January 8

January 8 – 12

AP English Lit

1/8:  Literary Term of the Week – hubris; Shakespeare Background Presentations – students present background information as foundation to the study of Macbeth

1/9:  Shakespeare Background Presentations – students will continue to present background information as foundation to the study of Macbeth; Macbeth – students will begin reading Act I; Think About it Thursday poetry analysis essay is DUE tomorrow

1/10:  Macbeth – students will complete reading Act I and begin answering online discussion questions

1/11:  Digital Citizenship – students will work in groups to discuss the term and create a working definition before watching video on the term; Macbeth – students will finish answering online discussion questions

1/12:  Digital Citizenship – students will finish watching video and will create a slide for the presentation on Upstanders; Macbeth – students will finish answering online discussion questions.

English IV

1/8:  Literary Term of the Week – hubris; Macbeth – students will begin reading Act I and answering online discussion questions

1/9:  Macbeth – students will complete reading Act I and continue answering online discussion questions; Think About it Thursday journal response is DUE tomorrow

1/10:  Macbeth – students will review Act I and finish answering online discussion questions.

1/11:   Digital Citizenship – students will work in groups to discuss the term and create a working definition before watching video on the term; Macbeth – students will create a Venn diagram concerning the reactions of Macbeth and Banquo to the witches and their predictions

1/12:  Digital Citizenship – students will finish watching video and will create a slide for the presentation on Upstanders; Macbeth – students will complete their online questions to Act I

December 4

Week 15: December 4 – 8

AP English Lit

12/4 – Literary Term of the Week:  Euphemism; Heart of Darkness:  Students are to finish reading Pt I; QUIZ Tomorrow; SAT Vocabulary List 5 TEST Friday

12/5 – Heart of Darkness:  Pt I Quiz; Students will begin reading Pt II; SAT Vocabulary List 5 TEST Friday

12/6 – Heart of Darkness:  Students will finish reading Pt II; Class Discussion Tomorrow; SAT Vocabulary List 5 TEST Friday

12/7 – Heart of Darkness: Students will participate in small group discussion over Pt I & II and begin reading Pt III; SAT Vocabulary List 5 TEST Tomorrow

12/8 – SAT Vocabulary List 5 TEST; Heart of Darkness – Students will finish reading Pt III and answer online discussion questions

English IV

12/4 – Literary Term of the Week:  Euphemism; Focus on Research – Students will read Queen Elizabeth I’s Speech Before Her Troops and complete a note-taking guide as a primary source for research; SAT Vocabulary List 5 TEST Friday

12/5 – Focus on Research – Students will read Don Luis de Cordoba’s eyewitness account of the defeat of the Spanish Armada and complete a note-taking guide as a primary source for research; SAT Vocabulary List 5 TEST Friday

12/6 – Students will consider how literature shapes or reflects society through the King James Bible; students will read pgs 297-301 and identify metaphors, analogies, and characteristics of a psalm; SAT Vocabulary List 5 TEST Friday

12/7 – Students will review the genre of parables, read pgs 302-304, and identify the elements of the parable of the Prodigal Son; SAT Vocabulary List 5 TEST Tomorrow

12/8 – SAT Vocabulary List 5 TEST

 

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

 

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.

 

October 7

Week 8: October 9-13

AP English Lit

10/9:  Literary Term of the Week:  apostrophe; Students will continue reading and discussing Oedipus Rex (lines 592-1033) and responding to online discussion questions.

10/10:  Students will continue reading and discussing Oedipus Rex (lines 1034-1258) and responding to online discussion questions.

10/11:  Students will continue reading and discussing Oedipus Rex (lines 1259-1729) and begin preparing for Socratic Seminar.

10/12:  Students will continue preparing for Socratic Seminar as they work through potential discussion topics and grading rubric.

10/13:  Students will participate in a Socratic Seminar over Oedipus Rex.

English IV

10/9:  Literary Term of the Week:  apostrophe; Students will take Vocabulary Test over the SAT words List Two.

10/10: 3rd & 4th Periods – DEAR Day; 7th Period – Review of “The Canterbury Tales” and their in-class presentations

10/11:  Sentence Structure Trashketball review

10/12: Nine week Grammar review over parts of speech, coordinating conjunctions, analogies, and sentence structure; TEST Friday

10/13: Nine Week Grammar TEST

October 1

Week 7: October 2 – 6

AP English Lit

10/2 – 5th Period:  “The Canterbury Tales” Test; “Oedipus Rex” study begins – Students will begin reading the play (1st period: lines 1-231) and responding to online discussion questions.

10/3 – ACT Testing Day

10/4 – Half Day; Students will read “Oedipus Rex” (lines 1-231) and respond to online discussion questions.

10/5 – Students will continue reading “Oedipus Rex” (lines 232-592) and responding to  online discussion questions.

10/6 – SAT List 2 Vocabulary Test; Students will continue reading “Oedipus Rex”  (lines 593-1033) and responding to online discussion questions.

English IV

10/2 – Students will continue “Canterbury Tales” presentations.

10/3 – ACT Testing Day; 7th period continue presentations

10/4 – Half Day; Students will complete presentations and/or study for Test

10/5 – 3rd & 4th period:  Students will review for “The Canterbury Tales” and SAT Vocabulary List 2 Tests; 7th period:  continue presentations

10/6 – 3rd & 4th period:  “The Canterbury Tales” Test – Vocabulary Test Monday; 7th period:  finish presentations – Vocabulary Test Monday

September 22

Week 6: September 25 – 29

AP English Lit

9/25-26 – Literary Term of the Week: anthropomorphism; SAT Vocabulary List 2 will be posted in the Classroom – students are to write a sentence for each word where the reader will understand the definition of the word based on context; Students will continue presenting their Pilgrim Projects

9/27 – Wrap-up and Review of all Canterbury Tales projects in preparation for TEST on Friday.

9/28 – Grammar:  Sentence Fragments, Run-Ons, Comma Splices; Students will take notes on identifying errors in sentence construction in order to identify and edit such errors on their own.  Canterbury Tales TEST tomorrow.

9/29 – Canterbury Tales TEST

English IV

9/25-26 -Literary Term of the Week: anthropomorphism; SAT Vocabulary List 2 will be posted in the Classroom – students are to write a sentence for each word where the reader will understand the definition of the word based on context; Students will continue working on their Pilgrim Projects to be presented this week to the class.

9/27-29 – Students will present their Pilgrim Projects to the class.

September 15

Week 5: September 18 – 22

AP English Lit

9/18-20 – Students will work with their partner researching, compiling, and creating their lesson for “The Canterbury Tales” Pilgrim Project

9/21-22 – Students will present their Pilgrim Project as they teach the class their chosen tale

English IV

9/18 – Grammar Monday:  Sentence Structure – Students will review the 4 types of sentences, separate pre-constructed sentences into correct groupings, and then edit sentences for correct punctuation in creating various types of sentences.

9/19 – “The Canterbury Tales” – Students will take notes on an overview of the narrator and some of the pilgrims before they choose their pilgrim to study in-depth.

9/20-22 – “The Canterbury Tales” – Students will work with their partner researching, compiling, and creating their lesson to teach the class next week.

September 3

Week 3: September 4 – 8

AP English Lit & English IV

9/4 – NO SCHOOL/Labor Day

9/5 – Review lecture on Epics; Introduce Beowulf Song Project; Begin working in groups for project presentation

9/6 – Group Work for project presentations tomorrow (1/2 of test grade); TEST Friday

9/7 – Beowulf Song Projects presented; TEST tomorrow

9/8 – Beowulf TEST