Archive | September, 2020

Showing Not Telling and Memoir Writing

30 Sep

Quick Writes: Brainstorm some experiences from your life (a list and incomplete sentences are ok; just collect as many idea as you can. The more the better!)

  • an accomplishment
  • a failure
  • a time you overcame adversity
  • a first time
  • a last time
  • a fight
  • a victory
  • a loss
  • a strange coincidence
  • fish out of water story
  • leaving
  • arriving
  • favorite/ least favorite memory
  • a mistake
  • a beginning
  • an ending

Skill: Showing Not Telling

Showing not Telling- instead of telling us something, show us! If you do a good enough job showing, then you don’t have to tell.


Telling: Roger is mean.

Showing: Roger tripped me in the hallway. At lunch, in between harassing freshmen, he was throwing french fries at our table.

Telling: The girls were excited.

Showing: Giggles and screams filled the arena. The soft curls were now damp with perspiration and the anticipation of the event. They held tight to each other in a mock effort to contain themselves. Arms flailed upward, and voices echoed in varying tones. The moment was here.

Telling: The room was vacant.

Showing: The door opened with a resounding echo that seemed to fill the house. Cob webs once attached flowed freely in the air as the open door brought light to a well worn floor. The light gave notice to the peeling paint on the walls and to the silhouettes once covered by pictures. The new air gave life to a stuffiness that entrapped the room. Faded and torn white sheets covered once new furniture now drowning in dust.

More in depth discussion Herehere, here, and here,

In 3-5 sentences in your notebook, show the following situations:

  • School is weird this year.
  • I feel nervous.

Six Word Memoir

Memoir – a type of writing in which the author tells a story from his/her life.

Listen to this broadcast about 6 word memoirs. Then write 3 6 word memoirs about yourself.


25 Sep

Update to Write an Email Mr. Mitch Beavis Assignment

Please send the email to

Unfortunately, your Sachem email accounts cannot email outside of the world.

To accommodate for this inconvenience, the assignment due date has been moved.

I will show you how to access your sent emails so you can copy and paste them into a new email to


Today we will look at our first two vocabulary words: Optimistic and Pessimistic from our 9th Grade Vocabulary list.

Quick Writes:

  • Write about something you are optimistic about.
  • Write about something you are pessimistic about.
  • Name one optimistic and one pessimistic person you know.
  • Do you think it is better to be an optimist or a pessimist? Why?

Noticing Sensory Imagery

23 Sep

Quick Write: Look back to your goals you wrote about on the first day of school (September 9th or 10th). What are some small actions you can take everyday to help move forward towards achieving these goals?

Sensory Imagery

Sensory Imagery: descriptive language that uses any of the five sense (sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch).

Our five senses are how we experience the world.  Without them, how would we know what is going on around us?  How would we even know anything is going on around us at all?

Describe the input your five senses are receiving to help your reader understand what it was like to experience what you are writing about.

Quick Write: In your notebook, spend the next two minutes noticing anything you can see, smell, hear, taste, or feel.

Sensory Imagery Activity

Come up with three descriptions, using sensory imagery, for each the the following scenarios. Use as many of the five senses as you can.

The stadium was crowded.

The cookies are delicious.

The beach was beautiful.

There is so much traffic on the Long Island Expressway.

My alarm is going off in the morning.

Email Assignment – Limiting Beliefs

21 Sep

limiting belief is a state of mind, conviction or belief that you think to be true that limits you in some way. 

Quick Write: Do you know anyone who has limiting beliefs about their life? Have you ever had a limiting belief that you found out wasn’t true? Do you think you might currently be living with any limiting beliefs? Explain.

Email to Mr. Mitch Beavis Assignment

Now that we have learned how to write effective emails (here are the notes), your assignment is to write an email to the fictional Mr. Mitch Beavis.

Here is the assignment:

How to Write Effective Emails

17 Sep

Quick Write: What is the main point of the video? Why does the speaker discuss a history of the universe? How can you apply this information to your own life?

How to Write Effective Emails

Today we will go over how to write effective emails. It’s likely you will be sending more emails than ever. Learn how to present yourself in the best possible manner, show respect and appreciation for who you are writing, and clearly communicate your needs so you can get what you want!

Here are the notes:

Notebooks and Paragraphs

15 Sep

Quick Write: How was your remote learning experience last spring? What were the parts you liked, what were the parts you disliked? In viewing the video above, what struggles do you think are represented here?

Notebook Grading

We will review the grading and expectations for your notebook.

Organizing Ideas Into Paragraphs

One of the most important aspects of your writing is organization. If your writing is not organized, it will be difficult for your reader to follow what you are saying.

Here are the notes.

Letter to Your Future Self

11 Sep

Quick Write: How do you feel you are using your time in life so far? Are you wasting it or making the most of it? What areas could you improve?

The Ideal Graduate

Here are some of the characteristics the class came up with for the ideal graduate. We will keep these big picture ideas in mind during the school year:

Hard working, flexible, compassionate, good social skills, creative, open minded, caring, respectful, determined, knows how to seek help, helps others, know how to learn, critical thinking, to know what information to believe.

Letter To Future Self

Today we will work on the Letter to Your Future Self. Use the goals you wrote about in your notebook last time.

Join our Newsela Class:

Newsela is a site for reading comprehension that we will be using.

Period 4:

Period 5:

The First Day of School!

9 Sep
“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.” – Henry Ford

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.” – Henry Ford

Getting to Know Each Other

We will go around the room, state our names, answer 2 “would you rathers,” and say one thing we like to do with our free time.

Would You Rather…

  • go to the beach in the summer or skiing in the winter?
  • be super famous and poor or unknown and rich?
  • live on the beach or in a cabin in the woods?
  • lose your sense of taste or your sense of smell?
  • live on a houseboat or in an RV?
  • live in space or under the sea?
  • be able to talk with animals or speak all foreign languages?
  • be able to fly or be invisible?
  • never eat your favorite five foods again or only eat your favorite five foods for the rest of your life?
  • have more time or more money?
  • listen to music or play sports

Class Supplies

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Marble Composition Notebook
Every student needs to have a marble composition notebook, exclusively for English class. Your notebook is a major part of the class and your grade. I will give you more details in the next few days. PS, these are currently on sale for $.50 at Staples.

Quick Write Journal Entry

What are some goals you have for the 2020-2021 school year? These can be personal and/or academic.

The Ideal Graduate

On Google Classroom, complete the Ideal Graduate form.

2020-2021 Google Classroom Links

6 Sep

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!
Here are our Google Classroom links and join codes.

English 9/10 ENL Period 1
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English 9R Period 4
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English 9R Period 5
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English 9/10 ENL Period 6
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English 9AIS Period 8
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