March 7, 2019

  1. Monday, March 11 and Tuesday, March 12 you will have a BIG TEST of the 3 books: Malcolm X, Black Like Me and Into the Wild.
  2. Achieve 3000: every week, You need to read a minimum of 5 articles.
  3. Bring back the poetry book of Langston Hughes. We are starting with poems and their elements.

March 1, 2019

  1. ACHIEVE 3000 DUE ON SUNDAY MIDNIGHT/ IT IS THE END OF FEBRUARY, THEREFORE YOU SHOULD HAVE 20 ARTICLES FOR THIS MONTH.
  2. QUESTIONS FOR “INTO THE WILD” are to be found on the previous date on the blog.
  3. http://www.dukeofdefinition.com/dangerous_game.pdf

Read the new text: “THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME” and answer the following questions:

1. What does Rainsford hear that drew him too close to the ship’s rail?
  1. Three gun shots.
  2. A dog barking.
  3. A horn blowing in the distance.
  4. A man’s scream.
2. Why is Rainsford filled with terror when the general smiles and turns back?
  1. The general is playing cat and mouse – and Rainsford is the mouse.
  2. Rainsford is going to have face the quicksand.
  3. The general is beginning to look more and more like Ivan.
  4. The general will be bringing reinforcements.
3. Why wouldn’t the general be concerned that Rainsford does not commit to remain silent about the island?
  1. The general is confident in his own abilities to hunt and kill, and therefore Rainsford will be dead.
  2. The general knows he will eventually convince Rainsford to keep quiet.
  3. The general has no telephone and knows that Rainsford will be locked in the cellar forever.
4. What character qualities are revealed by Rainsford’s struggle after falling overboard?
  1. His passion for hunting
  2. His strength and will to survive
  3. His ability to reason and deduce
5. Zaroff knew Rainsford because:
  1. they had hunted together before.
  2. he had read the book Rainsford wrote.
  3. they had met at an exhibition.
  4. he had guided him on Safari.
6. Which choice describes someone who is RESOURCEFUL?
  1. works for the Department of Natural Resources
  2. deals with problems effectively
  3. is afraid of the outdoors
  4. finds the sources of rivers
7. Why does General Zaroff hunt humans?
  1. He is a lunatic.
  2. He is a Cossack.
  3. He is an animal activist.
  4. He is bored with hunting animals.
8. In what sea was Ship-Trap Island in?
  1. Mediterranean
  2. Adriatic
  3. Caribbean
  4. Ionian
9. What is ironic about what happens to Sanger Rainsford?
10.Who wins the game?
11. Write a 2 paragraph summary over this short story. DUE ON MONDAY, MARCH 11.

 

February 25, 2019

  1. PERIOD 3/ONLY: SINCE THIS CLASS ONLY.….HAS NOT FINISHED WATCHING THE MOVIE “Malcolm X” THEY DO NOT, FOR NOW, HAVE TO FINISH THE GIVEN QUESTIONS. 

FOR THE REST OF ALL PERIODS THE DUE DATE HAS PASSED!!!!!!!!

2. Study Questions for Into the Wild/ DUE BY SUNDAY , MARCH 3RD BY MIDNIGHT/NO EXTENSIONS!!!!  FOR ALL CLASSES……

Chapter 1

  1. What date does Jim Gallien pick up the hitchhiker?
  2. By the time he drops off the hitchhiker what does Jim Gallien think of him?
  3. By the end of the chapter what do you know about the hitchhiker?

Chapter 2

  1. Describe the land where Alex disappears.
  2. Who visits the bus and what do they find? What date is it? 3. Write down what you have found out about Alex.

Chapter 3

  1. What was Alex’ adopted home like? When did he first arrive there?
  2. What was his real home like?
  3. What do you find out about his family?
  4. By the end of the chapter, what additional facts do you know about Alex?

Chapter 4

  1. What happens when Chris/Alex drives the Datsun into the Lake Mead National Recreation Area?
  2. What do his parents think?
  3. Where does Chris/Alex travel in this chapter and what in the time-line? (What dates are covered?)
  4. By the end of the chapter what do we learn about Chris/Alex’ view of money and belongings?

Chapter 5

  1. What did the people in Bullhead City think of Chris/Alex?
  2. Describe the Slabs in your own words.
  3. What is the irony about Jack London?
  4. What do we learn about Chris/Alex in this chapter?
  5. Trace the time-line in this chapter.

Chapter 6

  1. What changes do you notice in the narrative stance of Chapter 6?
  2. Why did they send Krakauer (the writer) a letter from Ronald Franz?
  3. In Chris/Alex’s letter to Ron Franz he reveals his philosophy of life. This is important for an understanding of what happened to him. Summarize his ideas in your own words.
  4. What did the Krakauer learn when he visited Franz?

Chapter 7

  1. What was Chris/Alex’s relationship to his family
  2. What was his relationship to people in general?
  3. How does the writer know all this?
  4. When did Wayne Westerberg last see Alex?

Chapter 8

  1. When people read about Chris McCandless’ death what was their reaction?
  2. Why does Krakauer write about other eccentric people?
  3. How does Chris/Alex compare to these other people?

