Remember: In a world where you can be anything, be kind.
Here we go with week three of quarter one!
This week we will be starting our unit reading “Of Mice & Men”!
On Day 1 of this week (Monday for ALL), we will write your independent book choice rationale. You should come to class on Monday with a book in mind. We will go through the process of what your rationale should explain and how to format it! Your homework will be to read “Harvest Gypsies” by John Steinbeck on CommonLit.com and answer the corresponding questions. The CommonLit assignment is due by 11:59pm on Monday for all classes.
On Day 2 we will investigate the “turtle metaphor” in order to learn about how Steinbeck uses metaphors in his writing. We will be introduced to the dust bowl and the time period of our novel. Together, we will read this chapter from Steinbeck’s “Grapes of Wrath.” Depending on our process in class, you may need to finish a reflection on Google Classroom for homework.
We will continue to learn about foundational elements on Day 3. One of the reason the book has been banned in the past is because of it’s use of the “N” word – and so we will use the class period to discuss this issue and how we can deal with it in our own classroom.
Finally on Day 4, we will all get copies of the novel, discuss how to annotate a text, and begin to read Chapter 1 (pages 1-16). Over the weekend, your homework will be to finish reading and annotating chapter one. You WILL have a chapter 1 quiz on Monday!
SPELLING: There WILL BE a spelling list this week. Just like last week, you will take a pre-test on Monday and a final test on Day 4 of the week. Your practice work will be due on Day 4 also (definitions & sentences). Be sure to see what mistakes you made last week, and do not make them this week when it comes to completing the spelling assignment in your notebook. If you need a reminder, go here to find how it should look.
This week we will be continuing with our reading of “1984” by George Orwell.
On Monday we will start class with a quiz on chapters five to eight. Here are some questions you could focus on to help you study. Then we will complete some silently sustained reading of Book 2: Chapters 1 & 2 with some reading guide questions that will be found on Google Classroom! Your homework will be to finish reading the chapters.
Tuesday’s class will be similar, as we will be listening to Book 2: Chapters 3 & 4 and taking annotations. Again, your homework will be to finish reading the chapters.
On Thursday you will come in and take a quiz on B2: Ch 1-4. Then we begin dissecting the following writing prompt: When faced with defending a government’s invasion of personal privacy, people often say, “If you have nothing to hide, then you have nothing to be worried about.” Does that statement adequately defend a government’s policies that violate personal privacy? Together we will break it down and start to do some research. For homework you will continue to research and plan how to write the essay to answer the prompt.
Finally on Friday you will WRITE the essay! There will be NO homework over the weekend. I will also be checking annotations for chapters 1-4 for a grade.