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Tuesday, September 7thWelcome back! Introduction to the class. Mini-debate.Homework: Complete "Responding to The Kite Runner" assignment. Bring your copy of The Kite Runner to class tomorrow. Join the class wikispace. Get parent letter signed. Class materials due and summer reading quiz on Friday.

Wednesday, September 8thIntroduction to discussion board project. Activities: following the arc of a story and dialectical notebooks.
Homework: Finish dialectical notebooks, if necessary. Begin working on discussion board project. Class materials due and summer reading quiz on Friday.


Thursday, September 9thNO SCHOOL - ROSH HASHANAH

Friday, September 10th
Kite Runner quiz. Activity: Creating context for Kite Runner.
Homework: Work on discussion board.

Monday, September 13thIntroduction to vocabulary schedule. Mini-lesson: the importance of grammar. Complete context activity and present.
Homework: Work on discussion board project.


Tuesday, September 14thClose reading of The Kite Runner. Activity: analyzing literary elements and devices.
Homework: Discussion board project due by 9:00 PM!


Wednesday, September 15thMini-lesson: during reading techniques. Reading: What is literature?
Homework: Finish "Analyzing Literary Elements and Devices in Kite Runner," if necessary.


Thursday, September 16thSmall group discussion: define literature. Move towards an agreed upon class defintion. Review for tomorrow's essay test.
Homework: Kite Runner essay test tomorrow. Unit one vocabulary creative story due tomorrow.


Friday, September 17thKite Runner essay test.
Homework: Enjoy the weekend!

Monday, September 20thComplete defining literature articles. Agree upon class definition of literature. Mini-lesson on commas.
Homework: None


Tuesday, September 21stIntroduction to Kite Runner debate. Work on gathering secondary sources and creating annotated bibliography.
Homework: Bring two secondary sources to class tomorrow. Complete one annotated bibliography.


Wednesday, September 22ndGathering primary sources and creating quotation analysis.
Homework: Revised and completed annotated bibliographies due tomorrow. Remind parents back-to-school night is tomorrow.


Thursday, September 23rdComplete quotation analysis. Begin drafting introductory statements.
Homework: Unit one vocabulary quiz tomorrow. Remind parents back-to-school night is tonight.


Friday, September 24thUnit one vocabulary quiz. First graduation speech Friday - lesson on timing and pacing.
Homework: Enjoy your weekend!

Monday, September 27thMini-lesson on semi-colons. Build case with team for debate.
Homework: Work on case, if necessary.


Tuesday, September 28thFinish case with team. Assign roles. Anticipate counter-arguments.
Homework: Debate tomorrow! Have copies of introductory statement and case to hand in.


Wednesday, September 29thDebate Day!!
Homework: Type up rationale for winner.


Thursday, September 30thIntroduction to Hamlet. Making connections between Hamlet and today.
Homework: Finish discussion board, if necessary. Unit two vocabulary creative story due tomorrow.


Friday, October 1stHALF-DAY! Graduation speech Friday: models one and two.
Homework: Enjoy the weekend!

Monday, October 4thMini-lesson on comma splices. Review Shakespeare background and act one literary terms. Read I.i.
Homework: Read I.ii and answer study questions.


Tuesday, October 5thWork on "Taming Shakespeare's Verse" exercise.Homework: Read I.iii-iv and answer study questions.

Wednesday, October 6thChunking and paraphrasing as a comprehension strategy. "Breaking Down the Soliloquy" exercise.
Homework: Read I.v and answer study questions.


Thursday, October 7th"Daughters and Sons in Hamlet" exercise.Homework: Unit two vocabulary quiz tomorrow. Answer question three in "Daughters and Sons" packets.

Friday, October 8thUnit two vocabulary quiz. Graduation speech Friday - analyze model three and exercise on setting.
Homework: Read II.i and answer study questions.

Monday, October 11thMini-lesson on word choice. Review I.v. "Updating Shakespeare's Verse" project.
Homework: Read first half of II.ii and answer study questions.


Tuesday, October 12thFinish project and present to class.
Homework: Read second half of II.ii and answer study questions. Act One quiz tomorrow.


Wednesday, October 13thTHREE HOUR DELAY! Act One quiz.
Homework: Review Act Two.


Thursday, October 14th"Breaking Down Soliloquy" exercise.
Homework: Unit three vocab story due tomorrow.


Friday, October 15thGraduation speech Friday - analyze model four and creative writing exercise on anecdotes.
Homework: Read III.i and answer study questions.

