This is where the FUN begins!!American Literature
SPRING 2017 SEMESTER COURSE OUTLINE
PURDUE OWL: MLA FORMATTING AND CITATION HELP ...USE THIS LINK!!!
LIST OF RHETORICAL STRATEGIES FOR TALKING WITH TEXTRHETORICAL PRECIS TEMPLATE



how to calculate your reading pace:
#of pgs. read in 10 mins. x 6= # of pgs/hour,
# of pgs./ hour x 2= # of pgs./week, <----------STOP HERE IF YOU'RE JUST RECALCULATING FOR A NEW BOOK..
#of pgs./week x 18/200= # of books/semester

EX: 10 pages in 10 minutes...
10x6=60
60x2=120
120x18=2,160
2,160/200=10.8 (11 books!)


01/09&10/2017
prep. for next time: have all materials with you! binder, Learning Log, FUN reading book!

01/11&12/2017
  • practice synthesis argument essay!
prep. for next time: start FUN reading!!

01/13&17/2017
  • FUN reading!
  • Finish synthesis essay
  • Score norming (see O'Shea for example essays)
    • Read first page of packet, focusing on what readers are looking for, etc.
    • review rubric by section
    • Read #1 together
    • Score using rubric
    • Read #2 and #3 in groups
    • Discuss score using rubric
  • assess peer synthesis essay
    • Read
    • Write on rubric to give score/include written feedback if needed
prep. for next time: FUN reading!

01/18/2017 (EVEN CLASSES ONLY)
prep. for next time: DLP #1 and be prepared for presentation

01/24&25/2017
  • Get Gatsby in library
  • DLP #1
  • set up presentations
  • preview rubric and notes handout
    • You will be visiting each group’s visual experience and taking notes on each topic.
    • You will also be assessing each group according to the areas explained on the rubric.
    • It is vital that you understand the background information to have a more rich understanding of the novel.
  • Gatsby "interrupted reading"
    • We will be taking it slow to make sure we aren’t too confused and give up.
      • summary
      • tone
      • thoughts about character?
      • predictions about plot? purpose?
prep. for next time: complete DLP #2 and finish reading Gatsby chap. 1

01/26&27/2017
  • FUN reading!
  • DLP #2
  • Discuss Gatsby chap. 1
    • Whole class="go" over ideas in PP slides
    • Small group=discuss and answer AP questions
    • Sometimes I will have you answer on your own and turn in for points, sometimes I won’t…be prepared!
  • Start reading ch. 2 if time
prep for next time: complete DLP #3 and finish reading Gatsby chap. 2

01/30&31/2017
prep for next time: complete DLP #4 and finish reading Gatsby chap. 3

02/01&02.2017
  • FUN reading!
  • DLP #4
  • Quick write in Learning Log: What is your definition of the American Dream?
  • Read Library of Congress
    • What is Truslow’s definition?
    • What is the message/argument of the entire text?
  • Read Hwang’s American Dream
    • What is Hwang’s definition?
    • What is the message/argument of the entire text?
  • Paraphrase practice activity in Google Classroom
  • Back to Learning Log: redefine your idea of the American Dream by synthesizing ideas from the texts we read today.
prep for next time: complete DLP #5 and finish reading Gatsby chap. 3

02/03&06/2017
prep for next time: finish reading Gatsby chap. 4. Make sure all DLPs are complete.

02/07&08/2017
  • FUN reading!!
  • DLP review (quiz next time)
  • read and discuss more American Dream texts: Is it attainable for all?
    • Keep all of the sources we read because you may need them for process essay in a few weeks!!
  • Complete Google Classroom assignment: A Family's American Dream
    • What inferences can you make? Fill in comment
    • Discuss ideas
prep. for next time: complete Gatsby chap. 4 and be prepared for DLP quiz

02/09&10/2017
  • FUN reading!
  • DLP quiz
  • Peer assessment of analysis paragraph
    • discuss rubric
    • swap and assess
    • we will do this again for ch.5 and I will assess and put in gradebook
  • discuss Gatsby chap. 4
    • slides
  • Which character would choose which “happiness” response?
    • Read article
    • Summarize each blurb
    • Find sentences to support the conclusion from "Happy Within our Means" blurb: Making wise choices and planning ahead contributes to overall happiness
    • Connect a happiness idea from the article with a character from Gatsby
    • Write the heading title from the article on the character poster. Which type of happiness would the characters identify with?
    • Be prepared to explain why you made the connection with evidence from the novel and from the article.
prep for next time: read Gatsby chap. 5 for next time. We will be writing another analysis paragraph

