NOTE: You can get extra credit for ONE play this semester in LA. You get to choose which one you'd like to go to, but you will only get play extra credit once.
You will need to do 3 things:
1. Go see the play! YAY!
2. Get your program stamped by Ms. Fry after the show and bring it to me with your name on it.
3. Complete the written response (prompt below) and submit it to Turnitin.com.
Prompt: In a 1.5 page commentary, choose one motif or theme that is prevalent in Our Town and connect it to Flannery O'Connor's work. Show the similarities through your analysis of O'Connor as well as your observations from the play.
DUE DATE: FRIDAY FEBRUARY 17th by 11:59pm
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Because we don't have school today, the Socratic Seminar is getting axed. I'm extremely bummed by this because this is my favorite unit. Oh well. Due to time constraints and impending IOPs, I have to stick with the exam schedule.
Your written exam will be tomorrow (Wednesday) and you'll have 50 minutes to write and 3 prompts to choose from. I have posted a PowerPoint about analyzing evidence that I think will be incredibly helpful. Please look at it under IB Docs and take notes in your journals. The possible prompts are posted again at the end for you. 3 out of the 6 will be on the exam. I've also posted some tips for how to prepare at the end of the PowerPoint.
Journals will also be due tomorrow as well for non IOP candidates. Please choose the journal that you would like to be graded for culminating, and rewrite if necessary after going through the PowerPoint I've posted.
Thank you and let me know if you have any questions!
I just got the call from ISD that we have a snow day tomorrow. As a result, we're not going to have time to talk about Good Country People, which is a great short story. Here are a few things that you should keep in mind for the unit...
You need to read "Good Country People" and go to IB Docs and take notes on the PowerPoint that I've posted for you. The expectation is, since we have characters from that story for IOPs, that you will read it and understand it. I expect to hear about it in the Socratic Seminar on Tuesday, and you can write about "Good Country People" on your written assessment Wednesday. At the end of the PowerPoint, you will see a slide with 6 prompts. There will be 3 of those prompts on your exam.
So, in short, read and take notes on the short story based on the PowerPoint that I've posted. I'm not giving you all the answers because I expect you to be able to apply what you have learned so far about Flannery O'Connor to this short story.
Tuesday- Socratic Seminar: Prep sheet optional but posted.
Wednesday- In-class writing assessment.
FOR THE WRITTEN ASSESSMENT: YOU CANNOT USE TECHNOLOGY, BECAUSE YOUR ANALYSIS MUST ONLY COME FROM YOU, NOT SPARKNOTES OR OTHER WEBSITES. YOU CAN ONLY USE YOUR BOOKS. IF YOU ARE USING THE ONLINE VERSION OF THE TEXT, YOU NEED TO PRINT OUT YOUR SHORT STORIES THAT YOU PLAN TO USE ON THE ASSESSMENT. NO EXCUSES.
If you're an IOP candidate, the expectation is that you bring something with you in class to silently work on while everyone else takes the exam. All IOP candidates will participate in the Socratic Seminar on Tuesday.
O'Connor IOP Candidates- I have your proposal forms ready to hand back to you tomorrow in class. Your next job is to write out your script (hopefully you've started or have some rough ideas) and post it to Turnitin.com Friday by 11:59pm. I will give you as much feedback as possible online over the weekend. I will go in the order of presentations, or if you turn it in early, I can most likely get it done earlier too. If you do not submit by Friday, you will NOT receive feedback.
After Flannery O'Connor IOPs and midwinter break, we'll be starting our Neruda unit. IO questions have been posted under IB Docs. Because we've had 3 people drop IB block, all of which chose the Neruda unit, I had to move a bunch of people around. Don't be surprised if your group changed!
The first IOs (1 & 2) will take place Tuesday 2/28 after midwinter break. The second IO groups (3 & 4) will present a week later on Monday 3/6.
Group 1: Sophie, Abhishek, Judy, Kevin A
Group 2: Paul, Gautam, Kevin C., Gigi, Eddie
Group 3: Santtu, Kevin Z., Alaka, Marc
Group 4: Andre, Leevi, Sahana, Amelia, Jasmine
Click HERE for a link to the online text!
