Weekly Assignments

Week of March 1 - 5

Note: On Friday, March 5, we will have Formative Friday!

English II will meet from 9-9:30 and English IV will meet from 10:20 - 10:50 on Google Meets. I'll be taking attendance. Looking forward to seeing your faces!

*** This is our last week of this Odd rotation before switching to Even on March 8. 

Students in English II AC and English IV will be working on:

English II AC

Learning Target

Research

  • Students will conduct research to solve a problem, address a question, or develop a position by gathering materials and evidence from diverse sources.

Writing

  • I can write a thesis based on a provided topic
  • I can create an organized structure that is appropriate to the purpose of my writing

Lessons will focus on:

  • Completing Summative Google Site and Annotated Bibliography
  • Gallery walk on March 3 for Group A and March 4 for Group B.

Assignments due:

  • Summative Google Site, with attached Bibliography and Annotated Bibliography, turned in via Google Classroom, due March 3 for Group A and March 4 for Group B. 

English IV AC

Learning Target

Research

  • Students will conduct research to solve a problem, address a question, or develop a position by gathering materials and evidence from diverse sources.

Writing

  • I can investigate a topic, collect and evaluate evidence from a variety of sources, including primary and secondary sources, and establish a claim.

Lessons will focus on:

  • Completing Summative Google Site and Annotated Bibliography
  • Gallery walk on March 3 for Group A and March 4 for Group B.

Assignments due:

  • Summative Google Site, with attached Bibliography and Annotated Bibliography, turned in via Google Classroom.
  • Completing sections of Quakeland by Kathryn Miles (see reading guide or your reading packet for assigned pages), due March 5. 

Have an exceptional week!

Mrs. Scott

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Week of February 22 - 26

Note: On Friday, Feb. 12, we will have Formative Friday!

English II will meet from 9-9:30 and English IV will meet from 10:20 - 10:50 on Google Meets. I'll be taking attendance. Looking forward to seeing your faces!

Students in English II AC and English IV will be working on:

English II AC

Learning Target

Research

  • Students will conduct research to solve a problem, address a question, or develop a position by gathering materials and evidence from diverse sources.

Writing

  • I can write a thesis based on a provided topic
  • I can create an organized structure that is appropriate to the purpose of my writing

Lessons will focus on:

  • Continuing to research chosen topics in library databases using keywords developed in class.
  • Developing a Google Site and Annotated Bibliography

Assignments due:

  • Graded Research Update Activator, due in class Monday (Group A) / Tuesday (Group B).
  • Annotated Bibliography draft - due Friday for both classes. 

English IV AC

Learning Target

Research

  • Students will conduct research to solve a problem, address a question, or develop a position by gathering materials and evidence from diverse sources.

Writing

  • I can investigate a topic, collect and evaluate evidence from a variety of sources, including primary and secondary sources, and establish a claim.

Lessons will focus on:

  • Continuing to research chosen topics in library databases using keywords developed in class.
  • Developing a Google Site and Annotated Bibliography

Assignments due:

  • Graded Research Update Activator, due in class Monday (Group A) / Tuesday (Group B).
  • Annotated Bibliography draft - due Friday for both classes. 

Coming back from break can be challenging! Let me know if you are having any issues or would like to connect. I’m here to support you!

Have a great week!

Mrs. Scott

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Week of February 8 - 12

Note: On Friday, Feb. 12, we will have Formative Friday!

English II will meet from 9-9:30 and English IV will meet from 10:20 - 10:50 on Google Meets. I'll be taking attendance. Looking forward to seeing your faces!

Students in English II AC and English IV will be working on:

English II AC

Learning Target

Research: Students will conduct research to solve a problem, address a question, or develop a position by gathering materials and evidence from diverse sources.

Lessons will focus on:

  • Choosing one “big” research question to focus research on
  • Refining “big” research questions into smaller questions that lead students into deeper research.
  • Developing effective keywords to use in database searches. 
  • Utilizing the databases to find information about chosen topic, using refined questions.

Assignments due:

  • Keyword graphic organizer: due Thursday for Group B.
  • Questioning the Questions: due Wednesday for Group A. 

English IV AC

Learning Target

Research: Students will conduct research to solve a problem, address a question, or develop a position by gathering materials and evidence from diverse sources.

Lessons will focus on:

  • Choosing one “big” research question to focus research on
  • Refining “big” research questions into smaller questions that lead students into deeper research.
  • Developing effective keywords to use in database searches. 
  • Utilizing the databases to find information about chosen topic, using refined questions.
  • Reading Quakeland in class (20-25 minutes)

Assignments due:

  • Keyword graphic organizer: due Wednesday for Group A and Thursday for Group B
  • Quakeland readings, due Friday: 
      • Their Campsite, Our Core
      • A Beautiful Place for an Earthquake
      • Coffee In Salt Lake
  • Dam Busting with Sensurround G-Forces!
It's going to be a great week! Reach out with any questions!
Mrs. Scott

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Week of February 1 - 5

Note: On Friday, Feb. 5, we will have Formative Friday!

English II will meet from 9-9:30 and English IV will meet from 11 - 11:30 on Google Meets. I'll be taking attendance. Looking forward to seeing your faces!

This week, students in English II AC, Honors English II, and English IV will be working on:

English II AC

Learning Targets

Research: Students will conduct research to solve a problem, address a question, or develop a position by gathering materials and evidence from diverse sources.

