This week in Ms. Alba’s Class: 12.16-12.20

Mexican American Literature: Period 1

This week scholars in Mexican American Literature and Culture will identify character traits and actions of CORRIDO HERO ARCHETYPE to compare Gregorio Cortez and Joaquin Murrieta and use their perspectives in Dialogue Poems.  

Monday: Watch Film:  The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez written by Americo Paredes & Victor Villaseñor 

Tuesday: Watch Film:  The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez written by Americo Paredes & Victor Villaseñor 

Wednesday: Finish Film and Analyze Corrido Archetypes

Thursday: 1.) Gregorio Cortez: the myth &  the man

Friday: 1.) Corridos as Counternarratives Unit Debrief Poems

AP Seminar: Period 2 & 3

This week, AP Seminar scholars will rehearse and present “What if @ Grove?” Team Multimedia Presentations.

Monday: TMP Dress Rehearsal w/ TMP Rubric and Scoring Notes from Ms. Alba

Tuesday: 1.) Sample TMP #2 2.) TMP Revisions

Wednesday: TMP Revisions

Thursday: TMP Revision

Friday: Final Presentations

English 3P Honors: Period 5 & 6

This week, scholars in English 3P Honors will study the features of Transcendentalism and identify the character traits of Romantic heroes such as Hester Prynne in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter.  

Monday: 1.)  Why are Imagery and Metaphor important in Transcendentalist writing? 2.) Read “Nature” and “Self-Reliance” by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3.)The Scarlet Letter Literary Circles Ch. 1-5

H.W. Ch. 1-5 Summary: What characteristics and actions identify Hester Prynne as a ROMANTIC HERO?  Read and Summarize Ch. 7-10: How does the town view Pearl?  How do their opinions about Pearl reveal R

Tuesday: 1.) Introduction to Henry David Thoreau 2.) Read from “Walden” in Textbook pp. 207-216

WednesdayTranscendentalism Philosophical Chairs

ThursdayThe Scarlet Letter Literary Circles Ch. 6-10

Friday: Romanticism & The Scarlet Letter Ch. 1-10 Progress Check

I.  Can you define Romanticism, identify its features, and compare these among Transcendentalist and Dark Romantics.

II.  Can you describe the Romantic Hero and analyze these character traits in The Scarlet Letter’s protagonist, Hester Prynne?

Part III: Can you summarize the events which take place in Chapters 6-10 and identify examples of ROMANTIC features in Chapters 6-10?


This week in Ms. Alba’s Class: 12.9-12.13

Mexican American Literature: Period 1

This week, students will compare the corridos “El Corrido de Joaquin Murrieta” and “El Corrido de Gregorio Cortez” to their historical context and film adaptations.

Monday: 1.) Review Corridos 2.) Read and Question “El Corrido de Joquin Murrieta” 3.) Watch “The Head of Joaquin Murrieta” by John Valadez

Tuesday: Finish “The Head of Joaquin Murrieta” 2.) El Corrido de Gregorio Cortez

Wednesday: Watch “El Corrido de Gregorio Cortez

Thursday: Watch “El Corrido de Gregorio Cortez”

Friday: Dialogue Poems Joaquin Murrieta & Gregorio Cortez

AP Seminar: Period 2 & 3

This week, AP Seminar students will use ACOVA and PVLEGS to practice presenting effective “What if @ Grove” Proposals to peers.

Monday: (In)Effective Team Collaboration and Team Agreements

Tuesday: Performance Models

Wednesday: Performance Prep

Thursday: Performance Prep

Friday: Present to AP Research Students

English 3P Honors: Period 5 & 6 

This week, English 3P Honors will be able to define Romanticism and identify its features in a text.  

Monday: 1.) 3-2-1 Check in 2.) Introduction to Introduction to American Romanticism

Tuesday: 1. The Scarlet Letter Set up 2. Identify Romantic features in “Thanatopsis” by Willaim Cullen Bryant.

Wednesday: Lines of Communication “Thanatopsis” by William Cullen Bryant

Thursday: Transcendentalism Gallery Walk

H.W. and Ch. 1-5 of The Scarlet Letter by MONDAY 12. 16 and complete Chapter Summary that answers focus question: Who is Hester Prynne? What are her character traits?  How do these chapters reveal the qualities of the ROMANTIC HERO?


This week in Ms. Alba’s Class: 12.2-12.6

Mexican American Literature and Culture: Period 1Joaquin Murrieta

After analyzing POINT OF VIEW in popular corridos students will be able to identify central argument and purpose of archetype by completing analytical summaries, SOAPS Analysis, and writing their own corrido based on important post-Mexican American war figure.

Monday: Non-Student Day

Tuesday: 1.  Recall 2. Lalo Alcaraz Background 3. “Never Forget” Ekphrastic Poem

Wednesday: 1. “El Corrido” Quick Analysis?  2.) Corridos Notes

Thursday: El Corrido de Joaquin Murrieta

Friday: Guest Speaker Gustavo Arellano, staff writer for The LA Times 

AP Seminar: Period 2 & 3

This week after  analyzing TMP Rubric and reviewing recommendations of “Death by Powerpoint”, AP SEMINAR SCHOLARS will deliver draft presentations in ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION FORMAT.  

Monday: Non-Student Day

TuesdayPresentation Prep: a.) TMP Directions b.) TMP Rubric b.) Presentation Structure

Wednesday: Presentation Preparation

Thursday: Presentation Preparation: What are your Disciplinary Lenses?

Friday:  Presentation Drafts Due Roundtable Rehearsals

English 3P Honors: Period 5 & 6

This week after sharing and revising PROGRESS CHECK 2.1 of Collection 2: Building a Democracy, English 3PH scholars will participate in a structured debate and write an argument in the DISTRICT WRITING ASSESSMENT.

Monday: Non-Student Day

Tuesday: Debate Prep :Rubric

Wednesday: Debate Day 1 a.) Period 5 Scoring Form b.) Period 6 Scoring Form

Thursday: Debate Day 2

Friday: District Writing Assessment