Essay Topics

1. There are quotes from the novel that are significant and poignant. Explain the relevancy of the following quotes:
 
a. “…Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to ashes…”  (pg 34)
 
b. Explain the author’s meaning when he says after the handing of the youth from Warsaw that "the soup tasted better than ever," (63) yet after the pipel was hanged, "the soup tasted of corpses"(65).
 
c. “I have more faith in Hitler than in anyone else. He alone has kept his promises, all his promises, to the Jewish people” (81).

NOTE: Different publications may have different page numbers. It is the responsibility of the students to locate the quotations.

or

2. Dehumanization is the process by which the Nazis gradually reduced the Jews to little more than "things" which were a nuisance to them. Discuss at least three specific examples of events that occurred which dehumanized Eliezer, his father, or his fellow Jews.

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Chapter 6
1. What happened to anyone who could not keep up with the march?
2. How did Zalman die?
3. What horrible realization did Elie come to concerning Rabbi Eliahou and his son? How did Elie respond to this?
4. What was Juliek’s last act?
5. How did Elie help his father when the selection was made?

Chapter 7
1. How did Elie again help his father when they were on the train?
2. Describe the scene Elie witnessed between the father and son.
3. How many got out of the wagon? Where had they arrived?

Chapter 8
1. Explain how the father/son roles had been reversed in the case of Elie and his father.
2. Why was Elie’s father being beaten?
3. What did Elie think of the advice given to him by the head of the block?
4. Comment on the following: “Right next to us the high chimney of the crematory oven rose up. It no longer made any impressions on us. It scarcely attracted out attention.” What do you think about people no longer able to feel anything about the crematorium?
5. What evidence is there that Elie’s father believes he is going to die?
6. How does the doctor treat the sick prisoners?
7. How did the other prisoners treat Elie’s father?

 

English 9

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Vocabulary


Daily Paragraphs

January 2018

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
January 8 Happy New Year and Welcome Back! Quickwrite #1 January 22 Lord of the Flies Ch. 1 Questions, DP #7
January 9 Text Book Distribution January 23 Lord of the Flies pg. 40
January 10 A Traveler's Advice, Introduction to Explanatory Texts January 24 Lord of the Flies Ch. 2
January 11 Oprah Winfrey DP #3,Bounce Pages HW, A Traveler's Advice Peer Editing January 25 Lord of the Flies
January 12 Schoology Quiz January 26 Lord of the Flies Ch. 3
January 16 Martin Luther King's Speach in acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize January 29 Lord of the Flies, Vocabulary Quiz
January 17 Introduction to William Golding January 30 State of the Union Address
January 18 Introductionn to Lord of the Flies, pg. 7-17 January 31 State of the Union Address Discussion, Ch. 2 & 3 Questions LOTF
January 19 Complete Ch. 1 of Lord of the Flies  
February 2018
Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
February 1 Lord of the Flies Ch. 4 February 15 Chinese New Year Explanation and Discussion
February 2 Lord of the Flies Island Project February 16 Lord of the Flies
February 5 Lord of the Flies Island Project February 20 Lord of the Flies Ch. 9
February 6 Lord of the Flies Island Project February 21 Lord of the Flies
February 7 Lord of the Flies Island Project Presentations February 22 Lord of the Flies
February 8 Lord of the Flies February 23 Lord of the Flies
February 9 Lord of the Flies February 26 Lord of the Flies
February 12 Romeo and Juliet Mini Lesson February 27 Lord of the Flies
February 13 Romeo and Juliet Mini Lesson February 28 Lord of the Flies
February 14 Romeo and Juliet Mini Lesson  
March 2018
Date   Date Assignment / Activity
March 1 Lord of the Flies March 14 Lord of the Flies Body Paragraph Construction and Concrete Detail hunt
March 2 Confusion on Campus March 15 Lord of the Flies
March 5 Lord of the Flies March 16 Literary Criticism
March 6 Safety Discussion March 19 William Golding's Prescription
March 7 Lord of the Flies Survival Activity March 20 Literary Criticism
March 8 Lord of the Flies March 21 Lord of the Flies
March 9 Lord of the Flies March 22 Essay Due!
March 12 Lord of the Flies Essay Introduction March 23 Lord of the Flies Final Exam
March 13 Lord of the Flies Thesis Statement Construction  

Lord of the Flies Essay Choices
1. Describe some of the ways the vision of a human "at once heroic and sick" (Chapter 6) is represented in the novel. Does Golding prescribe a remedy for the "sickness"?
Or
2. The most important themes in literature are sometimes developed in scenes in which a death or deaths take place. Considering the different deaths that occur in Lord of the Flies, write a well organized essay in which you show how three of the novel’s key deaths help to illuminate the meaning of the work as a whole.

