Saturday, December 27, 2008

Vacation Work

Greetings from Philadelphia!

If you are itching for things to do, here's a few ideas:

1: Get your ROAR book, science fiction! Or, if you want straight ahead science, select a book from the 9th grade list.

2: Lots of Culture Vulture options, especially for the museum category.

I am not sure about all the timing for when we get back to school in January, but will give you an email closer to then.


Friday, December 19, 2008

Snow Day/Culture Vulture

Ah, there's the snow...

For Monday and Tuesday, please complete the final assignments for Term 2:

1: Culture Vulture Poster
2: Culture Vulture Response FD to
3: Culture Vulture Poster Works Cited
4: Culture Vulture Presentation

Period 1

Baxter, Renee
Smalls, Kyle
Jeanmichel, Shelby
Perry, Christina
Demontegnac, Delroy
Kamara, Kanjo
Rosa, Claribel
Moy, Annie
Tan, Brendon
Tejada, Alan
Salomon, Christelle
Riosalers, Manuel
Cyrus, Jahlil

Brown, Alex
Antonelli, Anthony
Mejia, David
Sakhta, Wadea
Cummins, Marleah
Price, Lydia
Sepulveda, Andrew
Amarante, Tiara
Tarshahani, Tamara
Brito, Vicmarys
Hartfield, Alexis

Period 2

Ortiz, Sindy
Pimentel, Juleissy
Tang, Tai
Fajardo, Yaritza
Prifti, Gjergji
Andrew, Kishma
El-Behaedi, Salma
Ndugba, Obinna
Demontegnac, Aldwayne
Weathers, Justin
Bumar, May
Herman, Kevin
Meng, Angellica

Copeland, Maya
Lara, Ramsel
Webster, Marquette
Wu, Tiffany
Li, Julia
Miranda, Josiefina
Creese, Michael
Durand, Pierline
Um, Karuna
Vance, Isaiah
Brea, Katherine

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Extra Credit!

@Boston Latin 3:00

The Abducted and Displaced People of Sudan

Edited by Craig Walzer
With an introduction, additional interviews, and an afterword by
Dave Eggers, Valentino Achal Deng, and Emmanuel Jal

Decades of conflicts and persecution have driven millions from their homes in all parts of the northeast African country of Sudan. Many thousands more have been enslaved as human spoils of war. In their own words, the narrators of Out of Exile recount their lives before their displacement, the reasons for their flight, and their hopes of someday returning home. Included are the stories of:

ABUK, a native of South Sudan now living in Boston, who survived ten years as a slave after being captured by an Arab militia.

MARCY AND ROSE, best friends who have spent the vast majority of their lives in a refugee camp in Kakuma, Kenya. They remember almost nothing of their former homes in Sudan.

MATHOK, who struggled to find opportunities as a refugee in Cairo, but eventually fell into a world of gangs and violence.

JOHN, a teacher fighting to keep a school for Sudanese refugees alive in a poverty-stricken slum in Nairobi.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Final Week of the Term

You know the dates; plan your time!


Culture Vulture

TKAM essay

(no vocabulary this week)

sci-fi ROAR

Here are some Term III ROAR choice selections.

Science Fiction= a future story that deals with present issues

Kindred by Octavia Butler
Dana, a black woman living in Los Angeles in 1976, is mysteriously transported to 1815 to save the life of a small, red-haired boy on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

The Dispossessed by Ursula LeGuin
Describes what a society based on true anarchy might be like...

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
It was a crime to own books, and if found they were burned

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
A r
evolution on the moon in 2076, where "Loonies" are kept poor and oppressed by an Earth-based Authority that turns huge profits at their expense.

1984 by George Orwell
Big Brother is watching you. Enough said.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Ordinary guy Arthur Dent is trying to fight city hall to save his house from being bulldozed, then ends up in space with a towel as his only hope for survival.

