FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Today in class, I discussed ACT scoring and test-taking strategies (see the PowerPoint on the ACT page). Following that, we continued our viewing of the play A Raisin in the Sun.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 We began the class today with journal writing, in which students related a coming-of-age theme to the maturing of our nation and discussing the "life lessons" our nation has faced and grown from. We then began our viewing of the Lorraine Hansberry play A Raisin in the Sun, which we will continue viewing on Friday.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Students had the entire period today to peer edit, revise, and type their literary analysis essay that they drafted in class on Thursday. The final short essay was due at the end of class. Students also had been assigned to complete a final personal reflection on their reading experience, and that was due at the end of the period also. We are now finished with our reading of Downriver and will begin another work, this time a film version of the play A Raisin in the Sun. Students will also learn ACT test-taking strategies this week.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8 In class today, students turned in their vocabulary Ch. 10 study packet and then completed a test on the vocabulary of chapters 8-10. After that, we continued the analysis activity on the novel Downriver (from Tuesday). Using their list of passages from the text, students chose one to discuss in a short essay of literary analysis. Students turned in their essays at the end of the period, and we will continue with reviewing, editing, and typing the essays during Monday's class. Students also turned in their reading annotations, which were due today. HOMEWORK DUE MONDAY: Write a reflection on your reactions to and feelings about the novel. Download the assignment handout on the Downriver page. If you were absent for the vocabulary test and the essay writing today, complete these in the library on Friday or Homeroom on Monday.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 In class today, students reviewed the Ch. 8-10 vocabulary in order to learn the words. They will take a test on the words on Thursday (study packets are due also). Working in partner groups, students related selected passages of the novel to "lessons" that might apply to our own "journeys" in life. Students are to have finished their reading of the novel Downriver by Thursday and be ready to take a reading quiz on the final chapters of the book (Ch. 15-18) and to write a response to the novel in class. We also continued our ACT prepping with a lesson on hyphens and dashes.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Today in class, we reviewed parallel structure for the ACT prep (now posted on the ACT PREP page). I returned students' paragraphs of character analysis and reviewed the "hamburger" model of paragraph structure (Topic sentence, "meaty" discussion with examples as evidence, and concluding sentence). Students also completed a poetry activity in which they reflected a character from the novel Downriver in a poem. IF YOU WERE ABSENT, GO TO THE LIBRARY MONDAY DURING HOMEROOM AND ASK FOR THE LA 11 ACTIVITY. DUE BY TUESDAY.
MONDAY, JANUARY 29 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 Downriver reading. FOLLOW THE READING SCHEDULE ON YOUR CALENDAR.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 25 Today in class, we played a vocabulary review game to prepare for the next vocabulary test (Ch. 8 & 9) on Monday, Jan. 29 (study packet due also). Following that, students learned about pronoun use and when to use a subject or object pronoun (ACT prep). Students then had reading time, and I followed that by starting an activity related to the text (which we will continue on Monday after the vocabulary test). Continue reading Downriver, following the schedule on the calendar, and annotating significant events and other "evidence" that helps you understand the characters and what the book is trying to say about life.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 23 A-day juniors registered for senior classes today during Language Arts, so we spent the period individually reading Downriver and completing a written response to the characters and ideas in Ch. 4-7 of the novel. I also introduced vocabulary Ch. 9. Complete the packet and learn the 10 words by Monday.
FRIDAY, JAN. 19 Today in class, we reviewed and practiced how to add possession to nouns ('s for singular nouns; ' for plural nouns). Students had time to read Downriver in class and then completed a reading quiz and short written response to their reading. Continue reading, following the reading schedule on the course calendar. Print and bring vocabulary Ch. 9 study packet to class on Tuesday.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17 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). Students then had time to read this week's pages of Downriver. 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 for discussion time. Students also completed another journal writing from prompts. We finished with oral reading of the book Out of My Mind.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10 Counselors visited class 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 (see the ACT Prep page for ACT Prep 2), learning about correct modifier placement. Be reading Downriver, 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.
MONDAY, JANUARY 8 Today in 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. I also introduced our first vocabulary chapter words for Q3 (Ch. 8). The first vocabulary test is Jan. 17. Students had reading time of our Q3 novel, Downriver, by Will Hobbs, followed by a short group discussion, which we will continue on Wednesday. Follow the reading schedule : This week: Ch. 1-3 (pp. 1-33). Read closely and annotate for evidence showing character development, conflict development, and author's message.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 4 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. This quarter, students will read another coming-of-age novel, Downriver, by Will Hobbs. (If you were absent, go to the library and check out a copy of the novel.) Students will learn forty vocabulary words from Ch. 8, 9, 10, and 11 study packets. 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.