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October 31 - November 4, 2005

Monday, October 31: Teacher Prep. Day

Tuesday, November 1: First Day of Second Term

  • Welcome to the Second Term: AR Contracts, Hall Passes
  • Journal #8: How was the first term? What will you do differently this term? Why?
  • Term Project: I-Search Paper (Find a Topic You Care About!)
  • Elements of Language: Pages 207-211
  • Begin Research Journal (at the back of classroom journal)
  • Homework: Find an I-Search Topic!

Wednesday, November 2: Honors English Meeting, 3:00 P.M.

  • Research Journal: Answer First Four Questions (Step #1)
  • I-Search Prewrite: Graphic Organizer due Friday
  • Read Silently Informational Text
    Epic and Myth: 640-646, Literature Text
  • Quiz on Reading

Thursday, November 3

  • Journal #9: What is a hero? What qualities are heroic? Discuss and give examples.
  • Background Info: The Trojan War
  • Begin The Odyssey: Calypso, The Sweet Nymph (pp. 651-654)

Friday, November 4

  • Journal #10: Listen to the song "Calypso" by Suzanne Vega (lyrics on page 655). What is the tone of the song? Does it help you understand the story? What does it tell you that the song was inspired by a story that is more than 3000 years old? What timeless themes are addressed?
  • Step #2: I-Search Prewrite (Graphic Organizer) due today
  • The Odyssey: I am Laertes' Son, The Lotus Eaters, The Cyclops
    (pp. 656-670)

November 7-11, 2005

Monday, November 7

  • Counselors:
    SEOP Sign-up
    Intro to HS Credits/Grade Requirements

Tuesday, November 8

  • Journal #1: Why do you think English is the only class you are required to take every year in high school?
  • I-Search: Essential Question (revised) due Friday
  • The Odyssey: Circe the Enchantress, The Land of the Dead, The Sirens, Scylla and Charibdis

Wednesday, November 9

  • The Odyssey: The Land of the Dead
  • Quiz on Part 1 (The Wanderings)
  • Journal #2: Would Odysseus be a hero by today's standards? Why or why not?
  • Now it's your turn to read aloud: The Odyssey Part 2
  • The Meeting of Father and Son (pp. 690-694)

Thursday, November 10: Community Council, 7:00 P.M.

  • Journal #3: Epithets -- Read page 715. Write suitable descriptive epithets for ten people you know.
  • The Odyssey: The Beggar and the Faithful Dog, The Test of the Great Bow
    (pp.694-702)

Friday, November 11: AR Contracts Due!

  • I-Search: Revised Essential Question due
  • Finish The Odyssey: Death in the Palace, Odysseus and Penelope
  • Vocabulary Assignment: English Words from Mythology

November 14-18, 2005

Monday, November 14

  • I-Search Journal: Start looking for information. Keep track of it.
  • Bring some blank Note Cards and Source Cards on Friday
  • The Odyssey: Movie & Study Guide

Tuesday, November 15

  • The Odyssey

Wednesday, November 16: Sub. Day

  • The Odyssey

Thursday, November 17

  • The Odyssey: Finish/Hand in study guide

Friday, November 18: Computer Lab

  • I-Search: Answering the Essential Question
  • Complete Section II of I-Search Outline
  • Log on to the Online Textbook
    • Click on the Language (blue) text and select "GO".
    • Select Chapter 6
    • First read pages 202-204 about primary and secondary sources.
    • Then read pages 211-215 about finding sources for I-Search.
    • Finally, read page 221 about evaluating internet sources.
  • Find at least three Internet sources that will help you answer your essential question and complete the handout on Evaluating Web Sources.
  • Begin Source Cards: Due November 28 (follow format in textbook)
  • Make source cards for any books, magazines, videos, etc., you have at home.
  • Check the Falcon Perch Catalogue to see if our library has any books on your topic.
  • Is this specific enough for you, Brittany?

November 21-25, 2005

Monday, November 21

  • Mythology Final Test: Presentations, Notes, The Odyssey, etc.
    (You can use your notes! Bring them to class!)
  • Research Journal: Do you have sources to help you answer your I-Search question? If so, what are they? If not, what are you planning to do to get some before next Monday?
  • Review pages 202-204, 211-217, 221 (I-Search Source Info.)
  • Complete the handout on Evaluating Web Sources for tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 22: Computer Lab

  • Read pages 216-217 in Language text: Taking Notes from Sources (if you haven't already done so).
  • I-Search: Begin Note Cards (Notes due November 30)
  • SOURCE CARDS DUE MONDAY: Make sure to include all necessary information!
    Here's the info. you need on a source card: Page 1 & Page 2
    Here's the proper format for a source card.

