February 15

DUE:

  1. Sentence Outline
  2. Slavery Notes

ACTIVITIES:

  1. Peer feedback for essay
  2. Discuss slavery research
  3. Begin reading Beloved
    1. Use opening-pages in place of notes for this first section
    2. Create a timeline as best you can to keep track of the events in the narrative (it will jump around a lot)

HW:

  1. Read through page 43 of Beloved
    1. Write responses to the opening questions (see link above) instead of taking notes for this section.

February 9

DUE: Seminar Entry Ticket (online)


ACTIVITIES:

  1. Socratic Seminar / work time

HW:

  1. Complete the Major Works Data Sheet and submit one per group (with all member names, please!) to Turnitin.com.
  2. Timed Write for Slaughterhouse-Five next class
  3. Due Wednesday: Sentence outline for Major Essay (TTTC SH-5)
    1. Look back at your previous sentence outline if you need a template.  Otherwise, here is what I provided last time (which completely lacks evidence): sample-sentence-outline.

Snow update!

Dearest seniors,

With the cancellations to school the last two days, we didn’t exactly get to have our Socratic seminar today–that is, unless you all built snow forts and talked about Slaughterhouse-Five without me, in which case, I’m hurt that I wasn’t invited.  Assuming we return to school on Thursday, we will have our Socratic seminar that day.  This means that the MWDS and Timed Write for SH-5 will be moved to next Monday, the sentence outline to Wednesday, and the final draft of the TTTC / SH-5 Paper to after break.  Heartbreaking, I know.

Enjoy your time in the snow, and please dress yourselves more appropriately for cold weather than Billy Pilgrim did.

Sincerely,

Mr. Level

February 3

DUE:

  1. Notes (checked off sections 4 and 5)

ACTIVITIES:

  1. Ch. 9-10 Quiz
  2. Discuss Ch. 9-10 in small groups
  3. Activity: how are we to respond to the horrific?
    1. How does Vonnegut raise the question?
    2. What answers does the novel provide?
    3. What final impression does he leave us with?
  4. seminar entry ticket
    1. select two characters for number 3
    2. randomly draw two traits for number 4

HW:

  1. Seminar Entry Ticket — due next class to Turnitin.com.  (Bring a hard copy if you’d like, but I will grade the Turnitin.com one).
  2. MWDS due next Thursday (day of the Timed Write)

February 1

DUE:


ACTIVITIES:

  1. Announcements:
    1. Next week: Seminar on Tuesday; Timed Write and MWDS on Thursday
    2. Feb 13: Sentence outline due for major paper.
  2. Finish “The Satire Paradox” podcast
    1. Discuss Gladwell’s position
    2. View an example from Stephen Colbert
  3. Quiz 4: Ch. 6-8
  4. Group discussions:
    1. Trout’s stories
    2. Billy’s reaction to the quartet

HW:

  1. Read Ch. 9-10 (the rest of the book!); notes
  2. In two class periods… we will have a seminar, for which you will need to have analyzed a modern piece of satire aimed at a current social issue.  You may want to begin finding a piece of satire between now and next class, though you don’t have to.