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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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