Monday, June 15, 2015

Summer School Day 1

1.  Sit anywhere that you will be able to work without disruption.
2.  Roll
3.  Get books in library

Expectations:  (Rules, Class Format, Schedule)
   1)  Be on time (one minute late means 1/2 hour of time missed.  You are allowed 5 hours then dropped)
   2)  Be ready to work WITH supplies (paper, pens, pencils, highlighters)
   3)  Listen and Learn (Try to find at least one thing each day that you can use in life)
   4)  Participate (You have to be here.... might as well have fun)
   5)  NO PHONES!!!!  Unless it's during the designated break.  If they are out at other times, you will be asked to step outside (which will cost you an hour of your time)
   6)  NO SLEEPING or having your head down.  (same  as above)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Final Day 3

If you have a grade right now of 92.5 or higher.... you don't have to take the final.

If you have to take the final here is how it works:

A grade up 3%
B grade up 1%
C stays same
D down 1%
F down 3%

Make sure you bubble in your student number.

Goodbye!  You have been an "interesting" class!

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Book Reports back today.

Objective:  Final Preparation.

1.  Get your folder.  Take it home!

2.  Do something productive.  Don't ask to leave or get food or to see your counselor or to do anything.  The answer is "No."

3.  I need to wrap things up as far as book reports and grades.  So let me work...  I do have a great poetry final that I could make you do.  :)

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

The Last Book Report

Objective:  Look at the last two poems of the unit and be sure that you can identify the things that you need to.

1.  Get handout.
2.  Get book report and book ready to hand in.
3.  When called come up quickly.  If you didn't read.  Please don't waste my time.

Monday, June 01, 2015

We raised $11,000. Thanks!

Objective:  The students will complete their book report.

1.  Today is the last day to complete your book report.  Remember, you need to use the format on the website.

2.  Tomorrow:  Bring book and report.  Remember.  No late papers.  No late books.  No "nice guy" this time giving you more time to finish the book.  If you don't know the oral questions...  I will not read the report, will not give you Active Reading points, etc.

3.  Remember also, if you don't do the book report...  I will give you your donation back and take away the extra credit.

Friday, May 22, 2015

What is your theme for life as a 15/16 year old?

Objective:  The students will dig deep into their souls to create a theme for their life as a sophomore.  :)

1.  Work on "Theme for Honors Lit"  Be sure to include some alliteration, assonance and personification.  Can you add a symbol?  Maybe a cool image?  Maybe some onomatopoeia?  Make it a RAP (Franklin B.).  THIS IS DUE TYPED ON TUESDAY!

2.  Book Report:  It's due a week from Tuesday.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

You Get to Write Your Own Poem today!

Objective:  Students will read a cool poem, then model one of their own after it.

1.  Get handout.
2.  Complete group activity
3.  Write your own "Theme for Honors Lit"

Book report is less than 2 weeks away.Some of you still don't have a book approved...  Some of you don't even have a book.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Poem a Day...

Objective:  The students will analyze a cool John Updike poem.

1.  Get your folders, your lit books and your Night books.
2.  Analyze all parts of Ex-Basketball Player"
3.  Discuss your analysis.
4.  Outside Reading:  You now have 13 days.

ALL EXTRA CREDIT IS NOW OVER...  Except one last one.

Seniors, Staff and Softball Against Cancer Game:  May 29th at 3 pm.

Donate $1 to the American Cancer Society and get 10 Extra Credit Points.
Max Points:  $20 = 200 Extra Credit Points (This can not be used in place of the book report).
Isn't that like buying a grade?  Well Kinda...  but it's for a good cause!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Night is over!

Objective:  Students will pass the test.

1.  Turn in typed and printed Haiku.
2.  Grab both a test answer sheet and the test booklet.  DO NOT WRITE ON THE TEST.
3.  Put your name on the front of the test answer sheet and set up the back like the back board.
4.  Take the test.

We will return Night and our literature anthology on Wednesday to the library.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Sub tomorrow and Friday. If you a bad, then you lose all points for the two days.

Objective:  Look at another poem... and finish night.

1.  Get folder and a poem paper.  The paper needs 2 sides.

2.  Let's do "Summer Remembered" today.

3. Tomorrow and Friday:  Sub.  You will get a packet of 3 assignments to complete with Night over those two days.  So finish Night tonight.

