DC English:
Composition I and II
Assignment Calendar

First Quarter | Second Quarter | Third Quarter | Fourth Quarter

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Days shaded in PURPLE mean NO SCHOOL, while days shaded in YELLOW denote HALF DAYS and days shaded in GREEN herald ASSESSMENT DAYS. Use the links to the various quarters and/or breaks above to quickly find the respective assignments. Please note: These assignments are tentative, and will be updated on a daily basis. You are responsible for checking this calender on a daily basis for updated assignments.

First Quarter Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Week 1

This week, I will introduce you to your Dual Credit English Composition class, explaining the rules by which we live and the procedures by which we function. You will understand exactly what will expected of you, as well as what to expect from participating in a college class.

"Be men, or be more than men. Be steady to your purposes and firm as a rock. This ice is not made of such stuff as your hearts may be; it is mutable and cannot withstand you if you say that it shall not."

-Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

08/104

No school

08/05

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08/06

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08/07

  1. Introduction to class procedures, expectations, and texts needed for the class;
  2. Introduction to prospectus;
  3. Introduction to class website, Rediker information, and other online components.

Homework

  1. Read through and begin the work on the "College Application Essay" unit on your class homepage;
  2. Buy your school supplies and come to class prepared tomorrow.

08/08

  1. Explain the idea of Blogger's Corner on Fridays;
  2. Begin working on your first introductory blog for the week.

Homework

  1. Finish your blog post and upload it to Weebly (or your platform of choice). Once you have done that, please email me your weebly URL so I can subscribe to your blog feed;
  2. Continue working on the "College Application Essay" unit. I expect all of parts 1 and 2 to be completed by Monday. Please upload your responses to Part 2 as an extra blog post no later than Sunday midnight.

Week 2

This week, we will begin drafting your college application essays.

"A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool."

-William Shakespeare, As You Like It

08/11

Begin drafting your first college essay today in class. We will look at the writing process first so you have an idea of how to procede with the drafting cycle, including the traditional rhetorical foundations of audience and purpose.

Homework

Continue with your drafting work. Your drafted essay is due on Thursday.

08/12

Continue yesterday's work. If you finish, please begin mapping and drafting your second essay.

Homework

Continue today's work.

08/13

Continue yesterday's work.

Homework

Continue today's work.

08/14

We will begin the process of peer-reviewing each other's drafts.

Homework

Continue fixing your first draft. Your final copy is due in class tomorrow. A copy of your second draft is due on Monday.

08/15

Blogger's Corner

Homework

Continue yesterday's homework.

Week 3

This week, we will focus on the art of annotating. You will begin by annotating Crime and Punishment in preparation for an in-class essay this week. Afterwards, you will begin reading Inferno while annotating.

"What was taking place in him was totally unfamiliar, new, sudden, never before experienced. Not that he understood it, but he sensed clearly, with all the power of sensation, that it was no longer possible for him to address these people in the police station, not only with heartfelt effusions, as he had just done, but in any way at all, and had they been his own brothers and sisters, and not police lieutenants, there would still have been no point in this addressing them, in whatever circumstances of life."

- Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment

08/18

You will be annotating Crime and Punishment today. Please meake sure you have the novel with you.

Homework

If you have not purchased Inferno or your two textbooks, do so tonight please. Continue today's assignment.

08/19

You will continue working with Crime and Punishment. Please make sure you complete your annotations by tomorrow night in preparation for Thursday's essay.

Homework

Continue your annotations.

08/20

You will be with Mr. Garcia today.

Homework

Continue your annotations from yesteray.

08/21

In-class essay: choose a theme from the novel and explain how the author develops it.

Homework

Read Cantos I-X of the Inferno by Monday. Please annotate as you read.

08/22

Blogger's Corner

Homework

Continue your reading from the Inferno this weekend.

Week 4

We will begin our discussion of Dante's Inferno, as well as begin our study of how to write essays based on your audience and purpose by reviewing your Crime and Punishment timed essays. Please make sure you have your textbooks by the end of the week as I will begin assigning reading in both textbooks over the weekend.

"When I had journeyed half of our life's way, / I found myself within a shadowed forest, / for I had lost the path that does not stray."

-Dante Alighieri, Inferno

08/25

We will have a brief overview of medieval Italy, Dante's life, and the epic genre. Afterwards, I will introduce your research assignment. There will be a reading check over the first ten cantos, then we will begin our discussion of how Dante uses the epic genre for a number of reasons, the least not being as political satire.

Homework

Finish your annotations and begin reading/annotating the next ten cantos by next Tuesday. You will have other homework this weekend, so keep up!

08/26

We will continue yesterday's discussion of the first ten cantos in class. If we finish early, you may have the rest of the period to continue your reading/annotating of the next ten cantos.

