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Honors English 10             Syllabus




June 12-16 

Monday: Introduction to This I Believe essays.  Bring headphones  tomorrow.  Homework: Read chapter 23

Tuesday:   Explore the This I believe website and listen to/read essays to get some ideas for your own This I believe essay.    Homework: Read chapter 24. 

Wednesday: We will do the speed date discussion format to share/brainstorm This I believe ideas.   Homework:  In preparation for the Socratic seminar, type up a document that includes a theme statement, some evidence (quotes) to support it, and an analysis section that discusses the theme, and anything else you noticed/and/0r you want to talk about. 

Thursday Book discussion. Themes, motifs, articles, etc. Homework: Bring a very rough draft of essay to class tomorrow. (and by very rough I mean it could be a list of ideas and examples. However, if inspiration strikes, write the essay. )  STUDY WORD POWER

Friday:   Word Power 42-43   Talk through your essay with a partner.  Work on drafting or brainstorming essay.  Bring a typed draft to class on Monday. 


June 19-23

Monday: Have a typed draft in class.   Peer edit and review of this I believe essays. 

Tuesday: Begin reading This I Believe essays to the class.  Upload essays to turn it in tonight by midnight. 

Wednesday: Period 3 meets today. Read essays to class

Thursday: Period 6 meets today. Final period for period 3: finish reading essays to class.

Friday: Period 6 final: finish reading essays to class.



Past homework in reverse chronological order! 


June 5-9


 Monday:    We wil discuss the themes introduced in part 1.  Choose one theme to track for parts 2 and 3.   Homework:  Read Chapter 17;  final draft of Person of Influence essay due tonight  on turnitin. 


Tuesday:   Review of chapters 16-17.  We will look at some of the boxing lingo in the book.  "If" by Rudyard Kipling.      Homework:  Read Chapters 18-19


Wednesday: Table papers: You will look at one character in depth with your group and discuss his/her personal philosophy.     Homework: Read 20


Thursday:  Close reading of chapter 21.   Practice with meaningful annotations and drawing conclusions from them   Homework:  read Chapter 21 study word power 41.


Friday:   Word Power 41 test.  Quiz on 17-21.  Share close reading notes of passage from chapter 21.  Homework:  Read Chapter 22 and think about  your own personal philosophy. 




May 30-June 2   Power of One

Monday:  Memorial Day!  Make sure you have read chapters 1-12.

Tuesday:  Discussion of positive and negative characters.   Info on narrative essay/person of influence essay.  Rough draft of essay due Friday. You will have time to draft essay and/or read in class.  Homework: read chapter 13.

Wednesday:Samples and criteria for person of influence essay.  Try these brainstorming and organizational tips Read chapter 14

Thursday: Partner DGP assignment.  Rough typed draft of narrative essay due tomorrow. Final draft will be due on Monday.  Read chapter 15

Friday:  No Word Power this week!  We will work on self and peer editing of the person of influence essay.  Final draft due Monday.  Read chapter 16, which is the first chapter in part 2!


May 22- May 26  Power of One

Monday:   Positive and negative characters.We will discuss Courtenay's descriptive writing in chapters 1-6. I will introduce our first narrative writing assignment (Memory poem)  about a childhood experience.  Homework: Read chapter 7 and decide on topic for poem. 

Tuesday:  Work on poem. Rough draft due tomorrow.   Finish film.  Homework: read chapter 8; finish back page of South Africa research.

Wednesday:  Page 2 of research due.   First draft of poem due to share in small groups. Homework: read chapter 9

Thursday: Time to read in class. Chapter 10 is long!  Homework: finish chapter 10. Final draft of poem due tomorrow. Study Word Power!

Friday: Wp 39-40 + DGP quiz.  Final drafts of poem due.  Homework: read chapters 11-12


May 15-19

 Monday: We will be discussing your South Africa research (page one only) and Nelson Mandela as background for the novel The Power of One .  We will begin the book. I would like you to "notice"  (annotate) three things per chapter for part one.  Ideas: ( showing vs telling, style/rhetoric, literary elements).  Flag or write down the excerpt, the page number and why it stood out to you.   We will be reading Chapter 1 in class.  Homework: Caesar essays due tonight on turnitin.

Tuesday:   Mandela article  You will have the period to read. Read Chapters 2-3

Wednesday:   Invictus.   Read Chapter 4.

Thursday:  In class we will discuss different types of government. Read chapter 5.  

Friday:  We will watch and discuss more of Invictus.        Homework: Read chapter 6


Monday:  We will finish Act 4.  Review classical and Rogerian essay arrangement.   Essay: write a speech using either the classical or Rogerian arrangement.  Think about who you think would make the best ruler for Rome at this point; become that character and write the speech using evidence from the play.  You will present your speech (typed rough draft) in small groups on Tuesday.   Bring a printed copy to class


Tuesday: Your typed speech is due. You will read it to your small group.  Homework: Make corrections to your speech  and upload it  to turnitin by midnight Wednesday night. 

