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Sophomore English B

****Assigned 4/11****

Pick four moments/scenes from The Catcher in the Rye.

from somewhere between the beginning of the story

to where we finished reading on Friday (pg. 77).

(Pick scenes from throughout what we've read, as opposed
to picking several clustered close together.
The purpose is to keep the entirety of the plot somewhat
fresh in your mind over break.)

Make a stick-figure drawing for each scene, and give
it a four word caption.

Additionally, you need to type and submit the captions
to Turnitin by 11:59pm on Sunday the 20th.

Bring the captioned drawings to class.
We'll use them the review the novel before
we start reading again.

 

****Assigned 4/10****

 

Think a little bit about the symbols we've encountered so far in The Catcher in the Rye (chapters 1-9).
Pick one that seems significant to you.

Write a 50+ word free write explaining:
1. what the symbol represents and...
2. in what ways it is connected to an important thematic conflict.
Support your ideas with examples.
(Note you may choose a thematic conflict other than fear vs. courage or denial vs. acceptance.)

Avoid looking at other resources to do this. I am interested in your own ideas, based on our reading, discussion and notes.

Submit this to Turnitin.com by 11:59pm on Thursday.
You do not need a print copy for class.

 

****Assigned 4/8****

Relax.

If you missed today's quiz, be certain to make it up during the SMART period. 

****Assigned 4/5****

Grammar quiz Tuesday. Spend a twenty minutes or so studying for it.

It will include everything from the beginning of the year through gerunds. 

Nothing due Monday.

 

****Assigned 4/2****

Write a 50+ word focused free write in response to the following question:

Based on what we've read in The Catcher in the Rye so far, explain in your own words what you think Holden's issues are. Support yourself with specific examples. (Note: if you want to refer to thematic conflicts you may, but you don't have to.)

Submit this to Turnitin.com by 11:59pm on Thursday and have access to for class (paper or digital).

 

****Assigned 4/1****

Okay, after some deliberation, I've decided not to assign homeowork tonight.

Use the extra time to read something of your choice. Enjoy!

 

****Assigned 3/31****

Relax.

Note: We read through the two full paragraphs on page 19 in The Catcher in the Rye during class today.

****Assigned 3/28****

Relax. 

 

****Assigned 3/27****

Note: If you were gone, make sure you talk to me about where we are in The Catcher in the Rye.

Due Friday, 3/28 at the beginning of class.

1. Print or write out the italicized sentence below.
2. Then, on top of the sentence, label each word.
3. Below the sentence label clauses, phrases and commas and the sentence structure.

As studying students, we were so happy while we copied down and labeled the sentence for the day. 

ALSO: Remember to prepare a bit for Friday's grammar quiz.

 

 

****Assigned 3/26****

Note: If you were gone, make sure you talk to me about where we are in The Catcher in the Rye.

Due Thursday, 3/27 at the beginning of class. 

1. Print or write out the italicized sentence below.
2. Then, on top of the sentence, label each word.
3. Below the sentence label clauses, phrases and commas and the sentence structure. 

Looming up at us, the strange shapes filled the hallway with writhing figures, and filled us with fear.

ALSO: Remember to prepare a bit for Friday's grammar quiz. 

****Assigned 3/25****

Note: Today we read the first paragraph of The Catcher in the Rye. If you were gone, make sure you talk to somebody about the discussion and copy their notes. 

Due Wednesday, 3/26 at the beginning of class. ('Nother note, this is in preparation for Friday's grammar quiz.)

1. Print or write out the italicized sentence below.
2. Then, on top of the sentence, label each word.
3. Below the sentence label clauses, phrases and commas.

On Saturday, when the captain running the ship showed us his mad skills, we felt inspired.

 

 

****Assigned 3/24****

If you are using your Free Late on your Mango Street essay, it's due at 11:59pm tonight, and you need to have the print copy at the beinning of class on Tuesday.

There is the high likelihood of a grammar quiz this Friday. It will include everything we've done for the year from verbs through to participles, so you might want to start reviewing now.

Take some time to relax tonight, too. 

****Assigned 3/21****

The House on Mango Street Mini-Essay Final Requirements

Using examples from three chapters taken from throughout the novel, explain an important moral that The House on Mango Street teaches through the development of one of the following thematic conflicts.

~Childhood/Innocence vs. Adulthood/Lost Innocence

~Hope vs. Despair

~Empathy vs. Stereotypes

~Individuality vs Social Expectations

~Remember that the final should be ten sentences long. 

