Thursday, December 7, 2017

Day 83 (12/7): The Things We Carry


Warm Up:

Get out some paper and open your ears.

Standards:
ELAGSE11-12W3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
ELAGSE11-12SL4 Present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective, such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning, alternative or opposing perspectives are addressed, and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and a range of formal and informal tasks.
ELAGSE11-12RL7 Analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem (e.g., recorded or live production of a play or recorded novel or poetry), evaluating how each version interprets the source text.
ELAGSE11-12RL2 Determine two or more themes or central ideas of text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.

Essential Questions:
  1. What are the requirements of the AP Synthesis essay?
  2. How are we shaped by the things we carry?
Agenda:
Homework:
  • Continue The Things We Carry Culminating Assessment, Parts I and II
  • All Make Up Work Due Tomorrow!
  • Portfolio Due Tomorrow

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Day 82, (12/6): The Things They Carried, The Things We Carry



Warm Up:
Please clear your desk but for a pen/pencil, your TTTC book, and some paper.

Standards:
ELAGSE11-12RL1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
ELAGSE11-12RL2 Determine two or more themes or central ideas of text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.
ELAGSE11-12RL3 Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).
ELAGSE11-12W3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events
using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

Essential Questions:
  1. How do multiple narratives interact to create a complex theme?
  2. How do the things I carry define me?
Agenda:
  • Discussion Quiz, TTTC Ch. 12-15
  • Intro to "The Things We Carry" Assessment
Homework:

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Monday, December 4, 2017

Day 80 (12/4): Milestones, Part 1

No class today.  Report directly to your testing location. Do your best on the test!!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Day 78 (11/30): TTTC & Milestones Practice


Warm Up:
Please clear your desk of all materials except:

  • A piece of paper
  • A pen or pencil
  • Your copy of The Things They Carried

Standards:
ELAGSE11-12W8 Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the task, purpose,and audience; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and overreliance on any one source and following a standard format for citation.
ELAGSE11-12W9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Essential Questions:
  1. How do I put together sources to help support my argument?
  2. How do I navigate the GA Milestones EOC Program
Agenda:
Homework:
Begin work on creating, revising, and/or updating your CHS Writing Portfolio.  (Instructions & Checklist on Google Classroom).

Please look carefully at this revised schedule for these last weeks of the semester.

Notice: 
  • USATestPrep EOC Practice #3 Due Sunday!
  • TTTC, Ch. 12-15 Quiz on Wednesday
  • Alternative Location for Wednesday and Thursday: Room 304
  • Your EOCT is on Monday & Tuesday!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Day 77 (11/29): Common App Essay Revision



Warm Up:
TTTC Quiz 2 Written Response Exemplar Discussion.

Consider:

  1. How does the topic sentence develop a clear and concrete claim?
  2. How does the author develop reasons supporting the claim?
  3. How does the response pay attention to the subtleties of theme?


Standards:
ELAGSE11-12W3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events
using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
  • Engage and orient the reader by setting out a problem, situation, or observation and its significance, establishing one or multiple point(s) of view, and introducing a narrator and/or characters;create a smooth progression of experiences or events.
  • Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description,reflection, and multiple plot lines, to develop experiences, events,and/or characters.
  • Use a variety of techniques to sequence events so that they build on one another to create a coherent whole and build toward a particular tone and outcome (e.g., a sense of mystery, suspense, growth, or resolution). 
  • Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events,setting, and/or characters.
  • Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on what is experienced, observed, or resolved over the course of the narrative.

ELAGSE11-12W5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience. 

