Daily Agendas West High, Tracy, ca


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3. [See #4 of 2/19/13 agenda.]

4. [See #5 of 2/19/13 agenda.]
THURSDAY – 2/21/13 – (Standards covered: English Language Conventions 1.3)
1. Per. 2-5: Went to Library to meet with Counselors and turn in class requests for next year.

NOTE: Due to a change in plans, Per. 6 is scheduled to do this next Tuesday, 2/26/13.

2. Handout: grammar packet on the proper use of semicolons, colons, and end marks. Began working on this in class today. Period 6 turned this in when finished. NOTE: Periods 2-5 should bring this back tomorrow for further work.

3. [See #5 of 2/19/13 agenda.]
FRIDAY – 2/22/13 – (Standards covered: Writing 1.0, 1.3-1.7, 2.0, 2.3)
1. The Great Author/Composer Project handout. 325 pts. possible. Due Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Discussed this point-by-point, and gave the answers for filling in the blanks on this handout.)

2. Handout: Manuscript Form, giving details about how to prepare The Great Author/Composer Project Expository Essay. Discussed.

3. NOTICE: Bring yesterday’s grammar packet on semicolons, colons, and end marks back to class on Monday, 2/25/13, in order to continue working on it at that time.

4. [See #5 of 2/19/13 agenda.]

Daily Agendas West High, Tracy, CA

Mr. Headrick

Sophomore English
MONDAY – 2/11/13 – Lincoln’s Birthday Holiday. No classes scheduled.
TUESDAY – 2/12/13 – (Standards covered: all sophomore standards)
1. Received graduation information, current transcripts, and other information about next year’s classes from the Counselors.

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



NECESSARY INFORMATION, SIGNATURES, AND ATTACHMENTS, TO CLASS ON

THURSDAY, 2/21/13.

3. 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 – 2/13/13 – (Standards covered: Reading 3.7 and 3.1 [review]) – The POWER of Poetry, Day 2.
1. Emotion vs. Logic:

Used literature book to complete the handout called "Love in Any Language or Time." [Covers pgs. 487-492.] Turned in. (NOTE: This included demonstration of various 100-year-old letter-writing techniques [letters in connection with engagement and marriage] as set forth in the book by Arnold Villiers entitled Routledge’s Complete Letter Writer [London: Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd., 1950].)

2. Homework handout – "Recording and Brainstorming Song Lyrics.” Due this Friday, 2/15/13.

3. [See #2 of 2/12/13 agenda!]

4. [See #3 of 2/12/13 agenda!]
THURSDAY – 2/14/13 – (Standards covered: Reading 2.1 and 3.7) – The POWER of Poetry, Day 3.

1. Used the poem “Sea Fever” (pg. 507 in literature book) to explore one simple method that poets and songwriters use to create simple, intense verses. On a separate paper, wrote the answers to questions #1, 2, 3, 5, and 6 of pg. 508.

2. SCAFFOLDING handout. (Another method that artists sometimes use for brainstorming.) Completed and turned in.

3. REMINDER: Homework handout – "Recording and Brainstorming Song Lyrics.” Due tomorrow, 2/15/13.

4. [See #2 of 2/12/13 agenda!]

5. [See #3 of 2/12/13 agenda!]


FRIDAY – 2/15/13 – (Standards covered: Reading 3.7) – The POWER of Poetry, Day 4.

1. Extended metaphor – “Mother to Son” by African-American writer Langston Hughes. Completed and turned in. [NOTE: Many popular songs today are extended metaphors.]

2. Finished and turned in Wednesday’s homework handout on "Recording and Brainstorming Song Lyrics.”

3. [See #2 of 2/12/13 agenda!]

4. [See #3 of 2/12/13 agenda!]

Daily Agendas West High, Tracy, CA

Mr. Headrick

Sophomore English
MONDAY – 2/4/13 – (Standards covered: Listening and Speaking 1.4 and 2.4)
Project: Analyzing a Short Story, Day 7 – concluding the speech component of this project.

1. Response to Literature Speeches, Day 2. 50 pts. possible. NOTES: Late speeches are only eligible for ½ credit after grading. Any disruptions that you cause during other people’s speeches will lower your own speech score.

2. Turned in English notes per the hand-written overhead referenced in last Friday’s agenda.
TUESDAY – 2/5/13 – (Standards covered: Reading 1.1)
1. Completed Test Prep Vocabulary posters (covering vocabulary words frequently used on standardized tests). Turned in posters. (NOTE: This Friday’s agenda will include the use of these posters.)

