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English 2: 1(A-B)
Instructor: Bell, Charles W   
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Vocabulary Exam Review
  • Unit 8- animosity, apathy, commend, compatible, obsolete, parsimonious, reprisal, recalcitrant, quandary, suave

1. Coach Collins ______(ed) her players for unselfishly donating their time to the food drive.
2. The children were sad when they realized that their Christmas presents (PlayStation 4 games) would not be ______ with their old PlayStation 3 console.
3. Drizella harbored great ______ for Cinderella- her younger, prettier, and more popular sister.
4. The movie is titled ______, and it is about a young woman who spends her entire life bent on paying back the gang lords who murdered her family.
5. Even though it would have kept her from being suspended, the ______ student refused to apologize to the librarian.
6. Having received contract offers from Apple and Microsoft, my sister was in a bit of a/an ______ about which one to choose.
7. Falling asleep in class on a daily basis, the sophomore revealed complete ______ for the subject, the instructor, and his own grade.
8. Most computer experts claim that a cell phone purchased today will be ______ in a matter of six months.
9. The ______ boyfriend asked if the florist had any week-old flowers that he could buy for half price.
10.Looking ______ in my midnight black tuxedo and two-tone wingtip shoes, I strolled onto the stage to collect the crown for Prom King.
  • Unit 9 Review- allocate, brash, copious, chastise, deviate, ardent, inkling, poignant, palatable, sophomoric

1. It was definitely a/an ______ scene, watching the soldier reunited with his wife and children.
2. Since we are ______ supporters of local artists, we contributed $5,000 to the Young Artists Festival.
3. Mrs. Coleman ______(d) this corner of the room to young adult novels.
4. In my opinion, Romeo and Juliet make a/an ______ decision to get married; they have known each other for only a few days.
5. I have a/an ______ that Mrs. Browning is going to give us a pop quiz today, because she was really emphasizing the importance of knowing the ramifications of World War II.
6. The steak, nowhere near _____, looked like a burned piece of tire on my plate.
7. It was definitely a lame, ______ prank, setting off a stink bomb in the boys’ bathroom.
8. My family never ______(s) from our Thanksgiving dinner tradition- roast turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, and cranberry sauce.
9. Since we have a/an ______ amount of food, why not invite our neighbors to the feast?
10. Coach Buffington ______(ed) his team for playing soft during the fourth quarter of a home loss.

Week of 5/23-5/27
Week of 5/23-5/27
We will spend the majority of this week reviewing for the Final Exam. This exam counts as 20% of a student’s semester average. Students received a Final Exam Review Outline last week. (The outline is also posted to School Fusion.)
(Any make-up work should be completed this week as well.)
Here is the exam schedule.

Friday, May 27th - 7th period exams
Tuesday, May 31st - 1st and 4th period exams
Wednesday, June 1st - 2nd and 5th period exams
Thursday, June 2nd - 3rd and 6th period exams
Final Exam Review Outline
Final Exam Review Outline
  1. Arthurian Terms
    • Ten terms
    • Holy Grail, myth, Excalibur, legend, love triangle, Camelot, Round Table, chivalry, medieval romance, and Avalon.
  2. Poetry Terms
    • Recognizing definition or example of the term
    • Ten terms
    • Sonnet, figurative language, lament, simile, hyperbole, allusion, alliteration, dichotomy, conceit, lyric poem.
  3. King Arthur- Stories, Notes, Characters
    • Multiple choice questions on the notes and movies
    • Eleven questions
  4. Grammar
    • Recognizing errors in usage, grammar, and punctuation.
    • Twelve questions
  5. The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
    • Matching characters
    • Tragic flaws
    • Commoners
    • Motivations
    • Really famous lines
    • Fifteen questions
  6. The Hollow
    • Matching characters (Lady Angkatell, Henrietta, Edward, Veronica, Gudgeon, John, Sir Henry, Midge)
    • Five questions
  7. Research Project
    • True or False
    • Process, MLA format, Mistakes to Avoid, Thesis Statements, Sources
    • Nine questions/statements
  8. Vocabulary
    • Completing the sentence
    • Application/ Using terms in context
  • Unit 8- animosity, apathy, commend, compatible, obsolete, parsimonious, reprisal, recalcitrant, quandary, suave
  • Unit 9- allocate, brash, copious, chastise, deviate, ardent, inkling, poignant, palatable, sophomoric
  1. Persuasive Techniques
    1. Bandwagon
    2. Heart Strings
    3. Fear
    4. Attack Opposition
    5. Loaded Language
    6. Challenge Intelligence
    7. Testimonial
    8. Don’t You Want to Be Like This
* Eight questions- matching
10. Essay portion
  • Four different options from which to choose
  • Persuasive writing
  • Creative writing
  • Explanatory writing
  • Letter writing
  • Watch for grammar, organization, content, and voice.
Week of 5/16- 5/20
Week of 5/16-5/20
Monday
Journal Entry 29 will be checked for completion on Monday. Students will have the opportunity to discuss what they have written.
After this, students will receive a new Writing Challenge.
With any remaining time, we will continue/begin the story of “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.”
Standard 1.6- Communication: Students will utilize various methods of communication to present diverse perspectives.
Tuesday
Classes will finish “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.” Then we will tackle “The Quest for the Holy Grail.”
Standard 4.1- Literary Text: Students will read grade-level texts with purpose and understanding.
Wednesday
Students will receive the Final Exam Review Outline today. We will go over the details in class.
We will also cover a few Logical Fallacies and connect them to some of the persuasive techniques that we studied earlier.
Thursday
We will cover “Le Morte D’ Arthur” today. We will compare and contrast the end of Arthur’s story with examples from modern-day movies.
Standard 4.1- Literary Text: Students will read grade-level texts with purpose and understanding.
Friday
Students will bring in some of their favorite quotes today. They will have a wide selection to choose from for their Journal Entry 30.
Standard 4- Writing: Students will write to defend opinions.
Journal Entry 29
Journal Entry 29
“Always remember, others may hate you. But those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them back. And then you destroy yourself.” Richard Nixon

“History is laughing at us.”
Bad Religion, “Victory”

“I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.” Xenocrates

“There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside you.” Zora Neale Hurston
Week 5/09-5/13
Week of 5/09- 5/13
Monday
Journal Entry 28 is due today. Students will have the opportunity to discuss what they have written.
After this, we will continue with the Legends of King Arthur. Most classes will cover The Birth of Arthur.
There is a test on Thursday over Their Eyes Were Watching God.
Standard 1.6-Communication: Students will utilize various methods of communication to present diverse perspectives.
Tuesday
The Extra Credit Project is due today. It counts as one test grade. Students learned of the project a week ago.
We will read “Arthur Becomes King of Britain.”
Standard 4.1- Literary Text: Students will read grade-level texts with purpose and understanding.
Wednesday
Students will be encouraged to ask questions about Their Eyes Were Watching God. This will serve as our review. There will be a test tomorrow over the novel.
Standard 2- Inquiry-Based Literary Standards: Students will formulate relevant, self-generated questions for a literary text.
Thursday
Students will take the Novel Test today. Students should return their copies of the novel. The copies will be collected as they take the test.
When students are done with the test, they will work on Journal Entry 29. This will be due on Monday.
Standard 4- Writing: Students will write to defend opinions.
Friday
We will continue with The Legends of King Arthur today. We will cover the story “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.”
Standard 4.1- Literary Text: Students will read grade-level texts with purpose and understanding.
Journal Entry 28
Journal Entry 28
“It is easy to hate, and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve, and bad things are very easy to get.” Confucius

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” Derek Bok

“Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.” Dr. Seuss

“I usually make up my mind about a man in ten seconds, and I very rarely change it.” M. Thatcher
Vocabulary 10 Review
Vocabulary 10 Review
  1. It was hard not to ______ my sister’s musical ability, for she can sing like an angel.
  2. Our coach tried to motivate our team by telling us that twenty points was not a/an ______ lead.
  3. The ______ plot of this novel is not for the casual reader. One must pay scrupulous attention to detail if he or she is going to keep up with all the twists and turns.
  4. After the mild earthquake, we had to go through the house and straighten all of the pictures that were ______.
  5. The infatuated freshman boldly (and possibly foolishly) ______(ed) his love to the senior beauty queen by reading her a poem in front of the entire class.
  6. Finding out that she failed to lose ten pounds before the dance, Sandy was ______.
  7. Rena is one of the most ______ people I know; she will argue about everything from the quality of a certain movie to who should win the next election.
  8. After working for hours and hours on my geometry project, I believe that I earned a/an ______, so I took a quick nap.
  9. In an attempt to ______ people to vote for them, some candidates make outrageous promises.
  10. It is truly ______ that our day at Six Flags was rained out, for I was really looking forward to some of the extreme roller coasters.
  11. Looking at her ______ appearance when she came in from the rain storm, you never would have guessed that she was once the Prom Queen of her senior class.
  12. Days after being tricked by Greg’s prank phone call, I gave my friend a taste of ______ when I orchestrated a brilliant practical joke at his expense.
  13. Forgetting how to calculate the ______, many of the students missed several of the questions on the math portion of the standardized test.
  14. The ______ chords of the funeral march brought tears to the eyes of many in attendance.
  15. Blathering about the details of her prom dress for the entirety of dinner, my ______ date bored even the strangers who were sitting near us.
  16. Knowing that we comprised the ______, I figured our chance of survival was relatively thin, for I knew the enemy would be waiting for our arrival.
  17. “We will never ______ to the demands of the terrorists,” claimed the police chief.
  18. The ______ children chased one another around the neighborhood without a care in the world.
  19. The “Five Star Buffet” was anything but excellent; we considered the name of the restaurant to be quite the ______.
  20. Coming from the Marines, my father detests the ______(s) in our society who throw away anything of value- food, money, time, etc.
Week of 5/02- 5/06
Week of 5/2- 5/06
Monday
Entry 27 is due on Monday. Students will have the opportunity to discuss the quotes.
After this, students will receive a new vocabulary list. This will be Unit 10. There will be a quiz on Friday over these terms.
Standard 1.6- Communication: Students will utilize various methods of communication to present diverse perspectives.
Tuesday
We will begin our unit on the Legends of King Arthur today. Students will receive some notes on The Birth of Arthur.
With any remaining time, students will read silently in their novels.
Interim reports will be passed out during third period today.
Standard 13.2- Literary Text: Students will read independently for sustained periods of time to increase stamina.
Wednesday
We will review for Friday’s Vocabulary 10 Quiz.
After this, we will continue Their Eyes Were Watching God and the Legends of King Arthur.
Standard 2- Inquiry-Based Literary Standards: Students will formulate relevant, self-generated questions for a literary text.
Thursday
All students will take the SRI for the last time this year. The test is designed to let students know their Lexile Reading Level. We will be in the computer lab for the entire day.
The Vocabulary 10 Quiz is tomorrow.
Standard 4.1- Literary Text: Students will read grade-level texts with purpose and understanding.
Friday
Students will take the Vocabulary 10 Quiz.
After the quiz is completed, students will receive Journal Entry 28.
Standard 4- Writing: Students will write to defend opinions.
Journal Entry 27
Entry 27
“There are two types of people. Those who come into a room and say, ‘Well, here I am!’ and those who come in and say, ‘Ah, there you are.’" Frederick Collins

