C Period - Sophomores

Sept 4 - Sept 7

Tuesday, September 4

- post-its & choosing bricks

- quick write:

- where are your post-its?(giving good directions)

- what is something I should know about you as a person?

- what is something I should know about you as a student?

- go over syllabi

- letter to Ms. Kennett

Wednesday, September 5th

- introductions

- QFT & ‘universal human experience’’

- draft letters - header

QFT: Universal Human Experience

- what could the universal human experience be?

- where could the universal experience happen?

- why is there a universal human experience?

- is there a universal human experience?

- why is the universal human experience important?

- who could have the universal human experience?

- could animals also experience the universal human experience?

- who is involved in the universal human experience?

- why is it called the universal human experience/

- does every human experience it?

- when was it created?

- does it always happen to people at the same time?

- when was it founded?

- how was it made?

Friday, September 7th

- hand in letters (include ALL ‘process’)

- trio check-in for bricks

- Picture Day

Sept 10 - Sept 14

Monday, September 10

- make the week’s calendar

      - summer reading

      - writing

- idea development: thesis vine / path to purpose

- discuss the universal human experience

Notes from the board on Idea Development: thesis vine / path to purpose


Tuesday, September 11

- three steps to a thesis / outlining

- practice for summer reading presentations: voice and life

Seven steps to a thesis (today we did 2-3): http://kennettenglish.blogspot.com/2012/08/seven-steps-to-thesis.html 

Wednesday, September 12

- questions for Zach Eisenstat

- practice for summer reading presentations: eye contact and speed

great job presenting to each other in small groups

Thursday, September 13

- Summer Reading presentations

- prepare for EdCafes on the universal human experience

Summer Reading!

Friday, September 14

- EdCafes: Universal Human Experience

Sept 17 - Sept 21

Monday, September 17

- schedule for the week

- UHE EdCafes

EdCafe topic: where do we see this UHE in pop culture?

EdCafe Schedule

Tuesday, September 18

- in-class writing on UHE

Essay topic: Why is this topic important to consider?

Wednesday, September 19 - half day

- Mr. Fournaciari comes in for a class visit  

- brainstorm a list of examples of our UHE

- group these examples to learn patterns

My Brainstorming for Learning:

- books

- teachers

- tv

- computers

- lectures

- videos

- magazines

- people

- parents

- grandparents

- siblings

- friends

- nature

- school

- library

- public

Thursday, September 20

- UHE- definitions

- prep for Mr. Eisenstat

1. Questions about acting           2. Questions about Shakespeare          3. Questions about career/college

Friday, September 21

- Zach Eisenstat

Sept 24 - Sept 28

Monday, September 24

- thank you cards for Mr. Eisenstat

- Macbeth background & characters

Macbeth Notes


- King James I comes to the throne - he’s Scottish and has written a book about witches

- Macbeth was written between 1603 and 1606

- concerned with equivocation


- the difference between appearance and reality

- ill-fitting clothes

- blood and hands


Macbeth                       Lady Macbeth                     King Duncan                             Three Witches

Tuesday, September 25

- Macbeth

Wednesday, September 26


No Ms. Kennett

Thursday, September 27

act 1 scene 1

Friday, September 28

act 1 scene 2

Oct 1 - Oct 5

Monday, October 1

universal Human Experience - blogging

Tuesday, October 2

act 1 scene 3

Wednsdy, October 3

act 1 review

Thursday,October 4

- Macbeth

act i scene 5 - lady macbeth

Friday, October 5

- Macbeth

act 1 scene 6 & 7 - welcome to inverness and macbeth’ reluctance

who is more in control in this relationship and how do you know?

Oct 9 - Oct 12

Tuesday, October 9

- Macbeth rap

- act 2 preview

- 2.1

- who do you think will kill Duncan and why?

draw macbeth and his dagger - what is one thing he says and one thing he is thinking?

Wednesday, October 10

- Enter Sandman

- 2.2

what are three ways this song connects to the play st this moment?

what did macbeth do? what did lady macbeth do?

how has macbeth changed?

what do you think will change in their relationship now?

Thursday, October 11

- 2.3 - the king is dead!

who finds Duncan?

how do these people act in this scene and why do they act this way?



