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English 12 Agenda
Week of 05/14-05/18
Monday

Discuss Chapters 23 and 24 with a focus on Amir's recovery, Rahim Khan's letter, Sohrab's difficulties adjusting to his new life, and the trouble with adoption; introduce final essay assignment (4th Qtr grade) See Eng 12 Handouts tab for assignment (Due Date: 5/22)

Tuesday Class time to work on essay drafts or to finish reading The Kite Runner; HOMEWORK: Read Chapter 25 of The Kite Runner
Wednesday Discuss Chapters 24-25 with a focus on Sohrab's grave choice, the journey home, and Sohrab's assimilation into American life.
Thursday Final discussion of novel including themes and final reactions; class time to work on final essay; HOMEWORK: Rough draft of essay due tomorrow
Friday Class time to work on final essay; peer edits of rough draftsl; HOMEWORK: Continue working on final essay; due on Tuesday.

 

Week of 05/07-05/11

Monday Discuss Chapters 18-20 of The Kite Runner with a focus on Amir's reaction to the news of Baba's betrayal, Amir's decision, Amir's growth, and the "new" Kabul; HOMEWORK: Study for Vocabulary Test (Wednesday)
Tuesday No School
Wednesday Vocabulary Test ; HOMEWORK: Read Chapter 21
Thursday Discuss Chapter 21 with a focus on the "experience" at Ghazi Stadium and its significance; HOMEWORK: Read Chapter 22
Friday Discuss Chapter 22 with a focus on the Talib official, Amir's mental state, and Amir's fight with an old "friend"; HOMEWORK: Read Chapter 23
Week of 04/30-05/04
Monday Test on Chapters 1-13 of The Kite Runner; HOMEWORK: Read Chapters 14 & 15
Tuesday Discuss Chapters14 & 15 with a focus on Amir's present, his return to Afghanistan, and his reunion with Rahim Khan; HOMEWORK: Read Chapter 16 **NOTE THE PERSPECTIVE SHIFT TO RAHIM KHAN
Wednesday Discuss Chapter 16 with a focus on Rahim Khan's story of Hassan and his family; HOMEWORK: Read Chapter 17
Thursday Discuss Chapter 17 with a focus on Hassan's letter and Baba's secret
Friday 1/2 Day--SSR; HOMEWORK: Read Chapters 18-19; Begin studying for vocabulary test covering chapters 1-13 (Wednesday 5/9)

 

Week of 04/23-04/27

Monday Discuss Chapters 8-10 with a focus on the changes in Amir and Hassan's relationship, the changes in Amir and Baba's relationship, Amir's continuing guilt, Amir's birthday presents, and Amir and Baba's journey; HOMEWORK: Read Chapters 11 by Wednesday
Tuesday Begin Senior Project Presentations; Continue Discussion of Chapters 9 & 10; HOMEWORK: Read Chapter 12 by Thursday
Wednesday Continue Senior Project Presentations; Discuss Chapter 11 with a focus on Amir and Baba's adjustment to America, Amir's successes, and the introduction to Soraya; HOMEWORK: Read Chapters 12 & 13 and complete vocabulary study
Thursday Vocabuarly Study Due; Discuss Chapters 12 and 13 with a focus on the characterization of Soraya and General Taheri, Baba's illness, and Amir and Soraya's growing relationship; HOMEWORK: Begin Studying for Test on Chapters 1-13 (Monday)
Friday

Catch-Up day for discussion and senior project presentations; HOMEWORK: Study for Test on Chapters 1-13 (no vocabulary included)

 

Week of 04/16-04/20

Monday

Discuss Chapters 1-3 of The Kite Runner with a focus on the technique of flashback; the characterization of Amir, Hassan, Baba, and Ali; and the introduction to the themes of betrayal and guilt, memory, and hope for         redemption; HOMEWORK: Read Chapters 4 & 5 of The Kite Runner

Tuesday
Discuss Chapters 4 & 5 of The Kite Runner with a focus on the relationships between Amir and Hassan, Amir and Baba, and Amir and Rahim Khan; the characterization of Assef; and Baba's gift to Hassan; HOMEWORK: Complete Chapters 4-6 Vocabulary (due Wednesday); read chapter 6 of The Kite Runner by Wednesday and Chapter 7 by Thursday
Wednesday Discuss Chapter 6 of The Kite Runner with a focus on winter in Afghanistan, kite fighting and kite running, and Amir and Hassan's developing relationship; HOMEWORK: Read Chapter 7 of The Kite Runner (trigger warning); complete Chapter 7 Vocabulary
Thursday Discuss Chapter 7 of The Kite Runner with a focus on the kite fight, Amir's memories, and the event that changes Amir forever
Friday Pep Rally Day; HOMEWORK: Read Chapters 8-10 of The Kite Runner