“A gentleman is simply a patient wolf.” Lana Turner

“A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?” Albert Einstein

“But surely for everything you love you have to pay some price.” Agatha Christie
Week of 4/25-4/29
Week of 4/25-4/29
Monday
Journal Entry 26 is due today. It will be checked for completion. Students will have the opportunity to discuss the quotes.
Students will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the Annotated Bibliography and/or the Research Outline. Both are due tomorrow. Each counts as a separate test grade.
Standard 1.6- Communication: Students will utilize various methods of communication to present diverse perspectives.
Tuesday
The Annotated Bibliography and the Research Outline are due today.
Most classes will finish watching The Princess Bride today. There will be a test on Thursday over The Seven Heroic Archetypes and The Twelve Stages of the Hero’s Journey.
Standard 2- Inquiry-Based Literary Standards: Students will formulate relevant, self-generated questions for a text.
Wednesday
We will review for tomorrow’s Hero Test.
After this, we will discuss Chapters 3-8 of Their Eyes Were Watching God. (There will be a test over the entire novel on 5/12.)
Standard 2- Inquiry-Based Literary Standards: Students will formulate relevant, self-generated questions for a literary text.
Thursday
Students will take the Hero Test today.
After the test, students will receive Journal Entry 27.
Standard 4- Writing: Students will write to defend opinions.
Friday
Students will receive silent reading time with Their Eyes Were Watching God.
Standard 13.2- Literary Text: Students will read independently for sustained periods of time to increase stamina.
Journal Entry 26
Journal Entry 26
“I'm supposed to have a Ph.D. on the subject of women. But the truth is I've flunked more often than not. I'm very fond of women; I admire them. But, like all men, I don't understand them.” Frank Sinatra

“My life is my message.” Mahatma Gandhi

“Your success as a family, our success as a society, depends not on what happens in the White House, but on what happens in your house.” Barbara Bush

“In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.”
Abraham Lincoln
Vocabulary 9 Review
Vocabulary 9
1.Floating on a tiny raft for weeks, the escaped prisoner was dehydrated and ______.
2.Letting a lone government leader have ______ control is one of the final steps in creating a totalitarian regime.
3.He is a/an ______ supporter of local arts and has personally pledged well over $50,000 to the Harrison Museum.
4.Covering my lawn and trees with toilet paper was truly a/an ______ prank; I was looking for you to reveal a little more cerebral capacity when planning a practical joke.
5.The boss ______(d) his employee for allowing a dangerous ex-con through the security checkpoint.
6.Sitting in my assigned two-hour detention, I realized that I should not let this ______ free time go to waste, so I finished the novel and began my paper.
7.It was ______ of you to storm off the field because you did not like the referee’s call, for now you have damaged your reputation.
8.Stopping at the restaurant was a/an ______ decision. Next time, we will make reservations in order to avoid the two-hour wait.
9.The most ______ scene of the movie had to be the one in which the son held his dying mother in his arms.
10. The strange soothsayer gave us a cryptic warning: “To ______ from the path of the righteous is dangerous.”
11. I decided to ______ a certain portion of my paycheck for our vacation fund. In a few months, we should have enough to take the cruise.
12. I had a/an _____ that the street vendor was untrustworthy, so I refused his offer of “designer” watches at discount prices.
13. Deciding on the leader of your company based solely on the type of car that the applicant drives is not only ______; it is downright foolish.
14.Ron and Hermione ______(ed) in their friend’s victory over the annoying Malfoy.
15. The silver moonlight on the ______ branches of the tree created some horrifying shadows.
16. For over eight hours, the ______ search dogs plowed through all types of debris in hopes of finding survivors of the plane crash.
17. I did not want ______ in the form of cash; I wanted her to repay my humiliation with some humiliation of her own.
18. Looking through the ______ waters of the Caribbean, one can see all the way to the ocean’s floor, where sand sharks seem to glide effortlessly.
19. The ______ Kiara harbors for her brother is unfortunate and disturbing. Instead of being happy for his success, she hates the fact that he won the coveted scholarship.
20. Here is a review for the new restaurant: “The servers are dimwitted and painfully unattractive- to the point of distraction. The inside of the restaurant looks like it was furnished with garage-sale merchandise, and the food is barely ______. Stay away… far away.”
Week of 4/18-4/22
Week of 4/18-4/22

Monday
Journal Entry 25 will be checked for completion today. Students will have the opportunity to discuss their responses to the quotes.
Students will receive a new vocabulary list today. This will be Unit 9. There will be a quiz over these terms on Friday.
Standard 1.6- Communication: Students will utilize various methods of communication to present diverse perspectives.
Tuesday
Students will have independent reading time with Their Eyes Were Watching God. Students should have Chapters 1-5 read by Wednesday. (There is the possibility of a quiz that will cover these chapters.)
Standard 13.2- Literary Text: Students will read independently for sustained periods of time to increase stamina.
Wednesday
We will discuss Chapters 1-5 of Their Eyes Were Watching God. (There is the possibility of a quiz before the discussion.)
Students will receive a rubric that will show them how their Annotated Bibliography and Research Outline will be graded. Each work will count as an independent test score. The bibliography and the outline are both due on 4/26.
Standard 2- Inquiry-Based Literary Standards: Students will formulate relevant, self-generated questions for a literary text.
Thursday
Students will review for tomorrow’s quiz over Vocabulary 9.
After this, students will receive some silent reading time.
Standard 13.2- Literary Text: Students will read independently for sustained periods of time to increase stamina.
Friday
Students will take the Vocabulary 9 Quiz.
After the quiz, students will receive Journal Entry 26. This will be checked for completion on Monday.
Standard 4- Writing: Students will write to defend opinions.
Journal Entry 25
Journal Entry 25
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” Mahatma Gandhi

“The difference between friendship and love is how much you can hurt each other.”
Ashleigh Brilliant

“It is not how you die that determines your honor; it’s how you live.” Superman

“When women love us, they forgive us everything, even our crimes; when they do not love us, they give us credit for nothing, not even our virtues.” Honore de Balzac
Week of 4/11- 4/15
Week of 4/11-4/15
Monday
Journal Entry 24 will be checked today. Students will have the opportunity to discuss the various quotes.
Students will receive a template that will show them how to construct their Research Project Outline. (The Research Project Outline and the Annotated Bibliography are both due on 4/26. Each will count as a separate test grade.)
Standard 1.6- Communication: Students will utilize various methods of communication to present diverse perspectives.
Tuesday
Most classes will spend one more day in the media center to work on Research Projects.
Thesis statements are due on Thursday. This will count as a quiz grade.
Standard 1.1- Writing: Students will write arguments that use relevant information from multiple print and multimedia sources.
Wednesday
Students will receive information on our next featured author, Zora Neale Hurston.
After this, we will begin reading Their Eyes Were Watching God.
Standard 13.2- Literary Text: Students will read independently for sustained periods of time to increase stamina.
Thursday
Thesis statements are due today. This will count as a quiz grade.
After this, we will continue reading Their Eyes Were Watching God.
Standard 13.2- Literary Text: Students will read independently for sustained periods of time to increase stamina.
Friday
Students will receive Journal Entry 25 today. This will be checked for completion on Monday.
After this, students will receive some silent reading time.
Standard 4- Writing: Students will write to defend opinions.
Annotated Bibliography Information
What is an Annotated Bibliography?
  • It is a way to keep track of the sources and their content.
  • For each source that you use, you must create an entry into your Annotated Bibliography list.
  • You must have a total of five sources in your Annotated Bibliography.
  • Here are two examples:
Means, Samantha. Defend Yourself. New York: Greenhaven Press, 2013.

In Defend Yourself, Means has two chapters devoted to statistics that support gun ownership. Also, she argues that owning a weapon will actually help prevent citizens from becoming victims of crimes. She references the Constitution often and explains the right to bear arms. Her book was very helpful and provided lots of meaningful data.

Hammond, David. Bullets and Boundaries. New York: Greenhaven Press, 2012.

Hammond’s book was not as helpful as other sources. However, he does give some first-person accounts of people who were attacked and how they fended off their attacker with a gun. Some of these stories could prove useful, especially as an opening hook to the paper. Some of these accounts are very interesting and support my general thesis statement.
  • Double space your citations and your paragraphs for your Annotated Bibliography.
  • Remember to reverse indent your citations.
  • Watch out for reprints.
  • Your paragraphs for your Annotated Bibliography should be at least fifty words in length.
  • Only two internet sites may be used as sources. (Remember DISCUS is not an internet site.)
  • The Annotated Bibliography and the Research Outline will each count as a test grade.
  • They should be placed in a folder with your name on it and turned in on 4/26.
  • You will receive an outline template soon.
  • All work should be typed.
Journal Entry 24
Journal Entry 24
“You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.” Robin Williams


“Women are clear-headed, they are more creative and for this reason, sometimes, also more fragile.” Emma Bonino

“Jealousy... is a mental cancer.” B. C. Forbes

“I think we have to own the fears that we have of each other, and then, in some practical way, some daily way, figure out how to see people differently than the way we were brought up to.” Alice Walker
Week of 3/28-4/01
Week of 3/28- 4/01

Monday
Journal Entry 23 will be checked for completion today. Students will have the opportunity to share their thoughts on the quotes.
There will be a test on Wednesday over the entire novel. Students should return their novels on Wednesday.
Standard 1.6- Communication: Students will utilize various methods of communication to present diverse perspectives.
Tuesday
As part of the Research Project process, we will go over thesis statements today. Students will receive examples of strong, viable thesis statements and weak, ineffective ones. Students will have the opportunity to create their own practice thesis statements in class.
Students will have the opportunity to ask questions about their novels today.
Time permitting, students will receive some silent reading time to finish their novels.
Standard 13.2- Literary Text: Students will read independently for sustained periods of time to increase stamina.
Wednesday
Students will take the novel test today.
After the test, students will receive Journal Entry 24. Entry 24 should be complete by Monday, 4/11.
Standard 4- Writing: Students will write to defend opinions.
Thursday and Friday
We will spend these two days in the media center to work on Research Projects. Students will have access to computer articles and print sources for their project. The media specialists and I will be there to help them find appropriate sources and document those sources.
Standard 1.1- Writing: Students will write arguments that use relevant information from multiple print and multimedia sources.
Journal Entry 23
Journal Entry 23
“In a relationship you want to treat people the way you want to be treated.” Bradley Cooper


“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” Mother Teresa

“You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.” Dr. Seuss

“Being a woman is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally in dealing with men.”
Joseph Conrad
Week of 3/21-3/24
Week of 3/21- 3/24

Monday
Journal Entry 22 will be checked today. Students will have the chance to discuss their responses to the quotes.
After this, we will discuss Chapters 9 and 10 of To Kill a Mockingbird.
There will be a quiz over The Hollow on Thursday.
Standard 1.6- Communication: Students will utilize various methods of communication to present diverse perspectives.

Tuesday
We will finish reading and watching the play today. Students will be asked to make their final predictions about the ending.
Standard 4.1- Literary Text: Students will read grade-level texts with purpose and understanding.

