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Week 1: Week of 26-Aug-2019
  • Review syllabus
  • Review week 2 (sub for one day)
  • Library computer account set up and orientation
  • Assign textbooks and preview our first reading and activities
  • Work on outline for Performance Task p 8
Week 2: Week of 02-Sep-2019
  • SRI
  • Brainstorm important, positive features of our school or community. (PT p. 8)
  • Read A Quilt of a Country, pp 3-6. We may read this in class.
  • Analyzing the Text, p 8.
  • Performance Task, p 8, due Friday. Minimum of 250 words and 3 paragraphs.
Week 3: Week of 09-Sep-2019
  • Review Analyzing the Text
  • Peer review / work on final drafts of Performance Task p. 8
  • Analyzing the Text, p 8 and Critical Vocabulary p 9 -- extension activities.
    • Chain story using critical vocabulary and logical connectors
    • In-class response to one adapted Analyze the Text question
    • Stories using target vocabulary
    • Homework: Read Once Upon a Time, pp 11-16
Week 4: Week of 16-Sep-2019
  • Review last week's assessment
  • Pre-reading: Research apartheid-era South Africa, research author, make predictions, and preview vocabulary.
  • 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. Heres a good resource: Elements of Fairy Tales
Week 5: Week of 23-Sep-2019
  • In-class assessment for Once Upon a Time.
  • Read Rituals of Memory, pp 21-24
  • Analyzing the Text, p 25, and all of page 26
  • 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 30-Sep-2019
  • 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 07-Oct-2019
  • Multimedia activity due. Due 1st class next week (Monday for B class, Tuesday for A class).
Week 8: Week of 14-Oct-2019
  • 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 21-Oct-2019
  • 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.
  • 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 28-Oct-2019
  • 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.
  • 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 04-Nov-2019
  • 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 11-Nov-2019
Week 13: Week of 18-Nov-2019
  • Character sketch due
  • 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 scored.
Week 14: Week of 25-Nov-2019
  • Review Monkey See, Monkey Do, Monkey Connect, pp 123-128. Work on Analyze the Text and Critical Vocabulary in class.
    Standards: RI1, RI4, RI5, RI8
  • Monkey See, Monkey Do, Monkey Connect Quiz
  • Continue with Writing Narratives interactive lesson
  • Narrative outline due by first class of the week
    Standards: W1-6
Week 15: Week of 02-Dec-2019
  • Narrative due. >>Rubric<<
    Standards: W1-6
  • Unit 1 Lesson 1, Hero timeline
  • Unit 1 Lesson 1, Read Where Have All Our Heroes Gone? with follow-up discussion.
  • One-paragraph response to the following prompt: Define the term 'hero' and give an example of someone you know personally who you consider a hero or a well-known person you consider a hero and why.
    Be sure to proofread your paragraph. This must be printed out and turned in.
Week 16: Week of 09-Dec-2019
  • Unit 1 Lesson 4
  • Read The Last Leaf
  • Graphic organizer for Last Leaf
  • Written reflection on the question: If you were writing your own story about a heroic quality, like unselfish sacrifice in "The Last Leaf," what characteristic would you want to promote or write about? What ideas do you have for possible plot, characters, theme, and setting? Answer these questions in one or two paragraphs.
  • Participation scored.
Week 17: Week of 16-Dec-2020
Week 18: Week of 06-Jan-2020
Week 19: Week of 13-Jan-2020
Week 20: Week of 20-Jan-2020

For Semester 2, add to the schedule:

  • Collection 3, The Grasshopper and the Bell Cricket
  • Collection 3, At Dusk
  • Collection 4, Love's Vocabulary

*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.