Lessons will focus on:

  • Introducing our Sophomore Research Unit
  • Reflecting on what we know about research
  • Choosing a focus question from list of guiding questions 
  • Digging into library-provided resources 

Activities:

  • Sophomore Research Questions Activity, due Tuesday, Jan. 2 for Group B and Wednesday, Jan. 3 for Group A.
  • Database quizzes, due Friday, Jan. 5 for both groups. 

English IV AC

Research: Students will conduct research to solve a problem, address a question, or develop a position by gathering materials and evidence from diverse sources.

Lessons will focus on:

  • Introducing our Senior Research Unit
  • Receive reading materials from Quakeland by Kathryn Miles
  • Reflecting on what we know about research
  • Choosing a focus question from list of guiding questions 
  • Digging into library-provided resources 

Activities:

  • Senior Research Questions Activity, due Tuesday, Jan. 2 for Group B and Wednesday, Jan. 3 for Group A.
  • Database quizzes, due Friday, Jan. 5 for both groups. 

Have a wonderful week! Reach out to me with any concerns or questions!

~ Mrs. Scott

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Week of January 25 - 29

Note: On Friday, January 29, we will return to our Formative Fridays!

English II will meet from 9:40 - 10:10, Honors English II will meet from 10:20 - 10:50, and English IV will meet from 11 - 11:30 on Google Meets. I'll be taking attendance. Looking forward to seeing your faces!

** Grades close on January 29. Please turn in any late or pending work on or before that date. Reach out with any concerns!

Students in English II AC, Honors English II, and English IV will be working on:

English II AC

Learning Targets

Writing

  • I can write a thesis based on a provided topic
  • I can create an organized structure that is appropriate to the purpose of my writing

Reading

  • I can identify a cultural experience and evaluate how it influences a text

Lessons will focus on:

  • Developing a thesis statement relevant to the text
  • Writing an analytical paragraph that features a thesis statement, evidence, reasoning, and a robust conclusion (summative).

Assignments:

  • Thesis-Led Paragraph - Formative due Monday, Jan. 25 (Group A) and Tuesday, Jan. 26 (Group B); Summative due Wednesday, Jan. 27 (Group A) and Thursday, Jan. 28 (Group B)
  • CommonLit.org reading and assessment questions, “The Danger of a Single Story” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, due Wednesday, Jan. 27 (Group A) and Thursday, Jan. 28 (Group B).

Honors English II

Learning Targets

Speaking and Listening

  • I can participate in structured and spontaneous conversation by agreeing with or disputing the information and evidence presented
  • I can discuss the assigned materials and connect them to larger issues or the comments of others.
  • I can connect the topic of discussion to larger issues to further conversation.
  • I can question other speakers to draw them into the discussion and promote conversation. 

Lessons will focus on:

  • Preparing for formative and summative Harkness discussions using a graphic organizer and sentence starters based on Bloom’s Taxonomy.
  • Participating in Harkness discussions
  • Watching the film version of Persepolis.

Assignments:

  • Summative Harkness discussion (questions due at class time) Monday, Jan. 25 for (Group A) and Tuesday, Jan. 26 (Group B).
  • Journal entries, due Wednesday, Jan. 27 (Group A) and Thursday, Jan. 28.

English IV

Learning Targets

Writing

  • I can investigate a topic, collect and evaluate evidence from a variety of sources, including primary and secondary sources, and establish a claim.
  • I can understand and identify rhetorical devices used in a given text (advertising and the transcript of our Serial Podcast).
  • I can clarify and defend positions with precise and relevant evidence, including facts, expert opinions, quotations and logical reasoning
  • I can address readers’ concerns, counterclaims, and biases with reasons and evidence throughout my writing.

Speaking and Listening

  • I can interact with my audience and adapt my presentation to meet their needs
  • I can choose language for its effect on an audience.

Lessons will focus on:

  • Developing robust closing arguments
  • Presenting closing arguments on Flipgrid.com

Assignments:

  • Summative Closing Argument, due Tuesday, Jan. 26 (Group B) and Wednesday, Jan. 27 (Group A). 

Reach out with any questions! Have a fabulous week!

Best,

Mrs. Scott

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Week of January 19 - 22

Note: 

Friday, January 22 will be an in-person learning day for Cohort A. See you then!

Students in English II AC, Honors English II, and English IV will be working on:

English II AC

Learning Targets

Language

  • I can interpret figures of speech in context and analyze their role in the text, including Metaphors, Hyperbole, and Alliteration.

Reading

  • I can identify a cultural experience and evaluate how it influences a text

Speaking and listening

  • I can participate in structured and spontaneous conversation by agreeing with or disputing the information and evidence presented.

Writing

  • Students will develop claims.

Lessons will focus on:

  • collaborative work identifying literary craft in song lyrics from songs included in the On the Come Up playlist
  • structured outline for formative and summative versions of claims paragraph
  • in-class reading
  • grammar practice on noredink.com

Assignments:

  • Noredink.com assignment on FANBOYS (due Jan. 20 for Group A and Jan 21 for Group B)
  • Reading excerpted pages listed in Reading Guide, due Jan. 25 for Group A and Jan. 26 for Group B 
  • Structured paragraph formative draft, due Jan. 25 for Group A and Jan. 26 for Group B

Honors English II

Learning Targets

Speaking and Listening

  • Students will advance discussion by posing questions and clarifying or challenging ideas.

Reading

  • I can describe cultural values inferred from the text.

