Archive | April, 2016

Turn in Anthem Piece; Get Independent Reading Book

22 Apr

Today the Anthem Piece is due. Fill out the rubric and label your skills before turning in. Remember, there is no extension on this piece.

Find a Book at the Library

We will be going to the library a few minutes into class. There you will find a book of your own choosing for independent reading.

Here’s a bunch of links to popular books for high school students

The Best Young Adult Books of 2015

The Acoustic Cafe

Tonight at the Sachem East Auditorium, the Acoustic Cafe will be held. This is one of my favorite nights of the year at Sachem. Students and teachers perform music for each other. I will be there, helping out, recording the show, and performing.  Come on down!!

Here’s video from last year’s show.

Have a Great Spring Break!


Work on Anthem Piece in Library

21 Apr

Today we are working on our Anthem Piece in the library.

Please remember, there is no extension for this piece. You must bring in your assignment, typed, tomorrow!

I will be going around the room helping people with their piece. Please make the most of this time and let me know if you are stuck or need help.

Work on Anthem Piece

20 Apr

Quote of the Day:

“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.” -Elie Wiesel

Further thoughts on the topic, from Seth Godin’s blog:


Not voting leads to an outcome as much as voting does. You’re still responsible, even if you didn’t actively participate.

In any situation, not stating your opinion allows things to move forward. Silence is not nothing, it is still an action.

No sense hiding, from yourself or anyone else.

The Anthem Piece

By now you should have found a way to identify yourself. Potential examples: I am high school student, I am a student athlete, I am a (insert sport) player, I am a dancer, I am a musician, I am an artist, I am a son/daughter/brother/sister/friend, I am an angry teenager, I am a confused teenager, etc .

In your notebook, write some of the things you know. Refer to our example piece. Notice how specific the writer is, even referring to actually people by name and situations that occurred.

The Anthem Piece

19 Apr


The Anthem Piece

An Anthem is a piece of writing or song that highlights and celebrates the qualities and characteristics of a particular group. Think of the national anthem for the United States. It touches on our values (freedom, bravery, liberty) as Americans, and how Americans are willing to fight for those values (bombs bursting in air… our flag was still there).

Today we will be discussing the Anthem Piece. For this piece you will write about what it means to be you. Focus on some aspect of your life. Are you an athlete, brother, sister, son, daughter, an employee somewhere, video gamer, a die-hard fan of someone or something? At the very least, all of you are teenagers on Long Island, New York, and the United States. How do you identify yourself.

Here is a Great Example Piece by someone who identifies himself as a Stop and Shop employee.

9th Grade: I will check and go over your questions on The Cask of Amontillado.  We also have a new skill: Dramatic Irony

12th Grade: Write about your weekend (senior trip).  Then rewrite some sentences in your entry with the new skill: Starting Sentences with -ing Words.


Cask of Amontillado Questions

18 Apr

Quick Writes:

  1. What are your thoughts on your first name? What does it mean? Why were you named it? Does it fit you?
  2. What are your thoughts on your last name? What does it mean to be a member of your family? How are you like other members of your family? How are you different?
  3. How would you describe yourself? Are there interests you have that define you? Are you an athlete, musician, artist, video gamer? How would you label yourself?

9th Grade:

Complete the following questions on “The Cask of Amontillado“. Tomorrow I will check your notebook for these questions, as well as the Reading Plan for “The Gift of the Magi.”


The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

15 Apr


9th Graders:

Today we will read The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe. Here’s a link to the full text.

Seniors Enjoy your Trip!

Finish Stories, Complete Reading Plan

14 Apr


Today we will finish our short stories (9-The Gift of the Magi; 12th-Harrison Bergeron ) and complete a reading plan in our notebook.

Reading Plan-complete the following items about the story.

Who– Who are the Characters, describe them, what is their relationship to each other?

What– Plot and conflicts in the story

When and Where– The setting

Why– The theme, message, author’s purpose

How– Narrator’s Point of View, Literary devices used to convey the theme and tell the story.

Short Stories

13 Apr

After we go over the vocabulary words, we will begin short stories.

9th Grade: The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

12th Grade: Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut


12 Apr

In your notebooks, define the following words. Write a sentence for each, and draw a picture that is related to the word.

9th Grade Period 1, 4, 8:

  1. Stagnant
  2. Candid
  3. Impartial
  4. Discern
  5. Vulnerable
  6. Hypocritical
  7. Eccentric
  8. Disdain
  9. Abstract
  10. Valid


12th Grade Period 5:

  1. Bucolic
  2. Pretentious
  3. Convivial
  4. Discreet
  5. Fabricate
  6. Gesticulate
  7. Laud
  8. Belabor
  9. Didactic
  10. Histrionic

Quarterly Exam Today; Revisions Due Tomorrow

7 Apr


Today all classes will be taking a Quarterly Exam.

Tomorrow all revisions are due!

Monday is our Notebook Check!

The Third Quarter is ending!