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