Mrs. Golding's course description, syllabus, and expectations handout
Reminder: If you miss class, you are responsible for making up any and all work within a reasonable amount of time.
Fahrenheit 451 Resources
click here to automatically create a Works Cited page--save it for later, print it, and edit it. It's awesome!
2. google scholar
5. http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/26/on-trayvon-martin-a-guest-post-from-a-teenager-and-some-teaching-suggestions/ (just copy and paste URL into Google search because it's not working as a hotlink)
5/ 16 PLAN TEST--1st period students left used it as a study hall; period 3: we watched the 1991 version of Midsummer Night's Dream and made a T chart: identify certain scenes or character portrayal in the film and describe their interpretatin and then in the other column, your interpretatin from reading the play. Do this on the inside of the back cover of your Packet.
5/10 Quiz on Act 2; take the items from your writing portfolio with you to complete the portfolio pre-writing assignment. The official Portfolio assignment link to handout
5/7 We read Act 3:1; complete questions for the scene in packet on page 45; complete paraphrasing on page 41; period 1 did a quote card; lots of important dates so check calendar and keep up the hard work!
5/6 Finished reading Act 2:2 Shakespeare's version; complete pkt pg. 41 and review Act 1 quiz; HWK: packet page 43-44; quiz on Act 2 will be on Wednesday or Friday.
5/2 Reviewed Act 2:1 important lines; finished Act2:1; completed pg 42 in packet. If you are lsot, then make sure you review what we read and discussed in class.
4/29 Quiz on Act 1; read Act 2:1 until line 195. Which are important lines?
4/ 26 Review stage directions and characterization for Act1:2; performance of scene; what did you learn about interpretations of a text when turning it into a play/movie? Watch video clip of 1999 version of A Midsummer Night's Dream with Kevin Cline ( watch on You Tube or from me- but do so before quiz on Thursday). For participation points: 250 words write up of how you would film any part of scene 2, including props, setting, actor positioning, and movement.See calendar for homework.
4/ 22 Vocabulary continued; folly (add to list) and sovereignty; oral interpretation of Egeus' speech; finish Act 1:1; history of English via Powerpoint linked below and above this post; Threee ways that Shakespeare messes his sentences up: word order, verb inflections, and pronouns; complete in packet pages 10-12
4/ 18 we read Shakespeare's ACt 1:1 until lines 182(per1) and 197 (per3); make sure you know characters involved so far, plot events, and character motivations; also click here to complete the first slide of the powerpoint in your packet link to powerpoint
4/ 16 staple grading rubric to essays--make sure to include previous drafts; Mrs. Holden will come in to discuss Junior year classes/registration; HWK: read Act 1 scene 1 and in your packet on page 7 record key plot events; Come get packet and handout if you were absent.
4/ 12 present iambic tetrameter and fairy story; writer's workshop with senior writing coaches fro description essays
4/10 Presentation of Rap Songs! Hard copy of lyrics included; headline story handouts given for homework; in class completion of iambic tetrameter--we'll present them on Friday. Make sure to be revising your descriptive essays: person and place as they are due on Tuesday.
4/ 8 Descriptive writing--show, don't tell link
worth 30 points; Vocabulary and Essay test from 3rd Quarter distributed and filed in writing folder.
3/29 End Of Quarter 3; Spring Break
3/28 Essay Test on Literature Circle Novel; time in class for Group Project ( Track students need to make the essay test up before you go, or you will earn a zero)
3/ 26 Vocabulary Test; complete Literature Circle Evaluation; in class time for group project
3/22 Last Literature Circle; Essay Test on March 28th; creative project introduced; IF you were absent today, make sure to contact you Lit. Circle members. You will be graded for your individual and group efforts. Mrs Williams will come in to talk about the PLAN test, which is the pre-ACT test, and will introduce HOBY, distribute applications, etc. Due dates for PLAN test sign up fee of $11.25 is due March 29th.
