English II

Class Room: 
Class Period: 
Israeli-Palestine Article

Hello class, here is the link for the article that you are responsible for reading and annotating based on the tips we discussed in class.  Now you may not find each of the criteria on the list but I want you to be mindful in your reading and analytical as you go along.  You are only responsible for reading the first 7 pages of the article.  See you in class  during our next class.


Here is the link:



The Downloadable .pdf is available at the top of this page.



Due Date: 
Mon, 09/08/2014
Higher Order Thinking Questions

Please review the  linked file.  Study the verbage of the questions so that you will be able to identify the level of questions being asked of you for a bellringer on Thursday.  If you really want to get some good practice in, then use the questions with our article on Israel and Palestine to create questions at each of the levels.



Due Date: 
Thu, 09/18/2014
Interpretation of Poetry

Please read the article, annotate the article and then question the article in the margins for discussion on Monday/Tuesday.  Email me with questions or commets.


Due Date: 
Tue, 09/23/2014
Nikki Rosa: Poem Explication

Read, annotate and interpret the poem Nikki Rosa by poet Nikki Giovanni.  Once you complete the initial reading and annotating, download "The Worksheet"  poem explication and complete that sheet using the Nikki Rosa poem.


Any questions feel free to email me.


Due Date: 
Tue, 10/07/2014
Due Date: 
Thu, 10/02/2014
The Poem to be used with the chart

I Hear America Singing by Walt Whitman:



This is the poem that you will use to fill out the chart and analyze.  Email or visit with your questions.


Due Date: 
Thu, 10/16/2014
No Homework

There was supposed to be a poem uploaded for homework tonight, but that will be heldover for classwork and then homework for the weekend.  Thanks for checking and see you tomorrow.


There is some practice for figurative language that has been posted and can be completed to give you some extra practice at identifying our terms.



Due Date: 
Wed, 10/22/2014
Poet Sign Up Sheet
Due Date: 
Mon, 11/03/2014
Re-Take Tomorrow

So there will be a re-take given tomorrow based on the same skills as the summative given last week.  Yes, it will go in by the grade deadline.  Please review your notes and practice work to study. 


Here is a link to a poem you can practice a TP-CASTT for.  We will use this for a quick review during tomorrow's class.


Study, get some rest and see you tomorrow.


Due Date: 
Wed, 11/05/2014
Today in the Lab

Objective: Given the Poets that student groups have chosen they will select one poem to annotate, discern a theme from and begin their group interpretation according to their given role and criteria from the project rubric. 

1) Review the Part II rubric

2) Review the Task Sheet

3) Individual role meeting

4) Teacher Group Check in

5) Re-Group and Plan for the Weekend and Presentation

Due Date: 
Fri, 11/14/2014
CSA Help

Illustrator: Attaced and available for download is a worksheet on how to examine  your chosen artwork.  Use the information that you come up with to add to your presentation for your group.  You don't have to answer every single question given but use as much as you think you need to in order to be thorough in your preparing your presentation. Find information that connects directly to the poem. 

Model Mentor:

Below is a link to a table template that can be added to your powerpoint and divide your poem stanza by stanza on one side with a paraphrase on the opposite side.  Copy and paste the table into your own presentation, then you can format the table for your own needs.



Also the TP-Castt template is in the download section for you the Model Mentor.


Due Date: 
Fri, 11/14/2014
Welcome to Macbeth

Hello, I think we had a good class where we talked about background and context of Shakespeare's life and his tragedy Macbeth.

Objective:  Given Act 1:1 of Macbeth students will identify and analyze the effect of antithesis in the text.

Antithesis: 1) A person or thing that is the direct opposite of someone or something else.  2) A contrast or opposition between two things.



2) Read Scene 2 and 3  ( http://shakespeare.mit.edu/macbeth/full.html ) 

3) Complete the Macbeth Diagram (provided for download above)

Due Date: 
Thu, 12/04/2014
Online Auditions

On Line Auditions are open (all ages) for the next Scenarios USA short film Veracity, to be shot in the Roseland neighborhood of Chicago! If you click the link below you will learn all you need to know about how to video your audition and submit it for a role in our next short film! 


For more info, just CLICK HERE



Not Ready for the Spotlight?  We need Teachers and Students to come be extras!

You can sign up to be a background player in one of our scenes if you CLICK HERE



Due Date: 
Thu, 12/11/2014

For right now read 1:4 and I'll add the quotation sheet after making some amendments to the chart.



Due Date: 
Thu, 12/11/2014
The Next 2 Weeks

ON Thursday and Friday we will have our CSA which will include information on Macbeth and Commas.  On Mon./Tues. we will have our English II Semester Final.  Please use the documents in the download section to help you study for the assessments.



Due Date: 
Tue, 01/20/2015
Revision Checklist

In the spirit of being thorough and precise in our writing please use the link provided below as a checklist against your Argumentative Essay.  The revision is due at the time of our next class meeting.  


If there are any questions or concerns please email me.



Due Date: 
Wed, 02/18/2015
Intro to Greek Theater Video

In case you missed it here is the link for the video.  The questions for the sheet are up above in the downloads section.



Due Date: 
Fri, 02/27/2015
Oedipus Reading

Here are the first 300 lines of Oedipus Rex, complete with questions at the end of the excerpt.  I know we lost a day but that is no reason for us to fall behind, so please capitlize on this opportunity to be great.  Please email me with any questions.  


Don't forget our Strive for 25 activities.



Due Date: 
Tue, 03/03/2015

Follow the link for info on retakes. Email me with questions.


Due Date: 
Tue, 03/31/2015
April 13/14

Today we worked on understanding the ideal of The American Dream.  Please read the attached article and answer the questions that go along with it.  Read and annotate the article. we will discuss on Thurs/Fri.

1) Keeping the Dream Alive- Article 



2) Keeping the Dream Alive- SOAPStone Questions and Comprehension Questions


Due Date: 
Tue, 04/14/2015
Homework for April 20th/21st

1)Read Chapter 3  

2) Watch the Crash Course Video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfOR1XCMf7A 

3) Complete the Crash Course Worksheet ( In the Downloads section)

4) Complete the Chap. 3 Vocab

5) Complete the Quote Sheet

Due Date: 
Tue, 04/21/2015
Gatsby Talk Show

Here is the link for the Google Doc with the Project Specs.  https://docs.google.com/a/cps.edu/document/d/1c6qfSJQGHH_HNiK4HtmhGpiVDMRSftShiCCmWiz_mYA/edit?usp=sharing


H.O.T. Questions and Answers due on Monday/Tuesday.

Due Date: 
Thu, 05/07/2015
Stage 1

Here are the questions for Stage 1.  Make a copy of it and type the answers into your new document.



Due Date: 
Thu, 05/21/2015
Stage 1: The Articles
Due Date: 
Thu, 05/21/2015
6th and 8th Period Groups
Due Date: 
Tue, 05/26/2015
Making Your Stories

Here is the link to the document that you can use as a guide to creating your stories and beginning your podcast.  There are links to example podcasts and transcripts.  There is also an example intro paragraph to your stories that you may use based on a 6th period interview of me.




Email me with any questions.

Due Date: 
Tue, 06/02/2015
iMovie and GarageBand Tutorial

Here is the link for the iMovie Tutorial.




Here is the tutorial for how to make a Podcast:


Due Date: 
Mon, 06/01/2015
Here is an example story.
Due Date: 
Wed, 06/03/2015
The Podcast Rubric
Due Date: 
Fri, 06/12/2015
Study Guide for the Final
Due Date: 
Tue, 06/16/2015