November 2017 update


Since everything is on Google Classroom these days, I thought I’d update parents on this site so you could feel more in touch with what’s going on in the classroom.

English 11 Classes:

We are done with chapter two in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. The books are in my class and we are reading it in class. So far, the majority of the students are on board! I think they like the characters, understand the time period (Dust Bowl/Depression), and frankly, they like how short the novel is.¬† We will finish the novel well before exams. There will be a test on Of Mice and Men and it will be a gold grade. That is the next gold grade.

When students get back from Christmas break, we will be reading “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, “The Outcasts of Poker Flat” by Bret Harte, among other texts. I have all of these in my room.

English 9 Honors Classes:

We are almost done with The Odyssey. Students are working on their foldables for a gold grade. There will also be a gold grade test on the actual text of The Odyssey (which is in their textbook). The test will most likely be on the Thursday after Thanksgiving.

We will be reading Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare when we get back from Christmas.

Creative Writing:

Students are working on their third short story and will have plenty of time in the computer lab to finish by the due date of December 5. It will be a gold grade. There is no semester exam for creative writing.

Some photos from the first semester:

Honors 9th Photos


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Final Projects by Creative Writing Students (more as they come in)

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12 Angry Men

As most of you are aware, the lessons/assignments are over on Google Classroom now, but if you ever need more information, please email me at

We are currently reading the play Twelve Angry Men in class. Here they are, in all their reading glory!

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Photos from Class! Inside/Outside Review Circles

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Here are some photos from class I wanted to share. (These are from second and third period English 11.) ¬†We had just finished reading the two stories “The Lottery” and “The Outcasts of Poker Flat”.insideoutsidereview1 insideoutsidereview2 insideoutsidereview3 insideoutsidereview4 insideoutsidereview5 insideoutsidereview6


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Week of October 17—October 21, 2016

Monday, October 17

I can…

—cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

  • Bellringer #34, Writer’s Choice ¬† ¬† pg. 841 ¬† ¬†9-10
  • Review tests on Gatsby 6-9 (Had to wait to make sure everyone made up.)Remember that notebooks are due Tuesday and¬†that essay is due Wed.
  • KWL ¬†#1 in your new TOC: What do you KNOW about Hiroshima? What do you WANT to know about Hiroshima? ¬†What have we LEARNED about Hiroshima?
  • Background video on Hiroshima (found on online textbook link) I’ll show in class.
  • Literature book: ¬†In textbook, turn to 982. ¬†Read Literary Analysis: Theme and Perspective. ¬†We’ll be paying special attention to OBJECTIVE perspective and SUBJECTIVE perspective while reading these two texts. ¬†One is nonfiction and the other is poetry.
  • Write down the five vocabulary words with their short definitions ¬†that you found on page 982. ¬†This will be #2 in your notebook.
  • Read about John Hersey on page 983. ¬† Discuss as class.
  • Distribute note taking graphic organizer to use during our reading/listening. This will be ¬†#3 in your notebook.
  • Reading and listening to “from Hiroshima” pages 985-995 (Begin today. We will finish in class tomorrow and Wednesday.)

Tuesday, October 18

  • Bellringer #35 Writer’s Choice pg. 842 1-2
  • Turn in notebook. Staple in top left. Make sure your name is on it. You should have the following:
  1. Anticipation Guide for TGG
  2. Prezi Notes: Gatsby
  3. Summary Squares for TGG
  4. Chapter 1 Reading Guide
  5. Chapter 2 Reading Guide
  6. Chapter 3 Reading Guide
  7. Chapters 1-4 Character Map
  8. Chapter 5-6 Reading Guide
  9. Chapter 7 Questions
  10. Venn Diagram
  11. MLA Review

Literature Book: Continue work from Monday.

Wednesday, October 19

Bellringer #36: Writer’s Choice page 842 3-4

*****MOVED DUE DATE TO FRIDAY!!!!—->Literary Analysis Essays on TGG are due turned into Google Classroom by today.¬† Friday, Oct. 21. ¬†If you turn it in late, ten points will be deducted per day.

Literature Book: ¬†Continue reading “from Hiroshima” in the textbook, then turn to ¬†page 995 1-6. ¬†Write question and answer OR rewrite the question into your complete sentence when you answer. ¬†Turn in. Bronze grade. ¬† Due tomorrow.¬†Will not take it late unless you are absent today.

