Monday, December 16, 2013

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Dear Junior Honors Kids,

If you missed class today, we completed the following:

1. We reviewed assignments due next week, such as the final 1/3 to your memoir assignment, which is due on THURSDAY. ACT 3 quiz will also take place on TUESDAY. Each student received a review sheet highlighting significant quotes and their corresponding quotes. This is also due on TUESDAY..

2. We then proceeded to act out ACT 3...SO WELL DONE!

3. We then discussed the possible areas in ACT 3 that could be identified as the CLIMAX. These are the three lines we felt highlighted the CLIMAX:
"NO!" (Elizabeth)
"You are the Devil's man. I go your way no more." (Mary Warren)
'I say... I say GOD is dead." (John Proctor)

4. We also reviewed WHY each of the above sections could be justified as the CLIMAX.
5. This was beneficial, as you will be given the opportunity to write an introductory and body paragraph as part of your ACT 3 QUIZ on Tuesday!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Dear Juniors,

I have included the body paragraph for you below that we wrote in relationship to the "hysteria theme topic." I hope this helps.

2. We started reading ACT 3

In Arthur Miller’s, The Crucible, many universal and relevant themes exist. One such theme pertains to the topic of hysteria. Hysteria enables the people of Salem to view illogical behavior as acceptable, in that their neighbors,  whom they have always considered upstanding citizens, are now committing absurd and unbelievable crimes, such as killing babies and consorting with the devil. The characters of Samuel Parris, Mary Warren, and Abigail Williams accept and become actively involved in the hysterical climate, because it gives them the power to act on grudges and repressed feeling

1. Article #4 entitled "Paying the Price for her Silence" is due on FRIDAY!
2. We changed the due date for "DESK TOP TEACHING" to Wednesday, January 8th!
3. Remember that the final 1/3 for your memoir text is due on the 19th

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Dear Juniors,
If you missed class on Tuesday, we completed the following:
1. Students were introduced to a new assignment entitled "HELL, FIRE and DAMNATION SERMON." I have posted a copy of the assignment below. THIS IS DUE ON THURSDAY!

2. We completed reading ACT 2....Well done, Austin, Jessie, Natasha, Eli, and Roger

. An explanation was given regarding your "Hell, Fire and Damnation Sermon" which is due on Tuesday, December 7th. I have included a copy of the assignment for you below. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Hell, Fire, and Damnation….
DUE DATE:________________
Now that you have a greater concept of the Puritan’s strict code, and Rev. Parris’ verbal abuse toward his congregation (hell, hell, and more hell), it is time for you to write your own “Hell, Fire, and Damnation” sermon. You may choose to have your sermon follow a 1692 Puritan theme, or it may follow a 21st century theme where you discuss aspects of your modern culture which you, as the preacher, feel will bring mankind closer to hell. Below, you will find two examples of past sermons. The first one is more of a modern day version, and the second follows the Puritan code. When I’ve given this assignment in the past, some of my students have chosen to mock aspects in our society that they believe would bring us towards “Hell.” If you want to make fun of something go ahead and do so
Example #1
            The gapes of hell are beckoning you, for you have sinned and the wrath of God echoes through the halls of Timpanogos High School. He will seek to destruction if you do not change your licentious and carnal ways. Cursed be your name, as you have afflicted a public display of affection upon the innocent. The na├»ve eyes of the innocent victims, see you touch, kiss and caress in the halls, thus causing God to boil with rage. Learn self-control, young sinners, or the Fiend will continue to taunt and tease you with lustful ways. Your evil thoughts must be removed. It is not wise to know your fellow classmates as you do. Gather the strength in yourself and reach out to heaven, or God will cut off your hand if you reach for your “lover” in the halls again, and force you to take an endless ice cold shower.  You must control your desires. This is your crucible, your test, to prove to god that you can overcome such a weakness. Search for the light of God. If not, Lucifer will drag you down to his fiery chaotic realm, where you will have a “red light” placed above your head forever.
Example #2
            The pit is prepared, the fire is made ready, the furnace is now hot ready to receive them who have altered from the path of the Lord. The flames of hell now rage and glow with excitement, as they await the unjust. You have the power to be forgiven and repent. Christ has thrown the door of mercy wide open, and stands at the door calling and crying with a loud voice to poor sinners; a say where many are flocking to him, and pressing into the kingdom of God. Many are daily coming from the east, west, north, and south; many that were very lately in the same miserable condition that you are in, are now in a happy state, with their hearts filled with love to him who has loved them, and washed them from their sins in his own blood, and rejoicing in hope of the glory of God. How awful is it to be left behind at such a day! To see so many others feasting, while you are perishing. If you do not come unto him, God will hold you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider, or some loathsome insect if the fire. Therefore, let everyone that is of Christ, awake and fly toward the redeemer before the fires of Hell burn your soul.
1.Your sermon must be TYPED, DOUBLE SPACED, using 12 POINT.
2. Your sermon should be at least ¾ in length.
3. Please structure your paper using MLA format.
4. You may use PASSIVE voice for this assignment as it is not an academic essay.
5. You must include one connection to The Crucible.  Please identify the connection with italicized/bold type.
6. You must include a minimum of TEN vocabulary words in your “sermon.” Please identify the vocabulary words through underlined/bold type.
2. We completed reading Act 2!

