Thursday, January 31, 2008


OPTIC group analysis: four paintings by Thomas Cole

Complete an OPTIC handout for one of the four paintings:

The Voyage of Life: Childhood
The Voyage of Life: Youth
The Voyage of Life: Manhood
The Voyage of Life: Old Age

Present OPTIC analysis with your group to the class.

HW: Bring IDs and any books to return tomorrow--trip to textbook room to pick up The Odyssey.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008


CAHSEE Writing Preparation: Elements of Persuasive Essays and the Three-Step Introduction
Handout: Persuasive Essays Include...
Lesson: The Three-Step Introduction
Hook - grab the reader's attention with an anecdote--describe the scene in story form
Signal word - use a word that signals the need for change after the hook (examples: although, however, but, even though, unless, etc.)
Thesis - give your main opinion, reason, or idea: what should we think or do about this issue?

HW: Craft a Three-Step Introduction for one of these two topics--(1) The tardy policy or (2) Showing your ID card at the gate

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


New semester: Welcome Back!
Complete first semester reflection form
Interactive PowerPoint: The Archetypal Hero
Complete Hero's Journey Characteristics

HW: Finish hero's journey characteristics and reflection form if not finished in class.