SYLLABUS – English I – Ms. Hall – Spring Semester 2006 – 4th Six Weeks – Prep


1/3-1/6              Review procedures/format for research papers (HANDOUT)

                        Select research topic/complete Proposal form

                        Work in library to begin research (2 days)


1/9-1/13            Work in computer lab – Room N237 – all week to complete research papers


1/16-1/20          Monday – Holiday

                        Tuesday – FINAL RESEARCH PAPER DUE

                        Tue-Wed – Oral presentations

                        Thursday – Vocabulary quiz

                        Friday – TAKS practice quiz


1/23-1/27          Monday – Read: Sandra Cisneros (pp. 691-693 in lit, book) and excerpts

                 from The House on Mango Street (pp. 703-710, lit book)

                HOMEWORK: Briefly research your surname (last name)

                        Tuesday – Writing exercise in class: vignettes

                        Wednesday – “The Artist” (p. 470 in lit. book); read and discuss the fable;  

     students will write an original fable

                        Thursday – Vocabulary quiz

                        Friday – TAKS practice quiz


1/30-2/3            Monday – Read excerpt from Black Boy by Richard Wright (pp. 654-662

                 in lit. book); HOMEWORK - write an autobiographical

     account of a memorable experience in your life (use  

     characterization and dialogue)

                        Tuesday – Turn in homework assignment; read “On Being Seventeen,

     Bright, and Unable to Read”, personal essay by David

     Raymond (pp. 573-575 in lit. book)

                        Wednesday – Writing exercise: personal essay

                        Thursday – Vocabulary quiz

                        Friday – TAKS practice quiz


2/6-2/10            Monday – Vocabulary test – cumulative for the six weeks (50 questions)

                        Tuesday – Cultural quilt square project DUE

                        Tues-Wed – Oral presentations about quilt project

                        Thursday – 6-week EXAM

                        Friday – TAKS practice



Show pride in your cultural heritage!

     You have briefly researched your surname (last name).

     Using the information you learned, construct a “quilt square” from construction/art paper. There are many examples in the classroom.

     You should use any symbols/language/colors that you think appropriately represent your family and your culture/heritage.

     No larger than 8-1/2” x 11” paper; you may use pictures, photos, flags, language, designs – anything that is representative of your family’s heritage and culture.

     You will make an oral presentation to the class about your family’s heritage.