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November 2-6, 2015: Welcome to Term 2!

  • This term you will learn...
  • ...to differentiate informational writing from argumentative writing.
  • ...to practice both.
  • ...how to use commas correctly.
  • ...the academic vocabulary of poetry and drama.
  • ...how to make sense of Shakespeare.
  • ...the elements of tragedy.
  • ...more word cells!
  • ...to close read, annotate, and analyze more complicated text.
  • ...how to acknowledge and rebut a counterclaim.
  • ...to use QAR to generate a claim of your own.
  • ...to read.
  • ...to write.
  • ...to repeat.
  • Word!

Monday, November 2: A Day
Tuesday, November 3: A Day

  • First Day of Second Term
  • New Hall Passes
  • Poem o' the Day: "November for Beginners" by Rita Dove
  • Journal #1
  • Write a letter to yourself as you will be at the end of the term (January 15, 2016). First, describe where you are right now, how you're doing, etc. Then discuss your hopes, expectations, and goals for the coming term. Ask yourself if things turned out as you wanted them to. What do you expect? What are you looking forward to? How do you expect to be different by the end of the term? Share all this with your audience: the future you. Fill the page with your preflections!
  • [Get it? PREflection, not REflection: -flect-/-flex- = bend; -re- = back/again; -pre- = before -- "bend before" to look on the coming term.]
  • Reading/Literature
  • Term Reading Schedule
  • Jane Eyre: New Books & Background Information (handout)
  • Read Chapter 1
  • Read Chapters 2 & 3 and complete study guide for next time.
  • Literal vs. Non-literal Language
  • Speaking of literal...
  • Word Study
  • Second Term Word Cells & Literal Definitions Assignment
  • Word Cells o' the Day: -clud- / -fin-
  • 9th Grade Word Cell o' the Week: -pend- (-pens-)
  • Shakespeare Intro: Miramax Biography
  • Write down observations that will help you answer this question:
    How was Shakespeare's world different than our own?
  • Passage Analysis Assignment: Use the remaining time to find your passage in the Massive Purple Text. Write the page number on the handout, and bring the handout with you to the lab next time.


Wednesday, November 4: A Day (Writing Lab -- Whole Session)
Thursday, November 5: B Day (Writing Lab -- Whole Session)

  • Poem o' the Day: "Like Coins, November" by Elizabeth Klise Von Zerneck
  • Turn in Jane Eyre Quiz (Chapters 1-3)
  • Reading/Literature
  • PART 1: Passage Analysis (handout from last time)
  • Using this web site as a resource, close read your assigned passage of Shakespeare. Your job is to become the expert on your assigned part, so that when we encounter that passage in our study of the play, YOU can help us understand it. Look for end punctuation marks (. ? !) and draw lines to divide the passage into sentences. Circle words you do not recognize, including words that you know but that seem to be used in an unfamiliar way. Paraphrase your passage like you did with a stanza from The Raven last term. (Do not try to "translate" word for word, which will sound awkward and ridiculous.) Express the same thoughts in the language a modern teenager would use. Include all the important details.
  • Composition
  • PART 2: Shakespeare: Then & Now
  • Informational Research/Writing -- How was Shakespeare's world different than the modern world?
  • Use any three (3) of the articles at the bottom of the Shakespeare Web Quest to complete the worksheet.
  • Homework: Finish Shakespeare: Then & Now and read Chapters 4 & 5 of Jane Eyre.


Friday, November 6: A Day

  • Turn in the lab assignment: Shakespeare: Then & Now
  • Jane Eyre Quiz: Chapters 4 & 5
  • Shakespeare Intro: Miramax Biography -- Continue notes from last time. [Did not finish: 20 min. left.]
  • Journals 2-10: Shakespearean Quotes o' the Day
  • During the time we are studying Romeo and Juliet, the Poem o' the Day will be replaced by the Shakespearean Quotes o' the Day. Your assignment is to copy the quotation exactly as it is written (including punctuation, line spacing, and source), and then paraphrase it and give an example from your own experience that supports the statement. Yes, you still have to fill the page! Here we go:
  • Model: This one is just practice.

    "If all the year were playing holidays,
    To sport would be as tedious as to work."

    -- Henry IV, Part 2: Act II, Scene 1

    Example: I think this quotation means that if your whole life is a vacation (playing holidays), even playing (sport) gets boring (tedious). I see this in my own life at the end of summer, when I've been out of school for more than two months. I actually look forward to going back because I get bored when I don't have anything I HAVE to do. For example, .... (Now fill the page.)....
  • Now for real...
  • Journal #2 -- Shakespearean Quote o' the Day

    "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
  • Passage Analysis Assignment: Use the remaining time to find your passage in the Massive Purple Text. Write the page number on the handout, finish it during class if possible, bring it all back next time.
  • Homework: Finish your Passage Analysis (if you didn't already do so).



