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Daily Agendas West High, Tracy, CA

Mr. Headrick

Sophomore English

MONDAY – 5/27/13 – Memorial Day Holiday. No classes scheduled.


TUESDAY – 5/28/12 – (Standards: all sophomore level standards)
1. Completed 2nd Semester Final Pretest.

2. Checked your Pretest answers with the overhead of the answer key.

3. Bring your literature and grammar books from home on the day of the semester final.

4. Prepare one 3” x 5” note card to use during the semester final.

5. NOTICE: Study the following for the upcoming semester final – 100 questions:

~ Literature book, pgs. 758-760 – (J. Caesar)

~ Holt Handbook:

~ Identifying subjects and verbs in sentences.

~ Abbreviation of state names – pg. 526.

~ Subject-Verb agreement – pgs. 527-528.

~ Apostrophes – pg. 529.

~ Pronouns – pgs. 532-533.

~ its vs. it’s, there/their/they’re, effect vs. affect, bring vs. take, etc.

~ Identifying complete sentences.

~ objective, subjective, primary, secondary, simile, metaphor, irony, etc.

In addition to the above, there will also be questions on:

~ Vocabulary and other grammar issues.

~ Sentence organization in writing.

~ Reading selections with questions to answer.

6. Opportunity was given today for you to take home any of your papers that you have turned in for this course that still remain here.


WEDNESDAY – 5/29/13 – Semester Finals for periods 1 and 2 only.
1. To Library: returned English books.

2. Semester Final End-of-Course Exam (100 pts. possible).


THURSDAY – 5/30/13 – Semester Finals for periods 3 and 4 only.
1. To Library: returned English books.

2. Semester Final End-of-Course Exam (100 pts. possible).


FRIDAY – 5/31/13 – Semester Finals for periods 5 and 6 only.
1. To Library: returned English books.

2. Semester Final End-of-Course Exam (100 pts. possible).



Daily Agendas West High, Tracy, CA

Mr. Headrick

Sophomore English

MONDAY – 5/20/13 – (Standards covered: Reading 3.1, 3.10)

1. Consideration of the value of live action Shakespearean productions: viewed the National Endowment for the Arts DVD Why Shakespeare? Completed DVD worksheet while viewing this. Turned in. PLEASE NOTE: If your absence for today was excused, then you will not be responsible for this DVD worksheet.

2. NOTICE: Study the following for the upcoming semester final – 100 questions:

~ Literature book, pgs. 758-760 – (J. Caesar)

~ Holt Handbook:

~ Identifying subjects and verbs in sentences.

~ Abbreviation of state names – pg. 526.

~ Subject-Verb agreement – pgs. 527-528.

~ Apostrophes – pg. 529.

~ Pronouns – pgs. 532-533.

~ its vs. it’s, there/their/they’re, effect vs. affect, bring vs. take, etc.

~ Identifying complete sentences.

~ objective, subjective, primary, secondary, simile, metaphor, irony, etc.

In addition to the above, there will also be questions on:

~ Vocabulary and other grammar issues.

~ Sentence organization in writing.

~ Reading selections with questions to answer.


TUESDAY – 5/21/13 – (Standards covered: Reading 3.1, 3.10)

1. Julius Caesar Quickwrite – preparation for viewing the film Julius Caesar. [See copy of the overhead in the Reference Section of this website or binder called "Julius Caesar – Quickwrite" for details.] Turned in.

2. Handout: Julius Caesar, Act I. Used Interactive Reader to complete parts I, II, and III of this handout. Handout was stamped. NOTE: Bring this back to class for further work.

3. [See item #2 under 5/20/13 agenda]


WEDNESDAY – 5/22/13 – (Standards covered: Reading 3.1, 3.10)

1. Viewed Act I of Julius Caesar, from the beginning to the conspiracy scene.

2. Worked on Part V of yesterday’s handout called Julius Caesar, Act I. Turned in handout if completed. NOTE: If you were not able to complete this handout in class today, please complete it for homework and plan to turn it in on Friday, 5/24/13.

3. [See item #2 under 5/20/13 agenda]


THURSDAY – 5/23/13 – (Standards covered: Reading 3.1, 3.10)

1. Viewed Julius Caesar, from the nightmare segment through the scene in the Roman Forum.

2. [See item #2 under 5/20/13 agenda]
FRIDAY – 5/24/13 – (Standards covered: Reading 3.1, 3.10)

1. Viewed Julius Caesar, from the civil war scenes (i.e., beginning with Act IV, Scene 2) to the end of the play.

2. Completed the written response worksheet, “Julius Caesar, through Act V.” Turned in. 10 pts. possible.

3. NOTE: Feel free to make a 3” x 5” note card to use during the semester final.

4. Last day to turn in for credit the yellow handout called “Julius Caesar, Act I” was today.

5. [See item #2 under 5/20/13 agenda]



Daily Agendas West High, Tracy, CA

Mr. Headrick

Sophomore English

MONDAY – 5/13/13 – (Standards covered: Reading 3.12)

1. Brief introduction to the Vietnam War era.

2. Handout: Literary Criticism – Biographical / Historical Approach.

A. Completed questions #1-3 of this handout while viewing the overhead of the photojournalism piece called "Soldier's Backpack, M16, and Helmet" by Kenneth Hoffman.

B. Handout was stamped. Bring this back tomorrow to work on further in class.

3. Overhead of English notes to turn in tomorrow, 5/14/13. [See the Reference Section of this binder for a copy of the handwritten overhead that describes these notes.]
TUESDAY – 5/14/13 – (Standards covered: Reading 2.8, 3.12)

1. Continued with Literary Criticism – Biographical / Historical Approach:

A. While listening to the Holt audio recording of Tim O'Brien's "Where Have You Gone,

Charming Billy?", completed questions #4-15 on yesterday’s handout.

