Monday - DO NOW on gender roles during time period. Intro to Margaret Fuller and "The Dial." In groups, read "The Announcement of the Dial" by Fuller and Emerson. Answer reading questions when done. Discuss. Exit slip: Why the name "The Dial"?
Tuesday/Wednesday - What is an aphorism? The students will react to five important excerpts from the text and analyze each. Write down three quotes or aphorisms that you truly believe in. Print them out and write a paragraph for each. Why are they important to you? What about them do you believe in? If you had to write an essay, like Emerson's "Self-Reliance," what would you focus on? If you were to write an essay to another high school student, what would advice would you give? Conference with groups and share out as a class.
Thursday - Read two poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Answer reading questions and discuss the similarities/differences between the two poems. How do they relate to transcendentalism and what we have read thus far from Emerson and Whitman?
Friday - Begin Thoreau portion of unit. Gain background knowledge on Thoreau and discuss the impact Emerson had on him. Symbols in nature. Class discussion after questions.
HW - Read "Walden" over the weekend and answer close reading questions.
Monday - 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. Go over double-entry journals.
Tuesday/Wednesday - Comparing group transcendentalism definitions to UShistory.org's definition. Read and review "Nature" by Emerson and write 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
Thursday - 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. Background on Emerson. Open discussion on the similarities and differences between "Nature" and "Beauty" by Emerson.
Friday - 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.
We had Monday off and PSATs on Wednesday.
Friday - 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?"
Monday - Go over materials from last week. Finish up movie. Film review article and worksheet. Review Socratic Seminar and set groups for Thursday.
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 next 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 next class. Pass out Socratic Seminar questions and give students an idea of how it will work. 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 - Students will be given time to work on their questions for the Socratic Seminar, which must be completed before the seminar on next Tuesday/Wednesday. Article of the week connection article.
Monday - Share out Act II 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 - First SAT vocabulary quiz! Go over quiz once all students are done. Read after quiz. Movie, if time.
Monday - 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.
Tuesday/Wednesday - 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.
Thursday - 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 for the first semester. The first quiz will be next Friday. Watch movie, if time.
Friday - Article of the week. Students will read, annotate, fill out the corresponding worksheet, and then discuss as a class. This article will be a solid connection piece to The Crucible. Finish for homework if not completed in class.
HOMEWORK - Prepare for quiz on Act I on Monday.
Tuesday/Wednesday - Hand in introduction letter from over the weekend. Annotating and graphic organizer review. Who were the Puritans? Note taking and PowerPoint. Begin Anne Bradstreet poem, if time.
HOMEWORK - Complete poem worksheet.
Thursday - DO NOW on homework from the previous night. Class discussion on 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 sermon.
Friday - Review homework. 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 for Monday.
Wednesday - First day of school! We will introduce ourselves, go over the syllabus, discuss the year's schedule, and review the class Weebly page.
Thursday - First writing diagnostic of the year through an article and written response.
Friday - Introduce a recurring assignment throughout the year: article of the week. Work in small groups and discuss as a class.
HOMEWORK - Student introduction letter due on Tuesday.