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5/13:  All groups who have elected to do the Optional Extra Credit assignment associated with the Woman Warrior Presentation Project should email a link to their videos by 8:25AM on this day.  The video should be posted on YouTube and marked as "private." 

Saturday, 5/11:  Woman Warrior Essay Due (100 points).  Before 5:00PM on Saturday, 5/11, please make sure that you submit your Woman Warrior Essay on turnitin.com. If you are in my D period class, your turnitin.com Enrollment Key is WLHD and your Class ID is 19517999.  If you are in my G period class, your turnitin.com Enrollment Key is WLHG and your Class ID is 19518045. 

5/8:  Send an email to mlorenz@sfponline.org, pasting your current proposal for your Woman Warrior Essay into the body of the email.

5/7:  Come to class with a draft of your proposal for your Woman Warrior Essay, which should include a full introductory paragraph as well as four strong topic sentences.

5/6:  Come to class with a list of heroic values/qualities you are considering writing about for the two Woman Warrior texts you have chosen.  Ultimately, you will analyze two distinct heroic values/qualities in each text. 

5/3:  Group 1 presents on “Chocolate” by Kapur.

5/2:  All students (except Group 1) should be prepared for a written reading quiz on “Chocolate” by Kapur.

5/1:  Group 2 presents on p. 19-21 and p. 45-53 of “White Tigers.”

4/30:  Group 3 presents on p. 33-45 of “White Tigers.”

4/29:  All students will take a bonus quiz on Kingston. The groups that presented on Sophocles and the group that will present on Kapur should be prepared for a written quiz on p. 33-53 of "White Tigers." (Start with the paragraph that begins, “When I reached my village…”)

4/17:  You will have time to either read quietly or work quietly on your upcoming presentation.

4/16:  Group 4 presents on p. 21-33 of “White Tigers.”

4/15:  All students will take a bonus quiz on Kingston. The groups that presented on Sophocles and the group that will present on Kapur should be prepared for a written quiz on p. 19-33 of "White Tigers." (Stop with the paragraph that begins, “When I reached my village…”)

4/12:  You will have time to either read quietly or work quietly on your upcoming presentation.

4/11:  Group 5 presents on Scene 4, Ode 4, Scene 5, Paean and Exodos of Antigone by Sophocles (p. 18-29).

4/10:  Group 6 presents on Scene 2, Ode 2, Scene 3 and Ode 3 of Antigone by Sophocles (p. 9-18).

4/9:  Group 7 presents on the Prologue, Parados, Scene 1 and Ode 1 of Antigone by Sophocles (p. 1-9).

4/8:  All students will take a bonus quiz on Sophocles.  The groups that will be presenting on Kingston should be prepared for a written quiz on the entirety of Antigone. The group that will present on Kapur should be prepared for a quiz on p. 14-29 of Antigone.

4/5:  Groups will work on their PowerPoint presentations.

4/4:  Groups will work on their PowerPoint presentations.

4/3:  Groups will work on their PowerPoint presentations.

4/2:  Groups will work on their PowerPoint presentations.

4/1:  Group 1 should be prepared for a reading quiz on the entirety of "Chocolate" by Manju Kapur as well as on the Prologue, Parados, Scene 1, Ode 1, Scene 2 and Ode 2 of Antigone by Sophocles (p. 1-14).  Groups 2, 3 and 4 should be prepared for a reading quiz on the entirety of “White Tigers” by Maxine Hong Kingston.  Groups 5, 6 and 7 should be prepared for a reading quiz on the entirety of Antigone by Sophocles.  NOTE 1:   These texts are all listed under “Files” on our course webpage, labeled as “Kapur (2001),” “Kingston (1976),” and “Sophocles (450BC).”

