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