Monthly Archives: February 2018

English 2 – Poetry Collection

Here are the steps you should take when completing the poetry collection:

  1. Pick your 5 poems.
  2. Revise your 5 poems.
    1. word choice
    2. overall imagery
    3. structure / literary devices
    4. etc
  3. Pick 1 of the 5 to analyze.  Copy it down so you can…
  4. Annotate the poem using TPSFASTT.
  5. Write up the analysis of the poem in paragraph format.  You should be answering the question: Analyze the theme of your poem and how the literary devices used influence that theme.  Here is an example: Example Analysis
  6. Revise your analysis (MUGS)
  7. Double-check MLA formatting throughout.
  8. Type everything up!  (Don’t toss the drafts.)
  9. Create a cover page.
  10. Final revisions of everything THEN print and assemble.

English 2 Synthesis – Social Media

Revisions due 2/28/2018 (Wednesday)

Here are notes to help guide improvement and revisions on the social media prompt:

  1. What are 3 areas that social media has changed the lives of teens?  What has social media twisted or flipped from when your parents were teens?
    1. Behavior (addiction to checking in, disconnecting from others, etc)
    2. Relationships to – peers – parents – extended family – strangers
    3. Peer pressures (more pervasive, “challenges”)
    4. Self-expression – acceptance of self – bullying – teens making $ – body image issues

Next, find evidence to support these claims.

  1. What evidence supports that these areas have truly changed?

Now, analyze your evidence and claims.  These questions can guide you:

  1. Are the changes negative or positive?
  2. How have the changes impacted our world?
  3. What do “non-social media” adults need to know about those changes?


When I was reading the essays, I noticed many lacked a clear thesis.  It’s hard to organize without one.  I also noticed overall organization was lacking.  Use the outline!  Couple other tips:  – Avoid longggggg quotes.  – Use a VARIETY of sources to pull evidence from.


English 3 – Review for Quiz

Here is the “need to know” for the quiz on Thursday, 2/15.  Don’t forget – Book reviews due 2/16!

– regionalism
– local color
– characteristics of realism
– dialect

Literary Terms:
Dialect, dialogue, diction
– Figure of Speech / Idiom
– Extended Metaphor (simile, metaphor, personification)

– noxious
– bilk
– blasphemy
– absolution
– abstain
– acquiesce
– lampoon
– tenacious
– replete
– haughty

quotation marks, formatting
– appositives

English 2 – Bell Ringer 3 Review

Here are the concepts and terms that we will be checking on Friday, 2/9:

Latin Roots
– lumin
– vid/vis
– inter
– re
– vac

Literary Terms
dialogue, dialect, diction
– allusion
– hyperbole

– appositives
– formatting quotations

English 2 – Links to Articles

Here are the links to the articles you can choose to read:

“American Girls: How Social Media is Disrupting the Lives of Teenagers” by Nancy Jo Sales from Time:

“How Teens Use Social Media” by Mary H. K. Choi from Wired: HTTPS://WWW.WIRED.COM/2016/08/HOW-TEENS-USE-SOCIAL-MEDIA/

“Our Bodies, Our Selfies: The Feminist Photo Revolution” by Jessica Bennett from Time:

REMEMBER – you are reading TWO of these articles in addition to the one printed in your packet and taking notes!