ENGLISH I

Exploring the Human Experience



HONORS ENGLISH I

Exploring the Human Experience


Week
Unit
Core Materials
Major Assignments
Week
Unit
Core Materials
Major Assignments
1

August 22-24
Genre Review

and

Narrative Writing
"The Story of an Hour" Kate Chopin

"My Name is Esperanza" Poem- Annotation Lesson
The House on Mango Street excerpt by Sandra Cisneros- "My Name" pg. 711- Author Study pg. 705 excerpt

Excerpt from A Raisin in the Sun Lorraine Hansburry- Mr. Lindner vs. Walter Lee- Social Experience
Beneatha- Cultural Experience

Writing Prompt:
Writers often highlight the values of a culture or a society by using characters who are alienated from that culture or society because of gender, race, class, or creed. Choose a novel or a play in which such a character plays a significant role and show how that character's alienation reveals the surrounding society's assumptions or moral values.
What's In A Name? Narrative
1

August 22-24
Genre Review

Revenge and Regret
"The Story of an Hour" Kate Chopin

"My Name is Esperanza" Poem- Annotation Lesson
The House on Mango Street" excerpt by Sandra Cisneros- "My Name" pg. 711- Author Study pg. 705 excerpt

Excerpt from A Raisin in the Sun Lorraine Hansburry
Mr. Lindner vs. Walter Lee- Social Experience
Beneatha- Cultural Experience

Writing Prompt:
Writers often highlight the values of a culture or a society by using characters who are alienated from that culture or society because of gender, race, class, or creed. Choose a novel or a play in which such a character plays a significant role and show how that character's alienation reveals the surrounding society's assumptions or moral values.
"The Gift of the Magi" by O Henry- homework
2

August 27-31
Genre
Review

and

Narrative Writing
"The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell pg. 38

Elements of a Short Story- focus on plot and figurative language- metaphor, simile, personification, foreshadowing

Critical Lens Prompt:
“Good literature substitutes for an experience which we have not ourselves lived through.” – Alexander Solzhenitsyn
What's In A Name? Narrative
2

August 27-31
Revenge and Regret
"The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell pg. 38

Elements of a Short Story- focus on plot and figurative language- metaphor, simile, personification, foreshadowing

Critical Lens Prompt:
“Good literature substitutes for an experience which we have not ourselves lived through.” – Alexander Solzhenitsyn
"The Gift of the Magi" by O Henry- homework
3

September
4-7
Revenge and Regret

and

Narrative Writing
"The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe pg. 207

Elements of a Short Story- focus on setting, mood, tone, figurative language, inference, conflict, antagonist, protagonist, point of view
The House on Mango Street" excerpt by Sandra Cisneros
What's In A Name? Narrative
3

September
4-7
Revenge and Regret

and

Narrative Writing
"The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe pg. 207

Elements of a Short Story- focus on setting, mood, tone, figurative language, inference, conflict, antagonist, protagonist, point of view
The House on Mango Street" excerpt by Sandra Cisneros
What's In A Name? Narrative

"The Gift of the Magi" by O Henry- homework
4

September
10-14
Revenge and Regret
"The Scarlet Ibis" by James Hurst pg. 592

Short Story Narrative Writing- In-class 2-3 pages typed

Types of Plot- happily ever after, unhappy, fork in the road, quest, rescue, pursuit, revenge, maturation, sacrifice, transformation

Types of Characters- round, flat, static, dynamic, indirect characterization/direct characterization
What's In A Name? Narrative DUE
4

September
10-14
Revenge and Regret

and

Narrative Writing
"The Scarlet Ibis" by James Hurst pg. 592

Short Story Narrative Writing 2-3 pages typed

Types of Plot- happily ever after, unhappy, fork in the road, quest, rescue, pursuit, revenge, maturation, sacrifice, transformation

Types of Characters- round, flat, static, dynamic, indirect characterization/direct characterization
What's In A Name? Narrative DUE

"The Gift of the Magi" by O Henry- homework
5

September
17-21
Perception
Inquiry-Based Learning- What does the text tell us about science (complexity of humans), social studies (culture & society), and math (economy & social status)? What does this text have in common with other literature?