2. Homonyms List 4 handout. Worked on in class. NOTE: Plan to finish this and turn it in by the end of class tomorrow.


WEDNESDAY – 2/6/13 – (Standards covered: English Language Conventions 1.3; Reading 3.7; Listening & Speaking 1.4, 2.4)
1. Handout: "Capitalization Issues." Completed in class. Turned in. 20 pts. possible.

2. Introduction to The POWER of Poetry Unit – reflection handout: "Tears of Wax." Completed in class. Turned in.

3. Response to Literature Speech make-ups for people who were absent during the assigned speech days.

4. Finished and turned in Homonyms List 4 if not yet turned in.


THURSDAY – 2/7/13 – (Standards covered: Reading 3.7) – The POWER of Poetry, Day 1.
1. Handout: "We Real Cool" plus "Same Song." [Covers pgs. 461-464 and 531-534 in the

literature book.] Completed and turned in.

2. Extra credit Logic Puzzle #2 handout. Due on or before tomorrow, 2/8/13.
FRIDAY – 2/8/13 – (Standards covered: Reading 1.1; Writing 1.2)
1. Vivid Verbs: used a class set of instructions to replace overused verbs with more vivid synonyms. Wrote answers on a separate paper, then used this same paper for agenda item #2 below.

2. Put 15 of the Test Prep Vocabulary words that we worked with on Tuesday of this week into a short paragraph (or letter, message, story, etc.) that makes sense. Also attempted to fill this writing with vivid verbs. Used the posters that were created on Tuesday (now hanging on the classroom wall) as

a reference. Turned in.

Here are the Test Prep Vocabulary words:

1 – abhor, affix 6 – cursory, deplete

2 – ambiguous, anomaly 7 – discourse, dubious

3 – arbitrary, chastise 8 – enigma, erratic

4 – capricious, circumspect 9 – expedient, frugal

5 – coherent, conjecture 10 – inexorable, integrity

3. Finished and turned in yesterday’s extra credit Logic Puzzle #2.



Daily Agendas West High, Tracy, CA

Mr. Headrick

Sophomore English
MONDAY – 1/28/13 – (Standards covered: Writing 1.0, 1.1, and 2.2)

Project: Analyzing a Short Story, Day 3.

1. Began writing the 5-paragraph essay for this project. Used last week’s handouts as a guide. (The yellow-orange handout is your rough draft.) Your essay prompt is this: How does the author (of the short story that you chose) use the elements of fiction to make the message of the story obvious?

2. NOTE: This essay is due at the end of the period tomorrow. 50 points possible. If the essay is turned in late (i.e., after tomorrow), it is only eligible for ½ credit. This essay can NOT be typed because it is practice for the essay that you will hand-write during the CAHSEE (the High School Exit Exam) that you will take this March.

3. Keep last week’s white and yellow-orange handouts for this project. Bring them to class tomorrow.
TUESDAY – 1/29/13 – (Standards covered: Writing 1.0, 1.1, 2.2; Listening and Speaking 1.4 and 2.4)

Project: Analyzing a Short Story, Day 4.

1. Finished writing and turned in the 5-paragraph essay for this project. (See yesterday’s agenda items #1 and #2.)

2. Handout: Speech Outline. Discussed briefly. Informed everyone of their assigned speech dates, which are either this Friday, 2/1/13, or next Monday, 2/4/13.

NOTE: Plan to finish working with the Speech Outline handout during class tomorrow.
WEDNESDAY – 1/30/13 – (Standards covered: Writing 1.0, 1.1, 2.2; Listening and Speaking 1.4 and 2.4)

Project: Analyzing a Short Story, Day 5 – continuing the speech component of this project.

1. Viewed the United Streaming Educational Video “The Pit and the Pendulum” as a quick review of how an author uses the elements of fiction to present and shape a message. Completed a worksheet as a response to this video; this worksheet is an example of how a person could begin a Response to Literature Speech. 12 pts. possible. Turned in.

NOTE: If your absence for today was excused, then you are exempt from completing this video worksheet.

2. Used an overhead to give information on how the Response to Literature Speech will be graded.

[See the Reference Section of this website or binder for a copy of that overhead.]

3. Viewed the Holt Literature and Language Arts video clip showing the first draft, evaluation session, and final draft of a Response to Literature Oral Presentation (Speech). Discussed, especially in terms of the speaking techniques that you should use in presenting your Response to Literature Speech either this Friday or next Monday.

