11/2 English 1 Agenda

Students wrote Calaveras Poetry, decorated a skull or oferenda, and learned about Dia De Los Muertos. 

Calaveras – Skull Poems

  • literally means “skulls”
  • poems recited for the Day of the Dead(All Souls Day) in Mexico
  • satirical poems that poke fun at people in a way that suggests they’re dead, even though they’re alive
  • satirized are politicians and other people in power or in the public eye
  • a way to make fun of the rich and powerful in a safe, accepted way
  • point out that we all end up in the same place in the end



The neighbor’s dog has chased me home,

Every day this Autumn.

I run away when I’m all-alone,

So it doesn’t bite my bottom.

Go ahead little dog and gnash your teeth,

But some day you will be buried beneath.


Teacher Marta was smoking a cigarette

Death came along and told her I will accompany you

for I can no longer smoke and if you keep up like this

the same thing will happen to you


11/1 English 1 & English 9RCP Agenda

11/1 Sneeze – Continue the story from where this leaves off.  Half page.

You look at Death, as Death stares blankly back at you.

“You’re early,” he finally says with a sigh.

We reviewed the material from earlier in the week regaurding summaries and “The Black Cat:”

Thesis sentence frame:

In ___(title)___ by ____(author)___, ___(main idea/message of story/text/what happened)__.

What is a thesis?

  • It is a one-sentence summary of the entire text
  • Illustrates the main point of what you are summarizing
  • should not offer your own opinions or evaluation of the text you are summarizing

Today our goal was to finish the summary paragraph.

10/31 English 9RCP & English 1

Read Tell-Tale Heart Out Loud

  • suspense: anxiety or apprehension resulting from an uncertain, undecided, or mysterious situation
    • Edgar Allan Poe is the master of suspense.
  • pacing: advancing or developing something at a particular rate or tempo
    • It takes a while to discover exactly what happened to that cat the narrator killed.
  • dangerous action: self explanatory
    • The narrator’s violent moods creates trouble for everyone, including himself.
  • foreshadowing: a literary device in which the author gives clues as to what will happen later
    • We know the narrator has done something terrible. The story begins with him awaiting execution in a jail cell.

Four panel storyboard for example of each element on pumpkins

10/30 English 1 & English 9RCP

Sneeze 10/30/17

If you could do anything for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?  You could tell me about a career or a hobby, etc.

Timeline and summary work for “The Black Cat”

Sample summary:

In “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connel, hunter Sanger Rainsford washes up on the shore of an island owned by the wealthy General Zaroff. Rainsford sees evidence of someone hunting large game on the island. Zaroff claims he has been importing game for his hunts.  Soon, Rainsford realizes that Zaroff has been hunting humans for sport. Next, Zaroff informs Rainsford that he will be hunted for the next three days. If Rainsford survives, he will get to live.  As a result, Rainsford hides deep in the woods, where he sets several traps to outsmart Zaroff. Eventually, Rainsford jumps back into the sea to escape. Rainsford then sneaks into Zaroff’s quarters and kills him, turning the tables on hunter and prey.


Summary OUTLINE Title: “____________________________________________”

Author: ____________________________________________

Thesis (main idea): _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Major Supporting Details:

  1. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  2. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  3. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


10/27 English 1 Agenda

10/27/17 Sneeze

If you were ruler of the world, what things would you banish absolutely for all time (rain on weekends, eggplant, and so forth)?  Make a list.  Use your imagination.

Now write a sentence explaining some of the items you would banish and use a COLON!

How to use a semicolon: semicolon

Summarizing your short story

  1. Timeline the events in the short story on a page in your notebook. When done, get your work checked and approved by me.

10/23-10/26 English 1 & 9RCP Agendas


Today we read an article and applied the close reading strategies found in this handout:

Marking the Text handout


Today we used our shortened class time to do a close reading of “The Black Cat” by EAP.  We used the tools and notes that were taken and applied yesterday.



Today we went over summary basics and practiced summaries using this powerpoint and class discussion:




Sneeze:  What would you do if someone gave you one million dollars, no strings attached?

Please write at least half a page.


  1. A colon can be used to indicate a time or list of items.
  2. A colon can be used as an introduction to an explanation.
  3. A colon can be used for a quotation following an independent clause.





Grammar: how to use a colon

Summary work



10/20 English 1 & 9RCP Agenda

Sneeze 10/20/17

Tell me about the harshest, most difficult to hear — but accurate — criticism you’ve ever gotten. Does it still apply?

Hyperbole: an extreme and deliberate (on purpose) exaggeration or overstatement for effect.


We used a graphic organizer to search for, identify, and explain the meaning of the words found in the short story “Cask of Amontillado” (1) verbal irony, (2) situational irony, (3) dramatic irony, (4) sarcasm, and (5) hyperbole.  Turned in at the end of class.

10/19 English 1 & 9RCP Agenda

10/19 Sneeze

Review! What kind of irony is it? Identify the type of irony demonstrated by each of the four statements below, and explain why it is that type of irony.  Write in COMPLETE sentences.  You may look back at your notes.

  1. An ambulance comes to a woman’s house to take her to the hospital, hopefully to save her life. On the way to the hospital the ambulance is hit by a semi-truck and everyone on board the ambulance is killed.
  2. You work all afternoon cooking a fancy dinner for your boyfriend. When he takes his first bite, he spits it out into his napkin without you seeing and says to you, “Oh Sweetie, this is wonderful!”
  3. In your history book, you read about a young man in the Revolutionary War who kills a British soldier. That soldier who was killed turns out to be his favorite cousin.
  4. In the children’s story “Little Red Riding Hood” we know that the wolf has eaten the grandmother, but Little Red Riding Hood does not know that.

After, we got into groups from the previous day and used Padlet to answer the analysis questions from the day before.

10/17 & 10/18 English 1 & 9RCP Agendas

Homework: plot diagram and completed reading analysis questions due TOMORROW 10/19 – 10 points

10/18/17 Sneeze

In “The Cask of Amontillado” Montresor drinks to the “long life” of Fortunato.  Why is this moment significant or interesting, and why?

Reading Quiz

Reading Analysis Questions in Groups – if you need the questions, please see me


Redress = Remedy

An unreliable narrator is a character whose telling of the story is not completely accurate or credible due to problems with the character’s mental state or maturity

A reliable narrator is one who is accurate and impartial

Foreshadowing refers to the use of indicative word or phrases and hints that set the stage for a story to unfold and give the reader a hint of something that is going to happen without revealing the story or spoiling the suspense. Foreshadowing is used to suggest an upcoming outcome to the story.


Sneeze: Write a letter to your younger self telling you about something you learned, a funny story, or just something you want younger you to know.  One page.

Read the rest of EAP’s short story “The Cask of Amontillado.”

Watch the video that corresponds with the short story.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TF_sMg5pKI

Plot line diagram.