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English 11C--Fall 2010 (3B)

9 May 2011--Today we finished watching, "The Great Gatsby."  We then moved on to "The Crucible."  The students went to the computer lab and did a short research assignment over the Salem witch trials and McCarthyism. 

4 May 2011--Yesterday, the students took a test over The Great Gatsby.  They then started to watch the A&E version of the story.  Today we continued to watch the movie. 

3 May 2011--We finished The Great Gatsby today.  The students also took a vocabulary quiz over the vocabulary for chapters 7-9. 

2 May 2011--Today we finished chapter 8 of The Great Gatsby.  We then began reading chapter 9, which is the last chapter of the book.  

29 April 2011--We made it through the week, but just barely!  Today the students began with a journal entry.  They then worked on vocabulary for chapters 7-9.  We finished class by beginning chapter 8. 

28 April 2011--We began today with a quiz over chapters 5 & 6 of The Great Gatsby.  We then finished chapter 7. 

27 April 2011--What a wonderful rainy Wednesday.  Today the students took a quiz over the vocabulary for chapters 5-7 of The Great Gatsby.  They then continued to read chapter 7. 

26 April 2011--Today we started by finishing chapter 6 of The Great Gatsby.  The students then reviewed the last of the sentence patterns, the subject/linking verb/predicate nominative pattern.  We then began reading chapter 7. 

25 April 2011--Hello Monday!  Today the students finished reading chapter 5 and began reading chapter 6.   

22 April 2011--Happy Friday!  Today the students finished the vocabulary for chapters 5-7 of The Great Gatsby.  They then wrote in the journals.  We finished class by passing out the study guides for chapters 5 & 6 which we will begin on Monday. 

21 April 2011--On Tuesday, the class finished reading Chapter 3 and we began reading Chapter 4.  Yesterday, they finished chapter 4 and started reading chapter 5.  Today they took a quiz over the vocabulary for chapters 3 & 4 and a reading quiz over those chapters.  They then worked on vocabulary for chapters 5-7. 

18 April 2011--On Friday the students took a quiz over chapters 1 & 2 of The Great Gatsby.  They also took a quiz over the vocabulary for chapters 1 & 2.  We finished class with them working on the vocabulary for chapters 3 & 4.  Today we read chapter 3 and reviewed the vocabulary for chapters 3 & 4.

14 April 2011--Today the students finished chapter two of The Great Gatsby and turned in their study guides for chapters 1 and 2.  They then reviewed the vocabulay for those chapters by getting into groups and choosing a word to draw an illustration that matches it. 

13 April 2011--We finished chapter one of The Great Gatsby.  The students then looked at the subject/verb/direct object sentence pattern before beginning chapter two. 

 12 April 2011--  We began reading chapter one of The Great Gatsby.  The students have a study guide to help them follow the book.  We are reading and filling out the guide during class. 

11 April 2011--I hope everyone had a good spring break!  We went back to the library today because there were still some groups that were not finished with their 1920's projects, but they did finish today.  The class also did vocabulary for chapters 1 & 2 of The Great Gatsby, which we will begin reading tomorrow. 

1 April 2011--Happy Friday!  Today the students returned to the computer lab to finish up their research projects over the 1920s.  Those were due today. 

31 March 2011--The students continued to work on their research projects for the 1920s.  These will be due tomorrow. 

30 March 2011--We returned to the computer lab today and the students continued to work on their 1920s research projects.  These projects will be due on Friday.  They were also given a grammar worksheet to review the simplest type of sentence pattern, the subject/verb sentence pattern. 

29 March 2011--The students went to the computer lab today to continue their research and working on their projects for the 1920s. 

28 March 2011--Journals were due today, so the students were given time to work on those before turning them in.  They also got into groups and began doing some research on the 1920s.  The next thing we are doing is reading The Great Gatsby, which is set in the 1920s. 

25 March 2011--I have been out the last two days, but the students have been working.  Today they worked on their journals, which are due on Monday.  They also finished "A Raisin in the Sun." 

22 March 2011--Reading Circle projects were due today.  The students were given some more time to work on them, and they were given an opportunity to take their AR tests in class. 

21 March 2011--Welcome back to another week!  Reading Circle projects are due tomorrow, so the students were given the opportunity to work on those during class today.  They were also given a chance to catch up on their journals because those are due on Friday. 

16 March 2011--We began watching a Contemporary Period play today, "A Raisin in the Sun." 

15 March 2011--Today was the ACT test, so all juniors were taking the test this morning.  I am very proud of our students, I think they did well!

