Weekly outline

  • General

    Welcome to College English!

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


  • August 19 - August 25

    Tuesday:

    • Welcome!
    • Seats
    • Books
    • Hand out syllabus and highlight classroom expectations. 
    • Kardashian Kave
    • ASSIGNMENT: Read the syllabus I gave you and come with questions.  Have Miller book READ by Friday, have essay ready to hand in on Monday.   

    Wednesday:

    • What kind of reader do you want to be?
    • Consider our summer reading:
      • Are you wiser from your reading?
      • Is our class better off because of your collective reading?
      • Would our society be better off if the majority still read such books routinely? 
    • Read together "The Death of Reading," by Phillip Yancey
    • ASSIGNMENT: Essay Due Friday, paper form, in class; finish Yancey essay if we don't get it done.  

    Thursday:

    • MLA Format
    • Introduction to Unit One: Selving Into a Manifesto
    • "As Kingfishers Catch Fire," by Gerard Manley Hopkins
    Friday:
    • Assess Miller's book together.
    • ASSIGNMENT:   Have your Miller essay ready to hand in, MLA format, printed, by class time on Monday. 




    • August 26 - September 1

      Monday:

      • Collect Miller Essays, do title read.
      • Finish discussion of Miller Book. 
      • NO ASSIGNMENT!
      Tuesday/Wednesday:
      • Word Wednesday
      • Devotions: Stephen Colbert on Grief (Anderson Cooper interview)
      • A Song: "One" by Johnny Cash, and "One Voice," by Wailin' Jennys
      • Words: magical realism, lycanthropy, vicarious,
      • Talk about theme for unit and outcomes: Writing a Better Story for your life.
      • Introduction to "St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves," by Karen Russell
      • ASSIGNMENT:  Finish Discussion Guide to "St. Lucy's" story.

        Thursday:

        • Discuss "St. Lucy" story. 
        • ASSIGNMENT:  None. Have a great time with family and friends.  
        Friday: No school. Please bring your Shadow and Light books with you on Tuesday.




        • September 3-10

          Monday:

          • No school, Labor Day

          Tuesday/Wednesday:

          • ASSIGNMENT: Finish "Meditation 17" and Frederick Buechner's "Pontifex for Thursday.  Annotate freely according to directions in class.   

          Thursday:

          • Discuss "Pontifex" and "Meditation 17."
          • Assign "The Ethics of Emergencies," by Ayn Rand.  Annotate as directed in class.  Class wallow on Donne, Buechner, and Rand tomorrow. 

          Friday:

          • Class wallow on Donne, Buechner, Rand.
          • Class picture. 
          • ASSIGNMENT: Read The Little Prince for Tuesday/Wednesday, using my reading notes.  

           

        • September 10-17

          Monday:

          • Muse Monday: "Reading Ayn Rand at the Hospital," by Mark Hiskes
          • Finish the Group Wallow on Donne, Buechner, Rand.
          • Take class picture, if time. 
          • ASSIGNMENT: Finish reading The Little Prince for tomorrow.

          • Tuesday/Wednesday:
          • "Word Wednesday"
          • Small-group discussion of The Little Prince
          • ASSIGNMENT: Read "Revelation," by Flannery O'Connor, for FRIDAY.

          Thursday:

          • Introduce O'Connor
          • ASSIGNMENT: Read and annotate "Revelation" for Friday. 

            Friday:

            • Discuss O'Connor
            • ASSIGNMENT: None. We will finish O'Connor on Monday and look at some poems for block day and then wrap up the unit by the end of the week.


          • This week

            September 16 - September 22

            Monday:

            • Wrap-up discussion of "Revelation," by Flannery O'Connor.
            • Introduce poetry assignment: Milton, Hopkins, Hardy, Bonhoeffer, Auden, Kinnel, Berry.
            • ASSIGNMENT: Read and annotate (using the guide I handed out) the assigned poems. 


              Tuesday/Wednesday:

              • Word Wednesday
                • Devotions: 
                • Song: "On the Turning Away," by Pink Floyd
                • Quoting exercise 
                • Discussion of Poems.
                • Manifestival in Library.
              • ASSIGNMENT: Begin reviewing for Friday test and Essay by pulling together all the pieces from this unit.  

              Thursday:

              • Discussion and review for tomorrow's test.
              • Introduction of "Better Story" Essay

              Friday:

              •  Test
              • ASSIGNMENT: Work on Sentence Patterns for Monday.  
              • September 23 - September 29

                Monday:

                • Introduction to Sentence Patterns.
                • Discuss Essay assignment
                • ASSIGNMENT: Have your sentence patterns completed and a rough draft of your essay for Thursday. 


                Tuesday/Wednesday:

                • Word Wednesday
                  • Devotions: Quote from The Four Loves, by C.S. Lewis
                  • Song
                  • Words
                • Quoting Well
                • Writing/consulting time
                • ASSIGNMENT: Have sentence patterns and rough draft ready in class tomorrow (on computer)

                Thursday:

                • Hand back tests (I hope)
                • Talk about paper issues
                • ASSIGNMENT: Final draft due on Block Day next week. 

                Friday:

                NO SCHOOL!






              • January 13 - January 19

                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 20 - January 26

                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 27 - February 2

                  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 3 - February 9

                      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 10 - February 16

                            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 17 - February 23

                              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 9 - March 15

                              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 16 - March 22

                                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 23 - March 29

                                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 6 - April 12

                                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 13 - April 19

                                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 20 - April 26

                                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 27 - May 3

                                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 4 - May 10

                                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 11 - May 17

                                College English Exam Week