Today you will begin by setting up an account in the online platform Schoology. When setting up your account USE your first and last name as your user name and your lunch ID as your password. For example
username: dawnwhipple password:123456
Go to www.schoology.com
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Welcome to 9th Grade Literature! We are going to engage in some exciting work this year. It will be important that you check the blog on a regular basis for updates and important information. This week, you will sign up for a lot of important sites that we will use in class including: Microsoft Office 365, CommonLit.org, and Schoology. These sites will help you to engage in digital technology, collaborative discussions and online editing.
Weekly Agenda Overview:
Monday: Syllabus and Expectations Review/ "They're Made of Meat" Close Reading/Positive Quotes using Sketchnotes
Tuesday: Unpacking Embedded Assessments/ Unit 1 and Vocabulary Review/ Speak Excerpt
Wednesday: Summative Assessment/ Independent Reading Invistigation
Thursday: Symbolism and Marigolds/Everyday Use - CommonLit
Friday: The Flowers/Writing Portfolio
The first unit in 10th grade Literature and Composition is Cultural Conversations. From Student Text—“The twenty-first-century classroom and workplace are settings in which people from different cultures mix and work together. Unit 1 guides students’ explorations of culture and its components—nationality, family, religion, ethnicity, gender, race, and subgroups—examining how these components shape their perceptions of themselves and the world around them. As students seek to understand their own culture and the cultures of others, they are able to evaluate different perspectives and adjust their own thinking when given new or contradictory information from others. Students will also explore the concept of cultural identity and diverse cultural perspectives by examining a variety of texts that range from personal reflections to short stories and art.
By studying a wide range of texts representing a variety of cultural perspectives, students make connections to their own lives to better understand the interrelationships among multiple cultures.” Springboard, Grade 10 Take some time this summer to read a book that has something to do with culture or identity and address one of the unit’s focus questions.
Suggestions are located on the back of this sheet, however, if you should choose your own text, please follow the guidelines below:
Must be a book that has to do with culture or identity
Must be at least 100 pages
May NOT be any book you read in Ninth Grade
No picture books, magazines, pamphlets, or graphic novels
Choose ONE of the focus questions below and answer it in a multi-paragraph essay. Start with a claim in your introduction, and be sure to refer to the author and title of the book. Body paragraphs will provide a thorough explanation, including three or more quotations to support your argument. Cite the quotations and any paraphrases.
Focus questions (choose ONE):
1. To what extent does culture shape your main character’s identity?
2. To what extent does cultural background shape your main character’s place in his or her society?
**The multi-paragraph essay is due at the beginning of class on the first day of school.
EXPLORE new books at books.google.com/?hl=en
Below are some titles to consider:
I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
Simon vs. the Homosapien Agenda
I am Malala
All American Boys
Long Way Down
Tyler Johnson Was Here
The Hate List
The Hate U Give
We Are Okay
The Poet X
Children of Blood and Bone
Crazy Rich Asians
One of Us is Lying
This week, we will continue and conclude our study of the novella, Animal Farm by George Orwell. In addition, to our in class reading, you should be reading independently your own dystopian novel.
In addition, this is our last week for tutoring on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-5:00 pm in room 1002. FREE Bus transportation is available. You can come and make up work for missing assignments to improve your grade.
This is our LAST full week of class for the semester. If you are interested in exempting a final, please pick up and complete your exemption forms by Friday December 14th! Late forms will not be accepted.
This week we will begin reading our class novel, Animal Farm. This is a fairy tale that critiques the results of the Russian Revolution. We will be conducting studies of the rhetoric and characterization in the text. You will have mini-projects daily to help increase your understanding of the text. In addition, you should be reading your dystopian novel for homework between 15-20 minutes nightly. Please make sure that you are checking Synergy regularly concerning your grade. You can still attend Afterschool Tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 -5:00pm. In addition, on WEDnesday the English Department will host DEADLY EVER AFTER - a murder mystery event at 6:00 pm in the upstairs Betty Gray. Join us and discover which one of your book story characters is involved in murder.
Monday - Reading and Analysis of Chapter One of Animal Farm/Rhetorical Analysis of Old Major's Speech
Tuesday - Tracking Characters/Reading and Analysis of Chapter Two of Animal Farm/Pinwheel Discussion
Wednesday - Study of Seven Commandments/Reading and Analysis of Chapter Three of Animal Farm
Thursday - Reading and Analysis of Chapter Four of Animal Farm /Compare and contrast of my community with Animal Farm
Friday - Reading and Analysis of Chapter Five of Animal Farm/Propaganda Study
For the next few days you will complete a set of activities for an EOC review. Please make sure that you TRY YOUR BEST with every assignment. You CAN DO IT! Be CAREFUL and THOUGHTFUL. The following is a list of activities that YOU can engage in to help you prep for the exam. The test will include selected and constructed responses over Reading, Writing and Language (Grammar).
We will conclude our reading of Romeo and Shakespeare with class performances. You have been divided into small groups and will perform selected scenes from Acts 2-4. There is extra credit for those that memorize their lines and/or dress in costume for his or her character. As a class, you will evaluate your peers performances and offer suggestions for future performances. We will end our week with a discussion of whether or not Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet should be included in a 9th grade curriculum?
FREE Tutoring - Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45-5:00 pm in room 1002. You can work on missing assignments, prep for the EOCs and get clarity on confusing 9th Grade Lit skills. Don't miss out on this opportunity. Bus Transportation is available.
SUPER SATURDAY - If you missed our Super Saturday on October 20th, it is NOT TOO LATE. Please sign up for our next session on Saturday November 10, 2018 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. Use the following link: tinyurl.com/9thLitSuperSat
Monday: Bard’s Birthday/Rehearse Assigned scenes from Romeo and Juliet
Tuesday: Unpack Embedded Assessment/Performances of Selected Scenes of Romeo and Juliet
Wednesday: Foil Characters/Completing Romeo and Juliet
Thursday: Unit 3 Mid test/Emotional Rollercoaster/Exploration of Should Shakespeare be Taught in 9th Grade.
Friday: Timed Argumentative Essay: Should Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet be included in a 9th Grade Curriculum?
This week we will continue our study of Sonnets. This will lead us to the Prologue of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The play opener is written as a sonnet. You will also get an opportunity to explore the work and work within mini dramatic acting troupes to play various roles of selected scenes from the work. We are working toward writing an argumentative essay on the following: Should Romeo and Juliet be taught as part of a 9th grade curriculum?