Monday, October 18th"Developing an Editor's Eye" project.
Homework: Quiz on Act Two tomorrow.


Tuesday, October 19thAct Two quiz. "Developing an Editor's Eye" presentations.
Homework: Read III.ii and answer study guide questions.


Wednesday, October 20thUnpacking the "To Be" soliloquy. "Exploding the Text" exercise.
Homework: Read III.iii and answer study questions.


Thursday, October 21stReading "Green Eggs and Hamlet" as inspiration for own creative re-writes.
Homework: Unit three vocabulary quiz tomorrow.


Friday, October 22ndGraduation speech Friday and unit three vocabulary quiz.
Homework: Read III.iv and answer study questions.

Monday, October 25thCompare and contrast film versions of Hamlet and discuss their impact on meaning. Discuss Hamlet's perception of women.
Homework: Unit 1-3 vocab review test on Friday.


Tuesday, October 26thBegin "Prepping a Scene" project.
Homework: Read IV.i-iii and answer study questions.


Wednesday, October 27thContinue working on "Prepping a Scene" project.
Homework: Read IV.iv-v and answer study questions.


Thursday, October 28thComplete "Prepping a Scene" project.
Homework: Unit 1-3 vocab review test tomorrow.


Friday, October 29thHALF-DAY! Unit 1-3 vocab review test.
Homework: Read IV.vi-vii and answer study questions. Act Three Quiz on Wednesday. Happy Halloween! Enjoy your 4 1/2 day weekend!


Monday, November 1stNO SCHOOL - CONFERENCES
Homework: Read IV.vi-vii and answer study questions. Act Three Quiz on Wednesday.


Tuesday, November 2ndNO SCHOOL - CONFERENCES
Homework: Read IV.vi-vii and answer study questions. Act Three Quiz on Wednesday.


Wednesday, November 3rdAct Three Quiz.Homework: Unit three vocabulary story due on Friday. Read V.i and answer study questions for Monday.

Thursday, November 4thExercise on analyzing diction and syntax in Hamlet.
Homework: Unit three vocabulary story due tomorrow. Read V.i and answer study questions for Monday. November 19th graduation presenters - outlines due tomorrow.


Friday, November 5thGraduation speech Friday - all six models (highlighting and answering questions) due Monday.
Homework: Read V.i and answer study questions for Monday. Graduation speech models (highlighting and questions) due Monday.


Monday, November 8thIntroduction to Hamlet music video project. Act Four text analysis and close reading.
Homework: Read first half of V.ii and answer study questions.


Tuesday, November 9thIn depth analysis of Ophelia's character.
Homework: Quiz on Act Four tomorrow.


Wednesday, November 10thAct Four Quiz.
Homework: Finish V.ii and answer study questions.


Thursday, November 11thAnalyzing Shakespeare's use of foils in Hamlet. Work on music video brainstorm sheet.
Homework: Unit four vocab quiz tomorrow. November 19th graduation presenters - rough draft of speech due tomorrow. December 3rd presenters - outlines due tomorrow.


Friday, November 12thUnit four vocab quiz. Graduation speech Friday.Homework: All six creative writing exercises due Monday. Read literary criticism and complete assignment. Work on music videos.

Monday, November 15thMini-essay on Hamlet as a Renaissance tragic hero.Homework: Act Five quiz tomorrow. Work on music videos.

Tuesday, November 16thAct Five quiz.Homework: Unit five creative vocab story due Friday. Work on music videos.

Wednesday, November 17thIntroduction to Hamlet final project. Begin preparation of paasage.Homework: Complete preparation of passage. Work on music videos.

Thursday, November 18thBegin written rationale for part one of project.Homework: Unit five creative vocab story due tomorrow. November 19th - speeches tomorrow. December 3rd - rough drafts tomorrow. December 10th - outlines tomorrow. Work on music videos.

Friday, November 19thFirst round of graduation speeches. Continue work on rationale for part one of project.Homework: Complete rationale for Monday. MUSIC VIDEOS DUE MONDAY!

Monday, November 22ndMusic video presentations. Record Voice Thread.Homework: Part one of Hamlet final project due tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 23rdChoose topic for paper on Hamlet. Begin researching secondary sources.Homework: Must have three secondary sources in class tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 24thAnnotate secondary sources and begin making note cards.Homework: Complete all twelve secondary source note cards for Monday. Have a great Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 25thNO SCHOOL - THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

Friday, November 26thNO SCHOOL - THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

Monday, November 29thComplete primary source note cards. Develop working thesis statement.Homework: Complete all ten primary source note cards.

