1. The beginnings of Night. (Began reading from the class set of the autobiography Night, by Elie Wiesel, pgs. 1-5.)
2. The first occupation (Night, pgs. 6-9).
3. The ghetto. (Night, pgs. 9-10.)
4. Illusion. [Discussed how Elie Wiesel described the events between pgs. 9 and 10 as "illusion."
Showed the drawing called All Is Vanity by Charles Allen Gilbert. Discussed everyone's first impressions of this illusion, then looked at the drawing more closely. Compared this drawing to Night, pgs. 9 and 10.]
5. REMINDER: Homework Handout: Subject and Verbs Worksheet. 40 pts. possible. Due on or before this Thursday, 8/30/12, except for students in 6th period. For students in 6th period, since they have been scheduled by the school district to attend the Point Break interpersonal communication seminar on 8/30/12, this assignment is due on or before Friday, 8/31/12. (NOTE: Use your copy of the Holt Handbook to complete this assignment at home.)
TUESDAY – 8/28/12 – (Reading 3.12; Writing 2.1)
1. Journal: Night, pg. 4. Discussed. [See the Reference Section of the assignment binder or the website for a copy of the overhead that explains how to complete this particular journal.] Today's journals were stamped.
2. The news. (Read/discussed Night, pgs. 10-14.)
3. Expulsion. (Read/discussed sections of Night, pgs. 14-20.)
4. HOMEWORK: The Yellow Dot. 20 pts. possible. [The purpose of this assignment is for you to experience in a non-threatening way some of what political prisoners experienced during the Holocaust. This is a 24-hour assignment during which you decide when to wear a plain yellow, press-apply dot to see how people will respond to it, how you will feel about it, etc. Come to class tomorrow with the dot on and write what you are asked to write; then you will be eligible to receive the 20 points.]
5. REMINDER: Homework Handout: Subject and Verbs Worksheet. 40 pts. possible. (See point #5 of 8/27/12 agenda for details.)
WEDNESDAY – 8/29/12 – (Reading 3.12; Writing 2.1)
1. Discussed responses to The Yellow Dot assignment.
2. Written response to The Yellow Dot assignment (20 pts possible). Turned in.
3. One Suitcase. [Displayed a small suitcase from the 1940's. Discussed the following question: "If this was all the space you'd had and you were one of the ones being deported, what would you have taken with you?”]
4. The nightmare on the train (Night, pgs. 21-26).
5. Auschwitz (Night, pgs. 27-32).
6. REMINDER: Homework Handout: Subject and Verbs Worksheet. 40 pts. possible. Due tomorrow (except for 6th period, for whom it is due Friday, 8/31/12). NOTE: Use your copy of the Holt Handbook to complete this assignment at home.)
THURSDAY – 8/30/12 – (Reading 3.12; Writing 2.1)
PERIODS 2 THROUGH 5:
1. Turned in grammar homework handout (Subjects and Verbs Worksheet) if not already turned in by now.
e. Evacuation and the final scenes, pgs. 78 and following.
PERIOD 6 attended the Point Break interpersonal communications seminar. FRIDAY – 8/31/12 –
PERIODS 2 THROUGH 5: (Standards covered: Writing 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 2.1a, 2.1b, 2.1c, 2.1d, and 2.1e)
1. Read the article from Scholastic Scope Magazine (February 5, 2007) called "Sounds of Seeing," an autobiographical narrative by Benjamin Underwood.
2. Autobiographical Narrative In-Class Writing Workshop, Day 1 (directed from the overhead projector). NOTE: Today was the first day of this 4-day in-class writing workshop. Total possible points for the entire workshop = 160.
3. Today's work was stamped. (NOTE: The stamps count for part of the overall points possible for this writing workshop.) 20 points possible for today’s introductory work.
PERIOD 6 – (Same agenda and standards covered as that for periods 2-5 on 8/30/12)
1. Official course syllabus / film consent handout. Discussed.
2. EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY: earn 5 pts. extra credit if you bring the SIGNED course syllabus film consent page back by this Friday, 8/24/12.
3. Homework handout: “Contents of the Dead Man’s Pocket,” Response. Due Thursday, 8/23/12.
25 points possible. Discussed.
4. Used last Friday’s English Notes Entry handout (and the Interactive Reader if necessary) as a reference. Completed either Worksheet A or Worksheet B for “Contents of the Dead Man’s Pocket,” writing answers on a separate paper. (NOTE: For those of you making up this assignment due to an absence, be sure to LABEL YOUR PAPER WITH THE LETTER OF THE WORKSHEET YOU’RE COMPLETING!) These worksheets cover the selection, literary terminology, and vocabulary. 10 pts. possible. Turned in.
5. Began HOLT Entry-Level Diagnostic Test. 35 pts. possible. NOTE: Plan to complete this test in class tomorrow.
1. Continued working on HOLT Entry-Level Diagnostic Test. 35 pts. possible. NOTE: Plan to complete this test in class tomorrow if you weren’t able to complete it today.
2. Handout: “You want a social life, with friends.” This is a connection to "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket," and it leads you through pg. 18 of the literature book. If you were not able to complete this handout in class today, complete it for homework. Bring it back to class this Thursday, 8/23/12, for further use on that day.
3. REMINDER: “Contents of the Dead Man’s Pocket” Response assignment is due this Thursday, 8/23/12.
25 pts. possible.
4. REMINDER of extra credit opportunity: see #2 of 8/20/12 agenda.
1. Read Sophomore Literature Book, pgs. 22-23 and 26-27 while listening to the audio recording of these 2 newspaper/magazine articles. ("Double Daddy" and "The Child's View of Working Parents") Discussed.