Lessons will focus on:

  • Harkness discussion format.
  • Preparation for a formative Harkness discussion via a questions worksheet based on Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Assignments:

  • Persepolis Questions #2, due Thursday for Group B and Friday for Group A
  • Harkness Preparation Document, due Thursday for Group B and Friday for Group A

English IV AC

Learning Targets

Writing

  • I can investigate a topic, collect and evaluate evidence from a variety of sources, including primary and secondary sources, and establish a claim.
  • I can understand and identify rhetorical devices used in a given text (advertising and the transcript of our Serial Podcast).

Lessons will focus on:

  • rhetorical device writing prompts.
  • claims and counterclaims.

Assignments:

  • Logos Paragraph (due Thursday for Group B and Friday for Group A).
  • NoRedInk grammar practice (due in class on Tuesday for Group B and Wednesday for Group A).
  • Detective Notes for Ep. 6 (due in class on Tuesday for Group B and Wednesday for Group A).
  • Episode 12 assignments TBD.

Have a wonderful week! Reach out with any and all questions!

Mrs. Scott

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Week of January 11 - 15

Hello! Note: Formative Friday will be this week as usual on January 15! 

English II will meet from 9-9:30, Honors English II will meet from 9:40 - 10:10, and English IV will meet from 10:20 - 10:50 on Google Meets. I'll be taking attendance. Looking forward to seeing your faces!

Friday, January 22 will be an in-person learning day for Cohort A. See you there!

Students in English II AC, Honors English II, and English IV will be working on:

English II AC

Learning Targets

  • I can interpret figures of speech in context, analyze their role in the text, and use them in my writing. These include Metaphor, Hyperbole, and Alliteration. 

Reading

  • I can describe cultural values inferred from the text.

Lessons will focus on:

  • analyzing song lyrics from the On the Come Up playlist, annotating for literary craft, and using art to express the meaning of these craft examples. 
  • identifying and appropriately using conjunctions and identifying and correcting sentence fragments.

Assignments:

  • Literary craft song lyric assignment (in class)
  • Grammar work on noredink.com, due Friday for both groups. 
  • Comprehension questions relating to the text, due Friday for both groups. 
  • Reading to page 129 in the text, due Tuesday, Jan 19 for Group B and Wednesday, January 20 for Group A. 

Honors English II

Learning Targets

Research

  • I can identify, prioritize, and evaluate possible sources of information based on information needed. 
  • I can identify when my inquiry question needs revision and adjust my research plan to fulfill the purpose of the research. 
  • I can use a primary source to generate a specific inquiry question to focus the purpose of research.

Reading

  • I can identify a cultural experience and evaluate how it influences a text 
  • Students will analyze content presented in diverse formats.
  • I can examine how the plot structure of a text creates an emotional response in the reader

Language

  • I understand the difference between independent and dependent clauses

Lessons will focus on:

  • presenting research conducted on the Iranian Revolution and its effects on the society and culture of Iran
  • learning how to decode a graphic novel
  • getting started with reading Persepolis
  • studying independent and dependent clauses

Assignments:

  • Reading the PDF version of the novel by January 19.
  • Completing research reflection notes as topics come up in the novel (due date TBD).
  • Grammar lessons on independent and dependent clauses, with practice on noredink.com (due Friday for both groups). 

English IV AC

Learning Target: 

  • I can understand and identify rhetorical devices used in a given text (advertising and the transcript of our Serial Podcast).

Lessons will focus on:

- reviewing Logos, Pathos, and Ethos. 

- listening to Serial's Episode Three: Leakin Park.

- identifying one rhetorical device in Episode Three, due at the end of class. 

- listening to Episode Four

Assignments:

  • Completing Episode Three and Four Detective Notes (due in class)
  • Rhetorical Devices Activity, due Wednesday for Group A and Thursday for Group B. 
  • Pathos Paragraph (due Friday for all groups)
Have a wonderful week!
~ Mrs. Scott
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Week of Jan. 4 - 8 

Welcome back!!

This week, we begin our EVEN rotation.

Hello! Note: Formative Friday will be this week as usual on January 8! English II will meet from 9-9:30, Honors English II will meet from 9:40 - 10:10, and English IV will meet from 10:20 - 10:50 on Google Meets. I'll be taking attendance. Looking forward to seeing your faces!

English II AC

Learning Targets
 
Reading
  • I can describe cultural values inferred from the text.

 Lessons will focus on:

- reflective journal writing

- introducing the context of the novel On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

- reviewing our adapted reading schedule for this EVEN period. 

Assignments:

- Chapter One Homework, due Wednesday for Group A and Thursday for Group B.

- Reading to page 60, due Monday, Jan. 11 for Group A and Tuesday, Jan. 12 for Group B. 

Honors English II

Learning Targets

Research

  • I can identify, prioritize, and evaluate possible sources of information based on information needed. 
  • I can identify when my inquiry question needs revision and adjust my research plan to fulfill the purpose of the research. 
  • I can use a primary source to generate a specific inquiry question to focus the purpose of research.
Lessons will focus on:
 
- introducing the graphic novel (PDF format) Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. 
- reviewing the research project guidelines
- getting started on research project
 
Assignments:
 
- Presentations and research notes due Monday, Jan 11 for Group A and Tuesday, Jan. 12 for Group B.
 
