2015 Semester TWO assignments

  • Complete review/preview assignment.
  • Read and take notes over the historical context section at the beginning of Unit 3 (pgs. 516 - 523)
  • OPEN NOTE quiz over historical context section tomorrow.

  • Read the article at the link below and then complete the handout provided.


  • Work on writing short, constructed responses.

  • ACT English skills review #1 - Comma and apostrophe usage
  • Passages 1 & 2 of ACT handout.
  • Revision of short, constructed response.

  • Complete ACT English practice test.
  • Complete ACT English practice test scoring/reflection.

  • Read Walt Whitman bio and collection of poems in textbook.
  • Complete text analysis and reading skill handouts.

  • ACT Reading Practice Test
  • Discuss/Read Emily Dickinson bio./poetry on pages 546-554
  • Complete text analysis handout.
  • Discuss Extra Credit:

  • Turn in Whitman/Dickinson handouts
  • Whitman/Dickinson Quiz
  • Complete "I Hear My School Singing" poetry writing activity. Final draft poems are due when you come to class on Monday.

  • Author's style handout/discussion.



  • Unit 4 Historical Context Quiz
  • View the irony tutorial below and take notes on handout provided.
  • View a collection (more than 20) of Mark Twain quotes and answer questions on back of irony notes handout.

  • Historical Context/Twain/Irony discussion.
  • Watch the following Irony videos
  • View the following Irony videos and complete the handout provided
  • Review regionalism/regional literature (pg. 656)
  • Read excerpt from The Autobiography of Mark Twain (pg.660)
  • Complete Vocabulary/Irony/text analysis handouts.

  • Discuss "The Autobiography of Mark Twain"
  • Read and complete handouts over "Life on the Mississippi"

  • Review Twain/Irony/Local color/dialect
  • Complete Spoon River Anthology Pre-Reading activity.
  • Read and discuss selected epitaphs from Spoon River Anthology
  • Work on character matching #1

  • Spoon River Anthology review/discussion.
  • Begin Spoon River Scavenger hunt using section two of the anthology.

  • Notes pg. 735 - Naturalism
  • Read Jack London Bio and his short story "The Law of Life" pg. 768
  • Take notes over Social Themes in Literature pg. 780

  • Discuss notes/story from last time.
  • Read Chopin bio and "The Story of an Hour" pg 782
  • Complete Unit 4 Assessment Study guide and prepare for Unit 4 Assessment next time.

  • Unit 4 Assessment
  • Discuss ACT Timed Writing
  • Complete practice timed writing.
  • At the link that follows, you will find the prompt you wrote about today and sample essays that go with it. The essays are scored on a scale of 1-6 (which is how ACT scores them). Read through the sample essays and the scoring explanations that follow them. Give your own essay an HONEST score of 1-6 based on your comparison/findings and write a couple of sentences explaining what you think you need to do to improve.


  • Turn in Spoon River Anthology packets (if you didn't last time).
  • Begin working on Farcebook pages for chosen character. See rubric below for detailed description of what, exactly, is required for each portion of the Farcebook page.
  • When you are COMPLETELY FINISHED with your Farcebook page, SAVE IT TO YOUR S DRIVE, print the rubric, put your name on it, and turn it in to Mrs. Coulter.

  • Complete Reading New Words in Context Vocabulary handout for tomorrow.

  • A poem we like: Impromptu presentation.
  • Watch THREE videos from the following website and write a short response to each video (3-4 sentences):
  • Visit the following website and find a poem that you can relate to your life, SPECIFICALLY. Print out the poem and annotate it based on how specific parts of it relate to your own life/beliefs/experiences.

  • Discuss Our Favorite Poem Project
  • Begin working on Poem Exploration sheet and searching for the perfect poem for your project. Start with these websites:


Unit 5 Assessment Study Guide:

2014 Semester One Assignments

  • Textbook discussion.
  • Complete Academic Vocabulary Handout

  • Preview Unit 1 Goals and identify unfamiliar vocabulary (pg. 18).
  • Read Historical Context Section and take notes (pg. 23-30)
    • OPEN NOTE QUIZ over Goals/Historical context FRIDAY. Notes will be turned in for a grade.
  • Discuss Unit 1 "Big Questions"/Creative Myth powerpoint.
  • Read "The World on a Turtle's Back" (pg. 38)
  • Complete Reading Check/Text Analysis handouts.

