Blended English 11 Hi, All...Please scroll down for class announcements and enrichment activities.
Announcements & Activities
Monday, April 20: Frankenstein Resources -Don't have a novel? No problem. -Lost your bookmarks? No worries. -Looking for listening pleasure? Look no further. -How about a little clarity? Summaries can help. -Click here for links to all your Frankenstein needs. Example Format of Weekly Assignments Quotable Moment from Letter 4, August 13th As I spoke, a dark gloom spread over my listener’s countenance. At first I perceived that he tried to suppress his emotion; he placed his hands before his eyes, and my voice quivered and failed me as I beheld tears trickle fast from between his fingers; a groan burst from his heaving breast. I paused; at length he spoke, in broken accents: “Unhappy man! Do you share my madness? Have you drunk also of the intoxicating drought? Hear me; let me reveal my tale, and you will dash the cup from your lips.”
Written Analysis I chose five Romantic Inspirations because they easily apply to this quote from Letter 4. It was Robert Walton's passion for his adventures at sea that triggered the stranger's (who is Victor Frankenstein) visible grief, so much so it appears as though he's a tortured soul. This moment contrasts the beliefs of the two characters: Walton is excited, ambitious; Frankenstein is beaten, melancholy...and even horrified to hear how Walton might share his "madness," which seems torturous for him to hear as he is visibly unnerved. I think that only a true companion would be honest enough to warn you how your goals might be disastrous, which is what Frankenstein hopes to warn Walton of by telling his story. To Frankenstein, here is a fellow companion equal in ambition...which might be his demise if he's not careful.
Thursday, April 16: Good morning! Yesterday I sent you all an email invite to join our class TEAM using Microsoft TEAMS. Beginning today, all announcements, course directions, and participation will happen there. You are expected to check in each week beginning today. See you there...
Monday, April 13: I hope you're all safe and well and willing to commit to an academic focus. While this week is still a week of enrichment learning and review (i.e., optional learning), I believe it is important to keep this in mind: if you don't use it, you lose it. So, this week I'm posting a new article (below, under the Articles subheading) for you to read and annotate. It's about an enzyme that breaks down water bottles. You do not need to print, just keep an active, questioning mind as you read, noting the author's argument (thesis), word choice (diction), and sentence structure (syntax). Also, what are the main stylistic qualities that make the article compelling? Additionally, if you're in the mood to write, then checking out the Descriptive Essay assignment under the Activities subheading will take you to an assignment you can modify any way you want. Read it, steal some ideas from it, and write. It's that simple... In regards to how the school year will end, well...that is still under construction. When I know the district's plan, you will too. Stay tuned. Quote Challenge Question & Answer Forum
Wednesday, April 1: Happy April Fool's Day! Did you hear about the alphabet pranksters? A and C were going to prank their friend...but they just letter B. Ha! I know... I know... But, you know what's not foolish? Reading. Below, under Resources, I'm suggesting an approach to finishing Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Hope you enjoy. Also, many of you know I love quotes, those one-liners that pack an intellectual punch. So how about a Quote Challenge? It's simple: post an appropriate quote you enjoy and believe others will too. Quotes can be from any source: movies, music, books... I'll start it off with one of my favorites from Frankenstein. Finally, Governor Whitmer will address the state tomorrow. Hopefully we'll know a little more about the state of education then. Quote Challenge Question & Answer Forum
Monday, March 30: Good morning, All- Happy Monday! Well, the federal government has just extended social distancing expectations until April 30th. I'm not so sure what that means for schools getting back in session; we'll just have to wait and see what Governor Whitmer says towards the week's end. In the mean time, I hope you're still preparing for the SAT Test. The links below can help, including the SAT article concerning coronavirus updates. Additionally, I'm keeping our Frankenstein resources link active because you may want to review, re-read, or read ahead. It's a great story, one you should not give up on no matter how the rest of the school year unfolds.
Wednesday, March 25: Good morning, Everyone- I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and sane. Remember: good books, good music, and good conversation will help displace stagnant boredom. Oh, and let's not forget about writing :) If any of you want to write an SAT essay and send it to me for advice, I'm happy to give it. Email it to me and I'll reply... Also below is a link to a free course on Happiness from Yale University that begins today. Enjoy!
