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Assignments

English 2 Honors

Instructor
Denise Mesdjian
Term
2017-2018
Department
English, Career Education and the Arts (ECEA)
Description

Welcome to English 2 Honors. In this class you will be encountering a variety of texts from British Literature ranging from the Renaissance to the Modern Era. Be prepared to begin the year discussing the summer reading. In the first weeks of school, we will cover the summer novel, doing a project that ties in elements from the novel with short stories. Once the summer work has been completed, we will move through several different time periods, discussing the literature in each. In some cases, you'll gain valuable historical insight into the novels and poetry through your World History and A.P. European History classes. Throughout the year, you can expect to write at least 9 essays, deliver 2 speeches, present 2 projects, and act in 1 play, aside from completing regular classwork and homework daily. My goal is to cover all aspects of language arts, from reading comprehension to public speaking. You should be challenged throughout the year; I know that as an honors student, you'll be up to the task.

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View the list of roles attached below. Your job is to memorize your part(s) and work with your scene group(s) to perform A Midsummer Night's Dream for your final in this class. I'm also attaching a copy of the script and the grading rubric. As Bottom says, "Take pains, be perfect. Adieu."

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If you registered for AP Language, complete the summer homework. See the attached documents. You will need to check out a copy of The Scarlet Letter and The Language of Composition from the textbook room before you leave for summer -OR- check the books out during summer school.

Past Assignments

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Complete the following grammar assignments in your notebook. Study for the grammar test on punctuation on Wednesday, May 23.
Grammar pg. 350, Exercise 3 #1-10
Grammar pg. 359, Exercise 2 #1-10
Grammar pg. 359-360, Review A #1-10
Grammar pg. 367, Exercise 5 #1-10
Grammar pg. 371, Exercise 6 #1-10

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Finish reading A Midsummer Night's Dream and answer the corresponding questions. Honors students will answer questions for ACTS IV and V; sheltered students will answer questions for scenes 7 and 8.

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PRINT OUT A COPY OF THE ATTACHED MIDSUMMER SCRIPT. You will be using this for your end-of-the-year final in this class.

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Spring Semester Extra Credit
Write a critique for The Little Mermaid (only if you haven't already done another Spring Semester Extra Credit assignment).
See directions on the Extra Credit Play Critique tab on the main page of my website.

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Read ACT III of A Midsummer Night's Dream and complete the reading comprehension questions in the attached slides. Also read "This Thing Called Love" from National Geographic and write 5 bullet points (reactions) from the article.

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Read ACT I & II in A Midsummer Night's Dream and answer the attached questions. (Please disregard the sheltered English questions--those aren't for your class.)

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Spring Semester Extra Credit - 10 points in Writing
You may borrow an Anthem book from me again to complete this assignment if you're interested.

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Finish reading Lord of the Flies (chapter 8-12) and complete one page of Cornell Notes.

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Read pgs. 48-109 (Chap. 4-7) in Lord of the Flies. Write a one-page character diary from any of the following characters' points of view: Ralph, Jack, Piggy, Simon, or Roger. The diary entry should be written in first-person and it should explain what has been happening to the character (to you). Include relevant details from the novel and commentary from that character's point of view. Additionally (on a new page in your notebook), pick 2-3 pieces of text from the novel. From these sentences, you will describe William Golding's writing style. For example, what characteristics does Golding's writing have? Does he use complicated syntax like Mary Shelley does? Does he use simple diction like Ayn Rand does? Does he use a great deal of metaphors like Ray Bradbury does? How would you describe Golding's style?

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Read chapters 1-3 in Lord of the Flies, complete one page of Cornell Notes (20 bullet points, 5 study questions, and a short summary) in your notebook and write a one-page biography on William Golding, the author. Include citations for the biography.

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Write an 800-1000 word final chapter for Frankenstein. You may choose to narrate from Walton's point of view, Margaret's point of view, or the monster's point of view. Your ending should be a logical continuation of the events that transpired in the novel. You may write this ending in your notebook or you may type it and print it out to submit in class on Monday.

