Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Just to Clarify...

The synthesis question on the back of your review IS the one you will have on your semester exam.

Also, the part about the televison....ooopps!...left that on from last time! You will defend, clarify, or challenge the statement about the American Dream.

  • I will check them for the final time, hopefully, during 2B tomorrow (Thursday). Make an additions or changes before then to receive any points.

Thanks for being who you are. I have enjoyed working with you, and I look forward to watching you become WHO you are over the next couple of years.

You are always welcome in Room 16, and please feel free to comment on next year's sophomore's blogs!

Good luck!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Monday Updates ~ Semester Review

The school server is down, so I cannot update your grades. Hope to get this completed early in the morning.

DUE TOMORROW ~ Tuesday, May 26:

  1. "Theme for English 10"
  2. 3A: test over Glossary of Usage
  3. Click here for your Review!

Want to read my "Theme for English 10"? Click here.

Go ahead...feel free to comment on the "who" you find in my poem!


  • Please return any novels you have checked out...whether in-class reads or those checked out from our class library.


Sunday, May 24, 2009

Blog Posts

Reminder! You have eleven blog posts due for this nine weeks. Check here for that list.

The only ones you should have to complete are
  1. Book review of Of Mice and Men
  2. Reflection on your sophomore year

I have completed grading your blogs as of Sunday evening. At this point, I will only accept the above two posts for full credit. Should you want to update your blog more and want me to review your previous postings again, you will have to let me know. As of now, I consider your blogs graded...except for the above two entries.

Just a reminder: PLEASE check the book review rubric! Summaries are not acceptable NOR are one-two paragraph reviews. Also, remember to post how many pages your book is...or I will only count the novel as one book.

Have read some awesome blogs...will post about that later! Several of you are finished with your blogs for me for your sophomore year! Congratulations and good job!

You will use this blog next year in your English class.


(Keep reading...another new post below this one.)

Mechanical Error

Grading papers...and grading....and grading...getting there, though!

Have noticed a common error I am seeing:
  • Periods and commas must ALWAYS go INSIDE "quotation marks."
  • Why do you insist on placing them outside?! Help!

On Personal Note:

  • My husband must have (in lots of pain!) another knee surgery on Tuesday. I know...not good for me and our reviews and finishing up Of Mice and Men. Thank goodness for technology!
  • Please spread the word...especially to 3B (I will see 4B for review on Thursday afternoon) to please keep checking the blog.
  • 3B: I will be available for questions/review during 4A...please stop by, if possible, if you still have questions about the test at that time.
  • As always, leave me comments or send me an email.

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Note to 3B

I need two assignments from you:
  1. the completed comparison of chapter one of Their Eyes Were Watching God to the beginning of the movie
  2. the completed worksheet for chapter one of Their Eyes Were Watching God


  • grammar usage test on Tuesday...may borrow a book if you would like.
  • "Theme for English 10" poem and analysis of for rhetorical devices is due on Tuesday.
  • Complete your blogs....will grade those this weekend!


Friday, May 15, 2009

Formatting for a Book

Your novelettes are due Tuesday!

Here's how to create a folded booklet (thanks Microsoft Word Help):

  1. When you create a booklet, it's best to start with a new, blank document so that you have better control over the placement of text, graphics, and other elements. You can add a book fold to an existing document, but you may have to reposition some elements once the book fold is in place.
  2. Start a new, blank document.
  3. On the File menu, click Page Setup, and then click the Margins tab.
  4. In the Multiple pages list, select Book fold.
    If your document is not set to landscape orientation, Microsoft Word sets it to landscape.
  5. In the Inside and Outside boxes, type or select the amount of space you want for the inside and outside margins (margin: The blank space outside the printing area on a page.).


Friday, May 8, 2009

Ending and Beginning

We are ending the Utopia unit....
  • Essay is due Monday.

We are beginning the We Are the World unit...

  • Please have House on Mango Street read by Wednesday, May 13.
  • On Monday, we will discuss Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston...and yes, listen to our theme song!
  • Might consider working developing the ideas for your novelette, which should consist of five chapters. See wiki for original handout.


  • We will complete the Glossary of Usage chapter next week. So far, exercises 1-4 are due.
  • Blogs: Are they current? Check wiki for a list of topics due.
  • Writer's Notebook: Are you caught up on this?

Two more weeks of classes...then testing. Wow! Where has this year gone?

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Teacher Appreciation Week

Please take a moment...or two...and post on your blog a note expressing your appreciation to your teachers; then send them an email with the link to your blog. I promise you...they will appreciate YOU even more!

Here's a link to my thoughts about my teachers...


Sunday, May 3, 2009

A Real Utopia

Just four more weeks, then this dystopia will end and a true utopia will begin...maybe?

In the meantime, next week:

  • review for thematic unit test
  • edit/revise inner delimma essay (REMINDER: be sure to create examples of figurative language and footnote each: In Word at point where you want to insert a footnote number, click on Insert: Reference: Footnote. Include explanation/rationale at the bottom of the page.).


  • Utopia vs. Dystopia Thematic Unit test
  • Essay due.
  • Begin We Are the World Thematic Unit. Assign House on Mango Street. Due next Wednesday (May 13).
  • Begin drafting novelette.

Your semester test will be to write a synthesis in class. This essay will be based on Of Mice and Men and two/three other sources that I will provide. Therefore, when you complete House on Mango Street, I will assign you copy of this novel to have completed May 26. On this date, we will have a discussion of the novel and other sources.