English IV
 
Learning Targets
 
Language
  • I can use resources to identify a word necessary to comprehension or expression
  • I can use vocabulary appropriate to grade level
Lessons will focus on:
 
- introducing our Argumentative Writing unit and the Serial podcast.
- learning new vocabulary related to the podcast
- taking Detective Notes to support students in documenting and forming opinions about the content of the podcast, in preparation for their Summative Closing Argument projects. 
 
Assignments:
 
- (In class) Vocabulary activity
- (In class) Detective Notes for each episode heard
- Episode 1 Homework, due Wednesday for Group A and Thursday for Group B.
 
I look forward to seeing you all again! Let me know how I can best support you during this time!
 

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Week of Dec. 21 + 22

Greetings!

This is a short week before our holiday break! 

English II AC

Learning Targets

Language

  • I can identify abstract nouns

Activities

Students will be turning in their Summative Paragraphs on Monday, Dec. 21 (Group A) and Tuesday, Dec. 22 (Group B). 

Lesson will include:

- Grammar practice Kahoots, focusing on abstract nouns.

- Book chat whole class discussion (how do we integrate reading into our daily lives? What is valuable about building a reading habit, based on our own preferences? What do we appreciate and dislike about the novel so far?)

** Students are encouraged to complete the novel over the holiday break. After break, they must turn their copies into the library. 

English IV

Learning Targets

Argumentative Writing

  • I can investigate a topic, collect and evaluate evidence from a variety of sources, including primary and secondary sources, and establish a claim.
  • I can address readers’ concerns, counterclaims, and biases with reasons and evidence throughout my writing.
Speaking and Listening
 
  • I can respond to diverse perspectives, synthesize comments, claims, and evidence on all sides of an issue, resolve contradictions when possible, and determine when additional information is needed.
Activities
 
Students will turn in their Summative Closing Arguments (three parts) on Monday, Dec. 21 (Group A) and Tuesday, Dec. 22 (Group B)
 
Lesson will include:
 
- Claims, evidence, and reasoning practice on No Red Ink.
- Listening to follow-up episodes of Serial, which recount Adnan's hearing. 
 
Have a wonderful break! I look forward to checking in with all of you in the New Year!!
 
~ Mrs. Scott 
 
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Week of Dec. 14 - 18

Hello! Note: Our third Formative Friday will be this week, December 18! English II will meet from 9-9:30 and English IV will meet from 10:20 - 10:50 on Google Meets. I'll be taking attendance. Looking forward to seeing your faces!

English II AC

Essential Questions: 

- What is our common human experience?
- How is the human experience expressed in different cultures?
 
Learning Targets
 
Reading
  • I can describe cultural values inferred from the text.
Writing
 
  • I can write a thesis based on a provided topic.
  • I can use sufficient evidence, including quotations, definitions, examples, and other data, to support my thesis.
  • I can structure my writing to present my ideas clearly and logically.

  • I can write a conclusion that supports my thesis, evidence, and reasoning and connects my thesis to broader ideas.

Lessons will focus on:
 
  • Developing thesis statements and finding evidence to support them.
  • Writing analytical paragraphs that associate one character and one cultural value from our class text, On the Come Up
Assignments:
 
  • Formative paragraphs due Wednesday, Dec. 16 for Group A and Thursday, Dec. 17 for Group B. 
  • Summative paragraphs due Monday, Dec. 21 for Group A and Tuesday, Dec. 22 for Group B.
English IV
 

Essential Questions: 

- How can we “manipulate” people to agree with us?

- How are we manipulated?

Learning Targets

Argumentative Writing

  • I can investigate a topic, collect and evaluate evidence from a variety of sources, including primary and secondary sources, and establish a claim.
  • I can address readers’ concerns, counterclaims, and biases with reasons and evidence throughout my writing.
Speaking and Listening
  • Students will evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
Lessons will focus on:
 
  • Analyzing successful closing arguments for use of rhetorical devices
  • Writing and revising Closing Argument formative and summative papers and presentations, to be turned in on Google Classroom and presented on Flipgrid. 
Assignments:
  • Closing Argument Summative Paper and Presentation, due Monday, Dec 21 for Group A and Tuesday, Dec. 22 for Group B. 
Please let me know how I can support during this last full week before break!
 
Best!
Mrs. Scott

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Week of Dec 7 - 11

Hello! Note: Our second Formative Friday will be this week, December 11! English II will meet from 9-9:30 and English IV will meet from 10:20 - 10:50 on Google Meets. I'll be taking attendance. Looking forward to seeing your faces!

English II AC

Essential Questions: 

- What is our common human experience?
- How is the human experience expressed in different cultures?
 

Learning Targets

Language

  • I can identify and correct sentence fragments

Reading

  • I can describe cultural values inferred from the text.
  • I can explore the author’s use of elements, specifically Setting. 
Lessons will focus on:
 
- Setting as a character in the story
- Sentence fragments kahoot
- Reading Quiz 
 
Assignments:
 
- Setting as character assessment, on paper, due Wednesday for Group A and Thursday for Group B.
- Summative Reading Quiz, Wednesday for Group A and Thursday for Group B.
- Read to page 240 in On the Come Up by Monday, Dec. 14 for Group A and Tuesday, Dec. 15 for Group B. 
 

English IV

Essential Questions: 

- How can we “manipulate” people to agree with us?

- How are we manipulated?