Lady Macbeth:

Malcolm & Donalbain:

Friday, October 12

- 2.4

Gossip in Scotland: draw the Scottish Scandal front page

October 15-19


- writing / thesis vine


- 3.1

- watch 3.1/3.2


explain three moments when Macbeth is taking charge and how he does it

- read through 3.1 and note:

     - why is Banquo suspicious?

     - what does Macbeth make sure will happen that evening?

     - who does Macbeth talk to, and what doe he want them to do?

     - is Macbeth ‘owning’ this murder? how/how not?

- 3.2 question


- PSAT’s!


- 3.3 Murder!

- 3.4 - Do not shake thy gory locks at me!!! Ghosts! Blood! Murderous thoughts!!!


- 3.6

homework: 3.6 & questions

Oct 22 - Oct 26

Monday, October 22

- review Relevance Rainbow

- witches brew

- 4.1

- watch the Orson Welles version

- compare / contrast Harry Potter version of Hogwarts song

Tuesday, October 23

- Macduff’s family

- Malcolm & Macduff

Wednesday, October 24


Thursday, October 25

- 5.1 - sleepwalking scene

Friday, October 26

- 5.2 - 5.7!

weekend hw: pull 5 quotations that relate to your topic / theme

1) quick review

     - beware Macduff

     - none of woman born shall harm Macbeth

     - until the forest comes to the castle (until Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane)

Oct 29 - Nov 2

Monday, October 29

hurricane day

Tuesday, October 30

hurricane day

Wednesday, October 31

- pick ‘evolution’

- find quotations that relate to that evolution


Macbeth Final Project Assignment Sheet

guilt -

evil - At first he was persuaded into evil, but then Macbeth owns it

struggle - At first Macbeth struggles to not be evil, but stops struggling because he wants control.

determination - Macbeth’s determined to go to extreme ends to get what he wants

guilt - Macbeth

good to evil - Macbeth turns from good to evil because he was influenced by evil spirits

confusion - Macbeth’s confusion about the prophecies gives him an excuse to do bad things.

evil - The Witches and Evil have increasing power as the play goes on.

how Macbeth felt about killing people - At the beginning of the play, Macbeth felt guilty about killing Duncan, but as the play went on, he felt more comfortable.

Thursday, November 1

- field trip reminders

- reflection paper (due Monday)

- creating the evolution through a medium of your choice

Field Trip Reminders - see slip. Also, update me if you’re not going tomorrow - we need accurate numbers.

Reflection Paper - typed, but can be hand-written. Include notes.

Friday, November 2

- Field Trip!

Weekend Homework: 2pg reflection paper

Field trip to Macbeth!

Reflection Paper Assignment Sheet

Nov 5 - Nov 9

Monday, November 5

- collect Macbeth Reflection Paper

- work on Final Project

- UHE Assignment - posted to blog by Friday

Workshop Day

- working on Macbeth Final Project

- UHE Assignment:

Tuesday, November 6

No School - Vote!

Wednesday, November 7

- Collect Final Projects

- computer lab

Macbeth Final Projects due

UHE Assignment

After reading Macbeth, explain how your universal human experience applies to the play. How does it help shed light on particular characters/ideas/themes? Create an argument about your UHE and try to persuade the reader to understand your point. Assume they know a little about Macbeth, but be clear with what information and context you provide.

    - parameters: 3-4 paragraphs, around 300-400 words, no first-person in final draft

Thursday, November 8

- Computer Lab

Finish and publish UHE post.

Friday, November 9 -

Marks Close

- Metacognitive Letters

Metacognitive Letter Assignment

November 12 - 16

Monday, November 12

No School - Veteran’s Day

Tuesday, November 13

1) New Term, New Seats!

     - sit next to people who have their birthday w/in the same 3 months

     - no same immediate neighbors

     - different ‘tri-area’ of the room’

2) Housekeeping: blogs, letters

3) 1000 words a week! / Term 2: POWER

HW: Respond to power

Wednesday, November 14

- power triangle - create questions and respond to them

- Lord of the Flies blog

- Power / Fear / Violence / Bullies, Bullied, Bystanders

HW: learn about Lord of the Flies - cite your sources

Lord of the Flies blog -- kennettlordoftheflies.blogspot.com

Thursday, November 15

- Chapter 1


Friday, November 16

- read

- talk about what’s happened so far

November 19 - November 21


Monday, November 19

- housekeeping: letters back and in writing folder, drama club, etc.  

