I’ve always found it strange how I love “lolcats” despite their characteristically  awful spelling and grammar. This one (posted this morning) redeemed them a little, however.
funny pictures of cats with captions
see more Lolcats and funny pictures

J. D. Salinger

A former student informed me today between 8th and 9th period that J.D. Salinger died yesterday. I obviously didn’t know him, and know very little about him. But I honestly feel very sad about his passing. I feel like with each of the great writers who dies, we’re losing a little bit of connection to what makes us who we are.

You can go here to read several of his short stories.

The Catcher in the Rye has been one of my favorite books since I read it in high school, and I know many of my students love it, too. This year’s sophomores are scheduled to start reading it in a few weeks. It will be strange to no longer tell you that “the next book we’re reading together is by an author who is actually still alive.”

I don’t know what else to say.


What did I miss? 1/25/10

English IV: We completed some pre-reading questions for Hamlet, and books were distributed. Act I scenes i & ii need to be read by tomorrow.

Pre-AP: We worked with some new vocabulary words, and began discussing Act IV Julius Caesar (we will continue with this tomorrow, so be ready).

English II: Everyone was present. The video I told you to watch is embedded in the post below this one.

Fact, Opinion, Persuasion, and Propaganda Unit

Ninth Period: Please watch the following video to reinforce what we learned in class today. You will be expected to be able to discuss it in class tomorrow.

Updated Midterm Study Guides

I’m sorry I had to be absent for review day – but trust me, you don’t want me there coughing and sneezing all over you. We will still complete an official review in class when I return — please download/print/complete your study guide and bring it to class tomorrow.

2010 Senior Midterm Review (updated)

Pre-AP Midterm Review 2009-10

Regular English II, you’re right on schedule. I’ll pass out your study guide in class.

Sonnet Analysis Assignment Resources

Here is the list of sonnets to choose from. Remember, you can access an online version of your textbook by clicking on the first link on the left side of this page.

Visit this site for some perspective and tips.


By the beginning of class on Thursday, January 7th, annotate your chosen sonnet for 10 homework points.

Submit your typed first draft (20 points) to Turnitin by 3 PM on Tuesday, January 12th (it will post to the second grading period). I will return a copy of it with suggestions to you during exam week.

Your edited/revised draft (50 points) is due to Turnitin by 7:30 AM on Thursday, January 28th. Please also turn in a hard copy of your essay to me in class on that day.

Midterm Previews

First semester exams are sneaking up on you — you can’t hide! Please see below for downloadable study sheets.


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

1° Exams 8:00 –   9:30

2° Exams 9:45 – 11:15

Lunch 11:15 – 11:45

7° Exams 12:00  –  1:30

Make-up Exams 1:30  –  3:00

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

3° Exams   8:00 –   9:30

4° Exams   9:45 – 11:15

Lunch 11:15 – 11:45

8° Exams 12:00  –  1:30

Make-up Exams   1:30 –  3:00

Thursday, January 21, 2010

5° Exams     8:00 –   9:30

6° Exams   9:45 –  11:15

Lunch 11:15 –  11:45

9° Exams 12:00 –   1:30

Make-up Exams    1:30 –  3:00


English IV Midterm 2009-10

English II Study Guide

Pre-AP Study Guide