Exam grammar review practice and key

Below is the grammar key to the review and an extra activity for review:
1. Dependent
2. Independent
3. I
4. D
5. D
6. D
7. NC
8. D
9. NC
10. I
1. Incorrect
2. I
3. I
4. C
5. I
6. C
7. C
8. C
9. I
10. I

Download file "Clauses prac kl10.doc"


Exam Review Reminders

The final stretch! Here are the room assignments:
Friday Second Exam 10:15- 11:30
Section One (20 students Anderchak's class) Room 5 Mr. Mascioli
Section Two (11 students Bhaidaswala's class) Room 131 Mrs. Doyle
This information will also be posted in St. Norbert's Hall. Proctors do sometimes change.
Please remember to follow all testing procedures and to communicate your integrity by keeping your testing materials neat and organized on your desk. You will need to turn in your essay notecard as we discussed in class.
Thanks again for a great year and good luck on Friday!


Final Exam Review

Homework this weekend is to complete vocabulary units 17 and 18 and to begin getting ready for review. Please organize your notes, packets, and handouts according to unit. You might also start making vocabulary and literary term flashcards. See you Monday.

Download file "FEX REV 10 H.doc"



Here is tonight's homework:

Download file "Poem Oranges and questions 10.doc"


Shakespeare's Birthday Party

So, what ideas do you have for Monday? Thus far we have several ideas for entertainment: Pin the tail on Bottom and Shakespeare Magnetic Poetry. How about music? Party food? A birthday card? Decorations? Let the creativity fly!


A Question for Sir Rushdie

As I mentioned in class, Patrick will have the opportunity to ask Sir Salman Rusdie a single question during a press conference at the Common Wealth Awards Ceremony Saturday night. Patrick wanted to know what questions you might want answered, so if you're interested, please post them here!
Congratulations, Pat. Can't wait to hear all about it!


Midsummer Test Review

Two documents to aid your review:

Download file "Passage Analysis review.doc"
Download file "test rev10 h.doc"


Extra Credit Quarter Three

For an extra credit of five points, choose one of the following:
1. Choose a character from Midsummer and script a speech of at least twelve lines that you envision the character delivering. These lines can be in iambic pentameter, couplets, or if you are scripting for a mechanical, simple prose. You may choose to rhyme some, all or none of the speech. Do consider the character's traits, role in the play so far, and relationships with other characters. Include a few sentences at the start of the speech to explain your vision of how the character's speech fits into the play itself or a hypothetical scenario you'e created.
2. Select a portion of the introductory material in the Signet version of Midsummer to read, analyze and apply to the play. For instance, you may choose the section that deals with the changing of word meanings, then find a few examples in the play and explain them. You could also look more closely at parts of speech. The assignment should be comprehensive enough to deserve five points. See me if you have additional questions.
This assignment is due to me via e-mail by Thursday at 4:30.


Test II Information

Thanks for checking-in. I've decided to add the biographical information to the test tomorrow. It is a few sentences similar to the author bios which appear in the Reading the World book. You should NOT refer to the internet to gather any information. Please just read the story and apply the skills you've been improving all unit. Kobo Abe was a Japanese writer who witnessed the modernization of Japan. You may consider how his story reflects his opinions about that change, though that is not the only thematic message in the story. I repeat that you are NOT to discuss this story until all students have taken the test.


More short story excitement

An article you can access on the Expanded Academic database if you're interested. Definitely worth a skim:
Robert Calder "A more sinister troth:" Elizabeth Bowen's The Demon Lover as Allegory"
I could really spend several more days talking about this story!


Reminder for next unit!

Please make sure you have the Signet Classic version of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream for next week. Drama rocks!


Short Story Test Review Information

Here's the extra practice for part II of your test which will be on Tuesday. I changed the practice story to "Third Night" since that was the story that we discussed least, that you wanted to discuss more, and that would likely be the one you needed to revisit anyway. Notice the questions are general. I'm looking for you to generate the depth of insight. Don't be surprised, though, if on the test a short passage appears in one of the questions. Let me know if you have questions.