Monday, March 23: Happy Monday, All- Are you staying intellectually active? Are you practicing reading and writing? I hope so. At this point, we have to assume school will resume Monday, April 13th. The next day is the SAT, and since no new announcements concerning the SAT have been made we have to assume it's still taking place Tuesday, April 14th. Here are some enrichment activities for the week. If you have questions, please email me or post them to the forum below.
Also, there's nothing wrong with re-reading chapters to gain new insights. If we do return to school, we will pick up with our study of Frankenstein where we left off. Here are resources to help you. Frankenstein Resources -Don't have a novel? No problem. -Lost your bookmarks? No worries. -Looking for listening pleasure? Look no further. -How about a little clarity? Summaries can help. -Click here for links to all your Frankenstein needs.
Monday, March 16: First, stay safe and be smart during this unusual time. Be your best self by being kind and respectful to others. Exercise your mind, think positive, and stay healthy...
Regarding the SAT: I'm not sure what's happening just yet. No decision has been made about keeping the SAT date in April or not. Additionally, I'm not so sure the deal we made regarding the SAT essays can happen, so please know this if you choose to complete those assignments. My advice is to move forward (the SAT deal and essay options are listed under Class Resources below) but know the deal may be broken--this is out of my control.
Concerning class work: it is true; no new material is to be taught. So, the expectation is for you to review what we've already read in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Follow the weekly schedule below.
If you have any questions, please post them to our Question & Answer Forum (below) or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Resources SAT -Click HERE for SAT "deal" and essay options...
Question & Answer Forum -Questions? Concerns? Post them here... Frankenstein Resources -Don't have a novel? No problem. -Lost your bookmarks? No worries. -Looking for listening pleasure? Look no further. -How about a little clarity? Summaries can help. -Click here for links to all your Frankenstein needs.
Week of March 16th -Reread Frankenstein, Letters 1 thru 4 -Review Bookmark 1 and your think-tank to build understanding
Week of March 23rd -Reread Frankenstein, Chapters 1, 2, and 3 -Review Bookmark 2 and your think-tank to build understanding
Week of March 30th -Reread Frankenstein, Chapters 4, 5, and 6 -Review Bookmark 2 and your think-tank to build understanding
Week of March 9th Face-to-Face days: Monday, Tuesday, Friday No-face-days: Wednesday and Thursday
Wednesday -finish reading chapter 3 & 4 -add to Bookmark 2 -Quiz this Friday: Letters 1 thru Chapter 5
Thursday -Read chapter 5 -Think Tank Time: ~Complete page 13 ~Add to Bookmark 2 ~Complete what you can on page 5 ~Consider Themes & Motifs to complete on pages 8 thru 11 -Quiz tomorrow: Letter 1 thru Chapter 5 (15 MC questions on Socrative)
Week of March 2nd Face-to-Face days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday No-face-days: Thursday and Friday
Thursday- -Precis & First Body due TODAY for "The Case for Torture" *due to me before you sign out OR posted here: "The Case for Torture" -SAT Writing & Language practice: "Dark Snow" and questions 12-22 click here to check answers -Finish reading Letter 2 -Use back of Bookmark 1 (Letters 1-4) to jot down plot points -Read Letter 3
Friday- -Read Letter 4 -Use back of Bookmark 1 (Letters 1-4) to jot down plot points -Complete Bookmark 1, Letters 1-4 (due Monday)
Week of Feb. 18 Face-to-Face days: Wednesday and Friday No-face-days: Tuesday and Thursday
Important Note: -Romantic think-tank due Friday -Romantic Poets & Writers test is Friday
Tuesday- -read about Samuel Taylor Coleridge, pages 684 & 685 in textbook -Rock Out "Xanadu" by RUSH -read "What if you slept..." and use it if you want as inspiration to write your own fantasy poem: -complete pages 13 & 14 in think-tank *underline charged words AND circle poetic devices *use the rubric (p. 14) as a guide -read about Mary Shelley, pages 648 & 649 in textbook -complete the Intro to Frankenstein worksheet (given in class)
