Freshman English Assignments, Soring Semester, 2019

Freshman English Assignments
Spring Semester, 2019

DateAgendaAIMHomework Assignment
Friday, February 15th, 2019:
  • Today's Agenda
  • How do people struggle to survive during horrible times? DUE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26th (after the vacation):
  • Read "Is Survival Selfish?" (The Atlantic). Summarize each paragraph (2-3 sentences summary). Answer the following questions. Provide textual evidence (a direct quote or paraphrase from the article) and the paragraph number. For example: "Self-preservation is supposedly an instinct" (paragraph 3). Homework Value=30 points (triple value! About 10% of the 1st marking period)

    1.) How is this article relatable to Night?

    2.) How does instinct play a role in tragic events?

    3.) What are survivors' reactions during and after tragic events?

    4.) Which of the following best expresses the author's claim in the article?
    A. Survivors are often rightly considered selfish because they put themselves before others in various survival situations.
    B. Survivors cannot be labeled selfish or not selfish because every survival situation is different.
    C. Survivors cannot be labeled selfish because to survive you always have to put yourself before others.
    D. Survivors can be considered selfish because cutting the rope of your friend while rock climbing or abandoning others on a crashed plane are acts of selfishness.

    5.) In the final paragraph, the author writes that there is a "fine line between smart and selfish" and that "sometimes there's no line at all." What does she mean by this and how does her conclusion restate her claim?

    Make up owed HW (see previous days' assignments)

    ***LATE HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT POLICY: If you turn in a late, informal homework assignment (without a legitimate, approved note from a parent/guardian/doctor), you will automatically earn half-credit. Each homework assignment is worth 10 points, so if it's turned in late (one day, 10 days, 20 days, etc.), you will earn only 5 points for the assignment. TURN IN WORK ON TIME! Major, formal homework assignments that are 100 points will have -10 points deducted for each day late (without a legitimate, approved note from a parent/guardian/doctor).

  • Thursday, February 14th, 2019:
  • Today's Agenda
  • Background Information on Preventing Genocide (from the UN)
  • "Sonnet 18" (Shakespeare) for Valentine's Day!
  • How did people struggle to survive in Night? DUE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26th (after the vacation):
  • Read "Is Survival Selfish?" (The Atlantic). Summarize each paragraph (2-3 sentences summary). Answer the following questions. Provide textual evidence (a direct quote or paraphrase from the article) and the paragraph number. For example: "Self-preservation is supposedly an instinct" (paragraph 3). Homework Value=30 points (triple value! About 10% of the 1st marking period)

    1.) How is this article relatable to Night?

    2.) How does instinct play a role in tragic events?

    3.) What are survivors' reactions during and after tragic events?

    4.) Which of the following best expresses the author's claim in the article?
    A. Survivors are often rightly considered selfish because they put themselves before others in various survival situations.
    B. Survivors cannot be labeled selfish or not selfish because every survival situation is different.
    C. Survivors cannot be labeled selfish because to survive you always have to put yourself before others.
    D. Survivors can be considered selfish because cutting the rope of your friend while rock climbing or abandoning others on a crashed plane are acts of selfishness.

    5.) In the final paragraph, the author writes that there is a "fine line between smart and selfish" and that "sometimes there's no line at all." What does she mean by this and how does her conclusion restate her claim?

    Make up owed HW (see previous days' assignments)

    ***LATE HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT POLICY: If you turn in a late, informal homework assignment (without a legitimate, approved note from a parent/guardian/doctor), you will automatically earn half-credit. Each homework assignment is worth 10 points, so if it's turned in late (one day, 10 days, 20 days, etc.), you will earn only 5 points for the assignment. TURN IN WORK ON TIME! Major, formal homework assignments that are 100 points will have -10 points deducted for each day late (without a legitimate, approved note from a parent/guardian/doctor).

  • Wednesday, February 13th, 2019:
  • Today's Agenda
  • How does the story Night support the theme of the struggle for survival?

    Make up owed HW (see previous days' assignments)

    ***LATE HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT POLICY: If you turn in a late, informal homework assignment (without a legitimate, approved note from a parent/guardian/doctor), you will automatically earn half-credit. Each homework assignment is worth 10 points, so if it's turned in late (one day, 10 days, 20 days, etc.), you will earn only 5 points for the assignment. TURN IN WORK ON TIME! Major, formal homework assignments that are 100 points will have -10 points deducted for each day late (without a legitimate, approved note from a parent/guardian/doctor).

