Adv. Honors English I

Announcements

NEW! TNReady Testing Schedule (updated 4/20):

 

1st Period:
Monday 4/23: Part 2 @ 11:30, Room 210 (Clary administrating)

3rd Period:
No TNReady English tests next week

4th Period:
Monday 4/23: Part 2 @ 11:30, Lab 128

6th Period:
Monday 4/23: Part 2 @ 11:30, Lab 134 (Nichols administrating);

 

Assignments

Day Date Assignment Due/Lesson Plan
Mon. 1/8/18

WELCOME BACK!

In Class:

Assigned:

  • TKAM Vocabulary Chaps. 1-11 (see handout). Look up parts of speech and definitions for words 1-7 (amiable through malevolent). This list has been assigned on Vocabulary.com for those who want to use it. Quiz Friday.
  • EOLang p. 146-148: Ex. 1-2
Tues. 1/9/18

Due:

  • TKAM Vocabulary Chaps. 1-11 (see handout). Look up parts of speech and definitions for words 1-7 (amiable through malevolent).
  • EOLang p. 146-148: Ex. 1-2

In Class:

  • Check grammar
  • Discuss TKAM Vocabulary Chaps. 1-11. Quiz Friday.

Assigned:

  • TKAM Vocabulary Chaps. 1-11 (see handout). Look up parts of speech and definitions for words 8-15 (moritified through vapid).This list has been assigned on Vocabulary.com for those who want to use it. Quiz Friday.
  • EOLang p. 151-154: Ex. 4-5, Rev. A
Wed. &
Thurs.
1/10/16
-1/11/18

Thursday: Club Rotation E

Due:

  • TKAM Vocabulary Chaps. 1-11 (see handout). Look up parts of speech and definitions for words 8-15 (moritified through vapid).
  • EOLang p. 151-154: Ex. 4-5, Rev. A

In Class:

  • Check grammar
  • Finish discussing TKAM Vocabulary Chaps. 1-11. Quiz Friday.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird (TKAM) novels assigned

Assigned:

  • TKAM Chapters 1-5 due Wednesday
  • Study for vocabulary quiz
  • EOLang p. 156-158: Ex. 6-7
Fri. 1/12/18

SNOW DAY!: No School

Mon. 1/15/18 MLK Jr. Day: No School
Tues.-Fri. 1/16/18
- 1/19/18

SNOW DAYS!: No School

Mon. 1/22/18

Due:

  • EOLang p. 156-158: Ex. 6-7

In Class:

  • Check grammar
  • TKAM background

Assigned:

  • EOLang p. 158-159: Rev. B & C
  • Finish reading TKAM Chaps. 1-5. Quiz tomorrow.
Tues. 1/23/18

Due:

  • EOLang p. 158-159: Rev. B & C
  • TKAM Chapters 1-5

In Class:

  • Quiz: TKAM Chaps. 1-5
  • Check grammar. Discuss reading.

Assigned:

  • EOLang p. 161-163: Chapter Test Review: A & B
  • Study for vocab. quiz from TKAM Chaps. 1-11
Wed. &
Fri.
1/24/18
& 1/26/18

Friday: Club Rotation A

Due:

  • EOLang p. 161-163: Chapter Test Review: A & B

In Class:

  • Vocabulary Quiz: TKAM Chaps. 1-11
  • Check Grammar

Assigned:

  • Read TKAM Chaps. 6-11. Quiz Monday.
  • EOLang p. 161-163: Chapter Test Review: C; p. 321-323: Ex: 5-6
Thurs. 1/25/18

Homecoming!

No class today.

