"A good essay must have this permanent quality about it; it must draw its curtain 'round us, but it must be a curtain that shuts us in not out." --- Virginia Woolf

All assignments will be typed, double-spaced, and will follow MLA formatting procedures. See the screenshot of a Google Doc below:
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If you use Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx), and you cannot find how to change the font style and size, how to change your paper to double-spaced, or how to save your file, please see me.

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Semester 2:

The most current day's assignments/objectives/homework will be at the top of this list. All documents for Semester 2 will be at the bottom of this list.


Argumentative Writing/Timed Writing:

Monday, 5 March (EVEN), and Wednesday, 7 March (EVEN):
Objective: 1. I will be able to review argumentative terms and the format for creating a timed argumentative essay.
Agenda: 1. Argument. 2. Practice. 3. First timed write (paragraph).
Homework: 1. None.

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Twelfth Night:


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Full Text - TWELFTH NIGHT
This version of Twelfth Night contains line numbers.


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Malvolio in cross-gartered yellow stockings.



If you are doing the Research Paper Challenge Extraordinaire, you will need access to The Tempest.
This online version has line numbers:
The Tempest with Line Numbers

This is a downloadable .pdf WITHOUT line numbers. If you would like a paper copy, please see Mr. Parker:


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Tuesday, 27 February (EVEN), and Thursday, 1 March (EVEN):
Due: Research Paper due in GC by 8:00 am - Tuesday, 27 February
Objective: 1. I will be able to fulfill the text-to-film standard by analyzing a play by Shakespeare and a contemporary retelling of that play.
Agenda: 1. She's the Man (if you have not turned in your research paper, you will be in the hall finishing).
Homework: 1. None.


Monday, 12 February (EVEN), Wednesday, 14 February (EVEN), Friday, 16 February (EVEN), Wednesday, 21 February (EVEN), and Friday, 23 February (EVEN):
Objective: 1. I will be able to analyze plot and character in Twelfth Night by focusing on character traits and motivation(s) and domain vocabulary.
Agenda: 1. Research Paper Work Days and Conferences.
Homework: 1. Research Paper due in GC by 8:00 am on Tuesday, 27 February (EVEN).


Thursday, 8 February (EVEN):
Due: Bullying (SCR 3) due in GC by 8:00 am.
Objective: 1. I will be able to analyze plot and character in Twelfth Night by focusing on character traits and motivation(s) and domain vocabulary.
Agenda: 1. Research Introduction: Academic Search Premier and finding articles.
Homework: 1. None.


Tuesday, 6 February (EVEN):
Due: Bullying (SCR 3) due in GC by Tuesday, 6 February (EVEN).
Objective: 1. I will be able to analyze plot and character in Twelfth Night by focusing on character traits and motivation(s) and domain vocabulary.
Agenda: 1. Finish Twelfth Night.
Homework: 1. Bullying (SCR 3) due in GC by Thursday, 8 February (EVEN) by 8:00 am.


Friday, 2 January (EVEN):
Due: Rhetorical Device with explanation due in GC by 8:00 am.
Objective: 1. I will be able to analyze plot and character in Twelfth Night by focusing on character traits and motivation(s) and domain vocabulary.
Agenda: 1. Research Introduction: Academic Search Premier, Works Cited, Primary Sources vs. Secondary Sources.
Homework: 1. Bullying (SCR 3) due in GC by Tuesday, 6 February (EVEN) by 8:00 am.


Wednesday, 31 January (EVEN):
Due: Logical Fallacy with explanation due in GC by 8:00 am.
Objective: 1. I will be able to analyze plot and character in Twelfth Night by focusing on character traits and motivation(s) and domain vocabulary.
Agenda: 1. Research Introduction: Emotional Appeals/Rhetorical Devices. 2. Semicolon DOL.
Homework: 1. Find an emotional appeal/rhetorical device in a print or visual ad and upload it to GC by Thursday, 1 February (ODD) 8:00 am.
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Monday, 29 January (EVEN):
Objective: 1. I will be able to analyze plot and character in Twelfth Night by focusing on character traits and motivation(s) and domain vocabulary.
Agenda: 1. Research Introduction: Logical Fallacies
Homework: 1. Find a logical fallacy in a print or visual ad and upload it to GC by Wednesday, 31 January (ODD) 8:00 am.


