Thursday, December 15, 2011

Source Option for BB Essay

A. Ortiz recently shared an excerpt from this blog.  I thought some of you might be interested in using it as anecdotal evidence.
If there are other sources you would like to share, please email them to me and I will see if I can include them here.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Weekly Agenda Dec. 12-16, 19 & 20

Billy Budd, Sailor

Self-grade 1st draft
-debrief process and hurdles
-samples of student essays
Finish reviewing argument packet
-defining unknown words
-3 rings
Review Franklin Essay Qs
Finish discussion about Billy Budd
HW Complete BB Review Questions Ch. 16-30 for Friday.
HW Write 2nd draft: 2 or more paragraphs, one must be counter, due Thursday.

Review and discuss student samples
Movie: The Last Hangman
-1 page assignment
HW See above
HW The Last Hangman Movie review due Tuesday

Self-grade 2nd draft
-peer review
Finish Movie

Looking at style in our essays
-how to improve
Review Signal Phrases
-establish context
-establish credentials
-establish authority
-good verbs
Review Syntax and Rhetorical analysis handout
-how do we word sentences for emphasis
--rhetorical questions
-style/grammar quiz
HW 3rd Draft: as complete as you can get it due Monday.
Please get movie permission slips signed for Lost in Translation.  We will be watching this movie in conjunction with our Travel and Culture mini-unit that leads up to our semester timed final.  

Self-Grade 3rd draft
-read around
-peer edit
Collect Movie review
Wrapping things up.
HW Finalize your argument essay and be prepared to turn in to by 11:59pm on Jan 4th, the day we get back.  You will bring in a hard copy Jan. 5th.  
HW If you travel this vacation please be prepared to share when you get back.
Don't forget to get your permission slips signed.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Weekly Agenda Dec. 5 - Dec. 9

Billy Budd, Sailor

Continue Review of Argumentation Packet
-add new terms into rings
Review Chapters 20-23
Record the persuasive elements of Vere's speech, Ch 21, pp 96-99:
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?

Book Check
Review book ending
Review homework
Generate thesis
HW Complete thesis and outline, make sure you follow structure.

Publish thesis and outline on post-it
-student review and edit (in groups we will respond to each and every thesis/outline)
Review more of Argumentation Packet
Answer questions following H. Bruce Franklin's essay excerpt:
Billy Budd is not, however, a mere treatise against capital punishment. Melville is using contemporaneous awareness about the issue to explore the larger ethical, philosophic, and political questions it so dramatically focuses. Undoubtedly New York Assemblyman Hitt was overstating the case when he claimed in early 1890, "at present there are only two classes of the community who yet favor capital punishment and these are clergymen and prosecuting attorneys."(60) Nevertheless, Melville could safely assume that almost all potential readers in 1891 would regard public execution and hanging as relics of a barbarous past, would be sensitized to the larger issues surrounding capital punishment, and would already either oppose the death penalty outright or consider it warranted only for first-degree murder and treason. Even the most ardent proponents of the death penalty in late nineteenth-century America would be embarrassed by positions such as these: "Vere justifiably condemns Billy to death" (Peter Shaw); Billy Budd is a "murderer and a cause of his own death" and Melville "is to be identified" with Captain Vere (Milton Stern); "the virtuous man, Captain Vere," must "punish the violence of absolute innocence"--that is, must kill Billy Budd--since "absolute, natural innocence" is "at war with the peace of the world and the true welfare of mankind" (Hannah Arendt).(61) Readers in 1891 would be far more likely to wonder, like the surgeon (235) and the narrator (236-37), whether Vere is insane.

1)  Is there any evidence that Captain Vere is insane?  How might this impact his decision to ask for Billy's death?
2)  Is Melville a "murderer?"  Why might people consider him thus?
3)  Is our new system of putting individuals to death (by lethal injection) humane?  Are they still public spectacles?
4)  Recall that slavery is a hot topic back then.  How does Melville weave his condemnation of it into his text?
5)  Consider the ending of the book, how might citizens back then respond compared to now?  List all elements of the modern versus the older arguments.

Group Glossary Entries
HW 1st draft due MONDAY for credit.

