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Homework Reminders and Agendas

Important documents for AP Literature and Composition
MWRG
AP Independent work list
Standard Reflection Questions
Beloved Reading Guide 2018
Beloved Group Motif Tracker
The Handmaid's Tale Reading Calendar and Study Guide
Block five motif trackers
Block six motif trackers
Block seven motif trackers
HT Motif Tracker
Review Materials from 5/7/18--All blocks

 Friday, May 11

Seniors' last day! Stop by for snacks and fun and hugs! Way to go class of 2018--you're amazing!

 Wednesday, May 9

Exam day!
You should report to either the wrestling gym or A117 (see the list outside my room) by 7:45.
Come to the teachers' deck at 7:10 for donuts!
If you are not taking the exam, you need to be in class to take your partial exam final.
 Monday, May 7

HW Reminders:
Motif trackers need to be in the shared file by the end of the school day.

Agenda:
Review session presentations


 Thursday May 3

HW Reminders: 
Drop your motif tracker for HT in the class drive (same one as Beloved) by Monday, May 7. I have created a Beloved folder and a HT folder.
Group review presentations for Monday, May 7.
Exam is Wednesday, May 9—check to see which room you are in. We will have doughnuts and breakfast up on the teacher’s deck before the exam. I will bring donuts. Bring something to share. I will be there at 7:10.


 Agenda:
Culminating HT discussion--graded participation

 Tuesday, May 1

HW Reminders:
Out of class essay about your independent work due nest class—5/3.
Group review presentations on our major works for Monday, May 7.
Socratic seminar next class—choose a group to be in. 10 point discussion contribution—needs to be evidenced based.
Are you reviewing your portfolio? You should be taking 20 minutes a night to review your major works.

Agenda:
Question three test practice
Large group HT discussion


 Friday, April 27

HW Reminders:
Tuesday’s review session rescheduled for Tuesday 5/1. There is another one Monday, 4/30.
Finish HT by Tuesday. You and your partner should also have all of your motif evidence gathered. You will be working with that person today; use today to simultaneously gather evidence if you need it.
I will assign the take home essay on Tuesday. If you need it early, stop by after school.

Agenda:
Anthropology activity


 Wednesday, April 25

HW Reminders:
See Monday, April 23

Agenda:
Full length multiple choice
Work with motif partners

 Monday, April 23

HW Reminders:
Finish The Handmaid’s Tale for May 1. All of your motif evidence should be ready to go that day. Get the motif tracker on the website if you haven’t already.
I will assign a take home question three essay on May 1 for your independent work. You will need to time yourself—40 minutes. It will be due Thursday, May 3. Plan ahead for time.

Agenda:
Test practice

Finish character interviews
 Thursday, April 19

HW Reminders:
Stay caught up in the reading—you can push back the completion of your reading to Tuesday, May 1.
Finish independent novel by April 23. You will need a MWRG and will be writing a question three about your work.
Have copies of The Visit? Return the Bedford.
April review sessions dates:
Tuesday, April 17--3:15-4:15.
Tuesday, April 24--3:15-4:15
Monday, April 30--3:15-4:15
Morning of Thursday, May 3—7:00-7:55 am


Agenda:
Finish checking portfolios
25 minute challenge--essay practice
Character interview activity


 Tuesday, April 17
 
HW Reminders:
Evidence of two scored essays (yours and a partner’s) due by next class.
To read sample essays: https://bit.ly/2IYZ6P3
Stay caught up in the reading—you should be finished with HT by 4/25.
Finish independent novel by April 23. You will need a MWRG and will be writing a question three about your work.
Have copies of The Visit? Return the Bedford.
April review sessions dates:
Tuesday, April 17--3:15-4:15.
Tuesday, April 24--3:15-4:15
Monday, April 3--3:15-4:15
Option: Morning of Thursday, April 19—7:00-7:55 am.
Option: Morning of Thursday, May 3—7:00-7:55 am


Agenda:
Create six groups:
Test practice--poetry/TP-CASTT--connection to HT
Prepare for character interview activity

