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January 2017

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
January 11 President Elect Trump's first press conference January 23 On Civil Disobedience Aphorisms
January 12 The Catcher in the Rye January 24 Other Transcendentalists in history
January 13 The Catcher in the Rye January 25 Walden
January 17 The Catcher in the Rye Essay Due January 26 Walden Aphorisms
January 18 Introduction to Transcendentalism, Self-Relaince January 27 Vocabulary Quiz # 10, Walden
January 19 Transcendentalism, Romanticism, Individualism, On Civil Disobedience January 30 Transcendentalism Essay Introduction
January 20 Inauguration Day, Vocabulary Quiz January 31 1984 Introduction

The Catcher in the Rye Essay Topics
How does Holden’s language (his diction, syntax, mannerisms, way of organizing his thoughts,
etc.) reinforce the novel’s themes?
James Bryan notes that Holden “is poised between two worlds, one he cannot return to and one
he fears to enter.” In what ways does Holden embody the limbo between childhood and
In what ways is The Catcher in the Rye a novel of social protest? What aspects of society does
Salinger critique? What alternatives does he offer?

February 2017
Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
February 1 1984 February 15 Drill 4-5
February 2 1984 February 16 1984 Ch.7
February 3 DBQ Essay Introduction February 17 1984 Ch.8
February 6 DBQ Essay February 21 1984 Ch. 5, Book 2
February 7 DBQ Essay February 22 Drills 6-7
February 8 DBQ Essay Peer Editing Workshop February 23 Drills 8-9, Dig Here Tutor
February 9 Shmoop Introduction and Log-in February 24 Drill 10, 1984 pg. 185
February 10 Shmoop Diagnostic February 27 Shmoop Diagnostic Test #2
February 13 Shmoop Diagnostic February 28 1984
February 14 1984, Drill 1 - 3  
March 2017
Date   Date Assignment / Activity
March 1 1984 March 16 1984 Essay Assigned, discussed
March 2 1984 March 17 John Stienbeck Introduction
March 3 1984 March 21 East of Eden Introduction
March 6 1984 March 22 East of Eden
March 7 1984 March 23 East of Eden Ch. 1-4
March 8 1984 March 24 1984 Essay Due!
March 9 CAASP Interim Testing March 27 Smarter Balanced Testing
March 10 1984 March 28 Smarter Balanced Testing
March 13 UC Berkeley Presentation, Daily Paragraphs #7 and #8 March 29 East of Eden Ch. 5-7
March 14 1984 March 30 East of Eden Ch. 8-9
March 15 1984  

1984 Essay Topics
In what ways are current governments similar to the government Orwell imagined in 1984. This topic should not be an excuse to bash government but to thoughtfully consider what aspects of it are most reminiscent of the totalitarian Party in the novel.
Some of the surveillance technologies that appear in 1984 are now realities that we take for granted, such as closed circuit television cameras and GPS devices. Discuss the use of technology to control public and private behavior in 1984 and in the present. What limits do you think should be placed on the use of technology to avoid the kind of totalitarian excesses represented in 1984?
One of the most frightening aspects of 1984 is "Newspeak," the systematic deterioration of language as a medium of truth, e.g. "War is Peace," "Freedom is Slavery." Why do the people in the novel accept these so-called truths? How are they used as tools to manipulate opinion and reinforce the total dominance of the state? Can you find examples in our own day of the corruption of language as a dependable reflection of reality?

April 2017
Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
April 3 East of Eden Vocabulary, AP Essay Prompt April 20 (12) AP Essay #3 Pressure Write
April 4 AP Exam Essay Test in class April 21 (11) AP Essay Workshop, East of Eden Ch.28
April 5 East of Eden Ch. 10-11 April 24 (10) AP Essay #2 Pressure Write
April 6 East of Eden Part 1 Test April 25 (9)AP Essay Workshop, Complete Part III East of Eden
April 7 East of Eden Part 1 Test April 26 (8) Test Preparation: Synthesizing your ideas
April 17 (15) East of Eden Part 2 Test (students read Part 2 over break) April 27 (7) Test Preparation: Arguement
April 18 (14) 12th Grade Course Presentation - Mr. Rivas April 28 (6) Test Preparation: DBQ / AP US History overlap
April 19 (13) East of Eden April 29 - SATURDAY AP BOOTCAMP 9A-1P
May 2017
Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
May 1 (5)Test Preparation: Rhetorical Devices May 17 East of Eden Ch. 38-39
May 2 (4) Test Preparation: Literary Devices May 18 East of Eden Ch.40-44
May 3 (3) AP BOOTCAMP 3:05 - 5:20 May 19 East of Eden Ch. 45-48
May 4 (2) Test Preparation: Time Management May 22 East of Eden Ch. 49-51
May 8 (1) Test Preparation: Rhetorical Devices May 23 East of Eden Ch. 52-53
May 10 AP English Language Exam! May 24 Finish East of Eden
May 11 Catching Your Breath May 25 East of Eden Part 4 Quiz
May 12 Catching Your Breath May 26 East of Eden Final
May 15 East of Eden Ch. 33-35 May 30 Informational Texts
May 16 East of Eden Ch. 36-37 May 31 Close Reading Workshop

East of Eden Essay Prompt:
In East of Eden, compare and contrast the relationships between Charles and Adam and Adam’s sons, Cal and Aron. How does the relationship between each pair of brothers reflect or diverge from the Cain and Abel parable? What do the conflicts experienced by the pairs of brothers reveal about sibling rivalry in East of Eden?