B. "Watching a War: Vietnam on T.V." [Viewed the Holt Literature videocassette segment about the Vietnam War.] Answered questions #21-22 on yesterday's handout.

C. Bring this handout tomorrow, and plan to finish it in class and turn it in tomorrow. (That is, questions #16-20 on the handout will be covered tomorrow.)

2. Turned in English notes per yesterday’s handwritten overhead.
WEDNESDAY – 5/15/13 – (Standards covered: Reading 2.8, 3.12)

1. Completed yesterday’s handout called Literary Criticism – Biographical / Historical Approach:

A. Read "The Friendship Only Lasted a Few Seconds" (literature book, pg. 629).

Answered questions #16-20.

B. Turned in handout.

2. Extra credit: TUSD ELA Grade 10 Focus 4 – “Nature’s Flying Marvels.”

Wrote answers on a separate paper. Turned in. 8 pts. possible.

3. In line with one of the District’s overall goals to support teaching from the textbook with visual representations of the textbook material, the class viewed the following visual connection to “The Friendship Only Lasted a Few Seconds”: 1973 episode of the TV series M*A*S*H called “Sometimes You Hear the Bullet.” (See course syllabus.)


THURSDAY – 5/16/13 – (Standards covered: Reading 2.5)

1. Handout: "Literary Criticism – Primary and Secondary Sources." Completed using the literature book. Turned in.

2. In line with one of the District’s overall goals to support teaching from the textbook with visual representations of the textbook material, the class viewed the 1972 episode of the TV series M*A*S*H called “Dear Dad,” which demonstrates the creation of a primary source document and how important these are to servicemen and servicewomen. (See course syllabus.)
FRIDAY – 5/17/13 – (Standards covered: Reading 3.5, 3.12)

1. Viewed overhead of Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark, Dallas, Texas. Gave brief introduction to the assassination of President J. F. Kennedy.

2. Preparation for next week: Mrs. Kennedy's Interview. (Questions to answer at the end of the interview). Discussed similarities between John Kennedy’s assassination and Julius Caesar’s. Completed and turned in.

3. Make sure you have taken advantage of the extra credit offered on 5/15/13: TUSD ELA Grade 10 Focus 4.



Daily Agendas West High, Tracy, CA

Mr. Headrick

Sophomore English

MONDAY – 5/6/13 – (Standards covered: Reading 2.8; Writing 1.2)

1. Introduction to methods for evaluating an author’s style: "Call of the Wild – Save Us!" (Handout that covers information in the literature book between pgs. 577 and 578, plus the magazine article "Call of the Wild – Save Us!" and the follow-up to that, pgs. 579-585.) Completed and turned in

2. Completed Focus Review 8: wrote answers on a separate paper. Turned in.

3. Take advantage of the extra credit that is planned for this Friday, 5/10/13:

~ Author / Composer Project Speeches (see agenda for 4/12/13 for details).

~ Dramatizing (acting out) “Same Song” (scripts will be available).

~ Dramatizing (acting out) “Thinkin’ on Marryin’” (scripts will be available).


TUESDAY – 5/7/13 – (Standards covered: Reading 2.8; Common Core Reading Informational Texts 1,2,3)

1. Class work involving the consideration of “style”: Used the article “Going for the Look, but Risking Discrimination” to develop a response to companies who hire people with “style” but risk discrimination at the same time. Completed and turned in an accompanying handout. 20 pts. possible.

2. Reminder: Take advantage of the extra credit that is planned for this Friday, 5/10/13:

~ Author / Composer Project Speeches (see agenda for 4/12/13 for details).

~ Dramatizing (acting out) “Same Song” (scripts will be available).

~ Dramatizing (acting out) “Thinkin’ on Marryin’” (scripts will be available).


WEDNESDAY – 5/8/13 – (Standards covered: Reading 3.11; Common Core Reading Literature 2)

1. Used literature book and dictionary: completed the handout for “Night Calls.” (Literature book, pgs. 565-571.) 25 pts. possible.

2. In addition, wrote an objective summary of “Night Calls” on binder paper – approximately 100 words (1/2 page) – dividing the summary up into the beginning, middle, and end of the story.

3. Stapled summary to the handout. Turned in both.

4. Reminder – [see #2 of agenda for 5/7/13]
THURSDAY – 5/9/13 – (Standards covered: Reading 3.11)

Class work concluding literary criticism of style, focusing on styles that are considered legitimate but unconventional:

1. Read “Geraldo No Last Name” (literature book, pgs. 559-561). Answered questions on the first side of the accompanying handout.

2. Viewed The Rite of Spring from Disney’s Fantasia (1940, rated G), which is a blend of scientific theory, music, and visual art. Answered questions on the back of the same handout. Turned in handout. 20 pts. possible.

3. PLEASE NOTE: If your absence for today was excused, you are exempt from completing today’s work.

4. Reminder – [see #2 of agenda for 5/7/13]


FRIDAY – 5/10/13 – (Standards covered: Listening & Speaking 1.0, 1.1, 1.3, 1.8, 1.10-1.13, 2.0, 2.2a, b, f)

1. Extra Credit author/Composer Project Speeches. Up to 25 extra credit points possible, depending on how much of the speech you wanted to attempt.

