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Brag Sheet

by on Dec.09, 2013, under Blogging

List the awards you have received below:

Award Title:


Description of the award:


Describe an academic accomplishment you made in high school; think of something you did in a class that you are most proud of. Explain why you take pride in this accomplishment.

(Examples: essay, artistic project, science experiment, power point, etc…)


List 3-5 words that describe you. Explain why you chose each word.

What special talent/s do you possess? Explain.

Identify and list 3 or more West Jeff teachers or counselors who know you best.






































How would you describe yourself as a student and a learner? Explain.

Are there any special (but not too private) circumstances that you went through in high school or in your life that influenced or affected you (academically, personally, or socially)? If so, explain the circumstance, how it affected/influence you, and how you overcame it.

List any hobbies that you have. Be specific. Also, add how long you have been doing these hobbies.

What are your goals for the future? What do you hope to accomplish while you are in college or your post-secondary choice? What do you plan/ hope to accomplish after you have completed college or your post-secondary choice? EXPLAIN.

List the school activities that you have participated in AND explain your role/ duties in this activity. (Examples: specific club/s, Leadership, Yearbook, Academic Decathlon, specific athletic/s, band, Key Club, yearbook, dance team, mentor, JROTC, academy club, service learning, etc.)

Which 2-3 of the above school activities were most important to you? Why?

List any activities and/or volunteer services that you completed outside of school during your high school years. What did you do to contribute? How did these activities influence and/or shape you?

Write one paragraph, in 5-8 sentences, describing yourself as a student and person from a teacher, counselor, or mentor’s point of view. In other words, if you were them, what would they say about you as a student and as a person in high school?

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Week 1

by on Aug.23, 2012, under Blogging

I have two classes: Advanced Placement Literature and English IV

This week we completed introductory “Welcome to West Jefferson High” activities and an autobiographical assignment.

self portrait assignment

  • select an image that represents you and then analyze the image.
  • explain how the image is representative of you

I will provide the students with a selection of images and they must select an image that they feel represents them.



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Work for August 15th

by on Aug.18, 2012, under Blogging

We are looking at poetic devices within poems.

The students will create foldables for 2 of the poems that we have read in class. The foldable will have 8 flaps on it with the definition and example from the poem of your choice of poetic devices.


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Poetic Devices

by on Aug.15, 2012, under Blogging

Alliteration – the repetition of initial consonant sounds of several words in a group.  It is often used in poetry to emphasize and to link words as well as to create pleasing, musical sounds. (“Out from the marsh, from the foot of misty/ Hills and bogs, bearing God’s hatred, Grendel came.” Beowulf)

Allusion – a reference to a well-known person, place, event, literary work or work of art.  Allusions often come from the Bible, classical Greek and Roman myths, plays by Shakespeare, historical or political events and other materials authors expect their readers to know.

Imagery  is the descriptive language used in literature to recreate sensory experiences relating to sight, taste, touch, hearing and smell. Imagery enriches writing by making it more vivid, setting a tone, suggesting emotions and guiding the reader’s reaction.

Metaphor  is a comparison between two unlike things without using “like” or “as.”  “Time’s winged chariot” is a metaphor in which the swift passage of time is compared to a speeding chariot.  An extended metaphor is one that is developed at length and involves several points of comparison.  A mixed metaphor occurs when two are jumbled together (thorns and rain as in “the thorns of life rained down on him.”  A dead metaphor is one that is overused.

Mood – or atmosphere, is the feeling created in the reader by a literary work or passage. The mood is YOUR reaction and feeling to a work; the tone is the WRITER’s attitude.  Writers create mood through the following: connotation, details, dialogue, imagery, figurative language, foreshadowing, setting and rhythm.

Onomatopoeia – use of words whose sounds echo their meanings, such as buzz, whisper, gargle and murmur.

Oxymoron – a combination of contradictory terms or ideas (“loving hate” in Romeo and Juliet.)

Paraphrase – is a restatement in different words.  One is not to alter the meaning of the words, merely translate what the writer has said into equivalent words of one’s own.

Repetition – is a technique in which a sound, word, phrase or line is repeated for emphasis or unity.

Rhyme – Words rhyme when the sounds of their accented vowels and all succeeding sounds are identical, as in amuse and confuse.

Simile – a figure of speech that compares two things that are basically unlike yet have something in common with the use of “like” or “as.”

Symbol – is a person, place, object or activity that stands for something beyond itself.  Night to represent death is a common symbol.

Theme – is a central idea or message in a work of literature.  Theme should not be confused with subject or what the work is about.  Rather, theme is a perception about life or human nature shared with the reader.

Tone – is an expression of a writer’s attitude toward a subject.  Unlike mood, which is intended to shape the reader’s emotional response, tone reflects the feelings of the writer. The writer’s choice of words and details helps establish the tone, which might be serious, humorous, sarcastic, playful, ironic, bitter or objective.

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Voki and Vocabulary

by on Feb.27, 2012, under Assignments, Vocabulary

You will be creating vokis that read a sentence that you create using our vocabulary words.  Here is one that I created.

  Steps to follow

  1. Create a Voki account, customize your Voki (hair color, eyes, t-shirt…) or hit the die to randomly select a character
  2. Type in or record yourself reading your sentence for you assigned vocabulary word.
  3. Save and Publish your voki – name it whatever your vocabulary word is
  4. Copy the embed code and then drop it into the inbox located on the English I site

Here is a How To video (there is no volume)

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Vocabulary list #1 – #BS121

by on Feb.26, 2012, under Assignments, Vocabulary

List 1 vocabulary words

Make yourselves familiar with these words.


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VocabAhead Flash Cards Widget

by on Feb.26, 2012, under Blogging

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We are creating wordles

by on Jan.20, 2012, under Assignments, Journal, Short Stories

I use wordles for EVERYTHINNNNNG and this week my students had to create two of them:

an autobiographical sketch

response to a story

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Reading Log

by on Jan.16, 2012, under Assignments

Your Reading Log

A reading log entry must be made for at least 4 of the stories read in class. The log must contain the information below:

  1. Title and Author
  2. Significant Events
  3. Climax
  4. Conflicts (Man v Man, Man v Self, Man v Nature, Man v Society, etc.)
  5. Resolution
  6. Major Characters
  7. Theme
  8. Focal reading/literary elements
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Weekly Check In 1.13.12

by on Jan.16, 2012, under Assignments, Blogging, Check In

This week we read The Purpose of Education and they composed a response indicating their views.  The assignment required the students to read and complete comprehension questions based on the article.  Once we finished the article, the homework was to create a blog post (to be posted to their ePortfolio next week) that indicates personal views on the topic.

Literary elements/Reading skills

  • Identifying Main Idea
  • Summarizing
  • Identifying author’s purpose

We also read The Initiation by Sylvia Plath from the textbook.  The students answered comprehension questions and took a short quiz.

Literary elements/Reading skills

  • Flashbacks
  • Identifying plot elements, conflicts, theme and character traits
  • Summarizing

The final assignment for the story was to create a poster that displayed literary elements

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