Saturday, November 30, 2013

Weekly Agendas 12.2-12.6; 12.9-12.13

Billy Budd, Sailor



DUE DATE REMINDERS
BB Capital Punishment Essay due FRIDAY 13th to turnitin.com

WEEK 12.9-12.13

MONDAY & TUESDAY
Vocab Quiz 20-30

BB ESSAY:
-student samples
-FLTs
-Review Bennett Letter Response and Rubric

Check BB Annotations 24-30
Review BB Language and Story 24-30


WEDNESDAY
Pair Work on BB Review Qs 16-30

THURSDAY & FRIDAY
Annotate Various Sources
Reading and responding to essay excerpts in the back of your text:
Titles



JOURNAL ENTRY #19: 
"Billy Budd and Capital Punishment: A Tale of Three Centuries"
Answer questions following H. Bruce Franklin's essay excerpt:
Billy Budd is not, however, a mere treatise against capital punishment. Melville is using contemporaneous awareness about the issue to explore the larger ethical, philosophic, and political questions it so dramatically focuses. Undoubtedly New York Assemblyman Hitt was overstating the case when he claimed in early 1890, "at present there are only two classes of the community who yet favor capital punishment and these are clergymen and prosecuting attorneys."(60) Nevertheless, Melville could safely assume that almost all potential readers in 1891 would regard public execution and hanging as relics of a barbarous past, would be sensitized to the larger issues surrounding capital punishment, and would already either oppose the death penalty outright or consider it warranted only for first-degree murder and treason. Even the most ardent proponents of the death penalty in late nineteenth-century America would be embarrassed by positions such as these: "Vere justifiably condemns Billy to death" (Peter Shaw); Billy Budd is a "murderer and a cause of his own death" and Melville "is to be identified" with Captain Vere (Milton Stern); "the virtuous man, Captain Vere," must "punish the violence of absolute innocence"--that is, must kill Billy Budd--since "absolute, natural innocence" is "at war with the peace of the world and the true welfare of mankind" (Hannah Arendt).(61) Readers in 1891 would be far more likely to wonder, like the surgeon (235) and the narrator (236-37), whether Vere is insane.

1)  Is there any evidence that Captain Vere is insane?  How might this impact his decision to ask for Billy's death?
2)  Is Melville a "murderer?"  Why might people consider him thus?
3)  Is our new system of putting individuals to death (by lethal injection) humane?  Are they still public spectacles?
4)  Recall that slavery is a hot topic back then.  How does Melville weave his condemnation of it into his text?
5)  Consider the ending of the book, how might citizens back then respond compared to now?  List all elements of the modern versus the older arguments.

NOTE: If you would like I will incorporate a peer editing session into the agenda; however, you will be expected to come prepared.
BB ESSAY DUE TO TURNITIN.COM by 11:59 tonight.  If you run into any problems please email me a copy, if you run into complications beyond that you will need to have a parent excuse...this is part of your final for the semester.

WEEK 12.2-12.6

MONDAY & TUESDAY
Vocab Quiz 10-19
REVIEW MLK
-identify examples

Check BB Annotations 16-19
Review BB Language and Story 6-19
(Collect Review BB 1-15: distribute 16-30)

SSR/Journal Work
Outline Check

WEDNESDAY
Check BB Annotations 20-23
BB Essay
-types of emphasis
--practice

SSR/Journal Work
Outline Check

THURSDAY & FRIDAY
Review BB 10-20

JOURNAL ENTRY #18
Record the persuasive elements of Vere's speech, Ch 21, pp 96-99:
1)  When does he shift styles (change in tone), or how does he adjust his speech for his audience?
2)  Identify and outline Vere's thesis, supporting evidence and conclusion?
3)  What is his most persuasive point and why?
4)  Are you convinced by the end of his speech?  What decision would you make and why?

HW Finish reading BB, and annotations, check MONDAY; work on essay.


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Weekly Agenda 11.25-11.27

Billy Budd, Sailor

MONDAY
Check BB 10-15
Review MLK
-antithesis, analogy, balance, pathos, ethos, logos
Make Up "Conventions of Argumentation Quiz"

Begin Movie Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman
-worksheet
HW Begin research for Argument outline.  Continue reading BB.

TUESDAY
cont' movie

WEDNESDAY Early Release Bell Schedule
cont' movie



Sunday, November 17, 2013

Weekly Agenda 11.18-11.22

BILLY BUDD, SAILOR

MONDAY
11th Rules Presentation

Review Chapters 5-7
Review Mencken and King
HW Complete t-graph with what ever arguments you think you are lacking in terms of pathos, ethos, logos.

TUESDAY
2-Corner Debate
-two opposing sides have to convince members of the undecided audience to join them.
-must have prepared t-graph

Review Chapter 8-9
HW Work on Review Questions, complete reading, Chapters 10-15 for Thursday.

WEDNESDAY
Argument Packet
-Essay on necessity of capital punishment
-support materials
-model essays
-rubric
Generate a thesis, on post-it, peer response.
VOCAB QUIZ 1
HW JOURNAL #16: Thomas Paine Excerpt, complete a rhetorical box.

THURSDAY
Check Chapter 10-15
Review Paine
Class Work on Review Questions
-clarifying language and plot
HW Begin looking for sources for Argument essay; get movie permission slips signed.

