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Pre-AP English 9 (Period 6)

Instructor
Rhonda Gardner
Term
2019/2020 School Year
Department
English
Description

Welcome to your freshman year at ATC, and welcome to pre-AP English 9!  With high school comes an exciting time of examining and learning more about yourself, the world around you, and how you will ultimately choose to interact with and contribute to that world.  Through the study of literature and various forms of writing, we will examine man’s timeless conflicts with himself, others, and his environment.  We’ll analyze the forces that shape those conflicts and determine the value of the resolutions offered within the literary works.  Together we’ll uncover the various authors’ purposes and see where they are (and are not) relevant to our lives. Always, we will take away a greater understanding of others, ourselves, and the world in which we live. It is critical in an advanced course that students ask questions, listen actively to their peers and the instructor, and synthesize the various forms of information to make meaning for themselves.  Literature and writing are all about exploration for the purpose of making and communicating meaning.  Thus, discussion will be central to our class, and respect for one another’s views is expected. This will be a safe place to explore ideas and share our mental wanderings and wonderings.

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Do Now: Tell the story of how you got a scar. 
Time to work on comparison/contrast activities.  Due end of hour.

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Do Now: Think about a memory from childhood involving a bike.  Tell the story.
Introduce personal narrative and provide examples.  Provide time to work in class.

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Do Now: What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned in your life so far?

Time in class to work on personal narratives. Be prepared for peer review tomorrow.

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Do Now: Think of a time when you were especially happy and content.  What was happening?

Provide time for peer review then time to work on final drafts.  Due Tuesday of next week (though we will not work on them Monday as it is Parent Conferences).

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Do Now: What do you know about Shakespeare?

Introduction to Shakespeare and Anticipation Guide to Romeo and Juliet

Read the article “Romeo and Juliet in Bosnia” and discuss. 

Review Act. 1 vocabulary.  Assign parts and begin reading play. 

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Do Now: Do you believe love can conquer all?  Why or why not?

Read the rest of Act. I in class.  Students complete the Act. I, scene 5 worksheet for tomorrow.

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Do Now: Do you believe in love at first sight?  Why or why not?

Complete Act. 1 chart in class in small groups and then discuss as a class. Complete Act. 1 found poem.

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Do now: What may have been advantages to arranged marriages? 

Introduce Act. II vocabulary. Read Act. II in class. If time, we'll write a paragraph analysis of one of the many conflicts in the play.

Past Assignments

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Do Now:  What gives an activity value for you?

Complete comparison/contrast activity with “Most Dangerous Game” and “Cask of Amontillado.”  Due end of class tomorrow.

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Do Now:  What are your thoughts on seeking revenge?  How does that normally turn out in the movies or in literature? 

Read “Cask of Amontillado” aloud together then answer questions.

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Do Now: What are your thoughts on hunting? Is there a difference between subsistence and sport hunting for you?

Read “Most Dangerous Game” and answer questions.  Questions will be due beginning of the hour tomorrow.

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Do Now: What winter sports do you enjoy?

Finish story.  Complete error analysis sheet in groups. Due end of hour. 

Complete questions on “To Build a Fire" individually.  Due tomorrow

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Do Now: Have you ever made a mistake that could have cost you your life?

Read “To Build a Fire” together. Complete Error Analysis Sheet.

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Do Now:  What do you do when you get bored? 

Dialogue due.  Compose 12 sentences demonstrating each of the 12 ways to begin sentences.

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Do Now: What is the purpose of dialogue in a story? 

Peer review of Dialogues.  Final due tomorrow.

Discuss variety in sentence beginnings.

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Do Now: Set a goal for one area of your life for second quarter.  What is your goal?
Time in class to work on dialogue.  Roughs due tomorrow for peer review.

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Do Now:  Are you someone who generally likes to follow the rules or test the rules?  Why?  Do you ever wish it were the other way around?
Finish "Yellow Wallpaper" questions. 
Go over the rules for dialogue punctuation and have students complete the exercises and the paragraph.  If time, have students begin original dialogue.

