Student Feedback by : Jessica Penney

Visual 1
Alexis : who you are and how you identify yourself can’t be changed .
Nathaniel : fingerprints are unique , so everyone has a different story
Huy : they don’t think the same way
Sabrina : the daughter and mother is the same in away even though the fingerprints are different
Raynika : they aren’t all that unique because they have so many things in common
Kiana : fingerprints have similar shapes &the blood flow creates the finger prints in the womb

Visual 2
Nathaniel : expressing their pride
Shiloh : the flag relates to the story because they all started out in china and when they came to America they wanted to start a new type of life but they still have problems
Odina : wanted to change their lives and their daughters
Savanah : they ran away from their problems & wanted better for their kids then themselves
Christina : couldn’t escape their problems because it was always in back of their mind
Raynika : represents opportunity and hope for their daughters

Visual 3
Quelly: shows mothers and daughters have conflict with each other but they will always connect
Raynika : agrees with quelly but the artist highlighted girls the woman in the back looks faded while the younger girl looks fresher
Kiana : not seeing eye to eye
Christina : time for the mothers to step back

Visual 4
Quelly : splitting things down the middle trying to make their love equal
Jacob : the mothers are cold
Miguel : ice cream is sweet
Raynika : the ice cream is melting meaning it’s changing into something else and it relates because it shows how things can change so quickly
Huy: agree with raynika but he sees that nothing last forever
Jacob : the ice cream is the family and the chocolate chips are the daughters . The ice cream is always compacted together which are the mothers and the daughters are Americanized and they are the chocolate chips
Odina: the wife was getting the shorter end of the stick

Joy Luck club by: Jessica Penney

Why is the movie called The Joy Luck Club?
-The characters came together to enjoy each other’s company and forget about all their troubles by playing Mahjong , finding joy In their luck.

Visual #1
> A fingerprint
– Distinction between each person
– You can’t be changed

Visual #2
> American Flag
– Freedom
– Wanted to raise their children the American way
– Opportunity to change
-Coming to America

Visual # 3
> Two people
– New and old generation
– Mother and daughter
– Two different generations
– Two different views on life

Visual #4
> Ice cream
– Splitting things 50/50
– Wife doesn’t like the ice cream

Brag Sheet

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?

Week 1

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.



Work for August 15th

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.


Poetic Devices

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.

Voki and 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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