Honors English 10


In Class:

  • Warm-up
  • Discuss "Notes" - "Field Trip"
  • Finish the book. You will prepare for the Socratic seminar on Friday.
  • Warm-up
  • Short essay: "Speaking of Courage"
  • Choose essential question for the Socratic Seminar final
  • Read & discuss "Notes" - "Field Trip"
 5/9  Study Day--prep. for AP tests  
  •  MAP testing
Research paper rewrites due 5/13.
  • Warm-up
  • Prepare for graded discussion
  • GCD: "How to Tell a True War Story - "Sweetheart of Song Tra Bong"
Read through "Speaking of Courage"
  • Warm-up
  • Discuss "On the Rainy River"
  • Read and discuss "Enemies"-"Sweetheart of Song Tra Bong"
Check for comments on your research paper.

Research paper rewrites due May 13. 
  • Warm-up
  • Read & discuss the end of chpt.1
The research paper must be uploaded to by the start of class on Thursday. If you switched classes, you will need to join the class.

Block 2: 19027052, password: block2

Block 3: 19027096
Password: block3
  • Warm-up
  • Inventory backpack
  • Write a letter to a close friend about a thing you carry
  • Read & discuss the first chapter of The Things They Carried
 Research paper due 4/25
  • Warm-up
  • Lecture: How to write a research paper
  • Individual conferences on outlines
 Strong's Honors 10 Research Paper.doc
  • Warm-up
  • Collect annotated bibliographies
  • Lecture: How to write an MLA outline
  • Work time
  • The outline is due 4/15
 sample MLA outline
  • Warm-up
  • Work time
The annotated bib. is due April 11.
  • Warm-up
  • Lecture: annotated bibliography
  • Individual meetings on research question, approach, and working thesis
The annotated bibliography is due April 11.
 4/1  example of annotated bibliography
 3/21  In-class essay on Fences  
  • Warm-up
  • Read & discuss Act II of Fences
  • Brainstorm ideas for theme statements.
  • Warm-up
  • Finish Act I of Fences
  • Warm-up
  • Quiz: Wilson's 4 B's
  • Lecture: lit. devices in Fences
  • Read & discuss Act I of Fences
 link to pdf of Fences
  • Warm-up
  • Quiz: August Wilson
  • Analyze "The Meaning of the Word"
  • Wilson's 4 B's
  • Personal response: metaphorical fences
Do some cursory research on Wilson's 4 B's: The Blues, Romare Bearden, Amiri Baraka, and Jorge Luis Borges.
  • Warm-up
  • Return Round House essays--rewrites due 3/11
  • Lecture: August Wilson--quiz on Thursday
  • Finish watching 42
 2/27 Write The Round House Comparative Essay  
 2/25  Socratic Seminar for The Round House Choose either the political cartoon or the painting for your in-class essay on Wednesday.

Take a look at the rubric for the comparativeComparative Analysis Rubric.docx
  • Prep for presentations
  • Presentations in small groups
  • Select topics for Monday's Socratic Seminar
  • Meet w/counselors for registration for next year
  •  Warm-up
  • Introduction to comparative presentations
  • Work time: presentations due at the beginning of class on Thursday
Finish reading The Round House.

Finish the presentations.Compartive presentation for Round House.rtf
  • Warm-up
  • Short essay
  • How to analyze a political cartoon
  • Cartoon analysis
Read chapter 10. How does Erdrich use paradox in this chapter?
  • Warm-up
  • Prep for Graded Discussion
  • Chpt. 8 GCD
  • video on Indian Child Welfare Act
Read chpt. 9. Pay special attention to Erdrich's use of metaphor.

Bring in a hard copy of a political cartoon that relates to The Round House.
  • Warm-up
  • Quiz: elements of visual images
  • Analyze the chosen image
  • Partner share
  • Comparing the images to The Round House
Essay rewrites due Friday.
  • Warm-up
  • Lecture: analyzing an image
Read chpt.7 and consider the events that contribute to the bildungsroman. 

Using the notes from class, find an image you can relate to The Round House. 