4.  Night Haiku are due on Monday.  Typed.

5.  Don't forget.  I am not going to remind you daily....  Book report due on June 2.   I will not... WILL NOT...  grade late papers.  PERIOD!  AND I will not accept a book report on a book that I don't see you reading...  and have approved.  In other words, no books that you read years ago.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Haiku Quiz 2

1.  Get handout and folder.
2.  Night Chapter 6 Haiku Quiz
3.  Poetry Lesson #1 Extended Metaphors

Reading:  Night Chapter 7

Close Read Both Poems:  What you are looking for:

Format:  Stanzas
               Rhyme Scheme

Elements:  Speaker

Poetic Devices:

Monday, May 11, 2015

Beginning of the Poetry Unit

Objective The students will re-familiarize themselves with poetry terms so that we can begin our in depth discussion of poetry.

1.  Get folders and a handout.  Also your lit books if you want to use them to look up the meaning of the terms in the glossary.

2.  Night Quiz:  Chapter 5

3.  Complete the terms sheet.

4.  Night Chapter 6

Friday, May 08, 2015

Night's Big Image/Symbol: Chapter 4

Objective:  The students will discuss the meaning of the big symbol in Chapter 4 of Night.

1.  Get folders
2.  WP 20
3.  Turn in WP Packet 11-20 for 100 points.
4.  Chapter 4 Quiz (worth 25 points)
5.  Read and Complete Chapter 5 Study Guide

Here is the link if you are at home:

Thursday, May 07, 2015

That was weak!!

Objective:  Fiinsh Night Chapter 4.

1.  Get folders.
2.  Get Chapter 4 Handout.
3.  Turn in Chapter 3 Handout.

4.  Finish reading Chapter 4.  Write the Haiku.  Complete the study guide.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

History Lesson to go with the Lit.

Objective:  The students will learn a little history to go along with Chapter 3 of Night.

1.  Get folders.
2.  WP # 19
3.  Video Quiz
4.  Chapter 3 Study Guide

Homework:  Chapter 4

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Fact or Faction??

Objective:  The students will examine and write about the allusion in Night Chapter 2.

1.  WP #18
2.  Chapters 1-2 Quiz
3.  Night Chapter 2 Study Guide.

Chapter 3 Reading

Monday, May 04, 2015

Night Reading Schedule

Objective:  The students will work with the important parts of chapter 1.

1.  WP#17
2.  Chapter 1 Handout
3.  Discuss Haiku Writing Ass.
4.  Read Chapters according to schedule.

Monday Chapter 2
Tuesday Chapter 3
Wednesday Chapter 4
Thursday Chapter 5
Friday Chapter 6

Friday, May 01, 2015

Looking forward to spending 2 hours with you....

Objective:  The students will read a complex story to try to see its deeper meanings.

1.  Get folders and look at grade for newspaper project.  Get the three handouts.  Don't write on the story packet.
 2.  WP 16
3.  Beginning of Grief Vocabulary.  We will finish and grade today.
4.  Read the story.  Think.  Deep.  It may hurt... but you can do it.

Homework:  read Chapter 1 of Night.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Video Today worth 100 points

1.  Get folder.
2.  Get a piece of paper.
3.  Video:  Elie Weisel and Oprah Interview:  Watch, learn, and write down a minimum of 10 facts that you learned from it.

No homework:  We will begin the novel tomorrow in class as well as finish at home.

You will LOVE this book!  It's incredibly sad, and it will make you feel bad, but it will also make you feel happy about what you have in life.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

District Writing test

Objective:  The students will show that they have learned to be better writers than they were when they came to this class about 8 months ago.

1.  Get the prompt.  Get the rubric.  Use your own paper.  Don't write on the back.

I could write this essay and get an A (a score of 6) by doing the following:

1.  Intro
2.  Discussion of the argument and the extent of agreement
3.  Example from lit.
4.  Examples for experience or observations
5. Close

2.  Night Check out

Friday, April 24, 2015


Objective:  The students will look at three writing prompts in preparation for next week's writing test.

