Monday - Turn in papers, if any are outstanding. Circle back to our Transcendentalism unit. Many of the students were wary of how we could see Transcendentalism today. Before beginning our Frontier unit, we will watch the fantastic Netflix documentary, "Minimalism," and see how some in our country are choosing to live "deliberately." A one-page response will be due at the end of the documentary.
Wednesday - Finish watching "Minimalism." Students will have time to work on their one-page responses. After completing their responses, we will open the classroom up to a discussion. We will start in small groups and then bring all of the students together for a full class discussion. Turn in responses at the end of class.
Thursday - 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? 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.