At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft
While exploring Antarctica, scientists discover the remains of vaguely amphibious creatures which cause them to conjure up horrific memories

The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
the author of Jurassic Park writes about a super virus that wipes out America

Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Ice that freezes at room temperature; the world is in danger! A satire of science gone wrong.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Film Reading #2

For those who took the time to record notes and employ film vocabulary, your reading paragraphs were fantastic. In fact, yesterday was the highest number of Check + for any assignment this year!

Keep up the strong reading tonight. Compose a 2nd Film Reading paragraph

12/19 10 posts

Culture Vulture
12/17 Rough draft and proof
12/22 Final Draft to
12/22 Poster
12/22 Works Cited for poster
12/22-23 Poster Presentation

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Read a film???

1: show off your new found vocabulary with a paragraph that reflects on today's reading.
-think about how the film frames the cigar box containing the watch, crayons, and other symbolic items.

2: Vocabulary Quiz #10 tomorrow

ps: a bird told me you could go here to refresh your TKAM reading:

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Are you in the frame?

Hope the philosophical musings on "frame" does not keep you awake...

But this is why it is so important to be "in the frame" and not cut out of the picture.

For tonight, read over the 4 pages of film terms and ask some questions.

Vocab quiz #10 on Thursday

Monday, December 8, 2008

Monday, Monday

1: Create a cover for your TKAM notes. See previous post for instructions. The TOC does not need to be typed, nor does the cover for that matter. All internet images MUST include a separate works cited page.

2: ROAR reading

3: Vocab quiz #10 on Thursday

Friday, December 5, 2008

The end, is the beginning

With the end of TKAM, we turn our attention to History ROAR and Culture Vulture. While our reading has abated, we will read the film adaptation of TKAM next week and compose a critical essay on the novel. For those of you enrolled in Digital Storytelling, this will be a chance to show off your film knowledge; for the rest, a foreshadowing of what's to come!

Weekend Homework
1: spend one hour ROAR reading. Do it. You have the ELA time for it this weekend.
2: plan out your Culture Vulture work. The rough draft and proof are due on 12/17, and then your poster (research, works cited, and presentation) will be due on 12/22.
3: Compose a cover and table of contents for your TKAM notes. It is due on 12/9.

Here are the required elements:

-title of book
-creative and critical images that connect to the book
-a sheet of printer paper will be fine
-internet images or magazine/newspaper images require a Works Cited page

Table of Contents
-listing of your work (name of work and date)

Thursday, December 4, 2008

TKAM Review

Enjoy the videos! But, please don't get all hung up on themes and all the other gunk that homework help sites tend to emphasize.

Here's some more video fun!

Monday, December 1, 2008

December Culture Vulture

dennis Lehane

Author Talk: Dennis Lehane

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 6 p.m.
Rabb Lecture Hall, Copley Square Library

Dennis Lehane will speak on the theme of social justice in his latest novel The Given Day, as part of the BPL's Lowell Lecture Series

Roy Blount Jr. --
Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. in the Rabb Lecture Hall. In Alphabet Juice, his 21st book, Blount celebrates letters and their combinations.

from his book:
"Have you ever tried to spell any of the various sounds that pigs make? It isn't easy. It's damn well worth trying, but eventually you have to settle on something close. Steven Pinker, in Words and Rules, observes that pigs go oink oink in English, nøff nøff in Norwegian, and in Russian chrjo chrjo."

December fun at the MFA

MFA for the Holidays

Special Events
Boston Children's Chorus
Listen to the Boston Children’s Chorus sing holiday songs in the Koch Gallery and enjoy free admission all evening, including admission to "Art and Empire: Treasures from Assyria and the British Museum."
Wed, Dec 3, 5:30 pm

Amaryllis Chamber Ensemble
The Amaryllis Chamber Ensemble performs holiday favorites in the West Wing.
Sat, Dec 6 and Sun, Dec 7, 1–4 pm

December, Day 1

1: Active reading of "The Scottsboro Trial" and TKAM p. 211-227
2: ROAR post (the 10 posts are due 12/19)
3: Culture Vulture Rough Draft and Proof 12/17
4: TiP Short Story submission. Check "Thanksgiving Break" post for info.
5: Vocab Quiz #9 on Thursday
6: TKAM Test on Friday.

