Week 5: "The Necklace" by Guy De Maupassant,  page 221,   5 1/2 pages Internet Textbook   Another Source

Monday: Each student will find an Internet picture that exemplifies each word's meaning.  The student must then copy and paste the pictures into a PowerPoint show prepared by the teacher.  Beginning this week, this assignment will also include finding synonyms and antonyms for words. 
Vocabulary:
adulation      disconsolate 
dowry          exorbitant     
gamut          incessantly
loan shark    pauper
privation      scanty

Tuesday: Read and discuss "The Necklace" by Guy De Maupassant, pg 220 in our text.   

The State of Michigan has identified this story as an "Anchor Text" (see ELA 9 Michigan Merit Curriculum Course, Pg 17).  It was assigned at the state level. 

Thursday:
We will study the literary element of
irony (See English Terms).  We will also use the article on pgs 212-213 of our textbook. 

We will read and discuss the article "How to Read a Short Story" (A PDF from EnglishCompanion.com). 
The state of Michigan has identified this article as an "Anchor Text" (see
ELA 9 Michigan Merit Curriculum Course, Pg 17).  It was assigned at the state level. 

Wed-Thurs: Writing for this week:
Examine the focus questions at right.  Choose one and write an essay with examples from the stories we have read in class and the novel you are reading on your own. 
Paragraph 1: Briefly tell why your question is important.  Clearly state the answer to your chosen question at the end of the first paragraph
Paragraphs 2-4: In each of these paragraphs give a different example.  Use examples from the short stories we have read or the novel you have selected.  Your examples must demonstrate the correctness of the answer you gave at the end of the first paragraph.  Using quotes is a great idea. 
Paragraphs 5: Write a short conclusion reinforcing your main idea.  Detailed Paper Instructions

Focus for 1st Quarter:
From ELA 9 Michigan Merit Curriculum Course Requirements, pg 16. 

Big Ideas:
XX survival   
XX chance rules       
XX sacrifice
XX chasing after status and wealth       
XX status for sale
XX true wisdom           
XX value of material possessions

Themes 
Seven human emotions: flattery, fear, greed, anger, guilt, exclusivity, and salvation 
Learning from texts

Focus Questions: 
How do emotions, wants, and needs make these characters vulnerable?

What change is seen in how each character perceives what is valuable?

What sacrifices do these characters make?

How do characters gain true wisdom?

How are the characters' strengths and weaknesses alike or different from my own?

Essential Questions
How do my emotions, wants, and needs make me vulnerable?
How do I read to gain skills, knowledge, and wisdom?
What do I need to learn in high school to be prepared for college or work?
What generalizations or principles have I discovered about my own reading?
How do I learn best?
How do my skills and talents define who I am?

As per ELA 9  Michigan Merit Curriculum Course Requirements, page 16

Friday: We will take our first literary quiz.  I will walk students through this.  See "Taking a Quiz". 

Week 6: "The Gift of the Magi" by  O. Henry,  page 202,  3 or 3 1/2 pages Internet TextbookAnother Source    listen and read

Mon: Each student will find an Internet picture that exemplifies each word's meaning.  The student must then copy and paste the pictures into a PowerPoint show prepared by the teacher.  Beginning this week, this assignment will also include finding synonyms and antonyms for words.   
Vocabulary:
ardent          cascade 
covet           depreciate
instigate       laborious
Magi            ransack 
scrutiny       vestibule
Review 

Tues: Read "How do I Love Thee?" by Eliz. Barrett Browning. 
Pre-Reading Assignment Choices: 1) What is the story behind the poem?  How can the poem be applied to life?  2) What is your most precious possession and why? How did you come to own it? 3) What is the best gift you ever gave anyone else? What did you have to give up to get it?

Thurs: It has been said that the relationship between Della and Jim in "The Gift of the Magi" is a truly unselfish love relationship.  Many people hope for that kind or relationship for their own lives.  Others say that people as poor as Della and Jim have no business spending money on such frivolous and unnecessary things like they did.  Instead, the couple should be saving for a home or a "rainy day." In your essay, take a position on this relationship.  You may write about either one of the two points of view given.  Use specific reasons and examples to support your position.  You must use these paper instructions

Each student must review vocabulary pps (on the G drive and on room computers) for tomorrow's quiz. 

Wed: We will read and discuss "The Gift of the Magi" by  O. Henry  (pg 202,  3 or 3 1/2 pages). 

We will also study the literary element of
theme (See English Terms).  We will use the article on pg 264-265 of our textbook. 

The State of Michigan has identified this story as an "Anchor Text" (see ELA 9 Michigan Merit Curriculum Course, Pg 17).

Fri 26 Sept: Quiz   See "Taking a Quiz". 
Finish writing.  If they are done, they
must use the remaining time to read their novels.   

Week 7: "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell,  pg 13,    12 1/2 pgs  Internet Textbook  Another Source

Monday: Each student will find an Internet picture that exemplifies each word's meaning.  The student must then copy and paste the pictures into a PowerPoint show prepared by the teacher.  As the quarter progresses, this assignment will also include finding synonyms and antonyms for words.   
Vocabulary:
amenities     deplorable
disarming     imprudent
indolent        opiate
palpable        precariously
scruples        solicitous
review it

Tues: We will study the literary elements of plot and conflict.  Read the article on pgs 32-33 of our textbook. 