Tuesday, November 30thComplete outline for paper.Homework: Finish outline, if necessary.

Wednesday, December 1st1:1 conferences. Begin drafting papers.Homework: Work on paper.

Thursday, December 2nd1:1 conferences. Work on draft of paper.Homework: Unit five vocab quiz tomorrow. December 3rd - speeches tomorrow. December 10th - rough drafts tomorrow. December 17th - outlines tomorrow.

Friday, December 3rdUnit five vocab quiz. Second round of graduation speeches. Continue to work on paper draft.Homework: Complete draft.

Monday, December 6thIntroduction to independent novel unit. Flash mob dance.Homework: Write introduction to paper.

Tuesday, December 7thWrite conclusion and Works Cited for Hamlet paper.Homework: Annotate and write questions for satire definitions. Work on paper.

Wednesday, December 8thIntroduction to satire using modern examples.Homework: Find five examples of satirical techniques in pop culture. Work on paper.

Thursday, December 9thRead "Us and Them" and answer questions.Homework: Paper due tomorrow! Submit to turnitin.com and print out hard copy. Unit six vocab story due tomorrow. December 10 - speeches tomorrow. December 17 - rough drafts tomorrow. January 7 - outlines tomorrow.

Friday, December 10thThird round of graduation speeches. Review "Us and Them."Homework: Read and annotate "A Modest Proposal." Read independent novel and work on double entry journal.
Monday, December 13thDiscuss "A Modest Proposal." Introduction to project.Homework: Read independent novel and work on double entry journal.

Tuesday, December 14thWork on "A Modest Proposal" project.Homework: Read independent novel and work on double entry journal.

Wednesday, December 15thComplete "A Modest Proposal" project and present.Homework: Read independent novel and work on double entry journal.

Thursday, December 16thIntroduction to Candide project.Homework: Unit six vocab quiz tomorrow. Read independent novel and work on double entry journal. December 17 - speeches tomorrow. January 7 - rough drafts tomorrow.

Friday, December 17thUnit six vocab quiz. Fourth round of graduation speeches. Work on Candide project.Homework: Read independent novel and work on double entry journal.

Monday, December 20thWork on Candide project.Homework: Read independent novel and work on double entry journal.

Tuesday, December 21stProject presentations. Introduction to Candide.Homework: Independent novel double entry journal due tomorrow. Background quiz on Candide tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 22ndBackground quiz. School-wide video.Homework: Read chapters 1-6 in Candide and post response. Work on first exhibit project - due January 5th. HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY!

Monday, January 3rdDiscussion of Candide chapters 1-6.Homework: Read chapters 7-12 in Candide and post response. Work on first exhibit project - due Wednesday!

Tuesday, January 4thDiscussion of Candide chapters 7-12.Homework: Read Chaucer's "A Miller's Tale" for tomorrow. First exhibit project due tomorrow!

Wednesday, January 5thReading "A Miller's Tale" as parody.Homework: Work on second exhibit project. Unit 1-6 vocab review test on Friday.

Thursday, January 6thIntroduction to writing an original parody.Homework: Work on second exhibit project. Unit 1-6 vocab review test tomorrow.

Friday, January 7thUnit 1-6 vocab review test. Last round of graduation speeches!Homework: Work on second exhibit project.

Monday, January 10thWork on original parody.Homework: Work on second exhibit project.

Tuesday, January 11thComplete original parody. Begin working on analysis.Homework: Work on second exhibit project.

Wednesday, January 12thComplete parody analysis.Homework: Read chapters 13-20 in Candide and complete wiki post. Work on second exhibit project.

Thursday, January 13thDiscussion of chapters 13-20.Homework: Second exhibit project due tomorrow!

Friday, January 14thProject sharing.Homework: Finish Candide. Enjoy the three day weekend!
Monday, January 17thNO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King, Jr. DayHomework: Finish Candide.

Tuesday, January 18thReview for final exam. Discussion of end of Candide.Homework: Study for final exam.

Wednesday, January 19thWriting your own corrective purpose.Homework: Study for final exam.

Thursday, January 20thFinal exam review.Homework: Study for final exam.

Friday, January 21stFinal exam review.Homework: Vocab and short essay portion of the final exam on Monday.
Monday, January 24thVocab and short essay portion of the final exam.Homework: Long essay during final exam.

Tuesday, January 25th - Thursday, January 27thFinal exams. See you at graduation! Good luck next semester!