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Welcome. I trust you to know where you need to sit, so choose wisely and have a seat. When the bell rings you should be seated and ready to begin. Agenda. Warm-up Housekeeping Writing Sample Learner Poll and Reflection Who Are We? Goals. August 26. Warm-up: Looking Back

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I trust you to know where you need to sit, so choose wisely and have a seat.

When the bell rings you should be seated and ready to begin.




Writing Sample

Learner Poll and Reflection

Who Are We?


august 26
August 26

Warm-up: Looking Back

Where were you at this time last year? Describe yourself and how you have changed since last year. (Think deeper than…well, I used to have long hair, but now it’s short.)

Make sure to write a full paragraph.

Warm-up continued:

Looking Forward

Where will you be at this time next year? Describe how you think your life will be different. If you don’t think it will be different, explain why.

Make sure to write a full paragraph.

what is a hero
What is a hero?
  • Write a FULL page.
  • Give evidence.
  • Write legibly.
what type of learner are you

What Type of Learner are You?





are you a visual learner
Are you a Visual Learner?
  • They tend to be fast talkers.
  • They exhibit impatience and have a tendency to interrupt.
  • They use words and phrases that evoke visual images.
  • They learn by seeing and visualizing.
are you an auditory learner
Are you an auditory learner?
  • They speak slowly and tend to be natural listeners.
  • They think in a linear manner.
  • They prefer to have things explained to them verbally rather than to read written information.
  • They learn by listening and verbalizing.
are you a read write learner
Are You a read-write learner?
  • They prefer for information to be displayed in writing, such as lists of ideas.
  • They emphasize text-based input and output.
  • They enjoy reading and writing in all forms.
are you a kinesthetic learner
Are you a kinesthetic Learner?
  • They tend to be the slowest talkers of all.
  • They tend to be slow to make decisions.
  • They use all their senses to engage in learning.
  • They learn by doing and solving real-life problems.
  • They like hands-on approaches to things and learn through trial and error.

How do you know what type of learner you are? What is your evidence? What does this mean for you in the classroom? What does this mean for your teacher? Knowing this information about yourself, what do you need to do to be successful in this class?

body bio
Body Bio
  • Heart: Who or what do you hold near and dear to your heart?
  • Spine: What is your goal? What drives you…your thoughts…your actions?
  • Feet: Where are you going? What journey are you on?
  • Mirror: How do people see you? Is this how you see yourself?
  • Color: What color is a symbol of you and why?
  • Write at least 3 goals for this class and a to do list of how to accomplish them.
august 27
August 27

Grab a green book off the shelf. We’ll be using these today. Then, go ahead and get started on the warm-up.

Warm – up: Where do monsters lurk?

What does evil mean to you? Write your own definition of the word and provide some examples of real-life monsters.

  • Characteristics of a hero/monster
  • Research Anglo-Saxon History
  • Define Academic Vocabulary
  • Read Beowulf
  • Text Analysis
  • Your own Heroic Introduction
anglo saxon history
Anglo-Saxon History
  • Read assigned section.
  • Write down interesting facts.
  • Each person shares one with class.
  • Responsible to keep info shared in day book.
academic vocabulary pg 41
Academic Vocabulary – pg 41
  • Epic Poetry
  • Caesura
  • Kenning
  • Alliteration
heroic introduction
Heroic Introduction
  • Greeting
  • Past Victories
  • Current Mission
  • Kennings
  • Alliteration
august 28
August 28

-Take out a sheet of paper (can be a half sheet).

-Name and Date.

-Number 1-5…maybe skip a line or two between.

-Take out pg 15 (if you don’t know what I am talking about, don’t worry about it).

-Clear your desk.

  • Beowulf in Old English
  • Identify Academic Vocabulary in Beowulf
  • New Academic Vocab
  • Compare/Contrast Our Heroes to Beowulf
  • Read Beowulf’s Battle – pg 50
  • Final Reflection
finding academic vocab
Finding Academic Vocab
  • Alliteration
  • Kennings
academic vocab
Academic Vocab
  • Symbol – person, place or object that has a concrete meaning in itself and also stands for something beyond itself, such as an idea or feeling (Ex: Herot)
  • Metaphor – figure of speech in which a word or phrase that ordinarily means one thing is applied to another thing to suggest a likeness between the two (Ex: whale road)
  • Scop – professional poet; performances were set musical history lessons, moral sermons, and pep talks
  • Why does Beowulf let Grendel kill a fellow Geat before he jumps into action? Would you have done the same or not? Explain your response.
august 29
August 29

Warm-up: Think of a popular song, radio commercial jingle, or song you remember from childhood for which you know all or most of the words. Write it down and analyze the elements that make the song so memorable.

2 nd period agenda
2nd period Agenda
  • Finish Beowulf and perform it in groups.
  • Academic Vocab
  • Chaucer – pg 142
  • Middle English Prologue Extra Credit
  • Prologue Partners and Body Bio
  • Modern Pilgrim Project
3 rd period agenda
3rd period Agenda
  • 5 minute Beowulf performance prep
  • Beowulf performances
  • Academic Vocab
  • Chaucer – pg 142
  • Middle English Prologue Extra Credit
  • Prologue Partners and Body Bio
  • Modern Pilgrim Project
august 30
August 30

Warm-up: Describe the most interesting person you have ever met.

2 nd period agenda1
2nd period Agenda
  • Academic Vocab
  • Chaucer – pg 142
  • Prologue Partners and Body Bio
  • Middle English Prologue Extra Credit
  • Modern Pilgrim Project
3 rd period agenda1
3rd period Agenda
  • Prologue Partners and Body Bio
  • Middle English Prologue Extra Credit
  • Modern Pilgrim Project
academic vocab1
Academic Vocab
  • Frame story – joins one or more stories within a story
  • Prologue – intro to a literary work; can establish setting and give background
  • Medieval literature – ballads, romances, allegories, and moral tales; most were religious – but some dealt with love, exemplary life and behavior, and political and social issues
  • Ballads – narrative songs (tragic love, domestic conflicts, disastrous wars, shipwrecks, sensational crimes, exploits of outlaws, celebrated historical events, romantic heroes, revenge, rebellion, envy, betrayal, and superstition)
  • Allegories – narrative in which something concrete represents something abstract (Ex. Cowardly Lion; Animal Farm, Pilgrim’s Progress)
  • Dramatic irony – reader knows more than the character
  • Verbal irony – someone says one thing but means another
  • Situational irony – what is expected to happen is not what actually happens
prologue partners
Prologue Partners
  • Knight – pg 146
  • Squire – pg 147
  • Nun – pg 148
  • Monk – pg 149
  • Worthy Woman – pg 156
  • Parson – pg157
  • Plowman – pg 158
  • Miller – pg 159
  • Summoner – 161
  • Pardoner – pg 162
  • Friar – pg 150
  • Oxford Cleric – pg 152
  • Yeoman – pg 147
modern pilgrim project
Modern Pilgrim Project
  • Front Cover
    • Picture (drawing or collage)
    • Title
    • Author’s Name
  • Description of Pilgrim
    • Status in life (student/celebrity/politician)
    • Physical description
    • 20 lines of rhyming couplets
  • The Tale
    • 2 or more pages (double-spaced) 3 if written
    • Reflection of the character
    • Moral or message
  • About the Author
    • 2 paragraphs
september 3
September 3


“Money is the root of all evil.”

Do you agree/disagree? Why?

  • New AcadVocab
  • Analyze modern depiction of greed
  • Re-read Pardoner’s Prologue
  • Read Pardoner’s Tale and complete analysis
  • Compare/Contrast Pardoner’s Tale to modern depiction
  • Final Reflection
  • HW
    • Day books due on Monday September 9
    • Test Monday September 9
    • Be ready to write a resume tomorrow
    • Flash drive
academic vocab2
Academic Vocab
  • Iambic pentameter – line of poetry with 5 meters, or 10 syllables
  • Characterization - techniques an author uses to develop characters including description of the character’s appearance; character’s speech, thoughts, and actions; responses of other characters to the character; and direct comments from the narrator.
  • Satire - a literary work that ridicules its subject in order to make a comment or criticism about it

Why is the theme of the Pardoner’s Tale still being repeated today? Describe another source (TV show, song, book, etc) where you have seen this theme repeated.

(Casino, Jerry Maguire, Slumdog Millionaire, Do You Want to be a Millionaire, The Lorax, A Christmas Carol, “Billionaire,” “Bills-Bills-Bills,” “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems”)

september 4
September 4


Grammar Diagnostic


-Cover Page

-Table of Contents


september 5
September 5


Grammar Diagnostic



-Pilgrim Project

project rubric
Project Rubric
  • Front Cover Picture: 5 _____
  • Front Cover Title: 5 _____
  • Front Cover Name: 5 ______
  • Pilgrim Physical Description: 5 ______
  • Pilgrim Psychological Description: 5 ______
  • Description Length: 5 _______
  • Description Rhyme: 5 _______
  • Story Length: 10 ______
  • Story Moral: 10 _____
  • Story Reflection of Character: 10 ______
  • About the Author Length: 10 _______
  • Grammar, Mechanics, etc.: 15 _______
  • Appearance: 10 ______
  • Total: _______/100
the real housewife
The Real Housewife

By: Mrs. Gillespie

the real housewife1
The Real Housewife

Last to sleep, first to rise

The one who soothes the babies cries

She scrambles the eggs and toast the bread

Making sure her family’s fed…

The tale I will tell may surprise you

But believe me, the tale I tell is true

the real housewife s tale
The Real Housewife’s Tale

Every morning Jack is up before the sun. He takes a shower, gets dressed, and heads to the kitchen for a bite to eat. He rarely sits for lack of time, and usually grabs his food and hurries outside.

about the author
About the Author

Sarah Gillespie was born in Miami, Florida. Her parents were immigrants from Cuba when they were young. She has two older sisters and a younger sister. In high school, she hated English and enjoyed playing volleyball, softball, and basketball…

She graduated from UNCC in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. In 2013, she completed her Education Degree…

september 6
September 6


Would you rather spend the rest of your life with someone who is ugly and faithful OR beautiful and unfaithful? Why?