    Tuesday, February 12th, 2019:
  • Today's Agenda
  • How does the story Night support the theme of the struggle for survival? DUE TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13th: Creative Writing or Analytical Writing Opportunity on the Struggle for Survival. Choose one.
  • Creative Writing: Choose one sentence from Night (from the textbook) as your first sentence in a creative, fictional story in which you imagine what the Struggle for Survival was like during the Holocaust. Write two handwritten pages (or one, typed, double-spaced page). Show the struggle for survival, using all the senses (sight, sound, touch, smell and taste). Use imagery and other literary techniques (such as similes, metaphors, personification, foreshadowing) and literary elements (conflicts, characters, setting, and plot). You may e-mail me at hconn@schools.nyc.gov. If you type this paper, then you MUST use 12 point font (in Times New Roman), double-spaced, and 1-inch margins. Include your name, the teacher's name, class name, class period, date and title in the heading.
  • Analytical Writing: What is the author's purpose in writing a memoir about the struggle to survive during the Holocaust? Write two handwritten pages (or one, typed, double-spaced page). Explain how and why Elie Wiesel (the author) writes about the struggle for survival. Use textual evidence (at least two quotes from the story) to support his purpose for writing about this struggle. You may include your prior knowledge about other people's struggles for survival (around the world, throughout time, and in your personal life). You may e-mail me at hconn@schools.nyc.gov. If you type this paper, then you MUST use 12 point font (in Times New Roman), double-spaced, and 1-inch margins. Include your name, the teacher's name, class name, class period, date and title in the heading.

    ***LATE HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT POLICY: If you turn in a late, informal homework assignment (without a legitimate, approved note from a parent/guardian/doctor), you will automatically earn half-credit. Each homework assignment is worth 10 points, so if it's turned in late (one day, 10 days, 20 days, etc.), you will earn only 5 points for the assignment. TURN IN WORK ON TIME! Major, formal homework assignments that are 100 points will have -10 points deducted for each day late (without a legitimate, approved note from a parent/guardian/doctor).

    Make up owed HW (see previous days' assignments)

  • Monday, February 11th, 2019:
  • Today's Agenda
  • How does the story Night support the theme of the struggle for survival? DUE THIS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13th: Creative Writing or Analytical Writing Opportunity on the Struggle for Survival. Choose one.
  • Creative Writing: Choose one sentence from Night (from the textbook) as your first sentence in a creative, fictional story in which you imagine what the Struggle for Survival was like during the Holocaust. Write two handwritten pages (or one, typed, double-spaced page). Show the struggle for survival, using all the senses (sight, sound, touch, smell and taste). Use imagery and other literary techniques (such as similes, metaphors, personification, foreshadowing) and literary elements (conflicts, characters, setting, and plot). You may e-mail me at hconn@schools.nyc.gov. If you type this paper, then you MUST use 12 point font (in Times New Roman), double-spaced, and 1-inch margins. Include your name, the teacher's name, class name, class period, date and title in the heading.
  • Analytical Writing: What is the author's purpose in writing a memoir about the struggle to survive during the Holocaust? Write two handwritten pages (or one, typed, double-spaced page). Explain how and why Elie Wiesel (the author) writes about the struggle for survival. Use textual evidence (at least two quotes from the story) to support his purpose for writing about this struggle. You may include your prior knowledge about other people's struggles for survival (around the world, throughout time, and in your personal life). You may e-mail me at hconn@schools.nyc.gov. If you type this paper, then you MUST use 12 point font (in Times New Roman), double-spaced, and 1-inch margins. Include your name, the teacher's name, class name, class period, date and title in the heading.

    ***LATE HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT POLICY: If you turn in a late, informal homework assignment (without a legitimate, approved note from a parent/guardian/doctor), you will automatically earn half-credit. Each homework assignment is worth 10 points, so if it's turned in late (one day, 10 days, 20 days, etc.), you will earn only 5 points for the assignment. TURN IN WORK ON TIME! Major, formal homework assignments that are 100 points will have -10 points deducted for each day late (without a legitimate, approved note from a parent/guardian/doctor).