Review Signal Phrases
-establish context
-establish credentials
-establish authority
-good verbs
Review Syntax and Rhetorical analysis handout
-how do we word sentences for emphasis
--rhetorical questions

NEXT The Last Hangman and drafting, writing, revising, editing essay.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Weekly Agenda Nov 28-Dec 2


Turn in Journals (for real!)
Check Chapters 10-15, 16-19
Review BB Questions CH. 1-15
Begin 2 corner debate t-graph
-pros and cons of capital punishment
-organize, identify pathos, logos, ethos

Review Argumentation terms and structure
2-Corner Debate
HW READ; Vocab Quiz Friday on 10-19

Book Check, chapters 20-23
JOURNAL # ____
Thomas Paine excerpt
-rhetorical box
HW Finish box

Record the persuasive elements of Vere's speech, Ch 21, pp96-99:
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?
5.  Do his words match his name?
HW Finish Questions

Argument Essay Packet
-introduction to the assignment
Synthesis Papers back
-portfolio review
HW Finish reading BB

Friday, November 18, 2011

Weekly Agenda Nov. 21-Nov. 23

Billy Budd, Sailor

Characterization paragraph on Captain Vere
Book Check: Review Chapters 6-9
Argument Terms and Structure
2-Corner Debate
Conversations review on Chapters 1-15
HW DUE WED. Read Chapters 10-15

Over break, enjoy and read to finish your 1st independent reading book.  Plan on presenting some aspect of your book in December.  And/Or write your In The News annotation and plan on presenting that in December.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

BILLY BUDD Reading Schedule

Chapters 2-5 (pp-25) due Wed, Nov 16
Chapters 6-9 (26-43 due Mon, Nov 21
Chapters 10-15 (44-63) due Wed, Nov 23
Chapters 16-19 (64-84) due Mon, Nov 28
Chapters 20-23 (85-106) due Wed, Nov 30
Chapters 24-30 (107-128) due Mon, Dec 5

Weekly Agenda Nov. 14-18


Pass out texts (please donate $5 if you can afford to compensate for some of Ms. Stevens' out-of-pocket  school expenses)
-assignment for every chapter

  • 3-level questions
  • comments
  • circle unknown words
  • definitions
  • summary
  • remark on rhetorical devices
  • remark on diction, syntax (tropes and schemes) and characterization
  • underline passages you understand and circle those you don't

Introduction to story
-background and bio on Melville
-ship jargon
-historical context:
-essential question: How do we maintain legal exceptions and still maintain order?
HW FOR TUESDAY, read Chapter 1 and complete 3 kinds of marginalia.  Book check tomorrow.

Lit. Rings
Vocabulary List
-quiz next week
Brief Characterization Summary
-write short summaries using appropriate vocabulary words
Book check Chapters 2-5
HW See reading schedule

-questions and logic
Journal #16: McGraw-Hill Reader, read "The Penalty of Death" (pp85) and answer Composition questions #1-3, Rhetoric #5&6, and Write #1 (instead of an entire essay, write a paragraph).
-opinion on the continuum
HW Finish #16 

2-corner debate
Grade Check

Monday, November 7, 2011

Weekly Agenda Nov. 7-Nov. 10

Synthesis: You wrote on one side of the flag burning amendment argument on Friday,  now, write on the opposing side.
HW Have you complete Journal #13 yet?

Journal #14:  In your McGraw-Hill Reader read "Four-Letter Words can Hurt You" by Barbara Lawrence, and answer Comprehension questions #2 & 4; and answer Rhetoric questions #3&4.  And, then read "Get a Knife, Get a Dog, but Get Rid of Guns" by Molly Ivins, and answer Comprehension #2; and answer Rhetoric #1-3 &6; and then write1-2 paragraphs in response to Connections #6 (p103).
HW Finish for homework

Review Questions from Reader and share bits of #6.  Create counterarguments for #6.
Reviewing the language of argumentation.  (p62)
Recall Toulmin Method; appeals, etc.
Looking at our Billy Budd essential question: How do we maintain legal exceptions and still maintain order?

Billy Budd, Sailor Introduction
-Melville Biography
-historical context

Veteran's Day

Monday, October 31, 2011

Weekly Agenda Oct. 31-Nov. 4

The Synthesis Essay

Wrapping up The Crucible
-swap journals with essay
-peer response and share
10-minute Seminar
-inside and outside circles will discuss responses to questions inspired by the play.
-complete a reflection on your and your partner's performance

Tuesday and Wednesday 
Notes on writing the synthesis essay
-the rubric and prompt
-making sure you understand the prompt
-source packet
--is a source for or against; determine and demarcate
-what it means to engage in the conversation
--see notes
Rules (see handout)
-see notes
--no 2nd person
--state relationship between sources
--frame sources
-what does it mean to 'qualify'
Student Samples
-norm on rubric
HW Read Marilyn Elkins and annotate

Whole period seminar

Inside and Outside circles will speak to the issue of flag burning.  Evidence for arguments should come from your packet.  Any outside evidence will have to be cited.

