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Bell Ringers and Journal Prompts are posted each week, usually on Monday. New posts are added to the top of the page, so posts are in order starting from the most recent week and moving back in time as you scroll down. Within each weekly post, assignments are in chronological order from Monday to Thursday.

9/17-19/2018: NoRedInk Embedding Quotations practice

9/10-12/2018: NoRedInk Unit Diagnostic: Embedding Quotations
Journal 1 (9/13): See NoRedInk

English I Review #1: Parts of Speech

from the Holt McDougal British Literature textbook online.

Directions: Copy down the following sentences, then underline the nouns and circle the adjectives.  You do not need to underline a, an, or the.

Monday 9/3: No School (Labor Day)

1-Tuesday 9/4

My little sister and brother are fascinated by the program Teletubbies, in which four technological babies frolic in an imaginary world.

2-Wednesday 9/5

The performers in Ipi Ntombi, a South African musical, wear splendid costumes as they perform a lively blend of traditional and modern South African song and dance.

Journal 1

**Note** Turn in a page with your M-W Bell Ringers on one side, and your journal on the other. We will do this each Thursday.

Choose one or more of the following prompts, and respond in a half-page journal entry. Prompt 1 will always be a quote, prompt 2 is a question, and prompt 3 is a Check In.

Write about either prompt 1 or 2, then you may also write a check-in. Minimum 1/2 page (~200 words) total.
1. “Chaucer’s pilgrims are the characters which compose all ages and nations…. Some of the names or titles are altered by time, but the characters themselves forever remain unaltered.” (William Blake) Have people changed since historical times, or is the change only superficial?
“The greatest scholars are not usually the wisest people” (Geoffrey Chaucer, The Complete Poetry and Prose)
2. For the Personal Marketing writing, you have had to write in very positive terms about your own experiences and achievements. How is this different from writing you have done in the past? What challenges have you found while writing this piece?
3. Check-in: How are you doing? What’s happening this week in your life? Do you have any questions, concerns, feelings, stories, or events to share?

5/14-17/2018: Misc. Khan Academy Grammar

NOTE: DO NOT WORK AHEAD. If you do assignments before they are officially assigned to the class, the site will not record your progress in the class and you will have to re-do it.

See Ms. Clark to get the login code for the Khan Academy work.

Monday: Common Expressions (Easy & Medium)
Tuesday: Common Expressions (Hard)

Wednesday: Modes Assessment Timed Write–No Bell Ringers

Thursday: Journal 2.11

1. “Listen. Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony…. You can’t expect to wield supreme power just ’cause some watery tart threw a sword at you!” -Michael Palin & Graham Chapman (Monty Python)

2. Legends of King Arthur are still being written today; unlike other myths and legends, writing this particular tale down did not “freeze it in time.” Why does this story still appeal to modern readers so much?

3. Check in (Countdown: One more Monday, 10 more school days, or 15 total days left till you’re done with high school)

5/7-9/2018: More SAT Grammar

See Ms. Clark to get the login code for the Khan Academy work.
Monday: Affect/Effect
Tuesday: Here/Hear; There/Their/They’re
Wednesday: To/Two/Too; Compliment/Complement; Desert/Dessert

4/30-5/2/2018: SAT Grammar

Monday and Tuesday: Review the flashcards on Quizlet 6 at a time.

  • Tip: On the page linked above, click “FlashCards,” then select “Options” in the bottom left. Make sure it says “Answer with: Definition”

Wednesday: Complete a test on Quizlet.  Be sure to follow in-class directions for settings.

4/23-26/2018: English IV Grammar– More Ellipses: Shortening quotations


Instructions For each of the examples below, use a portion of the quote to create a direct quote that requires ellipses. Make sure that the meaning of the quote is not altered when portions of it are omitted.

Monday: No Bell Ringers


  1. “There is no such thing as a ‘self-made’ man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.” – George Burton Adams
  2. “Let me not be understood as saying that there are no bad laws, nor that grievances may not arise for the redress of which no legal provisions have been made. I mean to say no such thing. But I do mean to say that although bad laws, if they exist, should be repealed as soon as possible, still, while they continue in force, for the sake of example they should be religiously observed.” – Abraham Lincoln
  3. “One should guard against preaching to young people success in the customary form as the main aim in life. The most important motive for work in school and in life is pleasure in work, pleasure in its result, and the knowledge of the value of the result to the community.” – Albert Einstein


  1. “The most successful men in the end are those whose success is the result of steady accretion… It is the man who carefully advances step by step, with his mind becoming wider and wider – and progressively better able to grasp any theme or situation – persevering in what he knows to be practical, and concentrating his thought upon it, who is bound to succeed in the greatest degree.” – Alexander Graham Bell
  2. “The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
  3. “Success, recognition, and conformity are the bywords of the modern world where everyone seems to crave the anesthetizing security of being identified with the majority.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday 4/26: Journal 2.10

1. “Stories are like spiders, with all they long legs, and stories are like spiderwebs, which man gets himself all tangled up in but which look pretty when you see them under a leaf in the morning dew, and in the elegant way that they connect to one another, each to each.” -Neil Gaiman, Anansi Boys

2. Tricksters are not traditionally seen as evil, but unlike heroes they are not embodiments of what we should strive to be. They make mistakes, have (often serious) flaws, and can cause great harm, but their actions can also serve to explain why the world functions as it does.  What role do you see tricksters playing today–in current events, in popular culture, or in your life?

3. Check in

4/9-12/2018: English IV Grammar– More Brackets

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Brackets: Clarifying the Text (Usage 2 of 2)

Brackets are used in writing to clarify quoted text. Often a long quotation is edited down to a shorted one, but additional information is needed to understand the abbreviated version.

Full context: “No one knows for sure which is more important for longevity: nature or nurture; I believe the latter is more important for a long life,” said Dr. Phillips.

With brackets: Dr. Phillips said, “I believe the latter [nurture] is more important for a long life.”

DIRECTIONS: Rewrite each passage below into a single sentence. Add brackets to clarify important omitted information.

Monday 4/9

  1. After talking with all of the members of the swim team, Principal Levinson said, “I am confident that they are the best team we’ve ever had.”
  2. “We arrived in 1851 after a long journey across the Isthmus of Panama. That year saw a huge flood of gold seekers coming to California,” said the author.

