Yearly Schedule
  • Wednesday 8/1 - Collect Summer Reading assignment, discuss syllabus, rules, expectations, books, dead words, dead word activity
  • Thursday 8/2 - Discuss Summer Reading books (this is the only discussion that will take place before the test) and assign Summer Reading project (due 8/10)
  • Friday 8/3 - Summer Reading Test - SR Study Guide
  • Monday 8/6 - Nonfiction & Journalism Notes (Quiz on 8/9) / Discussion of Blogs (URL due by 8/8 via e-mail)
    • Homework
      • bring both text books
      • read pages 1-14 of 50 Essays and Chapter 8 of Crash
      • build blog if have not done so yet. E-mail or message me the URL by 8/8.
      • Summer Reading project
      • Blog # 1 due by Sunday 8/12 at 11:59 P.M. - Topic - What is your favorite book? Why? Give details and examples of why it is your favorite. The answer should be at least 150 word and can include a picture or two if you would like.
  • Tuesday 8/7 - Check books / Discuss basic literary devices (Crash chapter 5 and 8) / discussion of the importance of annotation from HW reading / Annotation practice in class
    • Homework
      • build blog if have not done so yet. E-mail or message me the URL by 8/8.
      • Summer Reading project
  • Wednesday 8/8 - SOAPST discussion / Begin reading "Graduation" on page 20 of 50 Essays
    • Homework
      • Finish reading "Graduation"
      • Study for Notes Quiz
      • Summer Reading project
  • Thursday 8/9 - Notes Quiz / Finish discussion of "Graduation"
    • Homework
      • Blog # 1 due by Sunday 8/12 at midnight
      • Finish Summer Reading project
  • Friday 8/10 - Collect Summer Reading Project / Read "Salvation" on page 179 of 50 Essays
    • Homework
      • Blog # 1 due by Sunday 8/12 at midnight
      • complete page 181 # 1, 2, and 4
  • Monday 8/13 - Discuss Blog # 1 and blog comment assignment / Collect Homework / Begin reading "No Name Woman" on page 221 of 50 Essays
    • Homework
      • Finish reading "No Name Woman"
      • Blog comment due by 8/14 at midnight
  • Tuesday 8/14 - Finish discussion of "No Name Woman" / In class assignment / Study Guide for Test
    • Homework
      • Blog Comment due by 8/14 at midnight
      • Study for test on 8/16
  • Wednesday 8/15 - Discuss Study Guide for test / Discuss test expectations
    • Homework
      • Study for test on 8/16
  • Thursday 8/16 - Unit 1 Test includes three essays and fifteen literary devices
    • Homework
      • Blog # 2 and 3 due by 8/19 at midnight
  • Friday 8/17 - NO CLASS
  • Monday 8/20 - Discuss Blog # 2 and # 3 and blog comment assignment / begin discussion of chapter 6 of Crash
    • Homework
      • Finish reading chapter 6 of Crash
      • Blog comment due by 8/22 by 11:59 PM - Comment on two of the following blogs: Gevo, Shahan, Ani M., Vivian, and Maria
  • Tuesday 8/21 - Finish discussion of chapter 6 of Crash / literary device discussion
    • Homework
      • Blog Comment due by 8/22 at 11:59 PM
  • Wednesday 8/22 - Continue discussion of "Declaration of Independence" with specifically looking at list of reasons why / ethical and logical appeals in "Declaration of Independence"
    • Homework
      • Finish reading "Declaration of Independence"
  • Thursday 8/23 - finish discussion on "Declaration of Independence" / review of persuasive techniques / in class assignment
    • Homework
      • Blog # 4 and # 5 due by Sunday August 26 by 11:59 PM (one on a news article and one on SOAPST for "Declaration of Independence")
  • Friday 8/24 - Introduction to Martin Luther King Jr. / begin "Letter from Birmingham Jail"
    • Homework - see Thursday
  • Monday 8/27 - Blog comment assignment / Continue discussion of "Letter from Birmingham Jail" / discuss project
    • Homework
      • Finish reading "Letter from Birmingham Jail"
      • Blog comment due by 8/29 by 11:59 PM - Comment on two of the following blogs: Khajag, Arsen, Ani T., Mrs. Kirkman, and Harout
  • Tuesday 8/28 - Finish discussion "Letter from Birmingham Jail" / literary device discussion
    • Homework
      • Blog Comment due by 8/29 at 11:59 PM
  • Wednesday 8/29 - begin discussion of "A Modest Proposal"
    • Homework
      • Finish reading "A Modest Proposal" by Friday 8/31
  • Thursday 8/30 - finish discussion of "A Modest Proposal"
    • Homework
      • Blog # 6 and # 7 due by Sunday 9/2 by 11:59 PM (one on a news article and one on persuasive techniques) - For the persuasive blog this week, I want you to persuade the rest of the class as to what is not only your favorite flavor of ice cream, but which one is by far the best. In your post you also need to include at least three of the following techniques: One from - ethos, logos, pathos / Two from - parallelism, rhetorical statement, repetition, restatement, chiasmus, asyndeton, and polysyndeton.
