Sunday, December 30, 2007


Reminder: You'll need to accrue 75 points' worth of rhetorical terms by the end of the semester, which you can do with any combination of 3-point, 4-point, and 5-point terms. If you've misplaced the handouts, here they are again:

Rhetorical Terms Project Handout
Sample 3-point and 5-point terms using the Roger Angell "Into the Fire" baseball piece

And if you need help with definitions or finding rhetorical terms, consider using the Gale Glossary of Literary Devices web page--just remember to cite wherever you get your definitions.

If you have any trouble, email me.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

AGENDA 12/13

Prepare for tomorrow's seminar on "The Birthmark" and "Harrison Bergeron": Seminar Prep Handout

Begin working on Formulating Thesis Statements: Complete Steps A-C

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

AGENDA 12/12

Turn in Source Packets and Bibliographies
Read and Discuss "Designing a Better Human?"
Introduce "The Birthmark" and "Harrison Bergeron"--bring packets back to class to read and annotate tomorrow--we'll have a seminar discussion on Friday.

Thursday, December 6, 2007


Meet in Computer Lab, L202
Begin creating working bibliographies for researched argument papers
Refer to Samohi Library Page and handouts given in class for assistance

HW: Source packet of 20 sources and working bibliography in MLA format due next Wednesday!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007


Activity: Why do bibliographies matter?
Quick tour of bibliography format and resources: online bibliography generator and the "old fashioned way" using McGraw-Hill Reader and web sources

HW: Continue to amass 20 sources and begin working bibliography

Tuesday, December 4, 2007


Reading Day: Bring source packets and annotate!
You might:
Write questions to clarify or interpret
Mark connections between sources: what facts are confirmed? What facts are contradicted?
Circle names of people to contact for experiential source
Highlight potential evidence for paper and identify counterarguments

HW: Continue to amass 20 sources and annotate each source. Tomorrow: the exciting world of bibliographies.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

AGENDA 11/29

Same as 11/28 - meet in computer lab to continue amassing sources

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

AGENDA 11/28

Meet in computer lab L202 to begin gathering sources for Researched Argument papers
Handout #1--Guidelines: Steps 1, 2, and 3 of Researched Argument papers
Handout #2--Tips for Researched Argument papers

Please bring McGraw-Hill Readers tomorrow! We'll be meeting in L202 again.

HW: Continue reading independent book. Begin gathering your 20 sources for the researched argument paper (due 12/12).

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

AGENDA 11/27

Timed Essay: Argument (quotation from Antigone)

HW: Continue reading independent reading book

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

AGENDA 11/21


Multiple-choice team practice: Darrow's speech on Leopold and Loeb

Work on multiple-choice passage in groups; go over answers.

HW: Read indie reading book over Thanksgiving--try to be 2/3 to 3/4 of the way finished by Monday!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

AGENDA 11/20

Seminar prep HW check

Billy Budd group discussions

Multiple-choice team competition tomorrow. Should be fun!
HW: Read independent book. Remember to have research question ready for tomorrow!

Monday, November 19, 2007

AGENDA 11/19

Formulating Research Questions
** Changes made to Fall research paper--no partner needed (but you and a partner may still explore the same topic, through different research questions or through opposite perspectives if you wish)

Reading Quiz over Billy Budd.

Answer questions/clarify confusion regarding Billy Budd. Didn't get the answer you needed in class? Email me!

Prepare for tomorrow's seminar

HW: Finish reading Billy Budd.
Prepare for tomorrow's seminar: Craft a well-developed paragraph (approximately 8-10 sentences) in which you refer to Billy Budd directly (incorporate two shorter quotations or one longer one), and explore ONE of the following:
1. What elements of Romanticism or Transcendentalism do you notice in this novella? How do these elements contribute to the book's meaning?
2. What seems to be Melville's position on man-made authority?
3. Select an allusion or an instance of figurative language that is important or compelling. Explore the significance of this allusion or metaphor--how does it enhance the meaning of the work or reveal Melville's perspective on an issue? What significance does it hold?