Essay rewrites due on Friday.
  • Warm-up
  • Mini lesson: active & passive voice
  • Review mood
  • Short in-class essay
  • Readers' Theater: beginning of chpt. 5
  • Review Native American ideas about twins 
Read chpt. 6. What is the significance of Linda Wishkob being twins with Linden Lark?
  • Warm-up
  • Finish "Unspoken"
  • Journal activity: write a one-page journal entry from the perspective of a student attending a Native American boarding school. 
  • Read chpt. 5. Pay special attention to Erdrich's use of imagery in this chapter.
  • Warm-up
  • Justice outline
  • Religious Freedom Act 1978
  • "Unspoken"


Rewrites for chpt.1 short essay due 1/30

Read chpt.4. Consider the Religious Freedom Act and the implications from "Unspoken."

  • Warm-up
  • Chpt. 2 connections
  • Revisit syntax analysis questions
  • Short in-class essay
  • Discussion: connections to contemporary issues 
Read chpt.3. Be able to define "justice" using evidence from the text.
  • Warm-up
  • Short in-class essay
  • Ted talk on Native American stereo types
Read chapter 2. Pay special attention to Erdrich's use of stereotypes.
  • Warm-up
  • Share presentations
  • Review elements of MLA works cited page--a hard copy of the Works Consulted page is due at the beginning of the class on Wednesday
 sample works cited pg
  •  Review research tools
  • Work time
 Power Point Rubric Round House background info.rtf
 1/9  Introduction to The Round House Strategies for Reading a Scholarly Article.docx

list of sources for research
 12/19 Get a copy of The Round House by Louise Erdrich for the first day of class  
  • Quiz: chpt.25
  • Revisit passage analysis rubric
  • In partners, choose a passage chpts. 26-to the end of the book
  • Create an outline with a thesis statement
  • (This is not the passage you will have for your final exam. The objective is to practice the skills one more time before the exam)
 12/11  Reading day--Finish reading The Grapes of Wrath by 12/13  
 12/3 Work Time:
Comparative Presentations begin on Wednesday
  • Read. chpt.20 and annotate for Steinbeck's theme: the common people endure
  • Start thinking about the text you will use for your comparative presentation
  •  MAP testing
Quiz over chpts.12-19 on Thursday
 11/14 Read through chpt.19 by 11/27.

You have a packet of potential quiz questions. You are not required to answer the questions, but you will be able to use your responses during the quiz. 

  • Warm-up
  • Compare "Battle Hymn of the Republic" to chpt.9
  • Read handout on the title and create leveled questions
  • Discuss handout
  • Read the handout on explicating poetry
  • Explicate Whitman's "I Hear America Singing"
Finish the paragraph comparing Casy's speech from chpt.10 to "I Hear America Singing"

Read and annotate chpt.11. Chapter 11 is a requiem. How does Steinbeck achieve the feeling of a requiem?

  • Warm-up
  • Mini syntax lesson
  • Discuss chpts. 7 & 8
  • Video on Purty Boy Floyd
  • Lecture: Pragmatism
Read & annotate chapters 9 & 10.
Consider how Steinbeck creates a loss of dignity in chapter 9.

Chapter ten
How does Steinbeck convey the concept of pragmatism?
Which characters are pragmatists?

  • Warm-up
  • Short in-class essay
  • Discuss chpts. 5 & 6
Read and annotate chapters 7 & 8. What techniques does Steinbeck use to reveal his belief in the union of mankind and nature? Also, pay special attention to Steinbeck's use of syntax in chapter 7.
  • Warm-up
  • Lecture: Humanism, Transcendental Oversoul, and Jeffersonian Democracy
  • Graded class discussion: chpts.1-4
Read chapters 5 & 6 and annotate for Steinbeck's use of imagery as it pertains to human dignity. What is Steinbeck saying about human dignity through his use of imagery?
  • Warm-up
  • Revisit main points of the background info.
  • Read & discuss chpt. one of The Grapes of Wrath
    • Circle the word “dust” every time it appears in the chapter
    • Take note of how Steinbeck uses color
    • What is the effect of Steinbeck’s use of personification?
    • What is Steinbeck saying about survival?
  • pdf of The Grapes of Wrath

Read and annotate chapters 2-4. These chapters
are heavy with symbolism. How do you think Steinbeck might be using the following: the slot machine, the truck driver, the turtle, Tom's new clothes, Casy's song, and the recollection of the Christmas card

pdf of The Grapes of Wrath
 10/29 The slide shows must be shared with
by the start of class on Wednesday
  • Warm-up
  • Finish film and viewing quesions
Essay rewrites due on 10/31. You must include the original draft with the rewrite. 

