Archive | December, 2015

Happy Holidays and Enjoy Your Break!

23 Dec


I hope you all enjoy your Holidays and get to spend them with the ones you love! Have a great break!

1984 Vocabulary; Of Mice And Men

21 Dec

12th Grade: You will be assigned a set of 10 vocabulary words from 1984. Then create a PowerPoint Presentation of 10 slides. Each slide will contain one word with the definition,  a picture from the internet that helps illustrate the word’s meaning, and a sentence using the word and that ties in with the word and the picture (do not use the sample sentence).

1984 Vocab page 1
1984 Vocab page 2

Example Slide:

Intelligence (n) the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills


Thanks to her intelligence, Ronnie earned an A+ on her report card.


9th Grade: We will continue reading Of Mice and Men.


Reminder, if you have not turned in your tribute piece, you must use an extension and have it in by tomorrow, Tuesday 12/22.

Student Examples of Tributes; Reading…

16 Dec


Today we will read two student examples of tribute pieces:

Each one of these pieces makes great use of our skills, especially: extended metaphor, rule of 3s, anaphora, allusion… Notice how “One Sweet Day” refers to the song “One Sweet Day.”

9th Grade will continue reading Of Mice and Men

12th Grade will listen to Is Your Phone Eavesdropping On You

On My First Son

15 Dec

NPG 2752; Benjamin Jonson by Abraham van Blyenberch

Today we will continue our exploration of the Tribute piece. We will read “On My First Son” by Ben Jonson.

Skill: Iambic Pentameter

Skill: Iambic Pentameter- rhythmic writing, in which a line is composed of 5 iams. An iam is a combination of two syllables, 1 unstressed and 1 stressed.  Each line therefore has 10 syllables.

On My First Son

Farewell, thou child of my right hand, and joy;
My sin was too much hope of thee, loved boy.
Seven years thou wert lent to me, and I thee pay,
Exacted by thy fate, on the just day.
Oh, could I lose all father now! For why
Will man lament the state he should envy?
To have so soon ‘scaped world’s and flesh’s rage,
And if no other misery, yet age!
Rest in soft peace, and, asked, say, “Here doth lie
Ben Jonson his best piece of poetry.”
For whose sake, henceforth, all his vows be such
As what he loves may never like too much.


Tribute Pieces; Dear Basketball

14 Dec


Today we will begin discussing our third writing piece, the Tribute piece. For this piece you will pay tribute, show respect, appreciation, etc. to someone or something important to you in your life. You may choose to write in normal prose or poetry forms.

Here is a few examples :Dear Basketball Kobe Bryant , Dear Basketball MICHAEL JORDAN  we will read these and compare and contrast them.


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

Skill- Epistolary:

-a piece of writing written as a letter. Both Michael Jordan’s and Kobe Bryant’s pieces are in epistolary form.

Reading Assignment 2 is Due; Reading

11 Dec

Today reading assignment 2 is due. You will be giving your 30 News Reports as well.

9th Grade will continue reading Of Mice and Men

12th Grade will begin listening to this podcast: Is Your Phone Eavesdropping On You

Working on Reading Assignment

10 Dec

Today we will be in the computer lab/library to work on our reading assignment which is due Friday.

Period 1 D114
Period 4 Library
Period 5 A206
Period 8 A206