• Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019 

    Bell-work (Journal):  

    A proverb “is [a] short sentence often repeated, expressing a well-known truth or common fact, ascertained by experience or observation; a maxim of wisdom (Webster’s Dictionary 1828). In addition, “[p]roverbs are short, pithy sayings that reflect the accumulated wisdom, prejudices, and superstitions of the human race” (E.D. Hirsch).  

    For example, a proverb I used many times last year: “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” It means “[y]ou can show people the way to do things, but you can’t force them to act” (E.D. Hirsch, Jr.). The reason I thought of the proverb because I could teach a student a skill, but I couldn’t do the work for him or her; they had to do it on their own. Eventually, you must take the training wheels off.  

    Pick one of the proverbs provided to you that resembles an observation or experience from your sophomore year. Write the proverb in your composition book; explain its meaning; and why you picked it. Share with a partner and share with the class (7-minutes). 

    Activities: 

    Introduction: 

    What do you know about Mr. Burns? 

    What questions do you have about the class? 

    Syllabus: 

    Discuss the syllabus 

    Signed by parent/guardian and it’s due by the beginning of class on Friday. 

    Homework: Parents’ Night at 6pm 

     Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 

    Bell-work (journal): 

    In your own words, define a proverb based on yesterday’s discussion and journal entry.  

    Activities: 

    Interviews: 

    Interview a fellow classmate 

    Present the interviews to the class 

    Homework: Syllabus signed by Friday 

     Thursday, July 25th, 2019 

    Bell-work (journal): 

    We don’t wish to encourage ideas such as “Boys will be boys” or “Frailty, thy name is woman!”; in fact, we would prefer people question proverbial wisdom rather than accept it blindly. What are the false claims and true claims captured in both proverbs? (frailty: weakness of resolution; infirmity; liableness to be deceived or seduced)  

    Activities: 

    Complete Interview Presentations 

    How to use a computer at Basha 

    Sign up for Remind App 

    Login to computer 

    Turnitin.com Account 

    Google Account 

    Send Mr. Burns a formal email 

    Topic: Setting up a time to conference with me.  

    Homework: Syllabus signed by Friday 

     Friday, July 26th, 2019 

    Bell-work (journal): 

    No journal entry because we are doing a Writing Pre-Test.  

    Activities: 

    Finished Interview Presentations

    Login into a school computer to resent password

    Homework: 10% off for syllabi handed in on Monday; reset passwords at home 

     

    Monday, July 29th, 2019 

    Bell-work (journal):  

    Finish the following sentence: A strong argumentative essay or paper includes... 

    Activities: 

    Writing Pre-Test 

    • What type of essay? Students will be writing an Argumentative Essay 
    • What’s the purpose of the essay? Evaluate how well you can write an argumentative essay. 

    Writing Prompt: 

    Select one of the following argumentative writing prompts:  

    • Should the Bible or Scripture be taught as a class in public schools? 
    • Should high school English classes teach more modern, diverse, and multicultural literature (The Hate U Give, I Am Malala, The Fault in Our Stars, The Hunger Games-Young Adult fiction) or should high school English classes continue teaching the classics (To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, Fahrenheit 451, FrankensteinThe Scarlet Letter, and Shakespeare), which have stood the test of time?  

    What must be included: 

    • Show brainstorming or pre-writing 
    • Show self-editing 

    Homework: Think about the question of the week: What is at the heart of a great story?  

    Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 

    Bell-work (journal):  

    What are the elements of a short story? https://prezi.com/ozid-2qyjs8k/elements-of-a-short-story/ 

    Activities: 

    Discuss the Question-of-the-Week: 

    • What is at the heart of a great story? (Participation Points) 

    Elements of a Short Story (Prezi) 

    • Setting 
    • In your composition book, based on the discussion in class how does the setting help you remember the story? 
    • In your composition book, re-write an actual quote from one of the following novels that describes the setting of the story. (The OdysseyTo Kill a Mockingbird, or Romeo and Juliet).  
    • “I said if he wanted to take a broad view of the thing, it really began with Andrew Jackson. If General Jackson hadn’t run the Creeks up the creek, Simon finch would never have paddled up the Alabama, and where would we be if he hadn’t? We were far too old to settle an argument with a fist-fight, so we consulted Atticus. Our father said we were both right.” 