02/13&14/2017
prep. for next time: read Gatsby ch. 6 and complete CR 5a

02/15&16/2017
prep. for next time: complete CR 5b and read chapter 7 by 2/27 (even) & 2/28 (odd)

02/21&22/2017
  • FUN reading!
  • preview synthesis argument essay prompt!
    • read and evaluate sources for synthesis, all on Google Classroom
    • writing essay in class NEXT TIME!
prep. for next time: complete CR 5c and continue reading chapter 7 of The Great Gatsby

02/23&24/2017
  • CR 5c
  • Prepare for synthesis argument essay
    • You’ve done research, now what?
    • Decide on stance: look back at the prompt!!
    • Look at sources: which ones are pro and con?
    • Write thesis: include 3 contentions
    • Which source’s evidence can I use for which contention? (Look at ALL the sources on Google and in print)
    • Outline: which contention should go first? Why?
  • Write!! Submit to Classroom
prep for next time: complete CR 5d and read Gatsby chap. 7 by NEXT CLASS!

02/27&28/2017
  • FUN reading!
  • Classical Roots 5d (quiz on 3/9-even & 3/10--odd)
  • discuss Chapter 7:
    • analysis questions
    • write the end to the novel
prep. for next time: finish synthesis argument essay, be sure to complete CR packet and start reading Gatsby ch. 8!

03/01&02/2017
  • FUN reading!
  • revising synthesis essay!
    • Get out everything that could possibly help you continue writing your essay
    • Look at the revision guideline handout
    • Open Classroom to have access to all sources
    • Go one step at a time through handout to revise essay
  • Next time will be a peer review, so be prepared for others to read your masterpiece!
prep. for next time: have 2nd draft ready for next time. Bring CR packet. Have chap. 8 of Gatsby read by 3/7 (even) and 3/8 (odd)

03/03&06/2017
  • FUN reading!
    • Look at Purdue Owl website
    • Go through each part of the works cited citation
    • Create your works cited page
      • Format: hanging indent, alphabetical, punctuation, double spaced
    • Format essay: double space, title, heading, page headings
  • Take a few more minutes to revise any content of the essay.
  • Peer assessment: read the entire essay and use the rubric to give feedback and an overall score.
prep. for next time: bring CR packet and use quizlet to study (quiz on 3/9--p. 2&4 & 3/10--p. 3), finish chapter 8 of Gatsby, submit your essay to Turn It In by tonight at 11:59 pm.

03/07&08/2017
  • FUN reading!
    • Finish Gatsby for next time!
  • Review CR packet (quiz next class)
  • Discuss chapter 8:
    • Analysis questions (see O'Shea for questions)
    • Twitter!

prep. for next time: bring CR packet and use quizlet to study, finish reading The Great Gatsby!! District Q3 benchmark assessment on 3/13 (even), 3/14 (odd)


03/09&10/2017

  • FUN reading/study for CR quiz
  • CR quiz!
    • Correct
  • Share Gatsby tweets
  • Discuss chapter 9:
    • Analysis questions (see O'Shea for questions)
    • Theme: what is a theme? How do you know what an author wants you to think about and "learn" as you read a piece of writing?
      • Prepare yourself to talk about a theme in The Great Gatsby. In your discussion, you will need to have a claim (what the theme is), evidence from the text and you need to discuss how the evidence shows the theme idea. Find the Recap website on Google Classroom.
prep. for next time: District Q3 benchmark assessment next class!

03/13&14/2017
Q3 benchmark assessment!
prep. for next time; get back to FUN reading!

03/15&16/2017
prep. for next time: Complete DLP #6 by 3/21 (per. 2 and 4) and 3/22 (per. 3) and make sure you have a FUN reading book to enjoy in class!

