May 1st, 2014

Week of April 28 to May 2.
Monday Objectives:
 Students will identify the story elements in a narrative poem and analyze how they interact to tell the fantastical story.
 Students will determine the meaning of nonsense words and phrases as they are used in a text- including figurative and connotative meanings.
 Students will identify the meaning of nonsense words using context clues.
Classwork:
 Respond to the following guiding questions in the next couple of days:
1. What story is being told in Jabberwocky?
2. What elements of plot can be found in Jabberwocky? Setting? Characters? Conflict?
3. How do figurative language, repetition, rhyme and rhythm influence the story of Jabberwocky?
4. How do you use context clues to help understand the poem.
5. How does the author’s use of figurative language and nonsense words affect the mood and tone of the poem?
Listen to Alice and Johnny Depp.
Review how to identify unfamiliar words using Context Clues- PowerPoint Presentation.
Homework:
 Reread and Annotate Jabberwocky for nonsense words and figurative language.
 Complete the Nonsense Words Graphic Organizer.
Tuesday Objectives:
 Students will identify the story elements in a narrative poem and analyze how they interact to tell the fantastical story.
 Students will determine the meaning of nonsense words and phrases as they are used in a text- including figurative and connotative meanings.
 Students will identify the meaning of nonsense words using context clues.
Classwork:
 We will go over the answers to the meaning of the nonsense words.
 Complete the Jabberwocky Scavenger Hunt
 Read the excerpt from the Lorax.
 Identify the meaning of the nonsense words.
Homework: Complete Classwork
Wednesday Objectives:
 Students will identify the story elements in a narrative poem and analyze how they interact to tell the fantastical story.
 Students will determine the meaning of nonsense words and phrases as they are used in a text- including figurative and connotative meanings.
 Students will identify the meaning of nonsense words using context clues.
Classwork:
 Socratic Seminar- discuss the setting, characters, conflict, mood, and tone.
 Work on and Complete the graphic organizer for the essay.
 Review the essay organization and content.
 Begin essay in class if you have time.
Homework- Graphic Organizer
Thursday Objectives:
 Students will identify the story elements in a narrative poem and analyze how they interact to tell the fantastical story.
 Students will determine the meaning of nonsense words and phrases as they are used in a text- including figurative and connotative meanings.
 Students will identify the meaning of nonsense words using context clues.
Classwork:
 Complete Essay Graphic Organizer- Jabberwocky and The Lorax.
 Review paragraph format
 Begin Essay.
Friday Objectives:
 Students will identify the story elements in a narrative poem and analyze how they interact to tell the fantastical story.
 Students will determine the meaning of nonsense words and phrases as they are used in a text- including figurative and connotative meanings.
 Students will identify the meaning of nonsense words using context clues.
Classwork:
• Work on Essay rough draft following the PRE-AP paragraph format.
No Homework- Science and Math MCAS

April 9th, 2014

Week of March 31, 2014
Monday Objectives:
 Comprehend the concept of Allusions
 Focus on relevant research.
Classwork:
 Go over Book Report
 Power points for Allusions
 Research and take notes.
No Homework
Tuesday Objectives:
 Focus research
 Complete research sheets with 100% accuracy.
Classwork:
 BYOD Research for mythological allusions
 Work in groups to complete sheets.
Attention:
If you give me your Health essay rough draft on Tuesday4/8, and this is an IF- you may give me your book report on Friday 4/11.
Wednesday Objectives:
 Complete specific and relevant research.
 Comprehend the use of Allusions in writing.
Classwork:
 Go over citation paper
 Resume research with your group
 Use library resources to continue your research.
Homework:
 No homework, but enjoy your independent reading.
Thursday Objectives:
 Research for Relevance
 Inference symbolism
Classwork:
 Complete Research papers
 Review citation papers.
 BYOD or Chromes
 You will have a test next Thursday- Greek/Roman figures.
No Homework- just read, enjoy reading, read!!!!!!!!!
Friday Objectives:
 Comprehend expectations for understanding Allusions.
 Understand grading criteria for the group project.
 Plan an organized method and strategies to complete the poster depiction of you Greek/Roman figure.
Classwork:
 Go over Allusions- known for and symbols.
 Choose Greek or Roman figure for project.
 Review rubric for grade.
 Look at examples.
 Begin planning your poster.
 Each group will present their poster.
 One will present the visual images and explain their meaning.
 One will read and explain the story behind the history of your mythological figure.
 One person will present the symbols and explain.
 One person will give examples of how your figure is used in allusions and explain
No Homework- just enjoy reading your book.

