Ms. Conn's Senior English Class Assignments, Spring 2011

Ms. Conn's Senior English Class Assignments
Spring 2011

DateAgendaAIMHomework Assignment
Monday, June 13th, 2011: 1. DO NOW: Final Paper Returns and Reflections

2. Reflections/Memories/Prep for College

How will students effectively reflect on their years of high school and prepare for the college years? See you tomorrow, on the Senior Day Trip to Six Flags, and at Graduation!!!!
Friday, June 10th, 2011: SENIOR BBQ! How will students effectively celebrate their years of high school in a BBQ format? See you on Monday (our final class together!) to reflect on high school memories and learn some final words of wisdom from your English teacher!
Wednesday, June 8th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Any owed SPEECH PRESENTATIONS (any and all students who did not present in previous days)

2. Film viewing of The Namesake

  • Compare/Contrast the film with the novel
  • How will students effectively deliver a graduation speech and prepare for success in college? SEE ALL OWED HW BELOW (THE LAST DAY OF THE SEMESTER IS THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 10th--all work MUST be turned in by that day!):
    DUE THE WEEK OF TUESDAY, MAY 31ST (Tuesday, May 31st--Nicole, Jordan, Angie, and Marelyn; Wednesday, June 1st--Jennifer, Maria, Jonathan, Roberto, Stephanie Rosero, Jaleel, Jaquan, Omar, Estefani; Thursday, June 2nd--John Paul, Andrez, Keyaira, Stephanie Monje, Andrew Okoro, Milton, Rashad and Hema; Friday, June 3rd--Deena, Oscar, Sandra, Karen, Elijah, Juan, Francisco, and Ian): Graduation Speech (Value=20% of 3rd marking period)--includes the following requirements: two-three pages, typed, double spaced, 12 point font, proper heading (your full name, my name, class name/period, date and page numbers), original title, attention grabbing opening, your personal story (including struggles and accomplishments) that has led you to graduation, a description of Info Tech (which may include the student community, the teachers, the staff, the activities, your experiences at Info Tech), your personal thank-yous, advice to your fellow graduates, and a great conclusion (that ties everything together and leaves the audience with a final thought). You will be graded by the following rubric--Graduation Speech Grading Rubric. Use this sample to guide you: Brandon Christie's High School Valedictorian Speech and other valedictorian speeches from 2008. Please remember to dress professionally for your presentation.

    MAKE UP HW: FINAL PAPER (50% of your 3rd marking period grade; it's -10 points each day it's late; it was due on Wednesday, May 18th)=Viktor Frankl, the author of Man's Search for Meaning, was a psychiatrist who survived the Holocaust and documented in his writing that human beings cannot choose the course of their lives, but instead can choose how they deal with their experiences, both the joys and sufferings. Frankl argued that people's primary drives are to find purpose and meaning in their lives. HERE'S YOUR PAPER QUESTION: How do characters in The Namesake find meaning in their lives? Explain how these characters' search and achievement of meaning contribute to The Namesake as a whole. You may choose to examine how these characters survive and thrive because of what they find personally meaningful. You should cite evidence from the novel to support your answer to the essay question. You should have a THREE to FIVE quotes. Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) OR I (me, my, mine, etc.). IF you passed BOTH 1st and 2nd marking period, your paper should be 3-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. IF you failed at least one marking period, your paper should be 5-7 pages. Quotes should be properly inserted in your paper (here's a resource on using proper in-text citation). Here's an example: Winston said, "Down with Big Brother" (Orwell 53). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which addresses the paper focus) in your introduction, and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    Tuesday, June 7th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Any owed SPEECH PRESENTATIONS (any and all students who did not present in previous days)

    2. Film viewing of The Namesake

  • Compare/Contrast the film with the novel
  • How will students effectively deliver a graduation speech and prepare for success in college? SEE ALL OWED HW BELOW (THE LAST DAY OF THE SEMESTER IS THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 10th--all work MUST be turned in by that day!):
    DUE THE WEEK OF TUESDAY, MAY 31ST (Tuesday, May 31st--Nicole, Jordan, Angie, and Marelyn; Wednesday, June 1st--Jennifer, Maria, Jonathan, Roberto, Stephanie Rosero, Jaleel, Jaquan, Omar, Estefani; Thursday, June 2nd--John Paul, Andrez, Keyaira, Stephanie Monje, Andrew Okoro, Milton, Rashad and Hema; Friday, June 3rd--Deena, Oscar, Sandra, Karen, Elijah, Juan, Francisco, and Ian): Graduation Speech (Value=20% of 3rd marking period)--includes the following requirements: two-three pages, typed, double spaced, 12 point font, proper heading (your full name, my name, class name/period, date and page numbers), original title, attention grabbing opening, your personal story (including struggles and accomplishments) that has led you to graduation, a description of Info Tech (which may include the student community, the teachers, the staff, the activities, your experiences at Info Tech), your personal thank-yous, advice to your fellow graduates, and a great conclusion (that ties everything together and leaves the audience with a final thought). You will be graded by the following rubric--Graduation Speech Grading Rubric. Use this sample to guide you: Brandon Christie's High School Valedictorian Speech and other valedictorian speeches from 2008. Please remember to dress professionally for your presentation.

    MAKE UP HW: FINAL PAPER (50% of your 3rd marking period grade; it's -10 points each day it's late; it was due on Wednesday, May 18th)=Viktor Frankl, the author of Man's Search for Meaning, was a psychiatrist who survived the Holocaust and documented in his writing that human beings cannot choose the course of their lives, but instead can choose how they deal with their experiences, both the joys and sufferings. Frankl argued that people's primary drives are to find purpose and meaning in their lives. HERE'S YOUR PAPER QUESTION: How do characters in The Namesake find meaning in their lives? Explain how these characters' search and achievement of meaning contribute to The Namesake as a whole. You may choose to examine how these characters survive and thrive because of what they find personally meaningful. You should cite evidence from the novel to support your answer to the essay question. You should have a THREE to FIVE quotes. Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) OR I (me, my, mine, etc.). IF you passed BOTH 1st and 2nd marking period, your paper should be 3-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. IF you failed at least one marking period, your paper should be 5-7 pages. Quotes should be properly inserted in your paper (here's a resource on using proper in-text citation). Here's an example: Winston said, "Down with Big Brother" (Orwell 53). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which addresses the paper focus) in your introduction, and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    Monday, June 6th, 2011: 1. Do Now: ALL owed SPEECH PRESENTATIONS (any and all students who did not present in previous days)

    2. Film viewing of The Namesake

  • Compare/Contrast the film with the novel
  • How will students effectively deliver a graduation speech and prepare for success in college? SEE ALL OWED HW BELOW (THE LAST DAY OF THE SEMESTER IS THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 10th--all work MUST be turned in by that day!):
    DUE THE WEEK OF TUESDAY, MAY 31ST (Tuesday, May 31st--Nicole, Jordan, Angie, and Marelyn; Wednesday, June 1st--Jennifer, Maria, Jonathan, Roberto, Stephanie Rosero, Jaleel, Jaquan, Omar, Estefani; Thursday, June 2nd--John Paul, Andrez, Keyaira, Stephanie Monje, Andrew Okoro, Milton, Rashad and Hema; Friday, June 3rd--Deena, Oscar, Sandra, Karen, Elijah, Juan, Francisco, and Ian): Graduation Speech (Value=20% of 3rd marking period)--includes the following requirements: two-three pages, typed, double spaced, 12 point font, proper heading (your full name, my name, class name/period, date and page numbers), original title, attention grabbing opening, your personal story (including struggles and accomplishments) that has led you to graduation, a description of Info Tech (which may include the student community, the teachers, the staff, the activities, your experiences at Info Tech), your personal thank-yous, advice to your fellow graduates, and a great conclusion (that ties everything together and leaves the audience with a final thought). You will be graded by the following rubric--Graduation Speech Grading Rubric. Use this sample to guide you: Brandon Christie's High School Valedictorian Speech and other valedictorian speeches from 2008. Please remember to dress professionally for your presentation.

    MAKE UP HW: FINAL PAPER (50% of your 3rd marking period grade; it's -10 points each day it's late; it was due on Wednesday, May 18th)=Viktor Frankl, the author of Man's Search for Meaning, was a psychiatrist who survived the Holocaust and documented in his writing that human beings cannot choose the course of their lives, but instead can choose how they deal with their experiences, both the joys and sufferings. Frankl argued that people's primary drives are to find purpose and meaning in their lives. HERE'S YOUR PAPER QUESTION: How do characters in The Namesake find meaning in their lives? Explain how these characters' search and achievement of meaning contribute to The Namesake as a whole. You may choose to examine how these characters survive and thrive because of what they find personally meaningful. You should cite evidence from the novel to support your answer to the essay question. You should have a THREE to FIVE quotes. Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) OR I (me, my, mine, etc.). IF you passed BOTH 1st and 2nd marking period, your paper should be 3-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. IF you failed at least one marking period, your paper should be 5-7 pages. Quotes should be properly inserted in your paper (here's a resource on using proper in-text citation). Here's an example: Winston said, "Down with Big Brother" (Orwell 53). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which addresses the paper focus) in your introduction, and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    Friday, June 3rd, 2011: SPEECH PRESENTATIONS (the following people will present today: Deena, Oscar, Sandra, Karen, Elijah, Juan, Francisco, Ian, and, if there's time, the students who did not present in previous days) How will students effectively deliver a graduation speech and prepare for success in college? DUE THIS WEEK OF TUESDAY, MAY 31ST (Tuesday, May 31st--Nicole, Jordan, Angie, and Marelyn; Wednesday, June 1st--Jennifer, Maria, Jonathan, Roberto, Stephanie Rosero, Jaleel, Jaquan, Omar, Estefani; Thursday, June 2nd--John Paul, Andrez, Keyaira, Stephanie Monje, Andrew Okoro, Milton, Rashad and Hema; Friday, June 3rd--Deena, Oscar, Sandra, Karen, Elijah, Juan, Francisco, and Ian): Graduation Speech (Value=20% of 3rd marking period)--includes the following requirements: two-three pages, typed, double spaced, 12 point font, proper heading (your full name, my name, class name/period, date and page numbers), original title, attention grabbing opening, your personal story (including struggles and accomplishments) that has led you to graduation, a description of Info Tech (which may include the student community, the teachers, the staff, the activities, your experiences at Info Tech), your personal thank-yous, advice to your fellow graduates, and a great conclusion (that ties everything together and leaves the audience with a final thought). You will be graded by the following rubric--Graduation Speech Grading Rubric. Use this sample to guide you: Brandon Christie's High School Valedictorian Speech and other valedictorian speeches from 2008. Please remember to dress professionally for your presentation.

    MAKE UP HW: FINAL PAPER (50% of your 3rd marking period grade; it's -10 points each day it's late; it was due on Wednesday, May 18th)=Viktor Frankl, the author of Man's Search for Meaning, was a psychiatrist who survived the Holocaust and documented in his writing that human beings cannot choose the course of their lives, but instead can choose how they deal with their experiences, both the joys and sufferings. Frankl argued that people's primary drives are to find purpose and meaning in their lives. HERE'S YOUR PAPER QUESTION: How do characters in The Namesake find meaning in their lives? Explain how these characters' search and achievement of meaning contribute to The Namesake as a whole. You may choose to examine how these characters survive and thrive because of what they find personally meaningful. You should cite evidence from the novel to support your answer to the essay question. You should have a THREE to FIVE quotes. Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) OR I (me, my, mine, etc.). IF you passed BOTH 1st and 2nd marking period, your paper should be 3-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. IF you failed at least one marking period, your paper should be 5-7 pages. Quotes should be properly inserted in your paper (here's a resource on using proper in-text citation). Here's an example: Winston said, "Down with Big Brother" (Orwell 53). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which addresses the paper focus) in your introduction, and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    Thursday, June 2nd, 2011: SPEECH PRESENTATIONS (the following people will present today: John Paul, Andrez, Keyaira, Stephanie Monje, Andrew Okoro, Milton, Rashad, Hema, and, if there's time, the students who did not present yesterday or Tuesday) How will students effectively deliver a graduation speech and prepare for success in college? DUE THIS WEEK OF TUESDAY, MAY 31ST (Tuesday, May 31st--Nicole, Jordan, Angie, and Marelyn; Wednesday, June 1st--Jennifer, Maria, Jonathan, Roberto, Stephanie Rosero, Jaleel, Jaquan, Omar, Estefani; Thursday, June 2nd--John Paul, Andrez, Keyaira, Stephanie Monje, Andrew Okoro, Milton, Rashad and Hema; Friday, June 3rd--Deena, Oscar, Sandra, Karen, Elijah, Juan, Francisco, and Ian): Graduation Speech (Value=20% of 3rd marking period)--includes the following requirements: two-three pages, typed, double spaced, 12 point font, proper heading (your full name, my name, class name/period, date and page numbers), original title, attention grabbing opening, your personal story (including struggles and accomplishments) that has led you to graduation, a description of Info Tech (which may include the student community, the teachers, the staff, the activities, your experiences at Info Tech), your personal thank-yous, advice to your fellow graduates, and a great conclusion (that ties everything together and leaves the audience with a final thought). You will be graded by the following rubric--Graduation Speech Grading Rubric. Use this sample to guide you: Brandon Christie's High School Valedictorian Speech and other valedictorian speeches from 2008. Please remember to dress professionally for your presentation.

    MAKE UP HW: FINAL PAPER (50% of your 3rd marking period grade; it's -10 points each day it's late; it was due on Wednesday, May 18th)=Viktor Frankl, the author of Man's Search for Meaning, was a psychiatrist who survived the Holocaust and documented in his writing that human beings cannot choose the course of their lives, but instead can choose how they deal with their experiences, both the joys and sufferings. Frankl argued that people's primary drives are to find purpose and meaning in their lives. HERE'S YOUR PAPER QUESTION: How do characters in The Namesake find meaning in their lives? Explain how these characters' search and achievement of meaning contribute to The Namesake as a whole. You may choose to examine how these characters survive and thrive because of what they find personally meaningful. You should cite evidence from the novel to support your answer to the essay question. You should have a THREE to FIVE quotes. Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) OR I (me, my, mine, etc.). IF you passed BOTH 1st and 2nd marking period, your paper should be 3-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. IF you failed at least one marking period, your paper should be 5-7 pages. Quotes should be properly inserted in your paper (here's a resource on using proper in-text citation). Here's an example: Winston said, "Down with Big Brother" (Orwell 53). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which addresses the paper focus) in your introduction, and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    Wednesday, June 1st, 2011: SPEECH PRESENTATIONS (the following people will present today: Jennifer, Maria, Jonathan, Roberto, Stephanie Rosero, Jaleel, Jaquan, Omar, Estefani, and, if there's time, the students who did not present yesterday) How will students effectively deliver a graduation speech and prepare for success in college? DUE THIS WEEK OF TUESDAY, MAY 31ST (Tuesday, May 31st--Nicole, Jordan, Angie, and Marelyn; Wednesday, June 1st--Jennifer, Maria, Jonathan, Roberto, Stephanie Rosero, Jaleel, Jaquan, Omar, Estefani; Thursday, June 2nd--John Paul, Andrez, Keyaira, Stephanie Monje, Andrew Okoro, Milton, Rashad and Hema; Friday, June 3rd--Deena, Oscar, Sandra, Karen, Elijah, Juan, Francisco, and Ian): Graduation Speech (Value=20% of 3rd marking period)--includes the following requirements: two-three pages, typed, double spaced, 12 point font, proper heading (your full name, my name, class name/period, date and page numbers), original title, attention grabbing opening, your personal story (including struggles and accomplishments) that has led you to graduation, a description of Info Tech (which may include the student community, the teachers, the staff, the activities, your experiences at Info Tech), your personal thank-yous, advice to your fellow graduates, and a great conclusion (that ties everything together and leaves the audience with a final thought). You will be graded by the following rubric--Graduation Speech Grading Rubric. Use this sample to guide you: Brandon Christie's High School Valedictorian Speech and other valedictorian speeches from 2008. Please remember to dress professionally for your presentation.