- bullies, bullied, bystanders in chapters 1-3

- write about what you just learned / connected / are confused about

HW: read to finish chapter 3

The Notes on the Board...

Tuesday, November 20

- chapter 3

- intro to chapter 4

Wednesday, November 21

- 30-15-10



November 26 - 30

1) Housekeeping

2) Fear

3) Take one of these statements and relate it to Lord of the Flies

Homework is to finish chapter 7

Take one of these statements and relate it to Lord of the Flies

- People are afraid to trust other people

- People are often all about themselves

- People are afraid of the dark - they don’t know what’s out there - fear of the unknown

- Terrorism: the fear of being attacked, fear of being unsafe

- How do you build trust? consistency, developing a relationship

Tuesday, November 27

- You need to be in control if you’re in an argument - it’s hard when you’re emotionally invested (how do the boys handle themselves when they get upset?)

- we’re controlled by laws and forces out of our control (naturalism - how is nature more powerful than the boys?) (Ch 9)

- parents control in big picture choices - they also punish if you do wrong (do you need a force bigger than you? in what ways?)

- People are naturally evil because they will do anything to survive. Connect to being selfish (what makes people want to be considerate/altruistic? Ch11)

- People around you can make you more violent (at what point do you lose yourself in a group? Ch9)

- People lose control when they’re mad and become violent, can be in relationships (what is it about anger that’s easy to give in to?)

- Physical and mental abuse both still hurt and cause damage (how does violence against one affect the group? Ch12)

- Violence around you can affect how you interact with different people (does other people’s violence give you permission to be violent? Ch11)

- You’re easily influenced to be violent when you’re in a group (why? Ch9)

- Everyone has the potential to be really violent (what creates a culture of non-violence? ch12)

Wed, Nov 28

Chapter 7

Thurs, Nov 29

Chapter 8

Friday, Nov 30

Read / Catch up on notes

December 3-7

Monday, Dec 3

- read / take notes

Tuesday, Dec 4

Wednesday, Dec 5

- listen to newscast

- divide paper in two: look at the first four pages of chapter 10 and take notes on how R/P/S&E react to Simon’s death

- Chapter 10 - Jack’s group’s reaction and what it tells us

How are the boys reacting to Simon’s death?

- Ralph feels guilty but Piggy’s trying not to make its seem as bad

- Ralph: “That was murder” (156)

- Piggy: “It was an accident, and that’s that” (157).

- Sam and Eric: “We left early” (158) - they’re all trying to avoid admitting what they did

- “He touched Ralph’s bare shoulder and Ralph shuddered at the human contact” (157).

“Memory of the dance that none of them had attended shook all four boys convulsively” (158).

How is Jack’s group reacting to Simon’s death?

- they don’t admit it was Simon

- they are more paranoid / afraid

- they make the other boys into an enemy

Thursday, Dec 6

- field trip to Lincoln

- reading / writing

Friday, Dec 7

- What makes things break up like they do?  

- Ch 11 - Piggy

- Ch 12 - are they ‘saved’?

The groups have split

- Ralph, Piggy, Sam & Eric realize what happened

- Jack’s tribe doesn’t want to realize it and blames the beast

Jack’s tribe is at Castle Rock - there’s rocks and a thin path that they ‘defend’


- one of Jack’s followers - main followers

- he is a hunter

- he was part of the dance (151)

“Freed by the paint” (175) - the boys feel comfortable as savages. Represents that they don’t follow Ralph (and his rules, civilization, etc).

“Stop being silly” (175)

“I’m calling an assembly” (175)

“Some source of power began to pulse in Roger’s body” (175)

“A painted face spoke with the voice of Robert” (176).

“The sniggering of the savages became a loud derisive jeer” (176).

“You came sneaking up like a thief and stole Piggy’s glasses! (176).

“By common consent they were using the separs as sabers now, no longer daring the lethal points” (177).

“You aren’t playing the game” (177).

“Don’t you understand you painted fools?” (178).

“Samneric protested out of the heart of civilization” (178).



