Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Mythology

Week of 4/29 - 5/3

We will finish our chapter on Flower Myths this week in class. Next, students will be watching the movie "Troy" this week in class as a way to bypass reading "The Iliad" so that they can understand the events of the Trojan War. This will prepare us to read "The Odyssey" next week. 

Students will receive a test grade for the study guide they will fill in while they read.

 

Week of 4/15 - 4/18

We will take the test on "8 Brief Tales of Lovers" this week and begin our next myth, "Hercules." I'm hoping to be able to finish this story and take the test by Thursday.

Monday 4/15 - Test: 8 Brief Tales of Lovers
Monday 4/15 - Study Guides Due: 8 Brief Tales of Lovers

Thursday 4/18 - Test: Hercules
Thursday 4/18 - Study Guide: Hercules

 

Week of 4/8 - 4/12

We will wrap up the story of "Cupid and Psyche" early in the week. Students will take a short test on this story and complete a small comic strip depicting the main events of the tale.
Next, students will work in groups to learn about 8 brief tales of lovers. This will be a cooperative assignment and the whole class will work together to learn about this stories.

Tuesday 4/9 - Test: Cupid and Psyche
Tuesday 4/9 - Study Guides Due: Cupid and Psyche

Week of 4/1 - 4/5

Hello April! This week, we will be finishing up our movie, "Percy Jackson". Once we are doing watching and comparing it to the myth, "Perseus," we will begin our next chapter, "Tales of Love and Adventure." Students will begin reading a love story, "Cupid and Psyche."

Week of 3/25 - 3/29

We will have our final presentations on Monday this week. Next, students will use their note-takers to complete quizzes for each myth that they have learned about. Students are responsible for grading the quizzes that they created.
We will then move onto the story of Perseus. We will read this in class and students will have a study guide to complete with this story.

 

Week of 3/18 - 3/22

Students will finish researching, creating their power points, and creating their tests on Monday. We will then begin presenting on Tuesday and this should last until the end of the week.

Week of 3/11 - 3/15

Students will finish reading the "Earliest Heroes" this week and we will test on this topic. Next, students will begin work on a research project they will be completing with a partner. They will be assigned a myth and will design a power point to present to the rest of the class. They will act as the teachers in this project.

Tuesday 3/12 - Test: Earliest Heroes
Wednesday - Friday - in computer lab for research and power points

Week of 3/4 - 3/8

Students will complete their study of Polynesian myth this week as we wrap up watching "Moana." Students will hand in a written evaluation of how Polynesian mythology compares to Greek mythology. We will then move on to our unit on The Earliest Heroes.

Tuesday 3/5 - Classwork Due: Moana Materials

 

Week of 2/25 - 3/1

This week we are continuing our lessons on the two great gods of earth, Demeter and Dionysus.
We will be testing on these stories once we finish reading them together as a class. Next, we will watch Disney's "Moana" in order to discover how the foundations of Polynesian mythology connect and correspond with Greek mythology.

Wednesday 2/27 - Test: Demeter and Dionysus
Wednesday 2/27 - Classwork Due: Demeter and Dionysus study guide

Week of 2/18 - 2/22

Students will finish their projects this week in class. Their lyrics projects are due (either printed out and turned in, or shared via gapps) and their poster projects are due on Tuesday 2/19 by the end of class.

Tuesday 2/19 - PROJECTS DUE! Poster Projects and Lyrics Projects

Week of 2/4 - 2/8

This week we will finish our study of the Olympic Gods and move onto studying the Lesser Gods.

Tuesday 2/5 - Test: Olympic Gods
Tuesday 2/5 - Study Guide Due: Olympic Gods

Friday 2/8 - Test: Lesser Gods
Friday 2/8 - Study Guide Due: Lesser Gods

Week of 1/14 - 1/18

Students will wrap up our course of study this week with Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? The parallel worksheet will be due on Wednesday and will be the final grade for the course!

Week of 1/7 - 1/11

We will finish reading "The Adventures of Odysseus" today in class. When we finish our reading, students will take a test on this epic. To follow up our study, the students will watch a modern retelling of "The Odyssey", Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?
Students will compare and contrast the two pieces in an essay style format.