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For those of you who will be missing class Thursday and Friday, here's what we're doing:
Thursday - Review Grammar Worksheet pg. 96, read "Of Headless Mice & Men" & complete pros/cons chart (attached)
Friday - In-class essay (timed writing: 50 minutes)

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Read Frankenstein pgs. 170-233 (Chapter 20-end) and complete the corresponding reading journal questions.

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Read Frankenstein pgs. 108-169 (Chapters 12-19) and answer the corresponding questions in your notebook.

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Read pages 48 - 107 (Chapters 5-11) in Frankenstein and complete the corresponding questions in your notebook. Remember to answer the questions using complete, detailed sentences.

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Read Frankenstein pgs. 1-47 (this includes Letters 1-4 and Chapters 1-4). Then complete the Frankenstein Journal questions for these sections. Answer the questions in your notebook.

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EXTRA CREDIT ORATORY CONTEST.
See the attached for a speech contest. (Only do this extra credit option if you enjoy public speaking. You cannot get extra credit if you do not go to the district office to give your speech on Thursday, February 8th at 5:30 p.m.)

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Submit a final copy of your persuasive speech essay to Turnitin.com and print out a clean copy to turn in during class. Practice your speech and be ready to present on your assigned day. Print out the speech grading rubric and bring it with you on the day of your speech. Refer to the Persuasive Speech Checklist for important reminders.

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Type your persuasive speech essay rough draft in MLA format, including your Works Cited page. Submit to turnitin.com and print out a copy to bring to class on Monday for peer review. (You need to show me your writing in class before you type it out at home. Also, bring your hand-written copy to school on Monday for a stamp on your stampsheet.)

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Prepare a visual aid to go along with your speech. You can use a chart, a slide, a model, or an exhibit to supplement the content in your speech. Remember that it should be simple, understandable, and LARGE enough to be seen by the audience. Be creative and have fun.

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Pick a persuasive speech topic. Scour the internet for 3 articles that support your stance on your topic and find 3 articles that are against your stance. Bring these articles with you to class on Tuesday.

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Proofread and edit your speech analysis essay. Submit to Turnitin.com and print out a clean paper copy. DUE FRIDAY. (An example speech analysis is attached.)
Also--finish reading Julius Caesar. This text will be on your final exam. It is your responsibility to understand what happens throughout this play.

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Memorize your selected speech from Julius Caesar and write your analysis essay. Submit the essay to Turnitin.com and print out a copy to bring to class.

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Pick one of the following speeches from Julius Caesar and begin memorizing it. You will have to recite this speech in front of the class during the week of December 11.

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Print out and complete the following grammar worksheets. We will have a grammar test next week on Wednesday, November 15.

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Type your Fahrenheit 451 / Anthem Comparison essay in MLA Format. Submit a copy to Turnitin.com and print out a copy to turn in during class. Refer to page 509 of the grammar textbook to see what MLA format looks like. (You do not need a works cited page, however.)

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Print out and complete the following worksheet on Idioms List #3. We will have a quiz on idioms next Tuesday, November 7th. (You should also periodically review idioms from the past lists too.)

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Complete a Major Works Data Sheet on Fahrenheit 451. I am attaching a copy of the document in MS Word and in PDF format. Use whatever works for you. Your document must be typed. Print out a copy to submit in class AND submit a digital copy to Turnitin.com. Put everything in your own words to avoid plagiarism.

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Read Part III "Burning Bright" in Fahrenheit 451. Complete a double-entry journal in your notebook. (Remember to include 10 significant quotes on the left-hand side of your page with explanations on the right-hand side of your page.)

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Read Part II of Fahrenheit 451: "The Sieve and the Sand" and complete one page of Cornell Notes.
Also, study the attached list of idioms and complete the worksheet.