Friday & Monday 
In class essay: write on either side of the issue, 45 minutes each, no extensions unless allowed by the College Board.  Both essays will be graded on the AP Synthesis rubric and will be worth 25pts each, toward your writing grade.
HW Make sure you have completed Journal #13, use the independent reading format for your independent reading book.  And, don't forget to sign up for IN THe NEws presentations.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Weekly Agenda Oct. 23-28


Read excerpt about Dorcas Good
Watch film
Begin Group Conversations for Acts II & III
HW Journal Entry #10 Due Wednesday
-Create your own witchhunt set at SAMO.  What is the "crime;" who are the accusers and who are the accused?  

Finish Conversations
Watch film

HW Journal Entry #11 Due Thursday
-Read Arthur Miller's "Why I Wrote the Crucible" and answer the following questions:
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 characters 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 of previous knowledge might be useful before reading this essay?
3) How might an "archaic speech" become new to a writer?
4) Who might the intended audience be for this essay?  Use evidence to support your response.

Finish Conversations for Acts II-IV
Share WitchHunt
Identify Fallacies in arguments against witches

McCarthyism notes
-apply to "Why I Wrote the Crucible"
Journal Entry #11

Journal Entry #12:  Timed, in-class essay
Students will grade your essays on the AP rubric for norming sake.  You will receive 10pts credit toward your Reading Journal grade.

Fishbowl Seminar
Begin Synthesis Writing?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Weekly Agenda Oct. 17-21

The Crucible

Dramatic Reading Act I
-need for scapegoat
3Q discussions
Movie Act I
HW Act 2 due Wednesday and 3-level Questions

Group Conversations for ACT I
McCarthy Background
Movie Act I
HW Act II due Wednesday and 3-level Questions

3Q discussions
Movie Act II
HW Act III due Friday and 3-level Questions

Review Act II
-dramatic reading
Read Act II supplement
-why remove it, how would it change the meaning of the play?
HW Act III due Friday and 3-level Questions

Movie Act II-III
HW Finish Play.  
Optional Extra Credit: read and complete and extra journal entry.  Read Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown and create a rhetorical box.  Label Journal Entry "Extra."


Creative Writing Assignment
-Journal #10: see assignment; Write your own witch hunt, for Wednesday.

Group Conversations for ACT II
Letters from the time period
-Dorcas Good
Synthesis Writing

Monday, October 10, 2011

Weekly Agenda Oct. 10-14

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Read "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" by Jonathan Edwards
-identify rhetorical devices
-identify fallacies
-connect to The Crucible
Time to complete Journal #9 in class
HW Bennett Letter; Sources due; Journals due

Seating Chart
Check Sources
Review Journal #9
-finish notes on Introduction to The Crucible
Self-Grade and Turn in Journals
HW Bennett Letter due tomorrow, prepare to Quaker Share.

Quaker Share Bennett Letter
Review Edwards piece
Finish notes on Puritanism
NO HW, unless you want to finish Act 1 of The Crucible


Hand back Intercalary Essays
-fill in writing rubric
-writing corrections
Field questions about GOW Outline due Monday.
Sign up for In the News
-define hysteria
-need for a scapegoat
HW Read Act 1 and create 3-level questions for discussion tomorrow.

3-level Q discussion
Timeline leading up to witch trials
Vocab quiz next Wed
Watch Act 1
HW Read Act 2 and write 3-level questions.
GOW Annotated Bib, Works Cited and Outline due MONDAY!!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Weekly Agenda Oct. 3-7

Conventions in Argumentation

Monday & Tuesday
Review syllogism and enthymeme
Toulmin Method
-Claim, Data/Reasons, and Warrant
-rebuttal and counterargument
Compare formal and informal logic.  How is the Toulmin method applicable to every day situations.
Lit. Rings

DISCUSS Bennett Essay

Everything's and Argument
Notes and Lit. Rings:
--Appeals to Emotion
--Appeals to Logic
--Appelas to Ethics
HW Write two glossary entries in your lit. rings on two new terms of your choice.  Make sure the terms are from the Conventions of Argumentation unit.

Wednesday & Thursday
Review fallacies: In groups, with templates, design and color a cartoon that conveys a fallacy, think The New Yorker cartoons.
Present to the class.
Self-grade glossary entries.
HW Write a formal, typed letter to Bennett, which identifies the flaws in his argument and offers a rebuttal per the Toulmin Method.  You may want to imagine what his counterargument would be when brainstorming your rebuttal. DUE next Wednesday.

Background on the play and author
Salem Village Timeline
HW Read Act 1, pages 3-8 and answer the following questions:
1)  The tragedy in the Salem community "developed from a Paradox."  What is the paradox?
2)  Analyze "But all organization is and must be grounded on the idea of exclusion and prohibition, just as two objects cannot occupy the same space" (7).

REMINDERS: Sources due Tuesday, Journals due Tuesday, Bennett Letter due Wednesday.