Choose a member of the tribe (Jack, Roger, Sam&Eric, other) and write about what’s going through their head during the chase!

December 10 - 14

Monday, December 10

- looking ahead at the next two weeks

- quotations / idea development

- work time

HW: finishing

Tuesday, December 11

- thesis development / outlines

Revise it:

From here, it's all about the revision process:

1. Ralph and Piggy called a meeting with the conch in an attempt to build a community on the island.

2. (reorder) In an attempt to build a community on the island, Ralph and Piggy called a meeting with the conch.

3. (reword) Trying to convene the survivors with the conch, Ralph and Piggy seek to build a community on the island.

4. (condense) Convening the survivors with the conch, Ralph and Piggy seek to build a community on the island.

5. (add new analysis) Establishing themselves as leaders, Ralph and Piggy convene the survivors in order to start building a community.

6. (cull the best from the previous sentences) Convening the survivors with the conch's call, Ralph and Piggy establish themselves as leaders in the building community.

7. (evaluate how strong your argument is and tweak word choice) By convening survivors with the conch's call, Ralph and Piggy establish themselves as leaders of the nascent community.

Wednesday, December 12

- outlines / rough draft

Thursday, December 13

- rough draft due at end of period

Friday, December 14

- peer editing

Jan 7 - Jan 11

Monday, January 7

- establishing the purpose of stories

- The Shape of Stories by Kurt Vonnegut

1. Why do we tell / read / watch / listen to stories?

     - tell stories of what happened in my life, mainly funny stuff - connection to other people

     - stories about information - what happened, inform self and other

     - telling stories through music, acting, voice - entertainment that’s always been there

     - we tell stories to share an experience we’ve had


2. Do you think stories are a Universal Human Experience? Why/why not?

    - everyone has their own story

    - yes, stories can relate to experiences you’ve had

    - everything has a story too

3. What stories speak to you / do like / don’t you like / should be told / shouldn’t be told?

      - stories about the past tell what happened before

      - Until lions have historians, hunters will always be the heroes

      - stories that teach you a lesson

      - need to know your history - if you don’t learn it, you’re doomed to repeat it

       - stories with a surprise ending

Tuesday, January 8

- creative writing

- what’s the point of stories?

Creative writing with story cubes.

What is the purpose of stories?

     - going to be shooting for 3-4 sentences as part of author’s bio

Wednesday, January 9

- writer’s intentions

- Gettysburg Address

How does what you want to say affect how you say it?

Write a letter to someone - something you don’t want to say / something you should say

Write about something that is hard to put into words

What was easy about this assignment? what was hard?

- content / topic

- to think of things to talk about - details

- easy to use writing as a different medium than talking to them

- putting thoughts into words

- getting details

- hard to think of what to say

CATHARSIS  - purging of emotion

Gettysburg Address - Abraham Lincoln

1) What was he talking about?

2) What did he want to say to the people?

consecrate - to make or declare sacred, to dedicate,

January 14 - 18

Monday, January 14

- favorite word

- Grammar: Nouns

- All the Pretty Horses - knifefight

Grammar: Nouns

- Why does he

All the Pretty Horses  excerpt

- How does McCarthy create fear, pain, and adrenaline through word choice, sentence structure, and sentence variety?

Tuesday, January 15

- lockdown

- unit overview

- intro to homework - what kind of man is Jarrat?

- what’s the point of a narrator?

HW: paragraph about Jarrat


1) what kind of man is Jarrat and how do you know?

     - topic sentence

     - lead-in

     - quotation

          - explain quotation

     - quotation

          - explain quotation

     - overall, what kind of man and why it matters

Wednesday, January 16

- Jarret

- ‘The Bridge’ excerpt - what does setting tell us about people?

HW: 1pg of short story

What do we learn about Jarret?

What does setting tell us about people?

Thursday, January 17

- story cubes quick write

- creative writing

Friday, January 18

- The Lottery

January 28 - February 1

Monday, January 28

- focused revision

- time to revise

- formatting nit picking stuff

Computer Lab

Lenses to revise for :

- setting - weather, place, buildings, air, objects, time of day

- travel

- dialogue - read it out loud - yes, out loud - you need to hear your characters

- characterization - you need distinct characters - complicate them!

