Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Lessons for Sept. 26 - 30, 2011

I'm so sorry I have not gotten these posted yet. I guess I have to use an amnesty pass.

Monday -

  • Practice analogies using the vocabulary words for "Harrison Bergeron"

  • Complete our reading and annotation of "Harrison Bergeron"

Tuesday -

  • Complete the test covering "Harrison Bergeron," the HB vocabulary, literary elements, and Fahrenheit 451

Wednesday -

  • Discuss root words for our Fahrenheit 451 vocabulary

  • Introduce and take notes over science fiction as a literary genre and the historical/social context of Fahrenheit 451

Thursday -

  • Discuss more root words for our current vocabulary

  • Post and discuss "Parking Lot" questions for Fahrenheit 451

  • Homework: Students will locate, identify, and record three quotations showing different methods of indirect characterization used by Bradbury to reveal Montag, Clarisse, Mildred, and Beatty.

Friday -

  • Using flash cards, students will quiz one another over the F451 vocabulary

  • Using specific excerpts from the text, students will practice analyzing setting, tone, and mood in Part I of F451

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Because so many students will be absent on Friday for various activities, our "Harrison Bergeron"/Fahrenheit 451, Part I test has been postponed until Monday. Study over the weekend! Remember, your test will include "Harrison Bergeron," HB vocabulary, Fahrenheit 451 (Part I only), and the literary elements. Summative grade #2.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Overview for September 19 - 23, 2001

Monday -
Vocabulary flashcards due.
Vocabulary review, grade Scavenger Hunt, complete review of literary elements, and complete literary elements activity
Homework: Students should be completing the dialectical journals and the reading of Part I of Fahrenheit 451.

Tuesday -
Vocabulary review, instruction and practice with annotation and highlighting in "Harrison Bergeron" (handout from the teacher)

Wednesday -
***Yearbook pictures!
Vocabulary review, complete annotation/highlighting activity for "Harrison Bergeron"

Thursday -
Vocabulary review, analyze "The Trees"

Friday -
Dialectical Journals Due
Vocabulary, "Harrison Bergeron, Part I (F451) test

Friday, September 16, 2011

Homework & Other Notes:

  • Vocabulary flash cards for Part I of Fahrenheit 451 are to be finished by Monday, Sept. 19.

  • Revised literary elements notes are also due on Monday, Sept. 19.

  • You should be reading Part I of Fahrenheit 451, to be completed by Friday, Sept. 23.

  • Five dialectical journals from Part I are due when you enter class on Friday, Sept. 23.

***Yearbook pictures will be taken on Wednesday, Sept. 21 during our English class. Come in beautified!

***Progress reports go out Tuesday. I hope you've completed all of your work.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

A Slight Change in Lesson Plans

We've been working hard, but the need to fully re-teach the literary elements instead of simply reviewing them has caused us to fall behind by a day or two. Thus, we will work with "Harrison Bergeron" next week instead of today and tomorrow.

To help you better internalize these literary elements, your homework for tonight is to re-write the notes in an organized fashion (Cornell, if possible). These notes WILL be graded, so write them neatly in pencil.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Assignments for Sept. 12 - 16, 2011

Monday - Students will complete the Discussion Web focusing on equality and a "Perfect World Predictions" response.

Tuesday - Students will acquire the new vocabulary for our "Harrison Bergeron" and discuss inequality. Vocabulary for "Harrison Bergeron" includes: vigilance, transmitter, sashweight, envious, impediment, luminous, grackle, calibrate, hindrance, spectacles, consternation, cower, hobbled, synchronize, capered, gravely, flounce, gambol, rivetting, doozy.

Wednesday - Students will review basic literary elements and apply them to "The Most Dangerous Game."

Thursday - Students will review the basics of annotation and practice annotating with "Harrison Bergeron." Students will complete the reading and annotation of "Harrison Bergeron" for homework. Students should have acquired Fahrenheit 451 by today; students will begin reading this selection tomorrow night.

Friday - Students will discuss literary elements of "Harrison Bergeron" and discuss the reading schedule for Fahrenheit 451.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Assignments for September 5 - 9, 2011

I hope you all enjoyed your long weekend. Our class is now in full swing, so let's use our time wisely. I have spent a significant amount of time grading your essays and hope to finish them tonight or within the next day or so. Early next week, we will begin working on grammar logs and analytical paragraphs. We've got lots of deep thinking ahead!

Reminders: Please don't forget you have a Dead Word Project due tomorrow. Plus, the Scavenger Hunt is due Friday. (Listen carefully in class this week for several of your answers.) Also, don't forget that we will begin reading Fahrenheit 451 on September 15th. You will need a copy of the novel by then. If you cannot obtain your copy of the text, please see me as soon as possible.

Please also remember, the schedule posted online is a tentative schedule, subject to change based on student progress, school activities, and reviews. We are one day behind from last week, but we can easily make up that time.
Monday - Labor Day Holiday

Tuesday - Library orientation. Meet in the library, not in the classroom. Dead Word Project due today.

Wednesday - After a brief vocabulary review, students will complete their literary elements posters.

Thursday - After another brief vocabulary review, students will present their posters to the class as a literary elements review.

Friday - Students will complete a test covering the vocabulary, "The Most Dangerous Game," and literary elements.