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Welcome to Term Three!

Juniors

In term three we will be studying Native American Literature and Puritanism with The Crucible and each unit will allow for research, analysis, group work, and creativity. However, because the curriculum is so heavily based in analysis and as notes will become very important it is vital that if a student misses a day they come and ask me what work they need to make up and find someone to get the notes from.

Week of Jan. 11th- Students will be continuing their group/paired research on a Native American tribe and should plan accordingly for computer access. We will have access to computer Monday-Wednesday, but should not count on having them Thursday and Friday. If students need access to the internet for any reason for their research project on these days they should come prepared with devices of their own (other than cell phones). 

Week of Jan. 18th- Students will be finishing their group/paired research on Native American tribes and thier creation myths. On Wendesday and Thursday, students will be presenting their visual, explaining their tribes' creation myth, and answering the following questions:

1. How does your tribe's creation myth explain the existence of humans?

2. What is your tribe's explaination for at least two natural phenomena in thier region according to their creation myth?

3. How does your tribe's creation myth describe physical features of landscape and its meaning?

Week of Jan. 25th-  Students will be introduced to the essential questions, time period, and three different creation myths which we will analyze as a class. By the end of the week, students should be able to answer the question "what is the relationship between literature and place?" In order to assist them in the analytical process, each student should have checked out an orange textbook from the Media Center. They may leave it in the classroom. 

Week of Feb. 1st- Students will be reviewing for a taking a 50 point quiz on the Creation Myths covered last week. Once completed, students will begin reading and annotating a series of articles in order to determine what their personal definition of humanity is, and how it compares to those of other groups mentioned in the articles. Once students have annotated the articles they will be planning their essay before writing. They will have all week in class to work on this assignment.

Week of Feb. 8th- Students will be introduced to Puritanism and be able to explain the differences between pilgrims and puritans. We will be using a variety of introductory formats inclduing a historical documentary, an article written by The History Channel, and a PowerPoint lecture. Students will be given a fill in the blank sheet on which they should take notes as we cover the materials.

 

Seniors

This term students will be composing scholarship essays and participating in a film study. For the scholarship essays, students will pick two  about which to write and go through the entire composition and revision process for both essays (which includes some Mastery grades), but by the time you have both final products you can decide which you would like to submit for 100 compliance points and which you would like to submit for 100 mastery points. In addition to the two scholarships essays of your choice, each student will be required to complete the Buffalo Scholarship for one hundred mastery points. (See Student Services for this application). 

Grammar study will be changing for terms three and four. Students will choose which grammar book (Pearson's Master Reader/Writer or Least You Should Know) they want to work out of and complete daily bell ringer activities accordingly. Then, every Friday I will grade what students have completed for accuracy and students will have the opportunity to make up the missed questions for half credit. At the end of each term, students will submit all original and revised questions for the Literacy Project grade. 

Week of Jan. 11th- Students will begin researching scholarship opportunities and pick which two they would like to write. Students will work on a hand-written composition for each Tuesday-Thursday and they will be collected at the beginning of class on Friday. Students should also come to class on Friday with all their film study materials, ready to begin an analysis.

Week of Jan. 18th- This week students will be taking a pratice PERT exam on USATestPrep in order to obtain a correlated score for what they would currently receive on the PERT Reading and Writing sections. Students will then be assigned practices on their areas of weakness.

Week of Jan. 25th- Students will be learning about the revision process and how to apply it to their own writing. They will work with one another and myself in order to assist them in writing their second draft which will be due hand written on Friday, Jan. 29th.

Week of Feb. 1st- Students will revise and rewrite the second draft of their first scholarship essay. The final revised product (a third draft) will be due, typed, on www.turnitin.com on Friday by 11:59pm. Students will also be finishing up the first half of the film study unit this week, and by the end of the week should have one completed graphic organizer.

Week of Feb. 8th- Students will be reading nonfiction articles and competing graphic orgnaizers associated with the film study unit. We will be drawing connections between literary terms and analysis versus cinematic techniques and their effect on an audience. At the end of the week students will begin revising the first draft of thier second scholarship essay. It will be due on Wednesday of next week! 