Mon. 1/29/18

Due:

  • EOLang p. 161-163: Chapter Test Review: C; p. 321-323: Ex: 5-6
  • TKAM Chapters 6-11

In Class:

  • Quiz: TKAM Chaps. 6-11

Assigned:

Tues. &
Wed.
1/30/18
-1/31/18

Tuesday: Even Block, Wednesday: Odd Block

Tuesday: Club Rotation B

In Class:

  • Grammar Test: Chapter 4: The Clause

Assigned:

Thurs. 2/1/18

½ Day for Students: No Class

Fri. 2/2/18

Due:

Assigned:

  • EOLang p. 171-175: Rev. A, Ex. 6, Rev. B, Ex. 7
Mon. 2/5/18

Due:

  • TKAM Chapters 12-22
  • EOLang p. 171-175: Rev. A, Ex. 6, Rev. B, Ex. 7

In Class:

Assigned:

  • Complete tone worksheet 2
  • EOLang p. 179-180: Ex. 9, Rev. D
  • Continue reading. The remainder of the novel is due Friday.
Tues. 2/6/18

Due:

In Class:

  • Check grammar
  • Reading time in class.

Assigned:

  • EOLang p.183-184: Rev. E and F
Wed. &
Thurs.
2/7/18
-2/8/18

Thursday: Club Rotation C

Due:

  • EOLang p.183-184: Rev. E and F

In Class:

Assigned:

  • Finish reading the novel!
  • EOLang p.186: Rev. G
Fri. 2/9/18

Due:

In Class:

Assigned:

Mon. 2/12/18

Due:

In Class:

  • Check grammar, review for test
  • Check allegory worksheet
  • Review theme, figures, of speech and other important topics from the novel.
Tues. 2/13/18 In Class:
  • Grammar Test: Chapter 5: Agreement
  • Review theme, figures, of speech and other important topics from the novel.
Wed. &
Thurs.
2/14/16
-2/15/18

In Class:

  • TEST: To Kill a Mockingbird

Assigned:

  • EOLang p. 497-498: Parallel Structure: Read page 497 and complete Ex. 7 at the top of page 498
  • Read through your sources! If your topic is on a recent movie, you may want to check the database again for fresh sources!
  • Read the sample research papers and outline. Be familiar with what your final product should look like.
Fri. 2/16/18

Due:

In Class:

  • Discuss parallel structure, thesis, and outline
  • Introduce "Favorite Teacher Contest"

Assigned:

  • Formulate a working thesis and outline. Come in on Tuesday with a printed out copy of your working title, thesis, and outline. Your outlline does not have to be fully developed, but every roman numeral must be broken down into at least an A and a B. Be sure to format this page correctly: see the sample outline.
  • EOLang p. 223-226: Ex. 1 and 2.
  • Begin thinking about ideas for the Favorite Teacher Contest
Mon. 2/19/18

PRESIDENTS DAY: No School

Tues. 2/20/18

Due:

  • Formulate a working thesis and outline. Come in on Tuesday with a printed out copy of your working title, thesis, and outline. Your outlline does not have to be fully developed, but every roman numeral must be broken down into at least an A and a B. Be sure to format this page correctly: see the sample outline.
  • EOLang p. 223-226: Ex. 1 and 2.
  • Begin thinking about ideas for the Favorite Teacher Contest

Assigned:

  • EOLang p. 227-230: Ex. 3, Ex. 4, Rev. A, Rev. B
Wed. & Thurs. 2/21/16
-2/22/18

Thursday: Club Rotation E

Due:

  • EOLang p. 227-230: Ex. 3, Ex. 4, Rev. A, Rev. B
  • Revised outline/thesis.

In Class:

Assigned:

  • Complete a source card for an internet, print, and database source. Remember every source card should be a different color (unless you use more than 6 sources) and should have its own number. Put your name and class period on the back of each one.
  • EOLang p. 231-235: Rev. C, D, and E, Ex. 5
Fri. 2/23/18

Due:

  • Complete a source card for an internet, print, and database source. Remember every source card should be a different color (unless you use more than 6 sources) and should have its own number. Put your name and class period on the back of each one.
  • EOLang p. 231-235: Rev. C, D, and E, Ex. 5

In Class:

Assigned:

  • EOLang p. 236 Ex. 6, Rev. F
  • Do Who/Whom Practice Sheet to study for Monday quiz over who/whom.
  • Work on your "My Favorite Teacher" contest entry. Don't worry about filling out an entry form. Simply type out your entry and head it as you would any formal, typed assignment. Read the contest description to make sure you are meeting the requirements. This is due Tuesday, but I will add an extra point to your grade if you turn it in on Monday.
Mon. 2/26/18

Due:

In Class:

  • Check grammar
  • Quiz: Who and Whom
  • Discuss Poetry Memory Assignment: Due Monday, March 19.
  • Continue checking source cards

Assigned:

  • Begin choosing poems and getting them approved (Approval due Friday, March 9)
  • EOLang p. 237-239 Rev. G, Ex. 7
  • Your "My Favorite Teacher" contest entry. Don't worry about filling out an entry form. Simply type out your entry and head it as you would any formal, typed assignment. Read the contest description to make sure you are meeting the requirements.
Tues. 2/27/18

Due:

Assigned:

  • EOLang p. 241-243: Ex. 8 (Rewrite the entire sentence in Ex. 8), Chapter Review #1-45
  • Begin working on notecards. Complete note cards for two of your research sources (at least 8 cards) by Friday
Wed. & Thurs. 2/28/18
-3/1/18

Thursday: Club Rotation A

Due:

  • EOLang p. 241-243: Ex. 8 (Rewrite the entire sentence in Ex. 8), Chapter Review #1-45

In Class:

  • Check grammar chapter review
  • Grammar Test: Chapter 7: Using Pronouns Test

Assigned:

  • Complete note cards for two of your research sources (at least 8 cards)
Fri. 3/2/18

Due:

  • Note cards for two of your research sources (at least 8 cards)

Assigned:

  • Continue choosing poems and getting them approved (Approval due Friday, March 9)
  • Continue working on note cards for all sources (due Monday)
Mon. 3/5/18

Due:

  • Note cards on all sources

In Class:

Assigned:

  • Continue choosing poems and getting them approved (Approval due Friday, March 9)
  • Complete a draft of the first body paragraph. It needs to be typed and printed out and formatted correctly with heading, title, double spacing, indentations, etc. Include your thesis statement after the title. My goal is to see if you are on the right track with your organaization and to see that you are citing sources correctly. Here's the rubric.
    1st and 3rd Periods: Due Wednesday. 4th and 6th Periods: Due Thursday (bring it to my room during remediation).
Tues. & Wed. 3/6/18
-3/7/18

Due:

  • 1st and 3rd Periods: Draft of the First Body Paragraph
  • Bring to class anything you need to work on your paper. I will be allowing you a good deal of time to work on your paper in class this week so that you can ask questions and make steady progress on completing your paper, which will be due next week.

In Class:

  • Work on drafting the research paper.

Assigned:

  • Continue drafting the researh paper.
  • Continue choosing poems and getting them approved (Approval due Friday, March 9)
Thurs. 3/8/18

½ Day for Students: No Class

Due:

  • 2nd and 4th Periods: Draft of the First Body Paragraph (bring it to my room during remediation)

Assigned:

  • Finish choosing poems and getting them approved. Due tomorrow.
Fri. 3/9/18

End of 3rd Quarter

In Class:

  • Work on drafting the research paper.

Assigned:

  • Continue drafting your paper and outline (and visiting the writing lab for extra credit). Completed research paper is due Thursday, March 15.
  • Bring approved poems with my signature to class on Monday. I'll give you a small grade for having them approved on time. They can be approved on Monday, but they must be correct to get credit.
Mon. 3/12/18

Due:

  • Bring approved poems with my signature to class. I'll give you a small grade for having them approved on time. They can be approved today, but they must be correct to get credit.

Assigned:

  • Continue drafting your paper and outline (and visiting the writing lab for extra credit). Completed research paper is due Thursday, March 15.
  • Work on memorizing your poems. You must be ready to present by next Monday, March 19.
Tues. & Wed. 3/13/18
-3/14/18

Assigned:

  • Continue drafting your paper and outline (and visiting the writing lab for extra credit). Completed research paper is due Thursday, March 15.
  • Work on memorizing your poems. You must be ready to present by next Monday, March 19.
Thurs. 3/15/18

Assigned:

  • Work on memorizing your poems. You must be ready to present by next Monday, March 19.
Fri. 3/16/18

RESEARCH PAPER DUE!

