Sunday, February 28, 2010

Today's Menu ~ March 1

Today, the Student Council and I are attending the district meeting.

Please turn in your example of pathos.

Now, email your essay to me at ...if you have not done so already.

Then, read the remainder of this post and complete the following:
  • Open this document and preview your next essay assignment.
  • You may read "Belief" and "A Short Jack London Biography" until no later than 12:20 for 3B and 2:00 for 4B.
  • Once you have read "Belief" and a biography of Jack London, log off and close your computer.
  • Read Call of the Wild for the remainder of the class.


  • Might consider taking notes or annotating as you read for evidence to support your chosen thesis. Please have all three sources read by Friday.
  • Continue to review your literary terms.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

I Heard You, Crist!

Crist asked if I might place all your assignments together, and I responded it's all on the blog.

Then, I began to think and to re-scan today's blog post and saw that the assignments are throughout the post, as I am sure that is how they are on most of the daily blog posts.

SOOOOO: from this day forth, I will sum up each day's assignments/expectations at the conclusion of the post.

Great idea...right?

I really heard you, Crist! Thanks!

  1. Essay due on Monday! Essay needs a cover page, a typed outline, and your essay...all formatted APA style.
  2. An example of Pathos due on Monday.
  3. Read Call of the Wild for next Friday.
  4. Work on your blog posts.

Have a great weekend!

Today's Menu

Read the Batesville Guard.
  • 3B: Identify complex sentences on pages 2-3.
  • 4B: Identify complex sentences on pages 4-5.
Literary Terms: Test...part!

  1. Share your example of pathos.
  2. Pathos via apostrophe...using Julius Caesar.
  3. Essays due today!
  4. Assignment: Find another example of pathos.
Assign Call of the Wild.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Today's Menu ~ February 23

Writer's Notebook/Blog Topic: Persuasion. How often do you utilize this technique? Are you good at it? To get your way, what tactics to you most often use? Is persuation important in your life? Think of often do you witness persuasion being used?

Top 20 Terms:

  • Test...part!
  • Test...part 2...Thursday!

Essay: Review assignment!

Clauses: Time to get a little complex!

"If a man loses pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured, or far away."
(Henry David Thoreau)

"Although volume upon volume is written to prove slavery a very good thing, we never hear of the man who wishes to take the good of it by being a slave himself."
(Abraham Lincoln)
  • Know your conjunctions! In Thoreau's sentence above, identify the two type of clauses being used. Now identify the two clauses in President Lincoln's statement.
  • Be creative here.
  • Now...go to your essay draft and analyze your writing style for sentence types. Out beside each paragraph, create a list of sentence types per paragraph. Are you using a variety of sentence types? Yes? Great! No? Then revise for next time!

Today's Menu ~ Feb. 19

Mrs. G ~ Not in class today...

  • Quiz today!
  • Continue drafting your essay. Whole draft (3 point essay) due Tuesday. For each paragraph, include two chunks.

Top 20 Lit Terms

  • Test on Tuesday! See Google Presentation to review!

Your Blog:

  • Are you caught up on your blog posts?

Today's Menu ~ Feb. 17

Mrs. G ~ not in class today...

Writer's Notebook: The US is winning! Reflect on what being a winner means. Does winning always mean receiving a tangible reward? Of what are you most proud of winning ?

Phrase Test:
  1. Complete pages 7-10 of packet and turn in. No notes on this part.
  2. Then complete pages 5-6 and turn in...yes, you may use you notes on this part.
  • Finish reading the drama.
  • Develop your outline for the essay and draft the introduction and at least one body paragraph for next time.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Today's Menu ~ February 15

Shhh...Silent Sustained Reading.

Writer's Notebook/Blog Topic: The Winter Olympics have arrived. Think about the commitment, the determination, the pressure, the privilege, the reward...that each will receive, whether the representatives come home with medals or not. Now ponder on this question:

  • For what would you make such a commitment? Compare this commitment to someone else who has made such a pledge.
  • Turn this question into a statement and reflect on it in your Writer's Notebook in preparation for placing an entry on this topic on your blog.
  • Yes, you may draft on your blog!
  • Create at least one parallel structure within this post. (See below for an example.)


  1. Who vs. Whom: Click here to review!
  2. Passive vs. Active
  3. Phrases: Complete these three quizzes...Quiz 1, Quiz 2, Quiz 3. In the Priest's first speaking part in Oedipus the King, identify one of each type of if the verbals is actually not a phrase, just a verbal.
  4. Phrase Test on Wednesday!

Taking a Stand:

  • Riddle of the Sphinx: What walks on four legs in the morning, two legs at noon, and three legs in the evening? (What is parallel in this sentence?)

  • Compare Star Wars and Oedipus the King. Read here about literary connections.

  • Define archetypes. Read here about archetypes.

  • Define tragic hero. Defend or refute this statement: Oedipus was a tragic hero.

  • In your Writer's Notebook, respond to these questions: Is war ever just? When is it right to question authority?

  • Assign persuasive essay. Complete graphic organizer/outline. Draft introduction. Email introduction to before class on Wednesday.

  • Read Antigone page 13-35 for Wednesday.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Today's Menu ~ Feb. 11

Shhh...Silent Sustained Reading.

Finish Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Today's Menu ~ Feb. 5

Shhhh...Silent Sustained Reading.

  1. Quiz Time!
  2. Review phrases.
  3. We'll review on Tuesday and test on Thursday!

Thematic Unit: Taking a Stand

  1. Background of Oedipus. Read the reader's theater version here or the full-text version here.
  2. Questions about the move Star Wars. Now make connections.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Today's Menu - Feb. 3

Shhhh...Silent Sustained Reading.

Grammar Time:
  1. Review gerunds.
  2. 3B - Complete page 35, exercise 2. Diagram 1-4.
  3. 4B - Complete page 35, exercise 1. Diagram 1-4.

Thematic Unit:

  1. Watch Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. We will watch for parallels to Oedipus.
  2. REMINDER: Read pages 65-69 in Antigone.