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Lein - English II Pre-AP – Agenda – 5th Cycle

October 12th(B)/13th(A)

Essential Question:

  • How familiar am I with Epics and Archetypes?

Due Today:

Activities:

  1. PSAT Prep

  2. Hero’s Journey – Film Study (Star Wars Episode IV)

Homework:

  • None

October 8th(B)/ 9th(A)

Essential Question:

  • What’s on the PSAT?

Due Today:

  • Figurative Language Illustrations

Activities:

  1. Figurative Language Posters

  2. Iliad/Gilgatest

Homework:

  • Test Thurs/Fri over Iliad, Gilgamesh, Epics, Heroes, and Archetypes – use your study guide and packet to study.

October 6th(B)/ 7th(A)

Essential Question:

  • How is figurative language different in ancient literature?

Due Today:

  • Figurative Language Worksheet

Activities:

  1. Figurative Language & The Iliad

  2. Figurative Language Posters

  3. Review for Thurs/Fri test over: The Iliad, The Gilgamesh Epic, Nature of the Hero, The Epic, All Archetypes (your packet)

Homework:

  • Test Thurs/Fri over Iliad, Gilgamesh, Epics, Heroes, and Archetypes – use your study guide and packet to study.

October 2nd(B)/5th (A)

Essential Question:

  • What information is passed down in epics?

Due Today:

  • None

Activities:

  1. AP-style group quiz

  2. Figurative Language & The Iliad

Homework:

  • Test Thurs/Fri over Iliad, Gilgamesh, Epics, Heroes, and Archetypes – use your study guide and packet to study. We’ll review next week.

  • Finish The Iliad figurative language worksheet for homework if you didn’t finish in class

Sept. 30th(A)/October 1st(B)

Essential Question:

  • What information is passed down in epics?

Due Today:

  • Completed Chapter 24 from Iliad study guide

  • Socratic Seminar Prep Sheet

Activities:

  1. Socratic Seminar – Are Epics and Heroes Still Relevant?

Homework:

  • Test next week over Iliad, Gilgamesh, Epics, Heroes, and Archetypes

Sept. 28th(A)/29th(B)

Essential Question:

  • What information is passed down in epics?

Due Today:

  • Completed Chapter 22 from Iliad study guide

Activities:

  1. Review Archetype Boxes Activity

  2. Finish Reading The Iliad

  3. Finish your study guide

  4. Prepare for Socratic Seminar

Homework:

  • Finish Iliad study guide and prepare for your Socratic Seminar next class!!!

Sept. 24th(B)/25th(A)

Essential Question:

  • Why do heroes go on quests?

Due Today:

  • Completed Chapters 1, 3, & 6 from Iliad study guide

Activities:

  1. Reading Check Books 1-6 + Greek Vocabulary

  2. Scenes from Troy – Achilles vs Boargus; Achilles vs Hector; Paris vs. Menelaus (can all be found on you tube)

  3. Archetypes – What characters do we come across in epics? Where have we seen them before?

  4. Archetype – a model situation (think plot), setting, or type of character which commonly shows up in literature and film.

  5. Begin ‘Archetype Boxes’ Activity – For each of the archetypes, write their characteristics in the left box. Write examples that you know of in the right box.

  6. Read Book 22 from The Iliad and finish your study guide.

Homework:

  • Finish Archetypes boxes activity and reading The Iliad Book 22

  • Socratic Seminar Wednesday

Sept. 22nd(B)/23rd(A)

Essential Question:

  • What is the nature of a hero?

Due Today:

Activities:

  1. Quickwrite – What is the author’s main point in the passage ‘Every Trip Is a Quest (Except When It’s Not)’. How does the author make his point? Do you agree with what the author says? Why or why not?

  2. The Epic – What characteristics make an epic an EPIC?

  3. List of characters – in our journals begin a list of who each character’s name is, what side they are on, and what they do

  4. Read, as a class, Book 1 – The Quarrel

  5. Answer questions from Book 1 on your study guide

  6. Begin reading Books 3 & 6 – finish for HW and complete study guide

Homework:

  • Read Books 3 & 6 and answer the corresponding questions in your Iliad study guide

  • Reading Check and Vocab Quiz next Class!!!!

Sept. 18th(B)/21st(A)

Essential Question:

  • What is the nature of a hero?

Due Today:

  • Thematic Gilgamesh Poster

Activities:

  1. Gilgamesh poster presentations

  2. The Epic Hero –

Take your set of pictures. Each of the pictures represents a characteristic of the epic hero.

Label the picture based on the characteristic of a hero you think it represents.

Once you are through – In your journal, explain what you think is happening in each one and what it has to do with the epic hero.


  1. Hand out Epic and Heroes Packet

  2. Read ‘The Nature of the Hero’ and discuss the characteristics of a hero

  3. Intro to the Trojan War

  4. Greek Vocab Worksheet

  5. Set up Character List for The Iliad

  6. We did not begin the book today

Homework:

  • Finish Greek Vocab for next class!

Sept. 16th(A)/17th(B)

Essential Question:

  • What is the nature of a hero?

Due Today:

  • Nothing

Activities:

  1. Quickwrite – ‘What’s a Hero’?

Paragraph 1 – Write 1 or 2 paragraphs describing your definition of a hero. Give examples from life or literature to support the traits you describe.

Paragraph 2 – Do you think the main character of your summer reading book is a hero? Explain in 1-2 paragraphs.



