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The Hunger Games journal project is due Monday, March 5th. In the meantime, continue writing those journals. Remember that each needs to be 3/4 of a page handwritten or 1/2 of a page typed, single spaced (12 point font). Most of you have the first 10 finished, so work on those remaining 5. Journals need to be compiled in a binder or folder and include a cover of some kind. Creativity and effort will definitely earn you bonus points, so go all out if you want!
January-February: As we read The Hunger Games, make sure you are keeping up with daily portfolio assignments (in-class) AS WELL AS your 15 journal entries that are due when we finish the novel. Some class time will be available to work on these, but the bulk will need to be completed at home.
See below (class downloads) for The Hunger Games journals assignment sheet.
January, 2012: Welcome back, Freshmen ~ I'm looking forward to working with you as we kick off the semester wih The Hunger Games. Remind yourselves regularly of our goals that we determined to help you be successful this semester.
Dystopian Literature Calendar:
Tuesday, 1-10: syllabus, expectations, quickwrite: "violence in the media" (portfolio piece #1)
Wednesday, 1-11: poem "There will Come Soft Rains" and TPFAST analysis (portfolio piece #2)
Thursday, 1-12: Dystopian notes (portfolio piece #3)
Friday, 1-13: Finish Dystopian notes and read/ annolight article "Young Adult Dystopian Fiction and It's Impact" (portfolio piece #4)
Tuesday, 1-17: Short story, "There will Come Soft Rains" / 1 Pager (portfolio piece #5)
Wednesday, 1-18: Quiz over Dystopian notes, Hunger Games bookmark, discuss Hunger Games journal project
Thursday, 1-19: Start Hunger Games / Turn in portfolio (pieces 1-5)
Last Semester Posts:
Drama Terms Quiz: Comic Relief, Tragedy, Aside, Monologue, Soliloquy, Dramatic Irony, Verbal Irony, Situational Irony, Dramatic Foil, Foreshadowing
Romeo and Juliet Portfolio (I) Assignments: 1. Shakespeare Web 2. R&J Anticipation Guide 3. Drama Terms Booklet 4. Prologue highlighting/ Sonnet Notes 5. Movie Prologue Sonnet 6. R&J Play Organizer (won't be complete) 7. Queeen Mab Highlighted Monologue 8. "I Dreamt a Dream Tonight..." 9. Foil Writing 10. Friar Lawrence Monologue Paraphrase
This week in 9th Lit (10/10-10/14); We've just started our drama unit in class, focusing on Romeo and Juliet. If you'd like an opportunity to improve your grade, check out the optional assignment under "Class Downloads" (must click on 9th Lit tab to access this) and check out the parallel reading of The Shakespeare Stealer and corresponding journal entries. This assignment is due Monday, November 7th.
This week in 9th Lit (9/12-9/16): We're in the middle of our poetry unit and are refreshing on terms like metaphor, hyperbole, etc. as well as learning some new ones. We're practicing poetry analysis everyday in class, but students can work at home on USA Test Prep as well (using the username and ID they set up in the writing lab). We've had one vocabulary quiz and will have another one in a few weeks. We'll have a poetry test next Thursday over terms using cold (new) poems that students haven't seen in order to get a real guage on their level of understanding as we prepare for the EOCT. As always, parents, if you have any concerns about your student's progress in class, please email me.
Welcome, Freshmen and Parents: On this site you'll find important class information like upcoming due dates, what's going on day to day in class, the syllabus, the Georgia Performance Standards, etc. In order to access the information, click on either bar labeled "9th Lit/Comp" - When you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you'll see a section called "Class Downloads." This is where all documents, notes, syllabus, etc. are stored. For our first unit this semester we'll be working with poetry primarily. We'll also be writing a biography as well as an essay on poetry. We'll be working with USA Test Prep on poetry questions that mimick questions from the up-coming EOCT in May. Finally, we'll be learning 10 new vocabulary words per week. These will be posted on the blog under class downloads. To view specific Georgia Performance Standards for this unit, please click the links below (click the numbers at the end of each link): http://picasso.cobbk12.org/index.php?module=curriculum&type=courses&func=display&CourseID=345&StrandID=68 http://picasso.cobbk12.org/index.php?module=curriculum&type=courses&func=display&CourseID=345&StrandID=69 Please check the blog regularly for updates. Looking forward to meeting all of you parents at Open House! - Mrs. Minich _______________________________________
This Week in 9th Lit: 8/22-8/26: Continue working on your biography of another person. Please come see me if you need help with this assignment. The biography is due Tuesday, August 30th. Make sure every day when you get to class, you copy down the daily objectives in the correct section of your notebook as well as complete the warmup in the correct section.
