Friday, February 27, 2015

Farewell and thank you!

Dear students and parents,

It is my pleasure to introduce to you Ms. Alyssa Black, who will be my long term substitute when I take maternity leave in March. Ms. Black is a California credentialed teacher who knows Point Loma High School well. She was my student teacher first semester, observing period one, and taking over teaching responsibilities for period two. Because of her experience at PLHS, specifically with ninth grade English, she is well-suited and prepared to make this a smooth transition for the students. She knows the curriculum, and will continue to work closely with the ninth grade team to plan units and assessments. I could not have chosen a better fit to fill my absence while I’m away! Look for a letter of introduction from Ms. Black to be coming home with your student.

Communication about your student and the class will now be through Ms. Black. She can be reached at

Future assignments will be posted on her classroom blog:

Laura Baker

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Storyboard vs film exit slip

Didn't finish your exit slip in class today? Use the prompt and sentence frames below to finish up and turn it in tomorrow (Feb. 27). Be sure to compose your paragraph on the back of your storyboard.

Book review due tomorrow!

Your first book review of the second semester is due tomorrow, Feb. 27.  Since tomorrow is my last day, if you are choosing to type your review in Google Docs, be sure and share it with Ms. Black:

Don't forget all of the resources you have to write a successful review.

Friday, February 20, 2015

AoW: The story behind the cask...

Today's article of the week, located on page 352 of your GIANT orange textbook, provides some background information about what may have inspired Poe to write "The Cask of Amontillado." Read the text, then respond to the following questions:

1.     Briefly summarize the text.
2.     How has “The Story Behind the Cask of Amontillado” affected your appreciation and/or opinion of Poe’s story?
3.     What details does Edward Rowe Snow use to make his narrative read like a horror story? Choose at least three specific details (quotes) from the text and describe how they contribute to the creepy mood.
4.     Compare and contrast. In what ways is “The Story Behind the Cask of Amontillado” the same and/or different to Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado?”

Thursday, February 19, 2015