Friday, September 30, 2011


Grammar Practice: Pronoun Consistency #1

Period 3: Begin reading chapter 1 of Ragged Dick
Period 4: Finish reading "Bud Freeman" excerpt, complete "Thinking While Reading" sheet and turn it in--if not finished, submit it Monday.

Both periods: Model MLA format for Work Interview assignment.
HW: Complete Work Interview assignment -- transcript and the reflection in MLA format due next TUESDAY, October 4.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Period 3 - Finish reading "Roy Schmidt" excerpt from Studs Terkel's Working and complete first side of "Thinking While Reading" sheet. We'll pick up with the "Bud Freeman" excerpt on Friday and the "Thinking While Reading" sheet will be due at the end of class on Friday.

Period 4 - Finish reading "Bud Freeman" excerpt from Studs Terkel's Working and complete the remainder of the "Thinking While Reading" sheet. This sheet will be due at the beginning of class on Friday--please complete for homework.

Introduce Work Interview assignment -- model the transcript and the reflection in MLA format. This assignment is due next TUESDAY, October 4.

HW: Complete Work Interview Transcript and Reflection for next Tuesday's class, October 4th. The "Thinking While Reading" sheet is due on Friday.

Monday, September 26, 2011


Introduce new vocabulary
Read "Roy Schmidt," excerpt from Studs Terkel's Working aloud
Complete "Thinking While Reading" sheet for "Roy Schmidt" excerpt

PERIOD 4: GRADE LEVEL ASSEMBLY - this will be tomorrow's agenda

HW: Complete side 1 of "Thinking While Reading" sheet if needed.

Friday, September 23, 2011


Turn in yesterday's success mini-essay

Grammar Practice: Pronoun Ambiguity #2

HW: Finish American Dream Collage if needed. Otherwise, none :-)

Thursday, September 22, 2011


Analyze structure, appeals, and devices using SAD method for "9/11 Address to the Nation" by President Bush

Group activity: Success Continuum - read each of the descriptions and determine which individual is the most successful/least successful. Discuss and share out as a class.

HW: Write 200-400 words reflecting on today's activity. Consider the following:
1) What does being successful really mean to you?
2) What qualities or personality traits do successful people share?
3) To what extent does money define success? Job prestige? Personal relationships?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Watch the "9/11 Address to the Nation." Work through SOAPSTone analysis of the transcript of the "9/11 Address to the Nation" speech by former President George W. Bush. Report out using the Bag of Destiny.

You may find it helpful to review:

HW: Reread "9/11 Address to the Nation" and write up a SAD analysis. You may find it helpful to watch the speech again.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Back-to-School Night Letters
Back-to-School Night PowerPoint for Parents

Hall pass distribution
Trip to Textbook Room for Ragged Dick by Horatio Alger

HW: None :-)

Monday, September 19, 2011


Vocabulary Quiz over Zeitoun words
Watch "9/11 Address to the Nation" by former President George W. Bush and analyze it using SOAPSTone and SAD methods. Video:

HW: Finish analysis of "9/11 Address to the Nation" by President Bush and be prepared to discuss your SOAPSTone and SAD writeups tomorrow! Rewatch video if needed.

Friday, September 16, 2011


Grammar Practice: Pronoun Ambiguity #1
Analyze CNN Video, "Six Years Later, A Look Back" using SOAPSTone and SAD methods. Discuss subject, occasion, audience, purpose, speaker, tone, structure, appeals, and devices in class.

HW: Study for vocabulary quiz over Zeitoun words!

Thursday, September 15, 2011


Zeitoun Vocabulary Warm-up #2
Continue using SOAPSTone method to analyze "Six Years Later, A Look Back" video from CNN--retrospective overview of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Share out with class. Complete and turn in SOAPSTone reflection

HW: Vocabulary quiz Monday over words from Zeitoun.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Introduce SOAPSTone method for rhetorical analysis
Analysis: breaking texts down into parts; examining pieces for patterns and style
Rhetoric: the art of speaking and writing to persuade or move people emotionally

Watch "Six Years Later, A Look Back" video from CNN--retrospective overview of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Take notes on Subject, Purpose, and Tone sections of SOAPSTone. Share out with class.

HW: Vocabulary quiz Monday over words from Zeitoun.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011



HW: Study vocabulary from Zeitoun for quiz on Monday, 9/19.

Monday, September 12, 2011


Vocabulary warm-up for Zeitoun #1
Submit Discussion Notes and Self-Evaluation/Reflection
Examine sample prompt
Review SAT scoring guide
Discuss the ABCDs of timed essays
Brainstorm sample paragraphs together - check out one complete sample essay on the Acceptance/Belonging prompt

HW: Prepare for baseline essay. Print any resources you'd like to use!

Friday, September 9, 2011


Grammar Practice: Pronoun Case #2
Continue seminars - Acceptance/Belonging, Responsibility, Optimism/Resilience

Period 3 Only: finish vocabulary and grammar on Pronoun Case #1 from last week. Watch Tavis Smiley interview with the Zeitoun family

HW: Catch up on reading as needed - at least 10-15 pages a night if you're behind!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Finish group assignment from yesterday - generating Levels of Questions for the motifs of Responsibility, and Optimism/Resilience
Stamp and share homework on Acceptance/Belonging with group members
Determine the group's best question (most thought-provoking or likely to inspire discussion)
Chart the group's best question on the appropriate poster paper for each motif

HW: Review/reread Zeitoun in preparation for tomorrow's discussion. If you like, watch this interview conducted by Tavis Smiley for PBS with Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun as a refresher. Please bring your copy of Zeitoun, your discussion notes and self-evaluation/reflection form, and your homework from the last few days for our seminar tomorrow.

NOTE: If you are new to Samohi or did not complete the summer reading, Zeitoun, my expectation is that you will read 10-15 pages or more a night in an attempt to catch up.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Finish introducing vocabulary
Levels of Questions PPT and review
Group Activity - Generate questions for each motif at each level


HW: Sign and return syllabus last page
Find and copy down a quotation from Zeitoun that demonstrates the motif of "Belonging" or "Acceptance" (or conversely, NOT belonging or NOT fitting in). Then, generate TWO Level 2 questions and TWO Level 3 questions around the ideas of "Belonging" and "Acceptance" in the text. Check out this sample homework.

Friday, September 2, 2011


Syllabus Quiz
Grammar Practice: Pronoun Case #1

HW: Zeitoun evidence hunt: Review the book and find one quotation for each motif - 1) Responsibility ; 2) Optimism/Resilience. Then copy down the page number for each quotation and elide the quotation to make it easy to find. You may copy down the entire quotation if you wish. Remember to bring Zeitoun on Tuesday along with your homework. We'll be working in groups.

Example: RESPONSIBILITY - from page 14 "Somewhere along the to buy and store."

Thursday, September 1, 2011


Six-Word Memoir Gallery Walk, Voting, and Presentation of Winners
Evidence Hunt in Zeitoun - find quotations in groups pertaining to the motifs of responsibility and optimism/resilience

HW: Please bring Zeitoun tomorrow! Syllabus quiz tomorrow.