Attendance for our exam review is critical. You're earning 5 points toward a free 25-point grade each day this week that you're in class. If you must miss, see the handout below (also on the white board in my room) under class downloads for your makeup assignments. These are mandatory as NOT making them up will deduct points from the grade.
For your Invisible Man Works Cited page:
Use the website www.citationmachine.net to plug in source information. Copy and paste the MLA cited source into your Works Cited page. See under "class downloads" for a sample works cited page in MLA. You'll be citing 2 outside resources and the novel by Ralph Ellison.
Literary Criticism Resources for Invisible Man Paper: (Remember Paper is due May 8th @ 11:59 PM) - Directions for the paper can be found below under Spring Downloads:
http://www.literaryhistory.com/20thC/Ellison.htm (some links work on this site, some don't)
If you don't like what you find using the above link, use Cobb Virtual Library, Ebsco Host database. Type in "Ralph Ellison, Insivible Man" and make sure to check the box "peer reviewed."
If accessing from home: Username = Cobb / Password = Bird
If you'd like to use Galileo (also accessible from Cobb Virtual), password = people.
Register for "Turn It In":
1. Go to the link below:
2. Click "create account" at the top of the page
3. Scroll down and click "student"
3. Enter the Class ID: 5056007
4. Enter the Enrollment Password: minichzone
5. Fill out all other student information (first name, last name, email address)
** You must register and submit your Invisible Man paper to Turnitin.com. You may not give me a hard copy or email me a copy. This site scans for plagiarized sections and entire papers; not that I don't trust you, but this will make me less paranoid :-) ** IM papers are Due at 11:59, May 8th. Guidelines to follow.
1987 Released Exam: I really encourage all of you to work through the multiple choice section before May 10th. The answers are included so you can test yourself. I'll show you this week in class how to convert MC scores to give you an idea of what you'd make on that section of the exam.
This week in AP Lit: (4/16-4/20)
Monday: Invisible Man Discussion (chapters 5-12)
Tuesday: Invisible Man Quiz (13-17)
Wednesday: Poetry: The Sonnet / Review for Poetry Test
Thursday: Poetry Test (Study List under "Class Downloads")
Friday: "Chicago" Bonus Quiz (must be present / no make-ups)
Updates / Reminders:
I know it's April and you are all ready to graduate; however...
We have 2 1/2 weeks of poetry and Invisible Man to work through AND an AP exam to prepare for. So I need you to be in class. Because of the absenteeism this week, I've decided to apply a partial curve to quizzes taken by students in class, on the day of the quiz. Hopefully this will provide an incentive to hop out of bed, grab an Eggo waffle and make it to AP Lit, and it will also reward those of you whose incentive is simply learning and academic success. End of diatribe.
Post-Spring Break Updates:
We're altering the calendar slightly this week (4/9-4/13)
This week (3/5-3/9) in AP we watched the film The Importance of Being Earnest, turned in the take-home test, then Thursday and Friday started the poetry unit.
If you were absent Friday, please scroll down and print the Spring 2012 Calendar under "Spring Downloads" to find out what you missed. Instead of posting every assignment and daily activity on this main page, just know to refer to the calendar below (or the hard copy I gave out).
It's critical that you stay on top of things if you're absent during these last 6 weeks as we'll be studying new poems every day. Lots of handouts, etc. so please try to be in class, and if you can't, make sure you print what you need from the blog.
If you were absent for the Critical Theories Debate: Peruse the "Hamlet Critical Theories Debate" handout (under class downloads) and choose one critical theory. Outline 3 arguments for your chosen theory and take notes on supporting evidence for each (quotations from the play, events, etc.) Due by March 13th.
Scroll down to "Class Downloads" to access the Hamlet essay topics and The Importance of Being Earnest take-home test. Remember to actually click on AP Lit to access class downloads.
Link to the online text: The Importance of Being Earnest:
AP Lit: 2/27 - 3/2:
Monday: Review Hamlet notes for Act 5 & class discussion on the end of the play / Check out The Importance of Being Earnest from the MC
** Take this week to read The Importance of Being Earnest. Due date is Monday, March 5th ** A Take-Home Test will be given for you to complete the weekend before the 5th. **
Tuesday: Look at sample Hamlet essays & watch "Shakespeare Abridged" Act 2 - Hamlet / Choose groups and topics for Hamlet Critical Theories Debate
Wednesday: Work in groups outlining arguments and gathering evidence in support of your chosen theory - Debate Tomorrow!
