Archive for November, 2012


Hey s’mores. I thought I should post the criterion for the Dialectical/Tone Journals so that you can make darn sure that you’re earning the best possible grade.

Tone Criteria .096

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Hey young scholars! Here you’ll find our list of tone words as well as one of my examples of an analysis of a passage’s tone that you can use as inspiration for your dialectical journal.

Tone Words.093

Tone Example.094

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Howdy, s’mores. Sit back, relax, and check out your week. It’s full of goodness.

Monday: After debriefing our Thanksgiving escapades (I’m sure there are some…), we’ll be doing a short activity with one of my all-time favorite songs (it’ll be surprise) designed to help you young scholars work on writing about a piece’s tone. Afterwards, we’ll transition to talking (briefly?) about what we want to do as a class (or part of a class) to live out Elie Wiesel’s challenge to combat indifference. Finally, if time allows, I’ll be giving you some time to read chapters 1-3.

Homework: Read chapters 1-3.

Tuesday: We’ll jump right in with a study guide on chapters 1-3 designed to help you remember a number of key plot elements. This will likely take the whole period, as we’ll be going over it as well.

Homework: Read chapters 4-6.

Wednesday: We’ll continue our focus on tone by sharing selections from our Dialectical Journals (which I will also be checking/stamping at the start of class). It is important to me that you begin to distinguish between the author’s tone and the tone of a character, and we’ll be analyzing our own responses in this way during class. If you’re absent, make sure that you see me quickly to have your Dialectical Journals checked off for credit.

Homework: Read chapters 7-9.

Thursday: We’ll be working on a little project that I’m stealing outright from a teacher I’ve never met (thanks, Google!). You’ll be responding only to the first prompt here. Naturally, we’ll share them afterwards. I’ll also be giving you some more vocabulary terms for the novel.

Homework: Read chapters 10-11.

Friday: We’ll be having two significant events on Friday. First, we’ll have a short quiz on the novel’s vocabulary terms thus far. Afterwards, we’ll be having a short seminar on part one of TKAM. I’ll end the day by giving you the third installment of the novel’s vocabulary.

Homework: Read chapters 12 and 13.

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Hey-o! This week is a little different than the one I had originally prepared, and I’ll be getting y’all an updated syllabus for the remainder of the semester by the end of the week (also, did I just write “y’all?” What is wrong with me?). Here’s the week:

Monday: You did not have class. Whee.

Tuesday: Because I love plays (and you should, too), we’ll be attending the previews. I hope these heighten your excitement for the play and encourage you to attend. Remember, I offer extra credit for attending plays (it’s virtually the only time I offer extra credit all semester).

Wednesday: We’ll be discussing your work on Throeau’s Civil Disobedience, especially as it pertains to Transcendentalism. I’ll have a short writing prompt that will be completed in class. Afterwards, you’ll be reading Emerson’s Self-Reliance (thought not the entire thing…) and responding to a handful of questions that will help you puzzle through the text.

Homework: Finish the Self-Reliance comprehension questions.

Thursday: This day is super rad. I’ll be lecturing (best 20 minute lecture ever) on Self-Reliance. It involves a full drawing (which I’ll post afterwards, I hope).

Friday: After we debrief Self-Reliance I have another short response for you to finish up in class which I will be collecting. We’ll talk about it, then I’ll be handing out and checking out Krakauer’s novel Into The Wild. Your task is to read through chapter one for class on Monday. The smart kids will expect a quiz.

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Happy post-vet’s day, all! Here’s the quick run-down of this week. It’s a little different than we’d originally planned, but it isn’t going to throw off the syllabus just yet (that will happen next week, and I’ll be providing you with a new syllabus for the rest of the year). Here’s the plan:

Tuesday: We’ll be taking a short break from Night in order to attend the play previews. I’m a huge proponent of attending plays (and it is one of the only extra credit opportunities that you’ll have this semester), and this is a great way to get you guys and gals interested and support the drama department at the same time. I’ll also be collecting your Night response journals.

Wednesday: I’ll return (hopefully?) your Night journals and then distribute your essay prompt for the book. This will be done in class, and with pen and paper (crazy, I know) in order to help you start becoming used to the format that you’ll be seeing on the HSPE. All of the prompts are more or less of the persuasive variety, and I’ll be speaking briefly about how you can make sure that you’re successful on the exam. Our primary focus will be on the argumentative topic sentence.

