Archive for March, 2014


It’s late, so here’s the deal:

Monday: Monday is a peer editing day. But you already know that.

Tuesday: Play Previews!

Wednesday: I’ll have some computers in the room for y’all to turn in your essays. There WILL NOT be time to write, only to upload. Afterwards, I’ll be introducing our next author, Zora Neale Hurston by way of discussing the Harlem Renaissance.

Thursday: I’ll hand out Hurston’s short story Sweat, which I’ll be giving you time in class to read. If you want some additional analysis of the story, check out this link.

Friday: We’ll be discussing the story together in class. I’m not totally sure how, but it will be cool.


Category : 11th Grade | Blog

Hey s’mores! I’ll keep this short, because it’s late. Here’s the week:

Monday: We’ll take a short pause from our reading to take a closer look at what we’ve been learning about pre-imperialist culture amongst the Igbo people. I have a writing assignment that should be included in your journals which we’ll be spending two days on.

Homework: Read through chapter 14 for class on Thursday.

Tuesday: We’ll continue our work on our five paragraphs on Igbo culture in class.

Wednesday: This will be the coolest day of the year. Trust me. I can say no more.

Thursday: I have two journals entries for class on Thursday. We’ll be talking about both during class. They can be found here.

Homework: Read chapters 15-17.

Friday: I have a short-ish set of discussion questions for class on Friday.

Homework: Finish section two of the novel.

Category : Honors 10 | Blog

Good morning young ones! Sorry for the early morning post today– the weekend simply got away from me. Anywho, it’s neither here nor there (actually, where did that particular turn of phrase come from? Clearly, it is either here or there. Otherwise it is absolutely nowhere). Whatever. Here’s your week:

Monday: We’ll be starting our Tale of Two Cities essays today. There is not a particular prompt here. Rather, I just need you to choose a topic, identify what Dickens may be saying about it, and discuss how his use of literary devices helps to support this particular theme. Here are a few starter ideas if you need help. Annoyingly, the library is being used for registration all week, and we won’t have the opportunity to start typing in the library until Thursday, but I’ll try to have the COWS available for Wednesday.

Tuesday: Registration day. Head straight to the library.

Wednesday: This will be a chance for you to start writing in class. Ms. Inman, my sub, will be checking your theses before letting you on to computers to work on your drafts.

Thursday: Typing Day! This will be a chance for you to work on your Tale of Two Cities essays in class before peer editing day on Friday.

Friday: If you’re unsure about what you’re supposed to be doing on Friday, you clearly have not actually read the rest of the plan for the week. This will be a peer editing day, and you’ll be working in groups of three. Remember, you must have your work edited by somebody other than me before it is turned in. I have exactly zero desire to read a bunch of essays that are not in top shape.

Notes: Essays will be due on Tuesday, March 18. Also, I’ve decided to make a change in the plan and our next novel will be Things Fall Apart. We’ll begin it on Monday, March 17.

Category : Honors 10 | Blog

Hey 11’s! This is a pretty diverse week, and we’ll be doing all sorts of things. Some are administrative in nature, some are educational. Either way, here’s the week:

Monday: Registration Day! We’ll be in the library doing registration. So there’s that. Make sure to show up with your registration materials.

Tuesday: Naturally, we’ll be moving our Huck Finn exam to Tuesday.

Wednesday+Thursday: On Wednesday we’ll be starting an activity that looks at a series of readings on Huck Finn and whether or not we feel like it is an appropriate reading for high school students. At the end of the day on Thursday you’ll be assigned a side (either for teaching it or against) which you’ll be arguing in class on Friday. You’ll need to find textual evidence to support your claims, which you will cite during the debate.

Friday: Debate day! Naturally, we’ll be debating the appropriateness of reading/teaching Huck Finn in high school. The focus of the debate will be, in part, on whether or not the racist language used in the novel is grounds for removing the novel from our curriculum, or whether the moral of the novel rescues it.

Side note: Next week will be Huck Finn essay week, but there are also some logistical challenges that I’m working out. More to follow.

Category : 11th Grade | Blog

Hey s’mores! Loads to do this week, so let’s jump right to it:

Monday: We’ll be jumping right in this week with a short set of discussion questions on chapters 7-10.

Homework: Read chapters 11-13.

Tuesday: We’ll be taking a look at chapters 11-13 and the themes that they are addressing, as well as how they connect to the novel on the whole (another one of those microcosm things).

Homework: Read chapter 14-15.

Wednesday: Naturally, we’ll be discussing the end of the novel in class on Wednesday, and we’ll be having another scored discussion about… um… well I can’t say because it would give away the end of the novel. There is also a short set of discussion questions on the end of the novel.

Thursday: Thursday will be a study day. I’ll walk you through everything that you’ll need to know to be successful on the final exam for the novel.

Friday: Our Friday will be spent taking your final exam on the novel.

Category : Honors 10 | Blog

Hey juniors! We have quite a busy week. Not only will we be wrapping up Huck Finn this week, but we’ll also be transitioning to our first essay of the semester (next week) as well.

Monday: We’ll be discussing chapters 34 and 35. The smart kids should expect a quiz. I’ll also be collecting your journals (because I forgot to do it on Friday… which was dumb). We’ll be focusing on the interaction between Huck and Aunt Sally, as well as the plan that Huck and Tom have hatched to free Jim.

Homework: Read through chapters 36-37.

Tuesday: During class we will be taking a closer look at the way that Tom and Huck view Jim during his captivity. I have a short writing piece to start the day which we’ll then discuss. I’ll also be giving you a little bit of time to read.

Homework: Read chapters 38-39.

Wednesday: I have a set of comprehension questions for you regarding chapters 35-39 which we’ll do in class, then we’ll discuss afterwards. Again, I hope to give you a little time to read.

Homework: Read chapters 40-41.

Thursday: We’ll be having another scored debate, this time focusing on the statement that Huck makes about Jim being “white inside,” as well as Tom and his view of Jim.

Homework: Read chapter 42.

Friday: I’ll start the day off by reading the final chapter of the novel to you. Afterwards, we’ll have a final set of discussion questions on the novel. At the end of the day I’ll hand over the review for the final exam on the novel, which you’ll be taking Monday.

Category : 11th Grade | Blog