Monday - Looking for other motifs within the short story/movie "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." Finish watching the movie.
HW - Complete graphic organizer as this will be checked tomorrow.
Tuesday - Students will be given their creative writing assignment, which will count as a project grade. Today's class will serve as a brainstorming session and students will begin to outline for their assignment.
HW - Complete outline.
Wednesday/Thursday - We will use class time to either go to the computer lab or have the laptop cart in class. Students will begin typing their rough drafts, which will be due on Monday.
Friday - Today will be the last day for students to work on their papers in class.
HW - Rough draft due on Monday.
Monday - DO NOW on an essential question from the short story, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." Discuss DO NOW as a class. Pre-reading questions. Start reading the short story as a class.
HW - Finish reading the short story and be prepared to answer questions tomorrow in class.
Tuesday - DO NOW. Review short story. Group work for questions. Discuss answers. Begin watching the motion picture adaptation of the short story. As the movie is being played, the students will be asked to complete a compare/contrast graphic organizer on the differences/similarities between the two works.
HW - Review organizer.
Wednesday./Thursday - DO NOW. Review graphic organizer with a partner. Continue watching the movie.
HW - Continue to fill out graphic organizer.
Friday - Review graphic organizer. Finish watching the movie. Graphic organizers will be collected on Monday.
HW - Complete graphic organizer and be ready to hand it in on Monday.
Look at the week ahead...
Students will be given their first writing assignment, which will be counted as a project grade. The students will have the class to brainstorm and start outlining their writing assignment. A rough draft will be due on Wed/Thurs, depending on the class schedule.
Monday - Vocab quiz!
HW - Read and annotate the first three pages of "100 Bucks of Happy"
Tuesday/Wednesday - Finish reading "100 Bucks of Happy." Review annotations and review key parts of story. Introduce story maps and have students work in groups to complete story map corresponding to "100 Bucks of Happy." Share out maps and see if every one is on the same page.
HW - None!
Thursday - Reading article on winning the lottery as a connection to "100 Bucks of Happy." Worksheet that connects short story to article.
HW - Finish in-class assignment
Friday - Review readings. Article of the week.
Tuesday/Wednesday - Pass out literary elements notes and have students fill out the worksheet as we go through a PowerPoint. Discuss literary elements and answer any questions. These literary elements will count as the students' first vocabulary words. Annotation review with examples.
HW - Vocab quiz will be Monday, 9/12. Start studying!
Thursday, Sep. 8 - Do Now on an essential question from our first short story, "A $20 Bill." Read the short story as a class. Using our notes from the previous class, the students will answer close reading questions that will reinforce our work with literary elements. Partner work. Start discussing the story as a class.
HW - Re-read the short story and annotate in the margins. Finish up worksheet questions for homework.
Friday, Sep. 9 - Check homework. Begin our first "Article of the Week." Once or twice a month, the students will read a current event article, annotate it, look at the rhetorical devices used, answer questions, and have a discussion. The article and questions will be turned in at the end of class and graded as an in-class assignment.
HW - Study up for vocab quiz on Monday!