January 31, 2011

English 9:  The students continued watching the documentary Scottsboro Boys: An American Tragedy.  Each class has roughly 5-10 minutes of the documentary remaining, and we will be begin reading Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird tomorrow.

English 10:  The students were given a note sheet to complete by researching online the following: the Great Depression, the Salinas Valley in California, Migrant Workers, and caring for a mentally disabled person.  The students will complete their research tomorrow, and formulate their answers into separate paragraphs for each topic.  Each topic is presented in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, which we will begin reading tomorrow.

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January 27, 2012

English 9:  The students continued watching Scottsboro: An American Tragedy, and will finish the documentary on Monday.  We will begin reading Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird next week.

English 10:  The students finished reading The Devil and Tom Walker, and completed their post-reading questions.  The students were assigned homework to complete their own Faustian tale.  The students are to write a story that sets the main character having to “sell their soul” for personal gain.  The story must include: a well-developed main character, clearly show the character’s goals and choices, and effectively portray the consequences of the choices.  The story should be one page in length, and the students will type them in class on Monday.

January 26, 2012

English 9: We began watching the documentary Scottsboro Boys, which will help introduce the students to the strained race relations the southern United States was going through in the 1930s.  The documentary will help provide some insight into the setting of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, which we will begin this week.

English 10:  The students continued reading Washington Irving’s The Devil and Tom Walker and will finish the short story tomorrow.

January 25, 2012

English 9:  The students finished reading Doris Lessing’s Through the Tunnel.  The students began working on the post-reading questions, which we will finish tomorrow. We will watch the documentary Scottsboro Boys that will introduce the students to the strained race relations the southern United States was going through in the 1930s.  The documentary will help provide some insight into the setting of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, which we will begin this week.

English 10:  The students were given time in the library to find a new D.E.A.R. book for this marking period.  We will finish Washington Irving’s The Devil and Tom Walker tomorrow.

January 24, 2012

English 9:  The students began reading Doris Lessing’s Through the Tunnel.  We will finish the short story tomorrow, and watch the documentary Scottsboro Boys that will introduce the students to the strained race relations the southern United States was going through in the 1930s.  The documentary will help provide some insight into the setting of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, which we will begin this week.

English 10:  The students began reading Washington Irving’s The Devil and Tom Walker.  We will finish the short story tomorrow, and begin our introduction to John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men.

January 17, 2011

Exam Week Schedule:

1/17/12: 3rd and 5th hour exams

1/18/12: 2nd and 4th hour exams

1/19/12: 1st and 6th hour exams

**No homework for English 9 & 10 students this week, so make sure to study!**

January 13, 2011

English 9:  The students continued to work on their review packets, and need to study over the weekend to make sure they’re ready for the exam.

English 10:  The students finished watching Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.  The midterm exam review guide was handed out and should be worked on this weekend.  We will be conducting our full review session next Wednesday.

January 12, 2011

English 9:  The students completed an open book test that required them to choose one of the stories we have read this marking period and write three paragraphs analyzing the literary technique used, a brief summary of the plot, and their personal opinion of the story.  The midterm exam review was handed out, which we will complete and discuss tomorrow.

English 10:  The students watched Stephen Sommer’s film adaptation of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.  We will complete and discuss the midterm exam review tomorrow.

January 11, 2011

English 9:  The students finished reading Douglas Brinkley’s Rosa Parks and Rita Dove’s Rosa.  The students finished their post-reading questions, which we will review tomorrow.

English 10:  The students took their final test on The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.