March 26

March 30 – April 10

Think About it Thursday:  Choose two of the following quotes and write a paragraph response for each in a Google Doc (titled:  Last Name – Think About it Thursday) which you share with me or an email which you send to me. ([email protected])

“Writers and travelers are mesmerized alike by knowing of their destination.” Eudora Welty (April 13, 1909 – July 23, 2001) was an American short story writer and novelist who wrote about the American South. Her novel The Optimist’s Daughter won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973. Welty received numerous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Order of the South.

My thoughts are stars that I can’t fathom into constellations.” John Green (born August 24, 1977) is an American author and YouTube content creator. He won the 2006 Printz Award for his debut novel, Looking for Alaska, and his fourth solo novel, The Fault in Our Stars, debuted at number one on The New York Times Best Seller list in January 2012.

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget the way you made them feel.” Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) Throughout her life, she worked as a civil rights activist, poet, and award-winning author. She is the first African American woman to write a best-selling nonfiction book. She is most known for her memoir, Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Literary Term of the Week:  The new chart for the 4th quarter literary terms will be in the Google Classroom.  I will share the new terms and their definitions in the lesson plans posted on my blog.  If you would like to participate in extra credit, find an example of the terms in literature and email them to me along with the title and author of the work in which you found the terms.

  1. Paradox:  a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained may prove to be well founded or true.
  2. Pathos:  a rhetorical device (technique that an author uses to convey to the audience a meaning with the goal of persuading them) which appeals to the emotions of the audience and elicits feelings that already reside in them. 

SAT Vocabulary:  It is time for list 8.  The list has some modified instructions since we are online.  Let me know what questions you may have. Flashcards are due Friday the 3rd; test will be Friday the 10th. The test will be a Google Form.  If this will pose a problem for you, please let me know. 

Literature:  Read the following short stories through CommonLit:  “The Storyteller” by Saki and “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant.  Instead of answering the questions through that website, choose three different tasks for each story from the Choice Board.  There are twelve tasks provided, and you will complete six of them (three for each story). 

SSR/Book Talk Reading:  Please spend at least 30 minutes each week reading.  We will have Book Talks in May even if we have to use flipgrid once again.  You need to be reading! I will find a solution to my Read Aloud idea, so be watching!

I miss you all very much! Be well and wash your hands!

March 25

For Pre-AP Students Only

Pre-AP English I

I sent the following Remind message out this morning. Please join if you have not yet done that.

“Beginning next week, we will be doing Think About it Thursday journals digitally. This means that I still need quotes. If you were assigned last week or this week, get those to me today. Moving forward, quotes are due to me by Wednesday of each week. I need to have them to Mrs. Jennings on Thursdays for hard copy packets to be ready by Friday. MISS YOU ALL!”

Please check the Think About it Thursday quote schedule posted here in the Google Classroom. You do receive a grade for providing a quote at your assigned week.

March 22

Read Along Update

It seems my videos are not loading for you to be able to read along with me through Harry Potter The Sorcerer’s Stone.  I’m recording and uploading exactly like I did with Night, so I’m not sure of the problem.  I am going to try something different and hope to begin again tomorrow.  Be watching for a new post of chapters 1 and 2.

Keep your fingers crossed and your hands washed! I miss y’all!

March 20

Book Talk Read Along

I will be reading a chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone each day through April 5th. Please read along with me – the video is in the Google Classroom and the complete text is posted in both places). When we return to school, you will be ready to do your book talk with me over this novel. The book and the movie are not the same.

Enjoy one of my favorite series with me!

March 16

March 16 – 27

Hello, my sweet freshmen!! I would like to start off by saying how very proud I am of your success on our EOC Benchmark!! 94% of you passed, and 22% were at the Masters Standards level!! I am very proud of you all!  Typically, we would spend the next several weeks focusing on our weak areas and doing some one-on-one strategy sessions gearing up for the actual EOC; however, Governor Abbott has cancelled all STAAR tests this year.  🙂 Don’t cheer too loudly!

When we get back together at the end of the month, we will read and write some poetry before beginning our study of Shakespeare and Romeo and Juliet! It is a great way to round out the school year!

For the next couple of weeks, I want you to read! You will have a Book Talk in May, so take advantage of this time.  Find a book…the Longview library is open! Kindle Unlimited is offering a two-week free trial, so you can read online FREE! 🙂 Read! Read! Read!

Also, there are two passages posted in the Google Classroom for you to read and respond to through multiple choice questions as well as short answers.  These are “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “Life Isn’t Fair – Deal with It” by Mike Myatt.

Next week, there will be a Flipgrid posted in the Classroom for you to upload a video chronicling how you spent this week. It will be fun seeing your faces, hearing your voices, and sharing our experiences of social distancing! Be watching for it!

Read! Read! Read! and Wash your hands!