June 15, 2006  Regents Exams Begin - No Freshman English Regents

June 14, 2006

LAST DAY OF REGULAR CLASSES --- Classes dismissed at 11:00 am


June 13, 2006

English 9  Final Exam part II

June 12, 2006

English 9  Final Exam part I

June 9, 2006


Outline Final Exam

Literary Terms for Final Exam

June 8, 2006


Review Writing Process

Vocabulary for Final Exam

June 7, 2006

Poetry Open Book / Open Notes Test

Beginning with Wednesday June 7th students are asked to clean out their lockers after school.  Trash cans will be made available each day after school.  You should begin to collect textbooks from students so that the books can be accounted for during Regents Exam week.  Students may not clean out lockers during study halls or lunch periods.

On Wednesday June 14th students are asked to leave their lockers open after first period.  At this point in time there should be no personal items left in the lockers.  The students should have also turned in all textbooks.

June 6, 2006

Dramatic Poetry

"The Seven Ages of Man" by William Shakespeare  pages 391-392

"For Study and Discussion" page 393 #'s 1-3

"Uphill" by Christina Rossetti  page 394

"For Study and Discussion: page 394 #'s 1-4

"The Erl-King" by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe pages 395-396

"For Study and Discussion" page 396 #'s 1-3

June 5, 2006

Narrative Poetry

"Lord Randal" Anonymous author page 384 Summary

"For Study and Discussion: page 385 #'s 1-4

"All in green went my love riding"  by e.e. cummings pages 386-387  Summary

"For Study and Discussion: page 387 #'s 1-5

"The Castle" by Edwin Muir page 389 Summary

"For Study and Discussion: page 390 #'s 1-4

June 2, 2006

Read "Recessional" by Rudyard Kipling  pages 381-382

"For Study and Discussion: page 382 #'s 1-3

Questions to answer

June 1, 2006

Read "Loviest of Trees" by A. E. Housman page 379

"For Study and Discussion: page 379 #'s 1-3

Questions to answer

Read "Desert Places"  by Robert Frost page 380

"For Study and Discussion: page 380 #'s 1-4

Questions to answer

May 31, 2006

Read "O Mistress Mine" by William Shakespeare  page 376

This is a song sung by the clown, Feste, in "Twelfth Night"

"For Study and Discussion: page 376 #'s 1-2

Questions to answer

Read "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud"  William Wordsworth page 377-378

"For Study and Discussion: page 378 #'s 1-4

Questions to answer


May 25, 2006

Types of Poetry: LYRIC, NARRATIVE AND DRAMATIC page 374

LYRIC: conveys the speaker's emotional response to a person, place, object or idea.

NARRATIVE: tell a story

DRAMATIC: present character who speak to other characters or to an implied audience.

"John Anderson, My Jo" by Robert Burns page 375  (Read with Scottish accent)


1. What does John Anderson look like in his youth?

2. What does John Anderson look like in his old age?

3. Identify the metaphor found in this poem. Hill refers to ______ in lines 10-15 .

4. Going down hill means ___________.

5. "Sleep thegether" at the foot of the hill means ___________.

6. "For Study and Discussion" page 375 #'s 1-4 (Complete sentences)

May 24, 2006

Poems for Comparison

During the Crimean War, the English Light Brigade was ordered by mistake to attack the well fortified Russian gun positions.  armed only with swords the brigade lost many men unnecessarily.

"The Charge of the Light Brigade" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson pages 367-369

1. Brainstorm the subject of war. List both positive and negative comments.

2. Read the two poems above and describe the poets' different attitudes toward war.

3. Speculate on how the English felt after losing so many men unnecessarily.

4. Explain Tennyson's view of this charge.

5. What is a Poet Laureate?

"The Battle of Blenheim by Robert Southey pages 370-372

6. Who is speaking in this poem?

7. What is the tone of this poem?

8.What statement about war is this poem making?

9. Brainstorm a list of details from each of these poems.

May 23, 2006


"Art Review" by Kenneth Fearing page 364

     1. Define Graffiti and tell where you have seen examples.

     2. Determine the tone of Fearing's Art Review

     3. Explain the metaphor "these simple thumbprints on the throat of time"

"Bribe" by Pat Mora page 366

     4. The word "bribe" comes from an old French word meaning "a morsel of bread given to beggars."  What is the connotation of "bribe" as used in this poem.  Is it negative or positive?

     5. List the words that describe the tone of each of the two poems you have just read.

     6. "For Study and Discussion" page365 #'s 1-3 and page 366 #'s 1 & 2.

May 22, 2006

TONE : the author's attitude toward the subject.

diction, imagery, figurative language, sound, rhythm, and sentence structure.

1. Make a list of some popular TV shows, movies, novels, songs , or even comic strips and discuss their tone.

2. Are these works designed to amuse, inform, anger, or shock the audience?

3. Read silently "At Woodward's Gardens"  by Robert Frost pages 362-363.

4. Identify the TONE in each of the following: "It Bids Pretty Fair" page 323; "Eldorado" page 339; "Jazz Fantasia" page 337; and "Next" page 340.

5. Define the following vocabulary words in section two of your notebooks: solar, psychological, and instituted.

Complete the "For Study and Discussion" questions numbers 1-5 on page 363.

May 19, 2006


"The Time We Climbed Snake Mountain" by Leslie Marmon Silko page 359

Read biography of Leslie Marmon Silko page 360

Discuss some of the dangers of mountain climbing.

Switchback trail: This method of climbing seems very slow because the lower  part of the trail runs parallel to the upper part.  However, this method of climbing respects the mountain because they do not cause landslides.