Thursday: Hamlet Critical Theories Debate: With your team, argue that the play is most aptly analyzed and interpreted from your chosen critical perspective
Friday: Hamlet in-class essay (timed; 50 minutes)
Homework: The Importance of Being Earnest take home test - due Monday, 3-5
AP Lit: 2/21-2/24:
Tuesday: Group Social Media Projects (5 Characters on Twitter / 3 tweets OR Facebook page for 1 character / 4 status updates)
Wednesday: Continue/ finish group social media projects (will be entered as a "reading response" grade)
Thursday: Gallery walks for social media projects / Review annolighted notes Act 4 / Begin reading Act 5, scene 1
Friday: Continue reading Act 5 - attempt to finish both scenes 1 and 2.
Homework: Finish the Play!!! Doing something with it on Monday :-)
AP Lit: 2/13-2/17:
Monday: Quotes Quiz on Hamlet Act 3 (85% cap if you use the play; may work in groups if you took notes)
Tuesday: View Mel Gibson Hamlet Acts 2-3; examine ways in which this version is authentic as well as a departure from the Shakespearean
Wednesday: PPT notes on Hamlet Act 3 (Character status for each of the key players)
Thursday: Finish PPT notes from Act 3 and begin Act 4 (distribute organizer - under spring downloads) - Read scenes 1-3 together as a class
Friday: Vocab 2 Quiz (list on blog under spring downloads) / Try to make it through Act 4
Homework: Finish reading Act 4 and completing Act 4 Organizer - under spring downloads - Due Tuesday AND Study Island practice 3 due at 11:59 on Sunday night.
Homework This Weekend: (2/10-2/10):
This Week in AP Lit: (2/6-2/10):
Monday: Finish Writing Workshop on A Doll House (view model essays, etc.)
Wednesday: View Acts 1 and 2 of 1996 Kenneth Branagh Hamlet
Thursday: Discuss Act 2 Organizer and turn in / Begin reading Act 3 (scenes 1-2)
Friday: Continue reading Act 3, Hamlet / SOAPSTONE for "To Be or Not To Be" Soliloquy - due Monday
This weekend (2/3 - 2/5):
!! Read Hamlet this weekend - As much as you can of Act 1 (quiz Tuesday, 1-31). You'll have all period Monday to read, as well. The sub will give you a "relationship organizer" to help guide you through the act, but it's not mandatory that you complete it.
AP Lit Updates (1/23-1/27): Remember, if you are absent, you need to stay caught up with us through the blog!
Study Island: You have until Wednesday (1-25) @ 11:59 to improve your average, but after that assignment one will be locked. You will be able to move on to assignments two and three at that point.
2) A 19th Century Husband's Letter to his Wife (Marcus) p. 1769 / #1 on p. 1771 - one substantial paragraph: Describe the tone of Marcus's letter to his wife. To what extent does he accept responsibility for their separation? What significant similarities and differences do you find between Marcus and Torvald Helmer?
3) Is ADH a Feminist Text? (Templeton) p. 1776 / one paragraph response: Elaborate on one strong supporting and opposing argument citing examples from the play - what do you think? Is the play a feminist piece?
Homework This Weekend (1-20-1-22): Make sure to complete Study Island assignment by 11:59 Friday night.
Bank of America Student Leaders Program: Apply by January 25th for an 8-week paid internship and an all-expense paid summit in DC (July 15-20).
This weekend (1-13-1-16): Read Act 2, A Doll House, taking notes on perceptions organizer (class discussion Tuesday)
Links to A Doll House online text:
Study Island Information:
Default password: longhorns
The first assignment is due at midnight on Friday, January 20th.
If you score a 15/15 on this first assignment (poetry language), you are exempt from the other two assignments to come this six weeks. You may attempt the assignment as many times as you like until you're happy with your score, or you can keep the original score, as you'll have two more assignments to try to beat it.
Welcome Back, Gang! I'm so excited about the pieces we're studying this semester and am ready to hit the ground running in preparation for the AP Exam, so fasten your seatbelts :-)
We're kicking off our semester with a study of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll House. Refer to the calendar under "class downloads" for homework and reading due dates.
In addition to what we're reading in class, this semester we'll be incorporating Study Island assignments for you to work on at home. These are extremely important, especially in preparing for the poetry portions of the exam, and will be graded (3 per six weeks; I'll enter the highest of the 3 for a total of 1 Study Island grade per six weeks).
Also note the changes to the syllabus (available under class downloads).
