January 27

DUE: Notes


ACTIVITIES:

  1. Review Finals
    1. AP Test score (*unofficially!)
  2. Quiz 3 – Ch. 5
  3. Group discussions
  4. Listen to Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast: “The Satire Paradox” (we made it through about 26 minutes)
    1. Take notes in two columns: Gladwell’s views on satire / your views and responses
    2. This piece will be a critical text on our Socratic Seminar at the end of the unit.  If you were gone, please listen to catch up.

HW:

  1. Read Ch. 6-8; Notes

January 25

DUE: Notes #2


ACTIVITIES:

  1. Quiz 2 – Ch. 3-4
  2. Class: Discuss the backwards movie
  3. Groups: Discuss specific passages from the chapters
    1. Our view of Billy
    2. PTSD
    3. Metafiction
    4. Vonnegut and religion
    5. What to do about those darn Tralfamadorians.
  4. Brief intro to satire

HW:

  1. Read 5; notes

January 23

DUE: Notes


ACTIVITIES:

  1. Review unit guide and essay prompts
  2. Ch. 1-2 Quiz
  3. Discuss Chapters 1 and 2
    1. Add to MWDS
    2. Motifs
    3. Irony
    4. Syntax
    5. Juxtaposition
    6. Tralfamadorians

HW:
1. Read Ch. 3-4; notes.

January 17

DUE: None


ACTIVITIES:

  1. Review MC Final
  2. Practice Q3
    1. brainstorm
    2. discuss options
  3. Read “Game” by Donald Barthelme.
    1. “I am not well.”
  4. Discuss Vonnegut’s commencement address
  5. Check out books
  6. major-works-data-sheet-sh-5
  7. Background on Vonnegut: vonnegut-ppt
  8. Read Vonnegut’s interview where he discusses Dresden

HW:

  1. Read Ch. 1-2 by Monday
    1. Complete the notes assignment (mentioned in your 2nd quarter Unit Guide) for 5 of the 6 reading sections.
  2. Final next class
    1. Prose Timed Write
    2. Question 3 Timed Write

January 12

DUE:

  1. MWDS
  2. Nicenet responses (online)

ACTIVITIES:

  1. Final Day One
    1. Multiple Choice
    2. Poetry Timed Write

HW:

  1. Read Kurt Vonnegut’s commencement-speech-1981 before next class period
    1. Come with 3-5 lines or quotes from the speech that stood out to you.  We will begin our discussion with these.
  2. Turn in your Things They Carried books next class.
  3. Day 2 of our Final will be on Thursday, January 19.

January 10

DUE: Poetry Response


ACTIVITIES:

  1. Poetry practice: “Southern Cop”
  2. Return Timed Writes
    1. Reminder: I’ve posted some handouts on poetry terms on my website
  3. Discuss a poem from the back two pages of the second quarter packet
  4. Multiple Choice Practice
    1. Work with a partner to change answers.
    2. Here are the answers:
      1. C
      2. A
      3. C
      4. E
      5. D
      6. D
      7. E
      8. B
      9. E
      10. C
      11. D
      12. B
      13. B
      14. C
      15. A

HW:

  1. MWDS: Each group needs to submit to Turnitin.com (with all names on it) and provide hard copy next class.
  2. Nicenet responses (no hard copy of these)
  3. First half of Final next class

January 6

DUE:

  1. POV Analysis
  2. POV practice (completed during class)

ACTIVITIES:

  1. Discuss POV in three short stories
  2. Read a strong sample essay on POV in “Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”
  3. Watch film version of “Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” (24 minutes)
    1. My link takes you to the YouTube version, but a higher quality video is available on Netflix [The Twilight Zone — Season 5, Episode 22]
    2. If you were gone, you need to watch this.
  4. Write a paragraph analyzing how Enrico (the director) uses film techniques to convey POV in his film version of “Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”

HW:

  1. Poetry Response — Select a poem from pages 7 and 8 of the packet.  Submit your response to Turnitin.com, and bring a printed copy to class.
  2. Remember: Nicenet.org responses and TTTC MWDS due on Thursday (which is day one of our final).