Monday, June 1, 2015

Folks, please read All Summer in a Day. Click THIS LINK for the story.

Below is the MOVIE version of the story :)

PLEASE also read, The Fish, By Elizabeth Bishop :)

The Fish

Elizabeth Bishop1911 - 1979

I caught a tremendous fish
and held him beside the boat
half out of water, with my hook
fast in a corner of his mouth.
He didn’t fight.
He hadn’t fought at all.
He hung a grunting weight,
battered and venerable
and homely. Here and there
his brown skin hung in strips
like ancient wallpaper,
and its pattern of darker brown
was like wallpaper:
shapes like full-blown roses
stained and lost through age.
He was speckled with barnacles,
fine rosettes of lime,
and infested
with tiny white sea-lice,
and underneath two or three
rags of green weed hung down.
While his gills were breathing in
the terrible oxygen
—the frightening gills,
fresh and crisp with blood,
that can cut so badly—
I thought of the coarse white flesh
packed in like feathers,
the big bones and the little bones,
the dramatic reds and blacks
of his shiny entrails,
and the pink swim-bladder
like a big peony.
I looked into his eyes
which were far larger than mine
but shallower, and yellowed,
the irises backed and packed
with tarnished tinfoil
seen through the lenses
of old scratched isinglass.
They shifted a little, but not
to return my stare.
—It was more like the tipping
of an object toward the light.
I admired his sullen face,
the mechanism of his jaw,
and then I saw
that from his lower lip
—if you could call it a lip—
grim, wet, and weaponlike,
hung five old pieces of fish-line,
or four and a wire leader
with the swivel still attached,
with all their five big hooks
grown firmly in his mouth.
A green line, frayed at the end
where he broke it, two heavier lines,
and a fine black thread
still crimped from the strain and snap
when it broke and he got away.
Like medals with their ribbons
frayed and wavering,
a five-haired beard of wisdom
trailing from his aching jaw.
I stared and stared
and victory filled up
the little rented boat,
from the pool of bilge
where oil had spread a rainbow
around the rusted engine
to the bailer rusted orange,
the sun-cracked thwarts,
the oarlocks on their strings,
the gunnels—until everything
was rainbow, rainbow, rainbow!
And I let the fish go.

Here is an AUDIO version :)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Monday, November 3, 2014


Go to and search for TWO articles related to the paranormal. These can be PRO or CON. Print each article (for suggested topics, refer to your planner).  After you've printed the articles, click the link below and print the graphic organizers.

Bring all materials to class on Wednesday. 



Go to and search for TWO articles related to arranged marriages. These can be PRO or CON. Print each article. After you've printed the articles, click the link below and print the graphic organizers.

Bring all materials to class on Wednesday. 


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Minimum requirements for Furnell College Essay.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Furnell College Essay Minimum Requirements

     Furnell College Essay Minimum Requirements:

1.6 paragraphs (1 intro, 3 body, 1 counterclaim,1 conclusion)
2.5 vocabulary words
3.Three quotes
4.Citation page (
5.Article attached (
7.Highlights (quotes and vocabulary)

8.Extra Credit: Ask a parent or guardian to listen to you read your paper aloud. After they have listened, ask them to write (in their handwriting) a short note, two or three sentences, explaining what they thought of the paper. Ask them also to record their phone number. This note must be stapled to the back of the paper packet in order to qualify for extra credit.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

For 9th grade writing prompt, directions and relevant materials, 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Please go to: and find (AND PRINT) THREE thesis-supporting articles.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Extra credit assignment (ONLY FOR THOSE who handed in the note).

Part I

The other day we discussed our “Master Goals.” In this essay I would like you to consider YOUR goal: why you selected it; how you plan on attaining it, and what you are doing NOW to make it happen.

YOU MUST BE ULTRA-SPECIFIC: if you want to be a doctor, explain what KIND (epidemiologist? otolaryngologist? internist?) and WHY. If you see yourself in the NBA—what position?

This essay is to be at least TEN solid paragraphs, include TEN SAT vocabulary terms (highlighted—as usual) an introduction, eight body paragraphs and a conclusion.

*The paragraphs MUST be NUMBERED
*VOCABULARY highlighted  

Part II

I would like you to consider what you hope your life will be like in 15 years: Will you be a millionaire?—a billionaire? Will you have discovered the cure for AIDS? Will you be in love and married?

After you’ve thought about this for a while, I would like you to review the vocabulary section of your notebook and select ONE word that represents your future.

I would like you to create a vocabulary illustration based on that word.

Include the following elements:

Full color
Word defined

Word used in a sentence

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

This is the link to the article:

Men With Eating Disorders Have Tougher Time Getting Help

Here is how it should appear on your "Works Cited" page:

LUPKIN, SYDNEY. "Men With Eating Disorders Have Tougher Time Getting Help."ABC News. ABC News Network, 26 Feb. 2013. Web. 07 May 2013.

Here is the link to EasyBIB :

Friday, February 8, 2013

The awesome work of Abriana Rafik!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Tonight read: Act 3, Scene 5


1) Why does Shakespeare have Juliet's father become impatient and demand that she marry Paris immediately?

2) What must Juliet be feeling as the Nurse cynically advises her to forget Romeo and marry Paris?


For those who NEED the jacket:

Friday, November 23, 2012

Have fun--and BE CAREFUL--shopping today!