3/20 SSR; vocab review; peer editing of Place and person essay link
( if you were absent, show me your peer edited essays; I dont have a due date for the final draft just yet--concentrate on finishing your novel, logs and role sheet for Friday's last Literature Circle!
3/18 Vocab Pre-quiz: complete here is the link
; Place Essay Pre-writing: Imagining a place through 5 sense imagery link
New York Times Magazine : Disco Papa http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/01/magazine/01lives-t.html?_r=0
3/13 CRT testing: do your best; keep reading and remember to Blog in place of the Literature Circle originally scheduled for today. Role sheet and Log #4 due on Monday--no late passes.
3/11 SSR; turn in Draft 2 attached to Draft 1 of Person Essay; Click here here for vocab word assignment
and this link
for the day's plan and assignments with directions for homework assignments; keep reading--I will expect everyone to follow the reading schedule, even if out sick. If you have an issue with keeping up because of illness, please talk to me.
Before due dates:)
3/7 Literature Circle #3: DIRECTIONS
for Blog Literature Circle; Discussion Director needs to post early and first! IF NO DISCUSSION DIRECTOR, THEN POST A DISCUSSION QUESTION-- AN OPEN ENDED QUESTION THAT WILL PROVOKE THOUGHTFUL DISCUSSION. In class students will revise their Person Essay. All Draft 2 Person essays will be due on Monday. Attach to previous draft, as always.
3/5 Peer edit person essay; read examples: revise for flow, coherency--sentence brushstrokes, and put your voive in it so it doesnt sound like a school essay but a "story" about someone you care about; brushstrokes handout: complete #1-2 onthe back of it.Keep reading!
3/1 Literatuire Circle #2: turn in role sheets and logs; SSR; three questions: click on this link
before you hand in your Person Essay
; Complete the backside of the Brushstroke handout;
Vocabulary Taboo ( in place of this activity, write MADLIB sentences for Vocab. words 11-20;
complete brainstorm and dominant Impression sentence for a place as described in this link for the assignment ( includes the assignment for your person essay also) and a sample place essay link
--Remember that we have our second Literature Circle on Friday: logs, role sheet, and reading due! Remeber to show me all completed work: If you do not, you earn a zero. You cannot expect me to remind/hunt you down.
2/25 Grammar Brushstrokes: write three different sentences about the person for your person essay, using the three brushstrokes, absolutes, participle, and appositive; worked on creating a dominant impression sentence for Person Essay, read and completed questions for "The Subway Station" in your packet.
2/21 Literature Circle #1;
in TKMB packet: read and complete questions on The Subway Station"; we did not get to this; NEW PLAN: create an idea web, using a blank 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper to brainstorm appearance, behaviors, beliefs, sayings, actions of an influential person (someone real--you know them! No Batman, Barbie, or James Bond). Draft one, typed, due on 2/25changed. Keep reading! Remember that if you missed the Literature Circle and want participation and effort points, you'll need to write up a 1 page "what I would have said to my group" response.
2/19 SSR, voabulary Madlibs: complete for words 1-10; complete vocab cards for words 11-20; If you are missing our first literature Circle, you'll need to write up a page of "what you would have said" to your group, if you want to earn participation points for this activity
2/ 13 Turn in your Final Draft, attched to peer edited "Final Draft" 1; met inLiterature Circle groups--reviewed goals, procedures, logs, roles, and organized reading so you complete the required apges on the due dates. First Lit. Circle is on 2/21 in which you complete 20 log entries, 1 role sheet and the reading, of course.
2/ 11 Peer edit "Final Draft" #1; SSR
2/ 5 introduction peer editing; body paragraphs returned; sample body paragraph discussed: your final draft is due Feb 13th so you have time to revise paragraphs and come get help from me during my prep time or after school. This is a major writing assignment and you are expected to put forth your best effort. Oficial handout will be given on Thursday.
