Final Exam (Essay)- Part A

Oct. 24, 2019 Max Points: 100

Extra Credit- A1

No Due Date Max Points: 1

Which statement did you have the most powerful reaction to and why?

Did you enjoy the discussion? Why or why not?

Oct. 23, 2019 Max Points: 10

List all of the instances of Personification in Poe's poem, "The Bells"

Oct. 21, 2019 Max Points: 10

Think about the sound of bells... what does the sound of bells make you think of? What does the sound make you feel? Who does the sound make you think of?

Oct. 21, 2019 Max Points:

Please respond in a minimum of five sentences.

Brave New World- Compare and Contrast Essay

Oct. 09, 2019 Max Points: 100

"Macbeth" Explanatory Essay

Oct. 11, 2019 Max Points: 100

Essay Prompt:
Both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth change dramatically over the course of the play, and their marriage changes, too. Discuss three situations or events that cause their marriage and relationship to change. Be sure to describe HOW AND WHY these events/situations change their relationship.

Your full essay should include at least six specific examples from the novel (two in each body paragraph) that support your answer. Examples can include plot events, characters’ traits and motivations, or (especially) direct quotations from any of the characters. Remember: Every point you make in your essay must have an example, and every example you give must contribute to making a point.

However, keep plot summary to a minimum. You can presume I have read the novel, so any reference to plot events should be less than a sentence. For example, “Even though Macbeth learns in Act 5 that he is not safe from Macduff, he still continues to fight.”

Direct quotations must be cited by act, scene, and line number. For example, “It is a tale/ Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, / Signifying nothing” (5.5.29-31).

Your essay must be in paragraph form, please remember the R.A.C.E. format (Restate. Answer. Cite. Explain). You should have a cover page and a reference page. Do not refer to yourself or the reader (avoid personal pronouns). Instead, present all of your opinions and interpretations as fact.

Attached is an outline and the rubric that I will use to grade your essays.

English Honors- Discussion 9/24/19

Sept. 24, 2019 Max Points: 30

Socratic Discussion 10/8/19

Oct. 08, 2019 Max Points: 20

Students were asked to participate verbally or on paper at least twice. The discussion revolved around 'Macbeth' and the themes within the play.

Shakespearean Sonnet

Oct. 07, 2019 Max Points: 28

Handout provided in class.

Macbeth Act 3 Organizer

Sept. 24, 2019 Max Points: 25

Macbeth- Act 2 "One Pager"

Sept. 19, 2019 Max Points: 50

Think about Macbeth's "Is this a Dagger?" soliloquy (II.i). Write a one-page response answering the following prompt questions: Why would Macbeth see a dagger? What is Shakespeare telling the reader/audience about Macbeth's state of mind? Also, if you were the play director, how would you stage this scene? Would you show the audience the dagger or not? Justify your answer.

Macbeth Act 1 Organizer

Sept. 16, 2019 Max Points: 30

What happened to Lady Macbeth? Please write a 10 sentence backstory to her life. Give her a name and interesting backstory that could help to explain her personality.

Sept. 17, 2019 Max Points: 10

Macbeth Intro Quiz

Sept. 11, 2019 Max Points: 10

Please complete this quiz on the notes we took in class.

Macbeth Introduction

Sept. 11, 2019 Max Points: 20

Please take notes on the PowerPoint given in class.

Socratic Discussion Participation 9/9/19

Sept. 09, 2019 Max Points: 20

Discussion was held in class on Monday, September 9.

Were there any statements during the Socratic Discussion that you changed your opinion on? If so, which and why?
Did you enjoy the discussion? Why or why not?

Sept. 09, 2019 Max Points:

Respond using the RACE method.

Diagnostic Timed Timed Writing (Persuasive Essay)

Sept. 06, 2019 Max Points: 100

Persuasive writing argues a point and is often called argumentation. When you write persuasively, you are always expressing an opinion. In order to convince your reader, you must be able to present sound reasons and good examples. For instance, instead of explaining the causes of the Civil War, you might be asked to persuade your reader that the Civil War was more about the economics of the southern plantation system than the social issue of slavery. Persuasive writing and language is often found in editorials, letters of complaint, or proposals.

In order for me to gain a better understanding of where your writing skills are at, you will complete this timed writing for the entirety of the period. Everyone must submit their essay by the end of the period. DO THE BEST YOU CAN.

PROMPT: Some people go right on to college after high school; others take a year or more off to work or travel. Which do you think is the better choice? State your position and support it with specific reasons and examples.

Your essay should be five paragraphs. I have attached an essay outline to help guide you, but your final essay should be submitted separately.

Class Syllabus (Handout)

Aug. 30, 2019 Max Points: 10

Students were given a class syllabus and asked to return the parent signature page by Friday, Aug 30th.

Shakespeare Newsela

Sept. 04, 2019 Max Points: 50

Please annotate this article with 10 written annotations. After, define three words you don't know.

