I hope that each of you had a fantastic weekend. Please remember that with each passing day, you should be learning, thinking, and growing in your English abilities. We are about to embark on the second half of this semester. Yes, that is right, we are already half way through! These next nine weeks will include a lot of new readings, but it will also focus heavily on your writing abilities. As we continue to read, please note that there are many resources out there to assist you beyond what we are already doing in class. I will post those links shortly. Everything we do should be purposeful and meaningful. We should always be building off of what we already know. Let us make this week an amazing one!
Below is the proposed agenda for the week:
Common Core Standards:
RL.9-10.3 and RL 9-10.7
What is drama?
Who is Shakespeare?
How does conflict negatively affect future generations?
How can we learn from the mistakes of others?
Monday: Benchmarks II. Overview: Today students will be taking their second benchmark. Outcomes: Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of literature and argumentative writing thus far. Homework: None.
Tuesday: SSR, vocabulary, grammar focus: parallel structure continued, begin learning about William Shakespeare and his life. Overview: Today students will focus on increasing their vocabulary, grammar, and literature skills. Students will also begin learning about William Shakespeare and the events that surrounded his life. Outcomes: By the end of class, students will be more well versed on Shakespeare, as well as his life. Homework: Study for parallel structure quiz tomorrow.
Wednesday: SSR, vocabulary review, grammar quiz: parallel structure, finish reading and learning about Shakespeare, drama terms, and begin reading Romeo and Juliet. Overview: Today students will learn more about Shakespeare’s life, as well as demonstrate their understanding of parallel structure. Outcomes: By the end of class, students will have demonstrated their understanding of parallel structure, as well as answer questions on Shakespeare’s life. They will also increase in their understanding of basic drama terminology.
Thursday: SSR, argumentative writing: RACE, discuss Romeo and Juliet’s prologue, continue reading Romeo and Juliet Act 1, and begin drama journals. Overview: Today’s class is structured around writing. Students will increase in their understanding of argumentative writing, as well as use that to write about what they are reading in Romeo and Juliet. Outcomes: By the end of class, students will be more well versed in argumentative writing, as well as understand the basic characters and plot elements of Romeo and Juliet. Homework: Study for vocabulary quiz tomorrow.
Friday: SSR, vocabulary quiz, character maps: mapping out the two households, continue reading Romeo and Juliet, and continue drama journals. Overview: Students will continue to work on their reading and writing abilities, as well as demonstrate their understanding of vocabulary and character structure. Outcomes: Students will be assessed on their understanding of vocabulary, as well as their understanding of the different characters and motives they have read about in Romeo and Juliet. Homework: None.