Thursday, October 30, 2008

AGENDA 10/30

Read and discuss "Morty Scenario"
Read and discuss "Screening for Abnormal Embryos"

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

AGENDA 10/28

Style Revision:

Sentence length- count the number of words in each sentence in one of your body paragraphs. Ensure that you have at least ONE short (7 to 11 words) or telegraphic sentence (1-6 words), several medium sentences (12 to 23 words) and ONE long sentence in that body paragraph. Revise as needed.

Punctuation- somewhere in your essay, use a colon (:), semicolon (;) or em dash (--). You're encouraged to try them all, but only one special punctuation mark is required.

Formatting: Remember to put headers in the upper right corner (Lastname 1) and your first page should have the following information on the upper left-hand corner:
First Lastname
Mrs. Jennifer Pust
English 10HP
30 October 2008
...like we discussed in class.

Also, come up with a Creative Title: Literal and Descriptive Subtitle in Richard Wright's Black Boy

...and make sure you have 1" margins and that the ENTIRE paper is double-spaced. Email me if you have questions.

HW: Study for vocabulary quiz tomorrow! Final draft of theme paper due Thursday.

Friday, October 24, 2008

A TRIBUTE TO EZRA

The Orange County Register has done a followup story, including a tribute to Ezra written by his father, Micah. Check it out here:

http://gaming.freedomblogging.com/2008/10/24/a-fathers-tribute-to-ezra-the-world-of-warcraft-fan-with-brain-cancer/856/

Again, thanks so much to all of you for your support, love, patience, and kindness during these difficult times. I am honored to be your teacher, and I appreciate the many ways that you are consoling me this week--working with you all is a joy and a comfort.

Love,
pust

AGENDA 10/24

Vocabulary warmup: Black Boy vocabulary unit 2
Tips and samples for Black Boy theme essays. Bring a complete rough draft to class on Monday for revision activities.

HW: Study for vocabulary quiz, which will be next Wednesday. Complete your draft of the essay--introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion. Continue reading independent reading book (you should be at or beyond page 150 by today!).

Vocabulary List: Black Boy, Unit 2
Vocabulary List: Black Boy, Unit 1

Thursday, October 23, 2008

AGENDA 10/23

Seminar - "Cheating"
Collect intro & body paragraphs to review

HW: Read indie reading book - be at page 150 or beyond by Friday. Study vocabulary from Unit 2 of Black Boy.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

AGENDA 10/22

Read articles on "Cheating" in preparation for seminar tomorrow - analyze causes, effects, solutions, and implications.

HW: Read indie reading book - be at page 150 or beyond by Friday. Finish reading Chapters 12-14 of Black Boy if you haven't already. Begin drafting an introduction and one body paragraph of your theme essay--you may use one of the themes your group came up with, or any other group's theme, or another theme not mentioned by any group.

AGENDA 10/21

Present group theme posters

HW: Read indie reading book - be at page 150 or beyond by Friday. Finish reading Chapters 12-14 of Black Boy if you haven't already. Begin drafting an introduction and one body paragraph of your theme essay--you may use one of the themes your group came up with, or any other group's theme, or another theme not mentioned by any group.

Monday, October 20, 2008

AGENDA 10/20

Book page found poems due

Continue group work on theme posters--chart out two theme statements and evidence/quotations to support your thinking.

HW: Finish reading Black Boy, chapters 12-14

Friday, October 17, 2008

AGENDA 10/17

Whole class: brainstorm possible themes/topics/issues explored in Richard Wright's Black Boy
In groups, create theme posters: select one or more theme topics, write a statement of theme (Wright suggests that...), and identify evidence - either scenes or direct quotations to back up your statement of theme.

HW: Read Chapters 12-14 of Black Boy. Continue reading independent reading book to page 150 or beyond by next Friday, 10/24. Study vocabulary.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

AGENDA 10/16

VISION & HEARING SCREENING TODAY!