Learning Targets

Argumentative Writing

  • I can investigate a topic, collect and evaluate evidence from a variety of sources, including primary and secondary sources, and establish a claim.
Lessons will focus on:
 
- Writing using pathos and logos individually to convince an imagined jury of one's perspective.
- Listening to Episode 12 of the Serial Podcast. 
- Taking Detective Notes. 
- Watching selected closing arguments that utilize rhetorical devices and taking detailed notes. 
 
Assignments:
 
- Episode 12 Detective Notes, on paper, due Wednesday for Group A and Thursday for Group B.
- Logos Paragraph, due Wednesday for Group A and Thursday for Group B.
 
Thank you all, and please reach out with any questions!
Mrs. Scott
 
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Week of November 30 - Dec 4

Hello! Note: Our First Formative Friday will be this week, December 4! English II will meet from 9-9:30 and English IV will meet from 10:20 - 10:50 on Google Meets. I'll be taking attendance. Looking forward to seeing your faces!

Students in English II AC and English IV AC will be working on:

English II AC

Essential Questions: 

- What is our common human experience?
- How is the human experience expressed in different cultures?
 

Learning Targets

Language

  • I can identify and correct sentence fragments
  • I can recognize and use the conjunctions and, but, because, and so.

Reading

  • I can describe cultural values inferred from the text.
  • I can explore the author’s use of elements such as setting, plot, and characters and how they work together in a text.

Lessons will focus on: 

  • identifying and correcting sentence fragments
  • correct use of conjunctions
  • Summative reading quiz
  • Book jigsaw activity. 

Assignments:

  • Conjunctions assignment (Part B of “Sentences + Fragments + Conjunctions” sheet), due Wednesday for Group A and Thursday for Group B. 
  • Reading to page 180 by Monday, Dec. 7 for Group A and Tuesday, Dec. 8 for Group B.  
  • In-class jigsaw activity on Wednesday for Group A and Thursday for Group B. 

** Class will meet on Friday from 9-9:30 on Google Meets. This is a mandatory meeting and attendance will be taken. 

English IV AC

Essential Questions: 

- How can we “manipulate” people to agree with us?

- How are we manipulated?

Learning Targets

Argumentative Writing

  • I can investigate a topic, collect and evaluate evidence from a variety of sources, including primary and secondary sources, and establish a claim.

Lessons will focus on:

  • Writing activators based on Pathos and Logos
  • Completing Detective Notes for Episodes 4 and 5 of the Serial Podcast (Season 1)
  • Investigating Detective Notes and establishing a claim about Adnan’s possible guilt or innocence.
  • Writing a single paragraph to support this claim. 

Assignments:

  • Rhetorical Devices Activity, due Monday, Nov. 30 for Group A and Tuesday, Dec. 1 for Group B. 
  • Detective Notes: Episode 4, due Monday, Nov. 30 for Group A and Tuesday, Dec. 1 for Group B.
  • Claim paragraph, due Monday, Dec. 7 for Group A and Tuesday, Dec. 8 for Group B. 
  • No Red Ink assignment, Due Wednesday for Group A and Thursday for Group B. 

** Our class will meet on Friday from 10:20 - 10:50 on Google Meets. This is a mandatory meeting and attendance will be taken. 

Have a marvelous week, and please reach out with any questions!

~ Mrs. Scott

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November 23 + 24

Happy Thanksgiving Week!

Students in English II AC and English IV AC will be working on:

English II:

Learning Target: I can identify and explain the author's usage of literary craft in a given text.

Activities:

- Song Lyrics Group Activity (in class, on paper).

- Reading comprehension questions for Chapters Two and Three, due Nov. 23 for Group B and November 24 for Group A (on Classroom --> On the Come Up --> Chapters Two and Three Questions). 

Homework:

Reading to Page 120 by November 30 for Group A and December 1 for Group B.

English IV:

Learning Target: I can understand and identify rhetorical devices used in a given text (advertising and the transcript of our Serial Podcast).

Activities:

- Reviewing Logos, Pathos, and Ethos. 

- Listening to Serial's Episode Three: Leakin Park.

- Completing Episode Three: Detective Notes 

- Identifying one rhetorical device in Episode Three, due at the end of class. 

Homework:

Rhetorical Devices Activity, due Nov. 30 for Group A and Dec. 1 for Group B. 

Both classes: during the break, make sure that you have completed all late assignments, so you are up to speed when we return. 

Have a wonderful, healthy, and safe holiday!

Mrs. Scott

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Week of November 16 - 20

Welcome Back, ODD Rotation!

Students in English II AC and English IV AC will be working on:

English II AC

Learning Targets

Reading

  • I can describe cultural values inferred from the text.
  • I can explore the author’s use of elements such as setting, plot, and characters and how they work together in a text.

Writing

  • I can structure my writing to present my ideas clearly and logical.

Lessons will focus on:

  • Introductory materials to the novel On the Come Up
  • Starting to read the novel
  • Reflecting on plot points and character development as we read.

Assignments:

  • Read up to page 60 in the novel by Monday, 11/23 (Group A) and Tuesday 11/24 (Group B).
  • Complete plot analysis and character study questions sheets assigned in class and for homework. 

English IV AC

Learning Targets

Reading:

  • I can make reasonable assertions about an author’s point of view and/or purpose by examining the style and content of a text.
  • I can synthesize the content from several sources or texts dealing with a question or problem.

Lessons will focus on:

  • Listening to the Serial Podcast and taking Detective Notes on each episode. 
  • Complete homework questions based on each episode. 