Homework

Continue yesterday's homework. You may also begin Friday's homework, especially if you want to get a head-start on your research essay.

08/27

I will be handing out photocopies of everyone's timed essay from last week, and we are going to look for elements that make strong essays, and what traps we fall into to create weak essays.

Homework

Continue yesterday's homework.

08/28

We will finish yesterday's assignment. Afterwards, you will begin working to rewrite your essay. In addition, you will have to write a minimum one-page reflection on your writing from the first timed essay:

  1. What did you do well?
  2. What needed to be fixed? Why?
  3. What traps did you fall into, and how can you avoid those pitfalls in the future?

Homework

Continue today's work and yesterday's homework.

08/29

Blogger's Corner

Homework

NFG: chapters 1-6, 22-24, 43-45; Inferno: up through Canto XX; LSH: R-1, R-2

Week 5

You will present your findings on the first ten cantos of Inferno. You will have a chance to begin applying the same principles to cantos XI-XX, and we will finally revisit your Crime and Punishment essays with an eye to making them stronger.

"I am the way into the city of woe,
I am the way into eternal pain,
I am the way to go among the lost.

Justice caused my high architect to move,
Divine omnipotence created me,
The highest wisdom, and the primal love.

Before me there were no created things
But those that last forever - as do I.
Abandon all hope you who enter here."

-Dante Alighieri, Inferno

09/01

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09/02

You will have a quiz on cantos XI-XX, then begin presenting your findings on the first 10 cantos. Remember, we are looking at how Dante says what he says, at the rhetorical devices and structures he uses to get his message across to his readers. In addition, I will present your research assignment for Inferno. Please make sure you have access to Del Mar's journal database.

Homework

Begin applying the same principles to Cantos XI-XX. In addition, continue reading cantos XXI-XXXIV.

09/03

We will finish yesterday's presentations, then you will begin applying the same principles to the next ten cantos.

Homework

Continue reading Inferno.

09/04

We will begin looking at everyone's timed essays from last week, looking for elements that make strong essays, and what makes weak essays.

Homework

Continue yesterday's homeowrk.

09/05

I will quickly meet with each of you to discuss any research questions you are thinking about (see NFG ch.22). While I am doing this, you will finish yesterday's assignment, then begin rewriting your essay. In addition, you will have to write a minimum one-page reflection on your writing from the first timed essay:

  1. What did you do well?
  2. What needed to be fixed? Why?
  3. What traps did you fall into, and how can you avoid those pitfalls in the future?

Homework

Finish today's essay and finish Inferno, cantos XXI-XXXIV. Your rewritten essay on Crime and Punishment, one-page reflection, and the remaining cantos are due on Monday.

Week 6

This week, we will continue our analysis of Dante's Inferno. In addition, you will begin working on your research essay on the first part of the epic.

"So many times a man's thoughts will waver, / That it turns him back from honored paths, / As false sight turns a beast, when he is afraid."

- Dante Alighieri, Inferno

09/08

We will continue discussing Inferno, and I will be asking all of you to begin choosing a research question you want to write about. We will talk about that process today, if there is time.

Homework

Choose a research question and begin looking for support from the text.

09/09

I will not see you in class today. Continue working on yesterday's work.

Homework

Continue yesterday's work. Do not begin any online research yet!

09/10

We will finish Monday's discussion, and I will take some time to help you begin choosing a research question, if you have not done so already.

Homework

Continue searching for support from the text. In addition, begin mapping your essay.

09/11

You will have today to continue working on your essay. Before that, I want to discuss how you will be using outside research as part of this essay. I will give you the guidelines to follow when using online scholarly research.

Homework

Begin your online search for support/dissent concerning your argument.

09/12

Blogger's Corner

Homework

Continue yesterday's homework. You will have Monday to begin outlining and drafting your essay.

Week 7

You will be working on your Inferno essay this week.

"Nothing I cared, in the lamb white days, that time would take me / Up to the swallow thronged loft by the shadow of my hand, / In the moon that is always rising....

- Dylan Thomas, "Fern Hill"

09/15

You will begin your first draft in class today. Please make sure you do not write an introduction, but rather begin with your thesis draft instead.

Homework

Continue working on your draft.

09/16

You will continue working on your draft.

Homework

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09/17

You will continue working on your draft in class. Please make sure you have a rought outline to help focus your draft.

Homework

Continue working on your draft.

09/18

Peer-review day. You will be reading each others' first drafts, paying attention ONLY to content: what works with the thesis, and what does not.

Homework

Begin reworking your first draft into a second draft.

09/19

You may work on your second draft or your blog post for the week.

