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Journal Entries Second Nine Weeks
Due Date: 12/1/2018
Subject: English 10

 Journals are to be written in a composition notebook with no other subjects in it.

Journal entry #18 Write a Haiku (a poem on the subject of nature with 17 syllables and 3 lines, divided into a five syllable line, followed by a seven syllable line, then another five syllable line).

JE #19 (10/22) Write a sonnet about a subject that you feel passionately about. A sonnet is a 14 line poem typically divided into 2-5 stanzas. It uses iambic pentameter [10 syllables per line] and rhyme scheme)

JE #20 (10/24) Write a free verse poem describing yourself by using similes. There should be at least 8 similes - one per line. The poem should be divided into two stanzas.

JE #21 Rewrite the poem "Grass" by Carl Sandberg and change out the imagery. Pick another piece of imagery to discuss beside grass, battlefields, and bodies.

JE #22 Write an acrostic (A poem that spells a word with the first letter of each line). It must be at least five lines long. Use enjambment, end-stop, and caesura in the poem and indicate where you did.

JE #23 Write a limerick. A five line poem that tells a funny story. It follows an AABBA rhyme scheme.

JE #24 Draw a plot pyramid and fill it in for the Raven. Remember the six C's Characters, Context, Conflict, Complications, Climax, and Conclusion.

JE #25 (50 words). What is the subject and theme of The Raven? How do the main characters communicate that theme?

JE #26 Draw a Plot Pyramid for The Fall of the House of Usher. Write 100 words summarizing the story, characters, tone, and theme.

JE #27 Discuss the elements of the exposition - especially how the setting sets the tone - in “The Fall of The House of Usher.”

JE #28 fill in the plot chart with details for your story.

Journal Entry 29, Exposition (200 words). Introduce your main character through direct and indirect characterization. Introduce the setting in a way that sets the tone.

Journal Entry 30, Inciting incident (150 words). Get the action of the story started by introducing the antagonist. Introduce the antagonist and make it clear that the antagonist and protagonist have competing desires that lead to conflict. Don’t forget to include dialogue in your story.

Journal Entry 31, Rising Action (300 words). Use at least two complications to the story’s plot to prevent the main character from immediately solving the problem. Use at least one helper and one foil to help or hinder the main character. Make sure that these characters and events round out the main character and reveal their true character. Make sure your protagonist is facing an inner conflict as well as an external conflict.

Journal Entry 32, Climax (200 words). This is where the protagonist and antagonist face off and the protagonist makes a decision that results in them being a dynamic character (having an internal change) and solving the main problem (conflict).

Journal Entry 33, Falling action and conclusion (150 words). In the falling action explain what happens immediately after the climax as a result of the problem being solved. In the conclusion tie up any loose ends. If there are supporting characters that had side issues, what happened to them?

Journal Entry 34, (100 words). Find a story in the newspaper and write a review of it. Explain who the characters are, what the conflict is and how it was resolved.

Journal Entries for the first nine weeks.
Due Date: 9/20/2018
Subject: English 10

Journal # 1 (50 words) Describe a classroom cleaning supply using all five senses.

Journal #2 (1 sentence) Write a thesis statement about what you think is the biggest problem at school.

Journal # 3 Intro paragraph. Write a paragraph based on the thesis statement for journal 2. Use a hook, intro to topic and thesis.

Journal #4 Three body paragraphs based on the two previous journal entries. Use the SIEL method (State it, Illustrate it, Explain it, Link it).

Journal #5 (8/20) Write a conclusion to the previous journal entries. Use three parts: Return to hook, restate thesis and main points, and call to action.

Journal #6 (100 words) Write about a mistake you made that you learned something from. Write about the event first what happened (before/during/after) then write about what you learned from it. Be sure to be specific about the event and use imagery.

Journal #7 (8/24) 100 words, free write. Use the sentence starter. "So far this year school has been.... because..."

Journal #8 (100 words) When I started read Frederick Douglass's Narrative, I thought...

Journal #9 (100 words) My history of... Describe an activity you have been involved in. It could be a sport, club, hobby, or something like that.

Journal #10 Pick a career and list 10 ways to fail at it. There should be an introduction paragraph and a conclusion paragraph.

Journal #11 (100 words) Use 10 vocabulary words to discuss why Frederick Douglass is important today.

Journal #12 Reverse Journal #10 - list ten ways to succeed at a creer.

Journal #13 (100 words) Express and reflect, use the sentence starter "What they don't understand about me is..."

