Archive for October, 2011


Happy day-before/day of All Hallows Eve! (depending, of course, upon when you read this). Week 9 is a super fun one for me, because not only do we get to continue working with some of our scarier stories of the year, but we also get to dig deeper into the work of authors Edgar Allen Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne as we continue learning more about American Romanticism.

Monday: We’ll be reading one of my absolute favorite stories by Poe, The Cask of Amantillado. As we do, I’ll be presenting more notes on Romanticism (which I’ll post here sometime after 1st period), but for a terrific load of info, check out this site. You’ll need to finish reading the story during the course of the period/the evening. I’m asking you to keep a dialectical journal (minimum 5 entries) that looks specifically for Romantic elements in addition to your general observations. For an example, check this out.

Homework: Complete your dialectical journal entries for the start of class! You’ll need them Tuesday.

Tuesday: After a quick grammar warm-up we’ll transition into a small-group activity with your dialectical journals in which I’ll be asking you to work through a series of questions on the text. You can find those questions here. We’ll be ending the day with a set of vocabulary terms for our next story for the week, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Birthmark.

Homework: Read the first 5 (through the top of page 9) pages of The Birthmark. I’ll mark the pages for you in class. I’ll hand you a small set of Study Questions as you leave which I will stamp, but not collect, in class on Wednesday.

Wednesday: You’ll be working through a series of questions that will ask you to start looking at some specific literary devices that Hawthorne is using in his story. I’ll be asking you specifically to look at allegory, allusion, and foreshadowing. I’ll stamp this Thursday and you’ll turn it in Friday.

Homework: Read through the top of page 15 and complete the accompanying Study Questions.

Thursday: We’ll begin the day with another installment of our grammar unit (during which I’ll stamp your Study Questions). We’ll spend some time in class discussing the story thus far, and I’ll lecture briefly on the role of nature in Hawthorne’s story.

Homework: Finish the story. You’ll have one last set of discussion questions to complete as well.

Friday: We’ll begin this final day of the week with our Grammar Quiz, which will be followed immediately with your vocabulary quiz. The week will end with a discussion of Hawthorne’s piece and its classification as Romantic.

Category : 11th Grade | Blog

Hey y’all! Here’s the weekend reflection on your presentations of Miller’s play, The Crucible.

Category : 11th Grade | Blog

Hey juniors!

I’ve been thinking about it, and have decided that it would be beneficial for us to wander down to the theatre today for play previews. This will, of course, slightly alter our schedule for the week, but I don’t think that it will be too detrimental. In fact, I’m excited for you to see some students who have been working on putting together a play so that perhaps you can consider ways that you can work on your own. That said, here’s what the week will look like now:

Tuesday: First you’ll turn in your Study Questions on Young Goodman Brown, then we’ll wander down to the theatre as a class.

Wednesday: I’ll hand back your Study Questions (with stamps!) and we’ll go over them briefly, considering especially the motifs that Hawthorne develops and the opposite (binary) roles that nature and the village take in the story. We’ll also be reading Poe’s story/poem The Raven. The end of the day will be given to you working in your small presentation groups.

Thursday: We’ll be reading Poe’s story The Tell Tale Heart aloud and working on some Study Questions about the story, then ending the day with a bit more time to work in our groups.

Friday: Friday will be presentation day. I think that we have few enough groups that we’ll be able to get through all of them on Friday.

Category : 11th Grade | Blog

Hey s’mores!

I know that I totally blanked on posting your schedule for this week. Super not cool of me. I’ll be better. I hope. I’ll be posting the notes from our last week or so of in-class instruction as it pertains to how to write a compare/contrast essay shortly. I’m in the process of making them into a slideshow that you can download more easily. That said, here’s the schedule for this week:

Monday: I have the laptops for us to work on body paragraphs. I’ll be available to help a bit, but I want you to be resources for each other, too.

Tuesday: We’ll be beginning our mostly-weekly, year-long grammar unit. You’ll need your grammar notebooks, so if you haven’t picked those up from your 9th grade English teacher, do so ASAP. We’ll be continuing our work with body paragraphs, too. Oh, and I’ll be adding the last part of our notes on how to write a successful compare/contrast essay, focusing on the conclusion. Don’t miss it.

Homework: Complete a rough draft for peer edit on Wednesday/Thursday.

Wednesday/Thursday: Having learned from last time about how long it takes you to edit, I’ll be setting aside two full days for it this time. It seems smart, yes? Also, we’ll have part two of our grammar unit on Thursday.

Homework: Revise/complete your compare/contrast essay. It is due Friday.

Friday: I’ll be collecting your final drafts on Friday, so I’ll have the laptops in the room for you to turn them in. Afterwards, just for fun, I’ll be showing you the conclusion of the video version of Lord of the Flies.

Category : Honors 10 | Blog

Hey 11’s. Welcome to our week of celebrating All Hallows Eve (that’s Halloween to those of you who didn’t pick up on it); we’ll be reading a bunch of scary stories, writing about them, watching them, all those fun things. Of course, it’ll continue into next week as well, as All Hallows Eve isn’t until next Tuesday. Woohoo! More scary stories. Here’s the week:

Monday: We’ll begin the week by reading Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic story Young Goodman Brown. I have a set of Study Questions for you which you need to have done for class on Tuesday. Afterwards I’ll be giving you about 20 minutes to work on your scene presentations.

