Weekly outline

  • Finals Week

    Monday: final essay

    Tuesday and Wednesday

    Review for Final

    Thursday and Friday: Finals

  • 9 January - 15 January

    Monday: Institute Day - No School

    Tuesday: Goal Setting for 2017

    Wednesday: New Note Taking Technique (Cornell Notes) and Realism in American Literature PowerPoint.

    Thursday: "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" vocabulary preview and part one in class.

  • 23 January - 29 January

    Essential Question: How do a character's surroundings help drive the story?


    Objective: Today we will take notes on Naturalism.  Notes will be based on a PowerPoint presentation in class.


    Objective: Today we will watch the film "To Build a Fire" in class.  Students must take notes while watching the film, writing down how the themes of the film match those found in Naturalism.

    Wednesday: Today we will finish watching the film in class and complete our notes.


    Objective: Today we will introduce Stephen Crane's "A Mystery of Heroism."  Students will be given the story along with a preview sheet that includes a list of vocabulary words as well as directions for SUBSEARCH annotations to use while we read the text.


    Objective: Today we will begin reading "A Mystery of Heroism" in class.  Students will focus on how this story fits with naturalism while we read along and SUBSEARCH.

  • 30 January - 5 February


    Objective: Notes on Naturalism

    Homework: None


    Warm Up - What External Forces moved you this morning? Could you resist them? Why?

    Objective - Today we will finish our notes on Naturalism and begin watching "To Build a Fire."


    Warm Up - None

    Objective - Continue watching "To Build a Fire." Identify Naturalist elements including a character being controlled by both internal and external forces, a character punished for exerting his free will, and nature's indifference to man.

    Homework - None

    Thursday: Complete "To Build a Fire." Answer the following analysis question: "How would our protagonist's journey be different if he were in different surroundings? Choose either a different season, a different time of day, or a different geographical location. What would his story look like?"

    Homework - Vocabulary preview for "A Mystery of Heroism."


    Warm Up: What makes a person a hero?

    Objective: Students are to read "A Mystery of Heroism" independently. They are to subsearch the text in order to identify at least ten parts of the story that connect to the naturalist philosophy and explain how this philosophy helps to drive the plot of the story.

  • 13 February - 19 February

    Monday: Review for Test over American Realism and Naturalism

    Tuesday: Test over Realism and American Naturalism

    Wednesday: A Raisin in the Sun Preview

    Objective:  Students will analyze the poem, "Harlem" by Langston Hughes in small groups. We will return for a large group discussion.


    Dramatic Terminology

    Act - A major division in a play.

    Character - An imaginary person that inhabits a literary work. May be static or dynamic.

    Dialogue - Conversation of characters. A character's speech is preceded by the name.

    Hubris - Excessive Arrogance or Self Pride

    Scene - A traditional segment in a play used to indicate a change in time or location.

    Stage Direction - A playwright's descriptive or interpretive comments that provide readers with information about the dialogue, setting, and action.

    Tragedy - A type of drama in which the characters experience reversal of fortune, usually for the worse.

    Tragic flaw - A weakness or limitation of character.

  • 24 April - 30 April

    SUB SEARCHING Rules for "Home"...

    As you read “Home,” you should…

    • Underline passages that show how Roy Williams is controlled by internal or external forces.
    • Put [brackets] around passages that show how Roy was treated in Europe.  
    • Put (parenthesis) around passages that show how Roy is treated in Missouri.
    • Put an asterisk (*) next to passages where Roy exerts his free will.
    • When you are shocked, put an exclamation point (!).
    • When you read something that makes you feel an emotion, draw the face that equals that emotion (i.e. a smiley or frown face).

    Remember, you must also note in the margin your reasoning for underlining, bracketing, etc.  It is not enough to just read and mark up.  You must write your reactions as well.

  • 8 May - 14 May

    Objective - Students will build background on John Steinbeck and the literary term Allegory. Students will be able to analyze an allegorical short film and then read Steinbeck's "The Turtle" from The Grapes of Wrath.