  • Discussion of "The World on a Turtle's Back"
  • Read:
    • Bio. of Mourning Dove (pg. 46)
    • Text Analysis section (pg. 47)
    • "The Coyote and the Buffalo" (pg. 48-52)

  • Complete the Primary Vs. Secondary Sources Tutorial (see link in navigation bar to the left) and the handout that goes with it.
  • Read bio of M. Scott Momaday (pg. 54) and Text analysis sections (pg. 55)
  • Read the excerpt from The Way to Rainy Mountain (pg. 56) and complete Vocabulary Study and Reading Check handouts

  • Discussion of Memoir/Turn in handout
  • Complete vocabulary in Context activity

8/27 - 8/28
  • Native American Stereotypes in Media Activity
  • Homework:
    • Stereotypes in media assignment
    • Read "La Relacion" pg. 72 - 78
    • Complete handout packet

  • Read "The General History of Virginia" (pg. 94)
  • Complete Selection Test A
  • Quiz over Early American Literature FRIDAY (see study guide for terms to know).

9/3 & 9/4
  • PLATO Benchmark Testing

  • Early American Literature Test

  • Notes over Poetry terms/Puritan Introduction.
  • Read bio of Anne Bradstreet/Edward Taylor (pg. 114)
  • Read poems pgs. 116 - 120
  • Complete handouts in small groups.

  • Notes on "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" excerpt/Persuasive Techniques
  • Listen to "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God." (pg. 124)
  • Persuasive Imagery assignment
  • Watch Puritan/witchcraft background info video.

  • Take Notes over American Drama (pg. 132-133)
  • Watch Historical Context tutorial (link in navigation bar to the left). Take notes.
  • Use the following websites to Complete the Online Scavenger Hunt

Suggested Websites to Use:
1. http://www.ibiblio.org/miller/crucibleteachnotes.html
2. http://www.moderntimes.com/blacklist/
3. http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/may/31/newsid_4417000/4417523.stm

9/15 - 9/16
  • Read The Crucible Act I

  • Work in partners to review exposition portions of Act I
  • Complete exposition of characters handout.
  • Read Act II on your own and complete study guide
  • Quiz over Acts I & II on Monday

  • Quiz over Acts I & II
  • Watch Act I and II of The Crucible

  • Now that we have read/viewed all of The Crucible, use the following link to determine what it fact and what is fiction. Remember, Arthur Miller was an author, NOT a historian. While he did base his characters on real people who lived during the time of the Salem Witch Trials, he took many creative liberties in the creation of The Crucible.

  • Small group pre-writing activity
  • Thesis statement practice
  • Write your own thesis statement based on the following prompt:
    • Think about the social and political conditions of the time during which Arthur Miller was writing The Crucible. In what ways has looking through this historical lens colored your understanding of the play? As you analyze the play and the events of Miller’s life, support your thesis with information from the articles you read, videos we watched in class, and details from the play.
  • Be prepared to share/discuss your thesis statement with Mrs. Coulter next time.


  • Fragment/Run-on Review
  • Continue peer-edit activities.
  • Completely revised final draft due tomorrow.

10/8 - 10/9
  • Finish editing/revising
  • Turn in the following:
    • Peer editing rough draft with checklist
    • Final revised draft.
    • Research materials
  • Discuss terms for Revolutionary Visual Analysis
  • Complete notes handout over pgs. 226

  • Work in assigned groups to complete revolutionary painting analysis.
  • Be prepared to present your painting/analysis next week.

  • Present Revolutionary art group analysis.

  • Continue Revolutionary artwork presentations
  • Analyze theme or message of each painting.


  • Open Note Quiz over persuasive appeals and arguments
  • Vocabulary in Context assignment


  • Discussion of Declaration/Study guide terms
  • Gather notes that can be used on the Unit 1 Assessment:
    • Persuasive appeals
    • Elements of an argument
    • Sentence structure notes
  • Complete Unit 1 Practice Assessment

  • Unit 1 Assessment

  • Take notes over Unit 2 Historical context section (pgs. 304-313).
  • Open note quiz over section (and notes turned in for a grade) tomorrow.

