Archive for January, 2011

31
Jan

As we begin semester #2 we’ll continue our work with Macbeth as well as our work with our year-long grammar unit. I’ll talk about the plan for this semester today, but we’re just going to keep on keeping on.

Monday: After we discuss the plan for this semester we’ll be jumping into Act III.iii and acting part of it out. There’s nothing quite as fun as staging a proper murder, and we’ll have a good time with it.

Homework: Read III.iv

Tuesday: We’ll begin the day with our first grammar assignment of the year then transition into the massively important banquet scene of III.iv. This scene is among the most famous in all of Shakespeare’s work, and we’ll be taking it apart in great detail so that you see everything that’s going on.

Wednesday: We’ll start Wednesday by watching III.v, as it is a pretty bizarre scene and it really needs to be experienced. From there we’ll be transitioning to a “translation” of the witches meeting with Hecate.

Homework: Read III.vi

Thursday: After our next installment of grammar we’ll spend a bit more time with III.vi. I have a series of questions for you to demonstrate that you’ve read it closely. We’ll be both doing and discussing them in class, so make sure you’re here.

Friday: We have not one but two quizzes on Friday. The first is our normal grammar quiz, the second in a midpoint quiz for Macbeth. It will cover Acts I-III, and will include passage analysis, basic comprehension, and one short writing piece.

Category : 10th Grade | Blog
30
Jan

Gracious. 20 weeks into the year already, one semester down (and I’m almost done grading it…), and just a few short months until Senioritis really kicks in. That said, we’ve still got plenty of reading to do, so here’s the plan for the week:

Monday: After we discuss the upcoming semester I’ll be showing you a series of pictures to help start a conversation about the depiction of race in the novel. This will be one of the central themes that we’ll be looking at as we read in an attempt to form our own opinions about what Twain was trying to do. We’ll end the day reading the rest of chapter 1 out loud before we launch into our first character analysis.

Homework: Read chapters 2 + 3.

Tuesday: We’ll continue looking at the major characters in the novel, specifically at Huck, Tom, and Jim by examining how they are depicted in the early chapters of the novel. I’ll also be lecturing a bit about satire, what it is, and how it works.

Wednesday: Wednesday is a reading day. We need to have read through chapter 6 for class on Thursday when we’ll be working on a group project that will examine the society around Huck and some of the things Twain has to say about it.

Thursday: Group work day! You can find the directions for our in-class work here.

Friday: We’ll begin the day with an 5 Minute FreeWrite about the notion of Freedom, after which we’ll be designating time for reading. We need to be through chapter 10 for class on Monday.

Homework: Read chapters 7-10 for class on Monday.

Category : 11th Grade | Blog
20
Jan

Hey y’all! In case you didn’t finish the work we started in class on Act II.ii, you can find it here.

Category : 10th Grade | Blog
18
Jan

Hey y’all! I’ll start the week by admitting an error. It was pointed out to me that a week before the end of the semester is actually Thursday, not Tuesday, thus the book projects are technically due on Thursday. Say thanks. :)

Tuesday: We’ll be working through our mini-seminar on Krakauer’s claim that Chris’ life hummed with meaning and purpose. I’ll be stamping your thought papers, and collecting the work from last week as well. Finally, I’ll be reading most of chapter 18 aloud.

Wednesday: Having completed the novel, we’ll be starting our final essay of the semester on Wednesday. In class I’ll walk you through the prompt options, then we’ll spend the rest of class working on an outline that will be turned in with your final draft on Thursday, the 27th. Also, we’ll have our final Response Journal Entry to start the day.

Thursday: Thursday is a writing day. I’ll have some computers in class so that you can work on your essays.

Homework: Complete rough draft for Monday’s Peer Edit.

Friday: Our final exam on Into The Wild will take place on Friday. Make sure that you’ve studied up on the vocab and on the major events in the novel.

Homework: Complete rough draft for Monday’s Peer Edit.

Category : 11th Grade | Blog
17
Jan

First thing first, it was pointed out to me that Thursday is the proper due date for you Outside Reading, as it is 1 week prior to the end of the semester. Second, this week is full of Shakespeare, and there is a bit of reading homework this weekend.

Tuesday: The week starts easily, as Tuesday is dedicated to finishing up your Front Page for Act 1 of Macbeth. The assignment is due Wednesday, but we won’t be working on it in class.

Homework: Read Act II.i

Wednesday: Again, your Front Page assignment is due Wednesday, so make sure you have made the necessary arrangements. I’ll also be showing part of Act II.i, and we’ll be working out exactly what Macbeth’s strange vision was all about by discussing allusion and motif .

Homework: Read II.ii

Thursday: We’ll be watching part of II.ii and continuing our discussion of allusion and motif.

Friday: We’ll start in on II.iii by watching the famous Porter Scene. I need to walk you through much of the scene and discuss some of the interesting facets of his bizarre scene. Afterwards I’ll give you time to read.

Homework: Finish II.iii

Category : 10th Grade | Blog
14
Jan

Here’s the entry slip that you’ll need for the seminar on Tuesday.

Category : 11th Grade | Blog
13
Jan

Hey y’all! Here’s the work on Into The Wild chapters 10 and 11. Also, as a quick aside, make sure to study your vocab for the quiz tomorrow. I’ll give you a hint: make sure that you know what “mercurial” means.

Category : 11th Grade | Blog
11
Jan

In case you missed the work for Tuesday on chapters 8+9, here it is!

Category : 11th Grade | Blog
10
Jan

Hey 11’s! Here’s the Into The Wild work we did in class today, in case you didn’t finish.

Category : 11th Grade | Blog
6
Jan

Hey! Here’s the questions for Into The Wild chapters 2-4.

Category : 12th Grade | Blog