  • Friday 8/31 - review of persuasive techniques / in class assignment
    • Homework - see Thursday
    • Test on Wednesday 9/5 - here is the study guide.
  • Monday 9/3 - Labor Day - No Classes
  • Tuesday 9/4 - Review for test on Unit 2 - here is the study guide.
    • Homework
      • Blog Comment due by 9/5 at 11:59 PM - Commenting this week is dramatically different than any previous week. Since it is a persuasive article, everyone is allowed to comment on any blog. Everyone is only allowed to comment on the ice cream blog. Two comments must still take place and there will be a prize for the "most persuasive" at the end of the week. Please read through all of them and comment on the two that you truly find to be the most persuasive. In your comment tell why you believe this to be true.
  • Wednesday 9/5 - Unit 2 Test
  • Thursday 9/6 - Introduction to Speeches / hand out packets for Unit 3 / Listen to a speech / Begin looking at "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"
    • Blog # 8 due by Sunday 9/9 - (one on a news article)
    • Test corrections due on Monday 10/10.
  • Friday 9/7 - Continue "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"
    • Homework - see Thursday
  • Monday 9/10 - Finish discussion on "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" / Pick Comment Names / Assign names for next speech
    • Homework -
      • Blog Comment due by 9/5 at 11:59 PM -Kristine, Adam, Hagop, George, Arek
  • Tuesday 9/11 - Collect Homework / Introduce Speech Project / Begin discussion of "Speech in the Virginia Convention"
    • Homework
      • Blog Comment due by 9/5 at 11:59 PM -
      • Find a partner (if you want one for your project) - and look through the list of speeches to be prepared for the picking process in class on Wednesday.
      • Speech Project
  • Wednesday 9/12 - Pick Speeches for Speech Project / Finish "Speech in the Virginia Convention" / assign names for next speech (will be read in class on Monday 9/17)
    • Homework
      • Blog Comment due by 11:59 PM -
      • Speech Project
  • Thursday 9/13 - Club Day during 5th period.
    • Blog # 9 and 10 due by Sunday 9/16 - (one on a news article and the other on SOAPST for one of the three speeches that has been covered in this unit.)
  • Friday 9/14 - Classwork - due by the end of class
    • Homework - see Thursday
    • There will be a test on Wednesday 9/19 on Unit 3
    • Speech Presentations take place from 9/25-9/27
  • Monday 9/17 - Discuss "Speech in the Convention" / Pick Comment Names / discuss test
    • Homework -
      • Blog Comment due by 9/19 at 11:59 PM - Rosie, Alissa, Andre, Sam, and Nanar (pick 2)
      • Study for Unit 3 Test - here is the Unit 3 Study Guide
  • Tuesday 9/18 - Review for Unit 3 Test / discuss multiple-choice questions / pick order for presentations
    • Homework
  • Wednesday 9/19 - Unit 3 Test
    • Homework
      • Blog Comment due by 11:59 PM -
      • Speech Project due 9/25
      • Blog # 11 due by Sunday 9/23 - (one on a news article only)
  • Thursday 9/20 - No School
  • Friday 9/21 - No School
  • * Monday 9/24 - 5th period - take the first AP style test with Mrs. Mishler / 7th - introduction to The Scarlet Letter / hand out books
    • Homework -
      • Blog Comment due by 9/26 at 11:59 PM - Andre, Shahan, Gevo, Alissa, and Maria
      • Speech Project due 9/25
      • Read "The Custom House" by 10/1 - There will be a reading quiz on the story
      • Test corrections are due by Wednesday 9/27.
