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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
  • 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. We'll review this next week if necessary.
  • Performance Task, p 8. 500 word minimum. For full credit, your essay must include:
    • At least two instances of parallelism
    • At least three logical connectors other than fanboys (for and nor but or yet so)
    • Due the first class of next week, printed
Week 3: Week of 09-Sep-2019
  • Set up portfolios
  • Review Analyzing the Text
  • Peer review / work on final drafts of Performance Task p. 8
  • A Quilt of a Country essay due first class
  • Presentation of your paper either as a class presentation or printable infographic/poster This should be a summary of the main points of your paper perhaps with additional examples or stating your concepts in a new way. This should not be simply a reading of your paper or a 'copy and paste' to a visual presentation. (Due Tuesday next week.)
  • In-class response to one adapted Analyze the Text question
  • Chain story using critical vocabulary and logical connectors (if time permits)
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
  • In-class assessment for Once Upon a Time.
  • Fairy Tale: Based on Performance Task P. 18, but will not be performed. This will be an individually authored, original fairy tale based on the Performance Task prompt. Heres a good resource: Elements of Fairy Tales
Week 5: Week of 23-Sep-2019
  • Review Quilt assessement
  • Read Rituals of Memory, pp 21-24
  • Analyzing the Text, p 25, and all of page 26
  • Rituals of Memory adapted analysis assessment
Week 6: Week of 30-Sep-2019
Week 7: Week of 07-Oct-2019
  • Multimedia activity due.
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
  • Analyze the Text p 53 and Critical Vocabulary p 54. We'll complete this in-class in pairs.
  • 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
  • Using a presentation, infographic, or web-site format, and using only resources (digital or hard copy) from our library, create a 350-500 word expository report on the social and political roles and expectations of women in Iran since the 1979 revolution. Post your report to your portfolio.
    • All references and citations must be in APA format
    • We can gather resources and information as a class, but you must complete the project on your own.
  • 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
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.
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.
  • Pirzada extra performance task: Write one letter from the perspective of one of Lilia's parents. The letter should be addressed to one of their relatives in India and should be sharing their experience of befriending Mr. Pirzada and weathering this difficult time with him. How do they feel? What are their concerns and motivations? Joys and fears? 350-500 words.
  • The Censors Step 2 if time permits

NOTE TO TEACHER: Need to update everything below for Honors.

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/portfolio 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. When you are finished, post it to your portfolio.
  • IRP
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/portfolio 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
  • IRP due

*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.