Junior (Regents Prep) English Assignments, Spring 2010

Junior (Regents Prep) English Assignments
Spring 2010

DateAgendaAIMHomework Assignment
Monday, June 14th, 2010: 1. Do Now: Get into small groups in which students will create posters of the requirements and strategies for each task/section of the English Regents.

2. Discuss/Share: Discuss and share the requirements and strategies for each task/section of the English Regents.

How can we prove how to be successful on the Regents by reviewing the strategies and requirements? PREPARE FOR THE ENGLISH REGENTS (THIS Wednesday, June 16th and Thursday, June 17th at 8:15am!). DON'T BE LATE!!!!! SLEEP WELL, EAT A GOOD BREAKFAST AND BRING MULTIPLE PENS AND PENCILS, ALONG WITH YOUR SCHOOL ID. Review all Regents materials. Best of luck! REMEMBER, THIS IS A TWO-DAY EXAM (IF YOU MISS ONE DAY, YOU WILL NOT PASS). BOTH DAYS BEGIN AT 8:15 AM. BRING PLENTY OF PENS. WRITE A MINIMUM OF TWO FULL PAGES FOR EACH ESSAY, AND 6-8 SENTENCES PER PARAGRAPH. 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!
Here are some GREAT RESOURCES:
  • SAMPLE ENGLISH REGENTS EXAMS
  • Use the following outlines to guide you in writing your four essays (Tasks I and II on the 1st day and Tasks III and IV on the 2nd day): Task I Essay Outline, Task II Essay Outline, Task III essay outline, Task IV Critical Lens Essay Outline.
  • Review the vocabulary lists so you can use them in your writing found HERE.
  • Use this English Regents Exams Strategies and ANOTHER STRATEGIES SHEET to also help you prepare.

    Summer Recommendations: Get a job, volunteer, read books you've always wanted to read and books to challenge your mind, write poetry/creative writing/a book, etc., create a website/blog, enjoy a new hobby (i.e. karate, boxing, software development, game design, salsa dancing, etc.), work on your resume, write a draft of your college essay, prepare and sign up for the fall SAT, figure out what colleges you will apply to and obtain their applications, and so much more!

  • Friday, June 11th, 2010: Work Period: Finish the Session Two Booklet for January 2009. For Task III, write the essay, focusing on literary elements and paying close attention to the Task. Use the essay outline to understand the structure/format for Task IIII on the Regents--Task III essay outline. Review the requirements for the Critical Lens Essay (Task IV). Make up any owed HW. How can we prove how to be successful on the Regents by applying strategies for success and preparing for the Task III and Task IV sections of the Regents? PREPARE FOR THE ENGLISH REGENTS (Wednesday, June 16th and Thursday, June 17th at 8:15am!):
  • SAMPLE ENGLISH REGENTS EXAMS
  • Use the following outlines to guide you in writing your four essays (Tasks I and II on the 1st day and Tasks III and IV on the 2nd day): Task I Essay Outline, Task II Essay Outline, Task III essay outline, Task IV Critical Lens Essay Outline.
  • Review the vocabulary lists so you can use them in your writing found HERE.
  • Use this English Regents Exams Strategies and ANOTHER STRATEGIES SHEET to also help you prepare.
  • Wednesday, June 9th, 2010: Work Period: Continue the Session Two Booklet for January 2009. Read aloud and practice these strategies as a class: Annotate in the margins of the passage and the poem, keeping literary elements in mind at all times (the top literary elements to address are characterization, tone, conflict, theme, setting and symbolism). Here are some great literary terms resources: Characterization, Conflict, Dialogue, Imagery, Point of View, Symbol and Tone and a Great Glossary of Fiction (Literary Devices) Terms. Answer the multiple-choice questions. Write the essay, focusing on literary elements and paying close attention to the Task. Use the essay outline to understand the structure/format for Task IIII on the Regents--Task III essay outline. How can we prove how to be successful on the Regents by applying strategies for success and preparing for the Task III section of the Regents? DUE THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 11th:
  • Make up owed HW, including vocabulary stories! All vocabulary lists can be found HERE.

    PREPARE FOR THE ENGLISH REGENTS (Wednesday, June 16th and Thursday, June 17th at 8:15am!):

  • Use the following outlines to guide you in writing your four essays (Tasks I and II on the 1st day and Tasks III and IV on the 2nd day): Task I Essay Outline, Task II Essay Outline, Task III essay outline, Task IV Critical Lens Essay Outline.
  • Review the vocabulary lists so you can use them in your writing found HERE.
  • Use this English Regents Exams Strategies and ANOTHER STRATEGIES SHEET to also help you prepare.
  • Tuesday, June 8th, 2010: 1. Work Period: Continue the Session Two Booklet for January 2009. Read aloud and practice these strategies as a class: Annotate in the margins of the passage and the poem, keeping literary elements in mind at all times (the top literary elements to address are characterization, tone, conflict, theme, setting and symbolism). Here are some great literary terms resources: Characterization, Conflict, Dialogue, Imagery, Point of View, Symbol and Tone and a Great Glossary of Fiction (Literary Devices) Terms. Answer the multiple-choice questions. Write the essay, focusing on literary elements and paying close attention to the Task. Use the essay outline to understand the structure/format for Task IIII on the Regents--Task III essay outline.

    2. Extra Credit Presentations of the following:

  • For a free 100% quiz grade, memorize the first 14 lines of the TO BE OR NOT TO BE SOLILOQUY FROM HAMLET.

  • How can we prove how to be successful on the Regents by applying strategies for success and preparing for the Task III section of the Regents? DUE THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 11th:
  • Make up owed HW, including vocabulary stories! All vocabulary lists can be found HERE.

    PREPARE FOR THE ENGLISH REGENTS (Wednesday, June 16th and Thursday, June 17th at 8:15am!):

  • Use the following outlines to guide you in writing your four essays (Tasks I and II on the 1st day and Tasks III and IV on the 2nd day): Task I Essay Outline, Task II Essay Outline, Task III essay outline, Task IV Critical Lens Essay Outline.
  • Review the vocabulary lists so you can use them in your writing found HERE.
  • Use this English Regents Exams Strategies and ANOTHER STRATEGIES SHEET to also help you prepare.
  • Monday, June 7th, 2010: Work Period: Begin the Session Two Booklet for January 2009. Annotate in the margins of the passage and the poem, keeping literary elements in mind at all times (the top literary elements to address are characterization, tone, conflict, theme, setting and symbolism). Here are some great literary terms resources: Characterization, Conflict, Dialogue, Imagery, Point of View, Symbol and Tone and a Great Glossary of Fiction (Literary Devices) Terms. Answer the multiple-choice questions. Write the essay, focusing on literary elements and paying close attention to the Task. Use the essay outline to understand the structure/format for Task IIII on the Regents--Task III essay outline. How can we prove how to be successful on the Regents by applying strategies for success and preparing for the Task III section of the Regents? EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY DUE TOMORROW, TUESDAY, JUNE 8TH:
  • For a free 100% quiz grade, memorize the first 14 lines of the TO BE OR NOT TO BE SOLILOQUY FROM HAMLET.

    Make up owed HW, including vocabulary stories! All vocabulary lists can be found HERE.

  • Friday, June 4th, 2010: Work Period: Finish the Session One Booklet for August 2008. Annotate in the margins of the passage and graph for Task II. Answer the multiple-choice questions. Write the essays, paying close attention to the Tasks. Use these essay outlines to understand the structure/format for the Task I and Task II essays on the Regents--Task I Essay Outline and Task II Essay Outline How can we prove how to be successful on the Regents by applying strategies for success and preparing for the Task I and Task II sections of the Regents? EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY DUE THIS TUESDAY, JUNE 8TH:
  • For a free 100% quiz grade, memorize the first 14 lines of the TO BE OR NOT TO BE SOLILOQUY FROM HAMLET.

    Make up owed HW, including vocabulary stories! All vocabulary lists can be found HERE.

  • Thursday, June 3rd, 2010: Work Period: Work on finishing the Session One Booklet for August 2008. Annotate in the margins of the passage and graph for Task II. Answer the multiple-choice questions. Write the essays, paying close attention to the Tasks. Use these essay outlines to understand the structure/format for the Task I and Task II essays on the Regents--Task I Essay Outline and Task II Essay Outline How can we prove how to be successful on the Regents by applying strategies for success and preparing for the Task I and Task II sections of the Regents? EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY DUE TUESDAY, JUNE 8TH:
  • For a free 100% quiz grade, memorize the first 14 lines of the TO BE OR NOT TO BE SOLILOQUY FROM HAMLET.

    Make up owed HW, including vocabulary stories! All vocabulary lists can be found HERE.

  • Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010: Work Period: Work on writing the Task I and Task II Essays. Make sure to annotate for the Task II passage and graph. Use these essay outlines to understand the structure/format for the Task I and Task II essays on the Regents--Task I Essay Outline and Task II Essay Outline How can we prove how to be successful on the Regents by applying strategies for success and preparing for the Task I and Task II sections of the Regents? Make up owed HW, including vocabulary stories! All vocabulary lists can be found HERE.
    Tuesday, June 1st, 2010: 1. Do Now: Review listening strategies (who, what, when, where, why and how AND focusing on the task at hand).

    2. ONE MORE READING OF August 2008 Listening Passage. Listen to the passage being read. Take notes. Answer the multiple choice questions, if necessary.

    3. Begin writing the Task I Essay for the listening passage.

    How can we prove how to be successful on the Regents by reviewing strategies for success and preparing for the listening section (Task I)? Make up owed HW, including vocabulary stories! All vocabulary lists can be found HERE.
    Friday, May 28th, 2010: 1. Do Now: Review listening strategies.

    2. August 2008 Listening Passage. Listen to the passage being read 2x. Take notes 2x. Answer the multiple choice questions.

    How can we prove how to be successful on the Regents by reviewing strategies for success and beginning to prepare for the listening section (Task I)? Make up owed HW, including vocabulary stories! All vocabulary lists can be found HERE.
    Thursday, May 27th, 2010: Do Now: Finish review of the components and strategies of the entire Regents Exam. See the English Regents Exam Strategies handout. How can we prove how to be successful on the Regents by reviewing strategies for success? Make up owed HW, including vocabulary stories! All vocabulary lists can be found HERE.
    Wednesday, May 26th, 2010: Do Now: Review the components and strategies of the entire Regents Exam. See the English Regents Exam Strategies handout. How can we prove how to be successful on the Regents by reviewing strategies for success? Make up owed HW, including vocabulary stories! All vocabulary lists can be found HERE.
    Tuesday, May 25th, 2010: CRITICAL LENS ESSAY EXAM ON 1984 and Hamlet How can we prove how to be successful on a Critical Lens Essay? Make up owed HW, including vocabulary stories! All vocabulary lists can be found HERE.
    Monday, May 24th, 2010: 1. Do Now: Discuss and take notes on how literary elements from each work of literature, 1984 and Hamlet, can support the following quotes:
  • "The real hero is always a hero by mistake..."
  • "The bravest of individuals is the one who obeys his or her conscience."
  • "All conflict in literature is, in its simplest form, a struggle between good and evil."
  • "I like flawed characters because somewhere in them I see more of the truth."
  • "In literature, evil often triumphs but never conquers."
  • "A story must be exceptional enough to justify its telling; it must have something more unusual to relate than the ordinary experience of every average man and woman."

    2. Discuss the important points that are essential in composing a successful critical lens essay:

  • Repeat key words from the critical lens quote (let's circle key words in each of the critical lens quotes above)
  • Write a LONG essay (a minimum of 5 paragraphs; each paragraph should be a minimum of 4-6 sentences).
  • Use sophisticated vocabulary
  • Proofread for errors in spelling, punctuation, capitalization
  • Include a lot of evidence from BOTH works of literature to support the quote
  • Always stay focused on the quote!

    3. Q & A for tomorrow's exam

  • How can we effectively prepare for our Critical Lens Essay Exam? DUE TOMORROW, TUESDAY, MAY 25TH:
    EXAM (25% of your grade!) ON 1984 and HAMLET=You will write a critical lens essay in which you connect both 1984 and HAMLET to a given quote. You MUST write a minimum of 5 paragraphs (4-6 sentences for each paragraph). We will go over the requirements in class. Review all of your notes on both 1984 and HAMLET.

    Make up owed HW, including vocabulary stories! All vocabulary lists can be found HERE.