2. Extra credit (up to 10 pts. possible per person) for dramatizing “Same Song” in groups of 3. (Literature book, pg. 462)

3. Extra credit (up to 10 pts. possible per person) for dramatizing “Thinkin’ on Marryin’” in groups

of 3. (Literature book, pgs. 91-92)

Daily Agendas West High, Tracy, CA

Mr. Headrick

Sophomore English

MONDAY – 4/29/13 – (Standards covered: Reading 1.1, 3.11; English Language Conventions 1.3)

1. Concerning style: completed and turned in a handout dealing with how the mood of a poem can be shaped by the poet’s style of writing: “Waiting for E. gularis.” 10 pts. possible.

2. Completed and turned in:

-- Homonyms list 6 (if you hadn’t already done so).

-- Homonyms list 7.


TUESDAY – 4/30/13 – (Standards covered: Listening and Speaking 1.0, 1.1, 1.3, 1.8, 1.10, 1.11, 1.12, 1.13, 2.0, 2.2a,b,f; Writing 1.9)

1. Introductory handout: "Analyzing / Evaluating Speeches." Completed both sides using the literature book, beginning on page 898. Stamped. NOTE: Keep this handout for now and plan to use it later on this week.

2. Completed Focus Review 7. Wrote answers on a separate paper. Turned in.
WEDNESDAY – 5/1/13 – (Standards covered: Listening and Speaking 1.1, 1.10, 1.11, 1.12, 1.13

Writing 1.2)

1. Continued analyzing and evaluating speeches. Handout: "Elie Wiesel, Witness to the Holocaust."

Worked on Parts I, II, and III of this handout. This involved viewing the Nobel Prize Series documentary Elie Wiesel, Witness to the Holocaust and analyzing a copy of Mr. Wiesel's Nobel Prize acceptance speech (1986). Stamped. NOTE: Plan to finish this handout in class tomorrow and turn it in at that time.

2. Worked on Focus Review 8, writing answers on a separate paper. NOTE: If you were not able to complete this today, plan to complete it later on this week. (Turned in answers if complete.)
THURSDAY – 5/2/13 – (Standards covered: Listening and Speaking 1.1, 1.10, 1.11, 1.12, 1.13

English Language Conventions 1.3)

1. Finished the handout called “Elie Wiesel, Witness to the Holocaust” that was started yesterday, using a copy of Mr. Wiesel’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech.

2. Completed and turned in the following 2 review handouts:

-- Homonyms 1, 2, 3 Review.

-- Homonyms 4, 5, 6 Review.


FRIDAY – 5/3/13 – (Standards covered: Listening & Speaking 1.1, 1.10, 1.11, 1.12, 1.13)

1. Viewed excerpts from famous world leader speeches (including President Obama, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, President George W. Bush, President John Kennedy, President Ronald Regan, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.).

2. Completed and turned in the corresponding handout (“Analyzing and Evaluating Famous Speeches”).

3. Also turned in the previous introductory handout called “Analyzing/Evaluating Speeches.”



Daily Agendas West High, Tracy, CA

Mr. Headrick

Sophomore English

MONDAY – 4/22/13 – (Standards covered: Writing 2.1)


1. Exercise in imagining: completed the handout called "Time to Imagine," based on a series of 15 visual prompts, in order to develop short story writing ideas. Handout was stamped. Bring this back to use during the next class session.

2. REMINDER: The extra credit Author/Composer Project speeches are tentatively scheduled for 4/30/13 and 5/1/13. HOWEVER, please remember that this is a TENTATIVE schedule and may have to be changed.


TUESDAY – 4/23/13 – (Standards covered: New “Common Core” Reading-Literature standard #2.)
1. Analyzed how the central idea of a fictional short story can be applied to a real-life crisis by viewing the 1987 film from the “Classic Literary Stories, Vol. 3” series called The Coup de Grace by Ambrose Bierce. (Not rated.)

2. While viewing the film, filled out the front of the accompanying handout, which focuses on the story’s central idea and objective evidence supporting how this idea emerges and is developed.

3. After the film, students worked individually or in groups to address the back of the handout, which connects the central idea of this story to real-life situations that families and friends face on a daily basis.

4. Completed handout and turned it in. NOTE: If your absence was excused for this day, you are not responsible for completing this assignment, since it would not be possible without the film.


WEDNESDAY – 4/24/13 – (Standards covered: Writing 1.2 and 2.1a-e)
1. Used a directional handout (bright orange), the handout called "Time to Imagine” (see Monday, 4/22 agenda), and the literature book as a guide: completed the next handout in this project, called "Prewriting: Story Idea / Elements / Point of View." Graded in class. 20 pts. possible.

2. Completed the front side of the next handout in this project, called "Writing: Draft Your Short Story."

3. NOTE: Plan to write out your short story in class tomorrow. Part of the objective for this writing is to make the fiction you write match some type of real-life situation. Must be school-appropriate to receive credit.
THURSDAY – 4/25/13 – (Standards covered: Writing 1.2 and 2.1a-e; English Language Conventions 1.3)

1. Wrote out the final version of your short story on the back of the handout called “Writing: Draft Your Short Story.” 30 pts. possible. (NOTE: Must turn in the story today in order to receive credit.)

2. Plan to critique the short stories in class tomorrow. For now, keep the “Prewriting” and “Time to Imagine” handouts.

3. Homonyms List 6. Due by tomorrow.


FRIDAY – 4/26/13 – (Standards covered: Writing 1.2 and 2.1a-e; English Language Conventions 1.3)

1. For the purpose of identifying various elements of literature, each class critiqued some of the short stories that were turned in yesterday. 10 pts. possible for the critique process.

