Mrs. Melissa Billeaud – English I

05Mar, 21

March 8-11: Exam Week

Your exam is Wednesday! Please review your study guide, characters, plot points, and introduction notes in order to fully prepare.

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26Feb, 21

March 1-5

This week we will wrap up our Romeo and Juliet unit by writing our motif essays. This essay should be 2.5 pages, typed, and is due WENDESDAY, March 3rd.

Exams are next week! Students can prepare by reviewing their Shakespeare notes and reviewing the plot, characters, and motifs in Romeo and Juliet. I’ll be sending home a study guide, but SparkNotes has great resources as well!

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12Feb, 21

February 22-26

VIRTUAL ASSIGNMENT (2 Days): Students will choose either Romeo, Juliet, Friar Lawrence, or the Nurse and complete a body biography worth 40 points. This is a characterization activity that requires students to provide 6 elements of characterization and provide textual evidence to support their elements.

 WEEK 7

  • We will complete motif chart rows for Act 4 with partners. This will help students review for test on Act 4 tomorrow.
  • Begin Juliet’s “Dagger” Soliloquy. This activity requires the teacher to guide students through a close reading of Juliet’s soliloquy, complete with annotations and guided reading questions.
  • Test on Act 4 on Tuesday, 2/23.
  • We will then finish reading play as a class.
  • We will complete motif chart with partner for Act 5.
  • Complete character chart for Act 4-5. This will allow students to prepare for Act 5 test.
  • Test on Act 5 later in week.
  • Begin final essay composition by introducing prompt (how a MOTIF in Romeo and Juliet helps create a theme).
  • The essay will be due toward the end of review week as a final review for the exam, which will be on the Shakespeare Notes + the whole play Romeo and Juliet.
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05Feb, 21

February 8th-12th

  • MONDAY: As a review for the Act 3 (Romeo and Juliet) Test, students will complete the Character Chart for Act 3 in groups. This activity requires students to understand and explain character traits and motivations, then provide evidence to support their claims.
  • TSW take Act 3 Test on TUESDAY, then complete Teen Brains Article + Claims Chart in class.
  • Rest of week: students will complete a motif chart on Act 3.
  • As a class activity, we will read Act 4, Scenes 1-3 of Romeo and Juliet.

 VIRTUAL ASSIGNMENT (2 Days): Students will choose either Romeo, Juliet, Friar Lawrence, or the Nurse and complete a body biography worth 40 points. This is a characterization activity that requires students to provide 6 elements of characterization and provide textual evidence to support their elements. This is due Monday, 2/22, and has been emailed to them.

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29Jan, 21

February 1st-5th

This week, we will continue our Romeo and Juliet unit.

The soliloquy essay that we have been writing in class will be due Wednesday, 2/3. Students who are quarantined need to email me their work or share their Google document with me. Students in person need to bring it printed that day. 

This week, we will read another article on the Teen Brain and fill out a claim chart for it. We will also read through act 3, scene 3 of Romeo and Juliet and complete activities to go with the reading. Students should expect an Act 3 Test next week.

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22Jan, 21

January 25-29

This week we will continue our Romeo and Juliet unit. We will…

  • Read “Teen Brain” informational article and complete claim chart in class.
  • Act 2, Scene 3 Soliloquy Activity: Complete Annotations and write thesis for Friar Lawrence essay.
  • Write Soliloquy Analysis in class in writing workshop format.
  • Soliloquy Analysis Revision Stations.
  • Students’ soliloquy analysis essay is due Friday, 1/29, printed.
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15Jan, 21

January 19th-22nd

This week we will continue our Romeo and Juliet unit. We will…

  • Begin Act 2 (Read scenes 1-2). If a student is absent, the entire play is on Sparknotes.
  • Check for Act 1-2 (i.ii) understanding and to understand the role motifs play in Romeo and Juliet. Begin the motif activity by defining “motif” and analyzing lines 1.2.94-95 (use the example provided on worksheet). Then together fill in the first row on the chart. Students will skim act 2 i-ii of R&J with a partner, looking for other recurring images.
  • Next week, we will finish Act 2 of Romeo and Juliet, so students should prepare for a test on Act 2.
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08Jan, 21

January 11-15 Assignments & Assessments

This week, we will continue our Romeo and Juliet unit.

–Monday, 1/11: TEST on Shakespeare notes. This test will consist of matching and multiple choice on the Shakespeare notes students received this past week.

–We will be reading Act 1 of Romeo and Juliet. For students quarantined, this entire text can be found on Sparknotes.com. An easy-to-understand translation can also be found at Sparknotes.com, as well as summaries. We will be completing close reading activities as well.

–Monday, 1/18: TEST on Act 1 of Romeo and Juliet.

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03Jan, 21

January 4-8 Assignments & Assessments

This week, we start a new unit: Romeo and Juliet!

