Feb 20th

  • 1. Semi-colons Semi-Colons

    2. Research: CRAAP test and activity (see Google Classroom, Step 2, code: 8ewhn7)

    Homework: CRAAP test 5 sources (2 on each side of your prompt and 1 either side) and watch research videos on Google Classroom.

Feb 12th

Feb 10th

  • 1. Socratic Seminar: Romeo and Juliet (turn in Socratic Seminar Prep Packet)


    If you missed this seminar, there are two things you need to do to make it up:

    1. Turn in the Socratic Seminar Prep Packet (Socratic Seminar Assignment)

    2. Write an essay based on one of the following prompts. Your essay must have an introduction, conclusion, thesis statement, and 2-3 body paragraphs. It must be at least 1 page in length and no longer than 2 pages (if handwritten, the minimum is 2 pages and the maximum is 4 pages). Use at least 3 direct references to the text (quoted and cited). Be sure to cite your sources. Use MLA formatting.

    Prompts to choose from:
    Compare and contrast Romeo and Juliet and The Outsiders. 
    Why do you think Romeo and Juliet has remained so popular as a love story over time?
    Choose one of the foil sets from Romeo and Juliet: Romeo and Mercutio, Romeo and Paris, Juliet and Rosaline, Nurse and Lady Capulet, Tybalt and Benvolio. Examine carefully the similarities and differences of the two characters and explain how the character foil pair you chose contributes to the overall story.
    Here is an example of a literary essay similar to what I am expecting from you: Outsiders Essay Example

Feb 5th

Feb 3rd

  • 1. Go over grades, make up Special Pleading errors for half points

    2. Verbs. See handout: Verb Notes

    3. Work on text translation activity

    Homework: Text translation DUE beginning of next class.

Jan 30th

  • 1. Career speed dating activity (this does have a grade, you have to talk to me to make it up).

    2. Finish Act 3.

    3. Begin Text Interpretation activity. Will finish next class.

    Extra Credit Sonnets DUE!

Jan 28th

  • 1. Act 2 Questions and Character sheets DUE!

    2. Act out Act 3, scene 1-the beginning of scene 5

Jan 24th

Jan 22nd

  • 1. Letters DUE

    2. Finish ACT 1 and turn in reading guide

    3. Sonnet Activity

    -Sonnets (sonnet comes from the Italian word meaning "little song"): traditionally sonnets are love poems with 14 lines

    -Shakespearean Sonnet: a type of sonnet written in iambic pentamater, with 3 stanzas of 4 lines and a couplet, with the rhyme scheme ABABCDCDEFEFGG. (watch first 1 minute and 30 seconds of this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDpW1sHrBaU for further explanation)

    -EC Opportunity: Write a Shakespearean Sonnet!! Sonnet Extra Credit

    4. Assign roles for Romeo and Juliet Act 3 so you can start working on your homework (you will have to talk to me to get this if you missed it, it will still be due on Tuesday). Link to Romeo and Juliet: http://shakespeare.mit.edu/romeo_juliet/full.html


    Homework: 1) Reading guide for ACT 1 due FRIDAY, 2) Character Sheet for ACT 3 due TUESDAY, 3) EC Sonnet due THURSDAY the 29th.

Jan 17th

  • 1. Red Herring Fallacy Friday: Read Red Herring Chapter and fill out Fallacy Handbook

    2. Peer review on persuasive letters.

    Homework: Letters due (in print form) on Wednesday - please include rough drafts

Jan 15th

  • 1. Turn in consent forms (if you didn't turn it in, please still turn it in ASAP!!).

    2. Review character foils:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UfrxurYgeM (just watch 1st 2 minutes).

    3. Read through Act 1 scene 4 of Romeo and Juliet filling out this reading guide: Act 1 Reading Guide (make up and turn in)

Jan 13th

  • 1. Take notes on presentation: Romeo and Juliet Info (take notes in preparation for graded note check later)

    2. Romeo and Juliet character handout (get from me and be sure to make up).

    3. Read Act 1, Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet (make up by reading from here: http://shakespeare.mit.edu/romeo_juliet/full.html)


    Homework: With your parent's permission, sign this Consent Form and turn it into Ms. Hirsch. She will thank you with candy.

Jan 9th

  • 1. Review of the rhetorical triangle (see here: Rhetorical Triangle)

    2. Ways to build ethos: get handout from me

    3. Read, make notes on, and discuss these example persuasive letters: Persuasive Letter Examples What is the common structure? How do they use ethos, pathos, and logos?

    4. Work on letters. See rubric here: Format and Rubric

    Homework: Printed rough draft of letters due MONDAY the 12th.