Wednesday:  We will read Act 5.   If you won't be here tomorrow, print out the essay you will be revising for final Caesar essay. 

Thursday: We will revisit the Caesar essays. Select and print the essay you will revise for your final Caesar essay.  Mark on the copy what you will change. 

Friday:  Work on essay revision.  Try to get to peer share stage by the end of the period. 

  Power of ONe.   I will handout a list of research topics on South Africa; look up the topics and write some notes for tomorrow.     Homework: Upload revised draft by Monday  at 11:59 pm.  You will  turn in your "before" copies to me on Tuesday in class.


May 1-5  Word Power #38  Study those roots. Test worth 30 points, so study if you need to make up ground in the test category!

Monday:   Annotate the section of Antony's funeral oration that you were assigned in class.  Share Antony notes with expert group and jigsaw group. Homework:  Tomorrow we will comparing the two speeches; think about similarities and differences.   

Tuesday:   Finish discussing Antony speech.  Revisit Brutus speech. Finish your Venn diagrams then share with your group. Add/discuss.  Essay promt: rhetorical analysis of one of the speeches. You will come up with your thesis statement.   You will write your thesis and topic sentences and find quotations to support you point tomorrow. 

Wednesday:  You will work on your essay  using the Chrome books  in class. Homework: The essay outline should be uploaded to turnitin by 11:59 pm on Friday night.

Thursday: Share essays in peer groups.    Homework: Study word power. 

Friday:  Word Power 38 (study all the roots, including page 389 in session 37).  Read Act 4.  Homework: Upload Act 3 essay to turn it in by Saturday  if you have not already done so. 



April 24-28  No Word Power this week


Monday:  We will finish reading Act 2.  Characterization discussion/prewriting for Act 2 essay.  Homework: Make an essay plan for the in class essay tomorrow.  Reread pages 67-79. Find quotes, come up with a topic sentence (make sure it is arguable!!!). 


       Julius Caesar Act II Response


      Your essay on Act II should focus on characterization (which includes physical description, dialogue, actions, thoughts, and judgments by others).You will write the essay in 45 uninterrupted minutes. The        essay needs a clear thesis and quotes from the play to support it. The essay should be organized logically and be double-spaced.


 Your draft will be in your classroom folder as well as uploaded on turnitin.com.  COME UP WITH YOUR OWN PERSPECTIVE; do not restate what we discussed in class.


    PROMPTS: Choose ONE


  1. Do you find either Brutus or Caesar to be a sympathetic character? How is Shakespeare able to win your sympathies?
  2. Compare and contrast Portia and Calpurnia.
  3. Compare and contrast the domestic scenes (occurring back-to-back in the play) of Brutus and Portia, Caesar and Calpurnia.
  4. Compare and contrast Brutus and Caesar. What are their virtues and limitations?




Tuesday:   Act 2 essay in class today.  


Wednesday:   Act 3 We will read 3.1 and we will read the funeral oration of Brutus. Homework: Annotate Brutus's speech for tomorrow.


Thursday:    Peer review of Act 2 essay. Partner assignment:  


Friday:   Treasure hunt on Brutus's speech.  Homework: Finish the Brutus "Treasure Hunt."Antony's Funeral oration  Please print this for class on tomorrow 


April 17-21

Monday (period 3/Tuesday (Period 6);We will read scene 3 and We will discuss Act 1 as the exposition of the play.


Wednesday:   We will have a small group discussion about Act 1. Assignment:  Prompt:  Think about Act 1:  Act 1 is the exposition of the play and thus it establishes setting, creates character, and introduces conflicts.  How does Shakespeare "grab" the attention of the audience?  Come up with a thesis statement and three quotes to support it and upload it to turnitin.com Thursday by midnight. 

Thursday:  Read/listen to Act 2

Friday: Word Power test 36-37.  Read more of Act 2


April 10-14 

Monday:  Welcome back! We will go over schemes.  Go to turnitin to read your comments on 1984 essay. 

Tuesday: Will will review and practice with schemes.  We will discuss how to read Shakespeare and some background information on Caesar.

In the introduction to the play read the section: Shakespeare's language.  Read about Shakespeare's words, Shakespeare's sentences, and Shakespeare's wordplay.  Add to your notes by adding one idea/piece of information from each section.  Pages xvi-xxii.Homework: Pre-read Act 1, scene 1 and write down five things that happened/that you "get."  

Wednesday:We will read Act 1, scenes 1- 2    As a group, make a list of what happened and what questions you have.  Homework: make up an example of each type of scheme on the following list: isocolon, polysyndeton, antimetabole, chiasmus, anaphora, ellipsis, apposition, epistrophe, anadiplosis, epanalepsis. Due tomorrow. 

If you need help with schemes try this you tube video.  Copy and paste this url into your browser.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDg9yIvKnX0  

Thursday:   We will review scene 1

Friday:  We will read/discuss scenes 1,2,3. We will do some test prep for next week. Background information on Caesar. 