"My Papa's Waltz" by Theodore Roethke pg. 613
imagery and connotation

Elements of poetry- focus on mood, tone, connotation, point of view, lyrical poetry, hiaku, assonance, consonance, dramatic poetry, enjambment, ode

Li-Young Lee. "The Gift."
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/171752

Giovanni, Nikki. "Love Is."
http://www.afropoets.net/nikkigiovanni6.html
Ode
Haiku
Song Lyrics-Study

Poetry Presentation- your own original work
5

September
17-21
Perception

and

Research Paper- Expository Writing
Inquiry-Based Learning- What does the text tell us about science (complexity of humans), social studies (culture & society), and math (economy & social status)? What does this text have in common with other literature?

"My Papa's Waltz" by Theodore Roethke pg. 613
imagery and connotation

Elements of poetry- focus on mood, tone, connotation, point of view, lyrical poetry, hiaku, assonance, consonance, dramatic poetry, enjambment, ode

Li-Young Lee. "The Gift."
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/171752

Giovanni, Nikki. "Love Is."
http://www.afropoets.net/nikkigiovanni6.html

Introduction: Inquiry-Based Research
    • What do I want to know about this topic/person?
    • What do I need to know?
    • What do I know already and how do I know it?
    • What might a possible answer be?
Ode
Haiku
Song Lyrics-Study


Memorize and Recite a Poem

Research Paper- Poet- growth and influences over the years
6

September
24-28
Perception
Shakespearean Sonnets


Poetry Terminology- meter, rhyme, couplet, heroic couplet, sonnet, rhyme scheme, imagery, diction, analogy, blank verse

6

September
24-28
Perception

and

Passion

and

Research Paper- Expository Writing
Shakespearean Sonnets


Poetry Terminology-
meter, rhyme, couplet, heroic couplet, sonnet, rhyme scheme, imagery, diction, analogy, blank verse

"Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare- homework

Need Extra Help? Go Here: No Fear Shakespeare
Memorize and Recite a Poem

Research Paper
7

October
1-5
Passion
"Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare
Elements of a Drama- aside, blank verse, classical allusions, comedy, dialogue, dramatic irony, foil , Greek chorus, heroic couplet, iambic pentameter, irony: dramatic, situational, verbal, monologue, protagonist, soliloquy, tragedy, tragic hero, tragic flaw, tragic illumination

Need Extra Help? Go Here: No Fear Shakespeare

7

October
1-5
Passion

and

Research Paper- Expository Writing
"Romeo and Juliet"- homework

Critical Lens Prompt:

"One meets his destiny often in the road he takes to avoid it." -French Proverb

Bitesize Macbeth Preview Plot Video

Nonfiction Connection- Martin Luther King's Speech "I Have a Dream"- Comparison between MLK and Prince at the end of Act V

"Macbeth" by William Shakespeare
Elements of a Drama- aside, blank verse, classical allusions, comedy, dialogue, dramatic irony, foil , Greek chorus, heroic couplet, iambic pentameter, irony: dramatic, situational, verbal, monologue, protagonist, soliloquy, tragedy, tragic hero, tragic flaw, tragic illumination

Need Extra Help? Go Here: No Fear Shakespeare
Research Paper
8

October
9-12
Passion
"Romeo and Juliet" Act Two

Nonfiction Connection- from Black Boy Richard Wright pg. 654- autobiography

Literary Elements common to fiction and nonfiction- inference, figurative language, characterization

8

October
9-12
Passion
"Macbeth" Act Two

SPEECH & PROJECT: Why Macbeth matters to me- Exhibition
Research Paper- Due
9

October
15-19
Passion
"Romeo and Juliet" Act Three

Writing Prompt:
A recurring theme in literature is the classic war between a passion and responsibility. For instance, a personal cause, a love, a desire for revenge, a determination to redress a wrong, or some other emotion or drive may conflict with moral duty. Explain how Shakespeare does this in "Romeo and Juliet" in which a character confronts the demands of a private passion that conflicts with his or her responsibilities. In a well-written essay show clearly the nature of the conflict, its effects upon the character, and its significance to the work.

