English II Honors/Pre-IB

 

Mrs. Davis - pdavis@lvusd.org

 

 

Welcome to Mrs. Davis' Honors/Pre-IB English II Webpage!  Here you will find important information including our daily agenda, current assignments, homework, important messages from me, and helpful links.  Use this website often - it will help keep you organized for the week ahead.

 

Welcome to the fall semester of your sophomore year! Honors/Pre-IB English II prepares students to function successfully in both the International Baccalaureate and the Advanced Placement English courses. Assignments and activities for the class are designed to help students engage in deep analysis and develop their power of expression, both in oral and written communication. Students will also be expected to develop independent critical reading and thinking skills as they are exposed to British literary classics, as well as a range of global styles, genres, and contexts. These texts promote international perspective through the comparative study of words, allowing students to develop an appreciation and understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages. Additionally, students will strengthen their communication skills through the study and application of advanced college preparatory vocabulary and grammar.

 

 

THIS WEEK'S AGENDA

Mon, 11/16

  1. Canterbury Tales - discuss "The Wife of Bath's Tale"
  2. Assign: "The Parson's Tale" & "Chaucer's Retractions" reading + Q's
  3. Assign: A Knight's Tale + Venn Diagram - review instructions

HW:

  1. The Canterbury Tales "The Parson's Tale"  & "Chaucer's Retractions" reading & Q's  - due next class
  2. A Knight's Tale - watch the film and complete the Venn diagram - due Fri, 11/20
  3. Original Pilgrim Poem - due Fri, 11/20

Wed, 11/18

  1. Discuss "The Parson's Tale" & "Chaucer's Retractions" Q's
  2. Activity: Modern Day Spin on the Seven Deadly Sins
  3. Partner time for Original Pilgrim Poem

HW:

  1. A Knight's Tale - watch the film and complete the Venn diagram - due next class
  2. Original Pilgrim Poem - due next class

Fri, 11/20

  1. The Canterbury Tales - share Original Pilgrim Poems
  2. Discuss A Knight's Tale & share information from Venn diagrams

HW:

  1. HAVE A GREAT FALL BREAK!

PAST AGENDAS

Wed, 8/19

  1. First Day Zoom Meet & Greet
  2. Ice Breaker Activity

HW:

  1. Ice Breaker - Google Slide - due next class

Fri, 8/21

  1. Google Classroom tour, syllabus, Academic Honesty Policy, website, bitmoji classroom
  2. Share Ice Breaker slides
  3. Assign Socratic Seminar Questions 
  4. The New Selfie - get-to-know-you activity

HW:

  1. Syllabus & Academic Honesty Policy Agreements - due Mon, 8/24
  2. Socratic Seminar Questions - due Fri, 8/28 (SS that day!)
  3. The New Selfie - due Wed, 8/26

Mon, 8/24

  1. Zoom Meet - review this week's work
  2. Ice Breaker - 3 Truths and a Lie - learn how to use Google JamBoard today with a group activity

HW:

  1. Ice Breaker - The NEW Selfie - due next class
  2. Socratic Seminar Q's - due Fri, 8/28

Wed, 8/26

  1. Share The NEW Selfie Ice Breaker in groups (remember to submit to GC for points)
  2. The Real Guernsey 
  3. Community Builder - "House Hunting" in groups

HW:

  1. Socratic Seminar Questions & Socratic Seminar - next class

Fri, 8/28

  1. Socratic Seminar on The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

HW:

  1. Socratic Seminar Self-Reflection - due Mon, 8/31
  2. 3 themes for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - brainstorm 3 themes you could explore on our summer novel - due Mon, 8/31

Mon, 8/31

  1. The Week in Review
  2. Writing Thematic Statements - intro; practice in breakout groups; share out in whole group

HW:

  1. Write a thematic statement & submit to GC - due next class
  2. Prep for Thematic Essay
  3. Print out lecture notes/answer form (or type answers on a separate doc) - have ready for next class

Wed, 9/2

  1. MLA format lecture - take notes by filling out lecture notes form (print and fill out as we go)
  2. MLA - Review 1st Page Format & Works Cited Page Format
  3. Plagiarism Notes - play the Plagiarism Game
  4. In-Class Essay Info for Friday

HW:

  1. Prep for in-class essay - Fri, 9/4

Fri, 8/28

  1. Intro to the Anglo-Saxon Period (20 min)
  2. In-Class Essay (80 min)

HW:

  1. Anglo-Saxon Period - read & annotate "The Emergent Period: The Anglo-Saxons" pp. 2-11 in your textbook - due Wed, 9/9

Wed, 9/9

  1. Review Anglo-Saxon reading
  2. Alliteration, Kennings & Caesura - review handout; make up an alliteration using your name; create a kenning for words at bottom of page 2 in groups on JamBoard 
  3. Beowulf - intro pp. 12-13; read Section 1 together 

HW:

  1. Beowulf - read Sections 1-3; do Q's #1-3 p. 30 - due next class

Fri, 9/11

  1. Beowulf - discuss Q's #1-3 p. 30; read Sections 4 & 5 together

HW:

  1. Beowulf - read Sections 4-7 (we will read 4 & 5 on Zoom) & do Q's #4-9 - due next class

Mon, 9/14

  1. Beowulf - discuss Q's #4-9; read section 8 & 9 on Zoom; finish sections 10-11 & finish Q's p. 30

HW:

  1. Beowulf - read sections 8-11 (we will read 8 & 9 on Zoom) & do remaining Q's  p. 30 - due next class

Wed, 9/16

  1. Beowulf - discuss remaining Q's p. 30 - make sure you submit TODAY
  2. Anglo-Saxon Boast Assignment - introduce
  3. Beowulf - read section 12 together; assign sections 13 & 14 + Q's #1-6 p. 38
  4. "Beowulf: Lost in Translation?" - assign first two pages of reading

HW:

  1. Beowulf - read Sections 12-14 (we will read 12 on Zoom) & do Q's #1-6 p. 38 - due next class
  2. Anglo-Saxon Boast - due Wed, 9/23
  3. "Beowulf: Lost in Translation?" - read 1st 2 pages only - due Mon, 9/21

Mon, 9/21 (Even Day)

  1. Beowulf - discuss Q's #1-6 p. 38; read sections 15-17 on Zoom; finish Q's #7-11 for HW
  2. Translation Activity - listen to NPR's "The Art of Translation" - introduce and assign "The monster and its interpreters," "The Difficult Art of Translation" & "From a Poet's Glossary" for HW

HW:

  1. Anglo-Saxon Boast - due next class
  2. Beowulf Q's #7-11 p. 38 - due next class
  3. Translation readings - due next class

Wed, 9/23

  1. Beowulf - discuss Questions #7-11 - make sure to submit TODAY
  2. Share Anglo-Saxon Boasts in groups - remember to submit TODAY
  3. Translation Activity - read through "Beowulf: Lost in Translation?" and re-read Raffel's translation (textbook) as well as Donaldson's translation (prose) - answer the "Beowulf: Lost in Translation?" Questions #1-8 in groups; finish for HW on your own

HW:

  1. Beowulf: Lost in Translation? Questions #1-8 - due next class

Fri, 9/25

  1. Discuss Beowulf: Lost in Translation? Questions - remember to submit TODAY
  2. Intro: "The Wanderer" - read aloud on Zoom; work on Q's in groups

HW:

  1. "The Wanderer" Q's - due Wed, 9/30
  2. Read 12 Beowulf Translations - choose your favorite - write a BRIEF paragraph explaining why - due Wed, 9/30

Wed, 9/30

  1. "The Wanderer" - discuss questions; remember to submit TODAY
  2. "The Seafarer" - read in class; work on Q's in groups
  3. Translation Activity - share favorite Beowulf translations in groups

HW:

  1. "The Seafarer" Q's #1-10 p. 51 - due next class

Fri, 10/2

  1. Discuss "The Seafarer" Questions - remember to submit TODAY
  2. Intro: Anglo-Saxon Riddles - read in class; work on Q's #1-8 p. 53 in groups; assign Original Riddle

HW:

  1. Anglo-Saxon Riddle Q's - due Wed, 10/7
  2. In-class Argument Essay on Beowulf Translation - Wed, 10/7
  3. Anglo-Saxon Original Riddle - due Fri, 10/9

Mon, 10/5

  1. Argument Essay Prep

HW:

  1. Anglo-Saxon Riddle Q's #1-8 p. 53 - due next class
  2. In-class Argument Essay on Translation - next class
  3. Original Anglo-Saxon Riddle - due Fri, 10/9

Wed, 10/7

  1. Discuss Riddle Q's - make sure to submit TODAY
  2. In-class Argument Essay on Translation (80 min)

HW:

  1. Anglo-Saxon Original Riddle - due next class

Fri, 10/9

  1. Share Original Anglo-Saxon Riddle in groups
  2. Intro: The Middle Ages - watch an introduction video; read & annotate pp. 68-76 in your textbook for HW

HW:

  1. The Middle Ages - read & annotate pp. 68-76 in your textbook - due Wed, 10/14

Wed, 10/14

  1. Middle Ages Quiz (pp. 68-76)
  2. Intro to Ballads: "The Three Ravens" - read; work on Q's in groups; finish for HW

HW:

  1. Read "The Three Ravens" & do Q's p. 77 - due next class

Fri, 10/16

  1. Discuss "The Three Ravens" Q's
  2. Read "Lord Randall" & "Get Up and Bar the Door" ballads; work on Q's in groups; finish for HW

HW:

  1. "Lord Randall" Q's p. 78 + "Get Up and Bar the Door" Q's p. 82 - due Wed, 10/21

Mon, 10/19

  1. Intro: Geoffrey Chaucer & The Canterbury Tales - powerpoint
  2. Ballads - assign "Ballad News Report" (p. 82 under "Creative Response" #1) - one paragraph
  3. Geoffrey Chaucer- read pp. 84-87 in the textbook

HW:

  1. "Lord Randall" Q's p. 78 + "Get Up and Bar the Door" Q's p. 82 - due next class
  2. Ballad News Report (one paragraph) - due next class
  3. Geoffrey Chaucer intro pp. 84-87 - due next class

Wed, 10/21

  1. Discuss "Lord Randall" & "Get Up and Bar the Door" Q's - remember to submit TODAY
  2. Share Ballad News Reports in breakout groups - remember to submit TODAY
  3. The Canterbury Tales - "The Seven Deadly Sins" & "The Seven Holy Virtues" document
  4. The Canterbury Tales - "Dinner Party Planning" Group Project
  5. Read The Canterbury Tales Prologue pp. 89-98, line 454 for HW

HW:

  1. The Canterbury Tales Prologue - pp. 89-98, line 454 - due next class

Fri, 10/23

  1. The Canterbury Tales Enrichment: Illuminated Manuscripts (video)
  2. The Canterbury Tales Prologue - work in groups to complete questions for first half of prologue
  3. Assign The Canterbury Tales Prologue - finish prologue reading

HW:

  1. The Canterbury Tales Prologue - read pp. 98 (line 455) - 107 - due Wed, 10/28

Mon, 10/26

  1. RenStar reading test

HW:

  1. The Canterbury Tales Prologue - finish the 2nd half of the prologue & do the questions (as divided up in your group) - due next class

Wed, 10/28

  1. The Canterbury Tales - "Dinner Party Planning" group work - Goal: complete Steps 1 & 2 in groups today; Step 3: divide up the characters and begin writing the rationales for each character 

HW:

  1. The Canterbury Tales Prologue Group Project - character rationales - due next class

Fri, 10/30

  1. The Canterbury Tales Prologue Group Project - share & discuss character rationale's in your group today, then begin writing your detailed conversation (at least 10 lines of dialogue) 

HW:

  1. The Canterbury Tales Prologue Group Project - work on Google Slide presentation - due Wed, 11/4

Mon, 11/2

  1. Canterbury Tales Group Project check-in & work time

HW:

  1. The Canterbury Tales "Dinner Party" Group Project - due next class

Wed, 11/4

  1. The Canterbury Tales "Dinner Party" Group Project Presentations
  2. Assign "The Nun's Priest's Tale" reading & Q's

HW:

  1. The Canterbury Tales - "The Nun's Priest's Tale" reading (pp. 110-121) & Q's #1-8 p. 121- due next class

Fri, 11/6

  1. The Canterbury Tales - discuss "The Nun's Priest's Tale" Q's
  2. Assign "The Knight's Tale" reading & Q's

HW:

  1. The Canterbury Tales - "The Knight's Tale" reading & Q's - due Mon, 11/9

Mon, 11/9 (Late Start Even Day)

  1. Canterbury Tales - discuss "The Knight's Tale"
  2. Intro: Original Pilgrim Poem Assignment - work w/a partner 
  3. Canterbury Tales - assign "The Miller's Tale" & "The Reeve's Tale" reading & Q's

HW:

  1. The Canterbury Tales "The Miller's Tale" & "The Reeve's Tale" reading & Q's  - due next class
  2. Original Pilgrim Poem - due Fri, 11/20

 

Wed, 11/11 - Holiday (No Classes)

 

Fri, 11/6

  1. The Canterbury Tales - discuss "The Miller's Tale" & "The Reeve's Tale" Q's
  2. Assign "The Wife of Bath's Tale" reading & Q's

HW:

  1. The Canterbury Tales - "The Wife of Bath's Tale" reading & Q's - due Mon, 11/16
  2. Original Pilgrim Poem - due Fri, 11/20

LITERATURE STUDY:

Literature Study:

  • Summer Reading Assignment: The Gurnsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  • Anglo-Saxon Literature: Beowulf, "The Wanderer," "The Seafarer" & Anglo-Saxon Riddles
  • The Middle Ages - Ballads, Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, and "Sir Gawain & the Green Knight"

IMPORTANT LINKS

Honors/Pre-IB English II Course Syllabus

Academic Honesty Agreement

Speaking & Listening Standards

Fall Vocabulary

Vocabulary Workshop Level F

Grammar Bytes - Coordination and Subordination

Grammar Bytes/YouTube - Coordination and Subordination

No Fear Shakespeare - Macbeth (Spark Notes)

Spring Vocabulary - Unit 7

Spring Vocabulary - Unit 8

Spring Vocabulary - Unit 9

Spring Vocabulary - Unit 10

Spring Vocabulary - Unit 11

Spring Vocabulary - Unit 12

Spring Vocabulary - Unit 13

Spring Vocabulary - Unit 14

Spring Vocabulary - Unit 15

Chinua Achebe Biography

Nigeria's Background: A Chronology of Events

Things Fall Apart Pronunciation Guide

The Atlantic: "An African Voice"

Lord of the Flies PDF