Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Viewing Night of the Hunter: Day 2

Goals: Review day 1, and continue taking our notes on irony, mood, and theme in the film.

Review notes from yesterday
Watch part two.

I am reshowing part 1 at lunch today. You are welcome to bring your food and watch it again.
Keep reading at home.

Writer's Conference for high school students. 
Saturday March 11th, free, check out the schedule HERE

Monday, February 27, 2017

Viewing Night of the Hunter: Day 1

Goal: Watch the first 30 minutes of Night of the Hunter while making notes about items related to the theme, mood and irony in the film.

Note set up
Things to watch for
Film viewing

How could you organize your notes to look for theme, mood and irony before we begin watching the film?
  1. Open your English journal and set up a note taking system for yourself. 
  2. As we watch the film make a note of any irony you see. 
  3. Look for settings, or shots the reflect various moods in the film. 
  4. See if you can spot a reference to the theme near the very beginning. (It is also a religious reference.)
Cinematic techniques to look for: 
  • Examples of irony, especially verbal irony
  • Religious symbols or references
  • Canted angles and dramatic lighting
  • High and low angle shots
  • Foreshadowing: clues something is coming
Come at lunch tomorrow. I'll be re-showing the first thirty minutes of the film. 

Review your notes, remind yourself what you saw in the film. 
Read your independent reading book. Aim for 20-30 pages per day. (That's 10-15 in class and 10-15 at home. You can do it.)

Writer's Conference for high school students. 
Saturday March 11th, free, check out the schedule HERE

Friday, February 24, 2017

Language of Film

Goal: Review vocabulary for film and make sure you are caught up.

Check in
Film vocabulary

Check in:
Check your English Journal, do you have everything form the list?
Especially your paragraph about irony and mood in "Cask of Amontillado"
Still need to finish the AOW? Do it over the weekend.

Film Vocabulary:

Go to join.quizizz.com. I'll give you the game code in a moment.
We are watching a film next week, (and then writing about it.) You'll need the language of film to write academically about the experience.

Catch up in EJ.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

AOW and Work to get caught up

Goals: Article of the Week, check in, and catch up.

Article of the Week
Review language of Film
Check in and Catch Up

Happy Thursday: 
Absences have been unusually high this week. Missing 5-9 students per period is not a good way to make progress with material we all need. Today we will take a breath, see who's here, and play catch up. When you are absent check the blog.

Article of the week:

  1. If you were absent Tuesday or Wednesday catch up on that work first!
  2. AOW: I assigned you an article in Newsela. You can probably find it HERE. (Sign in with Google)
  3. Read it carefully. 
  4. In your English Journal, TWO paragraphs. In the first paragraph summarize the article. In the second paragraph say what you think about the subject. 
KEEP READING. If you don't like your book lets find you a new one. 
Last chance to review your course selections and change them yourself in Power School. (We visit the counselors on 3/10 to finalize your choices.)
Finish your paragraph about irony and mood in "Cask of Amontillado." I'm going to grade that. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Language of Film

Goals: Catching up, a quick quiz, and learning about the language of film.


Absent yesterday? You missed two important things. (Catch up or this missing work will impact your learning and your grade.)
1. Reading Progress Survey
2. Paragraph about irony, mood, and theme in "Cask of Amontillado." (See post below.)

Quick Quiz:
You who so well know the nature of my soul will not suppose that I would pass up this opportune moment to assess your working knowledge of our recent literature.
How well do you know "Cask of Amontillado?"
Take the QUIZ.

Language of Film:
Next week we will be watching a feature length film that we will analyze and compare to "Cask of Amontillado"
Before then you need to learn more about the language of film.
Take notes in your English Journal.

Keep reading.
Review your course choices with your favorite adult. We meet with counselors again on 3/10.
Return books you are done with.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Writing about "Cask of Amontillado"

Goal: Reviewing what we know about "Cask of Amontillado" and writing and analytical paragraph about how the irony and mood reveal the theme.