Monday 1/23: Writing Boot Camp!
Tuesday 1/24: Intro to Southern Gothic Lit, Flannery O’Connor, & William Faulkner. HW: Read “A Rose for Emily” by Faulkner for THURSDAY.
Wednesday 1/25: ALL SS Today-NO LA.
Thursday 1/26: IOP TOPIC PROPOSAL FORMS DUE. “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner graded discussion HW: Read “A Good Man is Hard to Find” and complete journal #1: Notes & Quotes (1-2 pages) Listen to O’Connor reading the story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQT7y4L5aKU
Friday 1/27: “A Good Man is Hard to Find” (23 pages) & Journal #1. HW: Read “The Life You Save May Be Your Own” & complete journal #2: Commentary- Pick ONE motif present within and analyze its significance to the short story as well as any relevant themes that it connects to. (2-3 pages). Remember, a motif is a recurring image, object, concept, or symbol in a literary work used purposefully by the author to create meaning.
Monday 1/30: NO SCHOOL
Tuesday 1/31: “The Life You Save May Be Your Own” (15 pages) & Journal #2 due. HW: Read “A Stroke of Good Fortune” & Complete Journal #3- Reader Response: Write your own prompt & respond to it (1-2 pages).
Wednesday 2/1: “A Stroke of Good Fortune” & Journal #3 due. HW: Read “The Artificial Nigger” (29 pages) DO NOT PROCRASTINATE…THIS IS A LONG ONE!
Thursday 2/2: “The Artificial Nigger” (29 pages) HW: Read “A Late Encounter With the Enemy” and complete Journal #4: Notes & Quotes (1-2 pages).
Friday 2/3: “A Late Encounter with the Enemy” (14 pages) & Journal #4 due. HW: Read “Good Country People” (28 pages). Listen to Underworld Amusement’s audio performance of the short story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYOMfgb8Wxw
Monday 2/6: “Good Country People” (28 pages)
Tuesday 2/7: Flannery O’Connor Socratic Seminar (Prep sheet optional)
Wednesday 2/8: In-class writing assessment- A Good Man is Hard to Find & Other Stories **IOP CANDIDATES ARE EXEMPT** JOURNALS DUE TODAY.
Thursday 2/9: Angela- Grandmother, Conor- Mr. Jeger, Anumita- Grandmother
Friday 2/10: Andre- Shiftlet, Kevin C.- Misfit, Amelia- Ruby
Monday 2/13: ALL SS- NO LA.
Tuesday 2/14: Velvet- Analytical, Alyssa- Hulga, Leevi- Manley Pointer, Kaichen-Shiftlet
Wednesday 2/15: Alaka-Ruby, Nishu-Misfit, Michelle- Hulga
Thursday 2/16: Eddie- Grandmother, Alex- Mr. Head, Sahana- Hulga, Kevin A.- Shiftlet
Don't forget! We have an IOP meeting tomorrow (Wednesday, January 11th) in the block room at 9:00am.
The short stories that we are going to discuss in class are the following:
"A Good Man is Hard to Find"
"The Life You Save May Be Your Own"
"A Stroke of Good Fortune"
"The Artificial Nigger"
"A Late Encounter with the Enemy"
"Good Country People"
Come to the meeting with an awareness of which character you would like to be and/or if you are choosing to go the monologue route or the analytical route.
See you then! :)
1. The Gatsby Essay for non-IOP candidates is now due on Friday 1/6 instead of Wednesday 1/4. You're welcome!
2. I have removed the Gatsby multiple choice final exam and I am adding a Socratic Seminar Board Talk combo, where you will get to choose whether you want to move in and out of the seminar and the board talk. Everyone will participate in this, including IOP candidates.
3. ATTENTION GATSBY IOP CANDIDATES: You have until December 27th by 11:59pm to submit your IOP scripts to Turnitin.com for feedback. If you do not submit by the deadline, you will not receive feedback from me. Please make sure you get it done so I have enough time to give you feedback!
Click HERE to watch the 1920s Century video from today.
