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Juniors week of 11/6/17

We are reading The Crucible and continuing to address critical thinking skills in reading in a play format, character development, writing skills, as well as language, vocabulary, and listening skills. We continue to link this literary play to the historical event itself as well as to the McCarthy event in the 1950s that motivated the author to write the play.  We are also evaluating how the hysteria of these two historical events could be replaying in today's world as it is linked to the social and political response to more recent events like 9-11 or current terrorist events as seen on news feeds...how has the emotional response of society to recent terrorist activity motivated change over the course of the student's life time? How is it continuing to do so?
 
We will complete Act II  this week.
 

Seniors week of 11/6/17

We have completed the Canterbury Tales Prologue and have linked this literary work to informational text regarding the Black Plague.  We are reading two tales from this frame story and are focusing on direct and indirect characterization, identifying theme, as well as grammar, listening, and vocabulary.  We will complete The Pardoner's Tale this week and introduce the theme for the Wife of Bath's Tale.

Seniors: October 16-20

Hope everyone had a great Fall Break!
This week we will review some World History and the middle ages:  including the Hundred Year's War, The Crusades, and The Black Death.  This will set the stage for The Canterbury Tales.  As we read we will look at Characterization:  indirect and direct, analyze complex sentences, look at past and past perfect tenses.

Juniors Oct. 16-20

Hope everyone had a great Fall Break!
This week we will discuss a brief history of the motivation behind Arthur Miller's reasoning for writing The Crucible.  We will assign parts and begin reading the play.  As we read we will address motivations, character development and complex readings.

Juniors Oct. 16-20

Hope everyone had a great Fall Break!
This week we will discuss a brief history of the motivation behind Arthur Miller's reasoning for writing The Crucible.  We will assign parts and begin reading the play.  As we read we will address motivations, character development and complex readings.

Juniors: October 2-6

Test over persuasive speeches: Henry, Franklin
Short research project: McCarthyism, Salem Witch Trials in preparation for The Crucible upon return from Fall Break 

Juniors: Sept 13-Sept 29

Continue persuasive speeches Patrick Henry and Ben Franklin.
Read, discuss persuasive speech techniques...write and deliver a persuasive speech.

Juniors:Sept 1-12

Colonial writings: Persuasive speeches:  Jonathan Edwards
Read, discuss, illustrate, test over Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

Seniors: September 11-15

Watched a media variation of Beowulf.  Completed a compare/contrast essay between the two versions (text and film).
Read informational text regarding 999AD and Anglo-Saxon Women short essay on accuracy of movie version based on all texts.

Juniors: Sept 22-31

Native American Myths:  Read and discuss Earth on Turtle's Back, When Grizzlies walked Upright, The Iroquois Constitution.  Link to US Constitution.
Illustration, Test

Seniors October 2-6

This is a busy week:  delivering opening remarks to jury.
ACT re-takes
RSCC College fair
Testing over ballads

Seniors: September 20-29

Introduction of ballads.  Read and discuss Lord Randal and Get Up and Bar the Door.  
With a partner, choose one of the ballads, choose suspect, criminal charges.  One partner is DA, the other Defense lawyer...present opening remarks of a trial to the jury.

Seniors: Sept 18-22

Write and deliver a Eulogy putting Beowulf to rest and testing over Beowulf.  Test format is multiple choice and short essay.

Senior Class: August 14-18

 We got off to a great start!  Used an informational text to gather and analyze information, wrote an expository essay to convey the data and cite evidence using the text, and we began preparing for our first literary work by examining the historically relevant informational text, related vocabulary, and writing a short narrative essay.  Beginning next week we will begin British Literature by examining what is considered to be the first great work of English National Literature:  Beowulf.