The Daily Agenda: Block 5

Semester 2

Wednesday May 16
Big Question:
  • What is "literature"?
Agenda:
  1. Announcements, class business
  2. Final projects
  3. Watch animated examples
Homework:
  1. Project due May 31
  2. Final exam June 4

Tuesday May 15
Big Question:
  • What is "literature"?
Agenda:
  1. Some vocab
    • didantic
    • aesthetic
    • mimetic
    • discourse
  2. 3-minute write
  3. "What is literature?" and "How To Tell a True War Story"
  4. Short Film-The Substitute by Andrea Jublin
Homework:
  1. Bring in charts (tomorrow is the absolute last day)


Monday April 30
Essential Question:
  • What are the elements of an effective AP Lang synthesis and rhetorical analysis essay?
Learning Goal:
  • Analyze AP essays using the language of the rubric
Agenda:
  1. Students will complete their charts reviewing major works
  2. They make (?) use textbooks (?)


Friday April 27
Prose Analysis
Objective:
  • Choose a character who appears briefly, or not at all, but is nonetheless "significant" and show how the character functions in the work as a whole

This assesses your ability to:
  • Write a well-organized essay
  • Choose an appropriate work
  • Use knowledge of a range of literary works


Thursday April 26
Prose Analysis
Objective:
  • Analyze how Petry uses literary devices to establish the relationship between Lutie Johnson and the urban setting
Write Well:
  • Control elements of composition
  • Develop strong central idea
  • Create coherent units of analysis
What's being assessed:
Ability to:
  • Read closely
  • Analyze the relationship between character and setting
  • Explore author's use of literary devices to contribute to the richness of textual meaning


Wednesday April 25
Prose Analysis
Objectives:
  • Compare and contrast two poems
  • Analyze the significance of dark and night in each
  • analyze such elements as point of view, imagery, and structure
Purpose
  • Test students' analytical and interpretive skills
  • Requires a high level of critical thinking
To do well you need to:
  • Organize coherently
  • Explain clearly
  • Use precise diction
  • Support with apt references

Friday April 20
  • Start works studied summary

Thursday April 19
The Birds
  • Answer questions 1-5
  • Is the end an acceptable conclusion?
  • Does it qualify as literature? As a classic?


Wednesday April 18
Big Questions"
  • Continue questions from yesterday (sound, motifs, criticisms)
  • What are the events/conflicts that mark the plot of The Birds?
  • What causes the bird problem?


Tuesday April 17
Big Questions:
  • What is the effect of sound on meaning in The Birds?
  • What motifs are important in The Birds?
  • What type of literary criticism would be most accurate in analyzing The Birds?


Tuesday April 10
Big Question:
  • How would you stage Six Characters in Search of an Author today?
Agenda:
  1. Read brief Pirandello biography + an overview of Six Characters in Search of an Author
  2. Begin reading S.C.S.A.
Homework:
  1. Novel Project

Wednesday April 4
Agenda:
  1. Finish reading The Republic, Plato, Book 3


Tuesday April 3
Agenda:
  1. Turn in:
    • Novel summary
    • symbols>motifs>themes
  2. The Republic, Plato, Book 3
Homework:
  1. Novel summary due to turnitin.com by midnight
  2. Novel project
  3. Job
  4. Open-ended question on The Pillowman Thursday

Monday April 2
Big Question:
  • How does a symbol McDonagh uses in The Pillow Man relate to the work as a whole?
Agenda:
  1. Find at least: 3 symbols, 2 motifs, 1 theme (see notes from today)
Homework:
  1. Finish class assignment-discussion tomorrow
  2. Summary due tomorrow in class AND to turnitin.com before midnight
    • # 4739293
    • password: block5

Friday March 30
Big Question:
  • What are the major symbols>motifs>themes in Act Three of The Pillow Man?
Agenda:
  1. Group dramatic readings: Act 2 and 3 The Pillow Man
Homework:
  1. Group dramatic readings
  2. Post your answers to the Big Question on the pillowman page
  3. Novel summary due AND to turnitin.com

