Junior Assignments, Fall 2008 & Winter 2009

Junior Assignments
Fall 2008 & Winter 2009

DateAgendaAIMHomework Assignment
Monday, January 26th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Note-Taking/Review of all sections of the English Regents.

2. Regents Q & A.

How can we most effectively review all components of the English Regents? Prepare for the Regents. Review all Regents materials. Best of luck! REMEMBER, THIS IS A TWO-DAY EXAM. BOTH DAYS BEGIN AT 12:15PM. BRING PLENTY OF PENS. WRITE A MINIMUM OF TWO FULL PAGES FOR EACH ESSAY. THERE ARE FOUR ESSAYS (TOTAL). If you have any questions, email me at hconn28@yahoo.com. It has been a wonderful semester. I enjoyed teaching all of you!
Friday, January 23rd, 2009: 1. Do Now: Review Task II in the June 2008 Regents booklet. Read the non-fiction passage, underlining and writing notes in the margin on the problem (the threats of sun exposure) and the solutions. Do the same for the chart. Remember the strategy on answering the multiple choice questions, covering up the wrong answers and writing your own answer in space next to each question.

2. Work on Task II, underlining and writing notes in the margin on the problem (the threats of sun exposure) and the solutions.

How can we most effectively prepare for the English Regents, with a focus on Task II? Prepare for the Regents. Review all Regents materials.
Thursday, January 22nd, 2009: Work Period: Work on Task II in the June 2008 Regents booklet. Read the non-fiction passage, underlining and writing notes in the margin on the problem (the threats of sun exposure) and the solutions. Do the same for the chart. Answer the multiple choice questions, covering up the wrong answers and writing your own answer in space next to each question. Be prepared to show to Ms. Conn tomorrow. How can we most effectively prepare for the English Regents, with a focus on Task II? Due Tomorrow: Finish today's classwork.

Prepare for the Regents. Review all Regents materials.

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009: 1. Do Now: Reading of Walt Whitman's "I Hear America Singing".

2. Examine Task II essays and Task II outline. Simplify this Task II outline. Analyze the Task II instructions page from the June 2008 Regents.

How can we most effectively prepare for the English Regents, with a focus on Task II? Prepare for the Regents. Review all Regents materials.
Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 (Presidential Inauguration Day): 1. Do Now: Examine Task II essays and Task II outline.

2. Read the Discussion Guide found at USAService.org on how all of us can engage in community service as a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President-elect Obama. Make up any quizzes owed.

3. Discussion: Review the Discussion Guide, focusing on areas in our communities that need service and the roles that we can play. Brainstorm service ideas that fit our interests.

How can we most effectively prepare for the English Regents, with a focus on Task II, and prepare for college with a focus on community service? Prepare for the Regents. Review all Regents materials.
Friday, January 16th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Vocabulary Quiz

2. Read "Pilot is Hailed After Jetliner's Icy Plunge". Underline and take notes on the skill of experienced pilots and how to survive a plane crash. This will prepare you to write the Task II essay on the Regents.

How can we most effectively prepare for the English Regents, with a focus on Task II? Prepare for the Regents. Review all Regents materials.
Thursday, January 15th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Review the grading rubrics (the teachers who grade your Regents exams will use these!) for Tasks III (the short story and poem) and IV (the Critical Lens). Analyze what it takes to get a 90 or higher.

2. Analyze Critical Lens essays returned.

How can we most effectively prepare for the English Regents, with a focus on Tasks III and IV? VOCABULARY QUIZ TOMORROW ON Regents Vocab. List #2.

All HW owed, quizzes, and any other assignments MUST be turned in by TOMORROW--no exceptions!!

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Identify excerpts from your vocabulary stories that give you the most pride. Be ready to share with the class. Show your vocabulary story HW.

2. Discuss/Share: Share excerpts from the vocabulary stories.

3. Distribution and Discussion on Literary Elements quizzes.

How can we most effectively prepare for the English Regents, with a focus on language skills and literary element knowledge? VOCABULARY QUIZ ON FRIDAY ON Regents Vocab. List #2.

All HW owed, quizzes, and any other assignments MUST be turned in by Friday--no exceptions!!

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Finish your simplified Task IV (Critical Lens) Outline.

2. Review/Share your simplified Task IV essay outlines.

3. Work Period: Work on your vocabulary story (due TOMORROW!) and Friday's quiz on Regents Vocab. List #2.

How can we most effectively prepare for the English Regents, with a focus on Task IV? Due TOMORROW:
  • Compose a vocabulary story (250 words or more) for Regents Vocab. List #2. Make sure to underline the words and use them correctly in a story that makes sense. Story topic suggestions include: The English Regents, Life in ITHS, My Future or My Fictional World.

    VOCABULARY QUIZ ON FRIDAY ON Regents Vocab. List #2.

    All HW owed, quizzes, and any other assignments MUST be turned in by Friday--no exceptions!!

  • Monday, January 12th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Read over final vocabulary list--Regents Vocab. List #2.

    2. Discuss/Analyze: Analyze the Julius Caesar Story Maps and grades.

    3. Discuss/Share: Discuss a simplified version of Task IV (Critical Lens) Outline

    4. Work on the creating the simplified version of the Task IV Outline.

    How can we most effectively prepare for the English Regents, with a focus on Task IV? Due Wednesday:
  • Compose a vocabulary story (250 words or more) for Regents Vocab. List #2. Make sure to underline the words and use them correctly in a story that makes sense. Story topic suggestions include: The English Regents, Life in ITHS, My Future or My Fictional World.

    VOCABULARY QUIZ ON FRIDAY ON Regents Vocab. List #2.

    All HW owed must be turned in by Friday--no exceptions!!

  • Friday, January 9th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Literary Elements Quiz

    2. Work Period: Finish the Task III Essay Outline for the January 2008 Regents.

    3. Discuss/Share: Discuss the Essay Outline.

    How can we most effectively prepare for the English Regents, with a focus on Task III? Make up any HW owed.
    Thursday, January 8th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Finish reviewing January 2008 Task III--reading passages, summary notes, literary elements, multiple choice questions and answers, and strategies.

    2. Work Period: Begin Task III Essay Outline.

    How can we most effectively prepare for the English Regents, with a focus on Task III? DUE TOMORROW, FRIDAY, January 9th: Literary Elements Quiz
    Wednesday, January 7th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Task III Regents Strategies reminders--read the passages with a purpose (keeping the controlling idea in mind), write summary notes in the margins (always connecting back to the controlling idea), identify/circle literary elements in the passages, create a Venn Diagram to find both similarities and differences between the two passages (with a focus on the controlling idea), answer the multiple choice questions by covering up the answer choices and writing your own answer in the margin OR doing a 50/50 (eliminate two clearly wrong answers).

    2. Work Period: Finish January 2008 Task III--reading passages, answering multiple choice questions, and applying the strategies taught in class yesterday and reviewed today.

    3. Review answers, summary notes and literary devices found in the passages.

    How can we most effectively prepare for the English Regents, with a focus on Task III? DUE FRIDAY, January 9th: Literary Elements Quiz
    Tuesday, January 6th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Task III Regents Strategies reminders--read the passages with a purpose (keeping the controlling idea in mind), write summary notes in the margins (always connecting back to the controlling idea), identify/circle literary elements in the passages, create a Venn Diagram to find both similarities and differences between the two passages (with a focus on the controlling idea), answer the multiple choice questions by covering up the answer choices and writing your own answer in the margin OR doing a 50/50 (eliminate two clearly wrong answers).

