Sunday, September 23, 2012

Reminder . . .

Yearbook pictures will be made on Tuesday, September 25th, at the beginning of each class period.  Make sure you wear your brightest smiles!

Assignments for September 24 - 28, 2012

Monday and Tuesday -
  • Students will continue reading and analyzing "The Cask of Amontillado" in class
  • Students will continue working on dialectical journals (due by Thursday)
  • Homework (Monday):  Students will review vocabulary by writing the word twice and a synonym; students may be required to read and/or review several pages of our story
  • Homework (Tuesday):  Students will prepare a short response comparing the point of view in "The Cask of Amontillado" to that of the narrator in "Gaston"; students may be required to read and/or review several pages of our story
Wednesday -
  • Students will begin analyzing individual literary elements in "The Cask of Amontillado"
  • Homework:  Students will prepare a plot line for "Cask of Amontillado"
Thursday -
  • The class will review the plot breakdown of "Cask of Amontillado" to identify the non-linear elements
  • Homework:  Students will determine a theme for "Cask of Amontillado" and provide textual evidence to support their claim
Friday -
  • Students will complete a literary elements unit test

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Assignments for September 17 - 21, 2012

Monday -
  • Students will continue their review of the literary elements
  • Students will review the assignments required in their notebooks (notebook check this week!)
Tuesday -
  • If they have not already finished, students will complete their review of the literary elements
  • Students will revise their "By the Waters of Babylon" point of view paragraphs
  • The teacher will introduce the literary design poster assignment
  • Students will have time in class to work on their literary mini-posters
Wednesday -
  • Students will prepare their literary mini-posters
  • Students will share their point of view paragraphs to get peer responses
Thursday -
  • As a class, we will review dialectical journal format
  • Student will acquire the vocabulary for "The Cask of Amontillado"
  • Students will complete a quick write to introduce the concept of the story
  • We will begin reading and discussing "The Cask of Amontillado"
Friday -
  • Students will review the vocabulary definitions
  • Students will continue reading and discussing "The Cask of Amontilado," focusing on point of view and mood (through setting and characterization)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Literary Elements Design Page Postponed

Because the overview of the literary elements is taking longer than anticipated, the literary elements design page assignment has been postponed.  We will do this next week, though--so much to look forward to.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Lessons for September 10 - 14, 2012

Monday -
  • Introduced TAG line in paragraphs and basic literary analysis paragraph structure
  • Review student paragraph drafts as a whole class to point out structural and content issues
  • Returned paragraphs to be revised for homework
Tuesday -
  • *Quick quiz postponed until Thursday due to excessive student absences for leadership conference
  • Review and collect scavenger hunt responses
  • Prepare table of contents for notebook
Wednesday -
  • Review basic literary elements (with applications to "Gaston" and "By the Waters of Babylon"
  • Primary focus on point of view and plot
Thursday -
  • Complete quick quiz (postponed from Tuesday)
  • Complete literary elements review
  • Homework:  Prepare for the literary elements design pages
Friday -
  • Prepare literary elements design pages

Monday, September 3, 2012

Lessons for September 3 - 7, 2012

There will be no tutoring after school on Tuesday or Wednesday of this week due to preparations for open house and faculty meetings. 

Monday -

Tuesday -
  • Students will complete oral mandala presentations. 
  • The scavenger hunt assignment will be distributed and discussed, due Tuesday, Sept. 11th.
  • The teacher will complete the review of course expectations for those classes who did not complete it last week.
  • For homework, students will number the pages in their spiral or composition notebooks for use in class.
Wednesday -
  • Students will review the vocabulary definitions for "By the Waters of Babylon."
  • Students will review highlighting and discuss how to properly annotate a passage.
  • "By the Waters of Babylon" will be distributed.  Students will complete a hightlighting and annotation activity with the story.
  • For homework, students will study the vocabulary from "By the Waters of Babylon."
Thursday -
  • Using "By the Waters of Babylon," students will complete the highlighting and annotation activity and then finish reading the story.
  • Students will respond to questions related to the story.  These will be discussed in class after students have worked independently to determine the answers.
  • For homework, students will study the vocabulary from "By the Waters of Babylon."
Friday -
  • Students will learn about the literary analysis short response/paragraph structure. 
  • Students will prepare and share a sample response related to "By the Waters of Babylon." 
  • For homework, students will complete a short response independently.