Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Double Entry Journals

Today we took some notes on the use and purpose of a double entry journal (DEJ). For the story "The Possibility of Evil," you will focus on finding quotes about irony and theme to add to your DEJ on page 14 in your English notebook.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

"The Possibility of Evil"

Today you will be reading "The Possibility of Evil" by Shirley Jackson. As you read, you will be stopping along the way to respond to some questions and provide evidence (quotes) to support your answers.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Finishing your exam and poetry response revision

On Tuesday you completed an on-demand paragraph response to the poem "Introduction to Poetry." Today, if you finish your exam, you can examine a couple of well-written student models (there is also an annotated version of these models in our shared English folder in Google Drive). Afterwards, you will have the option to revise your own response if necessary.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

District Interim Assessment

Today we will take the SDUSD Interim Assessment. This is a computer-based test. Follow the directions below to access the exam.

1. Log in to the student portal. You will use the same ID and password as you use to sign in to your netbooks.

2.On the "Welcome" screen, select the 2015-16 Literacy Interim Assessment 2 - Grade 9 under "Pending Assessments."

3. Select "Begin Test"

4. Select "Finish" when all questions have been answered. Note: You may go back to previous questions. Your responses are automatically saved.

5. When finished, read a book silently at your desk.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Responding to "Introduction to Poetry"

Today you will write a response to the poem we read and "SIFTed" yesterday.
You will respond to the following prompt in a well-organized paragraph. You may use the linked planning template to help you organize your thoughts.

Prompt:  In the poem “Introduction to Poetry,” how does Billy Collins reveal the theme?  Use two pieces of evidence to support your claim.

Monday, February 1, 2016


If you were absent today, or just want a refresher on the SIFT method of poetry analysis, here is a link the Prezi we viewed in class.