What do women want?

  • 2nd period: Turn in creative writing HW
  • Text Book Logins
  • Go over day book requirements
  • Return work
  • Create grade tracker for day book
  • Discuss constructed response and textual evidence
  • Review academic vocab
  • Practice Prologue – possible extra credit for test and project
  • Discuss products
  • Read Wife of Bath’s Tale – pg 183
  • Wife Theme Questions
september 9
September 9

-No warm-up

-Take out Study Guide for Test

-Turn In Day Books/NoteBooks; make a stack in the front

  • View and Analyze Wife of Bath
  • Go over Beowulf Quiz
  • Go over Study Guide
  • Take Beowulf/Chaucer Test
wife of bath viewing and analysis
Wife of Bath Viewing and Analysis
  • Wife of Bath
  • What was the knight’s crime?
  • What was his punishment?
  • According to the wife, what do women want?
  • How do you know the knight learned his lesson?
  • Did the knight get what he deserved?
  • What is the moral of the story?
2 nd period beowulf quiz
2nd Period Beowulf Quiz
  • Grendel is a descendent of what man? Cain
  • Is Beowulf a Geat or a Dane? Geat
  • How does Beowulf kill Grendel? Rip him to pieces
  • What symbolic gesture does Beowulf do after his battle with Grendel? Hang up his arm
  • What is the name of the mead-hall? Herot
3 rd period beowulf quiz
3rd Period Beowulf Quiz
  • Is Beowulf a Dane or a Geat? Geat
  • What impression of Beowulf does the poet convey through Beowulf’s opening remarks to Hrothgar? Bold and confident; many heroic deeds; proud
  • Why does Beowulf come to see Hrothgar? Volunteer to kill Beowulf
  • What were the warriors doing in Herot when Grendel attacked? Sleeping because they had been drinking
  • Grendel is a descendent of what man? Cain
september 10
September 10

Good Morning.

  • Finish test – 15-20 min
  • New AcadVocab
  • Sonnet Notes
  • Paraphrase Sonnets
  • Create Visual Representations
acad vocab
  • Sonnet – 14 line lyric poem
  • Octave – first 8 lines
  • Sestet – last 6 lines
  • Quatrains – stanzas of 4 lines
  • Couplet – 2 lines
  • Petrarchan Sonnet – abbaabbacdcdcd
    • Octave that establishes situation
    • Sestet that resolves, draws conclusion about or expresses reaction to situation
  • Shakespearean Sonnet – ababcdcdefefgg
    • 1ST Quatrain introduces situation
    • 2nd Quatrain explores the situation
    • 3rd Quatrain usually includes a turn or shift in thought
    • Couplet resolves the situation
  • Iambic pentameter – line of poetry with 5 meters, or 10 syllables
september 11
September 11

Good Morning.

  • Turn in your Product Description
  • HW – We are making a timeline tomorrow
  • Sonnet Partner Work
sonnet partner work you must finish today
Sonnet Partner Work You must Finish TODAY!
  • Sonnet Number
  • Author
  • Identify the rhyme scheme
  • Paraphrase the sonnet
  • Create a visual representation of the sonnet
    • Spencer
      • Sonnet 30 – pg 320
      • Sonnet 75 – pg 321
    • Shakespeare
      • Sonnet 29 – pg 328
      • Sonnet 116 – pg 329
      • Sonnet 130 – pg 330
    • Petrach
      • Sonnet 90 – pg 336
      • Sonnet 292 – pg 337
september 12
September 12


1. Behind every great man is a great woman.

2. Witches, demons, and evil spirits actually exist.

3. Sometimes it is necessary to do something wrong to get what you want.

4. What goes around comes around.

5. There are circumstances or events that justify murder.

6. Success is worth any price.

7. Criminals can still feel love, fear, and concern for other people.

8. One mistake always leads to another.

9. A guilty conscious will destroy you.

10. Greed and ambition are the same.

  • The Globe
  • Finish Sonnets and Present
  • Shakespeare Quotes
  • Shakespeare academic vocab
  • Macbeth Cast of Characters
  • Read Act 1 Scene 1 pg 350
  • Compare/Contrast with Audio and Visual Productions
  • Analyze Act 1 Quotes
  • Bring the research back tomorrow
shakespeare quotes
Shakespeare Quotes
  • "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him". Quote (Julius Caesar Act III, Scene II).
  • "But, for my own part, it was Greek to me". - Julius Caesar Quote (Act I, Scene II).
  • "To be, or not to be: that is the question". Hamlet quote (Act III, Sc. I).
  • "This above all: to thine own self be true" Hamlet quote (Act I, Sc. III).
  • "Though this be madness, yet there is method in 't." Haml
  • "Good Night, Good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow."
  • Romeo and Juliet ( Quote Act II, Scene II).
  • "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet". Romeo and
  • Juliet ( Quote Act II, Sc. II).
  • "‘T’is neither here nor there." Othello Quote (Act IV, Scene III).
  • "I will wear my heart upon my sleeve for daws to peck at". Othello Quote (Act I, Scene I).et quote (Act II, Scene II).

The intention of tragedy is to exemplify the idea that human beings are doomed to suffer, fail, or die because of their own flaws, destiny, or fate.

P 342

tragic hero
Tragic Hero
  • Main character who does not live happily ever after
  • Usually significant in society – king or queen
  • Amazing abilities but his faults lead to his demise
tragic flaw
Tragic Flaw

A bad decision or character limitation that leads to the ruin of the character


The power the hero must battle


The author’s message

comic relief
Comic Relief

Funny scene following a serious one

blank verse
Blank Verse

Unrhymed iambic pentameter

iambic pentameter
Iambic Pentameter

Line of poetry containing five meters; unstressed syllable followed by stressed syllable


an alone character on stage shares his thoughts with the audience


a statement made by a character to the audience or another character that is unheard by other characters on stage

dramatic irony
Dramatic Irony

When the audience knows something the characters do not


Hints to something that may happen later

situational irony
Situational Irony

when one thing is expected but another thing occurs


A comparison made by referring to one thing as another

Example: “No man is an island.”


The feeling the reader gets by reading the story


The author’s use of words to paint a picture or appeal to the reader’s senses


A recurring element that serves as a symbol for the piece


something that stands for something else

inverted sentences
Inverted Sentences

Normal word order is reversed

Example: In her hand are two red roses.


A statement that contradicts itself

Example: This is the beginning of the end.

macbeth cast of characters
Macbeth Cast of Characters
  • Macbeth - a Scottish general and the thane of Glamis
  • Lady Macbeth - Macbeth’s wife
  • Banquo - a general
  • King Duncan - good King of Scotland
  • Macduff - a Scottish nobleman
  • Malcolm - son of Duncan
  • Hecate - goddess of witchcraft
  • Fleance - Banquo’s son
  • Lennox - a Scottish nobleman.
  • Ross - a Scottish nobleman.
  • Porter - drunken doorman of Macbeth’s castle.
  • Lady Macduff - Macduff’s wife
  • Donalbain - Duncan’s son and Malcolm’s younger brother.
act i scene 1
Act I Scene 1
  • Audio
  • Older Movie
  • Newer Movie
  • Movie with a twist
september 13
September 13

Macbeth Journal #1

Write a full page.

What is your highest ambition? What are you willing to do to get there?

  • Macbeth Journals
  • Analyze Lady Macbeth
  • Reading Guide for Act 1-2
  • Schoology Discussion Question – due Wed
    • 2nd = FT2RT-HRKHQ
    • 3rd = 2S96J-2XHFS

Lady Macbeth

Lady Macbeth 2

Lady Macbeth 3


What words would you use to describe Lady Macbeth?

  • How does Macbeth’s appearance compare or contrast to how he was described earlier in the play?
  • How would you compare Macbeth’s appearance to Lady Macbeth’s?
  • What does Lady Macbeth’s physical position symbolize?
september 16
September 16

Warm-up: Knock, Knock!

Porter: Knock, Knock, Knock! Who’s there? Faith, here’s an English tailor come hither for stealing out of a French hose.

In this scene, the porter jokes around by pretending he’s standing at the gates of hell and welcoming in a succession of unsavory characters – among them a tailor who skimps on the fabric for his customers’ clothes.

Write down three of your favorite knock-knock jokes.

  • Lottery Drawing
  • HW – Schoology Due Wed
  • HW – Act 1 Quiz Tomorrow
  • Subject Verb Agreement Practice
  • Shakespeare unfamiliar language
  • Review Act 1 – ID significant quotes and academic vocab
  • Complete summary fill-in
  • Read Act 2
  • Macbeth Journal 2
subject verb agreement
Subject Verb Agreement
  • To find – Everyone in the class ______the video to be entertaining.
  • To be – Each of the options _______unacceptable.
  • To feel – All of the people at the party, with the exception of Tiffany, _______it is a good idea.
  • To need – Everyone, including the people of conservation-conscious California, _____to do more to recycle.
  • To reward – Success ______hard work.
  • To be – Three-fourths of the cake ____gone.
  • To be – The team _____going to play on Saturday.
  • To pass – Time ______quickly.
  • To make – Enough time and enough money _______ a great vacation.
  • To know – Jenny or Audrey _______ where to find him.
shakespeare unfamiliar language
Shakespeare Unfamiliar Language
  • Familiar words with unfamiliar meanings abuse=deceive; let=hinder
  • Unusual arrangement of words
  • Demanding uses of metaphors and personification
  • Many, many allusions to Bible, Greek, Roman mythology
  • Troublesome pronouns – thee, thou
  • Reflexive pronouns – “fear me” = I fear
  • Omissions of syllables and parts of syllables – ‘sblood=his blood
  • Obsolete words: ere=before, shalt=shall or will, hath=has, doth=do, anon=hey
  • Familiar suffixes with unfamiliar meaning – “able”=ing; “ful”=filled (comfortable=someone comforting someone else)
macbeth journal 2
Macbeth Journal 2

Think about a time when you have done or said something that “snowballed” to a point where you had no control over the situation. Write about this time and consider what you may or may not have learned from it. (This might be someone else you know if it didn’t happen to you.)

september 17
September 17

Warm-up: “what’s done is done.”

