Sunday, December 2, 2012

Weekly Agendas 12-3-12.14

WEEK THREE  12.3-12.7
Review AP m/c
Notes on viewing and interpreting film
-language: film glossary

Watch Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation (102min)
-complete an OPTIC for film
HW Read “When Worlds Collide” by Pico Iyer

Turn in Travel Brochure
Chart motif’s from film and essay
-note rhetorical techniques
HW Create two m/c questions on “When Worlds Collide”

WEEK FOUR 12.10-12.14
Swap m/c questions
In-class reading: Pollan
HW JOURNAL #16: Your favorite meal and why?  Write a short creative essay about your favorite meal.

Quaker Share
Review Synthesis Essays
HW More Pollan

Listen/read Jim Haynes “Inviting the World to Diner”
-freewrite: how does food bring people together; or show how we are different?

AP Practice: Sanders to Rushdie

Prepare for the final: review two Iyer essays, review two Pollan essays.; review Tan essay; consider notes about film; recall Haynes; and finally, review all requirements for a synthesis essay.

AND, review literary devices

FINALS December 18th + 19th

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Correction: Weekly Agenda 11.26-11.30

Review Glossary Entries
-create poster entries
More literary terms!
HW 1 more glossary entry

Read "The Humble Comma"
-create an AP style multiple choice question:
-swap and answer question
Freewrite: Journal #13: No punctuation.  Letter to a place you would like to travel.  Now, apply punctuation: commas, periods, semi-colons, colons, em dashes (we'll review), exclamations points, questions marks, etc.
HW continue Journal #12: Write a descriptive sentence about your family when it travels.  Just one sentence.  Rewrite that same sentence (don't change a word) twice using different punctuation each time.  Be prepared to share.

Assignment: The Travel Brochure
-create a brochure for your ideal trip
-it can be one or multiple destinations
-include: flight, carry ons, travel partners, itinerary, local hot spots, eats, local lore, music, books, clothes, length, time of departure, etc.
-note: your destination can be real or creative!
Brainstorm and design
HW Get permission slips signed by Monday
AND, Brochures due Next WED, Dec 5th
AND, Journal #14, McGraw-Hill: Amy Tan p495 "The Language of Discretion"
Comp., #1, 3; Rhetoric #1, 2, 3; Write #1
DUE TOMORROW for review

Review Tan's "Language of Discretion"
-create AP style multiple choice question:
-swap and answer question
HW Work on Travel Pamphlet

Notes on viewing and interpreting film
-language: film glossary
HW Work on Travel Pamphlet
AND, Journal #15 Independent Reading Format

"Lost in Translation" by Sofia Coppola
Synthesis returned
Iyer's "When WOrlds COllide"
Pollan's "Unhappy Meals"
NY Times Mag.
Food and Culture Reader excerpts
AP Multiple Choice Practice: Sanders to Rushdie
Jim Haynes

Sunday, November 18, 2012

 Food, Travel & Culture
Essays by Pico Iyer, Michael Pollan, and more.

Finish Synthesis, write on the opposing side.

Define Culture vs. "Kulture"
-working definition
Impressions of Food and Travel
-quaker share
Pollan food commentary excerpt
Read Pico Iyer's Why We Travel"
-short Iyer Biography
-annotate for rhetorical elements
-look up allusions
-mark up like crazy!!
HW Finish marking up for Monday
Complete 2 glossary entries on "Why We Travel"

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Weekly Agenda 11/13-11/16

The Synthesis Essay

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 Additional Tips; Read Marilyn Elkins and annotate

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

In class essay: write on the other 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.  Plan on writing MONDAY, too.
HW Make sure you have completed Journal #11, use the independent reading format for your independent reading book.  And, don't forget to sign up for IN THe NEws presentations.

