Archive for September, 2017

What’s going on…

Posted: September 30, 2017 in Home
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Here is bit about what we covered last week in class:

Period 1: We have been examining the symbolism of the eye in Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart,” as well as the relationship between the narrator and the old man. students completed an “iceberg” character analysis on Friday because we feel we need to more about the narrator to better understand the eye.

7th grade: We read, studied, and analyzed Julia Alvarez’s personal essay, “Names/Nombres.” We have a vocabulary handout for the test that will be given next week, most likely on Wednesday.  We explored names conceptually, and attempted to determine how much they influence identity.  We also analyzed Juliet’s thoughts on names, expressed in Shakespeare’s balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet. Students are currently writing letters to Julia using Juliet’s ideas to offer advice on the author’s struggle with names.

Period 5: We read Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Minister’s Black Veil,” and began to analyze the metaphorical/symbolic significance of the veil, after ensuring comprehension, of course. Students have begun a close reading analysis of specific passages in groups–it will be finished on Monday.

7th Grade Thesis Statements

Posted: September 28, 2017 in Home

I have assessed the practice thesis statements you wrote in class. Below, although they still need some development, I have posted the best ones anonymously. You know who you are…

I have made some slight edits for clarity, and they are not in any particular order.

In “Seventh Grade,” by Gary Soto, Victor’s actions suggest that he would be better off being himself and that he should not lie about his limits.

The story, “Thank You, M’am,” by Langston Hughes, teaches people how to right their wrongs.

Victor’s story teaches us that love can be too big of a distraction and that he should focus on school more.

In “Thank You, M’am,” Roger ironically becomes a better person by attempting to steal.

In “Seventh Grade,” Victor teaches us that we should be honest with ourselves and others.

Langston Hughes’ story, “Thank You, M’am,” teaches readers to accept help in times of trouble because such offers are never permanent.


Period 5 Gothic Literature Handout

Posted: September 26, 2017 in Home

Below, I have attached your yellow handout for Gothic fiction. Please keep a copy–forever, or until disintegrates in the sands of time.

frolio Gothic literature handout

You will need to identify these features in works we will read in the upcoming weeks.

7th Grade: Tonight’s Reading

Posted: September 26, 2017 in Home

In case anyone forgot the textbook, here is the reading for tonight: tonight’s reading

Expect a quiz tomorrow, and don’t forget to work on your vocab study guide attached here: names voc wksht

Expect a quiz tomorrow!

8th Grade: Hawthorne Info…

Posted: September 25, 2017 in Home

This is an excellent interview with Brenda Wineapple, author of Hawthorne: A Life:


Extra credit

Posted: September 21, 2017 in Home

Bring in a note card with your name and the ancient Greek meaning of the word “Arete,” and I will give you three extra credit points you may apply to any trimester 1 assignment.

This offer is only good for Friday, Sept. 22nd. Anything after that date will not be accepted.

Period 5 Journal Prompt

Posted: September 19, 2017 in Home

For those of you who need it:

Prompt: Write a response to the Naturalists. Use your personal views to explain your thoughts about Naturalism as a concept/ideology of life and living. How might it be truthful? Where do you disagree?

Criteria for success:

  • You must reference each story we’ve covered
  • You must express a clear, main idea.
  • Your response must be well-conceived and intelligently written

Grammar, spelling, and punctuation count—be accurate and correct.