    Friday, May 21st, 2010: 1. Do Now: Copy down the Critical Lens Quotes instructions:
    1.) Interpret the critical lens quote in your own words.
    2.) Agree or disagree with the quote (it's easier to agree!) and explain why.
    3.) Introduce 1984 by George Orwell and Hamlet by William Shakespeare and write that both of these works of literature support your opinion of the quote.
    4.) Introduce two literary elements (such as: theme, conflict, characterization, symbolism, etc.) from 1984 and Hamlet that support the quote. EXAMPLES: Themes in 1984=rebellion, courage, dictatorship, manipulation, and mind control. Conflict in 1984=Winston vs. Big Brother, Characterization in 1984=Winston is characterized as a motivated, rebellious and tired-out man. Symbolism in 1984=Big Brother is a symbol of dictatorship and control and the telescreen is a symbol of privacy invasion. Themes in Hamlet=revenge, betrayal and the uncertainty of death. Conflict in Hamlet=Hamlet vs. Claudius, Hamlet vs. Polonius. Characterization in Hamlet=Hamlet is characterized as depressed, at first, and then he's motivated and vengeful. Symbolism in Hamlet=King Hamlet's ghost is a symbol of revenge, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are symbols of robots or sponges.

    2. Discuss/Share: Discuss and take notes on two literary elements from each work of literature--1984 and Hamlet.

    3. Work Period: Work on a sample critical lens quote, such as the following:

  • "The real hero is always a hero by mistake..."
  • "The bravest of individuals is the one who obeys his or her conscience."
  • "All conflict in literature is, in its simplest form, a struggle between good and evil."
  • "I like flawed characters because somewhere in them I see more of the truth."
  • "In literature, evil often triumphs but never conquers."
  • "A story must be exceptional enough to justify its telling; it must have something more unusual to relate than the ordinary experience of every average man and woman."
  • How can we effectively prepare for our Critical Lens Essay Exam? Make up any owed HW, including vocabulary stories! All vocabulary lists can be found HERE.

    THIS COMING TUESDAY, MAY 25TH:
    EXAM (25% of your grade!) ON 1984 and HAMLET=You will write a critical lens essay in which you connect both 1984 and HAMLET to a given quote. You MUST write a minimum of 5 paragraphs (4-6 sentences for each paragraph). We will go over the requirements in class. Review all of your notes on both 1984 and HAMLET.

    Thursday, May 20th, 2010: 1. Do Now: Read the rest of Act III (the end of Scene IV) of Hamlet. Discuss the following: Hamlet then sees his father's ghost while talking to his mother, and she thinks he's gone insane.

    2. Work Period: Act III Summary. Write at least one long paragraph (6-8 sentences) or one full page (for extra credit).

    3. Discuss/Share: Share your summaries.

    4. HW Reminders: Make up HW and Test on Tuesday

    How can we effectively analyze Act III of Hamlet? Make up any owed HW, including vocabulary stories! All vocabulary lists can be found HERE.

    THIS COMING TUESDAY, MAY 25TH:
    EXAM ON 1984 and HAMLET=You will write a critical lens essay in which you connect both 1984 and HAMLET to a given quote. You MUST write a minimum of 5 paragraphs (4-6 sentences for each paragraph). We will go over the requirements in class. Review all of your notes on both 1984 and HAMLET.

    Wednesday, May 19th, 2010: Do Now: Read the rest of Act III (the end of Scene II, Scene III, and Scene IV) of Hamlet. Discuss the following: Discuss how Hamlet has arranged a play that models his father's murder. Why is this play within the play important to the story? He arranges this play to be seen by the King and Queen so he can observe Claudius' reaction and reveal his guilt. Hamlet only trusts Horatio, so he confides in him about his plan--the play and the revelation of Claudius' guilt. Hamlet doesn't trust anyone else--Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, Polonius, Claudius, his mother Gertrude, Ophelia. He prepares to meet with his mother, as he has been requested ("I will speak daggers to her but use none"). In Scene III, Claudius reveals his guilt to the audience and Hamlet overhears. Hamlet contemplates killing Claudius at this moment, but decides against it because he is praying and he would be sent up to heaven as a result of his repentance. Hamlet decides that he will kill Claudius when he is doing something shameful, like drinking, swearing or having sex with his mother. In Scene IV, Hamlet meets with his mother and kills Polonius (who was spying on them) because Hamlet thinks he's Claudius. Hamlet doesn't take this killing seriously. Hamlet has become his enemy (Claudius)--a murderer! Hamlet then sees his father's ghost while talking to his mother, and she thinks he's gone insane. How can we effectively analyze Act III of Hamlet? Make up any owed HW, including vocabulary stories! All vocabulary lists can be found HERE.

    NEXT TUESDAY, MAY 25TH:
    EXAM ON 1984 and HAMLET=You will write a critical lens essay in which you connect both 1984 and HAMLET to a given quote. You MUST write a minimum of 5 paragraphs (4-6 sentences for each paragraph). We will go over the requirements in class. Review all of your notes on both 1984 and HAMLET.

    Tuesday, May 18th, 2010: Do Now: Read Act III Scene II of Hamlet. Discuss the following: Discuss how Hamlet has arranged a play that models his father's murder. What are his plans? How does he make these arrangements? Why is this play within the play important to the story? He arranges this play to be seen by the King and Queen so he can observe Claudius' reaction and reveal his guilt. Hamlet only trusts Horatio, so he confides in him about his plan--the play and the revelation of Claudius' guilt. How can we effectively analyze Act III Scene II of Hamlet? Make up any owed HW, including vocabulary stories! All vocabulary lists can be found HERE.
    Monday, May 17th, 2010: 1. Do Now: Vocabulary List #11 Quiz. Turn in Story #11.

    2. Work Period: If you did not complete Story #11, write it at this time. Make up any vocabulary stories you may owe.

    How can we effectively improve our vocabulary/language skills? Make up any owed HW, including vocabulary stories!
    Friday, May 14th, 2010: 1. Do Now: Finish reading Act III Scene I of Hamlet. Discuss the following: How would you describe the relationship between Hamlet and Ophelia now? Why is Hamlet being so cruel to Ophelia? Why does he repeat "get thee to a nunnery"? What's the signficance of the last two lines of the play, said by Claudius: "It shall be so. Madness in great ones must not unwatched go"?

    2. Work Period: Write a diary entry for your favorite character. Write a minimum of one paragraph (4 sentences or more). One page is recommended.

    How can we effectively analyze Act III Scene I of Hamlet? DUE THIS MONDAY, MAY 17th:
  • List #11 QUIZ--YOUR LAST QUIZ!
  • Vocabulary #11 STORY--YOUR LAST VOCABULARY STORY (it can be on anything--Hamlet, Shakespeare, your life, teenagers in America, news, celebrities, etc.). Again, remember, you MUST use ALL of the words from the list correctly in the story. You must underline the words in your story. Your story should be two pages, handwritten, OR one page, typed. You must include a proper heading (your name, the date, my name, and the course name/period). You must write Story #11 for the title. Use proper spelling, punctuation, capitalization.
  • Thursday, May 13th, 2010: 1. Do Now: Continue reading Act II Scene II and the beginning of Act III Scene I of Hamlet. Discuss the following: The characterization of Polonius and what we can anticipate from his character later in the play, the relationships between Polonius and Laertes and Polonius and Ophelia and the class structure that creates some characters in authoritative positions and others in inferior positions. How does status affect the play? How does Hamlet reveal his shrewdness and sharp intellect (refer to the arrangement of the play to reveal Claudius's guilt)? Why is the "To Be or Not to Be" soliloquy so important? What's the message of this famous soliloquy?

    2. Discuss/Analyze: Discuss and take notes on Act II Scene II of Hamlet.

    3. If time allows, begin a one-page freewrite summary on Act II.

    How can we effectively analyze Act II Scene II of Hamlet? DUE THIS MONDAY, MAY 17th:
  • List #11 QUIZ
  • Vocabulary #11 STORY (it can be on anything--Hamlet, Shakespeare, your life, teenagers in America, news, celebrities, etc.). Again, remember, you MUST use ALL of the words from the list correctly in the story. You must underline the words in your story. Your story should be two pages, handwritten, OR one page, typed. You must include a proper heading (your name, the date, my name, and the course name/period). You must write Story #11 for the title. Use proper spelling, punctuation, capitalization.
  • Wednesday, May 12th, 2010: 1. Do Now: Finish your freewrite of one page on Act I of Hamlet. Include the events, characterization of characters, foreshadowing, and connections between the play Hamlet and Shakespeare's life and times in Act I of Hamlet. Turn it in for a grade!

    2. Read-Aloud/Note-Taking: Begin reading Act II Scenes I and II of Hamlet. Discuss the following: The characterization of Polonius and what we can anticipate from his character later in the play, the relationships between Polonius and Laertes and Polonius and Ophelia and the class structure that creates some characters in authoritative positions and others in inferior positions. How does status affect the play? How does Hamlet reveal his shrewdness and sharp intellect (refer to the arrangement of the play to reveal Claudius's guilt)?

    How can we effectively analyze Act I and Act II Scenes I and II of Hamlet? DUE NEXT MONDAY, MAY 17th:
  • List #11 QUIZ
  • Vocabulary #11 STORY (it can be on anything--Hamlet, Shakespeare, your life, teenagers in America, news, celebrities, etc.). Again, remember, you MUST use ALL of the words from the list correctly in the story. You must underline the words in your story. Your story should be two pages, handwritten, OR one page, typed. You must include a proper heading (your name, the date, my name, and the course name/period). You must write Story #11 for the title. Use proper spelling, punctuation, capitalization.
  • Tuesday, May 11th, 2010: 1. Do Now: Finish reading Scene V of Act I of Hamlet. Take notes and answer the following questions: What important "truths" does the ghost reveal to Hamlet? How does the ghost feel about Queen Gertrude? How does Hamlet feel about King Claudius and Queen Gertrude? What religious references are used and for what purpose? Why is the ending of Act I important? Refer to Hamlet's newfound mission/goal in life in the quote: "The time is out of joint. O cursed spite, that ever I was born to set it right!"

    2. Work Period: Freewrite two pages on the events, characterization of characters, foreshadowing, and connections between the play Hamlet and Shakespeare's life and times in Act I of Hamlet. Turn it in for a grade!

    How can we effectively analyze Act I of Hamlet? DUE NEXT MONDAY, MAY 17th:
  • List #11 QUIZ
  • Vocabulary #11 STORY (it can be on anything--Hamlet, Shakespeare, your life, teenagers in America, news, celebrities, etc.). Again, remember, you MUST use ALL of the words from the list correctly in the story. You must underline the words in your story. Your story should be two pages, handwritten, OR one page, typed. You must include a proper heading (your name, the date, my name, and the course name/period). You must write Story #11 for the title. Use proper spelling, punctuation, capitalization.
  • Monday, May 10th, 2010: 1. Do Now: Quiz on List #10. Turn in Story #10.

    2. Introduce our final vocabulary list--List #11.

    How can we effectively improve our vocabulary/language skills? DUE NEXT MONDAY, MAY 17th:
  • List #11 QUIZ
  • Vocabulary #11 STORY (it can be on anything--your life, teenagers in America, news, celebrities, etc.). Again, remember, you MUST use ALL of the words from the list correctly in the story. You must underline the words in your story. Your story should be two pages, handwritten, OR one page, typed. You must include a proper heading (your name, the date, my name, and the course name/period). You must write Story #11 for the title. Use proper spelling, punctuation, capitalization.
  • Friday, May 7th, 2010: Do Now: Continue reading Scenes III, IV and V of Act I of Hamlet. Take notes and answer the following questions: What's evidence of the fractured relationship between Claudius and Hamlet? What's evidence of the fractured relationship between Queen Gertrude and Hamlet? What's Laertes's advice to his sister Ophelia? What's Polonius's advice to his son Laertes? How does the audience know that Hamlet is feeling depressed and having low self worth? What important "truths" does the ghost reveal to Hamlet? How does the ghost feel about Queen Gertrude? What religious references are used and for what purpose? How can we effectively analyze Act I of Hamlet? DUE THIS MONDAY, MAY 10th:
  • List #10 QUIZ
  • Vocabulary #10 STORY (it can be on anything--your life, teenagers in America, news, celebrities, etc.). Again, remember, you MUST use ALL of the words from the list correctly in the story. You must underline the words in your story. Your story should be two pages, handwritten, OR one page, typed. You must include a proper heading (your name, the date, my name, and the course name/period). You must write Story #10 for the title. Use proper spelling, punctuation, capitalization.
  • Thursday, May 6th, 2010: Do Now: Continue reading Scene II of Act I of Hamlet. Take notes and answer the following questions: Why has the ghost of King Hamlet appeared? What can we expect in the scenes to come? How do we characterize Claudius? How do we characterize young Hamlet? How are these opening scenes typical of Shakespeare's style and time period? What are the audience's first impressions of Gertrude (look at her first words in Scene II)? What's evidence of the fractured relationship between Claudius and Hamlet? What's evidence of the fractured relationship between Queen Gertrude and Hamlet? How does Hamlet's (and Shakespeare's) misogyny reveal itself in Act I? What's Laertes's advice to his sister Ophelia? What's Polonius's advice to his son Laertes? How does the audience know that Hamlet is feeling depressed and having low self worth? Why would the audience suspect the ghost is not trustworthy? What important "truths" does the ghost reveal to Hamlet? How does the ghost feel about Queen Gertrude? What religious references are used and for what purpose? How can we effectively analyze Act I of Hamlet? DUE THIS MONDAY, MAY 10th:
  • List #10 QUIZ
  • Vocabulary #10 STORY (it can be on anything--your life, teenagers in America, news, celebrities, etc.). Again, remember, you MUST use ALL of the words from the list correctly in the story. You must underline the words in your story. Your story should be two pages, handwritten, OR one page, typed. You must include a proper heading (your name, the date, my name, and the course name/period). You must write Story #10 for the title. Use proper spelling, punctuation, capitalization.
  • Wednesday, May 5th, 2010: 1. Do Now: Read the introductory scene of Act I of Hamlet. Why has the ghost of King Hamlet appeared? What can we expect in the scenes to come? How do we characterize Claudius? How do we characterize young Hamlet? How are these opening scenes typical of Shakespeare's style and time period? What are the audience's first impressions of Gertrude (look at her first words in Scene II)? What's evidence of the fractured relationship between Claudius and Hamlet? What's evidence of the fractured relationship between Queen Gertrude and Hamlet? How does Hamlet's (and Shakespeare's) misogyny reveal itself in Act I? What's Laertes's advice to his sister Ophelia? What's Polonius's advice to his son Laertes? How does the audience know that Hamlet is feeling depressed and having low self worth? Why would the audience suspect the ghost is not trustworthy? What important "truths" does the ghost reveal to Hamlet? How does the ghost feel about Queen Gertrude? What religious references are used and for what purpose?

