Monday, October 3, 2016

Week of October 3rd

It's hard to believe that we are already beginning the month of October, yet here we are! The fall weather is settling in, days are getting shorter and even the Bloomsburg Fair is over! We are more than half way through the 1st marking period, so please be sure you are keeping up with your grades and turning everything in. Now is the time to turn your grade around if you are unhappy with it.

Honors English 9
Unit 1 Essential Question: What does it mean to be an American?

This week we are going to dive into our brand new literature textbooks for the first time. Please be sure to bring this textbook with you to class everyday this week.

We will start the week by reading 2 stories from Unit 1 and comparing them. We will answer questions like: How do the experiences of the authors differ? and What are their purposes?. We will also get into the habit of rooting answers in textual evidence by taking advantage of our workbook-style textbooks. Yes, we will be writing in the books! By Thursday we will have a much broader understanding of how to answer the unit's essential question. We will also be able to include A Separate Peace in discussions regarding American identity.

One major assignment of note for this week is your first test on the novel A Separate Peace. This test will be given on Friday. It will cover chapters 1 through 3 and will include essays.

Homework
Monday- A Separate Peace study guide questions for chapters 1 (should already be done) and 2
Tuesday- A Separate Peace study guide questions for chapter 3
Wednesday- A Separate Peace study guide questions for chapter 4
Thursday- Study for test on A Separate Peace chapters 1-4
Friday- Relax and read something you enjoy. You worked hard this week.


English 9
Unit 1 Essential Question: What does it mean to be an American?

We are pushing forward with The Outsiders this week, but we will also be incorporating excerpts and texts from our literature textbook. Please be sure to bring this textbook with you to class everyday this week. We will start the week by reading 2 stories from Unit 1 and comparing them. We will answer questions like: How do the experiences of the authors differ? and What are their purposes?. We will also get into the habit of rooting answers in textual evidence by taking advantage of our workbook-style textbooks. Yes, we will be writing in the books! By Thursday we will have a much broader understanding of how to answer the unit's essential question. We will also be able to include The Outsiders in discussions regarding American identity.

Homework
Monday- Review last week's vocabulary words. Don't forget them!
Tuesday- Answer questions for the except "The Immigrant Contribution" on pg. 29 of the textbook
Wednesday- Finish all questions, charts and character descriptions for chapter 1 on The Outsiders study guide
Thursday- Begin critical thinking questions on pg. 8 of your Outsiders study guide
Friday- Finish critical thinking questions on pg. 8 of your Outsiders study guide

Mythology
FIELD TRIP PAYMENT AND PERMISSION SLIPS FOR THE RENAISSANCE FAIRE ARE DUE THURSDAY! After that time, your seat on the bus will be made available to other students.

This week we are pushing forward through our Earliest Heroes myths. Last week we read the myth of Prometheus and Io, now this week we will read about Polyphemus and Europa. You will take a quiz on all of these myths on Wednesday.

Our next unit after this quiz will be student-driven. In other words, you will be assigned 2 myths which you and your group will research. You will then prepare a formal presentation to give to the class in order to teach your myths. You will also need to assess student learning by making and giving a quiz on your assigned myths. You will be given Thursday, Friday and Tuesday in class to research your myths. Presentations will take place the following week.

Homework
Monday- Finish worksheet for Io and Europa
Tuesday- Finish worksheet for Polyphemus. Study for quiz on Flower myths and all of the Earliest Heroes
Wednesday- BRING MONEY FOR FIELD TRIP
Thursday- Research myth
Friday- Research myth and prepare presentation

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