Archive for February, 2011

27
Feb

Well, I’m stuck in traffic on HWY 2 and I haven’t moved in an hour. Suddenly I wish the heater in my truck actually worked… That said, here’s our week.

Monday: (update: I drove about 40 feet… So that’s cool). We’ll be discussing Chapters 35-39 through a short series of questions. You can find them here, if you miss class.

Tuesday: We’ll be listening to the end of the novel in class after our final installment of Huck Finn vocabulary. If you miss the vocabulary you can get it here.

Wednesday: In class I’ll be distributing the study guide for the Huck Finn final and giving you time to break into groups to work through the study guide.

Thursday: In preparation for our debate on the novel next week I’ll be handing out the central question, an article arguing each side, and giving you time to start reading and researching your side.

Friday: We’ll end the week with our final exam on Huck Finn.

Category : 11th Grade | Blog
27
Feb

Well, as I sit stuck in traffic on a very snowy HWY 2 I’ll make the most of my time by writing up the week. It’s a pretty simple one, as we’ll be spending plenty of time working on our Macbeth essays. Please note that they’re due on Friday.

Monday: We’ll be in the library working on our essays. You must get your intro/hooks signed off before you can begin, and I’ll be monitoring your progress as you work.

Tuesday: After beginning with a grammar warmup we’ll be peer editing our essays. Bring what you have so that you can make sure to have somebody read over your work. Remember, I won’t accept essays that haven’t been peer edited.

Wednesday: We’ll be in the library on more time to give you an opportunity to revise your essays. You should be nearly finished with them by the time we leave, but they won’t be due until Friday.

Thursday: Naturally, we’ll begin with our grammar lesson which will be followed by the beginning of our last piece of Macbeth. In small groups you’ll be acting out a scene from the play, and you can find the directions and requirements here.

Friday: After our grammar quiz I’ll be collecting you essays. We’ll end the day by breaking into our performance groups to start working on our scenes.

Category : 10th Grade | Blog
22
Feb

Hey S’mores. In our ultra short week we’ll be skipping all things grammar-related and focusing on our writing, specifically the writing of our Macbeth essay. I’ll be distributing the prompts on Thursday, but first we’ll be spending a little bit of time on Wednesday discussing how to write a proper introduction. This is something we’ve struggled with, and I have a few ideas that might help a bit. Friday will be a writing day, and we’ll be in the lab (or at least have a lab in the classroom) so that we can start working out our ideas. If you’re gone on Thursday, be sure to check back to get the actual prompts so that you can be ready to go during the week. I’ll be adding more to our week as it gets going, but, with the t(h)reat of snow, I don’t want to put anything down in stone just yet.

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22
Feb

Happy Week 23, all. Here’s to hoping that you had a splendid mid-winter break, filled with everything from snow to reading by a fire (or at least a warm heater). This week will bring us quite close to the conclusion of Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, so if you are behind on the reading, this is the time to work your way towards being caught up.

Wednesday: We’ll be going over the reading for chapters 31-34, but first I have a short lecture on the Duke and the King (the chapters we elected to skip). If you’re gone on Wednesday, be sure to check here for (hopefully) the illustrated version of the lecture. Also, we’ll work on completing a few short questions on the reading in class.

Homework: In theory, none, though you may need to finish up the work we begin in class prior to class on Tuesday.

Thursday: Tuesday will be a reading day. After we finish whatever discussion we need to from Wednesday the rest of the period will be for you to read chapters 35-39.

Homework: Complete the reading of 35-39.

Friday: We’ll spend Friday discussing chapters 35-39. I have a small group activity for us to work on that should help shed some light on the bizarre actions of Huck and Tom, and we’ll be applying the notion of a literary foil to Huck in order to help us understand him more fully.

Homework: Finish the novel by reading the last 4 chapters over the weekend.

Category : 11th Grade | Blog
15
Feb

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So, given the issues with our schedule this week, here are the changes that we’ll be making.

Wednesday: We’ll go over the work that we did in chapters 17-19 discussing satire and I’ll follow with a discussion of the duke and the king.

Thursday: We’ll end the week with our midpoint exam.

Homework: Read through chapter 34.

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13
Feb

Happy Singles Awareness Week! Because this is a short week, and because we’ll be finishing Macbeth this week I’ll jump right in, but will let you know at the outset that we’ve got a fair amount of stuff, so make sure to stay up with your work.

Monday: We’ll be working through a set of questions about Act 5, Scene 2. I’ll be stamping them for completion, of course. Afterwards, please complete the reading for the evening (Act 5.3 and 5.4).

Homework: Read V.iii and V.iv.

Tuesday: After Grammar #35 we’ll debrief V.iii and V.iv then view V.v and V.vi. Also, I’ll be distributing the end-of-play exam study guide.

Homework: Read V.vii

Wednesday: Because of the short week we’ll begin the day with Grammar #35, then we’ll be reading V.viii aloud in class, mainly because it is awesome and tons of fun to act out. This will take much of the class period :)

Thursday: We will have our final exam on the play on Thursday.

Category : 10th Grade | Blog
13
Feb

Happy Valentine’s day, all! (or, if you prefer, Singles Awareness Day). We’ve a short week on our hands, but there’s quite a bit to be done before we knock off for a long weekend. Here’s the schedule:

Monday: I have a set of questions relating to chapters 17-19 of Huck Finn that we’ll be working on together in class. If you finish early, please read through chapter 20. It will be the last chapter before we jump to the end of the section dealing with the duke and the dauphin (or, as he is later known, the king).

Homework: Finish chapter 20 prior to class on Tuesday.

Tuesday: I’ll be lecturing briefly on chapter 20, the significance of the duke and the dauphin, and summarizing chapters 21-30. While they are tremendously humorous, they don’t do much to advance the plot of the book, and they echo many of the major themes that we’ve already begun to look at. Afterwards, we have an in-class writing prompt that I’ll be using to evaluate your comprehension of the text and its major themes thus far.

Wednesday: As we wrap up the first half of the novel we’ll be taking our midpoint exam. You’ll be asked to answer a series of short answer questions, complete a handful of sentences with our vocabulary terms, and answer one longer response. To study, reflect on how Huck and Jim came to be where they are, what happened with the Grangerfords and Sheperdsons, and where the duke and the dauphin came from.

Homework: Read through chapter 34.

Thursday: I have a series of questions for us to work on in small groups on Thursday dealing with chapters 31-34. The book has taken something of a turn at this point, and we’ll be examining what Twain is trying to accomplish.

Homework: Read through chapter 39 for class on Tuesday. We’ll be finishing the book next week, so make sure that you’re caught up.

Category : 11th Grade | Blog
8
Feb

Here is the small group reading project for Huck Finn chapters 11-13. I’ll post the rest of the week’s work shortly.

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7
Feb

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I’ll be posting the rest of the week shortly, but in the meantime here’s the work for Act IV.ii in which Lady Macduff runs afoul of Macbeth. Again, you’ll have exactly 10 minutes at the start of class tomorrow to finish.

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