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Week 1: Week of 24-Aug-2020, Mon and Tue are 8-period days, Wed is an A
  • Review syllabus
  • Library computer account set up and orientation
  • Assign textbooks and preview our first reading and activities. Brainstorm ideas as a class for the Performance Task p 8.
  • Work on outline for Performance Task p 8. This will be due next week.
  • Make sure we all have access to my.hrw.com -- our online textbook
Week 2: Week of 31-Aug-2020, B
  • Make sure we all have access to my.hrw.com -- our online textbook. The teacher will create new passwords for everyone unable to get online.
  • Review Analyzing the Text.
  • Absolutely, positively finish reading A Quilt of a Country, pp 3-6. Download pdf.
  • Work on one of the activity options for A Quilt of a Country | Link to Coggle | Digital Quilt template - pdf. Alternatively, you can complete a panel for the class quilt (see below).
  • Performance Task, p 8, due Friday. Minimum of 350 words and 3 paragraphs. View task.
  • Start working on a class quilt. Download instructions. We need to measure the bulletin boards to be used and divide by the number of students to determine how big each panel will be. Perhaps one of the math classes would like to do this as an inter-curricular activity.
  • Thursday and Friday (B3, A3) to the IC
Week 3: Week of 07-Sep-2020, Mon is a holiday, Tue is an A
  • Pre-reading discussion: What makes a fairy tale? What are the elements of a fairy tale?
  • Pre-reading: Research apartheid-era South Africa, research author, make predictions, and preview vocabulary.
  • Read Once Upon a Time, pp 11-16 Download pdf.
Week 4: Week of 14-Sep-2020, A
  • Read Once Upon a Time, pp 11-16. Download pdf.
  • Once Upon a Time culminating activity options. You must choose one of the following:
    • Alternate ending: Write an alternate ending to the story. Minimum words - 350.
    • Chronological outline: Create an outline for the story on Google Docs. The outline must reflect all events or movements in the story.
    • Character analysis: Write your own analysis for each character. What type of person are they? What motivates them? What do they look like? You can use a Google Doc, mindmap (Coggle), website, video, or any other media with teacher's permission.
    • All options will be graded using the General Homework Rubric
    • Due Friday
    • Thu/Fri: BoY Assessment
Week 5: Week of 21-Sep-2020, B
  • Go over new club. B class has not been informed.
  • In-class: Listen to Rituals of Memory and read along (optional) using hard copy.
  • Read Rituals of Memory pp. 21-24 Download pdf.
  • Using Coggle or completing by hand, create a mindmap for Rituals of Memory. Your map should include memories from the essay, qualities of those memories, other thoughts or experiences the author shares, etc. Due Friday
  • Discuss IRP presentation
  • Begin character/storyline evaluation of Dead Poets Society
Week 6: Week of 28-Sep-2020, Mon & Fri no school for students, Tue is an A
  • IRP selection made and you have your book in-hand or available digitally
  • Work on Characters and Premise. This is due the end of the week.
  • Continue character/storyline evaluation of Dead Poets Society
Week 7: Week of 05-Oct-2020, B
  • Mr. R takes leave Monday and Friday B3.
  • Read The March on Washington, pp 47-51.. You can download a recording of the actual speech at http://okra.stanford.edu/media/audio/630828000.mp3 (The teacher can scan pp 47-51 if necessary.) Also read Read from Nobody Turn Me Around: A People's History of the 1963 March on Washington, pp 55-68. As you read both pieces, identify excerpts and passages that you find are still very relevant today.

Special instructions for B3 for Monday and Friday:
Monday: Finish Characters and Premise activity. If you have finished that, use class time to read The March on Washington, pp 47-51.
Friday: To the library to get and read your IRP book.