Download file "Short Story Test II  Review for Third Night.doc"


Short Stories

Download file "The Third Night 2nd Translation.doc"
Download file "The Demon Lover by Bowen.doc"


Short Story Project Research

Ok, you are here and ready to get started on your project. You have your groups and stories. You have the assignment sheet with all the required information for the PowerPoint component of the project. You have one copy of the web evaluation sheet. Here are two more things to help you:

Download file "ssprojresearchtips.doc"

Download file "Evaluating a Web Source.doc"

Don't forget to save regularly, document information for the Works Cited slide, and keep track of each group member's responsibilities! Have fun.

Tomorrow, we will discuss The Chaser and key points for public speaking. Please bring your Reading the World textbooks.

*For the class that read The Chaser over the weekend, you are reading the story for your project for homework.

* For the class that read their story, you are reading The Chaser. Don't forget to blog.


Recommended Reading List

After sorting through a number of recommended reading lists, thinking about the level and interests of readers in our two sections, and considering how to support our course about genres and world literature, I've started a short list of recommended reading. Some of the authors are ones we've read. Much of the reading is challenging. I hope all of you can find something to appreciate!
- The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck. Americal novel. Chinese village life. *Won Pulitzer prize.
- Night, Elie Wiesel. Memoir. Holocaust survival story.
- Siddhartha, Herman Hesse. Novel. Spiritual journey. Allegory.
- The Call of the Wild, Jack London. Americal novel. Animal Protagonist.
- Galileo, Bertolt Brecht. German drama. Issues with religion and science.
- Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare. British drama. Comedy.
- Taming of the Shrew, William Shakespeare. British drama. Comedy.
- The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Lois Stevenson. Scottish novella. Dual nature, good and evil.
- Nectar in a Sieve, Kamala Markandaya. Indian novel. Urbanization and relationships.
- No Longer at Ease, Chinua Achebe. African novel. Colonialization.


Short Story Unit

Happy Friday. We will now conduct the blog portion of our class in the groups section. Click on groups instead of users and log in to your class. You can still visit this section for updates, documents, the RECOMMENDED READING LIST, and other information. Reminder: there will be a blog response due for the story The Chaser. Enjoy.



In our discussion of the novel, we've noted the impact of the Cultural Revolution on the main character, Marjane. Choose one event or situation in the story so far (pages 3-93) that has influenced her as a young girl. Identify the chapter, page number and frames for your example and provide an explanation of how that moment shapes the protagonist. This is a required post and your answers may be referenced in Friday's discussion. Thanks.


A New Start!

Congratulations on completing your first set of Archmere exams. During the interim, you may want to reflect on how things went first semester in English and set some goals for the second part of the year. Think about your strengths and areas that need improvement. Consider your effort with organization, class participation, homework, etc. A number of students have benefitted from meeting with me outside of class to discuss writing or to get some extra review help. Keep that in mind!
We will be reading Persepolis in the next unit.


Recommended Reading List

Several students approached me this semester to ask for reading recommendations and to share what they were reading outside of class. I've been working on a list which I will post soon. Feel free to add your own suggestions...


End of Semester and Exam

We're in the final stretch! Feel free to post any questions you might have about exam content or procedures. You can also e-mail me. At several students' request, I'm posting the list of review questions from our game on Friday (see below). Also, here is the time and room schedule for the exam:
Freshman Honors English Exam: Tuesday (First Exam) 8:20- 9:50
Section one: (12 students) Room S12- proctor Mr. McCall
Section two: (18 students) Room S13 - proctor Mrs. Tatasciore
I will visit your class to check your notecards before the exam. Remember that part one of the exam is scantron and you will need a #2 pencil. You should also bring something to work on quietly in case you finish a few minutes early. You will not be dismissed until the end of the exam period.
Finally, be sure to calculate the average of your first and second quarter grades to know where you stand going into the exam. Each quarter equals forty percent of the semester grade. The exam will count as twenty percent of your semester grade. Be sure to check that I have recorded your extra credit if you turned it in.
Thanks and good luck.
Mrs. L.

Download file "Lit Review game questions midterm 10.doc"