Sunday, December 11, 2011

Last IAN check of the semester

You will turn your IANs in the day of your finals.  (1st on Tuesday, 3rd and 5th on Wednesday, 6th and 7th on Thursday, and 4th on Friday).  Pages 70-75 will be graded.  Don't forget to be working on/studying your Semester Final Review sheets!

Monday, December 5, 2011


You should all be studying your poetry terms for the final summative grades of the 9 weeks.  We will do a chart on Wednesday and the exam on Thursday.  (If you have missed the homonym test on Friday,  or will miss any of this week, make sure you come in and make it up during tutoring!)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Progress Reports (English only)

Forgot to announce that I sent updated progress reports home yesterday.  They need to come back signed (if it didn't come back today), please!!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

IANs due this week!

Pages 54-68 will be due on the normal days (1st/3rd on Tuesday, 4th/5th on Wednesday, 6th/7th on Thursday).  Thanks, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Thursday, November 17, 2011


Shouty capital letters get your attention?  We are meeting in the auditorium for a play tomorrow.  I expect you to be on time and behave at this EHS Drama Production!

Thanksgiving Imagery Poem due MONDAY!  Remember the guidelines:  
  • at least 2 lines and images for each of the 5 senses
  • words should be descriptive and create "word pictures" so the reader feels like they can "experience" the images you create
  • do NOT label which of the senses each line is (it should be apparent from your description)
  • at least 10 total lines
  • can rhyme or be free verse
  • "decorations" of pictures, etc can earn some extra credit (but is NOT more important than the poem
Good luck!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Homework 11/16

Don't forget to brainstorm you Thanksgiving imagery!  You need to have 3 examples for each of the senses (so 15 total).  And remember, you are writing "word pictures," not drawing actual pictures.   ;)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Homework 11/15

Don't forget to do the rhyme scheme for "Respiration" and "The Weaver".  (I know you may not "know it," but try to look for the end rhymes and we will review first thing tomorrow!)  We will be moving into imagery with Langston Hughes and Biggie tomorrow...and don't forget to be thinking of Thanksgiving sensory details for your imagery poems!

Monday, November 7, 2011


Your final drafts of the "Beauty" projects are due TOMORROW (Tuesday)!!!!  And don't forget if you are going to take advantage of a little bit of amnesty you have to turn in your Up questions tomorrow.  (Remember, you will not get even close to full credit, but some is better than none, so take me up on it!)  Also, periods 5-7, your notebooks are due again.  (1, 3-4, you can turn yours in for late credit tomorrow ONLY!)  Good luck!

Thursday, November 3, 2011


If you came looking for me this afternoon...I had to run into the building really quick and got pulled into a quick "meeting."  I was back outside at about 4:20.  I will be around tomorrow if anyone needs me!

Monday, October 31, 2011

IANs due

...this week!  I will be grading pp. 40-49.  Same days as always for turn in (1/3 Tuesday, 4/5 Wednesday, 6/7 Thursday).  Make sure you have them ready!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Dead Words Project due tomorrow

Don't forget to finish yours and bring it with you to class.  I can't wait to see them! :D

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Don't forget...

...Dead Words rough drafts are due tomorrow.  Make sure you have the synonyms, the eulogy, and your basic idea for the final project ready to discuss with me!

Monday, October 17, 2011


Questions on Up are due tomorrow at the beginning of class.  Don't forget to use complete sentences!  We are killing words tomorrow...bring your macabre (creepy, gruesome, grim...) ideas to class!  :D

Monday, October 10, 2011


I will collect them at the beginning of class.  Make sure you have the rough draft and your rubric with it!  :D

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

IANs due this week...

Pages 32-37 are due Tuesday (1st and 3rd), Wednesday (4th and 5th), and Thursday (6th and 7th).  Make sure you turn them in.  The 9 weeks is almost over and every grade counts!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Homework Info: 9/30/11

Just a friendly reminder that by Monday you need to finish annotating your copy of "Harrison Bergeron" (the circles, squares, underlining "stuff"), complete the plot map, and finish up the questions given in class by the substitute.  I will check all this on Monday BEFORE our class discussion! Have a great weekend!

Sunday, September 25, 2011


...instead of Tuesday.  This will give you one more day to touch base with your partner for the 2 Voice Poems and finish it if necessary.  Spread the word to everyone!

Thursday, September 22, 2011


The two-voice poem is due Monday! Only one more class period to finish writing it, so make sure you are ready to work tomorrow. And the test over "The Most Dangerous Game" is on Tuesday, so be ready! :-)

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Monday, September 19, 2011


Yaarrrrg...Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day, mateys and scallywags.  Some important things to remember this week:

1. Homework tonight is to draw a symbol for Rainsford (and color it!!) and complete the "actions" part of the Rainsford character chart.
2. IANs are due this week (pp.26-31).  1st/3rd on Tuesday, 4th/5th on Wednesday, 6th/7th on Thursday.  Make sure they are complete and turn them in!
3.  Picture day is Wednesday.  Make sure you look cute or whatever!  ;)
4. The first two summative grades are this week:  Two-Voice Poems and a test.  Make sure you ask any questions about "The Most Dangerous Game" if you have them!