Assignments:

  • Finish listening to Episode One and complete Episode One Homework, due Wednesday for Group A and Thursday for Group B. 
  • Take detailed Detective Notes for each episode, due at the end of class for each episode.

Have a great week!

~ Mrs. Scott

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Week of November 9 - 13

Students in English II AC, Honors English II, and English IV AC will be working on the following assignments:

Honors English II

Learning Targets

Reading

  • I can identify common literary elements in texts, including metaphors, similes, hyperbole, personification, repetition, alliteration, imagery, and sensory language.

Writing

  • I can write a thesis based on a provided topic.
  • I can use sufficient evidence, including quotations, definitions, examples, and other data, to support my thesis.
  • I can integrate quotes in my writing using a variety of phrases to improve the overall cohesiveness of my work.
  • I can write a conclusion that supports my thesis, evidence, and reasoning and connects my thesis to broader ideas.
  • I can structure my writing to present my ideas clearly and logical

This week, lessons will focus on:

  • Revising Summative essays
  • Peer feedback
  • Learning metacognitive editing and revision techniques that support growth as writers and thinkers.

Assignments:

  • Formative Essay, due Monday, Nov. 9 for Groups B and A. Feedback will be given timely to enable revision and submission for Summative grade. 
  • Summative Essay, due Thursday, Nov. 12 for Groups B and A.

English II AC

Learning Targets

Reading

I can describe cultural values inferred from the text.

Writing

I can use sufficient evidence, including quotations, definitions, examples, and other data, to support my thesis.

Lessons this week will focus on:

  • Reading “Taking Care of God” by Cixin Liu
  • Response and analysis worksheet

Assignments: 

  • “Taking Care of God” Reflection Sheet, due Tuesday for Group A and Thursday for Group B. This can be found on Google Classroom under Classwork → Chinese Science Fiction.
  • Both classes will complete reading the short story in class.

English IV

Learning Target

Reading

  • I understand the elements and purpose of a nonlinear narrative.
  • I can identify the elements and purpose of a nonlinear narrative provided for me in a film.

Lessons will focus on:

  • Watching the film Run Lola Run in class.
  • Completing the assignment “Comparing Linear and Nonlinear Narrative,” found under Classwork → Narrative Writing, due Thursday by 11:59pm for Groups A and B.

All students: submit all overdue work for the EVEN period by Thursday this week. 

Have a wonderful week and excellent Wednesday off for Veteran’s Day!

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Week of November 2 - 6, 2020

Students in English II AC, Honors English II, and English IV AC will be working on the following assignments:

Honors English II

Learning Targets

Reading

  • I can identify common literary elements in texts, including metaphors, similes, hyperbole, personification, repetition, alliteration, imagery, and sensory language.

Writing

  • I can write a thesis based on a provided topic.
  • I can use sufficient evidence, including quotations, definitions, examples, and other data, to support my thesis.
  • I can integrate quotes in my writing using a variety of phrases to improve the overall cohesiveness of my work.
  • I can write a conclusion that supports my thesis, evidence, and reasoning and connects my thesis to broader ideas.
  • I can structure my writing to present my ideas clearly and logically.

This week, lessons will focus on

  • Character analysis and American Cultural Values in A Raisin in the Sun
  • Developing character analysis into a thesis for an upcoming Summative paper. 

Assignments:

  • Character analysis sheet, due: Tuesday, Nov. 3 for Group B and Wednesday, Nov. 4 for Group A. 
  • Play must be read in its entirety by Nov 3 for Group B and Nov 4 for Group A. 

English II AC

Learning Targets

Reading

I can describe cultural values inferred from the text.

Writing

I can use sufficient evidence, including quotations, definitions, examples, and other data, to support my thesis.

Lessons will focus on

  • Understanding how Chinese cultural values inform Chinese science fiction. 
  • Developing well-supported theses in our writing about cultural values. 

Assignments:

  • Chinese Science Fiction: Art and Implied Values Sheet, due Thursday, November 5 for Group B and Monday, November 9 for Group A. 
  • Reading the award-winning short story “Taking Care of Gods” by Cixin Liu. We will read some in class and complete reading for homework, due Thursday, November 5 for Group B and Monday, November 9 for Group A. 

English IV

Learning Targets

- I can develop a precise thesis based on my interests or a broad topic of instruction.

- I can correctly use modifiers in my writing. 

Lessons will focus on

  • Revising essays
  • Reflecting on the revision process in our writing journals

 Assignments

  • Revision journal entries are due Tuesday, November 3 for Group B and Wednesday November 4 for Group A. 
  • College/Narrative Essay Final Draft due Thursday, November 5 for Group B and Monday, November 9 for Group A. 

*** Reminder! Tuesday will be a remote learning day for Group B! Please join us on Google Meet using the Meeting Link in Google Classroom at your normal class time.

Have a wonderful week! Please let me know how I can support you!

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Week of October 26 - 30, 2020

Students in English II AC, Honors English II, and English IV AC will be working on the following assignments:

English II AC

Learning Targets

  • I can describe cultural values inferred from the text.
  • I can use sufficient evidence, including quotations, definitions, examples, and other data, to support my thesis.

Lessons

This week, lessons will focus on 

  • Unpacking American Values gleaned from interviews with family and friends.
  • Creating an American Values Slideshow that utilizes American Values written as abstract nouns, as well as images and symbols, to express what values underpin our American culture.

