Friday, February 26, 2010

English III Homework - Weekend 2/26

Over the weekend you have a bit of reading to do. Read the next captivity narrative in the textbook: "From the Interesting Life of Oluadah Equiano." The story begins with some biographical data on page fifty. Please complete all of the reading of Oluadah's story. It goes from page fifty to page fifty-nine.

As you read, pay attention to similarities and differences between Oluadah's story and Mary's story. Also, compare and contrast the two narrators in each story. Both of these stories are captivity narratives. How are they different from one another?

I will try to have your outlines back to you next week as well as your tests and projects.

If you have questions about the reading, please leave a comment.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

English III Homework - 2/25

Tonight you have a few things to do:

1. Finish your outlines for your Catcher essays. Follow the formatting rules that I gave you today in class.

2. Log-in to the online textbook and complete the reading of Mary Rowlandson's "Narrative of the Captivity."

3. Complete your handout while reading "Narrative..." Bring the complete handout to class with you tomorrow morning. We will review this tomorrow.

That's all. Feel free to leave a comment or e-mail if you have further questions.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

More about the Catcher Outlines

When you turn in your outlines on Friday I will be looking for the following information on your outline:

1. Your thesis clearly stated at the top of your outline.
2. Supporting topics. Remember that your topics should be parallel. How many topics you have is up to you - but three is a good number to shoot for.
3. With each topic you should have at least two quotes from the book with page numbers.
4. Under each quote you need to give a few bullet points that explain the quote's significance as well as the connection to the topic and thesis.

I hope that this clears things up. I'll go over this again tomorrow in class.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

English III Homework - 2/23

Your outlines for your Catcher essays are due on Friday. I would take time tonight to get these put together. Please come and see me before Friday if you'd like some help on this. The best day to come and see me would probably be Wednesday or Thursday!

Monday, February 22, 2010


Juniors: You have a test tomorrow. You should study.

Freshmen: You should be done with your plays by the end of THIS weekend!

Sorry for the lazy update - it is Monday.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Weekend Reminders - 2/20

Juniors: You've got your Catcher projects due on Monday. Remember that you will present an aspect of your project as part of your grade. On Monday we will spend some time reviewing for the test.

Freshmen: You've got a quiz on Act I of Othello. You need to be sure that you know about the major characters, the plot events, and the larger ideas for the short answer section. There will also be a quote identification section for Honors students. Review the major speeches for help on this. Also, I will collect your I.3 worksheets in class on Monday/Tuesday. DO NOT put them in the box.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

English III Honors - Homework - 2/18


Tonight you should finish reading The Catcher in the Rye. As you finish the novel, think about how things wrap-up. What are the final scenes? Why are these scenes so important? Also, go back and look at the bits of that Seng article that we didn't go over today in class.

Remember that your projects are due on Monday, you'll have a test on Tuesday, and then you will have your outlines for your Catcher essay due on Thursday of next week. Try to see me between now and then for help on your thesis/outline. You've got time to make something really fantastic!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Online Othello

English I Students:

Here's an online version of Othello that you can use to review at home. You can use this text as well to help you prepare for your worksheets and quizzes.

This version is really useful because it has the modern translation off to the side which is really helpful.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

English I Homework

Today in class you received a worksheet for I.3. This worksheet is due on the day that you take your quiz on Act I. The quiz will be on Monday for A-day and Tuesday for B-day. I will collect your worksheets on these days.

Also, in terms of your Drama/Shakespeare Projects you should plan on being done reading your plays by the end of February. This gives you most of the month of March to work on the projects. We'll probably start presenting speeches around mid-March.

English III Homework - 2/16

There are a few things for tonight:

1. Finish reading chapters twenty, twenty-one, and twenty-two. The story is beginning to move to a conclusion. How do you see this story wrapping up? Are you beginning to understand the point of this story?

2. Your Catcher in the Rye projects are due on Monday. Your projects will have a presentation aspect. Think about which part of your project you would like to present.

3. Your Catcher in the Rye test will be on Tuesday. We will spend time in class on Monday reviewing for this exam.

4. I will be giving you an essay assignment for Catcher in the Rye this week. We will spend time breaking down these essay questions and working on them. We will be working on this as we move into our next unit.