1. Your sermon is due on THURSDAY! 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Dear Juniors,
LOVE YOUR GUTS! If you missed class, this is what we accomplished;

1. We completed reading Act 1 and we obtained all the quotes for each theme. PLEASE visit with one of your peers regarding the quotes.

2. We watched the end of Act 1

1. Study for Act 1 ...Check out the questions below for your practice quiz.

What to anticipate for the "quest"........
1. Character identification via descriptive sentences (no name back will be provided)
2. Character identification via quotes (who is speaking and who is being referred to within the text)
3. Theme identification and an explanation as to why the text constitute a particular theme
4. Well-written body paragraph based upon a chosen prompt.

PRACTICE QUIZ: For each question correctly answered on the practice quiz, 1/2 point of extra-credit will be added to your official quiz score.
Directions: Identify the speaker for the following quotes.

1."Goody Proctor is a gossiping liar." _________________
2. "What constitutes the reading of strange books, Mr. Hale?" _______________
3. "Here is the invisible world. In this book, the Devil stands stripped of all his brute disguises."
4. "Why am I constantly persecuted here? I am not use to this poverty. I left a thifty business in the Barbados." _________________
5. "I think she'll wake when she tires of it." ________________
6. "That tract is in my bounds. My bounds, sir. It stands clear in my grandfather's will that everything from the north pasture on wards is......" ___________________
7. "Witchery is a hang'in error like they done in Boston two year ago. We'll only be whipped for the danc'in." ________________
8. "I know it, sir. I sent my child--she should learn from Tituba who murdered her sisters." __________
9. "The Devil is precise; the marks of his presence are definite as stone, and I must tell you all that I shall not proceed unless you are prepared to believe me." ________________
10. "Abby, put it out of mind. I'll not be coming for you more." _____________________

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Tuesday, November 11, 2013

We completed the following today in class:

1. Journal #3: "Crucible: Why Innocent People Confess to Crimes"
Please divide your paper horizontally into two sections. Please label each section in the following way: Part1 and Part 2

Part 1: Please respond to the following question. In three to four sentences identify how the article entitled "Why Innocent People Confess to Crimes" relate to events within The Crucible. I realize that you haven't completed ACT 1 of the play; however, you know enough from our class discussions that you can fully answer the above question.

Part 2: What questions did you ask? I know that you were able to use all the colors.  Please indicate the questions you asked for Part 2.

2. We then continued with reading ACT 1 of the drama. While reading, students were asked to identify character quotes that pertain to each of the four theme topics.

3. We then viewed a section of ACT 1 from the film.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Dear Juniors,
If you missed class, we completed the following:

1. Each student worked in their "Book Club" groups, and then submitted the first assessment for the book club reading. If you missed class, please have this ready to submit at the beginning of class on Tuesday.

2. We then reviewed regarding the introductory information regarding the Puritan culture. Each student was given two options from which to choose for their quiz. If you missed, then plan on attending a flex session in order to take the quiz.

3. We then started discussing the characters within The Crucible. Please obtain this information from another student.

Oleg, Roger, Marjorie, Kenya and Jose,
Please stop by and visit with me, so we can discuss what you missed.

