DECEMBER 2016

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
5
DAY C
  • Chromebooks from 127
  • 6
    DAY D
    Another day to write in class! Chromebook's 127
  • See Lit Analysis Packet and Existential Packet to help formulate idea/proof.
  • Stranger Than Fiction Online Script
  • Video How to Write an Outline
  • Helpful handouts from Schreiber's Writing Center
  • Outline Two Works Essay [sample; if you choose to write about each work separately, you will use the model I showed in class. ]
  • Super resource for ANY writing need: Purdue's OWL
  • 7
    DAY E

    class does not meet today
    8
    DAY F


    TWO COPIES DOUBLE SPACED DUE completed drafts (1200 min -2000 words max)
  • Peer Editing
  • 9
    DAY A
  • Please bring in a favorite children's picture book for today's activity
  • Explain Like I'm 5: Existentialism
  • "Myth of Sisyphus" 1
  • Existentialism in Children's Books; show and tell
  • 12
    DAY B

    class does not meet today

  • FINAL Draft due at turnitin by by midnight [class id 13575638 and pw gokturk]; in class tomorrow, hand in printed copy, writer Response, all peer edits, 1 rough.
  • 13
    DAY C
    14
    DAY D

  • FINAL Draft due in class double spaced printed copy (100 pts), Writer Response completed for HW (10 pts) , all peer edits, 1 rough, self assessed rubric and checklist on back. Make sure your essay is at turnitin! (10 pts)
  • Children's Books Presentations: Absurd!
  • The Giving Tree
  • The Giving Tree (1973 read by Shel Silverstein
  • 15
    DAY E

    class does not meet today
    16
    DAY F
  • HW #22 DUE
  • Share Giving Tree HW : positive or negative? Or both?
  • Giving Tree Arguments What does each paragraph reveal?
  • Intro to Argument Essay (see intro in Models for Writers)
  • 19
    DAY A
  • HW #23 DUE
  • Controversial topics? What topics do people argue about?
  • Generating topic list: behavior or policy that irks you? An opinion you want to defend? A change you would like to see implemented? A way to solve an existing problem?
  • Pathos, ethos, and logos
  • Elements of an argument; cat-dog sample (super basic!)
  • "I Have a Dream" speech by Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • 20
    DAY B

    class does not meet today
    21
    DAY C
  • HW #24 DUE
  • Logical Fallacies 101
  • Book of Bad Arguments
  • Debates and -- Are There Logical Fallacies?
  • 22
    DAY D
  • Propaganda
  • What's Your Cause?
  • 23
    Recess

    No School

    NOVEMBER 2016

    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    31
    DAY A
  • Line
  • NOV 1
    DAY B


    class does not meet today
    NOV 2
    DAY C
  • Finish Line
  • Overview of Theater of the Absurd
  • Character Pie Assignment
  • NOV 3
    DAY D
  • Work on HW #14
  • NOV 4
    DAY E

    class does not meet today
    7
    DAY F
  • HW #14 DUE
  • Line comps, Stranger motifs
  • Stranger than Fiction
  • 8
    Election Day

    No Students Report
    9
    DAY A
  • HW #15 DUE
  • Stranger Than Fiction
  • 10
    DAY B

    class does not meet today
    11
    No School

    Veteran's Day
    14
    DAY C
  • HW #16 DUE
  • 15
    DAY D
  • HW #17 DUE : just page 1 ; hand in
  • Finish film
  • JOURNAL FREEWRITE: Starting from the conclusion of the film, what does the film say? End Scene Stranger Than Fiction
  • Freewrite, Index Card Topic
  • 16
    DAY E

    class does not meet today
    17
    DAY F
  • JOURNEY MAP for STRANGER THAN FICTION: include important quotes and arrange your journey with road signs and help (fueling)
  • Get well, Sydney! We wish you a speedy recovery!
  • 18
    DAY A
  • HW #18 DUE
  • Walk through, respond to peers on post its
  • Reflect / Free write: What do you see now that you didn't see before? Or, to what idea do you keep returning? Or, what did your peers miss that you were trying to convey?
  • 21
    DAY B

    class does not meet today
    22
    DAY C
  • HW #19 DUE
  • Reflecting and Responding [if you don't finish in class, please finish for HW]
  • 23
    Recess

    No School
    24
    Recess

    HaPpY tHaNkSgIvInG!
    25
    Recess

    FoOd CoMa DaY
    28
    DAY D
  • Class Will Not Meet Today -- my son is sick :(
  • 29
    DAY E

    class does not meet today
    30
    DAY F
  • Chromebooks from 127
  • Topic and thesis generating --> revisit ALL pieces of analytical writing and create thesis centered around most interesting idea to you. You must write about TWO of the three texts: The Stranger, Line, and/or Stranger Than Fiction
  • See Lit Analysis Packet and Existential Packet to help formulate idea/proof.
  • Stranger Than Fiction Online Script
  • Video How to Write an Outline
  • Helpful handouts from Schreiber's Writing Center
  • Outline Two Works Essay [sample; if you choose to write about each work separately, you will use the model I showed in class. ]
  • Super resource for ANY writing need: Purdue's OWL
  • DEC 1
    DAY A
  • HW #20 DUE
  • Chromebooks from 127
  • DEC 2
    DAY B

    class does not meet today

    OCTOBER 2016

    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    3
    RECESS

    ROSH HASHANAH
    4
    RECESS

    ROSH HASHANAH
    5
    DAY C
  • Writing using Chromebooks from 132
  • Definition Essay Assignment
  • 6
    DAY D
  • Writing using Chromebooks from 132
  • Definition Essay Assignment
  • 7
    DAY E


