High School

1302 North Street
Olympia, WA 98501
Phone: (360) 596-7000
Attendance: (360) 596-7003
Fax: (360) 596-7001


For 4/24--4/28

Students will be reading Steinbeck's "Pastures of Heaven" and viewing "Breaking Away" to supplement reading.  Through "Junius Maltby" by 4/27.

For 3/27--3/31

3/27--3/29-- work on persuasion paper (expository) in class--upload to Turnitin.com  on 3/29.

3/30--Text and lesson exercise in class

3/31---Text and lesson exercise in class (these are short articles designed to help students annotate, analyze and form and opinion)



For 3/20--3/24

3/20--test--The Odyssey

3/21--intro to Persuasive Essay--discussion about interests--reading and questions in Elements of Writing

3/23--choosing a topic etc--p 290--294--work on "claim" and introduction

3/24 and 3/25---writing and editing in class

For 3/13--3/17

3/13--Finish Odyssey in class--discussion as we go

3/14--vocabulary from The Odyssey--in the text--study in class

3/15--choir students gone--study session--grammar review

3/16--vocab quiz--final discussion for The Odyssey--test on Friday

3/17--test--The Odyssey


For 3/6--3/10

We will be reading The Odyssey all week, getting as far as we can. Absent students may inquire about make-up reading--Monday and Tuesday we will finish viewing O Brother Where Art Thou--Quiz on Friday


For 2/27--3/3


2/27--Intro to The Odyssey---Sailing from Troy---The Lotus Eaters

2/28--The Cyclops--discussion

3/1---Quiz--Cyclops--grade in class

3/2--Read the Land of the Dean--Review similarities, O Brother Where Art Thou and Odyssey (computer)

3/3--View Oh Brother Where Art Thou


For 2/22--2/24

2/22--vocabulary quiz---Of Mice and Men--grade in class

2/23--comma/semi-colon worksheet---introduction to The Odyssey (textbook version)

2/24--reading and discussion--The Odyssey


For 2/13--2/17

2/13--Review selected vocab (in context) for OMAM

2/14--video--Of Mice and Men

2/15--"        "

2/16--final review of novel and vocab

2/17--test--OMAM with vocab

For 2/6--2/10

Snow days 2/6--2/7

2/8--Discussion of chapter 4--Of Mice and Men

2/9--worksheet (Crooks characterization)

2/10--review of Naturalism related to the novel--website (prezi)

For 1/30--2/3

Monday---comma workshop--correct sentences in paragraph

Tuesday--Check out Of Mice and Men---ch. 1 for Wed.

Wednesday--quiz--chapter 1--discussion---ch. 2 for Thursday

Thursday--Quiz  chapter 2---youtube video on Steinbeck

Friday--creative response to characters: poetry in class to reflect nature of characters


For 1/23--1/27

Monday--vocab quiz, Animal Farm

Tuesday--final discussion---connections to Animal Farm--video on Stalin



For 1/17--1/20

Tuesday--Review vocab in context from Animal Farm--students work together (25 terms with page numbers)

Wednesday--Agree on definitions for vocab list---quiz on Monday (1/23)  Begin Animal Farm youtube video

Thursday--Continue viewing video

Friday--review novel with historical backdrop (comparisons to various Russian leaders)--final test Tuesday


For 1/9--1/13

Monday-- Upload paper (Romeo and Juliet)--turn in books--review expectations for week--daily grammar item--finish Animal Farm by 1/13

Tuesday--Review Poetry Out Loud expectations for Wed/Thursday presentations--practice in class

Wednesday--Poetry Out Loud presentations

Thursday--Poetry Out Loud presentations

Friday--discussion on Animal Farm--video on Russian revolution--possible reading quiz


For 1/3--1/6

Tuesday--Work on Romeo and Juliet papers in class

Wednesday--Select poem form Poetry Out Loud website---memorize for presentation on 1/10 and 1/11--work in pairs

Thursday--Begin Animal Farm---chapter 1 for Friday--

Friday--Discussion over chapter one--historical background---work on poem and or paper as time allows


For 12/12--12/16

Monday--Chamberlain gone---students read essays by Parks and King---answer questions (large lit book)

Tuesday--grade Romeo and Juliet tests in class--begin discussion of paper assignment for R and J

Wed--continue discussion for paper assignment--topics--structure of paper--students use internet to find info for the paper

Thursday--continue working on paper in class--computers in room---paper is due Jan. 6

Friday---view Gnomeo and Juliet---Happy Holidays! 