Tuesday 4/10

  1. “No longer willing to wait at the bus stop, Charles left it to find a subway station.”
  2. “A fool and his money are soon parted. How long will it be before you are parted from it?” asked the banker.
  3. “The Bulldogs and the Bears played football last night. It will be five years before they meet again on the football field.”

Wednesday 4/11: NO BELL RINGER
District Writing Assessment

Thursday 4/12: Journal 2.9

1. Choose an Irish Quote! :“Your battles inspired me – not the obvious material battles but those that were fought and won behind your forehead.” – James Joyce

“Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.” – W.B. Yeats

2. Reflect on your experience of the District Writing Assessment. What has been your favorite/least favorite prompts that you can recall? What things would you change about it (assuming that we cannot simply get rid of it 🙂 )? In what ways is it useful?

3. Check in

4/3-6/2018: English IV Grammar–Brackets

Monday 4/2: NO SCHOOL

Tuesday 4/3: Check Power School to ensure accuracy of Q3 grades.

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Brackets: Changing the Text (Usage 1 of 2)

Brackets are used in writing to adjust quoted text. This may be because the actual appears ungrammatical when taken out of context.

Example 1

Full context: “In the meeting the school board passed a calendar for the next school year,” Mr. Jones reported.

With brackets: Mr. Jones reported “[T]he school board passed a calendar for the next school year.”

In this example the capitalization of the letter T in “the” is necessary to make the sentence grammatically correct.

Brackets are also used to notify the reader if words from a quotation have been italicized, underlined or made boldfaced when they were not that way in the original text.

Example 2:

Full context: The teacher said, “You are not to write on the back.”

With brackets: The teacher said, “You are not [emphasis added] to write on the back.”


Wednesday 4/4:

DIRECTIONS: Rewrite each sentence as directed, adding brackets where appropriate.

  1. “I love the smell of popcorn,” said Nick.
    Start the sentence with: Nick says he “
  1. The lawyer claimed it was the intent of the act that made it a crime.
    Underline “intent”
  1. The magazine article stated, “Conducted by the University of Greenboat, the study showed that exercise helped students stay healthy.”
    Delete “Conducted by the University of Greenboat,”
  1. The situation was critical unless the temperature began to fall.
    Underline “unless the temperature began to fall.”
  1. The report said, “We have shown that the Battles of Lexington and Concord were important to the American patriot cause.”
    Delete : We have shown that”


Thursday 4/5: Journal 2.8

1. “You have the right to work, but never to the fruit of work. You should never engage in action for the sake of reward, nor should you long for inaction. Perform work in this world, Arjuna, as a man established within himself – without selfish attachments, and alike in success and defeat.”  ? The Bhagavad Gita [Hindu holy book]

2. Part of the Hero’s Journey (all iterations) involves the hero leaving home on a quest. What factors inspire an individual to leave behind what is familiar and comfortable in order to experience what is new or difficult?

3. Check in


3/12-15/2018English III Review- Commas vs Semicolon

Activity from Purdue OWL:

Identify the nonessential words, phrases, or clauses in the following sentences and add the appropriate punctuation.

Monday 3/12

1. Patterson Tower the recently completed office building is a monument to concrete ugliness.

2. The movie that I wanted to see is no longer playing.

3. Each person who enters the contest must send in two box tops.

4. John decided nonetheless not to buy the car.

Tuesday 3/13

5. The Mississippi River which once flowed north into Hudson Bay flows south into the Gulf of Mexico.

6. Your cat watching the dog intently walked carefully away.

7. The cat that was watching the dog most intently walked carefully away.

Wednesday 3/14

8. TV commercials sometimes the most entertaining parts of a program are essentially flashy corporate propaganda.

9. The dam project which many in the government consider to be a sign of national strength will destroy hundreds of villages and vast areas of wildlife habitat along the river banks.

10. The free-jazz musician Sun Ra claimed to be from Saturn.

Thursday 3/15: Journal 2.6

1. “Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.” – Stephen Hawking

2. We have reviewed the traits of an Epic Hero, but what traits might we expect in a modern hero?  Or, alternatively, (given that the #1 trait of Epic Heroes is that they are National Heroes) who might be an American Hero?  What makes them heroic? You may consider people whose stories are being told long after their deaths, people alive now, or a hypothetical future hero.

3. Check in


3/5-9/ 2018: English III Review- Verb Tense Shifts

From Purdue OWL

Monday 3/5

Although the main tense in the following paragraph is past, the writer correctly shifts to present tense twice. Find and write down these two verbs in present tense. If you encounter difficulty, try reading the paragraph aloud.

The Iroquois Indians of the Northeast regularly burned land to increase open space for agriculture. In fact, the early settlers of Boston found so few trees that they had to row out to the islands in the harbor to obtain fuel. Just how far north this practice extended is uncertain, but the Saco River in southern Maine appears to have been the original northern boundary of the agricultural clearings. Then, pressured by European settlement, the Iroquois extended their systematic burning far northward, even into the Maritime Provinces of Canada. (abridged from Hay and Farb, The Atlantic Shore)

Tuesday 3/6

Read the following paragraph through, and determine the main tense. Then reread it and write down the three verbs that shift incorrectly from the main tense, then write the correct versions of those verbs.

For the past seven years, I have called myself a swimmer. Swimming, my one sport, provides a necessary outlet for my abundant energy. I have always drawn satisfaction from exertion, straining my muscles to their limits. I don’t know why pushing forward in the water, as my muscles cried out in pain, sets off a booming cheer in my head. Many times when I rounded the turn for the last lap of a race, my complaining muscles want to downshift and idle to the finish. My mind, however, presses the pedal to the floor and yells, “FASTER!” The moment that I touched the wall my muscles relax; the pain subsides. I am pleased to have passed the point of conflict. (adapted from Brendon MacLean, “Harder!”)

Wednesday 3/7

You will notice several shifts in tense in the following paragraph describing action in a fictional narrative. Find and write down the six faulty shifts in tense, then write the verbs in the correct tense.