Work silently on your book page found poems which will be due on Monday
Read Black Boy or independent reading book

HW: Read independent reading book--be at page 150 or beyond by 10/24!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

AGENDA 10/15

Grammar Practice: Zoo paragraph to review Active/Passive Voice

Explain & show models of book page found poems

HW: Read independent reading book--be at page 150 or beyond by 10/24! Be sure to bring indie reading book, Black Boy, and found poem instructions to class tomorrow. Remember, tomorrow is vision/hearing testing, so be prepared to work silently throughout the class period and bring your glasses/contact lenses if you wear them.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

AGENDA 10/14

Grammar Practice: Active/Passive Voice

Judgment poems due tomorrow (written neatly in ink or typed)
Meet in groups to finish OPTIC writeup of Jim Crow Era photograph
Discuss chapters 7-10 with a partner--what's significant?

HW: Read Chapter 11 of Black Boy--annotate and be prepared to discuss. Continue reading independent book--be at page 150 by 10/24!

Monday, October 13, 2008

AGENDA 10/13

OPTIC analysis: "Dr. Pepper Staircase" photograph from the Jim Crow Era

Small groups: analyze "Help Wanted" and "Drinking Fountain." Complete O, P, and T. We'll finish the rest tomorrow.

HW: Read chapter 10 of Black Boy. Continue reading indie reading book--be at page 150 by 10/24.

Friday, October 10, 2008

AGENDA 10/10

Independent reading groups: meet and discuss; complete handout
Divide class in half for group discussion over significant events/ideas from chapters 1-6

HW: Read chapters 7, 8, and 9 of Black Boy. Continue to read indie reading book.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

AGENDA 10/9

HOLIDAY - NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

AGENDA 10/8

Analyze and discuss the poem "Incident" by Countee Cullen

HW: Read the first 50 pages of your independent reading book and be prepared to discuss on Friday--bring your book to class! We're going to have a super-monster-discussion on Friday as well, and talk about chapters 4, 5, and 6 of Black Boy, the listening guide, "Incident" and more!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

AGENDA 10/7

Vocabulary quiz!

HW: Prepare for a discussion tomorrow over chapters 1-6 and continue to read your independent reading book (first 50 pages) for Friday.

Monday, October 6, 2008

AGENDA 10/6

Vocabulary review game: "Numbered Heads"

Finish Listening Guide: "Remembering Jim Crow"

HW: Read, annotate, and be prepared to discuss Ch. 5 of Black Boy. Get independent reading book, read, and be prepared to discuss the first 50 pages on Friday. Study for your vocabulary quiz tomorrow!!! The vocabulary quiz will cover all of your words from Black Boy and some of the words from Enrique's Journey, so you don't get to forget your old words! If you are behind in your reading of Black Boy, get caught up--we'll have a reading quiz over chapters 1-6 on Wednesday!

Friday, October 3, 2008

AGENDA 10/3

Discuss chapter 3

Begin Listening Guide: "Remembering Jim Crow"

HW: Read, annotate, and be prepared to discuss Ch. 4 of Black Boy. Get independent reading book, read, and be prepared to discuss the first 50 pages on Friday. Study for your vocabulary quiz which will be on Tuesday!!! The vocabulary quiz will cover all of your words from Black Boy and some of the words from Enrique's Journey, so you don't get to forget your old words!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

AGENDA 10/2

Holt Diagnostic Test

HW: Read, annotate, and be prepared to discuss Chapter 3 of Black Boy. Study for vocabulary quiz next Tuesday, October 7. Get indie reading book and read first 50 pages by next Friday.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

AGENDA 10/1

Introduce independent reading book list - get book and read first 50 pages by next Friday, October 10
Get into small groups - discuss reactions, comments, questions on Chapter 2.
Discuss as a whole class--what's significant in Chapter 2?

HW: Finish reading Chapter 2 tonight. Study for vocabulary quiz next Tuesday, October 7.
Get indie reading book and read first 50 pages by next Friday--the books are readily available in our school library, textbook room, or local libraries and bookstores. Talk to friends for recommendations!