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Vocabulary

August 2018

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
August 20 Bookroom August 27 The Bill of Rights Group Project
August 21 A - G Presentation August 28  
August 22 Totally Free? August 29  
August 23 What is an American? August 30 Declaration of Independence
August 24 The Bill of Rights August 31 Declaration of Independence

September 2018

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
September 4 Declaration of Independence Group Project September 18 Ben Franklin Address in Brussels
September 5   September 20 Ben Franklin Address in Brussels
September 6   September 21 Poor Richard's Aphorisms S,M,M
September 7 LAS Link Assessments September 24  
September 11 September 11 Discussion and Daily Paragraph Introduction September 25  
September 12 LAS Link Assessments September 26  
September 13 Ben Franklin Letter to a Younger Friend September 27  
September 14 Ben Franklin Letter to a Younger Friend September 28  
September 17 Ben Franklin Biography Annotations  

Emmanciption Proclimation

Images as Text

October 2018

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
October 1   October 17 Vocabulary #3, Emancipation Proclimation
October 2 Daily Paragraph, Vocabulary #1 October 18  
October 3   October 19  
October 4   October 22  
October 5   October 23  
October 8   October 24  
October 9   October 25  
October 10 PSAT October 26  
October 11   October 29  
October 12   October 30  
October 15   October 31  
October 16 Emancipation Proclimation by Abraham Lincoln  

November 2018

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Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
November 1   November 14  
November 2   November 15  
November 3   November 16  
November 5   November 26  
November 6   November 27  
November 7   November 28  
November 8   November 29  
November 9   November 30  
November 13    

December 2018

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
December 3   December 10  
December 4   December 11  
December 5   December 12 Finals
December 6   December 13 Finals
December 7   December 14 Finals

LAST DAY TO TURN IN LATE WORK FOR FIRST SEMESTER: December 4th, 2018


 

January 2019

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January 8   January 22  
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February 2019
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March 2019
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April 2019

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April 2   April 16  
April 3   April 17  
April 4   April 18  
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May 2019
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June 2019
Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
June 3   June 6 Finals
June 4   June 7 Finals
June 5   June 10...

 


 

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

Some generational changes are positive, some are negative, and many are both. More comfortable in their bedrooms than in a car or at a party, today’s teens are physically safer than teens have ever been. They’re markedly less likely to get into a car accident and, having less of a taste for alcohol than their predecessors, are less susceptible to drinking’s attendant ills.

Psychologically, however, they are more vulnerable than Millennials were: Rates of teen depression and suicide have skyrocketed since 2011. It’s not an exaggeration to describe iGen as being on the brink of the worst mental-health crisis in decades. Much of this deterioration can be traced to their phones.

All screen activities are linked to less happiness, and all nonscreen activities are linked to more happiness.

The more time teens spend looking at screens, the more likely they are to report symptoms of depression.

Teens who spend more time on social media also spend more time with their friends in person, on average—highly social teens are more social in both venues, and less social teens are less so. But at the generational level, when teens spend more time on smartphones and less time on in-person social interactions, loneliness is more common. So is depression.

Teens who spend three hours a day or more on electronic devices are 35 percent more likely to have a risk factor for suicide, such as making a suicide plan.

Even Steve Jobs limited his kids’ use of the devices he brought into the world.

 

November 2017

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
November 1 Introduction to the Puritans, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God November 13 The Crucible
November 2 Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, Parent/Teacher Conferences November 15 The Crucible
November 3 The Examination of Sarah Good, 1692 November 16 The Crucible
November 6 Introduction to Arthur Miller, The Crucible Reasons, Marriage Bio, November 17 The Crucible
November 7 The Crucible by Arthur Miller November 27 The Crucible
November 8 CAASPP Interim Exam November 28 The Crucible
November 9 The Crucible November 29 The Crucible
November 10 The Crucible November 30 The Crucible

December 2017

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
December 1 Essay preparation December 11  
December 4 First Draft due December 12  
December 5 Peer editing workshop December 13 Finals
December 6 LAST DAY TO TURN IN LATE WORK FOR FIRST SEMESTER December 14 Finals
December 7 Final Revisions December 15 Finals
December 8 The Crucible Essay Due  

The Crucible Essay - Due December 11, 2017

1. Reverend Hale is a dynamic character, in that he evolves during the play. To what does he evolve, and why? What pressures directly influence his “research” of the citizens of Salem, and what does he learn from them that facilitates his change?

2. What does the title mean? Is it the best title for this play? What parts of the play support the literal and figurative definitions of “crucible”?

3. Who is ultimately more central to this story: John Proctor or Abigail Williams? What did John mean by his anguished cries of “Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!” Is John a “real” Puritan? Is Abigail?

