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Mrs. Trish Shea
I am so excited to be working at Chaparral High School! This is my 23rd year of teaching. I have an "open door" policy, and welcome all questions and requests to meet! Please also know that email is the best way to get in touch with me. I am best at returning emails during the school week between the hours of 7 am and 7 pm.
The Daily Write Up
March 18-22Posted by Trisha Shea on 3/18/2019
The last week of school before break will be spent finishing up our current writing unit with an essay exam.
FRESHMEN: THIS EXAM IS YOUR DISTRICT WRITING BENCHMARK, MEANING THAT ALTHOUGH IT IS A TEST, IT IS NOT SCORED AS HEAVILY AS A FINAL BECAUSE IT IS A SNAPSHOT OF YOUR PROGRESS. HOWEVER, IT IS STILL AN IMPORTANT GRADE.
SOPHOMORES: THIS IS AN END OF UNIT EXAM, MEANING THAT SINCE YOU HAVE HAD MULTIPLE PRACTICES WITH THE SOAPSTR ORGANIZER AND DEVELOPING YOUR INTRO PARAGRPHS, IT IS IMPORTANT TO DEMONSTRATE WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED IN YOUR INTRO AND WHAT YOU HAVE RETAINED REGARDING HOW TO WRITE THE BODY AND CONCLUSION OF AN ESSAY. YOUR GRAPHIC ORGANIZER FOR PARGRAPHS 2-4 ARE THS SAME FORMAT AS THE OTHER ESSAYS YOU HAVE WRITTEN SO FAR THIS SCHOOL YEAR.
The following schedule is the same for both Freshmen and Sophomore classes:
Monday - annotate your speech and label and highlight rhetoric within the text
Tuesday - Finish annotations and highlighting rhetoric, then use the SOAPSTR organizer to develop the introduction paragraph.
Wednesday- Use the SOAPSTR to write paragraph one (intro). Continue writing paragraphs 2-4 using the organizer (same format as you are used to).
Thursday - use the organizer for the body of your essay and the conclusion (same format as you are used to). Self edit using the list of common issues to look out for in your writing (located on the whiteboard).
Friday - Type your essay and submit it to Turnitin.com
HAVE A WONDERFUL BREAK! YOU DESERVE IT!!!
March 11-15Posted by Trisha Shea on 3/11/2019
Here is a breakdown of our week:)
FRESHMEN- Today we watched a documentary on MLK to provide context for the tone of the civil rights movement before we work on analyzing MLK's "I Have a Dream" Speech.
SOPHOMORES- Today we are typing our rhetorical analyisis essays.
FRESHMEN- Today we discussed the MLK speech in groups, annotated it and completed the SOAPSTR analysis.
WHATEVER IS NOT FINISHED TODAY IN CLASS IS HOMEWORK!!!!
SOPHOMORES- Today we are watching a documentary on Lincoln in order to understand the context of the tone of the civil war and the politics between the North and the South.
FRESHMEN- Today we are using our SOAPSTR analysis to complete paragraph one of our analysis on Dr. King's " I Have a Dream" Speech. Unless you were absent YESTERDAY, this speech analysis intro (1 paragraph), is due in class TODAY.
SOPHOMORES- Today we will submit our rhetorical analysis essays using new Turnitin.com accounts and we will begin reading and annotating Lincoln's 2nd Inaugural Address speech for our Unit 3essay exam.
FRESHMEN-Today we are starting our rhetorical analysis unit benchmark test. We will begin with the documentary on Malala and then read her speech.
If you are absent, please watch the link below for background information.
SOPHOMORES- Today we are completing the discussiion on Lincoln's speech and making sure all annotations are complete.
FRIDAY: seating will be changed for our activity
FRESHMEN- Today we are beginning the annotations of Malala's speech and discussing them in groups.
SOPHOMORES- Today we are beginning our rhetorical analysis SOAPSTR for the essay on Lincoln's speech.
March 4-7Posted by Trisha Shea on 3/4/2019
This is the last week of grades before Progress Reports!! Here is a Breakdown of our week:
Today we watched the film, In the Time of the Butterflies and discussed the importance of filling out course forms online as well as on paper. The paper version must be signed by a parent and returned tomorrow!
HOMEWORK: COMPLETE COURSE FORMS AND GET A PARENT SIGNATURE
Today we discussed the analysis piece of allusions, parallel structure and appeals to pride that MLK used in his speech. We made changes in our notes from last Friday.
HOMEWORK: Finish your notes on the discussion today.
Today we are completing the LCAP survey online and working on our Teen Suicide Awareness projects. We are using websites to search for information in 3 categories: statistics, signs of danger and resources to get help.
Today we are completing our MLK SOAPSTR, highighting examples of ethos, pathos and logos in his speech and writing paragraphs 1 and 2 of the essay.
