Wednesday, March 26, 2008


For homework you will need to write a description of the perfect poet. Your description should include at least five character traits and a brief explanation as to why that is an important trait for a poet. This will go IN YOUR JOURNAL and will be your tenth entry. I will check journals next class.

Monday, March 24, 2008

If you missed it...

Don't forget about the extra poem that we studied today - "The Red Wheelbarrow" by William Carlos Williams. You can access the poem here.a

Remember also the notes about the modernist movement, imagists and haiku.

Thursday, March 20, 2008


For homework you will need to read "Women's Work" and "Daily" in your text book.  I'm not sure of the page number, but it's in the poetry section.  You will need to answer questions one and two on page 412.  Honors students will need to also answer questions three through five.  Standard students will need to answer question three and four (answer question four as a Venn Diagram NOT A PARAGRAPH).

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Extra Credit - Read Carefully

Poetry Scavenger Hunt/Research

Answer the following questions in complete paragraphs (at least five sentences) except where noted. If it is not a question, complete the task as directed. Cite all sources for information in correct MLA format. Failure to properly cite sources will result in no credit.

1. What is a poet laureate?
2. Who is the current poet laureate of the United States? (Answer in just one sentence.)
3. Read one poem by the current poet laureate of our country. Write the name of the poem and attach a copy of the poem with your final product.
4. Based on the rubric that we used with in class with the Sweet Sixteen tournament, decide if the poem is good (gets a high score). Attach your scorecard for the poem with your final product.
5. Why did you give the poem this score? Be specific.

The first four questions will be worth one homework grade. The last question is worth a quiz/project grade.

• Question one is all or nothing – 15 points
• Question two is all or nothing – 15 points
• Task three is all or nothing – 30 points
• Task four is all or nothing – 10 points
• Question five will be graded like a test essay with partial credit awarded. However, since you have more time than you normally would on a test, I am going to be more stringent. Your grade will be determined on the following fields:
• The use of evidence in your writing – 10 points
• The clarity of your argument – 10 points
• Grammar and usage – 5 points
• The level of focus in your writing – 5 points

Due Dates
This is due on the 24th (B day) or 25th (A day). I will not be available over the weekend via e-mail or blog. I will not answer any questions. If you need resources, ask the Media Center staff.

A final note
If your grade is lowered because of the grade on this assignment, I will not count it against you. No wikipedia for research. Your website sources must end with .gov, .org, or .edu.

Get crackin’,


18/19 March - Homework

For tonight's homework you will beed to write a description of an object of your choice. Make your description at least 100 words. Use rich, descriptive language. This will go in your journals.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Weekend Homework

This weekend you will need to read Haki Madhabuti's "Back Again, Home" and answer the questions on the worksheet. Honors students will need to answer all seven questions and Standard students will just answer the first four. Remember to attempt every answer. We will begin discussion next class by discussing this poem.

Also, let's remember Aisha's quote of the day:

"It's not a tongue twister, it's a mind twister."

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Today I forgot the homework...

Your homework for tonight/your last class was to respond to the following questions in your journals.

Why do poets write odes?  If you were to write an ode, what would you write about?  Why?

This will be journal entry number four - you can expect a journal check before spring break.

Friday, March 7, 2008

I forgot Sydney's Quote!

I was just sitting here at my computer and I realized that I forgot Sydney's quote.

"Well, I guess it's pretty awkward in hell."

Looking at the image on the left, I would imagine so.  This is an image of Bartolomeo's idea of what Dante's hell looked like.  I'm going to stop talking about it because I feel like I'm ruining it.

But, if you would like to know more, here are a few really interesting links to Dante's Inferno.

Homework for the weekend

A Day students:

Your homework will go in your journal. You need to respond to the following quote.

"Beauty is not a mouth thirsting nor an empty hand stretched forth, but rather a heart enflamed and a soul enchanted."

Remember that when you respond to the quote you need to write for a solid fifteen minutes. Take the idea in the quote and tell me what you think of it. Use this quote as a jumping off point for your own ideas on beauty.

B Day students:

Your job is to write your own "Love Song." For Honors students I am expecting at least twenty lines of poetry. For Standard students I am expecting at least fifteen. There is no upper limit.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008


Due next class:

You will need to bring in a poem that was written by someone other than you. Read the poem and then write a brief summary. After you write the summary, write a brief paragraph in which you discuss the author's purpose (why did the author write the poem).

This will be due to the box!!!