    ***Here's a suggestion for the Thanksgiving Break: During some of your off time, get your source cards done. (Find at least five VALID and USEFUL sources that will help you answer your I-Search Questions.) Then take a few notes on Note Cards so you don't have to do 20 cards' worth of notes in only one night next week. Note card suggestions are here and on pages 216-217 in the textbook.

Wednesday, November 23

  • No School: Teacher Comp. Day
  • SOURCE CARDS DUE MONDAY: Make sure to include all necessary information!

Thursday, November 24

  • Thanksgiving Recess
  • SOURCE CARDS DUE MONDAY: Make sure to include all necessary information!

Friday, November 25

  • Thanksgiving Recess
  • SOURCE CARDS DUE MONDAY: Make sure to include all necessary information!

November 28 - December 2, 2005

Monday, November 28: SOURCE CARDS DUE!

  • I-Search Journal: How is the I-Search process going so far? What do you need to do to make sure you have your notes done on Wednesday?
  • In-Class Revisions of All Source Cards
  • Fill in source info on outline.
  • Note Cards due Wednesday!

Tuesday, November 29

  • Shakespeare Intro: Mirimax Video
  • Note Cards due tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 30: NOTE CARDS DUE!

  • Journal #4--Copy and discuss this quote:
    "If all the year were playing holidays,
    To sport would be as tedious as to work."
    -- Henry IV, Part 2: Act II, Scene 1
  • Shakespeare's Language: A Glossary of Common Terms
  • Write Your Own Shakespearean Dialogue!
  • Midterm!

Thursday, December 1

  • Journal #5--Copy and discuss this quote:
    "O, it is excellent
    To have a giant's strength,
    but it is tyrannous
    To use it like a giant."
    --Measure for Measure: Act II, Scene 2
  • I-Search: Thesis Statement (Language Text: Page 218)
    (A thesis statement is the answer to your essential question. Write your thesis at the top of your outline.)
  • Romeo and Juliet: The Prologue
  • Assignment: Translate The Prologue into modern English

Friday, December 2: OUTLINE DUE!

  • Journal #6--Copy and discuss this quote:
    "The sweetest honey
    Is loathsome in his own deliciousness
    And in the taste confounds the apetite."
    --Romeo and Juliet: Act II, Scene 6
  • I-Search: Outline due
  • Three Ways The Prologue Might Be Presented: Video

December 5-9, 2005

Monday, December 5

  • Journal #7--Copy and discuss this quote:
    "Talkers are no good doers: be assured
    We go to use our hands and not our tongues."
    Richard III, Act I, Scene 3
  • I-Search:
    1) Return Outlines/Discuss Requirements:
    Written Draft of I-Search Paper due Wednesday!
    2) Parenthetical Citations/Works Cited: Pages 219-220 (Language Text)
    (A handout with very specific instructions was provided to each student.)
  • Romeo and Juliet: Act I, Scene 1

Tuesday, December 6

  • Journal #8--Copy and discuss this quote:
    "The harder matched, the greater victory."
    Henry VI, Part 3: Act V, Scene 1
  • Romeo and Juliet: Act I, Scenes 2, 3, 4 (Queen Mab)

Wednesday, December 7: First Draft of I-Search Paper Due!

  • Student of the Month Breakfast: Hailee Cox
  • Queen Mab Speech: Three ways it might be presented (video)
  • Romeo and Juliet: Act I, Scene 5
  • Book Fair?

Thursday, December 8: Computer Lab 138

Friday, December 9

  • I-Search: Revision Strategies: Voice & Word Choice
    (Examples of Strong Voice: Frontier Cow Pies & Big Zee's: Big Meal)
  • Concerns about first drafts of I-Search papers:
    Missing/Incorrect Parenthetical Citations
    Missing/Incorrect Works Cited Page
    (It's very important that you do both of these properly for the final draft! All instructions are available on the handout from Monday. Use it! OR look at pages 220-221 in the Language textbook.)
  • I-Search Handout: Editor's Form & Scoring Rubric
    FINAL DRAFT DUE NEXT FRIDAY!

December 12-16, 2005

Monday, December 12: A.M. Assembly

  • Shakespeare Web Quest & Signed Grade Printout due!
  • Romeo and Juliet: Act II, Scenes 1 and 2: The Balcony Scene
  • The Balcony Scene (One Version) on Video
  • Don't Forget: I-Search Paper due Friday!

