June 7, 2007

Introducing Mrs.Which’s classroom!

Posted in planning at 2:37 pm by mrsmauck

So I got my textbooks and copies of the classroom sets of novels I have. I’ve got Glencoe textbooks–anyone else using the same set–the Reader’s Choice? Classroom sets include: The Scarlet Letter, Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, Elie Wiesel’s Night, Ayn Rand’s Anthem and The Fountainhead, and Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men.
Here are the big texts I’m tentatively planning so far.

Freshmen: Romeo and Juliet, Elie Wiesel’s Night, Poetry & Identity unit, The Odyssey

Sophomores: Ayn Rand’s Anthem, Sophocles’ Antigone, some Arthurian legend, Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar,

Juniors: Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, N. Scott Momaday’s The Way to Rainy Mountain, Aruthur Miller’s The Crucible

Seniors: Beowulf, Shakespeare’s Macbeth, The Canterbury Tales, Arthurian legend
My goal right now is to read the major works I’ve either never read or haven’t read in a long time so I don’t have to worry about that during the school year. I also need to talk to my principal to find out how much of a priority textbook coverage is, and which of the novels students have already read. I have to work for another month to cover mine and the baby’s insurance until the school picks it up in September, so I’ll have about three weeks off before school starts to do lesson plans. I want to have a rough sketch of the entire year planned for each class, and the first unit for each class planned in detail, UbD style. I’m going to be the yearbook/newspaper adviser as well, so I’ll need to get familiar with the software. It’s a little overwhelming to think about right now, as Claire takes up most of my waking hours, as well as some of my sleeping!