Once complete, you must take the quiz and complete the quick-write.

Did you like your Shakespearean insult(s)? Why or Why not?
Make your own Shakespearean insult.

Aug. 30, 2019 Max Points:

R.A.C.E Method Quiz

Aug. 29, 2019 Max Points: 25

Complete the following mini quiz on R.A.C.E format.

Self Reflection

Aug. 27, 2019 Max Points:

Please write three paragraphs (five sentences each) about yourself. Answer the following questions:
What do you expect to gain from this class?
How do you learn best?
Is there anything important you think I need to know about you?
How comfortable are you with reading and writing?
What are some of your interests?
What are your strengths in school?
What are your weaknesses in school?
You may write more if needed. I am excited to learn about YOU!

Macbeth Act V "One- Pager"

Oct. 07, 2019 Max Points: 50

In 'Macbeth', a group of rebels try to overthrow the existing government at the end of the play. This type of conflict still occurs in today's world. Come up with an example of this type of conflict from history or current news and EXPLAIN how it is similar to what is happening in 'Macbeth'. Then, DISCUSS when you think rebellion against a government is justified. Was the rebellion in your historical example justified? Is it justifiable at the end of 'Macbeth'?

Notes on Introductions/Semi-Colons

Oct. 02, 2019 Max Points: 30

Which option shows proper grammar and a correct citation when using a direct quote in writing?

Oct. 02, 2019 Max Points: 5
Multiple choice question:
  • The author writes, "In fair Verona, where we lay our scene (Shakespeare)."
  • The author writes "In fair Verona, where we lay our scene."
  • The author writes "In fair Verona, where we lay our scene." (Shakespeare)
  • The author writes, "In fair Verona, where we lay our scene" (Shakespeare).
  • The author writes, "In fair Verona, where we lay our scene. (Shakespeare)"

Macbeth- Director's Cut

Sept. 27, 2019 Max Points: 30

Create a power point in which you explain the choices you would make if you were to direct a film adaptation of "Macbeth".
You must elaborate on the following:
-Casting choices for Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Banquo, Macduff, and King Duncan. Be sure to explain WHY you would choose these people.
-Where you would film your movie (location)?
-What time period would you set your film in and why?

Include pictures and appropriate explanations for each choice.

Macbeth Act III "One-Pager"

Sept. 26, 2019 Max Points: 50

Shakespeare wrote Macbeth a year after the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. It is likely he was thinking of this as he wrote of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's plot to kill Duncan. Read information on the history of the Gunpowder Plot (YOU MUST RESEARCH THIS). Then, write a one-page response answering the following: Does the treason committed by Macbeth and Lady Macbeth seem more or less serious and horrible than the plot planned by the Gunpowder conspirators? Why or why not? Please respond using R.A.C.E format.

How have the witches' prophecies affected Macbeth throughout the play? Imagine if Macbeth had never interacted with the witches. Would his fate have been the same? Would anything have happened differently? Explain why or why not.

Sept. 24, 2019 Max Points:

Please respond using the RACE format with a minimum of 5 sentences.


Oct. 18, 2019

Happy Friday! Have a great weekend!

Oct. 14, 2019

Extra Credit!!

In order to earn UP TO 10 points extra credit, you must attend one session of ELA support on either Tuesday (10/15) or Thursday (10/17) of this week. Once at the session, you will complete a mini assignment. This assignment will determine the amount of points you will earn as extra credit.

Oct. 14, 2019

This week, we will begin our work with Edgar Allan Poe. Your final exam essay will be on this week's curriculum.

Oct. 08, 2019


Today we will have a Socratic Discussion on all acts from 'Macbeth'. After, we will have quiet work time to allow you all to catch up on missing assignments.

Remember that tomorrow Mr. West is coming to our class to hold a final workshop.

Oct. 01, 2019

Don't forget to bring your photo release form for the field trip if you haven't already!! See you all tomorrow!

Sept. 25, 2019

Dear students,
I will be emailing home mid-quarter grade reports next week to keep your families in the loop of how you are progressing in English class.
Please be mindful of your grades and your assignments. Do not wait until the last minute to ask for help, or to turn in work. Part "A" of your English class will end in the week of October 21-25.

- Ms. Lennon runs ELA Support sessions every Tuesday and Thursday after school.
- You can be awarded up to 50% for late work
- You can be awarded up to 100% for work submitted on time (hint, hint!)
- You can always schedule a time to receive extra support from Ms. Burge before school, at lunch, or after school.

You rock!

Sept. 16, 2019

Today we will be peer reviewing two essays. After, we will resume our study of Shakespeare if we have time remaining.

Sept. 06, 2019

Good Morning Students,
Unfortunately I will not be at school today because there is a very large fire near my house. It is important for me to stay home just in case I need to evacuate my pets and valuables. Thank you so much for understanding.

Please be on your best behavior today. I can't wait to see you all on Monday!