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Read Part I of Fahrenheit 451 called The Hearth and the Salamander. Complete a double-entry journal in your notebook. For this assignment, you'll need to write down 10 significant quotes from the reading selection on the left side of your page. Then on the right, you will write down the significance of the quote or tie it back to something you've read before, or you may ask a question about the quote--particularly if you don't understand something about the book.

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Finish the Word Wizard assignment. You will need to look up 8 new words from last week's reading of Anthem. Write down the word and indicate where you found it in the book. Then write the word's definition and compose a sentence of your own using the new vocabulary word.

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Study the attached idioms in Idioms List 1. Then print out and complete the PDF titled Idioms - It's a Zoo Out There. You will have a quiz on these idioms next week.

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Print out the following grammar worksheets and complete them in order to study for a grammar test you will have on Tuesday, October 3.

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Read "The Monkey's Paw" in the purple literature book (pgs. 32-42) and complete the following questions in your notebook: critical thinking #1-4 pg. 42 and literary analysis #1-3 pg. 43.

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Read pg. 408 in the purple textbook and take notes on tone, etc. Read "The Censors" on pages 410-413 and "The Leader in the Mirror" on pages 415-418. For all three of these readings, complete ONE page of Cornell Notes in your notebook. The sheltered students need to complete a minimum of 15 notes; the honors students need to complete a minimum of 20 notes.

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Read "How Much Land Does a Man Need" on pages 339-354 in your purple literature book and complete the critical reading questions #1-5 on page 354. I expect to see thoughtful, complete-sentence answers in which you cite textual evidence to support your responses.

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Read "By the Waters of Babylon" in the purple literature book (pages 314-326) and complete one page of Cornell Notes in your notebook.
For more information on how to do Cornell Notes and why we do them, check out my Cornell Notes link: http://dbhs.wvusd.k12.ca.us/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=113994&type=u&pREC_ID=417560

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 Fill in the Student News Info Sheet and turn in. This is my way of getting to know you, so share whatever you want me to know. Remember to include a picture of yourself (if possible). If you don't have a current pic, I'll use the pic I have in AERIES.

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 Review How to Read Literature Like a Professor and be ready for the test in class. Remember to focus on the following chapters: Is That a Symbol?; Flights of Fancy; If She Comes Up, It's Baptism; Geography Matters...; ...So Does Season; Marked for Greatness; He's Blind for a Reason, You Know; It's Never Just Heart Disease...; Don't Read with Your Eyes; and Is He Serious? And Other Ironies.

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Read How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas Foster and be prepared to discuss your reading when school starts. You'll need to know the concept Foster explains in each chapter and you'll need to provide examples of when you've seen these concepts in books, plays, or poems you've read or in movies you've seen. There will be a test on these concepts.

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Print out the attached copy of A Midsummer Night's Dream play script. Put your name on it and staple the pages together. You will need this script until the end of the school year.

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EXTRA CREDIT Writing Assignment - Complete a Major Works Data Sheet for A Midsummer Night's Dream. Submit to Turnitin.com and print out a copy.

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Compose a rough draft of your persuasive speech. Your speech should contain an opening paragraph with a thesis (what are you trying to persuade your audience to do or think?), a counter-argument paragraph, 2-3 argument paragraphs, and a closing paragraph. Type this speech and submit to Turnitin.com. Also print a copy to bring to class for peer review.

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EXTRA CREDIT ASSIGNMENT
Revise your Anthem essay according to the teacher recommendations and submit a clean copy of your essay to the Ayn Rand Foundation. Go to the following website to submit: http://essaycontest.aynrandnovels.org/Anthem.aspx
 

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Edit your critique essay and submit the final draft to Turnitin.com. Print out a copy to bring to class.

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Type your critique essay for your nonfiction book. Your essay should be typed in MLA format. Submit a digital copy of your essay to Turnitin.com. Print your essay and bring it to class on Tuesday for peer review.