Tuesday, December 13

  • The Balcony Scene (Another Version) on Video
  • Romeo and Juliet: Act II, Scenes 3-6
  • Don't Forget: I-Search Paper due Friday!

Wednesday, December 14: Substitute Day

  • Hand out R & J Test: Work on it as we read!
  • Romeo and Juliet: Act III, Scene 1
  • Don't Forget: I-Search Paper due Friday!

Thursday, December 15

  • Die, Mercutio, Die! (One version on video)
  • Romeo and Juliet: Act III, Scenes 2 & 3
  • Don't Forget: I-Search Paper due Tomorrow!

Friday, December 16: Final Draft of I-Search Paper Due!


December 19-23

Monday, December 19

  • Romeo and Juliet: Act IV, Scenes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Tuesday, December 20

  • Romeo and Juliet: Act V, Scenes 1, 2, 3

Wednesday, December 21

  • Sign up for Memorization Assignment due January 5!
  • Don't forget to include a written "translation" of your speech!
  • Finish/Score Final Test on Romeo and Juliet
    (while viewing the last act of the Zeferelli version of the movie)
  • Reduced Shakespeare Company: Romeo and Juliet in 10 minutes

Thursday, December 22

  • Winter Recess: No School

Friday, December 23

  • Winter Recess: No School
  • See you next year!

January 2-6, 2006: Welcome to 2006!

Monday, January 2

  • Winter Recess: No School

Tuesday, January 3

  • New Seats
  • Journal #9: New Year's Resolutions
  • Collection #5--Massive Purple Text: Irony and Ambiguity
  • Irony: "The Gift of the Magi" (pp.287-292)
  • Assignment: Page 295, Questions 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 (in journal)
  • Letter to the Editor: Teachers Assign Too Much Homework
  • Don't forget: Romeo & Juliet Memorization due Thursday

Wednesday, January 4

  • Journal #10: Opinion Statements & Warm Up (Transparency)
  • You are NOT entitled to your own opinion unless it is an informed opinion!
  • Ambiguity: "The Lady or the Tiger?" (pp. 297-304)
  • Assignment (in journal): Is the king's system of perfect justice a good one? Why or why not?

Thursday, January 5

Friday, January 6

  • Evaluating Arguments: "In Defense of the Jury System" (pp. 308-311)
  • Test Practice (pp. 312 & 313) -- in journal
  • Open Book Quiz: Ambiguity, Irony, and Argument
  • Get fired up about a topic for a persuasive essay of your own!
    (Start collecting your "evidence".)
  • AR Points due next Wednesday!

January 9-13, 2006

Monday, January 9

  • Journal #11: First, list five two-sided issues about which you have a strong opinion. Next, list five things about this school that you think should be changed. Finally, tell what you would change about the world if you were king for a day.
  • Persuasive Writing: Pages 320-327 in Massive Purple Text
  • Prewrite Handout
  • Choose an issue you care about!
  • Letter to the Editor: Accelerated Reader Does Not Motivate Students

Tuesday, January 10

Wednesday, January 11: Accelerated Reader Points Due!

  • Journal #13: Connotations of Words (Loaded Language)
  • Editorial: Teenagers' "Right to Privacy"
  • Score Journals
  • 3rd & 4th Period have until tomorrow at noon to finish AR tests
    (The system was down today until 5th period.)

Thursday, January 12

  • Thompson's Latest Crusade: Rage Against the Machines!
  • Analyze Persuasion: "Poison For Sale"
  • Begin Persuasive Essays: Pages 323-325 (Massive Purple Text)

Friday, January 13: Last Day of the Second Term

  • Book Walk: What exactly is the Massive Purple Text, anyway?

January 16-20, 2006

Monday, January 16: Martin Luther King Day

  • Thanks, Dr. King! (And not just for the day off....)

Tuesday, January 17: Quality Teaching Day

Wednesday, January 18: Third Term Begins

  • New Classes/New Seats
  • Have you met Bubba? (He's not very persuasive.)
  • Hall Passes/AR Contracts
  • Journal #1: Read and Analyze "The Road Not Taken" (page 315)
  • Word Cells: New List (for CRT)

Thursday, January 19

Friday, January 20


"Did I miss anything?" This is the most annoying question students who have been absent can ask. My usual sarcastic reply is something like this: "Oh, heck no! We knew you were gone, so we just sat around all day and looked at each other. You don't really think I'm going to assign work on a day you're not here, do you?" So, in order to keep everyone (students and their parents) apprised of what exactly is going on each day in class, I am going to put it here. Check back often!


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