Assignments:

  • American Values Interview, due October 27 for Group B and October 28 for Group A.
  • American Values Slideshow, due November 3 for Group B and November 4 for Group A. 

Honors English II

Learning Targets

Reading

  • I can identify common literary elements in texts, including metaphors, similes, hyperbole, personification, repetition, alliteration, imagery, and sensory language.

Writing

  • I can write a thesis based on a provided topic.
  • I can use sufficient evidence, including quotations, definitions, examples, and other data, to support my thesis.
  • I can integrate quotes in my writing using a variety of phrases to improve the overall cohesiveness of my work.
  • I can write a conclusion that supports my thesis, evidence, and reasoning and connects my thesis to broader ideas.
  • I can structure my writing to present my ideas clearly and logically.

Lessons will focus on:

  • Completing Mini-Autobiographies based on Lorraine Hansberry’s Young, Gifted, and Black.
  • Identifying symbols in the text “A Raisin in the Sun.”
  • Character study based on the play. 

Assignments:

  • Mini-Autobiographies - due October 27 for Group B, October 28 for Group A
  • Reading the play to page 95 - due October 28 for Group B, October 29 for Group A
  • Complete Play by November 3 for Group B and November 4 for Group A. 
  • Identifying Symbols sheet - due October 29 for Group B, November 2 for Group A.
  • Character study activities due during class for Groups B and A.

English IV

Learning Targets

  • I can develop a precise thesis based on my interests or a broad topic of instruction.
  • I can synthesize information gathered from a variety of sources and formats to enhance the audience’s understanding of the topic.

Lessons will focus on

  • Integrating information gleaned from 16 Personalities Test and Sensory Details Game into first drafts of Narrative / College Essays. 
  • Writing our Narrative / College Essays

Assignments:

  • First draft of Narrative / College Essays due October 29 for Group B and November 2 for Group A. 

Have an exceptional week! Please reach out with questions!

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Week of October 19 - 23, 2020

Students in English II AC, Honors English II, and English IV AC will be working on the following assignments:

English II AC

Learning Targets:

- I can identify common literary elements in texts, including metaphors, similes, hyperbole, personification, repetition, alliteration, imagery, and sensory language.

- I can describe cultural values inferred from the text.

Lessons will focus on:

  • Literary craft and values identification in “Let America Be America Again” by Langston Hughes.
  • Examination of a commercial that connects to these values. 
  • Reading and analyzing Sherman Alexie’s “Indian Education.”

Assignments:

  • Annotation for literary elements in "Let America Be America Again," due Oct. 20 for Group B and Oct. 21 for Group A. 
  • “Indian Education” Reflection Questions, due Oct. 21 for Group B, Oct. 22 for Group A.

Honors English II

Learning Targets:

  • I can explore a point of view and how it influences a text.
  • I can describe cultural values inferred from the text.

Lessons will focus on:

  • Study of American Values implicit in Lorraine Hansberry’s autobiography
  • Writing autobiographical paragraphs
  • Discussing characters and values implicit in A Raisin in the Sun.

Assignments:

  • Autobiography paragraphs, due Oct. 22 for Group B and Oct. 26 for Group A.
  • Character analysis sheet, due Oct. 21 for Group B and Oct. 26 for Group A.
  • Play read up to page 105 by Oct. 22 for Groups B and A.
  • Play completed by Oct. 26 for Groups B and A.

English IV AC

Learning Targets

  • I can make reasonable assertions about an author’s point of view and/or purpose by examining the style and content of a text.

Lessons will focus on:

  • Finding the beauty in ad expanding small but meaningful moments in our writing
  • The Hero’s Journey / Monomyth
  • College essay information from Ms. K

Assignments:

  • Essay structure document, due Oct. 22 for Group B and Oct. 26 for Group A.
  • In-class journal entries (2) based on meaningful experiences. 

Have a wonderful week and let me know how I can support you!

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10/13/20 - Updates for this week!
 
Students in English II AC, Honors English II, and English IV AC will be working on the following assignments:
 
English II
 
- Review of Syllabus and classroom norms
- Introduction to American Values unit: what is culture? What are values?
 
Assignment: Values in an Election Year. Due Oct. 15 (B) and Oct. 19 (A). 
 
Honors English II
 
- Review of Syllabus and classroom norms
- Introduction to American Values unit: what is culture? What are values?
 
Assignment: American Values Interview. Due Oct. 15 (B) and Oct. 19 (A). 
 
Summer Reading assignment due Oct 20 (group B) and Oct. 21 (group A).
 
English IV AC
 
- Review Syllabus and classroom norms
- Begin Narrative Writing Unit: what is narrative writing? Why include college essays in this unit?
 
Assignment: Choose and read three colleges essays, then respond in writing journal with what each author did well. Due: Oct. 15 (B) and Oct. 19 (A). 
 
Have a wonderful first week of EVEN, and check in with me if you have any concerns at all!
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10/2/20 - Updates for next week!
 
Starting on 10/5/20, students in English II and IV will be working on the following assignments:
 
English II
 
Learning Target
 
Reading
I can describe cultural values inferred from the text.
 
Writing
I can use sufficient evidence, including quotations, definitions, examples, and other data, to support my thesis.
 
Lessons will focus on
 
- Reading the award-winning short story, "Taking Care of Gods," by Cixin Liu
- Discussing and writing responses that compare and contrast the cultural values implicit in this text with our own. 
 
