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    Week of 5/23:
     
    Monday:  Today we began the final project for The Grapes of Wrath.  The information is attached.  Each group has an instruction packet.  If you want one of your own, you can print a copy.  Also attached is the Honors Summer Reading assignment.  Due 5/26:  The Grapes of Wrath final project
     
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    Week of 5/16:
    Monday:  Today we discussed the Whitman-Hughes activity.  5/19:  Whitman Test...Due 5/20:  The Grapes of Wrath with analysis packet.  Expect the Father of All Reading Checks (FOARC) on the novel. 
    Tuesday:  Today we wrapped Whitman and Hughes.  5/19:  Whitman Test...Due 5/20:  The Grapes of Wrath with analysis packet.  Expect the Father of All Reading Checks (FOARC) on the novel. 
    Wednesday:  Today we worked with The Grapes of Wrath.  5/19:  Whitman Test...Due 5/20:  The Grapes of Wrath with analysis packet.  Expect the Father of All Reading Checks (FOARC) on the novel.  
    Thursday:  Today we took the Whitman test.  When we finished we worked with The Grapes of WrathDue 5/20:  The Grapes of Wrath with analysis packet.  Expect the Father of All Reading Checks (FOARC) on the novel.  
    Friday:  Today we took the reading check on The Grapes of  Wrath.  We submitted the The Grapes of Wrath packets. 
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    Week 5/9: 
    Monday:  Today we worked independently on The Grapes of WrathDue 5/20:  The Grapes of Wrath with analysis packet.  Expect the Father of All Reading Checks (FOARC) on the novel.
    Tuesday: Today we picked-up with Whitman.  We focused on the influence of structure on meaning:  the big shift (theory [lecture room] versus nature [outdoors]).  Due 5/20:  The Grapes of Wrath with analysis packet.  Expect the Father of All Reading Checks (FOARC) on the novel.
    Wednesday:  Today we discussed Whitman's "I Hear America Singing".  We watched a brief introductory video about Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance (linked).  Due 5/20:  The Grapes of Wrath with analysis packet.  Expect the Father of All Reading Checks (FOARC) on the novel.
    Thursday:  Today we worked on a comparative literature activity for Whitman and Hughes (attached).  5/14:  Bring your Grapes of Wrath materials with you...Due 5/20:  The Grapes of Wrath with analysis packet.  Expect the Father of All Reading Checks (FOARC) on the novel.
    Friday:  Today we worked with The Grapes of WrathDue 5/20:  The Grapes of Wrath with analysis packet.  Expect the Father of All Reading Checks (FOARC) on the novel.
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    Week of 5/2:   
    Monday:  Today we began with a check-up on the Whitman epic and questions.  We then discussed the epic qualities of "Song of Myself".  
    Tuesday:  Today we began The Grapes of Wrath.  The novel is an independent read. The analysis packet is attached.  Due 5/20:  The Grapes of Wrath with analysis packet.  Expect the Father of All Reading Checks (FOARC) on the novel.  
    Here is a link to an etext of the novel so you can get started if you were not here to receive the text:   http://nisbah.com/summer_reading/grapes_of_wrath_john_steinbeck2.pdf
    This file may be EXTREMELY helpful for the FOARC:  GOW study guide questions
    Wednesday:  Today we finished discussing Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself".  Due 5/20:  The Grapes of Wrath with analysis packet.  Expect the Father of All Reading Checks (FOARC) on the novel. 
    Thursday:  Today we worked in partners with the Whitman poems "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer" and "I Hear America Singing".  We used the TPCASTT analysis structure; you should have a copy of the instructions and criteria.  If you do not, the information is located under Monday, the week of 4/11.  5/6:  Be prepared to discuss the Whitman poems...Due 5/20:  The Grapes of Wrath with analysis packet.  Expect the Father of All Reading Checks (FOARC) on the novel. 
    Friday:  Today we worked independently on The Grapes of WrathDue 5/20:  The Grapes of Wrath with analysis packet.  Expect the Father of All Reading Checks (FOARC) on the novel. 
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    Week of 4/25: 
    Monday:  Today we worked on the Whitman articles/commercial from 4/15.  Everything you need is under that date.  4/26:  Finish the Whitman articles/commercial.  Be ready to discuss.  
    Tuesday:  Today we discussed the Whitman articles and the Levi's commercial.  We completed a short written response to the Levi's commercial.  Please see Ms. King to make up that assignment. 
    Wednesday:  Today read the excerpt from the preface to the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass.  Due 4/28: Read the selection from Whitman's poem "Song of Myself".  Expect a reading check on the material.    