Wednesday
We will have a brief review for tomorrow’s quiz over the play.
After this, students will receive a list of potential topics for their Research Project.
If there is time, students will receive some silent reading time with their novels.
Standard 13.2- Literary Text: Students will read independently for sustained periods of time to increase stamina.

Thursday
Students will take a quiz over The Hollow.
After the quiz, students will receive Journal Entry 23. This will be checked for completion on Monday.
Standard 4- Writing: Students will write to defend opinions.
Journal Entry 22
Journal Entry 22

“A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.” Jim Morrison


“If I have any particular appeal to women, maybe it's because I listen more than other guys do and appreciate how they think and feel about things.” Ryan Gosling


“I think it's one of those funny things - sometimes you're not really friends with somebody until you've gotten into a good fight, and I think that's the situation with Superman and Batman.” Mark Valley


“It would be so nice if something made sense for a change.” Alice in Wonderland
Week of 3/14- 3/17
Week of 3/14-3/17

Monday
Journal Entry 21 is due today. It will be checked for completion. Students will have the opportunity to verbalize their thoughts on the quotes from Entry 21.
After this, we will continue with Act II of The Hollow.
All make-up work needs to be completed by 3/17. After this date, a zero will be entered for the grade.
Standard- 1.6- Communication: Students will utilize various methods of communication to present diverse perspectives.

Tuesday
We will finish Act II of The Hollow today.
After this, students will have some silent reading time with their novels.
Standard 13.2- Literary Text: Students will read independently for sustained periods of time to increase stamina.

Wednesday and Thursday
We will finish reading the play. Then most classes will watch the movie version of The Hollow. We will note the comparisons and contrasts between the actual text and the movie.
Students will receive Journal Entry 22 on Thursday. It will be checked on Monday for completion.
Standard- 4.1- Literary Text: Students will read grade-level texts with purpose and understanding.
Standard- 4- Writing: Students will write to defend opinions.
Journal Entry 21
Journal Entry 21

“The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children.” Duke of Windsor

“Never meet your heroes.” Kermit the Frog

“People need to start to think about the messages that they send in the movies.” Morgan Freeman

“You learn a lot about your friends right around 2AM.” Macklemore
Week of 2/07-2/11
Week of 3/07- 3/11

Monday
Journal Entry 20 will be checked for completion today. Students will have a chance to discuss and debate their thoughts on the quotes from Entry 20.
After this, students will receive the cast of characters for our next play, The Hollow. They will also receive a brief overview of the basic plot.
Standard- 1.6- Communication- Students will utilize various modes of communication to present diverse perspectives.
Tuesday
Students will take a novel quiz today. Most students are reading To Kill a Mockingbird. This quiz will cover Chapters 1-8. (A handful of students are reading The Battle of Jericho. This quiz will cover pages 1-90.)
After the quiz, students will receive some silent reading time with their novels.
Standard 13.2- Literary Text- Students will read independently for sustained periods of time to increase stamina.
Wednesday
We will begin reading The Hollow today. Near the end of class, students will be asked to make predictions about what will happen next.

Standard 4.1- Literary Text- Students will read grade-level texts with purpose and understanding.
Thursday
We will continue to read The Hollow today.
After this, we will work on a new set of Sentence Corrections.
Standard 4- Language- Students will demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing.
Friday
Students will receive Journal Entry 21 today.
After this, most classes will watch a scene or two from To Kill a Mockingbird. There will be a test over the entire novel on 3/30. (There will be a test over The Battle of Jericho on the same date.)
Standard 4- Writing- Students will write to defend opinions.
Journal Entry 20
Journal Entry 20

“All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.” James Thurber

“The unfed mind devours itself.” Gore Vidal

“Of course, I think that people are just waiting for that time when I make a mistake and they're gonna jump on it.... There's gonna be haters.” Justin Bieber

“Somebody help me; tell me where to go from here.” Tupac
Week 2/29- 3/03
Week of 2/29- 3/03
Monday
Journal Entry 19 is due today. This will be checked as we discuss Chapters 2 and 3 of To Kill a Mockingbird.
We will also discuss Journal Entries 18 and 19. Students will have the opportunity to defend their opinions.
Students have a Poetry Project due on 3/02. This counts as one test grade.
Standard- 1.6 Communication- Students will utilize various modes of communication to present diverse perspectives.
Tuesday
The Poetry Project is due tomorrow. All details have been posted to the School Fusion page.
We will work on another set of Sentence Corrections today.
Students should receive their individual copies of To Kill a Mockingbird to take home today. There will be a quiz over Chapters 1-8 on 3/08.
Students will receive some silent reading time as well today.
Standard 13.2- Literary Text- Students will read independently for sustained periods of time to increase stamina.
Wednesday
Students will turn in their Poetry Projects today. Students will have the opportunity to read their poems to the class. (This will not be mandatory, however.)
Standard- 1.6 Communication- Students will utilize various modes of communication to present diverse perspectives.
Thursday
Students will receive Journal Entry 20 today. Entry 20 will be checked on Monday for completion.
After this, we will watch a few scenes from the To Kill a Mockingbird movie.
Standard 4- Writing- Students will write to defend opinions.
Journal Entry 19
Journal Entry 19
“Only enemies speak the truth; friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty.” Stephen King

“So why doesn’t Batman just kill the Joker? Think of all the lives it would save! Better yet, think of all the lives it would have saved…” Mark White

“To be happy with a man you must understand him a lot and love him a little. To be happy with a woman you must love her a lot and not try to understand her at all.” Helen Rowland
Week of 2/22- 2/26
Week of 2/22-26

Monday
We will finish our Poetry Unit today. We will read “Her Happiness” and “Music I Heard.”
There will be a Poetry Test on Friday. It will cover all the poems that we have read for the year.
Standard 4.1- Literary Text- Students will read grade level texts with purpose and understanding.
4.2- Literary Text- Students will read grade level poetry orally with accuracy.
Tuesday
We will begin our next novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. We will read the first couple chapters together to help students get acclimated to the novel and Harper Lee’s style.
After this, students will read on their own.
Standard 13.2- Literary Text- Students will read independently for sustained periods of time to increase stamina.
Wednesday
Students will continue with To Kill a Mockingbird today.
They will receive a chart to help them keep track of all the various characters in the novel.
Standard 13.2- Literary Text- Students will read independently for sustained periods of time to increase stamina.
Thursday
We will review for tomorrow’s test over the Poetry Unit.
If there is time, students will continue to read To Kill a Mockingbird independently.
Standard 13.2- Literary Text- Students will read independently for sustained periods of time to increase stamina.
Friday
Students will take the test over the Poetry Unit.
After the test is completed, students will work on Journal Entry 19. This will be checked on Monday for completion.
Standard 4- Writing- Students will write to defend opinions.
Poetry Project
Poetry Project
  • All poems should be original. Plagiarism will result in a zero.
  • All projects must be appropriate. Ask questions if necessary.
  • The due date is 3/02.
  • This counts as one test grade.
  • You will not be required to read your poem to the class.
  • Poems need to be typed.














  1. Sonnet
  • You will write your own sonnet.
  • You will need to stick to the rhyme scheme of a Shakespearean sonnet. (This is provided below.)
  • Many different topics can be considered, not just love.
  • Make sure to have a theme. You will include this theme in a separate line under your poem.















“Love Has Many Faces”

A
B
A
B

C
D
C
D

E
F
E
F

G
G

* (Theme: There are multiple types of love in our world.)
* Your Name









My Mistress’ Eyes
My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips' red;
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.


I have seen roses damask'd, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.


I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound;
I grant I never saw a goddess go;
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:


And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
As any she belied with false compare.


Theme: True love is not always reflected in perfect physical beauty.

William Shakespeare







  1. Response/Parody Poem
  • You will create a response poem to one of the poems that we have read.
  • You might have an issue or problem with the original theme, content, or style. There are a multitude of tones from which you can choose.
  • It should be clear to which poem you are responding.
  • As always, make sure your poem is appropriate.
  • Your poem should be at least fourteen lines in length, possibly more depending upon which poem you have chosen.












Response to “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes
Father to Son

Son, life for me has been a crystal stair.
If others have it tough, well…I really don’t care

You fell into money as you left the womb.
You will carry a briefcase while others push a broom.

You don’t need an equation to figure out this rubric.
You will wear diamonds while others wear cheap cubic.

In our “stairs” of life, there are no splinters or tacks.
Our women wear Prada while others plunder the bargain racks.

Sure there will be some who try to be a hater
Because they have to climb while we ride the elevator.



Should we apologize because our life is so easy?
Just because we have lobster and they have macaroni and cheesey?

There will always be some who have and have not.
The ying and the yang; the cold and the hot.

Not everyone will strive or have to work hard.
Some will own the house; others will work in its yard.

So, that is the truth, son; to you I have never lied.
So lean back, beautiful one, and enjoy the easy ride.


Biff Marshall Therrington III






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  1. Ten-Terms Poem
  • You will create a poem that shows ten literary terms in use. The terms should be ten that are often associated with poetry (metaphor, simile, personification, hyperbole, dichotomy, conceit, social criticism, allusion, alliteration, rhyme, reference, repetition, etc.)
  • The poem can definitely be written in such a way as to make fun of itself (and the genre of poetry). Or, you could take a more serious approach.
  • Your poem should be between ten and twenty lines.
  • No theme will be necessary, but you must prove (through your writing) that you understand the terms.
  • Make sure to include a list with your poem that reveals what literary device is being used in what line.
  • For example-
  • Line 2 alliteration (tall timbers took time to fall)
  • Line 3- simile (she is as beautiful as a goddess)
  • Line 5- metaphor (he is a pig)
  • So, you will turn in two sheets of paper- your poem and your list.








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  1. Conceit Poem
* Life is _____.
* You will create your own conceit poem in which you compare life to something else.
* Avoid comparing life to a race or to a struggle (or to a box of chocolates for that matter), as these have already been done to exhaustion. Be creative. Life is what?
* This metaphor will work its way through the entire poem, as we have seen in “Mother to Son.”
* Your poem should be at least fourteen lines.
* Creativity is necessary; humor is encouraged.





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  1. Comparing Themes
  • You will compare one of the themes that we have read this year to one of the themes from a favorite song of yours.
  • You will type a 150-word paragraph that explains in detail why the two (the poem and your song) are similar.
  • You will include the lyrics of the song you have chosen on a separate sheet of paper.
  • Obviously, include the title and artist of the song.













