April 17-21

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Monday– 3rd period: SLO test/Bloom Ball construction/ some Oedipus if time

6th/7th: Bloom Ball construction/Oedipus

*I am grading the dystopian journals. I am seeing that many of you do not adequately explain what you mean. For instance, you might say it is a current connection and you translate the quote but you don’t really say how it connects to current society. Likewise on dystopian characteristics, many of you have put things that you think are bad or futuristic but that’s not enough. You have to show how it reflects actual dystopian characteristics. I’m including a handy sheet here though you should have had these in your notes. You will be able to amend your journals if you wish.*

Please use these additional notes to help in fixing your entries: DefinitionCharacteristics

Tuesday– Continue with Oedipus Rex. If we do not get to finish, please watch the last bit on youtube. I will put timecounts for each class.

Wednesday-Finish Oedipus play. Figure out who you want to partner with for the Oedipus test. UP TO 3 in a group [total].  Part I Oedipus Partner Test. [I will be out for professional learning but I will be in the building so be good!]

Thursday–  Oedipus partner test. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have had from yesterday.

Friday– Wrap up Oedipus/discuss assessment/Intro Dante’s Inferno.

Highway to hell viewing guide

Here’s a Dante’s inferno quizwhat level will you go to… IF YOU DARE…… [btw this is just jokey… you are all my little angels!!]



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Monday– Go over last two quizzes in preparation for tomorrow’s test over Wild/Into the Wild. Keep the quizzes to study for tonight and then bring back tomorrow so I can put in!

Tuesday– Wild/Into the Wild written test

Wednesday– Sub day- Reading “Against School” by John Taylor Gatto.

Annotation instructions:

As you read, mark it up!

-What is his argument? See if you can get it down to a sentence.

-How does he make his argument? What’s the structure? Find the ethos, pathos, logos—look at the varieties of arguments!

-Highlight any particularly strong arguments or evidence he presents or any ideas that you would like to discuss further in class.

Thursday– Discuss Against School.

Friday– Intro ReConstructing Education.

Please RSVP for exam day breakfast! RSVP HERE.



April 10-14. The Countdown begins.

Hang in there. As of this writing there are only 26 days, including Monday, before senior final exams start. Remember, I only record grades. It’s your effort that I record. If you want to finish strong, then please act accordingly. No, there are no bonus assignments. Do the assigned work–ON TIME.  I believe in you!

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Monday–  Review for Iliad test, which is tomorrowIliad Review  The test is book only so please review your notes today.

You may also work on your dialectical journals for your dystopian novel, which are due Wednesday.

TuesdayIliad Test.  Test moved to Thursday. Newspaper survey. Greek Drama background. greek drama 2 side [text]

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Wednesday– Dialectical Journals due AT THE BEGINNING OF CLASS, TYPED. Handwritten, or turned in after I take them up, are points off. 25 entries.

Book 24 of Iliad KEY [no i guess i did not give you a guide, just use this]: Iliad Book 24 Study Guide Key Honors (1)

Review guide for Test: Iliad Review

In class today: Crash Course Oedipus Intro! Oedipus Rex and tragedy crash course

Thursday TEST over Iliad.

Friday– We will be watching a version of the play that was done as closely as possible in the style of the original. Notice the masks, robes, overly dramatic acting… it’s all because of the elements we talked about outside the other day. See Tuesday’s entry above to refresh.

I’m posting a reader’s theater version here for you to review prior to next Wednesday when you will be taking part I of a partner test. 🙂 Reader’s Theater version (1)

HINT: put on the closed captions so that you can read along with it.

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Monday– Introduce Deconstructing Education unit [our last unit!]- School Venting Session!

Tuesday– Argument/Synthesis workshop. Please look at the corresponding pdf below this for whichever argument you wrote the first time. We will be switching topics and writing our last argument in class on Thursday.

certainty vs doubt student samples

creativity student samples

ALL students please look at the synthesis sample. You did body paragraphs but look at these whole cohesive essays to see how they did what they did.

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Wednesday–  Last reading check

Thursday  Argument Switch.