Lady Macbeth: “ Things without all remedy should be without regard; what’s done, is done.”

Write a dialogue in which one person comforts another. End the dialogue with this phrase.

  • Subject Varb Agreement Practice
  • Macbeth Quiz Act 1 (3rd)
  • Finish Act I (2nd)
  • Begin Act II – ID Quotes
  • HW – Schoology due Wed
subject verb agreement1
Subject Verb Agreement
  • In her spare time, the art student (restore/restores) old paintings.
  • The Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Civil Rights Memorial (was/were) designed by Maya Lin.
  • The short stories in this anthology (is/are) by various contemporary American Indian writers.
  • The people across the hall, as well as the man in the next apartment, (has/have) lived in the building since the mid-1980s.
  • Either of these videos (is/are) suitable for a four-year-old.
  • Each of the boys (do/does) his own cooking.
  • Several of the students (has/have) transferred.
  • All of the exercises (seem/seems) simple.
september 18
September 18

Warm-up: If you were casting a movie version of Macbeth, which actors would you pick to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth? Why?

  • Subject Verb Agreement Practice
  • Macbeth Act 1 Quiz (2nd)
  • Schoology due today
  • Read Acts 2-3
  • Macbeth Journal 3
subject verb agreement practice
Subject Verb Agreement Practice
  • More of the Senate (was/were) in favor of the highway funding bill than (was/were) against it.
  • A jacket or a sweater (is/are) warm enough for tonight.
  • Either the singer or the musicians (is/are) off-key.
  • Here (is/are) the books you reserved.
  • When (is/are) your finals?
  • The team (has/have) won the semifinals.
  • Twenty-seven dollars (is/are) all we have raised so far.
  • Eight hours (was/were) set aside for that week-long miniseries about the Civil War.
macbeth journal 3
Macbeth Journal 3

CSI, Law and Order, NCIS – these are just a few of the popular TV shows that involve solving a mystery or finding a solution to a problem. Why are mysteries so popular?

september 19
September 19

Warm-up: “Eye of newt and toe of frog, Wool of bat and tongue of dog.” They also add, among other ingredients, a wolf’s tooth, a witch’s mummified flesh, a nose, lips and the finger of a baby that was strangled as its prostitute mother gave birth to it.

What would you include in a heinous witches’ brew? If you’re feeling ambitious, write the ingredients in rhyming verse form, as Shakespeare does.

  • Subject Verb Agreement Practice
  • Journal 3 (2nd period)
  • Read Macbeth
    • ID quotes
    • ID Academic Vocab
    • Complete Summary
  • Return work – complete grade tracker
subject verb agreement2
Subject Verb Agreement
  • To illustrate books for young readers require/requires a vivid imagination.
  • One junior, as well as four seniors, has/have been invited to attend the Milford Youth Council next month.
  • Each one of these computers is/are on sale.
  • A few in my class help/helps the coach set up the bleachers.
  • None of the people in the theater was/were sitting in the first two rows.
  • Public relations and advertising is/are exciting but often stressful work.
september 20
September 20

Warm-up: Innumerable authors have taken titles for their novels, poems, movies, and other works from Shakespeare (Brave New World, What Dreams May Come, and Things Fall Apart, just to name a few.)

If you wrote a novel and wanted to use a phrase from Shakespeare’s work as its title, which phrase would you choose, and why?

  • Subject Verb Agreement Practice
  • Finish Reading Macbeth
  • Discuss symbols and motifs
  • Macbeth Film Guide
  • Macbeth Journal 4
  • HW – Macbeth Final Quiz Monday
subject verb agreement practice1
Subject Verb Agreement Practice
  • Neither Charlotte nor Tyrone answer/answers the telephone on Saturdays.
  • Either my brother or my sisters has/have my Ipod.
  • The newspaper staff has/have turned in all their stories for the next edition.
  • Ever since he dismantled a toaster in third grade, electronics have/has fascinated him.
  • Witches
  • Bloody Hands
  • Storms
  • Hallucinations
  • Violence
  • Prophesy
  • Blood
  • Supernatural
  • Sleep
september 23
September 23

Macbeth Journal 4

“Blood will have blood.”

What is the relevance of this quote from the play to today’s world?

  • Finish checking daybooks
  • Subject Verb Agreement Practice
  • Finish PBS Macbeth with film guide (2nd)
  • PBS quiz (3rd)
  • Macbeth Match Up
  • Macbeth Trial
subject verb agreement practice2
Subject Verb Agreement Practice
  • Ninety miles (is/are) the distance between Florida and Cuba.
  • Many a runner (finish/finishes) a marathon long after the winner.
  • I know some people who (own/owns) a Christmas-tree farm.
  • Usher’s songs was/were the best part of the show.
  • Where (is/are) the earrings that I left by the bathroom sink?
september 24
September 24

Macbeth Journal 5

Can you think of recent leaders/celebrities whose over-reaching ambition caused their downfall? Explain.



  • Lab – Letter to the judges
  • Review Macbeth and PBS film
  • Macbeth Match up
  • Preparations for Macbeth Trial
  • Macbeth Journal 5
  • HW
    • Macbeth Quiz tomorrow
    • Progress Checks Due tomorrow
  • 3rd
  • Subject Verb Agreement Practice
  • Review Macbeth and PBS film
  • Macbeth Match up
  • Preparation for Macbeth Trial
  • Macbeth Journal 5
  • HW
    • Macbeth Quiz tomorrow
    • Progress Checks Due tomorrow
subject verb agreement practice3
Subject Verb Agreement Practice
  • One hundred and fifty gallons (is/are) the amount of liquid the average living room rug can absorb.
  • Someone-perhaps Emmanuel or Paul – (know/knows) the right wine to serve with earthworm lasagna.
  • These scissors (is/are) so dull that I’m not sure you could slice butter with them!
  • Physics (has/have) proven to be Jerry’s easiest subject this semester. He brings Carol, the lab assistant, an oatmeal-raisin cookie, and as his reward, she finishes his report.
september 25
September 25

Macbeth Journal 6

Imagine you are Lady Macbeth’s doctor. Write a medical report on her - complete with observations about her behavior, a diagnosis, suggested treatments and a prognosis.

  • Lab – Reflection Essay – 45 min
  • Progress Check Due Today
  • Macbeth Quiz
  • Macbeth Match Up
  • Macbeth Journal 6
september 26
September 26

Hopefully, you still have your quote or character trait slip. If you do, find your table. If you don’t see me.

  • Macbeth Journal Due
  • Macbeth Match Up Review
  • Macbeth Trials
september 27
September 27

Rate these qualities from most important to least important when it comes to the qualities of a leader: charisma, courage, eloquence, intelligence, and morality.

What do you think is missing from the list?

  • Macbeth Trial
  • Humanism
  • ID principles of humanism in text – Renaissance and Modern
macbeth trial
Macbeth Trial
  • What are the prosecution’s main points?
  • What are the defense’s main points?
  • Are their points valid and accurate?
  • Is there anything they could have added?
  • Revival of classic literature – Greek and Roman
  • More worldly and secular
  • Anthropocentric ideas – What???
  • Regarded humans as the crown of creation
  • Help humans realize their potential and gifts
  • Concentrate on perfection of worldly life not preparation for eternal life
    • Pg 446
rhetorical devices
Rhetorical Devices
  • Analogy – a comparison between two dissimilar things to explain an unfamiliar subject in terms of a familiar one
  • Antithesis – the expression of contrasting ideas in parallel grammatical form
  • Repetition – the repeated use of a word or a phrase for emphasis
  • Rhetorical question – a question to which no answer is expected
september 30
September 30

What’s the best advice you ever received?

  • Return Work
  • Find Rhetorical Devices and Principles of Humanism in MLK Speech.
  • Partner Up and read Bacon Essays to evaluate, synthesize, and infer.
  • Subject Verb Agreement Notes
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Subject Verb Agreement
  • Subjects joined by and use a plural verb.
    • She and her friends are going to the mall.
    • Paul and Gary have baseball practice.
  • Singular subjects joined by orornor use a singular verb.
    • The book or the pen is on the desk.
    • Elaine or Sophia sings at the home games.
  • When a singular and plural subject are joined by orornor, the verb should agree with the closest subject.
    • The boy or his friends run every day.
    • His friends or the boy runs every day.
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Subject Verb Agreement

4. Do not be misled by a phrase between a subject and verb. Cross it out and make the subject agree with the verb.

  • One of the boxes is open.
  • The people who listen to that music are few.
  • The team captain, as well as his players, is anxious.

5. Each, Each one, either, neither, everyone, everybody, anybody, anyone, somebody, someone, and no one are singular – always – and take a singular verb.

  • Everybody knows Mr. Smith.
  • Either is correct.
  • Each one gives his all.
mlk speech
MLK Speech
  • Rhetoric
    • Repetition
    • Rhetorical question
    • Analogy
october 1
October 1

How can we resist temptation?