Grammar Queen

Here she is, in all her Grammar Glory. Listen to the song and appreciate the proper use of the subjunctive mood.

Here's a blast from the past, with poor subjunctive mood:

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Vacation Homework

1: Catch up on TKAM, and read to page #211

2: Get into your ROAR book. 2 posts due Tuesday 12/2

3: Culture Vulture! Take time this week to get out a see a play, hear some music, and enjoy a museum

4: Send your Bildungsroman to TiP Boston via e-mail

Check out the magazine in class, and here:

1: Create an e-mail introduction for your story. Tell your name, school you attend, and a quick overview of your story.

2: Copy and paste your story into the e-mail

3: attach your story as a Word document attachment

4: write "TiP story submission" for the subject line

5: send the message to and cc me at

Monday, November 24, 2008

Tasty Culture Vulture

Celebrate the art and science of cooking at Harvard
In December, two free public events at Harvard University will celebrate the art and science of cooking.

Cooking & Science with Ferran Adria: A Conversation on Creativity
Who: World-acclaimed chef Ferran Adria of El Bulli
What: Adria will discuss the fascinating relationship between modern
science and modern cuisine.
When: Tuesday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Physics Department, Jefferson Hall 250
Note: Seating is first-come first-served. No exceptions.

From Bean to Bar: The Sweet Science of Chocolate
Who: Howard Stone, Vicky Joseph Professor of Engineering and Applied
Mathematics at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
and Amy Rowat, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Physics and School
of Engineering and Applied Sciences
What: Family-friendly holiday lecture on the science of chocolate (with
live experiments and demonstrations). Appropriate for children ages 7
and up.
When: Saturday, December 13
10:00-11:00 a.m. (morning lecture)
1:00-2:00 p.m. (afternoon lecture)
Where: Harvard Science Center, Lecture Hall B
Note: Tickets required. Registration will open November 25th.
Email: sciencetix@seas.harvard.edufor more information.

A short week for Thanks(giving)

Here's the reading schedule:

1: do not worry about ROAR reading. A little will go a long way...unless you have not found a book yet. In this case you are seriously slacking, so put the Turkey down and get to a library.

2: To Kill a Mockingbird reading
Tuesday- page 135
Wednesday- page 178
In class Wednesday- read chapter 18

3: Enjoy the vacation!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Mockingbird Reading

Today was a very important day in English class. We, and you as an individual, must be dedicated to being very Active Readers. Not just to complete your homework, but so that the book is enjoyable.

Please be zealous as you read.

1: Read TKAM to page 99

2: One ROAR post by Monday. Concentrate on reading TKAM, and then take December for reading your History ROAR

Weekend Culture Vulture

Harmony for the Hungry Benefit Concert for the BMC Food Pantry

Come enjoy a concert to benefit the BMC Food Pantry, performed by the members of the BUMC Band on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 7-9 p.m. in Bakst Auditorium, BUSM. Enjoy music from a wide array of styles, from jazz to rock, performed by faculty, staff and students from BMC and BUSM.

Voluntary cash donations of any amount will be accepted, with all proceeds to benefit the Pantry. The Pantry is in need of resources to help more and more families during these tough economic times. All donations are tax deductible.

Bakst Auditorium is located at 80 East Concord Street - off of Harrison Avenue - enter through the Boston University School of Medicine - The #10 bus stops right there - which also goes to Back Bay - orange line connection.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

End of the Week Matters

1: upload your Bildungsroman to

2: Read to page 50 in To Kill a Mockingbird

3: ROAR post by Monday!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A new book

-vocab quiz #8
-upload short story to

Period One:
-read To Kill a Mockingbird to page #50.

