Archive for March, 2011


Hey, sorry for the late-ish post. Here’s your week.

Monday: We need to check out our copies of Their Eyes Were Watching God. Afterwards I’d like to read part of chapter one aloud to you. We’ll end the period by doing something of a close reading of the beginning of the text. If you were gone you’ll need to talk to me for an explanation.

Tuesday: Tuesday is a fun day. We’ll be illustrating trees of our own that reflect our lives thus far, with “things suffered, things enjoyed, things done, and undone.” If you need inspiration, check out this example.

Homework: Read chapters 2+3.

Wednesday: We’ll be going through a worksheet on chapters 2+3 in order to help us process things. You can find it here.

Homework: Read chapters 4-6

Thursday: We’ll be working through one more worksheet on chapters 4-6. You can find it here.

Homework: Read 7-9

Friday: We’ll begin the day with a quiz on the novel thus far, then transition into a discussion of Janie’s relationships thus far. You can find the directions for the small group discussion here.

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Here’s the schedule for the week. I’ll keep this short and simply direct your attention to the To Kill A Mockingbird page on my site for all the week’s handouts. Or you can go to the 10th Grade Handouts portion of the site. Either works.

Monday: We’ll be reviewing chapters 1-3 and the work we’ve done on them. I’ll be stamping your response journals, so make sure that you’re up to date with the work.

Homework: Read chapters 7-8

Tuesday: After Grammar #41 about different forms of pronouns I’ll be distributing the second vocabulary list for To Kill A Mockingbird chapters 7-11. Finally, we have a short response for chapter 7. You can find all of those things on the To Kill A Mockingbird page.

Wednesday: We’ll start the day by discussing your responses to chapter 7, then giving the rest of the day over to reading chapters 9-11. They need to be done for class on Thursday.

Thursday: I have a series of questions for chapters 9-11 as well as a short written response for you. I’ll be stamping these in class, so you’ll need to be on top of getting your work done in a prompt manner.

Friday: We have not one but two quizzes on Friday. The first is our Grammar Quiz (no surprise there), the second is our To Kill A Mockingbird Part I quiz. They will take the majority of the period. Also, remember that the end of the grading period is Friday, so it is the final chance to get work in to me if you want it reflected on your progress reports.

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Well, after a weekend without heat in my apartment, a Huskies win followed by a Huskies loss, I suppose it’s time to get back to the grind before Spring Break. Buckle down, as these will be two quick, full weeks. Here’s what this one looks like.

Monday: We’ll start class by making our To Kill A Mockingbird response journals. In these we’ll be keeping our vocabulary and FreeWrites, as well as a couple of other things during our reading of the novel. From there, I’ll be giving you our first set of vocab and then jumping right in and reading part of chapter one aloud to you so that you can start to get a feel for the characters.

Homework: Read chapters 2 and 3 for the start of class on Wednesday.

Tuesday: For the first time this year we’ll be attending the play previews. Whoohoo!

Wednesday: After we get back into our routine with Grammar #36 I have a short worksheet on chapters 1 through 3 that we’ll spend much of the class period on. It is due at the start of class on Thursday.

Homework: Finish the chapters 1-3 worksheet.

Thursday: After I stamp the work from Wednesday we’ll start the day with Grammar #37. From there we’ll be going over the work from Wednesday, then the rest of the period is yours to read chapters 4-6 for class on Friday.

Homework: Read chapters 4-6.

Friday: If I were you I’d anticipate a quiz on Friday. After the quiz that might hypothetically happen and might hypothetically be on chapters 1-6 and might hypothetically include vocab as well you’ll receive vocab #2 for the novel. The rest of the period will be spent on this worksheet covering some of the major events and ideas in chapters 4-6.

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I’m sitting by the fire in my currently heat free apartment (come on, heater guy! make things work!) thinking about the stories we’ll be reading this week and listening to some great blues, because it somehow feels appropriate. We’re transitioning from Twain this week into Zora Neale Hurston and her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, but before we get into that we’ll be reading two of her short stories Sweat and The Gilded Six-Bits. Both of these stories are deeply connected to the American South and are primary examples of regionalism in American writing in a way that was similar to Twain’s writing. The difference here is that instead of being written by a white man whose life was privileged these stories were written by a black woman who had to deal with serious racism and bigotry. You can find links to each of these stories as well as some fantastic analysis here.

All that said, here’s your week:

Monday: I’ll be doing two things on Monday. First, I need to collect your copies of Huck Finn. You have until Friday at the latest to turn them in, at which point I’ll be issuing fines to those of you who fail to turn yours in. Then I’ll be checking out our next novel, Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. Secondly, we’ll transition to Ms. Hurston’s work. First I have a short 5 Minute FreeWrite for you to start organizing your thoughts, then we’ll be starting with a short video to introduce her, then I’ll hand out copies of Sweat and The Gilded Six-Bits. The rest of the period will be dedicated to reading through Sweat and making note of some of the major symbols and ideas in the text as you go. I’ll be handing out a note card to each of you to write 3 questions on which will come back into play on Thursday.

Tuesday: For the first time this year, a play preview has landed on a day that works for us to actually go see. So we’ll do that.

Wednesday: After a short discussion of Sweat (I’m keeping it short because we’ll really dig into it on Friday) we’ll transition to reading The Gilded Six-Bits. Again, you’ll have much of the period to do the reading and to make a few notes on the text after we have a short 5 Minute FreeWrite.

Thursday: Prior to our conversation about Hurston’s work on Friday we’ll be in the library to write our thought papers on these two powerful stories. In order to participate in our group seminar you must have completed this thought paper.

Homework: Complete Thought Paper for class on Friday.

Friday: Friday will be seminar day, and we’re doing it a touch differently. First, we’ll break into smaller groups to discuss the questions that you’ve written for Sweat and The Gilded Six-Bits, then we’ll come back together as a group to discuss. Here’s a copy of the small group work instructions, in case you miss it.

Finally, here’s the super cool video we’ll be using to introduce Hurston’s work.

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This week is a tad messed up, but here’s the quick version. We’ll be reading through a series of articles from the New York Times as we prepare for our Huck Finn debate. Also, you’ll find an article from the Seattle PI, one from the Washington Post, an essay from the University of Virginia, and one more piece from the NYTimes. For each of these I’ll be asking you to write a short prĂ©cis to demonstrate that you both understand the argument and that you can coherently summarize the author’s purposes. Finally, as we prepare for our debate I’ll be asking you to fill out this debate preparation sheet. I’ll be collecting all of this on Friday prior to our debate.

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Hey y’all! Here’s the study guide for the final on Huck Finn. Enjoy!

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