Learning Intentions (What do we want to 'get'):
  1. Narrative essays use personal stories to illustrate deep lessons about life and growing up.
  2. Good writing uses active verbs, clearly orders the ideas, and links excellent concrete detail to well-reasoned broader themes.
Success Criteria (How do we know we 'got it'):
Compare your essay to This Narrative Essay Rubric

Agenda:
  • Essay Revision Workshop
    • RE-vision means see again, this means you should be willing look at the project from a new perspective, or approach it from a new angle.
    • Final Essay - 650 words or fewer (Resubmit to Google Classroom)
Homework:

  • USATestPrep Milestone Practice #3 (Due Friday)
  • Continue Reading TTTC, Ch. 8-11 (Quiz Thursday)
  • Finish Common App Essay Revision (Due Next Wednesday)


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Day 76 (11/29): Literary Latrinalia, Cont'd



Warm Up:
TTTC Quiz 1: Written Response Exemplar Discussion

Standards:

ELAGSE11-12SL1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups,and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
ELAGSE11-12SL3 Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.

Essential Questions:
  1. What can we gain from close analysis of literature?
  2. How can we "enter the conversation?"
Agenda:
Homework:
  • USATestPrep Milestone Practice #3 (Due Friday)
  • Continue Reading TTTC, Ch. 8-11 (Quiz Thursday)

Monday, November 27, 2017

Day 75 (11/27): Literary Latrinalia



Warm Up:
Thanksgiving Stories?
Reminders for the weeks ahead!
Comma Usage, Rules 1 & 2

Standards:

ELAGSE11-12SL1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups,and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
ELAGSE11-12SL3 Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.

Essential Questions:
  1. What can we gain from close analysis of literature?
  2. How can we "enter the conversation?"
Agenda:
Homework:
  • USATestPrep Milestone Practice #3 (Due Friday)
  • Continue Reading TTTC, Ch. 8-11 (Quiz Friday)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Day 74 (11/16): Revision and Reading


Warm Up:
Introduce Researched Argument

Standards:
ELAGSE11-12W1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
  • Introduce precise, knowledgeable claim(s), establish the significance of the claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that logically sequences claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
  • Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly and thoroughly,supplying the most relevant evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level, concerns, values, and possible biases.
  • Use words, phrases, and clauses as well as varied syntax to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims.
  • Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.
  • Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.

Essential Questions:
  1. How can I improve my writing through revision?
Agenda:

You have the period today to work on the following:
  • Finish Argument Essay Revision
  • Read The Things They Carried, Ch. 1-3
  • If you finish both of these items, you should start exploring topic options for your Researched Argument Essay.


Homework:
  • Finish The Things They Carried, Ch. 1-3 - Quiz tomorrow
  • Finish Essay Revision - Due Tomorrow

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Day 72 (11/14): Argument Essay Exemplar Analysis

Image Source


Warm Up:
Finish Gatsby

Standards:
ELAGSE11-12RI5 Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the structure an author uses in his or her exposition or argument, including whether the structure makes points clear, convincing, and engaging.
ELAGSE11-12RI6 Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness, or beauty of the text.
ELAGSE11-12W5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.


Essential Questions:
  1. What are the qualities of an effective AP Argument Essay?
  2. How can peer revision help make me a stronger writer?
Agenda:
  • Review Argument Rubric and AP Rubric
  • AP Exemplar Analysis (30 minutes)
    • Go to Assigned Group
    • Read Exemplar Essays individually
    • Assign Marks to Exemplar Essays
    • Discuss Marks and reasoning within group
  • Student Essay Blind Marking (60 Minutes)
    • Read each student essay individually
    • Using the CORRECTED Marks for your Exemplar Essays, give each essay a Predicted Mark
    • Discuss Marks and reasoning within Group, attempt to reach consensus
    • Write a brief Global Comment on each essay (identify at least one overall strength and one weakness)
Homework:

  • TTTC, Chapters 1-3 by Friday

Monday, November 13, 2017

Day 70 (11/13): Baz Luhrman's "The Great Gatsby"



Standards:
ELAGSE11-12RL2 Determine two or more themes or central ideas of text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.
ELAGSE11-12RL7 Analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem (e.g., recorded or live production of a play or recorded novel or poetry), evaluating how each version interprets the source text.  (Include at least one play by Shakespeare as well as one play by an American dramatist.)

