9th/10th Grade English

2nd Semester, Week 3

This week in English class, all students will take the MAPs test to measure their academic growth in reading and language skills. This is an individualized test that gives valuable information on how to help each student improve. Now that the college research papers are complete, the 9th graders will start reading The Red Badge of Courage this week. We will focus on the theme, symbolism, and effective uses of figurative language as we read this classic from the Literary Realism era in American...

February 11, 2019 Read more

Second Semester Starts Today

Today is the start of the second semester. Students in 10th grade will start reading Hamlet in groups and will work to appreciate the themes and plot of this very popular play. Tenth graders will spend class time for the next few weeks reading the play both alone and in groups. We will have acting days, where we act a scene out from the play, since Hamlet was written to be performed. Students in 9th grade are working on a College Research paper. This week they will complete a rough draft and...

January 28, 2019 Read more

End of Semester 1

This is the final week of the first semester. Students have taken finals and grades will be entered soon. Please remind your student to get in any missing assignments sooner rather than later. Monday, Jan. 28 will be an in-class book report. Students in all grades should be finishing his or her book to be ready for this in-class assignment. Hopefully the day off this week left you and your students recharged and ready to start the next semester...

January 22, 2019 Read more

Welcome Back! Week 7

Welcome to 2019 for high school English families! To kick off the new year, we watched a TED talk about choosing a 30 day challenge for ourselves. All students are choosing something they want to add into their lives or subtract from their lives for 30 days. Students who want to earn extra credit for this can turn in a contract as discussed in class by 1/10 and a reflection when the challenge is up on 2/11. Students have been excited to find ways they can improve their lives by making small,...

January 8, 2019 Read more

English, Week of Dec. 17

English class this week has all students reading literature from the Romantic literary movement in the early 1800s. This can be challenging to understand, so we are working with groups to discuss and analyze what we read. Tenth graders will finish Dickens’ A Christmas Carol this week and Ninth graders will finish a short story by an American author. All classes are focusing on vocabulary and comprehension during this time and paying attention to the symbols found in literature. We are...

December 17, 2018 Read more

Quarter 2, Week 5

This week in English class, all students are working on challenging material. ninth graders are reading Bartleby, the Scrivener, by Herman Melville. This is an American Romantic short story and they are navigating the meaning and the style. We are reading Bartleby as a class and each group will read their own short story from this literary movement to share with the class before Christmas. in tenth grade, students are finishing up their 5-page literary analysis paper, which is due this...

December 10, 2018 Read more

Quarter 2, Week 3

Welcome back from Fall break! Students were back in class today and we got right into some important tasks. 9th graders started writing to analyze and interpret sayings in class today. They will start reading literature from the American Romantic literary movement this week. They will work with a group to learn about the characteristics of this movement and to summarize and analyze their readings. 10th graders are starting a literary analysis paper on the Heroic Journey book they finished...

November 26, 2018 Read more

English Week 10

This is the start of the second quarter. All classes have homework assignments due this week. Tenth graders are reading a book to identify the stages in the Hero’s Journey. They are doing their reading in class and taking notes as they go so they will be ready to write a literary analysis paper on their character. Ninth graders are presenting a project on How to Win Friends and Influence People this week. Each group has a chapter they are sharing with the class with a poster, a short...

November 5, 2018 Read more

English Week 9

This is the last week of the quarter and both grades are completing projects based on their recent reading. 10th grade just turned in their Mindset videos, using examples from the text and promoting a growth mindset. They spent quite a bit of time last week creating these videos and we will watch them in class this week. 9th grade is reading How to Win Friends and Influence People and each group is assigned a chapter with a focus skill. Students are to implement their skill and use that in a...

October 29, 2018 Read more

Week 8 – English

We are at the start of Week 8 and all 9-10th grade students completed a book report today in class. That means they will select a new book and start a new home reading log tonight. Both classes are working on projects to show what they understand from reading a nonfiction book. Tenth graders have read portions of Mindset by Dr. Carol Dweck. They are working in groups to create videos promoting a growth mindset using examples from the book. They will film this week and we will watch them in...

October 22, 2018 Read more