Journal #14 (100 words) Inform and Explain. What had Frederick Douglass's life been like so far? (write about as much as you know)

Journal #15 (100 words) Express and Reflect. Based on what you know about it, was 9/11/01 really that big of a deal? Why or why not?

Journal #16 (100 words) Express and Reflect. Where do you want to be and what do you want to be doing in ten years? Why?

Journal #17 (100 words) Express and Reflect Free write Friday using the sentence starter: "I usually feel... but/and today I feel... because...

Vocab List
Due Date: 9/5/2018
Subject: English 10

Vocab list for Vocab Quiz 1 

  1. Thesis – The author’s claim or main point. The most important sentence in the essay. It is located at the end of the introduction paragraph. 

  1. Topic sentence - Also known as “State it” in the SIEL acronym. It gives a supporting reason, or sub-point, to the thesis. Each body paragraph begins with topic sentence. 

  1. Illustration - This is evidence in the body paragraph that supports the topic sentence. In an argumentative paper, evidence can be statistics, facts, or quotes.  

  1. Imagery – writing that appeals to the five senses: taste, touch, smell, sight, and sound. 

  1. Theme – What the author says about the topic. 

  1. Noun – a person, place, thing, or idea. 

  1. Verb –  an action, occurrence, or state of being. 

  1. Adverb – describes a verb, adjective, or another adverb. 

  1. Adjective – describes a noun. 

  1. Pronoun – takes the place of a noun. 

  1. Anecdote – a very short personal story. 

  1. Hook – An interesting sentence designed to catch the reader’s attention. It is the first sentence in an introductory paragraph. 

Vocab List for Vocab Quiz 2 (9/5/18) 

  1. Narrative – another word for story. 

  1. Abolitionist – someone who wants to abolish slavery. 

  1. Ransom – the price paid to buy someone out of bondage. 

  1. Critics – people who are being critical. 

  1. 1865 – the year the Civil War ended and Lincoln was assassinated. 

  1. Sarcasm – ironic humor. Saying the opposite of what you mean as a joke. 

  1. Bust – a statue of someone's head and shoulders. 

  1. Impertinent – disrespectful; insolent 

  1. Deference – yielding in wishes 

  1. Conjecture – a speculation or guess. 

  1. Sloop – a small ship for traveling up and down the river. 

  1. Privation – lack of the necessities of life. 

Analyzing a Visual Text - Washington Crossing the Delaware
Due Date: 8/10/2018
Subject: English 10

Notes on Imagery

Washington Crossing the Delaware


Washington Crossing the Delaware


By Emanuel Leutze 1851


Foreground: the part of a view that is nearest to the observer, especially in a picture or photograph.



Background: the area or scenery behind the main object of contemplation, especially when perceived as a framework for it.

If you were in the boat, what would you hear? 


What would you taste?


What would you smell?


What are the people in the boat touching?


What is each person looking at?

The man standing next to Washington and holding the flag is Lieutenant James Monroe, future President of the United States, and the man leaning over the side is General Nathanael Greene. Also, General Edward Hand is shown seated and holding his hat within the vessel.


How does this painting make you feel? (mood)




What patterns do you see in this painting? (reapeated images) 




What idea is Emanuel Leutze getting at? (What is he trying to say about the mood?)



What theme (the statement about the subject) in this painting can all people relate to?




What images in the picture support the theme you wrote about? (List three)




Which detail (image) in the painting most strongly supports the theme?




Rhyme scheme - the ordered pattern of rhymes at the ends of the lines of a poem.






 A hard, howling, tossing water scene. A


Strong tide was washing hero clean.    A


"How cold!" Weather stings in anger.  B


O silent night shows war ace danger!  B




The cold waters swashing on in rage.        C


Redcoats warn slow his hint engage.         C


When star general's action wish'd "Go!"  D


He saw his ragged continentals row.         D


Types of poems:


Anagram - a word, phrase, or name formed by rearranging the letters of another, such as cinema, formed from iceman. 




Ekphrasis - the use of detailed description of a work of visual art as a literary device.



Apostrophe - 

1. A punctuation mark ( ’ ) used to indicate either possession (e.g., Harry's book; boys' coats) or the omission of letters or numbers (e.g., can't; he's; class of ’99).

2. Apostrophe is an exclamatory figure of speech. It occurs when a speaker breaks off from addressing the audience (e.g. in a play) and directs speech to a third party such as an opposing litigant or some other individual, sometimes absent from the scene.

- a lyric poem in the form of an address to a particular subject
, often elevated in style or manner
and written in varied or irregular meter.
Think "Ode to
Joy" by Mozart