Break into two groups.  Each group will read an article about Social Darwinism.  After reading, each group will explain their article to the other group. 
"
Social Darwinism, Herbert Spencer, Ethics and Morals" From library.thinkquest.org/C004367/eh4.shtml?tqskip=1

Menton, David N., Ph.D "
Social DarwinismSt. Louis Metro Voice, September 1994, Vol. 4, No. 9

"Darwin: Life and Legacy". (2010). Retrieved from
YouTube http://youtu.be/CoCTda1Qpbs.  (1:56).

Thur:
Choice 1:
Essay on "The Most Dangerous Game":  Why did Rainsford kill General Zaroff?  The General said, "You have won the game."  Were there any alternatives to killing him?  You MUST use evidence from the story to back up your ideas.

Choice 2:  Essay on social Darwinism: In what (if any) ways should those who are superior made decisions for those who are inferior?  To what extent should those smarter or stronger have control over the rest of us? 

Writing for this Week: The American Film Institute has created a list of what they think are the 100 Greatest Movies.  Look at the list, and then choose one of the below for an essay. 
1) Explain why a film should be added to the list. 
2) Explain why a film should be removed from the list. 
3) Explain why you agree with the inclusion of a film already on the list. 

You must use these
paper instructions

Wed: We will read and discuss "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell (pg 13,  about 12 1/2 pgs).The State of Michigan has identified this story as an "Anchor Text" (see ELA 9 MMC, Pg 17).

The Eliminator.  http://youtu.be/lWnp2vWWpnE

Week 8: "Distillations" by Hugo Martinez-Serros, page 133 in the Green Book.   Internet Textbook Green

Monday: Each student will find an Internet picture that exemplifies each word's meaning.  The student must then copy and paste the pictures into a PowerPoint show prepared by the teacher.  As the quarter progresses, this assignment will also include finding synonyms and antonyms for words.   
Vocabulary:
abate               eclipsed
galvanized      glower
livid                myriad
spoils (noun)   taut
tentative          zenith

Tues-Wed: We will read and discuss "Distillations" by Hugo Martinez-Serros, page 133 in the Green Book.  A boy finds out about his father when the family takes a trip to the dump. Tied for 3rd favorite story during 2006-2007.
we will study the literary elements of  character development (article pg 130-131 of our textbook) and point of view (article pg 218-219).   See also English Terms

We will examine texts from science class, math class, and social studies class.  We will ask such question as "How can learning the structure and purpose of texts support me in using them more effectively?" and "What are the roles of subtitles, headings, bullets, illustrations, sidebars, and other text features?"

See the
ELA 9 Michigan Merit Curriculum: "Essential Questions", pg 16, "Texts" on pg 17, "Features", pg 18, and Strategies for Approaching Textbook Reading", pg 19. 

"Pepenadores - TJ Garbage People." You
XXX  Tube:angiedominguezhttp://you
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China's growing recycling industry
You
XXX Tube:AlJazeeraEnglish.  http://youtu.
XXX be/wdIeUev22qM(2:13). 
"Orphan living in garbage dump."
YouTube:
XXX CNN.  http://youtu.be/Fs55Mm_08r8
XXX (3:19). 


Fri Quiz
See "
Taking a Quiz". 

Week 9
Elements of Poetry

Free verse
Meter
Refrain
Rhyme Scheme
Speaker
Stanza
Rhythm

Tone
Alliteration
Ballad
Lyric

Assignment for 7th Week: Poetry PowerPoint Presentation

Rubric (47k doc )

WARNING: Presentations are due at the beginning of the hour Friday.  There will be no preparation time allowed--NONE! There will be no make-up! 

1st Quarter Exam Review Checklist
Characteristics of short story, poetry, essay
As per ELA 9 Michigan Merit Curriculum Course Requirements, Page 37-38

Glossary Link 1: Meyer Literature Site   or     Glossary Link 2: U of N C, Pembroke
Our glossary is on pgs 967-978

Narrative Text

Literary Elements
xxx plot and conflict pgs 32-33 of our textbook. 
xxx setting pg 164-165 of our textbook.
xxx theme pg 264-265 of our textbook. 
xxx character development pg 130-131 of our textbook
xxx foreshadowing. pg 46 of our textbook
xxx
mood, tone, style--pg 586-587
xxx author's purpose

Literary Devices
xxx narration/point of view--pg 218-219
xxx author's use of time
xxx figurative language, imagery, simile, metaphor 520
xxx symbolism 978, motif, allusion 967
xxx repetition
xxx implied meanings
xxx onomatopoeia
xxx suspense 978
xxx structural conventions

Historical/Cultural
xxx understanding human nature
xxx stereotypes

Critical Perspectives
xxx quotable lines
xxx different time period
xxx Connect to self--own perspective on issues of sacrifice and status

as per ELA 9 Michigan Merit Curriculum Course Requirements, Page 17-18

Informational Text

Range of Genre
author information
biographies
editorials - pros and cons
essays
historical accounts
instructions
letters
links to resources
news articles
outlines, lists
scientific research reports

Elements
main ideas or topic sentences, details, examples
facts and opinions
editorial perspective
writer's tone

as per ELA 9 Michigan Merit Curriculum Course Requirements, Page 17-18

Informational Text

Organizational Patterns
categorization
cause-effect
compare-contrast
definition
description
enumeration/process
fact-opinion
problem-solution
sequence

Features
table of contents
unit and chapter structures
titles, subtitles, headings
illustrations, charts, maps
bullets, sidebars (margin notes)
captions, footnotes
appendices
bibliographies
personal vs. business letter formats

as per ELA 9 Michigan Merit Curriculum Course Requirements, Page 17-18