Period Two:
-use the workshop edits to revise your story

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tuesday Thoughts

-Vocab Quiz lesson 8 (11/20)
-Final draft of Bildungsroman on (11/21)
-ROAR post for new book (11/24)

Period 1
-many have not shown a 2nd draft of their Bildungsroman

Period 2
-printed, clean draft of Bildungsroman for tomorrow's workshop

I was asked about Author Events, and here is the best one coming up soon:


Tuesday December 16th 7pm
Deb Olin Unferth - Vacation
M.T. Anderson - The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom of the Waves

Deb Olin Unferth’s first book of short stories, Minor Robberies, was included in a shared collection and hers was the voice that stood out. Vacation, her debut novel from McSweeney’s Books, has been described as “wonderfully unsettling” and compared with the post-realist work of Chris Adrian.

Cambridge-based young adult fiction superstar M.T. Anderson (Feed, Thirsty) won the National Book Award for the first volume of The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, putting to rest his assessment of it as a work that missed its audience by two centuries. Volume II revisits the young violinist and polyglot as he fights in the Revolutionary War.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Southern Literature

We should order up some sweet tea and chicken fried steak to go along with To Kill a Mockingbird.

In any event,

1) Action Research article review. Typed and printed for tomorrow morning.
2) Vocab Quiz # 8
3) ROAR! Get some posts and reading done this week.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Last day o' the week

1: Get your short stories ready for me to read over the weekend

2: Action Research Reflection- due Monday to

3: Upload your Adolescent Development work to, especially groups who do not have citations for the biography section

4: ROAR? Yes, you can read!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Short Stories!

Well done Period 2. Hannah from 826Boston had high praise for you and the level of writing you had done. Also, she passed along some fliers for the Song Lyric workshop happening this Saturday. You need to RSVP, so do check it out tomorrow.

-Vocab quiz #7
-Action Research Reflection due Monday (submit to

Period 1
-compose your short story, have it be 2-3 pages

Period 2
-finish the editing of the story you read today


Whoa....You Wrote That Song?

Date: Saturday, November 15, 2008
Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Ages: 14-18
Teacher: Sarah Green
Enrollment is capped at 8 students.

We'll bring the chords; you make the words. Join two local musicians in November for a fun and friendly songwriting workshop. By the end of our session, you'll have written lyrics and recorded your own new hit! Astonish your friends and family. Rule the charts. No songwriting experience necessary.

About the teacher:

Sarah Green holds an MFA in Creative Writing and is on the faculty of the Writing, Literature, and Publishing Department at Emerson College. She guest-taught a lesson on Pablo Neruda's Book of Questions and a town-hall debate on bigfoot at 826 Boston's summer camp.

Sign up by calling 617.442.5400 or emailing programs [at] with the student's name, age, school, email and phone number.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

To Kill A Mockingbird Trailer

Here is the trailer for To Kill A Mockingbird from 1962.

The style is much different from today's films, but it gives a good introduction to our next story.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Veterans' Day

Tomorrow is Veterans' Day, and I hope you tell someone who serves for our country the thanks you have for their sacrifice.

-Vocab Quiz on Thursday- lesson 7
-ROAR needs to be started.

Period 1
-please fill out the Bildungsroman sheet. The actual story is due on Thursday.

Period 2
-your 2-3 page short story is due Wednesday. Have a print and electronic copy of the story ready to workshop with the writing tutors.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Operatic Culture Vulture

Monday, November 10, 2008

Evening of Opera at Whitehead Institute

Time: 6:00p–7:30p

Location: N25, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research (9 Cambridge Center, Cambridge)

A special evening of operatic performance by Andrea Matthews, soprano; Philip Lima, baritone; William Merrill, pianist.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Whitehead Institute

For more information, contact:
Ceal S. Capistrano
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Saturday, November 8, 2008


Do come on out to the soccer game on Sunday. This should be a great day, and it all kicks off at 1:00.

Both Classes
1: upload your Adolescent Development work (biography, literary analysis, annotated bibliography) to

2: Find, and begin reading your History ROAR. The 12 students on the ROAR hit-list for Term 1 must check in with me after school on Monday to talk about their next book.

3: Vocab Quiz #7 on Thursday (11/13)

4: Get out there and Culture Vulture! Anyone go to the ICA last night?

Period 2
4: sketch out your short story using the handout. A working draft is due before class on Wednesday, so maybe get started this weekend. Be sure to have a paper and an electronic copy ready before class starts.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

still more Culture Vultures...

