Jordan/Benvenga English 11

Dec. 12th – We will distribute materials for the District Writing Assessment and talk about what is needed for the format of the assessment. Students will begin working on the assessment by reading the material, creating a five paragraph (at least 5 sentences long) outline and research the topic farther by either using the links on this page or finding more evidence to support their stance online. 

Dec. 13th – Students will work to complete their rough drafts today so they are ready for peer reviews on Thursday.

Dec. 14th – Peer review and make corrections to their DWAs today. 

Dec. 15th – Final copies due in print form along with their Works Cited sheets. 


Links that might help with DWAs:




Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 – We will continue working on our five paragraph essays on the Second Ammendment. (Work grade will be taken)

Wednesday, Nov. 29th – Final peer review today and we will work on revisions on our essays.

Thursday, Nov. 30th – Final draft of the essays are due.

Friday, Dec. 1st – We will read an article and check for understanding. Grade will be taken.

We will check progress on the five paragraph essays on the right to keep and bear arms in class today. We will peer review in class today and a grade will be taken on the peer reviews, so make certain that your comments on other students’ papers benefit the writers.  

Both links below will take you to a different web page you will need to use the back arrow key to return to this site.

A more complete story about the California shooting; https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/california-shooting-rampage-leaves-7-year-old-boy-an-orphan/ar-BBF3vgi?li=BBnb7Kz

Here is the link to a short story about the ghost guns the California shooter used on Nov. 14, 2017 MSN: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/california-shooting-rampage-highlights-ghost-guns/ar-BBF3lmJ?li=BBnb7Kz

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 – Students will complete the outline template for writing a five paragraph persuasive essay. They will use as a basis their five sentence paragraph on the Second Ammendment. (grade)

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 –  After looking at the following websites:

Wiki How https://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Five-Paragraph-Essay?printable=yes&images=1

Jackson State Community College


Sample essay on plagiarism


students will type their rough draft on their five paragraph persuasive essay.

Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 – Students will peer review their essays and make recommended changes.

Friday, Nov. 17, 2018 – Students will read a newspaper article and complete the “Sum-it-up” worksheet. (grade)

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 – We will revise the paragraphs (grade) we wrote last week on the right to keep and bear arms (2nd ammendment). After rereading the 2nd ammendment, we will learn more about the Texas shooter who killed 26 people in church this past Sunday by reading an online article and watching a vidoe about the U.S. Air Force’s error that allowed him to purchase firearms despite being dishonorably discharged after serving a year for domestic violence against his wife and stepson. Following discussion, we will reread the first ammendment about the freedom of speech and then read about Michelle Carter who encourage her boyfriend via text and phone calls to commit suicide. Discuss whether she crossed the line.

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 –  We will continue to look at other court cases that address the freedom of speech and the press. We will read one article that is headed to the Supreme court and complete the Current Event worksheet for a grade.

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 – We will look at discuss the America’s history timeline of event leading up to and following the Revolutionary War as we prepared to look at the Articles of Confederation.

Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 – We will read an article and complete a Summary-Go-Round on an article. 


Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 – We will read the Bill of Rights and discuss what they mean. Mr. Benvenga has prepared additional materials for this. 

Wednesday, Nov. 1st – We will look at the “Right to Bear Arms” and discuss gun control. Students will write a 5 sentence paragraph on their stance on the “Right to Bear Arms” Second Amendment.

Thursday, Nov. 2nd – We will look at several articles about the Freedom of Speech and discuss them. Revise paragraph for a grade. 

Friday, Nov. 3rd – We read an news article and complete a current news article worksheet (for a grade).

Tuesday, Oct. 24th – We will complete a crossword puzzle  on our vocab words. Watch short segments about Navy Seal fake news and complete worksheet on news and talk about the power of words and reliable resources. Finally we will edit the five sentence paragraph written last week.

Wednesday, Oct 25th – We will read the intro to Thomas Paine’s “Of Common Sense” on page 86 of our text. Then we will read the exerpt from “On Common Sense” in our textbooks (pages 87-89). We will discuss Paine and his peers and the mood that was in the colonies. We will then ask students if the mood then reflects anything in our current time. 

Thursday, Oct 26th – We will read page 92 which is an introduction to the Declaration of Indpendence. Followed by the Declaration itself on pages 93-96 in our textbooks. If time allows we will also read pages 97-98 which is the Bill of Rights. 

Tuesday, Oct 17th – We will recap Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God and look up the vocabulary words from the text. Write definitions and use the words correctly in a sentence. Read the Introduction to Part 3 in our text books on page 69.

