American Lit

August 26th, 2014

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


General Information for January 21-25

This week we will begin reading and discussing The Great Gatsby. There will be nightly homework and a daily reading quiz.

This week we will finish our unit on Death of a Salesman. Group presentations will happen throughout the week and these three things are due on Friday:

  • Reading packet
  • Final draft of essay or narrative
  • Writing work – outline, marked up rough draft, editing sheet 

Because of formatting constraints, book titles like The Great Gatsby will not be italicized or underlined like they should be!


Monday – January 21

No school – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday – January 22

CW – Discuss The Great Gatsby – Chapter 1, Work/group time

HW – The Great Gatsby – Chapter 2

HW – Death of a Salesman work due Friday!

Wednesday – January 23

CW – Discuss The Great Gatsby – Chapter 2, Group presentations

HW – The Great Gatsby – Chapter 3

HW – Death of a Salesman work due Friday!

Thursday – January 24

CW – Discuss The Great Gatsby – Chapter 3, Group presentations

HW – The Great Gatsby – Chapter 4

HW – Death of a Salesman work due tomorrow!

Friday – January 25

CW – Discuss The Great Gatsby – Chapter 4, Group presentations

HW – The Great Gatsby – Chapter 5


General Information for January 14-18

This week we will continue our study of Death of a Salesman. Now that we are done reading it, students will work on the individual formal writing task and the group presentation project connected to the play. Class will be divided in half all week between individual writing time and group work time.

This week we will also begin our unit on The Great Gatsby. We will do pre-reading activities on Thursday and Friday and check the book out on Friday, when nightly reading homework will begin.

Because of formatting constraints, book titles like Death of a Salesman will not be italicized or underlined like they should be!


Monday – January 14

CW – Vocabulary test, individual writing time (outline), group work time

HW – None

Tuesday – January 15

CW – Individual writing time (outline & rough draft), group work time

HW – None 

Wednesday – January 16

CW – Individual writing time (rough draft), group work time

HW – None

Thursday – January 17

CW – The Great Gatsby – vocabulary pre-test, Individual writing time (rough draft & editing/revising), group work time

HW – Bring I.D.!

Friday – January 18

CW – The Great Gatsby – pre-reading questions, Individual writing time (rough draft & editing/revising), group work time

HW -The Great Gatsby – Chapter 1

HW – All work for Death of a Salesman due next Friday, January 25


General Information for January 7-11

This week we will continue our study of Death of a Salesman. All reading will happen in class, and at the end of each day I will indicate below how far we have read. Expect another quiz at the end of the play. We will also do a group project connected to the play, as well as an individual writing task.

Because of formatting constraints, book titles like Death of a Salesman will not be italicized or underlined like they should be!


Monday – January 7

No school – Professional development

Tuesday – January 8

CW – Death of a Salesman – pg. 84-98

HW – Independent reading & short narrative due tomorrow

Wednesday – January 9

CW – Death of a Salesman – pg. 98-121 (1st period), pg. 98-116 (2nd period)

HW – None

Thursday – January 10

CW – Death of a Salesman – finished the play

HW – Death of a Salesman – Act 2 quiz tomorrow

Friday – January 11

CW – Death of a Salesman – Act 2 quiz, formal writing task, group presentation project

HW – Death of a Salesman – Vocabulary test on Monday


General Information for December 17-21

This week we will continue our study of Death of a Salesman. All reading will happen in class, and at the end of each day I will indicate below how far we have read. 

Because of formatting constraints, book titles like Death of a Salesman will not be italicized or underlined like they should be!


Monday – December 17

CW – Death of a Salesman – pg. 27-37 (1st period), pg. 27-35 (2nd period)

HW – “Two Kinds” due Wednesday

Tuesday – December 18

CW – Death of a Salesman – pg. 35-52

HW – “Two Kinds” due tomorrow

Wednesday – December 19

CW – Discuss “Two Kinds,” Death of a Salesman – pg. 52-59

HW – Independent reading & short narrative due Wednesday, January 9

HW – Expect a quiz on Act One tomorrow after we finish reading it!

Thursday – December 20

CW – Death of a Salesman – pg. 59-69, Act One quiz

HW – Independent reading & short narrative due Wednesday, January 9

Friday – December 21

CW – Death of a Salesman – pg. 71-84

HW – Independent reading & short narrative due Wednesday, January 9


General Information for December 10-14

This week we will continue or unit on the Harlem Renaissance. Students will work in groups to present a poet and one of their poems to the class. The unit will culminate in students writing an analytical paragraph comparing two or more works from the Harlem Renaissance.

This week we will also begin our next unit on Death of a Salesman.

Because of formatting constraints, book titles like Death of a Salesman will not be italicized or underlined like they should be!


Monday – December 10

CW – Prepare presentation, write a poem

HW – “Sweat” due tomorrow

Tuesday – December 11

CW – Discuss “Sweat”, presentations

HW – None

Wednesday – December 12

CW – Paragraph

HW – Bring I.D. 

Thursday – December 13

CW – Paragraph, Death of a Salesman – pre-reading questions

HW – Harlem Renaissance packet, including paragraph, due tomorrow

Friday – December 14

CW – Death of a Salesman – Pg. 1-27

HW – None!


General Information for December 3-7

Welcome to American Literature B!


Monday – December 3

No school – grading day

Tuesday – December 4

CW – Survey, curriculum options

HW – Bring I.D. 

Wednesday – December 5

CW – Syllabus, curriculum options, Harlem Renaissance

HW – Independent reading – short story – due Friday

HW – Parent signature – Syllabus

Thursday – December 6

CW – Academic and literary terms – pre-test and review

HW – Independent reading – short story – due tomorrow

Friday – December 7

CW – The Harlem Renaissance

HW – None!