April 9th, 2014

Week of March 24, 2014
Monday Objectives:
 Correctly respond to a writing prompt.
 Write with organization, clarity, and style.
 Use a graphic organizer to plan writing response.
 Attain strategies for multiple choice questions.
Classwork:
 MCAS practice.
No Homework in any class.
Tuesday MCAS
Wednesday MCAS
Thursday MCAS reflection
Friday Objectives:
 Read and reflect on written work.
 Understand the theme and plot of Midsummer.
Classwork:
 Fill folders- reflect on your scores.
Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare
 Read handout:
 Key Themes
 Shakespeare’s use of language: Imagery, verse, and prose.
 Characters in the Play

April 9th, 2014

Week of March 17, 2014
Monday Objectives:
 Learn strategies to answer multiple choice questions.
 Gain familiarity with Myths, Folk Tales, Fables, Legends.
Classwork:
 Go over MCAS material
 Review page 904 in Literature Book
 Each group will read separate stories- take notes on the sub-genre: Why are your assigned stories a Myth, or Folk Tale, Fable, or Legend.
Homework:
 Complete the Focused Reading.
Tuesday Objectives:
 Learn strategies to answer multiple choice questions.
 Gain familiarity with Myths, Folk Tales, Fables, Legends.
Classwork:
Yesterday:
 Review page 904 in Literature Book
 Each group will read separate stories- take notes on the sub-genre: Why are your assigned stories a Myth, or Folk Tale, Fable, or Legend.
Today:
 Review the assigned stories for your group.
 Fill out questions as a group- discuss possible answers.
 Each member will write a summary of the story and include the details you wrote on your paper.
Homework:
 Complete your summary- due tomorrow.
Wednesday Objectives:
 Correctly respond to a writing prompt.
 Write with organization, clarity, and style
 Gain familiarity with Myths, Folk Tales, Fables, Legends.
Classwork:
 Using your response paper, prepare to write an ORQ that answers the prompts.
 Today you will be working with your group to fill out the dialectical journal.
 Tomorrow you will write the response.
No Homework tonight- unless you don’t have at least four dialectical journals filled out-
Thursday Objectives:
 Correctly respond to a writing prompt.
 Write with organization, clarity, and style
 Gain familiarity with Myths, Folk Tales, Fables, Legends.
Classwork:
 Review your dialectical journal for accuracy- be sure you have relevant text evidence to analyze- which will support your M.
 Review the Rubric
 Write a clear and concise response to your prompt.
 Be sure to reread your response before you turn it in.
Homework- None
Friday Objectives:
 Correctly respond to a writing prompt.
 Write with organization, clarity, and style
 Gain familiarity with Myths, Folk Tales, Fables, Legends.
Classwork:
 Complete your ORQ/Well written response
 Reread and edit- check the rubric to predict what your score will be.
 Once you have turned in your ORQ you may:
 Go to the library to get a MCAS book- which will also be your book report book- any genre- approx. 200 pages.
 Read articles from Scope
 Conference with me about your previous MCAS scores.

April 9th, 2014

Week of March 10, 2014

Monday Objectives:
 Comprehend Imagery
 Understand how Stage Directions create tone.
 Make comparisons between characters.
Classwork:
 Read A Raisin in the Sun, answer questions 1-6 on the worksheet.
 Read Dover Beach, Answer questions 1-4
Homework:
 Complete classwork- due tomorrow.
Tuesday Objectives:
 Understand personal growth in comprehension of literary elements.
 Write clearly while focusing on imagery.
 Write with style.
Classwork:
 Watch video clip, Dover Beach
 Fill folders and fill in your reflection sheet.
Homework:
Dover Beach ORQ
Wednesday Objectives:
 Gain better understanding and vision of MCAS material.
 Comprehend Imagery.
 Understand the organizational pattern of an ORQ.
Classwork:
 Review Dover Beach ORQ- in groups. You are to score another ORQ for their description of Imagery.
 Review past MCAS material.
Homework:
None
Thursday Objectives:
 Gain understanding of reading strategies.
 Read with a purpose.
Classwork:
 Review ELA Reading Comprehension MCAS
 Critique responses for ORQs.
Homework:
 Read the excerpt from The Grapes of Wrath.
 Complete the chart for #3.
Friday Objectives:
 Reflect on writing improvement.
 Read with a purpose.
 Use strategies to answer multiple choice questions.
 Write a clear, concise response to a prompt.
Classwork:
 Turn in your corrected Essay.
 Fill folders and fill out you reflection sheet with real reflections.
 Read from Tamar in the MCAS packet.
 Answer the multiple choice questions.
 Review the ORQ responses and annotate for strengths, note what would make a better response for this year’s scoring criteria.
Homework:
 Write a response to #3 prompt- Grapes of Wrath. Due Monday.