Billy Budd, Sailor  by Herman Melville

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Weekly Agenda 11/5-11/9

-end of the grading period-

Digital Annotation Presentations

Socratic Seminar
-turn in answers

Review Miller's "Why I Wrote the Crucible"
and Cotton Mather

Timed Writing

Introduction to Synthesis Writing

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Updated Weekly Agenda 10/29-11/2


Finish Film
Check Topic and Sources
ACT IV:3Q discussion
Share from real trials
Cotton Mather excerpt
Reader's Theater
-scenes and groups
HW Prepare dramatic reading

Reader's Theater
HW Journal #10: Read 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 'archaic speech" become new to a writer?
4.  Who might the intended audience for this essay be?  Use evidence to support your response.

Share out Journal #10
Socratic Seminar Questions and format
-prepare for tomorrow
HW Prepare for Seminar;
AND, work on digital annotation

Cotton Mather 1/2 sheet
Written Response to Crucible
-Beyond-the-Text Qs
HW Digital Annotation due tomorrow

-finish Reader's Theater
-Int The News/Ind. Read
-Digital Annotations
HW Journal #11: Ind. Read Format

Timed Writing
-swap and peer response
Seminar on synthesis topic
Synthesis Essay Prep and Write

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Weekly Agenda 10.22-10.26

The Crucible

Finish watching Act II
-Background notes
HW Journal #8: Independent Reading Format
Journal #9: SAMO WitchHunt

Share excerpts from WitchHunt
Prepare to watch
-Morrow and
Watch excerpt from Good Night and Good Luck
-compare McCarthyism to The Crucible
Digital Assignment
-find a source related to McCarthyism and create a digital annotation: power point, or something more creative?
HW Begin research for digital annotation, due next Friday, Nov 2nd.
AND, finish reading the play.

Discuss Act III
Watch Act III
Conversations for II and III
HW Continue working on digital annotation.

Finish Film
Fishbowl Seminar: see essential Questions
"Why I wrote the Crucible"
Read excerpts from Salem reader
-Dorcas Good

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

UPDATES Weekly Agenda 10/15-10/19


Bennett Letter
-share excerpts
Independent Reading/ In the NEWs
-sign up for presentations
Finish Conversations #1
HW Read Act III and 3-level Qs for Friday
AND, study for vocab quiz tomorrow.


Act II: 3-level Q. discussion
McCarthy Background

HW Journal Entry #8: Independent Reading Book Format
AND, reading

ACT II supplement
HW Creative Writing: Journal #9, create your own witch hunt, the setting should be SAMO (in some capacity) for MONDAY share.

Group Conversation II
Group Conversation III
Dorcas Good; letters from the period
"Why I Wrote the Crucible"
Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown" Extra Credit Journal Entry
Good Night, Good Luck

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Weekly Agenda 10.8-10.12


Get Books
Sign Up for IN THE NEWS and IND. READ presentations
Share best fallacy cartoons
Read sample "Letter to Bennett"
-requirements: write a formal 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 while brainstorming your rebuttal.
-DUE TUESDAY, OCT. 16th to (this letter will be graded on turnitin)
HW Research Project due October 12th to by 11:50pm; hardcopy due MONDAY.

THE CRUCIBLE by Arthur Miller
Background on Play and Author
-SALEM Village
-define crucible, hysteria, Puritans, allegory
-discuss Puritan belief (the need for devil in society, a scapegoat)
The Paradox

-quiz next WED.
Begin reading ACT I, pages 3-8, 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).

Read excerpt form Jonathan Edward's "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God."
-record excerpts and label which fallacy they fall under
-record rhetorical devises, state why they might have been effective for an audience
-connect to The Crucible
AND, read Act I and write 3-level Questions

Hand back Intercalary Essays
-fill in writing rubric
-writing corrections
-6 pt and 9 pt rubrics

3-level Q. discussion
HW WORK on RESEARCH, due tonight by 11:59pm to
AND, Bennett letter due TUESDAY
AND, read ACT II for TUESDAY, and write 3-level questions

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Weekly Agenda 10/1-10/5 UPDATED

Conventions in Argumentation

--grades will be posted Wednesday--

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 an 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 FRIDAY

-Read Sample Bennett Letter
Background on the play and author
Salem Village Timeline

HW Research Project due October 12th to by 11:59; hardcopy due MONDAY.

