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 October 22-26

This week we will continue our unit on Four American Essays by beginning the process for the formal writing task connected to the essays.

We will also begin studying the poetry of Walt Whitman. Bring your I.D. on Wednesday!


Monday – October 22

CW – Vocabulary test, packet work, writing prompts, outline

HW – None!

Tuesday – October 23

CW – The Great American Read, self-assessment, outline

HW – Bring I.D.!

Wednesday – October 24

CW – Whitman, outline and rough draft

HW – 

Thursday – October 25

CW – Whitman, rough draft

HW – 

Friday – October 26

CW – Whitman, rough draft

HW – 


General Information for October 15-19

This week we will continue our unit on Four American Essays. We will read work by Martin Luther King, Jr. and an author that students choose. Homework will be assigned on a day by day basis, dependent on how far we get in class. I will try to update this page regularly as we go. 


Monday – October 15

CW – “Letter from Birmingham Jail”

HW – “Letter from Birmingham Jail” – pages 19 & 20

Tuesday – October 16

CW – “Letter from Birmingham Jail”

HW – “Letter from Birmingham Jail” – pages 22 – 24 (just finish the top paragraph on page 24)

Wednesday – October 17

CW – “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” Fourth essay reading – student choice

HW – Test on Friday

Thursday – October 18

CW – Fourth essay reading – student choice

HW – Test tomorrow – short answer on the three essays! Bring your two packets!

Friday – October 19

CW – Test, Fourth essay reading – student choice

HW – Vocabulary test on Monday – no notes!

HW – Fourth essay reading due Monday


General Information for October 8-12

This week we will continue our unit on Four American Essays. We will read work by Henry David Thoreau. Homework will be assigned on a day by day basis, dependent on how far we get in class. I will try to update this page regularly as we go. 


Monday – October 8

CW – “Civil Disobedience”

HW – “Civil Disobedience” – pages 12-14

Tuesday – October 9

CW – “Civil Disobedience”

HW – None!

Wednesday – October 10

No class – special school wide testing schedule

Thursday – October 11

No school – grading day and professional development

Friday – October 12

No school – statewide inservice day


General Information for October 1-5

This week we will begin our unit on Four American Essays. We will read work by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Martin Luther King, Jr., and an author students will choose individually. This will be hard reading! We will work on it a lot in class, and there will be small chunks of reading assigned for homework. Homework will be assigned on a day by day basis, dependent on how far we get in class. I will try to update this page regularly as we go. 


Monday – October 1

CW – Share stanzas based on “The Raven”, “The American Scholar”

HW – None!

Tuesday – October 2

CW – “The American Scholar”

HW – None!

Wednesday – October 3

CW – “The American Scholar”

HW – “Action” – section III of “The American Scholar” – pages 4 & 5

Thursday – October 4

CW – “The American Scholar”

HW – “Conclusion” – final segment of “The American Scholar” – pages 7 & 8

Friday – October 5

CW – “Civil Disobedience”

HW – “Civil Disobedience” – pages 9 & 10 


General Information for September 24-28

This week we will discuss two poems, “Thanatopsis” and “The Raven.”

The rest of the time will be focused on the formal writing task connected to the unit on Native American literature. The following are due at the end of class on Friday:

  • Reading packet
  • Final draft of essay/narrative
  • Writing work – outline, marked up rough draft, editing sheet (2 of the 3 required)

Monday – September 24

CW – Discuss “Thanatopsis,” Writing – rough draft & editing/revising

HW – All work for Native American literature unit due Friday at the end of class

Tuesday – September 25

CW – Writing – rough draft & editing/revising

HW – All work for Native American literature unit due Friday at the end of class

HW – “The Raven” due Thursday

Wednesday – September 26

CW – Writing – rough draft & editing/revising

HW – All work for Native American literature unit due Friday at the end of class

HW – “The Raven” due tomorrow

Thursday – September 27

CW – Discuss “The Raven”, Writing – rough draft, editing/revising, final draft

HW – All work for Native American literature unit due tomorrow at the end of class

Friday – September 28

CW – Writing – final draft

HW – None!


General Information for September 17-21

This week we will discuss the story “Fleur,” have a guest speaker from the Natives program, take a test on the Native American literature unit, and begin working on the first formal writing task. Busy week!


Monday – September 17

CW – Discuss “Fleur,” work time for packet/writing task

HW – Writing prompts – back page of packet

Tuesday – September 18

CW – Guest speaker – Brenda Brained from the Natives program

HW – Test on Native American literature tomorrow

Wednesday – September 19

CW – Test, Writing task – outline

HW – None!

Thursday – September 20

CW – Writing task – outline and rough draft

HW – “Thanatopsis” due Monday

Friday – September 21

CW – Writing task – outline and rough draft

HW – “Thanatopsis” due Monday

HW – All work for Native American unit due next Friday


General Information for September 10-14

This week we will continue reading the myths and legends from Oregon tribes from the book students checked out on Friday, American Indian Myths and Legends. On Tuesday, students will check out another text, The Oxford Book of American Short Stories, which they will use to read the contemporary short story “Yellow Woman” at home. Reading and packet work for the story are due on Thursday. 


Monday – September 10

CW – Myths and legends

HW – Bring I.D.

Tuesday – September 11

CW – Myths and legends

HW – “Yellow Woman” due Thursday

Wednesday – September 12

CW – Myths and legends

HW – “Yellow Woman” due tomorrow

Thursday – September 13

CW – “Yellow Woman” quiz and discussion, packet work

HW – “Fleur” due Monday

Friday – September 14

CW – Three formal writing tasks

HW – “Fleur” due Monday – expect a 2-point quiz like we had for “Yellow Woman”

Note: Test on Native American literature has been rescheduled for next Wednesday


General Information for September 3-7

Welcome!


Monday – September 3

No school

Tuesday – September 4

No school

Wednesday – September 5

CW – Survey, Academic & literary terms

HW – None!

Thursday – September 6

CW – Syllabus, Academic & Literary terms, Pre-reading

HW – Parent/guardian signature – syllabus

HW – Bring I.D.!

Friday – September 7

CW – Myths and legends

HW – None