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?

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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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Monday, February 11, 2013

Weekly Agenda 2.11-2.15

Billy Budd, Sailor

MONDAY
Review Film
Record Thesis on Post-it
HW Thesis and Outline: loosely commit to where you will need to find evidence for your thesis.

TUESDAY
Book Check
Review Chapters 24-30
-Vere's Speech
-ending
Groups
-thesis feedback
Outlining recommendations
HW Full Outline due tomorrow, typed.

WEDNESDAY
VOcab QUiz
Outline
-peer feedback
HW Review Qs 16-30 due Friday.  Roughdraft #1 due tomorrow, typed.

THURSDAY
Peer Editing:
Improving Style
-Signal Phrases
--context, credentials, authority
--good verbs
-Sentences
--hyperbole
--punctuation
--repetition
--parallelism/balance
--rhetorical questions
HW Roughdraft #2 due tomorrow, at least 3 paragraphs, typed.

FRIDAY
Journal #7: EAP Timed Writing Practice on Death Penalty prompt
HW Roughdraft #3 due Tuesday, Read Around.
EXTENSION-->Final Essay due Thursday, FEB 21st, to turnitin.com by 11:59pm.  Although papers will not be graded until after grading period 1, a "z" will be recorded if essay are not turned in on time.


Sunday, February 3, 2013

Weekly Agenda 2.4-2.8

Billy Budd, Sailor

MONDAY-TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY
Book Check -23
-review
JOURNAL #5
Record the persuasive elements of Vere's speech, Ch 21, pp96-99:
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?
5.  Do his words match his name?
BEGIN MOVIE (Permission Slips due Tuesday and Wednesday)
HW Finish reading BB for MONDAY, book check MONDAY.

THURSDAY/FRIDAY

MOVIE

HW READ the following excerpt after you finish the book and then complete questions for Journal #6
Excerpt from H. Bruce Franklin’s Essay:
“Billy Budd and Capital Punishment: A Tale of Three Centuries”
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.
Answer the following questions:
  1. Is there any evidence that Captain Vere is insane (or unstable)? 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 arguments.





MONDAY 2.11
Argument Essay Packet
-introduction to the assignment
-sharing other sources
-creating a thesis; post-it share; peer feedback
Essay due 2/19 o turnitin.com by 12pm 
Organize essay following structure or make sure your outline does so:
Identify your counterargument. What are some logical fallacies?
-look at handout C: The Other Side. How will you construct your argument? 

HW Thesis and Outline due tomorrow, TUESDAY.

TUESDAY 
Final book check -30
-review, final analysis discussion
Peer Review Outline
HW Draft #1 due tomorrow, WEDNESDAY.