  • Last chance to make up Unit 1 Assessment/Historical Context Quiz
  • Discussion of Satire/Read "The Devil and Tom Walker" (pg. 318-332)


  • If you didn't finish the poetry tutorial notes from last time (linked above), it is HIGHLY recommended that you finish by Wednesday (hint, hint).
  • Use the following links to find a poem that in some way honors Veteran's Day. Choose a poem you like (and preferably one that you understand) because you will complete a writing assignment over it next time. Print a hard copy of the poem and make sure to note the name of the author.

  • Watch video and view notes (linked below) to further your understanding of the short, constructed response.
  • Annotate the Veteran's Day poem that you printed last time, making sure to identify speaker and central message (theme) of the poem. Once you have a clear understanding of your poem, write a short, constructed response that addresses the following prompt:
    • Who is the speaker of your poem and how does the speaker help you to understand theme? List one example of how the poet uses a poetic device to illustrate that theme.
  • Fully annotated poem AND short constructed response are due when you come to class on Friday.

  • Review of short, constructed response and analysis of poetry response from last time.
  • Write short constructed response to the following prompt (be sure to use the RACE method in your response):
    • List two of your favorite teacher and explain why they are your favorite.
  • Turn in annotated Veteran's Day poem, and two completed short, constructed responses.

  • Discuss the process for close reading/annotating poetry.
  • Read/Annotate Longfellow poems.
  • Complete group analysis questions and group constructed response.

  • Discuss Longfellow
  • Read and discuss "The First Snowfall" and "Snowbound"

  • Review mood.
  • Review paraphrase vs. summarize.
  • Group paraphrase/mood activity.

  • Divide and conquer the Snowbound Storyboard activity.

  • Read pg. 348 - 352
  • Complete Reading Skill: Making inferences handout
  • Do questions 1-5 and 8 on pg. 353 in textbook.

  • Notes over pg. 366
  • Read Emerson bio/text analysis/reading skill pgs. 368-369
  • Read "What is your motto" on pg. 369 and use the R.A.C.E. method to write a short, constructed response (on the reverse of your note-taking handout) to the "quickwrite" question.
  • Homework: Read "Self-Reliance" pg. 370 and "Nature" pg. 373 and complete handouts for tomorrow.

  • Discuss Emerson and Thoreau
  • Complete Vocabulary handout.

  • Read and annotate the excerpt from Henry David Thoreau's Walden. (Remember: Annotating means marking the text and making notes when you find parts you like, parts that confuse you, parts that relate to theme, parts that include figurative language, etc...)
  • Then, read Mrs. Coulter's essay at the link below:
  • Complete the text analysis handout for Friday.


  • Complete the short, constructed response assignments on pg. 459 of textbook. The first one has been done for you (on back of handout from last time), but you should complete the non-fiction and comparing non-fiction and fiction responses for Monday.

  • Unit 2 Assessment
  • After reviewing your writing portfolio, revise/edit your 2 short, constructed responses and submit them to your folder. Both pieces of writing you've done this semester (The Crucible essay AND the short, constructed responses to the Poe/King literature) need to be resubmitted to Mrs. Coulter by the end of the day tomorrow. You do NOT have to make revisions to The Crucible essay...Simply review it to make sure you're not making any of the same mistakes on the Poe/King writing assignment.

2014 Quarter 3 Assignments

  • Discussion of 2nd semester
  • MLA Style outline review
  • Read Historical Context section (pgs. 643-651) in textbook
    • Take notes over section in MLA Style outline format (see link in English 11 website navigation bar).
    • You will be able to use the notes on a quiz next time, then notes will be turned in for a grade.
  • Complete brainstorming handout. Be prepared to discuss possible research paper topics with Mrs. Coulter next time.

  • Open Note Quiz over Unit 4 historical context section.
    • Turn in your correctly formatted MLA style outline attached to your quiz.
    • Complete note-taking handout on Regional literature

  • Read pg. 1340-1343
  • Discuss research paper topics with Mrs. Coulter.
  • Begin a preliminary search for source material and complete research strategies handout.

