Alternatives to “said”

Sophomores, here is the list I mentioned in class today: instead of said.

All other students are welcome (and encouraged!) to use it for reference.

Frankenstein introduction for seniors

Please print these notes at home and bring them to class tomorrow (Wednesday): Mary Shelley

Senior vocab list #14

Senior Vocab List 14 2010-11



3rd Period Writing Prompt

Pre-AP students, here is your reader’s journal prompt for this evening:

A common feature in literature is THE MUSE — a woman who inspires the hero’s quest. This woman is usually pure, beautiful, and unattainable; the hero does not usually have contact with her after the quest begins, but uses her image as motivation for his noble deeds.

In several well-organized paragraphs, explore Clarisse’s function as Montag’s muse in Fahrenheit 451.

Senior vocab list 12

Your last three vocabulary lists will be made up of words that appear in the novel 1984. To prepare for next Monday’s quiz, please define the following words on your own:


2.) balks

3.) vistas

4.) corrugated

5.) sordid

6.) archaic

7.) furtive

8.) strident

9.) interminable

10.) nebulous

11.) adherents

12.) orthodox

13.) formidable

What Have I Missed This Week? 11/8-11/11

It’s been a busy week with an all-school assembly, Rachel’s Challenge training, several educational field trips, and a daytime performance of the musical. Here are some updates for those of you who have missed class:


1.) Vocabulary quiz #10 was taken on Monday, and your Canterbury Tales test on Tuesday. If you have not already made these up, please do so as soon as possible.

2.) Please don’t forget that if you plan to apply for any PTO scholarships at the end of the year, your parents must be members for you to qualify. This year’s membership drive ends on November 30th — pick up a form in my room if you need one.

3.) Your new vocabulary list (quiz on Monday, 11/15): SENIOR VOCAB #11

4.) If you missed the first portion of Monty Python and the Holy Grail yesterday, you can view it on YouTube. Follow this link and watch sections 1/9 and 2/9. It’s a good idea to do this AFTER reading through the packet distributed in class — it will tell you what to look for.

PRE-AP: This week’s reading and homework assignment schedule:

1.) Monday night:Read p.

2.) Tuesday night:Read p. 113-121 and answer questions 1-4; also, complete practice AP multiple choice questions 11-16 (circle your answer AND provide a 1-2 sentence explanation of your choice).

3.) Wednesday night:Read p. 121- 136 and answer questions 5-7.

4.) Thursday night: Read p. 137-154 and answer questions 8-21 (you will have time to get started on this in class)

5.) Friday: ESSAY DUE!

Over the weekend: Finish reading Fahrenheit 451 and complete the corresponding SG questions. You do not need to read the coda this weekend — but of course can if you’d like to. It will be assigned next week.

Study hints for Tuesday’s test over The Canterbury Tales

Seniors —  the following tales will be covered on Tuesday’s test:

  • The Pardoner (approx. 1/3 of the test)
  • The Wife of Bath (approx 1/3 of the test)
  • The Reeve
  • The Miller
  • The Friar
  • The Summoner
  • The Nun’s Priest
  • The Merchant (4th ˚ only)
  • The Manciple (9th ˚ only)


Some questions to get you thinking about test material:

1.)  In The Wife of Bath’s Prologue, what opinions does she express about marriage?

2.)  Which tales are told specifically to lash out at another pilgrim?

3.)  In the Wife of Bath’s tale, what does the knight determine women want?

4.)  Which tale involves an old lady telling a Summoner to go to hell?

5.)  In the Wife of Bath’s tale, what difficult decision does the knight have to make at the end? What is the end result? How does this reflect the previous lesson he learned?

6.)  The three young men in the Pardoner’s tale set out to find death. How do they end up finding it?

7.)  What does the Pardoner ask for at the end of his tale? Why is this noteworthy?

8.)  What is an exemplum? Which tale is an example of one?

9.)  Which character in the Miller’s tale do you think is the most morally reprehensible?

10.) How does the Summoner’s tale accuse friars of being greedy?

11.) How are separate social classes in conflict in the Reeve’s tale?

12.) What roles do YOUTH and OLD AGE play in the Pardoner’s tale?

13.) Why did the knight in the Wife of Bath’s tale have to figure out the answer to a difficult question within a year?

14.)Where in any of the tales did you see evidence of the Black Plague?

15.)What does Pertolote, Chanticleer’s wife, have to say about his nightmare?

16.) In the Summoner’s tale, were there any friars in hell?

17.) What is the pun in the statement “What’s a farthing worth?”

18.)Why did the carpenter in the Miller’s tale sleep in a tub suspended from the ceiling?

19.) What TWO surprises are doled out through a window in the Miller’s tale?

20.)Which tale was told in response to the host’s request for a nice, happy, heartwarming tale?

21.) (4th period only) According to his prologue, what is the Merchant’s view of marriage?

22.) (9th period only) According to the Manciple’s tale, what caused a crow (and all future crows) to turn black?

23.) How did the Miller in the Reeve’s tale anger John and Alain? (three possible answers)

24.) Who do you think is the most morally reprehensible in the Miller’s tale?

25.) How does the Friar’s tale indirectly make the Pardoner look bad?

26.) Which tale(s) teach a clear moral lesson? What is/are the lesson(s)?


1st day of the new grading period

Seniors: First of all, to the 50-some of you who did not show up today to take your vocabulary quiz, skipping is NOT COOL. With apologies the few of you who may have been legitimately sick, each of you has a choice: you can (a) make up your quiz by 3:30 PM tomorrow, or you can (b) take a zero on your quiz. And you may NOT make up your quiz during class or interrupt my other classes to make it up– 5th, 6th, 7th period or after school are the only times you may make it up.

Otherwise, here is your new vocabulary list (you’ll have to look up the words this time): senior vocab list 10 2010-11