Tuesday 1/8 - Test: The Adventures of Odysseus

 

Week of 12/10 - 12/14

Students will be watching the movie "Troy" this week in class as a way to bypass reading "The Iliad" so that they can understand the events of the Trojan War. This will prepare us to read "The Odyssey" next week.  Students will receive a test grade for the study guide they will fill in while they read.

 

Week of 12/3 - 12/7

Students will discuss Hercules the myth and we will watch Disney's Hercules and compare the two. We will then move on to our next hero's quest.

Week of 11/13 - 11/16

We will continue with our love and heroes theme this week in class. We are starting to examine the myth of Cupid and Psyche. We will test on this by the end of the week.

Friday 11/6 - Test: Cupid and Psyche

Week of 11/5 - 11/9

This week we will wrap up our unit on 8 Brief Tales of Lovers and begin reading the story of Perseus. We will enter into the Hero's Quest section of the course.

Monday 11/5 - Test: 8 Brief Tales of Lovers (Open Notes - Jigsaw Activity)
Thursday 11/8 - Test: Perseus

Week of 10/22 - 10/26

We are continuing with our research projects in class this week! Students are presenting their findings and taking tests on each other's presentations. We are then going to move into our 8 brief tales of lovers unit.

Week of 10/15 - 10/19

Students are continuing their research projects this week in class. Once they have conducted their research, they will create and present a lesson for their class.

Week of 10/8-10/12

Students will complete the chapter on the two great gods of Earth. We will then begin doing research and creating presentations on myths that will be assigned to groups of students. Students will get to choose a partner to work with for this research project.

Wednesday 10/10 - Test: Demeter and Dionysus
Wednesday 10/10 - Classwork Due: Demeter and Dionysus study guide

Thursday 10/11 and Friday 10/12 - Students will be conducting research and creating presentations with a partner in the library.


Week of 10/1 - 10/5

This week we will wrap up our unit on the earliest heroes and begin discussing the two great gods of earth: Demeter and Dionysus.

We will also travel to the PA Renaissance Faire this week as a class!

Monday 10/1 - Quiz: The Earliest Heroes
Monday 10/1 - Classwork Due: The Earliest Heroes Worksheet

Wednesday 10/3  - Renaissance Faire!

Week of 9/24-9/28

This week in class we are finishing our movie and discussing the ways it ties into our course. We will also begin reading our chapter on the earliest heroes.


Week of 9/17 - 9/21

This week in class, we will be finishing up our poster projects. Also, we will begin discussing the different cultural aspects of the Polynesian myths and how they compare to the ancient Greek myths. We will then watch Disney's "Moana" and discuss the different mythical aspects of this film,

Tuesday 9/18 - Project Due: Poster Project (due at end of class)

Week of 9/10 - 9/14

This week in class, we are discussing the lesser gods. Students will take a test on the study guide and the notes on "Lesser Gods" and they will be given class time in the library to complete two projects by the end of the week.

Wednesday 9/12 - Quiz: Lesser Gods
Wednesday 9/12 - Classwork Due: Lesser Gods Study Guide
Friday 9/14 - Project Due: Lyrics Project due by end of class

Week of 8/27-8/31

Students will have their first quiz on their intro notes and intro study guides this week.

Friday 8/31 - Quiz: Intro to Myth
Friday 8/31 - Classwork Due: Intro to Myth Study Guide

Basic English 9

Welcome to English 9!

Week of 4/29 - 5/3

Students will finish up their packet on "The Outsiders" at the beginning of the week. Next, we will finish reading chapter 8, and have a quiz on Chapters 5-8 before we continue on to the last section of the novel.

Tuesday 4/30 - Packet Due: Tattoo, Quotes, Newspaper Article
Wednesday 5/1 - Quiz: The Outsiders Chapters 5-8

Week of 4/15 - 4/18

We will be having our first quiz on "The Outsiders" this week. Students will take a quiz on the first four chapters.

Tuesday 4/16 - Quiz: The Outsiders Chapters 1-4

 

Week of 4/8 - 4/12

We have begun reading "The Outsiders." Students will have a quiz after every 4 chapters. (There are 12 chapters total.)  We are reading this novel like a play; students have been assigned characters and are reading the parts for these characters while the teacher narrates.

