Friday, September 30, 2011

Homework 9/30

Weekend blessings!

1) read and annotate the "Everyday Uses" paragraphs, Critical Voices handout

2) ROAR reading! Remember your first set of notes (minimum on the first 60 pages of the book) due on Tuesday. Summary/Quotation/Reaction. Check the ROAR blogs on the right column for exemplars.

3) Extra Credit: bring in a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird. Make sure you notice that the BPL catalog lists at least 20 different "versions" of the book. Don't just look for the first listing...

4) root word quiz #3 --> cycl

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Homework 9/27

1) read "Everyday Use" p.46 in the Literature Book
-compose three quality questions
-compose three literary sentences

Getting Involved w/Arts!

Here is a quick listing of great teen arts programs in Boston. Let me know if I can help you with anything related to applications or additional opportunities.

2011-12 Auditions Tuesday, September 27 6:30-8:30 Saturday, October 1, 4:00—6:00 
To book your audition: or 617-576-9278, ext.207

October 12-November 16 Wednesdays, 3:30 pm-5 pm 
Dudley Branch Library 65 Warren Street, Roxbury 
Citi Performing Arts Center and Dudley Branch Library are looking for youth ages 11-19 for its fall City Spotlights Spoken Word Project. In this FREE program, participants will develop spoken word, storytelling and performing arts skills while exploring hip hop culture. At the end of the six weeks, participants will present their original work during a poetry slam event at the Library!  No prior experience required. Space is limited and registration is first come, first served. Participants must be able to attend all sessions.  Contact Siobhan Brown at 617-532-1250 or with any questions.

City Spotlights Leadership Program
September 27-November 18 Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4 pm-7 pm 
Citi Performing Arts Center is looking for teens ages 14-19 for its fall City Spotlights Leadership Program. Teens will develop leadership, music, and spoken word skills while exploring hip hop culture AND earning a small stipend. At the end of the program, teens will present an entirely original performance tour throughout Boston. 
Applicants may schedule an interview by contacting Ramona Alexander at or 617-532-1221. Interviews will take place weekdays from 3-5pm, beginning August 29th.  Previous performing arts experience is not necessary.  Applicants are asked to memorize and present a 2-minute monologue from a scripted play or published poem, sing 16 bars of a song, and bring a resume if possible. 

Visual Art
Teens Art Program: Institute of Contemporary Art
Architecture and Design - Fall 2011  Weds, Nov 2–Dec 14 (except Nov 23), 4–6 pm 
Posters, T-shirts and Sticker Design - Fall 2011  Saturdays, Oct 15 – Nov 5, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm  Learn More DJ School 101  DJ School 101 - Fall 2011  Tuesdays, Nov 22 – Dec 13, 4–6:30 pm 
Fashion Art - Fall 2011  Wednesdays, Sept 28 - Oct 26, 4–6 pm 
Digital Photography  Digital Photograpy - Fall 2011  Tues, Oct 4–Nov 8, 4–6 pm 
Video Game Design - Middle School - Fall 2011  Saturday, Dec 3, 2011, 10:30 am - 2:30 pm 

Museum of Fine Arts
Young Fashion Designers: Design & Sew,
12-16yrs old October 1, 2011, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm  Ten-Session Workshop: Saturday October 1 - December 10 (No class on November 26)
Course Description: Take an existing pattern or piece of clothing and revise it to express

One-Day Workshop: Figure Drawing
Ages 12-18 October 2, 2011, 10:15 am - 2:15 pm 
Workshop Description: Study the human figure and experiment with different drawing techniques using leads, colored pencils

Teen Photo: The City and Ourselves
14-17yrs old October 14, 2011, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm 
Ten-Session Workshop: Friday October 14 - December 9 (No class on November 25)
Course Description: Stretch and take new approaches to your own self-portrait

Mass College of Art
Saturday Studios
Art classes for grades 4 through 12 
Sturdays, 9:30 a.m. to noon October 15 – December 10;
No class November 26
Exhibition of student work, December 5-10
Closing reception, December 10, 11:30 a.m. – noon

Grub Street
Do you like to write poems, lyrics, stories, novels or screenplays? Join Grub Street’s Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP), a FREE creative writing workshop for Boston-area high schoolers.
We offer two sessions of classes each YAWP Saturday: one from 10 AM to Noon, followed by an hour for socializing and lunch (we'll provide snacks, but you are encouraged to bring your own lunch), and another session of classes from 1 PM to 3 PM, followed by an open-mic reading. Each session includes the same classes, and you can participate in both so long as you take different classes. For example, you could take a poetry class in the morning session and a fiction class in the afternoon.
YAWP dates for Fall 2011 (all Saturdays)
September 24th, October 29th, November 19th, December 10th

Teens in Print
Student newspaper!
e-mail application to:

Monday, September 26, 2011

Homework 9/26

1) complete the student info sheet/academic integrity contract for tomorrow 
2) read "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker (46) for Wednesday

-sign out a literature textbook for the year
-register for our online book

Go to: classzone
-select Language Arts/MA then find your book
-select McDougal Littell Literature, Grade 10
-click "online book" at bottom left
-create a "student account"

-use ACTIVATION CODE: 4726324-650 to register for our book

3) root words quiz #2 on Thursday (all roots--> Cardio)
4) Extra Credit for bringing a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird to class on Monday
5) at least 60 pages of your ROAR book read for Tuesday (10/4) and your ROAR notes

Friday, September 23, 2011

Homework 9/23

1) Revise The Hunger Games prompt and submit to
     -it will be graded for formatting and a strong theme sentence

2) Root Words! A-Cardio on Thursday

3) ROAR reading

4) Think about a Culture Vulture activity

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Homework 9/22

1) Root Word quiz #2 on Thursday (9/29) all roots---> Cardio [yes, roots from quiz 1 will be included]

2) start reading your ROAR book, you should have read 1/3 of the book by 10/4. Look at the ROAR Blog handout for descriptions of your notes (summary, quotation, reaction)

3) plan out a culture vulture activity! Jazz Fest this Saturday!

4) revise your The Hunger Games essay, submit to for Monday

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Homework 9/21

1) Root Word vocab quiz #1 (a-anti)

2) revise your The Hunger Game summer reading prompt, turn in to

3) get reading your ROAR book

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Homework 9/20

1) Read Gary Soto's story "The Jacket" (it's on the back of the Junot Diaz story)

2) submit your ROAR proposal, e-mail me tonight if you are wondering about a book

3) Root Word quiz, (a-anti) on Thursday

Monday, September 19, 2011

Homework 9/19

-read "The Money" by Junot Diaz (click if you lost your copy)
-ROAR proposal for Wednesday
-Root Word Vocabulary Quiz (a-anti), find the roots here

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Homework 9/14

1: signed syllabus and ELA binder for Friday
2: completed ELA Contract (library card #)
3: ROAR book proposal next Wednesday (9/21), pick a good biography!
4: check your Snap(Jupiter) Grades by Monday
5: Root Word Quiz (a-anti) next Thursday (9/22)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Homework 9/8

Welcome back to school, and welcome to ELA 10.

1: For tomorrow, please complete your ELA Contract. If you do not know your library card number, you need a way to either get a card or find out your number

2: For Monday (9/12), register for ELA 10 on Find your class ID# and passwords below:

Period 2 4324995 ralph
Period 4 4325000 jack
Period 5 4325003 katniss
Period 6 4325005 peeta

3: For Tuesday (9/13), please upload a typed version of your Lord of the Flies and The Hunger Games conflict chart to

4: Lord of the Flies multiple choice test on Monday
The Hunger Games writing prompt test on Tuesday