Week of 2/16- 2/19
Week of 2/16-2/19

Tuesday-
Journal Entry 18 is due today. This will be checked as we continue our Poetry Unit. We will read Toomer’s “Reapers” and Dickinson’s “Heart! We Will Forget Him.”
Standard 4.1- Read grade level texts with purpose and understanding.
4.2- Read grade level poetry orally with accuracy.
Wednesday
We will continue with our Poetry Unit today. Students will read Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” and Hughes’ “Mother to Son.”
Standard 4.1- Read grade level texts with purpose and understanding.
4.2- Read grade level poetry orally with accuracy.
Thursday
Students will receive information concerning their Poetry Project. The project will not be due until 3/02. It will count as one test grade. After this, we will continue with poetry.
Standard 4.1- Read grade level texts with purpose and understanding.
4.2- Read grade level poetry orally with accuracy.
Students will receive Interim Reports today.
Friday
We will continue with our Poetry Unit. Students will read “Just Another Love Poem” and “I Wish I Had Said.”
After this, students will receive Journal Entry 19.
Standard 4- Writing- Students will write to defend opinions.
Journal Entry 18
Journal Entry 18

“My mama always said she wanted her roses while she was living... not after she was gone.”
Johnny Cash

“As a rule, what is out of sight disturbs men’s minds more seriously than what they see.”
Julius Caesar

One doesn't recognize the really important moments in one's life until it's too late.
Agatha Christie

Don't make an opinion on me if you don't know nothin' about me. Lil Wayne
Vocab. 8 Review
Vocabulary 8 Review
  1. My grandmother’s ______ for Clemson is so intense that she refuses to wear any article of clothing that contains a hint of orange.
  2. Even though they remain a tradition at the high school, many students seem to express complete ______ for pep rallies. Notice how many students are staring blankly or falling asleep.
  3. I am a tad ______ to meet my college roommate. Hopefully, she is not going to be some uptight neat freak or drama diva.
  4. We need to ______ the juniors for their hard work with the Forever Friends Charity. Without them, we never would have raised enough money to send fifty students to camp.
  5. Those two are not even close to being ______; no one was surprised when they decided to break up.
  6. I am in a bit of a/an ______. I could choose to work for the small-town firm and stay close to my loved ones, or I could pick the world-renowned law firm but have to move to another country.
  7. The students ______(ed) when they heard the news that school would be canceled on Wednesday.
  8. We offered our ______(s) at the funeral, but I think we should do something more. Maybe we could offer to fix her dinner for the week, clean her house, or rake her yard.
  9. Some coaches offer praise for every positive they see on the field or court. Coach Growl is the exception. He constantly ______(s) players for every tiny mistake. I have seen him make fun of freshmen to the point where they start to cry.
  10. We cannot build a new shopping center on this land, for it has been ______(d) for the monument that will honor all those who lost their lives in the Korean War.
  11. “Dad, I appreciate your offering to help with my project, but that cassette tape of Elvis is ______. I need to download the song on my phone or burn it to a disc.”
  12. I must say that your taste in television is quite ______, for I have noticed the following in your Netflix queue: The Big Bang Theory, Mythbusters, The Vampire Diaries, Real Housewives, and Fix That House.
13. This ______ house is not only a public eye sore, but it is dangerous. It looks like it is ready to collapse at any moment.
14. The ______ laughter of the young emanated from the nearby playground. This served as a stark contrast to the jaded silence from the high school crowd.
15. Getting any contributions to your charity from this ______ neighborhood will be nearly impossible. I suggest that you try a different place entirely.
16. The ______ student put her head on her desk and fell asleep, even after fellow classmates, the teacher, a vice principal, and the principal asked her to stay awake.
17. In an act of ______, I spread lies about what happened at the party, since she was telling lies about what happened at the game.
18. Inclement weather might ______ Manning’s and Newton’s ability to pass the ball during the upcoming Super Bowl.
19. Bears are ______ creatures: their diet includes everything from berries to salmon.
20. His ______ appearance and smooth British accent easily won over many of the females at the party.
Week of 2/08 - 2/12
Week of 2/08- 2/12

Monday
Journal Entry 17 is due on Monday.
Students will finish their Julius Caesar Presentations today. (Some did not have the chance to present last week.)
Students will receive a new vocabulary list. This will be Unit 8. We will have a quiz over these terms on Friday.

Standard 2.1- Communication (Present information and findings from multiple sources.)
Tuesday
We will start our Poetry Unit today. Students will receive a template to help them keep track of the different poems that we read.
We will start with “Same Song” and “Miss Rosie.”

Standard 4.1- (Read grade level texts with purpose and understanding.)
Wednesday
We will continue our Poetry Unit today. We will read “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” and “Mother to Son.”
Standard 4.1- (Read grade level texts with purpose and understanding.)
Thursday
We will review for tomorrow’s Vocabulary 8 Quiz.
After this, we will continue our Poetry Unit. We will read “Just Another Love Poem” and “Those Winter Sundays.”
Standard 4.1- (Read grade level texts with purpose and understanding.)
Friday
Students will take the Vocabulary 8 Quiz today.
After the quiz, students will receive Journal Entry 18.
Then students will have some Free Read Friday time.

Standard 4- Writing- (Students will write to defend opinions.)
Journal Entry 17
Journal Entry 17

“Know what's weird? Day by day, nothing seems to change. But pretty soon, everything's different.” Bill Watterson

“There are only three things women need in life: food, water, and compliments.Chris Rock

“Can you imagine a world without men? No crime and lots of happy fat women.”
Marion Smith

In a gentle way, you can shake the world.Mahatma Gandhi
Week of 2/01-2/05
Week of 2/01-2/05
Monday
Students will review for tomorrow’s test over The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and the notes on Shakespeare and the Historical Caesar. The review will take the format of a Jeopardy-style game.
Journal Entry 16 is due today.
Standard 5- Literary Text
Tuesday
Students will take The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and Notes Test today.
After this, students will receive Journal Entry 17.
Standard 1.1- Writing
Wednesday
Students will work on a new set of Sentence Corrections. Since this is a half-day for students, class time will be abbreviated.
Standard 4- Writing
Thursday and Friday
Students will present their Julius Caesar Projects. There has been a list posted for two weeks that tells students what day they are to present, the order of the presentations, and the project students have received. The project/presentation will count as one test grade.
Standard 2.1, 3.2- Communication
Caesar Project Rubric
Julius Caesar Presentation Name _________________________

Content/Accuracy/Effort (60) ______
Time (15) ______
Eye Contact (10) ______
Articulation (10) ______
Volume (5) ______

Total Score ______
Journal Entry 16
Journal Entry 16

“I liked things better when I didn't understand them.” Bill Watterson

“I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.” Maya Angelou

“If you are never scared, or embarrassed, or hurt, it means you never take chances.” Julia Soul

“To know what is right and not do it is the lack of courage.” Confucius
Week of 1/25-1/29
Week of 1/25-1/29
Monday
Classes will take the SRI again. This is a test that measures a student’s Lexile reading level. (It will not count as an official grade; it merely provides the students and teachers information.)
Standard: Reading Literature 4.1
Tuesday
Journal Entry 15 will be checked for completion today. Students will have the opportunity to discuss and debate Entries 14 and Entries 15.
After this, we will continue Act IV of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. Students will compare and contrast Brutus and Cassius as leaders. We will address the following question: “What are the attributes of an effective leader?”
We will have a test over the entire play and Shakespeare notes on 2/02. We will review for the test on 2/01.
Students will receive a rubric for their Julius Caesar Projects. Their projects are due on 2/04 and 2/05. There was a list posted on 1/21 that contains the following: the day students will present, the order in which students will present, and the project that students have chosen.
Standard: Reading Literature: 8.1
Wednesday
Most classes will begin the final act of the play today. This will be Act V.
Students will be asked to predict the outcome of the play. We have already read one tragedy (Antigone) this year, so students might have an idea of what to expect.
Standard: Reading Literature 5.1

Thursday
We will work on a new set of Sentence Corrections.
After this, most classes will finish The Tragedy of Julius Caesar today. We will talk briefly about some of the historical events that happened after the assassination of Caesar.
Standard: Writing 4

Friday
We will revisit the rubric for their Julius Caesar Projects, and students will have a chance to ask any final questions about their projects. (Students should feel free to ask me about their projects throughout the week as well. I will be available before school, during lunch, and after school.)
Students will receive Journal Entry 16.
Standard: Writing 1.1
Journal Entry 15
Journal Entry 15

“Someone’s boring me. I think it’s me.” Dylan Thomas

“I did but see her passing by /
And yet I love her till I die.” Thomas Ford

“The man who has strong opinions and always says what he thinks is courageous- and friendless.” Anonymous

“I would rather have been shot straight-up in cold-blood, but to be set up? By people who you trusted? That’s bad.” Tupac Shakur
Week of 1/19- 1/22
Week of 1/19- 1/22

Tuesday-
Students will receive a list of idiom expressions that were created by Shakespeare himself. There will be a quiz over these expressions on Friday.
Students will receive a list of potential Julius Caesar projects today. They will have over ten options and will be encouraged to play to their strengths and interests. The project will be due on February 4th or 5th. It will count as one test grade. (There will be a list posted that will tell students on what day they will present their project to the class.)
Standard: Inquiry 9.1

Wednesday-
We will continue reading The Tragedy of Julius Caesar today. We will compare and contrast the funeral speeches of Antony and Brutus. We will analyze Antony’s speech in particular to find out why it is so effective upon the crowd of commoners. Students will be asked to identify the two major climaxes of the play.
Standards: Reading 4.1, 4.2, 5.1; Communication 4.2
Thursday-
Students will have the chance to read their epitaph poems in class. (First period already did this last week.) They will receive feedback from fellow students.
After this, we will watch Marlon Brando’s version of Antony’s speech from the old black and white movie. This will hopefully give students an example of how to read Shakespeare’s lines with passion and expression. We will discuss the quality of Brando’s performance.
Standard: Communication 4.2

Friday-
Students will take the Shakespearean Idiom Quiz today.
After the quiz, students will receive Journal Entry 15. This will be checked for completion on Monday.
If there is time, students will have time for Free Read Friday.
Standards: Reading 13.2, 13.3; Writing 1.1
Journal Entry 14
Journal Entry 14

“You see an awful lot of smart guys with dumb women, but you rarely see a smart woman with a dumb guy.” Erica Jong

“A woman never sees what we do for her; she only sees what we don’t do.” George Courteline

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” Walt Disney


“Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.” Zora Neale Hurston
Week of 1/11- 1/14
Week of 1/11- 1/14
Monday-
Journal Entry 14 is due today. Students received the entry last Friday.
There will be no new vocabulary list this week.
Classes will continue to read The Tragedy of Julius Caesar.
Epitaph poems are due on 1/14.
Tuesday and Wednesday-
Classes will finish Act II and begin Act III of Julius Caesar.
We will discuss the contrasting motivations of Brutus and Cassius. We will also tackle the following question: “Should a person’s motivation for a crime be considered when deciding on the punishment?”
Thursday-
Students will turn in their Epitaph Projects today. (This is the first test grade of the third quarter.) Students will have the opportunity to read their poems to the class.
Week of 1/04- 1/08
Week of 1/04/16- 1/08/16
Monday
Students will receive a new vocabulary list. This will be Unit 8. There will be a quiz over these terms on Friday.
After this, students will receive some biographical notes on Shakespeare, as we prepare to read The Tragedy of Julius Caesar.

Tuesday and Wednesday
We will finish the notes on Shakespeare and start notes on the historical Julius Caesar. Also, students will choose which characters they would like to play in the drama.

Students will receive information on the Epitaph Project, which is due on 1/14.
Thursday
We will review for the Vocabulary 8 Quiz.
After this, we will begin reading Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar.
Friday
Students will take the Vocabulary 8 Quiz.
After this, students will receive their next journal entry. Entries will be checked for completion on Monday.
Short Story Review
I.“The Veldt”
A. General plot
B. Characters
C. Setting
D. Theme
E.What mistakes do the parents make in the story?
F.Why do the kids love the nursery more than their parents?