March 27-31  Word Power 34-35

 Monday:   Tropes.

 Tuesday Peer edit and review of essay.  

 Wednesday  Culminating activity

 Thursday: Papers due.  

 Friday  WP test and discussion.  Have a great spring break!



March 20-24  Word Power 32-33  You need twenty GOOD annotations on Part 3.

Monday:  Discuss Winston's dreams and room 101. Surveillance examples.  Read chapters 5-6

Tuesday:  Re-education of Winston. Tropes.  Themes of 1984.

Wednesday: Articles/contemporary links

Thursday:   Huxley vs. Orwell.  more discussion.  Ted Talk  Click here for notes on how to write an argumentative essay.

Friday: WP  32-33Argumentative essay:  What is the most important message readers can take away from Orwell's books?  click here for a link to assignment.



March 13-17 

Monday:  Venn diagram of Winston and Julia. Propaganda techniques. Bring your vocabulary list to class.  You will use your vocabulary words to create a speech by Big Brother using one or two propaganda techniques.   We will also discuss newspeak, doublespeak.   Homework: Read chapters 9-10, but just skim Goldstein's chapters as we will be reading them in class.


Tuesday:  Close reading of Goldstein's chapter 3  Homework: Finish paragraph summaries if you didn't during class today.  Finish the propaganda speech with vocabulary words which is due Thursday.   


Wednesday:  Close reading: Goldstein's Chapter 1  Homework: Read Part 3, chapter 1


Thursday:  Propaganda/vocabulary asssignment due.  Look over your annotations for part 2. What do you want to talk about?    Homework: Read part 3, chapter 2


Friday: Fake news lesson.  Read chapters 3-4


March 6-10  Do five annotations for every reading assignment (not every chapter).

Monday:    We will discuss  chapters 4-6 and the language of 1984.   Satire, Paradox, Irony  Read chapter 7 for tomorrow.

Tuesday: connection to our world and other dystopian literature. Read chapter 8

Wednesday: Discussion of Part 1.  Read Part 2, chapters 1-3

Thursday: Time to read in class.  Read 4-5

 Friday:     Read 6-8 (part 2) Do five annotations and look for vocabulary words you do not know. 



February 27-March 3 

Monday: We will have our final discussion of Animal Farm. Turn in your assignment. Exchange books (Animal Farm for 1984.  Homework: Annotate article on the media for tomorrow.  Read chapters 1-3 for Thursday

Tuesday:     Discussion of article.  

Wednesday: Orwell information. We will wrap up our discussion of media.   Homework: Read chapter 1 and annotate at least 5 things you want to talk about. They can be things you don't understand, things you wonder about, insights, foreshadowing, connections to Animal Farm, etc.  Be ready to share them in class. 

Thursday: Discussion of Chapter 1 Time to read in class. Homework: Read chapters:2-3 for tomorrow.

Friday: Word Power 30-31 (yes, we are reviewing 30 plus adding new words from 31).  We will discuss 2-3.  Homework: Read 4, 5, 6 for Monday. Do five annotations on sticky notes or a separate sheet of paper for Monday

Things to annotate: words you don't know (look up definition), ideas related to theme, things that are confusing, things that tell you more about a character or theme, symbols, allusions, etc. 

 February 20-24  Animal Farm

Monday-Tuesday:  No School

Wednesday: We will wrap up the notes on argumentation and fallacies.  We will discuss Old Major's speech and your observations from chapters 1-5. Read chapter 6

Thursday: Propaganda and how it is used in advertising. How do the pigs use propaganda?   Read chapter 7

Friday:  Finish the book for Monday. Also for Monday: How is language used as a weapon? How do the pigs use language to get what they want? How are they successful at argumentation and persuasion?  

Find three solid examples and be ready to discuss your findings. Please type up this document with the quote and page number with some analysis that explains why you think it is significant. Go beyond plot....be deep!  Challenge yourself to go beneath the surface. Think about all the argumentation stuff we have talked about in the last few weeks and join the conversation. 


February 13-17  WP 30

Monday:   A very close to finished rough draft due today in class.  After revision and editing have one person put in class folder and tell me so I can print it.  Homework: Upload your individual paragraph (with thesis; ) to turnitin by 10pm Tuesday.

Tuesday: I will introduce fallacies.  If you were absent, find the story "Love is a fallacy" by Max Shulman on line. Read it and take notes on the fallacies mentioned. It is a funny story. Fallacies. We will read the story "Love is a fallacy."  Homework:   Review rhetorical triangle and look up definitions for the fallacies listed by each area of the triangle.  You can use this Fallacy handout  to help.  Look up these fallacies: ad hominem, guilt by association, bandwagon, flattery, in-crowd appeal, veiled threats(scare tactics), false analogy, weasel words (equivocation), begging the question, post hoc (faulty causality), non-sequiter, either-or (false dilemma), hasty generalization, over simplification (dicto-simplicitor). Due Thursday!