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Read Henrietta Lacks chapter 32 - 38 (finish the book) and complete one page of Cornell Notes.

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Complete your course registration for next year, get parent signatures, etc. and return your registration card to class on Monday.

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Read Henrietta Lacks chapters 26-31 and complete one page of Cornell Notes in your notebook. Remember to include 20 bullet points, 5 thoughtful study questions, and a summary to capture the key points of this reading selection.

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Draft paragraphs 2 & 3 of the critique essay into your notebook. Follow the directions (attached).

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Read Henrietta Lacks chapters 21-25 and complete one page of Cornell Notes in your notebook. Remember that your Cornell Notes should contain 5 thoughtful study questions, 20 bullet point, and a short summary for each reading selection.

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Read Henrietta Lacks chapters 15-20 and complete one page of Cornell Notes. (Remember that your Cornell Notes should contain 5 study questions, 20 bullet points, and a summary for each reading selection.)

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Revise your Anthem essay one last time before submitting it to Mrs. Mesdjian for a grade. Print out a clean copy of your essay and submit it to Anthem Essay - revision 1 on Turnitin.com. Remember to bring back your Anthem book as well.

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Read chapters 7-14 in Henrietta Lacks and complete one page of Cornell Notes in your notebook. Remember to create 5 study questions, 20 bullet points, and a short summary for this reading selection.

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Type your corrections into your Anthem essay and print a clean copy to bring to class. Submit your essay to Turnitin.com.

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Read the Prologue - chapter 6 of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and complete one page of Cornell Notes in your notebook.

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Type your Anthem essay that you wrote in class on Tuesday and bring the typed copy to class Friday.

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1. Finish reading/review Anthem - Chapters 10-12 and answer the following questions in your notebook. Note: Most of you finished reading and answering the question for chapter 10 in class.
2. Finish your creative writing page you started in class.
3. Finish your vocabulary chart--you'll need to do the last 5 words on list #13.
4. Study for your Anthem in-class Major Works Data Sheet Test.

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Read chapters VII - IX (7-9) in Anthem and complete the following questions in your notebook.

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EXTRA CREDIT SPEECH ASSIGNMENT
See attached directions.
Please bring in a printed copy and e-mail a copy of your speech as well.

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Read chapters III - VI (3-6) of Anthem and complete the attached questions in your notebook.

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Study vocabulary list #11.

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If you were absent from class on Tuesday, January 10, read chapter II of Anthem.

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Read chapter I of Anthem and complete the following study guide questions. Note: #9 will be a work-in-progress.

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Extra Credit Assignments:
Play Critique (2 pts)--If you attended the Fall Play at DBHS, write a critique following the directions found on link on the right side of my website.
Basic Major Works Data Sheet (2 pts)--If you DID NOT ATTEND the Fall Play, but would still like to earn extra credit, follow the directions posted below to complete a Basic Major Works Data Sheet on Frankenstein (for English 2H) or on Julius Caesar (for English 2P). YOU MAY NOT DO BOTH THE CRITIQUE AND THE BASIC MAJOR WORKS DATA SHEET. Pick one.
Poem for the Calliope (1 pt)--Write a poem with the theme of autonomy.
 
For either assignment, print out your work and give it to me by December 5th.

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Rewrite/Revise your Speech Explication essay. Your final draft must be typed in MLA format. Print a copy to turn in AND submit a copy to Turnitin.com. I am including an example essay below.

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Memorize your selected speech from Julius Caesar and deliver it to class this week.

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Read Frankenstein chap. 20-24 and complete the reading comprehension questions in your notebook.

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Read Frankenstein chapters 12-19 and complete the reading guide questions in your notebook.

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Read Frankenstein chapters 5-11 and complete the reading questions that correspond with these chapters in your notebook.

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Read Frankenstein Letters 1-4 and Chapters 1-4. Complete the reading journal questions for these chapters in your notebook.