Week of 4/1 - 4/5

We will finish watching "The War of the Worlds" this week in class. Students will have a writing assignment to complete after having watched this movie. Next, we will be moving onto "The Outsiders." We will read this novel together in class. Students will not receive a copy of the novel to take out of class.

 

Week of 3/25 - 3/29

This week, we will finish looking at the digital library that focuses on pictures of what the end of the world might look like. Next, we are ready to move into the next part of our unit on World's End. We will listen to a radio broadcast, "The War of the Worlds" and also read an article about the broadcast. We  will then compare the two pieces of media. Once we are finished this and the students take the test, we will be watching the movie, "The War of the Worlds."

 

Week of 3/18 - 3/22

Students are going to test on the travel journalism article we have been working on. Next, we will move on to the final story in the "World's End" section of their text. They will listen to a radio broadcast and also read an article about the broadcast. We  will then compare the two pieces of media.

Field Trip to Washington DC - Friday 3/22!!

Monday 3/18 - Test: The Nuclear Tourist
Monday 3/18 - Classwork Due: Nuclear Tourist Study Guide and Worksheets

Week of 3/11 - 3/15

We are still reading our travel journalism article, "The Nuclear Tourist." Students will complete this story this week and take a test on the content. Students will also be responsible for a variety of worksheets that accompany this article. We will also be viewing a video about Chernobyl entitled "Chernobyl: 30 Years On"

Week of 3/4 - 3/8

Money ($10.00) for field trip to Holocaust Museum is due by Friday, March 8!

This week we will begin looking at the next story in our "World's End" unit, "The Nuclear Tourist."


Week of 2/25 - 3/1

Hopefully with a regular week of school this week (fingers crossed) we will be able to get to our test on Ray Bradbury's "There Will Come Soft Rains." Students are engaged in this story and will be completing several worksheets on personification once we complete the reading.

Wednesday 2/27- Test: Soft Rains
Wednesday 2/27- Study Guide Due: Soft Rains

Week of 2/18 - 2/22

Students have begun the "World's End" unit in our textbooks. We are reading a story called "There Will Come Soft Rains" by Ray Bradbury. Students will read this in class and complete multiple assignments that accompany this reading.

Thursday 2/21 - Test: Soft Rains
Thursday 2/21 - Study Guide Due: Soft Rains

Week of 2/4 - 2/8

Students are finishing their essay at the beginning of the week. We will then be looking back into our text books to discuss a more modern-day and real-life version of Romeo and Juliet.

Monday 2/4 - Essays Due: Worth 100 Points - Submitted via Google Classroom

Week of 1/14 - 1/18

Students will be working on an essay in class this week. We will be writing about the ways in which Romeo and Juliet could have ended differently. Students will combine what they know about the story as well as elements of creating writing to craft their essays!

Thursday 1/17 - Essay Due: Submit via Google Classroom

Week of 1/7 - 1/11

Students are finishing up our reading of "Pyramus and Thisbe" this week in class. We will have a test on this story once students are finished reading it. The test will include comparing this story to the play The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet.

Monday 1/7 - Online Quiz - Shakespeare was a Fraud (Taken in class)
Wednesday 1/9 - Test: Pyramus and Thisbe
Wednesday 1/9 - Study Guide Due: Pyramus and Thisbe

Week of 12/10 - 12/14

Students will finish reading Romeo and Juliet this week in class! We will then have our final test on the play.

Thursday 12/13 - Test: Act V
Thursday 12/13 - Study Guide Due: Romeo and Juliet Act V

Week of 12/3 - 12/7

This week we will be finishing Act IV Romeo and Juliet. Students will test on this and then we will move onto the final act of the play.

Thursday 12/6 - Act IV Test
Thursday 12/6 - Act IV Study Guide Due

Week of 11/13 - 11/16

We are continuing with our reading of Shakespeare this week. Students are acting out Act III in class. We will review over the dramatic speeches concepts in class. Students will also conduct a cause and effect experiment at the end of the week which will help prepare them for the test on this act.

Friday 11/16 - Cause and Effect Activity
Monday 11/19 - Test: Romeo and Juliet Act III
Monday 11/19 - Study Guide Due: Romeo and Juliet Act III

Week of 11/5 - 11/9

We will test on Act II of Romeo and Juliet this week. We will watch the movie segment that goes along with Act II, then continue on with Act III.