AP Exam pdfs from Mrs. Robinson! absent note 2017       AP newsletter 2017

Fri– Deconstructing Education Unit/News

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March 27-31

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Monday–  Read first half of Book 24 “Achilles and Priam”. Please read the second half from this pdf: Iliad Book 24. [Study questions forthcoming]. Test on Tuesday, April 11.


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Remember: get those notes off of here. Test on Tuesday, April 11.





Friday: Senior Picnic/Xblock/Percy Jackson for good measure for 3rd and 7th.


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Monday– Big show details/planning.

Tuesday– Discuss last quiz/ take next reading check. See Calendar for details.

Wednesday– Big show field trip 1st-3rd periods.


Friday– 2nd period, reading day; 4th senior picnic.





March 20-24

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Monday– Reading book 6 of the Iliad and going over study questions! book-6-iliad-pdf

Tuesday– Book 22 reading first half together, we will finish on together on Thursday.

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Iliad Book 22 Study Guide Honors

Wednesday– SUB DAY- video for Iliad!!!!

Thursday– Finished book 22 of Iliad.

Friday– Dystopia Day: work on your book/journals. You can also check your comprehension of Book 22 of Iliad here: Iliad Book 22 Study Guide Key Honors (1)

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TED talks all week.

4th period Friday, we will start working on organizing the Big Show.


March 13-17

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Monday– Identify which characters, both mortal and immortal, are on which side: Greek or Trojan?  Characters in the Iliad – to identify (1)

Begin reading The Iliad, book 1.  page 364 in textbook- through line 173 p 369. Answer questions 1-11.

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Iliad Book I Honors SG

Tuesday– Group time to put finishing touches on mythology bloom ball project. Turn in project. Casual recap of Iliad intro.

Wednesday– Let’s plow through the rest of Book 1 of the Iliad. Finish questions. See text and questions link from Monday [above].

Thursday– Reading check on Edith Hamilton material and Book 1 of Iliad. You may use notes if needed.

Friday– 10 entry check on dystopian journals. They can be handwritten at this point but your final turn in will be typed. Go over reading check from yesterday. Finish Passion of Troy video.   HA! no I forgot Fridays are Dystopia Days. Bring your book to read. You can work on dystopian journal entries too and show me at the end of class.

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TED TALK all week!!! Please see Calendar for the schedule.

March 5th- 10th

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Monday– Reading the intro to Edith Hamilton’s timeless classic Mythology.


Answer only through #30: Selected Passages from Edith Hamilton

Tuesday– Discuss yesterday’s reading  (get the notes from someone if you were absent); take notes on background to the Iliad/Trojan War

HW: keep working on your mythology Bloom Ball; Due Friday!

Wednesday– Background on Iliad/Trojan War

Thursday– Continue intro to Iliad. Iliad intro PPT     Iliad intro note guide   Watch Greece video with leftover time!

Friday– Dystopia Day: work on 1. reading your novel and/or 2. dialectical journals  and/or   3. wrapping up Bloom Balls on mythology which are due on TUESDAY.

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Monday– Please bring your parallel book for reading time 🙂

Tuesday– Lottery for signing up for Ted Talks! If you were absent, see me about what day you are going. I had planned on having group talks about your parallels but we ran out of time after I convinced you all that you were going to do great on the Ted Talks. So here are some bones for you:

Wild: “love” [as in this is a quote]; Tehachapi Pass; Joe

Into the Wild: 25 or 30 lbs; latte colored river; sixty-seven lbs

Wednesday– Reading quiz/discussion if time.


Feb 27- March 3rd

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Monday– Official start of dystopian unit. Dialectical journal intro for your novel. dystopian-literature-unit-dialectical-journal. Finish signing up for world myth projects.

RUBRIC: dystopian-dialectical-journal-rubric

Suggested Reading Schedules:


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Tuesday– Intro myth project; lab 307 for research.

world-myth-bloom-ball-project   [Rubric is included on info sheet]

DUE DATE IS WRONG ON SHEET. due Friday, 3/10.

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Wednesday– lab 307 for myth research

Thursday– lab 307 for myth research

Friday– Dystopia Day! Reading and journaling time. I highly suggest that you keep a paper one that you can transcribe onto the electronic version. I will ONLY be accepting typed versions of this for the final turn in.

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Monday– Intro Synthesis Prompts; begin initial annotation of prompt sheet; decide on position; begin looking through given sources. HW: begin reading first several chapters of your book. Reading schedule to come ASAP!!!

