Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

Theme Assessment!

Choose one story and identfiy a theme present. Explain (using examples/evidence from the story) how the theme is present in that story. Conlcude your paragraph by telling if the them is universal according to the definition of universal theme. 

You could do it this way:

The theme in ________ is ______________ because _______________. One example from the story is _______________. Another.... Finally, this is/isnot an example of universal theme because ____________.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wednesday, September 17

Character Map

Choose a character from any of the stories we have read. 

1. Identify the character, the "story," and the author.

2. Give physical description of the character. Explain how you know (evidence from the text).

3. Describe the character's personality. Explain how you know (3 quotes from the text minimum for evidence).

4. What is the character's primary conflict? How does it impact the characterization?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Gift of the Magi

Listen and take notes on theme and characterization to complete the assignment below:

Write a paragraph identifying one theme and give examples from the story to support your assertion.

Choose one character and one character trait for that character. Explain how the author creates this understanding of their personality.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Finish "The Scarlet Ibis" in class.

Page 176: 1 & 6
Page 77: 8
Symbols Section #4

*These are difficult questions, they require thought and finding evidence within the text. Short answers will not suffice.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Scarlet Ibis

We are reading The Scarlet Ibis in class. Students are to keep a running list of words they are unfamiliar with (the lists will be used when we finish reading the story), as well as predictions and/or questions they are composing at particular points in the story. 

The story has a level of language that can create a barrier for some students. I would like students to understand the events of the story first, which is why this is the focus of multiple days in class. If students are struggling, it would be a good idea for them to read the piece (and maintain this strategy in the future) on their own at home ahead of time, so the classroom instruction is not their first interaction with the text.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tuesday, September 9


State whether the quotation from "The Necklace" is direct or indirect characterization.

1. She dressed plainly.
2. "It's embarrassing not to have a jewel or gem- nothing to wear on my dress."
3. Her husband labored evenings to balance tradesman's accounts, and at night often he copied documents.


Write a theme statement for each of the stories that we have read:
4. "The Most Dangerous Game": 
5. "The Cask of Amontillado":
6.  "The Necklace":


Use each of the following words in a sentence correctly. (preferred)
Define the word (if you must)
7. palazzo
8. gesticulation
9. termination


10. Explain the ending of "The Necklace" in a paragraph.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Grade Updates

95% of everything I have collected has been entered into the online gradebook. Students and parents may log into their account for a detailed view of all assignments and the resulting scores. 

I DO have a stack of work that has not been recorded that was either turned in late, or got separated somehow from the rest of the class. If a student has a blank space for an assignment they are sure they turned in, that student needs to speak to me and we will resolve the issue (most likely the assignment is in that stack of papers). Anything that was turned in away from the group turn in will be in that stack whether it was due to an excused absence or not, and it WILL be entered, it just hasn't yet. 

All students who feel there is a discrepancy in their grade should speak to me during lunch or after school. 

RHS ASB info

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Class Discussion about how Montressor is characterized in The Cask of Amontillado. 

Character traits, why?, how do you know? 
Direct or Indirect Characterization...

Then! Classwork
Language and Vocabulary 1-6 on page 216 of packet
Analyzing the Story 5-10 on 215 of packet

due at end of class period