Tuesday 11/6 - Test: Romeo and Juliet Act II
Tuesday 11/6 - Study Guide Due: Romeo and Juliet Act II

Week of 10/22 - 10/26

This week, students are being tested on the first act of Romeo and Juliet. They will have a comprehensive review on Monday, and the test will be on Tuesday.

Tuesday 10/23 - Test: Romeo and Juliet Act I
Tuesday 10/23 - Study Guide Due: Romeo and Juliet Act I

Week of 10/15 - 10/19

Students are continuing their reading and acting out of Romeo and Juliet this week in class. Students are filling out study guides as we read the play. We will hopefully get to have a test on Act I by the week's end.

Week of 10/8 - 10/12

Students will begin reading Romeo and Juliet this week in class. We will be acting it out together and discussing the language and the plot.

Week of 10/1 - 10/5

We will finish our introduction to Shakespeare's life and times this week in class. They will have a quiz to assess their understanding of these materials. The quiz will be on: the Shakespeare notes, the "As You Read" article in the textbook, and the Globe Theatre diagram

Tuesday 10/2 - Quiz on Shakespeare
Tuesday 10/2- Classwork Due: Shakespeare Notes, Globe Diagram, "As You Read" article

Week of 9/24 - 9/28

This week we will continue our notes on Shakespeare. Students will learn about life and times in England in the 1600s and will study the Globe Theatre.

 

Week of 9/18 - 9/21

All students should have submitted their final essay as well as their organizers from the Personal Narrative Essay. We are now ready to move into our Shakespeare study. Students will receive information about the life and times of Shakespeare this week. We will also be taking a standardized test in the computer lab this week.

Wednesday 9/19 - Friday 9/21 - CDT TESTS IN COMPUTER LAB

Week of 9/10 - 9/14

Students are continuing to work on their personal narrative writing assignment this week in class. We have been filling out organizers so that students are able to put together a rough draft that includes all the elements they will be graded on.

My classes will be in the library typing their drafts for the rest of the week.

Friday 9/14 - Essay Due: Final Draft of Personal Narrative submitted by end of class
Friday 9/14 - Organizers Due: All organizers should be completed and handed in by end of class

Week of 8/27 - 8/31

Students will begin brainstorming for a personal narrative essay this week in class. We will be typing these essays and the students will submit them online over the next two weeks.

Students will need a 3-ring binder for this class.

Friday 8/31 - Due: Syllabus signed and returned
Tuesday 9/4 - Due: Binder for class

Honors English 9

Welcome to Honors English 9!

Week of 4/29 - 5/3

We are finishing watching "The War of the Worlds" Monday in class. Students will then be completing a writing assignment about the film where they will have several options to choose from. Students will have some class time to start this writing assignment.

Next, students will complete two independent learning articles and tests. And finally, we will be viewing a media gallery about end of the world images. This will conclude our "World's End" unit of study.

In the month of May, students will be completing a poetry unit complete with several projects, assignments, and tests.

Tuesday 4/30 - In-Class Assignment - Independent Learning Articles (2) and Quizzes
Thursday 5/2 - Writing Assignment Due: War of Worlds

 

Week of 4/15 - 4/18

We will test on our short poetry selections this week and move on to the final piece in our "World's End" unit of study, "The War of the Worlds." We will be reading an article as well as listening to excerpts from a radio broadcast for this story. Once we are finished with this and the students have tested on it, we will watch the "The War of the Worlds" movie based on the 1898 novel by H.G. Wells.

Tuesday 4/16 - Test: Poetry Selections
Tuesday 4/16 - Classwork Due: Poetry Study Guide, Latin Suffix worksheet, vocab worksheet

Thursday 4/18 - Test: The War of the Worlds (Hopefully we can get this in on Thursday!)

 

Week of 4/8 - 4/12

We will continue reading "The Nuclear Tourist" this week, and will wrap this story up by mid-week. Students will take a test on the article before we move on to the next selection in our texts. We will look at a small collection of poetry together in class and students will be tested on these poems.

Week of 4/1 - 4/5

We will finish reading "Soft Rains" this week in class and begin the next story in our "World's End" unit, "The Nuclear Tourist."

