10th Grade English A

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Homework for week of 2.3.14

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Due Wednesday, February 5: Read "Sweat" by Zora Neale Hurston.  Pay attention to the symbolism in Hurston's writing.
  • Thursday, February  6: We will have our Vocab and Grammar quiz #3 on Thursday.  Please study the vocabulary words and your "Dialogue and Vocabulary" worksheet
  • Due Friday, February 7: Read "Everyday Use" by Alice...
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Mark Twain Short Story Assignment due: Monday, February 10

Sunday, February 2, 2014

You have two options for this assignment, pick one:

  1. Write a short story that includes some dialogue in a specific dialect, as Mark Twain did in "Jumping Frog".  This dialect could be "teen speak", the way you talk to your best friend, or the way a bilingual family would communicate, for example.  This writing option should be mostly...
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Reading Homework due: Friday, January 31

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Read Twain's "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County".  Pay attention to how Twain develops his characters in this short story.  

Homework due: Thursday, January 30

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Please study the Thoreau vocabulary and the dangling modifiers worksheet.  We will have our second vocabulary and grammar quiz tomorrow (Thursday).  

Reading homework due: Tuesday, January 28

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Read Chapter XVI of My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass, and answer the reading questions.  I will collect the reading questions in class on Tuesday.  

Homework due: Friday, January 24

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Please complete the dangling modifiers and vocabulary worksheet.  I will collect this in class on Friday.  

Homework due Tuesday, January 21

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Read "Sounds" Chapter from Thoreau's Walden.  Answer the following questions in writing (I will collect your responses!)

1. Describe Thoreau's daily routines during his first summer at Walden Pond.  

2. Thoreau can hear trains pass by his house.  How does he feel about these trains?

3. List the sounds that Thoreau hears from page 98...

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Edgar Allan Poe Writing Assignment: due Friday, Jan. 17

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Write three paragraphs in Poe’s “Stream of Consciousness” writing style.  You have two options for this assignment.  You can write about:

  1. A time when you were terribly afraid.  This fear can be rational or irrational, fictional or true. 
  2. A time when you acted in a devious and deceitful way, like the narrator of Tell Tale Heart. ...
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Homework for Thursday, January 16

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Use each vocabulary word in a sentence, with the 8 parts of speech interspersed in your sentences.  Make sure to label one example of each part of speech in your sentences. Points for creativity!

Homework for Monday, January 13

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Read your section of "Rip Van Winkle" by Washington Irving, and take one page of notes on the following:

Group 1: Exposition - take notes on setting and character development (p. 7 to p. 13)
Group 2: Rising action -  take notes on plot details and any conflicts that arise (p. 13 to p. 18)
Group 3: Climax and resolution - take notes on...

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Homework for Friday, January 10

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Please finish reading the biography of Washington Irving, and underline any clues you find in the text about his writing style.

Course Description and Welcome

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Hello and welcome to 10th Grade English A!  I hope you all had a restful holiday break.

This course will take a historical approach to the American short story from Romanticism to Modernism, concentrating on authors such as Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, Henry David Thoreau, Fredrick Douglas, Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain, Zora...

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The Great Gatsby Extra Credit Assignment

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

We have discussed how Fitzgerald uses of imagery extensively to illuminate the themes of his novel.  The director of the movie The Great Gatsby (2013), Baz Luhrmann, chose specific images to include in his film, while he chose to change or leave out other images.  Answer the following questions in a 250 word (minimum) response:

1. Which...

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The Great Gatsby Essay Assignment

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Write an analytic essay on the importance of imagery in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

What is Imagery in Literature?

In literature, imagery refers to words that trigger your imagination to recall images – memories of sights, sounds, tastes, smells, sensations of touch, and motions.  Imagery is a channel to your active...

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Homework for Week of 12.9.13

Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • Due Tuesday, 12/10: Use each vocabulary word in a sentence that shows the word’s meaning.
  • Due Wednesday, 12/11: Chapters 7 and 8
  • Thursday, 12/12: Vocab quiz
  • Due Friday, 12/13: Chapter 9

Homework for week of 12.2.13

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Due Wednesday, December 4: Read Chapters 3 and 4, write one discussion question for each chapter

Due Friday, December 6: The Great Gatsby creative writing assignment.  

