Final Exam

Jan. 17, 2020 Max Points: 100

Extra Credit- ELA support attendance 1/14/20

Jan. 16, 2020 Max Points: 1

Which type of final would you prefer to have?

Jan. 13, 2020 Max Points:
Multiple choice question:
  • Essay format where you will be required to analyze 'Alice in Wonderland'. This will be timed.
  • A combination of multiple choice, matching, and free response questions regarding a deep analysis of 'Alice in Wonderland'. This will be timed.

Creative Writing- Peter Pan

Jan. 10, 2020 Max Points: 30

Think about all of the original characteristics of the first Peter Pan (information on this can be found in the article from yesterday). Rewrite Peter Pan as a horror story using these original characteristics. Other than incorporating these original characteristics, you have complete freedom. We will read these short tales aloud on Monday.

- 2 pages minimum.
-Due tonight before midnight.

After reading the attached article, what do you think about the Peter Pan as a character? The article describes several characteristics of the original Peter Pan, do you see any of these characteristics (obvious or subtle) in the Disney version of Peter Pan? How do you feel about the real life inspiration for Peter Pan? Why?

Jan. 10, 2020 Max Points: 20

Please respond in a minimum of 10 sentences.

Exhibition Project

Dec. 18, 2019 Max Points: 150

Which film do you want to watch?

No Due Date Max Points:
Multiple choice question:
  • The Rescuers
  • Walle
  • Peter Pan
  • Pocahontas
  • Bambi

Mulan "One-Pager"

Jan. 08, 2020 Max Points: 50

Consider the animation in Mulan. Think about the skin color given to the heroes versus the skin color given to the villains. What message does this communicate to young children? Do you think this was intentional or not? What could Disney have done differently?

What did you do over break? Please write at least 5 sentences.

Jan. 06, 2020 Max Points: 5

Exhibition Attendance

Dec. 20, 2019 Max Points: 25

Exhibition Peer Evaluation (This grade reflects your participation within your group)

Dec. 10, 2019 Max Points: 20

Please evaluate your peers on the following form.

'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' Quick-Write

Dec. 10, 2019 Max Points: 20

At the beginning of the film, Clopin sings the lines: "Now here is a riddle / To guess if you can / Sing the bells of Notre Dame / Who is the monster / And who is the man?"

Describe Frollo and Quasimodo's outward appearance versus their inward appearance. After, answer Clopin's question using situational evidence from the film (simply refer to events or conversations in the film). In reality, what really matters to society, inner beauty or outer beauty (justify your answer)? How do you feel about your answer to this question?

Please write two, 5 sentence paragraphs.

"Disney-fied" Film Presentation

Nov. 19, 2019 Max Points: 50

If I were to teach another English elective, what type of class would you be interested in? Keep in mind that the class should revolve around literature and/or writing.

Nov. 12, 2019 Max Points:

"A Cinderella Story"- One-Pager

Nov. 12, 2019 Max Points: 50

Think about this modern adaptation of 'Cinderella.' There are various elements that the filmmakers use to connect the old fairy tale to modern viewers. For example, rather than a prince, Sam falls in love with a man who wants to attend Princeton University. Additionally, Sam's stepmother does not run a house with servants, but instead owns a restaurant with employees. Think about all of these modern connections. How do these modern connections add to or distract from the overall themes of the fairy tale? Are fairy tales more powerful to young children as modern tales or old-fashioned stories? Why?

Be specific in your response. This should be a full page and double-spaced.

Character Development Chart (Handout)

Nov. 06, 2019 Max Points: 20

On the handout distributed in class, please be sure that you focus on one flat character and one round character from both of the film versions of "Cinderella" (for a total of two round and two flat characters).

Would you prefer that this film be historically accurate, or do you prefer it to be culturally diverse and inclusive? Why?

Nov. 05, 2019 Max Points: 10

Please respond in a minimum of 8 sentences.


Nov. 04, 2019 Max Points: 10

Practice descriptive language by writing a 5-8 sentence description of the most disgusting vomit you could ever imagine. You should use descriptive language that connects with touch, taste, and smell.

After viewing the film "Ever After," please compare this version to the Grimm version of "Cinderella"... How are the characters in each version similar and different? What is different about the overall theme of each version? Which do you prefer and why? In your opinion, does the setting of the film work? Why or why not?

Nov. 01, 2019 Max Points: 20

Your response should be at least 10 sentences long.

Extra Credit for Compromising

Oct. 31, 2019 Max Points: 1

1. It looks like the message of "Cinderella" is sometimes people get what is coming to them. Is this always true?
2. Do you think that the prince is such a prize? Why or why not?
3. Do you think that this is a good story for children to read? Why?
4. What would happen if Cinderella hadn’t dropped her slipper?

Oct. 29, 2019 Max Points: 10

Please respond to the following questions using complete sentences. Be as detailed as possible.


Jan. 13, 2020

A few reminders:
- This is the last week of Semester 1. Therefore, all late work is due by Wednesday, 1/15/20. No Exceptions!
- An extra credit opportunity will be offered Tuesday, 1/14/20, ONLY to those students who attend ELA support from 3:15 - 4:15 after school.
- If you think you will need additional time on your final (per an IEP or 504), you must attend ELA support on Thursday, 1/16/20. This will be the only opportunity for additional time.

Jan. 10, 2020

For class today:
1. Spend 30 minutes completing the assignment from yesterday.
2. Discuss the article from yesterday as a class.
3. Complete creative writing assignment for today.

Jan. 09, 2020


As I’m sure you all know, I’ve been feeling pretty under the weather the last few days. Unfortunately, I’m so sick that I will not be at school on Friday.

All work will be posted on Google Classroom.

Have a great weekend!

Dec. 16, 2019

Please go directly to Mr. Walsall's class at the beginning of p.5.


Dec. 02, 2019

Due to an important staff meeting after school tomorrow, ELA support is canceled on Tuesday, 12/3.

Thank you for understanding.

Nov. 15, 2019

Good morning, students!

I woke up feeling sick this morning so I’m going to stay home to recover. Therefore, I had to change some of the lesson plans for today; any activities that require my presence have been postponed until Monday (e.i. Quizzes and Socratic Discussions). Please be good for the sub!

Have a good weekend.