~The final should be typed, double-spaced, in 12 point. Use Times, Palatino, or Garamond.
(-2% for not double-spacing, not using 12 point and for not using one of the above fonts.)

~Due to Turnitin by 11:59pm on Sunday, 3/23.

~Print copy due at the beginning of class on Monday, 3/24.
Have your draft and two conference forms to turn in as well.

-1% for each D17 and comma error

See “Short Answer Rubric” for grading scale.

 

****Assigned 3/20****

Congratulations on finishing the HSPE! You rock!

Tinker with your Mango essay some tonight if you get a chance. Tomorrow will be your last day to get a chance to talk to me about it before it's due.

The final draft is due to Turnitin.com Sunday night by11:59pm.

You also need to have a printed copy by the time your class begins on Monday. 

Note: we'll start reading The Catcher in the Rye next Monday or Tuesday. It's a great book to have your own copy of. That way you'll be able to take notes directly in the book--and there'll be lots to take notes on. Plus it's just a great book to own.

The isbns for the edition we use are: 

10 ISBN: 0-316-769487

13 ISBN: 978-0-316-76948-8

****Assigned 3/19****

Congratulations on finishing the second day of the HSPE! You're two thirds of the way finished!

You'll be taking the reading assessment tomorrow, so review a bit tonight (see link at 3/17 below) and get some good rest.

Remember that your mini essay on Mango Street is due Sunday night at 11:59pm.

 

****Assigned 3/18****

Congratulations on finishing the first day of the HSPE.

You'll be writing a persuasive essay tomorrow, so review a bit tonight and get some good rest. 

Remember that your mini essay on Mango Street will be due Sunday night at 11:59pm.

****Assigned 3/17****

Take a little time to prepare for the HSPE. You'll be writing either a persuasive or expository essay tomorrow. 

 

Here are the HSPE links that I shared in class today. Homework follows below. 

 

http://www.k12.wa.us/Reading/Assessment/pubdocs/2012HSSE.pdf#1


http://www.k12.wa.us/Writing/Assessment/AnnotationsHighSchool.aspx

 

****Assigned 3/14****

Type up a complete, ten sentence second draft of you Mango Street essay.

Submit it to Turnitin.com by 11:59pm on Sunday and bring a print copy to class on Monday. 

 

****Assigned 3/13****

We wrote drafts of the Mango Street essay today. Be sure to check in with me about it if you were gone today. 

Nothing due on Friday. Take some time to relax tonight.

 

 

****Assigned 3/12****

Outline of a Thematic Conflict: Three Chapters

Pick three chapters from throughout the The House on Mango Street
that when considered together help to develop
a thematic conflict that you are interested in
exploring in a brief essay.
(Think about the way the thematic conflict is introduced,
is developed and is brought to closure.)

Make a list:

1. Title, page numbers, summary of the event (1 sentence).
2. Title, page numbers, summary of the event (1 sentence).
3. Title, page numbers, summary of the event (1 sentence).

Submit to Turnit.com by 11:59 pm Wed.
Have a physical copy at the beginning of class Thurs.

 

 

 

****Assigned 3/11****

Initial Response to The House on Mango Street

1. For you, which of the thematic conflicts developed by The House on Mango Street is the most important? How does the novel develop the conflict? (2 sentences)

2. What moral(s)/lessons are suggested about the conflict by the novel and how does it do this? (2 sentences)

3. In what ways is this conflict the most important for you? (1 sentence)

Please number each answer as they are numbered above.
Submit your response to Turnitin.com by 11:59pm Tuesday.
Have access to your answers for Wednesday's class.

 

 

****Assigned 3/10****

Today we set participation goals for the week.

We also finished The House of Mango Street. If you missed class today, please stay caught up and take thematic conflict notes on each chapter.

****Assigned 3/7****

Today, during second, fourth and fifth periods we read through page 105 in The House on Mango Street.

During sixth period we read through page 102.

If you were gone, please stay caught up and take thematic conflict notes on each chapter.

We also took a few notes on participles as well. 

 

****Assigned 3/6****

Today we read through page 98 in The House on Mango Street. If you were gone, please stay caught up and take thematic conflict notes on each chapter.

We also discussed participles and the new participation rubric. Be sure to get one if you we're gone during your block day.

****Assigned 3/4****

Today we read through page 91 in The House on Mango Street. If you were gone, please stay caught up and take thematic conflict notes on each chapter.