    class does not meet today
    10
    RECESS

    COLUMBUS DAY
    11
    DAY F


    Two Copies Due (850-1000 words) for Peer Editing
    12
    RECESS

    YOM KIPPUR
    13
    DAY A


    Final Draft Due [please make sure there are revisions -- not just peer comments or minor punctuation, but that you have, as the writer, thought through improvements.] Hand in with Writer Response (you may type this ahead of time or pick up a sheet on my desk), all peer edits, one rough and rubric
  • Class Will Not Meet: Please leave your essay packet on my desk and pick up your copy of The Stranger; read for next class: see HW #9
  • 14
    DAY B


    class does not meet today
    17
    DAY C
  • HW #9 DUE
  • JOURNAL: What are your first impressions of Meursault? Explain and show specifics from the text to support your response.
  • 18
    DAY D
  • HW #10 DUE
  • 19
    DAY E


    class does not meet today
    20
    DAY F
  • Why did he pull the trigger?
  • The Cure's "Killing an Arab" Response
  • Stranger Assignment Part I
  • 21
    DAY A
  • HW #11 DUE
  • Stranger Assignment Part I
  • 24
    DAY B


    class does not meet today
    25
    DAY C
  • HW #12 DUE
  • Presentations
  • 26
    DAY D
  • HW #13 DUE
  • Presentations
  • PART I vs II
  • ABSURD
  • 27
    DAY E


    class does not meet today
    28
    DAY F
  • Wrap up the novel: before and after, experience vs. reflection
  • Start Line
  • SEPTEMBER 2016

    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday




    2
    DAY A
  • Welcome Back to School!
  • COURSE DESCRIPTION
  • Name Research/ Notes (see www.kabalarians.com & www.meaning-of-names.com); Why did your parents give you your name? Do you like it? Why or why not? Is the meaning and interpretation of your name accurate? Do you have a nickname? How did you get it?
  • 5
    Recess

    LABOR DAY
    6
    DAY B

    class does not meet today
    7
    DAY C
  • HW #1 DUE : we share 3-4 in class... everyone will share at some point.
  • What makes good writing?
  • In Class Journal: Important Day. Describe an important day in your life and show how it was important. What did you realize?
  • "The Most Important Day" by Helen Keller (in Models for Writers)
  • 8
    DAY D
  • HW #3 DUE
  • In Class Journal: Did you ever have a teacher that you felt just didn't like you or worse? Describe a scene that reveals this. If not, describe a scene you witnessed a teacher/coach treating a student poorly. What did you do?
  • "Shame" and "Me Talk Pretty One Day" in Models for Writers
  • 9
    DAY E

    class does not meet today
    12
    DAY F
  • HW #3 DUE
  • In Class Journal: Inspiration. Describe a person who inspired you to learn and think. How did the person inspire you?
  • "The Unforgettable Miss Bessie" (157) in Models for Writers
  • 13
    DAY A
  • HW #4 DUE : be sure to be prepared! If you don't read and rank, you can't participate in class
  • University X Admissions Process
  • "How I Got Smart" (330)
  • Common Application Essay Prompts 2016-2017
  • 14
    DAY B

    class does not meet today
    15
    DAY C
  • HW #5 DUE
  • Writing Your Personal Essay (chromebooks 132)
  • Welcome, parents!
  • 16
    DAY D
  • HW #6 DUE
  • Writing Your Personal Essay (chromebooks Xerox)
  • 19
    DAY E

    class does not meet today
    20
    DAY F


    TWO COPIES COMPLETE DRAFT DOUBLE SPACED due for peer editing (10 points) [don't lose points or ORPs: be prepared!]
  • Peer Editing
  • 21
    DAY A
  • Class will not meet today; I have jury duty!
  • 22
    DAY B

    class does not meet today
    23
    DAY C
  • SLos & Summer Reading Response
  • 26
    DAY D


    FINAL DRAFT of Personal Essay due. Hand in with one rough draft from yesterday and all the peer edit sheets
  • Complete a Writer's Response
  • Connotations and Denotations, extended meanings
  • Journal: List of Words That Matter... 1. Words that embody/ describe you. Words that people have called you. 2. Bad words. 3. Concepts that matter to you. 4. Words that you would like to be known for 5. Words that bother you. 6. Words you don't understand or think are impossible to truly understand.
  • 27
    DAY E

    class does not meet today
    28
    DAY F
  • HW #7
  • Lewis CK on Father's Day
  • George Carlin's "Stuff"
  • George Carlin's "Who Owns Govenment
  • David Foley's "I'm Smart"
  • Chris Rock's Hair Trailer
  • "What is Crime" and "The Company Man" (Models)
  • Journal: Words of Advice You've Received: Yay or nay?
  • 29
    DAY A
  • HW #8
  • Share
  • Definition Essay Assignment
  • 30
    DAY B

    class does not meet today

    MAY 2015

    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    4
    DAY C
  • HW #21DUE
  • The Matrix
  • How to Write a Literary Essay
  • 5
    DAY D
  • HW #22DUE
  • How to Write a Literary Essay
  • ESSAY: in the classroom with CHROMEBOOKS
  • Multi-Genre Essay Assignment and Guidelines
  • 6
    DAY E

    class does not meet today
    7
    DAY F
  • ESSAY: in the Business Lab (204)
  • Multi-Genre Essay Assignment and Guidelines
  • 8
    DAY A
  • Work on essay
  • Good luck on APs!
  • Multi-Genre Essay Assignment and Guidelines
  • 11
    DAY B

    class does not meet today
    12
    DAY C
  • ESSAY: in the Business Lab (204))
  • Multi-Genre Essay Assignment and Guidelines
  • 13
    DAY D