2. Homonyms List 6 due date has been extended to Monday, 4/29/13.

3. NOTICE_:_The_last_day_to_receive_credit_for_the_author/composer_project_outline_or_the_5_sources_of_information_will_be_this_Thursday,_3/28/13.'>NOTICE: The extra credit Author/Composer Project speeches which were originally scheduled for 4/30/13 and 5/1/13 have been postponed until further notice.



Daily Agendas West High, Tracy, CA

Mr. Headrick

Sophomore English

MONDAY – 4/15/13 – (Standards covered: English Language Conventions 1.4)


1. Completed in class the handout covering: words with ie and ei; prefixes and suffixes; and plurals of nouns. This handout was stamped. Keep this with your English notes for now.

2. On a separate paper, wrote answers to Review 15A and 15B on pgs. 401-402 of the Holt Handbook.

(Referred to the handout in agenda item #1 above, plus the spelling rules between pgs. 377 and 390 of the Holt Handbook for help in completing these.) Turned in. 30 pts. possible.

NOTE: If you were not able to finish this assignment in class today, please complete it at home and plan to turn it in next Monday, 4/22/13.


TUESDAY – 4/16/13 – (Standards covered: English Language Conventions 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4)

STAR Testing, Day 1: classes for periods 1, 2, and 3 only.


1. Handout: Writing Complete Sentences, Pt. A. Worked on the first side of this in class. Stamped. NOTE: Bring this handout back in 2 days and plan to finish this handout during the period on that day.

2. Handout: Choosing Correct Spellings. (This covers words with double or silent letters.) Completed in class. Turned in. 15 points possible.


WEDNESDAY – 4/17/13 – (Standards covered: English Language Conventions 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4)

STAR Testing, Day 2: classes for periods 4, 5, and 6 only.


[Same agenda as that of 4/16/13]
THURSDAY – 4/18/13 – (Standards covered: English Language Conventions 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4;

Reading 3.1, 3.7)

STAR Testing, Day 3: classes for periods 1, 2, and 3 only.
1. Finished and turned in the handout from 2 days ago called Writing Complete Sentences, Pt. A.

2. Handout: Choosing Correct Spellings Follow-Up. Completed and turned in.

3. Used literature book. Completed and turned in Standards Review 5 and Standards Review 6 handouts
FRIDAY – 4/19/13 – (Standards covered: English Language Conventions 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4;

Reading 3.1, 3.7)

STAR Testing, Day 4: classes for periods 4, 5, and 6 only.
[Same agenda as that of 4/18/13]

Daily Agendas West High, Tracy, CA

Mr. Headrick

Sophomore English

MONDAY – 4/08/13 – (Standards covered: Listening & Speaking 1.11 and 1.14)


1. Credit earned for viewing Act III of Our Town, which is a presentation of the play’s main theme from the standpoint of “the dead.”

2. Completed Our Town Log for Act III. Turned in all Our Town Logs.


TUESDAY – 4/09/13 – (Standards covered: Listening & Speaking 1.11 and 1.14)
1. Credit earned for viewing the Steel Magnolias transition scene, while considering film techniques that focus on the presentation of “theme” as they are applied to a play.

2. Credit earned for viewing Part III of Steel Magnolias while comparing the development of this theme (using film techniques) to the development of Our Town’s theme.


WEDNESDAY – 4/10/13 – (Standards covered: Listening & Speaking 1.11 and 1.14; Reading 3.5)
1. Viewed the ending of Steel Magnolias, continuing to compare the development of its theme (using film techniques) to the development of Our Town’s theme. (Ending scenes viewed were “Laughter Through Tears” and “Life Goes On.”)

2. Handout: "Play vs. Film: Our Town and BEYOND, Pt. 3." Completed Parts I and II of this handout.

3. Viewed the Assignment Discovery Great Books video called The Odyssey while completing Part III of the handout. (This involves considering the development of universal themes as they are applied to a play.)

4. Turned in handout. NOTE: You are excused from this assignment if your absence for today was excused.


THURSDAY – 4/11/13 – (Standards covered: Reading 1.1; English Language Conventions 1.3)
1. Reviewed upcoming STAR test schedule.

2. Timed standards review handouts #2 and #3, covering the analysis and synthesis of primary and secondary sources. (Literature book, pgs 66-68 and 712-714) Wrote answers on separate answer sheets. Turned in, then reviewed answers as a class. 17 pts. possible.

3. Used Holt Handbook, pgs. 532-539. Completed the handout called “Grammar At A Glance, Pt. B.” Turned in. 17 pts. possible.
FRIDAY – 4/12/13 – (Standards covered: Listening & Speaking 1.1, 1.10, 1.11, 1.12, 1.13;

English Language Conventions 1.3; Reading 1.1, 3.2)


1. Handout: Extra Credit Author/Composer Project Speech Assignment. Discussed. Up to 25 extra credit points possible, depending on how much of the speech you would like to cover. Speeches are tentatively scheduled for 4/30/13 and 5/1/13.

2. Used the form on the back of the speech assignment handout ("Video Think Sheet") to make notes about proper speech techniques. Discussed these in terms of techniques that speakers use to successfully influence audiences. (Used Holt Literature and Language Arts videoed research presentations as a visual example.) Handout was stamped.

NOTE: Keep this completed handout with your English notes.

3. Continued with STAR Test preparation reviews:

~Handout: determining word meanings / recalling stated information. 12 pts. possible.

~ Handout: Grammar At A Glance, Pt. C. (Holt Handbook, pgs. 544-547). 15 pts. possible.

~ Handout: Standards Review 4. (literature book, pgs. 306-309). 8 pts. possible.

Completed and turned in.