1. Keep reading your book,

Monday, October 14, 2013

Thursday, October 7th, 2013

Dear Juniors,

If you missed class, we completed the following:

1. Each student submitted their three body paragraphs in relationship to questions developed for chapters 1-3 of Turn of the Screw.  Everyone indicated that they felt their writing was improving, but that they still needed assistance with topic sentences. We will continue to work on topic sentences.

2. Students were then introduced to a group assignment involving Turn of the Screw. Each group randomly selected three chapters from the novella that they in turn were assigned to teach  the class. Hector and Pavel, you were absent when this was assigned, and I am having a hard time loading the PDF for the file, so when I see you on Tuesday, you can collect the handout. The students that were assigned chapters 4-6 and 7-9 will be presenting on Tuesday, so you can observe their presentations. Please plan on staying after class, so we can discuss your assignment.

Please read chapters 4-6 and 7-9 of Turn of the Screw. Develop questions for both sets of chapters for Tuesday.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Dear Juniors,

If you missed class, we completed the following"

1. Journal Entry #6 Gothic Characteristics in The Changling. Students watched a clip from a Gothic horror film entitled "The Changling." They were asked to identify all the characteristics associated with the Gothic genre while watching the clip.

Chapters 1-3 of Turn of the Screw

2. Students were asked to share their questions regarding Chapters 1-3 of TURN OF THE SCREW with their peer groups. From those questions they were asked to select three and respond to each one in the from of a body paragraph. Please see the assignment explanation below. The body paragraphs are due on Tuesday!

Response to Turn of the Screw Questions (Chapters 1-3)
Due Date: ______________________________ (three body paragraphs)
Explanation: Questioning is one of the most effective ways to appreciate a literary work, as doing so gives one the opportunity to explore the text and develop deeper insights into the author’s choices.
Assignment: For today you should have come prepared with questions you developed for chapters 1-3 of Turn of the Screw. You will share and discuss your questions with each other. You will select TWO questions created by other students in your group. You should not select questions that you developed, nor questions that are similar to those you created. Once you have made your selection, you should answer the questions through textual support. You will respond to your questions by writing a body paragraph for each response.
Compulsory:  You must also select ONE of the following questions and include a solid response in the form of a body paragraph.
1.      What is the master’s reasoning in asking the governess to “never trouble him—but never, never, neither appeal nor complain nor write about anything; only meet all questions herself?”
2.      What are the governess’s impressions of Flora? What descriptions imply that there is something otherworldly about the little girl?
3.      Ms. Grose, the house keeper, seems to be holding something back when she converses with the governess about Miles, particularly in relationship to Miles and the previous governess. What might she be hiding, and why not tell the new governess of her concerns?
4.      Henry James characterizes the governess as being lonely and possessing some anxiety. Which details give the reader a sense of these traits, and why are they so important to the governess’s character?



1. Continue reading your "Reading Record" book.
2. Body paragraphs are due on Tuesday for chapter 1-3 questions.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Dear Juniors,

If you missed class, we completed the following:

1. Each student received a copy of AW #5 entitled "Does the Constitution have a heart for Boobies?" Due on Thursday, September 26th.....all colors...3-5 first page, 2-3 second

2. We also discussed AW #4 about Dallas Weins.

3. Students were given a copy of the BOOK LIST for AP English, and asked to select a book from the list for their first book report. Students must have chosen the book by THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th, and have a copy with them in class on that day.

4. We also read a short story by Ernest Hemingway entitled "Hills Like White Elephants" (see below) and a poem by Margaret Atwood entitled "You fit into me" (see below).

Book Report

Works must come from the reading list but cannot include Turn of the Screw, Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Great Gatsby, The Crucible, The Glass Menagerie,  nor any work that was covered in your 10th grade English class.  It would be best, in fact, to pre-approve your choice with me.
1st Term Literature Report Requirements:
  • Pick a work by an American author (the reading list was given to you in class).
  • Book reports must be typed in MLA format with appropriate headings and sub-headings.  Your writing should be formal in quality and in academic voice.
  • Make sure you proofread your work.
  • Include the following under separate headings:
  1. Title and author of the book, a brief explanation of why this book was chosen, and the date (year) the book was written or first published.
  2. Genre (biography, history, action, romance, horror, crime, drama, etc.).
  3. One paragraph argument that the author is American.  Include evidence and support from your research of the author’s life, content, or style.
  4. A two-paragraph summary of the book, and what you learned from the reading
  5. A one sentence summary of the theme of the book (the main idea the author is trying to express).
  6. A list of at least five “golden passages” from your book.  Each quote should be accompanied by a paragraph explicating the quote, its context in the book, and its relationship to the theme that you summarized above.
  7. A complete Reading Record (see below) for this book.