Essential Questions:
  1. How does Gatsby relate to our own lives?
  2. How do different readers reach different interpretations of the same novel?
  3. What effect does translation across media have on the meanings of a work?
Agenda:
  • Continue watching Film

Friday, November 10, 2017

Day 69 (11/10): Gatsby Party



Warm Up:
If you need to change for the party, please do so now!

Standards:
ELAGSE11-12RL2 Determine two or more themes or central ideas of text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.
ELAGSE11-12RL7 Analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem (e.g., recorded or live production of a play or recorded novel or poetry), evaluating how each version interprets the source text.  (Include at least one play by Shakespeare as well as one play by an American dramatist.)
ELAGSE11-12W3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events
using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.


Essential Questions:
  1. How does Gatsby relate to our own lives?
  2. How do different readers reach different interpretations of the same novel?
  3. What effect does translation across media have on the meanings of a work?
Agenda:
  • Share foodstuffs
  • Share Projects
  • Begin watching Film

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Day 68 (11/9): Gatsby Multimodal Project


Warm-up
Listen as I explain the EOCT Practice Homework Assignment
Then, let's talk Gatsby Party

Meet in Mrs. Chetti's Room (3rd floor) on Monday to finish watching Gatsby (I will be absent).

Standards:
ELAGSE11-12RL1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
ELAGSE11-12RL2 Determine two or more themes or central ideas of text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.
ELAGSE11-12RL3 Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).
ELAGSE11-12RL4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)
ELAGSE11-12RL5 Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.

Agenda:

Homework:

  • Gatsby Project Due Tomorrow
    • Gatsby Party 11/10 (Dress up, bring FOOD)
    • The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien - Book Check Tuesday
    • Blog #5 Due Sunday - Review my comments from previous blogs before writing/publishing
    • EOCT Benchmark Practice #1 Due Wed, 11/15

    Wednesday, November 8, 2017

    Day 67 (11/8): Gatsby Multimodal Menu Project

    ...for the sub while I am absent.  Work hard to finish this work!

    Standards:
    ELAGSE11-12RL1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
    ELAGSE11-12RL2 Determine two or more themes or central ideas of text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.
    ELAGSE11-12RL3 Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).
    ELAGSE11-12RL4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)
    ELAGSE11-12RL5 Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.

    Agenda:

    Homework:

    • Gatsby Project Due 11/10
      • Gatsby Party 11/10 (Dress up, bring FOOD)
      • The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien - Book Check Tuesday

        Tuesday, November 7, 2017

        Day 66 (11/7): Gatsby Multimodal Menu Project



        Warm Up

        Standards:
        ELAGSE11-12RL1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
        ELAGSE11-12RL2 Determine two or more themes or central ideas of text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.
        ELAGSE11-12RL3 Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).
        ELAGSE11-12RL4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)
        ELAGSE11-12RL5 Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.

        Agenda:

        Homework:

        • Gatsby Project Due 11/10
        • Gatsby Party 11/10 (Dress up, bring FOOD)
        • The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien - Book Check Monday

        Monday, November 6, 2017

        Day 65 (11/6) - Gatsby Socratic Seminar



        Warm Up:
        Socratic Seminar - Partner Prep

        Standards:
        ELAGSE11-12RL1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
        ELAGSE11-12SL1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
        ELAGSE11-12SL3 Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
        ELAGSE11-12SL4 Present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective, such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning, alternative or opposing perspectives are addressed, and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and a range of formal and informal tasks.

