American Lit

August 26th, 2014

This page will typically be updated every Monday, but please remember that things change throughout the week.

Because of formatting constraints, book titles will not be italicized or underlined like they should be.


General Information for June 11-15

This week we will study the American poets that seniors studied while juniors took the Smarter Balanced Assessment.


Monday – June 11

CW – Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams

HW – None

Tuesday – June 12

CW – William Carlos Williams, Sylvia Plath

HW – None

Wednesday – June 13

CW – Sylvia Plath, Joy Harjo

HW – None

Thursday – June 14

CW – Joy Harjo, E.E. Cummings

HW – Have a great summer!

Friday – June 15

No class – Even period finals


General Information for June 4-8

This week we will finish our unit on The Great Gatsby. There will be a vocabulary test on the nine words from the packet on Tuesday. All work for The Great Gatsby is due Thursday: 

  • Website
  • Packet
  • Final draft
  • Writing work – outline, rough draft (marked up), and editing sheet

Monday – June 4

CW – Discuss previous night’s reading, prompts, packet, website project

HW – Vocabulary quiz tomorrow

HW – All work for The Great Gatsby due Thursday – website, essay/narrative, and packet

Tuesday – June 5

CW – Vocabulary quiz, The Great Gatsby work – website, essay/narrative, and packet

HW – All work for The Great Gatsby due Thursday – website, essay/narrative, and packet

Wednesday – June 6

CW – The Great Gatsby work – website, essay/narrative, and packet

HW – All work for The Great Gatsby due tomorrow – website, essay/narrative, and packet

Thursday – June 7

CW – The Great Gatsby work – website, essay/narrative, and packet

HW – None! Congratulations, seniors!

Friday – June 8

CW – Robert Frost

HW – None!


General Information for May 28 – June 1

This week we will continue studying The Great Gatsby and begin a project in which individuals or small groups create a website connected to the book.


Monday – May 28

No school – Memorial Day

Tuesday – May 29

CW – Discuss previous night’s reading, website project

HW – The Great Gatsby, Chapter 6

Wednesday – May 30

CW – Discuss previous night’s reading, website project

HW – The Great Gatsby, Chapter 7

Thursday – May 31

CW – Discuss previous night’s reading, website project

HW – The Great Gatsby, Chapter 8

Friday – June 1

CW – Discuss previous night’s reading, website project

HW – The Great Gatsby, Chapter 9


General Information for May 21-25

UPDATE: All work for The Color Purple is now due next Tuesday, May 29. I will offer extra credit to anyone who turns in work on the original due date, which is tomorrowFriday the 25th. I will give a letter grade’s worth of extra credit for each of the three things – packet, final draft, writing work. On a 20 point assignment like the final draft, that would be 2 extra credit points. If the packet is worth 40 points, that would be 4 extra credit points. Class time will be given tomorrow (Friday) but not on Tuesday. Here is what is due on Tuesday:

  • Packet
  • Final draft 
  • Writing work – outline, rough draft, and editing sheet (2 of 3 required)

This week we will begin studying The Great Gatsby. Students will check out the book on Monday, when nightly reading homework  begins.


Monday – May 21

CW – Writing self-assessment, writing time

HW – The Great Gatsby, Chapter 1

HW – The Color Purple – all work due Tuesday

Tuesday – May 22

CW – Discuss previous night’s reading, writing time

HW – The Great Gatsby, Chapter 2

HW – The Color Purple – all work due Tuesday

Wednesday – May 23

CW – Discuss previous night’s reading, writing time

HW – The Great Gatsby, Chapter 3

HW – The Color Purple – all work due Tuesday

HW – Bring Oxford Book of American Short Stories tomorrow

Thursday – May 24

CW – Discuss previous night’s reading, “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place”

HW – The Great Gatsby, Chapter 4

HW – The Color Purple – all work due Tuesday

Friday – May 25

CW – Discuss previous night’s reading, work time

HW – The Great Gatsby, Chapter 5

HW – The Color Purple – all work due Tuesday


General Information for May 14-18

This week juniors will take the Smarter Balanced state assessment.

Seniors will be doing poetry activities, each day with a different poet.

On Monday, I handed out writing prompts for the writing task on The Color Purple. Students can work on it with remaining class time – seniors who finish daily poetry work with extra time and juniors who finish the Smarter Balanced Assessment before the end of the week. Since there will be no homework this week, you might want to get a jump on it outside of class before we begin reading The Great Gatsby next week. All work for The Color Purple is due next Friday, May 25.


Monday – May 14

CW – Smarter Balanced/Robert Frost

HW – None (though you might use this time to work on the writing task for The Color Purple)

Tuesday – May 15

CW – Smarter Balanced/

HW – None (though you might use this time to work on the writing task for The Color Purple)

Wednesday – May 16

CW – Smarter Balanced/

HW – None (though you might use this time to work on the writing task for The Color Purple)

Thursday – May 17

CW – Smarter Balanced/

HW – None (though you might use this time to work on the writing task for The Color Purple)

Friday – May 18

CW – Smarter Balanced/

HW – None (though you might use this time to work on the writing task for The Color Purple)


General Information for May 7-11

This week, we will continue our unit on The Color Purple. Students should fill out the appropriate section of the packet and be prepared for a daily quiz. We will finish the book on Thursday night and take a test on it on Friday.

This week we will also read a book called For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf in class.

Next week juniors will take the Smarter Balanced state assessment.