Define: 1) the types of stanza that you have studied - sonnet, free verse, and shaped poetry.

Comment on how a different structure might alter the meaning of a poem.

Classwork: "For Study and Discussion" page 359 #'s 1 & 2

May 18, 2006


"400-meter Freestyle" by Maxine Kumin pages 356-358  (Cooperative learning groups.)

Notice the shape of the poem.  Consider why Kumin arranged the poem on the page as she did.

1. Find examples of imagery, figures of speech, and sound devices.

2. If you have competed in a swimming meet, which sensations of the poem do you agree with?

3. Could any other form other than shaped verse have described the swimming as well?

4. Write your own shaped verse on any topic of your choice.

5. Paraphrase the poem in written form.

6. Pantomime the following strokes for your partners: breast stroke, backstroke, and butterfly stroke. 

7. Are there any other strokes you could pantomime? (side stroke, dog paddle)

8. What kind of races might you see in the Olympic games?

May 17, 2006


"Manhole Covers" by Karl Shapiro page 354

Literary devices: allusions, simile, parallelism, diction, free verse.

  Free verse: poetry not organized by a fixed rhythm, stanzas, rhyme scheme, or line length

* Manhole covers are not like old electrum.  What is electrum?

* What do Bethlehem and United States refer to?

* Find meaning of pocked, whelked, chased, scored, mottoed, and sculptured.

* Speaker surprises readers in lines 2 & 3. What is the surprise?

* What is contrasted in line four?

* Explain line five.

* What do the final six lines picture?

*Find devices of parallelism and simile.

Classwork : page 355 Focus on Descriptive Writing (complete in class)

May 16, 2006

Structures: rhyme scheme Quatrain, couplet

"Sonnet 55" by William Shakespeare page 352 -a Shakespearean sonnet

Most sonnets are not titled but are arranged in sequence and frequently numbered by the writer or someone else.

Shakespeare's sonnets are thought to be addressed to people he knew well - a dark haired woman and a cherished friend.

In this poem, the speaker, Shakespeare, is promising to honor someone he loves by creating a lasting monument.

Define the following words: gilded, rime, besmeared, sluttish, and posterity.

"For Study and Discussion" page 353 #'s 1-4

Assignment: Find a picture and read about the Taj Mahal.  Summarize your reading in a short paragraph.

May 15, 2006

Structures: Think about how changes in structure would effect some poems you have already read.

"The Sound of the Sea" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow page 350

STANZA. NUMBER OF LINES, RHYME SCHEME, RHYTHM, other devices of repetition.

Sonnet Form: 14 lines of Iambic Pentameter

May 12, 2006

Sustained Silent Reading

10:02 - 10:35

Psalm 96  from The King James Bible 

page 345

Archaic language Speculate why many people still prefer reading the archaic language rather than the modern language in some contemporary translations of the Bible.

Parallelism: the repetition of  phrases or sentences that are similar in meaning or in structure (example lines 22-24). 

          *The language of the original text of the Old Testament was Classical Hebrew except for a few passages in Aramaic; the language of the New Testament was Greek.   The Bible has been translated into nearly all languages of the world.

           * King James I ordered this English translation, which required the work of fifty-four scholars and churchmen for seven years (1604-1611).


Identify the parallelism in the Psalm.

"For Study and Discussion" page 346 complete all three questions.

May 11, 2006

The Shell by James Stephens page 342

    Imagery: Listen to conch shell and describe what you hear. Identify onomatopoeia, alliteration, assonance, and rhyme.

     Read the poem orally as a group.

     What contribution does sound imagery make to the mood of the poem?

Starfish by Lorna Dee Cervantes page 347

     Make a list of objects that you associate with the seashore.

     Visualize the starfish as you read the poem.

     Listen for the poet's use of  alliteration and assonance. Then identify them.

     Identify the line that begins a shift in the poem..

Next by Ogen Nash page 340

     Emphasis on rhyme and rhythm.

     Read "Literary Elements" page 341

Time permitting do the "For Study and Discussion" questions on page 341.

May 10, 200

Eldorado by Edgar Allan Poe page 339

This poem was written in 1849 - the year of the Gold Rush in California.  Was the knight in the poem seeking gold or an ideal? Define ideal. Speculate about the ideal that Eldorado might represent. Why might we try to reach an unattainable ideal ?

To what does the shadow refer in stanza three?  Compare the knight's attitude in stanza one with his attitude in stanza two.

May 9, 2006

Jazz Fantasia by Carl Sandburg page 337

What is improvisation and jam sessions?  Define fantasia. Explain how a saxaphone could "sob" or a trombone "ooze".

What instruments would you use for lines 6-9 and 12-15?  Explain the slang "can the rough stuff."

Bring tin pans for all other to use or a variety of other music making devices.

May 8, 2006

SOUND PATTERNS: rhythm, rhyme, alliteration, onomatopoeia, assonance.

Vocabulary: fold, strown, blast, waxed, Ashur, Baal, Gentile

The Destruction of Sennacherib by George Gordon, Lord Byron  pages 334-336

The Assyrians had already destroyed several other cities, and Sennacherib had sent letters boasting that he would destroy Jerusalem next. 

Simile - Compares Sennacherib to wolf and the people of Jerusalem to a flock of sheep

Parallelism - First and third lines and second an fourth lines are structurallly similar, but opposite in meaning

Classwork: "For Study and Discussion"  page 336 #'s 1 & 2

Bring musical instruments to class tomorrow.

May 5, 2006

Sustained Silent Reading

10:02 - 10:35

Why are fences and walls necessary?  List the different kinds of fences.

Discuss briefly the responsibility of the two land owners to maintain fencing.  Why do farmers in New England make stone fences? 

