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Poetry Portfolio: The Romantics

Over the next three weeks, you will be exploring the poetry of the Romantics. Click HERE for complete instructions and the project rubric.

1. Select a TOPIC or POET to be the focus of your anthology:

2. Select ONE long poem and TWO short poems from the list for your chosen topic/poet.

  • Print the poems and bring them to class
  • You may want to copy the poems into a Word Document/Google Doc to make annotation easier, but you will cite the poem from the source

3. Complete a FRACTIONS analysis for your three poems.

4. Create an AP-style Poetry Analysis PROMPT and RUBRIC for one of your poems (or a pair of poems for a comparison prompt).

5. Write a RESPONSE to your prompt in a timed setting and score your own essay using the rubric.

  • We will complete the timed writing in class
  • After you score your essay using the rubric, write a one-paragraph explanation for your score

6. Create a ONE-PAGER for one of your poems.

  • The poem you use for the one pager must be different from the one(s) you used for the AP prompt.
  • Include the title of the poem, the poet’s name, at least two key quotes, an illustration that captures the essence of the poem, and a 6-8 sentence analytical response.
  • Example One-Pager #1
  • Example One-Pager #2

7. Write an ORIGINAL POEM related to the topic you chose or inspired by the poet you chose as the focus for your anthology.

  • Be sure to consider the form and structure in the poems you analyzed and incorporate poetic devices
  • Write a theme statement for your poem and provide a rationale for the poetic choices you made (form/style/content)
  • Example Original Poem
  • Found Poem Option

8. ASSEMBLE the components of your anthology.

  • Place all components in attractive binding (e.g., bradded folder)
  • Decorate the cover
  • Create a Table of Contents
  • Write a brief introduction to your anthology
  • Organize all required components in order
  • Include a Works Cited page with all poems and sources consulted for the project
  • Example Completed Poetry Anthology

Analysis Journal

The Analysis Journal for Of Mice and Men will be your next Academic Achievement grade. The purpose of the journal is to give you a place to gather evidence and commentary for the analysis essay that you will write after we finish reading the novel. We will work on it in class regularly as we read, but you may also need to work on the journal outside of class.

The journal has several sections that connect to the major ideas we are learning right now: characterization, symbolism, foreshadowing, and theme. The first element we are exploring is characterization, which involves making inferences about the major characters based on their speech, thoughts, effects on others, actions, and looks.

Here is a PDF copy of the whole analysis journal (just in case you misplace your copy or need a reference outside of class): Analysis Journal

Here is the example journal entry that I shared in class for GEORGE:

Character Journal 1

(Update) As we continue working on our journals, students need to add entries to SYMBOL, FORESHADOWING, and THEME. Here are some examples to help students as they work independently. Completed journals are due Thursday, October 19.




Of Mice and Men Audiobook

Below are links to the audiobook recordings for Of Mice and Men.

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5-6

Setting One Pager

Our next Academic Achievement grade is a One-Pager analysis over the setting of the novel, Of Mice and Men. In class, we read the description on the first two pages of the novel before we began working on the one-pager.


Assignment Instructions:

OMAM Setting One-Pager

One-Pager Example:


Summer Reading Essay

Essay Instructions and Rubric:


If you missed class or need to review essay writing strategies, here is a copy of the Summer Reading Essay Slides from class.

Here is a copy of the Thesis and Topic Sentence Planning Page in case you lost your class copy or were absent on Thursday.

Other support documents are available on Oualline’s Classroom Resources Page. This page includes support for crafting thesis statements, organizing body paragraphs, embedding textual evidence, and writing introductory and conclusion paragraphs. It’s great–you should check it out!


Need help with MLA formatting? Check out these instructional videos:

MLA Format (Document–Microsoft Word)

MLA Format (Document–Google Docs)

Rules of Civility

This week, we will be establishing foundational communication skills for the school year using George Washington’s “Rules of Civility” as our guide. After we analyze a few of George Washingon’s “Rules of Civility,” we will work on drafting our own “Rules of Civility” for English III. This activity will help us establish a classroom community and a positive working environment so that all students can learn and grow this year.

Rules of Civility Slides

George Washington’s Rules of Civility

Partner Rules of Civility

Peeling Back the Layers

This week, we are diving into prose analysis, one of the key skills that you will need to develop this year in English IV Honors. Each day this week, we will work on honing your analytical skills in order to help you grow as a thoughtful, effective writer. Below you will find links to the PBL packet and Google Slides from class.

Peeling Back the Layers Packet

Slides from Class

Welcome to English IV Honors!

Welcome to English IV Honors! I am thrilled to have you in my class this year. I commend you for choosing to challenge yourself in this advanced English course and promise to work diligently to prepare you for the challenges you will face later (much sooner than you realize) in your college-level English courses. I am confident that if you strive each day to contribute your best effort and work to create high quality products, you will find success in this course—and beyond. Your senior year will be filled with excitement and memories and laughter and tears…and probably a bit of stress, but we will get through it together. Who’s ready for the challenge? I am. You are. Let’s do this.

2018 Syllabus

Schoology App Instructions

Welcome to English III

Welcome to English III at CSHS. Congratulations–you have survived the EOC courses! However, your work in English is far from over. This year begins the push toward College and Career Readiness. Throughout this year, we will be exploring American Literature and honing our persuasive and analytical writing skills. We will also develop our research and media literacy skills during the second semester.

Materials Needed:

  • Composition Notebook (no spiral)
  • Loose Notebook Paper
  • Hi-Lighters (4 colors preferred)
  • Pens (blue or black ink only), Pencil
  • Your Thinking Cap
  • OPTIONAL: Binder, Dividers or Folder

Schoology App Instructions


Summer Reading 2018

Hello future students! I am looking forward to a great year in English IV Honors, and I hope you are, too!

Your first assignment for English IV Honors is SUMMER READING! I know, I know–you don’t think those two words should go together. However, I think you will really like the memoir selections we picked this year. If you need a new copy, the full instructions can be viewed or downloaded below:

We expect you to:

  1. Select one of the three memoirs.
  2. Read and annotate your selected memoir.
  3. Be prepared for future assessments and assignments.

If you want to get ahead, you may begin working on the reading journal, which will be due the second week of school and will count as 50% of your first AA grade.

If you have any questions about this assignment or about what to expect next year, let me know! I am looking forward to meeting you in August.

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