 

Senior Grammar Bell Ringer (will become Literacy Project) Work

Monday: Jan. 11, 2016

MRW Vol. 1 (Green book)- Unit 3, practice 2 (pg. 100)

LYSK (Purple book)- Part 1, exercises 1 and 2 (pgs. 22-23)

Tuesday: Jan. 12, 2016

MRW Vol. 1 (Green book)- Unit 3, practices 3 and 4 (pgs. 102-103)

LYSK (Purple book)- Part 1, exercises 3 and 4 (pgs. 23-24)

Wednesday: Jan. 13, 2016

MRW Vol. 1 (Green book)- Unit 3, practices 5 and 6 (pgs. 105 and 108) *Write out sentences!*

LYSK (Purple book)- Part 1, exercises 5 and Proofreading (pgs. 25-26)

Thursday: Jan. 14, 2016

MRW Vol. 1 (Green book)- Unit 3, practices 7 and 8 (pgs. 110 and 113)

LYSK (Purple book)- Part 1, exercises 1 and 2 (read the previous pg.29 on the eight parts of speech to understand directions)

 

Monday: Jan. 25, 2016

MRW Vol. 1 (Green book)- Unit 3, practices 9 and Application (pgs. 114 and 116)

LYSK (Purple book)- Part 1 (Parts of Speech), exercises 3 (read the previous page (29) on the eight parts of speech to understand directions). *A lot of you struggled with nouns v. pronouns. REVIEW THIS!

Tuesday: Jan. 26, 2016

MRW Vol. 1 (Green book)- Unit 3, practices 11, 12, and 13 (pgs. 119-121)

LYSK (Purple book)- Part 1 (Parts of Speech), exercises 4 (read the previous page (29) on the eight parts of speech to understand directions).

Wednesday: Jan. 27, 2016

MRW Vol. 1 (Green book)- Unit 3, practices 14 and 15 (pgs. 123)

LYSK (Purple book)- Part 1 (Parts of Speech), exercises 5.

Thursday: Jan. 28, 2016

MRW Vol. 1 (Green book)- Unit 3, practices 16 and 17 (pgs. 123-125)

LYSK (Purple book)- Part 1 (Parts of Speech), paragraph exercise (pg. 32).

 

 

Monday: Feb. 1, 2016

MRW Vol. 1 (Green book)- Unit 3, practices 18, 19, and 20 (pgs. 126-128)

LYSK (Purple book)- Part 1 (Adjectives and Adverbs), exercises 1 and 2 (pg. 36 and 37).

Tuesday: Feb. 2, 2016

MRW Vol. 1 (Green book)- Unit 3, practices 21 and 22 (pgs. 128-130)

LYSK (Purple book)- Part 1 (Adjectives and Adverbs), exercises 3 and 4 (pg. 37-38).

Wednesday: Feb. 3, 2016

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Thurs: Feb. 4, 2016

MRW Vol. 1 (Green book)- Unit 3, practices 23 and application #2 (pg. 132)

LYSK (Purple book)- Part 1 (Adjectives and Adverbs), exercises 5 and proofreading (pgs. 38-39)

Fri: Feb. 5, 2016

MRW Vol. 1 (Green book)- Unit 3, practices 26 and 27 (pg. 138)

LYSK (Purple book)- Part 1 (contractions) exercises 1 and 2 (pgs. 41-42)

 

 

Monday: Feb. 8, 2016

MRW Vol. 1 (Green book)- Unit 3, practices 28, 29, and 30 (pgs. 139-142) **Write out #30!!**

LYSK (Purple book)- Part 1 (contractions) exercises 3 and 4 (pgs. 43-44) **Cross out #5 in exercise 4**

Tuesday: Feb. 9, 2016

MRW Vol. 1 (Green book)- Unit 3, practices 31 and the application. (pg. 143) **Label each part of app**

LYSK (Purple book)- Part 1 (contractions) exercise 5 and proofreading exercise (pgs. 44-45)

Contact: Brianna.Smith@tvcs.org

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