2/1 We read two more 8 minute spurts: Peace Like a River and Angela's Ashes; Please make your top three choices by Feb 7th.; Debriefed "growing Up Online" and I introduced writing an introduction, with hand, and click here for sample 1
and sample 2
1/30 Today I have a sub, Mrs. DeCan. You will watch this video http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/kidsonline/ (copy and paste URL) and complete the viewing questions handout; HWK: the viewing questions and the evaluation response at the end of the viewing questions
1/ 28 For this quarter we will take time in class to explore 4-5 novels, ultimately choosing one to commit to this quarter by reading it for both pleasure and analytically as an English student. We started today with Cold Sassy Tree and Bless Me Ultima; in your log you recorded the book title, then your impressions of the novel and gave it a star rating 1-4 stars, 4 being the best.; we then went to the computer lab to compose the other two of your body paragraphs of your Article to novel paper. Here are a few things to consider while composing. handout
HWK: three body paragraphs; follow the instructions on handout and create a new Works Cited page to include Fahrenheit 451
1/23 F 451 essay TEst; I collected your chart and your 1 paragraph typed; we'll finish them on Monday. I also collectedf your books and we completed a list for successful students. Happy END of the semester! NO HOMEWORK
1/18 We will research the several allusions in the novel handout
by looking up the lines on our Smart Phones into Google search and recording the source on the handout. Thinking question: What is Bradbury's purpose for including so many allusions? How do they help contribute to the author's message? Next, we will use class time to draft your Novel to Article Connection project paragraphs (Actually, we didnt get class time to start this but I assigned only ONE paragraph for homework. Do your best on it and please type it)
. We will complete the chart first handout
and then begin to draft on paper our first paragraph. Here is the other handout on how to organize your paragraphs. handout
(these are the paragraphs under #3 of the original assigment sheet on "Novel to Article Connections" assignment.)
1/16 Log response--2 questions; quiz on the end of the novel; summaries returned
1/14 Log response: figurative language; F451 excerpt paraphrases: what is the purpsoe of these comparisons? What do they reveal about the characters? (get handouts from me)
1/10 Quiz on pg 91-end of part Two; summaries and articles turned in; chart completed in your log-- (10 things Montag realizes about his society; 10 things you realize about our society)
1/8 logs pg 91-end of part 2 turned in; Dover Beach handout; completion of character cut out
1/ 4 Quiz on pages 71-91; turned in logs; research on Novel Connection Project list of topics
and the link to requirements handout
HWK: finish reading Part Two of novel with 10 log entries; 3 articles read and printed off for class on wednesday, Jan. 9th
1/2 Reviewed part one in class; Beatty quiz; turned in log responses for Part one; group activity on characterization.
12/18-20 Fahrenheit 451 reading quiz; free write on influential person link
; personal narrative essay returned ( please file in your folder that is kept in the classroom); discussed the reading and took notes. See calendar for HWK assignment.
12/14 In composition notebook, respond to this free write link
; reviewed passive sentences; Here is the introduction to Fahrenheit 451 power point slides to take notes on link
12/12 Completed a passive verb quiz; did free -write, read condensed version of Macbeth, and line activity. Get handouts from me. Here is the link to free write link
12/4 Verbs! complete this handout link
; edited for verbs directions
; also reviewed appositives. Papers will be returned on Thursday.
Here is a copy of The Paterson Public Library, questions and comma sheet link
11/30 we did group peer editing today. Here is the link to ways to begin your narrative link
and ways to prganize it. Here is the peer editing directions along with the instructions on how to create a 2nd draft from the first draft.link
. Make sure ot keep your first draft because I will collect it with your final draft and give you a revising grade. Good luck and have fun! HWK: 2nd draft typed.