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Do Now: Why do we sometimes feel we need to act in a way that others expect rather than be true to ourselves?
Read and discuss “The Story of an Hour."  Read "The Yellow Wallpaper" and begin questions.  Time to finish them tomorrow if needed. 

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Do Now: What are some expectations that people, including yourself, have of you? Describe these expectations.  Are they fair?

Essay due beginning of class.

Students will read “The Scarlet Ibis” in class and respond to the questions provided. 

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Do Now: Do you believe in luck?  Discuss.

Last day to work on essay.  Goal should be to finish and have at least one peer review your complete essay.

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Do Now: What is your greatest strength?  How does that play out on any given day?

Continue to work on essay.  Goal for the day should be to complete at least two of the three body paragraphs and have a peer review to ensure quotes are embedded and that analysis follows each quote.

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Do Now: What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever tried?  What lessons did you learn about yourself?

Continue to work on essay.  Goal for the day should be to complete evidence-gathering and organization work, have a completed into, and all three topic sentences.

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Do Now:  How do you feel about Hemingway’s definition of a hero? Agree or disagree?  Know any?

Begin essay on Santiago as a Hemingway Code Hero.  Provide essay outline for use. Student goal for the day should be to have a thesis and most of the evidence for the essay collected and organized.

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Do Now: Discuss Santiago’s relationship with the fish.  How would you characterize it?

Discuss novel as a whole.  Jenga review. 

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Do Now: What is your stamina level to tackle things that are hard? What are some strategies you have to endure?

Discuss 86-100.  Time to finish novella. 

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Do Now: How aware of your surroundings are you?  Could you survive a long-term outdoor experience?

Discuss 53-85 and time to complete study guide questions, due end of hour.  Begin reading 86-100.

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Do Now: When you feel overwhelmed, how do you generally react?

Discuss 26-52.  Time to complete study guide questions and begin tonight’s reading of pages 53-85.

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Do Now: What are your first impressions of Santiago?  What are his strengths and weaknesses?
 

Discussion of pages read over the weekend and time to complete Study Guide. Due end of hour. Read 26-52 for tomorrow.

Discuss annotations.

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Do Now:  Set one goal for the weekend in some area of your life.
 

Rhetorical analysis essay due. 

Introduce Old Man and the Sea and begin reading text together.   Read pages 9-25 for Monday.

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Do Now: Are there any causes you care enough about to fight for?

Jenga "Hills Like White Elephants" by Hemingway as a precursor to Old Man and the Sea

 

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Do Now: What do you think is the greatest injustice in our society?  Our world?

Read and discuss “Hills Like White Elephants” by Hemingway as a precursor to Old Man and the Sea,

 

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Do Now: Think about the political or thought leaders in our world that you respect.  What qualities do they possess that you admire?

Time in class to work on essay focusing on embedding and analyzing support.

Have me look at one body paragraph today.  Essay due by Friday, but can be turned in earlier.

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Do Now: Consider the purpose and value of letters prior to the invention of texting and social media.  Do you think we’re missing out on something of value from the past, or are we in a better place in terms of communication?
Work together on completing a CAPPAS for Jefferson's speech. 
Time to work together on essay of rhetorical analysis focusing on making a sound claim and collecting evidence

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Do Now:  What are your thoughts on where our nation stands in the various battles for civil rights that exist?
 

Continue reading Jefferson's Address and completing comprehension guide.  Move on to CAPPAS.  Time to complete CAPPAS.  

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Do Now:  Based on what you know of American history, which is your favorite president and why?

Read Jefferson's 1st Inaugural Address together and complete comprehension guide. 

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Do Now: What is the value of literature?  Journalism? 

 

Veldt essay due.

Students read and annotate Faulkner’s Nobel Acceptance Speech.  Discuss together, highlighting particular rhetorical strategies and devices.

Students complete precis independently.

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Do Now: What is your favorite sport and sports personality?  Do you have any sports heroes?
 

Introduce the concept of rhetorical analysis and rhetorical appeals. 

Read and discuss Lou Gehrig’s Farewell to Baseball together.  Have students complete a precis in groups.

