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Educator, Facilitator, Lifelong Learner, Mother, Daughter, and Friend. I am an English Teacher, Business Teacher, Computer Science Teacher, Louisiana Computer Using Educators Teacher of the Year, Jefferson Parish Distinguished Digital Leader, & Techno Geek who is trying to improve education one tweet, blog, and wiki at a time.

Tuesday, August 13th

which step have you reached today

I can… Homework due.

Today we will read and analyze  . We will annotate the text and generate 6 quiz questions for the poem.

Everyone will need to sign up for Remind 101.

Homework for tonight is to create your own I come from poem.

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Posted by on August 13, 2013 in AP, E4


Monday, August 12th

  1. Do Now:  Students will define unknown vocabulary words using context clues
  2. Act2: Students will create a poster using the information gathered from
  3. Act3: The class will go over syllabus and classroom procedures
  4. Close:  Students will share their posters
  5. Hmwk:  Students will list 10 things that they can do, 10 things that illustrate who they are and 10 things that they know to be true

Obj1: RI4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text…

Obj2: RI2 – Determine 2 or more ideas of a text and analyze their development…

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Posted by on August 12, 2013 in Curriculum



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Posted by on June 14, 2013 in Curriculum


Questions from "The Lottery"

  • 1. Name two symbols in “The Lottery”
  • 2. Give five examples from the story that show how men have the power in this society
  • 3. Give two examples of foreshadowing.
  • 4.  Define the term situational irony
  • 5. Discuss the following example of irony from the story.
  •  Old Man Warner says, “The lottery keeps us civilized.
  • 6. Make a short list of possible themes from the story.
  • 7. Why has Jackson chosen common people for her characters? Could she have chosen characters from other levels of sophistication with the same effect? What is the irony of the tone of this story?
  • 8. What seems to have been the original purpose of the lottery? What do people believe about it?
  • 9. Is it important that the original paraphernalia for the lottery had been lost? What do you suppose the original ceremony was like? Why have some of the villages given up this practice? Why hasn’t this one?
  • 10. What is the significance of Tessie’s final scream, “It isn’t fair, it isn’t right”? What aspect of the lottery does she explicitly challenge; what aspect goes unquestioned?
  • 11. This is a different sort of story when you read it for the second time. What elements (such as Mrs. Hutchinson’s attempt to have her daughter, Eva, draw with the family) might take on a different meaning the second time through?
  •  12. Some critics insist that the story has an added symbolic meaning. Do you agree? If so, what is Shirley Jackson trying to tell us about ourselves?  (Hint: Consider that this story was written during the height of the rise of Communism and the Soviet Union.)
  • 13. Is the lottery a collective act of murder? Is it morally justified? Is tradition sufficient justification for such actions? How would you respond to cultures that are different from ours that perform “strange” rituals?

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English IV, Wednesday

Create a graphic essay poster

Here are some examples

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Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Uncategorized


Exam Schedule

Wednesday, May 8th @ 8:00 a.m.
AP Calculus
Carter 2nd period room #206 (Gregerson)
Thursday, May 9th@ 8:00 a.m.
AP Literature
Burton’s 2nd period room #206 (Schrieffer)
Burton’s 4th period room #208 (Gregerson)
Friday, May 10th @8:00 a.m.
AP Language
Lee’s 2nd period room #206 (Mousa)
Lee’s 4th  period room #208 (Guillion)
Tuesday, May 14th @8:00 a.m.
AP U.S. Government and Politics(Guillion)
North’s 2nd period room #206 (Schrieffer)
Thursday, May 16th @8:00 a.m.
AP World History
Chausse’s 2nd period room #206 (Mousa)
Chausse’s 4th period room #208  (Schrieffer)
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Posted by on May 1, 2013 in AP