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.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Week of March 27th, 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:  When do we need a new vision?

Students will analyze devices used in a satire.  Satire is used to force people to agree with the author and act.  Students will be required to write a critical evaluation of a current day satire.  They will be required to demonstrate the use of hyperbole, understatement, and verbal irony.  Students' knowledge of satire aids in the comprehension of purpose. Students should be able to see how criticism leads to change.
They will create cover letters and resumes.

Practical English 11:  Does the American Dream exist?

Students will be asked to read, analyze, and respond to the novella, Of Mice and Men.  They will be required to complete worksheets and study guides. The students should be prepared to participate in discussions on the novel and to respond to the critical thinking questions.

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

Students will continue work on Key 7 in their Keystone Literature Workbooks.  They will identify a goal and chart their progress in Answering the Constructed-Response.  Students will be required to read a prompt and respond to it using an assertion and evidence.  Students will use each key to focus their work on the online apps.  They will complete assignments and chart their progress.


Public Speaking:  Why should the use of valid and reliable sources be necessary?


There will  be one-to-one conferencing at the end of the week to review speech delivery and content. They will be required to read and respond to Chapter 15 in their texts.  Students will complete the Informative Speech process.  Informative Speech Presentations will begin on April 2nd.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Week of March 20th, 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:  When do we need a new vision?

Students will identify and apply the structure of poems (rhyme scheme and form).  They will analyze author's point of view, identify and apply poetic devices.  Students will analyze devices used in a satire.  Satire is used to force people to agree with the author and act.  Students will be required to write a critical evaluation of a current day satire.  They will be required to demonstrate the use of hyperbole, understatement, and verbal irony.

Practical English 11:  What is the meaning of freedom? Does the American Dream exist?

Students will need to complete the newscast on a current event (political or social).  They will be using the handouts on The Constitution and The Bill of Rights to complete their projects. Students will need to include several of the ideas found in these documents when producing the newscast. They will need to create a backdrop and a script.  Students will be given a handout on the requirements which will include a Rubric.  They will be required to use their sources in the script of the newscast.   Students will make sure to use valid sources and differentiate between real news and fake news.  The project will be due at the end of next week, March 10th, 2017.  Students will also be asked to read, analyze, and respond to the novella, Of Mice and Men.  They will be required to complete worksheets and study guides.  Students will be asked to work on this unit while students will be filming their newscasts.  The students should be prepared to participate in discussions on the novel and to respond to the critical thinking questions.

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

Students will continue work on Key 7 in their Keystone Literature Workbooks.  They will identify a goal and chart their progress in Answering the Constructed-Response.  Students will be required to read a prompt and respond to it using an assertion and evidence.  Students will use each key to focus their work on the online apps.  They will complete assignments and chart their progress.


Public Speaking:  Why should the use of valid and reliable sources be necessary?

There will  be one-to-one conferencing at the end of the week to review speech delivery and content. They will be required to read and respond to Chapter 10 and 12 due on Tuesday, March 21st and Chapters 11, 13, & 14 due on Friday, March 24th in their texts.  Students will be asked to compare/contrast Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.  They will be required to analyze these speeches and will need to identify good rhetoric skills.  Students will begin the Informative Speech process.  Informative Speech Presentations will begin on April 2nd.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Week of March 13th, 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. 

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