Collection 6: The Modern World

Screen Shot 2016-03-02 at 9.01.05 PM.pngScroll to see the daily assignments we will complete in Collection 6. If you are absent, please refer to this page for guidance.

Day 1: 

Complete all of your assignments in your journal.

Day 2:

Complete all of your assignments in your journal.


Days 3 & 4: Finish “Winter Dreams”

Complete all of your assignments in your journal.



Day 5: The Harlem Renaissance p.438

  • Take notes on the history of the Harlem Renaissance and the authors we will read in this section.

  • Read: “Song of Son” (Jean Toomer) “From the Dark Tower” (Countee Cullen) & “A Black Man Talks of Reaping” (Arna Bontemps) p. 439

    • Complete the discussion question in your journal. p.442

  • Take notes on the background information on Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes.

  • Read”How It Feels to Be Colored Me” (Hurston) & “The Weary Blues” (Hughes) p. C115

    • Complete the short answer questions on each page as you read.

    • Complete the “Short Response” section in your journal p. CR122

      • This response should be written in paragraph format. Please proofread your work!


Day 6: Narrative Poetry

“Mending Wall” and “Death of the Hired Man”

  • Take notes on Robert Frost (p. 445)

  • Read “Mending Wall” (p.446) and “Death of the Hired Man” (p.447)

    • take notes on the following:

      • mood/ atmosphere of each poem

      • types of descriptive language used by Frost

      • any questions you have while reading

  • Complete “Performance Task” p. 454

    • The entire assignment should be completed in your journal.

    • Be sure to use full sentences and proofread your work!


Review each work we have read so far and prepare for your test!

  • Students: You have the option of correcting your incorrect answers to improve your test grades. Resubmit your test by Friday, March 11, 2016.


The Crucible


Day 1: Background Information

Take notes in your journals as we discuss the following articles.

Which text showed a more comprehensive view of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts? Explain your answer with evidence from both texts (i.e.- the article & the video).

Begin reading The Crucible Act 1.

  • Vocabulary:

    • overture=

      • Classical music= overture is played before the beginning of musical or opera. It introduces the musical themes. “Opening”

      • More general meaning= the first part or beginning of something

  • Take-aways:

    • The overture or exposition includes information we don’t get at the beginning of the play:

      • setting

      • historical context

      • playwright’s perspective on his subject

    • p. 460= gives insight to attitudes and beliefs of the people of Salem

    • Miller provides historical background in the overture that compares Salem to two other, earlier colonies. Which ones?

    • Lines 1-6, p. 461: What inferences can you make about Parris based on the stage directions?

    • Direct characterization vs. Indirect characterization

      • Direct= specific details about a character are stated directly

        • i.e.- stage directions

      • Indirect= readers have to infer what a character is like based on clues in the text.

        • i.e.- characters’ dialogue

        • i.e.- characters’ actions

  • Consider the following as we read:

    • How are the themes of the play relevant to contemporary American audiences?

    • How and why might the play appeal to readers and theater-goers on a global scale?

  • Close Reader- p. 462

Day 2: Ms. Ellis Proctors FSA Writing While You Complete Assigned Packet

  • The packet was distributed in class on March 3, 2016.

  • The files within the packet can be found below:

    • Directions

    • Vocabulary Assignment (No digital copy)

    • Article 1: McCarthyism

    • Article 2: Witches in Salem

  • The entire packet must be completed prior to next class (Wednesday).

Day 3: Read Act 1 of The Crucible

  • Review Day 2 packet.

  • Students read “Act 1” with Ms. Ellis and discuss characters.

Day 4: Check Ms. Ellis’ door to see where to report.

  • In 1-2 paragraphs, summarize what occurs in The Crucible, Act 1, Part 1. Write a comparative essay in which you explain the similarities and differences between the play and the first part of the film.

  • Essay does not need to be typed.

Day 5: Finish reading Act 1 of The Crucible

  • Peer edit the essays from Day 4. Click here for the directions.

  • Finish reading Act 1/ take notes and add to character description chart.

  • The Crucible film Pairing

  • Create an image (s) that illustrates the relationships of the characters thus far in the play.

 Day 6 & 7: Read Act II of The Crucible

  • Share illustrations of Act 1.

  • Take notes and add to character description chart.

  • The Crucible film Pairing

  • Collaborative Reading Groups

    • Mini- McCarthyism Group Project.PNG

      • Discuss parallels between the McCarthy Trials and those depicted in the play.

    • While your groups work on your group project, students will be visiting the computer center to work on SAT Practice in Khan Academy.

      • This Week’s Assignment= Reading: Science

Day 8: Begin reading Act III of The Crucible

  • Take notes and add to character description chart.

  • The Crucible film Pairing

  • Continue Collaboration Reading Group Assignment.

  • Presentations will be April 5th, 2016. You must come on your presentation day to receive credit.

  • All students should have completed the Khan Academy Reading: Science practice by the end of the day.

Day 9: The Crucible Comparative Essay

  • Based on your notes, write a comparative essay in which you compare the similarities and differences of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible  and Nicholas Hytner’s 1996 version of The Crucible.

  • Bring a paper copy of your essay on April 12, 2016 for Ms. Ellis’ approval.

  • Correct your essay and upload the revised version (in PDF form) to your digital portfolio.

    • label the assignment- Comparative Essay

  • Add a brief description of the assignment.

  • Due: April 18, 2016 (uploaded to your digital portfolio).

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