Priority List: 10/30 – 11/3

Happy Halloween, Monarchs!

Click on the title of this post to see your priority list for the week. When looking at your daily assignments, be sure to look at your correct class. Remember: if you are absent, I expect you to refer to this priority list for your make-up work! Be sure to get your work turned in within two days of your return to class. If you missed a quiz, email me at kelly.dutro@aps.edu to make an appointment to make up your quiz during lunch or after school.

Monday, October 30, 2017

English 9

It’s vocabulary day! We will begin the day by taking our vocabulary quiz on Schoology. Then, you will create your Week Seven Study Guide in the vocabulary section of your notebook.

You no longer need to set up your vocabulary study guides as foldable as described in the video. Instead, you may set up each page in your notebook to look like the template above.

Watch the video below to add the words and definitions to your study guide.

English 10

It’s vocabulary day! We will begin by taking the weekly vocabulary quiz on Schoology. Then, you will create your Week Eight Study Guide in the vocabulary section of your notebook. Your words for the week are below:

  1. Swagger
  2. Tentative
  3. Thrifty
  4. Thrive
  5. Tranquility
  6. Uniformity
  7. Verbose
  8. Vilify

English 11

It is ACT and ASVAB Study Day! We will begin with a review of the vocabulary words that often appear on placement exams. Today is Martin and Marcos’ day to present their vocabulary game for last week’s words. Once we’ve finished the game, please copy and define next week’s words into your notebook.

These words we address in ACT/ASVAB Prep will not only help you to prepare for these important placement exams, but they will also help you use more precise diction when analyzing texts and discussing individuals motivations and behaviors. They will also be organized by meaning, making this an excellent reference for you to use throughout the school year.

Mental Words:

  1. Mnemonic
  2. Didactic
  3. Erudite
  4. Judicious
  5. Immemorial
  6. Polymath
  7. Obliterate
  8. Empirical
  9. Obfuscate
  10. Ratiocination

Tuesday and Wednesday, October 31 – November 01, 2017

English 9

Essential Questions: What is the overall theme of Of Mice and Men?

Today we will read chapters five and six of Of Mice and Men, finishing the book. Your essential question for your dialectical journal for chapters five and six is What is the overall theme of Of Mice and Men? Then, you will have the rest of the period to finish all of your dialectical journals for Of Mice and Men.

English 10

Essential Question: How does Othello fit the Tragic Hero Archetype? 

Today, we will watch and take notes on the Tragic Hero Archetype using the video below. Then, at your table groups, you will discuss how Othello fits the archetype.

English 11

Essential Questions: What does it mean to be an American? How does this definition change from person to person? 

Today, we will take a break from The Jungle by reading “America and I” – Anzia Yezierska and “My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant” by JOSE ANTONIO VARGAS.

First, you will discuss how the two texts above connect to some of the concepts in The Jungle. Then, at your table groups, you will brainstorm a list of possible essential questions for chapters seven, eight, and nine of The Jungle.

Thursday and Friday, November 02 – 03, 2017

English 9

Essential Question: What is the relationship between perspective and tolerance?

Now that we’ve finished reading Of Mice and Men, you will prepare for a discussion on the text by writing a collection of level three questions at your table group. These level three questions must connect the events in the book to important issues in our own lives. To do this, review the video on writing strong level three questions below. Then, at your table group, write four level three questions on some of the abstract concepts from the novel.

English 10

Essential Question: The Tragic Hero Archetype has been used since before the written word was invented. What is the purpose of the Tragic Hero Archetype? In other words, why has it persisted in so many cultures for such a long time?

Quick Write: In the reflection section of your notebook, please write about the following:

  • The best class discussion you’ve ever experienced: what made it a strong classroom discussion? How did it improve your learning? What did you do during the discussion? 
  • The worst class discussion you’ve ever experienced: what made it a weak classroom discussion? What did you do during the discussion? What would have made it stronger?

First, we will make conversation cue cards on index cards. Then, we will use the cue cards to discuss the events of Othello using the Zwiers Cueing Protocol. 

In order to successfully participate in the activity you must copy the following sentences onto index cards – only one sentence per index card.

  1. Ask for an(other) example to support the idea
  2. Paraphrase what your partner said
  3. Ask your partner to clarify (why, how, etc.)
  4. Build up the first idea before moving on to another idea
  5. Show that you are listening with your eyes, nods, posture
  6. Pose an alternative idea and start to build it up
  7. Stay focused on the conversation prompt/purpose
  8. Encourage your partner to talk more
  9. Summarize the conversation up until now
  10. Connect the textual evidence to the idea
  11. Make sure you aren’t dominating the conversation
  12. Look at your resources for support
  13. Connect the idea back to the prompt/topic

Once you’ve finished creating your cards, use the prompts below to discuss the text in preparation for a large group Socratic Seminar.

  1. Throughout the entirety of the play, we get to know three very different women. How does Shakespeare portray these women? How do you feel about his portrayal of these women? How does this contribute to the outcome of the play?
  2. Which abstract concept from Othello has the most significance to our society today? What can we, as 21st century American citizens, learn from the play?
  3. The Tragic Hero Archetype has been used since before the written word was invented. What is the purpose of the Tragic Hero Archetype? In other words, why has it persisted in so many cultures for such a long time?
  4. One of the biggest obstacles that Othello must continually cope with is oppressive nature of racism. How does the tragic hero archetype highlight how racist stereotypes can turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy?

Exit Ticket: To be completed on the same page as your notes as critiquer.

  • Which ideas did you find to be the most interesting in any of the discussions? Why? 
  • How did the discussers reach and deepen that idea?
  • How would you expand on this idea if you had the chance?

English 11

Essential Question: What does it mean to be an American? How does this definition change from person to person? 

Today we will read chapters seven, eight, and nine of The Jungle. As you read, you will consider how the things you discussed within your group on Tuesday are evident in this section of the novel. You must have nine high quality entries in your dialectical journals.

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