    Discuss 

    Homework: None 

    Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 

    Bell-work(journal): 

    Why are we so fascinated/entertained by conflict (or drama) that impact others or impacts us?  

    Activities: 

    Review 

    • What is the setting of a story? 

    Discuss Plot and Conflict 

    • Take Notes 

    Mr. Burns will read “The Last Night of the World” by Ray Bradbury (1st Period discuss and 2nd period needs to write) 

    • Answer the following question completely and in complete sentences: 
    • 1. What do you like or do not like about the short story by Ray Bradbury? 
    • 2. If you could continue writing the story, what would happen the next day?  

    Homework: None 

    Thursday, August 1st, 2019 

    Bell-work (journal): 

    Who is one of your favorite fictional character and why?  

    Activities: 

    Question-of-the-Week 

    Discuss the Closing Questions about “The Last Night of the World” by Ray Bradbury 

    • 1. What do you like or do not like about the short story by Ray Bradbury? 
    • 2. If you could continue writing the story, what would happen the next day? 

    Discuss Character(s), Point-of-View, and Theme(s) using “The Last Night of the World” by Ray Bradbury 

    • What does it mean to be content? Why is it easier to be discontent than content? 

    Start Reading Jack London’s Chased by the Trail 

    Literary Analysis 

    Monday, August 5th, 2019 

    Bell-work (composition book): 

    Question-of-the-Week: What pain do you want in your life? What are you willing to struggle for? 

    Activities: 

    Journal Set-Up 

    Chased by the Trail by Jack London 

    Discussion Question:  

    • Virtue is what makes a human being last. What did Walt and Chilkoot Jim do that was virtuous, and why will they last? (Virtue: moral goodness; the practice of moral duties and the abstaining from vice, or a conformity of life and conversation to the moral law.) 

    The Canterbury Club  

    Homework: Sign up for Remind; Reset Password; Turnitin.com Enroll in my class 

    Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 

    Bell-work (composition book): 

    Respond to the prompt, but you must correctly use one of the words you wrote in Section 1 of the “Growing Roots” worksheet.  

    Based on irrefutable (proven) facts and based on your experience or observations, what is the cure for fear?  

    Activities: 

    Question-of-the-Week Responses 

    • What pain do you want in your life? What are you willing to struggle for? 

    Growing Roots 

    • Review Section 1 
    • Complete Section 2  

    The Canterbury Club 

    • Complete Stories (15-minutes) 
    • Present stories to the class 

    Reflection 

    Block Days 

    Bell-work (composition book): 

    Point out and correct the faults in the following sentences: 

    1. During childhood his mother had died.  
    1. Any language study is good mind training while acquiring vocabulary.  

    Activities: 

    Questions-of-the-Week 

    • What pain do you want in your life? What are you willing to struggle for? 

    Words with the roots com or con that are part of American/British Literature or the subject of Literature/English. 

    Complete Section 2 and Section 3 of “Growing Roots” Worksheet 

    Present “The Canterbury Club” stories 

    The Cure of Fear by Norman Duncan 

    • Read 
    • Three Take-a-ways from the First Reading 

    Cellphone Break (8-minutes) 

    Silently Read 

    Wrecking the Short Story to Bring Them to Life 

    • Marking up the text: 
    • 6 tasks you must do during the whole group reading 
    • Discuss your markings 

    Discussion: 

    What’s the cure of fear, as suggested in the story by the author?  

