THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15 and FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Today in 8B and Friday A-day, we viewed more of the Redford film version of The Great Gatsby (to the scene at Gatsby's pool with Daisy, after their dancing together). HOMEWORK: You should have resumed your outside novel reading this week TKAM (Ch. 6, 7, and 8) or My Antonia (Ch. 11-15). You will take a reading quiz on these chapters on Tuesday, Feb. 20 / Wed., Feb. 21. Follow the reading schedule on the calendar. ALSO FOR HOMEWORK in 8B: Carefully re-read Ch. 5 (pp. 81-97) of The Great Gatsby and take notes comparing the scene in the novel to the film's depiction. How does the film compare, and what effects on character and theme interpretation does the film suggest?
FILM PROGRESS: 2A: After Gatsby's party that Daisy and Tom attend. 4A: Gatsby & Daisy sitting in chairs at Gatsby's after their reunion at Nick's house. 8B: Gatsby & Daisy at his house, lying by the pool (after their dance together, Jay in his uniform).
TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13 & 14 Tuesday in B-day class and on Wednesday in A-day classes, students viewed a PowerPoint with ACT test-taking strategies, and especially for the ELA sections of the test (English, Reading, and Writing). Students should be practicing the strategies by taking ACT practice tests; otherwise the strategies will not be effective and actually could cost the student time on the test. After that, we continued viewing and discussing a film version of The Great Gatsby. HOMEWORK: Restart your outside reading of TKAM (Ch. 6, 7, and 8) or My Antonia (Ch. 11-15) this week. You will take a reading quiz on Wed., Feb. 21. Follow the reading schedule on the calendar.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Today in A-day classes, students learned about "economy" questions on the ACT--questions about relevance, redundancy, and wordiness. (Remember the saying, "When in doubt, take it out." I also introduced the time-saving test-taking strategy of POE--Process of Elimination, which the class then practiced in two sample sections. After that, we continued our viewing of The Great Gatsby, which we will continue this week. HOMEWORK: Restart your outside reading of TKAM (Ch. 6, 7, and 8) or My Antonia (Ch. 11-15) this week. You will take a reading quiz on Wed., Feb. 21. Follow the reading schedule on the calendar.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9 Today in B-day classes, we learned about "economy" questions on the ACT and practiced recognizing these questions (handouts on the ACT PREP page). Following that, we began our viewing and analysis of a film version of The Great Gatsby. If you haven't already, TURN IN YOUR PERMISSION SLIP for film viewing!
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Today in A-day classes, we reviewed hyphens and dashes as our ACT Prep 9 and 10 (handouts on the ACT PREP page). Following that, we began our viewing and analysis of a film version of The Great Gatsby. If you haven't already, TURN IN YOUR PERMISSION SLIP for film viewing!
TUESDAY / WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 / 7 In both A- and B-day classes, I read some key passages from The Great Gatsby, and then students wrote a character/theme analysis essay in class, using their annotations for textual support of their conclusions about the characters and ideas in the novel. Students turned in their annotations with their essay. IF YOU WERE ABSENT, write the essay during the assembly in Ms. May's classroom or in the library after school, during lunch, or before school. Make sure you write the essay before the weekend. SEE ME OR EMAIL ME IF YOU HAVE EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES. Some students have not turned in a signed permission slip to view the DiCaprio film of The Great Gatsby and will not be viewing the film without it.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5 Today in B-day class, I showed students information on raw and scaled scoring on the ACT, and we completed ACT Prep 8 and 9. Following that, students worked in partner-groups to discuss the backgrounds of Daisy and Jay in The Great Gatsby and one other theme-related question. The Great Gatsby is to be finished by Wednesday's class, and annotations brought to class to turn in. Students will write a short essay of analysis before we begin the first film.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Today in A-day class, we reviewed parallel structure for our ACT prep (Prep 8), which is posted on the ACT PREP page. We also read sections of The Great Gatsby together and discussed characters, especially Nick as narrator and how the novel reflects the age. Be finished with the novel by Wed., Feb. 7 and bring your annotations to class for an assessment of your reading.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1 Today in class, students reviewed commonly misused and misspelled words (ACT PREP 7) and identified correct usage on a practice sheet. We also discussed key pages in The Great Gatsby, in which Nick, Jordan, Jay Gatsby, and Daisy's back story are revealed. Read these pages carefully, gathering "clues" to who these characters really are, and why they act the way they do. Be finished with the novel by Feb. 6 and bring your annotations to class for an assessment of your reading.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 30 (B-DAY) Students took the vocabulary test for Ch. 8 & 9 (packets due also). If you were absent, take the test in the library ON YOUR FIRST DAY BACK TO SCHOOL. The test must be taken by Thursday, Feb. 1. Keep up with your Gatsby reading. SEE THE NEW CALENDAR POSTED ON the COURSE INFO PAGE. In addition to taking the vocabulary test, students read Gatsby in groups and discussed their analysis of the characters and ideas in the text.
