Sunday, April 13, 2008


Dear 10th grade students,

First, thanks for a rewarding, fun, and fabulous year. I have really enjoyed sharing what I know about good writing, and have loved discussing great books and challenging issues with you. Thank you so much for the poem and poster--I have had a wonderful year getting to know you all. I hope you have a terrific rest of the year and I will come visit as soon as I am recovered and able.

I entered some grades into Pinnacle on Saturday; I will finish entering the rest on Tuesday prior to Open House. It's really important that you check Pinnacle on Tuesday night or sometime Wednesday--please double-check that I've entered grades correctly (you'll receive the scored work back in class). I'd appreciate it if you could email any questions or corrections to me at by Thursday evening--if I need to make corrections I'll come back in sometime before next weekend. Since pustlet is due to arrive on Monday, 4/21, I really need to make sure I take care of everything at Samo as early this week as possible.

I promise to send pictures along as soon as we have some of our new little bundle of joy. Don't forget to vote for your favorite name this week!

Lots of love and best wishes for the rest of the year and beyond,

Thursday, April 3, 2008


The Odyssey - Unit Test
Part I: Vocabulary
Part II: Multiple-Choice
Part III: Short & Extended Answer

Wednesday, April 2, 2008


The Odyssey: Test Review -- TEST TOMORROW!!!
Practice multiple-choice questions
Vocabulary Review: Crossword & word search part I (vocabulary from Books IX and X)
Crossword & word search part II (vocabulary from Books X and XII)

Tuesday, April 1, 2008


The Odyssey test review: in groups of 3, find quotations from Books IX, X, XII, and XXI to illustrate different aspects of the hero's journey:

1) The hero has a special weapon that only he can wield.
2) The hero suffers many tests and trials.
3) The hero has a mentor, spiritual guide, or advisor.
4) The hero experiences loneliness and temptation.

HW: Study all of your vocabulary words from The Odyssey and review the passages your group (and other groups) found today. Select your passages/quotations for the extended answer portion.