Think of a goal that you worked hard to achieve. What obstacles did you encounter along the way? Describe the steps you took to “keep your eyes on the prize.”

  • Subject Verb Agreement Notes
  • Visitor from UNCC
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Subject Verb Agreement
  • Nouns such as civics, mathematics, dollars*, measles, and news use singular verbs.
    • The news is on at six.
    • Civics requires a prerequisite.
    • Five dollars is a lot of money.
    • *Seven dollars are sitting on the table.
  • Nouns such as scissors, tweezers, and shears use plural verbs.
    • The scissors are dull.
    • The tweezers are sharp.
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Subject Verb Agreement

3. Sentences beginning with there is or there are, the subject follows the verb.

a. There are many questions.

b. There is a question.

4. Collective nouns are words that imply more than one person but are considered singular and take a singular verb – group, team, committee, class, and family.

a. The team travels on Friday.

b. The committee decides what to purchase.

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Subject Verb Agreement

5. Expressions such as with, together with, including, accompanied by, in addition to, or as well do not change the number of the subject.

a. The President, accompanied by his wife, is traveling to India.

b. All of the books, including yours, are in that box.

  • Subject Verb Agreement Notes
  • AcadVocab – Allegory
  • Read Pilgrim’s Progress
  • Create pictorial maps
  • HW – bring research paper to class tomorrow
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Subject Verb Agreement
  • Plural indefinite pronouns use plural verbs – both, few, many, and several.
    • Few of the papers were good enough for an A.
    • Several of the students write well.
  • Some indefinite pronouns can be singular or plural – all, any, either, none, some, more, and most. Use the object of the preposition to help determine the correct verb.
    • Most of the work is finished.
    • Most of the books are out of date.
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Subject Verb Agreement

3. With words that indicate portions – percent, fraction – look at the noun of your phrase to determine whether a singular or plural verb is needed.

a. Fifty percent of the pie has disappeared.

b. Fifty percent of the pies have disappeared.

4. The number is singular. A number is plural.

a. The number of people we need to hire is thirteen.

b. A number of people have written about the subject.

5. Use a singular verb with sums of money or periods of time.

a. Ten dollars is a high price to pay.

b. Five years is the maximum sentence for that offense.

  • A story with two levels of meaning. The characters, settings, and events of an allegory stand not only for themselves but also for abstract qualities and ideas.
creating pictorial maps
Creating Pictorial Maps
  • Think of a journey you have taken involving a goal as well as obstacles or temptations.
  • Ideally, the journey resulted in personal growth and involved different settings and characters.
  • Depict your journey on a map like the one on page 509.
  • Characters and settings should represent abstract ideas or qualities.
  • Include pictures and words on your map.
  • Visitor from King’s College
october 4
October 4

Upcoming Senior Product Event:The Geek Squad is hosting a Senior Product day after school on Friday Oct. 11 in room A218. Any seniors who need assistance with creating their senior products are welcome to attend.

warm up
  • How has the knowledge of death affected your life? Has it made you more cautious or more fearful for your personal safety? Does it influence your relationships with others? Does it affect your appreciation of life’s pleasures? Explain your response.
  • AcadVocab Unit Review
  • AcadVocab – metaphysical conceit
  • Reading John Donne pg 518, 522
  • Identifying Metaphysical Conceit
  • AcadVocab – epitaph
  • Reading – Ben Jonson pg
  • Finishing our pictorial maps of temptation
  • HW – research paper, binder, note cards, and sheet protectors
acad vocab for unit test
AcadVocab for Unit Test
  • Iambic pentameter
  • Shakespearean Sonnet
  • Petrachan Sonnet
  • Quatrain
  • Couplet
  • Tragedy
  • Comic relief
  • Dramatic irony
  • Soliloquy
  • Blank verse
  • Analogy
  • Rhetorical question
  • Antithesis
  • Repetition
  • Metaphysical conceit
  • Act
  • Scene
  • Stage directions
  • Internal rhyme
  • Dialogue
  • Drama
  • Dramatic monologue
  • Rhythm
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Academic Vocab
  • Metaphysical poetry – primarily devotional and often mystical in content; poets used intellect, logic, and argument to explore abstract concepts such as love and death; highly intellectual, slightly irreverent, and unconventional imagery
  • Metaphysical conceit – a type of metaphor or simile in which the comparison is unusually striking, original, and elaborate
metaphysical conceit
Metaphysical Conceit

Other artists seek success,

But she found it a deceptive goal-

A steep bridge full of pain and stress,

Hard to cross, and not worth the toll.

acad vocab1
  • Epitaph – inscription placed on a tomb or monument to honor the memory of the person buried there
read jonson pg 526 528
Read Jonson pg 526 & 528
  • How is the speaker disappointed by love in each poem?
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Creating Pictorial Maps
  • Think of a journey you have taken involving a goal as well as obstacles or temptations.
  • Ideally, the journey resulted in personal growth and involved different settings and characters.
  • Depict your journey on a map like the one on page 509.
  • Characters and settings should represent abstract ideas or qualities.
  • Include pictures and words on your map.
october 7
October 7


Unit Review

Work on speech note cards and outline

october 8
October 8

Unit Test Today

october 9
October 9


Typing speech outline

Writing reflective essay

Finishing portfolio documents

Assemble portfolio

october 10
October 10


Typing speech outline

Writing speech

Writing reflective essay

Finishing portfolio documents

Assemble portfolio

october 11
October 11


Typing speech outline

Writing speech

Writing reflective essay

Finishing portfolio documents

Assemble portfolio

october 14
October 14

Speech Practice

october 15
October 15

Speech Practice

october 16
October 16

Speech Practice

october 17
October 17

On a separate sheet of paper…not your daybook: Write a letter to next semester’s seniors who will be completing their senior exits. Start the letter “Dear Senior.” Then, give them some advice. What do you wish someone had told you before you started this process this semester? From product to presentation to procrastination…talk about it all. Be honest.

  • Debrief Senior Projects
  • Return Work
  • Review Subject Verb Quiz
  • Review Macbeth Test
  • Pronoun Antecedent Agreement
pronoun antecedent notes
Pronoun Antecedent Notes
  • Pronouns are used to replace nouns.
  • Simple Pronouns
    • I, you, he, she , it, we, they, who, what
  • Compound Pronouns
    • Myself, someone, anybody, everything, itself, whatsoever
  • Phrasal Pronouns
    • One another, each other
  • Antecedent is the noun that the pronoun refers to or replaces.
    • The woman loves her new shoes.
pronoun antecedent agreement
Pronoun Antecedent Agreement
  • A personal pronoun takes the place of a noun.
    • Our coach made her point without raising her voice.
  • A reflexive pronoun is formed by adding self or selves to a personal pronoun.
    • Aaliyah loves herself. (direct object of love)
    • Billy does not seem himself today. (predicate nominative)
    • Cole will read to himself. (object of the preposition)
    • Toddlers usually cannot give themselves a bath. (indirect object)
  • An intensive pronoun is a reflexive pronoun that emphasizes the noun or pronoun it refers to
    • The dessert the children baked themselves tasted – interesting.
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Pronoun Antecedent Agreement
  • Possessive Pronouns show ownership.
october 18
October 18

What do you remember about Dr. Seuss? What is your favorite story? Why? Do you have a favorite memory about Dr. Seuss?

  • Pronoun Antecedent Agreement Practice
  • New Acad Vocab
  • Intro Butter Battle Book
  • Read A Modest Proposal – pg 620
  • Discuss irony
  • Reflect
  • *Extra Credit Update
pronoun practice with lyrics underline pronouns once possessive pronouns twice
Pronoun Practice with lyricsUnderline Pronouns Once; Possessive Pronouns Twice
  • …and one day that you see him
  • ‘til they walk in his footsteps and try to be him
  • The devil is alive, I feel him breathin’
  • Claiming money is the key, so keep on dreamin’
  • …lottery tickets, just to tease us…
  • His job try to claim that he too niggerish now
  • Is it ‘cause his skin blacker than liquorish now
  • I can’t figure it out, I’m sick of it now…
  • And nothing last forever but be honest babe
  • It hurts but it may be the only way
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Acad Vocab Example 1Example 2
  • Satire – literary technique that ridicules people’s behavior or society’s institutions to bring about social reform
  • irony – double meaning; what is said is the opposite of what is meant
  • Sarcasm – mocking (You’re right on time.)
  • Parody – mocking imitation of a known person, literary work, movie, or event
  • Overstatement – exaggeration by saying more than you mean to say (3 year old artist)
  • Understatement – implying the opposite by saying less than you mean to say (It’s a little cold – when it is below 30)
a modest proposal p 620
A Modest Proposal – p 620
  • Find examples of irony during reading

Swift once said “I hate and detest that animal called man.” What does he mean by this? How can this relate to what we read today?

october 22
October 22

What are signs of vanity?

