Thursday, June 2, 2016

Harvard Square Culture Vulture Lunch!

Best Burgers in Boston
Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage
1246 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA 02138
*cash only

Pho Sho'
36 JFK Street Cambridge 02138
*inside the Garage Mall

Double Fried Fried Chicken
Bon Chon
57 JFK St., Cambridge, MA 02138

Venezuelan? Si!
56 JFK Street Cambridge, MA 02138
*empanada verde for the win

Because Chocolate is Lunch...
Burdick's Café
52 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA
*mice or penguin?

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Homework: 5/26

Things Fall Apart Chapter 2

1) we talked about TIME with Chapter 1. How does Chapter 2 "display, show, tell" time?

2) how does Achebe establish Nwoye and Ikemefuna as "character foils?"

3) what aspects of Ibo/Umuofia should we RASH?

Monday, May 16, 2016

HW 5/16: ROAR poster, checking manuscript, suggestions for final unit

A good conclusion to Othello, and we shift into ROAR Poster Presentations!

Film Memoir/Film Review Book Project
Thanks to your wonderful student editorial board, your stories have been compiled. Please check the manuscript to make FINAL changes.

ROAR Poster Presentation Topics
Please use the link to submit your ROAR Poster Presentation topic

Things Fall Apart Suggestions
Our final book starts up next week, and I wanted to hear your ideas. Reflect on our year of literature, and what you found most interesting/challenging/inspiring.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

HW 5/12: final Othello echoes/review for exam

Act 5 Scene 2 Lines 302-355

1: Final Iago lines; Frustratingly ironic
-Why is Iago's final couplet so ironic?
-Why is Iago's final couplet so frustrating?

2: Deus Ex Machina
-What letters are found?
-What information is revealed or confirmed?

3: Follow the echo: "Speak of me as I am"
-What painful irony is found in Othello's wish?

4: Anaphora and contrast
-How does Othello define himself as NOT LIKE (3 traits), and as LIKE (4 traits)

5: Outsider status
-How does Othello argue/emphasize his status as "not Moor"

Study for EXAM on Monday
1) all Prezi notes
2) all Homework or Classwork passages
3) youtube videos
4) remember to bring your book, since its open book

Animated Othello (extra exposition, actual language)

Thug Notes

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Homework 5/10: Emilia and Iago and Desdemona/Prezi on madness

Prezi notes on Othello's "madness"

Act 4 Scene 2 Lines 105-166

1: Desdemona's 1st (and last) soliloquy
-What does she share about herself, and how she sees Othello?

2: Emilia's echo on "forsook"
-According to Emilia, what did Desdemona give up for Othello?

3: Emilia's echo on "to get some office"
-How much does Emilia know? To whom does she say this line?

4: Iago's defense of Othello
-What cause does Iago give for Othello's change in behavior?

Monday, May 9, 2016

Homework 5/9: Desdemona sub Othello 3.4.49-107

Othello Text
Act 3 Scene 3 Lines 49-107


No Fear

1: follow the pronoun: I cannot speak of this. 
-What has Othello been talking about?

2: hear the echo in Othello's description of the handkerchief
-How does the handkerchief echo what Brabantio claimed, and how Othello has described his relationship with Desdemona?

3: who was listening? who enters after Othello exits?
-What does Emilia's gastrointestinal metaphor imply about her relationship with Iago?

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Homework 5/5: Othello Soliloquy/Google Drive for Film Memoirs/Reviews

A huge thanks to the students who have been working as the Editorial Board for our Film Memoir/Review Book Project!

Lots of you have not placed your review/memoir in the Google Drive folder. Do it now.

Othello's Soliloquy
1) Read the Play
Act 3 Scene 3 Line 227
Act 3 Scene 3 Lines 257-276
Shmoop summary
No fear

2) Read the Acting
Cork Shakespeare

Sea View Playwrights

3) follow the echo...
a: Search "nature" on the MIT Shakespeare site

b: write down 3 echoes of "nature"

The Line
Who said?
Said to whom?
And yet nature erring from itself

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Homework 5/3: Act 2 reading

Nice work with the Iago soliloquy today!

Tonight, we skip ahead to Act 2 as the action moves to Cyprus

Read: Othello 2.1.209-308


1: read a film version
Sea View:

2: use the Pro Tips from our Prezi notes
a) write out two lines and annotate the pronouns [define the antecedents]

b) write out a line that shows when Iago speaks to Roderigo, then speaks to himself/heavens/audience [look for hyphens]

c) write out an echo and explain why the echo is important
Note: if you want to really get into the echoes, search an electronic version...