Last Presidential Debate before election

Thursday, October 20

Bellringer #37: Writer’s Choice, page 842 5-7

Literature Book: Review questions from page 995 and the graphic organizer.

Read about Randall Jarrell, author of “The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner”, on page 996

Read and listen to the poem “The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner” on page 997

Use graphic organizer for “The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner” #4

Questions on same page 1-3 as groups/Share answers with class

Friday, October 21

Bellringer #38: Writer’s Choice, page 843 8-10

ACT English Practice Test: Take and then spend time reviewing

HHS vs. Chelsea HS away game

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Week of October 10–October 14, 2016

Parents, students can find more information on all of this on their Google Classroom page. They know how to access it.

Monday, October 10--Teacher In-service, Columbus Day

Tuesday, October 11

  • I can create a poem based off a character from Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.
  • I can recognize MLA format rules and understand how to use them.
  1. Bellringer #30: ¬†Page 839 ¬†9–11
  2.  Turn in 10 bellringers (bronze)  Will go on next 9 weeks.
  3. Any make ups on test from Thursday? Speak now or forever hold your peace.
  4. Gatsby poem is due tomorrow on Google Classroom. I will show exemplars to get you thinking. (silver grade)
  5. MLA PowerPoint and Notes on Handout (you complete as we review)
  6. Essay on Gatsby:   Options (Gold grade)

Wednesday, October 12

  • I can¬† identify and cite evidence in the text of The Great Gatsby to back up my¬†claims for¬†a five paragraph literary analysis.
  • I can draw conclusions¬†and¬†develop a logical argument.
  1. Bellringer #31: Page 840 1-4 Writer’s Choice
  2. Type and upload Gatsby poem in class using the Google Chromebooks in class today.
  3. <—–Fill out the img_82212 graphic organizer according to your topic. This is ¬†homework if not done in class. Your claims must be in the form of a sentence.

Thursday, October 13

  • I can¬† identify and cite evidence in the text of The Great Gatsby to back up my¬†claims for¬†a five paragraph literary analysis.
  • I can draw conclusions¬†and¬†develop a logical argument.
  • I can revise a rough draft and create a final draft with feedback from my peers and teacher.
  1. Bellringer #32
  2. Share Gatsby poems on overhead.
  3. Students work on their essay/use their graphic organizer to help them write their essay.

Friday, October 14–report card day

I can  identify and cite evidence in the text of The Great Gatsby to back up my claims for a five paragraph literary analysis.

I can draw conclusions and develop a logical argument.

I can revise a rough draft and create a final draft with feedback from my peers and teacher.

  1. Bellringer #33
  2. Last day to work on essay in class. (Will extend if necessary.)
  3. If you get done early, check your work and look over the TOC to see if you need anything. Notebook test coming next week. (Gold grade) Test will be on Tuesday, Oct. 18.


We will be reading an excerpt from John Hersey’s “Hiroshima” and the poem by Jarrell called “Death of the Ball Turret Gunner.”


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Plans for the week of October 3 to October 7, 2016

yellowMonday, Oct. 3

  1. Bellringer: In specific terms, examine, describe, and interpret the cover and title of The Great Gatsby.  Write at least 5 complete sentences.    DOK 2 Interpret
  2. Students will be put into groups to discuss Myrtle’s accident: ¬†Can you change the facts a little so that the accident couldn’t happen? For example, there was a full tank of gas in Gatsby’s car. ¬†Try to think of as many situations as possible. ¬† DOK 3 Hypothesize, Strategic Thinking
  3. After groups have enough time to list things that would have changed the outcome, we will share with the class.
  4. Let’s discuss Daisy: Daisy was driving, but Gatsby plans to take the blame. ¬†Does Daisy deserve Tom or Gatsby’s love? Why or why not? (Whole Group)
  5. Begin reading chapter 8 in class. Finish what is not read in class at home. Test is on Thursday on chapters 6-9.

Tuesday, Oct. 4

  1. Bellringer: ¬†Write at least 5 sentences about chapter 8—what happened and what is your reaction to the events of this chapter? ¬†Any surprises? ¬†DOK 1 Recall
  2. Whole Class Discussion: In what ways are George Wilson and Jay Gatsby similar or dissimilar? (Venn Diagram)   DOK 2 Skill/Concept/Compare
  3. Begin reading chapter 9 of Gatsby.  Finish for homework.

