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RESPONSE # 1—Level

August 26, 2015

ANSWER THE FOLLOWING IN COMPLETE SENTENCES (you do NOT need to copy the questions):

1. What are some of the things you learned in 7th grade? Who was your English teacher(s)?

2. What did you do over the summer?

3. What do you want to learn this year? Why?

4. Are you interested in going to college or a vocational school?

5. What type of profession are you interested in? Why?

6. How do you hope to attain the opportunity to work in your chosen profession?


September 1, 2015

What does the following poem mean to you?

“The Road Not Taken”

by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I---

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.
Response # 3-PAP/Level
Based on your reading of your non-fiction lesson “Bonnie and Clyde” and the following poem, answer the following questions:

1. What line (s) in the poem best expresses Clyde’s feelings about the law? Explain.

2. In the story the author includes excerpts from Bonnie Parker’s poem. In this excerpt Bonnie wrote “They know that the law always wins…”. What did she mean when she wrote that?

3. Based on these two excerpts, what can you conclude about how Bonnie and Clyde felt about their fate?

4. Both the author of the story and the poem would most likely believe that Clyde Barrow felt his life was ______________ because _____________. Use quotes from each reading to support your answer.

Response # 4-Level

September 8, 2015
Paired Passage Task:

Miss Clement’s Second Grade Class”

by Maryfrances Cusumano Wagner

They sat in even rows

like new chocolates in a long box, 
quiet enough to hear pencils
trying uneven letters.
On those blue days Maria stared
at clean blue paper
while boiler heat sifted
through thumping registers
by Anthony Lombardo’s desk.
As Maria shaped vowels,
she wished to be a Smith
so she could hand out crayons
like Evelyn Brown,
have her papers on display,
During quiet writing,
when everyone seemed the same,
she almost forgot
the hours locked in the teacher’s closet,
missing how to take two from eight.
Everyday Miss Clement wore a navy dress,
tied her blond hair in a circular braid.
Every night Maria laughed
with Wilbur and Charlotte.
They didn’t mind her Italian name.

What are the details provided in the poem that express that the speaker is being treated unfairly because of her name?

Read the following excerpt from The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros.
“My Name

In English my name means hope. In Spanish it means too many letters. It means sadness, it means waiting. It is like the number nine. A muddy color. It is the Mexican records my father plays on Sunday mornings when he is shaving, songs like sobbing.

It was my great-grandmother's name and now it is mine. She was a horse woman too, born like me in the Chinese year of the horse--which is supposed to be bad luck if you're born female-but I think this is a Chinese lie because the Chinese, like the Mexicans, don't like their women strong.

My great-grandmother. I would've liked to have known her, a wild, horse of a woman, so wild she wouldn't marry. Until my great-grandfather threw a sack over her head and carried her off. Just like that, as if she were a fancy chandelier. That's the way he did it.

And the story goes she never forgave him. She looked out the window her whole life, the way so many women sit their sadness on an elbow. I wonder if she made the best with what she got or was she sorry because she couldn't be all the things she wanted to be. Esperanza. I have inherited her name, but I don't want to inherit her place by the window.

At school they say my name funny as if the syllables were made out of tin and hurt the roof of your mouth. But in Spanish my name is made out of a softer something, like silver, not quite as thick as sister's name Magdalena--which is uglier than mine. Magdalena who at least- -can come home and become Nenny. But I am always Esperanza. I would like to baptize myself under a new name, a name more like the real me, the one nobody sees. Esperanza as Lisandra or Maritza or Zeze the X. Yes. Something like Zeze the X will do.

What are the details provided in the story that express that the speaker is being treated unfairly because of her name?


Comparison Essay
Choose 2 lines from the poem.  Discuss the meaning of your selection and how the experience of the speaker in the poem is similar to the experience of the speaker in the story, “My Name.”  Use ideas from BOTH the poem and the story in a paragraph or two.
In your paragraphs(s), be sure to include:

  • the exact lines you have selected from the poem

  • an explanation of how the experiences of both speakers are similar

  • check your essay for correct spelling, grammar and punctuation

  • write your final paragraph(s) on the attached page. Do not write more than provided on the page.

Response # 5-Level

September 16, 2015

Answer the following in complete sentences.
Do Now: Read “The Oath” and answer these questions:

  1. Who is going to be telling this story? _________________________________________________

  2. What do we learn about them in this passage? ________________________________________________________________________

  3. Where are they writing this oath? ____________________________________________________

  4. What do you think this story is going to be about? ______________________________________________________________________

  5. What is an oath? __________________________________________________________________

After we read pages 1 – 5 aloud, write a paragraph summarizing in your own words the two things John did as a freshman. Then explain in a second paragraph what those two things tell you about John’s personality. Include possible reasons he might have done those things. Be prepared to share your paragraphs.
When John was a freshman he __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

These things tell the reader a lot about John’s personality. First of all, he __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Secondly, John __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Response # 6-Level

September 21, 2015

A. Fill in facts about John and Lorraine from the first two chapters of The Pigman.










They Like

To Do

B. Write a rough draft of a paragraph describing the differences between John and Lorraine.


RESPONSE # 7-Level

September 29, 2015
Brainstorm a list of events or challenges or situations in which an ordinary person might act heroically.
Write about an event that involved someone acting heroically. This may be an event that you saw personally, or one that you have heard or read about. Perhaps it is an event that you saw on the news or depicted in a movie. Write about the most important aspects of the event. Things to consider: What was the event? Whom did it involve? When did it happen? Where did it occur? Why is it an important event? How did it involve heroism?
Final copy should be written on a separate sheet of lined paper.

It should be at least three (3) paragraphs but no more than five (5) paragraphs and written in blue or black ink.

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