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Vocabulary Work

21 Jan

Today we will be working on vocabulary.

Here are the worksheets:

12th Grade  Vocab 12 Unit 3 – Ditto

9th Grade  Vocab Unit #3-9th grade

10th Grade Vocab 10 unit 2 test

Tomorrow Notebooks will be checked!

Film vs Novel; Reading Reactions Due Friday

14 Jan

Today we will be viewing the film versions of our novels.  Please take note of any significant plot discrepancies you notice, and consider why movie directors/ producers would choose to change the story as they have.

Reading Reaction 2 is Due Friday

For reading reaction 2, you are asked to discuss any social commentary in our class novel (1984, To Kill a Mockingbird, or Of Mice and Men).  It should at least a page, double spaced with 12 point font.  Here’s a nice way to organize your response.

Body Paragraph 1:  Discuss any message or lesson the reader can take away from the story that relates to social commentary.  How does the author get across a message about the world we live in.  Give examples from the story.

Body Paragraph 2: Write about how that message relates to the world we live in.  Is it accurate?  What are some examples of events that support/refute the novel’s messages?

PS Notebooks Are Due Tuesday!


Social Commentary: Banksy, Calvin and Hobbes

7 Jan

Today we will spend a lot of time discovering topic ideas for our social commentary piece.

Quick Writes: For each of the following images, what statements are being made about society and perhaps life in general?

Calvin and Hobbes


Reading, Questions, and Quick Writes

17 Dec

12th Grade:

Quick Writes:

  1. Listen to Stevie Wonder’s Big Brother.  What elements of the story is he referring to? How is he comparing the condition of Oceania to his own?
  2. Look at the info-graph above.  What are the dangers of information being under control of a select few companies.  Are there benefits?

Complete the following questions on 1984 Section Two by Friday.

9th Grade:

Quick Write:  Write about a time you were bullied, picked on, or excluded from a group.  Who did you handle the situation?

Reading Of Mice and Men in class.

10th Grade:

Quick Write: Write about a time when you either took or did not take the moral high road.  Have you ever done something (or not done something) even though you didn’t want to, because it was the right thing to do?

Reading To Kill a Mockingbird, chapter 11-19.  Answer these questions To Kill A Mockingbird by Friday.

In Class Reading

3 Dec

Today we will continue reading our class reading (1984, Of Mice and Men, or To Kill a Mockingbird).

Tomorrow we will meet in room a206, to have a chance to type up our first reading reaction, which is due Friday.

Quick Writes and Descriptive Writing Drills

19 Nov

Quick Writes:

  • What are some things you are thankful for this year?
  • Take a minute to write a thank you note to someone in your life.  Be specific, thank them for something they did for you.  (You may choose to give this to them or you may not, but it might be nice 🙂
  • Who are the 5 people you are closest with?
  • Write down their good qualities.
  • Write down their bad qualities.

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with” -Jim Rohn

More Work with Descriptive Writing and Imagery

Notes:  Show!_Don’t_Tell_Writing_Lesson

Assignment: In your notebook, write at least 3 sentences about the either of the following scenarios.  Use more descriptive language, show don’t tell!

Maya won the race.


I was nervous for the roller coaster.

Assignment: In your notebook, write dialog for this scenario:  Mom was really mad that I was late for curfew.

100 Word Stories; Computer Lab a206

12 Nov

Today classes will meet in room a206.

We will visit the site http://100wordstory.org .  Once on the site, read a few stories until you find one you like.  From there, complete a quick write in your notebook in which you do the following:

  • What did you like about the story?
  • How is the author able to tell a story in just 100 words?
  • Are there any techniques the author uses that you can employ in your own story?

Review the 100 word story by a fellow student.  It’s a great example of making the most of every word!

100 word stories are due Friday!

Welcome to the Second Quarter; The Unreliable Narrator

5 Nov

Today marks the beginning of the second quarter.

Today we received our 2nd Quarter Rubric and a 2nd Quarter Grading chart, that will allow you to pay close attention to how you are doing this quarter.  Make the most of these resources; you can do as well as you want in this class.

Important Dates for the Second Quarter:

Writing Piece #1: Friday 11/14

Writing Piece #2: Tuesday 11/25

Writing Piece #3: Friday 12/12

Writing Piece #4: Friday 1/9

Reading Reaction #1: Friday 12/5

Reading Reaction #2: Friday 1/16
Notebook Check: Monday 1/26

Any Revisions are due Friday 1/16

The Unreliable Narrator

Skill: The Unreliable Narrator- a narrator you cannot trust.

ex: In the Catcher in the Rye, Holden, our narrator, tells us he is “the most terrific liar.”  How can we trust him to tell us the truth.  As a critical reader, this should make you question everything the narrator says.

Unreliable Narrator Activity:

We will listen to The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, a story that has a very unreliable narrator.  Answer the following questions (here is the full text):

  1. How does the narrator try to convince readers he isn’t crazy?
  2. How do you know he is crazy?
  3. Which events of the story do you not believe?
  4. Why does Poe chose to tell the story using a first person narrator? What are the benefits?

This will be collected at the end of class and counted as an assignment grade.

Don’t Forget About the Important Due Dates!

29 Oct

Period 1 will be meeting in a206 on Wednesday and Thursday.

Reading Reactions Due Friday

Our second and final reading reaction is due on Friday.  This paper should deal with 100 pages worth of independent reading.  Class readings do not count!

For this assignment, write about how the author uses any skills that we have covered. A complete list of skills are posted to the right, for your reference.  Give an example of the skill and explain how that skill helps develop the book you are reading.  The paper should be at least 1 typed page.  You may choose to discuss a small number of skills in great detail, or a larger number.  Just make sure it is at least 1 typed page.

Reading Reaction 2 is due Friday, in class.

Revisions on Writing Pieces

Any revisions on any writing piece must be in by Friday! The marking quarter ends in the middle of next week, so in order to receive credit, you must turn in your revisions this Friday October 31st.

Into the Wild Test; The Five Five Five Challenge Writing Piece

22 Oct

12th Grade:

Quick Write:  What is a position you have regarding the Sachem Scavenger Hunt; What is a position you disagree about regarding the hunt?

We will spend a few minutes discussing the layout for an editorial piece regarding the Sachem Scavenger Hunt Scandal.

  1. Title- The title should make a statement about your opinion that is clear for the reader
  2. Clear Thesis- Within your first paragraph you should be clearly stating what your opinion is, that you will prove in your editorial
  3. Give reasons why you think your opinion is valid.
  4. Mention an opposing viewpoint and explain why your viewpoint is better.
  5. Close by clearly reaffirming your viewpoint

Into the Wild Test in class.

Tomorrow we will work on the writing piece in class. It is due Friday.

9th and 10th Grade:

Quick Write:

  1. What kind of movies do you like best?
  2. Write down 3 random places.
  3. Write down 3 random objects.

We will begin our next piece, The Five Five Five Challenge (which is due Friday).   For this piece, you can write about anything you want, but you must do the following:

  1. Use any Five vocabulary words.
  2. Use any Five skills.
  3. Use any Five of the random places and objects we listed in class, or the following:
    At some point a character says:

    -“How did you find out?”

    -“It must have fallen out of my hands.”

    -“My monkey is missing!”

    -“Look behind you!”

    -“Now that’s what I call getting down.”


    -An object that is symbolic

    -A sound

    -A smell

    -A description of a texture

    -Time Travel