Let's have a great rest of the week!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Homework (9/16) other IMPORTANT info

Just a friendly reminder that there was a homework assignment this weekend.  You were to create a symbol to represent a trait of Zaroff (p.30-IAN and should include color!!!!).  Also, don't forget notebooks are due again this week.  Pages 26-31 will be graded.   Oh, and remember we will have 3 summative grades this week which will GREATLY affect your grades, so get ready to do some good work! :D

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Homework 9/15/11

Make sure you finish your plot maps on "The Most Dangerous Game" tonight.  I will be checking (and stamping) them tomorrow before we go over it, so be ready!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Keep up the good work!

Great job with Mrs. Callegari today, students of mine!  Keep it up tomorrow, and push yourself as you do your first timed writing.  You can do it!  My training was interesting and inspiring today.  I have already gotten some ideas we will be using right away, so get ready!  Wow, learning really is awesome. =P

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Current Grades...

I input the first interactive notebook grades today.  If you haven't been doing your work or didn't turn it in, your grade shows it now.  Everyone remember the good grades you want as you do your work with the substitute tomorrow and Tuesday (and EVERY DAY, really!).  I will enter the quizzes and participation for the Human Plotline this week.

Friday, September 9, 2011

No homework! :D

Enjoy your weekend!  And please, everyone remember to do all the work and behave for the substitute on Monday and Tuesday.  I will try to come to back from the training I am going to with awesome new ideas!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Correction on HW 9/8

You need to read to p. 236.  Sorry, my bad! ;)

Homework 9/8/11 get to read the most exciting part of the story, and finish it tonight!  Read through p.235 (most classes left off around 230-231, so not so bad).  Be ready to discuss the exciting conclusion tomorrow!!  And maybe I won't give homework this weekend!  ;)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Homework 9/7/11

Once again, you are reading for homework...make sure you read pp.224-228, blue dot to blue dot. (This blue dot is found at the end of a paragraph on each page).  Take notes on p.27 (or on a separate sheet if I have your notebook).  See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Homework 9/6/11

Good afternoon, everyone!  Don't forget to read up to p. 224 tonight (and take notes!).  It is really important that you keep up so you know what is going on in class as we discuss!  =]

Monday, September 5, 2011

IANs due this week...

This week is the first week we turn in IANs! (1st/3rd due Tuesdays, 4th/5th due Wednesdays, 6th/7th due Thursdays).  Make sure you have your pages numbered, your table of contents numbered, pp. 1-7,9, 20-21 glued/taped in the reference section, and the your work done on pp. 22-25!   See you tomorrow!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Homework 9/2/11

Remember there are two parts to this weekend's homework.  The first is to write sentences with Vocab List B.  It goes on p.22-IAN.  If you need to, tape a page in. (And yes, there will be 3 things total on that same!)  The second is to read up to page 220 from wherever your class left off (the story starts on p.215).  Remember to take notes on character, conflict and plot "parts" on p. 25 in your IAN.  And hey, Baby Monkey says, "Have a great weekend!"  :D

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Homework 9/1/11

Tonight, don't forget to use List A and write original sentences with each word...and if you want to get ahead you can start on List B as well (that will be Friday's homework!).  Remember to put them on page 22 in your interactive notebook.  Have a great night!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Nice to meet you!

I was happy to meet everyone at Open House (Back to School Night?)!  Keep an eye here...I will work to keep it updated.  Oh, and FYI, I'm handing out planners to my 9th graders today, so that is another way to keep track of homework, etc.  Have a great rest of the week, everyone!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Great first week! Don't forget...

We made it through the first week, WHOOHOO!  Just to recap...make sure your interactive notebooks are numbered (both the pages and the table of contents) and that you have glued in your rules and procedures and any pages I gave your class today if you haven't already. Also, don't forget to decorate the cover with people, places, things, books, movies, etc. you like and cover it with packing tape (due by Tuesday), and complete your letter for late credit if you didn't turn it in today.  Have a good weekend and get some rest, we have a lot to do next week!  (Oh, and don't forget to get tape, glue sticks, paper, a spiral, maybe a pair of scissors, and writing utensils if you haven't already!)

Monday, August 22, 2011

"Homework" and Supplies

Don't forget to get your rules/procedures signed and brought back in tomorrow for extra points on the first interactive notebook check!

If you are shopping for supplies, a small 3 ring notebook (or a section in a larger one), a spiral (the 70 page ones that are $.20ish right now), a glue stick, and a roll of tape are necessities.  I will provide the first spiral.  The one you bring in will be labeled with your name and saved for second semester.  Please get these as soon as possible!

Thanks, and see you for day 2 tomorrow!  =]

Sunday, August 21, 2011

First Day!

Looking forward to seeing and meeting everyone tomorrow! :-)

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