Research Questions due Wednesday (see handout for guidelines)

Friday, November 16, 2007

AGENDA 11/16


Finish watching film: Crime and Punishment in America
Complete response to the two questions posted on Wednesday. Share out responses and discuss. Turn in to the substitute at the end of the period.

HW: Read Billy Budd through Chapter 23 by Monday, 11/19. Expect a reading quiz! Also continue reading indie reading book--you should be halfway through it before Thanksgiving!

P.S. Wish Pust and Kennedy and Louria and Semik luck during first period this morning--we'll be presenting our workshop at the National Council of Teachers of English at 11:00am EST, which is 8am Samo time...we'll be wrapping up right as 2nd period begins! : )

Thursday, November 15, 2007

AGENDA 11/15

Continue watching film: Crime and Punishment in America
Complete response to the two questions posted below--list one prompt on each side of a paper (I recommend jotting notes as you watch, perhaps on a separate sheet before crafting your "official" response):
  1. What do you find surprising / shocking / interesting?
  2. How might the ideas in this film connect to the issues of crime and punishment and the culture of fear in Billy Budd?
If time permits, share out responses and discuss. Turn in to the substitute at the end of the period. You'll get your notes/responses back tomorrow.

HW: Read Billy Budd through Chapter 23 by Monday, 11/19. Expect a reading quiz! Also continue reading indie reading book--you should be halfway through it before Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

AGENDA 11/14

ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to Club Day on Friday (and the shortened periods that will ensue), you lucky ducks will have your timed essay on the argument prompt pushed back to next Tuesday!

Get into groups: discuss Billy Budd questions. Have one student record and another share out with the class as a whole.

Begin watching film: Crime and Punishment in America
Complete response to the two questions posted below--list one prompt on each side of a paper (I recommend jotting notes as you watch, perhaps on a separate sheet before crafting your "official" response):
  1. What do you find surprising / shocking / interesting?
  2. How might the ideas in this film connect to the issues of crime and punishment and the culture of fear in Billy Budd?
If time permits, share out responses and discuss. Turn in to the substitute at the end of the period. You'll get your notes/responses back tomorrow.

HW: Read Billy Budd through Chapter 23 by Monday, 11/19. Expect a reading quiz! Also continue reading indie reading book--you should be halfway through it before Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

AGENDA 11/13

Discuss Scott Russell Sanders prompt on "The Common Life"
Share thesis statements: write on board and compare/discuss
View samples and discuss: "Effective" 8 and "Adequate" 6
Generate tips for argument essays--
  • Acknowledging complexity using transition words (ultimately, despite, although, however, while, etc.)
  • Using specific and relevant evidence (personal experience is ok, but observations from readings--literature, history, science, current events, etc.--are even better!)
HW: Read Billy Budd through Chapter 23 by Monday 11/19. Continue reading indie reading book--be halfway through by a week from tomorrow.

Monday, November 12, 2007


Enjoy a safe and happy Veterans' Day.

Friday, November 9, 2007


Independent Reading Prompts: respond to the topic for your book group
Review Billy Budd: Billy's physical characteristics and personality, the culture of mutiny and fear aboard ships in this time period

Introduce argument prompt: Scott Russell Sanders excerpt from "The Common Life"

HW: Read Billy Budd through chapter 15 for Tuesday. Write a paraphrase of Sanders's claim and your own thesis statement in which you defend or challenge his claim (we'll qualify later, I promise!). Continue reading independent reading book and working on rhetorical terms. Think about pro/con issue for research paper, and potential partner to work with. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 8, 2007


Introduction to Pro/Con Research Topics
Handout: Tips for Narrowing Persuasive Topics
and tips for Selecting a Research Topic

Common Assessment
If you finish early, read Billy Budd or indie reading book

HW: Read Billy Budd (try to get through chapter 5 if possible--be through chapter 3 FOR SURE)...bring independent reading book, which you should be 1/4 of the way through.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007


Introduction to Billy Budd, Sailor
Discuss historical context (impressment), concept of the "Handsome Sailor," name symbolism, and setting--challenges/conflicts of life on ship

HW: Read chapters 1-3 of Billy Budd for Friday; remember to bring independent reading books (1/4 finished) on Friday.