- Use specific examples from the text. Support your claims.
- Write in 3rd person. No “I” or “you,” etc.
- Pay attention to sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, etc.
- Type written and printed as hard copy
- 5 Paragraphs - Intro (with thesis statement), Support 1, Support 2, Support 3, Conclusion
- Go to http://mistermccluskey.net/essay for writing assistance

 

LAST DAY TO TURN IN LATE WORK FOR FIRST SEMESTER: December 6th, 2017

 

 

 

 

January 2018

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
January 8 Happy New Year and Welcome Back! Quickwrite #1 January 22 Literary Devices and Uses
January 9 Text Book Distribution January 23 Extended Metaphor, Allegory
January 10 Introduction to Explanatory Texts, Planning Your Trip to Gold Country, DP #2 January 24 Zora Neale Hurston
January 11 Oprah Winfrey DP #3, Planning Your Trip to Gold Country, Bounce Pages HW January 25 Zora Neale Hurston
January 12 Schoology Quiz January 26 Zora Neale Hurston
January 16 Martin Luther King's Speach in acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize January 29 Interview with Barack Obama
January 17 Mark Twain Introduction, From Life on the Mississippi January 30 State of the Union Address
January 18 The Notorious (Celebrated) Jumping Frog of Calveras County by Mark Twain January 31 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
January 19 Samuel Clemmons' impact on American Literature

February 2018

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
February 1 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 1 February 15 Chinese New Year Explanation and Discussion
February 2 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 2 & 3 February 16 To Kill a Mockingbird
February 5 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 4 February 20 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch.12-13
February 6 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 5 & 6 February 21 CAASSP Testing - NO READING ASSIGNED
February 7 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 7 February 22 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 14-15
February 8 To Kill a Mockingbird February 23 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 16-17
February 9 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 8 February 26 Naviance Presentation by Dr. Cook, To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 18-19
February 12 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 9 February 27 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 20-21
February 13 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 10 February 28 To Kill a Mockingbird Trial Re- Reading - Mayella and Tom's Testimionies
February 14 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 11  

March 2018

Date   Date Assignment / Activity
March 1 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 22-23 March 14 To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
March 2 Confusion on Campus March 15 To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
March 5 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 24-25 March 16 Essay Workshop - Thesis
March 6 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 26-27 March 19 Essay Workshop - Outline
March 7 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 28-29 March 20 Essay Workshop - Concrete Details
March 8 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 30 March 21 Essay Workshop - First Draft
March 9 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 31 March 22 Essay Workshop - First Draft Due!
March 12 To Kill a Mockingbird Discussion March 23 Essay Workshop - Peer Editing
March 13 To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)  

 

To Kill a Mockingbird Essay Choices

1. 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
2. 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
3. What is the significance of the the title of the novel? In what ways do we see the killing of mockingbirds?

April 2018

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
April 3 Essay Due! April 17 The Great Gatsby
April 4 50th Anniversary of MLK Assassination, Winter Dreams by F. Scott Fitzgerald April 18 The Great Depression
April 5 Winter Dreams by F. Scott Fitzgerald April 19 The Great Gatsby
April 6 Winter Dreams April 20 The Great Gatsby
April 9 Emotional Tools Interview April 23 Prohibition
April 10 The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald April 24 The Great Gatsby Vocabulary
April 11 The Great Gatsby April 25 Jay Gatsby according to Jay Gatsby Assignment
April 12 The Great Gatsby April 26 The Great Gatsby
April 13 The Great Gatsby April 27 The Great Gatsby
April 16 The Great Gatsby April 30 The Great Gatsby

Last Day to turn in work for 15 Week Report Card:
Wednesday, April 25th, 2018


The Great Gatsby Essay Topic: The Great Gatsby has been called the quintessential American novel. Discuss the novel’s theme that the American Dream is corrupted by the desire for wealth. How does Fitzgerald illustrate that outward appearances can be deceptive? What is the proof that James Gatz has the wrong dream? What do Jay Gatsby’s decisions say about the American identity and the American Dream?

Essay Due May 29, 2018 - 2 point deduction for each day late. Submissions are to be place on the Submission Table at the begining of the class period. No submissions will be accepted after the begining of class the day of the Final Exam.

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
May 1 The Great Gatsby May 16 The Great Gatsby
May 2 The Great Gatsby May 17 The Great Gatsby
May 3 The Great Gatsby May 18 Essay Thesis Statement Workshop
May 4 The Great Gatsby May 21 Essay Outline Workshop
May 7 The Great Gatsby May 22 Essay Body Paragraphs Workshop
May 8 The Great Gatsby Ch. 8, part 2 May 23 First Draft of Essay Due!
May 9 The Great Gatsby Ch. 8, part 2 May 24 Peer Editing Workshop
May 10 The Great Gatsby May 25 Essay Workshop
May 11 The Great Gatsby May 29 Final Essay Due!
May 14 The Great Gatsby May 30 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald
May 15 The Great Gatsby May 31 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Essay Workshop

Last Day to turn in late work for the year:
Thursday, May 24th, 2018

June 2018

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
June 1 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button June 6 Finals
June 4 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button June 7 Finals
June 5 Finals