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DATEINSTRUCTIONSRESOURCES
APRIL 3Please read the following instructions carefully. Your portfolio is due today 4-3 by Midnight (Los Angeles time).

1. Review the portfolio submission guideline video and assignment sheet
2. Submit as either a single (all the pieces in one document) google doc or a single word document
3. Do not submit writing in the body of the email
4. I will not accept portfolios that do not follow guidelines
5. -5 points for each day your work is late
6. Remember to follow MLA guidelines (Times New Roman, 12 pt font, double-spaced, etc.)
7. Give the pieces a title
Link to portfolio instructions
APRIL 2Please read the following article written by one of my Shakespeare mentors. I have never met anyone with such a depth of knowledge about a subject matter nor such a joy and passion for sharing his gifts with students and teachers alike.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/03/19/shakespeare-got-through-it-we-will-too

In his article, Fantasia uses the historical context of Elizabethan England and the plague to think about Shakespeare’s creative output. In Fantasia’s opinion, what are some of the positives that came out of the time Shakespeare endured the plague? Let’s try to use a new discussion board. For this discussion you will create a video of your response.

Use this link

https://flipgrid.com/litten7938
APRIL 1 1. Read 1.4 in R&J. Pay particular attention to Mercutio’s Queen Mab speech. This is a good way for us to continue our discussion of monologue.

2. Watch the two film performances of Queen Mab here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxxW5bl-Jac

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8q8S0ScJ1w

(Students who do not have Youtube access please use another video platform. First speech is from Zeferelli version second speech is from Luhrmann (1996)).

3. Write a comparison of the two performances. Include all of the director’s decisions in your analysis. Again, move beyond the superficial differences (time period, costume, casting) and analyze aspects of the performance. Which one is more compelling? Why? What works well in each of the performances. You might also speak to differences/similarities between the portrayals of the relationship between Romeo and Mercutio.
MARCH 311). Review the attachment of Katrin’s example of using the Tragedy/Comedy framework to analyze some aspect of the COVID-19 crisis. She is a student who is getting the most out of her remote learning experience based on her hard work and critical thinking.

2) For your quiz today, we are going to have a very simple assignment. I want all of my classes to review the etiquette for using email communication. Many of you are sending emails that are full of errors, unclear, or otherwise not acceptable for academics or for life. I hope I do not need to give you a “pitch” about why learning to write emails is important. As you can see, you will need this skill for the rest of your lives.

a. Review this short video discussion

b. Read article

c. Compose an email to me about how you are doing, what assignments you need to complete, or something else school-related. Practice your new skills.
Katrin english 1 - Comedy Tragedy Analysis
MARCH 30For your quiz today, please choose one of the following and respond in 1-2 well-written paragraphs.

1). Before the big Capulet party, Benvolio tells Romeo, “Tut, you saw her fair, none else being by/Herself poised with herself in either eye” (1.2. 101-102) (Act 1. Scene 2. Lines 101-102). What is Benvolio’s philosophy about love? Do you agree? Is love only a matter of comparison? If you agree with Benvolio, does that mean that guys and girls that have “loves” at Southwestern only have them because the school is so small and there is no one else to compare with? Make your argument. True love or only a matter of convenience?

Or

2). In her introduction to the Sonnets, Vendler notes that the eye is the organ of desire (p. 15). In their discussion of Rosaline, Benvolio and Romeo make endless references to the “eye.” In fact, in contemporary society we still make associations between the eye and love. Love is blind. Love at first sight.

However, Benvolio tells Romeo, “Take thou some new infection to thy eye.” Here we have the metaphor of love as a sickness. Love sick. An infection. Disease does indeed travel through the eyes. Why does Benvolio refer to love as an infection of the eye? What is the connection between love, seeing, and sickness?
MARCH 27Some of you are still a little confused about the concepts from the “Genre in Shakespeare” article. Read carefully, re-read, follow directions, use all the resources I provide (watch the video lecture). Sometimes academic work takes a little more effort. Thinking takes effort. Slow down and make the effort.

For today, read acts 1.2 & 1.3. Then complete a dialogue journal (google doc or e-mail).

In your dialogue journal:

1) tell me about your impressions of the play so far, what do you notice, questions, confusions, predictions, likes, dislikes etc.

2) tell me what strategies you are using to understand the difficult Elizabethan English. What work are you doing as scholars to make the effort to understand the text? What resources are you using? What else would be helpful for you.