January 30th, 2014

Week of February 3-7, English, Mrs. Sciarretta
Monday Objectives:
 Identify elements of a character’s personality.
 Discuss important information clearly and with evidence to back up your claims.
Classwork:
 Assemble for Socratic Seminar
 Inside circle: discuss the jurors and their personalities that effected the deliberation.
 Outside circle: take notes on new information and check off previously discussed information to avoid repetition.
Homework:
 Review the play to prepare for a test tomorrow.
 Review your Twelve Angry Men vocabulary and how you will use some of the words in an ORQ.
Tuesday Objectives:
 Answer multiple choice questions using strategies with 100% accuracy.
 Write clearly and concisely.
 Write a well-developed response that answers and supports a prompt.
Classwork:
 Multiple Choice Test for Twelve Angry Men
 You may begin working on your ORQ when you are done with the test.
Homework:
 Use your assignment sheet, notes, and vocabulary list to write your ORQ.
 You must use at least three of the words from the vocabulary list in your ORQ.
Wednesday The Bells, by Edgar Allen Poe
Objectives:
 Clearly discuss mood with examples to support your response.
 Comprehend how the imagery in a poem helps create the mood.
Classwork:
 Read the poem, The Bells, by Edgar Allen Poe.
 You will be divided into three groups.
 Socratic Seminar- three groups, one for each stanza.
 Each group will discuss the mood for just one stanza.
 Discuss the symbolism of the poem.
Homework:
 Answer questions 1-5.
 Write a response to #6.
Thursday Objectives:
 Write a clear response that answers a prompt.
 Use text support to prove you claim.
Classwork:
 Write an ORQ for The Bells that identifies the symbolism of the poem and how the imagery supports the mood.
Homework:
 Write a two stanza poem that replicates Poe’s The Bells changing moods.
 Use imagery to create the moods- each stanza will represent a different part of your life.
Friday Objectives:
 Review and Reflect on written work.
 Express written tone when reading aloud.
Activities:
 Quarter 3 Folders!!!!
 Review your written work.
 Record your scores and write a reflection on your strengths as well as what you needs to be your focus.
 We will go over the test questions from Twelve Angry Men.
Homework
Have a good weekend.

Week of January 27-31

January 30th, 2014

Objectives:
Compare tone portrayed in play to acting.
Understand the importance of stage directions.
Class Activities:
Watch the reenactment of Twelve Angry Men
Complete background information paper.
Homework:
Prepare character notes for Socratic Seminar on Monday.