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Type a rough draft of an argumentative essay for Fahrenheit 451. The directions for the essay are attached.

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Complete a Major Works Data Sheet for Fahrenheit 451. You may use any of the work we've done on the novel thus far to help you. Your work must be typed and printed out.

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Read "Burning Bright" on pages 115-167 in Fahrenheit 451 and complete one page of Cornell notes.

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Read Part II of Fahrenheit 451 "The Sieve and the Sand" on pages 73-113 and complete one page of Cornell Notes.

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Read "The Hearth and the Salamander" section of Fahrenheit 451 on pages 7-72 and complete one page of Cornell Notes. Remember to include 20 bullet points on the right-hand side of your page, 5 study questions on the left, and a summary of this section of the book at the bottom of the page.

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OPTIONAL: Complete the grammar study packet for 1 point per page for a maximum of 8 points which will be recorded in the Classwork section of your grade.

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Read "The Masque of the Red Death" on pages 372-380 in the purple literature book and complete one page of Cornell Notes in your notebook. (Remember that you should have 20 bullet points, 5 study questions, and a brief summary included in your notes.) Your assignment needs to be done in ink, please. No pencil.

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Read "How Much Land Does a Man Need?" on pages 338-354 in the purple Prentice Hall Literature book. Complete one page of Cornell Notes in your notebook (including 20 bullet points, 5 study questions, and a brief summary).

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Read "Contents of a Dead Man's Pocket" on pages 118-134 in the purple literature book. Complete one page of Cornell Notes (including 20 bullet points on the right, 5 questions on the left, and a brief summary at the bottom). Remember to study vocabulary lists 1 & 2 for a quiz on Friday.

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Be sure to finish any questions from this week's reading that you may not have finished in class. Here's a checklist:
"Like the Sun" critical thinking questions - pg. 194 #1-4
"The Open Window" critical thinking questions - pg. 198 #1-4
Comparing points of view chart - pg. 327 #1

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Read "By the Waters of Babylon" on pages 314-326 in the Prentice Hall Literature book. Complete one page of Cornell Notes in your notebook. Include at least 20 bullet points on the right, 5 study questions (or questions about something you don't understand) on the left, and a brief summary at the bottom of the page.

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Read "The Leap" in your Prentice Hall Literature book on pages 47-54. Complete a page of Cornell Notes in your notebook. Remember to include 20 bullet points, 5 questions, and a summary to complete this assignment.

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Read "By the Waters of Babylon" in the purple textbook. Create one page of Cornell Notes. Remember that your note page should contain 20 bullet points, 5 quiz questions, and a brief summary.

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Study your vocabulary list #1. Remember that you will not be quizzed on these words until next week when you will also be studying list #2.

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Turn in your signed course syllabus.

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Read Frankenstein, chapters 20-24 and complete one page of Cornell Notes in your notebook.

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Read Frankenstein chapters 13-18 and complete one page of Cornell Notes in your notebook.

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Extra Credit Play Review: Support the drama department by seeing By the Skin of Our Teeth and write a review of the play. Go to the sidebar on the right side of my webpage for directions on your review. Submit to Turnitin.com and print a copy. Extra Credit will be applied toward your semester grade in December.

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Complete a Major Works Data Sheet for Fahrenheit 451. This will be your assessment for this book, so do a good job and avoid plagiarism by doing your own work. Type up and print out your MWDS, then submit a copy to Turnitin.com by 7:59 a.m.

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Read chapters 1-10 in Frankenstein. (You should have read chapters 1-4 in class this week.) You will need to create one page of Cornell Notes for chapters 5-10 by Tuesday 11/24.

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Study for your grammar test on sentence parts. You will need to know: sentences, fragments, subjects (simple & complete), predicates (simple & complete), compound subjects, compound verbs, direct objects, predicate adjectives & nominatives, indirect objects, and 4 sentence types.