    2. Work Period: Work on January 2008 Task III.

    How can we most effectively prepare for the English Regents, with a focus on Task III?
  • Major Grade: The FINAL STORY MAP for your independent novel will be due TOMORROW WEDNESDAY, January 7th.
  • DUE FRIDAY, January 9th: Literary Elements Quiz
  • Monday, January 5th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Literary Elements Pre-Quiz (this quiz is not used as a grade, just as a self-evaluation)--What do you know? What do you remember? Are you adequately prepared to write about literary elements on the Regents for Tasks III and IV (Day TWO)?

    2. Student Evaluation: Check the Quiz. How much do you know? How much do you need to prepare in the coming days before the upcoming English Regents Exam?

    3. Reflections: How's the Story Map progressing? How was the Honors Project? Turn in Honors Project.

    How can we most effectively prepare for the English Regents, with a focus on Task III and Task IV, which require knowledge and application of literary elements?
  • Major Grade: The FINAL STORY MAP for your independent novel will be due THIS WEDNESDAY, January 7th.
  • DUE FRIDAY, January 9th: Literary Elements Quiz
  • Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008: 1. Read your independent novels.

    2. Julius Caesar scene interpretations

    How can we most effectively prepare for the English Regents, with a focus on Task IV (Critical Lens) preparation?
  • Have a wonderful holiday vacation!
  • Finish your independent novel.
  • Major Grade: The FINAL STORY MAP for your independent novel will be due on Wednesday, January 7th, 2009.
  • Honors Project will be due Monday, January 5th, 2009. It includes the following: reading All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Remarque (novels are provided in class) and paper details found HERE. Grading rubric is provided in class.
  • Monday, December 22nd, 2008: 1. Review the Honors project requirements.

    2. Review of Julius Caesar vocabulary quizzes.

    3. Read your independent novels.

    How can we most effectively prepare for the English Regents, with a focus on language acquisition and Task IV (Critical Lens) preparation?
  • Make up any HW owed.
  • Read at least 15 pages in your new independent novel every night. Bring in your novel.
  • Major Grade: The FINAL STORY MAP for your independent novel will be due on Wednesday, January 7th, 2009.
  • Honors Project will be due Monday, January 5th, 2009. It includes the following: reading All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Remarque (novels are provided in class) and paper details found HERE. Grading rubric is provided in class.
  • Friday, December 19th, 2008: 1. Finish the computer-based test at www.edperformance.com.

    2. HW reminders and HONORS Project details.

    How can we take a test on reading and language arts skills to better assess the skills necessary for the Regents and graduation?
  • If you did NOT finish in class, go to www.edperformance.com and finish the Reading and Language Arts tests. The SITE ID is 51-8231-1681. They may ask you for your student ID (which is your OSIS #). This must be completed.
  • Return Julius Caesar plays.
  • Make up any HW owed.
  • Read at least 15 pages in your new independent novel. Bring in your novel.
  • Major Grade: The FINAL STORY MAP for your independent novel will be due on Wednesday, January 7th, 2009.
  • Honors Project will be due Monday, January 5th, 2009. It includes the following: reading All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Remarque (novels are provided in class) and paper details found HERE. Grading rubric is provided in class.
  • Thursday, December 18th, 2008: Finish the computer-based test at www.edperformance.com. How can we take a test on reading and language arts skills to better assess the skills necessary for the Regents and graduation?
  • Return Julius Caesar plays.
  • Make up any HW owed.
  • Read at least 15 pages in your new independent novel. Bring in your novel.
  • Major Grade: The FINAL STORY MAP for your independent novel will be due on Wednesday, January 7th, 2009.
  • Honors Project will be due Monday, January 5th, 2009. It includes the following: reading All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Remarque (novels are provided in class) and paper details found HERE. Grading rubric is provided in class.
  • Wednesday, December 17th, 2008: Take a computer-based test at www.edperformance.com. How can we take a test with an unknown purpose?
  • Return Julius Caesar plays.
  • Make up any HW owed.
  • Read at least 15 pages in your new independent novel. Bring in your novel.
  • The FINAL STORY MAP for your independent novel will be due on Wednesday, January 7th, 2009.
  • Honors Project will be due Monday, January 5th. It includes the following: reading All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Remarque (novels provided in class) and paper (details TBA).
  • Tuesday, December 16th, 2008: 1. Do Now: Read aloud Regents Strategies handout.

    2. Independent Reading: Read your independent novel. Use post-its to identify literary elements.

    How can we understand and apply effective Regents strategies?
  • Make up any HW owed.
  • Read at least 15 pages in your new independent novel. Bring in your novel.
  • Return Julius Caesar tomorrow.
  • Monday, December 15th, 2008: 1. Do Now: Quiz on Julius Caesar Vocabulary List. When finished, find an independent novel to read for the final Story Map-due January 5th.

    2. Discuss/Share: Volunteers will read aloud their vocabulary stories.

    How can we improve language acquisition? Due TOMORROW:
  • Make up any HW owed.
  • Read at least 15 pages in your new independent novel. Bring in your novel every day until vacation.
  • Friday, December 12th, 2008: 1. Do Now: Write the Task I Listening essay, using the Task One Essay Outline. Turn in the essay today.

    2. Discuss/Share: Volunteers will read aloud their vocabulary stories, if time allows.

    3. PSAT score distribution and evaluation.

    How are we effectively improving listening skills to prepare for success on Task I on Regents? Due THIS Monday, December 15th:
  • Vocabulary Quiz on Julius Caesar Vocabulary List.
  • If you were not in class today, please make sure to finish the Task One Listening Essay and turn it in on Monday.


  • Make up any HW owed.
  • Thursday, December 11th, 2008: 1. Do Now: Listening Strategies review and introduction to Task I Listening section of today's practice Regents.

    2. Listening Practice: Listen to the passage being read to you. Take notes and implement the strategies learned yesterday. Answer the multiple choice questions and begin the essay, using the Task One Essay Outline.

    How are we effectively improving listening skills to prepare for success on Task I on Regents? Due next Monday, December 15th:
  • Vocabulary Quiz on Julius Caesar Vocabulary List.


  • Make up any HW owed.
  • Wednesday, December 10th, 2008: 1. Do Now: Brainstorm a minimum of five effective strategies to implement when listening to a passage being read to you (i.e. the listening passage for Task I of the Regents Exam). Show Julius Caesar Vocabulary Story HW.

    2. Discuss/Share: Discuss Do Now. Introduce Listening Strategies handout.

    How are we effectively improving listening skills to prepare for success on Task I on Regents? Due next Monday, December 15th:
  • Vocabulary Quiz on Julius Caesar Vocabulary List.


  • Make up any HW owed.
  • Tuesday, December 9th, 2008: 1. Do Now: Review Julius Caesar Vocabulary List.

    2. Work Period: Work on Vocabulary Story and any owed HW.

    How are we effectively improving language acquisition to prepare for success on the Regents? Due TOMORROW, Wednesday, December 10th:
  • Vocabulary Story, using all 30 words correctly from the Julius Caesar Vocabulary List. The story must be a minimum of 250 words. Topic choices include the following: Julius Caesar, Life at ITHS, Adolescence, My Future, or a topic of your choice. This MUST be typed, with 12 point font, double-spaced, and the proper heading (your name and the date in the right-hand corner and my name and the class name/period in the left-hand corner).

    Due next Monday, December 15th:

  • Vocabulary Quiz on Julius Caesar Vocabulary List.
  • Monday, December 8th, 2008: 1. Do Now: In small, assigned groups of four, exchange Critical Lens Essays and examine strengths and areas needing improvement. Use the Critical Lens Essay Outline as a guide in this analysis. Show your Critical Lens Essay HW and any owed HW, including the recitation.

