5/29-6/1 English 9RCP


Read Act 1 Scenes 1 and 2


What do you think the word “oxymoron” means?  Write a definition.



a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction (e.g., faith unfaithful kept him falsely true).

Read Act 3; Write Evidence paragraph:

How much control over your life do you have? Two examples of things you control or do not.

Thesis (create)

2 pieces of evidence from your life – commentary


Poetry Slam


How hard is it to keep a secret? Are there circumstances when you think you should break a promise about keeping a secret?

What is your opinion of “love at first sight?”  Explain.

Select play groups and two scenes.  Requirements:

1 Sounds rehearsed

2 Actually acting – meaning is clear (No Fear Shakespeare)

3 We can all hear you

4 Costumes

Read through Act 1 Scene 4

5/21-5/25 English 9RCP


Write Essay in Class


Functional Skills Basketball Game!


Write Essay in Class


Write Essay in Class


You need to complete two tasks in your groups today. Whether you do one at a time, or do both at the same time, they both need to get done.
(1) Answer all 5 questions, one answer sheet per group, following all instructions. Do not rewrite questions.  This is the Romeo/Juliet Pre-reading Activity that asks 5 questions about love and their experiences.
(2) Create a family crest for your group.

5/16-5/18 English 1 & 9RCP Agendas


Sneeze 5/16/18

Describe a situation where you were not able to communicate with another person.  Be sure to describe when and where it happened, how you felt, and what you did to deal with the situation.

Topic Sentence (Thesis/Mini-Thesis)

Evidence (Fortify)

Half page.


“Four Skinny Trees”

“No Speak English”

While reading:  identify TWO quotes/examples that show how ONE of your figurative language terms are used in this reading to answer the following prompt in a complete body paragraph.

How does House on Mango Street use figurative language to create meaning in the text?

5/17 –  5/18

Write a 1-2 sentence description of each of the woman neighbors listed in class.

Call up random students and copy their paragraphs.  Put them out of order.  Re-write the paragraphs so they are error free and so they students can see how what they did compares to what their peers did.  Several of the mistakes are often the same or similar.

5/14-5/15 English 1 & 9RCP Agendas



Imitate; Capsules; Intern; Notified; Wedged; Ferocious; Droop; Despite; Fuchsia

What is a bildungsroman?


a novel depicting someone’s growth from childhood to maturity

The protagonist grows, learns, and changes in order to take his or her place in the world

Bildungsroman is a German word that literally means “a novel of formation”

It is sometimes referred to as a coming of age story


“Papa Who Wakes Up Tired in the Dark”

“Born Bad”

“Elenita, Cards, Palm, Water”

“Geraldo No Last Name”

Please write down one sentence PER vignette describing what Esperanza learns or how she grows, and thus fits into the bildungsroman genre.


Sneeze 5/15/18

How do you want people to react when you die?  How would you want them to celebrate or remember your life?

“Edna’s Ruthie”

“Earl of Tennessee”



5/11 English 1 & 9RCP Agenda

Sneeze 5/11/18 (7 minutes, half page)

Describe a time where you finally got something you wanted and that was very special, but once you got it, it wasn’t what you expected it to be


Describe one of your most embarrassing moments.  Now, after time has passed, have your feelings changed about this moment? How?


Go over the figurative language worksheet


“A Rice Sandwich”



“The First Job”

Choose THREE quotes from any of today’s reading and write them down.  You will then connect those chosen quotes to your life in three sentence responses, for each quote.

What you do not complete is homework to be checked Monday.






5/8-5/9 English 1 & 9RCP Agendas


Figurative language worksheet with definitions!  Both sides.  Seven terms total.

alliteration; allusion; metaphor; personification; onomatopoeia; simile; symbolism; synesthesia

Read: “Marin,” “Those who Don’t,” and “There was an Old Woman…”


Pass back figurative language worksheets.  Have students work on them for another ten minutes.

Write figurative language terms in notebooks with definitions.  Fold a page in half with terms on the left and definitions on the right.

Sneeze 5/9/18

Recount an incident where you were scared or shared your fears with others.  Include their reactions to your fears.

Vocabulary 5/9/18

Doughty; Velvety; Cavern; Canteen; Anemic; Authority; Cue


“Alicia Who Sees Mice”

“Darius and the Clouds”

“And Some More”

“The Family of Little Feet”

Choose one to chart in your notebook.

4/30-5/4; 5/7 English 9RCP Agendas


“Caged Bird” illustrate one frame per stanza.

Read vignette “House on Mango Street” and teach the students how to use the vignette analytical chart.  Model and ask them for help filling it in.


Read “Hairs” through “Cathy Queen of Cats”

Answer questions (at the front of the room)

Homework OR Extra time at the end of class:

Choose ONE of the vignettes, and fill out the chart using the vignette in your notebook.


  1. Write in notebooks:

Sneeze 5/2/18 – ten minutes

Write what you know about your name.  What does it mean?  How was it chosen? How do you feel about it?  What similes and metaphors would you use to describe your feelings about it?

VOCAB: Lopsided, Scrambling, Pleated, Dangle

You may read in groups, but for these particular questions, I need INDIVIDUAL answers for each student in NOTEBOOKS.

  1. Read: “Our Good Day”

1. Describe a good day with your friends?
2. Why do you think simple toys, like bicycles and kites, are still popular in an age of cell phones and video games?

  1. Read: “Laughter”

1. Which family member are you most like physically?  How?  Which family member are you most like in personality?  How?
2.  Do you feel like you often make friends with people who feel like you do?  Why or why not?  Give a few examples to support your answer.

Period 4  FRIDAY

Sneeze 5/3/18: Has someone else ever shown prejudice against you due to age, race, ethnicity, religious background, or something else?  What did the person do or say?  How did you react?

Language focus Sequence and Sentence Structure Worksheets

Students may work in pairs or alone.  ONE set of worksheets per pair, not two.  Staple and turn in at the end of class.
Period 4 Monday

Read: “Gil’s Furniture Bought & Sold,” “Meme Ortiz,” and “Louie, His Cousin & His Other Cousin”

Choose ONE of the vignettes that you relate the most to.  I would now like you to write one paragraph describing what you believe happened before the vignette started, and one concluding paragraph wrapping up and ending the story where it left off.

4/27 English 9RCP Agenda

Notebooks.  Number 1-8, skipping three lines in between.

HOMS pre reading/reaction activity on page 16 of my unit plan.  Go through questions, then separate into halves, vote, and record.  Discuss.

4/26 English 1, 9RCP, and 2 Agendas


Get out your notebooks.

Title:  Web-Source Reliability 4/26/18

Write down these words:






Look up the words’ definitions in your groups.  Each person must have the words and definitions written in each journal.

CRAAP Test – is the media reliable????

CRAAP Test checklist


Choose two websites to evaluate in your groups. Access one website at a time and discuss how the CRAPP test is or is not fulfilled. Fill out the worksheet. One per website, one per group.


Dog Island

The Jackelope

Aluminum Foil Deflector Beanie

On the bottom of each website test, write one sentence describing why the website is or is not a reliable source.