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    Classes I am teaching this school year:

    • English 11 Honors, English 9 Honors, English 9, and English 11

    Extra Help Afternoon:

    • Monday, but if a student asks, I'm just about always available during my prep time or after school Monday through Thursday.

    Email: hshader@eriesd.org

     

    Here's what's happening this week in my classes:

     

    English 11 Honors

    10/15/19

    Learning Target

    • Today’s learning will focus on writing a first draft of the ELA Writing Task.
    1. Success Criterion #1: I can identify passages from my sources highly relevant to subject categories in my preliminary outline.
    2. Success Criterion #2: I can work this content into my draft using quotation, paraphrase, and summary.

     

             Do Now: Compare your homework with a partner. Look for similarities and differences.

             Vocabulary test make-up/re-take reminder

             Quote Sandwich, Mr. Shader’s Writing Assignment Guidelines, and Informational/Explanatory Writing Rubric overview

             LDC ELA Dust Bowl Writing Task drafting

     

    Homework: Complete your 1st draft.

    Deadline for the LDC ELA Writing Task final draft:

    Monday, October 21, by 6 PM (email or OneDrive).

     

     

    Sample Passage:

                Perhaps the earliest causes of the Dust Bowl were a combination of low farm prices and “new mechanized farming techniques”. Farmers had to plow more land—5 million acres—to make profits, so much of the land in the Midwest was not covered with the “natural drought-resistant grasses” that were usually there (Trimarchi 1).

     

     

    10/17/19

    Learning Target

    Today’s learning will focus on revising and proofing my ELA Writing Task.

    1. Success Criterion #1: I can rearrange content to reflect better organization.
    2. Success Criterion #2: I can revise my sentences to express my ideas more concisely and clearly.
    3. Success Criterion #3: I can correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, and capitalization errors.

     

             Do Now: Compare your homework with a partner. Look for similarities and differences.

             B day only: Health Fair in gym at 9:12

             Outline to draft modeling, revision review as per need.

             ELA Writing Task revision/proofing

     

    Homework: Continue ELA Writing Task drafting, revising/proofing

    Deadline for the ELA Writing Task final draft:

    Monday, October 21, by 6 PM (email or OneDrive).

     

     

    English 9 Honors

    10/11/19 or 10/15/19 (No 4A on 10/10 due to pep assembly)

    Learning Targets

    • I can analyze important plot details in a piece of fiction.
    • I can identify important character traits in a piece of fiction.
    • I can identify examples of imagery and the literary terms used to convey them (epithet, epic simile, personification, etc.)
    • I can describe examples tone in an excerpt of literature.
    • I can identify theme(s) of an excerpt of literature.
    • I can identify content related to the ELA writing task.

     

             Do Now: Share your homework with a partner. How similar were your responses? Identify at least 1 thing different from yours and add it to your notes.  If you didn’t do the homework, write what you think is most important about your partner’s homework.

     

             Do Now discussion

     

    Homework: Review the writing task and find a/another significant character trait or plot detail you could use in your essay.  You could also use Penelope for this!  Extra credit: Write a hypothetical sentence with a direct quote from The Odyssey that could appear in your essay.

     

    Example: One of Odysseus’s most important heroic qualities is his faithfulness to his people.  He shows this after he has resisted Circe’s power.  He refuses to enjoy the feast her maidens set for him and says, “Circe, where is the captain who could bear to touch this banquet, in my place?  A decent man would see his company before him first.”  Odysseus then tells Circe she can put him in the mood to eat by “freeing my companions”, so she transforms them back—from pigs into men.  For the next year, Odysseus’s men enjoy the same things he does on Circe’s island because he is an unselfish leader.

     

             Complete actively reading “The Odyssey”.

                         Trace plot & characterization details

             Predict (and the other 5 active reading strategies, especially…)

             Visualize (describe examples of imagery)

                           

             A very cool summary video

             Writing Task discussion

     

    Homework: Review the writing task and find a/another significant character trait or plot detail you could use in your essay.  You could also use Penelope for this!  Extra credit: Write a hypothetical sentence with a direct quote from The Odyssey that could appear in your essay.

     

     

    10/16/19 (B day only)

    Learning Target: Today’s learning will also focus upon a movie version of The Odyssey.

    • Success Criterion 1: I can identify significant similarities and differences between the epic poem and the movie.
    • Success Criterion 2: I can describe the differences between the epic poem and the movie.
    • Success Criterion 3: I can find passages in the epic poem that are similar to the movie.

     

             The Odyssey Active Viewing: Write examples of success criteria #2 and #3 throughout the block.  See the Active Viewing Guide for examples.

     

     

    10/17 or 10/18/19

    Learning Targets

    • Today’s learning will focus on the excerpts of The Odyssey we have read, especially the important plot details and cultural significance as they pertain to the ELA Writing Task.
      • Success Criterion #1: Finding passages that can be used in the Writing Task.
      • Success Criterion #2: Being able to explain how those passages show the ancient Greeks’ beliefs about heroism.