Here are some quality options...

11.5 - 11.7 Michael Eric Dyson | Harvard

(Culture Vulture or Extra Credit)

W. E. B. Du Bois Lecture Series presents Michael Eric Dyson, Georgetown University Professor in three separate talks on: From Homer to 'Hova Hustling, Religion and Guerrilla Literacy in the Pavement Poetry of Jay-Z. at Harvard University (Barker Center, Cambridge)

Nov. 5 - 'Che Guevara with Bling On': Hustling, American Ideals and Jay-Z's Complex Vision of The Game

Nov 6 - Been Praying to God So Long That They Atheist': Jay-Hova and the Politics of Project(ed) Theology

Nov 7 - 'Monster of the Double-Endentre The Rhyme and Reasoning of Jay-Z's Oral Arguments.

All events begin at 4 p.m. For more info click here.

Center for Latino Studies @ Harvard Events

Fri, 11/07/2008 | 7:30 - 9:30 pm
26 Trowbridge Street, Cambridge

Tue, 11/11/2008 | 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

Thu, 11/13/2008 | 6:00 pm
Tsai Auditorium, 1730 Cambridge Street

Tue, 11/18/2008 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Tsai Auditorium (CGIS South), 1730 Cambridge Street

Culture Vulture or Extra Credit!

November 6, 2008, 4:30-6:30 pm

Assistant Professor of Anthropology
University of California, Los Angeles


Hip Hop and Academic Literacies: Linguistic, Poetics and Social Critique


Boston Latin School
78 Louis Pasteur Ave
Boston, MA 02115
For directions go to:


ICA Teen Night


Next Teen Night: Friday November 7 from 6-9pm
What happens when you invite teens to a party in an art museum? Teen Nights—the ICA's art happenings organized and promoted for teens by teens.

Monday, November 3, 2008


Get ready for the great Gateway election throw-down. It should be wonderful time!

1: Many folks did not turn in Culture Vulture works cited.
2: Find your History ROAR book for Term II and start posting
3: Your Adolescent Development groups should have a schedule and outline of work

Friday, October 31, 2008

Weekend Work

On you:
The Culture Vulture Poster and Works cited (due Monday)

On your group:
1: Annotated Bibliography
-works cited + your comments (what makes the source useful to your project)
2: Biographical Introduction
-birth, childhood, research, interesting life tid-bits (1 page, double space)
3: Student Handout
-notes, quiz, relevant info (avoid printing power point slides)
4: Literary Analysis
-what story best shows the ideas of your Adolescent Theorist?
5: Class Presenation
-fill 20 mintues
-split the time into sections (important vocab, skit, quiz, game)
-dress like your theorist? Play a development game? Test our developmental stage?
-extra credit for the groups who present on Tuesday


Here are some choice selections from past years:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Research what?

With the action research and History paper coalescing this week, the ELA Adolescent Development work has taken the back burner (look up the idiom).

1: Bring in at least one piece of information related to your theorist.
-you should be able to explain what area of development they researched
-know why they are "famous," what are the major ideas/terms they introduced

2: Vocab quiz #5

3: ROAR procrastination= Incomplete for Term 1

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Adolescent Development Research

What I am realizing, albeit slightly later than I would have wished, is that you need FIRM deadlines for research. Otherwise, the last minute rush is too great and causes unneeded stress.

1: For tonight, look up an article or two that can be shared with your group. On Thursday, each group member will be required to bring one source of information.

2: Study for that vocab quiz. Do not let easy points slip from your grade because of sloppy study habits.