  • Modest Proposal Quiz
  • Review of Modest Proposal and satire
  • Pronouns
  • Highlighting the Restoration – Group Notes
  • Midterm Acad Vocab
  • Reading The Rape of the Lock – pg 612
  • Modest Proposal – does Swift think we should actually eat babies?
  • Obsesity
  • The rich
  • Government
  • Really happy people
  • The news
modest proposal
Modest Proposal
  • Ethos – ethical, moral
  • Logos – logical
  • Pathos – emotional
  • Examples
    • How can you look at the sad faces of separated families and not decide to help them.
    • You should consider the immigration argument and decide what is the right thing to do.
    • Statistics show that 1 out of every 6 people in North Carolina has relatives or friends involved in the immigration issue.
    • Modest Proposal
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Pronouns and their AntecedentsUnderline the pronoun. circle the antecedent
  • The Mayor reviewed the budget and asked questions about it.
  • The discussion lasted for hours; it ended with an agreement.
  • Billie Holiday was a jazz singer admired for the unique quality of her voice.
  • Susan, a junior in high school, has begun to think about her career goals.
  • Because it is understood by people of all nations, music is considered a universal language.
  • Subjective – used as subjects
    • I, you, he, she, it, we, they, who
    • My friend and I went to the store.
  • Objective – used as objects of verbs or prepositions
    • Me, you, him, her, it, us, them, whom
    • My friend went to the store with me.
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  • Irony (dramatic, situational, verbal)
  • Satire – literary piece meant to criticize
  • Sarcasm - mockery
  • Parody – mocking imitation
  • Tone – writer’s attitude
  • Farce – exaggerated comedy; characters are stereotypes; absurd plot, ridiculous situations, and humorous dialogue (Monty Python)
the rape of the lock pg 612
The Rape of the Lock pg 612
  • Satire – What flaws of British society and upper class behavior are being criticized?
    • Lines 15-16
    • Lines 21-22
    • Lines 11-114
  • Irony – Where is the irony? What actually happens in contrast to what is expected? What is Belinda mad about?What do the Baron and Belinda fight over?
midterm vocab
Midterm Vocab
  • Dramatic irony
  • Kenning
  • Epic hero
  • Alliteration
  • Infer
  • universal theme
  • Timeless value
  • Quatrain
  • Imagery
  • Rhyme scheme
  • Personification
  • Stanza
  • Metaphysical conceit
  • Soliloquy
  • Side notes
  • Tragic flaw
  • Foreshadowing
  • Blank verse
  • Paraphrase
  • Author’s purpose
  • Satire
  • Verbal irony
  • Counterargument
  • Proposition
  • Ethos (ethical, moral)
  • Pathos (pathetic, emotional)
  • Logos (logical, reasoned)
  • Subject/verb agreement
  • Pronouns (subjective, objective)
october 23
October 23

“It is time to effect a revolution in female manners – time to restore to them their lost dignity.”

What do you think of this? What does it mean? What does the author mean by female manners and lost dignity?

  • Pronoun Practice
  • Subject Verb Practice
  • Reading A Vindication of the Rights of Women – pg 720
  • Debate nature vs education
  • Mid Term Review
  • (She/Her) and (me/I) are planning a surprise birthday party.
  • All of (they/them) came to tutoring.
  • The mom told (we/us) kids to go outside with all of our noise.
  • (We/us) kids listened and went outside.
  • Give your homework to (me/myself) when you come in the classroom.
subject verb
Subject Verb
  • Neither Sam nor his friends (want/wants) to do their homework.
  • The class (is/are) reading pieces of satire for their current unit.
  • One of my friends (walk/walks) to school every day.
  • Spaghetti and meatballs (is/are) a favorite meal of many children.
  • Few (is/are) taking advantage of the available retest policy.
  • The teacher, along with her students, (is/are) ready for a holiday break.
nature vs education
Nature vs Education
  • Does education have a powerful influence on how people behave?
  • Make a list of arguments to support your argument.
  • Use personal experience, observations, and the text for support.
midterm review
Midterm Review

What is dramatic irony?

Give me an example from The Canterbury Tales.


Which is a kenning?

Captain of evil

Grendel’s home


Tribe of Danes


Which of the following is alliteration?

Fight, Right

Gillespie’s Guidelines

Run, Walk


What is the rhyme scheme in the following passage?

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate:

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,

And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:


What are the examples of imagery in the following passage?

My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun;

Coral is far more red than her lips’ red;

If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;


What is the metaphysical conceit comparing in the following lines?

If they be two, they are two so

As stiff twin compasses are two;

Thy soul, the fixed foot, makes no show

To move, but doth, if th’ other do.


What is personified in the following passage?

When Love with unconfined wings

Hovers within my gates,

And my divine Althea brings

To whisper at the grates

october 24
October 24

2nd: Satire Projects

3rd: MidTerm

october 25 3 rd period october 28 2 nd period
October 25 – 3rd period October 28 – 2nd period

Free Write


for 15 minutes

  • Discuss the purpose of diaries
  • Read Pepys’ Diaries in small groups
  • Take Notes – Respond to question prompts during reading
  • Reflect on Virginia Wolfe quote about Pepys
  • Why do people keep diaries?
  • Are diaries what they used to be?
  • How have blogs changed diaries?
  • How has social media impacted privacy?
  • Are our thoughts and actions private anymore?
  • If they are, is it easy to keep private?
the diary of samuel pepys
The Diary of Samuel Pepys
  • The Restoration of Charles II – pg 580
  • The Coronation of the King – pg 582
  • The Great London Fire – pg 584
  • Domestic Affairs – pg 586
  • As you read, take notes and answer sidebar questions as a group.

Critical Interpretations: The author Virginia Woolf once said that the “chief delight” of Pepys’s diary is its revelation of “those very weaknesses and idiosyncrasies that in our own case we would die rather than reveal.” Do you agree or disagree with this opinion? Explain your answer.

october 29
October 29

Is emotion stronger than reason? Do you think that emotions trump reason when it comes to behavior? Do you think the best writing focuses on personal feelings, or do you prefer writing that examines less personal concerns?

  • Pronoun Practice
  • Read Romantic Background pg 796-797
  • Finding Romantic features through Wordsworth
  • Read pg 807 together looking for Romantic features
  • Think, Pair, Share pg 806
  • Work in groups for We are Seven
october 30
October 30

What takes your breath away? Think of sights or places that have inspired powerful feelings in you. Then, choose one that had a particularly strong impact, and describe what you saw, how you felt, and what you learned.

  • Pronoun Practice
  • Day Book Check
  • Academic Vocab
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Academic Vocab
  • Romanticism
  • Apostrophe
  • Naturalism
  • Aside
  • Lyric
  • Symbolism
  • Ballad
  • Ode
  • Blank Verse
  • Allusion
  • Consonance
  • Alliteration
  • Couplet
  • Assonance
  • Dialogue
  • Pastoral
october 31
October 31

Describe your favorite Halloween memory from childhood.

  • Pronoun Practice
  • Finish Day Book Check
  • TPFASTT When We Two Parted – pg 852 – as a class
  • TPFASTT She Walks in Beauty – pg 850 – with a partner
  • Venn Diagram the two poems
  • Reflection – Analyzing Visuals

Analyze Visuals: pg 853 The Confession

Who is confessing in this picture? What leads you to believe that?

november 4
November 4

Either Mary or Lynn will bring her husband to the party.

Neither of the women will wear their new jewelry.

A few of the researchers felt like they made a real contribution to the cancer cure.

One of the managers from the store wants to hire their son for the job.

Some of the cake will be chilled in the freezer; I hope they get cold enough to eat.

  • Romantic Poetry Project
    • Creating visual
    • Researching poet
    • TPFASTT poem
    • Paraphrase
    • LINCing vocabulary
  • Presenting Tomorrow
  • Pronoun Quiz Wednesday
november 5
November 5

None of the farmers think that their crops will fail.

Few teenagers buy only one brand of clothing; they like to shop in different stores.

Only one of the buyers from the company will get to vote on their favorite team.

Anyone can make a good first impression on their interview.

Everybody left his or her books on the floor in the classroom.

  • Romantic Poetry Project – finish
    • Creating visual
    • Researching poet
    • TPFASTT poem
    • Paraphrase
    • LINCing vocabulary
  • Pronoun Quiz Tomorrow
november 6
November 6

Review your pronoun notes.

Don’t forget:

All, any, more, most, none, some, such

– can be either singular or plural – you have to look at the object of the preposition to decide which is correct

  • Romantic Poetry Project Presentations
  • Intro to Gothic Literature
  • ID Gothic Elements in Literature, Art, and Music
    • Frankenstein pg 859
    • Christabel
  • Read Dracula’s Guest
warm up1

Describe your favorite scary movie/story. Why do you like it? What makes it so good? What do you see? What do you hear?

november 7
November 7

Create a list of contemporary examples of monsters from literature, film, or television. Compile a brief list of their physical and psychological characteristics. Why are they so frightening? What is human about them? What messages about the dark side of society do you think they convey?

  • Romantic Poetry Project Presentations
  • Intro to Gothic Literature
  • ID Gothic Elements in Literature, Art, and Music
    • Frankenstein pg 859
    • Christabel
the beginning
The Beginning
  • Horace Walpole wrote The Castle of Otranto in 1765.
  • Popular in 19th Century
  • Mysterious, magical, and macabre
gothic elements
Gothic Elements
  • a castle, ruined or intact, haunted or not,
  • ruined buildings which are sinister or which arouse a pleasing melancholy,
  • dungeons, underground passages, crypts, and catacombs which, in modern houses, become spooky basements or attics,
  • labyrinths, dark corridors, and winding stairs,
  • shadows, a beam of moonlight in the blackness, a flickering candle, or the only source of light failing (a candle blown out or an electric failure),
  • extreme landscapes, like rugged mountains, thick forests, or icy wastes, and extreme weather,
  • omens and ancestral curses,
  • magic, supernatural manifestations, or the suggestion of the supernatural,
  • a passion-driven, willful villain-hero or villain,
  • a curious heroine with a tendency to faint and a need to be rescued–frequently,
  • a hero whose true identity is revealed by the end of the novel,
  • horrifying (or terrifying) events or the threat of such happenings.

“The Nightmare”

Henry Fuseli



“Near Hackness”

John Atkinson Grimshaw

november 8
November 8

Friday Free Write

  • Christabel Gothic Elements HW DUE
  • Poetry Presentations
  • Visitor Presentation
november 12
November 12

“What scares you?”

