Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Week of May 15th, 2017

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." - William Butler Yeats

The goal of this English class is to produce critical thinkers. Students are not only reading for comprehension but for meaning and relevancy of the work as a whole. Literature is also an example of good writing. The writing improves when a student reads. Vocabulary also improves because the student is learning to read in context. We want successful students who can think critically and communicate effectively. 

English 12:  How do we define ourselves?  Where do we call home?

Students will respond to the work, Frankenstein.  They will identify and apply Gothic elements  to Frankenstein. Students will identify and apply themes of isolation, revenge, secrets and lies, family, science and exploration, compassion and forgiveness, and appearances.  They will respond to this work as a cumulative unit for the year.  Students will review for the Final exam.

Practical English 11:  How do we respond when challenged by fear?

Students will view The Crucible and Hamlet.  They will analyze and discuss elements of the drama and elements of the tragedy.  Students will read and respond to informational articles on the authors and analyses of the plays.  They will be required to create storyboards and video game walkthroughs. Students will be given the prompt, requirements, templates, and rubrics.  They will work in pairs/groups.  Projects will be due no later than May 24th.

Keystone Literature Remediation:  Why is reflection and self-assessment necessary?

Students will begin work on Key 7 in their Keystone Literature Workbooks.  They will identify a goal and chart their progress in the focus area.  Students will use each key to focus their work on the online apps.  They will complete assignments and chart their progress.


Public Speaking:  How does speech influence thought?

Students will be working on the Reflective Speech.  Reflective thinking and critical thinking are closely connected. They will use rhetoric skills to communicate a narrative about a significant incident to the audience .  Students will need to have an outline, a hard copy, podium cards/binder, and  a visual aid.  Speeches will commence on Tuesday, May 18th.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Week of May 8th, 2017

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." - William Butler Yeats

The goal of this English class is to produce critical thinkers. Students are not only reading for comprehension but for meaning and relevancy of the work as a whole. Literature is also an example of good writing. The writing improves when a student reads. Vocabulary also improves because the student is learning to read in context. We want successful students who can think critically and communicate effectively. 

English 12:  How do we define ourselves?

Students will continue to work on their Poetry Books.   They will learn how powerfully personal poetry is to both the poet and the reader. They will apply poetic elements and devices to write and analyze poetry/songs. Students will write analytic paragraphs to accompany the poems/songs.  They will be given the requirements, and rubrics.  Poetry books are due no later than Friday, May 12th.

Practical English 11:  How do we respond when challenged by fear?

Students will view The Crucible and Hamlet.  They will analyze and discuss elements of the drama and elements of the tragedy.  Students will read and respond to informational articles on the authors and analyses of the plays.  They will be required to create storyboards and video game walkthroughs. Students will be given the prompt, requirements, templates, and rubrics.

Keystone Literature Remediation:  Why is reflection and self-assessment necessary?

Students will begin work on Key 6 in their Keystone Literature Workbooks.  They will identify a goal and chart their progress in the focus area.  Students will use each key to focus their work on the online apps.  They will complete assignments and chart their progress.


Public Speaking:  How does speech influence thought?

Students will be working on the Reflective Speech.  Reflective thinking and critical thinking are closely connected. They will use rhetoric skills to communicate a narrative about a significant incident to the audience .  Students will need to have an outline, a hard copy, podium cards/binder, and  a visual aid.  Speeches will commence on Tuesday, May 18th.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Week of May 1st 2017

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." - William Butler Yeats

The goal of this English class is to produce critical thinkers. Students are not only reading for comprehension but for meaning and relevancy of the work as a whole. Literature is also an example of good writing. The writing improves when a student reads. Vocabulary also improves because the student is learning to read in context. We want successful students who can think critically and communicate effectively. 

English 12:  How do we define ourselves?

Students will continue to work on their Poetry Books.   They will learn how powerfully personal poetry is to both the poet and the reader. They will apply poetic elements and devices to write and analyze poetry/songs. Students will write analytic paragraphs to accompany the poems/songs.  They will be given the requirements, and rubrics.  Poetry books are due no later than Wednesday, May 10th.

