Sunday, January 31, 2010

2/1 is a SNOW DAY!

I know that you all are very excited about this, and I know that some of you probably aren't even going to read this post.

But, if you do, here are some reminders and tips for the next few classes.

English III:

If you'd like to spend some time getting ahead on your reading for Catcher, go for it. Please don't talk about future events in the novel during in class discussions (nobody likes ending ruiners...). If you choose to read ahead, keep up with your dialectical notebook entries.

English I:

A day poetry projects will be due the day we get back. That day will be an A day!

We will also begin studying Othello. While we're reading one play in class you will be reading one play on your own at home for a project. Honors students will be reading a Shakespearean play; Standard students have an option of a Shakespearean play or a play by another author approved by me. Take this time to do some research about a play you'd like to read.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Weekend Work - 1/29

English III

Over the weekend you need to finish reading chapters two and three of Catcher. As you read, complete your dialectical notebook entries. As you get further into the book it will be important to notice patterns and to consider what they add to the text.

English I

Your Poetry Projects are due the next day in class. Please bring them with you to class on Monday/Tuesday. If you have questions over the weekend, feel free to e-mail me or leave a comment. I will NOT read drafts over the weekend!

Let it snow...Let it snow...But not too much.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Homework for 1/28

English III

Tonight you need to finish reading chapter one of The Catcher in the Rye. I would suggest that you reread the section of the text that I read aloud to you today at the end of class to review that information. Don't forget to complete your dialectical notebook entry for chapter one as well. Follow all of the instructions on that sheet.

English I

Over the weekend you need to finish your Poetry Unit Projects. Make sure that you have all of the pieces ready to go. Bring everything with you to class on Monday/Tuesday. I appreciate the fact that some of you have come to see me and conference about your projects. This is a great way to improve your score!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

English III Honors - 1/27

Tonight for homework you need to finish your "America" papers. Take the commentary on the rough draft and turn the essay into a really polished piece of writing. Use the rubric to make your essay great!

Tomorrow when you come to class, I will collect your rough draft, final draft, and the rubric that I gave you today in class.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Jan. 26 - Homework for All Classes

First, English III:

I hope that you all had a good first day in class today. I threw a lot of information at you all but I think we're going to have a really good year. It's going to be important to keep the chatty-ness under control as we get going in the year. Tonight you need to finish your diagnostic essay assignment. The question that you're answering is:

What is "America"?

Use the brainstorming that we did in class today to begin this assignment. Do your best writing so that I can see what we need to work on throughout the semester.

Now, English I:

You all need to study for your Poetry Exam. Take the study guide I gave you and get ready. You should probably spend at least ninety minutes or so each night getting ready.

If anyone has any questions, please ask them here.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Homework over the Semester Break

9th Graders -

Over the long semester break I would like for you to work on your Poetry Projects. This break gives you a lot of time to get it finished and then you have time to check in with me before the project is due. Please take this opportunity to do good work and not be rushed.

Enjoy the time off.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Online Textbook Problems

I'm hearing from a lot of you that there are problems with the online textbook - I'm having these same problems. Continue to try, but if you can't get it to work, come to the room in the morning to work on this assignment - we'll review it in class. Do not put this assignment in the box.


I called the tech support people and they said that they were having problems with the website. Keep trying, but if you can't get it done - don't worry about it.

Monday, January 11, 2010

English I - Poetry Homework

Tonight you need to read two poems from the textbook. First, read "Once by the Pacific" by Robert Frost on page 423. After that, read "Country Scene" by Ho Xuan Hu'o'ng on page 425. After you've read both poems, answer the questions after "Country Scene." About Frost, answer questions 3, 4, 5, and 8. About Ho, answer question 4.

Bring these questions with you to class on Wednesday/Thursday.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Honors Assignment Only

Honors English I Students -

Your assignment this weekend is to read the poem by Wordsworth called "Ode to Duty." This is a very difficult poem to understand, but I'm sure that you can do it. Use the footnotes on the bottom of the page and my annotations. After reading the poem - answer the eight questions on the page.

If you need help - please leave a comment.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

English III Homework - 1/6

Tonight's homework (which is the final homework of the course) is to complete a 1Q1P for "The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock." Remember at the beginning of your paper to include the quote from the poem and the line number. The poem is not available from the online textbook. But you should be able to find it by doing a google search.

Your goal in the paragraph is to explain how the line connects to the meaning of the overall poem. As you write your paragraph, explore every part of your line. You are completeing a deep reading of the line. Leave no letter unturned

Tomorrow in class we will look at our last few poets and we will review for the final exam.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

First Homework of 2010!

9th Graders!

For tonight, I want you to do some work on the poem that you selected for your poetry project. I would like for you to read your poem several times tonight - after you've done this answer the following question and put your response in the box.

Why did you choose the poem that you chose?

As you answer this question, I would like for you to answer with a clear topic sentnece that identifies the author and title of your poem written in the correct way. In your topic sentence, you should identify two or three specific things (literary devices) about the poem that influenced your decision. In the body of your paragraph, use examples from the poem to explain your answer.

This is due to the box on Thursday/Friday.