NOTE FOR HONORS LA 11 STUDENTS: IF YOU HAVE A ZERO ON YOUR GATSBY DIGITAL REPORT, I DID NOT GET YOUR EMAIL, OR YOUR NAME IS NOT ON THE EMAIL AND/OR NOT ON YOUR REPORT. PLEASE RE-SEND AN EMAIL WITH YOUR REPORT. MAKE SURE THE FOLLOWING ARE ON YOUR EMAIL AND ON YOUR REPORT: Name 1 and Name 2, Per. X
TUESDAY, APRIL 17 A-day students wrote a literary analysis essay discussing a central idea about characters, theme, or setting in To Kill a Mockingbird or My Antonia. If you were absent, go to the library, ask for the writing prompt, and write the essay by Friday, 3:15 p.m. See me if you have a reason for not being able to meet this deadline. Also check out a copy of The Chosen from our library and complete the background reading that is posted on my Honors LA 11 website page for The Chosen. This homework is due on Thursday. Follow the reading schedule on the calendar (by Monday: Ch. 1, pp. 3-31). Be sure to learn the characters' names, how they are related, where and when the story occurs, what voice is narrating the story, and what central conflict is introduced.
MONDAY, APRIL 16 Today in 8B, students met in groups to discuss TKAM or My Antonia and then met with their partners to share their novels and discuss ways the two novels overlap in ideas and characters. You will be writing an essay on the novel in class on Wednesday. Following 45 min. for writing, we will begin Gatsby presentations. We are starting our reading of The Chosen this week (Ch. 1, pp. 3-31 this week). Check out a copy of the novel from the library. I gave students a let of study questions and directions for required note taking while reading. For HOMEWORK, due Wed., read the background material (two articles and pictures) about the Jewish faith and traditions, which is posted on The Chosen tab of this website.
FRIDAY, APRIL 13 The students' digital report on The Great Gatsby--an analysis of each film's characterization, theme, or setting and which film better portray's Fitzgerald's ideas--was to be completed and an email with the URL or slide sharing sent to me by midnight. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SENT ME THIS SO I CAN READ YOUR DIGITAL REPORT. In class on Thursday (B-day) and Friday (A-day), I returned students' annotations for To Kill a Mockingbird and My Antonia, and students met in groups to discuss ideas about the novels and then met with their reading partners to learn about each other's novels. Students will write an analytical essay about TKAM or My Antonia during the next class period (Monday, B-day students; Tuesday, A-day students). Students who did not turn in TKAM/ Antonia annotations: Since I have returned reading annotations to students, I will not accept late annotations. If you would like up to 80% make-up of the annotations assignment, look for the make-up assignment on the COURSE INFO page of this website. Note the due date in the directions. See me if you have questions.
MONDAY, APRIL 9 TO THURSDAY, APRIL 12 Students worked in partner groups to create an analysis of one of three aspects (theme, characterization, or setting) of the two film versions of The Great Gatsby, comparing each film's portrayal to the intent of the novel and evaluating which film is more accurate to Fitzgerald's messages in the novel. A-day students will have class time on Wednesday to finish; B-day students will have class time on Thursday. A three-minute summary oral presentation should be prepared and be ready for presentation to the class starting on Friday (A-day students) or Monday, April 16 (B-day students). See the Q4 calendar for assignment due dates.
TUESDAY, APRIL 3 and WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4 We continued our viewing and discussion of the second Gatsby film, which we will finish on Thursday / Friday. Following the film, students will be given the analysis assignment, which is to create a digital presentation of their analysis of each film's portrayal of the story's characters or ideas and evaluation of which film is a better representation of the novel. Students will have one full and one half periods in the computer labs plus their own homework time to complete their creation and plan a 3-minute oral summary presentation for the class. See the new Q4 calendar (posted on the COURSE INFO page) for due dates and presentation dates.
Also: Make sure to return your Gatsby novel and My Antonia / TKAM TO ME. I will return them to the library on Friday so that you can avoid paying library fines. Some students are to do another revision of their Gatsby analysis paragraphs for additional practice for proficiency. These are due on Thursday.
TUESDAY, MARCH 27 B-day students completed a reading quiz (see the description below for Monday's H LA students) and the Ch. 11 vocabulary test (study packet due, too). This week's reading is TKAM Ch. 23-27 or Antonia Bk 4 to the end. The next reading quiz is Wed., April 4. We continued our viewing of the Luhrmann Gatsby film and will finish next class period.
MONDAY, MARCH 26 Students in A-day classes shared their paragraph rewrites of their Gatsby essays and discussed what they learned from "tightening" their writing and narrowing the focus of their main idea. After that, students took the reading quiz for TKAM (Ch. 18-22) or Antonia (Ch. 15 & Bk 3). If you were absent, go to the library to take the quiz by Thursday (no classes--Day of Thunder). We continued our viewing of the Luhrmann Gatsby film. This week's reading is TKAM Ch. 23-27 or Antonia Bk 4 to the end--the next reading quiz is April 3. Learn the vocabulary for Ch. 11; the test is Wednesday.
FRIDAY, MARCH 23 Students in 8B shared and reviewed their Gatsby paragraphs, we reviewed the reading quiz, and then we continued viewing, analyzing, and evaluating the Luhrmann film for its closeness to the characters and ideas portrayed in Fitzgerald's novel. On Tuesday, students will take the next reading quiz (follow the Q4 calendar's reading schedule) and a test of Ch. 11 vocabulary.
THURSDAY, MARCH 22 Students in 4A took the reading quiz (taken Tuesday by 2A) and then we began our viewing and discussion of the Baz Luhrmann film of the Great Gatsby, which we will continue on Monday. Your Gatsby analysis paragraph (narrowed, focused, and well-supported) based on your last Gatsby essay is due on Monday. Also on Monday is the next TKAM/Antonia reading quiz. See the Q4 calendar for the reading schedule.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21 I introduced vocabulary Ch. 11 today (test is on Tuesday, March 27), and then we began our viewing and discussion of the Baz Luhrmann film of the Great Gatsby, which we will continue on Friday. Your narrowed and textually supported paragraph based on your essay's thesis is due on Friday. Turn it in with your original essay. Follow the reading schedule on the Q4 calendar. Read CLOSELY!
MONDAY AND TUESDAY, MARCH 19 & 20 We will start off on Monday (a B day) and Tuesday (A day) with a preview of the Q4. Please download the Q4 calendar from the Course Info page and see the adjusted TKAM / My Antonia reading schedule, along with the Q4 vocabulary schedule, and our viewing of the Baz Luhrmann film of The Great Gatsby. THOSE WHO HAVEN'T TURNED IN A PERMISSION SLIP WILL BE COMPLETING AN ALTERNATE READING-AND-WRITING ASSIGNMENT. Please download your Ch. 11 vocabulary packet from the Yola website and bring it to our first class. Additionally, be ready for the TKAM/Antonia reading quiz: TKAM Ch. 15-17 / ANT Bk 2, Ch. 8-14, on the first day of class.
WRITING ASSIGNMENT HOMEWORK DUE FRIDAY (B-DAY) / MONDAY (A-DAY): Students are to read and examine the sample literary essay and paragraph posted on the WRITING page of the Honors pull-down menu. After carefully reviewing grading notes on their Gatsby essay, students are to write a "meaty" paragraph from their essay, narrowing to ONE central idea, providing a plot context in one sentence, and supporting the topic sentence with two major points, each supported with evidence from the text. (If you were absent see me for the instruction you missed in class before you write.) Students who demonstrated high proficiency with an A or A- essay grade are exempt from this assignment.