Anything that looks like this needs to be on your portfolio page.

Anything that looks like this needs to be read.

Your textbook indicators:

  • If no indicator = Collections
  • CR = Close Reader
  • PA = Performance Assessment


Friday, Aug. 31, A class will read A Quilt of a Country in class and start working on next week's activities. We will also work on setting up portfolios.

Week 2: Week of 03-Sep-2018
  • Read A Quilt of a Country, pp 3-6
  • Analyzing the Text, p 8 and Critical Vocabulary p 9. We'll review this next week if necessary.
  • Performance Task, p 8, due Friday. Shoot for 250 words and 2-3 paragraphs.
Week 3: Week of 10-Sep-2018
  • Analyzing the Text, p 8 and Critical Vocabulary p 9.
  • Complete PA Unit 1 Step 1, pp 4-8. Due the 2nd class of the week.
  • Complete PA Unit 1 Step 2, pp 10-20. Due next Thursday, Sep 20, by the end of the school day.
  • IRP and SRI
Week 4: Week of 17-Sep-2018
  • All grades for weeks 2-3 will be entered during our first class!
  • Complete PA Unit 1 Step 2, pp 10-20. The essay (see p 19) needs to be turned in either printed or via your portfolio. Due Thursday.
  • Read Once Upon a Time, pp 11-16
  • Analyzing the Text, p 18, and Critical Vocabulary, p 19
  • Performance Task, p 18. This does not have to be performed. Your fairy tale can be in one of the following forms: 1) infographic, 2) digital graphic novel, 3) hand drawn graphic novel either on poster board or craft paper. This activity has been changed to extra credit. You can only complete it once you have completed everything else for week 5. Not accepted after week 5.
Week 5: Week of 24-Sep-2018
  • Performance Task, p 18 due end of the week. This activity has been changed to extra credit. You can only complete it once you have completed everything else for week 5. Not accepted after week 5.
  • Read Rituals of Memory, pp 21-24
  • Analyzing the Text, p 25, and all of page 26
  • Prepare for Collection 1 test
  • Complete PA Unit 1 Step 3, pp 21-30: OUTLINE. You need to complete an outline as a separate document. Your outline can be in the form of a traditional outline (see Outline Template) or a mindmap. An easy, free mindmap app is Coggle -
  • Complete PA Unit 1 Step 3, pp 21-30: ESSAY. Due next week, but don't put it off! Topic: Can you make real friends on the Internet?
Week 6: Week of 01-Oct-2018
  • Complete PA Unit 1 Step 3, pp 21-30: ESSAY - Topic: Can you make real friends on the Internet?
  • Work on Multimedia Activity
Week 7: Week of 08-Oct-2018
  • Multimedia activity due. Due 1st class next week (Monday for B class, Tuesday for A class).
Week 8: Week of 15-Oct-2018
  • Read The March on Washington, pp 47-51.. You can download a recording of the actual speech at
  • Discuss top of page 52. In groups of no more than 3, create original examples of repetition, parallelism, and extended metaphor. To make it easier, use a familiar context or subject such as school lunches or being a teen.
    Standards: RL4-5, SL1c.
    Objectives: By the end of this week, you'll be able to 1) identify and apply rhetorical devices of repetition, parallelism, and extended metaphor, and 2) you'll be able to define the critical vocabulary items in our two readings and use them in original sentences.
  • Read from Nobody Turn Me Around: A People's History of the 1963 March on Washington, pp 55-68
  • Performance Task p 72. Be sure to use 1st person!
    Standards: RI1, RI3, RI7 W3.
    Objectives: Using correct spelling and grammar, write at least three paragraphs of a first-person account of a fictional experience you had (attending MLK's I Have a Dream speech.)
Week 9: Week of 22-Oct-2018
  • Read from Reading Lolita in Tehran pp 81-83
  • Read from Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return p 84
  • Performance Task p 86. You can see an excellent example here.
    Standards: RI2-3, RI6, W6
    Objectives: Using a variety of media, analyze and and demonstrate how an author represents a sequence of events and main ideas surrounding those events. Demonstrate understanding of a written historical account by representing that account as a graphic novel.
  • Language and Style: Rhetorical Questions p 88 - complete the Practice and Apply section
    Standards: L5
    Objectives: Be able to use rhetorical questions to effectively communicate a point.
  • IRP Poster Activity! Due next week.
  • Homework: Read The Censors pp 89-92 before the first class of next week.Set up teams (no more than 2, may work alone) for Censors activity
  • Extra credit project*: Read Cairo My City, Our Revolution, pp 73-76, complete Performance Task p 78. Include citations in APA format.
Week 10: Week of 29-Oct-2018 (Quarter 1 Ends Nov 1)
  • Read The Censors pp 89-92
  • Complete Performance Task p 94 Step 1. But instead of you writing both letters yourself, you will write the first letter and pass it to your classmate, and you will write the second letter about that which your classmate passed to you. You will be using the wiki at >>Download activity instructions<<
    Standards: W2, W6, L5
    Objectives: You will be able to identify and use the connotations and denotations of words and phrases.
  • IRP Poster Activity! Due end of school day Friday.
  • Extra credit project*: Respond to this prompt, "Some people go right on to college after high school; others take a year or more off to work or travel. Which do you think is the better choice? State your position and support it with specific reasons and examples."
Week 11: Week of 05-Nov-2018
  • Read When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine, pp 103-118
  • Pirzada Performance Task p. 120
    Standards: RL1, RL3, RL6,W9
    Objective: You will use clues from a narrative to write letters from the perspective of one of the characters.
  • The Censors Step 2 if time permits
Week 12: Week of 12-Nov-2018
Week 13: Week of 19-Nov-2018 (Nov 22-3 are Holidays)
  • Pirzada quiz
  • Read Monkey See, Monkey Do, Monkey Connect, pp 123-128. Work on Analyze the Text and Critical Vocabulary in class.
    Standards: RI1, RI4, RI5, RI8
  • Share and review outline ideas
  • Participation/portfolio scored.
Week 14: Week of 26-Nov-2018
  • Read And of Clay We Are Created, CR pp 39-52
  • Monkey See, Monkey Do, Monkey Connect Quiz
  • Continue with Writing Narratives interactive lesson
  • Narrative outline due by last class of the week
    Standards: W1-6
Week 15: Week of 03-Dec-2018
  • First draft of Narrative due. Peer review. >>Rubric<<
    Standards: W1-6
  • IRP
Week 16: Week of 10-Dec-2018 (Dec 17 - Jan 2 are Holidays)
  • Final draft of Narrative due. >>Rubric<<
    Standards: W1-6
  • Participation/portfolio scored.
Week 17: Week of 02-Jan-2019 (2nd is a Wednesday)
Week 18: Week of 07-Jan-2019
Week 19: Week of 14-Jan-2019
  • Participation/portfolio scored.
Week 20: Week of 21-Jan-2019

*You need to get the teacher's permission before completing an extra credit project. All work for the week needs to be completed before you can work on extra credit. Extra credit projects can only be completed for the week they are listed.