    Reading Record

    (Your best bet is to copy the following text and paste it into Word.)

    Name of Work________________________________________________________________________________
    Author______________________________________________ Genre_______________________________
    Author’s Time Period_____________________ Form (Poetry, Prose, Fiction, Non-Fiction, . . .)_______________
    Time Period of Work/Setting ____________________________________________________________________
    Key Characters (if applicable -- Include a brief description of their personality traits and function, e.g., protagonist,
    antagonist, foil, confidante, stereotype)
    _______________________ _______________________________________________________________
    _______________________ _______________________________________________________________
    _______________________ _______________________________________________________________
    _______________________ _______________________________________________________________
    _______________________ _______________________________________________________________
    One paragraph plot outline (keep it simple)
    List possible symbols (approx. two major and support ideas)
    Subject (topic): ________________________________________________________________________________
    Theme(s) (what do you think the text says about the subject? Include possible support ideas -- why do you think
    that? Justify your interpretation):
    Other noteworthy elements, e.g., tone or mood (satirical, ironic), point of view, important quotation(s),
    Other works by this author (one or two): _______________________________________________________

    This book report is due on OCTOBER  17th This assignment is “long term” and WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED LATE unless arrangements are made with me IN ADVANCE. I'm obviously SERIOUS about that. Can't you TELL by my OVERUSE of CAPITAL LETTERS?

    "Hills Like White Elephants" by Ernest Hemingway

    The hills across the valley of the Ebro were long and white. On this side there was no shade and
    no trees and the station was between two lines of rails in the sun. Close against the side of the
    station there
    was the warm shadow of the building and a
    , made of strings of bamboo
    beads, hung across the open door into the bar, to keep out flies. The American and the girl with
    him sat at a table in the shade, outsid
    e the building. It was very hot and the express from
    Barcelona would come in forty minutes. It stopped at this junction for two minutes and went to
    ‘What should we drink?’ the girl asked. She had taken off her hat and put it on the table.
    ‘It’s pre
    tty hot,’ the man said.
    ‘Let’s drink beer.’
    ‘Dos cervezas,’ the man said into the curtain.
    ‘Big ones?’ a woman asked from the doorway.
    ‘Yes. Two big ones.’
    The woman brought two glasses of beer and two felt pads. She put the felt pads and the beer
    glass on
    the table and looked at the man and the girl. The girl was looking off at the line of hills.
    They were white in the sun and the country was
    and dry.
    ‘They look l
    ike white elephants,’ she said.
    ‘I’ve never seen one,’ the man drank his beer.
    ‘No, you wouldn’t have.’
    ‘I might have,’ the man said. ‘Just because you say I wouldn’t have doesn’t prove anything.’
    The girl looked at the bead curtain. ‘They’ve painted somet
    hing on it,’ she said. ‘What does it
    ‘Anis del Toro. It’s a drink.’
    ‘Could we try it?’
    The man called ‘Listen’ through the curtain. The woman came out from the bar.
    ‘Four reales.’ ‘We want two Anis del Toro.’
    ‘With water?’
    ‘Do you want it with water?
    ‘I don’t know,’ the girl said. ‘Is it good with water?’
    ‘It’s all right.’
    ‘You want them with water?’ asked the woman.
    ‘Yes, with water.’
    ‘It tastes like liquorice,’ the girl said and put the glass down.
    ‘That’s the way with everything.’
    ‘Yes,’ said the
    girl. ‘Everything tastes of liquorice. Especially all the things you’ve waited so
    long for, like absinthe.’
    ‘Oh, cut it out.’
    ‘You started it,’ the girl said. ‘I was being amused. I was having a fine time.’
    ‘Well, let’s try and have a fine time.’
    ‘All righ
    t. I was trying. I said the mountains looked like white elephants. Wasn’t that bright?’
    ‘That was bright.’
    ‘I wanted to try this new drink. That’s all we do, isn’t it
    look at things and try new drinks?’
    ‘I guess so.’
    The girl looked across at the hills.

