Monday - Review "Through the Tunnel" and go over the questions from the weekend. Identifying atmosphere activity.
Tuesday - Looking at more "Taboo" rites of passage from around the world. Students will create their own rites of passage.
HW - Research a rite of passage from around the world and write a paragraph summary on it to share with the class.
Wednesday/Thursday - Finish presenting student made rite of passage. Share out taboo articles from homework. Begin analyzing song lyrics and their connection to our rite of passage unit.
HW - Find a song with a rite of passage theme. Print out the lyrics and write a paragraph on what the song is really about and how it relates to what we have been working on in class.
Friday - Article of the week.
HW - Finish AOW, if needed.
Monday - Collect article of the week from over the weekend. Pass out vocabulary packet and review associative tool list. DO NOW on "The Superman." Begin reading the short story in groups and continue with our "Say Something" close reading strategy.
HW - Finish reading/annotating short story.
Tuesday - Finish reading "The Superman." Employ "Somebody Wants But So" summarization/interpretation strategy. Get into groups and discuss writing activity on testimony for George from "The Superman."
HW - Writing assignment in George Summers' point-of-view.
Wednesday/Thursday - Students will give their testimonies and HW will be collected. We will begin a "rites of passage" unit with the short story, "Through the Tunnel." First, the students will "brain dump" all different instances of rites of passages that they have seen and/or been through on the board. Note taking on the three different phases of a rite of passage. Students will give personal experiences on the three different phases and discuss. Once the students have a solid foundation of a rite of passage, we will begin reading "Through the Tunnel."
HW - Finish reading/annotating "Through the Tunnel."
Friday - Today classes are shorter due to professional development/half-day. DO NOW on short story. Students will answer questions based on their reading of "Through the Tunnel." After the students have answered the questions, we will answer questions as a class.
Monday - Finish debate from Friday. Review journal assignment from over the weekend. Intro to Mark Twain's "Luck."
HW - Read and annotate "Luck"
Tuesday - Since the students have read and annotated "Luck," they will get into groups and answer plot development questions based on the short story. These questions will help the students prepare for their next class when they could possibly have a quiz and see very similar questions for another short story. After working in groups, we will come back together to review and make sure every one is feeling confident about the different aspects of plot development.
HW - Review literary elements vocabulary and notes from class. Read "Rough Touch" and annotate the story. This short story will be used on the quiz. Mark up the text with annotations!
Wednesday/Thursday - Quiz on literary elements and "Rough Touch"
Friday - Start "The Superman"
Tuesday - Pass out literary elements notes and have students fill out the worksheet as we go through a PowerPoint. Discuss literary elements and answer any questions. These literary elements will count as the students' first vocabulary words. Annotation review with examples.
HW - Review literary elements vocabulary. You never know when a quiz may pop up! Read and annotate short story.
Wednesday/Thursday - DO NOW at the start of class.. Whole class discussion on DO NOW and last night's homework. Read Anton Chekhov's "The Bet." Students will annotate as the teacher reads aloud. Pass out close reading worksheet and have students begin by working with a partner. Exit slip on a major theme from the story.
HW - Finish up worksheet for homework. Continue to study literary elements.
Friday, Sep. 9 - Check homework. DO NOW on board. Discuss. Go over worksheet as a class. Transition to "theme." Workshop on "finding the theme" and have students "brain dump" all the possible themes for "The Bet."
HW - 2 paragraph journal entry in the point-of-view of the laywer. Students may choose any part of the story to write on.