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