4. Used the remainder of the period to complete yesterday’s Speech Outline handout.

5. REMINDER: The speeches are scheduled for this Friday (2/1/13) and next Monday (2/4/13). 50 pts. possible.
THURSDAY – 1/31/13 – (Standards covered: Reading 2.2, 2.3, 2.8, 3.2, 3.4, 3.8, 3.10, and 3.11; English Language Conventions 1.3)

1. Used a class set of a portion of the California Standards Test Released Test Questions (pages 19-26). Based on this packet of questions, completed the handout called "Released Test Questions Handout 2,” which is an instructional guide for completing standardized test questions. Turned in. 30 pts. possible.



PLEASE NOTE: Due to medical appointments, I had a substitute this day. Unfortunately, the substitute misread my instructions and treated this assignment as if it were a test. Therefore, for those who did not finish this assignment on Thursday, I allowed them to finish it in class on Friday.

2. Homonyms List 3 handout. Completed and turned in. 10 pts. possible.



PLEASE NOTE: (Same situation as for assignment #1 above. Therefore, people were allowed to finish this assignment in class on Friday as well.)

3. REMINDERS: Speeches will be tomorrow, 2/1/13, and next Monday, 2/4/13. 50 pts. possible. Late speeches are only eligible for ½ credit after grading.


FRIDAY – 2/1/13 – (Standards covered: Listening and Speaking 1.4, 2.4)

Project: Analyzing a Short Story, Day 6 – continuing the speech component of this project.

1. [See notes from 1/31/13 agenda items #1 and #2: students were allowed to finish yesterday’s work in class today while speeches were in progress.]

2. Response to Literature Speeches, Day 1. 50 pts. possible. NOTES: Late speeches are only eligible for ½ credit after grading. Any disruptions that you cause during other people’s speeches or during the speech-grading process will lower your own speech score.

3. Showed a hand-written overhead of English notes to bring to class on Monday, 2/4/13, to turn in. [See the Reference Section of this binder for a copy of this handwritten overhead. Unfortunately, this handwritten overhead is not available in the online class website.]

4. Speeches conclude Monday, 2/4/13.



Daily Agendas West High, Tracy, CA

Mr. Headrick

Sophomore English
MONDAY – 1/21/13 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday – no classes scheduled.
TUESDAY – 1/22/13 – (Standards covered: Reading 3.3, 3.4, and 3.7)
1. Symbolism and Allegory Checking For Understanding. (Class participation involving discussion of 8 checking for understanding questions about Symbolism and Allegory.)

2. Used last Friday’s Sociogram handout to complete the blue handout called



Connections to "Through the Tunnel" – Part II. NOTE: Skip #6 on the back of the handout, but write the 8-sentence paragraph. The paragraph you choose (either A, B, or C) must include how the characters you are writing about symbolize different parts of society and must include evidence to support your writing. That is how this paragraph will be graded. Stapled the Sociogram from last Friday to the back of the blue handout and turned these in. NOTE: This is a timed writing assignment; late papers received after the end of this period are only eligible to receive ½ credit for this assignment.

3. Handout: Additional Vocabulary Practice (for Symbolism Unit). NOTE: Keep this handout with your English notes until further notice.


WEDNESDAY – 1/23/13 – (Standards covered: English Language Conventions 1.3; Reading 1.1, 2.1, 2.7, 3.7)
1. Used Holt Handbook. Wrote answers on a separate paper. Wrote the correct answers to the following: Pgs. 240-241, Exercise 1. Pg. 244, Exercise 3. Pgs. 247-248, Exercise 5. Completed and turned in.

2. Released Test Questions, Part 1. Used the class set Test Packet with pages numbered 7-12, which contains test questions recently released by the State of California (“California Standards Test” questions). Wrote answers on the accompanying yellow answer sheet. Turned in.

3. Practice at Killing Monsters! (Completed this ½-sheet handout, which is a review of the correct use of “there, their, they’re,” etc. Turned in.)
THURSDAY – 1/24/13 – (Standards covered: Writing 1.0, 1.1, and 2.2)

Project: Analyzing a Short Story, Day 1.


Completed the handout called Considering the Elements of Fiction. (Used the class set handout called Synopsis of Certain Short Stories and the literature book to do this.)

Points were earned for today's work, recorded at 20-minute intervals. NOTE: Bring today’s Considering the Elements of Fiction handout back tomorrow for further work on this project.


FRIDAY – 1/25/13 – (Standards covered: Writing 1.0, 1.1, and 2.2)

Project: Analyzing a Short Story, Day 2.


1. Wrote the rough draft of your analysis by using the handout called Picking an Element or Elements to Write About. (Used yesterday's handout called Considering the Elements of Fiction and the literature book to do this.) This handout was stamped twice during the period: half-way through the period and at the end of the period to assist in managing the time.

2. NOTE: Bring yesterday's and today's handouts back next Monday, 1/28/13, to use in writing the essay portion of this project.



