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January 15-19, 2007: Third Term Begins!

Monday, January 15

  • Human Rights Day
  • Thank you, Dr. King!
    (And not just for the day off!)

Tuesday, January 16

  • No School for Students

Wednesday, January 17: Welcome to the Third Term!

  • New Classes/New Seats
  • Hall Passes/AR Contracts
  • The Vocabulary of Persuasion: Take Notes! (And don't lose 'em!)
  • Journal #4: "The Right to Privacy"
    Write a response to Betsy Hart. Maintain appropriate voice, a clear sense of purpose, and effective word choice for this audience. (100+)

Thursday, January 18

  • Journal #5: TV Survey
  • "The Trouble With Television": Evaluate the Argument
  • So, what's your thesis?
  • Homework: Decide on your opinion statement for your own persuasive essay.

Friday, January 19

  • Submit Opinion Statement
  • Weekly Vocabulary List #1: gallant, animosity, spangled, facilitate, banner, rampart, peril, raucous, misconstrue, patriotism
  • Vocabulary Worksheet
    (You'll want a dictionary for this assignment!)

January 22-26, 2007

Monday, January 22

  • Journal #6: "The Star-Spangled Banner"
    Calculate the number of times you have heard America's national anthem in your life. Show your work. Circle the total.
    (Now write down the lyrics from memory.)
  • Persuasive Writing Step 2: Reasons that Support Your Opinion Statement
  • Massive Purple Text: pp. 321 & 322
  • Outline Persuasive Essay: Due Thursday

Tuesday, January 23

  • Journal #7: "Honesty is the best policy." Is this always true? Are there times when lying serves a greater good? What is your personal philosophy on lying? Relate an example from your own experience that illustrates this philosophy.
  • Begin Nothing But the Truth: 1-23

Wednesday, January 24

    "...students today are not what they used to be. There is no love of literature...Young people don't read at all today -- outside of school requirements. They come to literature reluctantly at best, fighting me every inch of the way. It's not as if they aren't bright. They are. And I like them and their capacity for independence. But the other side of that independence is a lack of caring for anything beyond themselves."
    --Miss Narwin, Nothing But the Truth (p. 8)

    The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.

    --Mark Twain (1835-1910)

  • Journal #8: Copy these quotations into your journal. Is Miss Narwin correct about most of today's teenagers? Why or why not? Are you a typical teen in this respect? Do you see any danger for a culture that doesn't read? Discuss. (100+)
  • Nothing But the Truth: 24-49

Thursday, January 25: Persuasive Outline due!

  • Journal #9: Thompson's Got Video! (The coolest drum solo in the world!)
    Neil Peart, the best at what he does, still practices daily and has a drum teacher. What does that tell you about the quest for perfection of a craft? What skill do you hope to be able to master to such a degree, and how do you plan to achieve mastery? (100+)
  • Weekly Vocabulary Quiz #1
  • Nothing But the Truth: 49-64

Friday, January 26: Reading Contracts due!

  • Nothing But the Truth: 64-99

January 29- February 2, 2007

Monday, January 29

  • Journal #10: "Our society is always asking schools to do what is not done at home." --Miss Narwin (p. 90)
    Is this true? Consider the many things schools are expected to do today. Is Miss Narwin correct? Why or why not? Do schools take on too much responsibility? Discuss.
  • Vocabulary List #2 Dictionary Assignment: Due Thursday!
    abash, absolve, abstain, acclaim, acute,
    addict, admonish, adverse, advocate, agitate

    (Words were defined in class...by the teacher!)
  • Helpful Link: Dictionary.com
  • Nothing But the Truth: 99-120

Tuesday, January 30: Computer Lab 137

  • Typed draft of persuasive essay due Friday!
  • Don't forget to address the counterclaims!
  • Research to find supporting evidence, statistics, expert opinions.
  • Web Page Validity Check: Make sure you are looking at legitimate and correct sources.
  • Citation Machine: Cite your sources & save the source info!

Wednesday, January 31

  • Journal #11: Identify biased statements (and explain why each is biased) in the articles about Philip Malloy on pages 113 & 121.
  • Nothing But the Truth: 121-150

Thursday, February 1: Vocabulary List #2 Assignment due!

  • Nothing But the Truth: 151-186
  • Test on Novel: Character Values Chart & Your Verdict
    (This needs to be done carefully and completely. Follow all instructions!)
    The test is due Tuesday, February 6th!

Friday, February 2: First Draft of Persuasive Essay due!


February 5-9, 2007

Monday, Februrary 5

Tuesday, February 6: Nothing But the Truth Test Due!

