March 3

March 5 – 9

AP English Lit & English IV

3/5  Literary Term of the Week:  oxymoron; Research Papers – students will finalize their papers and works cited page; DUE Tomorrow

3/6 – 3/8  Macbeth – students will watch the movie version of Shakespeare’s play

3/9  Students will work in groups to create a Venn Diagram comparing and contrasting Shakespeare’s play to the movie version of Macbeth

 

Spring Break is here!!! Everyone enjoy some quiet rest! See you on the 20th!

February 26

February 26 – March 2

AP English Lit

2/26 – Literary Term of the Week:  nemesis; Research Paper – students will continue researching and writing; Rough Drafts DUE Thursday

2/27 & 28 – Research Paper – students will continue researching and writing; Rough Drafts DUE Thursday

3/1 – Research Paper – we will review the revision and editing process; students will begin the process on a classmate’s paper

3/2 – Research Paper – students will work through revision and editing of their own paper; Final Drafts are DUE Tuesday

English IV

2/26 – Literary Term of the Week:  nemesis; Research Paper – we will work through the Texext process of writing body paragraphs focusing on explaining how quotes and research support the main ideas of the paper

2/27 & 28- Research Paper – students will continue following the Texext process of writing as they complete their research papers; Rough Drafts DUE Thursday

3/1 – Research Paper – we will review the revision and editing process; students will begin the process on a classmate’s paper

3/2 – Research Paper – students will work through revision and editing of their own paper; Final Drafts are DUE Tuesday

February 20

February 19 – 23

AP English Lit

2/19:  NO SCHOOL – President’s Day

2/20:  Literary Term of the Week:  Motif; Research Paper Project – individual conferencing on research notecards, refresher on writing thesis statements; Thesis Statement DUE Tomorrow

2/21:  Research Paper Project – review how and why to build an outline, conference with each student on thesis statements; Outline DUE Tomorrow

2/22:  Research Paper Project – review basic structure of introductory paragraphs, conference with each student on their outlines; Introductory paragraphs DUE Monday

2/23:  Research Paper Project – students will continue researching and writing their introductions; Introductory paragraphs DUE Monday

English IV

2/19:  NO SCHOOL – President’s Day

2/20:  Literary Term of the Week:  Motif; Research Paper Project – students will have one-on-one conferences to review their preliminary outlines and continue research process; SAT Vocabulary List 6 TEST Friday

2/21:  Research Paper Project – Students will begin writing their introductory paragraphs (hook, bridge, background, thesis); Introductory paragraphs DUE Tomorrow; SAT Vocabulary List 6 TEST Friday

2/22:  Research Paper Project – Students will work through the TEXEXT process of paragraph writing and continue research process; SAT Vocabulary List 6 TEST Friday

2/23:  SAT Vocabulary List 6 TEST; Research Paper Project – Students will continue researching and writing

February 12

February 12 – 16

AP English Lit

2/12 – Literary Term of the Week:  metonymy; Macbeth:  AP Open Response Practice Essay – In a well-organized essay, students will discuss the ways in which Banquo serves as a foil to Macbeth.  They will draw evidence from the play to support their assertions.

2/13 – Macbeth:  AP Practice Multiple Choice Test – students will take the AP Practice Test over Macbeth

2/14 – Research Paper Introduction:  students will receive due dates and an overview for entirety of project; Macbeth:  students will receive their graded M/C tests for review and clarification on missed answers.

2/15 – Research Paper Introduction:  students will receive clarification on possible topics for research; Topic choice DUE tomorrow

2/16 – Research Paper:  students will take notes on how to begin research, create notecards, and build a bibliography

English IV

2/12 – Literary Term of the Week:  metonymy; Research Paper Introduction:  students will receive an overview of the research project along with due dates for the entirety of the project; students will begin researching possible topics to research

2/13 – Research Paper:  Students will continue exploring possible research topics which are DUE tomorrow; students will take notes on how to begin research, create notecards, and build a bibliography

2/14 – Research Paper:  Topic choices DUE; students will take notes on how to cite sources within a paper

2/15 – Research Paper:  Students will take notes on how to write a proper and effective thesis statement and then practice writing them; Thesis Statements DUE Tomorrow

2/16 – Research Paper:  Students will take notes on how to outline and then practice outlining from sample thesis statements; Outline DUE Tuesday 2/20

January 4

January 4 -5

AP English Lit

1/4:  Think About it Thursday Journal:  Students will begin writing an essay each week analyzing poetry focusing on purpose, connotation, attitude, shifts, theme, and tone.  A new poem will be posted in the Google classroom each Thursday and the essay (written in their journals) will be due the following Wednesday.  Analysis essays will be accepted late for a maximum score of 70, but only for one week.  After the week’s grace, the score is a 0.

