Monday - DO NOW: Which character have you connected with most thus far? Explain out in a journal response. Vocabulary review work. Read and watch movie.
Tuesday - Close look at the male characters within the play. What is the "American Dream"? Go over students responses; this will be a great start to our close look of this question throughout the unit. Read and movie, if time.
Thursday - QUIZ on entirety of Act I. DO NOW: Who needs the money most? Fill out reasons/motivations worksheet. Share out. Read and watch movie.
Friday - Students will read a TIME article on the American Dream and respond in a one-page written response. Continue reading as a class. Fill out Act question sheet.
Monday - Anticipation guide debate based on essential questions for the unit. Go over values chart. Watch CrashCourse YouTube on the 1950s/Civil Rights Movement. Discuss time period and how it will shape the story. Read as a class.
Tuesday - DO NOW on setting of the play. Spatial/visual activity where the students create their interpretation of the play's opening scene. Look at similarities and differences between the students' interpretations. Exit slip on the Youngers living in such tight quarters. Continue reading, if time.
HW - Read to page 40 and finish up apartment activity.
Thursday- Read background information on Lorraine Hansberry and answer questions in the packet. Students will hang up their drawing from yesterday Pass out vocabulary words for each Act. Continue reading. Gallery walk at the end.
HW - Finish reading Act I and the reading questions for tomorrow's class.
Friday - Review Scene I. Direct vs. indirect characterization of the five main characters thus far. Work time. Share out as a class. Begin Scene II. Assign parts and have students read aloud. Students will answer questions as we read. Movie, if time.
Wednesday - PSAT Day.
Thursday - Go through PSAT writing.
Friday - DO NOW to begin new unit. Read the poem "Harlem." Go through questions and share out as a class. Begin reading as a class.
Monday - Finish up Rudy, if needed. Pass out essay rubric, assignment sheet, and outline. Go over essay and field any questions. The students will have the rest of the class to outline, brainstorm, and prepare.
Tuesday - Work day in computer lab for our final rites of passage paper. The students will now have their graphic organizers completed, an exemplar essay to model after, and a guiding rubric.
Thursday - First draft due. Peer edit papers. Final draft will be due on Friday. Article of the week.
Friday - .Hand in final drafts. Begin A Raisin in the Sun unit. DO NOW on ultimate goal for life. Read "Harlem" by Langston Hughes. Reading questions with a partner. Discuss. Exit slip on a prediction for the book.
Monday - DO NOW on essential question from "By the Waters of Babylon." Share out and discuss. Fukishima/Chernobyl connection video. Begin reading and annotating.
HOMEWORK - Read and annotate "By the Waters of Babylon"
Tuesday - Short reading check on last night's reading. PowerPoint on short story to make deeper connections to the text. Pass out materials for the last piece of our rites of passage unit: Rudy.
Thursday - Fill out organizer as students watch Rudy.
Friday - Finish up movie and prepare for final essay of unit.
Monday - Share out rites of passage articles. Finish up finding rites of passage within famous song lyrics. Partner analysis activity. Begin reading "Shaving."
HOMEWORK - Finish reading and annotating "Shaving."
Tuesday - Close reading questions on "Shaving." Students will move around the room to different stations and answer questions based on their reading. Review questions as a whole class. "What motivates you?" one-page paper.
HOMEWORK - One-page paper due on Thursday.
Thursday - Share out one-page paper from homework. Read Rudyard Kipling's poem, "If." Discuss and break down poem, stanza by stanza. Begin last part of our rites of passage unit, Rudy.
Friday - Answer movie questions as we watch the ultimate rite of passage movie, Rudy. Rite of passage essay will be coming up after we finish the movie.
Monday - Begin Rites of Passage Unit. Brain dump on the board of all that we currently know about rites of passage. Note taking on the three phases of a rite of passage. Student experiences with rites of passage in their journals. Share out. Introduce the first reading from the unit: "Through the Tunnel."
HOMEWORK - Read and annotate "Through the Tunnel."
Tuesday - DO NOW: Identify the three phases of the rite of passage within the short story. After reading group analysis questions. Work in groups and then share out and discuss as a full class. Identifying/creating atmosphere through a case study of "Through the Tunnel." Create a clear atmosphere with strong imagery in two paragraphs.
HOMEWORK - Complete atmosphere/imagery paragraphs.
Thursday - DO NOW: Write down at least 3 formal rites of passage that you are aware of. Looking at taboo rites from around the world. Identify the three phases for each of the YouTube clips we watch. Students will then create their own rite of passage and three phases.
HOMEWORK - Complete personal rite of passage.
Friday - Finding rites of passage within famous song lyrics. Partner analysis activity. DO NOW on an essential question from our next rite of passage story: "Shaving."
HOMEWORK: Research another rite of passage from a part of the world that we have yet to see in class. Print out the article, and then write a 1-2 paragraph summary on the rite of passage and what it entails. We will share these out next class. Finish creating your own rite of passage.
Monday - DO NOW on an essential question from "Luck." Review homework questions from over the weekend. Introduce associative tool for our literary elements vocabulary quiz which will be on Thursday.
Tuesday - Introduce the students to a reading strategy called "Say Something." The students will then put the reading strategy to work while they read in groups to read "The Superman." After reading discussion. Begin testimony activity. Share out, if time.
Thursday - Literary elements quiz. The students will be asked to read a short story, identify the elements of fiction within it, and define some vocabulary words from their note sheet. Utilize classroom text for the next short story.
Friday - Pass out first SAT vocabulary packet of the year. The students will have two weeks to complete the packet and study the vocab words. There will be a quiz on the words in exactly two weeks (Quiz = September 27th). Article of the Week (AOW). The students will read a current events article, identify rhetorical devices within it, and then discuss and respond to questions from the text.
HOMEWORK - Complete AOW over the weekend, if needed.
Tuesday - Turn in introduction letters from over the weekend. DO NOW in student notebooks. Share out response and model a discussion. Literary elements review and PowerPoint. Specific goals for the year.
Thursday - Read and annotate "The Bet" by Anton Chekhov. Analysis questions in groups, along with literary elements work. Discuss as a full class.
HOMEWORK - Choose four questions from "The Bet" question worksheet and answer each in a paragraph.
Friday - DO NOW: What is the overarching theme of "The Bet"? Come up with the theme and give a detailed explanation. Share out and discuss on the board. Review homework and debrief on "The Bet." Transition to "Luck" by Mark Twain. Introduce new close reading analysis worksheet (we will use this all year). Begin reading "Luck."
HOMEWORK - Close reading questions will be due on Monday.
Wednesday - First day of school! We will introduce ourselves, go over the syllabus, discuss the year's schedule, and review the class Weebly page.
Thursday - First writing diagnostic of the year through the short story "Scars."
Friday - Introduce a recurring assignment throughout the year: article of the week. Work in small groups and discuss as a class.
HOMEWORK - Student introduction letter due on Tuesday.