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7th Period: The Week of 27 April - 1 May

7th Period: The Week of 27 April - 1 May Students had class on Monday and Wednesday and Friday of this week.

On Monday students turned in their essays on Henry V.

Students self-evaluated their essays by answering the following questions

How does this essay address the use of language? Does it show your ability to compare and contrast the use of language?

Which essential question from this unit is addressed in this essay? How well did you address this question in your essay?

What grade do you think you have earned on this assignment and why?

We were only able to enjoy a few Senior Presentations



Wednesday the class primarily enjoyed hearing Senior Thesis Presentations

Mr. Zartler introduced the "My Plan" essay.

On Friday students received a graphic organizer for the "My Plan" essay  and had the class period to write the essay, upload it to Naviance, and to turn in a hard copy with a grading rubric attached to Mr. Zartler.

4th Period: The Week of 27-20 April

4th Period: The Week of 27-30 April Students had class on Monday and Thursday of this week.

On Monday students turned in their essays on Henry V.

Students self-evaluated their essays by answering the following questions

How does this essay address the use of language? Does it show your ability to compare and contrast the use of language?

Which essential question from this unit is addressed in this essay? How well did you address this question in your essay?

What grade do you think you have earned on this assignment and why?

After this the class discussed an article about the government of Afganistan's efforts to promote literacy and the work of Portland resident Zahar Wahab to help spread literacy there.

Then Mr. Zartler introduced the "My Plan" essay.

On Thursday students received a graphic organizer for the "My Plan" essay  and had the class period to write the essay, upload it to Naviance, and to turn in a hard copy with a grading rubric attached to Mr. Zartler.

Thursday, April 23rd

4th Period continued with Thesis presentations.

Students were also reminded to read the article about Literacy in Afganistan for Monday.

The class reviewed for the Henry V paper due on Monday.

Mr. Zartler presented a lesson on Connotation and Denotation to prepare students for the Motif Tracking that students will pursue while reading Kite Runner. Students had time to begin reading Kite Runner.

Kite RunnerMotif Tracking
Definition: A motif is a recurring object, concept, or structure in a work of literature.A motif may also be two contrasting elements in a work such as good and evil.The purpose of this journal is to track motifs that serve as ways to unify the work as a whole.

Directions:In a journal consisting of two columns, track three motifs found in the novel.In the left hand column, write up to ten words of the quote where the motif appears, label the motif, and include the page number.Include a minimum of five entries per motif (15 total).In the right column, discuss the author’s pur…

Tuesday / Wednesday 21 / 22 April

Students were given a checklist to first self-check then peer-check their Henry V essays.

Then students read and analyzed a story about literacy in Afganistan.

Henry V Essay Checklist:
Henry V and modern war text analytical essay
Paper is about 3 typed pages, 2x spaced, 12 point font

Introduction includes Thesis Statement (underline your thesis) Both / All texts are introduced Each body paragraph is alluded (use a different color for each body paragraph to circle the key word or words that are in both the introduction and the topic sentence.)
Each Paragraph has Topic Sentences Topic sentences share at least one key word with the thesis (use a different color for each body paragraph to circle the key word or words that are in both the introduction and the topic sentence.) No initial pronouns or vague nouns: first mention of a noun is a proper noun


Quotations: Quotations are introduced Quotations are explained Each explanation has at least one key word from the topic sentence of the paragraph Quotation…

Monday, April 20th

Both classes provided time for students to present their thesis research.

Both classes checked the novel Kite Runner out from the library.

Period 4 did a "Mystery Text" activity to begin the Kite Runner unit.

Monday, 13 April

Students were reminded that thesis presentations are due next class.

The class discussed questions about presentations.


Students have been assigned on essay that addresses one of the essential questions for the unit:

How does language inspire meaning and expression of experience?
How does conflict serve as an instigator for change/growth?
Students are to analyze how one of the major speeches from Henry V (below) relates to a more modern text about war (further below). This essay will be two to three (2-3) pages long.

Next the class reviewed the speeches in Henry V that their essays could be about:

Henry V on Salic Law and the invasion of France Act I scene ii

King of France on war with England Act II scene iii in "No Fear Shakespeare" listed as II. iv. in other sources

Henry V St. Crispin's Day

The Duke of Burgundy on peace.

Texts that can be used for the paper include

The introduction to Jarhead.

Multi-media texts pertaining to the invasion of Iraq.

Winston Churchill's first spee…