May 21

DUE: Literary Criticism (round 1 — online only)


ACTIVITIES:

  1. Assign readers for Literary Criticism papers (you each have two to read and two to choose on your own)
  2. II.16-18 Quiz
  3. Review answers to the Young Jerry passage analysis multiple choice
  4. Annotate II.16 – Flies in the Wine Passage
    1. Class competition for the best annotation
  5. Begin production of our Wine Shop Scene: we will annotate (see directions) as we go.  More next class!

HW:

  1. Read II.19-21
  2. Read and respond to four peers on Nicenet.org.  See instructions posted on Nicenet.
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May 17

DUE: None.


ACTIVITIES:

  1. Due to AP testing, we used today as a work period on the essays.  I did go over the following, however:
    1. Revisit Introductions: These Sample Intros from the Macbeth paper need revised hooks (more engaging and more connected to thesis ideas).  Also, a couple of these misuse the term “theme,” which leads to shallow depth of ideas.
    2. Abstract Samples

HW:

  1. Read II.16-18
  2. Post your literary criticism to the appropriate folder on Turnitin.com and Nicenet.org before class starts on Monday.  No hard copy necessary.

May 15

DUE: Mob Tone Analysis (save for packet)


ACTIVITIES:

  1. Announcement: After school essay help is available today (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday).  Also, tomorrow before school from 9-10.
  2. Read two sample literary criticisms
    1. Sample A is a model “A” paper.  Given the word limit, it would be hard to improve.
    2. Sample C reads like a rough draft or a “C” paper; we discussed strengths and suggestions for improvement.
  3. II.14-15 Quiz
  4. Discuss Mob Tone analysis
  5. Passage Analysis Practice MC Quiz
    1. Collected and scored, but not for the grade book
  6. Clarify II.15

HW:

With so many students taking the AP World test on Thursday, we won’t have anything due that day.  In class, we will use the time as a work period on the essay.

  1. Read II.16-18 by Monday.
  2. Post your first literary criticism paper to Turnitin.com and Nicenet.org before class begins on Monday.

May 9

DUE: Dickensian Character Sketch (printed copy)


ACTIVITIES:

  1. Read Dickensian sketches in groups; vote on the best!
  2. II.7-9 Quiz
    1. More clarification on these chapters next class!
  3. II.9 Dialogue Analysis (collected)
    1. Complete the dialogue analysis with your group after reading the scene aloud

HW:

  1. Read Ch. 10-13
  2. Vocab / Grammar Unit 7 Quiz next class
    1. Usage Packet — With Answers — to review, check your answers on the practice sentences on the attachment.

Announcement: In order to have (less/fewer) conflicts with studying for AP exams, I have decided to push back the due date for the first Literary Criticism.  It is now due before class on Monday, May 21st.

Answer: fewer

May 7

DUE: None.


  1. Review who vs. whom in grammar packet
  2. II.3-6 Quiz
  3. Clarify and analyze chapters in groups
    1. II.5 – The Jackal annotation AND II.4 Dialogue Analysis
  4. Read beginning of II.7

HW:

  1. Read II.7-9
  2. Bring a printed copy of your Dickensian Character Sketch
  3. Grammar / Vocab Unit 7 Quiz on Friday
  4. This will not be collected, but you should aim to create an outline for your first literary criticism piece by the end of the week.

May 3

DUE:

  1. Dickensian Character Sketch (Turnitin.com)
  2. Getting the Message WS (save it for the packet)

ACTIVITIES:

  1. Vocab PPT
  2. Discuss II.2 Getting the Message
  3. Clarify the trial information from II.2
  4. Read II.3 aloud together (we made it through the first half)
  5. Brainstorm demo — I demonstrated how I might brainstorm for my critique of Pippi Longstockings; this is not a strict format, so do what works for you.

HW:

  1. Read II.3-6
  2. (Brainstorm) — I am not micromanaging the due dates for your writing process, but right now would be a good time to spend 10-15 minutes putting your initial thoughts on paper for your first Literary Criticism.  This is not due next class, but do not wait too long to get started.
  3. Bring a printed copy of your Dickensian sketch to class on Wednesday, May 9.  We will read these with peers that day.