Friday, February 23, 2018

Compare your storyboard to the film

Goal: Comparing the film version of Cask of Amontillado to the story board you made.

Student Survey
Comparative paragraph

Student Survey: 
Some PLHS students are interested in your experience. They would appreciate you completing their anonymous survey. Click HERE to help them with their research.

Comparing your storyboard to the film: 

  • Yesterday you watched the film version of Cask of Amontillado. 
  • Open your English Journal. 
  • Write a compare contrast paragraph about the film and the storyboard you made. 
  • Here is the PROMPT for your compare contrast paragraph. 
  • Today is the last day to post your #7 book review for full credit. You can still post it later, but your score will be a little lower. 
  • Return your class choice cards, signed. 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Watching "Cask of Amontillado"

Goal: Understanding "Cask of Amontillado" even better by watching a film version.

Watching "Cask of Amontillado"

Watching "Cask of Amontillado"

  • There is a pretty good film version that might help some of you with comprehension.
  • Watch how the filmmakers create mood with the setting, lighting, and dramatic music.
  • Take notes in your English Journal. 
  • How is the film we watched similar or different from your storyboard? 


  • Keep reading. You should be on book #8. Which reading challenge are you working on? 
  • Don't forget to post your review on book #7 HERE.  (Do it by Friday for full credit.)
  • Return your class choices card, signed. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Book Reviews, Reading Progress, Yearbook Questions, and Storyboards

Goals: Spoken book reviews.

Agenda (Wow we have a lot to on our plate today.)
Reading progress update
Review of Book #7
Yearbook Questions
Work on storyboards

1. Reading Progress Update:
  • Complete the READING PROGRESS FORM about your current book, which should be #7 or #8. Update the list in your planner too. 
2. Review of Book #7:  I told you for your review of #7 you would be talking about your book. 
  • Tell us about the book you read for #7. Including the title. 
  • Be sure to say what the book was about, how it challenged you, and who you think would like it. 
  • Avoid major spoilers, but include your thoughts about the message the author was sending.  
  • It's great to include your opinion, but save that for the end.
  • You may want to write down some notes before you start. 
  • You have 90 seconds. (You don't need to say your name.)
  • Click HERE and record your review. You have 90 seconds. 
  • Click the + button to start. 
  • These videos are moderated, so a teacher will review your work before it goes live on the grid. 
3. Yearbook Questions: 
The yearbook staff wants to know more about YOU! Click HERE and answer their questions. 

4. Work on Storyboards: 
yesterday you started working on a storyboard for Cask of Amontillado. Keep working on that. Finish by tomorrow. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Storyboards for Cask of Amontillado

Review language of film
Storyboard project

Return your class choice cards: 
You know the green ones that you got signed. Turn those in.

You should be done with book #7 today. Be prepared to talk about it tomorrow. If you can bring the book to class tomorrow that will really help you too.

Review Language of Film:
Open your English Journal
Last week we began looking at some of the symbolic things filmmakers do in their creations.
We will finish those notes today.

Before making a film directors do something called storyboarding.
This means they plan out what will be in each shot of their film.
You are going to make a partial storyboard for "Cask of Amontillado."
I have paper copies if you prefer. OR you can get the digital version HERE.
Finish your storyboard by Thursday.

Keep reading.
Return you choice card asap.
Keep working on your storyboard.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

In order to create a more informed and educated citizenry

Goal: Understanding what the 2nd amendment is and how it impacts our lives.


Note: I can't teach "normal" curriculum today and pretend that 17 students just like you were not murdered yesterday in a school just like ours. We need to know more. We need to do more.

The 2nd Amendment to to Constitution of the United States says that:
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

Learn more:

  • These materials are provided via a district resource of pro/con issues.
  • Read more HERE.  (Note, you may have trouble accessing these resources from off campus because they are provided through a district resource. I'll share the password you need in a Google Classroom announcement.) 
  • Read something from "viewpoint 1" and something from "viewpoint 2"
  • The goal is to make yourself more informed about these issues.

In your English Journal write about what you just read. Include the title of the articles you read and include your thoughts about the viewpoints you read.

Read this weekend.
Return the card the counselors gave you yesterday. Get it signed.
Do something fun.