1.  get folders.  get highlighters, and pens and paper.
2.  Get handout.
3.  Read one prompt at a time.  Highlight and label all key parts (title, author, main argument, claims, support, and find at least one good quote to use in your writing.  Then, write an intro paragraph for the "essay".  You will do this for EACH prompt by the end of the period.

So that is three intro paragraphs.

Satires due next time I see you.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

2 hours.... Lucky I am your favorite teacher. HAAAA!

Objective:  The students will complete their own satire.

1.  Do work.
2.  Try to limit cell phone internet activity.  It is really messing with the testing.

Tomorrow:  We will look at some "sample" district tests and see how we would address them if we were given that writing task.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

New 200 point assignment

Objective:  The students will complete the satire unit performance task: The Original Satire

1.  Get folders.
2.  Discuss yesterday's satire test....  Why was it so hard?  I don't get it.
3.  Discuss and work on Original Satire

Outside Book:  We start our last class novel next Monday.  It is pretty short, but you should be reading your last outside book when you have free time (like the next three weeks during the long testing periods).

Monday, April 20, 2015

Remember the testing schedule starts tomorrow.

Objective:  The students will show that they know how to analyze a satire.

1.  Satire Unit Test .  You will need one sheet of paper (maybe more).

All book reports are graded.  The scores are in Aeries.  Some of you didn't put the number of pages for your book, so I need that information!

Date of next book report due:  Tuesday June 2, 2015.  No late papers.  And no chances this time either.  So get them in on time... or better yet, early.  If you read 450/500 pages already, you are done... You have a 90% on the Outside Reading part of your grade (which is 10% of the overall grade)

Friday, April 17, 2015

Satires... What did you find?

Objective:  Students will write about what they have found as their satire and share some of their "findings" with the class.

1.  Writing about your satire:  Complete the following in as many paragraphs as needed to fully explain your satire.
        a)  What is the title of your satire?  Who "made" it.  And what is its medium (song, video, etc.)
        b)  How is it written?  Of the two ways to write a satire, which is it?  Or is it both?
        c)  Who is the intended group being made fun of and what behavior is sought to be changed?

This should have a very clear "argument or thesis" to prove.  It should have multiple claims that are supported by strong details, specifics and examples.

2.  Share.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Satire or not? What do you think?

Objective:  The students will decide if something is a satire and break down an author's argument.

1.  Get your folders.
2.  WP 15
3.  Discuss "Dirty Laundry" questions from yesterday.
4.  Thank You for Smoking opening scene
5.  Op Ed analysis and breakdown of argument
6.  Writing:  After watching the video, tell whether this is an example of a modern day satire.

Homework:  Have an example of a satire ready to write about and discuss tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Satire examples.... and possible results

Objective:  The students will see, listen, and read some examples of modern day satires and some unfortunate effects.

1.  Get folders.
2.  WP # I don't know.
3.  Review why satires are written.
4.  Effects of satire video
5.  Satirical Video
6.  Satire Analysis:  Dirty Laundry

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Satire Example 2

Objective:  The students will analyze two more satires.


1.  Get your folder.
2.  Pull out yesterday's "Learn with Book" satire and analysis (soapstone).
3.  Discuss its elements
4.  Satire Notes
5.  Satire examples 2 and 3

Monday, April 13, 2015

New Mini-Unit

Objective:  The students will read and analyze a short piece called "Learn with Book."

1.  Hand in your completed newspapers.  They are due right now (complete or not).
2.  If you need to make up the Caesar Final, please come and get the test and take it.
3.  All other students, grab the two handouts on the computer desk.
4.  Complete Close Reading of the document and the Soapstone Handout.

This is due tomorrow for discussion and further activity.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Tomorrow is the Caesar Final

Objective:  The students will have one last day in class to complete this assignment.

1.  I am going to stay out of your way today.  You have complete use of anything you need to complete your assignment.

a)  Computers and printer.  Paper is loaded (try not to waste it)
b)  I got some samples of the Letters to the Editor on the back board.

2.  Tomorrow is the Caesar Final.  You are allowed one page of notes.  You will staple your notes to the test answer sheet when done.  The notes can not be a Zerox copy of someone else's notes.  AND you can't have any quotes on the page.

