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English 2

Important Class Files:
Weekly Work and Information

Week 1

We are beginning a new text this week.  We are reading Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.  The reading schedule will be posted on the calendar.  Please keep up with the reading assignments.

Week 2 Jan. 25-28

Monday – Jan.25

Quiz/Vocabulary check.  We will be taking a short quiz on Persepolis.  This is not a reading check, however it is a check on your comprehension of the book so far.  Have your vocabulary sheet filled out.


Week 3 - Feb. 2 - 4

This week we will be working on writing a memoir.  This includes finishing a graphic organizer about a particular memory you have.

The memoir will be at least two pages long.  Include your draft and your graphic organizer.  The memoir will be typed and can be submitted electronically.

Week 4 February 8-11

Monday, Feb. 8 .  We will be reading a short excerpt from the novel Things Fall Apart.  We will be writing a character analysis of Unoka, one of the main characters in the novel.

Tuesday, Feb. 9.  Using the novel, Things Fall Apart, we will be paying attention to the protagonist Okonkwo.  A graphic organizer will be used to analyze his actions, your thoughts, quotes from the novel and traits of the main character.  You will be writing a profile of the main character for your homework. character analysis response

Wednesday, Feb. 10  We will be reading three stories from the novel My Life in the Bush of Ghosts.  This novel explores the adventures of a 7-year old boy who flees violence and enters a spirit world for 24 years.

The essential question is:  What makes this and Things Fall Apart African stories.  You will need to take notes using the graphic organizer and create a two-paragraph response to the question of what makes an African novel.  The response must have a thesis statement about African Literature. My Life in the Bush of Ghosts by Amos Tutuola

Thursday, Feb. 11  Writing about Africa. Understanding about Africa can best be served by writing about Africa.  We can know the continent by reading its fiction (Things Fall Apart) and My Life in the Bush of Ghosts.  We can study Africa by learning about its countries.  We can also express our ideas about Africa by creating strong heroes, parables, fables, ghost stories and poems.  Your assignment is to write about Africa.  We will begin this assignment in class. If you do not finish, this will be typed up and sent to me. Writing about Africa –

Week 5 Feb. 15-18

Monday to Thursday – Feb. 15 -18.  We will be looking at two Nobel Prize acceptance speeches and analyzing them for their rhetorical effectiveness.  As a group or with a partner you will be writing an essay analyzing the speech.  Your group will share all of the responsibilities of creating an essay containing references to the text, has a solid argument or thesis, is organized, has strong sentences fluency and word choice.

MLK Nobel Peace Prize

Nelson Mandela Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech – Oslo

Rubric and prompts for essay: Essentially, you will be creating your own argument about the purpose and effectiveness of acceptance speeches. generic writing rubric

Prompt: Martin Luther King Jr  Use this to develop your thesis/argument.


Week 6 Feb. 22 - 25

Big Question:  How and why does war inspire poetry, art and fiction?  Think of this question when we discuss two poems by Wilfred Owen.  We will be reading Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen his poem describing the horrific effects of WWI and his impression of being in battle.

After reading and listening to the poem we will be analyzing it using TP-CASTT (Title, Paraphrase, Connotation, Attitude, Shifts, Title and Theme.  Homework will be to analyze Owen’s poem Anthem for Doomed Youth.


wilfred owen [Dulce et Decorum Est]  [anthem for Doomed Youth – video with war footage]  [analysis of Anthem for Doomed Youth]

Homework for Wednesday, Feb. 24.

Comparing Dulce et Decorum and Anthem for Doomed Youth  Find examples of figurative language from both poems and explain what the poems are about.  Explain how the poet uses figurative language to explain what the theme is.

Week 7 Feb. 29 - Feb.3

Mon. Feb. 29 – We are working on practicing for the Accuplacer.  A sample test consisting of sentence skills and comprehension will be practiced in class and at home.  We will go over the answers in class.   A worksheet on joining independent clauses will also be done in class.  The worksheet is worth 10 points.

Tuesday. March 1.

We will be reading and analyzing an essay from the textbook used in English 111 classes at the Community College.  We will be looking at vocabulary words in the essay, analyzing the connotation of the title, and summarizing the author’s argument.

Wednesday, March 2

We will be following up on the essay about the future whiteness in America by listening to a TED talk by Bryan Stevenson on racial injustice.

Explain how and why Brian Stevenson uses identity

The Harvard article (above) provides data from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics to reinforce Brian Stevenson’s argument.

The article from (above) counter argues that there is no racial bias in sentencing and that crime regardless of race indicates the sentencing rates.

Thursday  Mar. 3

Today you will be writing a 3-paragraph response of your own to a serious issue. This must include an argument, support and conclusion.

Here is the rubric. What are you extremely passionate about


Week 8 March 7-10

Monday – March 7 –

We will be finishing the essay on Big Issues. Make sure you complete the minimum of 3 paragraphs and send me the essay.  MLA format.  Find a quote to support your argument.

Tuesday – March 8 – We will be reading an essay by Manuel Munoz.  The essay focuses on the concepts of assimilation and code switching.  Answer question #1 after the essay.

manuel munoz

Week 9 March 22 - 24

Monday – March 21.   We will be working on revising our essays from last week.  You will have time in class to revise.

Tuesday – March 22.  Paideia/Socratic Seminar on two poems:  Trust by D.H. Lawrence  and Caged Bird by Maya Angelou.

Both poems have a wealth of metaphors and themes that can be easily translated into a poem of your own.  Themes of trust and freedom, courage, abuse.  The themes are somewhat endless.

Your homework will be to write a similar poem or piece of prose from the perspective of someone who is looking for something important in someone or something else.

