Week 3:1 (Jan. 6-9)

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Seniors: Reading Schedule, MLA TemplatePoems for Third QuarterHD NotesHD Handout (for Exploration of Theme)Prose Essay Rubric“7 Types of Plot” Notes

Freshmen: English 1 Honors SyllabusEnglish 1 (2nd Period) SyllabusProofreading ExpectationsUsage Notes, Four QuestionsJournal ExpectationsPersonal ParagraphsGawain Articles & QuestionsSG E-Text

Week 2:8 (Dec. 15-19)

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Exam Week: Exam Week Daily ScheduleHow to Determine Your Semester Grades

Seniors: Reading Schedule, What AP Readers Long to SeeNotes on Heart of Darkness and ModernismPoems for Third QuarterHelp with Multiple ChoiceAP Lit Exam Study GuideHeart of Darkness Handout from Last Friday

Freshmen: Animal Farm Ch. 1-5 JournalAnimal Farm Ch. 6-10 JournalProofreading ExpectationsUsage NotesSAT Vocab #2English 1 Honors Exam Study GuideEnglish 1 (2nd Period) Study Guide

Week 2:7 (Dec. 8-12)

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Seniors: Reading Schedule, Poems for Third QuarterWatchmen NotesWatchmen JournalWatchmen PromptsWatchmen Essay Rubric, What AP Readers Long to SeeNotes on Heart of Darkness and ModernismHeart of Darkness Friday HandoutVideos: Victorian Era, Realism, Modernism

Freshmen: Paper Outline and RubricMLA TemplateWeaving and Citing Examples, Animal Farm Ch. 1-5 JournalAnimal Farm Ch. 6-10 Journal, Animal Farm Vocab ListInformational Texts Analysis Task (Sources #1-3)Turnitin Registration InstructionsProofreading ExpectationsUsage NotesLiterature TermsWriting About LiteratureSAT Vocab #2Theme LogSample GE Essay

Exams: Exam Schedule for Next WeekEnglish 1 Honors Exam Study GuideEnglish 1 (2nd Period) Study GuideAP Lit Exam Study Guide

Week 2:6 (Dec. 1-5)

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Seniors: Reading Schedule, Watchmen NotesWatchmen Journal, Symbol SketchesWatchmen PromptsWatchmen Essay RubricFirst Semester Exam Schedule

Freshmen: Turnitin Registration InstructionsProofreading ExpectationsTheme LogWeaving and Citing ExamplesPaper Outline and RubricMLA TemplateFirst Semester Exam Schedule

Animal Farm: Vocab ListNotesCh. 1-5 JournalCh. 6-10 Journal

Week 2:5 (Nov. 17-21)

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Seniors: Reading Schedule, Poetry Response PacketMLA TemplateMythology Quiz PreviewHeart of Darkness Practice Prompt

Watchmen: Notes, E-textJournal, SketchesEssay Prompts

Freshmen: Turnitin Registration InstructionsProofreading ExpectationsTheme LogWeaving and Citing ExamplesThesis NotesPaper Outline and RubricVocab Presentation InstructionsMLA TemplateFreshman Guidance Papers

Great Expectations: E-TextAudiotextCh. 40-59 Journal, Original EndingTheme-Specific Overviews, Theme-Specific QuestionsThesis Prompt

Of Mice and Men: NotesTheme-Specific QuestionsThesis Prompt

Animal Farm: Vocab ListNotesCh. 1-5 JournalCh. 6-10 Journal

Writing a Thesis Statement: Thesis Notes (from in class), Thesis Help (getting your ideas together), Thesis Development (forming your ideas into a sentence), Subordinate Conjunctions (forming complex sentences with useful words), Thesis Generator (if you can’t quite get your ideas into a sentence), Thesis Builder (another thesis generator if you’re having trouble fitting it all in one sentence)

First Semester Exam Schedule

Week 2:4 (Nov. 10-14)

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Seniors: Reading Schedule, Poetry Response PacketMLA TemplateMythology Quiz PreviewLiterary 3×3 GuidelinesLiterary 3×3 Examples, Tuesday’s Practice Prose PromptWednesday’s Practice Prose PromptTips for Thursday’s Skill Assessment, Wheel of Feels

Watchmen: Notes, E-textJournal, Sketches, Essay Prompts

Freshmen: Turnitin Registration InstructionsProofreading ExpectationsTheme LogWeaving and Citing ExamplesThesis NotesPaper Outline and RubricVocab Presentation InstructionsMLA Template

