August Blog posts

August 23rd, 2018

Intro to Rhetoric

Presentation on Rhetoric

As you watch the PowerPoint, write one example of rhetoric from each slide.  Remember the definition of rhetoric is:  the art or act of persuasion; using language, written/spoken or visual, that includes literary devices such as metaphor, repetition, alliteration, etc.

After you are finished watching the PowerPoint and listing an example of rhetoric from each slide, think of something you feel strongly about.  In one or two sentences use rhetoric to persuade me that I should feel the same way about the issue as you do.

Here is an example:

Skateboarding is not a crime!  It is an efficient method of transportation and a source of happiness.



Questions for the February 9 Book Report

February 2nd, 2018

February 2, 2018

This is the list of questions you will need to think about for your book report.  I would suggest reading them over until you understand what I am asking you to write about.  We will go over them about a week before you have to write your report.  You can ask questions, clarify meanings, etc.

I will choose three questions for your consideration.   You may then choose one of the three that you feel you know the most about.  You will be given time in class to write a 3-paragraph essay on the question you choose.  You must finish in class in about 40 minutes.

Study the questions and let them be your guide to understanding the novel you are reading:

  1.  Give an example of four different types of conflict from the novel.  Explain how each conflict was resolved, and how the conflict impacted the characters involved.
  2.  Explain in depth the relevance of the title of the novel to the story line.
  3.   Compare and contrast the novel you read with whatever text we are using in class.
  4.   Explain three (3) cause & effect relationships you found in the book.
  5.   Who are the protagonists and who are the antagonists?  Do these characters grow or mature by the end of the story?  Do they learn something about themselves and how the world works?
  6.   Think of a situation that happened to a person in the novel, and decide whether you would have done the same think he/she did or something different.  What might you have done in the situation?
  7.   Choose a character from the book and tell what you think about that person.  Do you like him/her? Why or why not?  Would you like to have that person for a friend?  Why or why not?  Be specific and use examples to defend your decision.
  8.   What part of the story was the funniest?  What part was the most exciting?  What part was the saddest?
  9.   Name two themes (one major and one minor) from the novel and use evidence to support how those themes are represented in the novel.
  10.   Tell about an event from the novel that was a game changer.  What took place before the event and what changed after?
  11.   Describe three (3) examples of symbolism from the novel.  Provide evidence to support your answers.
  12.   Which settings deeply affect the character’s decisions and feelings?  Identify two settings and clearly explain the impact each has on the character.
  13.   What choice did the main character make during the climax of the story?  What choice would you have made?  How would “doing it your way” affect the rest of the story?
  14. In what ways do the events in the book reveal evidence of the author’s world views?
  15.   Are the characters’ actions a result of destiny or choice?  Give examples from the book to help support your answer.

Requirements for the Mythology Slide Presentation

November 20th, 2017

Mythology Google Slide Presentation

Hound of the Baskervilles/Seeing is Believing — Media Influences our Perception

September 29th, 2017

Now that we are reading Hound of the Baskervilles, let’s have a little fun with media perception. Click on the link below to view the presentation on how media affects perception.  You will be surprised at how your perceptions of Sherlock Holmes and Watson may change.  Fascinating!

By the way, if the videos won’t run, you will probably have to click on the box on the Prezi that says: “You’re using the new, improved player. You can always go back to the old viewer. Switch Back. ”

Sherlock Holmes

Project — September 11, Attack on New York City

August 24th, 2017

In two weeks, we will recognize the anniversary of the attack on New York City which resulted in the deaths of almost 3,000 people and the destruction of the twin towers.  You weren’t even born when these violent acts occurred.  However, it is important that you understand the nature of these events and why Americans feel so strongly about our country, the freedoms we enjoy, and the desire to remain safe.

I have prepared a padlet for you on the subject of September 11 and terrorism.

You will need several pieces of paper and a pen (blue or black ink).  Click on the link below, and a screen will come up with some tasks for you to do.   Working from left to right, follow the directions for each task, and write your answers on the paper.  Always write in complete sentences with appropriate end punctuation. Skip two or three lines between each task you write about.  It may be helpful to number each task as you write.

We will be working on this in class, but you may access it at home on the internet, as well.  This assignment is due Thursday, August 31.  If you require more time, please see me.

Disclosure Statements for 2017-2018

August 22nd, 2017

9th Grade English Disc 2017-2018


7th Grade Skills for Success

Romeo and Juliet — Act V Outline

May 12th, 2017


Romeo and Juliet — Act IV Outline

May 12th, 2017


Romeo and Juliet — Act III Outline

May 12th, 2017


Romeo and Juliet — Act II Outline

May 2nd, 2017