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
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).

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Weekly Agenda 9/24

The Grapes of Wrath

GOW Book Test
HW Sources due THURSDAY
AND, Create a Works Cited page  (at least 5 sources) DUE FRIDAY

Share out Journal
Review Requirements for GOW research
-annotated bibliography
-outline; practice
HW Create an outline for MONDAY about your topic
AND, Journal #8: McGraw Hill -Read W.J. Bennett on p443, answer Comp. #s 2&3, Rhetoric #6, and Write #1 for THURSDAY

Local Holiday

Source Check
Review Bennett piece
Lit. Rings:
HW Works Cited due Friday; Outline due Monday

Check Works Cited page
Pair Work: Glossary Entries
Conventions of Argumentation
HW Outline due Monday

More fallacies
Letter to Bennett
The Crucible

Monday, September 17, 2012

Weekly Agenda 9/18-9/21

The Grapes of Wrath

Review Chapters 22, 26 and 30
Introduce Rhetorical Box
-how does this format move beyond SOAPSTone?
-whole group practice
Set up Groups for tomorrow
HW Begin Review for GOW BOOK TEST Friday

Groups: Work on Rhetorical Box
-identify argument, persona, purpose, audience
-create poster
HW Journal #6: complete Rhetorical Box on an ad. of your choice.

-finish group work, present
Introduce GOW Research Annotated Bibliography
HW Study
AND, isolate topic.

Review Chapter 22, 26, 30 and Nobel Speech
And, consider topic for GOW Research

HW Complete Works Cited Page

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Weekly Agenda 9/10-9/14

The Grapes of Wrath

Hand back papers
Nonfiction Book List (check out Amazon Reviews)
California history as it relates to GoW
Read essay on Didion work
-passage imitation
HW Final Essay due this evening to by 11:59; bring in hard copy with rough draft tomorrow.

-early release-
GOW Vocabulary list
-concept circles
Steinbeck's Nobel Acceptance speech
-SOAPSTone (finish for HW)
HW Journal #4 (journal format)

Review Journal
Listen to Woody Guthrie's song "Tom Joad"
-reflect and apply to GOW
HW McGrawHill: Read Steinbeck's "American and the Land."  Write annotations on 2 post-its, bring to class.
See tomorrow's HW to "get ahead."

Journal #5: In groups of 3-4, students will share annotations and then answer questions at the end of essay, page 671: Comprehension #1 & 2; Rhetoric #1, 2, & 6; Writing #1 (1-2 paragraphs).  Groups may discuss and have similar answers, but each individual must write their responses in their journal.
HW Consider the definitions of deductive versus inductive, in journal #5 decide whether or not Steinbeck uses deductive or inductive logic.
AND, review GOW chapters 22, 26, & 30.
AND, study for vocabulary quiz tomorrow (15 min).
Book TEST next Thursday (vocab, OPTIC, short answer essay Qs)

Vocabulary Quiz
Review Lit. Terms (rings)
HW Complete glossary entry on persona

Rhetorical Box
GOW Test

Monday, September 3, 2012

Weekly Agenda 9/4-9/7

Baseline essay: The Glass Castle

Rhetorical Devices Flow Chart

  • group work close-r reading
  • share annotations/explications
  • working theses
HW Typed Draft due Friday.  Final Essay due to Monday, Sept. 10th by 11:59pm, bring final hard copy Tuesday.
Bring journals tomorrow.

Dialectical Journal Entries on close reading
-pair and individual sharing
NONFiction Book List
-brief book talk

Peer Review Drafts
  • check for WHAT, HOW and WHY (see Flow Chart)
  • formatting
  • g/m; spelling and such
California history as it relates to GoW
Steinbeck's style
-passage imitation
HW Final essays due MONDAY


Friday, August 24, 2012

Weekly Agenda 8/27-8/31

Check Course Signatures
Journal Entry Format: Article
HW Complete Journal Entry #1 for Tuesday on GoW

Analyzing images using OPTIC:
-Dorothea Lange photography
HW Complete your own OPTIC on a picture of your choice from The History Place.

