Extra credit, Oedipus, Othello, MYP personal project, oh my!

Extra credit is due in all classes by November 7th.  That is the same day that the MYP personal project due. I have already presented all classes with notes on how to write the 2000 word essay and have given tips and suggestions for the project.

English II – Your MYP folktale is due tomorrow and we will begin Oedipus the King, starting with Ancient Greek Theater notes.   You will love this play! 

Pre-AP – We are finishing our movie/read-a-long with Julius Caesar. Your Antony/Brutus speech analysis worksheets are due tomorrow as well. Next, we will begin Othello and do a close reading of this play. I have offered an additional extra credit for my PREAPS since I am short 30 books for Othello.  If a student buys their own copy they get 5 points; if they donate it after we are done with the unity, I will give them an additional 5 points. After this unit, we will begin a rhetorical writing unit. 

All classes are going well.  It is getting close to the end of the year, so make sure to constantly turn in assignments if you are wanting your grade to change and to take advantage of the extra credit. Make sure that all typed assignments are printed before you come to class and that they are in MLA format. 


Oedipus info for PREAPS

Here you go.  Read through these two pdf files and fill out the notes handout I gave you in class.Oedipus Rex -Notes on Greek theater and tragedy revised and Salems Intro to Greek Theater. Let me know if you have any questions.

Week of September 23, 2013

We are trucking along here in room 316.  Important dates for students and parents:

September 30 – SRI testing in room 407

October 7 – Picture day – dress up day

October 8 – PLAN exam – 8:45am in Historical Building

October 16 – PSAT – 8:45am in Historical Building

November 7 – MYP personal project due

I will be giving the paper outline for the MYP personal project on October 7.  For English II, we just finished our African Literature unit and have begun our rhetorical mode writing unit.  Students are choosing what time of survival story they are wanting to write for the unit. We started with description and are moving to Narration and Process Analysis next  week. They have a rough draft paragraph due tomorrow. For my PREAPS, we are finishing Things Fall Apart by block day and are having our big Socratic Seminar on block day.  It is a fun time to have students take control of the classroom and be responsible for discussion.  We will have an in-class writing on Thursday over the African Literature Unit. After that, we travel to ancient Greece.  YAY!  I think I will start posting my lesson plans here as well on Edmodo.  I hope that will be helpful to students and parents.  Just know that assignments are subject to change.  My lesson plans are my best guest at how long certain assignments will take, but sometimes with school interruptions or if my classes need a little more time with something we are covering, then I might make some changes to my initial plans.  I am looking forward to the week ahead.

Things Fall Apart stuff – For PreAPs

Here is what you need for the webquest:Things Fall Apart Webquest

Here is the video about imperialism:

Here is the Powerpoint over the novel:  Things Fall Apart – Introduction to Chinua Achebe and Things Fall Apart Power Point Presentation

Back to School Night

Back to School Night is tonight from 6-8pm.  I look forward to meeting everyone’s parents and letting them know what we are working on this year.  Here is my classroom wish list:


pilot pens

index cards

expo markers and cleaner

1.5″ Binders

File folders


Bean bag chair

Yoga balls

Markers and crayons




Week of September 2-6 2013

PreAps – We have been working on our African Literature unit, reading “Cell One” and an excerpt from Scribbling the Cat which we focus on close reading and how diction can be used to develop setting. Friday, we will read “Looking for a Rain God,” focusing on the SIFT method of analysis.

English II- We have began our African unit with watching Chimamanda Adichie’s lecture on “The Danger of a Single Story” from TedTalks. After an interesting discussion after the video, we are writing a personal paragraph focusing on our own personal single story.  This final draft is due on this coming Monday. Today and tomorrow, we will read “Cell One” and focus on plot and characterization. Here are the notes from today: Plot Structure and Character Notes

For both classes, here is the link to the Soon to be Brillian book: Soon to be brilliant book

For my PreAPs

Here are links to Scribbling the Cat and Annotating Text infomation.
scribbling the cat

Close Reading and Annotation