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Mrs. Trish Shea

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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

  • January 22-25

    Posted 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:

    Tuesday-

    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. 

     

    Wednesday-

    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.

     

    Thursday-

    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 chapters 3 & 4 in class. There will be discussion questions to go with the reading. Whatever we do not finish in class will be homework. 

    Friday- 

    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 Background Information notes on the Russian Revolution. We will also take notes on Joseph Stalin and Leon Trotsky. 

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  • January 14-18

    Posted 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

    Courage of Famous Failures https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ydeyl0vXdP0

    Derek Redmond/Never Give Up https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZlXWp6vFdE

    Sophomores: You are taking notes on Background for the Russian Revolution for Animal Farm, by George Orwell.

    https://topdocumentaryfilms.com/russian-revolution/

     

    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:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HL18wpWGVI

    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:)

    https://topdocumentaryfilms.com/russian-revolution/

    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. 

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  • 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!

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  • Finals Week!!!!! Monday 12/17-Friday 12/21

    Posted by Trisha Shea on 12/17/2018

    ALL FRESHMEN AND SOPHOMORES: 

    THIS WEEK YOU HAVE FINAL EXAMS. PLEASE DO YOUR BEST, TAKE YOUR TIME AND ABOVE ALL, AS ME IF YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND ANY DIRECTIONS! I HAVE SO MUCH FAITH AND CONFIDENCE IN YOU!

    *** Reminder: Wednesday there will be some class time available for MAKEUP FINAL SLIDES PRESENTATIONS, FOR THOSE WHO WERE ABSENT ON THEIR PRESENTATION DAY. 

    *** Reminder: Thursday and Friday are modified. 

    Thursday is periods 1, 3 and 5.

    Friday is periods 2, 4 and 6. 

     

    A few slides presentations are scheduled for Thursday and Friday, then we will spend the rest of the period going over our files and checking our grades to make sure we all understand how and why your grades were earned. Please be prepared to ask questions!

    We will conclude class for the semester with a short evaluation on me and what I can do better to help you in semester two, as well as provide opportunities for you to voice what you enjoyed most about class. 

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  • Monday, December 10

    Posted by Trisha Shea on 12/10/2018

    Freshmen and Sophomores:

    Today we finished our notecards, had time to practice our presentations and turned in our paperwork for our project! 

    HOMEWORK: SHARE YOUR SLIDES WITH ME BY MIDNIGHT TONIGHT!!!

    REMINDER: ALL LATE WORK FOR SICK STUDENTS WHO HAVE MISSED CLASS MUST BE TURNED IN BY THIS FRIDAY!!

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  • Wednesday-Friday, December 5-7

    Posted by Trisha Shea on 12/5/2018

    Freshmen & Sophomores: We are working on our presentations in class for the next 3 days, completing annotations and using the chrome books to create Google Slides. I am happy to answer any questions if you need to finish steps for homework - just email me before 7 pm and I will get back to you!

    Wednesday: Go over slides directions and spend the period annotating the literature we have chosen. Whatever is not fiished in class is homework!

    Freshmen Homework:

    Poems-
    1. Number the lines of your poem and write the same number of lines on white lined paper.

    2. Translate what the author is talking about in each line in your own words on white lined paper.


    3. Highlight your 4 literary devices (2-3 symbols, 2-3 imagery phrases and 2 other literary devices) and label them directly on the poem.


    Article -
    1. Read the article. 
    2. Number the paragraphs
    3. Annotate the most important information about Love in the margins of EVERY paragraph.

    4. On white lined paper- Label and write the Main Claim, Summarize at least 3-4 Main Points, highlight a quote to support each of the Main points and Main claim .

    Sophomore Homework: 

    Poetry and Music Annotations

    1. Number the lines of your poem/song and write the same number of lines on white lined paper.
    2. Write the total number of verses or stanzas at the top (if it is a song, include the chorus in the count).
    3. Translate what the author is talking about in each line in your own words on white lined paper. If it is already LITERAL,  write L. You do not have to retranslate repeated lines, just write R for REPEAT.
    4. Highlight your 4 literary devices (2-3 examples of each literary device) and label them directly on the poem.

    Thursday: Annotations are due. Use the annotations to complete a TPCASTT. Finish the slides presentation.