    Make up owed HW (see previous days' assignments)

  • Friday, February 8th, 2019: CTE EXPO (Period 4: turn in your Goal Sheet!) How can we learn about the CTE Academies offered at ITHS? Make up owed HW (see previous days' assignments)
    Thursday, February 7th, 2019:
  • Today's Agenda
  • Why We Remember the Holocaust (a video by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • How can we examine the historical background of the Holocaust? PERIOD 4 ONLY: DUE TOMORROW, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8th: Turn in the completed Goal Sheet.

    Make up owed HW (see previous days' assignments)

    Wednesday, February 6th, 2019:
  • Today's Agenda
  • Why We Remember the Holocaust (a video by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Night Vocabulary Quiz
  • How can we examine the historical background of the Holocaust? Make up owed HW (see previous days' assignments)
    Monday, February 4th, 2019:
  • Today's Agenda
  • How can we analyze the theme of the struggle for survival in a story about the Holocaust? DUE THIS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6th:
  • QUIZ on Night Vocabulary List. You MUST know the definitions for each vocabulary word and how to compose each word in a sentence. This quiz grade will be 10% of the 1st marking period.
  • Friday, February 1st, 2019:
  • Today's Agenda
  • Sinking Ship Worksheet
  • How can we analyze the ethical challenges that will arise during our study of the struggle for survival? DUE NEXT WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6th:
  • QUIZ on Night Vocabulary List. You MUST know the definitions for each vocabulary word and how to compose each word in a sentence. This quiz grade will be 10% of the 1st marking period.
  • Thursday, January 31st, 2019:
  • Today's Agenda
  • Show the completed Goal Sheet by the end of class today to earn class credit!
  • Syllabus
  • Sinking Ship Worksheet
  • How can we prepare for the ethical challenges that will arise during our study of the struggle for survival? DUE TOMORROW, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1st:
  • Class Supplies: Bring in a pen, labeled notebook/binder and an English folder. Your notebook/binder must be labeled with the following sections: Do Now's and Aim's (DNA), Literary Analysis (LA), Language Skills (LS), and Homework (HW).
  • Vocabulary Flashcards: Compose flashcards for all of the vocabulary words on the Night Vocabulary List. Create the flashcards on index cards, loose leaf or an electronic device. Write the vocabulary word and part of speech (noun, verb, adjective or adverb) on the front of the card. Write the definition and an original sentence (write your own sentence; don't copy from the sample sentences, internet or another source). *You may use an electronic flashcard app.
  • Wednesday, January 30th, 2019:
  • Today's Agenda
  • "The Five Attributes of Successful Schools" (Edweek)
  • Goal Sheet
  • Syllabus
  • Night Vocabulary
  • How can we establish classroom rules, procedures and goals for success this spring semester? DUE THIS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1st:
  • Class Supplies: Bring in a pen, labeled notebook/binder and an English folder. Your notebook/binder must be labeled with the following sections: Do Now's and Aim's (DNA), Literary Analysis (LA), Language Skills (LS), and Homework (HW).
  • Vocabulary Flashcards: Compose flashcards for all of the vocabulary words on the Night Vocabulary List. Create the flashcards on index cards, loose leaf or an electronic device. Write the vocabulary word and part of speech (noun, verb, adjective or adverb) on the front of the card. Write the definition and an original sentence (write your own sentence; don't copy from the sample sentences, internet or another source). *You may use an electronic flashcard app.
  • Tuesday, January 29th, 2019:
  • Today's Agenda
  • "The Five Attributes of Successful Schools" (Edweek)
  • How can we establish classroom rules, procedures and goals for success this spring semester? DUE THIS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1st:
  • Class Supplies: Bring in a pen, labeled notebook/binder and an English folder. Your notebook/binder must be labeled with the following sections: Do Now's and Aim's (DNA), Literary Analysis (LA), Language Skills (LS), and Homework (HW).
  • Vocabulary Flashcards: Compose flashcards for all of the vocabulary words on the Night Vocabulary List. Create the flashcards on index cards, loose leaf or an electronic device. Write the vocabulary word and part of speech (noun, verb, adjective or adverb) on the front of the card. Write the definition and an original sentence (write your own sentence; don't copy from the sample sentences, internet or another source). *You may use an electronic flashcard app.