In today's class, we went over the homework questions for "To Build a Fire" by Jack London. Then, students completed a self-reflection on their own past writing experiences and current strengths and weaknesses as writers. Then, we began our unit on happiness. We watched this Ted Talk video as an introduction:
After watching the video, I handed out the first assignment for our happiness unit and gave some time to work in class. Page two of this worksheet explains your homework. The 3 paragraph-long source summaries are due in our next class.
Be happy this weekend!
Today in class, we went over the response to literature questions for "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe. Then, several groups shared out their "Movie Plotting" assignments with the class.
Then, we watched a video of real-life survival stories in which people behaved similarly to the characters in the stories we have been reading. Lastly, some classes did an additional survival scenario activity involving being lost at sea.
The homework from today's class is to read "To Build a Fire," by Jack London, and complete the response to literature questions for this story.
Today in class, we went over the answers to the questions for "The Most Dangerous Game." Then, we shared out our movie plotting assignments. If you did not share out in class, please be prepared to share out during our next class.
Your homework is to read "The Cask of Amontillado," by Edgar Allan Poe, and complete the literary response questions for the story. Here is the story:
Literary response questions:
Have a nice weekend!
PS: Some of you spoke with me in class about your unease regarding the subjects of Poe's fiction. For those students, I have an alternative fiction selection below. Here is the story:
...and here are the questions:
Due to the extreme heat, the 16th was a minimum day. Because of the shorter periods, I just gave class time to work on the movie plotting assignment. Anything you did not finish for this assignment is your homework. There is no additional homework. We will be sharing out in class on Thursday/Friday.
*Remember to have an explanation of why you put your characters into a life-threatening situation--what do we learn about your characters or about humankind through the way your characters deal with this situation?
We did not go over the homework for "The Most Dangerous Game" today because of our limited time. Please bring that with you next time as well.
Today in class, we went over the literary response questions to "The Open Window."
Then, I gave a brief intro to our first unit, "Matters of Life and Death." We then worked on an in-class creative writing assignment centered around the theme of life and death situations (link below). This assignment is in-class work, not homework. We will have more time to work during our first class meeting next week.
At the end of the period, I handed out a homework assignment consisting of a story, "The Most Dangerous Game," and some questions to be completed and turned in at our next class.
Today in class, we discussed Saki's story "The Interlopers." At the end of the class, I handed out a packet with a short story, "The Open Window," and some questions. Here is the story:
Here are the questions:
Please read the story and answer the questions, with at least two sentences for each answer, and bring them with you to our next class.
1. Please read through my introductory letter and class syllabus. Gather and bring all of the required materials on the first day of class.
2. Read the short story, “The Interlopers,” by Saki.
3. Complete the assignment for “The Interlopers.” If you are unsure about any of the questions, try to the best of your abilities, and we will discuss your responses and any questions you may have in class.
4. Write the 4 paragraph “Introductory Essay” in MLA format. MLA formatting info can be found in resources.
5. Select a book that you would like to read on your own over the course of the semester. You need parent permission for your self-selected reading choice. I have provided suggested reading lists on my website (located in resources), or you may pick something off the list if you run it by me first.
Chris Trompas - English teacher at the Learning Choice Academy in Chula Vista and La Mesa, CA.