 

Week of 03/26-03/30

Monday Class time to continue to work on Senior Project; goals for the week--complete all research related to social issue (significance of problem, causes, effects, implications, important organizations), anchor and linking texts, MLA works cited page; arrange volunteer efforts
Tuesday Class time to continue to work on Senior Project; goals for the week--complete all research related to social issue (significance of problem, causes, effects, implications, important organizations), anchor and linking texts, MLA works cited page; arrange volunteer efforts
Wednesday 1/2 Day--Class time to continue to work on Senior Project; goals for the week--complete all research related to social issue (significance of problem, causes, effects, implications, important organizations), anchor and linking texts, ML
 
A works cited page; arrange volunteer efforts
Thursday 1/2 Day--Class time to continue to work on Senior Project; goals for the week--complete all research related to social issue (significance of problem, causes, effects, implications, important organizations), anchor and linking texts, MLA works cited page; arrange volunteer efforts
Friday No School--Enjoy the break; work on completing volunteer efforts as well as video; remember, you want to produce the project that will be next year's awesome example!

 

Week of 3/19-3/23

Monday Computer Lab to work on Senior Project; students should focus on researching social issue in terms of the significance, the causes, the effects, and the implications of the problem
Tuesday Computer Lab to work on Senior Project; students should focus on researching social issue in terms of the significance, the causes, the effects, and the implications of the problem
Wednesday Computer Lab to work on Senior Project; students should focus on researching organizations that are involved in solving, working toward a cure for, or bringing awareness to an aspect of the social issue
Thursday Computer Lab to work on Senior Project; students should focus on researching organizations that are involved in solving, working toward a cure for, or bringing awareness to an aspect of the social issue; students should also begin contacting organizations to set up volunteer time
Friday Computer Lab to work on Senior Project; students should focus on researching anchor and linking texts and compiling research into presentation; Anchor text, one linking text, and specific pieces or research due today (see Eng 12 Handouts for important documents)

 

Week of 03/05-03/09

Monday Pop Quiz on Part 9; discuss select parts of Part 9 based on class choice; HOMEWORK: Read Part 10 497-515 "The End of the World (Part I)," "The Ninety-Eighth Day," "The War Maker," "Way of the Words"
Tuesday Discuss Part 10 with a focus on Death's foreshadowing of the end, the loss of Michael Holtzapfel, and the reunion; HOMEWORK: Read the Part 10 516-539 "Confessions," "Ilsa Hermann's Little Black Book," "The Rib-Cage Planes,"  "The End of the World (Part II)"
Wednesday Discuss Part 10 with a focus on Liesel's truth telling, Liesel's anger, Liesel's reward, Liesel's book, and the beginning of Liesel's end; HOMEWORK: Read the Epilogue 543-552
Thursday Final discussion of The Book Thief, with a focus on the prominent themes, the influential characters, and final readers' thoughts; HOMEWORK: Write a reactionary paragraph that details your final thoughts about the novel; this should go beyond a simple "I liked/disliked the story because..." and instead touch on depth of impact the themes or characters had on you.  You may choose to focus on one theme, one character, or the novel as a full entity (Due next Tuesday)
Friday

1/2 Day--Class time to work on paragraph; HOMEWORK: Prepare for the final test on The Book Thief, Part 5 through the Epilogue (Monday)

 

Week of 02/26-03/02

Monday Discuss Part Six ("Fresh Air...," "Death's Diary: Cologne," "The Visitor," "The Schmunzeler," and "Death's Diary: The Parisians" with a focus on the happy moments before the chaos of Part Seven
Tuesday Discuss Part Seven with a focus on Death's use of definitions, three causes of happiness, reading in the shelters, the parade, Max's choice, and the after-effects of Papa's actions; HOMEWORK: Read Part Eight 407-430 ("Dominoes and Darkness," "The Thought of Rudy Naked," "Punishment," "The Promise Keeper's Wife,")
Wednesday Discuss Part Eight with a focus on suspense, Liesel's crush, Liesel's fire, and reactions of those left behind,; HOMEWORK: Read Part Eight 431-455  ("The Collector," "The Bread Eaters," "The Hidden Sketchbook," and "The Anarchist's Suit Collection")
Thursday Discuss Part Eight with a focus on Hans's experience, the giving of bread, and The Word Shaker; HOMEWORK: Read Part Nine
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Week of 02/12-02/16

