Writing Strand 4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Writing Strand 9: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Daily Essential Question.
3 September 2015
Essential Question: What does the pomegranate tree symbolize to Amir and Hassan? How does Hosseini create this symbol. Answer in Moodle without looking at your notes?
4 September 2015
Essential Question: What does Assef foreshadow when he talks about his admiration for Hitler? Consider your knowledge of events in Afghanistan later in history. Does this characterization seem authentic and why?
5 September 2015
Essential Question: Why does Amir run instead of helping Hassan? How does this scene
reveal the primary conflict of the novel that first appears in Chapter One before the flashback?
6 September 2015
Why does Rahim Khan tell Amir the story how he was almost married? What does this story foreshadow? Looking back from chapter nine do you see a link? September 2013
10 September 2015
Consider the importance of family and blood ties. Why is it so easy for Amir to attach himself to someone outside of his own blood line? Select one character and analyze his relationship.
11 September 2015
EQ: What would you do with the last hour of your life?
12 September 2015
EQ: Do you find it difficult to brag about yourself? How might this be important for people to get to know you? Four sentences; use the SAT word.
13 September 2015
EQ:Why would a hero need to feel confident, or even brag, about him/herself? Four sentences; SAT word
16 September 2015
EQ: Why have Baba, Ali, and Rahim Khan lied to Hassan and Amir all these
years? Is this consistent with their personalities?
What makes this lie so important?
17 September 2015
EQ:How does Amir's new understanding of Hassan change his image of Baba? How significant is the impact of this revelation on Amir?
18 September 2015
EQ: Explain your interpretation of the shift in the second to last stanza of "The Waking?" How does the form complement the meaning of the poem?
19 September 2015
EQ: What new qualities does the reader see in Amir as he decides to leave Kabul earlier than Rahim Khan recommends? How is he changing?
20 September 2015
EQ: One of the essential themes is that discrimination fosters hatred. Identity one character and analyze how that concept is intertwined throughout the novel.

23 September 2015
EQ: How can a hero defeat himself? Consider personality traits in your response of four sentences using the SAT word
24 September 2015
EQ:What personality traits do you have that sometimes get in the way of your success? Four sentences, SAT word
25 September 2015
EQ: Why do you believe that the universal theme of good vs. evil is so important to people? Four sentences/SAT word
26 September 2015
EQ: As we reflect upon our own process, consider the power of literacy to be both unifying and discriminating. Examine your top novel choices and what they say about your thematic preferences as a discriminating reader.
Four sentence/SAT word.
27 September 2015
EQ: Setting is more than where a story takes place. It has social, historical, economic and physical context. Create the setting for your hero as he embarks upon his quest. Four sentences/SAT word.
30 September 2015
EQ: As you consider the quest of Amir as a hero, there is a very specific ironic situation, or scenario, whereby an event in his outcome is the opposite of what is expected. Reflect on this answer (hint: it occurs in the last third of the novel). Once you have located the example, evaluate its impact on the novel as a whole in terms of intensity of the moment (reader impact) and personal growth of the character. Four sentences/SAT word. Caveat: This is a difficult question...push through it.
9-10 October 2015
EQ: Shakespeare modified the Aristotelian tragic hero with very set criteria that moved from the gods to man himself as the point of demise. Analyze the transformation of the literary type and predict, by using supposed examples, how Othello will become a tragic hero. Four sentences/SAT words.

Week Seven
14 October 2015
EQ: Analyze the impact of the role of the outsider on the main character in "Othello." Provide textual support of how the imagery provided supports this claim. Four sentences/SAT words.
15 October 2015
EQ: Describe the characteristics of the static character and evaluate how one such character impacts the plot. Cite examples.
16 October 2015
EQ: Consider your response to yesterdays essential question as you now examine the same criteria for the dynamic character.
17 October 2015
EQ: A soliloquy is a long speech expressing private thoughts, delivered by a character who is alone onstage. Write a condensed, or shorter, version of your own thoughts about a topic with which you feel strongly. Four sentences/SAT word.
18 October 2015
EQ: An aside is a private remark to one character to the audience that breaks convention because it is easily understood and meant not to be heard by other characters on stage. Evaluate how this is an effective tool by Shakespeare in his plays. Four sentences/SAT word.

