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!