Thursday March 29
Big Question:
  • What are the major symbols>motifs>themes in Act Two of The Pillow Man?
Agenda:
  1. Group dramatic readings: Act 2 The Pillow Man
Homework:
  1. Group dramatic readings
  2. Post your answers to the Big Question on the pillowman page

Wednesday March 28
Big Question:
  • What are the major symbols>motifs>themes of The Pillow Man?
Agenda:
  1. Group dramatic readings: Act I The Pillow Man
  2. NEXT CLASS: Talk about what you wrote down for Act I
Homework:
  1. Group dramatic readings
  2. Reading journal #2 due tomorrow

Tuesday March 27
Learning Goals:
  • Analysis of drama
  • Evaluation of significance
Big Question:
  • What are the most significant parts of The Pillow Man?
Agenda:
  1. Select The Pillow Man scenes for reading and assign roles
Homework:
  1. Reading Journal #2 due Thursday



Friday March 16
Agenda:
  1. Samples and rubric "The Other Paris" (2003 Q2)
  2. Open-ended HoD samples and rubrics (2010 and 2004 Q3)
  3. The Pillow Man
Homework over break:
  1. Read The Pillow Man

Thursday March 8
Big Question:
  • Do certain works lend themselves to particular critical approaches?
Agenda:
1. Read T.S. Elliot's "The Hollow Men"
2. Research a variety of critical responses to the poem (on your own and /or using other criticisms)
3. Write a unified, well-written essay that compares two approaches
Homework:
  1. due: end of class 3/9/12; has to be handwritten
OR
  1. Research one approach and post info on the wiki, then finish on Monday

Tuesday March 6
Learning Goal:
  • Apply a specific critical approach to "The Lottery"

Monday March 5
Agenda:
  1. Read "The Lottery" (Shirley Jackson)
    • Read by and commentary: A.M. Homes
  2. Application of critical approaches

Friday March 2
Big Question:
  • If you are one of these critical persuasions, what is your argument on the significance of "To His Coy Mistress"?
Agenda:
  1. Fishbowl Group 1 and 2 - who is most correct? Where and why is there consensus/disagreement?
    • Approaches:
      1. Moral/Philosophical
      2. Historical/Biographical
      3. Formalist
      4. Psychological/Psychoanalytical
      5. Mythological/Archetypal
      6. Feminist/Gender studies
      7. Cultural/Post-colonial
Homework:
  1. If you didn't have a chance to speak, upload your notes or create a visual representation of the discussion

Thursday March 1
Agenda:
  1. Finish "To His Coy Mistress" analysis
    1. Read critical approaches and context (packet and Bedford)
    2. Be able to speak for one of them tomorrow
Homework:
  1. Finish classwork

Wednesday February 29
To check your expected passing chances on the AP Literature exam (and any others) by using your PSAT score:
http://www.collegeboard.com/counselors/app/expectancy.html
Agenda:
  1. Choose your novel
  2. "To His Coy Mistress" and critical approaches (in the packet and Bedford)
Homework:
  1. Start reading your novel

Monday February 27
Learning Goal:
  • Get a complete understanding of major concepts in HoD
Agenda:
  1. Review of Perfect Possession of a work - handout from King Lear
  2. At least:
    1. 2 major characters (and text details)
    2. 2 different settings
    3. map the plot
    4. 2 motifs
    5. 2 theses
Homework:
  1. open-ended question tomorrow
  2. choose a book by Wednesday for AP Literature Novel Project
  3. bring in your HoD books!!

Wednesday February 22
Big Question:
  • What form of critical analysis is most valid?
Learning Goal:
  • Analyze literature using varying critical approaches
Agenda:
  1. Finish Wall-E
  2. Finish researching philosophy behind assigned critical approach
  3. Apply to an example from Hod or Wall-E
Homework:
  1. Finish classwork: due Monday
  2. Bring HoD book Monday

Tuesday February 21
Big Question:
  • What is the correct way to determine meaning in text?
Learning Goal:
  • Analyze literature using varying critical approaches
Agenda:
  1. Apply initial definitions of critical approaches to Wall-E or HoD
  2. Assign critical approaches
Homework:
  1. Know your critical approach

Friday February 17
Big Question:
  • Is "Fiesta Friday" racist?
Learning Goal:
  • Reflect on cultural implications of text
Agenda:
  1. Fiesta!!!
Homework:
  1. Bring in your HoD book

Thursday February 16
Big Question:
  • Have you written analysis (do this) or paraphrase (not this)?
Learning Goal:
  • write a mature, well-written literary analysis
Agenda:
  1. analysis essay
Homework:
  1. Tomorrow is FIESTA FRIDAY

Thursday February 9
Agenda:
  1. Get back Captain Macwhirr analysis essays
  2. Decorate!
Homework:
  1. EXTRA CREDIT: rhetorical precis for Achebe's critical essay
  2. Analysis essay tomorrow
  3. Critical essay rhetorical precis due Friday
  4. Decide on party plan - goal is next Friday


Wednesday February 8
Big Question:
  • What is your favorite sentence in HoD and why?
Agenda:
  1. Answer big question - give three reasons:
      1. Based on a textual element
      2. Based on an idea or concept
      3. Your choice
Homework:
  1. EXTRA CREDIT: rhetorical precis for Achebe's critical essay
  2. Go over previous analysis essay tomorrow
  3. Analysis essay Friday
  4. Critical essay rhetorical precis due Friday
  5. Decide on party plan - goal is next Friday

Tuesday February 7
Big Question:
  • What critical approach do you most use when reading literature?
Learning goals:
  • Critical approaches to literature
  • Prose (and some poetry) analysis
Agenda:
  1. Midterm remediation and DENJ
Homework:
  1. EXTRA CREDIT: rhetorical precis for Achebe's critical essay
  2. Open-ended on Thursday
  3. Critical essay rhetorical precis due Friday

Monday February 6
Big Question:
  • What critical approach do you most use when reading literature?
Learning goals:
  • Critical approaches to literature
  • Prose (and some poetry) analysis
Agenda:
  1. Past AP practice is always available in your folders. You should be doing other AP practice as well.
  2. Collect Achebe HoD critical essay response
  3. Choose your next one
  4. Midterm remediation
Homework:
  1. EXTRA CREDIT: rhetorical precis for Achebe's critical essay
  2. Open-ended on Thursday
  3. Critical essay rhetorical precis due Friday

Friday February 3
Big question:
  • Why are we reading so much?
Agenda:
  1. Turn in analysis
  2. Read Chinua Achebe's "An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad's Heart of Darkness" (pages 251-262)
    • Note thesis, arguments, and subarguments
    • Respond to central arguments in 2-3 paragraphs
Homework:
  1. Finish classwork

Thursday February 2
Big questions:
  • How do elements of prose contribute to meaning?
Goal:
  • Read and analyze literature
Agenda:
  1. MC (same passage as yesterday)
  2. Revise prose analysis
Homework:
  1. Finish prose analysis and staple to front of essay
  2. Tomorrow : bring HoD book - start using supplementary materials and schools of criticism (historical)

Wednesday February 1
Big questions:
  • How do elements of prose contribute to meaning?
Goal:
  • Read and analyze literature
Agenda:
  1. In-class write: prose analysis
Homework:
  1. Post HoD connections, notes, and links on the wiki

Tuesday January 31
Big questions:
  • What does Marlow learn from his journey?
  • What strategies does Conrad use to convey the ideas in section II of HoD?
Goal:
  • Read and analyze literature
Agenda:
  1. Listen to HoD audio pages 70 ("and, said he,") - END
  2. Assign visuals
Homework:
  1. Visuals
  2. Post HoD connections, notes, and links on the wiki
  3. Assignment- prose analysis passage to Heart of Darkness Analysis
  4. Wednesday: prose analysis in-class write

Monday January 30
Big question:
  • What is the plot structure of Heart of Darkness?
Goal:
  • Read and analyze literature
Agenda:
  1. Discuss prose analysis prep for Wednesday:
    • chose a piece of text from HoD (2-5 paragraphs)
    • do an analysis-HOW does conrad achieve his purpose? WHAT is it? WHY?
  2. Listen to HoD audio pages 59 ("now, if he does not") - 70 ("its territories")
  3. Assign visuals
Homework:
  1. Visuals
  2. Post HoD connections, notes, and links on the wiki
  3. Assignment- prose analysis prep
  4. Wednesday: prose analysis in-class write

Friday January 27
Big question:
  • What is the plot structure of Heart of Darkness?
Goal:
  • Read and analyze literature
Agenda:
  1. Listen to HoD audio pages 47 ("with one hand") - 59 ("attentive immobility")
  2. Assign visuals
Homework:
  1. Visuals
  2. Post HoD connections, notes, and links on the wiki
  3. Next week: prose analysis in-class write

Thursday January 26
Big question:
  • What is the significance of Conrad's description of the Belgian operations?
Learning goals:
  • Read and analyze prose
Agenda
  1. Listen to HoD audio pages 40-47 ("from him")
  2. Assign visuals
Homework:
  1. Work on wiki! (Contribute something by Friday January 27)
  2. Visual assignment

Wednesday January 25
Big question:
  • What is the significance of Conrad's description of the Belgian operations?
Learning goals:
  • Read and analyze prose
Agenda
  1. Take a "field trip"
  2. Discuss wiki, seating arrangements (vote), what to do with the back wall
  3. Listen to HoD audio pages 35-40 ("extravagant mystery")
  4. Assign visuals
  5. Rearrange seats - will be kept as "D" for two weeks, then switch to "A" for two weeks
Homework:
  1. Work on wiki! (Contribute something by Friday January 27)
  2. Visual assignment

Tuesday January 24
Big question:
  • What is the significance of Conrad's description of the Belgian operations?
Learning goals:
  • Read and analyze prose
Agenda
  1. Discuss jobs, wiki, ideas for improving in-class activities
  2. Listen to HoD audio pages 29-34 [changed to include checks for understanding]
  3. Assign visuals
Homework:
  1. Work on wiki!
  2. Visual assignment


Monday January 23
Big question:
  • What is the significance of Conrad's description of the Belgian operations?
Learning goals:
  • Read and analyze prose
Agenda
  1. Discuss wiki and jobs
  2. Listen to HoD audio pages 17-28
  3. Assign visuals
Homework:
  1. Work on wiki!
  2. Visual assignment

Friday January 20
Agenda
  1. Re-listen to HoD audio from Thursday
Homework
  1. Finish re-reading HoD up to page 18
  2. Update the wiki!

Thursday January 19
Big Question:
  • Why read literature?
Agenda
  1. Handout "Evey page of Moby Dick Illustrated"
  2. Discuss Heart of Darkness assignment
  3. Listen to Heart of Darkness audio - pages 7-18
Homework
  1. Illustrate assigned page

Wednesday January 18
Big Question:
  • How do you learn best?
  • How should we approach Heart of Darkness?
Agenda:
  1. Class discussion - How should we structure the second nine weeks?


Tuesday, January 17
Big Question:
  • What makes a story interesting?
  • Why would Mrs. Cohen want to read your story?
Learning Goals:
  • Write for a variety of purposes
  • Write creative compositions
Agenda
  1. Poem of the day
  2. Collect APC for the swimmer
  3. Work on jobs/job clarification
  4. Work on short stories
HOMEWORK:
  1. Original short story due Wednesday in class AND to turnitin.com




Welcome to the Daily Agenda! Here you will find valuable information on assignments and their due dates as well as activities we have covered on specific dates for our 2011-2012 5th block literature class. My goal is to keep everyone informed of what they must do on a daily basis. I know that if we all work together and share information with one another about things such as our agenda, we can all do great and have a wonderful, less stressful, year. - Evan Dilican pronounced Dill-ihh-jon

August 25: 1. Do visualization of objectives.
2. Go over movie poem assignment, which is due 8/31/11.
3. Watch "The Daffodils" and read "Queen Anne's Lace."
Homework: Start movie assignment for the visualization of "Queen Anne's Lace."

August 26: 1. Finish visual objectives!
2. Go over more of the movie poem assignment.
3. Discuss the upcoming assessments.

August 29-30: 1. Pick up handout and read "The Great Figure."
2. Watch video clips on poems.
3. Make an analysis for "The Red Wheelbarrow."

August 31: 1. Turn in "Queen Anne's Lace" visuals and the analysis of "The Red Wheelbarrow."
2. Multiple Choice Pre-Test.

September 1: 1. Watch "Queen Anne's Lace" visuals.
2. Fishbowl: "This is just to say."

September 2: 1. Write poetry. (40 minutes of time to do this.)

September 6: 1. Catch up on "A Poem A Day."
2. Essays returned. (The "Writing Poetry" done on the 2nd.)
3. Figurative language hunt: "A Dream Deferred."
Homework: Finish #3 and obtain a notebook.

September 7-8: 1. Finish discussing "Crossing the Swamp" essays.
2. Go over AP Multiple Choice.
3. Group up for an AP Multiple Choice!

September 9: 1. Turn in revisions of "Crossing the Swamp."
2. "A Dream Deferred" checked.
3. Poem of the Day
4. Analzing poetry techniques: Practice "A Dream Deferred" and "How to Begin."
Homework: Read a poetry packet that was handed out on this date.

September 12: 1. Poem of the Day
2. Collect/ Check Homework
3. Journal Response: Choose either "Sept 1, 1939" or "Sailing to Byzantium". You must defend, challenge, or qualify a main argument that the poet makes.

September 13: 1. Poem of the Day
2. Clickers!
3. Collect response on "September 1, 1939" or "Sailing to Byzantium."
4. Paraphrase the poem "Mowing."
Homework: Finish paraphrasing "Mowing" in your own words.

September 14: 1. Poem of the Day
2. Meter: Examples and practice.
3. "Annabel Lee": Scansion
Homework: Finish the "Annabel Lee" scansion.

September 15: 1. Poem of the Day
2. Meter: Examples and Practice.

September 16: 1. Poem of the Day
2. Check "Annabel Lee."
3. "Because I Could Not Stop for Death"
Homework: Do a scansion of "Because I Could Not Stop for Death" and also find its main idea, any devices it uses, and its purpose.

September 19-20: 1. Collect 3-4 sentences a.k.a the analysis of "Because I Could Not Stop for Death."
2. Poem of the Day
3. Do: Robert Frost's "Stopping by..." You must read and analyze it.
Homework: Read "Art" and study your poetic terms because there will be a quiz on Friday!!!
September 21: 1. Poem of the Dat
2. Concept for rubric for Frost activity.
Homework: Finish analysis of 3 Frost poems.

September 22: 1. Poem of the Day
2. Quick write on "Art."
3. Discuss "Mending Wall" as a work of art!
Homework: Study your poetry terms for that quiz on Friday!

September 23: 1. Poem of the Day
2. Poetic devices quiz!!!
3. Talk about "Mending Wall."

September 26: 1. Poem of the Day
2. Create your own poem! :)

September 27: 1. Poem of the Day
2. Turn in/ share poem! :)
3. Do some preparation for comparative writing.
Homework: Practice for the essay we have coming up!

September 28: 1. Brief Q/A on prep for essay. (super brief) ;)
2. Do something physical and assessable for your job!

Our first nine weeks is coming to an end soon and so is this month! Great work everybody!

October 3: "Kubla Khan" questions: Use complete sentences!
1. What are the chief images, features, and characteristics?
2. What was the purpose of Colridge's description of the landscape? (Think about the transition from the sunny pleasure dome (with caves of ice?!) to the damsel with a dulcimer, and then go on to the end of the poem.)
3. What features of theme, tone, grammar, form, and imagery characterize this transition?
P.S.: A dulcimer is a stringed musical instrument. Hope that helps a bit!

October 4: Create a poetry unit review guide for our wiki and add lots of stuff to it!

October 5: Continue work on our wiki and add any information you can that would benefit us. :)

October 6: Keep working on that review guide!

October 7: Add some more ideas to our wiki people! It's coming along nicely!

October 10-12: Work together to compare the "Eros" poems.

October 13-14: Go over poem packet.

October 17: Go over multiple choice poems.

October 18: 1. Poem of the Day
2. Justify your answers for the second poem of the poem packet, the MC one.

October 19: Continue your justification!!!

October 20: Do your own poem of choice from the packet. (Justifiction- wise that is.)

Woot! Great job on the first nine weeks all! Time to start a new chapter!

October 24-27:
1. Poem of the Day
2. Read King Lear while viewing the play.

October 28:
1. Poem of the Day
2. Analysis for Act 1 of King Lear. (You have four choices on what you can do!!!)
3. "Reading Check" + continue reading Act 2.
Homework: Make a visualization of any scene from Act 1 or Act 2. Be creative! There's no limit to creativity!
P.S.: Some extra credit work has been given to us! Among these are making a visualization of the poem, Cartoon Physics Part 1, dressing as a King Lear character on Halloween (for class that is!), and also reading "A Thousand Acres."
Here's the poem link:
http://www.loc.gov/poetry/180/038.html

Hope that helps! :)

October 31: 1. Poem of the Day
2. View more of the Lear play and do some questions.
STUDY!!! There will be a quiz Friday on Act 1 and 2 of Lear!!! Do the questions because you can use them as a source on the quiz!!! Btw... HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

November 1: View Lear and continue everything from yesterday.

November 2-3: 1. Read and answer Act 1 questions while watching the play, as well as Act 2 questions too!

November 4: Quiz time!!! Be ready!!!
November 7: Do Act 3 questions and view more of the play. (Wow lots of viewing lately...)

November 8: View Act 4 and answer questions!

November 9: Continue viewing till the end and keep answering those questions!

Wow we're all coming far into this whole thing. You're all doing great! Keep up the awsum work! (Yes I know it's "awesome", but I prefer "awsum".) ^.^

November 10: More question answering... hopefully we're all done!

November 14: 1.Questions, business (just talking about stuff)
2. Assignment of Lear roles because we're doing a play in class!
3. Practice and Planning... be scared! Just kidding!

November 15: Practice your Lear roles!

November 16: 1. Shakespeare's King Lear, "An Adress to the Actors"
2. Sample + Brief feedback
3. Reherse you role people!

November 17-18: Keep rehersing!

November 21-22: Be ready to do your acts! Hope you don't have stage freight! Bwahahaha!

Happy Thanksgiving too!!!!!!!!!

November 28: Practice for an upcoming write tomorrow.

November 29: Upcoming write day!!! :o

November 30: Practice for write if not taken yet!

December 1: Carnival fun!!! :)

December 2: Do the write and multiple choice thing if you haven't already done it!

December 5: Work on analysis for packet and also 4.7 Lear in packet.

December 6: Keep on working in the packet!

December 7: Watch the movie Ran. (awesome movie by the way!)

December 8: Continue Ran and all its epicness.

December 9: Finish Ran and do packet work.

December 12: 1. Review Eros poem comparisson process mkay?
2. Each person needs to create a plan for the front board mkay?
3. Execute, collectively that is, mkay?

December 13: Decorate the room for the holidays and with forms of analysis!

December 14: Continue decorating the room!!!

December 15: Work on an outline of a chapter in Lear, a character, and even on a similar work that reminds you of Lear. Like Ran!

December 16: Keep working on those outlines! Happy Friday!

Welcome back everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful break!

January 10: 1. Poem of the Day
2. "Bullet in the Brain"and "The Swimmer" read alongs with audio.

January 11: 1. Poem of the Day
2. Write a six-word stroy and present if you care to!
3. Analyze "Young Goodman Brown"
Homework: Write an original story that can later be analzyed. The story is only limited to your imagination... and the max 4,000 words with a 1,500 word minimum. Have fun! :D