Monthly Archives: October 2013

Monday, October 28, and Tuesday, October 29

On Monday we took our vocabulary quiz – please come by and make it up if you were absent!

In period 1 today, we continued analyzing magazine advertisements for tools of rhetoric.

In periods 3, 4, 5, and 6 on Tuesday, we analyzed a documentary on tobacco advertising in the developing world. Your notes on the film are due tomorrow. If you need to print another copy out, here is the electronic document:

Logical Fallacy Graphic Organizer – Documentary

And here is the documentary:

I also told everyone that I am extending the deadline for finishing CMC through Chapter 25 until Thursday. Again, here are the notes that you need to be taking that will be due on Thursday:

Reading Guide Part 1

October 25, 2013

Period 1:

Today in class, we continued talking about The Pearl, annotating through Chapter 3.

Periods 3, 4, 6, and 7:

Students in periods 3, 4, and 6 took a reading check over chapters 1 through 10. Period 7 will take theirs on Monday.

We discussed the literary terms dictionary, due on November 11, for the Count of Monte Cristo. Here is the PowerPoint we covered explaining how to do these entries:

Literary Language Dictionary

And here is a copy of the project instruction sheet, along with the terms:

Literary Language Dictionary

Literary Terms to Know

As a reminder, your sentences explaining how the vocabulary words (in the vocabulary section of the website, it you need another copy) are used in The Count of Monte Cristo are due on Monday.

Mini-posters are due on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, please be finished with Chapters 1 – 25 of The Count of Monte Cristo, and have the following questions answered:

Reading Guide Part 1

You can type the answers directly in the boxes, or you can print off a copy and hand write them.

Wednesday October 23, and Thursday October 24


Period 1: We reviewed Aristotle’s appeals of rhetoric – ethos, pathos, and logos. Students practiced identifying the uses of these in commericals.

Periods 3, 4, 5, and 6: We discussed Chapter 6 of The Pearl.



Period 1: We continued our discussion of rhetoric in the Pearl by writing a letter from Juana asking the doctor to help her baby.

Periods 3, 4, 6, and 7:

I assigned a CMC mini-poster project, due this upcoming Tuesday. If you need a copy, here is the electronic version (NOTE THAT LATE ASSIGNMENTS FOR THIS PROJECT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED!):

Count of Monte Cristo Schema Mini-Poster

Students also completed a background reading on the history and political situation of France during this time. If you need a copy, come see me!

Students in periods 3, 4, and 6 were to have read Chapters 1-10 for a reading check. Period 7, you’ll take your reading check on Monday.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Period 1:

Today we read the first part of Chapter 3 of The Pearl and discussed it!

Periods 3, 4, 6, and 7:

We talked about Chapter 4 of the Pearl. Homework is to read Chapter 5 (and be ready for a reading check tomorrow) and to write sentences explaining how the words from Count of Monte Cristo are used in the context of the novel (due Monday before the quiz).

Bring your copy of CMC on Thursday!


Friday, October 18, 2013

In period 1 today, we read and discussed Chapter 2 of The Pearl.

In periods 3, 4, 6, and 7, we talked about Aristotle’s three rhetorical tools – ethos, logos, and pathos.

Homework – Pre-AP English I, due Monday, October 21

  1. Read Chapter 3 of The Pearl
  2. Write a letter from Juana to the doctor trying to convince him to treat Coyotito even though the family can’t pay him, using Aristotle’s three rhetorical appeals (ethos, logos, and pathos). Using the essay on the reverse side of this page as a model, indicate which statements of yours are ethos, logos, and pathos – both label them and color-code them (ethos – red; logos – blue; pathos – yellow). Your letter must be a minimum of 400 words.
  3. Study for vocabulary quiz.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Today in class we are reading the first chapter of John Steinbeck’s The Pearl, and discussing the three major themes:

1. Music

2. Greed and Corruption

3. Colonialism and Oppression

Students in Pre-AP need to read Chapter 2 for homework and fill out the theme quote graphic organizer:

The Pearl Chapter 1 Thematic Analysis

We did a copy of this for Chapter 1 in class today.

As promised, here are copies of the first and second chapter, in case you have not yet had a chance to check out a book:

The Pearl – Chapter 1

The Pearl – Chapter 2


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Period 1:

We’re finishing your essays on General Zaroff and Montresor.

Periods 3, 4, 6, and 7:

We’re finishing your essays, and you have homework. Here’s the file, in case you lost yours:

The Pearl Pre-Reading Homework – Venn Diagram

And here’s the link to the website that I would recommend using to complete this:

(I love The Oatmeal so much.) This works out really well because not only was this past Monday Columbus Day, this information is important for you to understand Steinbeck’s The Pearl. Think of this piece of history as sort of the prologue – what happens before the story, that we don’t get to see.


And one more thing – the vocabulary is now posted under the “Vocabulary” tab.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Today was Library Day! We got an orientation from Mr. Castille, our fantastic librarian. Most of you checked out books (hurray!) – remember that those are due or need to be renewed in two weeks.

Also, as promised, here is the address that you need to use to get to Bellaire’s electronic card catalog:

I hope everyone had a good PSAT session! 🙂

Monday, October 14, 2013

Aujourd’hui we took our vocabulary quiz and began writing an essay comparing the villians of “The Most Dangerous Game” and “The Cask of Amontillado.” The prompt for the essay was as follows:

The National Library of Medicine describes sociopathology in the following way:

Antisocial personality disorder is a mental health condition in which a person has a long-term pattern of manipulating, exploiting, or violating the rights of others. This behavior is often criminal.

Using this definition and your understanding of “The Most Dangerous Game” and “The Cask of Amontillado,” write an essay explaining whom you think is the greater sociopath, Montresor or General Zaroff. You must use one quote from each story as evidence.

I told you that we’ll continue writing this in class on Wednesday, and that it will be due at the end of that period.

Also, if you would like to take the practice PSAT quiz, you can get 10 extra credit points on your vocabulary quiz!

Tomorrow we are meeting at the library. See you there!