Week 5: Start A Raisin in the Sun

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It’s already week five – can you believe it?! Over the last few weeks, you all have been doing a great job analyzing poetry from different perspectives across America. This week, we will start with one more analysis of a Langston Hughes poem before diving in to Lorraine Hansberry’s play, A Raisin in the Sun. As I said in class on Friday, please do your best to be on time and present each day. It is particularly difficult to read a play and get caught up by yourself. We will also be discussig a great deal, and you won’t want to miss out! 

Click here for a copy of the play.

Please see below for a brief schedule of our week together: 

Monday, September 14
  1. Review: symbolism in literature
  2. Annotate and analyze: “Harlem,” by Langston Hughes
  3. What is a SIFT Analysis?
  4. Assignment: SIFT Analysis for “Harlem”
Tuesday. September 15
  1. Review: situational, dramatic, and verbal irony
  2. Background on Lorraine Hansberry and historical context of the play
  3. Start reading A Raisin in the Sun
Wednesday, September 16 Please note that Wednesdays are reserved for independent work time, tutoring, and small group learning.

 

Thursday, September 17
  1. What are some of your personal values?: Ready to Order Padlet
  2. Continue reading A Raisin in the Sun
Friday, September 18
  1. Discussion: identity and heritage
  2. Ongoing Assignment: A Raisin in the Sun Character Charts
  3. Continue reading A Raisin in the Sun

Week 4: American Perspectives Through Poetry

Welcome to week four! We will continue working with poetry this week, with a focus on different perspectives on America and the American Dream. Please see below for a brief schedule of our week together:

Monday, September 7No school – Have a great Labor Day!
Tuesday. September 8Discussion: How is the American Dream different for different populations?
Compare and Contrast: “I, Too,” by Langston Hughes and “I, Too, Sing America,” by Julia Alvarez
Assignment: poetry comparison
Wednesday, September 9Please note that Wednesdays are reserved for independent work time, tutoring, and small group learning.
Click here to sign up for a check-in and/or tutoring session with Ms. Antonacci!
Thursday, September 10Pre-course Assessment
Friday, September 11Figurative Language Review
“Ellis Island,” Joseph Bruchac
“Sonnet: The Ladies’ Home Journal,” Sandra Gilbert (download below!)
Assignment: TSPFASTT Poetry Analysis (download below!)

Week 3: Different Perspectives on The American Dream

Monday: Click here to download the Bill of Rights Graphic Organizer

Welcome to week three! Last week, we discussed the American Dream, its history, how it has changed over time, as well as barriers to attaining the American Dream. This week, we will focus on different perspectives on America and the American Dream. Please see below for a brief schedule of our week together:

Monday, August 31
  1. Unpacking the RACE response and the essential question: “Does America Still Provide Access to the American Dream?”
  2. Assignment: The Bill of Rights: In Your Own Words Graphic Organizer
  3. Exit Ticket
Tuesday. September 1
  1. Review tone, audience, and purpose
  2. “The Two Clashing Meanings of Free Speech,” Teresa M. Bejan (Springboard 1.5; click here for text)
  3. AEIOU Padlet
  4. Discussion of Springboard questions
Wednesday, September 2 Please note that Wednesdays are reserved for independent work time, tutoring, and small group learning.

Thursday, September 3
  1. Review tone, theme, and imagery
    1. Click here for some tone words!
  2. Walt Whitman bio video
  3. “America” and “I Hear America Singing,” Whitman (Springboard 1.10)
  4. Padlet questions
Friday, September 4
  1. Discussion: How is the American Dream different for different populations?
  2. Compare and Contrast: “I, Too,” by Langston Hughes and “I, Too, Sing America,” by Julia Alvarez
  3. Assignment: poetry comparison
  4. What’s the theme of the poem? Sketchnotes

Week 3: Solidify Theme!

Welcome to week 3! This week, our focus will be on solidifying our visual and verbal theme. We ended the week strong with some brainstorming, but we will finalize the look and feel of our book. You will also be placed in your coverage groups! Below is a brief schedule of our week together.