There was also a handout regarding a comma rule. Be sure to get one if you we're gone today. 

****Assigned 3/3****

Today we read through page 85 in The House on Mango Street. If you were gone, please stay caught up and take thematic conflict notes on each chapter.

I also passed back Friday's grammar quiz and we corrected it. (I re-collected it, and will hang on to it until everyone has taken it. Then I will return it for you to keep.)

 

****Assigned 2/27****

Relax.

****Assigned 2/26****

The following assignment is due at 11:59pm on Thursday.

1. Read the brief excerpt taken from “Elenita, Cards, Palm, Water” and answer the following questions:

Which conflict does this excerpt develop and what does it help us to understand about the resolution of the conflict? How does the writing do this? Include at least one quotation for support.

2. Write your answer as a four-sentence paragraph, using the following format:

     ~Sentence 1: The claim.
     ~Sentences 2-3: Provide evidence to support the claim and commentary explaining how it does this.
     ~Sentence 4: Closure explaining why this is important, what all this reveals to the reader.

3. Use at least three of four Grammatical Sentence structures.

4. Write a draft of your response on the handout.

5. Type and submit your final answer to Turnitin.com by 11:59PM Thursday. Remember to format it by numbering each sentence.

ALSO: Grammar quiz on Friday. 

 

 

****Assigned 2/25****

Nothing due tomorrow. 

Feel free to read ahead in Mango Street.Just don't give anything away to your classmates.

ALSO: Sentence structure quiz on Friday (not Thursday); you could study a bit for that.

 

****Assigned 2/24****

~Grammar quiz on the four sentence structures on Thursday.

~Type up the two five-sentence paragraphs that you wrote in class today. (The in-class instructions are below.)

~Submit them to Turnitin.com by 11:59 pm tonight, in this format:

A)

1. 

2. 

3. 

4. 

5. 

B)

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

IN-CLASS INSTRUCTIONS FOR MONDAY, 2/24

A) Write a free write in which you describe an event or a setting from your vacation (can be totally fictitious).

B) Using your free write as a first draft, revise it into write a four-sentence paragraph following the pattern:

Simple (intro-ish, claim-ish sorta sentence)
Compound
Complex
Compound-complex
Simple (closure)

C) Now, rewrite a new draft, use three of the structures once and one of the structures twice,
but this time you get to decide which order to use.

Complex
Simple
Compound-complex
Complex
Compound

 

****Assigned 2/14****

No homework over break; take some time to read something that feeds your soul.

Grammar quiz probably Wednesday after we return from vacation.

****Assigned 2/13****

Relax.

If you were gone to day and/or are following along from an exotic vacation destination, we have now read through page 42 in Mango Street.

 

****Assigned 2/12****

Relax. 

If you were gone to day and/or are following along from an exotic vacation destination, we have now read through page 34 in Mango Street

****Assigned 2/11****

Relax. 

If you were gone yesterday, use tonight to read pages 1-25 in Mango Street.

 

****Assigned 2/10****

We read the first 25 pages of The House on Mango Street in class today and talked about thematic conflicts.

We also talked about simple and compound sentences.

No homework for tomorrow.  

****Assigned 2/7****

 

The Secret of Kells Mini-Essay Final Requirements

Through a discussion of related character, symbol and theme conflicts, write a ten sentence pargraph that explains how The Secret of Kells teaches a moral.

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

~Due to Turnitin by 11:59pm on Sunday, 2/09.

~Print copy due at the beginning of class on Monday, 2/10.
Have your draft and two conference forms to turn in as well.

-1% for each D17 and comma error (just for the comma rules you learned last semester)

See “Short Answer Rubric” for grading scale.

 

****Assigned 2/4****

Unless you are in sixth period, if you did not finish your in-class essay on The Secret of Kells please finish for your next class period (Wed. or Thurs.). Sixth period, I have all your essays and we'll be working with them in class. 

****Assigned 2/3****

Take about fifteen minutes to the following:

~Read through the sample mini-essay on the back of the handout you received in class today.

~Think about what you want your claim to be for tomorrow's in-class mini-essay.

****Assigned 1/31****

Relax.

****Assigned 1/30****

Finished The Secret of Kells today. We'll write a mini-essay about it tomorrow. 

****Assigned 1/27****

We're watching the movie The Secret of Kells in class. It's a availble on Netflix. We saw the first 15 minutes today if you want to follow along at home.

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