Daily Agendas West High, Tracy, CA

Mr. Headrick

Sophomore English
MONDAY – 1/14/13 – (Standards covered: Reading 3.7)
Today’s lesson consisted of an analysis of symbolic writing about gaining maturity.

A. Literature book, pgs. 401-408: “Through the Tunnel.”

B. Students read this piece of literature as the recording played and responded to the meanings of various symbols in it by filling in the accompanying handout.

C. Turned in handout.


TUESDAY – 1/15/13 – (Standards covered: Reading 1.1, 2.4, 2.8, and 3.7)
1. Handout: Connections to “Through the Tunnel” – Part 1 (exploring various symbolic rites of passage). Literature book, pgs. 412-415. 20 pts. possible. Worked on in class. Due on or before Friday, 1/18/13.

2. Standards review handout for “Through the Tunnel.” 20 pts. possible. Worked on in class. Due on or before Friday, 1/18/13.


WEDNESDAY – 1/16/13 – (Standards covered: Reading 3.3)
1. Analyzed who is “right” and who is “wrong” in society, in order to broaden your own perspective, by considering the two murders as they appear in chapter 2 of the novel Bless Me Ultima.

2. Completed handout for Bless Me Ultima, chapter 2. Discussed. Turned in.


THURSDAY – 1/17/13 – (Standards covered: Reading 3.3 and 3.7)
Handout: "Connections to 'Through the Tunnel,' Part II" – further excerpts from the novel Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya.

(a) Filled out top half of this handout and discussed other important characters and scenes in the book.

(b) Handed out copies of the class set of the novel, and read excerpts from chapter 17 as a class. Then, together as a class, we completed the handout through #5, citing evidence from the text for the various kinds of people that these characters symbolize. Handout was stamped.

(NOTE: This sets the scene for the further action that takes place in chapter 18, which shows how sometimes a rite of passage can bring out the worst in people. Plan to continue with this activity in class tomorrow.)


FRIDAY – 1/18/13 – (Standards covered: Reading 3.3, 3.4, and 3.7)
1. Read/discussed pg. 204, and then read pgs. 208-216 of Bless Me Ultima (chapter 18). As a class, we completed a Sociogram handout for these pages.

2. NOTE: Next Tuesday, 1/22/13, bring:

(a) yesterday’s blue handout called “Connections to ‘Through the Tunnel’ – Pt. II.”

(b) today’s Sociogram.

Plan to finish yesterday’s “Connections” handout in class next Tuesday and turn in both handouts then.

Daily Agendas West High, Tracy, CA

Mr. Headrick

Sophomore English
MONDAY – 1/07/13 – Standards covered: Writing 2.5a, b, c, and d)
1. Discussed and copied the Block Style Business Letter format from the instructional easel in the room. NOTE: Plan to use these notes tomorrow in order to type the business letter assignment in the Library Computer Lab.

2. Analyzing a business letter.

~ Answered a 10-question handout while analyzing a typed business letter.

~ NOTE: Keep this handout in your notes for now.

3. Began completing an open-notes test, using the 2-sided handout called “Correcting business letters” and the notes copied from the instructional easel. Plan to complete this assignment tomorrow after typing the business letter.
TUESDAY – 1/08/13 – (Standards covered: Writing 2.5a, b, c, and d)
1. Reviewed key grading points for block style business letter.

2. Went to Library Computer Lab. Typed and printed a block style business letter according to the pink instruction handout prepared for this assignment. Turned in 2 signed copies. 35 pts. possible.

3. Those still needing to finished and turned in yesterday’s open-notes test about “Correcting business letters.”
WEDNESDAY – 1/09/13 – (Standards covered: Reading 2.1, 2.7, and 3.7)
1. Responded to 25 introductory questions about Symbolism and Allegory, including questions concerning the symbolic poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost. Wrote answers on a separate paper. Turned in.

2. Extra credit handout: Logic Puzzle #1. Completed and turned in. 8 extra credit pts. possible.


THURSDAY – 1/10/13 – (Standards covered: Reading 3.7)
1. Corporate Symbol Journal. Stamped. [See the Reference Section of this website or binder for a copy of the overhead called “Create your own CORPORATE SYMBOL that symbolizes YOU” for instructions.]

2. Read "The Pedestrian" by Ray Bradbury while listening to the audio recording of it. (Literature

book, pgs. 47-51.) Completed Symbolism and Allegory handout for “The Pedestrian.” Turned in if completed. NOTE: This is homework for tonight if you were not able to complete it in class today.
FRIDAY – 1/11/13 – (Standards covered: Reading 2.4, 3.7)
Analyzing reasons for symbolic writing, and comparing the content of several works by a single author in order to summarize their message: Viewed the documentary video Ray Bradbury, An American Icon while answering questions from the accompanying video worksheet. (Wrote answers on a separate paper and turned them in.)

