Thursday, February 28, 2019

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. You should be on Book #8. 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

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 take notes 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. (Hint: 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. We will be re-showing the first thirty minutes of the film. 

  • Review your notes and remind yourself what you saw in the film. 
  • Read your book! Most of you should have started Book #8 this week.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Visit our Counselors

Goal: Visit the counseling office to check on your course requests

Visit the counselors
Read while you wait

  • Today we will be in the counseling office to review your course selections for next year.
  • Bring your book so you can read while you wait your turn.
Reminders Once You're Back in Class:
If you make it back to class before the end of the period you should:
  1. Finish your paragraph (in EJ) from 2/22 about irony and mood in "Cask of Amontillado." It should be done already.
  2. Finish your review of Book #7 in your beige book review document. 
  3. Check your English Journal and compare it to the chart at the front of the room - do you have all of your entries complete?
  4. Review the language of film and learn some new terms HERE. Enter code: 794721

Monday, February 25, 2019

Review of Book #7

Goal: Write your review of Book #7.

Book Review
Catch Up Time

1. Book Review Time: 
  • Last time we did book reviews, you prepared for your Socratic Book Discussion. This time, we're writing in our beige book review document again. This is in your Google Drive.
  • You are now writing a book review for Book #7, the novel you were supposed to begin the first week of February.
  • Your review of Book #7 is due by the end of this class period.
  • BE SURE YOU ARE WRITING ABOVE YOUR REVIEW OF BOOK #5 (the last review we wrote on this document). 
2. Catching Up
  • Finish your review of Book #7.
  • Are you missing anything in Power School? Check your grade for the art comparative analysis essay and make sure you turned in your best work.
Special Reminder: 
We are visiting your counselors tomorrow. Be sure to bring the PINK card with your class choices signed by your parent. (Unless you already turned it in.)

Friday, February 22, 2019

Writing about irony, mood, and theme in "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.

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

  • 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 on Wednesday. Check out those examples HERE. (Choose wisely, all of these examples were suggested by 9th graders.)

Your homework is to read. We write about book #7 on Monday.
Return your class choices cards. The pink ones.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Watching "Cask of Amontillado"

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

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.

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.

Return your PINK articulation cards.
Finish reading book #7. We write about it on Monday!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

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. Book #7 should be finished by next Monday! 
  • Return your PINK class choices card, signed by your parent or guardian. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Looking at Plot and Character

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

Reading Progress Update
Finish reading "Cask of Amontillado"
Catch up and move forward

Reading Progress Update: 
Click HERE to update us on your latest adventures in reading. You should be almost done with book #7. 

Partner Work:
  1. Read the rest of "Cask of Amontillado" if you haven't finished it yet. Answer all of the formative questions. 
  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. 
Finish reading book #7 by Monday. Book reviews are coming. 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Close Read of 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

1. QuickWrite
Open your English Journal and copy, paste, and respond to the following prompt:

What happens to Fortunato at the end of the story? Describe the setting where Fortunato meets his final fate. Use as much imagery and sensory details as you can in your description.

2. Close reading:
  1. Open your copy of "Cask of Amontillado."
  2. Since we did our first reading on GoFormative, you'll need your own copy of the text. Get one HERE
I'll be using some slides in class to walk us through this process. I'll add them here after school so you can review them on your own or if you are absent. 

  • Read your book for 20-30 minutes. You should be finishing Book #7 soon. 
  • Check your English Journal. Do you have all your entries so far this semester? Use the chart in class if you need to double check. 
  • Enjoy your four day weekend! 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Cask of Amontillado First Reading

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

First read of "Cask of Amontillado"

Reading "Cask of Amontillado"

  1. Log into GoFormative and find the reading that is called "Cask of Amontillado." 
  2. There is an audio version of the text you can access HERE if you want to hear the story as you read. 
  3. Answer the questions as you go. There are more multiple choice this time, so be sure you're reading carefully. 
  • Finish reading and answering the questions for "Cask of Amontillado." 
  • The counselors came to visit yesterday. Bring back the pink card signed by your parents and give it to Ms. Daniel! 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Articulation Presentations

Today counselors are speaking to our class about course selections for next year.

You got a PINK card like the one in this picture>>

Take it home, review it with your parents, circle the classes you need to take, get it signed, and bring it back to Mrs. Roberts.
Return the PINK card to Mrs. R before February 26th!

Choose your course selections for next year very carefully. Choose courses that are right for you. Get advice from your current teachers.

Logon to Power School and click on Class Registrations. It's a bit complicated, so ask me if you have questions. I can help you in class.
Be sure to click submit to save your changes. You can make changes in PS until 2/24.

If you are absent see Mrs. R for an articulation card.

Check on your English Journal.
Keep reading.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Probable Passage Reprise

Goal: Complete 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.


Turn in Comparative Art Essays
Probable Passage
Art Preview

1. Comparative Art Essays 
  • Do you have a paper copy of your essay you need to turn in? Your teachers will come by to collect it. 
2. Probable Passage:
  1. Work with your partner to complete the probable passage. Get your copy HERE. Share it with your partner (and your teachers).
  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. Also copy your gist statement in to your English Journal. 
3. Submit your gist statement! 
Finished with your probable passage? Click HERE to submit your work. 

