Schedule for January 27-31

Lesson Plans – Week of January 28

Monday:  Graduation Project Letters

EQ:  How do I propose an idea in a formal way?

CC Standards:  W 11-12.2, W 11-12.4, L 11-12.4


1.  Collect signed syllabi and money for Shakespeare production

2.  Introduce students to weekly vocabulary

3.  Introduce students to GP letters by showing them what one student’s looks like – review components and what makes it sound formal.

4.  Step-by-step formatting

5.  Students write their first draft and save it to the public drive.


Tuesday:  Graduation Project Letters and Anne Bradstreet


EQ:  How does poetry of the 17th century reflect early American society?

CC Standards:  RL 11-12.9, RL 11-12.10, L 11-12.4


1.  Collect signed syllabi and money for Shakespeare production

2.  Have students make corrections to GP letters

3.  Introduce academic vocabulary for the unit

4.  Assign vocabulary homework

5.  Anne Bradstreet background and poetry  (“To my Dear and Loving Husband” and “Upon the Burning of Our House”)


–  Read poems with students and discuss ways in which they reflect what we already know about Puritan society

–  Ticket out of the room:  Write a six word memoir that would be reflective of the society YOU live in.


Wednesday:  Phillis Wheatley and Native American Literature


EQ:  How does the content of Phillis Wheatley’s poetry differ from that of Anne Bradstreet?  What might these differences suggest?  How does Native American literature differ from what we’ve seen of early American literature?

CC Standards:  RL 11-12.9, RL 11-12.10, L 11-12.4


1.  Collect signed syllabi and money for Shakespeare production

2.  Graduation project paperwork – Hand out and sign

                – Students will read a Native American story “How the Earth Was Made” while I am calling them one by one to my desk                            concerning paperwork.

3.  Discuss “How the Earth Was Made” and answer questions

4.  Phillis Wheatley background and poetry (“On Being Brought from Africa to America”, “To His Excellency General Washington”, “An Hymn to the Evening”)


– Read poems, answer questions, and discuss how Wheatley’s story is so unlike Bradstreet’s.

5.  Journal entry – answer the essential questions in a paragraph.


Thursday:  “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”


EQ:  How does Jonathan Edwards use diction and imagery to incite fear in his congregation?

CC Standards:  RI 11-12.6, RI 11-12.10


1.  Collect signed syllabi and money for Shakespeare production

2.  Vocabulary review (academic and content specific)

3.  Review – what is diction?  What is imagery?

4.  Puritanism background – what is it?  What can we compare it to?

                – Game:  Fact or Fiction? Puritan Edition

5.  “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” audio

6.  Analyze sections for diction and imagery; discuss; illustrate an image that sticks out to you.


Friday:  Introduction to The Crucible


EQ:  How is The Crucible reflective of Puritanism in early America? 

CC Standards:  L 11-12.4, RL 11-12.5


1.  Collect signed syllabi and money for Shakespeare production

2.  Vocabulary Quiz!

3.  Review Puritanism

4.  Introduce characters of The Crucible

5. Begin reading The Crucible Act I.



Research Paper Outline Examples

Research Paper Outline


Thesis:  F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of the most influential American writers because his works appeal to audiences across generations.


Life of Fitzgerald: 


– Born in ___________________________

– Raised in __________________________

– Parents ____________________________

– Education __________________________

– Hobbies he had __________________________

– Relationships with ______________________

– Influenced by ___________________

– Role models were __________________________

– Traveled to _____________________________

– Settled down in _________________

– Died of _________________________

– Died in  ________________________


Impact of Fitzgerald’s Work:


Big works

            – The Great Gatsby

            – Tender is the Night

            – Short stories

– Should Gatsby be considered the ‘Great American novel’?

– Why does Gatsby appeal to audiences everywhere, across time and space?

            – The American Dream

            – Love story

            – Reality vs. dreams

            – Social commentary

            – The Jazz Age is timeless

– Effects of The Great Gatsby

            – How did people react?

            – Why did they react this way?

            – What happened because of this reaction?

– How has Gatsby influenced society today?

            – Fashion

                        – Headbands

                        – Flapper dresses

                        – Prints

            – The movie

                        – Huge box office hit

                        – Jazzed up to be compared to modern society

            – Music

Starting Your Research Paper

Today we will begin discussing your research paper assignment….dun dun dun!  The requirements are as follows:

Research Paper                                                        

English III


Decide on an American author you admire, respect, and want to learn more about.  If you have other ideas about who/what you want to write about, you should have already cleared this with me.

(You can also research an accredited director or an event in US History.  By accredited, I mean there will be plenty of credible sources available for you to use for research.)



4-5 pages, 4 is the minimum, must be typed, double spaced, and in 12 size font

Source requirement is at least five Internet sources, one quote from an “interview,” and a picture/graphic.  (The only thing that isn’t the same as a GP research paper is a print source.  Try to use a print source, just to give yourself practice.)


  • At least two pages about the life of the author. ( discuss their style)
  • A couple of pages about the impact of the author’s writing, your favorite pieces, etc.  (That would work for a director, too.) For an event, you discuss the effects of the event, the impact.  This could also work well for a historical figure.  Paper just cannot be all biographical.
  • Analysis means you analyze, dig deeper, not just summarize or tell me why you like them.
  • Your works cited page does not count as a page in your research paper.  You thought you were slick, didn’t ya?


As you begin your notes, make a list of questions you would like for your paper to answer.  Then list below website links.  After you finish, begin taking notes, and color code your notes, so that you can see if you are blending. Make each website’s information a different color.


Due Dates:


Notes:  at least three to four pages of notes.  Remember, the goal of this assignment is to practice blending sources and writing a strong research paper.  Take notes from multiple sources that you can blend together.  Due, Monday, December 2nd.

Thesis: Due, Monday, December 2nd.  (One statement that encompasses all of your research)

Outline: Due Monday, December 2nd.  ( a  list of what you will cover in your paper)

Works Cited page: Due Tuesday, December 3rd (use

Rough Draft: Due Friday, December 6th.  (Complete draft of paper is due.  You will have a chance to revise, but not to add back points that were taken off because of missing components.  Must have the number of pages required, sources required, picture, quote, etc.)

Final Draft: Due Friday, December 13th.

Nonfiction Elements

Take notes on nonfiction texts from (under Nonfiction Texts Structure). Using the internet, locate one example of each type of nonfiction text and record what examples you found for each of the five types of nonfiction.  Then, choose one article to read and write a paragraph explaining how the author structures it to make it useful for the reader.