Today we are reading and analyzing a speech by Jackie Robinson. We will be analyzing her message and her rhetoric through the rest of the week.
Homework: Finish what we started in class:)
Today we are finishing paragraphs 2-4 of our graphic organizers. I will conference with students throughout the day on their essays to help with any questions/ editing issues.
Homework: Finish your organizer.
February 25-March 1Posted by Trisha Shea on 2/25/2019
Here is a breakdown of our week:
Today we will read and anwer Socratic Seminar Questions from a personal perspective for our Independent "Reading Monday".
Today we will read and annotate MLK's famous "I Have a Dream Speech". If you are absent, make sure you ask a friend to copy notes on where the Allusions are located.
Today we are watching a short documentary on women's rights to get an idea of how people thought of women's roles in society in the 1950s and 60s.
For the 2nd half of the period, we are networking to answer the questions for each sister in our socratic seminar questions to prepare for tomorrow.
Today we are watching a video on Jackie Robinson to get a better idea of why his "I Believe" Speech was so important. If you are absent, please watch the link below and list 10 of the most important details of Jackie's life with respect to the civil rights movement.
Socratic Seminar Day!
Today we finished up the work from last week, since everyone is in different places with regard to the Robinson speech. We finished questions, speech annotations, ethos, pathos, logos, and identifying rhetorical devices. Finally, we completed the SOAPSTR on the speech and wrote our Intro paragraph independently. All work needed to be turned in today, or it became homework.
HOMEWORK: STUDY YOUR TERMS FOR THE TEST TOMORROW!
Socratic Seminar Day! Bring your novel so we can return it tomorrow!
Today we listened to the audio of Dr. King's Speech, discussed the tone and searched for parallel structure in every section of his speech. We also took notes on other types of rhetoric with respect to analysis.
HOMEWORK: STUDY YOUR RHETORIC TERMS FOR THE TEST TOMORROW!
In the Time of the Butterflies Movie
Terms test and MLK questions.
February 19-22Posted by Trisha Shea on 2/19/2019
Welcome Back! I hope you enjoyed your 4-day Weekend! Here is the Info on what we have planned this week:
Freshmen - Today is being used as a "Reading Monday". We are reading our next assigned pages from In the Time of the Butterflies and completing the summary of events in the next section of the blue pages.
HOMEWORK: WHATEVER YOU DID NOT FINISH IN CLASS TODAY:)
Sophomores - Today is being used as a "Reading Monday". We are reading and annotating a speech by Jackie Robinson and completing the questions that go with it. Then we are highlighting ethos, pathos and logos within the speech.
HOMEWORK: WHATEVER YOU DID NOT FINISH IN CLASS TODAY:)
Freshmen- Last night's homework was to finish your summary of your reading if you did not finish in class. Today we will complete all rounds of teaching for our characters from In the Time of the Butterflies. Then we will write in our green sheets about the type of social/government control our character experienced and finish filling in your own questions for the Test Prep.
HOMEWORK: WHATEVER WAS NOT FINISHED IN CLASS: Finish your response in the green pages regarding the type of social and/or government control your character experienced in the last reading. Finish ALL summaries and your OWN test prep questions if you did not finish them in class.
Sophomores- Jackie Robinson questions are due. Today we will finish finding examples of rhetoric in Mark Antony's speech (which was passed out last Thursday). We will write about the intentions of his persuasion below the speech and list "Loaded Words/Diction" that he carefully chose to make his point. We will also learn how to complete a SOAPTSTR graphic organizer to outline the main point of our analysis.
HOMEWORK: WHATEVER WAS NOT FINISHED IN CLASS. BRING YOUR ANIMAL FARM BOOK TO CLASS TOMORROW SO WE CAN RETURN IT TO THE LIBRARY.
Freshmen- WE WILL DO OUR LAST ROUND OF TEACHING WITH THE TEST PREP QUESTIONS TODAY. REMEMBER THAT THE TEST IS OPEN BOOK AND OPEN NOTE. Then we will begin our In the Time of the Butterflies Test.
Sophomores- Group Activity - Read, annotate and and highlight ethos, pathos & logos. Then complete the SOAPSTR graphic organizer TOGETHER AS A GROUP for Jackie Robinson's speech. WE WILL ALSO RETURN OUR ANIMAL FARM BOOKS.
Freshmen- Today you will finish your TEST. You must turn in all notes and activities you completed for the sisters and the novel. Then work on your Socratic Seminar Questions Independently.
Sophomores- There will be a Quiz on the 11 highlighted terms on your Rhetorical Devices Vocabulary List. Then we will use our SOAPSTR for Mark Antony's speech to begin writing the intro paragraph for an analysis. WE WILL DO THIS WHOLE CLASS.
