April 24-28, 2017

AP & Honors: You should begin reading Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut This is our final parallel text for this school year. I have added a second copy of the the text, including the epigraph that is split up by chapters. Here are your study guide questions.

We will be studying Surrealism and writing a surrealist graphic novel.

Need Extra Credit? Try these options, due Friday May, 5. You can find an on-line version of American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang here.

Vocabulary: Layout, Panel, Frame, Gutter, Bleed, Foreground, Background, Splash Page, Figures, Faces, Hands and Feet, Text, Captions, Special Effects, Speech balloons.

Friday: Binder Check


Persepolis Questions

Half a Day Questions (2nd/4th)

SH-5 Chapters 1-3 questions (Through Part Ten) (2nd/4th)

Surrealism Notes


April 10-14, 2017

FaMonday – Industrial Revolution Mercantile Gallery Walk

Tuesday/Wednesday: Vocabulary & Grammar

Vocabulary: Woodrow Wilson, Treaty of Versailles, Reparations, Vladimir Lenin, Kleptocrat, Exigent, Rejoinder, Glib, Atelier, Fatuity, Internecine, Bolsheviks, Communism, Soviet Union, Totalitarian

Perfect Tenses: Relates one past event to another past event, a past event to the present, or one future even to another future event.

Past Perfect – When two events happened in the past, past perfect tense lets you tell which event happened before the other. Use the verb had.

Example 1: When I drank the lemonade, I had jogged five miles that morning. (drank is past tense, but the jogging came before the drinking, you show the 1st event by using had).

Example2: I had had a dog, but it ran away. (First I had a dog. Later it ran away. Both events happened in the past but the “h” helping verb attaches to the event that happened first.

Present Perfect – Use present perfect to tell an even happened in the past but has continued in the present. Use the verbs has or have. Remember has is singular and have is plural.

Example: I have taught English for almost 10 years now. (I started teaching in 2008 and and I am still teaching now.)

Future Perfect – Show that two actions will happen in the future but one will happen before the other using the helping verbs will have.

Example: By the time you graduate, you will have passed four English classes. (You will graduate in the future, but before you do, you will have passed all your English classes.)

Progressive Tenses – Also called the continuous tense, the Progressive tense shows something continuously occurring at some point in time. (Adds –ing to the main verbs).

Progressive Past:  Noel was reading her book when I worked on my project.

Progressive Present:  Noel is reading the last chapter of her book.

Progressive Future: Noel will not be reading the book tomorrow.

Progressive Past Perfect: Noel had not been reading when Mrs. Dennis gave instructions.

Progressive Present Perfect: Noel has been reading novels since she was seven.

Progressive Future Perfect: Tomorrow, Noel will have been reading the new book for two days.

Emphatic TenseWith helping verbs do, does, and did, create questions, emphasize a statement, or create a negative statement using not.

Present Emphatic: I do like green eggs and ham.

Do you like green eggs and ham?

He does not like green eggs and ham?

Past Emphatic: I did read that Dr. Seuss book.

Did you read that Dr. Seuss book?

Faulty Pronoun Reference: A pronoun must clearly refer to a previous noun (antecedent). If that noun is unclear, the pronoun reference is ambiguous or vague. Here are some common mistakes:

  1. Joe told Mike that his swim class starts at noon.  Both antecedents are masculine and the pronoun is masculine. Who has the class, Joe or Mike? This reference is ambiguous.
  2. They  said it will rain on Tuesday.  Who said the weather was rainy? Forecasters? Meterologists? Mrs. Brown’s kindergarten class? There is no antecedent. The writer did not specify who, therefore the pronoun reference is vague.
  3. How do you get to East Point? You could be anyone. The writer must revise this sentence to request the direction from which to travel. 





March 13-17, 2017

“It’s not show-friends; it’s show-business!” – Jerry Maguire (1996)

This unit focuses on the Industrial Revolution.

Honors/ AP Parallel Texts: Pick one and keep in mind the experiences of immigrants in your novel.

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair  pdf   audiobook

My Antonia by Willa Cather  pdf audiobook

Anthem by Ayn Rand  pdf audiobook

Vocabulary: Urbanization, Revolution, Industrialization, Child Labor, Consumerism, Modernization, Mercantilism, Communism, Socialism, Capitalism, Menshevik, Bolshevik, Triple Alliance, Triple Entente, Famine, Treaty of Versailles, Manifesto, Archduke, Laissez Faire, Ghetto, Mass Production.


Vocabulary Lesson

Tuesday/ Thursday

Plan Unit 7 – Experience the Industrial Revolution.