Great Expectations: E-TextAudiotextCh. 40-59 JournalThesis Prompt

Of Mice and Men: NotesTheme QuestionsThesis Prompt

Animal Farm: Vocab ListNotes

Week 2:3 (Nov. 3-7)

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Seniors: Reading Schedule, Mythology Quiz PreviewHamlet: Shakespeare Reading TipsHamlet NotesHamlet Journal, Hamlet Essay Prompts; Watchmen: Notes on the Graphic Novel and Postmodernism, Watchmen E-textWatchmen Journal, Watchmen SketchesThe Doomsday Clock, Watchmen Prompts

Freshmen: Turnitin Registration InstructionsProofreading ExpectationsTheme LogWeaving and Citing ExamplesThesis NotesSAT Vocab #1Paper Outline and RubricGreat Expectations: GE E-TextGE AudiotextGraphic Novelization for Ch. 30-36Ch. 37-38 Quiz PreviewCh. 20-39 Journal, Ch. 40-59 Journal; Of Mice and Men: MM NotesMM Theme QuestionsMM Thesis Prompt

Literature Improves Thinking

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Are you uncomfortable with ambiguity? It’s a common condition, but a highly problematic one. The compulsion to quell that unease can inspire snap judgments, rigid thinking, and bad decision-making.

Fortunately, new research suggests a simple antidote for this affliction: Read more literary fiction.

A trio of University of Toronto scholars, led by psychologist Maja Djikic, report that people who have just read a short story have less need for what psychologists call “cognitive closure.” Compared with peers who have just read an essay, they expressed more comfort with disorder and uncertainty—attitudes that allow for both sophisticated thinking and greater creativity.

“Exposure to literature,” the researchers write in the Creativity Research Journal, “may offer a (way for people) to become more likely to open their minds.”

Djikic and her colleagues describe an experiment featuring 100 University of Toronto students. After arriving at the lab and providing some personal information, the students read either one of eight short stories or one of eight essays. The fictional stories were by authors including Wallace Stegner, Jean Stafford, and Paul Bowles; the non-fiction essays were by equally illustrious writers such as George Bernard Shaw and Stephen Jay Gould.

Afterwards, each participant filled out a survey measuring their emotional need for certainty and stability. They expressed their agreement or disagreement with such statements as “I don’t like situations that are uncertain” and “I dislike questions that can be answered in many different ways.” Continue reading

Week 2:2 (Oct. 27-31)

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Seniors: Senior DuesReading Schedule, Poetry Response PacketMLA TemplateMythology Quiz PreviewHamlet Notes, Shakespeare Reading TipsHamlet Journal, Hamlet Essay Prompts and Rubric

Hamlet audioplay: Act II (≈:37), Act III (≈:58), Acts IV-V (≈1:23)

Freshmen: Proofreading ExpectationsWeaving and Citing ExamplesThesis NotesSAT Vocab #1

Great Expectations: E-Text (Whole Novel), AudiotextTheme Log, Graphic Novelization for Ch. 26-30Ch. 1-10 Journal Questions, Ch. 11-19 Journal Questions (6th period4th period3rd period1st period), Ch. 20-39 Turnitin Journal Questions

Of Mice and Men: NotesVocabTheme LogCh. 1-2 Journal QuestionsCh. 3-4 Journal QuestionsLiterary Analysis Task #3

Week 2:1 (Oct. 21-24)

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Seniors: Senior DuesReading Schedule, Tone Words, Poetry Response PacketMLA TemplateMythology Quiz Preview

Hamlet: Notes on Middle English through Early Modern English (The Elizabethan Era) and the Play Itself, Documentary with David TennantTips for Reading ShakespeareAct I VocabResponse JournalEssay Promptsaudioplay: Act I (≈:50), Act II (≈:37), Act III (≈:58), Acts IV-V (≈1:23)

Freshmen: Write Score LoginFigurative Language ReviewProofreading Expectations

Great Expectations: E-Text (Whole Novel), AudiotextVocabTheme Log, Graphic Novelization for Ch. 19-22, Graphic Novelization of Ch. 23-25Weaving and Citing GuideCh. 1-10 Journal Questions, Ch. 11-19 Journal Questions (6th period4th period3rd period1st period)

Of Mice and Men: NotesVocabTheme LogCh. 1-2 Journal QuestionsCh. 3-4 Journal QuestionsLiterary Analysis Task #3