  • Tuesday 9/25 - Begin Speech Project Presentations - The order goes as follows: Khajag, Adam and Sam, Ani and Ani, Maria, and Vivian and Rosie
    • Homework
      • Blog Comment due by 9/26 at 11:59 PM -
      • Read "The Custom House" by 10/1
  • Wednesday 9/26 - Continue Speech Project Presentations - The order goes as follows: Talar and Preny, Gevo and Harout, Nanar and Kristine, Mariam and Annie, Andre and George
    • Homework
      • Blog Comment due by 11:59 PM -
      • Read "The Custom House" by 10/1
  • Thursday 9/27 - Finish Speech Project Presentations - The order goes as follows: Shahan and Arek, Hagop and Arsen, and Alissa and Arlene
    • Homework
      • Blog # 12 due by Sunday 9/30 - (one on a news article only)
      • Read "The Custom House" by 10/1 (There will be a quiz on Monday 10/1 to make sure that you read)
      • Test Corrections from the AP Practice Test # 1
      • Vocabulary List - write definitions for the 18 highlighted words from the test.
  • Friday 9/28 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • * Monday 10/1 - Collect test corrections / check vocabulary / Quiz on "The Custom House" / finish presentations / discussion of "The Custom House" / pick comment names
    • Homework -
      • Blog Comment due by 10/3 at 11:59 PM - Sam, Kristine, Vivian, Harout, and Rosie
      • Bring Crash with you to class on Tuesday
      • Read up to the end of Chapter 3 by Wednesday
  • Tuesday 10/2 - Begin discussion of AP essays / Discuss chapters 16-17 in Crash
    • Homework
      • Blog Comment due by 10/3 at 11:59 PM -
      • Read up to the end of Chapter 3 by Wednesday
  • Wednesday 10/3 - Discussion of Chapters 1-3 / Read chapter 4 in class
    • Homework
      • Blog Comment due by 11:59 PM -
      • Read up to page 73 by Friday
      • Bring Crash book on Thursday
  • Thursday 10/4 - Finish discussion of AP style essays / discussion of chapter 21 / Topic discussion for Persuasive essay
    • Homework
      • Read up to page 73 by Friday
      • Blog # 13 & 14 (One News and One on The Scarlet Letter - without looking ahead in the book or at any notes resource, what do you think will happen by the end of the book? Why do you think this way?) due 10/7
      • Outline of Essay due on 10/5
  • Friday 10/5 - Discuss chapters 5-7 / Read chapter 8 in class
    • Homework
      • Read up to page 109 for Monday
      • Blog # 13 & 14 due 10/7
      • Vocabulary and Chapters 1-12 Quiz on Tuesday 10/9
    • Monday 10/8 - pick comment names / discuss up to chapter 12 of The Scarlet Letter / discuss quiz for 10/9
    • Homework -
      • Blog Comment due by 10/10 at 11:59 PM - Ani N., Mariam, Talar, Khajag, and Arsen
      • Vocabulary and Chapters 1-12 Quiz on Tuesday 10/9
  • Tuesday 10/9 - Quiz
    • Homework
      • Blog Comment due by 10/10 at 11:59 PM -
      • Read up to page 120 by Thursday
  • Wednesday 10/10 - In class reading / picture day
    • Homework
      • Blog Comment due by 11:59 PM - Ani N., Mariam, Talar, Khajag, and Arsen
      • Read up to page 120 by Friday
  • Thursday 10/11 - In class timed essay
    • Homework
      • Read up to page 136 by Monday
      • Blog # 15 & 16 (One News and One on The Scarlet Letter - pick one quote that has not already been highlighted as part of our class discussion. Type and cite the quote including the page number and then fully explain the quote, give the setting, and why you think it is significant to the novel.) due 10/14
  • Friday 10/12 - Discuss reading / Read chapter 18 in class
    • Homework
      • Blog # 15 & 16 (One News and One on The Scarlet Letter) due 10/14
  • Monday 10/15 - pick comment names / review for the PSAT on 10/17
    • Homework -
      • Blog Comment due by 10/17 at 11:59 PM - Preny, Hagop, George, Annie, and Adam
      • Study for PSAT
  • Tuesday 10/16 - review for the PSAT
    • Homework
      • Blog Comment due by 10/17 at 11:59 PM - Preny, Hagop, George, Annie, and Adam
      • Read up to page 136 by Thursday
  • Wednesday 10/17 - In class reading of The Scarlet Letter
    • Homework
      • Blog Comment due by 11:59 PM - Preny, Hagop, George, Annie, and Adam
      • Read up to page 136 by Thursday
  • Thursday 10/18 - Discussion of up to page 136
    • Homework
      • Blog 17 (Please wait until you finish reading the book to post this. Who do you feel most sympathetic for Roger Chillingworth or Arthur Dimmesdale? Why?)