    TWO COPIES DOUBLE SPACED PEER EDITING -- if absent, please email to me by class time for credit (10 points
    14
    DAY E

    class does not meet today
    15
    DAY F


    Final Draft Due. Pls. Submit final double spaced draft to turnitin.com. In class hand in packet: Writer Response, all peer edits, 1 rough draft and rubric
  • bring Models for Writers and return The Stranger
  • Intro to Process Analysis
  • "How to Write a Personal LEtter" and "On Dumpster Diving"
  • Process Student Sample: "Cat and Dog"
  • 18
    DAY A
    CLass will not meet. Home sick :(
    19
    DAY B

    class does not meet today
    20
    DAY C
  • Class Activity: Process Analysis : pair work, in class one period
  • 21
    DAY D
  • Work on YOUR ESSAY
  • HW #23DUE
  • Sample Student Essay: Process and the SATs
  • Sample Student Essay: Process and a Kiss
  • Process Student Sample: "How to Take Latin Ap Exam"
  • Process Student Sample: "Tonsil Hockey 101"
  • Sample Student Essay: Julia's Process Essay
  • Sample Student Essay: Burgundy's Process Essay
  • The Process Analysis Essay
  • Transitions
  • More Transition Words
  • Even More Transition Words!
  • 22
    STAFF DEVELOPMENT

    NO STUDENTS
    25
    MEMORIAL DAY
    RECESS
    26
    DAY E

    class does not meet today
    27
    DAY F
  • Work on Process
  • 28
    DAY A

    FINAL DRAFT DUE w/ writer response [NOTE: No peer editing on this one!]
  • Return Models
  • REGENTS REVIEW
  • NYS Regents Exams 9look at 2014-15 only)
  • 29
    DAY B

    class does not meet today

    APRIL 2015

    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    6
    RECESS

    NO SCHOOL
    7
    RECESS

    NO SCHOOL
    8
    RECESS

    NO SCHOOL
    9
    RECESS

    NO SCHOOL
    10
    RECESS

    NO SCHOOL
    13

    DAY F

    FINISH THE PLAY!
  • Characters, attitudes, expectations
  • 14
    DAY A
  • HW #16DUE
  • Begin Stranger Than Fiction
  • 15
    DAY B

    class does not meet today
    16
    DAY C

  • Stranger Than Fiction Handout 1
  • Stranger Than Fiction
  • 17
    DAY D
  • HW #17DUE
  • Finish Stranger Than Fiction
  • 20
    DAY E


    class does not meet today
    21
    DAY F
  • HW #17DUE
  • Finish film
  • Pair or solo work: Controlling Idea About ALL Three w/ supporting evidence
  • 22
    DAY A

    Finish yesterday's work
    23
    DAY B

    class does not meet today
    24
    DAY C

    Shakespeare Day! Dress up as a Shakespeare character for EC! Meet in auditorium and sit with class or be marked absent!
    27
    DAY D
  • HW #18DUE
    50 point Quiz on The Misunderstanding
  • JOURNAL #9. Question. Write out a discussion-generating question you had about the text and try to answer it in one-two pages
  • Themes: absurd, waiting, death, misunderstandings, blindness, choice and consequence, etc.
  • 28
    DAY E

    class does not meet today
    29
    DAY F
  • HW #19DUE
  • Share ideas. How do we create meaning in an Absurd world we can't control?
  • The Matrix
  • 30
    DAY A
  • HW #20DUE
  • The Matrix
  • MAY 1
    DAY B

    class does not meet today

    MARCH 2015

    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    2
    DAY B

    class does not meet today
    3
    DAY C
  • Essay Prompts
  • meet in Business Lab (204)
  • 4
    DAY D


    TWO COPIES doubled spaced due at start of class (10 points) or emailed by class time if absent (10 points)
  • Peer Editing Personal Narrative x 2 = 10 points
  • 5
    SNOW DAY

    No school
    6
    DAY E

    class does not meet today
    9
    DAY F


    FINAL DRAFT of essay due in this order from top to bottom: Writer's Response, Final Draft, ALL peer edit sheets completed by classmates, 1 rough, edited draft from peer edit day. Please do not submit incomplete packets.
    10
    DAY A
  • HW #8DUE
  • This I Believe Class Assignment
  • This I Believe (NPR)
  • 11
    DAY B

    class does not meet today
    12
    DAY C
  • Paper idea/outline for Belief Essay due + hand in 3 snapshots and noun exercise
  • Room 204
  • 13
    DAY D
  • Chrome books in B17; working on essay
  • 16
    DAY E

    class does not meet today
    17
    DAY F

    TWO COPIES DOUBLED SPACED DUE for peer editing; be sure to email your essay by class time to receive credit!
    18
    DAY A


    Final Draft of essay due! from top to bottom: Writer's Response, Final Draft, ALL peer edit sheets completed by classmates, 1 rough, edited draft from peer edit day. Please do not submit incomplete packets.
  • Intro to The Stranger
  • JOURNAL #1: Funerals. Discuss your experiences or expecations regarding funerals. Set the scene, expectations, how do people behave and why?
  • 19
    DAY B

    class does not meet today
    20
    DAY C
  • HW #10DUE
  • JOURNAL #2. Meursault Characterization. How would you describe Meursault? Provide specifics from the text to support your impressions.
  • 23
    DAY D
  • HW #11DUE
  • JOURNAL #3. Select a passage to annotate and discuss. Write it out, cite and discuss
  • 24
    DAY E

    class does not meet today
    25
    DAY F
  • HW #12DUE
  • JOURNAL #4.Themes. Authors have a reason for writing. What is Camus' purpose? Identify a theme you have observed and discuss how/why it is developed in the novel. Include a symbol or imagery in your discussion.
  • 26
    DAY A
  • HW #13DUE
  • JOURNAL #5. The Stranger. Discuss the significance of the title. Use specifics to support your response.
  • Existentialism, The Absurd, The Anti-Hero
  • 27
    DAY B

    class does not meet today
    30
    DAY C
  • HW #14DUE
  • JOURNAL #6. Differences. How is Part II different from Part I?
  • Final chapter quiz!
  • 31
    DAY D
  • Israel Horovitz' Line
  • APRIL 1
    DAY E

    class does not meet today
    APRIL 2
    RECESS

    NO SCHOOL
    APRIL 3
    RECESS

    NO SCHOOL

    FEBRUARY 2015

    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    2
    SNOW DAY

    SCHOOL CLOSED
    3
    DAY A
  • Welcome to Advanced Comp!
  • Course details
  • Name Game: support or refute the online name significance definition using specifics from your life
  • 4
    DAY B

    class does not meet today
    5
    DAY C
  • HW #1DUE
  • Models for Writers ("THe Most Important Day" & "Shame")
  • 6
    DAY D
  • No class today :(
  • 9
    SNOW DAY