Read "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost  pages 329-331

Note the differences in attitude of the two neighbors as they work side by side to mend the fence.

Classwork: "For Study and Discussion" page 331 #'s 1-5

May 4, 2006

Have you ever seen a moon tiger?  Can you guess what one is?

Read "Moon Tiger" by Denise Levertov page 324

In Silver, Walter De La Mare describes how moonlight distorts our visual perception of familiar objects.  Listen quietly to the poem as it is read aloud.

         " Silver" by Walter De La Mare  page 326  Moonlight on the countryside!

Discuss how the poem makes you feel.

Evaluate how effective the poet's diction, imagery, and figurative language contribute to the mood.

        "A Song of the Moon" by Claude McKay  page 328 Moonlight on the city!

Which forms a more beautiful mental picture, the moonlight on the countryside or the moonlight on the city?

Compare the moods, images and themes of the last two poems.


Blue moon

May 3, 2006

Have you ever tried to describe a sunrise or a sunset?  Were you satisfied with your description? 

Such description are often inadequate.  As we read the poem together look for the images that clearly explain the sun rise.

Read "I'll Tell You How the Sun Rose" by Emily Dickinson pages 321-322



Work in small groups to paraphrase Dickinson's poem, then write together a brief essay comparing your paraphrase to the poem.

Read    "It Bids Pretty Fair"  by Robert Frost page 323

What does the word play mean in this poem?  Robert Frost is one of America's most famous and beloved poets.


May 2, 2006

Read "The Day Is Done" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow  pages 319-320

Identify :  Simile, Metaphor, Personification, Alliteration, and Symbol in this poem

Look for two meanings in a poem. (One thing described in terms of another)

May 1, 2006

Figurative Language page 318

Cliches - Choose five in each category

Aging, agreement, anger, beauty/ ugly, children, death, easy, justice, lying, and sports.

Review :  Simile, Metaphor, Personification, and Symbol

Look for two meanings in a poem.

April 28, 2006

Sustained Silent Reading

10:02 - 10:35

Selection Test: An Open Book Test

When finished you will begin reading or study for another test in another class.

April 27, 2006

Read The Space by Gary Soto page 315

Biography Gary Soto page 317

Setting, Diction, Imagery

The setting in this poem is the desert area of southern California.  Find five photographs of this part of the country and label where each one is from. (due tomorrow 4/28/'06)

Consulting a dictionary, find as many meanings of "space" as you can. 

Name some famous or modern phrases that use this word.

Consider the connotation of this word in various context.  Is it usually positive or negative?

April 26, 2006

Read Without Title by Diane Glancy page 314

Biography Diane Glancy page 317

Analogy, parallelism, Diction, Imagery, Repetition

The driving analogy of the poem is the comparison of the speaker's father with their Cherokee ancestors of long ago.

April 25, 2006   

Discuss the photographs of the meadow mouse and the fawn on pages 310 + 312.

As you read the poems, note the predators.  How many are there?  What kind of dangers would a child face today?

Mood and Speaker

Read The Meadow Mouse by Theodore Roethke pages 310-311

Biography of Theodore Roethke page 317

Read The Fawn by Edna St. Vincent Millay pages 312-313

Biography of Edna St. Vincent Millay page 317

April 24, 2006


Read Our House in Hadong by Wendy Wilder Larsen and Tran Thi Nga pages 308-309

Biography of Wendy Wilder Larsen and Tran Thi Nga page 316

Read aloud "The Author Comments on Her Poem" on page 316

The speaker is remembering the house of her childhood in Hadong (also spelled Ha Dong), a village about 150 miles south of Hanoi in northern Vietnam.  Fighting between Vietnamese forces and the occupying French was occuring, but the time is before the country was divided into Communist and non-Communist states (1954) and before the years of the Vietnam War.

Simile, Diction, cliche, setting

Map of Vietnam

Lichee Nut: Sometimes found in American grocery stores.  Look for a fruit with a knobby, reddish-brown shell about the size of a walnut.

Jackfruit: Fruit is large and heavy with edible seeds; from East Indian tree of the mulberry family.

Mangosteen: Similar to oranges, a fruit with a thick reddish-brown rind and a sweet, juicy pulp.

Yellow Mimosa:  Butterfly

Assignment: due tomorrow Draw a map of Vietnam ( outline only)  include Hadong, Red River, and Red river Delta.

     then answer the following questions.

Questions to answer for assignment tonight.

April 21, 2006

Sustained Silent Reading

10:02 - 10:35

Read  Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes pg. 306

April 20, 2006

Read Cargoes by John Masefield pg. 304




Contribute pertinent facts from your Social Studies classes and bring relevant maps and pictures to aid in answering the first three For Study and Discussion Questions on page 304

Draw a map locating Nineveh , Assyria, and Ophir.

April 19, 2006


Read poem aloud (emphasize the speaker's use of dialect and slang) "To Satch" by Samuel Allen (Paul Vesey) pg. 302



Classwork: Translate the poem into 1) local North Country dialect and into 2) made up slang.

Assignment: Find five pictures of sports figures, ships, or people who appear to be dreaming. List words to describe these pictures.  (due Thursday, 4/20/'06 )

Poetry Contest:  contest@poetry.com  Select the top contest on the page and you will see the prize of $10,000.00 will be awarded only in January, however, there is a $1,000.00 monthly prize and a number of lesser prizes.  Our agreement will be that any winner of the monthly prize will be exempt from the final exam in English 9.  In addition, anyone who participates in the contest will automatically be entered in our local contest for a similar reward of exam exemption.