Read excerpt from Jonathan Edwards "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God."
-record excerpts and label which fallacy they fall under
-record rhetorical devices, state why they might have been effective for an audience
-connect it to The Crucible
Background to The Crucible
-definitions of "crucible
-Puritans and belief (need for 'devil' in society, a scapegoat)
The Paradox

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Weekly Agenda Sept. 26-30

The Grapes of Wrath

Assembly Today
1st period
-Work on Journal #7 in class
-study for test

GOW Book Test
HW Journal #6 from last week.  Make sure you have completed your Rhetorical Box.  I would prefer if it was on a Magazine AD, not article, but if you have already done it don't worry.  

GOW Bibliography Assignment
AND, Independent Reading List, FINALLY!
-book talk
HW Journal #8: bring McGraw-Hill.  Read W.J. Bennett on page 443:  Answer Comp #2&3, Rhetoric #6 and Write #1 for MONDAY.


Finish talking about the Research Outline due on the 17th.
Share Journal #6
Get THE CRUCIBLE by Arthur Miller?
Discuss Bennett piece
In your Lit. Rings:
-Toulmin Method
HW See GOW Research Project.  Create a working thesis on the topic of your choice as it relates to GOW.

Glossary Entries
Conventions of Argumentation
Fallacy Definitions
-record definitions and examples
Letter to Bennett
-respond to his claims
-identify his argument with evidence
-minimum 1 page, MLA typed
The Crucible

Monday, September 19, 2011

Weekly Agenda Sept. 19-23

The Grapes of Wrath

Individually, write marginalia on post-its on Steinbeck's "Americans and the Land."
Journal #5: In groups, in your McGraw-Hill Reader, answer the following questions: Composition #s 1 &3; Rhetoric #s1,2 &6; Writing #1
HW Turn in Intercalary essay to

Collect Hard Copies
-teacher selected share
Review deductive vs.  inductive reasoning
Group Share Journal #5
-decide whether or not Steinbeck's essay uses deductive or inductive logic
HW Review GOW chapters 22, 26 and 30
AND, study Vocabulary for quiz tomorrow (be able to use words properly in 15 min)
AND, GOW Book Test on Monday
-test will include an OPTIC, vocabulary, questions on review chapters and Steinbeck's philosophies.

Vocabulary Quiz
Respond to Chapter review questions (3-Chair?)
-class discussion or discussion, depending on time
Introduce the Rhetorical Box HANDOUT
-answer how does this format move beyond SOAPSTone
-whole group (class) practice
Set up Groups for tomorrow
HW Begin Review for GOW Book Test

In groups, create a poster size rhetorical box on your selected/assigned magazine advertisement
-present to class
HW Continue Review of materials for GOW Book Test
AND, Journal #6: select a magazine ad!!! of your choosing and complete a rhetorical box on your own.  Be prepared to have a neighbor grade you based on completeness .  Tomorrow may be too soon to have this due.  I'll check on Tuesday.

-SAT Rubric
-AP Rubric
-6pt Rubric
Journal #7:  Rewrite one paragraph from your baseline essay.  Bullet several corrections you decided to make and why you thought they were appropriate this second time around.

Neighbor Share and Grade Rhetorical Box
Questions about Test on Monday?
Select a topic on which to write your GOW Annotated Bibliography
-see Necessary News for Topic suggestions

GOW Book Test
Annotated Bibliography Assignment
-Works Cited
Bring Lit. Rings this week and McGraw-Hill Reader

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Weekly Agenda Sept 12-16

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Rhetorical Devices Flow Chart

GoW Literary Terms
-rings: intercalary, juxtaposition, etc.
Intercalary Essay
  • assignment: model and rubric
  • looking for themes
  • model close reading
  • annotation (SOAPSTone)
Group work on chapters: share annotations/explications and working theses.
HW Write typed roughdraft for Wed. Final Essay due to Monday, Sept 19 by 11:59pm, and bring the final hard copy to turn in Tuesday.

Notes on California history as it relates to GoW as told by Kevin Starr.
Passage imitation as a means of analyzing style.
-Steinbeck's style
-practice close-imitation of your assigned chapter.
-read your chapter aloud to hear nuance of language.
HW Essay draft due tomorrow.

Peer Review Drafts
-check for WHAT, HOW, and WHY (see flow chart)
-check formatting
-check g/m; spelling and such
GoW Vocabulary List
-concept circles
HW Read Steinbeck's Nobel prize acceptance speech: write journal #3 (use journal format).

