Monday - What is dialect? Begin reading Act I Scene I. Students will be given reading comprehension questions for the entire play. As we go along, the students will fill in the answers for each particular scene of the play. Assign parts and have students read aloud. Students will answer questions as we read.
Tuesday - DO NOW: Which character have you connected most with thus far? Finish reading Act I Scene I and let the students work in groups to answer and discuss questions. Class discussion on Act I Scene I. Distribute vocabulary words and let students begin working with the words.
Wednesday/Thursday - DO NOW: Who needs the money most? Fill out reasons/motivations worksheet. Share out. Read Act I Scene II and start questions.
Friday - Finish Act I Scene II. Prepare for quiz on Monday. Watch movie.
Monday - 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.
Tuesday - Anticipation guide debate based on essential questions for the unit. DO NOW after debate. Watch CrashCourse YouTube on the 1950s/Civil Rights Movement. Discuss time period and how it will shape the story.
Wednesday/Thursday - 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.
Friday - Read background information on Lorraine Hansberry and answer questions in the packet. Students will hang up their drawing from yesterday. Gallery walk at the end.
HW - Finish packet for Monday.
Monday - Finish our rites of passage unit with Rudy. Begin crafting our final essay. Collect worksheet from movie. Students will brainstorm topics for their College App rites of passage essay.
HW - Finish pre-writing graphic organizer.
Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday - Work days in the computer lab for essay. Printed out draft of the paper will be due on Friday at the start of class.
Friday - First draft due. Students will peer edit their papers. The final draft will be due on Monday at the start of class.
HW - Paper due Monday.
Tuesday - Students will be given the final essay assignment for our rites of passage unit. Although we will not begin the writing process just yet, the students will be aware of what they should be looking for as they watch Rudy. Begin watching the movie Rudy, which is the last piece of our rite of passage unit. The students will be given a worksheet to fill out as they watch the movie; the worksheet will be collected and graded at the end of the movie.
HW - Review worksheet and start thinking about a topic for paper.
Thursday - Continue with the movie and working on the worksheet.
HW - Come up with three possible thesis statements for your paper.
Friday - Finish up with the movie.
HW - Paragraph response to Rudy prompt from class will be due on Monday.
Monday - Collect article of the week homework from over the weekend. DO NOW on essential question from our new short story in our rite of passage unit, "Shaving." Whole class discussion on essential question. Begin reading "Shaving" as a class. Group reading questions.
Tuesday - Continue with group reading questions from "Shaving." Once each group has received each set of questions, we will come back together as a class to review our answers and see the similarities and differences in each of the groups. If time allows, we will look at the song "100 Years" and look for similar themes/rite of passage message found in our last song "Circles."
HW - In a complete paragraph, write about something that helps to motivate you. If can be an object, a person, song, poem, etc. Describe, in detail, how this person/thing motivates you and what about it makes it so special to you.
Wednesday/Thursday - In partners, review last night's homework and share out what you wrote about. Class discussion on motivation and internal drive. Students will be given the poem "If" by Rudyard Kipling. As a class, we will read the poem aloud and break it down - much like we did with the song lyrics.
HW - Choose a song that has a rite of passage/growing up theme to it. Print out the lyrics and bring them in to class tomorrow. In tomorrow's class you are going to exchange lyrics with another student and "teach" them what the song is really about.
Friday - Partner song analysis. Share out toward the end of the class. Introduction to our final piece of the rite of passage unit: the movie Rudy.