    2. Share analytical findings from the Do Now.

    3. Introduce Julius Caesar Vocabulary List.

    How are we preparing for the Critical Lens Essay component of the Regents Exam, using Julius Caesar and our previous knowledge of other novels? Due Wednesday, December 10th:
  • Vocabulary Story, using all 30 words correctly from the Julius Caesar Vocabulary List. The story must be a minimum of 250 words. Topic choices include the following: Julius Caesar, Life at ITHS, Adolescence, My Future, or a topic of your choice. This MUST be typed, with 12 point font, double-spaced, and the proper heading (your name and the date in the right-hand corner and my name and the class name/period in the left-hand corner).

    Due next Monday, December 15th:

  • Vocabulary Quiz on Julius Caesar Vocabulary List.
  • Friday, December 5th, 2008: 1. Do Now: Critical Lens Essay Instructions, which includes the Critical Lens Essay Outline.

    2. Recitations/Read Sample Exemplary Critical Lens Essay 3. Start HW.

    How are we preparing for the Critical Lens Essay component of the Regents Exam, using Julius Caesar and our previous knowledge of other novels? Due Monday, December 8th:
  • Critical Lens Essay using Julius Caesar and a novel of your choice (that you know VERY well). Use the Critical Lens Essay Outline as a guide.
  • Thursday, December 4th, 2008: 1. Do Now: Finish Independent Freewrite on a Novel: Freewrite one additional full page (about 150 words) on the novel that you wrote about yesterday. Make sure you write about literary elements in the novel, which may include characterization of the protagonist and antagonist, setting, conflicts, foreshadowing, flashback, themes, repetition, symbolism, etc. Show your two-page freewrite HW and first Story Map.

    2. Discussion/Analysis: Finish review of each of the quotes listed below, providing a valid interpretation of the quotes, agreeing or disagreeing with the quotes as you have interpreted them, and supporting your opinion using TWO specific references to literary elements from Julius Caesar (such as: characterization, foreshadowing, symbolism). Here are the Critical Lens quotes:

    "In this world goodness is destined to be defeated"--Walker Percy

    "All conflict in literature, is in its simplest form, a struggle between good and evil."

    "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." --George Orwell

    J.F. Clarke wrote, “The bravest of individuals is the one who obeys his or her conscience.”

    3. Practice Recitation HW.

    How are we preparing for the Critical Lens Essay component of the Regents Exam, using Julius Caesar? Due TOMORROW, Friday, December 5th:
  • Recitation HW--Memorize and recite the first 10 lines of Antony's "I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him..." (see page 46 in your book).
  • Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008: 1. Do Now: Turn in Story Map for Julius Caesar. Instructions on freewrite.

    2. Independent Freewrite on a Novel: Freewrite two full pages (about 250-300 words) on a novel that you know VERY well. Include the following--the title of the book, the author, the plot's major events--exposition, rising action, climax, falling action and resolution, characterization of the major characters (this includes their personality traits, actions, style of speech, thoughts/feelings, other people's points of view), and descriptions of at least three other literary elements (flashback, foreshadowing, conflicts, symbolism, repetition, similes, metaphors, setting, etc.).

    How are we preparing for the Critical Lens Essay component of the Regents Exam, using Julius Caesar? Due tomorrow, Thursday, December 4th:
  • Bring in your first Story Map (it was graded) of the school year (it was on an independent novel of your choice).
  • Finish today's two-page freewrite on a novel.

    Due Friday, December 5th:

  • Recitation HW--Memorize and recite the first 10 lines of Antony's "I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him..." (see page 46 in your book).
  • Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008: 1. Do Now: For each of the quotes listed below, provide a valid interpretation of the quotes, agree or disagree with the quotes as you have interpreted them, and support your opinion using TWO specific references to literary elements from Julius Caesar (such as: characterization, foreshadowing, symbolism). Here are the Critical Lens quotes:

    "In this world goodness is destined to be defeated"--Walker Percy

    "All conflict in literature, is in its simplest form, a struggle between good and evil."

    "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." --George Orwell

    J.F. Clarke wrote, “The bravest of individuals is the one who obeys his or her conscience.”

    2. Discuss/Share Do Now.

    2. Work Period: Work on Story Map and recitation HW.

    How are we preparing for the Critical Lens Essay component of the Regents Exam, using Julius Caesar? Due TOMORROW, Wednesday, December 3rd:
  • Story Map for Julius Caesar

    Due Friday, December 5th:

  • Recitation HW--Memorize and recite the first 10 lines of Antony's "I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him..." (see page 46 in your book).
  • Monday, December 1st, 2008: 1. Do Now: Introduce the recitation of Antony's "I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him..." HW.

    2. Review Julius Caesar exam contents/grading procedure.

    How are we preparing for the Critical Lens Essay component of the Regents Exam, using Julius Caesar? Due THIS Wednesday, December 3rd:
  • Story Map for Julius Caesar

    Due Friday, December 5th:

  • Recitation HW--Memorize and recite the first 10 lines of Antony's "I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him..." (see page 46 in your book).
  • Wednesday, November 26th, 2008: 1. Do Now: Story Map instructions reviewed.

    2. Work Period: Work on outline for Story Map.

    How are we preparing for the Critical Lens Essay component of the Regents Exam, using Julius Caesar? Due NEXT Wednesday, December 3rd:
  • Story Map for Julius Caesar
  • Tuesday, November 25th, 2008: Julius Caesar EXAM How are we assessed on the content and literary devices in Julius Caesar? Due TOMORROW, Wednesday, November 26th:
  • All HW owed (last day of 2nd marking period)
  • Monday, November 24th, 2008: 1. Do Now: Write a 20-word summary of Act IV.

    2. Analyze the foreshadowing and irony of tragic endings for Brutus and Cassius in Act V Scene i, Act V Scene ii, and Act V Scene iii.

    3. Read and analyze Brutus' death and Antony's final speech/final lines of the play in Act V Scene iv and Act V Scene v.

    How do we examine the significance of the events of the falling action and resolution in Julius Caesar? Due TOMORROW, Tuesday, November 25th:
  • Julius Caesar EXAM--use the Julius Caesar Exam Review Sheet as a guide.
  • Finish the 20-word summary for Act IV.
  • Write a 20-word summary for Act V.

    Due Wednesday, November 26th:

  • All HW owed (last day of 2nd marking period)
  • Friday, November 21st, 2008: 1. Do Now: Analyze evidence in Act IV Scene iii that will lead to the tragic downfalls of Brutus and Cassius. This includes the strained relationship between Brutus and Cassius, Portia's suicide, the deaths by the hands of the triumvirate (Antony, Octavius and Lepidus), Brutus' dialogue with Caesar's ghost (prophecy), and the plans for Brutus and Cassius to travel to Philippi to meet the triumvirate in battle.

    2. Read-aloud Act V Scene i, Act V Scene ii, and Act V Scene iii. Analyze the opposing forces' interactions and Cassius' death (irony).

    How do we identify the events of the falling action which lead to Cassius' demise in Julius Caesar? Due Monday, November 24th:
  • Act V journal #1 (this journal can focus on a character from Act V Scene i, Act V Scene ii, OR Act V Scene iii).

    Due Tuesday, November 25th:

  • Julius Caesar EXAM--use the Julius Caesar Exam Review Sheet as a guide.

    Due Next Wednesday, November 26th:

  • All HW owed (last day of 2nd marking period)
  • Thursday, November 20th, 2008: 1. Do Now: Examine the Exam Review Sheet. Show HW--Act IV Scene iii journal.

    2. Exam Prep--students will individually work on filling in the review sheet with evidence from the text.

    How do we effectively prepare for an assessment on the play Julius Caesar? Due Tuesday, November 25th:
  • Julius Caesar EXAM--use the Julius Caesar Exam Review Sheet as a guide.

