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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

11/30/15 UPDATE: Boy, have you been busy! Just hang in there ladies and gentlemen, we are almost there!  Science Fair has required a lot of your time, and the upcoming biology field trip has further adjusted our schedules just a bit. Please note that the next quiz on To Kill a Mockingbird will now be on Wednesday, December 2.  The final quiz after that will be Wednesday, December 9.  We will spend as much time in class reading and discussing the book as possible.  But please remember how important it is to complete your nightly reading. 

11/11/15 UPDATE: Nightly reading for To Kill a Mockingbird is not only expected but required.  This does mean that students will be responsible for reading over Thanksgiving break. If you choose to read ahead and finish the book ahead of time, this is okay with me; I only ask that you are careful not to spoil the book for others who are reading along with the pace of the class.  Reading quizzes will be held on Nov. 20, Dec. 1 and Dec. 9.  Re-takes for these quizzes will not be made available.  You must keep up with the class and complete the required reading on time.  For your additional convenience, an electronic copy of the entire book has been posted below in the PDF section above the calendar.

Upcoming Projects

  • Quarter 2 Literacy Projects will be due NO LATER THAN December 9, 2015

Quiz/Test Dates

  • Future Grammar Quizzes (sentence diagramming) - Wednesday, December 9
  • Reading Quizzes for To Kill a MockingbirdQuiz on Ch 9-18 Dec. 12; last Quiz on Ch 19-31 Dec. 9
    Midterm Exam Schedule is as follows: Periods 1 & 2 exams on Wednesday, Dec. 16; Periods 3 & 4 Exams on Thursday, December 17; Periods 6, 7, 5 Exams on Friday, December 18


  • TKAM nightly reading, sentence diagramming practice (see link in Helpful Links section below), and midterm review as needed

Bell Ringers

Quarters 1 & 4 - 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 & 3 - Grammar skills (parts of speech and sentence diagramming) will be practiced with daily bell ringers.  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.

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-three weeks of receiving them.  Please understand that taking my time to grade them means more rubric feedback for you. 


Helpful Links

Sentence diagramming help with Elizabeth from Grammar Revolution

You can read the entire play of A Midsummer Night's Dream here.

An electronic copy of To Kill a Mockingbird is available here

Hip Hop & Shakespeare Akala's TedxAldeburgh talk to introduce iambic pentameter

Akala's lyrics for Comedy Tragedy History featuring all 27 of Shakespeare's plays AND 16 lines/quotes from his writing; at the top of this site you can listen to Akala do the freestyle

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
5-paragraph Essay Model -
ENG I Honors (9th) Classroom Policies -
ENG I Honors Syllabus -
LIBRARY CARD APPLICATION - Available to all students
Midsummer Night's Dream Intro - PPT used in class 10/29 to introduce the play
Midsummer Night's Dream Project - Your choice of a Twitter Feed or Play List
Quarter 2 Literacy Project -
Semester 1 Mid-Term Exam Schedule - Please refer to this schedule for exam week
Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 - Sonnet 18 for iambic pentameter mark-up
Syllable Stress Cheat Sheet - help identifying stressed and unstressed syllables
TKAM Questionnaire - to be completed before reading; and revisted after
TKAM Webquest (revised) - For completion during class Nov. 11 & 12

 November 2015
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English I Honors - A Midsummer Night's Dream

English I Honors - A Midsummer Night's Dream

English I Honors - Grammar Quiz
English I Honors - A Midsummer Night's Dream

English I Honors - A Midsummer Night's Dream

English I Honors - A Midsummer Night's Dream



English I Honors - A Midsummer Night's Dream

English I Honors - TEST on A Midsummer Night's Dream

English I Honors - Webquest: To Kill a Mockingbird

English I Honors - Webquest: To Kill a Mockingbird

English I Honors - Introduction To Kill a Mockingbird



English I Honors - TKAM

English I Honors - TKAM

English I Honors - TKAM

English I Honors - TKAM

English I Honors - Grammar & TKAM Quiz
English I Honors - TKAM


English I Honors - TKAM Required Reading Over Break

Thanksgiving Break







English I Honors - TKAM

Literal Translation