Wednesday/Thursday – We will be reading Letters from a Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr.   The focus of the reading will be to answer the following question:  Under what circumstances might it be permissible, even morally justifiable, to break the law.  King creates a moral argument about why civil disobedience would be the only answer in obtaining civil rights for African Americans and other individuals not able to share in the equality of all Americans.

You will be annotating (making margin notes, highlighting, etc.), and listing key phrases and metaphors from the paragraphs.  You will also be required to keep up with the vocabulary from the text.

Letters From a Birmingham Jail  (this is the vocabulary list)

letter from birmingham jail (this is a copy of the text by King)


Week 10 March 29-31

March 29-31

We will be working exclusively on Letter from a Birmingham Jail.  You are responsible for keeping up with the reading, vocabulary and text annotations.

Wednesday – We are having a Paideia/Socratic Seminar on the text.  This requires you to be prepared with your vocabulary and text annotations.  All students will be required to speak and respond to the questions being presented.  A key idea is:  Does American stand for freedom?

Thursday – In-class response.  We will be writing a letter of similar quality to King’s based on the notion of “Does America Stand for Freedom?”

Week 11 March 4-7

We will be reading two texts:  The Gettysburg Address and The Declaration of Independence.

Classwork/Homework will be based on these texts.

  1. You will be writing your own version of the Gettysburg Address – 5 points.
  2. You will compare both texts. your-version-worksheet

Week 12 - April 11-14

Eastern European Literature –

We will be reading the poem Twelve by Aleksandr Blok who is writing about the Russian Revolution.

We will be analyzing the poem and summarizing the Cantos and identifying the symbols Blok uses to describe the revolution.

Summary of Twelve Cantos 1

the twelve


Week 13 April 18-21

We will be working around our testing schedule for Parcc and will be focusing primarily on the short story The Story of my Dovecote and parts of The Nose by Gogol.

Reading works of Russian literature for their intrinsic qualities and their relation to historical events.  We will be looking at how these historical events influence literature.

Literature we will be reading:

Twelve by Aleksander Blok

The Story of My Dovecote  Isaac Babel

The Nose by Gogol

Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Due to time constraints, we will not be able to read these works in their entirety .  We will be ending with an in-class writing assignment that addresses all of these works of fiction and how they relate to historical events.

Week 15 - May 2 - May 5

Asian Literature Unit

We will be focusing on short poems and literature from China and Japan.  The focus will be on how these works were inspired by Buddhist, Confucious and Taoist philosophy.

Grades will be primarily determined by classwork and short homework assignments.

See me if you have missed a day or have missed an assignment.


New Mexico History

Important Class Files: Pacing Guide
Weekly Work and Information

Week 1 Jan 20

Our introduction to NM History begins with a map featuring geographical and political features.  Your map will include the following:  NM cities, physical features, counties and county seats.  Rivers, mountains and elevations will also be included.   Expect a short quiz on Monday, January 25th.  You will be able to use your map for the quiz

Week 2 January 25/27

New Mexico in the Civil War.  We will be learning about the involvement of New Mexico in the Civil War (Monday, 1/25) and steps towards statehood (Wednesday, 1/27) and what you would do to improve New Mexico’s image.

Week 4 Feb. 8 and 10

Monday – Feb. 8.  Finish the worksheet for Chapter 1 & 2.  Be able to answer the essential question about statehood why New Mexicans needed to prove they were patriotic, hard-working and loyal to the United States. Study guides for Chapter 1 and 2

Wednesday – Feb. 10. Legislative Session Bills.  We will be looking at the 2016 New Mexico Legislative session.  We will be looking for current bills in consideration from the legislative session, summarizing those bills and contacting our House and Senate representatives concerning those bills.  Use website to find a bill, find your district representative and senator, read a bill of interest and contact your senator or representative if you support/don’t support or have questions about the bill.  You must email your legislator.  Extra credit will be given if the legislator responds to your concerns.

Week 5 Feb. 15-18

Mon. Feb. 15 – Introduction to artists from New Mexico.  Artists have represented New Mexico since statehood in a variety of ways.  Through their art, from members of the Taos Art Society and Santa Fe Art Society, the subject matter shows our people, landscape and geography.

Assignment:  After viewing the powerpoint, find an iconic image of a New Mexican location (such as the St. Francis Cathedral) and draw this iconic image in the style of a New Mexican artist.  New Deal Art in New Mexico

Wed. Feb. 17 – In-class assignment.  You will work with a partner to tell the history of New Mexico through art.  There are 5 categories: Ancestral Peoples, Opening the West, Growing New Mexico, People, Places and Politics and Geography and Environment.   The PowerPoint you create will include information about the category/include artist’s image and work/and a written description of how the art defines New Mexico. Art in New Mexico history rubric

Week 6 Feb. 22-25

We will be reviewing our powerpoints and making presentations on Art in New Mexico.  The overall idea of the project is to explain how art tells the story of New Mexico’s history.  Through images, a narrative or story about New Mexico’s history will develop.  Presentation will be graded by me and members of the class.

Week 7 Feb. 29-Mar. 3

lunger rubric – Use this rubric to create your brochure.

lungers and their legacy – This document by El Palacio describes how many ‘lungers’ came to New Mexico to escape the cure.

The textbook also provides information on Lungers.

Your primary sources will be used to create and write the brochure.

Wed. March 2. – Finish Lungers brochure and begin creating a Jeopardy-style game using the New Mexico Blue Book as the source.





Week 13 April 18-20

Water and Land issues in New Mexico.

Who owns the water and who owns the land?

Watch the video about Reis Tijerina and view the pdf file on “Who Owns Water?”

Write a reflection on both.

water and land  Open this to answer two reflection questions about who owns the land and who owns the water.

water rights  view this to get information about water rights in the southwest.

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