations due Monday

Friday, March 20, 2009

Oops! Friday Schoolwide Testing for 11th graders

Sorry folks, I know you were looking forward to taking your book test today but it looks like we'll have to wait until Monday. I will still provide you with your essay prompt and you should write a working draft for Tuesday.
If you are inclined to do some extra studying, here's what you can focus on. I've broken the test into 8 sections. I will include the titles of each section so that you can organize your review of the material:
-Characterization of Races
-Literary Analysis
--passage analysis
-Cultural Context
-Blues Lyrics
-Concept Circles (Terms)
-The Role of Language
-Supplemental Reading

Most questions require a short answer (a few sentences). Good Luck!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Agenda Monday 3/16-Friday 3/20

Parody Examples
-movie excerpts
Blues Music
-discuss impact within Their Eyes
Think Aloud
-review/analysis end of book
HW Create 3-level questions for Socratic Seminar

CAHSEE Testing-Special Schedule
Socratic Seminar Prep
Book Review
-clarify concepts
Concept Circles
HW Prep for Seminar

Socratic Seminar
HW Study!!!! Their Eyes
Book Test tomorrow

HW First Draft of Essay
-working thesis
-minimum 2 body paragraphs

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Agenda Monday 3/9-Friday 3/13

Meet in Computer Lab for College Info
HW Journals due and finish Their Eyes

Review Ending
Review grammar as means to analyzing style:
Break into Style Analysis Groups 1-5, and follow handout instuctions.
HW Continue Independent Reading

IN THE NEWS presentations
cont. group work, be prepared to lead an evidence-based discussion on your conclusions. Your group will argue against or for Richard Wright's criticism.
HW Read Chapters 3&4 and complete Handouts for tomorrow

IN THE NEWS presentations
Discuss creative writing options
A. Dialects
B. Parody
(see handouts for official assignment requirements)
HW Journal Entry #7: Collect/Research information for your creative piece.

Study Guide for Culminating Their Eyes test
-where to find the information
IN THE NEWS presentations
Socratic Seminar Prep
Create 3-level Questions for Seminar on Monday

Their Eyes Process Essay on Style Analysis
Socratic Seminar
Terms Review
-Concept Circles

Monday, March 2, 2009

Agenda Monday 3/2-Friday 3/6

Finish "Telling"
View 1941 Characterization sketch guides
Read Intraracism Essay by Beatrice Berry
HW Connect intraracism examples from Their Eyes to Berry text. Respond to question:
Does Berry inadvertently set up a critically problematic polarity between light and dark African Americans in the last section of the essay?
Citing evidence from both texts and your own experience, write a paragraph or two on the importance of color in modern America. -->Journal Entry #6

Review Obama race speech
Finally, review poetry
-connect to intraracism discussion
Bridge to more terms
-glossary entries
-terms review handout
Hw Finish Handout

Pico Iyer (again)
-explore term and evidence
-Identify examples from Their Eyes and create glossary entry for term
HW Finish glossary entry for tomorrow

Terms Review and multiple entries
HW "How it Feels to be Colored Like Me" and questions

Terms Assessment
Introduction to The Blues
-background; connection to folklore
-apply to Their Eyes
HW Finish Book

Focus on style
Twain short stories
-examples of parody
Creative writing assignment
Culminating Book Test
-notes (foldables)
Culminating Essay
Process Rhetorical Analysis
Socratic Seminar (if time)

Monday, February 23, 2009

Agenda Monday 2/23-Friday 2/27

Collect Stanton Essay Rewrite
Information on the Harlem Renaissance
Power of Language
-gossip "the porch"
-prayer language
Review Their Eyes
-Chapters 2-
HW Read Independent Book

Finish Their Eyes Reading Review
Revisit Men and Women Relations
-in general (reference Tannen, etc)
-in the text (the first 2 paragraphs)
Freewrite-Journal Entry #4 (use evidence from the book)
How do men in Their Eyes reinforce male stereotype? How does Janie's complacency placate her men? And how does Janie's sexuality allow her to reclaim her life after two oppressive marriages? What role does TeaCake play in her sexual/spiritual awakening?
HW Bennett and Hughes poetry-connect to Their Eyes and identify figurative language. Create glossary entry for figurative language type.