14 March 2011-Tomorrow is the ACT, so today we looked at some practice questions in the English and Reading sections of the test.  We also looked at some test taking strategies as well as the ACT requirements for different colleges in the area. 

10 March 2011--We started today with another ACT prep over making inferences in passages.  The students also met briefly with reading circles to discuss projects. 

9 March 2011--Today we began with a review of using punctuation with quotation marks and the difference between direct and indirect quotations.  The students then worked on finding the main idea in a passage.  They were given a homework assignment for finding main idea. 

8 March 2011--We began today with the test over the Modern/Contemporary unit.  The students then worked on a review of punctuation. 

7 March 2011--Welcome to another week.  Today the students finished up their test reviews for the Modern/Contemporary Period.  The test is tomorrow. 

4 March 2011--We started with a journal today, and then the students worked on finishing their test reviews for the Modern/Contemporary Unit. 

3 March 2011--Today we started with reading circles.  The students then reviewed some punctuation and finished class by beginning to work on the test review for the Modern/Contemporary Periods. 

2 March 2011--We finally finished the "Mirror" poem by Sylvia Plath today.  The students then took notes over Truman Capote and we read his short nonfiction work, "A Ride through Spain."  We also discussed speaker and narration, as well as imagery. 

1 March 2011--Today Mrs. Rose came back to class and the students finished filling out the information they needed for the ACT. 

28 February 2011--Hello Monday!  Today, Mrs. Rose, a guidance counselor, came in and the students began filling out information for the ACT, which the students will be taking on March 15th. 

25 February 2011--Happy Friday!  Today the students started with a journal entry.  They then worked on an On-Demand prompt about students given free money upon graduation for their futures.  Their task was to write an editorial or letter to persuade readers to approve or disapprove of this plan. 

23 February 2011--We started class today with another review of semicolons because I was not satisfied with yesterday.  Today went much better and I think everyone understood how to use semicolons better!  The students then reviewed the introduction from yesterday.  They were given vocabulary for the end of class.  If they did not finish in class, it is homework. 

22 February 2011--Today started with a review of using semicolons in sentences.  The students were then given the introduction to the Contemporary period, which most finished in class. 

21 February 2011--Welcome to another week at BCHS!  Today the students began class by reading a few poems by e.e. cummings.  The students then discussed style and continued working on their On-Demand prompt. 

18 February 2011--Today began with a journal entry.  The students then worked on an On-Demand prompt. 

17 February 2011--The students began this class with reading circles.  They then read and discussed a poem by Robert Frost called, "Birches."  We finished class with answering questions about the poem.  They do have grammar for homework. 

16 February 2011--We started today by finishing the story we started yesterday, "A Rose for Emily."  The students then reviewed using commas with introductory phrases.  We finished class by taking a quiz over the story. 

15 February 2011--Today we took a quiz over the story we read yesterday, "Soldier's Home."  We also discussed modernism and began reading another short story, "A Rose for Emily." 

14 February 2011--Happy Valentine's Day!  Today the students took a quiz over the story we read, "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall."  The students then took notes over Ernest Hemingway and we read his short story, "Soldier's Home." 

4 February 2011--Happy Friday!  We made it a whole week!  Today we finished the story we started on Wednesday, "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall."  We finished up class with writing a journal entry. 

3 February 2011--Counselors came in today to talk to the students about signing up for classes for next year.  The students were given a piece of paper to fill out, have their parents sign, and bring back tomorrow. 

2 February 2011--Today the students finished the review of the Modern Period introduction that we started yesterday.  They also met with reading circles and worked on a review of using commas with nonessential phrases.  We then discussed stream of consciousness and began reading the short story, "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall." 

1 February 2011--Yesterday, I was out at an ACT workshop, so the students watched a video.  Today, we looked at vocabulary for the Modern Period and we began reviewing the introduction that they were supposed to do over the weekend. 

28 January 2011--Today we worked on On-Demand writing.  The students were given a prompt and the entire class period to outline and write a rough draft.  If they finished early they were able to work on their Modern Period introduction.  This is homework for Monday if they did not finish. 

25 January 2011--Today the students reviewed using commas in a series and with conjunctions.  They were then given the introduction to the Modern Period before being dismissed to a junior class meeting to discuss donut sales for prom. 

24 January 2011--Today the students wrote a journal entry since we missed on Friday.  They then formed new Reading Circle groups and picked out new books for this nine weeks. 

