Spring Semester 2012
Week One
1/09 thru 1/13
Classwork
Homework
Monday 1/9
Welcome Back! Turn in your textbooks to page 340.
Focus Lesson #1
Assignment #1 "Teach Me Something"
In pairs, you will read through and prepare a 5 minute lesson about symbolism and allegory. Be sure to
use examples and connections to when and why we use symbols
Choose a symbol of your choice and bring in the
picture of this symbol (or a very brief description if you cannot find a picture)
Tuesday 1/10
Focus Lesson #2
"Teach me Something"Mini-Lessons (three groups chosen at random)
Assignment # 2 Write a two-chunk panther paragraph explaining this particular symbol and what it stands for. Try to explain the basis of the symbol (why is this symbol appropriate for what it stands for?)
Finish two-chunk paragraph
Wednesday 1/11


Thursday 1/12
Focus Lesson # 3
Go get copies of Animal Farm
Tea Party: Animal Farm
Assignment # 3 Read "The Scarlet Ibis" and answer questions 1-9 on page 356
Read Chapter One, Animal Farm
Friday 1/13
Finish Reading Questions on page 356
Quiz, The Scarlet Ibis


Week Two
1/16 thru 1/13
Classwork
Homework
Monday 1/16
DAY OFF!

Tuesday 1/17
Focus Lesson #2
Class Discussion, "The Scarlet Ibis"
QUestions 1-9 Page 356
Assignment #4 2 chunk panther paragraph--which character has more of your sympathy: Doodle, or the narrator, and why?
Finish two-chunk paragraph about characters in "The Scarlet Ibis"
Wednesday 1/18


Thursday 1/19
Focus Lesson # 3
Read Chapter 2, Animal Farm, write reading log # 2
Reading Log topic: Who assumes power after Mr. Jones dies? Has corruption through power begun in this novel already? Explain your answers using proof from the text.
Exchange reading logs, and respond to another students log by posing additional questions, or by agreeing, or disagree respectfully and backing up your responses with CDs from the text
Discuss the emerging theme of corruption through power
Read "The Grandfather" on page 358
Friday 1/20
Identify and write a panther paragraph doing all of the following:
1. Identify the symbol on the story
2. Discuss possible interpretations for the symbol
3. Explain the effect that the symbol has on the overall work
4. Determine the author's purpose in using this symbol in his story
Essential Question: What does Soto's use of symbolism and narrative style tell us about him as an author?

Week Three
1/23 thru 1/27
Classwork
Homework
Monday 1/23
Focus Lesson
Assignment # 6 Gary Soto research assignment
Using the following websites, fill out the information worksheet about author Gary Soto
http://www.notablebiographies.com/news/Sh-Z/Soto-Gary.html
http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/230
http://www.garysoto.com/bio.html
Read Chapter 3, Animal Farm, Reading Log Topic#3--
Tuesday 1/24
Focus Lesson
Finish Gary Soto Reasearch

Wednesday 1/25
Focus Lesson
Finish Assignment #7 MLA group project
Get your packet work together: Packet DUE FRIDAY!
Thursday 1/26
Gary Soto Assembly
Get your packet work together: Packet DUE FRIDAY
Friday 1/20
Focus Lesson
Finish MAL group work
Packet #1 Due


Week Four
1/30 thru 2/03
Classwork
Homework
Monday 1/30
Focus Lesson
Assignment # 1 MLA Style Guide notes (in-text and works cited)
Read "Golden Kite, Silver Wind" Page 365
Tuesday 1/31
Focus Lesson
Assignment #2--Works Cited Page--Library Scavenger Hunt
Finish Works Cited Page, if not done
Wednesday 2/1
Focus Lesson
Benchmark #6--Symbolism and Allegory

Thursday 2/2
Focus Lesson
Benchmark #6--Symbolism and Allegory

Friday 2/3
Focus Lesson
Animal Farm QUIZ
Animal Farm worksheet--Characterization


Week Five
2/6 thru 2/10
Classwork
Homework
Monday 2/6
Focus Lesson
Discuss Chapter 4 of Animal Farm
Complete Chapter 1-4 characterization w/s
Read "Golden Kite, Silver Wind" Page 365
Tuesday 2/7
Focus Lesson
Assignment #3-Write a paragraph explaining what a
poem is, and then write a poem describing what a poem is
Assignment # 4 Read "A Blessing" and complete questions
1-9 on page 407
Wednesday 2/8
Focus Lesson

Thursday 2/9
Common Core discussion, Animal Farm Quiz (Chapters 1-4)

Friday 2/10
Focus Lesson
Assignment # 5 Imagery paragraph and poem--using imagery, write a paragraph about the weather, and then turn it into a poem

Week Six
2/13 thru 2/17
Classwork
Homework
Monday 2/13
Day Off!