Reviewing "Cask of Amontillado"
Writing about irony and mood in the story.

  • Remember when you wrote a paragraph about the irony in "Possibility of Evil?" Now you can write one about the irony and mood in "Cask of Amontillado."
  • Use THIS PROMPT and write your answer in your English Journal. 
  • You might find it helpful to look at the examples of irony, mood, and theme you suggested last week. Check out those examples HERE. (Choose wisely, not all of those are good examples.)
Your homework is to read. 
Review your class choices with your trusted adults. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Finding evidence of irony, mood and theme in "Cask of Amontillado"

Goal: Find evidence of irony, mood and theme in "Cask of Amontillado."

Searching for evidence with your partner

Finding Evidence:
  1. You will complete your work today with your partner.
  2. Together you will find evidence (quotes) in "Cask of Amontillado" that show irony, mood and theme. 
  3. Use THIS FORM to collect your evidence. 
  4. You must explain WHY that quote is a good evidence for the way Poe uses irony, mood or theme. 
  5. Write in complete sentences. (Do NOT start with, Because...)
  6. You submit ONE form with both of your names on it. 
  7. Other students WILL eventually see your responses. Proofread before you submit. 
Keep reading your independent reading book.
Review your course choices from yesterday with your parents. If you were absent yesterday ask me for an Advisory pass to come Tuesday to catch up. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Watching "Cask of Amontillado"

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

Watching "Cask of Amontillado"
Watching it again with questions

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.

Watching it again with questions:
This version of the film is the same, but it stops and asks you some questions as you watch.
If you have trouble with your browser or loging-in remember our class motto and "Don't Panic!"

Keep reading.
Tomorrow we meet in the library. Enter through the front and walk to the back.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Looking at Plot and Character

Goal: Develop a deeper understanding of "Cask of Amontillado" by looking closer at the plot and characters.

Finish reading "Cask of Amontillado"
Catch up and move forward

Partner Work:
  1. Read the rest of "Cask of Amontillado" if you haven't finished it yet. Keep up with your prediction chart.
  2. Make a choice.  You may create a PLOT PROFILE of "Cask of Amontillado." OR Compare the two characters in the story. You may work together with the person next to you IF you want to work together. 
  3. Share your work with me. Be sure both of your names are on it if you worked as a partnership. 
Bring headphones tomorrow if you have them. 

Counseling Presentation Wednesday. We will meet in the library.
Art Comparison Essays due Wednesday. Turn it in on paper. Bring it to the library. 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Comparative Analysis-Practice with Art

Goal: Visiting the art gallery to compare two works of art.

Group 1 visits the art gallery
Group 2 finish reading "Cask of Amontillado"
(Then we swap)

Visiting the Art Gallery:
Advanced art students have work on display in the 200 building gallery.
We will visit in two groups for 10-15 minutes each.
You will choose two art works to compare.
Use the note taking sheet I provided you with to record your thinking.
(Absent? Get the note taking sheet HERE and choose two works of art you find online HERE.)

Use your notes about the two art pieces to craft a clear three paragraph comparison essay. There is a suggested outline on the back of your note-taking sheet.
Essays are due in class on Wednesday 2/15/16. Turn it in on paper. You can type or hand write your essay.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Close reading of the opening of "Cask of Amontillado"

Image result for cask of amontillado
The Cask of Amontillado by manonquinn
Goal: Develop a deeper understanding of the characters in "Cask of Amontillado" by doing a close reading of the first three paragraphs.

Close reading of "Cask of Amontillado," Section1

Close reading:
  1. Open your copy of "Cask of Amontillado."
  2. If you didn't make your own copy yesterday you can get a copy of the text here
I'll be using some slides in class to walk us through this process. I'll add them here later for your review. 