3/28:  This is the last class when you will have the option to hand in a "Borges Irony Revision."  If you choose to revise, you can earn back half of the points you lost, and you should hand in the original graded version along with the new version.  Here were the original directions:  Borges's short story, "The Aleph," contains many moments that would be called ironic in the sense that they describe “a state of affairs or event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects [odd, absurd, inconsistent or paradoxical, self-mocking or self-referential] and is often amusing as a result.”  For this assignment, list a minimum of 12 quotations from the text along with their page numbers and then offer a two-or-more sentence explanation of what is ironic about the example.  I permitted you to work in groups on this assignment as you located and discussed examples, but each student must write his or her own explanations.

3/23:  Final Draft of Cultural Research Essay Due.  Before 11:59PM on Saturday, 3/23, please make sure that you submit your Cultural Research Essay on turnitin.com. If you are in my D period class, your turnitin.com Enrollment Key is WLHD and your Class ID is 19517999.  If you are in my G period class, your turnitin.com Enrollment Key is WLHG and your Class ID is 19518045.  Note on Sources and Citations:  Remember that each body paragraph should rely on at least one source, whether it be primary or secondary.  Also, you should have no parenthetical citations in the essay itself, but you should have a "Works Cited" page at the end of the essay.  On this page, you should list your sources alphabetically according to the last names of your sources, and you should conclude each works cited entry with a list of the pages you have cited in the order that you quoted from them.

Lorenz, Matt.   Interview on Family Heritage. 1 March 2019.

Márquez, Gabriel García. Chronicle of a Death Foretold. Pages cited: 63, 27, 54.

3/21:  Bring to class a hard-copy printout of your Cultural Research Essay for peer review.  If you do not have a draft or if you are unable to print it out before you arrive at class, you will earn a 0/20 on this assignment.

Sentence-Level Feedback Abbreviations for Peer Review:

WTS (weak topic sentence, i.e., a topic sentence that does not clearly indicate the role the custom plays in a particular culture and time)

SF (sentence fragment)

ROS (run-on sentence)

Comma? (add a comma here)

Period? (add a period here)

PV (avoid passive voice)

S/V (when the verb doesn’t agree with the subject)

N/P (when the pronoun doesn’t agree with the noun)

Present? (this verb should be in the present tense)

Past? (this verb should be in the past tense)

End of Abbreviations.

3/20:  Come to class with questions about the first draft of your Cultural Research Essay.

3/19:  Come to class with questions about the first draft of your Cultural Research Essay.

3/15:  Send an email to mlorenz@sfponline.org, including in the body of the email the second draft of your proposal (i.e., Introductory Paragraph and Topic Sentences) for the Cultural Research Essay.  

3/14:  Bring the first draft of your proposal (i.e., Introductory Paragraph and Topic Sentences) for the Cultural Research Essay to class.  

3/11:  Continue developing comprehensive list of customs in Chronicle.

G period, 3/10:  Before 11:59PM on Sunday, 3/10, please make sure that you submit your Revision of Comparative Essay 1 on turnitin.com. If you are in my G period class, your turnitin.com Enrollment Key is WLHG and your Class ID is 19518045.  If you do not submit a Revision for Comparative Essay 1, the grade posted on turnitin for the previous draft, which includes no 5 point curve, will be posted on PowerSchool.

3/8:  Develop comprehensive list of customs in Chronicle.

3/5:  Be prepared for a scantron reading quiz on chapters five (p. 57-71) of Chronicle.

D period, 3/3:  Before 11:59PM on Sunday, 3/3, please make sure that you submit your Revision of Comparative Essay 1 on turnitin.com.  If you are in my D period class, your turnitin.com Enrollment Key is WLHD and your Class ID is 19517999.  If you do not submit a Revision for Comparative Essay 1, the grade posted on turnitin for the previous draft, which includes no 5 point curve, will be posted on PowerSchool.

2/28:  Be prepared for a written reading quiz on chapter four (p. 43-56) of Chronicle.

2/27:  During this period, you will have some time to work on your Revision of Comparative Essay 1 and/or to read Chronicle.  If you have a laptop that would make working on your essay easier, feel free to bring it.