Thursday- -35 minute timed essay: "The Case for Torture" -read, write, then take a picture of your written essay to post here -due by the end of the day, Thursday...not Friday morning (fyi)
Tuesday- -Complete the pages 15 & 17 of your think-tank -Using page 17 as a resource, read "The Oval Portrait” on page 658 of your textbook (Note: you should read the story twice) -Finally, complete page 16 in the think-tank -Progress check tomorrow
Close & Critical Reading and Writing: - Read "Let There Be Dark" - Post your perfect precis and body paragraph here: Padlet Due Friday, or sooner if you want advice
THURSDAY- - Read about William Blake & symbols, textbook pages 638 and 639 - Read "The Lamb" (p. 640), then know these notes: *the abstract idea symbolized is innocence *central idea of the poem is the kindness of the creator *the mood of the poem's illustration is serene - Read "The Tyger" (p. 641 and 642), then know these notes: *forests of the night symbolizes the chaos and confusion of living *central image of the poem is power *Blake's illustration of the poem swirls through the words *the stars personified (lines 17 & 18) creates an image of sadness - Read "Infant Sorrow" (p. 644), then know these notes: *the poem's narrator is the baby *lines 5 & 6 create an image of confinement - Complete pages 8, 9, and 10 in Romantic Think-Tank
FRIDAY- - Finalize everything with Robert Burns & William Blake - Make sure think-tank pages 1 thru 8 are complete - Complete pages 9 & 10 in think-tank (you'll need your textbook)
Summative, Socrative Test next week Monday- -Robert Burns: "To a Mouse" and "To a Louse" -William Blake: "The Lamb," The Tyger," and "Infant Sorrow" -20 multiple choice questions
Week of January 13 Face-to-face days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday Non-face-to-face days: Wednesday
Wednesday- -Listen to/Read Act 5, scene 1. -Complete what you can of Bookmark 5
Week of January 6 Face-to-face days: Monday, Thursday, Friday Non-face-to-face days: Tuesday & Wednesday
Tuesday- -Finish page 12 in think-tank -Finish first 4 bullets on page 16 of think-tank (opinionated reactions work) -Read and listen to Hamlet, act 3, scene 2 *utilize No Fear Shakespeare if you need help *for audio version, go the 1:51:21 mark -Complete what you can in Bookmark 3
Wednesday- -Finish remaining bullets on page 16 of think-tank (opinions are fine) -Read and listen to Hamlet, act 3, scenes 3 and 4 *utilize No Fear Shakespeare if you need help *for audio version, go to the 2:06:50 mark -Complete all of Bookmark 3 (due tomorrow) -Act 3 socrative quiz on Thursday
Week of December 16 Face-to-face days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday Non-face-to-face days: None...That's right! Love it!
Week of December 9 Face-to-face days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday Non-face-to-face days: None
Week of December 2 Face-to-face days: Monday, Tuesday, Friday Non-face-to-face days: Wednesday & Thursday
Wednesday -Renaissance Man film
Thursday -Renaissance Man film
Week of November 25 Face-to-face days: Monday & Tuesday
Week of November 18 Face-to-face days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday Non-face-to-face days: Thursday
Thursday- The Onion precis posted to this Padlet page by 7:40 Friday morning
Week of November 11 Face-to-face days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Non-face-to-face days: Thursday & Friday
Medieval Romances Test is Monday 16 MC questions & 1 short response See page 10 in think-tank for study guide
Thursday -Post your precis summary here (due by the end of the hour) -Read the rest of Morte d'Arthur
Friday -finish Medieval Romances think-tank -if interested, watch these "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" videos to further help your understanding of the plot Video 1 Video 2 -Remember: think-tank due Monday before you take the Medieval Romances test
Week of November 4 Face-to-face days: Monday & Tuesday Non-face-to-face days: Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday
Wednesday -read the Paraphrasing Assignment towards the top of page 4 in your think- tank, completing the three bullet-boxes that follow.
