Language Arts Literacy III--Block 2B

Please check this page for updates to our class! We will have assignments, resources, in-class activities and homework listed here.

I will also be posting articles and other readings here, so if in doubt, check the wiki first!

Friday, February 23:

Today we are to focus on the reading!

I want to review the Prologos and any Qs you may have, then look a little more closely at some of the language. Most of our focus will be on hamartia/hubris and dramatic irony.

Then, in small groups, read Scene I and address those questions--remember, because this is a play, we need to read/act it out for each other!
Reading Qs through Scene I (what we have read so far)
Wednesday, February 21:

We have a mixed bag today because of the Black History Month assembly.

After the presentation, we will get into Scene I of the play.

Keep up on reading and Reading Qs!
TBD--depends on what we get through today with the assembly
Friday, February 16:

Today we are to focus on the reading!

I want to review the Prologos and any Qs you may have, then look a little more closely at some of the language. Most of our focus will be on hamartia/hubris and dramatic irony.

Then, in small groups, read Scene I and address those questions--remember, because this is a play, we need to read/act it out for each other!
Reading Qs through Scene I (what we have so far)
Wednesday, February 14:

We start our new reading today!

But first, a Do Now Q: Think of a person who has made a career-ending mistake: what happened? What characteristic of that person led to the downfall?

After we discuss your examples, we need to take down a few more definitions before some reading.

This is basis of the Oedipus myth that all members of a Greek audience would already have known before going to see the play:

This is the full text we will be using to read. Save it immediately, please :)

This is the FULL SET of reading Qs for the whole play. They are due when we finish reading, so be sure to keep up!

Complete the crossword challenge!

(#7 across is "motif")
Monday, February 12:

We're rolling right into our new unit!

We start with an introduction to Greek theatre today: we are going to watch a video clip about "Living in Ancient Greece," take some notes about the structure of the Greek theatre, and end with the Riddle of the Sphinx.

This article highlights the amazing quality of the ampitheatres built by the Greeks:
Acoustics of the Amphitheatre
none :)
Thursday, February 8:

Our class today is dedicated to your hells and presentations of them.

I am going to organize you into groups of four, then you must work collaboratively to decide on the order in which your circles will be presented as a "mini-hell."

Your grade today will be based on the quality of your individual project as well as your ability to work well in a group and present your ideas.

No homework tonight :)
Tuesday, February 6:

Summative assessment day!

After you finish your test, continue to work on your Hell project! IT IS DUE ON THURSDAY, so be ready with your 2 paragraphs and visual.

Email me with any questions
Hell project due Thursday!
Friday, February 2:

We're going to spend today reading some interesting articles and coming up with some ideas for your hell project :)

Each article below should be read to identify the new sins and why they're being added to these (fictional) circles of hell.

After our reading and discussion, you will get.a chance to put this into practice with your OWN circle!

Summative Assessment next class!

Reading Qs due next class!

Hell Project due Thursday 2/8!
Wednesday, January 31:

As promised, we are finishing with the text of Inferno today.

We have Canto XXXIV to read through, then a final application of imagery, connotative language, allusions and similes before wrapping it all up!
Finish Reading Qs (all 4 pages!)

They're due on Tuesday 2/6
Monday, January 29:

We start with your vocab quiz!!

When you finish, grab a book, then take a quick poll: Which do you think is a worst punishment for sinners: fire or ice? Why? Use this link to answer on a padlet page

Then we move into a short poem "Fire and Ice" by Robert Frost. It DIRECTLY relates to the final circle of Hell, where we meet Satan.

We will read Canto XXXIV, the last of the Cantos. Finish reading Qs!
Dante Reading Qs (all 4 pages) due Tuesday 2/6.

Summative Assessment on Dante/Inferno/background notes/figurative language on Tuesday 2/6
Thursday, January 25:

Straightforward tasks for today:
  1. Finish your close reading sheet ("Canto V_Close Reading") in your small group and EVERYONE hand it in

  2. Take and complete the mini-project as explained below

You should choose TWO of the three options to complete with your group and, yes, this is due at the end of the block.

