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Hello Parents!

It took a few more days than I expected, but I’m finally getting the time to post the first announcement dedicated to parents instead of the students. I am hoping this turns out well for all of us following my utter disappointment that we couldn’t use Google Classroom.

Here are some highlights for this week:

English 9H – students are continuing their chapter presentations for their classmates. They should be working independently to accomplish their share of the group project.

How you can help: remind them to use the resources I posted for them on Google classroom (the grading rubric, the full text of the Odyssey, presentation schedules). When in doubt, you may remind them to email me at:

English 9 – Students should be following the reading assignments that were given out on GREEN bookmarks. They may read alone, read aloud or access the audio-book that is attached to Google Classroom. I’ve been supplementing with film scenes during classes, but we will NOT watching the entire movie.

How you can help:It might be fun if you stream or order the movie from Netflix, make some popcorn and watch the whole film together. We are watching the 1968 Franco Zefferelli version, NOT the newer, yucky, Leonardo DiCaprio version – which was not very good at all. There was a quiz today in class and there will be more to follow.

Welcome to Freshmen Year 2016-2017!

Going Aloft!I am looking forward to meeting all of you and embarking on many adventures. On the first day of regular classes I will give all of you an information sheet about what to expect for the first semester. This class blog is just one way that I use to communicate with students. Don’t worry, I have enough communication methods to suit most of your, and your parents, preferences.

Feel free to leave comments here if you’d like.

It’s so confusing…

ConfusedI am not sure if we need to hold yet another class session of exchanging assignments on Google Classroom. Sometimes I get MOST of a class to turn in work on the Classroom site and yet, there are still some who are turning in work to my gmail account. It is very confusing when I am trying to grade assignments in a relatively timely manner because I am spending a lot of time searching my e-mail inbox when students tell me they’ve turned something in. I don’t want to miss anything, but I’m sure that I am.

What are some suggestions you have?

English 9 Dual Assignments

AssignmentsFor English 9 I posted a vocabulary sheet in Google classroom. You should look up the definitions and use them to create a study guide for a quiz you’ll have next week.

Another assignment students were given in class was to choose a side in the issue about police use of tasers. Think about whether you are FOR or AGAINST the use of these devices. Then, use the article you read in class last week, “Questions Linger About Tasers,” to find information in it that supports the side you choose. After that, you must find ONE MORE ARTICLE from a different source, that supports your position. Print it, read it, and annotate it to find appropriate information.

I am linking the vocabulary sheet to this post as well so it saves you a trip to Google classroom. You’re welcome!

Vocab Trial Terms

Weekend Reading


If you’re in English 9 you should take some time this weekend to review the end of the novel “Of Mice and Men” in preparation for preparing “closing arguments” on Monday or Tuesday at trial.

The English 9H group should read to the end of Book XV in The Odyssey.

Have a great weekend. You’ll get an extra hour of sleep. Yay!!

English 9 – George’s Trial


There are three separate sheets attached here. One is for the prosecution (those who feel George should be punished), one is for the defense (those who believe George should NOT be punished) and one is for the jury (those who are undecided). In class, students spent time doing background research to define terms on their sheet and to document witnesses (characters) and evidence that might help their side prove their case in the trial. The trial starts next week so get busy helping your team to win! Jurors will have the bulk of their work to do during and after the trial, but still must do this preliminary work.




The 9H Odyssey

My Writing OdysseyYou should draft some ideas for your in-class writing. The assignment is attached to this post and has been put up in Google Classroom, but it’s worth reviewing here just in case you missed it.

First, define odyssey.

Then, write a thoughtful, one-page, typewritten essay about an odyssey you’ve experienced or one you expect to experience in the future.

It should be written in class if you are here. We will finish by the end of class Friday, Oct. 23.

Personal narrative – Odyssey

English 9 – Two For One!

Two for oneYes, folks. This week you get to use one assignment that will count in two ways: your inquiry task this week should be research that you do to help either the defense or the prosecution win the case of “The State of California v. George Milton.”

You will be given instructions during class, but you can research on your own as well. While you research, you should document whatever question you are exploring and use it to fill out your “Ask Me Anything” inquiry journal sheet. See? Two-for-one.

You’re welcome!

English 9H – The Homer Odyssey

Grrrrr....frustrationNotice I wrote “The Homer Odyssey” and not “Homer’s Odyssey.” You’ll understand the reference, hopefully, when you view the attached PowerPoint that I have finally remembered to post for you.

Here’s yet another cheesy PowerPoint by me: Homer PPT

Vocabulary Review

Great Idea!I came up with a method to help you review the vocabulary words that will be on this week’s quiz. You can click on and view the PowerPoint I put together with words, parts of speech and images to help you get a handle on meanings.

Remember, when you take the quiz: Take your time! You have to THINK about what you’re going write and don’t be in such a hurry that you forget about proper capitalization, punctuation and spelling!

Here is the PowerPoint: Cheesy Vocab PPT #2

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