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Assignments will from hereon be up on Google Classroom. (As per popular request from the students.)


The rest of this week and next we will be reading Huckleberry Finn. I will send specific assignments on Google Classroom. The next vocab quiz will be next Friday. 


Over the weekend read ch. 11 and 12 in Huckleberry Finn. If it is clear you have not read on Monday you will lose your participation points for the day.


The vocabulary assignments are due tonight by 11:45pm. You get credit just for doing these,  and they are good preparation for the 40 pt. quiz tomorrow, so don't neglect. Also, please read ch. 10 of Huckleberry Finn.


For Thursday please read chapters 8 and 9 of Huckleberry Finn. Keep study questions in mind as you read, in preparation for a possible quiz.

Reminder that unit 2 vocabulary assignments will be due by 11:45pm on Thursday -10/11/18.


For next Tuesday, please read chapters 6 and 7 of Huckleberry Finn. These are important chapters, so please pay attention in preparation for a possible quiz. 

Also, please write in your Moleskine an informal answer to the questions posed on the handout regarding Whitman that you will receive in class today. I expect to see this at the end of the quarter when I collect your Moleskines. 

Your next vocabulary assignments for unit 2 will be due by next Thursday evening at midnight and the next quiz will be next Friday. 


If you haven't already, please read chapter 5 of Huckleberry Finn.


Please read chapter 5 of Huckleberry Finn.


We'll be going outside today to finish up Whitman's Song of Myself, so the vocabulary quiz is postponed until tomorrow. Also, please read chapter 4 of Huckleberry Finn. Don't lag behind or it will be difficult to catch up (and you will likely fail future pop quizzes.) 


Your vocabulary homework is due by midnight tonight. You will get 10 points just for doing it. These are basically free points, so don't not do it. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Monday worth 40 points. Be prepared. Also, read the first 3 chapters of Huckleberry Finn by Monday. Be ready for a pop quiz anytime on the reading material! 


We will be looking at Whitman's Song of Myself this week. Please make sure you read sections 1,2,6,50,51 and 52. You can find in the Pearson or online.

Also, remember your vocab assignments are due Thursday night. We'll have the test Monday, due to the Walk-a-thon. 


Please read sections 50,51 and 52 of Walt Whitman's Song of Myself. www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/45477/song-of-myself-1892-version 


Please read section 1,2 and 6 of Walt Whitman's Song Of Myself. Look up any words you don't know and be prepared to discuss on Monday. 

I've also sent you homework assignments on Sadlier-Connect. They will be due by midnight, next Thursday. (If you are new and haven't gone into Sadlier-Connect before, go to the website sadlierconnect.com, put in the zip code of the school, 11365, scroll down to St. Francis Prep and your password will be first letter of first name and last name. Then go to the "E" section and there should be assignments waiting for you from lesson 1. If you are having difficulty, let me know.)


Please check into Sadlier Connect to make sure you are in the system. If you are not, let me know and I will enter you in. Thank you. 

Make sure you edit your essay and make it shine. Re-read to make sure it all makes sense. Please check for typos and misspelled words. 


Sit and write. If you are having trouble coming up with ideas, free write. Try to find the joy in it. Just spin out ideas. If you do this for 15-30 minutes, write non-stop, something will probably catch. If you are still struggling, contact me. If you have your idea, you should write your first draft now so you can re-write tomorrow night.


Today we will begin watching the movie Paterson in class. This is a movie based, loosely, on William Carlos Williams' book Paterson. Meanwhile, continue working on your personal essay. You should have a quote chosen by now and have an idea how you want to use it to create your essay. I would suggest just diving in and writing a rough draft of the essay and then spending the rest of the week refining it. Remember, your effort will show, and your grade will be based on quality and effort. This essay, due Friday, is worth 50 pts.


Your homework is to begin to work on a personal essay. You are to take a line or two from William Carlos William's "Asphodel, That Greeny Flower" (or any of the other Williams poems or Dickinson poems we've looked at in class) and use it as a jumping off place to write a personal essay. The quote should be included in your essay. The essay should be 400-600 words, or 2 to 3 pages, typed and double spaced. Tonight, work on picking a quote and a personal narrative and work on your introduction. The complete essay will be due Friday.

Here are some basics about personal essays. A personal essay is either a personal narrative in which the author writes about a personal incident or experience that provided significant personal meaning or a lesson learned, or it is a personal opinion about some topic or issue that is important to the writer.

The Personal Essay as a Personal Narrative

A personal narrative has the following elements:

  • It is based on a personal experience in which you have gained significant meaning, insight, or learned a lesson. It can also be based on a milestone or life-altering event.
  • It is personal narrative. The writer tells the story by including dialogue, imagery, characterization, conflict, plot, and setting.
  • It is written in the first person. (“I” point-of-view)
  • It is an autobiographical story in which the writer describes an incident that resulted in some personal growth or development.
  • A personal essay is a glimpse of the writer’s life. The writer describes the personal experience using the scene-building technique, weaves a theme throughout the narrative, and makes an important point. There must be a lesson or meaning. The writer cannot just write an interesting story.
  • It does not have to be objective. However, the writer must express his/her feelings, thoughts, and emotions.
  • The writer uses self-disclosure and is honest with his/her readers.
  • The writer writes about a real life experience. The incident or experience must have occurred. The writer must use fact and truth.
  • The writer must dramatize the story by using the scene building technique. A scene includes setting/location, intimate details, concrete and specific descriptions, action, and often dialogue.

We will talk about it in class, but in case you need it, here is a good guide to help you write a good personal essay. https://www.grammarly.com/blog/personal-essay/


Read Emily Dickinson's "Because I could not stop for death" and be ready to discuss. https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/because-i-could-not-stop-death-479  

Also, purchase Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. A used copy is fine. If you want to get ahead, also purchase
The Great Gatsby and The Catcher In The Rye. 


Read Emily Dickinson's poem "After great pain a formal feeling comes". Be prepared to talk about it. 



In your moleskine please write either a poem about an object, like The Red Wheelbarrow, or present a "found" poem, as in the refrigerator note "This Is Just To Say".   I won't collect these, but please bring them to class with you on Thursday. I may ask a few of you to read yours in class. (You may refuse to read them, but please have them with you just in case.) I will collect the moleskines at the end of the quarter and you will get credit for each assignment.  


Please read the following essay on Emily Dickinson http://thefanzine.com/im-nobody-who-are-you-the-life-and-poetry-of-emily-dickinson/  Be prepared to discuss in class on Wednesday, 9/12. Think especially about why I might have asked you to read this particular essay.


Read the 3 short William Carlos Williams poems in the Files. Think, especially, about what they are doing and how they are doing it. What is it, for instance, that depends upon the red wheelbarrow? Be prepared to discuss your findings in class on Tuesday.


Your first assignment will be to read an excerpt of  "Asphodel, That Greeny Flower" by William Carlos Williams. See the link below.

Your homework will be to write a short paragraph explaining what you believe this poem is about.

You may (neatly) handwrite or type your assignment, which will be due Monday, 9/10 and worth 10 points.