    FRESHMEN HOMEWORK: 

    FINISH ALL SLIDES INFORMATION, YOUR NOTES AND ALL ANNOTATIONS ON YOUR POEM OR ARTICLE. YOU MUST ALSO HAVE THE TRANSLATIONS OF LINES COMPLETED IF YOU HAVE A POEM. WE ARE DOING A PROGRESS CHECK TOMORROW. 

     

    SOPHOMORE HOMEWORK: 

    FINISH ALL SLIDES INFORMATION, YOUR TPCASTT AND ALL MARKING ON LITERARY DEVICES ON YOUR POEM OR SONG. YOU MUST ALSO HAVE THE TRANSLATIONS OF LINES COMPLETED. WE ARE DOING A PROGRESS CHECK TOMORROW.

    Friday: TODAY IS YOUR PROGRESS CHECK FOR A GRADE! We will go over directions for note cards. You will have some time (20 minutes) to finish slides IMAGES AND EDITING. Then you should be using the rest of the time to Create note cards for your presentation. Directions are located below for each grade. 

    Freshmen Directions for slides & notecards: 

     

    ELA 9 Periods 1, 3 & 4 Slides editing & note cards:

     

    Poem Slides:

    * Make sure all slides have a title and visuals that are relevant to the information.

    * Make sure you have at least 2 stanzas typed.

    * Make sure your figurative language is clearly marked and labeled (Example: color codes for symbols, imagery, personification and hyperbole) YOU CAN BREAK UP THE CONTENT TO MORE SLIDES IF IT WORKS FOR YOU!!!

    * Make sure you have all information labeled within the slide. Example: Label the Theme:, Quotes:, Diction:, Shifts:, Tone:

     

    Poem Note Cards:

    • Slide 1: Slide 1: - Introduce yourself, your theme, the title, genre and author of your work, then tell what the poem is basically about - the main idea (sum it up in one sentence)
    • Slide 2: Explain each of the four types of figurative language you used (Symbols, Imagery and 2 other literary devices) AND EXPLAIN WHY THEY WERE USED!
    • Slide 3: Explain how the diction contributes to the tone and explain the shifts - What is the shift? Example: Does the author’s attitude change from concerned to inspired? In what stanza or line?  Why?
    • Slide 4: Say the theme ( a full sentence message or lesson) and the best 2 quotes to support the theme.




    ELA 9 Periods 1, 3 & 4 Slides editing & note cards:

     

    Article slides:

    * Make sure all slides have a title and visuals that are relevant to the information.

    * Make sure all quotes are cited in parentheses Example: (Johnston 14)

    * Make sure you have all information labeled within the slide.

    Example: Label the Claim:, Quotes:, Relevance to the Poem:, Relevance to Humanity: etc.

     

    Article note cards:

    • The information on your note cards must coincide with what is on your slides
    • Slide 1: - Introduce yourself, your theme, the title, genre and author of your work, then tell what the article is basically about - the main idea (sum it up in one sentence)
    • Slide 5: state the main claim (full sentence message of the author) and the supporting quotes you chose
    • Slide 6: say key ideas in the article and the 3-4 bullet points you have in your slides
    • Slide 7: explain how your article relates to your partner’s poem and why it is relevant for society, or humanity.

     

    Sophomore Directions for slides and notecards: 

     

    ELA 10 Periods 5 & 6 Slides editing & note cards:

     

    Poem & Song Slides:

    * Make sure all slides have a title and visuals that are relevant to the information.

    * Make sure you have at least 2 stanzas (poems) or 2 verses (songs)  typed.

    * Make sure your figurative language is clearly marked and labeled

    (Example: color codes for each literary device - such as symbols, imagery, personification and hyperbole)

    YOU CAN BREAK UP THE CONTENT TO MORE SLIDES IF IT WORKS FOR YOU!!!

    * Make sure you have all information labeled within the slide.