19 January 2011-We finished Huck Finn today, finally.  The students then reviewed a few basic uses of the comma. 

18 January 2011--Today the students continued to watch "Huck Finn." 

14 January 2011--Welcome back to a new semester.  Today the students wrote a journal entry and continued watching "Huck Finn" which we began on Monday.  This is the closer to Realism. 

9 December 2010--Today the students took the Realism unit test. 

8 December 2010--Today the students finished the review of the Realism unit test.  They also worked on Reading Circle projects. 

7 December 2010--We started today with a quiz over "The Story of an Hour."  The students were then given the test review for the Realism unit test. 

6 December 2010--Today we started with a short story that the students had not read yet, "The story of an Hour."  The students then read the poem, "War is Kind," and we discussed irony. 

3 December 2010--Today the students started with a journal.  They then took a quiz over "A Wagner Matinee."  We finished with the students working on their projects for their Reading Circles. 

2 December 2010--This week we have worked on Realism more.  On Monday the students finished reading, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," and taking notes.  On Tuesday the students took a quiz over the story and then took notes over Mark Twain and read his short story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County."  Wednesday they took a quiz over that story and began reading, "A Wagner Matinee."  Today the students finished reading, "A Wagner Matinee." 

22 November 2010--We began this Monday with a journal entry and then the students reviewed the Realism introduction.  We ended class with the students meeting with their reading circles. 

17 November 2010--Today the students wrote a journal entry to make up for last Friday and then they worked on the introduction to Realism, our next unit of study. 

15 November 2010--We began this Monday with the essential questions before moving on to speeches.  Today was the last day to give speeches in class.  Any student who did not give their speech to the class will have to stay after to get the points. 

9 November 2010--The class began with the essential questions.  After lunch, the students came back and four more gave their speeches.  We finished class by beginning the introduction to Realism, the next unit we will be working on.

8 November 2010--Today the students wrote in their journals and began giving their speeches.  We will spend the next week or so giving this speeches in class.  I was impressed with the young lady who gave her speech today and I am looking forward to more good speeches. 

27 October 2010--Today the students who turned in their rough drafts yesterday, met with me and discussed what changes need to be made to their papers.  They also met with their reading circle groups. 

26 October 2010--Today the students were supposed to turn in the rough drafts of their speeches before the end of class.  Most did turn in something. 

20 October 2010--The students continued to work on their speeches.  The objective for today was to turn in another resource by the end of class. 

19 October 2010--Today the students met with their reading circle groups and discussed their new books.  The students also continued to research the topics of their speeches.  The objective for today was to turn in one resource by the end of class. 

18 October 2010--I am sorry that I am just now getting to update this site.  Since coming back from Fall Break, the students have been working on a unit over writing a speech.  Last week the students outlined both an informative and a persuasive speech.  We also compared and contrasted the two different types.  This week, the students will be picking which type they would like to write their speech over.  Although they had to outline both types, they only have to pick one to write and take through the entire process.  They will also be researching their topics and finding at least three sources, and one of them has to be a print source.  They will be giving these speeches in class, probably sometime the week after next. 

30 September 2010--Today the students took a quiz over the story they were supposed to read last night, "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment."  They were then given the review for the test over the Romantic Period, which is tomorrow. 

29 September 2010--Today the students went to the library and took AR tests over their literature circle books.  They also took a quiz over the story they read last night, "The Minister's Black Veil," and were given the notes for the story they need to read tonight, "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment." 

28 September 2010--Today started with a quiz over the poem "Thanatopsis."  The students then took notes over Nathaniel Hawthorne and began reading his short story, "The Minister's Black Veil."  They were supposed to finish the story for homework. 

27 September 2010--We began this wonderful Monday with a journal entry.  The students will write another one on Friday and they are due Friday.  The students then read a poem by William Cullen Bryant called, "Thanatopsis" and discussed theme.  They then read a short poem by Edgar Allen Poe called, "To Helen" and discussed allusion and how Poe was alluding to Helen of Troy. 

24 September 2010--Today started with a journal entry.  The students then took a quiz over "The Fall of the House of Usher."  The students finished class by working on Reading Circle projects and some took AR tests over their books. 

21 September 2010--We started today by continuing to work in groups on the symbol illustrations.  The students also worked in their reading circle groups on their projects, which are due next Tuesday. 

20 September 2010--Today began with a discussion of symbols and what they mean.  The students then got into groups and began illustrations of different sylbols and what they mean.