Chapter 9

  1. Krakauer spends an entire chapter on Everett Ruess. How is Russ similar to McCandless and how is he different?
  2. What connection do the Irish monks have with McCandless? Or, why did Krakauer bring them into this story?
  3. What is your response to this section of the book?

Chapter 10

What do we find out in Chapter 10?

Chapter 11

  1. Remembering Chris/Alex’s letter to Ron Franz, how do you think Chris felt about his parents’ lifestyle?
  2. What did Chris inherit from his father?
  3. What do we find out in this chapter that helps explains Chris’ disappearance?
  4. Trace a time-line for Chris in this chapter.

Chapter 12

  1. What discovery did Chris make about his parents in El Segundo? Why was this important?
  2. What was Chris’ emotional state during his last year of college?
  3. Why didn’t Chris contact his family after he disappeared?
  4. How did his parents feel during this time?
  5. What do you think of Chris’ attitude and that of his parents?

Chapter 13

1.What do we learn during this chapter?

2. How does this chapter make you feel about Chris, and about his mother and sister?

Chapter 14

  1. Why does Krakauer identify with Chris?
  2. What does Krakauer do and how is that like Chris?
  3. Why do you think Krakauer writes about himself in this chapter?

Chapter 15

  1. How is Krakauer’s relationship with his father like Chris’ relationship with Walt McCandless?
  2. What comparisons does Krakauer make between his climb and Chris McCandless’ attempt to live in the Alaskan wilderness?
  3. Track the timeline of Chris’ trip to Alaska. How does he get there?
  4. Where is the first place Chris/Alex goes and what does he buy there?
  5. What does he carry with him into the wilderness?
  6. What does Alexander Supertramp’s manifesto on page 163 mean?
  7. Trace the timeline and food consumption in this chapter.
  8. How does Krakauer know Chris/Alex intended to leave the wilderness? What stops him?

Chapter 16

  1. Why is Krakauer successful at crossing the river? What does he have that Chris McCandless didn’t have?
  2. Why does Krakauer want to go to the bus?
  3. What does Krakauer find inside the bus and how does it make you feel?
  4. How does Krakauer defend Chris McCandless in this chapter?

Chapter 17

  1. What does Krakauer speculate happens to Chris in this chapter?
  2. Trace the timeline to Chris McCandless’ death.
  3. On the note he wrote on page 197-8, why do you think he uses the name Chris McCandless instead of Alexander Supertramp?
  4. How do you think Chris McCandless feels at the end of his life?

OTHER QUESTIONS:

  1. WHAT IS THE MAIN THEME OF THIS MOVIE?
  2. WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE BOOK?
  3. WHAT IS THE SETTING AND EXPLAIN?
  4. HOW LONG WAS CHRIS’S JOURNEY?
  5. EXPLAIN THE FOLLOWING SYMBOLS: DESERTS, MOUNTAINS, MAGIC BUS, MOOSE, WATER, YELLOW DATSUN, LOVE, GOD, LEATHER BELT, WILD FLOWER BOOK.
  6. IS INTO THE WILD A TRUE STORY OR A JOURNALISTIC TRAGEDY?
  7. WHAT DOES THIS EXPRESSION REALLY MEAN: “HAPPINESS ONLY REAL WHEN SHARED.”
  8.  EXPLAIN THE THEMES: MATERIALISM, SURVIVAL IN THE WILDERNESS,YOUNG MANHOOD.

 

 

 

February 22/25, 2019

  1. DON’T FORGET, STUDENTS: QUESTIONS FOR Malcolm X ARE DUE TODAY, FRIDAY BY MIDNIGHT/ NO EXTENSIONS!!!!!!!!
  2. Achieve 3000 is cut off by Sunday midnight!!!
  3. Persuasive speech is due by Sunday midnight/ no extensions!!!!!!
  4. PLEASE, BRING PERMISSION SLIP BACK BY MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25 OR YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO WATCH THE MOVIE AND YOU WILL READ THE BOOK!!!! THIS IS DUE FOR ALL CLASSES ON MONDAY!!!!!!!
  5. https://americanliterature.com/author/katherine-mansfield/short-story/the-fly
  6. Read the story “The Fly” and write 1 paragraph summary.

February 21, 2019

  1. The Malcolm X questions are DUE  by  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, BY MIDNIGHT FOR ALL PERIODS. I have attached the questions in case some of you lost the paper. 
  2.        QUESTIONS OVER MALCOLM X
    1. What political, religious movement was he apart of? Explain, in DETAILS, this movement. And when did he converted to this religion?