Review OPTIC, turn in.
Get McGraw-Hill Reader
-identify useful information
-the benefits of marginalia
HW Read "How to Mark a Book" by Mortimer J. Adler and write 3-level questions to share in class.
AND, print a short article form the website search.
Tips for finding a good article:
-not more than 3 pages
-has a clear author
-is easy to summarize

IN THE NEWS format and instructions (article annotation)
MLA style and handout
HW define socialism  and humanism
AND, Journal #2: find evidence in GoW that supports these two philosophies.  Explore how they may have influenced Steinbeck's writing; and, linkthe language of Jim Casey ot either philosophy. 
AND, type up the IN THE NEWS annotation per format (see handouts).

Peer Review of IN THE NEWS
-check MLA
Review Journal Entry
-Quaker Share
Define intercalary
HW Annotate assigned intercalary chapter (close reading) and create a working thesis.

flow chart
cal. history
Steinbeck's style/Nobel Speech/Essay
ceoncept circles
literary terms
non-fiction reading list
Woody Guthrie

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Weekly Agenda 8/22-8/24

Welcome to the 2012/2013 School Year!

The Glass Castle
-3-levels Questions
HW Create User for (ID# 5390824, PASS: Stevens); 
Email with user email and password
Sign up with email on homework blog

The Art of Close Reading
-annotation: Joan Didion Model
-collect & connect
Terms: contrast, dichotomy, juxtaposition 
The Glass Castle excerpt
HW complete dichotomy worksheet

Review homework
Practice Reading Journal entry
-The Glass Castle excerpt
-student info.
-course outline
HW Bring The Grapes of Wrath

Friday, March 30, 2012

AP Practice

AP Practice Tests will be held in the following locations:
Monday, April 2 -E113 from 9-1
Friday, April 13 -L103 from 9-1
Tuesday, April 17-T215 from 3:30-7:30

If you want to practice at home as well:

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spring Break 2012: The Red Badge of Courage


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.HW DUE APRIL 16th
  • Read The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane: count 150 pages toward your 400 (yes, I reduced the number) required pages for Independent Reading
  • -->3 10 pt Journal Entries, #10, #11, #12
#10-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.

#11-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."

#12-Read "War is Kind" by Stephan Crane and mark it up for similarities.  In your journal, comment on the common themes, imagery and tone the novel and poem share.
  • Reading Quiz when you return

Monday, March 19, 2012

Things Carried Reading Schedule

The Things They Carried Reading Schedule
Ch1                                                           due 3/26
Ch 2-4                                                      due  3/29
Ch 5-7                                                      due  3/30
Ch 8-9                                                      due 4/18
Ch 10-12                                                  due 4/20
Ch 13-15                                                  due 4/23
Ch 16-18                                                  due 4/25
Ch 19-22                                                  due 4/27

The Things They Carried Agenda

March 19-23
March 26-30
April 16-20
April 23-27
Mon-Tues: Their Eyes Unit Test
H.W. 2nd Draft typed, due Thursday.
Wed: Review Ascher/Staples Essays
-Work on corrections
-Discuss Jhumpa Lahiri’s “Life’s Sentences”
Get Books!

The Things They Carried
Thurs: Define Memoir writing
-controversy and content
Journal: #8 Drafted, write a “Goodbye Letter” to your loved ones
Reading Schedule
Writing: Peer Edit (focus on style, balancing sentences)
Final Draft due to, March 27th.
HW: Read Chapter 1 and complete “Characterization Chart”
Make a list of tangible vs. intangible.
Fri: Review Chapter 1
Watch Dear America documentary

Mon-Tues: Finish documentary
Question: What would you carry?
-notes on Vietnam War
----music and culture
Tuesday is a Minimum Day because of Open House.
Wed: Vocabulary-create Concept Circles
Journal: #9 Conversations #1-share out
HW: M/C practice-due Friday
Thurs: Style focus, define ambiguity in writing. 
Discuss ambivalence and apathy in characters.  How do these ideas create a new sense of what it means to fight in war?
Fri: review Things Carried m/c
Refresh: 3 types of writing for AP, rules and strategies.
Preview and background of Civil war:
HW: Read The Red Badge of Courage  over break, see blog for Journal Qs #s 10, 11 & 12.
Reading Quiz when you return.

