Literary Studies 11

Literary Studies 11 course outline

Friday, Feb. 28 

Today we completed our questions and notes for chapter 3, then discussed the chapter as a class. To introduce the themes of civilization vs. savagery in the novel, we read an article about the Stanley Cup riots of 2011. We also completed our interim self evaluations today.

Homework:

Finish Stanley Cup riots questions (if not complete)

Wednesday, Feb. 26 

Today we had our Short Story quiz and we read and reviewed Toni Morrison’s short story “Sweetness”.  We also had a mini grammar lesson on apostrophes.  Students also reviewed the three types of irony and theme (notes from the board).

Homework:

  1. Finish LOTF chapter 3 for Friday

Tuesday, Feb. 25 

Today we presented our Bloom’s questions for chapter 2, taking notes on each other’s questions. Then we read and discussed chapter 3 in small groups, focusing on two things: 1. Ralph and Jack’s developing relationship; 2. Simon’s and Jack’s contrasting interactions with the natural world.

Homework:

  1. Short story terms quiz tomorrow
  2. Finish LOTF chapter 3 for Friday

Monday, Feb. 24 

Today we reviewed chapter two, along with our questions and notes for the chapter. Then we worked in groups on  higher level questions and used Bloom’s Taxonomy to engage in some metacognition (thinking about thinking!)

Homework:

Short story terms quiz Wednesday

Wednesday, Feb. 19

Today we reviewed last week’s short story “Gentlemen, Your Verdict” and read another short story titled “Always a Motive.” Students completed a worksheet individually and we discussed and reviewed it as a class.  Students were given notes on point of view that were written on the board.

Homework: Short Story quiz next Wednesday

Tuesday, Feb. 18 

Today we explored the leadership potential of Ralph, Jack, and Piggy. We presented campaign speeches and held a mock election.

Friday, Feb. 14 

Today we reviewed our chapter 1 questions/notes and discussed the boys’ attitude towards nature (specifically comparing Ralph, Jack, and Simon). Then we read (most of) chapter 2 together.

Homework:

Finish reading chapter 2 of Lord of the Flies and complete the questions/notes for the chapter.

Wednesday, Feb. 12

Today we began our Short Stories Unit which will be happening on Wednesdays.  Students reviewed the Elements of Fiction which was linked to the current novel study, Lord of the Flies.  We then read our first short story, “Gentlemen, Your Verdict” aloud as a class.  Students completed their questions and paragraph writing  independently and handed in their work by the end of class.

Homework:

Finish Chapter 1 Questions and Notes for LOTF for Friday

Monday, Feb. 10 

Today we did an Island Mapping Competition for Chapter 1 of Lord of the Flies. Next class we will score the maps to determine the winners!

Friday, Feb. 7 

Today we read and discussed chapter 1 of Lord of the Flies.

Wednesday, Feb. 5 

Today we discussed the morality survey and questions, then watched Derren Brown’s The Push to introduce Lord of the Flies by exploring the ideas of manipulation and social compliance. Finally, we signed out the novels and started reading chapter 1 of Lord of the Flies. 

Tuesday, Feb. 4 

Today we debriefed the survival challenge from last class. Then we were introduced to Lord of the Flies and wrote about/discussed our unit question: Are human beings essentially evil? We also took a Morality Survey and answered a few other questions to further unpack our unit question.

Homework:

  1. Complete handout (both sides): Morality Survey / Are human beings good or bad?
  2. Return signed parent letters/cell phone policies ASAP.
  3. If you have not yet completed your reading or writing assessment, please see Ms. Keller to arrange a time to make it up.

Monday, Feb. 3 

Today we did a “Survival Challenge” activity to introduce our novel study unit on Lord of the Flies.

Reminders:

  1. Bring signed parent letter/cell phone policy
  2. If you have not yet completed your reading or writing assessment, please see Ms. Keller to arrange a time to make it up.

Friday, Jan. 31 

Today we did an introductory stations activity. Students moved around the classroom and completed small introductory tasks (e.g. reviewing courses expectations and cell phone policy, goal setting, etc.)

Homework:

  1. Bring silent reading novel and signed parent letter/cell phone policy Monday
  2. If you have not yet completed your reading or writing assessment, please see Ms. Keller to arrange a time to make it up.

 

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