Monday - Quiz on Act I of The Crucible. Rough draft for expository prompt due. Today we will peer edit our papers - final papers are due on Wednesday.
Wednesday - Hand in final drafts for paper. 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!
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. Introduce expository essay assignment (rough draft due on Monday). Begin watching movie, if time.
Thursday - Computer lab to work on expository essay. Rough draft due on Monday!
Friday - Continue reading as a class. Work on character chart and close reading questions. Watch movie, if time.
HOMEWORK - Rough draft due on Monday.
Wednesday - Hand in MLK paper from over the weekend. Goals for the year on the whiteboards. 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 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.
Friday - Review homework in groups. Share out as an entire class. Pass out and explain vocabulary packets. These vocabulary words/packets will be assigned every two weeks. The first vocabulary packet will be due on 9/22, and we will have a quiz on this Friday. Begin working and studying!
HOMEWORK - Read and annotate article on Salem, MA.
Wednesday - First day of school! We will introduce ourselves, go over the syllabus, discuss the year's schedule, and handout the student introduction assignment.
HOMEWORK - 1) Get syllabus signed for Friday.
2) Student introduction paper due Friday.
Thursday - First reading diagnostic of the year.
Friday - Syllabus and paper due. Share out some papers. Pass out and go over MLK writing prompt.
HOMEWORK - MLK writing prompt due next class.
Monday - Quick reading quiz on all of the chapters that have been assigned out to the students thus far. DO NOW: Why do we lie? Identifying lies within chapter 8 with Holden. What is the reason for each lie? "The Truth About Lying" article and discussion. Continue to stay up to date with reading schedule.
Tuesday - Writing like Salinger - what phrases, words, attitude, and tone does Salinger use in his writing style? The students will retell a fairy tale or a personal story in the voice of Holden and in Salinger's style. Share out after finished writing. Time to read.
Thursday - Thoughts on the book thus far - is it still relevant today? Discuss. Read a New York Times article titled, "Get a Life, Holden Caulfield." Journal response. Go over chapters from the students' reading schedule. Read, if time.
Friday - Class discussion on various videos from the PBS "American Masters" series on Salinger and The Catcher in the Rye. Continue with reading schedule.
Monday - Begin our final unit of the year: The Catcher in the Rye. Return Gatsby books in order to receive a copy of Catcher. Journal questions: What does it mean to be a teenager activity. Debate and share out. Begin reading as a class.
Tuesday - Introduce our paired movie for this unit: The Dead Poets' Society. Journal: What do you imagine the societal expectations were for upper-middle class adolescents during the 1950s? Pass out viewing questions and guide. Begin movie.
Thursday - Journal entries for chapters 1-3. Review reading and field any questions. Today we will analyze Holden's attitudes through the author's purpose, quotations, importance of place, and character motivations. Discuss. Continue with movie.
Friday - First FRJ for chapters 4-6 due. Review first six chapters. Journal responses. "The Sibling Connection" article and analysis - how does this connect to Holden? Find specific examples that relate to the article. Finish up movie. Chapters 7-11 due Monday.
Monday - Review chapter 8 FRJs and analyze the chapter. Worksheet on literary devices and the importance of each within Fitzgerald's novel. Continue watching movie.
HW - None.
Tuesday - DO NOW: Why was Fitzgerald's novel unpopular when it first came out? How could such a popular novel today be so unpopular back when it first came out? Movie comparison - DiCaprio vs. Redford version. Journal response. Pass out Socratic Seminar questions. Reading time. Movie.
HW - Chapter 9 FRJ due Thursday.
Thursday - Finish watching movie. Discuss end of the book. Socratic Seminar preparation time.
HW - Prepare for seminar.
Friday - Socratic Seminar.
Monday - Today I will be out of school, but the students will complete today's work with a substitute. The students will read, annotate, and answer questions for a New Yorker article titled "All That Jazz." If time is remaining, the students can begin reading chapter 7, and working on their FRJs, which will be due on Thursday.
HW - Continue working on FRJ and chapter 7 for Thursday.
Tuesday - The students will be looking at three poems that directly relate to The Great Gatsby. With a partner, the students will answer questions that pertain to each of the poems. Share out and discuss as a class. Begin conversation on the "American Dream." Movie, if time.
HW - Chapter 7 and FRJ due on Thursday.
Thursday - Debrief on the Post-Gazette article on Gatsby and the American Dream. Activity stations that touch on some of the major issues within the book. After rotating around the different stations, the class will analyze chapter 7 and discuss our FRJs. Movie, if time.
HW - None.
Friday - Reading quiz on chapters 6-7 of The Great Gatsby. If there is time remaining, we will look at literary devices that Fitzgerald uses within his text. Continue watching the movie, if time.
HW - Chapter 8 with FRJ due Monday.
Monday - Go over free response journal from over the weekend. We will look at the introductory paragraphs for each of the major characters within the novel. From there, we will work on composing creative narratives based the introductory paragraphs for a specified character. Share out narratives.
HW - Read chapter 5 and write a free response journal for tomorrow's class.
Tuesday - Review chapter 4 and create an internal monologue for one of the character's within chapter 4. The students can choose any situation/character they wish from within the chapter. This will build off of our creative narrative work from yesterday's class. Share out. Reading of two articles on self-reinvention.
HW - Read chapter 6. Bring in two new articles on self-reinvention for Thursday's class. Start thinking about whether or not you believe a person can totally reinvent themselves.
Thursday - Review chapter 6 and clarify any questions. Free write on self-reinvention: Is it real? Can a person actually reinvent themselves? Four corner discussion where the students will debate and share out their findings from their articles. Share out discussions. Movie, if time.
HW - None.
Friday - Look at the four key themes from the book: The Roaring 20s, The American Dream, Class, and Past and Future. How do the conflicts from chapter 6 tie into the key themes? Movie, if time.
HW - None.