In “The Use of Force” William Carlos Williams describes a struggle involving a doctor, two parents, and their young daughter. The doctor must obtain a throat culture from the girl, who was suspected of having diphtheria. This ordinarily simple task is hindered by the frightened and uncooperative patient, Mathilda Olson. Adding to the doctor’s difficulties were the parents, who had to struggle with their own conflicting emotions. They want their daughter helped, but they did not trust the doctor to do the right thing. Sensitive to the parents’ uncertainty, the doctor became more and more frustrated by Mathilda’s resistance. Williams gives considerable attention to how each of the Olsons react, but it is clear that his main interest was in the doctor and his responses.(adapted from a student essay)

Thursday 3/8: Journal 2.5

1. “We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
-Joseph Campbell

2. Apocalypse myths encourage us to take stock of the lives we live now (have we been good, pious, truthful, tidy; have we met the expectations of our culture?), and prepare for the future (will the right side of the scale outweigh our sins when the final judgement comes?). They focus on a distant, and sometimes very bleak future, but it is also useful to ruminate on one’s own personal future, especially now that high school is coming to a close and–for perhaps the first time–the choices you make in the next 6 months or year will affect your future in tangible ways: Consider your past and your present, and make guesses about where your life will lead you.

3. Check in

2/26-3/1, 2018: English III Review- Misplaced & Dangling Modifiers 2

This week’s activities are from Writing for Success via the University of Minnesota.

A dangling modifier is a word, phrase, or clause that describes something that has been left out of the sentence. When there is nothing that the word, phrase, or clause can modify, the modifier is said to dangle.


Incorrect:Riding in the sports car, the world whizzed by rapidly.

Correct: As Jane was riding in the sports car, the world whizzed by rapidly.

  • In the incorrect sentence, riding in the sports car is dangling. The reader is left wondering who is riding in the sports car. The writer must tell the reader!

Incorrect:Walking home at night, the trees looked like spooky aliens.

Correct: As Jonas was walking home at night, the trees looked like spooky aliens.

Correct: The trees looked like spooky aliens as Jonas was walking home at night.

  • In the incorrect sentence walking home at night is dangling. Who is walking home at night? Jonas. Note that there are two different ways the dangling modifier can be corrected.

Monday 2/26

Write a corrected version of each sentence that eliminates the dangling modifier:

  1. Bent over backward, the posture was very challenging.
  2. Making discoveries about new creatures, this is an interesting time to be a biologist.
  3. Walking in the dark, the picture fell off the wall.
  4. Playing a guitar in the bedroom, the cat was seen under the bed.
  5. Packing for a trip, a cockroach scurried down the hallway.

Tuesday 2/27

Write a corrected version of each sentence that eliminates the dangling modifier:

  1. While looking in the mirror, the towel swayed in the breeze.
  2. While driving to the veterinarian’s office, the dog nervously whined.
  3. The priceless painting drew large crowds when walking into the museum.
  4. Piled up next to the bookshelf, I chose a romance novel.
  5. Chewing furiously, the gum fell out of my mouth.

Wednesday 2/28

Rewrite the following paragraph correcting all the misplaced and dangling modifiers:

I bought a fresh loaf of bread for my sandwich shopping in the grocery store. Wanting to make a delicious sandwich, the mayonnaise was thickly spread. Placing the cold cuts on the bread, the lettuce was placed on top. I cut the sandwich in half with a knife turning on the radio. Biting into the sandwich, my favorite song blared loudly in my ears. Humming and chewing, my sandwich went down smoothly. Smiling, my sandwich will be made again, but next time I will add cheese.

Thursday 3/1: Journal 2.4

1. “This is the way the world ends / Not with a bang but a whimper.” –“The Hollow Men” by T.S. Eliot

2. Many of the flood myths we have read include devastating events that destroy all but a few people and animals, yet many of these same stories include the creation of a new, better world. How do you account for this? How and why do you guess these ideas came to coexist in this way? (Please feel free to comment on any other observations you have had about these myths, as well!)

3.Check in

2/20-22/2018: English III Review- Misplaced & Dangling Modifiers 1

Monday: No School

Tuesday: No Activity

Wednesday: Misplaced Modifiers

modifier is a word, phrase, or clause that clarifies or describes another word, phrase, or clause….  A misplaced modifier is a modifier that is placed too far from the word or words it modifies. Misplaced modifiers make the sentence awkward and sometimes unintentionally humorous. Correct each of the following sentences to fix the misplaced modifiers.

  1. The young lady was walking the dog on the telephone.
  2. The teacher served cookies to the children wrapped in aluminum foil.
  3. We returned the wine to the waiter that was sour.
  4. Charlie spotted a stray puppy driving home from work.
  5. I ate nothing but a cold bowl of noodles for dinner.

Thursday 2/22: Journal 2.3

1. “Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.” ? Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It and Other Stories

2. The upcoming flood stories we will read typically include strong leaders: Noah, God, Gilgamesh, and Marduk all play leadership roles in the stories we are about to read. In preparation for those stories, consider:  What makes someone a good leader? To what extent do you think this might change between cultures/ time periods?

3. Check in

2/12-15/2018: NO BELL RINGERS

2/5-9/2018: English III Review- Verb Tenses #2

From Purdue OWL: Complete these sentences, using the tense suggested.

Monday 2/5

1. We stand patiently, hoping that ____________________. (use future tense)

2. Advertisers seem to believe that ______________________. (use present tense)

3. By the time the fog lifted, ___________________________. (use past perfect tense)

Tuesday 2/6

4. We will leave for Florida as soon as __________________. (use present tense)

5. One student keeps repeating what __________________. (use present perfect tense)

6. Yesterday our track team competed in a meet that ___________________. (use past tense)

7. Before the crew paves a driveway, they always ____________________. (use present tense [habitual action])

Wednesday 2/7

8. Before the crew paves the driveway, they ______________________. (use future tense [one-time action])

9. By the time the letter arrives, _____________________. (use future perfect tense)

10. When the final report is published, _____________________. (use future tense)

Journal 2.2

1.(Quote): “In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.” ~Carl Jung (Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology. Jung proposed and developed the concepts of extroversion and introversion; archetypes, and the collective unconscious)

2.(Question): Carl Jung’s idea of the collective unconscious is one possible explanation for why common concepts, like dragons and floods, appear in mythologies around the world (even cultures with no contact with one another). It is defined as “the part of the unconscious mind that is derived from ancestral memory and experience and is common to all humankind, as distinct from the individual’s unconscious.” Do you think this is a reasonable explanation, or do you have other ideas about why/how this might have happened?

3. Check in

1/29-2/1/2018: English III Review- Verb Tenses

From Purdue OWL: “Only two tenses are conveyed through the verb alone: present (“sing”) and past (“sang”). Most English tenses, as many as thirty of them, are marked by other words called auxiliaries. Understanding the six basic tenses allows writers to re-create much of the reality of time in their writing.”

