October 13

DUE:

  1. Rough drafts (checked off)
  2. Unit Guides

ACTIVITIES:

  1. Peer feedback
  2. Read Ray Bradbury’s “The Pedestrian”
    1. Discuss
    2. Analyze literary devices
    3. Theme?
  3. Receive Synthesis Activity — Instructions
    1. Characters were doled out indiscriminately — if you were gone, select O’Brien, Bernard, Julia, or Lenina and then answer the questions.

HW:

  1. Final Draft — Make sure you meet the requirements (MLA formatting and 2-3 full pages).  Submit to Turnitin.com before class, and bring a hard copy with the rubric attached.
  2. Type answers to the four questions for the Synthesis Activity.  Remember to type your answers from the perspective of your persona.  This does not need to go on Turnitin.com, so please bring a hard copy.
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October 10

DUE: Rough draft


ACTIVITIES:

  1. Handout: Intros and Conclusions Handout
  2. Sophomore Writing Expectations
  3. Swap drafts with two partners.  You are to provide feedback by next class.
  4. Vocab / Grammar Unit 1 Test
  5. DW: Reflect on the seminar.  What was an idea you held that was challenged during the discussion?  What is your response to that challenge?
  6. Discuss seminar.
    1. Snapshots of American Media

HW:

  1. Unit Guide — all portions should be complete by Friday.
  2. Peer feedback — use this guide to help you give quality feedback.

October 6

DUE: Seminar entry ticket (online)


ACTIVITIES:

  1. Evaluate body paragraphs
  2. Grammar Unit 1: Practice Test (and answers)
  3. Socratic Seminar

HW:

  1. Rough draft — 2-3 pages in MLA format

October 4

DUE: Outline


ACTIVITIES:

  1. Seminar expectations
  2. Watch “The Baby Lab” together
  3. Evaluate topic sentences
  4. Vocab game (time permitting)

HW:

  1. Submit entry ticket to Turnitin.com before class begins.

October 2

DUE: 1984 Modern Connection (online only)


ACTIVITIES:

  1. Warm-up: Practice with subject and verb
  2. Read “No One Died in Tiananmen Square”
  3. Introduce 1984 BNW Socratic Seminar Entry Ticket
  4. Discuss 1984 modern connection in groups
  5. Peer thesis feedback
  6. Hand out outline template
    1. Discuss topic sentences

HW:

  1. Complete the outline using the Outline template
    1. NOTE: The instructions on the printed version are off.  You need at least 3 topic sentences and at least 3 quotes per topic sentence.
  2. Complete your seminar entry ticket and submit to Turnitin.com before class begins on Friday
    1. NOTE: Here is an additional resource about fake news (question 5).

September 28

DUE: Annotation + Thesis


ACTIVITIES:

  1. DW Notebook: What common theme do the endings to the novels share?  How do both endings express this theme?
    1. Discuss possible common themes
  2. Read Huxley’s letter to Orwell
    1. Annotate for understanding (not turned in)
  3. Which work is more relevant?  We will explore this question by analyzing how both novels connect to our world today.
  4. Watch first 11 minutes of Frontline‘s “The Tank Man”
    1. Discuss connections to 1984
    2. How strong is this connection?
  5. Form groups for the 1984 Modern Connection assignment

HW:

  1. 1984 Modern Connection — Use the link for your topic’s provided source to start your research.  Then make sure to find your own second source on the same topic to deepen your understanding of the topic before writing.  If you were absent, select one of the four topics.
    1. North Korea — The scope of this source is quite large, so you may select a couple of the “chapters” you want to focus on for your research.
    2. NSA Spying — If you would like to read or watch the full interview with Edward Snowden, you can find it here.
    3. Chinese Censorship (post-1990)
    4. Cameras in Britain

 

September 26

DUE: 1984 ending annotation


ACTIVITIES:

  1. Vocab PPT (Activity for practicing words from List 1)
  2. DW: Again, assess practice thesis statements.  Here are the ones we used today (with my notes)
  3. Discuss 1984 ending
  4. Discuss theme and how Orwell conveys theme through his ending.
  5. Hand out 1984 Quotes Activity — these are great quotes to analyze for arriving at themes.  These will not be collected.

HW:

  1. Passage Annotation & Thesis
    1. Select a passage for your essay.
    2. Use the link to the right to access the full text for either book.
    3. Copy and paste into a Word document.  Tweak the margins / font / spacing to give yourself room to write.
    4. Annotate.
    5. Write a thesis statement at the top near your name.
  2. Join my class on Vocabulary.com: http://vocab.com/join/6YFQDH
    1. Use this site to practice words from List 1 before our first vocab quiz on October 10th