Tuesday 4/2- Test: Soft Rains
Tuesday 4/2 - Worksheet Due: Latin Root "man"
Tuesday 4/2 - Study Guide Due: Soft Rains

 

Week of 3/25 - 3/29

This week we will complete our study of the novel "Night." Students will have a reading day (Tuesday) and will take the final test on this novel on Friday. Study guides are also due on Friday. We will also be starting the next story in our text books this week, "There Will Come Soft Rains" by Ray Bradbury.

Tuesday 3/26 - Reading Day
Friday 3/29 - TEST: NIGHT
Friday 3/29 - Study Guides Due: Night  (115 points!)

 

Week of 3/18 - 3/22

Students continue to multi-task as we bounce back and forth between our textbooks and the novels we are reading. Students should be keeping up with their study guides for "Night." We are also close to finishing up our story from the text book, "By the Waters of Babylon."

Tuesday 3/19 - Reading Day (Night)
Thursday 3/21 - Test: By the Waters of Babylon
Thursday 3/21 - Study Guides Due - By the Waters of Babylon

FRIDAY - FIELD TRIP TO WASHINGTON DC!

 

Week of 3/11 - 3/15

Students will have a "Reading Day" this Monday. We will discuss the novel from pages 1-22 and then students will have the rest of the class period to read their novels. They will have two reading tests this week, Tuesday and Friday. We will fill in the rest of our class time this week by reading "By the Waters of Babylon" in our textbooks.

Field Trip Money Due WEDNESDAY 3/14!!

Monday 3/11 - Reading Day
Tuesday 3/12 - Mini Quiz - Up to page 46
Friday 3/15 - Mini Quiz - Up to page 84

 

Week of 3/4 - 3/8

Students received their novel, "Night" last week in class. Students will be bringing home a calendar with important dates on it including days that they will be given class time to read their novels as well as quizzes that they will have throughout the month. With our trip to the Holocaust Museum coming up, the students will be reading and discussing this survivor's story. Mini-Quizzes will be set up throughout the month.

We will also be starting our "World's End" literature unit in class, so students will still need to bring their text books along to class with them.

Friday 3/8 - Mini Quiz - Up to page 22

Week of 2/25 - 3/1

We are continuing our journalism study with "20 Years On." Students will have several worksheets as well as  a study guide to complete as we read and watch these pieces of journalism media.

Tuesday 2/26 - Homework Due: Latin Prefix inter
Thursday 2/28 - Test: 20 Years On (Bosnia)
Thursday 2/28 - Classwork Due: 20 Years On Study guide and worksheets

Week of 2/18 - 2/22

Students are finishing their Literary Criticisms this week. We will review for the test on Monday, and students will test on Tuesday before beginning the final story in our "Love" unit of the textbooks. We will examine a true story about lovers who were killed in a civil war in Bosnia. We will read an article about this event and we will also watch video coverage of this story and compare the two media outlets.

Tuesday 2/19 - Test: Literary Criticism
Tuesday 2/19 - Classwork Due: Literary Criticism Study Guide and Worksheets
Tuesday 2/19 - SSR remainder of class

Week of 2/4 - 2/8

Students are continuing to work on their essays this week in class. Students will print essays on Wednesday and will complete a peer edit on Thursday. Friday will be the final due date for this assignment.

Wednesday 2/6 - Rough Drafts Printed
Friday 2/8 - Final Copies Submitted via Google Classroom by midnight!

Week of 1/14 - 1/18

Students will test on Pyramus and Thisbe this week! We got off track with our schedule because I was out sick for two days last week. Once we complete Pyramus and Thisbe, students will begin writing our first formal MLA style essay.

Tuesday 1/15 - Test: Pyramus and Thisbe
Friday 1/18 - Draft Due: Romeo and Juliet Body Paragraphs - Submit via Google Classroom

Week of 1/7 - 1/11

Students will finish presenting their final projects this week in class. Monday will be a multi-purpose day; students will complete CDT tests, take an online quiz on a video clip, and/or compete an SSR assignment. Next, we will be reading Ovid's "Pyramus and Thisbe" and comparing this tale to The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet.

