Monday - Historical context of Huck Finn. Close look at slave narratives, maps, and historical timelines. Mississippi River background information and research. Group questions. Share out. Journal: First impression of Huck?
Wednesday - Review reading questions. Mark Twain biography. Censorship - YouTube video from 60 Minutes. Journal entry with corresponding questions. Whole class discussion.
Thursday - Re-read Jim's opening scene - is he stereotyped? Chapters 1-5 student led discussion in groups. Share out. Begin movie.
Friday - Understanding Twain's use of dialect. Analysis of Huck's initial speech patterns. "Do You Speak American" segment from PBS. Essential question: Does speech matter? Further questions and discussion.
Monday/Tuesday - NO SCHOOL. ENJOY THE SHORT BREAK.
Wednesday - Review Twain's piece from "Life on the Mississippi" from over the long weekend that the students read, annotated, and answered questions on. Read "The Celebrated Jumping Frog." Looking at humor and dialect within the short story. Group work.
HW - Read the Bret Harte short story, "The Outcasts of Poker Flat."
Thursday - Bret Harte/Mark Twain biography and notes. Partner questions from "The Outcasts of Poker Flat." Share out and discuss.
Friday - Anticipation guide questions. Move around the room and debate essential questions from the anticipation guide. Journal entry. Pass out books and begin reading.
Monday - Turn in papers, if any are outstanding. Circle back to our Transcendentalism unit. Many of the students were wary of how we could see Transcendentalism today. Before beginning our Frontier unit, we will watch the fantastic Netflix documentary, "Minimalism," and see how some in our country are choosing to live "deliberately." A one-page response will be due at the end of the documentary.
Wednesday - Finish watching "Minimalism." Students will have time to work on their one-page responses. After completing their responses, we will open the classroom up to a discussion. We will start in small groups and then bring all of the students together for a full class discussion. Turn in responses at the end of class.
Thursday - Look back at first day of school picture of the students' wants and needs for the year. How are we doing? What do we still need to work at? Begin "Realism and the Frontier" unit. Review objectives for the unit. Read introduction to unit and fill out worksheet. Review as a class and discuss. Exit slip.
Friday - DO NOW: Why are cartoons so popular? Why are they still included in magazines and newspapers? Read and analyze Mark Twain's "Tom Quartz." Answer questions in small groups and then discuss as a class. This short story will be a perfect model for the upcoming works of the unit.
Monday - Final picks for essay topics. Creating thesis statements that will build strong persuasive essays. Students will write down the top pros and cons for their topic and then create a rough outline of their body paragraphs. The students will have the rest of the period to research and continue working on their outlines.
Wednesday - First work day in the computer lab.
Thursday - Last day to work on essay in the computer lab.
Friday - Turn in essays. Present speeches and debates, if necessary. NO RED INK, if time.
Monday - Read "Ten Timeless Persuasive Writing Techniques" article. Which do you think would be most effective? Transition to Patrick Henry's "Speech in the Virginia Convention." Questions in groups. Share out.
HW - Create short rebuttal speech.
Wednesday - NO RED INK work. Looking at persuasive speeches. Revisit Jonathan Edwards's speech from earlier in the year. Analysis of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Group breakdown. Share out.
Thursday - Brain dump of debate topics. Hand out on persuasive essay outline. Look at model essay. Assign essay topics. Students will also be given the opportunity of extra credit if they wish to debate their essay topics. Review debate format. Begin outlining.
Friday - Counterargument exercise to start the class. This exercise will allow each student to give arguments against the person's thesis for their persuasive essay. After hearing from five students, the students will then have the remainder of the period to research rebuttals to each argument presented.
Monday through Wednesday will be midterms - GOOD LUCK!
Thursday - Begin persuasive writing unit. Journal responses: What is persuasion? Where do you see it? What is your experience with persuasion? Review ethos, pathos, logos. Go through vocabulary words for this unit. Look at persuasive speech from textbook, if time.
Friday - Current events article rhetorical analysis. Is this a strong piece of persuasion? Why or why not? Come up with reasons why or why not. Students will cite instances of ethos, pathos, logos within the article.
Monday - NO SCHOOL.
Tuesday - Review our last work for the Poe unit, "The Oval Portrait." Go over questions in small groups and then discuss as a full class. How does this story connect to Poe's life? Looking at the connections and motifs that appear in all of Poe's works. Pass out vocabulary for midterm.
Wednesday - Go over entire midterm and what the structure will be. Pass out the essay prompt that will be on the midterm Students will be given time to start reading and annotating the short story. They can use this annotated copy of the story on the actual midterm.
Thursday - Entire class will be devoted to answering questions and preparing for the midterm.
Friday - MIDTERMS BEGIN - GOOD LUCK!
Monday - DO NOW: What were your impressions of Poe after reading his short story? Review reading questions in small groups from "The Fall of the House of Usher" and then come back together as a whole group. Gallery walk on SmartBoard. Close look at a "gothic" movie trailer.
Wednesday - DO NOW: How do experiences in an author's life affect his or her writing? Note taking on Poe's life. Assign out different parts of Poe's life and have groups pick out the key information. Begin reading Poe's poem, "Annabel Lee."
Thursday - Pick up with yesterday's exit slip. Discuss student answers. Read aloud "Annabel Lee." Think-pair-share on poem. Stanza by stanza questions. Looking at Poe's "Poetic Principle" and "The Philosophy or Composition." Exit ticket based on what we've learned so far on Poe's life.
Friday - Comparing "The Haunted Palace" to Roderick Usher - could the story be classified as an allegory? Group question work for the poem. "Philosophy of Composition" discussion.
Read "The Oval Portrait" and answer the corresponding questions for Tuesday.
Wednesday - Return essays from before break. Go over common areas of improvement for the essays. Review how to incorporate quotations into writing. Look at exemplary student essay. Pre-reading questionnaire for Poe mini unit. Discuss. Exit ticket. Read "The Fall of the House of Usher" and complete the questions.
Thursday - SNOW DAY
Friday - SNOW DAY
ESSAY OUTLINE IS ATTACHED
Monday - Quiz on the end of the book. Once the quiz is completed, the students will be given the last journal entry, which will be due on Wednesday.
HW - Journal entry due on Wednesday. Essay due on Friday.
Wednesday - Outline due. Work day in the computer lab.
Thursday - Last day to work on essay. Peer review, if completed.
Friday - Essays due. Wrap up and holiday show.