Read closely. On Monday you will have a little quiz about the reading.
MARCH 26Please watch the following presentation on the Genre in Shakespeare article.

Genre in Shakespeare article

After you watch, complete a 2-3 paragraph response on using the comedy/tragedy framework to look at aspects of the COVID-19 or response to COVID-19 (collectively/individually) and think about it in terms of the comedic and tragic.

Link to Article about Spring Breaker: I already talked about this one, so please choose something else.

Spring Breaker

Link to other ideas of things to consider:

Other ideas

Send your work via google docs.
MARCH 25For today, please review the video about how to compile and submit your writer’s portfolio. The portfolios will be due Friday 4-4-20. You will submit them electronically. Watch the video for instructions here.

You will find your updated scoring guide attached.

You should have 3 total pieces:

F451 Essay
Monologue
And one piece of your choosing.
Writer's Portfolio
MARCH 24Please use your close reading of the Genre in Shakespeare article to answer the questions on the discussion guide. You may send it as a google doc or email me your responses. Genre in Shakespeare Discussion Questions
MARCH 23Good Morning,

All students:

Please go back and make sure you take a look at your assignments for 3-18. Also, remember to go ahead and download the zoom app. https://zoom.us/

1. Just download the app
2. Make an account
3. I will send you an invitation.

We will use zoom today to try and answer questions, get caught up on work, and check-in and see how everyone is doing.

Local students: I am setting a zoom appointment for 11:00 a.m. if you can join, please do so.

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/794831639

International students we will try to have a meeting at 9:00 a.m Beijing Time. Someone please let me know if you are unable to use Zoom in China.

Work For Today:

In addition to reading the play, I want you to think about Shakespeare in terms of genre, in terms of his overall cannon, the similar patterns and devices he used throughout his career as poet and playwright. This article will help identify some of the conventions (rules) that he followed when writing in a particular genre. Although we are reading a tragedy, I think it is helpful to also consider comedy and how these different genres actually represent diverging worldviews: the tragic and the comic.

Read the article and become familiar with the patterns of each genre.
Genre in Shakespeare

Grammar 3

DATEINSTRUCTIONSRESOURCES
APRIL 3Today is a busy day with finishing portfolios. Put your effort into that. No new work for Grammar 3 class.
Link to portfolio instructions
APRIL 2Today I want to practice the “I Have a Dream” speech. Normally, in class, we get to read the speech out loud together. Now we can try to do the same thing on-line. Record yourself reading any 90 seconds of King’s famous speech. Try to pick up the rhythms of his language, practice pronunciation, and tackle some new vocabulary.


Let’s try to use a new discussion format. For this discussion you will create a video of your response.

Use this link:

https://flipgrid.com/litten1487
APRIL 1Read the following short poem.

The Funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr.
By Nikki Giovanni

His headstone read FREE AT LAST, FREE AT LAST
But death is a slave’s freedom
We seek the freedom of free men
And the construction of a world
Where Martin Luther King could have lived
and preached non-violence

How are the lines “FREE AT LAST, FREE AT LAST” connected to the “I have a Dream” speech? Why do you think these lines are written in all caps!
MARCH 31For your quiz today, we are going to have a very simple assignment. I want all of my classes to review the etiquette for using email communication. Many of you are sending emails that are full of errors, unclear, or otherwise not acceptable for academics or for life. I hope I do not need to give you a “pitch” about why learning to write emails is important. As you can see, you will need this skill for the rest of your lives.

a. Review this short video discussion

b. Read article

c. Compose an email to me about how you are doing, what assignments you need to complete, or something else school-related. Practice your new skills.
MARCH 30Use this really cool website full of annotations about King’s speech:

https://genius.com/545151

1).Read the speech again with the annotations.

2).Find the annotation for “We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality.” Just move your mouse over those lines and the annotation shows up on the right side.

3). Read the annotation. In 1-2 paragraphs, connect the information from the annotation and King’s reference to police brutality to our study of Emmet Till murder.
MARCH 27Lexie brought up a really important point in her KWL chart. She asked, “Why is the ‘I Have a Dream’ speech so famous?” We are going to start talking about that today. The speech is famous not only for the social message (what it said) but also for the rhetorical mastery King displayed (how he said it).

Rhetoric is the art of making an argument. It is basically a set of language tools that you can use to make your speech more powerful and more persuasive. As we study “I Have a Dream” we will learn some of the rhetorical tools he used that made the speech so powerful.

