Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Over Break...

All you should do is relax. If you've got a good book to read, go for it. Though, you may want to also look at your vocabulary notes and begin to study for your Vocabulary test.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Open Thread

If you have any questions about The Odyssey while you're studying - leave a comment and I'll try to get you an answer.

A day test on Friday 11/21. B day test on Monday 11/24. Remember that your book projects are also due on the day of your test.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Review Session!

After school on Thursday we will have a review session for your test on The Odyssey. I am not giving you extra credit for attending, but I can say that attending will help you a lot.

(Note: A lot is two words, not one)

Monday, November 17, 2008

Homework for 11/17 and 11/18

Tonight's homework will be a journal entry. I want you to think over all of the adventures that Odysseus has been on and answer the following question:

What do you think has challenged Odysseus the most? Why?

Answer in a complete paragraph in your journal.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Book Projects

Don't forget that your book projects are due on the same day as your Odyssey test - the 21st for A day and the 24th for B day. Your project options are as follows:

1. You are to do a pamphlet for your book. I have samples that you can look at Requirements are as follows:
• a two-fold pamphlet (both sides of the pamphlet will be divided into thirds)
• cover should have title, artwork, author’s name, publishing company, price, etc…
• inside, on the first third, you should have a summary (don’t give away surprise endings)
• most of the inside (the other two-thirds) should be discussion points/questions
• the back should have an “about the author” section as well as recommended reading – books with similar themes, other books by this author.

2. You are to write a letter to the author of your book. Initiate a conversation with him/her. Ask questions; respond to the novel (characters, events, themes, symbols, etc.). Whatever you do, do not summarize the plot – the author already knows it. Show the author that you have read this book, that you have thought about the book, and that you are a very perceptive reader. You do not have to like everything about the book; you may even dislike aspects of it. Remember your audience, however; it is the author. Think of how you yourself would respond best to someone’s questions or dialogue.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Homework over the weekend

This weekend you will need to finish your creative essays concerning The Land of the Dead. Use the handout that I gave you to help guide you on your writing. I will be looking for thoroughness of thought in your essays and focus in you writing. If you have any questions while you're writing, please let me know by a comment.

I would recommend that you have a parent or friend read over your assignment so that you can catch some grammar mistakes - I will be looking at grammar in grading.

In addition, we will be going back to the textbooks on Monday. Bring your books to class.

Monday, November 10, 2008


Students -

Your homework for tonight is to finish reading your packets - "The Land of the Dead." Make sure that you finish your study questions to go along with the story.

In addition, your Zeus projects are due on Thursday and Friday of this week. You should spend some time on your day off to work on these - make sure that you review your assignment sheets/rubrics.

If you have questions about anything, leave a comment.


Sunday, November 9, 2008

Sorry about not posting

Hey all - Sorry that I forgot to post the homework for the weekend. I've been caught up with grading your Odyssey quizzes which you should be getting back later on in the week.

Anywho...your homework is to read your photocopied packet from "The Land of the Dead." While you're reading, feel free to make notes in the margins, highlight, underline, and otherwise annotate. Also, answer your study questions - these will need to be turned in to the box. Remember that if you try to answer the questions and I can see that you put some thought into your answer I'll give credit - if you don't try, or leave the question blank, you will get no credit. I know that this reading is difficult, but I just want you to put forth good effort.

See you for another shortened week :)

Monday, November 3, 2008

Homework for 11/3 and 11/5

Your homework for tonight is to study for your quiz. Use the study guide the I gave you today in class! Also, you need to work on your projects - you have a book project as well as your Dear Zeus project.