FRIDAY----LINK!!
MLKs "Letter from a Birmingham Jail"
or
Stanford Link
-snake read
JOURNAL #17: Answer questions, identify devices and argument.
HW: Journal #17: On MLK's Letter, Record examples of the following
-Pathos/Ethos/Logos
-Analogy
-Parallelism
-One of the following patterns of figurative language: lightness and darkness, high and low, sickness and health

 Read chapters 16-19 for MONDAY; prepare thesis and outline for Dec 2nd.  ESSAY due FRIDAY, DEC 13th to turnitin.com.

NEXT
Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman
drafting
Vocab quiz 2
New set of review questions

Monday, November 11, 2013

Billy Budd Reading Schedule

Read for
Wednesday, Nov 13th, Chapter 1
Thursday, Nov 14th, Chapters 2-5
Monday, Nov 18th, Chapters 6-9
Thursday, Nov 21st, Chapters 10-15
Monday, Nov 25th, Chapters 16-19
Monday, Dec 2nd, Chapters 20-23
Monday, Dec 9th, Chapters 24-30
 Read BB and Complete Chapter Notes per the following requirements:
for every chapter read you must 
-write a summary of the chapter
-create 3-level questions for the chapter
-annotate completely, which means you should
--underline unknown or confusing passages
--square passages you think you could explain to someone
--circle all unknown words (and look up the definitions, I dare you!)
--note commentary: insight and questions in the margin

Weekly Agenda 11.12.-11.15

BILLY BUDD, SAILOR

MONDAY
-holiday-

TUESDAY
Digital Presentations

BB Introduction
-Melville Bio
-Ship's visual and jargon
-Vocab list Chapter 1-9
HW Read BB and Complete Chapter Notes per the following requirements:
for every chapter read you must 
-write a summary of the chapter
-create 3-level questions for the chapter
-annotate completely
--underline unknown or confusing passages
--square passages you think you could explain to someone
--circle all unknown words (and look up the definitions, I dare you!)
--note commentary, insight and questions in the margin
--remark on diction, syntax (tropes and schemes) and characterization
Essential Question: How do we maintain legal exceptions and still maintain order?

WEDNESDAY
Read through Historical timeline and chapter notes

On the continuum: Questions to plot

Chapters 1-5 Questions sheet, complete as you read
-practice the first couple together
-always record evidence with page numbers for each response
HW Read McGraw-Hill Mencken, p 85: answer Comp. #1-3, Rhet. #5 and 6, and Write #1, and read and the Coretta Scott King essay.    JOURNAL #____

THURSDAY
Begin 2-corner debate t-graph
-pros and cons of capital punishment
-organize and identify arguments to appeal to pathos, ethos, logos

Characterization of Captain Vere
Rhetorical Analysis: allusion, synecdoche, metonymy
HW See Reading Schedule

FRIDAY
BB Chapter Check: make sure you have all the required elements for HW credit.
Review BB
-langauge, plot, imagery, characterization

Argument Terms and Structure: packet
HW Prepare for 2-corner debate MONDAY
See Reading Schedule
Work on Reading Questions
Quiz on Vocabulary MONDAY

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Weekly Agenda 11.4-11.8

AP Prep:  SYNTHESIS Writing

MONDAY
Review Sources
-which ones defend or challenge the prompt
Notes
-dos and don'ts
Prepare for seminar
HW Prepare question and response for FishBowl seminar tomorrow.

TUESDAY
Seminar on Flag-Burning
Reflection
HW Consider the FLTs; prepare theses: one to defend, one to challenge, one with qualifications for either side.

WEDNESDAY
Peer Response to theses
Prepare to write on both sides
HW continue working on your letter to Bennett, remember it is due Nov 8th-11th, to turnitin.com.

THURSDAY & FRIDAY
For each day, write on one side of the prompt.

NEXT WEEK
Billy Budd, Sailor



Friday, October 25, 2013

Weekly Agenda 10.28-11.1

Transitional Week: end The Crucible.  SYNTHESIS

MONDAY
Fish Bowl Seminar 

Digital Presentations

Study Guide for Conventions of Argumentation Quiz
HW Digital Annotations due WED; Study for Thursday Quiz; work on BENNETT LETTER, due Nov. 8th.

TUESDAY
Digital Presentations

Journal #13: Crucible Timed Writing, you may use your text.
HW Digital Annotations due WED; Study for Thursday Quiz; work on BENNETT LETTER, due Nov. 8th.

WEDNESDAY
Digital Presentations
HW Study for Thursday Quiz; work on BENNETT LETTER, due Nov. 8th.

THURSDAY
Conventions of Argumentation Quiz

SYNTHESIS PACKET REVIEW
HW Mark up Synthesis packet sources; work on BENNETT LETTER, due Nov. 8th.

FRIDAY
SYNTHESIS PACKET REVIEW

THE SYNTHESIS ESSAY
Notes on writing the synthesis essay
-the rubric and prompt, FLTs
-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
--counterarguments
Rules (see handout)
-see notes
--no 2nd person
--state relationship between sources
--frame sources
-what does it mean to 'qualify'
Student Samples
-response
-norm on rubric
Additional Tips; Read Marilyn Elkins and annotate
HW Work on Bennett Letter, due Nov. 8th to turnitin.com.