Each group only needs to hand in one project, so be sure to work collaboratively on the two options you choose.

Finish early? Study for vocabulary quiz or work on packet Reading Qs
Vocab quiz on Monday--study all 24 words and parts of speech/usage

Make sure you are up-to-date on assignments--many people have ZEROS for vocabulary homework, Check Genesis and submit to eBackpack if you need to make anything up.
Tuesday, January 23:

Today has a focus on CLOSE READING! Yay!

We are moving into Canto V, which is all about Circle 2 of Dante's hell.

You will read the canto in a small group and then work through elements of the close reading sheet today.

You will need the following items to complete your close reading document:

Follow these links to answer the simile section of the close reading sheet:

Simile 1

Simile 2--watch to 0:45
Complete reading Qs for Canto V.

Vocabulary quiz on Monday, 1/29
Friday, January 19:

Let's start today with a quickwrite:
Think about the last time you watched a horror movie or visited a house of horror at an amusement park. What specific sounds, sights, and smells were present? What effect did they have?

We're going to review those elements of figurative language, then jump into a close reading of the text.

None. Just keep up on Reading Qs.
Wednesday, January 17:

Our first step today is with the geography of Dante's hell--I have maps for you :)

This will be our entrée into Canto III of Inferno, which is the Vestibule (Entryway) to Hell. After you read Canto III, we will discuss and complete reading questions!

If we have time, I will have you pull some imagery (more of that figurative language stuff) and draw what you see.
Keep up on reading Qs
Friday, January 12:

Ok, we are going to move into the reading of Dante's actual words today!

This will involve CLOSE READING of figurative language and descriptors, so note taking and paying attention are super important at this juncture.

Remember that everything we do in class together will eventually be a task for which you are responsible--so give it your attention and interest.
Use vocal words 13-24 to write a descriptive paragraph about your vision of hell.

Please underline the vocab words in the paragraph!
Wednesday, January 10:

Do Now: Name the 8 parts of speech (without cheating!!)

We're going to start with these vocab words and creating mnemonic devices to better understand the first part of the vocab list.

Next, let's recap the notes and whatnot from last class and add high level questions to the information. This will lead us to an illustration of Dante's Dark Forest as drawn by Gustave Dore.

Finally, we will start reading! Canto I is on the schedule for today and make sure you complete the guided reading questions.

SAVE THIS DOCUMENT--it contains all of your reading Qs for this unit. Keep on schedule!

We are going to read out to the grey textbook, but you may use this electronic copy of the text at home so we don't have to drag the books back and forth.

Use the first 12 words in ORIGINAL sentences (about your least favorite TV show or something else you don't especially like)

Monday, January 7:

Welcome back!

Today we start in on some background information before reading Inferno by Dante.

Please paraphrase and give examples for the following quote: "The pen is mightier than the sword."

Then we are going to take some Cornell notes on the life and times of Dante--big stuff was happening in Italy at the time.

About halfway through class we till transition to look at some multicultural views of hell and discuss.

Complete the vocab list--part of speech and definition for each of the words

Wednesday, December 20:

Our goal for today is to get you totally situated to hand in a final draft next class.

I want to do a quick lesson about adding detail to your paragraphs, then we will do a peer review in class. The rest of the time is yours to work on specific issues, talk to me about any questions, and work both collaboratively and independently to get it done.
Remember to use your resources, especially the rubric.

Final, final draft due at the beginning of next class!

Your Final Draft should be TYPED, PRINTED OUT, and have the RUBRIC attached.

I will not let you go to the media center to print.
Monday, December 18:

We have a mixed bag of things to do today--review of MLA, mini-lesson on adding detail to paragraphs, and a run-down of introduction and conclusion paragraphs.

Here are a bunch of docs that you can use today in class and to help prepare your full rough draft for next class.