Thursday -same as Wednesday
Friday -same as Wednesday Here's a recap of what needs to be completed by Monday: 1. finish reading "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" 2. think-tank pages 4, 5, 6, and top half of page 9 complete 3. homework check Monday as you walk in class
TEST MONDAY:Canterbury Tales study notes: -21 MC ?s -1 short response
The Prologue's pilgrimage = frames the stories Who's going to judge the contest? Host or Narrator? Pardoner's rat-tail hair suggests what? Direct or Indirect? Prologue's theme = variety of human nature (aka, walks of life) Irony at end of Pardoner's Tale... Pay close attention to description of three rioters Effective exemplum = clear characterization Real traitor in Pardoner's Tale: three rioters or Death? Summarize passages Define: prating, timorous, pallor, commission, avouches
WEDNESDAY, 10/30 1. Remember: precis due tomorrow 2. Go to this Padlet page to complete today's assignment due by 7:40 am tomorrow morning 3. Study for Monday's test using red study notes above.
FRIDAY, 11/1 1. Post a picture to this Padlet page -due Monday by 7:40 am 2. Study for Monday's test; think-tank due Monday
WEDNESDAY, 10/23 -Wok on pages 14, 15, and 16 in think-tank, completing questions for the following ten pilgrims: Cook, Skipper, Doctor, Wife of Bath, Parson Plowman, Miller, Manciple, Reeve, Summoner -Progress check tomorrow when you walk in..
FRIDAY, 10/25 Step 1- Google Image "sketch notes" 1. create a sketch-note for the pilgrim of your choice 2. take a picture of your sketch-note and email it to me: email@example.com 3. due Monday by 7:40 am Step 2- In our Think-Tank: 1. p. 16, finish last-half of page 2. p. 11, complete left side of page jotting plot points 3. p. 6, finish last-falf of page Step 3- Read The Pardoner's Prologue:page 141 to top of page 144
WEDNESDAY, 10/16 -complete page 4 (all) and 5 (top half) in your think-tank: -for page 4, just make educated guesses -for page 5, you will need your textbook -after you write your one-sentence summary for both the Introduction and The (End) Contest in your think-tank (p. 5), post each to this Padlet Page. DUE BY 7:40 am THURSDAY, OCT. 17 FRIDAY, 10/17 Think-Tank & Textbook: 1. complete bottom half of p. 5 using pages 7 & 8 and dictionary.com to look up the words you choose 2. Double check that all of page 5 in think-tank is complete 3. read about the Knight (textbook, lines 43 to 80) 4. continue completing character questions on pages 13 & 14 in think-tank; work your way through these pilgrims: Knight Friar Squire Merchant Yeoman Oxford Cleric Prioress Sergeant at the Law Monk Franklin 5. all this is due before Monday's class
WEDNESDAY, 10/9 -Work on narrative comic strip -Presentations begin tomorrow
Week of May 28 Face-days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday No-face-days: None
Week of May 20 Face-days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday No-face-days: Wednesday (see note* below) & Friday
WEDNESDAY- - note* may leave only after all groups present - chapters 5, 6, and 7 in-class discussion - follow the schedule: page 2 in think-tank - formative check on Thursday: think-tank pages complete
FRIDAY- - Formative check (t-tank: chapters 7 & 8)...then you may sign out. - follow the schedule: page 2 in think-tank ...know what's expected on Tuesday
Week of May 13 Face-days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday No-face-days: Wednesday & Friday
WEDNESDAY- -see schedule on page 2 of LOTF think-tank
FRIDAY- - see schedule on page 2 of LOTF think-tank
Week of May 6 Face-days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday No-face-days: Thursday
THURSDAY- -Begin Survival Manual Project (pages 20 & 21 in think-tank) - You may partner-up on this project. Let me know with who if you decide to do so...