Thursday: This will be writing day #2.

Friday: We’ll be starting our Night project. This is what will screw up the schedule. I’ll speak much, much more about it on Friday.

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Happy rainy Sunday evening, s’mores. I hope that you’re curled up by a lovely fire reading a good book (mainly because that’s what I wish I was doing right now). This week we’ll be spending much of our time reading through Elie Wiesel’s book Night. As I said in class, I have no intent to over-teach this particular text. I will introduce some ideas, we’ll discuss some of the symbolism, and of course we’ll be working with some vocabulary, but this is a powerful book that merits a simple, thoughtful reading. For this reason we’ll be doing a fair amount of responding to the text (as I discussed on Friday – let me know if you were gone and need the notes) and reflecting on what it means about us. One last note about the syllabus: I will be altering the schedule at the end of this novel by a couple of days. This will likely either shorten our trial activity for To Kill A Mockingbird or merit the removal of the same novel’s film. I’ll post the revised syllabus shortly.

That said, here’s the week!

Monday: We’ll start of the week by looking closely at a couple of the symbols in the first section of Night, specifically the synagogue, the yellow star, and the character of Moshe the Beadle. You’ll be asked to discuss the synagogue and Moshe the Beadle as symbols after I have a brief lecture on the yellow star, its meaning, and some less-than-obvious ways to read that particular symbol. Afterwards, I want to give you a little time to read.

Homework: Read sections 2 and 3 and complete a journal entry on these two sections.

Tuesday: Naturally, we’ll be discussing the character of Mrs. Schäechter. You will need to complete a response to these two sections of the text. I will be lecturing briefly on the topic of dehumanization and some of the ways that it has become visible throughout the novel at this point.

Homework: Read section 4 and note instances of dehumanization. Complete a journal entry for these two sections looking specifically at the topic of dehumanization.

Wednesday: We’ll be discussing the notes that you made regarding dehumanization, and then I’ll be giving you some time to begin reading section 5.

Homework: Read section 5 and complete a journal entry on this section. Specifically, I’d like you to examine the ways in which Eliezer has changed as a character throughout the novel thus far. Look specifically at his feelings about faith and family.

Thursday: After beginning the day by discussing your reflections from the previous evening, I’ll be allowing you some time to read. Hopefully it will be adequate to allow you to finish the evening’s reading.

Homework: Read sections 6 and 7 and complete a journal entry on a topic of your own choosing.

Friday: We’ll be discussing your journal entries, then finishing our readings.

Homework: Read section 8

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Good morning, young ones! We’ve got quite a lot to work on this week. We’ll be wrapping up our unit on the literature of early America and transitioning into the literature of the Romantics as well as wrapping up our partner essay.

Here’s the week:

Monday: We will begin the week with the aforementioned exam on our Puritan literature through this last week. I’ll be testing you on both vocabulary and content knowledge, so make sure that you take the time to study the review guide that I put up last week.

Tuesday: We will be moving towards finishing up our essays on Tuesday. I expect that you and your partner will be able to respond to the feedback that you got from other groups last week and that this will enable you to upload your essays to during the period.

Wednesday: We will be transitioning away from our literature of early America and into the literature of the Romantics. I have a lecture that I’ll be presenting to you pertaining to what Romanticism is, and how Transcendentalism fits into the genre. If you are gone on Wednesday make sure to check back here, as I’ll post the lecture notes afterwards (they’re a super fun drawing!).

Thursday: During class on Thursday I will be asking you to read and begin answering a set of analysis questions on Ralph Waldo Emerson’s piece entitled Self Reliance. We will not be reading the whole piece, though I do suggest that you consider checking it out.

Homework: If you don’t finish the analysis questions, you need to wrap them up at home.

Friday: After we begin class with a little activity that asks you to reflect on Self Reliance a bit we will transition to another, similar text entitled Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau. This is one of the more dangerous texts that we’ll read all year, primarily because of the ideas that Thoreau presents surrounding the ideas of freedom and liberty. Again, there are a handful analysis questions that you need to work on as we read. Finally I’ll be checking out a copy of Into The Wild to each of you. Your task over the holiday weekend is to read the first chapter of the text and be prepared to discuss it Tuesday.

Homework: Read Chapter 1 for Tuesday.

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Hey y’all! If you’re feeling like a little last minute studying, here’s the review guide for our Puritan Literature Exam.

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