    Due Next Wednesday, November 26th:

  • All HW owed (last day of 2nd marking period)
  • Wednesday, November 19th, 2008: Acuity Exam--finish today! How do you effectively prepare for both the multiple choice questions and the Task II essay on the Regents Exam? Due TOMORROW:
  • Read Act IV Scene iii on your own. Write a journal (don't forget--250 words or more! Writing from the point of view of Brutus or Cassius is recommended).

    Next Tuesday, November 25th:

  • Julius Caesar EXAM (expect to be tested on class notes taken during the readings in class, characterization of characters--refer to your journals and class notes, literary elements--including, but not limited to, foreshadowing/omens, alliteration, personification, symbolism, conflicts, irony, repetition, similes, metaphors, etc.)

    Due Next Wednesday, November 26th:

  • All HW owed (last day of 2nd marking period)
  • Tuesday, November 18th, 2008: 1. Acuity Exam

    2. Pick up the HW.

    How does Shakespeare reveal the tragic downfall of Brutus, after Caesar's assassination, in Julius Caesar? Due Thursday:
  • Read Act IV Scene iii on your own. Write a journal (don't forget--250 words or more! Writing from the point of view of Brutus or Cassius is recommended).

    Next Tuesday, November 25th:

  • Julius Caesar EXAM (expect to be tested on class notes taken during the readings in class, characterization of characters--refer to your journals and class notes, literary elements--including, but not limited to, foreshadowing/omens, alliteration, personification, symbolism, conflicts, irony, repetition, similes, metaphors, etc.)

    Due Next Wednesday, November 26th:

  • All HW owed (last day of 2nd marking period)
  • Monday, November 17th, 2008: 1. Do Now: Fill in bubble sheets for newest Acuity exam. Show HW--Act III summary, Act IV journal #1 and other HW owed.

    2. Read aloud Act IV Scene iii. Analyze the strained relationship between Brutus and Cassius and the significance of Caesar's ghost.

    How does Shakespeare reveal the tragic downfall of Brutus, after Caesar's assassination, in Julius Caesar?
  • Make up any HW owed!

    Next Tuesday, November 25th:

  • Julius Caesar EXAM (expect to be tested on class notes taken during the readings in class, characterization of characters--refer to your journals and class notes, literary elements--including, but not limited to, foreshadowing/omens, alliteration, personification, symbolism, conflicts, irony, repetition, similes, metaphors, etc.)

    Due Next Wednesday, November 26th:

  • All HW owed (last day of 2nd marking period)
  • Friday, November 14th, 2008: 1. Do Now: Read your neighbor's journal on Act III Scene ii in Julius Caesar. Examine their strengths and areas needing improvement.

    2. Share your reactions to the Do Now.

    3. Read aloud Act III Scene iii, Act IV Scene i, and Act IV Scene ii. Analyze the citizens' reactions to Antony's speech (i.e. the killing of Cinna the poet), the plotting of Antony, Octavius and Lepidus (the new triumvirate), and the strained relationship between Brutus and Cassius.

    How does Antony rile up the crowd of Roman citizens in Julius Caesar? How is an orator able to be so persuasive to his audience? DUE MONDAY:
  • TWO JOURNALS: Journal on Act III Scene ii and a journal on Act IV Scene i OR Act IV Scene ii.
  • Act III 20-word summary
  • Make up any HW owed!
  • Thursday, November 13th, 2008: 1. Do Now: Read Act III Scene ii in Julius Caesar. Examine the various reactions to Caesar's death, including Brutus' address and Antony's address to the Romans. Why is Antony an expert orator (speaker)?

    2. Discuss/Analyze the Do Now.

    How do the issues of politics, patriotism and protest relate to our lives today and Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, specifically Act III Scene ii?
  • Write a journal on Act III Scene ii
  • Wednesday, November 12th, 2008: 1. Do Now: Finish discussing the Opinionnaire on Politics, Patriotism and Protest. Share your opinions, which include references to current events and Julius Caesar.

    2. Read Act III Scene ii in Julius Caesar. Examine the various reactions to Caesar's death, including Brutus' address and Antony's address to the Romans. Why is Antony an expert orator (speaker)?

    How do the issues of politics, patriotism and protest relate to our lives today and Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, specifically Act III Scene ii?
  • Make up any other HW owed.
  • Monday, November 10th, 2008: 1. Do Now: Fill out the Opinionnaire on Politics, Patriotism and Protest. Write if you agree or disagree. On the back, write at least two sentences supporting your opinion. Include a reference to current events and Julius Caesar.

    2. Discuss Do Now.

    How do the issues of politics, patriotism and protest relate to our lives today and Shakespeare's Julius Caesar? Due Wednesday:
  • Act III Scene i Journal (if not finished, work on it and turn in for full credit on Wednesday!)
  • Make up any other HW owed.
  • Friday, November 7th, 2008: 1. Do Now: Finish reading Act III Scene i. Examine the events and Caesar's choices that lead up to his assassination. How could his murder have been prevented?

    2. Discuss and analyze Act III Scene i.

    How could Caesar have prevented his assassination in Act III Scene i of Julius Caesar? Due Monday:
  • Act III Scene i Journal
  • Thursday, November 6th, 2008: 1. Do Now: Which character in Julius Caesar do you identify with and why? Write a paragraph of 6-8 sentences.

    2. Begin reading aloud and analyzing Act III Scene i. Examine the events and Caesar's choices that lead up to his assassination. How could his murder have been prevented?

    How do characters' choices contribute to plot events in Act III of Julius Caesar? Due Tomorrow:
  • Finish today's Do Now, if necessary.
  • Make up any HW owed!
  • Wednesday, November 5th, 2008 (post-election; President-elect Obama): 1. Do Now: Read "Obama Wins Election"--taken from The Learning Network from The New York Times. What's your reaction to the results of the presidential election? What major and minor events led up to the outcome?

    2. Discuss the Do Now questions and connect to the events that will lead up to the climax of Julius Caesar--the assassination of Julius Caesar.

    How do events lead up to a story's climax, as seen in the real-life story of the 2008 presidential election? Write a 20-word summary on Act II (Scenes i-iv) in Julius Caesar.
    Monday, November 3rd, 2008: 1. Do Now: With a partner, choose a character from Julius Caesar. Identify three character traits that your chosen character (suggestions: Brutus, Caesar, Cassius, Portia, Calpurnia) possesses to play his/her role in the play. Also, identify five objects your character can be personified and why (for example: a song, an animal, website, weather, etc.). Be prepared to share. While the class is completing the Do Now assignment, students will be called up to show HW--all three journals for Act II of Julius Caesar.

    2. Begin reading aloud and analyzing Act III Scene i. Examine the events and Caesar's choices that lead up to his assassination. How could his murder been prevented? How do the characters react to his death? What can you, the reader/viewer, foreshadow will come next, after his death?

    How do characters' choices contribute to plot events in Acts II and III of Julius Caesar? Make up any HW owed!
    Friday, October 31st, 2008: 1. Do Now: Finish reading aloud and analyzing Act II--Scene iii and Scene iv of Julius Caesar. Examine the omens/foreshadowing and the characterization of Portia, Brutus' wife.

    2. Begin HW.

    How is characterization of Portia and other minor characters revealed as foreshadowing in Julius Caesar? DUE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd:
  • ONE Character Journal Entry (250 words or more with ONE direct quote!) for Act II--Scene iii OR Scene iv of Julius Caesar.
  • Bring in the previous two journal entries for Act II.
  • Thursday, October 30th, 2008: 1. Do Now: Finish reading aloud and analyzing Act II Scene ii of Julius Caesar. Examine Calpurnia's superstitions (foreshadowing/omens) and Caesar's arrogance/invincibility and ego.