REMINDER: Common assessment tomorrow--bring Billy Budd and/or indie reading book in case you finish early

Tuesday, November 6, 2007


Seminar: Capital Punishment
Get arranged in a fishbowl (half of class in, half observing) to discuss capital punishment and the texts: "This is Going to Hurt" editorial from NY Times, McGraw-Hill Reader pages 84-89 (H.L. Mencken's "The Penalty of Death" and Coretta Scott King's "The Death Penalty is a Step Back"), and opinions from Justices Blackmun and Scalia regarding the death penalty

Participants complete self-evaluation form
Observers complete "Personal Notes" and "Exit Slip"

Monday, November 5, 2007


Return TW on Rhetorical Analysis: "The Death of Benny Paret"
Discuss ways to improve rhetorical analysis essays and keys to writing strong analysis
Final comments on "Bartleby" and excerpt from Thoreau's Walden
Distribute texts for tomorrow's seminar on capital punishment
Generate questions for tomorrow's seminar

HW: Read and annotate pages 84-89 of McGraw-Hill Reader, opinions on capital punishment from Supreme Court Justices Blackmun and Scalia, and "This is Going to Hurt," op-ed from The New York Times. Be prepared to discuss comments and questions on capital punishment tomorrow.

REMINDER: Schedule a writing conference to go over your TW essay. If you'd like to rewrite this essay for a higher score, see me for a conference and to set up a rewrite time. :)

Friday, November 2, 2007


View clip from Joe vs. the Volcano
Quickwrite: Discuss connections between Joe vs. the Volcano, Thoreau's Walden excerpt, and Melville's "Bartleby."

HW: Bring independent reading books Monday.

Thursday, November 1, 2007


Continue reading and discussing "Bartleby," especially in the context of Thoreau's Walden excerpt

Chart character descriptions of Turkey, Nippers, Ginger Nut, and Bartleby

HW: Finish reading "Bartleby" and bring independent reading book Monday

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

AGENDA 10/31

Begin reading and discussing "Bartleby"

HW: Read to page 138. Remember to bring indie reading books on Monday for check-in, and have 1/4 read by Friday Nov 9.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

AGENDA 10/30

Grammar Warm-up: Pronoun Consistency
PowerPoint: American Romanticism

HW: Continue reading independent reading book. Bring Billy Budd tomorrow for us to begin reading "Bartleby."

Monday, October 29, 2007

AGENDA 10/29

Rhetorical terms entries due for Logical Fallacies in Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price
Introduce Fiction independent reading list: select book and read first 1/4 by Fri. Nov. 9
Finish reading and discussing Thoreau's "Where I Lived and What I Lived For"
Multiple Choice practice on Thoreau passage

Select and obtain indie reading book: first 1/4 due Fri. Nov. 9

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

AGENDA 10/17

More logical fallacies practice

No books needed tomorrow: we'll be looking at logical fallacies in film clips

HW: Finish revising GW intercalary chapter essay paper (due Friday). Complete photo essay (due Monday). Bring indie reading book on Friday for a class activity.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

AGENDA 10/16

Review logical fallacies handout and clear up confusion

Style revision for GW intercalary chapter essay: include transitions where appropriate, examine sentence variety (length & patterns). Remember: telegraphic sentences have 1-6 words, short sentences have 7-11 words, medium sentences have 12-22 words, and long sentences have 23 words or more. Most paragraphs should be mainly medium sentences, with an occasional long and short sentence. Also, do NOT overuse the semicolon or the colon--substitute the em dash instead. One colon and one semicolon would be appropriate for a paper of this length. Finally, vary your sentence openings--begin some of your sentences with modifying clauses (use transitions to help). Just watch out for misplaced modifiers! : )

HW: Continue drafting intercalary chapter essay. Essay must be 600-800 words in length and will now be due Friday, October 19 since I was absent yesterday. See me or email me if you need help. Also, photo essay due Monday for independent reading book.

REMINDER: Bring McGraw-Hill Reader tomorrow!

Monday, October 15, 2007

AGENDA 10/15

TIMED WRITE: Rhetorical Analysis

HW: Bring Logical Fallacies handout for tomorrow. Review the packet from Everything's an Argument as well as McGraw-Hill Reader, pages 80-83 to help you.

Friday, October 12, 2007

AGENDA 10/12

Grammar Warm-up: Misplaced Modifiers and Noun Agreement Errors
Rhetorical Analysis practice (optional): 2003 Form B passage
Timed Write on Monday!!! Bring blue/black pens and notebook paper
New Unit - New Seats!
Logical Fallacies Practice: Identify the type of logical fallacy present in each of the statements. Use pages 69-72 of the McGraw-Hill Reader and the excerpt from Everything's an Argument to help you.

HW: Logical Fallacies Practice due Tuesday 10/16
Next draft of GW intercalary chapter essay due Tuesday 10/16
Photo essay for independent reading book due Monday 10/22

Thursday, October 11, 2007

AGENDA 10/11

Finish responding to Hurricane Katrina photos
Introduce Photo Essay assignment for independent reading books--due 10/22. You may work individually or in pairs, and may either take your own pictures or assemble a group of pictures.
Review basics of rhetorical analysis: Rhetorical Analysis Notes handout
Introduce Logical Fallacies: Scenario info: Period 2 info: Period 3

HW: Continue revising GW intercalary chapter essays. Bring McGraw-Hill Readers tomorrow. Begin thinking about photo essays.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

AGENDA 10/10

Vocabulary & Visual Analysis Quiz

HW: Bring rough drafts of intercalary chapter essays (however much you have completed!) for revision activities tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007


Grammar Warm-up: Misplaced Modifiers
Finish Hurricane Katrina photo analysis

HW: Study for vocabulary quiz tomorrow

REMINDER: Tomorrow's vocabulary quiz will also include a visual analysis component. You'll be presented with a photograph and will need to write a "Conclusion" paragraph in addition to the vocabulary portion. The vocabulary will cover both the new words from The Grapes of Wrath and a few of the previous words from Fast Food Nation.

Monday, October 8, 2007


Share Dorothea Lange photos and discuss using OPTIC

Introduce Hurricane Katrina photo essay; comment and respond to photographs in groups:
1) What details (Parts) do you notice?
2) What argument or social commentary does the photographer make through this image?
3) What is the tone or mood of the image?
4) What is emphasized? What does this focal point suggest?

HW: Continue drafting intercalary chapter essays: Rough drafts due THURSDAY
Study for vocabulary quiz on Wednesday, which will also have a visual analysis component

Friday, October 5, 2007


Grammar Quiz: Problems with Verbs
- Grade pre-test

Finish independent reading book by next Friday (or sooner if possible)
Draft 2nd body paragraph for intercalary essay: due Monday

Thursday, October 4, 2007


Vocabulary Warm-up: Grapes of Wrath
Additional texts for seminar: editorial cartoon, "This Land is Your Land," and "The New Colossus"
Issues discussion period 2
Issues discussion period 3

HW: Study for tomorrow's grammar quiz: Verbs
Continue drafting intercalary chapter essay

REMINDER: Tomorrow is the LAST DAY to bring $5.25 if you want to order a copy of Billy Budd.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007


Seminar: The Grapes of Wrath as a work of literature
Notes from Period 2's discussion
Notes from Period 3's discussion

HW: Study for grammar quiz Friday: Review Problems with Verbs handout received in class. Consider downloading previous grammar warm-ups: practice circling the errors and label the type of error--subject-verb agreement, tense, or parallelism.

Bring body paragraph of intercalary chapter essay tomorrow (or email to request extension and come by after school for help).

Review "The World House" and bring both the McGraw-Hill Reader and The Grapes of Wrath as well as your index card for tomorrow's discussion on Issues.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007


Grammar Warm-up: Verbs, verbs, verbs...last time.
Grammar Review handout: Problems with Verbs
Quiz on Grammar Friday!

Read and annotate "The World House" by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on page 338 of the McGraw-Hill Reader

HW: Prepare for tomorrow's Grapes of Wrath literary seminar. Bring index card. Body paragraph for intercalary chapter essay due Thursday.

Monday, October 1, 2007


Vocabulary Warm-up: Grapes of Wrath
Check thesis statements; meet with other person who has same intercalary chapter and discuss thesis statements, devices, etc.
Test thesis statements: Do you have all three dimensions?
1) What rhetorical techniques does the author use here?
2) Why does this chapter matter (look back at the purposes of intercalary chapters on the assignment sheet)?
3) How do these rhetorical techniques help convey the meaning of the chapter?

OPTIC analysis
and group discussion: "Migrant Mother" and additional Dorothea Lange photos--"Jobless," "Lean-to," "Men in Fields," "I Am an American," "Migrant Children"

HW: On index card provided in class, generate six questions for discussion: 3 Literary questions and 3 Issues questions (Literary questions include questions about characters, symbolism, theme, foreshadowing, etc. and Issues questions connect the ideas in the book to our society today or to our personal lives). Finish OPTIC sheet if necessary.

REMINDERS: Bring McGraw-Hill Readers tomorrow!

Friday, September 28, 2007


Debrief yesterday's class with substitute; reminders about not leaving trash on floor :)

Independent reading groups: Discuss book, calculate # of weeks till finished, share rhetorical terms entries

Analyzing Visuals: OPTIC
Dorothea Lange photo: "Migrant Mother"

HW: Reread assigned GW intercalary chapter, write thesis statement, and complete prewriting (thesis statements should include both the rhetorical terms and discussion of Steinbeck's purpose in employing those devices and the overall meaning/purpose of the intercalary chapter)

ANNOUNCEMENT: Pust will be at the Santa Monica Public Library, main branch (6th & Santa Monica Blvd.) on SUNDAY, 9/30 from 1pm-5pm in the cafe patio area if you would like help with your Grapes of Wrath intercalary chapter or thesis statement/prewriting.

Thursday, September 27, 2007


Grammar Warm-up: Verbs, verbs, verbs again...
(subject-verb agreement errors, verb tense errors, parallelism errors)

Meet with other people who have same intercalary chapter assigned and discuss rhetorical devices/essential ideas in the chapter

HW: Be at page 225 or beyond in independent reading book
Complete one rhetorical terms entry using independent reading book (ok to print or email)
Begin rereading and annotating assigned GW intercalary chapter

ANNOUNCEMENT: Pust will be at the Santa Monica Public Library, main branch (6th & Santa Monica Blvd.) on SUNDAY, 9/30 from 1pm-5pm in the cafe patio area if you would like help with your Grapes of Wrath intercalary chapter or thesis statement/prewriting

Wednesday, September 26, 2007


Finish reviewing GW vocabulary
Discuss rhetorical devices and ideas in Ch. 1 of Grapes of Wrath
Introduce sample intercalary chapter essay papers: Pust and Kennedy

HW: Be at page 225 or beyond by Friday in independent reading book
Complete a rhetorical terms entry

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


Grammar Warm-up: Verbs, Verbs, Verbs!
Introduce GW Intercalary Chapter essay assignment and assign chapters

Monday, September 24, 2007


Grapes of Wrath Reading Quiz!
Introduce vocabulary for Grapes of Wrath

HW: Begin studying vocabulary. Read up to pg. 225 or beyond in your independent reading book by Friday. Also due on Friday is your first rhetorical terms entry, which should use an example of a device from your independent reading book. Please contact me if you would like help with this (or anything else).