Daily Agendas West High, Tracy, CA

Mr. Headrick

Sophomore English
MONDAY – 3/25/13 – (Standards covered: Listening & Speaking 1.11 and 1.14)

1. Handout: “Play vs. Film: Our Town and BEYOND, Pt. 1.”

~ Worked on this handout, using the Our Town script, through question #14.

~ This involved: viewing the 5-minute film segment called “The Golden Idol” from the movie



Raiders of the Lost Arc (see course syllabus); summarizing the stage version of the Drugstore Scene from Our Town Act II; and viewing the Drugstore Scene in the film adaptation of Our Town.

NOTE: Bring this handout back to class tomorrow for further work.

2. REMINDER: The Great Author/Composer Project Expository Essay is due on or before THIS THURSDAY, 3/28/13. 325 pts. possible.

3. CAUTION: Please remember that I can NOT accept this essay on a flash drive, disc, or by email. It must be typed and printed on paper. It is only worth ½ credit (after grading) if it is turned in after 3/28/13.


TUESDAY – 3/26/13 – (Standards covered: Listening & Speaking 1.11 and 1.14)

1. Handout: "Play vs. Film: Our Town and BEYOND, Pt. 1." [We began working on this handout in class yesterday.] Finished section V of this handout (questions #15-20). Turned in. 27 pts. possible. (This involved viewing the first 15 minutes of the film Steel Magnolias, which is a 1980's version of Our Town.)

2. All classes viewed the Wedding Scene of the film version of the original play Our Town. Period 2 received and began working on the corresponding handout called “Play vs. Film: Our Town and BEYOND, Pt. 2.” (No time to begin this handout any other period today.)

3. NOTICE: The last day to receive credit for the author/composer project outline or the 5 sources of information will be this Thursday, 3/28/13.

4. On or before Thursday of this week, turn in the following items in this order:

A – typed cover page on top.

B – typed author/composer project expository essay.

C – typed Bibliography page (which is the last page of your essay).

D – one-paragraph book summary OR list of 10 songs by the composer with their meanings.

E – rough draft of the essay.

F – 10 sets of song lyrics, if this essay is about a musical artist.

5. [See agenda item #2 of 3/25/13]

6. [See agenda item #3 of 3/25/13]
WEDNESDAY – 3/27/13 – (Standards covered: Listening & Speaking 1.11 and 1.14)

1. Explained again how to cite sources in an essay. Showed the following reminder notice on the overhead screen: REMINDER: The points you earn for your essay will be reduced by 30% if you do not tell me in the essay where you got your information. You do this by citing your sources at least 10 different times inside your essay.

2. Handout: “Play vs. Film: Our Town and BEYOND, Pt. 2.” Completed questions #1-8, using the Our Town script.

3. Viewed and explained the Wedding Scene of the film Steel Magnolias.

4. NOTICE: The last day to receive credit for the author/composer project outline or the 5 sources of information will be tomorrow, 3/28/13.

5. By tomorrow, 3/28/13, turn in the following items in this order:

A – typed cover page on top.

B – typed author/composer project expository essay.

C – typed Bibliography page (which is the last page of your essay).

D – one-paragraph book summary OR list of 10 songs by the composer with their meanings.

E – rough draft of the essay.

F – 10 sets of song lyrics, if this essay is about a musical artist.

6. [See agenda item #2 of 3/25/13]

7. [See agenda item #3 of 3/25/13]


THURSDAY – 3/28/13 – (Standards covered: Reading 2.7, 3.7, 3.8; Writing 1.0, 1.3-1.7, 2.0, 2.3a-2.3f;

Listening and Speaking 1.11, 1.14)

1. Turned in The Great Author/Composer Project Expository Essay. (See agenda item #5 of yesterday for proper order.) [In addition, see agenda item #3 of 3/25/13]

2. NOTICE: The last day to receive credit for the author/composer project outline or the 5 sources of information is today, 3/28/13.

3. Finished and turned in yesterday’s handout called “Play vs. Film: Our Town and BEYOND, Pt. 2.” 25 pts. possible.

4. Extra credit offered today: Logic puzzle handout about baseball player positions and statistics (Logic Puzzle #4) and Holocaust poetry analysis.


FRIDAY – 3/29/13 – Beginning of Spring Break.

Daily Agendas West High, Tracy, CA

Mr. Headrick

Sophomore English

MONDAY – 3/18/13 – (Standards covered: Writing 1.0, 1.3-1.7, 2.0, 2.3a-2.3f)

1. Handout: Essay Grading Rubric. Discussed this rubric, which shows how your author/composer essay will be graded.

2. Discussed practical techniques for successfully completing the essay. Referred to “Manuscript Form” handout. Reviewed proper Bibliography completion techniques. Discussed proper techniques for writing citations in the body of the essay.

3. REMINDER: The information you write on your author/composer project outline will be graded in class tomorrow. 25 pts. possible.

4. REMINDER: The Great Author/Composer Project Expository Essay is due on or before 3/28/13. 325 pts. possible.

5. CAUTION: Please remember that I can NOT accept this essay on a flash drive, disc, or by email. It must be typed and printed on paper. It is only worth ½ credit (after grading) if it is turned in after 3/28/13.
TUESDAY – 3/19/13 – (Standards covered: Writing 1.0, 1.3-1.7, 2.0, 2.3a-2.3f; English Language Conventions 1.3)

1. Reviewed use of quotation marks and italics as a class, using a prepared overhead.

2. Handout: pay attention to these grammar rules as you prepare your author/composer essay -- italics and quotation marks. This will be due at the end of the period tomorrow. 40 pts. possible. (Time was set aside to begin working on this in class today.)

3. Began in-class grading of the author/composer project outlines. 25 pts. possible. NOTE: Grading of these outlines will continue through tomorrow.

