Archive for December, 2010

15
Dec

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Here’s the entry slip for tomorrow dealing with Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience.


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15
Dec

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Here is the mini-writing prompt from class on Wednesday. Remember, it is P/F, so if you need help, let me know.

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14
Dec

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In case you didn’t finish in class today, here are the questions on Thoreau’s essay Civil Disobedience.

Enjoy!

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12
Dec

Well, it’s almost time for that two week break, filled with snow and family and sugar plums and all other things wonderful. But first, we need to deal with the rest of Elie Wiesel’s short work Night. We have a fair amount of reading to do this week, and I’ll be doing what I can to give you time in class to read.

Monday: It will be necessary to review Friday’s work on motif, then I’ll give you the rest of the period to start in on the reading.

Homework: Read pages 66-84

Tuesday: There are two things to do on Tuesday. First, we’ll have Grammar number 22 (I think that’s right). We’re going to continue our work with direct objects by adding a bit more about direct object pronouns. Fun stuff! Second, we have a short writing assignment dealing with the previous chapter.

Homework: Read 85-97

Wednesday: Wednesday will be a reading day. I want to make sure that you have time to read the rest of the novel, so I’m dedicating about half the day to the reading. We’ll be discussing the previous reading, too.

In class work: 98-112

Thursday: We’ll be starting the day with Grammar #23, then I’ll be reading the end of the novel aloud.

Friday: Our last day of the semester will be dedicated to an in-class essay on the novel. I hope that it will provide you with an opportunity to sort through the novel and some of its major themes.

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12
Dec

Hello all! Welcome to the last week before break. This is a fairly significant week, as we’ll be spending quite a good deal of time with Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience, and will culminate in a seminar and an in-class essay. If you’re going to be gone on Thursday or Friday, let me know in advance so that we can keep you in the loop. Here’s the week:

Monday: We’ll be making a large poster summarizing Thoreau’s essay. I imagine that it will take the entire period, and each group of 2 (from Friday) will be responsible for contributing to each section for credit.

Tuesday: On Tuesday you’ll be walking through a short series of questions designed to help you make more sense of the text. You can find the questions for the day here.

Wednesday: We’ll be discussing Tuesday’s questions on Wednesday in an effort to form a more comprehensive understanding of Thoreau’s argument. We’ll end the day by completing our entry slips for Thursday’s debate/seminar.

Thursday: Thursday is debate/seminar day. In order to participate, you must have your entry slip completed. If you have not finished it prior to the start of class you will not be able to engage in the debate.

Friday: The last of our work with Thoreau will take place on Friday. You’ll be completing an in-class essay dealing with his ideas and your opinions. I’ll post the prompt shortly.

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7
Dec

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If you missed class yesterday, here are the notes on my brief lecture discussing Transcendentalism.

Also, I’ve decided to replace Whitman’s poem Leaves of Grass with his poem Song of Myself. We’ll be reading it tonight and dealing with it in class tomorrow. We’re dealing specifically with sections 1, 6, and 52.

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5
Dec

In lieu of a full breakdown of the week I’ll be providing you instead with a general overview this week then posting more detailed updates after class each day. Because I’m trying something new with this particular text, I don’t have everything completely prepared just yet, so I can’t post all of it at this time. Stay tuned for updates!

Monday: We’ll be covering the remainder of chapter 1 through a small group activity, after which I’ll be giving you a bit of time to work on the reading for the evening.

Homework: Read through chapter 2 (page 27)

Tuesday: After our grammar warm-up we’ll be discussing the reading from the previous evening.

Homework: Read through page 37 (there is a break at the top of 40)

Wednesday: We’ll be spending some time discussing the symbol of fire throughout the novel by starting with a 5 Minute FreeWrite then moving into a discussion of the text.

Homework: Read through page 45 (the start of chapter 4)

Thursday: Naturally we’ll be starting the day with grammar #21 the moving into a short worksheet designed to get you to think about some of the major themes that are starting to emerge in the novel. I’ll be collecting it at the end of class, so make sure that you’re focused and working hard.

Friday: Class on Friday will begin with our grammar quiz, and the rest of the day will be dedicated to completing chapter 4, through page 65, for class on Monday.

Homework: Read through page 63 (the end of chapter 4)

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5
Dec

With just two weeks to go until the break we’ve got a ton of ground to cover. We’ll be spending a significant amount of time exploring Transcendentalism these next two weeks, and we’ll be ending the unit with an in-class essay next Friday. That said, here’s your week.

Monday: As we begin our unit dealing with Transcendentalism I will be lecturing on what Transcendentalism is, providing you with some background on the philosophical underpinnings of the genre, and giving you a totally rad way to organize all the info. To end the day I’ll be distributing a portion of Walt Whitman’s poem Leaves of Grass for you to begin reading.

Tuesday: The first half of class on Tuesday is devoted to giving you some time, in groups of two, to begin summarizing Whitman’s poem. I’m concerned that we aren’t reading texts closely enough, and I’ll model a way for
you how to read poetry more effectively. The second half of the day will be spent discussing what you think the poem is really getting at. Lastly, I’ll be handing out the Unit Goals.

Homework: A 1 page, typed thought paper responding to Whitman.

Wednesday: As we continue to explore Transcendentalism, I’ll be distributing Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay Self-Reliance. Class will be given over to you reading the text. I’m asking for you to prepare this sheet for class on Thursday in order to participate in our discussion. Before you leave I’ll hand you a copy of Emerson’s essay Nature.

Homework: Complete the work detailing your understanding of Emerson’s essay.

Thursday: I’ll be stamping your Summary/Question sheets prior to our seminar on Emerson’s essay. If you aren’t ready to go, I’ll be asking you to complete an alternate assignment.

Friday: Friday will largely be a reading day in our class; I’m going to hand out Henry David Thoreau’s essay Civil Disobedience which you’ll need complete a Summary/Question sheet for prior to class on Monday.

Homework: Complete the work detailing your understanding of Thoreau’s essay.


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