Tuesday– Continue looking through given sources and begin crafting body paragraphs.

Wednesday– Finish crafting body paragraphs and move into intro and conclusions.

Thursday– TED Talk Workshopping- please bring any materials you need and be prepared to work on slides or go practice with a small group.

Friday– TED Talk workshopping. NEWS!

February 13- 17

Break is almost here!!!!

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Monday- test over Chinese/Japanese unit

Tuesday- Dystopia introductions

Wednesday-Dystopian film analysis

Thursday- Dystopian film analysis; went over potential topics for world myth projects AFTER break. world-myth-topics

Friday- X Block! Wrap up dystopian film analysis with discussion. Remember to get your dystopian novel by the time we return from break. See last week’s blog entry for info!

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Monday- Laptop time: work on organizing your Ted Talks, make slides, do research etc.

Tuesday- Test prep Tuesday, Multiple choice!

Wednesday- Novel intro: Wild focus


Thursday- On The Rez written assessment

Friday-Into The Wild intro!

February 6-10

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Monday– Go over Chinese poetry packet: chinese-poetry-packet; 7th finish essay marking activity from Friday.

Tuesday– Haiku/Tanka    Haiku visual guide      Cuckoo for Haiku

Wednesday– Haiku/Tanka and begin Zen Buddhism: zen-parables-p318

Thursday– Zen Buddhism

Friday– Review for Chinese/Japanese test on Monday 2/13.

-Unit intro sheet [hist/lit background]

– Analects of Confucius


-Zen Buddhism [ if you were absent for any of these, please use Friday to get what you need] You can use your notes only.

Dystopian Novel Choice- Have by 2/27

  • 1984 by George Orwell. If you read previously, but felt like you didn’t get it/ was bored by it, maybe give it another chance. You are older now and you may see things you didn’t before.  Purchase it here!
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley- People aren’t “born”, they are decanted from the jars they were created in. Rigid societal levels, pre-determined before birth. Drugged happy consumers. Purchase it here!
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood- After an environmental disaster, the birth rate plummets. Enter the Handmaids. America as a theocracy. Freedom obliterated. Purchase it here!
  • It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis- Published during the rise of fascism in Europe, the novel describes the rise of Berzelius “Buzz” Windrip, a politician who defeats Franklin Delano Roosevelt and is elected President of the United States, after fomenting fear and promising drastic economic and social reforms while promoting a return to patriotism and “traditional” values. After his election, Windrip takes complete control of the government and imposes a plutocratic/totalitarian rule with the help of a ruthless paramilitary force. (Wikipedia)  Purchase it here!

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Monday– Ted Talk Roundup: email links to theregpope@gmail.com along with brief synopsis of talk along with why it is a good one to watch while planning our talks!

Tuesday– Surprise! No Test prep Tuesday. Ted talk work. Vocab 9-12 due. tedx_speaker_guide  <— this is the full text version, a little more extended than the one I have you in class.

Wednesday– TBD


Friday– Wrap up On The Rez. Assessment moved to Thursday 2/16. News cast. Work time.

Have by 2/27:

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January 30- Feb 3

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Monday–  sub day: you worked on Chinese/Japanese intro notes

Tuesday– there was a quiz because most of you did NOT do your Chinese/Japanese intro work while I was out. Spring Semester is a dangerous time to slack off. Confucius notes and short video. HW: complete translation of selected Analects of Confucius.

Wednesday– Discuss the Analects. Introduce LiPo and TuFu: they will be our Chinese poetry representatives. Work on a poem if we have time. Turn in packet for use tomorrow while I am out on the superlative field trip.

Thursday– Work on Chinese poetry packet with textbook.  chinese-poetry-centers-questions

Friday– Argument pieces due. We will be doing a pre-turn in workshop with them.


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Monday– Finish the video for Wounded Knee standoff.


Tuesday– Ted Talk Tuesday: native American focus!


Wednesday– Reading OTR or working on your argument piece which is due tomorrow!

Thursday– Test Prep THURSDAY: argument writing  *Sub today*  Please see me for a time to make this timed writing up if you are absent.

Friday–  Discuss OTR chapters 9-12