2/26:  During this period, you will have some time to work on your Revision of Comparative Essay 1 and/or to read Chronicle.  If you have a laptop that would make working on your essay easier, feel free to bring it.

2/25:  Be prepared for a written reading quiz on chapter three (p. 29-42) of Chronicle.

2/15:  Identify customs in chapters one and two of Marquez.  Give the custom a name, record a quote that shows it, include a page number, indicate whether the custom still persists today, and in your opinion, explain whether you think it should persist.

2/13:  Be prepared for a written reading quiz on chapter two (p. 15-28) of Chronicle.

2/12:  Be prepared for a written reading quiz on chapter one (p. 1-14) of Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Marquez.

2/11:  Hand in Irony in Borges assignment (25 points).  Directions: Borges's short story, "The Aleph," contains many moments that would be called ironic in the sense that they describe “a state of affairs or event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects [odd, absurd, inconsistent or paradoxical, self-mocking or self-referential] and is often amusing as a result.”  For this assignment, list a minimum of 12 quotations from the text along with their page numbers and then offer a two-or-more sentence explanation of what is ironic about the example.  I permitted you to work in groups on this assignment as you located and discussed examples, but each student must write his or her own explanations.

2/8:  Irony in Borges discussion.

2/7:  Work on Irony in Borges assignment.

2/6:  Work on Irony in Borges assignment.

2/5:  Be prepared for a written reading quiz (30 points) on "The Aleph" by Borges.  The characters to whom you should pay particular attention are, of course, the narrator, as well as Beatriz Viterbo, Carlos Argentino Daneri, and Alvaro Melian Lafinur.  The quiz will contain short answer questions that range from 1 to 5 points in value.

1/18:  Before 11:59PM on Friday, 1/18, please make sure that you submit Comparative Essay 1 on turnitin.com so that I can give you typed feedback on your arguments this weekend.  If you are in my D period class, your turnitin.com Enrollment Key is WLHD and your Class ID is 19517999.  If you are in my G period class, your turnitin.com Enrollment Key is WLHG and your Class ID is 19518045.

1/14:  On this day, you should hand in a printout of your final draft of Comparative Essay 1.  If you do not have the printout when you arrive at class, your essay is late.  You will lose five points for each day your essay is late.

1/11:  Work on Comparative Essay 1 and discuss Arcadia.  By or before this date, you should hand in your Optional Proposal Revision.  You may revise one of the two proposals, and if you choose to do so, you must hand in the original with my comments as well as a clean copy of the revision with all changes highlighted. 

1/10:  Work on Comparative Essay 1 and discuss Arcadia.

1/9:  When you arrive at class on this day, you should have a printout of the first draft of Comparative Essay 1, which should be on either the Suzuki/Kruger topic (#1, Adaptation) or the Aeschylus/Suzuki topic (#2, Revenge).  We will engage in peer review on this day, and if you do not bring a printout of your essay, you will not be able to participate, resulting in a 0/20 added to your total points.  Your 20-point grade will be based on the percentage of the essay that you have completed (5 pages, 12 point font, double spaced, Times New Roman = 20/20; 4 pages, 12 point font, double spaced, Times New Roman = 16/20, etc.)

1/8:  By this day, you should have completed your first draft of Comparative Essay 1.  You will have the period to ask any questions you may have.

1/7:  One-on-one conferences about revised proposals.

1/4:  One-on-one conferences about revised proposals.

1/3:  One-on-one conferences about revised proposals.

12/6:  Poetry Out Loud Performances:  On this day, all students who wish to be considered for the schoolwide Poetry Out Loud competition should be prepared to perform a poem for the class. On this day, performing students should provide me with a copy of the poem (so that I can check lines), and they should then perform the poem from memory (students are not permitted to have a copy of the poem in front of them).  The poem performed must also be one of the approved poems listed on https://www.poetryoutloud.org/ 

12/3:  On this day, you will hand in a polished draft of your Proposal for Topic 1 (Adaptation) in the "Comparative Essay 1 Topics" document.  We will begin discussing Arcadia by Tom Stoppard in class.