Wednesday: We will wrap up cohesion and begin discussing arugmentation.

Thursday: Argumentation

Friday WP 30. DGP quiz.  ( Pay attention to this week's DGP)  Begin:  Animal Farm  Read chapters 1-5 for Wednesday. Our focus is looking at the power of language.  Notice things related to argumentations.  What rhetorical appeasl (ethos, logos, pathos) are used? Look for examples of fallacies in the pigs logic. Take notes on paper or annotate with post-it notes.


February 6-10   No Word Power this week!

Wednesday: Due:  Two LOTF theme ideas with support.  Team meeting to discuss your theme ideas.  Groups need to come up with thesis statement and topic sentences for group essay. You will plan what evidence you will use in the body paragraphs. Each person chooses ONE thing on which to focus for the body paragraph, i.e. ONE setting and how it changes, ONE character and how he changes, and ONE symbol and its significance. The reason for this is that then you are forced to go into greater depth/analysis rather than skimming the surface by talking about three different things briefly in one paragraph.  

  If you are ready begin drafting your body paragraph.  

Thursday: Cohesion: working on the body paragraphs.    Homework:  Think of some ideas for the introduction to share with your group. Completed draft of paragraph due in class tomorrow.

Friday:   Coherence: Putting it all together:Write your introduction and conclusion and  make the paper seem like it was written by one person. Work on fluency, paragraph order, etc.  Make necessary changes in order to increase coherence. 


Second semester!  January 30-February 3  Clarity and Cohesion in Writing.  Word Power 28-29

Monday:  Avoiding nominalization to improve clarity in writing.  Notes from keynote we viewed in class.

Tuesday:  Cohesion: known-new contract and problem pronouns

Wednesday:  Passive voice and metadiscourse

Thursday: parallelism

Friday:  Culmination of style week.  WP 28-29.  Diagnostics, self-reflection, goals. Homework:  Next week we will be writing a group essay, so be thinking about a theme statement for Lord of the Flies.  Come up with TWO theme ideas and write down some supporting evidence based on whether you were focused on setting, symbols, or characters. 


 January 23-27  Finals week

Monday: Research presentations. Take notes!

Tuesday: Finish research presentations. Review for finals

Wednesday:   Word Power 27.  Finals periods 3, 6.  Multiple choice

Thursday: Periods 4,5 finals

Friday:  Periods 1,2 finals.

Week of January 16-20  

Monday  No school

Tuesday: Research topics; groups will receive a topic and have time to research. Homework: Completed research document needs to be in your folder on Friday. Just follow directions on the document.

Wednesday: Share excerpt journals with group. Discussion: Settings, Characters

Thursday: Discussion: symbols.  As a large group we will discuss themes of the book. 

Friday:  Plan research presentation, which you will present on Monday and Tuesday. Create your works cited page citing the sources you used.


Week of January 9-13  Lord of the Flies  Chapters 6-10 Word Power 26


Monday: DGP review. Sign up for focus area (setting, characterization or symbolism). For next Wednesday (1/18) you will need to bring 8-10 discussion prompts for our Socratic Seminar.   Journal share  Homework:  Read chapter 6.  Look for discussion topics for your area of focus: setting, character, or symbols.

Tuesday: We will discuss title. Work on Journal #3 that focuses on your particular area.  Read chpt 7.  Due tomorrow: Journal #3 in which you focus on symbols, setting or character for chapters 6-7.

Wednesday:   Journal #3 due. Share with groups.  Go through previous journals and see if you mentioned things pertaining to your topic. We will discuss what your discussion prompts should look like for next week. Read chpt 8. 

Thursday: DGP.  Study Word Power. Start style discussion. Read chpt 9-10  

Friday:  Word Power 26.  Style day:syntax.Practice with parallelism, balanced sentences, and antithesis.   Homework: Finish book by Wednesday.  Your typed discussion prompts are also due on Wednesday.  Your excerpt journal including diction/syntax analysis  from LOTF due Wednesday. 


Week of January 3-6  Lord of the Flies   chapters 1-5   No Word Power this week!

 Monday:   No school today. See you tomorrow!

 Tuesday:   Happy New Year! Appreciation and gratitude day!

 Wednesday: We will start Lord of the Flies today.  Homework: Finish chapters 1-2 for Thursday and do one journal entry.  Ideas for journals: things you noticed, things you don't get or wonder about, symbols, archetypes, foreshadowing, etc.  Basically, write about what catches your eye or grabs your attention. We are reading AND thinking.  1/2 to 3/4 page depending on how big you write. If you are more comfortable typing, go for it, but bring a printed copy.

 Thursday: We will revisit Dead Poets paragraphs for reflection on writing.    Chat cards. We will discuss chapters 1-2. Homework: Read chapter 3  

 Friday: Chat cards warm up.  You will have the class period to read today.  Make sure you are at least through chapter 5 by Monday.  Work on the Close reading notes as  you read. Homework: Read chapters 4-5 and have another journal entry (on 3-5) prepared for Monday.  