Wednesday, Oct. 5

  1. Bellringer: Is Tom the most responsible for Gatsby’s death? Or is it Daisy, Myrtle, or Gatsby himself? ¬†Give reasons why or why not each character is connected to the murder.
  2. Discussion about the funeral/the ending.
  3. Envelope Review:
    1. American Dream/Wealth
    2. Geography
    3. Ashes, Fire, Dust
    4. Judgement, Person’s Conscience, Human Nature
    5. Secrets
    6. Human hopes and dreams
    7. The past/passages about time
    8. Cars
    9. Images of Violence in the novel
  • DOK 1: Identify, Recall, List, Quote
  • DOK 2:Categorize, Collect, and Display
  • DOK 3: Strategic Thinking, Cite Evidence

Thursday, October 6

1.No bellringer. Get ready for test.

2. Test on chapters 6-9 in The Great Gatsby: Will be made up of matching, multiple choice, and short answer.

3. Pick up Gatsby poem assignment and work on at your desk.  Homework is to finish your Gatsby poem.

  • DOK 1: Recall, Who/what/when/where/why
  • DOK 2: Use context clues, infer
  • DOK 3: Draw conclusions

Friday, October 7

  1. Bellringer: Based on what you learned about the author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, how similar to Gatsby was he? Discus when done.
  2. Read, share poems on Gatsby characters and turn in.
  3. NOTICE: Next week you will be writing a five paragraph essay in class on The Great Gatsby. ¬†It will be in MLA format and will requite citing evidence from the text. ¬†It will be a gold grade–the first gold grade of the 2nd 9 weeks. You will get to choose the literary element or theme/motif that you want to write about.

Some ideas:

  • A. Conflict–internal and external, man vs. man, etc.
  • B. Characterization–character type (dynamic, static)/Indirect or direct characterization
  • C. Irony–situational, verbal, dramatic
  • D. Setting
  • E. Themes/Motifs: Violence in the novel, women in the novel, time as a motif, car accidents, alcohol¬†

4. View rest of the video from 1999 and/or view scenes from the most recent version.

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Week of September 26–September 30, 2016


What we did this week—Homecoming Week (Kinda crazy week)

Monday, September 26

Bellringer 25 ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†Work on chapter 5 and 6 questions–notebook page 8

Turn in fill in the blank summary of chapter 6–bronze grade

Chapter 7

Tuesday, September 27

We did bellringer #26 today and then we read a lot of chapter 7 of The Great Gatsby. You are to read the rest of chapter 7 on your own. You don’t want to miss what happens…

Wednesday, September 28

We handed back papers/folders today and reviewed the test on Chapter 1-5 Gatsby. We also discussed chapter 7 and watched the video version of the chapter.


Thursday, September 29

No bellringer. We only had 30 minutes in class, so you worked on the questions for chapters 5, 6, and 7. (Attached)

Powder Puff game today. Kona Ice as well.

Friday, September 30

No bellringer

Homecoming Shennanigans all day

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Kahoot Reviews

Chapter 1: Gatsby

Chapter 1 and 2: Gatsby

Chapter 3: Gatsby

Chapter 4: Gatsby

Chapter 5: Gatsby

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For Week of September 19-23

Monday, September 19, 2016

  1. Bellringer #22–Writer’s Choice, page 837 7-9
  2. Review The Dash from Writer’s Choice (turned in on Friday)
  3. Review chapter 4 of The Great Gatsby and do a summary square. Questions to keep in mind
  4. Character Map—partner up, but keep your own sheet with you.
  5. Restructure current notebook table of contents
  6. Vocabulary for chapters 1-3
  7. Begin reading chapter 5 of The Great Gatsby

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

  1. Bellringer #23
  2. Post It Questions: What is a question you have about the book so far? What is confusing? If you have no problems with the novel, what is your favorite part so far? Why? Favorite quote from the book? Put post it on the board and we’ll review them.
  3. Finish chapter 5/summary square
  4. thegreatgatsbychapterv5  (Questions for chapter 5)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

  1. Bellringer #24
  2. Review for test on chapters 1-5–Kahoot
  3. Movie of chapters 4-5

Thursday, September 22, 2016

  1. Bellringer #25
  2. Gold test on chapters 1-5 The Great Gatsby
  3. The Hyphen in Writer’s Choice book

Friday, September 23, 2016

  1. Bellringer #26
  2. Review The Hyphen from Writer’s Choice
  3. Reading chapter 6 in The Great Gatsby
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