Monday, April 30, 2012


ROAR Term V:
Classic Novellas

For this term, your best best is to select a work from this list. Selections will be scrutinized closely, and should be considered "classic" on the merit of the work or the author.

Animal Farm

George Orwell
-animal fable shows the problems of communism and democracy
(not if you read in 9th grade)

Ayn Rand
-a future world where technology is prohibited so all humans are equal

Bartleby, the Scrivener
Herman Melville
-a boss tries to fire a secretary who “prefers not to” do any work, but Bartleby keeps returning

-a biting satire of faith in God and the futility of finding hope in the midst of disasters

Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Gabriel García Márquez
-you and the entire town know he is about to be killed, but Santiago Nasar has no idea

Walter Mosley
-a boy is visited by a mysterious visitor who teaches him to not be a slave or a master

Lan Samantha Chang
-a family struggles with isolation, adapting to a new culture and broken dreams

Pafko at the Wall (Underworld)
Don DeLillo
-a famous baseball game is the background for America entering the Cold War

Seize the Day
Saul Bellow
-one day in the life of a man who has lost his family and his money

Herman Hesse
-a wealthy young man leaves his home to search for meaning in life

The Alchemist
Paulo Coelho
-a Spanish shepherd travels to the Great Pyramids for a promised treasure

The Day the Leader Was Killed
Naguib Mahfouz
-an account of a modern assassination in Egypt

The Death of Ivan Ilyich
Leo Tolstoy
-a man dies from a freak accident with curtains, but it’s really caused from living a bad life

The Metamorphosis
Franz Kafka
-Gregor wakes up one morning, and has been turned into a beetle

The Old Man and the Sea
Ernest Hemingway
-a fateful fishing trip to regain honor ends with the largest fish the Cuban village had ever seen

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Muriel Spark
-the lives of many students are impacted by this remarkable teacher

Homework 4/30

1) complete the ROAR/Culture Vulture reflection sheet to brainstorm what you want to use for a presentation

2) get started looking for a solid novella

Friday, April 27, 2012

Homework 4/27

1) complete your food memoir,

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Huck Finn articles

How to study for our test?
1) review all class notes (prezi!)
2) watch the sparknotes summary video
3) skim the critical essays

Henry, Peaches “TheStruggle for Tolerance: Race and Censorship in Huckleberry Finn”(1-2, 11-12)

Kaplan, Justin “Born toTrouble”  (12-14)

Morrison, Toni “Jim’sAfricanist Presence in Huckleberry Finn” 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Homework 4/24

1) revise your Food Memoir; it's due next Monday!

2) look back over our satire notes; watch the Huck Finn summary video a 2nd time

3) vocab lesson #11

Monday, April 23, 2012

Culture Vultures in The Globe!

I was so proud to read this story with my mom over April break, and so proud that your work is being recognized all over Boston.

Well done!

Homework 4/23

1) print out your revised Food Memoir for our Tuesday editing session in the library (before class!)

2) finish up your Term IV Culture Vulture: proposal, proof, reflection

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Homework 4/12

-All of Huck Finn, for periods 2+4 to help with the typed Discussion Questions (use control+F to search for your section of the book)

-Vocabulary Quiz #10!

-ROAR notes

-Culture Vulture proposal

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Homework 4/10

1) Culture Vulture proposal, tomorrow

2) Watch this plot summary of The Adventures of Huck Finn

3) vocab quiz on Friday, ROAR notes #2

Twain satire/romanticism notes

Here are our notes from today:

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Satire Notes

There was some difficulty with the prezi link, so here you go!

Homework 4/10

good editing session today! The tutors are well impressed with your stories, so well done with the changes from last week.

1) ROAR and vocab quiz #10 pushed back to Friday

2) read/annotate the articles on Huck Finn: (the back side of the Chappelle articles)

3) Culture Vulture proposal due on Thursday

Monday, April 9, 2012

Homework 4/9

1) print your Food Memoir for tomorrow's editing session in the library

2) keep up with the ROAR reading!

3) vocab #10 on Thursday

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Homework 4/5

1) keep working on the ROAR reading; there's an extra day to read

2) upload your food writing memoir to

3) notes on satire:

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Homework 4/4

1) vocab quiz #9, look out for the extra 5 words!

2) type, and upload your food memoir piece to

Monday, April 2, 2012

Homework 4/2

1) submit your cheese paragraph to

2) complete the Food Memoir brainstorm sheet

3) bring in your family food paragraph