    2. What inspired him to make the letter, X, apart of his name?

    3. Fill in the blank: Malcolm X was an advocate for_________

    4. What group and when did he created a group? (after he came back from Africa)?

    5. True or False? He believed in provoking violence against racist White Americans.

    6. After leaving the Nation of Islam in 1964, he became……. And explain.

    7. What was his dream career when he was a junior in high school and why could he never realize this dream?

    8. Who were the Black Legion?

    9. Who was responsible for his assassination on February 21st, 1965?

    10. Which city celebrated Malcolm X day first?

    11. Describe Malcolm Little’s early childhood years? What challenges did he and his family face?
    12. Elijah Muhammad helped convert Malcolm X to Islam by telling him what story of a black scientist that created Europeans to commit evil and take over the earth?
    13. What incident led Malcolm X to becoming unhappy in Michigan and leaving to live in Boston with his cousin Ella?
    14. How were Malcolm X’s views similar to those of Martin Luther King, Jr.? How did they differ?
    15. How did Malcolm X’s view of race relations change when he traveled to Mecca? How did people react to his changed views?
    16. If Malcolm X were alive today, what political or social movements do you think he would be involved with? What methods do you think he’d use to fight for his cause?
    17. Explain the following quotes: a. The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.          b. Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.          c. I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it’s for or against.          d. If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have

         you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.             e. You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.

    1. Where were Malcolm’s parents from?
    2. Why did Malcolm think that his father favored him over his other children?
    3. How long did Louise Little remain in the state mental hospital in Kalamazoo,

              Michigan?

    1. Explain , in DETAILS, the following themes: oppression, slavery, religious     

              Conversion.

    1. Malcolm cites two countries as having had a “revolution” to overthrow their old

              systems of leadership. What countries does he cite?

    1. What does Malcolm regret about his past?
    2. What languages does Malcolm want to learn?
    3. Write an essay over the movie. MLA format, 5 paragraphs.

    ACHIEVE 3000 IS DUE BY SUNDY, MIDNIGHT.

February 19/20, 2019

  1. The Malcolm X questions are not DUE  by Monday MIDNIGHT FOR ALL PERIODS. Since some of the classes are NOT completely done watching the movie, the questions will be due by Friday, Feb. 22, midnight!!! no extensions.
  2. EXTENSION FOR THE BOOK REPORT ONLY!!!!!!! DUE BY WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, MIDNIGHT: BUT: INSTEAD OF 4 CHARACTERS, YOU NEED TO DESCRIBE ALL 8 CHARACTERS. ALSO: YOU NEEDS TO DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF THE AUTHOR IN DETAILS; AND GIVE A BACKGROUND HISTORY OF HARLEM.
  3. https://americanliterature.com/author/kate-chopin/short-story/the-storm.        This new, short American story will be read in the class, annotations will follow and , if “NOT DONE” will become HW for the following session. Also: write 1 paragraph summary over this short story. 

February 15/20, 2019

  1. Read the short story of the ” The Good Ones Are Already Taken” by Ben Fountain. This story was emailed to you. If you did NOT receive this story through email, please, let me know ASAP. Write a 3 paragraphs summary. Due by Tuesday (periods 1, 2, 3 and 4) at the beginning of the session OR Wednesday (periods 7 and 8) at the beginning of the session. NO EXTENSIONS WILL BE GIVEN!!!!!
  2. FEBRUARY 11-17: 5 ARTICLES FOR ACHIEVE 3000. DUE BY MONDAY MIDNIGHT.
  3. THE BOOK REPORT IS DUE ON FEBRUARY 18 AT MIDNIGHT. NO EXTENSIONS.
  4. Period 3 (only): DON’T FORGET THE SUMMARY OF THE SHORT STORY GIVEN IN THE CLASS.
  5. The Malcolm X questions are not DUE  by Monday MIDNIGHT FOR ALL PERIODS. Since some of the classes are NOT completely done watching the movie, the questions will be due by Friday, Feb. 22, midnight!!! no extensions.
  6. YOUR PERSUASIVE SPEECH IS DUE BY MONDAY, FEB. 18 AT MIDNIGHT!!!!!

February 13, 2019

  1. ACHIEVE 3000: minimum of 5 articles weekly. You will be graded on these readings. A LOT OF YOU HAVE not read 5 ARTICLES THIS PAST WEEK. Your grade will go down. Every week, you need to read minimum 5 articles!!!!!!!!!! SINCE THIS IS A NEW MONTH, THE WEEKLY 5 ARTICLES STARTS OVER AGAIN. FROM FEB. 4-10: 5 ARTICLES.
  2. FEBRUARY 11-17: 5 ARTICLES FOR ACHIEVE 3000.
  3. THE BOOK REPORT IS DUE ON FEBRUARY 18 AT MIDNIGHT. NO EXTENSIONS.
  4. Period 3: DON’T FORGET THE SUMMARY OD THE SHORT STORY GIVEN IN THE CLASS.

February 11, 2019

  1. ACHIEVE 3000: minimum of 5 articles weekly. You will be graded on these readings. A LOT OF YOU HAVE not read 5 ARTICLES THIS PAST WEEK. Your grade will go down. Every week, you need to read minimum 5 articles!!!!!!!!!! SINCE THIS IS A NEW MONTH, THE WEEKLY 5 ARTICLES STARTS OVER AGAIN. FROM FEB. 4-10: 5 ARTICLES.
  2. FEBRUARY 11-17: 5 ARTICLES FOR ACHIEVE 3000.
  3. THE BOOK REPORT IS DUE ON FEBRUARY 18 AT MIDNIGHT. NO EXTENSIONS.