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

Homework
  • 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.

Homework
  • 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.

Homework
  • 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.

Homework
  • 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.

Homework
Friday Work and Connotation

English I students finished up their work on connotations in “Those Winter Sundays.” We also did a little work on parts of speech in preparation for next week’s test. The kids will be having an essay question on their test, so we went over what exactly that might loo like.

The students in English 8 had their normal Friday inference work.