Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Great Gatsby reading Schedule

Chapter 1 by Monday, March 2nd
Chapter 2 by Thursday, March 5th
Chapter 3 by Monday, March 9th
Chapter 4 by Thursday, March 12th
Chapters 5 and 6 by Monday, March 16th
Chapter 7 by Thursday, March 19th (Introduce essay prompt options)
Chapter 8 by Monday, March 24th
Chapter 9 by Thursday, March 26th

Completed Graphic Organizer due March 26th
Gatsby Essay due April 14th to turnitin.com

Monday, February 23, 2015

Weekly Agenda 2.23-2.27

"The Waste Land" by T.S. Eliot

Intro to The Waste Land
-brief scansion techniques: identifying meter and rhyme scheme
-tps-fast; RRR
-allusions and language
HW Finish poem by Wednesday, mark up as you read; AND, complete footnote annotation on assigned portion.  Please type and do your best to be thorough and to properly cite your sources.

Annotation share and review
The Great Gatsby 
-reading schedule
-connections to "The Waste Land"
HW Begin reading assigned chapters and filling in graphic organizer.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Weekly Agenda 2.17-2.20

 Billy Budd, Sailor

BB Culminating Quiz

More work with student models
-discuss counterargument and format
HW Prepare almost perfect rough draft for Thursday

Bring Independent Reading Book
-sign up and share
Journal Entry #7: Independent Format

Read Around Peer Edit

Common Core Rubric

Multiple Choice practice
AP Full Length Practice Sign-up

Begin reading The Wasteland  by T.S. Eliot

Get Gatsby
HW BB Essay due to turnitin.com tonight, by 11:59pm.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

BB Close-Reading Terms Quiz (Review)

Quiz Feb 17th

Review two passages:
Chapter 25
"The night, so luminous on the spar-deck, ....  ...were drawn up as much as at the scene of the promulgated sentence."
Chapter 29
"On the return-passage to the English fleet from the detached cruise during which occurred the events....  ...tho' here he kept the knowledge to himself, who Billy Budd was.

Look for examples of the following terms: irony, trope, allusion, syntax, paradox, antecedent, pathetic fallacy, metonymy, punctuation, allegory.

Be prepared to discuss concepts involving contrast and emphasis; and to identify similar to terms to group with Faulty Causality and Faulty Authority.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Weekly Agenda 2.9-2.13

Billy Budd, Sailor

Outline Check

Check turnitin.com for discussion credit
Collect BB fully annotated text
Review Journal #5

Get into like-minded groups and share out thesis, topics, and subtopics
-is counterargument thoroughly addressed, make recommendations.
Review Argument Essay Packet
NEW due date.

Synthesis Timed Writing

Current Article

-Retired Justice Stevens excerpt
-"Last Words" by NYTIMES

Student Essay Model Excerpts
HW NEW FINAL ESSAY DUE DATE: FEB 20th to turnitin.com for credit.
AND, Culminating "Elements of Argument" review quiz next TUESDAY, FEB 17th.
AND, Independent Book Check next week.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Weekly Agenda 2.2-2.7

Billy Budd, Sailor

continue Pierrepointe movie

Outline Review

BB Annotation Check on WED. 24-30
HW JOURNAL ENTRY #4: BB Chapters 24-30 (+H);
AND, Review questions due FRIDAY.

Review end of book

JOURNAL #5: Respond to Franklin's essay"
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? 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.
HW Outline due MONDAY.  Essay due FEB 17th to turnitin.com