"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." - William Butler Yeats
English 12: How can we use narratives to understand ourselves, others, and the world?
Students will continue to read, annotate, and analyze the assigned short stories. They will be required to identify and apply short story elements and literary devices through note-taking, annotations, and a plotline for each story. Students will create summaries, research the author, and the time period in which the story was written*Due before7 May. They will complete annotated bibliographies for valid analyses that support their findings*Due 11 May . The annotated bibs will require MLA citation. Students will write a literary analysis, with parenthetical citation, which will require an outline *Due 18 May, a rough draft *Due 21 May, and a final copy *Due25 May. This unit is the culmination of yearlong work. Through the completion of this writing assignment, students will apply the critical thinking skills they have been asked to practice throughout the year.
English 11: Can one (apparently) have all the right information and make the wrong decisions?
Students will dive into the world of Hamlet. As students read at their own pace (**ideally, an Act a week), they will analyze, respond, and later view the famous tragedy by William Shakespeare (if time allows). During the week of 14 May, students will be required to collaborate, create, present and teach an Act analysis of the drama *Due 21 May. They will be required to share ideas, work cooperatively, summarize plot, identify and apply literary elements and devices, analyze characters, and interpret meaning. Students will be given Rubrics for the PowerPoint Presentation, the Oral Presentation, and for Collaboration. Hamlet summary with study guide questions will be due by Tuesday, 29 May.
Public Speaking: How do basic speaking and listening skills help us to communicate?
Students will work on the Persuasive Speech. MLK critique due by 7 May. Reasoning Exercise Worksheet due by 9 May. Fact, Value, or Policy Worksheet due 11 May. Persuasive Speech Preparation Worksheet due by 21 May. Logic and reason are necessary tools for the success of the Persuasive/Argumentative speech. Students will need to find 6-8 valid resources. They will need to organize their information in an outline. Students will be required to write a hard copy of their speech. Podium cards are necessary. A PowerPoint is the required visual aid. Speeches will commence during Senior Finals Week.
Keystone Literature Workshop: How does my interaction with the text provoke thinking and
Students will continue to learn word dissection and analysis. They will be working on advanced root word development. Students will take quizzes on Affixes and Roots. Over the next marking period/semester, they will work on a variety of ways to improve skills to improve reading, interpreting, and analyzing texts. Students need to join the Opened classroom, create accounts for the College Board site, and download the Practice Question of the Day app. These online sites and apps will help students work on reading comprehension, sentence structure, vocabulary in context, types of writing, writing organization, and interpretation. The Literature Keystones will be on Thursday, May 17th and Friday, May 18th.