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Posted: March 27, 2017 in English 11 Honors

If you missed a day and need the Clue activity from class, here it is: Clue Murder Suspects.  Don’t forget to differentiate between fact, conjecture, and bias when building your arguments.  Click below for the further clues that were revealed in class each day. (more…)

frederick-douglass-quotes-2In class we read some slave spirituals and an article on Harriet Tubman to introduce the Underground Railroad.  (Slave Spirituals questions)

On Wednesday (1/4) we’re starting the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.  You will have to complete a frederick-douglass-reading-guide each day.  We’ll also have some frederick-douglas-freewrites most days.

Click through the break to see some fun stuff on Douglass


TEWWG11th graders, our next book, Their Eyes Were Watching God , takes place about 30 years before Fences.  Written in 1937 and taking place in the 20s and 30s, Their Eyes Were Watching God is set in an all black town in Florida.  After emancipation, many slaves found themselves still poor and living in racist or hostile areas.  Many felt community was the key to prosperity.  One result of this was the formation of all black towns such as Eatonville, Fl, where  Zora Neale Hurston grew up.  Hurston observed men defining their newfound ability to strive for the American dream in tangible terms — owning a house or a business, perhaps (“Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board.” (Hurston, 1)) — but for Hurston, the American dream was something bigger: love, happiness, independence, power, and voice.  We’ll be tracing these themes throughout our reading of the novel.  Click below to get the handouts from class, an audiobook, and a video of the movie version with Halle Berry. (more…)

swing-for-the-fences-vinyl-wall-designWe’re reading Fences in class, (the long awaited Denzel Washington movie version comes out December 25!)  Here’s a PDF of the script in case you fall behind: fences

11th graders, the free writing can be found here: fences-freewrites in case you miss a day.  While I encourage you to try to articulate theme in your own words based on your reading and our discussion, here are some  Fences Themes

All: In Act 1, Scene 3 we’ll compare James Earl Jones’ interpretation of the  “How come you ain’t never liked me?” scene with Denzel Washington’s:

You can check out a few more scenes from Broadway’s 2010 revival here.

AP kiddos: there’s a bunch of criticism you might find helpful in interpretting the play.  You’ll be assigned one of the following to read and present to the class: Baseball as History and Myth in August Wilson’s FencesWife as MediatorWalking around Fences, or Wrestling Jacob.  You’ll have to answer these questions too: criticism-questions


Moral Self-Licensing

Posted: September 7, 2016 in English 11 Honors, Uncategorized

Here’s the Moral Licensing stuff we’ve been studying in English 11 to accompany Between the World and Me and Outliers.

Moral Self-Licensing: “Past good deeds can liberate individuals to engage in behaviors that are immoral, unethical, or otherwise problematic, behaviors that they would otherwise avoid for fear of feeling or appearing immoral.” (Merritt, Effron & Monin)

moral_compass_120626Naturally this concept isn’t employed all the time, and it’s a subconscious occurrence, but it is an interesting way to look at some of the inconsistencies we find in society.  Here’s the podcast we heard in class: Malcolm Gladwell Revisionist History Episode 1: “The Lady Vanishes”

We then read “Moral Self-Licensing: When Being Good Frees Us to Be Bad” and completed moral-self-licensing-4-a.

But what happens when we forget about the good (or bad) things we’ve done?  There’s an interesting story on NPR this week on just that:

essay memeHere is a document I gave out during the first week of school on the basics of essay writing including introductions and conclusions, thesis formation, organization, quote integration, and MLA citations: Essay Writing Overview

(A PDF version can be found here: Essay Writing Overview)

We’ll be writing all year, so it’s a good idea to keep this information handy.  There is also a wealth of information on the internet and I highly recommend Purdue OWL as a reference.  It has a detailed MLA guide as well as advice on how to write everything from a resume to a research paper.