Monday - DO NOW - What part of "Beauty" did you connect most with? Explain. Review "Beauty" by Emerson by having students get into groups and share out their double-entry journals. Open discussion on the similarities and differences between "Nature" and "Beauty" by Emerson.
Tuesday/Wednesday - Half-day schedule. Review five tenants of transcendentalism. How to to be a transcendentalist in today's world. Come up with a transcendentalist activity and then find its contemporary counterpart. Begin watching The Dead Poets Society.
Thursday - Another half-day schedule. Vocabulary quiz.
Friday - We will read one Emily Dickinson poem and answer questions. Continue with movie and our viewing packets.
Monday - Begin transcendentalism unit with a clip from the famous Disney movie, Pocahontas. Students will understand the concepts of the period and see how their lifestyles matches up with the tenants of transcendentalism through a Prezi presentation. Re-watch movie clip and look for the major tenants within. Anticipation guide questions in journals.
HW - Paragraph response to the following prompt: "Where in nature do you go when you need to get perspective/relax?"
Tuesday/Wednesday - We will be going outside for class today, weather permitting. The students will be handed a worksheet that will make them think deeply about their relationship with nature. After answering their personal questions, they will get into groups and discuss their answers. After that, the students will create their own definition of transcendentalism and what it means to them at this early point in the unit. Explain and handout homework assignment.
HW - Read "Nature" by Emerson. Use double-entry journal to write down three reactions to the essay.
Thursday - Comparing group transcendentalism definitions to UShistory.org's definition. Review "Nature" by Emerson and answer questions that came up in the students' double-entry journals. Read an analyze "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer" by Walt Whitman. Students will be asked to write down answers to questions on the poem in their journals. Discuss.
HW - Read "Beauty" by Emerson and write down five entries to double-entry journal.
Friday - Students will get into groups and break down "Beauty" using each student's double-entry journal. After analyzing the essay, the students will be given "Commodity" by Emerson and they will highlight the key concepts of the essay and present their findings to the class. FRJ entry to end class.
HW - Read excerpt of "Self-Reliance" and answer questions.
Tuesday/Wednesday - Review seminar procedures, pass out any more materials, assign out groups, Remainder of the time will be left for preparing for the seminar/writing rough draft for accompanying paper.
Thursday - SOCRATIC SEMINAR.
Friday - Pass out next SAT vocabulary packet, which will be due in two weeks. Article of the week on a current events issue.
Monday - Today will we will review Act III by working on an activity that deals with the legal process of the Salem Witch Trials. Students will be given proof and confession scenarios that will make them think critically about the implications that their decisions have on others - just like in The Crucible. Share out scenarios to the class.
HW - Act IV questions due on Thursday. Read to page 140 for Wednesday's class.
Tuesday/Wednesday - Finish reading The Crucible as a class. Journal entry on the ending of the book. Share out. Students can work on their character charts, Act IV questions due on Thursday. Movie, if time.
HW - Act IV questions due on Thursday.
Thursday - Finish watching movie, if needed. Review Act IV questions. Integrity and final verdict activity. Share out answers and discuss as a class. FRJ on the book as a whole.
Friday - Introduce Socratic Seminar. Prezi on the process and procedures of the seminar. Students will be given questions for the Socratic Seminar, which must be completed before the seminar on next Thursday (10/11).
Monday - Share out FRJs from over the weekend. Hand in FRJs. Act II reading questions in groups. Continue watching movie.
HOMEWORK - End of Act III reading due on Thursday.
Tuesday/Wednesday - Read as a class to begin the class. Speaking like a Puritan activity. Share out. McCarthyism Prezi and note taking. Pass out "Why I Wrote The Crucible" and finish article for homework.
HOMEWORK - Finish Act III and finish the article for homework.
Thursday - Go over questions from last night's reading. Share out. Continue reading as a class. Questions on Act III? Review character chart and questions from Act III. Movie, if time. Maybe, possibly, a quiz tomorrow on Act III?
HOMEWORK - FRJ on Act III due tomorrow.
Friday - Quiz on Act III reading? Maybe! Looking at text evidence for characterization within the play. Partner work. Share out. Begin Act IV and continue with movie.
Monday - Quiz on Act I of The Crucible. Continue reading as a class. Watch movie, if time.
Tuesday/Wednesday - Read aloud for 20 minutes as a class. Go over different forms of hysteria and the reasons and causes. Current events article on hysteria. Does hysteria change? What breaks the cycle? Movie, if time.
Thursday - Introduce free response journal to students for upcoming reading analysis assignments. Continue to read as a class. Write first free response journal (FRJ) and make sure students understand what these entail. 4 corner discussion about what each student wrote about. Movie, if time.
Friday - Vocabulary quiz! Read after quiz. Movie, if time.
Monday - Pass out The Crucible books and have students fill out book cards for their assigned books. Give students Act I reading questions, which will be due once Act I is finished. Go over characters and assign out parts. Begin reading.
HOMEWORK - Smithsonian article on Salem, MA. Read and annotate!
Tuesday/Wednesday - Pass out character chart to each student. We will fill these out as we read along. Review NYT article from Monday night. What did we learn from it? How does Salem, MA seem to be? A city upon a hill like we took notes about? Continue reading as a class. Begin watching movie, if time.
Thursday - DO NOW to begin class. Read together for twenty minutes. Pass out activity packet for the entirety of the play. Allow students time to work on the packets. Share out responses to the various activity sheets.
Friday - Continue reading as a class. Work on character chart and close reading questions. Introduce and pass out the first vocabulary packet of the year. We will have vocabulary packets and quizzes every two weeks. The first quiz will be next Friday. Watch movie, if time.
HOMEWORK - Finish reading Act I for Monday's quiz.
Tuesday/Wednesday - Hand in MLK paper from over the weekend. SAT Reading practice
Thursday - Annotating and graphic organizer review. Who were the Puritans? Note taking and PowerPoint. Begin Anne Bradstreet poem, if time.
HOMEWORK - Complete poem worksheet.
Friday - DO NOW on homework from the previous night. Class discussion and analyzation of homework. Transition to Jonathan Edwards. Begin reading "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God." Begin reading and work on analysis questions.
HOMEWORK - Finish worksheet on the sermon for next week.
Wednesday - First day of school! We will introduce ourselves, go over the syllabus, discuss the year's schedule, and handout a short questionnaire.
Thursday - SAT Writing portion practice.
Friday - Pass out and go over MLK writing prompt. Write introduction as a class. Give students time to begin drafting plan. This will be the first graded assignment of the year, but it will be graded using our homework grading system. This short essay is a way for me to get a sense of who you are and where you're at as a writer.
HOMEWORK - MLK writing prompt due next class.
Monday - End of chapter 24 due. Chapter questions in small groups. Review chapter questions. Pass out parody assignment. Allow students time to begin crafting this assignment. This will be due on Wednesday. Continue watching movie.
Wednesday - End of the book due along with the parody assignment. Review chapter 25 in small groups and then lead a discussion as a whole class. Pass out letter assignment; this will count as a classwork grade. The students will have time to write these in class. Share out if time allows.
Thursday - Pass out Socratic Seminar materials. Give students time to start preparing for the questions and writing down textual analysis and support.
Friday - SOCRATIC SEMINAR.