  • Research/database review with Mrs. Green
  • Time in lab to look for source material.


  • Finish and turn in MLA style works cited (if you didn't already turn it in).
  • Review format/example of MLA style outline and begin outlining the information that will be included in your research paper.

  • Review elements of a thesis statement and have your thesis checked by Mrs. Coulter.
  • Complete MLA style outline -- outline should be a framework for your ENTIRE research paper.
  • Turn in outline by the end of the hour.
  • Extra Credit: American Legion Essay (Due Friday)

  • Turn in research paper outline
  • View the following Irony videos and complete the handout provided
  • Notes/discussion of Mark Twain
  • Read excerpt from "The Autobiography of Mark Twain" and complete packet.

*Extra Credit Legion Essay DUE MONDAY.


  • Turn in Mark Twain packet
  • Turn in Legion essay extra credit
  • Benchmark Testing

  • Introduction techniques discussion
  • Write introductions (due by the end of the hour/at the beginning of class next time).

  • Citing Sources in MLA format discussion
  • Begin Writing research paper and, for a grade, show Mrs. Coulter at least one correct citation within the body of your paper.


  • Bring a COMPLETED hard copy of the rough draft of your research paper (must have intro, body, conclusion) to class with you. You will recieve a grade for having it finished AND for participating in an editing activity.

  • Turn in the following:
    • Final draft of research paper
    • Final draft of works cited
    • Edited rough draft
    • Peer Editing checklist
  • Read "Life on the Mississippi" by Mark Twain
  • Complete Selection Test A & Reading Check handouts

  • Discuss Naturalism
  • Read "Law of Life" pg. 768-776
  • Complete all EXCEPT last page of packet for tomorrow.

  • Review Naturalism and discuss "Law of Life"
  • Discuss social context
  • Read "Story of an Hour" and "Joyas Voladoras" in textbook.
  • Complete short, constructed responses.

  • Turn in packet with short, constructed responses.
  • Review for Unit 4 Assessment
  • Complete Connotation and Denotation Tutorial/handout

  • Unit 4 Assessment
  • Complete Spoon River Anthology pre-reading assignment

  • Do ACT Reading and English tests (see link on English 11 Website)
  • Complete and turn in ACT Skills Help handout.

  • Discuss and begin Spoon River Anthology

  • Small group character matching activity.

  • ACT English practice passage #1/skill review mini lesson
  • Finish character matching activity.
  • Choose character for character Facebook assignment

  • Complete Spoon River Anthology scavenger hunt (pgs. 87-170)
  • Choose character for Spoon River Anthology character study (pg 172 - end of anthology)


  • Lab time to work on Spoon River Anthology Farcebook assignment

  • Finish, print, label and underline poetic devices in TWO original epitaphs.
  • Be prepared to share epitaphs tomorrow.

  • Read class epitaphs and vote for best in class.
  • Complete ACT English passage 2

  • Complete ACT English passages and score test
  • Read Unit 5 Introduction and take notes over pgs 865-873
    • Open Note quiz over Unit 5 introduction Friday.

  • Unit 5 Historical Context Open note quiz
  • ACT Reading passage practice.

  • Finish and score ACT Reading practice exam


  • Present etymology of slang words
  • Read pgs. 878 & 884
  • Complete Text Analysis/Reading Skill Handout

  • Present etymology of slang words (late grades and absences).
  • Discuss Langston Hughes poetry
  • Read "How it Feels To Be Colored Me" by Zora Neal Hurston (pg. 898-904)
  • Finish and turn in packet.

  • Read pgs. 936 - 942
  • Complete Robert Frost Open Book Quiz
  • Review etymology
  • Complete Assessment review/view study guide for test Friday.

  • Unit 5 Assessment

  • View Dust Bowl video
  • Read Steinbeck excerpt/photo essay in textbook.
  • Complete handouts.

  • Discuss and turn in photo essay analysis
  • Analyze Of Mice and Men passage and complete Show, Don't Tell activity using one photograph from the following website:

  • Share and turn in Photo/imagery assignment
  • Discuss context/vocab of Chapters 1 & 2 of Of Mice and Men.
  • Read chapters 1 & 2 and complete discussion questions for next time.