First Semester Posts:
"Battle Royal" Socratic Seminar Monday: Your Job: Create 10 thought-provoking, discussion questions about the story. Answer 5 of them. Check out the site below for inspiration: http://alinihatekenblog.wordpress.com/2009/05/08/study-questions-for-battle-royal-ralph-ellison-1952/ _______________________________________
"Battle Royal" - Read the first half tonight (12/8) so we can finish it in class tomorrow: Read pages 285-290 - always a good idea to take notes :-)
Optional Archetypes Paper: So...if you've been trying the scribd link at school - even at home - it's not working properly. So here are a few other links to use: (copy and paste into browser) For Characters: http://www.youblisher.com/p/10831-Literary-Archetypes/ For Situations and Symbols: http://hwp.ocps.net/tl/caldwes/AP%20Lit/Archetypes%20and%20Symbols.cwk%20(WP).pdf
Tuesday, December 6th: Homework Tonight: If you didn't finish the I'M SO character analysis for Sarty and Abner in class, make sure to finish it for homework tonight. As a reminder, here's how it works: I dentity: Explore all dimensions of the character (your perecptions supported by events and descriptions from the text). Make sure to focus on everything dealt with in the text. M otivation: What extrinsically and intrinsically motivates each character? S hape: Are they flat or round, static or dynamic? Why? How? O bstacles: What obstacles does each character face? Internal and external.
"Barn Burning" Critical Theories Questions: Embody each critical theorist on the sheet and ask a question about "Barn Burning" from that perspective. You don't need to answer the questions you write, so make sure they're really good, thorough, and specific. Due Friday, 12-9 ***
DECA Students: If you were out Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, here's what you need to have accomplished and turned in: 1) Read James Joyce's biography (p. 525-531) / See me for Wordle notes on him and maybe get the extra notes from a classmate (or just take your own - but you need to be very familiar with that info) 2) Read the short story "Eveline" (p. 532-535) / Write a 1 page paper in which you deal with how the concepts of home and paralysis function in the story. (This will be much easier after reading his bio) 3) Skim through the Irish primary documents (p. 536-543) / be familiar with alcohol consumption in Ireland, ec. 4) Read the biographical info on William Faulkner (p. 95 / 495-498) and create a Wordle word map (www.wordle.net or by hand) that presents a comprehensive picture of him as a person and writer. 5) Read Faulkner's story "Barn Burning" on p. 499-510 6) Make up quiz on Barn Burning (if you didn't take it in class on Monday) Tuesday or Thursday (12-6 or 12-8). No curve eligibility for make-ups. _______________________________________
All Students: Check Pinnacle and make sure you're caught up and not missing assignments. THE LAST DAY TO MAKE UP ASSIGNMENTS IN THIS CLASS IS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15TH. _______________________________________
December 2nd: This weekend, work on your Faulkner Bio Wordle (www.wordle.net) and bring it finished ready to turn in on Monday. Also, finish "Barn Burning" - page 499 in the Bedford. Take notes and I'll let you use them on a quiz Monday. No sharing notes, though.
November 15th: Make sure to finish reading "Good Country People" for homework and SIFT through it using the acronym: S - symbols and their meanings I - images and their relevance F - figures of speech T - tone and theme Bring to class tomorrow, and don't forget to be here on time for the bonus quiz (can't be made up)! _______________________________________
October 31-November 4 in AP Lit: Monday - Gothic Celebration Tuesday - 5-Star Quotations for chapters 13-18 and a brief justification for each Wednesday - In-class writing: chapters 19-24 - key topics Thursday - Class Discussion - chapters 13-24 - don't miss and take notes! Friday - Hand out Socratic Seminar Questions / Take vocab quiz lists 11-12
Want 5 bonus points added to your Style Paragraphs grade? Turn them in, completed, Monday by 3:30. Want 3 bonus points added to your Style Paragraphs grade? Turn them in, completed, Tuesday by 3:30. Want full, normal credit for them? Turn them in, completed, Wednesday by 3:30. Want a late grade? Turn them in next Thursday, Friday, or Monday by 3:30.