Remember to submit your research paper to TurnItIn.com by 8:00 am. Bring a printed copy of your outline and paper, your source cards and note cards, and the printouts of the sources you used in your paper. We will be spending the class period getting your paper ready to turn in. Have everything printed and ready before school.

Assigned:

  • Work on memorizing your poems. You must be ready to present by next Monday, March 19.
Mon. 3/19/18 POETRY MEMORY WORK DUE
Tues. 3/20/18

Continue POETRY MEMORY WORK

Practice ACT: Periods 1-4

Wed. 3/21/18

Continue POETRY MEMORY WORK

Visit book fair

Thurs. 3/22/18

Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:00-6:00

Finish POETRY MEMORY WORK

Fri. 3/23/18 Spirit Week activities: No Class
Mon.-Fri. 3/26/16-
3/30/18
Spring Break!!: No School
Mon. 4/2/18

In Class:

  • Practice TNReady test on laptops

Assigned:

  • EOLang p. 343-346: Ex. 1, Ex. 2, Rev. A
  • Review poetry terms you looked up before spring break
Tues. 4/3/18

Due:

  • EOLang p. 343-346: Ex. 1, Ex. 2, Rev. A

In Class:

  • Check grammar
  • Discuss poetry terms
  • Discuss briefly the TP-CASTT strategy of reading a poem.

Assigned:

  • EOLang p. 347-52: Rev. B and C, Ex. 3, Rev. D
  • Read the first two steps of the TP-CASTT strategy, title and paraphrase (keep in mind that if the title is the same as the first line of the poem, you can treat it as an untitled poem). Then paraphrase "I Wondered Lonely as a Cloud." Remember to paraphrase it sentence by sentence, not line by line.
  • Study poetry terms for quiz
Wed. & Thurs. 4/4/18
-4/5/18

Due:

  • EOLang p. 347-52: Rev. B and C, Ex. 3, Rev. D

In Class:

  • Check grammar
  • Quiz: Poetry Terms
  • Discuss writing strategies for TNReady test

Assigned (due Monday):

  • EOLang p. 353-4: Chapter Review
  • Using the TP-CASTT strategy, complete all steps for "My Papa's Waltz": (1) On your own paper, write down your first thoughts about the Title, (2) Next, Paraphrase the poem. Remember, to do this sentence by sentence or thought by thought--NOT line by line. (3) For Connotations, mark up the poem directly on a printout or take notes on your own paper, noting the rhyme scheme, figures of speech, sound devices, and imagery. Make short notes about the significance of each of these. Do not simply label a couple of items. You need to dig as much as you can out of the poem. (4) For Attitude, list at least two or three tone words that capture the speaker's attitude and then discuss in a couple of sentences what the speaker's attitude is directed at and how you can tell that this is the attitude. Provide evidence. (5) On the printout of your poem, circle and label the important Shifts in the poem. (6) On your own paper, revisit the Title, discussing any changes to your perspective on its meaning. (7) On your own paper, write a well-stated theme, and discuss in a few sentences how it is supported by evidence from the poem. Label each of these steps clearly.
Fri. 4/6/18

In Class:

MEET IN LIBRARY

  • Practice TNReady writing test on laptops

Assigned:

  • Continue work assigned in the last class period.
Mon. 4/9/18

Due:

  • EOLang p. 353-4: Chapter Review
  • Using the TP-CASTT strategy, complete all steps for "My Papa's Waltz": (1) On your own paper, write down your first thoughts about the Title, (2) Next, Paraphrase the poem. Remember, to do this sentence by sentence or thought by thought--NOT line by line. (3) For Connotations, mark up the poem directly on a printout or take notes on your own paper, noting the rhyme scheme, figures of speech, sound devices, and imagery. Make short notes about the significance of each of these. Do not simply label a couple of items. You need to dig as much as you can out of the poem. (4) For Attitude, list at least two or three tone words that capture the speaker's attitude and then discuss in a couple of sentences what the speaker's attitude is directed at and how you can tell that this is the attitude. Provide evidence. (5) On the printout of your poem, circle and label the important Shifts in the poem. (6) On your own paper, revisit the Title, discussing any changes to your perspective on its meaning. (7) On your own paper, write a well-stated theme, and discuss in a few sentences how it is supported by evidence from the poem. Label each of these steps clearly.

In Class:

Assigned:

Tues. 4/10/16

In Class:

  • GRAMMAR TEST: Chapter 12: Colons and Semicolons
  • Discuss practice TNReady questions
Wed. &
Thurs.
4/11/18
-4/12/18

In Class:

  • Practice TNReady writing prompt

Assigned:

(I know I'm late posting this, so do what you can before tomorrow's class. We'll go over the answers then.)

Fri. 4/13/18

In Class:

Mon.

(odd block)

4/16/18

ENGLISH I TNREADY TEST: FAIL

3rd Period: You will be testing later in the day (1:15), so you will be in class. We'll discuss writing and testing strategies, and we may continue with poetry.

In Class:

  • Learn and practice scansion

Assigned (due Wednesday depending on revised testing schedule):

  • Read in LIT: p. 792-797: "The Seven Ages of Man" and "The Road Not Taken": answer questions #5-9 on page 797. Use complete sentences. For #5, you don't need to provide a "chart," but you do need to provide evidence for and explain each theme.
Tues.

(even block)

4/17/18

ENGLISH I TNREADY TEST: FAIL (mostly)

In Class:

  • Learn and practice scansion

Assigned (due Thursday depending on revised testing schedule):

  • Read in LIT: p. 792-797: "The Seven Ages of Man" and "The Road Not Taken": answer questions #5-9 on page 797. Use complete sentences. For #5, you don't need to provide a "chart," but you do need to provide evidence for and explain each theme.
Wed.

(odd block)

4/18/16

NO TNREADY TESTING TODAY!

Due:

  • LIT: p. 792-797: "The Seven Ages of Man" and "The Road Not Taken": answer questions #5-9 on page 797. Use complete sentences. For #5, you don't need to provide a "chart," but you do need to provide evidence for and explain each theme.

In Class:

  • Check/practice scansion
  • Discuss "The Seven Ages of Man" and "The Road Not Taken"

Assigned:

  • Poetry Practice Test: LIT: p. 810-813: #1-18
  • Finish meter practice sheet
Thurs.

(even block)

4/19/18

ENGLISH I TNREADY TEST (See announcements above)

Fri.

(odd block)

4/20/16

ENGLISH I TNREADY TEST (See announcements above)

Due:

  • Poetry Practice Test: LIT: p. 810-813: #1-18 (1st period, this will be due Tuesday)
  • Finish meter practice sheet (1st period, this will be due Tuesday)

In Class:

  • Check scansion and grammar
  • Discuss practice poetry test answers

Assigned:

  • Study for poetry test
  • HINT: Be sure to know what "lament" means. It's in one of passages you'll read.
Mon.

(even block)

4/23/18

ENGLISH I TNREADY TEST? (See announcements above)

Due:

  • LIT: p. 792-797: "The Seven Ages of Man" and "The Road Not Taken": answer questions #5-9 on page 797. Use complete sentences. For #5, you don't need to provide a "chart," but you do need to provide evidence for and explain each theme.

In Class:

  • Check/practice scansion
  • Discuss "The Seven Ages of Man" and "The Road Not Taken"

Assigned:

  • Poetry Practice Test: LIT: p. 810-813: #1-18
  • Finish meter practice sheet
  • Study for poetry test
  • HINT: Be sure to know what "lament" means. It's in one of passages you'll read.
Tues.

