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