Tuesday, June 2, 2015

the final exam!

Link to Study Guide

English 1B Final Exam Study Guide
Percy Jackson

1. In the film, Percy the Lightning Thief, who does Percy need to kill?
2. Who is Percy’s father?
3. Percy’s guardian is a
4. Why does Percy go on his adventure?
5. Who is the Lightning Thief?


6. In the myth, Demetre and Persephone, what happens to Persephone?
7. What does the Demetre and Persephone myth explain?
8. In the myths about Echo and Narcissus, who punishes Echo?
9. What is the curse Echo suffers?
10. Who does Echo love?
11. Who does Narcissus love?
12. In the myth, Pyramis and Thisbe, why do the two lovers sneak out at night?
13. What does Pyramis find?
14. What story from English 1B is based on the theme of Pyramis and Thisbe?
15. Myths are meant to:

The Odyssey

16. The story of The Odyssey begins at the end of
17. What was the final episode of the event?
18. Which two gods were offended by Odysseus?
19. One of the challenges Odysseus and his men faced on their journey home was the Sirens. Sirens are
20. Why do the men encounter the Cyclops?
21. How do the men escape from the Cyclops?
22. Which female characters try to entrance Odysseus to stay with them?
23. The sorceress uses her powers to change some of Odysseus men into
24. The challenge of Scylla and Charbidys is an encounter with
25. When Odysseus reaches Ithaca Athena disguises him as a
26. The challenge Penelope gives to the suitors involves
27. Telemachus helps his father by
28. Penelope tests Odysseus when she
29. The Odyssey follows the literary genre called
30. The Odyssey is an example of an “epic” which is a

Romeo and Juliet

Matching the characters to the descriptions below.
  • He kills himself when he thinks Juliet is dead
  • Romeo kills him to avenge his friend's death
  • He gives a feast to introduce Juliet to bachelors
  • He is slain by Tybalt
  • Capulet‘s favored suitor for Juliet
  • He agrees to marry Romeo and Juliet
  • He explains the circumstances of Tybalt's death.
  • She dies grieving for her son, Romeo
  • She refused love and caused his depression
  • JuIiet's servant and mentor
  • Both Paris and Romeo want to marry her
  • Romeo's father
  • She wants the Prince to execute Romeo
  • He sends Romeo into exile

Multiple Choice
46. Why is Romeo so sad?
47. What does Romeo mean when he says, "Oh, dear amount! My life is my foe‘s debt"?
48. Why does Friar Laurence agree to marry Romeo and Juliet?
49. What punishment did the Prince give Romeo for fighting?
50. Romeo's slaying of Tybalt puts Juliet in an awkward position. What did she decide to do?
51. What plans do Friar Laurence and Juliet make?
52. What news does Balthasar bring Romeo? And how does Romeo react?
53. What went wrong with the Friar's plan?
54. What are the circumstances of Paris' death?
55. After she wakes up from being drugged, why does Juliet kill herself with Romeo’s dagger?
56. Why does Romeo decide to go to the feast even though he is not invited?
57. How do Mercutio and Tybalt die?
58. The “Prologue” of Romeo and Juliet is called a
59. The chorus in Romeo and Juliet served the purpose of
60. The action of the play takes place in
61. When Shakespeare, in the Prologue, refers to Romeo and Juliet as “a pair of star-crossed lovers,” he means that they are:
62.  Each of the statements below is an example of a possible ___________ of the play.
“Love is more powerful than hate”
“Tragedy can be the result when old people’s rage is carried over to a younger generation”
63. Before she drinks the potion that will make her appear dead, Juliet, on-stage and alone, delivers a long speech called a(n):
64. The setting for Romeo and Juliet is:
65.  The nurse’s role in Romeo and Juliet is to be

Identify the Speaker of the Quotation
For each quotation below, identify the speaker.

