October 28, 2013 to October 31, 2013
Oct 28th, 2013 by admin

Thursday (10/31)

Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven” was the topic of the day.  I gave a bit of background info, we followed along the text while Garrison Keillor read the poem, we identified 8 poetic devices, and looked at a few parody versions of this poem from which the Baltimore Ravens are named.

Homework: Write a parody of “The Raven” ; below are the guidelines:

1. Begin with Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary

2. Include at least 4 of the following poetic devices

  • antiquated words
  • sentence word reversal
  • alliteration
  • end rhyme
  • internal rhyme
  • sensory imagery
  • dialogue
  • assonance
  • mood

3. Write at least one stanza of 6 lines

4. Type it up using size 12 font and 1.5 line spacing

Due: Monday 11/4 periods 4, 5     Tuesday 11/5 period 6 and 7

“The Tell-Tale Heart” vocabulary quiz: Monday periods 4,5,7  and Tuesday period 6

Tuesday (10/29)

The opening activity today was a sentence strategy technique known as author imitation. Given a template of a sentence written by Edgar Allan Poe, students composed original ones, applying Poe’s style.

The term “vernaculars” was defined and a list of examples was recorded.  Students worked on translating 5 passages from “THe Tell-Tale Heart” into a variety vernaculars – – –  after about 15 examples were read.

Homework:  Type up 5 examples of Poe Vernaculars.  Due Wed (7th) and Thursday (4th, 5th, 6th)

Monday (10/28)

We started today with an EZ mini-bio on Edgar Allan Poe.  New vocabulary words were introduced; they’re on QUIZLET, set titled “The Tell-Tale Heart.”

Vocabulary Quiz: 7th Period Wednesday (10/30)   4th, 5th, 6th Periods Thursday (10/31)

Following the reading of “The Tell-Tale Heart,” we discussed literary elements.  This sheet is be be completed for homework.

\”The Tell-Tale Heart\”

October 21, 2013 to October 25, 2013
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1st Quarter Book Report, Character Wheel, is due this Friday, October, 25.

Wednesday (10/23) and Thursday (10/24)

Vocabulary words were reviewed.  Study words on QUIZLET for tomorrow’s Quiz.

Lots of class time was alloted on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for working on book report/character wheel


Tuesday (10/22)

Sixth period students, see Monday’s entry.

In periods 5 and 7, we learned about and practiced a narrative/expository  lead called STACCATO.  The remaining class time was work time on left-overs assignments and book report (Character Wheel).  Many students in period 5 used this time efficiently; too few period 7 students spent much time on task.



Monday (10/21)

A new set of vocabulary words were taught today; in addition to the paper list/definitions, the words are on QUIZLET.com. The set is titled “The Landlady.”

After a few pre-reading activities (i.e. spelling chrysanthemum and dachshund and discussing Roald Dahl) we read “The Landlady.”

Post reading is to write a postcard from Billy Weaver (“The Landlady” protagonist) to a friend in London, Winifred.  Requirements for the postcard are these:

  • use a postcard-like voice or tone
  • include 5 examples of foreshadowing
  • proof read for mechanics/conventions accuracy
  • Due 5th and 7th Tuesday (10/22);   4th and 6th Wednesday (10/23)
October 14, 2013 to October 18, 2013
Oct 14th, 2013 by admin

Bring novel and worksheets for 1st quarter  Character Wheel to class on Wednesday (7th period) and Thursday (4th, 5th, 6th periods)


Wednesday (10/16)

Today our journal prompt was the last line of Mark Twain’s “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”; as a pre-reading activity each student read a slip of paper with a line from the story as it is written in an old west, nonstandard English vernacular. I read the story aloud, and much to my chagrin, not enough students seemed to appreciate this fabulous literary classic (all students educated in the USA should be exposed to Samuel Clemens).

Tuesday (10/14)

Today in 6th period we read Kurt Vonnegut’s “The Kid Nobody Could Handle” and “The No-talent Kid.”  If you did not complete the response sheets, they must be finished as homework.  You can find links to the stories’ text on Monday’s entry.

Fifth and seventh periods read Mark Twain’s “The Notorious Frog of Calaveras County.”  We’ll finish the literary analysis tomorrow (7th) and Thursday (5th).

Monday (10/14)

Today in class we started with a sentence combing exercise (the combined sentences were from the two stories read in class).  Pre-reading activities included background on John Phillip Sousa’s marches and letterman jackets.  We broke into two groups to read Kurt Vonnegut stories: “The No-talent Kid” and “The Kid Nobody Could Handle.”  Reading responses required textual evidence.

Assignments: Complete story worksheet: Due Tuesday 1o/15

Bring 1st quarter book report novel and worksheets to class on Wednesday (10/16) and Thursday (10/17)

The Kid Nobody Could Handle

The No-Talent Kid

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