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This Teacher Connection Page is dedicated to my 9th grade ENG I Honors students.  All 11th & 12th grade Advanced Placement Language & Composition students should refer to the class website and use the password provided to you in class on August 6.

Special Announcements

*Your textbooks are now available online.  I will work with you during class to show you how to access it using the Pearson EasyBridge link featured below under "Helpful Links."

*Essay grading notice: Please note that essays take longer to grade than other assignments due to the length and the various skills being assessed in one assignment.  I will do my best to grade the assignments within two weeks of receiving them.  Please understand that taking my time to grade them means more feedback for you.  All grading will be done online via  I will be sure to let you know when my comments and your grade are available for viewing online.

Upcoming Projects

  • Argumentative Essay will be due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 9 (all essays MUST BE uploaded to - no exceptions!) - this is the first big grade for Quarter 2

Quiz/Test Dates

  • Parts of Speech Quiz - Wednesday, October 21
  • Susequent Grammar Quizzes (sentence diagramming) - Wednesday, October 28; Wednesday, November 4; Wednesday, October 11; Wednesday, November 18


  • Students who need more time than the classtime allotted are expected to work on their argumentative essay at home

Bell Ringers

Quarters 1 & 3 - Vocabulary words are introduced as bell ringers; additional work with words will happen as we work with the text. Students are expected, however, to study on their own for bi-weekly vocabulary quizzes, as well. Please use the calendar to look for quiz dates.  Click on the link provided that day on the calendar for a complete list of the words that will be on the quiz that day.

Quarters 2 & 4 - Grammar skills (parts of speech and sentence diagramming) will be practiced with daily bell ringers.  We will alternate between vocabulary and grammar to ensure we are brushing up on both skills daily.  As we do with Vocabulary, we will quiz on grammar bi-weekly.  Students will be expected to study the parts of speech and practice diagramming at home to prepare for the quiz.  All quizzes are posted on the calendar below.

To be clear, we will alternate our focus.  Students will not be working on vocabulary AND grammar simultaneously.  It will be one or the other and this will be clear based on bell ringer activity.

Helpful Links

A sample MLA formatted paper is available to you through the following link on the VCS Media Center's page.  This sample paper was provided by Lake Sumter State College.  Please review this prior to submitting any essays. MLA format is a requirement.  

Another wonderful writing resource is the Purdue Online Writing Lab, also known as the Purdue OWL.  I will refer to this site often in class.  Click here to access the site. 

Here is yet another great resource for writing and speaking (presenting) skills, Writing Commons.  While the site does say it is for college level writers, there is plenty of information on the site that we review in class.  I think you will find that it is easy to understand and navigate. 

Access your textbook online!   Please visit Pearson EasyBridge

New State Exam (FSA) information for students and parents/guardians can be found at this link.  This includes a training test and guide. 

P.E.R.T. (Postsecondary Education Readiness Test) - Florida's customized common placement test - information can be found here.

Helpful links for prefix, suffix and root word work. 

Access this link for a Pronunciation Guide. This is especially helpful while working with unfamiliar vocabulary.



PDF documents
3-Column Notes for Q1 Literacy Assignment - Use as a guide only, do not hand in this paper
3rd Person Narrative Homework - Directions and suggestion for Sept. 10 homework
5-paragraph Essay Model -
Argumentative Essay Packet - Here is the planning packet we have used in class
ENG I Honors (9th) Classroom Policies -
ENG I Honors Syllabus -
House on Mango Street Project - Assignment sheet for the Vignette Narrative Books
House on Mango Street Project Rubric - rubric for project assessment
Individuality/Conformity Essay Assignment - Assignment guidelines, as handed out in class
Individuality/Conformity Essay Rubric - This is a standard argumentative essay rubric
LIBRARY CARD APPLICATION - Available to all students
Plot Diagram Sheet for The Cask of Amontillado - Use this with your active notes sheet
Q1 9th Grade Literacy Assignment - Run children's book titles past me first, please
The Cask of Amontillado Active Notes Assignment - Complete this document before the plot diagram
Writing an Argumentative Essay - PPT from 9/28 class

 October 2015
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English I Honors - Project day

English I Honors - Mock Book Fair



English I Honors - Argumentative Essay

English I Honors - Argumentative Essay

English I Honors - Argumentative Essay

English I Honors - Argumentative Essay
End of Q1

English I Honors - Argumentative Essay



Columbus Day - no school

English I Honors - Intro. to Shakespearean Drama!



Report Cards Available


Homecoming Week



English I Honors - Grammar Quiz







English I Honors - Grammar Quiz




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