  1. Read The Gilgamesh Epic in Adventures in World Literature - first as a class, then in groups of two

  2. Thematic Statement Posters

Homework:

  • None

Sept. 14th(A)/15th(B)

Essential Question:

  • How does ancient literature contribute to the modern era?

Due Today:

  • Nothing

Activities:

  1. PSAT Warm-Up & Practice (warm up #6)

  2. Finish Gilgamesh Intro Video - Annenberg Foundation Video

  3. Return to KWL chart and discuss what you’ve learned

  4. Read The Gilgamesh Epic in our class textbook

  5. Quickwrite – ‘What’s a Hero’?

Paragraph 1 – Write 1 or 2 paragraphs describing your definition of a hero. Give examples from life or literature to support the traits you describe.

Paragraph 2 – Do you think the main character of your summer reading book is a hero? Explain in 1-2 paragraphs.



Homework:

  • None

Sept. 10th(B)/11th(A)

Essential Question:

  • Why is feedback invaluable to the writing process?

Due Today:

  • Bring a computer if you have one

Activities:

  1. Summer Assignment Work Time

  2. KWL chart (in journal) – What do you know about Gilgamesh? What do you want to know about Gilgamesh?

  3. George Smith and the Discovery of Gilgamesh – Article and Questions

  4. Gilgamesh Intro Video - Annenberg Foundation Video

Homework:

  • Final Summer Assignment Due to Turnitin.com by September 12th at 11:59

Sept. 8th(B)/9th(A)

Essential Question:

  • Why is feedback invaluable to the writing process?

Due Today:

  • Bring a computer

  • Bring retyped, revised, and reprinted DJs and Schaffer for editing workshop

Activities:

  1. Peer Editing Workshop – How it works.

  2. Peer Editing Workshop – Summer Assignment

  3. Summer Assignment Work Time

  4. Introduce Gilgamesh - Annenberg Foundation Video

Homework:

  • Final Summer Assignment Due to Turnitin.com by September 12th at 11:59

Sept. 3rd(B)/4th(A)

Essential Question:

  • How can I use the revising process for maximum benefit?

Due Today:

  • ‘History of Literacy’ due to Turnitin.com

Activities:

  1. Hand back blue books

  2. Revisiting and Reviewing Schaffer Format

  3. Work as a class to construct a related materials Schaffer using Baby and Stay

  4. Revision Workshop – Summer Assignment

Homework:

  • Revise, retype, print (or rewrite) your Summer Assignment Schaffer and DJs for Peer Editing Workshop next class

  • Final Summer Assignment Due to Turnitin.com by September 12th at 11:59

  • Bring computer to next class if you have one

Sept. 1st (B)/2nd(A)

Essential Question:

  • How can I use the revising process for the maximum benefit?

Due Today:

  • Self-introduction based on ‘History of Literacy’

  • You should be signed up for Turnitin.com

Activities:

  1. Check HW

  2. Thematic Statements are Alive! Review of ThemStats

  3. The Writer’s Workshop – Revising Workshop

  4. Revising Workshop ‘History of Literacy’ Intro

  5. Sign up for Turnitin.com and work on final ‘HoL’ Draft

Homework:

  • ‘History of Literacy’ Intro due to Turnitin.com by 11:59 tonight!

  • Final Summer Assignment Due to Turnitin.com by September 12th at 11:59

August 28th(B)/31st(A)

Essential Question:

  • Where am I in regards to reading and writing; how did I get here?

Due Today:

  • Writer’s Notebook should be finished/prepared

  • Summer Assignment book should be with you®

Activities:

  1. Writer’s Choice – 10 minute write

  2. Book Chats Revisited – discuss some of the major themes of your novel and the evidence you used to prove them.

  3. Reflection – What’s your takeaway from your summer reading?

  4. Using ‘History of Literacy’ Questionnaire, introduce yourself to me. You can use letter, essay, or narrative form. This should be a minimum of one page (2 pages in your composition book).

Homework:

  • Sign up for your class period on Turnitin.com

  • Revise your ‘History of Literacy’ introduction and write it nicely or type and print it for next class.

August 26th(A)/27th(B)

Essential Question:

  • What are the expectations for my writing this year?

Due Today:

  • Summer Assignment Blue Books (last day for full credit) Signed Honor Code

  • Composition Book for Writer’s Workshop

  • Be signed up for my website

  • Summer Assignment book should be with you®

Activities:

  1. Partner Clocks

  2. Set up Writer’s Journal

  3. 6-word Memoirs

  4. ‘History of Literacy’ Questionnaire

  5. Summer Assignment Book Groups

Homework:

  • Signed Honor Code Due Next Class

  • Finish ‘History of Literacy’ at home

August 24th(A)/25th(B)

Essential Question:

  • How can I get the most out of my courses this year?

Due Today:

Summer Assignment Blue Books

Activities:

  1. Seating Game – Order yourself in desks in reverse of the order of your first name. The desks are numbered 1-34; therefore, the last name alphabetically should be in the first desk.

  2. Personal Info Index Card

  3. Class Handouts and Policies

  4. Summer Assignment Reading Quiz

  5. Turn-in Summer Assignment blue books

Homework:

-Bring composition book for next class

-Bring signed handouts for next class

-Bring summer reading book next class for book discussion

-Bring Summer Assignment Materials (if you didn’t the 1st day)

-Subscribe to my class website
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