        Essential Questions:
        1. How can I make a positive contribution to the discussion?
        Agenda:
        • Socratic Seminar
        • Intro Gatsby Multimodal Project
        Homework:
        • EOCT MC Practice #1 (On USATestPrep) - Due 11/8
        • Begin work on Individual Elements of Gatsby Multimodal Project
        • Gatsby Party Friday - Bring Snacks and DRESS UP (bonus credit on project)
        • Secure copy of The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien - Due 11/13

        Thursday, November 2, 2017

        Day 64 (11/2): Standards-Based Questioning


        Warm Up:
        Dear Class,

        I am at home today with my son Daniel who is sick.  Today, please work with your motif group to be sure that all of the following tasks are finished:

        1. Motifs Guidebook (Submit to GClassroom)
        2. Question Classification/Sorting (Submit to GClassroom)
        3. Standards Deconstruction Activity (Submit to GClassroom)
        4. Standards-Based Question Development (
          1. Read instructions carefully and complete/submit on Google Classroom
            1. You don't have to make up ALL NEW questions
            2. look at the questions you already have
            3. Think about questions dealing with your motif
            4. Include "starter" evidence just as you did in your motif guide
          2. Submit by the end of the period - These are the questions we will draw from on Monday
        When you have finished all else, please review these Socratic Seminar Guidelines, consider these "discussion stems", and take a look at the Rubric I will use to score you.

        Your HOMEWORK is to look over your novel, the motifs guides, and the standards-based questions.  All of these will be on Google Classroom by the end of the day.


        Standards:
        ELAGSE11-12RL1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
        ELAGSE11-12RL2 Determine two or more themes or central ideas of text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.
        ELAGSE11-12RL3 Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).
        ELAGSE11-12RL4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)
        ELAGSE11-12RL5 Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.
        ELAGSE11-12W7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

        Essential Questions:
        1. How do I develop questions targeted at particular skills?
        2. How can my questions generate productive discussion during Socratic Seminar
        Agenda:
        • Finish Standards Based Question Development (On Google Classroom)
        • Finish Motifs Guidebook (Submit to Google Classroom)
          • Discuss novel within your Motifs Group
          • Choose 5-7 "essential" examples from your records
          • Create slides for each (model after this example)
        • Socratic Seminar Prep
        Homework:
        • Review Materials to Prepare for Socratic Seminar
          • Your Book & Notes
          • Motifs Guidebooks
          • Standards-Based Questions
        • Secure copy of The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien - Due 11/13

        Wednesday, November 1, 2017

        Day 63 (11/1): Standards Based Questioning



        Warm Up:
        Pick-a-quote warm up.

        Standards:
        ELAGSE11-12RL1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
        ELAGSE11-12RL2 Determine two or more themes or central ideas of text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.
        ELAGSE11-12RL3 Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).
        ELAGSE11-12RL4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)
        ELAGSE11-12RL5 Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.
        ELAGSE11-12W7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

        Essential Questions:
        1. What are the Georgia Standards asking me to know and do?
        2. How do I develop questions targeted at particular skills?
        Agenda:
        Homework:
        • EOCT MC Practice #1 (On USATestPrep) - Due 11/8


        Tuesday, October 31, 2017

        Day 62 (10/31): Questioning Gatsby


        Warm Up:
        • Please get out your Gatsby text.  
        • Using the slips of paper I have provided, please locate and copy down a quote that you find beautiful, important, interesting, compelling, confusing, or otherwise worthy of discussion
        • Be sure to also record the page number (and chapter) where the quote or scene can be found.
        Pick a quote warm-up.

        Standards:
        ELAGSE11-12RL2 Determine two or more themes or central ideas of text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.
        ELAGSE11-12RL3 Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).
        ELAGSE11-12W7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject
        under investigation.

        Essential Questions:
        1. How does Fitzgerald develop his narrative through the use of motifs?
        2. What are the keys to a good analytical question?
        Agenda:
        Upcoming:


        Homework:
        • Secure a copy of The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien - Due 11/13


        Monday, October 30, 2017

        Day 61 (10/30): The Great Gatsby



        Warm Up:
        Please take out your Great Gatsby book, a piece of paper, and something to write with.  Clear all other materials from your desk.

        Standards:
        ELAGSE11-12RL1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
        ELAGSE11-12RL2 Determine two or more themes or central ideas of text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.
        ELAGSE11-12RL3 Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).
        ELAGSE11-12RL4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)
        ELAGSE11-12RL5 Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.
        ELAGSE11-12W7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject
        under investigation.

