Friday, February 26, 2010

Weekly Agenda Mar 1-5

Perspectives of African -Americans in late 1800's
General stereotypes in caricature
The Minstrel
"Telling" Elements
Review Their Eyes Ch's 1-6
HW Read in McGraw-Hill p228
"Sex, Lies and Conversation"
AND argue that Tannen's premise is true or not with personal experiences. How can you apply her ideas to your own relationships?
Find examples of anecdote, statistics, social science, appeal to authority, and definition. Which is most convincing for you and why?

Review Tannen
Power of Language
-gossip "the porch"
--prayer language
Connect to Tannen
Intraracism (notes)
HW Watch Brer Rabbit excerpt and draw conclusions based on stereotypes and folklore

Reflection on Brer Rabbit
-Disney's role in perpetuating stereotypes in US, in World
The Harlem Renaissance (notes)
HW See Reading Schedule

Timed Writing
45 minutes
Graded on AP Rubric (25pts)
HW Bennett and Hughes poetry-connect to Their Eyes and identify figurative language. Create glossary entry for figurative language type.

Review Bennett and Hughes
-share figurative language and rhetorical strategies
-content: how do images match our understanding of the black experience during Reconstruction and the Harlem Renaissance?
HW Journal Entry #27: How do men in Their Eyes reinforce male stereotypes? 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?
-Prepare for Telling
And make headway in independent book. Make sure your journal is up to date.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Their Eyes Reading Schedule

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Chapters 1 & 2 for Thursday, Feb 25
Chapters 3-6 for Monday, Mar 1
Chapters 7-11 for Friday, Mar 5
Chapters 12-17 for Tuesday, Mar 9
Chapters 18-20 for Friday, Mar 12
Be prepared to read additional material while meeting these deadlines.
You are also expected to be reading your independent book.

Weekly Agenda Feb 22-26

Bio/Background on Mark Twain
3-Chair Review of "The Diary of Adam and Eve"
-debrief as a class
HW Glossary Entry on Humor
and answer "What do standup comics have in common with one another?"
Bring Their Eyes tomorrow

Analyzing Twain's style
-label rhetorical devices
Hurston Background
Read Beginning of Their Eyes Were Watching God
Style Analysis
-word choice
-Biblical allusions
Pair Work-style worksheet
Reactions to the text
HW finish worksheet and see reading schedule

Review Hurston Style Worksheet
HW "Telling" Choose a story to share with the class for Monday the 8th
HW see schedule for reading

Modeling the "Think Aloud"
Chapter 2 review
Mother Nature Imagery
Word Choice
The Art of the Story-Telling
-folklore and our roots
Stanton Papers back
-successes and pitfalls
IN-Class Revision
AND Read Chapter 1&2 of Huck Finn (click on the picture of Mark Twain)

Review Huck Finn
-story-telling as art
Perspectives of African -Americans in late 1800's
General stereotypes in caricature
HW Independent Reading Book Journal Entry #25

Friday, February 12, 2010

Black Writers and Marriage: Reflecting on an Author's Persepctive

Weekly Agenda Feb 16-19

Gender Dynamics
In-Class Essay 45 minutes
Responding to Gould essay
for AP grade
HW Read in McGraw-Hill, p216
Atwood's "The Female Body"
and answer Rhetoric #1 and #7

Review points of Stanton, Tannen and Gould
add Atwood
HW List points of Atwood's argument
and Read in McGraw-Hill, p223
Angier's "Why Men Don't Last: Self-Destruction as a Way of Life"
and answer following prompt:
The 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?

Their Eyes Were Watching God
Review Angier
Read McClain "Don't call me Mr. Mom" (handout)
Tie ideas to historical timeline of gender expectations
HW Read in McGraw-Hill, p219
Theroux's "Being a Man"
and answer Rhetoric #1 &#6
and Write #2 (Journal Entry 23: long paragraph, can be creative)
AND bring Lit. Rings tomorrow

Quaker Share Journal Entry
Review Questions
Check Literary Rings for 2 glossary entries from last week
and add elements of humor:
HW Read "The Diary of Adam and Eve" by Mark Twain
Answer the following questions (Journal Entry #24):
-note similarities between 'women's issues' 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, identify elements? -is the message compromised because of the humor?
-how does Twain's choice of form, the diary, enhance his message?

NEXT week
Background Bio on Twain and Hurston
Sedaris, Barry, The Onion, Huck Finn
Hurston Style Analysis
Gould papers back-portfolio review
In The News and

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Weekly Agenda Feb 8-12

Poster Presentations
Review Rhetorical Box
Expanded examples of parallelism and balanced paragraphs
HW Write a balanced or parallel paragraph by rewriting the truths and rights (as in the Declaration) as they would apply to high school students. NOTE: I made a mistake in class, please reread the first two paragraphs of the Declaration to mimic Jefferson's "truths and rights," pages 305-306 in McGraw-Hill refer to his "facts" or complaints against the King. Some of you will figure this out on your own though.

"Declaration of Independence"
& "I have a Dream"
Share excerpts from Journal
-Quaker share student's "truths and rights"
New Literary Terms for rings
HW Read Stanton and answer multiple choice

In-class, answer essay questions regarding Stanton piece
-share and compare
Review m/c questions
HW Read Tannen Essay and answer m/c and #2 long answer

Overhead, comment on images of women in America
-connect to Stanton essay
Review Tannen
Read Gould piece and answer m/c

Review Gould m/c
Discussion Questions
-cultural vs biological determinism
HW Review Rhetorical Elements in "Women's Brains"

Next Week
In-Class Essay 45 minutes
Responding to Gould essay
for AP grade

Monday, February 1, 2010

Spring Semester 2/2/2010

Hand Back Papers
Argument Essay Reflection
Mid-Year Portfolio Reflection
Review Formats

Review Assessments
Book Talk

Sam Leith's FT article
"Obama's Oratory"
-annotate article
-GRP (Guided Reading Response)
HW Via link (see below) choose one of the four speeches, print it out, annotate and complete a GRP (you can use the backside of the original handout)
What will you have with you tomorrow for class:
-one of Obama's speeches, annotated
-a completed GRP
-your literary term rings
-your McGraw-Hill reader

In groups choose a way to visually organize the information on poster paper
and complete glossary entries for the terms you identified in the speeches.
Due at the end of class.
HW In McGraw -Hill Reader:
What is the America Dream p304
The Declaration of Independence p305
In your journal #22 complete a rhetorical box
I Have a Dream p309
Answer Question Rhetoric #3 and Questions for Comparisons #1

Obama's Speeches
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. Please complete a GRP for the speech you choose.