WEEK ONE-- SEPTEMBER 3-7
MONDAY-- NO SCHOOL
TUESDAY-- TEACHERS ONLY
WEDNESDAY-- First day of school. The students received the course syllabus. We discussed grading, attendance, and late policies. Students received the parent/teacher contract and the introduction letter-- both due Friday,
THURSDAY-- The students completed their SLO Benchmark. We began discussing critical lenses, social commentary, and catalyzing change-- we also highlighted the 10 traits of dystopian literature.
FRIDAY-- We continued our discussion of dystopian traits-- specifically the dystopian protagonist. Students watched several video clips from The Matrix which aligned with dystopian standards. A link to the notes is here-- > https://prezi.com/9ktekhx0zeox/an-introduction-to-anthem-by-ayn-rand/
WEEK TWO-- SEPTEMBER 10-14
MONDAY-- The students completed Part One of Chapter One Vocabulary. We then discussed Critical Lenses. We began reading and analyzing the dystopian story, "Harrison Bergeron".
TUESDAY-- We finished reading and annotating "Harrison Bergeron"-- the students completed an active reading worksheet as we read. There was an objective quiz on the story upon completion.
WEDNESDAY-- The students completed Part II of Chapter 1 Vocabulary. We then read an article entitled "A Nation Outnumbered by Gadgets". This lead into our new story, "The Pedestrian" by Ray Bradbury. We began reading and discussing the story based on dystopian traits and critical lenses. Students completed active reading questions and annotations as we read.
THURSDAY-- We finished reading and annotating "The Pedestrian". Students worked on analysis questions. At the end of class the students began working on "Tweet Sheets" and "live tweeted" the events of the text in the voice of Leonard Mead.
FRIDAY-- The students completed their Chapter One Vocabulary Quiz. They then got into groups and worked on "tweet sheets". Both assignments are due on Monday.
WEEK THREE-- SEPTEMBER 17-21
MONDAY-- I assigned the Summer Reading Essay assignment. Students will be analyzing the text based on critical lens theory and theme. The assignment is available under "documents". Focus today was selecting a critical lens theory and a theme.
TUESDAY-- The students had the class period to select direct quotations from their chosen text to illustrate both their selected theme and critical lens theory. I conferred with each student as they were writing to assist and guide.
WEDNESDAY-- The students had the class period to draft introductory paragraphs and thesis statements. I conferred with each student as they were writing to assist and guide.
THURSDAY-- The students had the class period to draft body paragraphs. I conferred with each student as they were writing to assist and guide.
FRIDAY-- The students had the class period to draft conclusion paragraphs. I conferred with each student as they were writing to assist and guide. Essays are due on Monday, September 24th.