    NO SCHOOL
    10
    DAY E

    class does not meet today
    11
    DAY F
  • HW #2DUE
  • Read "The Unforgettable Miss Bessie" and "Me Talk Pretty One Day" in Models book
  • Poeple of impact essay: physical description, history, words, snapshots, sensory imagery, clear impact
  • 12
    DAY A
  • HW #3DUE
  • Revise Teacher comp for active verbs
  • How can people we hardly know or interact with impact us?
  • AMy Todd "Way Out of Silence" (handout) and "How I Got Smart" in Models
  • 13
    DAY B

    class does not meet today
    16
    RECESS

    NO SCHOOL
    17
    RECESS

    NO SCHOOL
    18
    RECESS

    NO SCHOOL
    19
    RECESS

    NO SCHOOL
    20
    RECESS

    NO SCHOOL
    23
    DAY C
  • HW #4DUE
  • Replace says/said/states/stated/reply/replied in composition with ACTIVE verbs (see handout)
  • Animals, Objects
  • Read "Subway Station" in Models, "Eye Witness" by Octavia Butler in packet from last week and "Self Portrait" ('Good Essay' model in today's packet)
  • 24
    DAY D
  • HW #5DUE
  • Share Place/Object or Animal COmp: CLASS: write out what you learn about the writer -- dominant impressions
  • What makes a good essay?
  • 25
    DAY E

    class does not meet today
    26
    DAY F
  • HW #6DUE
  • College Admissions:Who Gets the Spot????
  • 27
    DAY A
  • HW #7DUE
  • Essay Prompts
  • meet in Business Lab (204)
  • APRIL 2014

    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    MARCH 31
    DAY D
  • HW #15 DUE
  • How has Meursault changed?
  • Absurd Hero
  • Themes
  • 1
    DAY E
  • "The Myth of Sisyphus"
  • Myth Essay "explained"
  • What is Existentialism?
  • Six Themes and Other Food For Thought
  • Israel Horovitz' Line
  • "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"
  • The Magic Flute (Mozart)
  • Mozart's Requiem
  • "I Want a Girl Just Like Married Dear Old Dad"
  • Tiptoe Through Tulips
  • "Eine Kleine Nachmusik"
  • 2
    DAY F

    class does not meet today
    3
    DAY A
  • Israel Horovitz' Line
  • 4
    DAY B
  • Israel Horovitz' Line Journal Pair Work and Journal: What is the line? What does it represent?
  • 7
    DAY C

    class does not meet today
    8
    DAY D
  • Discuss pair work from Friday
  • HW #16 DUE: reading quiz on The Misunderstanding
  • The Misunderstanding
  • 9
    DAY E
  • The Misunderstanding
  • 10
    DAY F

    class does not meet today
    11
    DAY A


    Misunderstanding Zones Due
  • Graphic Organizer Outline: Compare Stranger, Misunderstanding, Line
  • 14

    RECESS
    15
    RECESS
    16
    RECESS
    17
    RECESS
    18
    RECESS
    21
    DAY B
    22
    DAY C

    class does not meet today
    23
    DAY D


  • Graphic Organizers DUE
  • Matrix Notes & Journals
  • 24
    DAY E
  • HW #17 DUE
  • 25
    DAY F

    class does not meet today
    28
    DAY A
  • HW #18 DUE
  • Has Neo's life become more meaningful now that he is awake?
  • Plato's Allegory of the Cave
  • 29
    DAY B
  • HW #19 DUE
  • Alice in Wonderland?
  • Matrix Notes & Journals
  • 30
    DAY C

    class does not meet today
    MAY 1
    DAY D
  • HW #20 DUE
  • Matrix discussion
  • The Monomyth & The Matrix
  • MAY 2
    DAY E
  • HW #21 DUE
  • Plato's Allegory of the Cave, The Hero's Journey & Alice in Wonderland Assignment
  • Matrix Notes & Journals
  • In Journal: 1. With partner discuss the 17 Monomyth Steps and outline how each appears in The Matrix. SHow all 17 steps and plot points. 2. Then, read Campbell's details and further explore TWO of the stages. Write a paragrpah for each with detail. 3. Freewrite: Do you see echoes of the other works? Can you connect any of the monomyth to our other works?
  • Hero Monomyth Video
  • MARCH 2014

    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    3
    DAY B

  • HW #8 DUE
  • Meet in 204 Business Lab
  • 4
    DAY C

    class does not meet today
    5
    DAY D

    TWO COPIES DOUBLE SPACED of 1000 word personal narrative essay due! Print before class so you don't lose ORPs!
  • Peer Editing
  • 6
    DAY E


    FINAL DRAFT Due: (from top to bottom) Writer's Response , final draft, all peer edits, 1 draft from peer edit day, Self-assessed Rubric
  • Personal Philosophy Essay
  • Aphorisms
  • Lupita Nyongo's On Racism in Beauty
  • 7
    DAY F

    class does not meet today
    10
    DAY A
    class cancelled :(
    11
    DAY B
  • HW #9 DUE
    meet in Business Lab 204 to work on Personal Philosophy Narrative
  • Neo Believes and Trinity Believes Clip
  • Producer's Invitation for This I Believe Essays & This I Believe Guidelines [you may follow these if it's easier to think through than the others; target 500 words.
  • 12
    DAY C

    class does not meet today
    13
    DAY D

    meet in Business Lab 204 to work on Personal Philosophy Narrative
    14
    DAY E

