Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas Break Is Here!

Last updates:
  1. I ordered $300+ of new books! According to an email that I received this morning, they have already been shipped!
  2. Am grading papers this weekend...keep checking the online grades. As weird as this sounds, I am hoping to have a surgery over break to remove a cyst on my wrist, so I am working to get the paperwork completed before then.
  3. I will be switching class blog URL's when we return to class next year so that we can go back to using the email. With your using gmails, I also need to use one for class, that way all correspondence communicates better.

Please enjoy your break! Should you have time...remember to read a good book! I started a new one last night! My goal is to read some every day!

Take care...and Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tuesday, Dec. 15

Today's Menu:
  1. Writer's Notebooks are due.
  2. Julius Caesar content and vocab tests.
  3. Review for semester test.

Other Deadlines:

  • Wednesday - Julius Caesar essay...remember strong arguments acknowledge the other side. Also remember...I have read this drama = no need for summaries! Just present the data to support your argument. Line references = great!
  • Thurs/Friday - Semester Test
  • Friday, 8 AM - Blogs due!

REMINDER: Have you turned in all your books....The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, Seven Habits..., Julius Caesar (may turn in when you submit your essay)....other novels?

Three days left....Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 14, 2009

To write or to write?

Writer's Notebooks are due in class on Tuesday! Click here for a list of topics.

Your Writer's Notebook and your blog posts (list of topics here) will count as one test grade (see rubric here).

Reminder: blogs are not due until Friday, 8:00 AM.


Friday, December 11, 2009

Friday, December 11

Recite lines!

Listen/read Act 5.

Julius Caesar Test

Due next week:

  1. JC Essay...due by Wednesday.
  2. Blog posts...due Friday (Dec. 18), 8 AM.
  3. Writer's Notebook...due in class on Tuesday.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wed., Dec. 9

Quiz over Act 2!

Listen/read Acts 3-4.


Monday, December 7, 2009

Mon., Dec. 7

Writer's Notebook: Remember these lines? Now listen to the story "Chrysanthemum." Reflect on why you think people make fun of people's names. Have you ever made fun of someone's name? Has someone ever made fun of your name? How did this make you feel?

Time for Caesar!
  1. Submit your name paragraphs to Please remember to put your class name and assignment in the subject line: 3B: Name paragraph.
  2. Vocab quiz today!
  3. Now let's continue on with Act 2-3.
  4. Terms to know thus far....blank verse, puns, foreshadowing, soliloquy, imagery, dramatic irony, anachronism.
  5. Predicting outcomes: Who will assume power after Caesar's death? How will the people react to Caesar's death? Support with evidence from Acts I and II.
  6. Assignment: Choose your essay!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Thursday, Dec. 3

Only 22 days until Christmas! Better yet...only 11 days until Christmas Break!

Okay...back to the real world!

Anarchy? Tyranny? Both?

3B: the Etherpad or Etherpad 2.

  • Now embellish this sentence by adding an appositive phrase to it!
  • Now go back to your paragraph and "color-code"....remember green, yellow, red...

Diagramming 101 Continues...

  • Take notes!

Julius Caesar...the drama continues.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Tuesday, December 1

It's beginning to feel and sound a lot like Christmas! (Note: Do you always spell a lot this way?)

Blog Posts: Open your blog. How many posts do you have for this nine weeks? Check here for a list of post far.

Submitted your novel? Did you send me an email verifying this?

Julius Caesar Time:
  1. Vocab
  2. Review of Shakespeare and Julius Caesar
  3. Listen to Act 1.
  4. Assign composition. What is the difference between tyranny and anarchy?

Grammar Time

  1. Diagramming 101...continues.