 Friday, April 13

HW Reminders:
Portfolio check #3 for Tuesday. Questions?
Stay caught up in the reading!
Finish independent novel by April 23. You will need a MWRG and will be writing a question three about your work.
April review sessions dates:
Tuesday, April 17--3:15-4:15.
Tuesday, April 24 –3:15-4:15
Monday, April 30—3:15-4:15
Option: Morning of Thursday, April 19—7:00-7:55 am.
Option: Morning of Thursday, May 3—7:00-7:55 am

Agenda:
Back to back essays
Score your second essay: 
You will leave the essay you want graded with me and take the other essay.
Grab the matching rubric that is specific to the prompt you’re taking.

You need to score your own essay AND rationalize your score using specific language from the rubric. Do this on a separate sheet of paper/Google doc so your partner can’t see your thinking.
You also need to partner up and score someone else’s writing (you can rotate among three). Score your partner the same way you scored yourself. Compare the way your partner scores you, to the way you scored yourself AFTER you have exchanged writing.

Due Thursday, April 19. 10 points for your score and rationale, 10 points for scoring and rationalizing your partner’s work.


Monday, April 9

Work day 
 Thursday, April 5

HW Reminders: See 4/3

Agenda:

MC practice--24 questions--score in class

Create motif partners--choose motifs

Stay with motif partners for HT discussion
 Tuesday, April 3

HW Reminders: 
Stay caught up with reading calendar. Motif tracking…how do we want to do this for HT? What has been your favorite approach? Seriously.
Date changed: Third portfolio check will be Tuesday, April 17.
Finish independent novel by April 23. You will need a MWRG and will be writing a question three about your work.
Back to back essays on Friday, April 13. You will choose the two questions.
If you are not taking the exam, you will take partial exam in class on May 9. This will be your final.
After school review sessions—do we want these in April?

Agenda:
Stereotypes, gender, and freedom activity
Start HT notes and discussion


 Friday, March 23

HW Reminders:
Two things to think about for spring break:
First The Handmaid’s Tale reading assignment. Be read to page 106 by the Tuesday after spring break--April, 3.
We will do our third portfolio check for Beloved materials on Friday, April 13. Your motif evidence should be in shape. Have you added anything to your Beloved MWRG?You will get a checklist when you return from spring break.



Agenda:
Large group culminating discussion--final scenes of the novel--get hand out in class
Motif groups share out--important evidence and conclusions about theme


 Wednesday, March 21

HW Reminders: 
Independent reading deadline: Finish your text by April 19.
All of your motif evidence by Friday, 3/23/18.

Agenda:
Question three practice
Continue Beloved discussion and notes


 Monday, March 19

HW Reminders:

Independent reading deadline: Finish your text by April 19.
Print of HT reading calendar/study guide for next class. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood!
All of your motif evidence by Friday, 3/23/18.

Agenda:
Quick question three practice
Small group work on Beloved activity from last class
Large group notes and discussion--Sethe, Denver, Beloved chapters


 Thursday, March 15

Homework Reminders:

Agenda:
40 minutes--write compare/contrast essay
Small group Beloved discussion


 Tuesday, March 13

HW Reminders:
Beloved reading assignment #9 due on Thursday.
Portfolio check #2--due Thursday 3/15
Question one--comp/cont on Thursday 3/15
Get your copy of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

Agenda:
Writing discussion: score sample sonnet essays
Discuss strategies and look at examples for compare/contrast essays



 Friday, March 9

HW Reminders:
Beloved reading assignment #8 due on Tuesday.
Portfolio check #2--due Thursday 3/15
Question one--comp/cont on Thursday 3/15

Agenda:
Five minutes--just write: Based off of our last key passage, who do you think Beloved is? What key devices does Morrison use to develop her and Paul D. in the shed scene? How does this scene contribute to the MOWAW?

Continue key passage discussion--10 point score for discussion contribution that is text based




 Wednesday, March 7

HW Reminders:
Reading assignment number seven due Friday.

