Mrs. Melissa Billeaud – English II

26Feb, 21

March 1-5

This week we will wrap up our Antigone unit by writing our final essay. This essay should be 3 pages, typed, and is due WENDESDAY, March 3rd.

Exams are next week! Students can prepare by reviewing their Sophocles notes and reviewing the plot, characters, and motifs in both Oedipus Rex and Antigone. 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 School Assignment (2 Days): Students will choose from one of four characters from Oedipus Rex or Antigone (Jocasta, Oedipus, Antigone, or Ismene) 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

  • Students will read Episode 5 of Antigone as a class (rest of play; p. 49-62).
  • We will take a Quiz on Episode 5 as summative assessment on Wednesday, 2/22.
  • Students will complete one full ACT English practice test. I score scantrons for completion and see how students did compared to first composite score.
  • In order to prepare for culminating essay, we will do a real-world connection to Tiananmen Square and Christian martyrs. First, we will discuss Tiananmen Square. We will watch a video on this event and complete graphic organizers.
  • After completing the Tiananmen Square connection, the class will read the stoning of Stephen from Acts 7 as well as the account of Jim Elliot’s death. We will also watch the clip from the movie End of the Spear of Elliot and his fellow missionaries dying. TTW then lead students in a discussion about how Antigone, Tiananmen Square, and Christian martyrs work together to demonstrate a theme.
  • The essay will need to be 3 full pages and will be due toward the end of review week as a review of the entire unit. Students should expect the full play Antigone, full play Oedipus Rex, and their Sophocles notes to be on their exam.
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05Feb, 21

February 8th-12th

  • ACT/ASPIRE PRACTICE: This week, we will begin each class period with an English ACT practice passage in order to prepare students for the ACT/ASPIRE. I will frontload with info and strategies for English ACT and then give students 9 minutes per passage. This is not graded for accuracy but completion. Students should mark their right and wrong answers so they can get a composite score at the end of the week. I will go over answer at end of time limit and discuss answers.
  • Beginning of week: As a class, read Episode 2 of Antigone (p. 26-top of 37). Informal discussion to check for understanding throughout the reading will take place.
  • TSW take a reading quiz on Episode 2 as a summative assessment.

  • Mid-week: As a class, read Episode 3 of Antigone (top of 37-44). Informal discussion to check for understanding throughout the reading will take place.
  • TSW take a reading quiz on Episode 3 as a summative assessment.

 Virtual School Assignment (2 Days): Students will choose from one of four characters from Oedipus Rex or Antigone (Jocasta, Oedipus, Antigone, or Ismene) 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 students.

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29Jan, 21

February 1st-5th

This week, we will continue our Oedipus Rex unit. Students have been working on a motif essay in class, and this essay is due, PRINTED, on Wednesday, 2/3. 

On Tuesday, we will being out Antigone unit and read the prologue and episode 1 of Antigone. Students should be prepared for a reading quiz on this material.

Finally, we will be completing some ACT practice in class on the English section.

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22Jan, 21

January 25-29

This week, we will wrap up or Oedipus Rex unit.

Students should expect reading quizzes throughout the week, including on 1/25 (reading quiz on Episode 3, which we finished Friday). We will also be completing dialectical journals on the play in class.

At mid-week, we will begin a literary analysis essay in class based on the play. This essay will be due, printed, on Monday, February 1st.

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15Jan, 21

January 19th-22nd

This week, we will continue our Oedipus Rex unit. We will…

  • Have a Quiz on Episode Two of Oedipus Rex on Tuesday, 1/19!
  • Read Oedipus Rex, episodes 2-4, in our textbook.
  • Complete dialectical journal for episode 2-3.
  • Work on a grammar packet.
  • Quizzes on Episode 2-3 of Oedipus Rex toward end of week.
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08Jan, 21

January 11-15 Assignments & Assessments

This week, we will continue our Oedipus Rex unit.

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

–We will be reading Episodes 1-3 of Oedipus Rex. The play begins on p. 253 of the textbook section that I emailed them this week. If students need help understanding what’s happening, summaries can be found online at Sparknotes.com. We will be completing close reading activities as well.

–Throughout the week, students will have reading quizzes on each episode we read in class.

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03Jan, 21

January 4-8 Assignments & Assessments

This week, we start a new unit: Oedipus Rex and Antigone (Greek Tragedy).

Students will receive intro Sophocles/Greek Tragedy 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 Oedipus Rex with an accompanying Levels of Questions activity. 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

  • On Tuesday, 12/8, the Argumentative Jury Essay (2.5 pages) is due, printed.
  • In class, we will read Ch. 25-31 of TKAM and have reading quizzes.
  • On the exam next week, students can expect questions about the novel TKAM as a whole as well as the intro notes we took at the beginning of the unit.
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20Nov, 20

11/30-12/4 Assignments & Assessments

This week, we will continue our To Kill a Mockingbird unit.

Specifically, we will be working on our culminating essay for this unit, which is an argumentative essay about the jury system. This essay is due, printed, on Friday, 12/4.

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 Assignments and Assessments

This week, we will continue our To Kill a Mockingbird unit.

Students should expect reading quizzes on To Kill a Mockingbird, 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, students will continue our To Kill a Mockingbird unit.

We will have reading quizzes throughout the week on what is read on class. If students need to review, they can use the summaries online at SparkNotes.com.

We will also have small writing assignments in class that may need to be completed at home if not finished in class.

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31Oct, 20

November 2-6 Assignments & Assessments

This week, we will continue to read To Kill a Mockingbird. Since all reading is done in class, reading quizzes make up a large portion of this 9 weeks’ English grade. Therefore, if students need to review in order to do well on the quiz, please use SparkNotes to help you review!

Grammar Quiz Friday, November 6th.

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23Oct, 20

October 26-30 Assignments & Assessments

This week we will continue our To Kill a Mockingbird unit. Students should expect at least 2-3 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.

Any work not finished in class is most likely for homework!

MONDAY, 10/26: Reading quiz on chapters 4-5 (which we read Friday).

Friday, 10/30: Quiz on nominative case pronouns.

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19Oct, 20

October 19-23 Assignments and Assessments

This week, we will continue our To Kill a Mockingbird unit. Students should expect a reading quiz on each chapter this week. All of the reading will be done in class, but if students need extra assistance reviewing the chapters, Sparknotes is a great resource.

Additional work will include conflict journals, which will be completed in class and will only be for homework if students don’t finish.

WEDNESDAY, 10/21: TKAM Intro Notes Test.

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11Oct, 20

October 12-16 Assessments & Assignments

This week, we will begin our To Kill a Mockingbird unit. (Normally, this unit is an English I unit, but because of COVID, it got pushed up. I’ll be teaching it at a higher level for English II students). Students should expect multiple reading quizzes throughout the week for this unit.

Students will receive intro notes on author, theme, literary devices, etc. There will be a test on these notes next Monday, 10/19.

Grammar quiz this Friday on apostrophes.

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21Aug, 20

August 24-28 Assignments

This week, students will continue their Rhetoric Unit. We will be working with the speech “Give Me Liberty or Give me Death.”

On Friday (8/28), students will have a test on the rhetoric terms notes they received last week. These notes are in Notability.

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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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