Non-Fiction Independent Reading List (Save for next week)
-brief book talk (if you want to more on the books, check out Amazon's book reviews)
Review Entry #3
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?
HW Listen to song, print out lyrics if you need, and answer above questions, Journal #4

Vocab Quiz next Wednesday
Review Guthrie lyrics and questions
Literary Terms
-rings: deductive vs. inductive reasoning, logic, argument
Hand back corrected work
HW Essay due Monday by 11:59 to
And, get independent reading book, check for book next WED.
And, Read Steinbeck's "American's and the Land" for Monday, bring McGraw-Hill and journal for Monday.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Weekly Agenda Sept. 6-9

The Grapes of Wrath

Analyzing Images using OPTIC
-Dorothea Lange photography
HW Complete your own OPTIC on a picture of your choice from The History Place's Website on Dorothea Lange's work.

Review OPTIC
Get McGraw-Hill Reader
-identify useful information
-the benefits of marginalia
HW Read "How to Mark a Book" by Mortimer J. Adler and 3-level questions.
And, print a short article from the 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

Define Socialism and Humanism
HW Journal #2 Find evidence in GOW that supports these two philosophies. Explore how they may have influenced his writing; and, link the language of Jim Casey to either philosophy.
AND, type up In The NEWs per formats (see handouts)

Peer Review typed In The News
-check format
Review HW
-quaker share
Define intercalary
HW Annotate assigned chapter and create working thesis

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Weekly Agenda August 31-Sept. 2

Finish 3-level Question Practice
-get handout
Journal Entry Format
-get handout
-controversy over Muslim women wearing the hijab
HW Complete #1 and 2 of Journal Format. If you would like to read the full articles about the hijab, see links below.

Review usefulness of Blog
Check course outline signatures
Review Journal entry Format
-students share #1 and 2
-complete #3 (Freewrite) portion of Journal Entry Format
-guide to self-grading journal entries
Student Survey and Reading Inventory
If time, review timed essay basics
HW Mark up text (Zeitoun) in preparation for Baseline Essay tomorrow.

Check Course Outline Signatures
Baseline Essay
-you may use your book
-prompts will be provided
-plan on spending the entire class writing
HW Read and bring The Grapes of Wrath for Tuesday

Monday, August 29, 2011


Daily agenda and Homework Blog.

Tuesday Agenda and Homework

-Class Course Outline and Expectations
>practice 3-level Questions
>practice Journal Entry Format
HW Scavenger Hunt: find 3 useful items on Ms. Stevens' blog. Be prepared to share.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Final June Agenda(s): Three Weeks

"The Wasteland" by T.S. Eliot and The Great Gatsby

May 31-June 3


“The Wasteland”

T.S. Eliot

Annotate for: blind world, social classes, imagery, romanticism, disillusionment, entropy, urban/industrialization, post-war sentiments


Discussion about poem.

Introduction to The Great Gatsby

-Fitzgerald biography


Review Chapter 1

-student facilitated discussion


Ivy League Quiz


Define the American Dream and different ‘peoples’ expectations and reality during the 20’s

Key language associated with the 20’s

Review WW1

Look closely at Fitzgerald’s language, narration, setting (time)


June 6-June 10


The Secret Society Handout

-identify similar societies at SAMO

Review Chapter 2

-“the valley”

-connections to “The Wasteland”




Review Chapters 2&3



-style and theme


Review Chapters 4&5

-time as a motif

-racism and the Am. Dr.


-imagery (color symbolism)


Review Chapter 6



-style and theme




-style and theme


June 13-June15


Review Chapter 7&8

-the accident

-time (seasons)


-predict ending


Review Chapter 9

-reactions to the end

-compare tone of Wasteland and GG

What gives this book its longevity? How is it inexplicably connected to the American psyche?

Monday, May 23, 2011

Weekly Agenda May 23-26

The Things They Carried

(A lot of field trips today)
Conversations #2
HW Journal #36: Independent Reading Entry
AND, finish book for Wednesday

Review two pieces of criticism on the book
-the feminist lens
-what is the truth? controversy surrounding how O'Brien sets up the narration
Preparing for Socratic Seminar
-creating questions

Socratic Seminar
-fishbowl partners: observe, reflect and then switch
-use lots of evidence to address student-created questions and ideas about the O'Brien's story

Journal Entry #37: Timed Writng
-respond to one of three prompts in your journal
-analyze the text for greater implications, style and symbolism
-peer reponse and AP grade
HW Annotated Bibliography due Tuesday, please bring typed copy into class for credit and editing.

More time in groups to write research paper.
Read T.S. Eliots "The Wasteland" and get The Great Gatsby

Saturday, May 14, 2011


Group Research
-collect and synthesize sources
-check off which sources satisfy which requirements
-begin writing annotations
-structure paper (subtopics!)