April 18, 2006

Complete yesterday's class

Read "The Cloud" by Percy Bysshe Shelley  pg. 300


April 17, 2006

Introduction to Poetry Unit: Explain terms used in poetry.

The Speaker  -  Read "The Face in the Mirror" by Robert Graves pgs. 298-299

Assignment: Describe your own face as you would see it in a mirror. (due tomorrow 4/18/'06)

April 7, 2006

No School!  Unused Snow Day!  Begin Spring Break!


April 6, 2006

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Reading Check Chapters 1-15 and Selection Test on the First Stage.

Make a copy of the bulletin board time line and transcribe it into your notes.

April 5, 2006

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (end of First Stage of Pip's expectations)

Quiz Chapters 11-15

Continue to create a bulletin board time line of Pip's life, marking all the characters he meets, all the places he visits, and all the experiences he has in Chapters 11-15.  

April 4, 2006

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Continue to create a bulletin board time line of Pip's life, marking all the characters he meets, all the places he visits, and all the experiences he has in Chapters 6-10.  


April 3, 2006

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Quiz Chapters 6-10

page 684 letter to Joe -  Translate this letter into modern English!

Read Chapters 11-15 for Wednesday  Quiz pages 703-726

March 31, 2006

Sustained Silent Reading

10:02 - 10:35

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens Quiz on Chapters 1-5

Read Chapters 6-10 for Monday's class.

March 30, 2006

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Describe what you think life was like in Victorian England.  During this era the poverty-stricken lower classes suffered greatly while the upper classes flourished.

Discuss the differences between Pip's time and ours.  In Dicken's time, automobiles, televisions, telephones, and radios did not exist.  Discuss how our lives would change if modern technology were taken away.  Members of Pip's social class generally worked six to seven days a week doing hard physical labor without vacation.  Highlight difficult passages to understand!

March 29, 2006

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Both Dickens' language and the dialect of the characters might prove difficult.  From time to time, difficult passages that are euphemistic, figurative, or archaic in syntax or diction, must be highlighted.  Translate them into modern language.  Create a bulletin board time line of Pip's life, marking all the characters he meets, all the places he visits, and all the experiences he has.

March 28, 2006

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Although the novel and the short story use the same basic elements, such as plot, characterization, setting, point of view, and theme, the novel is usually more intricate, for it incorporates these elements more extensively.

Discuss Mood (atmosphere)  What kind of setting would you invent if you wanted to create an atmosphere of terror, confusion, etc.  Pay careful attention to descriptive words.  Write the descriptive words/phrases found in Chapters 1-3.

March 27, 2006

Discuss student interest in novels: What kinds have you read?  Which ones have you enjoyed? Why?  What are some of the characteristics of the novels you liked?

Read Great Expectations by Charles Dickens Chapters 1-6 ( pages 668-687)

The Novel: Basic elements are plot, character, setting, point of view and theme.

Written in serial form, Great Expectations is a novel about youth, disillusionment, and transition into adulthood.

Classify characters into major, minor, static, dynamic foil, and eccentric.



March 24, 2006

Sustained Silent Reading

10:02 - 10:35

Thunder On Sycamore Street Test

March 23, 2006

Read Act III Thunder On Sycamore Street by Reginald Rose 

Composition: Write an essay describing how you would feel if your neighbors got together and tried to force you and your family out of your homes because your income was below the average for your neighborhood? Due Friday, March 24, 2006

Draw the floor plan and other significant objects found in the Blake household in Act III. Due Friday, March 24, 2006

March 22, 2006

Read Act II Thunder On Sycamore Street by Reginald Rose 

Discuss Conformity, social status, economic status as seen in the play and draw inferences.

Literary Terms: suspense, connotation, verbal irony, plot, characterization, diction, conflict, simile, foreshadowing,  tone, symbol, theme, allusion, exposition, resolution, and climax.

Project part II: Draw the floor plan and specific objects found in the Hayes' household in Act II .

March 21, 2006

Thunder On Sycamore Street  by Reginald Rose  pages 449-476

Read Act I  


Project part I Draw a floor plan of the Morrison household.  Include trees in front and items mentioned in Act I.

March 20, 2006

Superintendent's Day!  No classes for students!

March  17, 2006

Short Bells today!

Complete each other's word games!

March 16, 2006

Short Bells today!

Read Act III pages 440-445.

Complete Reading Check pg. 445 #'s 1-5

March 15, 2006

Short Bells today!

Read Act II pages 434-439.

Complete Reading Check pg. 440 #'s 1-5


Assignment: Create a word game using as many of these words as possible!  Have at least two copies of your game available for Friday's class, as well as, the answer key.

March 14, 2006         

Short Bells today!

sign up

Read Act I pages pages 423-433.

Complete Reading Check pg. 433 #'s 1-5

March 13, 2006

Short Bells today!

Visit to a Small Planet by Gore Vidal  pages 423-445

What do you think a visitor from another distant planet would be like?  How would you react to such a visitor? Compare your imagined reactions to those of the characters in this play.

Vocabulary: (48 words) resonant, vague, conjecture, lunatic, sentiment, eluded, ominously, evasively, elliptical, impostor, gad, impromptu, impulse, deliriously, intoxicate, sordid, disposition, remotely, perverse, reconnoitering, assumption, malice, quadruped, contritely, singularly, menace, serene, diplomacy, melodramatic, skeptical, devastating, lurid, reveling, deprive, philanthropist, spontaneously, exuberant, baffling, duress, vehemently, malevolence, kibitzer, intervene, distracted, monitor, inadverdently, dote, erratic.

March 10, 2006

Sustained Silent Reading

10:02 - 10:35

Read A Marriage Proposal by Anton Chekhov pages 413-421.

