NWSA English II

Ms. Strahan's English II Class



English II Feb 23,26 Warm-Up/Classwork

Warm-Up: Who is Zora Neale Hurston? Write a 1/2 page bio about the artist and her work.

Read the story below and write annotations on a separate sheet of paper.


To Kill a Mockingbird PDF

To-Kill-a-Mockingbird pdf

Finish reading Chapter 3 for homework

Honors English II Feb 15

Warm-Up: What is hymn linin’? What is the history of the art? Where has linin’s presence been most prevalent in our society? (1/2 page)

Watch the following videos:

Read and annotate:

Be Nobody’s Darling

Be nobody’s darling;
Be an outcast.
Take the contradictions
Of your life
And wrap around
You like a shawl,
To parry stones
To keep you warm.
Watch the people succumb
To madness
With ample cheer;
Let them look askance at you
And you askance reply.
Be an outcast;
Be pleased to walk alone
Or line the crowded
River beds
With other impetuous

Make a merry gathering
On the bank
Where thousands perished
For brave hurt words
They said.

But be nobody’s darling;
Be an outcast.
Qualified to live
Among your dead.

Alice Walker

Read and write 1/2 page summary on the article below.

English I Warm-Up Feb 14 and classwork

Read the article below, annotate the article on a separate sheet of paper, and answer the following questions:

1. What influence did Lee’s novel have on race relations in America?

2. How did Lee’s privilege affect the conversation about race (and how might have it been different than other works?

3. Lee’s work is credited with fueling the civil rights movement, and is compared to the work of whom (and during what movement)?

4. Atticus became an inspiration for generations of justice crusaders. How is he described and who used his characterization as an example to support their movement? (Who was another person in the movement that took a different approach–one may say the opposite approach)

5. “The novel remains a testament to the ways fiction can expose a society’s sins, alter consciousness, and advance the gradual work of social change.” Can you think of any other works that you have read that have had such lasting effects/evoked societal change? (1/2 page response)

ONCE YOU ARE DONE, BEGIN WORKING ON THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS FOR A SOCRATIC SEMINAR: (Answer as much as you can. We will finish reading after the warm-up.

1. Why does Scout beat up Walter Cunningham? Why does Jem stop her? What does this incident reveal about Scout’s personality? Cite specific textual evidence to support your answer. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9.1

2. Based on context clues and the sound of the word, what do you think the word “hain’t” (page 26) means? Look up the word online. Were you correct? If you were, how did you figure it out? If you were not, what could have given you a clue about its meaning? Apply what you learned to the word “pizened” in the next paragraph. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.9.4.A CCSS.

3. How does Atticus treat Walter? What does this suggest about Atticus’s character? CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9.3

4. Why does Calpurnia scold Scout? What does this reveal about her role in the Finch household?

5. What frightens Miss Caroline? Based on context clues, what do you think a “cootie” is? CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.9 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.9.4.A

6. How does Burris Ewell respond to Miss Caroline? Compare and contrast Burris Ewell with Walter Cunningham. What do the boys have in common? How are they different? In literature, a character that contrasts with another character is called a foil. What point do you think Harper Lee is making by introducing Burris as a foil to Walter? CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9.3

7. Explain how Scout’s comment that her first day of school made her gloomy because, “the prospect of spending nine months refraining from reading and writing made me think of running away” is an example of irony (31). CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9.4

8. How does Atticus respond to Scout’s complaints about Miss Cunningham? What does his response reveal about his personality and values? CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9.9

9. What do Atticus’s comments about the Ewell family and the law suggest about his view of justice? Support your answer with a quote from the text. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9.1

10.At this point in the book, what lessons do you think Scout is beginning to learn about the way to treat others? CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9.2

Warmup Feb 12/13

Read and annotate the article:

What does this article mean in relation to every day grammar?

What is the purpose of the article?

What are your overall thoughts on the article?

English II Feb 8th and Feb 9th

Hello all,

Please be on your best behavior while I am out today. Make sure you share your “There Will Come Soft Rains” questions with me and/or turn it in to the sub if you did it on paper.

Warm-Up: Who is Alice Walker? What are some of her most famous works? What is her background like? Research the author and write/type 3/4 of a page from your findings.

Read the short story, “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker. Do your annotations on a separate piece of paper once you are done. (You should follow my annotation guidelines to see what I am expecting. You can search ‘annotation’ in the search bar on my website and can pull up the worksheet if you lost your copy.)

Next, read “Alice Walker on Quilting.”

Please write a half page explaining the last work’s relation to the short story, “Everyday Use.”

English I Classwork/Homework Feb 8th

Hello all,

Please be on your best behavior while I am out today. Make sure you share your final group work with me and/or turn it in to the sub if you did it on paper. You will need to finish reading Chapter 1 as a class. Anayah, will you start everyone off from page 8, and pop other readers until you finish Chapter 1? After you finish reading Chapter 1, you can listen to the Audio Book that I will have pulled up on my screen for Chapter 2. Once you are done please do the vocab sentences and comprehension questions for Chapters 1 and 2. For the vocab you will need to write two sentences using each individual vocab term (you don’t have to define it because it is already done for you). So really you need two sentences per vocab term. Vocab sentences and Comprehension Questions for Chapters 1 and 2 will be due on Tuesday. Here is today’s warmup:

Define local colour (local color). Where have you seen it so far in the text? Pull other examples of work where you have seen this literary element. (1/2 page)


To Kill a Mockingbird Comprehension Questions

“There Will Come Soft Rains” text based questions

There Will Come Soft Rains Text Based Questions

There Will Come Soft Rains English II

7_There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury

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