Here are the unit standards. Design the lesson, and the rubric by which each student or group will be evaluated. You are a business owner/employee during the Industrial Revolution. What do you produce? For what purpose? Who is the consumer (be specific – country, time period, gender, age)?  Design the business plan for the next 2 weeks. Write the instructions for your product to be used and reproduced. Be sure that your lesson and rubric meet the standards. You get to be the teacher!  Be prepared for mishaps, unexpected situations, and required readings that will give more insight on the time period. You should walk away with an understanding of life during the Industrial Revolution.

February 27-March 3

Viva la Revolution!


What are some of the causes of past revolutions that we’ve seen in our texts?

Social? Religious? Scientific?

How would you solve these problems?


Respond to study guide questions for A Tale of Two Cities.


Read excerpts from A Tale of Two Cities and Les Miserables. Answer test prep questions.

Unit 6 Test on Monday, March 6.

Revolution Essay due Wednesday March 8.


Review for Test

Honors/AP – A Tale of Two Cities Test Wednesday, March 8.



February 6-10, 2017


We will watch and critique our PSA’s for our un-contacted tribes.


Vocabulary: Absolute monarch, estate, bourgeoisie, Enlightenment,  revolution, National Assembly, Tennis Court Oath, Bastille, guillotine, Democratic Republic, treason, Reign of Terror, The Directory, coup d’etat, Sons of Liberty, quartering, militia, blockade, precis, theme, metaphysics


Philosopher Speed Dating: Research the following philosophers and scientists:

Thomas Hobbs, John Locke, Voltaire, Jean Jacques Rousseau, Adam Smith

Galileo Galilei, Nicolaus Copernicus, Johannes Kepler, Sir Isaac Newton


Read an excerpt from Candide by Voltaire (Chapters 1-2). Discuss Satire


View Humanities classes’ PSA’s.

January 30-February 3, 2017

Georgia Student Health Survey 2.0 – HIGH SCHOOL (grades 9-12)


Monday and Tuesday

Making your PSA : Now that your group has researched and typed your annotated bibliography, you can decide whether to contact or not contact your tribe. Consider your EPL reflections below.

Honors and AP

Siddhartha sacrificed all that a human could desire at different stages of his life to attain enlightenment. Buddhism defines Nirvana as void of attachments. What is it that you hold on to so dearly? Can you live without it? In order to empathize with our protagonist, we will conduct a Self-Deprivation Experiment. We will record one week of living without a luxury* that we feel we cannot live without. Think about it. Is this luxury a novelty that your PBL tribe lives without? How do they do it? How will  you do it?

*Please abide by the rules, regulations, and norms of your school and household. Your health is of utmost importance. Your  self-deprivation experience must be teacher-approved.

Wednesday: EPL Reflections


  • What source did you use that your audience will trust?
  • How can your audience relate to this culture?
  • Is the story from a reliable source?
  • How have you presented an issue that your audience would value?
  • How have you used language that is appropriate for your audience?


  • What facts, quotes, or statistics have you included to support your views?
  • Did you cite your sources?
  • What reasons did you give to support your views?
  • Did you include and explain any jargon?


  • Which emotions did you express in your views?
  • Which emotions of your tribe did you present?
  • How might the vivid, concrete language and emotional examples attract your audience?

You should be able to answer these reflection questions about your PSA.



Georgia Student Health Survey 2.0 – HIGH SCHOOL (grades 9-12)


Honors/AP: Siddhartha Test


PBL’s due

Binder Check:

  • EPL Notes
  • Homework Haiku & Tanka
  • EPL Reflection questions (each student)
  • Annotated Bibliography Notes
  • Autopsy Report Sheet (2nd &  3rd)
  • Gunpowder Empire Notes (2nd & 3rd Block)
  • Buddhist story answers (3rd Block)
  • Siddhartha Study Guides Ch. 5-12 (2nd & 4th)
  • Self-Deprivation Log (2nd & 4th)
  • Columbus Exchange Graphic Organizer (4th)
  • Disease Reading Questions/Answers (4th)


The parallel text for February will be Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. The link to the audiobook is here.


January 23-27, 2017

To Contact or Not to Contact

This unit’s Problem Based Learning Project will discuss whether to contact or not to contact civilizations in less- or underdeveloped regions. We have learned the positive and negative effects when cultures collide. Your group will create a PSA (video), an annotated bibliography of research to present to the Humanities classes. Here is the powerpoint to help your group members with the Annotated Bibliography Entries.

Check out this website that lists tribal civilizations. You and your group may use this source and humanities-pbl to select one group to discuss. Remember the PBL is due February 3rd.  The presentations will be February 6 and 7. Please be present.