    2. Begin HW.

    How is characterization of the major characters (Caesar and Cassius> and new minor characters (the wives, Portia and Calpurnia) revealed, relationships introduced and literary elements identified in Act II Scene ii of Julius Caesar? DUE TOMORROW:
  • Character Journal Entry (250 words or more!) for Act II Scene ii of Julius Caesar.
  • Wednesday, October 29th, 2008: 1. Do Now: Finish filling out bubble sheets for today's Regents Predictive Exam.

    2. Regents Predictive Exam

    How do we effectively prepare to read and analyze short story passages/poems in order to be successful on the Regents? Make up any HW owed!
    Tuesday, October 28th, 2008: 1. Do Now: Fill out bubble sheets for tomorrow's Regents practice exam. Show Act II Scene i journal HW.

    2. Read-Aloud: Finish reading aloud Act II Scene i of Julius Caesar and begin Act II Scene ii of Julius Caesar. Examine the conspirators' assassination plan--the method to bring Caesar to the Capitol, Calpurnia's superstitions (foreshadowing/omens), Caesar's arrogance/invincibility and ego.

    How is characterization of the major characters (Caesar and Cassius> and new minor characters (the wives, Portia and Calpurnia) revealed, relationships introduced and literary elements identified in Act II Scenes i and ii of Julius Caesar? Make up any HW owed!
    Monday, October 27th, 2008: 1. Do Now: Finish reading aloud Act II Scene i of Julius Caesar. Examine Brutus' characterization of Caesar, the characterization of Brutus and Portia (his wife), reasons the conspirators will kill Caesar, Brutus' reasons for killing Caesar, and the conspirators' assassination plan--the method to bring Caesar to the Capitol.

    2. If time allows, begin the HW journal

    How is characterization of the major characters (Brutus, Cassius and Caesar) revealed, relationships introduced and literary elements identified in Act II of Julius Caesar? Due TOMORROW, Tuesday, October 28th:
  • One journal entry for Act II Scene i of Julius Caesar. A character journal entry is a "dear diary" in which you write as if you are a character in Act II Scene i of Julius Caesar. A journal entry MUST be a minimum of 250 words (that's about 1-2 handwritten pages or 1 typed page). It is recommended that you put journal entries in a notebook. The journal entry should have the character's name at the top. For example, "Caesar's Journal." You should write in 1st person (using forms of "I"). You should include the character's thoughts/feelings, actions, interactions with other characters and points of view of other characters. You should only include what happens for that character in Act II Scene i. Include at least one direct quote from the play for each journal entry. Here's an example: Flavius said, "Hence! Home you idle creatures" (II, i, 1).
  • Friday, October 24th, 2008: 1. Do Now: Read aloud Act II Scene i of Julius Caesar. Examine Brutus' characterization of Caesar, the characterization of Brutus, reasons the conspirators will kill Caesar, Brutus' reasons for killing Caesar, and the conspirators' assassination plan--the method to bring Caesar to the Capitol.

    2. Work on HW journals owed.

    How is characterization of the major characters (Brutus, Cassius and Caesar) revealed, relationships introduced and literary elements identified in Act II of Julius Caesar?
  • Make up any HW owed.
  • Thursday, October 23rd, 2008: 1. Do Now: Read your neighbor's 20-word summary. How is it different or similar from yours? Did you leave out any essential information in the summary in Act I? Show your HW--20-word summary

    2. Discuss/Share the Do Now.

    3. Begin reading Act II Scene i of Julius Caesar. Examine Brutus' characterization of Caesar, the characterization of Brutus, reasons the conspirators will kill Caesar, Brutus' reasons for killing Caesar, the conspirators' assassination plan--the method to bring Caesar to the Capitol, literary elements (including irony and alliteration), the characterization of Brutus' wife Portia and the relationship between Brutus and Portia.

    How is characterization of the major characters (Brutus, Cassius and Caesar) revealed, relationships introduced and literary elements identified in Act II of Julius Caesar?
  • Make up any HW owed.
  • Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008: 1. Do Now: Identify THREE literary elements (e.g. conflict, irony, pun, foreshadowing/omen, in Act I with a direct quote as evidence. Write a sentence or two explaining why these literary elements are important to the plot. Be ready to share with the class. Show your HW--two Act I journals.

    2. Discuss/Share the Do Now. If necessary, finish reading aloud Act I Scene iii. What omens are revealing danger to come? What are Cassius's choices that will lead to the assassination of Caesar?

    3. If time allows, begin HW--writing a 20-word summary of Act I.

    How is characterization of the major characters (Brutus, Cassius and Caesar) revealed and conflicts introduced in Act I of Julius Caesar? DUE TOMORROW, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23rd:
  • Write a 20-word summary of Act I of Julius Caesar.
  • Make up any HW owed.
  • Tuesday, October 21st, 2008: 1. Do Now: Finish reading aloud Act I Scene ii. Examine characterization and conflict by answering following questions--What conflicts are introduced? How does Cassius feel about Caesar? How can Caesar tell Cassius is dangerous? What are Caesar's weaknesses? Why does Cassius flatter Brutus?

    2. Begin reading aloud Act I Scene iii. What omens are revealing danger to come? What are Cassius's choices that will lead to the assassination of Caesar?

    How is characterization of the major characters (Brutus, Cassius and Caesar) revealed and conflicts introduced in Act I of Julius Caesar? DUE TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22nd:
  • Act I journal entry #2 due tomorrow! Bring in the first journal entry, too. A character journal entry is a "dear diary" in which you write as if you are a character in Act I of Julius Caesar. Each journal entry should be a minimum of 250 words (that's about 1-2 handwritten pages or 1 typed page). It is recommended that you put journal entries in a notebook. The journal entry should have the character's name at the top. For example, "Caesar's Journal." You should write in 1st person (using forms of "I"). You should include the character's thoughts/feelings, actions, interactions with other characters and perceptions of other characters. You should only include what happens for that character in Act I. Include at least one direct quote from the play for each journal entry. Here's an example: Flavius said, "Hence! Home you idle creatures" (I, i, 1).
  • Make up any HW owed.
  • Monday, October 20th, 2008: 1. Do Now: Finish reading aloud Act I Scene ii and examine characterization and conflict by examining following questions--What conflicts are introduced? How does Cassius reveal his jealousy of Caesar? How can Caesar tell Cassius is dangerous? What are Caesar's weaknesses? Analyze the language choices of William Shakespeare and the differences between prose and poetry.

    2. Begin reading aloud Act I Scene iii. What is Cassius conspiring? Why is Brutus needed in this conspiracy? What omens are revealing danger to come?

    How is characterization of the major characters (Brutus, Cassius and Caesar) revealed and conflicts introduced in Act I of Julius Caesar?
  • Make up any HW owed.
  • Friday, October 16th, 2008: 1. Do Now: Read aloud Act I Scene i (if not finished from yesterday) and examine the double entendres/puns, dialect and plot development. How do the citizens feel about Julius Caesar? How do the lawmakers feel about Caesar (i.e. Flavius)? Read aloud Act I Scene ii. Characterize Julius Caesar, Brutus, and Cassius. What conflicts are introduced? Analyze the language choices of William Shakespeare and the differences between prose and poetry. What is the exposition of Julius Caesar?
  • Act I journal entry due on Monday. A character journal entry is a "dear diary" in which you write as if you are a character in Act I of Julius Caesar. Each journal entry should be a minimum of 250 words (that's about 1-2 handwritten pages or 1 typed page). It is recommended that you put journal entries in a notebook. The journal entry should have the character's name at the top. For example, "Caesar's Journal." You should write in 1st person (using forms of "I"). You should include the character's thoughts/feelings, actions, interactions with other characters and perceptions of other characters. You should only include what happens for that character in Act II. Include at least one direct quote from the play for each journal entry. Here's an example: Flavius said, "Hence! Home you idle creatures" (I, i, 1).
  • Thursday, October 16th, 2008: 1. Do Now: Read a neighbor's "Sonnet 18" analysis. What did you learn from your neighbor regarding their literary element analysis? Was it similar or different to yours? Be ready to explain.

