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English 11

Instructor
Stacy Millsap
Term
2017-2018 School Year
Department
English
Description
English 11 examines the evolution of American literature from the pre-colonial period through modern day. Students will explore the classic literature that has helped to shape American culture, heritage, and identity. By reading a variety of genres of American literature with historical context, students will deepen their understanding of America. Throughout this course, students will advance their communication skills with new vocabulary and a variety of written assignments to meet and exceed the California Common Core State Standards for 11th grade.
 

Essential questions: What does it mean to be an American? What is the American Dream? Is the American Dream the same for everyone? Is the American Dream accessible to everyone? How does literature and history interact?

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This I Believe Personal Essay

Past Assignments

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This I Believe essay analysis - thisibelieve.org

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"Still I Rise" poem analysis and illustration/free write

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Beloved Song Analysis and Quote Reflection - Tupac & Kendrick Lamar

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Beloved Infanticide Perspectives Writing Assignment - Rubric and Prewriting Activity

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Beloved Setting & Characters - helps to organize the text and study for the quiz (handed out on 4/27)

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Beloved - the impact of slavery handout (week 15 - 4/25 & 4/27)

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Beloved Character Studies

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SPRING EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY

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Gatsby Film comparison handout (4/5-4/6)

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The Great Gatsby literary lenses (4/9)

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Color motifs handout (3/20 & 3/21)

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Gatsby Party Discussion Questions - need to be answered from the perspective of a character.

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The Great Gatsby End of Book Test Study Guide

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The Great Gatsby handout 3/15-3/16
Finished reading Chapter Nine!
 
 

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Gatsby Poem Analysis

The Passionate Shepherd to His Love versus The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd

  1. Which one may be described as romantic, which one as realistic?
  2. Which of the two poems reflects Gatsby’s view?
  3. How does Daisy’s views resemble the ideas in Raleigh’s poem?
  4. Which poem do you relate to the most? Why?

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Letter assignment instructions
 

Topic: The gender gap continues to persist in high schools, even at CHAMPS. Write a letter that explains the problem and presents a solution.

1st paragraph: Identify the problem

2nd paragraph: Data & evidence explanation (use one citation from the data set and one citation from the article)

3rd paragraph: Present at least one solution to the problem

Additional requirement: Utilize ethos, pathos, and logos to persuade your audience (hint logos will already be included in your 2nd paragraph)

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Students will be graded on the following scale:

Level 0 (50%) Essay is off topic or incomplete.

Level 1 (65%) Essay is missing [2] citations to support claim AND does not provide a specific or relevant solution.

Level 2 (75%) Essay is missing [2] citations OR does not provide a specific or relevant solution.

Level 3 (90%) Essay provides a clear and relevant problem, [2] citations to support claim, and a specific or relevant solution.

Level 4 (100%) Essay contains all of the elements of a 3 and also effectively incorporates logos, pathos, and ethos to persuade a specific audience.

Due: Monday via google docs (share to my email: smillsap@champscharter.org)

*Attached are all documents to use for evidence

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5.2 Gender Gap in Schools Image.PNG
Reading and handout from 2/6 & 2/7
Ask me to see the data on CHAMPS!
 

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Unit 1 Quiz

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Poetry Imitation Project & Dickinson Close Reading (from 1/18 & 1/19)

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Poe & diction paragraph assignment: 

 

Diction: word choice

Mood: literary/poetic device that uses diction to make the reader feel a certain way or to create a particular atmosphere (reader’s emotional response to the text based on diction and description)


How does the diction in the opening paragraph of “The Fall of the House of Usher” establish the mood and atmosphere? Use at least 2 direct quotes from the text.

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Attached is the Whitman and Dickinson Dark Romanticism poem analysis (1/16 & 1/17).

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In true Romantic fashion, we will become the poets of our own stories. Just as Whitman says, we each are “singing what belongs to him or her and to no one else.”


The Song of Myself project is due on Tuesday 1/16 (P.5) or Wednesday 1/17 (P.2 & P.4).

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Attached is the in-class poem assignment on Whitman and Dickinson (1/11 & 1/12)

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Walt Whitman "Song of Myself" reading questions are due 1/11 (P.5) or 1/12 (P.2 & P.4).
Attached you will find the excerpts and the reading questions.

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FINAL ESSAY
Reading articles for the cell phones in school topic.

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FINAL ESSAY
Reading articles for the social media in schools topic.

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FINAL ESSAY
Reading articles for the single sex schools topic.

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The rubric for the final essay is our standard CHAMPS English Department Rubric. I've created a rubric checklist so that you can check off each standard that you meet while writing.

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Various articles from class

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Rhetorical Device quiz.
Make sure you study the terms and know the definition and how to identify them.

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THE RHETORICAL TRIANGLE

Attached is the in-class handout including notes on vocabulary (the rhetorical triangle, ethos, logos, and pathos).
Additionally, there is an attachment with the transcript with the "I Have A Dream" speech to analyze using these vocabulary words and a SOAPSTone.

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SOAPSTone and Common Sense (T. Paine)

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Using the discussion and reading, determine a modern-day witch hunt. Use academic language and evidence in a short essay to explain the modern-day witch hunt in terms of problem and potential solution. Please see the attachments for in-depth paragraph maps and a rubric.

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This week in class:

The American Enlightenment!
Today we read excerpts from The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine. Attached is the handout from class today.

Vocabulary: Enlightenment, Rationalism, rhetoric, nonfiction

We also completed a SOAPSTone. The SOAPSTone is a reading strategy.

All handouts are attached, including the reading.

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Journal Check #2 (dates from 9/17 to 10/23)
Be sure to date each journal entry if you haven't been.

If you were absent, please find a classmate to copy down the prompts and/or notes from. If you had an excused absence (like the PSAT), please write the date and "excused absence" underneath.

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Reading HW: Act 4 (finish the play)
 
Prepare to be quizzed on all four acts of The Crucible on Monday (8/23).

Thursday/Friday in class:
-We read Half-Hanged Mary by Atwood
-We completed a close reading assignment in groups
-We presented in groups
 
If you missed class today or yesterday, please e-mail me for the required close reading assignment. Attached is the study guide for the quiz and the poem we read in class.

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If you missed class today (10/18) or yesterday (10/17), we completed a song analysis. Please find the necessary handout and complete it to turn it in by your next class.

In order to complete this assignment, you will need to review these literary terms:
Metaphor
Similar
Personification
Topic VS theme
Tone

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Reading: The Crucible Act 3 p.207-228 (suggestion: 7-10 pages a night)

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Homework due on Monday:
  1. Read The Crucible Act 2 (P.191-205).
  2. Complete the character studies handout for four characters.
If you were taking the PSAT on Wednesday and missed class, the attached file is the handout due on Monday. I have extra hard copies as well.
 

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Journal check #1

Be sure if you have not completed a class activity in your journal, you do so before this date.
If you had an excused absence, please write the date and "excused absence". If you were absent but not excused, you have until this date to complete the journal entry you missed. The prompts will not be posted, so if you need one, ask a classmate!

If you are in Period 2 or 4, this is due 9/8.
If you are in Period 5, this is due 9/6.

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It's time for an in-class essay on This Boy's Life and The Call of the Wild. Attached are the prompts and the rubric.

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Read through Ch.4 of The Call of the Wild by Jack London.
Find the link in my posts to read online!

If you are in Period 5 - this is due 8/29.
If you are in Period 2 or Period 4 - this is due 8/30.