Thursday, November 20, 2014

Assignments for Week of November 24-25, 2014

Mon, Nov 24          WTG          Story idea in a paragraph due.

Tues, Nov 25          SYMPOSIUM

Friday, November 14, 2014

Assignments for Week of November 17 - 21, 2014

Mon, 11/17    LIT                    Read pages 133-167 in Bronx Masquerade twice.
                                               Be prepared for a 5-question quiz.
                                               Write an original poem in response to the reading.

                      GRAMMAR    Compose 3 sentences using introductory subordinate (adverb) clauses.
                                               Compose 3 compound sentences.
                                               Compose 3 compound complex sentences.
                                               Underline the subjects and verbs in each sentence. Punctuate correctly.

Tues, 11/18     RCG                Outline for presentation due.  Post it on your Wiki.

                        GRAMMAR   Compose 3 sentences using introductory words, phrases and clauses.
                                                Compose 3 sentences using interrupting words, phrases and clauses.
                                                Punctuate correctly.

Wed, 11/19       LIT                 Test on Bronx Masquerade.
                                                Character grid due.
                                                Poetry terms due.

Thurs, 11/20     RCG             Peoples' Histories Projects Presentations.

Fri, 11/21          RCG             Peoples' Histories' Projects Presentations.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Assignments for Week of November 10 - 14, 2014

Mon, Nov 10         LIT          Read pages 34 - 64 in Bronx Masquerade twice.
                                               Be prepared for a 5-question reading quiz.
                                               Write an original poem in response to the reading.

                               RCG       Choose a topic for your Peoples' Histories Project.

Tues, Nov 11         LIT           Read "Food that Pleases, Food to Take Home" by Anthony Grooms.
                                                Bring in 3 points for the discussion.

                               RCG         Set up Wiki for People's History Project.
                                                Post your project planner.

Wed, Nov 12         LIT           Read pages 65 - 100 in Bronx Masquerade twice.
                                                Be prepared for a 5-question reading quiz.
                                                Write an original poem in response to the reading.
                              LIT           Write 3 questions for Tony Grooms.

                              LIT           Essay revisions due.

Thurs, Nov 13      RCG          Annotated sources for history project due (5 or more).

Fri, Nov 14            LIT          Read pages 100 - 132 in Bronx Masquerade twice.
                                               Be prepared for a 5-question reading quiz.
                                               Write an original poem in response to the reading.

                              RB           Reading Bowl Question Sheet: Book #1.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Assignments for Week of November 4-7, 2014

Tues, Nov 4          LIT            Review "Sweat" and your 3 points for discussion.
                                                (Happy Halloween)

                              RCG           Read Article 2 of the U. S. Constitution at this link.
                                                 Answer the study questions sent via email.

Wed, Nov 5           RCG          Listen to the interview at this link. Write a review of the film A Day                                                       without a Mexican.

                                                 Prepare for quiz on Article 2 of the U. S. Constitution.

Thurs, Nov 6          LIT            Read pages 3-33 in Bronx Masquerade.
                                                 Write an original poem based on the reading.

Fri, Nov 7               RCG          Read cards 1-7 on President Obama's executive action on                                                                       immigration at this link.  Write a 1-page summary describing how and                                                   why President Obama is using his executive power in this situation.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Assignments for Week of October 27 - 31

Mon, Oct 27            LIT          5 citations with annotations for Harlem Renaissance Project

                                RCG         Read Aldo Urquiza's piece on his immigration experience.

                                                 Read pages 120-122 (Race Book). Complete exercise on page 122.

Tues, Oct 28            RCG         Read "Georgia Gives Police Added Power to Seek Out
                                                  Illegal Immigrants" and "The Law of Unintended
                                                  Consequences: Georgia's Immigration Law Backfires" in
                                                  the Race Reader.  Answer these questions:

                                                          1. Why is Georgia’s immigration law controversial?
                                                                                           2.  On what basis has it been challenged legally?
                                                                                           3.  How has the law affected immigration?
                                                                                           4. How has the law affected immigrants?
                                                                                           5. What are some of the unintended consequences?
                                                  Watch the slide show at the bottom of the page at
                                                   show-aasif-mandvi_n_4094427.html about state
                                                   immigration laws.

                                                  Review the chart "U.S. Immigration by Region and
                                                  Decade" at

 Wed, Oct 29          LIT             Read "Incident," " Yet I Do Marvel," and "From the Dark Tower" by
                                                  Countee Cullen (sent via email) twice.
                                                  Bring in three points and identify three poetic devices (metaphor,
                                                  simile, allusion, personification, hyperbole, alliteration).

Thurs, Oct 30          LIT             Harlem Renaissance Presentations

Fri, Oct 31               LIT             Read "Sweat" by Zora Neale Hurston.
                                                    Bring in three points to discuss in class.
                                                    Be prepared for a 5 question quiz.
                                                    Here is the link to the story.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Assignments for Week of October 20 - 24, 2014

Mon, 10/20            LIT             Presentation on The Secret Life of Bees creative projects.

Tues, 10/21            RCG            Read pages 73 - 78 in the Race Book.
                                                   Answer questions 1 - 6 on page 78.

                               LIT              Choose a Harlem Renaissance artist to research for your project.            

Wed, 10/22             LIT             Read the 3 poems by Paul Lawrence Dunbar in your lit handout.
                                                   Answer the questions on the handout.

                               RCG           Response to Family Histories.

Thurs, 10/23           RCG          Read pages 79-89 in the Race Book.
                                                  Email me links to three examples of how race is used in advertising.
                                                  (Your examples can be stereotypical or fair representations, just be
                                                   prepared to explain why you chose them.)

Fri, 10/24               RCG         Read the New York Times review of The Visitor at this link.
                                                Answer the following questions:
                                                   1.  How does Walter's character represent whiteness?
                                                   2.  The title (The Visitor) refers as much to Walter as it does Tarek.
                                                        Describe how the title could relate to each man's characters.
                                                   3.  How is Walter transformed by his relationship with Tarek and
                                                    4.  Who is your favorite character and why?
                                                    5.  What message does this film covey about immigration issues in
                                                          the United States?
                                                    6.  In your opinion, how should the nation respond?

                                 LIT         List of sources for your Harlem Renaissance project due.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Assignments for Week of October 13 - 17, 2014

Mon, 10/13          LIT          Creative project for Secret Life of Bees.

Tues, 10/14          RCG        Response to Family History Projects.

Wed, 10/15          LIT          Essay on Secret Life of Bees.