Monday, May 22, 2017

Racial Profiling


  • Journal: How do you feel about how the family was treated in the novel?
  • Review--definition of racial profiling
  • Pros/cons list + worksheet

  • Make sure you have read Part 3
  • Finish ws from class
  • Final drafts due Friday
  • 6/1--vocab due

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Title Punctuation and Quotation Review


  • Review exercises 1 + 2
  • Complete exercise 3
  • Workshop time for critical lens

  • 6/1--vocab
  • Part 3 reading and questions due Friday

Monday, May 15, 2017

Punctuating Titles and Quotes


  • Questions on pacing
  • Blue book p. 598--exercises 1 & 2

  • Exercises due tomorrow
  • Part 3 reading will be due Thursday

Friday, May 12, 2017

Reading Workshop


  • Vocab site warm-up
  • Make sure you have turned in your draft
  • Reading workshop w/ questions
  • Read "Train" and answers questions for Monday

Executive Order 9066


  • Vocab
  • Packing List Activity
  • Executive Order Review
  • Author bg

  • Draft due tomorrow
  • Read part 1 for tomorrow

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Colon and Semicolon Test +Workshop


  • Colon and semicolon test
  • Essay workshop
  • Draft of essay due Friday

Friday, May 5, 2017

Critical Lens: Drafting


  • Vocab warm-up
  • Workshop for Critical Lens

  • Draft of Critical Lens due 5/12
  • Vocab due (approx 6/1)

Grammar Review and Continuation


  • Review colons and semi-colons
  • Continue brainstorming sheet #2

  • Brainstorming due tomorrow
  • Colons and semi-colons quiz next week
  • Continue working on next vocab list for OMM

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Critical Lens: Brainstorming II


  • Overview of worksheet
  • Directions on thematic statements and finding quotes
  • Workshop
  • Brainstorming part II will be due Friday
  • OMM vocab--begin to work on, due date coming

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Critical Lens: Brainstorming


  • Brainstorming page
  • Continue group work from yesterday
    • Reading questions if not done with the text
    • Wang Lung's end questions otherwise
  • Wang Lung's end summative questions
  • Brainstorming sheet should have been completed before the end of class

Monday, May 1, 2017

Wang Lung's End

*In a paragraph explain how or to what extent Wang Lung is a static or a dynamic character. Be sure to consider the 4-square posters.
*Look back at the "About the Good Earth" reading. Answer one of the following: Does Buck illustrate a universal farmer? (last paragraph of the reading) -or- Discuss briefly the extent to which the story is historically accurate. This also should be a paragraph.
*What do you make of the ending of the novel? Why? Will the family be ruined by leaving the land as the old man warns earlier in the text. You need to write in full sentences and support your answer.

-Your work will be graded on the basis of the quality of your writing and the content of your answer. (Your answers should accurately reflect what happens in the text.)

Summative Questions Due Wed.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Post-Test and Presentations


  • Complete chapter post-test on commas and semi-colons
  • 4-Square Presentations

  • Make sure that you are caught up!  Next week, we are going to start our writing exercises!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

4 Square II: The Land and Wang Lung


  • Review colon and semi-colon exercise
  • 4-Square Introduction
  • Make sure you have enough of your square finished that you can complete it in class tomorrow

Monday, April 24, 2017

Semi-colons and Colons


  • Complete exercises 1 and 2 from the chapter

  • Be prepared to review at the beginning of class
  • Read to end of book and complete reading of The Good Earth

Cultural Constructions


  • What makes a good breakfast?
  • Breakfast around the world:
  • Discussion of cultural lens and cultural relativism
  • Qigong practice
  • Found poems due before break
  • Read 31-32

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Parallels in Literature


  • What are parallels in Lit?  ( video)
  • Use notes to complete worksheet
  • Use book to discuss parallels in The Good Earth
  • Finish worksheet
  • Read ch 28-29 for tomorrow
  • Found poems are due tomorrow

Thursday, April 6, 2017

4-Square Continued


  • Continue working on 4-square project
  • Read ch 20-21 and answer questions
  • Found Poem due before break

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Wang Lung's Relationship to the Land


  • 4 Square Activity Explanation
  • Classwork time
  • Read chapters 18 + 19
  • Found poems due 4/13

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Found Poem Workshop


  • Continue workshop

  • Poems due before break
  • Make sure that you are on pace with your reading (through chapter 17)

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Extending the Debate to the Text


  • Tips for future debates (what went well and what didn't)
  • Summative worksheet: Apply the information from the debate to Wang Lung.  Will his arranged marriage survive? 
  • Make sure that you have read chapters 9-11 for tomorrow



  • Lincoln-Douglas Debate
  • Read Ch 9-11 w/ reading questions

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Short Period: Arranged Marriage Continued