Agenda:
Continue with key passage discussion
Intro of compare/contrast prompts

 Monday, March 5

HW Reminders:
Beloved reading assignment #6 due on Wednesday. How is your motif evidence looking?

Agenda:
Discussion George Herbert MC
Meet with motif partner
Start key passage activity/discussion



 Thursday, March 1

HW reminders:
Reading assignment #5 in Beloved is due Monday—be tracking your motif evidence.
Be ready to explain your MC question next class.

Agenda:
Finish Socratic seminar--group two
10 minute multiple choice--you will receive a number--be ready to explain your question to the class



 Tuesday, February 27

HW Reminders:
AP exam registration or meaningful conversation needs to happen by today.
Reading assignment #4 in Beloved is due Tuesday—be tracking your motif evidence.


Agenda:  
Finish character/setting discussion and notes
Why is 124 significant?
Start Socratic seminar discussion--group one


 Friday, February 23

HW Reminders:
AP exam registration or meaningful conversation needs to happen by 2/27.
Reading assignment #3 in Beloved is due Tuesday—be tracking your motif evidence.
Informal inner/outer circle discussion--simply make one contribution. We will use the guiding reading questions (in Beloved reading guide on my website--posted at the top of the this page) for pages 21-85. I will number you as a 1 or 2 today so you know what group you are in.
Group one will discuss: Pgs. 20-42 #1-5 and pgs. 43-73 #1-2.
Group two will discuss: Pgs. 43-74 #3-6, pgs. 74-85 #1-3.

Agenda:
Question one timed essay--sonnet!
Beloved discussion--pre-reading article; discuss characters and setting.


 Wednesday, February 21

HW Reminders: 
If you did not read the pre-reading article, read it for Friday!!! "How Toni Morrison's Beloved is Taught in Schools"
AP exam registration or meaningful conversation needs to happen by 2/27.
Reading assignment #2 in Beloved is due Friday—be tracking your motif evidence.
We will write another question one on Friday. It will be a sonnet. 40 minutes—100 points.


Agenda:
Return to meter practice

Initial discussion of Beloved


 Friday, February 16

HW Reminders:
Pre-reading article--"How Toni Morrison's Beloved is Taught in Schools" 
First reading assignment for Beloved due next class

Share sonnets
Sonnet walk about activity



 Wednesday, February 14

HW Reminders are the same as 2/8

Agenda:

Individual writing conferences
Reflect on your learning
Group sonnet writing activity

 Monday, February 12

HW Reminders are the same as 2/8

Agenda:
Individual writing conferences
Write about your independent work
Petrarchan  sonnet practice



 Thursday, February 8

 HW Reminders:
Get your copy of Beloved by Toni Morrison.
We will have an independent work check in on February 12—I will ask you to write a bit about it this time. Your goal should be to finish the first third of your text.
AP registration needs to be completed online by February 28. Have a conversation with me or show me proof of registration by 2/27.


Agenda:
 
Individual writing conferences
Intro to meter warm-up
Shakespearean sonnet activity



 Tuesday, February 6

HW Reminders:
Conferences over essays on Thursday and Monday. We will discuss them, and you will receive a score on the spot.
Get your copy of Beloved by Toni Morrison.
We will have an independent work check in on February 12—I will ask you to write a bit about it this time. Your goal should be to finish the first third of your text.
AP registration needs to be completed online by February 28. Have a conversation with me or show me proof of registration by 2/27.

Agenda:
Poetry movements Kahoot quiz
Notes over rhyme




Friday, February 2 

HW Reminders:
Poetry movements game/quiz on Tuesday—review your packet and additional notes for a little Kahoot fun!
Get your copy of Beloved by Toni Morrison.
We will have an independent work check in on February 12—I will ask you to write a bit about it this time. Your goal should be to finish the first third of your text.
AP registration needs to be completed online by February 28. Have a conversation with me or show me proof of registration by 2/27.