    ‘They’re lovely hills,’ she said. ‘They don’t really look like white elephants. I just meant the
    colouring of their skin through the trees.’
    ‘Should we have another drink?’
    ‘All right.’
    The warm wind blew the bead curtain against the table.
    ‘The beer’s nic
    e and cool,’ the man said.
    ‘It’s lovely,’ the girl said.
    ‘It’s really an awfully simple operation, Jig,’ the man said. ‘It’s not really an operation at all.’
    The girl looked at the ground the table legs rested on.
    ‘I know you wouldn’t mind it, Jig. It’s re
    ally not anything. It’s just to let the air in.’
    The girl did not say anything.
    ‘I’ll go with you and I’ll stay with you all the time. They just let the air in and then it’s all
    perfectly natural.’
    ‘Then what will we do afterwards?’
    ‘We’ll be fine afterwar
    ds. Just like we were before.’
    ‘What makes you think so?’
    ‘That’s the only thing that bothers us. It’s the only thing that’s made us unhappy.’
    The girl looked at the bead curtain, put her hand out and took hold of two of the strings of beads.
    ‘And you thin
    k then we’ll be all right and be happy.’
    ‘I know we will. Yon don’t have to be afraid. I’ve known lots of people that have done it.’
    ‘So have I,’ said the girl. ‘And afterwards they were all so happy.’
    ‘Well,’ the man said, ‘if you don’t want to you don’t
    have to. I wouldn’t have you do it if you
    didn’t want to. But I know it’s perfectly simple.’
    ‘And you really want to?’
    ‘I think it’s the best thing to do. But I don’t want you to do it if you don’t really want to.’
    ‘And if I do it you’ll be happy and thing
    s will be like they were and you’ll love me?’
    ‘I love you now. You know I love you.’
    ‘I know. But if I do it, then it will be nice again if I say things are like white elephants, and you’ll
    like it?’
    ‘I’ll love it. I love it now but I just can’t think abou
    t it. You know how I get when I worry.’
    ‘If I do it you won’t ever worry?’
    ‘I won’t worry about that because it’s perfectly simple.’
    ‘Then I’ll do it. Because I don’t care about me.’
    ‘What do you mean?’
    ‘I don’t care about me.’
    ‘Well, I care about you.’
    h, yes. But I don’t care about me. And I’ll do it and then everything will be fine.’
    ‘I don’t want you to do it if you feel that way.’
    The girl stood up and walked to the end of the station. Across, on the other side, were fields of
    grain and trees along t
    he banks of the Ebro. Far away, beyond the river, were mountains. The
    shadow of a cloud moved across the field of grain and she saw the river through the trees.
    ‘And we could have all this,’ she said. ‘And we could have everything and every day we make it
    more impossible.’
    ‘What did you say?’
    ‘I said we could have everything.’
    ‘We can have everything.’

    You fit into me
    like a hook into an eye

    a fish hook
    an open eye
    Margaret Atwood

    1. Analyze two of the four works reviewed and discussed today("Hills Like White Elephants," "Metaphors," "Wife's Story," and "You fit Into Me").for Tuesday, September 24th.
    2. AW #5 is due on Thursday, the 26th
    3. Select and locate your chosen book for your first book report due Thursday, the 26th.

    The following topic sentences/body sentences were written in class to assist you with your analysis.

           Ursula K. LeGuinn effectively manipulates her audience in “The Wife’s Story,” by using the literary tool of situational irony to create an unexpected turn of events.

           Sylvia Plath’s poem, “Metaphors,” uses rich metaphorical riddles to thoroughly describe her state of pregnancy.

    Ernest Hemingway ‘s use of the Iceberg Theory in his short story, “Hills Like White Elephants,” assists the reader in making strong inferences regarding the text; consequently,  causing them to explore and interpret  Hemingway’s words with greater clarity.

           In the short poem, “You Fit Into Me,” Margaret Atwood effectively addresses the shift from love to contention through symbolic imagery.