Wednesday, Oct. 18th – We will read and discuss the background information on Benjamin Frianklin page 70-71, then a portion of his autobiography (72-75) followed by the informational text on pages 76-77. 

Franklin's 13 virtues

An article that appeared in The New Yorker in which Franklin, who was 81, addressed his concerns about The Constitution.

Thursday, Oct. 19th –  We will read background information on Patrick Henry’s speech at the Virginia Convention (pg 80). Then listen and read the speech (pg 81-83). Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death speech by Patrick Henry.

The students will write a five sentence paragraph about a speech or piece of advice given to them that inspired them to action.

Friday, Oct. 20th – We will take a matching quiz on vocabulary words and read an article about “fake news.” 

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 – Complete audio work and wrap up final touches on the commercials today. (We will take a work grade today.)

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 – Watch your commercials, with time for comments and discussion at the end of each commercial. If time allows We will read page 52 of our text and talk about the role of religion in the early colonies by looking at the New England Primer

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 –  We will read page 54 in our text, which will help build background for the video clip “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXOOPsgvC94. We will listen for the “the bow of God’s wrath...” and read along in our text as we listen to the rest of the passage. Next, we will read page 58 in our textbook, and we will identify vocabulary words from the “Sinners” to add to our list. Finally, we will write a 5 sentence paragraph defining what a person good is. Remember to write in complete sentences and include a topic sentence.

Next week – Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine and more as the colonies move toward independence. 

Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 – Teacher In-service – No Class – Enjoy your Friday

Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 – We will identify our video progress, including audio portion of our assigned colonies: Wyoming – Ethan and Teegan, Devils Tower – Calvin and Jack,  Sundance – Brendan and Preston. We will walk to the museum for any last footage and then return to work on the audio portion of our commercials. (We will take a participation grade today)

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 – We will wrap up work on the commercials for this project and prepare for presentations tomorrow. (we will take a work grade today.)

Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 – Watch your commercials, with time for comments and discussion at the end of each commercial. If time allows we will watch a short clip (7 minutes) of Sinners in the Hands of Angry God by Jonathan Edwards to help set us up for the next unit.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXOOPsgvC94


September 26, 2017- We will finish and print our script rough drafts/or Inspiration outline before we leave to start filming our commercials.

September 27, 2017- We will continue filming and begin the editing process.

September 28, 2017 –  We will try to wrap up filming and editing today, our timeline might shift depending on difficulties with technology. 

September 29, 2017 – Teacher in-service – Enjoy your three day weekend!

Sept. 19th – 5 Sentence Paragraph due from our trip to the Crook County Museum. Students must write in complete sentences and include a topic sentence. Students will use Inspiration to brainstorm their ideas for creating a commercial for their assigned location. Devils Tower group has a phone interview with the park superintendent at 2 pm.

Sept 20th – Students will continue to brain-storm while the rest of the class is enjoying an art field trip.

Sept. 21st – Students will begin writing their script for their commercials during the class period. 

Sept. 22nd – Students will work on their commercial scripts and hand in a rough draft or outline (can be from their brainstorm session in Inspiration).


Objective: To set the framework for a short project-based lesson on selling colonial America, students will create a short commercial on their assigned “colony.” (SL.11-12.5) Making strategic use of digital media in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.

Tuesday, Sept. 12.-- Students will watch a portion of a video from: The Story of Us about the Virginia Colony and the Plymouth Colony to help build their understanding of the hardships of early colonial life. Video is set up on the computer attached to the TV via HDMI cord. Mr. Benvenga will ask questions & answer students’ questions to check/guide student understanding. Mr. Benvenga will hand out the “Selling Colonial America” rubric and worksheet. Discussion to follow. If time allows students will watch a “Pure Michigan” commercial, as an example of what they are to create. (The link to the Pure Michigan commercial is here) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DuFujGCswU 

Wednesday, Sept. 13 – Students will work in their small groups on the Selling Colonial America project to complete their worksheets. They will brainstorm ideas that they will want to include in their commercials and if they are ready they will start writing a script for their commercials.

Thursday, Sept. 14 – Students will continue working on their project and prepare to record their commercials. 


There is a quiz on Friday, Sept. 1st, over these words. Prepare for it by using the worksheets you completed in class to review.
















John Smith is famous for his role in establishing Jamestown, VA, the first permanent English settlement in North America, as well as his time with Indian princess, Pocahontas.

Watching this video will help students understand the group dynamics of the settlers and help build background understanding of establishment of the Jamestown Colony in Virginia.

Captain John Smith