After going over the semester exam, English I Honors students had just a little more time on the Romeo and Juliet project before it’s due tonight. Make sure you get that turned in, kiddos!

English 8 students had a final chance to make up any missing work and finish the last inferences work for the quarter.

  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • turn in the Romeo and Juliet project;
    • study the stems for the test/quiz Tuesday — remember: this could really improve your grade!

English I students had their semester exam. English 8 students continued with poetry in their usual Friday inference work.


English 8 students finished up the overview of figurative language and next week will begin working on poems that include figurative language.

English I students had a final day of work on the Romeo and Juliet project.

The midterm exam is tomorrow. Make sure you’re prepared.

  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: study for tomorrow’s exam.

English I Honors students continued working on the Romeo and Juliet project. Since we have an exam Friday, we decided it would be best to spend class time working on the project.

English 8 students had a lightning-fast review of figurative language before we start hitting poetry hard later this week. We need the necessary vocabulary to talk about poetry!

  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • study for the semester exam on Friday;
    • work on the project (as necessary).
Metaphors and a Project

English I Honors students continued working on the Romeo and Juliet project. We’ll have a couple of more days’ work in-class this week before the semester exam on Friday.

English 8 students worked on “Because You Asked” from yesterday, with both classes realizing what the poem was about:

  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • work on the project;
    • prepare for Friday’s exam.
First Day Back

English I Honors students worked on their Romeo and Juliet projects, which will be due next Thursday (January 12). We also went over the mid-term exam, which is coming up this week. We might be moving it back to Friday due to a scheduling conflict.

English 8 students began their new poetry unit, looking at a poem English I students looked at earlier: “Because You Asked About the Line between Prose and Poetry.”

And the chess club today had a chance to use the new boards and chess clocks that PTSA bought for us.

A great first day back.

  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • prepare for the midterm exam;
    • work on the R&J project.

English I Honors students will have the semester exam on Thursday 5 January Friday 6 January when we return. The study guide and related materials are on the Moodle site.

Last Day Before Break

All classes had a break from the usual routines to share a Polish pre-holiday tradition: the sharing of the oplatek. Of course we didn’t have real oplatekow (that would be the genitive case of oplatek, which is used for plurals in negative sentences), but we improvised.

Both English I Honors and English 8 students have completed units today — more or less.

  • English 8 Studies: prepare for the stems test tomorrow.
  • English I Honors: prepare for the act four/act five test tomorrow.

English I Honors students finished up the textual analysis of Romeo and Juliet by examining the poetic mechanics of Romeo’s final speech just before he dies:

Let me peruse this face.
Mercutio’s kinsman, noble County Paris!
What said my man, when my betossed soul
Did not attend him as we rode? I think
He told me Paris should have married Juliet:
Said he not so? or did I dream it so?
Or am I mad, hearing him talk of Juliet,
To think it was so? O, give me thy hand,
One writ with me in sour misfortune’s book!
I’ll bury thee in a triumphant grave;
A grave? O no! a lantern, slaughter’d youth,
For here lies Juliet, and her beauty makes
This vault a feasting presence full of light.
Death, lie thou there, by a dead man interr’d.

Laying PARIS in the tomb

How oft when men are at the point of death
Have they been merry! which their keepers call
A lightning before death: O, how may I
Call this a lightning? O my love! my wife!
Death, that hath suck’d the honey of thy breath,
Hath had no power yet upon thy beauty:
Thou art not conquer’d; beauty’s ensign yet
Is crimson in thy lips and in thy cheeks,
And death’s pale flag is not advanced there.
Tybalt, liest thou there in thy bloody sheet?
O, what more favour can I do to thee,
Than with that hand that cut thy youth in twain
To sunder his that was thine enemy?
Forgive me, cousin! Ah, dear Juliet,
Why art thou yet so fair? shall I believe
That unsubstantial death is amorous,
And that the lean abhorred monster keeps
Thee here in dark to be his paramour?
For fear of that, I still will stay with thee;
And never from this palace of dim night
Depart again: here, here will I remain
With worms that are thy chamber-maids; O, here
Will I set up my everlasting rest,
And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars
From this world-wearied flesh. Eyes, look your last!
Arms, take your last embrace! and, lips, O you
The doors of breath, seal with a righteous kiss
A dateless bargain to engrossing death!
Come, bitter conduct, come, unsavoury guide!
Thou desperate pilot, now at once run on
The dashing rocks thy sea-sick weary bark!
Here’s to my love!


O true apothecary!
Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die.


We will finish up the discussion Moday.

English 8 students today prepared for the coming stems text (next Thursday). We’ll have a bit more prep throughout next week.

  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • complete today’s analysis;
    • watch the vocabulary video on Moodle (for the article of the week);
    • continue working on the soundtrack project.

In English I, students watched parts of the Romeo and Juliet movie. Students also worked discussed, worked on, and reviewed Act Four.

In English 8, students arranged the desk according to the work done in the past on the desk and then had a Socratic Seminar. We practiced new speaking skills.

  • English 8 Studies: work on the article of the week.
  • English I Honors: 
    • work on article of the week;
    • read act five;
    • work on the project;
    • answer the act four discussion question.
4.3 and Socratic Seminar

In English I, students started work on their Act Four Scene Three Comics.

In English 8, students discussed desk layout for Socratic Seminars and the rules of Socratic Seminars.

  • English 8 Studies: 
    • work on Article of the week.
  • English I Honors: 
    • finish comics;
    • work on article of the week; and
    • work on act four study guide.

In English I honors, students went over Subtext with Romeo and Juliet Act Four scene one, two, and three.

In English 8 students worked in groups and presented on the Seven Habits of a Effective Teen.

  • English 8 Studies: work on Article of the Week.  
  • English I Honors: 
    • work on the article of the week;
    • reread Act Four scenes one, two and three.