  • Journal #13: Elements of the Persuasive Essay Quiz (Read sample essay and answer 10 multiple-choice questions.)
  • Persuasive Rubric/Editor Checklist : Compare to Six Traits
  • What does it mean to revise? (More than just print again!)
  • Final Suggestions for Persuasive Essays

Wednesday, February 7: Computer Lab 137

Thursday, February 8

Friday, February 9: Persuasive Essay Final Draft due!

  • Turn in Persuasive Essay and Editor Checklist with signature!
  • Finish & turn in Vocabulary Assignment #3 (from yesterday)
  • Spring Pictures: During English Classes (Wow! Disastrous on So Many Levels!)

February 12-16, 2007

Monday, Februrary 12

Tuesday, February 13: Computer Lab 137

Wednesday, February 14: Valentine Dance (Friday Schedule)

Thursday, February 15: Midterm

  • Journal #1: Copy "George Gray" onto the next blank page in your journal. Space and punctuate correctly.
  • Sentence Fluency: Handout
  • Word Choice/Fluency Worksheet

Friday, February 16

  • Journal #2: Rewrite this to improve sentence fluency.
  • Word Choice/Fluency Worksheet: Finish "Working With Words"

February 19-23, 2007: Esteem and Dream Week

Monday, Februrary 19

  • Presidents' Day: No School

Tuesday, February 20: The Only "Normal" Day This Week

Wednesday, February 21: Reality Town/Resumés

  • 6th & 7th periods only
  • Journal #3 1/2: Evaluate the day's activities. (90+)
  • "Working With Words": Rewrite 5 Bubba Sentences to improve fluency
  • Sentence Combining Review 1-10

Thursday, February 22: Seminar Day & P.T. Conferences

  • 30-minute classes (all of 'em)
  • 2nd-5th:
    • "Working With Words": Rewrite 5 Bubba Sentences to improve fluency
    • Sentence Combining Review 1-10
  • 6th & 7th:
    • Vocabulary List #4: Finish worksheet
    • Continue Sentence Combining Review

Friday, February 23: Talent Assembly

  • 2nd (1+ hour)
    • Journal #3 1/2: Evaluate this week's activities. (90+)
    • Punctuation Standards
    • Finish Sentence Combining Review
  • 3rd-7th (25 minutes each)

February 26-March 2, 2007

Monday, Februrary 26

Tuesday, Februrary 27: Direct Writing Assessment

  • State-Mandated Writing Exam
  • Bring a Pencil!

Wednesday, Februrary 28

  • Finish/Make-up DWA
  • Journal #5: "Loud Music" or "Elevator Music"?
  • Mock Job Interview Prep: Applications/Resumés/Folders
    (Any changes due back to me by Monday!)
  • Spoon River Anthology: Introduction & Terms
  • Epitaphs: Voices from Beyond the Grave
  • "The Hill" + Study Questions (due tomorrow)

Thursday, March 1

Friday, March 2: Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!


March 5-9, 2007

Monday, March 5

Tuesday, March 6: Mock Job Interviews

  • Look sharp!
  • 5th Period will interview during other periods (and then watch a movie during class!)
  • If you missed your interview, see Mrs. Cash for information on how to make it up. Yes, it is an assignment!

Wednesday, March 7: Computer Lab 137

The end of the term approaches, and many of you still have no Independent Reading points.
Is it time for some extra credit?

Option 1: On a nice card (or stationery) with matching envelope, write a polite thank-you note to the person who interviewed you yesterday. Here is how to do it! Bring the letter, the envelope, and a postage stamp on Friday. (Don't seal the letter in the envelope until after I see it.) I will make sure it gets mailed to the correct address. Easy extra credit points just for doing the right thing!

Option 2: Enter the school poetry contest. See me for details and entry forms. Poems due on March 15.

Thursday, March 8: Computer Lab 137

  • 2nd Period: High School Counselors' Visit
  • Computer Lab: VOSR Game

Friday, March 9: Last Day to Conference on Book Reports


March 12-16, 2007

Monday, March 12

Tuesday, March 13

  • Final Test (multiple-choice) on Spoon River Anthology

Wednesday, March 14: Reading Points due!

  • Write poetic epitaphs of two literary characters!
  • Turn in "The Hill" Study Questions & one completed epitaph at the end of class!

Thursday, March 15: Turn in Extra Credit!

  • Journal #1: On the next blank page in your journal, write your own poetic epitaph. Include at least one metaphor and some parallel structure.
  • Vocabulary #5 Assignment: culminate, cynic, deduce, denounce, digress, discord, discriminate, dissent, docile, elite
  • Final Third Term Grade Conferences

Friday, March 16: End of Third Term


"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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