Simple Present: They walk.

Present Perfect: They have walked.

Simple Past: They walked.

Past Perfect: They had walked.

Future: They will walk.

Future Perfect: They will have walked.

Activity: “Check the following sentences for confusing shifts in tense. If the tense of each underlined verb expresses the time relationship accurately, write S (satisfactory). If a shift in tense is not appropriate, write U (unsatisfactory) and make necessary changes. In most cases with an inappropriate shift, there is more than one way to correct the inconsistency. Reading the sentences aloud will help you recognize differences in time.”


___ 1. If the club limited its membership, it will have to raise its dues.

___ 2. As Barbara puts in her contact lenses, the telephone rang.

___ 3. Thousands of people will see the art exhibit by the time it closes.

___ 4. By the time negotiations began, many pessimists have expressed doubt about them.


___ 5. After Capt. James Cook visited Alaska on his third voyage, he is killed by Hawaiian islanders in 1779.

___ 6. I was terribly disappointed with my grade because I studied very hard.

___ 7. The moderator asks for questions as soon as the speaker has finished.

___ 8. Everyone hopes the plan would work.


___ 9. Harry wants to show his friends the photos he took last summer.

___ 10. Scientists predict that the sun will die in the distant future.

___ 11. The boy insisted that he has paid for the candy bars.

___ 12. The doctor suggested bed rest for the patient, who suffers from a bad cold.

Journal 2.1

Choose one or more of the following to respond to in 1/2 page (about 150 words). Please respond to #1 or 2 before doing a check-in, should you choose to do one.

1A: (Quote) “Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.” — Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species

1B: (Quote): “What we’re learning in our schools is not the wisdom of life. We’re learning technologies, we’re getting information. There’s a curious reluctance on the part of faculties to indicate the life values of their subjects.”– Joseph Campbell

2. Question: We have now read a few myths from cultures around the world, each reflecting the religious views of a past and/or present group of people. How do you feel about studying such stories in a classroom? Recall that the word “myth” is often used in the vernacular to mean “an untrue story,” though this differs from the academic definition we use in class.

3. Check in


Bell Ringers:  Look up the following words, making sure you get an academic/scholarly definition for each (some also have more common uses, so make sure you get one linked to the study of Mythology!). You are encouraged to use encyclopedia definitions rather than dictionary definitions. Please note that you will NOT turn these in, but they will be checked on Thursday.


  • Fairytale
  • Folktale
  • Legend
  • Myth (academic term vs. vernacular)


  • Pantheon
  • Morality
    • Values
  • Culture


  • Monomyth/Hero’s Journey (J. Campbell)
  • Collective Unconscious (C. Jung)
  • Proto-science

Thursday: Journal 2.1

1/8-11/18–English II Review: Blending/Embedding Quotations 

Serious room for improvement:
William Golding’s book Lord of the Flies is about kids stranded on an island. Some of the kids are good and some are bad. “Roger, with a sense of delirious abandonment, leaned all his weight on the lever” (180). So I ask you, what causes irresponsible behavior? Ralph is good, but Jack is bad.

Room for improvement:
There are some bad children on the island. One of them is Roger. He drops a boulder on Piggy and kills him. “Roger, with a sense of delirious abandonment, leaned all his weight on the lever” (180). This caused Piggy’s death.

A possible revision:
The truest form of wickedness on the island is evident in Roger. He demonstrates his true depravity when, “with a sense of delirious abandonment, [he] leaned all his weight on the lever” (180). Well aware of Piggy’s place beneath him, Roger willingly takes Piggy’s life.

Another possible revision:
Roger’s murder of Piggy clearly illustrates the depths children can sink to without appropriate supervision. As he stood high above Piggy on the mountain, “Roger, with a sense of delirious abandonment, leaned all his weight on the lever” (180). His willingness to welcome the moment with “delirious abandonment” clearly demonstrates the level of pleasure that Roger received by committing this horrific act.
Read the following examples from student papers and identify whether the quote is embedded or not: write “E” for embedded and “NE” for not embedded. For each “NE,” rewrite the sentence(s) with corrections. Be sure to correct any punctuation errors, too! 


  1. Stated in his piece, “…the fore or hind quarter will make a reasonable dish, and seasoned with a little pepper or salt will be very good boiled”. He says this to tell the reader or readers how to essentially prepare this delicious dish to shock the reader even more, by giving details that relates even closer to the human heart.
  2. The terms “make me bow,” “after-loss,” and “conquer’d woe” indicate that Shakespeare feels as if he is fighting a war in which both the world and the unidentified subject of his sonnet are partaking in a battle against him.


  1. Gene pushes a limb of a tree just enough for Phineas to “tumbled sideways, broke through the little branches below and hit the bank with a sickening, unnatural thud” (60).
  2. She tells him “Vain man that dost in a vain assay”, meaning that he is full of himself and that writing her name in the sand is silly.


  1. The passage concludes with a final “melancholy wail,” developing the setting as mysterious and sorrowful (21).
  2. At first, Sigurd is skeptical of the task, but accepts the quest when Regin challenges his bravery, “and if you were as brave as your father, you would not fear him.” (Lang)

Thursday: Journal 15

  1. “We shall not cease from exploration
    And the end of all our exploring
    Will be to arrive where we started
    And know the place for the first time.”
    T.S. EliotFour Quartets
  2. Reflect on this British Literature course: What were your favorites/least favorites? What would you change or improve for next year’s seniors? What things did you learn that will stick with you?
  3. Check in



1/2-4/18–English II Review: Citation formatting (MLA)

Activities from Lord Fairfax Community College.

Click here for Tuesday (do #1-6)

Click here for Wednesday (do #4, 5, & 6 only!)

Journal 14

1. “Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all 
  Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.”  (John Keats, English Romantic Poet)
Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.”    (Walt Whitman, American Transcendentalist / Realist Poet)

2. “Many Romantic writers, especially the poets, believed all people, regardless of wealth or social class, should be able to appreciate art and literature, and artists should create art or literature accessible to everyone” (Kirschen, UNLV). Do you agree with the Romantic poets about this? Is it important for writers and artists to create work, as Burns did, for the “common people”? Is it important that people from all walks of life be able to appreciate artwork?

