Homework and Assignments 2015-2016
9/1: All classes- Share class expectations and guidelines with parents/guardians. Return completed signature page.
9/2: All classes- Follow this LINK and complete the questionnaire.
9/3: All classes- Be sure to gather essential course materials (binder, 4 dividers [label them "Do Nows," "HW/CW," "Notes," and "Papers"] paper, writing implements)
9/10: Parent Orientation at PVMHS
9/10: Periods 1 and 7- finish reading Stockton's "The Lady, or the Tiger?" and answer questions 6-15 (omit #12).
Period 6- finish reading "The Lady, or the Tiger?" and answer questions 1-10.
9/15: Periods 2 and 5- answer questions 1-10 for "The Lady, or the Tiger?" located at the end of the story.
Periods 1 and 7- finish reading Saroyan's "Gaston" and answer questions 1-15 (omit #13) located at the end of the story.
9/16: Library trip - orientation to PVMHS library; also, students will be selecting horror novels for quarter 1 outside reading assignment (details to follow)
Period 1 + 7: using the words from vocabulary workshop list 1, write 15 context-rich vocab sentences. See tab at left.
Period 2 + 5: using the words from vocabulary workshop list 1A, write 5 context-rich vocab sentences. See tab at left.
Period 6: using the words from vocabulary list A, write 10 context-rich vocab sentences. See "vocabulary workshop" tab at left
9/17: Begin reading your novels!
*Periods 2 and 5: Be sure to turn in "The Lady, or the Tiger?" questions (see 9/15 above) and begin working on questions for "Gaston"
*Periods 1 and 7: Read and annotate "Marginalia" by Billy Collins. Your annotations should reflect the following:
1. Summarize the poem (in your annotations, not on a separate document)
2. Comment/react to what is going on in the poem
3. Question what is going on in the poem
Here are a few examples to get you going
9/19: All classes study for vocabulary quiz on Monday 9/20- Honors list 1, CP2 list 1A, CP2 list A. Click on Vocabulary Workshop tab at left to view the appropriate lists. Be sure to select the proper level!
9/22: Periods 1 + 7: Begin reading Bradbury's "A Sound of Thunder" p. 39-44. Note: this text is not available in the online text, so students seeking to read it online should either find the story under the Short Stories menu at left or click HERE.
9/23: Periods 1+7: Finish the questions following "A Sound of Thunder" - skip question 6.
9/28: Periods 2, 5, and 6: Finish "A Sound of Thunder" and answer the questions that follow it, skipping question six Find the story under the Short Story menu at left.
ALL CLASSES: Our first test is tentatively scheduled for next Wednesday (9/30). This test will cover "The Lady, or the Tiger?," "Gaston," and "A Sound of Thunder," plus the literary elements we have covered alongside those stories.
Good news! Wednesday's test has been rescheduled to Thursday, Oct. 1.
9/29: H- Write 10 context-rich vocab sentences.
CP2- Write 5 double vocab sentences (use two words from list 1B in each sentence)
CP2- Write 10 context-rich vocab sentence.
10/2: Article of the Week annotation and 100-150 word response (see me for extra copies and explanation if you missed this)
10/5: Vocab quiz all classes
10/6: Picture Day - head to class and then down to the library for pictures. Be sure to bring your order form!
All levels: Students received assignment sheets for quarter 1 outside reading assignment. See "Outside Reading" tab at left for details.
10/7: All classes: write the remaining terms and definitions from the newest vocabulary list. Lists can be found under the "Vocabulary Workshop" tab at the left.
Honors- List 3
CP1- List C
CP2- List 2A
10/13: All classes: Finish Irony Exercises I GO TO SHORT STORY -> IRONY in the links at left to access a copy
10/14: Periods 1 and 7: complete "Lamb to the Slaughter" located under the Short Story menu at left and answer the reading questions (Honors version)
Period 6: complete "Lamb to the Slaughter" located under the Short Story menu at left and answer the reading questions (CP1 version)
10/15: All classes: Finish Irony Exercises II GO TO SHORT STORY -> IRONY in the links at left to access a copy
10/16: All classes: Prepare for vocabulary quiz on Mon. 10/19.
10/19: Periods 1, 6, 7: complete annotation and response to Article of the Week- Understanding the Issue: Legislating Firearms
10/20: All classes: copy 2nd half of vocab list into binders. (list 4 for honors, list D for CP1, and list 2B for CP2) See Vocabulary Workshop link at left
10/26: Honors and CP1- Horror novel outside reading assignment is due! See the links under Outside Reading Assignments and Reference Materials for pointers and information regarding formatting.
10/26-10/28: All levels- Students are engaged in writing opening statements for Mary Maloney (from the story "Lamb to the Slaughter"). Find a sample statement and several helpful links under the Sample Lamb Essay tab at the left. The story can be found under the Short Story tab at left as well.
10/30: Outside reading assignment due for periods 2 and 5. See "Outside Reading Assignments" tab at left for more information.