4. [See agenda item #4 of 3/18/13]

5. [See agenda item #5 of 3/18/13]


WEDNESDAY – 3/20/13 – (Standards covered: Writing 1.0, 1.3-1.7, 2.0, 2.3a-2.3f; English Language Conventions 1.3; Reading 3.3, 3.4)

1. Standards Review Assignment #1, covering Reading Standards 3.3 and 3.4. Read “Powder” in the literature book, pgs. 130-132. Wrote answers to the questions on pg. 133 on a separate answer sheet. 9 pts. possible. Turned in answer sheet.

2. Finished and turned in:

~ yesterday’s handout on italics and quotation marks. 40 pts. possible.

~ Handout: Grammar At A Glance, Part A. 14 pts. possible.

~ Handout: Homonyms List 5. 10 pts. possible.

3. Continued in-class grading of the author/composer project outlines. 25 pts. possible. NOTE: Grading of these outlines will continue through tomorrow.

4. [See agenda item #4 of 3/18/13]

5. [See agenda item #5 of 3/18/13]
THURSDAY – 3/21/13 – (Standards covered: Writing 1.0, 1.3-1.7, 2.0, 2.3a-2.3f; Reading 1.1, 2.1, 3.4, 3.7, 3.9)

1. From rough draft to final draft: gave information and overhead transparency examples showing how to prepare the final draft of the author/composer project essay. Again, reviewed proper Bibliography completion techniques and discussed proper techniques for writing citations in the body of the essay.

2. District-required Focus 5 and Focus 6 assessments. Wrote answers on a separate paper. 20 pts. possible.

3. Using the same answer sheet that was used for Focus 5 and 6, answered standards-based questions about the novel Fahrenheit 451.

4. Students who were able to finish Focus 5, Focus 6, and the Fahrenheit 451 questions turned in the answer sheet. NOTE: Plan to finish these in class tomorrow if you were not able to finish them today.

5. Completed the in-class grading of the author/composer project outlines. 25 pts. possible.

6. [See agenda item #4 of 3/18/13]

7. [See agenda item #5 of 3/18/13]


FRIDAY – 3/22/13 – (Standards covered: Writing 1.0, 1.3-1.7, 2.0, 2.3a-2.3f; Reading 1.1, 2.1, 3.4, 3.7, 3.9; Listening and Speaking 1.11, 1.14)

1. Showed an overhead describing how to type the cover page of your expository essay. [See copy of this overhead in the Reference Section of this web site or assignment binder.]

2. In preparation for comparing the play Our Town to a film adaptation, we viewed Act I of the film version of the original script of Our Town. Instruction and commentary given during the viewing.

3. Finished and turned in Focus 5, Focus 6, and Fahrenheit 451 questions from yesterday.

4. [See agenda item #4 of 3/18/13]

5. [See agenda item #5 of 3/18/13]



Daily Agendas West High, Tracy, CA

Mr. Headrick

Sophomore English
MONDAY – 3/11/13 – (Standards covered: English Language Conventions 1.3)

PRACTICE FOR TOMORROW’S CAHSEE:

1. CAHSEE released test questions. Answered on a separate paper. Turned in, then reviewed correct answers. 10 pts. possible.

2. Handout: grammar packet on correct use of commas. Completed and turned in. NOTE: If you were not able to complete this packet in class today, please complete it for homework by this Thursday, 3/14/13. 30 pts. possible.

3. NOTICE: I plan to grade the information you fill in on your author/composer project outline a week from today (3/18/13). 25 pts. possible.

4. HOMEWORK: Due this Friday, 3/15/13 – bring 5 different sources of information on your author or composer to class (copies or phone visuals are OK). 25 pts. possible.

5. REMINDER: The California High School Exit Exam (the “CAHSEE”) is scheduled for all sophomores for 3/12/13 (English portion) and 3/13/13 (math portion). Remember that your CAHSEE scores go on your transcript and remain there permanently.

6. REMINDER: The Great Author/Composer Project Expository Essay is due on or before 3/28/13. 325 pts. possible. Continue filling in the author/composer outline for this project.


TUESDAY – 3/12/13 – (Standards covered: Reading 1.1; English Language Conventions 1.3)

CAHSEE, day 1.

1. Today, take advantage of the following extra credit:

A – Roots, prefixes, Latin words and phrases.

B – ESLRS that support the author/composer project.

2. Make sure you have completed and turned in the recent grammar packets on:

A – Semicolons / end marks. 35 pts. possible.

B – Ellipsis points, etc. 50 pts. possible.

C – Commas. 30 pts. possible.

3. [See #3 of 3/11/13 agenda]

4. [See #4 of 3/11/13 agenda]

5. [See #5 of 3/11/13 agenda – 2nd day of CAHSEE is tomorrow]

6. [See #6 of 3/11/13 agenda]
WEDNESDAY – 3/13/13 – (Standards covered: Reading 1.1, 2.7)

CAHSEE, day 2.

1. Today, take advantage of the following extra credit:

A – Word origins crossword puzzle.

B – Soccer team schedule.

2. Make sure you have completed and turned in the recent grammar packets on:

A – Semicolons / end marks. 35 pts. possible.

B – Ellipsis points, etc. 50 pts. possible.

C – Commas. 30 pts. possible.

3. [See #3 of 3/11/13 agenda. However, the due date for the outline has now been extended to next Tuesday, 3/19/13.]