3. Check in

12/11-14/17–Parallel Structure

From OWL: Parallel structure means using the same pattern of words to show that two or more ideas have the same level of importance. This can happen at the word, phrase, or clause level. For example:

Not Parallel:
Mary likes hiking, swimming, and to ride a bicycle.

Mary likes hiking, swimming, and riding a bicycle.

(See OWL’s page on parallel structure for more examples.)


Monday 12/11

From : Revise these awkward sentences to create parallel structure.

  1. The report was well-researched, concise, and it was also of great relevance to today’s world.
  2. The researchers conducted studies, drew conclusions, conducted a peer review, and then a report of the results was written for the public.

Tuesday 12/12

  1. The legislative committee decided to review the research and also decided on inviting testimony from experts.
  2. Informing himself about the issue seemed just as important as to vote on it.

Wednesday 12/13

  1. Now that the issues are on the table, the best approach is not to antagonize the opposition but getting everyone to considering all the evidence.
  2. When my classmate read the draft of my essay, she thought my supporting evidence was strong, but she also thought that my weakness was my introduction.

Journal 13

1. “What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.”  Samuel Johnson, Johnsonian Miscellanies – Vol II

2. As we wrap up the Restoration period, what are your impressions of how England (& Ireland) changed during this time? What parts did you enjoy from this period (or which did you dislike)?

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12/4-6/17–Parallel Structure

FromOWL: Parallel structure means using the same pattern of words to show that two or more ideas have the same level of importance. This can happen at the word, phrase, or clause level. For example:

Not Parallel:
Mary likes hiking, swimming, and to ride a bicycle.

Mary likes hiking, swimming, and riding a bicycle.

(See OWL’s page on parallel structure for more examples.)

Monday 12/4-No Bell Ringers due to weather issues

Tuesday 12/5

From For each “non-parallel” sentence, replace the underlined portion with the choice that creates a parallel structure. Write the letter AND THE CORRESPONDING ANSWER.

  1. Learning a new language as an adult is more difficult than to learnone as a child.
    1. Learning
    2. to learning
    3. no change
  2. Every morning, I run two miles, walk one mile, and half a mile on the bike.
    1. half a mile.
    2. bike half a mile.
    3. no change
  3. There are two ways to get a promotion: working hardor make friends in high places.
    1. work hard
    2. to working hard
    3. no change
  4. Many college students have the same goals: playing hard, doing well in classes, and a job after graduation.
    1. after graduation, a job.
    2. finding a job after graduation.
    3. no change
  5. The man walked down the street, stopped at a shop window, and was fixing his tie.
    1. fixed his tie.
    2. to fix his tie.
    3. no change

Wednesday 12/6
From For each “non-parallel” sentence, replace the underlined portion with the choice that creates a parallel structure. Write the letter AND THE CORRESPONDING ANSWER.

  1. The chef chopped the parsley, peeled the tomatoes and cut the zucchini into cubes.
    1. was cutting the zucchini into cubes
    2. cubed the zucchini
    3. no change
  2. People often try to avoid eye contact with others, whether riding on a bus, strolling through a shopping mall, or when they are in line at a supermarket.
    1. waiting in line at a supermarket
    2. in a supermarket line
    3. no change
  3. When trying to impress a prospective employer, people should pay attention to their clothing, their posture, and that they don’t use too much slang.
    1. if they use too much slang
    2. their speech
    3. no change
  4. Critics argue that the television show trivializes violence, glamorizes drug use and premarital sex.
    1. encourages premarital sex
    2. was encouraging premarital sex
    3. no change
  5. The bedroom was filled with old newspapers and radios that don’t work.
    1. radios that are broken
    2. broken radios
    3. no change

Journal 12

1. “I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: Oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it.”
(Letter to Étienne Noël Damilaville, May 16, 1767)

2. The precis is a very highly-structured short-form rhetorical analysis, which we are using as a pre-write for your satire analysis essays. Reflect on your writing process: was the precis helpful to you? How do you normally plan for an essay? What other techniques do you like to use as you plan, write, edit, and revise? What problems (if any) do you find that you encounter when writing?

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11/27-29/17–English II Review #1: Sentence Style

From Purdue OWL:

Revise these sentences to state their meaning in fewer words. Avoid passive voice, needless repetition, and wordy phrases and clauses. The first sentence has been done as an example.

Monday 11/27: Wordiness

1. Many local farmers plan to attend next Friday’s meeting.

2. Although Bradley Hall is regularly populated by students, close study of the building as a structure is seldom undertaken by them.

3. He dropped out of school on account of the fact that it was necessary for him to help support his family.

4. It is expected that the new schedule will be announced by the bus company within the next few days.

Tuesday 11/28: Dashes (

Dashes are used to give emphasis to written ideas and are typed by using two hyphens. They should be used sparingly.

Use a dash to show a break in thought or sentence structure. Example: He had tried to change–you’re not even paying attention!

Instructions: Use dashes where they are needed in the following sentences. You must write the word BEFORE the dash, the dash, and the word AFTER the dash.

  1. We will invite Susan she is the new girl next door to our party.
  2. The dog slid on the vinyl his nails acting like skates and crashed into the trash can.
  3. When our stockpile was sold indeed, dumped for surplus all our sales were compromised.
  4. Today has been but I will not bore you with my troubles.
  5. Let me tell you about watch where you are going!

Wednesday 11/29: Parenthesis (

For each of the following exercises, add parentheses to enclose supplemental information, acronyms and dates or letters and/or numbers in a series. Add or remove any punctuation as needed to use the parentheses correctly. Please write ONLY the words/numbers in the parentheses.

  1. The lease stipulates that the monthly rent $750 is due by the fifth of each month.
  2. We need a customer service representative who can 1 treat clients with respect, 2 handle complaints and 3 think quickly.
  3. Samuel is an active member of the National Rifle Association NRA.
  4. Muhammad Ali born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. was born on January 17, 1942.

Journal 11

1. “The trouble with quotes on the internet is that it’s difficult to determine whether or not they are genuine” –Abraham Lincoln


“Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody’s face but their own.” –Jonathan Swift

2. Satire is as popular today as it ever was: We have comedy-news likeThe Daily Show, John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight, The Onion, SNL’s Weekend Update, and formerly the Colbert Report; music is criticised hilariously by Weird Al Yankovic; filmmakers like Christopher Guest lampoon everyone from the music business (This Is Spinal Tap) to sports mascots (Mascots) and dog breeders (Best in Show). What forms of modern satire have you seen, which do you find most effective, and do you think they tend more toward the soft humor of Horatian Satire, or the biting criticism of Juvenalian Satire?

