Monday, November 30, 2015

Are you relaxed now?

Objective:  The students will read an example of a poem that would be a great theme for the life of a teenager and then complete their own.

1.  Get folders and lit books from back.
2.  WP # _______
3.  It's Raining in Love assignment.
4.  Complete your Theme Poem.  Due tomorrow.  Typed and ready to share.

Homework:  Outside reading.  Due January 15.  Worth 400 points to grade PLUS 250 for page total.

Must be close read:  100 points:
                                  Highlights and Annotations (60 points)
                                  Chapter End Notes (three per chapter) (30 points)
                                  Character Page (10 points)

                                  200 points for Written Report (Linked to

                                  100 point for Oral Question

Friday, November 20, 2015


Objective:  The students will complete their Theme poems.

1.  Turn in projects.

2.  Complete your poem.  What "statement about life" do you want to make as a sophomore at King?

3.  Type your poem.  Be sure the format is EXACTLY like the one that Hughes wrote.

4.  NO HOMEWORK for vacation.  Maybe relax and read.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Projects Tomorrow

Objective:  The students will discuss Langston Hughes' Theme and then write their own.

1.  Ger folders and the theme poem out.  Get a highlighter and pen ready.

2.  Discuss the elements of the poem.

3.  Write your own "Theme" for your life.  Must have an "issue" that you have and a clear statement that you want to make to society.  It's probably not going to be "black and white" like the sample.

4.  Type your poem.  It will look exactly like the original.  It will be titled "Theme for Honors Lit" and it will give Langston Hughes credit for the format.  

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Period 5: What is up with your folders! Still losing points!!!

Objective:  The students will complete the video and discuss what they think of this version vs the original novel that was read in class.

1.  Trial Discussion:

2.  Video completion

3.  Projects finalization:  How many groups will turn in a CD that doesn't play?

4.  Tomorrow:  Part II of Theme for Honors Lit.

5.  Projects Due.  NO LATE PROJECTS ACCEPTED.  You have had 9 weeks!

6.  Outside Book:  Got it yet?  Approved?  Started Reading?

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Look at my folder shelves!!! If your folder is just thrown in there, you may have lost some points today!

Objective:  The students will continue the movie version of Monte Criso as well as complete projects.

1.  Your folders are out of control!  And people are being SLOBS in here.  Stop leaving trash on the ground.  Stop leaving papers for me to pick up.   Have a little bit of school pride and stop being LAZY!

2.  Video.

3.  Projects.

4.  Outside Book Approval.  Remember I need to OK it before you read.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Last Week of Anything Monte CRisto

Objective:  The students will see the most recent adaptation of the Dumas classic.

1.  If you haven't taken the test.  Take it today.

2.  Projects:  Remember!!!  The CD MUST play your songs.  I WILL NOT LISTEN TO A FLASH DRIVE!!!!  IT MUST PLAY or it can't pass.


3.. Movie

Homework:  You need to get your outside book.  It needs to be approved by me EVEN IF IT IS ON THE LIST!!  When I write "OK" in it, then that means I approve it.

Friday, November 13, 2015

MC Final

Objective:  Pass

1.  Get scan from me and the test.

2.  Take the test.  Read the questions carefully.  There are NO MISSPELLED words.

3.  When you are done, scan it and bring the test and the scan to me.

4.  If you have the novel close read, bring it to me with the test.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Monte Cristo Review Game: ESPN's Around the Horn

Objective:  The students will play a game where they use their knowledge of the entire book to discuss Monte Cristo and earn points for their team.

SIT in any TEAM ROW that you want.

You can use any notes for this.  You can also take notes.  You CAN NOT use them on the test, but they may help you study for it.

1.  Teacher will bring up a topic.  Each group has 45 seconds to respond.  Each time someone says something SMART and EDUCATED, a point is earned.

Winning Group gets 20 points of EC.

Test tomorrow.

Monday, November 09, 2015

What Would Your Teme for Life Be?

Objective:  The students will read an example of a Theme Poem and complete a small analysis poster.

1.  Get folders.
2.  WP
3.  Notes
4.  Group Activity:  Theme for Honors Lit

Monte Cristo Reading:  Are you finished yet?  Who dies that makes the Count realize that he has gone too far?

Friday, November 06, 2015

First presentations in my class!! I grade VERY TOUGH! So be prepared.

Objective:  The students will present their stories to the other kids who didn't get a chance to read it.

Ten minutes for final preparations and to make sure everyone is on the same page.

The Bass, the River and Sheila Mant

Catch the Moon

This is a "formal" presentation.  Try to adhere to the "formal writing rules as much as possible:  Except maybe first person and contractions....

Homework:  Finish MC

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Half group presentation and Half Projects

Objective:  The students will finalize organization of tomorrow's story discussions and then work on the MC Projects.


1.  Group discussion work.

2.  MC Projects:  Due Dates

MC 300 Point Final:  Friday Nov. 13

Poster and CD:  Friday Nov. 20

Character Witness at the Count of Monte Cristo's Trial:  Thursday Nov. 19

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

I Hope to Give Out Lots of Extra Credit!!

Objective:  The students will try to earn extra credit by knowing details of Monte CRisto Chapters 51-60 that the teacher doesn't know.

1.  Put your Stump the Teacher Questions on your desk for me to look at.  PUT ALL PHONES AWAY.  If you have a phone out at all during the activity, you will not receive points.

2.  Quiz for participation.

3.  Game or Essay.

4.  Finish Monte Cristo on your own.  No assignments.  No questions.  Just read it by Next Wednesday (you have the day off).

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Stump the Teacher or Essay Tomorrow: Your Choice

Objective:  The students will prepare to teach their story to the other students.

1.  WP #23
2.  Notes
3.  Story Group Assignment
4.  Stump the Teacher Questions.  One paper.  2 questions with answers for each chapter.  Pass the quiz, you get to "play."  The quiz will be one question from any chapter that I choose (probably one of the later chapters like 59 or 60, but maybe not...)

Monday, November 02, 2015

Stump the Teacher in 3 days.... will you play or will your write (the 3 page essay)?

Objective:  The students will read the short story that they will present on Thursday's class.

1.  Get folders and lit books.  Get out your Stump the Teacher questions.  I want to see what you have done.  Remember, if you don't pass the Quiz, you will not get the chance for extra credit, and you will go into the other room and write an essay.
2.  WP #21
3.  Notes on Theme
4.  Story Assigning:  1 = Catch the Moon
                                  2 = The Bass. the River and Sheila Mant
5.  Read the story assigned to you.
6.  MC Stump the Teacher Questions.  You should be on Chapters 57-58.