Week 8: Week of 12-Oct-2020, Mon holiday, Tue is an A, Wed is an 8-period with PSAT, drills
  • B class needs to listen to the speech and read March on Washington in class.
  • OPTION 1: Performance Task p 72. Be sure to use 1st person! Due Friday.
    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.) This will be graded using the General Homework Rubric.
  • OPTION 2: Identify at least four passages from the readings assigned last week that you think are still particularly relevant today. Explain why you have selected each passage and give specific examples of how it is relevant today. In other words, give specific examples of how that relevance is expressed by recent events (i.e., events in your lifetime). This can be completed as a Google Doc, PPT, video, podcast, or any other format with teacher approval. Due Friday. Be sure to cite passages specifically rather than referring to them in general terms. This will be graded using the General Homework Rubric
Week 9: Week of 19-Oct-2020, B, no school for students Fri
  • 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. Download activity instructions
    Standards: W2, W6, L5
    Objectives: You will be able to identify and use the connotations and denotations of words and phrases.
Week 10: Week of 26-Oct-2020, A, no school for students Fri
  • Complete Performance Task p 94 Step 2. 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. Download activity instructions. Three points to the winning censor team.
    Standards: W2, W6, L5
    Objectives: You will be able to identify and use the connotations and denotations of words and phrases.
  • Pirzada pre-reading: Groups explore and share history of Bengali fight for independence resulting in the emergence of Bangladesh as an independent nation in 1971.
  • Read When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine, pp 103-118. You can download this story for printing here.
  • Pirzada Performance Task p. 120. You can download the instructions here.
    Standards: RL1, RL3, RL6,W9
    Objective: You will use clues from a narrative to write letters from the perspective of one of the characters.
  • Review IRP requirements
Week 11: Week of 02-Nov-2020, A
  • Pirzada quiz
  • Begin IRP presentations for those who choose to present their IRPs in person to the class. IRP presentation due Friday.
  • Discuss Persuasive Essay. Brainstorm domains higher level domains (i.e., COVID, education, public health, media) and possible topics within those domains.
  • Friday A3 goes to the library to get new IRP books
Week 12: Week of 09-Nov-2020, B, Wed holiday
  • Begin IRP presentations for those who choose to present their IRPs in person to the class. Remember that even if you decide not to present your IRP in person, your deliverable has to be accessible by the class. We will be viewing your IRP presentation in class.
  • Logical fallacies: Create them for our chosen topic.
  • Persuasive essay: Choose topic
  • Thursday B3 goes to the library to get new IRP books
Week 13: Week of 16-Nov-2020, B
  • B class needs to complete the logical fallacies activity
  • Read The Last Leaf
  • Video of The Last Leaf if time permits
  • Best of two:
    1. The Last Leaf quiz
    2. Use each word in a sentence (for 10 sentences): LIST: encroach, extricate, constrict, comply, tentative, cataracts, commemorates, trapeze, anticipation, weathering with the context for each sentence being personal finance classes for high school.
  • Work on persuasive outline
  • Work on #1 of the lesson for The Leap as an in-class exercise. (This may have to wait until next week.)
Week 14: Week of 23-Nov-2020, A, Thu & Fri holiday
Week 15: Week of 30-Nov-2020, B
Week 16: Week of 07-Dec-2020, Mon CCR no school for students, Tue A day
  • Read Love's Vocabulary pp 163-168
  • Group activity
    1. As a class, come up with four sentences, two of which include the word love and two which include the word hate. The sentences can be fictional or non-fictional, but the subject (whether it be a person, place, or thing) should be very familiar to everyone.
    2. In groups, rewrite each sentence without using love or hate. Be as expressive and descriptive as possible. Your goal is to replace the ambiguous words love and hate with more specific, expressive language.
  • Love's Vocabulary quiz second class of the week
  • Work on your children's book idea. We can work ahead if time permits (see wk 17).
Week 17: Week of 14-Dec-2020, A
Week 18: Week of 04-Jan-2020, B
  • Work on children's stories
Week 19: Week of 11-Jan-2020, Exam schedule
  • Share children's stories
  • Wizard of Oz

For Semester 2, add to the schedule:

  • Collection 3, The Grasshopper and the Bell Cricket
  • Quiz on Love's Vocabulary
  • At Dusk discussion and activity

*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.