Monday, January 26, 2015

1/26 Research Reflections

1) use "date range" for Google search, especially if there is a film adaptation of your novel

2) Gale "Novel for Students," CRITICAL OVERVIEW

3) find the one quality sentence in an otherwise plot/character summary article

Friday, January 23, 2015

Poetry Out Loud Laureates

A huge congratulations to all who bravely recited their poems. This is one of the hardest parts of ELA 10, and we are honored with how you gave voice to these words.

Here are our classroom winners:

  • Hei Sin Leung
  • Saran Inniss
  • Lila Hernandez
  • Rhonandhoh Abraham
  • Megan McLean
If these winners are unable, or unwilling, to represent on Friday, January 30th, we may select alternates by Monday, January 26.

1/23 Research Paper classwork (intro on research sources)

Welcome to the ELA 10 research paper!

Today, you will accomplish the following tasks:
1) register for an Evernote account
2) log into Electronic Resources using library card and pin
3) reserve author biography and Bloom Guide from
4) search JSTOR for quality articles

NOTE: if you do not have a library card # or pin, this MUST be remedied ASAP

Task 1

  • check to see if you already have an account, otherwise sign up!
  • notice the elephant icon added to your chrome toolbar

Task 2

NOTE: older books will have more articles from these categories. Newer books will require a search of "general" and "k12" for newspaper and magazine
  • search your novel title, using quotation marks
  • click "full text" to limit search results

Task 3

  • use the BPL search bar to find book length biographies of your author
  • search for "title of novel" and "bloom" to find books of critical articles

  • search for "title of novel" and "understanding" to find books of historical context

  • write down the call # of books so you can check the shelves as there may be other books waiting for you to find! 

Task 4

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

EXTRA CREDIT Civil Disobedience essay

You (and up to three friends) are invited to compose an Extra Credit essay. The topic is Civil Disobedience, and you must connect the story of Antigone, the essay of Thoreau, the letter of Dr. King, and the action of OB students regarding MBTA student passes.

Body 1 (Thoreau, King, or Antigone)
Body 2 (King, Antigone, or Thoreau)
Body 3 (Antigone, Thoreau, or King)

Sample Thesis: 
As shown through ________, civil disobedience is __________  for society to ____________.

3 written pages
MLA formatting (cover page, Works Cited)
printed copy due 1/30 @2pm

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Poetry Work: January 13-16

This week, you will unpack your Poetry Out Loud poem and 6 poems from the textbook using the TPCASTT framework.

You are responsible for 3 TPCASTT charts (1 for PoL poem, 2 for textbook poems) that are due on 1/16. The TPCASTT charts may be used on the exam, and you may complete additional TPCASTT charts as needed.

Here are the poems for you to read and enjoy (and will be on Friday's test):

Poem Title
Page #
The Red Wheelbarrow
William Carlos Williams
Poetry Out Loud Poem

When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer
Walt Whitman
Sonnet XXX
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Tonight I Can Write
Pablo Neruda
Meeting at Night
Robert Browning
Those Winter Sundays
Robert Hayden
Who Makes the Journey
Cathy Song

Here are the poetry terms you will be using this week in your TPCASTT charts



End Rhyme                                                    



Friday, January 9, 2015

Letter from Birmingham Jail

Here is the full video of Dr. King's letter.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Classwork Wednesday and Thursday

We have much, much, much to work on this week. There is no room for idle chatter or distraction.

Antigone Film Editing
  • Download (or register for) editing program (see post below)
  • Import film clips into editing program
  • Trim clips (or have someone trim clips before they are imported)
  • Place trimmed clips into timeline
  • Adjust volume, or add music/voice over
  • Name movie using Antigone page #s and group members (973-974BrandonAmyJuan.mp4)
  • Export as .mp4 or .avi movie
  • Share w/Mr. Doreian via dropbox or Google Drive
Poetry Out Loud
  • Look up definition of confusing words
  • Watch youtube videos of poem recitation 
  • Study Poetry Out Loud exemplars
  • Meet with Mr. Doreian after school on Thursday or Friday
Antigone Take Home Test
  • Register for edmodo (see post below)
  • Complete your study questions, and review background packet
  • Set aside 35 minutes to take the test (due Monday, 12/22)
  • Select and propose a strong novel for your research paper
  • Start reading, and taking ROAR notes