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Honors Dystopian Literature: F Block
12/16/13
“Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new
heights.” – Pauline R. Kezer
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Honors Dystopian Literature: F Block
12/17/13
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the
greatest accomplishment.” --Ralph Waldo Emerson
DOL #10
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Journal: What’s your favorite reality TV show? (If you don’t
watch reality TV, why not?)
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Let’s go back to The Hunger Games film and do some scene
analysis!
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Homework: Finish Catching Fire over break
DOL #10
before he listed the three references on his
application to the university of maryland brendan
obtained permission from those individuals to do
so
the hamilton snow thrower which mom bought at the
gifford nature center is small enough in size to fit
in our subcompact car
Honors Dystopian Literature: F Block
12/18/13
“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” -Eleanor Roosevelt
DOL #11
 Gathering: What are your plans for over break?
 Journal: Of all the issues that Suzanne Collins critiques in
The Hunger Games series, which do you think are the
most interesting or the most important?
 Continue film analysis
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Homework: Finish Catching Fire over break
DOL 11
My brother, without consulting us three, bought
tickets to last night’s concert and later asked us to
go with him.
Several methods can be used to win the game, but
Xavier doesn’t know any.
Honors Dystopian Literature: F Block
1/6/14
Day 7
“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you
will be when you can’t help it.”—Oscar Wilde
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DOL #12
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Gathering: a highlight of your break
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Journal: If you could create a perfect world, what would it include?
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Catching Fire reading quiz
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“Traits of a dystopia” Power Point
DOL #12
“Cherokee artists create beautiful paintings,” Mr.
Hernandez exclaimed, “and many of the paintings
are hung in galleries.”
When Mom bought this van, she didn’t know how
expensive it would be to operate and maintain it.
Honors Dystopian Literature: F Block
1/7/14
Day 3
“Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t
recognize them.” --Ann Landers
DOL #13
Journal: What will the world be like 25 years from now?
100 years from now?
 Go over quizzes from yesterday
 Practice SPA paragraphs in groups:
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 Is Panem a dystopia? Explain why or why not.
 Is Katniss a dystopian hero? Explain why or why not.
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Critique paragraphs as a class
DOL #13
While the woman was walking her greyhound, the
leash broke, she lost control of her dog, and it
bolted.
“How can it be,” Ms. O’Malley asked, “that since
buying an easy-to-use software program, I’ve had
nothing but trouble?”
Honors Dystopian Literature: F Block
1/8/14
Day 4
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.” –Robert Frost
DOL #14
 Journal: Why do people act morally or obey the law? Do they
do it for fear of being caught, or is there more to it?
 Finish SPA paragraphs from yesterday
 Critique paragraphs on document camera
 Introduce book clubs (see next slide)
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DOL #14
Some visitors from another school, we suspect, stole
our school mascot’s costume, probably to use it at
their own school’s next home game.
My sister-in-law, who lives in Akron, Ohio, called to
told us that it’s official: she is now a senior partner
in her law firm.
Book clubs
Book clubs will be every Day 4.
 You must choose a dystopian book for
this book club.
 Choose book clubs and book by the end
of the block today.
 You must have your book in hand by
Monday, January 13th
 You must have read to your first
benchmark (determined with your
group) and have prepared your first role
by January 17th.
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Book Club Dates:
January 17th
February 5th
February 14th
March 4th
Honors Dystopian Literature: F Block
1/13/14
Day 7
You must jump off cliffs all the time and build wings on the way down.” –Ray Bradbury
(not necessarily in this order):
 No DOL
 Exam prompt
 Website: www.msplackowski.weebly.com
 Mr. Wallingford
 Finish and critique SPA paragraphs
Honors Dystopian Literature: F Block
1/15/14
Day 2
“Your heart is a weapon the size of your fist.” --graffiti on a
wall in Palestine
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DOL #15
Journal: Reflect on Mr. Wallingford’s presentation the
other day. What did you learn? What did you find most
interesting?
Worksheet: an intro to politics in Catching Fire.
Important dates
Friday: first book club
meeting
Tomorrow after school:
extra-help session for
midterm exam
Tuesday after exams:
Extra-help session for
midterm exam
Next Thursday:
midterm exam
DOL #15
Today I will find the clothes I have outgrown, wash
them, and put them in a bag. Tomorrow I’ll bring
the clothes to a charity in Seattle, Washington.