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Homework 5/2: Soliloquy Reading #1

Soliloquy Reading #1

1) select 3 words from Iago's soliloquy, and find their meaning

Othello 1.3.374-395

2) read the three performances
Kenneth Branagh (1995)

Sea View Playwrights (2015)

Cork Shakespeare (2014)

3) use the TONE chart from the back of your May Calendar to describe how each Iago says/acts the 3 words you selected

4) chart your findings

Word Definition

Kenneth Branagh (1995)

Sea View Playwrights (2015)

Cork Shakespeare (2014)

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

4/13 Classwork (edits, end of term)

It's official. End of Term 3. Plan accordingly

End of Term
1) DEADLINE- April 25
2) Culture Vulture proposal- April 13
3) Printed film memoir/review for classwork- April 14
4) Writing Prompt #3- April 15

* Note* to receive credit for LATE submissions, you must print out your "Portfolio Page" and highlight the work you have completed LATE

Film Review/Memoir Edits
1) review past publishing projects for story title & first line ideas
2) incorporate comments from editing sheets and 826 tutors
5) Submit film memoir OR film review to Google Drive by April 15. Add the folder to your drive, then move the file

Friday, April 8, 2016

4/8 Classwork (upload memoir, culture vulture

Such amazing conversations on finding the "beauty and truth" in your film memoirs, and let us have many more of them today!
*Special Note: our memoirs have unpacked some very raw and painful emotions. If you are struggling with the stuff of your memoir, please speak with me, your parents, your councilor, someone.

Film Memoir
1) continue to look back at our Film Memoir exemplars (stories A-H) for ways of incorporating movies into a passage that shares something about your life

2) read through past ELA 10 book projects for how to write a solid story title, opening sentence, finding resolution at the end without a closing "moral"

3) upload to That originality % should be under 3%, unless you wrote basic sentences or plagiarized

Culture Vulture
1) you already know, or if you have forgotten...

Two Culture Vulture exemplars!



Wednesday, April 6, 2016

4/6 Classwork (flesh out film memoirs)

Today, you are either deep into your film memoir with a clear idea of how a film reveals who you are OR you have no idea what you are writing about. Time to get to work.

Film Memoir
-If you have a strong start, check with Mr. Doreian on the direction of your memoir.

-If you have not started writing, chart out ideas using the 17 film categories and our handout from yesterday

ROAR #2 (today)
Vocab Quiz #14 (Thursday)
Culture Vulture newspaper article (Friday)

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

4/5 Classwork (jump start film memoir ideas)

-Our brainstorming is too plodding with plotting and style.
-We just need to have synapses firing!
-You are picking ONE moment to write about, and maybe listing out movies will help.
-Try writing some opening lines/paragraph, then switch to a different film

Brainstorm Films
1) most watched in 3rd grade
2) 1st visit to Blockbuster/West Coast/ect. Video
3) snack selection at Lowes
4) new technology (VHS, DVD, IMAX, 3D, 4D)
5) couldn't sleep for a week afterwards
6) a date that went well/poorly
7) awkward moment with parents
8) subtitles
9) the sleepover film(s)
10) something used at school (naughty bits, substitute teacher films)
11) the worst depiction of high school in a movie
12) before you were able to speak English
13) laughed so hard the soda sprayed from your nostrils 
14) multiple boxes of tissues required for all your tears
15) well, that ruined my favorite book
16) bootleg bought at the laundromat 
17) in Portugal, there's an intermission at the movies

ROAR #2 (tomorrow)
Vocab Quiz #14 (Thursday)
Culture Vulture newspaper article (Friday)

Friday, April 1, 2016

4/1 Classwork (uploading film review)

Have your film review uploaded today! We start on the film memoir stories on Monday. If you didn't show me your printed review yesterday, do it ASAP.

Film Review Edits
1) take out the labels from yesterday

2) double check formatting
  • film titles in italics, no special stuff for your title
  • full justification (no indents)
  • 12pt, Times New Roman
  • double space
3) check your Originality Score on Any % above 5% is suspect, and will earn a ZERO for plagiarism. If you used IMDB/Wikipedia for research, you must be sure that all the character/director info is in your own syntax/diction. Any plot description that is similar to website material must be discarded from your review. *NOTE (this does not include when finds matches with your own review from January) *NOTE 2 (revise, and re-upload before 8pm)

4) Have a good title, one that hints at THEME. This title MUST give direction to the review; ALL sentences/paragraphs should be connected to the title/theme.