Agenda:
MC and prep for "Crossing the Swamp" essay
Write for 35 minutes


 Wednesday, January 31

HW Reminders:
Get your copy of Beloved by Toni Morrison.
We will have an independent work check in on February 12—I will ask you to write a bit about it this time. Your goal should be to finish the first third of your text.
We will write a Q1 essay on Friday—it will be a supported first attempt. It will be worth 40 points—then the rest of our essays will be worth 100.
AP registration needs to be completed online by February 28. Have a conversation with me or show me proof of registration by 2/27.

Agenda:
Score Q3 essay
Start structure notes--prep for sonnets

Monday, January 29 

HW Reminders
Get your copy of Beloved
Independent work check in day on February 12--be ready to write about your text.
Question one essay on Friday 2/2
Reflect on your question three essay

Agenda:
Poetry movement presentations
Go through Q3 essay--reflect

 Thursday, January 25

HW reminders:
Get your copy of Beloved by Toni Morrison.

We will have an independent work check in on February 12—I will ask you to write a bit about it this time. Your goal should be to finish the first third of your text.

Be ready to talk about your assigned poetry movement next class: read through the characteristics in the packet, do ten minutes of additional research (yes, you may use Wikipedia), jot down your sources. Be ready to add at least two-three additional things you think we should know about that movement. Then read the example poem. Annotate the poem for the characteristics of that movement that you recognize.

Agenda:

Finish TP-CASTT/FIT group work
Start poetry movement activity--see me/email me if you were not assigned a poetry movement group

 Tuesday, January 23

No homework reminders
Agenda:

Portfolio check #1: while I check, work on second half of MC, and then TP-CASTT/FIT practice with question one examples

 Friday, January 19th

HW Reminders:
First portfolio check for next class


Agenda:
MC practice
Practice with FIT and TP-CASTT--intro to question one prompts



 Wednesday, January 17th

HW Reminders:
First portfolio check: Tuesday 1/23
Get your copy of Beloved by Toni Morrison

Agenda:
Warm-up with Billy Collins
Poetry terms game
Intro to analysis tools: FIT and TP-CASTT


Friday, January 12th 

HW Reminders: Poetry terms definitions—define terms for Wednesday 1/17. Use the Bedford, check out an Oxford Literary Terms Glossary, or use Literaryterms.net.
Sign up for your independent work and get rolling! Make a choice by 1/17.
First portfolio check is on Tuesday, January 23rd—see checklist for expectations.

Agenda:
Write Q3 essay
Intro to poetry activity



 Wednesday, January 10th

HW Reminders: 
Poetry terms definitions—define terms for Wednesday 1/17. Use the Bedford, check out an Oxford Literary Terms Glossary, or use Literaryterms.net.
Sign up for your independent work and get rolling! Make a choice by 1/17.
First portfolio check is on Tuesday, January 23rd—see checklist for expectations.
Choice question three essay on Friday 1/12. Now is the time to put your portfolio to use--study like its an exam.

Agenda:
Diction exercise
Return to Trumbo passage--reflect on essay
Work time


Monday, January 8th

Ted Talk: "The Danger of the Single Story"--why the "So, what?" matters. 
 
SEMESTER TWO

 December 19/20

Final panel presentations
 December 15
Multiple choice practice
Final discussion of Act III--check portfolio
 December 13
POV discussion
Write Q2 essay--40 minutes
Work to finish reading Act III
 December 11
Discussion: Patterns we see so far, and themes they convey?
Perform first part of Act III
Go over Hamlet essay--look at exemplar
 December 7
While I check portfolios: Finish performing Act II. Discuss and take notes in response to Act II questions. Work on motif evidence.
 December 5
While I check portfolios: focus on reading the rest of Act I with your group. Discuss the end of Act I. Assign roles and perform Act II. Use Act II discussion questions to guide your thinking.

