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February 12-16, 2018

Monday, February 12: A Day [Intervention: Podcast Prep - Set 5]
Tuesday, February 13: B Day [Intervention: DHS Counselors]


Wednesday, February 14: A Day
Thursday, February 15: B Day

  • Word Cells Presentations: Set #5
  • -ped- / -pod-
  • -sub-
  • -super-
  • -circum-
  • Journal #2
  • 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!
  • Reading/Literature
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Review: Prologue to Capulet's Party
  • The Balcony Scene Act II: Scenes 1 & 2
  • Stay on the Reading Schedule!


Friday, February 16: A Day

  • Journal #3
  • Shakespearean Quote o' the Day -- Copy, paraphrase, and tell a story that supports this quote:
    "All things that are
    Are with more spirit chased than enjoyed."

    The Merchant of Venice, Act II, Scene 6
  • Reading/Literature
  • Balcony Scene Review: Video x 3
  • R.A.C.E. Response: Which one is the best? Why?
  • Romeo & Juliet -- Act II, Scene 3 & 4 & 5 & 6 [Listen/Read along]
  • Memorization Assignment: Now it's official!
  • 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.
  • Due Date: March 6/7
  • Stay on the Reading Schedule!



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

February 19-23, 2018

Monday, Februrary 19: Day of Presidents (No School)


Tuesday, February 20: B Day

  • Journal #3
  • Shakespearean Quote o' the Day -- Copy, paraphrase, and tell a story that supports this quote:
    "All things that are
    Are with more spirit chased than enjoyed."

    The Merchant of Venice, Act II, Scene 6
  • Reading/Literature
  • Balcony Scene Review: Video x 3
  • R.A.C.E. Response: Which one is the best? Why?
  • Romeo & Juliet -- Act II, Scene 3 & 4 & 5 & 6 [Listen/Read along]
  • Memorization Assignment: Now it's official!
  • 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.
  • Due Date: March 6/7

  • Stay on the Reading Schedule!


Wednesday, February 21: A Day [Computer lab 202]
Thursday, February 22: B Day [Computer lab 202]



Friday, February 23: A Day


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

February 26 - March 2, 2018

Monday, February 26: B Day


Tuesday, February 27: A/B Day (ACT @ High Schools)

  • Something Important Goes Here
  • 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
  • Stay on the Reading Schedule!


Wednesday, February 28: A Day [Parent-Teacher Conferences, 3:45-7:15 P.M.]
Thursday, March 1: B Day [Parent-Teacher Scheduled Appointments, 4:00-7:00]


Friday, March 2: A Day [Computer lab 202]




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

March 5-9, 2018

Monday, March 5: B Day [Computer lab 202]



Tuesday, March 6: A Day
Wednesday, March 7: B Day


Thursday, March 8: A Day
Friday, March 9: B Day



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

March 12-16, 2018

Monday, March 12: A Day [Computer lab 202]
Tuesday, March 13: B Day [Computer lab 202]


Wednesday, March 14: A Day
Thursday, March 15: B Day

  • 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 16: A Day (Last Day of Term)

  • 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 19-23, 2018

Monday, March 19: B Day (First Day of Fourth Term)

  • 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 20: A Day
Wednesday, March 21: 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 22: A Day
Friday, March 23: B Day



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

January 15-19, 2018: Welcome to Third Term!

Monday, January 15: MLK Holiday (Human Rights Day)
Tuesday, January 16: 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.
  • ...the academic vocabulary of poetry and drama.
  • ...how to make sense of Shakespeare.
  • ...the elements of tragedy.
  • ...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 17: A Day
Thursday, January 18: B Day

  • [No Intervention: Extended 4th/8th Periods]
  • New Classmates/New Seats
  • Hall Passes
  • Reading/Literature
  • A Tale of Two Cities: Term Reading Schedule
  • Parallelism & Antithesis: Best of/Worst of... Assignment (Turn in next time!)
  • Here's an Outline!
  • Book the First Study Guide: Answer the questions as you read!
  • Word Study: Third Term Word Cells
  • Assignments/Due Dates & Presentation Outline
  • You should still have lists from first and second terms as well as all the prefixes and suffixes.
  • Use the Word Cell Archive and/or The Big List to write your podcast.
  • It's official: Mark your calendars and prepare your podcasts!
  • Model Word Cells Podcasts
  • 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!
  • Stay on the Reading Schedule!