2. Began working with a Charting The Text handout:
~ Completed 2 boxes EACH for “Double Daddy” and “The Child’s View of Working Parents.”
~ Wrote a main idea and 2 points from the text in EACH box.
~ Continued working through the handout.
NOTE: Plan to continue working with this handout in class tomorrow.
3. Worked on / finished the HOLT Entry-Level Diagnostic Test. 35 pts. possible.
4. REMINDER – Bring to class tomorrow the green handout called “You want a social life, with friends.”
5. NOTICE! “Contents of the Dead Man’s Pocket” Response assignment DUE DATE has been CHANGED to FRIDAY, 8/24/12. 25 pts. possible.
6. REMINDER of extra credit opportunity: see #2 of 8/20/12 agenda.
THURSDAY – 8/23/12 – (Standards covered: Reading 2.4; Listening & Speaking 1.7; Common Core Speaking & Listening 1.d)
1. Checking for understanding opportunity using Tuesday’s green handout called “You want a social life, with friends.” (See 8/21/12 agenda). NOTE: Keep this handout with your English notes for now.
2. Day 2 of the analysis of the 2 literature pieces from yesterday’s agenda (8/22/12). 25 pts. possible.
A – Finished completing the yellow Charting The Text handout, which included writing on the back per the directions.
B – Created a poster that is a visual aid summarizing the Charting The Text handout.
(1) – Read over the main points that you wrote on the Charting The Text handout.
(2) – Picked the best 3 to include in the poster.
(3) – Created the poster according to the sample displayed on the board.
(4) – Presented and explained the poster verbally.
(4) – Stapled the Charting The Text handout to the back of the poster. Turned in.
3. Worked in cooperative groups to develop valid recommendations for parents about balancing work and home life.
5. REMINDER of extra credit opportunity TOMORROW: see #2 of 8/20/12 agenda.
FRIDAY – 8/24/12 – (Standards covered: Reading 2.4, 3.5, 3.12; Writing 2.1; English Language Conventions 1.3)
1. Turned in homework assignment from Monday (“Contents of the Dead Man’s Pocket” Responses). 25 pts. possible.
2. Handout: Subjects and Verbs in the Auto Shop. Completed together as a class. Discussed answers in class. NOTE: This handout is an English Notes entry. Keep it with your English Notes.
3. Homework Handout: Subjects and Verbs Worksheet. 40 pts. possible. Due on or before next Thursday, 8/30/12. (NOTE: Use your copy of the Holt Handbook to complete this assignment at home.)
4. Introduction to the autobiography Night: a Greek hero! (Played the NBC historical video segment from the 2004 Summer Olympics [not rated] about S. Kyriakides, featuring his triumph for Greece just after the devastation of the Nazi occupation during World War II.)
5. NOTE: The last day to turn in the course syllabus signature page for extra credit was today.
2. Handout: Character Attributes Page. Completed / discussed in class and turned in.
3. Introductory overview of some of the most important aspects of this class.
4. Tomorrow: Be sure you wear your lanyard / ID card to class.
TUESDAY – 8/14/12 – (Standards covered: Speaking & Listening Common Core Standard 1.c and 1.d)
1. Worked as a class to identify various parts and functions of a collaborative work group, using simple rhythm patterns as a model.
2. Went to Library. Checked out Holt Literature and Language Arts, Fourth Course (which is
the sophomore literature book), and Holt Handbook (which is the grammar book). NOTE: Please take these home and keep them at home to use for homework assignments when necessary.
3. Class Procedures handout – began reviewing this in class. NOTE: Please bring this back to class tomorrow
and plan to finish reviewing the highlights of it in class tomorrow.
WEDNESDAY – 8/15/12 – (Standards covered: Reading 1.1, 2.1, 2.6)
1. Class Procedures handout – finished reviewing the highlights of this. Initialed, completed, and turned in the last page of this handout. NOTE: You keep the rest of this handout for reference.
2. Focus 1 Pretest (Reading Standard 1.1 review, focusing on how to figure out word meanings based on the text around them). 7 points possible. As a class, we scanned the reading portion of this, then students worked individually to figure out the answers. Wrote answers on a separate paper. Turned in.
3. National Health Survey Quiz (Reading Standards 2.1 and 2.6.) This involved the analysis of the structure and format of workplace documents and an exercise in following technical directions.
~ Completed either Worksheet A or Worksheet B by working with a partner.
~ Checked the correct answers to Worksheets A and B as a class. Then turned in answers.
~ NOTE: You earn 10 points automatically for this activity because its value is in
showing you how to apply the Sophomore English Standards.
THURSDAY – 8/16/12 – (Standards covered: Reading 1.1, 3.6)
1. Working with “Cause and Effect.” (Discussed definition and used various overheads to illustrate this.)
2. Issued each student’s personal book number for the class sets of books used in the room.
3. Began "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket." Used class set of Interactive Readers, pgs. 3 – 11:
Handout: English Notes Entry page for “Contents of the Dead Man’s Pocket.” Began completing this handout in class. Focused on: predictions, literary focus (time and sequence), various literary terms, and the progression of the story to the point where the setting becomes dangerous. Bring today’s handout back tomorrow for further work.
FRIDAY – 8/17/12 – (Standards covered: Reading 1.1, 3.4, and 3.6)
1. Interactive Readers: pgs. 12-26 – “Contents of the Dead Man’s Pocket,” Day 2. Read key parts of this story and summarized it. Completed yesterday’s English Notes Entry handout. Handout was stamped. Keep this for now; bring it back to use in class next week.
2. Completed College Planning Profile (provided by the Educational Research Center of America) – voluntary, for those interested in receiving free information from colleges. NOTE: These will be mailed back to the Educational Research Center of America.