Published on March 1st, 2021
Welcome to English 3!
I will be updating this page weekly with an overview for the upcoming week. I know this year is unprescedented, but I hope it will be a great one that we spend together. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions.
- Monday, we will wrap up our application of utilitarianism (it took longer than expeted).
- Tuesday and block day will be spent on Notes on Writing for the second draft of the Advocacy Final Writing Assignment.
- Friday, we will begin an introduction to libertarianism (reading id due Monday, March 8).
- Monday is a Writing Day for the second draft of the Avocacy Final Writing Assignment that is due Monday, February 22 by 11:59 p.m.
- Tuesday and block day will be spent on a review and additional scenariors applicable to utilitarianism.
- On Friday, we will begin looking at samples from the second draft of the Avocacy Final Writing Assignment.
- Tuesday of this week is an asynchronous day for the English department. Student will check in with an attendance question, review the Avocacy Final Writing Assignment and begin working on a second draft that due on Monday, February 22 by 11:59 p.m.
- Block day, we will do a Q&A for the Avocacy Final Writing Assignment and have a debate on a moral dilemma that will transition us into reviewing utilitarianism on Friday, February 19.
- This week will be spent on reviewing Advocacy #3 writing assignment.
- On Tuesday, counselors will be coming into class to discuss next class registration for next week.
- There is no school on Friday of this week or Monday of next week due to President's Day.
- Monday will be another writing day for the Advocacy #3 Writing Assignment, which is due that evening.
- The rest of the week will be spent on introducing the next unit focused on morality/justice. Students will discuss multiple moral dilemmas with the focus of determining a trend in how they define justice.
- We'll then do a general overview of the ideas that are most often a part of defintions of justice.
- On Friday, students will do a quickwrite on their definition of justice for later comparison at the end of the unit.
- On Monday, I will introduce the last writing assignment for this unit (Advocacy #3 Writing Assignment, which will be due on Monday, February 1 by 11:59 p.m. on Google Classroom.
- Most of the week will be spent on reviewing Advocacy #2 Writing Assignment (Notes on Writing and samples).
- Friday will be a writing day for the Advocacy #3 Writing Assignment.
- This week, we'll e focusing on reading and analyzing "This is Water" by David Foster Wallace, which is the last of two pieces that will serve an inspiration for the third, and last, writing assignment in this unit.
- At the end of the week, students will choose either "I Want a Wife" or "This is Water" in order to write a precis.
- We'll begin this week completing the analysis of the Brooks' article and a quick analysis of "What Do We Know?" by Pico Iyer (another argument with good organization and style).
- We'll then move onto analysis of "I Want a Wife" by Judy Brady which is one of two pieces that will serve an inspiration for the third, and last, writing assignment in this unit.
- Friday will be a writing day for Advocacy #2 Writing Assignment.
- We'll begin this week with an overview of the units in the second semester followed by an introduction of the first writing assignment: Advocacy #2 Writing Assignment that will be due next Friday, January 15. It's introduced early to give students enough time to pick a topic.
- The rest of the week, we'll analyze an article by David Brooks titled "Anthony Kennedy and the Privatization of Meaning" as an example of an argument with good organization and style.
- This week, we will wrap up our analysis of The Declaration of Independence, review the Coca-Cola precis, and write one for The Declaration of Independence.
- Students will be introduced to the first writing assignment for the second unit with a writing day on Friday, November 20. The first draft of this writing assignment will be due on Thursday, December 3.
- We'll begin the week by reviewing the rhetorical precis students wrote last week. We'll review samples to examine points of weakness.
- We'll then transition into examining a letter written by the Executive Vice President of the New York Times to the Coca-Cola Brand Manager in 1970. The focus will be to examine the structure and effectiveness of the argument.
- If time allows, we will begin reviewing the first draft of the Unit 1 Culminating Writing Assignment toward the end of the week.
- We're going to continue the introduction to rhetorical analysis by analyzing two ads on Monday and Tuesday.
- On block day, students will be introduced to precis writing, which is a concise and detailed paragraph that demonstates students' understanding of what a piece conveys and how it functions.
- Friday will be a writing day for the first draft of the Unit 1 Culminating Writing Assignment which is due that evening by 11:59 p.m. on Google Classroom.
- Monday and Tuesday of this week are writing days for the unit portfolio that is due on Wednesday night (by 11:59 p.m. on Google Classroom).
- Thursday, we will begin our new unit focused on rhetorical analysis and argumentation where students will analyze strong argumentative pieces, then write their own using the rhetorical strategies and devices seen in the pieces we analyzed while forming their argument to fit a specific audience.
- We'll begin this week by going over the Unit 1 Portfolio directions which will be due on Wednesday, October 14 by 11:59 p.m. on Google Classroom. Monday will be a writing day for the first three writing assignments.
- We'll spend the rest of the week going over Samples and Notes on Writing for the first draft of the "Girl" Writing Assignment with the students annotating their own first drafts as we review the notes.
- Glimpse into next week: Monday and Tusday (10/12 and 10/13) will be writing days for the portfolio.
- We'll spend most of this week reviewing the first drafts of the Internet Ad writing assignment by scoring and annotating samples, reviewing Notes on Writing, and annotating your own draft.
- Friday will be a writing day for the "Girl" writing assignment that was introduced last week, and it will be due that evening by 11:59 p.m. on Google Classroom.
- We'll begin this week with a writing day for the first draft of the Internet Writing Assignment.
- After that, students will read and analyze "Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid with a focus on organization, syntax, and point of view. This will lead us into the introduction of the final writing assignment for this unit's portfolio.
- If we have time, we'll begin reviewing the first drafts of the Internet Ad assignment at the end of the week.
- We'll begin this week by completing our class discussion/analysis of the excerpt from The Fault in Our Stars. Students will be assigned their next writing assignment: internet ad about a sentimental object that reflects their emotions, values, and upbringing.
- In the middle of the week, we will go over the first drafts of the "One Being ______" assignment.
- Friday should be a Writing Day for the Internet Ad assignment that will be due that evening.
- The due date for the "On Being ____" assignment was pushed back to this Tuesday, September 8 with a writing day the same day.
- We'll then move onto analyzing an excerpt from The Fault in Our Stars with a continued focus on syntax, awareness of audience, and overall intentionality when wriitng.
- At the beginning of the week, we will wrap up the analysis of the excerpt from "On Being a Cripple" by Nancy Mairs, and I will introduce a short writing assignment based on that piece.
- We will then review the first drafts of the "Blah Blah Blah" writing assignment turned in last week.
- We'll end the week with a writing day for the "On Being _____" writing assignment which will be due on Friday, September 4.
- We will begin the week with a class discussion/analysis of "Blah Blah Blah" by Kim Kessler. This will lead us into the first writing assignment that will focus on developing style/voice, and more specifically on using examples to develop a point.
- There will be 1-2 writing days in class for the assignment that will give students time to work and provide them with opportunities to ask questions and ask for feedback from classmates and the teacher.
- At the end of the week, we will begin analyzing an excerpt from "On Being a Cripple" by Nancy Mairs. We'll focus out analysis on Mairs' intentional use of syntax.
- We will spend a couple of days and assignments getting to know one another/connecting.
- I will go over all of the most important information you need to be successful in this class.
- There will be a writing diagnostic on Wednedsay, August 19 to gauge students' analycal and writing skills in order to inform this year's instruction.
- Students will be intruduced to their first short reading toward the end of the week that will be the basis for reviewing annotation and leading us into the first, short, and creative wiriting assignment that focuses on developing style and voice in writing. This writing assignment will likely be assigned next week.