Week Eight
21 October 2015
EQ: An aside is a private remark to one character to the audience that breaks convention because it is easily understood and meant not to be heard by other characters on stage. Evaluate how this is an effective tool by Shakespeare in his plays. Four sentences/SAT word.
22-25 October 2015
EQ: The ancient Greeks developed drama into a sophisticated art form. The tragedy was then transformed by Shakespeare to include man as a major contributor to his downfall. Interpret how this may more effect in modern literature.

Week Nine
28 October 2015
EQ: Create a direct and indirect characterization of yourself. Which is more telliing? Four sentences/SAT word.
29 October 2015
EQ: The journey of the hero is often bumpy. Create a scenario whereby a mentor may mislead a hero and change the outcome of the quest. Four sentence/SAT Word.
30 October 2015
EQ: The tragic hero is the main character-an outstanding person of high rank whose downfall is caused by his own flawed behavior. Consider a modern day person who is in the media. Analyze how he/she has contributed to his/her own downfall.
31 October 2015
EQ:An objective summary is a shorter way to tell about the events or details of a passage. It includes only the most important details or events. A summary conveys what a passage is about to the reader. Write a summary about Act Four in Othello. Four sentences/SAT word.
1 November 2015
EQ: As you consider the falling action that coincides with Act IV in a Shakesperean play, evaluate the use of foreshadowing to predict events of Act V. Four sentences/SAT word.

Week Ten Discussions
5 November 2015
EQ: Compare and contrast Iago and Othello's language throughout the play. How does each character's language illustrate his character? At what point do the characters begin to speak alike? What is the implication in that change?
6 November 2015
EQ: Evaluate the dramatic function of the handkerchief in the play. How does it function as a symbol of Desdemona's fidelity?
8 November 2015
Othello claims in V,ii, "It is the cause, it is the cause, my soul. Let me not name it to you, you my chaste stars!" Analyze the origin of the cause, use of the word chaste and inclusion of the stars in your long response to the EQ in Moodle.

Week Eleven

13-14 November 2015
EQ: In Shakespeare's "Othello," Othello takes seriously the question of whether or not fate (destiny) or human will (choice) determines a man's future. Shakespeare seems, ultimately, to be interested in what it is that causes a seemingly decent man (Othello) to commit evil acts. Evaluate your knowledge of events and characters as you suppose the impact of outside factors on the internal changes to Othello. Four sentences/SAT word.
15 November 2015
EQ: Consider your knowledge of the bildingsroman in literature. Identify the bildingsroman, or pivotal moment, where Emelia has her 'awakening' to the truth. How does this moment shape the play as a whole and define
the role of this minor character as having a major impact on the play?

Week Twelve
18/19 November 2015
EQ: In continuation the theme of fate and free will in "Othello," the play is set in motion by the interpretation of actions by others. How might have Desdemona contributed to this distortion of events?
21 November 2015
EQ: Which character is a better foil, Emelia or Iago? Evaluate and explain as you consider the counterpart of Desdemona and Othello, respectively. Four sentence/SAT word.
22 November 2015
EQ: What role does Emelia in her husband's actions? Is she ever in Iago's decision making? Evaluate the instances of her participation and lack thereof as you construct your analysis of Emelia. Four sentences/SAT word.

Week Thirteen
November 2015

25 November
EQ: The question of when to use 'good' or 'well' is often difficult. When you are talking about personal health, you can use well or good. When you not addressing health issues, use well to mofidy a verb. For example, I feel good or I feel well works. Create two sentences that use well to describe health and two sentences that use well to describe action.
26 November 2015

EQ: A challenging but essential task for the reader is to determine the author's attitude, which is related to the author's tone. The reader must determine this aspect of a passage by analyzing the author's perspective and point of view—how the author thinks and feels about a particular subject. How is your perspective revealed in your presentation?

Week Fourteen
2 December 2015
EQ: In tales of personal transformation and growth, people examine their own lives, muster the courage to change, and accept the challenges presented on the path to fulfillment. Evaluate your experience in the this class as you describe your personal goals and anticipated obstacles. TTYPA take turns discussing.
3 December 2015
EQ: Practice your introduction, including one thought-provoking statement, or quote, that piques the interest of your audience and explains your interest. TTYPA take turns practicing.
4 December 2015
EQ: Reflect upon and then discuss at least two obstacles you encountered and how you overcame those obstacles in your GP process. How did the obstacles add to your own journey of personal discovery through the process of Graduation project. TTY(new)PA take turns practicing your responses.
5 December 2015
EQ: Evaluate and synthesize your research into your product. Connect meaning between the two as you meet with another new partner. Discuss your findings and make a correlation between the two with your partner.
6 December 2015
EQ: Connect your time with the mentor with your learning process. Analyze the learning process and connect the two to the research process. Share your findings with yet another peer and take turns discovering each other's GP process together.

