Material Covered in Class:
9/28: Editorial cartoons; voice lesson (diction); Anne Bradstreet's "The Author to Her Book" discussion
Assignment: Aims & Modes Essay 3 (definition paper) see calendar for due date
9/30: Discussed in detail Edward Taylor's poems "Huswifery" and "Upon a Spider Catching a Fly"
Assignment for 10/4: Read Jonathan Edwards' bio and sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"
10/4: Discussed "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"; reviewed Aims and Modes process essay; looked at fragments and plurals/possessives in
Diana Hacker Manual as the the writing workshop focus for Aims and Modes essay 3 (definition essay)
10/6: New Aims and Modes Assignment: Essays that appeal to the senses due Friday, 10/14; took Early American Lit Test
Homework: Read literature background from Reason and Revolution Period along with Benjamin Franklin's
bio and the selection From the Autobiography, Be prepared to discuss on Monday, 10/10.
10/10: Returned essays for discussion; discussed Franklin's bio and began discussion of Autobiography.
Assignment: Must be able to answer questions about Franklin's relationship with his brother in regards to
his business, his religion, and his 13 virtues. Pick one of the virtues (1-11) and try to keep it daily as Franklin did;
keep a short journal-due Friday. Also read Crevecoer's bio and "What is an American?"
10/12: Pop quiz on Franklin's Autobiography; gave aphorism assignment for Friday, 10/14 (research and bring to
class 2 of Franklin's aphorisms that appeared in Poor Richard's Almanack--paraphrase and explain your
choice); finished discussion on the Autobiography; discussed Crevecoeur's bio and began "What is an
10/14: Gave back tests and reviewed; went over syntax sheets; finished discussing Crevecoeur's "What is an American?"
Assignment: read Patrick Henry's "Speech to the Virginia Convention" (handout) and be prepared to do group
work on Tuesday.
10/18: Voice lesson-syntax; Patrick Henry "Speech to the Virginia Convention" chart completion on the appeals with
Assignment: Read Thomas Paine bio and "The American Crisis"; read handout of Declaration of
10/20: Returned Aims and Modes Essay #4 (senses) and discussed; discussed Paine's "The American Crisis"
and Jefferson's Declaration of Independence
Assignment: study for test on Monday (literature from Reason and Revolution period); make essay
corrections if necessary.
10/24: Took Reason and Revolution test; assigned Scarlet Letter reading (12 chapters completed by 11/1)
10/26: Reviewed Reason and Revolution test; notes on themes, symbols, and characters for The Scarlet
Letter; S.S.R. time
11/1: Scarlet Letter pop quiz and discussion on chapters 1-11
11/3: Scarlet Letter discussion on chapter 12; The Crucible character list & themes; began reading Act 1
11/7: Turned in Aims & Modes Essay 4; got new Aims & Modes assignment (essays that appeal to reason);
finished listening to Act I of The Crucible.
11/9: Pop quiz on chapters 12-24 of The Scarlet Letter. Discussion and review of these final chapters; began
Act II of The Crucible
11/14: Finish reading Act II and began Act III of The Crucible with discussion
11/16: Discussed comma usage in Diana Hacker manual; got character map assignment; finished reading
11/18: Discussed comma usage in Diana Hacker manual; looked at editorial cartoons; discussed connections
with The Scarlet Letter
11/29: Returned tests and discussed; went over sheets on tone, detail, imagery; voice lesson (tone); assigned
Aims & Modes essay 7 (compare/contrast)
12/1: Guidance Office visit; pop quiz on first half of Huckleberry Finn; short discussion of the novel
12/5: Discussion of Huckleberry Finn; Emerson bio and begin "Self-Reliance"
12/7: voice lesson (tone); Self-Reliance discussion and reading; Emerson written response assignment
12/9: Self-Reliance discussion (finish); Emerson's poems "Rhodora" and "Concord Hymn"; HF essay assignment;
12/13: Editorial cartoons; Huck Finn pop quiz; Huck Finn discussion in prep for test Thursday
12/15: Huck Finn test; assign Secret Life of Bees reading
12/19: S.S.R. time; Christmas songs game
1/3/2012: Huck Finn essay returned and discussed; pop quiz on Secret Life of Bees; discussion of the novel
1/5: Did in-class writing assignment; received Their Eyes Were Watching God to begin reading
1/9: Voice Lesson (Secret Life of Bees); tone and diction voc. words; background for Their Eyes Were Watching God
1/11: Editorial; AP vocabulary terms; S.S.R. time
1/18: Exam Review
1/25: Voice lesson (syntax) and introduction to The Informed Argument
1/27: Editorial cartoon; went over Point of View sheet and other AP vocabulary terms used (test postponed until
next Thursday, 2/2); Discussed Toth's "Going to the Movies" and finished reading the Introduction in The
Informed Argument. Assignment for Tuesday, 1/31: Read "Beauty; When the Other Dancer is the Self" on
page 34 in The Norton Reader and answer questions 1-3; also read pages 9-16 in The Informed Argument.
