Week of May 15th

Less than one month left of school! We can DO this! :) Here's our overview for the week (and for a up-to-date overview of the rest of the year in English, check out ROY):

Monday, 5/15: Students will work on their film adaptations, whether that be filming plans, script writing, or filming.

  • Homework: Be ready for your presentations! If necessary, work on your films.

Tuesday, 5/16: Day two of film adaptation work.

  • Homework:  Be ready for your presentations! If necessary, work on your films.

Wednesday, 5/17: Dress Rehearsals of Boards Presentations

  • Homework:  Be ready for your presentations! If necessary, work on your films.

Thursday, 5/18: Dress Rehearsals of Boards Presentations

  • Homework: Be ready for your presentations! If necessary, work on your films.

Friday, 5/19: Dress Rehearsals of Boards Presentations

  • Homework: Be ready for your presentations! If necessary, work on your films.

 

 

Week of May 8th

Sorry for missing last week. Here's an overview of what we did:

  • Monday, 5/1: students selected groups and short stories for our Short Story Film Adaptation unit. Then, students read the stories together and compiled information about it.
  • Tuesday, 5/2: Mrs. Lackland was absent, so students worked on reading and responding to a challenging short story.
  • Wednesday, 5/3: Students took notes on Film Adaptation and began storyboarding.
  • Thursday, 5/4: Students took notes on How to Read a Film and finished storyboarding.
  • Friday, 5/5: Students took a break from the Short Story Unit and spent the class period compiling their Senior Project Portfolios. 

**HOMEWORK** Senior Portfolios Due Thursday, 5/11 (or it will literally rain fire). 

If you're curious about the rest of the year, here's a link to our friend ROY. And now, here's an overview of the week to come:

Monday, 5/8 (plan): Students will watch a few short films in order to examine components of film. 

  • Homework: Senior Portfolios due this Thursday!!!

Tuesday, 5/9 (plan): Students will work through a short lesson on how to write a script, and then will divide work with their group in order to both plan for filming AND write scripts for each scene.

  • Homework: Senior Portfolios due this Thursday!!! Also, for the Film Unit, finish scripts and film instruction. Select actors' roles in each film. Student will study assigned characters using paragraphs written. Then, the student will either memorize lines OR just understand character's actions and words in scenes. 

Wednesday, 5/10 (plan): Today, we will switch from our Short Story Unit back to the Senior Project: Speech Writing! Wednesday is all about introductions.  

  • HomeworkSenior Portfolios due tomorrow!!! Also, for the Film Unit, finish scripts and film instruction. Select actors' roles in each film. Student will study assigned characters using paragraphs written. Then, the student will either memorize lines OR just understand character's actions and words in scenes (due Monday). Last: introduction plans are due tomorrow!

Thursday, 5/11 (plan): Day two of speech writing: the class will focus on planning out the main talking points of the body of the speech.

  • Homework: For the Film Unit, finish scripts and film instruction. Select actors' roles in each film. Student will study assigned characters using paragraphs written. Then, the student will either memorize lines OR just understand character's actions and words in scenes (due Monday). For tomorrow, all talking points for the body of the speech must be planned out.

Friday, 5/12 (plan): Day three of speech writing: the class will draft conclusions for our speeches and will come up with a plan

  • Homework: For the Film Unit, finish scripts and film instruction. Select actors' roles in each film. Student will study assigned characters using paragraphs written. Then, the student will either memorize lines OR just understand character's actions and words in scenes (due Monday). Also for Monday, the entire speech plan needs to be complete.

Week of April 24th

This week is all about Senior Portfolios! Here's our overview:

Monday, 4/24 (plan): Today, we will begin writing our job summaries and also our interview questions. Due at the end of class tomorrow!

Seniors – Please fill out this survey for the yearbook staff!

  • Homework: FINAL Senior Project hours due THURSDAY!

Tuesday, 4/25: Finishing yesterday's lesson, the job summaries and the interview questions are both due by the end of class today.

  • Homework: FINAL Senior Project hours due THURSDAY!

Wednesday, 4/26: NO CLASS – Late Start Schedule

  • Homework:FINAL Senior Project hours due THURSDAY!

