11/16 – Sonnet, OMAM, and Our Town

English IV: 1st block:
Finish sonnet handout
Create your own sonnet SONNET_RUBRIC


English III: 2nd block:
Of Mice and Men Intro power point Of Mice and Men Intro
Get into groups of 5 and complete the historical research document on laptops OMAM-Historical-Research


English III: 4th block:
Our Town Power Point Our Town
Introductory Activity

At the start of class, have students quietly reflect, either mentally or on paper, on an average day in their lives. To guide them, read these sentences aloud, pausing briefly after each one: “What do you see and do when you first wake up? What things do you use? What clothes do you choose? Who is there? What about as your day goes on? What is it like outside? What are the sounds you hear? What meaningful conversations do you have? Who shares those conversations with you? What makes you laugh? What do you eat? What possessions do you have with you? As you go to bed, what memorable experiences are you thinking about?”
Next, give students 10 minutes to write a list of things they are grateful for, based on their “average day” reflections and other things that pop up as they write. Encourage them to list as many items as they can, and to go beyond gadgets like iPods, as well as to think expansively — they might include, for example, things like the sun’s energy, hot chocolate, friends, family, laughter, etc. Tell students you will not collect their lists and that they will choose which, if any, items to share with the class.
When students have finished their lists, ask them to look for items that are both precious and ordinary. For each example, ask: What would your life be like if this thing (relationship, experience, etc.) no longer existed? What would you lose besides the thing itself? Is there an easy substitute for it? Do you think that in the past, it was easier to appreciate the small things? If so, what has changed in our culture? Do you think people your age find it easy or difficult to appreciate the simple things in life? Explain.

11/13 – Tempest and Slam Poems

English IV: 1st block:

Common Assessment #3

Finish Tempest Scenes



English III: 2nd and 4th blocks:

Vocab 5


Vocabulary Word Part of Speech Definition Synonym Antonym Sentence
Anecdote n a short and amusing or interesting story about a real incident or person Tale, short story, account Novel Good speakers often use anecdotes in their speeches to engage listeners.
Characteristic adj typical of a particular person, place, or thing Distinctive, innate, unique Common, atypical, irregular One characteristic of North Carolina is the red clay in the ground.
Compose v 1. write or create* 2. constitute, make up Construct, formulate, devise Destroy, ruin Stan Lee composed some of the best superheroes ever!
Critical adj 1. expressing or involving an analysis of the merits and faults of a work of literature, music, or art* 2. involving the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgment* 3. expressing adverse or disapproving comments or judgments Analytical, discerning, interpretative Cursory, superficial, perfunctory My friends become annoyed when they watch a movie with me, and I am critical of the errors in the movie.
Emerge v become apparent, important, or prominent Appear, arise, materialize Submerge, fade, recede I wonder who will emerge to be the Valedictorian of the school this year.
Glaring adj extremely obvious or conspicuous Flagrant, blatant, conspicuous Unnoticeable, obscure, covert The bright yellow Volkswagon bug was glaring in the midst of all of the other cars in the parking lot.
Immerse v involve oneself deeply in a particular activity or interest* [or] dip or submerge in a liquid Engulf, inundate, soak Reject, neglect, dry Every summer I immerse myself in good books, the beach, and the sun.
Justify V 1. show or prove to be right or reasonable* 2. be a good reason for Excuse, vindicate, exonerate Blame, accuse, abrogate Laura justified her presence at her friend’s house by saying they were studying together.
Obsolete adj no longer used because something newer exists : replaced by something newer Dated, antiquated, outmoded Modern, contemporary, advanced I have six obsolete cell phones in my junk drawer.
Potent adj having great power, influence, or effect Powerful, vigorous, efficacious Weak, ineffectual, unproductive Chocolate is a potent weapon against sadness.
Relevant adj closely connected or appropriate to the matter at hand (antonym: irrelevant) Germane, pertinent, apropos Irrelevant, immaterial, irrelative What you were doing is very relevant to whether or not you are grounded!
Unrealized adj not made real or actual; not resulting in accomplishment, as a task or aim Unfulfilled, unsuccessful, futile Successful, triumphant, thriving If you never try, your dreams will always be unrealized.

Finish Slam poems – due tomorrow

11/8 – Tempest Scene and Slam Poetry

English IV: 1st block:
After the movie, students get into groups and modernize an assigned excerpt from the play

The Tempest Scene



English III: 2nd and 4th blocks:
DOL: its wonderfull to feel liked and appreciated by someone whose importent to you

Slam Poetry – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OadZpUJv8Eg

Create your own slam poem – in groups Create your own slam poetry