Students will receive intro Shakespeare notes early this week, and they will have a test on these Monday, January 11th, so they should begin studying now!

This week we will do a few assessments for a grade in class, including work with the prologue to the play as well as working with Shakespearean sonnets. Most of this work will be completed in class.

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14Dec, 20

Exam Week: December 14-17

Exams are this week!

For your exam, please review the novel/book we’ve been reading in class. You may bring it home with you to review!

Be familiar with characters, quotes, symbols, and plot. Review SparkNotes.com for more help; they have excellent reviews on the novel we read!

Also, if you had intro notes for the unit (Great Gatsby had Modernism notes, To Kill a Mockingbird had intro notes, Hamlet had Shakespeare notes, and F451 had literary terms throughout the unit), you need to study these notes! Email me if you no longer have them and I will get them to you.

Tuesday: 11th Grade English Exam and 9th Grade English Exam

Wednesday: 12th Grade English Exam

Thursday: 10th Grade English Exam

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04Dec, 20

December 7-11

  • Essay due THURSDAY, 12/10: We will work on our Literary Analysis Essay Workshop: How does Ray Bradbury develop a central theme over the course of the novel F451? This 2.5 page essay will be written during class with the help of the teacher. Body paragraphs are due throughout the week; teacher will check and complete individual conferences with students.
  • End of Unit Task: Read “I Am Very Real” by Kurt Vonnegut (in class)
  • Complete close reading activities for “I Am Very Real” by Kurt Vonnegut (in class)
  • Exam next week will cover all of F451, the novel we’ve been reading in class. Students can review at Sparknotes.com.
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20Nov, 20

11/30-12/4 Assignments and Assessments

This week, we will continue our F451 unit.

Students should expect reading quizzes on what is read in class throughout the week. Students may use SparkNotes to help them review for these quizzes.

Friday, 12/4: Quiz on objective case pronouns.

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13Nov, 20

November 16-20 Assessments & Assignments

This week, we will continue our Fahrenheit 451 unit.

Students should expect reading quizzes on F451, which we read solely in class. For help with this, students can review SparkNotes summaries online at SparkNotes.com.

Friday, 11/20: Grammar Quiz on objective case pronouns.

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09Nov, 20

November 9-13 Assignments & Assessments

This week, we will continue our Fahrenheit 451 unit.

On Friday, 9/13, students will have a quiz on literary devices EXAMPLES–so students should continue studying their notes and concentrate on the examples.

Students will have in-class writing assignments this week, as well as reading quizzes on what we read in class. Students can always review what is read in class on SparkNotes.com.

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31Oct, 20

November 2-6 Assignments and Assessments

Due to Hurricane Zeta, the literary device definitions quiz has been moved to Wednesday, November 4th.

This week we will continue reading F451, so students should prepare for reading quizzes in class. We will also be reading an excerpt from Frederick Douglass’ autobiography to tie into our thematic topic on the power of literature.

Grammar Focus quiz this Friday, November 6th.

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23Oct, 20

October 26-30 Assignments & Assessments

This week we will continue our Fahrenheit 451 unit. Students should expect at least 2 reading quizzes this week. Although reading is done in class, if students need to review, SparkNotes has a great review.

Our grammar focus for this week is nominative case pronouns.

MONDAY, 10/26: Reading quiz on p. 29-45 (which we read Thursday and Friday).

Friday, 10/30: Quiz on literary term definitions AND quiz on nominative case pronouns.

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19Oct, 20

October 19-23 Assignments and Assessments

This week, we will continue our Fahrenheit 451 unit.

TUESDAY: Reading quiz on p. 1-28 of F451.

Expect another reading quiz at the end of the week!

Be studying literary terms given on Tuesday.

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11Oct, 20

October 12-16 Assessments & Assignments

This week we begin our novel Fahrenheit 451.

Students should expect multiple reading quizzes throughout the week for this entire unit. All reading will be done in class; however, SparkNotes serves as a great resource for students that need to review before a reading quiz.

This week we will have 1-2 reading quizzes in class on what we read. Also, students will be given literary terms that they need to begin studying for a test next week.

Friday: Grammar Quiz on apostrophes.

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21Aug, 20

August 24-28 Assignments

This week, students will continue to do some writing in class, and they will be receiving their notes for our Odyssey unit.

On Friday (8/28) of this week, students will have a grammar quiz on coordinating conjunctions, commas, and semicolons. Notes are in Notability.

Next week, students will have a test on their Odyssey notes.

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07Aug, 20

Welcome to My English Course!

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. -Colossians 3:23-24

Hi! By Friday afternoon (8/7), I will have next week’s upcoming events for you to view. I can’t wait to start another great year! If you would like to read my Parent Letter, which tells about me, my policies, and my grading scale, please visit my Uploads, or click this link here: General Parent Letter 2020

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