Guidelines and Outline Rubric

Presentation Rubric

Self-Reflection(quiz grade)

When you turn in your outline, you are responsible for the outline, the works cited page, your completed rubric, and the self-reflection letter.

BOOK TALKS--Monday/Tuesday, 5.22/5.23:

SSR Rubric
Short summary [5 ish sentences][25]
Two quotes and their significance to the novel[30]
Oral presentation: comfortability/preparedness [25]
Conclusion: ends presentation [10]
Time [1-2 minutes] [10]

Honor Code


Hans and the Bread

Book Thief_Character Theses

Theses upload here

Multiple Choice Practice Prep:

Compare and Contrast:

C&C topics

Revision Checklist/Reminders

Exemplification pieces:

combined with your blue sheet, thoughts to consider for your description:
Revision Checklist: Description

  • Does your descriptive essay clearly communicate its thesis or dominant impression?
  • Is your description primarily objective or subjective?
  • If your description is primarily objective, have you used precise, factual language?
  • If your description is primarily subjective, have you used figures of speech?
  • Have you included enough specific details?
  • Have you arranged your details in a way that supports your thesis and communicates your dominant impression?
  • Have you used the transitional words and phrases that readers need to follow your description?

Scarlet Letter review/final thoughts
*How can Dimmesdale be so prepared to leave town with Hester after meeting her in the forest, and yet change his mind within the next 48 hours?
*Many people in the Puritan society of Boston, such as the town gossips, do not believe Hester's punishment to be harsh enough to suit her crime. Do you agree or disagree with this notion, and why?
*"False consciousness" is a Marxist term that says a person might adopt and accept a system of values even though it might not be good for them. Is Hester a victim of false consciousness, or does she truly feel that she needs to repent for what she has done?
*"Be true! Be true! Be true! Show freely to the world, if not your worst, yet some trait whereby the worst may be inferred." How does Hawthorne's novel function as a parable or moral lesson?


ASSIGNMENT: Analyze your print ad (I strongly advise both words and images) just like the Durango ad. Double space your draft. Aim for 3-4 paragraphs. Make sure you have 4 printed copies for your prg.

Diction_Obama DNC 2004

For class, Tuesday, 9.6.16:
Please read the following, annotate each, and complete the corresponding reader response for each.

"A Tale of Two Americas. And the Mini-Mart Where They Collided"

After viewing Giridharadas' TedTalk, answer the following questions on your own:
  • In your own words, what do you consider to be the "American Dream"?
  • What does it mean to be American?
  • How does your life experience thus far differ from kids of other backgrounds (race, religion, sex, ethnicity, economic status)
  • What do you think drove the Indian man (the victim) to forgive his assailant?
  • What do you think drove the Indian man (the victim) to continue to strive for success in a place where he was unwanted?
  • Do you agree or disagree with Giridharadas' notion that it is more likely for immigrants to come to America and live the "American Dream" rather than Americans to live the "American Dream"? Support your answer.