If you have anything that you want to come and see me about - please do so. Especially when we get to the essays.

Monday, February 15, 2010

English III Homework - 2/15

Tonight you will need to finish the reading of chapters seventeen, eighteen, and nineteen. As you read, keep track of the big ideas that we keep getting to in class:

  • childhood versus adulthood
  • change
  • fantasy versus reality
  • escape
  • women

Think about how this new information helps you to create a message about these particular ideas in the text.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

English I - Project (Shakespeare/Drama), Notes

Students -

Every night over the next few weeks you should be reading your plays. I expect that you will be done with your plays in approximately three weeks. You should read in your play for about an hour a night.

If while you're reading, you feel as though you don't understand - please come and ask for help. Use sticky notes to mark places in the text that you have questions about.

If you need help on any of the other parts of the project, please ask for my help. This is what you should be working on for the next six weeks.

While we're studying Shakespeare it's important that you not miss class! If you miss class, you should meet me after school, during study hall, or during lunch to review reading and go over notes. Remember that when you're absent, you're missing discussion and that's how we review things in class.

Keep bringing your plays with you to class. We will read in class from time to time. This may count as a homework never know.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

English III Homework - 2/11

Tonight for homework you need to finish reading the article that I gave you earlier this week. As you read, interact with the text. Highlight things that are interesting to you. Note questions. We'll work on discussing this in class tomorrow. Also, think about what you learn about Salinger as you read about the text. Is it important to understand the author's biography in order to appreciate the text?

Also, the reading that we will discuss on Monday is chapter fourteen, fifteen, and sixteen.

That is all.

Suave as hell, boy.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Homework for English I - 2/10

All students in English I should begin reading their supplemental plays. I would recommend that you all find the speech that you are interested in performing to the class. If you need me to get you a copy of the play, you need to let me know in writing so that I won't forget.

See me if you have any questions.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

English III Homework


I hope that you enjoyed watching the opening clip of Rebel Without A Cause today in class. As we continue to read more of The Catcher in the Rye we will watch more clips from Rebel.

Tonight's reading is not going to be discussed until THURSDAY. Tomorrow in class the Junior guidance counselors will be coming to discuss colleges and the admission process with you. Please come with any questions that you have about this very daunting process. Tonight's reading is to review chapters ten, eleven, twelve, and thirteen. If you're caught up, take this opportunity to get ahead in your reading.

Don't forget that you have that article due on Friday.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Homework for English Classes - 2/8

English III

Tonight you will need to read to the end of chapter tweleve, or page eighty-eight. As you read, as always, keep up with your dialectical notebook entries. Furthermore, I think that after seeing the first section of the novel end you are starting to notice some patterns within the text. Keep track of these patterns as you keep reading.

English I

On Wednesday/Thursday you will have a quiz on the Elizabethan Theatre handout as well as the notes we reviewed on William Shakespeare and Othello. Spend some time tonight reviewing these notes. Also, you will need to come to class on Wednesday/Thursday with a copy of the play that you will be studying. Only one student has contacted me about a play not on the list. Remember that if the play is not on the list I will need to approve it before you can study the play.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Friday, February 5, 2010

English III Homework - 2/5

I think that our class discussions are getting better. I especially found that after we watched the video clip it brought a lot of things together for a lot of you. To those of you that are still staying really quiet in class, please speak up.

Over the weekend English III Honors students will need to complete the delve-in assignment. You may use only quotes and examples from chapters one through seven. Be sure to use the graphic organizer and the model that I gave you today in class.

Also, I gave you an article today that I would like for you to read by next Friday. It gives a lot of insight into Salinger and some of his motivation behind writing the book - supposedly.

That's all - if you've got any questions, please ask.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Homework for 2/4

I feel like I haven't seen you all in forever. Each class has something to accomplish for tonight.

English III

Please read chapters four, five, six, and seven. This will take you to page fifty six. Make sure that you keep up with your dialectical notebook entries.

English I

Since we didn't finish the introductory notes on Othello you will not have a quiz on these terms. You do need to find your play and have that ready by Wednesday/Thursday. Do some research over the weekend to find a play that you're going to like!