Week of April 29 Face-days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday No-face-days: Thursday & Friday
THURSDAY- - Work on Poem Project - DUE MONDAY! - Respect the Rubric FRIDAY- - Work on Poem Project - DUE MONDAY! - Respect the Rubric
Week of April 22 Face-days: Monday & Wednesday No-face-days: Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday
TUESDAY- - Frank-Tank due, Card Sort Discussion, Study Day/Movie THURSDAY- - Movie continued
FRIDAY- - Finish movie
Week of April 15 Face-days: Monday, Wednesday No-face-days: Tuesday & Thursday
TUESDAY- - read chapter 21, complete bookmark 4 (due tomorrow) - complete pages 4, 5, 6 in card-sort - complete pages 12 & 13 in think-tank (use a dictionary to help you) - Socrative Test tomorrow on chapters 16 thru 21 THURSDAY- - Read chapter 23 - Complete some of Bookmark 5 - Read chapter 24 but stop at the September 7 date (the top of p. 225) -Monday you will finish the book, turn in the last bookmark, and take the final Socrative quiz - The test on Frankenstein will most likely be Wednesday
Week of April 8 Face-days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday No-face-days: none
Week of March 25 Face-days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday No-face-days: Thursday & Friday
THURSDAY- - Complete Bookmark 3 (turn in to me) - Socrative Test on chapters 11-16 test window closes at 2:30 - Catch up on Think-Tank--these pages must be complete: pages 5 & 7 through 13 - Card Sort: work on first few pages only FRIDAY- - Watch the rest of these TED: Science & Wonder videos http://www.pbs.org/video/2365700379/
Week of March 18 Face-days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday No-face-days: Thursday & Friday
IMPORTANT NOTE: How about a proposition? SAT Essay due Monday BUT, I'm expecting: full effort impressive writing obvious evidence you've put time into it
Also, I'll up the ante to 24 summative points: this could really help you, or it could really hurt you if you don't take your writing seriously.
THURSDAY- - Read chapter 13 - Continue writing/editing your SAT essay FRIDAY- - Complete what you can in think-tank pages, 5, 7, and 8-11 - No required novel reading - Spend an hour or more this weekend on your SAT essay Seriously...all I want to do is read it and be proud of you (which will earn you full points). However, if it's evident you didn't take your writing seriously, then the grade you receive will reflect that
Week of March 11 Face-days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday No-face-days: Thursday & Friday
THURSDAY- - SAT Reading Passage 4--time yourself at 13 minutes - Chapter 7 discussion - Read Chapter 8 for tomorrow, adding to page 5 (name arrange) as you read. Also, fill in what you can on Bookmark 2 - Essential Questions page in T-tank due tomorrow before you sign out FRIDAY- - Essential Questions page due - SAT Reading Passage 5--time yourself at 13 minutes - Read Chapter 9 for Monday, adding to page 5, 8-11, and bookmark 2 - Socrative Test Monday on chapters 6-10 (we will read ch. 10 in class) - Bookmark 2 due Monday
Week of March 4 Face-days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday No-face-days: Thursday & Friday
THURSDAY- - Chapter 1 notes and plot points: Father's youth explained, friend of Beaufort (theme of friendship) Caroline becomes Alphonse's wife, contrast in age (contrasts are a characteristic of Romanticism) Victor and Elizabeth, "more than sister," stands out as an orphan (again, contrasts) - Read Chapter 2: note how the chapter is divided into 2 parts/themes first-- themes of family, friendship, happiness second-- Victor's obsession begins - Begin Bookmark 2 - Name Arrange (p. 5 of T-tank): what details can you make note of? FRIDAY- - Please take this Class Interest Survey. It'll only take a minute. - Complete page 24 in Think-Tank: Essential Questions - Think-Tank pages 8-11: what can you complete? - Read chapters 3 and 4 Create plot-points for each chapter for your own understanding - Socratic summative quiz on Monday: Letters 1-4 thru chapter 5 We will read chapter 5 in class on Monday, then take the quiz