Tuesday 12/6: All SS today- No LA
Wednesday 12/7: Intro to Modernism & Hemingway HW: Read "Hills Like White Elephants" by Hemingway
Thursday 12/8: IO PARTICIPATION. "Hills Like White Elephants" & Hemingway, & the 6 word short story. HW: 6 word short stories due tomorrow to share.
Friday 12/9: All LA today-no SS. 6 word short stories, intro to Gatsby & Fitzgerald, 1920s century video. HW: Read Ch. 1 of Gatsby for Monday & complete Notes & Quotes journal.
Monday 12/12: Gatsby Ch. 1 & Notes & Quotes journal due. HW: Read Ch. 2
Tuesday 12/13: Gatsby Ch. 2 discussion. HW: Read Ch. 3 & complete journal #2.
Wednesday 12/14: Ch. 3 & journal #2 discussion. HW: Read Ch. 4 & 5 & BRING HEADPHONES TOMORROW FOR THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE WEBQUEST!
Thursday 12/15: Harlem Renaissance Webquest in Library. Take notes in your journals. You will be using these notes for an integrated timed write in class Monday that will go in the LA and SS grade book. HW: Read Ch 6. & complete journal #3.
Friday 12/16: Journal #3 due. Gatsby reading check quiz Ch.1-6. Graded discussion over Gatsby Ch. 1-6. HW: Read Ch. 7 (JOURNAL #4 CANCELED FOR TODAY AND A NEW JOURNAL IS ADDED FOR MONDAY NIGHT'S HOMEWORK...MAKE SURE YOU HAVE NOTES FROM THE WEBQUEST FOR MONDAY'S TIMED WRITE)
Monday 12/19: HARLEM RENAISSANCE TIMED WRITE IN CLASS. HW: Read Ch. 8 and respond to the following journal prompt (1.5-2 pages): "After reading through Ch.8 of The Great Gatsby, I have a lot of feelings about..." & make sure to use text evidence to support your ideas and feels.
Tuesday 12/20: Feelings Journal #4 due. Discuss Ch. 7 & 8. HW over break: Read Chapter 9...Finish the novel! :)
Homework Over Break: Read Ch. 9 and work on your Gatsby essay IF you are not a Gatsby IOP candidate! Have a great break and happy holidays!
Tuesday 1/3: Discuss Gatsby Ch. 9, wrap up and movie.
Wednesday 1/4: Gatsby Final Socratic Seminar & Board Talk- ALL WILL PARTICIPATE IN THIS, INCLUDING IOP CANDIDATES.
NOTE: YOU WILL NOT HAVE ANY HOMEWORK IN LA DURING IOP WEEK. THERE IS NO REASON TO NOT GET THE SS HOMEWORK DONE.
Thursday 1/5: Anjali-Wolfsheim, Mark- Wilson, Regan-Jordan, Misty-Myrtle
Friday 1/6: Written essay due TODAY in class as well as Turnitin.com. IOP CANDIDATES ARE EXEMPT FROM THE ESSAY. Gatsby Journals due today for non-IOP candidates. Hannah A- Wilson, Chris-Tom, Julia-Jordan
Monday 1/9: Sonali- Jordan, Abhi- Analytical American Dream, Jacalyn-Tom, Ben-Wilson
Tuesday 1/10: Allison-Daisy, Shawn- Tom, Abby-Daisy, Audrey- Owl Eyes
Wednesday 1/11: Annie- Jordan, Mike- Gatsby
Thursday 1/12: Sophie- Daisy, Roger-Klipspringer, David- TJ Eckleberg
Want extra credit for the play? Here's how!
1. Attend the play and be a respectful audience member (Put your phone AWAY)
2. After the play, get your program stamped by Ms. Fry. No stamped program= no points. Lo siento. No program, only a ticket= lo siento.
3. Write a 1.5-2 page double spaced commentary analyzing conventions of drama as well as Shakspeare's choices made in Macbeth and their effect on the audience. Submit your commentary to Turnitin.com.
4. Bring VDB your stamped program.
5. Receive points! :)