Friday, October 31, 2008

Homework 10/31

Happy Halloween!!!
Romeo and Juliet
Act 2 Scene 1&2

A Student Work:
* Work on your Culture Vulture Poster
* Culture Vulture Work Cited Page
* Select your next ROAR book (Make sure it is a historical novel)

Have a great weekend!!!

History ROAR!

Here are some choice selections from past years:

The Ultimate History of Video Games
By Steven L. Kent
This book is perfect for anyone who has ever touched a joystick or a D-pad. The premise of this book is how each big company or person that has made gaming history, from Nolan Bushnell (founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese), to Shigeru Miyamoto (the man behind Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Yoshi, and Star Fox).

The Emperors of Chocolate: Inside the Secret World of Hershey and Mars
By Joel Glenn Brenner
This book was about the war of chocolate. It started off telling about these two men who wanted to pursue a career in creating the best chocolates. The two men were Forrest Mars, and Milton Hershey.

Blue: The History of a Color
By Michel Pastoureau
Certain colors were forbidden outside certain social groups. The moral issue was not the actual color, but the product used to create it. This became part of how people distinguished social outcasts. "The crippled, the deformed, lepers, the 'weak bodied,' and those who were 'cretins and funny in the head' were often to wear bright colors" (Pastoureau 91).

Chewing Gum
By Michael Redclift
Michael Redclift shows a history of how gum was created. Thomas Adams introduced chicle to the Americans but Wrigley offered baking powder to customers who would buy two packs of gum. He convinced millions of Americans to buy his gum.

Babe Ruth and the 1918 Red Sox
By Allan Wood
As the 1918 season ended it was a significant moment for the Red Sox. Unfortunately, it was the last moment worth mentioning for the next 86 years. That year was full of controversy due to the player strike, threat of government shutting down the season, and the lack of players on rosters.

A History of the World in Six Glasses
By Tom Standage
Beer, spirits, wine, cola, coffee, and tea are six beverages that were each the most influential drinks at particular eras in history. These six beverages form a chain of drinks that were important to many people because they were used for important events.

Ice Cream: The Delicious History
By Marilyn Powell
The book takes you back to when ice cream first came to be, and what an interesting history it is. Marilyn Powell did a great in writing this book. She sure knew how to draw her readers in by intriguing stories, myths, and facts about ice cream.

Chocolate: A Bittersweet Saga of Dark and Light
By Mort Rosenblum
Chocolate, referred to as "the gods' breakfast" is "just about everyone's drug of choice." In the book Chocolate, Mort Rosenblum describes the history and the processes that make chocolate. Based on history, it is said that one hundred beans of cacao was worth one slave.

Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation
By Jeff Chang

The book Can't Stop Won’t Stop was about the hip-hop generation and how it started.
Hip Hop was a very popular type of music in the 1979 when it started. It appealed to people because it was a type of music like no other. Hip Hop originated from the Bronx, New York when DJs began isolating the percussion break from funk and disco songs.

The Rise and Fall of the American Teenager
By Thomas Hine
In the book the idea of “teenager” was discussed. Amazingly, this word did not always exist. According to Thomas Hine and many other people, teens were invented. "The word was coined during the early 1940's by some anonymous writer or editor to describe an age group that had suddenly become a great interest to marketers and social reformers."

By Humberto Fernandez
Heroin, the notorious drug known for its addiction and devastation, dates back over 7,000 years ago as the Sumerians made the discovery of opium. One of the main cereal crops that the Sumerians grew was the poppy flower, in which they referred to as "hul gil", or "the plant of joy".

Salt: A World History
By Mark Kurlansky
Salt has made an important contribution to the world. As Mark Kurlansky says, “salt shaped the beginning of civilization and is an element of life.” It was said by some cultures that salt had magical powers. We know salt as something to sprinkle on food, but salt was so valuable that it served as money.

The Devil in the White City
By Erik Larson
The two men were very alike in physical features, but had different careers. One is an architect, while the other is a killer. Burnham, the architect, was well known for many of his like the Flatiron Building in New York and Union Station in Washington. H. H. Holmes was at first a doctor who then built a hotel called "World's Fair Hotel” where the guests were brutally murdered.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Homework 10/30

Romeo and Juliet
Complete the Study Guide!
Part 1: Find examples of the words we defined in class
Part 2: Answer the questions for Act 1 (These do not have to be in complete sentences)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Culture Vulture

Culture Vulture Posters are due on November 7th.

Shakespeare Glossary

Romeo and Juliet
Here are some excellent glossaries on the web to help you with your Elizabethan English.


