Friday, June 5, 2009

Last Weeks

3rd post 6/5
4th post 6/10
5th post 6/17

The Odyssey
two sections of study questions due 6/10

sections 2-3 (#21-76) quiz on 6/10

The Miracle Worker
in class reading and notes 6/8-6/12

Monday, May 25, 2009

On Line Odyssey Questions

These questions are due on Thursday (5/28). Please hand them in at the start of the period.

Fill in the chart, and answer the 10 questions


These questions are due on Tuesday (6/2)

Friday, May 22, 2009

Memorial Day HW

1) read and notes for The Odyssey page 672-678

2) Culture Vulture rough draft on Tuesday

3) one ROAR post for Wednesday

4) 2nd section of idioms, quiz on Thursday

Thursday, May 21, 2009

HW 5/21

1) Idioms oral quiz, practice by pulling one out of a hat...

2) Read and notes on The Odyssey section "The Sirens." Tempting reading for sure...

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

HW 5/20

1) idioms quiz #1-20, match definitions

2) read and notes The Odyssey (662-667)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

HW 5/19

1) get ROAR reading

2) active reading of The Odyssey up to page 662 (the cyclops)

3) idiom quiz on Thursday

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

HW 5/12

Culture Vulture Presentations

(and snacks)

Monday, May 11, 2009

I do Culture Vultures too

So, it was baby shower time at Casa Doreian. This meant finding an activity for my dad and father in law. Since they were both sailors in their younger years, we visited the Volvo Ocean race area down on Fan Pier (it's right behind the ICA). They loved the films and "ocean simulation," you actually feel the wind and waves crashing. For you, there's a PUMA crate store with all the sweat shoes one could ever want. We tried to see the race from Nahant, but fog obscured the view for most of the race. But, it was a nice afternoon with the family. Pro tip: save $ by bringing food and eating on the outdoor seats at the ICA.

HW 5/11

Culture Vulture Presentations!

do remember to bring in a tasty snack.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

HW 5/6

1) vocab quiz #21

Monday, May 4, 2009

HW 5/4

1) submit Raisin essay to and print for tomorrow

2) vocab quiz #21 on Thursday

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Weekend HW

1: Works Cited for your Raisin in the Sun essay. Print for class

2: essay is due on Tuesday

Thursday, April 30, 2009

HW 4/30

Raisin in the Sun essay outline!

Be sure to start with the play, then expand into your research

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

HW 4/28

1) ROAR!

2) from the reading in class today, finish your notes

Monday, April 27, 2009

HW 4/27

Top priority:

ROAR posts. Most should be done; if not then get it done.Link

Reading for tomorrow:

1: go to this site
Find the demographic data for Massachusetts, Suffolk County in 1987 and 2006

Native American:
African American:

2: go to this site
Browse around, selecting different years, different cultural groups, and locations in the US

Write down three interesting pieces of information you learned from your research.

3: click and read this article, provide five comments
NY Times Article on Schools and Immigration

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

I do Culture Vulures too...

For the past two years, my wife and I have been photographing and reviewLinking local concerts for a website called It's been great to see lots of good music (and get into shows for free). We cover everything from folk-rock (Fleet Foxes) to post-rock (Radiohead), and hip-hop (GZA, Akrobatik, The Roots).

Last Saturday, I covered the Great Lake Swimmers at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge. Here's some photos
read the review here:

Friday, April 17, 2009

Get Your Culture Vulture Out

Independent Film Festival of Boston

Check out these films

54 years after school segregation was declared illegal, Charleston, MS plans its first integrated high school prom at the behest of lifetime resident Morgan Freeman.

Humorous, entertaining and moving documentary about the people who transform their vehicles into works of art.

(free) Hip-Hop and Comedy Workshops!

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Youth Week Talent Showcase, will be on Wednesday, April 22, from 7 - 9 pm here at 826 Boston. The event is free, open to the public and will feature talented youth from around the Roxbury/JP community. Come out to enjoy original music, poetry, dance, comedy, and more! Download the Talent Showcase flyer.

Join us during April School Break for creative workshops at 826 Boston! To sign up for workshops, call 617-442-5400 or email

Hip-Hop-oetics Take II. Tuesday & Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:00 pm (two sessions). Teacher: Chris Mooney. Enrollment is capped at 15 students. Ages 10-14. In this two-session workshop, students will explore verbal and rhythmic elements of hip-hip lyrics, and write their own lyrics to perform at Jamaica Plain Youth Week Talent Showcase on the evening of April 21st!