NEXT
Socratic Seminar on Flag Burning Issue
-evidence required
Back to back days of writing from both perspectives; you will write two essays, one each day, only one will be graded.
-45 minutes, no extensions unless previously acknowledged, 25pts.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Weekly Agenda 10.21-10.25

The Crucible 

MONDAY and TUESDAY
-watch the movie version of the play
--connections to McCarthy
--comparisons to play
HW Digital Annotations Presentations begin tomorrow: final due the 30th.
And, Journal Entry #11: Creative Writing: Create a witch hunt that is set at SAMO, due Wednesday.

WEDNESDAY
Digital Presentations

Excerpts from Salem Reader
-Dorcas Good; Cotton Mather; aftermath for characters
HW Bring McGraw Hill Reader tomorrow

THURSDAY
Digital Presentations
Identify Fallacies of the Salem Witch Trials
Bennett Letter Assignment: due Nov. 8th to turnitin.com
-graphic organizer break down
Group Work on Graphic Organizer
-share devices and effects
HW finish graphic organizer
AND, Prepare answers to 3 seminar questions for MONDAY.

FRIDAY
Digital Presentations
Witch Hunt Quaker Share

IF time, Excerpt from Good Night, and Good Luck
-how does Murrow identify flaws in McCarthy's claims

Bennett Response
-Toulmin Review
-graphic organizer
-set up outline to follow Toulmin

NEXT
Conventions of Argumentation Quiz
30pts to Tests/Quizzes Category
-cover fallacies
-formal logic
-Toulmin
--m/c; concept circles; short answer response; matching; fill-in the blank
Synthesis Timed Writing
-FLTs

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Weekly Agenda 10.14-10.18

THE CRUCIBLE

MONDAY and TUESDAY
3-level Question Discussion
-reading through the appendix
-dramatic reading
-metaphoric language
HW Choose one important character, trace their development, or their influence on the plot; record key dialogue in either an open prose format; blank verse (iambic pentameter, no rhyme scheme) or, a unique rhyme scheme.  Adding some of your own language to make the poem "work" is okay, as long as it suits the character.
Anywhere from 10-20+ lines is appropriate.  
The language you choose should reflect appropriate characterization.
DUE THURSDAY.

WEDNESDAY
Digital Annotations assignment: 30pts to Writing Category
-examples: compare/contrast sources in a visual way on a topic relating to Miller's The Crucible
--prezi, powerpoint, graphic organizer, etc.
Due between 10.23-10.30 (please sign up for your presentation, In the News credit)

Tracing Motifs: hysteria


THURSDAY & FRIDAY
Share out Dialogue Poems: 10pts to Creative Projects Category
More Digital Annotations examples
Back to McCarthy
-after reading connections

Begin watching the Film
HW Choose topic and find potential sources for Annotations.  

NEXT
Bennett Letter Response assignment: 25pts to Writing category
-student example
-due to turnitin.com Nov 4th

Journal Entry #10: Create your own witch hunt in a high school setting.  Approximately 1-2 pages.  If you do not have your journals back by this date, write on a separate sheet of paper to be inserted later.

Play Review Questions
-group conversations

Outlining an argument for Bennett letter.  
-Fallacies
-counterargument, rebuttal, warrant, etc.

Conventions of Argumentation Quiz: 30pts to Tests/Quizzes Category
-cover fallacies
-formal logic
-Toulmin
--m/c; concept circles; short answer response; matching; fill-in the blank

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Weekly Agenda 10.7-10.11

THE CRUCIBLE

MONDAY and TUESDAY
TURN IN JOURNAL  /60
Choose Cartoon Fallacy examples to share (posted on whiteboard)
Finish explanation of paradox that plagues the Salem community.
Review Edwards excerpt:
-share identified fallacies, rhetorical devices, connections to Crucible

Back to essay reflection: what is arrangement?  Practice with your sentences.  
HAWTHORNE extra credit RHETORICAL box

WEDNESDAY
Read key dramatic excerpts in play
-characterization
-metaphor
--identify examples in ACT I and II

Comparing McCarthyism to Crucible
HW Begin Reading "Why I Wrote the Crucible" by Miller

THURSDAY and FRIDAY
Vocabulary Quiz
Questions on Miller Essay
Text-relevant questions on play
HW Continue reading ACT III and IV for MONDAY

NEXT
Finally, back to Bennett and letter response assignment.
Create your own witch hunt in a high school setting.
Digital Assignment
Film
Reader's Theater: one character, excerpts, delivery.





Monday, September 30, 2013

The Crucible Reading Schedule

Act I due Thursday, Oct 4th
Act II due Monday, Oct 6th
Act III due Thursday, Oct 10th
Act IV due Monday, Oct 14th

Write 3-level questions for each Act, and find and analyze at least one metaphor and character foil for each Act.  Much of the metaphor come across in dialogue.   

Weekly Agenda 9.30-10.4

The Crucible  by Arthur Miller

MONDAY and TUESDAY
Seating Chart
More Fallacies
-practice glossary entries
Fallacy Cartoons
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Intercalary Essays: Reflection/Portfolios

HW Research Project due MONDAY, by 11:59pm to turnitin.com.  Please bring your hard copy TUESDAY.

