May 18

DUE: Slam poetry response #2 (turnitin.com)


ACTIVITIES:

  1. Discuss slam poems
  2. Work time

HW:

  1. Written Supplement — Individually, you need to write one piece (300+ words, typed) that could accompany your story performance as an epilogue or prologue.  It should relate to your story.  It could be directly commenting on your story, or it could be totally separate but thematically connected.  Possibilities include a monologue, an informational piece about a related current event, an extension of the story itself, an analysis or commentary on the story, an original performed scene, and of course, an interpretive dance.  You are not limited to this list of possibilities.

May 8

DUE: None


ACTIVITIES:

  1. Prom voting
  2. Unit overview (End of Year Unit Guide — Level)
  3. Reminder about sentence project: Favorite Sentence Project
  4. Introduce Slam Poetry
  5. Watch and discuss Katie Makkai’s “Pretty”
  6. Assign groups and stories for the Short Story Project

HW:

  1. Annotate your short story in two colors
    1. one for analysis of the story
    2. another for performance ideas/notes
  2. Slam Poetry Response #1 due Friday.  View all three of the following poems and select one to write about.  Submit to Turnitin.com.  I’ve attached lyrics for those who prefer the word printed rather than spoken, but you should watch each nonetheless.
    1. “Boys Don’t Cry” by Jack McCarthy (Boys Dont Cry)
    2. “S is for Lisp” by George Watsky (lyrics)
    3. “Ohm” by Saul Williams (Ohm by Saul Williams)

May 2

DUE:


ACTIVITIES:

  1. Review timed writing tips
  2. Return The Road Timed Writes
  3. Thesis practice with various prompts for Q3
  4. Review MWDS for each novel / play

HW: None.  You guys are ready for this thing.  Go smack that test around and tell ’em Danny sent ya.

April 28

DUE: Nothing collected.


ACTIVITIES:

  1. Poetry Multiple Choice
    1. Discuss answers
  2. Review Q3 prompts from last 15 years.
  3. Write a practice thesis for a Q3 prompt.
    1. Where would that essay go?
      1. Outline

HW: None.  Come prepared again with your generic theses and your MWDS.  We will continue to practice Q3 in our last review day before the test!

 

April 26

DUE:

  1. Poetry Response (Turnitin.com)

ACTIVITIES:

  1. Discuss poems.
  2. Discuss “The Street” and sample essays
  3. Last Timed Write!
    1. Stop at 20 minutes and discuss how far we got in that amount of time (DECA people still need to make up this half timed write)
    2. Strategies for test taking
    3. Discuss the poem and what we were writing

HW:

  1. Write six ‘generic’ thesis statements (one for each novel / play we read this year). You need to have them printed out next class, as we will use them / edit them with a variety of prompts.
  2. Also bring EACH MWDS, either as a hard copy or on a device you’ll be able to access during class.