Mon: Red Badge Quiz
HW: Handout
Tues: Journal: #13 Conversations #2-share out
Close-Up: The truth of war.
Why are “Enemies” and “Friends” put together.  What is the working structure of the novel, the chronology, the juxtaposition of specific themes and stories.
HW: M/C practice
Wed: “The Song of Tra Bong” What is the context of war for females. 
Handout: Criticism –the feminist lens.
What is O’Brien trying to prove through Mary Anne.
Thurs: Seminar: Role of Women: Style and symbolism
Fri: Journal: #15 Conversations #3-share out
CST Testing Week

Mon/Tues: “Dulce Et Decorum Est” and “Ambush”
-realism vs. romanticism
Journals Due

Wed/Fri: M/C practice

AP Prep
The Great Gatsby
-close reading analysis
-research paper
---annotated bibliography, outline, paper, works cited.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Weekly Agenda Mar 12-16

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Parodies due
Look at remaining prompts: A, C, D.
HW Literary Terms Concept Circles Worksheet 
Rough Draft #1 due Wednesday
STUDY for test this Thursday and Friday

Review final questions for Their Eyes
Review Concept Cirlces

Culminating Their Eyes Book Test
HW Rough Draft # 2 TYPED, due Monday

Revising, Editing drafts

  • peer response
  • style guide edit
  • balance and parallelism

Introduction to The Things They Carried

Monday, March 5, 2012

Weekly Agenda Mar 5-9

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Share review Q's for Book (see handout)
Discuss the Power of Language: "Singing the Blues" handout/notes
-share original songs
Do you have questions about the Parody Projects?
HW Have a clear idea of what you will do for the parody project, due March 11th.

Discuss Their Eyes through our main topics: power of language, feminism, figurative language, colorism, etc.
Interpret the end.
HW 2 short essays, annotate and prepare to write a comparative rhetorical essay tomorrow.

In Class AP-style essay

Introduce Their Eyes process essay prompt
-break into style analysis groups
-present style analysis against R. Wright's argument (see prompt)
Comprehensive Test Study Topic Guide (see foldables)

TEST dates March 15th & 16th 
ESSAY due March 23rd to

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Weekly Agenda Feb 27-Mar 2

Their Eyes Were Watching God

"Telling" Day

HW See Reading Schedule
AND, sign up for Presentations

Review Journal #s 5 & 6
Look for evidence of 'colorism' in Their Eyes
HW See Reading Schedule

Harlem Renaissance Timeline
Looking closely at personification
HW Read Iyer's "Personification" and answer questions

JOURNAL #7: Write an extended glossary entry about how and why Hurston employs personification in Their Eyes.
Swap and peer response
Parody Assignment, due next week, the 8th & 9th
HW See Reading Schedule

Their Eyes review questions: work in pairs only, make sure to record evidence to support your responses.
HW See Reading Schedule 
AND, Parody Assignment

Power if Language
-the blues
AP Practice
Parody Presentations

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Weekly Agenda Feb 21-24

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Review Style Handouts -turn in.
-explication: figurative language
-connect to Their Eyes: how do images match our understanding of the black experience during reconstruction and the Harlem Renaissance?
Practice "telling"
HW See Reading Schedule


Review readings, chapters 2-6
3Q class discussion
Find examples that prove the 'power of language' theme
HW See Reading Schedule,
AND, start to think about In the NEWS
Journal #5: How do men in Their Eyes reinforce male stereotypes?  How does Janie's complacency placate her men?  
For Friday: And, how does Janie's sexuality allow her to reclaim her life after two oppressive marriages?  What role does Tea Cake play in her spiritual/sexual awakening?