Jan 7th

Dec 13th

Dec 11th

  • 1. Vocab lesson 3 games/review for test on Friday

    2. Develop review games for final exam

    Homework: Study for vocab test and final exam.

Dec 9th

Dec 5th

  • 1. Finish The Outsiders movie

    2. Discussion (to make this up, write written responses to these discussion questions)

    Homework: Annotations due Monday!

Dec 3rd

  • 1. Discuss Annotation Rubric. Annotations due next Monday, December 9th.

    2. Identify all 7 Freytag's pyramid points in The Outsiders book (this was turned in for a grade).

    3. Begin The Outsiders movie.

    Homework: Annotations due Monday (these can tank or improve your grade - take them seriously)

Nov 25th

  • 1. Vocab test Lesson #2

    2. Finish The Outsiders

    Homework: Movie permission forms need to be turned in by Monday, you can work on your annotations if you would like (those will be due Monday the 9th), but - more importantly - enjoy the break with your family!

Nov 21st

  • 1. Vocabulary Lesson 2 practice

    2. Finish chapters 10 and 11 of The Outsiders.

    Homework: Study for vocabulary quiz on Monday!


Nov 19th

Nov 15th

  • 1. Read and annotate the end of chapter 7 and chapter 8 of The Outsiders.

    Homework: Get Outsiders movie permission form signed and turned in by Nov 21st

Nov 13th

    1. Vocabulary test lesson 1
    2. Read and annotate chapter 6 of The Outsiders

    Homework: read chapter 7 of The Outsiders 

Nov 11th

    1. Class Announcements:
      1. Seating chart change coming soon!
      2. You can keep retaking the lit terms test if you are not happy with your score, but you are responsible for scheduling that with me
      3. Your SOAPSTone is fine for now, but keep in mind that as we continue on and you improve in your analysis skills, I will expect more from your SOAPSTone worksheets. 
    2. Vocabulary Game to practice for test on Wednesday
    3. "Nothing Gold Can Stay" reading, analysis, and interpretation. To make up, complete this worksheet, including the question on the back. Answer on the back is your Journal #2 and should be 5-7 sentences long.

    Homework: Study for the vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.


Nov 7th

  • 1) Go over vocab lesson 1: Vocab 1 Sentences and Matching and Vocab 1 Exercises 1 & 2

    2) Read and annotate chapters 2 and 3 of The Outsiders.

    Homework: 1) Complete both vocab assignments and bring in on Monday, 2) Read and annotate chapters 4-5 by Monday and bring your books back to class!

    Have a great weekend!

Nov 5th

Nov 1st

    1. Finish Body Bios and present
    2. Discussion - Why does Hinton spend so much time introducing the characters?
      1. Think about in terms of manipulation, by taking so long to explain the characters, what might Hinton be trying to manipulate you to think, feel, believe, or do?
      2. If we read an article about Two-Bit shoplifting, we may not be on his side, but by knowing more about him, we have a tendency to excuse his behavior.
      3. Whenever we notice manipulation taking place we have to think: is it beneficial or harmful? Beneficial manipulation will lead us toward truth, harmful manipulation will skew our perspective.
      4. Is getting us on these characters’ sides beneficial manipulation or harmful manipulation or is it a little bit of both?
      5. There are two kinds of judgement. One is discernment (telling the difference between good/bad, right/wrong), one is opinion that is generally subjective. Some judgement leads to people believing they are superior than others.
      6. Are compassion and judgement mutually exclusive? Why or why not?
      7. How can we show compassion, even when we are judging between what is right and wrong?
    3. Annotation
      1. At a basic level, annotation is taking notes while reading; at a deeper level, annotation is simply you interacting with the text. The purpose of annotation is for you to understand the text better.
      2. How to annotate:
        1. What do you think, hear, feel, remember, notice, or wonder as a result of reading? Use sticky notes/highlighting/color coding to make a note about it!
      3. Quality over quantity
        1. Don’t just highlight everything
        2. Avoid the obvious, instead, provide insight
    4. Your annotations will be graded! Here is what I will be looking for!
      1. Interact with the text in an insightful way
      2. Summarize each chapter at the end
      3. Annotations should be clear and easy to interact with
    5. Read and annotate through pg. 4 of The Outsiders

    To make up the reading, read and annotate through the first paragraph of page 6 here: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=cmljaGxhbmQyLm9yZ3xsYXdod3xneDoyNjgzNWEzYzVjNDUxOWZi or talk to Ms. Hirsch about checking out your book.

Oct 29th

  • 1. Worked on Outsiders Character Project

    To make up this assignment, create the project for one of the 7 main characters (Ponyboy, Sodapop, Darry, Steve, Two-Bit, Dallas, or Jonny) or pick one of the characters and write a paragraph including all the elements in the prompt.