Thursday, 25 January (EVEN):
Objective: 1. I will be able to analyze plot and character in Twelfth Night by focusing on character traits and motivation(s) and domain vocabulary.
Agenda: 1. Act III.
Homework: 1. Courtly Love (SCR 2) due in Google Classroom by 8:00 am, Friday 26 January.


Tuesday, 23 January (EVEN):
Objective: 1. I will be able to analyze plot and character in Twelfth Night by focusing on character traits and motivation(s) and domain vocabulary.
Agenda: 1. Courtly Love. 2. Act II. 3. Begin Act III.
Homework: 1. Courtly Love (SCR 2) due in Google Classroom by 8:00 am, Friday 26 January.



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Friday, 19 January (EVEN):
Due: SCR 1 due in GC by 8:00 am.
Objective: 1. I will be able to analyze plot and character in Twelfth Night by focusing on character traits and motivation(s) and domain vocabulary.
Agenda: 1. Act II. 2. Begin Act III.
Homework: 1. None


Wednesday, 17 January (EVEN):
Objective: 1. I will be able to analyze plot and character in Twelfth Night by focusing on character traits and motivation(s) and domain vocabulary.
Agenda: 1. Act I. 2. Begin Act II.
Homework: 1. SCR 1 due in GC by 8:00 am on Friday, 19 January.


Friday, 12 January (EVEN):
Objective: 1. I will be able to analyze plot and character in Twelfth Night by focusing on character traits and motivation(s) and domain vocabulary.
Agenda: 1. Begin Act I.
Homework: 1. None



Wednesday, 10 January (EVEN):
Objective: 1. I will be able to build background knowledge on William Shakespeare, learn about life and the theatre in Elizabethan England, comprehend a brief history of the English language, and prepare my ISN for Twelfth Night.
Agenda: 1. The World of Shakespeare.
Homework: 1. None











Monday, 18 December (EVEN) and Wednesday, 20 December (EVEN):
Objective: 1. I will be able to build background knowledge on William Shakespeare, learn about life and the theatre in Elizabethan England, comprehend a brief history of the English language, and prepare my ISN for Twelfth Night after the winter break.
Agenda: 1. The World of Shakespeare.
Homework: 1. None



Semester 2 Documents:





Semester 1:

The most current day's assignments/objectives/homework will be at the top of this list. All documents for Semester 1 will be at the bottom of this list.


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ANIMAL FARM - Full Text



Thursday, 14 December (EVEN):
Due: Original Allegory due to Google Classroom by 8:00 am.
Objective: 1. I will be able to build background knowledge on allegory, genres of fiction, and the Russian Revolution/Cold War in order to comprehend the allegory in Animal Farm and to be able to create my own original allegory.
Agenda: 1. Finish Animal Farm.
Homework: 1. None


Tuesday, 12 December (EVEN):
Objective: 1. I will be able to build background knowledge on allegory, genres of fiction, and the Russian Revolution/Cold War in order to comprehend the allegory in Animal Farm and to be able to create my own original allegory.
Agenda: 1. Animal Farm. 2. Allegory Peer Review.
Homework: 1. Allegories due to Google Classroom: Wednesday, 14 December (EVEN).


Friday, 8 December (EVEN):
Objective: 1. I will be able to build background knowledge on allegory, genres of fiction, and the Russian Revolution/Cold War in order to comprehend the allegory in Animal Farm and to be able to create my own original allegory.
Agenda: 1. Animal Farm.
Homework: 1. Allegories due to Google Classroom: Thursday, 14 December (EVEN)


Wednesday, 6 December (EVEN):
Objective: 1. I will be able to build background knowledge on allegory, genres of fiction, and the Russian Revolution/Cold War in order to comprehend the allegory in Animal Farm and to be able to create my own original allegory.
Agenda: 1. Animal Farm.
Homework: 1. Allegories due to Google Classroom: Thursday, 14 December (EVEN).


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Monday, 4 December (EVEN):
Objective: 1. I will be able to build background knowledge on allegory, genres of fiction, and the Russian Revolution/Cold War in order to comprehend the allegory in Animal Farm and to be able to create my own original allegory.
Agenda: 1. Animal Farm.
Homework: 1. Allegories due to Google Classroom: Thursday, 14 December (EVEN).