10/17-10/21 in AP Lit: Make sure you're reading Frankenstein!! You'll be quizzed on the majority of the book next week, so start now. Cricital Theories: If you're going to be out Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, you need to complete, on your own, the Critical Theories Graphic Organizer (under class downloads). Possible quiz Wednesday over this information. Information for Formalist: New Critics: 1-Sentence Summary: Elitist, excludes external evidence 3 Key Concepts: 1 - Heresy of Paraphrase (must look at the completed work as a whole) 2 - Preference for Poetry (most pure form of writing) 3 - Rigid / 1 correct interpretation of a piece of literature Example: Intentional Fallacy: New Critics argued against the relevance of the author's intentions Affective Fallacy: They also discounted the reader's personal/emotional reactions to a piece
10/10-10/14 in AP Lit: We're finishing up Style Analysis this week (finally!) and introducing Mary Shelley on Friday. Important dates to remember: 1) October 19th - All style paragraphs are due - typed and in order 2) Next Monday (10-17): Have a copy of Frankenstein in class. I'd buy a used copy to write in, but they're available in the MC, as well. _______________________________________
10/3-10/7 in AP Lit: This week we're nearing the end of Style Analysis, focusing on Point of View and Organization. We'll have another vocab quiz on Friday (5 words/ 10 points) over lists 7 and 8. The style analysis paragraph will be due October 19th - make sure to look at your rubric and the updated rubric on the blog for specific info. _______________________________________
9/19-9/30 in AP Lit: So we're working for the next few weeks on style analysis. The unit will essentially consist of analyzing 7 elements of style: tone, diction, details/imagery, point of view, organization/ narrative structure, syntax, and rhetorical devices. We'll read a passage on the element and talk about it on day one, then day two will involve writing an paragraph analyzing that literary element in the piece we've read. During our "writing days" you'll have the opportunity to conference with me and your peers about the progress of your paragraphs. At the end of the unit, you'll have written 7 paragraphs. You will be turning in all 7, typed and in order, but determine 4 of them (your best) to be graded more weightily. More info on this later. Take a look at the calendar under class downloads for the specific day to day agenda. Vocab Quiz Friday over lists 5 and 6.
9/12-9/16 in AP Lit: This week it's all about college: college admission essay info, a presentation from Ms. Jerden (one of our guidance counselors) about the application process, practice admission essay writing, analyzing sample essays, etc. What you need to know: The optional college admission essay assignment is to write a 450-500 word essay on the topic of your choice. If your college/ university is mandating a topic, obviously write on that one. Otherwise, look at the info packet and select one. You want to choose a topic that will allow you to shine, to stand out. I would encourage all of you to write this, but again it's optional. It's due Tuesday, September 20th. The rubric is below, under class downloads: "NY Times College Essay Rubric" The C&P critical reading tests are in need of some doctoring, so...plan on being in class Monday, Sept. 19th to work with a group on test corrections and earn some points back. The 2nd Vocabulary Quiz (over lists 3 and 4) is Friday. Study, Study, Study - internalize those words, look them up online and see them used in a literary context so you can ace this one. _______________________________________
9/6-9/9 in AP Lit: Tuesday we're finishing up C&P Body Biographies and drawing positions for our Philosophical Chairs discussion Wednesday. Be prepared to defend your position: 1) C&P is predominantly a tale of morality 2) C&P is predominantly a religious epic 3) C&P is predominantly a political novel 4) C&P is predominantly a psychological study Thursday we'll conduct Gallery Walks to view the Body Biographies as well as score a sample student essay on C&P Friday we'll write the in-class essay. Only 52 minutes to complete it (no overtime!) so come ready to write.
8/29-9/2 in AP Lit: The only major thing for this week is annolighting the "How to Crime and Punishment" for Thursday. We'll be conducting a reading workshop on Part 5 of the book on Thursday and completing a SOAPSTONE activity. This is due Friday if you didn't complete it in class Thursday. We're starting Body Biographies for characters in Crime and Punishment on Thursday and will work on them Friday as well. See the calendar below for dates; see below also for the C&P article, as well as the SOAPSTONE activity. _______________________________________
8/22-8/26 in AP Lit: This week we'll be conducting reading workshops of the various parts in Crime and Punishment. To reiterate what I've said in class: You need to read this book in order to perform at a high level on the test and in-class essay. Remember to check the calendar under class downloads, but for Friday: Vocab Quiz 1 (oral - 10 random words from the list of 20 - lists 1 and 2). Also, your Crime and Punishment journals are due Friday along with the style paragraph.
8/15-8/19 in AP Lit: See the calendar under class downloads for day to day specifics. Just a reminder to keep plugging away at those C&P journals. ***Please reference the rubric below to know exactly how you will be scored.*** Also, make sure you've posted on our message board on "Right Answers in Literature" by Friday (last opportunity). I've included a handout under class downloads that is super-thorough on style and tone - lots of great, descriptive words. Check it out if you need help with the Dostoyevsky style paragraph.
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