Friday, September 29, 2017

Let's discuss that strange conversation in Hills Like White Elephants

Objective:  The students will see how Hemingway presents his theme that people don't know how to communicate when there is an important issue that will affect their lives.

1.  Help me teach my sophomores a lesson.  They are cheating and I want to show them it's not a good idea.

2.  Discuss "Hills"

3.  Complete the MC Terms

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Man Man. that Eveline story is so well written, it bummed me out!

Objective:  The students will discuss what they would write about in their essay on Eveline.

1.  Allusion Notes

2.  Discuss Outlines

3.  Hills Like White Elephants TTSTCANDI

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Essay Thesis Writing and Outlining

Objective:  The students will create a solid thesis statement and outline for an essay on Eveline.

1.  Get into groups at desks. 
2.  Read the prompt and how to create a solid thesis.  If you follow this simple formula, your thesis will be two-three sentences.  This is your intro paragrapgh.

3.  Together with group, each one of you will complete an outline for the essay.  What would be your three (or four) body paragraphs.  What would you write in each paragraph.  Use bullets.

Homework:  MC Terms.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Good Morning!

Objective:  The students will know what a theme is and how to identify it in a piece of lit.

1.  Allusion Notes

2.  AP Essays:
          1) Prose: Usually a very short story or a small piece of a novel.
          2)  Poetry:  The entire poem
          3) Open Response:  You can choose the novel you want to write about.

          The open response will always be about the theme, but the poem and the prose may ask you to write about something else.

3.  Chapter 4 Outline:  Theme

4.  Read "Eveline" page 218

Monday, September 25, 2017

Done with Prose Unit 1. Now on to Prose Unit 2

Objective:  The students will know important terms and tones for this unit's readings.

1.  Allusion Notes:  Christ's Wounds

2.  Prose Unit Two:  Complete Tone Terms and Lit Terms.  Do on separate papers for easy grading.

3.  Homework:  Perrine's Chapter 4 intro on theme.  Just read it.  I outlined it for you and we will discuss tomorrow. 

Friday, September 22, 2017

A little Test Practice

Objective:  The students will take a section of a multiple choice AP exam for practice and extra credit.

Turn in Prose Packet in order.
Staple in order:  Put the checklist on top with your proper MLA Heading.
Chapter 1 Outline
Chapter 2 Outline
Chapter 3 Outline (the notes on Characterization)
The Destructors TTSTCANDI
How I Met My Husband TTSTCANDI
Tone Terms
Lit Terms
MC Terms

1.  10 minutes individual work.

2.  25 minutes group work.

3.  Grade and discuss.  Winning group gets 5 extra credit points.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Miss Brill: After reading it a tyhird time... I think I have it! I could write a passing AP essay on it... or is that just an illusion?

Objective:  The students will share their insights on "Miss Brill" and compare them with the teacher's brilliant analysis.

1.  Allusion Notes:  Cronus and Zeus

2.  Presentations:  Let's finish them today so that I can give you all 100 points.  I enjoyed seeing each of your personalities come across in your presentations.  Some of you are so soft spoken!!!!

3.  "Miss Brill" discussion.

4.  Turn in Prose Unit One Packet:  100 points

Staple in order:  Put the checklist on top with your proper MLA Heading.
Chapter 1 Outline
Chapter 2 Outline
Chapter 3 Outline (the notes on Characterization)
The Destructors TTSTCANDI
How I Met My Husband TTSTCANDI
Tone Terms
Lit Terms
MC Terms

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

AP Class: No day is a busy work day... But we can chill a little on some days...

Objective:  The students will know what to look for when asked to look at syntax.

I did your homework for you again! :)

1.  Presentations (Two)

2.  Syntax Notes

3.  "Miss Brill" Notes

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Good Morning!!!

Objective:  The students (and teacher) will analyze "Miss Brill."

1.  Allusion Notes:  Sisyphus

2.  Presentations (two)

3.  TTSTCANDY and Close Reading of "Miss Brill"

Monday, September 18, 2017

San Diego State beat Stanford! What a great game!

Objective:  The students will know how authors create characters.

1.  Allusion Notes
2.  Presentations (two)
3.  Chapter 3 Characterization Notes
4.  Multiple Choice Terms

Friday, September 15, 2017

Heading to San Diego to see the kid this weekend. Miss him!

Objective:  The students will teach the class through a great discussion of "How I Met My Husband."

1. Presentations:  Let's do two.

2. I forgot this yesterday:  Scholarship Info:  How is that Info Sheet coming along??  Did you do it?  Have you asked any teachers to write a letter for you yet?

3.  Discussion

4.  Complete Multiple Choice Terms on Unit Handout.

 Homework:  Relax.  Beat Poly.  Hug your parents.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

I really liked that story!!!!

Objective:  The students will get into groups of 3-5 in order to discuss what they were able to understand in "How I Met My Husband."

1.  Allusion Notes:  Baptism

2.  Presentations:  Let's do two.

3.  Scholarship Info:  How is that Info Sheet coming along??  Did you do it?  Have you asked any teachers to write a letter for you yet?

4.  Group work:  TTSTCANDI for story.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Back to School Night

Objective:  The students will read and analyze a story using TTSTCANDI.

1.  Presentations:  

2.  Get the TTSTCANDI sheet for "How I Met My Husband" and complete by tomorrow for some writing and discussion.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Commercial plot vs Artistic Plot

Objective:  The students will know the elements of plot in Artistic Lit.

1.  Allusion Notes:  Adam and Eve

2.  Presentation (three of them)

3.  Plot Presentations and Outline

Tomorrow we read "How I Met My Husband" if you want to start it early.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Objective:  The students will discuss "The deeper meaning of "The Destructors."

1.  Allusion Notes

2.  "The Destructors" Quiz

3.  TTSTCANI "The Destructors"

4.  Plot Terms (all due tomorrow)

Friday, September 08, 2017

The Patriots lost.... :(

Objective:  The students will complete the story and TTSTCANDI Sheet

1.  Allusion Notes #2

1B:  Two Presentations

2.  College Info and Recommendation Letters

3.  Discuss Part 1 of "The Destructors"  FOCUS ON WHAT YOU UNDERSTAND!!!  NOT WHAT YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND.

4.  Complete story and TTSTCANDI

5.  Rewrites Monday!

College Info:

SAT Dates:  10/7      11/4      12/2
ACT Dates:  9/9        10/28      12/9

UC Applications:  Open NOW.  Filing Period 11/6 to 11/30
CSU Applications:  Open NOW.  Filing Period  10/1 to 11/30
Financial Aid   opens 10/1 (FAFSA)

Recommendation Letters:  Make an info sheet so that you don't just get a form letter!

College Recommendation Letter Information Sheet
Opening statement paragraph:  I have chosen you as someone who has made an impact on my life and who would be able to help me with my college applications and scholarship opportunities.  Would you.....   Sign your name and say Thank You.

Career Goals:
Anticipated College Major:
Three words that describe me:
Academic Specifics:  GPA, rank, AP or Honors classes
School Activites:
Community Service
Honors and Acknowledgements
Statement about you that makes you unique
Close:  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  Cell number and email.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Our first story that we analyze together.

Objective:  Students will know what TTSTCANDI is and how to use it as a tool to analyze lit.

1.  Allusion Notes Number 1:  Jesus Christ and Twelve Disciples

2.  Presentations:  Just Two

3.  TTSTCANDI discussion (handout)

4.  "The Destructors" reading of part 1 (105-110) and TTSTCANDI Chart

Note:  You have until Monday for Personal Statement Rewrite are due...  I had softball last night and didn't get them read.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

How do your Personal Statements look now? Are you presenting a better persona?

Objective:  The students will know what TTSTCANDI is and how to use it as an aid for analyzing literature.

Put completed outline and completed Tone Terms on your desk for check.

1.  Presentations of How to Read...

2.  Chapter 1 Outline

3.  Tone Terms discussion.

Homework:  Bring your Perrine's text tomorrow.  We will be reading a story.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Not impressed with your Personal Statements

Objective:  The students will present the gist and main keys to their assigned chapter from How to Read like a Literature Professor.

1.  Personal Statements:  Get them from the back folder.
     Key Issues:  1)  EDITING and really stupid mistakes.
                          2)  Negative statements.  You have to make negatives a positive.
                          3)  Way too casual:  Contractions... I have changed my mind.
                          4)  In conclusion...  Let me list the things....
                          5)  "You" "Your" 
                          6)  Answer the prompt!!  If it says pick ONE subject, don't write about TWO.  If it says 350 words, 200 is not good.  500 is auto fail.
                          7)  Not taking it seriously.  Coming across as a spoiled little kid.
                          8)  Cliche's:  "molded me into the person I am..."  "I went the extra mile..."  "I found my second gear..."  "love baseball greater than life itself."
                          9)  Too "creative"
                         10)  Don't write about one thing for the entire essay, then say in the last paragraph, "even though I won't continue..."

2.  Presentations from How to read

3.  Perrine's Chapter 1 Outline.             

Friday, September 01, 2017

One Week in... And a THREE DAY WEEKEND. I like that!

Objective:  The students will share a few Personal Statements and begin work on the Prose Unit.

1.  Get your Personal Statement out and put a Post-It over your name.  Turn in.

2.  Let's look at a few.

3.  Summer Work Presentation Handout and Discussion

4.  Prose Unit:  Tone Terms:  Use your own paper to define each of these terms

Presentations start Tuesday.  So you have a little homework.