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Sophomore English A

Monday, 9/29

Today we finished and discussed chapter four of Of Mice & Men.

Our discussions focused on:

~character development;

~conflict development;

~foreshadowing;

~and symbolism.

If you were gone, stay caught up and get discussion notes from a classmate. 

There is nothing in particular due tomorrow, though you could continue reading (or re-reading)  if you wish. 

Just don't give anything away. 

 

 

 

Friday, 9/26

Today we finished and discussed chapter three of Of Mice & Men.

Our discussions focused on:

~character development;

~conflict development;

~foreshadowing;

~and symbolism.

If you were gone, stay caught up and get discussion notes from a classmate. 

There is nothing in particular due tomorrow, though you could continue reading (or re-reading)  if you wish. 

Just don't give anything away. 

 

Thursday, 9/25

Today we read and discussed pages 38- 47 of Of Mice & Men.

Our discussions focused on:

~character development;

~conflict development;

~foreshadowing;

~and symbolism.

If you were gone, stay caught up and get discussion notes from a classmate. 

There is nothing in particular due tomorrow, though you could continue reading (or re-reading) chapter three if you wish. 

Just don't give anything away. 

 

Wednesday, 9/24

Today we discussed identifying, analyzing and interpreting symbolism in general, and then applied those

processes to the use of hand symbolism in the first two chapters of Of Mice & Men.

There is nothing in particular due tomorrow, though you could start reading (or re-reading) chapter three if you wish. 

 

Tuesday, 9/23

By now we have finished through chapter two of Of Mice & Men, so catch up if you aren't caught up. 

Today there was a quiz on the Elements of Literature vocabulary.

We finished our discussion & notes about the characters in Of Mice & Men. (Remember: Description, Dialogue & Action).

Check with a neighbor about these notes if you were gone. We discussed some important things in addition to character.

We started a discussion of symbolism.

 

Friday, 9/19

Today we played around with Quizlet. 

By Monday, please finish ALL (except Spell) the Quizlet activities for the Elements of Literature set.

This includes:

~Flashcards

~Learn

~Test

~Scatter

~Space Race

There will be an actual, in-class quiz on the terms on Tuesday.

Remember to talk to me if you won't have interwebular access so I can give you an alternative assignment. 

ALSO:

I will collect what you wrote in class during the block period about chapter 1 of Of Mice & Men

The prompt was:

What is one of the most significant ways we see the war that Steinbeck describes

in his speech being fought in the first chapter of Of Mice & Men?

Use quotations from the text as evidence to support your claim.

NOTE: This doesn't need to be a typed, polished piece of writing.

It just needs to answer the prompt with a clear claim, a couple of 

quotations for evidence and a couple of sentences of elaboration. 

ALSO, ALSO:

Feel free to read ahead in Of Mice & Men. Just don't give anything away. 

 

 

Wednesday/Thursday, September 17th/18th

During the block we talked about the ways Steinbeck's speech is developed in the first chapter of Of Mice & Men and 

we also discussed foreshadowing.

Feel free to read ahead in the novel or not. Just don't give anything away to your classmates if you do. 

 

Tuesday, September 16th

We spent the period discussing the syllabus and the participation rubric. 

We'll get back into our anyalsis of the first chapter of Of Mice & Men during the block period.

Monday, September 15th

We read the first chapter of Of Mice and Men today.

If you are in fifth or sixth period, remember to submit your paper to Turnitin.com by 11:59pm tonight.

If you are behind on any assignments, catch up.

Other than that, relax. 

Friday, September 12th

The "Of Mice & Men Introductory Unit Mini Essay" is due to Turnitin.com by 11:59pm on Sunday

and a print copy is due at the beginning of your class on Monday. 

See the other entries for this week for the prompt, hints and help.

Thursday, September 11th

Today we watched the video  (link below) and consider the question:

In what ways are there important connections between  the historical contexts of Kells and Mice and Men?

Think about the info in the video as you develop and support your claim for the homework due Sun/Mon. (See Tues. below.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CM3ZHMBhP2k

 

Wednesday, September 10th

Today we continuted interpreting Steinbeck's Nobel speech.

You could read the Contextual Info handout you received if you want to do some English work this evening. 

You could also work on the assignment due Sun/Mon. (See below.)

Tuesday, September 9th

Here's the assignment for this week. (Today we worked on paraphrasing an excerpt from Steinbeck's Nobel Speech.)

Of Mice and Men Introductory Unit

Essential Question

What important connections do you see between things covered this week and the movie The Secret of Kells?

Assignment

 

Pick one important connection and type a 150-200 word mini-essay about it.

Start your essay with a clear claim.

Use evidence from the material covered this week and The Secret of Kells to support and elaborate upon your claim.

I will evaluate your response using the same rubric we used for the mini-essay about The Secret of Kells.

Additional Requirements

~The essay should be a minimum of 150 words and a maximum of 200 words.

~The final draft should be typed, double-spaced, in 12 point. Use Times, Palatino, or Garamond.

~Due to Turnitin by 11:59pm on Sunday, 9/14.

~Print copy due at the beginning of class on Monday, 9/15.

 

 

Monday, September 8th

The mini-essay about The Secret of Kells was due today.

If you missed the deadline be certain to bring a print copy tomorrow and

to email me a copy that I may submit to Turnitin.com for you.

 

 

Friday, September 5th

Finish your mini-essay about The Secret of Kells. (See Tuesday's entry for the full assignment.)

NOTE: You no longer need to submit it to Turnitin.com by 11:59 pm on Sunday. We will submit it in class on Monday.

You DO need a print copy by the beginning of your class on Monday,

AND you should be able to access a digital copy to submit to Turnitin.

 

Thursday, September 4th

Today we watched finished The Secret of Kells and took notes on the kinds of conflict we saw.

See Tuesday's entry the assignment for The Secret of Kells. It's due Sunday night and Monday in class. 

Note that we'll be doing much of the assignment in class and Friday.

Also, remember to stop by the office and pick up your new password for your vashonsd.org account.

You will need it to log on to the computers in class on Friday.

 

 

Wednesday, September 3rd

Today we watched all but the last 15 minutes of The Secret of Kells and took notes on the kinds of conflict we saw.

See Tuesday's entry the assignment for The Secret of Kells. It's due Sunday night and Monday in class. 

Note that we'll be doing much of the assignment in class Thursday and Friday.

Also, remember to stop by the office and pick up your new password for your vashonsd.org account.

You will need it to log on to the computers in class on Friday.

 

 

Tuesday, September 2nd

Today we watched the first 20 minutes of The Secret of Kells and took notes on the kinds of conflict we saw.

Here's the assignment for The Secret of Kells. It's due Sunday night and Monday in class. 

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The Essential Question

In what ways is art important to individuals, communities and/or cultures?

Using evidence from the film to support and develop your claim, write a mini-essay that answers the essential question.

Include a discussion of a key conflict and at least two other elements of literature as your evidence.

Additional Requirements

~The essay should be a minimum of 200 words and a maximum of 250 words.

~The final draft should be typed, double-spaced, in 12 point. Use Times, Palatino, or Garamond.

~Due to Turnitin by 11:59pm on Sunday, 9/7.

~Print copy due at the beginning of class on Monday, 9/8.

Final Grading Based on:

1. Purpose and organization

2. Evidence and elaboration

3. Conventions and style

(Full rubric will follow later in the week.)

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