    2. Discuss/Share: Discuss the Do Now and finish analysis of "Sonnet 18". Examine the subject of the sonnet, the narrator's tone toward the subject, rhyme scheme and other literary elements (including the following: personification, metaphor, symbolism, repetition, alliteration, imagery). Share importance of the literary elements.

    3. Read aloud Act I Scene i. Examine the double entendre/puns, dialect, and plot development. How do the citizens feel about Julius Caesar? How do the lawmakers feel about Caesar(i.e. Flavius)?

    How will the study of "Sonnet 18" help students' success on the Regents Task III and the understanding of the language in Julius Caesar?
  • Make up any HW owed.
  • Wednesday, October 15th, 2008: 1. Do Now: Share reflections on the PSAT. What were students' strengths? Areas needing improvement? What were the most challenging parts of the exam?

    2. Discuss/Evaluate the Story Map grading and format.

    3. Discuss analysis of "Sonnet 18". Examine the subject of the sonnet, the narrator's tone toward the subject, rhyme scheme and other literary elements (including the following: personification, metaphor, symbolism, repetition, alliteration, imagery). Share importance of the literary elements.

    How will the study of "Sonnet 18" help students' success on the Regents Task III and the understanding of the language in Julius Caesar?
  • No HW.
  • Tuesday, October 14th, 2008: 1. Do Now: Read a classmate's analysis of "Sonnet 18". Examine the subject of the sonnet, the narrator's tone toward the subject, rhyme scheme and other literary elements (including the following: personification, metaphor, symbolism, repetition, alliteration, imagery).

    2. PSAT Reading and Language Strategies: Summary notes in the margin of reading passages, circle characters' names, dates, and places, underline 1st sentence of each paragraph (main idea) and last sentence (concluding paragraph's main ideas), process of elimination in multiple choice questions--you should be able to eliminate at least TWO answer choices easily, and do NOT guess--if you don't know the answer, skip it (you will NOT lose points for leaving answers blank). Use your knowledge of other languages to help you with difficult vocabulary and take apart words (look at roots or words that sound similar to the unknown word). Cover up the answer choices and write your answer down before looking at the answer choices.

    How will students apply helpful strategies on the PSAT?
  • PREPARE FOR THE PSAT (it's TOMORROW, Wednesday, October 15th!). Use the booklet given in class. Remember, you will NOT lose points if you leave answers blank. Only guess if you are able to eliminate two wrong answers. The PSAT is a good predictor of your success on the SAT.
  • Friday, October 10th, 2008: 1. Do Now: Finish Wednesday's notes on Shakespeare, the man, his family and his time period.

    2. Introduce "Sonnet 18". Examine the subject of the sonnet, the narrator's tone toward the subject, rhyme scheme and other literary elements (including the following: personification, metaphor, symbolism, repetition, alliteration, imagery).

    How will the study of "Sonnet 18" help students' success on the Regents Task III and the understanding of the language in Julius Caesar? DUE THIS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14th:
  • Identify THREE literary elements in "Sonnet 18". Write THREE paragraphs (one paragraph for each literary element) in which you describe the importance of the literary element and the connection to the narrator's tone toward the subject (the woman, in this case). Each paragraph should be 4-6 long sentences. Use direct quotes in your paragraphs to show evidence from the sonnet.
  • STUDY FOR THE PSAT (it's on Wednesday, October 15th!). Use the booklet given in class. Remember, you will NOT lose points if you leave answers blank. Only guess if you are able to eliminate two wrong answers.
  • Wednesday, October 8th, 2008: 1. Do Now: Review HW on students' internet research on Shakespeare's life and times. What will be helpful in learning about Shakespeare's life and times in order to study and better understand his plays and poetry?

    2. Lecture/Note-taking: Take notes on the teacher's mini-lecture on life and times of William Shakespeare and the history of Julius Caesar, the man.

    What background information on the author, William Shakespeare, and the history of Julius Caesar will be useful and applicable to improved comprehension of the play Julius Caesar? DUE THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10th:
  • All HW owed (it's the last day of the marking period!)
  • Tuesday, October 7th, 2008: 1. Do Now: Read aloud exemplary Task III essay. Identify specific evidence that reveals it is a 90+ essay.

    2. Discuss/Share: Discuss/share comments and teacher review of sample Task III essay. Review HW on internet research on Shakespeare's life and times.What will be helpful in learning about Shakespeare's life and times in order to study and better understand his plays and poetry?

    3. Analysis and Q & A of students' Task III essays. Identify strengths (such as: following directions, attention grabbing introductions, narrator's tone toward subject) and areas needing improvement (such as: direct quotes/evidence from the passages, specific reference to literary elements, sophisticated words).

    What are the components of a successful Task III essay? DUE TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7TH:
  • Research the man, Julius Caesar, on the internet. You may only use websites that end with .org, .edu, and/or .gov. Do NOT use wikipedia. Find 10 interesting facts that you think are important to know before reading William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar play. Identify the website(s) used.

    Discipline Code handouts turned in ASAP (for HW credit)

    DUE THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10th:

  • All HW owed (it's the last day of the marking period!)
  • Monday, October 6th, 2008: 1. Do Now: Read exemplary Task III essay. Identify specific evidence that reveals it is a 90+ essay.

    2. Discuss/Share: Discuss/share comments and teacher review of sample Task III essay. Review HW on internet research on Shakespeare's life and times.What will be helpful in learning about Shakespeare's life and times in order to study and better understand his plays and poetry?

    3. Analysis of students' Task III essays. Identify strengths (such as: following directions, attention grabbing introductions, narrator's tone toward subject) and areas needing improvement (such as: direct quotes/evidence from the passages, specific reference to literary elements, sophisticated words).

    What are the components of a successful Task III essay? Discipline Code handouts turned in ASAP (for HW credit)

    DUE THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10th:

  • All HW owed (it's the last day of the marking period!)
  • Friday, October 3rd, 2008: 1. Do Now: Regents Vocabulary Quiz #1. Show your vocabulary story due today.

    2. Discuss/Share: Discuss yesterday's K/W/L on Shakespeare's life and times. What will be helpful in learning about Shakespeare's life and times in order to study and better understand his plays and poetry?

    3. Analysis of an exemplary (outstanding) Task III Essay, paying close attention to organization and commentary from the Regents graders.

    What's your prior knowledge on Shakespeare's life and times? Discipline Code handouts turned in ASAP (for HW credit)

    DUE THIS MONDAY, OCTOBER 6th:

  • Using your K/W/L, find three questions that you want to learn about Shakespeare's life and/or times. Conduct internet research (use websites ONLY ending in .org, .edu or .gov only. Do NOT use wikipedia) and answer your questions from independent internet research. Bring in your research, with the URL (website address in full). If you have trouble composing questions, here are some suggested topics:
    1.) William Shakespeare's family (parents, wife, children, brothers and sisters)
    2.) Shakespeare's wealth and social status
    3.) Shakespeare's education
    4.) Shakespeare's religion
    5.) Religion during the Elizabethan Era--the time in which he lived
    6.) Actors during Shakespeare's lifetime
    7.) Theater during Shakespeare's lifetime
    8.) Health/Disease during the Elizabethan Era
  • Thursday, October 2nd, 2008: 1. Do Now: Are you satisfied with your Story Map? Describe the process of composing the Story Map and explain difficulties and challenges. How did you overcome those difficulties and challenges?

