Monday - Anticipation guide questions. Move around the room and debate essential questions from the anticipation guide. Journal entry. Pass out books and begin reading.
Tuesday - 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?
Thursday - Review reading questions. Mark Twain biography. Censorship - YouTube video from 60 Minutes. Journal entry with corresponding questions. Whole class discussion.
Friday - Re-read Jim's opening scene - is he stereotyped? Chapters 1-5 student led discussion in groups. Share out. Begin movie.
Thursday - 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."
Friday - Bret Harte/Mark Twain biography and notes. Partner questions from "The Outcasts of Poker Flat." Share out and discuss.
Monday - Schedule has been revised to reflect the two snow days from last week. Turn in essays and begin speeches and debates.
Tuesday - Finish with speeches and debates, if more time is needed. Vocab quiz on rhetorical devices and logical fallacies. Exit slip on persuasive essays and rhetorical devices unit. 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?
Thursday - 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 - 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.
Tuesday - Work day in the computer lab. Remember, essays/speeches will be due on Friday!
Thursday - Last work day.
Friday - Present/hand in.