3: Ambitious students: ROAR and Culture Vulture is opened up for Term II. Get living and reading.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Week Ahead

1: Culture Vulture poster and Works Cited due 11/3
2: Adolescent Development Research- get information as we will be working on it all week
3: Vocab Quiz #5 10/30

Do Now Work

It is good to look back and consider the work that has been completed in Term 1. Here's what we have accomplished at the start of our period together:

9/9 A Memorable Reading Experience
9/10 Superstition
9/11 Dialect
9/12 Vocab Lesson 1: Exercise I
9/15 The Stranger
9/16 Obama Cartoon Satire
9/22 Vocab Lesson 2: Exercise II even or odd
9/23 New Yorker Caption
9/24 Vocab Lesson 2: Exercise II even or odd
9/26 Time
9/29 Vocab Lesson 3: Exercise I
9/30 Jane Eyre CR
10/1 Essay Editors
10/6 Internet Info
10/7 Hair
10/8 Primitive Though CR
10/10 5 Challenges
10/14 Pride
10/16 Dream Reading Location
10/20 Vocab Lesson 4: Exercise I
10/21 Research Fun?
10/22 Name in the Lights
10/24 Term 1 Reflections

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Turnitin Work and others

1: Upload your Final Draft of Term 1 Culture Vulture to

2: Re-Submit your Huck Finn essay w/ formatting changes

3: Vocab Quiz #4

4: How's about that ROAR? It is due by 5pm on Friday

5: Be ready to hit the library on Friday for Action Research and Adolescent Development research

Monday, October 20, 2008

A quiet ROAR

So, my 9th graders are bringing ROAR. Are you?

Please be dedicated to complete your reading and posting by Friday @5pm.

Tomorrow we will start investigating your Adolescent Development theorist. Get cracking on Wiki-search tonight, and be ready to dive into solid research tomorrow.

Last day for Culture Vulture!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Huck Finn Guidelines

Essay Formatting

• All essays, in rough draft and final form, must be typed.

• Use Times New Roman 12 point font.

• Use black ink.

• Double-space your essay.

• Do not place extra spacing between paragraphs.

• Indent at the beginning of new paragraphs.

• Margins (sides and top/bottom) should be 1 inch.

• All essays should be written on one side of the paper only.

• Title your essay.

• For final essays: Create a cover page. Follow the example on the next page as a model for your own cover pages. Note:
o Font is Times New Roman.
o Font size is 12 point.
o Font style is regular. No bolding, no italics.

You do not need to include a Works Cited page for this essay
Use a cover page!

My Title: A Sample Paper
(Place about 1/3 of the way down the page and centered.)

Ima Student

History Per. 2
Ms. Stern
February, 15, 2009

ROAR, Culture Vulture, Huck Finn, Adolescent Development


The dark clouds matched the mood today. End of the term brings with it a feeling of regret and frustration. Do be diligent with your work over the next six days.

1: reading day tomorrow. ROAR books, and make some posts

2: Culture Vulture due on Monday (10/20) for response and proof. The Final Draft is due to by Thursday (10/23)

3: 10 ROAR blog posts are due on Friday (10/24) by 5pm. Check the blog for the format of 5/4/3/2/1 notes

5: Final, final draft of the Huck Finn essay due on Tuesday (10/21). Use the original assignment sheet for reference, and please follow the formatting guidelines in the previous post.

4: find a research group for the adolescent development theorists, and select a scientist to study. First come, first served.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Vocab? Huh?

I have heard from some that the Vocab Quiz scheduled for tomorrow was a surprise...

This has been a strange week, and I am moved to move the quiz for the following week.

For tonight,
1: keep on w/ROAR- all posts by Friday, October 24.

2: Culture Vulture is due on Monday, October 20th, final draft on Thursday, October 23

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Be ready and awake for the test tomorrow morning.

1: ROAR- be active with your reading and posting

2: vocab on Thursday, lesson 4

Friday, October 10, 2008

Columbus Day

Sure, it might not be the greatest reason to have a day off, but Leif Erickson Day didn't have the same ring...

1: ROAR posts should be adding up.

2: get a Culture Vulture

many of you have been hankering for some extra credit. Here you go.

Attend a book reading and compose a one page review. Check the following listings:

BU Bookstore

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Rite of Passage

Get some research done.

Tell me what you can find about rites of passage, and where you found said information.

Keep on keepin on with the ROAR reading

Birds Culture Vulture

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Bildungsroman Thoughts

Since the Fire Drill closed out 2nd period, we are slightly off schedule...