Friday, September 21, 2007


Grammar Warm-up: Subject-Verb Agreement
Review samples: score 3 and score 5 for rhetorical terms project
Independent book groups: Part I Group brainstorm of discussion
questions and Part II individual reflection

HW: Finish reviewing The Grapes of Wrath (Quiz Monday!!!)
Read 75 more pages of your independent reading book by next
Friday (be at page #225 or beyond...)
Complete a rhetorical terms entry using an example from your
independent reading book (due Friday for book groups)

Thursday, September 20, 2007


Share and discuss responses to "In the Fire"
Textbook room visit to pick up The McGraw-Hill Reader
Introduce rhetorical terms project

HW: Read independent book to page 150 or beyond
for Friday
Finish reviewing The Grapes of Wrath--Quiz on Monday!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


Review Stewart rhetorical analysis passage and discuss
techniques used
Examine sample ineffective and effective rhetorical
analysis body paragraphs

Read, annotate, and discuss "In the Fire" by Roger

HW: Write a body paragraph in which you analyze the
rhetorical techniques/strategies Angell uses to reveal
his attitude toward the catcher. (Try not to cry while
writing, as the Dodgers' playoff hopes are now officially dashed.)

REMINDERS: Independent reading--be at page 150 or beyond
for Friday

Grapes of Wrath Quiz on Monday--finish "reviewing" and see
me if you need help understanding the book!

Textbook checkout tomorrow! Please bring either your ID card
or your course schedule.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


Grammar Warm-up: Subject/Verb Agreement Errors
Structure and scoring of the AP Language & Composition Exam
Rhetorical Analysis Practice: 2005 Form B Question 1
- annotate and discuss passage

HW: Continue independent reading (be at page 150
or beyond by Friday)
Finish reviewing The Grapes of Wrath: Quiz Monday!

ANNOUNCEMENT: Textbook checkout on Thursday, 9/20, so
please bring ID cards or schedules

Monday, September 17, 2007


Baseline Essays - Fast Food Nation and Chew on This
Submit summer free choice book essays.

REMINDER: If you missed the vocabulary quiz or supplies check
last Friday, please see me to get caught up.

HW: Continue reading independent book--be at page 150 or
beyond by Friday, 9/21.

Friday, September 14, 2007


Vocabulary Quiz!
Meet in independent reading groups and discuss questions/issues
related to the books and instances of ethos, logos, and pathos. Complete

HW: Finish summer free choice book essay (due Monday, 9/17).
Begin reading the next 100 pages of your independent reading book--
be at or beyond page 150 by Friday, 9/21.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


Warm-up: Vocabulary Review
Gallery Walk--view each other's ad analysis projects

HW: Study for vocabulary quiz on Friday 9/14
Complete 50 pages of independent reading book for class
on Friday; bring indie reading book to class
Continue working on summer free choice book essay/letter

REMINDER: Finish reviewing The Grapes of Wrath; we'll start
discussing it soon! (and no, the SparkNotes do NOT count!)

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


Grammar: Pre-test on Verbs
Quick review of rhetorical appeals: ethos, logos, and pathos
Close reading and rhetorical analysis practice in groups:
passage from pages 198-199 of Fast Food Nation
Compose rhetorical analysis paragraph together following discussion:
Period 2's group paragraph
Period 3's group paragraph

HW: Finish ad analysis assignment, due tomorrow 9/12
Study for vocabulary quiz, Friday 9/14
Complete summer book choice reading assignment, due Monday 9/17

FINISH "REVIEWING" The Grapes of Wrath

Monday, September 10, 2007


Vocabulary Warm-up (reminder: quiz on Friday 9/14)
Introduction to Summer Free Choice Reading assignment (due Monday 9/17)
Sample responses to Summer Free Choice Reading assignment: Pust and Kennedy
Ethos, Logos, and Pathos PowerPoint & Guided Notes
Ad analysis: "McDonald's" ad
Ad analysis assignment (due Wednesday, 9/12)