ALL CLASSES! IMPORTANT! THE "LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTER" OPENING STATEMENT / 3 PARAGRAPH ASSIGNMENT IS ***NOT*** DUE ON MONDAY- IT WILL BE DUE WEDNESDAY FOR PERIODS 1-5 and 7 AND THURSDAY FOR PERIOD 6.
11/2: Period 1- finish reading "The Most Dangerous Game" and answer questions 1-10 (no 8) on p. 81.
11/4: Period 7- finish reading "The Most Dangerous Game" and answer questions 1-10 (no 8) on p. 81.
11/10: Period 6- read the rest of "The Most Dangerous Game" (can be found online here under "Short Stories" or in the textbook and textbook website from pages 60-80.
11/12: Honors - read, respond, and annotate the Article of the Week ("School Police"); Also, study for the unit 4 vocab quiz on 11/13
CP1- answer questions 1-10 (skip #8) on pg. 81 in the textbook (check the Short Stories tab for "Most Dangerous Game" to locate.
11/13: Per. 1 and 7 Vocab quiz! Study list 4!
11/13: HW- Per. 2, 5, 6 study for vocab quizzes on Monday (list 2B for periods 2 and 5, list D for period 6)
11/16: Honors- on pg. 381, answer questions 1-11
11/17: CP1 - on pg. 381, answer questions 1-11
11/20: Honors- annotate and respond to Article of the Week: Paris
11/23: Periods 1 and 7- finish "A Poison Tree" comparative lit assignment
Period 6- finish Article of the Week response (Paris article)
11/30: Periods 1 + 7: Study Vocab 5 for quiz tomorrow
Periods 2 + 5: Study Vocab 3A for quiz tomorrow
Periods 6: Study Vocab E for quiz tomorrow
12/1: All classes: prepare for quiz on "The Most Dangerous Game", "The Cask of Amontillado", and point of view
Periods 1 + 7: complete Quotation Dialogue practice worksheet
12/2: Bring any overdue books in; classes going to library to select biographies/autobiographies for outside reading
STUDENTS WHO WERE ABSENT ON 12/2- please make time on your way into or out of school to visit the library and select a biography or autobiography (you may also grab a book from the library or select one from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.)
The assignment revolves around showing why the subject of the book can be seen as a hero, so be sure to select someone you think fits the title of hero!
Week of 12/7: All students please visit the following link -Short Story Assignment - to obtain the assignment sheet for the upcoming short story writing assessment. Once there, follow the links to see *billions* of short story ideas. We will be working in class on these this week. The due date is scheduled to be Tues. 12/15.
12/7- Early dismissal - Periods 1,2, and 5: Watched Digging for the Truth - Gods and Monsters - a documentary about the possible truth behind the Trojan War and Homer's Odyssey, our next text.
12/8- All classes to Writing Lab to continue crafting short stories (see link above(
12/8- Per. 1+7: HW - Read pg. 1188-1191 and take summary notes
12/9- Per. 6: HW- Complete "Homer's World" study guide (see pg. 1188-1190) This can be found under the tab The Odyssey -> Study Guides located at left.
Per. 1+7: Complete first study guide
12/10-All classes A-313: take notes on epic elements - epic simile, epithets, and hubris
12/11- All classes to Computer Lab B-358 to continue / finish working on short stories for TEST GRADE
12/14: All classes to Computer Lab B-358 to continue / finish working on short stories for TEST GRADE
Stories are due tomorrow 12/15 either in class or shared beforehand via Google Docs.
12/15: Take notes on epic element: in medias res; review film and tv examples to see modern usage of the ancient storytelling technique
12/16: Mr. M out - periods 1 and 7: complete study guide 2, take and complete sg# 3 for homework
- periods 2, 5, 6: complete study guide 1, begin study guide #2
Absent students: see Odyssey tab at left to locate the Study Guide download page
12/17: Review Invocation and rough outline of plot arc for the Odyssey - In medias res, flashback structure, etc.
12/18: All classes- take vocab. quiz; continue reviewing Part I of the Odyssey
12/21:Classes receive assignment options for quarter 2 outside reading
Periods 1+7 due 1/4
Period 6 due 1/8
Period 2+5 due 1/12
Classes continue reviewing the Odyssey - "the LEGMAT list "
HW: Period 6 - Complete SG#3; read corresponding section of the Odyssey
12/22: Classes continue reviewing the Odyssey - the curse of the Cyclops
HW: Periods 1 and 7- Complete SG#4; read corresponding section of the Odyssey
VACATION! - Please see Quarter 2 Outside Reading Assignments near the top of the menu at left.
Periods 1+7: Due 1/4
Periods 2+5: Due 1/12
Period 5: Due 1/8
1/4: Period 2,5 & 6: read and discuss Aeolus' Bag of Winds and Laestrygones adventures (Book 10, p.1224)
Periods 1 & 7: review study guide 4 continue Book 10
1/5: P.1& 7- listen to Sir Ian McKellen's audiobook of the Odyssey Book 11; HW= Study Guide 4B (p. 1226)
Period 6: finish Book 10; HW= SG#4 (p. 1224-1225)
Period 2 and 5 continue reading Book 10; reminder: OUTSIDE READING DUE TUESDAY 1/12 for 2nd and 5th periods!