-authoritative online sources
-field research
-evaluating credibility
-techniques for interpreting sources (rhetorical box, OPTIC)

Writing your Paper
-combining source materials
-quoting (integrating signal phrases, brackets, ellipses)

-format reminders
-in-text citations
-list of Works Cited
-creating and appendix

Weekly Agenda May 16-20

The Things They Carried

CST Testing all Week: Classes Meet Twice

DAY 1:
Review "Speaking of Courage"
Class brainstorm potential topics for Vietnam War
-create groups
Assignment and due Dates
HW Finish Book for Next Wed
AND, bring research for the next Day.

DAY 2:
Preliminary Research
-group work
Style Guide MLA
Read "Notes" in class and discuss O'Briens approach and technique.
HW Annotated Bibliography due for May 31st

Monday, May 9, 2011

Weekly Agenda May 9-13

The Things They Carried

Monday - Wednesday
Review Chapter 5,6, 7
CONVERSATIONS #1 assignment

HW Read Chapters 8&9 for Tuesday
Review Chapter 8&9
-looking at the role of women
-symbolism and style
-tying history to text
-multiple choice practice
(identify types of questions)
HW Read Chapter 10-13 for Thursday

Excerpts: Platoon and Hamburger Hill

Thursday & Friday
Review Chapter 12 & 13
-symbolism in 12
Read "Dulce et Decorum Est" and compare it to "Ambush"
-realism vs. romanticism
Conversations #2
HW Read Chapters 14-16 for Monday

NEXT Research Paper Timeline and Groups

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Weekly Agenda May 2-6

The Things They Carried

List of journal items due for this grading period.
Continue Dear America documentary
HW Read "Love", "Spin" and "Rainy River" for Tuesday
AND identify stylistic devices. Define ambiguity, ambivalence, and apathy. In what way do these ideas create a new sense of what it means to fight in war?

Review Chapters
Begin Norming groups
  • review prompts and rubrics
  • create groups and read student essays
  • calculate and AP estimate grade
HW Look at Chapters "Enemies" and "Friends" and write a short paragraph for Journal # 35 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 and stories.

cont' norming groups
Read "How to Tell a True War Story" and complete handout


Notes: Geo-political information regarding Vietnam's history
Review chapter
Watch excerpts from Platoon or Hamburger Hill
compare experiences between book and movie
HW Read "The Dentist" and "Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong" for Monday: pay close attention to stylistic devices in chapter 9.

Conversations Assignment
  • in groups of 3-4
  • write a 3rd level question or record a thought-provoking excerpt
  • pass your paper around and have respond to each other
  • at least 1/2 page of writing per student
  • responses should be thoughtful, engaging and reflect themes we have been discussing regarding war, perspective, etc.
Timed Writing?
"Dulce et Decorum Est"
and "Ambush"
-realism vs. romanticism
Multiple-Choice Practice

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Weekly Agenda April 25-29

OPTIC on image from Civil War
Review Break HW
-discussing the text
-rhetorical devices
HW Their Eyes Essay due tonight to

AP Practice: Review figures of speech (schemes and tropes)
The Red Badge of Courage Close Reading Quiz
-3 options


Background on the textMemoir
-style and devices
Drafted and Goodbye Letter
-Journal #34
HW Read Chapter 1 for and write 3qs.
AND answer: How many figures of speech can you identify? And, what is their effect?


Quaker Share #34
What would you carry?
Share excerpts from Chapter 1
HW Read "Love", "Spin" and "Rainy River" for Monday
AND identify stylistic devices. Define ambiguity, ambivalence, and apathy. In what way do these ideas create a new sense of what it means to fight in war?

Continue watching documentary

Platoon movie excerpt
-sensation of 'being' in Vietnam
Platoon and Hamburger Hill movie excerpts
HW Read "How to Tell a True War Story"
AP Practice Multiple choice Review
Geography Notes

Vocabulary List
-create concept circles
Conversations assignment
Multiple Choice Practice
-pair share
Look at Chapters "Enemies" and "Friends" and write a short paragraph for Journal # 35 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 and stories.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Weekly Agenda April 4-8

Monday & Tuesday
Typed Draft #1 due
  • peer reponse
  • style guide edit
  • working on balancing our sentence structures
HW Draft #2 due THURSDAY
HW Journal #3o & #31: Independent Reading

College Center Presentations
HW Don't forget, draft #2 tomorrow

Thursday & Friday
Return Their Eyes Were Watching God and Huckleberry Finn
and get The Things They Carried and The Red Badge of Courage

  • Read Around and Peer Edit
Their Eyes Were Watching God Final Essay is due to Monday, April 25th.