    Friday, August 9th, 2019 

    Activities: 

    Mr. Burns’ response to the Question-of-the-Week 

    What were three take-a-ways from The Cure of Fear by Norman Duncan 

    Discuss your Wrecking of the short story 

    • What is going on here? 
    • Where is it taking place? 
    • Who is doing the action?  
    • Are there words we need to learn?  
    • How is the author getting the point across?  
    • Which part is a favorite?  

    Discuss the closing question 

    • What’s the cure of fear, as suggested in the story, by the author? (2nd Period) 

    Silently read and wreck the text of David M. Wright’s tale, “The Transcendent Art of Language: A Tale” 

    • Use the key on the board for marking up the text 
    • Identify any figurative language or literary terms you read. Write the name in the margin 

    Sticky Notes 

    • Write a metaphor or simile describing how knowledgeable you are on naturally finding the elements of a short story.  

    Monday, August 12th, 2019 

    Bell-work (composition book): 

    Question-of-the-Week: Would you be willing to lose your job or scholarship to stand up for your religious beliefs, political beliefs, or any other belief? Explain.  

    Activities: 

    Figure of Speech: “How can I more precisely express truth and beauty in my writing?” asked the young traveler, sitting by the rocky entrance of a cave, high on the east side of Mount Athos. 

    Common Root of the Week 

    • Thus, hypo-sulfuric acid is an acid containing less oxygen than sulfuric acid. 

    History of Latin 

    Mixing of social classes:  

    • Do students naturally form clichés or hangout based on social class or do students naturally form clichés or hangout based on other factors? If they for different clichés, not based on social classes, what are those other factors?  

    Start reading Katherine Mansfield’s tale The Doll’s House 

    Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 

     

    Bell-work (composition book):  

    Explain the typo in the image above. How might this typo hurt the business/school? 

    Activities: 

    Picture Day 

    • 1st Hour: 7:45am; 2nd Hour: 8:35am 

    Continue reading The Doll’s House 

    Complete discussion questions on page  

     

    Wednesday/Thursday, August 14th/15th, 2019 

    Bell-work (composition book): 

    Nowadays do you think it is harder to raise one’s social status? Do you agree with the statement: that a person’s social class he or she is born in is usually the class where they spend the rest of their life”? Why or why not? 

    Activities: (Materials: Composition book, Wrecking The Doll’s House, and The Transcendent Art of Language: A Tale) 

    Figurative Language:  

    • “It is most helpful to consider the wordplay and uses of language in the Psalms, the Greco-Roman epics, the tragedies, dramas, and the great classics of literature and poetry through the ages,” replied the winsome, wise sage. “Literary and rhetorical devices help convey the rhythm of Homer, the transcendence of Shakespeare, the language of paradise...” IDENTIFY FIGURATIVE LANGUE IN THE PRIOR SENTENCES.  

    Common Root of the Week:  

    • Hypocorism comes from the Greek word hypokorizesthai which means “to use child-talk". Have you ever been called a pet name by your significant other or been called by a nickname? 

    The Doll’s House  

    • Symbolism 
    • Interest Survey 
    • Complete the Comprehension Check and Research on page 207 
    • Personal, television, or movie connection to the short story 

     

    Monday, August 19th, 2019 

    • Bell-Work (composition book): 
    • Define what it means to struggle. Is it something that everybody does every single day? Is struggling a universal thing? Do our struggles define who we are as human beings? Can we put blame onto our struggles for why things happen in our lives? Explain your answers.  
    • Activities 
    • Growing Roots 
    • Inter 
    • Of Mice and Men Anticipation Guide 
    • Agree/Disagree Statements 
    • Explain your answer. 
    • Discuss 

    Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 

    • Bell-Work (composition book): 
    • Identify the Parts of Speech in the following sentences: 
    • Frank and his sister want to put on a pet show. 
    • Soldiers or police officers were blocking the roadways.  
    • Activities: 
    • The American Dream (write in your composition book) 
    • Develop your own ideas of The American Dream. Then write about what people over different eras would choose as their American Dream.  
    • Anticipation Guide for Of Mice and Men 
    • Agree or Disagree Statements 
    • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck 
    • Read and discuss Chapter 1 
    • Identify a word with the root inter 

     

    Wednesday or Thursday, August 21st or 22nd, 2019 

    Bell-work (composition book): 

    Creative (fictional) writing prompt:  

    Activities: 

    Question-of-the-Week 

    Time to work on the “Growing Roots” worksheet 

    Finish the Anticipation Guide for Of Mice and Men 

    Discuss Migrant Workers 

    Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck 

    Friday, August 23rd, 2019 

    •  Period: People still need to respond to the Question of the Week 
    • Mr. Burns’ response to the Question of the Week 
    • Composition Book Check for this Week:  
    • Monday: Question of the Week 
    • Tuesday: Parts of Speech 
    • Block Day: Creative (fiction) writing 
    • Fall Reading Assessment Day 1 
    • Silently read “Appalachian Trail Magic by Kerri Westenberg 
    • Answer questions 1-8 
    • Discuss and Grade 

     Week 6

    Monday, August 26th, 2019

    Bell-work (composition book):

    Question-of-the-Week: Is morality subjective or objective? Why? 

    Morality: The doctrine or system of moral duties, or the duties of men in their social character; ethics. 

    Objective certainty is when the proposition is certainly true in itself; subjective, when we are certain of the truth of it. The one is in things, the other in our minds.

    Activities:

    John Steinbeck and Salinas, CA

    • Photos
    • Deep Thoughts
      • What comes to your mind when you see these photos and why?
      • 2 paragraphs
      • One person must respond to your journal entry

    Of Mice and Men

    • Continue reading Chapter One
    • Discuss notes about Chapter One
    • Discussion
      • Why did Steinbeck have to juxtapose a big man and a little man? Why did he choose a little man as the chief and a big man as the follower? What does an alpha male look like or need to look like? What does a follower or a Delta male need to look like? Why did Steinbeck create a character like Lennie, who is obviously slow?
    • Level of Interest 

    Tuesday, August 27th, 2019

    Bell-work (composition book):

    Grammar Activity: What’s a noun? What’s the importance of a noun in a sentence?

    Activities:

    Question-of-The-Week responses 

    Passage II of Pre-Assessment 

    • 10-minutes of Inspection Reading
    • Complete multiple-choice questions
    • Grade

    Of Mice and Men

    • Read Chapter I
    • What have you “caught” about the chapter so far? 
    • Create a question about the first half of the chapter. Discovery question and I’ll imitate Steinbeck.

     

    Wednesday/Thursday, August 28th/29th, 2019

    Bell-work (composition book):

    Tell me a story. Either a scary story (real or not); an interesting true story about something that happened in your life; or a story you heard from a friend or a relative. Keep it PG or PG-13. No nudity or swearing. 

    1st Hour-record your stories.

    Activities:

    Growing Roots worksheet

    Passage III of Pre-Assessment

    Cellphone Break

    • 8-minutes

    Of Mice and Men

    • Silently read Chapter II
    • Discussion 

    Test over Chapters I and II

     

    Friday, August 30th, 2019

    Bell-work (composition book):

    Journal check:

    • Question-of-The-Week-one paragraph in length
    • What’s a noun? Why is it important in a sentence?
    • Tell me a story-it must be written out

    Activities:

    Mr. Burns’ response to the Question-of-the-Week

    Oddball Friday

    • Invisibility Cloaks-real or not?

    Week 7

    Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

    Bell-work (composition book):

    Question-of-the-Week: Friendship is a key idea that is presented throughout the book. The idea of friendship is revealed through the interactions between Lennie and George. Before we started reading Of Mice and Men, our class discussed “struggling”. What kind of struggles do we face either developing friendships or keeping friendships? 