Shakespeare Background Research:  Students will be divided into groups/topics for background study as we prepare to explore Macbeth.  Students will be teaching foundational material to the class on Monday.

1/5:  Students will work on their background research project in preparation for teaching on Monday.

English IV

1/4:  Think About it Thursday Journal:  We will be reviewing expectations and grading procedures for the weekly journaling assignment.  There is a new quote given each Thursday that the students are supposed to reflect upon and write a paragraph (cohesive group of 5-7 sentences) sharing their thoughts.  The paragraph is due the following Wednesday.  Paragraph reflections will be accepted late for a maximum score of 70, but only for one week.  After the week’s grace, the score is a 0.

1/5:  Shakespeare & Macbeth background will be shared in preparation for the reading and studying of the play.

December 8

Week 16: December 11 – 15

AP English Lit

12/11:  Literary Term of the Week – foil; Heart of Darkness – Students will participate in discussion over Part III; NaNoWriMo novellas are DUE Wednesday

12/12:  Heart of Darkness – Students will answer AP style multiple choice questions over the novella; NaNoWriMo novellas are DUE tomorrow

12/13:  Heart of Darkness – Students will write a timed essay from a chosen prompt.

12/14:  Students will participate in a class discussion reviewing all novels and plays read this semester.

12/15:  Students will review novel choices for personal study next semester and choose their favorite.

English IV

12/11:  Literary Term of the Week – foil; Unit 2 Review – TEST Wednesday

12/12:  Unit 2 Review – TEST Tomorrow

12/13:  Unit 2 TEST

12/14:  Semester Review for Final

12/15:  Semester Review for Final

November 27

Week 14: November 27 – December 1

AP English Lit:

11/27 – Literary Term of the Week:  Epithet; NaNoWriMo – Students will continue writing their novella and logging word count.  8,000 word story is DUE 12/13.

11/28 – SAT Vocabulary List 5 – Students will write a sentence for each word where the definition of the word is completely understood based on context.  Sentences DUE Friday, Dec 1st.  NaNoWriMo – Students will continue writing their novella.  8,000 word story is DUE 12/13.

11/29 – NaNoWriMo – Students will continue writing their novella.  8,000 word story is DUE 12/13.

11/30 – NaNoWriMo – Students will continue writing their novella.  8,000 word story is DUE 12/13.

12/1 – NaNoWriMo – Students will continue writing their novella.  8,000 word story is DUE 12/13.  Students will receive a copy of Heart of Darkness and read Part I for class discussion Monday.

English IV

11/27 – Literary Term of the Week:  Epithet; SAT Vocabulary List 5 – Students will write a sentence for each word where the definition of the word is completely understood based on context.  Sentences DUE Friday, Dec 1st.; Literature Unit 2 The English Renaissance Period – Students will work in groups answering the Essential Questions and then sharing discoveries with the class introducing the unit to be studied.

11/28 – Spenser & Sidney Sonnets – Students will understand and analyze a Petrarchan and Spenserian sonnet and then read sonnets from different authors.  Students will do a comparison and contrast of various sonnets and also analyze conceits in each. SAT Vocabulary List 5 Sentences DUE Friday.

11/29 – Shakespearean Sonnets – Students will take notes on William Shakespeare and then learn the ways Shakespeare changed the sonnet form.  Students will read several sonnets and complete graphic organizer identifying both situation/problem and conclusion/solution included in the sonnets read. SAT Vocabulary List 5 Sentences DUE Friday.

11/30 – Students will write a sonnet following Shakespeare’s form. SAT Vocabulary List 5 Sentences DUE tomorrow.

12/1 – Students will read “Writing Lesson:  Expository Text” on page 280 in literature book and complete graphic organizer over one of Shakespeare’s sonnets for a literary analysis essay.

