Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Using MLA for in-text citations

We reviewed MLA citations today. Students have MLA hand-outs in Writer's Handbook section of binder.
Students continued working on revising.

Study SAT Vocab

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


For those who had a complete draft (due today), students participated in a peer-editing workshop using a checklist as a tool to give feedback.
Those students who had not finished their first draft used class time to write.

Complete first draft if not yet finished
Study SAT Vocab #3

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Since I was at a training on Friday, many students had not yet completed the outline. Class time was given to catch up in the writing process. The expectation is that the first draft will be ready for peer-editing on Wednesday.

Complete first draft for Wednesday
Study SAT Vocab #3

Friday, September 18, 2009


Students revised thesis statements and arguments. They then began working on outline for paper.

Study SAT Vocab #2...quiz on Tuesday


Outline Due TODAY

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Thesis Proposal

Students complete a thesis proposal for their American Dream literary analysis.

Study SAT Vocab #2...quiz on Tuesday


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

American Dream Project

SAT Vocab #1 Quiz today

We went over the Literary Analysis Graduation Portfolio task that students will write in response to at least 2 texts from unit 1. We reviewed the 6 texts that we read and students were given time to work on SAT Vocab #2 and to think about which Essential Question and texts they will use.

Study SAT Vocab #2
Choose texts and begin looking for quotes/evidence to use in paper

Thesis Proposal due tomorrow


Saturday, September 12, 2009

In class essay

Students completed an in class essay on a topic of their choice. The essay was about Frederick Douglass.
We also practiced using talking to the text with a poem titled, "America, i-c-u" by Phil Duran.

Read Malcolm X's speech, "The Ballot or the Bullet" and write a 1 page summary.

SAT Vocabulary quiz on Tuesday

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Evaluate Frederick Douglass' relationship to slavery and America

Students finished chapter 10 of the text and the questions for chapters 8-10. Students were also given a list of SAT vocabulary words to define and study for next Tuesday's vocab quiz.

Finish reading the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (chapter 11 and Epilogue)

Monday, September 7, 2009

The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

We have 2 chapters to go! Last class we read through Chapter 9 and some of 10. We discussed Frederick's relationship with Covey and his newly found sense of empowerment.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Course Overview

American Literature is an 11th grade English course. We will work closely with the American History course throughout the school year to explore themes around the American Dream, what it means to be an American, and Freedom.
See the attached syllabus for thematic units and projects.