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

November 9-13, 2015

Monday, November 9: B Day

  • Turn in the lab assignment: Shakespeare: Then & Now
  • Jane Eyre Quiz: Chapters 4 & 5
  • Shakespeare Intro: Miramax Biography -- Continue notes from last time. [Did not finish: 20 min. left.]
  • Journals 2-10: Shakespearean Quotes o' the Day
  • During the time we are studying Romeo and Juliet, the Poem o' the Day will be replaced by the Shakespearean Quotes o' the Day. Your assignment is to copy the quotation exactly as it is written (including punctuation, line spacing, and source), and then paraphrase it and give an example from your own experience that supports the statement. Yes, you still have to fill the page! Here we go:
  • Model: This one is just practice.

    "If all the year were playing holidays,
    To sport would be as tedious as to work."

    -- Henry IV, Part 2: Act II, Scene 1

    Example: I think this quotation means that if your whole life is a vacation (playing holidays), even playing (sport) gets boring (tedious). I see this in my own life at the end of summer, when I've been out of school for more than two months. I actually look forward to going back because I get bored when I don't have anything I HAVE to do. For example, .... (Now fill the page.)....
  • Now for real...
  • Journal #2 -- Shakespearean Quote o' the Day

    "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


Tuesday, November 10: A Day
Wednesday, November 11: B Day

  • "The Story of An Hour" + Discussion (Questions)
  • Homework: Read Chapter 8 of Jane Eyre as carefully as we did this short story, and complete this assignment with a R.A.C.E. response.
  • Journal #3
  • Shakespearean Quote o' the Day -- Copy, paraphrase, and give an example to support this quote:
    "The sweetest honey
    Is loathsome in his own deliciousness
    And in the taste confounds the appetite."

    --Romeo and Juliet: Act II, Scene 6
  • Shakespeare Intro: Miramax Biography -- Finish & Turn in Shakespeare: Then & Now stapled to movie notes.
  • Passage Analysis Assignment: Use the remaining time to find your passage in the Massive Purple Text. Write the page number on the handout, finish it during class if possible, bring it all back next time.
  • Homework: Finish your Passage Analysis (if you didn't already do so) & complete this Jane Eyre assignment.
  • Jane Eyre: Stay on the Reading Schedule!


Thursday, November 12: A Day [Libary Orientation: 25 minutes]
Friday, November 13: B Day [Libary Orientation: 25 minutes]

  • "Pretty Beyond Belief" by Amy Tan
  • Define beauty. (Modern standards vs. Victorian Standards -- foreheads!)
  • What roll does beauty play in Jane Eyre? (See the end of Chapter 3.)
  • Can beauty ever be a disadvantage?
  • Do the same standards and/or restrictions apply to men?
  • Reading/Literature
  • The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
  • The Prologue Assignment with Close Read
  • (E-notes may help!)
  • Journal #4
  • Shakespearean Quote o' the Day -- Copy, paraphrase, and give an example to support 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
  • Howework: Finish The Prologue Assignment
  • Jane Eyre: Stay on the Reading Schedule!



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

November 16-20, 2015

Monday, November 16: A Day
Tuesday, November 17: B Day

  • Turn in The Prologue Assignment
  • Why is Shakespeare Hard?
  • Audio/Visual: Three Ways to Stage the Prologue
  • Word Study
  • Second Term Word Cells & Literal Definitions Assignment
  • How' bout another Word Cell o' the Day: -con- + variants
    (-co-/-com-/-cor-/-col-)
  • Grammar/Conventions
  • Grammar Punk: Intro + Let the games begin!
  • How to Make a Word Pool
  • Practice Sentences
  • 2nd: Ah-ha! Football deaths are ghastly, but in Utah we faithfully lather.
  • 2nd: My mother and sister are Presbyterians, but Dad is a kitten-eating jester.
  • 5th: Queen Mab kills William Shakespeare, and she nails his evil quill to his forehead.
  • 5th: Mercutio talked awkwardly of Queen Mab, but his monologue takes a dark turn at the end.
  • Reading/Literature
  • Helpful Extra: Glossary of Common Elizabethan Terms
  • Reading: Romeo and Juliet, Act I, Scenes 1 & 2 (?)
    Listen, follow along, and see if you get it.
  • Homework: Symbolism in Jane Eyre's Paintings
  • Jane Eyre: Stay on the Reading Schedule!