3.  Newspaper is due on Monday

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

JC Newspaper

Objective:  The students will generate a great newspaper.

1.   You know what to do.  Let me know if I can help.

Monday, April 06, 2015

I missed you! :)

Objective:  The students will complete a class project that shows total knowledge of the play, the time, and the people.

1.  Discuss the project.
2.  Get into groups and plan, assign, design, and work.

Here is the week's calendar:
Monday:  Project
Tuesday:  Project
Wednesday:  Project
Thursday:  Project
Friday:  Julius Caesar Final (300 points.  100 questions.  You can use one page of notes.... your choice)

Friday, March 27, 2015

One more!

Objective:  Make it through the day so we can go on vacation.

1.  Leave me alone (just kidding)
2.  Do the Act V Review.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Let's Finish theis Drama.

Objective:  The students will complete reading of Julius Caesar.

1.  Get books and folders.
2.  WP
3.  Notes
4.  Read
5.  Act V Review (due at the end of the period tomorrow).  If you are going to be gone for the rally, finish it today and get it to me tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


Objective:  The students will begin the resolution of the play.

1.  Get your lit books and folders.
2.  Turn in your Poetic Device worksheet.
3.  Act V 1-2 Notes
4.  Read Act V 1-2
5.  Complete Act IV Review and Trans.  It is due tomorrow if not finished today.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Working with poetry (kind of) today.

Objective:  The students will look into Shakespeare's use of poetic devices in his writing.

Get your folder and your books please.
1.  WP #12
2.  Poetic Devices Work
3.  Act III and IV Story Board

Homework:  Have you picked your last outside book?  You owe me 500 pages total.  If you have read 450 pages or more (90% of the pages) you DO NOT HAVE TO DO ANOTHER BOOK.  If you have 449 pages or less... You DO have to complete another book.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Last of the Presentations

Objective:  The students will read all of Act IV.

1.  Get lit books and folders.
2.  WP #11
3.  Presentations:  Second Triumvirate, Calphurnia, Portia and Phillipp
4.  Notes
5.  Read
6.  Act III and IV Story Board

Note:  If you emailed your book report to me... YOU HAVE TO PRINT IT UP, bring it and your book up for oral question at the end of class.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Tomorrow be good!

Objective:  The students will complete Act III Review and show that they have completed their outside book.

1.  Put your book and your report on your desk.
2.  Pick up a review handout.
3.  Complete handout and wait to be called up.

Here's what I will do:
1.  Look at Active Reading (100 points for notes/highlights, character page, end notes)
2.  Ask an oral question.  Get first one right=100.  Second = 70.  Third =50.  Miss all, and I don't grade report, or give points for Active Reading or the question.... 400 points.  And no page credit.

My first question to you will be:  "Did you finish the book?"  And by finish, I don't mean skimmed it.  Finished most of it...  Used SPARKNOTES on it.... etc.

If you lie to me and I catch you, it will not be a good weekend!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Translation 3

Objective:  The students will work to complete Act III translation.

1.  get folders.
2.  Get translation handout.
3.  Work in groups to complete it.

Homework:  Finish Outside Book and report

Monday, March 16, 2015

CAHSEE Tomorrow. Good luck!

Objective:  The students will read Act III:2 and 3.  The play's turning point.

1.  Get folders and lit books.
2.  Notes
3.  Read
4.  Soliloquy Translation #3

Get your yellow CAHSEE slip and find out where you are to go for testing.

BOOK REPORTS are still due on Thursday.  Not Friday.  Not Monday.  Thursday.  Send them by email if you have to.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Ides of March (minus 2)

Objective:  The students will complete reading of Act III: 1

1. Get folders and lit books
2.  WP 10 (turn in packet)
3.  Video of Caesar's Murder and the News Report that aired the next day in Rome.
4.  Notes
5.  Read

Homework:  That book report is getting closer... and closer...and closer....  Thursday.  Get er done!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Tomorrow is Dress Up Day for Points

Objective:  The students will begin Act III, which is the turning point of the play.

1.  Get folders, lit books, and sign up for a role.
2.  WP # _____
3.  Presentations (Rhetoric and Oration, Marc Antony, Helvius Cinna)
4.  Notes
5.  Read

Tomorrow:  Ides of March Dress Day.  See me in the morning (before 1st or 2nd) to get your points and sign sheet.