        Essential Questions:
        1. How does Fitzgerald develop a compelling story that implies more than it says?
        2. How can questioning help me develop my critical reading skills?
        3. How do motifs work to suggest meaning in a text?
        Agenda:
        • Gatsby Book Test
        • Gatsby Motifs Guidebook
          • Discuss novel within your Motifs Group
          • Choose 5-7 "essential" examples from your records
          • Create slides for each (model after this example)
        Homework:
        • Secure a copy of The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien - Due 11/13
        • Finish Argument Essay? (Past Due)

        Friday, October 27, 2017

        Day 60 (10/27): Romanticism in Writing


        Warm Up:
        Please take out (or access) your Walden Journals.  Read through your own journal quietly, and choose one piece (or section) that you think reflects your best (most interesting, thoughtful, or insightful) work.  You will share this piece aloud.

        Standards:
        ELAGSE11-12RL1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
        ELAGSE11-12RL2 Determine two or more themes or central ideas of text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.

        Essential Questions:
        1. How are the themes of Romanticism evident in our lives?
        Agenda:
        • Share Romanticism Journals
        Homework:
        • Finish Argument Essay and Outline (By Sunday)
        • Finish Gatsby and submit Motifs Log (before class on Monday).

        Thursday, October 26, 2017

        Day 59 (10/26): Writer's Workshop


        Warm Up:
        Dewey Decimal System

        Standards:
        ELAGSE11-12W1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
        • Introduce precise, knowledgeable claim(s), establish the significance of the claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that logically sequences claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
        • Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly and thoroughly,supplying the most relevant evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level, concerns, values, and possible biases.
        • Use words, phrases, and clauses as well as varied syntax to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims.
        • Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.
        • Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.

        Essential Questions:
        1. How do authors develop effective arguments?
        Agenda:

        You have the period today to work on the following:
        • Finish Argument Essay
          • INCLUDE YOUR STUDENT NUMBER AT THE TOP OF YOUR ESSAY
          • DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR NAME
          • Submit to Google Classroom
        • Finish Walden Journal - We will present tomorrow
        Homework:
        • Continue Reading Gatsby - Book Test Monday
        • Finish Walden Journal - Due Tomorrow!
        • Finish Argument Essay - Due Sunday
          • INCLUDE YOUR STUDENT NUMBER AT THE TOP OF YOUR ESSAY
          • DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR NAME
          • Submit to Google Classroom
        • Get a copy of The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien

        Wednesday, October 25, 2017

        Day 58 (10/25): Argument Essay




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        Warm Up:
        Review Argument Essay Rubric & AP Rubric

        Standards:
        ELAGSE11-12W1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
        • Introduce precise, knowledgeable claim(s), establish the significance of the claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that logically sequences claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
        • Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly and thoroughly,supplying the most relevant evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level, concerns, values, and possible biases.
        • Use words, phrases, and clauses as well as varied syntax to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims.
        • Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.
        • Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.

        Essential Questions:
        1. How do authors develop effective arguments?
        Agenda:
        • Complete Argument Outlining Document (On Google Classroom)
        • Write Essay
          • INCLUDE YOUR STUDENT NUMBER AT THE TOP OF YOUR ESSAY
          • DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR NAME
          • Submit to Google Classroom
        Homework:
        • Walden Journal Project DUE FRIDAY.
        • Finish Reading Gatsby by Monday--Book test Monday!
        • NO BLOG THIS WEEK! (Too much going on.)

        Tuesday, October 24, 2017

        Day 57 (10/24): Argument Socratic Seminar


        Warm Up:
        Gender Stereotypes Essay Review & Reflection (On Google Classroom)

        Standards:
        ELAGSESL1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions(one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

        • Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas.
        • Work with peers to set rules for collegial discussions and decision-making (e.g., informal consensus, taking votes on key issues, presentation of alternate views), clear goals and deadlines, and individual roles as needed.
        • Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to broader themes or larger ideas; actively incorporate others into the discussion; and clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions.
        • Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives, summarize points of agreement and disagreement, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views and understanding and make new connections in light of the evidence and reasoning presented.