March 9, 2006

Return tests papers and review questions missed.

A Marriage Proposal by Anton Chekhov pages 413-421.


March 8, 2006

Romeo and Juliet  Final Exam Open book and notebook test!

March 7, 2006

Romeo and Juliet Work at notes for Wednesday test!

Review: The Globe Theater and The Life and Times of William Shakespeare

March 6. 2006

Romeo and Juliet Work at notes for Wednesday test!


March 3, 2006

Sustained Silent Reading

10:02 - 10:35

Romeo and Juliet Act V Quiz

Projects due today!

March 2, 2006

Recitation of lines!


March 1, 2006

Recitation of lines!


February 28, 2006

Romeo and Juliet Act V, sc. 3 pages 574 - 584

Recitation of lines!

February 27, 2006 

Sign up for Act V reading parts                         

Romeo and Juliet Act V, sc. 1 & 2  pages 571- 574

Study Sheet


Winter Break from February 20, 2006 to February 24, 2006

Have a restful vacation! See you on Monday, February 27, 2006

February 17, 2006

Romeo and Juliet Act IV Quiz

Continue video of Romeo and Juliet!

February 16, 2006

Romeo and Juliet Act IV   Review

Begin view the video Romeo and Juliet!

February 15, 2006

Romeo and Juliet Act IV, sc. 4 & 5  pgs. 563-569

February 14, 2006

Romeo and Juliet Act IV, sc.2 & 3   pgs. 560-563

Reaction Journal questions

February 13, 2006 

Romeo and Juliet Act IV, sc.1  pgs. 556-560

Act IV Study Guide


February 10, 2006

Sustained Silent Reading

10:02 - 10:35

Romeo and Juliet Act III Quiz Extra credit question: for those who pass the quiz only.

Define and give an example of the following: parallelism and oxymoron.

February 9, 2006

Romeo and Juliet Act III, sc.4 & 5   pgs. 545-554

Review for quiz tomorrow.

allusions, exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution.

Echo, Aurora, Cupid and Cynthia

February 8, 2006

Romeo and Juliet Act III, sc. 3   pgs. 540-545

Small group discussion in five groups. 

February 7, 2006

Romeo and Juliet Act III, sc. 2   pgs. 535-540

Assignment: Research the following literary allusions due tomorrow

Literary Terms: Classical Allusions

February 6, 2006

Romeo and Juliet Act III, sc. 1  pgs. 529-535



February 3, 2006

Sustained Silent Reading

10:02 - 10:35

Romeo and Juliet Act II Quiz

February 2, 2006

Romeo and Juliet Act II  Review

February 1, 2006

Romeo and Juliet Act II, sc. 4, 5,   & 6  pgs. 519-527

"For Study and Discussion" pg. 527 #'s 5 a&b, 6 ,7 a&b,  and 8.

January 31, 2006

Romeo and Juliet Act II, sc. 3  pgs. 516-519

Summary Act II


January 30, 2006

Romeo and Juliet Act II, sc. 1  & 2 Presentation pgs. 508-516

Vocabulary: Quiz on Friday! Define these words for homework tonight.

Discuss "For Study and Discussion" pg. 527 #'s 1 a&b, 2, 3 a&b, and 4.


January 25,26, and 27th Regents Exams No School for Students not taking tests. 

End of 1st Semester!

January 24, 2006 

Regents Exam English begins at 12:30 pm room 226

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Substitute for afternoon classes.

Quiz on Act 1 Vocabulary and Literature.

Collect assignment given yesterday.

January 23, 2006

Act Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Act 1, scenes4-5.

Assignment: Review handout: complete for class tomorrow.   Reminder: quiz on Tuesday.

January 20, 2006

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare  Act I, scene 5 pages 500-505.

Complete "Reading Check"page 505 (due at the end of class).

January 19, 2006

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare  Act I, scenes 1,2,3 & 4 pages 485-500.

January 18, 2006

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Prologue & Act I, scene 1 pages 483-484

Discuss the following literary terms: FOIL,  PERSONIFICATION,  SOLILOQUY, CHORUS, PUNS.

Act 1 Vocabulary 

January 17, 2006

"The Life and Times of William Shakespeare"  Overhead presentation


Sign up sheet for Act I parts:

January 13, 2006

The Globe Theater continued from yesterday.

Sustained Silent Reading

10:02 - 10:35

January 12, 2006

The Globe Theater links

Notes to be given on overhead during class.

Using the links above research the Globe Theater.  Look for interesting bits of information.

January 11, 2006

The Odyssey Final Test

January 10, 2006

Review The Odyssey terms and names of gods and goddesses. (See pages 597-598)

Test tomorrow   Study Guide

January 9, 2006

Collect "For Study and Discussion"  page 651 #'s 1-4

Class work - Using The Encyclopedia Mythica or another source, identify each of the gods and beings listed on the following link = Task 2

January 6, 2006

Sustained Silent Reading

10:02 - 10:35

The Odyssey  Part 2 "The Challenge"  pages 645-646 and "Odysseus Revenge" pages 646-650

Complete Reading Check page 651 #'s 1-4

Assignment: "For Study and Discussion" page 651 #'s 1-4

                       Read  for Monday, January 9, 2006 "Penelope Tests Odysseus" pages 651-653  

January 5, 2006

The Odyssey  Part 2  Read together  "Penelope" pages 641-644

Complete Reading check page 644

DVD The Odyssey Part 2 Penelope

January 4, 2006

The Odyssey   Part 2 Read together "The Suitors" pages 638-640

DVD The Odyssey Part 2 The Suitors

January 3, 2006  Short Bells today!