03/17&20/2017
  • FUN reading!
  • finish watching The Great Gatsby
prep. for next time: complete DLP #6 in Learning Log

03/21&22/2017
prep. for next time: complete DLP #7

03/23&24/2017
prep. for next time: complete DLP #8

03/27&28/2017
  • FUN reading!
  • DLP #8
  • Review implications from last class
  • Review project prompt
  • Discuss what it means to draw a conclusion (all documents in Google Classroom)
  • If time, meet with groups to start answering questions and planning presentation
prep. for next time: complete DLP #9

03/29&30/2017
  • FUN Reading!!
  • DLP #9
  • Review drawing conclusions
  • Researching the Best Jobs (see assignment on Google Classroom)
  • Work on presentation project:
    • Discuss audience and purpose
      • What are you supposed to be saying to your audience?
      • Once you know what you’re supposed to focus on, what is the best way to address your audience?
      • How should you organize your ideas?
      • How can you appeal to ALL parts of the rhetorical triangle? Logos? Ethos? Pathos?
      • What type of “evidence” should you use to appeal to those three parts?
prep. for next time: complete DLP #10, quiz is 4/11 (2&4) and 4/12 (per. 3)

03/31&04/10/2017
  • FUN reading!
  • DLP #10
  • On Google Clasroom, look at CareerOneStop website: what career is best for you??
  • double chunk paragraph response
    • Claim
    • 2 pieces of evidence from research
    • Discussing implications
    • Using paragraph rubric to assess
  • Research
  • Write and submit
  • Work on presentation project
    • This is the last whole-class source
    • Now you need to do your own research to continue answering the questions and making your claims.
prep. for next time: DLP quiz! Be working on presentation project.

04/011&12/2017
  • FUN reading!/DLP study time
  • DLP quiz
  • Discuss testing dates and rooms
    • CAASPP testing starts next week. Make sure to be here in this class on Mon/Tues to start the writing portion! Be in your testing classes every time. They will find you!
  • Practice PT prompt (see O'Shea for prompt and sources)
prep. for next time: work on project. Be here next time to do some more CAASPP practice. Official CAASPP testing starts April 17 (2 and 4) and April 18 (per. 3) in English class. BE HERE!!

04/13&14/2017
CAASPP test practice!! (see O'Shea for handouts)
prep. for next class: sleep well and eat something healthy before class! Be ready to start the Performance Task.

04/17&18/2017
BEGIN CAASPP ELA PERFORMANCE TASK
prep. for next time: be ready to work on your presentation project

04/19&20/2017
work on presentation project
prep. for next time: keep working on your project!!

04/21&24/2017
preparing presentation
(see this handout for details)
prep. for next time: COMPLETE your project and be ready to practice!

04/25&26/2017
PRACTICE presentations
prep. for next time: COMPLETE your project and be ready to present!

04/27&28/2017
PRESENTATIONS!!
prep. for next time: have your ID card to check out The Catcher in the Rye

05/01&02/2017
  • FUN reading
  • Classical Roots preview (complete 7a for next class)
  • Library to check out The Catcher in the Rye
  • The Catcher in the Rye tea party
    • Quick write in Learning Log: based on the tea party, what do you think this book will be about?
    • Look at reading schedule
    • Get in groups and make schedule
    • Start reading chapter 1
  • If time: look at This I Believe prompt
    • Brainstorm bubble
prep. for next time: complete CR #7a and start reading Catcher

05/03&04/2017
  • FUN reading
  • Classical Roots 7a
  • This I Believe essay
    • Look at prompt again
  • Read “Tomorrow Will Be a Better Day”
    • Notice word choice, notice how it’s organized, notice how many paragraphs…
    • What do you think the theme/message is? What does this person believe?
    • Where do you see that belief developed? How is it taken from the abstract to the concrete?
  • Quick write in Learning Log: bubble map: “I Believe”
    • Just put down every single thing you believe!
  • Read “A Duty to Heal”
    • Notice word choice, notice how it’s organized, notice how many paragraphs…
    • What do you think the theme/message is? What does this person believe?
    • Where do you see that belief developed? How is it taken from the abstract to the concrete?
prep. for next time: complete CR #7b and read Catcher

05/05&08/2017
  • FUN reading
  • Classical Roots 7b
  • Catcher reading log quiz
  • Catcher in the Rye Lit. Circles
  • Read “There is No Such Thing as Too Much BBQ”
    • What do you think the theme/message is? What does this person believe?
      • Where do you see that belief developed? How is it taken from the abstract to the concrete?
    • Get out your rhetorical/literary devices packet to help you find some literary strategies used in the narrative.
      • What do you think you will try in your narrative?
  • More idea brainstorming: list your most vivid memories. Look at photos, listen to songs…write ideas in your Learning Log!
prep. for next time: complete CR #7c , read Catcher and start on your This I Believe essay!