“My goodness!” Aunt Betty exclaimed.
“When was the last time we sat here and talked?”
Honors Dystopian Literature: F Block
1/16/14
Day 3
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DOL #16
Journal: Do you think it’s possible that we will
ever have a TV show similar to the Hunger
Games, where people die and/or kill each other
on TV?
Review and discuss liberal / conservative chart
Introduce concept circles
Homework: Concept circles due Tuesday,
January 28th (after midterms)
Important dates
Friday: first book club
meeting
Today after school:
extra-help session for
midterm exam
Tuesday after exams:
Extra-help session for
midterm exam
Next Thursday:
midterm exam
DOL #16
Carl drove across the Charles River to Walden Park
and skated there, regardless of warnings about
thin ice.
“Your wallet and watch were behind the Victorian
vase on the table when I left for Yolanda’s office,”
Mom said.
Honors Dystopian Literature: F Block
1/17/14
Day 4
DOL #17
 No journal
 Book club in F101
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Homework: Complete Concept Circles Worksheet by
Tuesday, January 28th
DOL #17
Because of heavy rains over several years, the level
of Lake Erie rose to a dangerous point; many
buildings along the shore were threatened by
erosion.
Ms. Goldberg’s sister Laurie is a psychologist at
Northeastern Social Services, Inc.; her brother
Jack is a professor of European studies at Colgate
University.
Honors Dystopian Literature: F Block
1/27/14
“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the promise of progress,
in every society, in every family.”—Kofi Annan
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DOL #18
Journal: Reflect on your senior year so far. What have you learned, and what
goals do you want to accomplish before the end of the year (in English or in
general)?
Website, Remind 101, Turnitin.com
Homework for tomorrow: Read “The Triumph of the Trivial”
Review and discuss midterm
 Common writing issues
 Images and texts
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Hand back papers
DOL #18
To the students seeing Verdi’s opera Aida for the first
time, the performance at the Sarasota Opera House
was both spectacular and stunning to hear.
The Daily News reported that the Omaha City Council
will vote on new basketball courts at Tuesday’s
meeting.
Version A
What is the illustrator’s argument?
What does each element of the picture evoke or
represent?
What texts relate to this image and how?
Version B
What is the illustrator’s argument?
What does each element evoke or represent?
What texts relate to this image and how?
Honors Dystopian Literature: F Block
1/28/14
“You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts.” –Khalil Gibran
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DOL #19
Journal: Write your thoughts and reactions to the article from
yesterday.
Class objectives: To understand main points and supporting details
of the article; to make our own judgments about the article’s
strengths and weaknesses; to learn how to take Cornell notes using
the article, and to learn how to write a precis.
New semester: new seating arrangement, new grading system
How to take Cornell notes
Practice taking Cornell notes in groups with “The Triumph of the
Trivial.”
How to write a precis
DOL #19
While living in Burlington, Vermont, Jennifer had
jobs at two supermarkets, Grand Union and
Price Chopper, in order to save money to attend
Georgetown University .
Dad and Uncle Reggie decided not to go fishing
last Saturday; instead they took us kids to
Elkhorn State Park in Helena, Montana.
Grading System
Term Grades
 Homework and quizzes = 30%
 Papers, tests, projects, and other assessments = 40%
 Book club = 10%
 Journal = 10%
 Participation = 10%
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Grades will be based on points, not percentages. For
example, a minor homework assignment with ten
questions might only be worth ten points, while a major
paper might be worth 50 points.
Full Year Grades
Term 1: 20%
Term 2: 20%
Term 3: 20%
Term 4: 20%
Midterm: 10%
Final: 10%
Cornell Notes
Honors Dystopian Literature: F Block
1/30/14
DOL #20
 Journal: What do you think are some of the most
effective ways to create social change?
 Handouts
 How to write a precis
 Practice writing a precis using “The Triumph of the
Trivial” in groups
 Critique precis
 Homework: Mechanisms of Control and Rebellion
Worksheet—due Monday
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DOL #20
When Gov. Pazienza opened his briefcase, he
saw the book Upside Economics, which he
had forgotten to give Sen. Drake earlier in the
day.
Four members of the French Club decided
among themselves to ask Madame Barbaud to
arrange a luncheon at Chez Claude on May 25,
2000.
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