    2. Discuss/Share: Discuss the Do Now.

    3. Brainstorming: K/W/L on Shakespeare's life and times. What will be helpful in learning about Shakespeare's life and times in order to study and better understand his plays and poetry?

    4. Prepare for tomorrow's quiz and vocabulary story.

    What are your reflections on the process of composing a story map and what's your prior knowledge on Shakespeare's life and times? DUE TOMORROW, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3rd:
  • Vocabulary Story (a creatively written story on any topic, using all 30 vocabulary words correctly from List #1; the story must be a minimum of 250 words--typed or handwritten). Topic suggestions include the following: A Day in My Life, ITHS, My Future, or a topic of your choice.
  • Quiz on Regents Vocabulary List #1.
  • Monday, September 29th, 2008: 1. Do Now: Read Discipline Code Booklet and answer the worksheet questions (just like a scavenger hunt!). This will be due for HW credit on Thurs.

    2. Work Period: Work on HW due Thursday (Story Map!!) and Friday (Vocabulary Story and Vocabulary Quiz).

    How do you better understand school and Department of Education rules/policies? DUE THIS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2nd:
  • MAJOR GRADE--STORY MAP. If the Story Map is not turned in on time, it's -10 points for each day late.
  • Discipline Code handouts (Monday's classwork and signatures by you and your parent/guardian)

    DUE THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3rd:

  • Vocabulary Story (a creatively written story on any topic, using all 30 vocabulary words correctly from List #1; the story must be a minimum of 250 words--typed or handwritten). Topic suggestions include the following: A Day in My Life, ITHS, My Future, or a topic of your choice.
  • Quiz on Regents Vocabulary List #1.
  • Friday, September 26, 2008: 1. Do Now: Read your independent novel.

    2. Work on HW owed (Task II and III essays) and HW due (Vocabulary Story and Story Map).

    How can we prepare for Tasks II, III and IV? DUE NEXT THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2nd:
  • MAJOR GRADE--STORY MAP
  • Discipline Code handouts (Monday's classwork and signatures by you and your parent/guardian)


  • Read EVERY NIGHT in your chosen independent novel. Be prepared to discuss at any time. The novel must be finished by September 30th.

    DUE NEXT FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3rd:

  • Vocabulary Story (a creatively written story on any topic, using all 30 vocabulary words correctly from List #1; the story must be a minimum of 250 words--typed or handwritten). Topic suggestions include the following: A Day in My Life, ITHS, My Future, or a topic of your choice.
  • Quiz on Regents Vocabulary List #1.
  • Thursday, September 25, 2008: 1. Do Now: Introduce Regents Vocabulary List #1.

    2. Story Map preparation.

    How can we prepare for Task IV? DUE NEXT THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2nd: MAJOR GRADE--STORY MAP


  • Read EVERY NIGHT in your chosen independent novel. Be prepared to discuss at any time. The novel must be finished by September 30th.

    DUE NEXT FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3rd:

  • Vocabulary Story (a creatively written story on any topic, using all 30 vocabulary words correctly from List #1; the story must be a minimum of 250 words--typed or handwritten). Topic suggestions include the following: A Day in My Life, ITHS, My Future, or a topic of your choice.
  • Quiz on Regents Vocabulary List #1.
  • Wednesday, September 24, 2008: 1. Do Now: Review Story Map format.

    2. Story Map preparation.

    How can we prepare for Task IV? DUE NEXT THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2nd: MAJOR GRADE--STORY MAP


  • Read EVERY NIGHT in your chosen independent novel. Be prepared to discuss at any time. The novel must be finished by September 30th.
  • Tuesday, September 23, 2008: 1. Do Now: PREDICTIVE REGENTS EXAM SESSIONS II AND III (Tasks II and III)

    2. Introduce Story Map.

    What skills/strategies can students apply to the predictive Regents exam? DUE NEXT THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2nd: STORY MAP


  • Read EVERY NIGHT in your chosen independent novel. Be prepared to discuss at any time. The novel must be finished by September 30th.
  • Monday, September 22, 2008: 1. Do Now: Predictive Regents Exam instructions. Turn in the Task III essay HW.

    2.PREDICTIVE REGENTS EXAM SESSIONS I AND II (Tasks I and II)

    What skills/strategies can students apply to the predictive Regents exam? DUE NEXT THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2nd: STORY MAP


  • Read EVERY NIGHT in your chosen independent novel. Be prepared to discuss at any time. The novel must be finished by September 30th.
  • Friday, September 19, 2008: 1. Do Now: Read in your independent novel (20 minutes).

    2.Work Period:

  • Work on Task III essay HW. Using the Task III Essay instructions--page 2 and Task III Essay Outline, compose the Task III essay.
  • What are successful strategies for Task III essay writing? DUE THIS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd:
  • Complete Task III essay (following the Task III outline).


  • Read a minimum of 25-30 pages in your chosen independent novel. Be prepared to discuss at any time. The novel must be finished by September 30th.
  • Thursday, September 18, 2008: 1. Do Now: Introduce the Task III Essay instructions--page 2. Introduce Task III Essay Outline.

    2. Work on Task III essay HW.

    What are successful strategies for Task III essay writing? DUE THIS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd:
  • Complete Task III essay (following the Task III outline).


  • Read a minimum of 25-30 pages in your chosen independent novel. Be prepared to discuss at any time. The novel must be finished by September 30th.
  • Wednesday, September 17, 2008: 1. Do Now: Finish introducing the Task II essay HW--directions and outline.

    3. Work on essay HW.

    What are successful strategies for Task II essay writing? DUE TOMORROW, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH:
  • Complete Task II essay (following the Task II outline).


  • Read a minimum of 25-30 pages in your chosen independent novel. Be prepared to discuss at any time. The novel must be finished by September 30th.
  • Tuesday, September 16, 2008: 1. Do Now: Finish reviewing the problems and solutions, main ideas, underlined numbers and proper nouns, and circled vocabulary/unknown words. Learn the mnemonic device=No Pigs Need Veggies Mixed In Secret Plates (Numbers, Proper Nouns, Vocab, Main ideas, Solutions, Problems).

    2. Introduce Task II essay HW--directions and outline.

    3. Work on essay HW.

    What are successful strategies for Task II reading and essay writing? DUE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH:
  • Complete Task II essay (following the Task II outline).


  • Read a minimum of 25-30 pages in your chosen independent novel. Be prepared to discuss at any time. The novel must be finished by September 30th.
  • Monday, September 15, 2008: 1. Do Now: Identify the problems and solutions in the Task II reading passage.

    2. Discussion/Note-taking: Review the summary/main idea notes and underlined/circled words and phrases in the passage. Underline numbers and proper nouns (capitalized names of people, places and things) and circle unknown words. Identify in the margins the problems and solutions. NPNVMPS--No Pigs Need Veggies Mixed In Secret Plates (Numbers, Proper Nouns, Vocab, Main ideas, Solutions, Problems).

    What are successful strategies for Task II reading and multiple choice questions?
  • Read a minimum of 25-30 pages in your chosen independent novel. Be prepared to discuss at any time. The novel must be finished by September 30th.
  • Friday, September 12, 2008: 1. Do Now: Identify which questions are problems and which questions are solutions in the Task II packet.

    2. Discussion/Note-taking: Review the question types and answers for the multiple choice questions of the Task II packet. Review the summary/main idea notes and underlined/circled words and phrases in the passage. Underline numbers and proper nouns (capitalized names of people, places and things) and circle unknown words. Identify in the margins the problems and solutions.

    What are successful strategies for Task II reading and multiple choice questions? DUE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH:
  • Read a minimum of 25-30 pages in your chosen independent novel. Be prepared to discuss at any time. The novel must be finished by September 30th.
  • Thursday, September 11, 2008: 1. Do Now: Finish circling unknown words and underlining words/phrases that reveal characterization, literary devices, and narrator's tone (positive or negative?). Write summary notes/main ideas in the margin.

