Archive | January, 2017

Of Mice and Men; The Privacy Paradox

31 Jan

Large Man Looking At Co-Worker With A Magnifying Glass

9th Grade:

Quick Write: Describe what an average day might look like for Curley’s wife.

Continue Reading Of Mice and Men, chapter 3.

12th Grade:

Quick Writes:

  • What social media services do you use?
  • What can you find out about a person through his/her social media?
  • Has anyone ever used information they found out about you on social media against you?

Listen to the follow podcast: Note to Self “Privacy Paradox”

Answer the following questions in your notebook:

  • What is the privacy paradox?
  • How do free apps, such as Facebook and Google, make money?
  • What types of information are technology companies collecting about their customers?
  • What are the challenges of privacy in the 21st century?
  • How do you feel about giving your private personal information to companies?
  • How do you see your real life vs your internet life?

Of Mice and Men; Self-Reliance

30 Jan

Quick Writes

  • How was the first half of your year academically?
  • What are some things you can do on a weekly basis to improve your grades?
  • How was the first half of your year socially?

12th Grade

We will finish reading “Self-Reliance” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

9th Grade

Plot vs Central/Controlling/Main Idea

Plot: The events of a story. Answers the question “What happens?”

Central/Controlling/Main Idea: The lesson, theme, message, and reason for the story. Answers the question “Why tell the story.”

We will continue reading Of Mice and Men.

Midterm Review; Senior Trip Meeting

23 Jan

9th Grade:

Today we will be reviewing for the midterm.

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

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

12th Grade:

We will be going to the auditorium for the senior trip meeting. Report to class for attendance.

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