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Category: English III (page 1 of 4)

Gatsby Ch. 7-9

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Gatsby Ch. 4-6

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Gatsby Ch. 1-3

As we read the first three chapters of The Great Gatsby, you may choose to read along with the audiobook. You will find links to the audiobook below. If you are absent for one of our reading days, you can get digital copies of the text by clicking on the chapter title before each video.

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Analysis Journal

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:

Character Journal 1

(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.




Of Mice and Men Audiobook

Below are links to the audiobook recordings for Of Mice and Men.

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5-6

Setting One Pager

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.


Assignment Instructions:

OMAM Setting One-Pager

One-Pager Example:


Rules of Civility

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.

Rules of Civility Slides

George Washington’s Rules of Civility

Partner Rules of Civility

Welcome to English III

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.

Materials Needed:

  • Composition Notebook (no spiral)
  • Loose Notebook Paper
  • Hi-Lighters (4 colors preferred)
  • Pens (blue or black ink only), Pencil
  • Your Thinking Cap
  • OPTIONAL: Binder, Dividers or Folder

Schoology App Instructions


Technology Persuasive Essay

We are going to be writing a persuasive essay responding to the following prompt:

Technology Essay Prompt (blog)


Here is the instructional video we watched in class reviewing the format for a Persuasive Essay:

Writing Tips:

This week, we have watched videos and read articles providing different aspects (pros and cons) of technology use. You may refer to any of these videos or articles in your essay, but you are not expected to directly quote from them. Talk about the ideas of the article by referring to the video and putting the ideas into your own words. Use the “They Say/I Say” notes and the notes over each of the technology articles to help you.

  • One of your body paragraphs should be dedicated to providing information from a video or article that we studied in class.
  • One of your body paragraphs should share a personal example that proves your thesis.
  • Your CONCLUDING PARAGRAPH should use one of the ideas from an article or video with which you disagree.


If you missed the TED Talks from Friday, here it is:


Media Literacy

If you missed class on Monday and Tuesday, then you missed our introduction to Media Literacy with TEXT and SUBTEXT. Please view the short video below:

You will first need to complete the Text and Subtext T-Chart for one of the “Got Milk” Advertisements. We completed this analysis in groups on MONDAY, so you can always check with a classmate for help.

Then you will need to find your own print advertisement to analyze on the back side of the page. If you are having trouble finding advertisements, come see me–I have a folder full of them! This part of the analysis is individual, so you will need to complete it on your own.


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