II. “Everyday Use”
A. General plot
B.Characters
C. Setting
D. Theme
E. Why does the mother give the quilts to Maggie at the end of the story?

III. “The Masque of the Red Death”
A. General plot
B.Characters
C.Setting
D.Theme


IV. “The Pedestrian”
A. General plot
B. Characters (Leonard Mead)
C. Setting
D. Why does the police car “arrest” Mr. Mead?
E. Where does it take him?

Week of 12/14- 12/18
Week of 12/14 – 12/18

Monday-
We will finish any necessary review for the Semester Exam. Students will practice with a cold read assignment. We will also review short stories in certain classes.

Tuesday-
1st and 4th Periods will take the English 2 Semester Exam.

Wednesday-
2nd and 5th Periods will take the English 2 Semester Exam.

Thursday-
3rd Period will take the English 2 Semester Exam.

Friday-
7th Period will take the English 2 Semester Exam.


Exam Grammar Review
Sentence Corrections
Each sentence contains one major error. Identify the error and mark the corresponding oval on your scantron sheet. (If the error occurs within the first underlined section, mark “A.”)

1.I am not sure why my parents chose to move to indiana, but it probably has something to do with money.
2.Every student who fails to bring his or her literature book will not recieve a report card for this year.
3.Any student that wants to represent the state of South Carolina this summer needs to complete an organized portfolio.
4.My sister, a former marine biologist and college professor will speak to my science class, not my math class.
5.The stunned crowd watched in fear as the police officer screamed, “Drop your weapon, or I will shoot.
6.If we travel south and visit Disneyland, how much will that effect our gas budget?
7.When we finish reading “The Mousetrap,” our English professor told us that we would begin “The Pit and the Pendulum.”
8.When she finished the test too soon, I realized that something must be seriously wrong, it was much later that we learned about her sister’s accident.
Exam Drama Review
Semester Exam- Drama Review
  • Read notes on Sophocles, Greek Drama, and the story of Oedipus.
  • What god did the Greeks worship in the festival?
  • What is a sign that this festival was important to the Greeks?
  • Why did actors wear masks?
  • Why was there no violence on the Greek stage?
  • How did the Greeks handle plays with violence?
  • What god is associated with the Oracle at Delphi?
  • Why does Oedipus flee Corinth?
  • Why does Creon finally change his mind about burying Antigone’s brother?
  • Who commits suicide in the play?
  • Is Creon a dynamic character? Proof?

Antigone
1.Antigone
2.Creon
3.Teiresias
4.Ismene
5.Choragos
6.Chorus
7.Haimon
8.Eurydice
9.Sentry
10. Messenger
  • Why is Antigone bent on burying her brother?
  • Why does Creon make such an unforgiving, tough law?
  • Even though he is a jerk, what is a valid point that Creon makes in the play?
  • What does Tiresias say will happen to Creon as punishment?



The Mousetrap

1.Mollie
2.Giles
3.Christopher
4.Mrs. Boyle
5.Major Metcalf
6.Miss Casewell
7.Mr. Paravinci
8.Sergeant Trotter
  • Give an example of three red herrings in the play.
  • Why does it make sense that Mrs. Boyle is killed?
  • How does the setting of The Mousetrap represent a technique that is often used by Christie?
  • Other common mystery devices used in the play?



Twelve Angry Men
  • What is the initial vote?
  • Think about standing up for what you believe in, even if you are alone.
  • Who is the last juror to change his mind?
  • Why does Juror 8 bring a knife into the room?
  • Testimony of the old man?
  • Testimony of the woman across the street?
  • Ending of the play.
Exam Literary Term Review
aside, catharsis, denotation, connotation, soliloquy, monologue, dynamic character, static character, round character, flat character, denouement, hubris, hyperbole, parody, foil.

1.Montag changes from a man who burns books to a man who saves books.

2.From the short story “Everyday Use,” Maggie and Dee are strong contrasts of each other; Maggie’s humbleness is seen clearer when it is seen beside Dee’s selfishness.

3.The lovesick poet claimed, “The candle that she placed in the window, her sign that she was waiting for me, burned brighter than the stars in the heavens; its light illuminated the entire countryside and repelled the darkest corners of humanity.”

4.You watch a movie in which a powerful government official loses everything he has because of a gambling problem. This cleanses you of any desire to gamble.

5.My friends and I created a video in which we made fun of some of the serious parts of A Separate Peace.

6.Within just one chapter, Harry Potter is a student, friend, hero, and athlete.

7.If you look up the word “flag” in the dictionary, it will read, “Often a rectangular piece of cloth used to declare allegiance to a particular group.”

8. When some people hear the word “flag,” they automatically think of the Pledge of Allegiance.

9. Even after arguments from Antigone, Haimon, and Tiresias, Creon refuses to admit that he is wrong. He claims that not even the gods can convince him that he is mistaken.

10. Creon gives a long state-of-the-union speech while the Chorus and the Choragos are present onstage.

11. Voldemort does not have many sides to his personality. Basically, he is going to represent the force of evil in every scene.

12. Mildred is a brain-dead, vapid woman in the beginning of the novel, and she remains this way throughout the text.

13. A line that is meant only for the audience to hear and not other characters onstage.

14. When Cassius is alone onstage, he delivers a speech in which he reveals his plan to get rid of Julius Caesar.

15. At the end of Death on the Nile, Poirot unravels the mystery and reveals that Simon and Jacqueline are guilty.
Exam Vocabulary Review
Unit 3 (ten words)- alienate, coerce, urbane, precedent, perpetuate, negligible, craven, demise, adversary, muse

1. James Bond, the ______ hero who often wears a tuxedo while fighting crime, is my sister’s favorite protagonist.
2. Our ______ in the playoff game is Hillside High School, and they boast a home undefeated streak of twenty games.
3. Seeing that the Power Ball Lottery is now over 364 million, it is difficult not to ______ about buying a ticket and winning it all.
4. Since there is only ______ damage to the back of my car, I do not think that we need to alert our insurance companies.
5. During the Civil War, if a soldier displayed ______ tendencies, he was often killed by his own men, for cowardice has no place on the battlefield.
6. It is easy to discern why she has ______(d) all of her closest allies: gossip has a way of splitting even the strongest of friendships.
7. The young singer, so talented and full of joy, met her untimely ______ when her single-engine plane crashed over the Atlantic.
8. I do not want to ______ you into taking professional guitar lessons, but I think that you have a natural skill that needs to be developed. It is your decision, though.
9. Claiming that you saw a coffin in your teacher’s backyard, you are ______(ing) the long-standing rumor that he is a vampire.
10. If the principal allows you to leave school to attend a concert, then she is establishing a/an ______ that many students will take advantage of in the future.

Unit 6 (ten words) - brandish, destitute, inopportune, solace, stately, pinnacle, ominous, supple, premeditated, suppress

1. ______(ing) a handgun, the crazed man ordered for the bank teller to open the large safe.
2. It was difficult to ______ my jubilation when I saw that my toughest competitor had been eliminated from the competition.
3. The Green Bay Packers reached the ______ of NFL success when they won the Super Bowl.
4. The dark clouds overhead were a/an ______ sign that our night at the strange carnival would end in terror.
5. Do not tell me that your actions were spontaneous. It is clear that your decision to cheat on the exam was ______. Just look at the answers scrawled onto your cheat sheet.
6. Even though we did not win the match, we can take ______ in the fact that we played our best and came in second place. Last year, we did not even make the playoffs.
7. It is a terribly ______ time for you to be out of town, for I have tickets to the sold-out concert.
8. Observing the life of the homeless and ______, it was easy to be thankful for the blessings in our lives.
9. The ______ body of the contortionist amazed the audience. He was able to twist and bend his limbs in order to fit into a cube the size of a small television.
10. The ______ wedding was broadcast throughout the country. Never before was there a ceremony so full of opulence and grandeur.
Week of 12/07- 12/11
Week of 12/07- 12/11
Monday-
Journal Entry 13 is due today.
Students will break into groups to work on their own one-act plays. (We ran out of time last week for this activity.) Students will incorporate literary terms that we have studied throughout the quarter. When the plays are complete, students will have the opportunity to act out the plays in front of the class. This part will be voluntary.
Tuesday
Students will continue their one-act plays today.
Wednesday
Students will have the chance to act out their plays in front of the class today.
Thursday and Friday- We will review for the Semester Exam. Last week students received a Semester Exam Review Outline. We will follow this outline to review for the exam. (If any student did not receive the outline, he or she may see me or a classmate to get it.)
Journal Entry 13
Journal Entry 13

“Most people are prisoners, thinking only about the future or living in the past. They are not in the present, and the present is where everything begins.”
Carlos Santana



“All of my favorite people- people who I really trust- none of them were cool in their younger years.” Taylor Swift

“I don’t want to be understood because if people understand me they get tired of me.” Lil Wayne
Vocab. 7 Review
  1. Do not put my name on that scathing editorial that condemns the new school policies, for I do not want to be ______(d) with such thoughts when the administration reacts.
  2. Even if we remove all of the tables, I doubt that the cafeteria will be ______ enough to accommodate marching band practice.
  3. His ______ personality is one of the reasons that he has been divorced five times. It seems that his caustic comments and sarcastic views eventually tear down any caring relationship.
  4. In an attempt to ______ accusations of favoritism, I asked for my niece to be placed in another English 2 class.
  5. In many movies about the Army, you will find the stereotypical _____ who barks orders, demands perfection, and punishes rebels.
  6. In the play Antigone, the two sisters argue about attempting to ______ their brother.
  7. It was easy to ______ why he left school early on Tuesday; he was simply unprepared for his exam in 6th period.
  8. Knowing that I would be facing ______ in the toy store, I bravely plunged into the sea of shoppers on the day before Christmas.
  9. My uncle, the former Marine, absolutely ______(s) laziness. He gives us weekly speeches on the importance of work ethic, preparation, and discipline.
  10. Switching party affiliations, the senator from Iowa was branded a “political ______,” a moniker that followed him throughout his brief career.
  11. The ______ screeching coming from the heart of the machinery told even the most-inexperienced of employees that something was dangerously wrong with the equipment.
  12. The apartment was found in such ______ condition that it was horrible to think that people actually lived there.
  13. The available information on my assigned author is so ______ that it will take me three months to sift through all of it.
  14. The real estate agent lamented, “With little natural light and massive furnishings, the overall appearance of the dining room is _____. We need to find a way to bring some light and life to this area.”
  15. The tiny boat was ______(ed) by the pounding, harsh waves.
  16. Their ______ relationship has been well-documented in the press. The Hollywood couple has been seen embracing each other one week and shouting obscenities at each other the next.
  17. Venomous gossip and rumors are still ______ at this high school; however, I cling to the hope that one day people will turn from such activities and solve their problems with directness and maturity.
  18. We need to ______ the unfair school regulation that prohibits underclassmen from running for leadership positions in clubs and organizations.
  19. Since being tardy for class is far from a/an ______ act, I believe a simple warning is in order, not complete suspension.
  20. Believing that money fails to bring happiness, the young man ______(d) his right to his portion of the ample inheritance.
Week of 11/30-12/04
Week of 11/30-12/04
Monday
Students will receive a new vocabulary list today. This will be Unit 7. There will be a quiz over these terms on Friday. We will review for the quiz on Thursday.
After the vocabulary list, we will review for Wednesday’s Sentence Corrections Test.
Tuesday
Students will break into groups to work on their own one-act plays. Will students be able to incorporate literary terms like dialogue, suspense, monologue, soliloquy, red herrings, and denouement effectively into their plays? Students will have the opportunity to act out these plays in front of the class. (This part will be voluntary.)
Wednesday
Students will take the Sentence Corrections 2 Test.
Thursday
We will review for Friday’s Vocabulary 7 Quiz.
Students will receive more time to work on their plays.
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Friday
Students will take the Vocabulary 6 Quiz.
After the quiz, students will receive Journal Entry 13. This will be checked on Monday for completion.
Journal Entry 12
Journal Entry 12

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful, that's what matters to me.” Steve Jobs

“The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river.” Ross Perot

“I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not.Kurt Cobain
Week of 11/23- 11/24
Week of 11/23- 11/24

Monday
Journal Entry 12 is due today.
Students will receive interim reports in 3rd period.
Some classes will finish reading Twelve Angry Men.
Other classes will discuss Journal Entries 10-12.