Monday, August 31
  1. Discuss athletics schedule and photography
  2. What’s going on this week? Plan for coverage
  3. Aplomado Google Drive access
  4. Staff intro IG posts and sales posts – get your friends to follow us!
  5. Coverage teams
  6. Solidify verbal theme and spinoffs
Tuesday, September 1
  1. Solidify visual theme: choose colors and fonts
  2. Create senior ad designs
Wednesday, September 2 Please note that Wednesdays are reserved for independent work time, tutoring, and small group learning.

  1. Start eDesign training (new staff members)
  2. Start gathering content for first week spread (Sheyla and Jenne)
Thursday, September 3
  1. Continue building 2021 ladder
Friday, September 4
  1. Finish building 2021 ladder
  2. Start working on cover ideas
  3. Positivity Padlet

Sign up for NoRedInk and USA Test Prep!

Outside of class, we will have weekly enrichment activities for you to complete. Every week, you will have a NoRedInk assignment, as well as a USA Test Prep assignment to complete. Both will go in the gradebook as grades! Please follow the steps below to join our classes on each website.

1. Sign up for NoRedInk and add our class

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Follow the steps below to join our class, create an account, and take your diagnostic test.

After you join the correct class, please make an account. The easiest way to do this is to sign up through Google!

Once you have set up your account, please complete the diagnostic test. Due to technical issues, the diagnostic is now due by 11:59 pm on Sunday, September 6th. 

 

2. Sign up for USA Test Prep and add our class

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Follow the steps below to create an account and add our class. If you know you’ve made a USA Test Prep account at Pebblebrook but don’t remember your password, Ms. Antonacci can look it up for you.

  1. Go to http://www.usatestprep.com
    • Access ID: pebblebrook (all lowercase)
    • Student activation code: stu1223 (all lowercase)
  2. Once you have entered this information, create your personal user ID and password. Make sure you remember this information – write it down!
  3. Once you log in, click “Join a Class” (orange button on home page – NOT class party!).
  4. Find my name: Mariko Antonacci and add yourself to your class. Make sure you’re adding the correct class period!
  5. Once you have been added to the class, you’re done! Your first USA Test Prep assignment will be posted on Monday, August 31.

All USA Test Prep and NoRedInk assignments are due by 11:59pm every Sunday. I would recommend scheduling one day each for yourself to complete these so that you don’t get overwhelmed on Sunday night. Go ahead and put it in your iCal, planner, reminders list, whatever works for you!

Week 2: Verbal and Visual Theme

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Welcome to week 2! This week, our focus will be on visual and verbal theme. We ended the week strong with some brainstorming, but we will finalize the look and feel of our book. Below is a brief schedule of our week together.

Since schedules are not yet finalized, please have your email open and ready to go before class time for our Zoom links. 

Monday, August 24
  1. Discuss athletics schedule and photography
  2. Solidify verbal theme
  3. Start working on visual theme
Tuesday. August 25
  1. Yearbook Lookbook
  2. Solidify visual theme
Wednesday, August 26 Please note that Wednesdays are reserved for independent work time, tutoring, and small group learning.

  1. Start eDesign training (new staff members)
  2. Start designing content for first week spread (Sheyla and Jenne)
Thursday, August 27
  1. Coverage: What is it and how do we do it?
  2. Start building 2021 ladder
Friday, August 28
  1. Continue building 2021 ladder
  2. Positivity Padlet

Week 2: Intro to The American Dream

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Welcome to week two! The American Dream: we’ve all heard of it, but is it the same for everyone? Is it even a thing anymore? This week, we’ll create a working definition of the American Dream and discuss its history, how it has changed, and barriers one may face when pursuing their Dream. You will also have an opportunity to create plans for your American Dream.

Monday, August 24
  1. “What is your American Dream?” Video by UCLA and AEIOU Padlet
  2. American Dream Zoom Chat Discussion
  3. How has the American Dream changed?
Tuesday, August 25
  1. Your American Dream Timeline Mini-Project (scroll down for details and directions)
Wednesday, August 26 Please note that Wednesdays are reserved for independent work time, tutoring, and small group learning.

Thursday, August 27
  1. American Literature Course Pre-assessment
Friday, August 28
  1. How to log in through Clever for access to the Springboard textbook
  2. Assignment: American Dream OPTIC Analysis

This week, you will start on your American Dream timeline mini-project!

