9/20 – Finish Essay and analyze contemp arguments

English IV: 1st block:
Finish college essay


English III: 2nd and 4th blocks:
Write 4 sentences using 4 vocabulary words correctly. Be sure to include context clues.
Contemporary arguments – articles and speeches – analyze

Is Junk Food Really Cheaper

argumentative article on welfare and drug testing

Americans Hit The Brakes On NASCAR

9/18 – CV and Henry

English IV: 1st block:
Create Curriculum Vitae



English III: 2nd and 4th blocks:
NRI Quiz on Parallel Structure Due
Vocab 2 words

Vocabulary Word Part of Speech Definition Synonym Antonym Sentence
Aloof adj not friendly or forthcoming; cool and distant Unfriendly, indifferent, remote, distant Affectionate, sociable The professor was often aloof with people who asked silly questions.
Befall v to happen to someone especially as if by fate, often unpleasant or bad Transpire, occur, develop, happen to, come upon Stop, ebb, dematerialize It’s sad to think of the unhappy fate that befell him.
Condescending adj showing that you believe you are more intelligent or better than other people Arrogant, disdainful, patronizing Humble, modest, deferential His comments were offensive and condescending to us.
Corollary noun a direct or natural consequence or result Result, effect, consequence Beginning, cause, foundation One corollary of the rise of television was a massive makeover of radio’s programming.
Differentiate v 1. recognize or ascertain what makes (someone or something) different* 2. identify differences between (two or more things or people) 3. make (someone or something) appear different or distinct 4. make or become different in the process of growth or development Distinguish, characterize, contrast Confuse, associate, connect, similar Can you differentiate between the different species of fish in the aquarium?
Exhibit Verb noun show an attribute, property, knowledge, or skill; to show, make visible or apparent Display, demonstrate, evince Hide, Conceal, belie, The dog exhibited no signs of aggression when the little boy pulled his tail.
Feign v pretend to be affected by a feeling, state, or injury, put on an appearance Fake, counterfeit, affect Honest, truthful, real The woman feigned a neck injury after her accident in order to get more insurance money.
Lethargic adj feeling a lack of energy or a lack of interest in doing things; Sleepy, listless, torpid Energetic, vivacious, animated A big meal always makes me feel lethargic and sleepy.
Paradox n an idea that, despite sound (or apparently sound) reasoning from acceptable premises, leads to a conclusion that seems senseless, logically unacceptable, or self-contradictory Puzzle, enigma, ambiguity, contradiction Normality, solution, standard It is a paradox that computers need maintenance so often, since they are meant to save people time.
Proficient adj competent or skilled in doing or using something Accomplished, expert, adept Novice, inept, amatuer Anna is proficient in three languages because she speaks them all fluently
Pungent adj having a strong, sharp taste or smell, often painful Sharp, acrid, caustic Bland, tasteless, odorless The smell of cooking liver and onions is pungent.
Trivial adj of little value or importance Insignificant, paltry, inconsequential Vital, important, significant Compared to her problems, our problems seem trivial.

Read Patrick Henry’s Speech to the VA Convention Speech to the Virginia Convention
Begin graphic organizer Patrick Henry questions

9/15 – Riddles and Thesis

English IV: 1st block:
Early Ages Common Assessment
Riddle Competition

The Competition

Each student will compose and read their riddle to the class.

Each classmate will have 3 chances to guess at the riddle’s answer.  If the classmate does not answer correctly, he/she goes to the end of the line.

The first person to guess right gets a point and then gets to read his/her riddle to the line.

This will continue until everyone has a chance to read his/her riddle.  The person who guesses the most correct answers wins.


English III: 2nd and 4th blocks:
Main Idea/Thesis – practice identifying, creating, and formatting for different styles


Topic Sentences
Quick Write – 25 min (on topic – thesis and topic sentences)

Quick Write ACT SAT Prompts

HW: Don’t forget NRI quiz