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