Week of December 12-16

 Monday:    We will evaluate the Dead Poets paragraphs.We will work on  your poetry essay drafts that are DUE in class today. Make sure it is on a  Google doc so you can access it. You do not need to have it printed.    Bring questions or things you are struggling with!  

 Tuesday: WP 25 quiz. Warm ups for Poetry Out Loud competition.

 Wednesday: Poetry Out Loud.  Be ready to present. You are going to be great!

 Thursday: Finish up.  Draft #2 of essay due for final revision and editing.  Upload final draft to turn it in this weekend.

 Friday:  WP 26.  Talent show!  Enjoy your break! No homework!  We will begin Lord of the Flies when you return in January.


Week of December 5-9

 Monday:  Bring your poem to class.   Poetry Analysis assignment.  . If you don't finish in class, the rest is homework (DUE WEDNESDAY).  This does not need to be typed unless you want to, but it might be handy to have it on a Google doc.  We will also review the OHS paragraph and look at a sample paragraph

 Tuesday:  We will have the chromebooks in class today.  Type up your Dead Poets AWESOME OHS paragraph.  When you are done, upload it to Turnitin. Paragraph needs to be uploaded by 10pm.   Homework: Finish the Poetry Analysis sheet for tomorrow.  

 Wednesday: Introduction to analyzing poetry

  Thursday:  Essay planning/shaping grid Homework:   Study word power 25

 Friday:   No school due to Snow Day!!  Word Power test moved to Tuesday. Poetry paper rough draft still due Monday.  Homework: Typed draft due in class on Monday. It does not need to be printed. It needs to be on a GOOGLE doc!!!!  Please copy and paste the poem into your essay; I need to read the poem before I read your essay!!

If you were gone Friday please read:  We are working on an essay that discusses your poem.  You need to figure out the point of your poem; then, figure out what the author DOES to support or enhance that theme.  

Example in [In-Just]:  

 The point of the poem:  Children live in the moment experiencing joy as it comes.  


What the author DOES to convey this childlike whimsy.  1.  Form: unusual spacing that mirrors how kids play can be non-linear and seemingly random (this will be my first body paragraph) 2.  Diction: made up words like mud-luscious and bettyandisbel show how kids use their own language. Mud-luscious=oxymoron to adults, but makes sense to kids.  bettyandisbel shows camaraderie of childhood friends.  (this would be second body paragraph  3.   Setting and situation: in the spring, in a park. It is outside where kids are free to roam and not confined by walls. (This will be the third body paragraph).  Try a draft for Monday.  It can be very rough.



 November 28- December 2

Monday; Read your partner's paper and do the paper exchange assignment.  Share your letters with  your partner when you are done..  Self editing.  Make a plan for revision. Homework: if you are ready, turn in your essay to turn it in (due tomorrow).  Work on memorizing your poem. 

Tuesday:  We will read and discuss some of the poems that appear in the film, Dead Poets Society. Make sure your paper is uploaded by 10 tonight.

Wednesday- Friday:  Dead Poets Society/writing conferences with me.  If you are rewriting your essay, your rewrites are due one week from the day you meet with me. 

Friday:   We will discuss the movie as well as essay prompts for the timed write on Monday. Work on an outline for the timed write on Monday. You will be writing one OHS paragraph (three chunks, excellent CDs, amazing CM!!) Homework:  Make sure you bring a printed copy of the poem you intend to memorize for POL on Monday



November 21-25  Select your poem for Poetry Out Loud!  Choose one you like AND that you understand.

Monday: Drafting the essay. If you are done share with someone else who is done and give each other feedback.

 Tuesday:   We will do self editing of your essay today.  Homework:  Finish your essay. Bring a printed copy on Monday. Also, print poem from poetryoutloud.org

Wednesday: No school! Find a poem to memorize for Poetry OUT LOUD!

Thursday :  Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday:  Enjoy your break!


November 14-18

 Monday:  I will tell you the story of Oedipus at Colonus.  DGP for the week.

 Tuesday:  Read Antigone in class.  Homework: Discussion questions for Antigone due Wednesday

 Wednesday: Circle discussion on Antigone.  Homework:Essay prompts for Sophocles essay.  Choose three topics that interest you and think about how you would create a thesis statement.  What will you prove? In your notes write a rough thesis for three of the topics.

 Thursday: We will discuss thesis statements.  Handout: Literary analysis planning guide.  Check notes on Jocasta paragraph. Begin drafting essay.  Homework: Write a good thesis statement for tomorrow. Use the planning guide to start shaping your essay/finding evidence to support your thesis. We will be drafting in class on Monday. First typed draft due Tuesday.

 Friday:    Word Power 24.   Talk through your essay plan.  Style:  more syntax (parallel, balanced, and antithetical sentences).  Homework:  Think about your essay. Finish outline. Find quotations to support argument.  Bring all of your notes on Monday. We will spend the period drafting the essay.  It is not a timed write. You may finish at home Monday night if you need to!