     

             Do Now: Discuss your homework with a partner.  Write at least one detail from your partner’s work.

             Vocabulary test make-up/re-take reminder

             LDC ELA Greek Heroism Writing Task review:

    How did Ancient Greece shape the traditional heroic identity?  After reading The Odyssey and informational texts, write an essay in which you define and describe heroism in ancient Greece and explain how Odysseus exemplifies the traditional Greek hero?  Support your discussion with evidence from the text/s.

     

             The Writing Process, Thesis Statement, Quote Sandwich, Mr. Shader’s Writing Assignment Guidelines, and Informational/Explanatory Writing Rubric overview

             Greek Heroism Writing Task prewriting modeling/guided practice

     

    Homework: Fill up at least a page of prewriting.

     

     

     

     

    Odysseus tells the cyclops his name is “Nohbdy”. 

    This was smart because Polyphemus can’t snitch. When the other Cyclopes asked him what’s wrong later, he roars, “Nohbdy’s tricked me, Nohbdy’s ruined me!” and they thought he was being hurt by the gods.

    Greeks’ Heroic qualities: intelligence, good leadership by keeping cool in bad conditions.

     

    • Introduction
    1. Thesis statement
    2. Ancient Greeks’ ideas of heroism
    3. Odyssey summary
      • Body
        • Heroic quality #1: Intelligence
          • Example #1: Odysseus and the Cyclops
          • Example #2: Odysseus and the suitors
        • Heroic quality #2: Power to resist temptation, Faithfulness
          • Example #1: The Lotus Eaters
          • Example #2: Odysseus and Circe
      • Conclusion

     

    Odysseus tells the cyclops his name is “Nohbdy”. 

    This was smart because Polyphemus can’t snitch. When the other Cyclopes asked him what’s wrong later, he roars, “Nohbdy’s tricked me, Nohbdy’s ruined me!” and they thought he was being hurt by the gods.

    Greeks’ Heroic qualities: intelligence, good leadership by keeping cool in bad conditions.

     

    First and foremost, the ancient Greeks thought Odysseus’s intelligence was his most impressive quality.  He shows this in his encounter with Polyphemus, the Cyclops.  He had a complicated plan to defeat him. Some of the things he did was sharpen a big stick, get the Cyclops drunk, and tell him his name was “Nohbdy”.  After Odysseus and his men blind Polyphemus with the stick and the other Cyclopes asked him what’s wrong, he roars “Nohbdy’s tricked me, Nohbdy’s ruined me!” so they naturally assumed he was being hurt by the gods, and they could not do anything about it.  This shows Odysseus was great at strategy, which takes a lot of intelligence.  He’s also an excellent leader because he kept his cool and was able to plan things in bad conditions.

     

     

    10/21 or 10/22/18

    Learning Targets

    • Today’s learning will focus on writing a first draft of the ELA Writing Task.
      • Success Criterion #1: I can identify passages from my sources highly relevant to subject categories in my preliminary outline.
      • Success Criterion #2: I can work this content into my draft using quotation, paraphrase, and summary.

     

             Do Now: Compare your homework to a partner’s. Look for similarities and differences.

             Prompt/Thesis/Preliminary Outline to Drafting modeling, discussion as per need

             The remainder of time will be used for drafting/revising the ELA Writing Task.

     

    Homework: Complete your first draft.

     

     

     

    English 9

    10/16/19

    Learning Target: Today’s learning will also focus upon a movie version of The Odyssey.

    • Success Criterion 1: I can identify significant similarities and differences between the epic poem and the movie.
    • Success Criterion 2: I can describe the differences between the epic poem and the movie.
    • Success Criterion 3: I can find passages in the epic poem that are similar to the movie.

     

             The Odyssey Active Viewing: Write examples of success criteria #2 and #3 throughout the block.  See the Active Viewing Guide for examples.

     

     

    10/18/19

    Learning Targets

    • Today’s learning will focus on the excerpts of The Odyssey we have read, especially the important plot details and cultural significance as they pertain to the ELA Writing Task.
      • Success Criterion #1: Finding passages that can be used in the Writing Task.
      • Success Criterion #2: Being able to explain how those passages show the ancient Greeks’ beliefs about heroism.

     

             Do Now: Discuss your homework with a partner.  Write at least one detail from your partner’s work.

             Vocabulary test make-up/re-take reminder

             LDC ELA Greek Heroism Writing Task review:

    How did Ancient Greece shape the traditional heroic identity?  After reading The Odyssey and informational texts, write an essay in which you define and describe heroism in ancient Greece and explain how Odysseus exemplifies the traditional Greek hero?  Support your discussion with evidence from the text/s.

     

             The Writing Process, Thesis Statement, Quote Sandwich, Mr. Shader’s Writing Assignment Guidelines, and Informational/Explanatory Writing Rubric overview

             Greek Heroism Writing Task prewriting modeling/guided practice

     

    Homework: Fill up at least a page of prewriting.

