Welcome to Junior Year!

Begin With The End In Mind


Vocabulary.com                      Tuesday 2/8/15

All My Sons Act I & II Vocabulary

Today's Goal: Mastery on BOTH!!!!

Period 4 Log In

Period 6 Log In


All My Sons

American Playhouse Presents

Arthur Miller's All My Son's 

This  is the link to full play if you missed any part in class.  YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR COMPLETING THE PLAY. NO EXCUSES!

Oh, and if that link "doesn't work" this one will.  Click here-> All My Son's

All My Sons Full Script Here

 Interesting what intelligence can bring into your life...


Nerds Rule The World





Other Resources:

1. Notes and Analysis

2. Biography and Informative Text

3. Study Guide

Characters and Synopsis  Page 22

GLOSSARY of terms Page 30

Informative Text

The Sons of the New World: President Franklin Roosevelt?s

Fireside Chat, October 12, 1942     Page36

The Watchword is Work: President Harry S. Truman?s Broadcast to the

American People Announcing the Surrender of Germany, May 8, 1945  Page 39

Mirror of an Hour: Arthur Miller on the Historical Period

Leading up to All My Sons  Page 40



What do you want/expect to hear at your commencement ceremony?

You're Not Special!


Just Dance...

P.S. if you want to see her "phone call to God" here it is...

     Our goals for the year will include honing our close reading skills with texts that challenge our thinking.  We will be taking things slow this year in order to ensure we are able to extract the central idea, author's purpose, vocabulary in context, and inferences in the text.  We will also focus on clear and articulate communication in the spoken and written form.  This year is about quality, not quantity. 

HW Assignment #1
Due Friday, September 11th

  • Register on College Board & print your Parent Junior Year Action Plan
  • Go to collegeboard.org
  • Click on Students (purple box on left side)
  • In the My Organizer box (left SIDE) click Create a free account. Sign up 
  • Register!  Text yourself your login and password.  Keep it simple!
  • Once you are registered, SIGN IN.
  • On the Big Future by the College Board Page go to Get Started drop down menu and select  For Parents (if you click on Get Started it brings you to a different page)
  • Click and Print (Parent) Junior Action Plan 11th Grade. (use print icon at top right)
  • Have your Parent/Guardian Sign it!
  • Hand it in on Friday. 

Don't forget:

  •  HW Assignment #2 (25 points) Due Tuesday 9/8
  • Students are required to have Either a binder OR a spiral notebook, a folder, a blue/black pen, a highlighter or two, and a supply of loose-leaf. 
  • Suggested binder sections: Do Now, Vocab, College Search, Literature, Regents/writing.

 Remember to talk to your parents about collegeboard.org!


Register at collegeboard.org and register your information for PSAT/SAT.

When you get a chance... (sooner is better than later)

Register at Common Application and save time!

Register and search for Scholarships!

Browse Naviance, remind yourself of your login and password.

SAT Prep

SAT UP(for Ipod) or Magoosh(for Droid)



English 11 Syllabus 2015-16

English 11 Grading and Expectations 

A letter to Parents

**Updated docs coming soon

The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Full Text (click here)

Audiobook (click here)

F. Scott Fitzgerald Biography

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Midnight in Paris (Clip) Modern day writer travels back in time to meet F. Scott, his wife Zelda


The American Dream

Death of A Salesman by Arthur Miller

Full AudioBook 

·      Who is the American Hero?

·         Does the protagonist have to win in order to be considered a hero?

·         In understanding himself or herself, is the American hero self-reliant or does he or she look to society for answers?

·         Must a character rebel against authority in order to be considered an American hero?

·         Does a protagonist have to experience a realization in order for an author to express his/her statement on human nature?

·         How does an understanding of the writer’s view of nature help a reader understand the writer’s philosophy about life?

·         Does pursuit of the American dream lead to happiness?

·         Does the American Dream contradict American reality?

·         Do money and material goods define success?

·         Does society impact an individual’s ability to succeed?

·         Is Willy a victim of society’s consumerism or is he ultimately in control of his own destiny?

·         How is the American Dream characteristic of American ideals and philosophy? What are the differences between the materialistic and the idealistic values associated with the American Dream?


While you read, think about the characters and how they are all trapped in their roles as family. You will see similarities in the Keller family members. Death of a Salesman is a tragedy about a NY family whose dreams are very different from the reality of their lives. It is a harsh critique of the American Dream and of the competitive, materialistic American society of the late 1940s. The main character Willy Loman, is an average middle class man who attempts to hide his mediocre achievements and ability behind his imaginary greatness as he strives to be a "success." As you read, you will find that you feel sorry for Willy one minute and dislike him in the next.


Death of a Salesman Full Script    

Death of a Salesman Film                                                 



Does your opinion really matter?

It does if you can support it with logical reasoning, evidence, and communicate it with clarity and articulation.

The argumentative essay is a genre of writing that requires the student to investigate a topic; collect, generate, and evaluate evidence; and establish a position on the topic in a concise manner.

The following video clips contain topics that warrant argument. 

What would you argue? Why is this worth arguing?