For today, let’s do a group annotation. I created a shared document on Google docs for all of us to add our comments and annotations. Google docs
Make lots of annotations. Your work will help you and your classmates!
MARCH 26For today I want you to take a virtual tour of MLK Jr’s house in Atlanta. As many of you know, I am actually from Atlanta, so King’s legacy and his birthplace in Atlanta makes me extra proud. Enjoy the tour--it’s really cool. Then answer a few questions on the discussion guide attached.

Link to tour:

BirthHome Tour

Discussion Questions in resources section.
Discussion/Questions
MARCH 25For today, please complete the attached KWL chart for Martin Luther King Jr. You complete the first two columns (what you already know, what you want to know) before you read. After you read, you complete the column about what you learned.

Send me an electronic copy of your completed chart or take a picture and email me.
KWL Chart


MLK Bio
MARCH 24For today I want you to listen/watch Martin Luther King Jr’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Read along as you watch. Pay attention to the way he delivers his message. We will be working closely with the speech. Define and use correctly in a sentence 10 new vocabulary words. I Have a Dream

Audio

Video
MARCH 23Good Morning,

All students:

Please go back and make sure you take a look at your assignments for 3-18. Also, remember to go ahead and download the zoom app. https://zoom.us/

1. Just download the app
2. Make an account
3. I will send you an invitation.

We will use zoom today to try and answer questions, get caught up on work, and check-in and see how everyone is doing.

Local students: I am setting a zoom appointment for 11:00 a.m. if you can join, please do so.

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/794831639

International students we will try to have a meeting at 9:00 a.m Beijing Time. Someone please let me know if you are unable to use Zoom in China.

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/757507991



For Today:

Congratulations on finishing your first Prezi. We conclude our study of Malcolm X, but we will continue with our Civil Rights unit. For today, read the attached poem and practice writing all of your textual connections (text-to-self, text-to-text, text-to-world).


Today’s poem is by a famous African American poet, Lanston Hughes. In addition to the way the poem explores racism and marginalization, it speaks to Hughes’ hope for an inclusive society, the hope for a collective vision of America.

Here is a link to the poem:
https://poets.org/poem/i-too

Compose your Textual Connections into 1-2 paragraphs. As always share with me on Google Docs or e-mail. (Google Docs Preferred).

Writing 3

DATEINSTRUCTIONSRESOURCES
APRIL 3Please read the following instructions carefully. Your portfolio is due today 4-3 by Midnight (Los Angeles time).

1. Review the portfolio submission guideline video and assignment sheet
2. Submit as either a single (all the pieces in one document) google doc or a single word document
3. Do not submit writing in the body of the email
4. I will not accept portfolios that do not follow guidelines
5. -5 points for each day your work is late
6. Remember to follow MLA guidelines (Times New Roman, 12 pt font, double-spaced, etc.)
7. Give the pieces a title
Link to portfolio instructions
APRIL 2Let’s continue our discussion of Junior’s relationship or infatuation with Penelope, the white girl at his school. Gordy uses the opportunity to make a point to Junior about Missing White Girl Syndrome, which we read about last week. Rowdy tells him he is tired of Indian guys who treat white women like “bowling trophies.” Today, I want to think about our personal and cultural beliefs around interracial relationships. Minnie, that means when two people of different races are in a romantic relationship. What are the attitudes in your home country about this topic? What are your personal beliefs? Your family? Etc.


Let’s try to use a new discussion format. For this discussion you will create a video of your response.

Use this link:

https://flipgrid.com/litten8320

APRIL 1None of you completed the assignment about “Missing White Girl Syndrome.” You might want to review that material for today’s quiz:

1). What does Rowdy mean when he says, “I’m sick of Indian guys who treat white women like bowling trophies. Get a life.” (1-2 paragraphs).
MARCH 31For your quiz today, we are going to have a very simple assignment. I want all of my classes to review the etiquette for using email communication. Many of you are sending emails that are full of errors, unclear, or otherwise not acceptable for academics or for life. I hope I do not need to give you a “pitch” about why learning to write emails is important. As you can see, you will need this skill for the rest of your lives.

a. Review this short video discussion

b. Read article

Compose an email to me about how you are doing, what assignments you need to complete, or something else school-related. Practice your new skills.
MACRH 30For your quiz:

Give two example sentences using the participle brush stroke.

