Monday, March 28, 2011

Weekly Agenda March 28-April 1

Their Eyes Were Watching God

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

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

Wednesday
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

NEXT

Introduce The Things They Carried with a documentary and historical context.
Draft #1 due Monday
Draft #2 due Thursday
Final due to turnitin.com, 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:
VERBS
-active/being
-simple/perfect tense
-indicative/imperative/subjective
PHRASES
-prepositional
-noun
-adjective
-adverbial
SENTENCE STRUCTURE
-simple
-compound
-complex
-fragment
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

Tuesday
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
-listen
-backrgound
-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
JOURNAL DUE #21-28
HW Read Obama's speech on race, record and connect 2 pieces of evidence to Berry and Hurston

NEXT
Pico Iyer
"Personification"
-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
-background
-connection to folklore and sermons
-listen
-apply to their eyes

The Parody/Dialect Assignment
-examples
Finish Reading