Monday, February 29, 2016

Essay #2


  • Partner practice essay
  • Complete partner essay for tomorrow

Friday, February 26, 2016

Sonnet Test


  • Vocab and sonnet test
  • Fill in availability on chart
  • Work on Frankenstein assignment

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Essay 3


  • Read prompt
  • Read rubric
  • Grade samples
  • Finish sample grading
  • Complete sonnets

Monday, February 22, 2016

Sonnet Review Stations


  • Review stations/journals
  • Field trip forms
  • Journals due Friday
  • Sonnet test and vocab quiz Friday

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Spenser and the Blazon


  • Review Amoretti homework questions
  • Notes on the blazon 
  • Sonnet 130 analysis
    • How is Shakespeare using these conventions?
  • Sonnet 138 individual analysis
  • Work on Frankenstein project
  • Sonnet Song Rewrite due after break

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Sonnet Day #3


  • Poetry Out Loud
  • Review of "The Parting"
  • Review Shakespearean Sonnet Conventions
  • Turning a song into a Petrarchan Sonnet
    • Choose a song about unrequited or lost love
    • Explain how it is Petrarchan
    • Plan out how your two parts of the sonnet.  Remember you need a shift, however subtle, from octave to sestet.
    • Start writing.  Remember you may pull from the song lyrics.  However, you should be adding in additional Petrarchan conventions and commonly used devices.  Refer to your notes if necessary.
    • Make sure you are following the rhyme scheme and using ten syllables per line.  If you are feeling extra ambitious try true-to-form iambic pentameter.
  • Finalize song choice
  • Read and answer questions on Spenser's sonnet for tomorrow

Sample Song Sonnet

Sample Song Sonnet

To her, Nona, I may finally speak.
Her nose ring glistens like Midas' gold.
She's a song only lips of angels hold.
Her eyes, jewels even Heaven would seek.
Yet to me, she would not give 'nother peek.
Cooler than me, one may call her ice cold.
Bad boys she loves, the ones most tough and bold.
Compared to her love interests, I'm meek.
If you were me, you'd be screamin', "Shoot me!"
Like a bad movie, through me she is lookin'.
My heart, crumpled, garbage, I feel a knave.
Oh mullets! Trans-Ams!  That's all she sees!
Her turntable eyes are, my heart, grinding.
She'll not know I'm the best she'll never have.

Adaptation of "Girl All the Bad Guys Want"--Bowling for Soup

Petrarchan Sonnets


  • Notes on Petrarchan conventions
  • CIV by Petrarch
  • Analyze Drayton's sonnet
  • Label conventions in the sonnet
  • Prepare for tomorrow's POL

Friday, February 5, 2016



  • Meter notes
  • Iambic pentameter notes

  • Continue to work on essay #1-->due Fri
  • Think about what Saturday in March would work for you 

Essay #1 continued


  • Review and grade sample speeches (corrected copies)


  • For Friday write at least a 5 for the essay #1 prompt

Essay #1 Intro


  • Review homework paragraphs
  • Look at essay #1 prompt
  • Discuss essay #1 poem
  • Review sample essays
  • Score sample essays

Monday, February 1, 2016

Poetry: Lines & Stanzas


  • Midterm Review
  • Poetry Lines and Stanzas Notes

  • Write 1-2 paragraphs on Whitman's "A Noiseless Patient Spider."  Explain how the structure of the poem contributes to the meaning.