    TWO COPIES DOUBLE SPACED of 500-1000 word personal narrative essay due! Print before class so you don't lose ORPs!
  • Peer Editing
  • 17
    DAY F

    class does not meet today
    18
    DAY A
  • THE STRANGER close reading / intro to novel
  • 19
    DAY B
  • HW #10 DUE
  • The Stranger Reading Quiz chapters 1-3 (Part I)
  • The Stranger Online Text (It's a different translation than ours, but it will do the trick in a pinch!)
  • Stranger Group Work 1-3) [If absent, please select one prompt to complete on your own and in your Journal
  • 20
    DAY C

    class does not meet today
    21
    DAY D
  • HW #11 DUE
  • The Stranger Online Text (It's a different translation than ours, but it will do the trick in a pinch!)
    Final Draft of Personal Philosophy Essay Due with Writer's Response (please complete ahead of time, not in class), 1 rough, all peer edits, self assessed rubric.
  • Is your essay ready to submit to This I Believe? Please submit it :)
  • Also see: Places to Publish Personal Essays
  • 24
    DAY E
  • HW #12 DUE
  • The Stranger Reading Quiz chapters 4-6 (Part I)
  • The Stranger Online Text (It's a different translation than ours, but it will do the trick in a pinch!)
  • 25
    DAY F

    class does not meet today
    26
    DAY A
  • HW #13 DUE
  • Defining Anti Hero & connect to Meursault. Review chapter 6 sun and choices. Script of II 1-2.
  • The Stranger Online Text (It's a different translation than ours, but it will do the trick in a pinch!)
  • 27
    DAY B
  • HW #14 DUE
  • Themes, anti-hero, antagonist, etc.
  • 28
    DAY C

    class does not meet today

    February 2014

    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    3
    School Closed

    SNOW DAY
    4
    DAY B

  • HW #1 DUE
  • Read "The Most Important Day" and "The Unforgettable Miss Bessie" in Models for Writers
  • 5
    School Closed
    SNOW DAY again
    6

    class does not meet today
    7
    DAY D

  • HW #2 DUE "Shame" in Models
  • 10
    DAY E
  • HW #3 DUE
  • Read "Shame" and "Me Talk Pretty Someday" in Models
  • "How I Got Smart" in Models
  • 11
    DAY F

    class does not meet today
    12
    DAY A
  • HW #4 DUE
  • Strangers and Places
  • Amy Todd and Melissa Hauser's college essays
  • "Subway Station" & "Wyoming Clouds" in Models
  • 13
    MORE SNOW

    FOR REAL?????
  • Snow Day Announcement
  • 14
    DAY B
  • HW #5 DUE
  • How to Write a College Essay >
  • 17

    RECESS
    18

    RECESS
    19

    RECESS
    20

    RECESS
    21

    RECESS
    24
    DAY C


    class does not meet today
    25
    DAY D
  • Who knew commas could be so interesting?!
  • Read "The Jacket" in Models and packet (handout) -- read Octavia Butler essay
  • 26
    DAY E

  • HW #6 DUE
  • College Essays
  • What makes a good essay?
  • 27
    DAY F


    class does not meet today
    28
    DAY A
  • HW #7 DUE
  • Share intros! Be sure you have your 3 intros printed AND on computer
  • Meet in 204 Business Lab
  • APRIL 2013

    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    1
    DAY C
  • HW #15 DUE & Quiz
  • Killing an Arab Song Lyrics
  • Cure Video: "Killing an Arab"
  • Group Work: Dissect Part I and Present
  • 2
    DAY D

    class does not meet today
    3
    DAY E

    Part II
  • Group Work Presentations! <
  • 4
    DAY F

    Part II
  • Six Themes and Other Food For Thought
  • 5
    DAY A

    class does not meet today
    8 DAY B
  • HW #16 DUE & Quiz
  • The Misunderstanding
  • 9
    DAY C
  • HW #17 DUE
  • The Misunderstanding
  • Misunderstanding Zones
  • 10
    DAY D

    class does not meet today
    11
    DAY E

    Read LINE through page 38
    12
    DAY F

    LINE
  • Go see Line at the 13th Street Repertory Theater
  • 15
    DAY A

    class does not meet today
    16
    DAY B
  • Interview with Israel Horovitz
  • 17
    DAY C
  • HW #18 DUE
  • Myth of Sisyphus
  • Boston Blasts Remind Us of Fragility of Life
  • Matrix Script
  • 18
    DAY D

    class does not meet today
    19
    DAY E

    SHAKESPEARE DAY! Dress up as a Shakespearean character!
    22
    DAY F
  • Matrix Script
  • 23
    DAY A

    class does not meet today
    24
    DAY B
  • HW #19 DUE
  • Matrix Script
  • 25
    DAY C

    Matrix Discussion
  • TED TALKS: Don't Take Consciousness For Granted
  • Stranger Than Fiction
  • 26
    DAY D

    class does not meet today
    29
    DAY E

    class did not meet
    30
    DAY F
  • HW #20 DUE
  • Stranger Than Fiction
  • MAY 1
    DAY A

    class does not meet today
    MAY 2
    DAY B

  • HW #21 DUE
  • MAY 3
    DAY C
  • Business Lab
  • HW #22 DUE
  • Multi-Genre Essay
  • Show Verbs
  • CITE IT, BABY
  • MARCH 2013

    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    4
    DAY F
  • HW #10 DUE

    What's in a Name Due
  • Intro to the Definition Essay
  • meet in classroom; please bring Models
  • 5
    DAY A

    class does not meet today
    6
    DAY B
  • HW #11 DUE
  • Eng lab
  • Choosing a Topic for a Definition Essay
  • Developing a Definition Essay Idea
  • Choosing Defintion Essay Topic
  • 8 Tips: How to Write a Definition Essay
  • 7
    DAY C

