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     Quarter 4 Week 9

    Date

    Class Details

    Assignments & Handouts

    May 22

    Today,  we listened to Acts 4.4-5.1; if you were absent, please read and annotate
     
    HOMEWORK:
    Article of the Week-due block day (printed out and turnitin.com) 
     
     
     

    May 23

    Today, we finished Romeo and Juliet/annotated for dichotomies, repetition, motifs, and allusion.  We then wrote critically about the following:
    1.Do you TRULY have control over your emotions?
    2.Who/what REALLY led to the demise of Romeo and Juliet?
    3.What’s the hidden message? 
     
    HOMEWORK:
    Article of the Week-due block day (printed out and turnitin.com)  

    May 24 & 25

     
     May 26
     

     Quarter 4 Week 8

    Date

    Class Details

    Assignments & Handouts

    May 15

    Today, we read Act 2.6 and 3.1 in Romeo and Juliet and annotated/discussed the repetition, dichotomies,  motifs, and allusions
     
    HOMEWORK:
    Allusion project #2-TYPED due BLOCK DAY (can be any phrase, allusion, repetition, word, symbol, allusion, dichotomy, etc.) 
     
     
    Allusion Project

    May 16

    Today, we read 3.2 and 3.3
     
    HOMEWORK:
    Allusion project #2-TYPED due BLOCK DAY (can be any phrase, allusion, repetition, word, symbol, allusion, dichotomy, etc.) 
     

    May 17 & 18

    We shared our allusion projects and discussed the final AOTW :) 
     
    HOMEWORK:
    1. AOTW (typed, printed, turnitin.com)-due next block
    2. Synonyms and annotations-due Friday  
     
     May 19
    If absent today, please read Act 3.4 (begins on page 153 through Act 3.4 (ends on page 193) and annotate
     
    HOMEWORK:
    AOTW (typed, printed, turnitin.com)-due next block

     Quarter 4 Week 7

    Date

    Class Details

    Assignments & Handouts

    May 8

    Today, we had a sub.  Students discussed their critical thinking responses and listened to Act 1.4 and 1.5.
     
    HOMEWORK:
    None 
     

    May 9

    Today, we discussed annotations and critical thinking; students did a critical write on characterization.

    HOMEWORK:
    Allusion assignment TYPED-due Friday 

    May 10 & 11

     
    Today, we listened to Act 2 Prologue, Act 2.1 and 2.2, and 2.3.  We tracked the dichotomies, symbols, motifs, and repetitions and recorded them/discussed the significance.  Students are attempting to discern the dynamics of human nature begin examined within the text, as well as the social criticisms being communicated beneath the surface of the plot.
     
    HOMEWORK:
    Allusion mini-project-due Friday TYPED 
     
    Allusion Project
     May 12Today, we shared allusion projects and then annotated Acts 2.4 and 2.5
     
    HOMEWORK:
    Critical Thinking-due Monday (4 questions in total: 2 figurative language & 2 critical thinking questions) 
     
     

    Quarter 4 Week 6

    Date

    Class Details

    Assignments & Handouts

    May 1 & 2

     We reviewed the historical periods preceeding the Renaissance, in order to understand the socio-political dynamics which shaped the context of Romeo and Juliet.

    HOMEWORK:
    Bring Romeo and Juliet to class 
     

    May 3 &4

    Today, we learned about the complex conventions of the sonnet form, in order to discern its meaning. We then listened to/read Act 1.1 and discussed.
     
    HOMEWORK:
    Finish annotating for symbols, dichotomies, motifs, and repetition 
     
     
     

    May 5

    Today, we charted all of the allusions, symbols, dichotomies, and motifs that we found in Act 1.1 in our comp books.  Then, we discussed, and finally, we listened to Act 1.2 and Act 1.3.
     
    HOMEWORK:
    Please complete the attached set of questions.  You will only have 4 answers in TOTAL :) You need to choose only 2 to answer from each section (figurative language and critical thinking).  You must use quotes from the play and answers can come from scene 1, 2, or 3.
     
     

    Quarter 4 Week 5

    Date

    Class Details

    Assignments & Handouts

    April 24&25

    Share Rhetorical Analysis
    AZMerit Test Prep 
     
    HOMEWORK:
    None 
     
     

    April 26&27

    Intro to Romeo and Juliet: Plot overview and character map

    April 28

    Today, students continued work on their Character/Plot Maps.  If you were absent, please complete the map on a piece of typing paper.  If you're unclear about how to do it, simply organize the characters in a way that makes sense to you :)
     
    HOMEWORK:
    Finish plot overview questions (complete sentences and no quotes) 
     
     

    Quarter 4 Week 4

    Date

    Class Details

    Assignments & Handouts

    April 17

    AZMerit Test Prep
     
    HOMEWORK:
    Wonder Write [TYPED]-due Thursday
     

    April 18 & 19

    AZMerit Writing Test

    April 20

    Today, students finished coloring the Joyas Voladoras that we began reading last week.  Please use your figurative language sheet to mark for figurative language. 

