Monday, October 28, 2013

Good-bye Guys!!!

As you know, I am retiring from teaching later this week.  It has been my pleasure and honor to work with you this year on your language arts skills.  I believe that you learned a lot during our short time together, and I hope you had a little bit of fun, too.  Please be kind to your new teacher and make me proud.  Good luck in school this year and in all your future endeavors.  [There is no need to respond to this post, but you may do so if you like.  No, it's not for a grade!!!]

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


The most important element in plot is conflict.  Choose one of the stories we read in class in which the main character faces both internal and external conflicts.  Discuss the major conflicts faced by the character and indicate how each conflict was resolved.  Support your answer with examples from the story.

Your answer should be written as a paragraph with a topic sentence.  The topic sentence should include the title and author of the story you have chosen. 

Sunday, September 15, 2013


Which character in which story that we have read so far do you relate to the most? (Who are you most like?)  Start with a topic sentence identifying the character, the author, and the short story.  Example:  I can relate to Pete Maneri in W. C. Heinz’s short story “One Throw.”  Then develop that statement with at least five more sentences.  Proofread your paragraph and put your name and block 2A or 2B at the top before your begin typing!! [We also read Evan Hunter’s “On the Sidewalk Bleeding” and Richard Matheson’s “Button, Button.”]  Remember to use an apostrophe to show ownership, and remember to use quotation marks for the story's title.