  • Take the reading check quiz at the following link and report your score to Mrs. Coulter
  • Reading assignment for next time:
    • Read chapters 3 & 4 and complete the chapters 3 & 4 study guide for Monday
    • Quiz over chapters 1 - 4 Monday.

  • ACT Bubble Sheets



Semester 1 Assignments**:
  • 10 Things Activity
  • Discussion of goals, textbook, materials.
    • Read FM42
    • Read and Discuss pgs. 2 & 3; 4 & 5
    • Read and discuss pgs 10 & 11
  • Complete Academic Vocabulary Handout
  • Preview Unit 1 goals (pgs 18-19) if time allows

  • Preview Unit 1 Goals
  • Notes/Discussion over unit 1 and "The World on a Turtle's Back"
  • Read story and complete notes and Text Analysis Handout.
  • Homework:
    • Read "The Way to Rainy Mountain" pg. 56
    • Do Questions 1 - 4 pg. 63
    • Complete Vocabulary Study Handout

  • Turn in questions 1 - 4 and Discuss "The Way to Rainy Mountain"
  • Discuss and take notes on Vocabulary
    • Vocabulary quiz on Tuesday over:
      • Academic Vocabulary (Handout)
      • "Rainy Mountain" vocabulary (Handout)
      • The terms Stereotype and Memoir (in literature book)
      • The four characteristics of the Creation Myth (also in lit. book)
  • Native American Media Study - View Clips and complete handout.
  • Homework: Comlete "Images in the Media" Handout and study for Tuesday's vocabulary quiz

  • Turn in Stereotypes assignment
  • Vocabulary Quiz
  • Read pg. 70 and view tutorial at link below
  • Complete Primary vs. Secondary Sources handout
  • Do Vocabulary Study (pg 87)

  • Review Primary vs. Secondary notes
  • Take notes on "La Relacion"
  • Read "La Relacion" together
  • View Save Our History: Jamestown video


  • Test over Unit 1: Early American Writers
  • Grammar focus: Fragment Sentences
    • Complete Handout.

  • Read about Puritan Poets/Notes
  • Read poems (handout)
  • Open note quiz next time!
    • Complete handouts regarding poems:
      • Figurative Language
      • Theme
      • Syntax
  • Open note quiz next time!

  • Notes on Persuasive Techniques
  • Listen to "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God." (in textbook)
  • Complete Reading skill/Vocabulary handout
  • Open book quiz over Puritan poets/sermon

  • Complete vocabulary/Notes handout on "American Drama" section in textbook.
  • Watch Puritan/witchcraft background info video.
  • Notes over Arthur Miller and The Crucible

  • Read Act I of The Crucible.
  • Begin character handout
  • Watch portion of Act I

  • Finish watching The Crucible.
  • Complete Reading Check handouts.

  • Finish The Crucible

  • Discuss character motivation/themes of The Crucible
  • Visit the following website and use it to complete the Historical Context handout.
  • Complete the vocabulary assignment for next time.
  • If time allows, visit the the website at the link below and finish the Salem Witch Trial video. Begin at the 15:00 minute mark (because we already watched the first part)


  • Complete Note Taking handout (attached) over pgs. 226 - 227
  • Work in groups on assigned painting and prepare for presentation next time.


  • Discuss Rhetorical Language.
  • Read "The Speech in the Virginia Convention"
  • Complete Vocab/text analysis packet.

  • Review rhetorical techniques
  • Discuss sentence types and complete Grammar and Style handout
  • Quiz over "Speech at the Virgina Convention"
  • Read "Fat Tax" articles and identify the following IN EACH:
    • Audience
    • Tone
    • Purpose
    • 5 examples of rhetorical devices

  • Notes over elements of an argument.
  • Read The Declaration of Independence.
  • Complete vocab/reading skilll/text analysis handouts.
  • Complete persuasive essay planning/pre-writing handout (you should have three topic choices to discuss with Mrs. Coulter by next time)

  • Read and Discuss pgs. 280 - 282
  • Complete Persuasive Essay Drafting handout.
  • Individual claim/reasoning conferences with Mrs. Coulter


  • Analyze model persuasive essay. .
  • Write Persuasive essay

  • Revision Practice
    • Commas usage
    • Punctuation quotations
  • Individual Revision/finish essay and print.
    • Fill out peer reader activity AND give yourself a grade based on rubric.
  • Peer editing revision activity (if time allows).

