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Daily Log Fall 2019




20 - Graded Discussion. Gave Essay Prompt

19 - Summaries. Graded Discussion. 

18 - Research Folders Due. Read Separate Peace. Gave SG 11 - 13.


15 - Unit Test. Time to read A Separate Peace. Gave Study Guide Chapters 5 - 10.

14 - CHKS. SG for test.


12 - Read "Lost." Graded Discussion on Separate Peace. Gave Study Guide and Study Guide II for the Unit test on Friday.

11 - Armistice Day


8 - Annotating Non-Fiction. "Walter Mitty." Discussed elements of Modernism. Time to read, do SG, or Research.

7 - Modernism. "Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock." Graded discussion ch. 1-4.

6 - Evaluating Websites. Library.

5 - Assigned Junior Research Paper. Went to library. Chose topics.

4 - Read "Richard Cory" and "Miniver Cheevy." Discussed how they represent Realism. Talked about "Jumping Frog" as Realism. Discussed rhetorical square analysis of "The Lowest Animal."


Nov. 1 - Peer Edit of Life of Pi essay.  Passed out the first study guide packet for A Separate Peace.

31 - Scavenger Hunt for A Separate Peace. Reviewed answers. Checked out books. Gave reading schedule and Themes.

30 - Library

29 - Looked at a few Introduction patterns, and some more samples. Library to work on essay.

28 - Reviewed Hyperbole, Understatement, Comic Comparison, Vernacular, and Satire. Watched "Frog Jumping" video. Read "Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," and highlighted uses of hyperbole etc. Read "The Lower Animal" and wrote a Rhetorical Square analysis.


25 - Gave sample outline for Pi essay. Literary Device Quiz #2. 

24 - Read and discussed "lesson of the moth." Took notes on Realism. Read "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," and identified 10 incidents of foreshadowing in Part III. Gave Life of Pi essay prompt

23 - In class essay.

22 - Finished watching Groundhog Day. Discussed the movie. Gave essay prompt.

21 - Watched Groundhog Day.


18 - Final Life of Pi test. Discussed "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment."

17 - Last graded discussion on Pi.

16 - Catch up day on reading, and on study guides.

15 - Sentence Combining quiz. Graded disc. on Pi.

14 - No school.


11 - Practice Quiz on Sentence Combining. Corrected it in class. Graded Discussion on Pi up through chapter 91.

10 - Graded Discussion. Reviewed compound sentences. Gave Punctuation Handout and 5 examples for combining and punctuating sentences. Assisted students with the assignment and announced Quiz #1 tomorrow.

9 -  Graded Discussion. "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment" with study guide.

8 - Started 2nd Graded Discussion. Gave Part Two study guide

7 -  Part One test.


4 - Graded discussion through end of Part One. Part One test on Monday.

3 - Graded discussion through chapter 23.

2 - Junior Guidance with counselors in theatre.

Oct. 1 - Gave reading schedule for Pi. Introduced Transcendentalism. "Walden" with Study Guide.

30 - Graded Disc. 1-4. Gave Zoo Assignment. Big Fish Analysis due.


27 - Took Literary Device quiz. Read Chapters 1-2 out loud. Gave Part One Study Guide for Life of Pi. Gave Big Fish Analysis assignment.

26 - Presented themes for Life of Pi. Went over Literary Devices. Read “Author’s Note.” Discussed “Big Fish.” 

25 - Read “Personal Myths” and worked on Study Guide. Reviewed SG, and discussed the answers. Gave Big FIsh Study Guide, and worked in groups.

24 - Finished watching Big Fish. Passed out Study Guide

23 - Watched Big Fish.


20 - Introduced Gothicism. Read "The Tell-Tale Heart." Discussed how Poe created an insane narrator. Peer Edit of essay.

19 - Assessed essays for the American Dream diagnostic. Worked in class on essay. Peer edit tomorrow.

18 - Watched Newsroom video. Worked on Study Guide with transcript. Showed Wealth Gap charts. Gave Writing Prompt for the American Dream. 

17 - Finished first half Study Guide. Discussed it. Gave 2nd half Study Guide. Discussed it.

16 - We discussed Abraham Polonsky. Gave “What is an American?” by Crevecoeur. Introduced him with slides. Read it out loud, triangling new vocabulary. Answered questions about the vocabulary and other questions. Gave a Study Guide over the first half of the letter.


13 - Finished the movie. Read the biography of Abraham Polonsky. Worked on Study Guide.

12 - Watched Guilty by Suspicion.

11 - Did “The Crucible” test online.

10 - Reviewed “Devil and Tom Walker” SG. Pointed to the complete answers with quotes as model for The Crucible exam. Read “Rip Van Winkle.” Gave SG

9 - Finished reading The Crucible. Gave Test questions.


6 - Read “The Devil and Tom Walker” and completed Study Guide.

5 - Lectured on Romanticism. Showed and discussed images of Age of Reason vs. Romanticism. Finished reading Act III.

4 - Took practice SBAC. 

3 - Gave out American Dream worksheet to prepare for diagnostic essay. Read The Crucible up to pg. 92.

Sep. 2 - Labor Day! Workers of the world, unite!


30 - 2nd: Age of Reason. Franklin’s Autobio.  Watched three scenes from "Holy Grail" and discussed the elements of the Age of Reason depicted in them. Finished Act II. 5th: Age of Reason. Franklin’s Autobio. Read up to “golden candlesticks” in Act II.

29 - 2nd: read up to needle in poppet, filling out Conflict Sheet. 5th: Puritan Test. Read to end of Act I. Conflict sheet.

28 - Puritan Test and graded it (2nd block...no 5th block due to gas line damage).

27 - Read “Sacred Soil,” identifying Similes, Metaphors, and Personifications, answered the Study Guide, and wrote a Rhetorical Sq. analysis. Compared the rhetorical square of "Sacred Soil" to "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God." Read up to Hale’s entrance.

26 - Passed out “Exposition of Characters.” Read up to Rebecca’s entrance, stopping to fill out the Exposition and highlight themes. Test on Wednesday.


23 - Asked what you know about McCarthyism. Assigned you to read "What is McCarthyism" and gave a Study Guide. Discussed McCarthyism. Passed out “The Crucible.” Gave themes, and read Historical Accuracy.

22 - Asked what you know about Puritans. Lectured on Puritans. Reviewed the "Anne Hutchinson" and "Salem Witch" Trials. Read “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” Reviewed figurative language. Assigned Rhetorical Square analysis and identification of Similes, Metaphors, and Personifications for "Sinners."

21 - Picture Day. Graded and discussed Sample Essay #3

20 - Went over syllabus. Graded and discussed Sample Essay #2

19 - Did the Comma Splices assignment. Due at the end of class.



16 - Presented Grading Standards for essays focusing particularly on the the classification of First, Second, and Third degree errors. Looked at the rubric we will use for essays and the definitions for terms on the rubric. The class assessed Essay #1 and gave it a grade out of 100 points. We tabulated the class grades, then discussed the paper's strengths and weaknesses, and used the rubric to give it scores in the 4 categories.

15 - Presented advertisements to the class. Read "Dumpster Diving" and wrote a rhetorical square analysis of it. Took a quiz over DD, and corrected it in class.

14 - Cultural Pursuit icebreaker. Introduced the concept of the Rhetorical Square and took notes on a handout. Using ads cut from magazines, worked with partners to analyze the ad using the Rhetorical Square.

Aug. 13 - (½ hr.) Introduced myself.
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