4. [See #4 of 3/11/13 agenda]

5. [See #6 of 3/11/13 agenda]


THURSDAY – 3/14/13 – (Standards covered: Reading 3.6)

1. Worked in cooperative groups to create 2 posters that analyze Thornton Wilder’s definition and development of “time” in Our Town, Act 1. NOTE: If your group was not able to finish both of these posters in class today, plan to finish them in class tomorrow. 40 pts. possible.

2. Worked on / finished the extra credit from the last 2 days.

3. TOMORROW: [See #4 of 3/11/13 agenda] 25 pts. possible.

4. [See #2 of 3/13/13 agenda]

5. [See #3 of 3/13/13 agenda]

6. [See #6 of 3/11/13 agenda]
FRIDAY – 3/15/13 – (Standards covered: Reading 3.6; English Language Conventions 1.3; Writing 1.3, 1.5)

1. Focus Review 6, Part A handout. Completed and turned in. 10 pts. possible.

2. Finished and turned in posters that were begun yesterday. (See 3/14/13 agenda.) 40 pts. possible.

3. Credit was given today for 5 different sources of information about the life of your author or composer (copies / phone visuals are OK). 25 pts. possible.

4. [See #2 of 3/13/13 agenda]

5. [See #3 of 3/13/13 agenda]

6. [See #6 of 3/11/13 agenda]
Daily Agendas West High, Tracy, CA

Mr. Headrick

Sophomore English

MONDAY – 3/4/13 – (Standards covered: Writing 1.0, 1.3-1.7, 2.0, 2.3; Reading 3.1, 3.10)

1. Our Town Theme Guide and introductory notes. (Power point presentation on Our Town. Copied notes from this presentation. These notes are a pattern showing the type of information you will be gathering about the author/composer you choose for the Great Author/Composer Project.) Notes were stamped.

2. Finished and turned in the homework grammar packet on semicolons, colons, and end marks. 35 pts. possible.

3. REMINDER: The California High School Exit Exam (the “CAHSEE”) is scheduled for all sophomores for 3/12/13 (English portion) and 3/13/13 (math portion). Remember that your CAHSEE scores go on your transcript and remain there permanently.

4. REMINDER: The Great Author/Composer Project Expository Essay is due on or before 3/28/13. 325 pts. possible. Continue filling in the author/composer outline for this project.


TUESDAY – 3/5/13 – (Standards covered: Writing 1.0, 1.3-1.7, 2.0, 2.3; Reading 3.1, 3.10)

1. At the beginning of class I handed back the response to literature essays and directed students to read and check over the rubric that I used to grade them. This rubric is similar to ones that the essay graders use when they grade the CAHSEE essays in Sacramento. Please note that the English portion of the CAHSEE is scheduled for a week from today.

2. Began acting Act 1 of Our Town. Compared certain characters and events in the part of this act that was covered today to issues related to the playwright’s own life.

3. Wrote the Our Town Log according to the directions on the overhead. [See copy of the overhead in the Reference Section of this web site or binder labeled “Our Town Log” for directions.]

4. [See #3 of 3/4/13 agenda]

5. [See #4 of 3/4/13 agenda]


WEDNESDAY – 3/6/13 – (Standards covered: Writing 1.0, 1.3-1.7, 2.0, 2.3; Reading 3.1, 3.10; English Language Conventions 1.3)

1. Gave information about how to use ellipsis points inside quotations in your author/composer project essay.

2. Homework handout: ellipsis points, apostrophes, hyphens, dashes, parentheses, and brackets. Pay attention to these grammar rules as you prepare your author/composer project essay. 50 pts. possible. Due this Friday, 3/8/13.

3. Continued reading and acting Our Town.

4. Completed Our Town log for today (wrote this on the same paper as yesterday’s log). Log was stamped.

5. [See #3 of 3/4/13 agenda]

6. [See #4 of 3/4/13 agenda]
THURSDAY – 3/7/13 – (Standards covered: Writing 1.0, 1.3-1.7, 2.0, 2.3; Reading 3.1, 3.10; English Language Conventions 1.3)

1. Continued reading and acting Our Town: finished Act I.

2. Completed Our Town log for today (wrote this on the same paper as yesterday’s log). Log was stamped.

3. Worked on yesterday’s homework handout: [see 3/6/13 agenda item #2]. This handout is due at the end of class tomorrow. 50 pts. possible.

4. [See #3 of 3/4/13 agenda]

5. [See #4 of 3/4/13 agenda]


FRIDAY – 3/8/13 – (Standards covered: English Language Conventions 1.3) [End of quarter / minimum day]

1. Finished and turned in homework grammar packet on ellipsis points, apostrophes, hyphens, dashes, parentheses, and brackets. 50 pts. possible.

2. [See #3 of 3/4/13 agenda]

3. [See #4 of 3/4/13 agenda]



Daily Agendas West High, Tracy, CA

Mr. Headrick

Sophomore English

MONDAY – 2/25/13 – (Standards covered: Writing 1.0, 1.3-1.7, 2.0, and 2.3)

1. Handout: informational memo about the upcoming California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE). Please take this handout home and share it with people there.

2. Discussed the procedures that will take place on the days of the CAHSEE.

3. How to write the Great Author/Composer Project Expository Essay: what to research about your author/composer. [This was a power point presentation containing the outline of questions to research about your author or composer. Students copied this outline into their English Notes, leaving room to fill in the blanks. This outline is #4 on the project assignment handout. 25 pts. possible.]

4. Grammar packet on semicolons, colons, etc.: please finish this by Friday, 3/1/13, and turn it in on or before that day. 35 pts. possible.

5. Period 6 à IMPORTANT: BRING THE JUNIOR COURSE OFFERINGS FORM, WITH ALL

NECESSARY INFORMATION, SIGNATURES, AND ATTACHMENTS, TO CLASS TOMORROW, 2/26/13.