January 13th, 2014

Week of January 13-17
Monday Objectives:
 Evaluate information for relevancy to a prompt.
 Write clearly and concisely.
 Support an assertion with evidence from the text.
 Make a comparison using evidence and inference.
Activities:
 Review LCAS excerpts.
 Complete graphic organizer if needed.
 Write your response to the prompt and support your assertion with evidence.
 Analyze – how does your evidence support your assertion?
Homework:
 Review Twelve Angry Men vocabulary words.
Tuesday Objectives:
 Evaluate information for relevancy to a prompt.
 Write clearly and concisely.
 Support an assertion with evidence from the text.
 Make a comparison using evidence and inference.
Activities:
 Review LCAS excerpts.
 Complete graphic organizer if needed.
 Write your response to the prompt and support your assertion with evidence.
 Analyze – how does your evidence support your assertion?
Homework:
 Review articles on the Zimmerman/Martin case. Annotate for proof of guilt or innocence for your side.
Wednesday Objectives:
 Develop an assertion statement.
 Review and annotate for relevant proof that supports an assertion.
Classwork:
 Watch a video clip of the Zimmerman/Martin case.
 Discuss what you know.
 Divide into sides.
 Review Academic Controversy Rules.
 Review the Zimmerman/Martin timeline and articles.
 Write a group Assertion Statement that will be used as a base for your evidence.
 Complete the Academic Controversy Position Forms to support your assertion.
Homework:
 Research supporting information for your “case”. Cite your sources.
 Complete fact/opinion activity.
Thursday Objectives:
 Support your assertion with evidence.
 Evaluate evidence – facts/opinions.
Activities:
 Choose a Foreman for your Jury.
 Culminate information in your group.
 Devise a plan for presenting information.
Homework:
 Review your planning sheets so you are prepared for your presentation tomorrow.
Friday Objectives:
 Practice listening skills
 Present opposing information with clarity and confidence.
Activities: Academic Controversy-
1. Foreman will read the assertion statement developed by his/her group.
2. Each side will present.
3. Opposing side will fill out the listening sheet.
Homework: Fill out Synthesis/Resolution Form.

January 8th, 2014

Week of January 6-8, 2014
Monday The Tell-Tale Heart, by Edgar Allen Poe
Objectives:
 Understand the author’s use of mood.
 Analyze the relevance of setting to the mood and tone.
Activities:
 Turn in sentences
 Read information about Mood and Tone on pages 621-623
 Re-Read Poe’s, The Tell-Tale Heart and fill out the dialectical journal.
Homework:
 Complete the dialectical journal- due Monday (tomorrow).
Tuesday The Tell-Tale Heart.
Objectives:
 Identify Mood
 Select details to support Mood.
Activities:
 Turn in sentences and participial activity.
 Socratic Seminar- discuss mood and tone
 Inner group will discuss the mood of the story and the tone of the narrator- support your response with evidence from the text.
 Outer circle will take notes on the back of the dialectical journal.
 Write ORQ in class~ tomorrow. Today we will go over the rubric.
Homework:
 Study vocabulary words from Tell-Tale Heart- test on Friday.
 Review Participial activity- part of test on Friday
Wednesday The Tell-Tale Heart, by Edgar Allen Poe
Objectives:
 Write clearly and concisely.
 Complete written assignment in the time frame.
Classwork:
 Use your Dialectical Journal as reference while writing your Mood ORQ.
Homework:
 Study vocabulary words for test on Friday.
 Review Participial Phrases activity on page 633
Thursday Objectives:
 Recognize context clues for unfamiliar vocabulary.
 Read with a purpose.
 Identify common traits between two texts.
 Use inference in analytical writing.
Classwork:
 Apply Strategies to uncover meaning of vocabulary words.
 Review ORQ prompt.
 Discuss and annotate prompt.
 Read both excerpts and annotate for information you will use in your ORQ.
Homework:
 Study vocabulary and participial phrases for test tomorrow
Friday Objectives:
 Evaluate information for its relevancy to a prompt.
 Identify word meaning with 100% accuracy.
 Exhibit understanding of Participial Phrases.
Activities:
 Vocabulary and Participial test for Tell-Tale Heart
 Complete Graphic Organizer in preparation for the LCAS written response on Monday.
No Homework.

December 12th, 2013

Week of January 2-3, 2014 English, Mrs. Sciarretta
Thursday The Tell-Tale Heart, by Edgar Allen Poe
Objectives:
 Understand the author’s use of mood.
 Analyze the relevance of setting to the mood and tone.
Activities:
 Watch video clip about Poe and setting for the story. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-387NMCR6w
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-387NMCR6w
 Read background information, page 633
 Preview vocabulary, page 624
 Discuss the different ways that Mood is created.
 Discuss the thematic link between the pitch-dark room and the darkness of the narrator’s mind.
Homework:
 Write each vocabulary word in a sentence- use context clues.
Friday The Tell-Tale Heart, by Edgar Allen Poe
Objectives:
 Understand the author’s use of mood.
 Analyze the relevance of setting to the mood and tone.
Activities:
 Turn in sentences
 Read Poe’s, The Tell-Tale Heart.
Homework:
 Read information about Mood and Tone on pages 621-623