HW: Ad & analysis paragraph due Wednesday, 9/12; study for vocabulary quiz on 9/14; begin working on summer reading choice book assignment due 9/17

Sunday, September 9, 2007


Supplies check tomorrow & Tuesday: make sure you have your copy of FFN or Chew On This, your English binder with 5 divider tabs (Grammar, Vocabulary, Writing, Independent Reading, and Current Unit) and pens, pencils, and paper. I'll be checking to make sure everyone has these supplies ready on Monday and Tuesday. Thanks, and I look forward to another great week!

Friday, September 7, 2007


Review Syllabus questions
Discuss last night's HW: the clip from Super Size Me: suit colors, effects of piles of money, etc.
Introduce and discuss vocabulary
Introduce independent reading list

HW: Get independent reading book; complete first 50 pages by next Friday, 9/14
Begin studying vocabulary (quiz Friday 9/14)

Thursday, September 6, 2007


Quickwrite: "There are lies, damn lies, and statistics." --Benjamin Disraeli What does this quotation imply, suggest, or mean?
Share out QW responses and/or "horrifying" and "interesting" statistics from FFN and Chew on This
Discuss Classroom Rules and Procedures
View clip "Fast Food Advertising" of Super Size Me and discuss
HW: Write response to Super Size Me question regarding advertising statistics

Wednesday, September 5, 2007


Introductory Powerpoint & Quickwrite
First Day Student Information Form
HW: Read Course Syllabus and, on a separate sheet, write down two questions you have. On that same separate sheet, write down two "interesting statistics" and two "horrifying statistics" from either Fast Food Nation or Chew on This. Bring Fast Food Nation or Chew on This tomorrow, and every day for the next two weeks. Finish your First Day Student Information Forms.

Hope you had a great first day today. I look forward to a terrific year with all of you!

Friday, August 31, 2007


Independent Reading:
Independent Reading September 2007: Nonfiction Issues
Summer Free Choice Book assignment
Summer Free Choice Book assignment sample: Pust
Summer Free Choice Book assignment sample: Kennedy
First group assignment: Ethos, Pathos, Logos
Second group assignment: Brainstorm discussion questions & reflection

The Grapes of Wrath Unit:
Intercalary Chapter Rhetorical Analysis Essay Assignment
The Grapes of Wrath Vocabulary
OPTIC analysis handout
Dorothea Lange photo: "Migrant Mother"
Dorothea Lange photo: "Lean-to"
Dorothea Lange photo: "I Am an American"
Dorothea Lange photo: "Men in Fields"
Dorothea Lange photo: "Men standing, arms crossed"
Dorothea Lange photo: "Jobless"
"The World House" by Dr. Martin Luther King (Part I, from the McGraw-Hill Reader, p. 338)
Intercalary Chapter Essay assignment: Rhetorical Analysis paper
Sample intercalary chapter essay: Pust
Sample intercalary chapter essay: Kennedy
GW Vocabulary Warm-up

Fast Food Nation and Chew on This Unit:
Response to clip from Super Size Me, "Fast Food Advertising"
Ethos, Pathos, and Logos PowerPoint and Guided Notes

Vocabulary Lists and Review:
Warm-up: FFN
GW Vocabulary Warm-up

Grammar Practice and Instruction:
Subject/Verb Agreement Warm-up #1
Subject/Verb Agreement Warm-up #2
Verbs, Verbs, Verbs! Warm-up #3
Verbs, Verbs, Verbs! Warm-up #4
Verbs, Verbs, Verbs! Warm-up #5
Review: Problems with Verbs

Writing Practice and Instruction:
"In the Fire" by Roger Angell
Sample ineffective and effective rhetorical analysis
body paragraphs
related to the 2005 Form B Stewart passage
Rhetorical Terms Project Instructions
Sample rhetorical terms entries, score of 3 and 5, from "In the Fire" baseball passage

General Course Information:


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