Practical English 11:  What role does individualism play in American society?

Students will demonstrate how Transcendentalism helped to shape America today.  Individualism for the greater good of the country is a defining moment in American Literature.  Students will read and analyze  Walt Whitman.  They will also read and analyze a Romantic Poet, Emily Dickinson. Students will read excerpts from Walden and Civil Disobedience. They will read and analyze "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock".  Students will make connections to individualism and American Society.  Students will identify speaker and apply literary elements and devices.

Keystone Literature Remediation:  Why is reflection and self-assessment necessary?

Students will begin work on Key 5 in their Keystone Literature Workbooks.  They will identify a goal and chart their progress in the focus area.  Students will use each key to focus their work on the online apps.  They will complete assignments and chart their progress.


Public Speaking:  How does the speech influence thought?

Students will be working on the Persuasive/Argumentative Speech.  They will use persuasive strategies and rhetoric skills to convince their audience to adopt the same thought or to motivate to act.  They will be required to have 5-7 sources, an outline, a hard copy, podium cards/binder, and  a visual aid.  Speeches will commence on Tuesday, May 2nd.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Week of April 24th, 2017

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." - William Butler Yeats

The goal of this English class is to produce critical thinkers. Students are not only reading for comprehension but for meaning and relevancy of the work as a whole. Literature is also an example of good writing. The writing improves when a student reads. Vocabulary also improves because the student is learning to read in context. We want successful students who can think critically and communicate effectively. 

English 12:  How do we define ourselves?  What is your core purpose and how will you get there?

Students will use the information from the Romanticism article to help complete their Poetry Projects. Students will learn how powerfully personal poetry is to both the poet and the reader. They will apply literary elements and devices to write and analyze poetry/songs. Students will write
analytic paragraphs to accompany the poems/songs.  They will be given the requirements, and rubrics.  Poetry books are due no later than Tuesday, May 2nd.

Practical English 11:  What role does individualism play in American society?

Students will demonstrate how Transcendentalism helped to shape America today.  Individualism for the greater good of the country is a defining moment in American Literature.  Students will read and analyze  Walt Whitman.  They will also read and analyze a Romantic Poet, Emily Dickinson. Students will read excerpts from Walden and Civil Disobedience. They will read and analyze "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock".  Students will make connections to individualism and American Society.  Students will identify speaker and apply literary elements and devices.

Keystone Literature Remediation:  Why is reflection and self-assessment necessary?

Students will begin work on Key 4 in their Keystone Literature Workbooks.  They will identify a goal and chart their progress in the focus area.  Students will use each key to focus their work on the online apps.  They will complete assignments and chart their progress.


Public Speaking:  How does the speech influence thought?


Students will be working on the Persuasive/Argumentative Speech.  They will use persuasive strategies and rhetoric skills to convince their audience to adopt the same thought or to motivate to act.  They will be required to have 5-7 sources, an outline, a hard copy, podium cards/binder, and  a visual aid.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Week of April 17th 2017

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." - William Butler Yeats

The goal of this English class is to produce critical thinkers. Students are not only reading for comprehension but for meaning and relevancy of the work as a whole. Literature is also an example of good writing. The writing improves when a student reads. Vocabulary also improves because the student is learning to read in context. We want successful students who can think critically and communicate effectively. 

English 12:  How do we define ourselves?  What is your core purpose and how will you get there?

Students will read and respond to informational article on Romanticism.  They will be required to
use vocabulary in context, connect to the information, identify literary/poetic devices and structure, identify purpose and meaning. The information will be used to help complete the Poetry Projects. Students will learn how powerfully personal poetry is to both the poet and the reader. The responses will be due Friday, April 21st.

Practical English 11:  What role does individualism play in American society?

Students will create movie critiques.  They will be required to write persuasively and apply the structure and format for movie reviews.  Students will also be asked to interpret The Pursuit of Happyness.  They will be asked to draw parallels and conclusions to the ideas found in the Declaration of Independence, Transcendentalism and today..