Monday 1/7 - Online Quiz / CDT test completion
Friday 1/11 - Test: Pyramus and Thisbe
Friday 1/11 - Classwork Due: Pyramus and Thisbe Study Guide & Worksheets

Week of 12/10 - 12/14

Students will finish reading Romeo and Juliet this week in class! We will then go over the elements of a tragedy as well as refresh our lesson on parallel structure to get the students ready for the final test.

 

Thursday 12/13 - Test: Romeo and Juliet Act V

Thursday 12/13 - Study Guide Due: Act V

Week of 12/3 - 12/7

This week we will be finishing our reading of Act IV. Once we are finished reading in class, we will test on Act IV and move onto the final act in the play.

 

Thursday 12/6 - Act IV Test

Thursday 12/6 - Act IV Study Guide Due

Week of 11/13 - 11/16

We are continuing with our reading of Shakespeare this week. Students are acting out Act III in class. We will review over the dramatic speeches concepts in class. Students will also conduct a cause and effect experiment at the end of the week which will help prepare them for the test on this act.

 

Friday 11/16 - Cause and Effect Activity

Monday 11/19 - Test: Romeo and Juliet Act III

Monday 11/19 - Study Guide Due: Romeo and Juliet Act III

 

Week of 11/5 - 11/9

We will finish Act II this week in class and will begin reading Act III.

 

Tuesday 11/6 - Test: Romeo and Juliet Act II

Tuesday 11/6 - Study Guide Due: Romeo and Juliet Act II

Wednesday 11/7 - S.S.R.

Week of 10/29 - 11/2

Students will continue reading Romeo and Juliet this week. We are now moving into Act II. Students will be responsible in this act to read sections for homework. Students are encouraged to use the link on the right side of this page to read and understand these passages. They will be quizzed on the sections they read for homework. We will also have worksheets that students will have to complete this week.

Wednesday 10/31 - Read II.iii - Complete "Poetic Structure" Worksheet

Week of 10/22 - 10/26

We will review for our test on Romeo and Juliet Act I Monday in class. Students will complete this test on Tuesday. They will then be given the rest of the class period to complete a SSR (Silent Sustained Reading) assignment.

 

 

Tuesday 10/23 - Homework Due: Elements of a Drama Worksheet

Tuesday 10/23 - Test: Romeo and Juliet Act I (tentative date)

Tuesday 10/23 - Study Guide Due: Romeo and Juliet Act I (tentative date)

Week of 10/15 - 10/19

We are continuing with Act I of Romeo and Juliet this week in class. Students are responsible for filling out the study guide as we read the sections together as a class.

 

Week of 10/8 - 10/12

Students will receive their textbooks this week in class. We will begin our reading of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.  Please remember as the reading continues that there is a link on my homework page to the modern text version of the play! This will be a helpful tool when students are assigned scenes to read independently for homework.

Week of 10/1 - 10/5

Students will attend the Renaissance Faire this week in class! We will also be testing on our Intro to Shakespeare Unit.

 

 

Tuesday 10/2 - Test: Intro to Shakespeare

 

Week of 9/24 - 9/28

This week in class we will begin our study of Shakespeare. We will study Shakespeare's life and times as well as the construction of the Globe Theatre. This will prepare us to begin reading "Romeo and Juliet" in class next week.

 

Week of 9/18 - 9/21

Students will have a test on their knowledge of grammar concepts this week. On Monday, we will thoroughly review these concepts and students will receive a practice test that is set up identically to the actual test on Tuesday. Students will spend the rest of the week in the computer lab taking a standardized test.

 

Tuesday 9/18- Test: Complements Grammar Test

Wednesday 9/19 - Friday 9/21 - CDT TESTS IN COMPUTER LAB

Week of 9/10 - 9/14

We are continuing our grammar unit this week in class. Students will be filling out grammar packets while I discuss the concepts on the board this week.

 

 

Week of 8/27 - 8/31

Students will start this week with a review on Monday of the summer reading novel The Hobbit. Students will then take the test on this novel on the second day of school.
We will go over the introduction to the course and all of the expectations for this course in the following days. 

Students will begin studying grammar next week in class. 

Students will need a 2 inch 3-ring-binder for their English course this year.

Tuesday 8/28 - Test: Summer Reading Test 

 

Tuesday 9/4 - Due: 2 inch 3-Ring-Binder