Next Thursday:  Book Reports and Active Read Book due.  (I will be out the day after.  I will not accept late book reports even if you are sick that day.  You have had 9 weeks, so get it in.  Late papers will not be graded.

AND:  If you are planning on dressing up, but not turn in a book report....  that is not going to happen.  The JC Dress UP does not take the place of the book report.  I will delete dress up points if you don't turn in a book report.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

You work on Story Boards and Book reports... I Grade Research Papers

Objective:  The students will complete the "exposition" and "rising action" part of the play.

1.  Get folders.
2.  Presentations:  Roman Senate and Cicero
3.  Story Board or Book Reports.

 If I see your phone used for non-school stuff, your book report is due tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Roman Clothing? Friday!!!

Objective:  The students will review the two acts that we have read so far.

1.  Get folders.  No books needed today.
2.  Get the handout(s)
3.  Presentations and Notes ( Tragedy and Tragic Hero, Roman Women, Roman Clothing, and Artimidorus)
4.  Complete the Act II Review (if you haven't already)
5.  Complete the Act I and II Story Board.

Book Report:  Due in 9 days.  Remember... I will not accept any late papers.  You can turn them in early, but you can not turn it in late.  Even if you are sick that day, you must turn it in (email, google docs, whatever).

Monday, March 09, 2015

Finish Up Act II... You are doing good!!!!

Objective:  The students will complete all reading of Act II.

1.  Get folders and lit books.
2.  Notes on Act II 2-4
3.  Read Act II 2-4
4.  Act II Review

Book Reports due in 10 days.

Friday, March 06, 2015

A Nice Esay Day

Objective:  Let's get some reading done.

1.  Get your books and folders
2.  Correct Vocab and hand in for points.
3.  Act II 1 Notes
4.  Act II 1 Reading from page 786

Homework:  How about getting some reading done by the pool, it's going to be a beautiful weekend... And you need some sun!

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Easy Day....

Objective:  The students will know important vocabulary for Act II.

1.  Presentations:  Slavery in Rome, Marcus Cato, Roman View of Suicide
2.  Roman Clothing:  Ides of March Dress-Up Day Power Point
3.  Act II Review due.
4.  Act II Vocabulary

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Act II

Objective:  The students will start Act II and read and translate their second soliloquy.

1.  Get your folders and lit books.
2.  Presentations (Astrology, Augury and Year of Confusion)
3.  Notes
4.  Read a bit (3 pages)
5.  Act II Translation Handout
6.  Complete Act I Review Handout and Turn in.

Homework:  15 days until the book report.  If you don't read the book... I will know.  And you will lose 400 points.  SO READ IT!

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Finish Act I

Objective:  The students will complete reading of Act I and complete a review.

1.  WP #8
2.  Notes
3.  Read Act I:3
4.  Act I Review

Homework:  Read, Read, Read.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Counselor Visits Today

Objective:  The students will use this off day to complete some reading of their outside book which is due in17 days.

1.  Go to counselors' office.
2.  Sit respectfully until called into their office.
3.  Come back when you are done.

I would like to see all work from the "done grading" folders returned to your own folders.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Can you translate Caesar?

Objective:  The students will get their first chance at a line by line translation of a Shakespearean soliloquy.

1.  Ge folders and lit books.
2.  WP #7
3.  Presentations:  Caesar, Brutus and Cassius
4.  Notes (Anachronism, Verse, Prose, Soliloquy, Monologue)
5.  Read
6.  Act I Translation

Homework:  Outside Reading is getting so close......

Thursday, February 26, 2015

ACT i : 2

Objective:  The students will read some more of Act I:2

Put phones and head phones away.  I am getting a little frustrated with them out and I hate being a jerk.

1.  Get folders and lit book.
2.  WP #6
3.  Presentations:  Roman Prisoners; Festival of Lupercal; Tiber River; Soothsayer
4.  Notes Act I:2
5.  Read to Caesar's return from the race.

Homework:  Outside Book....  21 days left.  NO LATE PAPERS

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Act 1 Scene 1

Objective:  The students will learn a bit more about the history behind the play and then start reading.

