Weekly outline

  • 9 January - 15 January

    Monday: Institute Day - No School


    Objective - Students will be able to identify at least three key components of Realism and Naturalism in American Literature.

    Methods - Students will take Cornell Notes on Realism and Naturalism in class.


    Objective - Students will be able to apply concepts from Realism and Naturalism to different texts.

    Methods - Students will participate in a gallery walk within groups and work to identify concepts from Realism and Naturalism within poetry and prose from the era. They will then come up with a theory of how these concepts can help reveal larger themes in a text.


    Objective -  identify key concepts in naturalistic fiction. Focus on the concept of the, “human beast.”  Upon completion of notes, we will begin reading “The Notorious Jumping frog of Calaveras County.”

    Homework - Read “The Notorious Jumping frog of Calaveras County.” 

    Friday: All School Testing Day

  • 16 January - 22 January


    Objective: Today students will identify how "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" fits with the genre of American Realism.

    Methods: Quick writing exercise in class using evidence from the text as well as the notes we took in class last week.


    Warm Up: Stephen Crane Poetry - How does the poem fit with the Naturalist philosophy?

    Objective: Identify Naturalist themes in "To Build a Fire."

    Methods:Today in class we will start reading Jack London's "To Build a Fire." Students will annotate using the following rules...

    Underline any passage where a character is controlled by an internal force.

    (Parenthesize) any passage where a character is controlled by an external force.

    Place an asterisk* next to passages where a character has chosen to use his free will and is punished.

    As usual, use emoji faces to react/connect. Write in your notes or margins why you marked up the text.

    Homework: Finish "To Build a Fire."


    Objective: Students will be able to synthesize a different ending for "To Build a Fire" where the character does not choose to use his own free will.

    Homework: Study for quiz over "Jumping Frog" and "To Build a Fire."


    Assessment followed by Independent Reading.

  • 23 January - 29 January

  • 6 February - 12 February

    Monday: Review Prufrock. Come up with three questions to ask the speaker of the poem.

    Homework: Answer question 3 on page 712 (link below)


    Objective - Prepare for quiz over Modernist Poetry


    Quiz over Modern Poetry


    Warm Up:

     Learn the three ways pronouns and their antecedents must agree. Students will be able to revise ten sentences so that the pronouns agree with their antecedents.

     Friday: Independent Reading Day