        ELAGSESL2 Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source.
        ELAGSESL3 Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, identifying any fallacious reasoning or exaggerated or distorted evidence.

        Essential Questions:
        1. How can we come to a deeper understanding of important issues through dialogue?
        2. What role does careful listening play in my ability to think clearly about important issues?
        Agenda:
        Homework:
        • Finish Outline (Essay writing tomorrow)
        • Walden Journal Due Friday
        • Gatsby Book Test Monday

        Monday, October 23, 2017

        Day 56 (10/23): Argument Speed Dating

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        Warm Up:
        Combining Sentences, Option D

        Standards:
        ELAGSE11-12W1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
        • Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly and thoroughly,supplying the most relevant evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level, concerns, values, and possible biases.
        Essential Questions:
        1. How can I best support my position when constructing an Argument?
        Agenda:
        Homework:
        • Tonight: Complete Socratic Seminar Leveled Questions for your assigned topic.
        • By Friday: Walden Journal Project
        • By Monday: Finish Reading Gatsby--Complete and Submit Gatsby Motif Log

        Thursday, October 19, 2017

        Day 54 (10/19): Songs of American Romanticism



        Warm Up:
        Take a few moments to sit quietly.  Consider the silence.  Now consider the sounds that are not there. Consider the sounds that fill your daily experience.

        Finally, take a few minutes to write down the sounds that define your existence. Don't be picky, but try to dig deep enough to discover some sounds that might set your existence apart from other people in the world.

        Standards:
        ELAGSE11-12RL2 Determine two or more themes or central ideas of text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.
        ELAGSE11-12RL9 Demonstrate knowledge of eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and early twentieth-century foundational works (of American Literature, British Literature, World Literature, or Multicultural Literature), including how two or more texts from the same period treat similar themes or topics.
        ELAGSE11-12SL1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups,and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

        Essential Questions:
        1. How did the Romantics help create an American mythology?
        2. What role does sound play in our experience of the world?
        Agenda:
        • "Atlanta Sounds" is a feature on 90.1 WABE that attempts to capture the texture of the city through the sounds that permeate it.  As we listen to these sounds, consider the way that each sound adds richness to your understanding of the city.  Also, consider what argument about the city the producers are trying to shape in their choices of what sounds to mention.
        • Read/Discuss "I Hear America Singing"
        • "I Hear Carrollton Singing" Collaborative Poetry Project.
        • "I Hear Carrollton Singing" MP3 performance piece.
        Homework:


        Wednesday, October 18, 2017

        Day 53 (10/18): A Walk in the Woods


        Today, we will go outside.
        • First we will Read "Thanatopsis" & Discuss
        • Then you will have time to "Go Forth and list to Nature's teachings" while you continue work on your Walden Journal Project

        Tuesday, October 17, 2017

        Day 52 (10/17): Finding What's Important



        Warm Up:
        Sentence Combo, Option C

        Standards:
        ELAGSE11-12RL2 Determine two or more themes or central ideas of text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.
        ELAGSE11-12RL9 Demonstrate knowledge of eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and early twentieth-century foundational works (of American Literature, British Literature, World Literature, or Multicultural Literature), including how two or more texts from the same period treat similar themes or topics.

        Essential Questions:
        1. What does Thoreau suggest about our priorities?
        2. How are Romantic/Transcendental themes represented in "This Is Water"?
        Agenda:
        Homework:

        • Read Gatsby - Book Test 10/30
        • Continue Walden Journal - Due 10/26
        • Bring a Jacket - We'll go outside tomorrow

        Thursday, October 12, 2017

        Day 51 (10/12): Walden


        Warm Up:
        Combining Sentences: Option B


        Standards:
        ELAGSE11-12RL2 Determine two or more themes or central ideas of text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.
        ELAGSE11-12RL9 Demonstrate knowledge of eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and early twentieth-century foundational works (of American Literature, British Literature, World Literature, or Multicultural Literature), including how two or more texts from the same period treat similar themes or topics.
        ELAGSE11-12W4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

        Essential Questions:
        1. What are the qualities of Transcendentalist writing?
        2. What relationships can I see between Thoreau's time and my own?
        Agenda:
        • Watch videos and make notes.