Tuesday
Students will work on a new set of Sentence Corrections.
After this, most classes will watch scenes from the movie version of Twelve Angry Men.
Week of 11/16- 11/20
Monday-
Journal Entry 11 is due today.
As journals are checked, students will receive a new vocabulary list. This will be Unit 6. There will be a quiz over these terms on Friday. We will review for the quiz on Thursday.
After this, most classes will finish watching Death on the Nile.
Tuesday-
Students will receive the cast of characters for our next play, Twelve Angry Men. Then students will decide which characters they would like to play.
Wednesday-
We will begin Twelve Angry Men today.
Thursday-
We will review for tomorrow’s Vocabulary 6 Quiz.
After this, we will continue the play.
Friday-
Students will take the Vocabulary 6 Quiz.
After this, they will receive Journal Entry 12.
Journal Entry 11
Journal Entry 11
“Indeed… there are many different types of people in this world. The trick is to live in such a way as which you are true to yourself.”
Hercule Poirot

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Maya Angelou

“Stupid people are ruining America.”
Herman Cain
The Mousetrap Review
Giles, Mollie, Christopher, Boyle, Casewell, Metcalf, Paravicini, Trotter
  1. Claims, “Murder? Oh, I like murder”
  2. Is the first to play the tune of “Three Blind Mice” on the piano
  3. Arrives and then the phone is not working
  4. Claims Rolls Royce has overturned in the snow
  5. Mentions, “Before we start eating each other”
  6. Has a London bus ticket
  7. Has a London newspaper
  8. Disappears often and checks out the cellars of the house
  9. Threatens to stalk behind Mrs. Boyle and strangle her
  10. Retreats to the kitchen often
  11. Has an overcoat, hat, and scarf like the murderer
  12. Routinely complains about a somber childhood
  13. Was the judge/magistrate in the Longridge Farm matter
  14. Complains about almost everything but does not leave
  15. Points the blame on Christopher again and again
  16. Asks lots of questions but does not have to answer any
  17. No one is dead until this character arrives.
  18. Claims he was brushing his hair when Boyle was killed
  19. Wears makeup to appear older
  20. Says, “All I need is in this little bag”
  21. Does not want anyone to go out to his car to fetch any luggage
  22. Has an excellent opportunity to hide Trotter’s skis
  23. Hides behind a set of curtains
  24. Is convinced that a second murder will be attempted at the house
  25. Claims he is an architect but this turns out to be a lie
Week of 11/9- 11/13
Week of 11/9- 11/13
Monday
There is no composition journal entry due today. (Students turned in their composition journals on Friday for extra credit.)
We will work on a new set of Sentence Corrections today. After this, we will continue Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap. On Thursday there will be a test over the play and the notes on Christie.
Tuesday
Most classes will finish The Mousetrap today. We will discuss Christie’s use of red herrings throughout the play. We will have students predict who the guilty person is before we reach the actual end.
Wednesday
We will review for tomorrow’s test over the play and notes.
Thursday
Students will take The Mousetrap Test today.
After the play, students will receive Journal Entry 11.
Friday
Most classes will watch Death on the Nile, one of Agatha Christie’s most popular murder mysteries. Students will be given cards to help keep track of the clues as we make our way through the movie.
Vocabulary 5 Review
Vocabulary 5 Review
  1. Throughout our study of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, we have read numerous tales full of heroic deeds and _____ acts.
  2. Before we ______ on our trip to the Bahamas, please double check your luggage to make sure that you have everything that you need.
  3. Feeling unchallenged by the basic assignment, Ted _____(ded) through yet another math worksheet.
  4. If you reveal true remorse to the tribunal, they may decide to show you ______ and let you reenter school.
  5. We nodded in ______ when our teacher asked us if we were interested in raising money for the hurricane victims.
  6. The Latin teacher was amazed by Paula’s ______ command of foreign phrases that she learned only a few days ago.
  7. There is a noticeable ______ of strong, upstanding leaders on our team. We need to bring in athletes who will represent us well on the field… and off the field.
  8. It was quite a display of ______ when you challenged your science teacher’s command of the periodic chart. You have been taking chemistry for three days, and she has written best-selling books on the subject.
  9. Her written apology seemed ______, but it is possible that her parents forced her to write the letter.
  10. There is a tremendous ______ between his ability and his achievement. Ty is completely capable of honor-caliber work; however, he seems to be satisfied with mediocrity.
  11. The politician’s ______ comment about female voters, which was recorded unbeknownst to her, was the downfall of her campaign.
  12. Agatha Christie’s detective Hercule Poirot is absolutely ______ when he is on a case. His keen eyes and sharp mind simply do not make mistakes.
  13. Monica has one of the most beautiful voices in the junior class; however, she will never enter the talent contest. She is far too ______ to stand on a stage and perform in front of a crowd.
  14. Our serene, lovable basset hound could not be more of a contrast to that ______ dog that lives down the street.
  15. Thanks to several wealthy ______(s), our school received a portable computer lab, twenty classroom projectors, and a case of soap for the bathrooms!
  16. Unfazed by Creon’s threats, Antigone displays a/an ______ spirit that helps her gain the admiration of many readers.
  17. In a British literature course, you would be completely ______, if you failed to include a unit on Shakespeare.
  18. After spending all day shaking hands, giving speeches, and answering questions, Mayor Grand was looking forward to an evening of ______ in the solitude of her home.
  19. The ______ smell emanating from the kitchen told us that someone had burned dinner.
  20. Giving up your weekend to tutor at-risk children was definitely a/an ______ gesture.
Week of 11/02-11/06
Week of 11/02- 11/06
Monday
Journal Entry 10 is due today.
Students will receive a new vocabulary list. This will be Unit 5. There will be a quiz over these terms on Friday.
We will read two mini-mysteries today.
Tuesday
Students will read two more mini-mysteries today to sharpen their detective skills before we plunge into Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap.
Wednesday
Most classes will begin reading The Mousetrap today.
Thursday
We will review for tomorrow’s Vocabulary 5 Quiz.
After this, we will continue Christie’s play. Students will keep track of suspicious statements and actions of the major characters in the play. We will see if we can sort through the red herrings and find the legitimate clues.
Friday
Students will take the Vocabulary 5 today.
After this, students will receive Journal Entry 11.
Vocabulary 4 Review
  1. I need to ______ how many people are going to be at the surprise party, so I know how much food to prepare.
  2. According to his will, my great-grandfather ______(ed) his silver pocket watch to me.
  3. In most situations, going five miles over the speed limit is seen as a/an ______ infraction; however, drinking and driving is a very serious crime.
  4. The snake-oil salesman tried to peddle his useless bottles to the unsuspecting public. However, we knew that there is no such _______ that will restore youth.
  5. It seems like my mom has the ______ ability to tell when anyone is lying; even total strangers can’t seem to fool her.
  6. Because you have that particular tattoo of the one-eyed snake, some people will assume that you are ______ with the rival gang.
  7. The guest speaker delivered a tremendously ______ speech about the power of a mother’s love. Even the jaded seniors were moved by her words of inspiration.
  8. The preacher claimed that we have only a/an ______ amount of time here in this world, so we better make the most of it.
  9. The skillful thief ______(ed) through the museum, trying to avoid the attention of the night watchman.
  10. I have so much ______ for my basketball coach that I want to hear his advice on what scholarship I should accept.
  11. Minutes after the shots were fired, police cars ______ (d) upon the scene from all directions.
  12. Since she is such a ______ young woman, I know that we can trust her to return the money.
  13. My plan is to ______ these “Missing Dog” fliers throughout the neighborhood, and hopefully someone will contact us about Rocky before nightfall.
  14. The ______ actress refused to participate in social events that put her face-to-face with the public, for she believed that she was too important to be seen with ordinary folks.
  15. Since the story was written through the lens of a/an ______ narrator, we knew the thoughts of the major protagonist.
  16. Carlos strolled into the SAT testing center with a/an _______ attitude, for he had no plans to attend college in the fall. His parents would soon learn of his plan to take a year off from school.
  17. It was a/an ______ act to flirt with Eve and then reject her in front of the entire class. Why do you have to be such a cruel jerk?
  18. The judge claimed that he would ______ the record of my juvenile misconduct, if I kept to the straight and narrow for the rest of high school.
  19. Clinging to both the MVP award and the Super Bowl trophy, the quarterback realized this was the ______ he had dreamt about for years.
  20. Attempting to construct a/an ______ fortress, King Josiah ordered the walls to touch the clouds and the moat to spread as wide as the mighty river.
Journal Entry 10
Journal Entry 10

It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them.” Agatha Christie


“Your children need your presence more than your presents.” Jesse Jackson

“Teenagers only have to focus on themselves – it’s not until we get older that we realize that other people exist.” Jennifer Lawrence
Journal Entry 9
Journal Entry 9
“The measure of a person’s real character is what he would do if he knew that he would never be found out.” Lord Maucalay

“How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”
Dr. Seuss

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
Leo Tolstoy
Week of 10/26- 10/30
Week of 10/26- 10/30