Homework

Work on your second draft, which is due on Monday at 4:30 pm on GoogleDrive.

Week 8

This week, we will begin looking at difference writing genres, starting with literacy narratives. Please make sure you have your Norton textbook with you in class this week, and if you have not already done so, please purchase Lives on the Boundary and Reality is Broken and have them in class on the Monday of the first week of the second quarter.

"Whatever your topic or purpose, academic writing is a way of adding your voice to some larger conversation" (Richard 19).

- Richard, Bullock,, Goggin, Daly, Weinberg, Francine. The Norton Field Guide to Writing, with Readings and Handbook (Third Edition), 3rd Edition. W. W. Norton & Company, 02/2013. VitalBook file.

09/22

Work on your second draft or your blog post for the week.

Homework

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09/23

I will show you how to sign-in to Del Mar's library database system, discuss what a Boolean search is, and explain how to find full-text articles.

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09/24

You will be meeting with Mr. Garcia today.

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09/25

Please have your Norton textbook in class today. We will be looking at writing a literacy narrative (chps. 7 and 57).

Homework

Finish reading the essays in chapter 7.

09/26

We will begin discussing what a narrative is, and in particular, what a literacy narrative is. We will discuss the methods used by the essay authors of chapter 7 as they wrote their own literacy narratives.

Homework

You will begin brainstorming for your own literacy narrative this weekend. Please make sure you have purchased Lives on the Boundary and Reality is Broken. Have both novels by the Monday of the first week of the second quarter.

Week 9

Welcome to the final week of the first quarter of your senior year! Just three more to go, and you are finished! This week, we are going to focus on literacy narratives, or telling stories about how we learned to "read and write," or as I like to say, how we learned how to "learn and create."

"When I am composing, I try to return to that time and place of inexperience when I was knocked sideways by dangerous sounds. Why else write? Why else listen?"

- Daniel Felsenfeld, "Rebel Music"

09/29

Quiz over the essays in chapters 7 and 57 of NFG. We will discuss what a literacy narrative is, and you will choose two essays as master texts to deconstruct.

Homework

Complete your deconstruction and begin the brainstorming process for your own literacy narrative.

09/30

You will begin working on your literacy narrative in class today. The parameters are:

  1. MLA format
  2. 2-4 full pages
  3. Work Cited if appropriate

Your first draft is due on Thursday.

Homework

Continue working on your literacy narrative.

10/01

Continue working on your literacy narrative. Draft is due tomorrow. Please come in with two copies of your drafts (typed, pleae)

Homework

Continue your essay.

10/02

Peer-review of your drafts today.

Homework

Begin correcting your drafts. Your final draft is due on Google Drive by 10 PM this Sunday.

10/03

Blogger's corner

Homework

Finish your second draft. You are to read chapters 9, 12, and 59 in NFG over the break.

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Second Quarter Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Week 1

You will use the week as a writing week: literacy narrative. We will go thorugh the writing process, and you will reflect on that process.

"A poem should be motionless in time / As the moon climbs."

-Archibald MacLeish, "Ars Poetica"

10/13

You will begin peer-reviewing your essays today. You will be focusing on content, voice, and audience.

Homework

Prepare questions concerning your reviews tonight for discussion tomorrow.

10/14

You will meet with the two people who reviewed your essay yesterday, and you will engage in a dialogue with them concerning their suggestions.

Homework

Prepare a second draft of your essay based on your conversations today.

10/15

Bring in a second draft of your essay for a second peer-review. If content issues are solved, style will be addressed.

Homework

Prepare a third draft based on your reviews from today.

10/16

Today, you will be writing a reflection based on your experience writing this essay. You will be answering the following questions:

  1. What method did you use for brainstorming, and why did you choose it?
  2. Why did you choose the topic you did? What helped you focus on this one topic?
  3. What did you focus on during the drafting stage? Why?
  4. Based on your conversations with your peers, what would you say are your current writing strengths and weaknesses?
  5. What are two goals you have for your next essay? How do you plan on meeting them?

Homework

Finish today's reflection. Create a new page on your weebly titled "Reflections," and upload this reflection as a subpage.

10/17

Blogger's Corner

Homework

Read chapters 9, 12, and 59 in NFG if you have not done so yet. Also, begin reading Lives on the Boundary. You have exactly two weeks to finish it (it must be finished by Tuesday, 4 November).

Week 2

This week, we will focus on best practices for writing reports and conducting serious research. You will be asked to choose a topic that interests you (I suggest keeping to the topic you chose for your literary narrative), conduct appropriate research, and write a report complete with annotated bibliography.

"How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live."