Why is fear so powerful? Why are people fascinated with fear? Why do you think writers and directors use fear as a tool in their work?

  • Christabel Gothic Elements HW DUE
  • Poetry Presentations
  • ID Gothic elements in film
    • Dracula
november 13
November 13

Write your own gothic story.

  • Christabel Gothic Elements HW DUE – No Really – DUE TODAY
  • Poetry Presentations
  • ID Gothic elements in film
    • Wuthering Heights
november 14
November 14

Compare the two films we watched – Dracula and Wuthering Heights. They were quite different, but both are considered gothic. How so? Explain.

  • Grammar Practice
  • Showing, Not Telling
  • Directed Reading of “My Last Duchess”
  • Writing Gothic Story
  • The students put their homework in their folders.
  • Bobby likes walking to the store after school.
  • Warm-ups are written in your daybook.
  • Grammar will be on your test.
  • Student can serve detention before school or after school.
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Subject Verb Agreement
  • Everyone in the Pep Club is/are wearing the school colors.
  • Both of the games was/were postponed.
  • None of the equipment was/were damaged.
  • Most of the sandwiches has/have already been eaten.
  • Neither the players nor the coach was/were ready to concede defeat.
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Pronoun Antecedent Agreement
  • Each of the boys brought _______ sweater.
  • Both of the debaters persuasively presented ______________ arguments.
  • The committee comprised three juniors and two seniors, _____________ chairperson was Angelo.
  • If either Theo or Tommy calls, tell __________ I need help.
  • Neither Sean nor his brothers forgot _______ mother’s birthdays.

my birthday is coming up at the end of the month i’m having a party at the YMCA inviting four friends and my cousin Alex we will swim and play volleyball open gifts and eat cake and ice cream later my parents and i will go to a nice restaurant for supper my grandparents too

november 15
November 15

Friday Free Write

  • Grammar Practice
  • Reading Porphyria’s Lover
  • Finishing Directed Reading of “My Last Duchess”
  • Writing Gothic Story
  • Returning Work
subject verb and prepositions
Subject Verb and Prepositions
  • The students in my class has/have very poor work habits.
  • All of the children was/were hunting Easter eggs.
  • Sitting on the sofa was/were two students from Thailand.
  • One of my greatest worries in college was/were that I would study hard and still fail.
  • The news about Afghanistan is/are shocking, isn’t it?
pronoun antecedent
Pronoun Antecedent
  • Everyone ran out of _______ rooms when the fire alarm sounded.
  • Several of my friends will get ____________ licenses this month.
  • No one in the family could believe ___________ eyes.
  • Both of the girls need to have _____________ permission forms signed.
  • Neither Patty or Mike will stay after school to help with _____________________ project.

After the civil war africanamericans in the south were freed from slavery but they were still terribly poor one of these former slaves was a man named benjamin singleton he wanted to help himself and he also wanted to help others facing similar challenges singleton organized a group of black farmers to buy land together in tennessee but white landowners would not sell to them at fair prices singleton however was not willing to give up

november 18
November 18

Do you believe that love lasts forever?

  • Gothic Stories Due Today
  • Grammar Practice
  • Read Sonnet 43 – pg 954
  • Read Remembrance – pg 956
  • Find Figurative Language – simile, metaphor, personification, and hyperbole
  • Discussion
  • Reflection
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Subject Verb and Prepositions
  • One of my instructors has/have written a letter of recommendation for me.
  • Either the Committee on Course Design or the Committee on College Operations decide/decides where the funds go.
  • A few of the students are/is doing so well they can skip the next course.
  • John or his brother are/is going to be responsible for this.
  • Some of the grain have/has gone bad.
pronoun antecedent1
Pronoun Antecedent
  • Several of the convicts refused to testify at __________ trial.
  • Each of the seals caught the piece of fish thrown to ______________.
  • Many of the students forgot the promise __________ made.
  • Everyone needs to bring _____________ own pen and paper.
  • Anyone who wants to play should bring ________ physical to the coach.
fragments run ons and such
Fragments, run-ons, and such

i started listening to popular music when i were 11 years old my dads mom grandma delia bought me a boombox for my birthday i never really bothered to think about music before but once i got a boom box i started to think about music a lot after about a month of lissening to a different radio station everyday i decided that i like listening to pop country rap and the blue i have a favorite band or singer for each type of music

group discussion
Group Discussion
  • Is romantic love an illusion?
  • How can you tell true love from mere infatuation?
  • How is romantic love similar to and different from other forms of love?
  • Do we live in a love-obsessed society? If, so, why, and what are the effects?
final reflection
Final Reflection

Should people strive to love as the speakers in the poem do or not? What are the advantages and disadvantages of loving with such intensity?

november 19
November 19

How do you live life to the fullest? Think about either a person who lives life fully or a person whose life is lacking or incomplete. Make a list of at least 5 experiences you believe are essential for a life lived to the fullest and explain why.

  • Grammar Practice
  • Reading Victorian author Biographies and sharing out
  • Reading “In Memoriam” – pg 938
  • Reading “Crossing the Bar” – pg 941
  • Group discussion on memorializing
  • Review for test
  • Class Reflection
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Subject Verb and Prepositions
  • The rhythm of the pounding waves is/are calming.
  • All of the dogs in the neighborhood were/was barking.
  • A high tax, not to mention unemployment, influence/influences votes.
  • My friends and my mother like/likes each other.
  • The team and the band was/were on the field.
pronoun antecedent2
Pronoun Antecedent

1. A reporter talked to Mrs. Smith after (her, their) home was struck by a tornado.

2. Jack Smith spent most of (his, their) time cleaning up the yard.

3. Nick, Mack, and Patty Smith are staying with (his or her, their) neighbors for the time being.

4. The Smiths now have a healthy respect for tornadoes and (its, their) power.

5. The reporter finally submitted (her, their) assignment to the editor of the paper.

fragments run ons and such1
Fragments, Run-ons, and Such

my family and i spend summer vacations in havensport we stay at uncle clay and aunt anitas beach house ricky my younger brother and i play in the tide pools we look for the creatures that hide between and under the rocks our parents watch us from the deck and call out things like careful here comes a big wave and did you put sunscreen on your ears that’s how our days usually go but one day something really unusual happening

  • Elizabeth Barret Browning – pg 952
  • Emily Bronte – pg 952
  • Robert Browning – pg 944
  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson – pg 928
in memoriam pg 938
In Memoriam – pg 938
  • 27
    • What kind of sorrow is described?
    • What does it suggest about the speaker’s character?
    • Is the speaker’s main idea convincing? Does it need to be convincing?
  • 54
    • What emotion is being expressed?
  • 130
    • What experiences described will give the speaker warm, encouraging memories of his friend?
crossing the bar pg 941
Crossing the Bar – pg 941
  • What is the speaker’s attitude toward the experiences described in this poem?
how do we memorialize the dead
How do we memorialize the dead?
  • Work in small groups to brainstorm the different ways we memorialize those who have died
  • Writing Task – using the information your group generated, write a short paragraph discussing the ways that modern Americans pay their respects to the dead.
class reflection
Class Reflection

Daybook Entry: Look back at what you wrote down for your goals for English IV this semester. Are you meeting them? Why/why not? What are you going to change? What are you going to do to keep it up?

november 20
November 20

Write a love letter to a piece of technology…just like Robert Browning did…let that piece of technology know that you not only love what it can do but also love what it is.

  • Grammar Practice
  • Review for test - Friday
  • Romantic Poetry Slam

did you notice all the complaining grumbling and discontent in the cafeteria last thursday as one class after another arrived to eat lunch students expresses disappointment that there would be no “pizza thursday” although it may not have been obvious before it should be clear to everybody now that the students have gotten very attached to the idea of eating pizza for lunch on thursdays

test review
Test Review
  • Apostrophe – an object, abstract quality, or absent, imaginary person is addressed directly, as if present and able to understand
    • Ex: “When We Two Parted” – pg 852
  • Assonance – repetition of vowel sound
    • Ex: “When I have fears that I may cease to be Before my pen has glean’d my teeming brain”
  • Consonance – repetition of consonant sounds
    • Ex: “Where Alph, the sacred river, ran Through caverns measureless to man”
  • Alliteration – repetition of consonant sound at beginning of words
    • Ex: “Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.”
test review1
Test Review
  • Blank Verse
  • Couplet
  • Dialogue
  • Ode
  • Symbolism
romantic poets
Romantic Poets
  • William Blake “The Lamb”
  • Robert Burns “To a Mouse”
  • William Wordsworth “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” “…Tintern Abbey”
  • Samuel Coleridge “Kubla Khan”
  • George Gordon, Lord Byron “When We Two Parted”
  • Percy Shelley “Ode to the West Wind”
  • John Keats “When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be”
romantic elements
Romantic Elements
  • An emphasis on personal experience and the glorification of the individual (as opposed to the greater world of human behavior). Romantic poets wrote about the intricate workings of their own minds and emotions.
  • The expression of strong emotion and the free play of imagination.
  • Nature - Focused on aspects of the natural world (nature). Used natural settings and images to explore their own thoughts and feelings.
  • The commonplace – Romantic poets often chose humble subjects and celebrated ordinary things.
  • The supernatural and the exotic – Romantic poets like Coleridge introduced mystery and magic into their poems – “Kubla Khan”
slam poetry
Slam Poetry
  • I’m taking my ball and going home
  • Repetition
  • Parallelism
  • Metaphor
  • Alliteration
  • Simile
  • Imagery
romantic poetry slam
Romantic Poetry Slam
  • Write two romantic “slam” poems. Each poem should take somewhere between 1-3 minutes to perform. If each one occupies about a page and a half, you’re probably doing it right.
  • Your poems must contain the 5 features of romantic poetry that we have discussed (ad nauseam). Your classmates will verify their presence after you perform.
  • Your poems should pay special attention (as both Romantic and Slam poets do) to features of rhyme and meter. You should also incorporate sophisticated figurative language (imagery, similes, etc.) and sound devices such as repetition and alliteration to help with the “flow” of your poem.
  • Be prepared to present at least one of your poems to the class. Remember that slam poetry is a performance art – it’s not enough to simply stand there and “read” your poem to the class.
november 21
November 21

Take a few minutes to finish up your poems. Perfect them. Read them. Make sure you included some romantic elements and figurative language.