Week Fifteen
9 December 2015 through 11 December 2015
EQ: Anticipate one of the judges questions, locate a partner and take turns asking, and responding to each other's question.

EQ:Crossing the first threshold involves the point of no return for the epic hero. Evaluate whether this was voluntary or involuntary for Cordelia in our study. Four sentences/SAT word
EQ: In the continued study of the epic hero, the phrase is used that he reaches a turning point whereby the risks are measured and, regardless of the risk, the hero accepts the quest with the awareness of potential failure. What does this struggle look like for Cordelia. How are you able to evaluate the struggle and what does it look like?
EQ: The ordeal, or climax, is said to the the peak experience in the hero's adventure. As the hero faces the "moment of truth," evaluate whether or not you believe she will be successful. What clues do you have to foreshadow the outcome?

Second Semester
Week One:
1/24 EQ: How is poetry different from prose?

1/25 EQ: In the examination of literary devices, consider which may hold more prominence in poetry over prose?

Week Two:
1/28 EQ: In the examination of literary devices, consider which may hold more prominence in prose over poetry?

1/29 EQ: Respond to the question from Monday.

1/30 EQ: Denotation is the dictionary meaning of a word. Beyond the literal meaning, a word may have suggested or overtones of meaning. In essence, connotation is the suggestion beyond the literal view. Create one example of each and explain how the use of each type contributes to the poetry experience.

1/31 EQ: Consider yesterday's EQ and transfer the latter part to incorporate the prose experience.

2/1 EQ: The power of power words.

Week Three:

2/4 EQ: Examine the meaning of the following statement:
"A poem is not like a newspaper, to be hastily read and cast into the wastebasket. It is to be hung on the wall of one's mind."

2/5 EQ: Choose one poem and affirm or refute its impact on your mind.

2/6 EQ: How does the structure of a poem enhance appreciation and understanding of theme? Do not use your book, reason your response.

2/6 EQ: How do literary devices complement the structure of a poem to enhance the reader experience? Do not use your book, reason your response.

2/7 EQ: Consider the framework of the sonnet and identify one distinguishing characteristic from other types of poetry. Now consider the Petrarchan and English /Shakespearean sonnet form and evaluate the differences and the impact of the same on the meaning of the poem.

Week Four:

2/10/16:Consider the framework, or form, of the sonnet and identify another distinguishing characteristic from other
types of poetry. Locate one sonnet in Perrine's, identify it as English or Italian, and evaluate impact on theme. Connect the couplet to the meaning as you evaluate the impact of the form on the resolution of a conflict.

2/11/16: Evaluate the distinction between personification and apostrophe; examine and explain. Now consider effective and conventional use of both as you examine William Blake's "The Tiger" on page 947 and Houseman's "To an Athlete..." on page 971. Defend your answer for each. Four sentences (at least)/SAT word.

2/12/16: Reflect on poetic form and how it enhances theme. Identify three poetic forms of your choice, evaluate the distinguishing characteristics, and analyze their impact on theme. Four sentences/SAT word.

2/13/16: Return to the three poetic forms selected from yesterday and locate one example of each from Perrine's. Identify the poem and analyze to see if the form complements the theme. Four sentences/SAT word.

2/15/16: The structure used in poems varies with different types of poetry and can be seen in lyric poetry. The structural elements include the line, couplet and stanza. Poets combine the use of language and a specific structure to create imaginative and expressive work. The structure used in some poetry types are also used when considreing the visual effect of a finished poem. The structure of many types of poetry result in groups of lines on the page which enhance the poem's compostion. An example of a lyric poetry is "I Heard a Fly Buzz..." by Emily Dickinson.

Week Five:

2/19/16: An allegory is a narrative or description that has a second meaning beneath the surface. A symbol is roughly defined as something that means more than what it is. Image, metaphor, and symbol can overlap through ambiguity. An image is figurative and a symbol is literal and figurative. Evaluate the difference between a symbol and an allegory in poetry. Locate an example of each in chapter six and justify your choice.