Sketch Comedy. Tuesday & Wednesday 10:00 am -12:00 pm (two sessions). Teacher: Lily Mooney. Ages 11-14. Enrollment is capped at 15 students. Working with improv games and comedy-writing exercises, students will create their own sketch comedy skits and have the opportunity to perform them on the evening of April 21st, at the Jamaica Plain Youth Week Talent Showcase.


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Robots and holograms!
265 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02139
Open Daily 10am – 5pm
Institute of Contemporary Art

imaginative sculptures, and poster art
Museum Hours
Tuesday and Wednesday 10 am - 5 pm
Thursday and Friday 10 am - 9 pm
Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 5 pm

Warren Anatomical Museum

Phineas Gage skull, and ether

Harvard Medical School
10 Shattuck Street
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9-5

Thursday, April 16, 2009

HW 4/16

1) read and annotate "The History of Race" handout.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

HW 4/15

since tomorrow is an open house, I'll miss 3rd period.

Here is the work for Thursday:

1) read and annotate the handout "Bias in Belmont/Boston School Desegregation"

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

HW 4/14

1) vocab quiz #20

2) read and annotate "What Happened Once the Youngers Moved to Clybourne Park"

Monday, April 13, 2009

HW 4/13

1) annotate the "Chicago Housing" handout

2) vocab quiz #20 on Wednesday

Saturday, April 11, 2009

I do Culture Vultures too...

ah, a rainy Saturday.

My soccer game was canceled, so a friend and I headed to the MFA. Not for paintings. But for Zidane.

I've been waiting to see this film for almost 2 years, waiting to catch it on a large screen with huge sound. The film focuses 17 HD cameras on Zinedine Zidane for 90 minutes of a Real Madrid soccer match, following his every step, pass, and drop of sweat. Switching between high angle shots from the stadium lights, to an amazingly close perspective from behind Zidane's head, the film gives a narration-less commentary on the experience of a professional athlete. With a soundtrack by the English noise band Mogwai, the footage of Zidane, Beckham, Raul, and Roberto Carlos rises to stunning emotion, then falls as players tap in grass divots when play stops.

Warning: this film will not turn you into a soccer fan. It will make you wonder what thoughts run through an athletes' head as they are surrounded by thousands of rabid fans.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

HW 4/7

1: ARITS test tomorrow

To study:

-skim back over the play, be able to construct an outline of plot events
-look through class notes. Pay attention to "assimilation" and "symbolism"

The test is comprised of these sections:
Multiple Choice Plot (40 points)
Quotation Identification (20 points)
Short Answer (40 points)

Monday, April 6, 2009

HW 4/6

1) review ARITS

2) big test on Wednesday!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Weekend HW

Enjoy the end of ARITS. Please compose a 5/4/3/2/1 entry for this final scene

Spend some time reading your ROAR

Thursday, April 2, 2009

HW 4/2

-Finish reading (make it active) Raisin in the Sun Act 2 Scene 3

-do make sure to write down some quality questions from your reading

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

HW 3/31

sorry for not placing posts the past two days, but here we go again...

1) show film notes tomorrow

2) Vocab Quiz #19 on Thursday

Thursday, March 26, 2009

HW 3/26

1) annotate the Film Terms handout

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

HW 3/25

1) read Act 2 scene 2 of A Raisin in the Sun

2) answer the prompt: What importance does Mrs. Johnson have for the story?

Monday, March 23, 2009

I do Culture Vultures too...

So, this weekend I had a minor epiphany. Since you share the Culture Vultures done each term, I should pass along the Culture Vulture activities of my life.

Here's a fine film that has been on my list of "to watch" for some time. It's called Persepolis, and it's the story of an Iranian girl who faces great struggles as her country changes from dictator rule to a religious state. The film mimics the style of a graphic novel, animated to capture the black and white drawings of the original book. While the characters speak French, with subtitles it is very easy to follow along. Best scene: Marjane goes to buy black market tapes because the government has banned "corrupt Western influences." And she ends up with Iron Maiden!

