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!