    LOTE lab
  • HW #12 DUE
  • 8
    DAY D

    class does not meet today
    11DAY E
  • English lab: finish essay!
  • 12
    DAY F


    Two Copies Double Spaced (10 points) of Definition Essay Due! Peer Editing
  • Peer Editing the Definition Essay
  • 13
    DAY A

    class does not meet today
    14
    DAY B



    Final Draft of Definition Essay Due! Writer's Response + Final Draft + all peer edits + 1 rough + rubric
  • Intro to Camus
  • Writer's Response
  • 15
    DAY C
  • HW #13 DUE: Reading Quiz 1-3
  • Themes, characterization, motifs
  • 18
    DAY D

    class does not meet today
    19
    DAY E
  • HW #14 DUE
  • Anti Hero
  • Group Work: Dissect Part I
  • 20
    DAY F
  • Group Work: Dissect Part I
  • 21
    DAY A

    class does not meet today
    22
    DAY B
    Assembly
    25
    NO SCHOOL

    RECESS
    26
    NO SCHOOL

    RECESS
    27
    NO SCHOOL

    RECESS
    28
    NO SCHOOL

    RECESS
    29
    NO SCHOOL

    RECESS

    FEBRUARY 2013

    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    JAN 28
    DAY A

    class does not meet today
    JAN 29
    DAY B
  • Welcome to Advanced Composition!
  • Class guidelines, absences, course description, process
  • JAN 30
    DAY C
  • HW #1 DUE
  • Paragraph Journal: Describe your most important day
  • Elements of a Sig Mom Essay
  • Read "The Most Important Day" & and "Shame" (Models for Writers)
  • JAN 31
    DAY D

    class does not meet today
    FEB 1
    DAY E
  • HW #2 DUE
  • Share Journals
  • Read "The Unforegettable Miss Bessie" & "Me Talk Pretty One Day"
  • In class: write a paragraph describing an unforgettable teacher
  • HONORS OPTION
  • 4
    DAY F
    class will not meet today
    5
    DAY A

    class does not meet today
    6
    DAY B

  • HW #3 DUE
  • "How I Got Smart" & Amy TOdd's "My Way Out of Darkness"
  • 7
    DAY C

  • HW #4 DUE
  • In class: describe a special toy from your childhood using the first person from the POV of the toy. The toy needs to reveal you...
  • Groupwork: meet in small groups and have your toys interact using dialogue. They should discuss their humans and reveal truths, conflicts, desires, etc. SHOW don't TELL
  • Have fun.
  • 8
    DAY D

    class does not meet today
    11 DAY E
  • HW #5 DUE
  • 12
    DAY F
  • HW #6 DUE
  • Ranking Essays / College Admissions
  • 13
    DAY A

    class does not meet today
    14
    DAY B

  • HW #7 DUE
  • Writer's Craft Handout
  • Write dialogue for your essay
  • How to Write Dialogue (10 points)
  • 15
    DAY C

    class could not meet today: family illness
    18
    NO SCHOOL

    RECESS
    19
    DAY D
    class does not meet today
    20
    DAY E
  • HW #8 DUE
  • meet in Business Lab
  • Write an analogy for your essay (10 points)
  • How to Write Analogies & Writing Analogies
  • 21
    DAY F
  • meet in business lab; work on essay
  • 22
    NO SCHOOL

    RECESS
    25
    DAY A

    class does not meet today
    26
    DAY B


    TWO COPIES doubled spaced copies due of your Sig Mom/Sig Bio 1000 word essay; please print for class. If you are absent, you must email a copy of the essay by class time in order to receive 10 points.
    27
    DAY C


    FINAL DRAFT of essay due + Writer Response (10 points) + 1 rough draft from peer edit day, all peer edi sheets + self assessed rubric
  • What's in a Name
  • Behind the Names Meanings
  • Baby Names
  • Baby Names 2
  • The Baby Name Wizard
  • Last Names Dictionary
  • Surname Meanings
  • 28
    DAY D

    class does not meet today
    MAR 1
    DAY E
  • HW #9 DUE
  • What's in a Name
  • Behind the Names Meanings
  • Baby Names
  • Baby Names 2
  • The Baby Name Wizard
  • Last Names Dictionary
  • Surname Meanings
  • DECEMBER 2012

    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    3
    DAY D


    Two copies of Multi-Genre Essay Assignment DUE --double spaced for class (EMAILED by class time if absent-- but don't be absent!)[10 points)
    4
    DAY E

    CLASS DOES NOT MEET TODAY
    5
    DAY F


    FINAL Draft of Multi-Genre Essay Due (writer response, 1 final draft, all peer edits, one rough, rubric) AND also on turnitin.com
  • Intro to Argument: Types of Editorials, Letters to Editor, Op-Eds
  • 6
    DAY A

  • Editorial Topics
  • Write an editorial with a partner: school issue
  • For HW: Please find and bring in a recent newspaper or magazine that you would like to write a letter to the editor
  • 7
    DAY B

    CLASS DOES NOT MEET TODAY
    10
    DAY C
    <
    11
    DAY D

    BR> Editorial Due
    12
    DAY E

    CLASS DOES NOT MEET TODAY
    13
    DAY F
  • Letters to the Editor (please Bcc me: vgokturk@portnet.k12.ny.us
  • 14
    DAY A
  • Op-Eds
  • How to Write an Argumentive Essay
  • 17
    DAY B

