Mr. Scott

Back Again

I’ve not been updating this web site all week because of a simple fact: I’ve been moving it to a new host, with three-times the resources. Things should be clicking along very well on the site now.

Today, English I Honors looked closely at the first eight lines of Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 29.”

English 8 students looked at the questions of irony and point of view in Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart.”

  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: figure out what the answer to the question “What?!” is in today’s lesson.

All classes took a test today. Homework only in that case.

  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: review the two poems “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” and “One Art” to determine three rules for villanelles.
Tonal Exception and Test Prep

English I Honors students worked on the poem “My Papa’s Waltz,” learning that sometimes you can over-analyze a poem, especially when it comes to connotation.

English 8 students prepared for their unit test tomorrow.

  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: parts of speech test tomorrow
Benchmark 2

We had to take another day to finish up the district-mandated benchmark test. Everyone worked on the article of the week for a while as a bell-ringer, though.

We’ll be getting back to work tomorrow.

  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: prepare for the parts of speech test tomorrow.
Theme and Tone

English I Honors students finished up “The Lanyard” and our examination of tone in that poem. We discovered that the humor comes from the tone.

English 8 students looked at theme in Nightjohn.

English I Honors students worked on Billy Collins’s poem “The Lanyard” as we finish up looking at tone, tonal shift, and the lyric moment.

English 8 students worked on completing Nightjohn and applying effective readers’ skills on their own.

  • English 8 Studies: complete chapter 7 and the epilogue “Words” as well as the effective readers’ skills “It Says/I Say” graphic organizer (as needed).
  • English I Honors: 
    • review for the parts of speech test next week;
    • determine the part of speech for the nonsensical words in bold italics and be prepared to explain your reasoning:
      • The big green flibbhie went down the road in a huff.
      • I don’t know what kind of kjbile student you think you are!
Chapter Six and Tonal Shift

English 8 students worked on Nightjohn, chapter 6, preparing for a test we’ll be having after fall break. We’ll be finishing up the novel this week.

English I Honors students began a three-day lesson looking at tone in poems and the tonal shift that accompanies the epiphany of the lyric moment.