      • Read up to page 161.
  • Friday 10/19 - Discuss reading / continue reading in class.
    • Homework
      • Finish reading The Scarlet Letter
      • Blog 17 (Please wait until you finish reading the book to post this. Who do you feel most sympathetic for Roger Chillingworth or Arthur Dimmesdale? Why?)
      • Test on Wednesday 10/24
  • Monday 10/22 - pick comment names / discuss the end of The Scarlet Letter / begin discussion of test / hand out take home essay
    • Homework -
      • Blog Comment due by 10/24 at 11:59 PM - Arlene, Ani T., Arek, Andre, George
      • Test on 10/24
      • take home essay due 10/24
  • Tuesday 10/23 - Finish discussion of book / review for test / assign group project
    • Homework
      • Blog Comment due by 10/24 at 11:59 PM - Arlene, Ani T., Arek, Andre, George
      • Test on 10/24
      • Project due on 11/5 (Groups, hosts, and specifications are listed here
      • Take home essay due 10/24
  • Wednesday 10/24 - Test on The Scarlet Letter / collect take home essay
    • Homework
      • Blog Comment due by 11:59 PM - Arlene, Ani T., Arek, Andre, George
      • Bring Crash book to class on Thursday
  • Thursday 10/25 - introduce independent reading project / discuss syntax from Crash book / Hand out story
    • Homework
      • Blog 18 (News) due 10/28
      • Syntax practice sentences
      • Pick a list of up to five books to prepare for book selection on Friday
      • Vocabulary Quiz on Friday 10/26
  • Friday 10/26 - Vocabulary quiz / pick books for independent reading project / begin discussion of Unit 4 - Autobiography and Memoir / begin reading The Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin (handout)
    • Homework
      • Reading - TBD
      • The Scarlet Letter group project due 11/5
      • Independent Reading Project
  • Monday 10/29 - pick comment names / continue syntax discussion / time to discuss scripts for project / introduce vocabulary list # 2
    • Homework -
      • NO COMMENTS this week
      • Syntax practice sentences with vocabulary words
  • Tuesday 10/30 - Collect homework / Introduction to Unit 4 - autobiography and memoir / hand out The Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin
    • Homework
      • Project due on 11/5 (Groups, hosts, and specifications are listed here
  • Wednesday 10/31 - continue discussion of The Autobiography - discuss the idea of moral perfection
    • Homework
      • enjoy Halloween
      • bring 50 Essays
  • Thursday 11/1 - finish discussion of The Autobiography - begin discussion of "How It Feels to Be Colored Me" by Zora Neale Hurston
    • Homework
      • Blog 19 - Pick any three of the virtues that Benjamin Franklin tried to work on to achieve moral perfection. For three days, work on each of the virtues. When writing the blog post, focus on answering the following questions.
        • Which virtues did you pick? Why?
        • Were you successful? Why or why not?
