Weekly outline

  • General

    Welcome to College English!

    8th Hour
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    2nd Hour

    "No man is an island...every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main."  John Donne

    The Little Prince

    Wisdom from The Little Prince and College English Seniors (artwork by Meghan)

  • January 14 - January 20

    Monday:
    • Devotions
    • Second Semester Overview
    • Muse Monday: "To the Virgins," by Robert Herrick
    • Shakespearean Compliments
    • ASSIGNMENT: Read my handout called "Introduction to William Shakespeare's Hamlet; also, in your paperback copy of Hamlet, read pages xiii-xxiv of the preface. Be sure you're ready to start to "break the code" of Shakespeare. 

    Tuesday/Wednesday:
    • Shakespearean Compliment at the door.
    • Devotions: Psalm 8 and "What a Piece of Work is a Man" (Act 2. 2.315)
    • Word Wednesday Ritual:
      • Song: "Turn, Turn, Turn," by the Birds
      • Words:
        • blank verse: unrhymed lines of iambic pentameter, popular in plays and narrative poems.
        • iambic pentameter: a poetic line consisting of five metrical feet of iambs (10 syllables).
        • oxymoron:A rhetorical figure in which incongruous or contradictory terms are combined, as in a deafening silence and a mournful optimist.
        • The Power of Language: Henry V: Speech
    • Hand out reading guide for Act 1.
    • Divide up the various parts for Act 1.1
      • Barnardo
      • Francisco
      • Horatio
      • Marcellus
      • the Ghost
    • In pairs, read King Claudius's monologue Act 1.2.1-38:
      • What are the oxymorons? Why are they there?
    • Divide parts for Act1.2
      • Hamlet
      • King Claudius
      • Queen Gertrude
    • ASSIGNMENT:  Read, study, and annotate through Act 1, Scene 2

    Thursday:
    • Start by unpacking scene 2 with your partner by asking questions you each have (10 minutes)
    • Focus on passages spoken by Hamlet and King Claudius
    • ASSIGNMENT: Study Scene 3 for Tomorrow. 
    Friday:
    • Unpack Scene 3 with table partner, using reading guide and questions.  (10 minutes)
    • Focus on key passages from scene.
    • Begin reading Scene 4.
    • ASSIGNMENT: Read the rest of Act 1 for Tuesday. We'll review a bit at the beginning, and then move into a quiz on Act 1--involving quotes, terms, details from Act 1. 
  • January 21 - January 27

    MONDAY:

    • No School, in honor of Martin Luther King, Junior

    TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY:

    • Devotions
    • Song: Lumineers, "Ophelia"
    • Word Wednesday
    • Group Quiz on Act 1
    • Read together Act 2.1
    • ASSIGNMENT: Using Reading Guide, Finish Act 2 for Thursday.

    THURSDAY:

    • Discuss Act 2
    • ASSIGNMENT: Quiz on Act 2--quotes and questions, similar to the Act 1 quiz, except this one is on your own. 
      FRIDAY:
      • Quiz on Act 2
      • ASSIGNMENT: Read Act 3.1-3.2 for Monday, using the reading guide. Read closely the great soliloquy: if Hamlet were your friend, what would you tell him? Answer the question in a short reflection.  

    • January 28 - February 3

      Monday:

      • No school, snow day.
      • Finish reading Act 3, Scene 1 for class tomorrow.

      Tuesday: (Monday Schedule)

      • "To Be" Day
      • Unpacking "To Be or Not to Be." 
      • ASSIGNMENT: Finish Act 3 for Thursday. Annotate, using reading guide. 

        Thursday:

        • Discuss Act 3.3-4
        • Quiz tomorrow on Act 2-3. 

          Friday:

          • Quiz on Act 2-3.
          • Assignment: Read Act 4 for block day.  Use reading guide to annotate. 

        • February 4 - February 10

          MONDAY:

          • Catching up on Act 3
          • ASSIGNMENT: Quiz tomorrow on Acts 2-3, with an emphasis on Act 3, because of the missed week of school last week. Plan on quotes and short answer questions related to our discussion and the reading guides. 

          TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY

          "TO BE DAY" (postponed from last week)

          • Devotions: Auditorium
          • Quiz on Acts 2-3
          • Begin viewing Act 3 of Hamlet
          • ASSIGNMENT:  Finish Act 5 for Monday. 
            THURSDAY
            • Continue discussion of Act 4, and watch the Ophelia scene. 
            • ASSIGNMENT: With Reading Guide, finish Act 5 for Monday

              FRIDAY:

              • Continue discussing Act 4, viewing if possible.
              • ASSIGNMENT: Finish play for Monday, read over Essay assignment and choose character to profile. 
              • February 11 - February 17

                MONDAY:

                • Read over Final Essay assignment
                • Watch as much of Act 5 as possible.
                • ASSIGNMENT: Come with a chosen question for your essay. 
                TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY:
                • Devotions:
                • Song: "Sigh No More," by Mumford and Sons.
                • Skull talk
                • Wrap up discussion of play
                • Talk about final essay
                • ASSIGNMENT: Hamlet Paper due tomorrow, beginning of period.

                THURSDAY:

                • Work with partner on paper research--quotes for paper

                FRIDAY:

                • No School today or Monday
                • February 18 - February 24

                  MONDAY:

                  • No school

                  TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY:

                  • Devotions
                  •  Work on Hamlet Essay in groups or individually.
                  • "Research" document due end of day in Google Classroom.
                  • ASSIGNMENT: Sentence patterns 9, 9a, and 10 due in Google Classroom by Thursday. Final essay due Friday. 


                  THURSDAY:

                  • Sentence Pattern Practice
                  • Work on essays
                  • ASSIGNMENT: Hamlet Essay due tomorrow.

                  FRIDAY:

                  • Title read
                  • Begin talk about Research Paper.

                • March 11 - March 17

                  MONDAY:

                  • Muse Monday: "Faith is a Fine Invention," Emily Dickinson
                  • Research time in the Library. Research must be done by Wednesday, 3:00 P.M.

                  TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY:

                  • Devotions
                  • Handout: Step Four--From Research to Thesis and Outline
                  • Research Time in Library.
                  • ASSIGNMENT: Research must be completed by 3 P.M. Wednesday. 

                  THURSDAY:

                  • No class. Assembly and small group activity in the gym.

                  FRIDAY:

                  • Time to work on Step Four: Thesis and Outline 
                  • ASSIGNMENT: thesis and outline due on block day. Next week is writing week. 
                  • March 18 - March 24

                    MONDAY:

                    • Muse Monday: "Famous," by Naomi Shihab Nye
                    • Time for questions and to work on Outlines
                    • ASSIGNMENT: Working Outlines and Thesis Due tomorrow (10 points on time; 7 points, late)

                    TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY:

                    • Word Wednesday
                      • "Do Not Be Afraid" by Stopford, performed by MELISMA
                    • "Letter to Alfred Corn," by Flannery O'Connor
                    • Collect Outlines and Theses
                    • ASSIGNMENT: Rough Drafts due Monday

                    THURSDAY:

                    • Poems by Galway Kinnell: "St Francis and the Sow," and "Wait"
                    • Good body paragraphs and quote integration (sample)
                    • Frequently-asked Questions (handout)

                    FRIDAY:

                    • Good introduction and conclusions (sample)
                    • Writing-Consulting with Hiskes day. 
                    • ASSIGNMENT: Rough draft due MONDAY (On time, 20 points; late, 15)
                  • March 25 - March 31

                    Monday:

                    • Muse Monday Poem: "Faith is a Radical Master" by Walter McDonald"
                    • Final Draft Handouts
                    • First-Draft check (20 points if done, intro to conclusion; 15 points if late)
                    • ASSIGNMENT: Paper is DUE this THURSDAY.