Thursday, 4/27 (plan): Students will prepare the final paperwork for the Senior Project Portfolio, focusing mostly on the Reflection and Assessment piece and the Thank You Letter. Also, check out this updated senior survey!

  • Homework: Get a 1/2 – 1" binder, conduct mentor interview by Friday, 5/5.

Friday, 4/28: Students will prepare the final paperwork for the Senior Project Portfolio, focusing mostly on the Reflection and Assessment piece and the Thank You Letter.

  • Homework: Get a 1/2 – 1" binder, conduct mentor interview by Friday, 5/5.

Week of April 17th

Monday, 4/17: We will work on finishing up our peer revision activity, and then students will be allotted time to finish up Senior Research Essays.

  • Homework: SRE due on Wednesday, 4/19, by midnight on turnitin.com; Senior Project FINAL hours due by April 27!

Tuesday, 4/18: (Warm Up using student models) We will work on adding finishing touches to our Senior Research Essays.

  • Homework:SRE due on Wednesday, 4/19, by midnight on turnitin.com; Senior Project FINAL hours due by April 27!

Wednesday, 4/19: We will work on adding finishing touches to our Senior Research Essays (students are released at 1:50 for senior class photo – please wear Senior sweatshirt or just a black shirt). Steps to submitting your SRE:

1.Remove all comments, highlights, etc. from the essay.

2.Be SURE that it’s the best piece of writing you can create at this time.

3. Copy and paste the Works Cited as its last full page (the Works Cited deserves its own page), and be sure to include only the sources you’ve used, deleting all others.

4.Include word count at the end (omit title, heading, and Works Cited).

5.To Submit: go to turnitin.com and follow the instructions (Class ID: 14710660; password: Ilovetowrite (case sensitive))

  • Homework:SRE due TONIGHT by midnight on turnitin.com; Senior Project FINAL hours due by April 27!

Thursday, 4/20 (plan): Students will begin sorting through their documents in order to print out and acquire several clean versions of previously-created documents.

  • Homework: Senior Project FINAL hours due by April 27!

Friday, 4/21 (plan): Day two of portfolio document preparation and collection.

  • Homework: Senior Project FINAL hours due by April 27!
  • PREVIEW for next week's lesson (see this ppt on 4/21 if you're looking to move ahead)

Week of April 10th

Welcome back! Here's our weekly overview:

Monday, 4/10 (plan): Today, we spent time catching up on work and preparing for tomorrow's Socratic Seminar.

  • Homework: SRE is due, revised, by Thursday. Also, remember your Senior Project hours!

Tuesday, 4/11 (plan): Students will be participating in a Socratic Seminar to discuss the text and to prepare for tomorrow's test on The Catcher in the Rye.

  • Homework: Be prepared for tomorrow's test. The SRE is due, revised, by Thursday. Also, remember your Senior Project hours!

Wednesday, 4/12 (plan): In-class essays: The Catcher in the Rye assessment.

  • Homework:SRE is due, revised, by tomorrow. Also, remember your Senior Project hours!

Thursday, 4/13 (plan): Students will revise other student's work using a specific protocol.

  • Homework:  Remember your Senior Project hours!

Friday, 4/14 (plan): Students will finish revising other student's writing. Here's Mrs. Keene's PowerPoint with that useful scholarship information! 

  • Homework: Remember your Senior Project hours! Make recommended changes to your SRE.

Week of March 27th

Monday, 3/27: Midpoint Quiz – through chapter 16 of The Catcher in the Rye.

  • Homework: Stay caught up on your reading; work on your SRE!

Tuesday, 3/28: To be on track, read and respond to relevant questions through chapter 20 (here is the unit overview, which includes the questions, and also the DSM guide).

  • Homework:Stay caught up on your reading; work on your SRE!

Wednesday, 3/29: To be on track, read and respond to relevant questions through chapter 23

  • Homework: Stay caught up on your reading; work on your SRE!

Thursday, 3/30: To be on track, read and respond to relevant questions through chapter 26

  • Homework: Stay caught up on your reading; work on your SRE!

Friday, 3/31:To be on track, FINISH THE ENTIRE BOOK BEFORE OUR NEXT CLASS (4/10).

  • Homework: Catch up on your reading; work on your SRE! Have an amazing spring break: your final one as a high school student wink

Week of March 20th

Along with this overview, here's our daily .ppt and the overview of our unit.