9

October
15-19
Passion
"Macbeth" Act Three

Found Poem Activity with Explanation- Characters
Group One- Lady Macbeth
Group Two- Macbeth
Group Three- The Witches
Group Four- Banquo
Group Five- King Duncan
Group Six- Macduff
Search current events to find connections to Macbeth in today's society
10

October
22-26
Passion
"Romeo and Juliet" Act Four

Critical Lens Prompt:

"One meets his destiny often in the road he takes to avoid it." -French Proverb

10

October
22-26
Passion
"Macbeth" Act Four

Macbeth in today's world- nonfiction connection

Writing Prompt:
A recurring theme in literature is the classic war between a passion and responsibility. For instance, a personal cause, a love, a desire for revenge, a determination to redress a wrong, or some other emotion or drive may conflict with moral duty. Explain how Shakespeare does this in "Macbeth" in which a character confronts the demands of a private passion that conflicts with his or her responsibilities. In a well-written essay show clearly the nature of the conflict, its effects upon the character, and its significance to the work.
Macbeth in today's society- project DUE
11

October
29- November
2
Passion
"Romeo and Juliet" Act Five

Nonfiction Connection- Martin Luther King's Speech "I Have a Dream"- Comparison between MLK and Prince at the end of Act V

Introduction: Inquiry-Based Research
    • What do I want to know about this topic/person?
    • What do I need to know?
    • What do I know already and how do I know it?
    • What might a possible answer be?

11

October
29- November
2
Passion
"Macbeth" Act Five

"Out, Out" Robert Frost- poetry connection

Bitesize Macbeth Video

Writing Prompt:
In some novels and plays certain parallel or recurring events prove to be significant. In an essay, describe the major similarities and differences in a sequence of parallel or recurring events in "Macbeth" and discuss the significance of such events. Do not merely summarize the plot.

12

November
5-8
Journey of the Hero
Pass It On Activity- an exploration of Oral and Literate Tradition- Fairy Tales, Tall Tales, Fables, and Myths

Journey of the Hero

Visual Presentation- Hero's Journey

"The Odyssey" by Homer
Epic Poetry Terminology- the classical epic poem, allusion, archetype, arete, epic poetry, epic/Homeric simile, epithet, hero, heroic couplet, iambic pentameter, invocation, narrative, oral tradition


Research Paper- Poet- growth and influences over the years
12

November
5-8
Journey of the Hero
Pass It On Activity- an exploration of Oral and Literate Tradition- Fairy Tales, Tall Tales, Fables, and Myths

Journey of the Hero

Visual Presentation- Hero's Journey

"The Odyssey" by Homer
Epic Poetry Terminology- the classical epic poem, allusion, archetype, arete, epic poetry, epic/Homeric simile, epithet, hero, heroic couplet, iambic pentameter, invocation, narrative, oral tradition



13

November 12-16
Journey of the Hero
"The Odyssey" by Homer

"My Epic Hero" poem

Gallery of Heroes
Research Paper
13

November 12-16
Journey of the Hero

and

Persuasive Writing
"The Odyssey" by Homer

"My Epic Hero" poem

Gallery of Heroes


Persuasive Writing:
The Panther Hero Project
Review the above website and brainstorm our own Panther Hero Project
Begin organizing the Panther Hero Project
14

November 19-21
Journey of the Hero
"The Odyssey" by Homer

Star Wars Connection- Media today

Poetry Connection: "The Road Not Taken" Robert Frost pg. 288
Research Paper
14

November 19-21
Journey of the Hero

and

Persuasive Writing
"The Odyssey" by Homer

Star Wars Connection- Media today

Poetry Connection: "The Road Not Taken" Robert Frost pg. 288

Persuasive Writing:
The Panther Hero Project
Continue work on the Panther Hero Project
15

November
27-30
Honor
Harper Lee Biography

Search and Find: Build Background for TKAM
Seat One- Ruby Bates & The Scottsboro Boys
Seat Two- Ku Klux Klan
Seat Three- Adolf Hitler, Nazi Racism, & Mein Kampf
Seat Four- The Great Depression
Seat Five- Lynching and Jesse Owens (1936 Olympics)

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Fiction Terminology- antagonist, characterization, characters: major and minor, conflict, extended metaphor, motif, parallel plots, protagonist, setting, theme
Research Paper Due
15