    MAKE UP HW: FINAL PAPER (50% of your 3rd marking period grade; it's -10 points each day it's late; it was due on Wednesday, May 18th)=Viktor Frankl, the author of Man's Search for Meaning, was a psychiatrist who survived the Holocaust and documented in his writing that human beings cannot choose the course of their lives, but instead can choose how they deal with their experiences, both the joys and sufferings. Frankl argued that people's primary drives are to find purpose and meaning in their lives. HERE'S YOUR PAPER QUESTION: How do characters in The Namesake find meaning in their lives? Explain how these characters' search and achievement of meaning contribute to The Namesake as a whole. You may choose to examine how these characters survive and thrive because of what they find personally meaningful. You should cite evidence from the novel to support your answer to the essay question. You should have a THREE to FIVE quotes. Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) OR I (me, my, mine, etc.). IF you passed BOTH 1st and 2nd marking period, your paper should be 3-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. IF you failed at least one marking period, your paper should be 5-7 pages. Quotes should be properly inserted in your paper (here's a resource on using proper in-text citation). Here's an example: Winston said, "Down with Big Brother" (Orwell 53). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which addresses the paper focus) in your introduction, and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    Tuesday, May 31st, 2011: 1. Do Now: SPEECH PRESENTATIONS (the following people will present today: Nicole, Jordan, Angie, and Marelyn)

    2. GUEST SPEAKER: ITHS Alumnus, Anthony Munoz (c/o '08), will speak about how to be successful in college.

    How will students effectively deliver a graduation speech and prepare for success in college? DUE THIS WEEK OF TUESDAY, MAY 31ST (Tuesday, May 31st--Nicole, Jordan, Angie, and Marelyn; Wednesday, June 1st--Jennifer, Maria, Jonathan, Roberto, Stephanie Rosero, Jaleel, Jaquan, Omar, Estefani; Thursday, June 2nd--John Paul, Andrez, Keyaira, Stephanie Monje, Andrew Okoro, Milton, Rashad and Hema; Friday, June 3rd--Deena, Oscar, Sandra, Karen, Elijah, Juan, Francisco, and Ian): Graduation Speech (Value=20% of 3rd marking period)--includes the following requirements: two-three pages, typed, double spaced, 12 point font, proper heading (your full name, my name, class name/period, date and page numbers), original title, attention grabbing opening, your personal story (including struggles and accomplishments) that has led you to graduation, a description of Info Tech (which may include the student community, the teachers, the staff, the activities, your experiences at Info Tech), your personal thank-yous, advice to your fellow graduates, and a great conclusion (that ties everything together and leaves the audience with a final thought). You will be graded by the following rubric--Graduation Speech Grading Rubric. Use this sample to guide you: Brandon Christie's High School Valedictorian Speech and other valedictorian speeches from 2008. Please remember to dress professionally for your presentation.

    MAKE UP HW: FINAL PAPER (50% of your 3rd marking period grade; it's -10 points each day it's late; it was due on Wednesday, May 18th)=Viktor Frankl, the author of Man's Search for Meaning, was a psychiatrist who survived the Holocaust and documented in his writing that human beings cannot choose the course of their lives, but instead can choose how they deal with their experiences, both the joys and sufferings. Frankl argued that people's primary drives are to find purpose and meaning in their lives. HERE'S YOUR PAPER QUESTION: How do characters in The Namesake find meaning in their lives? Explain how these characters' search and achievement of meaning contribute to The Namesake as a whole. You may choose to examine how these characters survive and thrive because of what they find personally meaningful. You should cite evidence from the novel to support your answer to the essay question. You should have a THREE to FIVE quotes. Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) OR I (me, my, mine, etc.). IF you passed BOTH 1st and 2nd marking period, your paper should be 3-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. IF you failed at least one marking period, your paper should be 5-7 pages. Quotes should be properly inserted in your paper (here's a resource on using proper in-text citation). Here's an example: Winston said, "Down with Big Brother" (Orwell 53). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which addresses the paper focus) in your introduction, and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    Friday, May 27th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Finish practice of speech delivery, using the introduction of your speech. Practice your speech in front of multiple classmates. Self-assess and offer feedback for improvement to others.

    2. Work Period: Work on the writing of your graduation speech. Use this sample to guide you: Brandon Christie's High School Valedictorian Speech and other valedictorian speeches from 2008.

    How will students effectively prepare to write and deliver their own graduation speech? MAKE UP HW: FINAL PAPER (50% of your 3rd marking period grade; it's -10 points each day it's late; it was due on Wednesday, May 18th)=Viktor Frankl, the author of Man's Search for Meaning, was a psychiatrist who survived the Holocaust and documented in his writing that human beings cannot choose the course of their lives, but instead can choose how they deal with their experiences, both the joys and sufferings. Frankl argued that people's primary drives are to find purpose and meaning in their lives. HERE'S YOUR PAPER QUESTION: How do characters in The Namesake find meaning in their lives? Explain how these characters' search and achievement of meaning contribute to The Namesake as a whole. You may choose to examine how these characters survive and thrive because of what they find personally meaningful. You should cite evidence from the novel to support your answer to the essay question. You should have a THREE to FIVE quotes. Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) OR I (me, my, mine, etc.). IF you passed BOTH 1st and 2nd marking period, your paper should be 3-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. IF you failed at least one marking period, your paper should be 5-7 pages. Quotes should be properly inserted in your paper (here's a resource on using proper in-text citation). Here's an example: Winston said, "Down with Big Brother" (Orwell 53). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which addresses the paper focus) in your introduction, and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    DUE THIS COMING WEEK OF TUESDAY, MAY 31ST (Tuesday, May 31st--Nicole, Jordan, Angie, and Marelyn; Wednesday, June 1st--Jennifer, Maria, Jonathan, Roberto, Stephanie Rosero, Jaleel, Jaquan, Omar, Estefani; Thursday, June 2nd--John Paul, Andrez, Keyaira, Stephanie Monje, Andrew Okoro, Milton, Rashad and Hema; Friday, June 3rd--Deena, Oscar, Sandra, Karen, Elijah, Juan, Francisco, and Ian): Graduation Speech (Value=20% of 3rd marking period)--includes the following requirements: two-three pages, typed, double spaced, 12 point font, proper heading (your full name, my name, class name/period, date and page numbers), original title, attention grabbing opening, your personal story (including struggles and accomplishments) that has led you to graduation, a description of Info Tech (which may include the student community, the teachers, the staff, the activities, your experiences at Info Tech), your personal thank-yous, advice to your fellow graduates, and a great conclusion (that ties everything together and leaves the audience with a final thought). You will be graded by the following rubric--Graduation Speech Grading Rubric. Use this sample to guide you: Brandon Christie's High School Valedictorian Speech and other valedictorian speeches from 2008. Please remember to dress professionally for your presentation.

    Thursday, May 26th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Continue practice of speech delivery, using the introduction of your speech. Practice your speech in front of multiple classmates. Self-assess and offer feedback for improvement to others.

    2. Work Period: Work on the writing of your graduation speech. Use this sample to guide you: Brandon Christie's High School Valedictorian Speech and other valedictorian speeches from 2008.

    How will students effectively prepare to write and deliver their own graduation speech? MAKE UP HW: FINAL PAPER (50% of your 3rd marking period grade; it's -10 points each day it's late; it was due on Wednesday, May 18th)=Viktor Frankl, the author of Man's Search for Meaning, was a psychiatrist who survived the Holocaust and documented in his writing that human beings cannot choose the course of their lives, but instead can choose how they deal with their experiences, both the joys and sufferings. Frankl argued that people's primary drives are to find purpose and meaning in their lives. HERE'S YOUR PAPER QUESTION: How do characters in The Namesake find meaning in their lives? Explain how these characters' search and achievement of meaning contribute to The Namesake as a whole. You may choose to examine how these characters survive and thrive because of what they find personally meaningful. You should cite evidence from the novel to support your answer to the essay question. You should have a THREE to FIVE quotes. Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) OR I (me, my, mine, etc.). IF you passed BOTH 1st and 2nd marking period, your paper should be 3-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. IF you failed at least one marking period, your paper should be 5-7 pages. Quotes should be properly inserted in your paper (here's a resource on using proper in-text citation). Here's an example: Winston said, "Down with Big Brother" (Orwell 53). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which addresses the paper focus) in your introduction, and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    DUE THE WEEK OF TUESDAY, MAY 31ST (Tuesday, May 31st--Nicole, Jordan, Angie, and Marelyn; Wednesday, June 1st--Jennifer, Maria, Jonathan, Roberto, Stephanie Rosero, Jaleel, Jaquan, Omar, Estefani; Thursday, June 2nd--John Paul, Andrez, Keyaira, Stephanie Monje, Andrew Okoro, Milton, Rashad and Hema; Friday, June 3rd--Deena, Oscar, Sandra, Karen, Elijah, Juan, Francisco, and Ian): Graduation Speech (Value=20% of 3rd marking period)--includes the following requirements: two-three pages, typed, double spaced, 12 point font, proper heading (your full name, my name, class name/period, date and page numbers), original title, attention grabbing opening, your personal story (including struggles and accomplishments) that has led you to graduation, a description of Info Tech (which may include the student community, the teachers, the staff, the activities, your experiences at Info Tech), your personal thank-yous, advice to your fellow graduates, and a great conclusion (that ties everything together and leaves the audience with a final thought). You will be graded by the following rubric--Graduation Speech Grading Rubric. Use this sample to guide you: Brandon Christie's High School Valedictorian Speech and other valedictorian speeches from 2008. Please remember to dress professionally for your presentation.

    Wednesday, May 25th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Write the introduction paragraph (and additional body paragraphs, if time allows) of your graduation speech. Use this sample to guide you: Brandon Christie's High School Valedictorian Speech and other valedictorian speeches from 2008.

    2. Begin practice of speech delivery, using the introduction of your speech. Practice your speech in front of multiple classmates. Self-assess and offer feedback for improvement to others.

    How will students effectively prepare to write and deliver their own graduation speech? MAKE UP HW: FINAL PAPER (50% of your 3rd marking period grade; it's -10 points each day it's late; it was due on Wednesday, May 18th)=Viktor Frankl, the author of Man's Search for Meaning, was a psychiatrist who survived the Holocaust and documented in his writing that human beings cannot choose the course of their lives, but instead can choose how they deal with their experiences, both the joys and sufferings. Frankl argued that people's primary drives are to find purpose and meaning in their lives. HERE'S YOUR PAPER QUESTION: How do characters in The Namesake find meaning in their lives? Explain how these characters' search and achievement of meaning contribute to The Namesake as a whole. You may choose to examine how these characters survive and thrive because of what they find personally meaningful. You should cite evidence from the novel to support your answer to the essay question. You should have a THREE to FIVE quotes. Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) OR I (me, my, mine, etc.). IF you passed BOTH 1st and 2nd marking period, your paper should be 3-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. IF you failed at least one marking period, your paper should be 5-7 pages. Quotes should be properly inserted in your paper (here's a resource on using proper in-text citation). Here's an example: Winston said, "Down with Big Brother" (Orwell 53). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which addresses the paper focus) in your introduction, and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    DUE THE WEEK OF TUESDAY, MAY 31ST (assigned date given in class): Graduation Speech (Value=20% of 3rd marking period)--includes the following requirements: two-three pages, typed, double spaced, 12 point font, proper heading (your full name, my name, class name/period, date and page numbers), original title, attention grabbing opening, your personal story (including struggles and accomplishments) that has led you to graduation, a description of Info Tech (which may include the student community, the teachers, the staff, the activities, your experiences at Info Tech), your personal thank-yous, advice to your fellow graduates, and a great conclusion (that ties everything together and leaves the audience with a final thought). You will be graded by the following rubric--Graduation Speech Grading Rubric. Use this sample to guide you: Brandon Christie's High School Valedictorian Speech and other valedictorian speeches from 2008.

    Tuesday, May 24th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Write the introduction paragraph of your graduation speech. Use this sample to guide you: Brandon Christie's High School Valedictorian Speech and other valedictorian speeches from 2008.

    2. Introduce the rubric--Graduation Speech Grading Rubric.

    How will students effectively prepare to write and deliver their own graduation speech? MAKE UP HW: FINAL PAPER (50% of your 3rd marking period grade; it's -10 points each day it's late; it was due on Wednesday, May 18th)=Viktor Frankl, the author of Man's Search for Meaning, was a psychiatrist who survived the Holocaust and documented in his writing that human beings cannot choose the course of their lives, but instead can choose how they deal with their experiences, both the joys and sufferings. Frankl argued that people's primary drives are to find purpose and meaning in their lives. HERE'S YOUR PAPER QUESTION: How do characters in The Namesake find meaning in their lives? Explain how these characters' search and achievement of meaning contribute to The Namesake as a whole. You may choose to examine how these characters survive and thrive because of what they find personally meaningful. You should cite evidence from the novel to support your answer to the essay question. You should have a THREE to FIVE quotes. Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) OR I (me, my, mine, etc.). IF you passed BOTH 1st and 2nd marking period, your paper should be 3-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. IF you failed at least one marking period, your paper should be 5-7 pages. Quotes should be properly inserted in your paper (here's a resource on using proper in-text citation). Here's an example: Winston said, "Down with Big Brother" (Orwell 53). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which addresses the paper focus) in your introduction, and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    DUE THE WEEK OF TUESDAY, MAY 31ST (assigned date given in class): Graduation Speech (Value=20% of 3rd marking period)--includes the following requirements: two-three pages, typed, double spaced, 12 point font, proper heading (your full name, my name, class name/period, date and page numbers), original title, attention grabbing opening, your personal story (including struggles and accomplishments) that has led you to graduation, a description of Info Tech (which may include the student community, the teachers, the staff, the activities, your experiences at Info Tech), your personal thank-yous, advice to your fellow graduates, and a great conclusion (that ties everything together and leaves the audience with a final thought). You will be graded by the following rubric--Graduation Speech Grading Rubric. Use this sample to guide you: Brandon Christie's High School Valedictorian Speech and other valedictorian speeches from 2008.

    Monday, May 23rd, 2011: 1. Do Now: Review the sample graduation speech. Review the major componenents you will need to insert in your own original graduation speech.

    2. Work Period: Begin brainstorming for your graduation speech. Work on writing a first draft of the speech.

    How will students effectively prepare to write their own graduation speech? MAKE UP HW: FINAL PAPER (50% of your 3rd marking period grade; it's -10 points each day it's late; it was due on Wednesday, May 18th)=Viktor Frankl, the author of Man's Search for Meaning, was a psychiatrist who survived the Holocaust and documented in his writing that human beings cannot choose the course of their lives, but instead can choose how they deal with their experiences, both the joys and sufferings. Frankl argued that people's primary drives are to find purpose and meaning in their lives. HERE'S YOUR PAPER QUESTION: How do characters in The Namesake find meaning in their lives? Explain how these characters' search and achievement of meaning contribute to The Namesake as a whole. You may choose to examine how these characters survive and thrive because of what they find personally meaningful. You should cite evidence from the novel to support your answer to the essay question. You should have a THREE to FIVE quotes. Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) OR I (me, my, mine, etc.). IF you passed BOTH 1st and 2nd marking period, your paper should be 3-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. IF you failed at least one marking period, your paper should be 5-7 pages. Quotes should be properly inserted in your paper (here's a resource on using proper in-text citation). Here's an example: Winston said, "Down with Big Brother" (Orwell 53). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which addresses the paper focus) in your introduction, and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    DUE THE WEEK OF TUESDAY, MAY 31ST (assigned date given in class): Graduation Speech (Value=20% of 3rd marking period)--includes the following requirements: two-three pages, typed, double spaced, 12 point font, proper heading (your full name, my name, class name/period, date and page numbers), original title, attention grabbing opening, your personal story (including struggles and accomplishments) that has led you to graduation, a description of Info Tech (which may include the student community, the teachers, the staff, the activities, your experiences at Info Tech), your personal thank-yous, advice to your fellow graduates, and a great conclusion (that ties everything together and leaves the audience with a final thought). You will be graded by the following rubric--Graduation Speech Grading Rubric. Use this sample to guide you: Brandon Christie's High School Valedictorian Speech and other valedictorian speeches from 2008.

    Friday, May 20th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Introduce a sample graduation speech. Turn the speech into an outline. What are the major components of the speech? Those major componenents you will need to insert in your own original graduation speech.

    2. Discuss/Share your findings and analysis of the Do Now.

    3. Work Period: Begin brainstorming for your graduation speech.

    How will students effectively prepare to write their own graduation speech? MAKE UP HW: FINAL PAPER (50% of your 3rd marking period grade; it's -10 points each day it's late; it was due on Wednesday, May 18th)=Viktor Frankl, the author of Man's Search for Meaning, was a psychiatrist who survived the Holocaust and documented in his writing that human beings cannot choose the course of their lives, but instead can choose how they deal with their experiences, both the joys and sufferings. Frankl argued that people's primary drives are to find purpose and meaning in their lives. HERE'S YOUR PAPER QUESTION: How do characters in The Namesake find meaning in their lives? Explain how these characters' search and achievement of meaning contribute to The Namesake as a whole. You may choose to examine how these characters survive and thrive because of what they find personally meaningful. You should cite evidence from the novel to support your answer to the essay question. You should have a THREE to FIVE quotes. Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) OR I (me, my, mine, etc.). IF you passed BOTH 1st and 2nd marking period, your paper should be 3-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. IF you failed at least one marking period, your paper should be 5-7 pages. Quotes should be properly inserted in your paper (here's a resource on using proper in-text citation). Here's an example: Winston said, "Down with Big Brother" (Orwell 53). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which addresses the paper focus) in your introduction, and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    DUE THE WEEK OF TUESDAY, MAY 31ST (assigned date given in class): Graduation Speech (Value=20% of 3rd marking period)--includes the following requirements: two-three pages, typed, double spaced, 12 point font, proper heading (your full name, my name, class name/period, date and page numbers), original title, attention grabbing opening, your personal story (including struggles and accomplishments) that has led you to graduation, a description of Info Tech (which may include the student community, the teachers, the staff, the activities, your experiences at Info Tech), your personal thank-yous, advice to your fellow graduates, and a great conclusion (that ties everything together and leaves the audience with a final thought). You will be graded by the following rubric--Graduation Speech Grading Rubric. Use this sample to guide you: Brandon Christie's High School Valedictorian Speech and other valedictorian speeches from 2008.

    Thursday, May 19th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Finish composing subsidiary questions that support the essay question. Create the subsidiary questions in 5 W's and 1 H (who, what, when, where, why and how) based on your final paper. Here are sample subsidiary questions. Return all books borrowed.

    2. Share your questions in verbal and written expression (on a class chart paper).

    3. Work Period: Make up any HW owed. Write a list of 5 skills that you've learned in high school and 5 skills that you'd like to learn before you graduate high school. Turn it in before the end of the period.

    How will students effectively reflect on the writing of their final paper and discuss any further skills they'd like to acquire or hone before graduation? MAKE UP HW: FINAL PAPER (50% of your 3rd marking period grade; it's -10 points each day it's late; it was due yesterday, Wednesday, May 18th)=Viktor Frankl, the author of Man's Search for Meaning, was a psychiatrist who survived the Holocaust and documented in his writing that human beings cannot choose the course of their lives, but instead can choose how they deal with their experiences, both the joys and sufferings. Frankl argued that people's primary drives are to find purpose and meaning in their lives. HERE'S YOUR PAPER QUESTION: How do characters in The Namesake find meaning in their lives? Explain how these characters' search and achievement of meaning contribute to The Namesake as a whole. You may choose to examine how these characters survive and thrive because of what they find personally meaningful. You should cite evidence from the novel to support your answer to the essay question. You should have a THREE to FIVE quotes. Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) OR I (me, my, mine, etc.). IF you passed BOTH 1st and 2nd marking period, your paper should be 3-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. IF you failed at least one marking period, your paper should be 5-7 pages. Quotes should be properly inserted in your paper (here's a resource on using proper in-text citation). Here's an example: Winston said, "Down with Big Brother" (Orwell 53). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which addresses the paper focus) in your introduction, and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.
    Wednesday, May 18th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Reflections. What were your strengths in your final paper? Areas needing improvement? Did you attend to your grading rubric and the list of strengths/weaknesses composed recently?

    2. Discuss/Share: Discuss Do Now.

    3. Work Period: Compose subsidiary questions that support the essay question. Create the subsidiary questions in 5 W's and 1 H (who, what, when, where, why and how) based on your final paper. Here are sample subsidiary questions.

    4. Share your questions in verbal and written expression (on a class chart paper).

    How will students effectively reflect on the writing of their final paper? MAKE UP HW: FINAL PAPER (50% of your 3rd marking period grade; it's -10 points each day it's late)=Viktor Frankl, the author of Man's Search for Meaning, was a psychiatrist who survived the Holocaust and documented in his writing that human beings cannot choose the course of their lives, but instead can choose how they deal with their experiences, both the joys and sufferings. Frankl argued that people's primary drives are to find purpose and meaning in their lives. HERE'S YOUR PAPER QUESTION: How do characters in The Namesake find meaning in their lives? Explain how these characters' search and achievement of meaning contribute to The Namesake as a whole. You may choose to examine how these characters survive and thrive because of what they find personally meaningful. You should cite evidence from the novel to support your answer to the essay question. You should have a THREE to FIVE quotes. Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) OR I (me, my, mine, etc.). IF you passed BOTH 1st and 2nd marking period, your paper should be 3-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. IF you failed at least one marking period, your paper should be 5-7 pages. Quotes should be properly inserted in your paper (here's a resource on using proper in-text citation). Here's an example: Winston said, "Down with Big Brother" (Orwell 53). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which addresses the paper focus) in your introduction, and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.
    Tuesday, May 17th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Work on the introduction and body paragraphs of your final paper. Have a neighbor and the teacher review it and offer suggestions for improvement.

    2. Work Period: Work on any owed HW.

    3. Discuss/Share: Review paper concerns and requirements.

    How will students effectively prepare to write their final paper? DUE TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, MAY 18th: FINAL PAPER (50% of your 3rd marking period grade)=Viktor Frankl, the author of Man's Search for Meaning, was a psychiatrist who survived the Holocaust and documented in his writing that human beings cannot choose the course of their lives, but instead can choose how they deal with their experiences, both the joys and sufferings. Frankl argued that people's primary drives are to find purpose and meaning in their lives. HERE'S YOUR PAPER QUESTION: How do characters in The Namesake find meaning in their lives? Explain how these characters' search and achievement of meaning contribute to The Namesake as a whole. You may choose to examine how these characters survive and thrive because of what they find personally meaningful. You should cite evidence from the novel to support your answer to the essay question. You should have a THREE to FIVE quotes. Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) OR I (me, my, mine, etc.). IF you passed BOTH 1st and 2nd marking period, your paper should be 3-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. IF you failed at least one marking period, your paper should be 5-7 pages. Quotes should be properly inserted in your paper (here's a resource on using proper in-text citation). Here's an example: Winston said, "Down with Big Brother" (Orwell 53). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which addresses the paper focus) in your introduction, and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.
    Monday, May 16th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Work on the introduction of your final paper (make sure to begin with an attention grabber and your thesis statement toward the bottom of the introduction). Have a neighbor and the teacher review it and offer suggestions for improvement.

    2. Work Period: Work on any owed HW.

    3. Discuss/Share: Review paper concerns and requirements.

    How will students effectively prepare to write their final paper? DUE THIS WEDNESDAY, MAY 18th: FINAL PAPER (50% of your 3rd marking period grade)=Viktor Frankl, the author of Man's Search for Meaning, was a psychiatrist who survived the Holocaust and documented in his writing that human beings cannot choose the course of their lives, but instead can choose how they deal with their experiences, both the joys and sufferings. Frankl argued that people's primary drives are to find purpose and meaning in their lives. HERE'S YOUR PAPER QUESTION: How do characters in The Namesake find meaning in their lives? Explain how these characters' search and achievement of meaning contribute to The Namesake as a whole. You may choose to examine how these characters survive and thrive because of what they find personally meaningful. You should cite evidence from the novel to support your answer to the essay question. You should have a THREE to FIVE quotes. Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) OR I (me, my, mine, etc.). IF you passed BOTH 1st and 2nd marking period, your paper should be 3-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. IF you failed at least one marking period, your paper should be 5-7 pages. Quotes should be properly inserted in your paper (here's a resource on using proper in-text citation). Here's an example: Winston said, "Down with Big Brother" (Orwell 53). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which addresses the paper focus) in your introduction, and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.
    Friday, May 13th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Take notes on the works cited. Show HW (revised version of your last major paper--show the old and new versions).

    2. Work Period: Work on any owed HW.

    3. Discuss/Share: Review paper concerns and requirements.

    How will students effectively prepare to write their final paper? DUE THIS WEDNESDAY, MAY 18th: FINAL PAPER (50% of your 3rd marking period grade)=Viktor Frankl, the author of Man's Search for Meaning, was a psychiatrist who survived the Holocaust and documented in his writing that human beings cannot choose the course of their lives, but instead can choose how they deal with their experiences, both the joys and sufferings. Frankl argued that people's primary drives are to find purpose and meaning in their lives. HERE'S YOUR PAPER QUESTION: How do characters in The Namesake find meaning in their lives? Explain how these characters' search and achievement of meaning contribute to The Namesake as a whole. You may choose to examine how these characters survive and thrive because of what they find personally meaningful. You should cite evidence from the novel to support your answer to the essay question. You should have a THREE to FIVE quotes. Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) OR I (me, my, mine, etc.). IF you passed BOTH 1st and 2nd marking period, your paper should be 3-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. IF you failed at least one marking period, your paper should be 5-7 pages. Quotes should be properly inserted in your paper (here's a resource on using proper in-text citation). Here's an example: Winston said, "Down with Big Brother" (Orwell 53). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which addresses the paper focus) in your introduction, and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.
    Thursday, May 12th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Show any owed HW. Write a list of your strengths and areas needing improvement in your writing.

    2. Discuss/Share: Review paper concerns and requirements.

    How will students effectively prepare to write their final paper? DUE TOMORROW, FRIDAY, MAY 13th:
  • Turn in the revised version of your last major paper (returned today).

    Make up any owed HW (see snapgrades and previous assignments found on www.msconn.net).

    DUE WEDNESDAY, MAY 18th: FINAL PAPER (50% of your 3rd marking period grade)=Viktor Frankl, the author of Man's Search for Meaning, was a psychiatrist who survived the Holocaust and documented in his writing that human beings cannot choose the course of their lives, but instead can choose how they deal with their experiences, both the joys and sufferings. Frankl argued that people's primary drives are to find purpose and meaning in their lives. HERE'S YOUR PAPER QUESTION: How do characters in The Namesake find meaning in their lives? Explain how these characters' search and achievement of meaning contribute to The Namesake as a whole. You may choose to examine how these characters survive and thrive because of what they find personally meaningful. You should cite evidence from the novel to support your answer to the essay question. You should have a THREE to FIVE quotes. Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) OR I (me, my, mine, etc.). IF you passed BOTH 1st and 2nd marking period, your paper should be 3-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. IF you failed at least one marking period, your paper should be 5-7 pages. Quotes should be properly inserted in your paper (here's a resource on using proper in-text citation). Here's an example: Winston said, "Down with Big Brother" (Orwell 53). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which addresses the paper focus) in your introduction, and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

  • Wednesday, May 11th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Show HW (three quotes/three pages).

    2. Discuss/Share: Review paper concerns.

    How will students effectively prepare to write their final paper? DUE FRIDAY, MAY 13th:
  • Turn in the revised version of your last major paper (returned today).

    Make up any owed HW (see snapgrades and previous assignments found on www.msconn.net).

  • Tuesday, May 10th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Find textual evidence from The Namesake to support the answer to this question: How do Gogol and other characters in The Namesake find meaning in their lives? Find at least three direct quotes.

    2. Work Period: Begin HW.

    How will students effectively identify and analyze textual evidence in The Namesake to support characters finding meaning? DUE TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, MAY 11th:
  • Identify three quotes from The Namesake. In one page for each quote, introduce the quote, write the quote (with proper citation; for example: "I am free" (Lahiri 400).) and explain how the quote supports the character's search or achievement of meaning in his or her life. You should have a TOTAL OF THREE PAGES for your three quotes!

    Make up any owed HW (see snapgrades and previous assignments found on www.msconn.net).

  • Monday, May 9th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Answer the following questions:
  • How do you define a meaningful life (from your perspective)?
  • How will you find meaning in your life in the future?
  • How do Gogol and other characters in The Namesake find meaning in their lives?
  • How do protagonists in the other novels that we've read this year (Edna from The Awakening, Gregor from The Metamorphosis, Amir from The Kite Runner) find meaning in their lives?

    2. Discuss/Share: Discuss Do Now answers.

  • How will students effectively analyze the definition of a meaningful life from a personal and literary perspective? Make up any owed HW (see snapgrades and previous assignments found on www.msconn.net).
    Friday, May 6th, 2011: 1. Do Now: In discussion groups, students will discuss and determine the following question:
  • How does the theme from your discussion question (#2-the influence of literature in characters' lives, #3-the immigrant experience, #4 and #5-self vs. family, #6-definition of home) contribute to the novel, The Namesake), as a whole? Refer to the story's plot, from start to finish.

    2. Discuss/Share: Students in discussion groups will share their answers from the work period.

    3. Reflections: What did you learn in the discussion group work? What were your strengths in this discussion group work? What would you need to work on to be more successful in this group activity?

  • How will students effectively analyze The Namesake for important themes: the influence of literature in people's lives, the immigrant experience, self vs. family, and the definition of home? Make up any owed HW (see snapgrades and previous assignments found on www.msconn.net).
    Thursday, May 5th, 2011: 1. Do Now: In discussion groups, students will share their assigned discussion question taken from this List of Discussion Questions on The Namesake. Each discussion group will read their question to the whole class and share a summary of their ONE written page of their cumulative answers. Students in each group will share specific evidence from the novel (with page #s) to support their answers to the discussion question. The discussion questions address the following themes: the influence of literature in people's lives, the immigrant experience, the definition of home, or self vs. family. The whole class will take notes on key ideas and references to page numbers that the teacher deems appropriate.

    2. Work Period: In discussion groups, students will discuss and determine the following question:

  • How does the theme from your discussion question (#2-the influence of literature in characters' lives, #3-the immigrant experience, #4 and #5-self vs. family, #6-definition of home) contribute to the novel, The Namesake), as a whole? Refer to the story's plot, from start to finish.

    3. Discuss/Share: Students in discussion groups will share their answers from the work period.

    4. Reflections: What did you learn in the discussion group work? What were your strengths in this discussion group work? What would you need to work on to be more successful in this group activity?

  • How will students effectively analyze The Namesake for important themes: the influence of literature in people's lives, the immigrant experience, self vs. family, and the definition of home? Make up any owed HW (see snapgrades and previous assignments found on www.msconn.net).
    Wednesday, May 4th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Arrange in yesterday's discussion groups of 3 (classmates you do not normally sit with; you may choose your group mates). Each group was assigned a discussion question taken from these Discussion Questions on The Namesake. Each discussion group will write ONE full page of their cumulative answers, using specific evidence from the novel (with page #s). Be prepared to share with the whole class. Turn in the HW: a freewrite of one page (typed) or two pages (handwritten) on one of the following themes: the influence of literature in people's lives, the immigrant experience, the definition of home, or self vs. family. You should have included personal, societal and literary references.

    2. Discuss/Share: Groups will share their findings with the rest of the class.

    How will students effectively analyze The Namesake for important themes: the influence of literature in people's lives, the immigrant experience, self vs. family, and the definition of home? Make up any owed HW (including the freewrite due today and/or the reading of The Namesake).
    Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011: 1. Do Now: Arrange in discussion groups of 3 (classmates you do not normally sit with; you may choose your group mates). Each group will be assigned a discussion question taken from these Discussion Questions on The Namesake. Each discussion group will write ONE full page of their cumulative answers, using specific evidence from the novel (with page #s). Be prepared to share with the whole class.

    2. Discuss/Share: Groups will share their findings with the rest of the class.

    How will students effectively analyze The Namesake for important themes: the influence of literature in people's lives, the immigrant experience, self vs. family, and the definition of home? DUE TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, MAY 4th:
  • FREEWRITE: Write a TWO-page handwritten freewrite OR ONE-page typed (double-spaced) freewrite on ONE of the following themes: the influence of literature in people's lives, the immigrant experience, the definition of home, or self vs. family. You should include personal, societal and literary references.
  • Monday, May 2nd, 2011: 1. Do Now: Discuss and share your impressions of the novel. What was the author's purpose in writing this novel? What makes this novel a 'bestseller'? Why is this a universal novel?

    2. Take notes on the Do Now.

    How will students effectively analyze The Namesake for important themes? Finish reading The Namesake, if necessary.
    Friday, April 29th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Discuss and share your impressions of the novel. What was the author's purpose in writing this novel? What makes this novel a 'bestseller'? Why is this a universal novel?

    2. Work Period: Assist in grading vocabulary quizzes.

    How will students effectively analyze The Namesake for important themes? N/A
    Thursday, April 28th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Turn in the HW--THREE pages of freewriting on three one-sentence quotes taken from the novel, The Namesake that support any of the following themes/terms: characters' internal conflicts, family culture, assimilation, and dreams for the future.

    2. Reflections: Discuss and share your impressions of the novel. What was the author's purpose in writing this novel? What makes this novel a 'bestseller'? Why is this a universal novel?

    3. Work Period: Arrange in discussion groups of 3 (classmates you do not normally sit with; you may choose your group mates). Each group will be assigned three discussion questions (each student must answer #1 and #7 and each group will be assigned another specific question) taken from these Discussion Questions on The Namesake. Each student will write a 1/2 page answer for #1 and #7. Each discussion group will write ONE full page of their cumulative answers, using specific evidence from the novel (with page #s). Be prepared to share with the whole class.

    How will students effectively analyze The Namesake for important themes? Make up HW by TOMORROW, Friday, April 29th (the last day of the 2nd marking period!):
  • See snapgrades and previous days' assignments for all the details!
  • Wednesday, April 27th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Quiz on The Namesake

    2. Work Period: Find THREE one-sentence quotes taken from the novel, The Namesake that support any of the following themes/terms: characters' internal conflicts, family culture, assimilation, and dreams for the future. Freewrite one page for each of the quotes found. This will be finished for HW.

    3. Reflections: Discuss and share your impressions of the novel. What was the author's purpose in writing this novel? What makes this novel a 'bestseller'? Why is this a universal novel?

    How will students effectively analyze The Namesake for important themes? DUE TOMORROW, THURSDAY, APRIL 28th:
    Finish today's classwork: Find THREE one-sentence quotes taken from the novel, The Namesake that support any of the following themes/terms: characters' internal conflicts, family culture, assimilation, and dreams for the future. Freewrite one page for each of the quotes (this means you should have a total of THREE handwritten pages OR TWO PAGES typed, double-spaced, 12 point, Times New Roman font).

    Make up HW by THIS Friday, April 29th (the last day of the 2nd marking period!):

  • See snapgrades and previous days' assignments for all the details!
  • Friday, April 15th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Read The Namesake, taking notes on the following themes: characters' internal conflicts, family's culture, assimilation, and dreams for the future.

    2. Find specific quotes in the novel that support these themes stated in the Do Now.

    How will students effectively analyze The Namesake for important themes? DUE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27th (the day we return from vacation!):
  • Read The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (this book was provided in class). Take a reading quiz (this will prove that you read the book). It's a great book about a boy and his family becoming American while dealing with loyalties to their native country, India. While reading, examine Gogol (the protagonist) and his internal conflicts, family's culture, assimilation and dreams for his future.

    Make up HW:
    THEMATIC PAPER (50% of 2nd marking period; it was due last WEDNESDAY; it's -10 points for each day late): Compare and contrast ONE of the themes analyzed (sin, guilt, redemption, or prejudice) in The Kite Runner and at least one other work of literature studied in the course thus far (either The Awakening or The Metamorphosis or both). Explain how your chosen theme exists in the literary works AND how the characters deal with the theme in similar and different ways. To write a more sophisticated paper, offer insight into how these characters deal with the chosen theme in a universally human manner. Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) or I (my, mine, me, etc.). The paper should be 4-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. Include sufficient supporting evidence, with only three meaningful quotes, which should include analysis for each quote (reasons that these quotes are appropriate and supportive of the paper's focus). Those quotes should be properly inserted in your paper. Here's a resource on using proper in-text citation and an example: "When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin" (Kafka 3). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, and a clear thesis statement, which addresses the paper focus, in your introduction. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    Make up any other owed HW (see snapgrades!).

  • Thursday, April 14th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Introduce HW. Distribute The Namesake books and fill out the book receipts.

    2. Read "America", a poem by Claude McKay in honor of Poem in My Pocket Day!

    How will students effectively analyze a poem that will prepare them for the study of The Namesake? DUE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27th (the day we return from vacation!):
  • Read The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (this book was provided in class). Take a reading quiz (this will prove that you read the book). It's a great book about a boy and his family becoming American while dealing with loyalties to their native country, India. While reading, examine Gogol (the protagonist) and his internal conflicts, family's culture, assimilation and dreams for his future.

    Make up HW:
    THEMATIC PAPER (50% of 2nd marking period; it was due last WEDNESDAY; it's -10 points for each day late): Compare and contrast ONE of the themes analyzed (sin, guilt, redemption, or prejudice) in The Kite Runner and at least one other work of literature studied in the course thus far (either The Awakening or The Metamorphosis or both). Explain how your chosen theme exists in the literary works AND how the characters deal with the theme in similar and different ways. To write a more sophisticated paper, offer insight into how these characters deal with the chosen theme in a universally human manner. Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) or I (my, mine, me, etc.). The paper should be 4-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. Include sufficient supporting evidence, with only three meaningful quotes, which should include analysis for each quote (reasons that these quotes are appropriate and supportive of the paper's focus). Those quotes should be properly inserted in your paper. Here's a resource on using proper in-text citation and an example: "When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin" (Kafka 3). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, and a clear thesis statement, which addresses the paper focus, in your introduction. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    Make up any other owed HW (see snapgrades!).

  • Wednesday, April 13th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Instructions on writing a 4-5 paragraph (about 2 pages, handwritten) essay on these two poems, "To David, About His Education" by Howard Nemerov and "The Tables Turned" by William Wordsworth. Here's the essay question: Examine the the similarities and differences between the poets' attitudes toward education. You may wish to consider style, tone, poetic devices, structure and imagery. You should include plentiful details/examples from both poems to support your answer to the essay question.

    2. Work Period: Compose the essay, addressing the essay question (instructions are above).

    How will students effectively analyze and annotate poetry and, consequently, write an essay comparing/contrasting two poems? DUE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27th (the day we return from vacation!):
  • Read The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (this book was provided in class). Take a reading quiz (this will prove that you read the book). It's a great book about a boy and his family becoming American while dealing with loyalties to their native country, India. While reading, examine Gogol (the protagonist) and his internal conflicts, family's culture, assimilation and dreams for his future.

    Make up HW:
    THEMATIC PAPER (50% of 2nd marking period; it was due last WEDNESDAY; it's -10 points for each day late): Compare and contrast ONE of the themes analyzed (sin, guilt, redemption, or prejudice) in The Kite Runner and at least one other work of literature studied in the course thus far (either The Awakening or The Metamorphosis or both). Explain how your chosen theme exists in the literary works AND how the characters deal with the theme in similar and different ways. To write a more sophisticated paper, offer insight into how these characters deal with the chosen theme in a universally human manner. Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) or I (my, mine, me, etc.). The paper should be 4-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. Include sufficient supporting evidence, with only three meaningful quotes, which should include analysis for each quote (reasons that these quotes are appropriate and supportive of the paper's focus). Those quotes should be properly inserted in your paper. Here's a resource on using proper in-text citation and an example: "When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin" (Kafka 3). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, and a clear thesis statement, which addresses the paper focus, in your introduction. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    Make up any other owed HW (see snapgrades!).

  • Tuesday, April 12th, 2011: 1. Do Now: In honor of poetry month, we will discuss/analyze "To David, About His Education" by Howard Nemerov. As a class, we will share our paraphrases of each line, identify poetic devices and understand author's purpose for writing the poem. Add to your notes, identifying style, tone, poetic devices, structure and imagery.

    2. Examine both poems, "The Tables Turned" by William Wordsworth and "To David, About His Education" by Howard Nemerov. Analyze the poems in connection to the following essay question: Examine the the similarities and differences between the poets' attitudes toward education. You may wish to consider style, tone, poetic devices, structure and imagery. Did you consider the titles and their relevance to the poems? What about the rhyme scheme? Did you pay attention to the punctuation and capitalization choices? What are the poets' messages? How are these poems personally relevant?

    How will students effectively analyze and annotate poetry and prepare to write an essay comparing/contrasting two poems? Make up HW:
    THEMATIC PAPER (50% of 2nd marking period; it was due last WEDNESDAY; it's -10 points for each day late): Compare and contrast ONE of the themes analyzed (sin, guilt, redemption, or prejudice) in The Kite Runner and at least one other work of literature studied in the course thus far (either The Awakening or The Metamorphosis or both). Explain how your chosen theme exists in the literary works AND how the characters deal with the theme in similar and different ways. To write a more sophisticated paper, offer insight into how these characters deal with the chosen theme in a universally human manner. Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) or I (my, mine, me, etc.). The paper should be 4-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. Include sufficient supporting evidence, with only three meaningful quotes, which should include analysis for each quote (reasons that these quotes are appropriate and supportive of the paper's focus). Those quotes should be properly inserted in your paper. Here's a resource on using proper in-text citation and an example: "When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin" (Kafka 3). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, and a clear thesis statement, which addresses the paper focus, in your introduction. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    Make up any other owed HW (see snapgrades!).

    Monday, April 11th, 2011: Work Period: In honor of poetry month, analyze and annotate "The Tables Turned" by William Wordsworth and "To David, About His Education" by Howard Nemerov. You should paraphrase each stanza (or every 4 lines), identify poetic devices and understand author's purpose for writing each poem. Analyze the poems in connection to the following essay question: Examine the the similarities and differences between the poets' attitudes toward education. You may wish to consider style, tone, poetic devices, structure and imagery. Did you consider the titles and their relevance to the poems? What about the rhyme scheme? Did you pay attention to the punctuation and capitalization choices? What are the poets' messages? How are these poems personally relevant? How will students effectively analyze and annotate poetry and prepare to write an essay comparing/contrasting two poems? Make up HW:
    THEMATIC PAPER (50% of 2nd marking period; it was due last WEDNESDAY; it's -10 points for each day late): Compare and contrast ONE of the themes analyzed (sin, guilt, redemption, or prejudice) in The Kite Runner and at least one other work of literature studied in the course thus far (either The Awakening or The Metamorphosis or both). Explain how your chosen theme exists in the literary works AND how the characters deal with the theme in similar and different ways. To write a more sophisticated paper, offer insight into how these characters deal with the chosen theme in a universally human manner. Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) or I (my, mine, me, etc.). The paper should be 4-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. Include sufficient supporting evidence, with only three meaningful quotes, which should include analysis for each quote (reasons that these quotes are appropriate and supportive of the paper's focus). Those quotes should be properly inserted in your paper. Here's a resource on using proper in-text citation and an example: "When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin" (Kafka 3). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, and a clear thesis statement, which addresses the paper focus, in your introduction. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    Make up any other owed HW (see snapgrades!).

    Friday, April 8th, 2011: 1. Do Now: In honor of poetry month, analyze and annotate "The Tables Turned" by William Wordsworth and "To David, About His Education" by Howard Nemerov. You should paraphrase each stanza (or every 4 lines), identify poetic devices and understand author's purpose for writing each poem. Analyze the poems in connection to the following essay question: Examine the the similarities and differences between the poets' attitudes toward education. You may wish to consider style, tone, poetic devices, structure and imagery.

    2.Reflections/Discussion: Our discussion will also address the following questions: Did you consider the titles and their relevance to the poems? What about the rhyme scheme? Did you pay attention to the punctuation and capitalization choices? What are the poets' messages? How are these poems personally relevant?

    3. Essay Prep: Let's write a class-approved thesis statement. Begin to write a class-approved outline for this essay (in Roman Numeral form). Take notes.

    How will students effectively analyze and annotate poetry and prepare to write an essay comparing/contrasting two poems? Make up HW:
    THEMATIC PAPER (50% of 2nd marking period; it was due on WEDNESDAY; it's -10 points for each day late): Compare and contrast ONE of the themes analyzed (sin, guilt, redemption, or prejudice) in The Kite Runner and at least one other work of literature studied in the course thus far (either The Awakening or The Metamorphosis or both). Explain how your chosen theme exists in the literary works AND how the characters deal with the theme in similar and different ways. To write a more sophisticated paper, offer insight into how these characters deal with the chosen theme in a universally human manner. Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) or I (my, mine, me, etc.). The paper should be 4-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. Include sufficient supporting evidence, with only three meaningful quotes, which should include analysis for each quote (reasons that these quotes are appropriate and supportive of the paper's focus). Those quotes should be properly inserted in your paper. Here's a resource on using proper in-text citation and an example: "When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin" (Kafka 3). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, and a clear thesis statement, which addresses the paper focus, in your introduction. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    Make up any other owed HW (see snapgrades!).

    Thursday, April 7th, 2011: 1. Do Now: In honor of poetry month, read "The Tables Turned" by William Wordsworth and "To David, About His Education" by Howard Nemerov. Annotate, underline and circle words/phrases that support the following question: Examine the the similarities and differences between the poets' attitudes toward education. You may wish to consider style, tone, poetic devices, structure and imagery. If necessary, turn in the Thematic Paper and all books borrowed, including The Kite Runner.

    2.Reflections/Discussion: If time allows, discuss students' annotations and addressing of the question (above). Students may also choose to discuss the following questions: Did you consider the titles and their relevance to the poems? What about the rhyme scheme? Did you pay attention to the punctuation and capitalization choices? What are the poets' messages? How are these poems personally relevant?

    How will students effectively analyze and annotate poetry? Make up HW:
    THEMATIC PAPER (50% of 2nd marking period; it was due YESTERDAY; it's -10 points for each day late): Compare and contrast ONE of the themes analyzed (sin, guilt, redemption, or prejudice) in The Kite Runner and at least one other work of literature studied in the course thus far (either The Awakening or The Metamorphosis or both). Explain how your chosen theme exists in the literary works AND how the characters deal with the theme in similar and different ways. To write a more sophisticated paper, offer insight into how these characters deal with the chosen theme in a universally human manner. Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) or I (my, mine, me, etc.). The paper should be 4-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. Include sufficient supporting evidence, with only three meaningful quotes, which should include analysis for each quote (reasons that these quotes are appropriate and supportive of the paper's focus). Those quotes should be properly inserted in your paper. Here's a resource on using proper in-text citation and an example: "When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin" (Kafka 3). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, and a clear thesis statement, which addresses the paper focus, in your introduction. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    Make up any other owed HW (see snapgrades!).

    Wednesday, April 6th, 2011: 1. Do Now: In honor of poetry month, read "The Tables Turned" by William Wordsworth and "To David, About His Education" by Howard Nemerov. Annotate, underline and circle words/phrases that support the following question: Examine the the similarities and differences between the poets' attitudes toward education. You may wish to consider style, tone, poetic devices, structure and imagery. Turn in the Thematic Paper and all books borrowed, including The Kite Runner.

    2.Reflections/Discussion: If time allows, discuss students' annotations and addressing of the question (above). Students may also choose to discuss the following questions: Did you consider the titles and their relevance to the poems? What about the rhyme scheme? Did you pay attention to the punctuation and capitalization choices? What are the poets' messages? How are these poems personally relevant?

    How will students effectively analyze and annotate poetry? Make up HW:
    THEMATIC PAPER (50% of 2nd marking period; it was due TODAY; it's -10 points for each day late): Compare and contrast ONE of the themes analyzed (sin, guilt, redemption, or prejudice) in The Kite Runner and at least one other work of literature studied in the course thus far (either The Awakening or The Metamorphosis or both). Explain how your chosen theme exists in the literary works AND how the characters deal with the theme in similar and different ways. To write a more sophisticated paper, offer insight into how these characters deal with the chosen theme in a universally human manner. Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) or I (my, mine, me, etc.). The paper should be 4-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. Include sufficient supporting evidence, with only three meaningful quotes, which should include analysis for each quote (reasons that these quotes are appropriate and supportive of the paper's focus). Those quotes should be properly inserted in your paper. Here's a resource on using proper in-text citation and an example: "When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin" (Kafka 3). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, and a clear thesis statement, which addresses the paper focus, in your introduction. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    Make up any other owed HW (see snapgrades!).

    Tuesday, April 5, 2011: 1. Do Now: Work on final paper preparations, which may include the following: freewriting on any of the questions below, composing and fine-tuning your thesis statement and introduction, finding appropriate quotes to support your thesis, and/or working with peers and Ms. Conn. Here are questions that may help to address in your paper: When, throughout time, does this theme relate to the universal experience? How can characters support the chosen theme? Where in the novels is the theme present? Who supports the chosen theme? What components/parts/events of the plot support the theme? Why is this chosen theme important in the novels? What's the author's purpose in using this theme? How can I address similarities and differences in both novels that connect to the theme? How can these novels and the theme connect to the univesal experience? You can address one paragraph per question, if you so choose.

    2.Reflections/Discussion: Any final questions/concerns? How will you address these questions/concerns? Let's review the grading rubric.

    How will students effectively prepare to write their thematic paper? Due TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, April 6th:
    THEMATIC PAPER (50% of 2nd marking period): Compare and contrast ONE of the themes analyzed (sin, guilt, redemption, or prejudice) in The Kite Runner and at least one other work of literature studied in the course thus far (either The Awakening or The Metamorphosis or both). Explain how your chosen theme exists in the literary works AND how the characters deal with the theme in similar and different ways. To write a more sophisticated paper, offer insight into how these characters deal with the chosen theme in a universally human manner. Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) or I (my, mine, me, etc.). The paper should be 4-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. Include sufficient supporting evidence, with only three meaningful quotes, which should include analysis for each quote (reasons that these quotes are appropriate and supportive of the paper's focus). Those quotes should be properly inserted in your paper. Here's a resource on using proper in-text citation and an example: "When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin" (Kafka 3). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, and a clear thesis statement, which addresses the paper focus, in your introduction. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    Make up any owed HW (see snapgrades!).

    Monday, April 4, 2011: 1. Do Now: What challenges do you have in writing this paper? (Some answers include the following: time management, getting started, finding appropriate quotes, etc.) How will you overcome them?

    2. Here are some helpful hints in writing your paper. First, break down the essay question/statement into many questions (remember, questions start with who, what, when, where, why, and how). Here are some samples: When, throughout time, does this theme relate to the universal experience? How can characters support the chosen theme? Where in the novels is the theme present? Who supports the chosen theme? What components/parts/events of the plot support the theme? Why is this chosen theme important in the novels? What's the author's purpose in using this theme? How can I address similarities and differences in both novels that connect to the theme? How can these novels and the theme connect to the univesal experience? You can address one paragraph per question, if you so choose.

    2.Work Period: Work on composing your paper's thesis statement.

    How will students effectively prepare to write their thematic paper? Due THIS WEDNESDAY, April 6th:
    THEMATIC PAPER (50% of 2nd marking period): Compare and contrast ONE of the themes analyzed (sin, guilt, redemption, or prejudice) in The Kite Runner and at least one other work of literature studied in the course thus far (either The Awakening or The Metamorphosis or both). Explain how your chosen theme exists in the literary works AND how the characters deal with the theme in similar and different ways. To write a more sophisticated paper, offer insight into how these characters deal with the chosen theme in a universally human manner. Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) or I (my, mine, me, etc.). The paper should be 4-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. Include sufficient supporting evidence, with only three meaningful quotes, which should include analysis for each quote (reasons that these quotes are appropriate and supportive of the paper's focus). Those quotes should be properly inserted in your paper. Here's a resource on using proper in-text citation and an example: "When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin" (Kafka 3). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, and a clear thesis statement, which addresses the paper focus, in your introduction. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    Make up any owed HW (see snapgrades!).

    Friday, April 1st, 2011: 1. Do Now: Finish writing the works cited, using The Metamorphosis.

    2. Write your thesis statement in which you compare and contrast ONE of the themes analyzed (sin, guilt, redemption, or prejudice) in The Kite Runner and at least one other work of literature studied in the course thus far (either The Awakening or The Metamorphosis or both). In your paper, you will explain how your chosen theme exists in the literary works AND how the characters deal with the theme in similar and different ways. To write a more sophisticated paper, you will offer insight into how these characters deal with the chosen theme in a universally human manner.

    3. If time allows, find quotes in the novels that support your paper's thesis statement.

    How will students effectively begin to write their thematic paper? Due NEXT WEDNESDAY, April 6th:
    THEMATIC PAPER (50% of 2nd marking period): Compare and contrast ONE of the themes analyzed (sin, guilt, redemption, or prejudice) in The Kite Runner and at least one other work of literature studied in the course thus far (either The Awakening or The Metamorphosis or both). Explain how your chosen theme exists in the literary works AND how the characters deal with the theme in similar and different ways. To write a more sophisticated paper, offer insight into how these characters deal with the chosen theme in a universally human manner. Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) or I (my, mine, me, etc.). The paper should be 4-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. Include sufficient supporting evidence, with only three meaningful quotes, which should include analysis for each quote (reasons that these quotes are appropriate and supportive of the paper's focus). Those quotes should be properly inserted in your paper. Here's a resource on using proper in-text citation and an example: "When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin" (Kafka 3). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, and a clear thesis statement, which addresses the paper focus, in your introduction. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    Make up any owed HW (see snapgrades!).

    Thursday, March 31st, 2011: 1. Do Now: Review the paper question and the details of the paper requirements (See HW): Compare and contrast ONE of the themes analyzed (sin, guilt, redemption, or prejudice) in The Kite Runner and at least one other work of literature studied in the course thus far (either The Awakening or The Metamorphosis or both). Explain how your chosen theme exists in the literary works AND how the characters deal with the theme in similar and different ways. To write a more sophisticated paper, offer insight into how these characters deal with the chosen theme in a universally human manner.

    2. Examine the sample paper and compose the works cited as a class.

    3. Begin to work on the composition of your thesis statement.

    How will students effectively prove their study/analysis of The Kite Runner, in connection to themes of sin, guilt, redemption, and prejudice/discrimination and text-text connections to The Awakening and The Metamorphosis? Due NEXT WEDNESDAY, April 6th:
    THEMATIC PAPER (50% of 2nd marking period): Compare and contrast ONE of the themes analyzed (sin, guilt, redemption, or prejudice) in The Kite Runner and at least one other work of literature studied in the course thus far (either The Awakening or The Metamorphosis or both). Explain how your chosen theme exists in the literary works AND how the characters deal with the theme in similar and different ways. To write a more sophisticated paper, offer insight into how these characters deal with the chosen theme in a universally human manner. Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) or I (my, mine, me, etc.). The paper should be 4-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. Include sufficient supporting evidence, with only three meaningful quotes, which should include analysis for each quote (reasons that these quotes are appropriate and supportive of the paper's focus). Those quotes should be properly inserted in your paper. Here's a resource on using proper in-text citation and an example: "When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin" (Kafka 3). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, and a clear thesis statement, which addresses the paper focus, in your introduction. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    Make up any owed HW (see snapgrades!).

    Bring in The Kite Runner tomorrow to use for discussion!

    Wednesday, March 30th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Finish the list of 10 things that The Kite Runner can compare (find similar) to The Awakening and/or The Metamorphosis, which was from Friday's class. If you can find specific page numbers, that's even more sophisticated! Show HW: a TWO-page handwritten freewrite OR ONE-page typed (double-spaced) freewrite on ONE theme (sin, guilt, redemption or prejudice) in The Kite Runner that's similar to either The Awakening or The Metamorphosis. You may want to connect all three literary works.

    2. Discuss/Share the Do Now.

    3. Introduce the paper question: Compare and contrast ONE of the themes analyzed (sin, guilt, redemption, or prejudice) in The Kite Runner and at least one other work of literature studied in the course thus far (either The Awakening or The Metamorphosis or both). Explain how your chosen theme exists in the literary works AND how the characters deal with the theme in similar and different ways. To write a more sophisticated paper, offer insight into how these characters deal with the chosen theme in a universally human manner.

    How will students effectively prove their study/analysis of The Kite Runner, in connection to themes of sin, guilt, redemption, and prejudice/discrimination and text-text connections to The Awakening and The Metamorphosis? Due NEXT WEDNESDAY, April 6th:
    THEMATIC PAPER (50% of 2nd marking period): Compare and contrast ONE of the themes analyzed (sin, guilt, redemption, or prejudice) in The Kite Runner and at least one other work of literature studied in the course thus far (either The Awakening or The Metamorphosis or both). Explain how your chosen theme exists in the literary works AND how the characters deal with the theme in similar and different ways. To write a more sophisticated paper, offer insight into how these characters deal with the chosen theme in a universally human manner. Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) or I (my, mine, me, etc.). The paper should be 4-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. Include sufficient supporting evidence, with only three meaningful quotes, which should include analysis for each quote (reasons that these quotes are appropriate and supportive of the paper's focus). Those quotes should be properly inserted in your paper. Here's a resource on using proper in-text citation and an example: "When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin" (Kafka 3). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, and a clear thesis statement, which addresses the paper focus, in your introduction. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    Make up any owed HW (see snapgrades!).

    Bring in The Kite Runner tomorrow to use for discussion!

    Tuesday, March 29th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Discuss/Analyze The Kite Runner in terms of the following themes--The importance of Amir's and his father's burdens/sins, the influence of guilt, the need for redemption, and the effects of discrimination/prejudice. Connect to Khaled Hosseini, the author.

    2. Share your list of 10 things that The Kite Runner can compare (find similar) to The Awakening and/or The Metamorphosis, which was from Friday's class. If you can find specific page numbers, that's even more sophisticated!

    3. If time allows, introduce the paper question: Compare and contrast ONE of the themes analyzed (sin, guilt, redemption, or prejudice) in The Kite Runner and at least one other work of literature studied in the course thus far (either The Awakening or The Metamorphosis or both). Explain how your chosen theme exists in the literary works AND how the characters deal with the theme in similar and different ways. To write a more sophisticated paper, offer insight into how these characters deal with the chosen theme in a universally human manner.

    How will students effectively prove their study/analysis of The Kite Runner, in connection to themes of sin, guilt, redemption, and prejudice/discrimination and text-text connections to The Awakening and The Metamorphosis? Due TOMORROW, Wednesday, March 30th:
  • Write a TWO-page handwritten freewrite OR ONE-page typed (double-spaced) freewrite on ONE theme (sin, guilt, redemption or prejudice) in The Kite Runner that's similar to either The Awakening or The Metamorphosis. You may want to connect all three literary works.

    Make up any owed HW (see snapgrades!).

    Bring in The Kite Runner tomorrow to use for discussion!

  • Monday, March 28th, 2011: Work Period: Finish writing a list of 10 things that The Kite Runner can compare (find similar) to The Awakening and/or The Metamorphosis, which was from Friday's class. The more detailed, the better! If you can find specific page numbers, that's even more sophisticated! Be ready to share tomorrow. How will students effectively prove their study/analysis of The Kite Runner? Make up any owed HW (see snapgrades!).

    Bring in The Kite Runner tomorrow to use for discussion!

    Friday, March 25th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Quiz on The Kite Runner

    2. Work Period: When finished with the quiz, write a list of 10 things that The Kite Runner can compare (find similar) to The Awakening and/or The Metamorphosis.

    3. If time allows, students will share the similarities determined between the novel and novellas.

    How will students effectively prove their study/analysis of The Kite Runner? Make up any owed HW (see snapgrades!).
    Thursday, March 24th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Students will share their lists of 10 things that they want to learn in the future (or should've learned in the past); each sentence must include parallel structure.

    2. Work Period: Read The Kite Runner, taking notes on the themes (sin, guilt, redemption and discrimination/prejudice). Be able to characterize Amir, Baba, Ali, Hassan, Soraya, Rahim Khan and Sohrab.

    How will students effectively prepare to study flashback in The Kite Runner? Make up any owed HW (see snapgrades!).

    DUE TOMORROW, FRIDAY, MARCH 25th:
    Read The Kite Runner. Take notes on the themes (the effects of sin, guilt, redemption and discrimination/prejudice) and characterization of Amir, Baba, Ali, Hassan, Soraya (Amir's wife), Rahim Khan, and Sohrab. Be able to address the following essential questions: What are Amir's burdens? How does he take steps to cleanse himself of these burdens? What obstacles prevent him from redemption? How has this late 20th century, Afghani-American novel broken down barriers and cultural stereotypes? Be prepared for a reading quiz (10% of your 2nd marking period grade). Your note-taking will help enable you for success on the quiz and for the BIG paper this marking period.

    Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011: 1. Do Now: Students will share their Creative Writing on Flashback/Flash-Forward.

    2. Work Period: Make a list of 10 things that you want to learn in the future. Make sure that each sentence is written in parallel structure. For example: I want to learn how to be a mother who is loving and embracing. NOT the following: I want to learn how to be a mother who is loving and has kids. Be ready to share.

    How will students effectively prepare to study flashback in The Kite Runner? Make up any owed HW (see snapgrades!).

    DUE THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 25th:
    Read The Kite Runner. Take notes on the themes and address the following essential questions: What are Amir's burdens? How does he take steps to cleanse himself of these burdens? What obstacles prevent him from redemption? How has this late 20th century, Afghani-American novel broken down barriers and cultural stereotypes? Be prepared for a reading quiz (10% of your 2nd marking period grade). Your note-taking will help enable you for success on the quiz and for the BIG paper this marking period.

    Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011: 1. Do Now: Creative Writing on Flashback/Flash-Forward=Write an introductory paragraph about yourself in 10 years (the year is 2021), which should include the following: Your age, your career, your status (single or married?), kids (do you have any?), house you live in, car you drive, and anything else about yourself. Explain what happens on your job to make you think of the past. Your last sentence in your intro. paragraph should read, “I remember when…” Tell me about a TRUE flashback incident that happened to you that you will never forget. In the body paragraph(s), you'll describe the flashback incident in detail. The more details, the better the story. You will explain and describe everything. In the conclusion paragraph, you'll come back to reality and end your paper in the present. When finished, you may read The Kite Runner.

    2. Student volunteers will share the Do Now.

    3. HW Reminders.

    How will students effectively prepare to study flashback in The Kite Runner? Make up any owed HW (see snapgrades!).

    DUE THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 25th:
    Read The Kite Runner. Take notes on the themes and address the following essential questions: What are Amir's burdens? How does he take steps to cleanse himself of these burdens? What obstacles prevent him from redemption? How has this late 20th century, Afghani-American novel broken down barriers and cultural stereotypes? Be prepared for a reading quiz (10% of your 2nd marking period grade). Your note-taking will help enable you for success on the quiz and for the BIG paper this marking period.

    Monday, March 21st, 2011: 1. Do Now: Show the four pages of free-writes on the themes: the effects of sin, the influence of guilt, the need for redemption and the effects of discrimination/prejudice. Read The Kite Runner, taking notes on these themes.

    2. Review The Awakening Quiz questions/answers.

    3. HW Reminders.

    How will students effectively prepare to study the themes in The Kite Runner? Make up any owed HW (see snapgrades!).

    DUE THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 25th:
    Read The Kite Runner. Take notes on the themes and address the following essential questions: What are Amir's burdens? How does he take steps to cleanse himself of these burdens? What obstacles prevent him from redemption? How has this late 20th century, Afghani-American novel broken down barriers and cultural stereotypes? Be prepared for a reading quiz (10% of your 2nd marking period grade). Your note-taking will help enable you for success on the quiz and for the BIG paper this marking period.

    Friday, March 18th, 2011: Work Period: Students will free-write one page per theme: the effects of sin, the influence of guilt, the need for redemption, and the effects of discrimination/prejudice. What ideas, prior knowledge (personal experiences and knowledge of other works of literature) and any words/phrases come to mind for each of these themes? Can you apply Hosseini's own biography to the novel? If so, explain in the freewrite for each theme. Turn in for classwork credit. How will students effectively prepare to study the themes in The Kite Runner? Make up any owed HW. If you didn't finish the classwork today (4 pages of freewriting on the themes of the following: the effects of sin, the influence of guilt, the need for redemption, and the effects of discrimination/prejudice), turn it in on Monday!

    DUE NEXT FRIDAY, MARCH 25th:
    Read The Kite Runner. Take notes on the themes and address the following essential questions: What are Amir's burdens? How does he take steps to cleanse himself of these burdens? What obstacles prevent him from redemption? How has this late 20th century, Afghani-American novel broken down barriers and cultural stereotypes? Be prepared for a reading quiz (10% of your 2nd marking period grade). Your note-taking will help enable you for success on the quiz and for the BIG paper this marking period.

    Thursday, March 17th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Review the practices needed to successfully analyze this novel: composing post-it notes (annotations) on the following themes--The effects of sin, the influence of guilt, the need for redemption, and the effects of discrimination/prejudice.

    2. Work Period: Students will free-write one page per theme (from the Do Now). What ideas, prior knowledge (personal experiences and knowledge of other works of literature) and any words/phrases come to mind for each of these themes? Can you apply Hosseini's own biography to the novel? If so, explain in the freewrite for each theme.

    How will students effectively prepare to study the themes in The Kite Runner? Make up any owed HW.

    DUE NEXT FRIDAY, MARCH 25th:
    Read The Kite Runner. Take notes on the themes and address the following essential questions: What are Amir's burdens? How does he take steps to cleanse himself of these burdens? What obstacles prevent him from redemption? How has this late 20th century, Afghani-American novel broken down barriers and cultural stereotypes? Be prepared for a reading quiz (10% of your 2nd marking period grade). Your note-taking will help enable you for success on the quiz and for the BIG paper this marking period.

    Wednesday, March 16th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Introduce the author of The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini. Check out the novel and fill out the book receipt.

    2. Introduce the practices needed to successfully analyze this novel: composing post-it notes (annotations) on the following themes--The importance of Amir's and his father's burdens/sins, the influence of guilt, the need for redemption, and the effects of discrimination/prejudice. If time allows, students will free-write one page per theme. What ideas, prior knowledge (personal experiences and knowledge of other works of literature) and any words/phrases come to mind for each of these themes? Can you apply Hosseini's own biography to the novel? If so, explain in the freewrite for each theme.

    How will students effectively prepare to study The Kite Runner? Make up any owed HW.

    DUE NEXT FRIDAY, MARCH 25th:
    Read The Kite Runner. Take notes on the themes and address the following essential questions: What are Amir's burdens? How does he take steps to cleanse himself of these burdens? What obstacles prevent him from redemption? How has this late 20th century, Afghani-American novel broken down barriers and cultural stereotypes? Be prepared for a reading quiz (10% of your 2nd marking period grade). Your note-taking will help enable you for success on the quiz and for the BIG paper this marking period.

    Tuesday, March 15th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Return The Awakening books, receive book receipts, and grade the multiple-choice questions of The Awakening quizzes. Show your HW (three freewrite pages for three quotes).

    2. Reflections on the HW.

    3. Honor "Beware the Ides of March" with the following links:

  • History of Julius Caesar
  • Famous Quotes from the play, Julius Caesar
  • How will students effectively prove their analysis of themes and essential questions in The Awakening? Make up any owed HW.
    Monday, March 14th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Discuss The Awakening--pp. 103-176 in terms of the themes (alienation, societal expectations, and self-determination) and the essential questions (What conventions does Edna defy? What steps does Edna take to defy those conventions? What obstacles prevent Edna from adopting an unconventional life?). We will discuss the following quotes/ideas:
  • Societal Expectations: "She (Mrs. Ratignolle) was keenly interested in everything he (Mr. Ratignolle) said" (p. 107). "Mr Pontellier had been a rather courteous husband so long as he met a certain tacit submissiveness in his wife" (p. 108). "Their home (Lebrun home) from the outside looked like a prison, with iron bars before the door and lower windows" (p. 110). "Most women are moody and whimsical. This is some passing whim of your wife..." (p. 119, spoken by the doctor). "He (Leonce) was simply thinking of his financial integrity (meaning that people would think that the Pontelliers had to scale down their finances)" (p. 150). "Think of the children, Edna...remember them" (Adele Ratignolle says to Edna on her deathbed, p. 170).
  • Defying Conventions: Edna being alone (p. 126). Edna and Alcee Arobin beginning an illicit, sexual affair (pp. 130-133; p. 150). Edna saying goodbye to her husband and getting her own home (p. 137). Edna-naked for the first time in her life (p. 175). Edna's suicide in the ocean (p. 176).
  • Steps that Edna takes to defy conventions/Self-Determination: "She was still under the spell of her infatuation (Robert)" (p. 104). "She completely abandoned her Tuesdays at home, and did not return the visits of those who had called upon her" (p. 107). "And she found it good to dream and to be alone and unmolested" (p. 109). "She says a wedding is one of the most lamentable spectacles on earth. Nice thing for a woman to say to her husband!" (p. 118). Edna loves the horse races (p. 122). Edna saving money (p. 134). Edna--the aggressor with Robert (pp. 166-167).
  • Alienation: "The street, the children, the fruit vender, the flowers growing under her eyes, were all part and parcel of an alien world which had suddenly become antagonistic" (p. 104). "Her absolute disregard for her duties as a wife angered him" (p. 108). Robert's good-bye letter to Edna (p. 172).
  • Steps that prevent Edna from adopting an unconventional life: Leonce's consultation with the doctor (pp. 116-117). Edna recognizes that Leonce is a good man (p. 125). Edna's father telling Leonce to "put your foot down good and hard; the only way to manage a wife" (p. 125). The doctor's attention to Edna (p. 171).
  • How will students effectively prove their study of The Awakening? DUE TOMORROW, TUESDAY, MARCH 15th:
  • Bring in The Awakening by Kate Chopin and be prepared to discuss in class and return tomorrow.
  • Choose three of the quotes from the classwork today or Friday and write one page freewrite for each quotes. That means THREE pages of freewriting for each quote.
  • Friday, March 11th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Continue to discuss:
  • Why was The Awakening banned in libraries right after being published in 1899 and early 1900's?
  • Why are there so many French expressions in the novella?
  • When (what year) do you think The Awakening started to be acceptable reading?
  • Was Kate Chopin involved in the women's suffrage movement?

    2. Discuss The Awakening--pp. 43-103 in terms of the themes (alienation, societal expectations, and self-determination) and the essential questions (What conventions does Edna defy? What steps does Edna take to defy those conventions? What obstacles prevent Edna from adopting an unconventional life?). We will discuss the following quotes/ideas:

  • Societal Expectations: "...looking at his wife as one looks at a valuable piece of personal property..." (p. 43).
  • Societal Expectations: "...Mr. Pontellier was the best husband in the world. Mrs. Pontellier was forced to admit that she knew of none better" (p. 50); Leonce's pursuit of Edna (p. 62), church-going (p. 83); the Pontelliers' wealth/material possessions the envy of the town (p. 99).
  • Societal Expectations: mother-woman (p. 50); women leaning on their husbands (p. 72)
  • Defying Conventions: "He thought it very discouraging that his wife, who was the sole object of his existence, evinced so little interest in things which concerned him, and valued so little his conversation" (p. 48); Edna talking back to her husband (p. 78); Edna speaking to her husband about Robert (p. 96); masculinity of Edna
  • Steps that Edna takes to defy conventions/Self-Determination: artistic sketches (p. 54), allure of the "seductive sea" (p. 57), Edna learning to swim (p. 73), Edna enjoying solitude/independence (p. 74), Edna walking side by side with Robert (p. 76); "I would give my life for my children but I wouldn't give myself"(p. 97); Edna making the decision to leave the home when she wants to, without telling anyone (pp. 100-101); Edna flinging her wedding ring (p. 103).
  • Steps that prevent Edna from adopting an unconventional life: Caring for her sons (p. 87)
  • How will students effectively prove their study of The Awakening? DUE MONDAY, MARCH 14th:
  • Bring in The Awakening by Kate Chopin and be prepared to discuss in class.
  • Thursday, March 10th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Show the HW--the Responding Handout. Answer the following questions (answers can be found HERE) and be prepared to discuss:
  • Why was The Awakening banned in libraries right after being published in 1899 and early 1900's?
  • Why are there so many French expressions in the novella?
  • When (what year) do you think The Awakening started to be acceptable reading?
  • Was Kate Chopin involved in the women's suffrage movement?

    2. Discuss The Awakening--pp. 43-103 in terms of the themes (alienation, societal expectations, and self-determination) and the essential questions (What conventions does Edna defy? What steps does Edna take to defy those conventions? What obstacles prevent Edna from adopting an unconventional life?).

  • How will students effectively prove their study of The Awakening? DUE TOMORROW, FRIDAY, MARCH 11th:
  • Bring in The Awakening by Kate Chopin and be prepared to discuss in class.
  • Wednesday, March 9th, 2011: 1. Do Now: QUIZ on The Awakening

    2. Reflections: Fill out the Responding Handout.

    How will students effectively prove their study of The Awakening? DUE TOMORROW, THURSDAY, MARCH 10th:
  • Bring in The Awakening by Kate Chopin and be prepared to discuss in class.
  • Tuesday, March 8th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Literary Circles for The Awakening. In small groups of 4, students will take turns reading aloud and taking notes on the themes (alienation, societal expectations, and self-determination) and the questions (What conventions (rules of behavior) does Edna defy (rebel against)? What steps does Edna take to defy those conventions? What obstacles prevent Edna from fully adopting an unconventional (not following the rules) life?), as you read.

    2. Reflections: How did it go? Was the literary circle effective? Why or why not?

    How will students effectively prepare to read and analyze The Awakening? DUE TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9th:
  • Read The Awakening by Kate Chopin (novella provided in class). It's recommended to annotate (post-its are always a great tool) on the following themes: Alienation, Societal Expectations, and Self-Determination. Also, answer the following questions (again, post-its on specific pages will help you answer these questions: What conventions (rules of behavior) does Edna defy (rebel against)? What steps does Edna take to defy those conventions? What obstacles prevent Edna from fully adopting an unconventional (not following the rules) life? Be ready for a pop quiz and class discussion.
  • Monday, March 7th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Reminders of HW reading of The Awakening. Take notes on the themes (alienation, societal expectations, and self-determination) and the questions (What conventions (rules of behavior) does Edna defy (rebel against)? What steps does Edna take to defy those conventions? What obstacles prevent Edna from fully adopting an unconventional (not following the rules) life?), as you read.

    2. Distribution and review of The Metamorphosis papers. Identify strengths in your writing and areas needing improvement. Distribution of grades.

    How will students effectively prepare to read The Awakening? DUE THIS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9th:
  • Read The Awakening by Kate Chopin (novella provided in class). It's recommended to annotate (post-its are always a great tool) on the following themes: Alienation, Societal Expectations, and Self-Determination. Also, answer the following questions (again, post-its on specific pages will help you answer these questions: What conventions (rules of behavior) does Edna defy (rebel against)? What steps does Edna take to defy those conventions? What obstacles prevent Edna from fully adopting an unconventional (not following the rules) life? Be ready for a pop quiz and class discussion.
  • Friday, March 4th, 2011: Work Period: Work on your HW reading of The Awakening. Take notes on the themes (alienation, societal expectations, and self-determination) and the questions (What conventions (rules of behavior) does Edna defy (rebel against)? What steps does Edna take to defy those conventions? What obstacles prevent Edna from fully adopting an unconventional (not following the rules) life?), as you read. How will students effectively prepare to read The Awakening? DUE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9th:
  • Read The Awakening by Kate Chopin (novella provided in class). It's recommended to annotate (post-its are always a great tool) on the following themes: Alienation, Societal Expectations, and Self-Determination. Also, answer the following questions (again, post-its on specific pages will help you answer these questions: What conventions (rules of behavior) does Edna defy (rebel against)? What steps does Edna take to defy those conventions? What obstacles prevent Edna from fully adopting an unconventional (not following the rules) life? Be ready for a pop quiz and class discussion.
  • Thursday, March 3rd, 2011: 1. Do Now: Finish discussing the following questions--How do you define alienation? How does alienation play a significant role in society today? How do you define societal expectations? What are societal expectations for you today (at your ages of 17/18 years old)? How do societal expectations play an important role in society? What is self-determination? How does self-determination affect other people (besides yourself)? Be prepared to share. Return The Metamorphosis.

    2. Brainstorming: Predict biographical details about Kate Chopin, the author (based on our thematic discussion).

    3. Introduce the biography of Kate Chopin, the author of The Awakening.

    4. HW collections and reminders

    How will students effectively prepare to read The Awakening? DUE NEXT WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9th:
  • Read The Awakening by Kate Chopin (novella provided in class). It's recommended to annotate (post-its are always a great tool) on the following themes: Alienation, Societal Expectations, and Self-Determination. Also, answer the following questions (again, post-its on specific pages will help you answer these questions: What conventions (rules of behavior) does Edna defy (rebel against)? What steps does Edna take to defy those conventions? What obstacles prevent Edna from fully adopting an unconventional (not following the rules) life? Be ready for a pop quiz and class discussion.
  • Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011: 1. Do Now: Discuss the following questions--How do you define alienation? How does alienation play a significant role in society today? How do you define societal expectations? What are societal expectations for you today (at your ages of 17/18 years old)? How do societal expectations play an important role in society? What is self-determination? How does self-determination affect other people (besides yourself)? Be prepared to share. Return The Metamorphosis.

    2. HW Reminders

    3. The Awakening distributions/book receipts

    How will students effectively prepare to read The Awakening?

    HW OWED (DUE NO LATER THAN TOMORROW, THURSDAY, MARCH 3rd):

  • THE METAMORPHOSIS PAPER (-10 points every day late; it was due Tuesday, March 1st; 50% of the 1st marking period) on THIS QUESTION=What goals do characters in The Metamorphosis pursue, what steps do they take to achieve those goals and what obstacles prevent their goals from becoming reality? You should explain, analyze, and evaluate the chosen characters' goals in depth. Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) or I (my, mine, etc.). The paper should be 2-3 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. Include sufficient supporting evidence, a minimum of three meaningful quotes with analysis for each quote (reasons that these quotes are appropriate and supportive of the paper's question). Those quotes should be properly inserted in your paper (here's a resource on using proper in-text citation). Here's an example: "When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin" (Kafka 3). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper. Your Works Cited should look like this:

    Kafka, Franz. The Metamorphosis. 1915. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1996.

    You should also include a proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which answers the paper's question) in your introduction, and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

  • If you did not e-mail your Annotated Bibliography Blog HW, you STILL NEED TO DO IT! You will earn 1/2 credit (late credit), but 1/2 credit is better than no credit. See the Annotated Bibliographies Resource at the Purdue Online Writing Lab. Create a blog (great, free blogging websites are www.blogspot.com and wordpress.com) or original website in which you post your Annotated Bibliography of the books that you've read during your high school career (your goal/requirement: 10 books or more). You are to write one paragraph (minimum of four sentences) in which you include two sentences of summary and two sentences of assessment/reflection). The Assessment should address at least one or all of the following questions: What's your opinion about the novel? How does this novel shape/affect its readers? Do you believe that this novel changes people's thinking? Do not use first person (any form of "I"--this includes my and me). Do not use any form of "you"--this includes your, our, us, and we. You may, instead, refer to "readers" who have read your chosen novels. You must include the book titles (underlined or italicized) and authors. You MUST e-mail Ms. Conn (hconn@schools.nyc.gov) the link to your blog before midnight. In the subject of your e-mail, you MUST write your first and last name. You must turn in your draft work completed in class. This HW assignment is worth 15% of your 1st marking period grade! To improve your writing, include sophisticated vocabulary. Here's a useful List of Vocabulary Words.
  • In honor of Black History Month, the beauty of volunteerism and good citizenship, you are assigned to do the following: Volunteer a minimum of two hours of your time in which you help make the world a better place! This community service assignment is a QUIZ GRADE (10% of your 1st marking period grade). You will lose -10 points for each day late. You will be required to do the following to earn a 100%:
  • Volunteer two hours of your time (where you are not getting paid). How about volunteering at your local library (story time in the children's section!), homeless shelter, soup kitchen, animal shelter/pet store, church/temple/mosque, senior citizen/nursing home, hospital, one of the great NYC parks or museums? Here are some recommended websites to find volunteer opportunities: Volunteer in NYC, Community Service Opportunities for Students in NYC, and Volunteer Match
  • Complete the COMMUNITY SERVICE SHEET.

    DUE NEXT WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9th:

  • Read The Awakening by Kate Chopin (novella provided in class). It's recommended to annotate (post-its are always a great tool) on the following themes: Alienation, Societal Expectations, and Self-Determination. Also, answer the following questions (again, post-its on specific pages will help you answer these questions: What conventions (rules of behavior) does Edna defy (rebel against)? What steps does Edna take to defy those conventions? What obstacles prevent Edna from fully adopting an unconventional (not following the rules) life? Be ready for a pop quiz and class discussion.
  • Tuesday, March 1st, 2011: 1. Do Now: Share your successes and challenges in the composition of The Metamorphosis paper.

    2. Work Period: Answer the following questions--How do you define alienation? How does alienation play a significant role in society today? How do you define societal expectations? What are societal expectations for you today (at your ages of 17/18 years old)? How do societal expectations play an important role in society? What is self-determination? How does self-determination affect other people (besides yourself)? Be prepared to share. Return The Metamorphosis.

    3. HW Reminders

    How will students effectively review the composition of The Metamorphosis paper and prepare to read The Awakening?

    HW OWED (DUE NO LATER THAN THURSDAY, MARCH 3rd):

  • THE METAMORPHOSIS PAPER (-10 points every day late; it was due Tuesday, March 1st; 50% of the 1st marking period) on THIS QUESTION=What goals do characters in The Metamorphosis pursue, what steps do they take to achieve those goals and what obstacles prevent their goals from becoming reality? You should explain, analyze, and evaluate the chosen characters' goals in depth. Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) or I (my, mine, etc.). The paper should be 2-3 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. Include sufficient supporting evidence, a minimum of three meaningful quotes with analysis for each quote (reasons that these quotes are appropriate and supportive of the paper's question). Those quotes should be properly inserted in your paper (here's a resource on using proper in-text citation). Here's an example: "When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin" (Kafka 3). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper. Your Works Cited should look like this:

    Kafka, Franz. The Metamorphosis. 1915. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1996.

    You should also include a proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which answers the paper's question) in your introduction, and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

  • If you did not e-mail your Annotated Bibliography Blog HW, you STILL NEED TO DO IT! You will earn 1/2 credit (late credit), but 1/2 credit is better than no credit. See the Annotated Bibliographies Resource at the Purdue Online Writing Lab. Create a blog (great, free blogging websites are www.blogspot.com and wordpress.com) or original website in which you post your Annotated Bibliography of the books that you've read during your high school career (your goal/requirement: 10 books or more). You are to write one paragraph (minimum of four sentences) in which you include two sentences of summary and two sentences of assessment/reflection). The Assessment should address at least one or all of the following questions: What's your opinion about the novel? How does this novel shape/affect its readers? Do you believe that this novel changes people's thinking? Do not use first person (any form of "I"--this includes my and me). Do not use any form of "you"--this includes your, our, us, and we. You may, instead, refer to "readers" who have read your chosen novels. You must include the book titles (underlined or italicized) and authors. You MUST e-mail Ms. Conn (hconn@schools.nyc.gov) the link to your blog before midnight. In the subject of your e-mail, you MUST write your first and last name. You must turn in your draft work completed in class. This HW assignment is worth 15% of your 1st marking period grade! To improve your writing, include sophisticated vocabulary. Here's a useful List of Vocabulary Words.
  • In honor of Black History Month, the beauty of volunteerism and good citizenship, you are assigned to do the following: Volunteer a minimum of two hours of your time in which you help make the world a better place! This community service assignment is a QUIZ GRADE (10% of your 1st marking period grade). You will lose -10 points for each day late. You will be required to do the following to earn a 100%:
  • Volunteer two hours of your time (where you are not getting paid). How about volunteering at your local library (story time in the children's section!), homeless shelter, soup kitchen, animal shelter/pet store, church/temple/mosque, senior citizen/nursing home, hospital, one of the great NYC parks or museums? Here are some recommended websites to find volunteer opportunities: Volunteer in NYC, Community Service Opportunities for Students in NYC, and Volunteer Match
  • Complete the COMMUNITY SERVICE SHEET.

  • Monday, February 28th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Share your community service experiences. What was most fulfilling? What was challenging? Turn in the community service assignment (10% of the 1st marking period grade).

    2. Discuss/Share/Review: What concerns do you have for the paper due tomorrow?

    3. HW Reminders

    How will students effectively prepare to write an analytical paper on characters' goals in The Metamorphosis? DUE TOMORROW, TUESDAY, MARCH 1st:
  • THE METAMORPHOSIS PAPER (50% of the 1st marking period) on THIS QUESTION=What goals do characters in The Metamorphosis pursue, what steps do they take to achieve those goals and what obstacles prevent their goals from becoming reality? You should explain, analyze, and evaluate the chosen characters' goals in depth. Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) or I (my, mine, etc.). The paper should be 2-3 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. Include sufficient supporting evidence, a minimum of three meaningful quotes with analysis for each quote (reasons that these quotes are appropriate and supportive of the paper's question). Those quotes should be properly inserted in your paper (here's a resource on using proper in-text citation). Here's an example: "When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin" (Kafka 3). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper. Your Works Cited should look like this:

    Kafka, Franz. The Metamorphosis. 1915. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1996.

    You should also include a proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which answers the paper's question) in your introduction, and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    HW OWED (DUE NO LATER THAN THURSDAY, MARCH 3rd):

  • If you did not e-mail your Annotated Bibliography Blog HW, you STILL NEED TO DO IT! You will earn 1/2 credit (late credit), but 1/2 credit is better than no credit. See the Annotated Bibliographies Resource at the Purdue Online Writing Lab. Create a blog (great, free blogging websites are www.blogspot.com and wordpress.com) or original website in which you post your Annotated Bibliography of the books that you've read during your high school career (your goal/requirement: 10 books or more). You are to write one paragraph (minimum of four sentences) in which you include two sentences of summary and two sentences of assessment/reflection). The Assessment should address at least one or all of the following questions: What's your opinion about the novel? How does this novel shape/affect its readers? Do you believe that this novel changes people's thinking? Do not use first person (any form of "I"--this includes my and me). Do not use any form of "you"--this includes your, our, us, and we. You may, instead, refer to "readers" who have read your chosen novels. You must include the book titles (underlined or italicized) and authors. You MUST e-mail Ms. Conn (hconn@schools.nyc.gov) the link to your blog before midnight. In the subject of your e-mail, you MUST write your first and last name. You must turn in your draft work completed in class. This HW assignment is worth 15% of your 1st marking period grade! To improve your writing, include sophisticated vocabulary. Here's a useful List of Vocabulary Words.
  • In honor of Black History Month, the beauty of volunteerism and good citizenship, you are assigned to do the following: Volunteer a minimum of two hours of your time in which you help make the world a better place! This community service assignment is a QUIZ GRADE (10% of your 1st marking period grade). You will lose -10 points for each day late. You will be required to do the following to earn a 100%:
  • Volunteer two hours of your time (where you are not getting paid). How about volunteering at your local library (story time in the children's section!), homeless shelter, soup kitchen, animal shelter/pet store, church/temple/mosque, senior citizen/nursing home, hospital, one of the great NYC parks or museums? Here are some recommended websites to find volunteer opportunities: Volunteer in NYC, Community Service Opportunities for Students in NYC, and Volunteer Match
  • Complete the COMMUNITY SERVICE SHEET.

  • Friday, February 18th, 2011: 1. Work Period: Find three one-sentence quotes in The Metamorphosis that support the idea that characters pursue goals in their lives. Write a one-page analysis for each quote (a total of three pages for the three quotes). Your free-write analysis should include the following: explain how the quote reveals character's pursuit of a goal, the steps that character takes to achieve the goal and obstacles that prevent the achievement of that goal.

    2. HW Reminders

    How will students effectively prepare to write an analytical paper on characters' goals in The Metamorphosis? DUE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28th:
    In honor of Black History Month, the beauty of volunteerism and good citizenship, you are assigned to do the following: Volunteer a minimum of two hours of your time in which you help make the world a better place! This community service assignment is a QUIZ GRADE (10% of your 1st marking period grade). You will lose -10 points for each day late. You will be required to do the following to earn a 100%:
  • Volunteer two hours of your time (where you are not getting paid). How about volunteering at your local library (story time in the children's section!), homeless shelter, soup kitchen, animal shelter/pet store, church/temple/mosque, senior citizen/nursing home, hospital, one of the great NYC parks or museums? Here are some recommended websites to find volunteer opportunities: Volunteer in NYC, Community Service Opportunities for Students in NYC, and Volunteer Match
  • Complete the COMMUNITY SERVICE SHEET.

    DUE TUESDAY, MARCH 1st:

  • THE METAMORPHOSIS PAPER (50% of the 1st marking period) on THIS QUESTION=What goals do characters in The Metamorphosis pursue, what steps do they take to achieve those goals and what obstacles prevent their goals from becoming reality? You should explain, analyze, and evaluate the chosen characters' goals in depth. Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) or I (my, mine, etc.). The paper should be 2-3 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. Include sufficient supporting evidence, a minimum of three meaningful quotes with analysis for each quote (reasons that these quotes are appropriate and supportive of the paper's question). Those quotes should be properly inserted in your paper (here's a resource on using proper in-text citation). Here's an example: "When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin" (Kafka 3). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper. Your Works Cited should look like this:

    Kafka, Franz. The Metamorphosis. 1915. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1996.

    You should also include a proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which answers the paper's question) in your introduction, and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    HW OWED:

  • If you did not e-mail your Annotated Bibliography Blog HW, you STILL NEED TO DO IT! You will earn 1/2 credit (late credit), but 1/2 credit is better than no credit. See the Annotated Bibliographies Resource at the Purdue Online Writing Lab. Create a blog (great, free blogging websites are www.blogspot.com and wordpress.com) or original website in which you post your Annotated Bibliography of the books that you've read during your high school career (your goal/requirement: 10 books or more). You are to write one paragraph (minimum of four sentences) in which you include two sentences of summary and two sentences of assessment/reflection). The Assessment should address at least one or all of the following questions: What's your opinion about the novel? How does this novel shape/affect its readers? Do you believe that this novel changes people's thinking? Do not use first person (any form of "I"--this includes my and me). Do not use any form of "you"--this includes your, our, us, and we. You may, instead, refer to "readers" who have read your chosen novels. You must include the book titles (underlined or italicized) and authors. You MUST e-mail Ms. Conn (hconn@schools.nyc.gov) the link to your blog before midnight. In the subject of your e-mail, you MUST write your first and last name. You must turn in your draft work completed in class. This HW assignment is worth 15% of your 1st marking period grade! To improve your writing, include sophisticated vocabulary. Here's a useful List of Vocabulary Words.
  • Thursday, February 17th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Listen to HW details (see the HW section)

    2. Work Period: Find three one-sentence quotes in The Metamorphosis that support the idea that characters pursue goals in their lives. Write a one-page analysis for each quote (a total of three pages for the three quotes). Your free-write analysis should include the following: explain how the quote reveals character's pursuit of a goal, the steps that character takes to achieve the goal and obstacles that prevent the achievement of that goal.

    How will students effectively prepare to write an analytical paper on characters' goals in The Metamorphosis? DUE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28th:
    In honor of Black History Month, the beauty of volunteerism and good citizenship, you are assigned to do the following: Volunteer a minimum of two hours of your time in which you help make the world a better place! This community service assignment is a QUIZ GRADE (10% of your 1st marking period grade). You will lose -10 points for each day late. You will be required to do the following to earn a 100%:
  • Volunteer two hours of your time (where you are not getting paid). How about volunteering at your local library (story time in the children's section!), homeless shelter, soup kitchen, animal shelter/pet store, church/temple/mosque, senior citizen/nursing home, hospital, one of the great NYC parks or museums? Here are some recommended websites to find volunteer opportunities: Volunteer in NYC, Community Service Opportunities for Students in NYC, and Volunteer Match
  • Complete the COMMUNITY SERVICE SHEET.

    DUE TUESDAY, MARCH 1st:

  • THE METAMORPHOSIS PAPER (50% of the 1st marking period) on THIS QUESTION=What goals do characters in The Metamorphosis pursue, what steps do they take to achieve those goals and what obstacles prevent their goals from becoming reality? You should explain, analyze, and evaluate the chosen characters' goals in depth. Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) or I (my, mine, etc.). The paper should be 2-3 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. Include sufficient supporting evidence, a minimum of three meaningful quotes with analysis for each quote (reasons that these quotes are appropriate and supportive of the paper's question). Those quotes should be properly inserted in your paper (here's a resource on using proper in-text citation). Here's an example: "When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin" (Kafka 3). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which answers the paper's question) in your introduction, and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    HW OWED:

  • If you did not e-mail your Annotated Bibliography Blog HW, you STILL NEED TO DO IT! You will earn 1/2 credit (late credit), but 1/2 credit is better than no credit. See the Annotated Bibliographies Resource at the Purdue Online Writing Lab. Create a blog (great, free blogging websites are www.blogspot.com and wordpress.com) or original website in which you post your Annotated Bibliography of the books that you've read during your high school career (your goal/requirement: 10 books or more). You are to write one paragraph (minimum of four sentences) in which you include two sentences of summary and two sentences of assessment/reflection). The Assessment should address at least one or all of the following questions: What's your opinion about the novel? How does this novel shape/affect its readers? Do you believe that this novel changes people's thinking? Do not use first person (any form of "I"--this includes my and me). Do not use any form of "you"--this includes your, our, us, and we. You may, instead, refer to "readers" who have read your chosen novels. You must include the book titles (underlined or italicized) and authors. You MUST e-mail Ms. Conn (hconn@schools.nyc.gov) the link to your blog before midnight. In the subject of your e-mail, you MUST write your first and last name. You must turn in your draft work completed in class. This HW assignment is worth 15% of your 1st marking period grade! To improve your writing, include sophisticated vocabulary. Here's a useful List of Vocabulary Words.
  • Wednesday, February 16th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Listen to the instructions on pre-writing (in the work period below).

    2. Work Period: Find three one-sentence quotes in The Metamorphosis that support the idea that characters pursue goals in their lives. Write a one-page analysis for each quote (a total of three pages for the three quotes). Your free-write analysis should include the following: explain how the quote reveals character's pursuit of a goal, the steps that character takes to achieve the goal and obstacles that prevent the achievement of that goal.

    How will students effectively prepare to write an analytical paper on characters' goals in The Metamorphosis? DUE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28th:
    In honor of Black History Month, the beauty of volunteerism and good citizenship, you are assigned to do the following: Volunteer a minimum of two hours of your time in which you help make the world a better place! This community service assignment is a QUIZ GRADE (10% of your 1st marking period grade). You will lose -10 points for each day late. You will be required to do the following to earn a 100%:
  • Volunteer two hours of your time (where you are not getting paid). How about volunteering at your local library (story time in the children's section!), homeless shelter, soup kitchen, animal shelter/pet store, church/temple/mosque, senior citizen/nursing home, hospital, one of the great NYC parks or museums? Here are some recommended websites to find volunteer opportunities: Volunteer in NYC, Community Service Opportunities for Students in NYC, and Volunteer Match
  • Complete the COMMUNITY SERVICE SHEET.

    HW OWED:

  • If you did not e-mail your Annotated Bibliography Blog HW, you STILL NEED TO DO IT! You will earn 1/2 credit (late credit), but 1/2 credit is better than no credit. See the Annotated Bibliographies Resource at the Purdue Online Writing Lab. Create a blog (great, free blogging websites are www.blogspot.com and wordpress.com) or original website in which you post your Annotated Bibliography of the books that you've read during your high school career (your goal/requirement: 10 books or more). You are to write one paragraph (minimum of four sentences) in which you include two sentences of summary and two sentences of assessment/reflection). The Assessment should address at least one or all of the following questions: What's your opinion about the novel? How does this novel shape/affect its readers? Do you believe that this novel changes people's thinking? Do not use first person (any form of "I"--this includes my and me). Do not use any form of "you"--this includes your, our, us, and we. You may, instead, refer to "readers" who have read your chosen novels. You must include the book titles (underlined or italicized) and authors. You MUST e-mail Ms. Conn (hconn@schools.nyc.gov) the link to your blog before midnight. In the subject of your e-mail, you MUST write your first and last name. You must turn in your draft work completed in class. This HW assignment is worth 15% of your 1st marking period grade! To improve your writing, include sophisticated vocabulary. Here's a useful List of Vocabulary Words.
  • Tuesday, February 15th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Discuss and analyze The Metamorphosis, with regard to the following-- Gregor's characterization (especially pre-transformation and post-transformation), the characterization of Gregor's sister and parents, the author's tone, shift(s) in the novella, the author's purpose (WHY the author include these characterizations, tone and shifts in the novella) and Kafka's life influences on his novella. Discussion questions will include the following:
  • How is Gregor's character portrayal important to the plot?
  • How are the character portrayals of Mr. Samsa, Mrs. Samsa and Grete important to the plot?
  • How are the relationships between the characters important to the plot?
  • Why is the author's tone a somber one? How does this tone contribute to the story as a whole?
  • Where does the shift in the novella occur? Why is this shift important?
  • How is Kafka's life revealed in The Metamorphosis?
  • What did you love about Kafka's The Metamorphosis?

    2. Discuss/Share the Do Now in small groups and then with the entire class.

  • How will students effectively prove their reading/analysis of The Metamorphosis? Bring in The Metamorphosis to discuss and analyze tomorrow!

    DUE FRIDAY, FEB. 11th:

  • If you did not e-mail your Annotated Bibliography Blog HW, you STILL NEED TO DO IT! You will earn 1/2 credit (late credit), but 1/2 credit is better than no credit. See the Annotated Bibliographies Resource at the Purdue Online Writing Lab. Create a blog (great, free blogging websites are www.blogspot.com and wordpress.com) or original website in which you post your Annotated Bibliography of the books that you've read during your high school career (your goal/requirement: 10 books or more). You are to write one paragraph (minimum of four sentences) in which you include two sentences of summary and two sentences of assessment/reflection). The Assessment should address at least one or all of the following questions: What's your opinion about the novel? How does this novel shape/affect its readers? Do you believe that this novel changes people's thinking? Do not use first person (any form of "I"--this includes my and me). Do not use any form of "you"--this includes your, our, us, and we. You may, instead, refer to "readers" who have read your chosen novels. You must include the book titles (underlined or italicized) and authors. You MUST e-mail Ms. Conn (hconn@schools.nyc.gov) the link to your blog before midnight. In the subject of your e-mail, you MUST write your first and last name. You must turn in your draft work completed in class. This HW assignment is worth 15% of your 1st marking period grade! To improve your writing, include sophisticated vocabulary. Here's a useful List of Vocabulary Words.
  • Monday, February 14th, 2011: 1. Do Now: QUIZ on The Metamorphosis

    2. In the spirit of Valentine's Day and Kafka's novella, discuss the following:

  • What job would you love to have and why?
  • What animal would you love to be and why?
  • What do you love about your family and why?
  • What is your most loved characteristic (personality trait) and why?
  • What would you love people to say about you?
  • What did you love about Kafka's The Metamorphosis?

    3. HW Reminders

  • How will students effectively prove their reading/analysis of The Metamorphosis? Bring in The Metamorphosis to discuss and analyze tomorrow!

    DUE FRIDAY, FEB. 11th:

  • If you did not e-mail your Annotated Bibliography Blog HW, you STILL NEED TO DO IT! You will earn 1/2 credit (late credit), but 1/2 credit is better than no credit. See the Annotated Bibliographies Resource at the Purdue Online Writing Lab. Create a blog (great, free blogging websites are www.blogspot.com and wordpress.com) or original website in which you post your Annotated Bibliography of the books that you've read during your high school career (your goal/requirement: 10 books or more). You are to write one paragraph (minimum of four sentences) in which you include two sentences of summary and two sentences of assessment/reflection). The Assessment should address at least one or all of the following questions: What's your opinion about the novel? How does this novel shape/affect its readers? Do you believe that this novel changes people's thinking? Do not use first person (any form of "I"--this includes my and me). Do not use any form of "you"--this includes your, our, us, and we. You may, instead, refer to "readers" who have read your chosen novels. You must include the book titles (underlined or italicized) and authors. You MUST e-mail Ms. Conn (hconn@schools.nyc.gov) the link to your blog before midnight. In the subject of your e-mail, you MUST write your first and last name. You must turn in your draft work completed in class. This HW assignment is worth 15% of your 1st marking period grade! To improve your writing, include sophisticated vocabulary. Here's a useful List of Vocabulary Words.
  • Friday, February 11th, 2011: Work Period: Work on HW due today (the Annotated Bibliography Blog MUST be e-mailed to Ms. Conn before midnight!) and the HW due Monday (read The Metamorphosis and compose post-its on these details: Gregor's characterization (especially pre-transformation and post-transformation), the characterization of Gregor's sister and parents, the author's tone, shift(s) in the novella, the author's purpose (WHY the author include these characterizations, tone and shifts in the novella) and Kafka's life influences on his novella.) How will students effectively prepare to read The Metamorphosis? DUE TODAY, BEFORE MIDNIGHT,:
  • Annotated Bibliography Blog HW. See the Annotated Bibliographies Resource at the Purdue Online Writing Lab. Create a blog (great, free blogging websites are www.blogspot.com and wordpress.com) or original website in which you post your Annotated Bibliography of the books that you've read during your high school career (your goal/requirement: 10 books or more). You are to write one paragraph (minimum of four sentences) in which you include two sentences of summary and two sentences of assessment/reflection). The Assessment should address at least one or all of the following questions: What's your opinion about the novel? How does this novel shape/affect its readers? Do you believe that this novel changes people's thinking? Do not use first person (any form of "I"--this includes my and me). Do not use any form of "you"--this includes your, our, us, and we. You may, instead, refer to "readers" who have read your chosen novels. You must include the book titles (underlined or italicized) and authors. You MUST e-mail Ms. Conn (hconn@schools.nyc.gov) the link to your blog before midnight. In the subject of your e-mail, you MUST write your first and last name. You must turn in your draft work completed in class. This HW assignment is worth 15% of your 1st marking period grade! To improve your writing, include sophisticated vocabulary. Here's a useful List of Vocabulary Words.

    DUE THIS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14th:

  • Read Kafka's The Metamorphosis (pp. 3-42). You should compose post-its, as you read, to help you prepare for the quiz. You should address the details below in your post-its.
  • Be prepared to have a quiz (10% of your 1st term grade) on the novella. You should expect to answer the questions on the following: Gregor's characterization (especially pre-transformation and post-transformation), the characterization of Gregor's sister and parents, the author's tone, shift(s) in the novella, the author's purpose (WHY the author include these characterizations, tone and shifts in the novella) and Kafka's life influences on his novella.
  • Thursday, February 10th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Preparing to read The Metamorphosis, let's compose the following: A set of 10 rules for creating and maintaining a healthy family life (remember that Kafka and his father did not have a healthy relationship). Discuss/Share!

    2. Work Period: Create word wall flashcards, using Lists #1 and #2.

    How will students effectively prepare to read The Metamorphosis? DUE TOMORROW, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11th:
  • Annotated Bibliography Blog HW. See the Annotated Bibliographies Resource at the Purdue Online Writing Lab. Create a blog (great, free blogging websites are www.blogspot.com and wordpress.com) or original website in which you post your Annotated Bibliography of the books that you've read during your high school career (your goal/requirement: 10 books or more). You are to write one paragraph (minimum of four sentences) in which you include two sentences of summary and two sentences of assessment/reflection). The Assessment should address at least one or all of the following questions: What's your opinion about the novel? How does this novel shape/affect its readers? Do you believe that this novel changes people's thinking? Do not use first person (any form of "I"--this includes my and me). Do not use any form of "you"--this includes your, our, us, and we. You may, instead, refer to "readers" who have read your chosen novels. You must include the book titles (underlined or italicized) and authors. You MUST e-mail Ms. Conn (hconn@schools.nyc.gov) the link to your blog before midnight. In the subject of your e-mail, you MUST write your first and last name. You must turn in your draft work completed in class. This HW assignment is worth 15% of your 1st marking period grade! To improve your writing, include sophisticated vocabulary. Here's a useful List of Vocabulary Words.

    DUE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14th:

  • Read Kafka's The Metamorphosis (pp. 3-42). You should compose post-its, as you read, to help you prepare for the quiz. You should address the details below in your post-its.
  • Be prepared to have a quiz (10% of your 1st term grade) on the novella. You should expect to answer the questions on the following: Gregor's characterization (especially pre-transformation and post-transformation), the characterization of Gregor's sister and parents, the author's tone, shift(s) in the novella, the author's purpose (WHY the author include these characterizations, tone and shifts in the novella) and Kafka's life influences on his novella.
  • Wednesday, February 9th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Obtain The Metamorphosis and post-its (fill out the book receipt). Listen to the new HW details and HW reminders.

    2. Work Period: Work on the HW!

    How will students effectively prepare to read The Metamorphosis? DUE THIS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11th:
  • Annotated Bibliography Blog HW. See the Annotated Bibliographies Resource at the Purdue Online Writing Lab. Create a blog (great, free blogging websites are www.blogspot.com and wordpress.com) or original website in which you post your Annotated Bibliography of the books that you've read during your high school career (your goal/requirement: 10 books or more). You are to write one paragraph (minimum of four sentences) in which you include two sentences of summary and two sentences of assessment/reflection). The Assessment should address at least one or all of the following questions: What's your opinion about the novel? How does this novel shape/affect its readers? Do you believe that this novel changes people's thinking? Do not use first person (any form of "I"--this includes my and me). Do not use any form of "you"--this includes your, our, us, and we. You may, instead, refer to "readers" who have read your chosen novels. You must include the book titles (underlined or italicized) and authors. You MUST e-mail Ms. Conn (hconn@schools.nyc.gov) the link to your blog before midnight. In the subject of your e-mail, you MUST write your first and last name. You must turn in your draft work completed in class. This HW assignment is worth 15% of your 1st marking period grade! To improve your writing, include sophisticated vocabulary. Here's a useful List of Vocabulary Words.

    DUE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14th:

  • Read Kafka's The Metamorphosis (pp. 3-42). You should compose post-its, as you read, to help you prepare for the quiz. You should address the details below in your post-its.
  • Be prepared to have a quiz (10% of your 1st term grade) on the novella. You should expect to answer the questions on the following: Gregor's characterization (especially pre-transformation and post-transformation), the characterization of Gregor's sister and parents, the author's tone, shift(s) in the novel, and Kafka's life influences on his novella.
  • Tuesday, February 8th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Students will share and discussion will ensue for the following themes from The Metamorphosis.
  • Dreams: Think of a situation from a dream you have had that seemed incredibly real at the time but that could not actually happen in real life. What happened in the dream? What details made it seem real? What feelings did you have while dreaming? Afterward?
  • Self-Punishment: Do you think people ever hope to be punished for something they have done, said or even thought? How might this wish lead people into a form of self-punishment?
  • Caregiving: Caring for a sick or elderly relative can be stressful. What stresses might result from being a caregiver? What advice might you give to someone who is a caregiver?

    2. Introduce background on Franz Kafka, the author of The Metamorphosis.

  • How will students analyze themes from The Metamorphosis in discussion formats in order to prepare to read? DUE THIS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11th:
  • Annotated Bibliography Blog HW. See the Annotated Bibliographies Resource at the Purdue Online Writing Lab. Create a blog (great, free blogging websites are www.blogspot.com and wordpress.com) or original website in which you post your Annotated Bibliography of the books that you've read during your high school career (your goal/requirement: 10 books or more). You are to write one paragraph (minimum of four sentences) in which you include two sentences of summary and two sentences of assessment/reflection). The Assessment should address at least one or all of the following questions: What's your opinion about the novel? How does this novel shape/affect its readers? Do you believe that this novel changes people's thinking? Do not use first person (any form of "I"--this includes my and me). Do not use any form of "you"--this includes your, our, us, and we. You may, instead, refer to "readers" who have read your chosen novels. You must include the book titles (underlined or italicized) and authors. You MUST e-mail Ms. Conn (hconn@schools.nyc.gov) the link to your blog before midnight. In the subject of your e-mail, you MUST write your first and last name. You must turn in your draft work completed in class. This HW assignment is worth 15% of your 1st marking period grade! To improve your writing, include sophisticated vocabulary. Here's a useful List of Vocabulary Words.

    Read for enjoyment and for the pure love of reading! Perhaps you would like to read more novels from the "Great Books" list to add to your Annotated Bibliography!

    GREAT SCHOLARSHIPS:

  • Random House Creative Writing Competition for NYC Seniors--deadline is THIS FRIDAY, February 11th, 2011.
  • Hispanic College Fund Scholarships
  • Monday, February 7th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Students will choose one of the following themes (from The Metamorphosis) and write a minimum of one page, answering the follow-up questions.
  • Dreams: Think of a situation from a dream you have had that seemed incredibly real at the time but that could not actually happen in real life. What happened in the dream? What details made it seem real? What feelings did you have while dreaming? Afterward?
  • Self-Punishment: Do you think people ever hope to be punished for something they have done, said or even thought? How might this wish lead people into a form of self-punishment?
  • Caregiving: Caring for a sick or elderly relative can be stressful. What stresses might result from being a caregiver? What advice might you give to someone who is a caregiver?

    2. HW Reminder

  • How will students analyze themes from The Metamorphosis in written formats in order to prepare to read? DUE THIS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11th:
  • Annotated Bibliography Blog HW. See the Annotated Bibliographies Resource at the Purdue Online Writing Lab. Create a blog (great, free blogging websites are www.blogspot.com and wordpress.com) or original website in which you post your Annotated Bibliography of the books that you've read during your high school career (your goal/requirement: 10 books or more). You are to write one paragraph (minimum of four sentences) in which you include two sentences of summary and two sentences of assessment/reflection). The Assessment should address at least one or all of the following questions: What's your opinion about the novel? How does this novel shape/affect its readers? Do you believe that this novel changes people's thinking? Do not use first person (any form of "I"--this includes my and me). Do not use any form of "you"--this includes your, our, us, and we. You may, instead, refer to "readers" who have read your chosen novels. You must include the book titles (underlined or italicized) and authors. You MUST e-mail Ms. Conn (hconn@schools.nyc.gov) the link to your blog before midnight. In the subject of your e-mail, you MUST write your first and last name. You must turn in your draft work completed in class. This HW assignment is worth 15% of your 1st marking period grade! To improve your writing, include sophisticated vocabulary. Here's a useful List of Vocabulary Words.

    Read for enjoyment and for the pure love of reading! Perhaps you would like to read more novels from the "Great Books" list to add to your Annotated Bibliography!

    GREAT SCHOLARSHIPS:

  • Random House Creative Writing Competition for NYC Seniors--deadline is February 11th, 2011.
  • Hispanic College Fund Scholarships
  • Friday, February 4th, 2011: 1. Do Now: Discuss and share some answers to the following questions (based on the novels you chose for your Annotated Bibliography)--What's your opinion about the novel? How does this novel shape/affect its readers? Do you believe that this novel changes people's thinking? Offer your evaluation of the author's development of the plot, characters and themes. Do not use first person (any form of "I") when doing this assessment. Include at least two sentences for the assessment/reflection of each novel.

    2. Work Period: Finish your summaries and assessments for each of your five novels. Include the authors for the novels chosen. To improve your writing, include sophisticated vocabulary. Here's a useful List of Vocabulary Words.

    How will students effectively reflect on their high school readings? DUE NEXT FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11th:
  • Annotated Bibliography Blog HW. See the Annotated Bibliographies Resource at the Purdue Online Writing Lab. Create a blog (great, free blogging websites are www.blogspot.com and wordpress.com) or original website in which you post your Annotated Bibliography of the books that you've read during your high school career (your goal: 10 books or more). You are to write one paragraph (minimum of four sentences) in which you include two sentences of summary and two sentences of assessment/reflection). Do not use first person (any form of "I"). You may, instead, refer to "readers" who have read your chosen novels. You must include the book titles (underlined or italicized) and authors. You MUST e-mail Ms. Conn (hconn@schools.nyc.gov) the link to your blog before midnight. You must turn in your draft work completed in class. This HW assignment is worth 15% of your 1st marking period grade! To improve your writing, include sophisticated vocabulary. Here's a useful List of Vocabulary Words.

    Read for enjoyment and for the pure love of reading! Perhaps you would like to read more novels from the "Great Books" list to add to your Annotated Bibliography!

    GREAT SCHOLARSHIPS:

  • Random House Creative Writing Competition for NYC Seniors--deadline is February 11th, 2011.
  • Hispanic College Fund Scholarships
  • Thursday, February 3rd, 2011: 1. Do Now: Using the novels you summarized in yesterday's class, add the following:
    Assessment/Reflection: What's your opinion about the novel? How does this novel shape/affect its readers? Do you believe that this novel changes people's thinking? Offer your evaluation of the author's development of the plot, characters and themes. Do not use first person (any form of "I") when doing this assessment. Include at least two sentences for the assessment/reflection of each novel.

    2. Work Period: Examining the poster of novels taught at ITHS, you should identify two additional novels that you have read (be prepared to turn in). Write at least two sentences for each novel in which you briefly summarize the novel (for example: Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, revolves around Prince Hamlet who has found his life's mission--to take revenge against his father's murderer. Shakespeare wrote a profound play that many adolescent readers/audience can relate to, which involves a misunderstood young man and his search for meaning in his life.).

    3. Introduce the Annotated Bibliography Blog HW. See the Annotated Bibliographies Resource at the Purdue Online Writing Lab. Create a blog (great, free blogging websites are www.blogspot.com and wordpress.com) or original website in which you post your Annotated Bibliography of the books that you've read during your high school career (your goal: 10 books or more). You are to write one paragraph for each book (minimum of four sentences) in which you include two sentences of summary and two sentences of assessment/reflection). Do not use first person (any form of "I"). You may, instead, refer to "readers" who have read your chosen novels. You must include the book titles (underlined or italicized) and authors. To improve your writing, include sophisticated vocabulary. Here's a useful List of Vocabulary Words.

    How will students effectively reflect on their high school readings? DUE NEXT FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11th:
  • Annotated Bibliography Blog HW. See the Annotated Bibliographies Resource at the Purdue Online Writing Lab. Create a blog (great, free blogging websites are www.blogspot.com and wordpress.com) or original website in which you post your Annotated Bibliography of the books that you've read during your high school career (your goal: 10 books or more). You are to write one paragraph (minimum of four sentences) in which you include two sentences of summary and two sentences of assessment/reflection). Do not use first person (any form of "I"). You may, instead, refer to "readers" who have read your chosen novels. You must include the book titles (underlined or italicized) and authors. You MUST e-mail Ms. Conn (hconn@schools.nyc.gov) the link to your blog before midnight. You must turn in your draft work completed in class. This HW assignment is worth 15% of your 1st marking period grade! To improve your writing, include sophisticated vocabulary. Here's a useful List of Vocabulary Words.

    Read for enjoyment and for the pure love of reading! Perhaps you would like to read more novels from the "Great Books" list to add to your Annotated Bibliography!

    GREAT SCHOLARSHIPS:

  • Random House Creative Writing Competition for NYC Seniors--deadline is February 11th, 2011.
  • Hispanic College Fund Scholarships
  • Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011: 1. Do Now: Fill out the Learning Goals Sheet (which can be found HERE. Find the "Learning Goals" link). Write your previous English teacher's name in the top, right-hand corner. Turn it in!

    2. Work Period: Examining the poster of novels taught at ITHS, you should identify at least three novels that you have read (be prepared to turn in). Write at least two sentences for each novel in which you briefly summarize the novel (for example: Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, revolves around Prince Hamlet who has found his life's mission--to take revenge against his father's murderer. Shakespeare wrote a profound play that many adolescent readers/audience can relate to, which involves a misunderstood young man and his search for meaning in his life.).

    How will students effectively set learning goals and reflect on previous readings? Read for enjoyment and for the pure love of reading!

    GREAT SCHOLARSHIPS:

  • Random House Creative Writing Competition for NYC Seniors--deadline is February 11th, 2011.
  • Hispanic College Fund Scholarships
  • Tuesday, February 1st, 2011: 1. Do Now: Introduce Senior English Syllabus.

    2.Discuss/Share: What do you believe should be required in English before you graduate? What do you believe should be essential for a high school graduate to know as a reader and writer? How would you define an expert reader and expert writer?

    How will students effectively prepare for the spring semester, the final semester of English in their high school career? GREAT SCHOLARSHIPS:
  • Random House Creative Writing Competition for NYC Seniors--deadline is February 11th, 2011.
  • Hispanic College Fund Scholarships