-Henry David Thoreau, Journal, 19 August 1851

10/20

Quiz over weekend's readings. Afterwards, we will discuss strategies for writing a well-documented report using the essays in the textbook as guides, as well as the differences between reporting and arguing. I will also teach you the hows and whys of annotated bibliographies. You will begin the process of choosing a topic today.

Homework

Continue the process of choosing a topic for your essay. Write your ideas down as questions (see pg. 110 in NFG for examples).

10/21

You will complete the "Considering the Rhetorical Information" questions (NFG 111). If you are knowledgeable about your topic, you may begin narrowing your topic to prepare for more focused research. If you do not know much about it, you will want to start doing some preliminary research to help you narrow your focus.

Homework

Continue today's work.

10/22

You will continue researching/prewriting for your essay. As you research, you will be taking notes to complete your annotated bibliography, which should be completed by this Friday (use NFG 160 to help you evaluate your sources). You should start working on a tentative thesis and outline at this point to ensure you have a definite focus for your paper.

Homework

Continue today's work.

10/23

You will continue researching and working on your annotated bibliography, as well as working on a tentative thesis and outline. Remember, you need to be thinking about where your essay is headed as you read, which will help you determine if your research is helpful or not.

Homework

Continue today's work.

10/24

Your annotated bibliography is due today. You may either begin drafting your essay, or you may work on your blog for the week.

Homework

Work on your draft this weekend. It does not have to be finished by Monday, but please make some significant progress on the draft. You will be writing this essay using Chicago format, not MLA. Do not worry at this point about what that means, so continue to cite in your paper with current MLA practices. I will teach you Chicago next week.

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This week, we wil finish your report (after three peer-reviews). Afterwards, we will begin looking at Mike Rose's Lives on the Boundary.

"When, years later, I was introduced to humanistic psychologists like Abraham Maslow and Carl Rogers, with their visions of self-actualization, or even Freud with his sober dictum about love and work, it all sounded like a glorious fairy tale, a magical account of a world full of possibility, full of hope and empowerment. Sindbad and Cinderella couldn't have been more fanciful."

-Mike Rose, Lives on the Boundary

10/10

Your report is due today. First peer review: content.

Homework

Look at your peers' advice and make any corrections necessary.

10/11

Second peer review: content and/or style.

Homework

Make any corrections necessary.

10/12

Third peer review: sytle and/or grammar.

Homework

Make any corrections necessary.

10/13

We will begin discussing Mike Rose's Lives on the Boundary today. Please bring your book to class and have it completely read.

Homework

Begin thinking about a topic that you would be interested in for your argument paper.

10/14

Continue with yesteray's discussion. If we finish early, you may begin brainstorming for your argument paper.

Homework

On Monday, please have your topic chosen and a map started. Monday will be used for research and outlining.

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Week 1

"Be men, or be more than men. Be steady to your purposes and firm as a rock. This ice is not made of such stuff as your hearts may be; it is mutable and cannot withstand you if you say that it shall not."

-Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

01/05

No school. Teacher inservice.

01/06

Senior thesis writing day. Please have your sources with you, along with any other papers you may need to continue your thesis draft.

Homework

  1. Continue drafting tonight;
  2. Read chapters 43-48 in NFG.

01/07

Senior thesis writing day. Please have your sources with you, along with any other papers you may need to continue your thesis draft.

Homework

Continue drafting tonight.

01/08

Senior thesis writing day. Please have your sources with you, along with any other papers you may need to continue your thesis draft.

Homework

Continue drafting tonight. Please bring your NFG to class tomorrow.

01/09

Quiz over your reading. I will grade your research-preparation work while you begin tonight's homeowork in class.

Homework

Read chapters 13 and 61 in NFG. Based on the hints and tips in the chapters, brainstorm a topic for your evaluation essay.

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Fourth Quarter Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Week 1

This week, I will introduce you to your AP English Literature class, explaining the rules by which we live and the procedures by which we function. You will understand exactly what will expected of you, as well as what to expect on the AP English Literature exam.

"Be men, or be more than men. Be steady to your purposes and firm as a rock. This ice is not made of such stuff as your hearts may be; it is mutable and cannot withstand you if you say that it shall not."

-Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

08/06

No school. Teacher inservice.

08/07

No school. Teacher inservice.

08/08

  1. Introduction to class procedures, expectations, and texts needed for the class;
  2. Introduction to prospectus;
  3. Introduction to class website, Edline information, and other online components.

Homework
  1. Purchase all materials for class;
  2. Print out the prospectus and bring it back tomorrow. I will be checking it as part of your binder.

08/09

Practice AP exam (MC portion)

Homework

Begin working on your first assignment. Please check the class page for the link.

08/10

Practice AP exam (Writing portion - 1 essay)

Homework

Continue working on your first assignment. I will begin checking your "Training Exercise #1" blogs on Sunday.

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