Choose from the ideas below to compose a creative writing piece on The Great Gatsby.  You may also choose an idea of your own as long as it shows your knowledge of...

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Homework due: Tuesday, December 3

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Read Chapters 1 and 2 of The Great Gatsby.  Please bring your book with you to every class for the rest of the semester.  

Homework for Week of 11.18.13

Monday, November 18, 2013

Due Thursday, November 21: Read "The Seal of the Prophets" and "The Migration that Led to Victory" (The story of Muhammad's life) in reading handout.

Due Friday, November 22: Read p. 281-288 (excerpts from the Qur'an) and p. 296-299 (the Five Pillars).

Monday, November 25: Islam quiz (study the Life of Muhammad, the beliefs of of...

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Homework for Week of 11.11.13

Sunday, November 10, 2013

  •  Due Wednesday, November 13:  Judaism Reading: p. 175-182 of The World’s Wisdom, and answer worksheet questions
  •  Due Friday, November 15: Jewish Holiday Group presentation
  •  Monday, November 18: Judaism quiz

Due Monday, November 11: Written response to “Life as a Ceremony”

Friday, November 8, 2013

Review excerpts from the chapter, "Life is a Ceremony".  In 2-3 pararaphs (longer if you wish), answer the following questions about the ceremony of your life:  What do you appreciate most about your current daily ceremony? What would you like to change?  Do you feel in charge of the ceremony of your life, or do you feel that it is in...

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Homework for Week of 11.4.13

Sunday, November 3, 2013

 - Due Wednesday, 11/6: Buddhism Reading Assignment #1, p.49-63 of The World’s Wisdom, and take notes on study guide questions.

- Due Thursday, 11/7: Buddhism Reading Assignment #2, p. 65-77 of The World’s Wisdom, and take notes on study guide questions. 
- Due Friday, 11/8: Mandala and written explanation
- Monday, 11/11: Buddhism...

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Homework for Week of 10.28.13

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Tuesday, October 29: Quiz on Taoism

Due Wednesday October 30: Christianity reading -Sayings of Jesus, p. 239-253

Due Tuesday, Nov. 5: Artistic rendition of one of Jesus’ sayings.  Pick your favorite saying, and illustrate it with imagery that evokes the saying's message. 

Homework for Week of 10.21.13

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Due Tuesday, October 22:  Annotate the sheet of quotations from the Tao Te Ching.  Through your notes, try to give me an idea of what these convoluted verses might mean.  The more notes you make on the page, the better!

Due Wednesday, October 23: Read selected passages from the Tao Te Ching, outlined on your Reading Assignment sheet,...

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Due Friday, November 22: Description of a Religious Service

Saturday, October 19, 2013

You must attend a religious service and write an essay describing your experiences.  The service cannot be at a church/mosque/temple that you have previously visited.

The essay should describe your experience in detail and should include things you found beautiful, surprising, puzzling, or discomforting.  This essay should be 3...

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Homework for week of 10.15.13

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Due Thursday, October 17: Draw your own Hindu deity in colored pencil, using imagery and symbols to represent your deity's powers.  Write a hymn (minimum of 8 lines) that praises your deity's powers.  This can be a modern-day god, and you can be as creative as you want when creating your god's powers.

Friday, October 18: Hinduism Quiz....

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1st draft of Alice Walker Essay Assignment due: Tuesday, October 15

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Everyday Use essay assignment

Write an analytic essay entitled “What is the moral of Alice Walker’s story Everyday Use?”  To be successful, this essay will be an argument in which you explain and defend your thesis that you establish in your introductory paragraph.  A successful thesis will be one that communicates a central idea of the...