2/20/16: Irony, in its most simplistic form, is the opposite of what is expected. Evaluate and explain the differences among verbal, dramatic, and situational irony. Provide an example for each using either literature or an invented scenario/event.

2/21/16: Do you believe that plot structure should be divided equally in a literary work or is there a justified
discrepancy between the amount of time spent on each of the five elements(for example, short exposition, shorter resolution)?

2/22/16: Consider the relationship between the individual human being and a society that imposes
a dehumanizing conformity. Consider diverse forms of media and evaluate the aforementioned
with an example.

Week Six:

2/25/16: You have ten minutes to finish the essay from Friday. If you are finished, you may work on the SAT word.

2/26/16: The most popular of the defined poetic forms is the sonnet. It is a lyric poem of fourteen lines, written in iambic pentameter. Identify the two basic forms and evaluate the synthesis of lyric poem with the sonnet form.

2/27/16: Consider the symbolism of the images of dark and light in literature. Evaluate the same images in terms of society when reflecting on "Othello."

2/28/16: Consider power as a corrupting influence as you reflect on "Macbeth." Is it "power" that corrupts, or something beyond power?
Week Seven:

3/4/16:Consider rhyme as a musical device in poetry as you provide examples of both masculine and feminine rhyme. Evaluate the distinguishing characteristic and select one your may prefer over the other; explain why in terms of musical devices in poetry.

3/6/16: Looking back, looking ahead. Consider our class prior class discussions as you answer.
When whole words, phrases, lines, or groups of lines are repeated, this is known as ? Look at "The Waking" on page 826 and indicate the impact of the aforementioned device and how the poem qualifies as a villanelle.

3/7/16: Why is it true that the structure of HOD is a story within a story?

Week Eight

3/11/16: Evaluate one cultural value among a common group of people. Now consider its relevance to another group. What do the commonalities and differences indicate?

3/12/16: Consider the role of superstition and tradition in society. What is the critical difference?

3/13/16: Consider mythology in pop-culture. Evaluate one media type that relies heavily on foundation knowledge in mythology. Do not place in notebook, rather discuss with peers and report to class.

3/14/16: What is the difference between the societal view of woman and that of mythology? Consider Odysseus and the view of Penelope's loyalty and that of her husbands.

3/15/16: Did the literature of the period support the cultural values of its people during the Trojan War?

Week Nine:

3/18/16: Compare the Aristotelian and Renaissance models of tragedy using example from text we have covered. Defend your choices.


3/21/16: Using your prediction skills, demonstrate how Hamlet functions as a Renaissance tragic hero.

3/22/16: Explain the multiple purposes in the excerpt, "The serpent that did sting thy father's life/Now wears his crown." Identify the literary devices and connect to the plot.

Week Ten:

3/25/16: Shakespeare made use of this form of irony to engage the audience and bring them into the action of the play. Identify this form of irony and evaluate its role in one of the major character relationships in the play.

3/26/16: Echoing is used to reinforce key concepts in the play. Look at Scene 1, line 58 and Scene I, line 98 and note the use of the word conscience. How is the meaning different and how does the protagonist find a way to address the echo?

3/27/16: Repeat and reflect on the concept of echoing in "Hamlet" with your neighbor. One person examines meaning of conscience in terms of Claudius and the other in terms of Hamlet.

3/28/16: How controversial is "Hills Like White Elephants" and what was Hemingway's purpose in writing this piece?

Week Eleven:

4/8/16: In his soliloquy in scene 4, Hamlet again meditates on his dilemma. What reasons does Hamlet consider for his inability to take action?
Do you think Hamlet knows the reason behind his "dull revenge"?

4/9/16: Analyze and comment on the role of comic relief in "Hamlet" and synthesize with its role in one other tragedy.

4/10/16: : When Hamlet claims that he is mad north-by-northwest, is he hinting or being deliberate in confusion? Synthesize this moment with Hamlet's odd behavior toward Ophelia as they observe the "Mouse Trap."

4/11/16: Reflect on echoing as you analyze the word "matter." Consider how two different characters use this word.

4/12/16: Why is Hamlet so obsessed with the skull? Synthesize with one soliloquy.

Week Twelve:

Enduring Question:

How does the analysis and evaluation of mythology impact appreciation of literary meaning?

Week Thirteen:

How does setting, in terms of geography/location, reflect the changes in a major character?