If any time remains, students may continue working on their final Veldt essay which is due tomorrow.

 
 

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Do Now: Why do you suppose science fiction and fantasy are such popular genres of literature?
 

Peer review of essays looking specifically for quote weaving and analysis following quotes.

Time to work on final Veldt essay, due Wednesday (though we will not have dedicated time for working on it in class tomorrow).

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Do Now:  Tell me the best thing about this school year so far. What’s one thing you wish were different?
 
Continue working on "The Veldt" essay.  Rough draft due Monday. 

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Do Now:  Choose any political topic and make a claim of your position on the topic.  Now make a claim on the opposing view.

Begin working on an essay on "The Veldt."

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Do Now:  How do you generally respond when you don't get your way? 
 
Extended response questions on "The Veldt" due end of the hour. 

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Do Now: Think of a time you were really angry.  How did you respond? 
 
Short story due if not turned in on Friday.  Read “The Veldt” aloud in class.  Discuss characterization and theme.  Choose one (character or theme) to write a one-paragraph claim with supporting evidence from the story.  Workshop in class.

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Labor Day -- No School 

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Do Now: Why can science fiction sometimes be a better vehicle to getting a message across than other genres of fiction? 
Time to finish story.  Due Monday if you're unable to finish today. 

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Do Now: What is the best book or story you have ever read, and what made it great?
Time to work on original science fiction story. 

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Do Now: What are some "What if's" you wonder about? 
Time to finish discussion questions. 
Brainstorm ideas for possible science fiction stories. Time to begin working on your own science fiction story. 

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Do Now:  What do you think is the greatest technological achievement of your lifetime? 
Final Fahrenheit 451 essays due with three peer review sheets attached. 
Read "Harrison Bergeron" aloud and discuss science fiction as a political statement. 
Read "August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains" individually.  Begin discussion questions.  

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Do Now:  Describe how your world would be different without technology. 
Half the hour to read "A Sound of Thunder" by Ray Bradbury and discuss theme.  Complete plot chain graphic organizer. 
Half the hour to finalize 451 essays with peer feedback.  Final essays due tomorrow with three peer review sheets attached. 
 

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Do Now:  What about the future are you most excited and most concerned?  Do Nows for the week due. 
Finalize social contract. 
Discussion of the peer review process and the guidelines sheet. 
Students will have three other students read and provide comments on their rough drafts.  
Final essays will be due Tuesday with the three peer review forms attached.  One reviewer can be an adult. 

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Do Now:  When people give you feedback on your writing, what do you care most about?  What concerns do you have? 
Brainstorm social contract elements with students. 
Students will have the rest of the hour to work on the rough drafts of their essays.  
Rough drafts due tomorrow for peer review.  Draft essays must be printed out for tomorrow. 

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Do Now:  Other than to torture students, why do we require you to cite evidence from the book to support your statements? 
Students will have the class period to work on the rough drafts of their essays with teacher support. 

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Do Now:  What are the character traits of individuals that you think are most important for success in life? 
Go over essay structure.  Provide essay outline organizer. 
Students will begin to outline an essay on either a character or a theme in Fahrenheit 451
Thesis statement due by the end of the hour. 

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Do Now:  What was your favorite part of last week in terms of school?
Discuss and provide examples of how to embed quotes.
Discussion of themes of the novel.  Students will compose a paragraph with a statement of theme and provide three pieces of textual evidence correctly embedded. 

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Independent discussion question due. 

Discussion of the changes Guy Montag goes through during the course of the novel and what specific incidents bring him to those moments of change. Create a claim and a graphic organizer illustrating the trajectory of the character.  (Small group)

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Read and discuss Burning a Book by Robert Stafford in terms of the novel.  
Begin discussion questions on Fahrenheit 451.  Students will complete some questions in whole group, some in small group, and one independently for homework. 

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Summer Assignment due.  

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In-class writing assignment:  What I need to know about you. 

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Elements of Science Fiction handout and discussion of the degree to which Fahrenheit 451 aligns with these elements.