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Category: English IP

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

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, December 12.



OMAM Setting One Pager

Our next assignment 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:


Of Mice and Men Webquest

One thing we often do when we study literature is explore the historical background of a text. In order to establish foundational knowledge about the setting and time period of our next novel, Of Mice and Men, you will complete the following Webquest.

Webquest Instruction Page

Click the following links to locate sources for this assignment:

Literature Circles

The House of the Scorpion

Throughout this quarter, we will be reading The House of the Scorpion independently and outside of class. The reading schedule is below:

  • Sept. 6, Ch. 1-7
  • Sept. 13, Ch. 8-14
  • Sept. 20, Ch. 15-22
  • Sept. 27, Ch. 23-30
  • Oct. 7, Ch. 31-38

Lit Circles

Each “due date” for the assigned chapters will include a quiz over the assigned reading and Literature Circle discussions. Students will be assigned roles prior to the discussion day and should come to class with their prep work completed. The Lit Circle roles are described below:

  • Discussion Director: generate discussion questions and prepare meaningful responses and follow-up questions
  • Passage Picker: select meaningful passages to read and analyze with the group and prepare an analysis of each
  • Cunning Connector: search for real-world connections to the content and prepare to share the details
  • Cool Character: select characters from the assigned reading to analyze and discuss with the group
  • Super Summarizer: summarize the assigned reading and take careful notes during the Lit Circle
  • Vocabulary Volunteer: search for unknown or specialized vocabulary and prepare to share and discuss with the group

Welcome to English IP

Welcome to English IP at Bonita High School. As FRESHMEN, you are entering a new stage in your life, and I am excited to be a part of this new journey! This year, we will be honing our writing skills using the Jane Schaffer method. You will set personal goals, explore colleges and careers, and find a place to belong at BHS. We will also be reading and analyzing some great literature. This will be a FANTASTIC year!

Materials Needed:

  • Binder and 5 Dividers
  • Composition Notebook (no spiral)
  • Loose College-Ruled Notebook Paper
  • Hi-Lighters (pink, blue, green, yellow)
  • Pens (blue, black, red, green)
  • Calendar/Planner
  • Your Thinking Cap


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