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Homework due: Wednesday, October 9

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Write the introductory paragraph for your "Everyday Use" Essay Assignment.  Make sure your intro "hooks" the reader with the first sentence, presents a context for your essay (author and short story title), and contains your thesis statment.  Please reference the "Introduction Strategies" and "Thesis Brainstorm" handouts to help you with...

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Short Story Extra Credit Assignment due: Friday, October 18

Monday, October 7, 2013

Word limit: 1,200

Your short story should have: a distinct setting, developed characters, and a plot with a conflict.  

Consider: point of view, (who is the narrator?  The main character, another character, or omnipresent?)

Also consider literary devices that we have studied in class: Stream-of-consciousness, frame stories, irony,...

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Homework due: Monday, October 7

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Read Alice Walker's Everday Use and complete the "Everyday Use Worksheet."  I will collect this worksheet at the beginning of class on Monday.  

Reminder: Mark Twain homework assignment is due tomorrow (Thursday, October 3)!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

This assignment should be 350 words (about one page typed and double-spaced).  You have two options for this assignment, pick one:

  1. Write a dialogue in a specific dialect, as Mark Twain did in "Jumping Frog".  This dialect could be "teen speak", the way you talk to your best friend, or the way a bilingual family would communicate, for...
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Homework for Week of 9.30.13

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

  • Read "Sweat," by Zora Neale Hurston, due: Tuesday, October 1
  • Study for Romantic and Realism Short Story quiz.  Quiz is on Wednesday, October 2
  • Mark Twain Writing Assignment, due: Thursday, October 3.  This assignment should be 350 words (about 1 page typed and double-spaced).  You have two options for this assignment, pick one:...[read more]

Reading homework due: Wednesday, September 25

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Please finish reading Mark Twain's "The Celebrated Frog of Calaveras County."  Pay attenton to signs of Realism while you read.  How does Mark Twain portray Easterners (the narrator) as opposed to Westerners (Simon Wheeler and Jim Smiley)?  

vocabulary homework

Monday, September 23, 2013

Look up the definition to your vocabulary  word from the Fredrick Doulgass text, and be prepared to use it in a sentence.  Due: Tuesday, September 24th (tomorrow!)

2nd draft of Edgar Allan Poe Writing Assignment: Due Tuesday, September 24

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Please revise the first draft of this writing assignment, paying close attention to my corrections and suggestions.  Use the grading rubric as a reference point for the type of writing I am looking for.  This 2nd draft should be double spaced and should have a title!  I am looking for polished, carefully crafted writing.  ...[read more]

Reading homework due: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013

Friday, September 13, 2013

Read Chapter 4 of Henry David Thoreau Walen, entitled "Sounds."  While you are reading, pay attention to signs of Romanticism in Thoreau's writing.  

Find one word in the text that you don't know, and look up the definition.  Be prepared to share this definition in class, and use the word in a sentence.   ...[read more]

Edgar Allan Poe Writing Assignment

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Edgar Allan Poe Writing Assignment:  Write three paragraphs in Poe’s “stream of consciousness” writing style, about a time when you were terribly afraid.  This fear can be rational or irrational, fictional or true.  Don’t think too much about the first draft – just let the words flow from your head and onto the paper. 

First draft is...

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Homework due: Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013

Monday, September 9, 2013

Please finish reading your section of "Rip Van Winkle," and take 1/2 page-1 page  of notes on either Character development and Setting (Group 1), Plot and actions (Group 2), or Resolution (Group 3).  Please be prepared to hand in your notes tomorrow in class.


Group 1 (Character development and setting): read page 7 to...

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Welcome and Course Description

Friday, August 30, 2013

Hello and welcome to 10th Grade English A!  I hope your summers were restful as well as exhilarating, and I am extemely excited to start working with you all.  Below you will find a description of what we will be studying during the first semester of school.  

Course Description: 

To begin, this course will take a historical appoach...

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English: Course Description

Monday, August 27, 2012

Welcome to the Chicago Waldorf High School classrooms!
This course description page introduces an area of the website that is a communications and resource bulletin for the faculty to share details about their classes and special subjects. This message board is a resource for the teacher to post information and impressions about the...

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