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11/13-15/2017–English I Review #11: Sentence Errors

Activities taken from Purdue OWL

Monday 11/13:  Sentence Fragments

The sentences below appeared in papers written by students. Act as their editor, marking a C if the sentences in the group are all complete and Frag if any of the sentences in the group is a fragment; For every Fragment you mark, rewrite the sentence correctly.

____ 1. Then I attended Morris Junior High. A junior high that was a bad experience.

____ 2. The scene was filled with beauty. Such as the sun sending its brilliant rays to the earth and the leaves of various shades of red, yellow, and brown moving slowly in the wind.

____ 3. He talked for fifty minutes without taking his eyes off his notes. Like other teachers in that department, he did not encourage students’ questions.

____ 4. Within each group, a wide range of features to choose from. It was difficult to distinguish between them.

____ 5. A few of the less serious fellows would go into a bar for a steak dinner and a few glasses of beer. After this meal, they were ready for anything.

Tuesday 11/14: Run-ons, comma splices, and fused sentences

1. He enjoys walking through the country. He often goes backpacking on his vacations. (Use a comma and a coordinate conjunction to combine these two sentences)

2. He often watched TV when there were only reruns. She preferred to read instead.
(Use a semicolon and a conjunctive adverb–however, meanwhile, nevertheless, moreover, etc.–to combine these two sentences)

3. They weren’t dangerous criminals they were detectives in disguise.  (Correct the fused sentence using accurate punctuation and conjunctions)

4. I didn’t know which job I wanted I was too confused to decide.  (Correct the fused sentence using accurate punctuation and conjunctions)

Wednesday 11/15

Choose the correct form of the verb that agrees with the subject.

1. Either my mother or my father (is, are) coming to the meeting.

2. George and Tamara (doesn’t, don’t) want to see that movie.

3. Benito (doesn’t, don’t) know the answer.

4. One of my sisters (is, are) going on a trip to France.

5. Mathematics (is, are) John’s favorite subject, while Civics (is, are) Andrea’s favorite subject.

Thursday 11/16:  Journal 10

1. “As Hamlet said to Ophelia, ‘God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.’ The battle between these two halves of identity…Who we are and who we pretend to be, is unwinnable. Just as there are two sides to every story, there are two sides to every person. One that we reveal to the world and another we keep hidden inside. A duality governed by the balance of light and darkness, within each of us is the capacity for both good and evil. But those who are able to blur the moral dividing line hold the true power.” –Emily Thorne
2. When we started reading Hamlet, we discussed Tragedy, Tragic Heroes,and Tragic Flaws. Recall that a Tragic Flaw is a personality trait that first makes a person great or noble, then drags them to their downfall. Who is the Tragic Hero in Hamlet, and what is his or her Flaw?
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11/6-8/2017–English I Review #10: More Colons and Semicolons

Monday 11/6

Colon is to introduce or define something.
For example, you could write, “Squiggly checked the temperature: it was -20 degrees.”
I would use a colon in that sentence instead of a semicolon because the second clause (the temperature) strongly relates back to the first clause (Squiggly checking the temperature).
–When you are joining things, you use a semicolon to join things of equal weight, whereas you can use a colon to join things of equal or unequal weight.
For example, you can use either a semicolon or a colon to join two [independent] clauses, but you can only use a colon to join a[n independent] clause with a noun [or a phrase].
Ex: “Squiggly missed only one friend: Aardvark.”
You couldn’t use a semicolon in that sentence because the two parts are unequal.

DirectionsAdd correct punctuation, including semicolons or colons, to each of the following:

  1. All the children behaved very well therefore they will all get a treat
  2. The speakers were Dr. Judith Cornwell English Dr. Peter Mortrude biology Dr. Shirley Enders history and Dr. Charles Viceroy mathematics
  3. After a sleepless night the senator made her decision she would not seek re election


Tuesday 11/7

–Join two independent clauses that are closely related
–Separate items in a list when those items are long/complicated (especially if they include commas)
–After an independent clause that precedes a list
–After an independent clause to link to another clause (dep. or ind.) that logically follows from the first clause.
Directions:  Add correct punctuation, including semicolons or colons, to each of the following:

  1. The use of these punctuation marks often confuses students comma semicolon colon hyphen and dash
  2. Music is more than a mechanical arrangement of sounds it is an expression of deep feeling and ethical values
  3. When dinosaurs agree on something they’ll often high five one another dinosaurs are all about high fives



Wednesday 11/8
Activity from OWL:
Each of the following sentences needs either a comma or a semicolon. Put in the necessary punctuation.

  1. Many companies make sugar-free soft drinks, which are flavored by synthetic chemicals the drinks usually contain only one or two calories per serving.
  2. Leyland played the viola professionally for many years and he now conducts a community orchestra.
  3. The crab grass was flourishing but the rest of the lawn, unfortunately, was dying.



Journal 9

1. “It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.” ? Philip K. Dick


“There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.”  Friedrich Nietzsche

2. In Act II, Claudius reveals himself to be a politician in the sense that he carefully controls those near to him (not letting Hamlet go back to school, spying on him, etc.), but he seems less competent than the former King Hamlet at foreign affairs (allowing Fortinbras to pass through Denmark). Considering Claudius, King Hamlet, the kings of Norway, and your own knowledge and experience, what makes a good leader?

3. Check in

10/30-11/2/2017–English I Review #9: Colons & Semicolons

Monday 10/30

From OWL: You can use a semi-colon to join two independent clauses. Joining two independent clauses this way implies that the two clauses are related and/or equal, or perhaps that one restates the other.

Ex: I am going to visit Anna in St. Louis next weekend; we’ll get to see the Arch, Busch Stadium, and the Landing.

You can also use semi-colons between items in a list that already involve commas.

Ex: The sweaters I bought today were purple, blue, and green; yellow, white, and red; and pink, black, and grey.