Review Harlem Renaissance timeline and key influential characters.
-excerpt from The Bluest Eye
-Berry's Essay
HW Journal #6: 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.

"Telling" day!
-students 'tell' their stories to their class.
HW See Reading Schedule

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Weekly Agenda Feb 13-17


1st-get books/4th-share Theroux creative
3-chair review of Twain's "The Diary of Adam and Eve"
-review questions
-insight on style and humor elements

Finish recording terms related to humor

HW Complete a glossary entry on one of the humorous terms
SEE Reading Schedule

Character Analysis: pp35-36 excerpt about Jim, annotate and connect to caricature.
Bio/background on Twain: the paradox
Quiz: How is Samuel Clemen's life a paradox?  Use your notes and write a thoughtful paragraph.
Talk up "Huckleberry Finn" and the controversy surrounding it.
HW See Reading Schedule

-story-telling as art
(Optional Synthesis Practice?)
Twain's characters: Huck, Tom Sawyer, Jim, etc.

Perspectives of Europeans and African-Americans in late 1800s
-caricature and stereotypes: the minstrel
-evidence in Huck Finn

"Telling" presentation due next Friday, the 24th.

HW Read Tannen (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 anecdotes, statistics, appeal to authority, and definition.  Which example is most convincing for you and why?

Hurston Bio/background

Close Reading: Their Eyes chapter 1
Style Analysis (handout)
-word choice
-Biblical allusions

Power of Language
-gossip "the porch"
-prayer language
-connect to Tannen
-folk groups/folklore

Work on style handout

Alvin Ailey and Brer Rabbit

Alvin Ailey: Revelations

Alvin Ailey Dance: Wade in the Water

Disney's Brer Rabbit

Background on Joe
HW Watch Brer Rabbit excerpt and draw conclusions based on the stereotypes and folklore.
AND, finish style handout

Reflections on Brer Rabbit
-Disney's role in perpetuating stereotypes

The Harlem Renaissance (notes)
-timeline and key influential characters

HW See reading schedule.  
HW Print Poems: Bennett and Hughes poetry-connect to Their Eyes and identify figurative language. Create glossary entry for figurative language type.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Their Eyes Reading Schedule

Their Eyes Were Watching God 
by Zora Neale Hurston

Chapters 1 & 2 for Wednesday, Feb 15th
Chapters 3-6 for Tuesday, Feb 21st
Chapters 7-11 for Friday, Feb 24th
Chapters 12-17 for Wednesday, Feb 29th
Chapters 18-20 for Friday, Mar 2nd
Be prepared to read additional materials while meeting these deadlines.  You are also expected to read your independent reading book(s).

Weekly Agenda Feb 6-10

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

In-class Timed Writing: Rhetorical Analysis of Gould's "Women's Brains"
HW Acquire and begin reading your independent reading book.  Bring McGraw-Hill reader for the remainder of the week.

Get Books
Introduce foldables
Review points made by Stanton, Tannen, Gould
Freewrite: symbolism of a Barbie doll
Read Atwood's "The Female Body", p216
and answer rhetoric #1 & #7
HW Answer above questions in JOURNAL, #2
Read p223, Angier's "Why Men Don't LAst: Self-Destruction as a Way of Life"and answer the following prompt (add to Journal #2): 
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?

Record points about Atwood and Angier in foldables
Review Atwood and Angier: share responses
Read McClain's "Don't call me Mr. Mom" (handout)
-connect to previous essays
Historical timelines of gender expectations
HW Add to Journal #2: Read p219, Theroux's "Being a Man" and answer Rhetoric #1 & #6 and Write #2 (this last questions can be a long, creative freewrite) 

Quaker Share
Add to rings Elements of Humor:
If time, read ONION piece and note the humorous elements at play.
HW Access and Read "The Diary of Adam and Eve" by Mark Twain
-note, not only the content, but what drives the humor: how are both Adam and Eve characterized? How does the diary format add to the piece?  What reader knowledge and expectations does Twain work from?
HW Read "The Diary of Adam and Eve" by Mark Twain
Answer the following questions (Journal Entry #3):
-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?

