English1Agenda
August 26-September 18

A. Course Introduction
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Disclosure, computer rules, wiki rules, agenda
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Seat & Computer assignments
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Baz Luhrman advice article and advice to sophs writing assignment
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Silent Reading/Independent Reading (IR)-Night, newspapers, magazines
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Online Portfolios wikis explained & set up in student folder on specific server
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Begin Everyday Use and Quilt Block assignment
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Wand out Night books

B. Common Usage Problems handout-study these words & watch for quiz dates

C. Vocabulary-$5.00 in main office-bring me receipt for points
Lesson 1
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Complete all exercises
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5 “Pictionary” drawings in the books’ margins
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1 flash card (word assigned) with black print letters & a visual element (8 ½ by 11 created on computer)
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Use vocabulary words in all your writing assignments this year-underline them in your work

D. Literature
Intolerance in America and the Holocaust memoir Night by Elie Wiesel

E. Writing
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Introduction to the writing process-notes and discussion
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Narrative Non fiction essays: Eudora Welty-Eavesdropping/Paule Marshall-Making of a Writer/Elie Wiesel-Why I Write/Peter Elbow-Freewriting/William Least Heat Moon-A List of Nothing in Particular/Sylvia Plath-Sylvia Plath at 17/George Orwell-Shooting an Elephant/Lars Eighner-Dumpster Diving/Journal entries from Sylvia Plath and Jack Kerouac
ü Annotations on sample essays
ü Abstracts ( summaries of the text; aka annotated bibliographies)
ü Contextual Connections (reflections on the text; use vocab words in your writing)

Grade Breakdown
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SSRs/Journals-10%
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Participation-25%
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Vocabulary Lesson 1-10%
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Writing: annotation, abstract, and contextual connection for each non fiction essay assigned-25%
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Advice to Sophomores-5%
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Tolerance Unit/Night-study guides, related reading assignments and class notes/discussions-20%
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Miscellaneous assignments-5%