  • Review video link and article interview
  • Pros/cons list with partner
  • Continue adding to list and to the paragraph at the end with chapters 2 and 3
  • WS due tomorrow
  • Ch 2-3 w/ reading questions due tomorrow
  • Comma test Friday

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Short Period: Eastern Thoughts on Arranged Marriage


  • Sign out books and reminders about the Chinese Dictionary entries
  • Viewing:
  • Reading interview
  • Partner activity: start pros/cons list

  • Read ch 1 and answer reading questions

Monday, March 20, 2017

O Pioneers Presentations


  • Presentations
  • Review of comma post-test

  • Chinese Dictionary entries due tomorrow
  • Comma test will be Friday unless you achieved an MP

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Workshop Day


  • Choice
    • Group project
    • Chinese dictionary entry
    • Enrichment: poetry

  • Presentation due Monday
  • Chinese dictionary entry due Tuesday

Friday, March 10, 2017

Intro to The Good Earth


  • None, think about which term you would like to work on tomorrow

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Comma Work and Group Time


  • Hand in comma revisions
  • Complete ch 24 Posttest on pg 584-585 (all questions)
    • Your grade could exempt you from a summative
  • Continue group work

  • Summative on 3/16 if do not pass
  • 3/14 group projects due

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Directions for Presentation Project


  • Presentation directions and rubric
  • Time to work in groups

  • Comma work due on Thursday
  • Presentation due on Tuesday

Monday, March 6, 2017


Group Work continued


  • WIN boxes due tomorrow
  • Comma exercises due Thursday
  • Check Missing Work asap

Friday, March 3, 2017

Informational Text Reading Strategy, Group Project

Gender on the Great Plains: O Pioneers! Project

Ms. Hoffmann
English 10
Gender on the Great Plains Project
  • To practice understanding and discussing information from informational texts
  • To discuss literary works in light of informational text
  • To create multimedia presentations to share information with peers

Now that you have read your assigned encyclopedia article, it is time for you to share your findings with others in your group. You will be using these findings to analyze ideas in O Pioneers!, which you will share with the rest of the class through Google Slides or Prezi.

Due Date:  Monday, March 13th

Step 1: Compare reading notes with others in your group.  It is essential that you make sure you all are on the same page now before you begin your analysis or presentation.  Take the time to help each other and ask questions.

Step 2: Consider the questions below.  You should have someone record notes as you discuss for your presentation.

Note: If you have the journal article by Dyck, you will be focusing on whether or not you agree with his interpretation of the novel, why, and what that means for the deeper message of the novel.

  • How does Alexandra compare to the woman pioneers discussed in your text?

  • What makes them similar or different?  Please refer to specific details from the text and your article.

  • Why does Cather make Alexandra so like or unlike the depictions in the articles?  Hint: Think about how it helps her get across her message or theme to have Alexandra so alike or unlike these New Women pioneers.
Step 3: Create your presentation in Google Slides or Prezi.  Make sure all members of your group can access it.  Your presentation needs to contain the following information.  It also should be completed keeping in mind the presentation rubric (
  • Title Slide
  • Summary of information from the article.  (This should happen over a few slides. If you have one slide you either do not have enough information, or you are putting too much on single slides. Please do not let any of your slides get too wordy.)
  • Slides comparing Alexandra to the women pioneers of the article
  • Explanation of what the similarity or difference means for the theme of the text
  • Concluding slide (if the previous explanation did not tie your ideas together)

Step 4: Edit! Proofread!  Yes, even for a presentation.

Commas Revisited


  • Complete Exercises for the questions that you got wrong on the diagnostic test
  • Vocab List if finished early
  • Finish comma exercises by next Thursday
  • Vocab list due Monday

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Groups Day


  • Split into groups
    • Cather Letter
    • Motifs/Land II
    • Exceeds Group
  • Vocab now due on 3/6  (no more extensions)
  • Please check and see if you need to make up the subject-verb test

Monday, February 27, 2017

Film Adaptations: Day 3 Conclusions


  • Finish film
  • Work on film questions

  • Complete Q 1-3 and another 3 questions of your choice on the film
  • Check your missing work logs, progress reports are closing soon

Friday, February 17, 2017

Media Adaptations and O Pioneers!