Monday Read and discuss "The Floating Book (Part I)" with a focus on Death's use of foreshadowing; HOMEWORK: Read "The Gamblers" and "Rudy's Youth" (See Eng 12 Handouts for Reading Purpose Questions)
Tuesday Discuss "The Gamblers" with a focus on the risks inherent in hiding a Jew and "Rudy's Youth" with a focus on Rudy's characterization in light of his life situation; HOMEWORK: Read the remainder of Part Five ("The Losers," "Sketches," "The Whistler and the Shoes," Three Acts of Stupidity by Rudy Steiner," "The Floating Book (Part II)
Wednesday Discuss "The Losers," "Sketches," "The Whistler and the Shoes," "Three Acts," and "The Floating Book (Pt II)" with a focus on characterization of Viktor Chemmel and Rudy, significance of Liesel's "title," and motivation behind Rudy's behavior; HOMEWORK: Read Part Six (pgs. 307-324): "Death's Diary," "The Snowman," and "Thirteen Presents"
Thursday Discuss yesterday's readings with a focus on Death's job and his feelings, the significances of the snowman, and Liesel's emotional burden.
Friday 1/2 Day--SSR; HOMEWORK OVER BREAK: Read the rest of Part Six and all of Part Seven; choose an "illuminating" moment or image from Part Six or Seven and write a cohesive paragraph that explains why this particular moment is so impactful.  Paragraph must be typed in MLA format.

 

Week of 02/05-02/09

Monday Discuss weekend's readings with a focus on Rudy and Liesel's shenanigans, Max's journey, Hans's story, and Max's story; HOMEWORK: Read pages 197-238 (see Eng 12 Handouts for Purpose Questions); study for Thursday's test
Tuesday Discuss yesterday's readings ("The Wrath of Rosa," "Liesel's Lecture," "The Sleeper," "The Swapping of Nightmares," and "Pages from the Basement") with a focus on Rosa's response, Max's brother-figure status, Hans's necessary cruelty, connections between Max and Liesel, Liesel's view of Max, Liesel's understanding of suffering, and "The Standover Man."  HOMEWORK: Study for Thursday's test
Wednesday Complete discussion on previous day's readings with a continued focus on Rosa's response, Max's brother-figure status, Hans's necessary cruelty, connections between Max and Liesel, Liesel's view of Max, Liesel's understanding of suffering, and "The Standover Man."  HOMEWORK: Study for tomorrow's test
Thursday Test on Prologue-Part Four of The Book Thief; HOMEWORK: Read pages 241-266 "The Floating Book (Part I)" and "The Gamblers"
Friday Discuss "The Floating Book" and "The Gamblers" with a focus on Rudy and the seven examples of gambling; visit from Mr. Miller re: attendance policy; HOMEWORK: Read pg. 267-303 ("Rudy's Youth," "The Losers," "Sketches," "The Whistler and the Shoes," "Three Acts of Stupidity of Rudy Steiner," and "The Floating Book (Part II)")

 

Week of 01/29-02/02

Monday Discuss "The Woman with the Iron Fist," "The Kiss," "The Jesse Owens Incident," and "The Other Side of Sandpaper" with a focus on characterization of Rosa, Hans, and Rudy; HOMEWORK: Read pgs 69-80 ("The Smell of Friendship" and "The Heavyweight Champion of the School-yard")
Tuesday Discuss "The Smell of Friendship" and "The Heavyweight Champion of the School-yard" with a focus on Hans and Liesel's relationship and Liesel's strength; HOMEWORK: Read all of Part Two
Wednesday Discuss Part Two of The Book Thief with a focus on Christmas, the "dead letters," Hans Junior, and the second theft; HOMEWORK: Read pages 125-153 ("The Way Home," "The Mayor's Library," "Enter the Struggler," and "The Attributes of Summer")
Thursday Discuss yesterday's readings with a focus on Hans's "insurance," the mayor's wife, Max Vandenburg, and the joys of summer
Friday Continue discussing the joys of summer; class time to begin reading homework; HOMEWORK: Read the remainder of Part Three ("The Aryan Shopkeeper," "The Struggler, Continued," "Tricksters," "The Struggler, Concluded"); read Part Four, pages 173-196; begin studying for test on Prologue-Part Four (next Thursday, 02/08)

 

Week of 01/22-01/26

Monday Survey of Novel Preferences; discussion of classroom expectations
Tuesday Review syllabus; begin introduction to historical context for The Book Thief (see Eng 12 Links tab for link to background Prezi)
Wednesday Continue introduction to historical context for The Book Thief; read and discuss "The Hangman," a poem that introduces a major theme of the novel (see Eng 12 Links tab for link to Prezi; see Eng 12 Handouts tab for copy of The Hangman"); HOMEWORK: Read "The Prologue" (2-15) of The Book Thief
Thursday Discuss "The Prologue" with a focus on the narrator; colors; literary elements of foreshadowing, personification, and structure; and purpose; HOMEWORK: Read pages 19-35 ("Arrival on Himmel Street," "Growing Up a Saumensch")
Friday Discuss "Arrival on Him
Discuss "The Smell of Friendship" and "The Heavyweight Champion of the School-yard" with a focus on Hans and Liesel's relationship and Liesel's strength; HOMEWORK: Read all of Part Two
mel Street" and "Growing Up a Saumensch" with a focus on Liesel's background, the first theft, and characterization of Hans and Rosa; HOMEWORK: Read pages 36-68 ("The Woman with the Iron Fist," "The Kiss," "The Jesse Owens Incident," "The Other Side of Sandpaper")

 

Week of 01/08-01/12

Monday Final Class day to work on finalizing literary analysis essay; HOMEWORK: Complete final draft of literary analysis essay on Macbeth; study for Vocabulary Test
Tuesday Final Draft of Literary Analysis Essay due; Vocabulary Test
Wednesday Film study: Shakespeare in Love, with a focus on Elizabethan Drama and 16th century life
Thursday Film study: Shakespeare in Love, with a focus on Elizabethan Drama and 16th century life
Friday Day 1 of Jeopard Review game to prepare for Midterm Exam

 

Week of 01/03-01/05

Monday No School
Tuesday No School
Wednesday Student-Teacher Essay Conferences; Class time to work on essay; HOMEWORK: Complete rough draft due tomorrow
Thursday Rough Draft due today; Student-Teacher Essay Conferences; Class time to work on essay (See English 12 Handouts for Essay Rubric and Movie Permission slip which is due on Monday)
Friday Student-Teacher Essay Conferences; Class time to work on essay; HOMEWORK: Complete final draft of literary analysis essay (Due Monday, unless a cold day today, then Due Tuesday); study for Macbeth Vocabulary Test on Tuesday)

 

Week of 12/11-12/15

Monday Act 5 Vocabulary study due; read and discuss Macbeth (2.2-2.6) with a focus on the significant changes in Macbeth's character; HOMEWORK: Complete "Unmasked" project (due tomorrow)
Tuesday "Unmasked" project due; read and discuss Macbeth (2.7-2.8) with a focus on the truth of the witches' prophecies, new motifs, and final plot twists; HOMEWORK: Begin work on literary analysis essay; begin studying for quiz on Acts 4 & 5 of Macbeth (Thursday)
Wednesday Writing instruction: prewriting, narrowing, and structure; HOMEWORK: Study for quiz on Acts 4 & 5 of Macbeth
Thursday Quiz on Acts 4 & 5 of Macbeth; Writing instruction: commentary vs. summary
Friday Writing instruction: how to use textual evidence; how to cite evidence; schedule one-on-one conferences; HOMEWORK: Rough draft (minimum of thesis and one body paragraph) due Monday

 

Week of 12/4-12/8

Monday Test on Acts 1-3 of Macbeth
Tuesday Macbeth "Unmasked" activity (See Eng 12 Links for details of project and Eng 12 Handouts for copy of assignment); HOMEWORK: Complete Act 4 Vocabulary Study
Wednesday Read and discuss Macbeth (4.1-4.2) with a focus on the witches' new prophecies, Macbeth's deteriorating character, and new theme (one cannot alter fate)
Thursday Read and discuss Macbeth (4.2-4.3) with a focus on characterizations of Malcolm and Macduff, Malcolm's test of Macduff, Macduff's reaction to the news of his family's death, and predictions for Act 5
Friday Introduce Final Literary Analysis essay (See Eng 12 Handouts for topics); Read and discuss Macbeth (5.1-5.3) with a focus on significant changes in both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth; HOMEWORK: Work on Unmasked project (due Tuesday)

 

Week of 11/27-12/1

Monday Continue reading and discussing Macbeth (2.2-2.3) with a focus on motifs (darkness, ambiguity, blood, water), themes (deceptive appearances and unnatural events = political unrest), changes in character, and comic relief; HOMEWORK: Complete Act 3 Vocabulary Study (See Eng 12 Handouts)
Tuesday Act 3 Vocabulary Due; Continue reading and discussing Macbeth (2.4-3.1) with a focus on motifs (darkness, blood, water), themes (deceptive appearances and unnatural events = political unrest), and significant character developments; HOMEWORK: Study for test on Acts 1, 2, and 3 of Macbeth scheduled for Friday.
Wednesday Continue reading and discussing Macbeth (3.2-3.3) with a focus on Macbeth's disintegrating character, changes in the Macbeths' relationship, and plot development; HOMEWORK: Study for test on Acts 1, 2, and 3 of Macbeth scheduled for Friday.
Thursday Class time to complete study guide to help prepare for tomorrow's test on Acts 1-3 of Macbeth (See Eng 12 Handouts)
Friday Test on Acts 1-3 of Macbeth

 

Week of 11/20-11/21

Monday Career Cruising and Senior Survey
Tuesday 1/2 Day for P/T Conferences


 

Week 11/13-11/17