January 11-20, 2017

All AP and Honors students will read the entire text of Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse.

The audio version is available here.


  • Hinduism Video
  •  Buddhism Notes

Wednesday: Buddhist text, Analects of Confucius

Thursday:  Chinese Poetry Haiku Homework

Friday: Gunpowder era notes


We will have a binder check next Wednesday, January 18. The following items will be on Binder Check 3:

  • Midterm Study Guide
  • Siddhartha anticipation guide
  • Unit 5 Vocabulary (See below)
  • Chinese Dynasty Quiz
  • Chinese History Notes
  • Hinduism Video Notes
  • Gunpowder Notes
  • Siddhartha Discussion Questions Chapters 1-4 (Honors/AP)
  • Age of Exploration Exercises (AP)
  • Religious Theory Notes (AP)

Unit Vocabulary

  1. Nirvana
  2. Om
  3. Brahmin (distinguish from Brahman)
  4. Dynasty
  5. Ottoman Empire
  6. Hinduism
  7. Buddhism
  8. Confucianism
  9. Pagoda
  10. Clause
  11. Phrase
  12. Independent clause
  13. Dependent clause
  14. Run-on sentence
  15. Comma splice

November 7, 9-11,2016

Writing, Writing, Writing!

Your DBQ is due Wednesday, November 9. Use your student holiday on Tuesday to get it done.


Practice writing thesis statements, evaluating topic sentences, staying on topic and writing text-based analysis.


Finish your DBQ essays


DBQ’s are due. Verbals practice & History of Islam (textbook pp. 76-81)


Verbals practice & History of Islam


Manorial system

October 1-November 4, 2016

Unit 3: Islam, Crusades, Feudalism, Medieval Times

Monday : Unit 2 Test

Tuesday & Wednesday: Why was Feudalism developed? What made it work for western Europe?


Feudalism, Imperial, Patriarchy, Middle Ages, Dark Ages, Gerund, Participle, Infinitive, Phrase, Clause

Thursday & Friday : Work on DBQ for World History. Use ACES strategy

October 24-28, 2016

This week, we will finish Antigone!

Keep up with all your assignments, as the work builds upon itself. Expect a binder check soon. You should be able to locate and study the following:

Antigone Vocabulary: Hamartia, Hubris, Deus ex Machina, Peripetia, Regent, Parrallelism; Duplicity

Character Motivations Chart

Tragic Family Trivia

Identify the following characters/places: Oedipus, Jocasta, Laios, Tiresias, Creon, Polyneicies, Eteocles, Antigone, Ismene, Haemon, Sphinx, Thebes, Argos, Sophocles, Chorus, Choragos (chorus leader), Guard

You should be able to explain each of these terms/ themes of the play: Character motivations, Hamartia, Conflicting Motivations, Duplicity



October 10-14, 2016

This week we will continue our study of Antigone. Review the powerpoint on Greek drama and Sophocles on Greek  drama and Sophocles for more information.

Monday/ Wednesday

Read and review “Soul Sisters” and “Enter the King.” (p. 254-267)

Complete “Tragic Family” Trivia Game (p. 252)


Parallelism and Characterization in Antigone


1/2 and 1/2 Friday: Tao of Pooh Test

Antigone Quiz 1


September 19-23, 2016

What are some of the contributions of Ancient Greece?


Read Pandora’s Box. What was the theme intended for this text?

Write an ACES paragraph explaining a universal truth learned from this text.


Characterization Paragraph Gallery Walk – How well could you directly or indirectly characterize yourself by carefully selecting diction, syntax, and details that support your character traits. See if your classmates can guess your work based on the description of yourself and items/symbols that represent you. Remember, write your name on the back.

What is The Tao of Pooh? We will read and discuss this parallel text as it explains one of the Ancient Chinese Schools of Thought. Here is a link to the pdf.


Read about the history of Greek drama and the”Pinnacle of Greek Tragedy,” Sophocles.

Practice distinguishing the different types of Irony.




September 12-16, 2016


Unit Test- All Classes

Unit 2 Vocabulary A:

theme, tragic hero, foil character, tragic flaw, irony, verbal irony, situational irony, dramatic irony, schism, syntax, antithesis, denotation, connotation, summary, precis, explication


ACES Paragraphs

Assertion about a text or argument

Citation from the text

Explanation of the evidence in your own words

Synthesize how that evidence supports your argument.

Review Characterization – Mr. Lorry

Pandora’s Box


Unit 2 Vocabulary A

Review Characterization – Mr. Lorry


ACES Paragraphs

Pandora’s Box


Vocabulary Quiz – Unit 1 Vocabulary & Unit 2A


August 29-September 2

Intro to Hebrew Literature


What is characterization? How can a writer tell/show us a character? Direct characterization, Indirect characterization, and motivation are techniques an author uses to make a character more realistic.

How might we try to characterize Gilgamesh?

Who are the key players when we read ancient Hebrew texts? View the video about the history of Judaism and Christianity:

What would be some of the motivations behind sacred texts? What are the roles of the main characters (men, women, deities, rulers) in ancient texts and ancient civilizations?

Read the Genesis Flood Story. Compare and Contrast the Mesopotamian and Hebrew Flood stories

AP/Honors Extension

History of Judaism – Read & prepare to discuss on Tuesday/Thursday


2nd Block will take the World History Student Learning Objectives Test.

Examine the role of women in ancient literature/civilizations. ruth-scan? View the powerpoint to prepare to read the text.


Vocabulary Quiz