That means introduction, 3 body paragraphs, conclusion, Works Cited, 3 blended quotes, internal citations, the works.
Thursday, December 14:

First stop is your Tales assessment. When you finish, please click on the link below to complete an online MLA quiz--this will help inform how much MLA instruction I need to do next class. Don't forget to email me the score (

Click here to take the online quiz

After we go some things regarding organization of information, you will have time in class to work on your body paragraph organizers. We have a lot to cover on Friday in class, so make sure that you are on task and ready with all of your documents and information.

Finish your body paragraph organizer for Friday.

Full rough draft due Wednesday 12/20

FINAL DRAFT due Friday 12/22
Tuesday, December 12:

We have a bit of a mixed bag of work today--now that everyone has actually read their articles and taken notes/annotated them, we need to do a few things:

  1. Review your thesis statements to make sure they are in good shape
  2. Have a reminder lesson about how to pull good quotes from a text and use them to complete an organizer
  3. Move on to the body paragraph organizer if you're ready (if not, no worries--you will have time next class to work on it).
  4. Check in with me re: any issues that arise

Due dates:
  • Note-Taking Quotes due Wednesday 12/13
  • Body Paragraph Organizer due Friday 12/15
  • Full Rough Draft due Tuesday 12/19
  • Final Draft due Thursday 12/21
Continue on your step--if you need to finish Notes/Quotes, do that. If you are working on the organizer, keep going (you will have more time next class)


Things to review:
  • Notes on Chaucer, Middle English, and the Middle Ages
  • the General Prologue
  • Characterization definitions and how to use characterize (direct and indirect)
  • The Pardoner, his tale, and his irony
Friday, December 9:

We have a few things to cover today: construction of thesis statements, a check of your articles, and then best practices for pulling quotes from articles.

Let's start with theses. Please open this doc in GoodReader/Notes so you can follow along.

While you're working on those theses, I'm going to come check in with your greed category of choice and the articles to support them.

Last step for today is reading/summarizing your articles (again) and explaining HOW the quotes you've selected will help in your essay writing process.

Finalize your three articles and your thesis.

ACTUALLY READ EACH OF YOUR ARTICLES and note-take on them (circle key words, highlight important information and summarize in the margins).

We will work on the Note-Taking Quotes in class on Monday.

Quiz on the Canterbury Tales unit next Thursday (12/14)
Wednesday, December 6:

We need to round out some ideas about the Pardoner and his Tale before we move forward into you writing assignment for this unit.

We then are going to watch a (three minute) MOVIE (clip) to apply the themes of the Pardoner's Tale to a larger arena, which brings us to...ESSAY WRITING :)

Here are the project sheet and rubric for the essay assignment:

Find THREE articles and fill in the "Articles for Greed Essay" organizer.

Monday, December 4:

Let's hear those celebrity profiles!! My favorite part is guessing the celebrity based on the descriptions :)

Then we break away from the General Prologue and start in on one of the Tales that make up the "stories within the story" of the Canterbury Tales.

We have a little reading quiz assessing characterization and close reading to start, then we will discuss the character of the Pardoner and Chaucer's use of satire and irony as we discuss him.

Please open this document about Irony and Satire as a reference

If we have time in class, we will start the Pardoner's Tale together
Read the Pardoner's Tale and answer the questions below:

Wednesday, November 29:

Today we are going to wrap up the General Prologue to the Tales, answering those last "what?" and "how?" questions.

You have a guided reading doc for this section of the text:

You will have a close reading quiz next class--review the steps (processes) to closely reading, annotating, and summarizing a text.

Celebrity profiles are due next class :)
Monday, November 27:

Pilgrim day! You will have a few minutes to get organized with your groups before we start our mini-presentations. Be sure that you can answer ANYTHING about your pilgrim!

When we complete the presentations, you have a fun creative writing assignment!

Celebrity profile is due Monday, December 4

Please have these written/printed with the rubric sheet attached.
Tuesday, November 21:

As promised, your class time today is dedicated to your pilgrim and your group.

