Prep for Midterm; Ralph Waldo Emerson

20 Jan


9th Grade:

Today we will be going over the responses for the MLK Jr. speech, to prepare us for the midterm.

Midterm Tuesday January 24th at 8am.
Room Assignments:

Period 3- A312
Period 7- A308
Period 8 – A328

If you have been told to go to a different room for test mods, report to that room.

12th Grade:

Today we will read the work of one of Chris McCandless’ heroes, Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Self Reliance.”Excerpt from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay

In your notebook complete a SOAPSTONE for the piece. Also choose a quote from the text that you think is the most important line in the piece and explain.

Computer Lab-MLK Midterm Practice; Work Habits Grade

19 Jan

Today our classes will meet in room A206.

9th Grade: Work on the following written prompt for the Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have a Dream” speech.  Here is the full text of the speech. Post your answer on Kidblog.

Your Task: 

Closely read the speech and write a well-developed, text-based response of two to three paragraphs. In your response, identify a central idea in the text and analyze how the author’s use of one writing strategy (literary element or literary technique or rhetorical device) develops this central idea. Use strong and thorough evidence from the text to support your analysis. Do not simply summarize the text.



12th Grade: On Kidblog, please evaluate your work habits for the second quarter. Review the class notes here, and provide a thoughtful and honest assessment of your work habits this quarter. Give yourself a grade for your work habits and justify it through specific details. Write in paragraph form, no bullets.

Consider the following in your response:

  • Are your working to the best of your ability?
  • Could you have done better? How?
  • What did you do well?
  • How can you improve next quarter?
  • Review the positive and negative columns in the notes, which apply to you, and which do not.

This assignment will be factored into your work habits grade. So, the more thorough, realistic, and honest you are, the higher your work habits grade will be.

“I Have a Dream” Skill: Anaphora

18 Jan

Notebooks Are Due Today!

Make sure you have your notebook in class. Number your pages.

Skill: Anaphora

A technique King uses to emphasize his points is Anaphora, a special type of repetition.

Anaphora- the first word repeater. By repeating the first word(s) of a sentence, you drive your point home.

Example from Winston Churchill during World War II:
We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shallfight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender.”

An anaphora makes the listeners/readers predict what you are about to say.  It has a subconscious effect of creating harmony with them, because they know what to expect.  Listeners/readers that feel harmonious with you are more likely to believe you and be convinced by you.

More examples here and here.

View MLK’s speech and go over yesterday’s work.


“I Have A Dream”

17 Jan

Today we will be looking at Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.


12th Grade: Create a SOAPSTONE for the speech, in your notebook.

9th Grade: Answer the following questions and be sure to give evidence from the speech to support your answer.

  1. What is MLK’s main purpose in the speech?
  2. What literary device is King using when he references “Five score years ago” and the “Emancipation Proclamation?”
  3. On page 122, paragraph 2, what does King mean by “a check which has come back marked ‘insufficient funds’?” What literary device is at work in this section?
  4. What is King’s main point in the last paragraph on page 122?
  5. Why does King use so much repetition? Give an example of his repetition and explain its purpose.
  6. Based on his speech, explain King’s personality (Characterization).

STEAL Charts Due; Grade Reports

12 Jan


2nd Quarter Grades So Far…

Today you will get your quarter grades thus far. Bring home the letter with your grade and get it signed for a homework assignment.

Don’t forget! Notebooks are due Wednesday 1/18!

9th Grade:

We finished chapter 2 of Of Mice and Men. I will check your STEAL Charts for George and Lennie.

Define the following words and write a sentence and draw a picture for each word.

  • Recumbent
  • Scowl
  • Pantomine
  • Contemplate
  • Anguish
  • Laden
  • Mollify
  • Pugnacious
  • Ominous
  • Derogatory
  • Contort
  • Complacent
  • Euthanasia

12th Grade:

Today we will finish the Into the Wild film. I will check your STEAL Chart for the main character.

Continue Reading; STEAL Chart

11 Jan

Here’s an example of what a good STEAL Chart looks like, using Curley from Of Mice and Men as an example. Notice how it contains specific quotes and page numbers, as well and a short explanation of what that says about the character.



We will continue reading our books.

Continuing Our Books; STEAL Chart

10 Jan

9th Grade:

Today we began chapter two of Of Mice and Men.

Remember to complete a STEAL chart for George and Lennie.

12th Grade:

We continued Into the Wild.

Remember to complete a STEAL chart for Chris aka Alex Supertramp