November 7-11  No Word Power this week!


Monday:   We will finish reading the play. We will discuss archetypes and you will be assigned one to look up for tomorrow.  Share archetype examples

Tuesday: Share your archetype findings.    We will discuss archetypes related to Oedipus.  

Wednesday: We will review for the Oedipus test.  We will discuss irony, archetypes, symbols, etc.  We will watch John Greene's Crash Course on Oedipus.

Thursday:  Oedipus Test.  Style:  Syntax  DGP activity.

Friday:  Thank you Veterans.  


October 31- November 4

Monday: DGP sentence #6. Creon paragraph is due!  Homework:   Scene 3 and Ode 3 for tomorrow. Notice things: write down what you notice. (Examples: navigation imagery, dark/light imagery, sight/blindness imagery, paradox, dramatic irony, characterization, etc.) This can be on post-its or notebook paper. It does not need to be typed.  Think about the prompt and find evidence for the paragraph: Using textual evidence from both scenes 2 and 3, write a one-paragraph character analysis of Jocaste.  In what ways does she act like a mother to Oedipus?  In what ways does she act as a wife? Is one role more dominant than the other?

Tuesday:    Scene 3, and Ode 3 in class.  Homework:  Type up your Jocaste paragraph draft  for Thursday  We will be talking about OHS paragraph structure tomorrow in class, so you may want to wait until tomorrow night to write the paragraph, but you can certainly look for CDs and think about the prompt tonight.

Prompt:  Using textual evidence from both scenes 2 and 3, write a one-paragraph character analysis of Jocaste.  In what ways does she act like a mother to Oedipus?  In what ways does she act as a wife? Is one role more dominant than the other?   

Wednesday: Today  we will focus on the OHS paragraph.  We will look at a sample Creon paragraph and we will look at good and bad samples of Jocaste paragraphs. Homework  Upload your paper to turn it in by 11 tonight for peer revision tomorrow. 

Thursday: Peer review.  Revised drafts due to turnitin on Friday.

Friday:  WP 23.  Upload your revised draft to turnitin.  Homework: Look up definitions for:  archetype, hero's journey, scapegoat.   Read over scene 4 and Ode 4.  Print out this archetypes note taking sheet.   



October 24-28   DGP focus:  Diagramming!   WP 21-22

Monday:  We will review diagramming. We will discuss irony and paradox.  Homework due: Scene 1 examples of irony, paradox or oxymoron. Write down three examples.    Read Ode 1 and try to figure out what each of the four parts is talking about.   These findings can be handwritten in your class notes or on post-it notes in the book.

Tuesday:   We will read Scene 1 and Ode 1 in class and look at the examples of paradox in Scene 1. We will look at the role of the chorus.     Homework: Read over Scene 2 and Ode 2. 

Wednesday:    We will discuss scene one.  Read through the strophe or antistrophe from Ode 1 your group was assigned.  You will share your findings and perform with your group.    Homework: Read through Ode 2 and  write summaries for the four sections.

Thursday: We will read and discuss Scene 2 .  You will work on an assignment on Scene 2 with your partner in class.  Homework: Write your Creon paragraph for Monday. Bring a printed copy to class.

 Friday:   Word Power 21-22. Syntax powerpoint and discussion.



Week 7  October 17-21  Introduction to Oedipus and Greek Theater   Word Power 20-21

Monday:  Bring your Mango essays to class. Discussion of essay writing issues.  DGP diagramming.  Homework: Study your Greek God notes for a quiz tomorrow.

Tuesday:  Quiz on the gods and deities we talked about last week.  You will take notes on these two power point presentations:  Intro to Greek Theater. and  Tragic Hero notes.  Homework:  Read through the the "prologue" and "parados"  of Oedipus and make a list of five of Oedipus' characteristics based on what other people say about him and based on what he says about himself.  Include a full or partial quote, the page number (use proper MLA format), and the characteristic you glean about Oedipus.  Also, look for a reference a  Greek god or goddess and try to figure out the significance of the reference.  This assignment is due Wednesday and should be typed.  

Wednesday:    Discussion: What makes a good leader? Your homework from Prologue and Parados is due. We will discuss it in class and we will also begin reading the play aloud.

Thursday: We will be reading the play in class. 

Friday:  Word Power 20-21 quiz.  Style day:  Syntax  Homework due Monday:  Read scene 1 and look for examples of irony, paradox or oxymoron. Write down three examples.    Read Ode 1 and try to figure out what each of the four parts is talking about.   These can be handwritten in your class notes or on post-it notes in the book.


October 24-28   DGP focus:  Diagramming!   WP 21-22

Monday:  We will review diagramming. We will discuss irony and paradox.  Homework due: Scene 1 examples of irony, paradox or oxymoron. Write down three examples.    Read Ode 1 and try to figure out what each of the four parts is talking about.   These findings can be handwritten in your class notes or on post-it notes in the book.