    All of the Whitman selections are included in this file:  whitman texts 
    Thursday:  Today we began with a reading check on "Song of Myself".  We reviewed traditional epic poetry characteristics.
    Friday:  Today we finished reviewing the epic poetry characteristics and worked together applying the principles (attached).  Due 5/2:  Finish the "Song of Myself" sheets.
     
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    Week of 4/18:
    Monday:  Today we discussed the Dickinson poems.  4/21:  Test on Emily Dickinson.
    Tuesday:  Today we finished Dickinson.  4/21:  Test on Emily Dickinson
    Wednesday:  Today we reviewed for the Dickinson test.  We focused on the unique style elements she uses.  4/21:  Test on Emily Dickinson poems.
    Thursday:  Today we took the test on Emily Dickinson's poetry. 
    Friday:  Today we finished the essay portion of the Emily Dickinson test. 
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    Week of 4/11:
    Monday:  Today we worked on the study and discussion questions for the Emily Dickinson poems: "Because I Could Not Stop for Death" (408-09), "I Heard a Fly Buzz When I Died" (411); "My Life Closed twice Before Its Close--" (413:  Questions 1 and 3 on 414), "The Brain Is Wider Than the Sky--" (415:  Question 1 on 417), Water, is Taught by Thirst" (417:  Question 3 on 417).  The poems are attached.
    Tuesday:  Today we discussed the poem "The Brain Is Wider Than the Sky" using TP-CASTT (guidelines attached). Tomorrow we will work with the remainder of the poems (see yesterday).  TP-CASTT will be part of that discussion.  Please plan accordingly.
    Wednesday: Today we worked in groups to evaluate Dickinson poems according to TPCASTT.
    Thursday:  Today we discussed the Dickinson poems. 
    Friday:  Today we worked with Walt Whitman's influence on current times.  The activity, supplemental materials, and the video are attached.
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    Week of 4/4:
    Monday:  Last week, I selected eight sets of song lyrics.  While they work well for analysis, they also came from songs I like and listen to.  Now it is your turn: 
    You may use computers or your phones for this activity. Here we go… 
    Find three examples of insightful, poetic lyrics-- from three different artists-- which resonate with you, personally. Look for stanzas, not entire songs.
    Copy the lyrics either electronically or by hand.
    Annotate the stanzas like you did last week.
    Finally, express the insight that the lyrics reveal using a complete sentence. 
    Follow the model you used last week. Choose wisely (and school appropriately). 
    Tuesday:  Today we consolidated the work from yesterday by groups. 
    Wednesday:  Today we shared and discussed the work from yesterday.  
    Thursday:  Today we researched background material for Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman.  The activity is attached as a form that you can complete electronically.  Due 4/8:  Dickinson-Whitman research.
    Friday:  Today we discussed the information from the Dickinson-Whitman background search.    
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    Week of 3/28:
    Monday:  NO SCHOOL!!! Holiday!! 
    Tuesday:  Today we watched The Belle of Amherst.
    Wednesday:  Today we watched The Belle of Amherst
    Thursday:  Today we worked on a poetry explication exercise:  "Life's a Long Song" (attached).  We submitted the written portion.
    Friday:  Today we discussed the "Life's a Long Song" activity.  
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    Week of 3/21: 
    Monday:  Today we wrapped Transcendentalism.  3/22:  Transcendentalism Assessment.  
    Tuesday:  Today we took the Transcendentalism Assessment. 
    Wednesday:  Today we finished the written section of the Transcendentalism Assessment. 
    Thursday and Friday:  NO SCHOOL!!!  Professional Development and Holiday!! 
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    Week of 3/14:
    Monday:  Today we discussed the Emerson selections. 
    Tuesday:  Today we finished discussing the Emerson selections.  Due 3/16:  Read the excerpt from Walden by Henry David Thoreau (attached) and complete the discussion prep sheet (attached).  The discussion sheet should reflect a comprehensive understanding of the text.  Consider the main points Thoreau makes in response to his experiences at Walden. 
    Wednesday:  Today we began with a reading check on Walden.  We then began discussing the selection.  3/22:  Transcendentalism assessment. 
    Thursday:  Today we watched a documentary of Walden which provided a broader view of the text as well as applications of Thoreau's experiences today.  3/22:  Transcendentalism assessment. 
    Friday:  Today we we worked with Walden.  3/22:  Transcendentalism assessment. 