Keystone Literature Remediation:  Why is reflection and self-assessment necessary?

Students will begin work on Key 3 in their Keystone Literature Workbooks.  They will identify a goal and chart their progress in the focus area.  Students will use each key to focus their work on the online apps.  They will complete assignments and chart their progress.


Public Speaking:  How does the speech influence thought?


Students will be working on the Persuasive/Argumentative Speech.  They will use persuasive strategies and rhetoric skills to convince their audience to adopt the same thought or to motivate to act.  They will be required to have 5-7 sources, an outline, a hard copy, podium cards/binder, and  a visual aid.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Week of April 10th, 2017

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." - William Butler Yeats

The goal of this English class is to produce critical thinkers. Students are not only reading for comprehension but for meaning and relevancy of the work as a whole. Literature is also an example of good writing. The writing improves when a student reads. Vocabulary also improves because the student is learning to read in context. We want successful students who can think critically and communicate effectively. 

English 12:  How do we define ourselves?  What is your core purpose and how will you get there?

Students will identify requirements of the Functional resume and of the cover letter.  They will create a cover letter and a resume for a job they want.  Students will need to identify future plans and goals. Self reflection and knowledge are vital for success.

Practical English 11:  What role does individualism play in American society?

Students will complete their PowerPoint Presentations demonstrating their knowledge and the connections made to the information by creating a thesis and using specific evidence to support it. Students will read and respond to an article on Chris Gardner.  They will be required to summarize the informational article through highlighting.  Students will then identify the message/meaning of the article:  nature vs. nurture, power/greed, relationships/loyalty, leadership/individualism, society/morality, gov't/individual.  They will use this article next week to create movie critiques. Students will also be asked to interpret The Pursuit of Happyness.  They will be asked to draw parallels and conclusions to the ideas found in Transcendentalism.

Keystone Literature Remediation:  Why is reflection and self-assessment necessary?

Students will begin work on Key 2 in their Keystone Literature Workbooks.  They will identify a goal and chart their progress in the focus area.  Students will use each key to focus their work on the online apps.  They will complete assignments and chart their progress.


Public Speaking:  How does the speech influence thought?

Students will be working on the Persuasive/Argumentative Speech.  They will use persuasive strategies and rhetoric skills to convince their audience to adopt the same thought or to motivate to act.  They will be required to have 5-7 sources, an outline, a hard copy, podium cards/binder, and  a visual aid.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Week of April 2nd, 2017

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." - William Butler Yeats

The goal of this English class is to produce critical thinkers. Students are not only reading for comprehension but for meaning and relevancy of the work as a whole. Literature is also an example of good writing. The writing improves when a student reads. Vocabulary also improves because the student is learning to read in context. We want successful students who can think critically and communicate effectively. 

English 12:  How do we define ourselves?  What is your core purpose and how will you get there?

Students will identify requirements of the Functional resume and of the cover letter.  They will create a cover letter and a resume for a job they want.  Students will need to identify future plans and goals. Self reflection and knowledge are vital for success.

Practical English 11:  What role does individualism play in American society?

Students will immerse themselves in the focus time period of 1800-1870.  They will be asked to research a period of history from 1800-1870.  Students will identify the perceptions of individualism in American society during the 19th century by analyzing works from a variety of individuals. They will be required to identify author's perspective and summarize the article with specifics.  Students will then produce PowerPoint Presentations demonstrating their knowledge and the connections made to the information by creating a thesis and using specific evidence to support it.

Keystone Literature Remediation:  Why is reflection and self-assessment necessary?

Students will begin work on Key 1 in their Keystone Literature Workbooks.  They will identify a goal and chart their progress in the focus area.  Students will use each key to focus their work on the online apps.  They will complete assignments and chart their progress.


Public Speaking:  How does word choice, syntax, and tone affect communication?


Students will present their Informative Speeches.  They will be asked to complete peer critiques. Students will review, critique, and conference after presentations have been completed.