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Week 1: Week of 27-Jan-2020, A
  • Read Love's Vocabulary pp 163-168. PDF version here.
  • Quiz on Love's Vocabulary
  • Logical fallacies
  • Love's Vocabulary analyze the text
  • Discuss creative writing options for the semester. We briefly discussed writing short responses to prompts of student creation or choosing. If we do this, we might consider showcasing the best of the responses in a quarterly on-line publication. Another project to discuss is the play outline. Do we want to pursue that as a formal activity, or as an extra credit elective?
Week 2: Week of 03-Feb-2020, B
  • Pre-reading discussion. In groups, list at least 5 reasons why we explore space.
  • Read The Reasons We Explore Space pp 433-436
  • Discuss p 437 and additional logical fallacies
  • Work ahead to week 3. Start working on Space essay (p 438).
  • Work on creative writing project we decided on (prompt response, short play, etc.) Publication?
  • Fri Feb 7: PSAT briefing
  • Standards: RI1-3, 5, 6, 8; W1; L3, 4c
Week 3: Week of 10-Feb-2020, A
  • Analyzing the Text, p 438, for the Space reading.
  • Discuss Critical Vocabulary, p 439
  • Discuss Performance Task, p 438, with an eye towards creating a good argument and avoiding logical fallacies.
  • Outline for Performance Task p 438 due first class of this week. Outline must include arguments/proof/examples. Download the rubric.
  • Standards: RI1-3, 5, 6, 8; W1; L3, 4c
Week 4: Week of 17-Feb-2020, Mon holiday, Tue no school for students, Wed A day
  • Explore Space essay due last class of the week
  • Discuss Language and Style: Transitions, p 440. Complete the Practice and Apply section using your Explore Space essay.
  • Discuss extended list of transitional words and phrase.
  • In-class, group activity using our Google group to create chain stories using logical connectors (and logical fallacies for extra credit). The teacher will assign a logical connector for each round of writing, and that connector must be used in each group's contribution.
  • Standards: RI1-3, 5, 6, 8; W1; L3, 4c
Week 5: Week of 24-Feb-2020, B
  • Read The Hero's Journey
  • Watch What Makes a Hero
  • We will brainstorm a short list of popular movies and novels that include a hero's journey. You will outline your chosen movie or book according to Josepth Campbell's Monomyth.
  • In groups, make a timeline for Wizard of Oz. Compare results.
  • Standards: RI 1, 2, 4; W 10; SL 2-3; L6
Week 6: Week of 02-Mar-2020, A
Week 7: Week of 09-Mar-2020, B
  • Vocabulary stations for: eloquent, prevailed, alliance, exhortation, arsenal.
  • Post answers to the following questions for An Ordinary Man to your portfolio:
    • List three facts that stand out to you and why
    • List three actions the author took to protect those in his hotel
    • List three causes of the genocide according to the author
    • According to the author, what was the most important thing that saved the lives of the people in the hotel? Why was this so important?
    • Standards: RI 1, 2, 4; W 10; SL 2-3; L6
  • How is that hero timeline coming?
Week 8: Week of 16-Mar-2020, A
  • Read Deep Survival pp 325-334
  • Read the supplementary excerpt here...yes, that means click here
  • In-class activity: Stations vocabulary activity for vocabulary p 337: disintegration, deduce, conversely, distill, demeanor.
  • Quiz for Deep Survival
  • Performance Task p 336, Argument due second class of next week. You may choose to respond to one of the alternate prompts we brainstormed last week. Prompt: Write an essay in which you agree or disagree with one of the following statements. Support your response with logical reasons and specific examples.
    • If you have the will to live, you will live.
    • You are more likely to survive if you are a good person.
    • Creativity and common sense are the most important attributes for surival.
    • If you remain calm and rational in a life threatening situation, you will be more likely to survive.
  • In-class activity: Speed discussion using questions from Performance Task p 336
  • Work on children's story!
  • Standards: RI 1-6; W1

Listen to Deep Survival with short pauses at page breaks

Week 9: Week of 23-Mar-2020, B
  • In-class activity: Speed discussion using questions from Performance Task p 336
  • Performance Task p 336, Argument due by the end of the school day Friday.
  • Remember that you do have the option of responding to the prompt on p 336 or one of the alternate prompts we brainstormed in class:
    • If you have the will to live, you will live.
    • You are more likely to survive if you are a good person.
    • Creativity and common sense are the most important attributes for surival.
    • If you remain calm and rational in a life threatening situation, you will be more likely to survive.
  • Work on children's story! Perhaps it's time to share? Update: Due to our school closure, the children's story won't be due until next quarter. But please keep working on it when you have time. It's a worthwhile, fun project.
  • Standards: RI 1-6; W1

Instructions for Performance Task p 336

Week 10: Week of 30-Mar-2020, A

Week 11: Week of 13-Apr-2020, A
  • Personal letter to a real or fictional friend or relative who lives far away. Your letter must include at least 300 words and can be about any of the following:
    • Your real spring vacation
    • A fictional spring vacation
    • Your real plans for summer or an upcoming PCS
    • Your fictional plans for the summer
    • Life in Misawa
  • Introduce upcoming series of 3 projects
Week 12: Week of 20-Apr-2020, Mon no school for students, Tue B day
  • Get book for IRP
  • Discuss Project 1; review different topics and platforms
  • Turn in Project 1 Proposal by the end of second class. Your proposal needs to include:
    • Chosen topic
    • Chosen platform
    • At least three credible sources
Week 13: Week of 27-Apr-2020, B
  • Review using proper citation and references
  • Graded on progress. You can demonstrate progress by any of the following:
    • Detailed outline or notes
    • Rough draft of sorts (depending on platform)
    • Script (depending on platform)
    • Visuals or other multimedia collected or created
Week 14: Week of 04-May-2020, A
  • Complete Project 1
Week 15: Week of 11-May-2020, B
  • Project 1 presentations
  • Brainstorm Project 2 topics
Week 16: Week of 25-May-2020, Mon no school for students, Tue B day
Week 17: Week of 01-Jun-2020, B
Week 18: Week of 08-Jun-2020, A

*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.