MONDAY, JANUARY 29 (A-DAY) (SUBSTITUTE) Students took the vocabulary test for Ch. 8 & 9 (packets due also). If you were absent, take the test in the library ON YOUR FIRST DAY BACK TO SCHOOL. The test must be taken by Thursday, Feb. 1. Keep up with your Gatsby reading. SEE THE NEW CALENDAR POSTED ON the COURSE INFO PAGE.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 26 (B-day) We began the period with more practice on using pronouns and recognizing when we need to use a subject or object pronoun. After that (and following an impromptu discussion of regional language use), students read The Great Gatsby and then spend the last few minutes of the class sharing their ideas and insights into the characters. Please set aside TKAM and My Antonia for now and focus your reading on The Great Gatsby. You are to finish the novel by Feb. 7 (and annotate as you read). Your next vocabulary test will be on Tuesday, Jan. 31 (study packet is due).
THURSDAY, JANUARY 25 Please read yesterday's description for A-day classes. Everything is the same, except you are to be finished with the novel by FEB. 6 (an A-day). Be sure to get your film-viewing permission slip turned in before then, too. The next vocabulary test (Ch. 8 & 9) will be on Monday, Jan. 29 (study packets due, also).
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24 Today in class, students completed a short additional practice of forming plural and possessives, and then we moved on to learn about pronoun use (subject vs. object). Following that, students read The Great Gatsby, which we ended with group discussion. Because our Gatsby film viewing is looming, focus your reading time on The Great Gatsby; reading about 16 pp. daily (except Sundays and Prom Saturday) will allow you to finish the novel by FEB. 7. I will expect you to be finished reading the novel by then.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 23 A-day students registered for senior classes today during Language Arts, so we spent the period individually reading The Great Gatsby and also sharing insights and ideas about the characters and relationships in the novel. We will have a bit of ACT Prep instruction on Thursday and then read and discuss Gatsby the remainder of the class period. I gave a permission slip for viewing the DiCaprio film version of Gatsby, due Jan. 30. Complete Vocabulary Ch. 9 definitions and matching, and I will review these on Thursday.
MONDAY, JANUARY 22 In class today, I introduced the next chapter of vocabulary words (Ch. 9). The test is Tuesday, Jan. 30 (B-day). For our ACT Prep, students practiced and learned a "new" method of forming possessive nouns by separating plural-making and possessive-making into two separate operations and completing operation 1--plural?--before doing operation 2--possessive? Following that, we read Ch. 1 of The Great Gatsby. Continue reading TKAM / My Antonia outside of class, following the reading schedule on the calendar and using the reading guide for your novel to help you with character and theme analysis. You should be making annotations of textual evidence that leads you to conclusions and ideas about the characters and messages conveyed in the text.
