Friday, January 30, 2009

Weekend HW

1: bring ROAR book on Monday for reading (it's due on 2/11)

2: get a book about your author, and start taking notes (direct and indirect quotations)

3: two pages of notes are due on Tuesday 2/3

4: Vocab quiz #14 on Friday 2/6

5: 1st Section of the research paper due Thursday 2/5 (The Author's Life)

Thursday, January 29, 2009

HW 1/29

1: vocab quiz #13

2: keep on getting research material!

3: ROAR reading day on Monday

Monday, January 26, 2009

HW 1/26

1: after selecting an author to research, print out a scholarly article from an electronic database:
a) go to
b) click "electronic resources"
c) select "literature"
d) have fun searching!

If you are not able to find any articles using this method, increase the search by using "keyword" or do a search under the "general" category

2: Read "The Book of Sand." If you are up for the challenge, use the web version. Chicken? The story can be found in your literature text book.

3: vocab extra help after school on Tuesday

4: Vocab quiz #13 on Thursday

The House of Sand

Students, here is a puzzle for today...

Click here: "The Book of Sand"

at the bottom of the page, click
Solve the Puzzle, then click Begin the Puzzle

by Jorge Luis Borges

Friday, January 23, 2009

Weekend HW

1: read (annotate) the short story "The Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" p222

2: start to find a biography of the author you select for your research paper

Thursday, January 22, 2009

HW 1/22

1: finish reading the Alice Walker story "Everyday Use"

2: sign and return the Action Research field trip form

3: vocab #13 will be on 1/29

4: ROAR reading day 3/2

For the research paper, begin looking over the author biographies or skimming through a few stories/poems. Start to make a selection of your choice, or think about a thematic topic you wish to investigate through the writings of two authors.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

HW 1/21

1: vocab #12

2: begin to select your author for the research paper

3: active reading of the two Sexton poems

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

HW 1/20

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

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

1: take notes on "Courage" by Anne Sexton

2: upload a typed version of your Heroism MCAS essay

Monday, January 19, 2009

Intro Research for Author Biography

Author Biographies

Amy Tan

Alice Walker

Jorge Luis Borges

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Anne Sexton

Friday, January 16, 2009

Weekend Homework

1: MCAS essay to by Wednesday
-improve your grade by revising and talking with Mr. Doreian about the essay

2: Vocab #12 on Thursday
-vocab detention will be announced on Tuesday

3: ROAR, ROAR. I love the suggestions so far, you are getting good books!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

HW 1/14

Vocab Quiz #11 (earn a B- or earn extra homework)

ELA Paragraph of Pride
-big and expressive (not times new roman) font
-give 2-4 sentences
-have your name on the page

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

HW 1/13

Vocab quiz #11 on Thursday

Newspaper Article (non-Metro)


Monday, January 12, 2009

HW 1/12

Film Terms Quiz

Vocab #11 on Thursday (scores below B- will require detention and extra homework)

Newspaper Article for Wednesday (non METRO)

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Weekend Homework

MCAS Essay Edit sheet on Monday's writing prompt

ROAR book. Check the blog for selections, and get reading.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

HW 1/8

-TKAM Film Notes for today's reading

-get a ROAR book, and begin reading

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Homework 1/6

For your TKAM essay:

1: provide a proper title
2: identify your favorite sentence
3: ask three questions about my comments

Monday, January 5, 2009

Extra Credit Book Readings!

Extra Credit Book Readings!

Wednesday January 7th 7pm

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


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


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

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

reads from

The Piano Teacher:
A Novel

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


reads from

Things I've Been Silent About: Memories

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

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

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