Jordan/Benvenga English 11

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