SEATING CHART:  New rules.  No Phones.  No Headphones.  If I see one.  Referral.  I am done playing with you.

1.  Get lit books and folders.
2.  Presentations:  The second grouping.
3.  Act I Scene 1 Notes
4.  Read Act I Scene 1
5.  Outside Book

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Presentations 1-6

Objective:  The students will become familiar with several important aspects of Shakespeare's works and life as well as important info about Caesar.

1.  Get folders.
2.  Pick up a Presentation Note Sheet and a JC Timeline Handout
3.  WP #_____
4.  Presentations 1-6 (Students write important notes onto note sheet.
5.  JC Timeline
6.  Complete JC Intro Notes Handout and turn in for points.

Homework:  Outside Book

Monday, February 23, 2015

Are you reading your book? You have 25 days!!!

Objective:  The students will know important vocabulary to read the first act of the play.

1.  Get folders and pick up vocab sheet.
2.  Discuss Outside Book:  Due March 19.
Active Reading 100 points:  a)    b)    c)
Oral Question 100 points
Book Report :  200 points
3.  Complete Vocabulary Sheets.  Due today.

Tomorrow's 1 Minute 1 Slide Presentations:  Plutarch, Renaissance, The Globe, Elizabethan Actors,  Elizabethan Stage, Elizabethan Audience.

1 Power Point Slide (with title, graphic, bulleted facts, source) and 1 MLA page write up with Works Cited Page.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Those of you who did the paper.... I am pretty proud of you!

Objective:  The students will start their Shakespeare Unit.

1.  Get 1)  Your Final Draft Essay         2)  Your Edited Essay/Edit Sheet        3)  All Sources

I will come by and check that all parts are in.

2.  Get handouts.
3.  Discuss Shakespeare Presentations

Vote:  Voting4schools/mlk
           Login:  student ID Number
           Password:  Birthday with no zeros:    12/24/1965

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Finish STRONG!

Objective:  The students will earn 100 points for editing a peer's paper.  They will find all errors with the paper so that when it is turned in to be graded by Mr. Warren, it is perfect.

1.  Get peer edit sheet.
2.  Exchange papers.  Everyone who has a paper here needs to edit a paper.  If you don't have a paper here, you can't edit... and you can't get 100 points.

Tomorrow:  Turn in 1)  Final Perfect Draft.
                                 2)  Edited Copy (today's draft) with Peer Edit Sheet stapled to it.
                                 3)  All sources used and cited.

We begin our Caesar unit tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

3 weeks on this. It better be good!

Objective:  The students will use their time in class to put their paper together for final editing.

1.  Get out your Part 4 (Close and Works Cited) for 50 points.
2.  Today you will integrate all 4 parts into 1 document.

  • Make sure it is in the right order.  
  • Make sure there are no extra spaces between parts.
  • Make sure there is a header.
3.  Tomorrow you will bring in the complete paper for one last 50 points and final edit.

Friday You Will Turn In:
a)  Final Best Draft
b)  Final Edited Draft (so I can give an editing grade to your partner).
c)  All sources that you cited.  I want to see that you didn't plagiarize or use wikipedia. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Finishing the paper today!

Objective:  The students will be see a simple way to wrap up their research paper as well as an awesome, easy way to create a perfect Woks Cited page.

Put Part 3 on your desk for points and editing.

1.  Get your folders and a handout of Part 4
2.  Discuss what you need to do in part 4
3.  Works Cited info and example of how to use

Part 4 is due tomorrow.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Work. Be Good. Cade. Jade. Armando. Manaweea!!

Objective:  The students will finish Part 3 of the research paper.

1.  Get out your sources.
2.  Get out your device or paper and pens.
3.  Write Part 3. 

Due Tuesday.   points or no points.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Objective:  The students will write the most important part of the research paper.

Note:  Tomorrow, the Superintendent of the district will be in class.  I NEED all of you on task!

1.  It is my goal for you to complete this entire paper in class.  I have given 2 weeks of class time for it (something that I completed myself in about 1 1/2 hours).

2.  So I get a little pissed off when I see kids doing math, playing games and other stuff and NOT working on this assignment.

3.  I want great papers.  I am giving you time to write GREAT papers.  I am going to grade them as if I gave you a lot of time to do GREAT papers.

