January 3, 2018

Our first day back was fairly successful. English I students began a multi-day lesson on how to evaluate Shakespeare’s text and — gasp — cut portions that are not necessary, strictly speaking. It’s blasphemy, I tell you, but good practice for deep critical reading.

English 8 students began a three-day reorientation and re-situation of what we’re doing in class. We worked on a new element in classroom management and atmosphere: some students felt a little stupid doing it, I know — I’m looking at you, Bingo — but all in all, an important day’s work.

Standards for Today

English 8

  • C-1.1 Prepare for and engage in conversations to explore complex ideas, concepts, and texts; build coherent lines of thinking.
English I Honors

  • RL-5.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text; identify multiple supported interpretations.
  • RL-8.1 Analyze how characters or a series of ideas or events is introduced, connected, and developed within a particular context.


  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • read 3.2 or 3.3 (depending on your group) and make at least five cuts to the text for tomorrow;
    • work on your “Decoration Day” analysis (due Monday).