05/09&10/2017
  • FUN reading
  • Classical Roots 7c
  • Read “Always Go to the Funeral”
    • What do you think the theme/message is? What does this person believe?
      • Where do you see that belief developed? How is it taken from the abstract to the concrete?
    • How does she use literary devices to attract your eye or ear?
      • How does she use dialogue as a literary device? What is its purpose?
  • Read “The Bright Lights of Freedom”
    • What do you think the theme/message is? What does this person believe?
      • Where do you see that belief developed? How is it taken from the abstract to the concrete?
    • How does he use literary devices to attract your eye or ear?
      • How does he use dialogue as a literary device? What is its purpose?
prep. for next time: complete CR #7d, QUIZ ON May 17 (2 and 4) and May 18 (3) and read Catcher and write essay!

05/11&12/2017
  • FUN reading
  • Classical Roots 7d
  • Catcher reading log quiz
  • Catcher Lit. Circle
    • Chaps. 9 and 10 questions
    • Discuss as whole class
  • Read “Leave Identity Issues to Other Folks”
    • What do you think the theme/message is? What does this person believe?
      • Where do you see that belief developed? How is it taken from the abstract to the concrete?
    • What do you notice about the structure?
      • Let’s look at the other narratives we’ve read. What do you notice about the structure in those stories?
  • Listen to Moth story example (“Juggling and Jesus”)
    • Notes: write down what stands out to you. What do you like about this essay?
prep. for next time: make sure CR packet is complete, QUIZ ON May 17 (2 and 4) and May 18 (3) and read Catcher and write essay!

05/15&16/2017
  • FUN reading
  • Classical Roots review (QUIZ NEXT TIME!)
  • Read “A Grown Up Barbie”
    • What do you think the theme/message is? What does this person believe?
    • Where do you see that belief developed? How is it taken from the abstract to the concrete?
    • What do you notice about the structure?
  • Let’s look at the other narratives we’ve read. What do you notice about the structure in those stories?
    • Fill in your chart: fav. showing details, fav. “I Believe” statement, best use of dialogue, list different ways to structure…
  • Listen to Moth story example (“Sweet and Sour Meatballs”)
    • Notes: write down what stands out to you. What do you like about this essay?
  • WRITE!!
    • Create your “I Believe” statement…
    • Start your essay!
prep. for next time: CR QUIZ next class! Use QUIZLET! Read Catcher and write essay!

05/17&18/2017
  • FUN reading (collect CR packets)
  • Classical Roots quiz
  • Catcher in the Rye reading log quiz: I CHANGED MY MIND! WE’LL DO IT NEXT CLASS J
  • WRITE!!
  • Get out rubric
    • Highlight what you should be DOING in your essay.
  • Look at your narrative: what parts of the rubric are you doing?
    • Make of list of what you aren’t doing yet.
  • Look at your narrative: what is your main story thread?
    • Where in your story is it SHOWING your “I Believe…”??
    • Write more of your story…SHOW MORE!
    • What organization structure are you following? Do you even have a structure? What would work best for your story? REVISE!
prep. for next time: have completed, revised essay in a Google Doc prepared for peer revision. Read Catcher thru ch. 20 for next time.

05/19&22/2017
prep. for next time: finish essay! Submit written essay to Turn It In and submit recording to Google Classroom.

05/23&24/2017
  • FUN reading!
  • Remember to have The Catcher in the Rye completed by next class.
  • Your essays should be submitted to Turn It In and the recordings should be submitted to Google Classroom
  • Voting lesson (see Google Classroom for material)
    • Read 8 Reasons Why Youth Should Vote
    • Read Fast Facts: choosing a party
    • Look at registration website
    • Fill in handout
prep. for next time: finish reading Catcher and bring book to return to library!

05/25&26/2017
  • The Catcher in the Rye group discussion
  • The Catcher in the Rye reading quiz
  • Discuss final
    • Same types of questions as today
    • Need to explain your answer choice
    • Look over all the texts we read and how you talked to them.
    • Look back at all the multiple-choice questions we’ve done all year.
  • Watch This I Believe XC videos
prep. for next time: be prepared for the final exam!