You get my gist?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

{Write Part 3

Objective:  The students will finish part 2 and begin Part 3.

1A. Get a sample handout of Part 3
1B.  Get out your printed Part 2 for points and editing.
2.  Peer Edit according to the checklist on board.
3.  Look over my awesome example of Part 3
4.  Begin writing Part 3.  You may need to find more resources!

Monday, February 09, 2015

Part 2 Writing

Objective:  The students will use their time very wisely and complete part 2 of the research paper.

1.  Complete Part 2.  If you would like me to look it over, I will.
2.  It is due tomorrow at the beginning of the period, printed out and ready to exchange and edit.

50 points or NO Points.

Friday, February 06, 2015

No Homework This Weekend, other than read some outside book.

Objective:  The students will use this time in class to find more information, read and highlight, or write their Part 2 section of their paper.

1.  Get folders.
2.  Watch and learn how to insert a Header on your document (using Google Docs)
3.  Work.  Use your time wisely!  Don't make me regret the "no homework" this weekend idea.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Part 1 Done.... Now Part 2

Objective:  The students will Peer Edit Part 1 of the Research Paper, then see an awesome example of what part 2 looks like.  Then they will start writing it!

1.  Get folders.  Get the sample of Part 2.
2.  Pair up with someone.  Pick someone who will be honest, truthful, and not shy about telling it as it is.  If it sucks, you want to know now instead of later.
3.  Go over the sample of Part 2
4.  Begin Part 2, using your source material from research.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Get 50 Points or NONE!

 Get your folders.

1.   Today you need to finish your anecdotal intro.  Type it.  Save it.  Print it.  Bring it.  50 points or NADA tomorrow.

2.  Want me to look it over?  Share it with me on Google Docs.

Homework:  Read some of that outside book!

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Write Your Intro

Objective:  The students will see an example of, and then write an anecdotal intro for their research paper.

1.  Get your folders.  Put your outside book on your desk.  Today you get points for having it approved.  Go over 100 points Active Reading requirements.  (highlights, comments, chapter end notes, character page)
2.  Get the sample intro handout:
3.  Read it, then discuss.
4.  Write your own anecdotal intro (in MLA format) for your paper.  This will be due on Thursday for 50 points OR NO POINTS.  Typed, edited, printed, and ready to share via the computer.

Homework:  Start reading your outside book.

Monday, February 02, 2015

Library Day

1.  Get a piece of paper out:  Write This:

Person of the Year:

Part 1:  Intro
Part 2:  Biography
Part 3:  2014 Info
Part 4:  Close and Works Cited

Today you will need to find information on your person for part 2 and 3.  Try to get a magazine or newspaper article.  Use Ebsco Search in the library for this.  Remember you must have a newspaper or magazine (periodical) source for this paper!!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Super Bowl Weekend

Objective:  The students will discuss the requirements of the Person/Hero of the Year Research Paper and begin to find their person to write about.

1.  Get folders.
2.  Get Research Paper Handout.
3.  Go over the requirements of the paper.
4.  Spend the rest of the class using your phones, the computers, or anything else to find someone that you think is worthy of being the subject of your paper.

Hand in the Close Reading of "Legacy of Rescues" for points.

Outside Book needs to be in class on Monday for 100 points (even if I OKed it already!)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Remember Sub Rules Tomorrow: If your name is left or you are asked to go outside... you lose all points for the day! 200 point tomorrow!

Objective:  The students will analyze an argumentative article to find all its claims that build the main argument.

1.  WP #4
2.  Handout:
3.  Use the CLOSE READING of the article to complete the handout.

Tomorrow:  CAHSEE Pre-Test tomorrow.  Pass and you won't have to take the "Boot Camp" class.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Good Afternoon

Objective:  The students will read an informative article about heroes.

1.  WP #3
2.  Discuss Nothing Man
3.  Close Read "Legacy of Rescues" article

Homework:  Outside Book.  Find it.  Bring it.  Let me approve it.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Find a book yet??

Objective:  The students will read an ambiguous poem and try to analyze its main elements.