Tuesday:   We will read Scene 1 and Ode 1 in class and look at the examples of paradox in Scene 1. We will look at the role of the chorus.   Read through the strophe or antistrophe from Ode 1 your group was assigned.  You will share your findings and perform with your group.  Homework: Read over Scene 2 and Ode 2. 

Wednesday:      We will read and discuss Scene 2 .  Homework: If you did not write summaries for the four sections of Ode 2, do so tonight. If you already did that last night, then you are done!

Thursday: We will finish reading Scene 2 and Ode 2.   You will work on an assignment on Scene 2 with your partner in class.  Homework: Think of/find evidence for the Creon paragraph you will be finishing in class Monday.

 Friday:   Word Power 21-22. Write the Creon paragraph with your partner.  Homework: Finish Creon paragraph if you didn't in class.  Read Scene 3 and Ode 3 for Monday.  Notice things: write down what you notice. (Examples: navigation imagery, dark/light imagery, sight/blindness imagery, paradox, dramatic irony, characterization, etc.) This can be on post-its or notebook paper. It does not need to be typed.  Think about the prompt and find evidence for the paragraph: Using textual evidence from both scenes 2 and 3, write a one-paragraph character analysis of Jocaste.  In what ways does she act like a mother to Oedipus?  In what ways does she act as a wife? Is one role more dominant than the other?



Week of October 10-14   We are focusing on the Thursday Notes for DGP weeks 1-5. No Word Power this week.

Monday:     DGP sentence #1.  mini lesson on how to do works cited page in MLA format.  Your revised thesis and topic sentences are due if I handed yours back to you on Friday.  We will be in the library for a final day of research and work on the presentations.  Type up your outline and works consulted paper today.

Tuesday:   DGP#2  .  Greek presentations.  Please take notes. Test on Thursday!

Wednesday:   DGP #3.  We will review allusions.  We will finish the presentations.   

Thursday:    DGP #4 and #5.    Quiz on the gods. Review of sentence types.

Friday:  No School.      Teacher inservice day.             Want to get ahead?  Homework for Wednesday:  Read through the the "prologue" and "parados" and make a list of five of Oedipus' characteristics based on what other people say about him and based on what he says about himself.  Include a full or partial quote, the page number (use proper MLA format), and the characteristic you glean about Oedipus.  Also, look for a reference to a  Greek god or goddess and try to figure out the significance of the reference.  This assignment is due Wednesday 10/19  and should be typed.  



Week 5   October 3-7.  Word Power session #20 this week.  I will be meeting with your individually to go over your thesis and topic sentences when we are in the library.


 Monday 10/3   Your old thesis/revised thesis is due today. Please type out and print and bring to class. This week we focus on the Wednesday notes  (sentence type) in DGP.  You will create a visual of your summer essay by using the house model to show the structure of your essay.  Homework: refine your thesis statement. If I didn't get the chance to meet with you today, I will meet with you tomorrow.

Tuesday 10/4      Finish your house graphic organizer that shows the thinking that got you to your thesis.  Due Wednesday.  We will start talking about essay parts.  

  Wednesday 10/5  Brainstorm essay parts. We will talk about topic sentences. Homework:  Add topic sentences to your thesis. These may be the ones you used in your summer essay. They may be revised from the summer essay. Or, they may be completely new in order to match/support your new thesis. Topic sentences that support thesis due tomorrow!! I will meet with each of you in the library to go over these.

 Thursday  10/6  I will give you some information about the Greek God research you will be doing this week.    This is a group research project in which you will present your findings to the class through some sort of creative project.  You will begin research today. This is in preparation for our study of Greek tragedies.

 Friday  10/7   WP #20 test. We will be in the library for research and to work on your presentation with your partner.



Week 4   September 26-30 

Monday: We will begin Word Power this week.  Your annotations for "Seven Days of Rain" are due.  We will discuss your findings on the poem and write a theme statement on the poem.      Homework:  Please come prepared for tomorrow's Socratic seminar on House on Mango Street with at least five discussion prompts based on your second reading of the book. These can be observations about author's style, things you are wondering about, things you noticed this reading that you didn't the first reading, new theme ideas, etc.  When possible, include name of the vignette, quotations, and/or page number.  This document should be typed and printed and brought to class. 

Tuesday: Socratic seminar on  HOMS.

Wednesday:   We will continue talking about the inductive process and review the process of writing thesis statements.  I am going to pass back your summer assignment essays and we will evaluate their strengths and weaknesses.You will  rewrite your thesis statement (don't worry, we are not rewriting the entire essay).  We will also discuss topic sentences and you will revise or write some to match your thesis statement.  Homework:  Type your  old thesis on a document and then revise it to make a better thesis.  

Thursday: I will check off your thesis statements.    Write your topic sentences ( You may need to rewrite them if you change your thesis.  If you need help I can work with you during Bear Time.)  Do not rewrite the entire essay.  You are revising your thesis and your topic sentences (for 2--4 body paragraphs).