    Activities:

    Pre-assessment/ACT Prep 

    • Passage IV: Freedom of the Mind (poem)
      • Answer multiple-choice questions 32-36
      • Inspection Reading: What is the poem about?

    Question

    • What kind of book are we reading? How do you know that? Support your answer. 

    Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

    • Chapter II
    • Students must fill out the Wrecking Chapter II: Of Mice and Men while we read. 

    Theme

    • Start thinking about themes or what is the author trying to talk to you about

    Wednesday/Thursday, September 4th/5th, 2019

    Bell-work (composition book):

    “A word without meaning is just a sound.” -Tolkien (2019)

    What is a verb? What is its importance in a sentence? 

    Write a sentence using the noun, Gertrude, and the verb, sewing/sewed/sew.

    Activities:

    Question-of-the-Week responses

    Growing Roots

     

    • Male, Mal

     

    Pre-assessment/ACT Prep

    • Passage V (The Illustrated Book of Great Composers
      • 37,38, and 39
    • Passage VI (The Book Thief)
      • 41-50

    Cell-phone Break

    • 8-minutes

    Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

    • Chapter II
    • Read and Discuss
    • Students must fill out the Wrecking Chapter II: Of Mice and Men while we read. 

     

    Friday, September 6th, 2019

    Bell-work (composition book): 

    Mr. Burns’ response to the Question-of-the-Week

    Activities:

    Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

    • Continue discussing Chapter II
    • Start reading Chapter III

    Composition Book Check (15-points)

    • Tuesday: Question-of-the Week; What kind of book are we reading? How do you know that?
    • Block Day: What is a verb? What’s a verb importance in a sentence? Use the noun, Gertrude, and the verb, sew/sewed/sewing, in a sentence. 

    Writing Prompt:

    • What is the main idea or theme or crux John Steinbeck is alluding to so far in the novel? Provide evidence from the text to support your answer.
      • 5 points if you provided an arguable claim.
      • 5 points if you did not write in first person. (No use of the word “I”)
      • 5 points if you use a word that either used the root word inter, hyper, or con or com
      • 10 points if you used textual evidence from the novel (Of Mice and Men) to support your claim. 
      • 5 points if you wrote coherent/clear and complete sentences.  


    Week 8

    Monday, September 9th, 2019

    Bell-work (composition book):

    Philosophical-Question-of-the-Week: If you could teach everyone in the world one concept (idea), what concept (Idea) would have the biggest positive impact on humanity? Why? 7-MINUTES TO COMPLETE

    Activities:

    Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

    • Silent reading time (15-minutes)
      • Read pages 37 to 47
      • Take Notes while reading-what are you comprehending or what are you “catching” while you read the chapter? 
      • Complete Wrecking the Text worksheet as you read
      • No cell-phones during silent reading
        • A pop quiz will be given if a cell-phone is sighted!

    Narrative Writing

    • Brainstorm/Pre-writing (15 points)
      • 3 Issues as a class; individually you select 1
      • Moral Lesson

    Roots Quarter 1 Test on Friday

    • Review Game on Block Days

    Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

    Bell-work (composition book): 

    Grammar/Vocabulary: 1. Edit the sentence. 2. What does malevolent mean?

    Consuming alcohol at large quantities can make a ordinary man malevolent or evil. 

    An ordinary man can become malevolent if he consumes too much alcohol. 

     

    Activities:

    Question-of-the-Week Responses

    Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

    • Read pages 47 to 58
    • Complete Wrecking the Text worksheet as you read
    • No cell-phones during silent reading
      • A pop quiz will be given if a cell-phone is sighted!

    Narrative Writing

    • Brainstorm/Pre-writing (15 points)
      • Brainstorm-what is a moral lesson the character or characters could learn from your issue?
      • High Expectations from Parents

    Wednesday/Thursday, September 11th/12th, 2019

    Bell-work:

    In writing, using descriptive language, describe to me a leaf falling to the ground. (ADJECTIVES)

    “Arrays of orange, auburn, and brown colored leaves gently fall as if not in any hurry for their appointment with the ground.”