      • Vocabulary Quiz on Friday 11/2
  • Friday 11/2 - Vocabulary quiz / finish the discussion of "How It Feels to Be Colored Me"
    • Homework
      • Blog # 19
      • Finish The Scarlet Letter Project - due 11/13
  • Monday 11/5 - pick comment names / introduce vocabulary list # 3 and discuss vocabulary extra point challenge / Finish discussion of "How It Feels to Be Colored Me"
    • Homework -
      • Comments due by 11/7 @ 11:59 PM
      • Syntax practice sentences with vocabulary words (due by 11/7)
  • Tuesday 11/6 - In class assignment on "How It Feels to Be Colored Me" - if approved for HyeVotes then the assignment is excused
    • Homework
      • Comments due by 11/7 @ 11:59 PM
  • Wednesday 11/7 - turn in vocabulary assignment / in class vocabulary worksheet
    • Homework
  • Thursday 11/8 - begin "Shooting an Elephant" by George Orwell
    • Homework
      • Blog # 20 (NEWS) due by 11/12 @ 11:59 PM
      • Independent Reading Project - suggested that you have posted at least one blog by 11/12
  • Friday 11/9 - No School (Faculty Development Day) - No School on Monday 11/12 either
    • Homework
      • Finish The Scarlet Letter Project due 11/13
      • Vocabulary Quiz on 11/16
      • Comments due by 11/12 @ 11:59 PM - Talar, Kristine, Arek, Adam, Sam
  • Monday 11/12 - NO SCHOOL - VETERAN'S DAY OBSERVED
    • Homework -
  • Tuesday 11/13 - Pick names for comments / Watch The Scarlet Letter Project videos
    • Homework
      • Comments due by 11/14 @ 11:59 PM -
      • Vocabulary Quiz on 11/16
  • Wednesday 11/14- finish projects if needed / finish discussion of "How It Feels to be Colored Me" / begin discussion of "Shooting an Elephant" by George Orwell
    • Homework
      • Comments due by 11/15 @ 11:59 PM - Khajag, Preny, Shahan, Rosie, and Hagop
  • Thursday 11/15 - continue with "Shooting an Elephant" by George Orwell
    • Homework
      • Finish reading "Shooting an Elephant"
      • Study for Vocabulary Quiz
      • Test on Monday 11/19 - Study guide will be posted on Thursday
      • Blog # 21 (Write about one specific memory from your life and how it has affected you.)
  • Friday 11/16 - Vocabulary Quiz # 3 / Finish discussion on "Shooting an Elephant" / Discuss study guide for test on Tuesday
  • Monday 11/19 - Review Unit 4 Study Guide / in class multiple-choice questions
    • Homework - Study for Unit 4 test
    • NO BLOG THIS WEEK
    • Comments due by 11/21 @ 11:59 PM - Alissa, Arsen, Harout, Annie, and Ani N.
  • Tuesday 11/20 - Unit 4 Test
    • Homework
      • Comments due by 11/21 @ 11:59 PM - Alissa, Arsen, Harout, Annie, and Ani N.
  • Wednesday 11/14- TBD
    • Homework
      • Comments due by 11/21 @ 11:59 PM - Alissa, Arsen, Harout, Annie, and Ani N.
  • Thursday and Friday 11/22-23 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving weekend
    • Homework
      • Independent Reading Forum Posts due by 11/29.
