The Analysis Journal for Of Mice and Men will be your next Academic Achievement grade. The purpose of the journal is to give you a place to gather evidence and commentary for the analysis essay that you will write after we finish reading the novel. We will work on it in class regularly as we read, but you may also need to work on the journal outside of class.
The journal has several sections that connect to the major ideas we are learning right now: characterization, symbolism, foreshadowing, and theme. The first element we are exploring is characterization, which involves making inferences about the major characters based on their speech, thoughts, effects on others, actions, and looks.
Here is a PDF copy of the whole analysis journal (just in case you misplace your copy or need a reference outside of class): Analysis Journal
Here is the example journal entry that I shared in class for GEORGE:
(Update) As we continue working on our journals, students need to add entries to SYMBOL, FORESHADOWING, and THEME. Here are some examples to help students as they work independently. Completed journals are due Thursday, October 19.
Our next Academic Achievement grade is a One-Pager analysis over the setting of the novel, Of Mice and Men. In class, we read the description on the first two pages of the novel before we began working on the one-pager.
Other support documents are available on Oualline’s Classroom Resources Page. This page includes support for crafting thesis statements, organizing body paragraphs, embedding textual evidence, and writing introductory and conclusionparagraphs. It’s great–you should check it out!
Need help with MLA formatting? Check out these instructional videos:
This week, we will be establishing foundational communication skills for the school year using George Washington’s “Rules of Civility” as our guide. After we analyze a few of George Washingon’s “Rules of Civility,” we will work on drafting our own “Rules of Civility” for English III. This activity will help us establish a classroom community and a positive working environment so that all students can learn and grow this year.
This week, we are diving into prose analysis, one of the key skills that you will need to develop this year in English IV Honors. Each day this week, we will work on honing your analytical skills in order to help you grow as a thoughtful, effective writer. Below you will find links to the PBL packet and Google Slides from class.
Welcome to English IV Honors! I am thrilled to have you in my class this year. I commend you for choosing to challenge yourself in this advanced English course and promise to work diligently to prepare you for the challenges you will face later (much sooner than you realize) in your college-level English courses. I am confident that if you strive each day to contribute your best effort and work to create high quality products, you will find success in this course—and beyond. Your senior year will be filled with excitement and memories and laughter and tears…and probably a bit of stress, but we will get through it together. Who’s ready for the challenge? I am. You are. Let’s do this.
Welcome to English III at CSHS. Congratulations–you have survived the EOC courses! However, your work in English is far from over. This year begins the push toward College and Career Readiness. Throughout this year, we will be exploring American Literature and honing our persuasive and analytical writing skills. We will also develop our research and media literacy skills during the second semester.
Hello future students! I am looking forward to a great year in English IV Honors, and I hope you are, too!
Your first assignment for English IV Honors is SUMMER READING! I know, I know–you don’t think those two words should go together. However, I think you will really like the memoir selections we picked this year. If you need a new copy, the full instructions can be viewed or downloaded below:
We expect you to:
Select one of the three memoirs.
Read and annotate your selected memoir.
Be prepared for future assessments and assignments.
If you want to get ahead, you may begin working on the reading journal, which will be due the second week of school and will count as 50% of your first AA grade.
If you have any questions about this assignment or about what to expect next year, let me know! I am looking forward to meeting you in August.