 December 1
Finish multiple choice practice
Finish performing Act I
 November 29
Multiple choice practice
Finish The Visit notes
Start reading
 November 27
In class essay--Q3--Hamlet
Intro to The Visit
 November 16
Motif group work--get to theme
Listen to podcast
Discuss Q2 essays
 November 14
Act V Socratic seminar
November 10 
Finish multiple choice practice
Act IV discussion

November 8 
Multiple choice practice
Act III discussion
 November 6
Diction practice
Small group discussion of Act III
Act III discussion questions
 November 2

Write question two essay

Group work on Hamlet activity
October 31
Question two practice--read and score sample essay

Work with motif groups

Start Hamlet character development activity

 October 27
Q2 practice
Act II discussion
Pass back C-22 essays and discuss
 October 25
Re-intro to Q2
Diction notes
Act II large group discussion

 October 23
Finish Act I discussion
Share out findings for motifs so far
View Act II and look for important elements
 October 19
Portfolio checks today--individual check ins with Ms. Chase

Small to large group work:
Step one—no more than 25 minutes: Finish discussing Act I.ii using the discussion questions from last class. Do not rush through Hamlet’s first soliloquy! This is our first glimpse into his psyche. What do we discover? What questions do you have? What surprises you? One last thought about scene ii—Claudius mentions Fortinbras. Who the heck is Fortinbras and why should we pay attention to him?
Step two—no more than 15 minutes: Come choose a group discussion topic from me. Discuss and jot down important information in response to your group topic. Be prepared to TEACH other people about your discussion topic.
Step three—30-40 minutes: Now create a new group with a rep from each topic group. Each person should take a minimum of FIVE minutes to teach the rest of the group about this important aspect of Act I. *If there is time left over, start your reading assignment for next class.



 October 17
Collect group quizzes and corrections from groups who needed to do them...
Finish Shakespeare Uncovered: Hamlet with David Tenant--discuss notes

Discuss Act I.i and ii
View scene one: use discussion questions to stop and unpack
View scene two: use discussion questions to stop and unpak



 October 12
Choose motif groups and two motifs you plan to track

Dramatic and Tragic Terms Group Quiz

Start Shakespeare Uncovered: Hamlet--take notes on topics listed in your Hamlet packet

 October 10
Large group discussion of Catch-22 MWRG

Check out Bedfords and work on preliminary drama readings that are due next class
 October 6
Choose: peer review or practice scoring example essay

October 4
Continue with language and structure notes
Discuss intro and conclusion strategies

October 2
Structure and language notes and discussion

Writing discussion--fleshing out paragraph drafts--how to transition in and out of direct evidence
September 28
Large group thesis statement revision practice
Present your case to your small group
Small group annotation activity
September 26
Notes: what about the ladies?

Close reading practice activity

20 minutes writing workshop--check evidence hand out


September 22
Ten minute small group discussion of independent work 

Discuss question three and thesis statements
 Character discussion


September 20 
College stuff day with counselors

September 18
 

Go over AP scoring rubric
 Discuss diagnostic pieces 
 Set writing goals

 New game plan for character work 


September 14
 Hand out C-22 essay assignment
 Start character performances
September 12
Discuss the portfolio project and the Major Works Review Guide--hand out received in class

Work time on character group performances
September 8 
Character activity--gallery walk and notes

  Prepare character performances
September 6
Notes and discussion: motif definition and our essential questions

View C-22 video--notes and discuss
September 1 
Q2 essay due today
Introduction to scoring guides and multiple choice for the exam
Lit terms activity
Start viewing Joseph Heller video
August 30
Discuss literary merit--what is this? Why does it matter?

Introduction to the exam--overview--examples of essay prompts

Write for 20 minutes 
August 28 
Best seller book talks today--see 8/22 agenda for specific criteria
August 24     
Note card activity continued 
    Why literature activity continued
    Return to syllabus questions and discuss    semester long projects
August 22     
Book talk criteria: 1) Have your book with you.     Give us an overview of your book, why you chose it, it’s merits and pitfalls, would you recommend it? What is the central subject or subjects of your book? Try to sum it up in a word or phrase i.e. unrequited love, friendship, corrupt government, etc.
    2) Plan to spend no more than five minutes discussing You will receive 25 points for your contribution—I’m looking for evidence of having read the book, ability to speak thoughtfully about it, and answer any questions.

    Note card activity continued
    Syllabus stuff
    Catch-22 share out session
    Quick write: Why literature?


August 19   
Introductions and note cards

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