Thursday, 30 November (EVEN):
Objective: 1. I will be able to build background knowledge on allegory, genres of fiction, and the Russian Revolution/Cold War in order to comprehend the allegory in Animal Farm and to be able to create my own original allegory.
Agenda: 1. Animal Farm.
Homework: 1. Allegories due to Google Classroom: Thursday, 14 December (EVEN).








Tuesday, 28 November (EVEN):
Objective: 1. I will be able to build background knowledge on allegory, genres of fiction, and the Russian Revolution/Cold War in order to comprehend the allegory in Animal Farm and to be able to create my own original allegory.
Agenda: 1. Animal Farm.
Homework: 1. Allegories due to Google Classroom: Thursday, 14 December (EVEN).


Tuesday, 21 November (EVEN):
Objective: 1. "Get Caught Up" before the break :)
Agenda: 1. There are three tasks in Google Classroom.
Homework: 1. Think about the allegory. 2. Have a great Thanksgiving Break!
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Famous Examples of Allegory


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Friday, 17 November (EVEN):
Objective: 1. I will be able to build background knowledge on allegory, genres of fiction, and the Russian Revolution/Cold War in order to comprehend the allegory in Animal Farm.
Agenda: 1. Animal Farm B/K. 2. Begin Animal Farm.
Homework: 1. Read the handout "About Animal Farm." 2. Summative Reading Assignment in Google Classroom.


Wednesday, 15 November (EVEN):
Due: Due to Google Classroom by 8:00 am: Night Literary Analysis Essay
Objective: 1. I will be able to build background knowledge on allegory, genres of fiction, and the Russian Revolution/Cold War in order to comprehend the allegory in Animal Farm.
Agenda: 1. Animal Farm B/K.
Homework: 1. None.


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Monday, 13 November (EVEN):
Objective: 1. I will be able to trace a character's journey in order to write my first Literary Analysis Essay (SUMMATIVE).
Agenda: 1. Night.
Homework: 1. Night Summative Essay Due: Wednesday, 15 November.


Thursday, 9 November (EVEN):
Objective: 1. I will be able to trace a character's journey in order to write my first Literary Analysis Essay (SUMMATIVE).
Agenda: 1. Night.
Homework: 1. Night Summative Essay Due: Wednesday, 15 November.


Tuesday, 7 November (EVEN):
Objective: 1. I will be able to trace a character's journey in order to write my first Literary Analysis Essay (SUMMATIVE).
Agenda: 1. Night.
Homework: 1. Night Summative Essay Due: Wednesday, 15 November.


Friday, 3 November (EVEN):
Objective: 1. I will be able to trace a character's journey in order to write my first Literary Analysis Essay (SUMMATIVE).
Agenda: 1. Night.
Homework: 1. Night Summative Essay Due: Wednesday, 15 November.


Wednesday, 1 November (EVEN):
Objective: 1. I will be able to trace a character's journey in order to write my first Literary Analysis Essay (SUMMATIVE).
Agenda: 1. Night.
Homework: 1. Night Summative Essay Due: Wednesday, 15 November.


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Monday, 30 October (EVEN):
Objective: 1. I will be able to trace a character's journey in order to write my first Literary Analysis Essay (SUMMATIVE).
Agenda: 1. Night.
Homework: 1. Night Summative Essay Due: Wednesday, 15 November.


Thursday, 26 October (EVEN):
Objective: 1. I will be able to build background knowledge on Hasidic Judaism, the Holocaust, and Nazi Propaganda in order to comprehend the vocabulary in the memoir Night.
Agenda: 1. Night B/K. 2. Begin Night.
Homework: 1. Night Summative Essay Due: Wednesday, 15 November.


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Tuesday, 24 October (EVEN):
Due: Sonnet Due: TYPED, PRINTED, and WITH A VISUAL
Objective: 1. I will be able to build background knowledge on Hasidic Judaism, the Holocaust, and Nazi Propaganda in order to comprehend the vocabulary in the memoir Night.
Agenda: 1. Night B/K. 2. Begin Night.
Homework: 1. Read Wiesel's Biography and examples of Holocaust Poetry.

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Thursday, 19 October (EVEN):
Objective: 1. I will be able to use the TP-CASTT reading strategy to explicate a poem for a Summative Assessment.
Agenda: 1. TP-CASTT Summative. 2. Fun with song lyrics!
Homework: 1. FORMATIVE: Typed, printed (and with a visual) sonnet due: Tuesday, 24 October (EVEN).