1.   Get folders
2.  WP #2 (Review of Inverted Triangle Format)
3.  "Nothing Man" activity

Homework:  Outside book approved and in class by Feb 2.  That is one week from today.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Happy Friday!

Objective:  The students will finish their first reading assignment within the Research Paper Unit.

1.  Get folders and sit in any group.
2.  Continue Close Reading of "The Man in the Water"

  1.  Gist statement for each paragraph:  what was the paragraph about?
  2.  Claim statement for each paragraph:  What "truth" or "fact" does the author present that leads to his overall argument?
  3. When you are all done"  Go back to the top of the paper and write the main argument (impleied thesis) that the author presents in the piece.
  4. Group activity:  Get assigned a paragraph to discuss as well as a question on the back to present.
Paragraph 2= 4     Paragraph 3=5    Paragraph 4= 6   paragraph 5= 7   Paragraph 6=8
Paragraph 7= 9            Paragraph 8= 10      Paragraph 9=11  

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Man in the Water: A great example of a modern day hero.

Objective:  The students will analyze an essay about a modern day hero.

1.  Get folders.
2.  Discuss Outside Reading (Book List and Book Report):  Due March 19.  See for requirements if you forget).  Need book in class and approved by next Feb. 2.
3.  Videos
4.  Close Read "The Man in the Water"
5.  Write down some ideas for the questions on the back of the packet to discuss tomorrow.

Homework:  Go over the book list, look for an interesting book, buy it on Amazon.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

What is a HERO? Think about it....

Objective:  The students will begin their unit on the Hero/Person of the year by reading one of the best essays ever written about a person.

1.  Get folders and the essay handout.
2.  Go over/Correct and Turn in Vocabulary.
3.  WP #1 (what is the difference between a news article and an editorial (op ed) piece?)
4.  Read "The Man in the Water" with the CD.

Homework:  Download and print the Honors Book List and the Book Report Format from my webpage. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New Semester! New Start!

Objective:  The students will begin the second semester unit titled The Research Paper:  Person/Hero of the Year by completing our first vocabulary assignment.

1.  Get folders.  Clean out everything except for notes and handouts.
2.  Get both papers for vocabulary assignment.
3.  Complete assignment.  Due first thing tomorrow.

Let's start off well!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Thanks for being awesome with the sub!

Objective:  Review the Final.

1.  Get folders and handout.
2.  How the final Works in this class:
          a)  Tomorrow, I will tell you all your grade when you come in.  That is your grade at this point.
          b)  You will ALL try hard on the final (if you fail on purpose... that will make me look bad.  And you don't want to make me look bad!)
          c)  I will grade the test as soon as you finish.  The test afects your grade in the following way:
                    1)  A= Grade up 3%
                    2)  B= Grade up 1%
                    3)  C= Grade stays as it is
                    4)  D= Grade drops 1%
                    5)  F= Grade drops 3%
3.  So here is a review.  Go over the terms.  If you know them, you will be fine.  I also have a few hints for you all!

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Act 2

Objective:  The students will continue reading the drama Twelve Angry Men through the rising action.  (I need to find a volunteer to "be me" tomorrow and Friday).

1.  Get folders and Book of Plays.
2.  WP 38 or 39
3.  Discuss the beginning of the play:
            1.  What do we call it?
            2.  What three things did you learn in it?
4.  Read Act 2.
5.  Turn in Vocabulary

Homework:  None.
Note:  There will be NO MORE EXTRA CREDIT ACCEPTED!  It's now too late.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Last Chance for Extra Credit

Objective:  The students will read a great, modern play and analyze character, tone and theme.

1.  Get folders and a Book of Plays from the side desk.
2.  Twelve people who would like Extra Credit fill the Juror Table.
3. WP  #37
4.  Go over important vocabulary definitions/denotations.
5.  read Act One page 219

Homework:  None

Monday, January 05, 2015

Welcome Back! Last day of regular instruction.

Objective:  The students will become familiar with important legal vocabulary in order to read and understand our upcoming drama.

1.  Get folders. 
2.  Get the handouts too for today's activity.
3.  Work in groups to define the 25 important words.  You will be familiar with many of them, so it should be easy.  If you are unfamiliar with the term, look it up on your phone.
4.  Complete the vocabulary assignment.

Homework:  NADA!