February 15th, 2018

February 15/16

  1. Class Work – Brutus’s Soliloquy
    1. Class work Assignment – Number and paraphrase the lines of Brutus’s soliloquy (2.1.10-34) on page 1220 of your text.
      1. For Example/
      2. Caesar must die, and for me,
      3. I have no reason to fight him,
      4. Except for the good of the people. He will become the king.
    2. You may NOT use the No Fear Shakespeare books for this class work!
  2. Homework – Act II questions – Answer questions 1 through 4 on page 1237. Do not copy the questions; answer them in complete sentences, using the key words of each question.

February 15th, 2018

February 13/14

  1. Act I quiz – if you missed this quiz, see me or Mr. Sood during block 4 or after school.
  2. Read Act II starting on page 1220.
  3. No Homework

February 9th, 2018

February 9-12

  1. Homework is due – Act I questions
  2. Julius Caesar Act I Reading – As a class, we read Act I aloud and discussed the main points.
    1. These study questions will prepare you for the quiz next class:
      1. Who are Marullus and Flavius?
      2. Why are the nobles upset?
      3. Who is Caesar’s best friend?
      4. What is the Feast of Lupercal?
      5. How does Caesar respond to the Soothsayer?
      6. What are the ides of March?
      7. What does Caesar do when Antony offers him a crown?
      8. What are omens?
      9. What omens did Casca, Cassius, and Cicero discuss?
      10. What could the omens mean?
  3. Quiz next class on Act I


February 7th, 2018

February 7/8

  1. Homework is due – Dramatic Terms
  2. Class work – Shakespearean Dialogue
    1. Class work: Write a dialogue between two or more characters in which you use the twenty words above. Underline the key words.  The dialogue must be at least one-page long.
      1. Example:
        1. An you are going to the kitchen, bring me a drink.
        2. Marry! Go for it yourself.
        3. Prithee, bring me a drink.
        4. Tell me wherefore I should help you.
      2. *The key word should be underlined only the first time you use it. Use all twenty of the key terms. Use no more than one key word per line of dialogue.
  3. Julius Caesar Act I – Read the Background information on page 1199. Then quietly read Act I.
  4. Homework – Act I questions – Answer questions 1 through 5 on page 1219. Do not copy the questions; answer them in complete sentences, using the key words of each question.

February 2nd, 2018

February 5-6

  1. No Fear Shakespeare
    1. You may access the free translation on the internet at http://nfs.sparknotes.com/juliuscaesar/
  2. Shakespeare class work
    1. We will read pages 1186 through 1189 in the literature book. A set of ten questions will follow for a class work assignment.
    2. These questions will be posted after we hold the class.
  3. Elizabethan Words
    1. NOTES: Copy the seventeen Elizabethan words and definitions from page 1192 into your notes. Add the following words:
      1. saucy – disrespectful
      2. ague – fever
      3. sad – serious
  4. Homework – Dramatic Terms
    1. Drama
    2. Tragedy
    3. Tragic hero
    4. Tragic flaw
    5. Comedy
    6. Props
    7. Dialogue
    8. Dramatic Monologue
    9. Soliloquy
    10. Aside

January 30th, 2018

January 30 – Feb 2


Tuesday, January 30, 2018: ODD Full Day
– Block 1 Exam (8:25-10:15)
– 3 rd Block Class (10:20-11:44)
– Regular schedule will be followed for remainder of the day

Wednesday, January 31, 2018: EVEN Half Day
– Block 2 Exam (8:25-10:15)
– Block 4 Exam (10:20-12:25)

Thursday, February 1, 2018: ODD Half Day
– Block 3 Exam (8:25 – 10:15)
– Block 5 Exam (10:20 – 12:25)

Friday, February 2, 2018: EVEN Half Day *Please note this exam schedule change
– Block 7 Exam (8:25 – 10:15)
– Block 6 Exam (10:20 – 12:25)

o 1 st lunch – 10:20 – 10:45
o 2 nd lunch – 10:55 – 11:20
o 3 rd lunch – 11:30 – 11:55
o 4 th lunch – 12:00 – 12:25 (Students in 4 th lunch will dismiss from lunch)


January 11th, 2018

January 11/12

  1. Homework is due (I have extended this assignment until next class) – Title: “On Nuclear Disarmament” – Read pages 654 through 659. Write a paragraph to explain why you think our country should or should not disarm our nuclear weapons. Include several reasons or facts to support your position.
  2. Notes on Writing a Persuasive Essay
    1. A persuasive essay is usually written as a six-paragraph essay:
      1. Introduction – Explanation of the basic issue and your position. Start with an interesting fact.
      2. First argument
        1. Fact 1
        2. Fact 2
      3. Second argument
        1. Fact 1
        2. Fact 2
      4. Third argument
        1. Fact 1
        2. Fact 2
      5. One opposing argument and a rebuttal.
      6. Conclusion: Summary of the arguments for your position and a call to action.
    2. Persuasive Essay Pre-write – (Class work assignment)
      1. Should our high school hours be changed to 9:25 until 4?
      2. Should the driving age be raised to twenty-one?
      3. Who is the best football team this season?
        1. Chose one of the topics above or one of your own that I approve and create a pre-write for a six-paragraph essay. Include three arguments for your position on the issue and one good argument for the opposite side. Briefly explain why the opposite argument is not as strong as your arguments. Create an outline that follows your notes.

January 11th, 2018

January 2/3

  1. Evaluating Persuasive Essays – Read pages 646 through 650 in the Literature textbook. As you read the article “Abolishing the Penny Makes Good Sense,” complete the chart on page 647 in your notes.
  2. Class workPersuasive Essay
    1. Answer questions 1 through 10 on page 651 in complete sentences. Do not copy the questions; use key words from the questions to make your answers clear.
      1. For example, question 1 asks “what is the author’s opinion of the penny?” Since the author’s name is Alan Blinder, your answer should include the words “Blinder” and “penny.”
  3. Homework – Title: “On Nuclear Disarmament”
    1. Read pages 654 through 659.
    2. Write a paragraph to explain why you think our country should or should not disarm our nuclear weapons. Include several reasons or facts to support your position.

January 11th, 2018

December 19/20

  1. Grammar Test

January 11th, 2018

December 15/18

  1. Sentence Structure Class work – Complete Exercise 7 on pages 505-506. The title is Sentence Structures.  Write each sentence out double-spaced.  Label the subjects and verbs in the sentence on the lines above them. Place (parentheses) around the dependent clauses and [brackets] around the independent clauses, and then label the structure: simple, compound, complex, or compound/complex.
  2. Grammar Test next class

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