English 2 This course is designed to build on previously acquired literary, grammatical, and critical thinking skills. Additionally, students will improve upon comprehension and collaborative skills while beginning to evaluate themselves from a global perspective.
Set 4: Reading the novel Journal 5 Anticipate a future for the main character. What will he be doing in 5 years? 10 Years? What characteristics do you feel will linger? Explain. Journal 4 Choose a 3X3 section of the center of the room and decide how Christopher would see a single piece of red tape in the middle of it. i.What would he see first, and how might his focus his attention to that one point? Journal 3 Justify Haddon's representation of an autistic individual. Use text;ual evidence and background information (articles, etc.) to support your reasoning. Journal 2 Christopher never really reveals what he may be most thankful for. What do you think he would claim if he could? Explain your reasoning.
Journal 1 Reflect on the changes you see in Christopher as the novel is progressing. What do you see happening with him socially, developmentally? Is this what you anticipated? Explain with examples from the text.
11/7 Journal 15 Describe the oddest encounter you have ever had with another person. Consider what occurred that made it seem so strange. What was your instinctive reaction to it? How did you end up handling it? 11/6 Journal 14 Think of a time you were excluded from something. What were the circumstances? How did you react? Have you ever excluded anyone yourself? What did you hope to accomplish? Was it ethical? Explain.
11/2 Journal 13 "The Curious Incident Of the Dog in the Night-Time" is an interesting title. What do you anticipate the novel will be about? Make an educated guess about themes based on your response.
11/2 Journal 12 Compare the PACT to the practice SAT you took earlier. Which did you prefer? Explain.
10/31 Journal 11
10/30 Journal 10 Describe 3 images and 3 emotions using only descriptions from nature.. 10/27 journal 9 Objectively describe the worst thing you think you ever did that seemed to be repaid by karma. Read it back to yourself and on a scale of 1-3, rate your culpability. Did you learn anything?
10/25 journal 8 What is suggested by the repetition of literary or religious ideas (like the great flood) across cultures? Why do we maintain universal themes like 'Don't steal'? Provide a different example and explain your reasoning.
10/23 Journal 7 Why is it important to distinguish between fact and opinion ? When writing or speaking, what types of things are used that may indicate opinion over fact? Explain with an example.
10/16 Journal 6 Review your elements of persuasion. What makes up the rhetorical triangle? Provide an example of each one. Which may be most effective in a court case? Why? 10/13 Journal 5 What are your best arguments for saying Oedipus is guilty? What about the opposite opinion? Argue both sides equally. 10/12 Journal 4 Reflect on the PSAT.. What do you anticipate with the PreACT? 10/10 Journal 3 When is it okay to blame others for your own shortcomings? Under what circumstances must you accept the blame? 10/3 Journal 2 Based on what you know about Oedipus so far, what would he have to say about human will vs fate? Will he abuse his power? What do you believe he will consider his moral responsibility in upcoming events? 10/2 Journal 1 Review what has happened in "Oedipus Rex" so far.
Set 2 9/28 journal 14 Make a prediction about Oedipus and his expected actions. You know the basic plot line so what do you think will cause the revelation? Describe what you believe will occur.
9/27 Journal 13 Does pride blind? What would you advise someone suffering from hubris? Would you expect them to listen? Why? Recount a time you let your hubris lead the way. Did you come away a better person? Explain.
9/26 Journal 12 Free write
9/25 Journal 11 Review the steps for creating a body paragraph. What are those steps? Additionally, note the aspects of an intro paragraph and a conclusion as well. When and where do you use transitions? 9/21 Journal 10 Creativity write: Begin a persuasive play. Identify your main characters and enough of their backgrounds to determine motivation. Set the scene, explain the circumstances. Suggest the conflict your main character will experience. What outcome/ending will occur?
9/20 Journal 9 What has been your most successful persuasion (argument)? Describe the circumstances. Break it down into the components of the rhetorical triangle. Did you use all of them? Which aspect had the most influence? Why?
9/19 Journal 8 Come up with a logos only argument to persuade a classmate to steal something for you. End your persuasion with a single pathos statement.
9/18 Journal 7 Socrates said that "the life which is unexamined, is not worth living". What might he mean? Name a fictional character you see living an unexamined life and explain why you feel that way.. Do you? 9/14 Journal 6 Free write. Vent day. Topic is your choice. 9/13 Journal 5 Briefly explain what resonates about your chosen poem for you. What message do you hope to send? Create 4 lines to add to it and clarify their purpose. 9/12 Journal 4 What is your biggest issue or concern about performing/presenting in front of others? Make a plan to eliminate or 'cover' it. 9/11 Journal 3 What is a philosophy that your family follows? Is it one you agree with? Would you pass this on to your own children? Explain.
9/7 Journal 2 Perfidy. A moral compass. What happens to a society that lacks morality? Does dishonesty carry a label? How do you explain to someone that perfidy, no matter the level, is still moral decline? Would you want others to define you as dishonest, untrustworthy? How would you get rid of the stench?
9/6 No journal
9/5 Journal 1 What roles do fate and self-determination play in a life? Do you feel you must follow a particular path or is it flexible for you? Expound.
8/30 Journal 13 You have to brief the government on what you see as the biggest social concern today. What is it and how will you do it? 8/29 Journal 12 Wha is the first moral lesson you can remember learning? What were the circumstances? Which moral lesson do you think everyone needs to know? How would you teach it?
8/28 Journal 11 One of the first types of information chosen to be written down was the idea of love, in all of its definitions. Speculate on how this "ideal" defines humanity. What makes it so important? 8/25 Journal 10 Convey a very strong emotion without actually naming it. Use imagery and other language clues to inform a possible reader.
8/23 Journal 9 How would you share something very important to you with someone else in a way that would clearly define how you felt about that something? Describe your process.
8/22 Journal 8 Choose a modern love song that you like. Jot down a few of its lyrics. Describe the feelings it offers/creates, the situation being described, particular word choices that you like and explain its overall appeal for you.
8/21 Journal 7 Love is a very nebulous term to define. How do you believe it is applied in your life? Do you believe everyone knows or is capable of this emotion? Explain.
8/17 Journal 6 Consider the important components of speaking to a group to share information. What is the best way to ensure clarity, especially when a group is speaking to a group? What should each individual always be doing? What should not happen? How can you add creativity?
8/16 Journal 5 If you could go anywhere or do anything, what might that be? What obstacles would you anticipate and how would you overcome them? Who would you consider for help and why? 8/15 Journal 4 Choose someone you believe could qualify as a real life hero . What particular behaviors make them heroic to you? Briefly compare them to a fictional hero. What are the similarities and differences?
8/14 Journal 3 Your brain processes with or without your permission. So, think about a book or movie you experienced recently. What was the purpose of the story? Other than the storyline, what types of messages might your brain have been getting at the same time? Why is it important to be aware that these messages exist?
8/10 Journal 2 What is a code of moral conduct? Why can it be difficult to maintain? Is one even needed? Explain.
Journal 1: 8/9 Relationships progress via effective communication. Reflect on how communication has changed over time. Identify the pros and cons. What iis one idea you think would make it better?