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.

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.