    2. Work Period: Begin the Act I Journal. A character journal entry is a "dear diary" in which you write as if you are a character in the play, Hamlet. Each journal entry should be a minimum of 300 words (that's about 2 handwritten pages or 1 typed page). It is recommended that you put journal entries in your notebook. The journal entry should have the character's name at the top. For example, "Gertrude'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.

    How can we effectively begin Act I of Hamlet? DUE NEXT MONDAY, MAY 10th:
  • List #10 QUIZ
  • Vocabulary #10 STORY (it can be on anything--your life, teenagers in America, news, celebrities, etc.). Again, remember, you MUST use ALL of the words from the list correctly in the story. You must underline the words in your story. Your story should be two pages, handwritten, OR one page, typed. You must include a proper heading (your name, the date, my name, and the course name/period). You must write Story #10 for the title. Use proper spelling, punctuation, capitalization.
  • Tuesday, May 4th, 2010: 1. Do Now: Note-taking on Shakespeare--his life and times, iambic pentameter and Hamlet predictions.

    2. 1984 EXAM on Parts II and III returns.

    How can we acquire Shakespeare and Hamlet background information? DUE NEXT MONDAY, MAY 10th:
  • List #10 QUIZ
  • Vocabulary #10 STORY (it can be on anything--your life, teenagers in America, news, celebrities, etc.). Again, remember, you MUST use ALL of the words from the list correctly in the story. You must underline the words in your story. Your story should be two pages, handwritten, OR one page, typed. You must include a proper heading (your name, the date, my name, and the course name/period). You must write Story #10 for the title. Use proper spelling, punctuation, capitalization.
  • Monday, May 3rd, 2010: 1. Do Now: Quiz on List #9. Turn in Story #9.

    2. Introduce List #10.

    How can we improve our vocabulary/language skills? DUE NEXT MONDAY, MAY 10th:
  • List #10 QUIZ
  • Vocabulary #10 STORY (it can be on anything--your life, teenagers in America, news, celebrities, etc.). Again, remember, you MUST use ALL of the words from the list correctly in the story. You must underline the words in your story. Your story should be two pages, handwritten, OR one page, typed. You must include a proper heading (your name, the date, my name, and the course name/period). You must write Story #10 for the title. Use proper spelling, punctuation, capitalization.
  • Friday, April 30th, 2010: 1. Do Now: Review the answers to the 1984 EXAM ON PARTS II AND III

    2. Work Period: Work on Story #9. Study List #9.

    How can we prove our knowledge and study of Parts II and III in 1984? DUE THIS MONDAY, MAY 3RD:
  • List #9 QUIZ
  • Vocabulary #9 STORY (it can be on anything--your life, teenagers in America, news, celebrities, etc.). Again, remember, you MUST use ALL of the words from the list correctly in the story. You must underline the words in your story. Your story should be two pages, handwritten, OR one page, typed. You must include a proper heading (your name, the date, my name, and the course name/period). You must write Story #9 for the title. Use proper spelling, punctuation, capitalization.
  • Thursday, April 29th, 2010: 1984 EXAM ON PARTS II AND III How can we prove our knowledge and study of Parts II and III in 1984? DUE THIS MONDAY, MAY 3RD:
  • List #9 QUIZ
  • Vocabulary #9 STORY (it can be on anything--your life, teenagers in America, news, celebrities, etc.). Again, remember, you MUST use ALL of the words from the list correctly in the story. You must underline the words in your story. Your story should be two pages, handwritten, OR one page, typed. You must include a proper heading (your name, the date, my name, and the course name/period). You must write Story #9 for the title. Use proper spelling, punctuation, capitalization.

    1984 MOVIE SHOWING TOMORROW AT 2PM IN MY ROOM (232)! FREE POPCORN, CANDY, VANILLA WAFERS, AND JUICE!

  • Wednesday, April 28th, 2010: 1. Do Now: Finish review of the 1984 Parts II and III Exam Review Questions, using the novel. See key pages to better understand each question on the review sheet. O'Brien (pp. 244-245; 250); doublethink (p. 247); Winston (p. 270); Room 101 (p. 283); Winston betrays Julia to save himself from the rats (p. 286); Winston's released (p. 287); the ending--Winston and Julia are frozen robots, obeying and loving Big Brother (pp. 287-297)

    2. Work Period: Read and review for tomorrow's EXAM!

    3. HW Reminders

    How can we prepare for our upcoming exam on Parts II and III in 1984? TOMORROW, THURSDAY, APRIL 29TH:
  • EXAM ON PARTS II AND III OF 1984 (25% of 3rd marking period grade). Use the 1984 Parts II and III Exam Review Questions to guide you in your study. Also, study your post-its and how the pursuit of happiness is revealed in Parts II and III, as well as your class notes.

    DUE THIS MONDAY, MAY 3RD:

  • List #9 QUIZ
  • Vocabulary #9 STORY (it can be on anything--your life, teenagers in America, news, celebrities, etc.). Again, remember, you MUST use ALL of the words from the list correctly in the story. You must underline the words in your story. Your story should be two pages, handwritten, OR one page, typed. You must include a proper heading (your name, the date, my name, and the course name/period). You must write Story #9 for the title. Use proper spelling, punctuation, capitalization.
  • Tuesday, April 27th, 2010: 1. Do Now: Answer the 1984 Parts II and III Exam Review Questions, using the novel. Make up the List #8 Quiz, if necessary.

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

    3. HW Reminders

    How can we prepare for our upcoming exam on Parts II and III in 1984? THIS THURSDAY, APRIL 29TH:
  • EXAM ON PARTS II AND III OF 1984 (25% of 3rd marking period grade). Use the 1984 Parts II and III Exam Review Questions to guide you in your study. Also, study your post-its and how the pursuit of happiness is revealed in Parts II and III, as well as your class notes.

    DUE NEXT MONDAY, MAY 3RD:

  • List #9 QUIZ
  • Vocabulary #9 STORY (it can be on anything--your life, teenagers in America, news, celebrities, etc.). Again, remember, you MUST use ALL of the words from the list correctly in the story. You must underline the words in your story. Your story should be two pages, handwritten, OR one page, typed. You must include a proper heading (your name, the date, my name, and the course name/period). You must write Story #9 for the title. Use proper spelling, punctuation, capitalization.
  • Monday, April 26th, 2010: 1. Do Now: List #8 Quiz. Turn in your Story #8.

    2. Discuss/Share: Introduce List #9.

    3. HW Reminders

    How can we improve our vocabulary/language skills? THIS THURSDAY, APRIL 29TH:
  • EXAM ON PARTS II AND III OF 1984 (25% of 3rd marking period grade).

    DUE NEXT MONDAY, MAY 3RD:

  • List #9 QUIZ
  • Vocabulary #9 STORY (it can be on anything--your life, teenagers in America, news, celebrities, etc.). Again, remember, you MUST use ALL of the words from the list correctly in the story. You must underline the words in your story. Your story should be two pages, handwritten, OR one page, typed. You must include a proper heading (your name, the date, my name, and the course name/period). You must write Story #9 for the title. Use proper spelling, punctuation, capitalization.
  • Friday, April 23rd, 2010--Happy Birthday Shakespeare!: 1. Do Now: Read the "In Washington, Thousands Stage Protest Against Big Government" article taken from The New York Times. Answer the following questions: Is our American government turning into the government in 1984? Explain your opinion, based on the article. How can we prevent our own society from turning into the 1984 society? Turn in any owed HW and the Part III 15 post-its for 1984!

    2. Discuss/Share: Discuss the article and the questions/answers in the Do Now.

    3. Reading of Sonnet 18 and eating of cookies and juice to commemorate Shakespeare's birthday.

    How can we make worldly connections to 1984? DUE THIS MONDAY, APRIL 26TH:
  • Vocabulary #8 QUIZ
  • Vocabulary #8 STORY (it can be on anything--your life, life at ITHS, teenagers in America, 1984, etc.). Again, remember, you MUST use ALL of the words from the list correctly in the story. You must underline the words in your story. Your story should be two pages, handwritten, OR one page, typed. You must include a proper heading (your name, the date, my name, and the course name/period). You must write Story #8 for the title. Use proper spelling, punctuation, capitalization.

    NEXT THURSDAY, APRIL 29TH:

  • EXAM ON PARTS II AND III OF 1984 (25% of 3rd marking period grade).
  • Thursday, April 22nd, 2010: 1. Do Now: What was George Orwell's purpose in writing his novel? Was it to entertain, persuade or inform? Find evidence in the novel to support your claims. What would George Orwell think of our present-day world?

    2. Discuss/Analyze: Discuss students' answers to the Do Now questions. How can we prevent our own society from turning into the 1984 society?

    How can we understand the author's purpose and make worldly connections in 1984? DUE TOMORROW FRIDAY, APRIL 23RD:
  • TURN IN ALL OWED HW (vocabulary stories and post-its!)--it's the last day of the 2nd marking period!
  • FINISH 1984! Read Part III (chapters 1-6). Compose 15 post-its (5 post-its for every two chapters) that reveal how characters pursue happiness and how they're prevented from achieving happiness. EXAM COMING NEXT WEEK--THURSDAY, APRIL 29TH.

    DUE THIS MONDAY, APRIL 26TH:

  • Vocabulary #8 QUIZ
  • Vocabulary #8 STORY (it can be about ANY topic (some suggestions include: a day in your life, your future, life at ITHS, your friends, or 1984). Again, remember, you MUST use ALL of the words from the list correctly in the story. You must underline the words in your story. Your story should be two pages, handwritten, OR one page, typed. You must include a proper heading (your name, the date, my name, and the course name/period). You must write Story #8 for the title. Use proper spelling, punctuation, capitalization.

  • Wednesday, April 21st, 2010: 1. Do Now: Read Part III of 1984 and work on the 15 post-its and any post-its you owe!

    2. Discuss/Analyze: Review the Part I Exam. Add to the chart paper regarding your strengths and areas needing improvement in your writing.

    How can we improve on our reading and writing skills in regard to the critical lens of the Regents Exam? DUE THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 23RD:
  • FINISH 1984! Read Part III (chapters 1-6). Compose 15 post-its (5 post-its for every two chapters) that reveal how characters pursue happiness and how they're prevented from achieving happiness. EXAM COMING NEXT WEEK--WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28TH.

    DUE NEXT MONDAY, APRIL 26TH:

  • Vocabulary #8 QUIZ
  • Vocabulary #8 STORY (it can be about ANY topic (some suggestions include: a day in your life, your future, life at ITHS, your friends, or 1984). Again, remember, you MUST use ALL of the words from the list correctly in the story. You must underline the words in your story. Your story should be two pages, handwritten, OR one page, typed. You must include a proper heading (your name, the date, my name, and the course name/period). You must write Story #8 for the title. Use proper spelling, punctuation, capitalization.

  • Tuesday, April 20th, 2010: 1. Do Now: Poster-making, using the slogans/catch-phrases from 1984! Decorate the room with the posters and streamers. Show your blue clothing HW!

    2. Work Period: Learn the Michigan Fight Song!

    3. Exercises

    4. Two Minutes Hate (enemy=bad student)

    5. Reflections: How did you feel living in the world of 1984?

    How can we enact a 1984 world through visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning? DUE THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 23RD:
  • FINISH 1984! Read Part III (chapters 1-6). Compose 15 post-its (5 post-its for every two chapters) that reveal how characters pursue happiness and how they're prevented from achieving happiness. EXAM COMING NEXT WEEK--WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28TH.

    DUE NEXT MONDAY, APRIL 26TH:

  • Vocabulary #8 QUIZ
  • Vocabulary #8 STORY (it can be about ANY topic (some suggestions include: a day in your life, your future, life at ITHS, your friends, or 1984). Again, remember, you MUST use ALL of the words from the list correctly in the story. You must underline the words in your story. Your story should be two pages, handwritten, OR one page, typed. You must include a proper heading (your name, the date, my name, and the course name/period). You must write Story #8 for the title. Use proper spelling, punctuation, capitalization.

  • Monday, April 19th, 2010: 1. Do Now: Vocabulary List #7 QUIZ

    2. Work Period: Read over Vocabulary List #8 OR work on 1984 essay exam (those students who need to do this!) OR read 1984 and make up HW!

    How can we improve our vocabulary skills? DUE TOMORROW:
  • Wear all blue (yes, this is a homework assignment!) in honor of 1984. We will have 1984 activities tomorrow: we will put up banners and streamers, make posters, listen to marching band/patriotic music and learn a fight song, practice exercises, and do a Two Minutes Hate.

    DUE THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 23RD:

  • FINISH 1984! Read Part III (chapters 1-6). Compose 15 post-its (5 post-its for every two chapters) that reveal how characters pursue happiness and how they're prevented from achieving happiness. EXAM COMING NEXT WEEK--WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28TH.

    DUE NEXT MONDAY, APRIL 26TH:

  • Vocabulary #8 QUIZ
  • Vocabulary #8 STORY (it can be about ANY topic (some suggestions include: a day in your life, your future, life at ITHS, your friends, or 1984). Again, remember, you MUST use ALL of the words from the list correctly in the story. You must underline the words in your story. Your story should be two pages, handwritten, OR one page, typed. You must include a proper heading (your name, the date, my name, and the course name/period). You must write Story #8 for the title. Use proper spelling, punctuation, capitalization.

  • Friday, April 16th, 2010: 1. Do Now: With your assigned partner, share your interpretation of your given quote taken from Part II of 1984 (see quotes below). How is this quote important to the story? What do you learn about the speaker? About other characters?
  • Chapter I: At the sight of the words I love you the desire to stay alive had welled up in him, and the taking of minor risks suddenly seemed stupid (narrator, p. 109).
  • Chapter II: Their embrace had been a battle, the climax a victory. It was a blow struck against the Party. It was a political act (narrator, p. 126).
  • Chapter III: “When you make love, you’re using up energy; and afterwards you feel happy and don’t give a damn for anything. They can’t bear you to feel like that. They want you to be bursting with energy all the time. All this marching up and down and cheering and waving flags is simply sex gone sour (Julia, p. 133).
  • Chapter IV: “I’m going to get hold of a real woman’s frock from somewhere and wear it instead of these bloody trousers. I’ll wear silk stockings and high-heeled shoes! In this room I’m going to be a woman, not a Party comrade” (Julia, p. 143).
  • Chapter V: Squads of volunteers, organized by Parsons, were preparing the street for Hate Week, stitching banners, painting posters, erecting flagstaffs on the roofs, and perilously slinging wires across the street for the reception of streamers (narrator, p. 148).
  • Chapter VI: He had the sensation of stepping into the dampness of a grave, and it was not much better because he had always known that the grave was there and waiting for him (narrator, p. 159).
  • Chapter VII: “The can’t get inside of you. If you can feel that staying human is worthwhile, even when it can’t have any result whatever, you’ve beaten them” (Winston, p. 166).
  • Chapter VIII: “The Brotherhood cannot be wiped out because it is not an organization in the ordinary sense. Nothing holds it together except an idea which is indestructible. You will never have anything to sustain you except the idea” (O’Brien, p. 176).
  • Chapter IX: The next moment there was a tremendous commotion. The banners and posters with which the square was decorated were all wrong! Quite half of them had the wrong faces on them. It was sabotage! The agents of Goldstein had been at work! (narrator, p. 181).
  • Chapter X: Out of their bodies no child would ever come. That was the one thing they could never do. Only by word of mouth, from mind to mind, could they pass on the secret (narrator, p. 219)

    *Take notes on your classmates' interpretations and the quotes' significance to the story.

    2. Work Period: Work on Vocabulary List #7 Story (due Monday!) and study for the quiz.

  • How can we examine significant quotes and understand their importance in Part II of 1984? DUE THIS MONDAY, APRIL 19TH:
  • Vocabulary #7 QUIZ
  • Vocabulary #7 STORY (it can be about ANY topic (some suggestions include: a day in your life, your future, life at ITHS, your friends, or 1984). Again, remember, you MUST use ALL of the words from the list correctly in the story. You must underline the words in your story. Your story should be two pages, handwritten, OR one page, typed. You must include a proper heading (your name, the date, my name, and the course name/period). You must write Story #7 for the title. Use proper spelling, punctuation, capitalization.

    DUE FRIDAY, APRIL 23RD:

  • FINISH 1984! Read Part III (chapters 1-6). Compose 15 post-its (5 post-its for every two chapters) that reveal how characters pursue happiness and how they're prevented from achieving happiness. EXAM COMING.
  • Thursday, April 15th, 2010: 1. Do Now: With your assigned partner, interpret your given quote taken from Part II of 1984 (see quotes below). How is this quote important to the story? What do you learn about the speaker? About other characters?
  • Chapter I: At the sight of the words I love you the desire to stay alive had welled up in him, and the taking of minor risks suddenly seemed stupid (narrator, p. 109).
  • Chapter II: Their embrace had been a battle, the climax a victory. It was a blow struck against the Party. It was a political act (narrator, p. 126).
  • Chapter III: “When you make love, you’re using up energy; and afterwards you feel happy and don’t give a damn for anything. They can’t bear you to feel like that. They want you to be bursting with energy all the time. All this marching up and down and cheering and waving flags is simply sex gone sour (Julia, p. 133).
  • Chapter IV: “I’m going to get hold of a real woman’s frock from somewhere and wear it instead of these bloody trousers. I’ll wear silk stockings and high-heeled shoes! In this room I’m going to be a woman, not a Party comrade” (Julia, p. 143).
  • Chapter V: Squads of volunteers, organized by Parsons, were preparing the street for Hate Week, stitching banners, painting posters, erecting flagstaffs on the roofs, and perilously slinging wires across the street for the reception of streamers (narrator, p. 148).
  • Chapter VI: He had the sensation of stepping into the dampness of a grave, and it was not much better because he had always known that the grave was there and waiting for him (narrator, p. 159).
  • Chapter VII: “The can’t get inside of you. If you can feel that staying human is worthwhile, even when it can’t have any result whatever, you’ve beaten them” (Winston, p. 166).
  • Chapter VIII: “The Brotherhood cannot be wiped out because it is not an organization in the ordinary sense. Nothing holds it together except an idea which is indestructible. You will never have anything to sustain you except the idea” (O’Brien, p. 176).
  • Chapter IX: The next moment there was a tremendous commotion. The banners and posters with which the square was decorated were all wrong! Quite half of them had the wrong faces on them. It was sabotage! The agents of Goldstein had been at work! (narrator, p. 181).
  • Chapter X: Out of their bodies no child would ever come. That was the one thing they could never do. Only by word of mouth, from mind to mind, could they pass on the secret (narrator, p. 219)

    2. Discuss/Share: Share your findings with the class. Take notes on your classmates' interpretations and the quotes' significance to the story.

  • How can we examine significant quotes in Part II of 1984? DUE TOMORROW, FRIDAY, APRIL 16TH:
  • Read Part II of 1984 (chapters 1-10 EXCEPT pp. 184-216). Compose 25 post-its (5 post-its for every two chapters) that reveal how characters pursue happiness and how they're prevented from achieving happiness. DUE NEXT MONDAY, APRIL 19TH:
  • Vocabulary #7 QUIZ
  • Vocabulary #7 STORY (it can be about ANY topic (some suggestions include: a day in your life, your future, life at ITHS, your friends, or 1984). Again, remember, you MUST use ALL of the words from the list correctly in the story. You must underline the words in your story. Your story should be two pages, handwritten, OR one page, typed. You must include a proper heading (your name, the date, my name, and the course name/period). You must write Story #7 for the title. Use proper spelling, punctuation, capitalization.

    DUE FRIDAY, APRIL 23RD:

  • FINISH 1984! Read Part III (chapters 1-6). Compose 15 post-its (5 post-its for every two chapters) that reveal how characters pursue happiness and how they're prevented from achieving happiness. EXAM COMING.
  • Wednesday, April 14th, 2010: 1. Do Now: Read Part II chapters I and II of 1984. Compose 5 post-its on characters pursuing happiness.

    2. Discuss/Share: What makes people fall in love? Answers include: personalities, attraction (magnetic pull), money, similar values and backgrounds, etc. Why do Winston and Julia get together? Answers include: Winston's rebellious nature is very attractive to Julia, therefore she seeks him out. Is it love? Why or why not? Answers include: It may develop into love because they share the same values and belief system. Why doesn't the Party approve? Because the Party only allows its citizens to have love for it, not for each other. How does Winston feel now that he learns Julia loves him? He feels empowered and not alone anymore. How do you think it's meaningful to Winston's mission in the story? It's important because now he has a partner in crime.

    How can we understand the blossoming relationship between Winston and Julia in Part II of 1984? DUE THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 16TH:
  • Read Part II of 1984 (chapters 1-10 EXCEPT pp. 184-216). Compose 25 post-its (5 post-its for every two chapters) that reveal how characters pursue happiness and how they're prevented from achieving happiness. DUE NEXT MONDAY, APRIL 19TH:
  • Vocabulary #7 QUIZ
  • Vocabulary #7 STORY (it can be about ANY topic (some suggestions include: a day in your life, your future, life at ITHS, your friends, or 1984). Again, remember, you MUST use ALL of the words from the list correctly in the story. You must underline the words in your story. Your story should be two pages, handwritten, OR one page, typed. You must include a proper heading (your name, the date, my name, and the course name/period). You must write Story #7 for the title. Use proper spelling, punctuation, capitalization.

    DUE FRIDAY, APRIL 23RD:

  • FINISH 1984! Read Part III (chapters 1-6). Compose 15 post-its (5 post-its for every two chapters) that reveal how characters pursue happiness and how they're prevented from achieving happiness. EXAM COMING.
  • Tuesday, April 13th, 2010: 1. Do Now: Read Part II chapters I and II of 1984. Compose 5 post-its on characters pursuing happiness.

    2. Discuss/Share: How does Winston feel now that he learns Julia loves him? How do you think it's meaningful to Winston's mission in the story?

    How can we improve our reading skills and study of Part II of 1984? DUE THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 16TH:
  • Read Part II of 1984 (chapters 1-10 EXCEPT pp. 184-216). Compose 25 post-its (5 post-its for every two chapters) that reveal how characters pursue happiness and how they're prevented from achieving happiness. DUE NEXT MONDAY, APRIL 19TH:
  • Vocabulary #7 QUIZ
  • Vocabulary #7 STORY (it can be about ANY topic (some suggestions include: a day in your life, your future, life at ITHS, your friends, or 1984). Again, remember, you MUST use ALL of the words from the list correctly in the story. You must underline the words in your story. Your story should be two pages, handwritten, OR one page, typed. You must include a proper heading (your name, the date, my name, and the course name/period). You must write Story #7 for the title. Use proper spelling, punctuation, capitalization.

    DUE FRIDAY, APRIL 23RD:

  • FINISH 1984! Read Part III (chapters 1-6). Compose 15 post-its (5 post-its for every two chapters) that reveal how characters pursue happiness and how they're prevented from achieving happiness. EXAM COMING.
  • Monday, April 12th, 2010: 1. Do Now: Quiz on List #6. Turn in Story #6 (HW due today).

    2. Discuss/Share: Introduce List #7.

    How can we improve our lexicon for the English Regents and the SAT? DUE THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 16TH:
  • Read Part II of 1984 (chapters 1-10 EXCEPT pp. 184-216). Compose 25 post-its (5 post-its for every two chapters) that reveal how characters pursue happiness and how they're prevented from achieving happiness. DUE NEXT MONDAY, APRIL 19TH:
  • Vocabulary #7 QUIZ
  • Vocabulary #7 STORY (it can be about ANY topic (some suggestions include: a day in your life, your future, life at ITHS, your friends, or 1984). Again, remember, you MUST use ALL of the words from the list correctly in the story. You must underline the words in your story. Your story should be two pages, handwritten, OR one page, typed. You must include a proper heading (your name, the date, my name, and the course name/period). You must write Story #7 for the title. Use proper spelling, punctuation, capitalization.

    DUE FRIDAY, APRIL 23RD:

  • FINISH 1984! Read Part III (chapters 1-6). Compose 15 post-its (5 post-its for every two chapters) that reveal how characters pursue happiness and how they're prevented from achieving happiness. EXAM COMING.
  • Friday, April 9th, 2010: 1. Do Now: Introduce List #6.

    2. Work Period: Work on Story #6 and other owed HW.

    How can we effectively improve our vocabulary and prepare for our upcoming quiz on list #6? DUE THIS MONDAY, APRIL 12TH:
  • Vocabulary #6 QUIZ
  • Vocabulary #6 STORY (it can be about ANY topic (some suggestions include: a day in your life, your future, life at ITHS, your friends, or 1984). Again, remember, you MUST use ALL of the words from the list correctly in the story. You must underline the words in your story. Your story should be two pages, handwritten, OR one page, typed. You must include a proper heading (your name, the date, my name, and the course name/period). You must write Story #6 for the title. Use proper spelling, punctuation, capitalization.

    DUE NEXT FRIDAY, APRIL 16TH:

  • Read Part II of 1984 (chapters 1-10 EXCEPT pp. 184-216). Compose 25 post-its (5 post-its for every two chapters) that reveal how characters pursue happiness and how they're prevented from achieving happiness.

    DUE FRIDAY, APRIL 23RD:

  • FINISH 1984! Read Part III (chapters 1-6). Compose 15 post-its (5 post-its for every two chapters) that reveal how characters pursue happiness and how they're prevented from achieving happiness. EXAM COMING.
  • Thursday, April 8th, 2010: CRITICAL LENS ESSAY EXAM ON PART I OF 1984 How can we effectively prove our understanding of Part I of 1984? DUE MONDAY, APRIL 12TH:
  • Vocabulary #6 QUIZ
  • Vocabulary #6 STORY (it can be about ANY topic (some suggestions include: a day in your life, your future, life at ITHS, your friends, or 1984). Again, remember, you MUST use ALL of the words from the list correctly in the story. You must underline the words in your story. Your story should be two pages, handwritten, OR one page, typed. You must include a proper heading (your name, the date, my name, and the course name/period). You must write Story #6 for the title. Use proper spelling, punctuation, capitalization.

    DUE NEXT FRIDAY, APRIL 16TH:

  • Read Part II of 1984 (chapters 1-10 EXCEPT pp. 184-216). Compose 25 post-its (5 post-its for every two chapters) that reveal how characters pursue happiness and how they're prevented from achieving happiness.

    DUE FRIDAY, APRIL 23RD:

  • FINISH 1984! Read Part III (chapters 1-6). Compose 15 post-its (5 post-its for every two chapters) that reveal how characters pursue happiness and how they're prevented from achieving happiness. EXAM COMING.
  • Wednesday, April 7th, 2010--Welcome Back!: 1. Do Now: Make a list of pro's and con's of the 1984 society. Half the class will be writing the pro list and the other half will write the con list. This will be debated later! While students are working on this Do Now, others will be called up individually to show their 20 post-its for Part I and any other owed HW.

    2. Discuss/Share: Discuss/Debate the pro and con lists! Review the rest of Part I. Focus on the following:

  • Why does Winston say "If there is hope, it lies in the proles"? (p. 69)
  • Why is it important that the Party makes its citizens believe that 2+2=5? (p. 80)
  • What was the proles' principal reason for remaining alive and how did this reason promote their ignorance? (p. 85)
  • What does Winston learn when he goes to the town of the proles? (pp. 86-100)
  • Who said "we shall meet in the place where there is no darkness" and what does it mean? (pp. 103-104)

    3. HW Reminders: Prepare for tomorrow's critical lens essay exam components and grading rubric. Distribute Vocabulary List #6.

  • How can we effectively evaluate the essence of Part I of 1984? PART I EXAM ON 1984 TOMORROW, THURSDAY, APRIL 8TH:
  • This will be an in-class essay exam (50% of your 2nd marking period grade!). It will test your knowledge of Part I and your study/analysis of the theme of "pursuit of happiness." You should know how characters pursue happiness and how they are prevented from happiness under the authority of Big Brother. You should use your post-its, vocabulary stories (see all of my teacher comments!), and in-class notes to guide you in studying!

    DUE MONDAY, APRIL 12TH:

  • Vocabulary #6 QUIZ
  • Vocabulary #6 STORY (it MUST be on 1984). Again, remember, you MUST use ALL of the words from the list correctly in the story. You must underline the words in your story. Your story should be two pages, handwritten, OR one page, typed. You must include a proper heading (your name, the date, my name, and the course name/period). You must write Story #6 for the title. Use proper spelling, punctuation, capitalization.

    DUE NEXT FRIDAY, APRIL 16TH:

  • Read Part II of 1984 (chapters 1-10 EXCEPT pp. 184-216). Compose 25 post-its (5 post-its for every two chapters) that reveal how characters pursue happiness and how they're prevented from achieving happiness.

    DUE FRIDAY, APRIL 23RD:

  • FINISH 1984! Read Part III (chapters 1-6). Compose 15 post-its (5 post-its for every two chapters) that reveal how characters pursue happiness and how they're prevented from achieving happiness. EXAM COMING.
  • Friday, March 26th, 2010: 1. Do Now: Finish creating a Top Ten List of the top ten laws that exist in 1984 that also exist today. Here are some suggestions: 1.) telescreen monitoring their every move=video cameras in subways, buses, schools, department stores, snapgrades!, etc., 2.) children taught to be spies="if you see something, say something"--mantra repeated in subways/buses to encourage citizens to spy on each other, 3.) fear/hatred toward "enemies of the state, foreigners, traitors, etc." (p. 24)=fear/hatred toward terrorists, both at home and abroad, 4.) Pro-War (p. 32-"Winston could not remember a time when his country had not been at war..")=War with Iraq and Terrorism, 5.) Focus on entertainment (drama, music, porn, astrology, crime) and rubbish news (p. 43)=same today!, 6.) Newspeak (pp. 44 and 52)=Texting/IM language to simplify ideas, 7.) Prostitution/Affairs (p. 65)=same today!, 8.) Banning and rationing everything (pp. 58-59-chocolate, tobacco, razors, etc.)=banning trans fat in restaurants in NYC, home-baked goods at school fundraisers in NYC schools, requiring calories shown at stores/restaurants, etc., 9.) Monopoly on everything (p. 58-Victory Cigarettes and p. 5-Victory Gin)=Monopoly on everything (Apple computers, Ipods, Barnes and Noble bookstores, Chase banks, etc.), 10.) Patriotism is good! (p. 68-slogans, military music, parades)=same today!

    2. Discuss and take notes on the Top Ten List.

    3. Work Period: Create a picture (on chart paper) of the ideal citizen in 1984 in groups of 2-3. Use labels, when appropriate. If time allows, present to the class.

    How can we expand understand the theme of "pursuit of happiness" as revealed in Part I of 1984? Make up ALL HW owed OVER SPRING BREAK:
  • 15 post-its for Part I (chapters 1-6, up to p. 69) in 1984.
  • Vocabulary Stories #1-5. Use an entire list for each story; see the vocabulary lists HERE.
  • Register for collegeboard.com HERE. Bring in proof of registration!

    DUE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7TH (the day we get back after Spring Break!):

  • Read ALL of Part I (chapters 1-8, up to p. 104) in 1984. You should have a total of 20 post-its!! That's FIVE post-its for every two chapters.

    PART I EXAM ON 1984 ON THURSDAY, APRIL 8TH:

  • This will be an in-class essay exam (50% of your 2nd marking period grade!). It will test your knowledge of Part I and your study/analysis of the theme of "pursuit of happiness." You should know how characters pursue happiness and how they are prevented from happiness under the authority of Big Brother. You should use your post-its, vocabulary stories (see all of my teacher comments!), and in-class notes to guide you in studying!

    DUE MONDAY, APRIL 12TH:

  • Vocabulary #6 QUIZ
  • Vocabulary #6 STORY (it MUST be on 1984). Again, remember, you MUST use ALL of the words from the list correctly in the story. You must underline the words in your story. Your story should be two pages, handwritten, OR one page, typed. You must include a proper heading (your name, the date, my name, and the course name/period). You must write Story #6 for the title. Use proper spelling, punctuation, capitalization.
  • Thursday, March 25th, 2010: 1. Do Now: Finish discussing the following questions:
    1.) What is Comrade Ogilvy's purpose in the world of 1984? How is he meant to make the citizens happy? See pp. 46-48
    2.) Why doesn't Katharine, Winston's wife, make him happy? See pp. 66-67
    3.) Why does Winston seek out a prostitute? See p. 68
    4.) What's the purpose of Newspeak? p. 52
    5.) Describe an ideal citizen. See pp. 21, 24, and 47

    2. Work Period: Create a Top Ten List of the top ten laws that exist in 1984 that also exist today. Here are some suggestions: 1.) telescreen monitoring their every move=video cameras in subways, buses, schools, department stores, snapgrades!, etc., 2.) children taught to be spies="if you see something, say something"--mantra repeated in subways/buses to encourage citizens to spy on each other, 3.) fear/hatred toward "enemies of the state, foreigners, traitors, etc." (p. 24)=fear/hatred toward terrorists, both at home and abroad, 4.) Pro-War (p. 32-"Winston could not remember a time when his country had not been at war..")=War with Iraq and Terrorism, 5.) Focus on entertainment (drama, music, porn, astrology, crime) and rubbish news (p. 43)=same today!, 6.) Newspeak (pp. 44 and 52)=Texting/IM language to simplify ideas, 7.) Prostitution/Affairs (p. 65)=same today!, 8.) Banning and rationing everything (pp. 58-59-chocolate, tobacco, razors, etc.)=banning trans fat in restaurants in NYC, home-baked goods at school fundraisers in NYC schools, requiring calories shown at stores/restaurants, etc., 9.) Monopoly on everything (p. 58-Victory Cigarettes and p. 5-Victory Gin)=Monopoly on everything (Apple computers, Ipods, Barnes and Noble bookstores, Chase banks, etc.), 10.) Patriotism is good! (p. 68-slogans, military music, parades)=same today!

    How can we expand understand the theme of "pursuit of happiness" as revealed in Part I of 1984? Make up ALL HW owed:
  • 15 post-its for Part I (chapters 1-6, up to p. 69) in 1984.
  • Vocabulary Stories #1-5. Use an entire list for each story; see the vocabulary lists HERE.
  • Register for collegeboard.com HERE. Bring in proof of registration!

    DUE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7TH (the day we get back after Spring Break!):

  • Read ALL of Part I (chapters 1-8, up to p. 104) in 1984. You should have a total of 20 post-its!! That's FIVE post-its for every two chapters.

    PART I EXAM ON 1984 ON THURSDAY, APRIL 8TH:

  • This will be an in-class essay exam (50% of your 2nd marking period grade!). It will test your knowledge of Part I and your study/analysis of the theme of "pursuit of happiness." You should know how characters pursue happiness and how they are prevented from happiness under the authority of Big Brother. You should use your post-its, vocabulary stories (see all of my teacher comments!), and in-class notes to guide you in studying!

    DUE MONDAY, APRIL 12TH:

  • Vocabulary #6 QUIZ
  • Vocabulary #6 STORY (it MUST be on 1984). Again, remember, you MUST use ALL of the words from the list correctly in the story. You must underline the words in your story. Your story should be two pages, handwritten, OR one page, typed. You must include a proper heading (your name, the date, my name, and the course name/period). You must write Story #6 for the title. Use proper spelling, punctuation, capitalization.
  • Wednesday, March 24th, 2010: 1. Do Now: Turn in your college board proof of registration.

    2. Work Period: Write and answer the following questions:
    1.) What is Comrade Ogilvy�s purpose in the world of 1984? How is he meant to make the citizens happy?
    2.) Why doesn�t Katharine, Winston's wife, make him happy?
    3.) Why does Winston seek out a prostitute?
    4.) What�s the purpose of Newspeak?
    5.) Describe an ideal citizen.

    3. Discuss the work period questions. Take notes.

    How can we expand understand the theme of "pursuit of happiness" as revealed in Part I of 1984? Make up ALL HW owed:
  • 15 post-its for Part I (chapters 1-6, up to p. 69) in 1984.
  • Vocabulary Stories #1-5. Use an entire list for each story; see the vocabulary lists HERE.
  • Register for collegeboard.com HERE. Bring in proof of registration!

    DUE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7TH (the day we get back after Spring Break!):

  • Read ALL of Part I (chapters 1-8, up to p. 104) in 1984. You should have a total of 20 post-its!! That's FIVE post-its for every two chapters.

    PART I EXAM ON 1984 ON THURSDAY, APRIL 8TH:

  • This will be an in-class essay exam (50% of your 2nd marking period grade!). It will test your knowledge of Part I and your study/analysis of the theme of "pursuit of happiness." You should know how characters pursue happiness and how they are prevented from happiness under the authority of Big Brother. You should use your post-its, vocabulary stories (see all of my teacher comments!), and in-class notes to guide you in studying!
  • Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010: 1. Do Now: Guidance Counselor Presentation on the SAT and college preparation.

    2. Work Period: Make a list of five things that make you happy and explain why and how they make you happy. List five things that make Winston happy. Find page #s. Show your 15 HW post-its.

    3. Discuss the following questions:
    1.) What is Comrade Ogilvy�s purpose in the world of 1984? How is he meant to make the citizens happy?
    2.) Why doesn�t Katharine, Winston's wife, make him happy?
    3.) Why does Winston seek out a prostitute?
    4.) What�s the purpose of Newspeak?
    5.) Describe an ideal citizen.

    How can we expand understand the theme of "pursuit of happiness" as revealed in Part I of 1984? Due TOMORROW, Wednesday, March 24th:
  • Register for collegeboard.com HERE. Bring in proof of registration!
  • Monday, March 22nd, 2010: 1. Do Now: Vocabulary #5 Quiz. Turn in Story #5. (Read 1984, make post-its, and make up HW when finished with the quiz).

    2. Grade quizzes!

    3. HW reminders.

    How can we expand our lexicon? Due TOMORROW, Tuesday, March 23rd:
  • Read chapters V and VI in 1984 (up to p. 69). Write 5 post-its that focus on the characters pursuing happiness and characters being oppressed (having their freedom taken away). Some suggested questions to answer in your post-its are the following: How does Winston stay happy in this society? How do other characters, like the girl with dark hair and the children, stay happy? How are the characters being oppressed? Look for evidence of their freedoms taken away.

    Due THIS Wednesday, March 24th:

  • Register for collegeboard.com HERE. Bring in proof of registration!
  • Friday, March 19th, 2010: 1. Do Now: Show your HW post-its (you should have a total of 10 post-its for the reading of 1984--chapters I-IV-up to p. 48). Write a one-page freewrite on EVERYTHING you know about the novel 1984 up to this point. Include the characterization of characters, the events and main ideas presented to support the theme of pursuit of happiness and oppression.

    2. Share/Discuss: Share your freewrites! Why is it valuable to read and study 1984? Why is 1984 a challenging novel? An interesting novel? A novel worthwhile for the Regents?

    How can we effectively analyze the theme of pursuit of happiness and the issue of oppression in chapters I-IV in 1984? Due THIS Monday, March 22nd:
  • Vocabulary List #5 Quiz
  • Vocabulary List #5 Story. You MUST write your story on any topic introduced in the novel 1984. Some suggestions include (but you are not limited to these!): A Day in the Life of Winston Smith, Big Brother's Influence, The Pursuit of Happiness in 1984, The Girl with Dark Hair, etc.

    Due THIS Tuesday, March 23rd:

  • Read chapters V and VI in 1984 (up to p. 69). Write 5 post-its that focus on the characters pursuing happiness and characters being oppressed (having their freedom taken away). Some suggested questions to answer in your post-its are the following: How does Winston stay happy in this society? How do other characters, like the girl with dark hair and the children, stay happy? How are the characters being oppressed? Look for evidence of their freedoms taken away.

    Due THIS COMING Wednesday, March 24th:

  • Register for collegeboard.com HERE. Bring in proof of registration!
  • Thursday, March 18th, 2010: 1. Do Now: In your notebook (literature section), answer the following questions for chapters I and II: How are Winston and his fellow citizens being oppressed? How is oppression hindering Winston's pursuit of happiness? How is Winston dealing with oppression? How does Winston keep his sanity? How are the people being tricked into happiness? Why do the children adore the party (p. 24)?

    2. Discuss/Share: Discuss the answers to the Do Now questions. Take notes!

    3. Work Period: Read and write post-its on the characters' pursuits of happiness.

    How can we effectively analyze the theme of pursuit of happiness and the issue of oppression in chapters I and II in 1984? Due TOMORROW, Friday, March 19th:
  • Read chapters III and IV in 1984 (up to p. 48), writing post-its (a minimum of 5 post-its) that focus on the course theme of the "pursuit of happiness". Pay attention to the protagonist, Winston, the government, and the events that take place that oppress Winston and the society's people. Also, identify examples of Winston's pursuit of happiness in this oppressive society.

    Due THIS COMING Monday, March 22nd:

  • Vocabulary List #5 Quiz
  • Vocabulary List #5 Story. You MUST write your story on any topic introduced in the novel 1984. Some suggestions include (but you are not limited to these!): A Day in the Life of Winston Smith, Big Brother's Influence, The Pursuit of Happiness in 1984, The Girl with Dark Hair, etc.

    Due THIS COMING Tuesday, March 23rd:

  • Read chapters V and VI in 1984 (up to p. 69). Write 5 post-its that focus on the characters pursuing happiness and characters being oppressed (having their freedom taken away). Some suggested questions to answer in your post-its are the following: How does Winston stay happy in this society? How do other characters, like the girl with dark hair and the children, stay happy? How are the characters being oppressed? Look for evidence of their freedoms taken away.

    Due THIS COMING Wednesday, March 24th:

  • Register for collegeboard.com HERE. Bring in proof of registration!
  • Wednesday, March 17th, 2010: 1. Do Now: Prepare two intelligent, appropriate questions for our Career Day guest speaker.

    2. Listen and Learn from our Career Day guest speaker.

    How can we benefit from Career Day? Due Friday, March 19th:
  • Read chapters III and IV in 1984 (up to p. 48), writing post-its (a minimum of 5 post-its) that focus on the course theme of the "pursuit of happiness". Pay attention to the protagonist, Winston, the government, and the events that take place that oppress Winston and the society's people. Also, identify examples of Winston's pursuit of happiness in this oppressive society.

    Due NEXT Monday, March 22nd:

  • Vocabulary List #5 Quiz
  • Vocabulary List #5 Story. You MUST write your story on any topic introduced in the novel 1984. Some suggestions include (but you are not limited to these!): A Day in the Life of Winston Smith, Big Brother's Influence, The Pursuit of Happiness in 1984, The Girl with Dark Hair, etc.
  • Tuesday, March 16th, 2010: 1. Do Now: Finish introducing List #5. Grade List #4 Quiz.

    2. Work Period: In your notebook (literature section), answer the following questions: Define oppression. How is Winston being oppressed? How is oppression hindering Winston's pursuit of happiness? How is Winston dealing with oppression? While answering these questions, show your HW post-its (5 post-its in chapters I and II).

    3. Discuss/Share: Discuss the answers to the Work Period questions.

    How can we effectively analyze the theme of pursuit of happiness and the issue of oppression in chapters I and II in 1984? Due Friday, March 19th:
  • Read chapters III and IV in 1984 (up to p. 48), writing post-its (a minimum of 5 post-its) that focus on the course theme of the "pursuit of happiness". Pay attention to the protagonist, Winston, the government, and the events that take place that oppress Winston and the society's people. Also, identify examples of Winston's pursuit of happiness in this oppressive society.

    Due NEXT Monday, March 22nd:

  • Vocabulary List #5 Quiz
  • Vocabulary List #5 Story. You MUST write your story on any topic introduced in the novel 1984. Some suggestions include (but you are not limited to these!): A Day in the Life of Winston Smith, Big Brother's Influence, The Pursuit of Happiness in 1984, The Girl with Dark Hair, etc.
  • Monday, March 15th, 2010: 1. Do Now: Quiz on List #4. Turn in story #4 (topic was on the novel 1984 or the year 1984).

    2. Read-Aloud: Introduce List #5.

    3. HW Reminders!

    How can we effectively improve our command of language? Due TOMORROW, Tuesday, March 16th:
  • Read chapters I and II in 1984 (up to p. 29), writing post-its (a minimum of 5 post-its) that focus on the course theme of the "pursuit of happiness". Pay attention to the protagonist, Winston, the government, and the events that take place that allow Winston to pursue his definition of happiness and prevent his happiness.

    Due NEXT Monday, March 22nd:

  • Vocabulary List #5 Quiz
  • Vocabulary List #5 Story. You MUST write your story on any topic introduced in the novel 1984. Some suggestions include (but you are not limited to these!): A Day in the Life of Winston Smith, Big Brother's Influence, The Pursuit of Happiness in 1984, The Girl with Dark Hair, etc.
  • Friday, March 12th, 2010: 1. Do Now: Fill out the book receipt for 1984.

    2. Read-Aloud: Begin reading aloud chapter one of 1984, focusing on the course theme of "the pursuit of happiness". How does Winston, the protagonist, define and pursue his happiness in the midst of the restrictive society? How is society/government trying to restrict him and have him to their ideals of happiness? Take notes as you read, keeping the course theme in mind.

    3. Discuss/Share: Share insights with the whole class.

    How can we effectively begin the study of 1984? Due THIS Monday, March 15th:
  • Vocabulary List #4 Quiz
  • Vocabulary List #4 Story. Topic suggestions include: any topic having to do with the novel 1984 or the year 1984 (check out this cool link about what happened in the year 1984).

    Due THIS Tuesday, March 16th:

  • Read chapters I and II in 1984 (up to p. 29), writing post-its (a minimum of 5 post-its) that focus on the course theme of the "pursuit of happiness". Pay attention to the protagonist, Winston, the government, and the events that take place that allow Winston to pursue his definition of happiness and prevent his happiness.
  • Thursday, March 11th, 2010: 1. Do Now: Review the answers of the Quiz on the Harlem Renaissance unit (the poems "My City," "America" and What it Feels Like to be Colored Me).

    2. Work Period: Reading/Analysis of the packaging (front and back cover) and first page of 1984.

  • Predict the plot based on the packaging. What does this illustration have to do with the plot? What do you anticipate/predict about the plot?
  • Identify the setting, mood, and characters.
  • What strategies do good readers use before and during the study of a novel? Which strategies work well for you?
  • How do you think this novel will fit into our course focus of "the pursuit of happiness"?

    3. Discuss/Share: Share your answers with a neighbor and with the whole class.

  • How can we effectively prepare to study 1984? Due THIS COMING Monday, March 15th:
  • Vocabulary List #4 Quiz
  • Vocabulary List #4 Story. Topic suggestions include: any topic having to do with the novel 1984 or the year 1984 (check out this cool link about what happened in the year 1984).
  • Wednesday, March 10th, 2010: 1. Do Now: Quiz on the Harlem Renaissance unit (the poems "My City," "America" and What it Feels Like to be Colored Me).

    2. Grade/Evaluate the quiz on Vocabulary List #3.

    3. If time allows, work on HW owed (vocabulary story #3) and work due (vocabulary story #4).

    How can we improve our knowledge and understanding of literary devices in poetry and an autobiographical essay? Due THIS COMING Monday, March 15th:
  • Vocabulary List #4 Quiz
  • Vocabulary List #4 Story. Topic suggestions include: any topic having to do with the novel 1984 or the year 1984 (check out this cool link about what happened in the year 1984).
  • Tuesday, March 9th, 2010: 1. Do Now: Finish reviewing Vocabulary List #4.

    2. Discuss/Share: Discuss the textbook questions on What it Feels Like to be Colored Me.

    3. Prepare for tomorrow's quiz by reviewing the poems "My City," "America" and What it Feels Like to be Colored Me.

    How can we improve our knowledge and understanding of literary devices in poetry and an autobiographical essay? Due TOMORROW, Wednesday, March 10th
  • Quiz on the Harlem Renaissance Unit: Study your notes on the poem "America" by Claude McKay, the poem "My City" by James Weldon Johnson and the autobiographical essay How It Feels to Be Colored Me by Zora Neale Hurston (review the questions and answers that follow the essay in the textbook). Study the poetic techniques (imagery, personification, diction, rhyme scheme, etc.) and characterization and tone.

    Due NEXT Monday, March 15th:

  • Vocabulary List #4 Quiz
  • Vocabulary List #4 Story. Topic suggestions include: any topic having to do with the novel 1984 or the year 1984.
  • Monday, March 8th, 2010: 1. Do Now: Vocabulary List #3 QUIZ

    2. Discuss/Share: Introduce Vocabulary List #4.

    3. If time allows, finish the textbook questions on What it feels like to be Colored Me, if necessary.

    How can we improve our knowledge and acquisition of vocabulary? Due THIS Wednesday, March 10th
  • Quiz on the Harlem Renaissance Unit: Study your notes on the poem "America" by Claude McKay, the poem "My City" by James Weldon Johnson and the autobiographical essay How It Feels to Be Colored Me by Zora Neale Hurston (review the questions and answers that follow the essay in the textbook). Study the poetic techniques (imagery, personification, diction, rhyme scheme, etc.) and characterization and tone.

    Due NEXT Monday, March 15th:

  • Vocabulary List #4 Quiz
  • Vocabulary List #4 Story. Topic suggestions include: any topic having to do with the novel 1984
  • Friday, March 5th, 2010: 1. Do Now: Finish reading and analyzing How It Feels to Be Colored Me by Zora Neale Hurston. Focus on characterization, tone and diction. Take notes.

    2. Discuss/Analyze: Discuss and take notes on the questions that follow the autobiographical essay.

    How can we improve our analysis of a short story through analysis of characterization, tone and diction? Due THIS Monday, March 8th:
  • Quiz on Vocabulary List #3
  • Vocabulary Story #3 (homework credit, not a grade) on any of the following topics: America, Harlem, Renaissance, Race, Identity. Don't forget, your story MUST be two full pages handwritten OR one page, typed. Include a proper heading as well, which includes the following: your name, the date, my name and the course name/period.

    Due Wednesday, March 10th

  • Quiz on the Harlem Renaissance Unit: Study your notes on the poem "America" by Claude McKay, the poem "My City" by James Weldon Johnson and the autobiographical essay How It Feels to Be Colored Me by Zora Neale Hurston (review the questions and answers that follow the essay in the textbook). Study the poetic techniques (imagery, personification, diction, rhyme scheme, etc.) and characterization and tone.

    Make up HW (see previous days for all the details)!

  • Thursday, March 4th, 2010: 1. Do Now: Continue reading and analyzing How It Feels to Be Colored Me by Zora Neale Hurston. Focus on characterization, tone and diction. Take notes. How can we improve our analysis of a short story through tone and diction? Due NEXT Monday, March 8th:
  • Quiz on Vocabulary List #3
  • Vocabulary Story #3 (homework credit, not a grade) on any of the following topics: America, Harlem, Renaissance, Race, Identity. Don't forget, your story MUST be two full pages handwritten OR one page, typed. Include a proper heading as well, which includes the following: your name, the date, my name and the course name/period.

    Make up HW (see previous days for all the details)!

  • Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010: ACUITY EXAM How can we predict the results on the Regents? Due NEXT Monday, March 8th:
  • Quiz on Vocabulary List #3
  • Vocabulary Story #3 (homework credit, not a grade) on any of the following topics: America, Harlem, Renaissance, Race, Identity. Don't forget, your story MUST be two full pages handwritten OR one page, typed. Include a proper heading as well, which includes the following: your name, the date, my name and the course name/period.

    Make up HW (see previous days for all the details)!

  • Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010: 1. Do Now: Finish discussing List #3.

    2. Begin reading and analyzing How It Feels to Be Colored Me by Zora Neale Hurston. Focus on tone and diction.

    How can we improve our vocabulary acquisition and analysis of a short story through tone and diction? Due NEXT Monday, March 8th:
  • Quiz on Vocabulary List #3
  • Vocabulary Story #3 (homework credit, not a grade) on any of the following topics: America, Harlem, Renaissance, Race, Identity. Don't forget, your story MUST be two full pages handwritten OR one page, typed. Include a proper heading as well, which includes the following: your name, the date, my name and the course name/period.

    Make up HW (see previous days for all the details)!

  • Monday, March 1st, 2010: 1. Do Now: Vocabulary List #2 Quiz. Turn in Vocabulary Story #2.

    2. Introduce List #3.

    How can we improve our language skills and vocabulary acquisition? Due NEXT Monday, March 8th:
  • Quiz on Vocabulary List #3
  • Vocabulary Story #3 (homework credit, not a grade) on any of the following topics: America, Harlem, Renaissance, Race, Identity.

    Make up HW (see previous days for all the details)!

  • Friday, February 26th, 2010:

    Standard 3: Language for Critical Analysis and Evaluation; Standard 4: Language for Social Interaction

    SNOW DAY N/A Due THIS Monday, March 1st:
  • Quiz on Vocabulary List #2
  • Vocabulary Story #2 (homework credit, not a grade) on any of the following topics: My City, Harlem, Renaissance, Race, Identity.

    Make up HW (see previous days for all the details)!

  • Thursday, February 25th, 2010:

    Standard 3: Language for Critical Analysis and Evaluation; Standard 4: Language for Social Interaction

    1. Do Now: Introduce the poem "America" by Claude McKay (1889-1948; Jamaican writer/poet). Students will recite different lines. Poem will be recited twice. Students will engage in analysis of poetic techniques (imagery, personification, diction, rhyme scheme, etc.) and annotations.

    2. Work Period: With your partner, compose five Regents-style multiple-choice questions and answers for the poem "America." Create an answer sheet as well. Turn in questions and answers at the end of class. [Turn in the HW questions and answers composed for the poem "My City"]

    3. Reflections: What was valuable in composing these questions and answers? What did you find challenging? Why is this question and answer composition helpful in Regent preparation?

    4. HW Reminders

    How do students analyze poetry effectively and compose Regents-style questions in order to better understand the English Regents? Due TOMORROW, Thursday, Feb. 25th:
  • Finish today's classwork: five multiple-choice questions and answers for "America" (see the classwork for details).

    MAKE UP HW:

  • Vocab. Story #1 MUST be turned in!
  • Harlem Visit Paper and Photo: Visit one of the landmarks of the Harlem Renaissance: Apollo Theater (Directions: Take the A, B, C or D trains to 125th Street and walk 1.25 blocks East to the Apollo Theater OR take the 2 or 3 trains to 125th Street and walk 1.75 blocks West to the Apollo Theater), Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Lenox Lounge (You can take the 2 and 3 train to 125th Street and you would be let off right in front of the Lounge. It's a famous jazz club where Billie Holiday, Miles Davis and other great jazz musicians performed). You can also look up a birthplace of a Harlem Renaissance author or another location that you can argue was important of the time period. You MUST take a picture of yourself standing at that landmark. You and the landmark MUST be clearly in view to earn credit. You then will write a one-page typed (or two-pages handwritten), double-spaced, 12-point font paper in which you will analyze (describe in detail) the landmark today and your impressions, its importance to the Harlem Renaissance (cite sources if used!) and its importance to learn and study today. Use great detail when describing your impressions (refer to the senses--sights, sounds, smells, tastes, touch) and show how your impressions connect to the historical significance of the location. Bring in your picture (digital or print is acceptable) and analytical paper.

    Due THIS Monday, March 1st:

  • Quiz on Vocabulary List #2
  • Vocabulary Story #2 (homework credit, not a grade) on any of the following topics: My City, Harlem, Renaissance, Race, Identity.

  • Wednesday, February 24th, 2010:

    Standard 3: Language for Critical Analysis and Evaluation; Standard 4: Language for Social Interaction

    1. Do Now: Analyze the question types for a poem in the unified essay (Task III) in a sample Regents booklet. Question types include, but are not limited to, inference and specific poetic techniques (e.g. simile).

    2. Work Period: With your partner, compose five Regents-style multiple-choice questions and answers for the poem "My City" by James Weldon Johnson. Create an answer sheet as well. Turn in questions and answers at the end of class.

    3. Reflections: What was valuable in composing these questions and answers? What did you find challenging? Why is this question and answer composition helpful in Regent preparation?

    4. HW Reminders

    How do students analyze poetry effectively and compose Regents-style questions in order to better understand the English Regents? Due TOMORROW, Thursday, Feb. 25th:
  • Finish today's five multiple-choice questions and answers for "My City" (see the classwork for details).

    MAKE UP HW:

  • Vocab. Story #1 MUST be turned in!
  • Harlem Visit Paper and Photo: Visit one of the landmarks of the Harlem Renaissance: Apollo Theater (Directions: Take the A, B, C or D trains to 125th Street and walk 1.25 blocks East to the Apollo Theater OR take the 2 or 3 trains to 125th Street and walk 1.75 blocks West to the Apollo Theater), Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Lenox Lounge (You can take the 2 and 3 train to 125th Street and you would be let off right in front of the Lounge. It's a famous jazz club where Billie Holiday, Miles Davis and other great jazz musicians performed). You can also look up a birthplace of a Harlem Renaissance author or another location that you can argue was important of the time period. You MUST take a picture of yourself standing at that landmark. You and the landmark MUST be clearly in view to earn credit. You then will write a one-page typed (or two-pages handwritten), double-spaced, 12-point font paper in which you will analyze (describe in detail) the landmark today and your impressions, its importance to the Harlem Renaissance (cite sources if used!) and its importance to learn and study today. Use great detail when describing your impressions (refer to the senses--sights, sounds, smells, tastes, touch) and show how your impressions connect to the historical significance of the location. Bring in your picture (digital or print is acceptable) and analytical paper.

    Due NEXT Monday, March 1st:

  • Quiz on Vocabulary List #2
  • Vocabulary Story #2 (homework credit, not a grade) on any of the following topics: My City, Harlem, Renaissance, Race, Identity.

  • Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010: 1. Do Now: Finish yesterday's poetry analysis. This is the poem: "My City" by James Weldon Johnson. Some of the poetic techniques that are present in this poem are rhyme scheme, imagery, alliteration, personification, and more. Everyone will discuss and take notes on the literary elements and come to understand their significance to the poem as a whole. Everyone will answer the following questions: Is the speaker's description of Manhattan appealing? Why or why not? What is the message of the poem? Since Johnson was a famous Harlem Renaissance poet who lived 1871-1938, why would he include features of both Shakespearean sonnet (16th century England; iambic pentameter and rhyme scheme of ababcdcdefefgg) and Petrarchan (Italian) sonnet (13th century Italy; typically depict a lady as a beloved inspiration; an octave of abbaabba and a sestet of cdccde or cdccdc)? Why are the choices that Johnson made in his poem so important (like the tone, literary elements and techniques of characterization of Manhattan, setting, and imagery)? How is the poet feeling throughout this poem (infer!)?

    2. Discuss/Share: Discuss and take notes in your notebook (the literature section) on the question types for the poetry questions in the Task III/Unified Essay section of the Regents.

    3. Work Period: With a partner, compose five Regents-style questions and answers for the poem "My City" by James Weldon Johnson.

    How do we analyze poetry more effectively, understanding the greater significance of poetic techniques to the poems in their entirety? MAKE UP HW:
  • Vocab. Story #1 MUST be turned in!
  • Harlem Visit Paper and Photo: Visit one of the landmarks of the Harlem Renaissance: Apollo Theater (Directions: Take the A, B, C or D trains to 125th Street and walk 1.25 blocks East to the Apollo Theater OR take the 2 or 3 trains to 125th Street and walk 1.75 blocks West to the Apollo Theater), Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Lenox Lounge (You can take the 2 and 3 train to 125th Street and you would be let off right in front of the Lounge. It's a famous jazz club where Billie Holiday, Miles Davis and other great jazz musicians performed). You can also look up a birthplace of a Harlem Renaissance author or another location that you can argue was important of the time period. You MUST take a picture of yourself standing at that landmark. You and the landmark MUST be clearly in view to earn credit. You then will write a one-page typed (or two-pages handwritten), double-spaced, 12-point font paper in which you will analyze (describe in detail) the landmark today and your impressions, its importance to the Harlem Renaissance (cite sources if used!) and its importance to learn and study today. Use great detail when describing your impressions (refer to the senses--sights, sounds, smells, tastes, touch) and show how your impressions connect to the historical significance of the location. Bring in your picture (digital or print is acceptable) and analytical paper.

    Due NEXT Monday, March 1st:

  • Quiz on Vocabulary List #2
  • Vocabulary Story #2 (homework credit, not a grade) on any of the following topics: My City, Harlem, Renaissance, Race, Identity.

  • Monday, February 22nd, 2010: 1. Do Now: Introduce Vocabulary List #2.

    2. Poetry Analysis: This is the poem: "My City" by James Weldon Johnson. Some of the poetic techniques that are present in this poem are rhyme scheme, imagery, alliteration, personification, and more. Everyone will discuss and take notes on the literary elements and come to understand their significance to the poem as a whole. What are the different tones (positive or negative) for each stanza? Why did Johnson use imagery and personification to support his feelings toward Manhattan?

    3. HW reminders! Also, turn in your Harlem visit paper and photo.

    How do we analyze poetry more effectively, understanding the greater significance of poetic techniques to the poems in their entirety? MAKE UP HW:
  • Vocab. Story #1 MUST be turned in!
  • Harlem Visit Paper and Photo: Visit one of the landmarks of the Harlem Renaissance: Apollo Theater (Directions: Take the A, B, C or D trains to 125th Street and walk 1.25 blocks East to the Apollo Theater OR take the 2 or 3 trains to 125th Street and walk 1.75 blocks West to the Apollo Theater), Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Lenox Lounge (You can take the 2 and 3 train to 125th Street and you would be let off right in front of the Lounge. It's a famous jazz club where Billie Holiday, Miles Davis and other great jazz musicians performed). You can also look up a birthplace of a Harlem Renaissance author or another location that you can argue was important of the time period. You MUST take a picture of yourself standing at that landmark. You and the landmark MUST be clearly in view to earn credit. You then will write a one-page typed (or two-pages handwritten), double-spaced, 12-point font paper in which you will analyze (describe in detail) the landmark today and your impressions, its importance to the Harlem Renaissance (cite sources if used!) and its importance to learn and study today. Use great detail when describing your impressions (refer to the senses--sights, sounds, smells, tastes, touch) and show how your impressions connect to the historical significance of the location. Bring in your picture (digital or print is acceptable) and analytical paper.

    Due NEXT Monday, March 1st:

  • Quiz on Vocabulary List #2
  • Vocabulary Story #2 (homework credit, not a grade) on any of the following topics: My City, Harlem, Renaissance, Race, Identity.

  • Friday, February 12th, 2010: 1. Do Now: Retake Quiz on Vocabulary List #1. If necessary, turn in Vocabulary Story #1 with attached grading rubric. Continue student-teacher conferences.

    2. Discussion Group Work: Each assigned group will have students with various roles: Reciter (one student will read the poem twice with energy and emphasis), Summarizer (one student will summarize each line on a separate piece of paper), Literary Element Identifier (one student will identify literary elements), Evaluator (one student will evaluate the significance/importance of literary elements the poem as a whole). This is the poem: "My City" by James Weldon Johnson. Some of the poetic techniques that are present in this poem are rhyme scheme, imagery, alliteration, personification, and more. Everyone will discuss the literary elements and come to understand their significance to the poem as a whole. Everyone will answer the following questions: Is the speaker's description of Manhattan appealing? Why or why not?

    3. Whole Group Discussion/Reflections: Reflect on group discussion work.

    4. HW reminders!

    How do we analyze poetry more effectively, understanding the greater significance of poetic techniques to the poems in their entirety? Vocab. Story #1 MUST be turned in OR e-mailed (it was due yesterday! It's -10 points each day it's late, and that includes vacation!).

    Due MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22nd (the day we return after vacation):

  • Visit one of the landmarks of the Harlem Renaissance: Apollo Theater (Directions: Take the A, B, C or D trains to 125th Street and walk 1.25 blocks East to the Apollo Theater OR take the 2 or 3 trains to 125th Street and walk 1.75 blocks West to the Apollo Theater), Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Lenox Lounge (You can take the 2 and 3 train to 125th Street and you would be let off right in front of the Lounge. It's a famous jazz club where Billie Holiday, Miles Davis and other great jazz musicians performed). You can also look up a birthplace of a Harlem Renaissance author or another location that you can argue was important of the time period. You MUST take a picture of yourself standing at that landmark. You and the landmark MUST be clearly in view to earn credit. You then will write a one-page typed (or two-pages handwritten), double-spaced, 12-point font paper in which you will analyze (describe in detail) the landmark today and your impressions, its importance to the Harlem Renaissance (cite sources if used!) and its importance to learn and study today. Use great detail when describing your impressions (refer to the senses--sights, sounds, smells, tastes, touch) and show how your impressions connect to the historical significance of the location. Bring in your picture (digital or print is acceptable) and analytical paper.

  • Thursday, February 11th, 2010: 1. Do Now: Quiz on Vocabulary List #1. Turn in Vocabulary Story #1 with attached grading rubric. Continue student-teacher conferences.

    2. Work Period: Read "My City" by James Weldon Johnson. Identify the poetic techniques that are present in this poem (e.g. rhyme scheme, imagery, alliteration, personification, etc.) and explain their significance to the poem as a whole. Is the speaker's description of Manhattan appealing? Why or why not?

    How do we work on improving our writing and language skills? Due TOMORROW, FRIDAY:
  • RETAKE OF VOCAB. LIST #1 QUIZ (only chance!!!)

    Vocab. Story #1 MUST be turned in OR e-mailed (it was due today! It's -10 points each day it's late, and that includes vacation!).

    Due MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22nd (the day we return after vacation):

  • Visit one of the landmarks of the Harlem Renaissance: Apollo Theater (Directions: Take the A, B, C or D trains to 125th Street and walk 1.25 blocks East to the Apollo Theater OR take the 2 or 3 trains to 125th Street and walk 1.75 blocks West to the Apollo Theater), Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Lenox Lounge (You can take the 2 and 3 train to 125th Street and you would be let off right in front of the Lounge. It's a famous jazz club where Billie Holiday, Miles Davis and other great jazz musicians performed). You can also look up a birthplace of a Harlem Renaissance author or another location that you can argue was important of the time period. You MUST take a picture of yourself standing at that landmark. You and the landmark MUST be clearly in view to earn credit. You then will write a one-page typed (or two-pages handwritten), double-spaced, 12-point font paper in which you will analyze (describe in detail) the landmark today and your impressions, its importance to the Harlem Renaissance (cite sources if used!) and its importance to learn and study today. Use great detail when describing your impressions (refer to the senses--sights, sounds, smells, tastes, touch) and show how your impressions connect to the historical significance of the location. Bring in your picture (digital or print is acceptable) and analytical paper.

  • Wednesday, February 10th, 2010: SNOW DAY! How do we work on improving our writing and language skills? Due TOMORROW, Thursday, February 11th:
  • VOCABULARY STORY (to be graded!) for Vocabulary Story #1 following the grading rubric provided. Use List #1 completely. You will write a creatively written story on a specific topic. Your story must be a minimum of 300 words (about two pages handwritten or one full page, typed, double-spaced, and 12 point font). You must use all of the vocabulary words correctly from the assigned list in your story. You must underline each vocabulary word in your story. You should develop your ideas with great detail. You should write an organized story in which you transition from one idea to the next. You should use the grading rubric to guide you to earn the best grade possible. Include the following heading: your name and date in the top, right-hand corner and the teacher�s name and the name of the class and the period in the top, left-hand corner. Topic suggestions include: Shakespeare's Plays, Hamlet, What I've Learned About Shakespeare, or any other topic of your choice.

    Due TOMORROW, Thursday, February 11th:

  • QUIZ on LIST #1.

  • Tuesday, February 9th, 2010: Work Period: Finish filling out the conference form (when completed, meet with Ms. Conn regarding goals and achievements). Work on the composition of Vocabulary Story #1, using List #1 and following the grading rubric. Study List #1. How do we work on improving our writing and language skills? Due TOMORROW, Wednesday, February 10th:
  • VOCABULARY STORY (to be graded!) for Vocabulary Story #1 following the grading rubric provided. Use List #1 completely. You will write a creatively written story on a specific topic. Your story must be a minimum of 300 words (about two pages handwritten or one full page, typed, double-spaced, and 12 point font). You must use all of the vocabulary words correctly from the assigned list in your story. You must underline each vocabulary word in your story. You should develop your ideas with great detail. You should write an organized story in which you transition from one idea to the next. You should use the grading rubric to guide you to earn the best grade possible. Include the following heading: your name and date in the top, right-hand corner and the teacher�s name and the name of the class and the period in the top, left-hand corner. Topic suggestions include: Shakespeare's Plays, Hamlet, What I've Learned About Shakespeare, or any other topic of your choice.

    Due TOMORROW, Wednesday, February 10th:

  • QUIZ on LIST #1.

  • Monday, February 8th, 2010: Work Period: Fill out the conference form (when completed, meet with Ms. Conn regarding goals and achievements). Work on the composition of Vocabulary Story #1, using List #1 and following the grading rubric. How do we work on improving our writing and language skills? Due THIS Wednesday, February 10th:
  • VOCABULARY STORY (to be graded!) for Vocabulary Story #1 following the grading rubric provided. Use List #1 completely. You will write a creatively written story on a specific topic. Your story must be a minimum of 300 words (about two pages handwritten or one full page, typed, double-spaced, and 12 point font). You must use all of the vocabulary words correctly from the assigned list in your story. You must underline each vocabulary word in your story. You should develop your ideas with great detail. You should write an organized story in which you transition from one idea to the next. You should use the grading rubric to guide you to earn the best grade possible. Include the following heading: your name and date in the top, right-hand corner and the teacher�s name and the name of the class and the period in the top, left-hand corner. Topic suggestions include: Shakespeare's Plays, Hamlet, What I've Learned About Shakespeare, or any other topic of your choice.

  • QUIZ on LIST #1.

  • Friday, February 5th, 2010: 1. Do Now: Finish reviewing List #1.

    2. Discuss/Share: Review the grading rubric provided. Show your notebook/bind with the three labeled sections (according to the syllabus).

    How do we work on improving our writing and language skills? Due THIS Monday, February 8th:
  • Begin the Vocabulary Story #1 following the grading rubric provided. Use List #1 completely. You will write a creatively written story on a specific topic. Your story must be a minimum of 300 words (about two pages handwritten or one full page, typed, double-spaced, and 12 point font). You must use all of the vocabulary words correctly from the assigned list in your story. You must underline each vocabulary word in your story. You should develop your ideas with great detail. You should write an organized story in which you transition from one idea to the next. You should use the grading rubric to guide you to earn the best grade possible. Include the following heading: your name and date in the top, right-hand corner and the teacher�s name and the name of the class and the period in the top, left-hand corner. Topic suggestions include: Shakespeare's Plays, Hamlet, What I've Learned About Shakespeare, or any other topic of your choice.

    Due THIS COMING Wednesday, February 10th:

  • Quiz on List #1.
  • Thursday, February 4th, 2010: 1. Do Now: Finish your work on the Student Profile Survey and the following Self-Assessment--
    Self-Assessment: Write your answer to each question below in descriptive detail. You may want to include specific examples.
    1.) Describe your performance in high school thus far. Include any factors that have influenced your school performance, either negatively or positively.
    2.) Describe your academic and personal strengths.
    3.) What three characteristics or traits best define you?
    4.) If you were writing yourself a recommendation for college, what would you say about yourself?
    5.) What skills do you want to improve or acquire in English and other subjects before high school graduation?
    6.) What are your future goals? What do you want to become? What area of study (in college) most interests you and why?
    7.) Share three random things about yourself that would be surprising or unique. Of course, this would be appropriate to share with me, your teacher, and your classmates.

    2. Work Period: K-W-L: What do you know about William Shakespeare, his life, his work and his times? What do you want to know? Why is it important to know about him, his life, his work and his times?

    3. Discuss/Share: Discuss your K-W-L.

    4. Introduce List #1.

    How do we engage in self-assessment for better understanding of our strengths and areas needing improvement? Due TOMORROW, Friday, February 5th:
  • Bring in supplies (notebook/binder with labeled sections) according to the syllabus.

    Due NEXT Wednesday, February 10th:

  • Quiz on List #1.
  • Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010: 1. Do Now: Turn in all three forms--your contact information form, your student goal/action plan form, and the syllabus.

    2. Work Period: Work on the Student Profile Survey and the following Self-Assessment--
    Self-Assessment: Write your answer to each question below in descriptive detail. You may want to include specific examples.
    1.) Describe your performance in high school thus far. Include any factors that have influenced your school performance, either negatively or positively.
    2.) Describe your academic and personal strengths.
    3.) What three characteristics or traits best define you?
    4.) If you were writing yourself a recommendation for college, what would you say about yourself?
    5.) What skills do you want to improve or acquire in English and other subjects before high school graduation?
    6.) What are your future goals? What do you want to become? What area of study (in college) most interests you and why?
    7.) Share three random things about yourself that would be surprising or unique. Of course, this would be appropriate to share with me, your teacher, and your classmates.

    3. Teacher-Student Conferences: When completed with the self-assessment, meet with teacher for a conference in which we discuss the self-assessment and goals/action plan.

    How do we engage in self-assessment for better understanding of our strengths and areas needing improvement? Due THIS Friday, February 5th:
  • Bring in supplies (notebook/binder with labeled sections) according to the syllabus.
  • Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010: 1. Do Now: Fill out contact information and seat assignments

    2. Discuss/Analyze: Introduce syllabus.

    3. Work Period: Work on Student Goal and Action Plan

    How can students prepare for a successful semester? Due TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3rd:
  • Bring in your signed classroom rules/expected behaviors and contact information form.

    Due THIS Friday, February 5th:

  • Bring in supplies (notebook/binder with labeled sections) according to the syllabus.