You have already completed a preliminary reading of your pilgrim for homework, so now your group is going to characterize the pilgrim (direct and indirect), draw the pilgrim and pull out quotes as support of such, and explain how Chaucer uses the characterization to make you understanding something more about the pilgrim.

Here are the directions, but I have given you them on paper as well.

IF YOU ARE ABSENT, you are still responsible for all the same work.
Be ready to present next class!
Friday, November 17:

We're starting today with your homework and a review of the types of characterization.
After we recap that, we will apply the ideas of the Knight.

The remainder of class today will be spent on meeting and working with your individual pilgrim: each of you is assigned one person to closely read, annotate, and understand in a group. You will present your pilgrim to the class next week, so make sure you're an expert on your person!

I am handing out the pilgrims on paper, but you can also find them on your "CT_Full General Prologue" doc (see entry for Mon Nov 13) on the pages numbers below:

Prioress = p.4-5 (Brianna, Julia, Dani, Barrett)
Franklin = p. 9 (Chris, Erik, Teresa, Brendan)
Wife of Bath = p.11-12 (Leah, Nick B, Victor, Nick L)
Miller = p. 13-14 (Roy, Erica, Mckayla, Deren)
Summoner = p. 15-16 (Abhitesh, Noelle, Nathan, Amber)
Finish reading/annotating your pilgrim for use in class next time.
Wednesday, November 15:

Please follow this link and read through the fun facts about Canterbury Cathedral.

Then we are going to jump right back into the first 42 lines of the General Prologue!

Remember, our close reading consists of chunking the text and really explaining it out in our own words to find meaning. This might take a bit of time, but we will prevail!

After we recap that, we will do a tiny bit on characterization notes, then apply the ideas of the Knight.

Please have this worksheet completed for next class

Monday, November 13:

After we do a quick review of your Cornell Note summaries, we are going to add to those note sheets. There are just a few things to cover before we jump into the first 42 lines of the General Prologue!

Our close reading consists of chunking the text and really explaining it out in our own words to find meaning. This might take a bit of time, but we will prevail!

Steps to Close Reading:
  1. Number the lines
  2. Chunk the text
    1. emphasize END punctuation
    2. emphasize PAUSE punctuation
  3. Annotate the lines and summarize the chunks

We will do the first 18 lines together, then you try!

Add Qs and summary to your new Cornell Notes
Tuesday, November 7:

Our next step is to start in on the Canterbury Tales!

Quickwrite: if you were going on a road trip with your friends, what movies would you bring to watch and why?

After we discuss this, we will move into some video skeletal notes to introduce the Tales and then practice some reading in Middle English :)

Add marginal Qs and a summary to your Cornell Notes
Friday, November 3:

You have the block today to write your paragraph! Please be sure that you are following all of my steps and that your quote is framed and embedded. Please :)

When you finish writing it, please take a triple rubric sheet from the desk--I'd like you to evaluate your own writing, then switch for a partner review and finally staple that sheet on top of your paragraph and hand it in.

I have told the sub that this is your only work--please work on other assignments or homework when you finish.
Have a nice weekend :)
Wednesday, November 1:

Another day, another writing lesson.

Let's start with a quickwrite: what would happen to an astronaut who became detached from her ship in space?

This will bridge us into our skill for the day, which is embedding quotes into sentences. I have some notes to run then you will try with some practice examples.

Let's keep going with Framing a Quote too!

Make sure you have ALL of your paragraph materials in class on Friday.

You will be writing your paragraph!
Monday, October 30:

We're going to spend today's class reading an article and starting to engage with the topic and main idea

Your task is written at the bottom of the last page--essentially, you're to read the article,
note the topic/main idea, decide if it is appropriate for the high school level, then mark the text, write a summary and reaction, and pull and justify quotes.