Homework: Work on your revised essay skeleton.  Due Monday.  Come by during Bear time if you need help. Study for Word Power.


 Friday:    Word Power test.  Style day topic: Diction, Syntax. The Diction Connotation/Denotation handout (from last Friday)  is due today.  Do #3 on the front, and  revise the six sentences on the back.  Homework: Create a document, then write your original thesis followed by your revised thesis. Bring this document to class on Monday.



DGP sentences 1-5 

Monday DGP sentence #1:many students work on the star our school newspaper.  

Tuesday DGP sentence #2:  someones copy of ethan frome a novel was found in the room but my copy is missing.  Partner editing.  Those who want to can share style imitations with the class. 

Wednesday DGP sentence #3:  standing on a ladder i slipped and broke a window.  

Thursday DGP sentence #4:  both breck and jolie drove their cars for a long time and then found themselves in arkansas.   

Friday  DGP sentence #5:  the four men worked hard to finish the job their boss gave them a large bonus.  


Week 3 September 19-23  We are focusing on the Monday (parts of speech) Notes for DGP weeks 1-5.

Monday: DGP kickoff! Reviewing parts of speech.  Sample essays  Homework: The typed draft of your My Name essay is due tomorrow.

Tuesday: The rough draft of your "My Name" style imitation is due today and we will work on revising it. If you want to read it to the class for bonus points you may do so today and tomorrow. Homework:  Label all the things you did in your essay to intentionally imitate Sandra Cisneros.  Make some changes/revisions.  Bring the annotated copy to class tomorrow with your final revised  draft if you are reading it for extra credit. Otherwise you will upload it to turnitin tomorrow night.   

Wednesday:  Final draft due today. Upload to turnitin by 11pm tonight.   Those who want to can share their essay with the class.  

Thursday: We will talk about the inductive process and how it relates to writing. Homework: Finish annotating  the poem "Seven days of Rain"  for Monday and sort your evidence into patterns or categories based on what you notice  (i.e.  Alliteration, life words, etc.).  List those categories on the back of the poem.  

Friday:     Throughout the year we will focus on style lessons on Fridays.  Today's focus is diction.  Style day topic:  Diction  Click here to view Powerpoint on diction.  Homework:  Make sure you have reread the book by Tuesday.


Week 2   September 12-16 

Monday:  Overview of Hapara Folders, turn it in, classroom routines, syllabus. You will write a letter and upload it by the end of the period.   More on themes and thesis statements. Share definitions of rhetoric.  

Tuesday:  As a group we will begin to annotate "My Name." Homework:  Ask your parents the history of your name.  

Wednesday:    Jigsaw groups complete the handout.  Using the tone handout, write down the different tones your see in the vignette.  When you are done,  revisit Monday's theme list and discuss which ones apply to "My Name."  Write a theme statement about the vignette on the back of the buff sheet. example:  In "My Name" Cisneros _(examines, shows, illustrates...)____________. Homework: The completed worksheet and theme statement are due tomorrow!   Do some thinking and some research about your name. 

Thursday:    We will do some free writing about your name and I will share the criteria for your  My Name style imitation.  I will read aloud some sample essays. Homework:  Bring a draft of the essay to class tomorrow.  This draft can be handwritten and very informal. This is just the beginning of you writing down some ideas.  Typed draft will be due on Tuesday.

 Friday:   We will do some work with your (very) rough draft of My Name essay.  Homework:    Plan ahead:  Typed draft of My Name essay due on Tuesday


 Week 1   September 7-9

 Wednesday:  Introductions!   You will turn in your essay from the summer assignment.  Highlight your thesis. Put a box around the subject/topic and underline the opinion in your thesis.  

 Thursday:   We will go down to the gym for pictures.  We will discuss our focus of the year, which is the analysis of author's style.   In class we will annotate the vignette "Four Skinny Trees."   Share findings and discuss what we mean when we say "annotate."  Handout on textual dialoging. Homework: Choose any three vignettes to annotate.  Use the handout from class today to help you look for specific things.

Friday:  More practice annotating. Look for trends in Cisneros's writing style. Handout: AP Style Analysis.        Crash course on why we study literature.  We will make a list of the  themes in House on Mango Street and then revisit your thesis statements from the summer assignment. 

 Homework:  Look up the terms "rhetoric" and "rhetorical strategy" and write them in your class notes for Monday!     


Summer Assignment 2016 for incoming 10th graders 







































































 .  On the back of the SOS:Jamaica Inn sheet, analyze sentences 3 and 4 (just handwrite it on the back of the handout).  Think about what each sentence 1. says, 2.  does,  3.  and what the effects are. Here are examples of how to do the says/does/because based on the first two sentences.  Just give it a try.




 List of words to consider for Act 1  Choose one or two words that in your mind explain what is important in Act 1. Find quotes to support that idea/theme/concept


 Monday: Culminating activity:   You are looking for connections to everything we have done this year.  Here is the model/article we read in class.


Here is a link to some of my favorite books!