Archive for September, 2013


Hola, juniors! Welcome to week number 4. This week should be relatively entertaining, as I’ll be playing the role of a number of different historical individuals. Read on to learn more…

Monday: I’ll be reading part of William Bradford’s account of Thomas Morton’s settlement at Merrymount. You’ve already read Hawthorne’s version of the events, now it’s time to look at some of the source documents. I’ll be asking you to compare and contrast the two accounts, so be ready to make some notes about their different versions of the same story.

Tuesday: I’ll be doing one more impression (so to speak) in which I’ll be reading parts of Jonathan Edwards’ famous sermon Sinners in the hands of an angry God during class. This particular sermon does much to illustrate the ways in which our Puritan friends believed that man should be judged. It will serve as a lovely counterpoint to Hawthorne, and, naturally, will act as a starting place for our first proper essay of the year.

Wednesday: To begin class I’ll be assigning our first real essay of the year. We’ll walk through what I expect in such an essay as well. If you are absent, do yourself a favor and come see me.

Homework: Craft a thesis that responds fully to the prompt for review on Thursday.

Thursday: I’ll be stamping/checking theses on Thursday. Make sure that yours is up to par before class starts.

Homework: Craft your outline.

Friday: After I stamp outlines the rest of the period will be for y’all to write. I’ll likely have some examples of successful essays to show you as well.

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Happy Week 4, young ones! We have quite a lot of fun in store this week (especially if you consider learning how t write much better literary analyses fun… and who doesn’t, right?). Take a quick look at the week. I’ll post more as we go, but this should serve as a decent start:

Monday: I have a short lecture about crafting effective conclusions planned for the first portion of class on Monday, followed by a period during which I’ll be asking you to partner up with your neighbor and provide justification for/seek advice on your organization in the LOTF essay. Remember, the rough draft is due on Tuesday, and I’ll be calling students to come share their essays with me during the period.

Homework: Have your first draft done for class on Tuesday..

Tuesday: As I stated previously, Tuesday is for individual meetings with me. I’ll be selecting students randomly, so be sure that you have something to show/discuss. I’ll have laptops available if you need to work/show me your work on computers.

Homework: Be sure to have your draft done if I haven’t met with you yet. .

Wednesday: Wednesday will be exactly like Tuesday.

Thursday: Obviously, this is a peer editing day. Bring two printed copies of your essay to class for editing. I will not be excusing students to go print, so come prepared.

Friday: We’ll be doing peer editing day number two on Friday. Your essays will be due next Tuesday, via Additionally, I’ll be introducing our second novel of the year (Shakespeare’s Macbeth), so be sure that you’re here.

Homework: Read Act I.ii-I.iii

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Hey juniors! In case you were gone this week, here is the entry slip that is required for participation in our seminar on Hawthorne. Also, remember that I’ll be collecting the charts that we’ve made this week on Hawthorne’s short stories.


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The deckman has an alot!

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Hola, s’mores! Welcome to week number two of your last year as underclassmen! Hopefully you’re getting used to waking up good and early, because have tons to do this week and you need to be on your game. Here’s a quick look at the week:

Monday: We’ll begin the week by taking a look at William Golding’s classic novel Lord of the Flies. I have some introductory remarks to make about the novel and our purpose in reading it, then we’ll be making our journals for the novel and doing a little bit of work on the first two chapters.

Tuesday: First, we’ll bounce over to the library to set up our accounts. It won’t take long at all, and afterwards I’ll be introducing your first essay of the year.

Homework: Have your first draft done for class on Thursday.

Wednesday: Picture day! Don’t come to school like any of these.

Thursday: Obviously, this is a peer editing day. Bring one copy of your essay, and I’ll explain how I have kids go through a peer editing process.

Homework: Read chapters 3 and 4 for Friday.

Friday: We’ll be doing some work with chapters 3 and 4 on Friday, but I haven’t finished putting it together yet. I’ll post it as soon as it’s done.

Homework: Read chapters 5 and 6 for Monday.

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Happy day, juniors! I’m excited to start this first full with you all and get about the business of reading, writing, and generally having a pretty good time. There’s a lot to do this week, so take a look:

Monday: I’ll be introducing the junior essay more fully in class on Monday, and you’ll be starting the essay with a short prewriting assignment. We will also look at Hurston’s essay in more depth, so make sure you have your copy with you. I’ll be speaking specifically about her use of extended metaphor.

Tuesday: We’re going to be in the library on Tuesday setting up our accounts. If you’re absent on Tuesday be sure to check in with me regarding how to set up your account. It will be necessary to have one in order to turn in your essays throughout the course of the year.

Wednesday: Wednesday is picture day! Put your best shirt on and comb your hair. Make your mothers proud. With whatever time we have left we’ll be working on the rough draft of our essays and looking at Hurston’s essay again.

Homework: Bring one copy of your first draft to class for peer editing on Thursday.

Thursday: As you can probably guess, we will be peer editing in class on Thursday. I do this a little bit differently, so make sure that you come prepared. I do give credit for being prepared.

Friday: Like I promised, you’ll have the opportunity to retake last week’s quiz on Hurston. In all likelihood we will also begin our reading of early American literature, beginning with Mary Rowlandson’s Captivity Narrative.

Category : 11th Grade | Blog

Good morning, s’mores! Here’s to hoping that you had an interesting and fulfilling day yesterday, running all about on day 1. Take a quick look at your week and what we have planned, and let me know if you have any questions at all.

Wednesday: On the first day of school we did all those normal first day things: I handed out your syllabus (note: this version is missing a few of the texts that we will read, including Tale of Two Cities, Siddhartha, and Bless Me, Ultima). We also discussed a little bit of Bloom’s Taxonomy and how we will be using it to generate interesting and meaningful questions. If you missed out, come see me so we can discuss it.

Homework: Craft 5 analysis level questions regarding Fahrenheit 451.

Thursday: We’ll be having a seminar today, which I will need to teach you how to do. The goal of a seminar, of course, is to have students drive the learning. Thus, rather than have me sit up front and lecture, we’ll be having a structured conversation about the novel. All you need for credit is to participate.

Friday: We’ll have our exam on 451 on Friday.

Homework: Read chapters 1 and 2 of Lord of the Flies.

Category : Honors 10 | Blog

Hola young ones! So, another year, another English class. I know, it sounds a little boring, but I promise you this: it will be awesome. As in, it will literally inspire awe.

Ok, so that was definitely hyperbole. But I do promise that this course in American Literature will be entertaining. I’m looking forward to working with y’all, ¬†and, truth be told, learning with y’all as well.

That said, here’s the schedule for this short week:

Wednesday: Naturally, I’ll be going over the syllabus for the course on the first day. Additionally, we’ll be starting our first essay of the year. To begin this essay we will be looking at Zora Neale Hurston’s essay How it feels to be colored me. If you missed the essay, the assignment is simple: just read the essay, and highlight any metaphor that you find.

Homework: Read How it feels to be colored me and highlight metaphors.

Thursday: We will begin the day with a quiz on the essay from last night, then I will present to you my bag of metaphors. This will serve as an example of what I expect you to do in class on Friday. Additionally, we will be discussing the significance of the metaphors that Hurston makes use of in her essay. The discussion will also parse a part the difference between metaphor and simple figurative language.

Homework: Put together your bag of metaphors and prepare to share on Friday.

Friday: As indicated previously, Friday is a sharing day. You will be presenting your metaphors to the class in preparation for our first entry into the Writing Portfolio for the year. I will share more about the Portfolio on Monday.

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