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Assignments: 9/12 – 9/16

September 9, 2011

Monday 9/12

A few more stories–Jack and Gil be ready to go

More about the book you chose this summer

Intro to how we’ll do vocab and grammar…and binders 101

Intro to “The Things They Carried,” Tim O’Brien and Vietnam

HOMEWORK (due Wednesday 9/14)

Read “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien—page 636 in  The Oxford Book of American Short Stories.  Read it with a pen.  You can underline things that you think are interesting or important, circle words you don’t know, make notes in the margin as you read, use stars or questions marks… Be prepared for our discussion of this story on Wednesday.


Wednesday  9/14

Two more stories (Victoria and Cate are up)

Discuss “Things Carried”

What did they carry? What do you carry?


1.  Use Word Smart to create this week’s vocabulary/grammar list.

a)  Include the word, its part of speech, the definition and your own sentence.  Studies show that when you connect the word to your own life, the definition tends to “stick.”  Your sentences must be connected to you—even if it’s a stretch.

b)  Print this out and stick it into your Vocab section.  I’ll be checking it

c)  Set up your mode of studying—flash cards, study guide, quizlet or something else.

d)  Create a few examples to help you understand the grammar rule of the week.


2. Read the first two sections of “The Little Regiment” by Stephen Crane (pages 226 – 234).  This is another war story that takes place in a different time and place–it’s the Civil War this time.  Read actively and be prepared to discuss the story in class tomorrow.

Thursday 9/15

Stories from Grant and Finn

Vocab/Grammar review

Discuss “Little Regiment”


1.  Study for the vocab/grammar quiz

2.  Finish reading “The Little Regiment.”  Read actively.

Friday 9/16

Vocab/Grammar Quiz 1

What makes a good war story?

HOMEWORK (Due Monday 9/19)

Read “How to Tell a True War Story” by Tim O’Brien and click here for the essay assignment.


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