FRIDAY, JAN. 19 Today in class, we reviewed and practiced how to add possession to nouns ('s for all singular nouns; ' for plural words). After that, we read and discussed Ch. 1 of The Great Gatsby. Students then met in novel groups to discuss TKAM or My Antonia and then met with reading partners to share the story and ideas of the novel they read. On Tuesday, students will register for classes during their senior year. Make sure to discuss your options and be ready to register on Tuesday. Keep reading and annotating, following the reading schedule on the course calendar. Bring vocabulary Ch. 9 study packet to class next week.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 18 (B-day) Students were registering for senior classes during language arts classes, so we did not get to read Gatsby or do ACT prep. Students completed the vocabulary test (take it in the library if you were absent) and read from TKAM or My Antonia. BE PREPARED FOR DISCUSSION--WITH ANNOTATIONS--ON MONDAY, JAN. 22.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17 (A-day) Students turned in their study packet and completed a test of Ch. 8 vocabulary. If you were absent, take this test in the library--your deadline is Homeroom on Monday. Following that, we reviewed the rules for adding possession to singular nouns ('s) and plural nouns (') in preparation for the ACT (and for our writing). We then read another few pages of The Great Gatsby. On Friday, come to class ready for discussion of TKAM and My Antonia. The ANNOTATIONS CHART is required; use it to note textual evidence to support your character analyses, connections, and conclusions you make as you read. Bring this to class on Friday for discussion time.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 16 Today in class, we completed ACT PREP 3 (posted on the ACT PREP page) and learned how to make singular nouns into plurals. We also completed #4 on the Writing Workshop handout, learning to write concisely and avoid repetitious phrasing. Students then met in groups to discuss the reading of TKAM or My Antonia. PLEASE NOTE: YOU ARE TO BE READING CLOSELY AND ANNOTATING, USING THE ANNOTATIONS CHART (DOWNLOAD AND PRINT IT FROM HERE--IT ALSO HAS BEEN POSTED ON THE COURSE INFO PAGE). Study your vocabulary Ch. 8 words and be ready for the test on Thursday. Your study packet is due also.
WEDNESDAY (A) / THURSDAY (B), JANUARY 10 / 11 Counselors visited classes today to give information about registering for senior classes. If you were absent, go to the counseling center and ask for your registration packet. After registration information, we continued with our ACT prep and writing workshop today in class (see the ACT Prep page for ACT Prep 2), learning about correct modifier placement and other sentence infractions. Be reading TKAM / My Antonia, following the reading schedule on the course calendar. Read closely and annotate important ideas and insights from your reading. Bring your annotations to class on Friday. We read the first pages of The Great Gatsby in per. 8B.
MONDAY (A) / TUESDAY (B), JANUARY 8 / 9 In H LA 11, we completed our first ACT prep lesson--on recognizing passive voice sentence construction and using active voice. If you were absent, look for the handout on the ACT Prep page of this website. We also completed the first three passages on the Writing Workshop handout (errors from Q2 research reports). I also introduced our first vocabulary chapter words for Q3 (Ch. 8). The first vocabulary test is Jan. 17 (A-day) / Jan. 18 (B-day). We finished with a bit on the backgrounds of period authors Willa Cather, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Ernest Hemingway. Follow the reading schedule: This week's outside reading: TKAM: Ch. 1-3 / My Antonia, Ch. 1-5. Read closely and annotate for evidence showing character development and author's message.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY, JANUARY 4 & 5 Welcome back to Honors Language Arts 11! On our first day of Quarter 3, I introduced the course of study for the quarter, previewing the course calendar and our schedule of reading, viewing, discussing, and writing. We will focus on literature this quarter, especially in studying F. Scott Fitzgerald's great American novel The Great Gatsby. This novel will complement the students' study of the Modern Period (1900 - 1940) in their U.S. History classes. Students will also read about the immigrant homesteading experience in the Midwestern Plains in Willa Cather's novel My Antonia and about small-town life in the Depression-era South, as depicted in Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird.
We also will prepare for the English, Reading, and Writing sections of the ACT, which will be given to all our juniors on Feb. 27. I gave students a Writing Workshop handout (see the Course Info page on the pull-down menu), which is a collection of various sentence mechanics errors and mistakes in grammar, as well as errors in source integration and attribution formatting. If you were absent, see me for a copy of this handout (or download and print a copy).