English 9 – 2011 – 2012

May 28th

Below I have listed terms you should study for our final exam. The following link provides you with a document that contains definitions for these terms:PoetryTermstoKnowforFinal

We will have an in class final exam this year during our double block on poetry. Please make sure you know the following terms frontwards and backwards.

Blank Verse
Free Verse
Iambic Pentameter
Internal Rhyme
Rhyme Scheme

April 4th

Due Dates:

Wednesday, April 11th – Essay is due at the beginning of the class

Friday, April 13th – Box is due at the beginning of the class. Be ready to present.

Open the following file to see an outline for your character box essay.


February 17th

Read the second section of The Hunger Games and be prepared for a true or false quiz on these chapters. The quiz  will be on February 2oth.

February 3rd

Read The Hunger Games to the end of Chapter 9 (Page 130).  Be prepared for a 2o question true or false quiz on chapter 5 -9 on Wednesday, February 8th.

Resource for Studying: Shmoop Guide to The Hunger Games


January 17th, 2012

Please study the following terms for a quiz on Friday:

– round character – simile – stanza – static character – stereotype – theme – tone – symbol – scapegoat



January 14th, 2012

Students, please study the following terms and be ready for a quiz on Tuesday.

1/hyperbole, 2/verbal irony, 3/situational irony, 4/dramatic irony, 5/limited omniscient, 6/lyric, 7/metaphor, 8/narrative poem 9/omniscient 10/onomatopoeia 11/paradox 12/persona 13/personification 14/plot 15/point of view 16/pun 17/quatrain 18/rhyme 19/rhyme scheme and 20/rhythm



Who was William Shakespeare?

2010 – 2o11

Oh, this year is so over, but be aware students of 2011 – 2012, these topics may resurface.


Go to the Romeo and Juliet section on this blog. Watch all clips.

I will ask you to write on 5 of the 10 questions discussed in the enotes clip.

I will ask you to write on the theme of love in Romeo and Juliet and what Shakespeare is saying about love in this work (e.g. love at first sight is real). You should be able to say more about the nature of love (in the play) and provide examples from the play.

I will ask you to write on the conditions that led to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. For example, if the messenger had of been able to reach Romeo in Mantua, both would have lived.

In order to fully understand the two above topics, please visit the Romeo and Juliet section of this blog and watch the enotes clip on theme in the Romeo and Juliet.

Iambic Pentameter – Watch this clip and improve your understanding of iambic pentameter.

Scansion and Iambic Pentameter in Shakespeare

January 31st – GUESS WHO IS BACK? Yes, it is me, but I will only be here on Day 2 afternoons to begin with. This means block 2-2 we will meet again.

A lot of what we will do with involve William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. You may have noticed that I have a page completed dedicated to the play. Have a look at that page as you will find helpful resources and activity sheets.

December 3rd – Over the weekend, both classes should read Chapters 16-16 of The Hunger

December 1st – Both classes should read Chapters 13 and 14 of The Hunger Games and be ready for a quiz on these chapters. You will present your character collages next class so please make sure you are prepared.

November 26th – Both classes are to read Chapters 10 to 12 of The Hunger Games and be ready for a quiz on these chapters.

English 9 (Morning) – make sure you read Chapters 7 and 8 of The Hunger Games and are ready to write a quiz on Wednesday.

English 9A – November 10th – Read Chapters 3 and 4 of The Hunger Games. Be ready to be quizzed on these 2 tests on Tuesday.

English 9 ANovember 8th – Read Chapter 2 of The Hunger Games. Remember your pledge to Mr Sheikh.

November 5th – We have read to the end of Chapter 6 in The Hunger Games. Some students “turned a corner” and realized that they need to work harder. Some of you are coming in on Monday after school to rewrite quizzes after you go back and read the book. On Tuesday, you will have a quiz on literary devices so please study your notes.

November 3rd – We have finished reading Chapter 5 of The Hunger Games. For homework, you need to read Chapter 6 and be ready for a quiz.

November 1st – We read most of Chapter 3 in The Hunger Games .  You are to read to the end of the Chapter 4 and be ready for a quiz. NM and GK, I hope you read this and I especially hope that RH reads this because she was absent from class today. : )

October 26th – Today we began reading The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. And, no, KB the protagonist’s father is not in Viet Nam, but thanks for making me laugh.

Your homework is to finish reading Chapter 1 and prepare for a quiz on it. Two things you should know are 1/ what reaping means in the context of this story and 2/ what an apothecary shop is.

October 19th – Today in class we compared and contrasted the classical version of Theseus and the Minotaur to the Disney version.

Theseus and the Minotaur

Please complete your venn diagrams contrasting and comparing Alicia and The Scarlet Ibis for Friday, October 15, when you will write a 3-4 paragraph essay comparing and contrasting the two stories.

For Wednesday October 13th, please make sure you finish reading The Scarlet Ibis. Be prepared to compare and contrast, The Scarlet Ibis to Alicia.

For Tuesday, October 5th, make sure you have finished reading the short story, Alicia, from Inside Stories I.

Wednesday, September 29th – Study for your quiz on plot structure on October 1st.  If you have not yet bought a journal, go out into the world and buy one.

On Wednesday, September 22nd,  we will go to Bard on the Beach to see “Antony and Cleopatra” by William Shakespeare. Here is some information that should help with your understanding of the play.

Synopsis of Antony and Cleopatra

Follow the link  below to learn about Elizabethan English. Shakespeare wrote in this period of time.

Elizabethan Terms

Finally, take a look at what could be the ten top quotes in the play.

Ten Quotes from Antony and Cleopatra


April 25th – Go to the following link and read: Dreams and A Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes. Make sure you understand the difference between a metaphor and a simile.

Please help the “quotation’s lady” in the clip with her use of commas.   Watch the clip carefully and spot the errors in this woman’s ways.

Block 1-4 and 2-2  Be ready for a test on Pamela Porter’s The Crazy Man. Block 1-4 will write on Friday, November 27th and Block 2-2 will write on Thursday, November 26th.


Block 1-4 and 2-2  Write  3 paragraphs on something you are fearful or phobic of. Is it bats, brooms or things that go bump in the night? Our fears tend to be as unique as our fingerprints. And if you happen to be fearless, make something up. (Maybe, you are afraid of fingerprints or blogs or English teachers  . . . )

BLOCK 2-2 – Finish reading The Crazy Man and be prepared for a quiz on the novel’s ending.

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