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Read pages 1-18 in Frankenstein and complete one page of Cornell Notes.

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Submit the final draft of your Fahrenheit 451 Analysis essay to Turnitin.com by 7:59 a.m. and print a copy to bring to class. Be sure to check Miss Woods's webpage for complete instructions.

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Read Fahrenheit 451, Part III: Burning Bright. Complete one page of Cornell Notes in your notebook.

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Read Part II: "The Sieve and the Sand" in Fahrenheit 451 and complete one page of Cornell Notes. Study vocabulary lists #9 & 10 for a vocabulary quiz on Friday.

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Read part I of Fahrenheit 451 titled "The Hearth and the Salamander" and complete one page of Cornell Notes. Study vocabulary list #9.

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EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY--Enter the Linc's October Writing Contest for some extra participation points. You could win a $50 gift card. How cool is that? See the attached sheets for details. In addition to sharing your story in Google Docs with the librarian, share it with me as well so I know you entered the contest. Thanks. Have fun!

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Research information on William Shakespeare and the Renaissance (as far as what people read or watched in terms of plays, why they were interested in Greek and Roman stuff, etc.) Complete one page of Cornell Notes on your findings. Study vocabulary list #8; you will have a vocab. quiz on Friday. Additionally--Complete the worksheet I handed out on Tragic Heroes / Compare & Contrast Characters. Honors students, complete questions #3-4 on page 1000 and questions #1-3 on page 1001 in the purple literature book.

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Read ACTs IV and V in Julius Caesar on pages 967-1000 in the purple literature book and complete 2 pages of Cornell Notes in your notebook (one page for ACT IV and one page for ACT V). Study vocabulary list #7.

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Read Julius Caesar ACT III on pages 941-962 and complete one page of Cornell Notes. Study vocabulary lists 5 & 6; you have a vocab. quiz this Friday.

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Read ACT II of Julius Caesar on pages 917-936. Complete one page of Cornell Notes. Study vocabulary list #5.

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Read ACT I of Julius Caesar on pages 893-912 in your purple literature book and complete one page of Cornell Notes. Remember to study vocabulary lists 3 & 4 for the vocab. quiz you will have on Friday.

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Complete the short story review sheet to study for your short stories test. You may draw from any of the eight stories we completed in the first three weeks of school (or if you're new to my class, you may draw from any previous stories/novels you've read). You will take a short stories test on Wednesday in class.

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Create a PowerPoint Presentation in which you apply concepts from 2 chapters of How to Read Literature Like a Professor to the story your group was assigned. Follow the attached instructions to complete your project. Tables 1-4 will present on Monday; tables 5-8 will present on Tuesday. Here are the story assignments by table:
Table 1 - "There Will Come Soft Rains"
Table 2 - "One Thousand Dollars"
Table 3 - "By the Waters of Babylon"
Table 4 - "How Much Land Does One Man Need?"
Table 5 - "Civil Peace"
Table 6 - "The Masque of the Red Death"
Table 7 - "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket"
Table 8 - "The Leap"

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Read "The Leap" on pages 46-54 and "Contents of a Dead Man's Pocket" on pages 118-134 in the purple literature book. Complete one page of Cornell Notes for each story. Also study vocabulary lists #1 & 2 for your vocabulary quiz on Friday, Sept. 4th.

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Read "How Much Land Does a Man Need" on pages 339-354 and "Civil Peace" on pages 358-364 in the purple textbook. Complete one page of Cornell Notes for each story--(so that's 2 total pages of Cornell Notes).  Finish Comparing Points of View questions 1-3 on page 327. We will review/discuss all of these readings and assignments on Monday. Also, study Vocabulary List #1.

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Read "One Thousand Dollars" on pages 308-313 in your purple textbook. Complete one page of Cornell Notes in your notebook. Remember that the Cornell Notes should include 15 bullet points, 5 review questions, and a summary. I will stamp this work on Monday. Have a great weekend. :)