Essay Due Thursday, March 22 at the beginning of class

April 2018

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
April 3 Angela's Ashes / Brothers are the Same (Per.2 / Per. 5) April 17 Night
April 4 LMU Upwards Bound Presentation, MLK 50th Anniversary, pg. 255 / pg. 371 April 18 Night
April 5 Angela's Ashes / Brothers are the Same April 19 Night
April 6 Angela's Ashes / Brothers are the Same April 20 Night
April 9 pg. 255 / pg. 371 April 23 Night
April 10 Night by Elie Weisel April 24 Night
April 11 Path to German Genocide Documentary April 25 Night
April 12 Night April 26 Night
April 13 Night April 27 Night
April 16 Night April 30 Night

Night
Ch. 1, Pg.1
Ch. 2, Pg.21
Ch. 3, Pg. 27
Ch. 4, Pg. 45
Ch. 5, Pg. 63
Ch. 6, Pg. 81
Ch. 7, Pg. 93
Ch. 8, Pg. 99
Ch. 9, Pg. 107

Chapter 4
1. What were the objectives of the medical examinations?
2. Why were the Jewish musicians not allowed to play music by Beethoven?
3. Describe one of Idek’s bouts of madness.
4. How did Elie initially avoid losing his gold crown
5. Whom did Elie meet years later on the Paris Metro?
6. What happened when Elie refused to give his crown to Franek? What was the end result?
7. Describe the scene with the soup cauldrons.
8. During one of the preliminary “ceremonies” for a hanging, what did Juliek whisper to Elie? What does this suggest?
9. During one hanging, Elie and the other prisoners cried. What made this hanging different from others?

Chapter 5
1. Why didn’t Elie fast on Yom Kippur?
2. What advice was Elie given to pass the selection process?
3. How did Elie’s father respond when he learned his name had been written down?
4. What did Akiba Drumer ask the others to do for him? Did they do it?
5. Why was Elie placed in the hospital?
6. Why was the camp to be evacuated? What did Elie learn of the fate of those who stayed behind in the hospital?

 

Ch. 6 Vocabulary

1. automatons
2. sustain
3. enveloped
4. transcend
5. plaintive
6. diminish
7. haven
8. disengage
9. melancholy
10. poignant
11. convoy
12. vitality
13. undernourished
14. vulnerable
15. prostrate

 

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

May 2018
Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
May 1   May 16  
May 2   May 17  
May 3   May 18  
May 4   May 21  
May 7   May 22  
May 8   May 23  
May 9 Oprah Winfrey and Elie Weisel at Auschwitz May 24  
May 10   May 25  
May 11   May 29  
May 14   May 30  
May 15   May 31  

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

June 2018

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
June 1   June 6 Finals
June 4   June 7 Finals
June 5 Finals  

August 2017

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
August 21 Music for My Mother August 28 Cornell Notes Introduction
August 22 A Quilt of a Country August 29 Cornell Notes Practice
August 23 Course Contract Review August 30 Nutrition Notes: Cornell Style
August 24 Schoology Introduction August 31 Nutrition Notes: Cornell Style
August 25 The Immigrant Contribution by John F. Kennedy  

September 2017

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
September 5 The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe September 18 The Sniper
September 6 The Cask of Amontillado September 19

The Sniper audiobook

September 7 The Cask of Amontillado September 20 Storyboards
September 8 The Necklace September 22 The Sniper Storyboard Project
September 11 9/11 discussion and paragraph September 25 Two Kinds by Amy Tan
September 12 The Necklace September 26 Two Kinds, Piano Scene
September 13 Vocabulary September 27 Two Kinds
September 14 Short Story discussion September 28 The Most Dangerous Game
September 15 The Sniper by Liam O'Flaherty September 29 The Most Dangerous Game

3. Thesis -A sentence with a subject and an opinion provides the controlling idea for the whole essay. Thesis is often the last sentence of introductory paragraph.


4. Concrete Detail - Textual evidence, either explicit or implicit. Facts that support your opinion as stated in your thesis. Synonyms include quotes, paraphrased ideas, summary, data, charts or examples.

 

October 2017

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
October 2 The Most Dangerous Game October 17 The Old Man and the Sea
October 3 The Most Dangerous Game October 18 The Old Man and the Sea
October 4 Unit 1 Test Prep October 19 The Old Man and the Sea
October 5 Unit 1 Test Review October 20 The Old Man and the Sea
October 6 Unit Test October 23 The Old Man and the Sea
October 9 Ernest Hemingway Introduction October 24 Themes
October 10 The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway October 25 The Everyman and other Symbolism
October 11 The Old Man and the Sea October 26 Santiago as Christ Figure
October 12 The Old Man and the Sea October 27 Close Reading Texts
October 13 The Old Man and the Sea October 30 The Authors Moral Input in The Old Man and the Sea
October 16 The Old Man and the Sea October 31 The Poetry of Edgar Allen Poe

Section 2
1. Why do you think Santiago talks to himself?
2. Why does Santiago wish Manolin was with him?
3. The sun sets and it begins to get cold. What might happen to Santiago during the
night?
4. Santiago says on page 46, “tried not to think but only to endure.” What does this
mean?
5. Santiago begins to pity the fish, and he remembers a sad time when he killed a
female marlin in front of her mate. What does this tell you about him?
6. What vow does Santiago make regarding the fish?
7. Why was the slight injury to the old man’s right hand important?
8. What does Santiago call the fish on page 59?

