Below, you will find lesson logs, links to assignment requirements, and other helpful info.
SECOND TERM LIT:
11/8-9 We read and discussed Act I of The Crucible. Talk to someone who was here for insights.
11/6-7 We discussed the opening essay of the play and some modern connections to the arguments Arthur Miller presents. We read and discussed two of the supplemental readings, "The Cottage School: One Year Later," and "Paying the Price for Her Silence." Get the notes from someone if you weren't here.
11/2-5 We discussed the documentary from the previous class period. We then discussed some of the human nature involved in how these kinds of things happen. We discussed F. Nietzsche's quote, "Whoever fights monsters should take care that he does not become a monster; and when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you. We then watched some clips discussing these ideas. Watch the two below in relation to the idea of motivation and fighting "monsters."
10/31-11/1 We discussed the history and the major beliefs of Puritanism in preparation for reading the play. We then watched part of a documentary entitled "Witches: a Century of Murder" that discusses the history of witchcraft accusations and trials in England and Scotland. We took notes on the motivations for the accusations and the confessions.
10/29-30 We had an in-class assignment to identify the structure, appeals, and fallacies in two opposing arguments. The assignment also required comparing the relative strengths and weaknesses of the arguments to determine which one was rhetorically better. The arguments are "The Case for Official English" and "Why Fear Spanish" and can be found in the blue literature anthologies. See me if you have questions.
10/25-26 We discussed the structure of argument, the three appeals, and logical fallacies. We had an in-class assignment to write an argument with all of the structural elements, at least one labelled appeal, and at least one on-purpose logical fallacy. The argument should take a position on the effects of horror literature. See me if you were absent.
10/23-24 We finished our discussion of the horror genre by discussing two theories regarding its effects on individuals and society, the theory of catharsis and the alligator theory. We discussed these theories in some detail with examples. We then discussed argumentation and the differences in structure and intent between argument and contradiction. Next time, we will be constructing an argument in class.
10/16-17 We continued our genre discussion. This time students were asked to take notes on their impressions of a few example stories. Next time, we will be discussing theories as to the effects of the genre and how to create an argument.
10/12-15 We began our genre discussion focusing on the questions of why the genre exists, why it is so popular, and what effect it has on consumers. Get the notes from someone if you were absent.
10/10-11 We had an in-class figurative language practice to identify and explain devices in several poems. See me if you were absent. We also had an in-class extra credit activity.
10/8-9 We had a writing assessment on active voice, academic voice, and subtext extraction. You will need to make this up if you were not here. This is a non-optional assessment assignment. See me.
10/4-5 We took a pre-test on figurative language devices. We had an in-class assignment to write examples of each of the devices we discussed in class. See me if you were absent.
10/2-3 Book reports were handed in. We had an in-class practice for academic voice, active voice, and inference. We read and discussed "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T. S. Eliot. We discussed the poem's possibilities in small groups and then wrote an academic paragraph arguing for the overall subtextual argument. These paragraphs were peer-assessed and turned in.
9/28-10/1 We wrote an in-class essay (full essay) on the subtext and overall meaning of Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. This was a non-optional, assessment assignment and will need to be turned in to avoid an incomplete for the class. This was a timed writing assignment and will need to be made up in person. See me. Book reports are due next time. NEXT TIME.
9/26-27 We finished reading the novel. We discussed the subtext possibilities in terms of what Hemingway said about the book and its meaning. We discussed the role of the reader in determining subtext. Next time, we will write an in-class essay on the overall meaning of the work.
9/24-25 We discussed active and academic voice (see the rubrics HERE). We then wrote an in-class academic paragraph to practice using good voice. The paragraph should still contain a quality thesis statement, concrete detail, and commentary. The prompt was to select one element from pages 71-100 in the novel and create an argument about that element's possible contribution to the subtext of that section. We self-assessed these paragraphs in class, and then continued reading a short section of the novel after page 100.
9/20-21 We discussed the writing prompt for today. We discussed possible symbols and subtext from several elements of the novel (including the marlin, the sea, the islands, the boy, the left hand, the wounds, the sharks, etc.). We then read, discussed, and annotated the section of the novel from the top of page 71 to the very top of page 100. We will be writing about that section next time at the beginning of class.
9/18-19 We took a short reading quiz on the reading assignment from last time. We read and discussed the next section of the novel (up until page 71).
9/14-17 We checked out copies of the book in the media center. We then read and discussed a significant portion of the novel. There was a short reading assignment (read to the bottom of page 43. Read closely and be prepared to answer questions next time.
9/12-13 We discussed the writing prompt and the validity of the argument that ignorance is bliss. We read the first couple of paragraphs of the novel, discussed the subtext, and did a great deal of schema building about the setting and fauna of the novel. Talk to someone who was here if you were not.
9/10-11 We briefly discussed "The End of Something" and then wrote an academic paragraph to assess thesis statements, concrete detail, and commentary. The prompt was to explain the subtext of the story. These were peer-assessed in class. After I assess them, they will go into Skyward as three scores. As this is an assessment assignment, it must be made up. If you missed this assignment you should see me ASAP. Your grade will change to an incomplete until this assignment is made up.
9/6-7 We peer-assessed the paragraphs from last time. We then discussed and took notes on Ernest Hemingway's biography. We read Hemingway's "The End of Something" which we will be writing about in class next time.
9/4-5 We read and discussed "Hills Like White Elephants" by Ernest Hemingway and extracted subtext by inference from the dialogue, setting, and characterization. We then read "Here We Are" by Dorothy Parker and wrote an academic paragraph describing what the story means and how it creates that meaning (with a focus on the subtext).
8/30-31 We finished our discussion of "The Masque of the Red Death." We then reviewed the components of an academic paragraph (topic sentence/body thesis/claim, concrete detail/evidence, commentary/warrant, and conclusion or segue). We then wrote an in-class academic paragraph describing what the story means, how it creates that meaning, and what impact it has on readers. We then discussed our assessment rubric for those paragraph structures and self-assessed and peer-assessed those paragraphs. We briefly discussed the difference between implication and inference.
8/28-29 We discussed Edgar Allan Poe's biography and writing style. We read and discussed his story, "The Masque of the Red Death," together. You can find it HERE if you were absent. We then discussed some of the subtext and modernist themes that can be extracted from the story. Talk to someone who was here if you were not. We will be writing about this story next time.
8/24-27 We discussed the history and tenets of American Modernism. Get the notes from someone who was in class. We analyzed a short poem to demonstrate how the modernists constructed their texts.
8/22-23 We went over the disclosure document, class policies and website. The disclosure document is due on Tuesday the 28th for A day and Wednesday the 29th for B day. We then discussed some ways to offer helpful criticism. We then watched a short film and wrote a literary analysis as a pre-assessment. Those analyses were then graded by peers according to a simple, single-point rubric.
8/20-21 We discussed what it means to take responsibility for one's own education. There was a short writing assignment after the discussion to define that responsibility. We then discussed why failure is something we should seek, and why we should seek criticism. We discussed the meanings of the term "nice" and some of the disadvantages to being "nice." We added to the previous writing assignment with a discussion of why "nice" may not be so nice in certain situations. These assignments were handed in at the end of class.