14 September 2010--Tuesday began with Reading Circles.  There are some groups finished with their books.  Most should be done by next week and they should all be done by the 28th when is when the AR tests are due.  We also talked about their reading circle projects which are also due on the 28th.  The students finished class by continuing to read "The Pit and the Pendulum."  Many chose to take the book home and finish reading there. 

13 September 2010--This Monday began with the students beginning to read one of Edgar Alan Poe's short stories, "The Pit and the Pendulum."  We did not finish this story, so the students will continue to read tomorrow. 

9 September 2010--Today began with a review of regular and irregular verbs.  The students then continued to work on their plot maps for "The Devil and Tom Walker." 

7 September 2010--Today started with the students getting into their reading circle groups and continuing to discuss the books they chose.  Some will be finishing their books soon.  The students then discussed the elements of plot and continued reading the short story "The Devil and Tom Walker." 

3 September 2010--We began this lovely Friday by doing a journal entry.  The students then reviewed the vocabulary for the Romantic Period before taking notes over Washington Irving.  We ended class by beginning to read his short story, "The Devil and Tom Walker," which we will finish next week. 

2 September 2010--We started today by reviewing the Romantic Period intrduction that the students finished yesterday.  They were then given the vocabulary for the Romantic Period and finished in class. 

1 September 2010--We began today with a sample ACT question from the science portion of the test.  The students then completed the Romantic Period introduction, which we will be reviewing tomorrow. 

31 August 2010--Today the students began class by getting into their reading circles for their weekly meetings.  The students then began working on the introduction to the Romantic Period, which is the next unit we will be studying. 

30 August 2010--Happy Monday!  Today the students were given back their Colonial and Revolutionary Unit Tests, which they took on Friday.  The students began class by writing a journal entry, because they did not write one on Friday.  They also practiced some On-Demand writing by writing a short speech to the city council about loitering and cruising. 

26 August 2010--Today the students continued to work on, and finished the review for the Colonial and Revolutionary Periods Unit Test, which they will be taking tomorrow. 

25 August 2010--We began today with a sample English ACT question.  The students were then given a review for the upcoming Colonial and Revolutionary Periods Unit Test, which will be on Friday. 

24 August 2010--The students began class by taking notes over Phillis Wheatley and reading her poem, "To His Excellency, General Washington" and discussing personification.  The students then got into their reading circle groups to finish class. 

23 August 2010--This Monday began with the students taking notes over Thomas Jefferson.  They then read and analyzed "The Declaration of Independence."  The students finished up class by taking an open book quiz over The Declaration and parallelism. 

19 August 2010--Today Mrs. Rose came in and spoke to the students about the upcoming ACT and ASVAB tests as well as the Governor's Scholars Program and other scholarship opportunities.  The students then checked their current grades after turning in their vocabulary. 

18 August 2010--We started today with the students finishing the Revolutionary Period review.  We then reviewed this introduction.  The students were then given jobs for their Reading Circles.  These are due next Tuesday.  We finished with the students beginning the vocabulary for the Revolutionary Period.

17 August 2010--Today the students went to the library and met with Mrs. Clark, our library media specialist who gave them a book talk.  The students then got into groups and picked a book to read for reading circles.  Reading circles is something we will be doing throughout the year, and they will meet once a week.  Tomorrow they will be given jobs to go along with their reading. 

16 August 2010--We finished the Colonial Period at the beginning of class with the students taking a quiz over the Edward Taylor poem, "Huswifery."  The students then began working on an introduction to the Revolutionary Period. 

13 August 2010--Today's class started with a quiz over the Anne Bradstreet poems.  The students then took notes over Edward Taylor then read and analyzed his poem "Huswifery."  They then discussed the literary term figurative language.  We ended class with a journal entry and the students were given the opportunity to decorate their journals. 

12 August 2010--We started class today with a vocabulary of the vocabulary for the Colonial Period.  The students then read another poem by Anne Bradstreet called "To My Dear and Loving Husband" and discussed lyric poetry.  The students finished class by getting into groups and writing 10 line lyric poems as Anne Bradstreet's husband in response to her poem. 

10 August 2010--We began today with the students continuing the Colonial Period introduction.  They finished this today and we began reviewing this.  The students ended class with the vocabulary, which they need to finish tonight for homework. 

9 August 2010--Today we began our unit of the Colonial Period, which is the first unit in this American Literature course.  The students began working on an introduction to the time period.

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