  1. You will create a timeline with a starting point of your current grade/age and an ending point of ten years from now. You should be between the ages of 26-28, depending on your current age. What does YOUR American Dream include? Be specific and make sure you have a place for every age (10 years; 3 bullet points each year).
    • What are your plans and what will you do to be successful between now and then? Please remember everyone’s idea of what the “American Dream” looks like is different. Some may include going to college, getting married and starting a family, while others may only include doing what is necessary to ensure they are financially stable. Please make sure you are considering EACH step in your journey. For example, if you would like to attend college, make sure that taking the SAT/ACT is on your timeline, as it is a requirement for college admission.
  2. Your timeline should be colorful, creative and detailed. You have choice in your presentation. You can draw and color your timeline by hand and upload a picture, or use online tools such as Google Slides/PowerPoint, Canva.com, Adobe Spark, or any other digital software to illustrate your timeline.
  3. A 3-4 paragraph response that describes what’s included your “American Dream” is mandatory. This should be an extension of your bullet points.

We will start on this in class on Tuesday, and you will have Wednesday and Thursday to complete it. Please make sure to take advantage of class time by asking questions and working diligently. Your project with the writing component (two separate files) is due by 11:59 pm on Thursday, August 27th. Please click here for your rubric and checklist!

Welcome to our Virtual School Year!

Welcome to another school year and welcome to Ms. Antonacci’s American Literature course! Things will certainly look and feel very different this year, but I look forward to having you in my class! My blog will be updated daily with what we do in class, as well as additional resources. Please be sure to bookmark this page so you can access it easily throughout the semester.

HLThEPnA few things you must do in order to set yourself up for success this semester:

  1. Visit CTLS Learn and this blog daily, especially if you miss class – getting missed work due to absences is the responsibility of the student (you)!
  2. Sign up for Remind! PLEASE! Life gets busy and we all need reminders. Download the app or text the following code (including @) to 810-10
    1. First period: @msaamlit1
    2. Fourth period: @msaamlit
  3. Come to school! Seriously. According to the Indiana Partnerships Center, missing only two days of school per month lowers both your test scores and your chances of graduating high school. In a virtual setting, this is even more important. We have A LOT to make up for since March!

Below is a brief schedule for our first week together.

Monday, August 17
  1. Welcome to American Literature!
  2. Meet the Teacher
  3. Survey: How are you doing?
  4. Student survey
Tuesday. August 18
  1. Rules and expectations for the virtual classroom
  2. Welcome video and presentation
  3. American Literature Q&A
  4. Create your own welcome video!
Wednesday, August 19 Please note that Wednesdays are reserved for independent work time, tutoring, and small group learning.

  1. How do I sign up for a meeting or tutoring with my teacher?
Thursday, August 20
  1. How to navigate the system and submit an assignment
  2. Assignment: Attitudes on English
  3. Student welcome video share-outs
Friday, August 21
  1. How to use Padlet
  2. How are you doing now?
  3. Positivity Padle

 

I look forward to a great semester of reading, writing, learning, and fun! Don’t forget – you have until Friday, October 2nd to turn in your summer reading assignments. Check the PHS website for details.

Welcome to Yearbook!

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Welcome to the yerd life! You all know me by now, but my name is Ms. Antonacci (or Ms. A.) and I will be your yearbook adviser this year. Below is a brief schedule for our first week together. This will be my fourth yearbook at Pebblebrook and I can’t wait to see what you all create this year!

Monday, August 17
  1. Welcome to Yearbook!
  2. Meet the Teacher
  3. Survey: How are you doing?
  4. Staff Interviews
  5. Discuss athletics schedule and photography
  6. What is a yearbook?
Tuesday. August 18
  1. Rules and expectations for the virtual classroom
  2. Welcome video and presentation
  3. Yearbook Q&A
  4. Yearbook Basics
  5. What is theme?
Wednesday, August 19 Please note that Wednesdays are reserved for independent work time, tutoring, and small group learning.

  1. How do I sign up for a meeting or tutoring with my teacher?
Thursday, August 20
  1. How to navigate the system and submit an assignment
  2. Theme development brainstorm
  3. Assignment: Submit/upload staff agreement
  4. Homework: submit selfie to Ms. A. for press badge
Friday, August 21
  1. How to use Padlet
  2. Finalize visual and verbal theme
  3. How are you doing now?
  4. Positivity Padlet