A long Way Gone



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PreAP 1st Nine Weeks

August 26 Opening Day activities and procedures, Letters to parents Standards of Composition (MLA guidelines), Literary terms, discuss summer read A Long Way Gone-

view online interview of author Ishmael Beah


27 Introduce DIDLS;
introduce archetypes and identify some in “The Hobbit” excerpt p. 424.
Identify genre, fiction, characterization in “Most Dangerous Game” short story p. 60

28/29

Read “Most Dangerous Game” and note DIDLS;

homework: finish MDG DIDLS notes on the short story.


30 Warm-up- Analyze characterization in “The Hobbit” excerpt using an embedded quotation on sticky notes and share.
Discuss “MDG” identify theme, climax discuss archetypes, setting, internal and external conflict, p.o.v.;

chart plot on Freytag’s Pyramid.




Sept. 2 Labor Day Holiday


3 Literary terms quiz

Read “Scarlet Ibis” aloud and analyze characterization, mood, symbol, and themes.

Introduce embedded quotations.

Reminder: bring username and password to library tomorrow





4/5 Timed Writing- Choose a short story or A Long Way Gone. Explain how characters were developed in an expository essay using evidence and embedded quotations.

Unit 11 The Odyssey; Intro myth vocab. Characteristics of myth).

Hw-Read M & Y p. 1-4, 5-8, 9-12 and create a T-chart tracking matriarchal and patriarchal characteristics.


6

Turn in T-chart

Library orientation and introduction to research databases

Hw-Read M & Y p. 17-38 and create a Greek family tree.




9 Class Pictures

Trojan War- Read and take Cornell notes; quiz Friday.

Assign god/goddess research assignment.

Hw: Make connections and determine author’s purpose in “Lost Boys” p. 592 and A Long Way Gone. Answer questions 1-7 on p 598.



10

Questions 1-7 due.


Research assigned god/goddess. Find three sufficient articles.
Bring your username (ID #) and password.


11/12

Grammar warm-up: Using appositives in Greek epithets

Intro to quotation, summary, paraphrase w/embedded quotations + documentation
Practice notetaking with notes from library research. Completed notes with citations due Friday.
Hw- M & Y p. 41- 54- read and draw conclusions about themes and characters’ motivations


13 Trojan War Quiz

(Library available if needed)

Notes due

assign god/goddess Fakebook project- due Monday




1st Nine Weeks

16 God/goddess visual project due

Research articles and notes due

Background to Homer, The Odyssey and the epic

Define epithet, epic, and epic poem

Read “A Goddess Intervenes” and identify epithets, archetypes and DIDLS using Cornell notes.


17 grammar warm-up- Write participial phrases.

Read “Calypso”; identify foreshadowing, point of view, DIDLS.

Interpret figurative language in Odyssey Book I

Hw: “Be Specific” Natalie Goldberg (Models For Writers) and practice writing a paragraph with more specific writing.




18/19

Define hamartia and tragic flaw

Timed Writing: Write an original story or myth about a new god/goddess. Include a participle and at least 4 characteristics of myths.

Explain characters’ epithets; Read and identify archetypes and motifs in “New Coasts”, annotation of figurative language sticky notes activity; identify DIDLS.



20

A Long Way Gone test

Hw-M & Y p. 50-70; create T-chart comparing/

contrasting Hermes/Hephaestus


2Finish ALWG test

Read “Circe” p. 1224. Make note of main ideas.

Odyssey quiz Friday (study imagery, plot, details, characterization, the effects of fig. lang. and mythological vocab )

HW: Rd “The Land of the Dead” p. 1226 and do dialectic journal (What images are used and what effect do they have on the selection?”



24

Share dialectic journal responses in groups

Read “Ulysses” poem and analyze tone and author’s purpose.

HW: Rd “Sirens, Scylla and Charybdis” (p. 1230) and do #6-11 on p 1238 and 1239 vocab strategies.




25-26 Review participles.

Timed Writing: Write a short story based on a childhood event (avoid personal narrative).

Read “Father and Son” p 1242and “Beggar at the Manor” p. 1248 and analyze plot structure.

homework: Read “Shame” p. 279 (Models For Writers) and analyze setting, thesis, plot structure, word choice, and tone using SOAPSTONE strategy.




27Odyssey quiz

Read “Test of the Bow” p1250 and summarize.

Define VWS 1words.

Introduce level of questions

HW: Prepare for Socratic Seminar with questions for W/Th. Odyssey test next Friday. Determine themes, lit devices, fig. lang., and define myth terms.


30 Read “Death at the Palace” and watch video clip; discuss plot and author’s purpose. Interpret figurative language in Odyssey Book II; VWS 3.

Analyze imagery in movie clips from Test of the Great Bow scene .




Oct 1 VWS 2 Quiz

Grammar warm-up- Active/passive tenses-verbs

Read “Trunk of the Olive Tree” p. 1262 silently; Think-Pair-Share; analyze using DIDLS.

Homework: Prepare for Socratic Seminar questions for block day ; Odyssey test Friday. Determine the symbols, plot, settings, characterization, internal and external conflicts, p.o.v., main idea, imagery, simile/metaphor, fiction, sensory detail, mood, context, types of irony, epic, epic hero, epic conventions, foil, non-linear plot, flashback, foreshadowing, fig. lang.




2/3 Socratic Seminar The Odyssey

Define VWS 3 words; test 16/17.




4 The Odyssey test

M &Y Read “Perseus” p. 198 and evaluate him as an epic hero.

Assign vocab 3 words




7 Day of Service


8 Poetry analysis – TPDASST “Penelope” p. 1266.

HW: M & Y p. 213 “Heracles” and complete attributes chart.

9/10 Define Greek and Latin roots.

Texas Assessment Practice Reading Comprehension, Revising/Editing, Vocabulary.



Hw: M & Y - Read “Prometheus” p. 102 and explain themes.

  1. VWS 3 Quiz

Hw: Read “Childhood” p. 222 (Models For Writers) and answer comprehension questions.

14 Comp Day


15

Sorry, Right Number-Stephen King (Holt) p. 156 – read using dramatic conventions. Answer #1-9

16/17 VWS 1-3 test

“Motorcycle Helmet Bill” article p. 655- identify logos, pathos, ethos.



18 End of nine weeks

“Motorcycle Helmet Bill” article p. 655- identify logos, pathos, ethos.



Essential Questions: How does a writer compose an engaging story? How do authors develop complex yet believable characters in works of fiction? How does mythic, classical and traditional literature influence 20th and 21st century literature? How do I relate an author’s use of figurative language to its historical and cultural setting? How do literary elements affect the meaning of a text? How do writers convey internal and external conflict in a narrative? How do writers from different genres use literary elements to create an engaging story? How do I find appropriate textual evidence? How is a work of fiction shaped by an author’s point of view?


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