     

     

    Odysseus tells the cyclops his name is “Nohbdy”. 

    This was smart because Polyphemus can’t snitch. When the other Cyclopes asked him what’s wrong later, he roars, “Nohbdy’s tricked me, Nohbdy’s ruined me!” and they thought he was being hurt by the gods.

    Greeks’ Heroic qualities: intelligence, good leadership by keeping cool in bad conditions.

     

    1. Introduction
    1. Thesis statement
    2. Ancient Greeks’ ideas of heroism
    3. Odyssey summary
      1. Body
        • Heroic quality #1: Intelligence
          • Example #1: Odysseus and the Cyclops
          • Example #2: Odysseus and the suitors
        • Heroic quality #2: Power to resist temptation, Faithfulness
          • Example #1: The Lotus Eaters
          • Example #2: Odysseus and Circe
      2. Conclusion

     

    Odysseus tells the cyclops his name is “Nohbdy”. 

    This was smart because Polyphemus can’t snitch. When the other Cyclopes asked him what’s wrong later, he roars, “Nohbdy’s tricked me, Nohbdy’s ruined me!” and they thought he was being hurt by the gods.

    Greeks’ Heroic qualities: intelligence, good leadership by keeping cool in bad conditions.

     

    First and foremost, the ancient Greeks thought Odysseus’s intelligence was his most impressive quality.  He shows this in his encounter with Polyphemus, the Cyclops.  He had a complicated plan to defeat him. Some of the things he did was sharpen a big stick, get the Cyclops drunk, and tell him his name was “Nohbdy”.  After Odysseus and his men blind Polyphemus with the stick and the other Cyclopes asked him what’s wrong, he roars “Nohbdy’s tricked me, Nohbdy’s ruined me!” so they naturally assumed he was being hurt by the gods, and they could not do anything about it.  This shows Odysseus was great at strategy, which takes a lot of intelligence.  He’s also an excellent leader because he kept his cool and was able to plan things in bad conditions.

     

     

    10/22/18

    Learning Targets

    • Today’s learning will focus on writing a first draft of the ELA Writing Task.
      • Success Criterion #1: I can identify passages from my sources highly relevant to subject categories in my preliminary outline.
      • Success Criterion #2: I can work this content into my draft using quotation, paraphrase, and summary.

     

             Do Now: Compare your homework to a partner’s. Look for similarities and differences.

             Prompt/Thesis/Preliminary Outline to Drafting modeling, discussion as per need

             The remainder of time will be used for drafting/revising the ELA Writing Task.

     

    Homework: Complete your first draft.

     

     

     

    English 11

    All juniors are scheduled to take the PSAT.  If any students are in this class on this date, they will be assigned this alternate activity:

    10/16/19

    Learning Target

    • I can actively view The Grapes of Wrath and find important content related to the writing task.

     

        Do Now: Read the quote in this Grapes of Wrath movie poster.  Write at least one sentence about what you think it means.

        Do Now discussion

        The Grapes of Wrath active viewing

     

     

     

     

    10/18/19

    Learning Target

    • Today’s learning will focus on writing a first draft of the ELA Writing Task.
      • Success Criterion #1: I can identify passages from my sources highly relevant to subject categories in my preliminary outline.
      • Success Criterion #2: I can work this content into my draft using quotation, paraphrase, and summary.

     

             Do Now: Compare your homework with a partner. Look for similarities and differences.

             Vocabulary test make-up/re-take reminder

             Quote Sandwich, Mr. Shader’s Writing Assignment Guidelines, and Informational/Explanatory Writing Rubric overview

             LDC ELA Dust Bowl Writing Task drafting

     

    Homework: Complete your 1st draft.

    Deadline for the LDC ELA Writing Task final draft:

    Friday, October 25, by 6 PM (email or OneDrive).

     

     

    Sample Passage:

                Perhaps the earliest causes of the Dust Bowl were a combination of low farm prices and “new mechanized farming techniques”. Farmers had to plow more land—5 million acres—to make profits, so much of the land in the Midwest was not covered with the “natural drought-resistant grasses” that were usually there (Trimarchi 1).

     

     

    10/22/19

    Learning Target

    Today’s learning will focus on revising and proofing my ELA Writing Task.

    • Success Criterion #1: I can rearrange content to reflect better organization.
    • Success Criterion #2: I can revise my sentences to express my ideas more concisely and clearly.
    • Success Criterion #3: I can correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, and capitalization errors.

     

             Do Now: Compare your homework with a partner. Look for similarities and differences.

             B day only: Health Fair in gym at 9:12

             Outline to draft modeling, revision review as per need.

             ELA Writing Task revision/proofing

     

    Homework: Continue ELA Writing Task drafting, revising/proofing

    Deadline for the ELA Writing Task final draft:

    Friday, October 25, by 6 PM (email or OneDrive).