For 12/2--12/6

Monday--continue viewing of Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet

Tuesday-- finish video---begin discussion of test to be given on Thursday

Wed--review for test on Thursday---students use computers to review using "No Fear Shakespeare"

Thursday---Test---R and J

Friday--begin review of paper assignment---develop thesis statements--review elements of expository writing


For 11/28--12/2

We will continue reading "Romeo and Juliet" this week.  Email gchamberlain@osd.wednet.edu for info regarding related assignments as needed.  Phone: 360-596-7294


For 11/21--11/22  (Happy Thanksgiving)

Monday--students use computers to annotate/study Act 2, Sc. 4-5 in Romeo/Juliet----possible quiz on Tuesday

Tuesday--possible quiz over act 2, sc. 4-5----watch video to catch up with our reading in the play


For week of 11/14-11/18

This week we are reading Romeo and Juliet in class.  Email me at gchamberlain@osd.wednet.edu if you have questions.  We will also be viewing the 1968 Zeffirelli film version along the way.  Quizzes over our reading/discussion can be expected.


For week of 11/7--11/10

Monday--Read final essay (Arthur Ashe)---answer "critical thinking" questions--quiz over essay readings and 10 vocab words on Tuesday

Tuesday--Quiz over essay readings and 10 vocab words

Wednesday--introduce "Romeo and Juliet"  ---reading play in class with assigned parts

Thursday--continue reading "Romeo and Juliet" in class


For week of 10/31--11/4

Monday--Review narrative assignment--revise in class

Tuesday--intro to essays/personal accounts--(informationals text) Read "The Washwoman"--answer "Guide for Responding questions

Wednesday--Read "On Summer"--Hansberry--critical thinking questions for discussion

Thursday--Read  "A White House Diary"--complete critical thinking questions for discussion

Friday--Read Arthur Ashe--"Remembered"--view video--write paragraph for "apply" in critical thinking section 

For week of 10/24--10/28:

Monday--continue working on poem/lyric presentations using assignment sheet and rubric

Tuesday--Complete poem/lyric presentations (computers in class)

Wednesday through Friday---student presentations with audience expectations


For week of 10/17--10/21:

Monday--continue poetry terms and illustrations via power point--students take careful notes

Tuesday--complete poetry terms/devices with examples from a text

Wednesday--quiz over poetry terms/devices

Thursday--Assign poetry/song lyrics oral presentations with details for completion

Friday--use computers in class to work on oral presentations to begin on 10/24


 For week of 10/10--10/14: 

Monday and Tuesday:  Work on narrative writing assignment in class.

Wed: Begin poetry unit (terms and definitions)

Thursday:  narrative paper due----continue poetry terms with examples

Friday: no school for the kids

For week of 10/3--10/7:

Monday: finish reading Asimov and Thurber in class

Tuesday: Review of literary terms related to the short stories (test--short story unit on Thursday)

Wed: Continue review of literary terms and stories for test 10/6

Thursday: Test--short story unit including use of literary terms

Friday--Begin narrative writing assignment in class (examples and discussion)


ATTENTION:  vocabulary quiz tomorrow (9/30)--students reviewed words in context with teacher---studied today in class (9/29)

For week of 9/26-30:

Monday--Finish reading "The Necklace" and answer questions for "critical thinking"

Tuesday--Read Amy Tan's "Rules of the Game"--class discussion

Wed--Review 20 selected vocabulary words from our recent readings-- (quiz Friday)--review words--begin Asimov's "The Machine That Won the War"

Thursday--finish reading Asimov--discussion--review vocab words from Wed.--quiz Friday (9/30)

Friday-- vocab quiz----Begin "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"



Class Syllabus