Pre-AP Myth Quiz #2

Here are your notes from earlier this week: MQ2 SG

9/27 Updates

Pardon my posting hiatus of the past week. I’m back, and will be posting daily again for the foreseeable future. As always, though, you should heed all directions given in class and written on the blackboard.

PRE-AP –Tomorrow you need to bring the following with you to class: 1.) Your completed SOAPSTone assessment of the essay “The Boredom Effect”, and your vocabulary book with unit 3 completed.

ENGLISH IV — Your assignment for tonight is to write down (or type) your topic and your plan for this week’s essay (the plan can be in outline or paragraph form). This part of the writing process will be checked for participation credit!

Also, please remember that your Beowulf test has been moved to Thursday (9/29). Ninth period had a brief review session today; second period will tomorrow.

Here is this week’s English IV vocabulary list: E4V5 2011-12


ENGLISH II — PLEASE keep up with Study Island assignments! As of 3:30 PM, only three of you have completed the assignment that’s due today. Go get it done. Thank you in advance.

I am looking forward to seeing what you do for vocabulary creative writing this week. If you get yours done before Friday, you are welcome to turn it in early.

English IV and English II Updates: 9/13/11

English II: 

* You have a Study Island assignment due today.

* Also, your homework this evening is to read the book excerpt (102 Minutes) I handed out and answer each of the questions in the margins as you read. You can also feel free to circle unknown words, underline names of new characters as they are introduced, or make any other sort of annotations that helps you understand what you read. If you were absent, you can at least read the same excerpt in your online textbook (click on the “Your Online Textbook” link on the left   column of this page).

* Three of you who were absent yesterday were also absent today, so I’m posting your new vocabulary list HERE so you don’t get behind. Vocab Creative Writing #2 is due on Friday.

English IV:

* Please bring your textbook to class ALL WEEK!

Pre-AP Class Update: 9/13/11

I have so much information to pass on to you this afternoon that you get your very own post. 🙂

First, a few of you requested a recap of yesterday’s notes on what you need to do for tomorrow/Thursday. Click HERE to download a copy.

Next, several of you found sources via databases that are NOT from periodicals. This is fine, as long as you put them in your bibliography correctly. Below you will find lists of information needed to account for an online encyclopedia article, a book, and information from a wire service (assuming they were each found via databases). I’m doing this based on the best information I have about the sources you’re using — there may be slight modifications needed if your sources don’t fit the descriptions perfectly. No worries, it’s a learning experience. We’ll do any necessary “tweaking” tomorrow.



1.) “Title of Entry/Article.”

2.) Name of Encyclopedia.

3.) Version or volume (if applicable).

4.) Date published or updated.

5.) Medium consulted (if more than one medium exists).

6.) Name of Database.

7.) Date accessed.

* When deciding where to place this article alphabetically, use the first letter of the entry.


1.) Author’s last name, Author’s first name.

2.) Title of Book.

3.) Place of print publication:

4.) Name of publisher,

5.) Date of publication.

6.) Medium consulted.

7.) Name of Database.

8.) Date of access.

ARTICLE FROM A NEWS WIRE SERVICE (ex. Associated Press, Reuters):

1.) Author last name, Author first name.

2.)”Name of Article.”

3.) Name of Wire Service.

4.) Website on which article was published. – OR-   Name of Database.   (Assuming you found it in a database, go with the latter.)

5.) Date published.

6.) Medium.

7.) Date accessed.


Monday 9/12

English II — New vocabulary words today — if you were absent, please pick them up in the missed work box when you return. Your homework tonight is to answer the questions in the packet I handed out at the end of class (don’t worry about the semantic maps; we’ll do those in class tomorrow). Vocabulary Creative Writing #2 is due on Friday.

Pre-AP English — Today we set the guidelines for your short presentations. You need to find three articles on your chosen topic and bring them to class tomorrow so you can make your bibliography and work on establishing content for your presentation.

Also, unit 1 in your vocabulary workbook is due on Wednesday.

English IV —  If you were absent today, you missed a vocabulary quiz that you’ll need to makeup ASAP. The new word list is in the missed work box. Beowulf study guide is due tomorrow! Please bring your book.


English IV:  Tomorrow is our catch up day.  We will meet in the LMC again to finish up the TRAILS assessment (if you didn’t finish already) and database activities FIRST, and then move on to vocabulary and Beowulf.  Everyone should be on the same page (figuratively AND literally, in this case) by the end of class.

Pre-AP:  We will be back in the LMC tomorrow and Friday. You’re gaining valuable experience and research skills that you will apply to many of your classes for the next few years!

English II: Today we completed an in-class writing. If you were absent, please check the makeup work box when you return. The assignment is one you can make up during a single study hall.

Tuesday, 9/6

All Classes — Just FYI, I’ve updated the contests & scholarships page.

English IV — If you did not finish your TRAILS assessment today, fear not: I saved your ID numbers so you can log in tomorrow to finish. Please go directly to the LMC tomorrow so we can get started right at the bell. We have a lot to do!

English II — You have a Study Island due tonight. Also, study a little each night this week for Friday’s vocabulary quiz.

Pre-AP — Please go directly to the LMC tomorrow so we can get started right at the bell (yes, this includes 1st period students). Make sure you have your source ratings ready to hand in and explain.

Be Ready for Friday

English II, remember you need to read “The Cold Equations” up to the page break on page 15 (old book) by tomorrow.


English IV: article of the week #1 is due.

Pre-AP: clarification of synecdoche

I admittedly balked today when, right at the bell ending third period, a student asked for more examples of synecdoche. The reason for this is that the first two examples I thought of were ones I’d hoped to avoid using right away. One is a quote from a play we have yet to read together, so I was wary of using it for fear that the lack of context might be confusing. I can provide context here though, so here it is:

“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears!” The speaker was imploring a rowdy crowd to come listen to a speech he was about to deliver. He obviously wanted the presence of their whole bodies and attention, not just to borrow their ears. This example did, however, inspire a comical moment in a Mel Brooks film. You can go watch it now, but DO NOT get distracted and watch YouTube videos for the next hour! Come back!:

This leads me to the second one I thought of at the end of third period, which I initially avoided because it is often used in a very rude way: the reference to one’s backside as representative of the entire body. For example, an angry parent who discovers a mess left in the kitchen by his or her child may shout something to the effect of “get your rear end in here and clean this up right now!” I didn’t think that would be the nicest way to end class, so again, I held off until I could offer more explanation. It is a good example, though not one I recommend using in your daily conversations.

And now for a few non-body related examples:

I saved up enough money and got myself a set of wheels.   (In this instance, “wheels” refers an entire car.)

All hands on deck! (I’m pretty sure a ship caption would throw overboard any cheeky sailor who literally placed his hands on the deck at this command, because clearly he meant he wanted everyone there).

I hope these examples help.