11/28 Reviewed appositives, read sample snapshot and wrote our own snapshots of your childhood memory ( the one you'll do your personal narrative about). link
and sample snapshot : sample
11/26 In compostion Notebook: 10 minute writing using your 5 senses (get pciture from me); completed the sentences combining handout in packet using any of the brushstrokes to do so; reviewed figurative language HWK: decide on your topic for the personal narrative paper ( assignment is explained in your packet)--record you topic in a sentence: " I will be writing about the time in 5th grade when I got my first C on an asignment". Also, complete the 2 sided "Appositive" handout --here is the link to the handout
11/19 Brushstroke activity: write a simple sentence like" the cat ran down the hall" and revise this core sentence using each of the 5 brushstoke strategies explained in your packet. We discusssed The Chase- reviewing what it means to reflect on an experience, the effect of 2nd person point of view, and vivid descriptions in the story; lastly, period 1 completed a Participation and effort reflection sheet located in your writing folder. Homework collected.
11/15 poster grade sheets returned, "Through the Tunnel" quiz, discussion of story and the story's symbolic meaning, and personal response writing-- here is the link
; hwk: read The Chase, short story in packet. Here is the full text of the story in case you dont have your packet link
; do the questions that are circled at the end of the story.
11/13 Story packet distributed; We did a "Show, Dont tell" activity--link
, complete in your log; vocab test returned and wacthed last scene of TKMB movie HWK: read the short story "Through the Tunnel" Here is a full text
file. Answer these questions done in log
Vocab word of the day: scrupulous/scruples--add to your vocab stack
Here are the groups for the theme poster
Period 1: Connor & Jayce, Josie and Micayla, Jesse and Lauren, Kendra and Josh, Katie and Holly, Tyler and Michael, Torrey and Kyle
Period 3: Caitlin and Margaret, Megan and Delaney, Torren and Kevin, Kyla and Kristyne, Emily and Hattie, Josie and Cheyenne, Brooke and LaRena
10/30 Final Exam: To Kill a Mockingbird; Theme poster due date has changed to Nov. 5th; vocab test on this date also as stated below
10/26 Final TKMB Test will be on 10/30 here is a study guide
; complete p 38 in packet and decide on partner for theme poster/speech handout
; Other important dates: 11/1poster is due; computer lab time for you and your partner to write out your theme speech
11/5 Vocab test- TKMB and Count of Monte Cristo words; practice speech in class with partner
11/7 Speech performed in class; end of quarter!!
10/24 Socratic Circle: Chapters 22-28; debrie Missionary Tea Circle: re-read this section for improved understanding; keep studying vocabulary!
10/22 Scottsboro Trial research, racism in a democratic society, and real world connections: watch 30 min of video and read Trayvon Martin + one link with questions
A. Scottsboro Trial link
A1. Link to PBS Scotsboro Trial: An American Tragedy : watch and respond to the questions on the study guide: the guide is organized by 15 minute increments (10/22 watch two sections or 30 minutes)
B. Trayvon Martin case
watch the 2 min. clip; read "Trayvon Martin, Unarmed and Innocent" and under the heading " Key Questions for Teaching", read one of the links and answer the questions for that link.
C. Top Ten Racist Supreme Court Rulings
10/15 Reviewed Say, Mean, Matter; The trial: packet p 36-37; period 3 watched the trial on video
10/12 quiz on Chapter 12-15; either watched movie or discussed reading; reviewed vocab
10/3 reviewed Irony and its purpose; movie TKMB; Vocab words 11-15 add to cards and follow format
10/1 WEBs galore today! We made a web of the various events in TKMB that help develop the theme of acceptance and one of the various lessons you've learned as a young adult
9/19 We reviewed plot and characters in class today; completed a creative writing exercise in logs HWK: page 9 in packet and Inference handout C 1 inferences
9/13 TKMB distributed, with packet and bookmark. Pre-reading activity: handout
; HWK: check calendar
9/11 Vocab test; new terms/concepts: interpretive statement, parethetical citation, and importance of minor characters; HWK: mini essay (handout below). Here is a studnet example of the mini essay sample
9/7 Syllabus signed, class debate (complete C & D on handout given in class on 9/5)HWK due 9/11: vocab test, and pick one interpretive statement from handout, record three textaul examples to support the statement, and then answer in paragragh the italicized question pertaining to your interpretive statement. handout
Click here for the NO FEAR Shakespeare site (read Shakespeare with the modern version translation)