Monthly Archives: April 2017

Monday 1 May- English 9

Friday #29 is posted in Classroom. It’s the Work Cited (so far) for your project.

Pds 1&4- Gallery Walk. Take 10 minutes to finish your work from Friday. Then we will begin our sharing and learning. You need to read/reread chapters 5&6 in Flies for class on Wednesday.

Pd 2- Continue reading Mango. We need to finish this book this week.

Pd 8- Continue reading Night. We will finish this book Tuesday or Wednesday.



Week of 1 May- AP Lang

Good grief. It’s already May. Here is what’s on the sched for the week. Let me know if this needs adjustment because of AP testing or field trips.

Monday- Review “College” student samples M&O. Read “Future Schlock” and complete #2,3,6,8,10 for Tuesday.

Tuesday- Review rhetorical devices using “Future Schlock”, SOAPSTone, and the rhetorical triangle. Background reading for tomorrow’s synthesis timed writing. Yes, I know…

Wednesday- Synthesis timed writing. I know…

Thursday- Workday

Friday- Workday

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Posted by on April 30, 2017 in Uncategorized


Friday 28 April- English 9

Pds 1&4- Lenses! Continued.
Today we will be applying our study of literary lenses by working with the poem “Oranges” by Gary Soto. The assignment sheet is here and in Classroom.

Pd 2- Mango
Same as yesterday. 10-15 min of independent work, then Mango.

Pd 8- Workday. You need to use all of this time to complete some of the writing for your project.



Thursday 27 April- AP Lang

Regarding types and lengths of sentences…

Gary Provost on the Rhythms of Sentence Length

          This sentence has five words. This is five words too. Five word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes when I am certain the reader is rested I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the symbols, and sounds that say listen to this, it is important.


Today we are looking at the synthesis prompt: student samples, scoring guide, and grader notes. Materials are in Classroom and on your tables.

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Posted by on April 27, 2017 in Uncategorized



Thursday 27 April- English 9

Pds 1&4- Literary Lenses–>

Lenses- Imagine putting on blue tinted glasses. How would that change what you see? How about if you put on glasses that only have a tiny window to see out of? Think of the how things would look different. Literary lenses are a similar idea. By looking at a text through the lens, we see the meaning in a different way. Today we will be discussing the 8 lenses and applying some to Flies. Tomorrow we will be doing an activity using these lenses and a poem. Handouts are in Classroom.

Pd 2- The House on Mango Street–> Start with a few minutes to work quietly on Friday #28. Then begin reading Mango in the chapter titled “Chanclas”.

Pd 8- Night–> Pick up where we left off on Tuesday.



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Posted by on April 26, 2017 in Uncategorized


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Wednesday 26 April- English 9

Today is a work day. My suggestion is that you spent the class period finding your short nonfiction pieces, writing about them, and starting on this week’s Friday writing.



Tuesday 25 April- AP Lang

Today we will review syntax. Two teams. The handout you need is in Classroom, and you will also need scratch paper and a whiteboard.


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Posted by on April 24, 2017 in Uncategorized



Tuesday 25 April- English 9

Pds 1&4- Lord of the Flies–> Literary term- An allegory is a story with more than one level of meaning—a literal level and one or more symbolic levels. An allegory allows a writer to tell a story about literal characters and to make a moral, religious, or political point. In the Lord of the Flies, the author makes direct comments on life and society through the use of allegory. Besides having a literal surface meaning, the events, settings or characters also stand for ideas or qualities and have a second meaning on that level. Golding reserves his allegory for certain aspects of society.

We will focus today on contrasts. There is an activity that will walk you through several contrasts in the book. You may work with a partner on this.

Pd 2- The House on Mango Street–> Today we will continue reading the chapters. Make sure you are taking excellent notes. We will be writing about this book later and good notes make it much easier.

Pd 8- Night–> Today we will continue reading the chapters. Make sure you are taking excellent notes. We will be writing about this book later and good notes make it much easier.