Friday Night Tykes

Red Shirting Kindergarteners

State of Play: Trophy Kids (HBO Sports Documentary)

Trophy Kids Trailer

The hope for retired athletes who suffer effects of concussions


Regents Review

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Mitch Albom

Heaven(s)-The sky or universe as seen from the earth; the firmament.

1. The abode of the souls of those who have passed on.
2. An eternal state everlasting bliss.
3. Any of the places in or beyond the sky conceived of as domains of divine beings in various religions.
4. Used in various phrases to express surprise: Good heavens!
5. The celestial powers; the Greek/Roman gods. Often used in the plural: The heavens favored the young prince.
6. A condition or place of great happiness, delight, or pleasure


Critical Lens Intro Notes

Critical Lens Essay Format

NY State Format (rewritten  with comments by me :)

Five People Notes: Characters, Life Lessons,  and Themes

Handout: Elements of a Novel

FULL TEXT (pdf) The Five People You Meet In Heaven 





What is Diction and Tone?

"Dearest reader, I humbly entreat you to cease transferring data, eschew the latest mobile operating system and instead devote your attention to diction and tone."

Does that request sound funny to you?

Maybe this sounds a bit more familiar:

"Listen up! Stop texting, drop the smart phone and get with the diction/tone program!"

Why do these two comments sound different? Because the words come from two separate planets. The first comment resides in formal territory, and the second comment lives on the streets. Put the two side by side and you see contrasting diction — the vocabulary with which a writer expresses herself.

You were likely still in your cradle when you first understood tone — the way an author (or in this case—your parent) communicates a feeling or attitude toward the subject he is writing about.

For example, in speaking terms, a sympathetic tone, as in "Oh, did you skin your knee? Poor baby!" can be distinguished from "Take out the garbage now!" without any formal lessons in language.

Tone in writing is a little more difficult to determine, of course, because you can't hear the author's words as the author intended them to be read. Instead, you have to pick up clues from the text.  Connotation, the stigma, feeling or emotion connected to a word will also help you to determine the tone.

To determine tone in poetry or in any other writing, you have to consider diction and syntax (A.K.A. the grammatical structure of the sentence) You also have to consider which details are included and which are left out.

For instance, if the author is listing reasons and answering likely objections in advance, the tone is argumentative or persuasive.

If the poet goes on and on about the snowy, picture-perfect holidays of childhood, nostalgia is a good bet for his/her tone.

When you're determining tone, "hear" the words in your head. Put yourself in the author's shoes and imagine what he/she feels. Examine the language closely, and bring your own experience to the novel/poem/play.





New York Regent Exam for English  

Please note the following:

You must be on time.  Students are expected to be seated at least 10 minutes before the exam start time.  Any student who is not seated at the start of the exam can expect a literal wakeup call from yours truly.  Anyone arriving one half hour after the start of the exam will not be permitted to sit for the exam.


Let?s review our choices:

A.   A good night sleep, wake to your favorite song on your ipod, a good breakfast, grab your black or blue pens and a pencil, arrive ahead of time to check in, meet up with your friends in the cafĂ©, and have a nice,  orderly, Zen start to your Regents.

B.    Stay up way too late on some device, wondering why anyone still finds Facebook interesting, sleep through your alarm, skip breakfast and all other normal morning hygiene routines, get stuck at the traffic light, race like mad to get to your testing location only to realize the cell phone ticket line is NOT MOVING!  Wait, there?s more?now you are sweating, starving, and panic has wiped out all of your literary knowledge. 

C.    Stay up way too late on some device, wondering why anyone still finds Facebook interesting, sleep through your alarm?stay sleeping?sleep?zzzzzz?and suddenly you wake to THE JARRING SOUND OF MY VOICE ON THE OTHER END OF THE PHONE!

     **** Your Answer:____ 

Here, let me help you with this one?it?s A  !!!!! 


Best Advice:

Avoid the massive line at the entrance...DON'T bring a cell phone!

Ladies, leave your MK bag at home! Less is more!

Bring a water bottle.

Dress comfortably.

PLEASE, eat something before you arrive. 

**There are limited food choices in the cafe during finals**

Quiet room + growling stomach = embarrassed and distracted test taker



Official Directions to Students

Before a Regents Exam begins, students will be advised:

? to remove all books, notes, or other aids from their reach or sight during the exam;

? to read the questions carefully and to follow instructions;

? to make sure that they have completely filled in the heading of the answer sheet or answer booklet;

? to sign the student declaration at the proper time;

? that any attempt either to obtain or give aid will result in the termination of their exams; and

? that the use of any communications device such as a cell phone or pager is prohibited and will result in the invalidation of their exam.


Practice Regent: Click here.  You may complete parts 2, 3, & 4 on your own and I will check it for you.

Answers and sample essays can be found here. Look at the lowest scored essays and note their mistakes.  Then look at the highest scored essays and read the raters comments.


Regent Part 4 Review and Sample Essay.


Need a list of all of the Titles and Authors of the literature you have read in grades 9-11.


Critical Lens Exemplars

Critical Lens Checklist

Critical Lens Review Video

Question 26 Strategies

Question 26 Exemplars

Question 26 Review Video

Question 27 Strategies

Question 27 Exemplars

Question 27 Review Video




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