Tuesday, 17 October (EVEN):
Due: TP-CASTT (Formative) of "Valentine for Ernest Mann" Due: GC by 8:00 am.
Objective: 1. I will be able to use the TP-CASTT reading strategy in order to explicate a poem.
Agenda: 1. TP-CASTT "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night." 2. "Ozymandias." 3. "We Real Cool."
Homework: 1. FORMATIVE: Typed, printed (and with a visual) sonnet due: Tuesday, 24 October (EVEN). 2. SUMMATIVE TP-CASTT (in-class): Thursday, 19 October (EVEN). 3. Bring in song lyrics (without the name of the artist or the song . . . all language must be school-appropriate.)



The perks of being in a Core Knowledge school and learning to be "culturally literate":




Friday, 13 October (EVEN):
Due: Short Story Theme Essay due to Google Classroom by 8:00 am.
Objective: 1. I will be able to understand the history of sonnets, including the two main types of sonnets, rhyme scheme, rhythm/meter so that I can create my own original sonnet.
Agenda: 1. Sonnets.
Homework: 1. FORMATIVE: Typed, printed (and with a visual) sonnet due: Tuesday, 24 October (EVEN). 2. FORMATIVE: Typed TP-CASTT for "Valentine for Ernest Mann" Due to Google Classroom: Tuesday, 17 October (EVEN)

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Advanced TP-CASTT



Wednesday, 11 October (EVEN):
Objective: 1. I will be able to use the TP-CASTT reading strategy in order to explicate a poem.
Agenda: 1. "The Lake Isle of Innisfree." 2. Work Time/Peer Review for essay.
Homework: 1. Short Story Theme Essay Due to Google Classroom: Friday, 13 October (EVEN). 2. FORMATIVE: Typed TP-CASTT for "Valentine for Ernest Mann" Due to Google Classroom: Tuesday, 17 October (EVEN)


Monday, 9 October (EVEN):
Objective: 1. I will be able to use the TP-CASTT reading strategy in order to explicate a poem.
Agenda: 1. "Chicago."
Homework: 1. FORMATIVE: Typed TP-CASTT for "Valentine for Ernest Mann" Due to Google Classroom: Tuesday, 17 October (EVEN). 2. Short Story Theme Essay Due to Google Classroom: Friday, 13 October (EVEN)





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Thursday, 5 October (EVEN):
Objective: 1. I will be able to use the TP-CASTT reading strategy in order to explicate a poem.
Agenda: 1. TP-CASTT. 2. William Blake's "A Poison Tree" and "The Clod and the Pebble."
Homework: 1. Short Story Theme Essay Due to Google Classroom: Friday, 13 October (EVEN)


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Tuesday, 26 September (EVEN), Thursday, 28 September (EVEN), and Tuesday, 3 October (EVEN):
Objective: 1. I will be able to write and receive feedback on my Short Story Theme Essay.
Agenda: 1. Essay.
Homework: 1. Short Story Theme Essay Due to Google Classroom: Friday, 13 October (EVEN)


Friday, 22 September (EVEN):
Objective: 1. I will be able to review essay format and decide on which theme I want to write my Short Story Theme Essay.
Agenda: 1. Fishbowl on "An Honest Thief." 2. Essay 101. 3. Begin work time on the Short Story Theme Essay.
Homework: 1. Short Story Theme Essay Due to Google Classroom: Friday, 13 October (EVEN)

Please read all of the documents assigned to this essay (they are in Google Classroom AND on my website under Semester 1 Documents.) You get to decide if you want to write about the theme of "consequences" by comparing "The Bet" to "He-y, Come on Ou-t!" . . . or if you want to write about the theme of "man vs. nature" by comparing "The Open Boat" to "Through the Tunnel" . . . or if you want to write about the theme of "justice" by comparing "An Honest Thief" to "God Sees the Truth but Waits." A Works Cited Page has been provided to you. You will need to download it and delete the four stories you are not using. This is your first essay . . . and you will have some class time to work on it, as well as seeing me in ELO if you have any questions. Start now. Don't wait. :)


Wednesday, 20 September (EVEN):
Objective: 1. I will be able to read Fyodor Dostoevsky's short story "An Honest Thief" while analyzing the theme of "justice" in the story.
Agenda: 1. "An Honest Thief." 2. Central Question: If theft by definition is a dishonest act, can someone ever be an "honest thief?" Does time make a difference? Does death make a difference?
Homework: 1. Finish "An Honest Thief" at home. Bring higher level questions to class for a fishbowl exercise on Friday.