    CLASS DOES NOT MEET TODAY
    18
    DAY C
  • HW #19 DUE
  • 19
    DAY D
  • HW #20 DUE
  • 20
    DAY E

    CLASS DOES NOT MEET TODAY
    21
    DAY F

    Finish essay; print two copies and have a nice break!
    24
    WINTER RECESS

    NO SCHOOL
    25
    WINTER RECESS

    NO SCHOOL
    26
    WINTER RECESS

    NO SCHOOL
    27
    WINTER RECESS

    NO SCHOOL
    28
    WINTER RECESS

    NO SCHOOL

    NOVEMBER 2012

    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    5
    DAY F

    6
    DAY A

    7
    DAY B

    CLASS DOES NOT MEET TODAY
    8

    SNOW DAY / SCHOOL CLOSED
    9
    DAY C

    12
    VETERAN'S DAY

    RECESS
    13
    DAY D

    Matrix: Note taking day 1
    14
    DAY E

    CLASS DOES NOT MEET TODAY
    15
    DAY F

    The Matrix / take notes to connect to The Stranger, The Misunderstanding, and Line
  • Plato's Allegory of the Cave
  • 16
    DAY A
  • HW #14 DUE
  • Finish The Matrix
  • Existential Worksheet (40 points)
  • 19
    DAY B

    CLASS DOES NOT MEET TODAY
    20
    DAY C
  • HW #15 DUE
    Stranger Than Fiction
  • 21
    DAY D

    Stranger Than Fiction
    22
    THANKSGIVING

    Be thankful for all the good that you have!
    23
    RECESS

    FOOD COMA DAY
    26
    DAY E

    CLASS DOES NOT MEET TODAY
    27
    DAY F
  • HW #16 DUE
  • Stranger Than Fiction
  • How to Write a Literary Essay
  • Multi-Genre Essay Assignment
  • Outline Template for Multi Genre
  • 28
    DAY A
  • HW #17 DUE
  • LAB to work on
  • Multi-Genre Essay Assignment
  • How Do I Write Literary Analysis?
  • Show Verbs
  • I will collect Existential Worksheet (40 points) TODAY
  • 29
    DAY B

    CLASS DOES NOT MEET TODAY
    30
    DAY C

  • HW #18 DUE (10 points; can not be made up)
  • LAB
  • Matrix Script
  • Stranger Than Fiction Shooting Script
  • I will collect Existential Worksheet (40 points) LAST CHANCE
  • OCTOBER 2012

    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    1
    DAY E

    CLASS DOES NOT MEET TODAY
    2
    DAY F


    FINAL Draft Due as packet: Writer's Response, 1 final draft double spaced, 1 rough, all peer edits, 1 self assessed rubric
  • Ethical dilemmas
  • 3
    DAY A


    HONORS PROPOSALS DUE [those interested should have met with me at least twice by now]
  • HW #8 DUE
  • 4
    DAY B

    CLASS DOES NOT MEET TODAY

    Welcome to Open School Night!
  • Advanced Comp Course Description
  • Class Guidelines
  • 5
    DAY C
  • Intro to Camus' The Stranger
  • The masks we wear FREE WRITE
  • 8 COLUMBUS DAY
    RECESS
    9
    DAY D
  • HW #9 DUE (Reading Quiz 1-3)
  • 10
    DAY E

    CLASS DOES NOT MEET TODAY
    11
    DAY F
  • HW #10 DUE (Reading Quiz 4-6)
  • 12
    DAY A
  • HW #11 DUE (Reading Quiz II 1-2)
  • 15
    DAY B

    CLASS DOES NOT MEET TODAY
    16
    DAY C
  • HW #12 DUE (Reading Quiz II 3-end)
  • Pre-reflective vs. reflective. How has Meursault changed?
  • 17
    DAY D

    The Stranger Groupwork:
  • Six Themes and Other Food For Thought
  • 18
    DAY E

    CLASS DOES NOT MEET TODAY
    19
    DAY F
  • The Stranger wrap up (cont)
  • Yearbook photos today
  • 22
    DAY A
  • HW #13 DUE
  • The Misunderstanding
  • 23
    DAY B

    24
    DAY C
  • HW #14 DUE
  • 25
    DAY D

    26
    DAY E

    CLASS DOES NOT MEET TODAY
    29

    HURRICANE SANDY :(
    30

    SCHOOL CANCELLED
    31

    SCHOOL CANCELLED
    NOV 1

    SCHOOL CANCELLED
    NOV 2

    SCHOOL CANCELLED

    NOVEMBER 2012

    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    5
    DAY F

    LINE
    6
    DAY A

    no class
    7
    DAY B

    CLASS DOES NOT MEET TODAY
    8
    DAY

    SCHOOL CANCELLED
    9
    DAY C

    LINE
    12
    VETERAN'S DAY

    RECESS
    13
    DAY D

    14
    DAY E

    CLASS DOES NOT MEET TODAY
    15
    DAY F

    16
    DAY A

  • Plato's Allegory of the Cave
  • 19
    DAY B

    CLASS DOES NOT MEET TODAY
    20
    DAY C

    21
    DAY D

    22
    THANKSGIVING

    Be thankful for all the good that you have!
    23
    RECESS

    FOOD COMA DAY
    26
    DAY E

    CLASS DOES NOT MEET TODAY
    27
    DAY F

    28
    DAY A

    29
    DAY B

    <
    CLASS DOES NOT MEET TODAY
    /TD>
    30
    DAY C

    CLASS DOES NOT MEET TODAY

    SEPTEMBER 2012

    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    3

    LABOR DAY
    4
    DAY A

    Welcome back to school!
  • Advanced Comp Course Description
  • 5
    DAY B

    CLASS DOES NOT MEET TODAY
    6
    DAY C
  • HW #1 DUE
  • Keller's "The Most Important Day" and Gregory's "Shame" in Models for Writers
  • 7
    DAY D
  • HW #2 DUE
  • Romwan's "The Unforgettable Miss Bessie" and Sedaris' "Me Talk Pretty One Day"
  • 10
    DAY E

    CLASS DOES NOT MEET TODAY
    11
    DAY F
  • HW #3 DUE
  • Read "The Strong Arm of a Sixth Grade Teacher" (57)& "The Good Daughter (225)
  • Journal to hand in page 225 in class
  • 12
    DAY A
  • HW #4 DUE
  • Share entries
  • Amy Todd's college essay, Melissa Hauser's college essay, and "How I Got Smart" (330)
  • 13
    DAY B