November
27-30
Honor

and

Persuasive Writing
Harper Lee Biography

Build Background for TKAM- Mini Research Paper


To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Fiction Terminology- antagonist, characterization, characters: major and minor, conflict, extended metaphor, motif, parallel plots, protagonist, setting, theme
Continue work on the Panther Hero Project
16

December
3-7
Honor
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Nonfiction Connection- "Proper Clothes- Proper Behavior"

Poetry Connection- "Strange Fruit" Billie Holiday- lyrics

Critical Lens Prompt:
“Fear always springs from ignorance.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

16

December
3-7
Honor

and

Persuasive Writing
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Nonfiction Connection- "Proper Clothes- Proper Behavior"

Poetry Connection- "Strange Fruit" Billie Holiday- lyrics

Critical Lens Prompt:
“Fear always springs from ignorance.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Continue work on the Panther Hero Project
17

December
10-14
Honor
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Poetry Connection- "My Arkansas" by Maya Angelou

Essay
Select a quotation from one of the characters of To Kill a Mockingbird (or other novel, if applicable) and write an argument that explains what the quotation reveals about the theme of honor in the book. State thesis clearly and include at least three pieces of evidence to support the thesis.

17

December
10-14
Honor

and

Persuasive Writing
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Poetry Connection- "My Arkansas" by Maya Angelou

Essay
Select a quotation from one of the characters of To Kill a Mockingbird (or other novel, if applicable) and write an argument that explains what the quotation reveals about the theme of honor in the book. State thesis clearly and include at least three pieces of evidence to support the thesis.
Complete work on the Panther Hero Project
18

December
17-21
Honor
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Nonfiction Connection- "Legal Segregation" article
and "Justice for All" article

Nonfiction Connection- "Morphine: A Southern Lady's Drug"

Writing Prompt:
In retrospect, the reader often discovers that the first chapter of a novel or the opening scene of a drama introduces some of the major themes of the work. Write an essay about the opening scene of To Kill a Mockingbird in which you explain how it functions in this way.
Empathy Paper
18

December
17-21
Honor
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Nonfiction Connection- "Morphine: A Southern Lady's Drug"

Writing Prompt:
In retrospect, the reader often discovers that the first chapter of a novel or the opening scene of a drama introduces some of the major themes of the work. Write an essay about the opening scene of To Kill a Mockingbird in which you explain how it functions in this way.
Empathy Paper
19

January
2-4
Honor
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Poetry Connection- "Incident" by Countee Cullen

Nonfiction Connection- Search and Find: TKAM in Today's Society as it relates to the theme of Honor and the Human Experience

Writing Prompt:
Although literary critics have tended to praise the unique in literary characterizations, many authors have employed the stereotyped character successfully. In a well-written essay, show how the conventional or stereotyped character or characters in To Kill a Mockingbird function to achieve the author's purpose.

19

January
2-4
Honor
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Nonfiction Connection- Search and Find: TKAM in Today's Society as it relates to the theme of Honor and the Human Experience

Writing Prompt:
Although literary critics have tended to praise the unique in literary characterizations, many authors have employed the stereotyped character successfully. In a well-written essay, show how the conventional or stereotyped character or characters in To Kill a Mockingbird function to achieve the author's purpose.

20
January
7-11
Reflection
Nonfiction

"The Gettysburg Address"
text

Critical Lens Prompt:
“Good literature substitutes for an experience which we have not ourselves lived through.” – Alexander Solzhenitsyn

(a reflection for now and of past response- week 2)

Revisit- MLK Speech "I Have a Dream" and connections to "Romeo and Juliet" and "To Kill a Mockingbird"

Viewpoints on Equality Quotes and Connections to Society and the Human Experience

Literature Circle Group Project DUE
20

January
7-11
Reflection
Nonfiction


"The Gettysburg Address"
text

Critical Lens Prompt:
“Good literature substitutes for an experience which we have not ourselves lived through.” – Alexander Solzhenitsyn


(a reflection for now and of past response- week 2)


Revisit- MLK Speech "I Have a Dream" and connections to "Romeo and Juliet" and "To Kill a Mockingbird"

Viewpoints on Equality Quotes and Connections to Society and the Human Experience

Literature Circle Group Project DUE
21
Exam Review


21
Exam Review