  • Monday 11/26 - In Class AP Style Essay Question / Test Make-up Day
    • Homework
      • Vocabulary List # 4 Sentences and definitions
  • Tuesday 11/27 - Collect Homework / Begin Unit 5 discussion - Ethics in Literature and Analyzing a passage / begin reading "Why Don't We Complain"
    • Homework
      • finish reading "Why Don't We Complain"
      • Independent Reading posts due by 11/29
  • Wednesday 11/28- Finish Discussion of "Why Don't We Complain" / Look at AP Essay # 3 (Analyzing the passage) - Chapter 20 in Crash
    • Homework
      • Independent Reading posts due by 11/29
  • Thursday 11/29 - Finish discussion of Chapter 20 in Crash / begin reading "The Death of the Moth"
    • Homework
      • Independent Reading posts due by 11/29
      • Blog # 22 - NEWS due by Sunday 12/2 @ 11:59 PM
      • Study for Vocabulary Quiz
  • Friday 11/30 - Vocabulary Quiz # 4 / finish reading "The Death of the Moth" / discuss annotation homework
    • Homework
      • Blog # 22 - NEWS due by Sunday 12/2 @ 11:59 PM
      • Annotation assignment
  • Monday 1/7 - NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday 1/8 - Independent Reading Presentations # 1-7 (# 8 & 9 should be prepared just in case)
    • Homework
      • Vocabulary List #5 - definitions and sentences (due on Wednesday)
  1. Maria
  2. Arsen
  3. Rosie
  4. Mariam
  5. Annie
  6. Talar
  7. Alice
  8. Kristine
  9. Sam
  10. Arek
  11. George
  12. Ani N.
  13. Hagop
  14. Arlene
  15. Adam
  16. Preny
  17. Vivian
  18. Andre
  19. Harout
  20. Khajag
  21. Gevo
  22. Shahan
  23. Ani T.
  • Wednesday 1/9 - Collect Homework / Independent Reading Presentations # 8-15 ( # 16-18 should be prepared just in case)
  • Thursday 1/10 - Independent Reading Presentations # 16-23
    • Homework -
      • Blog # 1 due by 11:59 PM on Sunday 1/13 (This is based on the Independent Reading projects, so I suggest that you wait until after the last presentation in order to complete the assignment - Which book are you more likely to read? Why? Which book are you least likely to read? Why?)
      • Blog # 2 due by 11:59 PM on Sunday 1/13 (News article - must be from within the month of January 2013)
      • Study for Vocabulary Quiz # 5
  • Friday 1/11 - Vocabulary Quiz # 5 / Begin Unit # 6 - Transcendentalism (handouts)
  • Monday 1/14 - Pick comment names / Notes on Transcendentalism / Begin discussion of Emerson - from Nature
    • Homework
      • Vocabulary List #6 - definitions and sentences
      • Comments due by 1/16 @ 11:59 PM - Preny, Annie, Vivian, Gevo and Adam
  • Tuesday 1/15 - Collect homework / finish discussion of Nature and begin discussion of from Self-Reliance
    • Homework
      • Questions for Nature (page 368 #2-3) and Self-Reliance (page 370 # 2-3)
      • Comments due by 1/16 @ 11:59 PM - Preny, Annie, Vivian, Gevo and Adam
  • Wednesday 1/16 - Collect Homework / Begin discussion of Thoreau - from Walden
    • Homework
      • Study for Vocabulary Quiz # 6
      • Continue reading Walden up to page 384
      • Comments due by 1/16 @ 11:59 PM - Preny, Annie, Vivian, Gevo and Adam
  • Thursday 1/17 - Vocabulary Quiz # 6 / Continue discussion of Walden and continue reading in class
    • Homework -
      • Blog # 3 due by 11:59 PM on Monday 1/21 (Spend 30 minutes sitting outside observing nature. Take notes of everything that you notice and observe. Write a blog post based on your observations and how you feel about them.)
      • Blog # 4 due by 11:59 PM on Monday 1/21 (News article)
  • Friday 1/18 - NO CLASS - Half-Day because of formal dance
    • Homework
      • Complete Blog # 3 and 4
      • Finish reading Walden
      • There will be a test on this unit on Thursday 1/24.
  • Monday 1/21 - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observed
    • Homework
  • Tuesday 1/22 - Pick comment names / finish discussion of Walden / begin reading and discussion of from Civil Disobedience
    • Homework
      • Vocabulary sentences (see list # 7) - write the sentences using the style marked in parenthesis
      • Comments due by 1/23 @ 11:59 PM - Ani T., Andre, Arlene, Mariam, Alice
  • Wednesday 1/23 - Collect Homework / finish discussion of Civil Disobedience / review for Unit 6 quiz on 1/24 - see the Unit 6 Study Guide here.
    • Homework
      • Comments due by 1/23 @ 11:59 PM - Ani T., Andre, Arlene, Mariam, Alice
      • Study for quiz on Unit 6
  • Thursday 1/24 - Unit 6 quiz
    • Homework -
      • Blog # 5 due by 11:59 PM on Sunday 1/27 (News article)
      • Study for Vocabulary # 7 Quiz
  • Friday 1/25 - Vocabulary # 7 Quiz / begin discussion of AP Essay # 3
    • Homework
      • Complete Blog # 5
  • Monday 1/28 - pick blog comment names / begin reading "Turkeys in the Kitchen" by Dave Barry (page 72)
    • Homework:
      • Blog Comments due by 1/30 @ 11:59 PM - Hagop, Khajag, George, Shahan, and Arek
      • Page 74-75 # 2 and 4
      • Vocabulary List # 8 (This week is drastically different so please read on before you start writing sentences. List FIVE items that go with each adjective.)
  • Tuesday 1/29 - collect questions and go over vocabulary examples / begin reading "A Plague of Tics" by David Sedaris (page 359)
    • Homework:
      • Blog Comments due by 1/30 @ 11:59 PM - Hagop, Khajag, George, Shahan, and Arek
      • Finish reading "A Plague of Tics" - be prepared to discuss page 371 # 2
  • Wednesday 1/30 - finish discussion of "A Plague of Tics" / Review for Quiz on 1/31 (Crash Chapter 15, vocabulary, and both stories)
    • Homework:
      • Blog Comments due by 1/30 @ 11:59 PM - Hagop, Khajag, George, Shahan, and Arek
      • Blog # 6 due 2/3 @ 11:59 PM - News Article - but you are only allowed to used articles from [http://www.theonion.com/].
      • Blog # 7 due 2/3 @ 11:59 PM - Satirical Video - Watch a 1-2 minute video clip on youtube from The Daily Show or The Colbert Report. Write about the video using the guidelines from chapter 15 of Crash. All four questions must be answered in your blog post. Please link to the video in your blog post.
      • Study for Unit 7 Quiz by looking at the study guide.
  • Thursday 1/31 - Unit 7 Quiz with vocabulary # 8
    • Homework:
      • Blogs # 6 & 7
  • Friday 2/1 to Wednesday 2/6 - Resume lesson taught by Counseling Office
    • There will not be any blog posts or vocabulary for this week because of the resume lesson and the fact that I will not be here for most of it due to being at a conference.
    • DUE MONDAY 2/4 - RESUME
    • COMMENTS DUE WEDNESDAY 2/6 - Sam, Harout, Talar, Kristine & Ani N.
  • Thursday 2/7 & 2/8 - NO SCHOOL - Vartanantz and Staff Development day
  • Monday 2/11 - Begin notes and background discussion for The Great Gatsby / Go over reading assignments, blog expectations, vocabulary words, hand back assignments
    • Homework:
      • Vocabulary List # 9 - Pick two of the words, write a sentence for each of the words that were picked, then illustrate your sentence as best you can (plain, unlined paper is preferred) - due on Wednesday 2/13 (this weeks quiz is cumulative from list 5)
  • Tuesday 2/12 - hand out The Great Gatsby / begin reading chapter 1
    • Homework:
      • finish reading chapter 1
      • begin working on questions for chapters 1-4 of The Great Gatsby - this is due on Tuesday 2/19 before the quiz that will be on that day as well
      • finish vocabulary homework
  • Wednesday 2/13 - Show and collect vocabulary homework / finish discussion of chapter 1 / begin reading chapter 2
    • Homework:
      • finish reading chapter 2
  • Thursday 2/14 - finish discussion of chapter 2 / begin reading chapter 3
    • Homework:
      • finish reading chapter 3
      • Study for vocabulary quiz on 2/15
  • Friday 2/15 - Vocabulary Quiz for lists 5-9 / finish discussion of chapter 3 / begin reading (if time) chapter 4
    • Homework:
      • Blogs are due on Monday 2/18 @ 11:59 PM
      • Blog # 8 (News Article) - This is returning to normal news articles, not the satirical articles
      • Blog # 9 (Historical Perspective) - focusing on one of the following items from the 1920's (music, prohibition, clothing, gangsters), research what it was like during the time period and then write about what you found and how you feel it already relates to the first half of The Great Gatsby. Please include a picture or video as part of your post.