Wednesday, November 18: A Day (Writing Lab -- Half Session)
Thursday, November 19: B Day (Writing Lab -- Half Session)

  • Turn in Homework: Symbolism in Jane Eyre's Paintings
  • Utah Compose: Writing Lab [40 minutes]
  • Shakespeare: Then & Now: Using your outline, notes from last week, and any other information from the Shakespeare Web Quest, write an informational essay that addesses this prompt: Shakespeare's plays have been performed for almost 500 years. The times have changed, but the words and stories remain. Consider how your own experience with Romeo and Juliet (or other works of Shakespeare) is different than that of his original audience in the Elizabethan era. Using your informational outline, movie notes, and/or any of the attached sources, write a multi-paragraph essay in which you compare the Elizabethan world of William Shakespeare to modern America. [Remember: "Compare" means to show likenesses as well as differences.] Do not just list facts from your notes. Explain how the similarities and differences between the time periods affects your experience, enjoyment, and understanding of the play(s). Be sure to cite your sources within the text of your essay.
  • Journal #5
  • Shakespearean Quote o' the Day -- Copy, paraphrase, and give an example to support this quote:
    "The harder matched, the greater victory."
    Henry VI, Part 3: Act V, Scene 1
  • Reading/Literature
  • Reading: Romeo and Juliet, Act I, Scenes 2, 3, Act I, Scene 4 (Queen Mab)
  • Jane Eyre: Stay on the Reading Schedule!


Friday, November 20: A Day [Shakespeare Show -- 7:00 P.M.]

  • Ten Question "A.P. Test" on Chapter 15 of Jane Eyre
  • (Review correct responses.)
  • Video: Three (3) ways Queen Mab Could be Presented
  • Queen Mab 3-way Venn Diagram -- Turn in.
  • Reading/Literature
  • Act I: Scene 5 (up to where Romeo sees Juliet for the first time!)
  • Jane Eyre: Stay on the Reading Schedule!
  • (Another ten-question, multiple-choice quiz next time on Chapter 18.)


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

November 23-27, 2015

Monday, November 23: B Day

  • Ten Question "A.P. Test" on Chapter 15 of Jane Eyre
  • (Review correct responses.)
  • Video: Three (3) ways Queen Mab Could be Presented
  • Queen Mab 3-way Venn Diagram -- Turn in.
  • Reading/Literature
  • Act I: Scene 5 (up to where Romeo sees Juliet for the first time!)
  • Jane Eyre: Stay on the Reading Schedule!
  • (Another ten-question, multiple-choice quiz next time on Chapter 18.)
  • Poem o' the Day: "Thanksgiving" by Mac Hammond
  • Jane Eyre: Stay on the Reading Schedule!


Tuesday, November 24: A Day


Wednesday, November 25: Thanksgiving Recess
Thursday, November 26: Thanksgiving Recess
Friday, November 27: Thanksgiving Recess



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

November 30-December 4, 2015

Monday, November 30: B Day


Tuesday, December 1: A Day
Wednesday, December 2: B Day

  • Word Study
  • Word Cells o' the Day: -pel- / -puls- & -tract-
  • Second Term Word Cells & Literal Definitions Assignment
  • Reading/Literature
  • Vocabulary of Drama (R&J)
  • Assignment: Using the Massive Purple Text and the page references on the worksheet itself, define the terms on the handout.
  • How to Read Shakespeare (MPT, 781-2)
  • Why are some words given stress marks on the -èd ending
    (banishèd, punishèd, upturnèd)?
  • Why does Shakespeare seem to be apostrophe crazy (fall'st, speak'st, o'er, e'er, 'Tis, etc.)?
  • What is a dramatic foil? (How is Mercutio a foil to Romeo?)
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Review Act I -- Video
  • Journal #7
  • Shakespearean Quote o' the Day -- Copy, paraphrase, and give an example to support this quote:
    "O sir, to willful men
    The injuries that they themselves procure
    Must be their schoolmasters."

    King Lear, Act II, Scene 4
  • [Turn in journals for midterm score!]
  • Handout: Preparation for Next Essay Assignment (next week)
  • Jane Eyre: Stay on the Reading Schedule!

Thursday, December 3: A Day [Midterm]
Friday, December 4: B Day

  • Ten Question "A.P. Test" on Chapter 23 of Jane Eyre
  • (Review correct responses.)
  • Reading/Literature
  • Romeo and Juliet : Act II
  • The Balcony Scene Act II: Scenes 1 & 2
  • Courtly Love in the Balcony Scene
  • Jane Eyre: Stay on the Reading Schedule!
  • We will check in again after Chapter 27 (Dec. 9/10).
    Have the Cause/Effect handout done by then!

