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Mr Chavis

Email: 
wchavis@amherst.k12.va.us
Phone: 
434-528-6499 ext
Classes Taught: 
1st-English 11/ 2nd-English 11 Inclusion/ 3rd English 11 Inclusion)/4th- Planning / 5th-Work Keys Writing/ 6th-English 11 Inclusion / English 11 Inclusion

Important Dates:   

Labor Day:  Sept. 7

 

Textbooks:  (A) Elements of Literature*  (B) Language Network*  (C) Literature and Language* (D) Scholastic Scope Literature*  

*Texts A,B, C, and D are classroom sets.

Lesson Plans

August 24-28

Mon.:  Continue the study of Puritan literature in America.  Give background info. on the witch hunts in America and Virginia's only witch, Grace Sherwood.  Watch 3:30 video on You Tube of Sherwood, entitled, "All About Grace Sherwood."  Read/discuss from Text D, the nonfiction passage,  "Salem Village, Mass,"   pp. 140-147. Give quiz on the selection. 11.5a,d h

Tues.:  Have student complete the ERCA  College Planning Survey.  Give capitalization warmup and go over in class.  On the back of this sheet, give a sentence correction. 11.7f  Show and discuss the approved video, "The Salem Witch Trials."  (23:34)  11.4a  HW:  Give capitalization worksheet.  11.7f

Wed.:  Go over capitalization homework. Give second capitalization warmup on "tricky examples" and go over in class.  11.7f  Give context clue vocabulary lesson on contrasting expressions. and go over in class. 11.3b   Introduce Jonathan Edwards by reading/discussing "A Young Puritan's Code."  (handout)  11.5a

Thurs.:   Take yesterday's vocabulary words, divide students into groups, and create a flash card for each new word. Groups will share cards with the class.11.7f  Read/discuss Jonathan Edwards' "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,"  pp. 101-106 in Text C.  Answer selected questions on p. 107.  11.5a

Fri.:  Review vocab. words on Study Stack. Give context clue vocab quiz. 11.3b  Introduce Olaudah Equiano with  a 5:27 video entitled, "Olaudah Equiano, The African."  Read/discuss the nonfiction account of Equiano's voyage, "From Africa to America,"  pp. 71-74 in Text C.  For a culminating activity, complete a Bubble Map defining the hardships endured by Equiano and all Africans on the  voyage to America. 11.5a,d

August 31-Sept 4

Mon.: Prep all classes for the writing pretest that will be given from IA on Tuesday. Also, discuss "Salem Witchcraft Jeopardy" on the Smart Board, a game students will play after they finish the practice test.   On the Smart Board, show some of the types of questions that will be asked on the pretest and emphasize that some require more than one answer. 11.6/11.7.  Introduce Olaudah Equiano with a 5:27 video entitled "Olaudah Equiano, the African."  Read/discuss the nonfiction account of Equiano's voyage in "From Africa to America,"  pp. 71-74 in Text C.  For a culminating activity, complete a Bubble Map defining the hardships endured by Equiano on the Middle Passage and his enslavement in America. 11.5a,d

Tues.:  All classes report to the Math Lab to take the writing pretest. 11.6/11.7  When students finish, they will play Salem Witchcraft Jeopardy in order to review the Salem Witch Trials that we studied last week.  11.5a

Wed.:  Give "Common Sense" context clue vocabulary worksheet and go over in class. 11.3b    Introduce the concept of Rationalism as it relates to the Revolutionary War Period.  From Text D, read/discuss "A Vegetable Diet" from Ben Franklin's autobiography, pp. 92-93  Introduce some of Franklin's aphorisms on the Smart Board that represent Rationalist thought. 11.4c,d

Thurs.:   Warmup:  Give a sentence correction and go over it  in class. 11.7f  Review yesterday's context clue vocabulary with a "sticky note" activity where students will divide into groups, read a sentence using the vocabulary word, derive  its definition,  and post its meaning on the wall. Afterwards, the teachers will go over the words and definitions.11.3b  From Text C,  on pp. 145-149, read/discuss Patrick Henry's "Speech to the Virginia Convention."   Discuss his use of rhetorical questions and allusion.  As a culminating activity, students will answer questions from the passage and make a list of Henry's rhetorical questions. 11.4a,h  

Fri.:  Give vocabulary quiz on common sense context clues. 11.3b  Introduce the Spanish Explorer, Cabeza de Vaca with a 4:29 video from You Tube.  Read/discuss his nonfiction acount, La Relacion, pp.34-38 in Text C.  As a culminating activity, give students pertinent short answer questions on the selection. 11.4a,b

Sept. 7-11

Mon.: Labor Day

Tues.: Introduce general comma rules on the Smart Board that pertain to today's lesson and give a worksheet to complete in class. Go over afterwards. 11.7f  Review for literature test on "Encounters and Foundations" with a study sheet.  Also, Complete a Sequencing Map on the unit, too, as part of the test review. 11.3/11.4

Wed.:  Give test on the "Encounters and Foundations" unit. 11.3/11.4 After the test, for homework or classwork, complete a worksheet of "Mixed Context Clues." 11.3b

Thurs.: Go over context clue vocab. homework on "Mixed Contexts. 11.3b  Go over comma rules with dates and addresses.  Give second comma correction worksheet and go over in class.11.7f  Show Power Point on the next unit in literature, "Romanticism." 11.4b

Fri.:  Guidance visit for 30 minutes. Review for vocab quiz with Study Stack. Give vocabulary quiz on "Mixed Contexts."   11.3b

Sept. 14.

Mon.:  Review the characteristics of Romanticism on the Smart Board.  Then read Poe's "Annabel Lee."   With a Tree Map, use the characteristics of Romanticism  and identify lines  from the poem that make this selection an example of Romanticism. 11.4c

 

 

Mr. Chavis  (Inclusion-Ms. Ellis)

Textbooks:      Elements of Literature 11 and Language Network 11

Course Description:   This course will provide students with instruction in the

                                        following areas:  reading/American literature, the elements

                                       of proper grammar and punctuation, composition, research,

                                       and oral language.

Course Objective:   1.   Prepare for the SOL writing and reading tests.

                                    2.  Study the history of American literature.

                                    3.  Study grammar and usage problems.

                                    4.  Utilize correct capitalization and punctuation.

                                    5.  Write persuasively.                                          

                                    6.  Utilize research skills to compose a persuasive research paper.

                                    7.  Read and analyze informational materials.

                                    8.  Deliver an oral presentation.

Units of study:           A.  Collection 1:           “Encounters and Foundations”

(literature)                  B.  Collection 2:           “American Romanticism”

                                    C.  Collection 3:          “Transcendentalism”

                                    D.  Collection 4:          “The Rise of Realism”

                                    E.  Collection 5:           “The Moderns”

                                    F.  Collection 6:           “Contemporary Literature”

Units of Study:            A.  Capitalization and Punctuation

(writing skills)            B.  Sentence Fragments and Run-on Sentences

                                    C.  Subject-Verb Agreement

                                    D.   Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement

                                    E.   Usage Problems

                                    F.   Sentence Redundancy

                                    G.   Parallelism

                                    H.   Composition and Research

Materials:                    Pen or pencil, paper, textbook, and notebook are required each day.

Grading:                     The standard grading scale for the school will be used.

                                    Homework:  10%     Unit Tests and Compositions:  35%      Daily Work:  35%   

                                    9 Week Assessment:  20%

 

Classroom                   All students are expected to conduct themselves in an orderly manner at

Behavior:                      all times.  Any inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated.  Students are

                                       not allowed to talk while the teacher or another student is speaking.  You

                                      are also required to stay awake and be attentive.  No eating or drinking.  No cell phone usage 

                                      or texting.   The tardy policy for the school will apply.

 

Make-up Work:           When a student is absent, it is his or her responsibility to make up work

                                      And ask about the material that was missed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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