Check it out:

HW 3/23

1) read Act 2, Scene 1 in A Raisin in the Sun (76-95)

Friday, March 20, 2009

Weekend HW

1) read the handout about assimilation, mega annotations, and be ready for a fishbowl conversation on Monday

2) Vocab Quiz #19 on Thursday (3/26)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

HW 3/19

1) Raisin in the Sun reading- finish scene 2 (page 75)

-keep in mind the topic of "assimilation"

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

HW 3/18

1) vocab quiz #18

2) read that ROAR

Monday, March 16, 2009

HW 3/15

1) chart the characters, their desires, obstacles, from scene 1 of A Raisin in the Sun

2) vocab quiz #18 on Friday

Friday, March 13, 2009

Weekend HW

1) read to page #53 in A Raisin in the Sun. Take notes at your leisure

2) Bring in your ROAR book. Be sure to check the extra credit selections and find one that grabs your interest

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

HW 3/11

1: Vocab Quiz #17 tomorrow

2: ROAR book for Monday!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

HW 3/10

1: Active Reading of the "Present at the Creation" handout

2: Vocab Quiz #17 on Thursday

3: ROAR book must be brought in to class on Monday

Monday, March 9, 2009

HW 3/9

Ask someone, "what is the American Dream?"

Write down their name, and their response (3 sentences)

If they are unsure, give your three examples from class

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

HW 3/4

1) complete the Introduction and Conclusions worksheet

2) bring sections of your research paper to revise in class

3) begin the Works Cited

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Text of OMM

Read the book here:

HW 3/3

1) finish up the (S)tyle section of the research paper

2) begin to assemble your works cited entries

3) are you aiming for Extra Credit with your Culture Vulture Article? Submit it by 3/6.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Weekend HW

Last Weekend of Term II

Imitation Poem
-type the original poem (w/poet and title) then give yours on the side or bottom
-graphics? Might as well...the book sure likes 'em
-submit to and print for Tuesday (3/3)

Culture Vulture Article
-if submitted to by Friday (3/6), 1/2 letter grade Extra Credit
-otherwise, the new due date is Monday (3/9)
-aim for 300-500 words
-after school help session on Tuesday (3/3)

(S)tyle Section of the Research Paper
-Begin the checklist for Monday (3/2)
-One page of work due on Tuesday (3/3)
-two pages due on Wednesday (3/4)
Story by Steinbeck

Sonnets by Shakespeare

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

HW 2/25

(R) section of the Research Paper
-only submit to
-one page in length

Vocab Quiz #16 on Friday

Culture Vulture Rough Draft & Proof on Friday

Monday, February 23, 2009

HW 2/23

1: find and print an article from the NY Times about your author
-go to
-click "electronic resources"
-click "newspapers"
-select "NY Times" and do a search for the author

Look for a review of a book when it was 1st published, not the most recent article

2: Vocab #16 on Friday

3: (R) section of Research Paper due on Thursday to and printed

4: Rough Draft and Proof of Culture Vulture due on Friday

Friday, February 13, 2009

Extra Credit Books for ROAR IV

Fiction Selctions
Extra Credit List

The Killer Angels
Michael Shaara
In this account of Battle of Gettysburg, the three most important days of the Civil War come alive. Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain leads the 20th Maine regiment of volunteers at Little Round Top and turned the tide of the war against the Confederate forces.

Continental Drift
Russell Banks
Bob Dubois, 30, a burnt-out New Hampshire oil burner repairman, moves his family to Florida. There the Duboises meet the family of Vanise Dorsinville, a woman who has fled Haiti with her infant and nephew for a better life in the U.S.

Bel Canto
Ann Patchett
In an unnamed South American country, a world-renowned soprano sings at a birthday party in honor of a visiting Japanese industrial titan. However, just as the accompanist kisses the soprano, a ragtag band of 18 terrorists enters the mansion through the air conditioning ducts. Their quarry is the president, who has unfortunately stayed home to watch a favorite soap opera. And thus, from the beginning, things go awry.

Monkey Bridge
Lan Cao
Mai Nguyen and her mother struggle with their abrupt relocation to Farmington, Connecticut from Vietnam. While Mai takes readily to American life, her mother, haunted by her losses, recoils from the place she calls "the great brand-new."

Cat's Cradle
Kurt Vonnegut
In this satire of nuclear war, scientists and soldiers chase each other around in search of the world's most important and dangerous substance, a new form of ice that freezes at room temperature. If it falls into the wrong hands, the world will soon end.

Wide Sargasso Sea
Jean Rhys
Born into an oppressive society, Creole heiress Antoinette Cosway meets a young Englishman who is drawn to her innocent beauty. After their marriage, rumours begin that poison her husband against her. Caught between his demands and her own feelings, Antoinette struggles to stand strong against those who hate her.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

HW 2/12

For those who have completed their work, phew.

