Monday, November 24, 2008

AGENDA 11/24

Computer Lab - Let the source hunt continue! :)

HW: Finish compiling sources & bring packet to class tomorrow for annotating purposes. You'll be spending the class period tomorrow annotating sources. Please number them, 1-20, and label the six "special" sources: the one print source, one experience, one non-commercial website, two 2008 sources, and one chart/map/graph/table. If you finish early, be prepared to work on something else. SOURCE PACKETS DUE WEDNESDAY!

Friday, November 21, 2008

AGENDA 11/21

Computer Lab - Source Packet hunting! :)

Presentation by Mr. Averett on EBSCO, SIRS, and ProQuest databases

HW: Find 20 sources for your source packet by Tuesday...bring to class to annotate.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

AGENDA 11/20

The Crucible Seminar
Turn in preparation & half-sheet on the discussion

HW: 2 Rhetorical terms entries due tomorrow (typed) on The Crucible or indie reading book & 1 free choice

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

AGENDA 11/18

Prepare for Thursday's seminar on The Crucible:
Select and copy a passage from The Crucible that is worth discussing (this could be one long monologue or a series of lines, or something from Miller's narration). Read and annotate "Why I Wrote The Crucible" by Arthur Miller. Then generate 5 "springboards" for discussion--comments, opinions, or questions to generate productive talk about these two texts. Your questions/comments can refer either to your passage from The Crucible or to Miller's essay about the play.

Possible issues we might be discuss include:
  • Where does morality stem from?
  • Using religion to justify controversial behavior
  • Separation of Church and State (politics tied to religion)
  • Mob Mentality: What makes normal people get swept up in hysteria?
  • Individual vs. government
  • What’s right to stand up for--honor, freedom, etc.
  • Gender hierarchy
  • Rights of the accused
  • Can innocence survive?
  • Superstition/supernatural explanation

Monday, November 17, 2008

AGENDA 11/17

Finish "micro-scenes" from The Crucible, Act II

HW: Finish reading The Crucible if you haven't already. Study for vocabulary quiz (which will probably be on Thursday...).

Complete and submit two rhetorical terms entries on Friday (typed). For the two terms entries, ONE must be from EITHER The Crucible or your fall nonfiction independent reading book. The other is a "free choice" and can come from any text--your favorite song lyrics, a Harry Potter book, the Sunday comics, a history textbook, a famous speech, your favorite film...the possibilities are endless! :-)

Friday, November 14, 2008

AGENDA 11/14

Debrief yesterday's field trip

Vocabulary bingo

Start editing scenes down to "micro-scenes" for Monday's presentations

HW: Finish reading The Crucible for Tuesday!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

AGENDA 11/13


Begin amassing sources for your source packet!

HW: Study vocabulary. Finish reading The Crucible for next Tuesday. Begin collecting your 20 sources for your research paper source packet.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

AGENDA 11/12

Information for tomorrow's field trip: departure/arrival times and procedures

Source packets:
Amass 20 sources on your chosen topic. Of those 20 sources, 5 must follow these special restrictions:

2 published in the last year (2008)
1 from a non-commercial website (.org, .gov, .edu)
1 tangible "print" source (photocopy from a book or a magazine/newspaper clipping. The trick here is that it CAN'T come from the internet)
1 "experience": personal interview, film that you watch, podcast you listen to, etc...the point is that you must EXPERIENCE this one yourself!

It's ok for these "special" sources to overlap a little, meaning that if your non-commercial website source was published in 2008, then it can fill both roles. Please see me or email me for further help narrowing topics or amassing source material. We will be in the computer lab at school on Friday 11/21 and Monday 11/24, and you'll have a "reading" day on Tuesday 11/25 to read through and annotate your source packet.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

AGENDA 11/11


Thank you to our veterans and troops for securing and protecting the freedoms we all too often take for granted.

Friday, November 7, 2008


Invisible Children assembly

Thursday, November 6, 2008


Presentations: Scenes from The Crucible

ANNOUNCEMENT: Field trip to UCLA library next week - if any parents are available to help chaperone, that would be terrific...we'll leave during period 1 (8:22) and arrive back at Samohi at approximately 3:30. You'll need to bring $1 for the bus, and either a sack lunch or $ for lunch (suggested amount - $10). If you can donate a few extra dollars to help defray the costs for classmates of yours who might need it, that would be great.

HW: Study vocabulary. Read Act III to page 102, Abigail's line "No, sir" for Monday. Invisible Children assembly tomorrow--come to class to drop off backpacks, etc. before heading to Barnum Hall as a group.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


Vocab Warmup: The Crucible
Practice & begin presenting scenes

HW: Continue to practice your scene. Study vocabulary. Type up rhetorical terms entry from "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," and submit it to when finished.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008



Grammar practice: reviewing active & passive voice
Sample sentences
Revise paragraph

Rhetorical terms entry from "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" - draft due tomorrow
(typed version due on Thursday)

Begin preparing scenes for tomorrow's performances: determine appropriate tone, gestures, props (if needed), and rehearse lines to avoid stumbling, nervousness, dullness, and giggles tomorrow!
Two-person scene: pp. 49-55, from beginning of Act II to Proctor's line, "I'll whip you if you dare leave this house again!" Proctor and Elizabeth
Three-person scene: pp. 63-67, from Hale's line at the top of 63, "Good evening," to Hale's line at the bottom of 67, "I'll bid you good night." Hale, Proctor, and Elizabeth

Monday, November 3, 2008


Introduce new vocabulary: The Crucible, Acts I and II
Review rhetorical terms entry project: Sample page for anaphora

HW: For Thursday, type up a rhetorical terms entry for any device found in "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," and submit to Don't forget to submit your Grapes of Wrath paper if you haven't already.