READ The Red Badge of Courage and answer the following questions in your journal. Expect to show me your journal entries for HW credit and expect a reading quiz the day you return.
  • Hard Copy of Their Eyes Were Watching God Final Essay, two drafts and one outline to turn in Monday the 25th.
  • Read The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane: count 150 pages toward your 500 required pages for Independent Reading
  • -->2 10 pt Journal Entries, #32 & #33
#32-Look up Realism, Naturalism and Existentialism. How does Crane's depiction of war differ from a more romantic portrayal? Record specific language and imagery that suggests that Crane did not agree that war was romantic or something to be celebrated. How is nature (the Universe) seemingly indifferent to the plight of man? Record language. Explain.

#33-What elements of Crane's style help to create a sense of realism? How does Crane achieve pathos? What language supports the sense that war is less about acts of heroism or cowardice and more about ambivalence? How is war personified? What is meant by the ending sentence of Chapter 20, "And they were men."
  • Reading Quiz when you return
So you know, reading will not be assigned in The Things They Carried until we return from break.

Review The Red Badge of Courage Journal Entries
Introduction to The Things they Carried by Tim O'Brien
Journal #35: write Goodbye Letter
Dear America Documentary
The Things They Carried
  • background
  • geo/political history

Monday, March 28, 2011

Weekly Agenda March 28-April 1

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Monday & Tuesday
Style Analysis Group Work
-refuting/supporting Richard Wright's claim
HW Complete Rhetorical Terms Sheet for Tuesday

Finish Style Analysis and share conclusions: Evidence!!
Study Guide

Essay Outline due: handwritten okay, for credit.
Pair Share Quote Analysis:
Pair up with someone with a similar prompt/thesis. Pick two quotations to freewrite and then share responses. Lastly, peer review topic sentences and evidence.
HW: Study

Thursday & Friday
Unit Test
You'll be able to hold onto your books until Tuesday or Wednesday; you should plan on giving back your books in exchange for our new texts The Things They Carried and The Red Badge of Courage.
HW Journal Entry #29: Independent Reading Format


Introduce The Things They Carried with a documentary and historical context.
Draft #1 due Monday
Draft #2 due Thursday
Final due to, April 25th

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Weekly Agenda March 21-25

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Monday -Wednesday
Mon-AP Style Rhetorical Analysis In-Class Essay
Tues & Wed-Parody Presentations
And Finish notes on Their Eyes: Blues structure of novel; interpreting the end.
Responding to criticism
HW Outline essay for prompts.

Thursday & Friday
Style Definitions:
-simple/perfect tense
Break into Style Analysis Groups (working with R. Wright's criticism) 1-5 and follow handout instructions
-present style analysis argument against Richard Wright's Criticism

-if time, mention parallel between director of
Precious and Spike Lee's criticism of director's key character

Please note changes:
Next Monday: Style Analysis Groups
Tuesday: Study Guide
Wednesday & Thursday: Test

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Weekly Agenda March 15-18

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Review Journals #27 & 28
-add to 28: How do characters, Jody or Mrs, Turner, reinforce the idea of colorism?
Notes from the African American timeline

Wednesday & Friday (EAP Testing Thursday)
-Pico Iyer "Personification"
-explore this trope in Their Eyes
-create a glossary entry
The Parody/Dialect Assignment
-due Monday
Power of Language
-Blues structure
-connection to folklore & sermons
HW Complete Parody Assignment for Show & Tell

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Weekly Agenda March 7-11

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Monday-Wednesday (CAHSEE testing: 4 on Tuesday, and 5 on Wednesday)
TELLING Presentations
Intraracism (notes)
-excerpt from The Bluest Eye
The Harlem Renaissance (notes)
-timeline and key influential characters
HW See Reading Schedule

Thursday & Friday
Journal #28
Connect to Their Eyes: Does Berry inadvertently set up a critically problematic polarity between light and dark skin 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.
HW (from last week) 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?
Review Berry
Connect conclusions from last nights journal entry to excerpts from Obama's speech on race.
-pair share and present
HW Continue Reading and
HW Read Obama's speech on race, record and connect 2 pieces of evidence to Berry and Hurston

Pico Iyer
-explore term and evidence
-identify in Their Eyes
--create a glossary entry for term and share
Review Text
3-Q discussion
Power of Language
Introduce Blues
-connection to folklore and sermons
-apply to their eyes

The Parody/Dialect Assignment
Finish Reading

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Weekly Agenda Feb 28-Mar 1

Hurston & Twain


Twain bio/background
Review Huck Finn
-story-telling as art
Perspectives of African -Americans in late 1800's
-evidence in Huck Finn
General stereotypes in caricature
HW Revise paragraph from Gould timed writing #25