  • Read your book for 30 minutes. You should be almost 2/3 done about now.
  • Tomorrow you will have some time in class to finish reading "Cask of Amontillado," but if you have not done your prediction chart up through section 2 then you need to catch up tonight. 
  • If you did not complete the paragraph about irony and theme in "Possibility of Evil" from 2/6 last week you also need to complete that. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

"Cask of Amontillado" First Reading

Goal: First reading of "Cask of Amontillado" with predictions.

First read of "Cask of Amontillado"

Reading "Cask of Amontillado" with a partner while predicting. 
  1. Open your Google Drive and find the new document shared with you called "Predictions Chart Poe"
  2. Open the document and use the link at the top to get the text of the story. (You can make your own copy of the story.)
  3. Follow the directions in the predictions document to read and predict as you go. 
Homework: Finish reading and predicting on Cask of Amontillado. 
Read your independent book for at least 30 minutes. You should be 1/2 done with it by now.
Next week you pick your classes for next year. Start thinking about what courses you need to take. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Probable Passage Reprise

Goal: A second probable passage activity to get us ready for our next reading. It will help you get to know some of the words from the story and get you thinking about what might happen.

Probable Passage
A lets look at some art

Probable Passage:
  1. Work with your partner to complete the probable passage. Get your copy HERE. Share it with your partner.
  2. Look up any words you don't know as you work. 
  3. Discuss your reasoning as you go.
  4. Use as many of the words as you can in your gist statement. 
  5. Write your gist statement on the post-it I will give you. 
  6. Also copy your gist statement in to your English Journal. 
Our next reading takes place in a foreign land long ago. I'll show you some art to help you get acquainted with the time and place. 

Read your independent book for at least 30 minutes. You should be about 1/2 done with it by now.
Absent yesterday? Be sure you check the blog. You have a paragraph to write in your EJ. 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Writing about irony and theme in Possibility of Evil

Goal: Writing academically about irony and theme in "Possibility of Evil"



  1. Open your English Journal. Add a new entry at the top with today's date. 
  2. Use the prompt below to write a response about "Possibility of Evil" 
  3. Use evidence from the text in your writing. (Note: Open your reading organizer from last week. It will have the link to the text. Also, be sure you completed it.)
  4. If you need help writing about irony look at THESE SLIDES

Shirley Jackson uses irony frequently in “The Possibility of Evil.” Give at least two examples of irony from the story and explain why each is ironic.  What do these examples tell us about the character and what Jackson thinks about human nature?

You should be about 1/2 way through your first book for this grading period.
Next Wednesday we go to a counseling presentation and pick classes for next year.
Done with the paragraph above and all caught up? Practice your irony skills join.quizizz.com use code 834860.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Looking at Irony Three Ways

Goals: Reviewing irony, finding and explaining examples from the text.

Reading Progress
Your Examples of Irony
One more time with video

Reading Progress: 

Lets review some of the forms of irony that come up most often.  JOIN HERE

Your examples of Irony:
Complete THIS FORM with your partner to gather examples of irony form "Possibility of Evil."

Video version: 
You get to look at one more explanation of irony. (And if you tell me in the future that you forgot what irony is, I'll have you watch this video again.)
Watch THIS and answer the questions.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Reading for evidence in Possibility of Evil

Such lovely roses. 
Goal: Read the beginning of The possibility of Evil while gathering evidence to support your thinking. Complete the reading organizer as you go.

Add an Extension
Read Possibility of Evil

Add an Extension: 
Today we will be reading on a PDF.
It will help if you can mark it up and add notes.
Visit the Chrome WebStore and add KAMI to your browser.

Possibility of Evil:
  1. Open your Google Drive and Check "Shared with me" or "incoming" for a new document called "Reading Organizer." 
  2. Click the link at the top of the reading organizer to access the PDF of the reading. 
  3. Follow the directions on the reading organizer to stop and answer the questions as you go. Be sure to include the quotations from the story (evidence) that supports your thinking. 
  4. We will take more than one day to read this, but try to get through at least half today. 
  5. Finish the organizer by Friday. 
Catch up in your English Journal. You should have two entries. 
Read, always read.