Final Exam (Essay)- Part A

Oct. 24, 2019 Max Points: 100

Extra Credit- A1

No Due Date Max Points: 1

Attach outlines for final exam here!

Oct. 22, 2019 Max Points:

Whatever you attach here is what we will print out prior to your exam.

Rank your answers to the statements below using the scale of 1-5 (5 is the strongest)

1) I believe these methods will help me embed my quotations purposefully and effectively.
2) I understand thoroughly each method.
3) I feel ready to embed quotes using these methods.

Oct. 22, 2019 Max Points:

Newsela 10/21/19

Oct. 22, 2019 Max Points: 20

Complete the Newsela with 15 written annotations. Complete the quiz and quick-write.

R&J Practice Body Paragraph #1

Oct. 15, 2019 Max Points:

1. Please open the assignment titled "R&J Practice Introduction"
2. Make a copy of the assignment and title it "R&J Practice Body Paragraph #1"
3. Attach the copy to this assignment and begin working on your first body paragraph.

Practice Concluding Paragraph

Oct. 17, 2019 Max Points:

In regards to the final essay you will be writing for 'Romeo and Juliet', write a practice rough draft for the concluding paragraph of your essay. You may need to refer back to your practice outline to refresh your memory on your thesis.

R&J Practice Introduction

Oct. 11, 2019 Max Points: 20

Please complete the introduction portion of the attached outline using the prompt below.

PROMPT: Within William Shakespeare's play, 'Romeo and Juliet', several characters make questionable choices that ultimately lead to their downfall and the overall tragedy of the story. Select three characters from the play and explain HOW each of these characters exhibit signs of an adolescent brain. Use quotes from the play and evidence from outside sources studied in class to prove your points.

Practice Essay Cover Page

Oct. 10, 2019 Max Points: 5

Please attached your Template here.

Using RACE format, respond to the following question: In regards to the article studied in class today, what elements of the "adolescent brain" are we seeing represented in 'Romeo and Juliet' so far? Be specific in your response and cite passages from the article.

Sept. 20, 2019 Max Points:

This should be w minimum of 8 sentences.

After reading Act 3, explain what occurs between Romeo and Tybalt. Is Romeo behaving like a "good husband" to Juliet? Explain why or why not. If you were to give Juliet relationship advice, what would you suggest to her? Why?

Sept. 25, 2019 Max Points:

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

R&J Essay Prep (Finding Evidence)

Sept. 30, 2019 Max Points: 20

At the end of our "Romeo and Juliet" unit, you will be writing an essay about how aspects of the teenage brain are represented through specific characters in the play. Please fill out the attached chart as a future reference for your essay writing.

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)"

Shakespearean Sonnet

Oct. 07, 2019 Max Points: 28

Handout provided in class.

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.

Notes on Introductions/Semi-Colons/APA

Oct. 10, 2019 Max Points: 30

On Task- 10/8/19

Oct. 08, 2019 Max Points: 10

R&J Prologue Prediction

Sept. 12, 2019 Max Points: 50

After reading the prologue of 'Romeo and Juliet', please write a one page prediction about what you think will happen in the play and why. Please be specific and cite portions of the prologue to support your theory.

Socratic Discussion Participation 9/9/19

Sept. 09, 2019 Max Points: 20

Discussion was held in class on Monday, September 9.

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.

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.

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.

R.A.C.E Method Quiz

Aug. 29, 2019 Max Points: 25

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

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

Aug. 30, 2019 Max Points:


Oct. 22, 2019

How to Cite Shakespeare Plays in APA Referencing

If quoting or paraphrasing a Shakespeare play, you should also give a pinpoint citation. This means giving the act, scene, and line numbers:

He describes Yorick as “a fellow of infinite jest” (Shakespeare, 1992, 5.1.191-192).

Here, for example, we’re citing act five, scene one, lines 191-192 of Hamlet.

Listing Shakespeare in an APA Reference List
The format for a Shakespeare text in an APA reference list should include the names of any editors or translators. APA also suggests providing a date of original publication for republished texts:

Surname, First Initial. (Year of Publication or Translation). Title of play. (Translator Initial(s). Surname(s), Trans.). Editor Initial(s). Surname(s). (Ed.). Place of Publication: Publisher. (Original work published date)

Oct. 22, 2019

Today you will be taking handwritten notes on Quote Integration. You will be able to use these notes on your final, so please remain focused during class today.

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. 09, 2019

Because the end of the semester is quickly approaching, Ms. Burge and I have decided to give you a quiet work day today. This is your opportunity to submit missing assignments for UP TO half credit. Please use your time wisely.

Oct. 08, 2019


Today, we will complete Act V of R&J, complete our APA notes, and watch the film. Remember to annotate Act V as we listen in class.

Sept. 30, 2019

Reminder: If you do not finish an assignment during class time, it is HOMEWORK. If you have not completed your R&J Essay Prep, you are responsible for completing it by tonight.

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. 18, 2019

Today we will be studying and annotating an article on the adolescent brain. As you read, annotate the article by connecting information on the teenage brain with character behaviors from 'Romeo and Juliet' thus far.

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. 10, 2019


Today we will be studying the adolescent brain as we prepare to read "Romeo and Juliet". Please annotate the article we read in class.

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!