Monday – May 7

CW – Discuss previous night’s reading, For Colored Girls…

HW – The Color Purple – pages 205-231

Tuesday – May 8

CW – Discuss previous night’s reading, For Colored Girls…

HW – The Color Purple – pages 232-253

Wednesday – May 9

CW – Discuss previous night’s reading, For Colored Girls…

HW – The Color Purple – pages 254-265

Thursday – May 10

CW – Discuss previous night’s reading, For Colored Girls…

HW – The Color Purple – pages 266-295

HW – The Color Purple – test tomorrow

Friday – May 11

CW – The Color Purple – Test, writing prompts

HW – Smarter Balanced Assessment next week for juniors!


General Information for April 30 – May 4

On Tuesday, we will continue our unit on The Color Purple. Students should fill out the appropriate section of the packet and be prepared for a daily quiz.


Monday – April 30

CW – Discuss previous night’s reading

HW – The Color Purple – pages 105-130

Tuesday – May 1

CW – Discuss previous night’s reading

HW – The Color Purple – pages 131-153

Wednesday – May 2

CW – Discuss previous night’s reading

HW – The Color Purple – pages 154-177

Thursday – May 3

CW – Discuss previous night’s reading

HW – The Color Purple – pages 178-204

Friday – May 4

No school – mid-term grading and professional development


General Information for April 23-27

This week we will wrap up the unit on Death of a Salesman. Students will present their group project on Monday, and on Friday, the following independent work is due:

  • Packet
  • Final draft 
  • Writing work – outline, rough draft, and editing sheet (2 of 3 required)

On Tuesday, we will begin our unit on The Color Purple, when nightly reading homework will be begin. Students should fill out the appropriate section of the packet and be prepared for a daily quiz.


Monday – April 23

CW – Group presentations, writing time

HW – Bring I.D.!

Tuesday – April 24

CW – SASS advocate, The Color Purple

HW – The Color Purple – pages 1-26

Wednesday – April 25

CW – Discuss previous night’s reading

HW – The Color Purple – pages 27-52

Thursday – April 26

CW – Discuss previous night’s reading

HW – The Color Purple – pages 53-79

HW – Death of a Salesman work due tomorrow

Friday – April 27

CW – Discuss previous night’s reading

HW – The Color Purple – pages 80-104


General Information for April 16-20

This week we will continue the unit on Death of a Salesman. Students will work independently on a formal writing task connected to the play and work in groups to create a presentation connected to the play.


Monday – April 16

CW – Vocabulary quiz, Writing task guidelines and planning, Group project

HW – None!

Tuesday – April 17

CW – Writing task – planning and rough draft, Group project

HW – None!

Wednesday – April 18

CW – Writing task – rough draft, Group project

HW – Independent short story – due Monday

Thursday – April 19

CW – Writing task – rough draft and editing/revising, Group project

HW – Independent short story – due Monday

Friday – April 20

CW – Writing task – rough draft and editing/revising, Group project

HW – Bring I.D.!

HW – Independent short story – due Monday

HW – Death of a Salesman – packet and writing work due next Friday


General Information for April 9-13

This week we will continue the unit on Death of a Salesman, which we will read in class. Since I’m not sure exactly how far we get in class, I will try to update this page each day, indicating how far we got.


Monday – April 9

CW – Discuss “Two Kinds,” Death of a Salesman – Act 2, scene 1 & 2

HW – None!

Tuesday – April 10

CW – Death of a Salesman – Act 2, scene 3 & 4

HW – None!

Wednesday – April 11

CW – Death of a Salesman – Act 2, scene 4 & 5

HW – None!

Thursday – April 12

CW – Death of a Salesman – Act 2, scene 5 & 6, Requiem, Group project info

HW – Quiz on Act 2 tomorrow

Friday – April 13

CW – Death of a Salesman – Quiz, Packet, Group Project

HW – Vocabulary quiz on Monday


General Information for April 2-6

This week we will wrap up the unit on the Harlem Renaissance and begin the unit on Death of a Salesman, which we will read in class. Since I’m not sure exactly how far we get in class, I will try to update this page each day, indicating how far we got.


Monday – April 2

CW – Harlem Renaissance paragraph, Death of a Salesman – pre-reading

HW – Bring I.D.!

HW – Harlem Renaissance paragraph and packet due tomorrow

Tuesday – April 3

CW – Death of a Salesman – Act 1, scene 1

HW – None!

Wednesday – April 4

CW – Death of a Salesman – Act 1, scene 2 & 3

HW – None!

Thursday – April 5

CW – Death of a Salesman – Act 1, scene 3-5

HW – “Two Kinds” due Monday

Friday – April 6

CW – Death of a Salesman – Act 1, scene 5; Act 1 quiz; Act 2, scene 1

HW – “Two Kinds” due Monday


General Information for March 19-23

Welcome! This page is where I will post the weekly agenda.

Bring your I.D. on Tuesday to check out a short story collection from the AV room.


Monday – March 19

CW – Survey, book talks

HW – Bring I.D.!

Tuesday – March 20

CW – Syllabus, Terms, Harlem Renaissance

HW – Signature

HW – “Sweat” due Thursday

Wednesday – March 21

CW – Harlem Renaissance

HW – “Sweat” due tomorrow

Thursday – March 22

CW – Discuss “Sweat”, Harlem Renaissance – poem presentations

HW – None

Friday – March 23

CW -Harlem Renaissance  – poem presentations and paragraph

HW – None!


Katie and Samantha

Brennan, Aaron, and James

Steven

Jonathan and Travis

Zach and Tristan

Ruby

Estelle, Josephine, and Nate

Tristan, Gustav, and Eli


Avery, Apollo, and Katey

Lindsey, Jack, and Isabel

Hannah, Kiley, and Sebastian

Ian

Emma

Corina

Alex

Cole, Ignacio, and Trent

Gio, Liam, and Max

Acacia, Kyra, and Mason

Rene, Micah, Quentin