-bring your typed (H) section of the research paper to class tomorrow

For those who are not completing their work, you must get busy.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

HW 2/11

1) ROAR posts are due @5pm. There will be minor reductions for late work, but do not abandon all hope if you are 1/2 done the book. Talk to me about your reading.

2) Research Paper (H)istorical Context due tomorrow. Do check the Turnitin originality report, and cut out plagiarism and boring sentences
-print out a copy for class use

Monday, February 9, 2009

Film at Boston University! Culture Vulture or Extra Credit

Free films?

Screenings are held at the BU College of Communication, 640 Comm. Ave., Boston, Room B-05 Events are FREE.
Transportation: the “B” Boston College Green Line, the first stop at BU past Kenmore Square.
Thursday, February 12, 7 p.m.

For Black History Month, Emerson filmmaking professor, Patton-Spruill shows Squeeze (1997), the Roxbury-shot feature which Spruill made as a graduate student at BU, and which elevated the BU Film Program when it was bought by, and released by, Miramax Films. Squeeze is an unusual mixture of gangland genre film and an art-house work, influenced by both blacksploitation and the French New Wave. Spruill will be joined by Squeeze producer, Patricia Moreno, a BU grad.

Friday, February 20, 7 p.m.

A well-regarded film critic, Cheshire turned for the first time to filmmaking with Moving Midway, a wry, politically challenging documentary begun when his ancient North Carolina family home, Midway, was being uprooted and placed down the road. Cheshire contextualizes his Midway family story within the racist plantation milieu of Gone With the Wind, and also, along the journey, uncovers unknown black relatives. This tale for Obama’s America was picked by New York Magazine as one of the Ten Best Films of 2009.

Thursday, February 26, 7 p.m.

Veteran documentarian Anne Makepeace, whose work shows often at Sundance, brings to BU her newest work, Rain in a Dry Land (2007), an audience hit and prize-winner at several dozen film festivals. In this humanist saga of extreme culture shock, Makepeace follows two Somali Muslim families from refugee camps in Kenya to trying to make it as immigrants in tough-love America. This was the opening show for 2008 P.O.V., PBS’s esteemed indie-film series.

Book Readings! Culture Vulture or Extra Credit

Harvard Book Store

Wednesday, February 11th 7:00 PM
@ Harvard Book Store

reads from his newest novel The Women

Thursday, February 12th 7:00 PM
@ Harvard Book Store


Is God a Mathematician?

Wednesday, February 18th 7:00 PM
@ Harvard Book Store


Honeymoon in Tehran:
Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran

Tuesday, February 24th 7:00 PM
@ Harvard Book Store


How We Decide

Wednesday, March 4th 7:00 PM
@ Harvard Book Store


The Book of Night Women
Brookline Booksmith

Tuesday February 24 7PM
Ulrich Boser - The Gardner Heist

A book about the biggest art heist in history was long overdue. Now, reporter Ulrich Boser investigates the unsolved break-in at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, picking up where the crime’s top investigator left off. Join him as he uncovers a world as colorful as the stolen work.

Thursday, March 5 7PM
Jedediah Berry - Manual of Detection

Northampton-based author Jedediah Berry, an editor at the beloved independent publisher Small Beer Press, has had stories featured in Best New American Voices and Best American Fantasy. His debut novel, The Manual of Detection, follows a clerk thrust into the role of master sleuth. A cross between Borges and Chabon, this novel will thrill fans of imaginative fiction.

Boston Public Library (Copley)

Jeff Gordinier -- Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. in the Orientation Room. Jeff Gordinier is Editor-at-Large at Details magazine. Flipping conventional wisdom on its head, Gordinier’s recent book, X Saves the World revisits the glory years of the “slackers” who were born between 1960 and 1977—and takes a sharp look at the culture they’ve created in spite of (or maybe because of) their ongoing marginalization. If you’re interested in the humorous analysis of major trends in American culture, you will devour this volume.

Innovation in Hollywood -- Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. in the Orientation Room. In an illustrated spin through Hollywood history, Boston Globe columnist and author Scott Kirsner will discuss how innovators like Edison, the Warner Brothers, Pixar, George Lucas, Steve Jobs, and Bing Crosby have changed the movie industry. Scott's talk is based on his new book, Inventing the Movies: Hollywood's Epic Battle Between Innovation and the Status Quo. Books will be available for sale.