Tuesday 2/14
Focus Lesson
Go over Imagery
Introduce Figures of Speech, Figures of Speech assignment
look up and define the following figures of speech, then create a powerpoint with all definitions, plus three examples and their visual cues
(2 days to complete)
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/learning/glossary-terms?category=techniques-and-figures-of-speech
Metaphor, simile, hyperbole, litotes, oxymoron,
metonymy, synecdoche, personification, imagery, symbolism
Assignment # 5 Read the poems "Woman Work" and "Daily" and answer questions 1-7 on page 412
Wednesday 2/15
NA

Thursday 2/16
Focus Lesson
Finish figures of Speech Assignment
Assignment # 6 Find a poem and annotate by identifying two figures of speech, and explain why there are the figures of speech you have identified
Assignment # 6 Find a poem and annotate by identifying two figures of speech, and explain why there are the figures of speech you have identified
Friday 2/17
Focus Lesson
(To be collected by sub) Read article "The Amish Project" and then write a two-chunk panther paragraph explaining whether you believe this project was a good idea or not, and why.





Week Seven
2/21 thru 2/24
Classwork
Homework
Monday 2/20
Day Off!

Tuesday 2/21
Focus Lesson
Figure of Speech Projects
Assignment # 6 FInd two figures of speech in a poem of your choice. Identify these figures of speech
Wednesday 2/22
NA

Thursday 2/23
Focus Lesson
Finish figures of Speech Projects
Assignment #7--How to Unpack Figurative Languague Notes
Group Project--Unpacking a Poem--Figure of Speech Scavenger Hunt
Assignment # 7 WrIte an anaysis of the figurative language you unpacked. Be sure to explain how the Figure of Speech fits into the overall poem.
Friday 2/24
Focus Lesson
Finish Projects, Group Discussion, Animal Farm


Week Eight
2/27 thru 2/17
Classwork
Homework
Monday 2/27
Assignment #1--Sound Devices notes (Rhythm, Rhyme, and Repetition)
external image empty.png Elements_of_Poetry Sound_Devices_PPT-1.ppt
PACKETS DUE TOMORROW!
Tuesday 2/28
Focus Lesson
Packets DUE!
Finish Sound Devices Notes

Wednesday 2/29
Focus Lesson
Assignment #2--T chart identifying sound devices and explaining what they mean for poem, " The Base Stealer" page 467
external image msword.png Sound devices t chart.doc
Sound Devices project--Create a Commercial (group project)
Assignment # 3
Bring in song lyrics of your choice--must be appropriate for classroom
Thursday 3/1
Focus Lesson
Assignment # 3 Group project critiques
Sound Devices project--Create a Commercial (group project)

Friday 3/2
Focus Lesson
Finish sharing Commercials
Introduce Poetry Research Essay (See assignment below)

Week Nine
3/5 thru 3/9
Classwork
Homework
Monday 3/5
Focus Lesson
Hand out and Explain Research Project
external image vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document.png Poetry Research Essay.docx
Choose your poet and poem
Decide upon your poet and bring in a poem
Tuesday 3/6
Focus Lesson
Research background information (step one)

Wednesday
3/7
Focus Lesson
Benchmark #7--Poetry
Continue Researching your poets life/background info

Thursday 3/8
Focus Lesson
Benchmark #7--Poetry
Continue Researching your poets life/background info

Friday 3/9
Focus Lesson
Introduce EBSCO HOST, Continue researching literary
style and information about your poet

Week Ten
3/12 thru 3/13
Classwork
Homework
Monday 3/12
Rough Draft! Write out your thesis (must be approved)
Class Review--how to use in text citations
Assingment # 4 Quote Sandwich
Read Chapter 7 of Animal Farm..Reading log:
Chapters 6-7: Why are the animals unable to fight against the actions of Napoleon? Compare this to a situation you have seen in real life.
Tuesday 3/13
Focus Lesson
Rough Draft--body paragraph one (early life, influence
seen in your poem?)
Finish Body paragraph one
Wednesday
3/114
Focus Lesson
Rough Draft--body paragraphs two and three (how the style and
time period show up in your poem)
Finish body paragraphs two and three
Thursday 3/15
Focus Lesson
Rough Draft--body paragraphs two and three (how the style and
time period show up in your poem)
Finish body paragraphs two and three
Friday 3/16
Focus Lesson
Introduction and Conclusion. Rough Drafts Due Monday!
FInish rough draft

