Wednesday, May 28, 2008

HW 5/28-6/1

greetings from Wilmington NC. I'll be sippin on Sweet Tea and eating a year's worth of "Chick Fil A."

For you:

1: Read to the end of Part 1 (678 in the Green Book, 924 in the Blue)

2: Work diligently on your Shared Essay. Make sure that everyone has e-mail addresses to send work to each other

3: Idiom Quiz #50-76 on Monday, June 2.

4: Get busy on ROAR reading and Culture Vulture activity

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

HW 5/27


With the sweet smoky smell of BBQ still lingering in the air, we turn our attention once again to the twists and turns of Odysseus.

1: Read and Notes for Green Book 662-667. Think about the procedures surrounding talking with the dead

2: CULTURE VULTURE update. So with the final exam calendar working the way it is, we will NOT be able to present a Culture Vulture Project. This means that for 5th term, you will only be required to submit a rough draft sheet and proof by June 11.

3: ROAR update. With trimming down the Culture Vulture, the ROAR will be moved forward and is now due on Monday June 16th by 2:00.

Friday, May 23, 2008

HW 5/23

Weekend Homework

1: Idiom quiz #23-49. This had better be a grade "pick-me-up" for you. Put good time into looking over and understanding the meaning of each idiom

2: Active reading of the Cyclops section: Green Book p. 654-662

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

HW 5/21



2) The Odyssey active reading in the Green Book page 647-653.

3) get to the State House and make a change for our schools

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

HW 5/20

Ye old Homework

1: young lions, ROAR into your travel books. You must be getting some good reads in while the time affords.

2: Culture Vulture? That's right, it's due on the 11th...

Monday, May 19, 2008

HW 5/19


1) upload your Baz Luhrmann journal to You must have something interesting to say in the journal, even if it is a question.

2) read pages 642-645 in the Green book, take active reading notes

3) begin the 2nd set of idioms, the quiz will be TUESDAY May 27

Friday, May 16, 2008

HW 5/15

For all the early morning blog readers...


1: get the ROAR book. Extra shame for people who have yet to think about selecting a book- there are folks who have already READ their book

2: Idiom quiz...Monday

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

HW 5/14


Day one of Baz and the Bard:

-Think back over the reading, and compose a 2 page response (yes, skip lines).

-Please move your thoughts beyond "Shakespeare uses swords, but this one had guns."

-Use the article from last night. Now you know Baz's style so comment on it.

Idiom test on Monday #1-22

ROAR book for Monday, too

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

HW 5/13

Get right on down to the science auditorium for some nice Baz Luhrmann Romeo+Juliet action.

Here is the article you need to actively read, that means take some notes (highlights are just pretty color)

Zeffirelli vs Luhrmann

Find that ROAR book.

Keep on with the idioms. Please come by after school if you can't make "heads or tails" of them...

Idioms List

Here is the list:


Guess the idiom:

credit to Linda Silvestri @
her site is amazing!

Monday, May 12, 2008

HW 5/12


1: nothing all that new...

2: Test tomorrow, flip and dip to try and see if you can identify the speakers

3: Idioms #1-22 quiz on Monday! Make sure you are prepared and not going into the quiz buying a pig in a poke...

4: travel to the library and journey about until you discover a ROAR book that suits you and our requirements.

Friday, May 9, 2008

HW 5/9


1) Enjoy finding a ROAR Travel Literature book. It is due by Monday, May 19

2) Get your Culture Vulture done early.
Here is a wonderful event in Harvard Square on Sunday: May Fair!
-the streets are all shut down for food, music and dance!

A more reflective event on Sunday morning, Mother's Day Peace Walk in Dorchester.

Regardless of event, do find a way to celebrate the mothers in your life.

3) If you have not completed the Research Paper, it must be submitted on Monday, May 12 or you will be attending summer school :)

Thursday, May 8, 2008

HW 5/8


congratulation! Research paper is done!

(if you have not turned in a paper, it must be submitted by Monday, May 12 by the end of the school day)

Weekend Work

1) find that travel book. Think of your favorite genre (fiction, non-fiction, math?) and select a book that has a journey/travel in it. Not a trip to grandmother's house, but an extended trip that is important to the plot and characters.

2) study over Romeo and Juliet Act 4 and 5. The test will be on Tuesday next week.

3) get ready for Baz Luhrmann's Romeo+Juliet

watch the trailer here:

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

HW 5/7


ok. Last night for the research paper. Be sure to check the research paper guidelines, download a 2nd copy from the blog.