Give two example sentences using the absolute brush stroke.
MARCH 27Keep Working this assignment from Thursday.

As you have seen, True Diary is not just a book about Junior and his dream to get a better education. It is also a book about our world and our society and some of the inequalities in our society. On pages 114-116, Rowdy and Gordy talk to Junior about his crush on Penelope, the pretty white girl in his class. Gordy references an idea called “Missing White Girl Syndrome.”

Please review the summary of this idea here. You only need to read the first section.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missing_white_woman_syndrome


Watch this video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-qQDjU0AEY

Answer the following questions in your dialogue journal:

How does the idea of the unequal media coverage about missing white girls(news stories) support an idea of white privilege in society? What does the amount of news coverage about a certain topic reveal about a society’s values? What is your personal reaction to this “concept” of missing white girl syndrome? Are there any other examples you have seen or experienced where one group of women is privileged over another? Are examples of this type of privilege in your country? Why or why not?

Lastly, why does Gordy use the idea of the story he found on Google (p. 114-116) talk to Junior about Penelope? What is he trying to tell Junior?

I want you to take your time on this assignment. So share your completed google doc (dialogue journal) with me on Monday.
MARCH 26As you have seen, True Diary is not just a book about Junior and his dream to get a better education. It is also a book about our world and our society and some of the inequalities in our society. On pages 114-116, Rowdy and Gordy talk to Junior about his crush on Penelope, the pretty white girl in his class. Gordy references an idea called “Missing White Girl Syndrome.”

Please review the summary of this idea here. You only need to read the first section.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missing_white_woman_syndrome


Watch this video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-qQDjU0AEY

Answer the following questions in your dialogue journal:

How does the idea of the unequal media coverage about missing white girls(news stories) support an idea of white privilege in society? What does the amount of news coverage about a certain topic reveal about a society’s values? What is your personal reaction to this “concept” of missing white girl syndrome? Are there any other examples you have seen or experienced where one group of women is privileged over another? Are examples of this type of privilege in your country? Why or why not?

Lastly, why does Gordy use the idea of the story he found on Google (p. 114-116) talk to Junior about Penelope? What is he trying to tell Junior?

I want you to take your time on this assignment. So share your completed google doc (dialogue journal) with me on Monday.
MARCH 25For today, please review the video about how to compile and submit your writer’s portfolio. The portfolios will be due Friday 4-4-20. You will submit them electronically. Watch the video for instructions here.

You will find your updated scoring guide attached.

You should have 4 total pieces:

Logo
Where I’m From
Scar Story
One more piece of your Choosing
Writing 3 Online Writer's Portfolio
MARCH 24For today read to page 115 you may either:

Write a wi-chat conversation between Junior and Rowdy
Or
Create 3 discussion questions from the reading so far.

Make your response relevant to what is happening in the book at this time.
MARCH 23Good Morning,

All students:

Please go back and make sure you take a look at your assignments for 3-18. Also, remember to go ahead and download the zoom app. https://zoom.us/

1. Just download the app
2. Make an account
3. I will send you an invitation.

We will use zoom today to try and answer questions, get caught up on work, and check-in and see how everyone is doing.

Local students: I am setting a zoom appointment for 11:00 a.m. if you can join, please do so.

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/794831639

International students we will try to have a meeting at 9:00 a.m Beijing Time. Someone please let me know if you are unable to use Zoom in China.

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/757507991


For Today:

I am still waiting on your brush stroke example paragraphs. Please send me those. Also, continue working on your 3rd or 4th piece for Writer’s Workshop.

English 1B

DATEINSTRUCTIONSRESOURCES
APRIL 3Please read the following instructions carefully. Your portfolio is due today 4-3 by Midnight (Los Angeles time).

1. Review the portfolio submission guideline video and assignment sheet
2. Submit as either a single (all the pieces in one document) google doc or a single word document
3. Do not submit writing in the body of the email
4. I will not accept portfolios that do not follow guidelines
5. -5 points for each day your work is late
6. Remember to follow MLA guidelines (Times New Roman, 12 pt font, double-spaced, etc.)
7. Give the pieces a title
Link to portfolio instructions
APRIL 2Yesterday you took an online quiz to find out about your internet/technology usage. I hope you found your results helpful. Today, I want to think about Bradbury’s conception/idea of the living room and TV as at tomb (a place to bury the dead). Obviously, he felt there were negative consequences to too much technology. What do you think Bradbury would think of modern technology, smart phones, social media? Now we have our tombs with us, all day, long-- like the walking dead. Think about the language we use to talk about watching TV now-- binge -- is binging healthy?