DIRECTIONS: Add correct punctuation, including semicolons, to each of the following:

  1. One could always change the channel while Ya Ya was watching TV there was no need to even ask (Sedaris)
  2. The peach was once a bitter almond cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education (Twain)
  3. At Halloween we gave out Reese’s Snickers and Crunch bars gumballs caramels and taffy and apples and candy corn


Tuesday 10/31:

DIRECTIONS: Review rules for semicolons in your English IV Grammar packet, then add correct punctuation, including commas and semicolons, to each of the following:

  1. I bought shiny ripe apples small sweet juicy grapes and firm pears
  2. The air was full of the scent of growing things strange shy creatures came and went about him as he walked (Wodehouse)
  3. I have lived in Chicago Illinois Kansas City Missouri and Omaha Nebraska

 Wednesday 11/1: No Bell Ringer (Shakespeare in the Schools)

Thursday 11/2: Journal 8

1. Reflect on the Shakespeare in the Schools play
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10/23-26/2017–English I Review #8: Commas 

This week’s activities are taken from Purdue OWL.

Monday 10/23/17

DIRECTIONS: Review the rules for comma usage in your English IV Grammar Packet (click the link to the right—>pg. 6-7), then insert commas into the sentences below as needed:

1. There was no question that John’s painting a huge colorful and ugly mural was the worst entry in the art exhibit.

2. Werner von Braun Willy Ley and Edward Teller noted authorities in the field of rocket development have done much to guide the missile program of the United States.

3. Mr. Cready’s ability to say the wrong thing at the wrong time is I believe amazing.


Tuesday 10/24/17

DIRECTIONS: Review the rules for comma usage in your English IV Grammar Packet (pg. 6-7), then insert commas into the sentences below as needed:

4. Running around the house the dog was abruptly stopped by a fence.

5. If the opposition should win our candidate would never have any political future.

6. Gracefully lightly and daintily the ballerina moved across the stage.


Wednesday 10/25/17

DIRECTIONS: Review the rules for comma usage in your English IV Grammar Packet (pg. 6-7), then insert commas into the sentences below as needed:

7. Glamour the woman’s fashion magazine recently incorporated with Charm another fashion journal.

8. Joe was born on May 7 1955 and his best friend was born exactly two months later on July 7 1955.

9. Mr. and Mrs. Kwon my parents’ best friends sat in front of us at the football game.

Journal 7

1. “When I read Shakespeare I am struck with wonder
That such trivial people should muse and thunder
In such lovely language.”
D. H. Lawrence (English poet and playwright, 1885-1930)

2. Hamlet and several of the other characters in this play appear to be relatively young. Based on the evidence–they have come from and are going back to schools, for example, and his emotions and reactions to people seem more typical of an 18-20 year old. There is some debate over his age, however, since he makes a remark in Act V about being 30, but it’s not clear whether this remark is literal or figurative. What impression do you have of Hamlet at this stage? Does he seem to be about your own age, or does he seem older?

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10/16-18/2017–English I Review #7: Independent & Dependent Clauses 2

Clauses and phrases from (California State University- Sacramento Online Writing Lab)

Monday 10/16

Identify each item as one of the following: Independent Clause (I), Dependent Clause (D), or Phrase (P). (Be careful to differentiate your Ps from your Ds)!

  1. Dorothy and the Scarecrow danced
  2.   if Toto could talk
  3. witches in dark suits wear ruby slippers
  4. since one size fits all girls from Kansas
  5. L. Frank Baum wrote the story for his daughter
  6. an ineffective president portrayed as a wizard
  7. lions and tigers and bears

Tuesday 10/17
Identify each item as one of the following: Independent Clause (I)Dependent Clause (D), or Phrase (P). (Be careful to differentiate your Ps from your Ds)!

  1. while characters represented different groups in American society
  2. the tin man as industrial workers
  3. Oz is short for ounce and referred to the gold standard
  4. although the city was emerald
  5. a gold bullion highway to prosperity and dreams
  6. was William Jennings Bryan a cowardly lion
  7. whereas small farmers were oppressed by Eastern bankers

Wednesday 10/18
Identify each item as one of the following: Independent Clause (I)Dependent Clause (D), or Phrase (P). (Be careful to differentiate your Ps from your Ds)!

  1. mounting resistance by the Grange
  2. purity and innocence characterize Dorothy
  3. blowing smoke and making noise in the great hall
  4. the great and powerful Oz was neither
  5. but Dorothy and Toto got home safely
  6. because Baum’s allegorical story became an American classic

No school Thursday & Friday–> No Journal this week!

10/9-11/2017–English I Review #6: Independent & Dependent Clauses

Monday 10/9

*Clauses are complete ideas; they have both a Subject (noun) and a verb.

*Phrases are incomplete ideas because they are missing a Subject and/or a verb.

Identify each of the following as either a Clause ( C ), or a Phrase (P).
1.In the kitchen
2.I walked downtown
3.When I walked to the bedroom
4.Without the necessary equipment
5.Fighting against the enemy
6.The dog groaned at the food
7.Whenever I talk to my parents

Tuesday 10/10

Identify each item as one of the following:

Dependent Clause (D)   -Have a subject and a verb, but cannot stand alone as sentences because the thought is not complete.

Independent Clause (I)  -Have a subject and a verb and can stand alone as simple sentences.

Phrase (P)  -Missing either the subject or the verb

1.While I was standing in the kitchen
2.Without a clue in the world
3.I ran across the field
4.In the barn
5.Whenever I feel depressed

Wednesday 10/11

Identify each item as one of the following:
Dependent Clause (D)  -Have a subject and a verb, but cannot stand alone as sentences because the thought is not complete.
Independent Clause (I)  -Have a subject and a verb and can stand alone as simple sentences.
Phrase (P)  -Missing either the subject or the verb

1.The man with the funny hat
2.She stood in the bleachers
3.The airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow
4.I walked downtown
5.Since I won

Journal 6

1. “The fact is, Shakespeare was not sectarian; he pleaded nobody’s mission, he stated nobody’s cause. He has written with a view to be a mirror of things as they are; and shows the office of the true poet and literary man, which is to re-create the soul of man as God has created it, and human society as man has made it.” -George Dawson (1821-1876), Shakespeare and Other Lectures

2. In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the politics of power collide with the personal lives of the characters. Hamlet’s father, the king, has been killed, apparently for political reasons. He feels betrayed by his mother and uncle, and all the while Norway threatens the country’s safety and sovereignty. Do you see power and politics affecting the lives of those around you today, or of those close to power? In what ways and to what degree is this still an issue now?

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10/2-4/2017–English I Review #5: Parts of Speech

Bell Ringers for the week of Oct. 2-Oct. 4 2017 will be taken from the Holt McDougal British Literature textbook online.

