Welcome to high school. Although you are just beginning the first of four steps of your academic journey here at Strongsville High School, this advanced literature course will be the building blocks that will lead you to AP English and eventually to collegiate courses. This course will be treated as the foundation for AP Language and AP Lit with classroom discussions, group activities, socratic seminars, personal and formal writing in the form of journals, extended responses, well-developed paragraphs, persuasive responses, narratives, and extensive writing assignments such as in-class timed essays, out of class typed essays, and research assignments. This course will also delve into the technical side of English with writing structure, MLA format, technology, punctuation, and grammar. Public speaking or what I liked to think of as classroom theatrical performances will also be required for this class as individual assignments for summer reading, group presentations with Greek Mythology, group formal debate, and other mini-performances. When thinking of the hidden depths of a story, whether it is real or fantasy, I always envision a a shovel with a really intricately detailed handled carved with Celtic knots and the words Dig Deeper cut into the metal part of the shovel with the words Videamus Quid Hinc Find in bold black script written vertically on the handled which is translated to mean "See What You Can Find." These are words I live by when I start reading. I hope they become yours as well. Remember: stories aren't always crafted to be full of action or to be loved by every, or sometimes any, reader; however, each story has a hidden message that can be easily discovered or may need a really good shovel. So, without further ado, let's start digging.
Remind (aka Remind 101) will be utilized to notify you of any changes in assignments and to remind you of any upcoming tests, quizzes, projects, etc.
To join group: Text @17 wings (in message box) to 81010 (in phone number box)
Dates, Deadlines, and Important Notifications:
This will be where you can access pdf versions of our monthly calendars as well as find any pertinent information or changes in dates / deadlines. We will also begin utilizing Google Classroom for some assignments.
The Count of Monte Cristo
Character Performance and Pamphlet Assignment
Movie Review Guidelines and Rubric Review Example 1 Review Example 2
Essay Rubric Aligned with AP
Essay Instruction & Outline Structure
LAME Thesis and Writing Tips
Study Sheet for Objective Test
Sample Essay PPT using quotes
Leveled Questions PPT Leveled Questions as a PDF
Count of Our Live PPT Count of Our Lives as a PDF
Worksheets, Power points, Assignments, etc for Short Stories and Lit. Terms:
Lit. Terms as a PDF
"MDG" Worksheet w/ Partner
Copy of "The Lottery"
The Lottery PPT
Worksheets, Activities, Assignments, and other info for The Alchemist
Parable Example--Good Samaritan PPT
Parable Worksheet for The Alchemist
Parable Pre-Writing Worksheet
Parable Example--Story of the Butterfly
Allegory and Symbol PPT
Worksheets, Activities, PPTs, tutorials and other infor for the Research Process and Paper
Research Paper Assignment 2016
Research Paper Deadlines
LAME Thesis Information
Steps 1-3 PPT
Sample Paper 2
Sample paper with tags
Taking Notes PPT
Note card template
Sample Intro Paragraphs
Intro Guidelines, Sample, and Dos and Donts
Introduction Paragraph Template
Drafting Tips and Guidelines 2015
Creating a Works Cited Page ppt
Cheat Sheet for Works Cited and Citations
Worksheets, Info, PPTs, and other connections to Mythology and The Odyssey
Prezi on Mythology and World Creation Day 1 of Unit
Mythology Background PPT
Olympian Gods & Goddesses ppt
Odyssey Final Travel Group Project
Odyssey Final Travel Group Project Rubric
Worksheets, PPTs, and other connection to Anthem
Intro to Anthem Worksheet for PPT
Anthem Study Guide
Anthem Introduction PPT Take 2
Shakespeare and Romeo and Juliet
Shakespeare Web Quest
Sample Synthesis Essay
Without You, There is No Us
Dialectical Journal Entry Form
6 Word Memoir Project
6 Word Memoir Step-By-Step Prezi
Debate Part 1 PPT
Debate Handout 1
Debate PPT 2
Debate Handout 2
Debate Handout 2a
Debate Part 3 PPT
Debate Handout 3
Sample Notecard and Template
Sample Note Card for Google Docs
Debate Part 4 PPT
Ind Reasoning and Slovenly 7
Debate Handout 6
Anthem Online Text
Anthem Group Research Topics
WebQuest for Intro to Anthem
Uploading Anthem Essay to Turnitin.com-
Online step-by-step directions: http://turnitin.com/static/resources/documentation/turnitin/training/en_us/qs_student_en_us.pdf
Ayn Rand Quotes - you will not blog about this, use this as a Perfect Paragraph assignment.
Directions: Type a paragraph response on a Google doc titled "Perfect Para. 2" and be sure to pay attention to standard MLA formatting- heading, font, title, etc. and standard English. Share it with two peer editors and make changes according to their suggestions.
Think Pair Share Prompts for Chapter 1 in Anthem- you'll need the graphic organizer from Mrs. Criswell to complete this.
- Clearly, Ayn Rand intended Equality to stand out from his “brothers.” Explain how she accomplishes this by contrasting Equality’s physical qualities and character traits with those of his fellow men.
- Why does the Council of Vocations assign Equality the job of street sweeper? Is it due to error, incompetence or a more sinister motivation? Explain.
- When does this novel take place—in the past, the present, or the future? How do you know?
4. Describe a question/comment you have about the reading selection this far.
Genre Practice online PDFhttp://www.ux1.eiu.edu/~cfder/GenreCharacteristicsChart.pdf
Point of View online review: http://www.mpsaz.org/rmre/grades/grade5/homework_help/files/point_of_view.pdf
Anthem Reading Schedule- Subject to change!
Day One- Introduction and read through pg.37
Day Two- pg. 38-77
Day Three- pg 78-93
Day Four- pg. 94- end
Review and test to follow. In lieu of test----> Essay!
Essay topics and guidelines on the Ayn Rand website:
ROUGH DRAFT DUE
FINAL DRAFT DUE on Google docs
Brainstorming PDFs- after choosing your topic, complete this online and save in your desktop English folder.
Before your rough draft
Text Evidence PowerPoint
Homework assigned Practice using text evidence
Read the article: Video Game Violence Article- text evidence practice
Answer the question ON A GOOGLE DOC (in your shared folder):
Is video game addiction a real problem?
State the idea you had about the text, cite what in the text led you to that, and explain the connection.
Anthem Essay Grading Rubric
Rough Draft- with peer editing apparent
0 5 10
0 2 5
At least 600 words/5-para. format
0 2 5
Four text evidence pieces used
0 2 4 6 8
Topic Addressed- reflects knowledge of the book
0 4 8 12
Works Cited Entry
0 2 5
Overall0 2 5
To Use TurnItIn.com-