  • Romantic Poetry Slam
  • Fragment Quiz
  • Compare/Contrast themes in Venn diagram
    • Dover Beach and To Marguerite pg 1058
    • Tonight I Can Write
romantic poets test extra credit november 22

A. “The Lamb”

B. “To a Mouse”

C. “…Tintern Abbey”

D. “Kubla Khan”

E. “When We Two Parted”

F. “Ode to the West Wind”

G. “When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be”

Romantic Poets – Test Extra Credit November 22

1. William Wordsworth

2. Percy Shelley

3. John Keats

4. George Gordon,

Lord Byron

5. Samuel Coleridge

6. Robert Burns

7. William Blake

november 25
November 25

Finishing Test

november 26
November 26

Beginning Lit Groups

and viewing Wuthering Heights

december 2
December 2

Manic Monday

Mania is defined as an excessive or unreasonable enthusiasm. So, with that being said, what are you manic about today? Or what have you been manic about lately? Or what mania have you witnessed lately?

  • Commas
  • Reading
  • Lit Assignment Day One: Word Watcher
comma rules
Comma Rules
  • Separate items in a series
  • Comma and conjunction to separate independent clauses
  • Set off introductory elements
comma practice
Comma Practice
  • In the novel racism provides unique symbolism.
  • Eventually I got around to finishing the term paper.
  • In fact the planet Mars glows red on a clear night.
  • With sweat pouring down his face the point-guard stepped up to the free-throw line.
  • Quickly I ran down the street to the corner store.
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Comma Practice
  • In theory the dark smoke from the burning oil wells absorbs sunlight and the surrounding air is heated.
  • Walking through the halls you can hear talk about sports music and fashion.
  • It seems that she answered the questions easily but her answer was actually quite complex.
  • It can be beneficial to register for classes early yet each student must wait his or her turn.
  • All students must take history science math and English.
word watcher
Word Watcher
  • Select ten unknown words from your reading.
  • Identify the part of speech, the page, the paragraph #, and write the dictionary definition.
  • Draw a picture illustrating the word.
  • Create an original sentence that correctly uses the word.
december 3
December 3

Tirade Tuesday

What is your tirade, or rant, today? Who or what do you wish you could change today?

  • Commas
  • Reading
  • Lit Assignment Day Two: Illuminator
comma rules1
Comma Rules
  • Set off non-essential elements or information
  • Separate coordinate adjectives
  • Set off quoted elements
comma practice2
Comma Practice
  • This cold December wind chills me to the bone.
  • The trouble with school said Muriel is the classes.
  • I took Angie the one with the freckles to the movies.
  • The dark eerie music set the mood for the movie.
  • I don’t believe said Mark that we have met.
  • Each person who enters the contest must send in two box tops.
  • You are a good friend said Julia.
  • My professor is a tall distinguished man.
  • My grandparents live in an old dilapidated house.
  • John decided nonetheless not to buy the car.
  • Write down five significant quotes (with page and paragraph numbers) from today’s reading. Some reasons for choosing particular quotes might include (but are not limited to) pivotal events, informative, descriptive, scary, thought-provoking, controversial, confusing, or personally meaningful.
  • For each quote, write a response that explains the importance of the quote and analyzes the passage for characters, relationships, patterns, and/or changes over time.
december 4
December 4

Wishful Wednesday

If you could have a wish come true today, what would your wish be and why?

  • Commas
  • Reading
  • Lit Assignment Day Three: Character Captain
comma rules2
Comma Rules
  • Set off phrases that express contrast
    • Some say the world will end in ice not fire.
    • It was her money not her charm or personality that first attracted him.
    • The puppies were cute but very messy.
  • To avoid confusion
    • For most the year is already finished.
    • Outside the lawn was cluttered with hundreds of broken branches.
    • Let’s eat Grandma!
character captain
Character Captain
  • Select three different characters from your reading. Choose three adjectives that describe each of the characters and include a text-supported explanation of why you chose those words .
  • Create a either a diary entry or a personal letter for each of the characters you chose. The diary entry or letter should show an in-depth understanding of the characters’ ideals, morals, hopes, fears, etc. Each entry or letter must be at least one page in length.
december 5
December 5

Thankful Thursday

Write a thank you note to someone who deserves a thank you from you but who you have not yet thanked.

  • Commas
  • Reading
  • Lit Assignment Day Four: Illustrator
comma rules3
Comma Rules
  • Set off the name of the person you are speaking to
    • Would you like to go to the dance with me, Joseph?
    • Kelly, can you have dinner with me on Saturday?
    • Mark, put your clothes away.
  • After the greeting and closing of a letter
    • Dear Abby,
    • Sincerely,
  • After the number in a date
    • December 5, 2013
  • Between the city and state
    • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Create a storyboard that relates to your reading. The storyboard can be pictures of the plot events, a conversation between characters, etc. Be creative and original but also be sure that it clearly focuses on one event or conversation.
  • Your storyboard must be at least six panels and contain either dialogue or captions in each panel.
december 6
December 6

Friday Free Write

  • Reading
  • Lit Assignment Day Five: Discussion Director
discussion director
Discussion Director
  • Write a ½ page summary of your reading for today.
  • Create 14 questions based on today’s reading using the question stems provided below. You must have 2 questions from each of the 7 levels. Once you have created the questions, have someone in your group answer them (or answer them yourself).
december 9
December 9

“A picture is worth a thousand words.”

So, think of one of your favorite pictures. Describe it…in detail. Then, explain why it is your favorite.

  • Commas
  • Reading
  • Lit Assignment Day Six: Connector
  • Make connections between your reading and humanity as a whole by responding in writing to each of the following statements (¼ - ½ page for each statement):
    • This section is interesting because if you connect it back to earlier in the text, you’ll notice
    • These events/characters are not isolated in this text. We see this in many other places. For example….
    • This section/character reminds me of….
    • Current trends/events that relate to this section are…
december 10
December 10

“Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.”

What does this quote mean to you? What are you fearless about? How are you powerful? Why should we beware?

  • Reading
  • Lit Assignment Day Seven: Character Analysis Wheel
character analysis wheel
Character Analysis Wheel
  • In the center of a piece of paper, make a portrait of a main character that remains true to the description in the text OR create an acrostic of their name using the letters of their name to find words that define the character.
  • Divide the space outside the wheel into 6 sections.
  • Label each section as such: Background, Physical Appearance, Relationship to Other Characters, Dreams, Quotes, and Conflicts.
  • In each section, describe the character in terms of his/her relation to each heading.
  • Each section must include three descriptions, with the exception of Quotes and Conflicts. Quotes should contain 2 quotes from the book that the character used which provide insight into the person’s character.
  • Conflicts should contain two conflicts the character is involved in (person vs. self, person vs. person, person vs. nature, person vs. society) and a sentence explaining the heart of each of the conflicts.
december 11
December 11

“I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!”

What can you not live without? And why?

  • Reading
  • Lit Assignment Day Eight: Movie Posters
movie posters
Movie Posters
  • Create a movie poster for your novel. Be sure to include which actors will be playing the roles of significant characters. The poster should also reflect your “vision” for the novel. Is it a modern adaptation, or will it stay true to the author’s original text?
  • Include a synopsis of the movie and a tagline for your movie.
december 12
December 12

“There comes an end to all things; the most capacious measure is filled at last; and this brief condescension to evil finally destroyed the balance of my soul.”

Explain what you think this means. How can you relate?

  • Comma Quiz Monday
  • Reading
  • Lit Assignment Day Nine: Actors or Gamers
actors or gamers
Actors or Gamers

1. Choose one scene from your novel and create a brief three minute skit during which you “act out” the scene as if you were performing it for stage or screen. Pay special attention to blocking and dialogue. Be sure to write your script.

2. Create a game for your novel – board game, card game, etc. Be sure to include the purpose of the game and the rules. Your game should include questions about plot, characters, literary devices, etc. Your game should be able to be played.

december 13
December 13

Friday Free Write

  • Comma Quiz Monday
  • Reading
  • Finishing Literature Assignments
december 16
December 16

What are these? Why do you use them? What do they mean? Which one applies to you today? Why? Can there be more than one interpretation for one face? What would happen if you misunderstood the way one was used? Are there basic or complex emotions expressed?