WEDNESDAY
Journal Check
-polish previous journal entries
-read your independent book
-work on essay reflection
-sign up for independent reading book and In the News presentation
HW Journals due Monday (1 more entry)

THURSDAY and FRIDAY
Crucible Vocabulary List (Quiz next Friday)
Background on the Play
-Salem Village
-define crucible, hysteria, Puritan, allegory, paradox
-introduce Puritan belief ( the need for devil in society, a scapegoat)
-The Paradox

ACT 1
-review pages 3-8, answer the following questions:
1) The tragedy in the Salem community "developed from a Paradox." What is the paradox?
2) Analyze the following quotation: "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).

Label Bennett Essay with Toulmin language.
HW Read Jonathan Edward's "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God." excerpt. (handout)
-label at least 5 fallacies
-label and analyze rhetorical devices, state why they might have been effective for his audience
-connect to The Crucible


Ask me about an extra credit journal entry on Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown."

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Weekly Agenda 9.23-9.27

Make sure you have your nonfiction book this week.

MONDAY
Share Group Boxes
Share Journal #8

Research
Source Check
Outline Drafting
-questions
HW For WEDNESDAY, Bring in Draft of outline for Peer Editing/Teacher Review; AND, bring in nonfiction book. (credit)


TUESDAY
Bridging from The Grapes of Wrath to The Crucible
-historical precedent for each novel
--1930s/1950s: what do they have in common; what is the role of government; how might one have led to the other in terms of laws that oppress; both are post-war, the effects?; HUAC and the argument it makes against Americans.

Arthur Miller background
GET BOOKS

WEDNESDAY
Turn in outline drafts for Teacher Review
Swap (optional) for Peer Response

SSR-->Read Nonfiction book
-sign up
HW Journal #9In McGraw Hill: Read W.J. Bennett's "What Really Ails America:" pp443, answer Comp #2,3; Rhetoric #6; Write 1. DUE TOMORROW.
AND, Works Cited due FRIDAY

THURSDAY
Review Bennett Piece
Lit. Rings: pathos/ethos/logos; fallacy; syllogism; enthymeme; Toulmin
Conventions of Argumentation

LOGICAL FALLACIES

  • appeals to Emotion
  • appeals to Logic
  • appeals to Ethics

HW Works Cited; AND, one glossary entry on your lit. ring card.

FRIDAY
Continue Fallacies
Toulmin Method
-claim, data/reasons, warrant
-rebuttal and counterargument
How is the Toulmin Method applicable to every day situations?
 PAIR WORK: Design your own cartoon that depicts a logical fallacy.  See templates.  Gallery Walk.

NEXT
Journal Check 
-calibrate
Letter to Bennett
-outline/draft
Vocabulary
Salem Village



Sunday, September 15, 2013

Weekly Agenda 9.16-9.20

The Grapes of Wrath

MONDAY
Read excerpts from "Americans and the Land" post-it reactions
-Review questions from #6; determine whether or not inductive or deductive is used.

GoW Research Assignment

  • Annotated Bibliography
  • Outline
  • Works Cited
DUE Sept 30th at 11:59p, hard copy due TUESDAY
-review primary and secondary sources
-brainstorm topics for research
HW Decide on a topic and find 2 sources for tomorrow (url okay)

TUESDAY
Source Check
Literary Devices
-Reading Journal Option H: The Glossary Entry
-Review know, introduce new
HW Find 3 more sources; AND, Journal #7: complete a glossary entry on persona (Due Thursday).

WEDNESDAY
Source Check
Elaborate on OUTLINE
-examples
-practice outline numbering (yes, it's a thing)
MORE Devices
HW Journal #7 (see Tuesday)

THURSDAY & FRIDAY
Review #7
Rhetorical Box
-format
-what, how, why
-how does the format move beyond SOAPSTone
Print AD Box
-choose magazine print ad
-brainstorm SOAPSTone
-collect evidence for inside of box (bullets okay)
-draw conclusions for outside of box (complete sentences)
Posters: complete a clean, attractive Rhetorical Box on the magazine ad and present it to the class with you group.
HW DUE MONDAY, Journal #8: Find a picture or visual source for your Research Topic and complete a rhetorical box on it.  AND, draft your annotations (for TUESDAY).

Skipped
Woody Guthrie's "Tom Joad"

Next Few Weeks
Bennett
Conventions of Argumentation: Toulmin
Logical Fallacies
AP Synthesis
The Crucible

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Weekly Agenda 9.9-9.13

The Grapes of Wrath

MONDAY
Peer Editing
-identify WHAT, HOW, WHY
Model Essay
-What does it do? format, embedding, punctuation
California History, as if relates to GoW
HW Work on Essay

TUESDAY (Back-to-School)
Steinbeck style SAVE
-imitation
Group
-answer 3 essential questions about Humanism, Socialism, and Unions
Vocabulary Lists
Prepare for Friday GoW Book Test
HW Essay due tonight by 11:59pm to turnitin.com; please bring Hard Copy Thursday

WEDNESDAY 
Steinbeck Nobel Speech
SOAPSTone
HW BRING McGraw Hill Readers tomorrow.
Study for Book Test on FRIDAY

THURSDAY
Read Steinbeck's "Americans and the Land" and write to annotations on post-its.
JOURNAL #6:  In groups of 3-4, students will share annotations and the answer questions at the end of the essay, p671:
Comp #1,2
Rhet #1,2,6
Write #1 (1-2 paragraphs)
Groups may discuss and have similar answers, but each individual must write their responses in their journal.
Decide, does Steinbeck use deductive or inductive logic in this essay.
HW Book Test tomorrow: Fill in and matching vocab, 1 OPTIC, 1 short answer. 30pts

FRIDAY
GoW Book Test: Vocab, OPTIC, short answer.