        Homework:

        Tuesday, October 10, 2017

        Day 49 (10/10): Romantic Poetry



        Warm Up:
        If you have not already, Please log in right now and participate in the Gatsby Motif poll.

        Standards:
        ELAGSE11-12RL1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
        ELAGSE11-12RL4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)

        Essential Questions:
        1. What are the themes of the Romantic Era?
        2. What can Romantic poets teach us about how to live?
        Agenda:
        Homework:
        1. Continue reading The Great Gatsby.
        2. Write good constructed responses to the questions for each of today's poems.
        3. By Wednesday

        Monday, October 9, 2017

        Day 48 (10/9): Intro to Gatsby





        Warm Up:
        Combining Sentences, Option A

        Standards:
        ELAGSE11-12RL2 Determine two or more themes or central ideas of text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.
        ELAGSE11-12RL3 Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).

        Essential Questions:
        1. How can historical context help in understanding a text?
        2. What critical lenses are available for textual interpretation?
        Agenda:
        • Intro to Gatsby
          • As you watch the following videos, jot down details that you find interesting, startling, relevant, or worth paying attention to.



        • Assign Critical Lenses Assignment
        • Begin Reading Gatsby
        Homework:

        Friday, October 6, 2017

        Day 47 (10/6): AP Practice

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        Warm Up:
        AP MC Practice #2 - Test Corrections
        • Review passages.
        • Review questions:
          • Next to each question, write what TYPE of QUESTION you believe it to be (use the handout)
          • Review correct answers.
          • For incorrect answers, reflect and choose a different (better) answer.
        • (Don't look at your neighbor's papers, that's dumb and won't help you get smarter.)
        Standards:
        ELAGSE11-12RL1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
        ELAGSE11-12RL3 Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).
        ELAGSE11-12RL4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)
        ELAGSE11-12RL5 Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.

        Essential Questions:
        1. How can I best prepare for the AP Language & Composition Exam?
        2. How do I become more metacognitive? 
        3. How can purposeful reflection improve my writing?
        Agenda:
        • MC Practice 2: 2 Passage
          • Discuss (20 minutes)
        • Finish Midterm Revision and Reflection (On Google Classroom)
        Homework:
        • Finish any outstanding essay writing assignments, including
          • Common App Revision
          • Gender Roles Argument
          • Midterm Revision & Reflection
        • Bring Gatsby Books on MONDAY.

        Thursday, October 5, 2017

        Day 46 (10/5): Midterm, Day 2


        Warm up:
        Please click this link and vote for the Trojans!  You can vote every day from now until Oct 15.

        Agenda:
        • Workshop
        • Midterm.  You will submit Two Documents to Google Classroom.
          • A typed and correctly formatted REVISION of one of your graded essays, with changes made based on my comments as well as your learning in the class overall.
          • A completed Revision Reflection Document.
        Homework:
        • Continue work on Midterm (Due Tomorrow)
        Upcoming:
        • Gatsby Intro Monday

        Wednesday, October 4, 2017

        Day 45 (10/4): Midterm, Day 1

        Midterm

        Agenda:

        Midterm.  
        • You will submit Two Documents to Google Classroom.
          • A typed and correctly formatted REVISION of one of your graded essays, with changes made based on my comments as well as your learning in the class overall.
          • A completed Revision Reflection Document.
        • You must also resubmit the original draft of your essay.
        Homework:
        • Continue work on Midterm (We will finish tomorrow)
        Upcoming:
        • Gatsby Intro Monday - Bring personal copy of book for Bonus.