Perspectives of African -Americans in late 1800's
General stereotypes in caricature
The Minstrel
"Telling" Elements
Review Their Eyes Ch's 3-6
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)
-excerpt from The Bluest Eye
HW Watch Brer Rabbit excerpt and draw conclusions based on stereotypes and folklore
HW Independent Reading Journal Entry #26

Reflection on Brer Rabbit
-Disney's role in perpetuating stereotypes in US, in World
The Harlem Renaissance (notes)
-timeline and key influential characters
HW See Reading Schedule
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 20, 2011

Their Eyes Reading Schedule

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Chapters 1 & 2 for Friday, Feb 25
Chapters 3-6 for Monday, Feb 28
Chapters 7-11 for Friday, Mar 4
Chapters 12-17 for Tuesday, Mar 8
Chapters 18-20 for Friday, Mar 11
Be prepared to read additional material while meeting these deadlines.
You are also expected to be reading your independent book.

Weekly Agenda Feb 22-25

Twain & Hurston

3-Chair review Journal Entry #24
Complete glossary entry for humor using Twain Excerpt
Bio/background on Mark Twain
HW Another glossary entry on humor, tomorrow will check both
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 Hurton style analysis worksheet (only first 3 rows) and see reading schedule

Review Hurston Style Worksheet
-add new terms to rings
-finish remaining 3 rows of worksheet
HW "Telling" Choose a story to share with the class for Monday the 7th
Fill in foldables if time more bio/background
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
Gould Papers back
-successes and pitfalls
IN-Class Revision
AND Read Chapter 1&2 of Huck Finn (click on the picture of Mark Twain)

Twain bio/background
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

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Weekly Agenda Feb 14-18

Gender Dynamics

GET BOOKS: Their Eyes Were Watching God
and Huckleberry Finn
Review Gould Essay
-identify argument and rhetorical techniques
Review points of Stanton, Tannen and Gould
add Atwood
HW Journal #23: Read in McGraw-Hill, p216
Atwood's "The Female Body"
and answer Rhetoric #1 and #7

Tuesday & Wednesday
HW List points of Atwood's argument
and Journal #23: 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?

Review Angier
Read McClain "Don't call me Mr. Mom" (handout)
Tie ideas to historical timeline of gender expectations
HW Journal #23: Read in McGraw-Hill, p219
Theroux's "Being a Man"
and answer Rhetoric #1 &#6
and Write #2 (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

Monday, February 7, 2011

Weekly Agenda Feb 7-11



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 SaMOHI students. NOTE: Jefferson's "truths and rights," pages 305-306 in McGraw-Hill refer to his "facts" or complaints against the King.

"Declaration of Independence"
& "I have a Dream"
Share excerpts from Journals #21 & 22
-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

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Weekly Agenda Feb 2-4

Oratory and Rhetoric

Monday-Pupil Free Day

Return Finals
Mid-Year Portfolio Reflection
Book Talk
Introduce "Obama's Oratory"
-annotate and share
HW Find one term related to oratory

Review Course Outline
Review Flow-Chart
-student examples and explanation
Oratory Terms
Continue Sam Leith article
-practice GRP
HW annotate full article for Thursday

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:
"A More Perfect Union" March 2008
"The American Promise" Aug 2008
"Election Night Voctory" Nov 2008
"Inaugural Address" Jan 2009

What will you have with you tomorrow for class:
-one of Obama's speeches, annotated
-your literary term rings

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
And then, for journal #21 complete a rhetorical box on these two items
AND read
I Have a Dream p309
and Answer Question Rhetoric #3 and Questions for Comparisons #1 (p313)

Friday, January 21, 2011


Good Luck on your finals. Please stop by h216 at lunch if you need help or have any makeup to turn in on MONDAY (last day).

Friday, January 14, 2011

Weekly Agenda Jan 18-24

Complete a SOAPSTone on "When Worlds Collide"
Add to Glossary Entries
Listen to Jim Haynes' "Inviting the World to Dinner"

Return and reflect on BB essays
Ms. Schwartz Guest Speaker on Travel
Practice multiple-choice

If there is time:
Elizabeth Bishop's travel poetry
Journal #20
-Independent Book Review

To prepare for final, review two Iyer essays about travel and Tan essay about language and culture, consider notes about film, Haynes piece, and Schwartz 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.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Weekly Agenda Jan 10-14

Lost in Translation
(102 minutes)
-viewing and notes

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

Current Reviews of Travel destinations
-note language and tone
HW Journal #19: Independent Reading Journal Format

Multiple-Choice Practice
Cartoons about Travel
Listen to "Inviting the World to Dinner" by Jim Haynes

Last Journal Entry
-reading book reviews
-reviewing and recommending books
--write your own review
Brainstorm rhetorical devices, motifs from films and essays

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.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Weekly Agenda Jan 3-7

-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