  • Warm-up
  • Review essay--essay rewrites due 10/31
  • Finish film and viewing questions
 10/19 In-class essay: passage analysis of The Great Gatsby  Key Passage Analysis Rubric.docx
 10/17 Watch the film of The Great Gatsby and answer the viewing questions on the effects of director's choices  
  • Warm-up
  • Prep. for graded discussion
  • Graded class discussion: chapters 8 & 9 of Gatsby
  • Warm-up
  • Collect symbolism paragraphs
  • Discuss Biblical allusions in chapter 6
  • Introduce metonymy, oxymoron, and foreshadowing
  • Read chpt.7 
  • Warm-up
  • Chpt.5 symbolism exercise
  • Introduction to allusion in literature
  • Read chapter 6 The Great Gatsby--pay special attention to Fitzgerald's use of Biblical allusions
Symbolism paragraph

Read & annotate chpt.6
  • Warm-up
  • Short in-class essay
  • Read & discuss chapter 5--pay special attention to Fitzgerald's use of symbolism
  • Warm-up
  • Peer edit: "Valley of Ashes" paragraph
  • Preview literary devices for chapter 3
  • Read and annotate chpt. 3 of The Great Gatsby
 Read and annotate chpt.3. Be especially aware of Fitzgerald's use of polysyndeton, delayed character revelation, metaphor, symbolism, and alcohol as a motif.
  • Warm-up
  • Quiz: Gatsby background info.
  • Review DIDLS packet
  • Analysis paragraph: "Valley of Ashes"
The paragraph is due on Wednesday.
  • Warm-up
  • Annotations assessment
  • Finish Gatsby background presentations
  • Partner work: discuss chpt. 1 questions
  • Whole class discussion over chpt.1
  • What is anaphora?
 Read chpt.2 and annotate for Fitzgerald's use of alliteration, symbolism, and anaphora.
What are the effects of the stylistic devices? How do you think the effect may serve the overall purpose of the text?
  • Warm-up
  • Feedback on essays
  • Read and analyze a sample essay
  • Prep for Gatsby presentations
  • Gatsby presentations
Read chpt.1 of The Great Gatsby. Analyze for Fitzgerald's use of personification, simile, and shifts in syntax. What are the effects of the stylistic devices? How do you think the effect may serve the overall purpose of the text?
 9/14 Work time: intro to Gatsby assignment.

Presentations begin on Tuesday.
  • Warm-up
  • Passage analysis activity
  • Collect charts
Bring your copy of The Great Gatsby to class on Friday.
  • Warm-up
  • Group work: share passage analysis charts
  • Review essay checklist
  • Review rubric
  • Work time: the passage analysis essay must be submitted to by the start of class on Wednesday
  • Use the following enrollment codes:
  • Block 2: 19027052 password: block2
  • Block 3: 19027096 password: block3
  • No spaces or capitalization in the password
Essay due on Wednesday.

Bring a copy of The Great Gatsby to class on Wednesday.
  • Warm-up
  • Socratic seminar
  • Lecture: close reading
Summary paragraph of partner performance in Socratic seminar

Complete the analysis chart of the chapter 10 passage that begins with "The band was putrid."
 9/4  MAP testing Get a copy of The Great Gatsby.
  • Warm-up
  • Review rubric for Socratic seminar
  • Socratic seminar for groups 2 & 3
 Get a copy of The Great Gatsby.
  • Warm-up
  • Prepare for the Socratic Seminar
  • Group 1 will discuss their section of the text.
 Try to get your own copy of The Great Gatsby. ​Ebay is a great place to find used books.
  • Warm-up
  • Finish multiple-choice Catcher activity
  • Introduce Socratic seminar
  • Annotation Conversations
  • Name Game
  • Begin multiple-choice test
 Try to get your own copy of The Great Gatsby. ​Ebay is a great place to find used books.
 8/20  In-class essay on The Catcher in the Rye.  
  Make sure you have completed the summer assignment by the start of class on Friday. Honors 10 Summer Assignment 2018.docx
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