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January 16-20, 2017: Welcome to Third Term!

Monday, January 16: MLK Holiday (Human Rights Day) [210]
Tuesday, January 17: Professional Day (No School for Students)

  • This term you will learn...
  • ...to analyze, appreciate, and author poetic epitaphs.
  • ...to close read "Interactive Fiction" to solve a mystery.
  • ...to read and understand epic poetry.
  • ...a bit about Greek mythology.
  • ...how to use commas, semicolons, and colons correctly.
  • ...how to write and present a podcast.
  • ...yet more word cells!
  • ...to read.
  • ...to write.
  • ...to repeat.
  • ...and, as always, some surprises!
  • New Term, New Semester, New Reading Schedules, New Classmates, New Seats, New Hall Passes, New (Epic) Poems, New Voices, New Arguments...

Wednesday, January 18: A Day [Computer Lab 202]
Thursday, January 19: B Day [Computer Lab 202]


Friday, January 20: A Day

  • New Classmates/New Seats
  • Hall Passes
  • Journal #1: The Beginning of the End
  • Today is the first day (in the classroom) of the second semester. You have new classmates, new seats, and maybe a new outlook (?). Half of your first year of high school is behind you, and the other half of that first year starts now. What are your plans? How will this semester be different from last semester? You have been through one day of your new class schedule: Is it better or worse? Why? How do you want things to be five months from now, and what are you planning to do to make it happen? Discuss. Explain. Pontificate. Elaborate. Rant. Rave. Analyze. As always, fill the page!
  • Spoon River Test: Use your finished Spoon River Anthology Packet!
  • Wow! This test takes a long time!
  • 2nd-4th Periods did not have much time to discuss what follows....
  • Composition: Creative Writing Assignment
  • Meet the Purkapiles: This is how they work.
  • Choose a pair (more if you’re ambitious) of characters from a novel, movie, or well-known story.
  • Write a free verse poetic epitaph for each of these characters that includes the following:
    • Two poetic comparisons: metaphor and/or simile
    • Parallel structure
    • Allusion to a widely-known event or person
    • Alliteration (keep it discreet: not ten words in a row)
    • Rhetorical question
    • A cross-reference to the other character so the reader knows “the whole story”
  • When placed together, the final epitaphs should not be larger than an 8½ x 11 sheet of paper.
  • Decorate the “headstones” in a way that is suitable to the content of the epitaphs and to the characters
    about which they are written.
  • The “headstones” with the epitaphs on them may be displayed in the classroom “graveyard”.
  • Do your best work!
  • Here is a model of the whole process.
  • [Use this Checklist.]
  • Due Date: Thursday, January 26
  • Word Study: Third Term Word Cells
  • You got these last time: Assignments & Due Dates & Presentation Outline
  • Use the Word Cell Archive and/or The Big List to write your podcast.
  • Prepare your podcasts!
  • Models



Sections of English Binder: Journal, Word Study, Composition, Reading/Literature, Grammar/Conventions

January 23-27, 2017

Monday, January 23: B Day [No Intervention: Extended 8th]

  • New Classmates/New Seats
  • Journal #1: The Beginning of the End
  • Today is the first day (in the classroom) of the second semester. You have new classmates, new seats, and maybe a new outlook (?). Half of your first year of high school is behind you, and the other half of that first year starts now. What are your plans? How will this semester be different from last semester? You have been through one day of your new class schedule: Is it better or worse? Why? How do you want things to be five months from now, and what are you planning to do to make it happen? Discuss. Explain. Pontificate. Elaborate. Rant. Rave. Analyze. As always, fill the page!
  • Spoon River Test: Use your finished Spoon River Anthology Packet!
  • Wow! This test takes a long time!
  • Composition: Creative Writing Assignment
  • Meet the Purkapiles: This is how they work.
  • Choose a pair (more if you’re ambitious) of characters from a novel, movie, or well-known story.
  • Write a free verse poetic epitaph for each of these characters that includes the following:
    • Two poetic comparisons: metaphor and/or simile
    • Parallel structure
    • Allusion to a widely-known event or person
    • Alliteration (keep it discreet: not ten words in a row)
    • Rhetorical question
    • A cross-reference to the other character so the reader knows “the whole story”
  • When placed together, the final epitaphs should not be larger than an 8½ x 11 sheet of paper.
  • Decorate the “headstones” in a way that is suitable to the content of the epitaphs and to the characters
    about which they are written.
  • The “headstones” with the epitaphs on them may be displayed in the classroom “graveyard”.
  • Do your best work!
  • Here is a model of the whole process.
  • [Use this Checklist.]
  • Due Date: Friday, January 27
  • Word Study: Third Term Word Cells
  • You got these last time: Assignments & Due Dates & Presentation Outline
  • Use the Word Cell Archive and/or The Big List to write your podcast.
  • Prepare your podcasts!
  • Models


Tuesday, January 24: A Day [No Intervention: Extended 4th]
Wednesday, January 25: B Day

  • A Conversation About High School Resposibilities (aka Spoon River Implosion)
  • Following Written/Spoken Instructions: It shouldn't be that difficult for 9th graders!
  • Example #1: Spoon River Packet
  • Example #2: Creative Writing Assignment
  • Example #3: Word Cell Podcast Instructions
  • Model Word Cells Podcasts [2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th]
  • Poem o' the Day: "In the God's Dreams" by James Laughlin
  • Meet the Olympians
  • Journal #2 : If you were the god or goddess of something, what would it be and why? Describe your symbol, weapon/gadget. What special power would you have? Who would pray to you for help and protection? Discuss. Also, what is your background with Greek mythology? Did you study it in elementary school? Have you read the Percy Jackson books? Did you like Disney's Hercules? Clash of the Titans? Jason and the Argonauts? Troy? (Fill the Page!)
  • [Extended 4th: If you need more time to go over/work on the poetic epitaph assignment, now is the time!]
  • Wednesday Intervention: Word Cell Podcast Set #1


Thursday, January 26: A Day
Friday, January 27: B Day


Sections of English Binder: Journal, Word Study, Composition, Reading/Literature, Grammar/Conventions

January 30 - February 3, 2017

Monday, January 30: A Day [Lab 202: SRI] [207]
Tuesday, January 31: B Day [Lab 202: SRI]


Wednesday, February 1: A Day
Thursday, February 2: B Day

  • Word Cells Presentations: Set #2
  • -fic- / -fact- / -fect-
  • -bio-
  • -vert- / -vers-
  • -sent- / sens-
  • Open-Note Quiz on Elements of the Epic & Trojan War
  • Grammar Punk: Comma Rule #1
  • Use a comma between two independent clauses (complete thoughts) that are joined by a conjunction.
  • Heroic Cycle (Hero's Journey)
  • Elements of the Traditional Epic & Epic Hero (PPT)
  • What is an Epic Hero? [*Classical Sculpture/Art*] (PPT)
  • Epic Poem & Epic Hero (PPT)
  • Epithets & Epic Similes (PPT)
  • Journal #3: What does it require for someone to be a hero? The qualities of the Ancient Greek Hero included physical strength, intelligence, guile, bravery, loyalty, closeness to the gods, and leadership. What's your opinion? What qualities does a hero possess? Tell the story of a heroic act you have witnessed and explain why you thought it was heroic. Can anyone be a hero, or does it require something outside of our control (like size or strength)? Who is your hero? Why? Define and discuss heroes. Fill the page!
  • The Odyssey Begins....
  • Invocation to the Muse Assignment (SBV, p. 371)
  • Eight Different Translations: Follow the instructions; answer the questions!
  • What elements of the Heroic Cycle do you see in this introductory prayer?
  • Your Wiki assignment (paragraph w/10 requirements) will be scored tonight!


Friday, February 3: A Day

  • Grammar Punk: Comma Rules 2 & 4
  • Use a comma to separate adjectives that modify the same word.
  • Use commas to separate items in a series.
  • Mini-lesson: The Oxford Comma (Use it!)
  • The Odyssey: Books 1-4 (Short Summaries)
  • Literature (Handout): Title Each Book in the Odyssey
  • Journal #4: Practice the Elements of Epic Poetry
  • Epithets: Fill the page with appropriate epithets (nicknames) for people you know!


Sections of English Binder: Journal, Word Study, Composition, Reading/Literature, Grammar/Conventions

February 6-10, 2017

Monday, Februrary 6: B Day [205]

  • Grammar Punk: Comma Rules 2 & 4
  • Use a comma to separate adjectives that modify the same word.
  • Use commas to separate items in a series.
  • Mini-lesson: The Oxford Comma (Use it!) & Parallel Structure (Recognize it!)
  • The Odyssey: Books 1-4 (Short Summaries)
  • Literature (Handout): Title Each Book in the Odyssey
  • Journal #4: Homeric Epithets from the Odyssey of [YOU]
  • Fill the page with appropriate epithets (nicknames) for people you know!


Tuesday, February 7: A Day
Wednesday, February 8: B Day

  • Word Cells Presentations: Set #3
  • The Odyssey: Book V (Summary)
  • "Calypso, The Sweet Nymph"
  • "Calypso"by Suzanne Vega (Caveat Web Surfer: Classical Paintings Rated PG-13): Listen to the song. (Here are the lyrics.) SOAPSTone it. Now write a solid ninth-grade-level paragraph that answers this question: How is it different than Homer's version? How does it affect your feelings toward the character? 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? When your paragraph meets the requirements, turn it in!
  • [Check off Calypso's island on your map!]
  • Journal #5: Speaking of love, Valentine's Day is coming up. Who is your Valentine? Does that person know s/he is your Valentine? (Does anyone else know?) What are your thoughts on teen romance? Fill the page!


Thursday, February 9: A Day
Friday, February 10: B Day



Sections of English Binder: Journal, Word Study, Composition, Reading/Literature, Grammar/Conventions

February 13-17, 2017

Monday, February 13: A Day [206]
Tuesday, February 14: B Day


Wednesday, February 15: A Day
Thursday, February 16: B Day


Friday, February 17: A Day

  • Test on Parallel Structure
  • Journal #7: If you were going to direct one "book" or episode in a TV series of The Odyssey, which episode would you most want to put on film? Why? Who would play the parts? (Get a firm picture in your mind before watching the movie.) How would you portray the action and/or emotion. Would it require CGI? What would the background music be? Explain. Fill all but the last couple lines of the page. On those lines, write a Grammar Punk sentence to illustrate Comma Rule 7: AL4 adjective (Topic: Presidents' Day)
  • Staple and turn in Journals!
  • The Odyssey Chronological Review: Birth of Telemachus, Trojan War (30 minutes)




Sections of English Binder: Journal, Word Study, Composition, Reading/Literature, Grammar/Conventions

February 20-24, 2017

Monday, Februrary 20: Day of Presidents (No School) [205]


Tuesday, February 21: B Day

  • Test on Parallel Structure
  • Journal #7: If you were going to direct one "book" or episode in a TV series of The Odyssey, which episode would you most want to put on film? Why? Who would play the parts? (Get a firm picture in your mind before watching the movie.) How would you portray the action and/or emotion. Would it require CGI? What would the background music be? Explain. Fill all but the last couple lines of the page. On those lines, write a Grammar Punk sentence to illustrate Comma Rule 7: AL4 adjective (Topic: Presidents' Day)
  • Staple and turn in Journals!
  • The Odyssey Chronological Review: Birth of Telemachus, Trojan War (30 minutes)


Wednesday, February 22: A Day
Thursday, February 23: B Day



Friday, February 24: A Day [Computer Lab 137]


Sections of English Binder: Journal, Word Study, Composition, Reading/Literature, Grammar/Conventions

February 27 - March 3, 2017

Monday, February 27: B Day [Computer Lab 137] [206]


Tuesday, February 28: A/B Day (ACT @ High Schools)

  • Term Paper w/ Evaluation due now!
  • Schedule:
  • 1st - 8:10 – 8:55
  • 2nd - 9:00 – 9:45
  • 3rd - 9:50 – 10:35
  • 4th - 10:40 – 11:25
  • 7th - 11:30 – 12:10
  • Lunch - 12:10 – 12:40
  • 5th - 12:45 – 1:25
  • 6th - 1:30 – 2:10
  • 8th - 2:15 – 2:55
  • [Biology Field Trip: 25% of 9th grade gone most of day]
  • Odyssey Movie 33:00-1:05


Wednesday, March 1: A Day [Parent-Teacher Conferences, 3:45-7:15 P.M.]
Thursday, March 2: B Day [Parent-Teacher Scheduled Appointments, 4:00-7:00]


Friday, March 3: A Day




Sections of English Binder: Journal, Word Study, Composition, Reading/Literature, Grammar/Conventions

March 6-10, 2017

Monday, March 6: B Day [204]


Tuesday, March 7: A Day
Wednesday, March 8: B Day

  • What A Day! Lockdown Drill + Science non-fieldtrip = Chaos, Cunfusion, and Cursing
  • Word Cells Presentations: Extra Credit
  • -ad-
  • -vis- / -vid-
  • -capit- / -cap-
  • -cycl-
  • Book XXIII: Odysseus and Penelope (SBV, pp. 413-416)
  • Read this text on your own. It is good practice for the test...
  • ...The Odyssey Final "Test" (Review: Odyssey Rap)
  • Part I -- Multiple Choice
  • Part II -- Close Read/Constructed Response
  • Finish movie (20 minutes) if time permits....


