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Final Post for Freshmen
Well, you made it... this far. You can do it. Finish Strong.  As I said in class, thank you for being you. It's been a fun first year for me, and you have taught me much this year. I hope I have taught you a few things too - we shall see ;) But seriously, b...

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Poetry Terms Test Tuesday - and Poem Due Wednesday
TEST: Tuesday - revised list of terms to know and identify in poems.  Hint may wish to (re)read these poems - I will chose examples from Quizlet - and this list: 1.  Roethke , " My Papa's Waltz "   2.  Sexton , " Her Kind "  3.  Olds , "Rite of Passage"( wi...

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Review the blog, notes, and tests on MACBETH, POETRY, & HOUSE ON MANGO STREET
How to study for the English exam: 1. Poetry multiple choice You'll be given whole poems or parts of poems.  They may be poems you've seen in class ; they may be new poems you haven't seen. a) make up list of literary terms  We have already done this - you ...

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Grammar Review: Learning from Our Mistakes
Edutopia article: " Teaching Students to Embrace Mistakes " "Mistakes are the most important thing that happens in any classroom, because they tell you where to focus that deliberate practice.  So why don't students view their mistakes as a valuable asset? ...

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Finish the House on Mango Street by Friday...
Think about themes, motifs, and symbols. Annotate  The House on Mango Street   and revisit the Who's Who Character Map - Click here. Tuesday, May 13 th  – In Class: Grammar Test For Wednesday: F block Review  The House on Mango Street (D-Block Drops - Revie...

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Grammar Review: TEST TUESDAY
See previous blog posts - for more hints and helpful lessons on grammar test. If today confused you, please see the following: Subject-Verb Agreement  - Lesson on Subject-Verb Agreement Subject-Verb Agreement: Additional Practice III  Quiz on Which, That, a...

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ANNOTATING The House on Mango Street: Characters, Themes, Figurative Language, Etc.
For a restrictive clause - is it that "That" or "Which"? Do you know the history of "Which"? Merriam-Webster Online http://t.co/xkr0NtwhIG — Mr. O'Brien (@kobenglish14) May 9, 2014 As you read The House on Mango Street, ANNOTATE the following:  characters t...

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For Friday - in the Computer Lab!
For Friday – Read 26-48 (22 pages) and review sentence styling (see previous posts). Interactive practice:  Quiz on Punctuation Another Quiz on Punctuation Repairing Run-on Sentences Review of Punctuation Friday, May 9 th  – In Class:  Computer Labs (F Bloc...

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Introduction to The House on Mango Street
Sandra Cisneros - website Thursday, May 8 th  - In Class : Review Punctuation Lesson and  Exercise in Capitalization Using Commas with Coordinating Conjunctions Using Commas with Introductory Clauses Quiz on Comma Usage and Intro to  The House on Mango Stre...
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