Oct 25th

    1. Characterization: Watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9km8ks1pXE and fill out Characterization Notes and Assignment (the character design project MUST be turned into Ms. Hirsch, keep the terms/notes for your literature terms section of your binder). 
    2. Read The Outsiders pages 1-12 using the mind's eye strategy.
    3. Make notes on main characters (see Ms. Hirsch for handout BEFORE next class). 

Oct 23rd

  • 1. 1960s slang (see Ms. Hirsch for the handout to put in your binder)

    2. Speaker/Occasion/Audience Project (If absent and need to make this up, you will need to write a minimum 7 sentence paragraph on either the Speaker/Author of The Outsiders, the Audience of The Outsiders or the Occasion/Time Period of The Outsiders).

Oct 21st

  • 1) Test Retake: Lit Terms Test

    2) S.E. Hinton Research, use charts from last class:

      1. Watch this video: http://youtu.be/wJnfleLeOZg and finish filling out the “Video” column
      2. Read this S.E. Hinton Information handout and use it to answer questions in the “Handout” column
      3. Look up the S.E. Hinton website  http://www.sehinton.com/bio.html and fill in the section on the chart for information from the website

    Turn in the S.E. Hinton chart.

Oct 14th

  • 1. Return and review grades

    • SOAPSTone
      1. Who is the speaker, what is important to them? Who are they?
      2. Occasion
        1. General occasion - some got this; modern times, people follow their passion
        2. Specific - graduation, finding jobs, pursuing degree, etc.
      3. Audience
        1. Not people who agree
      4. Purpose - should include how it was accomplished (didn’t grade on this this time) 
      5. Tone - how are they coming across?
      6. Examples to look at: Reily
    • Lit Terms Test - retake on Monday the 21st

    2. Journal #1 (turn in)

    What are some of the main differences between greasers and socs (think clothes, cars, houses, families, future prospects, etc.)? Which one would you be? Draw a picture of a greaser and a soc at the bottom of your page.

    3. Take notes on 1960s Presentation

    4. Watch these videos on S.E. Hinton and take notes in the video column of this handout: S.E. Hinton Information. Bring the handout to class Monday.

        1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v0sDXwKmUg3U
        2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0-9Y1BgMu0

    Homework: All redos are due Monday, the 21st of October. Study for the test retake that day as well.

Oct 10th

  • Time travel discussion and activity. See Ms. Hirsch for make-up details.

Oct 8th

  • 1. Literary terms test (schedule make ups with Ms. Hirsch).

    2. Plagiarism information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Fw6NxvwP41U

    Some students plagiarised the Star Wars packet by copying a friend's answers or getting answers online. This is academic theft and the penalty at EHS is outlined in the honesty policy.

    Keep in mind: Never get your answers from outside sources or peers except for in the following situations:

    You can use outside sources if I give you a prompt or directions that specifies that you can look up or use outside sources. Even in this case, these sources MUST be cited and direct quotations MUST be put in quotation marks.

    You can use a friends work only if you are put on a team and you are turning in 1 project for both of you. Otherwise, your work has to be your own. If you are given explicit permission by me to work on it in a discussion, you can analyze together, but your answers must be in your own words.

    Sources of information must be cited in the case of direct quotations AND paraphrasing.

    3. Sound of Thunder graded discussion finish.

    To make up the discussion, turn in written answers to the questions on this sheet: A Sound of Thunder Discussion

Oct 4th

  • 1. Final literary terms presentation: Irony Presentation

    2. Handout study guide for lit terms test on Tuesday: Literary Terms Definitions Study Guide (the definitions on this sheet are the ones I will use to write the test and the answer key). Definitions should be fully memorized as the test will require writing out the definitions, filling in the blanks, etc. This test is not multiple choice.

    3. Read A Sound of Thunder.

    4. Written answers to the following questions and turn in:

    Summarize: In 3-4 sentences, summarize the plot of this story. What are the most important things that happen?

    Reflect: What is your immediate response to this story? What do you think, feel, or see?

    5. Begin A Sound of Thunder graded discussions with these questions: A Sound of Thunder Discussion

    Homework: Memorize literary terms for test on Tuesday.

Oct 2nd

Sept 30th

Sept 26th

Sept 24th

  • 1. Work on Literary Terms presentations: directions here - Lit Terms Presentation Directions

    We will present starting on Thursday!

    Thursday is our fall party so bring (non-messy) snacks to share!

Sept 20th

Sept 18th

  • 1. Peer edits of fairytales and writing lab.

    Homework: Final fairytale due on Friday.

Sept 16th

  • 1. Finish Star Wars and conferences with Ms. Hirsch.

