Archive | January, 2015

Vocabulary and Social Commentary

6 Jan

Two Word Tuesday!

All Classes:
Satire: (N) the use of humor, irony, exaggeration to criticize and make statements.

Corroborate: (V) – to verify a story


Vagrant: (N) – a person without a home that wanders from place to place


Deride: (V) – to insult, express hatred towards

Listen to and analyze Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind”



Happy New Year, Welcome Back!

5 Jan

I hope you all had a great vacation, and that 2015 is your best year yet.


10th and 12th Grades:

All Classes:

  • Reading Reaction #2 will be on our class book (1984, To Kill a Mockingbird, or Of Mice and Men). So no need to do any outside reading.
  • Our next writing piece is a Social Commentary and it is due on Friday.
  • Thursday we will be in the computer lab a206 to type our pieces.

Quick Writes:

  1. How do you think 2015 will be? What do you look forward to?
  2. What are some things that annoy you?

Skill- Allusion: a reference to something that is commonly known (person, place, historical event, art, music, literature,etc) to convey larger meaning.


“Don’t act like a Romeo in front of her.”
– “Romeo” is a reference to Shakespeare’s Romeo, a passionate lover of Juliet, in “Romeo and Juliet”.
The rise in poverty will unlock the Pandora’s box of crimes.
– This is an allusion to one of Greek Mythology’s origin myth, “Pandora’s box”.
“This place is like a Garden of Eden.”
–This is a biblical allusion to the “garden of God” in the Book of Genesis.
“Hey! Guess who the new Newton of our school is?”
– “Newton”, means a genius student, alludes to a famous scientist Isaac Newton.  (from

We will listen to “My Generation” by The Who, and read a social commentary piece by a former student.