    Activities:

    Question-of-the-Week Responses

    Review Roots: com, con, hypo, inter, circum, mal, male

    Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

    • Finish Chapter III
    • Complete Wrecking the Text worksheet as you read
    • Discuss Chapter III

    Cell-phone Break (8-minutes)

    Narrative Writing

    • Brainstorm/Pre-writing (15 points)
      • Brainstorm-what is a moral lesson the character or characters could learn from your issue?
      • Start the rough draft

    Friday the 13th

    Bell-work:

    Mr. Burns’ response to the Question-of-the-Week

    Activities: 

    Narrative Writing

    • Continue writing if not finished
    • Self-Editing Checklist
    • Peer Review Checklist

    Composition Book Check:

    • Question-of-the-Week
    • Grammar/Vocabulary: 1. Edit the sentence. 2. What does malevolent mean?
    • In writing, using descriptive language, describe to me a leaf falling to the ground. (ADJECTIVES)


    Week 9
     

    Monday, September 16th, 2019

    Week 9

    Bell-work:

    Question-of-the-Week:

    What are the possible shortcomings of the “American Dream”? What faults or failures could lead someone to not meet the expectations of the “American Dream”? 

    Activities:

    Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

    • Read Chapter 5
    • Wrecking the Text

    Issue and Moral Lesson Narrative

    • Rough Draft Finished
    • Peer or Teacher Review
    • Final Draft

    Reminders:

    Roots Test tomorrow

    Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

    Bell-work:

    Don’t Float Your Quote:Method 1:Identify the speaker of the dialogue before the quotation. (when + who + said, + “Quote”+ (page).  Don’t forget your quotations marks!

    During the reaping Katniss gasped, “I volunteer as tribute!”(22).

    Attach the floating quote using Method 1: “I’m sorry, I would love to dance, but I have to leave. It’s twelve o’clock, and I don’t want my coach to turn into a pumpkin!” Cinderella (40)

    Activities: 

    QOW Responses

    Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

    • Finish reading Chapter 5 and start reading Chapter 6
    • Wrecking the Text
    • Discuss Chapter 5

    Issue and Moral Lesson Narrative

    • Rough Draft due (Hand-in)

    Roots Test

    During the ball, Cinderella gasped, “I’m sorry, I would love to dance, but I have to leave. It’s twelve o’clock, and I don’t want my coach to turn into a pumpkin!” (40). 

    While running out of the castle, Cinderella yelled, “I’m sorry, I would love to dance, but I have to leave. It’s twelve o’clock, and I don’t want my coach to turn into a pumpkin!” (40). 

    Wednesday/Thursday, September 18th/19th, 2019

    Bell-work:

    Method #2 for eliminating “floating quotes” from your writing is the sentence that precedes (or before) the colon explains the writer’s point; what follows is his evidence. Equation: (Explain: “Quote” (page). DO NOT SAY SAID OR THOUGHT. 

     

    Examples: Out of fear for her sister’s life, Katniss makes an important decision: “I volunteer as tribute!” (22). 

    Gale gives Katniss important advice: “Getting a knife should be pretty easy, but you’ve got to get your hands on a bow. That’s your best chance” (39). 

     

    Your Turn: “My, what big teeth you have!” Little Red Riding Hood

     

    Activities:

    Review Method #1 for eliminating “floating quotes” from your writing.

    QOW Responses

    Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

    • Read Chapter 6
    • Wrecking the Text for Chapter 6
    • Discuss Chapter 6

    Cell-phone Break

    • 8-minutes

    Thesis Sentence for Informational Essays

    • What is an informational essay?
    • What is the purpose of a thesis? 

    Watch Of Mice and Men film