Thomas Barnett -- Thursday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. in Rabb Lecture Hall. In Great Powers: America and the World After Bush, Thomas Barnett delivers a tour de force analysis of the grand realignments that are both already here and coming up fast in the spheres of economics, diplomacy, defense, technology, security, the environment, and much more. The author of the groundbreaking New York Times bestseller The Pentagon’s New Map brings a remarkable analysis of the post-Bush world, and America ’s leadership role in it .Thomas P.M. Barnett regularly advises the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Special Operations Command, and Central Command, and routinely offers briefings to senior members of the four military services, the intelligence community, and Congress. For more information, click here.

Mary Pat Kelly -- Sunday, Feb. 15 at 2 the Orientation Room. Author and filmmaker Mary Pat Kelly discusses Galway Bay, her newest work of fiction with its roots based in the story of her own great-great-grandmother who escaped with her family from the Great Starvation of 1840s Ireland. This event is co-hosted by the Consulate General of Ireland, Boston and The Eire Society of Boston. For more information, click here.

Pamela Newkirk -- Thursday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. in the Abbey Room. Letters from Black America is a collection of extraordinary letters and a milestone in American history. It presents the pantheon of African American experience in the most intimate way possible – through the heartfelt correspondence of the men and women who lived through monumental changes and political events. For more information, click here.

Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman -- Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. in the Abbey Room.Bones of the Dragon is the first book in the Dragonships of Vindras series—and an introduction to a new world, a new cast of heroes and heroines, and a new adventure by the creators of no less than five New York Times bestselling epic fantasy series. With Bones of the Dragon, these two storytelling masters have conjured a rich new world of Viking-like warriors who sail the seas in ships powered by dragons in search of untold treasure. When strife and chaos threatens their world, however, they are duty-bound to follow their gods on a fantastic quest that will not only determine the fate of mortals—but the fate of the gods as well. For more information, click here.

Mysterious Massachusetts -- Thursday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. in the Orientation Room. Local authors Jedediah Berry and Hallie Ephron will discuss their debut novels and what it’s like to write a mystery. Jedediah Berry has an MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and has been published in The Best New American Voices 2008, as well as in literary magazines and online fiction sites. In The Manual of Detection, his tightly plotted debut novel, an unlikely detective, armed only with an umbrella and a singular handbook, must untangle a string of crimes committed in and through people’s dreams. Hallie Ephron is an award-winning book reviewer for the Boston Globe where her On Crime column of crime fiction book reviews appears the last Sunday of each month in the Ideas section. Hallie combined writing talent with a love of teaching in Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel: How to Knock 'Em Dead with Style. Her debut novel is a gripping psychological suspense novel, Never Tell a Lie. For more information, click here.

Michael Palmer -- Tuesday, March 3 at 6 p.m. in the Abbey Room. Michael Palmer is the author of twelve novels of medical suspense, all international bestsellers. In addition to writing, Palmer is an associate director of the Massachusetts Medical Society Physician Health Services, devoted to helping physicians troubled by mental illness, physical illness, behavioral issues, and chemical dependency. In The Second Opinion, Michael Palmer has created a cat-and-mouse game where one woman must confront a conspiracy of doctors to uncover an evil practice that touches every single person who ever has a medical test

Murder in New England – Thursday, March 5 at 6 p.m. in the Orientation Room. Murder comes in all tones and styles as this pair of mystery writers from New England will show. Rosemary Harris is a certified Master Gardener and docent at her local arboretum. In her latest mystery, Big Dirt Nap, readers will find that something stinks to gardener Paula Holliday, and it isn’t just the corpse flower, named for its off-putting fragrance. Paul Tremblay has won acclaim for his short fiction, and received two nominations for the 2007 Bram Stoker Award. Wildly imaginative and with a pitch-perfect voice, The Little Sleep is the first in a new series that casts a fresh eye on the rigors of detective work, and introduces a character who has a lot to prove—if only he can stay awake long enough to do it.

HW 2/9

1) 2 pages of Research Notes related to Historical Context

2) bring books, notes to class on Wednesday

3) (H) section of paper due on Thursday- print and

Friday, February 6, 2009

Weekend HW

1: you must edit your (A) section of the Research Paper for Monday and resubmit to
-the edited paper must have an originality report <15
-make sure you have proper citations, needed for any sentence that includes info you researched
-to lower the originality percent: reword direct quotes as indirect & add more commentary

2: ROAR, the book notes are due 2/11

3: begin the (H) section of the research paper, look on the Research Paper sheet for hints
Two pages of Research Notes are due on Tuesday

4: no vocab quiz for next week!

5: the (H) section of the paper is due on Thursday

Thursday, February 5, 2009

HW 2/5

1: Vocab Quiz!