NOTE: If your absence was excused, you do not have to make up this assignment.



Daily Agendas West High, Tracy, CA

Mr. Headrick

Sophomore English
MONDAY – 12/31/12 – Winter Break.
TUESDAY – 1/1/13 – End of Winter Break.
WEDNESDAY – 1/2/13 – (Standards covered: Reading 2.1, 2.7)
1. Used literature book to complete the blue handout called “Consumer and Workplace Documents A.”

Turned in.

2. Used class set of three different Consumer Documents to begin working on the SUPPLEMENTAL white handout called “Evaluating Consumer Reports for Content.”

NOTE: Plan to finish and turn in this handout during class tomorrow.


THURSDAY – 1/3/13 – (Standards covered: Reading 2.1, 2.6, 2.7)
1. Completed and turned in the supplemental white handout (started yesterday) called “Evaluating Consumer Reports for Content.”

2. Used the literature book to complete the orange handout called “Consumer and Workplace Documents B.” NOTE: If you weren’t able to complete this in class today, it is homework for tonight, due tomorrow.


FRIDAY – 1/4/13 – (Standards covered: Writing 2.5a, b, c, and d; ESLRs)
1. Guest speakers: Dr. and Mrs. H. D. Renning. NOTES: Today’s objective was for you to experience history related to World War II with the help of the two guest speakers. In addition, the lesson plan for next Tuesday is for you to type a business letter that will be sent to Dr. and Mrs. Renning.

2. NOTE: The orange handout from 1/3/13 called “Consumer and Workplace Documents B” may be turned in on Monday, 1/7/13, still eligible for full credit.



Daily Agendas West High, Tracy, CA

Mr. Headrick

Sophomore English
MONDAY – 12/10/12 – (Standards covered today: Reading 3.5)

1. Finals begin 2 school days from now. Use the blue study guide handout to study for this period’s final.

2. Finals review handout: “The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant.” (Literature book, pgs. 244-251) 15 extra credit points possible. Completed and turned in.

3. REMINDER: Take advantage of the extra credit handout from last Friday (“Analogies from Into Thin Air”). 5 extra credit points possible.

4. REMINDER: A test on the proper use of verbs will be part of the semester final. You should study the Irregular Verbs Handout 10 minutes per day until then.
TUESDAY – 12/11/12 – (Standards covered: all first semester standards)

1. Finals begin tomorrow. Use the blue study guide handout to study for this period’s final.

2. Irregular Verbs Pretest. Reveiwed answers.

3. General Final Pretest. Reviewed answers.

4. NOTE: Don’t throw away your remaining 1st semester papers! For example, the Proofreading Warm-Ups will be collected in January.

5. REMINDER: A test on the proper use of verbs will be part of the semester final. You should study the Irregular Verbs Handout 10 minutes per day until then.

6. NOTICE – This is the procedure for the day of the final:

A – Put your cell phone, music device, etc., in your back pack and/or with your books and papers.

B – Put all of these things in the front of the room.

C – When everyone is finished with the final, please retrieve your things.


WEDNESDAY – 12/12/12 – (Standards covered: First-semester standards.)

Semester Finals for periods 1 and 2 only.

1. General 1st Semester Final Test. Goal: at least 80% correct.

2. Irregular Verbs Final Test. Goal: at least 80% correct.

3. Feel free to take home any of your graded first semester papers that are still here.

4. NOTE: Don’t throw away your ungraded 1st semester papers! For example, the Proofreading Warm-Ups will be collected in January.
THURSDAY – 12/13/12 – (Standards covered: First-semester standards.)

Semester Finals for periods 3 and 4 only.

1. General 1st Semester Final Test. Goal: at least 80% correct.

2. Irregular Verbs Final Test. Goal: at least 80% correct.

3. Feel free to take home any of your graded first semester papers that are still here.

4. NOTE: Don’t throw away your ungraded 1st semester papers! For example, the Proofreading Warm-Ups will be collected in January.
FRIDAY – 12/14/12 – (Standards covered: First-semester standards.)

Semester Finals for periods 5 and 6 only.

1. General 1st Semester Final Test. Goal: at least 80% correct.

2. Irregular Verbs Final Test. Goal: at least 80% correct.

3. Feel free to take home any of your graded first semester papers that are still here.

4. NOTE: Don’t throw away your ungraded 1st semester papers! For example, the Proofreading Warm-Ups will be collected in January.




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