The Odyssey  Part 2 Read together "Father and Son" pages 631-636

Reading check Page 636 #'s 1-5.

Read alone "Argos" pages 637-638

December 23, 2005

The Odyssey DVD

Sustained Silent Reading

10:02 - 10:35

December 22, 2005

The Odyssey DVD

December 21, 2005

The Odyssey DVD

December 20, 2005

Review part 1.  See questions for review!

December 19, 2005

Read together "The Cattle of the Sun God" pages 624-629.

Have a very good reader volunteer to read the basic text except for the lines below:

Have one student read  lines 674-679. 

Have another student read lines 736-739.

When finished reading have students work in small groups of three or four to answer the questions on page 630 "For Study and Discussion" #'s 1-5.  Collect their answers.  One page per group.

December 16, 2005

Snow Day !

December 15, 2005

Classwork: Make a pictorial map of the journey of Odysseus including place names and small drawing of ships, characters and hazards.

Assignment: Research and prepare a report on each of the following gods and goddesses mentioned in the Odyssey: Apollo, Athena, Circe, Cronus, Helios, Poseidon, and Zeus.

December 14, 2005

Before discussing how the two sea creatures imperil Odysseus, have the students find the Straits of Messina on a map (between Sicily and the Southwest tip of Italy).   Lead students to hypothesize as to how the sea hazards came to be personified.  Ask students to imagine what sailing through a narrow strait must have been like for sailors in ancient times.  Would they have had maps available to know about a whirlpool?  Would they have had the navigational tools to plot a course away from a dangerous rock?  If ships were sunk in the straits, what do you think survivors might have said about the dangers?  How do you think the dangers would be remembered?

Read together "Scylla and Charybdis"  pages 621-624

Have one student read the introduction. Have another read the basic text. Yet another student read lines 602 to 618. 

 Vocabulary to define in section 2 of their notebooks:  place at the board! 

founder, combers, travail, spume, blanched, grapple, appease, supplication, insidious,

entrails,  tripes, overweening, and restitution.

December 13, 2005

Read together "The Sirens" pages 617-620.

The Odyssey  was recited long before it was written down.  To understand the speech rhythms

 one male student in each class will volunteer to read each of  the following sets of lines: 522-535.

 Two female students will read together in unison lines 556-581.

 One female student to read Eurylochus' plea, lines 700-715.

One male student to read dialogue between Helios and Zeus 744-756.

Main narrative to be assigned to an outstanding reader in each class.

Review the characteristics of the epic poem.

December 12, 2005

Review pronunciations pages 597-598. Then examine the origin of the legend of the Cyclops.

Small groups of 3 or 4

sequence the plot elements in "The Cyclops"

Place the plot elements in chronological order then write a paragraph together retelling the story of the cyclops.

December 9, 2005

Read together in class "The Lotus Eaters" pages 601-602. 

Assignment: Read "The Cyclops" pages 602-615.

Sustained Silent Reading

10:02 - 10:35

December 8, 2005

People and places in The Odyssey pages 597-598.

Read together in class From The Odyssey by Homer Part 1 "Far from Home" pages 599-601.

December 7, 2005

Examine Epic Poetry and its characteristics.  Begin The Odyssey by Homer (pages 591-593).

December 6, 2005

The links below will help you to learn the Greek alphabet and to appreciate the difficulty of translating.

Greek Alphabet  Use the alphabet to write your name in Greek.

Greek Alphabet and its English equivalents.

December 5, 2005

Final test on The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. (Fifty objective questions).

December 2, 2005

Sustained Silent Reading 10:02 - 10:35

Review for final!

December 1, 2005

Video The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn  Part 5.

November 30, 2005

Return quizzes and review answers.

Discuss Euphemism (see worksheet.)

Video: The Adventures of  Huckleberry Finn  Part  4.

Assignment: complete work sheet attached (25 pts.)

November 29, 2005

The Adventures of  Huckleberry Finn   Quiz today!  Chapters 21-30.

Read Chapters 31 to Chapter the Last. by 12/5/'05.

November 28, 2005

Video: The Adventures of  Huckleberry Finn  Part  3. 

Review Chapters 21-30 Quiz tomorrow.

November 22, 2005

Video: The Adventures of  Huckleberry Finn  Part  2. 

November 21, 2005

Biography project due: collage with explanation typed on the back.

Composition due today.  Comparison/contrast between Huck and a modern student!

Read to Chapter 30 for next Monday, November 28, 2005.

Early Go Home Drill Today!

November 18, 2005


November 17, 2005

Video: The Day They Came To Arrest The Book   then discuss Chapters 19-24.

Review the following terms: Antagonist, Character, Conflict, huckleberry, Satire, Vernacular, Euphemism, Ingenuity, Setting, Symbols, Irony, and Theme.

Work at composition due next Monday, November 21, 2005.


November 16, 2005

Quiz on Chapters 11-20 Students will create their own quiz by writing ten short answer or fill-in-the -blanks questions with the answers underlined.  

Using The Writing Process learned at the beginning of the year write a comparison/contrast essay in which you compare and contrast Huck Finn to a modern person (possibly yourself or a junior high friend or acquaintance.) 

Due Monday, November 21, 2005.

November 15, 2005

Discuss Censorship and the concept of religion.  What is censorship and how is it used in today's world?  Who uses censorship?

Review The Writing Process for tomorrow's assignment.

November 14, 2005

Video The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Part 1 ( Approximately 35 minutes.)

Read Chapters 19-24 for Thursday's class

November 10, 2005

Discuss Superstition: Make a list of current superstitions and then a list of superstitions used by Jim in Chapters 1-13.