                    Tuesday/Wednesday:

                    • Devotions: "Grace," by Frederick Buechner
                    • Scene from The Mission
                    • Work in Library
                    • ASSIGNMENT: Paper Due Tomorrow

                    Thursday:

                    • Collect Papers, Title read, celebration.

                    Friday:

                    No School! Enjoy your Spring Break!


                  • April 8 - April 14

                    MONDAY:
                    • Muse Monday: "Caedmon's Call," by Caedmon; "Prologue," by Geoffrey Chaucer
                    • Introduction to Buechner and Godric
                    • Begin reading Godric, Chapter 1
                    • ASSIGNMENT: Read the next 2 chapters, pages 9-22. Annotate as you go--get characters, quotes, etc. Note the time shifts.

                    TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY:

                    • Word Wednesday:
                      • Devotions: "To Be a Saint" by Frederick Buechner
                      • Speaking Anglo-Saxon
                    • Godric's Friends
                    • Godric's Family
                    • Godric's First Mysterious Encounter with God
                    • Reginald's Role and Godric's Resistance
                    • It's about GRACE.
                    • ASSIGNMENT: Read and Annotate 22-39

                    THURSDAY:

                    • Godric
                    • Assignment: Read and Annotate 40-61

                    FRIDAY:

                    • Godric
                    • Assignment: Read and Annotate 62-88

                  • April 15 - April 21

                    MONDAY:

                    • Muse Monday Metaphors from Godric
                    • Assignment: Read and Annotate 89-105 for tomorrow. We will have a group wallow on 1-105. So, come prepared!

                    TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY:

                    • Word Wednesday: Grace Day!
                    • Group Wallow on Godric 1-105. 
                    • Assignment: Read and annotate 106-127

                    THURSDAY:

                    • Godric
                    • Assignment: Read and Annotate 128-144

                    FRIDAY:

                    • Godric
                    • Assignment: Finish Godric for block day. 



                  • April 22 - April 28

                    MONDAY:
                    • Muse Monday: "For the Interim Time," John O'Donahue
                    • Reading/discussing day. 
                    • ASSIGNMENT: Finish Godric for tomorrow.

                    TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY:

                    • Word Wednesday
                    • Group Wallow on end of Godric. 
                    • Hand out final Take-home essay for EXAM, related to Godric
                    • Assignment: Bring Shadow and Light tomorrow.

                    THURSDAY:

                    • "The Dwarves in the Stable," by Frederick Buechner
                    • Assignment: Finish reading and annotating "The Dwarves in the Stable"

                    FRIDAY:

                    • Unpack "Dwarves" and connect to grace theme from Godric
                    • Assignment: Be thinking about your own Godric story of grace. 

                  • April 29 - May 5

                    Monday:

                    • Muse Monday:
                    • Introduce "Dostoevsky" and "The Grand Inquisitor." 
                    • Assignment: Read through the 3 temptations of "The Grand Inquisitor" for tomorrow. Be up to part 6 on page 197. We will read from there in class together. 

                    Tuesday/Wednesday:

                    • Word Wednesday.
                    • Finish reading "The Grand Inquisitor" together.  Connect to take-home essay.
                    • Assignment: Begin drafting your Godric essay, if you haven't done so yet.  

                    Thursday:

                    • Finish discussion "The Grand Inquisitor"
                    • Assignment: For Monday, read "Revelation," a short story by Flannery O'Connor, Shadow and Light, page 285

                    Friday:

                    • Read "Revelation" aloud in class.
                    • ASSIGNMENT: Finish "Revelation" for Monday.

                  • May 6 - May 12

                    Final Unit (TULIP TIME)

                    MONDAY:

                    • Discuss "Revelation" by Flannery O'Connor
                    • Assignment: Work on final Godric essay tomorrow in class. 

                    TUESDAY:

                    • hand out next week's exam review
                    • Writing time for Godric essay.

                    WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY:

                    • Read and study "Living Like a Weasel," by Annie Dillard

                    FRIDAY: 

                    • Exam Review
                    • Writing time
                  • May 13 - May 19

                    College English Exam Week