    HOMEWORK:
    None 

    April 21

    Today, we reviewed the figurative language analysis/color-marking exercise.  Next, students composed a rhetorical analysis of syntax, diction, and tone, in order to better discern the effect that these elements have on the reader.

    HOMEWORK:
    Finish rhetorical analysis 
      

    Quarter 4 Week 3

    Date

    Class Details

    Assignments & Handouts

    April 10

    Today, we reviewed last week's Reading Detective and worked on the next.
     
    HOMEWORK:
    1. Finish Reading Detective #4
    2. AOTW-due block [printed and turnitin.com] 
    3. Wonder Quest-due Thursday (please do NOT do a Wonder Write with it) 
    BLOCK THIS WEEK:
    ODD = TUESDAY
    EVEN = WEDNESDAY 
     
    AOTW #6 Playgrounds 

    April 11 & 12

    Today, students self-assessed and shared their AOTW responses.  Next, we did a color-marking activity for figurative language and a rhetorical analysis of an essay by Brian Doyle.
     
    HOMEWORK:
    1. Wonder Quest-please do NOT do a Wonder Write

    April 13

    Today, we color-marked the second paragraph of the poetic research essay, did a Wonder Tour and discussed the Reading Detective.

    HOMEWORK:
    None :)  Enjoy the 3 day weekend! 

    April 14

    No School-Spring Holiday
      

    Quarter 4 Week 2

    Date

    Class Details

    Assignments & Handouts

    April 3

    Today, students used the AZMerit informational writing rubric to evaluate one another's Wonder Writes.  Next, we worked on critical reading and a variety of literary concepts using Reading Detective activities.
     
    HOMEWORK:
    1. Finish Reading Detective #1
    2. AOTW-due block [printed and turnitin.com] 
     
     
     

    April 4

    Today, we corrected the Reading Detective and discussed some of the critical thinking strategies that this kind of task demands, so that students can see an improvement on their performance.
     
    HOMEWORK:
    1. AOTW #8-due block day (printed and turnitin.com by 7:00am)
    2. Reading Detective #2-due Friday (since AOTW is due on block day) 

    April 5 & 6

    Today was an AOTW day :)
     
     HOMEWORK:
    1. Reading Detective #2-due Friday
    2. AOTW #6 on playgrounds-due next block
    3. Synonyms and annotations due Monday 
     

    April 7

    We reviewed the literary concepts in today's Reading Detective and then worked on the next.
     
    HOMEWORK:
    Romeo and Juliet book-due Monday
    AOTW-due next block
    Synonyms & annotations-due Monday
     
    BLOCK NEXT WEEK:
    ODD = TUESDAY
    EVEN = WEDNESDAY

    Quarter 4 Week 1

    Date

    Class Details

    Assignments & Handouts

    March 28

    Today, students were given an argumentative writing assignment in preparation for both testing and for 10th grade.  Rather than giving an outline, I'd like students to practice devising their own structure for the argument, ensuring, at the same time, however, that they include sufficient details, evidence, quotes, and examples to create  a compelling defense.
     
    HOMEWORK:
    Pro/Con-due tomorrow
    Wonder Quest #5-due Friday
    Romeo and Juliet book-due April 10th 

    March 29

    Today, students labeled their arguments to analyze the decisions they made, without the use of an outline.  If you were absent, please use the PPT slide to highlight your essay.
    Next, we read and discussed the Article of the Week.
     
    HOMEWORK:
    1. AOTW synonyms and annotations-due tomorrow  
    2. AOTW responses printed and turnitin.com-due next week block 
     
     
     

    March 30

    Today, students checked-out an independent reading book from the library in preparation for AZMerit.  We also spent some time working on the AOTW

    HOMEWORK:
    1. Wonder Quest #5-due tomorrow
    2. AOTW-due next week block (printed and turnitin.com)
     
     
    If absent, please check-out an independent reading book at the library. You'll also need to show me your annotations and synonyms on the AOTW when you return. 

    March 31

    Today, we reviewed the AZMerit writing rubric and composed our Wonder Write based on that criteria.  Please use the outline attached to compose your Wonder Write.  
     
    HOMEWORK:
    1. Finish Wonder Write
    2. AOTW-due next week block (printed and turnitin.com)