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LA 8: 3rd Nine Weeks Syllabus

3rd 9 Weeks






Jan 2












5 A

   Review fall final

  Participial phrases

   Lit. terms pretest

   HW: (1) L.N.: p. 142 (all); A, p. 143 (all) (2) Get syllabus signed

6 B


9 A

   Participial phrases

  Ethos, pathos, and logos

   HW: “Identifying PrPP and PaPP” in Degen book on p. 169

10 B


11 A

   Participial Phrases

  Ethos, pathos, and logos in “I Have a Dream”

   HW: “Mono” vocab. sentences

12 B


13 A

   Participial phrases

  portfolio work

  Lit. terms groups

   HW: Lit. term group assignment (handout)



MLK Holiday


17 B

Shortened schedule: TAKS field test


18 A

   Participial vs. Gerund phrases

  Lit. term group

   HW: (1) “Distinguishing between GP and PrPP” 1-10 on pp. 170-171 in Degen book (2) Prepare for lit. term group presentation

19 B


20 A

   Lit. Term group presentations

   HW: “Sentence combining with PrPP” p. 167 in Degen (Do even numbers)

23 B


24 A

  Finish presentations (if needed)

  Review phrasesand Lit. terms

   HW: (1) Study for test (2) Get progress report signed

25 B


26 A

   Phrases and Literary Terms test (major grade)

  Diction: connotation

   HW: Work on vocabulary poster

27 B


30 A

   Dependent clauses

  Performance poetry

   HW: Complete vocabulary poster (quiz)

31 B


FEB 1 A        HALF DAY

   Vocabulary poster due (Quiz)

  Introduce TP-CASTT: “Janet Waking”

   HW: Choose one poem from pp. 13-14 of poetry packet and paraphrase each line and write down two discussion q’s

2 B


3 A

   Discussion groups for selected poem

  Connotation: “There is no frigate like a book” and “Cross”

   HW: TP-CASTT handout for selected poem

6 B


7 A

   Dependent clauses

  Imagery: “Sympathy” and “Blackberry Picking”

   HW: L.N.: all on p. 148; A on p. 149

8 B


9 A

   Dependent clauses

  Metaphor: “The Road Not Taken” and “Mother to Son”

   HW: Dialectical journal/outline for selected poem

10 B


13 A

   Dependent clauses

  Simile: “Harlem

  Harlem” paragraph building

   HW: L.N.: A and B on p. 150

14 B


15 A

   Symbolism: “The Secret Heart” and “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”

   HW: (1) Guided expository paragraph building (2) Get progress report signed

16 B




Observance of President’s Day


20 A

   Compound sentences

  Peer edit paragraphs

  Tone: “Apparently with no surprise”

   HW: Rough Draft of poetry expository paragraph (SKIP LINES!)



22 A

   Poetry Expository RD Due (Quiz)

  Peer edit paragraphs

  Begin poetry groups

   HW: L.N.: all on p. 151; all of A and B on p. 154

23 B


24 A

   Complex sentences

   Continue poetry groups

   HW: Prepare for presentation

27 B


28 A

   Poetry group presentations

   HW: Read “The Naming of Cats” and answer q's



2 A

   Editing practice

   HW: Final Draft of Poetry Expository Paragraph (SKIP LINES!)

3 B


6 A

Final draft of Poetry Expository Paragraph DUE (major grade)

   Review poetry and literary terms

   HW: Study for test

7 B


8 A

   Poetry test (major grade)

  Dead Poet’s Society

9 B


10 A

Dead Poet’s Society

 Major Grades :

Phrases and lit. terms test

Poetry Expository Paragraph  

Poetry test

Quiz Grades:                                                                                               

Literary Term group presentations 

Vocabulary Poster  

Rough draft of poetry expository paragraph                                

Poetry group presentations


Everyday you should bring the following to class whether we use the book or not:

(1 Language Network workbook

(2) Crafting Expository Argument by Michael Degen

(3) Poetry Packet (a packet I will give you when we start the poetry unit)