Timed Writing
"Women's Brains"
Rhetorical Question

AP Practice cont'
-m/c questions
Their Eyes
-racial hierarchy
--textual evidence
Characterization of Men circa 1941
Types -Men
-documenting perspective
Modern looks
HW Intraracism handout
--excerpt from casebook
--answer questions

"telling" presentations
HW Record evidence of Biblical speech and allusion in Their Eyes

Review Handout and topic
-find evidence of intraracism in text, modern life
Obama's speech on Race
-discuss evidence of change and roadblocks
Their Eyes style analysis
-think aloud
More on Folklore
Blues Tradition

Monday, February 16, 2009

Agenda Tuesday 2/17-Friday 2/20

Quaker Share Journal Entry
Hurston Chronology
Review Style Analysis
HW Read Chapter 1 in Huck Finn
Be Prepared to tell a story that you have heard or told to the class
Don't Forget that Stanton Essay Rewrites are due next Monday the 23rd.

Chapter 2 Think Aloud
Mother Nature Imagery -conceit
The art of Story -Telling
Review Huck Finn Chapter 1
-story-telling element
Perspectives of Af-Am Stereotypes along the continuum between ages.
HW Independent Reading Journal Entry #4

Review Their Eyes
The Ministrel
-identify Af.Am. stereotypes from the time
Prepare to recite your folktale
-elements: embellish with personification, performance, punctuation, dialogue, narrative
HW Practice for "telling"
McGraw Hill Tannen p228
And argue that Tannen's premise is true or not with personal experiences. How can you apply her ideas to your own relationships?

Small Group "telling"
Power of Language
Connect to Tannen piece
HW Research Harlem Renaissance and include notes in foldable
Rewrite due Monday by 10pm


Sunday, February 8, 2009

Agenda Monday 2/9-Friday 2/13

Angier Quotation in Foldables
-Twain Story Questions and Homework
-Books for tomorrow
Background/Bio on Twain and Hurston (fold-a-ble)
If Time...short essay and M/C practice
HW The Diary of Adam and Eve by Mark Twain and questions due tomorrow

-class discussion credit
Elements of Humor
-brainstorm: What do most stand ups have in common?
Twain's style
HW see reading Schedule for reading due Thursday

Finally!! Stanton papers back
--grammar and mechanics
Looking at previous feedback in portfolio
Rewrites due next week with short paragraph explaining why you rewrote what you did.

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Hurston
Close Reading (3x5 rings)
-Style Analysis
--word choice
--Biblical allusions
Worksheet Pair Work
Reactions to the text
HW Finish Worksheet
AND see Reading Schedule

Stanton Essay Reflection
HW McGraw Hill Reader
"Being A Man" p 219
Answer: Rhetoric #'s 1 and #6
And as Journal Entry #3 respond to #2 of the Writing section

Review Worksheet
Chapter 2 Think Aloud
Mother Nature Imagery
Word Choice
Vocabulary List
HW Be Prepared to tell a story that you have heard or told to the class

Supplemental Reading

Reading Schedule

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Chapters 1 & 2 for Thursday, Feb 12
Chapters 3-6 for Tuesday, Feb 17
Chapters 7-11 for Monday, Feb 23
Chapters 12-17 for Monday, Mar 2
Chapters 18-20 for Monday, Mar 9
Be prepared to read additional material while meeting these deadlines.
You are also expected to be reading your independent book.

Adam and Eve due Tuesday

Hi dutiful students,
Thanks for checking back so diligently.
Sage prevailed! The Diary of Adam and Eve by Mark Twain

HW Answer questions citing evidence where appropriate
-note similarities between feminist essays (cite evidence)
-why does Twain blame the fall on Adam?
-what is meant by Eve's explanation of loving Adam (p352)
-what kind of audience might Twain have in mind and why?
-how is this piece humorous? -is the message compromised because of the humor?
-how does Twain's choice of form, the diary, enhance his message?

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Thursday, February 5, 2009


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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Agenda Monday 2/2-Friday 2/6

Barbara Grover Photo Exhibit
-situation of women
-connect to Stanton Essay
Peer Edit Essay
-common errors
-relating to the rubric
Compare to Mid-Year reflection
Common responses to essay question
HW Read "Obama's Oratory"
-remark and list common oratorical devices
Go to the Obama's Speeches post and follow instructions

Divide into groups per speech
-compare notes on speech
As a Class
-note the common devices used by Jefferson, Stanton, King, and Obama
1. Read George Orwell's "Politics and the English Language" McGraw Hill Reader P522 (answer p532 Rhetoric #2)
CHALLENGE!! (not required)
2. Isolate one compelling paragraph to mimic from one of the above authors (including Orwell if you like)
3. Write mimic, keeping in mind Orwell's comments

Finish Group Work
Review Orwell
and apply advice to our own writing.
--Flowers and Guns: Perceptions of Women and Men in Society--
HW Atwood's "The Female Body"
-Discussion Rhetoric #1 and #7

Review Atwoods Rhetoric
FOLDABLES!! Notes the fun way?
Class Reading: Reread "The Female Body" and list points of argument, class discussion.
Angier's "Why Men Don't Last: Self-Destruction as a Way of Life"
Freewrite Prompt:
Cult of Masculinity
Are "sentimental notions of manhood" prevalent in society today? What are they? Do our young men feel pressured by them, (do your fathers)? Are they essential to our survival as a species?