NEXT
Research Assignment SAVE
Research Assignment due Sept. 30th at 11:59pm, hardcopy due TUESDAY.
Articulate topic and find sources:
Literary Devices SAVE
Review OPTIC SAVE
The Crucible
Research Support

Friday, August 30, 2013

Weekly Agenda 9.2-9.6

The Grapes of Wrath

MONDAY
Happy Labor Day

TUESDAY
Turn in practice In The News
Handout: Rhetorical Devices Flowchart
-WHAT=>HOW=>WHY
--practice with "The Value of Things"
Book Talk: NonFiction Reading List
Define and Assign Intercalary  chapters
HW Choose book; AND,  annotate your intercalary chapter.
You ABSOLUTELY MUST bring your GRAPES book

WEDNESDAY
Textbook: Lang. & Comp.
Journal #5: Dialectical Journal on your chapter.  See sample.
HW Journal #4 & #5 due for share and discussion on Friday.  Your success and thoroughness on #5 will determine the amount of time you will spend over the weekend on the Intercalary Essay.  See Friday.
You ABSOLUTELY MUST bring your GRAPES book

THURSDAY
Happy Rosh Hashanah (Friday, too!)
Happy Admissions Day
Happy School tomorrow Day

FRIDAY
Review #4 & #5
Intercalary essay assignment
-model paper
--break it into the What, How and Why
Prepare for essay.
HW: ESSAY DUE MONDAY to Turnitin.com Sept 9th, by 11:59pm.  Hard Copy on Tuesday, MLA.




Sunday, August 25, 2013

Weekly Agenda 8.26-8.30


MONDAY
Course Outline
-signature required
Setting up your Journal
Review Journal Entry #1
-pair share
-class reflection on places to improve
TFIOS
-characterization, structure, dialogue
Review Journal Entry Options E, F & H
-opportunity to practice E
-self-grading
HW Signature please.  Reading Journal Entry #2 on The Grapes of Wrath (GoW), due WED.

TUESDAY

Rhetorical Analysis Practice Essay Prompt in your Journal, #3.
-timed writing, 45 minutes, 4 paragraphs
-peer reviewed
-self graded
Class reflection
HW Locate and Print a Dorothea Lange photo
Include the url on your print out.

WEDNESDAY

Check Outline signatures
Review OPTIC technique:
-analyze images

  • Overview
  • Parts
  • Title/Words
  • InterRelationships
  • Conclusion
Practice with one image and then with image from homework.
HW Complete OPTIC to be turned in for grade.
AND, bring GoW tomorrow.

THURSDAY
Get McGraw-Hill Reader
-review format
--glossary, etc.
-review the benefits of marginalia
--annotation
Share Highlights of OPTIC, turn in
HW In McGraw-Hill read "How to Mark a Book" by Mortimer J. Adler and write 3-level questions to share in class.  
AND, print a short article (emphasis on SHORT) from the website search.
Tips for finding a good article:
-not more than 3 pages
-has a clear format
-is easy to summarize
-easy to print (do not copy and paste without the url, date of access, etc.)

FRIDAY
IN the NEWS Assignment format
MLA style
-practice annotating article and drafting IN the NEWS annotation
HW Type of PRACTICE IN the NEWS.
AND, JOURNAL #4: define socialism  and humanism; find evidence in GoW that supports these two philosophies.  Explore how they may have influenced Steinbeck's writing; and, link the language of Jim Casey to either philosophy.
BOTH ITEMS DUE MONDAY

NEXT
In the News Peer Review
Intercalary Chapter Essay prep




Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Weekly Agenda 8.22-8.23

Welcome to the 2013/2014 school year!  This is where you will be able to find the daily agenda and homework.  You will also be able to access some of your class handouts.  Please bookmark this resource.

THURSDAY
The Fault in Our Stars by John Greene
-3-level Questions
HW Create a student account for Turnitin.com (ID# 6814760, PASS: Stevens)
EMAIL msstevens@gmail.com with you user email and password.
Sign up with email on homework blog.
BRING BOOK TOMORROW, Recommended composition/note book for Reading Journal.

FRIDAY
Read Joan Didion's "The Santa Ana"
Review Reading Journal Options (see document)
-practice A, B,C, D
-review CHECK +/- grading
Revisit The Fault in Our Stars
-Journal Entry #1
-A, B,C, D (A is obligatory, choose 2 from B,C, or D)
HW Complete Journal Entry #1

NEXT WEEK
more TFIOS
-characterization
-structure
-dialogue
Review HW
-self-grade
Portfolios
-student survey
-course outline
-portfolio log

Monday, May 27, 2013

Weekly Agenda 5.28-6.11

4th period final is on June 6th.
5th period final is on June 10th.

The Great Gatsby

TUESDAY-FRIDAY; MONDAY & TUESDAY

For the next 6 days we will immerse ourselves in analyzing the text.  Beyond simple reading, make sure you are creating lots of post it hair.  Connections may include, but are not limited to:

  • the wasteland
  • blindness
  • romanticism (the self)
  • hedonism
  • class division (racism, immigration, American Dream)
  • the frontier
  • facade
Challenge yourself:
  • industrialization
  • post-war sentimentalism
  • entropy
  • The Secret Society
  • passage of time (structure of story; narrator)
Go above and beyond:
  • figurative language
  • characterization (facade)
  • humor
  • narrative mode
  • syntax and diction
  • what else you got??
Two reading quizzes; daily participation (see below); final essay.