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    Week of 3/7:
    Monday:  Today we watched a movie filmed in the Gothic style.  Due 3/10 (11:59):  The Scarlet Letter paper submitted to turnitin.com
    Tuesday:   Today we began by registering in our class on turnitin.com.  Please see Ms. King for the access information if you have not registered.  We continued watching a movie filmed in the Gothic style.  Due 3/10 (11:59):  The Scarlet Letter paper submitted to turnitin.com
    Wednesday:  Today we continued watching a movie filmed in the Gothic style.  3/11:  Please have your research information for transcendentalism with you...Due 3/10 (11:59):  The Scarlet Letter paper submitted to turnitin.com.  
    Thursday:  Today we finished the film.  We then reviewed the research we completed for Transcendentalism. 3/11:  Please have your research information for transcendentalism with you...Due 3/10 (11:59):  The Scarlet Letter paper submitted to turnitin.com.  
    Friday:  Today we read and worked with Ralph Waldo Emerson's selections "From Nature" and  "From Self-Reliance" (both attached in single file).  The response sheets are also attached.  Due 3/14:  Emerson response.
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    Week of 2/29:
    Monday:  Today we began with any questions about the paper and submitted the sample.  We then debriefed the The Simpsons-"The Raven" connection.  3/2:  Test on Poe and the Gothic...Due 3/7 (11:59):  The Scarlet Letter paper to turnitin.com (turnitin info will be forthcoming).
    Tuesday:  Today we discussed tomorrow's Poe test.  The essay question will focus on the intrusion of reality and its effect on mental stability.  3/2:  Test on Poe and the Gothic...Due 3/7 (11:59):  The Scarlet Letter paper to turnitin.com (turnitin info will be forthcoming). 
    Wednesday:  Poe Test. Due 3/7 (11:59):  The Scarlet Letter paper to turnitin.com (turnitin info will be forthcoming).
    Thursday:  Today we finished the Poe test.  The due date for the paper will be adjusted.  The new date is forthcoming.  TBD:  New due date for the The Scarlet Letter paper. 
    Friday:  Today we discussed/worked on the The Scarlet Letter paper. Due 3/10 (11:59):  The Scarlet Letter paper submitted to turnitin.com.
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    Week of 2/22:
    Monday:  Today we completed an activity that compares the Christina Perri song "The Lonely" with Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven".  The sheet is attached.  Due 2/23:  Finish the Perri-Poe connection.  Due 2/26:  Transcendentalism background to Dropbox.
    Tuesday:  Today we discussed putting together a formal paper.  We looked at samples.  Attached you will find the drafting packet to help you organize and develop your research.  Also attached, you will find a complete copy of The Scarlet Letter with page numbers that match the Signet version we used.  You may need this to refresh your memory, especially in regards to context.   Due 2/26:  Transcendentalism background to Dropbox.
    Wednesday:  Today we discussed the specifics of the The Scarlet Letter paper.  The grading/formatting sheet is attached.  Due:  2/29:  Hard-copy of  the introduction and section one of the The Scarlet Letter paper.  Submit as if this is a final paper:  all formal paper rules apply...Due 3/7 (11:59):  The Scarlet Letter paper to turnitin.com (turnitin info will be forthcoming).     
    Thursday:  Today we began with a quiz on active voice.  We then began discussing transitions.  Attached you will find two packet, one with basic information about using transitions and one with information and activities.  Due 2/26:  Transcendentalism background to Dropbox...Due:  2/26:  Transition fill-in the blank sentences on pages 3-4 of the patterns packet.  Transcendentalism background to Dropbox by close of business...2/29:  Hard-copy of  the introduction and section one of the The Scarlet Letter paper.  Submit as if this is a final paper:  all formal paper rules apply...Due 3/7 (11:59):  The Scarlet Letter paper to turnitin.com (turnitin info will be forthcoming).   
     
    Friday:  Today we began with any questions on the paper.  We then watched the episode of The Simpsons that plays on "The Raven".  A link to the episode and the discussion questions are attached.  Due 2/29:  Hard-copy of  the introduction and section one of the The Scarlet Letter paper.  Submit as if this is a final paper:  all formal paper rules apply...3/2:  Test on Poe and the Gothic...Due 3/7 (11:59):  The Scarlet Letter paper to turnitin.com (turnitin info will be forthcoming).    
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    Week of 2/15:
    Monday:  NO SCHOOL!!! HOLIDAY!!
    Tuesday:  NO SCHOOL!! ICE!
    Wednesday:  Today we went over "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe.
    Thursday:  Today we worked on an activity to find information on Transcendentalism (attached).