Thursday, March 9: A Day
Friday, March 10: B Day



Sections of English Binder: Journal, Word Study, Composition, Reading/Literature, Grammar/Conventions

March 13-17, 2017

Monday, March 13: A Day [206]
Tuesday, March 14: B Day [200]


Wednesday, March 15: A Day [Computer Lab 202]
Thursday, March 16: B Day [Computer Lab 202]

  • Homework due now: Bring your completed outline!
  • Lab Stuff: This is the last time we will be in the lab as a class before you have to take the year-end writing test. Your term paper was an informational essay; today's assignment is an argumentative essay. For the year-end test, you will have to write one of each in about two hours, and you will not have two days to work on an outline. We've been practicing to get you ready, and this is the last day of practice. You will submit your essay before leaving the lab. So, yes, it is timed. Other answers: Yes, it will be read by a human. Yes, it will count on your third term grade. Here is how it will be evaluated. No, you may not listen to music (and don't mess with the headphones!). Yes, you must cite your sources within the text of your essay. Yes, you must use the sources we have looked at in class and the links below. No, do not go search for more information on the Internet; all you need is before you. The clock is ticking! Let's get started!
  • Notes and Citations
  • Articles About Entomophagy & The article we read last time
  • Visit the Insect Deli!
  • Insect Farming
  • Three Reasons to Eat Insects
  • America's Growing Appetite...for Bugs
  • Poem o' the Day: "[Kills Bugs Dead.]" by Harryette Mullen
  • Assignment: After studying the available sources, write a well-developed, multi-paragraph argumentative essay in which you make and support a claim that answers this question: Should insects become part of the American diet? Use textual evidence (concrete details and examples) from the sources to support your position. Address and rebut counterclaims. Cite your sources in the text of your essay. Your writing should be at least "Proficient" according to this rubric. Submit to Utah Compose.
  • When you finish, log on to your wiki and post a third-term update at the top of your wiki page.
  • Hey, bug eaters! Thursday is the day! See you in Intervention!


Friday, March 17: A Day

  • Hey, everybody! It's Isabel's birthday!
  • (And, of course, on May 25th there will be another important reminder, right Carolina? ;-)
  • Poem o' the Day: "Believe, Believe" by Bob Kaufman
  • [Who are "the blue-suited insects,/Infesting society's garments"?]
  • Grammar/Conventions
  • Grammar Punk: Semicolons
  • Rule #1: Use a semicolon to separate independent clauses.
  • Rule #2: Use a semicolon before an independent marker that connects independent clauses.
  • Rule #3: Use semicolons to separate items in a series that already contain commas.
  • Intro to the Setting of Fahrenheit 451
  • "The Pedestrian" by Ray Bradbury
  • Study Questions: Answer them in writing! (Handout)
  • Technology in F451: Is it the future or is it now?
  • Bradbury's Predictions
    (He wrote the novel more than 60 years ago.)



Sections of English Binder: Journal, Word Study, Composition, Reading/Literature, Grammar/Conventions

March 20-24, 2017

Monday, March 20: B Day [203]

  • Poem o' the Day: "Believe, Believe" by Bob Kaufman
  • [Who are "the blue-suited insects,/Infesting society's garments"?]
  • Grammar/Conventions
  • Grammar Punk: Semicolons
  • Rule #1: Use a semicolon to separate independent clauses.
  • Rule #2: Use a semicolon before an independent marker that connects independent clauses.
  • Rule #3: Use semicolons to separate items in a series that already contain commas.
  • Intro to the Setting of Fahrenheit 451
  • "The Pedestrian" by Ray Bradbury
  • Study Questions: Answer them in writing! (Handout)
  • Technology in F451: Is it the future or is it now?
  • Bradbury's Predictions
    (He wrote the novel more than 60 years ago.)


Tuesday, March 21: A Day
Wednesday, March 22: B Day

  • For all intents and purposes, this is the absolute last day of the term. No make-up and no excuses after today!
  • Homework due now: Answers to these Study Questions about "The Pedestrian" by Ray Bradbury
  • F451: Assign Books & Reading Schedules
  • Fahrenheit 451 (Reading Schedule): Assign books and light the match!
  • Topics Addressed in the Novel: Effects of Technology, Censorship, Literacy/Reading, "Fake News," Happy vs. Busy, Government Control
  • Study Questions Set #1
  • Turn in Extra Credit/Hall Passes
  • Homework: Read to page 31 in Fahrenheit 451.
  • (There will be a quiz.)


Thursday, March 23: A Day
Friday, March 24: B Day (Last Day of Term)



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