2: make changes to your (A) section of the research paper

3: ROAR!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

HW 2/5

1: print a copy of your Research Paper (A) section
-double space
-be sure to include citations for direct and indirect quotations

2: upload paper to

3: ROAR? You have one week to complete your reading!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

HW 2/3

1: Research Paper Section (A) due on Thursday 2/5

2: Vocab quiz #15 on Friday 2/6

3: bring research materials to class tomorrow


Vocab Extra Work for lesson #14 will be on Thursday

Friday, January 30, 2009

Weekend HW

1: bring your ROAR book on Monday (all posts due 2/11)

2: complete two sheets of Research Notes for Tuesday

3: 1st section of Research Paper due on Wednesday

4: Vocab Quiz #15 on Thursday

5: Bring research material for class on Friday

Thursday, January 29, 2009

HW 1/29

1: period 3, vocab quiz #14

2: period 5, bring your research materials

3: ROAR reading day on Monday

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

HW 1/27

1: Research Paper- 1/2 of the class did NOT have a book today. You must be devoted to starting your research, so do check out a book

2: ROAR! Tomorrow is reading day, so have good reading energy

3: Vocab Quiz #14 on Thursday

Monday, January 26, 2009

HW 1/26

1: after selecting an author, find a biography on your author. Bring the book, or show proof that it is being sent.

2: vocab extra help on Tuesday after school

3: Vocab Quiz #14 on Thursday

4: ROAR reading day on Wednesday 1/28

Friday, January 23, 2009

Weekend HW

1: Read (annotate) the Richard Wright short story "The Man who was Almost a Man"

2: check out a biography on the author of your choosing.

3: vocab extra help for scores lower than 28. Check snap grades

4: remember ROAR reading on 1/28

Thursday, January 22, 2009

1: finish reading "Liberty," and take active reading notes

As a Word document
HTML format

2: Find a biograph of your author. This must be brought to class on Tuesday, or you need proof that it is being sent.

3: Vocab Quiz #14 on THURSDAY 1/29

4: ROAR reading days: 1/28 and 2/3

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

HW 1/21

1: Vocab Quiz #13

2: If you did not complete the MCAS essay review sheet, this must be done for tomorrow

3: ROAR reading

4: look for a biography of your author

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

HW 1/20

"History, despite its wrenching pain
Cannot be unlived, but if faced
With courage, need not be lived again." Maya Angelou

"What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task." Barack Obama

1: Vocab quiz on THURSDAY

Friday, January 16, 2009

Weekend Homework

1: MCAS Essay review.
If you cut school today, you are required to complete this assignment after school on Tuesday

2: Vocab #13 on Thursday.
Students who earned below a B- on Quiz #12 will be required to stay after school on Wednesday

3: ROAR!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

HW 1/14

5/4/3/2/1 on "The Eagle" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (590 in Big Green Literature Book)


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

HW 1/13

Vocab Quiz #12
(p.116 IF you did not earn above a 27)

Newspaper Article (non-Metro)

Monday, January 12, 2009

HW 1/12

Vocab Quiz #12 on Wednesday

Newspaper Article (non METRO) for Wednesday

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Weekend Homework

ROAR Book!

The 10 posts are due by February 11.

Check the blog for science and technology selections, or if you want fiction then look at for approved selections.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

HW 1/8

Anthem study questions due tomorrow!

Begin reading your ROAR book.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Homework 1/6

Vocab Quiz #11
-Thursday 1/8
Anthem Web Quest Questions
find the questions on the blog
-Thursday 1/8

Anthem Study Questions
-Friday 1/9
-time given after vocab quiz on Thursday
-use an online version if you need more time

Monday, January 5, 2009

January Extra Credit Book Readings

Extra Credit Book Readings!

Wednesday January 7th 7pm

@Brookline Booksmiths
Benoit Denizet-Lewis - America Anonymous: Eight Addicts in Search of a Life


Thursday, January 8th 7:00 PM
@ Harvard Book Store


The Invention of Air:
A Story of Science, Faith,
Revolution, and the Birth of America

Tuesday, January 13th 7:00 PM
@ Harvard Book Store

reads from

The Piano Teacher:
A Novel

Friday, January 23rd 7:00 PM
@ First Parish Church Meetinghouse


reads from

Things I've Been Silent About: Memories

$5 tickets go on sale Fri., Jan. 2nd.

Tuesday, January 27th 6:00 PM
@ Harvard Book Store

In Search of Our Roots:
How l9 Extraordinary African Americans
Reclaimed Their Past