Monday - New York Times article, "Light Out, Huck, They Still Want to Sivilize You." Students will respond to a corresponding worksheet and then write a one-page personal reflection. This will be an ongoing topic for the rest of our unit. If there is time remaining, the students can read on their own. Chapters 1-5 due next class.
Tuesday/Wednesday - Review reading questions. Mark Twain biography. Censorship - YouTube video from 60 Minutes. Journal entry with corresponding questions. Whole class discussion.
HW - Chapter 7 due on Friday.
Thursday - 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? Re-read Jim's opening scene - is he stereotyped? Chapters 1-5 student led discussion in groups. Share out. Begin movie.
Friday - Chapter 7 due. 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.
HW - Chapters 8-10 due on Monday.
Monday - 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."
Tuesday/Wednesday - Bret Harte/Mark Twain biography and notes. Partner questions from "The Outcasts of Poker Flat." Share out and discuss.
Thursday - Anticipation guide questions. Move around the room and debate essential questions from the anticipation guide. Journal entry. Pass out books and begin reading.
Friday - Article of the week on Twain and the novel. Chapters 1-5 due next Thursday.
Thursday - Look back at first day of school 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 - Go over entire midterm and what the structure will be. Pass out vocabulary for midterm. The students will be given time to review the words and make note cards or Quizlets.
Tuesday - Pass out the essay prompt that will be on the midterm. The students will have the opportunity to create an outline and plan out their essay. Continue looking over vocabulary words.
Wednesday - Entire class will be devoted to answering questions and preparing for the midterm.
GOOD LUCK ON MIDTERMS!
Monday - 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.
Tuesday/Wednesday - 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 Thursday.
Thursday - 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.
Friday - "The Masque of the Red Death." Read together as a class. Group questions after reading. Does it pass Poe's standards and principles?