66. Oh, dear account! My life is my foe’s debt.
67. That which we call a rose." By any other name would smell as sweet.
68. In one respect l'll thy assistant be; / For this alliance may so happy proved To turn your households' rancor to pure love.
69. Affliction is enamored of thy parts,/ And thou art wedded to calamity.
70. Death is my son-in-law. Death is my heir .
71. lf ever you disturb our streets our lives shall pay the forfeit of peace
72. Parting is such sweet sorrow.
73. Oh. I am fortune‘s fool!
74. Graze where you will, you shall not house with me.
75. A crutch, a crutch! Why call you for a sword?
Literary Terms

76. Plot is
76. The elements of plot include:
77. The part of a story where you learn the setting, characters, background information, and the conflict is called the:
78. The act of creating a character by showing their traits through their words, actions, thoughts and interactions with other characters is called:
79. A theme is
80. The main character that the reader usually sides with is the
81. The ‘bad guy’ character, or the character in opposition with the ‘good guy’ character is the
82. A universal theme is
83. _________ is a type of figurative language where the author appeals to the reader’s senses.
84. _________ is the genre of literature meant to be acted out by characters on a stage.
85. ________ is when an object, image, or word is used to convey a deeper meaning.

opinion/persuasive prompt. 5 paragraph, state your opinion and support with reasons and examples.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Genius Hour Projects today!

Just a reminder! Genius Hour Project presentations are a course requirement. We did not complete all of the presentations today because of time. However any presentations left to do must be done on Monday to be considered. Any student who does not submit a project will receive a full letter grade drop in their final grade as this was 20% of the instructional time during the spring semester. 

Final Exam study guides were provided in class today as well. This is a required assignment, but if you put some effort into it you should do well on the final exam. All the questions are here except the essay. 

Any questions, please email me!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Odyssey questions

After finishing The Odyssey film yesterday, I must ask some questions. Answer each question fully (a paragraph each would be nice).

1. Is Odysseus an effective leader? Why or why not? Tell what traits he demonstrates that support your answer.

2. Is Polyphemus a savage brute or a haplss victim? Explain your answer.

3. Is Oysseus a hero? Is he admirable? Why/why not?

4. Is Odyssus worthy for Penelope's faithfulness? Explain your thinking.

5. What role do women play in The Odyssey? For what characteristics are women prized? Do you think this represents roles from Ancient Greece?

6. Explain how the struggles of Odysseus to return home are a contest between Poseidon and Athena.

Friday, May 8, 2015


We have been watching the Odyssey in class and discussing mythology. My apologies for the blog being behind. They myths we have read are:

1. Demeter and Persephone
2. Echo and Narcissus
3. Pyramus and Thisbe

Watching the Odyssey students are to focus on the events of Odysseus path. How he ended up on this Odyssey, who he encounters, and how all the events come together. 

Today is a genius today. Students sign up for Presentation time slots that will take place during the last week of May. Students who do not choose their time slot will be assigned one. 

Genius Presentations will impact grades by:
1. A great project/presentation that demonstrates learning and personal discovery will improve the students 'gradebook grade' by at least 1/2 a letter.
2. A so-so project/presentation that is compulsory, and weak will leave the 'gradebook grade' where it stands.
3. A weak project with limited work accomplished and little progress will bring 'gradebook grade' down by up to a half a letter grade.
4. No project/presentation will result in a drop in grade from 'gradebook grade' by one full letter.

*I reserve the right to adjust as necessary according to what I observe both in classroom engagement and in work posted on the blog. Excellent work as demonstrated by thoughtful posts and use of media will be more valuable in this process than many posts. 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday April 24, 2015

Genius Projects

1. What have you done on your project in the past week?
2. What are your next steps?
3. We only have a few more weeks, what will you be sharing with the class as your presentation? You need to start planning this in today's blog post.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Whats going on in your project?

Blog posts!

What have you accomplished since your last post?
What proof do you have? pictures? video? description of what you did?
How did it go? well? why? poorly? why? 
What do you think you want to do different next time?
What is your next step?
How will you accomplish your next step? any planning/preparation needed?

Your blog post needs to be complete! Answer these questions! Add content!