Here is your homework for the week after the break.
Enjoy your time off!
Today in class, we went over the homework questions, and then we did an in-class assignment on rhetorical précis. In class, we read this article:
We then completed a rhetorical précis for that article. Here are the instructions, examples, and a template for completing a rhetorical précis:
The rhetorical précis on the Tom Cruise article was completed in class. The homework is as follows:
Find an article online or in a magazine that you are interested in reading. Complete a rhetorical précis for this article using the format described in "How to Write a Rhetorical Précis." Bring your completed précis with you to our next class.
A low voice issues from the oversized armchair facing the window...
"Well, hello." A long silence follows, punctuated evenly by the chirp of crickets from the courtyard beyond the open window.
The chair turns slowly to reveal Mr. T, international spy and part-time crime fighter, with legs crossed and a cup of coffee balanced smoothly on the arm of the chair. He sips his cup of coffee and clears his throat. "I have been waiting for you." Another long pause. He likes to pause.
"I suppose you would like to know what we did in class today. I could tell you... or... okay, fine I'll just tell you.
"I handed out a sheet of questions on chapters 7 and 8 of Things Fall Apart. You worked through the questions and discussed them with a partner. They were intended for discussion, but you also needed to complete them in writing on a separate sheet of paper. You will find the questions below. Share them with your associates if necessary, but whatever you do, do not let them fall into the wrong hands.
"You have been warned.
"You must leave now. Remember, as always, you never saw me."
Suddenly, the oversized armchair sprouts two jet-propulsion turbines and a steering mechanism. The ceiling opens and Mr. T ascends into the night sky as his theme music plays from the rocket chair's onboard speaker system.
In addition, read chapters 9 - 10 of Things Fall Apart, and begin working on another vocabulary list. The vocab list will be due in 1 week.
Greetings humans. Today in class, we watched a short film, "Validation," and answered some questions on the film. Here is the short film:
Here are the questions:
Then, we did an in-class creative writing exercise based around three pieces of music. This was an exercise to generate inspiration and ideas. Here is the assignment:
Here are the pieces of music:
Today in class, we went over the homework for chapters 5-6 of Things Fall Apart and went over your vocabulary list and turned them in. Then, we had an in-class writing assignment based around the concept of a "chi" within the Ibo culture of Things Fall Apart. Here is the prompt for the in-class writing we completed:
This in-class write was turned in at the end of class. The homework over the weekend is to read chapters 7-8 of Things Fall Apart.
In today's class, we began by going over the homework for chapters 1-4 of Things Fall Apart. Then we read a short article about Masculine Cultures and Feminine Cultures according to social psychologist, Geert Hofstede. After reading the article, students worked in groups to answer response questions. We then had a class discussion about the article's application to the Ibo society of Things Fall Apart and to American society as well. Here is a link to the article and the response questions:
The homework from today's class is to read chapters 5 & 6 of Things Fall Apart and complete the following assignment:
Today in class, I collected the final drafts of the Happiness essays. If yours is still not complete, please get it to me as soon as possible!
Next, I handed out our class novel, Things Fall Apart, which we will begin reading as part of tonight's homework. I gave a powerpoint introduction to the novel and we did an activity involving some of the themes of the novel.
Your homework over the weekend is as follows:
-Read chapters 1 - 4 of Things Fall Apart.
-Complete the literary response questions.
-Over the next week, collect 10 new vocabulary words from your reading of The Pearl. For each word, write the word, a definition of the word, and an original sentence using the word.
Chris Trompas - English teacher at the Learning Choice Academy in Chula Vista and La Mesa, CA.