  • Worksheet Review
  • Viewing O Pioneers! Hallmark adaptation

  • Make sure you are caught up
  • You should have your six O Pioneers! questions ready to hand in by the end of today's class

Friday, February 10, 2017

Comma Diagnostic


  • Comma/end mark diagnostic test (pp. 564-566)
  • Work on The Good Earth vocabulary list  (or a chance to make up late work)
  • Make sure you have finished reading O Pioneers!
  • Vocab list will be due 3/1

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Workshop Time


  • Academic Integrity Discussion
  • Group work
  • Friday Bird Motif Summative Due
  • Part V reading questions due tomorrow

Monday, February 6, 2017

Motif and Allusion Review


  • Motif and allusion review
  • Connecting to themes:  In a Google Doc explain if your prediction was correct as well as which theme the allusion/motif of the mulberries supports.
  • Group Work
  • Part 5 Reading and Questions due Wednesday
  • 2/10 Q2 finalized work due

Friday, February 3, 2017

The Mulberry Bush Motif


  • Review motif and answers from previous doc
  • Reading allusion/motif: "Pyramus and Thisbe"
  • Prediction: Based on Cather's motif of the mulberry bush (allusion to P & T), how do you think the story will end?
  • Read the second half of part IV and answer the reading questions that come with it

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Motif Intro


  • Motif Notes:
  • Part A and B w/ partner in notes doc
  • Letters due tomorrow
  • Finish reading Part IV with questions for Monday

Friday, January 27, 2017

Goals Worksheet


  • STAR Results
  • Grade sheet reflection
  • Workshop Time


  • Letter due Wednesday
  • POL on Tuesday

Thursday, January 26, 2017



  • STAR testing
  • Workshop time for letter and reading questions

  • Letter now due Wednesday
  • Reading questions still due tomorrow for Part 4 Ch 1-4

Monday, January 23, 2017

Part 3: Novel Demeuble Raft


  • Review
  • Review Task and Grading Criteria:
  • Workshop Time
  • Finish Letter for Friday
  • Read ch 1-4 of Part 4 for Friday
  • Practice poems (guest artist comes on Thursday)

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Close Reading Continued


  • Overview of the grading system
  • Review terms
  • Close reading of selected passages
  • P3 reading questions now due tomorrow
  • Begin reviewing your POL poem

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Novel Demeuble Continued (selections to choose from)

Ms. Hoffmann
English 10

The Novel Démeublé Passages

Selection from Willa Cather’s My Antonia:

Selection from Nathanial Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter:

Selection from Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn:

Selection from Henry James The Portrait of a Lady:

Selection from Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina:

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

POL: Changing Emphasis


  • Review of last activity
  • Listening to Sonnet 18 for tone and meaning
    • How does the tone support the meaning
  • Practice changing emphasis

  • Practice your poem
  • Read Part 3 for Thursday with reading questions

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Catch-up Day

Many students absent on a field trip.  See previous post regarding deadlines.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Novel Demeuble


  • Review Cather's Article
  • Answer Questions
  • Extra Time?  Workshop

  • Complete Cather Style Questions
  • Read 8-9 for tomorrow (10-12 saved for Friday due to glitch)
  • Draft due Tuesday

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Subject Verb Review


  • Complete Review Exercise A pp. 460-461 (must pass to take Friday's Quiz)
  • Continue working on SPOTTTS analysis (due Friday)
  • Edit and Revise Papers (due next Tuesday)
  • See deadlines above
  • Complete reading questions for chapters 8-9 (and make sure you actually read!)

Monday, January 9, 2017



  • Review of SPOTTTS
  • SPOTTTS analysis of selected poem
  • Blue Book 1-13 should be completed for tomorrow
  • Read chapters 6 +7 along with questions for tomorrow
  • SPOTTTS due Friday
  • Draft now due 1/17

Friday, January 6, 2017

Subject-Verb Agreement


  • Continue working on subject-verb agreement.  You should finish up through exercise 13 by next Wednesday in preparation for Friday's test.
  • Work on paper if finished early
  • Final paper due 1/13
  • Read chapters 1-5 with questions for Monday

Thursday, January 5, 2017

City or Country Life: Agree/Disagree Lines


  • Read article
  • Complete agree/disagree survey.  Be sure to answer the whys.
  • Agree/Disagree Lines
  • Blue book work with extra time
  • 1/13 Final Draft of paper due
  • Read chapter 6 and 7 w/ questions for tomorrow
  • Make up work from before break due tomorrow

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Paper Workshop


  • Common Issues in Drafts Reviewed
  • Final Draft Writing
  • Revisions and Retakes from before break due at the end of the week
  • Final Draft due 1/17 (date may need to be bumped back to 1/13 depending on when the quarter ends...I will update you accordingly)

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Grammar Practice: Subject-Verb Agreement


  • Announcements
  • Subject-Verb 
    • pp 446-455 reading and exercises 1-8

  • You have through to the end of the week to complete make-up work from before break
  • Land paragraph and reading questions 4-5 should have been handed in
  • Complete additional exercises if you did not get close to finishing the 8 exercises during class