Section 3
1. On page 61, the old man says the light will make better weather for him than the
fish. What do you think he means by this?
2. Santiago was finally able to see the fish. Describe what he saw.
3. Why do you think Santiago likes to sleep and dream about the lions?
4. Could the line, “Unless the sharks come, God pity him and me,” be
foreshadowing? What would happen if the sharks came?
5. Compare the great arm wrestling match described on page 69 with the match
between Santiago and the fish. How are the two matches similar?
6. How does Santiago know the fish is getting tired?
7. What do you think Santiago means by his comment on page 75, “I’m glad we do
not have to kill the stars”?
8. Why couldn’t Santiago ever really get comfortable in the boat?
9. On page 84, why didn’t Santiago’s pain matter?
10. Summarize Santiago’s plan for harpooning the fish.
11. As Santiago dozes in the boat, he has three dreams. What are they, and what do
you think they mean to Santiago and/or symbolize in this novel?
12. Santiago often expresses pity for the fish and calls it his friend. Why then, does he
want to kill it so badly?

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Section 4
1. On page 91, Santiago pleads, “Last for me, head. Last for me. You never went.”
Is this true as far as you know? Has Santiago been clear-headed throughout the
novel?
2. Notice the contrast in the sentence on page 94, “Then the fish came alive, with his
death in him.” How can someone or something come alive as it is dying?
3. Consider the image on page 99 of Santiago side by side with the fish. What does
this represent?
4. On page 101, the author says, “He was full of resolution but he had little hope.”
What does this mean?
5. Discuss Santiago’s statement on page 103, “A man can be destroyed but not
defeated.” How can this be true?
6. Hemingway describes the shovelnose shark attacking the fish, “He came like a
pig to the trough.” What makes this simile effective?
7. On page 119, Santiago knows finally that he is beaten. Is his reaction one of
despair?
8. What is Manolin’s reaction when he finds Santiago asleep in the morning?
9. How does Manolin comfort Santiago?
10. Most critics feel that Santiago is a hero. Define “hero” and explain whether or not
you think Santiago is one.
11. “Grace under pressure” and “fighting the good fight” are themes found in most of
Hemingway’s novels and stories. Explain how these themes are treated in The Old
Man and the Sea.

Supplemental Questions for 5th Period ONLY:
1. What handicap does Joe DiMaggio, the old man's favorite baseball player and idol of sorts, suffer from?
2. The first time the old man makes a promise to God, how many times does he vow to say both the "Our Father" and "Hail Mary" in order to kill the fish?
3. Who or what does the old man repeatedly wish were with him?
4. How does the old man kill the great marlin?
5. What type of animal do tourists mistake the skeleton of the marlin for?
6. To whom or what does the old man utter the curse "Bad luck to your mother?”
7. How does the novel end?

November 2017

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
November 1 Study Guide Construction November 13 Of Mice and Men
November 2 Student School Experience Survey, Test Preparatrion November 15 Of Mice and Men
November 3 Of Mice and Men November 16 Of Mice and Men
November 6 Of Mice and Men November 17 A-G Requirements Presentation
November 7 Of Mice and Men November 27 Of Mice and Men
November 8 CAASPP Interim Exam November 28 Of Mice and Men
November 9 Of Mice and Men November 29 Of Mice and Men
November 10 Of Mice and Men November 30 Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men Final Essay Due December 8, 2017:
Explain the factors that lead to George killing Lennie. Does George have any other choice? Defend your point of view in a well-written and edited five paragraph essay including at least three concrete details (quotes) from the text.

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 Of Mice and Men Essay Due  

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

 

 

 

Criminal Case This case is brought against Boo Radley for the alleged murder of Bob Ewell. (Unlike in the book, in the present day, we have decided that this case must be tried.)


1. Jury Selection
2. Opening Statemnets
3. Witness Testimony and Cross-Examination
4. Closing Arguements
5. Jury Instructions
6. Jury Deliberation and Verdict

Mock Trial Examples
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtQDOQM4dM8
& https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flInvzmdJck

Criminal Law - Homicide
https://www.justia.com/criminal/docs/calcrim/500/

Criminal Law - Murder with Malice Aforethough
https://www.justia.com/criminal/docs/calcrim/500/520.html

Malice Aforethought. n.
1) the conscious intent to cause death or great bodily harm to another person before a person commits the crime. Such malice is a required element to prove first degree murder.
2) a general evil and depraved state of mind in which the person is unconcerned for the lives of others.

Final Essay Topic Choices

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 June 6 at the beginning of class. Each body paragraph will include at least one quotation from the text.