SUPPLIES NEEDED: Binder (1-1/2"); writing utensils; highlighters; flash/usb drive will also greatly help.
RULES: Come prepared with your binder(s) & writing utensil(s). Disrespect (i.e., cell phone usage, tardiness, overt class disruptions, etc.) will earn you deductions, whether it is via your time (think...detention) or from participation points. Assignments are due on the date noted. In the tradition of most colleges and to prepare you for the real world, late assignments will generally not be accepted. If you miss school due to an excused absence, please see the teacher upon your return. If you know you are going to miss school for sports, field trip, vacation, or other reasons, please see the teacher before and after your planned absence.
PLEASE ALSO BE AWARE THAT WE WATCH A LOT OF VIDEOS IN CLASS AND COMPARE THEM TO LITERATURE, AND IF YOU MISS A DAY, YOU MUST MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO MAKE UP THE VIDEO OR STAY AFTER SCHOOL AND VIEW IT THEN. It would behoove you to miss as little as possible.
ASSIGNMENTS AND CALENDAR BELOW ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
Monday, August 28, 2017 WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!!! Please note the rules at the top of the page. RECEIVE CLASS INFORMATION. Please return bottom portion signed by parent/guardian by Friday. What is YOUR objective? List on one side of the note card. Draw your "symbol" on the other side. Post it on the class board.
Friday, September 1 ACCESSING KAHN ACADEMY FOR SAT PRACTICE & ASSIGNMENT OF LAPTOPS. SUMMER READING TEST FOR THOSE WHO CHOSE TO READ WAR OF THE WORLDS IN LIEU OF COMING TO SUMMER WRITING CLASSES.
HAVE A NICE LABOR DAY WEEKEND!
UNIT 1 - The Beginning of American Literature OBJECTIVE: Learn the background history and influences of American Literature and analyze interpretations.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 Renaissance in England. Research a writer from England their contributions. Create a business card with their picture and information on it. Print it.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 LESSON: Review nonfiction, historical literature and compare it to our modern knowledge. How much of history portrayed in a realistic way? How much of history is "created" by the media to appeal to a broad audience? How important is it to be able to "know your history?"
Tuesday, September 19 Partner TEST on Anne Bradstreet
Wednesday, September 20 - Friday, September 22 Receive info and work on LITERARY ANALYSIS & PRESENTATION #1 - First hand accounts: Choose one and analyze in a 300 word minimum paper that you will read (and be videoed doing) in front of the class. LITERARY TECHNIQUE FOCUSES: ALLUSION AND POINT OF VIEW. TEXT BOOK Pages 62-69: A Narrative of the Captivity: Describe at least two allusions to biblical stories that Rowlandson makes during her captivity. How did her beliefs affect her chances of survival? TEXT BOOK Pages 82-89: Olaudah Equiano: What insights does a reader gain from Equiano’s perspective that might not be possible from an encyclopedia article on the treatment of slaves? Elaborate on how the author's beliefs, thoughts, and emotions enhance the reader's comprehension.
Monday, September 25 - Tuesday, September 26 LITERARY ANALYSIS #1 PRESENTATION & PAPER DUE
Wednesday, September 27 - Friday, September 29 Logos, Pathos, Ethos lesson video (11:29) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFcCFEeOEeg Assignment: Take notes and develop a poster representation of an assigned rhetorical technique.
Role play – pretend you’re the king or a colonist. Would you be convinced from the Declaration and why or why not? Respond to Thomas Jefferson & Co. with your reply.
Compare the original version of Declaration of Independence with the one on pages 138-148: Jefferson's Autobiography and the Declaration of Independence. Why (give your analysis) were Jefferson’s original words removed?
You just joined in the fight (the Declaration persuaded you!). Persuade your fellow colonists to join in by using information and references from the Declaration itself. You can make a flyer, brochure, poster or relevant advertisement.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL:
Refer to at least two good points made by TJ.
One page (fill it nicely, put some effort into it so that I know you at least learned something here)
Be creative and not robotic here.
Be sure to use at least one of the logos, pathos, and/or ethos in your creation.
HERMAN MELVILLE - MOBY DICK - 4 day movie: Students are responsible to be in class all 4 days to view the movie. If a student is absent, they must "make up" the movie by either reading the applicable chapters of the book (click here) or by staying after school to view the parts of the movie they missed.
Receive assignment on Thoreau / MLK comparison essay Requirements -- 4 paragraph essay that contains 2/2 similarities that show how MLK was influenced by Thoreau (4 quotes total). Essay should be typed and at least two full pages (MINIMUM 500 WORDS), double spaced, MLA format.
INDEPENDENT READING / LITERARY ANALYSIS & PRESENTATION Paper: Minimum 4 pages typed - MLA/APA format + minimum 2 independent resources + Presentation to class. This may be a group project of up to no more than 3 people. The poetry (Whitman) project cannot have more than 2 people. You may also choose to do your project yourself.