Complete each of the following sentences by filling in an example of the part of speech specified.

EXAMPLE ___My____1. interjection, you certainly take good notes!

Monday 10/2

__________ 1. After the race, the runners verb on the sidelines.

__________ 2. The adjective performance of the dancers from Bali fascinated the audience.

__________ 3. Will your noun be available to baby-sit on Saturday night?

Tuesday 10/3

__________ 4. The cheetah, the world’s fastest land animal, can run seventy miles an hour, conjunction the much slower domestic cat can run only thirty miles an hour.

__________ 5. The directions are unclear about whether we should go preposition the bridge.

__________ 6. Jerome adverb completed the assignment and then helped others.

__________ 7. Are pronoun eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of rest and exercise?


Wednesday 10/4

__________ 8. interjection ! The debate team just won first place!

__________ 9. My cousin, pronoun is a one-handed typist, uses a typing technique called chording on a special keyboard with only seven keys.

__________ 10. conjunction she was determined and talented, in 1973 Laura Blears Ching became the first woman to compete against men in an international surfing contest.

Journal 5

1. “[how can anyone] be silly enough to think himself better than other people, because his clothes are made of finer woolen thread than theirs. After all, those fine clothes were once worn by a sheep, and they never turned it into anything better than a sheep.” ? Sir Thomas More, Utopia

2. Consider your relationship to poetry: Where have you encountered it before? Do you have a favorite poet/poem? Is poetry something you enjoy? People in the Renaissance liked poems with clear forms for the challenge they presented; do you agree with them, or do you prefer the more modern free-verse poems, and why?

3. Check In.


9/25-26/2016–English I Review #4: Parts of Speech

Bell Ringers for the week of 9/25/2017 will be taken from the Holt McDougal British Literature textbook online.

Identify the part of speech of each italicized & underlined word by writing above the word one of the following abbreviations: V for verb, ADV for adverb, or CONJ for conjunction.  **WRITE ONLY THE WORD AND THE ABBREVIATION.**

EXAMPLE: Earlier I had seen the principal and explained our problem.
You write:   Earlier-ADV   had-V seen-V  and– CONJ 

#1-3 MON. 9/25

  1. With dagger in hand, Macbeth surreptitiously entered the room where King Duncan lay asleep and murdered him.
  1. Winona carefully studied her notes again before she took the test on Geoffrey Chaucer.

3. Sir Gawain, who was one of King Arthur’s bravest knights, boldly stepped forward and fearlessly accepted the challenge.

#4-5 TUES. 9/26

4. For twenty years Penelope and Telemachus, who were Odysseus’ wife and son, had anxiously waited for Odysseus to return to Ithaca.

5. We can read the original story about the hero Beowulf, or we can just as easily read John Gardner’s version, which is told from the point of view of the monster Grendel.

WED. 9/27: District Writing Assessment. No Bell Ringers.

Journal 4

1. Respond to the image below:,_the_Younger_-_Sir_Thomas_More_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg

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9/18-20/2017–English I Review #3: Parts of Speech

This activity comes from Purdue OWL.

ADJECTIVE or ADVERB: Select the correct item from each pair.  Write only the correct words. Remember that adverbs answer questions about How, When, Where, or Why. Adjectives answer Which, What kind of, or How many?

Monday 9/18

1. He (correct, correctly) defined the terms. The answer sounded (correctly, correct).

2. She (quickly, quick) adjusted the fees. She adapted (quick, quickly) to any situation.

3. He measured the floor (exact, exactly). They proved to be (perfectly, perfect) (exact, exactly) measurements.

Tuesday 9/19

4. The stillness of the tomb was (awfully, awful). The tomb was (awfully, awful) still.

5. It was a (dangerously, dangerous) lake to swim in. The man was (dangerous, dangerously) drunk. The gas smelled (dangerously,dangerous).

6. She performed (magnificent, magnificently). It was a (magnificent, magnificently) beautiful performance.

Wednesday 9/20

7. Her voice sounds (beautifully, beautiful). She sang the song (exact, exactly) as it was written. We heard it (perfectly, perfect).

8. He was a very (sensibly, sensible) person. He acted very (sensible, sensibly).

9. Mike wrote too (slow, slowly) on the exam. He always writes (slow, slowly).

10. Talk (softly, soft) or don’t talk at all. The music played (softly, soft).

Journal #3

1. “Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.” ? William Wordsworth, Lyrical Ballads
2. Chaucer’s tales address a number of themes still important to many today: morals, faith, gender roles, human folly, etc. Which of these themes from the General Prologue, the Pardoner’s Tale, or the Wife of Bath’s Tale spoke to you? Which themes that you noticed seem to resonate today?
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9/11-13/2017–English I Review #2: Parts of Speech

Bell Ringers for the week of 9/11/2017 are taken from the Holt McDougal British Literature textbook online.

DIRECTIONS: Underline the adverbs from the following sentences, and draw an arrow from each adverb to the word or words it modifies. **WRITE ONLY THE VERB & ADVERB, not the whole sentence.

EXAMPLE 1. Jamaal generously offered to take us in his boat to try our new water skis.
Write:  generously –>offered

#1-2 Monday 9/11
1. Cheryl and I quickly donned our life jackets and raced to Jamaal’s boat.
2. We really believed we could skim gracefully over the water after a few minutes on our skis.

#3-4 Tuesday 9/12
3. Soon we were roaring toward the ski area; there we dropped Cheryl overboard with the skis and towrope.
4. When Cheryl was ready, Jamaal accelerated gradually, and Cheryl rose smoothly above the surface.

#5 Wednesday 9/13
5. She swung easily to the right but then careened wildly to the left before plunging into the boat’s wake.

Journal 2

Write 1/2 page or about 150-200 words. Include a response to #1 or #2, then (optionally) do a check in. DO NOT COPY THE PROMPT–it does not count toward your length.

1. “I will eviscerate you in fiction. Every pimple, every character flaw. I was naked for a day; you will be naked for eternity.” (Spoken by the character “Geoffrey Chaucer” in A Knight’s Tale to the pardoner and summoner who cheated him and took his clothes.)

2. Chaucer is one of the most celebrated authors in the English language, and is known for writing especially engaging characters with detail that still resounds even in modern times. What authors do you know/like who have similar gifts–either writing particularly good characters, or perhaps creating great images or engaging worlds?

3. Check in.