Tuesday: Tuesday will start with our 3rd installment of our year-long grammar unit. (I’ll be stamping your Study Questions during the grammar unit). Please make sure that you have your grammar books ready to go. Afterwards I’ll be reading Edgar Allen Poe’s classic poem The Raven which we’ll be discussing in small groups. The remainder of the class period will be given over to you working in your small groups.

Wednesday: I’ll begin the day by distributing copies of Edgar Allen Poe’s story The Tell-Tale Heart then working through a series of questions that I’ll distributing in class. As you read, you’ll be keeping a second dialectical journal on the text that you’ll be using this weekend as you write about these two stories. Naturally, the last 15 or 20 minutes will be spent working in your small groups on your scenes.

Thursday: We’ll start the day with a brief installment of our Grammar Unit, then we’ll begin presenting our presentations. (That sounded dumb).

Friday: After a short grammar quiz we’ll wrap up our scenes.

Homework: You’ll have a short writing assignment this week comparing the stories of Poe and Hawthorne which will require that you use the notes you’ve taken in your dialectical journals.

Category : 11th Grade | Blog

Howdy, juniors! Welcome to week #8, in which we will finish up our reading of Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible. You’ll have a bit of homework this week, and we’ll also be starting a presentation project with groups that I’ll be assigning you.

Monday: We’ll start the week off by reviewing the Act 3 Study Questions from Friday. I’ll stamp them first thing, so make sure that they’re ready to go at the start of the period. Afterwards, we’ll be starting Act 4, in which the real crazy starts to go down.

Tuesday: We’ll finish reading Act 4 during class (woohoo!) and we’ll transition to working through our Act 4 Study Questions. I’ll give you part of the class to work on this, and we’ll be stamping them at the start of the period on Wednesday.

Homework: Finish your Act 4 Study Questions

Wednesday: We’ll stamp the Act 4 Study Questions at the start of the period. I’ll be collecting them at the end of the period, along with an in-class writing piece that we’ll do on the novel.

Thursday: On Thursday we’ll begin our first major project of the year. I’ll be placing you in groups of 3-5 students and giving you a scene that you will be presenting to the class. Along with this scene you’ll be completing a 1-2 page write up detailing why your group chose to do it the way you did. I’ll post more on that ASAP.

Category : 11th Grade | Blog

Hey juniors! Our schedule is a little bit off of where we thought it would be this week, so we’ll be modifying it a touch. Here’s what it looks like in lieu of what else has gone on this week:

Wednesday: Introduce Comic Summaries and begin by drawing 6 panels to summarize the beginning of Act 3. Afterwards we’ll read through page 102 as we prepare to finish Act 3 on Thursday.

Homework: Craft 4 more panels of your Comic Summary derived from our reading in class.

Thursday: We’ll be finishing Act 3 aloud in class, and afterwards you’ll have two things that you need to do for class on Friday. First, complete these Act 3 Study Questions. Second, add 5 more panels to your comic summary for a total of 15. I’ll be stamping it in class on Friday at the same time as I stamp/collect your work for Act 3 (and 2, as it happens… I blanked on collecting that last weekend).

Homework: Finish Act 3 Study Questions, add 5 panels to your Comic Summary.

Friday: We’ll end the week with our 2 quizzes, and I’ll be stamping/collecting/discussing your Act 3 Study Questions. And you’ll have zero weekend homework. Sweet.

Category : 12th Grade | Blog

Hey. By now you know that we’re working on our mini-presentation on the causes for the fall of the society in Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies. Here’s what the rest of the week looks like.

M-Th: Research/Present

Friday: I’ll be introducing your first major essay of the year. It is a compare and contrast literary analysis which seeks to explore the different ways that Golding and Bradbury look at the world, and what each attributes to our failings. You can find the prompt here. There isn’t any homework on it, as we’ll be working through much of the essay together in class (at least to start). Have a splendid weekend. :)

Category : Honors 10 | Blog

Howdy, juniors! So your week is really, really straight forward. We’ll be finishing the play this week, and as such, some of our time will be spent reading, some will be spent working, reading, and writing.

Monday: We’ll be going over your Act 2 questions at the start of the class period, afterwards I’ll be distributing your Act 3 vocabulary sheets.

Tuesday: Act 3 continues with the testimony of Mary Warren. We’ll be reading through 102, so we need to jump right in. We’ll blast through the Grammar Review warm up for the day then start the play. If you need extra help with the grammar, check out this page from about simple subjects and this one about verbs.

Wednesday: We’ll be continuing with Act 3 in class, then ending the day with a short writing prompt. You’ll probably have time in class to complete it, which would be good because I’m requiring that you smoothly integrate a citation into the text, for which you’ll need the book.

Homework: Finish your writing prompt for the start of class! I’m stamping them!

Thursday: Again, we’ll start the day off with our Grammar Review #2 (still all about subjects and verbs… easy stuff) then complete the day by reading the remainder of Act 3 together in class.

Homework: Finish your Act 3 Study Questions.

Friday: We actually have two quizzes on Friday, the first on Grammar and the second on vocabulary. We’ll end the day by discussing the Act 3 Study Questions which I will stamp at the start of the period.

Category : 11th Grade | Blog

Hey S’mores!

Here are the discussion questions that we used in class today. Tomorrow we’ll be going over these last 4 chapters (including chapter 12), but I won’t collect the questions until Friday.


Category : Honors 10 | Blog