June 2017

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
June 1 What to expect in AP Literature (12th Grade) June 7 Finals: Periods 1 & 2
June 2 Summer Reading June 8 Finals: Periods 3 & 4
June 5 Final Exam Preparation June 9 Finals: Periods 5 &
June 6 Final Exam Preparation  

To Kill a Mockingbird Final Essay


August 2016

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
August 17 Creation Myth Introduction August 25 Coyote Stories
August 18 The World on the Turtle's Back August 26 The Way to Rainy Mountain by N. Scott Momaday
August 19 AP Multiple Choice Diagnostic August 29 The Way to Rainy Mountain
August 22 AP Multiple Choice Diagnostic Reflection and Scoring August 30 AP Essay Introduction and Preparation
August 23 The World on the Turtle's Back August 31 AP Practice Essay
August 24 Coyote Stories  

September 2016

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
September 1 AP Essay Pier Editing Workshop and Discussion September 19 from Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards
September 6 Of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford September 20 Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
September 7 Of Plymouth Plantation September 21 Introduction to The Crucible
September 8 The Pilgrims and The Puritains September 22 Vocabulary Quiz #3
September 9 The Age of Faith Introduction September 23 The Crucible
September 12 Vocabulary Quiz #1 September 26 The Crucible
September 13 The Interesting Narrative of the life of Olaudah Equiano September 27 The Crucible
September 14 Art as Text in The Interesting Narrative of the life of Olaudah Equiano September 28 The Crucible
September 15 The Beginings of a Country September 29 Vocabulary Quiz #4
September 16 Vocabulary Quiz #2 September 30 The Crucible

October 2016

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
October 4 Why I Wrote The Crucible by Arthur Miller October 19 The Crucible Essay Due / PSAT
October 5 The Crucible (1996) October 20 Third Presedential Debate Notes Due / Earthquake Drill
October 6 The Crucible (1996) October 21 Patrick Henry, Abigail Adams, John Adams Episode 2 (12min-17min)
October 7 The Crucible Exam October 24 What is an American?
October 10 The Founding Fathers Introduction October 25 What is an American? by Hector St. Jean de Crevecoeur
October 11 The Founding Fathers October 26 American Pop Culture and Stereotypes around the world
October 13 Benjamin Franklin Introduction and bio October 27 2012 Question 3 Essay
October 14 Vocabulary Quiz 5, Benjamin Franklin October 28 Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven and Annabelle Lee
October 17 The Declaration of Independence October 31 Pressure Write Preparation, Essay Prompt Annotations
October 18 The Declaration of Independence Grievances  

The Crucible Essay Due October 19: Miller was said to have written the play as an allegory of current day McCarthyism, which was at its height at the time Miller wrote the play. Is this true? What was McCarthyism and what did it have to do with the context in which Miller wrote the play.

Homework for October 20: Take notes of 3rd Presidential Debate


November 2016

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
November 1 2012 Question 3 Essay Rubric and Anchor Paper Annotations and Scoring November 14 Introduction to Propaganda
November 2 Peer Editing Workshop November 15 Propaganda Rhetorical Analysis
November 3 Rhetoric Introduction November 16 Patrik Henry Rhetorical Analysis
November 4 Rhetorical Triangle November 17 Daily Paragraph 1-20 Due
November 7 Rhetoric November 18 Animal Farm by George Orwell Introduction and distribution
November 8 Election Day, Electoral College Discussion November 28 Animal Farm Test
November 9 Rhetoric November 29 Animal Farm Discussion
November 10 Rhetoric November 30 Animal Farm Essay Prompts

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

December 2016

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
December 1 Animal Farm December 9 Introduction to The Catcher in the Rye
December 2 Rhetoric in Political Cartoons December 12 Introduction to J.D. Salinger
December 5 Animal Farm Essay Due! December 13 Introduction to J.D. Salinger
December 6 Practice Exam Essay - Question 2 from 2015 (Cesar Chavez) December 14 Final Exams
December 7 Practice Exam Essay completion December 15 Final Exams
December 8 Practice Exam Essay Peer Editing Workshop December 16 Final Exams