We do have a vocabulary quiz tomorrow, lesson three, and you should get cracking on reading your ROAR, then posting 5/4/3/2/1 journals.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Through the Tunnel

Read "Through the Tunnel" by Doris Lessing

Be sure to make a post on your ROAR blog, you need ten for this term

Culture Vulture? No 10th grader has completed their assignment yet...

huge Culture Vulture

You don't even know how huge this is!

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

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

Boston Day and Evening Academy Directions

Dudley Station.

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

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

Monday, October 6, 2008

Film Culture Vulture!

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

Films are shown at Boston University and Harvard Film Archive.

See the full listing here:

Get that ROAR blog online

For tomorrow,

1: read the short story "It Can't be Helped" p. 355

2: create a ROAR blog and let me know its web address

Friday, October 3, 2008

Share your ROAR blogs here!

Now that you have created a ROAR blog, time to share.

Give a comment to this post, and provide the web address of your blog.

ROAR assignment

Now that you have your book, time to get reading. You must create a blog and inform me of its location by Tuesday.

Here is how you will take notes as you read:

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

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

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

Create the Blog

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

Thursday, October 2, 2008

ROAR!!! oh, and that paper...

Last thoughts about the paper...

1: The overarching question is whether to teach Huck Finn. But, your paper must address whether the book, or the narrator, or the author is racist. This is why RASH is so important. By understanding the RASH, we can evaluate the book.

2: Works Cited. MLA all day. You should have at least 5 sources that are cited.

3: quotations? Each body paragraph should have a direct quotation. Thus, each paragraph must have a citation. If there is no page number, then just list the author's name.

Happy writing.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Huck and ROAR

As you are working on the Rough Draft tonight, be sure to remember the other homework this week:

1) ROAR book due by Thursday (a coming of age story)

Monday, September 29, 2008

Working on the essay...

Tonight, get into the book...

be sure to have examples from the text to prove your arguments about the book.

Come in with super questions about your outline.

Friday, September 26, 2008

10 Hours?

That's right. 10 hours is a good target for this essay. You have too many areas to investigate to put this paper off until the last night.

-the rough outline should include:
1) thesis statement
2) introduction idea/hook
3) main idea for at least three paragraphs that RASH on Huck Finn
4) suggestion for teaching (or not) teaching the book
5) conclusion that brings topic to a global level (censorship, protecting children, racism)

Be sure to visit the library on Saturday. The ROAR book must be brought to school on Thursday.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Huck Finn paper

get thinking about assembling research material...

You will need to begin outlining the essay tomorrow.

Plan to visit a library this weekend, for Huck material and for ROAR book

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Action Research?

hope you were inspired with the action research jump off, and that the pizza was nice.

-Vocab quiz #2

-find your ROAR book for next Thursday (10/2)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

ROAR book recomendations

Krik? Krak!
by Edwidge Danticat

The Catcher in the Rye
by J.D. Salinger

Staircase of a Thousand Steps
by Masha Hamilton

The Chosen
by Chaim Potok

Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
by Alexandra Fuller

This Boy's Life
by Tobias Wolff

Daughter of the River
by Hong Ying

Huck Finn Article

Electronic Resources


Select JSTOR and Gale databases


bring an actively read article pertaining to Huck Finn

Monday, September 22, 2008

Huck Satire

-look for 5 places of Southern Satire in Huck Finn

give chapter and quick summary

-vocab quiz on Lesson 2

Saturday, September 20, 2008


Enjoying some Culture Vulture action at a neighborhood Jazz BBQ and farmer's market. Hope the rest and work of the weekend is fine for you.

-Active reading of "Was Jim Free?"
-Vocab quiz on Thursday
-think about hitting the library for the ROAR book

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


-Vocab quiz #1

-active reading of the Twain article "Only a N" and Professor Kennedy's view on its use

motivated students, check this links:

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Welcome to the blog...

Here you go:

a place for homework, discussions, and even some fun.

Homework 9/16
-active reading of Southwestern Humor and Minstrels
-vocab quiz lesson 1 on Thursday