DON'T forget to log into turnitin.com and discuss your independent reading book, and log 350 pages with me before or on the final.

TUESDAY, JUNE 11th
Reflection: final comparison of book to movie.  

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Great Gatsby Reading Schedule

Ideally, you have completed your independent reading book and have tons of leisure time to read. Please prioritize Gatsby (he deserves it, poor fellow).

READ
Chapter   1 for Thursday, May 23rd
Chapters 2-4 for Tuesday, May 28th
Chapters 5&6 for Wednesday, May 29th
Chapter   7 for Friday, May 31st
Chapter   8 for Monday, June 3rd
Chapter   9 for Tuesday, June 4th

You will be expected to participate in our seminar-style discussion at least 4 times over 9 days.  You can earn participation points by introducing, clarifying, elaborating, disagreeing, questioning, connecting, etc.  If you don't speak, I will have to assume that you haven't read; hence, you will not earn credit for something you did not do. One can always earn up to 1 extra credit point if they participate more than once on a given day.

4x5=20/20     Credit to Classwork Grade.
3x5=15/20
2x5=10/20
1x5=5/20

Weekly Agenda 5.20-5.24

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

5.20 MONDAY
Final discussion on The Things They Carried
-"Ambush"
-Linda (the role of women/females in the text); 2nd excerpt from Pamela Smiley's "The Role of the Ideal Female Reader"
GET BOOKS?
HW See Reading Schedule: GG, Ch 1 for Thursday

5.21 TUESDAY
Journal #21: TIMED WRITING-Gendered Subtext literary analysis of The Things They Carried

5.22 WEDNESDAY
See GG Reading Guide
Read Chapter 1 of GG
-while you read take landmark marginalia of important motifs
-Journal #22: Independent Reading Format (concentrate on Fitzgerald's style, 1b)
HW See Reading Schedule: GG, Ch 2-4 for Tuesday

5.23-5.24 THURSDAY-FRIDAY
RESEARCH PAPER DUE TO TURNITIN.com
Background on Fitzgerald and the 20s (T.S. Eliot)
Credit for marginalia
Chapter 1 Discussion:
-Setting: visuals
-The Secret Society
-:the valley of ashes"
-language, imagery, color symbolism, motifs
HW See Reading Schedule: GG 2-4 for Tuesday (reading quiz Tuesday)

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Weekly Agenda 5.13-5.17

The Things They Carried

MONDAY-TUESDAY
Historical Background
Discuss ambivalence and apathy in characters: examples.
-what is ambiguity in writing
Excerpts from "The Song of Tra Bong"
-read criticism, annotate
Handout: Criticism --the feminist lens.  Style and symbolism.  What is O'Brien trying to prove through Mary Anne.
3-Chair: Changing roles of women in war (and homefront).

WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY
Group Work
-check outline

"Dulce Et Decorum Est" and "Ambush"
-realism vs. romanticism

Journal # ___ : Things Carried response
HW Finish Things Carried for MONDAY; work on research paper, due MAY 24th to turnitin.com.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Weekly Agenda 5.6-5.10 AP TEST! 5.10

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

MONDAY
Reading Quiz
Review multiple choice
Review Text
-style
-word ordering: rhetorical concepts
HW See Reading Schedule

TUESDAY
Research Paper Assignment: DUE MAY 20TH
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
-excerpt
-marginalia
-naturalism
-truth of war
HW See Reading Schedule 

WEDNESDAY
Review Ascher/Staples Timed Essay
Review rules of AP essays
Review word ordering and rhetorical concepts
HW See Reading Schedule

THURSDAY
Thing Carried Historical Background
Research Paper Group Work
-create groups
-assign jobs
-decide on topic
-set deadlines
HW GET SOME SLEEP!!  Be at your testing place on time, bring 3 pens and 3 pencils.  Bring your sack lunch for our field trip.  

FRIDAY
AP TEST
GATSBY MOVIE
After your test, Meet us at the circle with your lunch and $10. YAY!

HW Catch up on reading, quiz MONDAY.  Journal Entry #20: Independent Format
AND, begin research.  Bring items to present to your group on Monday.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

THINGS CARRIED Reading Schedule

Ch 1       read by 4/29
Ch 2-4    read by 5/2
Ch 5-7    read by 5/6 (group research paper assigned)
Ch 8-9    read by 5/8
Ch 10-13 read by 5/13
Ch 14-16 read by 5/16
Ch 17-22 read by 5/20 (group research paper due)

Weekly Agenda 4.29-5.3

The Things They Carried By Tim O'Brien

NOTE! You should be well on your way to finishing your Independent Reading Book.  Instead of 500 pages, this semester only 350 will be required.  Next week, I will likely have an SSR day or two where I will expect you to bring in your book, read, and write in your journal ALL period.  You will receive credit for having youf book and for having read at least 1/2 of it.
If you haven't already, SIGN UP for your reading presentation.  IN THE NEWS will be optional this semester, not extra credit, just optional.