1/6: P.2 & 5- complete SG#4, begin preparing for Friday's test on the Odyssey
P.1 & 7- review answers to SG#4B, begin preparing for Friday's test on the Odyssey
P. 6- review answers to SG#4; HW: continue working on outside reading assignments due FRIDAY 1/8!!
1/7: P. 1 & 7- review for Friday's test on the Odyssey
P. 2 & 5- review for Friday's test on the Odyssey
P. 6- listen to Sir Ian McKellen's audiobook of the Odyssey Book 11; HW= Study Guide 4B (p. 1226);
- continue working on outside reading assignments due FRIDAY 1/8
1/12: P. 1& 7- Read book 12 of the Odyssey, complete for HW along with SG #5
1/13: All periods - receive midyear review guide and vocabulary supplement; begin in class / out of class review of material
1/25: All classes view midyear grades; read Odyssey books 16 and 17
1/26: Periods 1 and 7- SSR article of the week "Race and the Oscars"- annotation and response due Friday - work on SG "Father and Son" in class; complete SG "The Beggar at the Manor / The Test of the Bow" for homework.
Periods 2 and 5- listen and read along to article of the week "Race and the Oscars" - annotation and response due Friday; work on "Father and Son" study guide in class.
Period 6- SSR article of the week "Race and the Oscars"- annotation and response due Friday - work on SG "Father and Son" in class
1/27: Periods 1&7- review SG# 6 and 7
Periods 2&5- complete and review SG# 6
Period 6- SG#7 for HW
1/28: All classes- Complete annotation and 150 word response to "Race and the Oscars" for HW
2/8: All classes respond to the prompt: Where do you see yourself in 10-20 years? What will you be doing, where will you be living, etc.? What obstacles do you think you will run into on your way towards this goal?
2/11- All classes to library to select book of the month for Feb. The books must be read by March 7th. See Mr. McLean for the assignment sheet.
VACATION - keep reading your Book of the Month; be sure to take it to class when you return. Have a good vacation!
2/22- Periods 1, 6, 7: finish chart comparing your obstacles (see 2/8 above) with those faced by Odysseus. What makes them similar to each other? [This will form the basis for the Odyssey of Life writing assignment we will working on in and out of class]
Periods 2+5: work in class on chart; finish tomorrow in class
All classes: study for vocabulary quiz
2/23- Periods 1+7: work on your introductory paragraph - remember, you will need a motivator, thesis statement, and blueprint; don't forget to give the reader some background information as well!
2/29- All periods to writing lab to begin typing/continue drafting Odyssey of Life essay (see menu bar at left, top). 5 paragraph essay due dates are as follows: Periods 1 + 7 = Friday, March 4; Periods 2, 5, & 6= Monday, March 7
REMINDER ALL CLASSES! Your Book of the Month assignment sheet is due soon! Periods 1, 2, 5, & 7: due Monday, March 7
Period 6: due Tuesday, March 8. See Mr. McLean for copies of the assignment if you need an extra/replacement/etc.
3/1- Periods 1,2,5,7: scan the syllables for the words given on HW assignment "Scansion Practice I"
3/3- All classes: scan syllables for "Scansion Practice II" HW
3/4- Odyssey of Life essay due for periods 1 & 7
3/5- All classes: complete "Meter and Rhyme" assignment for HW
3/7- Odyssey of Life essay due for periods 2, 5, & 6; Book of the Month assignment due for periods 1&7
3/8- Book of the Month assignment due for periods 2,5, & 6
3/10- To library to select novels for April's "Book of the Month", all classes study for poetic foot quiz
3/11- Poetic foot quiz today all periods.
3/15- All classes: study vocab lists for quiz on Wed. 3/16. Periods 1+7: List 8; Periods 2+5: List 4B; Period 6: List H
3/28- Periods 1 and 7: define the terms from vocab list 9 copied in class
Period 6: complete SG#1
Periods 2&5: continue reading Book of the Month
All classes- begin work on Article of the Week (see link at left). Due Fri. 4/1
4/1- TEST on poetry, Shakespeare background, and Act I of Romeo and Juliet
March Book of the Month assignment sheet due April 11th. See / email Mr. M for copies.
April Book of the Month assignment sheet due May 11th. See / email Mr. M for copies.
May Book of the Month assignment sheet due June 13th. See / email Mr. M for copies
All classes: Study guides 2-8 completed for Romeo and Juliet - these can be accessed through the Romeo and Juliet menu button on the left.
In class assessments for Romeo and Juliet: Acts II and III test; Acts IV and V quiz
Final assessment for Romeo and Juliet: click on Romeo and Juliet link in menu at left; then select "Death of Juliet" assignment. Due date is May 27th. Classes will be working on drafts in class and typing in the computer lab.
Period 7: final Book of the Month: Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
All classes: begin reading Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men: Periods 1 + 7: Read chapters 1-3 and take notes for June 6th. Periods 2, 5, 6: read chapters 1+2 and complete study guide 1 and 2