1/31: Finished reading Chapter 1 in The Informed Argument with discussion. Discussed "Beauty: When the
Other Dancer is the Self." Assignment for Monday 2/6: Read in The Norton Reader, "Once More to the
Lake" on page 54. Answer questions 1-4.
2/2: Test on AP vocabulary terms. Assignment: Read Chapter 2 in The Informed Argument pages 23-35; write
a syllogism and enthymeme for Monday, 2/6.
2/6: Discussed "Once More to the Lake"; discussed the first part of Chapter 2 in The Informed Argument
Assignment: Finish reading Chapter 2 and make notes on each of the fallacies
2/8: Discussed the remainder of Chapter 2; group work on fallacies; began evaluating newspaper article
Assignment: Read Chapter 3 for Tuesday
2/10: Took MC practice test and checked; discussed answers
2/14: MC test answers with discussion; evaluation of newspaper article
2/16: Reviewed Chapter 3 with discussion Assignment: Read Chapter 4 for Tuesday
2/21: Went over first half of chapter 4; fallacy review. Assignment for Thursday: Find an example of an argument in
media (can be online or magazine/newspaper source)
2/23: Presented media examples of argument; finished looking at and discussing media from chapter 4
2/27: The Informed Argument Test (chapters 1-3); review of chapter 4. Assignment: read first half of chapter 5 for
2/29: Reviewed and discussed Chapter 5 (first part); argumentation packet
3/2: Reviewed and discussed last part of Chapter 5; argumentation packet
3/8: Quiz on chapters 4-5 of The Informed Argument; finished discussing argumentation packet; received writing
3/12: Voice Lesson (syntax); read and discussed the first half of chapter 6 (Informed Argument)
3/14: Timed Writing #1, discussion of research project
3/20: Chapter 7 reading/reviewing/discussion in The Informed Argument; reviewed The Trouble With Boys essay
3/22: Finished discussion of The Trouble With Boys by looking at response letters; reviewed TW #1 and looked at
good sample prompt and paper
3/26: Went to the Media Center for research
3/28: Timed Writing #2, "On Dumster Diving" with questions 1-4 at end of reading; graded note cards for research
4/9: Discussed Timed Writing #2 and looked at AP writing samples; discussed compiling the research paper
4/11: Timed Writing #3; began reading assignment "One Violent Crime" on page 10 in The Norton Reader.
Answer all questions at end of essay for Friday.
4/13: Voice lesson (imagery); discussed "On Dumpster Diving" and "One Violent Crime." Assignment: Read
"Under the Influence" on page 63 and answer questions 1 and 2 at the end
417: Discussed Timed Writing #3 and looked at sample responses to grade; discussed "Under the Influence"
4/19: Took Multiple Choice practice test, checked and discussed; took up responses to "From Behind the
4/23: Returned research papers; took Timed Writing #4; discussed "From Behind...."
4/25: Returned Timed Writing #4 and discussed; discussed "A Modest Proposal"; examined a synthesis prompt
in preparation for timed writing on Friday. Assignment: Do a 1 1/2 page typed response to question #4 at the
end of "A Modest Proposal"--follow directions. Due Friday, 4/27.
4/27: AP vocabulary words; took Timed Writing #5; looked at King Lear writing samples (TW#4)
5/1: Look at satire writings and shared; reviewed TW #5; finished reviewing Lear writing samples; took
Timed Writing #6
5/3: Looked at TW #6 and shared with class; looked at same writing AP samples; S.S.R. time
5/7: Took Multiple Choice practice test and discussed
5/9: Took Timed Writing #7; took AP voc. quiz; S. S. R. time
5:11: Took Multiple Choice Test, checked and discussed
5/15: Discussed TW 7, looked at sample prompts and discussed
5/17: Faulkner background; "A Rose for Emily"; portfolio project; assigned As I Lay Dying
5/21: Tennessee Williams bio; themes for The Glass Menagerie; begin reading Assignment: Character Map due
Friday with quiz on the play
5/23: Read The Glass Menagerie and discussed
5/25: Finished reading The Glass Menagerie, discussed, and took quiz; S.S.R. time