February 11-14Posted by Trisha Shea on 2/11/2019
Happy Almost Valentine's Day!
Here is a breakdown of what we are doing in class this week-
Freshmen - Independent Reading Monday; We are reading our next assignment and focusing on the green page, where we record 2 ways our characters exhibited courage.
WHATEVER IS NOT FINISHED IN CLASS IS HOMEWORK!
Sophomores: Independent Reading Monday; We are reading chapter 8 and reviewing the last few pages of chapter 7 and taking notes on key points.
Whatever is not finished in class is Homework!
Freshmen - Today we are completing the summary for our second reading assignments. We are also meeting with other groups to share information on sisters we did not have time to learn about last week. Today is the first day you will be graded on what you are teaching!Make sure you are prepared! Everyone should have a grade for sharing information by the end of the period on Thursday!
Sophomores: Today we are reading chapters 9 and 10 through page 92 of Animal Farm and taking notes on key sections of the novel. We will finish the end of chapter 10 together tomorrow:)
WHATEVER IS NOT FINISHED IN CLASS IS HOMEWORK! YOUR TEST ON THE NOVEL BEGINS TOMORROW!
Freshmen: Today freshmen are teaching for the entire period. The goal is to get through all 4 sisters, (or at least 3 by the end of the period). There will only be about 15 minutes to teach tomorrow.
REMEMBER THAT I AM GRADING EACH STUDENT ON THE VERBAL KNOWLEDGE THEY CONTRIBUTE TO EACH GROUP - LIKE A BOOK CLUB. GRADING STARTED YESTERDAY AND WILL END TOMORROW, SO MAKE SURE YOU CONTRIBUTE.
Sophomores: Today we are taking Part one of our Animal Farm test after we finish the last few pages of the novel together. Remember that this is an open-note, open-book test. We will return the novel during the last 15 minutes of the period. TOMORROW IS THE OPEN NOTE ONLY, PART 2 OF THE TEST. MAKE SURE YOUR NOTES ARE IN ORDER. IF YOU ARE MISSING NOTES, IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO GET A CAT30 PASS SO I CAN HELP YOU, OR ASK A FRIEND TO HELP YOU CATCH UP ON NOTES.
Thursday- I hope you have an awesome 4-day weekend and Happy Valentine's Day!
Freshmen: Today you will have 15 minutes to catch up on any missing notes for the sisters and time to work on your test prep yellow sheets. We will also discuss answers in class. Please note that this is a good time to ask questions or get a CAT30 pass if you are behind on your notes for one of the sisters.
Sophomores: Today you will complete part 2 of the test for Animal Farm. Please remember to have your notes in order, as this is the strictly open-note portion of the test.
February 4-7Posted by Trisha Shea on 2/4/2019
Hello and Happy Chinese New Year for those who celebrate it! Here is what we have going on this week:
Freshmen: Independent Reading - students finished reading, annotating and answering questions for the short story, "Liberty", by Julia Alvarez. This is a segway to our new novel, In the Time of the Butterflies, which we checked out from the library today. YOU MUST CHECK OUT THE BOOK ON YOUR OWN TIME IF YOU WERE ABSENT OR DID NOT BRING YOUR STUDENT ID! We will begin our study of the novel on Wednesday.
Sophomores: Independent Reading - students finished reading chapter 6 in class and answered questions to go with the chapter. REMINDER: WHATEVER IS NOT FINISHED IN CLASS IS HOMEWORK - CHAPTER 6 MUST BE READ BY TOMORROW!
Freshmen: Today we began our editing exercises for excellent feedback on 5 skills in our first essay of the semester. Students have been working on the essay in class for over a week! This essay is heavily guided, so students can feel confident they are following the structure and staying focused on the purpose: evaluating the use of ethos, pathos and logos during Trujillo's regime. As of today, most students have typed their essays and can easily edit them in their Google Docs now.
HOMEWORK: FINISH TYPING YOUR ESSAY - USE THE FEEDBACK FROM TODAY'S ACTIVITY TO MAKE ANY NECESSARY CHANGES. WE WILL SUBMIT OUR ESSAYS TOMORROW AT THE BEGINNING OF THE PERIOD. NO LATE SUBMISSIONS, UNLESS YOU WERE ABSENT TODAY!!!!
Sophomores: Today we are having a class discussion on chapter 6 of Animal Farm. We are also reading chapters 7 in class.
REMINDER: WHATEVER IS NOT FINISHED IN CLASS IS HOMEWORK! That means you must finish chapter 7 independently:)
January 22-25Posted by Trisha Shea on 1/22/2019
I hope you all had a great 3-day weekend! Here is what we have in store for our week:
Freshmen: We are reading background history on the Dominican Republic and answering questions about our reading. This is a Close Read situation. Please be sure to circle and define unknown words, annotate main points next to each paragraph and to highlight where your answers (for the 9 questions at the end of the article) were located in the reading. This is due at the end of the period. If you missed class, please get your missed work from the Tuesday folder at the back of the room.
