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?
What are we doing this week?
Mon - Unit 2 Post Test
Tues - Unit 3 Pre-Test/ Shakespeare Digital Breakout Room
Wed - School Wide Testing/Reniassance Learning Centers
Thurs - Pep Rally
Fri - All the World's a Stage Monologue Study
This week we will write an argumenative research paper on the following topic: Is a four year college degree valuable?
Tuesday and Thursday marks the official beginning of school-wide afterschool tutoring. Bus transportation is available for students attending tutoring. 9th Grade Literature tutoring is available every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45-5:00 pm.
The rhetorical appeals of ethos, pathos and logos will be the center of our study this week. We will begin by exploring the "Remarks by the President in a National Address to America's Schoolchildren." This speech was delivered on September 8, 2009 at Wakefield High School and broadcast to students all over the nation. We will use this speech to increase our understanding of ethos, pathos and logos. For this unit you will write an argumentative research paper answering the question: Is a Four-Year degree valuable? You will have a Unit midterm assessment on key vocabulary on Friday. If you have not signed up for our class quizlet please do so. You can use this system to study the vocabulary words of Unit 2 online.
2nd Block Quizlet Class quizlet.com/join/CFQmEQHFH
4th Block Quizlet Class https://quizlet.com/join/ttCuK59xp
Romeo and Juliet Performance in the Wilson Studio Theatre (The Black Box) 9/21-9/23 cccepa.tix.com/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=4769&framed=true
Tutoring: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:45 -5:00 pm in room 1002 (PA students are welcome at 4:15 pm)
TUTORING BUS begins October 8th. Sign up for transportation at tinyurl.com/phstutoring18
Monday: EPL study of “Remarks by the President in a National Address to America’s Schoolchildren” SpringBoard, pg. 70
Tuesday: Unpacking Embedded Assessment: Is a Four-Year College Degree Valuable? Argumentative research paper; Why isn't college for everyone? Pg. 83; Actually, college is very much worth it? Pg.86 (claim/counterclaim)
Wednesday: Education Still Pays Chart on page 89/America’s Blueprint
Thursday: Guided Research Centers – MLA Review/Evidence Cards/Argumentative Writing Outline (Claim vs. Counterclaim)
Friday: CUA Unit 2 Midterm/Outlining and Brainstorming Essay
This week, we will continue our exploration of Defining Style. We will examine the rhetorical appeals of Ethos, Pathos, and Logos. And you will get an opportunity to incorporate these appeals in your writing. We will also explore narrative techniques that you will use in your alternative narrative writing on Thursday. As you will note, there will be a quiz this Tuesday on Lamb to the Slaughter. You will be allowed to use your copy of the text to answer the questions. In addition we will end by exploring rhetorical appeals in speech.
Tutoring - is available on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45 - 5:00 pm. No appointment necessary. In October Pebblebrook will offer a tutoring bus. You can sign up for transportation at https://tinyurl.com/phstutoring18
Report Cards will be distributed electronically on September 19, 2018.
Dialectical (Double Entry Journal) - for this unit, you should be reading a novel of your choice. We will have journal topics that will help you to explore the Author's style. The final entries will be due Friday October 12, 2018. See the link for more information.
Our Weekly Agenda
This week we will explore two separate texts to help us understand more about characterization and irony. We are beginning a new unit on Defining Style. We will take a closer look at how author's indivdual style impacts the development of characters and plot. It will be important that you keep up with new vocabulary terms and literary terminology for this unit.
Make Up Opportunities
Have you missed turning in an assignment? You can receive partial credit on any assignment given during Unit 1 if you submit it on or before Friday September 7, 2018
Unit 1 Assessment Remediation
If you scored under a 75 for the Unit 1 PostTest you can retake the exam on Tuesday or Thursday afterschool.
Tutoring Tuesdays and Thursdays
Tutoring is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45-5:00 pm.
We will close out our exploration of Coming of Age texts this week. Please note that there are several important due dates including your double-entry journals and artistic responses for your parallel reading. You were responsible for choosing a Coming of Age novel and developing 6 dialectal (Double Journal entry) reflections. EACH reflections should include a quote (MLA format) your chosen novel (4 sentences or more) of significance: characterization, plot, literary element, etc. Your final submission should be completed on or before August 31, 2018.
In addition, you will create a thematically based artistic response for your Coming of Age novel. This response will be presented to the class beginning August 29th. You must accompany your artistic response with a rationale, explaining the choices you made and the connection between the piece and the novel. The rationale must be at least one typed page in length (MLA format) and submitted through Schoology.com.