World Literature Bell Ringer Place the commas and semi-colons where appropriate

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9/13/11 World Literature Bell Ringer Place the commas and semi-colons where appropriate

  • I do not like to eat tacos therefore I will eat pizza.
  • The zoo was packed with kids however that did not stop us from having a good time.

Bell Ringer 10/6/11

  • Steve Jobs passed away yesterday from pancreatic cancer at the age of 56. His influence on technology is massive. He created iMac computers, iPad, iPod, and iPhone, as well as, establish PIXAR, which made films such as Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Cars, The Incredibles, etc..
  • From the summary above, which technological advancement has changed the way you live your life and how has it made a difference in your life?


  • Fortitude: strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity with courage

9/14/11 World Literature Bell Ringer Place colons where appropriate

  • Whitehead had this to say about writing style "Style is the ultimate morality of mind."
  • There were two reasons for a drop in attendance at NBA games this season First, there was no superstar. Second, fans were disillusioned about the misbehavior of several prominent players.


  • Intuitive: spontaneously derived from or prompted by a natural tendency

9/15/11 World Literature Bell Ringer Make the appropriate changes using apostrophes. If there is no change, indicate no change.

  • 1) I guess your right.
  • 2) This was his fathers jacket.
  • The five boys had hats.
  • Its a nice day.
  • Reunion of the class of 68 is going to rock.


  • reverence: a feeling of profound respect for someone or something

Personal Statement Observations

  • Opening Paragraph
    • Did you want to continue reading?
    • Is there an eye opener?
    • Body
    • Use of Metaphors?
    • Vocabulary…Is it descriptive?
    • Conclusion
    • Is there one or does it abruptly end?
    • Finish a story? Success?

Bell Ringer

  • Directions:
  • For the following image, construct a paragraph (4-5 sentences) that includes at least 3 of our vocabulary words.
  • Includes the use of a semi-colon
  • Includes the use of a conjunction with a comma
  • One apostrophe with a contraction

Bell Ringer 9/21/11

  • Directions: Describe a moment where you challenged yourself and overcame adversity.
  • What did you learn about yourself?
  • Think about how this can be incorporated into your personal statements…

World Literature 9/26/11 Bell Ringer

  • Directions: Make the appropriate changes to the following sentences.
  • 1. Hey did you hear about the great news about George?
  • 2. The sun was out nevertheless he put on his jacket and gloves.
  • 3. As for you buddy boy you will never eat here again.


  • Intrepid: invulnerable to fear or intimidation
  • For Example: Super heroes are intrepid in their struggle for truth, justice and the American way.

World Literature Bell Ringer 9/27

  • Directions: Correct the following sentences.
  • My favorite activities on a Sunday afternoon are barbequing watching football and hanging out.
  • The bathroom has a putrid odd smell to it.
  • Please get the following items milk cheese and soap.
  • Doesnt Chicago Illinois have the worst winters!


  • Prudent: careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment
  • For Example: As the fight started in the hallway, I made a prudent choice to walk the other way.

World Literature 9/29/11 Bell Ringer

  • Directions: Make the necessary changes.
  • “Cant you do it” exclaimed George!
  • In the winter of 2010 Chicago was a mess.
  • Their wedding was set for August 5 2012 on the beaches of Gary Indiana.


  • Venerable: impressive by reason of age
  • For Example: My venerable grandma was a cherished source of advice and wisdom for our family.

Bell Ringer 9/30/11

  • For the following image, include the following in your paragraph:
  • The use of comma used in quoted language.
  • Use of a comma to set off a list
  • Semi-colon with a conjuctive adverb
  • i.e. however, nevertheless, as a result
  • 4. One vocabulary word from each of the four weeks

Bell Ringer 10/2/11

  • Directions: Correct the following.
  • 1. Hey you have the tickets to the game?
  • 2. The boys raided the kitchen they were hungry after the long day.
  • 3. Davids party is tonight.


  • Mundane: Lacking interest or excitement; dull.
  • For Example: The English class was extremely mundane because they read the same book last year.


  • 20 multiple choice questions
  • Bring a # 2 pencil
  • Exam will cover the use of commas, semi-colons, colons, and apostrophe’s.
  • All power points are online.
  • Personal Statements due Friday!

Brain Teaser

  • I am the beginning of the end, and the end of time and space. I am essential to creation, and I surround every place. What am I?

Extra Credit 10/5/11

  • Prompt: After watching the clip, how does television influence the behavior of teens?
  • Are teens more popular if they are mean?
  • Is there a difference between relational violence and physical violence?
  • Detail your thoughts in response paper

Bell Ringer 10/12/11

  • Describe the typical porch scene in Chicago on a summer night.
  • What are people discussing?
  • What’s the environment like?


  • Guile: deceitful, cunning
  • For example: The shady salesman relies on a combination of quick thinking and guile.

Bell Ringer 10/13/11

  • 1. Which tense is the verb?
  • I will decide what to eat later.
  • 2. Which tense is the verb?
  • We decided to eat pizza for lunch.
  • Which tense is the verb?
  • I sing because I am happy.


  • Ridicule: To make fun of.
  • For example: She didn't show anyone her artwork for fear of .

Bell Ringer 10/18/11

  • Correct the following sentences.
  • We decide to eat at the taco joint.
  • I will takes the test tomorrow.
  • I enjoy reading novels by Sapphire are my favorite.


Bell Ringer 10/19/11

  • Correct the following sentences.
  • Mike and I is going to the park.
  • Some of the workers on the building has left for the day.
  • Some of the salt were spilled on the floor.
  • Everyone who worked on the science project are a winner.


  • Digression: a message that departs from the main subject
  • For example: Mr. Tines frequent and extended digressions are the stuff of Harlan legend.

Bell Ringer 10/20/11

  • Correct the following sentences
  • The nurses and the doctor knows exactly what is ailing the patient.
  • Neither of my dress shirts are warm enough to wear to the party, so I need to buy a new one.
  • Last year, he become the president of the company.


  • Ostentatious: intended to attract notice and impress others
  • For Example: Lil’ Wayne’s diamond grill is ostentatious.

Writing Prompt Directions

  • Directions: In the writing prompt you must include the following.
  • The vocabulary words benevolent, ostentatious, digression, and ridicule. Each vocabulary word must be circled.
  • Grammar: A colon and semi-colon with conjunctive (therefore, moreover). Underline these parts
  • One paragraph that is written strictly in past tense. Put a star (*) next to the paragraph.

Writing Prompt

  • Describe Troy’s behavior in terms of his relationships in the play Fences.
  • Explain in detail his behavior towards Rose, Lyons, Bono, Gabriel, and/or Cory.
  • Think of his use of language

Bell Ringer 10/24/11

  • Complete quick grammar quiz.


  • Scrutinize: to look at critically or searchingly, or in minute detail
  • For example: Then he backed away a little and began to scrutinize my face.

Bell Ringer 10/25/11

  • Choose the best word to complete the sentence.
  • 1. He ________ the dishes before work.
  • a. wash b. will wash c. washed d. Have washed
  • The delighted crowd __________.
  • applaud b. applauded c. had applaud d. applauding
  • Several of Keena’s friends ________ to the beach.
  • a. walking b. walk c. walks d. has walked


  • Fraught: filled with something, usually something bad; marked by distress
  • For example: Your Thanksgiving was fraught with awkward moments when your family saw your blue hair, and it only got worse when you told them you had quit law school to join the circus.

Writing Prompt 10/27/11

  • Explain your reasoning in detail, including three vocabulary words, for the following prompt:
  • Are Troy's problems self-created or out of his control?
  • Think about his hardships in his childhood with his father, racism, discrimination in the job place and baseball…
  • What about Alberta, attitude, and drinking…?

Bell Ringer 9/1/11 Notes

  • Present Progressive
  • Present progressive tense describes an ongoing action that is happening at the same time the statement is written. This tense is formed by using am/is/are with the verb form ending in -ing.
    • The sociologist is examining the effects that racial discrimination has on society.

Progressive Notes Con’t

  • Past Progressive Tense
  • Past progressive tense describes a past action which was happening when another action occurred. This tense is formed by using was/were with the verb form ending in -ing.
    • The explorer was explaining the latest discovery in Egypt when protests began on the streets.

Notes Con’t

  • Future Progressive Tense
  • Future progressive tense describes an ongoing or continuous action that will take place in the future. This tense is formed by using will be or shall be with the verb form ending in -ing.
    • Dr. Jones will be presenting ongoing research on sexist language next week.


  • Disdain: lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
  • For Example: Cory is feeling a tremendous amount of disdain towards his father.


Bell Ringer 11/2/11

  • Choose the best answer.
  • 1. Angelina ______ pies, cakes, and other desserts since she was ten.
  • will bake
  • baked
  • bakes
  • has been baking
  • Although the summer is too short, the students ______ to enjoy every moment.
  • has been trying
  • have been tried
  • has been tried
  • have been trying


  • Vindicate: show to be right by providing justification or proof
  • For example: You must vindicate yourself in the eyes of the court.

Bell Ringer 11/3/11

  • Identify the independent clauses in the following sentences.
  • Mr. Nero told us to quiet down, although we weren’t being that loud.
  • Even though I was shy, I asked the girl for a date.
  • Although Ramona often thought about joining the choir, she never talked to her friends about it.
  • Even though the broccoli was covered in cheddar cheese, Emily refused to eat the broccoli.


  • Querulous: habitually complaining
  • For Example: He was as querulous as an old man sitting on his stoop on a Friday evening.

Writing Prompt 11/4/11

  • Directions: Include the vocabulary words for this week in a written response to the following.
  • The play Fences provided many instances of symbolism. Specifically through the symbol of the word fence. Write a well constructed response concentrating on the symbol of the fence in the play.
  • For Example:
  • The symbol of the fence and its underlining meaning in the relationships and emotion of Troy, Cory and Rose.
  • The symbol of how people fence themselves into certain roles in relationships.
  • The symbol of fences in relation to the issue of racism in society.

Bell Ringer 11/14/11

  • Directions: The following are the essay prompts for your analysis paper. For each post it paper in your group, write one prompt on the top.
  • Discuss the significance of the metaphor of baseball and how it relates to death.
  • Is Troy a tragic figure, a hero, a villain or a combination of these types?
  • Describe the change in Rose’s character over the course of the play?

Essay Directions Con’t

  • For this week, you will provide quotes to support each essay topic written on your post-its. You must include at least four quotes that clearly represent the topics.
  • Each quote must include the following:
  • Act #
  • Scene #
  • Page #

Essay Directions Con’t

  • How do we tackle the project?
  • Spend one day collecting quotes for one essay. For example: Monday-Troy, Tuesday-Rose, etc…
  • Divide the essay prompts per group members…remember, sick or swim together
  • This is due Wednesday of this week!

Bell Ringer 1/9/12

  • The number of homeless Chicago Public School students has risen to over 10,500 students. Provide at least one reason why there are so many students homeless at this particular time?

Rhetoric Terms The Art of Speaking or Writing Effectively

  • Ethos: An appeal based on the character of the speaker. An ethos-driven document relies on the reputation of the author.
  • Logos: An is appeal based on logic or reason. Documents distributed by companies or corporations are logos-driven. Scholarly documents are also often logos-driven.
  • Pathos: An appeal based on emotion. Advertisements tend to be pathos-driven.

Vocabulary 1/9-10/12

  • Foraging: To wonder in search of food.
  • Niche: A place or activity for which a person or thing is best fitted.
  • Dilettanti: A person having a superficial interest in an art or a branch of knowledge.
  • Irony: the use of words to express something other than and especially the opposite of the literal meaning

Bell Ringer 1/10/11

  • The author of Dumpster Diving provides three principles, which uses common sense for eating out of a dumpster. Provide your own three principles (rules to live by) for eating out of a dumpster.

Bell Ringer 1/11/12

  • Write a response on what bugs you about…?
  • School/College
  • Friends
  • Family
  • Life

Bell Ringer 1/12/12

  • Reflect on the activity yesterday
  • Describe the purpose of the activity?
  • For example, explain the reasoning of writing down your frustrations and stating them aloud instead of bottling them up…

Writing Prompt 1/13/12

  • Based on the following image, construct a fictional story that incorporates the individual’s struggle physically and emotionally.
  • Include the following vocabulary
  • Malicious
  • Vindicate

Bell Ringer 1/17/12

  • Describe what you believe happens to young adults who try to survive on the streets or are homeless?
  • For example: What are the dangers to living on the streets…?

One Minute

  • You are being evicted…what five items would you take with you…only 5!

Bell Ringer 1/18/12

  • Explain what personal sensitive information should be not thrown out in the garbage, unless shredded or torn apart.
  • For example: Issued credit cards that are not activated.


  • Sustenance: Means of nourishment.
  • Camp: Provides amusement.
  • Ponderous: Heavy; massive
  • Amorphous: Having no specific shape

Homeless Statistics

  • On any given night, approximately 750,000 men, women, and children are homeless in the US. * 56% are living in shelters and transitional housing, while 44% are unsheltered. * 59% are single adults and 41% are persons living in families. * 98,452 are homeless families * 23% are chronically homeless according to HUD’s definition. (Cunningham, Mary and Meghan Henry. 2007. Homelessness Counts. Washington, DC: National Alliance to End Homelessness.)
  • Over the course of a year, between 2.5 and 3.5 million people will live either on the streets or in an emergency shelter. (Homelessness in the United States of America. Prepared by the National Alliance to End Homelessness.)

Bell Ringer 1/19/12

  • Describe the most dangerous part of dumpster diving. What about the most pleasant?
  • For example: The alley cats that could scratch out your eyes and the ability to find a fresh pizza slice.


  • Stout: Bulky; firm
  • Initiative: Take action
  • Transience: Passing quickly into and out of existence
  • Gaudy: Tasteless and showy
  • Bauble: something of trifling appeal

Closing Reflection

  • The author states, “mental things are longer lived than other material things.”
  • Summarize what the author is trying to tell us about our lives and how we live them.

Bell Ringer 1/20/12

  • Exam will be next week and it will cover the following.
  • Short Story Dumpster Diving
  • Specifically, the use of logos, pathos and ethos.
  • Irony
  • Quotes from the writing and your ability to understand author meaning

Vocabulary on Exam for Wednesday

  • Foraging
  • Niche
  • Malicious
  • Sustenance
  • Ponderous
  • Amorphous
  • Stout:
  • Transience
  • Gaudy


  • You can use any vocabulary you wish from the whole semester
  • Each must be underlined
  • There must be at least three vocabulary words

Bell Ringer 1/31/12

  • Explain how using different tones can change the meanings and intentions of words.
  • Welcome to Second Semester Seniors!


  • Tone: Style or manner of expression in speaking or writing

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