Discuss: Abolitionist.

Read Chapter 15-18 for next Monday!

Enjoy your long weekend!

November 9, 2005

Read tall-tales aloud to the class.

Discuss the following poetic constructions: Alliteration, Onomatopoeia, Personification, and Simile. Find examples in Huck Finn and give the page numbers where they can be found.

November 8, 2005

Analyze Huck's habit of lying! 

Assignment: (Due tomorrow.) Write a tall-tale in which you are involved!  You must be prepared to read your tale in class tomorrow.

Read to chapter 14 for Thursday, November 10, 2005.

November 7, 2005

Discuss words defined last Friday!

Vocabulary: Define the following words: Subversive, Guile. 

Analyze Huck's habit of lying.

Contemporary Issue: Nothing but the truth!  See questions on attached page.

Discuss Gang psychology!  Why do you think teens today join gangs?  Do they do it for the same reasons Huck joined Tom Sawyer's gang?

Discuss the qualities of belonging to a gang.

November 4, 2005

S(ustained) S(ilent) R(eading)

Possible pop quiz on chapters 4-7.  Work at vocabulary list compiled yesterday.

Read to Chapter 10 for Monday.

November 3, 2005

Make a list of vocabulary terms that you don't know and define them in your notebook in part 2.

Read the remainder of Pap's "Call this a govment" speech.  Student volunteer will read this out loud for others to hear the dialect sounds.  Discuss the use of dialect  and its purpose in this novel.

November 2, 2005

Discussion of Parental Rights: Read the first half of the "Call this a govment" speech with the teacher on pages 26-27 in Chapter six in which Pap rages about how the government keeps him from claiming his parental rights. Does Pap have the right to be Huck's legal guardian?  Does he have the right to Huck's money?  When should the government take away the rights of a parent? Who is the government? 

Small Group Discussion: (3 or 4)

What are  some of the rights of children?  Who and what guarantees these rights?  Who makes sure that these rights are understood?  What is the role of parents in the explanation of these rights to children?


November 1, 2005

Handout: Huckleberry Finn to be taught .

Review 15  questions found in Chapters 1-7 (handout)

October 31, 2005

Check Quiz on the first three chapters of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Literary Concepts and Vocabulary Terms

     Antagonist, Character, Satire, Vernacular, Huckleberry and Allusion.

Discuss: The Eye of Innocence

Read Chapters 4-5-6-7 before Friday, November 4, 2005.  

October 28, 2005

Vocabulary and literature quiz today.

Tapes of Radio Play due by today at the latest!

Continue reading in your novel.

S(ustained) S(ilent) R(eading) after third period today!

October 27, 2005

Report on the Life of Mark Twain!  Review Literary Terms from Tuesday, October 25, 2005.

Discuss as a whole group the "Study Guide" worked on last Tuesday, October 25, 2005.

October 26, 2005

I will distribute the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain today during class.

Read Chapters 1,2 and 3 for Monday,October 31, 2005 quiz.

A small group volunteers (3 or 4) is needed to report on the life of Mark Twain for Thursday, October 27, 2005.

October 25, 2005

Discuss questions in small groups from Study Guide.

Then as a group define the following terms (place in your notebooks part 1) : THEME, SYMBOLISM, ALLUSION, ANACHRONISM, and POINT OF VIEW.

Assignment: Gawaine is the greatest dragon-slayer in the history of the school, yet he has no confidence in his own abilities.  Instead he trusts his fate to a word he believes to be magic.  Another knight might have found the inner spirit to continue fighting dragons, but Gawaine does not.  Why?  Explain how Gawaine's fate expresses the theme of this story. ( Type your essay which is due on Wednesday, October 26, 2005).

October 24, 2005

Read "The Fifty-First Dragon" by Heywood Broun pages 199-205.


October 21, 2005

Radio Play due.  Play some of the recordings during class.

S(ustained) S(ilent) R(eading)

October 20, 2005

Read "The Balek Scales" page 181-186.

Discuss the relationship of irony to theme

Classwork: page 187 "For Study and Discussion" all questions.

October 19, 2005

Vocabulary Quiz  from "The Gift of the Magi" assigned October 13, 2005.  Read biography when finished.

October 18, 2005

Visit PHS library to find a biography to read.  Biography must come from the PHS library. Begin reading when you return to class.

Assign biography project due on November 18, 2005.  Design a collage advertising your biography.  Include in your collage: Title, Author, pictures of important events, pictures of characters and clippings of words that reveal the personality of your biographee.  An explanation of your collage should be pasted to the back of your collage.

October 17, 2005

Discuss "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry  pages 173-177.  How are characterization and plot used to develop the theme?

Theme and Irony Add to notes. Della and Jim are universal symbols of unselfish love.

Group work on radio play due Friday, October 21, 2005.

Reminder of vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.

October 14, 2005

Follow the assigned times to present your novel projects.

If time permits, work at your radio play.  Tapes and recorders (2) are available from Mr. Lacroix.

S(ustained) S(ilent) R(eading)

October 13, 2005

Follow the assigned times to present your novel projects.

"The Gift of the Magi" vocabulary: (24 wds) Quiz on Wednesday, October 19, 2005.

Bulldozing, Prudence, Instigates, Depreciate, Cascade, Moral, Inconsequential, Chronicle, Conception, Ravages, Subsiding, Reflection, Ecstatic, Longitudinal, Duplication,Illuminated, Predominating, Prosperity, Coveted, Scrutiny, Vestibule, Mammoth, Appertaining, and Implied.