Review Angier's argument and Journal Entries
Reminder of Historical Timeline -Antebellum South -Emancipation Proclamation -Post-Slavery South Get Books
Class Discussion: Response to Angier
HW "Adam and Eve" by Mark Twain
-note similarities between feminist essays (cite evidence)
-why does Twain blame the fall on Adam?
-what is meant by Eve's explanation of loving Adam (p352)
-how does Twain's choice of form, the diary, enhance his message?

Mark Twain Bio
Zora Neale Hurston Bio
-Creating Essential Questions to Guide Unit
in foldable and on post it -post and compare

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Obama's Speeches

Go to

Choose one of the following speeches:
  • Inaugural Address, Jan 20, 2009
  • Election Night Victory Speech, November 4, 2008
  • Democratic Convention Acceptance Speech, August 28, 2008
  • "A More Perfect Union" speech on race, March 18, 2008
Read and mark up the speech for its rhetorical strengths. Be prepared to discuss how Obama used at least three of the strategies Sam Leith discusses in his analysis of Obama's rhetoric.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Agenda Monday 1/26-Friday 1/30

Pupil-Free Day

Hand back papers
Argument Essay Reflection
Mid-Year Portfolio Reflection
Double-Entry Journal
-new format and requirements

"Me Talk Pretty One Day"
-humor and style
"The Declaration of Independence"
-rhetorical box
HW "I Have Dream"
-McGraw Hill p312
Rhetoric #3
Questions for Comparison
#1 As Journal Entry #1

Review Rhetorical Box
(Ethos, Pathos, Logos)
Rhetoric of the Concluding paragraph
"I Have A Dream"
Review Journal Entry #1
HW Rewrite Declaration truths and rights as they would apply to high school.

Course Outline
Quaker Share
Read revised Declaration
-AP Practice multiple choice
Review answers
In pairs write an explanation for each answer
HW Read Stanton's "Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions"
#8-Consider carefully the title of Stanton's piece. Write and 2-page (MLA) essay in which you explain her probable reasons for writing a "Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions" rather than one of "Independence."

Monday, January 12, 2009

Agenda Monday 1/12-Friday 1/16

Share Travel Itinerary/Brochures
Reading Film Glossary
-OPTIC for film

Lost in Translation
(102 minutes)
-viewing and notes

cont. Lost in Translation
-viewing and notes
-reflect and share
HW finish OPTIC worksheet

-Share conclusion (the "C" in OPTIC)
Introduce "When Worlds Collide" by Pico Iyer
-begin reading
-chart motifs from film and essays
-note rhetorical techniques (by name)
HW finish Iyer piece and write copious annotations

Listen to "Inviting the World to Dinner" by Jim Haynes

Speaker: Rebecca Hardt shares about bringing together her multifaceted world of experiences to help solidify her identity.
HW To prepare for final, review two Iyer essays about travel and Tan essay about language and culture, consider notes about film, Haynes piece, and Hardt presentation. Recall what is required when you write a synthesis essay and make sure you bring all the above materials to class on your assigned final day.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Agenda Monday 1/5-Friday 1/9

-Impressions of Travel
Quaker Share
"Why We Travel" by Pico Iyer
HW Identify Rhetorical Elements and look up allusions and create 3qs

Review Rhetorical Elements and 3qs
The Travel Lit. Genre
Independent and group practice of Rhetorical Terms
HW Complete 1 practice Rhetorical Term Glossary Entry

"The Humble Comma" by Pico Iyer
Identify Rhetorical Elements
-add terms to rings
Review kinds of multiple choice questions
-create questions (groups/pairs) based on reading
-swap and have other groups take the test
HW Complete 1 Finish adding terms to rings in glossary entry form

McGraw/Hill p495
"The Language of Discretion" by Amy Tan
Comp #
1 & 3
Rhet #
1,2, & 3
Amy Tan p502
Write #
#1 in journal (#___)

Connections between "Why We Travel" and "The Language of Discretion"
Reviewing Rhetorical Elements

Reading Film
-aspects of film and how one can "read" a film
Brainstorm examples for each element/aspect
Lost in Translation
"When Worlds Collide" by Pico Iyer