What kind of story would Bradbury write to reflect the modern technological condition?


Let’s try to use a new discussion format. For this discussion you will create a video of your response.

Use this link

https://flipgrid.com/litten0755
APRIL 1Yesterday we discussed the connections between F451 and “The Pedestrian” paying particular attention to the theme of the commentary on the role of technology in society. Today, we are even more immersed in technology. Use this quiz to explore your own relationship with internet technology.

1. Complete the following quiz https://psychcentral.com/quizzes/internet-addiction-quiz/

2. Email me your results with personal reflection. Are you surprised? Do you think internet addiction is a problem for students? For students at our school? Do you think there is a connection between being separated from friends, family, culture, and familiar food and increased internet usage?
MARCH 31For your quiz today, we are going to have a very simple assignment. I want all of my classes to review the etiquette for using email communication. Many of you are sending emails that are full of errors, unclear, or otherwise not acceptable for academics or for life. I hope I do not need to give you a “pitch” about why learning to write emails is important. As you can see, you will need this skill for the rest of your lives.

a. Review this short video discussion

b. Read article

c. Compose an email to me about how you are doing, what assignments you need to complete, or something else school-related. Practice your new skills.
MARCH 30For your quiz (1-2 well-written, thoughtful paragraphs)

After reading “The Pedestrian,” you should have seen obvious connections to F451. In “The Pedestrian,” Leonard Mead observes, “The tombs, ill-lit by television light, where the people sat like the dead, the grey or multicolored lights touching their faces, but never really touching them. How can you connect his description of the homes as tombs and the parlor walls in F451? What observation is he making about society? Technology? How can you take his observation and apply it to our lives today?
MARCH 27The story of how Ray Bradbury wrote F451 is actually really interesting. We will talk more about it in the coming weeks, but for today, it will suffice to know that the idea for the book actually came from a short story that he wrote before, “The Pedestrian.”

After you read the “Pedestrian,” you will find lots of similarities. It’s a short, short story. For today, just read, take notes, and we will compare the story to the novel next week in some of our quizzes.
the_pedestrian
MARCH 26Some of you have already started to think about the Character Clarisse in your dialogue journals about dystopia. That is great. She is one of the most important characters in the book. I want to keep thinking about her symbolic functions in the text. However, it is easy to google Clarisse and see some possibilities for her symbolism- innocence, purity, clarity-- we need to move beyond one word ideas of symbolism and look deeper.

Go to this link and create an account so we can try a new discussion format.

https://nowcomment.com/documents/184260

Write a few comments. Respond to one another, challenge one another, be daring. Also, play wit the new comment form and see how it goes. Use your close reading of Clarisse to push the conversation further.
MARCH 25For today, please review the video about how to compile and submit your writer’s portfolio. The portfolios will be due Friday 4-4-20. You will submit them electronically. Watch the video for instructions here.

You will find your updated scoring guide attached.

You should have 3 total pieces:

Word Photo
Epigraph
And one piece of your choosing.
Online Writer's Portfolio
MARCH 24For today read through page 30 in your F451. After you read, use your characteristics of dystopia worksheet and notes to identify the aspects of dystopia you see in the novel so far. Be specific and use the language from the worksheet and examples to support your answer. 1-2 paragraphs.
MARCH 23Good Morning,

All students:

Please go back and make sure you take a look at your assignments for 3-18. Also, remember to go ahead and download the zoom app. https://zoom.us/

1. Just download the app
2. Make an account
3. I will send you an invitation.

We will use zoom today to try and answer questions, get caught up on work, and check-in and see how everyone is doing.

Local students: I am setting a zoom appointment for 11:00 a.m. if you can join, please do so.

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/794831639

International students we will try to have a meeting at 9:00 a.m Beijing Time. Someone please let me know if you are unable to use Zoom in China.

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/757507991


For Today:

For today, review the following article on the dystopian genre. You will need this information as we continue our novel, so read carefully and take notes
Dystopian genre

Previous Class Instructions

DATEINSTRUCTIONSRESOURCES
MARCH 20Instruction #5
MARCH 19Instruction #4
MARCH 18Instruction #3
MARCH 17Instruction #2
MARCH 16Transition/Instruction #1