    2. Work on Packet. Star Wars packet DUE.


    Homework: MUST have PRINTED rough draft of your fairytale on Wednesday.

Sept 12th

  • 1. Discuss Star Wars handout: put inciting incident in "Conflict" box and include the denouement with the resolution.

    2. Diction - word choice. How do we know when a word choice is good?

       -It has the right denotation (dictionary definition). The meaning is appropriate for the context.

       -It has the right connotation (feeling the word creates). The word creates the emotion you are trying to get across.

       -The word is specific (not vague)

    3. Talk over Working with Words Handout and Banned Words Handout

    4. Watch some of Star Wars.


    Homework: Rough draft of Fairytale assignment due Monday. Here is the assignment: Fairytale Assignment and the Hero's Journey Outline

Sept 10th

  • 1. Today we went over some of the most common mistakes in the "Story and the Brain" homework. They were: 1) giving vague answers, 2) not summarizing the main point (or goal) of the video, 3) not answering all the parts of the question, 4) students did not use full sentences and/or the writing was not legible.

    This homework can be re-done and turned in by Thursday for more points.

    2. Watch first hour of Star Wars: A New Hope. See Ms. Hirsch for the Star Wars Packet.


Sept 6th

  • 1. Look at pre-tests and adapt goals for the year.

    2. Finish the Archetype activity and present.


    Homework: Make sure you have your pre-tests and goals next class for your conference with Ms. Hirsch.

    We start Star Wars: A New Hope next class!

Sept 4th

Aug 30th

  • 1. A brief review of Freytag's pyramid plot points (do you have all 7 memorized yet?).

    2. Review homework from last class (if you were in class today and have not turned it in yet, turn it in on Tuesday for 75% credit or Monday for 50% credit, if you turn it in any later than that, you get 0 points - see the late policy in the syllabus).

    3. Conflict. Take notes in your binder/the handout.

    Conflict drives story. If Freytag's pyramid is the backbone of a story, conflict is the legs that get it going.

          -To create conflict, you need a protagonist with a goal, an antagonist is trying to keep them from that goal.

          -Conflict also has to match the theme. For example, if I am trying to tell a story with the message that we should love those who are different than us, I        would want to tell a story where two people who are different from each other struggle to get along. I would NOT want to tell a story about a character          surviving alone on an island - that would not match my theme.

          -There are 6 types of conflict. Look at this website to learn about the first 5: https://www.storyboardthat.com/articles/e/types-of-literary-conflict and            take notes on the 1st page of this Conflict Handout.

          -The 6th kind of conflict is Man vs. God/Fate/Supernatural, it is an external form of conflict (though it can affect/be connected to internal conflict) where        the character is withheld from their goal by a powerful force that determines their fate. A good example would be The Odyssey, where Odysseus is kept        from his home by the gods who are angry with him.

          -Fill out the 2nd page of the conflict handout and decide which kind of conflict is present in each example.

    4. The Hero's Journey - is a story structure developed by Joseph Campbell who believed in the monomyth (one story that every other story mimics or connects to).

          -Take this Hero's Journey Handout and watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4V7drZMyL5M. On the 2nd page of the handout, describe        each stage of the Hero's Journey.


Aug 28th

  • 1. Library orientation

    2. Review Freytag's Pyramid and practice identifying the points.

    3. Group work

        1. Work together as a group to memorize the parts of Freytag's pyramid. Identify the points in a short story.

        2. Watch the video at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1a7tiA1Qzo and answer the following questions:

              -Summarize the main point of the video.

              -What is the purpose of story structure? Support your answer with information from the video.

              -Use Freytag's pyramid to tell a story.


    Watch the video at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1a7tiA1Qzo and answer the following questions:

              -Summarize the main point of the video.

              -What is the purpose of story structure? Support your answer with information from the video.

              -Use Freytag's pyramid to tell a story.

    Make sure that you have all 7 parts of Freytag's Pyramid memorized!

Aug 26th

Aug 22nd

Aug 20th

  • 1. What is a good community? How will we create one?

    2. Syllabus discussion

    3. Binder set-up. You need:

           -1 Semester Calendar (this is to keep track of assignment due dates)

           -3 Fallacy Handbook Sheets

    4. Survey for Ms. Hirsch

Aug 19th

  • 1. Welcome to Hirschwood!

    2. Getting to know me

          -I love to travel and spend time with my family

          -I love movies and making movies (Pixar movies are some of my favorites)

          -I've hiked 10 Colorado 14ers and I've lived in Elizabeth for 10 years

    3. Getting to know all of you

    Homework: Get syllabus and honesty policy signed (see syllabus page) - Due Thursday