T- Title (consider literal and metaphoric meanings)
P - Paraphrase (go through and summarize each stanza in your own words)
S - Speaker (consider the narrator or persona of the poem--is he/she an observer or a participant? How "emotionally close" is the speaker? Is he/she experiencing this event right now, or reflecting back on it later?)
F - Figurative Language (look for at least three patterns - similes, metaphors, repetition, sound devices, rhyme, opposites, or particular patterns of words)
A - Attitude (what is the speaker's attitude toward the subject of the poem? In short, what is the tone?)
S - Shift (where does the poem change? why might this turning point be significant?)
T - Theme (a complete statement that expresses the meaning of the poem and highlights two techniques the poet uses to express that meaning...e.g., In the poem "__title______," [the poet] uses ___device #1______ and _device #2_______ to suggest that __poem's meaning__________.
Just wanted to publicly thank everyone for your condolences and warm encouragement these past few weeks. I miss my godson Ezra very much, and appreciate your patience while I mourn and slowly get back into school.
If you'd like to learn more about Ezra's short but extraordinary life, you can follow the stories written about him in the Orange County Register. Here is the link to the tribute that his father, Micah, wrote:
Beneath the story is the web archive of all of Ezra's stories, including a link to the foundation that is helping the family defray medical and funeral expenses.
Again, thank you so much to everyone for your understanding as I have been absent (and woefully behind on grading). I appreciate your love, patience, and support.
If you are able to donate any of the following to our classroom, we would greatly appreciate it...
Tennis balls (pre-cut if possible for easy slipping-on to desk feet!) Kleenex Classroom supplies: loose leaf paper, highlighters, post-it notes, blue/black ink pens, 3x5 index cards, etc. Good books for the classroom library, especially new nonfiction! A fan (it gets really hot in here!) Band-aids
I have taught various grade levels of English for the past sixteen years, and spent five of those years teaching in San Diego. Currently I'm teaching 12th grade AP English: Literature and Composition, and 11th grade AP English: Language and Composition at Santa Monica High School.