Bio on Twain: focus on Paradox (see rings)
3-Chair Review 
Introduce Hurston: Style Analysis
-see reading schedule

Friday, January 27, 2012

Weekly Agenda Jan 30- Feb 3

Oratory and Rhetoric

Check Signatures
In groups, continue working on posters.
Present by stating "the what," "the how," and "the why."
Collect Grps, Speeches with Rhetorical Boxes and check glossary entries.
HW Mimic Jefferson's "truths and rights" (pp305-306) as they might apply to SaMOHI students.  Note: Jefferson's "truths and rights" refer to his complaints against the King.

Quaker Share rewrite/mimic
Pair Share review Rhet. Box from Declaration and Qs from "I Have a Dream."
-identify "the what" and casually explain how they work.
HW Read Stanton's Declaration and answer m/c

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

Monday, January 23, 2012

Weekly Agenda Jan 24-26

Oratory and Rhetoric

Return Papers
-log essays into portfolio
-mid-year portfolio review
Review Formats: Journal, Rhet. Box, Glossary Entry, etc.
Define oratory

Introduce, Define and Review terms for the Art of Oratory
HW Read and annotate Leith's article

Sam Leith's FT article "Obama's Oratory"
-print and annotate article
-complete GRP (Guided Reading Response)
HW Via link (see below) choose one of the four speeches, print it out, annotate and complete a Rhetorical Box for it.  You can create the box on the back of the print-out.
-one of Obama's Speeches (only choose from the list below), annotated

-bring your literary terms rings

In groups, choose a graphic organizer that visually organizes the information from your speech on a poster.
Individually, complete glossary entries for all of the rhetorical/oratory terms you identified in the speech.
Presentations MONDAY.
HW McGraw Hill Reader: 
What is the American Dream p304
"The Declaration of Independence" p305
-JOURNAL #1 complete a rhetorical box 
"I have A Dream" p309 answer question Rhetoric #3 for Comparisons #1 (p313)

Monday, January 16, 2012

Finals Week Jan 17-20

Good luck this week.
Grades will be calculated by Friday.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Weekly Agenda Jan 4-13

Travel and Culture Unit

Impressions of travel
-quaker share
The Travel Lit. Genre
Read Pico Iyer's "Why We Travel"
-short Iyer biography and works
HW Identify rhetorical elements, look up allusions and create 3Qs
BB Essay due!

Review rhetorical elements and 3Qs
Read "The Humble Comma"
-complete a group glossary entry
-create an AP style multiple choice question and swap
HW Journal #______:
in McGraw/Hill p 495 read Amy Tan's "The Language of Discretion"
Composition #s 1 & 3; Rhetoric #s 1, 2 & 3; Write #1
DUE Tomorrow

Make connections between "Why We Travel" and "The Language of Discretion"
Movie next Week, collect slips
HW Journal #_________: Independent Reading Format
AND, Travel Pamphlet, due Wednesday


Notes on viewing and interpreting film
-language: film glossary
Lost in Translation by Sofia Coppola (102 min)
-complete an OPTIC for this film
HW Finish Travel Pamphlet
AND, for independent reading credit, create a discussion question on on your outside book and conduct an insightful discussion.  All group participants will receive credit based on the quality of their discussion.  This is similar to the Conversations assignment from The Crucible unit.

Share conclusions about the film.
Share pamphlets
Read "When Worlds Collide" by Iyer
-chart motifs from film and essay
-note rhetorical techniques
Finish essay for Friday
Listen to Jim Haynes "Inviting the World to Dinner"
AP Practice: Sanders to Rushdie

Preparing for the final: review two Iyer essays and out travel and Tan essay about language and culture.  Consider notes about film, Haynes piece, and personal travel experience.  Recall important rules for writing an effective synthesis essay.  And lastly, make sure you bring all above materials to class for your final date.