Archive | October, 2011

Tuesday Nov. 1st

31 Oct


11th:Vocab 11 unit 3


12th:Vocab 12 unit 3



…Discuss Vocabulary project…

*Friday Independent Essays are due!

Monday Oct 31st Halloween!!

30 Oct

Discuss literary genre of Satire.

Definition via Wikipedia:

Satire is primarily a literary genre or form, although in practice it can also be found in thegraphic and performing arts. In satire, vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up toridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, and society itself, into improvement.[1]Although satire is usually meant to be funny, its greater purpose is often constructive social criticism, using wit as a weapon.

A common feature of satire is strong irony or sarcasm—”in satire, irony is militant”[2]—butparodyburlesqueexaggeration, juxtaposition, comparison, analogy, and double entendre are all frequently used in satirical speech and writing. This “militant” irony or sarcasm often professes to approve of (or at least accept as natural) the very things the satirist wishes to attack.

Satire is nowadays found in many artistic forms of expression, including literature, plays, commentary, and media such as lyrics.

Read Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” 

View and discuss The Simpsons Raven Parody.

Thursday October 27th

27 Oct

Using your poem in progress, make some revisions as outlined in the following document: poetry revisions

Completed poems are due in class tomorrow, typed! We will be working on our reflections: Piece Reflections and labeling our skills used.


Don’t forget to continue with your independent reading!! Independent reading essay is due Friday November 4th!



Monday- Wednesday Oct. 26th

26 Oct


11: vocab 11 unit 2 PDF  Write a sentence and draw a picture for each word

12: vocab 12 unit 2 Complete vocab 12 Unit 2 – Ditto and, on the back, write a sentence and draw a picture for each word.



Our next writing piece is a poem.  Each student must have a completed original poem, typed, in class on Friday.

On Tuesday we discussed the sonnet and read Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare.

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? 
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date: 

Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm’d; 
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’d;

But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest: 

So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.

Shakespearean sonnets abide by the following conventions:

    • 14 lines
    • 3 quatrains (quatrain is a four line stanza)
    • 1 couplet (couplet is a two line stanza)
    • Rhyme Scheme: abab cdcd efef gg
    • Usually a turning point or “volta” at the third stanza, where the poem shifts and marks a revelation or epiphany.  (Sets up the “Punchline” of the poem, which lies in the final couplet).
Reminder!! Make sure you have selected a book for independent reading.  Each student must turn in an essay about the use of 3 literary devices or skills used in the book of his/her choice. This assignment is due Friday November 4th.

Tues-Thurs Oct. 18-20th

20 Oct

Go over and study different poems from various authors and students: Poetry examples and terms


By the end of the week, you should have written at least three poems…

1-Quick Writes: Think of a person who is important to you… write the following

“What you remember about that person”

“What you know about that person”

“What you don’t tell that person”

Select various lines and words from your response and construct lines of free verse poetry from your selections.

2-Write some haikus! A haiku is a three line poem following the format: 1st line 5 syllables, 2nd line 7 syllables, 3rd line 5 syllables. Haiku examples.

3-Create a “found poem” of at least ten lines.  Found poetry is created by using words from various sources.  You can “find” words and phrases anywhere (newspapers, books, songs, conversations) be creative.





Monday October 17th

17 Oct

All Classes:

*Complete Reflection for your writing piece (11R: Critical Lens, 12H: College Essay

*Select a book of your choice for independent reading.  We have finished reading our first book and will not begin another for at least a week, now is a great time to get some reading done!


12H:  Reading Assignment 3:  Your Opinion (back up with facts from the book):

Chris McCandless: noble, if misguided, idealist or a reckless narcissist who brought pain to his family?

Friday October 14th

14 Oct

11R:  Discuss conclusion paragraphs, work on critical lens in class

Homework: critical lens is due Monday typed, double spaced, 12pt. font


12H: Vocabulary unit one exercise: acting out words to enhance comprehension

Homework: College Essay due Monday typed, double spaced, 12pt. font


Have A Great Weekend!

Thursday Oct. 13th

13 Oct

11th Grade:

Work on Critical Lens essays…

Night Critical Lens

Homework: be sure to bring in at least one body paragraph

12th Grade:

Work on college essays.  Form small groups and share ideas.

Homework: Bring in typed copy of college essay.

Wed October 12th

13 Oct

11th Grade:

Skill: use specific details- use specific events that happened in the text as support.  Saying the Nazi’s were cruel to Elie and his father is a general statement.  Telling how Elie’s father was beaten for asking where the bathroom was and detailing the 50+ mile march through the snow are both specific examples.

-Discuss common literary devices in most works of literature :Setting, conflict, theme, symbols

-Work on Critical Lens body paragraphs

Critical Lens Introduction

Critical Lens Part II


12th Grade:

Socratic Seminar, discuss Into The Wild and lyrics from the soundtrack to the film.

Into the Wild Soundtrack Lyrics

Tuesday October 11th

11 Oct

Welcome back, I hope you had a great weekend.

11th Grade:  review Critical Lens introductions

-work on critical lens essays


12th Grade: work on college essays

-Skill:  Showing Not Telling– Not telling the readers a character is mean, for example,  but showing them through example (he tripped me in the hallway, threw French fries at me during lunch…)


-Skill: Use better verbs that are more descriptive.  “Walk” doesn’t say much.  Try more descriptive synonyms “skipped” “hobbled” “stumbled”  “strut”