Monday
Journal Entry 9 will be checked today. Students will have a chance to discuss their responses to the quotes from Journal Entries 8 and 9.
Students will receive a new vocabulary list. This will be Unit 4. There will be a quiz over these words on Friday.
(There will be a test over Antigone and Greek Drama on Wednesday.)
Tuesday
Students will receive notes on our next featured author, Agatha Christie.
Then we will review for tomorrow’s test over Antigone and Greek Drama.
Wednesday
Students will take the Antigone and Greek Drama Test today.
Then they will receive Journal Entry 10.
Thursday
We will read a couple mini-mysteries to start getting students into the habit of looking for clues. This should be good preparation for our mystery play by Agatha Christie.
We will also review for Friday’s Vocabulary 4 Quiz.
Friday
Students will take the Vocabulary 4 Quiz.
If there is time, we will discuss the major characters in Christie’s play.
Idiom 1 Review
Idiom 1 Review
  1. I told my girlfriend that she was ______ when she thought I was cheating on her just because she saw me talking to another girl.
  2. My parents warned me about the dangers of waiting until ______ to finish my science project, but I did not listen and stayed up until 4 AM the day before it was due.
  3. It was truly a ______. Not only did my parents surprise me with a new car, but Josh asked me to the prom!
  4. Since I have been at Macy’s for two years, I definitely ______. I know all about the merchandise… and the managers.
  5. Looking awesome in my corduroy blazer, I knew that a date with my wife was ______. There was no way she could resist me.
  6. In Public Speaking 101, I told my students that one way ______ when delivering a speech is to open with an interesting story or powerful quote.
  7. This is definitely a ______; the population is a grand total of 108 people, and the biggest “store” is that gas station.
  8. Andrea has ______ ever since she won prom queen; she is acting as if she “won” Queen of the World.
  9. On the night of Greg’s bachelor’s party, he and his friends stayed out ______. I do not even want to know what they doing at 3 AM.
  10. After I bragged about Carolina’s awesome defense, I had ______ when Texas A&M beat them by forty points.
  11. We will be ______ if Mom finds out we cut school because we were not prepared for our geometry exam.
  12. On one hand, you drove the car without our permission. On the other hand, you were truly trying to help out a friend. So, the situation is ______. We can’t decide to punish you or not.
  13. I bragged about my confidence for hours, but now that it is my turn to jump from the plane, I am ______.
  14. If we can convince Emma to vote with us, we can ______ on their power alliance and gain control of this game.
  15. I will find a way to get Belle to go out with me, ______. If I have to serenade her in front of the entire junior class with a dozen roses in my hand, I will do it. If I have to lie about my past, I will do that too.
  16. Having one too many drinks, the customer began ______ in the bar, so our bouncer had to escort him outside.
  17. Even though you were out of school with a broken leg, you ______ and completed all of your make-up work with A+ accuracy.
  18. My dad’s ______ is a pizza from the Pizza Joint. If we can order one of those for him before we ask to borrow the car, then we might have a chance.
  19. In my culture, since I am the first-born male, I will receive ______ of the inheritance.
  20. Trying to create the perfect robot for the science fair, we ______. We stayed awake on a steady stream of caffeine and cold pizza.
Week of 10/19- 10/23
Week of 10/19- 10/23
Monday
Students did not receive a new journal entry last week.
Students will receive their first idiom list today. There will be a quiz over these phrases on 10/22.
After the idiom list, students will read a one-act play called The Last Man on Earth.
Students will choose what parts they would like to play in our upcoming drama Antigone.
Tuesday
We will start reading Antigone today. Students will be asked to compare and contrast the sisters Ismene and Antigone.
Wednesday
We will continue with Antigone today. Students will be asked to predict what will happen to Antigone and Creon.
Thursday
Students will take the Idiom 1 Quiz today.
After the quiz, students will receive Journal Entry 9.
Friday
We will continue with Antigone. Students will be asked to compare the character of Antigone to other modern-day female heroes. We will also discuss the tragic flaw of both Antigone and Creon.
Week of 10/12-10/15
Week of 9/12-9/15
Monday
Journal Entry 8 will be checked for completion today.
After this, we will read Jennifer Allison’s “The Perfects” and add it to our Short Story collection.
Tuesday
Classes will discuss and rate the creepy stories that we have read this month. Hopefully, there will be a healthy debate over which story was the overall creepiest.
After this, we will read an essay by Stephen King titled “Now You Take Bambi or Snow White- That’s Scary.”
Wednesday
All freshmen will take the pre ACT today.
All sophomores will take the PSAT today.
Thursday
Extra-credit projects are due today. Students have had about two weeks to work on them.
Also, today is the deadline for all make-up work. If a quiz or test has not been made up, it will turn into a zero in the gradebook.
We will be shifting from a focus on short stories to a focus on drama. Students will get some notes on Greek Drama. This will eventually lead us to Sophocles’ Antigone, our first play of the year.
Novel Review Questions
Fahrenheit 451
  1. Montag’s conversation with Captain Beatty- What does it reveal about life, society, Beatty, Montag, and/or Mildred?
  2. “She did not want to know how a thing was done, but why.”

* Conformity
* Why questions
* Government control
* Taking children away from unwanted home learning
* Keeping people busy
* Books might make people question, wonder, complain, think, explore, relax, imagine, contemplate, pursue, argue, and defend. The government cannot have this.
  1. Does Captain Beatty know that Montag has taken a book? Explain.
  2. Predict what you think is going to happen with Montag’s relationship with Mildred.
  3. Was it logical to share his hidden stash of books with Mildred? Explain.
  4. Mildred has lost her ability to use her imagination. Proof?
  5. Proof that Montag has been sensing a change for many months? “Kerosene is nothing but perfume to me."
  6. What does Montag ask Mildred as he is leaving in search of Faber? Translation?
  7. Why does Montag fail to read effectively on the train? Comparisons to our world?
  8. Why does the government want to keep knowledge from the people?
  9. Faber says we need quality of information, leisure, and the ability to live our lives based on what we learn from the first two.
  10. “If you drown, at least die knowing you were headed for shore.” Meaning?
  11. How does Montag get Faber to help?
  12. How does Faber describe himself?
  13. What is the plan to take out the firemen?
  14. “Those who don’t build must burn. It’s as old as history and juvenile delinquents.”
  15. Why does Montag lose control while listening to the women?
  16. Comparisons to our world?
  17. How do the women choose a political candidate?
  18. Montag reads a poem. What explains the emotional reaction?
  19. As they are playing cards, what is Beatty trying to do?
  20. Part 2 ends with suspense.
  21. I am Plato’s Republic.”
Week of 10/05- 10/09
Week of 9/05-9/09
Monday
Journal Entry 7 will be checked for completion today. Then we will spend time discussing their responses.
After this, we will read H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Statement of Randolph Carter.” We will compare and contrast it to Poe’s creepy works.
There will be a test over Fahrenheit 451 on Thursday.
Tuesday
We will read Jennifer Allison’s “The Perfects.” We will compare and contrast this relatively modern scary story with the works of Poe and Lovecraft. Students will have a chance to discuss and vote for which of the stories was the scariest.
Wednesday
Students will have a chance to ask questions about Fahrenheit 451 in preparation for tomorrow’s test.
Thursday
Students will take the novel test today. They should return their copies of the novel.
After the test, students will receive Journal Entry 8.
Friday
Most classes will play a review game that covers the different short stories that we have read for the year. There will be a Short Story Test on 10/14.
Journal Entry 7
Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

“When the character of a man is unclear to you, look at his friends.” Japanese Proverb

“There is nothing on earth that could ever make me want to relive certain years of my life when I was young.”
Johnny Depp

“Why are women... so much more interesting to men than men are to women?” Virginia Woolf
Vocabulary 3 Review
  1. Due to the ______ weather, all of the schools were closed for the day.
  1. You should ______ the second sentence in your opening paragraph because it has nothing to do with your topic.
  2. You are going to ______ all of your friends if you continue to gossip about them.
  3. The popularity of Netflix and DVD rental machines led to the ______ of brick and mortar stores like Blockbuster and Movie Town.
  4. My ______ in the upcoming kickboxing tournament is undefeated.
  5. I ______(d) about how my life would change if I were to receive a full scholarship to play college ball.
  6. The clever lawyer argued that the confession was no good because her client was ______(d) into it.
  7. If you give your seventeen-year-old daughter a brand new car on her birthday, then you have established a/an ______ that your younger son will want you to follow.
  8. Unfortunately, our brief ______ in the tropical climate of Hawaii lasted only five days.
  9. If you continue to ______ my employees with those threatening phone calls, then I will call the police.
  10. The British mini-series revolves around the highs and lows of an aristocratic family in the early 1900’s. The lead character is a/an _____ matriarch who takes pleasure in her lofty position in society.
  11. Not having a/an ______ bone in his body, my little brother immediately volunteered to be the first one to ride the towering rollercoaster.
  12. Your prime rib is nothing short of a/an ______ masterpiece. My taste buds thank you.
  13. The wild inventor displayed his rather odd ______ to a group of interested but skeptical bystanders. If this contraption could actually read the minds of animals, they would all be rich.
  14. After new taxes were calculated, my “raise” resulted in a/an _______ increase in my yearly salary.
  15. Most seniors attempt to _______ the rumor of a pool on the roof of the gym by telling elaborate stories to incoming students.
  16. The newspaper, in an attempt to ______ the mistake from yesterday, printed a front-page apology in today’s edition.
  17. Trying to ______ her bored children, the mother asked them if they wanted to go to the swim park in the afternoon.
  18. Seeing all of the _____ fields was a clear sign that many farmers were in financial trouble.
  19. Since I was late for practice, the coach decided to take ______ action and bench me for the upcoming game against our state rivals.
Journal Entry 6
Journal Entry 6
“You should readily believe that whoever gossips to you will also gossip about you.” Anonymous

“Television is the triumph of machine over people.” Fred Allen

“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.” John Lubbock

“I think the hardest part about being a teenager is dealing with other teenagers.Beverley Mitchell
Week of 9/28- 10/02
Week of 9/28- 10/02
Monday
Journal Entry 6 will be checked today. We will discuss Entries 5 and 6. Students will have the opportunity to voice their opinions about certain quotes. With any luck, we might actually have some appropriate debate.
Students will receive a new vocabulary list. This will be Unit 3. There will be a quiz over these words on Friday.

Tuesday
We will begin and finish Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death” today.
Then we will add it to the Short Story Collection.

Wednesday
We will begin Poe’s “The Pit and the Pendulum.”
Then we will add it to the Short Story Collection.

Thursday
We will review for tomorrow’s Vocabulary 3 Quiz.
Students will debate which of Poe’s stories was better/creepier.

Friday
Students will take the Vocabulary 3 Quiz.
After the quiz, students will receive Journal Entry 7.
Week of 9/21-9/25
Week of 9/21-9/25
Monday
Journal Entry 5 will be checked today.
We will review for tomorrow’s Bradbury Test. The test will cover three short stories that we read in class and the notes on Bradbury.

Tuesday
Students will take the Bradbury Test.
After the test, they will receive a new set of Sentence Corrections.

Wednesday
We will read our sixth short story of the year, “The Bet” by Anton Chekhov. Once finished, we will add this to our Short Story Collection.
Thursday
All English II students will take a test today that will measure their Lexile reading level. The test has been mandated by the district. (This will not count as an actual grade.)