    CLASS DOES NOT MEET TODAY
    14
    DAY C
  • HW #5 DUE
  • What makes a good essay? Read and rank 7 student written essays; provide at least two reasons for each to defent the rank you gave
  • 17
    ROSH HASHANAH

    RECESS
    18
    ROSH HASHANAH

    RECESS
    19
    DAY D
  • HW #6 DUE

    Summer Reading in Class Writing (1/2 the period): Be able to write lucidly about a literary element/device from your book. Know characters, title, author, etc. (20 points)
  • Intros for Personal Narrative Essay
  • 20
    DAY E

    CLASS DOES NOT MEET TODAY
    21
    DAY F
  • HW #7 DUE
  • State Diagnostic Test
  • 24
    DAY A

    Meet in English Lab: work on Personal Narrative Essay
    25
    DAY B

    CLASS DOES NOT MEET TODAY
    26
    YOM KIPPUR

    RECESS
    27
    DAY C
  • Meet in Business Lab: work on Personal Narrative Essay
  • 28
    DAY D


    TWO COPIES DOUBLE SPACED due at START of class [you will not able to print in class]; if absent, you must email draft to me by class time

    APRIL 2012

    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    2
    DAY E

    Finish The Matrix
  • Discussion
  • Line (Horovitz) (up to Molly's entrance)
  • 3
    DAY F
  • HW #15 DUE!
  • In Class Written Converstation
  • Line (Horovitz)
  • 4
    DAY A

    class does not meet today
  • Last Day of the Marking Period
  • 5
    DAY B
  • HW #16 DUE!
  • Line (Horovitz)
  • 6
    NO SCHOOL

    RECESS
    9
    NO SCHOOL

    RECESS
    10
    NO SCHOOL

    RECESS
    11
    NO SCHOOL

    RECESS
    12
    NO SCHOOL

    RECESS
    13
    NO SCHOOL

    RECESS
    16
    DAY C

  • Finish Line
  • Start table comparison
  • 17
    DAY D

    class does not meet today
    18
    DAY E
  • HW #17 DUE! (48 points)
  • Stranger Than Fiction
  • 19
    DAY F
  • HW #18 DUE!
  • Stranger Than Fiction
  • The Multi-Genre Essay
  • 20
    DAY A

    class does not meet today
    23
    DAY B
  • HW #19 DUE!
  • The Multi-Genre Essay
  • Thesis selection, intros
  • 24
    DAY C
  • HW #20 DUE!
  • The Multi-Genre Essay
  • meet in lab
  • 25
    DAY D

    class does not meet today
    26
    DAY E

    meet in lab
    27
    DAY F

    SHAKESPEARE DAY!

    MARCH 2012

    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    5
    DAY C

    Final Draft of Another Personal Narrative DUE (Writer's Response, final draft double spaced, all peer edits, 1 rough, rubric)
  • The Stranger
  • 6
    DAY D

    class does not meet today
    7
    DAY E
  • HW #7 DUE!
  • 8
    DAY F

  • HW #8 DUE!
  • Characterization
  • 9
    DAY A

    class does not meet today
    12
    DAY B

  • HW #9 DUE!
  • Anti-hero and Antagonist definitions
  • 13
    DAY C

  • HW #10 DUE!
  • 14
    DAY D

    class does not meet today
    15
    DAY E

  • HW #11 DUE!
  • The Stranger
  • 16
    DAY F

    class will not meet today
    19
    DAY A

    class does not meet today
    20
    DAY B

  • HW #12 DUE!
  • The Stranger
  • The Absurd Hero
  • Six themes in existentialism
  • 21
    DAY C

  • HW #13 DUE!
  • The Misunderstanding
  • Who is the Old Man?
  • 22
    DAY D

    class does not meet today
    23
    DAY E

    PD 1: Assembly
  • The Stranger Short Film
  • 26
    DAY F

    class will not meet today
    27
    DAY A

    class does not meet today
    28
    DAY B
  • HW #14 DUE!
  • Share HW: Compare and Contrast Stranger/Misunderstanding
  • The Matrix
  • 29
    DAY C
  • HW #15 DUE!
  • How can this be compared with the previous texts?
  • 30
    DAY D

    class does not meet today

    FEBRUARY 2012

    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    30
    DAY A

    class does not meet today
    31
    DAY B

    Welcome to Advanced Comp!
  • Expecations, guidelines, etc.
  • Advanced Comp Course Description
  • 1
    DAY C
  • HW #1 DUE!
  • Intro to the Significant Moment Essay
  • Elements of a Sig Mom: literary devices, structure, emphasis on imagery, etc.
  • "The Most Important Day" and "Shame"
  • 2
    DAY D
    class does not meet today
    3
    DAY E

  • HW #2 DUE!
  • Discuss "Shame" further
  • Share journals (Focus on imagery/dialogue)
  • Tone, Mood, Elements of Sig Mom and Bio Essays
  • "Me Talk Pretty One Day"
  • Writing Prompt page 151; Read "The Wounds That Can't Be Stitched Up"
  • 6
    DAY F

  • HW #3 DUE!
  • Share journals, focus on TONE
  • What are the elements of Bio Essays?
  • "How I Got Smart" and "The Unforgettable Miss Bessie"
  • 7
    DAY A

    class does not meet today
    8
    DAY B

  • HW #4 DUE!
  • Welcome to the College Admissions Essay Tank
  • 9
    DAY C
  • HW #5 DUE! (15 points!)
  • Effectives Intros
  • Lab Time
  • 10
    DAY D

    class does not meet today
    13
    DAY E

    meet in English Lab to work on Sig Mom or Bio Essay
    14
    DAY F

    meet in English Lab to work on Sig Mom or Bio Essay
    15
    DAY A

    class does not meet today
    16
    DAY B