Monday - YouTube Obama's "Hope" speech. How is the American Dream expressed in each character in the Younger family? Go through each of their dreams. Read as a class.
Tuesday - DO NOW: Name all of the symbols thus far in the play. Students will be given a "Analyzing Symbols" graphic organizer. Go through each of the symbols. What is the importance of Asagai and George? What do they help us to understand/see? Read and watch film.
Thursday - Today we will be going through the Jim Crow laws. Background information on where "Jim Crow" originated and the different "laws" from all around the south. Continue reading as a class. Film, if time.
Friday - This will be a discussion-driven class that focuses on the motifs and themes within the play. Each student will be assigned a group, and then they will have a four corner discussion on the questions presented to them. Read, if time.
Monday - What is dialect? Students will take an actual entrance exam for schools in the 1960s. Assign parts and have students read aloud. Students will answer questions as we read.
Tuesday - DO NOW: Which character have you connected with most thus far? Explain out in a journal response. Vocabulary review work. Read and watch movie.
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 - 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.
Monday - 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. Begin reading 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.
Friday - What is dialect? 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 - Work day in computer lab.
Thursday - First draft due. Peer edit papers. Final draft will be due on Monday
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 - Continue watching Rudy and filling out viewing question sheet.
HOMEWORK - Read and annotate "By the Waters of Babylon"
Tuesday - Short reading quiz on last night's reading. Share out discussion question from the last question of the reading quiz. Continue watching Rudy.
Thursday - 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 continue watching Rudy.
Friday - Finish movie and begin outline for essay.
Monday - 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." 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. 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.
Friday - Share out researched rites and self-made rites from homework. Watch the final taboo rite of passage from NatGeo.
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. 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. If we have time remaining, we will go over rhetorical devices for tomorrow's class.
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 29th). First Article of the Week (AOW) of the year. 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 packet for Monday.
Tuesday - Turn in writing diagnostics from over the weekend. Grade reading diagnostics as a class. Literary elements review and PowerPoint. Goals for the year.
Thursday - Read and annotate "The Bet" by Anton Chekov. 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 pass out the student introduction letter.
HOMEWORK - 1) Get syllabus signed for Friday.
2) Student introduction letter due on Friday.
Thursday - First reading diagnostic of the year.
Friday - First two assignments are due. Writing diagnostic will be due on Tuesday.