October 12, 2005

Novel projects due.  Begin today to present your novel projects to the class.  Volunteers will be taken first and then others will be assigned a time to present on Thursday and Friday.   Students not ready when they are scheduled will be asked to present after school on Monday, October 17, 2005.  Late projects will be graded at 1/2 credit (50%).

Assignment: Read "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry pages 173-177. 

Discuss: Theme and Allusion

October, 7, 2005

Vocabulary quiz then quiet reading or work on projects due Oct. 12 or Oct. 21, 2005

October 6, 2005

Working alone or in pairs, begin writing a radio play in which your setting involves some sort of apocalyptic end of the world.  Due 10/21/'05

You must present a !) written script, 2) a tape recording of your play, 3) Have at least five characters, and 4) Include sound effects.  (Imitate The War of The Worlds tape heard in class).

October 5, 2005

Read "The Portable Phonograph" by Walter Van Tilburg Clark pages139-144

Discuss Setting and Apocalyptic Literature

Vocabulary: undulation, pinion, plaintive, acrid, uniformly, traversed, daubed, doddering, ritualistic, magnanimity, loath, comply, formulate, antagonistic, nocturne, delectable, dissonant and resonant.

October 4, 2005

"The Cask of Amontillado"

See page 101

Explain  Point of View and Creativity

October 3, 2005

Discuss the Life of Edgar Allan Poe  Write at the board the unique detqils found as you researched his life.

Write a brief paragraph about Edgar's life.  Due at the end of class.

Return scripts written on Friday.

September 30, 2005

Quiz today on the vocabulary from "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" given to you on September 23, 2005.

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Read when finished!

September 29, 2005

Small group work on your skit begun on Tuesday September 27, 2005.  Pull your ideas together and begin writing the script.

When finished work at reading your novel.

September 28, 2005

To the library today to research the unusual events in the life of Edgar Allan Poe.

You must have your Acceptable Use Policy forms completed and signed and returned to the librarian before you will be allowed to use the compouters in this school.  You will research the ususual events in Poe's life, record them is a place of safe keeping for use during a class exercise dealing with his life.  Ususual facts are needed and will be discussed.

September 27, 2005

Cooperative Learning Exercise: Script writing /Turning a part of a short story into a skit.

     Brainstorm in class in groups of 3 or 4 on how you would turn this story into a film script that would appeal to a modern audience.

     Some ideas to help you get started:

          a. Where would this film be shot?

          b. Would the characters and the setting remain the  same?

          c. What special effects might you use?

          d. What about camera angles?  Lighting?


September 26, 2005

Composition due

Long Range Assignment: Novel Project due October 12, 2005.

     1. Design a poster (2'x3') in color which will serve as an advertisement for your book.

     2. Prepare an oral presentation to be presented to the class on 10/12-13-14/'05

          a. Tell what your novel is about

          b. Explain why you liked or did not like your novel.

          c. Convince the class to read the novel.

Read "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe  pages 95-100.


September 23, 2005

We will go to the library to select an Adventure novel.  Select a novel with the orange dot on the spine.

Vocabulary words for quiz next Friday September 30, 2005 on "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"


September 22, 2005

Read "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" pages 63-67.

Assignment: Due September 26, 2005  Write a comparison/contrast essay in which you compare and contrast the real and imaginary life of Walter Mitty from the short story "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty". All five parts of the Process must be turned-in.

September 21, 2005

Continue The Writing Process.  Explain The introduction and the Conclusion in the outline.

     The introduction must have a thesis statement which expresses the "What you are doing", the "how you are going to proceed, and do it in an interesting way.  Some possible ways to make an introduction interesting is to ask a question, to quote someone, or to make a strong statement.

September 20, 2005

Begin explaining The Writing Process. 

     1. Brainstorming: List 20 words, phrases or sentences.

     2. Grouping: Divide your brainstorming into at least two categories.

     3. Outlining:  Write a formal outline using Roman Numerals and Block letters.

     4. Preliminary Draft: Make at least ten (10) revisions and label them in the left margin.

     5. Final Draft: Must be as error free as possible.  It must be typed and double spaced.

Discuss the following words: Protagonist, Antagonist, Flat and Round Characters, and Point of View

September 19, 2005

Read "The Lady, or the Tiger?"  by Frank R. Stockton pages 31-36.  Complete "Reading Check"  Page 37.

Discuss the following terms: Irony, Resolution, and Setting.

September 16, 2005

Library Scavenger Hunt Due today!

Quiz 1

Read when finished quiz

September 15, 2005

Grammar review: Parts of Speech

Discuss: Foreshadowing


September 14, 2005

Collect Map of Ship-Trap Island

Review  Literary terms from preceding days

Discuss: Atmosphere, Conflict, and Tone

September 13, 2005 

Response Journal:  Describe General Zaroff's wishes for the ideal quarry against which to match wits, one that will prove challenging.  (Yet Zaroff resorts to dogs and Ivan to help him with Rainsford.

Discuss: Suspense and Imagery

September 12, 2005

Read "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell  pgs. 12-28

Assignment: due Wednesday: Draw a map of Ship-Trap Island: include the following: 1. at least three traps, 2. Castle of General Zaroff, 3. Cliffs, 4. under water lights. 5. swamp.                                


September 9, 2005

Distribute Adventures in Reading

Pictures in Auditorium  Period 3 -- 12:50

                                           Period 8 -- 1:40

September 8, 2005

Library Orientation -- Scavenger Hunt due on or before 9/16/'05

September 7, 2005

Complete 3X5 index cards

Last Name, First Name


City, State Zip

Telephone #s

e-mail address

Last teacher you had for English


Every Friday

Sustained Silent Reading

10:02 - 10:35

January 24, 2006

Romeo and Juliet quiz Act 1