MONDAY
Review chapter 1
-tangible and intangibles items the soldiers carry
-impression of the story
-purpose of the first chapter
-identify 3 major literary devices
-Multiple Choice practice
DRAFTED!!
-Journal #19: write a Goodbye Letter/What will you carry? (see/hear model)
HW See Reading Schedule; AND finish letter, be prepared to Quaker Share tomorrow.

TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY
Quaker Share excerpts from #19

DEAR AMERICA documentary
-excerpts from the book
-prepare to take notes on the movie
SUB TITLE organization for notes:

  1. timeline
  2. geography
  3. homefront
  4. music and culture
HW See Reading Schedule

THURSDAY
Multiple Choice practice
Style Focus
-define ambiguity
Discuss ambivalence and apathy of characters.  How do these ideas create a new sense of what it means to fight in war?
HW See Reading Schedule

FRIDAY
Reading Quiz!
Excerpts from The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
-marginalia: mark for what, how, why, short paragraph
-truth of war
Multiple Choice practice
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 See Reading Schedule

Monday, April 22, 2013

Weekly Agenda 4.22-4.26


CST TESTING -SPECIAL SCHEDULE
http://www.samohi.smmusd.org/Students/bells.html

JOURNALS DUE THIS WEEK: #8-#17=60pts

MONDAY/TUESDAY
Staples/Ascher Timed Writing
HW Make sure you have complete Journal #18 (if you have already turned in your journal, complete #18 on a separate sheet of paper and plan on stapling/taping it in later).

WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY/FRIDAY
Reveiw #18
GET BookS
Define Memoir as a genre
-controversy and content

HW
See Reading Schedule.  Read Chapter 1; in notes, make a list of tangible and intangible items soldiers carry.


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Drafted
-write a "Goodbye Letter" (listen to sample)
Watch Dear America documentary

Sunday, April 14, 2013

UPDATED (WEDNESDAY) Weekly Agenda 4.15-4.19

AP Practice Week

MONDAY-TUESDAY
AP Practice Test Returned:
-Review multiple choice
--strategies
--reminder, types of Qs
--reflection
Group Norming
-Review Synthesis, Argument, and Rhetoric Essays
--look at specific scoring guides
--read through samples, explanations and collegeboard notes
--read and grade essays (2 scores per essay if possible)
Individual Score Calculators
-input approx. totals and estimate an AP Lang. score
-reflection
HW Read Ascher and Staples Essays, marginalia, complete m/c
AND, Parody Project due Thursday/Friday

WEDNESDAY
...continue AP Practice norming
SAVE FOR NEXT WEEK: Ascher/Staples Timed Writing: rhetorical analysis
-Compare/Contrast "On Compassion" and "Just Walk on By: Black Men and Public Space"

THURSDAY/FRIDAY
Parody Project presentations
Return Their Eyes and get Things Carried
HW Go to the following site:
http://contemporarymovements.wordpress.com/vietnam-war-propaganda/

Look closely at the War Propaganda posters and watch Edwin Starr's "War" lyrics/music.
JOURNAL #18: Create a rhetorical box for one of the posters; AND, write an analysis that identifies Starr's argument.  Include evidence and a discussion of possible opposing views.
DUE MONDAY/TUESDAY

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Weekly Agenda 4.8-4.12

Their Eyes Were Watching God (End of Grading Period-April 26th)

MONDAY
Draft #1 due for Peer Edit Checklist
Final Essay due Monday, April 15th
Review personification in novel
-Iyer essay
-book excerpts: marginalia-quotations and analysis
HW Journal #17: Rewrite 1 paragraph from Gould essay; AND, correct 8 comments from BB essay (view on Turnitin.com.)  Additionally, don't forget to turn in a works cited page for BB in order to receive 5 pts added to your essay grade.

TUESDAY
End of Book Review Questions: Pair Work, one sheet per two people, alternate responses.
Parody Assignment and examples
HW Finish Review Questions; catch up on your journal; plan your presentation.

WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY
Study Guide
-review as a class
-concept circle

THURSDAY-FRIDAY
THEIR EYES Book TEST

Final Essay due Monday, April 15th to turnitin.com.  Note new settings and options.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Weekly Agenda 3.18-3.22 (Update Over Break)

Their Eyes Were Watching God

MONDAY
Journal #13(?): 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 repressive marriages?  What role does Tea Cale play in her spiritual/sexual awakening?  All answers must have supporting examples of evidence.
HW See Reading Schedule

TUESDAY
Intraracism/colorism
-video
-excerpt from Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye
-Berry's essay
--marginalia read-around
HW Journal #14: 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.

WEDNESDAY
Style Analysis Activity:
-groups
-style packets
-grammar reminder 1/2 sheet
-consider R. Wrights argument
-analyze Hurston's language and conclude whether or not Wright is right
HW finish style packet

THURSDAY-FRIDAY
Essay Prompts
-brainstorm
Power of Language
-the blues (notes)
-symbolism chart : husbands
-song
Discussion on novel
-power of language
-feminism
-figurative language
-colorism

OVER BREAK
-Read your independent book: complete two independent format journal entries, #15 and #16
-have a complete rough draft of your essay the Monday you return
-Write your Their Eyes essay, due the Friday you return.