5) cut all clichĂ©. No empty phrases (amazing film), boring descriptions (edge of my seat), or vague praise (good acting)

6) due date changed to 8pm. Sorry that the 826 Lab doesn't have enough computing power

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

3/30 Classwork (film review, review)

We start the fantastic process of publishing a book of film reviews and memoirs today! You are an author, and take full ownership of that title.

Film Review
1) locate the film review you wrote in January (Docs,, Write the World)
2) identify the components of a film review in your review (label each element in ALL CAPS and in BOLD). Look back at yesterday's handout for a description of each component.
3) MLA formatting check! Have your review title at the top, with By: underneath. Film titles should be placed in italics. Text is arranged for columns, so use full justification to fill the entire width of the page.
4) Plan how you are going to have a printed copy of your review ready for tomorrow at the start of class.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Snow Day MCAS review!

Snow day? That promise of spring is yet to be realized!

1) finish your MCAS cheat sheets. Use Sparknote videos, Shmoop, and your ROAR notes to get the info.

2) look over the MCAS prompts from previous years. Here

3) testing schedule

MCAS Long Composition
(pick a book, write an essay)

MCAS Reading Comprehension
(multiple choice, paragraph responses)

Tuesday, March 8, 2016


You're welcome...

The Antigone of Sophocles: An English Version by Dudley Fitts and Robert Fitzgerald, copyright 1939 

3/7 Antigone Family Background

Here is the introduction to Antigone's family via John Green:

Friday, March 4, 2016

Cloud Print

enter this IP address!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

3/3 Classwork

Amazing day of work, yesterday! I'm proud of how you have managed the process, and for all the research paper epiphanies popping up.

Conferencing with Mr. Doreian
1: MLA edits, only.

ROAR Proposal moved
1: Tuesday, March 8. New date!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

3/2 Classwork

I need to offer an apology for some surly and salty attitude this week. My frustrations should never result in making students feel bad for rough draft questions and rough draft research papers. Sorry.

Turnitin Uploads
1: all sections of RASH, and a draft of your combined paper, must be uploaded. Do it!
2: look back at the originality reports- the final draft should be 10-20%. Fewer than 10% means not enough direct quotes; more than 20% means looooooong direct quotes or not enough analysis.

Final Draft
1: you must check your paper using the Final Research Paper Handout.
2: I will not review papers that demonstrate poor reading and application of our handouts: Intro/Conclusions, Putting It All Together, and Research Paper Standards.
3: Please ask good questions about the handouts, but I will not work with papers called "Catcher in the Rye," or that mention the book title in the first sentence, or that do not have a direct/indirect quote in every paragraph

ROAR Proposal
1: don't sleep on your "History of..." book. Propose and start reading!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

3/1 Classwork

Final library day!

Turnitin Drafts 
1: upload ALL of your RASH sections for the individual  and combined sections for the Final Draft

Thesis Statements
1: you need four things: novel title, author, topic, bold present tense verb

a- In Life of Pi, Yann Martel proposes that religious faith is best experienced as an unfolding of multiple stories.

b- Alice Walker, in her award winning novel The Color Purple, addresses traumatic violence against African American women as her characters find hope through giving voice to their stories.

c- Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk's brutally satirical novel, renounces America's consumerism and contends that male identity is corrupted in the pursuit of material possessions.

How to talk about THEME without using the word “theme”? Use these sentence stems:

The author _____________                      
The narrator ______________                  
The novel ______________

Expounds                    Expands                      Justifies                        Denounces                  Illuminates                 Perceives                    Addresses
Diagnose                     Exposes                       Contends                     Depicts                        Contradicts                 Challenges                  Alleges
Presents                      Examines                    Probes                         Questions                    Investigates                Evaluates                    Scrutinizes
Highlights                    Deride                         Negate                        Accentuates               Rationalizes                Illustrates                   Transforms
Validates                     Proposes                     Condemns                   Implies                        Insinuates                   Divulges                      Disputes

Renounces                  Critiques                     Accesses                     Asserts                        Explicates                     Constructs                  Represents

MLA Formatting Exemplar