November 13

Week 13: November 13 – 17

AP English Lit

11/13:  Literary Term of the Week – dystopia; NaNoWriMo – students will continue writing their novellas and begin charting their word count progress; SAT Vocabulary List 4 TEST Friday

11/14:  NaNoWriMo – students will continue writing their novellas and chart their word count progress; SAT Vocabulary List 4 TEST Friday

11/15:  Word of the Day Matching; NaNoWriMo – students will continue writing their novellas and chart their word count progress; SAT Vocabulary List 4 TEST Friday

11/16:  SAT Vocabulary List 4 Review for TEST tomorrow

11/17:  SAT Vocabulary List 4 TEST; students will continue writing their novellas and chart their word count progress

English IV

11/13:  Literary Term of the Week – dystopia; Students will read one another’s short stories in partner groups and chart one another’s plot outlines and work through steps of revision and editing; Short stories are DUE Tomorrow 11/14; SAT Vocabulary List 4 TEST Friday 11/17

11/14:  Short Story Celebration and Reading in class; SAT Vocabulary List 4 TEST Friday 11/17

11/15:  Word of the Day Matching; SAT Vocabulary List 4 TEST Friday 11/17

11/16:  SAT Vocabulary List 4 Review for TEST Tomorrow

11/17:  SAT Vocabulary List 4 TEST

 

November 5

Week 12: November 6 – 10

AP English Lit

11/6 – Literary Term of the Week:  conceit; SAT Vocabulary List 4 is up on Google Classroom – assignment is DUE Friday 11/10; NaNoWriMo:  Creating Conflict – We will review the different types of conflict both internal and external as students continue working through the preparation work for their novella.

11/7 – NaNoWriMo:  Plot Summary – We will review the various steps of organizing a plot before the students begin writing the outline of their novella.  Outlines are DUE Thursday.

11/8 – NaNoWriMo:  Plot Summary – Students will continue working on the outline of their novella through one-on-one conferencing.  Outlines DUE tomorrow.

11/9 – NaNoWriMo:  Writing Dialogue – Students will review the mechanics of writing dialogue.  Students will begin writing their novella (8,000 words).  Novella is DUE 12/15.

11/10 – NaNoWriMo:  Students will continue writing their novella (8,000 words). Novella is DUE 12/15.

English Lit

11/6 – Literary Term of the Week:  conceit; SAT Vocabulary List 4 is up on Google Classroom – assignment is DUE Friday 11/10; Texas Writing Workshop – one-on-one conferencing about plot diagram as students begin writing their short stories.  Stories need to be between 2,000-3,000 words.   Final draft DUE 11/14

11/7 – Students will continue writing their short stories.  Stories need to be between 2,000-3,000 words. Final Draft DUE 11/14

11/8 – Students will continue writing their short stories.  Stories need to be between 2,000-3,000 words.  Final Draft DUE 11/14

11/9 – Students will continue writing their short stories.  Stories need to be between 2,000-3,000 words.  SAT Vocabulary List 4 assignment is DUE tomorrow.

11/10 – Students will share their short stories with a classmate making any needed revisions or edits.  Stories need to be between 2,000-3,000 words  Final Draft DUE 11/14

October 30

Week 11: October 30 – November 3

AP English Lit

10/30 – Literary Term of the Week:  connotation; Non-Fiction Close Reading for Halloween:  “Horror Movies – Are they “horror”ible or hilarious?”  Students will read and annotate the article “Why we crave horror movies” by Stephen King and then analyze King’s technique and craft; Finally, students will be introduced to two-line horror stories and write their own.

10/31 – Students will take notes over the horror genre and then share/read their two-line horror stories.

11/1 – Half Day of School!  National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo):  Students will register for the class NaNoWriMo with their intent for their novella and begin considering good vs bad novels.

11/2 – NaNoWriMo:  Students will identify types of characters in a novel and create complex characters for their novel.

11/3 – NaNoWriMo:  Students will understand the importance of creating conflict; identify internal vs external conflicts and how conflict engages readers.

English IV

10/30 – Literary Term of the Week:  connotation; Non-Fiction Close Reading for Halloween:  “Horror Movies – Are they “horror”ible or hilarious?”  Students will read and annotate the article “Why we crave horror movies” by Stephen King and then analyze King’s technique and craft; Finally, students will be introduced to two-line horror stories and write their own.

10/31 – Students will take notes over the horror genre and then share/read their two-line horror stories.

11/1 – Half Day of School!  Students will work through revision/editing process on their personal essay.  Essay DUE Friday 11/3.

11/2 – Texas Writing Workshop:  Students will work through the steps of writing a short story.  pgs 214-216  Topic and setting will be chosen. Personal Essay DUE Tomorrow.

11/3 – Texas Writing Workshop:  Students will work through character mapping and a story chart for their short story.