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Fyodor Dostoevsky



Monday, 18 September (EVEN):
Due: "The Bet" paragraph due in Google Classroom by 8:00 a.m.
Objective: 1. I will be able to read Stephen Crane's "The Open Boat" in order to analyze how the setting can be the antagonist of the story.
Agenda: 1. "The Open Boat."
Homework: 1. Finish "The Open Boat" at home. Be prepared to start our next short story, "An Honest Thief," on Wednesday.


Thursday, 14 September (EVEN):
Objective: 1. I will be able to read Stephen Crane's "The Open Boat" in order to analyze how the setting can be the antagonist of the story.
Agenda: 1. "The Bet" paragraph questions. 2. "The Open Boat."
Homework: 1. "The Bet" Paragraph Due: Monday, 18 September (EVEN).


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Stephen Crane



Tuesday, 12 September (EVEN):
Objective: 1. I will be able to read Chekhov's "The Bet" in order to look for precise literary elements: plot, character, and theme. 2. I will be able to discuss MLA Formatting, in-text citations, IVF, and TAG for my upcoming paragraph.
Agenda: 1. "The Bet." 2. Paragraph 101.
Homework: 1. "The Bet" Paragraph Due: Monday, 18 September (EVEN).



Active Voice over Passive Voice (WHY?):
Two friends of mine who teach 9th Grade English (one at Fossil, the other at Collins) are so grateful that we teach active voice over passive voice in 8th Grade at Kinard. Why? Even if you are not going into a profession (like teaching, for example) where active voice is always used, there is a reason that tech companies require it. See the Google Style Guide below (created for their own employees):
Google's Active Voice


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Friday, 8 September (EVEN):
Objective: 1. I will be able to read Chekhov's "The Bet" in order to look for precise literary elements: plot, character, and theme.
Agenda: 1. "The Bet."
Homework: 1. State-of-Being Verbs Formative Retake due today (Friday) by 3:10 pm.


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Anton Chekhov



Wednesday, 6 September (EVEN):
MAPs: Please come to class with your laptop fully charged.
Homework: 1. None.


Friday, 1 September (EVEN):
State-of-Being Verbs Formative
Objective: 1. I will be able to review the 8th Grade Paragraph Rubric and paragraph format before beginning our first short story. 2. I will be able to review the Plot Triangle for 8th Grade.
Agenda: 1. State-of-Being Verbs Formative. 2. Paragraph Format. 3. Paragraph Rubric. 4. Plot Triangle.
Homework: 1. None! Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend.


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We already know the dog is a pet.Tell your reader ABOUT your dog!


Active vs. Passive Voice


Wednesday, 30 August (EVEN):
Due: "Voice Activity" Due. TYPED AND PRINTED.
Objective: 1. I will be able to review state-of-being verbs and comprehend why the active voice (not the passive voice) should be used in academic writing. (See link above.)
Agenda: 1. State-of-Being Verbs Practice. 2. Passive vs. Active Voice in writing. 3. DOL - Documenting Titles.
Homework: 1. Study for State-of-Being Verbs Formative - Friday, 1 September.


Pictures for "Voice Poem":
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Monday, 28 August (EVEN):
Due: "Last Great Race on Earth" paragraph in GC.
Objective: 1. I will be able to review elements of voice from previous years and learn additional elements of voice specific to 8th Grade.
Agenda: 1. Review elements of voice. 2. Practice. 3. Assign "Voice Poem."
Homework: 1. "Voice Poem" due (PRINTED!) by class on Wednesday, 30 August (EVEN).


Thursday, 24 August (EVEN):
Objective: 1. I will be able to understand the norms and expectations of Mr. Parker's classroom.
Agenda: 1. Norms/Expectations. 2. Laptops. 3. ISN. 4. Assign Google Classroom.
Homework: 1. Write paragraph on Diana Nyad's "The Last Great Race on Earth." Due in Google Classroom by 8:00 am, 28 August (EVEN).



Semester 1 Documents: