Class Notes/Worksheets

August 31 - A Day

First Day Activities
Syllabus Preview
Homework:
  1. Read Information about Author Visit: http://www.goucher.edu/x43817.xml
  2. Complete survey about Author Visit: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DZD7FW3
  3. Activity: Respond to the 4 discussion post questions on your class extension page (x1A GS, x1B GS, x2A GS, x3B GS)
  4. Have you parent read the parent letter. Have them sign it and bring it back to class the next day.
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT from 5-7p.m.! HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!!

September 1 - B Day

First Day Activities
Syllabus Preview
Homework:
  1. Read Information about Author Visit: http://www.goucher.edu/x43817.xml
  2. Complete survey about Author Visit: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DZD7FW3
  3. Activity: Respond to the 4 discussion post questions on your class extension page (x1A GS, x1B GS, x2A GS, x3B GS)
  4. Have you parent read the parent letter. Have them sign it and bring it back to class the next day.

Sepetember 2/6

Grammar Pre-test: If you did not take it or did not finish it, find time to come see me to talk about a time to finish it
Introduction to Sherman Alexie
Introduction to author style SEE WORKSHEET

Took notes on author style, connotation, denotation, and allusions.

Read "My Heroes Have Never Been Cowboys" by Sherman Alexie - analyzed for how the connotation of the words reflect tone,

the purpose of certain allusions, and the affect both had on the meaning of the essay.

Homework: Read Poem"On the Amtrak from Boston to New York City"
1. Highlight or underline words or phrases with strong connotations. Annotate the poem, explain what the connotation is of that word. How does the diction affect the tone of this piece? Give specific examples. Answer in a few sentences.
To see an example, click here:
2. Read the allusions. How does understanding the allusions affect a reader's understanding of the poem? Give examples. Answer in a few sentences.

3. Consider the following questions:
  • What is the meaning of this piece? What is the purpose of writing this piece? Who is the audience for this poem? What will a reader take away from reading this poem? How does word connotation and allusions affect the meaning of this piece?

Synthesize your thoughts into a strong written paragraph. Do not answer them question by question. Think of a meaningful way to include all into a paragraph. Hint: Think of your topic sentence as a thesis statement. Your details sentences should support what you believe the meaning and purpose of the poem are. The questions and paragraph need to be turned in next class.
Be prepared to discuss the poem in class!

September 6/7

Warm up: 1. What are the purpose of using allusions? 2. Which audience do you think Alexie's allusions are geared towards? 3. What is diction/connotation? Give an example of words with different connotations.

Discussed aspects of our identity and completed "How to be a..." activity
Next, we read "Indian Education" (a Sherman Alexie short story...see full text here: http://comosr.spps.org/Alexie.html _) and discussed elements of his style seen in his snapshots:
  • Tone
  • Characterization
  • Dialogue
  • Voice (formal v. informal)
  • Organization
  • Diction
  • Theme

Completed a chart on author's style:


What are 3 similarities you are seeing across his texts: give examples...

Homework
  1. Based on what we read in class, revise your snapshot drafts to mimic sherman Alexie's writing style
  2. Write a strong paragraph that explains how your writing is similar to Alexie's. (2 references to Alexie's work, 2 references to your own work) SEE RUBRIC ON DOCUMENT*

September 9/12

Finished filling out analysis chart. (See document from previous class)
Discussed how to smoothly integrate quotations into commentary and analysis.
Began reading "Approximate Size of My Favorite Tumor" by Sherman Alexie. Focus: Looking at dichotomy between humor and tension in this piece.

Homework:
1. Find 5 pieces of information about Sherman Alexie's background.
2. Be sure to cite your sources.
3. Answer the questions at the bottom of the docuemnt.
CLICK HERE to go to the resource page. You will find many websites that give background information on Sherman Alexie.

September 13/14

Today we finished the story "Approximate Size of My Favorite Tumor" (a fictional short story) by Sherman Alexie. Focus: discussion about text.
As a closure: we wrote a commentary paragraph explaining and defining Alexie's style in this text.

Assigned students copies of the novel we will be reading (Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian). Students are financially responsible for these books.
Pass out reading schedules for novel.

Homework:
1. Read pages 1-31 of the novel
2. Complete an at-home reading note chart. In the center circle define the literary element your quote illustrates. In the middle circle write the quote. In the outer circle write an analysis or explanation of the quote/the quote's importance to the work. You should have 4 quotes by the end. (see example and worksheet if you did not bring yours home)
3. Come to class ready to discuss novel.

September 15/16

In-class discussion about the first reading.
Took notes on elements of author's style and identified examples in the book
Homework:
1. Read pages 32-66 of the novel

Sepetember 19/20

Assigned essay: Analyze Author's Style (Sherman Alexie)
Essay must include references to Absolutely True Diary, 2 other works by Alexie, 1 outside source
Created a working thesis about author's style

Went to media center and found articles to support your thesis.

Homework:
Find one other article and identify another quote that would help support your working thesis. Write down the proper citation. Use document above.
Keep on schedule with the reading - no quoes today.

September 21 (A DAY)

Students turned in citations homework.
Students worked together to define what thesis is. Students looked at examples of theses and categorized them into categories of effectiveness.
Based on the activites, students worked on creating a strong thesis of their own for the author's style essay. Use the thesis generator and thesis tips worksheet to help!


Students began working on an outline for their essay.

Homework:
Finish essay proposal outline
DUE TUESDAY 9/27/2011
KEEP UP WITH READING SCHEDULE (BE PREPARED FOR READING QUIZ ON FRIDAY AND TUESDAY - No quote wheel due)

September 22 (B DAY) & 23 (A DAY)

(I was absent these days)
Reading quiz
Students read "And of Clay are We Created" in the literature book. Answered the questions after the story. Completed an activity regarding author's style. Students should note differences between Alexie's style and the style in this story.

Homework:
Finish essay proposal outline
DUE TUESDAY 9/27/2011
KEEP UP WITH READING SCHEDULE (BE PREPARED FOR READING QUIZ ON FRIDAY AND TUESDAY - No quote wheel due)

September 26 (B DAY)

Students turned in citations homework.
Students worked together to define what thesis is. Students looked at examples of theses and categorized them into categories of effectiveness.
Based on the activites, students worked on creating a strong thesis of their own for the author's style essay. Use the thesis generator and thesis tips worksheet to help!

Students began working on an outline for their essay.

Homework:
Finish essay proposal outline
DUE WEDNESDAY 9/28/2011
KEEP UP WITH READING SCHEDULE (BE PREPARED FOR READING QUIZ ON FRIDAY AND TUESDAY - No quote wheel due)

September 27/September 28

Students took reading quiz: If you did not take the quiz - you must see me to make it up.
Students worked on Outline for Essay

Homework:
KEEP UP WITH READING SCHEDULE - (Do not need to do quote wheel)
Due Next class: 1st Body Paragraph (not introduction - first supporting paragraph)
http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/active-voice-versus-passive-voice.aspx
In-text citations & works cited citations:
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/



September 30/October 3

Revised and edited first body paragraph for active/passive voice (see grammar girl link), citations, and quotations.
Use the following resources to help you in revising your ideas. Be sure to balance your use of quotes with analysis of the quotes.

Homework:
FINISH THE BOOK - BE READY FOR A TEST

October 4/5

READING CELEBRATION TEST! MAKE SURE THE BOOK IS FINISHED BEFORE YOU COME TO CLASS!
Homework:
NEARLY FINAL DRAFT DUE ON MONDAY 10/10 (A DAY) or 10/11 (B DAY)

October 6/7

Intro to Individual Oral Presentations. For this presentation you will be working in groups of 3-5. You may choose to focus your presentation on True Diary or Glass Castle or some combination of both.
Please see the assignment sheet and preparation handouts for more information.
Homework:
NEARLY FINAL TYPED DRAFT DUE ON MONDAY 10/10 (A DAY) or 10/11 (B DAY) - IT NEEDS TO BE PRINTED OUT AND A HARDCOPY BROUGHT TO CLASS!!!

October 10/11

Looked at model essay. Used Rubric to grade the model. Peer revise using rubric.
IOP Worktime

Homework:
Essay DUE FOR EVERYONE ON TURNITIN.COM by 11:59 PM SATURDAY 10/15/11

October 12/13

IOP Worktime

Homework:
Essay DUE FOR EVERYONE ON TURNITIN.COM by 11:59 PM SATURDAY 10/15/11

October 14/17

IOP Worktime

Homework:
Essay DUE FOR EVERYONE ON TURNITIN.COM by 11:59 PM SATURDAY 10/15/11
For information on Turnitin.com click hereTurnitin.com

October 18/19

IOP Work Time/Practice
Homework: BE PREPARED TO PRESENT on your Group Presentation DAY!
A DAY
Tuesday October 25
Thursday October 27
1A
1st: Lindsay, Breshae, Afi, James, Denadre
2nd: Olivia, Katie, Rebecca, Lissette
3rd: Jake Wilmer, Lance, Sean, Nina, Omighty
1st: Jake, Dan, Megan, Nina
2nd: Aida, Stephany, Meagan
3rd: Keenan, Cecelia, Mike,
Shelby, Meghan
4th: Khalil, Jesse, Dillon
2A
1st: Matt D, Tiffany, Bea, Morgan
2nd: Natalie, Sagar
3rd: Kelsey, Kayla, Ashanti
1st: Winny, Kiana, Taleah
Sydnee, Sarah S
2nd: Sarah, Mosetta, Taylor, Imani

B DAY
Wednesday, October 26
Friday, October 28
1B
1st: Abby, Rachel, Dani
2nd: Rodney, Fernandes, James, Josh, Jesse
3rd: Rachel, Sarah, Ladae, Imani, Deja
1st: Stephen, Nigel, Emily
2nd: Dajuan, Kristen, Kim
3rd: Mary, Melissa, Rachel, Summer
3B
1st: Jaden Jazmine, Ikira, Aerial, Janeliz
2nd: Trent, Monica, Nicole, Alexis, Sophia
1st: Cayli, Asher, Cassandra, Christine, Chaelin,
2nd: Sam, Galaxy, Zoe, Stephen, Felicia,

October 20

IOP Work TIme/Practice (since we lost a day for PSAT)
Homework: BE PREPARED TO PRESENT on your Group Presentation DAY!

October24

Worked on Extended Metaphor Assignment.
Analyzed two poems:
Brainstormed ideas for Extended Metaphor Reflection:
Homework: Extended Metaphor Unit Reflection Due 10/31 (A day) & 11/1 (B day) Submitted in class! NOT on Turnitin.com

October 25/26

PRESENTATIONS!!!
Homework: Groups that presented - Self & Peer Reflection Due the next day!
Extended Metaphor Unit Reflection Due 10/31 (A day) & 11/1 (B day) Submitted in class! NOT on Turnitin.com

October 27/28

PRESENTATIONS!!!
Homework: Groups that presented - Self & Peer Reflection Due the next day!

Extended Metaphor Unit Reflection Due 10/31 (A day) & 11/1 (B day) Submitted in class! NOT on Turnitin.com

October 31/ November 1

BENCHMARK TESTS
REFLECTIONS DUE!

November 2

BEGIN NEW UNIT! Surprise - No Homework! Enjoy the long weekend!