Week After Break
-Peer Edit
-Parody Assignment
-End of book review questions
-Personification
-Study Guide and Book Test

After Their Eyes
Timed Writing: Contrast essays through rhetorical devices


Saturday, March 9, 2013

Weekly Agenda 3.11-3.15

Their Eyes Were Watching God

MONDAY-TUESDAY
Writer's Workshop
EAP Testing

WEDNESDAY (con't from last Friday)
Caricature
-notes on the "caricature" of Jim from Huckleberry Finn
-controversy
-"the minstrel"
Perspectives of Europeans and African-Americans in the late 1800s
EXIT Ticket: How is Samuel Clemens a paradox?
HW See Reading Schedule: Chapter 1-2 due

THURSDAY
"Telling" Assignment: March 21-22
-embellishment
-personification
-performance
-dialogue
-narrative
Hurston Biography/Background
-Harlem Renaissance
HW See Reading Schedule

FRIDAY
Style Handout
-group work, complete and turn in MONDAY
Poetry: Hughes and Bennett
-figurative language
-connect to Their Eyes (discussion for credit)
-How do images match our understanding of the black experience during reconstruction and the Harlem Renaissance?

Friday, March 8, 2013

-----Reading Schedule-----


Their Eyes Reading Schedule

Their Eyes Were Watching God 
by Zora Neale Hurston


Chapters 1 & 2 for Wednesday, March 13th
Chapters 3-6 for Friday, March 15th
Chapters 7-11 for Monday, March 18th
Chapters 12-17 for Wednesday, March 20th
Chapters 18-20 for Friday, March 22nd
Be prepared to read additional materials while meeting these deadlines.  You are also expected to read your independent reading book(s).

Monday, March 4, 2013

Weekly Agenda 3.4-3.8

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

MONDAY
Review Journal #9 and 10
Foldables
Barry essay
-connections
Historical Timeline of gender expectations
HW JOURNAL #11: McGRaw Hill  -Theroux's "Being a Man," p219, answer, Rhetoric #1 and 6, Write #2
AND, bring lit. rings tomorrow

TUESDAY-WEDENESDAY
Quaker Share #11
Elements of Humor:
pun
understatement/overstatement
hyperbole
parody
satire
caricature
digression
irony
sarcasm
If time, read ONION piece and note humorous elements.
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?
ANSWER for Wednesday:
HW Read "The Diary of Adam and Eve" by Mark Twain
Answer the following questions (Journal Entry #12):
-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? 

THURSDAY-FRIDAY
3-Chair: "Diary"
Bio on Mark Twain: focus on paradox
Quiz: How is Samuel Clemens Life a paradox?
Huckleberry Finn
-notes on the "caricature" of Jim
-controversy
-"the minstrel"
Perspectives of Europeans and African-Americans in the late 1800s
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?


NEXT 
EAP Writer's Workshop
EAP timed writing (TUESDAY)
HURSTON 

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Weekly Agenda 2.25-3.1

Their Eyes Were Watching God

MONDAY
Review Declaration m/c
Read Tannen and answer m/c
Images of Women/Teen Girls in America
-OPTIC practice
HW Read Gould Essay and answer m/c for tomorrow

TUESDAY
Group m/c practice
HW Read Independent Book

WEDNESDAY
Review Women's Brains
-rhetorical elements
-rhetorical AP writing FLTs
HW Make sure Gould piece is marked up for timed writing tomorrow

THURSDAY
Timed Writing for grade on "Women's Brains"
HW  Read Independent Book
AND, bring McGraw Hill tomorrow; BRING journals.

FRIDAY
Freewrite: Symbolism of the Barbie Doll
Journal #9: Read Atwood's "The Female Body," p216 and answer rhetoric #1 and #7
HW Journal #10: Read Angier's "Why Men Don't Last: Self-Destruction as a Way of Life," p 223 and answer the 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, as do your fathers?  Are they essential to our survival as a spieces?

NEXT
FOLDABLES
McClain, Barry, Theroux
Gender timelines
Humor -->Lit. Rings
Twain
The Onion
HURSTON
Their Eyes

Friday, February 15, 2013

Weekly Agenda 2.19-2.22 (Update, see Friday)

END OF THE GRADING PERIOD THIS WEEK
MONDAY holiday
TUESDAY
BB Roughdraft Read Around
-bring in your drafts, either #2 or #3 and read to your entire essay to your classmate.  This is a valuable sharing opportunity.
Turnitin.com: Class Id# 5390824  Password: Stevens
HW Make any and all corrections to bring in a roughdraft for tomorrow's peer editing session.

WEDNESDAY
BB Essay Edit
-Ideas and Explanation
-Organization
-Style
-Grammar and Mechanics
HW Essay due to turnitin.com Thursday, but 11:59 pm.  NO HARD COPY NECESSARY!
HW JOURNALS DUE TOMORROW.

THURSDAY
SPRING DiSTRICT ASSESSMENT 
-EAP style timed writing
Collect Journals #1-7
HW Bring McGraw Hill Tomorrow

FRIDAY
Get Their Eyes Were Watching God
Read Stanton
-multiple-choice practice
HW FINISH FOR HW IF NECESSARY
AND, CHECK your EMAIL from TURNITIN.COM
SAVE-->Read Tannen
-multiple-choice practice
SAVE-->HW JOURNAL #8: Respond to Tannen #2 
AND, Write a reflective paragraph about your impression of popular images of women in America.


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