THURSDAY- 1 Spend 10 minutes completing the next passage in the SAT Writing & Language test. 2 Complete p. 15 in your T-tank on The Gothic Tradition: Edgar Allen Poe 3 Re-read "The Oval Portrait" and complete p. 16 in your T-tank. 4 Follow the Rebels & Dreamers Web-Quest in traditional English 11 tab Note the Tasks, The Arts, and Literature tabs at the screen's left side 5 Finally, complete the assignment on p. 18 of your Think-Tank
Robert Burns and William Blake summative (socrative) test on Monday
THURSDAY- 1 Read & Annotate "Kubla Khan" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (p. 11 in the Think-Tank). You'll want to read this poem at least 5 times--no kidding! 2 Next, read and annotate "Xanadu" by RUSH (p. 12 in T-tank) 3 Finally, you're to complete your own Pleasure Poem on p 13 of the T- tank. Use the rubric on page 14 to guide you AND these expectations: Circle charged words Underline poetic devices (at least 3) Asterisk* or Star (in the margin) fantastic imagery 4 Due Tuesday
Click here for a visual-recitation of "Kubla Khan" And of course there's this visual-performance of "Xanadu" by RUSH
Close & Critical Reading and Writing: - Read the hyperlinked article "The Case for Torture" - Post your perfect precis and body paragraph here--PadletOR hand write it and bring it in Friday - This due by Friday, or sooner if you want advice
WEDNESDAY- - 30 minutes to work on "The Case for Torture" - 30 minutes to work on the crosswords you received yesterday
THURSDAY- - Think-Tank - Mel Gibson as Hamlet (in-class movie)
FRIDAY- - see you back in class :) - "The Case for Torture" precis & first body paragraph both due
MONDAY- 1 Bookmark 3 due before you sign out 2 Socrative.com will be open until 2:30. Log-in and take the quiz. 3 For Tuesday, read / listen to Act 4, scene 1, 2, 3, 4 (yes, four scenes--they're short)
Close & Critical Reading and Writing: - Read the hyperlinked article "Let There Be Dark" - Post your perfect precis here--Padlet - This due by Friday, or sooner if you want advice
THURSDAY- 1 Think-Tank pages you had time to complete: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14 2 Finish reading/listening to Act 3, scene 2 Important moments to note: -lines 376-386: Hamlet rebuking Rosencrantz & Guildenstern -lines 409-410: Hamlet speaking about his mother 3 Read-Listen to Act 3, scene 3 (it's short) Important moments to note: -lines 3-4, and 26: Claudius' plans for Hamlet -lines 39-75 & 101-102: King's soliloquy -lines 76-100: Hamlet's opportunity to kill the king
MONDAY- 1 Bookmark 3 due before you sign out 2 Socrative.com will be open until 2:30. Log-in and take the quiz. 3 For Tuesday, read / listen to Act 4, scene 1, 2, 3, 4 (yes, three scenes--they're short)
WEDNESDAY- -complete reading "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas" and all else in the packet. -read and annotate "Unnatural Selections" by Barry Schwartz. In the space at the article's end, list other decisions that are being made for you. Be prepared to share on Friday.
THURSDAY- -complete "Morte d'Arthur" and pages remaining pages in think-tank -read, annotate, and write precis for "Chivalry Sinks Under Equality's Murky Waters"
FRIDAY- work day (see Thursday's schedule-above) Socrative, Summative test on Monday Precis for "Chivalry Sinks Under Equality's Murky Water" due Tuesday
SG&GK and Morte d'Arthur test notes: See top of p. 10 in think-tank What does it mean to summarize/paraphrase? Identify elements of REALISM & SUPERNATURAL Primary plot elements of medieval romances (p. 161) Internal vs. External conflict Themes of SG&GK & Morte d'Arthur Know the plot of each tale Symbolism: green girdle & black hoods
THURSDAY Pages 2, 3, and 4 in your Medieval Romances think-tank (due Monday)
FRIDAY Pages 2, 3, and 4 in your Medieval Romances think-tank (due Monday)
Week of Oct. 28 Read and annotate this article from The Onion. 2. Use this rubric to compose one analytical body paragraph on the article. 3. Post your body paragraph to Padlet here 4. Finish "The Pardoner's Tale" and pages 6 & 12 in think-tank
1. Complete the open-think-tank Canterbury Tales quiz (take a picture, email it to me) 2. Take the practice Socrative test by 2:40 pm. (9 questions: begins at 1:40 and ends at 2:40) 3. Canterbury tales summative Socrative test on Monday