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WELCOME TO AMERICAN LITERATURE!!

Upcoming Due Dates:


Monday, Aug. 6 - Return signed syllabus (ASAP) and $10 for Sadlier Vocabulary Workbook
Wednesday, Aug. 8 - Interactive Notebook supplies due (200+ page Composition book, scissors, glue sticks)

Wednesday, August 1
Learning Goal (LG): Reflect on personal qualities and characteristics; produce a short narrative; meet your new
American Lit community; understand class policies and procedures

Standards Addressed: ELAGSE11-12W3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective
technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences. a. Engage and orient the reader by setting out a problem,
situation, or observation, establishing one or multiple point(s) of view, and introducing a narrator and/or characters; create a smooth
progression of experiences or events. b. Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, reflection, and multiple plot
lines, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters. c. Use a variety of techniques to sequence events so that they build on one
another to create a coherent whole. d. Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of
the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters. e. Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on what is experienced,
observed, or resolved over the course of the narrative. ELAGSE11-12W10: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for
research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and
audiences.
Agenda:
1. Welcome to American Literature!
2. Complete Welcome Sheet/TRSS
3. Personal Metaphor Activity-Create your own as a get to know you activity (see directions on linked
worksheet)
1. Choose a metaphor that represents your life, some aspect of your life, or what represents your
goals to become the best version of yourself.
2. Write this metaphor down in the center of your paper. Make sure it’s large enough for us to see.
3. Around your metaphor, illustrate your metaphor and what it represents to you. You can be as
creative as you would like. If you are not an artist, you can always use magazine pictures or
images from the internet
4. On a separate sheet of paper, explain why you picked the metaphor. What does your metaphor
mean to you? How is the metaphor an accurate representation of your life? Is there a story or
memory that comes to mind when you think of your metaphor?
4. Review the Syllabus/Expectations/Class Procedures and Tour

Homework:
1. Finish Personal Metaphor Activity
2. Return signed syllabus by Monday, August 6.
3. Bring in $10 for Sadlier Vocabulary Workbook by Monday, August 6.
4. Bring in school supplies for notebook set-up in by Wednesday, August 8.

Thursday, August 2
LG: Determine the definition of the American Dream across all eras of American Literature.

Standards: ELAGSE11-12RL1: Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as
inferences drawn from the text. ELAGSE11-12RI1: Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says
explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. ELAGSE11-12RL2: Determine a theme and/or central idea of text and closely
analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an
objective summary of the text. ELAGSE11-12W10: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and
revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences. ELAGSE11-12SL1:
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions(one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners
on grades 11–12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively

Agenda:

1. Review/understand the eras that exist in American Literature and how their American Dream differs
(ppt here) (note sheet here).
2. American Dream Vision Board Activity Part 1

Homework:
1. Return signed syllabus by Monday, August 6.
2. Bring in $10 for Sadlier Vocabulary Workbook by Monday, August 6.
3. Bring in school supplies for notebook set-up in by Wednesday, August 8.

Friday, August 3

LG: Determine the definition of the American Dream through a variety of lenses.

Standards: ELAGSE11-12RL1: Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as
inferences drawn from the text. ELAGSE11-12RI1: Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says
explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. ELAGSE11-12RL2: Determine a theme and/or central idea of text and closely
analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an
objective summary of the text. ELAGSE11-12W10: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and
revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences. ELAGSE11-12SL1:
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions(one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners
on grades 11–12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively

Agenda:
1. Begin USA Test Prep EOC Questions for Warm UP
2. American Dream Vision Board Activity Part 2
3. Review Pre-Requisite Assignment and due date

Homework:
1. Return signed syllabus by Monday, August 6.
2. Bring in $10 for Sadlier Vocabulary Workbook by Monday, August 6.
3. Bring in school supplies for notebook set-up in by Wednesday, August 8.