 



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

December 7-11, 2015

Monday, December 7: A Day (Writing Lab)
Tuesday, December 8: B Day (Writing Lab)


Wednesday, December 9: A Day
Thursday, December 10: B Day [P-T Conferences -- 3:45-7:15 P.M.]


Friday, December 11: A Day

  • Grammar/Conventions
  • Grammar Punk: Comma Rule #4 [The Oxford Comma: Thompson demands it!]
  • Reading/Literature
  • Romeo and Juliet: Act III, Scene 1
  • Review: The Death of Mercutio
  • Poor ol' Mercutio got knocked off, and Romeo is banishèd.
    • Speaking of which,why are some words given stress marks on the -èd ending
      (banishèd, punishèd, upturnèd)?
    • Why does Shakespeare seem to be apostrophe crazy (fall'st, speak'st, o'er, e'er, 'Tis, etc.)?
    • This will help you when it comes time to Present your Memorized Passages (12+ full lines) from Romeo and Juliet!
    • Learn 'em! Practice over the holiday break!
  • Now it's your turn to play the parts!
  • Act III -- Scenes 2 & 3
  • Assignment (Homework): Director's Close Read & Stage Directions for Act III, Scene 4
    • Pretend that YOU are the director of this scene.
    • Write the following on your copy of the text:
    • Mark your confusion & check with the translation to clarify.
    • In the right margin, paraphrase the dialogue.
    • Casting: If you were the director, who would be playing these parts?
    • In the left margin, write specific stage directions for each line of dialogue. (What is the character doing while he speaks his lines?)
    • At the bottom, explain the dramatic irony: What does the audience know that the characters do not?
  • Samples
  • Jane Eyre: Stay on the Reading Schedule!



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

December 14-18, 2015

Monday, December 14: B Day

  • Poem o' the Day: "Snow" by David Berman
  • Grammar/Conventions
  • Grammar Punk: Comma Rule #4 [The Oxford Comma: Thompson demands it!]
  • Reading/Literature
  • Romeo and Juliet: Act III, Scene 1
  • Review: The Death of Mercutio (one version)
  • Poor ol' Mercutio got knocked off, and Romeo is banishèd.
    • Speaking of which,why are some words given stress marks on the -èd ending
      (banishèd, punishèd, upturnèd)?
    • Why does Shakespeare seem to be apostrophe crazy (fall'st, speak'st, o'er, e'er, 'Tis, etc.)?
    • This will help you when it comes time to Present your Memorized Passages (12+ full lines) from Romeo and Juliet!
    • Learn 'em! Practice over the holiday break!
  • Now it's your turn to play the parts!
  • Act III -- Scenes 2 & 3
  • Assignment (Homework): Director's Close Read & Stage Directions for Act III, Scene 4
    • Pretend that YOU are the director of this scene.
    • Write the following on your copy of the text:
    • Mark your confusion & check with the translation to clarify.
    • In the right margin, paraphrase the dialogue.
    • Casting: If you were the director, who would be playing these parts?
    • In the left margin, write specific stage directions for each line of dialogue. (What is the character doing while he speaks his lines?)
    • At the bottom, explain the dramatic irony: What does the audience know that the characters do not?
  • Samples
  • Jane Eyre: Stay on the Reading Schedule!


Tuesday, December 15: A Day [Snow Day Late Start: 60-minute classes]
Wednesday, December 16: B Day


Thursday, December 17: A Day
Friday, December 18: B Day [Assembly Schedule: 60-minute classes]

  • Jane Eyre: Multiple-choice comprehension test for Chapters 19-34
  • Word Study
  • Second Term Word Cells & Literal Definitions Assignment
  • Word Cells o' the Day:
  • Word Cells o' the Week: -fid-
  • The rest of the word cells for the term are number-related (-uni- / -mono- / -sol- / -bi- & -di- / -tri- / -poly-), and you probably know them from math and science classes. The completed Term 2 Word Cells Assignment is due on January 8/11, 2016. Use your prefix/suffix list and this Big List o' Word Cells to get it done by then!
  • Finish Romeo and Juliet: Act V (Table Read)
  • Finish/Turn in Vocabulary of Drama
  • Test on Romeo and Juliet will be January 6/7.
    • Memorize and practice reciting 12+ lines of Shakespeare's original text from your assigned passage!
    • Start at the beginning of a sentence, and finish at the end of one.
    • Don't stop in the middle of an independent clause just because you have reached the 12-line minimum.
  • Poem o' the Day: "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost
  • Enjoy the break!