  • Review of Persuasive techniques (add at least one to essay).
  • Review of transitional statements (add at least two to essay if they don't already exist).
  • Peer Editing
  • Assess rubric and turn in the following in the folder provided to you:
    • Revision #1 - your own revision
    • Revision #2 - The peer revision
    • Final draft with rubric stapled to back.

  • Turn in persuasive essay (three drafts)
  • Unit 1 Review/Practice Assessment
  • Unit 1 Assessment next time.
    • Terms to review:
      • Primary Source
      • Parallelism
      • Diction
      • Historical Context
      • Antithesis
      • Persuasive Appeals (logical, emotional, ethical)
      • Counterargument
      • Tone
      • Anecdote
  • Preview Unit 2 and complete Found Poem Challenge

  • Unit 1 Assessment
  • Share Unit two found poems.


  • Turn in Veterans Day assignment
  • Timeline review/Discuss Historical context.
  • Review Satire
  • Notes/read Washington Irving bio (pg. 318)
  • Read "The Devil and Tom Walker" (pg. 320 - 332)
  • Complete Vocabulary Study and Selection Test A (including written response questions).

  • Turn in "The Devil and Tom Walker" assignment
  • Discuss "The Devil and Tom Walker"
  • Small group vocabulary/text analysis/Imagery analysis
  • Discussion and notes over Imagery
  • Using a picture from the link below as inspiration, write a paragraph that displays your ability to convey both mood and characterization through the use of sensory imagery.

  • Complete the tutorial (and take notes over the information) at the link below.
  • When you're finished with the notes and tutorial, see Mrs. Coulter for the Poetry Open-Note Quiz.

  • Poetry terms super-challenge (for fabulous gifts and prizes).
  • Read Longfellow bio on pg. 342 of textbook.
    • Read/discuss "The Psalm of Life" and "The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls" (pgs. 343-345)
  • Quiz over "The Psalm of Life" and "The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls"

  • Notes over Romantic Literature and The Fireside Poets (read 308-309 and take notes over ppt.)
    • Longfellow Imagery/Bumper Sticker group assignment
      • Imagery college must use available imagery to express mood and theme of assigned topic.
      • Bumper Sticker's message must relate to theme of the poem you were assigned (you are condensing the main message of the poem to bumper sticker size.)

  • Read Oliver Wendell Homles Bio. (pg. 348)
  • Read/Discuss "Old Ironsides" (pg. 352)
  • Read Wittier and Lowell bio.
  • Read "Snowbound" and "The First Snowfall"
    • Complete mood/paraphrasing activity in small groups.

  • Turn in Paraphrase/Text Analysis activity
  • Bumper Sticker "Old Ironsides" "The First Snowfall" and "Snowbound"
  • Wrap up Fireside Poets
  • Selection Test A for "The First Snowfall" and "Snowbound"
  • Read and take notes over "The Transcendentalists" (pg. 311) and The Art of the Essay (pg. 366)
  • Using the link below, take notes over Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau
  • Follow the links below to read a collection of famous quotations by Emerson and Thoreau. Complete the worksheet based on your understanding of the quotations you view.

  • Discuss Emerson and Thoreau pre-reading activity.
  • Notes over Emerson
  • Complete "Self-Reliance" and "Nature" interactive reading activity.

  • Quiz over Emerson (you may use packet from last time)
  • Review/create Image that expresses theme from Emerson's essays. Use at least one quotation from the text.
  • Complete Thoreau Vocabulary Assignment.
  • Read and annotate excerpt from Thoreau's "Walden"/Mrs. Coulter's "Noise Solution"
  • Complete Theme/Tone/figurative language handout.

  • Discuss Gothic literature
  • Read Poe's "The Raven"
  • Complete "The Raven" text analysis packet
  • Review of Romantic/Transcendental/Gothic Literature


  • A day finals