It sounds like a lot, but you have the WHOLE BLOCK to complete this. I am also here to help :)

Finish article work (or any other work for that matter) if needed.
Thursday, October 26:

Today's objective is to talk about quotations--specifically, what makes a GOOD quotation and how we can find them in a text.

We'll run through your homework first to remind ourselves of main ideas and topic sentences, then you'll need to open this doc:

After a talk and exercise, we'll watch about 10 more minutes of the terrible Beowulf movie before reading a review of it and pulling quotations.

Nothing new!
Tuesday, October 24:

We're going to start by taking a look back at your worksheet from last time--what were some of the key takeaways from the recitations?

After we recap the videos, it's time for you to recite those boasts! Using the skills discussed, you'll start in groups of 2, then 4, then maybe 8 before calling it quits. Extra credit to anyone who wants to recite (effectively!) to the class.

Our next step is to move into a mini writing unit. Please complete a quickwrite: What makes for good writing? Explain

Your responses will help me go through and explain what is really important re: writing then we'll get into some work with topic sentences and main ideas.

Topic Sentence Worksheet

Friday, October 20:

Let's dot some "I"s and cross some "t"s regarding Beowulf today!

We'll start with your summative assessment--you have half the block to work on this. After that, we'll move into our VERY FUN boast activity--in it, you will be in groups to read through a very short poem and identify the tone and contributing language. This will help you visualize what a presentation of that poem would be like.

Each group will share its interpretations, then we will watch a video of the poem being presented. The end goal here is to discuss the good and not so good ways in which the poem is recited to better improve your own boast readings :)

Here are the docs for today:

None tonight. Be ready to start writing next week! :)
Tuesday, October 17:

We have a mixed bag today--there is the reading to finish ("Death" and "Mourning"), a video clip to watch, and a creative writing task to go through.

Be excited! Things are happening :)

Here is the boast assignment and an evaluation sheet:


- ALL Reading Qs are due (including the character chart)

- Summative Assessment on Beowulf

- Have your Boast ready for class (printed/written copy)
Friday, October 13:

Let's jump back in with our reading today!

We need to quickly review the battle with G's mom and talk around some of the more marvelous things in that section.

Then we're moving on to Beowulf's Last Battle to see what we see. Be sure to keep up on those reading Qs!

Finish "Comparing the Battles" worksheet (Venn and Qs) for Tuesday, 10/17

Summative assessment on Friday, 10/20

Reading Qs due Friday, 10/20
Wednesday, October 11:

No class--PSAT

Monday, October 9:

As promised, we're starting with your quiz today :)

After that, we have to run through the PSAT administrative task so you are all ready for Wednesday's test.

WRITE THIS DOWN: PSAT will be 10/11 in room G204. Bring a calculator and nothing else :)

Class will wrap up with some work on the "Battle with Grendel's Mom," which you read last class. I want to go through a few things and then look closer in the text for those literary devices.
Nothing specific tonight--just keep up on Reading Qs :)
Thursday, October 5:

Let's do a quick review of some of the troublesome vocabulary words before jumping back into our reading.

You're going to read a section of the text solo today and hand in a formative assessment for me (!) and then spend the remainder of class working with a group to read the epic "Battle with Grendel's Mother." She's a doozy.

I'll be checking your reading Qs so far as we go along :) :) :)
Vocab quiz next class--study study!
Tuesday, October 3:

We have a super fun day planned for today!

We will be exploring the idea of varying perspectives of a character and how different portrayals can change our (the audience's) understanding of him or her.

Our focus is on the character of Grendel, and we will be looking at him in three sources: the Beowulf text we've been reading in class, an excerpt from the novel Grendel, and the glorious movie version.

All of these excerpts are based on the battle between Beowulf and Grendel, which serves as a great example of the struggle between good and evil (and, of course, what we as the audience are supposed to see as good and evil).

You will need this document for the reading,

and here is a copy of the chart you will fill in class below as well:

The video clip we will be watching is Beowulf's Battle with Grendel and can be viewed here:
Finish the Three Ways worksheet if needed
Friday, September 29:

We're going to start class with how Beowulf "GOES" then jump into hero talk.

