Wednesday, October 2

Today in class, we will:

  1. talk about the first part of the Penelopiad.
  2. look at some notes and exercises on adjectives and adverbs (adjectives and adverbs)
  3. assign homework for tonight — the next section from the Penelopiad (The Penelopiad – The Maids) and these questions (The Penelopiad Part 2 Reading Guide).


  1. Our next book will by The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. The school does not have enough copies to check out to every single student, so if you want to make sure that you have one that you can read at home, I recommend getting your own copy. You can buy it on Amazon or another online bookstore, go to a local bookstore like Barnes and Noble or Half Price Books, or bring $15 to the school and I will order one for you. You will need your book by next Wednesday.
  2. Extra credit movie after school on Friday!

Monday, September 30

Today we are taking our grammar and vocabulary quiz. There is no extra homework, but please remember to finish Books 23 and 24 of the Odyssey for tomorrow!


  1. We will be having an after school movie this week (for extra credit)! It will be O Brother, Where Art Thou? (the retelling of the Odyssey set in the south in the 1920s), and I will give you the choice to apply the extra credit to either this cycle or next.
  2. A former student, Madeline Steffy, has offered to tutor any students who might need some help — she can assist you with English homework as well as Spanish and algebra. Her email address is if you would like to get in touch.

Friday, September 27

Happy Early Release (for students) Day!

First, I have decided to extend the due date for the Books 23 and 24 Reading Guide until Tuesday (so it’s NOT due on Monday). I would really like for you to use your time over the weekend to study.

With our shortened day, we will be going over the third Odyssey vocabulary list. Please make sure that you study both our verbs notes and that list (and remember that you have a practice quiz that you can take!).

Thursday, September 26

Today in class, we will:

  1. talk about Books 21 and 22 of the Odyssey.
  2. continue our discussion of verbs in preparation for your quiz on Monday (we will also have the third Odyssey vocab list on that quiz).
  3. read a poem by Margaret Atwood about the sirens and compose some of our own!
  4. get started on reading the last two books of the Odyssey (13 – Books 23 and 24) and answering these questions (Books 23 and 24 Reading Guide) — this will be due on Monday!

Remember that if you don’t want your summer reading book anymore, you can turn it in for candy and I will turn it in to a student next year who needs one!


Wednesday, September 25

Welcome to class today! Today we will be learning about verbs with these notes (verbs notes) — this material will be on your quiz on Monday.

We will also look at this quick explanation of verb tenses and aspects:

Homework for tonight is to finish the reading guide for Books 21 and 22 of the Odyssey, which you should have picked up yesterday.

Tuesday, September 24

Happy Tuesday! Today in class, we will:

  1. practice reading some poems from Circe’s perspective out loud.
  2. finish looking at the graphic novel version of the Odyssey.
  3. submit your questions about your hero for your research project via Google Classroom.
  4. get started on reading the poem version of Books 21 and 22 (due on Thursday) — here is that text (12 – Books 21 and 22) and those questions (Books 21 and 22 Reading Guide).


Other stuff:

  1. Our meeting for the two study abroad trips — Scotland and Ireland over Spring Break and Spain over the summer — is tomorrow, Wednesday, at 6:30 PM in the library. You can RSVP here.
  2. Because of the early dismissal, we won’t be able to have an after school movie this Friday. We should have one next week, though!

Monday, September 23

Today in class, students took a quiz over last week’s vocabulary words (no grammar because of the cancelled day!). Afterwards, students read the graphic novel version of the Odyssey — you should have the reading guide for Books 17, 18, 19, and 20 finished by the end of tomorrow (you will have some time to work in class).

There is no homework for tonight, but please remember that your questions about your hero for your research project are due tomorrow!

Thursday, September 19

Today in class, we will:

  1. Talk about study abroad!
  2. Discuss Odyssey Vocabulary List 2 in preparation for your quiz on Monday (we will also be talking about verbs tomorrow).
  3. Continue reading the graphic novel — your reading guide for Books 13, 14, 15, and 16 is due on Friday.


  1. Our extra credit movie, O Brother Where Art Thou?, is tomorrow after school — it should be over by 6:00 PM.
  2. Your Hero’s Journey questions are due next Tuesday.