    2. Discussion/Note-taking: Finish discussing and taking notes on the literary devices, main ideas, inferences and narrator's tone in the short story passage in Task III. Examine the characterization=appearance, actions, thoughts/feelings, personality traits (adjectives; examples-generous, cruel, kind, etc.), and other people's points of view. Examine the narrator's tone (the narrator's feelings toward the subject; are the narrator's feelings positive or negative?), literary devices (such as: repetition, alliteration, rhyme scheme), themes/main ideas, vocabulary, inferences. LMCVIN=Larry, Moe, and Curly Vote In New York (Literary Devices, Main ideas, Characterization, Inferences, Narrator's Tone).

    3. Briefly discuss the HW--Task II packet.

    4.Significance of 9/11 and MY GOOD DEED WEBSITE

    What are successful strategies for Task III reading and multiple choice questions? Due TOMORROW, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12:
  • Take the Task II (pages 6-10) packet ONLY. THIS PACKET WAS RECEIVED IN CLASS ON WEDNESDAY. Read the two passages, and answer the multiple choice questions (not the essay). Be ready to share reading strategies and multiple choice question strategies used. Circle unknown words and underline words/phrases that refer to characterization and narrator's tone (is it positive or negative?). Write summary/main idea notes in the margin.
  • Read a minimum of 10-15 pages in your chosen independent novel every night. Be prepared to discuss at any time. The novel must be finished by September 30th.
  • Wednesday, September 10, 2008: 1. Do Now: Finish reviewing the answers and strategies for the Task III poem, examining literary devices, narrator's tone, inferences and main ideas.

    2. Discussion/Note-taking: Discuss and take notes on the literary devices, main ideas, inferences and narrator's tone in the short story passage in Task III. Examine the characterization=appearance, actions, thoughts/feelings, personality traits (adjectives; examples-generous, cruel, kind, etc.), and other people's points of view. Examine the narrator's tone (the narrator's feelings toward the subject; are the narrator's feelings positive or negative?), literary devices (such as: repetition, alliteration, rhyme scheme), themes/main ideas, vocabulary, inferences.

    3. Introduce HW--Task II packet.

    What are successful strategies for Task III reading and multiple choice questions? Due FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12:
  • Take the Task II (pages 6-10) packet ONLY. THIS PACKET WILL BE RECEIVED IN CLASS ON WEDNESDAY. Read the two passages, and answer the multiple choice questions (not the essay). Be ready to share reading strategies and multiple choice question strategies used.
  • Read a minimum of 10-15 pages in your chosen independent novel every night. Be prepared to discuss at any time. The novel must be finished by September 30th.
  • Tuesday, September 9, 2008: 1. Do Now: Review the answers and strategies for the Task III packet, examining question types, process of elimination, summary notes, literary devices, narrator's tone, and unifying ideas between the poem and the short story passage.

    2. Discussion/Note-taking: Discuss and take notes on the question types in the multiple choice questions and analysis of the poem. Examine the characterization=appearance, actions, thoughts/feelings, personality traits (adjectives; examples-generous, cruel, kind, etc.), and other people's points of view. Examine the narrator's tone (the narrator's feelings toward the subject; are the narrator's feelings positive or negative?), literary devices (such as: repetition, alliteration, rhyme scheme), themes/main ideas, vocabulary, inferences.

    What are successful strategies for Task III reading and multiple choice questions? Due FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12:
  • Take the Task II (pages 6-10) packet ONLY. THIS PACKET WILL BE RECEIVED IN CLASS ON WEDNESDAY. Read the two passages, and answer the multiple choice questions (not the essay). Be ready to share reading strategies and multiple choice question strategies used.
  • Read a minimum of 10-15 pages in your chosen independent novel every night. Be prepared to discuss at any time. The novel must be finished by September 30th.
  • Monday, September 8, 2008: 1. Do Now: Quick-Write on Independent Reading Selection--Identify the following: the title and author of your chosen independent reading novel, two reasons for your selection, the protagonist's name and brief description, and the setting (time and place). Show/turn in the HW due today (course supplies, independent reading novel, and Task III packet).

    2. Discuss/Share the Do Now.

    3. Class Sharing/Review of HW: Review the answers and strategies for the HW--Task III packet.

    What are successful strategies for Task III? Due TOMORROW:
  • Read a minimum of 15 pages in your chosen independent novel. Be prepared to discuss tomorrow. The novel must be finished by September 30th.
  • Friday, September 5, 2008: 1. Do Now: What are the other portions (besides Task III) of the Regents Exam? What's expected of you on the Regents Exam? What skills will you need to be successful on the exam?

    2. Discuss/Analyze: Discuss the Do Now answers.

    3.Vocabulary Skill Building: Circle unknown/unfamiliar words in the Task III packet.

    What are the four tasks on the Regents Exam? Due THIS Monday, September 8th:
  • Take the Task III (January 2007) ONLY. This packet was received in class. Read the poem and short story, and answer the multiple choice questions. Be ready to share reading strategies and multiple choice question strategies used.
  • Bring in supplies outlined in the syllabus.
  • Bring in an independent reading selection, and begin reading (a minimum of 15 pages), and bring it to class on Monday, September 10th. Choose a novel from my class library selection or your own local library. You may want to use one of the following websites for suggested reading: 101 Books to Read Before You Go to College, 100 Classic Books You Must Read Before You Die, Ms. Conn's Favorites.
  • Thursday, September 4, 2008: 1. Do Now: What are the other portions of the Regents Exam (write about everything you know or anticipate on the exam)? What do you expect? What skills will you need to be successful on this Regents?

    2. Discuss/Analyze: Discuss the Do Now answers.

    3.Vocabulary Skill Building: Identify unknown words in the Task III packet and add to class poster paper.

    What are the four tasks on the Regents Exam? Due THIS Monday, September 8th:
  • Take the Task III (January 2007) ONLY. This packet was received in class. Read the poem and short story, and answer the multiple choice questions. Be ready to share reading strategies and multiple choice question strategies used.
  • Bring in supplies outlined in the syllabus.
  • Bring in an independent reading selection, and begin reading (a minimum of 15 pages), and bring it to class on Monday, September 10th. Choose a novel from my class library selection or your own local library. You may want to use one of the following websites for suggested reading: 101 Books to Read Before You Go to College, 100 Classic Books You Must Read Before You Die, Ms. Conn's Favorites.
  • Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008: 1. Do Now: Preview the syllabus.

    2. Review the details of the syllabus.

    3. HW review and new HW introduced.

    How will students be prepared for academic success in this course? DUE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH:
  • Bring in independent novel (taken from classroom or selected independently; teacher approval is required). You may also choose a novel from one of the following websites: 101 Books to Read Before You Go to College, 100 Classic Books You Must Read Before You Die, Ms. Conn's Favorites.
  • Regents packet (to be given in class)
  • Bring in supplies outlined in the syllabus.
  • Tuesday, September 2nd 2008: 1. Do Now: Take your designated seat and fill out the index card, answering the following in complete sentences (when appropriate):
  • your full name (in parentheses, write your first name, which you want to be called in class)
  • Emergency phone # and contact person (who will answer this # and how he/she is related to you)
  • What did you read this summer? Provide titles of books, newspapers, magazines, etc.
  • What knowledge do you hope to acquire in this English course?
  • What can you contribute to this English course?
  • What are you looking forward to this school year?

    2. Discuss/Share: Volunteers will share literature read this summer and personal/academic goals.

  • How will students introduce themselves, with reference to recent literary practice and personal and academic goals?
  • Read something (a news article, book, magazine, etc.) tonight and be prepared to share tomorrow.