Poem o' the Vacation: "December Substitute" by Kenn Nesbitt

December 28, 2015 - January 1, 2016

Monday, December 28, 2015


Tuesday, December 29, 2015:


Wednesday, December 30, 2015:


Thursday, December 31, 2015: New Year's Eve!
Friday, January 1, 2016: Happy New Year!



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

January 4-9, 2016

Monday, January 4: A Day (Writing Lab -- Whole Session)
Tuesday, January 5: B Day (Writing Lab -- Whole Session)

  • Welcome Back!
  • Poem o' the Day: "Winter Trees" by William Carlos Williams
  • Composition
  • Jane Eyre Synthesis Essay (Term Paper): Final Draft due January 9th @ 10:00 P.M.
  • If you have a final draft completed by the end of the week, you do not need to post your paper to Utah Compose. Just print it, staple it on top of all the completed Jane Eyre handouts, and turn it in to me in person. If, however, you want the extra day, you will need to post the final draft to Utah Compose and then turn in the rest of the packet on the following Monday.
  • Sources: Jane Eyre, "Pretty Beyond Belief," "Phenomenal Woman"
  • Word Study
  • [Homework] Don't forget: Word Cells Term 2 Assignment due next time!
  • Also, start memorizing those passages from Romeo and Juliet.


Wednesday, January 6: A Day
Thursday, January 7: B Day

  • Turn Term 2 Word Cells (Literal Definitions) Assignment
  • Journal #3
  • Shakespearean Quote o' the Day -- Copy, paraphrase, and give an example to support this quote:
    "Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice."
    Hamlet, Act I, Scene 3
  • Grammar/Conventions: Handout
  • Grammar Punk: Comma Rules 6 & 7
  • Literature/Viewing
  • Finish Romeo and Juliet (if not completed before the holidays)
  • Review Acts 4 & 5 [50 minutes]
  • Completed Vocabulary of Drama handouts may be used on the test next time!
  • [Homework]: Memorize your passage from Romeo and Juliet for next time!
  • [Reminder]: Synthesis Essay due Friday (printed) or Saturday (Utah Compose).



Friday, January 8: A Day

  • Jane Eyre Synthesis Essay (Term Paper): due now if you have a printed copy; otherwise tomorrow @ 10:00 P.M. on Utah Compose.
  • Sources: Jane Eyre, "Pretty Beyond Belief," "Phenomenal Woman"
  • Journal #4a: Today you have to present your memorized passage from Romeo and Juliet. How are you feeling? Do you have it well memorized? Are you nervous? Some people say the number one fear is public speaking, and many would rather die than speak before a group. Is it really that bad? (Fill HALF the page!)
  • Poetry o' the Day: Presentations of Memorized Passages from Romeo and Juliet
  • Journal #4b: So, how did it go? Do you feel better or worse now than you did before? Why? (Fill the other half of the page!)
  • Test on Romeo and Juliet
  • You may use your finished Vocabulary of Drama handout.
  • Grammar Punk: Comma Rule Review (Rule 5)
  • Roll the Bones: FI5 preposition Muisc/Movies
  • [Homework]: If you did not submit the Synthesis Essay on paper, it must be submitted to Utah Compose by tomorrow night.
  • If you are doing the extra credit essay, it is also due on Utah Compose by Monday.


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

January 11-15, 2016

Monday, January 11: B Day

  • Turn in the packet of (yellow) handouts related to Jane Eyre.
  • The Synthesis Essay was due (printed) last Friday OR Saturday @ 10:00 P.M. on Utah Compose.
  • Journal #4a: Today you have to present your memorized passage from Romeo and Juliet. How are you feeling? Do you have it well memorized? Are you nervous? Some people say the number one fear is public speaking, and many would rather die than speak before a group. Is it really that bad? (Fill HALF the page!)
  • Poetry o' the Day: Presentations of Memorized Passages from Romeo and Juliet
  • Journal #4b: So, how did it go? Do you feel better or worse now than you did before? Why? (Fill the other half of the page!)
  • Test on Romeo and Juliet
  • You may use your finished Vocabulary of Drama handout.
  • Grammar Punk: Comma Rule Review (Rule 5 and....?)
  • Roll the Bones:

Tuesday, January 12: A Day
Wednesday, January 13: B Day


Thursday, January 14: A Day
Friday, January 15: B Day
Last Day of the Semester



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