DRAMA ~ The Gettysburg Address: Give an historical background, memorize this famous speech, dress up, recite it (live not video) dramatically, and provide a nice background on the screen as you do. The paper should consist of an historical report generated from two .EDU or .ORG or .GOV resources as well as an analysis of the Gettysburg Address relative to the rhetorical techniques Lincoln used.
ART INTERPRETATION ~ Emily Dickinson: Select one of Dickinson's poems and interpret it in some form of art, whether it be a painting, drawing, poster, etc. Whichever form you choose, be sure that it is meticulous and detailed, with an amount of creativity and effort worthy of an advanced student. Your paper should consist of your analysis of this poem, an independent resource's analysis of this poem, a second independent resource's analysis of Emily Dickinson's writing in general, as well as an interpretation of your own art work as it relates to the poem you chose.
CREATIVE WRITING ~ Walt Whitman: After reading at least 10 of Walt Whitman's poems, and researching his Leaves of Grass book which was self-published, write and create your own poem chapbook of 10 poems inspired by Whitman's poems. Your chapbook should have a title/cover page with picture, as well as an "Acknowledgments" page giving thanks to Mr. Whitman for his inspiration and explaining how his poetry inspired you. Each of your poems should have a copy of Whitman's poem you are emulating or were inspired by and a detailed reason why your poem was inspired. You poems MUST be a minimum of 20 lines each. Your independent sources (typed on MLA Works Cited page) will be where you found Whitman's poems.
CARTOGRAPHY: 1850-1890 ~ Create a combination North American Map + Timeline on a large poster that displays spots for LITERARY events, authors/writings, historical events, and Civil War divisions and battles extending through the years 1850 to 1890. Be sure to include a "KEY", make the map colorful, and unless you have extremely neat handwriting and exceptional drawing capabilities, use a computer to print out all text and relevant pictures. Your map should contain at least 20 major reference and notable points/areas relevant to the time period. Your paper should be in chronological order and describe in detail the areas noted on the map and your thought process behind creating it. Be sure to use at least two independent sources that are .EDU, .ORG, OR .GOV.
INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING ~ Ambrose Bierce: This original Civil War author, front line reporter, and ghost stories author led a fascinating life. His death was even more mysterious. In the style of an investigative reporter / CSI / television show, video tape a program that gives a biography of the interesting Mr. Bierce as well as possible speculations into his death. See http://www.biography.com/people/groups/mysterious-deaths for examples on how to prepare/format your video. Your paper should be a transcript of your video and contain an MLA Works Cited page indicating the factual information you obtained from at least two independent sources.
UNIT 6 THE AGE OF REALISM: 1880-1914
Monday, February 1 BUZZ WORD Vocabulary Practice Distribute Johnstown novel and field trip permission slips. Permission slips need to be returned before novel is distributed.
Monday, February 22 TAKE-HOME QUIZ DUE OR YOU MUST COMPLETE IT AT THIS TIME DURING CLASS. EITHER WAY, IT IS DUE TODAY. LITERARY ANALYSIS #3 DUE - These will be checked for completion. You may work this class period and finalize what you need to finalize, as long as you have completed your TBAF take-home quiz.
Tuesday, February 23 LITERARY ANALYSIS PRESENTATIONS
Wednesday, February 24 LITERARY ANALYSIS PRESENTATIONS
Thursday, February 25 LITERARY ANALYSIS PRESENTATIONS
Friday, February 26 Reading Johnstown novels or working on STUDY ISLAND SAT
Monday, February 29 Reading Johnstown novels or working on STUDY ISLAND SAT Be prepared for tomorrow's discussion on THE JOHNSTOWN FLOOD by having your annotation and opinionated paper ready.
Tuesday, March 1 DUE: Discussion of THE JOHNSTOWN FLOOD novel. Please be prepared to share your annotations and turn them in along with your opinion paper.
SHORT STORY SELECTION Monday, March 21, to Wednesday, March 23 Students will be grouped with the following stories:
Brett Harte: The Outcasts of Poker Flat, p. 622 Willa Cather: A Wagner Matinee, p. 668 Kate Chopin: The Story of an Hour, p. 682
Monday - Tuesday: Read and discuss with your group the realistic aspects of your story as it relates to the time period. Wednesday: Create a poster representative of your story, its plot and characterization.
~~ SPRING BREAK ~~ Good time to be working on your Johnstown Flood 3 Part Project. Be sure to have read and finished Three Rivers Rising character notetaker and opinion paper.
THE GREAT GATSBY, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Monday, March 28 THREE RIVERS RISING DISCUSSION ON CHARACTER AND OPINION PAPER WITH NOTETAKER DUE! Tuesday, March 29 The Roaring 20's Game