Friday, January 19: A Day



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

January 22-26, 2018

Monday, January 22: B Day [No Intervention: Extended 8th]


Tuesday, January 23: A Day [No Intervention: Extended 4th]
Wednesday, January 24: B Day

  • [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
  • Journals 2-9: 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
  • Revisit Parallelism & Antithesis: Best of/Worst of... Assignment
  • Grammar: The Oxford Comma & Parallel Structure (in composition and poetry)
  • Parallel Structure: You will need to know this. There will be a test.
  • Creative Writing Assignment, continued (Final draft due next Monday/Tuesday!)
  • Stay on the Reading Schedule!


Thursday, January 25: A Day [Lab 202 -- SRI]
Friday, January 26: B Day [Lab 202 -- SRI]


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

January 29 - February 2, 2018

Monday, January 29: A Day
Tuesday, January 30: B Day

  • Parallel Structure : You need to know this. There will be a test.
  • Practice 3 (in class)
  • Practice 4 (on your own)
  • 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
  • Write down observations that will help you answer this question:
    How was Shakespeare's world different than our own?
  • The Assigning of the Passages: Vocabulary of Drama & Passage Analysis
  • Stay on the Reading Schedule!


Wednesday, January 31: A Day
Thursday, February 1: B Day

  • Reading Quiz: Book the Second, Chapters 1-3
  • (Tellson's Bank: Pride in Incommodiousness / Meet the Crunchers!)
  • Word Cells Presentations: Set #2
  • -fic- / -fact- / -fect-
  • -bio-
  • -vert- / -vers-
  • -sent- / sens-
  • Creative Writing Assignment due today!
  • Two copies, one annotated to show the elements on this checklist.
  • Parallel Structure: Can you do this? Or this?
  • 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
  • Reading/Literature
  • The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
  • The Prologue Assignment with Close Read
  • Why is Shakespeare Hard? (E-notes may help!)
  • 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.)?
  • Audio/Visual: Three Ways to Stage the Prologue
  • Stay on the Reading Schedule!


Friday, February 2: A Day


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

February 5-9, 2018

Monday, Februrary 5: B Day


Tuesday, February 6: A Day
Wednesday, February 7: B Day

  • Word Cells Presentations: Set #3
  • Reading/Literature
  • Reading: Romeo and Juliet, Act I, Scene 1
    Listen! Do you get it?
  • Assignment: Summarize Scene 1
  • Complete the Figurative Language Analysis + Answer 5 Questions with R.A. responses
  • Passage begins with Romeo saying, "Alas that love, whose view is muffled still..."
  • (One sentence=Restate+Answer)
  • 1. What is the purpose of this passage?
  • 2. How do Shakespeare's word choices influence the meaning or effect?
  • 3. What does the passage tell you about Romeo's personality?
  • 4. How does Romeo's view of love differ from Benvolio's?
  • 5. How would the tone change if there were no figurative language in the passage?
  • Journal #6 -- Staple & Submit Journals for Scoring
  • Shakespearean Quote o' the Day -- Copy, paraphrase, and give an example to support this quote:
    "Pleasure and action make the hours seem short."
    Othello, Act II, Scene 3
  • Helpful Extra: Glossary of Common Elizabethan Terms
  • Romeo and Juliet, Act I, Scenes 2, 3
    Listen & read along....
  • Stay on the Reading Schedule!


Thursday, February 8: A Day [Computer lab 202]
Friday, February 9: B Day [Computer lab 202]



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