Assignments:
 
Group A:
 
- “Taking Care of Gods”: Plot and Cultural Analysis worksheet, due Wednesday, Oct. 7 at the beginning of class.
- Cultural values analysis paragraph, due Wednesday, Oct. 7 by the end of class. 
 
English IV
 
Learning Targets
 
Writing
I can develop a precise thesis based on my interests or a broad topic of instruction.
 
Reading
I can explain how a theme or point of view of a specific time period is reflected through various media and formats.
 
Lessons will focus on
 
- Watching the award-winning film Run Lola Run and studying the nonlinear narrative structure presented.
- Comparing and contrasting the narrative structure of the film with the Hero's Journey / Monomyth structure that students used for their narrative essays. 
 
Assignments:
 
Group A: 
 
- Graphic organizer based on film, due Wednesday, Oct. 7 at the beginning of class. 
- Analytical paragraph, due by end of class on Wednesday, Oct. 7.
 
Group B: 
 
- Graphic organizer based on film, due Thursday, Oct. 8 at the beginning of class. 
- Analytical paragraph, due by end of class on Thursday, Oct. 8. 
 
This week will conclude our ODD period. Students will be asked to complete any overdue work by the end of this week. 
 
Please reach out with any questions! Have a great week!
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9/25/20 - Updates for next week!
 
Starting on 9/28/20, students in English II and IV will be working on the following assignments:
 
English II
 
Learning Target
 
Reading: I can describe cultural values inferred from the text.
 
Writing: I can use sufficient evidence, including quotations, definitions, examples, and other data, to support my thesis.
 
Lessons will focus on
 
- creating and presenting American Values slideshows, which will be based on student interviews of family and friends, as well as our readings and discussions from class. 
 
Assignments:
 
Group A: 
- American Values Interview Sheet, due Monday, 9/28
- American Values Slideshow and Presentation, due Wednesday, 9/30
 
Group B: 
- American Values Interview Sheet, due Tuesday, 9/29
- American Values Slideshow and Presentation, due Thursday, 10/1
 
English IV
 
Learning targets:
 
- I can develop a precise thesis based on my interests or a broad topic of instruction.
- I can correctly use modifiers in my writing. 
 
Lessons will focus on
 
- Writing college essays using the college essay tips provided and our study of personality, beautiful seconds, and the Hero's Journey / Monomyth. 
- Peer workshopping
- College and career-focused questions, with a visit from Ms. Kowalczyk.
 
Assignments:
 
Group A:
- Narrative/college essay draft due: Monday, Sept. 28
- Peer feedback due: Wednesday, Sept. 30.
- Revised essay due: Monday, Oct. 5
 
Group B:
- Narrative/college essay draft due: Tuesday, Sept. 29
- Peer feedback due: Thursday, Oct. 1.
- Revised essay due: Tuesday, Oct. 6
 
Have a wonderful week! Please reach out with questions!
 
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9/18/20 - Updates for next week!
 
Starting on 9/21/20, students in English II and IV will be working on the following assignments:
 
English II
 
Learning Targets
 
Reading:
- I can identify common literary elements in texts, including metaphors, similes, hyperbole, personification, repetition, alliteration, imagery, and sensory language.
- I can describe cultural values inferred from the text.
 
Lessons will focus on:
 
- American Values
- group reading of Sherman Alexie's "Indian Education."
- text analysis via whole group, partner, and individual work. 
- format and expectations for interviewing family members; how to take notes during an interview. 
 
Assignments:
 
Group A: 
- Comprehension and reflection worksheet based on "Indian Education," due Wednesday, 9/23.
- Personal Values interview of three family members, notes graphic organizer due Monday, 9/28
 
Group B:
- Comprehension and reflection worksheet based on "Indian Education," due Thursday, 9/24.
- Personal Values interview of three family members, due Tuesday, 9/29.
 
 
English IV
 
Learning Targets
 
Writing: I can develop a precise thesis based on my interests or a broad topic of instruction.
Reading: I can explain how a theme or point of view of a specific time period is reflected through various media and formats.
 
Lessons will focus on:
 
- incorporating the Hero's Journey into personal narrative storytelling
- a quick spotlight on writing and editing processes
- critically reading narrative essays and watching Moth and Moth-style storytelling segments to discover which storytelling elements move the narrative forward. 
- Developing a thesis for students' college essays. 
 
Assignments:
 
Group A:
- Thesis development worksheet, due Wednesday, 9/23
- Color-coded college essay draft, due Monday, 9/28
 
Group B:
- Thesis development worksheet, due Thursday, 9/24
- Color-coded college essay draft, due Tuesday, 9/29
 
Have a great week, and let me know how I can support!
 
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9/14/2020
 
This week, English II is working on:
 
- annotation for literary devices of the Langston Hughes poem "Let America Be America Again."
- commonLit.org reading and assessment questions. 
- digital journal assignments
- identification of American Values
 
English IV is working on:
 
- 16 Personalities Quiz and digital journal reflection
- reading successful college essays
- reading "Death of a Moth" by Virginia Woolf for narrative structure (whole class group activity). 
- watching "Beautiful Seconds" video
- personal Challenge Writing Prompt
 
9/9/20
This week, English II and English IV classes, all sections, are completing the following:
 
- two (2) pre-assessments,
- short story reading and assessment questions combo assignment on commonlit.org,
- digital journaling assignment on their dreams for this year,
- and an email to me detailing a topic/hobby that fascinates them and several questions that they have about it (building inquiry).