10/4 English 2

Today we picked up our new novel from the library and dropped off our textbooks.  The new novel we are reading is Fahrenheit 451.  If you were not in class, it is YOUR JOB to go get it.  We will be using this book every day for several weeks, except tomorrow.

After we picked up books, we had our first super awesome Socratic Seminar!

I put up nine statements on the board, and all the students wrote in their composition books whether they agreed or disagreed with the statements and why.  Afterwards, we paired and shared, and finally engaged in a shortened version of a Socratic Seminar.  This activity acted to prepare students for reading the new novel.

10/4 English 1 & 9RCP

10/4 Sneeze: 

If you could live inside any video game, television show, movie, or book, which would you choose and why?


  • a repetition of similar sounding words occurring at the end of lines in poems or songs
  • a tool utilizing repeating patterns that brings rhythm or musicality in poems which differentiate them from prose which is plain


the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.

Assonance: The repetition of vowel sounds in words that are close together.

word assonance has assonance
because the two “a”s make the same sound. Why Writers Use it: Connecting vowel sounds creates internal rhyme. It makes the words flow together, and can help make phrases more memorable.

Consonance refers to repetitive sounds produced by consonants within a sentence or phrase.

10/3 Drama Agenda

ABC Improv Presentation

Duo-Improvisation Scenarios

  1. Awaiting a friend to come and play chess, you prepare the chessboard.  When your friend arrives both begin to play.  The game is close and your friend loses.  He accuses you of cheating and there is a heated argument.  He walks out angrily.
  2. You enter a shoe store and sit to be waited on.  You describe to the clerk the type of shoe you want.  He brings three pairs.  You try on two pairs and decide to take the first pair.  The clerk thinks the second pair looks better and attempts to change your mind.  The scene ends with you buying both pairs.
  3. You are reading a very humorous book in a public library.  You laugh aloud.  The librarian reminds you that you must maintain silence.  You are embarrassed and apologize, but return to your reading.  Again you laugh aloud and the librarian rebukes you.  You move to another seat and resume reading.  This time when you laugh, the librarian asks you to leave.  You persuade her to read from your book.  She does, and breaks into loud laughter.
  4. You stealthily enter the kitchen.  You place a step stool near the cupboard and climb to where you can reach the cake box on the top shelf.  You get it down and cut yourself a slice of freshly baked cake.  Your sister enters.  When she sees what you have done, she is furious since the cake was for a cooked food sale.  You make a flippant remark, and she grabs the nearest implement and chases you out the door.  She returns feeling discouraged and begins to eat the piece of cake you cut.

10/3 English 2 Agenda

10/3 Revision Stations – ten minutes per station to edit your papers


1.       Read Aloud

Reading Aloud:

Sharpens Your Focus.

Increases Your Vocabulary.

Results in Greater Comprehension.

Gives you an Opportunity to Play.

Exercises Your Body.

Challenges Your Use of Intonation.

Improves Listening and Reading Skills.

Read your essays out loud to one another while stopping to edit and make POLITE suggestions along the way.

1.       Learn How to Analyze

This is a skill that can be difficult for students at all levels. Your commentary is supposed to function as explanatory sentences in which you attempt to unpack your examples (concrete evidence) and show readers how they support the claim you are trying to make.  You gave me evidence, but why do I care about it?  So what?  This is the part of the essay where you stop summarizing the play and start telling me why that part of the play matters to your thesis.

2.       Essay Structure

Look at your notes on the parts of an essay…ie the outline.  Now, go back and label the parts of your essay using pen, pencil, and/or highlighters.  Look for:  thesis, topic sentence, concrete detail, and commentary.  Use the same color/technique to mark the same types of sentences throughout your essay.

Next, search for the mistakes that make Ms. Navarro crazy!  Is there first person (I, me, we you)?  Did you use a contraction?  Did you utilize abbreviations?  Did you capitalize names and places?  Did you RESPECT your margins and indent?

3.       Academic Writing and Transitions

Some words are more for conversation with friends than they are academic words and transitions. Take out your list of transitions.  Use this type of language in your own essays. Underline the areas where you have made changes.  Is the word SHOWS anywhere in your essay….get rid of it!

4.       OMG is that a quote?  Let’s paraphrase it!

When should we quote language?  When should we paraphrase it?  Paraphrases should not have quotes around the words but must have a citation!   Avoid the habit of “dropping quotes” — including quoted material without introduction or attribution.

10/03 English 1 & English 9RCP

Today I reviewed the suspicious circumstances of Edgar Allan Poe’s death.  We spoke about all of the different causes of death attributed to Poe, and why that might be.  After, I showed the class some funny and serious obituaries online.

Finally, I asked them to write an obituary outlining some of the highlights of Poe’s life, and then make up or choose a way Poe died.  The assignment was due at the end of class.

10/02 English 2 Agenda

Today is the last day that we worked on in class essays.  All students are asked to finish the essays for homework, if not already completed, and print out the essay for peer editing and revision in class tomorrow.

You will be awarded points for bringing a completed essay and for the peer editing exercise…so don’t forget!

9/28 & 9/29 Drama Agenda

Two groups presented their activities during class.  We did (1) funeral procession and (2) accepting circle.

We had a test on improv.  The test was as follows:

Answer the following questions on a loose-leaf piece of paper.  Use complete sentences.

  1. What are the two questions that we ask ourselves during improv? Tell me the answers, as well!
  2. What are the two rules of improv? Tell me briefly what each rule means.
  3. Who is Ms. Halpern?
  4. What is The Committee?
  5. Tell me one way improv says that “thinking ahead can hinder your life?”
  6. Who is Viola Spolin?