(odd block)

4/24/18

Due:

  • Poetry Practice Test: LIT: p. 810-813: #1-18 (1st period)
  • Meter practice sheet (1st period)

In Class:

  • Check scansion
  • Discuss practice poetry test answers
  • TEST: Poetry
  • Begin discussing Shakespeare

Assigned:

  • Bring Literature books!
  • Read LIT: p. 1020-1035: Background info on Shakespeare and the Globe Theater. Pay special attention to 1026-1033. These pages will help you as you begin trying to understand Shakespeare's language.
  • Note the definitions of any of the R&J literary terms (handout)
Wed.

(even block)

4/25/16

Due:

  • Poetry Practice Test: LIT: p. 810-813: #1-18
  • Meter practice sheet

In Class:

  • Check scansion
  • Discuss practice poetry test answers
  • TEST: Poetry
  • Begin discussing Shakespeare

Assigned:

  • Bring Literature books!
  • Read LIT: p. 1020-1035: Background info on Shakespeare and the Globe Theater. Pay special attention to 1026-1033. These pages will help you as you begin trying to understand Shakespeare's language.
  • Note the definitions of any of the R&J literary terms (handout)
Thurs.

(odd block)

4/26/18

Due:

  • LIT: p. 1020-1035
  • Notes on the definitions of any of the R&J literary terms (handout)

In Class:

  • Background notes on Shakespeare and the Globe Theater
  • Begin reading Romeo and Juliet aloud in class.
  • Discuss R&J literary terms
Fri.

(even block)

4/27/18

Due:

  • LIT: p. 1020-1035
  • Notes on the definitions of any of the R&J literary terms (handout)

In Class:

  • Background notes on Shakespeare and the Globe Theater
  • Begin reading Romeo and Juliet aloud in class.
  • Discuss R&J literary terms
Mon. 4/30/18

In Class:

  • Continue reading Act I aloud and taking notes.
Tues. 5/1/18 Election Day: No School
Wed. 5/2/18

In Class:

  • Continue reading Act I aloud and taking notes.
Thurs. 5/3/18

In Class:

  • Continue reading Act I aloud and taking notes.
Fri. 5/4/18  
Mon. 5/7/18  
Tues. 5/8/18  
Wed. 5/9/18  
Thurs. 5/10/18  
Fri. 5/11/18  
Mon. 5/14/18  
Tues. 5/15/18  
Wed. 5/16/18  
Thurs. 5/17/18  
Fri. 5/18/18 AP HUG TEST: No Class
Mon. 5/21/18 Final Exams: No Class
Tues. 5/22/18 Final Exams: No Class
Wed. 5/23/18 Final Exams: No Class
Thurs. 5/24/18 Teacher Work Day: No School
Fri. 5/25/18 Last Day for Students: 8am-10:00am

 

Older Announcements

Research Papers Grades are Coming!

I have been handing research papers back a few at a time as I finish them, so be ready to get yours any time. Hopefully, you made a wonderful grade, and all is well with the world. If, however, all is rotten with the world because you scored lower than a C, then it is possible to earn some points back. Just follow these 3 steps: (1) revise your paper according to the feedback you received; (2) take your rubric, your graded paper, and your revised paper to a tutoring session at the writing lab to get some feedback on your revisions; and (3) turn in your packet of materials to me: your revised paper as well as your graded rubric, paper, note cards, and source printouts (along with any new note cards or printouts you need to include). The deadline for this will be a couple of weeks before the end of school, so you will have plenty of time to revise.

 

I hope to finish grading all of the papers over the next couple of weeks.

 

Crimes Against Grammar

Earlier this year, I posted about the importance of the Oxford comma and how it affected a multi-million-dollar lawsuit. Recently, a student asked me about it, and I remembered another post I read that perfectly expresses my thoughts on this important punctuation mark. Check it out: Crimes against Grammar: The Oxford Comma.

 

Here's another post about the outrageous abuse the apostrophe takes at the hands of careless writers: Crimes against Grammar: The Poor Apostrophe