6. REMINDER: The California High School Exit Exam (the “CAHSEE”) is scheduled for all sophomores for 3/12/13 (English portion) and 3/13/13 (math portion). Remember that your CAHSEE scores go on your transcript and remain there permanently.

7. REMINDER: The Great Author/Composer Project Expository Essay is due on or before 3/28/13. 325 pts. possible.

TUESDAY – 2/26/13 – (Standards covered: Writing 1.0, 1.3-1.7, 2.0, 2.2, and 2.3)

Bibliography citation instructions – Day 1.

1. Used class set handout called Instruction #1 and Instruction #2, along with a copy of the Writers Inc handbook, available in the classroom.

A. Made notes from the class set handout. Bring these back tomorrow.

B. On a separate paper from the notes, completed the assignment on the handout, which was to use one of the 10 books available in the classroom in order to complete a bibliography entry for a book.

2. Homework: Use class set handout called Instruction #3.

A. Make the notes from this handout.

B. On a separate paper from the notes, complete the assignment at the bottom of the front of this handout. Plan to bring this to class tomorrow.

3. [See #4 of 2/25/13 agenda]

4. [See #6 of 2/25/13 agenda]

5. [See #7 of 2/25/13 agenda]

6. Period 6 – Went to Library to meet with Counselors and turn in class requests for next year.

WEDNESDAY – 2/27/13 – (Standards covered: Writing 1.0, 1.3-1.7, 2.0, 2.2, and 2.3)

Bibliography citation instructions – Day 2.

1. Mrs. Perry, Librarian, presented information to each class about accessing the Library’s web site and the web site called World Cat, which provides information about music citations.

2. Used class set handout called Instruction #4, along with copies of music CD covers.

A. Made notes from the class set handout. Bring these back tomorrow.

B. On a separate paper from the notes, began to complete the assignment on Instruction #4, which was to write the bibliography entries for 10 sound recordings and to alphabetize them correctly, according to how they would appear in a bibliography.

3. Turned in yesterday’s homework assignment (from Instruction #3) if completed. NOTE: If this is not completed, please keep working on this. Due on or before this Friday, 3/1/13.

3. [See #4 of 2/25/13 agenda]

4. [See #6 of 2/25/13 agenda]

5. [See #7 of 2/25/13 agenda]

THURSDAY – 2/28/13 – (Standards covered: Writing 1.0, 1.3-1.7, 2.0, 2.2, and 2.3)

1. Went to Library. Used reference books and other resources available in the Library to get information for your author/composer essay.

2. When not using the Library computers or reference books, students worked on the following bibliography assignments from the last 2 days: Instruction #1 assignment (10 pts. possible), Instruction #3 assignment (20 pts. possible), and Instruction #4 assignment (35 pts. possible.. PLEASE NOTE that all of these assignments are due on or before tomorrow, 3/1/13.

3. Students also began filling in the blanks on the author outline, which was given on 2/25/13.

4. REMINDER: the grammar packet on semicolons/colons is due by tomorrow as well. 35 pts. possible.

4. [See #6 of 2/25/13 agenda]

5. [See #7 of 2/25/13 agenda]

FRIDAY – 3/1/13 – (Standards covered: Writing 1.0, 1.3-1.7, 2.0, 2.2, and 2.3)

1. Went to Library. Used reference books and other resources available in the Library to get information for your author/composer essay. Continued filling in the blanks on the author outline (see yesterday’s agenda).

2. Completed and turned in the bibliography assignments listed in item #2 of yesterday’s agenda. 65 pts. possible.

3. NOTE: Due date for grammar packet on semicolons/colons has been extended to Monday, 3/4/13. 35 pts. possible.

4. [See #6 of 2/25/13 agenda]

5. [See #7 of 2/25/13 agenda]



Daily Agendas West High, Tracy, CA

Mr. Headrick

Sophomore English
MONDAY – 2/18/13 – President’s Day Holiday – no classes scheduled.
TUESDAY – 2/19/13 – (The POWER of Poetry, Day 5. (Standards covered: Reading 3.1, 3.7, 3.10)
1. Viewed the National Endowment for the Arts video Shakespeare in Our Time as an introduction to studying the work of the greatest poet who ever lived, William Shakespeare. Answered questions on the accompanying video worksheet while watching the video. (wrote answers on a separate paper). Turned in answers.

2. Viewed actor Kenneth Branaugh’s rendition of the “St. Crispin’s Day Speech,” which shows yet another side to the POWER of poetry. (excerpt from Act IV, Scene 3 of Shakespeare’s Henry V)

3. Handout: “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?” Began completing the first side of this. Handout was stamped. Bring this back tomorrow to work on in class then.

4. à IMPORTANT: BRING THE JUNIOR COURSE OFFERINGS FORM, WITH ALL



NECESSARY INFORMATION, SIGNATURES, AND ATTACHMENTS, TO CLASS ON

THURSDAY, 2/21/13.

5. The California High School Exit Exam (the “CAHSEE”) is scheduled for all sophomores for 3/12/13 (English portion) and 3/13/13 (math portion). REMINDER: Your CAHSEE scores go on your transcript and remain there permanently.


WEDNESDAY – 2/20/13 – The POWER of Poetry, Day 6. (Standards covered: Reading 3.7 and 3.1 [review])
1. Used literature book to complete Side 1 of yesterday’s handout called “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?” which is Shakespeare’s sonnet #18.

2. As a class, completed the translation of sonnet #18 on Side 2 of the same handout. Handout was stamped. NOTE: Keep this handout until further notice.





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