You can also hunt around on google for good Shakespearean Glossaries, or glossaries specific to Romeo and Juliet

Homework 10/29

Romeo and Juliet
Finish reading Act 1 scene 5
Actively Read
Do a 5-4-3-2-1 for Scene 4 and 5 combined

Homework 10/27

Romeo and Juliet
Re-read Act 1 Scene 2 and Scene 3
Actively Read
on both scenes combined

Friday, October 24, 2008

Homework 10/24/08

ROAR Posts are due on Sunday the 26th at 6pm. All ten posts are due at this time.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Homework 10-23

Romeo and Juliet Stage Direction
Add stage directions to Act 1 Scene 1. The stage directions should be added to the part that we read today in class(the beginning until the Prince enters the scene, pg289-231). Please add movement, facial movement, props, setting, actions, fighting, voice tone, costumes, etc.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Homework 10/21/08

Romeo and Juliet
Read The Prologue on pages 287-289
After you have read:
1) Make an inference about what will happen in the play.
2) Ask questions, a minimum of 3 questions
3) Is there a rhyme, pattern, or beat to the prologue?
4) Find examples of literary terms, a minimum of 2

* Do not forget to study for your vocabulary quiz tomorrow
* Your Final Draft of your Culture Vulture is due on Thursday to

Monday, October 20, 2008

Homework 10/20

1: make flashcards for Vocab quiz (lesson 5)

2: review over notes on drama terms

3: finish your ROAR book and posts

4: complete your Culture Vulture response sheet and bring proof

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Homework 10/16

Bring your ROAR book to class! Plan to read at least 30 pages tomorrow, and compose a 5/4/3/2/1 blog post. Use the computers at the back.

Remember that Culture Vulture is due Tuesday, October 21. If you do not complete a Culture Vulture response sheet by that day, you must attend an after school Culture Vulture film.

10 ROAR blog posts are due by Sunday, October 26 @ 6pm. Remember, you can only post twice in one day.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Homework 10/15

Day 2 of reading Of Mice and Men (1992).

Please complete a 5/4/ /2/1 journal based on our reading today. Sorry about the gruesome scene w/Curley's hand. I think the director made a great choice with how it was filmed, first focusing on Lennie's face, then switching to focus on the bloody hand. Notice how much time is given to the aftereffect of the violence. The violence lasts a moment, but the pain and consequences last for much longer.

Friday= Reading Day! Bring your ROAR book to class and get some posts on your blog.

Be ready to turn your books in on Friday, so please bring Of Mice and Men to class that day.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Homework 10/14

1: be sure to keep on reading and posting that ROAR work

2: Culture Vulture?

3: look back over the OMM film terms, be ready to use them in a HW tomorrow

Friday, October 10, 2008

Columbus Day Homework

1: No Vocab quiz next week.

2: 2 ROAR posts due on Tuesday to your blog

3: Annotate the OMM Film Sheet. Do that good reading!

If you lost the sheet, click here. Read p. 9-11

4: Time to get a Culture Vulture done

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Homework 10/9

strange day with photos and all...

So, get your extra credit points for the vocabulary and literary terms section of the OMM test.

Upload your work to before 2:00 tomorrow

Birds Culture Vulture

Did you know that Computer Science teacher Mr. del Solar is an amazing photographer?

Come out this Columbus Day weekend to enjoy some snacks and sample his wonderful work.

The Boston Nature Center Presents:
Eduardo del Solar's Birds of the Americas II

“In this exhibit I include images from places I have visited this year. Images of neo-tropical birds from Costa Rica, the clay-licks and rivers from the Tambopata rain forest in Peru, our own Everglades in Florida as well as birds from New England are part of this exhibit. Hope to see you there!”

Join us for the Exhibit Opening and Wine/Seltzer & Cheese Reception October 12, 2008 from 2:00-4:00 PM

Boston Nature Center
500 Walk Hill Street
Mattapan, MA 02126 617-983-8500

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Homework 10/8

1: get that blog up and running

2: bring your ROAR biography book to class tomorrow

3: earn Extra Credit points on the OMM test by composing one sentence for each vocabulary word on the test, showing a knowledge of the word and using situations from OMM. Also, find passages from OMM that demonstrate the seven literary terms listed on the test; be sure to explain how your passage shows the literary term. Extra Credit due to by Friday 1:59pm

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Homework 10/7

1: Vocabulary Quiz #4

2: ROAR reading

3: Set up your blog!

Huge Culture Vulture Author Event!

You don't even know how huge this is!

Habits of Mind Lecture: Junot Diaz. October 9th, 6:30pm

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz will be joining us in the first Habits of Mind lecture of the 2008-2009 year. Lecture will be open to all staff, students, and community members who wish to join. For more information, or to RSVP for the lecture, please contact 617-635-6789 ext. 214 or

Boston Day and Evening Academy Directions

Dudley Station.

Exit the station and walk towards the major intersection of Malcolm X Ave./Warren Street/Dudley St.

Walk up Warren Street towards the Urban League. The Dudley Square library branch will be on your right.
Take a left onto Kearsarge Ave and walk up the hill to the school which will be on your right.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Film Culture Vulture

Here's a great film festival that is happening this week!