Week Eleven
3/19 thru 3/23
Classwork
Homework
Monday 3/19
Rough Draft DUE!
Read Chapter 7 of Animal Farm..Reading log:
Chapters 6-7: Why are the animals unable to fight against the actions of Napoleon? Compare this to a situation you have seen in real life.
Tuesday 3/20
Focus Lesson
Assignment #5--You choose notes (The Odyssey)
Finish notes
Wednesday
3/21
Focus Lesson
Introduction--The Odyssey (Heroism/hero's jounrey) poowerpoints

Project--Greek Culture: Due Monday

Read "Tell the Story", page 651, and "Calypso, the Sweet Nymph" p 652-654
Thursday 3/22
Focus Lesson
Assignment # 6--Hero's journey
Introduction--The Odyssey (Heroism/hero's jounrey) poowerpoints

Project--Greek Culture: Due Monday

Read "Tell the Story", page 651, and "Calypso, the Sweet Nymph" p 652-654
Friday 3/21
Focus Lesson
Chapter 7 reading log and Persuasive techniques (logical fallacies)
Power points Monday!

Week Twelve
3/26 thru 3/30
Classwork
Homework
Monday 3/26
Focus Lesson
Assignment #7 T chart--quotes and commentary about Odysseus
Read "Cyclops" section and continue the notes on T chart
Packets Due this week!
Tuesday 3/27
Focus Lesson
Finish Section One, "The Odyssey"
Begin DPA
Get your packets together, fill out packet covers
Wednesday
3/28
Focus Lesson
DPA
PACKETS DUE!
Thursday 3/29
Focus Lesson
DPA
PACKETS DUE!
Friday 3/30
Focus Lesson
Career Day
Have a fantastic Spring Break!

Week Thirteen
4/9 thru 4/13
Classwork
Homework
Monday 4/9
DAY OFF!
DAY OFF!
Tuesday 4/10
Focus Lesson
Finish Section One, "The Odyssey"
Assignment #1 The Odyssey Worksheet

Animal Farm Reading Check questions--(book was to be read over Spring Break!)

Wednesday
4/11


Thursday 4/12
Focus Lesson
Continue reading Part Two--The Odyssey
Letter to Penelope
Finish Letter to Penelope
Friday 4/13
Animal Farm Discussion and
Quickwrite
ANIMAL FARM PACKET DUE TUESDAY!

Week Fourteen
4/16 thru 4/13
Classwork
Homework
Monday 4/16
Focus Lesson
Finsih reading The Odyssey,
Assignment #3 page 716 practice 1 and 2 (10 questions total)
Decide on a modern-day hero, find quotes and pictures
Tuesday 4/17
Focus Lesson
Assignment #4 Compare/Contrast visual project


Wednesday
4/18
Focus Lesson
Assignment # 4 CST REVEIW--Group work
Find 10 questions, write down the ansewer, why it
is correct, and why the other choices are incorrect

Thursday 4/19
Focus Lesson
Assignment # 4 CST REVEIW--Group work
Find 10 questions, write down the ansewer, why it
is correct, and why the other choices are incorrect

Friday 4/20
Focus Lesson
Sub work (turned in day of) Grammar/Mechanics worksheets

Week Fifteen
4/23 thru 4/27
Classwork
Homework
Monday 4/23
TESTING
Write a reading log--what characters are guilty of helping to corrupt the power of Animal Farm by being followers

Tuesday 4/24
TESTING
Discuss Animal Farm, reading logs

Wednesday
4/25
TESTING (very short class periods)
Assignment # 6 Persuasion--Dove commercial

Thursday 4/26
TESTING
Persuasion lecture,
Assignment # 7 Persuasion W/S
write a persuasive argument on the back of the persuasion worksheet
Friday 4/27
Focus Lesson
Persuasion discussion, hand out essay prompt



Week Sixteen
4/30 thru 5/04
Classwork
Homework
Monday 4/30
TESTING
Begin Revising FInal Draft of essay

Tuesday 5/01
TESTING
Continue Revising

Wednesday
5/02
TESTING
Finish Essay (works cited page)
PACKETS DUE
Thursday 5/03
TESTING
Finish Essay (works cited page)
PACKETS DUE
Friday 5/04
Focus Lesson
Shakespearian language introduction
Essay Final Drafts Due