First week

English II — It has been a great week getting to know all my students.This week we have been working on our mandala project for A Long Way Gone, taken our summer reading test, and reviewed the parts of speech and MLA format. The final draft for the mandala project is due when we get back from our Labor Day weekend.

PreAPs – We also worked on our mandala project, took the summer reading test, and reviewed paragraph structure and MLA format. Today, we watched Chimamanda Adichie’s lecture over “The Danger of a Single Story” and discussed what a single story was and started to brainstorm for our new writing assignment. The ALWG mandala project is due tomorrow.

It has been a fabulous week. I look forward to many more.


Welcome back to school!

I am so excited to meet you all. I just know we are going to have a fantastic school year. Make sure you finish your summer reading as soon as possible. You will have a test on block day next week and a project with a writing assignment over A Long Way Gone. I will post your syllabus and course outline on this website. I hope you have a wonderful first day at school.

Pre-AP Links for “Shooting an Elephant” and Things Fall Apart Webquest – “Shooting an Elephant”

Here is the webquest document: Things Fall Apart Webquest.

Let me know if you have any trouble.  Both questions and webquest are due tomorrow.

Back to School Night

Back to School Night is tonight from 5:30-8.  I hope to see everyone there.

English II– We are in the middle of our African Short Story unit.  We are completing our Vocabulary 3 list today and also, finishing our “Scribbling the Cat” questions. We start a new story today called “Looking for a Rain God” and we have to answer 2 out of 4 questions about the story.

Pre-AP English II- We have just finished the last of our African Short stories and are moving onto our pre-reading activities for Things Fall Apart.  We will discuss “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell and analyze it in class looking at metaphor, irony, and tone.  Next, we will read a poem by Yeats called “The Second Coming” as well as complete a webquest for the novel.  We will begin reading this weekend.

English III- We are enthralled in The Crucible.  Be working on your study guides.  Today, we will be talking about McCarthyism and compare and contrast what was going on in the 1950s to what was going on in Salem.


Important dates:

SRI testing Septmebter 25 and 26th

PLAN exam – October 9th

PSAT – October 17th

2012-2013 School Year

Welcome back, everyone!  I hope you had a nice, relaxing summer. More importantly, I hope you have done your summer reading.  Here are the summer reading assignments for the 2012-2013 school year:

Required reading for all juniors –

Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy

Required reading for all sophomores –

A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

Now there has been some controversy over the novel we chose for the Junior summer reading. Here is the English Department’s rationale statement for our summer reading selection:

The novel The Lords of Discipline was selected by the BTW English Department as the summer reading for 2012 for the primary reason that the author, Pat Conroy, is scheduled to open the Tulsa Town Hall’s 78th Season September 21st, and students who read the novel will be able to attend this session.  The novel was specifically selected because of its bold conflict of tradition vs. progress set in the South in the turbulent wake of the Vietnam War. This novel addresses the harsh realities of both hazing and racism in the 1960s. However, some readers may find the frank portrayal of these events in the novel objectionable.

In light of expressed concerns, the BTW English department would like to offer the alternative summer reading assignment of A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines for on level junior students. If students elect to read A Lesson Before Dying, summer reading examinations will take place September 21st.  If students elect to read The Lords of Discipline, summer reading examinations will take place August 24thThe Lords of Discipline is required reading for AP juniors since this work will be connected to other works of literature in class.

I am looking forward to the new school year and meeting all my new students! It should be a wonderful year.  Please let me know if you have any questions about the summer reading.

Parent/ Teacher conferences

Hello Parents!  Just a reminder about Parent/ Teacher conferences tonight and Monday.  They are from 4:30-8 pm.  I will be a little late this evening since I have to attend my own daughter’s conference as well. I should be there around 5ish.  I will be there the whole time on Monday.  If you can’t make the conferences, feel free to email me about your student’s progress. My email is  See you tonight or Monday.

Ending of The Metamorphosis and Othello

Pre-AP-  We finish The Metamorphosis this week and are testing on Monday.  Don’t forget to work  on those study guides.  I will be going over existentialism to help you with your study guide

English II-  We finish Othello.  I am so proud of you all for getting through Shakespeare.  He can be tough sometimes.  We will finish the movie today and continue to work on the study guide which is due on Monday, the same day as the test.

For both classes,  we start our Unsolved Mysteries Research paper. This will be a three week chunk of time where I will take you through the process of research, note cards, works cited, parenthetical citation,  the evils of plagiarism, and synthesizing your opinion with your research.