Friday
Students will receive Journal Entry 6 today.
Students will receive notes on our next featured author, Edgar Allan Poe. After this, most classes will begin “The Masque of the Red Death.”
Journal Entry 5
Vocabulary 2 Review
Vocabulary 2 Review
  1. It is not ______ for a lone police officer to keep the entire football stadium secure. We are planning for over 18,000 fans.
  2. She has tremendously little academic ability, but she is quite ______ in coming up with excuses for her failure.
  3. The politician thought that his smooth words would convince the crowd to endorse the tax increase; however, the speech received a rather ______ response.
  4. After one too many drinks, the customer became ______ and tried to start a fight with anyone who walked near him.
  5. The inherent problem with Honors Day is that every student is ______(led) for some reason or another; thus, recognition is rendered virtually meaningless.
  6. The English teacher could not help but ______ when she heard the student leaders mispronounce word after word on the daily announcements.
  7. Forty years removed from high school, Carlos experienced a wave of _____ as he glanced through his old, faded yearbooks.
  8. The article reveals the ______ of personal sacrifice, for here is a woman who risked her life to save children she did not even know.
  9. Even a/an ______ scan of the paragraph reveals that her writing skills are woefully poor.
  10. Knowing her as well as I do, I am ______ to her tears and sobbing, for I realize that she is quite skilled in the art of ______.
  11. For the teenagers to sacrifice their ski trip in order to help with the hurricane relief operation was truly a/an ______ act.
  12. The body language expert ______(d) every movement of the suspect, looking for any telltale sign of guilt or deception.
  13. If he is ______ to rigorous study, then why is he taking four advanced classes?
  14. It is no wonder that she won Yard of the Month, for the entire lawn is one ______ masterpiece. Every blade of grass is in place, the shrubbery is perfectly balanced, and the tulips are lined up like miniature soldiers at full attention.
  15. We realized that our grades would be in serious ______ if we failed the Final Exam.
  16. Having achieved an excellent grade for the third quarter in Latin, I refused to let my grades ______ into mediocrity.
  17. It was both captivating and terrorizing to hear the elderly Jewish woman speak about the atrocities of the ______.
  18. Watching my sister flunk out of school and enter a life of poverty was just the ______ I needed to take my education seriously.
  19. Even though we broke up two years ago, my ex-girlfriend and I still maintain a/an ______ relationship, for life is too short to hold grudges.
Week of 9/14-9/18
Week of 9/14- 9/18
Monday
Journal Entry 4 will be checked on Monday.
Also, students will receive a new vocabulary list. This will be Unit 2. There will be a quiz over these terms on Friday.
After students receive the vocabulary list, we will begin Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use.”
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Tuesday
Students will have the opportunity to ask questions about Part 1 of Fahrenheit 451. Students will take a quiz over Part 1 on Wednesday.
We will finish “Everyday Use” today. Then we will add it to the Short Story List.
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Wednesday
Students will take the quiz over Part 1 of Fahrenheit 451.
After the quiz, students will receive Writing Challenge 3.
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Thursday
We will review for Friday’s Vocabulary 2 Quiz. The review will mirror the format of the quiz; students will put words in the correct sentences.
After the review, students will receive a new set of Sentence Corrections.
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Friday
Students will take the Vocabulary 2 Quiz.
After the quiz, students will receive Journal Entry 5. This will be checked for completion on Monday.
When students are finished with the journal entry, they will have some free-read time.
There will be a Bradbury Test on 9/22. It will cover his three short stories that we read and the biographical notes.
Journal Entry 4
Journal Entry 4
“Women fall in love through their ears and men through their eyes.” W. Wyatt

“You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” Ray Bradbury

“Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” Oprah Winfrey
Week of 9/08-9/11
Week of 9/08-9/11

Tuesday
Journal Entry 3 will be checked for completion.
As this is being checked, students will read Bradbury’s “The Other Foot.” We will add this story to our Short Story List.
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Wednesday
We will actually begin Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 today. (We ran out of time last week.)
Students will receive Writing Challenge 2, if there is time.
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Thursday
Today is Favorite Book Day. Students will bring in a favorite book from their past; it can be anything from a picture book to a classic of literature. This will count as a quiz grade. We will spend most of class talking about their favorite books.
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Friday
Students will receive Journal Entry 4.
We will also continue with Fahrenheit 451. Students should receive their individual copies today.
There will be a quiz over Part 1 of the novel on 9/16.
Journal Entry 3
Journal Entry 3
“You have enemies? Good. That means that you have stood up for something in your life.” Winston Churchill

“The most persistent question in life is, ‘What are you doing for others’” Martin Luther King Jr.


“The young always have the same problem- how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another.” Quentin Crisp


I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. Plutarch
Literary Terms Review
Literary Terms Review
(Test on 9/04)
  1. A child hears the word “overtime” and feels sad because she knows that her dad will be at work longer than usual.
  2. This is the basic struggle between opposing forces. Without this, stories will quickly become boring.
  3. The character of Sheila Mant is obnoxious in the beginning of the story, and she is obnoxious at the end.
  4. The peak moment of interest in the short story is the removal of the mask in order to reveal the identity of the mystery guest.
  5. One watches the movie Ironman and decides to put aside the gaping holes in logistical physics created by Tony Stark’s suit.
  6. At the end of “The Veldt,” the lions eat the parents.
  7. The opening of the novel Shock Point begins with Cassie getting kidnapped by two men. The reader jumps into the story in mid-progress.
  8. In the short story “Love’s Gift,” the reader receives clues that Sandy and Mitchell will end up as a couple. The most obvious hint is the time in which they get stuck in detention together.
  9. A student has to make a decision between accepting a scholarship from Vanderbilt or Michigan. Both offers come with intriguing possibilities.
  10. In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Argus Filch is despising and belligerent. We see no other side to his character in this first novel.
  11. Batman has to fight through hordes of the Joker’s henchmen in order to save Commissioner Gordon.
  12. Looking up the word “clique” in the dictionary, one finds that it means, “a group bound by common interests.”
  13. Poe’s short story leaves the reader with a sobering message: “Our most valuable commodity is time.”
  14. Readers found the author’s comic attitude highly offensive, especially since he was writing about a national tragedy.
  15. The book opens on a bright summer day in North Carolina. The year is 1955. There is the innocent laughter of children in the background, and some cheerful, light-hearted music plays softly at the fairground. The reader quickly realizes that this Disney-like vibe will carry through the entire story.
  16. Throughout the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the viewer witnesses many sides to Buffy’s personality. Within one episode she may occupy the roles of daughter, girlfriend, hero, friend, student, and sister.
  17. At a fevered pace, my wife devoured page after page of If I Stay; she simply could not wait to find out what happens next.
  18. Overall, I liked her short story, but I found the character of the dimwitted football player a tad offensive. How many times must this trite character be used in literature?
  19. Only after he misses his daughter’s ballet recital does the main character from “One Empty Seat” change from a workaholic to a devoted family man.
  20. In her short story “Everyday Use,” Alice Walker creates characters who seem so authentic that one might imagine they could actually sit beside us in real life.
Week of 8/31- 9/04
Week of 8/31-9/04
Monday
Journal Entry 2 is due today. (The options are listed below the weekly update.)
Most classes will read “The Pedestrian” today. Then we will add it to the Short Story List.
After this, students will work on their first set of Sentence Corrections.
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Tuesday
Students will receive their first Writing Challenge of the year. This will go in their composition journal.
We will start reading Fahrenheit 451. This will start as an in-class project. Eventually, however, each student will receive his or her own copy to take home.
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Wednesday
The Chosen Novel Assessment is due today. This will count as a test grade. Students have the choice of delivering an oral or written report.
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Thursday
We will review for Friday’s Literary Terms Test.
After this, we will continue with Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.
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Friday
Students will take the Literary Terms Test.
When they are done with the test, they will work on Journal Entry 3.
If students finish their entry, they will have the option of continuing with Fahrenheit 451 or a novel of their choosing.

Journal Entry 2
Entry 2
“At home I am a nice guy, but I don’t want the world to know. Nice people, I’ve found, don’t get very far.” Muhammad Ali

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” Nelson Mandela

“We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.” Ray Bradbury
Vocabulary 1 Review
Vocabulary 1 Review
  1. The once-pure river has been ______(d) with toxic sludge from one of the nearby factories.
  2. Kidnapping the judge’s daughter in an attempt to sway the pending court decision was truly a/an ______ act.
  3. Fearing the twisted denizens of the haunted village, the teenagers crept ______ through the shadows.
  4. We need to find ways to ______ our monthly income if we are serious about buying a more expensive house.
  5. His ______ appearance and habitual tardiness revealed that he did not take job interviews seriously.
  6. Many diligent students are annoyed by lazy classmates who have to have instructions ______(d) over and over.
  7. In the ______ of a cable repairman, the sly jewel thief gained access to the millionaire’s estate.
  8. Many residents of the flood-ravaged city showed remarkable ______ when they tirelessly rebuilt the entire community.
  9. The Hollywood couple, even though they were going through a bitter divorce, gave no ______ of their struggling marriage to the general public.
  10. I have ______ plans to attend Stanford in the fall; however, if UCLA offers me a full scholarship, then I will graciously accept.
  11. While most of the crowd was stunned by the news of our neighbor’s death, my ______ little sister seemed to be completely unshaken.
  12. Instead of tossing juvenile ______(s) at your opponent, why don’t you reveal a modicum of maturity and debate her on the issues?
  13. Our previous history teacher had us memorize the first five lines of the Constitution; then we had to recite them ______.
  14. Her ______ lifestyle exposes her to many luxuries that the average individual will never experience; a personal stylist happens to be one of them.
  15. My parents ______(d) in awe when they saw the string of A’s on my report card.
  16. Even though breaking your left hand must not have been too enjoyable, at least your ______ ability will keep you from falling behind when we have to take notes.
  17. ______ of all her loved ones, the elderly woman found it difficult to find any meaning left in life.
  18. The video game requires you to ______ your soldiers in strategic locations around the castle. If you choose wisely, then your territory will be defended.
  19. The modeling clay was once ______; however, after some careless art student left it on the counter overnight, it has become brittle and useless.
  20. The student could tell by the ______ look on the principal’s face that the pending punishment was going to be severe.
Journal Entry 1
Journal Entry 1
“An open foe may prove a curse, but a pretended friend is worse.” John Gray

“What the mind doesn’t understand, it worships or fears.” Alice Walker
“I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in.” Virginia Woolf
Week of 8/24- 8/28
Week of 8/24-8/28
Monday
Journal Entry 1 will be checked today. While this is checked, students will receive a new vocabulary list. This will be Unit 1. It will be comprised of twenty words. There will be a quiz over these words on Friday. We will review for the quiz on Thursday.

Students will receive some biographical notes on Ray Bradbury, our featured author for the quarter.

Tuesday
We will start Bradbury’s “The Veldt” today. Students will then evaluate the story and add it to their Short Story List. They will receive a template for this.

Students will also receive information on their Chosen Novel Assessment. This assessment will not be due until 9/02. It will count as one test grade.

Wednesday
We will read Bradbury’s “The Other Foot” and/or “The Pedestrian.” We will add these stories to the Short Story List and discuss common themes and their evaluations.

Students will receive Literary Terms List 2. There will be a test over Literary Terms Lists 1 and 2 on 9/04. This test will cover a total of twenty terms.

Thursday
We will review for Friday’s Vocabulary 1 Quiz. The format of the review will mirror that of the quiz; students will use context clues to put words into the correct sentences.

Friday
Students will take the Vocabulary 1 Quiz. When they are done, they will receive Journal Entry 1; this will go in their composition journal.

If students complete the quiz and journal entry, they will receive some Free Read Friday time in which they will be allowed to read a book of their choosing.
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