- ending - show don’t tell, have a powerful ending

- beginning - how relate to the ending?

- a paragraph per event / idea

Submitting tomorrow:

- Times New Roman size 12

- indented every bit of dialogue

- no bold in the entire document (except title page) (except special permissions)

- title page with your title however you’d like, and ‘by ________’ on the page

- take your last name off everything

Tuesday, January 29

- hard copy submissions

- digital submissions

Computer Lab

Formatting for Submission:  

- no page numbers

- Times New Roman size 12

- 1.5 spacing, or single spacing (NOT double spacing)

- indented every separate line of dialogue

- no bold in the entire document (except title page) (except special permissions)

- title page with your title however you’d like, and ‘by ________’ on the page

- take your last name off everything

- your story should start at the TOP of the page (after the cover page)


1) cover page and correctly formatted story - NO LAST NAME ANYWHERE (last initial ok)

2) Click “File” → “Publish to the Web” then click “yes” - this will give you a link

3) Copy the link

4) Click here

5) Paste the link next to your name - if you need to move your name, let me know

5b) Print a hard copy of your story! Yay!

6) Compile your Short Story Portfolio (see below)

Hand in final Short Story Portfolio

- type up a Table of Contents (create a table of contents to show me what’s in your portfolio)

- rough drafts 1 and 2 - indicate for each draft WHAT you revised in it

- work from the chart

- in-class activities

Wednesday, January 30


Thursday, January 31

- reading & synthesizing

Read 3-5 stories

Friday, February 1

- reading & synthesizing

Monday, February 4

- check in about blog post

- Intersections of Poetry

- Ode to ______

1)hand in purpose for poetry

2) pick up piece of paper

3) sign out iPad

Tuesday, February 5

- what IS poetry?

- what do you want poetry to DO?


Poetry Intersections: Definitions x Free Form


You are going to make an ‘Introduction to Poetry’ Poem

You are going to take words from our class activity and the poems we read

Put them into a ‘found poem’

March 4 - March 8

Monday, March 4

- quick overview of Portfolio

- work time - writing the responses

Tuesday, March 5


Wednesday, March 6 - ½ day


Computer Lab

Thursday, March 7


Friday, March 8


Computer Lab

March 25 - 29


Monday, March 25

- MCAS long comp

No Ms. Kennett

MCAS Long Comp

Tuesday, March 26

- MCAS - how did it go?

- non-fiction overview

Wednesday, March 27

- check hw

- talk about being alone

- This is Who I Am When No One is Looking

Questions to ask (choose 1 to respond to) ¾- 1 page each

- (Explanatory) Why is alone time important to Pico Iyer?

- (Informative: Author’s Craft) How is alone time positioned as a betrayal? Find language that supports that

- (Explanatory: Personal Connections) What ways do you escape / need that space that compares / contrasts with Iyers?

- (Argumentative) People need/don’t need the type of alone time that Iyer describes.

Thursday, March 28

- intro to Pearltrees

- reading / writing

Getting started with Pearltrees

- make an account: pearltrees.com

- look at Ms. Kennett’s on her Pearltrees account

- start collecting ‘pearls’ that relate to your non-fiction- specifically and/or thematically

Friday, March 29 - No School

Good Friday

Weekend Homework: read / take notes / set up Pearltrees

May 6 - May 10

Monday, May 6

- reading

- human / humane / humanity

“Those were the first human words” (41).

“At the start of the third week, our Blockalteste was removed; he was judged too humane” (44).

What does ‘humanity’ mean in Auschwitz?

Tuesday, May 7

- reading

- abuse in the camps

“I had watched it all happening without moving. I kept silent. In fact, I thought of stealing away in order not to suffer the blows. What’s more if I felt anger at that moment, it was not directed at the Kapo but at my father. Why couldn't he have avoided Idek’s wrath? That was what life in a concentration camp had made of me...” (54).

(write down at least one sentence)

Why was his anger at his father and not the man beating him?

I remember that on that evening, the soup tasted better than ever...” (63). Wiesel appreciated having his life and the ability to taste even the terrible soup they served. Since he was not the one dead, he was able to celebrate his own survival.

“That night, the soup tasted of corpses” (65).

why did the soup taste of corpses