    Please read the instructions on the assignment.
    transcend background 
    Friday:  Today we worked in the Transcendentalism background.  Due 2/26:  Transcendentalism background submitted to the Dropbox.  There should be no problem using a desktop in the library.    
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    Week of 2/8: 
    Monday:  Today we watched the video.  Upon completion of watching the film and a debrief, we will have a quiz on the short story "The Fall of the House of Usher".  There will be a written response related the film versus the text. 
    Tuesday:  NO CLASS!!!  Early Dismissal due to snow.  2/11:  Quiz on "The Fall of the House of Usher".  There will be a written response where you will be asked to contrast an aspect of the film version with the text. 
    Wednesday:  Today we wrapped "Usher" with a discussion on the figurative elements. 2/11:  Quiz on "The Fall of the House of Usher".  There will be a written response where you will be asked to contrast an aspect of the film version with the text. 
    Thursday:  Today we took the "Usher" quiz. 
    Friday:  Today we began "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe (attached).  We listened to the text.  You can find versions online.  After listening to the text, we worked on basic evaluation:  1.  Describe the speaker. 2.  Identify the speaker's motivation.  3.  Track the speaker's mental state.  4.  Identify the role of the Raven. (look up the cultural meaning).  Track the Raven's effect on the speaker.  2/19:  Raven evaluation.
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     Week of 2/1:
     Monday:  Today we submitted electronic copies of the "Usher" psych work.  We worked on matching Gothic elements to the short story (3 with page numbers), Finding, identifying, and explaining figurative elements in the story (3 with page numbers), and connecting "The Haunted Palace" to the general text.
    Tuesday:  Today we discussing the symbolic significances of the characters and Poe's use of structure in the short story "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe. 
    Wednesday:  Today we discussed the figurative elements from "Usher" and "The  Haunted Palace".
    Thursday:  Today we watched "The Fall of the House of Usher" and compared Poe's use of the single effect with the filmmakers' version.  While we watched the film, we completed individual conferences with Ms. King.  The film is linked below:
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    Week of 1/25:
    Monday and Tuesday:  NO SCHOOL!!!   BLIZZARD!!
    Wednesday:  Today we began discussing the basics of "The Fall of the House of Usher". 
    Thursday:  Today we worked on a psychological evaluation for Roderick and Madeline Usher.  The form is attached.  
    Friday:  Today we finished the usher psych evaluation.  
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    Week of 1/18:
     Monday:  NO SCHOOL!!!  HOLIDAY!!! 
    Tuesday:  Today we worked on an introduction to American Gothic Literature (prompts attached).  Use this link to add a your name and the link to the video on American Gothic literature that you previewed: 
    Due 1/20:  Slug Outline for The Scarlet Letter paper.  
    Wednesday:  Today we submitted the slug outline for the The Scarlet Letter paper.  We began watching a biography video on Edgar Allan Poe (link attached).  While watching the video, supplement your American Gothic notes with information related specifically to Poe.  Poe and the Gothic:  relevant life experiences; themes and content of literary output; mysterious death; reputation and legacy.
    Thursday:  Today we finished watching the biography and supplementing our notes.  We discussed the background material for American Gothic tradition. 
    Friday:  Today we worked on a symbolism activity (attached [The Word file has blanks you can fill in; the PDF file is a non-editable version of the activity which you can print out and complete by hand] in order to prepare for reading "The Fall of the House of Usher".  Due 1/25:  Finish the symbolism background and read "The Fall of the House of Usher" (attached).  Expect a reading check on the story; reading this selection more than once and taking notes AFTER the first complete reading is HIGHLY recommended.  Be attentive to the Gothic connections and relationships among the characters and the setting, which takes on a life of its own...You will see what I mean.   
     
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    Week of 1/11:
    Monday:  Today we finished the group work with the video information.  We submitted the remainder of our research information cards.
    Tuesday:  Today we practiced outlining information.  The practice examples are attached.
    Wednesday:  Today we worked with the critical info from the Great Books video.   
    Thursday:  Today discussed the critical information and the development of a focus in a literary analysis.  The handout is attached.
    SL great books notes 
    Friday:  Today we discussed developing the slug outline for the The Scarlet Letter paper.  The instruction packet is attached.  Also attached, you will find information about creating topic sentences versus detail sentences.  Due 1/20:  Slug Outline for The Scarlet Letter paper
    **Andrew:  The attached files are updated from the information I gave you earlier this week.  Please take a look at the new information.  I will see you on Tuesday morning.