Sophomores: We read pages 25-28 of our workbook entitled The Whisperers, which is an account of how Joseph Stalin demonized farmers and used propaganda to turn society against them. As a result, he killed thousands of his own people. After the reading, the questions were answered in class and are due at the end of the period.
Freshmen: Today we took notes on the Dominican Republic and Rafael Trujillo, the dictator from 1930-1961. We isolated information from a Power Point to focus on what is relevant to uncerstanding his dictatorship and his use of ethos and pathos. Please get the notes organizer in class and my suggestion is to copy notes from a trusted friend, because not all information on the Power Point was used. We also added details in our notes for two of the revolutionary sisters; Patria and Minerva.
Sophomores:Today we marked important pages in our novel, Animal Farm, using sticky notes. We also discussed questions from yesterday's reading of chapter 1. Chapter 2 and questions were completed in class.
*** Tomorrow we have a quiz on chapters 1 & 2.
Freshmen: Today we are finishing up notes from yesterday's Power Point and reading articles devoted to Trujillo's dictatorship. Our focus for annotations is how he was able to maintain control of his people, with reference to " 5 ways to become an evil dictator". Tomorrow, after our quiz on our notes, we will start planning our essay on "How to become an evil dictator", which will reference characteristics of Trujillo's regime.
Sophomores: Today we have a quiz on chapters 1 & 2. We are also reading chapter in class. There will be discussion questions to go with the reading. Whatever we do not finish in class will be homework.
Freshmen: We will have a Quiz on the Background Information notes for our upcoming novel, In the Time of the Butterflies. We will also begin planning our essay.
Sophomores: We will have a Quiz on the novel. We will also take notes on Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky.
January 14-18Posted by Trisha Shea on 1/14/2019
Happy Week 2!
This week we are completing tasks as follows for both Freshmen and Sophomore English students:
Monday: We are finishing our Posters - all students snapped photos of the Rubric from the smartboard and received extra copies of directions in class if needed. Any work not completed in class is homework!
Tuesday and Wednesday: We are presenting posters. Students will state their product, person or idea and the type of persuasion or the type of propaganda techniques used. They will further explain why their slogan fits the criteria of the persuasion or propaganda they chose.
We will also begin watching Background Videos and taking notes to learn context for understanding our next novel of study. You must responde in your Courage notes to the 2 highlighted videos below.
Freshmen: are taking notes on Courage for In the Time of the Butterflies, by Julia Alvarez
Sophomores: You are taking notes on Background for the Russian Revolution for Animal Farm, by George Orwell.
Thursday: Today we are taking notes in class on the historical background of the novels we are about to read. Freshmen and Sophomore classes are both using documentaries to take guided notes.
Freshmen: Today's focus is on Patria and Minerva, the sisters of the revolution. Use your courage notes graphic organizer (page 2). Put Minerva's name in the center circle, then add details in the surrounding circles that pertain to her personal attributes and connection to the revolution. Repeat the same process with Minerva on the next page. We started the documentary today and ended at the 27 minute mark in the video.
Dominican Republic Documentary - Code Name Butterflies:
FRESHMEN: DO NOT FORGET TO STUDY FOR YOUR ETHOS, PATHOS, LOGOS QUIZ TOMORROW! STUDY THE NOTES YOU TOOK IN CLASS!
Sophomores: Today's focus is on Lenin.The notes taken should fill up box D of your organizers. You also needed to explain the October Revolution on page 2 of your organizer. We begin this section of the documentary today at the 30 minute mark of the video and stop the video at about the 50 minute mark.
SOPHOMORES - DO NOT FORGET TO STUDY FOR YOUR PROPAGANDA AND PERSUASION TERMS QUIZ TOMORROW! YOU ALSO NEED TO BRING YOUR STUDENT ID TO CHECK OUT THE NOVEL:)
Friday: TODAY ALL CLASSES ARE TAKING TERMS QUIZZES!
Freshmen: You will continue taking notes on the documentary.
Sophomores: You will check out Animal Farm and finish presentations. We will continue notes if there is enough time in the period.
First Week Back!!!Posted by Trisha Shea on 1/8/2019
Welcome Back! this first week is all about reviewing the 3 Powers of Persuasion - Ethos, Pathos and Logos. This week we are taking notes in class, completing a review activity and watching video examples of each type of persuasion and beginning a poster project that illustrates our persuasive technique.
Freshmen are focusing on the basics of Ethos, Pathos and Logos on their posters.
Sophomores are focusing on Propaganda Techniques.
*** All directions for posters are available in class!