Honors English 9


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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 Two Kinds, Piano Scene
September 6 The Cask of Amontillado short film September 19 Rules of the Game by Amy Tan
September 7 The Cask of Amontillado September 20 Vocabulary Quiz, Rules of the Game Audio
September 8 The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell September 22 Where Have you Gone Billy Charming by Tim O'Brien
September 11 9/11 discussion and paragraph, Vocabulary September 25 Where Have you Gone Billy Charming, Short Film
September 12 The Most Dangerous Game September 26 The Sniper by Liam O'Flaherty
September 13 The Most Dangerous Game September 27 The Sniper Storyboards
September 14 Short Stories September 28 The Sniper Storyboards Final
September 15 Two Kinds by Amy Tan September 29 The Sniper Reader's Theatre Casting


1. Who is Slim?
2. What kind act does Slim do for Lennie?
3. How does Slim react to Lennie and Goerge's traveling together?
4. Why do you think George told Slim about what happened in Weed?
5. From Carlson's point of view list words that describe Candy's dog.
6. What is Carlson's solution to the problem of the dog?
7. Describe how Carlson shoots Candy's dog.
8. What role does Candy play in helping George and Lennie try to buy land?
9. Why does Curley attack Lennie? What happens to Curley?
1. What does George's conversation with Slim reveal about his past treatment of and present
feelings toward Lennie?
2. Why does George trust Slim?
3. Does George's analysis of Lennie's attack on the girl in Weed seem probable?
4. Analyze Carlson's reasons for and Candy's reasons against shooting Candy's dog. How do
they touch on the central issues of the novel?
5. Why does George decline Whit's invitation to visit the brothel?
6. Relate George's description of the farm to a romantic Eden.
7. Does George's dream seem any more realistic now? Explain.
8. What comparisons does Candy make between his own condition and his dog's? How does
this relate to the idea of responsibility (mercy killing)?
9. What does Lennie's fight with Curley show the ranch hands? What does the description
of this fight suggest about the nature of violence?
10. Foreshadowing?

1. Name four of the possessions that Crooks has in his room.
2. What does Crooks say happens to a guy if he gets too lonely?
3. What does Crooks offer in return for joining George, Lennie, and Candy on the dream
4. What is Crooks’ reaction to the threats of Curley’s wife?
5. What does Curley’s wife say is her husband’s main topic of conversation?
6. At the end of this chapter, what has Candy done to make George angry?
1. What does the description of Crooks’ room reveal about its occupant?
2. Why is Crooks’ name appropriate?
3. Why does Crooks allow Lennie to enter his room?
4. How do Crooks’ words to Lennie about loneliness reinforce this theme of the novel?
5. What is Crooks’ reaction to the dream of the farm?
6. Show how Candy’s comments to Crooks and Lennie relate the dream of the land to
Steinbeck’s theme of economic exploitation.
7. How does the behavior of Curley’s wife seem deliberately designed to provoke the men?
8. What motives does Steinbeck suggest for her behavior?


Homework for Monday. DO NOT INCLUDE WITH CH 3 & 4 QUESTIONS! This is a DIFFERENT ASSIGNMENT entirely.
1. What did Lennie do to the puppy?
2. In what ways does Lennie show that he is confused and nervous?
3. When Curley’s wife asks Lennie why he likes rabbits so much, what is his response?
4. What reason does Curley’s wife give Lennie for wanting to talk to him?
5. Where does Lennie go right after he kills Curley’s wife?
6. Whom does Candy blame for the murder?
7. Why is Candy so angry at what has happened?
1. How is Lennie’s treatment of his dead puppy typical of his character?
2. In what ways is Curley’s wife also a dreamer? Is her dream any more realistic than
George and Lennie’s?
3. How does Curley’s wife feel about him?
4. How does she entice Lennie into touching her?
5. What is the true nature of his attack?
6. How does Lennie react to what he has done? Are you surprised? Why/why not?
7. How does George’s reaction to the murder relate to his belief in the dream?
8. Compare the reactions of Curley and Slim.

October 2017

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
October 2   October 17 Of Mice and Men
October 3   October 18 Of Mice and Men
October 4   October 19 Themes, Symbols and Motifs
October 5 Introduction to Migrant Labor in history October 20  
October 6 John Stienbeck introduction October 23  
October 9 Of Mice and Men by Joihn Stienbeck October 24  
October 10 Of Mice and Men October 25  
October 11 Of Mice and Men October 26  
October 12 Of Mice and Men October 27  
October 13 Of Mice and Men October 30  
October 16 Of Mice and Men October 31  

Of Mice and Men Essay Topics - distributed 10/20/17

1. Dreams: What is the importance of dreams in Of Mice and Men?  What role do they play in people’s lives?  How do people use dreams, and how to various characters’ dreams affect them?
2. Discrimination: Look at the various examples of discrimination in Of Mice and Men.  How does discrimination affect different characters?  How do characters respond to discrimination, and how does it affect their lives, and the outcome of the story?  
3. Friendship.  How does Steinbeck portray friendship in Of Mice and Men?  How does its presence or absence affect different characters, in their actions and in their relationships?  What does it require of people, and what does it offer them in return?
4. Loneliness.  Many of the characters in Of Mice and Men seem lonely.  Why are various characters lonely, and how does it affect them?

5. Power.  Think about different characters in Of Mice and Men, and the power that they have.   What different kinds of power do different characters have? Where does it come from?  What do they do with it? How does it help them, or hurt them?
6. Foreshadowing. Consider the many examples of foreshadowing in Of Mice and Men.  What important actions and plot points are foreshadowed?  How do these important events differ from the events that foreshadow them?  How does foreshadowing help us understand the important turning points in the novella?  

November 2017

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
November 1   November 13  
November 2   November 15  
November 3   November 16  
November 6   November 17  
November 7   November 27  
November 8   November 28  
November 9   November 29  
November 10   November 30  

December 2017

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
December 1   December 11  
December 4   December 12  
December 5   December 13 Finals
December 6   December 14 Finals
December 7   December 15 Finals
December 8    


Thesis Statement Intro Activity