Junior English

Mr. Davyd Collinson



Writers / Problem Solvers

Readers / Problem Solvers


Year & Units: A Menu for Junior English

Fall: Narrative Fiction & Nonfiction

Introductory Unit - Week 1

Opening Arguments

Unit 1 - Dystopian & Post-Apocalyptic Fiction and Non-Fiction

Short Story: Weeks two and three

Flavorwire Argument for Dystopic Fiction
The Minority Report by Philip K. Dick
Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Exit Without Saving by Ruth Nestvold
The Pedestrian by Ray Bradbury (got a better version to link in)
Planet of Dreams by James McKimmey
Post-apocalyptic Fiction Online
Earth's Holocaust by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Futuria Fantasia a lit mag edited by Ray Bradbury
Last Night of the World by Ray Bradbury
Triple Monkeys by Alex Severin (free e-book)

Extras more stories by Philip K. Dick at Project Gutenberg The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury...not quite either category, but has potential for high interest

Teaching Resources:

  • Vocab Notebook
  • Vocab Quiz
  • DEN's
  • Literary Analysis Paper (see below)
  • Type 2 Quiz

Writing Assignment: Dystopia Revealed Dystopia Revealed - Model Literary Analysis Paper

Unit 2 - Banned Books

The Novel: Weeks Four through Nine

Resources for Selecting & Reading a Banned Book:

Essential Questions: Essential Questions

Writing Lessons - Organization guide for letters

Closing Arguments:

  • Bill of Rights AKA The First 10 Amendments of the US Constitution
  • To Read dark things... "If you are protected from dark things then you have no protection of, knowledge of, or understanding of dark things when they show up." - Neil Gaiman
  • Essay "The Love Between the Two Women is Not Normal," by Ann Patchet


Winter: Understanding Transcendentalism and Discovering a Sense of Place and Purpose

Syllabus For Winter Term


Winter Exam Study Guide

Journal Guidelines

Emerson: Andrews and Connor
Whitman: Yoder and Gray
Theodore Parker: Mugabo and Hilton
Bronson Alcott: Yihang Li and Bill Li
Theodore Parker: Hannah and Yang
Emerson: Jing and Zhou
Margaret Fuller: Weng and Varney
Thoreau: Geremew and Ogens

Spring Term : From Poetry to Writer to Essayist (& the Play?)

Spring Unit 1: A Sampling of Poetry

Class Readings:

Elizabeth Browning: How Do I Love Thee?
Jarold Ramsey: The Tally Stick
Linda Pastan: Love Poem
Ezra Pound: The River Merchants Wife: A Letter

Homework Readings:

Robert Frost: Mending Wall, The Road Not Taken, Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening

John Keats: To Fanny

Robert Hayden: Those Winter Sundays

Wilfred Owen: Dolce Est Decorum Est, Anthem for Doomed Youth, Mental Cases

Walt Whitman: Song of Myself, Crossing Brooklyn Fairy,

T.S. Eliot - The Dry Salvages, The Waste Land

Emily Dickinson - Because I Could Not Stop for Death

Ann Bradstreet - To My Dear and Loving Husband

Malcolm London: High School Training Ground (video)

James Dickey: Falling

Poetry Unit Test Study Sheets

Poetry Elements Handout

Imagery in Dulce et Decorum Est Handout


Mending Wall Handout

Imagery/Assonance/Alliteration in Poetry Handout/Worksheet

It is important also know the content of poems we have read in this unit including: Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, Those Winter Sundays, Dulce et Decorum Est, To Fanny, Mending Wall, and High School Training Ground.

Spring Unit 2: The Writer

Stephen King: On Writing
Sports Write-Up Examples
Sports Write-Up Assignment

Vocabulary Notebook

Reading Journal

Student Choice Poem Assignment: Choose a poem that you like (not from the above list). Introduce the poem and the author in class and describe the poems structure, meaning and why you chose it. Read the poem out loud to the class.

Unit 3: Back to the Essay

Resources For Lennox Lodge

One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest

Author's Bio Ken Kesey

Lit analysis paper guidelines (NEED)

Unit Plan for Lennox Lodge Discovery Assignment

The Passion story - a summary Watch the Rock Opera Jesus Christ Superstart online

Lyrics for Songs compare these to the scenes in the text

The Color Purple

Access the double entry notes templates already posted on the wiki under Resources > Readers

"The Pedestrian" by Ray Bradbury & Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

All resources for these texts are already available elsewhere on the wiki site or are already posted in Google Classroom.
Unit 1 - Dystopic Fiction
Unit 2 banned books
Resources > Readers

Additional Resources

The 5 Paragraph Essay:

Structure of the Five Paragraph Essay

So You Want To Write A Thesis Statement?

Reading Free Online
Short Stories and Works: Project Gutenberg

Junior English | Resources | | | Fall: Narrative Fiction & Nonfiction | | | | | | Short Story: **</span>**Weeks two and three | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Winter: Understanding Transcendentalism and Discovering a Sense of Place and Purpose | Spring Term : From Poetry to Writer to Essayist (& the Play?) | | | Additional Resources |

MLA Formating

Quote punctuation - in-text citation

10 Tips for Great Writing

Learning from Great Writers


Cartoon Saturdays

Editorial Cartoons & Analysis &Building Background Knowledge social symbol see cartoon at right ----
political symbols economic / political cartoon uncle samglobal economic / political Chinal political / economic caricature domestic / economic / Christmas ---- domestic luck symbols domestic lucky symbols domestic / economic cartoons ---- religious symbols religious cartoon religious / social cartoon global / religious ---- more domestic symbols domestic / environmental cartoon global / environmental cartoon ---- domestic / social symbol ---- domestic / education symbols Cagle Cartoon Collection resourcel social economicWest African editorialistChinese editorialist social adolescenceglobal cartoon Go Comics political caricature global economic China cartoons for the classroom
Spring Family Weekend Editorial Cartoons
social symbol
SFW religious and political identifying symbols - really good one
SFW - political / domestic. Pro or Con?
SFW - global and domestic issue Compare & Contrast with global and domestic

Soda tax


Analysis Worksheet for Editorial Cartoons


One writer's process - 'winging it'
Flash Memoir - 'where I'm from' process and exercises
Collection of Poems about Memoir

English 11

The Rebel Spirit of the Hero's Dream

"In the depths of winter, I finally found
that within me there lay an invincible summer."
-Albert Camus-

“Wings are freedom only when they are wide open in flight. On one's back they are a heavy weight.”
-Marina Tsvetaeva-

Monday-Friday: Bring a copy of your poem -Where I Am From to class.
Assignment One: WritingType 3- Handout: Journal-How long have you been on the planet.
Assignment Two: Journal-Type 4 Revise your work.
Type 4 FCA's
FCA 1: 10 adjectives 10
FCA 2: Follow procedure. Catchy title. 10
FCA 3 Passive/Parallel accuracy. 10 Editor should comment.
FCA 4 Complete sentences. Comments. 15 Editor should make 1-2 suggested changes.

Monday: March 31st- April 4th.
HW: -Complete your Type 3 of Assignment One: Journal
(Remember to read out loud and self-edit) Revise your work and complete a Type 4.
We will edit papers for the Type 4 in class tomorrow. Students who fail to complete their work will need to find another student outside of class to edit their work.
Answer the Diigo Question- I Am From
HW-Revise your type 4. Bring to class all copies- three copies. Type 3- Type 4 and your final version.
Answer the Diigo question:
How long have you been on the planet.
Why did you go there.

Type 3-(self-edit-read out loud)
Type 4(peer edit) and Final Draft(revised work from type 4).- Journal.
(Bonus points will be awarded for providing a type written version of final draft)
Read the first 30 pages of Of Mice and Men.
Double Entry Notes will be counted.
Describe 3 things about each character.
Describe 3 things about setting.
Find 3 quotes (with page numbers) of significance. Explain why. Make a connection.
What is one big idea.
10 pts/total
April 8th-11th.
For Thursday Read up to page 60 in Of Mice and Men.
(By now you have completed the first double entry homework assignment).
Double Entry Notes from page 30-60. 3 things for each character that appears in the story.
Find 3 more quotes that you find significant. Page Numbers. Make a connection or comment on the quote- so what..Fin

Friday: Finish the book.
Complete the Diigo question.
Monday: 3-4 paragraphs- One page
Re-Write the ending of the story. George decides not to kill Lenny.

Type 3
FCA 1: Correct Spelling. Circle any mistakes. 15 pts
FCA 2: Accurate Characterization. 10pts
FCA 3: Include diction that matches Steinbeck in your word choice or dialogue.
Underline or make an arrow to demonstrate this. 15pts
FCA 4: Catchy title 5pts.

Monday- April 21st 10 pts each.
First Paragraph- 5 paragraph Essay. Type 3
FCA- 1 Topic or Motivator Sentence
FCA- 2 Introduce author and works
FCA- 3 9 Complete Sentences
FCA-4 Thesis Sentence X is Y because A, B and C
(The thesis sentence belongs at the end of the paragraph.)
FCA-5 Find and correct two errors in your writing. Show evidence.
April 29-
Tuesday-Review first paragraph. You will have time in class to receive feedback and to write.
Wednesday-Exchange first paragraph and edit. Writing in class.
Thursday-First draft of 5 paragraph essay due including bibliography Type 4. Peer edits in class.
FCA- 1st Paragraph-Topic or motivator sentence-Author and work-short summary-thesis X is Y because of a,b and c. Thesis is an arguable point. 20
FCA- 1-2 quotes per body paragraph. Correct use of quotation. Follow Point-Example-Analysis. 25
FCA-2 Correct citation 15
FCA-3 Complete sentences
FCA-4 Correct bibliography-20 points
(point out any errors in bibliography)
Friday- Due-Typewritten 5 paragraph essay.
May 6-10
Write a 50 word short story. Utilize elements of setting, characterization, dialogue and diction to create plot.
Final draft should be typewritten.

May 15-16th (This is due Monday)
Read the stories Gimpel the Fool and The Wall.
Double Entry
Setting-3 things
Characters-3 things about each major character
Themes: 3 big ideas of the work
Plot-summary of what happens
3 Quotes- with page number. Make a connection-so what?

May 20th-Tues (this should be completed on Monday)
Read and Double Entry- A Commencement Address by Joseph Brodsky
To College Grads: Love life and work! by William J Bennett

Due May 20th. Extension- 5 Paragraph Essay.
Due to the number of requests. The 5 Paragraph essay that was due on the 20th has been extended until finals.
You may turn in your essay on your orginal topic. You will receive extra credit.
Otherwise- Your 5 Paragraph Essay will be a take home part of your final exam.
May 21st- May 23rd

Thurs-Friday Class Homework and Quiz
Read Melville Bartleby -40 Short Stories (Double Entry Notes) 10 point system
Read Gogol The Overcoat -handout or it is listed as a pdf at the bottom of this wiki- (Double Entry Notes) 10 point system
10 points- 2 points each for the following categories.
Character- 3 things about each major character
Setting: 3 things
Plot: action or storyline
Theme: 3 big ideas
Quotes: 3 quotes with page numbers

Assignment: Monday's class.
10 things in Gogol's The Overcoat that demonstrate satire.

Final Exam: Section One Take Home
Assignment: Write a comparison essay. Choose one or both of the works below. Taking in consideration all of the works we have read this year,
create a an argument based upon one of the topics listed.
You will be expected to show evidence of the writing process: Type 3- self edit read out loud. Type 4- peer edit/faculty edit. Final Draft.

Final Draft is due in order to sit in the final exam. This will be one part of the final. You will be able to submit this early.

Gimpel the Fool-by Isaac Bashevis Singer
The Wall-by Jean Paul Sartre

An absurd existence in a random universe. (The Wall
The moral dilemma: victim or executioner? (The Wall)
Faith (Gimpel )
Staying true to yourself (Gimpel)

Create a thesis.
You should complete the 5 paragraph essay- including works cited page.
Type 3 (Read Out Loud and edit in pencil) Type 4-have a peer/faculty edit your paper.
Revise your final draft.

Ze Frank The Teenage Brain

Ze Frank The Time You Have (In Jellybeans)

Finalists: Review and practice reciting your poem!
Poetry Out Loud

Diigo Discussion

English 11 (Last Year) 2012

A Comparison: Poetry vs Prose

Poetry Terminology:
<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/IK3f7KCL__w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>


Wordsmith.org: Today's Word

Selected Readings

"We All Came Out of Gogol's Overcoat"
-Fyodor Dostoyevsky-

Gogol's The Overcoat

Short Stories

Unit Plans

Of Mice and Men

"Tell Me About the Rabbits George..."


"A guy needs somebody-- to be near him. A guy goes nuts if he aint got nobody.
Don't make no difference who the guy is, long's he's with you.
I tell ya. I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an' he gets sick."

"An' live off the fatta the lan' "

"But not us! An' why? Because...because I got you to look after me,
and you got me to look after you, and that's why."

"There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk."

"Hell Is Other People"

Being There.gif
A review-Roger Ebert Review on "Being There"

Self-Awareness Self-Management
Social Awareness EQ 2.0.jpgRelationship Management

Famous All Over Town.jpg

"When a true genius appears In the World, You may know him by this infallible sign
That the dunces are all in confederacy against him"

-Jonathan Swift-
“Stop!' I cried imploringly to my god-like mind.”
John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces


Poetry- "A Slice Of Your Mama's Pie"-
"That which is not Prose"-
"Timeless Words"
"Beauty,Truth and Pain"A Book of Luminous Things.jpgA Book of Luminous Thing