  • Comma Quiz
  • KWL Discussion on Autism
  • Reading A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • Comprehension and Analysis Questions before and after reading
  • Reflection
autism and me
Autism and Me
  • What do you KNOW about autism?
  • What would you WANT to know about autism (or what questions do you have?
  • What have you learned about autism?
chapter 1
Chapter 1
  • What do you learn about Christopher by reading this passage? What do you learn about what is important to him? How does he see things? How might he be different from you, or even the same? What kind of narrative style characterizes this passage? Can you complete the story from that point? What are your first impressions of the story?
chapter 3
Chapter 3

Why does Christopher tear the piece of paper and throw it away? What do the faces represent?

chapter 5
Chapter 5

What are some things Christopher does that are considered a result of his autism?

chapter 7
Chapter 7

Examine the footnote on p. 5 of the book. Why does Christopher use footnotes?

chapter 11
Chapter 11

Christopher provides insight into his behavior on p. 7 when he begins to press his forehead on the ground, ignoring the policeman. However, the policeman does not have the vantage point that we have. If we were ignorant about Christopher in the way that the policeman is, what would we think of Christopher? If the policeman had known what we know about this narrator, how might he have approached Christopher differently?

chapter 13
Chapter 13

Christopher digresses to talk about the book. Why?

chapter 17
Chapter 17

What additions or “flourishes” do you notice in his storytelling? What do these tell us about this narrator?

chapter 19
Chapter 19

A digression on prime numbers. What do we learn, factually speaking, about such numbers as we read this chapter? How does Chapter 19 shed light on the subject matter of the previous chapter? What philosophy does Christopher extract from his digression on prime numbers?

december 17
December 17

What do the items in Christopher’s pockets reveal about him? If you were to empty your pockets (or bag), what would those items reveal about you?

  • Grammar Practice – cumulative grammar test on Friday
  • Deductive Reasoning Review
  • Reading Curious Incident
  • Comprehension and Analysis Questions before, during, and after reading
  • Reasoning search
  • Final Reflection
grammar practice
Grammar Practice
  • Pg 446 in grammar book
  • Complete section 1
deductive vs inductive
Deductive vs inductive
  • Deductive = top-down
    • If the premise is true, the conclusion is true.
    • General to specific
    • All humans will die. I am human. I will die.
  • Inductive = bottom-up
    • Specific to general
    • My wife and her mom are nags. All women are nags.
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Deductive vs. inductive
  • I am having a good year. This is a lucky year.
  • All dogs have a good sense. Spot is a dog. Spot has a good sense of smell.
  • It is dangerous to drive in the snow. It is snowing right now. It is dangerous to drive now.
  • Every 3 year old you know whines. All 3 year olds whine.
chapter 29 31 and 37
Chapter 29, 31, and 37
  • Why does Christopher find people confusing? Do you agree?
  • What do we find out about Christopher’s relationship with his father in this chapter? What symbolic gesture do they share with each other? Why is this? What does it mean?
  • What does Christopher say about telling lies? Do you believe him?
chapters 41 43 and 47
Chapters 41, 43, and 47
  • How would you characterize the relationship between Christopher and his father? Look at the relationship through Christopher’s eyes, his father’s eyes, and through your own eyes.
  • What words describe the demeanor of the narrator's father on the ride home from the police headquarters?
  • Why is the narrator's father frustrated by the time they reach home from the police headquarters?
  • Why does the narrator say that he will not bother his father after his father admits to being sad?
  • How long ago does the narrator say his mother died?
  • The type of day the narrator has depends on the number of cars he passes on the way to school. What are the two types of days that he has?
chapters 53 59 and 61
Chapters 53, 59, and 61
  • What did Father tell the narrator his mother died of?
  • Why does the narrator decide to investigate the death of the dog despite his father's admonishments?
  • What example does the narrator give of his father breaking the rules?
chapter 67
Chapter 67
  • What does Father decide to do on Saturday instead of taking the narrator on a weekly trip?
  • What fear does the narrator overcome while trying to solve the mystery of the dog's death?
  • What are the reasons the narrator deduces for killing a dog?
  • At the end of chapter 67, who does the narrator think killed the dog?
reasoning search
Reasoning Search
  • With a partner, find at least 3 examples of Christopher’s reasoning. Determine whether his reasoning is deductive or inductive.
december 18
December 18

1. Grammar Practice

2. Reading A Curious Incident

3. Viewing Sherlock

december 19
December 19

1. Grammar Practice

2. Reading A Curious Incident

3. Viewing Sherlock

december 20
December 20

Grammar Test

Victorian Novel Test

Finishing Sherlock

january 6
January 6

Free Write

  • Reviewing comma quiz
  • Discussing Object Quiz - Wednesday
  • Discussing Final Project
  • Discussing/Reviewing Curious Incident
  • Reading Curious Incident
  • Venn Diagram Sherlock and Christopher
  • Final Reflection

Which sentence is written correctly?

A. The couples who attended the Valentine's Day dance included Brett and Cheryl Matt and Robin and Lucas and Emily.

B. The couples who attended the Valentine's Day dance included Brett and Cheryl, Matt and Robin, and Lucas and Emily.

C. The couples, who attended the Valentine's Day dance, included Brett and Cheryl, Matt and Robin, and Lucas and Emily.

D. The couples who attended, the Valentine's Day dance included Brett and Cheryl, Matt and Robin and Lucas and Emily.


Which sentence is written correctly?

A. Bananas and chocolate make the best breakfast muffins.

B. Bananas and chocolate, make the best breakfast muffins.

C. Bananas, and chocolate make the best breakfast muffins.

D. Bananas, and chocolate, make the best breakfast muffins.


"Don't worry honey “ said Mom. "If

Rocky doesn't come home we'll go to

the humane society and pick out

another cat."


The fire alarm began to whine startling everyone in

the room but Mr. Chambless continued to lecture

about economic theory ignoring the possibility that

flames might be licking the hallway walls.


After the ride on the fast terrifying roller coaster

Deirdre decided to avoid eating any other heavy

greasy foods at the fair.


Desperate for a snack to take to school Willie put a

ripe mushy banana in his book bag but soon

discovered that it soaked his dictionary with sweet-

smelling slime.

final project due monday
Final Project – Due Monday
  • Create a comic strip or a storyboard for the events in the story. Be sure that the illustrations explain the story clearly. Do not include every detail-- only those that are necessary to understand the actions. Must contain at least 6 scenes.
  • Rewrite the story or part of the story as a poem or a song. Be sure to include important incidents and conflicts. Must contain at least 20 lines.
  • Design a large-scale poster for a film adaptation of the book. Include a synopsis of story and a meaningful picture representing some aspect of the novel.
  • Make a scrapbook for Christopher. This should look like a real scrapbook, complete with actual memorabilia, awards, letters, photos, mementos, ticket stubs, report cards, etc. Include the book title or the character’s name on the book. Label each item (at least 15) and explain its significance.
  • Act out and video tape at least three scenes from the book. The entire presentation should run about ten minutes. Submit a written copy of setting, dialogue, direction, etc. along with the videotape.
  • Design a CD cover (front, back, and insides). The back cover should list the soundtrack for the novel (title and artist) that includes at least 10 well-known songs. On the inside, write at least one sentence (per song) explaining how it relates to the story events or character(s).

“Wouldn’t it be great to be gifted? In fact…It turns out that choices lead to habits. Habits become talents. Talents are labeled gifts. You’re not born this way, you get this way.”

-Seth Godin

Why do you agree/disagree? At what do you want to be considered “gifted?” How did you get to be “gifted” at it?

Is Christopher “gifted?” Why/Why not?

curious incident review
Curious Incident Review
  • What is the narrator's full name?
  • Describe him.
  • What does the narrator find people confusing?
  • Describe Christopher’s father.
  • What do we know about Christopher’s mother?
  • What do we know about Mr. and Mrs. Shears?


The following is a list of topics that could be explored in Curious Incident. From your reading so far, what do you think one possible message could be? Write a short explanation on a half sheet to turn in.

  • Disorder in life
  • Independence
  • Education
  • Family
  • Growth and Change
  • Journeys
  • Surviving
  • Truth
  • Relationships
  • Diversity
  • Communication
  • Acceptance
  • Logic
  • Escape
  • Rage
january 7
January 7

Have you ever been let down by someone you trusted? How did you feel? What did you do? Were you able to trust that person again?

  • Object Quiz Tomorrow
  • Final Project Due Monday – Extra Credit Due Exam Day
  • Reading Curious Incident pg 100-124
january 8
January 8

Regardless of whether or not Christopher is autistic, in what ways are Christopher’s viewpoints, attitude, and behavior the same as some of our own? Play “devil’s advocate” for a moment, ask yourselves how Christopher is more like than unlike us. What do you learn about yourselves when you compare yourselves to Christopher? What do you learn about your world when you see the world through Christopher’s eyes?

  • Object Quiz
  • Final Project Due Monday – Extra Credit Due Exam Day
  • Reading Curious Incident pg 124-158
january 9
January 9

Write down something that you have to make a decision about and come up with at least 5 different options that you have to help you make that decision. Narrow it down and explain why you crossed out certain decisions.

  • Final Project Due Monday – Extra Credit Due Exam Day
  • Reading Curious Incident pg 158-198
  • Reflection

On page 140, Christopher says, “But most people are lazy. They never look at everything. They do what is called glancing.” What does he mean by this? Do you agree/disagree? Why/why not?

january 10
January 10

This novel contains a great deal of gentle humor -- much, or most, of it unintentional. Take, for example, the dialogue on p. 150 or Mrs. Alexander’s dog “poo” p. 56. Locate other passages that are humorous. What makes them funny?

  • Final Project Due Monday – Extra Credit Due Exam Day
  • Reading Curious Incident pg 198-220
  • Reflection

While at his mother’s house Christopher has one of his “favorite” dreams (pp. 198-200). What is the dream about? What makes it his favorite? What does it say about Christopher? Would this dream be a favorite of yours? Why or why not? Do you have a favorite dream? What is it? Why is it your favorite? What does it say about you?

  • Ad hominem - “against the man”
  • Appeal to emotions – ASPCA commercial
  • Bandwagon – everyone else is doing it
  • False Dilemma – black and white; with us or against us
  • Scare tactics – exaggerate a possible danger; flying on a plan
  • False cause – event B happened because of event A
  • Hasty generalizations – size of the sample is too small to support the conclusion
  • Red herring – moving attention to an irrelevant issue; don’t trust him because he likes reality TV
  • Traditional wisdom – we’ve always done it this way