        Tuesday, October 3, 2017

        Day 44 (10/3): Gender Roles Argument


        Warm Up:
        Log on and begin working on your essay.

        Standards:
        ELAGSE11-12RI7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem.
        ELAGSE11-12W1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

        Essential Questions:
        1. How can the ideas and opinions of others help to inform my own perspective?
        2. What structures and evidence work best for making reasoned arguments? 
        Agenda:
        • Gender Stereotypes Argument Essay
          • Organize essay using 6-part oration structure
          • Write essay!
        Homework:
        • Get Copy of The Great Gatsby - Book Check 10/9
        • Midterm tomorrow - Multiple Choice (Mock Milestone)

        Monday, October 2, 2017

        Day 43 (10/2): Gender Roles Argument


        Warm Up:
        Sentence Expansion: Copy the sentence below.  Then rewrite it, using your best diction and imagery to add depth, tone, and emotional impact.
        They broke up.
        Standards:
        ELAGSE11-12RI7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem.
        ELAGSE11-12W1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

        Essential Questions:
        1. How can the ideas and opinions of others help to inform my own perspective?
        2. What structures and evidence work best for making reasoned arguments? 
        Agenda:
        • Gender Stereotypes Argument Essay
          • Organize essay using 6-part oration structure
          • Write essay!
        Homework:
        • Get Copy of The Great Gatsby - Book Check 10/9

        Friday, September 29, 2017

        Day 42 (9/29): Gender Roles Argument, Cont'd



        Warm Up:
        Sentence Expansion: Copy the sentence below.  Then rewrite it, using your best diction and imagery to add depth, tone, and emotional impact.
        The boy ate dinner.
        Standards:
        ELAGSE11-12RI7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem.
        ELAGSE11-12W1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
        ELAGSE11-12SL1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

        Essential Questions:
        1. How can I participate meaningfully in a structured discussion of an idea?
        2. How can the ideas and opinions of others help to inform my own perspective?
        3. What structures and evidence work best for making reasoned arguments? 
        Agenda:
        • Gender Stereotypes Mini-Socratic
          • Sit in a circle
          • Raise questions
          • Listen, take notes, ask follow-up questions
        • Gender Stereotypes Argument Essay
          • Organize essay using 6-part oration structure
          • Begin Composing Essay (Finish Monday)
        Homework:

        • Finish Common App Essay - Due Sunday night
        • Get Copy of The Great Gatsby - Book Check 10/9


        Thursday, September 28, 2017

        Day 41 (9/28): Gender Roles Argument


        Warm up:
        Syntax Warm Up #1

        Standards:
        ELAGSE11-12W1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

        Essential Questions:
        1. What structures and evidence work best for making reasoned arguments?
        Agenda:
        • Talk through Venn Diagrams
        • Watch/Discuss Gender Stereotypes/Roles video

        Homework:









        Wednesday, September 27, 2017

        Day 40 (9/27): Common App Essay Revision



        Warm Up:
        Syntax Warmup #1

        Standards:
        ELAGSE11-12W3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events
        using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

        • Engage and orient the reader by setting out a problem, situation, or observation and its significance, establishing one or multiple point(s) of view, and introducing a narrator and/or characters;create a smooth progression of experiences or events.
        • Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description,reflection, and multiple plot lines, to develop experiences, events,and/or characters.
        • Use a variety of techniques to sequence events so that they build on one another to create a coherent whole and build toward a particular tone and outcome (e.g., a sense of mystery, suspense, growth, or resolution). 
        • Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events,setting, and/or characters.
        • Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on what is experienced, observed, or resolved over the course of the narrative.
        ELAGSE11-12W5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience. 

        Essential Questions:


        1. How do I construct an argument about myself through narrative?
        2. How can effective revision improve writing?

        Agenda:
        • Complete Common App Essay Revision
          • Consider Purpose/Message
          • Consider Organization/Coherence
          • Double Check your Grammar!!
          • 650 words or fewer
        • Resubmit to Classroom
        Homework: