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January 2017

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
January 11 President Obama's Farewell Speech January 23 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 9
January 12 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 1-2 January 24 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 10-11
January 13 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 3-4 January 25 To Kill a Mockingbird
January 17 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 5 January 26 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 12-13
January 18 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 6-7 January 27 To Kill a Mockingbird
January 19 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 8 January 30 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 14-15
January 20 Inauguration Day January 31 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 16-17
February 2017
Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
February 1 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 19-20 February 15 To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
February 2 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 21-22 February 16 To Kill a Mockingbird Final Exam
February 3 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 23-24 February 17 To Kill a Mockingbird Discussion
February 6 To Kill a Mockingbird February 21 Introduction to Individualism, The Devil and Tom Walker by Washington Irving
February 7 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 25-26 February 22 Introduction to Transcendentalism
February 8 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 27-28 February 23 To Kill a Mockingbird Essay Due! Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson
February 9 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 29 February 24 Introduction to Individualism
February 10 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 30-31 February 27 Introduction to Transcendentalism
February 13 To Kill a Mockingbird Essay Topic Introduction February 28 Self-Reliance
February 14 To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)  

The Radley place undergoes a change in the course of the novel. At the beginning, we are told, “Inside the house lived a malevolent phantom” (Chapter 1). By the end, Scout fearlessly walks Boo up to his front porch. What change has taken place in Scout that allows her to walk with Boo?
OR
At the novel’s end, Scout says of Boo Radley, “…neighbors give in return. We never put back into the tree what we took out of it: we had given him nothing, and it made me sad” (Chapter 31). Is Scout right, that they gave nothing in return? Does this comment come from the adult-Scout narrator or the child-Scout narrator?
OR
What is the significance of the the title of the novel? In what ways do we see the killing of mockingbirds?

Your five-paragraph essay will be due February 23 at the beginning of class. Each body paragraph will include at least one quotation from the text.

March 2017

Date   Date Assignment / Activity
March 1 Self-Reliance Vocabulary March 16 Say, Mean Matter on Self-Reliance (first essay read)
March 2 Self-Reliance March 17 Cultural Study
March 3 On Civil Disobedience March 21 Mahatma Ghandi and Nelson Mandela
March 6 On Civil Disobedience Vocabulary March 22 Hope and Glory by Nelson Mandela
March 7 On Civil Disobedience March 23 Nelson Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom
March 8 Say, Mean Matter on On Civil Disobedience March 24 Nelson Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom
March 9 CAASP Interim Testing March 27 Nelson Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom
March 10 Say, Mean Matter on On Civil Disobedience discussion, Walden introduction March 28 Thesis Statement Workshop
March 13 Walden March 29 Body Paragraph Workshop
March 14 Say, Mean Matter on Walden March 30 Peer Editing Workshop
March 15 Say, Mean Matter on Walden completion and discussion  


Write an essay that defends, challenges, or qualifies Transcendentalism principles as we have seen in the aphorisms of Emerson and Thoreau.

Your five-paragraph essay will be due April 3 at the beginning of class. Each body paragraph will include at least two quotations from the Emerson and Thoreau texts.


April 2017

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
April 3 Essay Stage Reflection April 20 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald
April 4 First Submission Due! April 21 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
April 5 Transcendentalism Wrap-Up April 24 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
April 6 Peer Editing Workshop April 25 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by David Fincher (2008)
April 7 Social Revisions of First Submission April 26 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
April 17 Final Project Due! Begin Winter Dreams by F. Scott Fitzgerald April 27 Introduction to The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
April 18 12th Grade Course Presentation - Mr. Rivas April 28  
April 19 Winter Dreams  

To Kill a Mockingbird Final Essay

- Due at the beginning of your Final (6/8 for 1st, 6/9 for 3rd and 4th)

- Write a five paragraph essay responding to the prompt below. Essays will be type written. No late work will be accepted and students will not be given time to print their work during class.

Trace Boo Radley's development from monster to savior. How does Scout's understanding of Boo develop? What lessons does Boo teach Scout?


May 2017

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
May 1 The Great Gatsby Ch. 2 May 17 (14) The Great Gatsby Ch. 9
May 2 The Great Gatsby Vocabulary May 18 (13)
May 3 The Great Gatsby Ch. 3 May 19 (12)
May 8 The Great Gatsby Ch. 4 May 22 (11)
May 9 The Great Gatsby Ch. 5 May 23 (10)
May 10 The Great Gatsby Ch. 6 May 24 (9)
May 11 The Great Gatsby Ch. 7 May 25 (8)
May 12 The Great Gatsby Vocabulary Test May 26 (7)
May 15 The Great Gatsby Ch. 8 May 30 (6)
May 16 (15) The Great Gatsby May 31 (5)

June 2017

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
June 1 (4) June 7 Finals
June 2 (3) June 8 Finals
June 5 (2) June 9 Finals
June 6 (1)  

The Great Gatsby Final Essay

- Due at the beginning of class on June 6, 2017

A primary theme in The Great Gatsby is the pursuit of the ‘American Dream.’ Do you agree? What is the ‘American Dream?’ In a well-written, 5 paragraph essay discuss how or whether Fitzgerald is successful in exposing the underside of the ‘American Dream’ in his novel.

(Hint: what was Gatsby's dream? Did he attain it? What was wrong with his dream?)

- Write a five paragraph essay responding to the prompt below. Essays will be type written. No late work will be accepted and students will not be given time to print their work during class.


http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/lessons/american-dream/students/thedream.html

http://www.businessinsider.com/china-is-on-the-cusp-of-its-own-american-dream-2017-5

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/25/opinion/sunday/the-assault-on-colleges-and-the-american-dream.html?_r=0

http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2009/04/american-dream200904

http://freakonomics.com/podcast/american-dream-really-dead/

https://www.ted.com/talks/courtney_martin_the_new_american_dream

https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/1194840031120/defining-the-american-dream.html



August 2016

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
August 17 American Literature Introduction August 25 Coyote Stories
August 18 Creation Myth Introduction August 26 Coyote Stories
August 19 The World on the Turtle's Back August 29 The Way to Rainy Mountain by N. Scott Momaday
August 22 Course Contract Introduced and Discussed August 30 The Way to Rainy Mountain
August 23 The World on the Turtle's Back August 31 Cornell Notes Introduction
August 24 Course Contract Due!  

September 2016

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
September 1 Cornell Notes September 19 My Sojourn... by Maya Angelou
September 6 Cornell Notes Due! September 20 My Sojourn in the Land of My Ancestors
September 7 La Realacion by Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca September 21 My Sojourn in the Land of My Ancestors
September 8 La Realacion September 22 Study Guide Wrokshop
September 9 Of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford September 23 Unit 1 Test
September 12 Of Plymouth Plantation September 26 The Crucible Introduction
September 13 Of Plymouth Plantation September 27 Arthur Miller Bio and discussion
September 14 The Interesting Narrative of the life of Olaudah Equiano September 28 The Crucible
September 15 The Interesting Narrative of the life of Olaudah Equiano September 29 The Crucible
September 16 The Interesting Narrative of the life of Olaudah Equiano September 30 The Crucible

October 2016

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
October 4 The Crucible Character List October 19 PSAT
October 5 The Crucible October 20 Earthquake Drill
October 6 The Crucible October 21 The Crucible
October 7 The Crucible October 24 The Crucible
October 10 The Crucible October 25 The Crucible
October 11 The Crucible October 26 The Crucible
October 13 The Crucible October 27 The Crucible
October 14 The Crucible October 28 The Crucible
October 17 The Crucible October 31 Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven
October 18 The Crucible  

November 2016

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
November 1 The Crucible Study Guide Construction November 14 First Draft Due / 2nd Draft for 6th Period
November 2 Why I Wrote the Crucible by Arthur Miller (New Yorker), Essay Topic November 15 Founding Fathers
November 3 The Crucible Final Exam prep November 16 Founding Fathers
November 4 The Crucible Final Exam November 17 Founding Fathers
November 7 Essay Writing Workshop - Thesis and finding Evidence November 18 The Crucible Essay Due!
November 8 Organizing Outline and Thesis Statement November 28 Ben Franklin Biography
November 9 Revising vs. Editing November 29 Ben Franklin Biography
November 10 Peer Editing Workshop November 30 The Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson

The Crucible Essay Topic: Discuss the changes that Reverend Hale undergoes in the course of the play. What is his function in the drama? Use evidence from the play to describe in a five paragraph essay how Reverend Hale changes from witch-hunter to potential savior of the accused.

 

Semester Late Work Deadline: Wednesday, December 7 at the begining of class

December 2016

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
December 1 The Declaration of Independence December 9 Malcolm X Interview
December 2 The Declaration of Independence 27 Grievances Due December 12 Exam Preparation, Study Guide Creation
December 5 Ben Franklin Biography and Letter to a Friend Annotations Due December 13 Final Exam Q & A
December 6 What is an American? by Hector St. Jean de Crevecoeur December 14 Final Exams
December 7 What is an American? December 15 Final Exams
December 8 Martin Luther King December 16 Final Exams