    (Example: Label the Theme:, Quotes:, Diction:, Shifts:, Tone):

     

    Poem/Song Note Cards:

    • Slide 1: Slide 1: - Introduce yourself, your theme, the title, genre and author of your work, then tell what the poem/song is basically about - the main idea (sum it up in one sentence)
    • Slide 2: Explain each of the four types of figurative language you used (4 literary devices) AND EXPLAIN WHY THEY WERE USED!
    • Slide 3: Explain how the diction contributes to the tone and explain the shifts - What is the shift? Example: Does the author’s attitude change from concerned to inspired? In what stanza or line?  Why? Is the song a duet where the shifts occur with a new singer? What is the tone of each speaker? How are they different?



     

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  • Monday and Tuesday, December 3 & 4

    Posted by Trisha Shea on 12/3/2018

    Freshmen: We are finishing our posters about elements of suspense and tension and meeting one-on-one about our poems and articles we have chosen for our final exam presentations. We also went over the requirements for the project. If you do not have the directions/requirements, you can get more copies in class! This is supposed to be completed in class for the next 3 days. PRESENTATION WORK BEGINS TOMORROW!

    Sophomores: We are finishing up our TPCASTT analysis on "Cat's in the Cradle and Invictus. The song was due Tuesday. Invictus, the poem, will be due tomorrow. As of last Friday, all students should have turned in their songs or poems for their presentations. If you need another copy of the directions/requirements, you can get more copies in class. This is supposed to be completed during class for the next 3 days. PRESENTATION WORK BEGINS TOMORROW!

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  • Wednesday and Thursday, November 28 & 29

    Posted by Trisha Shea on 11/28/2018

    Freshmen:

    We are spending these 2 days on reading the short story, "The Landlady", by Roald Dahl,  and taking notes on 4 ways the author creats tension and suspense in the story:

    1. Dramatic Irony (through clues and foreshadowing),

    2. Atmosphere (imagery in description of the setting),

    3. Style and Form (diction and sentence structure) and  4. Cliffhangers (what happens and what is implied that happens?)

     

    We also answered 2 questions about the story and turned in our work. Please get the questions in class. You can download a free pdf version of the story, "The Landlady" by Roald Dahl online. 

     

    Sophomores:

    We are spending these 2 days on reading and breaking down the meaning of the poem, "Valentine" by Carol Anne Duffy using a TPCASTT analysis chart. Please get your materials in class if you were absent and get a CAT30 pass, because this was a guided lesson with a group activity, and you will need some help!

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  • Wednesday, November 28

    Posted by Trisha Shea on 11/27/2018

    Freshmen:

    Today we will focus on  how authors create great suspenseful stories. We will locate evidence of foreshadowing and tension (suspense) in the short story, The Landlady. We are working in cooperative groups with discussion questions and highlighing and recording evidence for our story elements. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SELECTED A POEM AND AN ARTICLE FOR YOUR FINAL EXAM PRESENTATION WITH YOUR PARTNER!!! 
    THESE ARE DUE ON MONDAY!!!! YOU MUST BRING THEM TO CLASS PRINTED!

     

    Sophomores:

    Today we will finish our analysis for the poem, Valentine, and we will report who we are working with for our final exam presentations. Literary terms definitions are due today! BE SEARCHING FOR A SONG AND A POEM FOR YOUR FINAL PRESENTATION WITH YOUR PARTNER!!!! THESE ARE DUE ON FRIDAY - PRINTED!!!!!

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  • Tuesday, November 27

    Posted by Trisha Shea on 11/27/2018

    Freshmen: 

    Today we stated the main claim for the article, Good Relationships, and the theme statement for the short story, A Brother's Hands and turned in our annotations with the questions we finishe for homework last night. 

    We also chose partners and went over the details for our final exam presentations. If you were absent, we chose a partner for you. Please see me when you return. We spent the rest of the period searching for poetry and articles with related themes about Love (or "Anti-Love).

    If you did not select your poem and article, this is your homework. Printed copies of your selections are due on Monday, 12/3. Please tell me in advance if you need something printed at school. 

     

    Sophomores:

    Today we finished our discussion on the story and questions entitled "Lather and Nothing Else". We also took notes on literary terms to study, and we practiced (teacher modeled) breaking down a poem. 

    The poetry breakdown is not homework, BUT, you must finish your definitions for homework.

    If you did not select your POEM and SONG, this is your homework. Printed copies of your selections are due on Friday!!!. Please tell me in advance if you need something printed at school.

     

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