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Sophomore English A

NOTE: I think you will need to be logged into your school gmail account to access the Google docs linked below. 

~~Wednesday, 10/22~~

Today we finished the "Grammar 10.20" handout. 

We spent the rest of the period working on the "Evaluating Sources" assignment.

I will formalize the due dates tomorrow, but this is what I am thinking. 

~First source evaluated by the end of class Thursday.

~Second source evaluated by Friday morning. 

~Third and fourth due Monday morning. 

(The remaining five will be assigned as homework next week.)

You will have the period tomorrow and the majority of the period on Friday to work on the evaluations in class, but you may want to spend some time on them tonight if you can. 

~~Tuesday, 10/21~~

Here's a description of today's class and some hints about due dates. Check the Google Class site for more. 

Today we did a brief grammar review (questions 10-12 on Grammar Review 10.20).

Then we started the Evaluating Sources Assignment

Nothing is due tomorrow, but if you have twenty minutes or so to evaluate one of your sources it would be a good idea to do so as I am hoping to finish all nine by Monday. 

(You will have the majority of the periods on Wed, Thurs and Fri. to work on it.)

 

 

 

~~Friday, 10/17 and the Weekened~~

See "What's Due?" from yesterday.

~~Wednesday, 10/15 and Thursday, 10/16~~

Here's the Linking Verb handout we took notes on during the block today:

https://docs.google.com/a/vashonsd.org/document/d/1MrvxR2UyQmrkA_SYYSpWXMrocYyva2V__Zdsk7eroPs/edit?usp=sharing

What's Due?

Fifteen sources due by 7:30 am on Monday. Turn into Google Class and http://www.turnitin.com. ;

Handouts are posted in the Google Class site. (Remember to click on the document link itself on the home page.)

You'll have time during the block and the whole period on Friday, but you may need a little time to finish over the weekend. 

 

Tuesday, 10/14

We started class with a brief grammar reivew. You can find it here:

https://docs.google.com/a/vashonsd.org/document/d/1QHWoVMnCy8KYfOtwe1-XPZtelzqwtL_K6OOxXP7qrPE/edit?usp=sharing

Then we discussed the Research-Based Argumentative Essay. You can find the Unit Overview handout here (It has today's assignment on it, too,though there's more about that after the link.)

https://docs.google.com/a/vashonsd.org/document/d/1ck_D-kkQnE5rR8hUzszJ1dazT24_c8sW6DxSNtkN_0c/edit?usp=sharing

What's due? By 7:30am, Wednesday morning submit the three 150(+) free writes to http://www.turnitin.com.

Title the assignment "Topic Search Free Writes"

Be sure to indent each free write, but you don't have to worry about spelling, punctation or structure other than answering questions 1 & 2 at the bottom of the back side of the Unit Overview handout. 

 

Monday, 10/10

Today's verb handout is posted on the Google Classroom site. 

Remember to finish the verb practice by 11:59pm if you haven't finished yet. 

 

Thursday, 10/9

Congratulations on finishing the Of Mice & Men Unit! 

We'll be working with grammar on Monday, as well as starting the Argumentative Writing Unit. 

Have a good weekend!

 

 

Tuesday, 10/7

Of Mice and Men Test during your block period this week. 

Use the study guide handed out in class today to guide your studying. Here's a link to the document if you need it. 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Pe20jwCaSj3_QY-E35-A4luCsYuWb81TgXGxXYG31Ug/edit?usp=sharing

I'll be hosting study sessions in my room during SMART and lunch on Wed. and Thurs. 

(Note that the first half of Wedneday's SMART will be reserved for my seniors' study session.)

Monday, 10/6

Homework due to Turnitin.com by 11:59 pm tonight:

200 word free write: For you, what is one of the most important connections between Steinbeck's speech and the book?

(What is the connection? Why do you feel it is so important?)

Use evidence from both book and speech to support and elaborate upon your claim.

Have digitial access to this for class tomorrow. 

 

Friday, 10/3

The goal for this weekend's homework is to analyze the ways in which Of Mice and Men reflects the ideas in Steinbeck's speech.

The link below will take you to a graphic organizer which has the qualities Steinbeck's outlines in the speech down the left. 

Fill in the chart by finding examples, anti-examples and symbols representing each quality.

There will be some overlap, and some characters can be both examples and anti-examples. 

However, you should attempt to achieve as much vareity as possible.

Here's the link. You can print out the document or make a hand written version, but you must have a hard copy at the beginning of class Monday. 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vipIeCpvqFZtD41PM0AEH_TvrYUMKqmh04Q5OYKUap4/edit?usp=sharing

 

 

 

Tuesday, 9/30

Today we read and discussed pages 84-93 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. 

Feel free to continue reading (or re-reading)  if you wish. 

Just don't give anything away. 

FOR YOUR BLOCK PERIOD:

Bring your Kells essay and your essay connecting Kells to Of Mice & Men's context.

(I still have fifth period's essay connecting Kells to Of Mice & Men's context.)

 

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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