November 20th, 2018

November 19 – 26

  1. Review Poetry Terms
  2. Poetry Group and Class work – Working in discussion groups, students created individual class work assignments following these instructions:
    1. “Ex-Basketball Player” pg 776 , “Those Winter Sundays” pg 256, “The Gift” pg 254, “The Fish” pg 796, “Mending Wall” pg 890
      1. For class work, write down the title and page of each poem, and then write a brief description of the poem.
      2. Write one theme for each poem.
      3. Identify at least four devices the poet used in each poem. For example, John Updike uses personification in the poem “Ex-Basketball Player,” so you should write,
        1. Personification – “Their rubber elbows hanging loose and low” (9).



November 14th, 2018

November 14/15

  1. Complete Subjects, Verbs, and Complements CW (see post for November 9-13)
  2. Define Poetry Terms in notes
    1. Use the reference section of the Literature textbook (R102 – 114), to define these terms:
      1. Alliteration
      2. Analogy
      3. Blank Verse
      4. Diction
      5. Free Verse
      6. Hyperbole
      7. Iambic Pentameter
      8. Imagery
      9. Lyric poetry
      10. Metaphor
      11. Meter
      12. Mood
      13. Narrative Poetry
      14. Personification
      15. Refrain
      16. Simile
      17. Speaker
      18. Stanza
      19. Tone
      20. Voice

November 13th, 2018

November 9-13

  1. Subjects, Verbs, and Complements
    1. Subjects
      1. Find the verb, and then ask “who” or “what” before the verb.
      2. The subject is NEVER in a prepositional phrase.
        1. Ex/ Many of the students were surprised!
          1. The subject is many.
        2. “You” is sometimes the understood subject.
          1. Ex/ Take out the trash!
          2. The subject is “You”
        3. The words “here” or “there” are never the subject of a sentence.
          1. Ex/ There are many flowers in the yard.
          2. The subject is flowers.
    2. Verbs
        1. Action verbs show physical or mental actions.
        2. Linking verbs link a subject to a word or word group that identifies or describes the subject.
        3. Transitive verbs have objects.
          1. All transitive verbs are action verbs; not all action verbs are transitive!
        4. Intransitive verbs have no objects.
          1. Linking verbs are always intransitive.
        5. Common helping verbs are forms of to be, to do, to have, and modals like may, might, must, and should.
    3. Complements complete the meaning of action or linking verbs. They answer “who” or “what” after the verb.
      1. Action Verbs may have direct and indirect objects.
        1. The indirect object will always appear between the verb and the direct object.
          1. Ex/ I gave her some money.
          2. I threw him the ball.
        2. A direct object (DO) answers “who” or “what” after the action verb.
        3. An indirect object (IO) answers “to whom” or “to what” after the verb. The IO always appears between the verb and the DO.
      2. Linking verbs may be completed by a predicate nominative or a predicate adjective.
        1. Ex/ Mr. O’Leary is the principal.
        2. Ex/ Mrs. Bibbo seems nice.
      3. A predicate nominative (PN) is a noun or pronoun that describes the subject.
      4. A predicate adjective (PA) is an adjective that describes the subject.
    4. Class work – Subjects, Verbs, and Complements
      1. Double space. Label S, HV, AV, LV, IO, DO, PA, PN
        1. Horatio may have given his sister a cold.
        2. The medicine for the cold tastes awful.
        3. Jasmine’s mother is a talented doctor.
        4. Anna seems better today.
        5. Perry carefully taught me guitar lessons.
        6. I became a professional singer when I was very young.
        7. On weekends, my wife always feeds me breakfast.
        8. I have grown tired of grammar.
        9. George Washington became the first president of the United States.
        10. Miller, our neighbor, grew tall tomato plants this summer.



November 8th, 2018

November 7-8

  1. Nine-week Formal Essay – This essay will count as a quiz grade on the second marking period. It is a prompt from downtown to test your writing and organization skills.

November 5th, 2018

November 2-5


  1. Finish Literary Criticism Final Draft in Google Classroom

November 5th, 2018

October 31/ November 1

  1. Parts of Speech Quiz
  2. Begin Literary Criticism Final Draft in Google Classroom

October 30th, 2018

October 29/30

  1. Finish Literary Criticism Rough Draft
  2. Review Parts of Speech Homework
  3. Study for Parts of Speech quiz which will be given next class

October 25th, 2018

October 25/26

  1. Homework is due
  2. Using quotes from stories
    1. Quotes from a story cannot stand alone in your essay as a sentence. You must use quotes as support for the sentence you are writing:
      1. Quote: “She’d probably be backward enough to put them to everyday use.”
      2. Using a quote to support a point: Dee is stubborn in her views about preserving the quilts. She complained to her mother that Maggie would “probably be backward enough to put them to everyday use.”
      3. Quote: “God knows I been saving ‘em for long enough with nobody using ‘em. I hope she will!”
      4. Using a quote to support a point: Mama Johnson thought the quilts should be used by someone. She said to Dee, “God knows I been saving ‘em for long enough with nobody using ‘em. I hope she will!”
  1. Literary Criticism Rough Draft
    1. Follow the outline.
    2. Double-space the rough draft.
    3. Indent the beginning of each paragraph.
    4. Each paragraph should be at least six sentences long.
    5. Write in a formal voice.

October 23rd, 2018

October 23/24

  1. Short –Story Test II
  2. Literary Criticism Pre-Writes – Students finished the assignment.
  3. Parts of Speech Homework –
    1. Double –space the following sentences and label each word.
      1. When the small monkey and the white cat played outside, they fell in the extremely dirty water!
      2. Wow! Sixty-thousand people visit Disney World daily, but the lines usually move very quickly.

October 22nd, 2018

October 19/22

  1. Parts of Speech review and class work – Complete this worksheet: Practice Sentences for Parts of Speech 1
  2. Review Short-Story Test – See me if you missed this review.
  3. Short –Story Test II Next Class

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