Monday, 3/20: Independent Reading Time, and student writing conferences.(Hannah, Journey, and Chloe)

  • Homework: Finish your essay by the date of your conference, AND, work on your Senior Project Hours!

‚ÄčTuesday, 3/21: Socratic Seminar to discuss the first 10 chapters in the book. (writing conferences after class: Warren                            and Jonah).

  • Homework: Finish your essay by the date of your conference, AND, work on your Senior Project Hours!

Wednesday, 3/22: No Class: Late Start Schedule

  • Homework: Finish your essay by the date of your conference, AND, work on your Senior Project Hours!

Thursday, 3/23: Independent Reading Time 

To be on track: Finish chapter 13 of The Catcher in the Rye.

In your journal, record the following:

•Today’s date

•The pages you read (92-126, for example)

•Thorough answers to these two questions:

1.Who is Jane, and what does her interaction with Holden reveal about him?

2.Consider your earlier evidence gathering as useful for finding a potential diagnosis for Holden. What further potential evidence is emerging in these chapters, and does this confirm or challenge your line of thinking?

  • Homework: Finish your essay by the date of your conference, AND, work on your Senior Project Hours!

Friday, 3/24: Independent Reading Time AND preparation for the midpoint quiz.

  • Homework: Finish your essay by the date of your conference, AND, work on your Senior Project Hours!

March 14th – Mrs. Lackland is sick :(

We will finish our discussion of yesterday's lesson on Thursday. Also, sorry, Michael: we will resechedule your meeting for sometime very soon. Also, SUPER IMPORTANT: if you haven't signed up for a writing conference, DO IT TODAY. The clipboard should be on the teacher desk.

After you get your The Catcher in the Rye texts, please complete the following work (DUE THURSDAY –  there will be a QUIZ on it):

  1. Read over this overview of the unit (can also be found in Google Classroom). Please note that everything (except the due date for the SRE) will be moved back by one day due to my sick day. As you look over it, pay special attention to the following:

    • Unit goals 2, 3, and 5
    • The structure of how the class will go during this semi-independent unit.
    • Look over the prompts for all the chapters, and make sure you understand expectations/grading for them.
  2. Read over this DSM IV document that we will use to examine the main character of the text (can also be found in Google Classroom).

    • Make sure that you understand how each major illness/disorder is different from the rest.
  3. Now for the most significant work: look through this slideshow of background of (mostly cultural) information about the text. Please read over and watch the videos.

    • Make sure you understand what a cultural icon is, and how important the character Holden is to our society.
    • Here are the tasks (complete in journal):

      • For the video on Salinger, write down two facts about his life. 
      • For the video with actor Edward Norton, answer this question: according to Norton, how is the reader able to figure out who the main character Holden really is, even though the book is told through his biased perspective?

Week of Monday, March 13th

Monday, March 13th: Today, we will begin our independent reading unit on JD Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye. The purpose of today's lesson is to work together to build a basis for our reading of a new text (plan). However, in order to be truly prepared for the unit, you will need to review the documents attached below for homework.

  • Homework: DUE THURSDAY Read over/familiarize yourself with the following documents:

    1. This overview of the unit (can also be found in Google Classroom).
    2. This DSM IV document that we will use to examine the main character of the text (can also be found in Google Classroom).
    3. This slideshow of background of (mostly cultural) information about the text. Please read over and watch the videos. Here are the tasks (complete in journal): for the video on Salinger, write down two facts about his life. For the video with actor Edward Norton, answer this question: according to Norton, how is the reader able to figure out who the main character Holden really is, even though the book is told through his biased perspective?

Week of 3/6

Here's an overview of the week ahead:

Monday, 3/6 (plan): Today we will finish our researching phase of the project.

  • Homework: Works Cited and completed outline due tomorrow.

Tuesday, 3/7 (plan): We will work on building body paragraphs using notecards today. Group work!

  • Homework: none.

Wednesday, 3/8 (plan): Students will draft one paragraph of their essay.

  • Homework: none.

Thursday, 3/9 (plan): Students will continue drafting their essays.

  • Homework: none.

Friday, 3/10 (plan): We will write our conclusions and also sign up for writing conferences.

  • Homework: Rough draft is due on the date of your writing conference.