Here are some continual questions/answers:

Q: Do I have to pass in all the sections together?

A: Yes. This is one research paper with a cover page, at least five pages of writing, and a works cited page. Print and upload this paper as one document.

Q: Do I have to cite information that I put into my own words?

A: Uh...yes.

Q: Does this paper need an introduction?

A: To quote Kool-Aid Man, "Oh Yeah." Before the first section of RASH, give an overview of the paper: what was researched, why research is important, and that the paper investigates Romeo and Juliet.

Q: Who is that Harold Bloom on the (R) section?

A: He is a "famous" Shakespearian critic, and many of the books we have been using are written or edited by him. You only need to write about Zeffirelli and Garrick for the final section.

Q: What about the titles for all the sections?

A: On the board today, there was an outline of how it might look. See below:


...Shakespeare died in 1616, and was buried in the same Stratford Church where he

was baptized. Unfortunately, we may never know whose body rests in the tomb

since Shakespeare wrote an epithet that curses anyone who dares "disturb these

bones" (Chapman 23).

Astrology in Elizabethan England

(tab)The power of Shakespeare's last words have remained to this day. While

people today might not be scared of a curse, this prevented anyone in Stratford

from opening the grave. In the late 16th century, people believed that their lives

were "governed by the stars" (Lackland 23). Shakespeare includes these popular

ideas in Romeo and Juliet as the title characters live and die because of fate found

in the sky.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

HW 5/6


Research Paper

1: plan how you will use tomorrow's class...

2: start to put together your paper sections. Yes, you will need and overall introduction to the paper. If it helps, put topic headings in bold before the start of each section

Monday, May 5, 2008

HW 5/5


Research Paper
1) Final week of the research paper! Everything due on Thursday 5/8

2) The (R)eader section of the paper should answer these research questions:
How have directors changed the the play?
How have critics evaluated the play?

Use the reading from last weekend on Garrick as a starting place.
Use the "Bloom books" in the classroom for additional information.

3) Bring to class your research notes tomorrow so we can work on works cited formatting

4) Bring to class on Wednesday your 4 sections of the paper so we can think about pulling it all together.

5) Make a visit to and to research what book you are going to read for ROAR term 5

Culture Vulture
6) Culture Vulture for this term will be a public presentation of your information. We will share our events with other students and teachers.

phew. That seems like a lot, but it is just placing into words all of the work you have already been assigned and have been completing these past weeks.

Saturday, May 3, 2008


For our last term, we will be reading Travel Literature. We will use a broad definition of "travel," and you can feel free to pick a book that recounts an actual journey or select a story of fictional travels.

Hint: If the title has "travel" or "journey" in it, then it is probably going to be acceptable.

You need to get right on selecting a book, since there is not a week break this term and it is so short.

Please use Amazon to research your books. Many students have written ROAR reviews that show dislike for the style of writing. This should not happen since you have the ability to read a few pages before launching full into the book.

Here are two that I like:

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
a riveting first-hand account of a catastrophic expedition up Mount Everest. In March 1996, Outside magazine sent veteran journalist and seasoned climber Jon Krakauer on an expedition led by celebrated Everest guide Rob Hall. Despite the expertise of Hall and the other leaders, by the end of summit day eight people were dead. Krakauer's book is at once the story of the ill-fated adventure and an analysis of the factors leading up to its tragic end. Written within months of the events it chronicles, Into Thin Air clearly evokes the majestic Everest landscape. As the journey up the mountain progresses, Krakauer puts it in context by recalling the triumphs and perils of other Everest trips throughout history.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.
Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker's Guide ("A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have") and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Research Paper Handouts

Here you go:

Rubric #1 (general guidelines)

Rubric #2 (six traits)

Rubric #3 (works cited)

HW 5/2


1) active reading of Romeo and Juliet Act 5
2) read the article on Shakespeare adaptation. This will be the start of your (R) section of the paper

Thursday, May 1, 2008

HW 5/1

Happy May Day. This is a day traditionally used to celebrate spring rebirth, or national pride and industry.


1) upload (H) paper to
2) create a solid advertisement for ROAR

tomorrow, we will look at Romeo and Juliet Act 5.

This weekend, you will start/complete the (R) section of the paper. We will work on that section on Tuesday. Be ready to compose a works cited page, so be sure to have all the bibliographic information for your books and websites.