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. 

  • Don't forget - your homework each night is to read your independent book for at least 20 minutes. You should be about 2/3 finished with Book #7.
  • Did you turn in your essay comparing and analyzing art from the Advanced Art Gallery we saw last Wednesday? You can find that blog post HERE if you need a reminder. The essay is due today, but you can revise and request a regrade. 

Friday, February 8, 2019

Catch-up day:

Goals: Get your priorities straight. Work on the things you have due and the things you might be behind on.

Reading progress update
Catch-up work
Aaron Price Fellows Presentation

Reading Progress Update: 
Click HERE to update us on your latest adventures in reading.

1. Art Comparison Essay: This is due Monday, you can hand write it or type it. If you type it print it out. (Mrs. R needs to grade it while traveling.)
2. English Journal, Paragraph about theme and irony in Possibility of Evil. We did this in class yesterday. You may not have finished. Use the blog post below from yesterday to help you finish.
3. Article of the Week from 2/1: This should also be in your English Journal. Remember it is a two paragraph response, summary, and then your thoughts. Go to the blog post from 2/1 for directions.

Aaron Price Fellows Presentation: 
As a freshman you are eligible to apply to become a fellow. This is an excellent opportunity and a great experience. You can find the application HERE.

Work on all the things on the list above.
Keep reading book #7.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Writing about Possibility of Evil

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

Writing about irony


  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 Google Classroom to get the PDF copy of the text. You will need the text to cite examples from the story.)
  4. If you need help writing about irony look at THESE SLIDES
  5. You can find some examples of irony from the story HERE. (Note, all these examples were suggested by 9th graders. Some of them may not be great examples. Choose wisely.)
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 2/3 of the way through your first book for this grading period (Book #7 for the year). 
  • Yesterday we went to the art gallery to look at student work. You have the instructions for a Comparative Analysis essay that you can begin if you have time. That essay is due Monday. 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Visiting the Art Gallery

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

Group 1 Visits the art gallery
Group 2 Catch up / Read
(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. Or go ask Mr. Wells nicely if you can visit the gallery during lunch or Advisory.)

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 Monday 2/11/19. Turn it in on paper. You can type or hand write your essay.

Catch up: 
Did you complete your Article of the Week from 2/1? Directions HERE.
Yesterday we ran out of time for the video activity. You can still do that HERE.
Start working on your essay comparing the two paintings you took notes on.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Irony 3 Ways

Goals: Reviewing irony, finding and explaining examples from "The Possibility of Evil"

Your Examples of Irony
One more time with video

Let's review some of the forms of irony that come up most often.  

JOIN HERE and enter the code we give you in class. 

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.

  • On Thursday, we're going to keep talking about irony and "The Possibility of Evil." Refresh your memory by reading if you need to! 
  • Tomorrow we're going on a "field trip." Get excited!

Monday, February 4, 2019

Socratic Book Review

Goal: Host a Socratic Seminar to review Book #6

Socratic Expectations
Socratic Seminars

Phrases to help you with paraphrasing: 
So you are saying that....
I heard you say...Was that right?
So basically you think...because...
In other words, I mean that...

Phrases to help with extending the conversation: 
Say more about that...
How does that relate to...
How do you know...
What makes you think that...
Can you explain more about...
I'm still wondering about...

Can you elaborate on the part about...

Remember, we are scoring you on the following: 

  • Check your English Journal. Do you have two entries for second semester?
  • Did you finish reading Possibility of Evil? We will be doing some writing about it tomorrow and Thursday. 

Friday, February 1, 2019

Wrapping Up the Week

Goal: Complete your Socratic Prep doc for Book #6 Book Review and write an Article of the Week

Review of Book #6

Review of Book #6:
We're reviewing Book #6 in a DIFFERENT way! You found this out yesterday, so today is your day to finish preparing.
  • You should have a hard copy of the Socratic Book Review document we gave you in class yesterday.
  • If you prefer it digitally, you can make a copy HERE, but you must print it on your own before class on Monday.
  • When we score you, you're getting TWO scores: one for your prepared document and one for your participation in the Socratic Seminar. Some factors of your score are: 
  1. Do you talk about your book? 
  2. Do you reference a theme in your book and explain it? 
  3. Do you ask questions that extend the conversation? 
  4. Do you build on your classmates' questions?
  5. Do you invite other voices into the conversation? 
PRACTICE: One of the best ways you can prepare to talk about your book is to talk about your book. Find a friend, relative, pet, or even the video camera on your phone, and then talk about the book you read. 

Article of the Week 
  • There is an article assigned to you in NewsELA. It's about Kamala Harris announcing her run for president last week. 
  • During her speech, she referenced the first Black American woman to ever run for president back in 1972, Shirley Chisholm.
  • February is Black History Month! 

  • "The Possibility of Evil" in GoFormative was due yesterday. Make sure yours is complete. 
  • Socratic Book Review Docs are due Monday.
  • Article of the Week should be written in your English Journal. Remember, it's a two paragraph response. (First paragraph, summarize the article. Second paragraph, say what you think about the topic.)