You should take out your hero homework examples and use them to help guide your responses on the doc below:

From there, we will see what a hero B is and read his battle with Grendel :)
Check on Reading Qs next week! Be ready through what we have read in class.
Wednesday, September 27:

Today's class starts with a question: Is it ever appropriate to brag about yourself? When/why?

We will go through a "boast" activity together to introduce the A-S boast seen in our next reading section, "Beowulf," and then determine what B boasts about and how it's different from what people today boast about.

Be sure to fill in guided reading Qs as we go along!
As you live your life for the next two days, think about heroes--where do they pop up in daily life? Keep track and be ready to share next class (have 3+ examples in context (when/where/why)

Keep up on Reading Qs!
Monday, September 25:

Today's class starts with your background quiz :)

After you finish that, you should go through the reading from last class and fill in responses to the "Grendel" section reading Qs.

By then, everyone should be done with the quiz so we will move on! We have some literary devices to take definitions on and understand, then we're going back into the text to apply those devices to our reading.

Here is the Cornell Note template (save in GoodReader so you always have a blank copy):

None :)
Tuesday, September 19:

Let's get to work!

Hand in your homework then we are going to wrap up some notes to finalize our Beowulf introduction (these are the Epic notes in your Text Notes doc and some Anglo-Saxon literary devices). I also want to do what is hopefully a review/reminder on Cornell Notes.

Then...Beowulf! We will go through some basics (e.g., how to pronounce their names) then get into reading the first section together.

If you are ever absent or otherwise need to read at home, here is the full text of Beowulf:

There are reading questions for each section to complement our in-class study--please take a minute to save these to GoodReader or GoodNotes for easy access and completion.

Quiz next class on background information. Be sure to study the skeletal notes on history and the Epic. Vocab will be a separate quiz.
Friday, September 15:

We are going to continue with our introduction and background to Beowulf today. :)

Let's start with a Kahoot to get the brain juices flowing and then we will move into reviewing the vocab homework and attaching memory clues to remember the definitions.

Then we're going to wrap up those skeletal text notes by summarizing and applying Cornell note applications.
Write ORIGINAL sentences for each of the 15 vocab words. Make them about MTHS/Monroe
Wednesday, September 13:

We are going to dive into Beowulf's world today.

Do Now: Please open your textbook to p. 14 & 15 and take a look at the tapestry.
1- Paraphrase the quote by C. S. Lewis on p15. What did he mean?
2- Describe 5 details of the picture.
3- What do you learn from the tapestry’s bottom panel?

Then we are going to play a little with Old English and see who is good with languages--just because it has "English" in it doesn't mean we can read it.

We are going to finish class with a page from the Beowulf packet; you may work in pairs to complete skeletal notes

Here are the textbook pages complete the notes:

Complete the vocab list (page 3) in your Beowulf Text Notes doc, please
Monday, September 11:

Today's class is going to center around reading--specifically what you like about reading (or do not like) and why. This will segue us into our small summer reading in-class activity!

Let's start here: please follow this link to a padlet page and answer the posted Q.

After a quick class discussion, we are going to read a little article and further our conversation around reading.

Please open and save the document in GoodNotes or GoodReader (so you can mark it up) and away we go!

The last part of our class today will center on group work. You will get together with others who read the same book as you over the summer to create a 1 minute presentation of said book.

You can choose to present ANY important information in ANY way your group sees fit. I'm not giving you a format because I want to see what you can come up with.

Class will end with "presentations!"
Thursday, September 7:

Welcome to class! We are going to get acclimated to Language Arts III, to each other, and to a new school year.

Here is your syllabus for the year:

You have a paper copy now, but it will be posted here for the duration so you can always access it :)
Have your signed course contract ready to hand in next block.

Be sure to be familiar with a summer reading selection as well--there will be an in-class activity next time.