Films are shown at Boston University and Harvard Film Archive.

See the full listing here:

Homework 10/6

1: Vocab quiz #4 on Wednesday
2: set up your ROAR book blog for Thursday
3: get a ROAR book and start reading for Thursday

Friday, October 3, 2008

Post your ROAR blog here!

Time to show off your blogs!

Add a comment to this post, and share the web address of your ROAR blog.

ROAR Assignment

When you have found your ROAR book, here's the next step! You must create a blog and inform me of its location by Thursday 10/9

As you read your ROAR books this year, you are required to keep a record of your reading. For each book, you must compose 10 sections of 5/4/3/2/1 notes and post them on a blog.

You may not post more than 2 times in one day
. If you do not have easy access to internet, hand write your notes and then take 10 minutes after school to post on your blog.

5- strong comments about characters and plot
4- insightful questions
3- vocabulary words and definitions; give page #
2- examples of literary terms; give page #
1- summary sentence

Create the Blog

1: create a Google account
2: name your blog, make it interesting!
3: chose template for colors and layout
4: comment on our class blog and share your blog’s address

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Homework 10/2


You must have a ROAR book for class on Wednesday. Make it a strong biography, at least 200 pages. Do look at the list below for student suggestions.

Vocab Quiz #4 on Wednesday.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

ROAR Selections

Here are some ROAR selections from students over the past three years...

Kaffir Boy

Mark Mathabane
This book specifically focuses on the apartheid South Africa of Mark Mathabane's childhood. Publishers Weekly says the book is "Powerful, intense, (and) inspiring," and I strongly agree.

Red Scarf Girl
Ji-Li Jiang
Growing up into a wealthy family in China there were some problems Jiang Ji-Li
faced. Ji-li ,a beauty with brains, was about twelve years old when the Cultural Revolution first began its terror. During the Cultural Revolution in China many young people were blinded from the what was really happening.

Audrey Hepburn: An Elegant Spirit
Sean Ferrer
No one would have expected a famous actress to ever step foot on the terrains of Africa. But there is one person that devoted her entire life to sharing love and affection to people all around the world; she is the one and only Audrey Hepburn.

Warriors Don't Cry
Melba Pattillo Beals
What was it like growing up as a black student in the United States during the beginning of integration? Melba Pattillo tells her story when she was one of nine African-American children chosen to integrate Little Rock's Central High School.

No Disrespect
Sister Souljah
A great book for urban teens about Sister Souljah’s life experiences, which can show people the way city people work and the things people do to get money and how love can affect the way others think. Each chapter is about a person in her life who affected her greatly.

Confessions of a Video Vixen
Karrine Steffans
Many girls have the desires and dreams to become the ladies that they watch on television that gets the chance to dance with the stars, gets the chance to be famous
and noticed by the guys. Yet, The true story behind it all might not be that American dream you hoped it to be.

The Road from Home - The story of an Armenian girl
David Kherdian
Everyday, you get up at a certain time in the morning. On the weekdays you go to school, and on the weekends you stay at home or go out with your friends. You go on with your certain routine, not thinking about anything going wrong or changing. But what if it does. What if one day, out of no where, you and your family are told that you have to pack up your things quickly because you are being deported?

Gather Together In My Name
Maya Angelou
In this biography, Maya opens up by giving a description of herself by saying 'I was seventeen, very old, embarrassingly young, with ason of two months, and I still loved my mother and stepfather (Angelou 3).

Chinese Cinderella
Adeline Yen Mah
Not being wanted by her family was complicated. Yen Jun-ling, known in her family as Wu Mei (Fifth Daughter), was born unlucky. Her mother died while giving her birth. "If you had not been born," said Big Sister to her one day, "Mama would still be alive. She died because of you. You are bad luck."

The Life You Imagine: Life Lessons for Achieving Your Dream
Derek Jeter with Jack
One of the best shortstops in the modern era has been Derek Jeter; he is a three time gold glove winner and multiple time batting champ. In his book, he talks about his childhood and lifestyle now. He also tells you his lessons learned as a child from his parents and the world around him.

When I Was Puerto Rican
Esmeralda Santiago
Esmeralda is a girl growing up in Puerto Rico. Life is hard because her family is not that rich. Esmeralda experiences changes that show who she is and where she comes from. It helps show the transition to a new place and new people, how she has to change everything when she has to travel to new places and adapt to her new world. Esmeralda's journey shows her she will always be Puerto Rican.

Rat Bastards
John "Red" Shea
This is the true story of how a boy grew up during a very difficult time in the late 70's, in a predominately Irish neighborhood. He was taught to use his fists because the educational system had let the community down. He learned about respect and loyalty from the very people that would kill you just for pure greed.

Homework 10/1

Link to the Steinbeck Bio: Click!

Take 5 comments about the life of John Steinbeck.

Keep looking for your ROAR book. It must be 200 pages, and be a biography.