11/30:  Before class on this day, you should bring your Revised Proposal for Topic 1 (Adaptation) in the "Comparative Essay 1 Topics" document.  You should be prepared to share your Proposal so that we can talk as a class about ways to improve them.

11/29:   Before class on this day, you should email me your Proposal for Topic 1 (Adaptation) in the "Comparative Essay 1 Topics" document.  You should be prepared to share your Proposal so that we can talk as a class about ways to improve them.

11/28:  Ideally, you will have drafted your introduction, concluding with your thesis statement, as well as your topic sentences for Topic 2 before you arrive at class.  We will spend the period discussing and honing your Suzuki/ Kruger Proposals.

11/27:  On this day, you will hand in a polished draft of your Proposal for Topic 2 (Revenge) in the "Comparative Essay 1 Topics" document.  You will have the period to work on your Suzuki/Kruger Proposals.

11/26:  Before class on this day, you should bring your Revised Proposal for Topic 2 (Revenge) in the "Comparative Essay 1 Topics" document.  You should be prepared to share your Proposal so that we can talk as a class about ways to improve them.

11/21:  You will have the period to work quietly on your Aeschylus/Suzuki Proposal, which will contain your introductory paragraph and your topic sentences for  Topic 2 on the "Comparative Essay 1 Topics" document (under "Files" on the website).

11/20:  Before class on this day, you should email me your Proposal for Topic 2 (Revenge) in the "Comparative Essay 1 Topics" document.  You should be prepared to share your Proposal so that we can talk as a class about ways to improve them.

11/19:  Ideally, you will have drafted your introduction, concluding with your thesis statement, as well as your topic sentences for Topic 2 before you arrive at class.  We will spend the period discussing and honing your Aeschylus/Suzuki Proposals.  

11/16:  Class will not meet on this day.

11/15:  You will have some time to begin formulating a list of similarities and differences between Aeschylus's The Libation Bearers and Suzuki's Ring, two narratives in which the main character avenges the death of a parent and views the surviving parent as at least partially responsible.  Once you have completed your list, you should begin drafting your Aeschylus/Suzuki Proposal, which will contain your introductory paragraph and your topic sentences for Topic 2 in the "Comparative Essay 1 Topics" document.  

11/14:  Class will not meet on this day.

11/13:  We will discuss your Thriller Essays.  Then you will have some time to begin work on your Aeschylus/Suzuki Proposal, which will contain your introductory paragraph and your topic sentences for  Topic 2 on the "Comparative Essay 1 Topics" document (under "Files" on the website).

11/9:  Discuss Aeschylus.

11/8:  Discuss Aeschylus.

11/7:  Discuss Aeschylus.

D, 11/6:  Class will not meet on this day.

G, 11/6:  You will have the period to begin work on your next essay.  First, go to "Files," and read the document called "Comparative Essay 1 Topics:  Adaptation or Revenge."  Ultimately, you will choose one of these two topics, writing a first and final draft on either the adaptation topic or the revenge topic.  However, I will require ALL students to write the introductory paragraph and topic sentences for BOTH of these topics.  Since we have already compiled a list of similarities and differences between Ring and The Ring (listed under "Files" as "Ring v The Ring"), you have plenty of material to begin work on your introductory paragraph and topic sentences for the "Adaptation" topic.  You will have the period to begin work on this.

11/5:  Discuss Aeschylus.

Friday, 11/2:  This is not a school day, but by 3pm on this day, make sure you have submitted your Narrative Essay.  If you are in my D period class, your turnitin.com Enrollment Key is WLHD and your Class ID is 19517999.  If you are in my G period class, your turnitin.com Enrollment Key is WLHG and your Class ID is 19518045.

10/31:  Discuss Aeschylus. 

10/30:  Discuss Aeschylus. 

10/29:  We will likely begin discussing our next text, Aeschylus's drama, The Libation Bearers, in class on this day.  The play is posted on our course webpage under "Files," as "Aeschylus (458 BC)."  You are welcome to read the play on your iPad, but if you like to have a paper printout instead, this would be a good day to begin bringing it. 

10/26:  Read the descriptions of Agamemnon’s ancestors (handout) and the excerpts from Homer’s epic poem, The Iliad (under “Files” on the website).  Then answer the following two questions in full sentences:

1.What do the family tree and the descriptions of Agamemnon’s ancestors tell us about the values, priorities and exploits of his family?

2.What do the excerpts from Homer’s epic, The Iliad, show about the values, priorities and exploits of Agamemnon himself?

10/25:  Discuss Ring and The Ring.

10/24:  Discuss Ring and The Ring.

10/23:  When you arrive at class, please make sure you are ready to share a list of 10 similarities between Suzuki's Ring and Kruger's The Ring, 10 differences between Suzuki's Ring and Kruger's The Ring, and five questions about Kruger's The Ring.

10/22:  We will conclude the Narrative Essay peer review process, and then we will begin extracting some big-picture observations from the lists of similarities, differences and questions you have developed about the relationship between Suzuki's Ring and Kruger's The Ring.

10/19:  When you arrive at class on this day, you should have a printout of the first draft of your Narrative Essay, which should be written according to the "Guidelines" I have given you (under “Files").

10/15:  When you arrive at class on this day, you should be prepared to show me the scene that will appear at the beginning of the Narrative Essay you are writing for my class.  Hopefully, you will have completed a draft of the entire essay.  After you have had fifteen minutes to tighten up your Thriller Essay, you will have the remainder of the period to work on the Narrative Essay, asking me any questions you may have.

10/12:  Part 2 of your Ring Essay:  On this day, you will write your third and fourth body paragraphs as well as your conclusion.   NOTE:  This will be the first in-class essay we write this year. Not all of our writing will be in-class writing, but when you write an in-class essay, there will not be a chance to revise it.

10/11:  Part 1 of your Ring Essay:  On this day, you will write your introduction as well as your first and second body paragraphs.  NOTE:  This will be the first in-class essay we write this year.  Not all of our writing will be in-class writing, but when you write an in-class essay, there will not be a chance to revise it.

10/10:  No classes for seniors.  PSAT day.

10/9:  Bring Ring.  Come to class with questions about your upcoming, in-class essay on Ring.  We will spend the class reviewing.  By the time you arrive at class, you should already have a firm grasp of your essay's structure and of the quotations and analysis you have in mind for each body paragraph.  We'll spend the period clarifying any confusions you are having.   

10/4:  Bring Ring.  Come to class with questions about the introductory paragraph, the organization and the topic sentences of your upcoming, in-class essay on Ring.

10/3:  Bring Ring.

10/2:  Bring Ring.

10/1:  Bring Ring.   You will spend the period gathering evidence for the second of the possible topics, which relates to the gothic reader responses that Suzuki aims to create in Ring

9/27:  Bring Ring.  You will spend the period gathering evidence for the first of the possible topics, which relates to the moral merits and shortcomings of the Ring characters who have created or been given access to a magical murder weapon.

D, 9/26:  Bring Ring.  I will introduce the "Possible Ring Essay Topics" document, which is posted under "Files."  Also:  Before arriving at class, send an email to mlorenz@sfponline.org with the subject 'Topics on Ring and My College Essay.'  In the email, list any possible Ring paper topics you think might be worth pursuing, even if what you're pondering is a gut reaction/unsubstantiated theory.  In addition, list the scene(s), possible career path(s) and specific college(s) upon which you are thinking of focusing your college essay as you begin work on the version that you will be handing in for a grade in my class.

G, 9/26:  Bring Ring.   I will introduce the "Possible Ring Essay Topics" document, which is posted under "Files."

D, 9/25:  Bring Ring

G, 9/25:  Full Period Guidance Presentation, after I have taken attendance.  Also:  Before arriving at class, send an email to mlorenz@sfponline.org with the subject 'Topics on Ring and My College Essay.'  In the email, list any possible Ring paper topics you think might be worth pursuing, even if what you're pondering is a gut reaction/unsubstantiated theory.  In addition, list the scene(s), possible career path(s) and specific college(s) upon which you are thinking of focusing your college essay as you begin work on the version that you will be handing in for a grade in my class.

D, 9/24:  Full Period Guidance Presentation, after I have taken attendance.

G, 9/24:  Bring Ring

9/21:  Bring Ring

9/20:  Bring Ring

9/19:  Bring Ring

9/18:  Bring Ring. Be prepared for a scantron and written reading quiz on the remainder of Ring (p.171-282).  In addition to the main characters, Asakawa, Ryuji Takayama and Sadako Yamamura, the characters who you should know for the quiz are:  1) Yoshino (Pt3/Ch8, p. 171-185; Pt3/Ch9, p. 186 and 203-207); 2) Shizuko Yamamura (Pt3/Ch8, p. 172-175; Pt3/Ch9, p. 188-200); 3) Shin Arima (Pt3/Ch8, p.178-185); 4) Genji (Pt3/Ch9, p. 188-194); 5) Jotaro Nagao (Pt3/Ch10, p.211-212; Pt3/Ch11, p. 216-226; Pt3/Ch12, p. 231-234); and 6) Mai Takano (Pt4/Ch3, p. 264-266; Pt4/Ch4, p. 267-274).

9/17:  Bring Ring.

9/14:  Bring Ring.

9/13:  Bring Ring.

9/12:  Bring Ring.  Be prepared for a scantron and written reading quiz on Part Three, chapters 1 through and including 7, of Ring (p. 87-170). The characters who you should know for the scantron quiz are:  1) Asakawa; 2) Ryuji Takayama (Pt2/Ch1, p. 60-61 and all of Pt3 and Pt4); 3) Shizu (Pt3/Ch2, p. 97-99 and106-107; Pt3/Ch4, p. 121-123 and 133-139); 4) Yoshino (Pt3/Ch3, p. 109-110); 5) Oguri (Pt3/Ch3-4, 110-112 and p. 119); 6) Mrs. Kaneko (Pt3/Ch3, p. 114-118); 7) Mai Takano (Pt3/Ch4, p. 129-133); 8) Tetsuzo Miura (Pt3/Ch5, p. 147-158); 9) Sadako Yamamura (Pt3/Ch5, p. 157 and the remainder of Pt3 and Pt4); 10) Hayatsu (Pt3/Ch7).

9/11:  Bring Ring.

9/10:  Bring Ring.  Be prepared for a scantron and written reading quiz on Part One and Part Two of Ring (p.1-85).  The characters who you should know for the quiz are:  1)Tomoko (Pt1/Ch1, 3 and 5); 2) Kimura (Pt1/Ch1 and 2); 3) Asakawa; 4) Oguri (Pt1/Ch3); 5) Yoshino (Pt1/Ch4); 6) Shizu (Pt1/Ch6).

9/6:  Introductions (College Credit, MySFP, Course Webpage).  Before you arrive at class on Monday, send me an email at mlorenz@sfponline.org, responding in complete sentences to the following questions:  

What makes you want to take WLH?

From what nations do your four grandparents descend?

Are there any particular cultures, languages or nationalities that you are hoping to encounter in the literature we read this year?

Aside from the summer reading, have you read any literary works from other languages and/or cultures? If so, which?

Do you speak and/or read any other languages? If so, which?

Are you taking any other honors or A.P. classes this year? If so, which?

Who were your freshmen, sophomore and junior English teachers?

What are some aspects of your writing that you would like to improve this year?

What are some things you would like to learn or skills you would like to improve before starting college?

What are some subjects you are considering majoring in when you go to college?

Look at your schedule and make a list of the periods you have free this semester (Day 1, B and E; Day 2, B, etc.)

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