      • Finish reading chapter 4
      • Finish questions for chapters 1-4 (due on 2/19)
      • Quiz on Chapters 1-4 on Tuesday 2/19
  • Monday 2/25 - Classwork
  • Tuesday 2/26 - Discussion of chapters 5-6 of The Great Gatsby / begin reading chapter 7
    • Homework:
      • Read chapter 7 - pay attention to the climactic elements of the chapter
      • Blogs due 3/3
        • Blog # 10 - news article (normal style)
        • Blog # 11 - plan a Gatsby style party. You have a budget of $100,000 to spend your modern version of a Gatsby style party. Research the cost of items, find pictures to go along with your explanation, and then write about your event. Who would you invite? Where would it take place? How would everyone get there? What food would you serve? Would you serve anything else? What music or entertainment would there be? Be creative and maybe a little different for your party. The comments will be rather interesting for next week if you are more creative.
  • Wednesday 2/27 - discussion of chapter 7 - symbolism / climax / what really happened
    • Homework:
      • Read chapter 8-9
      • Blogs due 3/3
  • Thursday 2/28 - discussion of chapter 8 / begin reading chapter 9
    • Homework:
      • Read chapter 8-9
      • Blogs due 3/3
  • Friday 3/1 - finish discussion of the novel and discuss the test that will take place next week
    • Homework:
      • Blogs due 3/3
      • Study for The Great Gatsby test that will take place on 3/5
      • Here is the study guide for the test. The Great Gatsby Study Guide
  • Monday 3/4 - Review for The Great Gatsby test
    • Homework:
      • Study for test on The Great Gatsby
      • Comments on party blog - pick any TWO party blogs to comment on. Act like you went to the party and are writing a review of how the party went.
  • Tuesday 3/5 - Test on The Great Gatsby
    • Homework:
      • Comments (see homework listed for Monday)
      • Take home essay due at the beginning of class on Wednesday.
  • Wednesday 3/6 - Introduction to Maus, graphic novels, and using different types of sources as a part of language
    • Homework:
      • Comments (see homework listed for Monday)
      • Read chapter 1 of Maus and be prepared to discuss in class
  • Thursday 3/7 - Discussion of chapter 1 of Maus / hand back previous AP style essays and go over format and scores
    • Homework:
      • Read chapter 2 of Maus
      • Blog # 12 (news article) due 3/10 @ 11:59 PM
      • rewrite one of the two AP style essays. It must be typed in MLA format and the original essay must be attached to it when it is turned in. It is due on Monday 3/11.
  • Friday 3/8 - discussion of chapter 2 of Maus
  • Monday 3/11 - Collect essays / discuss chapter 2 of Maus / begin reading chapter 3 in class / pick comment names
    • Homework:
      • Blog comments due by 3/13 @ 11:59 PM - Kristine, Hagop, Maria, Arek, and Vivian
      • finish reading Chapter 3
      • Vocabulary List # 10 - sentences and definitions (not to be collected, but will be check and discussed)
  • Tuesday 3/12 - Check homework (vocabulary) / finish discussion on Chapter 3 / stereotype discussion
    • Homework:
      • Blog comments due 3/13 @ 11:59 PM
      • Read chapter 4
      • Vocabulary Quiz on 3/15 (cumulative from list 5)
  • Wednesday 3/13 - Classwork on chapters 2-4 of Maus / I am at a conference this day, but if I return early, we will discuss chapter 4
    • Homework:
      • Blog comments due tonight
      • Read chapter 5
  • Thursday 3/14 - Discussion on chapters 4-5 / review for vocabulary quiz
    • Homework:
      • Blogs due 3/17
        • Blog # 13 (news article)
        • Blog # 14 (TBD)
      • Finish reading Maus
      • Study for Vocabulary Quiz
  • Friday 3/15 - Vocabulary Quiz / finish discussion on Maus
    • Homework:
      • Blogs due 3/17
      • Test on Maus on 3/19 (Tuesday)
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